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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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Boden Christmas Partywear

It’s time to crack out the party poppers and dust off those dancing shoes as the festive period is upon us (OK, it’s nearly upon us) and we flippin’ love any excuse to dress up all fancy! Despite having absolutely no friends (pictured), that didn’t stop us from popping to one of our favourite local haunts, Cox and Baloney, to hang out in their party room. With an abundance of vintage crockery and more sequins than you can shake a stick made of sequins at, we were truly in our element.

But what of the clothes we hear you cry! Well, no surprises here but we are rocking partywear from our faves Boden, who somehow manage to just keep getting better and better.

I (Jo) have embraced a blue Christmas with the stunning Blue Floral Vintage Party Dress* that I fell in love with at the AW15 Press Day earlier in the year. It’s everything I love, with a classic fifties cut, a wool and silk mix that makes it all shiny, a pretty print and, the cherry on the cake dress, a bow! So pretty! I teamed it with the Jewelled Clutch in Navy Fur which somehow manages to be sparkly AND strokeable! It’s sort of like carrying around a particularly bling cat but one you can store your phone and lipstick in and more. Seriously, it’s pretty roomy. Shoe wise, I couldn’t resist the Embellished Mary Jane’s in Vintage Blue Velvet*. They are the perfect party shoe and their vintage charm perfectly complements the dress. They are also, like all Boden shoes I have ever worn, insanely comfy and easy to walk in.

Victoria also pumped for the dress she fell in love with earlier in the year (we are dress loyal) with the oh-so-stunning Gold Metallic Luxe Lace Dress*. This is a proper showstopper of a vintage princess party dress with the most beautiful lace detailing. The full skirt had Victoria in a constant state of twirling and those sleeves are something else! The shoes, oh the shoes, are the Audbrey Bow Flats in Pewter Glitter* and they are so sparkly it’s a miracle a magpie didn’t fly in to try and steal them. The pointed front makes them ever so flattering (and party appropriate!) and just in case you hadn’t spotted, there is a massive bronze bow on the front for good measure.

What a pair of absolute party animals!

J&V

A big thank you to Cox and Baloney for letting us use their stunning party room (fellow Bristolians, please visit them! Eat their cake! Drink their tea! Have your parties there!) and also to Boden, who this post is in collaboration with, for providing us with the most beautiful clothes, shoes and bags two girls could wish for of a Christmas. 

Ice and Pies!

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What a bunch of blogger babes! On Friday night I (Victoria) wrapped up warm and joined Sophie from Saints On A Plane, Hayley from Bonjour, Blogger!, Dulcie from La Dulcie Vita and Amie from Credit Crunch Chic (Tara from The Style Rawr and Lucy from The Parent Game not pictured) for a night of Ice and Pies! We looked like an off duty ice skating girl band who only eat pies. Incidentally, this is pretty much my dream come true.

Every festive season I excitedly exclaim how I’d love to have a whizz around the rink at At-Bristol, but I never seem to get around to it before it vanishes for another year. Instead, I just bore my friends with my story about how Christopher Dean once called me ‘a ray of sunshine’. Unfortunately, compliments from skating legends do not equal skating prowess, and I can just about shuffle around the outside of the rink without falling over. Luckily for me, the soundtrack was spot on, so I felt pretty great creeping zooming along to Shake It Off.

For dinner, we popped along to St Nick’s night market to sample the new festive pies from Pieminister, which were pretty damn tasty. Myself and Hayley went for the Three Kings pie, which contains a mouthwatering combination of turkey, smoked bacon, parsnips and cranberries. It’s like Christmas in a pie. Merry Piemass indeed! It would definitely get more than 3.142 out of 5 from me…

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If you are looking for things to do in Bristol during the lead up to Christmas, check out Visit Bristol. If it’s not listed on there, it’s probably not worth going to.

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The Mercure Grange Hotel, Bristol.

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During the summer I spent a long time deciding where I wanted to spend the night before my wedding. I knew that I wanted my three lovely bridesmaids to stay with me, so that we could do all of those last minute preparations (eating McDonald’s, gossiping about boys and watching Don’t Tell The Bride) together, and I felt that my flat would just be too small to do this in ultimate comfort. I looked into various local hotels and also renting an apartment for the four of us, but most just didn’t cut the mustard and didn’t seem quite special enough. Unfortunately, the odd few that looked tempting were waaay out of my budget!

Luckily, I didn’t need to fret for too long, as the lovely folks from Mercure offered me a little pre-wedding present in the form of a discount for The Grange Hotel, near Winterbourne in Bristol. Eeeeeek! After having a look at their webpage, I could not have been happier. With 18 acres of gorgeous grounds, and a bevy of charming, quirkily decorated and beautiful rooms, it really did tick every box! After booking the rooms, I was so excited about telling my bridesmaids, and I think they were equally as thrilled as I was to be having a night of luxury. What a delight! We all agreed that one major highlight of the stay was the incredible breakfast. Now, the photo above may make it look like we were quite tame, but alas, the fruit and pastries were just our first course. Well, it would have been pretty rude not to try it all, right?

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I had a such a peaceful night’s sleep and woke up feeling refreshed and ready to face the Best Day Ever. Luckily, my bridesmaids managed to persuade me to change out of my incredible cat pyjamas. Thank you for the wonderful stay Mercure!

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Bristol Fashion Week AW15

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On Thursday I popped down to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway with my friend, fashion icon and fellow M&S appreciator Kelly to catch one of the runway shows of Bristol Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 15. This was my third BFW and it was definitely the best so far thanks to the brilliant movie theme that was embraced from start to finish! It was such a nice touch to be welcomed with popcorn and Kelly and I had a great time admiring the movie posters as we drank our delicious fruity drinks.

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The first thing to catch our eye on the catwalk was the ‘High Shine’ collection from John Lewis! You can’t beat a bit of glitz and glamour and I suddenly became all about sparkles, faux fur and sunglasses! What a combination! Plus, how much do I want to be the sort of girl to rock up at the work Christmas party wearing an actual crown?? I also loved the 70s injection courtesy of M&S during the ‘Nomadic’ segment. I can totally see myself trying this look out come the colder weather and couldn’t help but notice the similarities between that pink hat and the one from Accessorize I fell in love with in our last post! I may have made a sneaky purchase after the show!

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As someone who likes to dress in as many bright colours as possible, the large amount of grey and black on the catwalk (the grey coat appears to be this seasons staple) didn’t really do it for me although, once again, I was really feeling the faux fur accessories! I’m going to be a big fan of this trend I can see! Both Kelly and I also enjoyed the liberal use of colourful tights which gave everything a bit of a Gossip Girl vibe and is certainly something I will be happy to embrace!

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The two stand out pieces for us were the black sequin jacket (which was spectacularly hard to photograph) from M&S, naturally. It’s absolutely stunning and a brilliant take on the biker jacket. Imagine throwing that on top of your dresses come party season! We did several laps of the store after the show but sadly couldn’t find it (probably just as well as it’s £89) but it is available online should you be feeling flush. The other was the gold and purple fringe dress of dreams from Phase Eight at John Lewis which had Kelly shouting “MAKE SURE YOU TAKE PHOTOS OF THAT!” at me as it came sashaying down the catwalk, fringe all over the shop. What a stunner.

Did you go to Bristol Fashion Week? What was your favourite piece? And how are we all feeling about crimped hair??

Jx

Jo wears – Floral Print Ruffle Dress from Topshop, bag and tights both past season from M&S, Pointed Loafers from Boden* and heart sunglasses from TkMaxx

Kelly wears – Dress from Primark (available in store), bag from Joy, a scrabble necklace (similar available from Not on the High Street) and a watch from Urban Outfitters

GANT

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It’s time for something you hardly ever see here on She and Hem. That’s right, not one, but BOTH of us wearing trousers. Shocking behaviour for a Wednesday I know. You may not have noticed the trousers though, due to those flipping excellent stripy shirts. We ordered these on the GANT website using the Click and Collect service, then made our merry way down to the Bristol store in Quakers Friars. Whilst we were there we caught up with the lovely team who took us through their current ladies collection, and you won’t be surprised to learn we are now both smitten with the gorgeous 70’s inspired Pansy Shift Dress seen above. I (Victoria) also love the magical monochrome Braid Print Shirt Dress!

We spent far longer in the store than planned after we discovered that you can help yourself to tea, coffee or wine whilst browsing. So we poured ourselves a drink, unwrapped our boxes of joy and popped them straight on. Jo loved her Striped Silk Shirt* so much, she went out for dinner in it that evening. Who can blame her, it’s slickly silky! I am weirdly precious over new things and have packed my Striped Boyfriend Shirt* away to wear on my honeymoon next month. I’m pretty excited about recreating that Scarlett Johansson scene at the Park Hyatt. Keep an eye on our Instagram to see how I get on!

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Painted City Circus

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We’ve already blogged (and vlogged!) about our time at the beautiful Bristol Balloon Fiesta but with a back drop like that it would have been unacceptable blogger behavior not to have taken some outfit photos whilst we were there! As luck would have it, the lovely Emily and Fin kindly sent us a few pieces from their stunning new Autumn Winter collection to style and we couldn’t resist taking them for a spin.

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The new collection features so many beautiful new prints and shapes but we were both equally blown away by the vibrant colours of the Painted City Circus print. It’s so much fun with skyscrapers, bridges, Big Ben and the Statue of Liberty all jostling for position! I (Jo) went for the print in the Ruby dress* which is a longer style and features a scooped neckline, fitted waist and a super flattering box pleated full skirt. I accessorised with a simple yellow belt, yellow Orla Kiely for Clarks shoes (have you seen the new collection? our bank balances are already terrified) and my go-to red heart sunglasses.

Victoria opted for the Florence skirt* which has an incredibly lovely curved waistband which really makes it sit nicely. As a couple of dress fans, it has totally converted us! She teamed it with the yellow polka-dot Edna top*, which is the perfect match for this print, nude sandals from New Look and round ASOS sunglasses. One of our favourite things about Emily and Fin is that they always do a good pocket and the new collection is no exception! We can also confirm that both styles are perfect for twirling in.

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A big thank you to Emily and Fin for sending us these stunning outfits. We really can’t decide if we prefer the dress or the skirt! What do you think?

J&V xx

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2015

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Ah, hot air balloons! How we love you. We never take this unique part of our city for granted but it was a special reminder recently when we went to meet with the fabulous Charlotte from Betty magazine (OMG, we know) when, as we sat outside in the glorious sunshine on the top deck of a boat, cocktail in hand, three should suddenly float over our heads – much to Charlotte’s surprise and delight! “This is Bristol” we said, “isn’t it the best?”

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The Bristol Balloon Fiesta, then, is the highlight of any local balloon enthusiasts diary and we always try and go to, or at least sit and watch from a distance, as many mass ascents as possible over the four days the Fiesta runs for. This year was no different and between us we watched them all! GO TEAM. It’s fair to say that whether you are down at the Fiesta itself, or perched up on a hill, or even just sitting looking out of your window with a cup of tea, there’s no better sight!

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On Thursday evening we ventured down to the Fiesta site at Ashton Court for the first balloon launch and the night glow. We always like to dress for the occasion and this year was no different as once again we broke out the balloon print dresses. Victoria wore a handmade dress (Mumma V is a talented lady!) which was made using a Christine Haynes pattern and yellow heart sunglasses from Primark (fancier but similar version here). I (Jo) wore a Rosalita McGee balloon print dress and a hot air balloon bag which are both from Modcloth and teamed them with brown heart sunglasses from Topshop. Will we ever get bored of heart sunglasses? Probably not!

As much fun as it is to visit the Fiesta for the night glow, we particularly love going down to Ashton Court for the morning ascents (even if it does mean getting up at silly-AM) as there really is something truly magical about watching so many balloons go up when the rest of the city is still sleeping. We’ll be blogging about our time at the Saturday morning ascent later in the week (as well as some very special outfits from Emily and Fin) but if you can’t wait until then (or you just love balloons as much as we do) then have a watch of our Bristol Balloon Fiesta vlog to get a sneaky look at what we got up to as well as the rest of our time at the Fiesta.

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Wahaca, Bristol.

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At long last, the people of Bristol can enjoy the delicious taste of Mexico in style at the brand new Wahaca restaurant in Clifton. Located on Queens Road, Wahaca has won numerous awards for it’s flavoursome street food, so we popped along to try it for ourselves. As luck would have it, super glam former Masterchef winner and Wahaca co-founder Thomasina “Tommi” Miers was in town to see how the things were going, so we took full advantage of her insider knowledge and asked for her top picks. What a lovely lady. She really is juan in a million…

But enough waffle, let’s taco ’bout how awesome the food was. I (Victoria) am always annoyingly indecisive when it comes to ordering, because I genuinely love most food. So somewhere like Wahaca is perfect for dawdlers like me as it has a bountiful Street Food section from which you are encouraged (although no encouragement is really needed for me!) to order 2-3 dishes per person. On Tommi’s recommendation I chose the salmon sashimi tostada, sweet potato and feta taquito, and the scrummy spicy crab special, whilst Jo opted for the grilled British steak taco, the chilli quesadillas, and another salmon sashimi tostada (great minds etc.). It would have been guac-ward (ha!) to leave without trying the desserts, and as they all sounded so appetising, we decided to share the churros y chocolate and the salted caramel ice-cream! I’ve already booked to go back, as I’m desperate to try the buñuelo with Tommi’s tomatillo jam. I’ll be in sweet fried pastry heaven!

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On set with Fix Up Look Sharp by Clic Sargent

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On a sunny day at the start of the month we had the pleasure of visiting the lovely team behind Fix Up Look Sharp, the super trendy clothing line raising money for Clic Sargent. In fact, ALL of their proceeds go towards supporting children and young people living with cancer. Blooming legends! We met up with designers Ruth and Hayley whilst they were shooting the fab new SS15 collection. We took a sneaky peek behind the scenes, admiring the model’s ability to pose without looking awkward (something which we are yet to grasp) and wondering how we could get our mitts on one of the wind machines. We also chose our favourite pieces, which you can find over on the Fix Up Look Sharp blog.

The SS15 collection launched at the beginning of spring, and it really is quite brilliant. Just look at those floral dungarees. We would wear them every daisy! As Fix Up Look Sharp is all about upcycling and recycling fashion, creating new pieces from material kindly donated to Clic Sargent charity shops, everything they produce is a unique, one of a kind item. So, if you are having a wardrobe clear out anytime soon, pop it all down to your local Clic Sargent. Not only are you helping a worthy cause, but your old, unwanted item could end up as part of next season’s collection!

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If you want to make an online donation to Clic Sargent, or find out about other ways to help out, head to their donation page.

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