Yumi by Lilah SS16 Collection

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How gorgeous is the Yumi by Lilah SS16 capsule collection? We’ve been swooning over those beautiful lace details since it appeared back in March. All the pieces are heavily influenced by 1960’s Paris which has, naturally, proved to be a bit of a winner on the chic front! Tres bien! We think Lilah (Parsons, of modelling and TV fame) has totally nailed the French girl vibe with her first go in the designers chair, with a collection full of pretty feminine silhouettes, denim details, rosy florals and major pops of red. There’s also a nice nod to a more Victorian vibe with a fair share of high collars and long sleeves to be found. As Lilah said herself, “think Paris meets Little House on the Prairie!”. We love it!

As a red lover, I desperately wanted to style the Embroidered Midi Shirt Dress*! It’s so delightfully retro and is giving me serious Orla Kiely vibes. Thankfully it’s just as stunning IRL and I am obsessed with the embroidery. I was a bit worried that the long sleeves (which are sheer and totally beautiful) would mean it wouldn’t really see much action until much later in the year but I should never have doubted the British weather. Turns out this is the perfect between season frock! I’ve been rocking it with a bare leg and flats for weeks. I teamed it with a pink belt (I’m all about the pink and red atm) and my GIANT red bow ballet shoes.

Victoria plumped for the rather lovely Broderie Anglaise Short Sleeve Shirt* which has the sweetest detailing. The 60’s shape with those little short sleeves and neat collar make it marvelously flattering and makes it the perfect ‘goes with anything’ shirt. She teamed it with the Denim A-Line Midi skirt which was a bit of a revelation for us both. We aren’t typical A-Line rockers but it looks such a surprisingly easy style to wear, plus it’s a key SS16 trend and we do like to be trendy. We also love the rose gold details! After much debate, Victoria decided to run with the 60’s theme and wore her Swixities Ball shoes from the V&A for Clarks collection.

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Basically we don’t have enough superlatives to use when describing this collection, just a whole lot of love for Yumi for inviting us to style these glorious pieces.

J&V

Accessories to Murder #30

Hello and welcome to the 30th Accessories to Murder! Are you ready to delve into the world of amazing accessories? Excellent. Before we crack on, just a heads up, this particular Accessories to Murder contains a sponsored link but please be assured we only feature the accessories we consider tip top! Without further ado, here are the accessories that have made it onto this week’s She and Hem’s Most Wanted.

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Buzz, Of Course Sun Hat | $54.99 | Modcloth

Honey, could this sun hat bee any cuter? I don’t think so! And hive fives all round for that incredible name. Modcloth are the ultimate product naming champions, which just makes me love them even more. If you love them too, you need to buy this hat, but also check out our guest blogger Holly’s awesome post about their Modcloth IRL Tour this Summer.

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Zig-Zag Panel Crossbody Bag | £32 | Topshop

Oh hello there you incredibly jazzy little two-tone gem. This Topshop bag is all kinds of zig-a-zag-ah. Now I’m not quite sure what that means, but Mel B once told me it was a good thing. The contrasting colours of this boxy crossbody give it a really groovy 70s vibe, which just so happens to be one of my favourite fashion eras.

Glitter Cat Eye Sunglasses | £12.99 | Aspire Style
Glitter Cat Eye Sunglasses | £12.99 | Aspire Style

One thing I’ve discovered recently is that Aspire Style don’t just sell excellent dresses, oh no, they have so many great accessories too. In fact, I think I could fill a whole Accessories to Murder with their bits! For now, I have chosen my favourite item which are these glittery cat eye sunglasses in blue and gold. Purrfect! If you spot anything you fancy online, use the Aspire Style discount code SHEANDHEM for a tasty 10% discount. You are welcome.

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Denim Jacket | £285 | Paige Demin via Trilogy

I’m not sure, but this could this be the perfect demin jacket. It is on the pricey side compared to the other items in today’s round up, but I have been told by people older and wiser than myself that jackets are something you should invest in, so you can wear them year after year. Light denim is not for everyone, but I love it and find it a lot more versatile than the darker alternatives. Check out Paige Jeans to see the jacket’s cute embroidered back, and feel free to let me know if I’m not really cool enough to pull it off!

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Crossover Bag Hat | £14.69 | Newchic

Hold up! Is it a bag? Is it a hat? Oh my goodness, it’s both! What a world we live in, first friendly robots that can perform heart surgery, and now bags in the shape of hats. Whatever next? Anyway, sandwiched between the two more expensive (but equally fabulous) items, I’ve popped in this novelty bag bargain. £14.69 for a bag that’s also a hat? You can do no wrong.

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Intarsia Flower Pot Cardigan | £240 | Orla Kiely

Speaking of which, Orla Kiely can do no wrong in my eyes. They are my all time favourites. Every London Fashion Week, it’s the Orla show that Jo and I go completely gaga over, and they never disappoint. Their clothing just gets better and better and their new collection is some of their best yet. My number one item from the collection is this flower pot cardigan. Quirky yet simple. Pretty yet practical. Never change Orla!

Until next week, keep accessorising!

Vx

Summer Smiles with Aspire Style

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Any regular readers will know how much we love Emily and Fin, so when the lovely ladies at Aspire Style asked us if we wanted to feature their new Summer range, we jumped at the chance! Not only that but they have very kindly offered us and our readers a wonderful 10% discount for the site, using code SHEANDHEM at the checkout. Apologies to your bank balance in advance!

If you want to try before you buy (and are local to Warwick, Stratford upon Avon, Oxford, Solihull or Coventry) we would definitely recommend popping into an Aspire Style store, which is what we did when we had a lovely city break away in Oxford! They have so much great stuff, we promise you won’t be disappointed!

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You can’t walk five minutes down the road in Bristol without finding an incredible mural or brightly coloured door, but we were particularly taken with this beach hut inspired green and white garage door.  So much so that we heaped praise onto the owner when he popped out of his house to jump into his car. He was rather chuffed! We hope you’ll agree that it was the perfect match for our Seaside* and Cornish Harbour* print dresses. The Cornish Harbour print is so gorgeous and we love the Seaside print so much that we now both own it! Can we also quickly mention how much we appreciate that all Emily and Fin dresses have pockets! It’s an absolute winner.

I (Victoria) wore the Seaside dress, which features a brilliant beach scene complete with sunbathing ladies, in the Lucy shape. This shape is so flattering, comfortable and easy to wear. I accessorised with pink brogues from New Look (similar available here), matching pink sunglasses from Boden* and clear tights from UK Tights*. My vintage radio bag is from Accessorize, although unfortunately it’s currently out of stock online. Jo decided to pick up the lovely shades of pink and blue in her colourful Cornish harbour and accessorised with pink sunglasses from Amazon, an ice cream bag from Skinny Dip (also out of stock but they always have winning novelty bags so don’t be too glum), a pink Boden belt* and baby blue brogues from M&S (similar available here). Not quite ready to brave a bare leg, white tights from UK Tights* were the order of the day.

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Huge thanks to Aspire Style for inviting us to style these beautiful frocks! Which is your fave? Let us know if you pick anything up and don’t forget to use the discount code SHEANDHEM ….

V&Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #79

Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval! Before we crack on, just a heads up, this particular Double Thumbs Dresses contains a sponsored link but please be assured we only feature the frocks we consider tip top! As you were…

Double Thumbs Dresses #79 | Paleta Embroidered Dress £128 from Anthropologie
Paleta Embroidered Dress £128 from Anthropologie

Oh how I do love this super summer frock from Anthropologie! It’s such a pretty silhouette with a button up front, adorable collar and the all important waist-cinching tie belt. Love! Plus those multicolored spots you see before you are actually ice lollies! Good enough to eat.

Double Thumbs Dresses #79 | Divine Daisy Print Organza Midi Dress £39.97 (sale price) from Chicwish
Divine Daisy Print Organza Midi Dress £39.97 (sale price) from Chicwish

I think we all know how much I love a bit of organza by now so this little number from Chicwish really caught my eye! It’s so floaty! I am seriously loving those big bold daisies too.

Double Thumbs Dresses #79 | Cream And Coral Satin Skater Dress £54.99 from Quiz
Cream And Coral Satin Skater Dress £54.99 from Quiz

This bright floral skater dress from Quiz is ticking all my floral boxes. How gorgeous are those pinks and blues together? Just delightful and definitely one for twirling in!

Double Thumbs Dresses #79 | Chelsea Bell Sleeve Dress £70 from Oasis
Chelsea Bell Sleeve Dress £70 from Oasis

I’m obviously in a floral mood as I am also really diggin’ this Oasis number, who are really impressing me with their SS16 offerings. Those sleeves are a total triumph.

Double Thumbs Dresses #79 |Pink print ruffle dress £60 from River Island
Pink print ruffle dress £60 from River Island

I have been waiting for this River Island (also available at ASOS) to hit the website since February and am pleased as punch it is finally available. Those ruffles are everything to me! Get In My Wardrobe.

Double Thumbs Dresses #79 | Lace Ruffle Yoke Skater Dress £38.00 from ASOS
Lace Ruffle Yoke Skater Dress £38.00 from ASOS

This pink lacey number from ASOS is majorly pretty. I love all the details including those dreamy ruffles (loving a ruffle atm apparently), button keyhole back and the little tie.

Double Thumbs Dresses #79 | Holiday Lace Short Sleeve Dress £95 from French Connection at John Lewis
Holiday Lace Short Sleeve Dress £95 from French Connection at John Lewis

Last but not least we have this denim scorcher from French Connection. I am obsessed with that scalloped lace crochet detailing! Just wonderful and perfect for laid back Summer days, if they ever arrive.

Jx

Accessories to Murder #29

Hello and welcome to the 29th Accessories to Murder! Are you ready to delve into the world of amazing accessories? Excellent. Before we crack on, just a heads up, this particular Accessories to Murder contains a sponsored link but please be assured we only feature the accessories we consider tip top! Without further ado, here are the accessories that have made it onto this week’s She and Hem’s Most Wanted.

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Seafolly Band Wave Stripe Swinsuit | Was £99 Now £45 | ASOS

Does anyone miss the BBC test card? I know I do! How exciting was it when you stayed up so late that the little girl and her weird clown doll, Bubbles, popped up. She was my only best friend. I never did find out who won the game of noughts and crosses, but now this test card inspired swimming costume has come into my life, I feel like it doesn’t really matter.

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Swimmers Scarf | Was £30 Now £21 | Laura Ashley

I just can’t get enough of the swimmers print from Laura Ashley, and already own several of the fabulous novelty print pieces (evidence), but I hadn’t spotted this cute scarf. It’s just been reduced, so there really is no excuse not to dive right in! I’m tempted to start a campaign to get this print on a bikini. Why has no one done that yet!?

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Silver Giselle Brogues | Was £98 Now £78 | Jones Bootmaker

I blooming love brogues, so my little suede heart jumped for joy when I stumbled across these silver beauties from Jones Bootmaker. Some people shy away from wearing metallics during the day, but I am all over that trend, as I find silver shoes are such an easy way to make an outfit pop!

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Heart Mini Clutch | £32 | People Tree

What hearts of gold those chaps at People Tree have creating this beautiful bag for us. You may not be able to fit all of your worldly belongings in this handmade clutch, but it’s so pretty it doesn’t really matter! Pretty > practical, am I right? Yes. If you don’t agree, you should probably head to The North Face blog. Meow.

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Geometric Link Necklace | £85 | Tatty Devine

The recent Tatty Devine swapshop reminded me just how incredible the brand is. I’m lucky enough to have quite a few of their jazzy pieces, and I regularly buy their items as presents for friends due to their unique and fun designs. This colourful geometric statement necklace has gone straight to the top of my Tatty Wish List. It’s very much hip be square.

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Pink Sunglasses | £15.99 | Zara

Would you just look at these cute pink cat’s eye sunglasses! And no, the price is not an optical illusion, they really are £15.99. I’m always forgetting my sunglasses on a sunny day and making a right spectacle of myself, so I’m super tempted to invest in a pair. I just can’t take my eyes off of them.

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Yellow Embellished Pineapple Clutch | £19.99 | New Look

The fruit clutch market is berry competitive right now, with each bag throwing fruit punches to be in the limelight. There’s strong competition, but this yellow and sparkly pineapple clutch really is the most a-peeling of a tasty bunch. Truly, it’s the apple of my eye!

Until next week, keep accessorizing!

Vx

Foodies Festival 2016

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Yum! Last weekend I popped up the road to The Downs for the Bristol leg of Foodies Festival which, if you’re not familiar with, is the UK’s largest celebration of food and drink. It’s basically a touring food festival that aims to give punters the opportunity to try an array of culinary activities (e.g. eating) in a nice family-friendly environment.

I really wasn’t sure what to expect but, thanks in part to it being a totally beautiful day, the atmosphere was truly fantastic! The place was packed with locals who were out in force ready to try the food and drink on offer whilst soaking up the sun in one of the many seating areas provided. There was even a live music stage for those who truly wanted the authentic festival experience.

The idea is that you pay for a ticket which grants you access to the festival itself and then allows you to pop along to a whole host of free events taking place in the marquees.These include The Chef’s Theatre (where you will find familiar faces from shows like Masterchef and Bake Off teaching masterclasses), The Tasting Theatre and The Children’s Cookery Theatre. Although I didn’t take advantage of any of these (I know, I’m useless) they were all packed out with eager cooks! You can also mooch about the many food and drink stands available which are all ready to sell you their delicious wares! This could potentially make it quite an expensive day out if you like to eat a lot (hi) but thankfully most of the stands have samples available for those of us on a budget.

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Now, I should admit that I hadn’t actually been feeling too well pre Foodies Festival and I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t fancy any of the offerings. This notion was swiftly challenged on spying the glorious giant bacon signage belonging to my dear favourites, The Breakfast Club. Could it be a mirage? Surely I wasn’t going to be able to consume the hallowed BC pancakes in my own fair city. I practically skipped up to the counter and all previous concerns about a lack of appetite disappeared as maple syrup was poured in my direction. It was a wonderful moment, and a bargain, I felt, at £3.50. My husband James plumped for the chicken waffles and was equally as thrilled, if that’s possible. With my newly formed attitude to eating I followed this up by trying every sample offered (there were lots – my favourite was the marshmallows from Grown Up Marshmallows which tasted like pure heaven), buying some macaroons and eating strawberries and cream. What a winner!

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Clearly the biggest question of the day was which is the better name, Boy Meets Grill or Strumpets with Crumpets? I’m still torn.

I would definitely recommend checking out the Foodies Festival website to see if they’re coming to a town near you soon. London, I believe you’re next!

Jx

Massive thank to Foodies Festival for inviting me along and providing us with complimentary tickets. Although I didn’t pay to enter the festival, I did purchase all the food consumed and, naturally, all words are my honest opinion. I really just am that into pancakes!

Double Thumbs Dresses #78

Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval! Let’s crack on….

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | Deckchair Print Dress £65 by Emily and Fin at Aspire Style
Deckchair Print Dress £65 by Emily and Fin at Aspire Style

I think you all know how much we love Emily and Fin by now (a quick glance at their website will reveal we even have our own edit right now) so it’s no surprise to see them sitting pretty in the top spot this week. This divine deckchair print is oh so summery and I love the colour! So pretty! I’ve really been favouring their Scarlett shape (which you can find on Aspire Style) recently with the lovely button down detail, I find it really flattering and easy to wear. American readers (or those who just hate buttons) can find the same print in the Claudia shape over on Modcloth.

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | 'Carmela' Blue Swimmer Print Swing Dress £32 from Lindy Bop
‘Carmela’ Blue Swimmer Print Swing Dress £32 from Lindy Bop
Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | 'Bernice' Paris Border Swing Dress £45 from Lindy Bop
‘Bernice’ Paris Border Swing Dress £45 from Lindy Bop

Lovely Lindy Bop have also been adding fab new prints, like my bank account stands a chance of coping. I don’t know what it is with me and ‘swimmer’ prints recently but I seem to be spotting them left right and centre – clearly SS16s unsung trend. I’m loving them though so keep them coming! I’m also seriously swooning over that Parisian border. What an Eiffel!

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | Apples and Pears Cotton Pleat Front Dress £75 from Cath Kidston
Apples and Pears Cotton Pleat Front Dress £75 from Cath Kidston

We always love a fruity number from Cath Kidston and this apples and pears number is no exception. How lovely are those yellows and reds together? It makes me feel all nostalgic as I’m sure I had a similar print dress when I was a child. I really like the look of this new shape too, with a sweet cotton pleat-front style.

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | Floral Smocked Shift Dress £39.50 from Marks and Spencer
Floral Smocked Shift Dress £39.50 from Marks and Spencer

I am totally obsessed with this floral print from Marks and Spencer! I think the pops of yellow and blue along with that delightful lace waistband really make this dress stand out. Loving the long sleeves too! It’s just a bit pretty isn’t it?

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | Hartley Beach Scene Cotton Dress £49 from Sugarhill Boutique at John Lewis
Hartley Beach Scene Cotton Dress £49 from Sugarhill Boutique at John Lewis

An excellent novelty print from Sugarhill Boutique who have come over all seaside chic with this deckchair and seagull festooned frock. There are even some cheeky beach huts to be found! So adorable.

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | Ombre Ditsy Skater Dress £55 from Oasis
Ombre Ditsy Skater Dress £55 from Oasis

Last but not least we have this beautiful ombre floral affair from Oasis. I really love the sweet high neckline and the pleats are fab too. The print is really rather special and I am seriously swooning over the ombre detailing. It’s absolutely stunning.

Jx

Round the Talacre Twist

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I hope you all like looking at photos of lighthouses! A few weeks ago, along with a group of chums, I attended the Stewart Lee ATP Festival in a gloriously sunny Prestatyn North Wales. This is a part of the World I had never been. Before we set off on our Welsh adventure I spent some time, as I always do, on good ol’ Instagram checking to see if there was anything I should try and see or consume whilst I was in the local area. It wasn’t long before I came across Point of Ayre lighthouse at Talacre which looked too good to miss! Built in 1776, the lighthouse fell into disuse in 1884 and has no shortage of spooky ghost stories attached to it. SOLD.

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It proved a big hit and we spent quite some time photographing it from every angle available and marveling at its very existence. I didn’t really set out to write a blog post about my time there but I thought the photos were so lovely and colourful that I would share them. Shout out to our beautiful friend Ellie (whose blog you should seriously check out) for placing herself in the most picture perfect position whilst surveying the scene. I love the photo of her above so much!

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I decided to match the sunshine in this beautiful yellow Dolly frock form Boden*. It’s such a lovely comfortable dress to wear thanks to the super light material and stretchy waistband (wahey more icecream for ME). I also flippin’ love the sleeves which are my dream length with a nice loose fit. One thing to note however is the wrap front design does mean there is a bit of a flap which meant I had quite a lot of fun retaining my modesty in the wind (and it was real windy) – thankfully I was wearing trusty black tights at the time so it wasn’t too much of an issue! I’ve worn it plenty of times since though and no flap flapping has been required, much to my relief and those close to me. I teamed the dress with matching yellow sunglasses from Boden* (similar here), my trusty Dusty Rose Superga* sneakers (perfect for attacking the mountainous sand dunes) and my pink festival wristband because I’m so hip like that.

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Have you visited any nice lighthouses recently?

Jx

Crown and Glory X House of Fraser

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We are both huge Crown and Glory fans so we were so very excited to hear that their Candy Shop pop-up in House of Fraser #cgxhof, was going to be coming to Bristol. What was doubly exciting was that the wonderful Sophie and Hayley from Blogclub had only gone and arranged a special Crown and Glory Blogclub event, pretty cool huh? Although the tickets sold out in under one minute (Bristol gals love a flower crown dontyaknow), we were lucky enough to get on the guest list and went on a jolly jaunt down to Cabot Circus in Bristol to create some beautiful bespoke floral goodies.

After sipping on a glass of fizz and scoffing a tasty cupcake, the lovely Sophie asked us to look at the array of glorious flowers and pop our favourites into a pot (as seen below), ready for herself and Gareth to work their magic. They are both too talented for words and watching them work away with such passion and precision was truly inspiring. Not only is Gareth a whizz at knocking up a stunning floral crown, but we also overheard that he made the fabulous cart workstation. Our new favourite flower-power couple for sure.

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Whilst chatting to our favourite local blogger babes (including the lovely Emily from Mermaid Gossip pictured above and Sarah pictured below), we delved straight in and chose a magnificent mixture of yellows and oranges and pinks and reds. It’s all about the colour with Crown and Glory! Both of our crowns were created by Gareth who spent so much time and attention on them, we are absolutely thrilled with the results. Look out for them popping up very soon in an upcoming style post.

Crown and Glory are definitely the place to go to for loud and proud floral crowns, sparkly bows and perfect wedding accessories. If you live in the South West, they are going to be in House of Fraser at Bristol Cabot Circus today until Sunday 15th May, but if you don’t get chance to pop down to the Candy Shop, you must check out their website. It’s just so pretty.

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V&Jx

 

ModCloth IRL Tour

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Happy Sunday Hemsters! We’ve got something very special for you today. Our lovely friend Holly is one lucky lady and lives in super cool Austin, Texas. She’s forever getting up to great stuff (think SXSW, advanced screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Austin City Limits, woah!), and we are forever jealous. When we heard that one of our favourite online stores, Modcloth, was going on tour and starting in Holly’s hometown, she very kindly offered to write a guest post all about #ModClothIRL. Boy, has she done us proud! Enjoy!

V&J

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As much as I wanted to move to Bristol when visiting Victoria and Jo last September for Victoria’s wedding, I have to admit that my hometown of Austin, Texas is a pretty cool place. Case in point: Austin is the first stop on Modcloth’s IRL Tour this summer.  Till the end of May you can book an appointment to meet with a ModStylist or just drop in to browse.

I am a huge ModCloth fanatic and shamelessly own the majority of their cat themed clothing pieces. I love browsing their site for fun, unusual prints and always receive lots of compliments when wearing their items. As with most internet clothes shopping, the fit can be hit or miss, which is why I always try to read reviews before purchasing. But, not everything has multiple reviews, particularly new items, so it was great to be able to try on their new arrivals and items I wouldn’t typically purchase, just to see how they might look on me.

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On the grand opening day, I headed to the shop immediately after work in order to see what the selection was like and eye pieces that I wanted to try on at my appointment with a ModStylist two days later. I ran in exclaiming “Is it true?! It is really here?!!” and had a giggle with an employee while proclaiming my love of all things ModCloth. When I went in for my appointment the following Monday, that same employee ended up being the one to help me out. Lara sat me down for a chat about how I see my personal style and what I was looking for. I told her that I love conversation-starting prints and classic cuts. If you have never been measured, you can have that done there too, but I have ordered enough items to know that I am generally a large. Next, we walked around the shop together and I pointed out items I definitely wanted to try on, like the Where My Picnic People? dress, and Lara suggested other pieces that she thought would work for me.

Each article of clothing only had 2 sizes on display, so Lara headed to the back to get my size and put together a dressing room for me. Normally when I go shopping I just pick out items that I am seriously considering buying to try on and often forget to consider how a skirt or top might work within my wardrobe as a whole, so sometimes I end up with pieces that I don’t have much to wear them with. One benefit of shopping with the ModStylist is that Lara put together complete outfits for me to try on together and encouraged me to step a little outside my comfort zone and try on things I wouldn’t normally pick up for myself.

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The not-quite-perfect

Since I’m really into cycling lately, I knew I wanted to try the Where My Picnic People dress first. I was apprehensive about the open midriff, but I was trying to be optimistic because I love, love, love the print! While the top portion fit great, the skirt was too loose and I would be too self-conscious to have my stomach showing while out and about, so unfortunately it was a no-go for me at this time. Next, I tried on the Just This Sway skirt (which is also available in 4 other colors) and Pros and Convertibles top. The skirt was awesome because it has some elastic in the waist to help ensure a good fit and has pockets on the side – always a plus! Although the top was cute, it was too small in the chest for me and I had gapping between buttons.  

I told Lara that I am often drawn to the color blue, so she grabbed the Fittingly Serendipitous dress for me to try and I love the shape and colors. This time the dress was just a little too big in the chest and even after trying to criss-cross the straps since they are convertible, it wasn’t perfect enough for me to purchase that day, but if you’re a gal who often finds that things are too snug in the chest, this would be a good option for you to try! Lastly, I tried on the Jive Got a Feeling capri pants with the Stand Your Fairground and Steadfast Sojourn tops and felt very rockabilly. Although Lara and other employees thought I looked good, I just wasn’t feeling them.

ModCloth IRL | Austin, Texas | Guest Post | She and Hem

The big winners

So, I did end up splurging on three items that I tried on during my appointment! Although I was disappointed about how I looked in the bike print dress, I loved the Great Minds Think of Bikes top, which is flowy and lightweight – perfect for the scorching summer days that will soon be upon us.  I dressed it up for work with a high-waisted skirt and heels.  I also foresee myself wearing it frequently on bike rides with some simple jean shorts and Toms, which is my standard bike outfit in the summer. Also, as soon as I put on the Style Study Skirt in Marine Bio, I knew I would have to have it.  Jellyfish, octopi, coral and fishies? What’s not to love?!  The length is enough to make it work appropriate, so I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of it. I ended up taking it on a work trip to Florida this and paired it with the Freelance Spirit top in Sailboats to create an above-the-sea/below-the-sea combination.

ModCloth IRL | Austin, Texas | Guest Post | She and Hem

Lastly, eggplant believe how much I fell head over heels for the It’s an Inspired Taste dress. Not to sound conceited, but I think I looked radishing. (Come on, how could I not use some corny puns on She & Hem!) And what are veggies great with? Butter. Lots of butter. So, I thought this mural was the perfect backdrop to show off the dress.

ModCloth will be adding new products throughout the 6 weeks that they are in Austin, so I’m sure I’ll be back! For those of you in central Texas, you can find the shop at 249 W. 2nd St. in Austin until May 30th. For those of you in the UK and elsewhere, ModCloth does offer international shipping with a 60 day return window and free international shipping for orders over $150! 

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