Ding ding! It’s new Boden time! The happiest of all occasions. We always get overly excited when a new Boden catalogue lands on the doormat and many a She and Hem whatsapp image is exchanged as we eye up on new favourite pieces. We’ve been super lucky to work with Boden over our blogging years and they really are such a standout brand who never fail to make us smile. They recently celebrated their 25th Birthday so we would just like to wish them many happy returns (perhaps not the best turn of phrase) and here’s to many more colourful years!
Now onto the clothes! I know we’ve been real quiet about it but if you hadn’t heard, both of us our expecting little ones over the coming months. As you can imagine this has had a slight impact on what we’ve been able to wear of late and we were both a bit concerned that our beloved Boden wouldn’t be bump friendly. Ha! How silly we were as thanks to a bit of sizing up (we both went up two sizes) we both managed to comfortably fit into our dream frocks of choice. I (Jo) went for the rather sixties inspired Ursula Dress* which it’s fair to say I’m totally obsessed with. Besides looking, in my opinion, super stylish, it also refuses to crease (and as someone who considers the bedroom floor a wardrobe I applaud this) and is now my absolute go to frock for easy wear. I love the colour, plus the sleeves and pockets mean this dress ticks all my boxes! Victoria plumped for the flattering Mollie Dress* in Navy Eclipsed Spot and oh boy is this the perfect Autumn frock. We love the fun 3/4 length sleeves and the eye catching circle print! Again, it’s a really easy to wear fabric which makes it excellent maternity wear, plus it nips in at all the right places! Victoria was sure looking jolly in her Mollie.
And what Autumnal outfit isn’t complete without some boots to stomp through the leaves in? We both opted to style our dresses with the iconic Chelsea Boot* and I’m pleased to report that even with my swollen feet (TMI) these boots are outrageously comfy and definitely designed with long autumnal strolls in mind! They are the perfect all rounder and will look fab throughout the season with trousers, skirts and dresses (plus optional chunky tights of course).
Hello and welcome to the 37th Accessories to Murder. Are you ready to delve into the world of amazing accessories? Excellent! Without further ado, here’s a bumper list of the accessories that have made it onto this week’s She and Hem’s Most Wanted. It’s a sale special! Click here to check out the Accessories to Murder archives.
That’s all for now folks. Until next week, keep accessorising!
Hi! it’s sale time again and I am totally ready for some bargains! So, without further ado, here is a pretty massive list of fabulous frocks that have previously been deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval but have now been deemed worthy enough to go in the sale. Enjoy!
If anything takes your fancy, just click the dress and it will take you to the website!
When we spotted these gorgeous pink and blue dresses from Oasis via House of Fraser*, we thought it was about time that fabulous florals frocks made a very welcome return to She and Hem. They compliment each other so well, we just knew we had to style them, and boy did we pick the right day to do it! On the hottest day of the year so far, we took a very short stroll to a dreamy road in Bristol full of pastel coloured houses, cute doors and vintage cars. So, when can we move in?
I (Victoria) am planning on wearing my pretty organza skater dress to a family wedding on Friday. That’s if I can still fit into it with my ever growing bump! Keep your fingers crossed for me, as I don’t have a plan B! I’m a huge fan of the digital print flowers, the super stripes and the flattering sleeves. I felt it didn’t need any accessories other than these glorious gold heels (old, similar here), my trusty Boden* sunglasses and my BFF in matching colours! Jo’s maxi dress screams summer garden party with it’s long length, flattering slit and classic floral print. It’s just so easy to wear. She swapped the blue belt which comes with the dress for a yellow bow waist belt from Boden*, and kept the colourful vibe going with block heels from Kaleidoscope*. Jolly good.
Big thanks to House of Fraser for these fabulous summer frocks!
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!
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.
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*.
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!
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.
Over to you readers. What’s your festival fashion essential?
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.
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*
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!