Mama Club at Number Three

Mama Club at Number Three

Mama Club at Number Three

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Mama Club at Number Three

Mama Club at Number Three

It would be an understatement to say that since Poppy and Ada came along, a lot has changed. The girls are 15 & 16 months old now (I know, what) and, until a few weeks ago, in that time I (Jo) could count on one finger the amount of haircuts I had managed to have. It’s really not easy to find any baby-free time during the week and at the weekends we would much rather be hanging out with the family than disappearing to have our tresses trimmed. It’s tricky.

We were therefore intrigued when an invitation from Number Three hairdressers in Bath appeared in our inbox to come and try out their Mama Club. The idea, they said, was to bring the girls along to the appointment. We’d been a few times to Number Three in the past and loved it but couldn’t imagine how our boisterous toddlers were going to be compatible with their stylish, relaxing salon. The concern only deepened when we rocked up at 11am with two girls who had skipped their morning nap and were ripe for a whinge.

We needn’t have worried. Number Three have really thought this one through and have a whole private floor dedicated to the Mamas. There’s no pressure, no rush, and no need to worry about disturbing anyone as you are neatly tucked away on the top floor. We parked up our prams in the space provided and ascended the stairs!

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The top floor is split between two gorgeous rooms with the first containing a kitchen area complete with bottle making and sterlising facilities, as well as what every parent needs, coffee on tap. We were then led through to the private salon area, which is perfectly geared up for Mums and their tots. Poppy and Ada were very happy indeed as it had toys, space to run around and biscuits. Lots of biscuits. And we were happy as it had lots of lovely comfy chairs for feeding, coffee and biscuits. Lots of biscuits.

Once the girls were nicely occupied, we robed up and sat in our chairs. For once, it wasn’t awful staring into the hairdresser’s mirror as instead of looking at our sleepy faces, we could instead keep an eye on our two trouble makers. Despite their lack of sleep, they were pretty angelic and it was really, really cute to watch them play. On the occasions they did need us, we were free to go to them without feeling awkward and both girls spent time sitting on our laps during the cut without our stylists batting so much as an eyelid.

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It was actually all rather fun and at the end we both had lovely new dos! I just had mine tidied up but Victoria went for a proper chop and looked thoroughly gorgeous as a result. We skipped off for lunch (after saying hello to a very small baby arriving with his Mama for their appointment), agreeing that Number Three have really nailed it. Local Mums have got a real treat in store and we hope word spreads as to how great a service this is.

If you’re local to Bath and fancy checking out Number Three’s Mama Club it’s on every Wednesday and everything you need to know is right here.

Thanks for inviting us along, Number Three!

J&Vx

Welcome to the 60’s

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To celebrate Hairspray the Musical coming to town, we decided to see if we could bring the 60’s style into 2016. We do love a challenge! We grabbed our make up, hair straighteners and all the hairspray we could find and set about creating two 60’s inspired hair and make up looks.

The transition from the delicate ladylike looks of the 1950’s to the fancy-free 1960’s trends was epic, with the 1960’s giving us mini skirts, mods and brilliant bobs. Idols such as Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Edie Sedgwick introduced bold, graphic flicked eyeliner, pretty pale skin (hooray!) and nude lips. The soft nude lips were a real contrast from the popular red lip of the 1950’s and helped to emphasize the exaggerated eyes, which were heavy on the black mascara and fake lashes. A lot like today, the cheekbones were accentuated with a highlighter and a light rosy blush was applied.

In regards to hair, along with the famous beehives and bouffants, luckily for us hair was also worn long throughout the 1960’s, sometimes with a lift, thanks to some harsh backcombing and a ton of hairspray! I (Victoria) love a good ol’ beehive, but unfortunately I don’t really have the skills when it comes to updo’s, so instead I pulled the top of my hair into a small quiff fixed with an oversized gingham bow from Beau xoxo. To create the ringlet effect on the lengths, I used a really simple but effective trick and put my hair in a high bun for the morning, spritzing it with Rush hairspray to help add volume and twirling around my fingertips after taking it out of the bun. Bonza! Jo parted her hair into a gorgeous side parting, pulled the rest of the top of her hair back, and used Batiste dry shampoo to add volume. She then straightened the lengths to create a chic 60’s style.

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To create our looks we both used Monu professional primerRimmel lasting foundation in Ivory and Bobbi Brown’s brow kit in brunette, because we love to rock a dark brow. Jo used an NYX eye-shadow in Girl Talk shade, her eyeliner is from Accessorize and her beautiful blush is from Laura Mercier and it is in the shade coral red. To finish the look she used NYX lipgloss in angel food cake. Yum! I focused on my eyes and used Supercat liner from Soap and Glory and lashings of Benefit’s roller lash mascara. For my face I used Benefit’s wonderful high beam highlighter and Bath and Unwind’s Fratboy blush. My lips sparkled thanks to Bobbi Brown’s pink apricot shimmer lipstick.

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Beat the Rush

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No, it’s not hair-say, a new hairdressers has opened in Bristol! When the invite landed in our inbox to pop for a chop at the new Rush Hair and Beauty salon on The Horsefair in the centre of Bristol, we didn’t need to mullet over. We have a heck of a lot of hair between us, so it’s really important that we try to keep it in tip top condition, especially in this monstrous weather. Long hair and blusterous winds are a frightful mix. Hair-raising stuff for sure!

We were handed a glass of champagne and chatted with our hairdressers, the wonderful Josh and Laura, about what we wanted. I (Victoria) am currently growing my hair, so although Josh took only a a little off of the length, he made sure we waved goodbye to all of my lifeless ends. Good riddance bad ends! My hair felt extremely light and swishy after and really did look so much healthier. We discussed tips on promoting hair growth, and Josh recommended that I use a hair mask about once a week to add moisture and shine. Since my visit to Rush, I have been using a Kérastase mask and I’ve really noticed the difference. My barnet has been exceptionally shiny, but I promise I haven’t let it go to my head! Laura had her work cut out finding the end of Jo’s hair, but once she did, she set to work and the results were absolutely gorgeous. I always love to see Jo’s hair curled, and Laura did such an incredible styling job with just a pair of GHD’s. What a talent.

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After a few cheeky selfies we parted ways, and I used every shop window en route home as a mirror to admire my luscious locks! We both definitely recommend a trip to see Laura and Josh. They really know their stuff, listened to our needs and intuitively produced exactly what we both wanted without any fuss. You could say they’re real big wigs of the stylist world. In fact, that very evening we raved about them to our mutual BFF Ellie, who booked an appointment and had her hair cut at Rush yesterday. Let me tell you, she looks INCREDIBLE! So, thank you Rush for inviting us and making us feel so comfortable at your super salon. We’ll be back soon!

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Fox and Feather Fashion Party for CLIC Sargent

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This past Friday night, we attended a charity event held at Fox and Feather in Bristol, and not even the pouring rain could dampen our gleeful end of the week spirits. The Gloucester Road shop is one of our favourites, and you can often find us in there swooning over goodies from Sugarhill BoutiqueDahliaLoucheGoldie and many more!

During the night, Fox and Feather held a fashion show to showcase their new Autumn Winter Collection, whilst stylists from a.k.a Hairdressing, also on Gloucester Road, unveiled new AW14 colours and gave some top tips on matters pertaining to that all important Christmas party hair do. All of the profits from the evening were in aid of a charity close to our hearts, CLIC Sargent, so we were more than happy to buy lots of raffle tickets. And it’s a good job we did, as Jo won a gorgeous mustard jumper. Here are some of our favourite outfits from the night, all available from Fox and Feather.

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Fingers crossed that this will become an annual event!

V&J

Victoria’s July Beauty Favourites

She and Hem | Victoria's July Favourites So, this is my first attempt at a favourites post. As beauty certainly isn’t my specialist subject, do please bear with me! I thought I’d give it a go as some of the products I’ve been using this month (and over the past few months!) are definitely worth sharing as they have contributed to making me look (slightly) more human on a daily basis.

It’s no secret that Soap and Glory products are amazing. They smell heavenly, they look dishy in your bathroom, and just seem to last forever. I’ve been using their Righteous Butter body butter since January and it isn’t even half empty. It’s easily my favourite Soap and Glory body product for moisturizing, as it’s made my skin feel softer and look smoother than ever.

She and Hem | Victoria's July Favourites After using my nifty butter I have to wash my hands, as although they would smell great, they would be so sticky my cat would get stuck to them. To do this I’ve been using English Rose soap* then protecting them with Verbena hand cream* from The Somerset Toiletry Company (support your local businesses Hemsters!). As I have very sensitive skin, I find most hand washes aggravating. So, I’ve recently switched to bars of soap after being told that liquid soaps contain more fragrances and other additives that would make my hands feel sad. No one likes sad phalanges.

I’ve included Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream not because I love it, but because I really want to love it! I’m just struggling to understand how to use it (because I am a wally) and I need your help kind readers. The day I bought it I got over excited and smothered it over my whole face. This was a big mistake as this cream is stickier than a Panini sticker factory. How does it work for you?

The Elemis lip balm which came in my Company Blog awards goody bag. I usually stick to Vaseline on my lips but thought I’d try this out and I’m so glad I did! I put this on one night when my lips were feeling more chapped than usual and when I awoke, they felt silky smooth. It’s a peppermint dream!

She and Hem | Victoria's July Favourites My nail polish of choice this month is Ciate and their enormous range of magnificent shades. I really rate the quality of this nail varnish, as I find that it doesn’t chip once applied and seems to lasts a lot longer than other brands. I’ve been loving the four colours below, which are ‘ladylike luxe‘, ‘maybe baby‘, ‘mines a mocha‘ and my personal favourite ‘spinning teacup‘, which I have been wearing constantly and can be seen in the lipstick pictures.

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The Witch concealer stick is one of those products that you don’t know that you need until you have one, and then just can’t live without. It’s a quick and easy way of covering up blemishes AND treating your skin at the same time. Winner!

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The mascara is very cute and comes with a step by step make-up class from Jemma herself, and I can confirm it does indeed add length to your lashes and stays on all day long. Hemsters, here’s a little secret for you. I actually bought this from The Original Factory Shop as I have recently discovered their make up is SO cheap, but please don’t all rush and clear their shelves, save some for me!

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She and Hem | Victoria's July Favourites

We love a bit of vintage here at She and Hem, so I was predictably hyped to receive this lush ‘Debutante Pink‘ lipstick* from vintage experts Besame. The packaging is pretty ravishing, as is the lovely pink shade you can see above and in this post. Pretty in pink or what!

I will see you in August for another round up of beauty favourites.

Victoria

She and Home: No.3 Hairdressing, Bath.

She and Hem | No.3 HairdressingShe and Hem | No.3 HairdressingA couple of weeks ago, after enjoying a post we had written about Fashion Bloodhound, the talented bunch at No.3 Hairdressing in Bath got in touch and offered to tame our manes in their beautiful Georgian hairdressers. We have to admit, we are usually both quite daunted by the whole hairdressing experience. Small talk is not our forte! Thankfully, our worries vanished upon our warm welcome from the girls (and guy – hi Stefano!) and we were soon bonding over Cara Delevingne’s eyebrows, Game of Thrones inspired hair do’s and Taking Back Sunday’s upcoming Bristol gig!

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After chatting to the girls over a cuppa about styles we like and what would look jazzy with our outfits for the Company Blog Awards later that evening, we both decided on our do’s. A big thank you to Lucia and Jess for understanding instantly what we wanted and for not trying to persuade us otherwise, which is something that we’ve both dealt with before when visiting the hairdressers.  Lucia created an incredible fish tail plait for Jo in under 10 minutes. Nothing fishy about that! Meanwhile, Jess whipped my hair into an all over plait so sturdy that it still looked awesome a week later! Jess explained that this was very much due to the magical power of Bumble and bumble’s Prêt-à-powder

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The interior of No.3 is right up our street with a boutique yet friendly feel, so it was really easy to relax, be pampered and get giddy about the night ahead. We just wish this was a normal day in the life of She and Hem! The fun did not stop there though gang, as we also had our nails made somewhat more excellent by Tina. What a fab job she did too! We chose Topless and Barefoot (cor blimey!) and Bond with Whomever (I say!) by Essie. The nail varnish colours were a lot more subtle than their saucy names, but just as alluring. For our little pamper session Jo wore a floral jumpsuit (similar) from Topshop and an Olivia Burton watch and Victoria wore Modcloth’s Air of Adorable dress.

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Thank you so much to No.3 for making us feel so chilled. We will definitely be back soon!

V&J

Tooty Scrutiny: Save the Blow Dry Review

IMG_5125It has finally arrived! A shower cap that I can wear to keep my hair dry without looking like a doddering old lady in the rain. Not only does this one look cute but it also has a hidden secret! An internal layer of toweling which protects your hair from the humidity and condensation which usually destroys any attempt at pre-shower styling. It really does Save the Blow Dry!

IMG_5128I straightened my hair yesterday so decided to test the cap today to see how well the styling held after a shower. I love a long shower, so I really did put this to the test. I am pleased to report that it was very simple to use, as you would hope! All my hair fit snugly inside, the cap felt comfortable and didn’t push ill-fittingly against my face, which is my issue with the Cath Kidston shower cap that I have been using.

IMG_5124Another perk of Save the Blow Dry which I didn’t know until it arrived was how it has two uses. If you turn the cap inside out, so the toweling is on the outside, you can pop the cap on over a hair treatment. This lets the treatment work more effectively, as well as allowing you to potter around and make a cup of tea while you wait, without leaving a soggy puddle behind!

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A slight negative about the Save the Blow Dry cap is that it does take quite a while to dry naturally. The morning after I tested the cap and went to use it again, it was still a little damp. So, I would recommend popping it near a window to speed up the process. Apart from this slight hitch, I think it’s a solid gold invention and would thoroughly recommend it to those of you who just don’t have the time (or the patience!) to style your hair everyday.

V x