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….
We are cray cray about Cath Kidston‘s crayon print! Isn’t it fabulous? Surely one of their best ever and that’s saying something! I adore those multicolored pencils and the shirt dress makes for a refreshing CK change. There’s also an equally fab skirt in this print online but I am waiting for the pencil shoes that we spied at the press day to appear! My feet will not be stationary when they do.
You all know that I am gaga for a hot air balloon print so I was pretty over the moon when I discovered this beauty on La Redoute. It’s just gorgeous and I love the colourful balloons against the navy – it’s like they’ve all gone for a midnight fiesta. Also, this dress has pockets.
Yes! Yes! Everything Yes! This is the pinkest, floatiest thing I have ever seen! This ASOS frock wins the award for jazziest sleeves with those insane fluttery numbers.
And now for a slightly more demure shade of pink thanks to this Warehouse prom dress. It’s so pretty! The lace overlay is the stuff of my dreams and I love the skater skirt shape. Pastel perfection!
There is something about this Lost Ink (from ASOS) dress that is just calling my name. I love it! There’s just so much detail to admire, from the wonderful contrasting black ribbon trim and bows to the ruffle detail around the neckline. The sleeves are also just heavenly. Defo go watch the video if you don’t believe me!
And another cutie number from ASOS who are really smashing it out the park as per. This is another dress with adorable sleeves that also have the most delightful ruffle detail. There are so many pleats, overlays and trims to admire that I’m not really sure where to start.
Last but not least we have this Summer stunner courtesy of Ted Baker (from John Lewis). It’s so whimsical and romantic thanks to that beautiful lightweight material. I am clearly all about my frills at the moment with that lovely high neckline. Plus the floral print is a bit of alright too.
Would you just look at that beautiful camper van? A green dream parked in the perfect spot for a pair of bloggers celebrating their THIRD blog birthday! We can’t believe that She and Hem is now three years old. Happy Birthday to us! Thank you to everyone who has followed our little blogger journey this far. We are so thrilled with how far we’ve come, and are super excited about the future. Who knows what we will be up to in three years time? We’d love for She and Hem to grow and grow.
The sun is finally shining here in Bristol, so we grabbed our cameras and hit the road with our gorgeous new summer dresses from Carousel, who we discovered last year. If you love fun and colourful prints, you should definitely check them out. Both of our dresses are from Irish brand Circus, who love all things vintage. Jo wears the Loretta Tree Dress*, which is inspired by the dresses of the 1940’s with a cute tie waist and flattering shape. The fun tree print will be prefect for posing next to the pink blossom trees that seem to take over Bristol during Springtime. I (Victoria) am wearing the vivid blue Gina Parrot Dress*, which has more of a 1950’s shape with a gorgeous flared A-line skirt. The shirt style makes this dress an excellent transitional piece, which will see me through the Spring and Summer seasons.
We accessorized these darling dresses with polkadot tights from UK Tights*, and matching pastel clutch bags from Aspire Style*. Jo’s dandy dachshund necklace, seen above, is from Tatty Devine. He’s so adorable! The matching silver shoes were a completely unplanned coincidence, we just seem to have quite the knack for twinning. Jo’s pumps are from Topshop and my loafers are from Boden.
So all of your presents are wrapped and your poor pet turkey’s legs are quivering, but have you got your New Year’s Eve outfit sorted yet? No? Well, don’t fret, as we’ve picked the perfect party pieces from Sugarhill Boutique that will help you shimmy your way into 2016. Go glam this NYE!
It is often said that I (Victoria) have a heart of gold. So this Betsy Jacquard Shift dress*, which is covered in a bunch of golden hearts, really called out to me. Now that I’m officially Mrs Valentine, I feel it is acceptable, nay demanded, that I wear any novelty Valentine inspired prints at all times. I’m probably the only person more excited about February 14th than Christmas Day. I have a day named after me guys (sort of…)!
Back to the dress, it’s not just the hearts I’m into, oh no. The shape is super flattering, and the short sleeves are smart and chic. Almost perfect, but alas neither this dress, nor the Philippa Tweed Jacquard dress* that Jo is wearing, feature pockets, a must have here at She & Hem towers. However, what Jo’s dress does have is those awesome jazzy straps and the most gorgeous texture. While shooting these photos, we both agreed that Sugarhill Boutique are just so consistent, in terms of style and quality. You can wear their pieces over and over again (and I do!!) and they stay in tip top condition.
If you are not planning on a big night out on the 31st, but still want to wear something special, you could layer a party dress with some nifty knitwear. Jo picked the Hatsy Chunky Lurex cardigan* to wear over her glitzy frock and I’ve got a feeling I’m going to be seeing her in it a lot over the upcoming months. It’s sparkle is pretty, yet subtle enough to make this the ideal cosy coverup to wear to work to beat those January blues. She added a touch of extra sparkle by adding gold glitter to her roots! Snazzy! This was achieved by mixing glitter with Rush’s Lift & Defy Root Lift. What do you think? I wore the Georgia Heart Sequin sweater* over my betsy dress, as I love a bit of heart synergy and it’s got the cutest collar of 2015!
Have you been looking for some fabulous (yet affordable!) vintage pieces to jazz up your wardrobe, without a moth ball in sight? Well, look no further dear, stylish reader! Let us introduce you to the wonderful Thirty 8 Birds over at ASOS Marketplace. You are most welcome.
Considering I (Victoria) am completely obsessed with ASOS, I’m quite embarrassed that it has taken me this long to seriously explore ASOS Marketplace. Now that I have, I’m completely hooked. With 800 boutiques selling new and vintage items from around the world, I will never have to leave the house to go shopping again. Hopefully Jo will agree my proposal to rename the blog She and Hermit.
Jo wore white vintage 90’s dungarees with black polka-dots, black tights from UK Tights and a mustard top from Marks and Spencer. She accessorised with flat black boots from Topshop, heart sunglasses from Moschino via TK Maxx and one of the best novelty bags I’ve ever seen (and I’m not just saying that because I bought it for her…) from Next, which is also available here. In true She and Hem style, we decided to go a little matchy matchy, so I wore monochrome gingham dungarees, which are still available here, with black tights from UK Tights. My white chunky heels were an awesome ASOS bargain and my coordinating polka-dot sunglasses are from Primark.
On the short walk home from the shoot we found the perfect place to sit, have a quick catch up, throw blossom at each other and think of the perfect quote for the Tombola’s True Friendship feature, and here is what we came up with!
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If you are a regular reader of our blog you will know how much we love Poppy. So much so that dresses from the Budgie Collection even feature on our blog business cards! They are so pretty, there is really nothing fowl about them! Poppy are really spoiling us this season, as they have not only released the Budgie Collection, but also the insanely gorgeous Kew Gardens Collection. Inspired by a day trip to Kew Gardens, the fun floral prints are so good that we may need to call the garden police for some lawn and order. They are definitely our favourite designs since the Hardware Collection.
During our photoshoot with the lovely Poppy team for the seriously cool Snowstorm Collection, we were very lucky ladies indeed and posed for a few photographs in these four glorious pieces before they were even released! Thanks Poppy! Above Victoria wears the Iris Navy Budgie dress and Jo wears the Mabel White Budgie dress. Below, Victoria wears the Freda Orchard White, and Jo wears Freda Kew Gardens, whilst we try our hardest to look Kew(t).
Since taking the leap from avid blog readers, to bonny bona fide bloggers, we have been fortunate enough to be offered some wonderful opportunities that neither of us would ever previously have dreamed of. Each time an amazing email arrives in our inbox or when we receive an extra special tweet, we have to pinch ourselves that individuals and brands we have loved and coveted, often for much of our adult lives, enjoy our blog and value the time and effort we put in to making sure each post is special. There are the hours spent on Thesaurus.com trying to expand explicate our vocabularies lexicon, the sifting through the 99% of blog photos where our eyes are shut, flies are undone or we just look too awkward. Not to mention the cost of the constant stream of make up it takes to make us look half decent. Blogging can be time consuming and often a bit of a challenge, but we blooming love it. We get to work on our hobby on a daily basis! Quite honestly, even in the short space of time since we launched in 2013, She and Hem has been life changing.
One of our most magical blogging days so far came in the form of the most fun we have ever had a photoshoot with Poppy. A brand we had featured time and time (and time) again before we had met, as we both absolutely adore every charming storybook inspired piece they design. Sometimes it’s OK to fangirl. Want to know a secret? Of course you do! Well, we’ve seen their new collection, and much like the Snowstorm collection featured here, it is all magnificent!
Thank you to Bryony and everyone at Poppy for being so awesome and creating some of our favourite ever photos. You rock!
Whenever I get the opportunity, I love to spend a long weekend exploring areas of the UK that I’ve never visited. Even better, I like re-visiting places I travelled to as a child on a jolly family jaunt, seeing what has changed and what hasn’t. Although Devon is somewhere I’ve frequented many times before, I always love going back, as it holds very special memories and well, it’s just such a beautiful place. Whilst I was there visiting Bovey Castle recently, I found the most glorious country garden. It definitely wasn’t seedy!
As luck (read: much planning) would have it, I was dressed in my finest florals. I bought this Zara dress for the Vogue Festival in March and think that it’s got some real staying power! I’m sure it’ll be a staple for several summers to come. I can also see it creeping into my winter wardrobe, perhaps frolicking with a cable knit jumper, thick tights and boots. As I was popping into Exeter to enjoy all it has to offer, I wore my trusty and super comfortable humble oak brogues from Clarks teamed with fun yellow New Look sunglasses, my Boden bag* and a tan belt from ASOS. You could perhaps say that my choice was outstanding in it’s field (I hope that one wasn’t funnier in my head!).
I hope you enjoyed weeding about my own secret garden party!
During a (slightly soggy) weekend away in Devon, I popped along to the beautiful Bovey Castle for a delicious afternoon tea in front of their roaring fire, which soon warmed my cockles! It was the perfect opportunity to wear this incredible and slightly Twin Peaks-esque embroidered ‘Dreaming My Life Away’ dress from Rivers and Roads*. It has all of the features I love in a dress; a flared skirt, sleeving and a distinctive print, as well as managing to stay comfortable whilst looking swish enough to wear on a sophisticated jolly in Dartmoor!
To dress it up ever so slightly I wore my black New Look cut out block heels, which I hurried back to New Look to purchase after wearing the silver version to the Company Awards last month, as they were exceptionally comfortable. I accessorised my look with a heavy downpour, a glass of fizz and a belly full of cake!
Hello! It’s Double Thumbs time again! Your round up of the dresses we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. Let’s get cracking.
Beep beep! The top spot this week has got to go to this ridiculously great London Buses print from the ever wonderful Cath Kidston! Will they ever bring out a bad print? We are off to their A/W press day on Thursday and I can only imagine the level of fan-girling that’s going to happen.
I am loving all the fruity prints on the high-street at the moment but, as a fan of all things yellow, the lemon has to be my favourite. This lovely summer dress by Louche is available from Joy, who are opening up in Bristol this week! Be warned, bank balance. Be warned.
Victoria and I popped into Monsoon last week and spent a good while cooing over their Fusion range. This vintage inspired floral print dress was a clear favourite! The pattern and shape are so pretty!
How adorable is this organza dress from Chicwish? It’s so cute! I love all of the embroidery detailing and the colours are just perfect.
This 60s style Motel dress is a bit of a winner in my eyes! Heck, anything which features the description ‘citrus waffle’ is always going to grab my attention. I am also always a sucker for a peter pan collar. Dreamy! Oh and FYI, you can get 20% off at Motel using the code ‘sheandhem’. You are welcome.
Bargain of the week comes in the style of this marvelous neon pink gingham dress from F&F! A tenner! It’s a great loose jersey fit, so perfect for those glorious summer BBQs…. I’ll take three!
Last but not least is this fabulous frock from Oliver Bonas. The floral print is simply stunning and the lightweight fabric, slightly flared skirt and short sleeves make it a perfect go to summer dress.
One of our favourite things about being a blogging duo (other than always having someone around to tell you that you have cookie in your hair) is planning and partaking in joint shoots. We’ve really mastered the art of prancing around in front of a camera in public spaces while trying to act super casual when a bunch of tourists walk past. Believe me, when you are dressed in matching floral dresses at 9am on a sunny day in Bath, this can be quite tricky…but it’s always hilarious!
I embraced my inner lady (she’s in there somewhere….) and wore pink AND hearts. I kept my look pretty simple, not only because we popped to do to this shoot en-route to Manchester, but also because I often think that a dress with this much awesome floralness going on deserves all of the attention! Jo kindly lent me her white Amazon sunglasses to compliment my very respectable New Look pink block heels. Wow, becoming a fashion blogger has really broadened my girly horizons!
Jo’s wondrous look, which I’ve decided to call ‘laid-back glam’, features those lush Topshop sunglasses and She and Hem staples, brown Topshop brogues. The vintage elements are brought to you in the form of a beauteousOlivia Burton watch and vintage brown belt, with simple black George tights. Our fab dresses are both from my new favourite people, Traffic People*!
Now go and enjoy this marvelous sunshine Hemsters!