Last week I (Victoria) woke up to the lovely surprise that I had been featured on People of Bristol, an awesome Instagram account that we follow. It was fellow Bristol blogger Lily from Lily Doughball who recognised me, presumably by my oh so subtle Peanut Butter jumper, and I was pretty chuffed about it. Thanks for the tip Lily!
People of Bristol is an account that posts illustrations of those who catch the eye of children’s and commercial illustrator Nicola Colton, and I was spotted waiting for my husband outside Cafe Kino, one of our favourite spots in Bristol. As it was a sunny, busy Saturday afternoon, he had popped into see if there was enough space to take the buggy in. Nicola captured me so well considering I must have been there, rocking my little one to and fro, for less than a minute or so. What a professional! Jo and I are hoping she might venture into blog illustrations…
Alongside my Peanut Butter jumper, I was also wearing my swimmers print ankle grazers (posted about here) from Laura Ashley with my faithful yellow Superga’s. Comfy, colourful and fun all round. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Nicola’s wonderful illustrations and to find out if anyone else spots themselves. Keep your eyes peeled, people of Bristol!
Check out the People of Bristol Instagram here and Nicola’s Instagram page here,
Having fun with fashion is something that’s important to both of us and something that we’ve both desperately clung on to throughout pregnancy and now new motherhood! It’s blimmin’ hard though when your body keep changing! We both optimistically assumed we’d be squeezing back into our old pre-pregnancy shirt dresses but boo hoo those new big boobs aren’t having any of it! This has resulted in a fair amount of laziness with jeans and tops becoming an everyday go to whilst all those glorious novelty prints are resigned to the back of the wardrobe.
So we were so excited to receive these breastfeeding friendly beauties from the new Sugarhill Boutique SS17 collection and somehow managed to take some outfit shots whilst Poppy and Ada slept in their prams (just out of shot!). We felt like a couple of super mums as we balanced our camera on a buggy and set it to self time – haha! So professional.
Both dresses are such an excellent length and thanks to their simple but stylish nature, a doddle to accessorize! Victoria is wearing the vintage inspired Beatrice Sundress* in a lovely stripes and heart print that’s exclusive to the Sugarhill Boutique website. She teamed it with an M&S red belt and her brown boots from Boden* (similar here). The cut is going to be perfect for Summer and, naturally, we love the full skirt and pockets combo. I (Jo) am sporting the Laria Roll Sleeve Palm Print Shirt Dress* which features a dreamy floral palm print that I’m quite obsessed with. I love yellow and navy together so I added a pop of colour with my belt (the dress does come with a matching tie belt though, if you’d rather) and finished off with my yellow and silver shoes from Kaleidoscope*. This dress is so floaty and soft that’s it’s very comfy to wear. Ideal!
Many thanks to Sugarhill Boutique for our new frocks!
We’ve got a spring in our step thanks to Kaleidoscope who have just launched their #SpringCleanYourWardrobe campaign. They kindly asked us to choose a few pieces from their latest collection to show how we transition between the seasons, while keeping things fresh! As well as transitioning between seasons, we are also transitioning into dressing like badass Mothers! This has meant a bit of a shift in style for us both and has meant we are looking for practically as well as things that are fashionable.
As the weather is pretty changeable at the moment, we both plumped for a cropped trouser. Victoria went for the Culotte Dungarees* which she described as ‘an enjoyable length’. Take from that what you will. They are an excellent update on your bog standard dungaree and are perfect for layering with either a cute t-shirt or a jumper, depending on the temperature. Ever the renegade, Victoria did neither of those things and styled them with the rather jazzy Graduated Spot Print Blouse* instead. This was chosen due to its striking resemblance to a baby sensory book and we are pleased to report that Ada approves! Babies are always on the brain now here at She and Hem! The Snakeskin Panel Backpack looks great but was slightly smaller than expected so it will have to come back out when changing bags aren’t an essential! However if you don’t need to cart around loads of stuff it’s a lovely piece!
I (Jo) went for the outrageously green Button Detail Cropped Trousers*. Thanks to their high waist, I find these are so incredibly comfy to wear and I really like the button detailing around the pockets. I was a bit worried that I would find it difficult to style them but actually I really like how they pop against other colours. I teamed them with the nautical Dipped Hem Stripe Shirt* which ticks both my breast feeding friendly box and the no need to iron box! A double winner. The fabric is a lovely soft flowing material making it perfect for warmer days and I love how versatile it is. I’ll be wearing it a lot! Bag wise, I went for the Cross Hatch Saddle Bag* because I’m a sucker for pink! It does come with a long pink strap but I swapped mine for the Brighten Up Your Day bag strap* from Cath Kidston. I think the yellow and the pink looks excellent together! I also choose the floral bomber because I really struggle to find lightweight jackets and I like that I’m able to pop it in my rucksack if the sun decides to shine unexpectedly.
Finally, shoes! We are both wearing T-Bar Pointed Toe Pumps which are surprisingly comfy (we’ve been burned by flat sandals before – ouch!).
We love any excuse to visit our very attractive next door neighbour, Bath. A quick hop on the train at Temple Meads and a few minutes later you are in the the World Heritage Site of dreams. As you exit Bath Spa station you are immediately thrust into its newest quater, SouthGate… and not a Gareth in sight (niche joke there). It might be relatively new but thanks to the way it has been built, it blends seamlessly into its Georgian surroundings. We just love the quirky sense of fun that’s usually evident when you walk around. Last year they hung colourful umbrellas high in the air (we’ve embedded our Instagram photo of this at the bottom of the post but please note they aren’t there anymore!) and followed that up with some equally fab bicycles. We aren’t sure if they’ve got anything similar planned for this year but even while we were there a phonebox was being painted a fetching shade of yellow.
And great news! A bunch of tasty new restaurants have recently opened at the centre, including Comptoir Libanais, Thaikhun and the incredibly named Absurd Bird! To celebrate this, we were set a food and fashion challenge by the team at SouthGate which was literally the greatest challenge ever as it basically involved us buying clothes and eating food with a £150 budget. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.
We were first asked to choose one of their fashion retailers to buy an outfit from. We plumped for Topshop because we both really wanted new jeans and theirs are the best in our opinion! We had a great time scouring their sale rails and each managed to buy a top and jeans without blowing our £100 clothing budget. We were both a little nervous about how we would manage trying on clothes with the babies (in buggies) with us but we needn’t have worried as the lovely assistant in Topshop sectioned off a whole area of the changing room for us. For the record, Topshop had no idea we were coming or what we were doing whilst we were there so this was in no way special treatment. It was so refreshing to see a major brand go out of their way to help two flustered mums. Hooray! We then changed into our snazzy new get up and headed for the next part of the challenge, dinner!
We spent a bit of time researching our food options before spotting the outrageously colourful Comptoir Libanais on Instagram. It was right up our street! Whoever designed the interiors for this Lebanese chain is our kind of human. Its like dining in a kaleidoscope. We were also big fans of the menu and opted to share a few of their hot & cold mezze dishes as well as a pretty epic salmon salad. We are also now obsessed with their frozen lemonade. If it’s green it must be healthy, right? Either way, it was so flippin’ tasty.
Like the troopers we are, we managed to squeeze in dessert and another tasty drink (this time it was the iced fresh rose mint tea – yum!). Victoria plumped for the baklawa which was very tasty indeed and I (Jo) went for the pomegranate and orange blossom yoghurt which was a nice light option after getting messy with the mezze.
Technically we failed our challenge as we actually went £2 over our £150 spend but that was mostly because we couldn’t resist pudding! We were so impressed with Comptoir Libanais and can’t wait to go back and try more of the dishes.
If you like our looks then here you can find Victoria’s Jamie Jeans* and my Jonie Jeans*. The cactus print shirt and spotty affair were both sale finds so we recommend heading into store if you want to track them down.
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! Remember back in February when I said I was ready to start writing these posts again after having baby? Yeah, sorry about that – turns out having a baby is quite time consuming. What I have found time for, however, is online shopping and over the past couple of months (mostly at 3am) I’ve been saving all the frocks that have caught my eye meaning I’ve accumulated somewhat of a bumper crop. So, here they are all! ENJOY.
*FYI click on the image for a direct link to the dress*
Toot toot! A couple of weeks ago the Boden petal-powered bus rolled into Bristol as part of their Spring Blooms tour with Bloom & Wild. A prettier mode of transport you never did see! It certainty brightened up Broadmead and added a much needed splash of colour to an otherwise dull day. How could you not get on board with that? It therefore seemed appropriate that the four of us were all decked out in their wares for our visit. It’s no secret how much we love a bit of Boden so, naturally, we’ve been pining over their baby clothes for months! Thankfully, like mother like daughter, both girls are already big fans of their novelty prints!
This beautiful double decker green bus was not only gorgeous on the outside but jam-packed with the dreamiest Spring flowers and new season garms! Upon boarding the bus, we found the bottom deck was filled with happy Bristolians being given a Bloom & Wild masterclass on how to create special edition The Johnnie Bunch, which you can grab here. Although we are two wildflowers we had the babes with us, so we were in no position to get green fingered, but we can confirm it smelt amazing. Upstairs had been transformed into a beautiful showroom where we were treated to a glimpse of the new range of occasionwear. It was blooming marvelous!
We were definitely overshadowed by our gorgeous girlies who caused quite the commotion in their snazzy outfits, especially Ada’s rose gold bunny booties*. You can find the rest of their bits and bobs here. We tagged along to pay for their bus fare in equally fun attire! I (Victoria) spotted this fab stripey shirt* on Amy from Me, Myself and Ivy‘s Instagram – which you must pay a visit to if you love colourful clothes as much as we do. I teamed it with a rather sensible pair of blue chino’s* and comfy silver trainers*, perfect for running for the bus! Jo sported the world’s best statement skirt*, an embroidered masterpiece! She teamed it with a pink cropped jumper* which although lovely was a little see-through, so definitely one to pop a white top on underneath. Her green flats* were a big hit as they were not only comfortable but they coped admirably in the rain. Top stuff Boden!
Things were very rosey indeed as we caught up with Bristol’s very own Niki from Miss Magpie Fashion Spy and Jess from @PorthJess who were both working their magic for the Bristol leg of the tour and it was lovely to finally meet Xanthe and Lucy, after admiring their Instagram accoutnts for so long. What a bunch of talented ladies!
It’s been a good while since we first featured purveyors of fancy shirts, GANT, (you can read our other post here) but now that we are all about ease of access it seemed like to good time to revisit them! As luck would have it, GANT have gone shirt crazy this season with many a jazzy number to choose from and we were kindly invited to pick a couple to style.
Victoria chose the Grid Dip Silk Blouse* from the Diamond G collection, which is made up from tailor-made pieces featuring graphic prints inspired by abstract impressionism – just like us. Victoria really liked the silky fabric (100% no less) and envisions wearing it on lovely hot days in the Summer to help hide those pasty arms. We think that teamed with her pink British Tweed Boden skirt* this outfit is very secretary chic (who said smart shirts are just for the office?) The two contrasting prints really compliment each other – just like us. She finished the look with some metallic shoes from Next (similar here)
I (Jo) plumped for the Voile Island Flower Shirt* in yellow (it also comes in pink or blue). It’s such a bright fun print and the relaxed fit is really flattering. I’m probably going to be wearing this a lot with jeans, as that’s my Mum go-to at the moment, but I like that it can also be tucked into skirts for when I’m posing with old cameras in front of brick walls. I also went for a pink Boden skirt (similar here) and my Pink Floral Occasion Slip-on Skater Shoes from Next*.
What do you think of our looks? You can check out the full range of GANT shirts here!
We’d really like to thank the fabulous Jess (aka porthjess) for taking these photos for us! If you don’t already follow her on Instagram, you should! She’s kind of a big deal.
*GANT very kindly sent us these shirts but all opinions are Mummy’s own.
Remember when these JoJo Maman Bébé dresses were our favourite go-to maternity frocks (you can read our posts here and here)? Well now, thanks to their genius discreet feeding slits (oi oi), they are now our go-to for nursing! Goodness me, getting your baps out in public is much easier when you’ve got easy access. Hip hip hooray for breastfeeding friendly clothing.
Anyway, enough about our boobs (this isn’t page 3 – thank God), how adorable are these JoJo Maman Bébé sleepsuits? Very! Little Ada is sporting the Foxley Wood Baby Sleepsuit* and doesn’t she look foxley indeed! We love the all over woodland print and the fold over mitts mean no nasty scratches on that beautiful baby face. Poppy is just as quackers about her Duck Appliqué Baby Sleepsuit* and we think she looks perfectly ready for spring! We’ve both been so impressed with the quality of these sleepsuits and both have so far survived a number of bottom related explosions and have, thankfully, washed really well. We are having so much fun dressing our little ladies.
*JoJo Maman Bébé very kindly sent Poppy and Ada their sleepsuits but all opinions are Mummy’s own.
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).
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!
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*
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.