Ballooning Marvelous at Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

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Every August, without fail, you can find us enthusiastically chasing hot air balloons at Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. Over the past few years we’ve really gone for it and wandered over to Ashton Court for several mass ascents across the weekend, including the amazing Night Glow. This year, especially as we are both expecting, we took it a little easier and chose to just pop over to the Sunday morning ascent. As luck would have it, it was the only morning ascent of the whole fiesta due to pesky windy conditions, so we definitely picked the right day to go along! We did also manage to watch the Saturday evening ascent with friends with a picnic in Clifton, and a great time was had by all. Nevertheless, there is something so magical about the morning ascents, they are definitely worth setting a 5am alarm for. Ballooning Marvelous! Thanks to the lovely folk at Red Letter Days, we were able to access the members enclosure (hello hot drinks and bacon sarnies) which gave us the perfect position for watching the balloons take to the skies.

We always think the colourful balloons make the prefect backdrop for a style post, so we took along a few of our favourite pieces from the new Boden collection to shoot. Although we did struggle to pick our favourite bits (it’s all just so good!), you probably won’t be surprised to learn that we both fell for the same cute combo of the Button Through Mini Skirt* in blue cord (Jo) and vintage denim (Victoria), teamed with The Classic Shirt* in multi autumn trees (Jo) and solstice blue spot (Victoria). The skirts are so versatile, that neither of us have taken these skirts off since, and we’re hoping that thanks to the stretchy material, will we be wearing them a few more months into our pregnancies! We also went for matching Sally coats* in delightful shades of pink and green. Forever twinning! They are going to be so fabulous once the weather gets a bit cooler!

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As we are such keen balloon enthusiasts, we are often asked if you can go for a balloon ride during the fiesta and we have been reliably informed that you can! If you fancy going up, up and away on a balloon ride and you can’t wait until next year’s fiesta, check out the Red Letter Day flights.

V&Jx

Sugarhill Boutique AW16

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How lovely are these new pieces from the Sugarhill Boutique AW16 collection? We always love seeing what they’ve come up with and were fortunate once again to be able to take our favourites for a spin!

Victoria fell head over heels for the Devra Scallop Collar Shirt*, declaring it to be the cutest collar she had ever seen. A bold claim indeed but it certainty lived up to the hype and looked super cute when paired with the tres chic Noa Apron Dungarees*. The shirt is such a great take on the humble plain white affair that we’ve all got lurking in our wardrobes and, despite it’s playful polka-dot print, will lend itself nicely to any outfit. I can see Victoria will be teaming it with everything! Such a handy go-to if, like us, you have waaaay too many loud colours and novelty prints and not enough nice basics to wear with them. The dungarees are also going to be hardworking (and will no doubt continue to be after the baby!), thanks to their super smart cut. We are always a big fans of anything that’s easy to wear but looks like you’ve made lots of effort! I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot of the aforementioned loud colours and novelty prints being thrown on under these for a fabulous look.

I opted for the Jenia Floral Love Tie Waist Dress* in Navy thanks, mostly, to that adorable (and a tad Orla Kiely-esque?) floral love print. I’m always a sucker for a retro floral! It’s such a flattering and comfortable dress to wear as it just falls perfectly and nips in nicely at the waist to create a good shape. I also absolutely adore the long sleeves and the length, which will see this bad boy become an A/W work wear staple. The neckline is also super sweet and totally different to anything else I own. For an extra pop of colour, I swapped the matching tie belt for pink belt (old from Boden) which I think works well.

We were both in a new shoe mood and turned up in matching footwear from Boden. Victoria is sporting the yellow suede Patti Flat Points* whilst I continued my pink theme in Antique Rose Patent Wave Ballerinas*.

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What’s your favourite piece from Sugarhill Boutique AW16?

J&V x

Boohoo X Festival Fashion

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Festival season is upon us once again and although we are no strangers to the festival scene, we aren’t off to any this year (boo hoo indeed!). Nevertheless, we couldn’t resist waving our kaleidoscopic She and Hem wand over some of the awesome pieces from the Boohoo festival collection and styling them up a storm. If you’ve read our About page, you may know that we actually met at a festival in Oxford over 10 years ago (!!) and have been firm friends ever since, even though we were certainly not as well dressed. Festival fashion is a lot more exciting now. If only Boohoo were around back then!

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For us, festival fashion is less about neon and feathers and more about being relaxed and comfortable come rain or shine, because if you are at a British festival, you are probably going to get quite a bit of the former! Denim hotpants are not really for us. We went for easy to wear smocks with billowing sleeves, with Jo choosing the beautiful Ari Embroidered Blousen Sleeve Dress, while I (Victoria) styled the cute Laura Embroidered Demin Smock. Worried about feeling chilly? Fret not, for layers are your friend. A colourful bomber like the Rebecca Printed Bomber, seen above, is an excellent option.

Don’t forget about accessories! Sungasses are great for tired (hungover) eyes, whereas flimsy footwear is a definite no. We find boots are great for walking around the festival site and are a stylish alternative to wellies. My blue beauties are from Boden and Jo’s tan lace up boots are from New Look. As twinning luck would have it, we also both chose rucksacks as our festival bags of choice. I picked up this white wonder from Accessorize last year and it’s proven to be a staple in my wardrobe, especially to take on weekends away. Jo’s gorgeous brown version from Aldo has unfortunately sold out, but there is a similar one here. Our glorious floral crowns are from Crown and Glory. Bubbles, fizzy pop and mega lolz are models own.

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Over to you readers. What’s your festival fashion essential?

V&J

 

Accessories to Murder #35 Shoe Special!

Hello and welcome to the 35th Accessories to Murder. This time, we’ve got a shoe special for you, featuring a cheeky La Redoute voucher code! Are you ready to delve into the world of amazing accessories? Excellent!  Without further ado, here are the accessories that have made it onto this week’s She and Hem’s Most Wanted.

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ASOS Logan Pointed Ballet Flats | £25 | ASOS
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ASOS Hammock Novelty Bow Heels | £45 | Asos
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ASOS Missy Flat Shoe | £28 | ASOS

I do have a naughty habit of regularly including ASOS items on Accessories to Murder, but I just can’t help it because they always have such great items in their ‘New In‘ section. Always. It’s definitely the first place I look when I’m on the hunt for something and nine times out of ten, I find it! I could fill a whole post with ASOS shoes, but I’ve managed to pick my current top 3 and I am in love with them all equally. Which pair are your favourites?

*Click on individual items for direct links*

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Pussy Cat Pumps | £7.50!! | La Redoute

I know what you are thinking, £7.50 is an incredible price for these cute cat pumps. WELL, do I have some good news for you. They currently have an extra 10% off when you enter the voucher code EXTRA10 at the checkout. The bad news is, they only have sizes 3.5 to 6 available. Although my own feet are only one size down from “Clown”, I know quite a few people who love cats and will fit into these smaller sizes (I’m looking at you Ellie and Gina) and if they don’t buy them I will be shocked and appalled and may have to reconsider our friendship. Meow!

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Pink Tassel Loafers | £22.99 | New Look

If you are looking for a slightly more subtle pink than the ASOS pair above, put your best foot forward and take a look at these rounded toe tassel front beauties from New Look. I do love a good loafer! Also available in a jolly nice pale blue and a sensible black.

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Patti Flat Point Shoes | £69.50 | Boden

These pretty Patti flats *may* just be on their way to me right now. I can’t deny, if it’s yellow and from Boden, I just have to have it (evidenced here, here and everywhere!). They look so chic, comfy and the perfect colour for Summer. Expect to see them in an outfit post very soon!

Until next week, keep accessorising!

Vx

Summer Shirt Dresses

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In April you may remember we featured a couple of gorgeous dresses from Carousel, a brand we have become big fans of since we became aware of them last year. Luckily for us, they have just released a new collection which we are both completely smitten with. We wanted a really special background to shoot these pieces, so we braved the temperamental English weather, jumped into the She and Hem party bus, and zipped over to Tyntesfield in North Somerset and became one with the beautiful blooms. If you haven’t been to Tyntesfield and are ever in the area, do pop by!

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I (Victoria) am completely in love with the Olivia Boat Dress. The colour is quite an unusual red/orange, but it’s absolutely stunning and is surprisingly versatile! I’ve not worn many full length sleeve dresses, but I’m definitely going to start, as this felt like such a nice alternative style. It’s possibly a little shorter than I would usually go for, but I feel that if I team it with flats or boots, I won’t scare too many people with my whiter than white legs! For this post I chose my current faves, the Keira Boots from Boden, which are currently half price. My sunglasses are these cat eye beauties from ASOS.

We are both obviously feeling shirt dresses at the moment. Jo’s dreamy Lucille Dress is a must purchase for any vintage fan. The 3/4 length sleeves and pleated skirt create such a flattering silhouette and would help take the dress from day to night time. The pattern is the sweetest and the colours really pop IRL! Pretty impressive right? Jo accessorised this floral number with tan boots from New Look (similar here) and went all matchy matchy with a ravishing red belt from ASOS and Moschino sunglasses combo from TK Maxx. See you for the next collection Carousel!

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V&Jx

 

Accessories to Murder #34

Hello and welcome to the 34th Accessories to Murder! Are you ready to delve into the world of amazing accessories? Excellent!  Without further ado, here are the accessories that have made it onto this week’s She and Hem’s Most Wanted.

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Dawn Mermaid Shirt | £44 | Sugarhill Boutique

Yeah, this shirt is not technically an accessory but does anyone mind when it’s got pretty mermaids on? No they do not. The coral and aqua mermaid print was hand drawn in Sugarhill Boutique’s Brighton studio, so it’s pretty unique too!

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Sadie Sunglasses | £59 | Boden

Bad news guys. I have lost my beloved Boden sunglasses. I had this pair until very recently, but now I can’t find them anywhere. It’s a real tragedy, as I wore them alllll the time, even in the rain. I think I’d like to replace them with this pair of rounded frames, but am struggling to decide between pastel pink or the more neutral tortoiseshell. Let me know your thoughts!

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Da Bomb Bag | £25 | Skinnydip via Thunder
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UFO Cross Body Bag | £28 | Skinnydip via Thunder Egg

The top bag from Skinnydip London is da bomb, and the flying saucer UFO bag is out of this world! Both bags have adjustable straps or can be worn as clutches, bonus! Skinnydip are my go to place for novelty bags, as they are always so fun without any astronomical prices. Head over to Thunder Egg and make some space for them in your collection.

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Leather Sequin Boxy Bag | £45 | Topshop

Now this is a bit of alright. A cute boxy cross body bag, with lots of easy on the eye floral embellishments. I think that it will go with almost anything, is spacious and sturdy enough for general use and pretty enough to take from day to night. Jolly good, keep it up Topshop!

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Yellow Faux Leather Jacket | £39.99 | Zara

This striking jacket has been around for a while, but it’s just too perfect not to feature. If yellow is not your thing, it also comes in a slightly more subtle light blue. Both are delightful. I’ve seen it on a couple of bloggers recently and it looks really great on. I’m very tempted indeed!

Until next week, keep accessorising!

Vx

Double Thumbs Dresses #81

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! Let’s crack on….

She and Hem | Candy Stripe Dress £59.99 from Fever
Candy Stripe Dress £59.99 from Fever

I don’t usually appear on Double Thumbs but seeing as this dress has since disappeared from the Sainsbury’s website I was left with little choice as I couldn’t not feature the stripey supermarket stunner that has stolen my heart! If you live near a Sainsbury’s that stocks TU then you may be able to get your hands on this little beaut. If not, I thought this little deckchair inspired number from Fever was a more than adequate substitute. Gotta love a candy stripe!

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She and Hem | Boskerris Dress £55 from Seasalt
Boskerris Dress £55 from Seasalt
She and Hem | Gwendreath Dress £55 from Seasalt
Gwendreath Dress £55 from Seasalt

I love these two summery prints from Seasalt. The vintage inspired shell number is perfect seaside attire and I really like the nice simple shape – plus it has pockets! Win. I am also totally obsessed with the beach umbrella print, that’s one packed beach! It’s all so lovely and fun – perfect for the warmer weather. Even in the rain we must parasol-dier on.

She and Hem | Cherries on Cream Emily Dress £45 from Lady V
Cherries on Cream Emily Dress £45 from Lady V

Who doesn’t love a cherry on top of their frock? This fruity number from Lady V is a real delight. I’ve been a fan of their 1950s inspired dresses for many a year now but this is my favourite print for some time. The neckline is super cute!

She and Hem | London Tulle Midi Dress with Frill Waist
London Tulle Midi Dress with Frill Waist £62 from Chi Chi at ASOS

The princess inside of me desperately wants to prance about in this Chi Chi dress. It’s tulley scrumptious! Look at that frill waist! The whole thing is outrageously pretty and if you invite me to your wedding, I will turn up in this.

She and Hem | Floral Ruffle Mini Shift Dress With Neck Tie £52 from ASOS
Floral Ruffle Mini Shift Dress With Neck Tie £52 from ASOS

OK so this ASOS ruffle dress looks a little short but I think you all know me well enough by now to know that I’m always going to be a total sucker for a massive bow, not that she’s bothered to tie it properly. FOR SHAME, MODEL.

She and Hem | Venice print swing dress £55 from Lindy Bop at Aspire Style
Venice print swing dress £55 from Lindy Bop at Aspire Style

Speaking of big bows, this Lindy Bop dress has a rather splendid yellow one on display. How gorgeous is that Venice print? The whole thing is just smashing! Some extra good news is that Aspire Style who stock this dress are still offering our readers a 10% discount if you enter the code ‘sheandhem’ as you check out. You are welcome!

She and Hem | Pixie Dress £89.50 from Boden
Pixie Dress £89.50 from Boden

Last but not least we have this lovely sixties yellow number from Boden. I love the classic shift shape but it’s that knockout geometric print that really makes this one special. I really love the contrasting white and yellow – good work, everyone.

Jx

Summer Smiles with Aspire Style

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Any regular readers will know how much we love Emily and Fin, so when the lovely ladies at Aspire Style asked us if we wanted to feature their new Summer range, we jumped at the chance! Not only that but they have very kindly offered us and our readers a wonderful 10% discount for the site, using code SHEANDHEM at the checkout. Apologies to your bank balance in advance!

If you want to try before you buy (and are local to Warwick, Stratford upon Avon, Oxford, Solihull or Coventry) we would definitely recommend popping into an Aspire Style store, which is what we did when we had a lovely city break away in Oxford! They have so much great stuff, we promise you won’t be disappointed!

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You can’t walk five minutes down the road in Bristol without finding an incredible mural or brightly coloured door, but we were particularly taken with this beach hut inspired green and white garage door.  So much so that we heaped praise onto the owner when he popped out of his house to jump into his car. He was rather chuffed! We hope you’ll agree that it was the perfect match for our Seaside* and Cornish Harbour* print dresses. The Cornish Harbour print is so gorgeous and we love the Seaside print so much that we now both own it! Can we also quickly mention how much we appreciate that all Emily and Fin dresses have pockets! It’s an absolute winner.

I (Victoria) wore the Seaside dress, which features a brilliant beach scene complete with sunbathing ladies, in the Lucy shape. This shape is so flattering, comfortable and easy to wear. I accessorised with pink brogues from New Look (similar available here), matching pink sunglasses from Boden* and clear tights from UK Tights*. My vintage radio bag is from Accessorize, although unfortunately it’s currently out of stock online. Jo decided to pick up the lovely shades of pink and blue in her colourful Cornish harbour and accessorised with pink sunglasses from Amazon, an ice cream bag from Skinny Dip (also out of stock but they always have winning novelty bags so don’t be too glum), a pink Boden belt* and baby blue brogues from M&S (similar available here). Not quite ready to brave a bare leg, white tights from UK Tights* were the order of the day.

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Huge thanks to Aspire Style for inviting us to style these beautiful frocks! Which is your fave? Let us know if you pick anything up and don’t forget to use the discount code SHEANDHEM ….

V&Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #76

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! Let’s crack on….

Sea View Sleeveless Crosshatch Dress £65 from Cath Kidston
Sea View Sleeveless Crosshatch Dress £65 from Cath Kidston

I had one of those moments on the Cath Kidston website where I was so overwhelmed with new prints that I had to calm myself. IT’S ALL SO PERFECT AHH! This sea view dress is adorable. Just look at all those beautiful boats! Of the new seaside prints I’ve spotted this is currently the only one in dress form but, for your CK records, I’ve also spied a beach huts apron (!) and this stunning harbour view skirt(!) – both of which are clearly screaming out to be dresses. The gnome print sold out so quickly that I might just have to bite the bullet and get this one straight away.

Evelyn Embroidered Dress £250 from Boden
Evelyn Embroidered Dress £250 from Boden

This is slightly more expensive than your usual Double Thumbs Dress but my goodness what a corker. This floral organza beauty is part of Boden’s latest Icons collection, a limited range of stunning pieces which are created with rich, luxurious fabrics. Basically it’s all just knockout and if you are looking for an investment piece then look no further. So pretty.

Eliza Dress £45 from Archive by Alexa at M&S
Eliza Dress £45 from Archive by Alexa at M&S

As a proud M&S shopper and huge Alexa Chung fan I have been super excited about this collaboration for what feels like forever! Today is finally the day that  Archive by Alexa launches and as this super fashionable, super affordable, super everything collection will probably all sell out in under 30 seconds, I thought I should include my pick of the bunch. The gorgeous Eliza dress, originally an M&S number from the 1950s, has been given a modern makeover to become this lovely frock you see before you. Please don’t have sold out before I get home from work!

Love Mer-Cat Dress (Mist Blue) £75.80 from Miss Patina
Love Mer-Cat Dress £75.80 from Miss Patina

Mermaids and cats! What a beautiful combination of creatures. Thankfully for us, the mer-cat takes center stage in Miss Patina’s new sea themed spring collection. It’s all just beautiful, with Miss Patina’s usual ethereal vibe. There really are some gorgeous pieces but this dreamy dress is the star of the show for me.  Well, apart from the tabby! Need.

Pinafore Dungaree Dress With Cat Face £70 from Lazy Oaf at ASOS
Pinafore Dungaree Dress With Cat Face £70 from Lazy Oaf at ASOS
Button Front Shirt Dress In Cat Gang Print £65 from Lazy Oaf at ASOS
Button Front Shirt Dress In Cat Gang Print £65 from Lazy Oaf at ASOS

If you prefer your cats with a more traditional tail, then look no further than these two ameowsing dresses from Lazy Oaf. Victoria and I are a little Lazy Oaf obsessed at the moment as they seem to have hit upon a gold mine of novelty prints. It’s just an explosion of cats and milkshakes and rainbows. Who could resist?

Click the individual dresses for direct links

Daisy Jacquard Skater Dress £68 from Oasis
Daisy Jacquard Skater Dress £68 from Oasis

Last but not least we have this super pretty affair from Oasis. I love this sugary sweet shade of pink and the pretty daisy print is just lovely. It looks like a perfect Summer party dress so, errm, let’s hope we get a Summer!

Jx

 

Accessories to Murder #28

Hello and welcome to the 28th Accessories to Murder! Are you ready to delve into the world of amazing accessories, including a sneaky cheat entry from Lazy Oaf? Excellent. Without further ado, here are the accessories that have made it onto this week’s She and Hem’s Most Wanted.

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Eat Your Cake Shirt | £65.00 | Lazy Oaf

Now you may think this is cheating slightly, as a shirt isn’t technically an accessory, but Jo and I have been obsessed with this fun print ever since we saw it on the Queen of Youtube, Zoella. Although it’s one of the best novelty prints I think I’ve ever seen, I am yet to make the slightly pricey purchase, as I wish it was slightly shorter in length. It looked absolutely stunning on Zoe, but that girl has such a banging figure, she’d look great whatever the length. For now, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a range of items in this print.

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Erstwilder “Sals Soda Pop” Brooch | £25 | Thunder Egg
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Erstwilder “Radio Shack” Brooch | £23 | Thunder Egg

We feature gorgeous dresses from Thunder Egg all the time on the blog, so I thought it was only right to delve into their accessories section, and man I’m so glad I did because just look at these cute retro inspired brooches! There are plenty of different designs in stock, but my two favourites are the super Sals Soda Pop and the radical Radio Shack brooches. So-da great.

Accessories to Murder #28 | She and Hem | Boden Denim Jacket
Olivia Jacket | £59.50 | Boden

I feel that a demin jacket is a must have item for Spring, as it’s so quick and easy to pop on over a dress when you’re not really sure what the heck the weather is doing. One of the best designs I’ve spotted is the Olivia Jacket from Boden. Unfortunately, some sizes are currently not in stock, but they do have an excellent white version which is available in all sizes, and I may even prefer it to the blue. How controversial!

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Ruffle Bandeau Swimsuit | £59.50 | Boden

I’m off on an American adventure next week and whilst looking for some last minute holiday bits, this jazzy swimming costume caught my eye. I can’t resist a ruffle! I can totally see myself getting my Baywatch on, running slow mo down Venice beach in this beauty. Carrying a giant inflatable swan, obviously.

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Beautiful Dreamer Pouch | £15.99 | Aspire Style

Last but not least, I wanted to feature a new designer who I discovered last week after the lovely Aspire Style sent us a couple of her pastel pouches (featured here) as a little ‘Thank You’ for taking part in their recent blogger challenge. Unfortunately we didn’t win, but the beautiful pouches from Katie Loxton really make up for it!

Let me know your favourite pieces and until next week, keep accessorising!

Vx