Get a Wriggle on!

Get a Wriggle on! | Bristol | She and Hem

Get a Wriggle on! | Bristol | She and Hem

Get a Wriggle on! | Bristol | She and Hem

Get a Wriggle on! | Bristol | She and Hem

Get a Wriggle on! | Bristol | She and Hem

Like all good bloggers, when we get together to shoot a post, we like to shape our entire schedule around food. When shooting a maternity style post recently, we decided to make a day of it, after being invited to try out one of the lunchtime offers on the Wriggle App. Launched in Bristol in 2014, Wriggle provides an easy way to get hold of deals from the best local businesses, from street food to fine dining. Using the app is so simple – you just scroll through the many appealing deals, pick your favourite, purchase, and scoff.

Get a Wriggle on! | Bristol | She and Hem

Get a Wriggle on! | Bristol | She and Hem

Get a Wriggle on! | Bristol | She and Hem

Our chosen deal was the £19 afternoon tea at beautiful Chin! Chin! in Kingsdown, Bristol. It was a tough choice between all of the local eateries, but we both fancied going back to Chin! Chin!, as we’ve previously only been there for Sunday lunch. As we are currently both expecting, there were a few bits of the afternoon tea that we’re not allowed to eat (boo!), but thankfully this was no bother for the staff at Chin! Chin! who kindly made everything pregnancy friendly. Not only that, but both of us have gone completely off hot drinks, a key part of any afternoon tea! It’s a credit to the staff at Chin! Chin! that our waiter knocked up two tasty iced coffees, with beans from the excellent Clifton Coffee Roasters. They were blooming marvelous. In fact, we enjoyed the whole experience so much that we’re going back again today with our BFF Ellie. Thank you Chin! Chin! for looking after us so well. We are now hooked on your incredible double chocolate brownies! 

Get a Wriggle on! | Bristol | She and Hem

Get a Wriggle on! | Bristol | She and Hem

Get a Wriggle on! | Bristol | She and Hem

If you do purchase a Wriggle deal, make sure you upload a photo to Instagram and use the hashtag #wrigglemoment for a chance to win dinner for two!

V&J

We were invited by Wriggle to come and review their service in exchange for this review, but all words and opinions are our own. 

 

Boden in Colour

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Ding ding! It’s new Boden time! The happiest of all occasions. We always get overly excited when a new Boden catalogue lands on the doormat and many a She and Hem whatsapp image is exchanged as we eye up on new favourite pieces. We’ve been super lucky to work with Boden over our blogging years and they really are such a standout brand who never fail to make us smile. They recently celebrated their 25th Birthday so we would just like to wish them many happy returns (perhaps not the best turn of phrase) and here’s to many more colourful years!

Now onto the clothes! I know we’ve been real quiet about it but if you hadn’t heard, both of us our expecting little ones over the coming months. As you can imagine this has had a slight impact on what we’ve been able to wear of late and we were both a bit concerned that our beloved Boden wouldn’t be bump friendly. Ha! How silly we were as thanks to a bit of sizing up (we both went up two sizes) we both managed to comfortably fit into our dream frocks of choice. I (Jo) went for the rather sixties inspired Ursula Dress* which it’s fair to say I’m totally obsessed with. Besides looking, in my opinion, super stylish, it also refuses to crease (and as someone who considers the bedroom floor a wardrobe I applaud this) and is now my absolute go to frock for easy wear. I love the colour, plus the sleeves and pockets mean this dress ticks all my boxes! Victoria plumped for the flattering Mollie Dress* in Navy Eclipsed Spot and oh boy is this the perfect Autumn frock. We love the fun 3/4 length sleeves and the eye catching circle print! Again, it’s a really easy to wear fabric which makes it excellent maternity wear, plus it nips in at all the right places! Victoria was sure looking jolly in her Mollie.

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And what Autumnal outfit isn’t complete without some boots to stomp through the leaves in? We both opted to style our dresses with the iconic Chelsea Boot* and I’m pleased to report that even with my swollen feet (TMI) these boots are outrageously comfy and definitely designed with long autumnal strolls in mind! They are the perfect all rounder and will look fab throughout the season with trousers, skirts and dresses (plus optional chunky tights of course).

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J&V xx

Vintage Style from Love Ur Look

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Vintage Style from Love Ur Look | She and Hem

Vintage Style from Love Ur Look | She and Hem

Vintage Style from Love Ur Look | She and Hem

Around this time last year we picked our favourite colourful tea dresses from Love Ur Look, and they went down a storm. This year, if you can believe it, things have only gone and got even more colourful! Even though we’ve gone with a similar tea dress style, this isn’t a case of same old, same old, as we’ve doubled down on the fun factor with these two beauties. Both dresses look exceptionally pretty with their tie waists and cute sleeves, and they are so flattering that they even do an excellent job of hiding our ever growing baby bumps! Neither are maternity dresses, but that doesn’t hold us back when we see an fabulous frock. We both tend to size up when the dress has a relatively loose fit and it always seems to do the trick, as there was plenty of room for the babies and the huge afternoon tea we ate after the shoot (see here)!

I (Victoria) was blown away with the 1950’s Doris Door Dress*, because it reminds me of all the glorious doors in my Bristol neighbourhood, so much so that I now refer to this as my “Bristol Door Dress”. Hopefully Love Ur Look won’t mind. I’ve only worn it once, but it had so many compliments that I’ve decided save it to wear to a wedding next weekend. I absolutely love the wide neck and big yellow buttons, it’s just so blooming fun! Jo’s equally excellent Pink Candy Print Dress* features cupcakes, donuts, milkshakes and more. Just when you think it couldn’t get any sweeter, you notice the special touches like the yellow rim, giant green buttons and charming cap sleeves. And that’s not even the best Love Ur Look news! Since we shot these pictures, both dresses have gone into the sale. Hooray! It’s especailly good news as I’ve fallen for this Green Apple Shirt Dress. Core blimey. Hopefully I’ll pip everyone else to getting hold of that!

Vintage Style from Love Ur Look | She and Hem

Vintage Style from Love Ur Look | She and Hem

Vintage Style from Love Ur Look | She and Hem

Vintage Style from Love Ur Look | She and Hem

Vintage Style from Love Ur Look | She and Hem

What’s your favourite Love Ur Look piece?

V&Jx

Jo’s East Coast Dresser Hack Blogger Challenge

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Hopefully you all spotted Victoria’s excellent East Coast Challenge post this time last week and now it’s my turn! Hoorah. Just to refresh your memories, the lovely folk at East Coast Nursery invited us to take part in their Dresser Hack Challenge in which each we got to style one of their gorgeous Clara Dresser‘s* using a budget of £50.

After deciding on a bright orange changing mat, in the form of the Diamonds Changing Mat in Coral*, I decided to embrace a colourful theme and set about sourcing some practical bits and bobs to help me store everything I will need. But of course, who needs practical when you can buy bunting, eh? I will admit that this was my very first purchase and comes from patchworkpawprint on Etsy. I bought 3 meters which is more than enough to tie round the top of the dresser. I think it looks really effective and is such a simple way to make the dresser your own.

OK OK, now on to the practical.  As a first time Mum-to-be, I’ll admit this involved quite a lot of heavy Googling as I got lost in other peoples lists and must haves. It can be quite overwhelming, cant it? Thankfully there were a few universal themes and I soon became really excited about furnishing my practical open shelves with baskets of goodies! I couldn’t resist the Set of 2 Knitted Storage Tubs from Next that look like little bears. They are really cute and I decided to use one to store spare baby clothes and the other for muslin squares. I think they look rather lovely on the top shelf next to some spare blankets.

For the bottom shelf, I really wanted a storage system that I could, in future, stop the little one from tipping onto the floor as nobody has time for that! I think I found the perfect solution in the form of Sass and Belle’s Set of 3 Moroccan Geometric Suitcases which I bought from Amazon. They perfectly compliment my bright mat and bunting and offer a really stylish solution to storing all those bits and bobs you need in easy reach. I’ve used one for nappies, one for all the lotions, wipes and creams and one for spare cotton wool balls. Perfect! I’ve got them open at the moment but when baby is crawling it will be super easy to close them up and keep everything safely stored inside.

Finally, a couple of extra touches. I bought some colourful Organiser Caddys, also from Amazon, which perfectly fit to the front of the dresser and create some very easily accessible extra storage. I’ve used one for cotton wool, one for nappy bags and, as I’ve got a lot of hair that I won’t want in the way when I’m trying to change a messy nappy (eugh, gross, poo hair etc), I’ve used one for hair bands. I then also added a couple of extra hooks to the side (the green monkeys which I’ve had for years). I’ve used one to hold a laundry bag (which was a Boden shoe protector bag in a former life) and the other I’ve left free. Perhaps I’ll discover a good use for it once baby comes along!

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So, what do you think? I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out although I imagine this will be neatest it ever looks! It was also so nice to do this challenge and made me feel really prepared for the arrival of the little one in December! So thank you very much, East Coast Nursery.

Jx

Kaleidoscope AW16

She and Hem | Kaleidoscope AW16

She and Hem | Kaleidoscope AW16

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We’ve written about our love of Kaleidoscope before, so we were thrilled when they got in touch to ask if we would like to style some pieces from their new all singing, all dancing Autumn Winter TV ad! We got a bit overexcited (as is standard) when we visited the TV AD shop and were presented with a whole host of autumnal shades, lovely knits and one heck of a faux fur coat. We did sort of go for a bull in a china shop approach to choosing these outfits (we just wanted it all, OK?) but thankfully I think we’ve just about pulled them off!

We both tend to gravitate towards anything yellow so it was no surprise when Victoria plumped for the gorgeous Pleat Detail Elasticated Print Skirt*. After a lot of umming and ahhing she eventually decided to go all matchy matchy on me by teaming it with the Dipped Back Hem Geometric Print Top*. The print is a little darker IRL than we thought it would be but I think it looks flippin’ brilliant and, key for us, is totally pregnancy friendly thanks to the elasticated waistband. It’s going to look so cute this season with thick tights and chunky boots and that top is going to look lovely thrown on with some jeans for an autumnal stroll. I can see both pieces becoming key AW wardrobe staples! Never one to turn down more yellow, Victoria also went for the Open Check Coatigan*, a word neither of us have tired of saying, which is just such a super piece for this time of year. It’s so cosy and the perfect extra layer to wear as the weather turns chillier.

I went for the Tie Neck Print Smock Dress* which has a delightful eye catching print and, my fave, a tie bow collar! I think the whole thing gives off quite a 70s vibe and when I wore it to work this week it received a heck of a lot of compliments. Being pretty pregnant right about now, I sized up a couple of sizes to accommodate the bump so I was a bit concerned about how it might look on me but I needn’t have worried as it’s such a flattering shape and looks fab!  I also couldn’t resist nabbing the Oversized Faux Fur Jacket* which was calling my name from the moment I watched the advert. It’s so fun and so warm! Everyone needs one of these in their wardrobe. I am now desperate for it to get colder!

Shoe wise, we both fell hard for the Pom Pom Detail Lurex Pumps* which, thankfully for us, Kaleidoscope were happy for us both to style! Shake your pom poms, indeed! They are so great and the perfect flats for party season thanks to their furry friend and, did we mention, they are super sparkly too!

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You can buy all of these pieces on the Kaleidoscope AW TV AD shop!

J&V x

 

 

Afternoon Tea at Hotel Du Vin, Bristol.

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Afternoon Tea at Hotel Du Vin, Bristol | She and Hem

Afternoon Tea at Hotel Du Vin, Bristol | She and Hem

Afternoon Tea at Hotel Du Vin, Bristol | She and Hem

Last weekend, we were invited out of She & Hem towers to sample the new afternoon tea at Hotel Du Vin in the heart of Bristol. We’re happy to announce that it was, in the words of Mary Berry, absolutely scrumptious. Served daily from 12pm to 6pm, Hotel Du Vin have added their own spin to the traditional afternoon tea, by combining standard savories such as salmon sandwiches and sumptuous scones, with more unusual treats in the form of chocolate tea cakes and candy floss. Yes, you heard correctly, sugary sweet candy floss as part of an afternoon tea. What a treat! We had a lovely few hours devouring the two courses, admiring the gorgeous hotel and even making new blogger friends (Hi New Mum OnlinePurple Ella and Forget Me Knit!). What a perfect Sunday!

Jo and I (Victoria) have both previously had the pleasure of staying at Hotel Du Vin, and after attending this event, we are both lusting after a return visit. A former Sugar House with contemporary loft style bedrooms and exposed brickwork, it’s definitely one of the most luxurious hotels in Bristol. In fact, the hotel’s restaurant is so inviting that when my husband and I stayed over recently for my birthday, we decided to eat in the hotel, something we rarely ever do.

Unfortunately, neither myself nor Jo were able to partake in the cocktail tasting this time around (damn babies!), so we’re itching to go back in a few months time to try the new drinks menu, all created especially for the hotel by the Bristol staff. Don’t feel too sorry for us though, as the ever accommodating Hotel Du Vin were more than happy to whizz up some iced coffee’s just for us! Turns out this pregnancy thing does have it’s perks.

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Thank you for having us Hotel Du Vin, we hope to see you again very soon!

V&J

 

Victoria’s East Coast Dresser Hack Blogger Challenge

Victoria's East Coast Nursery Dresser Hack Blogger Challenge | She and Hem

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Victoria's East Coast Nursery Dresser Hack Blogger Challenge | She and Hem

If you are a regular She and Hem reader or follow us on social media, you probably know that both Jo and I (Victoria) are pregnant, and it’s blooming brilliant! Although a complete coincidence (we’re not that well organised!), it’s weirdly wonderful to be expecting your first child at the same time as your BFF. Especially when they’re a little way ahead of you, so you can pester them with questions like ‘Did you ever get weird pains here?’, ‘What’s the whopping cough jab like?’ and more importantly, ‘What on earth is going to happen to my belly button?!’.

Another thing we chat about pretty much constantly is baby equipment. Prams, cots and all of the things you’ve never needed to think about can become quite overwhelming, and cause your bank balance (and husband) to wince uncontrollably. With that in mind, when East Coast Nursery offered us both the chance to take part in a blogger challenge to style the Clara Dresser*, we jumped at the chance to tick an item off of our shopping list and really start preparing for our little arrivals! Some would say a dresser is not an essential item, but I was particularly keen to get one to act as an additional storage solution. As soon as I put it together I could tell it was going to be so much easier to store all of the baby changing accessories in one organised place, and hopefully quicker to change the little rascal too! Styling the dresser was lots of fun, and I’m dead chuffed with the end result. It feels pretty lovely to have something ready for the baby.

I themed the styling around the Chevron Changing Mat* from East Coast, as I just really love a chevron. I decided to buy grey chevron storage to hold the essentials, some blankets for post-change swaddling, and a few yellow chevron sheets, just because. I also popped a couple of outfits in a gorgeous wooden basket for any emergency clothing changes! But, where will you put the dirty clothes, I hear you ask. After pondering this very question, I came up with the following tip top blogger hack! As the shelves are a bit small for laundry storage, I decided to create my own by attaching a removable suction hook from Ikea (seen below), to which I hung a light laundry bag. Pretty and practical? Yes indeed. No baby brain around here!

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Victoria's East Coast Nursery Dresser Hack Blogger Challenge | She and Hem

Victoria's East Coast Nursery Dresser Hack Blogger Challenge | She and Hem

Look out for Jo’s blogger challenge next week!

Vx

 

Our Next Maternity Post

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Our Next Maternity Post | She and Hem

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Hopefully you’ve read all about our first foray into dressing for pregnancy? Well, we enjoyed it so much we thought we’d give it another go and style these super flattering frocks in…wait for it…our Next maternity post. Get it? Good. These Next dresses are both so great at camouflaging bumps that it’s very easy to forget you are pregnant whilst strolling around in them! Whilst browsing their selection of pregnancy pieces, I (Victoria) was a drawn the Green Floral Print Maternity Dress*, as it looked super cosy and smart enough to throw on easily for any occasion, which I hear is really handy when you’ve suddenly got a little person to look after 24/7. I was chuffed when it arrived and really love the long sleeves and cute leaf print.

Jo’s Grey Stripe Rib Skater Maternity Dress* is another super casual number, but it also looks excellent jazzed up with some spotty tights and a trusty black hat. I can see her teaming it with a cute jacket and thick tights over the next few months and it’s bound to become a staple piece. It would have been a crime not to wear it with those dazzling Gold/Black Block Heel Brocade Boots* (can we talk about how amazing Next’s shoes are at the moment?) and I can confirm that they have been complimented so many times already! They are sure to be firm Autumn favourites – as long as the pesky swollen ankles stay away! While we are on the subject of shoes, if you are not a fan of the metallic trend don’t give these shoes the boot, as my Fringed Loafers* also come in trusty black, pretty print and sizzling snake print. We (plus bumps!) are now both ready to hit the cooler climate in style, thank you Next!

Our Next Maternity Post | She and Hem

Our Next Maternity Post | She and Hem

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Have you tried the Next maternity range yet?

V&Jx

Flying High with Emily and Fin

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It’s no big secret how much we love Emily and Fin. We get excited about every new collection and love seeing what new fun prints they’ve come out with. Their Autumn/Winter collection sees a bevvy of berry shades and navy niceties with their signature prints and shapes to match. Marvellous!

Once it had safely landed on the website, we were both instantly taken with the Come Fly With Me print which features a fleet of aeroplanes ready to take our wardrobe to new heights! Victoria was actually even able to name the planes (a Douglas DC-6, Douglas DC-3 and a Ford Trimotor apparently) a fact I’m not sure I’ve come to terms with just yet – impressive! We decided to fasten our seat-belts and jetted off to our local park where, sadly, there wasn’t a complimentary bag of peanuts in sight. Despite this, we made ourselves a runway and declared these outfits ready for take off! And yes, we are pretending to be planes in that photo. What of it?

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My Claudia dress* is classic Emily and Fin. I always love this shape as it’s nicely fitted and the capped raglan sleeves make me so happy. The full skirt is anything but plane (sorry) and has small box pleats which make it super flattering and perfect for twirling about in!  Also, it has pockets (for any complimentary peanuts that may come your way) which we all know is the key to my heart. Victoria, in her jazzy trousers and shirt combo, has truly stepped out of our Emily and Fin comfort zone! Fortunately, I’m pleased to report she hasn’t hit any fashion turbulence and looks fabulous! Her slim-fitting cropped Jamie Trousers* make for a pleasant departure (who doesn’t love a novelty print trouser?) from our usual frocks and they look (in my opinion) really rather high fashion when teamed with the Dreamy Deco Floral print  in the Lara Shirt*. It’s such a fab retro print and is available in dress form too.

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Thanks for the landing gear, Emily and Fin! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

J&V

Bristol Fashion Week A\W 2016 with Henry Holland

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Bristol Fashion Week A\W 2016 with Henry Holland

Bristol Fashion Week A\W 2016 with Henry Holland

Every September, The Mall in Bristol is the place to head to if you are looking to gaze upon a catwalk of high street trends to suit every age, style and budget. TV stylist Mark Heyes is joined by a different celebrity co-host every season, and this year we were both particularly excited to hear that it was going to be Henry Holland. We are big fans of Henry’s hip label House of Holland, and are always terribly sad not to be invited to his London Fashion Week shows (hint hint Henry), as they are consistently colourful, expressive and fun, which is what fashion is all about to us. Because of our passion for the (ever so) slightly flamboyant, some of the trends seen at Bristol Fashion Week, such as Military and Gothic, are a tad chic and sophisticated for us colour lovers.

Nevertheless, we were really pleased to see She and Hem favourites Cath Kidston feature for the first time in the Mismatch trend, starring many items we already own. Lovely stuff! Also, the pink and yellow combo, seen above, as part of the Animal trend from John Lewis really floats our boat. Although Bristol Fashion Week is now finished for this season, we picked up a few tips from Mark and Henry that will hopefully see us all through until next September. For instance, if you can’t wait to try out the military trend, be subtle, as you don’t want to look like you’re actually marching into battle. You could also soften the trend with romantic frilled blouses, which we spotted in the Opulence section of the show from Marks and Spencer. Thanks for having us BFW. See you next year!

Bristol Fashion Week A\W 2016 with Henry Holland

Bristol Fashion Week A\W 2016 with Henry Holland Bristol Fashion Week A\W 2016 with Henry Holland

Bristol Fashion Week A\W 2016 with Henry Holland

Bristol Fashion Week A\W 2016 with Henry Holland

Did you attend a BFW show? If so, what was your favourite trend?

V&J