Etsy Made Local

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Every Christmas, I (Victoria) spend hours searching online for unique Christmas presents perfect for family and friends and every year without fail my search always leads me back to the same reliable place, Etsy! So when they got in touch recently to ask if we would help spread the word about their annual Etsy Made Local campaign, we were more than happy to showcase some of the wonderful pieces by independent artists from across the UK. Etsy Made Local Pop-ups are community led and are coming to a city near you between 1st-3rd of December, which gives you plenty of time to pick something special up before the mad Christmas rush. We’ll be taking our families along to the Bristol Pop-up, taking place at MShed on 2nd December. Keep an eye on our Instagram to find out what we get up to on the day! It will mostly involve buying things.

We were lucky enough to be able to choose a few of our favourite bits from some of the artists taking part in this year’s Etsy Made Local, which I plan to give as presents to friends and family (so let’s hope they don’t read this). The first shop that caught my eye was the gorgeous Katy Pillinger Designs, from where I purchased the items above. The Cornish pasty recipe illustration is for a very good friend of mine who is rather partial to such treats, but insists that they taste better in Cornwall. Can anyone back him up? I’ve cheated a little with the incredible His and Hers mugs, as they are actually going to be a wedding present for a wedding I’m going to next year. I just couldn’t resist them! After making the purchase I thought I may as well continue to be super organised and buy the Mr&Mrs floral wedding card below from Corin Beth Designs. I also picked up a colourful town house tote as it reminds me of the cool colourful houses of Bristol.

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Speaking of cards, I just had to pick up two of these adorable new baby cards from Hannah Stevens. Hannah’s shop is filled with fun cards, cute prints and animal cushions and I must admit I’ve got my eye on a few things for my daughter’s nursery. Lots of her items are currently reduced too, so I would recommend paying her a visit. Last, but by no means least on my Etsy shopping spree, I fell for two prints by Constance and Clay and I am absolutely thrilled with them! They are both bold quirky images created by Holly from Leicester, who I’ve filed straight into my favourite sellers list.

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Jo recently moved house so was really keen to pick up some prints to adorn her shiny new walls. It didn’t take her long to identify a few gems! Like me, she fell for the lovely style of Katy Pillinger Designs and snapped up the ‘Sky Watcher’ illustration for Poppy’s nursery. It features a very cute explorer and his cat! She also picked up a mug (yep, we really are this similar folks) and plumped for the super cute cat faces style. I am hoping this one is going to be a Christmas gift for a crazy cat lover in her life (*hint*).

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Next on the shopping list was this fab London print by natilieasingh who creates wonderful retro inspired art prints. I know Jo spent a lot of time debating over which of her many fabulous pieces to go for but was one over by this brightly coloured illustration. There’s just so much going on and it really captures the hustle and bustle of the capital! I can’t wait to see where they end up hanging it. Lastly, Jo chose a beautiful print by JemmaBanksDesign which depicts a group of ice skaters having a grand old time against a gorgeous backdrop of a city skyline and mountains. It’s rather magical and I can see why she fell in love with it.

We hope we’ve given you all a bit of inspiration!

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This post was written in collaboration with EtsyUK. 

New Year’s Eve Dresses With Sugarhill Boutique

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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.

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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!

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What are your NYE plans?

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Ask Her Friends November Panel

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As members of the Ask Her Friends panel, every month we will be picking our favourite pieces from the Ask Her Friends website. This month we went a bit kitchen crazy and selected our items around a super sushi making experience, as we had such a blast at the workshop we went to. We had lots of fun searching and chatting about the perfect  pieces, so do let us know what you think!

Ask Her Friends are running a competition to win three different prizes this month. All you have to do is vote for your favourite panelist’s choices. It’s almost as easy as Deal or No Deal. Also on offer is £10 off if you spend more than £30 by adding sheandhem10 and a further £20 off if you spend more than £50 by adding sheandhem20. We promise we’re not trying to bribe you…

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Festive Finds: Meaty Christmas

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As you’ve probably guessed by now, we here at She and Hem are very fond of a good Christmas jumper. We’re also pretty devoted to our annual trip to The Burger Joint in Bristol to sample their delicious Christmas Menu. It seemed fitting that we should combine our two true loves for maximum meaty joy.

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Choosing a meal at The Burger Joint is almost as much fun as eating it! Their selection is vast, allowing you to create your perfect carb-fest. With a whopping choice of locally sourced burgers, sauces, sides and salads, it has been calculated that there are a staggering 78,912,800 different combinations on offer. So, we’ve decided to make it our New Years Resolution to try them all!

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Festive Finds: We Wish You a Wooly Christmas

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I know this might seem a little like we are jumping on the Christmas jumper bandwagon (well, it is December after all) but trust us when we say we LOVE a novelty Christmas knit. From wonky Rudolphs, to bonkers baubles, it’s all about embracing the cheese come Christmas time. Just ask Colin Firth.

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We wore our new George* Christmas jumpers out to a new night market in Bristol, which claims to be the city’s first street food event of its kind; combining local breweries, artists, music and all things Bristol. It was really a rather magical affair, with beautiful string lights and bunting decorating a courtyard packed with craft stalls, food stands (we went for a Minno wrap, yum!) and a big open fire. Inside the building, a former police station no less, we discovered a variety of art installations. We had a wonderful time exploring, especially when a kind stranger offered us a balloon each. It’s not often you spend your Friday evening stood in a police cell holding a party balloon, is it? Maybe it is. Continue reading Festive Finds: We Wish You a Wooly Christmas