Double Thumbs Dresses #67

Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses! It’s time once again for our frocktacular roundup of the dresses deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval….

The Women Are Boss Dress £180 from BOB by Dawn O'Porter
The Women Are Boss Dress £180 from BOB by Dawn O’Porter

If you haven’t already checked out all-round-awesome-female Dawn O’ Porter’s clothing line BOB then you are seriously missing a treat. Her latest collection features three fabulous novelty prints by designer Karen Mabon which each seek to highlight and celebrate sexual equality! How amazing is that?! I love this 80s inspired frock which features women being all badass in the workplace. YES DAWN.

Chevron Stripe Belted Dress £65 from Warehouse
Chevron Stripe Belted Dress £65 from Warehouse

You’d be chev-wrong not to love this delightful Warehouse number! I’m loving those big bold colours and who doesn’t love a good bat-wing to flap around? It also comes with a nifty matching belt to cinch you in at the waist. What a triumph.

Dolly Dress £69.50 from Boden
Dolly Dress £69.50 from Boden

We do like a pop of yellow here at She and Hem so imagine how happy I was to spy this little beauty on the Boden New In page. This frock, much like me, is lightweight and drapey. I am loving that super relaxed (but also super flattering) silhouette with those delightful 3/4 length sleeves.

Floral Babydoll Dress £45 from Warehouse
Floral Babydoll Dress £45 from Warehouse

It’s another sleevey wonder from Warehouse who continue to make my bank balance nervous with this beautiful red floral dress – aren’t those just the dreamiest flute sleeves? I love the cute high neck detail too. Swoon.

Lace skater dress £179 from Ted Baker
Lace skater dress £179 from Ted Baker

This lace skater dress from Ted Baker is simply stunning. Despite looking rather white in pictures, the website assures me it’s actually pink – which is good news if you’re going to be a wedding guest any time soon as this would clearly make for excellent wedding attire. The skirt is pleated too, how trendy.

Tutti Fruity Eliza Dress £45 from Lady Vintage
Tutti Fruity Eliza Dress £45 from Lady Vintage

(Cue 500 fruit puns)

Oooh what a fruity little number this 1950s inspired dress from Lady Vintage is. No need to feel like a melon with this fabulous kitsch frock! I’m going bananas for it!

Contrast Trim Baby Doll Dress £38 from ASOS
Contrast Trim Baby Doll Dress £38 from ASOS

I am in love with this floaty little chiffon affair from ASOS. Those sheer sleeves combined with the contrasting black and white detailing is just divine. Plus look at that high ruffly collar! It’s just all amazing and I need it in my life.

Bow Front Shift Dress £39.50 from M&S
Bow Front Shift Dress £39.50 from M&S

I like big bows and I cannot lie………. which is why this M&S dress is right up my big bow loving street! This classic shift dress is ripe for layering over the top of exciting novelty print shirts, of which I own approximately 461.

Jx

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.