Double Thumbs Dresses #14

Another week, another round up of the beautiful dresses considered to be worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. Let’s have a look at what’s been whetting my whistle this week.

The Macaroon Connoissuer $48.99 from Bonne Chance Collections

Those of you who follow us on Twitter might have noticed me crushing on this sweet treat of a dress from Bonne Chance Collections, who often appeal to my novelty print loving streak. This macaroon festooned wonder was destined to go straight into my basket but alas, dear readers, it is out of stock in my size. However, before you light those pitchforks on my behalf, those nice people at Bonne Chance Collections emailed me a sneaky preview of a soon to be in stock dress. BEHOLD….

Scalloped Macaroon Dress *coming soon* by Bonne Chance Collections

Hooray! I’ll be F5ing the website for the foreseeable future.

Floral Dress with Full Skirt £39.99 from Zara

Pockets! Pockets! Pockets! Oh how I do covet a pretty dress with pockets. I really love this Zara dress. It has, err, pockets! and sleeves! and a full skirt! and I can wear it to work! Really, I would stupid NOT to buy it.

Violin Print £65.00 by Nishe from ASOS

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Putting the Win in Winter: Coats *Pink Special*

PINK COAT PINK COAT PINK COAT. All people keep banging on about at the moment is pink coats.  And now, well, so am I….because hubba bubba aren’t they lovely?  I have now officially spent the better part of my Tuesday wondering how I’ve ever lived without one before! So thank you, internet, for your pink pandering has resulted in some serious style crushing on a number of sickeningly sweet candy coloured creations. I have, therefore, put together my favourite sugar coat-ed offerings for your reading pleasure.

Vintage Style Cocoon Coat £110 from ASOS

This ASOS coat has been highly anticipated by the general coat buying public since it first appeared in their magazine a while back. It finally arrived online this week which sparked an internet frenzy, no really, which has resulted in a lot of the sizes going straight out of stock! In fairness it does look lovely and I am sure those nice folks at ASOS will be replenishing sizes so don’t be too down-hearted if it looks as though you’ve missed out.

Notch Lapel Oversized Duster Coat £85 from Marks and Spencers

Another pink coat getting a lot of attention is this pretty Marks & Spencers affair. So much attention in fact, that it also sold out the second it hit stores at the start of the month. Fear not though, pink lovers, as they restocked it today.

Short Woollen Overcoat £79.99 from Zara

Another pretty effort, this time from Zara who have gone for a lovely soft, shorter number. This one is unmistakably baby pink but could definitely be toughened up with some dark accessories. Maybe even some leather if you’re game. Continue reading Putting the Win in Winter: Coats *Pink Special*

Special Feature: A Lovely Red Dress from New Look

Hey Hemsters,

New Look have been knocking it out of the park recently in the style stakes, whatever the devil those may be! Regardless, they really do seem to have upped their game with an abundance of lovely jumpers, skirts, coats and shoes available.  Of course, those of you who read regularly will know that a fair old number of their delightful dresses have been cropping up in our Double Thumbs Dresses feature, so it was therefore no great surprise that when New Look contacted us about putting together our own Wish Lists that we went straight for the frocks, specifically the red ones! Phwoar.

Victoria and I have each selected our favourite red dresses and we surprised ourselves by not overlapping once (although you may spot a certain heart print similarity!). So, without a further ado! Here are our fancies!

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Putting the Win in Winter: Coats

Hey Hemsters,

If you are anything like us, you have spent the past week despairing at the weather. You leave the house in your big coat, tights, and boots and by lunchtime you are kicking yourself for not packing your sunglasses as you sweat uncomfortably at the bus stop. Or maybe that’s just us. Picking the correct coat for the day ahead is currently nothing short of traumatic (overstatement?) but one thing is for sure, coats are back! Hooray! There are a lot of lovely ones appearing on the high-street at the moment so we have gathered together our favs!

Red Bow Coat £79 from Miss Selfridge

We tweeted about this little beauty a couple of weeks ago! Look at those bows! NEED.

Dog Quilt Bomber Jacket £50 from Topshop

It probably won’t see you through those cold winter months but this dog print jacket will certainly look pretty darn cool in the meantime.

Coat with Gathering on the Shoulder £99.99 from Zara

The future is bright after all and, if you believe the magazines, orange is set to be a big colour this season! This coat is sharp, chic and zesty.

Oversized Check Coat £75 from Next

Now THIS is a winter coat. We could quite happily hibernate in this snugly affair.

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Double Thumbs Dresses #12

Hello hello! I’m back with another round-up of the dresses worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs Up seal of approval. It’s all gone a little bit autumnal outside so I have gone a bit sleeve crazy with all but one dress up for the job of keeping your arms cosy. I would also like to include the warning that this edition is not for penny pinchers! Enjoy!

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Beatrice Dress in Cocoa £149 from Poppy Children
Beatrice Dress Chocolate Shop in Plum £149 from Poppy Children
Beatrice Lollipop in Orange £149 from Poppy Children

Holy incr-edible dresses, Batman! Look what we have here! A trio of tasty delights! You may remember way back in Double Thumbs Dresses #4 I stumbled upon Poppy Clothing who base all of their collections on the stories of Poppy and her dog Fred. It’s an adorable concept and one which was duly deserving of the Double Thumbs crown. However, when checking out their new Autumn Winter collection I hadn’t anticipated that Poppy and Fred’s adventures would take them to a chocolate shop! A CHOCOLATE SHOP! This just got serious! I simply couldn’t pick between the lollies, chocolate and more chocolate on offer (what normal person can?) and so decided to do the unprecedented and present you with three dresses.

I adore everything. The lovely shapes, the beautiful colours, the gorgeously playful prints and the really brilliant way that Poppy themselves style their dresses with jazzy tights and cute cardigans. I’m going to have to begin saving my penny sweets as sadly the prices, although surely justified, are currently slightly beyond my reach. I seriously recommend checking out the website as they also sell some lovely, and affordable, accessories.

Navy Belted Panda Dress £30.40 (reduced from £38) by H! Henry Holland for Debenhams

You’ll cause pandamonium in this wonderful dress from the beautiful H! by Henry Holland for Debenhams! He’s never one to shy away from a novelty print, not unlike myself, and has certainly excelled himself with this one.

Silk Long Sleeve Dress £69.90 from Celia Birtwell for Uniqlo

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Double Thumbs Dresses #11

Hey there dress fans! Long time no see! Apologies for my long absence but I am hoping that this super novelty print special edition of Double Thumbs Dresses will placate you somewhat. There are a ridiclous amount of fabulous frocks around at the moment! It’s really playing havoc with my bank balance – and my thumbs! Anyhoo, I’ve rounded up my personal favourites for you! Enjoy! x

Sweetie Print Tea Dress 46 from Topshop
Sweetie Print Tea Dress 46 from Topshop

This sweet little number has been doing the rounds on a lot of blogs and it’s not hard to see why! Topshop have really been having fun with their prints this season but this is one of the first times I have seen them use those fun prints on a dress! I literally applauded when it appeared on my desktop and ordered it straight away. I can confirm that it’s brilliant, although perhaps a little low cut for daytime wear.

Mushroom Dress £65 from Cath Kidson

Speaking of fun, you don’t get much more fun than a giant colorful mushroom! As usual, Cath Kidston have knocked it out the park with this playful print.  Does it make anyone else think of Super Mario? That’s definitely a good thing, FYI.   I love the shape and length of these dresses as they are just perfect for work and play.

Woody Woodland Tunic £65 by Louche from Joy
Julita-Country Dress £59.00 by Louche from Joy

Next up are these two exceptionally lovely dresses from Louche, both of which are available from Joy. I absolutely adore the woodland scene on the tunic dress! Very Animals of Farthing Wood chic! I’m not usually a tunic wearer myself but I can really see it looking lovely with black tights and some chunky boots come A/W.  It has gone straight to the top of my lust list. The second print is what we’ve come to expect from Louche, a brilliant, barmy and cutesy print featuring cows, cats, houses, plants, dogs, frogs….I could go on. It’s a beautiful colour and shape. I’m digging the full skirt. Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #11

Special Feature: F&F

F&F are, as I’m sure you are aware, also known as Clothing at Tesco but they are also, as you may not be aware, responsible for about 75% of my shoe collection! Yes, that’s right, pretty much all of my shoes are from Tesco and I am not sorry! They make blimmin’ lovely shoes that are cheap, comfortable and pleasing to the eye. This cannot be said for many of their more expensive competitors. I’m looking at you, M&S.

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So when those kind folk at F&F offered me a £25 voucher to spend at my leisure, I naturally headed straight for the shoe department! This was going to be HEAVEN.  After putting together a shortlist of about 14 pairs, it suddenly occurred to me that perhaps I was missing an opportunity to try out some other F&F offerings. After all, I am rather partial to a nice dress! And so, after yet more shortlist making and a lot of sighing, I decided to blow the whole lot on an absolutely gorgeous black & white striped prom dress!

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F&F Horizontal Stripe Prom Dress* £25.00
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F&F Snaffle Trim Ballerina Pumps in Red £12.50

……and because I have no self-restraint whatsoever, I also bought myself a pair of new shoes. Hands up if you’re surprised? In my defence, they were only £12.50 and they have polka dots on! What was I supposed to do?

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I’ve always had a bit of a thing about black and white striped dresses.  They just look so classic, elegant and at the same time fun. Can I also add in French? They look a bit French too. I’d quite happily stroll around Paris in this outfit.  If anyone would like to make this happen I can be reached on my usual email.

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I will admit that I was a little skeptical about paying £25 for a dress from Tesco and, to be fair, this is most definitely at the upper end of their price range. Most dresses on the website retail from between a very reasonable £12 and £20.

I am very happy to confirm that the quality of this dress certainly reflects its price tag. It’s made from lovely material and the cut and shape of the dress are perfect. I love the matching belt around the waist that cinches it in so nicely allows me to have a great big bow! I also love that I can dress it up with a petticoat, heels and a bit of red lippy and look like I’m off out on the town, but equally with flats and a cardigan I will be wearing it to work. If you’re into your ‘cost per wear’ statistics, this one will certainly be earning its keep.

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…..and as always, I love the shoes. The colour and design of these are so fun and they are just so instantly comfortable. I know these will be yet another pair that provoke gasps of ‘Tesco? Really?!’.

Double thumbs all around,

Jx

All hail the sale

Merry Friday everyone!

As we near the end of sale season, a number of our favourites are currently reducing items even further, rejoice! We’ve rounded up our current picks from Yumi, Sugarhill Boutique, Oliver Bonas, Lashes of London, Ollie & Nic, Joy and Oasis. Let’s have a look at those all important discounts!

Neckline Detail Knit Tunic Dress £20 (was £45) from Yumi
Colourful House Print Dress £22.50 (was £45) from Yumi
Brighton Rock Blouse £25 (was £36) from Sugarhill Boutique
Vintage Butterfly Earrings £8 (was £16) from Oliver Bonas
Elwick Silk Butterly Blouse £14.40 (was £48) from Lashes of London
Suki Cat Print Purse £10 (was £28) from Ollie & Nic
Fuchsia Giraffe Scarf £18 (was £28) from Ollie & Nic
Leanna Spot Collar Dress £30 (was £59) by Louche from Joy
Silhouette Butterfly Scarf £6 (was £20) from Oasis

That’s all for now! Have you spotted any bargains? or will you just be pleased to be able to walk into a shop without tripping over sale rails? Gets a bit messy, doesn’t it?

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #10

Goodness me! It’s time for our weekly round up of all those lovely dresses that receive the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs Up seal of approval.

Comic Adventure Mini Dress £80 by Joyrich from ASOS

KAPOW! This super fun Joyrich dress from ASOS makes me want to embrace my inner superhero (It’s Thumbage Girl, for those who are asking)  and sort out the most dastardly of crimes. Crimes of fashion that is, I’m not crazy.

Carmine Dress £34 (was £69) by Louche from Fox and Feather

This little beauty of a Louche dress is currently on sale (with all sizes currently showing as in stock) at Fox and Feather, yippee! It’s made from an absolutely beautiful shimmering fabric which really makes the greens and pinks stand out. It has a great high neckline but beware underwear fans, it does plunge at the back.

Penny Babydoll Dress in Spearmint Daisy Applique £40 from Motel

This beautiful vintage inspired dress from Motel is available in this rather refreshing spearmint colour. I really love the pretty floral applique, it makes the dress so dainty. For me this is the perfect holiday dress as I know I could throw it with sandals and head to the beach but it would work just as well at home with tights, boots and a trip to the pub. Anyone know where I can find a beach pub?

Yellow Floral Print Dress £39.95 (was £79.95) from Joules

Oh Joules, this dress is a bit perfect! I adore the flattering 50’s cut and the colour and print are just dreamy. It’s on sale at the moment and getting hold of certain sizes might be a trifle tricky. The good news is I have noticed sizes coming back into stock so it’s worth checking the website, as well as in store.

Cream Tapestry V-Neck Tea Dress £22.99 from New Look

I can’t be the only person who has noticed how completely fabulous New Look has been recently? This gorgeous vintage style tapestry dress is a prime example of the sort of beautiful piece they are putting out for the budget conscious shopper, i.e everyone. I love the thick, expensive looking fabric and the pretty floral print.

Perdita Floral Smock Dress £55 from Lashes of London

Pass me a fan, I might need a little lie down! The colours of this dress are simply out of this world, they are just stunning. Lashes of London are so great at putting out creative, unique and beautiful items. I love love love the neckline, the lovely turn up sleeves and of course the big, bold floral print. Well done, everyone.

Skater Dress With Pug Print £25 from ASOS

Never one to shy away from a novelty print, this pug print dress from ASOS ticks all the right boxes. You’d be barking mad not to love it!  I love the flattering shape and the fun print, and better still the easy-wear jersey fabric means it’s a great holiday buy as it won’t crease in the suitcase! Winner!

Contrast Collar Dress in Tile Print £48 by Cooperative from Urban Outfitters

Welcome to the 60’s, courtesy of Cooperative at Urban Outfitters. I love the quirky print, which definitely has a touch of the kaleidoscope about it and the contrast of the deep red with the crisp white colour is rather lovely.  It’s a loose fit, so perhaps won’t suit everyone but if you like a retro shape then this one is a winner.

That’s all for this week!

Jx

She and Home: Bella Sorella

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We were super excited to be invited by the fine people of Cabot Circus to the VIP launch of the Bella Sorella Pop Up, run by The Only Way is Essex star Lydia Bright and her gorgeous sister, Georgia.

I must admit that when we first received the invitation I hadn’t heard of Bella Sorella but proud Essex girl Victoria immediately informed me who Lydia was! After this revelation, I wasn’t sure what to expect but Victoria was adamant that Lydia is a bit of a Queen when it comes to vintage style and after a look at the website I soon discovered her line is a veritable vintage dress heaven!

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From the moment we walked through the door (next to Starbucks in Cabot Circus if you are a local) I knew I was going to want everything! I wasn’t alone as everyone in attendance seemed to be walking around and stroking all the clothes with lustful eyes. Lydia and Georgia certainly have a great eye for detail as the shop is full of beautiful, feminine shapes and styles. It’s not all about the dresses though (unbelievable, I know) as there were also lots of super cute tops, shorts and cardigans, as well as lots of lovely scented candles and other bits of  homeware.

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The Florence, as seen above, was my absolute stand out favorite dress! It’s part of Lydia’s own collection, Lydia Rose Bright, and the print is simply stunning! I am always such a a sucker for a 50’s shape. I think I might have to go back and get it as I can’t stop thinking about it! However, whilst I was smitten with one dress, one of the manikins was obviously very taken with me! We had a big laugh when we noticed this picture!

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Jo – I was trying to channel a vintage vibe, so I dug out an old favorite Topshop dress of mine and layered it over a mustard slip from Marks and Spencer. I teamed it my navy geek shoes, also from Topshop, and my Cambridge Satchel.

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It was wonderful to meet Andree from style-on-sea! Photo by Cabot Circus

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Victoria – I wore one of my staple dresses, a polka dot Primark number. It’s great for any occasion. I teamed this with red ballet pumps from H&M, which are now in the sale here for £4, so I think I’ll be stocking up on some other colours. My necklace is by  rachel loves bob, which we were lucky enough to receive when we went to the launch party of the Objets De Désir pop up shop (read about that here). I wore my favourite bag, my chestnut Zatchel. My glasses are from Glasses Direct.

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As part of the VIP treatment we were asked if we would like to interview Lydia! Having never interviewed anyone before we nervously accepted! We needn’t have worried though as Lydia was absolutely lovely, and stunningly gorgeous to boot!

Hi Lydia! Have you had a chance to explore Bristol yet?

LB: No I haven’t! But I really want to! I’ve been down to Harvey Nics to have my makeup done so I’ve seen around there and the centre is absolutely beautiful. I came down before to have a look at the shop to make sure it was right for us but I’m looking forward to having the chance to explore a little bit more as I’ve heard you have really good shopping and nightlife! I’m staying here until Sunday so plenty of time to explore. 

You’ve picked a good weekend as it’s the Harbour Festival! Bristol will be in party mode! 

LB: So I’ve heard! I’ll definitely be heading down there! I’m going to find myself a sailor! 

Having your own name on a clothing line is such a dream come true. How did that come about?

LB: Oh my God it’s amazing! So, first of all I got the store which was a massive dream of mine and then I do all of the buying with my sister (Georgia). We were doing all the buying and I found a niche market in that no one was doing vintage inspired for the evening – I just didn’t see anything out there and I just love off the shoulder dresses but it’s so hard to find them! So I decided I wanted to design my own collection! I met up with some manufactures and we opened a factory in London and now I design and manufacturer my own clothes! I stock at Bella Sorella but also at ASOS, New Look and Very so it’s up and up and up! I just launched my Autumn/Winter range yesterday!

What’s your favorite piece from your collection? 

LB: I would say from my new collection there’s a dress called the Evangeline that comes in a really beautiful berry colour – that’s definitely one of my faves. It’s kind of a mix of my two best sellers from my previous Autumn/Winter collection so I’m sure everyone will love it. From my Spring/Summer collection I would say a dress called the Gabriella which has completely sold out. It was beautiful and had a lovely crochet neck and a ribbon to tie up the back. I have kind of recreated it in my new collection. What I try and do is take my bestsellers and then evolve on them so that everyone knows what they are getting and so that everyone likes it! 

We write a fashion blog together and we wondered if you read any fashion blogs for inspiration?

LB: Yeah! I actually have my own fashion blog (check out her Youtube channel here) and I do like to read others. I like to read Zoella as she’s a Youtuber as well and I like Fashion Junkie. People always tweet me links to their blogs and I just go on them all and read them. Blogging does take up a lot of time so mine is heavily focused on pictures, I do have some writing in there too though. 

We are quite awkward when it comes to having our photo taken! Do you have any posing tips for us?

LB: You have a very good shape if you put one hand on your hip and then when you want to smile pull your face up, so you don’t get a double chin, and then put your tongue to the roof of your mouth. If you then turn your head slightly down you should get a really good pose! (we then all had a little practice at this!). Oh and lots of tall girls like to cross their legs but I’m not really tall enough to do that.

Sadly for us, we asked Lydia for posing tips after all of our photos had been taken! I hope you are all prepared for a lot of hand on hip action in the near future!

Cabot Circus have put together a lovely film from the event which features the lovely Lydia and, if you look closely, you might spot a couple of familiar faces fawning over a dress.

The Cabot Circus Pop-Up is there until July 28th so Bristolians, you have two days to get your skates on and check it out! The tour has only just begun so there is ample opportunity to pay Bella Sorella a visit and if the Bright sisters aren’t coming to a town near you, the line is available online too.

Thanks again to Lydia, Georgia and the team at Cabot Circus for putting on the event! It was brilliant! A big thank you as well to Harvey Nichols for our incredible goody bag! We can’t wait to use our makeover voucher! Fingers crossed we come out looking as glam as Lydia!

J&V x