Bristol Fashion Week SS15

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The red carpet has been rolled out in Bristol this week for the return of the South West’s largest fashion event, Bristol Fashion Week at The Mall. Thousands of stylish Bristolians will be strutting over to The Mall to catch one of the 17 catwalk shows, hosted by Lucy Watson from Made in Chelsea and Lorraine Kelly’s BFF/TV stylist Mark Heyes. This year the show has a travel theme, with the entrance of the purpose built pavilion styled as an airport departure lounge and each store has put together a cool collection of on-trend looks, based on gap years, summer holidays and safari chic.

We flew in on Wednesday night and, in true She and Hem style, were the last to board flight S/S15, with a one way ticket to the land of denim, swish 70’s and our personal favourite, brights. We saw so many outfits, the Bristol Fashion Week tailor must be swift. His career will certainly take off!

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After the show, we had a stop over at M&S in The Mall to check out the new Limited Edition collection, hang out with lovely local bloggers and eat ALL of the cheese. I (Victoria) fell in love with the Paisley Print Dress that Lily is beautifully modelling below and Jo’s yellow M&S Limited Edition No Peep Dress was certainly first class! In addition to her gorgeous M&S dress, Jo wore brown beads (old) also from M&S, spotty tights from UK Tights, Urban Outfitters boots and her Kate Spade bag. I wore a vintage 1970’s dress from Portobello Road with my brown Orla Kiely for Clarks heels and black tights from UK Tights. My belt is from New Look and black floppy hat from ASOS. We both accessoried with M&S flowers!

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Will we be seeing you at Bristol Fashion Week 2016?

V&J

Head in the Cath Kidston clouds

Head in the Cath Kidston clouds

You all know how much we love Cath Kidston (a quick glance at our Instagram should be enough to confirm that fact!) so we were on cloud nine when they invited us to style one of their gorgeous new prints! We love them all, naturally, but we’ve been truly smitten ever since we first caught a glimpse of the blue and white perfection that is the cloud print and decided the skies the limit in terms of how many clouds two girls can wear at the same time!

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When we originally left the house to take our outfit photos we were slightly dismayed to see a sky full of grey cloud! How totally unfitting, boo! However, after a fortuitous stop for tea and cake (and more cake), the skies cleared to make way for the most beautiful spring day! The moral of the story? Always stop for cake! We decided to make the most of this unlikely change in the weather and headed to one of our most favourite spots in Bristol, Brandon Hill. Not only is it Bristol’s oldest (and prettiest) park but it’s also home to Cabot Tower, AKA Rapunzel’s home, which you can climb up for the most the most spectacular view over the city! We had a fabulous afternoon making friends with the local squirrels (who were totally nuts for the cloud print, obvs) and pottering around the park.

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Victoria wore the Clouds Cotton Dress with Shirred Waist and teamed it with nude tights and her amazing white heels from ASOS. The shirred waist really makes this dress super flattering, especially as it’s so lovely and floaty! Hopefully this style is something we will be seeing more of from CK. I (Jo) wore the Cloud Cotton Skirt and Cloud Intarsia Jumper (which is in the sale FYI) and teamed them with white heart seam tights from UKtights and my faithful yellow shoes from Orla Kiely for Clarks. I also added an old hot air balloon necklace from New Look as I like to think it looks as though it’s flying through the clouds! Yellow is definitely a colour that makes this print pop and when it gets a bit warmer I will definitely be swapping my jumper for a yellow tee.

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The cloud print proved the perfect spring attire and we received many a compliment (as well as the odd confused glance) about our matchy matchy clouds! It’s just such a cheerful print and the beautiful blue really make it stand out. Bonus points to Cath for always including pockets in dresses and skirts! Pocket power all the way!

J&V

 

 

London Fashion Week AW15: Day 1 OOTD

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During London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015, we spent three incredibly fun days attending shows, randomly bumping into blogger buddies and drinking several palm trees worth of Vita Coco. With British fashion stronger than ever, we were so happy to be in the capital for one of our favourite events of the year. Second only to pancake day, obviously.

On day one, with a strong coffee in hand, we headed over to Somerset House super early ready for the first show of the season, J.JS Lee. After the show, and before bumping into the lovely Joseph and Kristabel, we took a few outfit photos in the midst of all the fashionable fun. We were very kindly loaned a few beautiful items from the glorious Heartfelt Vintage in Bristol. I (Victoria) wore an original 1970’s black velvet skirt with a colorful jacket by House of Frou Frou, both from Heartfelt Vintage. My white shirt is from Marks & Spencer, the yellow square shoulder bag is vintage and my new favourite Dilly heels are Orla Kiely for Clarks. Jo’s floral 1950’s dress and vintage cloche also came from Heartfelt vintage, which she teamed with a black leather jacket from Marks & Spencer, a yellow Westminster bag from Boden and black round heel ankle boots from The Whitepepper.

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Keep an eye out for London Fashion Week Day 2 and 3 OOTD’s next week!

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London Fashion Week AW15: Orla Kiely

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The Orla Kiely Autumn/Winter 2015 presentation was inspired by the film Love Story from 1970, starring the gorgeous Ali Macgraw, (who, fyi, has more than a passing resemblance to LFW fave Kendall Jenner). The film is responsible for that very famous quote ‘Love means never having to say you’re sorry’, but we are certainly not sorry to say that we love this collection! It had fine written all over it.

When we walked into the Vinyl Factory, we totally lost the plot and both agreed it was our favourite Orla Kiely presentation set so far, with the SS14 Wes Anderson inspired show coming a close second. With colourful cookies on offer, hot chocolate flowing and a Bjork soundtrack, the OK library is our kind of library. Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got an OK library card!

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Look up ‘perfect’ in the dictionary and you will see a picture of an OK model. We were dewey-eyed as they browsed the library in cute blouses with bows, Peter Pan collars, geometry chic grid prints and an abundance of grey tights. Each outfit as dreamy as the last and all completely ready to wear off of the catwalk. We really want to jump into that yellow two piece and head for a whisky with Don Draper (though we would obviously settle for Kenny!). This 60’s/70’s revival is long overdue (ha!)

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As Jo is a real life Librarian she was keen for us to dress by the book. It looked like Michelle Keegan got the memo too, as she rocked up in head to toe Orla, with a beautiful vintage Chanel bag of course! It was pretty hard for us to stick to library rules and keep quiet when when we caught a glimpse of the new range of shoes in collaboration with Clarks. The Rose Leather Orla Amelia block heels are at the top of our wish lists!

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We’ve set our date stamps for the SS16 presentation!

 V&J

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#BloomMonday with Boden

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Did you know that today is officially Blue Monday? No, don’t panic, this has nothing to do with Lee Ryan. Today is in fact the day of the year that we are believed to be at our most downright miserable, wailing uncontrollably as we fight the urge to just stay in bed all day. Heck, you might even be reading this from beneath your warm and comfy duvet….mmm so warm and comfy. Fear not though! We are here to improve your mood with a little help from Boden, who have kindly invited us to banish those pesky blues by taking on their #BloomMonday challenge. Thistle cheer you up!

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Boden are nipping those January blues in the bud by embracing a veritable bouquet of floral prints and bold, bright colours. We love a bit of flower power and certainty felt a spring in our collective step as we embraced the cheerfulness of our outfits. It’s hard not to crack a smile when you’re dressed like sunshine! As it was an absolutely stunning day in Bristol yesterday, we decided to take a stroll in equally colourful (and err boat-anical) surroundings.

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We hope our good thyme has inspired you to swap your actual bed for a flowerbed and those pjs for fun floral prints! We like to think we rose to the occasion….

Follow the hashtag #BloomMonday to find inspiring quotes, photography, competitions and offers which are all intended to brighten up your day.

J&V

All items in this post are from Boden* with the exception of our tights which are from Topshop and shoes which are from New Look and Orla Kiely for Clarks. Victoria wears The Shirt in Butter Seed Packets, Fun Skirt in Ivory Garden and the Westminster Bag in Sulphur. Jo wears the Emile Top in Ivory Botanical, Florence Skirt in Blue Plates, the Lara Coat in Ivory/Sulphur and the Milan Clutch in Ivory/Sulphur. A huge thank you to Boden for inviting us to take part in this campaign. 

Emily and Fin for the win

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If you read this ol’ blog of ours with any degree of regularity, you will already be familiar with our love of London based brand, Emily and Fin (who now have their very own online shop!). Never ones to shy away from a novelty print, we have long been fans of their original designs and tendency to create drop dead gorgeous dresses. We were therefore rather delighted to be offered the chance to try out a couple of pieces from their stunning A/W collection which features, among others, deers (!), figure skaters (!), envelopes (!) and our chosen prints of skiers (!) and an ENTIRE tea party (!).

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As, regrettably, the limited  non-existent She and Hem budget meant we couldn’t jet off to the French Alps for a full blown ski themed post, we settled for the next best thing and jetted off down the road instead for a tea party at the beautiful Cox and Baloney. This lovely Bristol based vintage boutique and tearooms (and Emily and Fin stockist no less) has created an entire vintage tea party wonderland in their private ‘snug’ downstairs. We were in prop heaven!

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Seriously, we would happily move in! And just look at those dress prints! Victoria’s Grey Tea Time* dress features the most stunning selection of designs including toast, whisks, egg cups, tea canisters, cafetieres, dinner plates, a cuddly toy. You get the idea. She decided to let the print do the talking and went for bold red lips and nails over accessories and added some ladylike gold heels from Office to complete her look. I also decided to embrace a pop of red in order to compliment my delightfully retro Blue Skiers* print and added a red belt New Look and Orla Kiely for Clarks wedges. I’ve really been embracing white tights recently and felt they were the perfect way to finish this outfit off.

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As well as their inevitably wonderful prints, Emily and Fin dresses are usually available in at least a couple of their signature flattering shapes. We have previously always been Lucy girls, a shorter a-line style of dress with a full skirt, but both decided that a change was as good as a dress and plumped for the Sophie (we look forward to the Jo and Victoria styles, obvs). The Sophie is a semi-fitted style with a wide cru neckline and adorable batwing sleeves. We are both duly converted and love this shape! It’s also worth mentioning that both the Lucy and the Sophie have hidden pockets which is always a She and Hem deal-breaker.

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Many thanks to Emily and Fin for this wonderful treat, to Cox and Baloney for allowing us free reign in their snug and to our lovely friend Ailsa for giving up her Saturday morning to help us with the photos!

 

Yumi and Everyone We Know

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As Autumn approaches, the She and Hem weekend wardrobe progresses from novelty/pretty dresses, to novelty/pretty dresses with slightly longer sleeves and tights. Sometimes we go crazy and throw on a cardigan. It is an issue we really need to a-dress…along with our obsession with puns.

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She and Hem | Yumi Dresses | UK Tights

Whilst exploring the beautiful Bluestone National Park in Pembrokeshire last weekend, we plaited our hair, popped a picnic into our golf buggy and parked up at the lake. We had a lovely afternoon stroll to really relax after a busy morning of making waves in the pool and indulging in pastries at the bakery. It’s a hard life being a blogger, but like the bakers who made our pastries, we think we rise to the occasion. It’s the yeast we can do.

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Victoria: I wore my lace print prom dress from Yumi*. Although I absolutely love the design and texture of this dress, I’m not a big fan of a revealing neckline and when trying this dress on I felt far too insecure to wear it without a top underneath. Luckily, Jo lent me a mustard slip from Marks and Spencer, which covered my modesty without overpowering the white tones of the dress. The black big spot tights are from Gipsy via UK Tights* and the white heart shaped sunglasses are from Dahlia. My sumptuous gold block heels are from Topshop.

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Jo: I had planned to wear this gorgeous Dipsy Daisy Dress from Yumi* with a mustard slip underneath but mine miraculously disappeared…..I jest, I jest. I do love a good pop of yellow though so this dress with its mustard belt and detailing really did, errr, cut the mustard for me! It’s also a really flattering cut, with a jersey fabric and a neatly nipped in waist. I also adore the beautiful detailing on the daisies and have surprised myself by digging the dip-dye finish, which will no doubt inspire lots of terrible ‘has it run in the wash?’ jokes from my Dad. I accessoried with white tights from UK Tights*, shoes from Orla Kiely for Clarks and Topshop sunglasses (although our sunglasses were slightly interchangeable it would seem).

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 V&J

The Secret Garden

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Whenever I get the opportunity, I love to spend a long weekend exploring areas of the UK that I’ve never visited. Even better, I like re-visiting places I travelled to as a child on a jolly family jaunt, seeing what has changed and what hasn’t. Although Devon is somewhere I’ve frequented many times before, I always love going back, as it holds very special memories and well, it’s just such a beautiful place. Whilst I was there visiting Bovey Castle recently, I found the most glorious country garden. It definitely wasn’t seedy!

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As luck (read: much planning) would have it, I was dressed in my finest florals. I bought this Zara dress for the Vogue Festival in March and think that it’s got some real staying power! I’m sure it’ll be a staple for several summers to come. I can also see it creeping into my winter wardrobe, perhaps frolicking with a cable knit jumper, thick tights and boots. As I was popping into Exeter to enjoy all it has to offer, I wore my trusty and super comfortable humble oak brogues from Clarks teamed with fun yellow New Look sunglasses, my Boden bag* and a tan belt from ASOSYou could perhaps say that my choice was outstanding in it’s field (I hope that one wasn’t funnier in my head!). 

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I hope you enjoyed weeding about my own secret garden party!

Vx

London Fashion Week AW14: Orla Kiely

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You will probably not be surprised to discover that our favourite show at this year’s London Fashion Week was the Orla Kiely Autumn Winter presentation, held at the imposing yet impressive Central Saint Martins Building.

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Accessories to Murder #12

Where’s the fanfare at? Not only are our comments finally fixed but it’s the first Accessories to Murder of 2014! It’s already February, so let’s not hang around nattering about broken New Years resolutions and Justin Bieber’s mugshot. I give you the accessories that have made it onto She and Hem’s Most Wanted.

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Horse Necklace, £35, Tatty Devine.

There is neigh better way to celebrate Chinese New Year, Year of the Horse, than with this Tatty Devine novelty necklace. So don’t horse around, make it a stable part of your outfit as it won’t be around furlong! Thank you for bringing this into my life Tatty!

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MULTICOLOURED FLOWER NECKLACE, £18.50, Topshop.

Ah, thistle do nicely. This gold chunky chain necklace is so fabulous that it will easily brighten up a gloomy February morning, getting you jumping out of your flowerbed. I love the clash of colours and will definitely be investing in this piece to jazz up my London Fashion Week wardrobe.

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TURNLOCK SATCHEL, £28.00, Topshop.

Yes, I know I feature a satchel in pretty much every A2M. But Hemsters, I am not sorry! They really do go with everything and Topshop just keep on giving. They have a whopping 18 smashing satchels on sale at the moment and I can honestly say I love them all, with this soft mint dream being the cream of the crop.

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Glitter Hair Bow, £3.50, Head Full of Feathers via Etsy.

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