So we had babies: The Next chapter

So we had babies: The Next chapter | She and Hem

So we had babies: The Next chapter | She and Hem

So we had babies: The Next chapter | She and Hem

Yep, we are both mothers now and surviving on a healthy diet of coffee, chocolate and Netflix. It has been so wonderful to go through the start of this journey together (Poppy is currently 8 weeks and Ada just 4) and 3am Whatsapp messaging has quickly become our new normal. We are so looking forward to our blog changing and growing with our new little people in tow.

Fashion wise, one obvious change is our newfound desire for buttons! Both of us are breastfeeding (and blimmin’ heck they don’t tell you how hard it is, do they?) so easy access is key. Much like maternity wear, the majority of nursing clothes don’t appear to be designed for the fashion conscious and jeez if you thought finding stylish maternity wear was hard, high street nursing clothes are practically non existent. Thankfully, it’s so far proven fairly easy to work around this and when Next asked us if we would like to style some pieces from their new collection, we were super happy to find some styles that were not only fashionable but ticked all of our bf friendly requirements (hello, dungarees).

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We gave these looks quite the road test on a chilly afternoon catching up with friends whilst eating, drinking and breastfeeding our way around Bristol’s hella trendy and exceptionally tasty Wapping Wharf. When putting our outfits together, I had to step out of my comfort zone a little as, to be honest, I really wanted to style the floral ruffle dress that featured in the latest Double Thumbs Dresses! However, as lovely as it is, I’d only be able to wear it when my little girl doesn’t need quick and easy access, and I don’t see that happening any time soon. And so on this occasion, I decided to be sensible and go for the Linen Shirt Dress*, and I actually really love it!  I couldn’t resist adding some colour and layering the dress with the Blue Heart Sweater*. It’s so cute! I also picked a pair of simple Tan Loafers*, which are wonderfully comfortable thanks to the soft sole, and have also made a nice change from my usual brogues.

Jo also rocked the layering trend by teaming the Patched Demin Pinafore* with the ‘very She and Hem’ Cat Print Top*, which received a ton of compliments. Bravo Next, people blooming love cats. I can see the pinafore being quite the staple in Jo’s wardrobe this season. It’s great for nursing and stands up to any weather, as you can pile on the layers or wear it with bare legs…once it gets slightly warmer! With regards to shoes, Jo also went for a practical (yet fun!) pair of Floral Skater Shoes*. Although it was the coldest day of the year and my car broke down on the way home, it was such a thrill for both of us to be shooting outfit posts together again!

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So we had babies: The Next chapter | She and Hem

Keep an eye out on our Instagram to see what Poppy and Ada chose from the new Next Baby collection!

J&Vx

Double Thumbs Dresses #89

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! We both had our babies over Christmas and New Year (check out our Instagram for lots of baby spam) so the blog has had to take a bit of a back seat while we both spend time with our beautiful newborns and learn how to function on very little sleep! I am just about coming out of the foggy mess that was the first few weeks and, as my baby has decided to take a nap, I thought I’d dust off the old keyboard and find some dreamy dresses!

*FYI click on the image for a direct link to the dress*

Stripe Belted Dress £55 from Yumi
Stripe Belted Dress £55 from Yumi

First up, we are absolutely loving the new Yumi collection! It’s full of beautiful bold colours, fun prints and some excellent frocks! Our pick of the bunch is this Kate Spade-esque striped beauty. It’s a clear winner and, thanks to those lovely buttons, breast feeding friendly too! Hoorah.

Posy Shirt Dress £90 from Boden
Posy Shirt Dress £90 from Boden

We always love seeing what Boden have up their highly fashionable sleeve and their latest offerings are, as is to be expected, rather wonderful indeed. We are digging this retro long-sleeved shirt dress (BF friendly once again!) that has a super flattering fit and flare shape. It is however the fab botanical garden print that makes this one a knock out! If pink isn’t your thang it’s also available in navy.

Flower Power Pleats Dress £95 from & Other Stories
Flower Power Pleats Dress £95 from & Other Stories

Oh my God it’s like a magical unicorn threw up on a dress! This & Other Stories number is simply heavenly. It has everything! Pleats! Frills! Buttons! Colours! Sleeves! Flares! As the kids say, I die.

Ponte Fluted Dress £22 from Tu Clothing at Sainsburys
Ponte Fluted Dress £22 from Tu Clothing at Sainsburys

How dreamy is this dress by TU? I always find Sainsbury’s have incredible clothes but sadly for me (not so much for my bank balance) my local store doesn’t stock fashion. It’s a good job they sell some of their pieces online now! Anyhoo, I’m totally obsessed with those fluted sleeves!

Fast Cars Pleated Dress £75 from Cath Kidston
Fast Cars Pleated Dress £75 from Cath Kidston
Dino Sleeveless Dress £60 from Cath Kidston
Dino Sleeveless Dress £60 from Cath Kidston

Argh my novelty print klaxon cannot cope with these new Cath Kidston dresses! I also cannot cope with the fact that I won’t be able to wear either until I’ve stopped breast feeding. I NEED BUTTONS, PEOPLE. The fast car print is excellent fun and I actually really love the beige colour it’s set against. This new CK shape with sleeves and pleats is also a winner and one I hope we see more of in the future. The roarsome dinosaurs are also a sure fire hit especially as they appear on the classic CK sleeveless shape. I am all about those hidden pockets.

Poppy Print Waisted Dress £46 from Warehouse
Poppy Print Waisted Dress £46 from Warehouse

As my new baby (have I mentioned that I had a baby?) is called Poppy, it’s only right that my wardrobe should be full of them. Weirdly, the high street seems to know about this as poppy prints seem to be popping up left right and center. This Warehouse number is my current fave, mostly due to that stretchy waistband. I am all about a bit of stretch right now.

Floral Print Ruffle Trim Dress £62 from Next
Floral Print Ruffle Trim Dress £62 from Next

Good ol’ Next have got some lovely pieces in at the moment. There’s just so much detail on this stunning floral print and the high neck looks so fab with the ruffles and long sleeves. Dreamy.

Ruffle Striped Shift Dress £45 from M&S
Ruffle Striped Shift Dress £45 from M&S

Speaking of ruffles, I am also a big fan of this nautical but nice striped shift dress from M&S. It’s such a great silhouette and, praise be, there are buttons!

Frilled dress £25.99 from Pull and Bear
Frilled dress £25.99 from Pull and Bear

Last but not least, it would be remiss to be this close to Valentine’s Day and not feature a red dress! This frilled frock from Pull and Bear ticks all the V Day boxes and it’s a bit of a bargain too. You’re welcome.

Jx

#MothertoAnother

#MothertoAnother | She and Hem

With their awesome #MothertoAnother campaign, JoJo Maman Bebe have made it their mission to help hundreds of refugee children in Lebanon, as well children and families in the UK and Ireland who are in crisis. They have done a staggering job over the past two years, and have collected and delivered over 60,000 pieces of unwanted clothing and 20,000 pairs of shoes. This not only benefits the children receiving the items, but stops the clothing from going into landfill. Good work JoJo! This year, they would really love your help to do even better, and here’s how:

#MothertoAnother | She and Hem

JoJo Maman Bebe will be collecting donations in all of their 80 stores from 22nd February to 26th March 2017. For more details, please check out the #MothertoAnother page on their website, including how to claim your £5 Thank You voucher. Lovely stuff!

If you can, please share this post with any parents you know. These children have so little, so any help we can give makes a genuine difference.

V&J