Double Thumbs Dresses #90

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! Remember back in February when I said I was ready to start writing these posts again after having baby? Yeah, sorry about that – turns out having a baby is quite time consuming. What I have found time for, however, is online shopping and over the past couple of months (mostly at 3am) I’ve been saving all the frocks that have caught my eye meaning I’ve accumulated somewhat of a bumper crop. So, here they are all! ENJOY.

*FYI click on the image for a direct link to the dress*

Blue Beach print dress from Boden
Sunglasses print dress from Boden
Striped Cold Shoulder Shift Dress from M&S
Hot Air Balloon Dress by Modcloth
Louche Karmen Pleated Broken Line Print Dress from Joy
Hell Bunny Maya bay shell print dress from Aspire Style
Emily and Fin Claudia moroccan riviera print dress from Aspire Style
Tortoise print dress from Cath Kidston
Lobster print dress from Cath Kidston
DUCK POND GATHERED WAIST DETAIL DRESS £60 from Cath Kidston
Duck print dress from Cath Kidston
LONDON PARK SLEEVELESS COTTON DRESS £60 from Cath Kidston
London Park print dress from Cath Kidston
GINGHAM AND LACE DRESS £75 from Cath Kidston
Gingham dress from Cath Kidston
Off Shoulder Dress in Postcard and Stripe Print from ASOS
Off Shoulder Midi Sundress in Natural Fibre from ASOS
Louche Dorren Belted Print Dress £55 from Joy
Louche Dorren Belted Lipstick Print Dress from Joy
Geometric Print Shirt Dress with Belt £35 from M&S
Geometric Print Shirt Dress with Belt from M&S
Short-Sleeved Dress with Palm Tree Embroidery £75 from La Redoute
Short-Sleeved Dress with Palm Tree Embroidery from La Redoute ( there is a code for 40% on the website)
Short-Sleeved Dress Embroidered with Tennis £89 from La Redoute
Short-Sleeved Dress Embroidered with Tennis from La Redoute  (but there is a code for 40% on the website)

Jx

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Double Thumbs Dresses #71

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….

Beatrice Sleeves Red Walking Zoo £148 from Bryony & Co
Beatrice Sleeves Red Walking Zoo £148 from Bryony & Co

If you follow us over on Instagram you may have spotted me sporting this insanely perfect zoo animal print dress from Bryony & Co (formerly Poppy) whilst at London Fashion Week. It’s SO great and received no end of compliments! Flamin-go and check out the rest of the new collection!

Sunbathers Linen Shift Dress £67.50 from Laura Ashley
Sunbathers Linen Shift Dress £67.50 from Laura Ashley

Hooray for a new fun Laura Ashley print! How delightful are those sunbathers? I really appreciate a a big bold print (what’s the point in a quirky print if everyone has to come right up to you to work out what it is?!) and the colours really make this pop. Keeping my fingers crossed that this super cute swimmers print t-shirt appears in frock form too.

Shirt Dress In Mini Strawberries Print £65 from Lazy Oaf
Shirt Dress In Mini Strawberries Print £65 from Lazy Oaf

You know how much I love a fruity number and this Lazy Oaf strawberry affair is my pick of the bunch (I must have made that joke at least 12 times now). It’s all rather pretty and floaty isn’t it?

Safari Print Dress £55 from Hell Bunny at Aspire Style
Safari Print Dress £55 from Hell Bunny at Aspire Style

Safari, so good! I am loving this vintage inspired zebra print dress from Hell Bunny. The v-neck and little button detailing are both so lovely.

Pleated Hem Shift Dress £39.50 from M&S
Pleated Hem Shift Dress £39.50 from M&S

The fashion bigwigs at M&S were obviously unable to reach a decision whilst debating how best to transform the humble shift dress. ‘Add a bow!’ cried Jimmy, ‘stick a corsage on it!‘ yelled Jenny, ‘incorporate some pleats!‘ chimed in Justin. Personally, I’m a big fan of the result.

Edie Floral Skater £45 from Oasis
Edie Floral Skater £45 from Oasis

If it’s a yellow floral dress with a cute collar, chances are it’s going to make an appearance on Double Thumbs. This Oasis number is crying out to be worn in the spring sunshine! Lovely.

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses Halloween Special

Frock horror! Welcome to a spooktacular edition of Double Thumbs Dresses! Our roundup of the frocks deemed worthy of the highly horrific coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval. Read on….if you dare!

(insert moderately evil cackle here)

1950’s Style Glow in the Dark Ghost Dress with Sleeve £84 from Silly Old Sea Dog
1950’s Style Glow in the Dark Ghost Dress with Sleeve £52.50 (reduced from £105) from Silly Old Sea Dog
1950’s Style Zombie Movie Poster Dress £95 from Silly Old Sea Dog
1950’s Style Zombie Movie Poster Dress £95 from Silly Old Sea Dog

First up we have these two ghoulish delights from the wonderful Silly Old Sea Dog! Both dresses are 1950s in style with lovely full circular skirts – perfect for popping a petticoat underneath and having a good twirl. The first frock features a rather adorable ghost print which, hold the lantern, actually glows in the dark! Amazing. More dresses should be visible in the darkness. The second features a fine display of terrifying zombie posters, sure to give the shivers to all you see.

Spirit in the Fright dress $53.99 from Modcloth
Spirit in the Fright dress $53.99 or £35 from Modcloth

You can always trust Modcloth to get on board with a theme and this Halloweentastic dress is no exception! With a thrilling selection of pumpkins, ghosts, cobwebs, and ermm kittens, you’ll look more treat than trick! Also, purple and orange! What a fabulous combination.

'Audrey' Retro Black Cat Print Swing Dress £29.99 from Lindy Bop
‘Audrey’ Retro Black Cat Print Swing Dress £29.99 from Lindy Bop

This ameowsing Lindy Bop frock has a touch of the Bewitched about it, dontcha think? That retro black cat print is truly wicked and set against that gorgeous blue the whole thing is rather stunning.

Kendal Babydoll Dress in Zodiac Glitter Velvet £38 by Motel
Kendal Babydoll Dress in Zodiac Glitter Velvet £38 by Motel

If you’ve been thinking of vamping up your Halloween wardrobe, it could be a sign that this glittery Zodiac print from Motel should be yours! I am loving the glitter against that luxurious velvet and, oh my, I am just bats for those sleeves! If you’re currently reading this and thinking ‘if only they’d slasher the price’ then perhaps have a little look in our sidebar, I see a discount code in your future……

Lazy Oaf Cat Collar Dress £45 from ASOS
Lazy Oaf Cat Collar Dress £45 (reduced from £65) from ASOS

This Lazy Oaf dress from ASOS is surely the cats whiskers with that puuuurfect bit of embroidery! I’m not sure anyone would object to you crossing their path in this number! I love the stretchy velvet material and the exaggerated collar but my favourite thing about this dress is that it has hidden pockets! Perfect for stashing your sweets.

Halloween Cat Print Short Sleeve T-Shirt Dress £20 (reduced from £28) from Brat & Suzie
Halloween Cat Print Short Sleeve T-Shirt Dress £20 (reduced from £28) from Brat & Suzie

It’s almost like I see Halloween as an excuse to wear as many cats as possible! This Brat & Suzie number from ASOS is perfectly fangtastic and those scaredy cats are actually pretty adorable.

50's Zombie Diner Rockabilly Dress Black £44.99 (reduced from £62.99) by Hell Bunny at Tiger Milly
50’s Zombie Diner Rockabilly Dress Black £44.99 (reduced from £62.99) by Hell Bunny at Tiger Milly

This is a fiendishly fun dress from Hell Bunny at Tiger Milly! Set in a 50’s diner, it features a whole host of zombie pin up waitresses holding ice creams with eyeballs, brains and fingers.Oh my! Perfect! Love the shape and halterneck too.

Zombie Apocalypse $150.00 (AUD) or £70 from Pigtails and Pirates
Zombie Apocalypse $150.00 (AUD) or £70 from Pigtails and Pirates

If you are reading this in Australia (and by golly I would love to know if you are) then you should definitely check out the fabulous Pigtails and Pirates! So many great dresses! This Zombie Apocalypse print is just the ticket for Halloween as it features some rather cute zombies (one of them is even wearing a rather fetching green bow) take over their town. They do ship internationally so don’t freak out!

Skeleton Print Mini Dress £28 from Topshop
Skeleton Print Mini Dress £28 from Topshop

Why did the skeleton go to the party alone? Because he had nobody to go with! Well, Topshop have sorted that old conundrum out with this skeleton print midi dress. There’s no bones about it, you would probably only wear this dress once a year but I think you’ll agree it’s head and shoulders above the rest. (sorry).

High School Horror Zombie Prom Queen £36 from Very
High School Horror Zombie Prom Queen £36 from Very

And if you want to go the extra mile this Halloween and dress as me after one too many gins, then Very have got you covered.

Happy Halloween!

Jx

Putting the Win in Winter: Coats

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but the weather seems to have waved a fond farewell to sunshine and warmth and replaced it with rain, wind and a brisk chill. This is, of course, brilliant news as it means we can all finally justify buying those coats we’ve been stroking in shops since mid August. Marvelous. Here are some of our current favourites…

The Katy Coat £95.00
The Katy Coat £95 from Oasis

First up is this dreamy oversized blazer fit coat from Oasis. I adore the natural colour but if you want to be totally jazzy, it also comes in very bright shades of orange and yellow.

Kelsey Coat £125 from Louche at Joy
Kelsey Coat £125 from Louche at Joy

You won’t get the hump about the cold in this luxurious vintage camel number from Louche. If that faux fur doesn’t get you, the lining will – it’s covered in super cute animals!

Colette Coat £99
Colette Coat £99 by Hell Bunny at Aspire Style

Go dotty for this spotty retro Hell Bunny number. Giant buttons and pockets are clearly the way forward.

Stand Collar Swing Coat £19 from Forever 21
Stand Collar Swing Coat £19 from Forever 21

Forever 21 appears to be THE place to go for budget friendly winter coats. The above also comes in black and camel but they have a pretty enjoyable selection of plaid too.

Ronnie Coat £125
Ronnie Coat £125 by Louche at John Lewis

I think this gorgeous Louche number might be my current most coveted coat. I adore the pink, which thankfully seems to be still a big trend for 2014, but it also comes in a rather fetching shade of blue.

Check Coat £95
Check Coat £95 from Warehouse

This Warehouse coat is neatly ticking the pink, plaid and pockets boxes. Plus I do love a brushed fabric. It makes up for the fact I don’t own a cat.

Dolly Coat £33 (was £70) from ASOS
Dolly Coat £33 (was £70) from ASOS

I really rate the ASOS Dolly style coats, having bought one this time last year, and so I thought this was a bit of a bargain. I really like the ice blue colour above but, for a £16 extra, it also comes in the bright raspberry.

Frances Coat £110
Frances Coat £110 by Sugarhill Boutique at House of Fraser

If you like this sixties style Sugarhill Boutique number with its lovely fluffy collar and velvet (I think?) detailing then I suggest you step on it as it seems to be rapidly going out of stock.

Iris Dress Coat £129.99 from Fever
Iris Dress Coat £129.99 from Fever

The more I stare at this Fever coat the more convinced I am that we are meant to be together. Beautiful colour, beautiful collar and the perfect coat shape.

Swing Coat with Contrast Faux Fur Collat £85 from ASOS
Swing Coat with Contrast Faux Fur Collat £85 from ASOS

Last but not least is this lovely swing coat from ASOS. I think the swing style is super cute and flattering – plus it would totally hide any extra roast dinners! Good work, fashion. It’s also available in pink.

Jx

Harbourside Hell Bunny

She and Hem | Tiger Milly | Hell Bunny Last Saturday, as it was a gloriously sunny morning in Bristol, we decided to make the most of it and put on our glad rags for a stroll around the beautiful harbourside. Charmingly, by the time we finally finished getting ready made it into town the sun had beat a hasty retreat and we were left with some seriously gloomy cloud. We didn’t let that stop us though. In your face, weather.

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As you can see, we were dressed pretty cheerfully in these gorgeous frocks from Tiger Milly. Nothing makes us happier than a nice twirly number and Tiger Milly is a veritable treasure trove of fabulous vintage inspired pieces, stocking a great selection of brands who love their flirty fifites fashion just as much as we do. These particular two are from the wonderful Hell Bunny.

She and Hem | Tiger Milly | Hell Bunny

She and Hem | Tiger Milly | Hell Bunny She and Hem | Tiger Milly | Hell Bunny She and Hem | Tiger Milly | Hell Bunny

We had such a great time putting these looks together with belts, bags and shoes flying everywhere in the process. Victoria ended up teaming her lovely Pink and Mint Hell Bunny Plaid Summer Dress* with a grey belt from The Bristol Vintage Fair, gorgeous coral shoes from Primark, pink heart shaped sunglasses from Amazon and her highly coveted macaroon print clutch which is also a Primark bargain. I accessoried my turquoise Hell Bunny May Day Floral Dress* with a fruity lemon clutch from New Look*, a black belt from ASOS (the dress does come with a matching belt but I wanted to be matchy matchy with my shoes), black shoes from the M&S sale and sunglasses from Topshop.

She and Hem | Tiger Milly | Hell Bunny She and Hem | Tiger Milly | Hell Bunny

She and Hem | Tiger Milly | Hell Bunny

It has to be said, we felt pretty darn fantastic strolling around in these outfits! They are perfect summer dresses and really fun, yet easy, to wear.

J&V

Double Thumbs Dresses #37 * Prom Dress Special *

Hello and welcome to our roundup of the dresses deemed worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. As promised, this week we have an all singing, all dancing double Double Thumbs with this second installment being a prom dress special! Wahoo! We shall go to the ball!

Sparkle & Fade Dress £90
Sparkle & Fade Dress £90 by Rivers and Roads

We begin with this beautiful pastel and metallic (two trends in one you say? tick tick!) Fever dress which is available from Rivers and Roads. This particular beauty has actually just arrived through my letter box so will no doubt be appearing in a post soon! I couldn’t wait to share it with you though as it’s just so pretty! The pastel hues combined with the sparkly fabric gives a lovely shimmery effect and one which is perfect for spring/summer parties.

Mala Dress £50.00
Mala Dress £50 by Louche from Joy

You could inject a bit of floral fancy into your prom with this big bold and beautiful dress from the ever wonderful Louche, from Joy. This capped sleeve dress is gorgeous and is a decent length too. It would also look bloomin’ marvelous with a petticoat!

Organza Floral Prom Dress £85 from ASOS Salon
Organza Floral Prom Dress £85 from ASOS Salon

I’m not sure if I can adequately describe how much I love this ASOS* dress and I’m clearly not alone as it keeps whizzing in and out of stock (at the time of writing it’s currently unavailable but persevere if you’ve got you heart set on it). I want to twirl in it and I want to twirl in it now.

Pink and White Stripe Bandeau Prom Dress £80.00 from River Island
Pink and White Stripe Bandeau Prom Dress £80.00 from River Island

I’m not usually one to fall for a strapless dress but there’s just something so classic and pretty about this River Island* number. I love the large stripes and how the pink and white complement one another. It’s all just a bit dreamy.

Ice Blossom Bow Detail Lace Prom Dress £40
Ice Blossom Bow Detail Lace Prom Dress £40 from F&F at Tesco

Oh my, this is pretty much pink perfection. Will you just look at that bow!? I don’t even care that I don’t have a ball to go to, this F&F* dress shall me mine! They currently appear to have knocked 30% off the £30 pricetag which makes it a total bargain! It would also make a pretty great bridesmaid dress, dontchathink?

Vintage Peach and Navy Floral Tea Dress £50
Vintage Peach and Navy Floral Tea Dress £50

We love a bit of Lady V London around here, so there was much cooing when they announced their new collection. I found it near impossible to choose a favourite but have plumped for this vintage peach and navy tea dress. LOVE.

Mariam Dress £55
Mariam Dress £55 by Hell Bunny from Aspire Style

This Hell Bunny dress from Aspire Style is super duper fun! The colour is fabulous, the spots are genius and the shape and style scream TO THE DANCE FLOOR.

Shannon Fit And Flare Dress £99
Shannon Fit And Flare Dress £99 from Phase Eight

I love this silhouette of this cotton Phase Eight dress. The colour and pattern are simply divine and who doesn’t love a tie belt?

Girls on Film Nude Low Back Lace Overlay Maxi Dress £45 from Little Mistress
Girls on Film Nude Low Back Lace Overlay Maxi Dress £45 from Little Mistress

And finally, if you’re looking for length then this stunning lace overlay dress from Little Mistress could well be the one. There’s so much beautiful detailing and the cowl back is quite frankly breathtaking. Plus it’s £45. As the kids say, Little Mistress you cray cray.

That’s all for this week! However, before I go I would like to say a massive MASSIVE thank you for nominating us for the Company Style Blogger Awards 2014. We have now officially been shortlisted in the Best Blogging Duo or Team category and it’s honestly a dream come true for us both. We are against some truly inspirational bloggers but if you would like to vote for us to win, please click the image below!

Jx