Festive Family Fun with Visit Bristol #MerryBristmas

Photo by Hunch Co.

Last week we were lucky enough to receive our idea of a Golden Ticket, a ten day pass for all of Bristol’s amazing family attractions to see and sample their festive offerings, courtesy of Visit Bristol. How kind! If you follow us on Instagram you will understand exactly how exciting this was for us. We have two very active toddlers who are happiest when they are exploring, so we really went for it and used the pass as a great opportunity to discover new places to take the girls. It was so fabulous that we’re seriously considering asking Santa for membership for several of the attractions. Here are our ho ho highlights!

Photo by Hunch Co.

First Up, Tyntesfield! From now until 2nd January Tyntesfield will be stepping back to Christmas past by having ‘A Very Victorian Christmas’ indeed. Now, we’ve both been to the National Trust grounds before but we were absolutely taken aback by just how beautiful the house itself is inside. We would definitely recommend collecting a ticket at the entrance and enjoying the traditional decorations (including the best Christmas tree we’ve ever seen!), storytelling, carols and a whole lot more. You can even ride in a horse drawn carriage!

If you are in the centre of town, then head for a browse of the outdoor Christmas markets. They seem to get bigger and better every year! We like to feast on all of the festive treats on offer with our firm favourites being the chocolate fountain and the Bratwurst, but if you are more adventurous, embrace your inner Torvil and Dean and head to We The Curious for a skate around their ice rink.

We also heartily recommend hopping on board a Bristol Ferry Boat for a delightful trip around the harbour. If you really want to push the boat out (ho ho ho), for £13 a head you can join them for a Santa Cruise (why they didn’t call it that is a mystery), which promises lots of festive treats for those big and small. You can find out more about it here.

Last but not least, and slightly further a field, is Slimbridge Wetland Centre. This is our top tip for a Christmas day trip to please all generations. This was just as big a hit with the Grandparents as it is with the toddler and it well worth the drive. As well as admiring the wildlife, you can join Slimbridge for a multitude of festive activities. You can breakfast with elves (!) as well as pay a visit to Santa in his magical grotto. Other festive frivolity includes the opportunity to ice your own gingerbread man, build an elf den, toast marshmallows or send a letter to the North Pole at their post office!  I think we can all agree it all sounds pretty excellent and you can find out more here

Merry Bristmas, everyone!

J&V x

Double Thumbs Dresses #92

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. Let us celebrate the fact that it didn’t take me a year to write another post this time!

*FYI click on the image for a direct link to the dress*

Iconic Women Dress $85 (about £60) from Book of Deer | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #92
Iconic Women Dress $85 (about £60) from Book of Deer

First up is this incredible dress from Book of Deer. Quite honestly, this is up there with my favourite dresses ever featured on this here blog. Book of Deer put it better than I ever could by explaining on their website that this print celebrates ‘96 iconic women who have influenced the world we live in today. As well as depicting the more well-known faces of activism, academia, art and heroism, the print also features women who have achieved amazing things or overcome huge social obstacles that may have been overlooked in mainstream history‘. The result is magical and I want to wear it every single day! You can see a close up of the print here

Wild Animals Shirt Dress £59 from Sugarhill Boutique | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #92
Wild Animals Shirt Dress £59 from Sugarhill Boutique
Adora Swimmers Shirt Dress £59 from Sugarhill Boutique | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #92
Adora Swimmers Shirt Dress £59 from Sugarhill Boutique

Next up we have a couple of fab prints from the new collection at Sugarhill Boutique. Both dresses are in the Adora shirt dress style which is a lovely 1950s button-up shape and has the most delightfully retro split collar. LOVE! The wild animal print features a stunning hand drawn safari scene that I am obsessed with and the swimmers dress is equally wonderful thanks to those quirky synchronized swimmers.

Floral Pleated Midi Dress £79 from & Other Stories | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #92
Floral Pleated Midi Dress £79 from & Other Stories

I have been majorly crushing on this yellow beauty from & Other Stories. It just looks so swooshy (not a word) and dreamy plus look at those gorgeous long sleeves.

Chevron Striped Midi Dress £49 from Warehouse | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #92
Chevron Striped Midi Dress £49 from Warehouse
Jacquard Midi Dress £69 from Warehouse | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #92
Jacquard Midi Dress £69 from Warehouse

Warehouse have some wonderful midi-dresses in this season! I find those blue chevrons deeply enjoyable and I am really into the buttons only starting below the waistline. It makes it a bit different and the result is a very nice looking dress indeed. I am also a big fan of their beautiful metallic gold midi-dress which, I think, looks super expensive. The website assures me that this ruffled frock shimmers IRL which only makes me want it more.

Off Shoulder Sundress With Tiered Skirt In Rainbow £18 from ASOS | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #92
Off Shoulder Sundress With Tiered Skirt In Rainbow £18 from ASOS

You will probably need to act fast if you want this super cheerful rainbow affair from ASOS as the £18 pricetag means it won’t be around for long. It’s the perfect dress for Summer which, apparently, is on the way.

Armelle Dress £66 (was £110) from Boden | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #92
Armelle Dress £66 (was £110) from Boden
Angela Textured Dress £48 (was £80) from Boden | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #92
Angela Textured Dress £48 (was £80) from Boden

Rejoice! She and Hem faves Boden have knocked a load of pounds off some pretty great dresses. I’ve been coveting the Armelle dress for quite some time so I think I might have to take the plunge. It’s just such a fun style! And as someone who really enjoys making a spectacle of herself, I feel the glasses print was always destined for my wardrobe. It’s such a ‘throw on and go’ dress which is what my life is all about.

Red Shellfish Print Rockabilly Shirt Dress £38 from Lindy Bop | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #92
Red Shellfish Print Rockabilly Shirt Dress £38 from Lindy Bop

It would be shellfish not to share with you this cray cray crab print dress from Lindy Bop. I am really diggin’ the vibrant pop of red and I it’s a real pinch at £38.

Cutabout Stripe Ruffle Midi Dress £46 from Topshop | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #92
Cutabout Stripe Ruffle Midi Dress £46 from Topshop

Last but not least is this perfectly picnic appropriate number from Topshop. I adore everything about this frock and am already imagining myself strolling through the park with a big hat and sandals, living my best yellow-loving life.

Jx

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Double Thumbs Dresses #91

Hello hello! Welcome back (at long long last) to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval! First off, an explanation. I didn’t plan to have such a long break from writing these posts (I think it has been nearly a year?!) but between maternity pay and breastfeeding, I just haven’t been spending much time online lusting over dresses and checking-out my virtual basket. These posts have always been about the frocks I’ve fallen in love with when shopping for myself and, *insert tiny violins*, shopping for myself wasn’t really a thing for a long time! However, since returning back to work I now get to spend a lot of time on trains idly scrolling ASOS like old times. I have missed you, old friend! It feels good to be back and I can’t wait to start sharing my finds with you all once more. NO BANK BALANCE IS SAFE.

*FYI click on the image for a direct link to the dress*

Umbrella Dress £75 from There's Only One Amy Laws | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Umbrella Dress £75 from There’s Only One Amy Laws

I seem to have become obsessed with rainbows lately so this delightful dress from There’s Only One Amy Laws has naturally caught my eye! Amy is local to us (she’s based in Somerset) and all her pieces are handmade and screenprinted.

Ice Cream Dress £70 from Cath Kidston | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Ice Cream Dress £70 from Cath Kidston
Sunglasses Print Dress £70 from Cath Kidston | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Sunglasses Print Dress £70 from Cath Kidston

My friend Eva recently text me to warn me that I was going to want everything in Cath Kidston‘s new collection. To be fair, that’s not a massively unusual feeling for me but even I wasn’t prepared for how gosh darn lovely their new stuff is!  The ice-cream print dress is just so summery and cute (although I can’t say I’m ready to think about summer just yet – Snowmageddon, anyone?) and the sunglasses print is very cool indeed. It’s definitely worth checking out their website right now as they have some really really great pieces (Victoria and I are OBSESSED with this coat).

Ballet Slippers Print Dress £60 from Boden | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Ballet Slippers Print Dress £60 from Boden

She and Hem faves, Boden always know how to bring the fun factor. This super-flattering and super-easy to wear number comes in a number of fun prints (including sunglasses – they are obviously very in this year!) but the little ballet slippers are my pick of the bunch. Plie-se will someone buy it for me?

Printed Dress £25.99 from Zara | She and Hem| Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Printed Dress £25.99 from Zara

I find Zara so hit and miss but I spotted this dress on their website and fell for that super cool print! The dress looks a little short (for me) in a few of the pictures so I’ll be battling into town at some point to try and find it IRL.

Chrissy Bunting Stone A-Line Dress £54 from Sugarhill Boutique | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Chrissy Bunting Stone A-Line Dress £54 from Sugarhill Boutique

Crack out the bunting, we’ve got a Royal Wedding to prepare for (what do you mean, any excuse?!). How jolly is this Sugarhill Boutique affair? The print was inspired by the colourful streets of Brighton and is rather lovely indeed.

Only The Brave Dress £69 from Traffic People | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Only The Brave Dress £69 from Traffic People
Patterned Dress £29.99 from H&M | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses 91
Patterned Dress £29.99 from H&M
Floral Print Dress £66 (although they pretty much always have money off) from La Redoute | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Floral Print Dress £66 (although they pretty much always have money off) from La Redoute

Holy Snazzy Prints, Batman! I am totally diggin’ these super fun frocks from Traffic People, H&M and La Redoute!  I couldn’t pick just one so, seeing as I’ve been absent for a year, I’ve decided to feature all three! You are welcome.

Stripe Shirt Dress £16 from Matalan | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Stripe Shirt Dress £16 from Matalan

Who doesn’t love a stripey shirt dress? I really love the pop of bright colours in this Matalan number and am also quite into the grandad collar, which makes it a bit different from other dresses I have in this style.

Cat Print Dress £42 from Next | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Cat Print Dress £42 from Next
Yana Cat Print Dress £69 from People Tree | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Yana Cat Print Dress £69 from People Tree

CATS! It wouldn’t be Double Thumbs Dresses if there wasn’t at least one adorable cat print to get your claws into. Thankfully, both Next and People Tree have got puuuuuurfect dresses on offer and I am totally feline them both.

Tuck Seem Midi Dress £46 from Topshop | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Tuck Seem Midi Dress £46 from Topshop

And last but not least is this absolute ball of sunshine from Topshop! We at She and Hem truly believe one can never wear too much yellow and thankfully the stylish folk at Toppers seem to agree.

Missed me?

Jx

 

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Happy Days with Sugarhill Boutique

Happy Days | Breton Stripes

Happy Days | Breton Stripes

Happy Days | Breton Stripes

Happy Days | Breton Stripes

Goodbye grey sky, hello blue!

We’ve been rockin’ and rollin’ all month long in these stripey pieces from the new Sugarhill Boutique collection. Both are navy and white striped nautical niceties which will no doubt be seeing us through ’til Spring turns up! Jo’s Happy Days Breton Top* (above) is 100% cotton, so it’s pretty darn cosy and that rainbow coloured pocket detailing is a delightfully cheerful addition. My (Victoria) Stripe Navy Sweater* has some jazzy contrasting cuffs which, luckily for me, is just the way I like my cuffs! In all seriousness, the red adds a welcome pop of colour and makes it a bit more playful than your classic breton jumper. We always love how Sugarhill Boutique inject a bit of fun into their pieces and this season is no exception!

Because we are creatures of habit, we both teamed our outfits with Boden* skirts and boots from past collections. In our defence, their stuff just lasts so well! I’m sure a quick peruse of their website would see you find some similar styles but if not, hit us up as we like a fashion finder challenge! Our tights are from UK Tights* who we thoroughly recommend for all your legwear needs.

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Happy Days | Breton Stripes

Happy Days | Breton Stripes

Happy Days | Breton Stripes

These Happy Days are yours and mine, Happy Days!

V&Jx

Wedding Guest Dress – Breastfeeding Friendly

Wedding Guest Dress - Breastfeeding Friendly | She and Hem

Wedding Guest Dress - Breastfeeding Friendly | She and Hem

Wedding Guest Dress - Breastfeeding Friendly | She and Hem

Wedding season is now officially upon us and I (Victoria) am delighted to be a guest at my second wedding of the year next month. Oh, I do love a good wedding! However, shopping for an outfit has been slightly harder this year, as I am still exclusively breastfeeding my little girl. First time around I went for a skirt and top combo and used a technique known as ‘one up, one down’. For the uninitiated, this simply means wearing a vest underneath your top to pull up or down (aha!) as needed, neatly protecting your modesty while feeding in public. A top mum hack there, learned, like so many other things, from a Facebook group!

Wedding Guest Dress - Breastfeeding Friendly | She and Hem

Wedding Guest Dress - Breastfeeding Friendly | She and Hem

Wedding Guest Dress - Breastfeeding Friendly | She and Hem

Wedding Guest Dress - Breastfeeding Friendly | She and Hem

As regular readers will know, we are very much dress girls here at She and Hem, so I’ve long been on the hunt for some breastfeeding friendly pieces. As luck would have it, I think I’ve found the perfect one! Unless the weather takes a drastic turn, the Clemmie Shirt Dress from Boden is the dress I’ll be rocking up in. This cotton shirt dress falls just below the knee, which is super flattering, especially when constantly picking the little one up and putting her down. It also has what I now consider to be a daily essential; pockets. Another perk of this dress, and one I had never really considered, is the hidden buttons! Located on the chest, these Mum friendly gems ensure there’s no dress gape or accidental flashing. Ingenious! I would go as far as to call them a personal game changer and will definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for more brands adopting this subtle little twist.

Wedding Guest Dress - Breastfeeding Friendly | She and Hem

Keen to see more breastfeeding friendly dresses? Just let us know in the comments!

Vx

Out of the Bluestone

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Dresses L-R from Primark (in-store) and Sugarhill Boutique* (here)

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Victoria: Jumper Sugarhill Boutique* (here), Jeans Topshop (here), Sneakers Superga* (here). Jo: Jumper Boden (old), Jeans Topshop (here), Sneakers Superga* (here)

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*make a cup of tea – this is a long one*

Along with our lovely husbands, James and Andrew, we recently took the girls to Bluestone National Park Resort for their very first holiday. For our first trip away we wanted somewhere that wasn’t too far, so at just over two hours in the car this Welsh delight was perfect! If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you may remember we visited Bluestone a couple of years ago (back when we were footloose and fancy free) to review their adult only packages. We were really looking forward to going back and seeing it through a fresh pair of new parent eyes and found it quite amazing what you don’t notice before you have children! Bluestone is perfectly geared up for little and big kids with plenty of activities for even the babies (they offer baby sensory, massage and yoga although our top tip would be to book in advance as we missed out on the sensory class). We really appreciated just how easy everything was made for us, even eating out was a breeze thanks to how child friendly all the facilities are. All restaurants should have a buggy park!

We stayed in the six person Skomer Lodge which was slightly luxurious thanks to its three beds and three bathrooms situation. The girls really appreciated having their own bathrooms – we just can’t drag them away from the mirror! We were all slightly nervous about attempting a holiday with two such young babies but thanks to the amount of space we had, we were never under each others feet and it was very easy for one baby to be crying in the night and not disturb the other. A big relief for us all! If you’ve got bigger children, all the lodges have lots of lovely outside space for running around in or for even bigger kids (hi) for drinking prosecco and eating fish and chips from the onsite posh fish and chip van. We were even visited by some friendly rabbits and ducks!
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We love this photo of the girls! We are hoping to take the same photo of them every time we go back to Bluestone!

Out of the Bluestone
Victoria: Shirt Boden* (here), Skirt Boden (old). Jo: Shirt Sugarhill Boutique* (here), Skirt Boden* (here)

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It wouldn’t be a She and Hem holiday if we didn’t try and eat all of the desserts on offer. We loved the ice cream milkshakes at Ty Coffi and set ourselves the challenge of trying every flavour! They were so good! However, the star of the holiday has to be those ridiculous freakshakes. Oh my goodness what a treat. When ordering, the waitress was curious to know how many people would be sharing the shakes and was somewhat shocked to discover that we had one each. Did we regret it? Heck no. We probably shouldn’t mention that we then went on to have a spaghetti bolognaise should we… To combat our sugar high we left the boys with the babies and booked ourselves in for a two hour spa session. It was glorious and very much needed. In fact, whilst sitting in the outdoor jacuzzi we got chatting and soon realised that everyone there was a mum having a bit of a break. We felt very rejuvenated and soaked up every second before bouncing back to our lovely little ladies and their equally lovely dads. The four of them had had a real blast while we were away.

We also had a blast swimming at the Blue Lagoon swimming pool. There’s an abundance of family-sized changing rooms (complete with baby changing tables – so useful) and the pool itself was extremely baby friendly. We took the girls in the special kiddy pool (they loved the bubbles!) and then braved the wave machine and the rapids! Such daredevils. The girls aren’t quite big enough for the flumes yet but, hey, there’s got to be some advantages to being a grown up! We must have been in the pool area for a good couple of hours which is crazy! We even did a couple of feeds whilst lounging in the poolside deckchairs.

Out of the Bluestone

Thanks for another lovely stay Bluestone! We will be back!

J&V (and A&P&A&J) xx

A massive massive thank you to Bluestone for inviting us. Although they really did spoil us rotten this review is 100% honest. 

Secret Garden Style with Sugarhill Boutique

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So we were so excited to receive these breastfeeding friendly beauties from the new Sugarhill Boutique SS17 collection and somehow managed to take some outfit shots whilst Poppy and Ada slept in their prams (just out of shot!). We felt like a couple of super mums as we balanced our camera on a buggy and set it to self time – haha! So professional.

Both dresses are such an excellent length and thanks to their simple but stylish nature, a doddle to accessorize! Victoria is wearing the vintage inspired Beatrice Sundress* in a lovely stripes and heart print that’s exclusive to the Sugarhill Boutique website. She teamed it with an M&S red belt and her brown boots from Boden* (similar here). The cut is going to be perfect for Summer and, naturally, we love the full skirt and pockets combo. I (Jo) am sporting the Laria Roll Sleeve Palm Print Shirt Dress* which features a dreamy floral palm print that I’m quite obsessed with. I love yellow and navy together so I added a pop of colour with my belt (the dress does come with a matching tie belt though, if you’d rather) and finished off with my yellow and silver shoes from Kaleidoscope*. This dress is so floaty and soft that’s it’s very comfy to wear. Ideal!

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Many thanks to Sugarhill Boutique for our new frocks!

J&V xx

Double Thumbs Dresses #90

Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval! Remember back in February when I said I was ready to start writing these posts again after having baby? Yeah, sorry about that – turns out having a baby is quite time consuming. What I have found time for, however, is online shopping and over the past couple of months (mostly at 3am) I’ve been saving all the frocks that have caught my eye meaning I’ve accumulated somewhat of a bumper crop. So, here they are all! ENJOY.

*FYI click on the image for a direct link to the dress*

Blue Beach print dress from Boden
Sunglasses print dress from Boden
Striped Cold Shoulder Shift Dress from M&S
Hot Air Balloon Dress by Modcloth
Louche Karmen Pleated Broken Line Print Dress from Joy
Hell Bunny Maya bay shell print dress from Aspire Style
Emily and Fin Claudia moroccan riviera print dress from Aspire Style
Tortoise print dress from Cath Kidston
Lobster print dress from Cath Kidston
DUCK POND GATHERED WAIST DETAIL DRESS £60 from Cath Kidston
Duck print dress from Cath Kidston
LONDON PARK SLEEVELESS COTTON DRESS £60 from Cath Kidston
London Park print dress from Cath Kidston
GINGHAM AND LACE DRESS £75 from Cath Kidston
Gingham dress from Cath Kidston
Off Shoulder Dress in Postcard and Stripe Print from ASOS
Off Shoulder Midi Sundress in Natural Fibre from ASOS
Louche Dorren Belted Print Dress £55 from Joy
Louche Dorren Belted Lipstick Print Dress from Joy
Geometric Print Shirt Dress with Belt £35 from M&S
Geometric Print Shirt Dress with Belt from M&S
Short-Sleeved Dress with Palm Tree Embroidery £75 from La Redoute
Short-Sleeved Dress with Palm Tree Embroidery from La Redoute ( there is a code for 40% on the website)
Short-Sleeved Dress Embroidered with Tennis £89 from La Redoute
Short-Sleeved Dress Embroidered with Tennis from La Redoute  (but there is a code for 40% on the website)

Jx

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The Wheels on the Boden Bus | Spring Blooms Tour

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The Wheels on the Boden Bus

The Wheels on the Boden Bus

Toot toot! A couple of weeks ago the Boden petal-powered bus rolled into Bristol as part of their Spring Blooms tour with Bloom & Wild. A prettier mode of transport you never did see! It certainty brightened up Broadmead and added a much needed splash of colour to an otherwise dull day. How could you not get on board with that? It therefore seemed appropriate that the four of us were all decked out in their wares for our visit. It’s no secret how much we love a bit of Boden so, naturally, we’ve been pining over their baby clothes for months! Thankfully, like mother like daughter, both girls are already big fans of their novelty prints!

This beautiful double decker green bus was not only gorgeous on the outside but jam-packed with the dreamiest Spring flowers and new season garms! Upon boarding the bus, we found the bottom deck was filled with happy Bristolians being given a Bloom & Wild masterclass on how to create special edition The Johnnie Bunch, which you can grab here. Although we are two wildflowers we had the babes with us, so we were in no position to get green fingered, but we can confirm it smelt amazing. Upstairs had been transformed into a beautiful showroom where we were treated to a glimpse of the new range of occasionwear. It was blooming marvelous!

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We were definitely overshadowed by our gorgeous girlies who caused quite the commotion in their snazzy outfits, especially Ada’s rose gold bunny booties*. You can find the rest of their bits and bobs here. We tagged along to pay for their bus fare in equally fun attire! I (Victoria) spotted this fab stripey shirt* on Amy from Me, Myself and Ivy‘s Instagram – which you must pay a visit to if you love colourful clothes as much as we do. I teamed it with a rather sensible pair of blue chino’s* and comfy silver trainers*, perfect for running for the bus! Jo sported the world’s best statement skirt*, an embroidered masterpiece! She teamed it with a pink cropped jumper* which although lovely was a little see-through, so definitely one to pop a white top on underneath. Her green flats* were a big hit as they were not only comfortable but they coped admirably in the rain. Top stuff Boden!

Things were very rosey indeed as we caught up with Bristol’s very own Niki from Miss Magpie Fashion Spy and Jess from @PorthJess who were both working their magic for the Bristol leg of the tour and it was lovely to finally meet Xanthe and Lucy, after admiring their Instagram accoutnts for so long. What a bunch of talented ladies!

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The Wheels on the Boden Bus

The Wheels on the Boden Bus

V&J x

We GANT wait for you to read this post!

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It’s been a good while since we first featured purveyors of fancy shirts, GANT, (you can read our other post here) but now that we are all about ease of access it seemed like to good time to revisit them! As luck would have it, GANT have gone shirt crazy this season with many a jazzy number to choose from and we were kindly invited to pick a couple to style.

Victoria chose the Grid Dip Silk Blouse* from the Diamond G collection, which is made up from tailor-made pieces featuring graphic prints inspired by abstract impressionism – just like us. Victoria really liked the silky fabric (100% no less) and envisions wearing it on lovely hot days in the Summer to help hide those pasty arms. We think that teamed with her pink British Tweed Boden skirt* this outfit is very secretary chic (who said smart shirts are just for the office?) The two contrasting prints really compliment each other – just like us. She finished the look with some metallic shoes from Next (similar here)

I (Jo) plumped for the Voile Island Flower Shirt* in yellow (it also comes in pink or blue). It’s such a bright fun print and the relaxed fit is really flattering. I’m probably going to be wearing this a lot with jeans, as that’s my Mum go-to at the moment, but I like that it can also be tucked into skirts for when I’m posing with old cameras in front of brick walls. I also went for a pink Boden skirt (similar here) and my Pink Floral Occasion Slip-on Skater Shoes from Next*.

What do you think of our looks? You can check out the full range of GANT shirts here!
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We’d really like to thank the fabulous Jess (aka porthjess) for taking these photos for us! If you don’t already follow her on Instagram, you should! She’s kind of a big deal.

J&Vx

*GANT very kindly sent us these shirts but all opinions are Mummy’s own.