Accessories to Murder #31

Hello and welcome to the 31st Accessories to Murder! Are you ready to delve into the world of amazing accessories featuring not one but two awesome Lazy Oaf goodies? Excellent. Without further ado, here are the accessories that have made it onto this week’s She and Hem’s Most Wanted.

Accessories to Murder #30 | She and Hem | Novelty Accessories
Summer Patch Set | £25 | The Whitepepper

I recently spotted these fun patches and thought that somebody a lot more crafty than I could create something quite wonderful with them. A lot like the fab dress above. They would look so great with the dress of the moment, this denim beauty from Zara. Are you a fan of patches? If so, send me a picture of something you have created!

Accessories to Murder #30 | She and Hem | Novelty Accessories
Little Sunny Bite X Muppets Miss Piggy Bag | £105.00 | Lazy Oaf
Accessories to Murder #30 | She and Hem | Novelty Accessories
Beaded Killing It Clutch | £60 | Eat Me Do Via Lazy Oaf

Lazy Oaf have got novelty in the bag right now with these two incredible pieces. They are just so fun. Only a real Muppet wouldn’t love this Miss Piggy shoulder bag. The Killing It clutch reminds me of being in Lisbon, swooning over all of the colorful sardine tins in local stores. Those are a lot prettier than they sound, I promise!

Accessories to Murder #30 | She and Hem | Novelty Accessories
Metallic Shell Clutch Bag | £28 | ASOS

Well, ahoy there! Hot on Lazy Oaf’s heels for the best novelty bag crown is ASOS. Here’s their catch of the day for all our mermaid readers, of which we have a surprising amount! There’s nothing fishy about this fetching clutch bag, and at £25, you’re not shelling out so much that your bank balance will get into a boatload of trouble!

Accessories to Murder #30 | She and Hem | Novelty Accessories
LULAMOON Pointed Unicorn Ballet Flats | £25 | ASOS

Something else ASOS are particularly good at is shoes, glorious shoes.Take these Unicorn flats, for example. Even though they have a sparkly horn (!), these pastel coloured slip-ons are subtle enough to wear anywhere. I find ASOS shoes super comfortable, so I would imagine these would be no different.

Accessories to Murder #30 | She and Hem | Novelty Accessories
Iris Lemon Printed Heels | £148 | Anthropologie

Speaking of shoes, these fruity beauties caught my eye this week. They are on the pricey side, but don’t be too bitter, as they would be such a playful accessory for a Summer wedding, especially as they also do a matching bag. Anthropologie, we are really sweet on you. Zesty!

Accessories to Murder #30 | She and Hem | Novelty Accessories
I Need A Vacation Cloche Hat | £105 | Kate Spade

Last but certainly not least is this hat from Kate Spade. I say hat, it’s actually a cloche, which makes it even better. Who doesn’t want to take a cute cloche on their holidays? This cloche does not lie, I do need a vacation, but until then I’ll be more than happy sitting on my balcony in a bikini and this hat. With a jumper, blanket and cup of tea as well of course, because England.

Until next week, keep accessorising!

Vx

Double Thumbs Dresses #76

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….

Sea View Sleeveless Crosshatch Dress £65 from Cath Kidston
Sea View Sleeveless Crosshatch Dress £65 from Cath Kidston

I had one of those moments on the Cath Kidston website where I was so overwhelmed with new prints that I had to calm myself. IT’S ALL SO PERFECT AHH! This sea view dress is adorable. Just look at all those beautiful boats! Of the new seaside prints I’ve spotted this is currently the only one in dress form but, for your CK records, I’ve also spied a beach huts apron (!) and this stunning harbour view skirt(!) – both of which are clearly screaming out to be dresses. The gnome print sold out so quickly that I might just have to bite the bullet and get this one straight away.

Evelyn Embroidered Dress £250 from Boden
Evelyn Embroidered Dress £250 from Boden

This is slightly more expensive than your usual Double Thumbs Dress but my goodness what a corker. This floral organza beauty is part of Boden’s latest Icons collection, a limited range of stunning pieces which are created with rich, luxurious fabrics. Basically it’s all just knockout and if you are looking for an investment piece then look no further. So pretty.

Eliza Dress £45 from Archive by Alexa at M&S
Eliza Dress £45 from Archive by Alexa at M&S

As a proud M&S shopper and huge Alexa Chung fan I have been super excited about this collaboration for what feels like forever! Today is finally the day that  Archive by Alexa launches and as this super fashionable, super affordable, super everything collection will probably all sell out in under 30 seconds, I thought I should include my pick of the bunch. The gorgeous Eliza dress, originally an M&S number from the 1950s, has been given a modern makeover to become this lovely frock you see before you. Please don’t have sold out before I get home from work!

Love Mer-Cat Dress (Mist Blue) £75.80 from Miss Patina
Love Mer-Cat Dress £75.80 from Miss Patina

Mermaids and cats! What a beautiful combination of creatures. Thankfully for us, the mer-cat takes center stage in Miss Patina’s new sea themed spring collection. It’s all just beautiful, with Miss Patina’s usual ethereal vibe. There really are some gorgeous pieces but this dreamy dress is the star of the show for me.  Well, apart from the tabby! Need.

Pinafore Dungaree Dress With Cat Face £70 from Lazy Oaf at ASOS
Pinafore Dungaree Dress With Cat Face £70 from Lazy Oaf at ASOS
Button Front Shirt Dress In Cat Gang Print £65 from Lazy Oaf at ASOS
Button Front Shirt Dress In Cat Gang Print £65 from Lazy Oaf at ASOS

If you prefer your cats with a more traditional tail, then look no further than these two ameowsing dresses from Lazy Oaf. Victoria and I are a little Lazy Oaf obsessed at the moment as they seem to have hit upon a gold mine of novelty prints. It’s just an explosion of cats and milkshakes and rainbows. Who could resist?

Click the individual dresses for direct links

Daisy Jacquard Skater Dress £68 from Oasis
Daisy Jacquard Skater Dress £68 from Oasis

Last but not least we have this super pretty affair from Oasis. I love this sugary sweet shade of pink and the pretty daisy print is just lovely. It looks like a perfect Summer party dress so, errm, let’s hope we get a Summer!

Jx

 

Accessories to Murder #28

Hello and welcome to the 28th Accessories to Murder! Are you ready to delve into the world of amazing accessories, including a sneaky cheat entry from Lazy Oaf? Excellent. Without further ado, here are the accessories that have made it onto this week’s She and Hem’s Most Wanted.

Accessories to Murder #28 | She and Hem | Lazy Oaf Shirt
Eat Your Cake Shirt | £65.00 | Lazy Oaf

Now you may think this is cheating slightly, as a shirt isn’t technically an accessory, but Jo and I have been obsessed with this fun print ever since we saw it on the Queen of Youtube, Zoella. Although it’s one of the best novelty prints I think I’ve ever seen, I am yet to make the slightly pricey purchase, as I wish it was slightly shorter in length. It looked absolutely stunning on Zoe, but that girl has such a banging figure, she’d look great whatever the length. For now, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a range of items in this print.

Accessories to Murder #28 | She and Hem | Thunder Egg Brooch
Erstwilder “Sals Soda Pop” Brooch | £25 | Thunder Egg
Accessories to Murder #28 | She and Hem | Thunder Egg Brooch
Erstwilder “Radio Shack” Brooch | £23 | Thunder Egg

We feature gorgeous dresses from Thunder Egg all the time on the blog, so I thought it was only right to delve into their accessories section, and man I’m so glad I did because just look at these cute retro inspired brooches! There are plenty of different designs in stock, but my two favourites are the super Sals Soda Pop and the radical Radio Shack brooches. So-da great.

Accessories to Murder #28 | She and Hem | Boden Denim Jacket
Olivia Jacket | £59.50 | Boden

I feel that a demin jacket is a must have item for Spring, as it’s so quick and easy to pop on over a dress when you’re not really sure what the heck the weather is doing. One of the best designs I’ve spotted is the Olivia Jacket from Boden. Unfortunately, some sizes are currently not in stock, but they do have an excellent white version which is available in all sizes, and I may even prefer it to the blue. How controversial!

Accessories to Murder #28 | She and Hem | Boden Swimming Costume
Ruffle Bandeau Swimsuit | £59.50 | Boden

I’m off on an American adventure next week and whilst looking for some last minute holiday bits, this jazzy swimming costume caught my eye. I can’t resist a ruffle! I can totally see myself getting my Baywatch on, running slow mo down Venice beach in this beauty. Carrying a giant inflatable swan, obviously.

Accessories to Murder #28 | She and Hem | Pastel Clutch Bag
Beautiful Dreamer Pouch | £15.99 | Aspire Style

Last but not least, I wanted to feature a new designer who I discovered last week after the lovely Aspire Style sent us a couple of her pastel pouches (featured here) as a little ‘Thank You’ for taking part in their recent blogger challenge. Unfortunately we didn’t win, but the beautiful pouches from Katie Loxton really make up for it!

Let me know your favourite pieces and until next week, keep accessorising!

Vx

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 #69

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….

Button Cuff Angel Dress White Sushi Print £55 from THE WHITEPEPPER
Button Cuff Angel Dress White Sushi Print £55 from THE WHITEPEPPER

Hold on to your hats folks for the new THE WHITEPEPPER collection is soy fun that I think a party cannon has just exploded IN MY FACE. This smock dress with cropped sleeves is festooned with super adorable sushi, plus the odd panda and rainbow chucked in for good measure. This frock had better not sell out or else I’ll lose my tempura.

Blue Crepe Colour Block Collared Dress £70 from River Island
Blue Crepe Colour Block Collared Dress £70 from River Island

Ah, this River Island number is so purdy. I just love the blue and white together and the colour block panels work really nicely. How insanely gorgeous is that floral collar though? I may need to track this one down in store for a closer inspection.

Chevron Stripe Dress £60 from Oasis
Chevron Stripe Dress £60 from Oasis

With stripes being the in thing at the moment and blue and coral set to be the hawt colour combination of the season, this Oasis dress is taking trends and smashing them like it’s nobody’s business.

Patterned Dress in Black Dog £14.99 from H&M
Patterned Dress in Black Dog £14.99 from H&M

I do love a novelty animal print so happy was I when I stumbled across these monochrome mutts on the H&M website. So cute! This frock is also available in two other non-novelty-animal prints if dogs aren’t your bag.

Button Front Shirt Dress With Rainbow Embroidery And Cloud Collar £65 from Lazy Oaf at ASOS
Button Front Shirt Dress With Rainbow Embroidery And Cloud Collar £65 from Lazy Oaf at ASOS

Lazy Oaf sure do know how to raise a smile don’t they? I adore this gorgeous blue shirt dress with it’s massive white scalloped collar and super sweet embroidered rainbow motif. It’s so bright and cheery!

Frill Detail Floral Dress £39 from Urban Outfitters
Frill Detail Floral Dress £39 from Urban Outfitters

How sweet is this floral affair from Urban Outfitters? I’m digging the high neck and love the little extra details like the subtle bit of lace across the chest and the frills at the neck.

Liza Zebra Dress £54 from Sugarhill Boutique at John Lewis
Liza Zebra Dress £54 from Sugarhill Boutique at John Lewis

We love a bit of Sugarhill Boutique here at She and Hem (*spoiler alert* there’s a new style post coming soon!) so I was very happy to find this John Lewis exclusive. Who doesn’t love a good zebra or 12? Such a good print and love that it’s cut to the knee.

Contrast Print Tunic £39.99 from Zara
Contrast Print Tunic £39.99 from Zara

This Zara tunic dress is joyously jazzy! The contrasting prints and colours make it really pop and it’s pretty much just a dream dress come true. Top work, everyone.

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #68

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….

Red Heart Dress £65 by Lazy Oaf
Red Heart Dress £65 by Lazy Oaf at ASOS

Still looking for that perfect Valentine’s frock? You could do a lot worse than this hearty number from Lazy Oaf! I’ve got some big love for those big hearts.

Amalfi Coast Print Tunic Dress £50 from Yumi
Amalfi Coast Print Tunic Dress £50 from Yumi

Yumi are totally killing this season! How beautiful is this coast print tunic? The colours are stunning and I love how the print carries over to the sleeves. It also makes me want to go on holiday RIGHT NOW.

Spring Cottage Dress £60 from Cath Kidston
Spring Cottage Dress £60 from Cath Kidston

Wahey! A new Cath Kidston print to covet. This darling cottage dress features a delightfully twee scene, complete with springtime flowers, in my favourite Cath dress shape.

Embellished Collar Crop Top Skater Dress With Long Sleeves £95 from ASOS
Embellished Collar Crop Top Skater Dress With Long Sleeves £95 from ASOS

Oh my goodness it’s so shiny, so sparkly, SO PINK! The magpie in me is all over this ASOS frock. That heavily embellished double layer is really quite magic.

What A Scarf Dress £55 from Trollied Dolly
What A Scarf Dress £55 from Trollied Dolly

I know you’re all totally shocked to see that I’ve fallen in love with this long sleeved 70s inspired dress that has delightful buttons and a floral print. It’s really out of character. Also, I think we can all agree that ‘What a Scarf’ is the greatest dress name ever. Top work, Trollied Dolly.

Caravan Dress £99.99 by Vanity Project
Caravan Dress £99.99 from The Whiting Post

Oh man, those colourful caravans are just too fantastic for words and just the fact that dresses like this Vanity Project number exist in the world makes me so happy.

Victoriana Dress £32 from Dorothy Perkins
Victoriana Dress £32 from Dorothy Perkins

Orange is apparently the colour to be seen in this spring (pray for us all) so this floaty frock from Dorothy Perkins could be just the ticket to trend town we all need. It also has some delightful ruffle detailing which is also very ‘in’ right now. Truly the dress that keeps on giving.

Jonna Polo Dress £25 from Monki
Jonna Polo Dress £25 from Monki

This Monki number slightly terrifies me as I have no idea how I would wear this shape of dress (ideas welcome) but that print is just so much fun! LOVE.

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

Double Thumbs Dresses #62

Hello dress fans! It’s time once again to take a gander at the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval! There’s plenty of new A/W arrivals happening at the moment so I have been slightly spoiled for choice! Frock on…

Cookie dress £65 from Lazy Oaf
Cookie dress £65 from Lazy Oaf

This Lazy Oaf dress is simply ridiculous. Whoever decided to put cartoon cookies, cola, peanut butter jelly and, wait, is that a watermelon? on a bright blue dress is my new hero. Just imagine rocking up to basically anything in this dress! You’d look pretty darn cool. Best print ever.

Chic Full Skirted Dress in Multi London Town £129 from Boden
Chic Full Skirted Dress in Multi London Town £129 from Boden

I really do have to take a deep breath before I visit the Boden website as I know I am going to want EVERYTHING and usually end up having a tab opening frenzy as I weep uncontrollably about how pretty it all is. Don’t even get me started on their new party frocks! But that’s enough about my private browsing, as among the new arrivals I spied this delightful new London print which is right up my street with its pretty houses, lampposts and bicycles all set against a gorgeous colour pallet of greys, yellows and pinks. I need.

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Cat dress £119 from Rachel Riley

This a-meow-zing dress from not Countdown’s Rachel Riley is the perfect combination of a delightful 50s shape (always a big fan of a matching belt too) and a super fun print. I really like the tan colour too which I can see looking rather lovely with blonde hair. Convenient that…

Love Cat Dress in Dogtooth £75.80 from Miss Patina
Love Cat Dress in Dogtooth £75.80 from Miss Patina

Well that’s a flippin’ excellent cat collar isn’t it? Miss Patina really do know how to make my bank balance fearful and their latest feline filled collection hasn’t helped in the slightest! This dress offers the best of both worlds for pet lovers everywhere with it’s combination of cat and dog(tooth)! Purrrfect! This one truly has me hot under the cat collar.

Swans Shirt Dress £55 from Cath Kidston
Swans Shirt Dress £55 from Cath Kidston

I’m going to stick my neck out here and say that this is my favourite of the new Cath Kidston prints! I love love love those gorgeous swans and I am excited to try out the new shirt dress style. I managed to miss out on the penguin dress earlier in the season so I will be snapping this one up quick sharp!

Lace Trim Long Sleeve Dress £35 from F&F
Lace Trim Long Sleeve Dress £35 from F&F

Yep, you read that right! This beautiful mustard frock is indeed from Tesco! It’s sheer perfection in every way from the colour to the vintage shape and holy moly can we discuss those sleeves? See you all in aisle seventies.

Abigail Hot Air Balloon Tunic Dress £48 from Sugarhill Boutique at House of Fraser
Abigail Hot Air Balloon Tunic Dress £48 from Sugarhill Boutique at House of Fraser

This balloon print dress from Sugarhill Boutique at House of Fraser was obviously going to catch my eye due to that fabulous print! I do love any opportunity to wear a fiesta and those balloons are particularly pretty. I’m also really loving the ease of wearing tunics at the moment as they are so fab for layering and now that it’s getting colder (brrr) I’ll soon be cracking out the chunky tights and knitwear.

Long Sleeve Babydoll Frill Dress £45 from Marks and Spencer
Long Sleeve Babydoll Frill Dress £45 from Marks and Spencer

Last but not least we have this beautiful pink babydoll dress from my loves, M&S. I find you can’t go wrong with a good ruffle or two and that neck is pretty special isn’t it? The blush colour is such a gorgeous shade and, well, do I even need to mention my love for those sleeves?

Until next time!

Jx

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Double Thumbs Dresses #55

Hello dear reader! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval. I can tell you hand on heart that this, the 55th edition, has truly tested the limits of my bank balance. Send help.

Print Me Pretty Dress Paris £68.80 from Miss Patina
Print Me Pretty Dress Paris £68.80 from Miss Patina

Or, preferably, send me this dress! I can’t even bring myself to look at the Miss Patina website at the moment for fear of the damage I might do. Everything is just so incredibly beautiful! This Parisian print is my pick of the bunch thanks to that super adorable illustration. What an Eiffel.

French Market dress £89.95 by Joules
French Market dress £89.95 by Joules from John Lewis

Oui oui! I am obviously taking my inspiration from the French as this market town print dress from Joules is also pickling my onions. How dreamy is that 50’s shape? and the colours are simply gorgeous.

Daisy Spray Beach Dress £50 from Cath Kidston
Daisy Spray Beach Dress £50 from Cath Kidston

It’s bright yellow, it’s got polka dots AND it’s Cath Kidston…..what’s not to love? I’m slightly obsessed with those thick straps and the polka dots are, prepare to sound the twee klaxon, actually super cute daisies! Oh CK, you sure do know the way to my floral loving heart. I think this is the perfect dress for Summer.

Beach hut short sleeve shirt dress £40 by Brakeburn
Beach hut short sleeve shirt dress £40 by Brakeburn from House of Fraser

I’ve been waiting ages for a good beach hut print (I know, I know, haven’t we all) and one has finally appeared thanks to Brakeburn. I love this little shirt shift dress (easy for you to say) as the short sleeves, little collar and tie waist make it super easy to wear!

Parasol Print Dress £22 from TU
Parasol Print Dress £22 from TU

There’s nothing shady about this parasol print dress from TU although you will have to leave your house in order to obtain it as it’s not available online. Boo you, Sainsbury’s! It’s a gorgeous print though and I love the the green and blues together. Let’s just hope it hasn’t para-sold out (sorry).

Dress With All Over Pom Pom Print & Detail £65 by Lazy Oaf
Dress With All Over Pom Pom Print & Detail £65 by Lazy Oaf from ASOS

Pom pom hem! This Lazy Oaf dress has an actual pom pom hem! Made out of pom poms! If Victoria and I ever decide we need blogger nicknames I am totally having ‘pom pom hem’ as mine. What a thing! Even aside from the whole pom pom hem thing, this dress is obviously brilliant with an all over multicoloured pom pom print. POM POM.

Barcelona Dress £39 by Louche from Joy
Barcelona Dress £39 by Louche from Joy

I adore this red 50’s inspired dress from Louche. It looks so pretty and I love the detail that has gone into the print and the beautiful looking hem, which is apparently a unique broderie analgise hem dontchaknow. Whatever it is it’s lovely and it looks very flattering too!

Sing For Your Summer Dress £55 by Trollied Dolly
Sing For Your Summer Dress £55 by Trollied Dolly

Last but not least we have a Trollied Dolly strawberry dress that is ripe for picking! It’s certainly a berry good print and looks lovely set against the peachy tone of the dress. I would definitely accessorise this one with lashings of cream!

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #31

Hello dress fans! It’s time once again for a gander at the frocks deemed worthy of the highly commended Double Thumbs seal of approval. And the sun is shining, which makes buying new dresses all the more essential. Obviously.

Waterfront Button Front Dress £65 from Cath Kidston
Waterfront Button Front Dress £65 from Cath Kidston

Oh my! I only discovered last week my love of deckchairs on dresses so imagine my delight when this chair festooned wonder frock appear online. It’s also got pockets and a nice bow. All this leads me to believe that Cath Kidston are still purposely trying to bankrupt me.

Allover Polka Dot Collar Prom Dress £130 by Nishe from ASOS
Allover Polka Dot Collar Prom Dress £130 by Nishe from ASOS
Umbrella Print Sweetheart Dress £50 by Nishe from ASOS
Umbrella Print Sweetheart Dress £50 by Nishe from ASOS

The new Nishe collection is really rather special! With pretty shapes, novelty prints and adorable frocks a plenty. Thankfully, quite a few of the collection have appeared on ASOS and I would quite happily own it all. The two above are my current favourites although, be warned, there is a sweet print yet to come.

Blue Scalloped Collar Tea Dress £35 from River Island
Blue Scalloped Collar Tea Dress £35 from River Island

This lovely River Island dress is so simple and pretty, it’s a real wardrobe classic. I love the colour and the collar detail. I can just see myself wearing my heart shaped sunglasses and basking in the sunshine in this one.  Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #31