Don’t drop your phone in the Bath….

She and Hem | Huawei | Bath Day Out

What happens when you challenge two bloggers to have a swell day out on a £100 budget? They have a day full of macaroons, mulled wine and markets of course!

We recently accepted a challenge set by Huawei, who are celebrating the launch of the Ascend Y550 smartphone, to show what we consider to be an excellent day out in the UK. We both quickly agreed that a day trip to Bath would be just the ticket! Bath is one of our favourite places in the South West, especially at Christmas time when the city comes alive thanks to the sights and smells of the Bath Christmas Markets. Bath is truly buzzing, but this isn’t just due to the markets, oh no, there is so much more to see…

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We started the day the only way we know how, coffee and cake (and smashed avocado on toast, obvs). Having only previously been to the recently opened Colonna and Hunter for a cheeky 1/3, we decided to pay them an early morning visit as we had heard wonderful things about their food. We planned our day over a couple of flat whites and, as you can see, with all that caffeine our ‘To Do’ list got a little bit ambitious! Although, apart from the cat cuddling, I think we managed to tick everything off! We apologise to all of the cats of Bath that didn’t get cuddles that day…our bad. We then went for a little stroll around the Royal Crescent to pick out our future estates and then, after at least 12 minutes of exercise, we were swiftly back into the other Colonna, Colonna and Small’s, for more caffeine. It’s a hard life.

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One of the highlights of our bonza Bath day was the wonderful Bath Artisan Market, where we finally had chance to meet Amy Laws (there’s only one, after all), a lovely and super talented lady whose dresses we often feature on She and Hem! They are so blooming good! Unfortunately it was the last market of the year but, never fear, they start again in February and we would totally recommend that you pop along if you are ever browsing in Bath. We’ll be dreaming of those mincepie macaroons from Marilyn’s for a very long time to come (thankfully we bought quite a few to keep us going!) and Oscar the cat by Ben Rothery is now at the very top of our Christmas lists (see, we did cuddle a cat after all!). It was then time for a delicious roast and a mulled cider at the Bath Brew House before heading off in search of more festive frivolity!

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We rounded off our day with a look around the lovely Bath Christmas Market, which had quietened down after a busy day of trading. Bath is such a picturesque city anyway but exploring the 170(ish, apparently) wooden chalets selling everything from local cheeses to wooden ties is a charming experience and, with a mulled wine in hand, a lovely way to spend a crisp December evening. We left laiden with goodies from Speckled Wood, My Bear Hands and some yummy blackcurrant rum liqueur from Friary Liqueurs. A merry Christmas indeed!

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Do you think you could have a better time than we did for £100? I know it’s QUITE the ask but the very kind people at Huawei are feeling the Christmas spirit (or perhaps have just been drinking them) as they would like to offer one of you the chance to win your own super stylish Ascend Y550 4G smartphone and £100 if you share your itinerary in the comments below! Good luck everyone!

J&Vx

Jo wears a hat from Fox and Feather, scarf by Karen Mabon sent as part of Not Another Bill*, mustard jumper from Sugarhill Boutique, pink Eliza coat from Boden*, shoes from Debenhams, milk carton bag from Skinny Dip at ASOS and tights from ASOS. Victoria wears an Ingrid coat from Boden*, tights from UKtights*, silver glittery brogues from New Look at ASOS, a dress from Primark and a French Connection* bag. 

Swindon Designer Outlet Part 1

She and Hem: Swindon Designer Outlet

Having grown up in a town that lies between Bristol and Bath, I can assure you that neither city was quite the shopping destination that they can now both claim to be. For myself and my friends it was either Topshop, Pilot and Claire’s in Bath or, errr,  Topshop, Pilot and Claire’s in Bristol. Cheers, then. It was for that reason that we used to very often board the train to Swindon to visit their Designer Outlet where we would spend many a happy afternoon picking out our new knickers Kickers for school (showing my age terribly here) or buying the biggest, warmest GAP hoodie we could find.

It was a nice nostalgia filled surprise then, when an email landed in our inbox inviting us to come check out what’s new at the McArthurGlen owned centre. I probably hadn’t been back to the outlet since maybe 2004 and was instantly very curious to revisit this shopping haunt of my past. As it turns out, we’ve both been doing a lot of growing up!

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The first thing I did on arrival was to appologise to Victoria for having never told her about the place. As she got massively overexcited at seeing a Cadbury factory shop and I lost my composure at the sight of a Ted Baker outlet, we both realised that despite having a lot of great shops on our doorstep, there’s always time for a good discount. We spent an embarrassing amount of time looking around all of the many (over 90!) stores on offer, only pausing for breath for a cheeky Wagamamas (soy happy). We left with so many bags we could barely carry them all!

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Hat from Fox and Feather, jumper from Matalan* (menswear), top from M&S and jeans from Topshop

We weren’t being completely self-indulgent though as we had in-fact been set the challenge of buying Christmas presents for three of our nearest and dearest for under £250…..as well something for ourselves for under £100. OK, that’s pretty darn indulgent but let’s go with it. So, without further ado, here are my results! Mum, if you’re reading this, STOP READING THIS.

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I began with my other half who, as you might have already guessed, is a big kid. I knew the moment Victoria took me into the Hornby shop (more on that from her in part 2) that I wasn’t going to leave without some sort of train set for the railroad-tycoon-sorta-chap I married. It’s also, really, a present for my nephew (an actual child) as I know the two of them will be playing with it for years to come. I plumped for a Christmas themed set as a) it will look so cute around the bottom of our Christmas tree and b) I will only have to deal with tripping over train tracks once a year. SMART. On the hunt for another gift, I spotted the Cold Brew Bottle in Whittard and knew it would make the perfect addition to all of his tea and coffee related paraphernalia. I rounded things off with some chocolate from Lindt……..I am hopeful that I might get a few sneaky squares!

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Next up for a bit of Christmas spoiling was my lovely Mum (WHO SHOULD NO LONGER BE READING THIS BY THE WAY). I knew before I arrived that I would be heading to Radley for her main gift as she is obsessed with that little dog and it’s not the sort of thing I would usually be able to afford for her! I spent quite a lot of time umming and ahhing over the range of bags and was so pleasantly surprised at the very heavy discounting on offer! I ended up paying under £50, which is a pretty good deal for a Radley! I had already picked her up some Lindt and decided a Christmasy Yankee Candle would finish things off nicely. Luckily for Mum (WHO HAD BETTER NOT BE READING THIS) I then spotted her beloved Origins GinZing eyecream in The Cosmetics Company Store for at least a fiver cheaper than it would be on the high street and threw that in for her too. What a nice daughter I am.

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Finally it was the turn of my teenage cousin who also ended up with some goodies from The Cosmetics Company Store! The trio of Bobbi Brown goodies above set me back a cool £30 which is pretty insane value and I’ll admit I am very tempted to keep that lipstick for myself! I picked up the bow bag from M&S because I considered it to be well trendy and added a salted caramel Yankee Candle because everyone knows that it’s the absolute best.

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It was then on to buying stuff for me! Hooray! I knew that I wanted to buy some sort of sparkly Christmas outfit and having narrowed down my options to about 34 different dresses I finally took the plunge in French Connection and bought the beauty you see above, along with a lovely gold bag to go with it. I had a little bit of money left over which went on another salted caramel candle for yours truly! It’s the best, remember? I buy myself the greatest presents!

What do you think of my choices? Will it be a very merry Christmas?

I will definitely be seeing you again soon Swindon Designer Outlet. Thanks for a great day! To see what Christmas goodies Victoria purchased, check out Part 2.

Jx

Fox and Feather Fashion Party for CLIC Sargent

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This past Friday night, we attended a charity event held at Fox and Feather in Bristol, and not even the pouring rain could dampen our gleeful end of the week spirits. The Gloucester Road shop is one of our favourites, and you can often find us in there swooning over goodies from Sugarhill BoutiqueDahliaLoucheGoldie and many more!

During the night, Fox and Feather held a fashion show to showcase their new Autumn Winter Collection, whilst stylists from a.k.a Hairdressing, also on Gloucester Road, unveiled new AW14 colours and gave some top tips on matters pertaining to that all important Christmas party hair do. All of the profits from the evening were in aid of a charity close to our hearts, CLIC Sargent, so we were more than happy to buy lots of raffle tickets. And it’s a good job we did, as Jo won a gorgeous mustard jumper. Here are some of our favourite outfits from the night, all available from Fox and Feather.

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Fingers crossed that this will become an annual event!

V&J

Double Thumbs Dresses #35

Hooray! It’s time once again for our weekly round up of the lovely dresses that receive the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs Up seal of approval.

Bella Dress £55 from White Stuff
Bella Dress £55 from White Stuff

The top spot this week goes to this gorgeous geometric floral print dress from White Stuff. I love everything about it!

Limelight Dress £250 from Coast
Limelight Dress £250 from Coast

I think Coast are under the false impression that we all secret live in a Disney movie. Why else would they make possibly the most Disney Princess worthy dress I have ever seen? It’s so sparkly and BIG and I really really wish I had somewhere to wear it.

Rajaa Dress £49 by Louche from Fox and Feather
Rajaa Dress £49 by Louche from Fox and Feather

Lovely Louche have done it again with this sweet woodland print dress, which you can order online from Bristol Based Fox + Feather. It’s such a cute 50s shape, with great big buttons and a lovely pastel tree print.

Rock n Rollers Dress in Red Deckchairs £55 from Trollied Dolly
Rock n Rollers Dress in Red Deckchairs £55 from Trollied Dolly

Wahey! It’s another deckchair print dress! The She and Hem print of 2014 and my new favourite! There’s really a lot to love about this Trollied Dolly frock but, aside from those deckchairs, look at that whopping great bow!

Sweet Embroidery Sweetheart Dress £45 by Nishe from ASOS
Sweet Embroidery Sweetheart Dress £45 by Nishe from ASOS

I’ve been waiting for this Nishe dress to hit the ASOS website! I adore those little sweets, although I do wish there were more of them. Such is life.

Charlie Cat Dress £69 from NW3 at Hobbs
Charlie Cat Dress £69 from NW3 at Hobbs

I think we all know by now that I am a sucker for a cat print! I love the simplicity of this Hobbs dress, which is covered in lots of little black cats. I’d probably swap the belt for something a bit brighter and a bit less ropey though. But that’s just me.

Stamp Print Linen Fit Flare Dress £63.75 (was £85) from Laura Ashley
Stamp Print Linen Fit Flare Dress £63.75 (was £85) from Laura Ashley

I feel it is my duty to show you this stamp print dress!! I love the retro vibe and, as always, Laura Ashley have channeled the 50s to perfection.

Floral Sateen Dress £36.95 from Gap
Floral Sateen Dress £36.95 from Gap

Last up this week is this lovely dress which I spotted whilst in Gap. I was drawn to it because it has pockets but it’s so much more than that. It’s floral too.

Jx

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Double Thumbs Dresses #15

Morning Hemsters,

Apologies for the slight delay in your weekly dress fix but hopefully there’s no better way to kick off your Monday than with a round up of the beautiful dresses considered to be worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. Go grab your coffee, I’m going in.

Wild Ponies Dress £60 from Cath Kidston

Giddy up girl, Cath Kidston has brought out yet another print for us all to covet. This dress is not only completely beautiful with the stunning print but it also has a work friendly hem line, sleeves and pockets! As always with Cath, this dress disappeared off the website just as soon as it arrived but. before you despair, I’ve seen plenty in store. Wild horses couldn’t keep me away etc etc.

Vintage Rose Dress £49.95 from White Stuff

White Stuff are always a safe bet for a pretty dress but I don’t tend to associate them with more vintage inspired prints. This rose print number is just gorgeous and looks super flattering and comfortable. This fab frock  is also proving to be a pesky one to track down to purchase online but is also available at House of Fraser and John Lewis

Rockabilly Robin Dress £55 from There’s Only One Amy Laws

A cheep and cheerful little number here from the ever wonderful There’s Only One Amy Laws. The 50s shape and vibrant red colour are totally fab and once you throw in those delightful robins, you’ve got one heck of a dress on your hands.

Glitter Tunic £45.00 from Warehouse

Bonfire night is fast approaching so it’s obviously wise to invest in a nice little sparkler right about now. This glittery Warehouse number ticks all the seasonal boxes for me and could well be my new party dress! Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #15

All hail the sale

We have gone sale mad here and are set to hit the sales this weekend. Dresses from £5, yes please! If you are not able to get to the shops before the sales finish, check out our favourite online sale items below from Tatty Devine, Dahlia, Tesco, New Look, Oliver Bonas, Fox and Feather and H&M. If it rains I’ll be racing you to the online checkout. Kerching!

Phoebe Neon Yellow Stripe Skater Dress £30.00 (was £62.00) from Dahlia
Phoebe Neon Yellow Stripe Skater Dress £30.00 (was £62.00) from Dahlia
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Elephant Head Necklace £15.00 (was £21.00) from Tatty Devine
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F&F Limited Edition Floral Peter Pan Shift Dress £14.00 (was £28.00) from Tesco
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Miss Real Blue Floral Jacquard Bow Dress £9.00 (was £29.99) New Look
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Pineapple Pop Necklace £10.00 (was £16.00) from Oliver Bonas
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Louche Schnauzer Teal Animal Jumper £34.00 (was £49.00) from Fox and Feather
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Jersey Dress £5 (was £14.99) from H&M

If you know anywhere that has a great sale at the moment, tweet us @sheandhem and let us know.

V x

Double Thumbs Dresses #10

Goodness me! It’s time for our weekly round up of all those lovely dresses that receive the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs Up seal of approval.

Comic Adventure Mini Dress £80 by Joyrich from ASOS

KAPOW! This super fun Joyrich dress from ASOS makes me want to embrace my inner superhero (It’s Thumbage Girl, for those who are asking)  and sort out the most dastardly of crimes. Crimes of fashion that is, I’m not crazy.

Carmine Dress £34 (was £69) by Louche from Fox and Feather

This little beauty of a Louche dress is currently on sale (with all sizes currently showing as in stock) at Fox and Feather, yippee! It’s made from an absolutely beautiful shimmering fabric which really makes the greens and pinks stand out. It has a great high neckline but beware underwear fans, it does plunge at the back.

Penny Babydoll Dress in Spearmint Daisy Applique £40 from Motel

This beautiful vintage inspired dress from Motel is available in this rather refreshing spearmint colour. I really love the pretty floral applique, it makes the dress so dainty. For me this is the perfect holiday dress as I know I could throw it with sandals and head to the beach but it would work just as well at home with tights, boots and a trip to the pub. Anyone know where I can find a beach pub?

Yellow Floral Print Dress £39.95 (was £79.95) from Joules

Oh Joules, this dress is a bit perfect! I adore the flattering 50’s cut and the colour and print are just dreamy. It’s on sale at the moment and getting hold of certain sizes might be a trifle tricky. The good news is I have noticed sizes coming back into stock so it’s worth checking the website, as well as in store.

Cream Tapestry V-Neck Tea Dress £22.99 from New Look

I can’t be the only person who has noticed how completely fabulous New Look has been recently? This gorgeous vintage style tapestry dress is a prime example of the sort of beautiful piece they are putting out for the budget conscious shopper, i.e everyone. I love the thick, expensive looking fabric and the pretty floral print.

Perdita Floral Smock Dress £55 from Lashes of London

Pass me a fan, I might need a little lie down! The colours of this dress are simply out of this world, they are just stunning. Lashes of London are so great at putting out creative, unique and beautiful items. I love love love the neckline, the lovely turn up sleeves and of course the big, bold floral print. Well done, everyone.

Skater Dress With Pug Print £25 from ASOS

Never one to shy away from a novelty print, this pug print dress from ASOS ticks all the right boxes. You’d be barking mad not to love it!  I love the flattering shape and the fun print, and better still the easy-wear jersey fabric means it’s a great holiday buy as it won’t crease in the suitcase! Winner!

Contrast Collar Dress in Tile Print £48 by Cooperative from Urban Outfitters

Welcome to the 60’s, courtesy of Cooperative at Urban Outfitters. I love the quirky print, which definitely has a touch of the kaleidoscope about it and the contrast of the deep red with the crisp white colour is rather lovely.  It’s a loose fit, so perhaps won’t suit everyone but if you like a retro shape then this one is a winner.

That’s all for this week!

Jx