The Circus is in Town

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One of the things we love most about blogging is discovering exciting new brands so we were delighted when Carousel, an independent clothing store in Dublin, got in touch with us to see if we were familiar with their clothing line, Circus. We knew we were onto a winner when we opened up the website to be greeted with an abundance of vintage inspired prints and shapes! A new She and Hem favourite was immediately crowned.

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We were quite overwhelmed with the amount of fun prints on offer so decided it would be nice to style some separates. Being the proven hot air balloon enthusiasts that we are, we were both drawn to blouses* which bore balloons! Aren’t they cute? As they always say, you can never have too many balloons in your wardrobe. They both have pretty smashing bows too and they fit delightfully. Skirt-wise, Victoria plumped for the hot pink anchor print skirt* which has a lovely, and flattering, retro shape. The shades of pink work so nicely together and really make for a rather special outfit. My eyes were immediately drawn to the Peggy Sunnies Skirt*. Due to my tendency to sport red heart sunglasses on a daily basis, it seemed meant to be! It’s such an excellent print and despite being slightly fearful of the below the knee length, I actually found it to be a rather nice change and it will no doubt be the perfect hem line come the (even) colder weather.

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We are so happy to have discovered Circus and absolutely adore their love for nostalgia inspired fashion! If you are in Dublin you should definitely go and check out their shop as it looks like a real treasure trove of modern vintage mixed with the genuine article. We’ll see the rest of you on the website!

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Victoria wears The Marlene Balloon Blouse* and The Anita Anchor Skirt* both from Circus | Jo wears the The Anna Blouse* and The Peggy Sunnies Skirt* both from Circus

Good Jord

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Regular readers, friends and observant passers-by will know that we have a tenancy to get a little matchy matchy, and whenever we meet up, our outfits usually (and almost always unintentionally) end up complimenting each other. So it’s really no surprise that when Jord got in touch to see if we would like to style a couple of their awesome wood watches, we both ended up choosing something a little quirky. Although their selection is vast, and they have a range of lighter watches with some super feminine touches, we were both taken by the darker wood. We’re a bit weird like that sometimes.

Anyway, after we got over the excitement of watches being made out of wood, I (Victoria) chose the Fieldcrest* in Dark Sandlewood and Jo choose the Delmar* in Dark Sandalwood. We love to wear lots of colours and patterns, so it made a refreshing change to go outside of our comfort zones, and bring some more earthy tones to our usually primary coloured wrist accessories. We are both so pleased with our choices! The only drawback is that, for some strange reason, the watches haven’t helped us with our time keeping skills…If only Jord sold Bernard’s watch! Do you have a Jord watch? If so, we’d love to see how you’ve styled it! Pop a link in the comments box below, or tweet us a picture to @sheandhem!

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Wooden Watches For Sale

That 70’s Show

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We’ve been fully on the 70’s fashion bandwagon for a while now, in fact we spent the majority of our last London Fashion Week back in February top to toe in 70s garb! Thankfully this is one trend that’s here to stay which we are pretty happy about as we totally have the hair for the era! There’s something so dreamy about flares and fab prints! So when those groovy folks at Boohoo gave us the opportunity to further embrace our inner Marcia Brady as part of their 70’s Vibe campaign, we couldn’t resist! Right on!

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We decided to really try and experiment with our 70’s looks as previously we have stuck firmly to dresses! Victoria pushed the boat out with her cool cat denim jumpsuit but felt surprisingly at ease – and not at all dorky in it! We both couldn’t get over how flattering it is! She layered it over a high necked floral crop top which worked perfectly and will no doubt look equally as ace when teamed with skirts and trousers. Her suedette tassel bag really finished the look off nicely with the fringing complimenting the look to the max! Speaking of suede, I couldn’t resist trying the must have piece of the season, the suede skirt! We weren’t disappointed with this soon to be staple and gee wizz we love how Boohoo have made theirs stand out with the contrasting shades of brown. I teamed it with a white flared sleeve top which is such a simple way to elevate any outfit to instant 70’s chic and one which really made me want to waft my arms around! To add a pop of colour (and to follow in the fashionable footsteps of some of our fellow bloggers) I thought I would try my hand at the neckerchief look and finished off with some trusty suedette loafers! Gnarly.

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Thanks a lot for our new threads Boohoo! We love our new transitional pieces and can’t wait to rock them from now until Christmas!

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Victoria wears the Rachel Denim Wide Leg Dungaree Jumpsuit,  Clara Autumn Floral Roll Neck Tee and the Daisy Suedette Fringed Duffle Bag all from Boohoo* with Orla Kiely for Clarks boots. Jo wears the Mya Suedette Contrast Trim Button Through Skirt, Nina 2/4 Frill Sleeve Tee, Willow Metallic Trim Suedette Loafer and an Amber Bandana Print Neckerchief all from Boohoo*. 

This rad post was written in collaboration with Boohoo

Double Thumbs Dresses #61

Hello frock fans and welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses. It’s time once again to take a gander at the dresses we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval. Let’s crack on!

'Saphy' Mint Retro TV Print Rockabilly Dress £34.99 from Lindy Bop
‘Saphy’ Mint Retro TV Print Rockabilly Dress £34.99 from Lindy Bop

Channel your inner silver screen star with this TV print dress from Lindy Bop. The print is just totally fabulous and the shape and style gets a rave review from me. It all looks lovely set against the dreamy mint colour and the black detailing contrasts fabulously. I think the chances of me not buying this dress are pretty remote.

'Matilda' Bicycle Rockabilly Shirt Dress £34.99 by Lindy Bop
‘Matilda’ Bicycle Rockabilly Shirt Dress £34.99 by Lindy Bop

Sticking with Lindy Bop, who you might say have switched things up a gear, we have this wheely rather lovely red and blue bicycle print number! Who doesn’t love a flattering v-neck eh? and that wide flared skirt is the stuff of my dreams!

Aristocat Dress £69.80 from Miss Patina
Aristocat Dress £69.80 from Miss Patina

If you can look past the beret and the camera (I need both stat) you will see that this super pretty dress from Miss Patina is covered in instrument playing cats. INSTRUMENT PLAYING CATS! CATS PLAYING INSTRUMENTS! There’s one tinkering the ivories, one appears to be quite the competent cellist and obviously I am all about that tabby playing the accordion. Best print ever? Adorable.

Leona £49.99 by Voodoo Vixen
Leona £49.99 by Voodoo Vixen

But then again how incredible is this 50’s diner inspired frock from Voodoo Vixen? There’s a lot going on and it’s all so much fun! Just look at those jiving couples! They are simply having the best time ever and the jukeboxes, musical notes and, errrm, burgers all help to create quite the spectacular (and super colourful) print.

Elsie in Mustard Rabbits £129 from Poppy
Elsie in Mustard Rabbits £129 from Poppy

I’ll stop rabbiting on in a minute but first I have to tell you how hopping mad I am about this bunny print dress from Poppy England! As well as being covered in adorable white rabbits, this dress is in such a fabulous shade of mustard AND it has a massive bow! Tripple win!

Blue Winter Trees £75 from Emily and Fin
Blue Winter Trees £75 from Emily and Fin

I almost didn’t see the dress for the trees! The colours of this Emily and Fin dress are just stunning and make me long for wintery days so that I can stomp around the woods in it whilst sporting my big girl boots and woolly tights. I’m also quite obsessed with those sleeves! Dreamy.

Lace and Pleat Detail Mini Dress £48 from ASOS
Lace and Pleat Detail Mini Dress £48 from ASOS

I really don’t know when and where I can get away with wearing this chiffon ASOS dress but by golly I would like to find an occasion. Obviously the colour is to die for but there’s also so much beautiful lace detailing in those sheer sections! Oh to be brave enough…

Festival Sequin Dazzle Shift Dress £48 from ASOS
Festival Sequin Dazzle Shift Dress £48 from ASOS

Last but not least is this little corker from ASOS! I actually bought this dress back in July as a last minute ‘I don’t know what to wear on my birthday’ panic buy. It turned out to be an excellent decision as, despite not being my usual fit and flare kinda style, I’ve received no end of compliments each time I have worn it. It is possibly the most sparkly dress on the planet so if you like the idea of being a human disco ball, this is the dress for you.

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GANT

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It’s time for something you hardly ever see here on She and Hem. That’s right, not one, but BOTH of us wearing trousers. Shocking behaviour for a Wednesday I know. You may not have noticed the trousers though, due to those flipping excellent stripy shirts. We ordered these on the GANT website using the Click and Collect service, then made our merry way down to the Bristol store in Quakers Friars. Whilst we were there we caught up with the lovely team who took us through their current ladies collection, and you won’t be surprised to learn we are now both smitten with the gorgeous 70’s inspired Pansy Shift Dress seen above. I (Victoria) also love the magical monochrome Braid Print Shirt Dress!

We spent far longer in the store than planned after we discovered that you can help yourself to tea, coffee or wine whilst browsing. So we poured ourselves a drink, unwrapped our boxes of joy and popped them straight on. Jo loved her Striped Silk Shirt* so much, she went out for dinner in it that evening. Who can blame her, it’s slickly silky! I am weirdly precious over new things and have packed my Striped Boyfriend Shirt* away to wear on my honeymoon next month. I’m pretty excited about recreating that Scarlett Johansson scene at the Park Hyatt. Keep an eye on our Instagram to see how I get on!

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Alpha H Moisturiser and Korres Body Butter, Bath and Unwind.

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The Alpha H Daily Essential Moisturiser* has found me at the perfect time. I recently had some red blemishes on my forehead diagnosed as sun damage, and since having the areas removed with a reeeeeally sharp needle, I’ve sworn to myself that I will take much better care of my skin, especially my face. It’s an awfully pore (ha!) excuse, but I’ve never enjoyed wearing any sort of sun protection on my face as they are usually so greasy and heavy. This is the only product I’ve ever used which gives you effective protection against the sun (as long as you reapply when needed!), whilst not feeling sticky on your face. In fact it’s the opposite, as it dries on contact with the skin. It’s so lightweight I’ve actually started using it everyday.

I wasn’t confident that my skin would get along with Alpha H, as when trying new moisturisers, nine times out of ten, I will have some sort of reaction to them. With Alpha H though, so far, so good. Personally, I think this may be due to the aloe vera and natural honeycomb, but whatever it is, I am so thankful to have found a moisturiser that doesn’t leave me looking like a ripe tomato!  Bath and Unwind could not have picked a better product for me, and I would advise anyone who is as naive about skincare as me to get in touch with them and see what they can recommend for you.

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Moving on to more decadent matters, if there’s a body butter that smells anywhere near as good as Korres Guava Body Butter*, I’ve yet to get my nose near it. It’s like all of your favourite Summer holiday’s squeezed themselves into a really trendy looking tube. You only need a super small amount, so don’t go crazy ladies, and the moisture lasts all day with no icky sticky residue left behind. Moisture goals.

The body butter is packed full of sunflower and almond oil, shea butter and quince extract, but my favourite thing about this it is that it contains avocado. During my research for this post I have learnt that avocado is excellent for both skin elasticity and smoothness. Now, I can’t promise that if you buy this body butter (or eat a lot of avocados) that you will suddenly be blessed with smooth skin, but you will smell delicious. Strangers will be queuing up to sit next to you on the bus.

If you know of the perfect moisturiser for extremely sensitive skin, please let me know in the comments and do pop over to Bath and Unwind’s snazzy website.

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*This post is in association with Bath and Unwind*

Top to Toe-den in Boden

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Buses, bikes and brights were all we were thinking about this Bank Holiday Monday when we roamed the streets of Bristol in the rain, searching for the perfect place to stop and photograph these truly magnificent outfits. As you can see, it takes more than a little drizzle to dampen our spirits, especially when armed with a cape of which Super Woman would be jealous. I (Victoria) like to think we totally nailed superhero chic whilst unintentionally annoying the general public by being just so darn happy. Smiling is a superpower, right?

If you hadn’t already guessed by the blog post title, everything we are wearing (apart from those gormless grins) comes from She and Hem faves Boden. Although we usually head straight to the dress section when online shopping, on this occasion we were both struck by the incredible selection of statement skirts and shirts. Separates are totally going to be our new ‘thing’, whatever a ‘thing’ is. We were a little nervous about our jacket choices, as neither of us have attempted to pull off suede (!) or a cape (!!) before, although we shouldn’t have been have been worried, as they complimented the jazzy shirts and vibrant skirts marvelously. You win again, Boden.

I am completely and utterly obsessed with yellow and grey at the moment as *spoilers* they’re going to feature VERY heavily at a certain ‘best day of my life’ this month. So, there was no doubt about it, I had to have the Julia Patch Pocket Skirt* in yellow and the grey suede Biker Jacket*. When choosing a top to complete the look, I wanted to pick something I would get loads of wear out of, while still being fun. The reason I chose the bike print shirt is pretty simple; bikes are cool. Also, I recently sold my beloved Dawes Duchess (seen in this post) to help pay for my honeymoon, so although I now don’t have a bike, I do have a really great shirt*. Thanks for easing my misery Boden, double thumbs up to you! I’m also particularly partial to a good, sturdy flat shoe, so I’ve not taken the Metallic Finged Loafers* off since they were delicately squished through my letter box by my lovely postie. Sometimes I think I see that guy more than my fiancé…

Jo channeled her inner Red Riding Hood with the fabulous Charlotte Cape* which she swooshed about in after a bit of reassurance that it looked good. Apparently wearing a cape for the first time is quite scary (“where are the sleeves?” “what do I do with my arms?” “will a backing dancer pull me over?”) but she soon settled into it and I hope you’ll agree that it looks pretty fly. We are both really loving red and pink at the moment so I imagine it will be sported a lot over the coming months! She teamed it with the same style shirt* as the bikes, but in the rather fetching bus print and a sale bargain skirt that sadly seems to have sold out now. It’s the Fun Sixties Mini if you want to try your luck! Her grey and silver Pointed Loafers* were the perfect way to finish off her look.

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