Nespresso has recently opened a pop-up boutique in Cribbs Causeway, Bristol. To mark the occasion, those fine, caffeine loving folks hosted a coffee inspired dinner at the wonderful Lido Restaurant in Clifton. What does this have to do with us? Why, we were lucky enough to be invited along! Head chef Freddy Bird created an incredible bespoke menu, with all three courses infused with Nespresso coffee. The food was seriously good and looked almost too beautiful to eat. We were really spoiled rotten by the team at The Lido, and the tables full of empty plates was testament to the quality of the grub. Before we sampled the food, there was a tasting masterclass, as well as a talk on Bristol’s buzzing food scene with food and drink expert Andy Clarke, which made us feel especially proud and lucky to live in a city with so much choice and diversity when it comes to eating out.
The salmon starters were beyond delicious, thanks to a cheeky burst of vanilla and lemon zest. Oh and edible flowers of course! Next up was veal, slow cooked in a coffee and wine sauce, served on a bed of potato puree. To the surprise of no one, we both made short work of this delectable main course. However, that was all just a warm up for the main event; dessert. And they really saved the best until last, producing a true She & Hem favourite, an affogato! This wasn’t just any affogato mind you. This one was made with vanilla and cinnamon ice cream, heavenly rum and dulce de leche ripple and topped with a shot of (you guessed it!) coffee! Affo go on that! Truly, this was a Rolls Royce of desserts.
Thank you so much for inviting us along Nespresso. We can’t wait to check out the pop-up boutique very soon!
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!
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!
Will we be seeing you at Bristol Fashion Week 2016?
A few Fridays ago we had the pleasure of attending a blogger evening at the Cribbs Causeway branch of Lush in Bristol. As big fans of their colourful bath bombs and ethical approach to creating natural cosmetics, we were super keen try out some new products and to catch up with local bloggers and fellow Lush fangirls Lily and Charlotte.
What a slick event it was too! Comprising of five different stations to visit where the lovely Lush ladies (and gent) discussed hair, body, skin and sun care, as well as introducing us all to their pretty extensive make up range. The sun care products were particularly interesting, and we were suitably awed by the sunblock bar, a clever wash on, rinse off block of sun protection. This is a really novel way of avoiding conventional sticky lotion. As we all know, less time spent applying lotion = more time scoffing ice cream! That’s just basic beauty maths.
Our favourite part of the evening was getting the chance to create our own Catastrophe Cosmetic face masks. Many blueberries were harmed during the making of the masks! After (extensively) testing the end product, we have both been genuinely taken aback with the results. After each application, our skin looks clean, clear and unusually healthy. Since getting our hands on these delights, we’ve become so obsessed that we’ve decided to try them all, even popping into the Brighton branch of Lush during our girly weekend away to pick up three more. We are both truly convinced that the calming Catastrophe Cosmetic makes our skin look and feel heaps better and would be interested to hear if others agree.
A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to attend a special bloggers event at The Mall Cribbs Causeway, to celebrate the start of Bristol Fashion Week.
Spread over five days, Bristol Fashion Week for the Autumn/Winter season showcases all the latest fashion wares from big boy brands such as River Island, Marks and Spencers, Next, Fat Face and John Lewis.
Having never attended a fashion show, I wasn’t expecting the abundance of choreography and pizzazz on display. Having only really thought of the runway as a place for serious model face, it was a breath of fresh air to see the models having a good time. The children were especially good fun and the M&S ballerina was my highlight of the evening. The only thing I didn’t particularly like were the hosts, Mark Heyes and Andrew Barton, who we both found a little too scripted and cheesy. Having read other blog posts, we do seem to be in the minority on this. Perhaps we are simply accustomed to being the cheesiest people in the room. Stop stealing our thing, Mark and Andrew.
80 Gromits, 10 weeks, 1 city. Cracking good job, Gromit! Led by Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal and Aardman Animations, Gromit Unleashed is a public art exhibition in which giant sculptures of the very loveable Gromit, decorated by invited artists, have been unleashed on the streets of Bristol and we have taken it upon ourselves to find every single smashing one! For those of you not lucky enough to live near Bristol, the original Gromit, pictured below with legend Nick Park, lives at London Paddington Station.
After we wave goodbye to the Gromits on the 8th September (so hurry if you want to see them!) the sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, follow them on Twitter @thegrandappeal. The Grand Appeal is SUCH an amazing charity raising money for over 100,00 sick babies and children every year, we hope they raise a humongous amount of money at the auction. The auction will take place on 3rd October 2013 at the Gromit Unleashed Pavilion at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway in Bristol.
Until then, here are a few of our favourite Gromits from the trail. Enjoy!
All 80 Gromits will soon be together in one giant kennel to form an exhibition called ‘The Greatest Dog Show on Earth’ at the Royal West of England Academy in Clifton, Bristol. Check out their website for more details.