Harbourside Hell Bunny

She and Hem | Tiger Milly | Hell Bunny Last Saturday, as it was a gloriously sunny morning in Bristol, we decided to make the most of it and put on our glad rags for a stroll around the beautiful harbourside. Charmingly, by the time we finally finished getting ready made it into town the sun had beat a hasty retreat and we were left with some seriously gloomy cloud. We didn’t let that stop us though. In your face, weather.

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As you can see, we were dressed pretty cheerfully in these gorgeous frocks from Tiger Milly. Nothing makes us happier than a nice twirly number and Tiger Milly is a veritable treasure trove of fabulous vintage inspired pieces, stocking a great selection of brands who love their flirty fifites fashion just as much as we do. These particular two are from the wonderful Hell Bunny.

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We had such a great time putting these looks together with belts, bags and shoes flying everywhere in the process. Victoria ended up teaming her lovely Pink and Mint Hell Bunny Plaid Summer Dress* with a grey belt from The Bristol Vintage Fair, gorgeous coral shoes from Primark, pink heart shaped sunglasses from Amazon and her highly coveted macaroon print clutch which is also a Primark bargain. I accessoried my turquoise Hell Bunny May Day Floral Dress* with a fruity lemon clutch from New Look*, a black belt from ASOS (the dress does come with a matching belt but I wanted to be matchy matchy with my shoes), black shoes from the M&S sale and sunglasses from Topshop.

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She and Hem | Tiger Milly | Hell Bunny

It has to be said, we felt pretty darn fantastic strolling around in these outfits! They are perfect summer dresses and really fun, yet easy, to wear.

J&V

New Look Summer

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A little while ago we were very kindly asked if we would like to choose a summer outfit each from New Look’s summer range and, having both decided recently that we would like to step out of our usual comfort zone of twirly dresses, this seemed like the perfect opportunity for us to embrace some shorts! So last week, in between stuffing ourselves silly with breakfast at the Anthropologie Bath launch and heading up to Manchester, we found ourselves strolling around in our very best summer attire. As the sun had even made an appearance for the occasion, I decided to take V to one of my favourite teenage haunts, the picture perfect Henrietta Park for some photos!

She and Hem | New Look SummerShe and Hem | New Look SummerShe and Hem | New Look SummerWhen choosing our outfits, Victoria headed straight for New Look’s handy co-ords section (I wish more online shops had cottoned on to this) and selected her gorgeous red floral top and shorts set. It looked absolutely stunning on and she accessorised it perfectly with her Primark shell bag, sparkly George sunglasses* and jazzy cobalt blue Office sandals from House of Fraser*. She looked so bright and cheery in the vibrant colours and we both agree that the shorts especially are going to making many an appearance…if the sun holds up his end of the deal too.

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She and Hem | New Look SummerI am always instantly drawn to anything white and crochet so these shorts went straight into my basket. If I was at a festival or on holiday I would be happy to rock them without tights but I don’t think Bath is quite ready for my jelly – they really are short! I do like them with tights though and my George ones are even ‘heat controlled’ so I didn’t get too hot! It took me a while to figure out what to team with them and ended up plumping for this gingham shirt top, which I now LOVE. It has such a cute tie detail at the bottom and I know I am going to be wearing it all summer long. I accessoried with Topshop brogues, a white Zatchel, a Pull & Bear cardigan and my fail safe Amazon heart sunglasses.

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What a lark in the park!

J&V

Hem and Away: Iceland Part One

Hem and Away | Iceland Part One

Halló all! If you follow us on Instagram, you will no doubt be all too familiar with the fact that I spent my Easter holiday in beautiful Iceland! I’ve got a few posts lined up about my time in Reykjavik but I thought I would begin with my travels to the Golden Circle.

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| Bag by Zatchels | Coat by Boden* | Shorts by George* | Caridgan by Gap| Tights by George| Scarf by Marks and Spencer | Glasses (pictured above) by Amazon | Hat (pictured below) by Marks and Spencer |

Reykjavik is well geared up for tourists and there are any number of tour operators offering coach trips to the Golden Circle and beyond. We decided to shun the coach tour in favour of hiring a car and driving the route ourselves. This is also a popular, and well catered for option as it means you can go at your own pace and, if you’re like me, means avoiding the stress of getting travel sick whilst surrounded by strangers.

We hired our car from Hertz and went for the cheapest option available but paid extra for a GPS system (necessary!). I’ll admit I haven’t looked into the comparison but I’ve heard that hiring a car is actually a much cheaper way of doing it and we certainty had no regrets. Our little car coped admirably with the snow and it even included seat warmers and an iPhone charger. Luxurious! 

The Golden Circle is a popular route for tourists as it takes in three of Iceland’s most spectacular sights, the Pingvellir national park, the geothermally active Haukadalur and the mammoth waterfall Gullfoss. It’s about a 190 mile round trip from Reykjavik so if you do decide to drive it yourself, bare that in mind!                                                       Hem and Away | Iceland Part OneHem and Away | Iceland Part OneHem and Away | Iceland Part One Hem and Away | Iceland Part OneHem and Away | Iceland Part OneHem and Away | Iceland Part OneWe went on Easter Sunday and it was an extremely magical day! Just driving through the snowy mountains was beautiful enough but each of the three main stops on the drive proved to be equally spectacular! We stood in awe at the beauty of Pingvellir, got a little overexcited at watching the geysirs erupt at Haukadalur and were stunned by the magnificent Gulfoss waterfall. There aren’t really enough superlatives to describe it all.

Hem and Away | Iceland Part OneHem and Away | Iceland Part OneHem and Away | Iceland Part OneWe added an extra stop on our way home as we really wanted to see the Kerið volcanic crater lake. Apparently Bjork once played here on a raft. Can you imagine!

Jx

Outfit of the Day: Spring in to Florals

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“Florals? For spring? Ground breaking.” – Miranda Priestly

So, we know we aren’t introducing a revolutionary new trend here, but some things are just supposed to go together, like Fred and Ginger, Fred and Barney and Fred and George Weasley. Floral patterns in Springtime just go, ok? Although neither of us wear shirts very often, we absolutely could not resist these United Colours of Benetton printed beauties. Like Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, they just look so good together! Caution, this post contains more flowers than your Grandma’s favourite garden centre.

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While I was pulling about a billion items out of my wardrobe to wear with this very pink Benetton shirt*, the above Primark skirt was a bit of a ‘This will never go, but what the hell, let’s try it!’ eureka moment. It’s not a subtle outfit that’s for sure, but after our little photo session, I really fell in love with the whole look. I can’t blinking wait to wear it again now the weather is fine and dandy. The red belt is from New Look, the pastel bracelet is from Accessorize and the blue sunglasses are also Primark.

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Jo teamed her lilac floral shirt, also from Benetton*, with cute polka-dot shorts from Miss Selfridge, shoes from Primark and a black belt from ASOS. Her lush peach glasses, which get compliments wherever we go, are from Topshop.  You wouldn’t catch us without our heart sunglasses, which you can find at Amazon!

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With all that posing, I think we’ve earned a treat, so let’s all scoff some Easter chocolate in the sunshine!

V&J

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

Special Feature: Osiris & Victoria

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Here’s me making a spectacle of myself in my new Osiris glasses from Specsavers, which along with many other bloggers, we were lucky to receive at the London launch party back in July. Jo and I popped along to choose our frames a few weeks ago and after a good hour of deliberating I choose these tortoiseshell B29 flexie-hinge frames. Now that  I’ve been wearing them for a month or so, I can confirm that I am tickled pink with them!

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In fashion glasses are usually associated with geek chic or the ol’ sexy teacher image. While I am obviously always in the library (…), after coming across this colourful setting in Bristol one day I thought it was too good an opportunity to pass up.

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If you’ve ever spent any time with me, you will know that I’m a pretty clumsy fool. Having previously run face first into a glass door, belly-flopped onto some scorching hair straighteners and dislocated my thumb whilst plaster casting my own wrist, you get the idea why I REALLY had to ensure these glasses were scratch resistant. I’m constantly dropping, squishing and squashing my frames as I’m too featherbrained to put them in their case when they are not on my face. These frames are both scratch resistant and durable. Continue reading Special Feature: Osiris & Victoria