People of Bristol

People of Bristol | She and Hem

Last week I (Victoria) woke up to the lovely surprise that I had been featured on People of Bristol, an awesome Instagram account that we follow. It was fellow Bristol blogger Lily from Lily Doughball who recognised me, presumably by my oh so subtle Peanut Butter jumper, and I was pretty chuffed about it. Thanks for the tip Lily!

People of Bristol is an account that posts illustrations of those who catch the eye of children’s and commercial illustrator Nicola Colton, and I was spotted waiting for my husband outside Cafe Kino, one of our favourite spots in Bristol. As it was a sunny, busy Saturday afternoon, he had popped into see if there was enough space to take the buggy in. Nicola captured me so well considering I must have been there, rocking my little one to and fro, for less than a minute or so. What a professional! Jo and I are hoping she might venture into blog illustrations…

Alongside my Peanut Butter jumper, I was also wearing my swimmers print ankle grazers (posted about here) from Laura Ashley with my faithful yellow Superga’s. Comfy, colourful and fun all round. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Nicola’s wonderful illustrations and to find out if anyone else spots themselves. Keep your eyes peeled, people of Bristol!

People of Bristol | She and Hem

People of Bristol | She and Hem

Check out the People of Bristol Instagram here and Nicola’s Instagram page here,

Vx

Accessories to Murder #29

Hello and welcome to the 29th Accessories to Murder! Are you ready to delve into the world of amazing accessories? Excellent. Before we crack on, just a heads up, this particular Accessories to Murder contains a sponsored link but please be assured we only feature the accessories we consider tip top! Without further ado, here are the accessories that have made it onto this week’s She and Hem’s Most Wanted.

Accessories to Murder #29 | She and Hem | ASOS Swimming costume
Seafolly Band Wave Stripe Swinsuit | Was £99 Now £45 | ASOS

Does anyone miss the BBC test card? I know I do! How exciting was it when you stayed up so late that the little girl and her weird clown doll, Bubbles, popped up. She was my only best friend. I never did find out who won the game of noughts and crosses, but now this test card inspired swimming costume has come into my life, I feel like it doesn’t really matter.

Accessories to Murder #29 | She and Hem | Laura Ashley Scarf
Swimmers Scarf | Was £30 Now £21 | Laura Ashley

I just can’t get enough of the swimmers print from Laura Ashley, and already own several of the fabulous novelty print pieces (evidence), but I hadn’t spotted this cute scarf. It’s just been reduced, so there really is no excuse not to dive right in! I’m tempted to start a campaign to get this print on a bikini. Why has no one done that yet!?

Accessories to Murder #29 | She and Hem | Jones Bootmaker
Silver Giselle Brogues | Was £98 Now £78 | Jones Bootmaker

I blooming love brogues, so my little suede heart jumped for joy when I stumbled across these silver beauties from Jones Bootmaker. Some people shy away from wearing metallics during the day, but I am all over that trend, as I find silver shoes are such an easy way to make an outfit pop!

Accessories to Murder #29 | She and Hem | People Tree Purse
Heart Mini Clutch | £32 | People Tree

What hearts of gold those chaps at People Tree have creating this beautiful bag for us. You may not be able to fit all of your worldly belongings in this handmade clutch, but it’s so pretty it doesn’t really matter! Pretty > practical, am I right? Yes. If you don’t agree, you should probably head to The North Face blog. Meow.

Accessories to Murder #29 | She and Hem | Tatty Devine
Geometric Link Necklace | £85 | Tatty Devine

The recent Tatty Devine swapshop reminded me just how incredible the brand is. I’m lucky enough to have quite a few of their jazzy pieces, and I regularly buy their items as presents for friends due to their unique and fun designs. This colourful geometric statement necklace has gone straight to the top of my Tatty Wish List. It’s very much hip be square.

Accessories to Murder #29 | She and Hem | Zara Sunglasses
Pink Sunglasses | £15.99 | Zara

Would you just look at these cute pink cat’s eye sunglasses! And no, the price is not an optical illusion, they really are £15.99. I’m always forgetting my sunglasses on a sunny day and making a right spectacle of myself, so I’m super tempted to invest in a pair. I just can’t take my eyes off of them.

Accessories to Murder #29 | She and Hem | Pineapple Bag
Yellow Embellished Pineapple Clutch | £19.99 | New Look

The fruit clutch market is berry competitive right now, with each bag throwing fruit punches to be in the limelight. There’s strong competition, but this yellow and sparkly pineapple clutch really is the most a-peeling of a tasty bunch. Truly, it’s the apple of my eye!

Until next week, keep accessorizing!

Vx

Swimmers and Sunbathers with Laura Ashley

Swimmers and Sunbathers with Laura Ashley

We didn’t need any encouragement to dip our toes in when Laura Ashley kindly asked us if we would like to style some pieces from their gorgeous St Ives Collection for their blog (which you can read here!). If you read She and Hem regularly you will know that we live for fun prints so naturally we fell hook, line and sinker for all of the Sunbathers and Swimmers pieces. It was love at first sight!  

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The Sunbathers print with its quirky parasol laden ladies all having a fabulous time at the beach is just the perfect print for Summer. We were both immediately drawn to the Linen Shift Dress* and were not disappointed when it arrived. It really makes a splash! It’s such a lovely easy style to wear and we love that it will look just as fab with sandals and a straw bag as it does with wedges and an evening cocktail. However, whilst we wait for the warmer weather to arrive,  we opted to style it with some white polka dot tights from UK Tights*, red and white Boden* flats and a Laura Ashley Classic Crew Neck cardigan*. We think all the pops of red really tie this outfit together and makes for one smashing look.

It’s fair to say that we are both totally obsessed with the Swimmers Print Ankle Grazer Trousers*, which is unusual for a pair of self-confessed dress addicts. They are so beautifully made and, once again, really lend themselves to being dressed up or down. It can be hard to find novelty print trousers that don’t completely dominate an outfit but thanks to the subtly of those lovely swimmers these do the job perfectly. They are definitely a great way of testing the water when it comes to wearing patterned trousers! We love them so much that we are going to be synchronised swimmers having both since picked up a pair! We styled the trousers with the Bather’s Linen Vest* Top (don’t you love it when a great print comes in more than one style?) and some very SS16 silver metallic shoes.

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A huge thank you to Laura Ashley for sending us our new Summer looks. We love the retro vibe of these outfits and can’t wait to see what they’ll be making waves with next. See you at the seaside!

J&V x

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

Retro Row Your Boat

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Ahoy there Hemsters! If you are a Laura Ashley fan, you may have spotted two very familiar faces this week on their wonderful blog. We took two of their gorgeous retro inspired dresses along to our recent city break to Oxford. Victoria picked the colouful 50’s style Sail Boat Print Fit Flare Dress and Straw Panama Hat, whilst Jo chose the gorgeous Beach Scene Halterneck Dress with the rather glam Floppy Straw Hat, all of which are from Laura Ashley’s current Sunset Collection.

We dressed down for this wee jaunt down the river to Oxford’s stunning Botanical Gardens, but we can’t wait to restyle these blue beauties again when we set sail on our summer holidays. Jo accessorized her halterneck dress with the Milan Clutch* from Boden, cute ASOS ballet flats and a mustard Primark belt. Victoria’s tan sandals are from New Look and the gorgeous straw bag is from Primark. Unfortunately, the straw bag is now unavailable, as it sold out faster than disposable BBQ’s in a heatwave.

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V&J

Hem and Away: Oxford

Hem and Away: Oxford #beagreatwesterner

We were recently invited by First Great Western to take part in their #BeAGreatWesterner campaign which aims to showcase the excellent places you can visit by hoping on one of their trains. We decided to take this opportunity to venture 90 minutes up the line to beautiful Oxford for a weekend city break as, despite meeting there at a festival, neither of us had ever spent any time in the city itself.

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Taking our love for hotel bars to the extreme, we checked into The Malmaison – a former prison which just so happens to also be a medieval castle! But of course! It certainly is a very impressive sight and we had a lot of fun exploring the hotel and its impressive grounds. With a central location and incredible cocktail bar, it was without doubt the nicest prison either of us has ever stayed in.

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Whenever we visit anywhere new we always spend an obscene amount of time scouring Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for nice places to eat and drink. Thankfully Oxford didn’t disappoint! We can highly recommend The Modern Baker for their delicious green macha latte and their ridiculous array of yummy cakes! We also had a great time in Brew drinking coffee whilst listening to The National on their record player – the dream! For dinner we visited SoJo to sample their much raved about dim-sum (turns out it deserves all the raves) and the fab Turl Street Kitchen, whose menu changes every day depending on what’s in season. We thought their two courses for £14.50 deal was a bit of a Saturday night bargain and oh my god look at those puddings!

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We spent a lot of time just wandering around gawping at all of the pretty buildings as it really is an incredibly stunning city! We coincidentally managed to time our visit to coincide with the last day of exams so the atmosphere was one of great jubilation and we loved watching all the happy students covering each other with flour and silly-string! We also had a great time at the Story Museum which had been at the very top of our ‘to do’ list. We actually had so much fun there that we are going to dedicate a whole post to it! We also found time to visit the very Instagramable Modern Art gallery to see Lynn Hershman’s Origins of the Species (Part 2), as seen above, which is on until 9th August.

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See? Pretty beautiful! After spending a long time browsing the historic Covered Market as the rain poured down outside, we were relieved to see some sunshine and decided to make the most of it by paying a visit to the gorgeous Botanic Gardens followed by a mosey around Christ Church college. There’s just so much to look at! Did we miss any Oxford gems? If so, let us know, as we need an excuse to go back!

J&V

 

Crafts & Laughs with Laura Ashley

Crafts & Laughs with Laura Ashley | She and Hem | Bristol

A few weeks ago we we spent a (sort of) sunny Sunday channeling our very best crafting abilities at a Laura Ashley blogger event at @Bristol, thanks to the team at Joe Bloggers and The Crafty Hen! Despite having previously failed to grasp even the simplest of make, do, and mend related instructions, we couldn’t resist an opportunity to spend an afternoon nattering with our favourite local bloggers and fawning over beautiful Laura Ashley prints.

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Thankfully for us, The Crafty Hen caters for all abilities and we felt on rather safe ground after being set the fairly straight forward task of covering a notebook with Laura Ashley fabrics and wallpaper from their Spring/Summer collection. We both went down the rather simplistic route but with a lovely range of buttons, ribbons, and accessories on offer our fellow bloggers were able to add a little extra flair and flourish to their designs. It was excellent fun and the hardest part was definitely choosing which print to use! We even managed to use a glue gun without needing a trip to A&E as a result. Success!

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After lunch (and important nattering) we were set the slightly harder task of creating a Suffolk puff, which we had originally hope was some sort of regional cocktail. As it turns out, a Suffolk puff is a circle of material gathered in on itself to form a smaller circle which is thicker and puffier. After a lot of re-reading of the instructions and PG swearing as our thread refused to cooperate with the needle, we mastered the art! We were then invited to turn our puffs into prizes by creating an accessory so brilliant it would win a prize.

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Unfortunately our hair clips failed to dazzle the judges but we were very proud of our newly discovered crafting abilities! It was one small step for crafty bloggers and one giant leap for She and Hem.

Thanks for having us Laura Ashley, The Crafty Hen and Joe Bloggers!

J&V x

Double Thumbs Dresses #53

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?

Hattie dress £69 from Boden
Hattie dress £69 from Boden

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.

Red lips dress £50 from Lady V London
Red lips dress £50 from Lady V London

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!

Seagull stripe dress £85 from Laura Ashley
Seagull stripe dress £85 from Laura Ashley

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….

Cactus dress £59 by Emily and Fin
Cactus dress £59 by Emily and Fin

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!

Botanical Specimen print dress £48 from Yumi
Botanical Specimen print dress £48 from Yumi at House of Fraser

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.

Floral jacquard dress £85 from Warehouse
Floral jacquard dress £85 from Warehouse

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.

Sweetie print dress £75 from ASOS
Sweetie print dress £75 from ASOS

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.

Playful days dress £59.80 from Miss Patina
Playful days dress £59.80 from Miss Patina

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!

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #33

Howdy partners! It’s DT time! Your weekly *sideways glance* roundup of the dresses we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval. Before we crack on, I am going to make a shameless plea! The nominations for the Company Blogger Awards 2014 have opened and we would be chuffed as nuts if you would consider voting for us. There’s even a blogger duo category! Shameless plea over, it’s frock o’clock.

Map Print Cotton Fit Flare Dress £85 from Laura Ashley
Map Print Cotton Fit Flare Dress £85 from Laura Ashley

I have been waiting forever (at least 3 weeks) for this beauty to hit the Laura Ashley website and it sure was worth the wait. It’s got the most gorgeous old world map print, complete with big ships, whales and deckchairs! Yes, more deckchairs! I hereby declare deckchairs to be a SS14 essential.

Vintage Floral Midi Bardot Dress £85 from ASOS
Vintage Floral Midi Bardot Dress £85 from ASOS

Oh me oh my, ASOS are killing it with the dresses at the moment. They rather inconsiderately keep selling out before I have the chance to buy them (and by that I mean they aren’t hanging around long enough to go into a sale), which is a real bummer. This gorgeous vintage style dress has a beautiful off the shoulder neckline and sublime fit and flare shape.

Organza Prom Dress £25 from Matalan
Organza Prom Dress £25 from Matalan

Matalan are also bringing the pretty this season with some lovely feminine florals. This gorgeous organza prom dress has a super flattering silhouette and the all important  mesh panel.

Wish You Were Here Dress £60 from Great Plains
Wish You Were Here Dress £60 from Great Plains

This postcard print dress from Great Plains is surely worth writing home about (unlike my jokes, eh). I do enjoy a shirt dress and this one happens to have a lovely rounded collar and a very pretty peach and blue pallet going on. It’s also got birds on it. So that’s nice. Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #33

Double Thumbs Dresses #32

Hi! It’s DT time again! Your weekly round-up of the dresses we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval. I can tell you folks, this week’s list has been an easy peasy one to put together! No multi-tab browsing break down for me this week! No siree!

Balloon Me up Dress (8)
Balloon Me Up Dress £65.80 from Miss Patina

We begin with this floaty little number from Miss Patina. I love a good hot air balloon print and this, dear friends, is a GREAT hot air balloon print! It looks like it would be perfect for summer and I’m quite a fan of the skirt/top style (there’s probably a better description than that but it escapes me right now). Excellent work.

Grace Dress in Black and White Cats £98 from Poppy
Grace  in Black and White Cat Dress £98 from Poppy

We haven’t had a cat dress for a while, have we? Hopefully not as I’ve got two for you this week! First up is this delightful monochrome number from Poppy. I love their signature 50s shape, truly perfect for twirling, and those black cats are nice and BIG. Declaring yourself as a cat lover should never be done subtly.

Map Happy Dress $92.99 by Nice Things from Modcloth
Map Happy Dress $92.99 by Nice Things from Modcloth

Whenever I fall for a dress on our beloved Modcloth (which is often), I always check that it isn’t actually from a UK based company before spending $$$$ on shipping (and tax! don’t forget the tax!). They stock a lot of  great international brands and I’m betting I’d be pretty annoyed if I accidentally imported an Emily & Fin dress. Anyhoo, this map print dress isn’t from a UK company but it is from a Spanish one and, although my translation skills aren’t that awesome, I reckon people on this side of the Atlantic would find it cheaper to order directly from them. Nice Things has the dress for 75 euros (about £60).

Eggs and Shakin' Dress $84.99 from Modcoth
Eggs and Shakin’ Dress $84.99 from Modcoth

This Modcloth dress, however, appears to be all American and proud. It’s also completely incrEDIBLE and covered in all of my favourite things! Eggs, bacon, PANCAKES, coffee, doughnuts and pears. Yes, pears! What of it? I am basically all about this dress. I don’t even care about the shipping (and the tax! don’t forget the tax!). Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #32