Joanie Gals

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Bonjour & Aloha! If you are a regular reader or follow us on Instagram then you’re probably already well aware of our love for the wonderful world of Joanie. Their vintage-inspired fun fashion is right up our rue (little bit of GCSE French from the late 90s for you there). We are both big fans of their colourful dresses, novelty knits and, most importantly, their real inclusive vibe. Hell yeah. Check out their #joaniegals hashtag on Instagram and get ready to want all of the pretty things, we certainly do.

She and Hem | Joanie Gals

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We’ve styled a couple of their cute slogan jumpers recently and they have been really popular, with so many people asking where they were from! We’re all about spreading the Joanie love! Which is super handy as we are teaming up with them in February to show their Instagram followers Bristol’s best bits and we can’t wait. We often feature our favourite parts of our colourful city on the blog (Bristol Archives here) and we’ve already begun discussing everything we want to show off to the Joanie gang, there is just so much good stuff to see. Roll on February and make sure to keep an eye on their stories.

Victoria wears the Pascal Bonjour* jumper and Jo wears the Mai Aloha*. Thanks, Joanie!

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TuneToo | Novelty Baby Jumpers

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Is there anything more adorable than a teeny tiny person in a novelty jumper? Yes! Two teeny tiny people in novelty jumpers, that’s what. And that is why we took roughly a million photos of the girls on a recent trip to our local library. Our baby bookworms had a fun time crawling around selecting their favourite stories to read together and were definitely not just pulling all the books off the shelves and laughing. It really doesn’t matter when you look this cute though. So merci beaucoup to French brand TuneToo for letting us choose the girls a couple of cosy jumpers to see them through chilly January! They were très bien!

Although TuneToo do have an adult range and a chance to get creative and get customising, we find it much more fun shopping for the girls nowadays, so we decided to focus on their vast child and baby section. After a good few days of deliberation (seriously, there is so much great/hilarious/sweet stuff on there), we actually managed to pick out the two really similar pink sweatshirts above. I (Victoria) chose the Homer sweatshirt for Ada. Naturally, I now really want one for myself. Jo picked the Pikachu sweatshirt for Poppy and if the photos above are anything to go by, I think she likes it! Both designs also come in babygrows, baby vests and loads more. If you’re looking for a present for the little person in your life, I recommend paying them a visit.

TuneToo | Novelty Baby Jumpers | She and Hem

TuneToo | Novelty Baby Jumpers | She and Hem

Carrying on with the pink theme, Poppy’s pretty second jumper (seen up close below) is the Hello Sunshine hoodie. How cute is that? Ada’s slightly bonkers yellow choice is the Sushi hoodie. Hopefully she’ll love sushi (and The Simpsons!) as much as I do when she’s older, so she won’t complain too much when she sees these pictures. Fingers crossed. We think the girls look gorgeous in their yellow and pink numbers and the hoods have come in so handy for keeping their little ears toasty. If you pay TuneToo a visit, please do let us know what your favourite bits are!

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Merry Bristmas with Visit Bristol

Merry Bristmas with Visit Bristol

A couple of weeks ago, thanks to Visit Bristol, we were treated to one heck of a festive outing as we joined them for their Christmas press trip. The aim was to showcase some of the many fabulous things you can do in our city over the Christmas period and, good tidings we bring, most of it includes stuffing your face. MERRY BRISTMAS INDEED!

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We met at the Broad Quay Pieminister (or the one on the centre if you’re local), their third restaurant in the city and the only one neither of us had visited before. It’s rather swanky indeed and we were surprised to discover that as well as their usual selection of fabulous pies, they also do quite an extensive list of cocktails! Victoria was straight in on the seasonal offerings and plumped for a Gingle Bells, whilst I remained true to form and ordered a peanut butter and banana milkshake. Both of us were equally giddy afterwards.

We were here to check out ‘The Christmas Feast’, a truly excellent alternative for a Christmas meal out. You get to pick any Christmas pie (out of a choice of four) with mash, spiced red cabbage and gravy with a festive stick (yes, stick) and a pudding of your choice for £15. I practically had to have a lie down before even ordering. I always tend to go for the turkey option when dealing with a Christmas menu so went for ‘The Cracker’  (turkey, ham, cranberries, parsnips and Sherry), whilst Victoria went for the vegetarian ‘Christingle’ (parsnips, chestnut, cheese and leek). Both were presented, as most things should be, on a bed of delicious mashed potato and adorned with a ‘Festive stick’. The festive stick is possibly my new favourite thing about Christmas. All hail the stuffing ball, pig in blanket and mini Yorkshire pudding on a stick. I’ll take 400, please and thank you Pieminister.

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Tummies suitably full, we waddled the short distance to Broadmead to check out the Christmas markets. It was lovely to see them so busy already and the atmosphere was fantastic! Considering we visited early on a Friday afternoon in November, people were already getting well into the spirit of things and we gladly joined in and had our first mulled wine of the season. Now that we have finally entered December I can only imagine the Christmas spirits are flowing freely.

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I know what you’re thinking, we must have been peckish after all this eating and drinking! Thankfully, the lovely folk at Swoon were on hand to ply us with treats. We were both in absolute heaven as we tried their hot chocolate, which is essentially just pure liquid chocolate and quite honestly I was still thinking about it days later. We also had the opportunity to try all of Swoon’s festive ice cream flavours which are incredible! Gingerbread, Panettone and Mulled Wine were just a few that we sampled and if you’re in the area we heartily suggest you go and indulge.

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Sadly for me I had to skip off before the grand finale of a trip on the big wheel (down by We The Curious) and a pizza fest at Pi Shop but as you can see, Victoria and the rest of the gang had a pretty neat time completing the festivities.

Thanks for organising such a great day, Visit Bristol!

J&Vx

Etsy Made Local

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Etsy Made Local

Every Christmas, I (Victoria) spend hours searching online for unique Christmas presents perfect for family and friends and every year without fail my search always leads me back to the same reliable place, Etsy! So when they got in touch recently to ask if we would help spread the word about their annual Etsy Made Local campaign, we were more than happy to showcase some of the wonderful pieces by independent artists from across the UK. Etsy Made Local Pop-ups are community led and are coming to a city near you between 1st-3rd of December, which gives you plenty of time to pick something special up before the mad Christmas rush. We’ll be taking our families along to the Bristol Pop-up, taking place at MShed on 2nd December. Keep an eye on our Instagram to find out what we get up to on the day! It will mostly involve buying things.

We were lucky enough to be able to choose a few of our favourite bits from some of the artists taking part in this year’s Etsy Made Local, which I plan to give as presents to friends and family (so let’s hope they don’t read this). The first shop that caught my eye was the gorgeous Katy Pillinger Designs, from where I purchased the items above. The Cornish pasty recipe illustration is for a very good friend of mine who is rather partial to such treats, but insists that they taste better in Cornwall. Can anyone back him up? I’ve cheated a little with the incredible His and Hers mugs, as they are actually going to be a wedding present for a wedding I’m going to next year. I just couldn’t resist them! After making the purchase I thought I may as well continue to be super organised and buy the Mr&Mrs floral wedding card below from Corin Beth Designs. I also picked up a colourful town house tote as it reminds me of the cool colourful houses of Bristol.

Etsy Made Local

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Speaking of cards, I just had to pick up two of these adorable new baby cards from Hannah Stevens. Hannah’s shop is filled with fun cards, cute prints and animal cushions and I must admit I’ve got my eye on a few things for my daughter’s nursery. Lots of her items are currently reduced too, so I would recommend paying her a visit. Last, but by no means least on my Etsy shopping spree, I fell for two prints by Constance and Clay and I am absolutely thrilled with them! They are both bold quirky images created by Holly from Leicester, who I’ve filed straight into my favourite sellers list.

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Jo recently moved house so was really keen to pick up some prints to adorn her shiny new walls. It didn’t take her long to identify a few gems! Like me, she fell for the lovely style of Katy Pillinger Designs and snapped up the ‘Sky Watcher’ illustration for Poppy’s nursery. It features a very cute explorer and his cat! She also picked up a mug (yep, we really are this similar folks) and plumped for the super cute cat faces style. I am hoping this one is going to be a Christmas gift for a crazy cat lover in her life (*hint*).

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Next on the shopping list was this fab London print by natilieasingh who creates wonderful retro inspired art prints. I know Jo spent a lot of time debating over which of her many fabulous pieces to go for but was one over by this brightly coloured illustration. There’s just so much going on and it really captures the hustle and bustle of the capital! I can’t wait to see where they end up hanging it. Lastly, Jo chose a beautiful print by JemmaBanksDesign which depicts a group of ice skaters having a grand old time against a gorgeous backdrop of a city skyline and mountains. It’s rather magical and I can see why she fell in love with it.

We hope we’ve given you all a bit of inspiration!

V&Jx

This post was written in collaboration with EtsyUK. 

Something kinda wonderful

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Happy November! Sorry we’ve been a bit quiet for a couple of weeks, but as well as looking after our lovely little ladies, we’ve been plotting something kinda wonderful! Keep your eyes peeled here and on our social media (especially if you are Bristol based) as we are going to be trying our hands at something a little different. We will fill you in properly once everything has been finalised, we promise! Hoorah, very exciting stuff here at She and Hem HQ.

As we now live a little further away from each other, every time we meet up at the moment, we do seem to have lots of blog admin to discuss and outfits to shoot. Which is lovely but unfortunately we don’t always have our husbands/friends around to help us with the photography. Luckily, over the years we have learnt a few tricks of the trade and have finally lost our inhibitions when posing in public. Well, we’re not as awkward as we were a few years ago. We literally don’t have the time to act shy now, as normally we are en route to soft play or baby song time at the library. Mum life, eh?

When we met up to take these photos in the centre of Bristol recently, we not only tackled a broken tripod and an alfresco outfit change but also a rather chilly downpour! We kept on smiling, because after all this time we both still absolutely love being bloggers!

It seems very fitting to end the post with a great big thanks to one of our favourite brands Sugarhill Boutique for always reaching out to us. We blooming love you every season, but here are our current faves. Jo’s all about the Wonderful Sweatshirt* and Cloud Jumper* and I (Victoria) can not get enough of the red Wonderful Tee* and Hell Yeah Tee*! We’re pretty hyped to see what Sugarhill have up their sleeves for Christmas, it’s always amazing!

Something kinda wonderful | Sugarhill Boutique

Something kinda wonderful | Sugarhill Boutique

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Saks Appeal | Win an Ultimate Vitamin Glow Facial

Last week Jo and I (Victoria) had the pleasure of meeting up at Saks Beauty in Bristol to sample a couple of their treatments and indulge in a spot of afternoon tea. Not a bad way to spend a grey Tuesday afternoon, we are sure you’ll agree. Saks is based at the bottom of Park Street, making it a super convenient rendezvous point for the two (sorry, four) of us now that we aren’t living in the same part of Bristol!

We had a great time taking it in turns to baby sit whilst the other was treated to some ‘me time’. Turns out, after several months of carrying our babies around, boy did our knots need untying! My massage was carried out by the lovely Donna, who actually gasped at the state of my poor back. A good excuse to go back for a few more visits.

After saying goodbye to our stresses and aching muscles, we caught up over a delicious spread of scones and cupcakes. Delightful! We proceeded to compare notes on our various post baby aches and pains, and Jo explained that she thought the Saks massage was even better than the one she’d had recently at the The Lido in Clifton. High praise indeed. If you fancy seeing for yourself, Saks are kindly offering half price massages to all new clients – just mention that She and Hem sent you!

Now, what you’ve all been waiting for, it’s competition time! Would you like to win an ultimate vitamin glow facial at Saks Beauty? Of course you would! It’s 60 minutes of pure bliss. Simply enter below and we’ll keep our fingers crossed for you!

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A Sight for Sore Eyes | Ollie Quinn

A Sight for Sore Eyes | Ollie Quinn | Bristol

A Sight for Sore Eyes | Ollie Quinn | Bristol

A Sight for Sore Eyes | Ollie Quinn | Bristol

A Sight for Sore Eyes | Ollie Quinn | Bristol

A Sight for Sore Eyes | Ollie Quinn | Bristol Ollie Quinn have just opened a brand new store on Park Street in Bristol and we went along to have a look around, choose some glasses and try not to make a complete spectacle of ourselves. If you are sat there thinking, girls, who are Ollie Quinn? Well, let us tell you. They’re easily the most stylish, chic and sassy independent opticians you will ever visit (if you’re lucky enough to live in London, Bristol, Bath, Brighton or Leeds). All of the frames are unique to the business, as they are designed and produced in-house and they are pretty damn affordable too! £98 to be exact, and that covers EVERYTHING. Spec-tacular! Gone are the days of choosing cheaper frames to keep the cost down, and then getting hit with a bill for anti-glare, scratch-resistant coating and a kitchen sink or two. Not at OQ, you’ll never leave having to pay more than £98 for your frames. We took along our current prescriptions, but a 30 minute eye exam costs £20. Raise your glasses to that.

The guys at the Park Street store were so friendly and helpful, we left feeling like we had made a couple of new friends. We had a chat about our personal style, which really helped us to choose our new frames (and my goodness was it hard to choose!). Thankfully, the staff managed to give us some honest feedback on the frames we had picked without making us feel self conscious. They even let the babies try on some frames and as you can see below, they looked so cheeky, we’ll really have to keep our eyes on those little ladies. Sorry, these puns really couldn’t get any cornea.

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I went for a statement square frame called ‘Daniel’* in brown zebra, which you can see in close up here, and I absolutely love them. Even though they are oversized, they’re not at all heavy, and I’ve had so many compliments since swapping from my old smaller frames (seen here).  Jo chose a pair of the rounder cat-eye ‘Jelka’* frames in pink spice. Nice. Jo knew she wanted something colourful, so mentioned to the staff that she often chooses coloured glasses (example here) that clash with lots of the things that she wears and aren’t always work appropriate. We all agreed that these frames will go with everything, look smart and the subtle pink adds the element of colour she was after.

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One last perk that will probably only interest mums with pushchairs, but is useful to note, OQ is all on one level! I had to cancel an appointment at an opticians on Whiteladies Road recently, as without a lift or buggy store, I couldn’t get upstairs for the eye test! A real eye opener, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Thanks for inviting us along OQ!

V&J

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!

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Family Fun at Cabot Circus

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Now that we’ve got the girls, we are all about that family-friendly life. We spend a lot of time Whatsapping eachother (and our NCT mates) places we’ve found that are good for the little ones and it’s always super useful to know where is good to take them. One place that ticks a lot of boxes for us is Cabot Circus, who spend a lot of time ensuring kids of all ages (plus their parents!) are well catered for. One thing we love about Cabot Circus is that everything is under one big ol’ glass roof. There’s ample parent and child parking available and they have excellent changing facilities, including feeding rooms.

We popped down during half-term to check out their young hero super-school for a masterclass in superhero style. Poppy and Ada were a little young for the craft activities but there were lots of young heroes having the time of their lives designing capes, cuffs and masks! POW! Give it a few years and it will be Awesome Ada and Power Poppy to the rescue.

We left the bigger kids to the crafts and hit the shops! We had a grand old time swooning over the girls dresses in Monsoon and may have made a cheeky purchase in Zara. We always love a shop that caters for both Mum and baby! We also had a little gander in Smiggle to pick up some bubbles and bells as we are big baby sensory fans!

Speaking of baby sensory, we went for dinner at Yo Sushi which proved to be a big hit with the girls! They loved the lights, the noise, and all the sushi whizzing round! It proved the perfect distraction for them, while we sampled some of the new things on the menu. The Okonomoyaki and Salmon & Yuzu Tartare were especially fabulous and we are now addicted to Ramune Soda. The new menu is also great for those who aren’t big sushi fans as they have added a market foods section so you can sample some different styles of Japanese food. This was the first time my (Jo) husband and notorious hater of sushi, James, had visited and he was thrilled to discover that he was well-catered for. We were all pleasantly surprised by how family-friendly Yo Sushi proved to be as it wouldn’t be the first place you would think of when dining out with two babies under six months. The staff went out of their way to make sure the babies were well looked after and Poppy really enjoyed her egg shaped high chair! We were really impressed that the high chair can be tipped backwards to accommodate smaller babies and the changing facilities were fantastic.

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Our next Cabot Circus mission is to try the baby cinema at Showcase Cinema De Lux on a Thursday morning. Has anyone been?

J&V xxx

*Cabot Circus very kindly provided our meal at Yo Sushi! but all opinions are our own. 

People of Bristol

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Last week I (Victoria) woke up to the lovely surprise that I had been featured on People of Bristol, an awesome Instagram account that we follow. It was fellow Bristol blogger Lily from Lily Doughball who recognised me, presumably by my oh so subtle Peanut Butter jumper, and I was pretty chuffed about it. Thanks for the tip Lily!

People of Bristol is an account that posts illustrations of those who catch the eye of children’s and commercial illustrator Nicola Colton, and I was spotted waiting for my husband outside Cafe Kino, one of our favourite spots in Bristol. As it was a sunny, busy Saturday afternoon, he had popped into see if there was enough space to take the buggy in. Nicola captured me so well considering I must have been there, rocking my little one to and fro, for less than a minute or so. What a professional! Jo and I are hoping she might venture into blog illustrations…

Alongside my Peanut Butter jumper, I was also wearing my swimmers print ankle grazers (posted about here) from Laura Ashley with my faithful yellow Superga’s. Comfy, colourful and fun all round. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Nicola’s wonderful illustrations and to find out if anyone else spots themselves. Keep your eyes peeled, people of Bristol!

People of Bristol | She and Hem

People of Bristol | She and Hem

Check out the People of Bristol Instagram here and Nicola’s Instagram page here,

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