Ah, coat weather! Don’t you just love it? We were incredibly excited (there were squeals) when these two AW15 beauties from Boden landed on our doorstep. We are always totally obsessed with Boden’s coats! They just consistently nail the colours, the shapes and the patterns. Naturally, not much time was wasted before we threw them on and set off for an Autumnal stroll. Oh my.
In a break with tradition, we’ve gone for some bright colours (yeah, right) with two of the most technicolor dreamcoats around. Victoria is single handedly representing all of the primary colours in her gorgeous striped Tilly*. Those stripes are seriously stunning and the drop shoulder and boyish frame are surprisingly flattering – we are both usually quite scared of anything that isn’t fitted but any fears of this looking too boxy were quickly allayed. My (Jo) obsession with all things pink has continued with the a-line shaped Karlie* which has a beautiful jacquard print and Victoria was a big fan of my trim. I will be wearing this throughout the colder months thanks to it being 100% wool.
So, how exactly to style two such statement coats?! As a couple of girls who wear a lot of patterns, we did struggle with our wardrobes at first but thankfully soon discovered that an Autumnal colour scheme of berries, browns, navy and greys worked a treat for both! Victoria wore a navy t-shirt from Primark with the Hayley Spot Jacquard Skirt from Sugarhill Boutique*, ribbed tights from Boden, and Chelsea boots from Yumi* whilst I went for a jam jar print dress from Book of Deer, grey tights from M&S and grey Pointed Loafers (former gophers) from Boden*. We accessoried with five thousand colourful leaves.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
On Thursday I popped down to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway with my friend, fashion icon and fellow M&S appreciator Kelly to catch one of the runway shows of Bristol Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 15. This was my third BFW and it was definitely the best so far thanks to the brilliant movie theme that was embraced from start to finish! It was such a nice touch to be welcomed with popcorn and Kelly and I had a great time admiring the movie posters as we drank our delicious fruity drinks.
The first thing to catch our eye on the catwalk was the ‘High Shine’ collection from John Lewis! You can’t beat a bit of glitz and glamour and I suddenly became all about sparkles, faux fur and sunglasses! What a combination! Plus, how much do I want to be the sort of girl to rock up at the work Christmas party wearing an actual crown?? I also loved the 70s injection courtesy of M&S during the ‘Nomadic’ segment. I can totally see myself trying this look out come the colder weather and couldn’t help but notice the similarities between that pink hat and the one from Accessorize I fell in love with in our last post! I may have made a sneaky purchase after the show!
As someone who likes to dress in as many bright colours as possible, the large amount of grey and black on the catwalk (the grey coat appears to be this seasons staple) didn’t really do it for me although, once again, I was really feeling the faux fur accessories! I’m going to be a big fan of this trend I can see! Both Kelly and I also enjoyed the liberal use of colourful tights which gave everything a bit of a Gossip Girl vibe and is certainly something I will be happy to embrace!
The two stand out pieces for us were the black sequin jacket (which was spectacularly hard to photograph) from M&S, naturally. It’s absolutely stunning and a brilliant take on the biker jacket. Imagine throwing that on top of your dresses come party season! We did several laps of the store after the show but sadly couldn’t find it (probably just as well as it’s £89) but it is available online should you be feeling flush. The other was the gold and purple fringe dress of dreams from Phase Eight at John Lewis which had Kelly shouting “MAKE SURE YOU TAKE PHOTOS OF THAT!” at me as it came sashaying down the catwalk, fringe all over the shop. What a stunner.
Did you go to Bristol Fashion Week? What was your favourite piece? And how are we all feeling about crimped hair??
Jo wears – Floral Print Ruffle Dress from Topshop, bag and tights both past season from M&S, Pointed Loafers from Boden* and heart sunglasses from TkMaxx
Kelly wears – Dress from Primark (available in store), bag from Joy, a scrabble necklace (similar available from Not on the High Street) and a watch from Urban Outfitters
Welcome back to another dress roundup courtesy of Double Thumbs Dresses #60! SIXTY! How did that happen, eh? But let’s not dwell on all the pounds we’ve (I’ve) no doubt collectively spent on frocks over the past couple of years and let’s crack on with the dresses we’ve deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval.
We start the week with this yellow and pink scalloped-lace wonderfrock from French Connection. I really think this dress is just perfection and will no doubt be furious when I wait for it to go in the sale and then it sells out immediately in my size. First World Problems indeed. That aside, how adorable is that little bow? SWOON.
I get to write about this pink Topshop beauty from the smug position of someone who already owns it. Hooray for me. It really is a little gem of a dress with a super lovely 70s floral print and beautiful ruffle details. I also enjoy that it’s chiffon so never needs an iron! I’m so rock and roll.
My never ending love affair with M&S continues with this white lace shirt dress. It’s basically a net curtain in dress form and I love it. Look at those little cuffs! Look at those sleeves! Look at those pockets! It also looks so gorgeous to wear. Go on, treat yourself to the little video of it on the website and tell me I’m wrong.
If your wardrobe is currently missing a cockatiel print dress then you’ll no doubt be relieved to discover that Joy have just the frock for you! I could parrot on all day about how lovely those cap sleeves are or how pretty the box pleat skirt is but I think I’ll just let the birds do the talking.
I think there’s something quite wonderful about this new apartment print from Yumi. There’s a lot going on behind those windows! This dress also comes in grey but I really like the slightly unusual combination of the blues and browns together. Perhaps this particular building block would look good paired with some skyscraper heels? (sorry).
I’m a big fan of this tropical print from Lindy Bop. I really like the simple style of the day dress but those big beautiful leaves are surely the star of the show. Who doesn’t love a discreet banana?
My lace love is back again with this floral print swing dress from ASOS. I already really love the style and shape of this frock but the embroidered lace inserts really make it something quite special. I really want to waft around with those flared sleeves!
Last but not least is this playful dress from Frome based Deadly is the Female. How charming is the flower cart print? So cute! I’m also a massive fan of the red straps, the green trim, and the yellow belt! There’s just so much to love.
Hello frock fans and welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses. It’s time once again to take a gander at the dresses we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval. Let’s crack on!
We start with good ol’ Cath Kidston who have added an abundance of pretty to their website over the past couple of weeks. As always it’s the more novelty prints that I am drawn to with the gorgeous ‘Billie Goes to Town’ being my current favourite. How fun are those London illustrations? Hey look it’s London’s famous Big Ben, buses, and umm benches! Well, you get the idea. This new shape looks to be rather flattering and as someone who owns more than their fair share of CK frocks it’ll be nice to throw a different style into the mix!
PENGUINS! What more do you really need to know? Admittedly it feels a little weird to be lusting after a penguin print in July but seeing as I am currently wearing my fluffy dressing gown as it throws it down with rain outside I’m going to let Cath off. She clearly knows what she’s doing! I love this dress and whatever the weather should really p p p pick one up (sorry).
I think this might be a first time Double Thumbs appearance for the wonderful Sister Jane, which is odd as I spend an unnecessary amount of time drooling over their website! How adorable is that sheer embroidered cherry print neckline? VERY is the correct answer. It’s very Zooey (which they have also pointed out) which is pretty much all I need to hear to convince me a dress should be mine!
The Sister Jane fun continues (may as well make up for lost time eh?) with this stunning suede pinafore dress which features a fantastic retro daisy smack bang in the middle of it. I feel this would make a welcome addition to my ‘suitable to whack a jazzy blouse under’ arsenal and is it just me or does it have a bit of an Orla Kiely vibe to it?
I really do seem to be getting set for Autumn/Winter don’t I? Oops! Sorry, Summer! I can’t help it though when super 70s stripy numbers like these are made available. This little Topshop beauty also has sleeves and pockets! My favourite combo.
Everything about this floral Forever 21 dress is a winner for me. I actually bought a blouse in Zara recently which looks exactly like the top half of this frock (Instagram evidence) because I just loved the Victorian style neckline so darn much. This dress probably costs less than the top did! Dreamy.
Will I ever stop being obsessed with M&S? If my Mum is anything to go by it’s actually only going to get worse. Sorry in advance, bank balance. My latest dress crush is this navy check smock dress that just looks so cosy and easy to wear that I actually feel more comfortable just looking at it. I’m really enjoying this 70s sleeve style at the moment too. More of this sort of thing please.
Last but not least we have this cherry print dress from Ted Baker which claims to be cheerful but surely nobody is ever left that happy after spending £149, Ted. Sort it out. Regardless, this dress is ticking all the right boxes with those fabulous black bows down the front, that fruity print, and those lovely long sleeves.
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?
Sound the party klaxon! We’ve finally made it to FIFTY Double Thumbs Dresses posts. I completely dread to think how much money I’ve spent in the process of writing them but hey ho a milestone is a milestone! Perhaps we should all buy a nice new frock to celebrate? Seems a reasonable suggestion….. So, without further ado, here’s the 50th roundup of dresses we have deemed worthy of receiving the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval. PARTY KLAXON.
I blimmin’ love Emily and Fin and practically lassoed my computer when I spotted Aspire Style had added some of the new season collection to their website, which you can pre-order now. There are so many new gorgeous vintage inspired prints that it was hard to narrow it down to just two! I think you’ll agree that the cowboy print is pretty special indeed and I adore the cuteness of those marbles against the dusky pink. Get. In. My. Wardrobe.
E I E I WOAH! Channel your inner Old MacDonald in this farm yard print dress from Cath Kidston, who happily bring new meaning to the term ‘animal print’. It’s a gorgeous cut and not one I believe I’ve seen before from CK. I just love the button detail and apparently it has concealed pockets! Rejoice. You’d be quackers not to moooove quickly with this one….
This is such a lovely 50s inspired number from Forever 21! I adore the mustard colour, the pleats and, of course, the peter pan collar. Delightful! It’s also a bit of a bargain which makes a nice change.
It might have something to do with Cara looking all wonderful in it on the Topshop homepage but I have a serious crush on this big daisy print number. I want to embrace the flower power and rock that pussybow neck! I also want to be a supermodel and have fantastic eyebrows. I can only assume this dress will make it happen.
My goodness this is a berry nice frock from Sugarhill Boutique. The bright aqua colour is just stunning and looks great set against the cherry print. I am also a big fan of the 50s shape which looks outrageously flattering with those lovely sleeves and cute little collar. One to cherish for sure!
FlamingOMG what a top print, which according to M&S is apparently conversational. I wonder what it’s trying to say? You can’t really argue with hundreds of flamingos so it can pretty much say anything it likes. FYI I could only find it in petite sizes on the website so you’ll have to flaming-go and try and find it in-store if that doesn’t suit.
We finish off with this charming dress from Miss Patina. It already looks pretty great from this picture with the lovely shirt detailing underneath a classic silver frock. But, game change, the print on the shirt is actually POLAR BEARS. What a triumph for the eyes.
I don’t know about you but we are desperately trying to combat our January blues! We are both back at work after a little Christmas break and it has proved very difficult to adjust to the routine of it all. Earlier in the week, we decided to go for a little ‘congrats on spending more than 4 hours out of your pyjamas’ pick-me-up drink in Clifton and managed to coincide our trip with the most beautiful sunset! Ah, January. I guess you’re not so bad after all.
M&S very kindly sent us some tights to try out which, as you might have guessed, we are expertly modelling above. I (Jo) plumped for some patterned grey tights from their Best of British range which I have been very impressed with! They fit nicely (no ballet jumps necessary) and I have been quite rough with them but they show no sign of snagging just yet! In contrast, Victoria went for some Luxe Warm Toes Tights* which, although keeping her toes toasty, did actually ladder on the first wear. Oh tights, why do you do this to us?
I also took the opportunity to wear possibly my favourite sale purchase of all time, the Boden squirrel dress of wonder. It’s so perfect that it hurts my feelings that I can’t just wear it everyday. I teamed it with new Office boots (thanks Mum!), white Topshop socks, a brown Primark belt and my pink Boden* coat. Victoria broke out her disco ball style brogues from New Look at ASOS, her incredible red collared dress from Primark (a recent purchase, Primarni fans), a vintage yellow bag from Clifton based Bees & Graves and her stripy Boden* coat.
We accessorised our outfits with a massive bridge.
Having grown up in a town that lies between Bristol and Bath, I can assure you that neither city was quite the shopping destination that they can now both claim to be. For myself and my friends it was either Topshop, Pilot and Claire’s in Bath or, errr, Topshop, Pilot and Claire’s in Bristol. Cheers, then. It was for that reason that we used to very often board the train to Swindon to visit their Designer Outlet where we would spend many a happy afternoon picking out our new knickers Kickers for school (showing my age terribly here) or buying the biggest, warmest GAP hoodie we could find.
It was a nice nostalgia filled surprise then, when an email landed in our inbox inviting us to come check out what’s new at the McArthurGlen owned centre. I probably hadn’t been back to the outlet since maybe 2004 and was instantly very curious to revisit this shopping haunt of my past. As it turns out, we’ve both been doing a lot of growing up!
The first thing I did on arrival was to appologise to Victoria for having never told her about the place. As she got massively overexcited at seeing a Cadbury factory shop and I lost my composure at the sight of a Ted Baker outlet, we both realised that despite having a lot of great shops on our doorstep, there’s always time for a good discount. We spent an embarrassing amount of time looking around all of the many (over 90!) stores on offer, only pausing for breath for a cheeky Wagamamas (soy happy). We left with so many bags we could barely carry them all!
We weren’t being completely self-indulgent though as we had in-fact been set the challenge of buying Christmas presents for three of our nearest and dearest for under £250…..as well something for ourselves for under £100. OK, that’s pretty darn indulgent but let’s go with it. So, without further ado, here are my results! Mum, if you’re reading this, STOP READING THIS.
I began with my other half who, as you might have already guessed, is a big kid. I knew the moment Victoria took me into the Hornby shop (more on that from her in part 2) that I wasn’t going to leave without some sort of train set for the railroad-tycoon-sorta-chap I married. It’s also, really, a present for my nephew (an actual child) as I know the two of them will be playing with it for years to come. I plumped for a Christmas themed set as a) it will look so cute around the bottom of our Christmas tree and b) I will only have to deal with tripping over train tracks once a year. SMART. On the hunt for another gift, I spotted the Cold Brew Bottle in Whittard and knew it would make the perfect addition to all of his tea and coffee related paraphernalia. I rounded things off with some chocolate from Lindt……..I am hopeful that I might get a few sneaky squares!
Next up for a bit of Christmas spoiling was my lovely Mum (WHO SHOULD NO LONGER BE READING THIS BY THE WAY). I knew before I arrived that I would be heading to Radley for her main gift as she is obsessed with that little dog and it’s not the sort of thing I would usually be able to afford for her! I spent quite a lot of time umming and ahhing over the range of bags and was so pleasantly surprised at the very heavy discounting on offer! I ended up paying under £50, which is a pretty good deal for a Radley! I had already picked her up some Lindt and decided a Christmasy Yankee Candle would finish things off nicely. Luckily for Mum (WHO HAD BETTER NOT BE READING THIS) I then spotted her beloved Origins GinZing eyecream in The Cosmetics Company Store for at least a fiver cheaper than it would be on the high street and threw that in for her too. What a nice daughter I am.
Finally it was the turn of my teenage cousin who also ended up with some goodies from The Cosmetics Company Store! The trio of Bobbi Brown goodies above set me back a cool £30 which is pretty insane value and I’ll admit I am very tempted to keep that lipstick for myself! I picked up the bow bag from M&S because I considered it to be well trendy and added a salted caramel Yankee Candle because everyone knows that it’s the absolute best.
It was then on to buying stuff for me! Hooray! I knew that I wanted to buy some sort of sparkly Christmas outfit and having narrowed down my options to about 34 different dresses I finally took the plunge in French Connection and bought the beauty you see above, along with a lovely gold bag to go with it. I had a little bit of money left over which went on another salted caramel candle for yours truly! It’s the best, remember? I buy myself the greatest presents!
What do you think of my choices? Will it be a very merry Christmas?
I will definitely be seeing you again soon Swindon Designer Outlet. Thanks for a great day! To see what Christmas goodies Victoria purchased, check out Part 2.
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.