She and Hem Baby Shower

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Last weekend we gathered our nearest and dearest, popped on some pregnancy friendly party frocks and wandered (slowly) on down to our favourite tea room in Bristol, Cox and Baloney. Why? Why, only to celebrate the imminent arrival of our little bundle of joys at the She and Hem Baby Shower! Yippee! After shooting at Cox and Baloney several times over the last few years for the likes of Emily and Fin, Boden and Joy, we knew we’d love to hold some sort of event there one day, as it really is the perfect party venue. Luckily for us they had some availability, so we jumped at the chance to book all our chums in for a lovely afternoon of mocktails, sandwiches, scones and oh so much cake! Not to mention an endless supply of tea. Perfect!

We are pretty easy to please and decided we’d rather not have any baby shower games. We had invited more people than the venue usually holds (oops!), and we really wanted a chance to spend time and catch up with everyone who’d given up their day to spend it with us, without any forced fun. One thing we couldn’t resist though was a jazzy photo booth. Come on, we are bloggers after all. Jo fixed up some excellent props, and then we joined creative forces and spent the night before hanging lots of ribbon to our sparkly backdrop. At no point did either of us get frustrated with it not all holding together. Nope, not at all. Fortunately, it looked great on the day and everyone was super keen to get involved, even the grandmothers to be!

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Alongside all of the incredible gifts we were both given by our very genourous friends and families (thanks guys!!), we were also sent this fun handmade nappy cake from The Bump Company and a wonderful personalised balloon from The Giant Balloon Company! Would you just look at those adorable little booties?! We really were so excited unboxing them both the day before the baby shower, and so touched that people are as excited as we are about our two tiny humans coming into the world. The cake and the balloon added an extra little something on the day, so thanks to both for sending them over to us. They were both big hits all round!

In true She and Hem matchy matchy style we wore dresses that complimented each other. Well, we like to think so! Jo’s beautiful Sequin Swing Dress is a maternity exclusive from ASOS and my Stardust Jewel Bodice Dress is by Rock-a-Bye Rosie from House of Fraser. I’d not heard of Rock-a-Bye Rosie before, but am now a big fan. I really love this dress. As it’s a maternity piece, I’m hoping to wear it to a Christmas party or two before I have to part with it! If not, I may just have to wear it around the house on maternity leave. Who doesn’t wear a party frock to watch This Morning?

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THE WHITEPEPPER x She and Hem

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Thanks to their love of super fun vintage inspired fashion, we are always excited when a new THE WHITEPEPPER lookbook drops into our inbox. As two girls who love to play dress-up, the ‘Peek A Boo I See You’ collection for AW15 was always going to be right up our street! Taking influence from childhood days, this collection is all about the fun factor with a whimsical approach that successfully mixes childish influences (think dolls, playgrounds, and a sprinkling of Kawaii) with fashion for proper grownups, that’s us!….sadly. Stupid adulthood.

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Naturally we couldn’t wait to get our hands on the Painted Paw shift dress, which thankfully comes in both pink and grey. We do love a bit of matchy matchy! We are not alone in our love for quirk, as so many people have admired those beautifully manicured embroidery hands. We’ve really been (White)peppered with compliments. A hands-down hit on the dress front, for sure! These dresses are so easy to dress up or down, as you can wear pretty much anything underneath the versatile sleeveless round neck design.

We’ve been styling them with winter jumpers and thick woolly tights as, we don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s quite cold out there. I (Victoria) went for the the Painted Paw shift dress in grey* and wore it with white tights from M&S, a belt from Next and the glitzy Audbrey Bow Flats* from Boden. Jo chose the Painted Paw shift dress in pink* and the incredible Half Face Bag in black*. She accessorized with a white blouse with bow detail from Zara, white tights from Topshop and the Round Heel Ankle Boots* which are also from THE WHITEPEPPER. Twinning is winning!

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Boden Christmas Partywear

It’s time to crack out the party poppers and dust off those dancing shoes as the festive period is upon us (OK, it’s nearly upon us) and we flippin’ love any excuse to dress up all fancy! Despite having absolutely no friends (pictured), that didn’t stop us from popping to one of our favourite local haunts, Cox and Baloney, to hang out in their party room. With an abundance of vintage crockery and more sequins than you can shake a stick made of sequins at, we were truly in our element.

But what of the clothes we hear you cry! Well, no surprises here but we are rocking partywear from our faves Boden, who somehow manage to just keep getting better and better.

I (Jo) have embraced a blue Christmas with the stunning Blue Floral Vintage Party Dress* that I fell in love with at the AW15 Press Day earlier in the year. It’s everything I love, with a classic fifties cut, a wool and silk mix that makes it all shiny, a pretty print and, the cherry on the cake dress, a bow! So pretty! I teamed it with the Jewelled Clutch in Navy Fur which somehow manages to be sparkly AND strokeable! It’s sort of like carrying around a particularly bling cat but one you can store your phone and lipstick in and more. Seriously, it’s pretty roomy. Shoe wise, I couldn’t resist the Embellished Mary Jane’s in Vintage Blue Velvet*. They are the perfect party shoe and their vintage charm perfectly complements the dress. They are also, like all Boden shoes I have ever worn, insanely comfy and easy to walk in.

Victoria also pumped for the dress she fell in love with earlier in the year (we are dress loyal) with the oh-so-stunning Gold Metallic Luxe Lace Dress*. This is a proper showstopper of a vintage princess party dress with the most beautiful lace detailing. The full skirt had Victoria in a constant state of twirling and those sleeves are something else! The shoes, oh the shoes, are the Audbrey Bow Flats in Pewter Glitter* and they are so sparkly it’s a miracle a magpie didn’t fly in to try and steal them. The pointed front makes them ever so flattering (and party appropriate!) and just in case you hadn’t spotted, there is a massive bronze bow on the front for good measure.

What a pair of absolute party animals!

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A big thank you to Cox and Baloney for letting us use their stunning party room (fellow Bristolians, please visit them! Eat their cake! Drink their tea! Have your parties there!) and also to Boden, who this post is in collaboration with, for providing us with the most beautiful clothes, shoes and bags two girls could wish for of a Christmas. 

Emily and Fin: Read all about it

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Last weekend we took part in our very first Instagram takeover for She and Hem favs Emily and Fin! We had a blast, quite literally, as the takeover coincided with bonfire night. BANG! If you can’t get your sparklers out for Instagram then when can you? We wore these two fabulous AW15 dresses as we went about an average She and Hem weekend, eating and drinking our way around Bristol! To celebrate the takeover, we visited one of our favourite tea rooms, Cox and Baloney, to take some outfit photos and sample some of their wonderful homemade delights. I (Victoria) can wholeheartedly recommend the salted caramel cake!

I wore Emily and Fin’s 1940’s inspired falling feather Holly Dress*. I have to admit, at first I wasn’t sure if I could pull off the longer length of the dress as, unfortunately, I am not blessed in the height department (I am definitely more of a Kylie than a Kendall). Despite my initial worries, thanks to the belted waist and flattering sleeves, I think I made it work for me! C’mon, just look at those wonderful sleeves! What’s not to love? Jo is wearing the super pretty snowy mountain Sophie Dress*. With it’s cute shape and fun print, there really is nothing frosty about it. You get my drift? Although the Sophie is shorter in length than the Holly, it’s tulip style skirt makes it versatile and work appropriate. We accessorised our dresses with books, bunting and a sewing machine. An excellent combination I’m sure you will agree. Sew far, sew good!

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Thank you Emily and Fin for trusting us with your Instagram. We hope we did you proud!

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You can check out our takeover over on the Emily and Fin Instagram

Jump for Joy on New Year’s Eve

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New Year’s Eve is THE night to get seriously sparkly. Whether you are planning a big night throwing shapes to Taylor Swift or a night in with friends with hot dogs and the Hootenanny, it is perfectly acceptable to go all out fancy! Sequins, sheer and sparkles, we just can’t get enough! When the clock strikes twelve, we want to be the girls reflecting off of the glitter ball.

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Not only does this post feature balloons, bunting and bubbles but also our perfect New Year’s Eve party frocks. Victoria choose the zingy neon pink metallic Cyrus dress* and Jo picked the gorgeous fit and flare style Prova Heart dress*, both from Louche at Joy. Joyous! Victoria’s white tights are from UK Tights*, worn with gold heels from Office and a mighty mouse clutch from Primark. Jo’s glimmering gold glitter tights are from Topshop, worn with a black and gold cardigan from Fever*, gold heels from Dune and an exceptionally photogenic camera bag from Accessorize.

Happy New Year!

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A big thank you to Cox and Baloney for letting us take over their snug for our early celebrations. 

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!

 

Double Thumbs Dresses #31

Hello dress fans! It’s time once again for a gander at the frocks deemed worthy of the highly commended Double Thumbs seal of approval. And the sun is shining, which makes buying new dresses all the more essential. Obviously.

Waterfront Button Front Dress £65 from Cath Kidston
Waterfront Button Front Dress £65 from Cath Kidston

Oh my! I only discovered last week my love of deckchairs on dresses so imagine my delight when this chair festooned wonder frock appear online. It’s also got pockets and a nice bow. All this leads me to believe that Cath Kidston are still purposely trying to bankrupt me.

Allover Polka Dot Collar Prom Dress £130 by Nishe from ASOS
Allover Polka Dot Collar Prom Dress £130 by Nishe from ASOS
Umbrella Print Sweetheart Dress £50 by Nishe from ASOS
Umbrella Print Sweetheart Dress £50 by Nishe from ASOS

The new Nishe collection is really rather special! With pretty shapes, novelty prints and adorable frocks a plenty. Thankfully, quite a few of the collection have appeared on ASOS and I would quite happily own it all. The two above are my current favourites although, be warned, there is a sweet print yet to come.

Blue Scalloped Collar Tea Dress £35 from River Island
Blue Scalloped Collar Tea Dress £35 from River Island

This lovely River Island dress is so simple and pretty, it’s a real wardrobe classic. I love the colour and the collar detail. I can just see myself wearing my heart shaped sunglasses and basking in the sunshine in this one.  Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #31