Hello hello and welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses! Our frocktacular roundup of the dresses deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval! What more could you ask for?
First up we have this bodacious beachy dress from Boden which features a super summery print of sailboats, parasols, and even the odd cheeky sunbather! Oh how I wish that could be me! It’s a lovely and flattering fit and flare shape from a brand which never fails to disappoint.
It’s time to pucker up and offer 50 of your best smackers as this delightful Lady V London lips print dress is sure to bring a smile to your face. Made in one of their signature 50’s shapes, this dress is destined for twirling in!
It’s time to flock to Laura Ashley who have brought out a lovely range of seagull print frocks! This stripey number with its nautical feel and fit and flare silhouette is my pick of the bunch. Plus look at those cute seagulls! They must be plotting something….
You’ll look pretty sharp in this cactus print dress from the marvelous Emily and Fin, which you can currently pre-order from Aspire Style. The dress is such a gorgeous colour and the white print with pink details looks perfect set against it. I’m going to be real prickly if I don’t get hold of this!
What a botanical specimen you’ll look in this pretty Yumi dress! I’m not sure I have mushroom for anymore puns but I am a big fan of the casual crotch tortoise. More dresses should feature them.
I am in love with this stunning Warehouse prom dress. It’s the most beautiful shape and the floral jacquard print is just swoonworthy. Yellow and grey look set to be big colours this season and with a dress as knockout as this it’s not hard to see why.
Sweet dreams are made of this tasty ASOS dress which I can totally think of hundreds and thousands of reasons to buy. Number one being that it’s COVERED IN SWEETS, obviously.
Last but not least is this super cute dress from Miss Patina! It’s a lovely simple cream frock with nice striped detailing on the sleeves and, just in case you hadn’t noticed, it also features a massive cat face. Puuuurfect!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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!
Wahooo! It’s Friday again which means it’s time for a new Double Thumbs Dresses! But before we press ahead with this weeks’ selection of frocks deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval, a big THANK YOU is in order as you lovely lot have voted us into the shortlist for the UK Blog Awards. Honestly, this is the most unexpected treat for us and we are truly grateful and just the tiniest bit confused. So, seeing as we are in such a loving feelgood mood, this week’s DT will provide you with the perfect dresses for Valentine’s Day. Break out the violins and pass me the Milk Tray!
I’ve seen a lot of bloggers raving about this new heart print smock from Vintage Style Me and it’s not difficult to see why! It’s a fabulously pretty print with a great shape. I love Lily’s playful styling too!
Speaking of lovely heart prints, this Emily and Fin Abigail dress is pastel perfection. The hearts almost look like confetti! So cute. I love their Abigail style, with full skirt and high neckline.
Valentine’s Day is probably the last day for a while you can get away with wearing a sparkly red velvet dress, so you may as well do it properly in this Miss Patina number. The back of the dress is gorgeous too, with two very lovely red bows.
Well hello there, readers! I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas! But enough about the festivities, it’s sale time and I, for one, am ready for some bargains! I decided to have a cheeky look through our previous Double Thumbs Dresses posts in the hope of finding some tasty reductions. It turns out that LOADS of them are now on offer so it seemed only fair to share this glorious news with you. So, without further ado, here is a list of frocks that have previously been deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval but have now been deemed worthy enough to go in the sale. Enjoy!
Have no fear frock fans, for I am back with another dose of dresses deemed worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. Hold on to your hem lines.
Regular readers will know that we are slightly obsessed with Lady V. Heck, we essentially wrote them a love letter a couple of months ago. The obsession is about to be pushed to new levels, as not only have they just released a stunning high definition collection but said dresses come with a matching headband. OH YES PLEASE. The above dress is my absolute favourite print from the new collection! I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for a tea dress version as, although I love a swing dress, I think the tea shape suits me down to a, er, ‘T’.
I’m still trying to embrace the tartan renaissance and this beautiful budget buster from People Tree is certainty just the ticket. I love that sneaky bow. More dresses should have sneaky bows.
At first glance, I though this was just another pretty floral dress from Yumi. But, just as I was about to scroll gaily on by, I noticed that the dress title contained the word ‘lemur’. I was intrigued. It was then that I learnt that this isn’t just a floral dress! It’s a floral dress with interspersed lemurs! More dresses should have interspersed lemurs.
Today we are overjoyed to introduce to you our first guest post, written by the wonderful Ellie. You may remember her from our Lady V Special! Hopefully you will love her first post as much as we do and together we can twist her arm and get her to write more of them!
My boobs are big. I mean, not comedy colossal but they make their presence known, regardless of however desperately I try to hide them away. And believe me I’ve tried.
I won’t go into the various reasons why having big boobs isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I’m just going to focus on one. Clothes. There are certain items of clothing that a woman with an ample bosom simply cannot respectably wear. With larger boobs come larger bras; thicker straps, higher cups and generally just a lot more bra. This of course is necessary to some extent – the point of a bra being support. However, it means a lot of clothes, particularly summer clothes, are out of the question unless you want to display large chunks of your hideously unflattering beige t-shirt bra to the world. Sad faces all round.
It’s not just the style of clothes that can be an issue. My biggest woe is the fit. This applies particularly to dresses (and shirts of course but I won’t open that can of worms). I’m a size 12. My boobs are not a size 12. Go up to a 14 and the waist is shapeless and the sleeves baggy. Wear a 12 and suffer squashed-flat-boob syndrome. Great. On the high-street the big of boob are simply not catered for.
I’ve always bought my underwear from Bravissimo. Not only do they offer a great fit but also make a real effort to stay up to the minute with fashions, offering really pretty styles and prints. I’ve been aware of their clothing range for a while but never explored it. Until now! My mum recently offered to buy me a couple of dresses from Pepperberry (Bravissimo’s clothing line), claiming that I needed some ‘really well fitting clothes’. After the initial offence, I decided to take her up on the offer.
We trawled the website for a while but I quickly became overwhelmed by the choice. I’m not great at decision making. So I handed over responsibility to my mum. She has pretty excellent taste so I felt confident. A few days later, two dresses arrived…
Here at She and Hem, we are positively gaga about Lady V London, a web based company who specialise in 1950’s style reproduction dresses. As you will learn, this obsession all started with a wedding but thanks to their timeless style, originality and affordability Lady V has now become our go to place for dresses for all occasions.
The quality of the dresses is superb and, unlike a lot of their competition, Lady V support British business and workers! They have chosen to make 90% of their dresses in London after visiting China and seeing the awful conditions the workers face there. We really admire this and it makes us love them even more!
We gathered together our own merry band of fellow Lady V lovers, in the form of the beautiful Ellie, Kelly, Deesha & Leah (seen L-R above) to find out what exactly it is that makes Lady V stand out from the crowd.
Leah: I love this dress. It actually belongs to Jo and I thought about sneaking off after the shoot and fleeing to Mexico with said dress. The colour is really beautiful and the print is bold, but with muted colours so it doesn’t feel too ‘in your face’. This dress was a perfect fit already, but the tie at the back makes it feel tailor made. I love the neckline, the back and the length. This dress felt really well made and expensive, but I’ve since discovered that the collection is a bit of a bargain so I’ve already ordered a dress from the Lady V website so that I’ll be all set for the next summer wedding.
Kelly: My dress started out as a Bridesmaid dress, and I couldn’t have been happier with Jo’s choice! I love anything floral and with yellowy tones, so I knew that it would be great for the wedding’s vintage theme and that I would also love wearing it again after the event. I love the fit of the swing dress as it really flatters my figure and I have had so many compliments that I am looking to expand my collection soon!
Victoria: When I saw this dress on the Lady V site, I fell in love and knew it had to be mine. The design is original and classic and is perfect for my figure. I like to wear a dress with a clinched in waist and a full circle skirt as I find them not only the most flattering, but also the most fun! As you can see I love nothing more than to spin around, be silly and use the full skirt to create great shapes for photographs. This dress looks absolutely stunning with a 1950’s style petticoat and can be styled in so many ways for different occasions, which is why I can see myself wearing this beauty forever. The print and shape are both beautiful and timeless. We wore our dresses on a beautiful hot summer day, but I can definitely see myself wearing this over the Christmas period with some bright tights and a cardigan. I now have my eye on the gorgeous turquoise floral swing dress.
Jo: I first discovered Lady V when frantically searching for the perfect Bridesmaid dresses. I remember very early in the process sitting down with Ellie and discussing my dream criteria – 50’s shape, not a high neckline, be fun to twirl around in, floral print, mustard tones and not expensive. I didn’t expect to find the perfect dress and after several months of scouring the highstreet, bridal boutiques (being quoted eye watering amounts of money) and the internet I had pretty much given up all hope! But THEN after one of my many ’50’s wedding’ Google sessions, I discovered Lady V and have never looked back! It is an absolute gem of a website and was exactly what I wanted. The girls all looked stunning in their dresses and they received so many compliments! People assumed I had spent a fortune on them! I am absolutely thrilled that they inspired so many people to check out Lady V and obviously it wasn’t long before I had to buy one for myself! I really love the shape and high neckline of their tea dresses and think they really flatter my figure. I love that I can dress it up with a petticoat but equally I can wear it with flats and a cardigan. The Red Poppy number you can see above is my absolute new favourite dress! I love the big bold print and think it has a lovely retro feel about it.
Ellie: I’ve always suspected that I should have been a woman in the 50’s. Despite the horrific discrimination women experienced, they seemed to get fashion spot on. My figure is somewhat curvy and the cinched waists and full skirts really flatter an hourglass figure. However, there has never been anything of this style available on the high street – amazingly it’s a fashion that hasn’t come around again. Trawling the Internet proved unsuccessful for the empty of purse such as myself. Then, Jo discovered Lady V! Beautiful fabrics and brilliant fitting dresses that never fail to attract attention and compliments whenever I’ve worn them. And best of all, fantastic value. People always ask where I got my Lady V black and white dress and when I tell them the price they are positively astounded. My one request would be for pockets (I’m obsessed with pockets!) but other than that, these dresses are perfect in every way.
Deesha: I was introduced to Lady V by Jo a few months ago – she recommended me purchasing one of these fabulous beauties when I was lusting after the gorgeous dresses she had her bridesmaids wear. I flicked through the dazzling selection and the Lemon Fruit Print Tea Dress caught my eye – from that instant I knew I had to have that level of zest in my life! I wore it to my 21st fundraiser-birthday bash and it looked a treat, if I do say so myself. I love teaming it with bright colours but also subtle shades so the jolly lemon pattern stands out.
Prices range between £30 and £50 and the dresses are available in sizes 8 to 24. They often add new stock to the website to suit every shape, size and personality.
A big thank you to the girls for letting us take millions of photos of them! It was excellent fun, although we do feel a slight responsibility to point out that the railway you see above is a disused one! Don’t play on the tracks, kids! And just in case you were all feeling curious about those bridesmaid dresses…..
Last weekend I had the absolute pleasure of attending my beautiful friend Anna’s hen do! I had been excited about this day for months as Anna is a very creative lady and I knew her hen would be something special – and I was not wrong!
It was a bright and early start as we met at Premier Apartments in Bristol city centre. Anna’s ‘angels’ had been busy working their magic as when I arrived at 9am the place was fully decked out with bunting, vintage china, lovely throws and lots of yummy food! It was wonderful to walk in to! After the Bucks Fizz had been duly handed out, it was down to business for the real reason we had all got up so bright and early! Hair!
Anna had booked three girls from the Pop Up Parlour to give our hair a vintage makeover! There was a lot of excitement (and a few nervous giggles) as we worked our way through the look-book the girls had provided. I was finding it very difficult to decide as I have a lot of hair but I am in no way adventurous with it. I don’t tend to wear my hair up, as I don’t think it suits me, but it seemed such a waste to not to go for it! Plus, it was so outrageously warm I was quite keen on the idea of having the barnet up and out of the way!
My vintage look was created by Faye, who as luck would have it, I actually already knew! She went to school with my BFF Ellie and I’ve been lucky enough to have her do my makeup on more than one occasion. This was the first time she had done my hair but she’s incredibly talented and did an absolutely smashing job! I love that she decided to leave a ponytail at the back so that I still had some of the length! I felt like a real vintage princess.
After the hair was completed, it was time for a mosey into town for a glass of bubbly at the Riverstation. My seat gave me the perfect vantage point to take some hair photos! Aren’t they brilliant? The Pop Up Parlour did such an amazing job choosing different styles that would suit everyone.
We had been asked in our invitations to wear vintage inspired dresses and, as you can see, we certainly all looked the part! I wore a lovely yellow Lady V London dress which I had bought especially. I had been eyeing it up for some time and this was just the occasion it warranted! I wore it with my, now obligatory, white heart sunglasses, my red Zatchel and my new horse and carriage necklace from Tatty Devine. The lovely orange flower you can see in my hair was provided by the Pop Up Parlour.
After a few token photos with Gromit, it was time to board a boat to Beese’s Tea Gardens! The cruise was absolutely excellent, especially due to the soundtrack of Backstreet Boys and ‘N sync! It may not have fitted the vintage theme but you really haven’t lived until you’ve dressed up in your vintage finery and sung along to Dirty Pop on a river cruise.
Whilst on the boat we were each given a lovely pearl necklace to wear to the tea party that awaited us. Anna’s very talented sister had made them all using necklaces she had picked up from car boot sales and charity shops and then attached pretty ribbons to them. I love mine and will definitely be wearing it again!
Once at Beese’s we were absolutely spoiled with a humongous spread of sandwiches and cream tea. The size of the bowl of cream drew gasps of astonishment when it was brought out! I think we made a lot of the other customers rather jealous with our lovely little bunting filled corner, our veritable feast and, of course, our outrageously glamorous appearance.
It was then time for the traditional party games to begin! Anna had the joy of being presented with a ‘vintage tea party’ lucky dip, which each hen had contributed to. Over the course of the day she unearthed treats such as a teapot, milk jugs, a cake stand and beautiful embroidered napkins! There was also an excellent game of Mr & Mrs, in which Anna proved herself to be infuriatingly knowledgeable about her husband to be, and a game of Kiss the Frog! (think Pin the Tail on the Donkey, only with less donkey and more kissing).
As it was such a beautiful day, we ended up staying at Beese’s well into the evening. It’s an absolutely beautiful place, located right next to the river Avon and surrounded by a wooded bank. Founded in 1846, it’s lauded as Bristol’s best kept secret and despite only being about a 15 minute drive away, it certainly feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
It was a truly phenomenal hen do and I feel absolutely honoured to have been a part of it! It can sometimes be a little daunting spending a day with people you don’t know but Anna’s friends were all so friendly and welcoming. We all had a great time and I can’t wait to see them all again at the wedding in a few weeks time! I will no doubt be blogging about that too, as trust me when I say it’s going to be stunning!
A big thank you to ‘angel’ Joey Beard who, you may have noticed, has kindly let me use a lot of her photos for the blog post. She’s a very creative lady too! You can check out her website here and I also highly recommend you watch the winning film from The Encounters Festival 2012 0117 Hour Film Challenge, “Wind”, with which both Anna and Joey were involved. It’s brilliant!
One of She and Hem’s favourite people in the whole world is a lady called Deesha Mondair (above on the right), who decided to do something extra special for her 21st birthday and hold a charity fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis, a condition which affects around 100,000 people in the UK.
After making the decision to hold the fundraiser, she hired the beautiful Westbury on Trym Village Hall in Bristol and then set about achieving her vision. Over the past few months, with the help of family and friends, she has written to countless businesses in order to put together the greatest raffle in the history of raffles, bought food, made cakes, collected a lot of jams jars and gathered together all the props required! There was a lot of planning involved in putting this all together but her boundless enthusiasm for the party has been completely infectious! She even hand typed every single invitation on her trusty typewriter, Dorothy!
We got off to a little bit of a bumpy start, as after setting everything up, we were told that the hall had in fact been double booked and that we would have to cancel the party! As it was due to start in under an hour (and was for charity!) we managed to convince the hall to let the party go ahead! It was touch and go though and all rather uncomfortable! A few much needed hugs were given to Deesha, Gins were drunk and the frivolity duly commenced.
On arrival, every guest was treated to a jam jar of Pimms, complete with novelty straw. There is just something so delightfully wonderful about drinking out of a jam jar! They were a real hit. I was on door duty with the wonderful Kelly and we dutifully waved our welcoming flags and shook our collection buckets (which appear to have morphed into Gin & Tonics) with gusto. We had so much fun and it was so lovely to meet all of the people who had come to support Deesha.
One of the absolute hits of the night was most definitely the raffle extraordinaire! As I said above, Deesha wrote to lots of local (and a couple of not so local) companies and boy oh boy did they do us proud! People were extremely generous and it just shows what you can achieve if you put your mind to it. I think we were all bowled over by the support and everyone who donated deserves a special thank you! Prizes on offer included a cooking demonstration with Rick Stein, donated by one of my favourite places, Topping Booksellers in Bath; a £60 gift voucher for Bristol Sewing School, £30 of gift vouchers from Thali Cafe and an absolutely beautiful collection of bags (which I’ve totted up to be worth well over £100) from Sew Lomax
For this most special of occasions, Victoria and I decided to wear two different balloon print dresses from Modcloth, that we have been salivating over for quite some time! They are both SO MUCH FUN and we had an absolutely fabulous time wearing them for the first time. Both dresses are former Double Thumbs entries (Victoria’s from #1 and Jo’s from #7) and they are certainly worthy of the accolade. I wore my red balloon print dress with my white Topshop geek shoes and kept my accessories to a minimum with little yellow star earrings and a red bow in my hair. Victoria wore her smiley hot air balloon print dress with a gorgeous silver bunting necklace from Miss Selfridge.
Now that Deesha has finished party planning, I think she should go into business as a professional prop maker as all of the wonderful props (minus the sombreros!) were made by her fair hands. We certainty had a great time messing around with them!
As well as rocking some very trendy red lips, Kelly wore a zesty orange dress from Miss Selfridge, purple shoes from Red Herring at Debenhams, a gold turtle belt from ASOS and an Urban Outfitters watch. Ellie went for the must have accessory of the season in the form a of healthy mustache and teamed it with a gorgeous dress from Primark and a lovely blazer from H&M.
The night was a great success and raised over £700! Amazing! And the money is still coming in! Well done, Deesha and a very happy 21st birthday to you! I shall sign off with a wonderful photo of Deesha and her Grandparents, who had flown over from Ireland especially for the party. The birthday girl wore a spectacular dress from Lady V London and paired it with shoes from Pavers!
If you have been inspired to run your own fundraising event, or if you would like to make a donation to Multiple Sclerosis, you can find out more information here.
There are sales everywhere this week, from Topshop to Oasis and Schuh to Tatty Devine, which can only mean one thing; a new installment of All hail the sale! We’ve spent several hours searching (and purchasing!) the best sale bargains for you lovely lot to feast your eyes on, but please let us know if we’ve missed anything spectacular in the comment section below. So, take your laptop out into the garden and enjoy our top sale picks below.