Hem and Away: Seattle Days #3,4 & 5

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RECAP: I (Jo) am currently on vacation in Seattle! I thought it might be fun to try and keep a little holiday diary of sorts, a travelog if you will. You can read about Day 1 here and Day 2 here! So sit back and grab a cup of coffee, She and Hem is going Stateside.20130811-201211.jpg

Wednesday marked the beginning of the three days of this trip which I would be spending on my own. I know for a lot of people being alone on holiday would be a great chance to indulge in doing things that only you want to do, but I am not one of those people. I am much happier exploring in a couple or as part of a group! With that in mind,  I  have decided to amalgamate the highlights from days 3, 4  & 5 as I spent most of my time watching Boy Meets World, swimming in the hotel pool and eating. I know, pretty awful right?

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One of the highlights of my time alone came when I decided to grab my book (The Humans by the excellent Matt Haig, book lovers) and head to the International Fountain. Like a number of Seattle’s attractions, the fountain was originally built for the 1962 World’s fair but was completely replaced in 1995 to be what it is today. I can best describe it as a ginormous great bowl in which rests a giant silver dome that spurts out water in all directions, in time to music. It would be quite the spectacle on its own but on such a gloriously hot day it really was incredible fun watching hundreds of children (and adults) frolic about trying to dodge the water. I, rather naively, didn’t realise at first that the dome would be changing up its routine and gaily sat upon the edge of the bowl and cracked open my book. After a few moments appreciating the lovely mist that was landing on me, I found myself getting completely drenched, much to the amusement of the people near me (and to me too), and had to skedaddle to safer ground! It was brilliant! I also jumped the first time the central ‘super-shooter’ shot water out over 100 feet in the air, complete with dramatic boom!

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One evening, after James returned from work, we decided to take a walk up (and up and up and up) to Kerry Park to watch the sunset. As we were a little early, we decided to head to Molly Moon’s, which had come highly recommended from a number of people. After my incredible ice-cream experience at Mora’s on Day 2, I was well up for some more cold creamery creations! After a lot of deliberating, I went for a scoop of balsamic strawberry, whereas James went for Earl Grey. Both were mind-blowingly fantastic and I am now convinced that Seattle should be known as the ice-cream capital of the world! We are definitely going to be heading back up the hill to try out some more of their flavours!

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Dress from Ever Ours (click for link)

With that, we walked back to Kerry Park to watch the most impossibly perfect sunset. We weren’t alone, it’s quite the destination for tourists as you get the postcard perfect view of Seattle’s famous  skyline.

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As well as watching Boy Meets World, another television highlight was spotting myself on Broadchurch! It was incredibly bizarre to see myself on TV in America, even if it was only for 10 seconds!

Jx

She and Home: Clifton Club Fashion Tweetup

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Photo by Vikroria Kuti

On Wednesday, we attended the very first Bristol Fashion Tweetup (follow on Twitter here) at the rather grand Clifton Club, in Bristol. The event was organised by Jo, the founder of Handbags from Heaven, a wonderful website that lets you hire designer handbags!

We had a wonderful time schmoozing and boozing with other Bristol creatives, including fellow bloggers, photographers and wedding helpers! It was really interesting and inspiring to hear about what other people are up to and what their inspirations and aspirations are. There was a really relaxed and friendly atmosphere, meaning we could all just happily chat away.

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Zoltan Nagy

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Kirsten The Little Wedding Helper and Jo from Handbags from Heaven
Kirsten The Little Wedding Helper and Jo from Handbags from Heaven

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Photo by Zoltan Nagy

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Photo by Jo from Handbags from Heaven

We, correctly, anticipated the Clifton Club might be a little too dark to take decent outfit photos with my camer so we stopped off at our favourite Crescent (honestly, who doesn’t have a favourite Crescent?) and took some pics! The best moment was definitely when an adorable dog gate-crashed our little photo session!

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Victoria – I wore a mustard New Look heart print shift dress. I had won this dress on Ebay, forgotten all about it and it coincidentally arrived that day, so I considered it a sign to wear it to the event. I was drawn to its super cute frilly sleeves and lush collar. I teamed it with navy tights from ever faithful Topshop and my amazing tan George shoes. I cannot express how much I love these shoes. I purchased them about 6 years ago and they have stayed in such good condition considering that they are my ‘go to’ heeled shoe for most outfits.  They are so comfortable and the perfect size, as I’m a tricky size 6.5! My sparkly blue ring (seen below) is from Accessorize, and the matching nail varnish is Azure by Rimmel.

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Jo – I wore a really gorgeous red and white floral summer dress from Ever Ours. The first time this went on sale it sold out before I could even open my purse! I checked the website every day until it came back into stock and completed the swiftest check out on record. It was worth the effort as it’s such a pretty frock. I teamed it with black heart print tights from Primark and my ever faithful white Topshop shoes, that I actually can’t stop wearing. I’ve even bought them in navy now, just to give my feet a little change. My mustard blazer is also from Topshop.

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If you are in the area, you should definitely come along to the next one!

J&V x

She and Home: Objets De Désir

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Last Wednesday we hopped on down to the opening of Objets De Désir, a new pop up shop in Bristol, that will be selling its wares until July 18th. This lovely new boutique is the brain child of Rachel Drake, who has lovingly selected new and established designers in order to create a collection of unique, fun and beautiful lifestyle products. The shop is a virtual Aladdin’s Cave of delightful jewellery, adorable accessories and homeware and some of the best darn owls you will ever see! Despite being a Bristol based pop-up shop, Objets De Désir is a new online boutique allowing you all to enjoy their handpicked selection of emerging designers and artists.

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On arrival we were greeted by the lovely Rachel, who was super enthusiastic about her new venture and very kindly presented us each with a glass of bubbly and a delightful goody bag (more on that later!). We then had a little browse and fell in love with everything! To our surprise we also bumped into the lovely Pandora, from Petit Dora, who we had previously met at the Crafty Blogger Meet. It was lovely to see her again, and to make a new friend in Bristol based blogger Michelle from Eclectic Threads. Check out their blogs to see their thoughts on Objets De Désir.

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Victoria: After work on Wednesday I rushed home excitedly and pulled out this peach and tan Primark dress from my overflowing wardrobe. It was a warm evening, so I wanted something to wear that I didn’t need a coat with, and this fitted the bill perfectly. I love the clash of colours on this dress, the long statement zip on the back, and I’m a big fan of any dress with which has sleeves. My stripy brown tights are from M&S, and the amazing nail varnish featured in the second picture is from Nails Inc. I’ve never worn a nail varnish which has had so many compliments, it is such a versatile shade.

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Jo: In typical Workwear Wednesday style, I headed down into town straight from work. This outfit is slightly jazzier than my usual efforts but as I knew I was going to be schmoozing and boozing I decided to push the boundaries. I love this shirt dress from M&S Limited Collection, I think the design is really unusual and I love the 60’s influences. I accessorised it with collar clips from Ever Ours, which were actually a free gift when I bought something else! I also decided it was the day to break our my new giraffe tights from Topshop! Turns out if you wear giraffes on your legs the world and his wife will stop you to talk about them! They are pretty great though. My boots are from Urban Outfitters.

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So! After all that hard shopping, chatting and a couple of glasses of bubbly, we decided the night was still young and went for a cheeky G&T at The Big Chill. Here, we delved into our awesome goody bags which came in the form of a wonderful Deborah Ballinger tote bag. Each bag contained a few of the lovely items on sale in the shop, which was a lovely touch. We were both over the moon to discover that we each had been given the Rachel Loves Bob necklace that we had been eyeing up earlier, a Little Seeds owl magnet, an Alice Shields Brooch and some beautiful cards.

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Thank you to Rachel for such a wonderful evening and such a generous bag of delights. Good luck with your new venture. We will no doubt be back very soon, as we have our eye on many an owl.

V & J

Hem and Away: Manchester & Knutsford

This weekend the boy and I ventured North in order to see The Postal Service at Manchester Academy. I decided this was the perfect opportunity to break out my beloved Nishe hot air balloon dress from ASOS. I don’t really need much encouragement as it’s so much fun and I absolutely love wearing it.  There was no attempt at blending into the crowd for me as I teamed it with a bright yellow cardigan from Gap, spotty tights from M&S and my new Topshop shoes (yes I know, who wears new white shoes to a gig? I’m an idiot).

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On the Sunday we went to Knutsford for a family roast dinner. We were slightly early so decided to take this opportunity to have a little explore. Little did we know that we were about to discover the holy grail for penny-farthing enthusiasts in the form of The Courtyard Coffee House and Restaurant, also known as the home of the largest collection of penny-farthings. How could we resist such an opportunity? We didn’t have much time left but decided to take a seat in the courtyard and order a hot drink. It was very difficult to abstain from eating the many delicious cakes on offer but we knew our hosts wouldn’t be thrilled if we turned up with no appetite left!

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It was a jolly great and unexpected way to spend our Sunday morning! It was such a charming place and I absolutely cannot wait to go back and try out the menu properly. I wore my umbrella print blouse from Ever Ours and my jeans are from Topshop.

Roll on the Bank Holiday weekend!

Jx

Blouse power

Oh pretty blouses, why has it taken me so long to discover you?  I follow a lot (seriously, it’s obscene) of OOTD blogs, instagrams and tweets and recently blouses just seem to be popping up here there and everywhere. They are being worn with the obvious shorts/skirts/trousers combos but more excitingly to me they look so great teamed with cute pinafores and under dresses. My eyes have been opened to a whole new world of blouse wearing! Plus they look just as good being worn for work as they do for play. The blouse, dear reader, is an all rounder.

I finally took the plunge into blouse world after seeing this one from Ever Ours featured by Amy from The Little Magpie blog. Once I visited the Ever Ours website I went on a bit of a blouse buying frenzy and had to have a little sit down and a cup of tea afterwards. That website is full of such lovely things!

Umbrella Peter Pan Collar Blouse from Ever Ours

I mean seriously, this blouse has umbrellas on it and possibly the greatest collar I’ve ever seen and it’s only £18! What’s not to love?

After all this excitement, Victoria and I went on a little blouse wearing excursion over the bank holiday weekend. It was at this point we discovered that they are the perfect thing to throw on after a long day of basking in the sunshine.

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Victoria’s puuurfect blouse (sorry) is from Modcloth and she wore it with shorts from Dorothy Perkins, tights from M&S, a satchel from Florence & Fred and shoes from H&M.  My heart print blouse is from Ever Ours and I wore it with a skirt from Bath based boutique Instant Vintage, an M&S satchel and shoes from Shellys.

 I am now trying to track down the perfect pinafore to wear with my new purchases!

Jx