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.

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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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She and Home: The Burger Joint, Bristol

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It’s fair to say that maternity leave is being kind to us as far as eating our way around the West Country is concerned. Kind to us that is, but perhaps less so to the old waistline! It’s been lovely going for nice long lunches whilst the babies sleep (or don’t sleep) and gives us a chance to have a catch up and talk about how much sleep (or no sleep) we’ve had the previous night. Now, we aren’t exactly famed for our cutting edge restaurant reviews around here but, seeing as we are now chowing down on a more regular basis, we thought it was about time we upped our game and you will be seeing quite a few over the coming weeks! First up, The Burger Joint!

We should probably begin with a full disclaimer: we are massive fans of The Burger Joint. We’ve been visiting this tasty establishment for years – before even She and Hem was a thing, if you can imagine such a terrible time! So dedicated are we to the burger cause that until recently our faces graced the banner photo of their website and Jo even had them cater her wedding in 2013. See, massive fans of massive delicious burgers. So, you won’t be surprised to learn that we were more than happy to try out their new menu options at their branch on Whiteladies Road in Bristol!

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We really love the unique the ordering system at Burger Joint, it kinda feels a little bit like playing a really tasty lottery, but everyone’s a winner (especially if you choose the sweet potato fries!). Everything from starters to sides is broken down into tick boxes so you can build your perfect meal. As well as sampling their new offerings, we must admit that we did add a few long time favourites to our order – their sweet potato fries are seriously the best in Bristol! Although the menu was already super extensive, they have recently tried to broaden their appeal to the Vegan’s and Vegetarian’s of Bristol and beyond, by introducing The Vegan Joint and The Beetroot and Feta Joint. Nice.

I (Victoria) can highly recommend The Vegan Joint. Although admittedly I did add a bunch of not-so-vegan meat and cheese options to my burger, the patty itself was delicious. Owner Dan explained how labour intensive the Vegan Joint is to create, with a heroic veg chopping effort taking place behind the scenes. I also had the sweet potato fries, which I can’t imagine comes as much of a sweet potato surprise!

Jo is a creature of habit (just check out her Deliveroo history for proof) so went for her usual combo of the grilled chicken burger with smokey streaked bacon and brie, but threw in an extra cheesy curve ball by opting for the newly added, smoked applewood cheddar. DOUBLE CHEESE! It was delightful! As were the parmesan and truffle fries (MAKE THAT TRIPLE CHEESE), another new addition, which were so scrummy that I may have pinched a few when Jo wasn’t looking. Anything is improved by cheese, in our dairy-fueled opinion.

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We’ve actually been back since with visiting friends, so have managed to sample even more of the new menu. We really wanted to mention The Beetroot and Feta Joint as a standout. It’s as delicious as it is colourful! We’ll definitely be ordering it again next time we go. If you fancy getting your hands on any of the above, Burger Joint has branches in Clifton, Fishponds and Bedminster in Bristol. See you there!

V&J x

*Burger Joint very kindly provided our lunch to review but all opinions are our own. 

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!

The Wheels on the Boden Bus

The Wheels on the Boden Bus

The Wheels on the Boden Bus

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Our Trip to St Werburghs, Bristol.

We Made Me Soohu Sling | St Werburghs, Bristol | She and Hem

We Made Me Soohu Sling | St Werburghs, Bristol | She and Hem

We Made Me Soohu Sling | St Werburghs, Bristol | She and Hem

As we had such glorious weather in Bristol last weekend, I wanted to make the most of it, so my husband and I popped wee Ada into her new sling (more on that later!) and took a wander around one of our favourite neighbourhoods in Bristol, St Werburghs. Our first stop was the ever excellent St Werburghs City Farm, where Ada particularly liked the goats. As a new mum, I’m now always on the lookout to see if places are child friendly, and the farm definitely is. It has spacious baby changing facilities, a play park and many chances for little ones to help feed the animals. Thankfully, the farm is also very parent friendly and we were able to purchase some jam and chutney then grab a coffee in the farm cafe across the road. Who said having a newborn isn’t very rock and roll?

As we wanted to take a long walk around the local area after visiting the farm, we thought it would be an excellent opportunity to use a sling for the first time. To be honest, I was a bit nervous about putting Ada in a sling, as she’s still quite tiny for six weeks old, but my husband has really been looking forward to taking her out and about without the restraints of a heavy buggy. Turns out, I had nothing to worry about, as after we had worked out how to use it, Ada looked incredibly cozy, so much so that she had a lovely doze for most of the time we were out and about. If only we could have done the same! We’re all a bit sleep deprived here at She and Hem HQ.

The sling we used is the stylish red Soohu Sling* from We Made Me and I’m super impressed. The cradle carry is a winner, and I love the fact that it’s one size fits all, which means we can take her out in it until she’s 24 months old! If you are pregnant or have a newborn, I would definitely recommend looking into baby carrying if you like the idea of going hands and buggy free. We’ll definitely be using the sling loads, especially now spring is (just about) on the horizon!

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We Made Me Soohu Sling | St Werburghs, Bristol | She and Hem

After an excellent cup of coffee in the farm cafe, we had a wander around the local area and swooned over all of the awesome eco houses. I’ll take the yellow one please! A short walk from the farm is Boiling Wells, 2.5 acres of woodland which home sculptures, a fire circle and even a pizza oven! It’s such a fun space which often holds weddings and theatre events. I’m really looking forward to seeing a production in the summer, and I’m sure Ada is too!

Keep an eye on the blog over the next few months as the lovely ladies at Bump Pr were awfully kind and sent Jo and I a variety of We Made Me slings to try, so in addition to trying The Wuti Wrap*, when our little ones are a few months older we’ll be trying out The Pao Carrier* (4 – 36 months). I’m really keen to try this one out as it looks so sturdy and easy to use, which is ideal when you have a very active baby and all of their bits and pieces to cart around.

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We Made Me Soohu Sling | St Werburghs, Bristol | She and Hem

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Are you a fan of baby carrying? If so, what slings do you rate?

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