Accessories to Murder #20

Hello and welcome to the 20th Accessories to Murder! Are you ready to delve into the world of amazing accessories? Excellent! Without further ado, here are the accessories that have made it onto this week’s She and Hem’s Most Wanted. Warning: this one includes an amazing Zara bargain. Happy shopping!

Accessories to Murder #20 | She and Hem | Gin Bag
Glitter Gin Bottle Clutch Handbag | £100 | Luna on the Moon

Would you just look at this Gin Clutch! It really makes me grin, because it’s just all kinds of win. It’s not made out of tin, so don’t throw it in the bin. So, tell your next of kin that it’s got me in a spin. I knew my English degree would come in handy sooner or later… Luna on the Moon has so many incredible bags, and you can find them all over on Etsy.

Accessories to Murder #20 | She and Hem | Red Bag Zara
Red Tote | Was £22.99 Now £9.99 | Zara

This is not a red herring. Oh no, it’s not all novelty prints and quirky patterns here at She and Hem, as we are also pretty potty about a pop of bright colour! February is all about red, so thank you Zara for reducing this tote-ally great bag down to £9.99!

Accessories to Murder #20 | She and Hem | Hot Air Balloon Necklace
Hot Air Balloon Necklace | £18 | Joy

Living in Bristol, it’s difficult to get through the day without spotting at least one hot air balloon floating above the city’s colourful houses. This Hot Air Balloon Necklace from Joy would be perfect to wear to the next Bristol Balloon Fiesta, as we always like to dress appropriately (see here), with as many novelty hot air balloon items we can possibly find!

Accessories to Murder #20 | She and Hem | Joy Acorn Earrings
Acorn Earrings | £15 | Joy

Also over at Joy are these mega cute Acorn Earrings from Dublin based jewellers Artysmarty. Although Bristol doesn’t (yet) have an Acorn Festival, I think they are still an essential purchase. There is nothing corny about them, they’re just nuttily good!

Accessories to Murder #20 | She and Hem | H&M Glittery Trainers
Silver Glittery Trainers | H&M | £24.99

I’ve never been a big trainer fan, as I’ve always found them really hard to style successfully, especially with my beloved dresses. This all changed last year when a pair of sunshine yellow Superga’s came into my life. Since then I’ve jumped fully on board the trainer train, and my final destination are these incredible, sparkly H&M Silver Glittery Trainers.

Accessories to Murder #20 | She and Hem | Avocado Phone Case Skinnydip
Googly Avo iPhone Case | £15 | Skinnydip via Topshop

Let’s all avocuddle and admire the last item for a moment. It really calls out to me as I am always within arms reach of both my phone and a juicy avocado. This googly eyed Avocado Phone Case is yet another Skinnydip gem, currently in Topshop. Did I mention it has googly eyes? It has googly eyes. And I, for one, am completely goggle-eyed for this little gem.

Until next week, keep accessorizing!

Vx

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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Accessories to Murder #10 Christmas Special

There are only 3 sleeps until Christmas, so it’s the perfect time to have a brand spanking new Accessories to Murder. We’ve only gone and made it a Christmas Special! An early gift to our fabulous Hemsters and maybe some inspiration for any last minute gifts you need!  If you are anything like me you will be SO ready for a few days off to relax and indulge in mince pies, toffee pennies and my new favourite tipple, mulled cider. Joyeux Noël!

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Flashing Light Necklace, £6, Claire’s.

Now, I know it’s a bit of a faff wearing batteries as part of your outfit (don’t ask how!), but stay with me here, as this necklace exemplifies Christmas. This fully functioning flashing light necklace won’t be hard to accessorize with your Christmas outfit as it has not one but three settings.

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Gingerbread Man Earrings, £16.02, Etsy.

Just how cute are these little fellas from Pixie Hearts via Etsy? These ginger guys will certainly brighten up these chilly December evenings. They are made to order, so if you have a bit of a sweet tooth (or ear…), get your orders in asap! If it’s too late to order for this year, why not be super organised and grab some for 2014?

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Pom Pom Beanie, £10, Next

I’ve been looking for a cute beanie to wear over winter for a while now and I think I found the perfect knitted wonder in Next while I was Christmas shopping this weekend, and thought I should share it with you! It is Christmassy, but unlike the light necklace, you won’t look a little bonkers wearing it come January. Continue reading Accessories to Murder #10 Christmas Special

Accessories to Murder #8

Hi Hemsters! Sorry it has been a pretty inexcusably long time since Accessories to Murder #7, I was swept away in a blustering sea of sale shopping and summer holiday japes and have neglected last months adorable accessories somewhat. Anguish no longer as I am back in the glittery saddle ready to ride off into the shimmering sunset of stylish stuff!

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Ferret Ankle Socks, £3.50, Topshop.

As all worthy fashion bloggers know, Topshop are fun sock pioneers. Their 3 pairs for £8 deal is often too hard to resist, and with socks as impressive as these frisky ferret beauties above, why would you want to? Add the pheasant and mallard versions to your sock drawer too and your feet will really thank you.

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Hot Dog Scarf, £18.00, ASOS.

Sticking with the animal theme for a moment, I give you this paw-some ASOS hot dog scarf. If you are feeling a little ruff, wrapping up in this chunky knit scarf won’t make you hot under the collar. Although, If you are looking for something a little lighter to wear before the weather gets all arctic and icky, Oliver Bonas take a bow(wow)…Check out their take on the canine trend below.

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Buster Sausage Dog Scarf, £18.00, Oliver Bonas.

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Accessories to Murder #7 Bag Special

If you are anything like me then you’ll like to have different bags for different occasions depending on what you need to take along with you. For instance, I’m not going to take my Zatchel or rucksack (seen here and here) for a meal out, but they would be perfect for a day trip or a night away from home.

There are some fantastic bags around at the moment, of all shapes and sizes, and lots of them just so happen to be in the sale! Such as this cute Yumi satchel below, which is half price on the House of Fraser website.

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Floral Satchel, £20 (was £40), Yumi, via House of Fraser.

Another sale item, also half price, is this super cute box clutch bag from Oasis. It comes in several colours, but my favourite is the green and silver beauty. It is really small, so you wouldn’t be able to fit any emergency chocolate in there, but there will be room for your purse, phone and a cheeky picture of Ryan Gosling.

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Box Clutch Bag, £15 (was £30), Oasis.

If you are looking for something slightly bigger than the box clutch, maybe to use as a small day bag, I would go for this fun owl satchel. It’s a real hoot! It’s novelty without being too childish and has the all important across body strap. It’s not in the sale, but if you are a student Accessorize are offering 10% student discount for a limited time only. You can enter your details for a voucher code here.

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Owl Satchel, £25, Accessorize.

Bigger still in the bag department is this foxy little number from Accessorize, who’s looking for a new home. If I hadn’t recently bought a rucksack I would snap this up, especially as it comes in my favourite accessory colour, tan, so it goes with anything and everything. It is really roomy, has lots of pockets and it quite possibly the loveliest looking rucksack I’ve ever seen.

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Fox Rucksack, £32, Accessorize.

If it is a rucksack you are after, but like me you have spent all of your pennies on ice cream, here are a couple from Peacocks which are  slightly cheaper. I am very pleasantly surprised by the range of bags that Peacocks has to offer at the moment, especially the rucksacks which come in several lovely patterns and colours. My mum used to drag me to Peacocks, but now I’m excited to pay a visit this weekend to see what I can find.

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Printed Rucksack, £12, Peacocks.
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Bird Rucksack, £15, Peacocks.

Last week I stumbled upon the amazing, eco-friendly Ceridwen Hazelchild Design. Designing from a little studio in the heart of the Cotswolds, Ceridwen’s designs are distinctive, unique and thoroughly charming. There are 53 items for sale in her Etsy shop, which I wholeheartededly recommend checking out, especially as it is so reasonably priced. I really cannot choose my favourite bag, as everytime I look I change my mind as they are all so fantastic! Here are my current top 3 picks.

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Blue Typewriter Illustration Eco Cotton Tote Bag, £5.99, Etsy.
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Badger Illustration Cotton Tote Bag, £5.99, Etsy.
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Three Garden Gnomes Illustration Eco Cotton Tote Bag, £5.99, Etsy.

Hopefully one of these will be just your bag!

V x

Accessories to Murder #6

The sun has got his hat on, but unfortunately it’s sold out everywhere, so I won’t feature it this weeks in A2M6!

The past six weeks of Accessories to Murder have flown by, a lot like the little girl hanging from the delightful balloon brooch pictured below. This beautiful brooch was handmade by MyBearHands, who has an absolutely cracking collection on Etsy. I really love all of the goodies in this collection and have my eye on several of the necklaces.

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Fly Away balloon brooch, £18.00, MyBearHands via Etsy.

Oliver Bonas seems to have mastered something which I thought was impossible, and that is how to successfully sell clothes, accessories, homeware, furniture and gifts all under one roof. They do it, and they do it well. I can’t think of another shop where I would actively seek to buy both a pretty summer dress and a wooden bedside cabinet. I’ll certainly be spending a lot of time there at the moment because they have a fantastic sale, which includes this little beauty. For under £10 you should definitely try and grab an antelope necklace before he leaps off!

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Antelope Enamel Necklace, £9, Oliver Bonas.

Sticking with the animal theme for a moment, I give you this sleek fox belt from Yumi (who also have a great sale on!). I’m on the lookout for great belts, as I always seem to stick to my trusty waist cincher from Dorothy Perkins, so this foxy number really caught my eye. It’s very versatile and comes in black or brown.

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Fox Belt, £12, Yumi.

The last animal inspired accessory is an item that every girl should own. Never again will you have to be more than an arms length away from a quick G&T fix with this zoo themed hip flask from Topshop. It’s so fun, so flamin-go and get one!

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Zebra Hip Flask, £20, Topshop.

So, you are going to need somewhere to store that sneaky tipple. Here are my current top two bags of the moment. A lovely red structured bag with a scalloped trim and handy handle from Glasgow based Hey Sailor, and an absurdly pretty vintage inspired clutch from Oh My Love. Oh how I love it!

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Fit for a lady bag, £22, Hey Sailor.
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Monday I’m in Love Vintage Rose Clutch Bag, £15, Oh My Love.

Have a glorious weekend in the sunshine,

V x

Accessories to Murder #4

Good evening everyone! Victoria is usually the Queen of  the to die for accessories but sadly for us she has had to don the ultimate accessory, her marigolds. Good luck with the big clean, V! Instead, for one week and one week only, I am the one to take you down this dangerous (for your bank balance) path towards Accessories to Murder.

Tropical Butterfly Feather Hair Clip £3.50 (each) from Beauxoxo

First up we have these absolutely beautiful, and rather realistic, butterfly hair accessories from Beauxoxo. I think there’s something rather magical about them and I love how the model is wearing a veritable *looks up collective noun for butterflies* rabble of them in her hair, producing a rather ethereal effect.  They come in a range of different styles, sizes and colours to suit your taste and are sold individually. I’m think they would make a super pretty addition to a summer wedding outfit!

Cat Face Locket by Bonbi Forest £5.70 (was £19) at Soma Gallery

Bonbi Forest make some pretty darn awesome stuff and this original illustration locket is no exception. The gold necklace contrasting with the cat’s face is absolutely stunning and I love the little bow. It’s currently on sale at the wonderful Bristol based Soma Gallery which makes it a must for all cat loving necklace enthusiasts.

Owl Wooden Collar Clips £12 from Ladybirdlikes

I am lucky enough to own these head turning collar clips from Ladybirdlikes and I can’t tell you the amount of compliments they receive! I was slightly scpetical of collar clips as they aren’t something I had ever really considered as ‘being me’ but now that I’ve started I can’t stop! They really do jazz up a shirt and given my love for all things collar related,  it only makes sense that I would enjoy adorning them with novelty animals.

Blue Milkshake Ankle Socks £3.50 from Topshop

Topshop sure know their fun hosiery and I have a serious crusha on these milkshake print socks. I dairy you to find a better pair to keep your lac-toes warm. Well, I think it’s safe to say I’ve milked that for all it’s worth. In summary: great socks.

Icelolly Necklace £2.50 from Kukee

Time for something refreshing in the form of these rather cool icelolly necklaces from Kukee. I love the amount of detail they have included, especially those little bites. I think the yellow one is my favourite but it’s a close run thing! One things for certain, these necklaces might be as sweet as candy but they sure are as cheap as chips.

I Like You More Than Cheese on Toast Badge £9 by Alice Shields from Objets de Desir

And last but not least is this wonderful brooch from Alice Shields (check her out – she’s incredible!) who thinks it’s totally OK to prefer people to cheese on toast, which it isn’t Alice. It isn’t. Beans on toast maybe but cheese? No way. The brooch is great though so I will let you off this time. You can get your hands on one by visiting the Objets de Désir website which we just so happened to blog about last week! Neat!

I’m off to eat some cheese on toast now.

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #7

Break out your Sunday best, I’m here with a slightly later than usual round up of the dresses worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs Up seal of approval.  I shan’t keep you any longer….

Up, Up, and Adorable Dress $79.99 (£52) from Modcloth

I know I have a tendency to get carried away but it was luft at first sight when I saw this appear on Modcloth! I need this dress so much I could pop! My ego would be seriously inflated wearing this. OK, that’s probably enough of that now.

Sweet Spring Time £29.67 from Lovely Melody Clothing

I discovered Lovely Melody Clothing over on Paige’s blog and, just like Paige, fell in love with their collection of gorgeous girly dresses. Their Etsy page is an absolute wonderland of vintage inspired treasures and it was quite the task to just pick one to feature! I eventually settled on this tie back, fairyland and candy print number due to the fact it contains not just cake but also a merry-go-round. Seriously, what more do you people want?

Kelly Tie Waist Button Through Floral Skater £20 from Boohoo

Two pieces appear to be making an unlikely comeback, which frightens me and my appendix scar no end I can tell you. This tie waist dress from Boohoo might just be the answer I’ve been looking for as it reveals just the faintest bit of flesh around the old belly button area, giving the illusion of a two piece but without the commitment! I adore that bold floral print and, at £20, it’s a bit of a bargain too.

South Teapot Print Dress £39 from Very

This isn’t the best quality picture of  Very‘s teapot print dress, but trust me when I say you’ll feel like royal tea in this beauty. I just love the detailing in the print with those little teapots, teacups and saucers. With the flattering cut designed to cover one lump or two, this dress is just my cup of tea.

Unico Fluro Contrast Dress £42 from Lashes of London

This gorgeous pastel unicorn print dress is just so childish and reminiscent of My Little Pony that it’s making me want to crack open the Cherryade and play ‘Pass the parcel’. However, those childish memories are long forgotten once you turn the dress around and see the backless wonder, which includes a wonderful gold heart, that awaits you!  I make that two Double Thumbs weeks on the trot for Lashes of London, sterling work.

Daisy Dress £39.50 from Marks and Spencers

You’ll be the pick of the bunch in this rather spiffing daisy print dress from M&S‘ Limited Collection. I would personally describe this as the perfect work dress. It’s a good length and neckline for both flattering you and keeping you smart, it has hidden pockets and, don’t quote me on this, Limited Collection dresses are usually good to wear without ironing! I love everything about the daisy print and am pretty darn excited about the flared hem too.

Jx

Accessories to Murder #3

Welcome to the third installment of Accessories to Murder. We’ve got an eclectic bunch for you this week, so let’s crack on!

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Embroidered Kitty Flats, £16.39, Em and Sprout, via Etsy.

Paws for a minute! These are not your average mary janes. These Em and Sprout cat flats are cute and fun, without being too childish. Wearing a fun shoe (or two) is a mega easy way to add some personality to an outfit and leave you feline great. I could probably get away with these at work, whereas a cat dress would be a big no no… my boss would get really catty! They look super soft and I’m a big fan of the buckles. If you already own too many black shoes, they also come in red.

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Cat Face Socks, £10, Urban Outfitters.

So we wouldn’t recommend you wear these cat items together, but we’d certainly want to be your friend if you did. I imagine it’s quite hard to make enemies when you have a curious cat on each knee cap. These grey knee high socks from Urban Outfitters are pretty special, and are an affordable £10, or £9 if you have an NUS card. If you are adventurous enough to try patterned knee highs, I think these would be a good place to start.

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Personalised Instagram Camera Necklace, £11.80, Tyndall’s Polymerclay.
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Personalised Instagram Camera Necklace, £11.80, Tyndall’s Polymerclay.

Time to expose an awesome necklace. We are big fans of Instagram (check us out here), and love the idea of having one of our Instagram pictures incorporated into a necklace. If you’re feeling a little  negative and don’t fancy having a personalised version, they also make an Instagram necklace without a picture for £8.52. You have to love Etsy with their crazy pricing, great for snapping a bargain. I think this would make a thoughtful unique gift for a instagramming  friend, especially as it comes in a lovely gift box. You could always ask for a photo of a cat or Ryan Gosling instead…

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Animal Farm Earrings, £10.49, Designs By Annette

Designs By Annette make some fantastic earrings, and even though I don’t wear earrings and Animal Farm has caused me A LOT of stress over the years, I picked these to feature because they are pretty darn cool. Also, I love jewellery that’s different and you know that nobody else will be wearing. So much effort has gone into designing and creating every pair of earrings on Annette’s Etsy site, that it would be a crime not show you a few more. If you don’t like these, I promise you there will be something you do like.

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Cake and Tea Earrings, £13.11, Designs By Annette.
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Vintage Record Player Earrings, £11.14, Designs By Annette.

Perfect to wear to The Bristol Balloon Fiesta, this hot air balloon pendant below will have you floating on air. A friend wore this recently and I thought the balloon’s  pastel colours looked simple, yet summery. The ASOS necklace has an adjustable gold-tone chain, which is fantastic as you can change the length of the necklace depending on what you are wearing.

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Pieces Gania Balloon Pendant Necklace, £12, ASOS.
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Pieces Gania Balloon Pendant Necklace, £12, ASOS.

That’s all for now accessory fans,

V x