THE WHITEPEPPER x She and Hem

Painted Paw Dress | The Whitepepper | She and Hem

Thanks to their love of super fun vintage inspired fashion, we are always excited when a new THE WHITEPEPPER lookbook drops into our inbox. As two girls who love to play dress-up, the ‘Peek A Boo I See You’ collection for AW15 was always going to be right up our street! Taking influence from childhood days, this collection is all about the fun factor with a whimsical approach that successfully mixes childish influences (think dolls, playgrounds, and a sprinkling of Kawaii) with fashion for proper grownups, that’s us!….sadly. Stupid adulthood.

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Naturally we couldn’t wait to get our hands on the Painted Paw shift dress, which thankfully comes in both pink and grey. We do love a bit of matchy matchy! We are not alone in our love for quirk, as so many people have admired those beautifully manicured embroidery hands. We’ve really been (White)peppered with compliments. A hands-down hit on the dress front, for sure! These dresses are so easy to dress up or down, as you can wear pretty much anything underneath the versatile sleeveless round neck design.

We’ve been styling them with winter jumpers and thick woolly tights as, we don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s quite cold out there. I (Victoria) went for the the Painted Paw shift dress in grey* and wore it with white tights from M&S, a belt from Next and the glitzy Audbrey Bow Flats* from Boden. Jo chose the Painted Paw shift dress in pink* and the incredible Half Face Bag in black*. She accessorized with a white blouse with bow detail from Zara, white tights from Topshop and the Round Heel Ankle Boots* which are also from THE WHITEPEPPER. Twinning is winning!

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Boden Christmas Partywear

It’s time to crack out the party poppers and dust off those dancing shoes as the festive period is upon us (OK, it’s nearly upon us) and we flippin’ love any excuse to dress up all fancy! Despite having absolutely no friends (pictured), that didn’t stop us from popping to one of our favourite local haunts, Cox and Baloney, to hang out in their party room. With an abundance of vintage crockery and more sequins than you can shake a stick made of sequins at, we were truly in our element.

But what of the clothes we hear you cry! Well, no surprises here but we are rocking partywear from our faves Boden, who somehow manage to just keep getting better and better.

I (Jo) have embraced a blue Christmas with the stunning Blue Floral Vintage Party Dress* that I fell in love with at the AW15 Press Day earlier in the year. It’s everything I love, with a classic fifties cut, a wool and silk mix that makes it all shiny, a pretty print and, the cherry on the cake dress, a bow! So pretty! I teamed it with the Jewelled Clutch in Navy Fur which somehow manages to be sparkly AND strokeable! It’s sort of like carrying around a particularly bling cat but one you can store your phone and lipstick in and more. Seriously, it’s pretty roomy. Shoe wise, I couldn’t resist the Embellished Mary Jane’s in Vintage Blue Velvet*. They are the perfect party shoe and their vintage charm perfectly complements the dress. They are also, like all Boden shoes I have ever worn, insanely comfy and easy to walk in.

Victoria also pumped for the dress she fell in love with earlier in the year (we are dress loyal) with the oh-so-stunning Gold Metallic Luxe Lace Dress*. This is a proper showstopper of a vintage princess party dress with the most beautiful lace detailing. The full skirt had Victoria in a constant state of twirling and those sleeves are something else! The shoes, oh the shoes, are the Audbrey Bow Flats in Pewter Glitter* and they are so sparkly it’s a miracle a magpie didn’t fly in to try and steal them. The pointed front makes them ever so flattering (and party appropriate!) and just in case you hadn’t spotted, there is a massive bronze bow on the front for good measure.

What a pair of absolute party animals!

J&V

A big thank you to Cox and Baloney for letting us use their stunning party room (fellow Bristolians, please visit them! Eat their cake! Drink their tea! Have your parties there!) and also to Boden, who this post is in collaboration with, for providing us with the most beautiful clothes, shoes and bags two girls could wish for of a Christmas. 

Ice and Pies!

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What a bunch of blogger babes! On Friday night I (Victoria) wrapped up warm and joined Sophie from Saints On A Plane, Hayley from Bonjour, Blogger!, Dulcie from La Dulcie Vita and Amie from Credit Crunch Chic (Tara from The Style Rawr and Lucy from The Parent Game not pictured) for a night of Ice and Pies! We looked like an off duty ice skating girl band who only eat pies. Incidentally, this is pretty much my dream come true.

Every festive season I excitedly exclaim how I’d love to have a whizz around the rink at At-Bristol, but I never seem to get around to it before it vanishes for another year. Instead, I just bore my friends with my story about how Christopher Dean once called me ‘a ray of sunshine’. Unfortunately, compliments from skating legends do not equal skating prowess, and I can just about shuffle around the outside of the rink without falling over. Luckily for me, the soundtrack was spot on, so I felt pretty great creeping zooming along to Shake It Off.

For dinner, we popped along to St Nick’s night market to sample the new festive pies from Pieminister, which were pretty damn tasty. Myself and Hayley went for the Three Kings pie, which contains a mouthwatering combination of turkey, smoked bacon, parsnips and cranberries. It’s like Christmas in a pie. Merry Piemass indeed! It would definitely get more than 3.142 out of 5 from me…

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If you are looking for things to do in Bristol during the lead up to Christmas, check out Visit Bristol. If it’s not listed on there, it’s probably not worth going to.

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Emily and Fin: Read all about it

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Last weekend we took part in our very first Instagram takeover for She and Hem favs Emily and Fin! We had a blast, quite literally, as the takeover coincided with bonfire night. BANG! If you can’t get your sparklers out for Instagram then when can you? We wore these two fabulous AW15 dresses as we went about an average She and Hem weekend, eating and drinking our way around Bristol! To celebrate the takeover, we visited one of our favourite tea rooms, Cox and Baloney, to take some outfit photos and sample some of their wonderful homemade delights. I (Victoria) can wholeheartedly recommend the salted caramel cake!

I wore Emily and Fin’s 1940’s inspired falling feather Holly Dress*. I have to admit, at first I wasn’t sure if I could pull off the longer length of the dress as, unfortunately, I am not blessed in the height department (I am definitely more of a Kylie than a Kendall). Despite my initial worries, thanks to the belted waist and flattering sleeves, I think I made it work for me! C’mon, just look at those wonderful sleeves! What’s not to love? Jo is wearing the super pretty snowy mountain Sophie Dress*. With it’s cute shape and fun print, there really is nothing frosty about it. You get my drift? Although the Sophie is shorter in length than the Holly, it’s tulip style skirt makes it versatile and work appropriate. We accessorised our dresses with books, bunting and a sewing machine. An excellent combination I’m sure you will agree. Sew far, sew good!

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Thank you Emily and Fin for trusting us with your Instagram. We hope we did you proud!

V&J

You can check out our takeover over on the Emily and Fin Instagram

Winter warmers with Oliver Bonas

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Oliver Bonas is one of our favourite stores! If we see a branch when we’re out and about, we are straight in there to peruse their wares. You can try, but you just can’t stop us! Their range is wonderfully diverse, from fun fashion to funky furniture, and everything is just so colourful and alluring. I (Victoria) am not much of an interiors enthusiast but there is something about their furniture collections that makes me weak at the knees. I put their Herbert Wood Chest on my Christmas list every year, and I will continue to do so until my husband Santa delivers. Keep your fingers crossed for me, yeah?

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Something else I’ll be putting on my Christmas list this year is the Mint Textured Coat. It’s the candy-coloured coat of my dreams! I’m a big fan of it’s relaxed style and smooth texture. Relaxed and smooth…thinking about it, it’s a lot like me really. Me and this coat, we were mint to be! I promise I’ll keep it in mint condition.

Possibly even smoother than both me and the coat is the grey V Neck Teddy Bear Coat that Jo is wearing. When taking these pictures I found it nigh on impossible to stop stroking it. It could be the softest, loveliest coat ever made and it looks blooming awesome on. It’s hard to put into words exactly how delicately fluffy it is. All I can say is that I wish it came in blanket form.

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The Mercure Grange Hotel, Bristol.

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During the summer I spent a long time deciding where I wanted to spend the night before my wedding. I knew that I wanted my three lovely bridesmaids to stay with me, so that we could do all of those last minute preparations (eating McDonald’s, gossiping about boys and watching Don’t Tell The Bride) together, and I felt that my flat would just be too small to do this in ultimate comfort. I looked into various local hotels and also renting an apartment for the four of us, but most just didn’t cut the mustard and didn’t seem quite special enough. Unfortunately, the odd few that looked tempting were waaay out of my budget!

Luckily, I didn’t need to fret for too long, as the lovely folks from Mercure offered me a little pre-wedding present in the form of a discount for The Grange Hotel, near Winterbourne in Bristol. Eeeeeek! After having a look at their webpage, I could not have been happier. With 18 acres of gorgeous grounds, and a bevy of charming, quirkily decorated and beautiful rooms, it really did tick every box! After booking the rooms, I was so excited about telling my bridesmaids, and I think they were equally as thrilled as I was to be having a night of luxury. What a delight! We all agreed that one major highlight of the stay was the incredible breakfast. Now, the photo above may make it look like we were quite tame, but alas, the fruit and pastries were just our first course. Well, it would have been pretty rude not to try it all, right?

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I had a such a peaceful night’s sleep and woke up feeling refreshed and ready to face the Best Day Ever. Luckily, my bridesmaids managed to persuade me to change out of my incredible cat pyjamas. Thank you for the wonderful stay Mercure!

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Putting the Win in Winter: Jumpers

We couldn’t help but notice that one of our most read posts at the moment is our jumper roundup from last year so we thought seeing as it’s now November, and officially jumper season once again, we should compile a new list of our current favourites! Fabulous knitwear is appearing all over the shop at the moment, mostly adorned with some sort of animal or food motif, it’s all so tempting.

Sweet Treat Jumper £58.50 from Miss Patina
Sweet Treat Jumper £58.50 from Miss Patina

We could waffle on all day about how much we love this jumper but that wouldn’t be berry entertaining now would it?

Jumper In Retro Chevron Stripe £30 from ASOS
Jumper In Retro Chevron Stripe £30 from ASOS

You’d be chev-wrong not to love this fab jumper

Peanut Butter £34.90 from Rad
Peanut Butter £34.90 from Rad

Instagram went peanutty when V wore this butterly good sweater recently. Everyone went to jelly.

Billie Fluffy Knitted Jumper £75 from Cath Kidston
Billie Fluffy Knitted Jumper £75 from Cath Kidston

Woof! You’d be barking mad not to want this puppy! Fetch us this jumper!

Fashion Box Popcorn Jumper £14 from George and Asda
Fashion Box Popcorn Jumper £14 from George and Asda

Sorry for being corny but we really love this jumper! Hopefully it’s more sweet than salty.

Lena Hot Air Balloon Slouchy Sweater £42 from Sugarhill Boutique at House of Fraser
Lena Hot Air Balloon Slouchy Sweater £42 from Sugarhill Boutique at House of Fraser

Who doesn’t love a big balloon? Put this in your basket and you’ll be floating on air!

Aztec Retro Jumper £29.50 from Marks and Spencer
Aztec Retro Jumper £29.50 from Marks and Spencer

If, like us, you like to hang out on the Apres Ski scenes of your local Town this retro knitwear will help you fit right in.

Schnauzer-Dog Intarsia Jumper £45 from Louche at Joy
Schnauzer-Dog Intarsia Jumper £45 from Louche at Joy

Pups are obviously pup-ular with us at the moment! ‘Wowzer what a schnauzer’ is what people will say when they see you in this bad boy.

J&V