Festive Prints with Emily and Fin

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Victoria is wearing the totally gorgeous Swiss Chalets Print* which features a sumptuous ski scene set in the mountains of Switzerland. The perfect retro winter wonderland! It looks super cute and the lovely blue and green shades really make it pop. The dress is available in two styles, with Victoria opting for the sleeveless ‘Penny’ which has a flattering fitted bodice and semi-full mid-calf length skirt. She teamed it with as many glittery accessories as possible, including a gold belt from Dorothy Perkins, sparkly polka dot tights from Topshop and glittery black pom pom pumps from Kaleidoscope*. Not a salopette in sight!

I had been eyeing up the beautiful Ornamental Lights Print* since I first spied it back in the Summer! I knew it was going to be the perfect Christmas print and oh boy was it worth the wait! Who doesn’t want to be festooned with festoon lights during the festive period?! It’s such a fabulous print and the colours of those delightfully decorative lights really work nicely against the cool grey colour of the dress. Again, this dress is available in two different styles (plus a top and some incredible pyjamas!) with this being the ‘Lucy’. I always love the ‘Lucy’ shape as the A-line shape is just so easy to wear and lends itself nicely to twirling. I styled my dress with some super duper shimmery tights from UKTights* and some gold flats from ASOS (similar here)

I should also add that we both sized up at least once for these dresses as we are now, drum roll please, 38 and 32 weeks pregnant! Can you believe it? I think these frocks do quite the excellent job of disguising the massive bumps! If you’re not epicly pregnant then these dresses do run true to size.

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Loving your work as always, Emily and Fin!

J&Vx

Double Thumbs Dresses #88

Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval! You can blame pregnancy for the reason it has been a while since our last DT but I’ve seen so many AMAZING dresses this week that it felt rude not to dust off the old keyboard. Apologies in advance to your bank balance! Let’s crack on…

Dogs Viscose Twill £75 from Cath Kidston
Dogs Viscose Twill £75 from Cath Kidston
Mono Cats Viscose Piped Shirt £75 from Cath Kidston
Mono Cats Viscose Piped Shirt £75 from Cath Kidston

It’s raining cats and dogs at Cath Kidston HQ and this novelty print lover couldn’t be happier! Those colourful pups are perfection and are sure to leave people hounding you for style tips whenever you wear it! And how cute are those kitties? The retro collar is just puuurrrfect and I love the blue and white combo. The only bone I’ve got to pick is how I’m going to afford both!

*Click individual dresses for direct links*

Ornamental Lights £70 from Emily and Fin
Ornamental Lights £70 from Emily and Fin

Spoiler alert! This gorgeous Emily and Fin frock is going to be appearing in an upcoming style post but I simply couldn’t leave my favourite festive frock out of Double Thumbs. I absolutely adore this dress! Who doesn’t want to be festooned with festoon lights? Gorgeous!

Floral Print Long Sleeve Shift Dress
Floral Print Long Sleeve Shift Dress £49.50 from M&S

Yes to absolutely everything about this M&S dress! It’s gold, it’s shiny, it’s got sleeves, ruffles and a big ol’ Christmas bow. I am sold!

Martha Library Book Print Dress £35 from Joanie
Martha Library Book Print Dress £35 from Joanie

As a librarian, I was always going to need this novel frock from Joanie and despite being 38 weeks pregnant I may have made a cheeky purchase! I look forward to fitting into it one day! I just couldn’t resist those glorious book shelves. What a fab print.

Magic Tree Shift Dress £55 from Warehouse
Magic Tree Shift Dress £55 from Warehouse

Hooray! It’s an enchanted forest in dress form! Isn’t it just lovely? This Warehouse number is rather magical and I for one am pining for it.

Javah Telephone Print Shift Dress £149 from Ted Baker at House of Fraser
Javah Telephone Print Shift Dress £149 from Ted Baker at House of Fraser

Ring ring – it’s your bank manager on the phone. He wants to know why you’ve spent a small fortune on novelty dresses. Oops! How is one supposed to resist such marvelous prints though? These Ted Baker telephones are calling my name! It’s also available in navy blue if you, like me, are prone to spilling mulled wine down everything.

Long Sleeve Christmas Dress in Red £160 from Palava
Long Sleeve Christmas Dress in Red £160 from Palava

Masters of the perfect print, Palava, have totally nailed the ultimate Christmas day frock with this ravishing red number. How beautiful are those illustrated Christmas trees? It’s the most lovely festive scene and I want to twirl around it immediately.

'Holly' Space Dog Print Blue Swing Dress £35 from Lindy Bop
‘Holly’ Space Dog Print Blue Swing Dress £35 from Lindy Bop

And finally, courtesy of Lindy Bop, a dress perfect for all seasons! Who doesn’t want to wear a space scene featuring dogs in flying saucers? A BORING PERSON, THAT’S WHO.

Jx

Flying High with Emily and Fin

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It’s no big secret how much we love Emily and Fin. We get excited about every new collection and love seeing what new fun prints they’ve come out with. Their Autumn/Winter collection sees a bevvy of berry shades and navy niceties with their signature prints and shapes to match. Marvellous!

Once it had safely landed on the website, we were both instantly taken with the Come Fly With Me print which features a fleet of aeroplanes ready to take our wardrobe to new heights! Victoria was actually even able to name the planes (a Douglas DC-6, Douglas DC-3 and a Ford Trimotor apparently) a fact I’m not sure I’ve come to terms with just yet – impressive! We decided to fasten our seat-belts and jetted off to our local park where, sadly, there wasn’t a complimentary bag of peanuts in sight. Despite this, we made ourselves a runway and declared these outfits ready for take off! And yes, we are pretending to be planes in that photo. What of it?

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My Claudia dress* is classic Emily and Fin. I always love this shape as it’s nicely fitted and the capped raglan sleeves make me so happy. The full skirt is anything but plane (sorry) and has small box pleats which make it super flattering and perfect for twirling about in!  Also, it has pockets (for any complimentary peanuts that may come your way) which we all know is the key to my heart. Victoria, in her jazzy trousers and shirt combo, has truly stepped out of our Emily and Fin comfort zone! Fortunately, I’m pleased to report she hasn’t hit any fashion turbulence and looks fabulous! Her slim-fitting cropped Jamie Trousers* make for a pleasant departure (who doesn’t love a novelty print trouser?) from our usual frocks and they look (in my opinion) really rather high fashion when teamed with the Dreamy Deco Floral print  in the Lara Shirt*. It’s such a fab retro print and is available in dress form too.

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Thanks for the landing gear, Emily and Fin! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

J&V

Double Thumbs Dresses #86 *SALE SPECIAL*

Hi! it’s sale time again and I am totally ready for some bargains! So, without further ado, here is a pretty massive list of fabulous frocks that have previously been deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval but have now been deemed worthy enough to go in the sale. Enjoy!

If anything takes your fancy, just click the dress and it will take you to the website!

Double Thumbs Dresses #85 | Seaside print £32.50 (reduced from £65) by Emily and Fin at Aspire Style
Seaside print £32.50 (reduced from £65) by Emily and Fin at Aspire Style
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Deckchair Dress £32.50 (reduced from £65) by Emily and Fin at Aspire Style
Deckchair Dress £32.50 (reduced from £65) by Emily and Fin at Aspire Style
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Anyone For Tennis? £38.50 (Reduced from £70) from Emily and Fin
Anyone For Tennis? £38.50 (Reduced from £70) from Emily and Fin
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Swishy Mara Dress £26.85 (reduced from £89.50) from Boden. This dress is also available in black and white!
Swishy Mara Dress £26.85 (reduced from £89.50) from Boden. This dress is also available in black and white!
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Dolly Dress £27.80 (reduced from £69.50) from Boden. This dress is also available in red and blue!
Dolly Dress £27.80 (reduced from £69.50) from Boden. This dress is also available in red and blue!
Double Thumbs Dresses #86| Azalea Tunic Dress £29.85 (reduced from £99.50) from Boden
Azalea Tunic Dress £29.85 (reduced from £99.50) from Boden
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Sandra Boat Print Dress £14.75 (reduced from £58.50) from Aida Zak at Collectif
Sandra Boat Print Dress £14.75 (reduced from £58.50) from Aida Zak at Collectif
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Mary-Kate Dress £34 (reduced from £49) from Louche at Joy
Mary-Kate Dress £34 (reduced from £49) from Louche at Joy
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Contrast Trim Baby Doll Dress £26.50 (reduced from £38) from ASOS
Contrast Trim Baby Doll Dress £26.50 (reduced from £38) from ASOS
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Stripe Picnic Dress with Double Layer £35 (Reduced from £50) from ASOS
Stripe Picnic Dress with Double Layer £35 (Reduced from £50) from ASOS
Double Thumbs Dresses#86 | Graphic Print Mini Wiggle Dress £27 (Reduced from £45) from ASOS
Graphic Print Mini Wiggle Dress £27 (Reduced from £45) from ASOS
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Cactus Print Skater Dress £43 (Reduced from £85) from Yumi
Cactus Print Skater Dress £43 (Reduced from £85) from Yumi
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Lilah Embroidered Midi Shirt Dress £43 (Reduced from £85) from Yumi
Lilah Embroidered Midi Shirt Dress £43 (Reduced from £85) from Yumi
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Amalfi Coast Print Tunic Dress £15 (Reduced from £50) from Yumi
Amalfi Coast Print Tunic Dress £15 (Reduced from £50) from Yumi
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Flamingo Print Dress £20 (Reduced from £45) from River Island
Flamingo Print Dress £20 (Reduced from £45) from River Island
Double Thumbs Dresses #85 | Rust And Brown Triangle Shirt Dress £26.25 (Reduced from £35) from Dorothy Perkins
Rust And Brown Triangle Shirt Dress £26.25 (Reduced from £35) from Dorothy Perkins
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Mixed Lace Prom Dress £45 (Reduced from £79) from Warehouse
Mixed Lace Prom Dress £45 (Reduced from £79) from Warehouse
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Botanical Floral Shift Dress £20 (Reduced from £49) from Warehouse
Botanical Floral Shift Dress £20 (Reduced from £49) from Warehouse
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Holiday Lace Short Sleeve Dress £47.50 (Reduced from £95) by French Connection at John Lewis
Holiday Lace Short Sleeve Dress £47.50 (Reduced from £95) by French Connection at John Lewis
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Floral Dress with 3/4 Sleeves £17.50 (Reduced from £35) from La Redoute
Floral Dress with 3/4 Sleeves £17.50 (Reduced from £35) from La Redoute
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Sea View Dress £40 (Reduced from £60) from Cath Kidston
Sea View Dress £40 (Reduced from £60) from Cath Kidston
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Candy Stripe Dress £29.99 (Reduced from £59.99 ) from Fever
Candy Stripe Dress £29.99 (Reduced from £59.99 ) from Fever
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 |Pineapple Print Strappy Dress £6 (Reduced from £12) from Boohoo
Pineapple Print Strappy Dress £6 (Reduced from £12) from Boohoo
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Gayna Running Horse Shift Dress £29 (Reduced from £54) from Sugarhill Boutique
Gayna Running Horse Shift Dress £29 (Reduced from £54) from Sugarhill Boutique

Happy shopping!

Jx

Anyone for Tennis?

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We’ve been making such a racket about Emily and Fin’s sports collection for SO LONG. Seriously, we were lucky enough to have a sneaky peek last year, which you can watch in this vlog, and we’ve been desperate to get our hands on the collection ever since! Our favourites are the green Anyone for Tennis?* dress in the Lucy style and the red Abigail style Serve it Up* dress. There’s Novak denying, they are both incredible prints.

We really wanted to do the dresses justice, so we embraced our inner Venus and Serena, purchased some vintage tennis rackets (like you do) and wandered down to our local tennis club. In true She and Hem style, it turned out to be shut, so we got our tennis elbows out and had an impromptu game, and a lie down, in the park instead! Probably not what Sharapova gets up to in her spare time (and she’s got a lot of spare time), but we had lots of fun. Party at the net!

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In addition to our vintage rackets and yellow balls, we accessorised these fun dresses with a very game set of matching trainers from Superga* in Dusty Rose and Turquoise. Our super colourful textured jumpers seen above are from Louche at Joy*. You’ll definitely be seeing these outfits pop up in a little over two weeks for the start of Wimbledon. Come on Tim!

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V&Jx

Summer Smiles with Aspire Style

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Any regular readers will know how much we love Emily and Fin, so when the lovely ladies at Aspire Style asked us if we wanted to feature their new Summer range, we jumped at the chance! Not only that but they have very kindly offered us and our readers a wonderful 10% discount for the site, using code SHEANDHEM at the checkout. Apologies to your bank balance in advance!

If you want to try before you buy (and are local to Warwick, Stratford upon Avon, Oxford, Solihull or Coventry) we would definitely recommend popping into an Aspire Style store, which is what we did when we had a lovely city break away in Oxford! They have so much great stuff, we promise you won’t be disappointed!

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You can’t walk five minutes down the road in Bristol without finding an incredible mural or brightly coloured door, but we were particularly taken with this beach hut inspired green and white garage door.  So much so that we heaped praise onto the owner when he popped out of his house to jump into his car. He was rather chuffed! We hope you’ll agree that it was the perfect match for our Seaside* and Cornish Harbour* print dresses. The Cornish Harbour print is so gorgeous and we love the Seaside print so much that we now both own it! Can we also quickly mention how much we appreciate that all Emily and Fin dresses have pockets! It’s an absolute winner.

I (Victoria) wore the Seaside dress, which features a brilliant beach scene complete with sunbathing ladies, in the Lucy shape. This shape is so flattering, comfortable and easy to wear. I accessorised with pink brogues from New Look (similar available here), matching pink sunglasses from Boden* and clear tights from UK Tights*. My vintage radio bag is from Accessorize, although unfortunately it’s currently out of stock online. Jo decided to pick up the lovely shades of pink and blue in her colourful Cornish harbour and accessorised with pink sunglasses from Amazon, an ice cream bag from Skinny Dip (also out of stock but they always have winning novelty bags so don’t be too glum), a pink Boden belt* and baby blue brogues from M&S (similar available here). Not quite ready to brave a bare leg, white tights from UK Tights* were the order of the day.

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Huge thanks to Aspire Style for inviting us to style these beautiful frocks! Which is your fave? Let us know if you pick anything up and don’t forget to use the discount code SHEANDHEM ….

V&Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #78

Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval! Let’s crack on….

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | Deckchair Print Dress £65 by Emily and Fin at Aspire Style
Deckchair Print Dress £65 by Emily and Fin at Aspire Style

I think you all know how much we love Emily and Fin by now (a quick glance at their website will reveal we even have our own edit right now) so it’s no surprise to see them sitting pretty in the top spot this week. This divine deckchair print is oh so summery and I love the colour! So pretty! I’ve really been favouring their Scarlett shape (which you can find on Aspire Style) recently with the lovely button down detail, I find it really flattering and easy to wear. American readers (or those who just hate buttons) can find the same print in the Claudia shape over on Modcloth.

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | 'Carmela' Blue Swimmer Print Swing Dress £32 from Lindy Bop
‘Carmela’ Blue Swimmer Print Swing Dress £32 from Lindy Bop
Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | 'Bernice' Paris Border Swing Dress £45 from Lindy Bop
‘Bernice’ Paris Border Swing Dress £45 from Lindy Bop

Lovely Lindy Bop have also been adding fab new prints, like my bank account stands a chance of coping. I don’t know what it is with me and ‘swimmer’ prints recently but I seem to be spotting them left right and centre – clearly SS16s unsung trend. I’m loving them though so keep them coming! I’m also seriously swooning over that Parisian border. What an Eiffel!

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | Apples and Pears Cotton Pleat Front Dress £75 from Cath Kidston
Apples and Pears Cotton Pleat Front Dress £75 from Cath Kidston

We always love a fruity number from Cath Kidston and this apples and pears number is no exception. How lovely are those yellows and reds together? It makes me feel all nostalgic as I’m sure I had a similar print dress when I was a child. I really like the look of this new shape too, with a sweet cotton pleat-front style.

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | Floral Smocked Shift Dress £39.50 from Marks and Spencer
Floral Smocked Shift Dress £39.50 from Marks and Spencer

I am totally obsessed with this floral print from Marks and Spencer! I think the pops of yellow and blue along with that delightful lace waistband really make this dress stand out. Loving the long sleeves too! It’s just a bit pretty isn’t it?

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | Hartley Beach Scene Cotton Dress £49 from Sugarhill Boutique at John Lewis
Hartley Beach Scene Cotton Dress £49 from Sugarhill Boutique at John Lewis

An excellent novelty print from Sugarhill Boutique who have come over all seaside chic with this deckchair and seagull festooned frock. There are even some cheeky beach huts to be found! So adorable.

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | Ombre Ditsy Skater Dress £55 from Oasis
Ombre Ditsy Skater Dress £55 from Oasis

Last but not least we have this beautiful ombre floral affair from Oasis. I really love the sweet high neckline and the pleats are fab too. The print is really rather special and I am seriously swooning over the ombre detailing. It’s absolutely stunning.

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #74

Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval! Let’s crack on…

Elisha Zoo Dress £50 from Louche at Joy
Elisha Zoo Dress £50 from Louche at Joy

This Louche dress is so fantastically ridiculous that I actually burst out laughing when I first saw it! Look at it! It’s covered in animal heads (a happy to be here sort of head, not the ‘mounted on your wall for LOLZ’ sort) including pandas, racoons, cats, donkeys and elephants. You should probably snap it up faster than you can say “We Bought A Zoo”.

Desert Cranes $109.99 by Emily and Fin from Modcloth
Desert Cranes $109.99 (£76ish) by Emily and Fin from Modcloth

Just when we thought we couldn’t get any more excited about the new SS16 Emily and Fin collection this orange beauty appears on Modcloth! It’s SO gorgeous! How lovely are those cranes? It would be like wearing a sunset. Dreamy.

Printed Pleated Dress £69 from La Redoute
Printed Pleated Dress £69 from La Redoute
Floral Dress with 3/4 Sleeves £35 from La Redoute
Floral Dress with 3/4 Sleeves £35 from La Redoute
Striped Shift Dress £35 from La Redoute
Striped Shift Dress £35 from La Redoute

I somehow ended up stumbling onto the La Redoute website this week in search of something or other. I used to love flicking through their catalogs as a moody teenager but I must admit I hadn’t really given them much thought in recent years. Turns out I’ve been missing out!  I discovered page after page of rather lovely dresses at pretty reasonable prices. MY FAVE! There are some really fresh frocks that would be perfect for Spring and also some nice bits of vintage detailing. I think the top frock is quite Orla Kielyesque, no? Click on the dress for direct links….

Skater Dress in Ponte with Collar and Ruffle Detail £28 from ASOS
Skater Dress in Ponte with Collar and Ruffle Detail £28 from ASOS

I adore a red dress and this little ASOS skater dress looks to be smoking hot! I love the ruffle neckline detailing and the collar is super cute.

Coppelia Embellished Ballet Tulle Dress £130 by Needle & Thread at ASOS
Coppelia Embellished Ballet Tulle Dress £130 by Needle & Thread at ASOS

Someone needs to keep me the heck away from Needle & Thread because seriously, I just want it all! This floaty pink tulle ballet number of my dreams is oh so pretty and sparkly. It would make a darn great bridesmaid dress too *sigh*.

Tweed Dress with Layered Skirt £49.99 from Zara
Tweed Dress with Layered Skirt £49.99 from Zara

Last but not least we are going all chic-and-Chanel in this tweed affair from Zara. I’m so down with that big black bow and the whole thing is just rather classy isn’t it?

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #73

Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval! Let’s crack on…

White floral print frilly dress £55 from River Island
White floral print frilly dress £55 from River Island
White lace jacquard sleeveless dress £65 from River Island
White lace jacquard sleeveless dress £65 from River Island

I’ve really been loving River Island lately! They’ve been adding so many dreamy SS16 pieces to their website that I seem to be adding to my wishlist on a daily basis (weirdly I can never find anything in store though). With an abundance of polkadots, organza, floral and lace between them, these two beauts are my current picks of the bunch.

Abderdy Belted Oar Print Dress £49.50 from Jack Wills
Abderdy Belted Oar Print Dress £49.50 from Jack Wills

I’m just going to stick my oar in and declare how much I enjoy this new nautical print by Jack Wills. It’s a lovely summery affair with a full skirt and fit and flare shape but, thankfully, I think it would look just as nice with a bright cardigan and some thick woolly tights.

Lydia Cherry Jacquard Dress £55 by Sugarhill Boutique at John Lewis
Lydia Cherry Jacquard Dress £55 by Sugarhill Boutique at John Lewis

You can’t beat a sweet cherry and this super pretty print from Sugarhill Boutique is a real fruity number. The delicate pinks and greys look gorgeous set against the white of this textured dress.

Synchronised Swimmers Dress £75 by Emily and Fin at Aspire Style/Modcloth
Synchronised Swimmers Dress £75 by Emily and Fin at Aspire Style/Modcloth

You might recognise this fun frock from our previous style post (which you should totally read as it includes the chance to win a £50 Aspire Style voucher)! It’s one of my absolute favourites from the new Emily and Fin collection – the print is just perfection! It’s available from Aspire Style and, for our American pals, Modcloth.

Lace Shirt Dress £99 from Warehouse
Lace Shirt Dress £99 from Warehouse

This lace shirt dress from Warehouse is the stuff of dreams. Argh it’s SO pretty! I love the shirt detailing at the top with the little collar. And then that lace overlay! Stunning.

Pink Peony Printed Lace Insert Gown £350 from Needle & Thread at Libery
Pink Peony Printed Lace Insert Gown £350 from Needle & Thread at Libery

Speaking of dreaming….I am probably never going to own this beautiful Needle & Thread dress but gosh darn isn’t it something? It looks like it would have excellent wafting abilities and that fabulous floral peony print with the little lace inserts is just wonderful. Sigh.

Jx

Boat Trips with Aspire Style

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Ahoy there! The lovely folk at Aspire Style have kindly invited us to take part in their latest Blogger Style Challenge. We were given the not-so-arduous task of choosing and styling a dress from their wonderful selection. As massive Emily and Fin fans, we couldn’t resist nabbing a couple of their newest fabulous prints. Aren’t they lovely? As regular readers will know, we do love to match our outfits to the local scenery, so we ventured on down to the colourful harbourside in search of the perfect shooting place.

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Boat Trips with Aspire Style | She and Hem | Bristol

We found the ideal location in the form of a cute boat trip office near to the SS. Great Britain. If you’ve ever been to Bristol, you will know that we are BIG on boat trips here. I (Victoria) even incorporated one into my wedding day! To celebrate this, I chose the glorious vintage inspired sailboat print Isobel Dress*, then went a bit potty for pastels with a pink 50’s cardigan from Boden* and matching pink brogues from New Look. Although Spring has officially sprung, it was a little windy around the water, so I accessorised sensibly with white woolly tights from UK Tights. My pink belt is from Primark, although it is no longer available – I’m afraid that ship has sailed.

Jo’s Jenny dress* is covered in such a super synchronised swimmer print that she was getting compliments all day long. We both completely fell in love with the flattering cut of the dress and the contrasting blue buttons. You’ll definitely be seeing us in more of the Jenny cuts, they are so beautiful – we are going to dive right in! Jo teamed her swimmers with a pop of metalic with silver flats from Topshop and vintage silver belt. Her fabulous flamingo cardigan is from Bryony and Co* and her polkadot tights are from…you guessed it, UK Tights. They go swimmingly well together indeed!

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If you would like to chuck us a cheeky vote then head on over to the Aspire Style Facebook page! To vote, simply like and comment on our photo. As an added incentive, everyone who votes gets the chance to win a £50 Aspire Style voucher. Voting closes on March 28th!

V&Jx