Nursery Inspiration with Festive Lights

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Nursery Inspiration | She and Hem | Festive Lights

The girls are growing up so fast! It’s so much fun seeing them turn into little mischievous girls and they are starting to really adore spending time together. They are both currently still sleeping in with Mum and Dad but it won’t be long now until they are in their own rooms! We are therefore both having a lot of fun collecting nursery bits and setting up spaces that they will love. 

After sourcing furniture, curtains and all that sort of jazz, we were on the hunt for decorations! Never ones to shy away from novelty lighting, these colour changing unicorn fairy lights* from Festive Lights were perfect! The girls are fascinated by them as they slowly change colour to showcase a selection of baby friendly soft shades. Fairy lights are such a cheap and easy way to add a bit of character to a space and hopefully they will help make the transition into their own rooms that little bit nicer. Plus, unicorns are pretty great! Naturally, being babies, they wanted to eat the unicorns (!!!) so we had to come up with ways to keep them safely out the way. Thankfully they are battery operated so no nasty mains to worry about (phew) so Jo will be pinning hers to the top of her dollshouse-shaped bookcase and Victoria has a cunning plan to display hers in a clear vase that can be stored out of reach!

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Nursery Inspiration | She and Hem | Festive Lights

Nursery Inspiration | She and Hem | Festive Lights

Don’t the girls look so cute in their matching Cath Kidston* pjs? We’ve been wondering how old they will be before they ask us to stop dressing them in matching outfits! If they are anything like us, they will both still be twinning in their thirties!

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Big thanks to Festive Lights for our new lighting. With Christmas on the horizon we are sure to be spending a lot of time on your website!

J&Vx

This post is a collaboration and contains affiliate links, but the love of unicorns is all mum’s own. 

Putting the Win in Winter: Jumpers

We couldn’t help but notice that one of our most read posts at the moment is our jumper roundup from last year so we thought seeing as it’s now November, and officially jumper season once again, we should compile a new list of our current favourites! Fabulous knitwear is appearing all over the shop at the moment, mostly adorned with some sort of animal or food motif, it’s all so tempting.

Sweet Treat Jumper £58.50 from Miss Patina
Sweet Treat Jumper £58.50 from Miss Patina

We could waffle on all day about how much we love this jumper but that wouldn’t be berry entertaining now would it?

Jumper In Retro Chevron Stripe £30 from ASOS
Jumper In Retro Chevron Stripe £30 from ASOS

You’d be chev-wrong not to love this fab jumper

Peanut Butter £34.90 from Rad
Peanut Butter £34.90 from Rad

Instagram went peanutty when V wore this butterly good sweater recently. Everyone went to jelly.

Billie Fluffy Knitted Jumper £75 from Cath Kidston
Billie Fluffy Knitted Jumper £75 from Cath Kidston

Woof! You’d be barking mad not to want this puppy! Fetch us this jumper!

Fashion Box Popcorn Jumper £14 from George and Asda
Fashion Box Popcorn Jumper £14 from George and Asda

Sorry for being corny but we really love this jumper! Hopefully it’s more sweet than salty.

Lena Hot Air Balloon Slouchy Sweater £42 from Sugarhill Boutique at House of Fraser
Lena Hot Air Balloon Slouchy Sweater £42 from Sugarhill Boutique at House of Fraser

Who doesn’t love a big balloon? Put this in your basket and you’ll be floating on air!

Aztec Retro Jumper £29.50 from Marks and Spencer
Aztec Retro Jumper £29.50 from Marks and Spencer

If, like us, you like to hang out on the Apres Ski scenes of your local Town this retro knitwear will help you fit right in.

Schnauzer-Dog Intarsia Jumper £45 from Louche at Joy
Schnauzer-Dog Intarsia Jumper £45 from Louche at Joy

Pups are obviously pup-ular with us at the moment! ‘Wowzer what a schnauzer’ is what people will say when they see you in this bad boy.

J&V


Double Thumbs Dresses #54

Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses and a very happy Easter to you all! It’s time once again for our frocktacular roundup of the dresses deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval….

Sunflower Dress £59 from Dickins & Jones
Sunflower Dress £59 from Dickins & Jones
Candy stripe dress £59 from Dickins and Jones
Candy stripe dress £59 from Dickins and Jones

First up we have two gorgeous tea dresses from Dickins & Jones at House of Fraser, who for me are totally hitting it out of the park when it comes to vintage inspired fashion! The first frock features a stunning yellow sunflower print that will certainty turn heads! I just love the little v-neck detail and the nipped in waste will make it super flattering and easy to wear. The second is such a cute little dress with a candy stripe print, rounded collar and little buttons to fasten it up at the back. It also has a lovely bow belt! Both dresses would make the perfect additions to any spring/summer wardrobe and I fear both are destined to be mine!

 Seaside Print Dress £20 from George
Seaside Print Dress £20 from George

Hold the phone, this beautiful seaside print dress is a supermarket bargain! How gorgeous is that print? The colours are simply fabulous and I cannot believe that it’s only £20. My size is currently out of stock on the website (sob) so I will be elbowing my way around my nearest ASDA until I find one!

Blue Summer Cocktails £75 from Emily and Fin
Blue Summer Cocktails £75 from Emily and Fin

And after all that elbowing what better way to celebrate than with a cocktail? I feel this fifties style sundress from Emily and Fin would be just the ticket! It’s so much fun! I adore the red and blues together and it’s such a fab summer print. Mojito, anyone?

Vintage Shift Dress in Geo Print £55 from ASOS
Vintage Shift Dress in Geo Print £55 from ASOS

I full on gasped when I saw this stunning ASOS dress. That’s how much I love it! It’s like the vintage dress of my dreams and I just want to wear it everywhere with some massive hair and some equally massive sunglasses. Gimmie.

Dinosaur Smock Dress Multicolour £55 from THE WHITEPEPPER
Dinosaur Smock Dress Multicolour £55 from THE WHITEPEPPER

This THE WHITEPEPPER smock dress is pretty dino-mite, amiright? It’s such an adorable print and the playful childlike design works perfectly with the shape of the dress. I want to swoosh around in it! I also really love the blue underlayer which really makes the dress standout.

Festival Bunting Print Smock Dress £50 from Sugarhill Boutique
Festival Bunting Print Smock Dress £50 from Sugarhill Boutique
Ice Lolly Print Midi Fit and Flare Dress £55 from Sugarhill Boutique
Ice Lolly Print Midi Fit and Flare Dress £55 from Sugarhill Boutique

Last but not least we have these two wonderful frocks from Sugarhill Boutique, who always know the way to my novelty print loving heart! Elephants and bunting you say? Sure, why not. Fab and rocket ice lollies? Consider it done! Both prints are totally delightful but I would expect nothing less from the masters of the playful print.

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #47

Hello hello! It’s DT time again! Our roundup of the dresses we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. Let’s begin!

Glittering Trinkets Tunic £149
Glittering Trinkets Tunic £149 from Ted Baker at John Lewis

Holy baubles Batman, things are about to get FESTIVE! How beautiful is this trinkets print dress by Ted Baker? And would you look at that embellished collar? Stunning. It makes me want to put up my Christmas tree immediately. I love everything about it. Apart from the price, obviously.

Embellished Collar Prom Dress £60
Embellished Collar Prom Dress £60 from ASOS

Speaking of embellished collars, ding dong ASOS have brought out a stunner. It even has matching capped sleeves. Swoon! Those gem stones are just beautiful and look perfect set against the plain nude colour of the scuba dress. I’d move fast if you like it as I don’t think this little beauty will stick around for long (by this I mean that my size is already out of stock *SOBS*).

Brocade Paisley Shift £65 from Topshop
Brocade Paisley Shift £65 from Topshop

I made the mistake of watching the Cara Topshop video and now I want everything. And to be Cara. But that’s something we’ll address at an appropriate time. Anyway, this shift dress looks so great when teamed with a white blouse (and supermodel)  plus it has diamante pockets. I think we’ve established that I am enjoying a little embellishment right now.

Julita Deer Dress £65
Julita Deer Dress £65 from Louche at Joy
Deer Print Dress £59.50 by Poem at Oliver Bonas
Deer Print Dress £59.50 by Poem at Oliver Bonas

I don’t know, you wait all year for a deer print dress and then two come along at once. Typical. I spotted the Louche frock in Joy Bath last week whilst out shopping with Victoria and new instantly it was destined to be on Double Thumbs. The cartoon style print is SO cute and it’s the perfect alternative to a novelty Christmas jumper. It reminded Victoria of Bambi and me of Babycham. I’m not sure what this says about either of us but I think I come off worse. If you prefer your deers to be a bit more serious then the beautiful Oliver Bonas tea dress may be the frock for you, although they have described it as a “conversational deer” which made me laugh more than was perhaps necessary. The good news is neither dress is too, errr, dear.

Graduate Fashion Week Belted Disney Villains Dress £30 from George at Asda

I was already pretty in love with this George dress even before I realised it was part of a Disney villains (yes, really) inspired range. I mean, seriously, that’s pretty damn cool ASDA. The sizes keep going in and out of stock online so it might be one to hunt down in-store, perhaps take a couple of hapless henchmen to help.

Katy Dress £49 from Sugarhill Boutique

I do so enjoy a sheer polka-dot (I mean, who doesn’t?) so this sixties style Sugarhill Boutique number is right up my street. I tend to go a bit crazy at this time of year with the glittery accessories and a dress like this is the perfect base to throw all the shiny things at. Party!

Beautiful Floral Printed Midi Prom Dress £85
Beautiful Floral Printed Midi Prom Dress £85 from ASOS

For as long as ASOS keep bringing out their super pretty, super flattering off the shoulder style prom dresses, I’m going to keep featuring them. Just so we’re clear, this is perfect.

Jx

Have you read Double Thumbs Dresses #46?

Have you read Double Thumbs Dresses #45

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

Double Thumbs Dresses #38

Hello! It’s Double Thumbs time again! Our weekly roundup of the fabulous frocks that have won our seal of approval. I hope you’ve taken your hayfever meds as things are about to get real floral.

Louella Print Sun Dress £59 by Poem from Oliver Bonas
Louella Print Sun Dress £59 by Poem from Oliver Bonas

Floral fancy number one comes courtesy of Poem at Oliver Bonas. It has got a lot of things going for it such as that super feminine pleated skirt, a perfect-for-summer cool light-weight fabric and, to cap it off, capped sleeves.

Invitation Audley Dress £199 from Hobbs
Invitation Audley Dress £199 from Hobbs at House of Fraser

Yeah, alright, I know I can dream on but this Hobbs dress is so gorgeous.  I love the shape, the colours and, most importantly, the collar! They rather marvelously describe this dress as “billowing”. I will happily billow for Hobbs.

Floral Neoprene Dress £28 from Dorothy Perkins
Floral Neoprene Dress £28 from Dorothy Perkins

Back on budget now with this blooming lovely dress from Dorothy Perkins. This dress is also a great shape and the colours look so pretty together.

Flamingo Print Dress £75 from Coast
Flamingo Print Dress £75 from Coast

FlamingWOAH what have we got going on here? This Coast scenic print dress is delightfully bonkers. I love it though and it’s nice to see them bringing the crazy.

Floral Blossom Bandeau Dress
Floral Blossom Bandeau Dress £35 from Oasis

Oasis are always a good bet for a nice summer dress and this one would certainly take you from garden parties to the beach with little trouble. The straps are adjustable too, which is handy.

Pineapple Print Dress £12 from George at Asda
Pineapple Print Dress £12 from George at Asda

Yep, it’s happened again! I believe this George dress to be the third pineapple print dress featured on Double Thumbs in as many weeks. The pineapple is clearly running rings around its fruity competition, eh?

Dahlia Dress £55 from White Stuff
Dahlia Dress £55 from White Stuff

White Stuff continue to impress with their gorgeous new collection of dresses. This dahlia print is so pretty and prim! It looks a decent length for work too, if that’s a deal breaker for you.

Until next time!

Jx

 

Hem and Away: Iceland Part Two

She and Hem| Blue LagoonWhen visiting Iceland, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you will at some point be lured in by the geothermal paradise that is the Blue Lagoon. Its popularity is certainly helped by its proximity to the airport and it’s not uncommon to see coach loads of tourists dropping their suitcases off to take a final swim before fleeing the country. We didn’t do the airport dash, deciding instead to dedicate an entire day to wallowing in the lagoon. I do so love a good wallow.

We still had our little hire car from the previous days’ adventures but, like with everything else, you could easily book yourself on a coach tour to the lagoon should you wish to. It took about 45 minutes to drive there from Reyjkavik.

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Considering that Iceland is a country famed for its phenomenal natural scenery, it’s perhaps surprising that one of its most visited attractions is entirely man-made. Don’t let that put you off though! Even the most snobbish of Tripadvisor reviewers have conceded that it is a spectacular attraction. From the moment you put your foot into the hot (sometimes even too hot!) water, you realise that this is going to be an extraordinary time and the steam coming off of the water creates an almost otherworldly atmosphere.

We fully indulged in the free silca mud masks, the lagoon bar (which is IN the lagoon. No cold bits here) and spent time in steam room and sauna. It’s really was bliss!

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In Iceland, public bathing (among everything else) does not come cheap! The basic entrance fee will set you back about £30 or for £50 you get a towel, robe, drink and some skin care treatments thrown in. Our day was actually a birthday present so we went the whole hog and had the £80 ’Premium Experience’. This gets you all of the above plus slippers (deal breaker) and, perhaps more excitingly, a two course meal at their LAVA restaurant. I’ll admit I bawked at the £80 price tag, especially as all of the packages allow you unlimited time in the lagoon, but I am not lying when I tell you that the pudding I had as part of my meal was, hands down, the best thing I have ever eaten. It nearly reduced me to tears.

She and Hem| Blue LagoonShe and Hem| Blue LagoonMy lagoon look was very kindly gifted to me by George at Asda. I adore the fun colour and print of this fruits bikini*, which coped admirably with the geothermic water and survived the all important heavy duty pool shower test! As someone who goes through a lot of sunglasses, I was really excited to discover that most of George’s come in at under the £4 mark. Oh, hello! I fell instantly for these multicoloured frames*! Sunglasses should always be fun!

Jx

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

Festive Finds: We Wish You a Wooly Christmas

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I know this might seem a little like we are jumping on the Christmas jumper bandwagon (well, it is December after all) but trust us when we say we LOVE a novelty Christmas knit. From wonky Rudolphs, to bonkers baubles, it’s all about embracing the cheese come Christmas time. Just ask Colin Firth.

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We wore our new George* Christmas jumpers out to a new night market in Bristol, which claims to be the city’s first street food event of its kind; combining local breweries, artists, music and all things Bristol. It was really a rather magical affair, with beautiful string lights and bunting decorating a courtyard packed with craft stalls, food stands (we went for a Minno wrap, yum!) and a big open fire. Inside the building, a former police station no less, we discovered a variety of art installations. We had a wonderful time exploring, especially when a kind stranger offered us a balloon each. It’s not often you spend your Friday evening stood in a police cell holding a party balloon, is it? Maybe it is. Continue reading Festive Finds: We Wish You a Wooly Christmas

She and Home: Bristol Fashion Week

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A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to attend a special bloggers event at The Mall Cribbs Causeway, to celebrate the start of Bristol Fashion Week.

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Spread over five days, Bristol Fashion Week for the Autumn/Winter season showcases all the latest fashion wares from big boy brands such as River Island, Marks and Spencers, Next, Fat Face and John Lewis.

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Having never attended a fashion show, I wasn’t expecting the abundance of choreography and pizzazz on display. Having only really thought of the runway as a place for serious model face, it was a breath of fresh air to see the models having a good time. The children were especially good fun and the M&S ballerina was my highlight of the evening. The only thing I didn’t particularly like were the hosts, Mark Heyes and Andrew Barton, who we both found a little too scripted and cheesy. Having read other blog posts, we do seem to be in the minority on this. Perhaps we are simply accustomed to being the cheesiest people in the room. Stop stealing our thing, Mark and Andrew.

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