Double Thumbs Dresses #90

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! Remember back in February when I said I was ready to start writing these posts again after having baby? Yeah, sorry about that – turns out having a baby is quite time consuming. What I have found time for, however, is online shopping and over the past couple of months (mostly at 3am) I’ve been saving all the frocks that have caught my eye meaning I’ve accumulated somewhat of a bumper crop. So, here they are all! ENJOY.

*FYI click on the image for a direct link to the dress*

Blue Beach print dress from Boden
Sunglasses print dress from Boden
Striped Cold Shoulder Shift Dress from M&S
Hot Air Balloon Dress by Modcloth
Louche Karmen Pleated Broken Line Print Dress from Joy
Hell Bunny Maya bay shell print dress from Aspire Style
Emily and Fin Claudia moroccan riviera print dress from Aspire Style
Tortoise print dress from Cath Kidston
Lobster print dress from Cath Kidston
DUCK POND GATHERED WAIST DETAIL DRESS £60 from Cath Kidston
Duck print dress from Cath Kidston
LONDON PARK SLEEVELESS COTTON DRESS £60 from Cath Kidston
London Park print dress from Cath Kidston
GINGHAM AND LACE DRESS £75 from Cath Kidston
Gingham dress from Cath Kidston
Off Shoulder Dress in Postcard and Stripe Print from ASOS
Off Shoulder Midi Sundress in Natural Fibre from ASOS
Louche Dorren Belted Print Dress £55 from Joy
Louche Dorren Belted Lipstick Print Dress from Joy
Geometric Print Shirt Dress with Belt £35 from M&S
Geometric Print Shirt Dress with Belt from M&S
Short-Sleeved Dress with Palm Tree Embroidery £75 from La Redoute
Short-Sleeved Dress with Palm Tree Embroidery from La Redoute ( there is a code for 40% on the website)
Short-Sleeved Dress Embroidered with Tennis £89 from La Redoute
Short-Sleeved Dress Embroidered with Tennis from La Redoute  (but there is a code for 40% on the website)

Jx

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Double Thumbs Dresses #85

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….

She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #85 | Ronneta Cat Print V-Neck Tea Dress £49 by Louche at Joy
Ronneta Cat Print V-Neck Tea Dress £49 by Louche at Joy

Meow! How puuuurfect is this cat print dress from Louche at Joy?! I adore those cute colourful felines and they look extra striking against the darker background. There’s something just so delightfully playful about the whole look and, best of all, this frock has hidden pockets. Wizard.

She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #85 | Just My Typist Dress $99.99 from ModCloth
Just My Typist Dress $99.99 from ModCloth

Sometime I wonder just how poor I would be if I lived in America and had no shipping and tax woes to stop me ordering from Modcloth as often as I order from ASOS. I genuinely dread to think. This primary coloured chevron affair is a pure delight and I would love to swan around at work in it looking all fabulous.

She and Hem |Double Thumbs Dresses #85 | Dolores Paper Pin-up Doll Dress £63.75 from Collectif
Dolores Paper Pin-up Doll Dress £63.75 from Collectif

Collectif consistently bring out fun prints in shapes to die for! This particular number features a whole host of adorable paper dolls who are ready to be dressed up in a range of fabulous 50s outfits – not dissimilar to those you’ll find on the Collectif website! Clever.

She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #85 | The Brigitte Coffee Dress €65 from Circus
The Brigitte Coffee Dress €65 from Carousel

Anyone for a cuppa? This brew-tiful dress from Irish brand Carousel is just lovely. The 1950s shape makes it an instant hit in my eyes and the big bow is right up my street. They currently only have this available in a size 8 but fingers crossed more sizes will become available.

She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #85 | Spotted pleated dress £179 from Ted Baker
Spotted pleated dress £179 from Ted Baker

After I kept spotting people on TV in this marvelous polka dot number, I had to do some Googling before discovering it’s actually from Ted Baker (I was slightly dismayed as obviously I was hoping it cost £9.99 from Matalan). It’s just so nice and looks really striking on.

She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #85 | Floral Frill Fit And Flare Dress £35 from Dorothy Perkins
Floral Frill Fit And Flare Dress £35 from Dorothy Perkins

I am loving this poppy and daisy print wonder from Dorothy Perkins. It’s such a playful dress and has more than a touch of vintage charm about it. Those sleeves are fabulous too!

She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #85 | Gold Spot Cowl Neck Skater Dress £55 from Topshop
Gold Spot Cowl Neck Skater Dress £55 from Topshop

Last but not least we have this ‘get it before it’s gone’ dress from Topshop. It’s simply beautiful with an incredible cowl neck and luxurious gold foil print. Is it too early to start buying Christmas party dresses?

Jx

Accessories to Murder #36

Hello and welcome to the 36th Accessories to Murder. Are you ready to delve into the world of amazing accessories? 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 #36 | She and Hem
Game Over Crossbody Bag | £28.00 | Skinnydip Via Topshop
Accessories to Murder #36 | She and Hem
Secretly A Mermaid Cross Bag | £25.00 | Skinnydip Via Topshop

We start with a terrific twosome from Topshop. Both the Game Over bag and Mermaid Bag are made by Skinnydip and are a heck of a lot of fun. Being a lady of a certain vintage, I remember loving playing on my GameBoy when I was growing up, so I’m a big fan of the first bag. The second is dedicated to all of our aquatically minded followers, and I know we have a good few! What a catch.

Accessories to Murder #36 | She and Hem
Transparent Frame Sunglasses | £12.99 | Zara

It’s finally bright enough to wear sunglasses out without looking a bit odd. That’s never stopped us here at She and Hem, but hooray for the sun, and let’s hope it lasts! I spotted these whilst browsing the Zara website and while they aren’t as colourful as the sunglasses we usually feature, they look chic without being too sensible.

Accessories to Murder #36 | She and Hem
Multi-Coloured Satchel | £35 | La Redoute

I’m really excited to have spotted this fab satchel from La Redoute, which also comes in a wonderful yellow version. I usually go straight for anything that comes in yellow, but I’m a big fan of the grey and pale blue combo on this beauty. It looks a lot like the more expensive brands, but comes in at about half the price at £35! Thanks La Redoute!

Accessories to Murder #36 | She and Hem
Life in the Splash Lane Swimsuit in Chevron | $99.99 | Modcloth

I haven’t featured anything from Modcloth in a while, so this week they are back with a bang with this incredible chevron swimming costume. It’s so pretty! The yellow piping looks so flattering, especially around the waist. Gosh, if I was going on a summer holiday this year, this would go straight into my basket.

Accessories to Murder #36 | She and Hem
Red Apple Snow White Bag | £10 | Primark

Keep the doctor away with this fruity little number. Whether you have a fancy dress party coming up or you just love novelty bags, this apple bag from Primark is a right old bargain. This is the first time I’ve featured anything from Primark on Accessories to Murder because I have to admit, I do struggle with their website! Does anyone else feel a bit frustrated with it?

That’s all for now folks. Until next week, keep accessorising!

Vx

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Double Thumbs Dresses #84

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….

She and Hem | London Streets Dress £65 from Cath Kidston
London Streets Dress £65 from Cath Kidston

We are absolutely loving all of the new Cath Kidston pieces which are hitting their website at the moment. How gorgeous is this colourful London print? The little buses and taxis (which are set in front of a picture perfect London skyline) are so cute!

She and Hem | Banana Print Dress £44.50 by Aida Zak Simona from Collectif
Banana Print Dress £44.50 by Aida Zak Simona from Collectif

You should, quite rightly, be going bananas for this fruity frock from Collectif! It’s such a fun print and the big pleated skirt makes it extra ap-peeling. I have noticed it’s currently showing as OOS on the Collectif website but don’t worry, I haven’t slipped up, as it’s also available from both Thunderegg and Modcloth.

She and Hem | Midi Dress in Stripe £45 from ASOS
Midi Dress in Stripe £45 from ASOS

Who doesn’t love a jazzy stripe?! This snazzy ASOS number is oh so cheerful and perfect for the warmer months. I really love pink and red together so this is the perfect colour combo for me! I’m really diggin’ the shoes too.

She and Hem | Split-Neck Bell-Sleeve Dark Yellow Mini Dress £52 by Ecote Tyler from Urban Outfitters
Split-Neck Bell-Sleeve Dark Yellow Mini Dress £52 by Ecote Tyler from Urban Outfitters

I love this little vintage number from Urban Outfitters. It’s such a great mustard colour and the intricate print detail is just splendid. Yet again I’ve fallen for a dress with a bell sleeve but I’d need to be prepared to bare some skin as this frock has an open back. Yikes.

She and Hem | Rust And Brown Triangle Shirt Dress £26.60 (reduced - full price £35) from Dorothy Perkins
Rust And Brown Triangle Shirt Dress £26.60 (reduced – full price £35) from Dorothy Perkins

I think it’s time for a couple of bargains don’t you? The first is this delightful retro number from Dorothy Perkins. The print on this shirt dress is just fabulous and it’s ticking all my required Mad Men style boxes. A winner!

She and Hem | Cold Shoulder Floral Print Dress £16 from Matalan
Cold Shoulder Floral Print Dress £16 from Matalan

Matalan have got some lovely bits in at the moment but this yellow floral dress really stood out to me. I think it’s screaming out to be thrown in a suitcase and taken away somewhere hot and sunny! Time for me to book a holiday….sigh.

She and Hem | Bow Front Shirt Dress £65.00 by Sister Jane at ASOS
Bow Front Shirt Dress £65.00 by Sister Jane at ASOS

Last but not least we have this super pretty candy-floss pink dress from ASOS. Look at all those bows! It’s like a never ending present. So so cute!

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #82

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….

She and Hem | All Eyes on Unique Dress in Sushi $89.99 from Modcloth
All Eyes on Unique Dress in Sushi $89.99 from Modcloth

Don’t be surprised if you sashimi in this fabulous sushi festooned frock from Modcloth any time soon. It’s the absolute business.

She and Hem | Painted Love Dress $119.99 from Modcloth
Painted Love Dress $119.99 from Modcloth

As is this fabulous painted desert scene, also from Modcloth. The colours on this dress are out of this world!

She and Hem | Pineapple Print Strappy Dress £12 from Boohoo
Pineapple Print Strappy Dress £12 from Boohoo

We do love a bargain here at She and Hem and this Boohoo pineapple print is ticking all our Summer dress boxes. Juicy!

She and Hem | Cami Strap Floral Organza Midi Prom Dress £85 from ASOS
Cami Strap Floral Organza Midi Prom Dress £85 from ASOS

Ahh it’s so pretty! This floral organza number from ASOS is the stuff dress dreams are made of.

She and Hem | Flamingo Print Dress £45 from Oasis
Flamingo Print Dress £45 from Oasis
She and Hem | Sailing Boat Sundress £50 from Oasis
Sailing Boat Sundress £50 from Oasis
She and Hem | Striped Bird Dress £36 from Oasis
Striped Bird Dress £36 from Oasis

Last but not least is this trilogy of triumph from Oasis. Flamingos, boats and birds….oh my!

*Click individual dresses for direct links* 

Jx

Accessories to Murder #30

Hello and welcome to the 30th 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 #30 | She and Hem | Fashion
Buzz, Of Course Sun Hat | $54.99 | Modcloth

Honey, could this sun hat bee any cuter? I don’t think so! And hive fives all round for that incredible name. Modcloth are the ultimate product naming champions, which just makes me love them even more. If you love them too, you need to buy this hat, but also check out our guest blogger Holly’s awesome post about their Modcloth IRL Tour this Summer.

Accessories to Murder #30 | She and Hem | Fashion
Zig-Zag Panel Crossbody Bag | £32 | Topshop

Oh hello there you incredibly jazzy little two-tone gem. This Topshop bag is all kinds of zig-a-zag-ah. Now I’m not quite sure what that means, but Mel B once told me it was a good thing. The contrasting colours of this boxy crossbody give it a really groovy 70s vibe, which just so happens to be one of my favourite fashion eras.

Glitter Cat Eye Sunglasses | £12.99 | Aspire Style
Glitter Cat Eye Sunglasses | £12.99 | Aspire Style

One thing I’ve discovered recently is that Aspire Style don’t just sell excellent dresses, oh no, they have so many great accessories too. In fact, I think I could fill a whole Accessories to Murder with their bits! For now, I have chosen my favourite item which are these glittery cat eye sunglasses in blue and gold. Purrfect! If you spot anything you fancy online, use the Aspire Style discount code SHEANDHEM for a tasty 10% discount. You are welcome.

Accessories to Murder #30 | She and Hem | Fashion
Denim Jacket | £285 | Paige Demin via Trilogy

I’m not sure, but this could this be the perfect demin jacket. It is on the pricey side compared to the other items in today’s round up, but I have been told by people older and wiser than myself that jackets are something you should invest in, so you can wear them year after year. Light denim is not for everyone, but I love it and find it a lot more versatile than the darker alternatives. Check out Paige Jeans to see the jacket’s cute embroidered back, and feel free to let me know if I’m not really cool enough to pull it off!

Accessories to Murder #30 | She and Hem | Fashion
Crossover Bag Hat | £14.69 | Newchic

Hold up! Is it a bag? Is it a hat? Oh my goodness, it’s both! What a world we live in, first friendly robots that can perform heart surgery, and now bags in the shape of hats. Whatever next? Anyway, sandwiched between the two more expensive (but equally fabulous) items, I’ve popped in this novelty bag bargain. £14.69 for a bag that’s also a hat? You can do no wrong.

Accessories to Murder #30 | She and Hem | Fashion
Intarsia Flower Pot Cardigan | £240 | Orla Kiely

Speaking of which, Orla Kiely can do no wrong in my eyes. They are my all time favourites. Every London Fashion Week, it’s the Orla show that Jo and I go completely gaga over, and they never disappoint. Their clothing just gets better and better and their new collection is some of their best yet. My number one item from the collection is this flower pot cardigan. Quirky yet simple. Pretty yet practical. Never change Orla!

Until next week, keep accessorising!

Vx

Double Thumbs Dresses #78

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….

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | Deckchair Print Dress £65 by Emily and Fin at Aspire Style
Deckchair Print Dress £65 by Emily and Fin at Aspire Style

I think you all know how much we love Emily and Fin by now (a quick glance at their website will reveal we even have our own edit right now) so it’s no surprise to see them sitting pretty in the top spot this week. This divine deckchair print is oh so summery and I love the colour! So pretty! I’ve really been favouring their Scarlett shape (which you can find on Aspire Style) recently with the lovely button down detail, I find it really flattering and easy to wear. American readers (or those who just hate buttons) can find the same print in the Claudia shape over on Modcloth.

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | 'Carmela' Blue Swimmer Print Swing Dress £32 from Lindy Bop
‘Carmela’ Blue Swimmer Print Swing Dress £32 from Lindy Bop
Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | 'Bernice' Paris Border Swing Dress £45 from Lindy Bop
‘Bernice’ Paris Border Swing Dress £45 from Lindy Bop

Lovely Lindy Bop have also been adding fab new prints, like my bank account stands a chance of coping. I don’t know what it is with me and ‘swimmer’ prints recently but I seem to be spotting them left right and centre – clearly SS16s unsung trend. I’m loving them though so keep them coming! I’m also seriously swooning over that Parisian border. What an Eiffel!

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | Apples and Pears Cotton Pleat Front Dress £75 from Cath Kidston
Apples and Pears Cotton Pleat Front Dress £75 from Cath Kidston

We always love a fruity number from Cath Kidston and this apples and pears number is no exception. How lovely are those yellows and reds together? It makes me feel all nostalgic as I’m sure I had a similar print dress when I was a child. I really like the look of this new shape too, with a sweet cotton pleat-front style.

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | Floral Smocked Shift Dress £39.50 from Marks and Spencer
Floral Smocked Shift Dress £39.50 from Marks and Spencer

I am totally obsessed with this floral print from Marks and Spencer! I think the pops of yellow and blue along with that delightful lace waistband really make this dress stand out. Loving the long sleeves too! It’s just a bit pretty isn’t it?

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | Hartley Beach Scene Cotton Dress £49 from Sugarhill Boutique at John Lewis
Hartley Beach Scene Cotton Dress £49 from Sugarhill Boutique at John Lewis

An excellent novelty print from Sugarhill Boutique who have come over all seaside chic with this deckchair and seagull festooned frock. There are even some cheeky beach huts to be found! So adorable.

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | Ombre Ditsy Skater Dress £55 from Oasis
Ombre Ditsy Skater Dress £55 from Oasis

Last but not least we have this beautiful ombre floral affair from Oasis. I really love the sweet high neckline and the pleats are fab too. The print is really rather special and I am seriously swooning over the ombre detailing. It’s absolutely stunning.

Jx

ModCloth IRL Tour

ModCloth IRL | Austin, Texas | Guest Post | She and Hem

Happy Sunday Hemsters! We’ve got something very special for you today. Our lovely friend Holly is one lucky lady and lives in super cool Austin, Texas. She’s forever getting up to great stuff (think SXSW, advanced screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Austin City Limits, woah!), and we are forever jealous. When we heard that one of our favourite online stores, Modcloth, was going on tour and starting in Holly’s hometown, she very kindly offered to write a guest post all about #ModClothIRL. Boy, has she done us proud! Enjoy!

V&J

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ModCloth IRL | Austin, Texas | Guest Post | She and HemModCloth IRL | Austin, Texas | Guest Post | She and Hem

As much as I wanted to move to Bristol when visiting Victoria and Jo last September for Victoria’s wedding, I have to admit that my hometown of Austin, Texas is a pretty cool place. Case in point: Austin is the first stop on Modcloth’s IRL Tour this summer.  Till the end of May you can book an appointment to meet with a ModStylist or just drop in to browse.

I am a huge ModCloth fanatic and shamelessly own the majority of their cat themed clothing pieces. I love browsing their site for fun, unusual prints and always receive lots of compliments when wearing their items. As with most internet clothes shopping, the fit can be hit or miss, which is why I always try to read reviews before purchasing. But, not everything has multiple reviews, particularly new items, so it was great to be able to try on their new arrivals and items I wouldn’t typically purchase, just to see how they might look on me.

ModCloth IRL | Austin, Texas | Guest Post | She and Hem

On the grand opening day, I headed to the shop immediately after work in order to see what the selection was like and eye pieces that I wanted to try on at my appointment with a ModStylist two days later. I ran in exclaiming “Is it true?! It is really here?!!” and had a giggle with an employee while proclaiming my love of all things ModCloth. When I went in for my appointment the following Monday, that same employee ended up being the one to help me out. Lara sat me down for a chat about how I see my personal style and what I was looking for. I told her that I love conversation-starting prints and classic cuts. If you have never been measured, you can have that done there too, but I have ordered enough items to know that I am generally a large. Next, we walked around the shop together and I pointed out items I definitely wanted to try on, like the Where My Picnic People? dress, and Lara suggested other pieces that she thought would work for me.

Each article of clothing only had 2 sizes on display, so Lara headed to the back to get my size and put together a dressing room for me. Normally when I go shopping I just pick out items that I am seriously considering buying to try on and often forget to consider how a skirt or top might work within my wardrobe as a whole, so sometimes I end up with pieces that I don’t have much to wear them with. One benefit of shopping with the ModStylist is that Lara put together complete outfits for me to try on together and encouraged me to step a little outside my comfort zone and try on things I wouldn’t normally pick up for myself.

ModCloth IRL | Austin, Texas | Guest Post | She and HemModCloth IRL | Austin, Texas | Guest Post | She and Hem

The not-quite-perfect

Since I’m really into cycling lately, I knew I wanted to try the Where My Picnic People dress first. I was apprehensive about the open midriff, but I was trying to be optimistic because I love, love, love the print! While the top portion fit great, the skirt was too loose and I would be too self-conscious to have my stomach showing while out and about, so unfortunately it was a no-go for me at this time. Next, I tried on the Just This Sway skirt (which is also available in 4 other colors) and Pros and Convertibles top. The skirt was awesome because it has some elastic in the waist to help ensure a good fit and has pockets on the side – always a plus! Although the top was cute, it was too small in the chest for me and I had gapping between buttons.  

I told Lara that I am often drawn to the color blue, so she grabbed the Fittingly Serendipitous dress for me to try and I love the shape and colors. This time the dress was just a little too big in the chest and even after trying to criss-cross the straps since they are convertible, it wasn’t perfect enough for me to purchase that day, but if you’re a gal who often finds that things are too snug in the chest, this would be a good option for you to try! Lastly, I tried on the Jive Got a Feeling capri pants with the Stand Your Fairground and Steadfast Sojourn tops and felt very rockabilly. Although Lara and other employees thought I looked good, I just wasn’t feeling them.

ModCloth IRL | Austin, Texas | Guest Post | She and Hem

The big winners

So, I did end up splurging on three items that I tried on during my appointment! Although I was disappointed about how I looked in the bike print dress, I loved the Great Minds Think of Bikes top, which is flowy and lightweight – perfect for the scorching summer days that will soon be upon us.  I dressed it up for work with a high-waisted skirt and heels.  I also foresee myself wearing it frequently on bike rides with some simple jean shorts and Toms, which is my standard bike outfit in the summer. Also, as soon as I put on the Style Study Skirt in Marine Bio, I knew I would have to have it.  Jellyfish, octopi, coral and fishies? What’s not to love?!  The length is enough to make it work appropriate, so I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of it. I ended up taking it on a work trip to Florida this and paired it with the Freelance Spirit top in Sailboats to create an above-the-sea/below-the-sea combination.

ModCloth IRL | Austin, Texas | Guest Post | She and Hem

Lastly, eggplant believe how much I fell head over heels for the It’s an Inspired Taste dress. Not to sound conceited, but I think I looked radishing. (Come on, how could I not use some corny puns on She & Hem!) And what are veggies great with? Butter. Lots of butter. So, I thought this mural was the perfect backdrop to show off the dress.

ModCloth will be adding new products throughout the 6 weeks that they are in Austin, so I’m sure I’ll be back! For those of you in central Texas, you can find the shop at 249 W. 2nd St. in Austin until May 30th. For those of you in the UK and elsewhere, ModCloth does offer international shipping with a 60 day return window and free international shipping for orders over $150! 

Holly x

 

Double Thumbs Dresses #75

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! Before we crack on, just a heads up, this particular Double Thumbs Dresses contains a sponsored link but please be assured we only feature the frocks we consider tip top!  As you were…

Stretch Dress in a Vintage Look £39.00 from ESpirit
Stretch Dress in a Vintage Look £39.00 from Esprit
Spotty Jacquard Dress £75.00 from ESpirit
Spotty Jacquard Dress £75.00 from Esprit

We begin with these two fab frocks from Esprit! How gorgeous is that sixties style vintage number? I love the high neck and flared silhouette combo and a jacquard fabric is always a favourite of mine. I’ve also gone dotty for their spotty number thanks to my ongoing quest to find a new monochrome dress. I love the two different sizes of spot and the inverted a-line is such a nice shape.

Costa Rica Hat Print Dress £34.50 by Compañia Fantastica from ThunderEgg
Costa Rica Hat Print Dress £34.50 by Compañia Fantastica from ThunderEgg

Hats off to this great print from fab Spanish brand Compañia Fantastica! They’ve got some excellent prints for Spring with this boater number already finding its way into my wardrobe. I picked mine up from Thunderegg who always have so many tempting treats! I do find this dress to be a little on the short side but my groundbreaking plan is to wear a denim skirt over the top until Summer!

Abito Trapezio Con Stampa Banane €125 (£100ish) from Lazzari
Abito Trapezio Con Stampa Banane €125 (£100ish) from Lazzari

We’ve ditched Spain for Italy with this DANCING BANANA PRINT (this is not a drill) from Lazzari who Victoria linked me up with during the week. I’d love to know what her Google search was to find this particular frock! My Italian isn’t great (non existent you might say) but I do know that this website has a lot of beautiful pieces. Anyone know of any UK stockists?

It’s an Inspired Taste Dress $119.99 (£85ish) from Modcloth
It’s an Inspired Taste Dress $119.99 (£85ish) from Modcloth

Modcloth really know how to do a novelty print don’t they? I am forever infuriated and relieved in equal measure that they aren’t based in the UK. I would have no money AT ALL. It might be time to embrace the shipping charge though as this tasty dress has both avocados AND aubergines on it. NEED.

Navy Nautical Sundress £20 from Tu at Sainsburys
Navy Nautical Sundress £20 from Tu at Sainsburys

I always love a good stroll around Tu at Sainsburys as I find they are usually good for a fun print or two! We have been wearing a lot of umm ‘swimmer prints’ (exhibit A exhibit B) recently (not something I thought I’d ever say) so this little number is right up my street! It’s lovely and also a total bargain!

Flamingo Fun Flare Print Dress $59.42 (£42ish) from Chicwish
Flamingo Fun Flare Print Dress $59.42 (£42ish) from Chicwish

Last but not least we have this gloriously pink affair from Chicwish. That flamingo print is quite frankly awesome and those shades of pink look so lovely together.  The 50s style of the dress is always going to be a winner for me and there’s a big bow round the back just to finish things off in style.

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #74

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…

Elisha Zoo Dress £50 from Louche at Joy
Elisha Zoo Dress £50 from Louche at Joy

This Louche dress is so fantastically ridiculous that I actually burst out laughing when I first saw it! Look at it! It’s covered in animal heads (a happy to be here sort of head, not the ‘mounted on your wall for LOLZ’ sort) including pandas, racoons, cats, donkeys and elephants. You should probably snap it up faster than you can say “We Bought A Zoo”.

Desert Cranes $109.99 by Emily and Fin from Modcloth
Desert Cranes $109.99 (£76ish) by Emily and Fin from Modcloth

Just when we thought we couldn’t get any more excited about the new SS16 Emily and Fin collection this orange beauty appears on Modcloth! It’s SO gorgeous! How lovely are those cranes? It would be like wearing a sunset. Dreamy.

Printed Pleated Dress £69 from La Redoute
Printed Pleated Dress £69 from La Redoute
Floral Dress with 3/4 Sleeves £35 from La Redoute
Floral Dress with 3/4 Sleeves £35 from La Redoute
Striped Shift Dress £35 from La Redoute
Striped Shift Dress £35 from La Redoute

I somehow ended up stumbling onto the La Redoute website this week in search of something or other. I used to love flicking through their catalogs as a moody teenager but I must admit I hadn’t really given them much thought in recent years. Turns out I’ve been missing out!  I discovered page after page of rather lovely dresses at pretty reasonable prices. MY FAVE! There are some really fresh frocks that would be perfect for Spring and also some nice bits of vintage detailing. I think the top frock is quite Orla Kielyesque, no? Click on the dress for direct links….

Skater Dress in Ponte with Collar and Ruffle Detail £28 from ASOS
Skater Dress in Ponte with Collar and Ruffle Detail £28 from ASOS

I adore a red dress and this little ASOS skater dress looks to be smoking hot! I love the ruffle neckline detailing and the collar is super cute.

Coppelia Embellished Ballet Tulle Dress £130 by Needle & Thread at ASOS
Coppelia Embellished Ballet Tulle Dress £130 by Needle & Thread at ASOS

Someone needs to keep me the heck away from Needle & Thread because seriously, I just want it all! This floaty pink tulle ballet number of my dreams is oh so pretty and sparkly. It would make a darn great bridesmaid dress too *sigh*.

Tweed Dress with Layered Skirt £49.99 from Zara
Tweed Dress with Layered Skirt £49.99 from Zara

Last but not least we are going all chic-and-Chanel in this tweed affair from Zara. I’m so down with that big black bow and the whole thing is just rather classy isn’t it?

Jx