I hope you all had a joyous long weekend! I spent most of my time eating, drinking and indulging in total Eurovision madness but somehow I also managed to find some time for a little bit of nature when I took a trip to nearby Prior’s Wood! You might say I’m combating the post bank holiday blues with some post bank holiday bluebells! That totally works, right?
Oh gosh, it’s so pretty isn’t it? I do love this time of year and it’s always wonderful to find a hidden gem on your doorstop. Prior’s Wood is only a 20 minute drive away from Clifton in Bristol and even when the bluebells aren’t in season there’s still so much to admire whilst taking a stroll around this ancient woodland. I’m particularly excited about their Autumn ‘fungus foray’. A date for the diary indeed.
I’ll admit that I wasn’t planning on being in front of the camera when I left for this particular field trip so I didn’t put any makeup on! THE HORROR! However once I saw all the gorgeous bluebells I couldn’t help but get my pose on! On a completely unrelated note, you”ll notice that most of these pictures involve a lot of soft focus and/or no trace of my face. What are the chances?
Have you been looking for some fabulous (yet affordable!) vintage pieces to jazz up your wardrobe, without a moth ball in sight? Well, look no further dear, stylish reader! Let us introduce you to the wonderful Thirty 8 Birds over at ASOS Marketplace. You are most welcome.
Considering I (Victoria) am completely obsessed with ASOS, I’m quite embarrassed that it has taken me this long to seriously explore ASOS Marketplace. Now that I have, I’m completely hooked. With 800 boutiques selling new and vintage items from around the world, I will never have to leave the house to go shopping again. Hopefully Jo will agree my proposal to rename the blog She and Hermit.
Jo wore white vintage 90’s dungarees with black polka-dots, black tights from UK Tights and a mustard top from Marks and Spencer. She accessorised with flat black boots from Topshop, heart sunglasses from Moschino via TK Maxx and one of the best novelty bags I’ve ever seen (and I’m not just saying that because I bought it for her…) from Next, which is also available here. In true She and Hem style, we decided to go a little matchy matchy, so I wore monochrome gingham dungarees, which are still available here, with black tights from UK Tights. My white chunky heels were an awesome ASOS bargain and my coordinating polka-dot sunglasses are from Primark.
On the short walk home from the shoot we found the perfect place to sit, have a quick catch up, throw blossom at each other and think of the perfect quote for the Tombola’s True Friendship feature, and here is what we came up with!
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The red carpet has been rolled out in Bristol this week for the return of the South West’s largest fashion event, Bristol Fashion Week at The Mall. Thousands of stylish Bristolians will be strutting over to The Mall to catch one of the 17 catwalk shows, hosted by Lucy Watson from Made in Chelsea and Lorraine Kelly’s BFF/TV stylist Mark Heyes. This year the show has a travel theme, with the entrance of the purpose built pavilion styled as an airport departure lounge and each store has put together a cool collection of on-trend looks, based on gap years, summer holidays and safari chic.
We flew in on Wednesday night and, in true She and Hem style, were the last to board flight S/S15, with a one way ticket to the land of denim, swish 70’s and our personal favourite, brights. We saw so many outfits, the Bristol Fashion Week tailor must be swift. His career will certainly take off!
After the show, we had a stop over at M&S in The Mall to check out the new Limited Edition collection, hang out with lovely local bloggers and eat ALL of the cheese. I (Victoria) fell in love with the Paisley Print Dress that Lily is beautifully modelling below and Jo’s yellow M&S Limited Edition No Peep Dress was certainly first class! In addition to her gorgeous M&S dress, Jo wore brown beads (old) also from M&S, spotty tights from UK Tights, Urban Outfitters boots and her Kate Spade bag. I wore a vintage 1970’s dress from Portobello Road with my brown Orla Kiely for Clarks heels and black tights from UK Tights. My belt is from New Look and black floppy hat from ASOS. We both accessoried with M&S flowers!
Will we be seeing you at Bristol Fashion Week 2016?
During London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015, we spent three incredibly fun days attending shows, randomly bumping into blogger buddies and drinking several palm trees worth of Vita Coco. With British fashion stronger than ever, we were so happy to be in the capital for one of our favourite events of the year. Second only to pancake day, obviously.
On day one, with a strong coffee in hand, we headed over to Somerset House super early ready for the first show of the season, J.JS Lee. After the show, and before bumping into the lovely Joseph and Kristabel, we took a few outfit photos in the midst of all the fashionable fun. We were very kindly loaned a few beautiful items from the glorious Heartfelt Vintage in Bristol. I (Victoria) wore an original 1970’s black velvet skirt with a colorful jacket by House of Frou Frou, both from Heartfelt Vintage. My white shirt is from Marks & Spencer, the yellow square shoulder bag is vintage and my new favourite Dilly heels are Orla Kiely for Clarks. Jo’s floral 1950’s dress and vintage cloche also came from Heartfelt vintage, which she teamed with a black leather jacket from Marks & Spencer, a yellow Westminster bag from Boden and black round heel ankle boots from The Whitepepper.
Keep an eye out for London Fashion Week Day 2 and 3 OOTD’s next week!
December has finally arrived and with it the perfect excuse to dress up all fancy every day of the week! Christmas time is party time afterall! Pass us a mince pie and some mulled wine, will you?
We do love a reason to glam up and decided to break out our new festive dresses from the Yumi partywear collection* yesterday for a vintage filled day of fun at the Heartfelt Vintage shop in Bristol. After being completely transformed by Able Mabel who did an incredible job on our hair and Evie Smith who truly made us look the part, we felt ready to hit the dance floor!
Jo: I layered my beautiful silver Floral Prom Dress* over a super sparkly sequin top from New Look. I thought it added some extra pizzazz (you can never have too much pizzazz) and as I don’t like things to be too low cut, it protected my modesty. I added a black belt from ASOS, white tights from Topshop and some super sparkly high heels from Primark.
Victoria: My sleeveless Wallpaper Print Dress* is party perfect! I’m not usually a big fan of red dresses, but I was drawn to the shirt collar and easy to wear shape. I teamed it with black striped tights from Marks and Spencer, silver brogues from Next and a gorgeous black vintage bag from Heartfelt Vintage in Bristol.
In the evening we went to the fireworks which were put on to celebrate 150 years of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Don’t they look incredible?! I know we’ve said it before but we sure do love Bristol.
We’ll be posting more about our day at Heartfelt later in the week!
Hello hello and welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses. Our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. I hope your bank balances are suitably prepared….
….because OH MY. This has definitely got to be up there with one of the best ever Double Thumbs Dresses. It is the cake covered dress of my dreams. Sadly it would appear I am not the only one obsessed with this print as Lady Vintage are currently running perilously low on them. Fingers crossed more stock appears soon.
Who needs cake though when Nishe have come to the rescue with a doughnut embroidered dress. I mean, seriously, it’s like the Internet doesn’t want me to have any money. This dress is ridiculous and I need it. Mmmmm doughnuts.
If food based frocks aren’t your thing then don’t feel too deflated, the new Nishe collection continues to deliver with a balloon dress! It’s so pretty and will surely raise your spirits.
This Cath Kidston beauty caused quite a stir at their press day waaaay back in July. It has now finally arrived online and in store and oh boy has it been worth the wait. The Townhouses print is simply gorgeous and, as ever, I adore this dress shape. No window shopping necessary as I’ll be moving in on this one.
It would be fair to say that I’ve been fawning over this Yumi dress. The delightful deer print is one thing but I sure do go doe eyed for a good collar!
You’d be barking mad not to love this super cute puppy print dress from Orla Kiely. It’s such a fun dress and a great piece to take you through Autumn/Winter. I really love the sweatshirt style and those raglan sleeves are just perfect.
More animals, this time in the shape of horses from People Tree. I adore the flared shape and elbow length sleeves but really it’s the colours that have got my horse heart racing. I just love the pop of yellow against the grey and black. Dreamy. I wouldn’t bet against this one appearing in my wardrobe.
You can sharpen up your style with this pencil print dress from White Stuff! It’s definitely a perfect work dress and would look fab with a blazer thrown over it. I can’t help but feel they’ve missed a trick in not making a pencil skirt but, hey ho, I’ve got dibs on those nibs!
At first glance this might not appear an obvious choice for Double Thumbs but I have been searching for the perfect dress to layer over my ever growing collection of jazzy (yes jazzy) shirts and blouses. This nude M&S frock fits the bill perfectly and has the added bonus of massive pockets. You can see it styled over a pretty blouse here.
Hello and welcome back to Accessories to Murder! Sorry for the slight mega break, house moves, DVD marathons and all of that other blogging malarkey have gotten in the way, but now it’s back and better than ever (maybe).
Now that I’ve broken the ice, feast your eyes on this. I pinned this incredible Ice Cream Dream swimsuit to ‘Victoria’s Wish List‘ on our Pinterest a couple of days ago and I’ve been getting constant alerts ever since to tell me that it’s being re-pinned and liked. It’s not hard to see why, as it’s possibly the best swimming costume that I’ve ever seen. A freezer fresh Maxibon in a world of half eaten Mini Milks.
These winking YRU (Youth Rise Up) white bunny shoes from ASOS are quite something, huh? They make me pretty hoppy, but if you are bugged by bunnies, they also come in an adorable panda print!
A lot of people over on Instagram and Twitter have been feeling a wee bit melancholy that they haven’t been able to get their hands on one of the New Look/Monki fruity clutches that have been everywhere over the last month or so. So I decided to find an alternative, which just so happens to be in the Marks and Spencer sale for a very a-peeling £8. It’s smaller in size than the clutches, but not in zestiness!
It has been quite time consuming trying to choose my favourite accessory from Cath Kidston’s new Clocks range. Although I’m not ticked off as the collection is awesome, CK are just so ahead of their time! Have you gone cuckoo over this season’s new items?
When writing Accessories to Murder, I always have a browse of our Twitter followers, searching for independent brands to check out and feature if something takes my fancy. Today, I came across Bristol based Lara Lindsay, who just so happened to have a bag called ‘Victoria’. It must have been fate! I feel like we’re meant to be together.
I’ve popped two necklaces in from Sugar and Vice because I just couldn’t choose between them. In fact, their whole necklace section is fab. Sugar and Vice has been on our radar for a while, but I was nudged happily in their direction after reading Domestic Sluttery’s list of their favourite accessory designers. A rather fabulous wishlist it makes too.
As keen fashion readers, it won’t have escaped your attention that Domestic Sluttery recently announced their impending closure. This seems like an appropriate juncture to say how much we’re going to miss them! Jo and I were both really inspired by Domestic Sluttery, and loved the girls style and sense of humour. We’re both really going to miss it, but wish everyone involved good luck for the future!
Hello hello! It’s Double Thumbs time again! Your weekly roundup of the top frocks we have deemed worthy of our seal of approval. Before we continue, I believe there’s time for one final shameless plea for any Company Style Blogger Awards votes. If you like our thumbs, please do take a moment to check out the website. We are on page 4! Voting closes on Friday. ONWARDS.
Ha! You thought you’d seen the last of my pineapples but here we are again, in what I am now calling the fashion world’s ‘pineapple agenda’, with another from There’s Only One Amy Laws. But WHAT a pretty 50’s style pineapple frock this is. I love everything about it.
Ha! You thought you’d seen the last of my pinea….yeah, it’s kind of getting a bit silly now isn’t it? I can’t help it though. I’m just drawn to the tropical. This lovely cami is fromRiver Island.
People can tell me all they want about how Marks and Spencer have lost their way when it comes to women’s fashion. I’m not listening. I have always been an M&S girl and from where I am sitting, they are consistently brilliant. Look at this sunglasses print dress? It’s marvelous! It’s on trend! It’s under £50! I will defend them UNTIL THE END! (bit of poetry for you there). Although I’m still waiting for a Percy Pig print dress. Sort it out, guys.
*update* currently showing as out of stock
Screw you, pineapples! There’s a massive lemon print on the block and it’s brilliant. I often overlook Banana Republic but they have got some fantastic pieces in at the moment!
Ah, we love a bit of Weekend Doll here at She and Hem so I was very excited to see their new collection pop up this week. This yellow puppy (!) dress, with it’s super cute print, is my favourite. It’s also got a whacking great bow on the back. Winner.
One of my favourite ever Double Thumbs Dresses is from 20th Century Foxy, so it’s nice to see them back with this bangin’ red stripe shirt dress. It’s even got hidden pockets. Dreamy.
My goodness, Matalan can be totally amazing. This perfect pastel pink floral shift dress is a tenner! A tenner!
Last up this week is this lovely floral tea dress from Peacocks. I love the shape and the pattern but the thing that truly seals the deal for me is that adorable Peter-Pan collar. You can’t really argue with that price-tag either.
Over the glorious Bank Holiday Weekend I found myself at the Royal May Day Fair in Knutsford, an annual celebration that comes complete with a parade, Morris dancing, a maypole and, of course, a funfair!
I’ll admit that I wasn’t actually planning on going anywhere near rides when I threw on this ensemble but it proved fortuitous as I don’t think my usual fit and flare style would have been fairground appropriate! Zara have been solely responsible for converting me into a trouser wearer, with this hounds-tooth pair being my current favourites. I teamed them with a classic black and white striped tee from Great Plains and a small lightning bolt necklace from Tatty Devine.
I’m basically obsessed with M&S at the moment and as soon as this blue vanity bag appeared on their website it went straight into my basket! They also purport to have it in lemon but I’ve yet to see it in stock. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t keeping an eye out! The sunglasses were thrown in simply to bump myself up to free delivery (yes, I’m that person) but I had a feeling they would be sticking around. I have a bit of a thing for white sunglasses.
I finished off my outfit with some new heeled jellys from Treds*. I’ve spotted these on a few people and love how fun and comfy they look! For this occasion, I was happy to have something which made quite a smart outfit (for me!) seem a little more care free! They were a big hit and perfect attire for mooching around the Fair.
Hello and welcome back to Double Thumbs, our bank busting roundup of frocks we consider worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. I’ve been a bit slack on the DT front of late due to LIFE and STUFF. Anyway, as a result there will be two Double Thumbs lists this week! Three cheers for that.
We start with not one but two pretty dresses from Joules (aff). Both feature charming prints, with a hand drawn vintage inspired cafe/picnic scene and botanical design respectively. Does the second dress remind anyone else of a Britannica Encyclopedia entry? Just me then. It’s lovely though, right? Both dresses are so summery and cool. Get in my wardrobe!
Another double entry! This time from Zara who are also nailing the summer dress. Both look to be my favourite sort of frock in that you could simply throw either of them on with a pair of sandals and be ready to party. Never let it be said that I’m not ready to party.
I’m a big fan of the brightness of this lovely fitted sundress from Sugarhill Boutique! If people are going to wear sunglasses, you may as well dress as loudly as possible eh? Has anyone else noticed the sudden prevalence of pineapple prints? Surely the fruit print of 2014.
Marks and Spencer are really bringing the pretty at the moment. If Fifties pastel loveliness is your thing (hi), then I would suggest you go take a gander at their website. My current crush is this lovely apricot shirt dress which M&S describe as not being overly feminine. Whatevs, guys.
This Oasis dress is super sweet! I love the candy cane colours, the slightly drunk looking stripes and that lovely nipped in waist. I couldn’t find this particular dress on their website but it is available from John Lewis.
Henry Holland is always a good bet for a novelty print and this adorable sunglasses adorned frock is no exception. You can find this retro inspired dress at Debenhams.