Alpha H Moisturiser and Korres Body Butter, Bath and Unwind.

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The Alpha H Daily Essential Moisturiser* has found me at the perfect time. I recently had some red blemishes on my forehead diagnosed as sun damage, and since having the areas removed with a reeeeeally sharp needle, I’ve sworn to myself that I will take much better care of my skin, especially my face. It’s an awfully pore (ha!) excuse, but I’ve never enjoyed wearing any sort of sun protection on my face as they are usually so greasy and heavy. This is the only product I’ve ever used which gives you effective protection against the sun (as long as you reapply when needed!), whilst not feeling sticky on your face. In fact it’s the opposite, as it dries on contact with the skin. It’s so lightweight I’ve actually started using it everyday.

I wasn’t confident that my skin would get along with Alpha H, as when trying new moisturisers, nine times out of ten, I will have some sort of reaction to them. With Alpha H though, so far, so good. Personally, I think this may be due to the aloe vera and natural honeycomb, but whatever it is, I am so thankful to have found a moisturiser that doesn’t leave me looking like a ripe tomato!  Bath and Unwind could not have picked a better product for me, and I would advise anyone who is as naive about skincare as me to get in touch with them and see what they can recommend for you.

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Moving on to more decadent matters, if there’s a body butter that smells anywhere near as good as Korres Guava Body Butter*, I’ve yet to get my nose near it. It’s like all of your favourite Summer holiday’s squeezed themselves into a really trendy looking tube. You only need a super small amount, so don’t go crazy ladies, and the moisture lasts all day with no icky sticky residue left behind. Moisture goals.

The body butter is packed full of sunflower and almond oil, shea butter and quince extract, but my favourite thing about this it is that it contains avocado. During my research for this post I have learnt that avocado is excellent for both skin elasticity and smoothness. Now, I can’t promise that if you buy this body butter (or eat a lot of avocados) that you will suddenly be blessed with smooth skin, but you will smell delicious. Strangers will be queuing up to sit next to you on the bus.

If you know of the perfect moisturiser for extremely sensitive skin, please let me know in the comments and do pop over to Bath and Unwind’s snazzy website.

Vx

*This post is in association with Bath and Unwind*

Bath Literature Festival 2015: Mary Portas

Bath Literature Festival 2015: Mary Portas

When perusing the fantastic lineup for this year’s Bath Literature Festival I was very excited to see that our very own Queen of Shops, Mary Portas, would be attending to speak about her new memoir, Shop Girl. I really love Mary Portas (and her sassy bob) so naturally when I was invited by the Bath Literature Festival to attend a couple of their events this was right at the top of my wishlist! Thankfully, despite being completely sold out and with a waiting list, they managed to squeeze myself and Kelly into the packed Banqueting Room at the beautiful Guildhall.

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I can now, with some authority, confirm that the official cut off point for being fashionably late is a measly three minutes as it was at 11.03 at which Mary graced the stage to begin an enthralling 60 minute discussion with the wonderful Viv Groskop. Mary spoke about what inspired her to write her memoirs (we can thank Kirsty Young) and discussed some of the more difficult chapters of her life and how they helped to shape the person she has become today. The importance of the high street, her belief that M&S needs a woman at the top and Ed Milliband’s inability to close a gate properly were all covered, along with the opportunity to address recent stories about her family in the papers. It was an incredibly inspiring and at times moving discussion during which Mary spoke with great humour, intelligence and eloquence. She really is fantastic!

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There was a book signing straight after the talk and, high on Mary Portas vibes, Kelly and I decided to join the masses and queue for a signature! We had both already bought the book after falling in love with the cover (that’s a totally acceptable way to judge a book, OK) so it was nice to be able to get them signed. Mary was just as lovely in person and even complimented our outfits and hair, much to our relief! We obviously couldn’t help but get a cheeky photo too!

Jx

Bath Literature Festival 2015: Austentatious

Bath Literature Festival 2015: Austentatious

We are taking a little break from the Fashion Week madness to bring you something a little more sophisticated. You see, when I (Jo) am not falling over the cobbles of Somerset House I am usually found in the Library, being a Librarian you see. And so it was that the lovely folk at The Independent Bath Literature Festival picked up on my book smarts and kindly invited me to attend a couple of their events! Refuse? How could I.

Having scanned their extensive (and impressive!) list of events I was immediately drawn to Austentatious, a completely improvised play done in the style of a Jane Austen novel. What frivolity!

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The play was held at The Forum in Bath, a building which I actually went to primary school a stones throw away from but had never actually ventured inside before. It’s a beautiful art deco building that was a cinema until 1969 and I loved how charming a space it was.

As we were seated we were asked to think of a name for a new Jane Austen novel and write it on our slip of paper. The cast members then proceeded to wander up and down the aisles for a good 15 minutes before the show collecting in the would be titles. I was impressed with how many audience members had pens about their person!

As the play began all the names were put into a wicker basket before one was plucked at random to perform. Previously performed titles include ‘Breaking Cad: Meth Comes to Pemberley’, ‘Die Hard With A Virtue’ and, my personal favourite, ‘Stone Cold Steve Austen’ so anything goes! As luck would have it, someone in the room had decided to be very topical indeed and had given their book the title ‘Who Cares What Colour “That” Dress Is?” much to the amusement of the cast and the audience!

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Without even so much as a moment to confer the 5 strong cast (plus their fabulous violinist) went straight into the most fantastic 60 minute play, which did indeed contain many a reference to ‘that dress’ and, for one scene, ‘that bonnet’.  It was outrageously impressive, especially as the cast remained onstage throughout the play. You can tell that they have a fantastic relationship and the way they bounced off each other as they improvised their way through each scene was a joy to watch. The audience was often left in fits of laughter, myself included.

If you’re in the area I would heartily recommend you check out what’s on at the Bath Literature Festival over the next week (full listings here). There’s such a fantastic range of events on offer including talks by David Nicholls, Emma Bridgewater, Kazuo Ishiguro and Mary Portas. As for Austentatious, they are currently on a UK tour and if they are coming anywhere near you I would absolutely suggest you go and see them. I am extremely tempted to get tickets for their Bristol show on March 7th and put ‘Stone Cold Steve Austen Two’ in the basket.

Jx

Although I received my ticket for free, this review is my honest opinion. With that in mind, the dress is obviously blue and black. 

Beer52

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One of the many areas in which Bristol excels, alongside balloon fiestas, harbour festivals and street art, is craft beer. New establishments are popping up everywhere, showcasing the weirdest, wackiest and, most importantly, tastiest brews from near and far. Some have been critical of this upswing, but it is 100% fine by me. You can be a fan of traditional pubs and these new fangled craft beer hang outs. I know this, because I am one, and many others are too! Furthermore, as a budding connoisseur of all things hop, and a keen fan of having all my food and drink arrive on my doormat, when I saw that Beer52 were looking for people to review their beer delivery service, I was more than happy to volunteer. The opportunity to have 8 different craft beers delivered to my front door was too good to pass up, and having previously given a beer subscription as a Christmas present (Beer52 offer this service here) I was really keen to try it out for myself!

I was flipping excited when they arrived, so much so that I spent several hours days researching and meticulously planning and pairing the beers with the perfect food accompaniments to really make the most of the review experience. I roped my OH in to help with the cooking by promising to share of all the beers, and having prepped a little 4 course menu to spread over the day, here is how we got on.

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After some extensive background work looking through all the beers, researching the styles and earnestly discussing food pairings, we chose the beer with a pig on the label. Because, pig. Setting aside the excellent, porcine themed label design, this is “Cerdos Voladores” from the Barcelona Craft Beer brewery, a zesty, fruity IPA of a style very much at the vanguard of the craft beer movement. As a fan of the city, I was keen to keep in the spirit of our Catalan chums and pair this with something typically Spanish. Hence, gambas et ajillo! That’s garlic prawns to me and Google Translate. From my admittedly limited knowledge of beer and food pairings, I know that your typical IPA is said to best be accompanied by a spicy dish, and so we went for this chilli infused creation. I can confirm that the taste makers don’t lie – the punchy, lemon-y flavours of the beer took the edge off the heat, whilst enhancing the sweetness of the dish. A light and refreshing lunch, especially when paired with a simple salad.

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From such big flavours, there was really only one direction to go; bigger. The second beer we chose (and not just for the equally excellent label art) was “Ascendancy” from the Panda Frog Project, an experimental offshoot brewery of North Tyneside’s Mordue. As a girl normally into her chocolate stouts, and one known to get a bit giddy at just the thought of a second round, I was a bit nervous about this higher ABV beast of a beer! Especially one described as a “Belgian Double IPA Weizen Hybrid”, I had no idea what to expect! After being assured by the OH that it would be a good ‘un, we dove on in, pairing this big flavoured brew with an equally big flavoured Teriyaki Chicken stir fry (with home made teriyaki sauce and garlic paste of course). I can confirm that the floral, tropical kick of the DIPA side of the beer was present and correct, a lovely thirst quencher after the spicy, marinaded chicken, and an appealing accompaniment to fresh crunchy peppers, bean sprouts, pak choi and red peppers. The “weizen” element (a traditionally German style of hazy wheat beer, brew fans) gave the beer more body than I was expecting, and helped to soften the impact of that big tropical tartness. Unusual, but highly recommended.

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And now we’re back in my comfort zone. For afters, we naturally opted for my go to sweet food of choice, the prince of puddings, the don of desserts, the sultan of sweets, the chocolate brownie. Paired, most appropriately, with the delicious coffee-infused Toasted Porter from Iceland’s Einstok brewery, a brewery from which I’ve tried and enjoyed beer from before when visiting Iceland. It was a satisfying and waist expandingly indulgent way to end a satisfying and waist expandingly indulgent day. As keen coffee fans (who, us?), we even added a little local flavour to the brownie, sticking some of Extract Coffee RoastersKiangoi in the batter. The porter was smooth and rich, and unlike a lot of similar beers, neither too heavy nor overpowering. As we head into winter, I can imagine settling down in front of a Christmas box set or two with a bottle of this, idly sipping over the course of a few hours.

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Oh sorry, you didn’t think we were done did you? All that eating really made us work up an appetite, so a little more research later, and we found that you simply can’t enjoy an Oatmeal Stout without a good chunk of aged cheddar. So naturally, we followed this advice and opted for a simple, paired down snack of cheese and beer, using the Belhaven Brewery’s Scottish Oat Stout. The oatcakes, crackers, apple, pickles and chutneys just forced themselves on us, ok? Again, the tastemakers are on it with this – the velvet-y, silky texture of the stout was a nice base for the strong cheese. As a person not normally into such cheese, I was surprised and impressed! This was another delicious beer from the darker end of the scale, perfect for warming one’s cockles by the fire candle on a cold night.

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Thanks Beer52 for expanding my beery horizons and for giving me a good excuse to get creative in the kitchen! If you fancy having a little tasting session yourself and want a cheeky discount code, just pop SHEANDHEM10 into the ‘got a special code’ box on the Beer52 website for £10 off of your order. Also, if you would like any of the recipes for the food items in this post, please get in touch!

Vx

Tequila Mockingbird

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Tequila Mockingbird Cocktails | She and Hem | Lifestyle

Happy Friday everyone! Most Fridays upon finishing work we head to an all night disco party home, put our pyjamas on and drink all of the gin. Sometimes with friends, but usually alone with our cats. Luckily, when we can persuade our pals (they do exist, honest!) to hang out with us, they all love a simple G&T too. Very fortunate, as we can be predictably lazy when it comes to the art of mixology. However, last weekend we decided to step out of our boozy comfort zone and hit the hard stuff. Fruity pink cocktails! When excitedly hitting the supermarket, we quickly realised that neither of us really knew how to make anything other than a snowball, so we had a little helping hand from the experts at thebar.com.

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Tequila Mockingbird Cocktails | She and Hem | Lifestyle

Tequila Mockingbird Cocktails | She and Hem | Lifestyle

Luckily for us, thebar.com is really simple to use, with a handy search function on the main page, you just type in a spirit that you like (it doesn’t have to be gin!) or a cocktail you would like to try and hundreds of tasty recipes will pop up in seconds. As most have been sent in by members of the site, there are lots of fun ideas with suitably charming names, and well, they just all look so pretty. As a gift to you our loyal readers, we decided to try and throw ourselves a She and Hem style cocktail party. With added massive birthday cake. No, it wasn’t anyone’s birthday, we just like massive cakes, ok?

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I’m pretty partial to a Prosecco (not that I like to wine on about it…), so I was very keen to try a French 21. Oh là là indeed! For some of the cocktails, we went a wee bit rouge with the ingredients to suit our tastes, but with the French 21, the only switch we made was using a lemon peel spiral rather than lime spiral. These were used a lot elsewhere, and we didn’t want them hogging all of the limelight…

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After lining up our top three cocktails from the evening, there was no clutching at straws and, in a strong field of creatively named confections, the clear winner was the decidedly more Ronseal Archers Peach Schnapps & Cranberry Juice. Easy to make, refreshing and fun. It was sodalicious!

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Cheers!

V&J

Nurture Juices Cleanse and Detox Review

And now for something slightly different! Regular readers will know I have a keen appreciation for the sweeter things in life, but while even a fleeting glance at this here blog may suggest otherwise, I do eat things other than cake. In fact, I actually do like to try and eat healthily. That said, I could definitely do with some help and guidance from a professional, and so jumped (off the sofa) at the chance to sample one of Nuture’s delicious sounding “10 of your 5 a day” detox programmes. The programme provides a veritable buffet of tasty treats, designed to form the basis of a wholesome, nutritious diet, or to complement a healthy, active lifestyle. I was pleasantly surprised when this colourful bunch arrived.

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18 bottles of juice, 7 probiotic mixes and 5 servings of raspberry protein! Not being particularly (or at all) familiar with such a diet, I was a bit overwhelmed initially. Fortunately, Nurture provide some helpful guidance on their website on how best to integrate all of this into your lifestyle, whatever you are trying to achieve. For me, I felt options 3 and 4 were the most appropriate. Not, as you might have guessed, because of my “athletic training” regime, but because as I often find myself in need of a pick me up when at work and with little time (or willpower) to choose the healthy option! As Nurture say, the juices are a great grab and go solution, nutrient rich, filling yet low calorie. Sounds perfect!  

In the spirit of the Nurture way, I sampled all of the juices as part of a relatively active daily lifestyle, and some after a spot of light exercise. Without further ado, let me take you on a raw, unpasteurised tour of the juices…

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First up, Re-energise. This had what I would call a typically juice-y, sweet smell. The texture was smooth, with passion fruit the dominant flavour, and a slight tartness that lingered after I’d finished. Not bad at all.  

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Rehydrate certainly felt healthier than the first! The (so hip right now) coconut water and grapefruit was fresh, pleasingly bitter and decidedly un-sugary. This one is packed with electrolytes, ideal for replenishing the body after a run. I won’t claim I was out running marathons when I drank this, but after a day on my feet, this was a welcome refreshment. Very nice indeed, but then…

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That colour can only mean one thing – my friend and yours, the beetroot, champion of anti-oxidants. Revive was my favourite so far, the earthy beetroot flavour most prominent on the nose and tongue, with the blueberry and pear coming through after. Rather delicious, and with a more robust texture than the previous two. Given my love of beetroot, I expected no other juice to hold a candle to this. However…

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The best of the bunch! With the body provided by the kiwi puree and watercress, this certainly felt the most substantial and filling of the juices. The apple provided a delicate sweetness, while the mint and cucumber was fresh and distinctive. And I don’t even like mint! The only downside was that the ginger wasn’t as prominent as I would have liked. A bit more of that, and this would have been even better! If you’re into your anti-ageing B-complex vitamins (and who isn’t?), Refresh is the one for you.

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The last of the juices I tried, and I was already pining for Refresh. I needn’t have worried though, as Replenish more than made up for the end of programme blues. Similarly substantial, with the spinach, celery and cucumber doing the nutritional legwork and the apple and orange doing the rest. Tasty stuff, and apparently a wonder for skin.

If you’d like a whopping half price discount on the Nurture Juices, just enter the code ‘sheandhem’!

Victoria

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

She and Hem | No.3 Hairdressing

She and Hem | No.3 Hairdressing

She and Hem | No.3 Hairdressing

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: Harvey Nichols and YSL

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This might seem slightly obvious, but last year we both had a bit of a moment when we realised that good quality makeup is worth investing in. That doesn’t mean there won’t always be a place for budget products, there will, and in some cases the bargain items more than hold a candle to their supposed superiors.  But it turns out there really are some products that are simply worth splashing the cash on. The problem is, where do you start? There are so many products offering any number of miracle fixes, it can be a daunting task to choose just one item (which is certainly all we can afford at a time!) and we very often find ourselves lost in the pretty world of high-end makeup.

So, step forward the distinctly high-end Harvey Nichols, who very generously offered us the chance to sample some beautiful YSL makeup. This was two great things rolled into one as ever since bring introduced to a Dr Hauschka bronzer by the fab team at their Bristol store, we’ve come to trust Harvey Nics’ beauty credentials. As for YSL, there’s a reason why everyone bangs on about Le Touche Eclat! It’s simply the best concealer EVER and so we were therefore both rather excited to try out some of their other products. After a lot of umming and ahhhing, we settled on the Limited Edition Blush Radiance in Beauty Blossom blusher* and the Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Luminous Orange*.

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She and Hem| Harvey Nichols and YSL

First off, this blusher simply looks beautiful. It was created to celebrate Chinese New Year, which is why it is a limited edition palette (if you like it, move quickly) and it is adorned with gorgeous jewels, inspired by one of Yves Saint Laurent’s dresses. Nice! It has a good sized mirror inside, which is always a must for blusher and it honestly feels worth every penny of its £32 price tag. And that’s before even applying it! The pallete itself is made up of two different shades of pink and I mean proper, proper pink. It gives such a lovely rosy glow and wears really well!

She and Hem| Harvey Nichols and YSL

She and Hem| Harvey Nichols and YSL

She and Hem| Harvey Nichols and YSL

We’ve found that a lot of lipsticks can be awfully drying on our lips, so we were very pleasantly surprised to discover that the Rouge Pur Couture lives up to it’s promise of keeping lips suitably moisturised, due to it’s emollients. It’s particularly suited to our (pasty!) paler complexions, so perhaps if you have a darker skin tone (lucky you!), you might want to try the fuchsia shade from the same collection. Beware, this lipstick will cause major friend envy as it lives inside the most beautiful golden case. Popping it out of your make up bag for a top up certainly isn’t a chore. We’d both certainly recommend it as it’s suitable for a daily make up look, but also just about jazzy enough to party in!

J&V

Weekend Doll

She and Hem| Weekend DollWay back in She and Hem history, Double Thumbs Dresses #14 to be precise, we featured a wonderful company called Weekend Doll! We quickly fell in love with their vintage inspired pieces, especially their modern take on 40s tea dresses and twirly 50s frocks! Heaven! We were therefore delighted when they got in touch to see if we would like to choose a dress each to feature. It’s a hard life sometimes.

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J: I loved this blue chiffon Peter Pan Posey* collar dress from the moment I set eyes on it. It’s exactly what I look for in a dress in that it looks like the grown up version of something I would have worn when I was 7. Perfect. I’ve already worn it a few times and each time it has received numerous compliments – and not just from girls! I say! I’ve taken to wearing it with black accessories in my latest bid to look as much like an angry Alice in Wonderland as possible but I like teaming it with white tights and pastels too. The belt is from ASOS (the dress does comes with a red tie belt), the spot tights are from Oliver Bonas and my stomping boots are H! by Henry Holland. My heart sunglasses are an Amazon bargain.

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She and Hem| Weekend Doll

V: I chose the delightful coral Maisy* dress. With it’s minty piping and beautiful big bow, it really stood out on Weekend Doll’s website. I had planned on wearing this as a day dress during the summer, but after slipping on some nude heels to take the photographs, the dress felt far too special! I’m now going to save it for a friends upcoming wedding. I kept my accessories really simple, wearing two pairs of sunglasses from Primark, as this pretty dress is definitely the star of the show!

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Thanks Weekend Doll!

J&V