Win a Grobag from The Gro Company!

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Win a Grobag from The Gro Company | She and Hem Giveaway

We are feeling pretty festive here at She and Hem, so in the spirit of the season, we thought it was time to hold a little competition for our lovely readers. Thanks to our friends at The Gro Company, it’s time for a Rafflecopter giveaway! Ho ho ho yeah! Like the certifiable Santas that we are (a little round, full of mince pies), we are giving you the chance to win a gorgeous Zig Zag Travel Grobag, as seen above. Designed for ages 0-6 months, the versatile 2.5 tog rating makes it suitable all year round. Simply enter below for the chance to win. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for you!

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Keep your eyes peeled in 2017 for our little elves in their Grobags from the Orla Kiely range, which you can find on The Gro Company website right now. They are beautifully modeled by New Mum Online’s gorgeous little Lottie. Modelling for Orla Kiely at such a young age, we are very jealous Lottie!

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It’s a “wearable blanket”. Can we get two in “new mum” size please?

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

V&Jx

 

She and Hem Baby Shower

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Last weekend we gathered our nearest and dearest, popped on some pregnancy friendly party frocks and wandered (slowly) on down to our favourite tea room in Bristol, Cox and Baloney. Why? Why, only to celebrate the imminent arrival of our little bundle of joys at the She and Hem Baby Shower! Yippee! After shooting at Cox and Baloney several times over the last few years for the likes of Emily and Fin, Boden and Joy, we knew we’d love to hold some sort of event there one day, as it really is the perfect party venue. Luckily for us they had some availability, so we jumped at the chance to book all our chums in for a lovely afternoon of mocktails, sandwiches, scones and oh so much cake! Not to mention an endless supply of tea. Perfect!

We are pretty easy to please and decided we’d rather not have any baby shower games. We had invited more people than the venue usually holds (oops!), and we really wanted a chance to spend time and catch up with everyone who’d given up their day to spend it with us, without any forced fun. One thing we couldn’t resist though was a jazzy photo booth. Come on, we are bloggers after all. Jo fixed up some excellent props, and then we joined creative forces and spent the night before hanging lots of ribbon to our sparkly backdrop. At no point did either of us get frustrated with it not all holding together. Nope, not at all. Fortunately, it looked great on the day and everyone was super keen to get involved, even the grandmothers to be!

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Alongside all of the incredible gifts we were both given by our very genourous friends and families (thanks guys!!), we were also sent this fun handmade nappy cake from The Bump Company and a wonderful personalised balloon from The Giant Balloon Company! Would you just look at those adorable little booties?! We really were so excited unboxing them both the day before the baby shower, and so touched that people are as excited as we are about our two tiny humans coming into the world. The cake and the balloon added an extra little something on the day, so thanks to both for sending them over to us. They were both big hits all round!

In true She and Hem matchy matchy style we wore dresses that complimented each other. Well, we like to think so! Jo’s beautiful Sequin Swing Dress is a maternity exclusive from ASOS and my Stardust Jewel Bodice Dress is by Rock-a-Bye Rosie from House of Fraser. I’d not heard of Rock-a-Bye Rosie before, but am now a big fan. I really love this dress. As it’s a maternity piece, I’m hoping to wear it to a Christmas party or two before I have to part with it! If not, I may just have to wear it around the house on maternity leave. Who doesn’t wear a party frock to watch This Morning?

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J&Vx

Jo’s East Coast Dresser Hack Blogger Challenge

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Hopefully you all spotted Victoria’s excellent East Coast Challenge post this time last week and now it’s my turn! Hoorah. Just to refresh your memories, the lovely folk at East Coast Nursery invited us to take part in their Dresser Hack Challenge in which each we got to style one of their gorgeous Clara Dresser‘s* using a budget of £50.

After deciding on a bright orange changing mat, in the form of the Diamonds Changing Mat in Coral*, I decided to embrace a colourful theme and set about sourcing some practical bits and bobs to help me store everything I will need. But of course, who needs practical when you can buy bunting, eh? I will admit that this was my very first purchase and comes from patchworkpawprint on Etsy. I bought 3 meters which is more than enough to tie round the top of the dresser. I think it looks really effective and is such a simple way to make the dresser your own.

OK OK, now on to the practical.  As a first time Mum-to-be, I’ll admit this involved quite a lot of heavy Googling as I got lost in other peoples lists and must haves. It can be quite overwhelming, cant it? Thankfully there were a few universal themes and I soon became really excited about furnishing my practical open shelves with baskets of goodies! I couldn’t resist the Set of 2 Knitted Storage Tubs from Next that look like little bears. They are really cute and I decided to use one to store spare baby clothes and the other for muslin squares. I think they look rather lovely on the top shelf next to some spare blankets.

For the bottom shelf, I really wanted a storage system that I could, in future, stop the little one from tipping onto the floor as nobody has time for that! I think I found the perfect solution in the form of Sass and Belle’s Set of 3 Moroccan Geometric Suitcases which I bought from Amazon. They perfectly compliment my bright mat and bunting and offer a really stylish solution to storing all those bits and bobs you need in easy reach. I’ve used one for nappies, one for all the lotions, wipes and creams and one for spare cotton wool balls. Perfect! I’ve got them open at the moment but when baby is crawling it will be super easy to close them up and keep everything safely stored inside.

Finally, a couple of extra touches. I bought some colourful Organiser Caddys, also from Amazon, which perfectly fit to the front of the dresser and create some very easily accessible extra storage. I’ve used one for cotton wool, one for nappy bags and, as I’ve got a lot of hair that I won’t want in the way when I’m trying to change a messy nappy (eugh, gross, poo hair etc), I’ve used one for hair bands. I then also added a couple of extra hooks to the side (the green monkeys which I’ve had for years). I’ve used one to hold a laundry bag (which was a Boden shoe protector bag in a former life) and the other I’ve left free. Perhaps I’ll discover a good use for it once baby comes along!

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So, what do you think? I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out although I imagine this will be neatest it ever looks! It was also so nice to do this challenge and made me feel really prepared for the arrival of the little one in December! So thank you very much, East Coast Nursery.

Jx

Victoria’s East Coast Dresser Hack Blogger Challenge

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If you are a regular She and Hem reader or follow us on social media, you probably know that both Jo and I (Victoria) are pregnant, and it’s blooming brilliant! Although a complete coincidence (we’re not that well organised!), it’s weirdly wonderful to be expecting your first child at the same time as your BFF. Especially when they’re a little way ahead of you, so you can pester them with questions like ‘Did you ever get weird pains here?’, ‘What’s the whopping cough jab like?’ and more importantly, ‘What on earth is going to happen to my belly button?!’.

Another thing we chat about pretty much constantly is baby equipment. Prams, cots and all of the things you’ve never needed to think about can become quite overwhelming, and cause your bank balance (and husband) to wince uncontrollably. With that in mind, when East Coast Nursery offered us both the chance to take part in a blogger challenge to style the Clara Dresser*, we jumped at the chance to tick an item off of our shopping list and really start preparing for our little arrivals! Some would say a dresser is not an essential item, but I was particularly keen to get one to act as an additional storage solution. As soon as I put it together I could tell it was going to be so much easier to store all of the baby changing accessories in one organised place, and hopefully quicker to change the little rascal too! Styling the dresser was lots of fun, and I’m dead chuffed with the end result. It feels pretty lovely to have something ready for the baby.

I themed the styling around the Chevron Changing Mat* from East Coast, as I just really love a chevron. I decided to buy grey chevron storage to hold the essentials, some blankets for post-change swaddling, and a few yellow chevron sheets, just because. I also popped a couple of outfits in a gorgeous wooden basket for any emergency clothing changes! But, where will you put the dirty clothes, I hear you ask. After pondering this very question, I came up with the following tip top blogger hack! As the shelves are a bit small for laundry storage, I decided to create my own by attaching a removable suction hook from Ikea (seen below), to which I hung a light laundry bag. Pretty and practical? Yes indeed. No baby brain around here!

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Look out for Jo’s blogger challenge next week!

Vx

 

Our Next Maternity Post

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Hopefully you’ve read all about our first foray into dressing for pregnancy? Well, we enjoyed it so much we thought we’d give it another go and style these super flattering frocks in…wait for it…our Next maternity post. Get it? Good. These Next dresses are both so great at camouflaging bumps that it’s very easy to forget you are pregnant whilst strolling around in them! Whilst browsing their selection of pregnancy pieces, I (Victoria) was a drawn the Green Floral Print Maternity Dress*, as it looked super cosy and smart enough to throw on easily for any occasion, which I hear is really handy when you’ve suddenly got a little person to look after 24/7. I was chuffed when it arrived and really love the long sleeves and cute leaf print.

Jo’s Grey Stripe Rib Skater Maternity Dress* is another super casual number, but it also looks excellent jazzed up with some spotty tights and a trusty black hat. I can see her teaming it with a cute jacket and thick tights over the next few months and it’s bound to become a staple piece. It would have been a crime not to wear it with those dazzling Gold/Black Block Heel Brocade Boots* (can we talk about how amazing Next’s shoes are at the moment?) and I can confirm that they have been complimented so many times already! They are sure to be firm Autumn favourites – as long as the pesky swollen ankles stay away! While we are on the subject of shoes, if you are not a fan of the metallic trend don’t give these shoes the boot, as my Fringed Loafers* also come in trusty black, pretty print and sizzling snake print. We (plus bumps!) are now both ready to hit the cooler climate in style, thank you Next!

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Have you tried the Next maternity range yet?

V&Jx

Maternity Fashion with JoJo Maman Bébé

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Our first maternity wear post! Hooray! We were both really excited about dressing for pregnancy but soon became quite distressed about the highstreets’ lack of She and Hem friendly maternity wear. Gone were the colourful dresses, the novelty prints and the flattering shapes and instead we were faced with an onslaught of black wrap dresses and shapeless smocks that really weren’t doing anything for anybody. It has been quite a challenge to dress in a way that makes us feel like we are still us. This was really important as our shapes are constantly changing and not having experienced it before it can feel quite daunting and suddenly keeping hold of your own sense of style can feel impossible. We were therefore really thrilled when we spotted these cheerful numbers from JoJo Maman Bébé and even more so when they invited us to style them.

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Both dresses are SO comfy and easy to wear, a real bonus when even getting off the sofa is a struggle! We would both happily have these hanging in our wardrobes even if we weren’t expecting. The prints are so bold and colourful, not a black wrap dress in sight! Good work, JoJo! Victoria’s Navy Floral Maternity Dress* has gorgeous 3/4 length sleeves and a flattering full skirt. It looks excellent teamed with the Cosy 4-in-1 Maternity Cardigan* which will definitely be getting a lot of wear this Autumn/Winter. My (Jo) Geo Maternity & Nursing Dress* is such a great colour and I love that it’s a nursing dress as it will be just as useful post birth as it is now. The hidden slits are most definitely discreet so it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing something specifically for a pregnant lady – I just feel like me.

We are both so impressed with the quality of these dresses, the material is lovely and they really feel like investment pieces. They also require zero ironing, something we will only continue to appreciate! We both teamed our dresses with black Comfy Cotton Rich Maternity Leggings* which do exactly what they say on the tin. Boy are they comfy! We were both a bit skeptical about whether specialist maternity leggings were worth buying over just your normal leggings but the extra wide waistband, which means you can wear them over your bump, makes us feel so much more supported and, we like to think, keeps baby nice and snug. Winner!

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Thanks so much JoJo Maman Bébé! Our bumps look fabulous!

J&V x

Accessories to Murder #38 *Baby Clothes Special*

Hello and welcome to the 38th Accessories to Murder. We’re taking a slightly different direction this week, as I’ve been on the hunt for cute baby clothes for my number one future accessory (just kidding!). My little one is due in January, so it’s high time I started looking for clothes so that the little bundle of joy/poop will actually have something to wear.

We’re not finding out if they’re a boy or a girl, so please expect a few gender neutral gems over the coming weeks. Right, without further ado, here’s a lovely list of all the things that have made it onto this week’s She and Hem’s Most Wanted!

38a
Just Call Me Fox leggins | £16 | Tobias & The Bear via Hip Little People
38b
Blue and White Cloud All-in-One | £22 | Bob & Blossom
Ice Cream Booties | £24 | La Redoute
38c
Fun Penguin Cardigan | £27.50 | Baby Boden
38d
Penguin Snowsuit | £26 | M&S
38e
Bright Dinosaur Baby Sleepsuit | Was £15 Now £12 | JoJo Maman Bebe
38h
Knitted Bunny Booties | £15 | Cath Kidston
38f
Cloud Print Sleepsuit and Hat | £14 | Next
38g
Spaceships Baby Dungaree | £20 | Cath Kidston

That’s all for now folks. Until next week, keep accessorising!

Vx

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