It’s been a good while since we first featured purveyors of fancy shirts, GANT, (you can read our other post here) but now that we are all about ease of access it seemed like to good time to revisit them! As luck would have it, GANT have gone shirt crazy this season with many a jazzy number to choose from and we were kindly invited to pick a couple to style.
Victoria chose the Grid Dip Silk Blouse* from the Diamond G collection, which is made up from tailor-made pieces featuring graphic prints inspired by abstract impressionism – just like us. Victoria really liked the silky fabric (100% no less) and envisions wearing it on lovely hot days in the Summer to help hide those pasty arms. We think that teamed with her pink British Tweed Boden skirt* this outfit is very secretary chic (who said smart shirts are just for the office?) The two contrasting prints really compliment each other – just like us. She finished the look with some metallic shoes from Next (similar here)
I (Jo) plumped for the Voile Island Flower Shirt* in yellow (it also comes in pink or blue). It’s such a bright fun print and the relaxed fit is really flattering. I’m probably going to be wearing this a lot with jeans, as that’s my Mum go-to at the moment, but I like that it can also be tucked into skirts for when I’m posing with old cameras in front of brick walls. I also went for a pink Boden skirt (similar here) and my Pink Floral Occasion Slip-on Skater Shoes from Next*.
What do you think of our looks? You can check out the full range of GANT shirts here!
We’d really like to thank the fabulous Jess (aka porthjess) for taking these photos for us! If you don’t already follow her on Instagram, you should! She’s kind of a big deal.
*GANT very kindly sent us these shirts but all opinions are Mummy’s own.
Yep, we are both mothers now and surviving on a healthy diet of coffee, chocolate and Netflix. It has been so wonderful to go through the start of this journey together (Poppy is currently 8 weeks and Ada just 4) and 3am Whatsapp messaging has quickly become our new normal. We are so looking forward to our blog changing and growing with our new little people in tow.
Fashion wise, one obvious change is our newfound desire for buttons! Both of us are breastfeeding (and blimmin’ heck they don’t tell you how hard it is, do they?) so easy access is key. Much like maternity wear, the majority of nursing clothes don’t appear to be designed for the fashion conscious and jeez if you thought finding stylish maternity wear was hard, high street nursing clothes are practically non existent. Thankfully, it’s so far proven fairly easy to work around this and when Next asked us if we would like to style some pieces from their new collection, we were super happy to find some styles that were not only fashionable but ticked all of our bf friendly requirements (hello, dungarees).
We gave these looks quite the road test on a chilly afternoon catching up with friends whilst eating, drinking and breastfeeding our way around Bristol’s hella trendy and exceptionally tasty Wapping Wharf. When putting our outfits together, I had to step out of my comfort zone a little as, to be honest, I really wanted to style the floral ruffle dress that featured in the latest Double Thumbs Dresses! However, as lovely as it is, I’d only be able to wear it when my little girl doesn’t need quick and easy access, and I don’t see that happening any time soon. And so on this occasion, I decided to be sensible and go for the Linen Shirt Dress*, and I actually really love it! I couldn’t resist adding some colour and layering the dress with the Blue Heart Sweater*. It’s so cute! I also picked a pair of simple Tan Loafers*, which are wonderfully comfortable thanks to the soft sole, and have also made a nice change from my usual brogues.
Jo also rocked the layering trend by teaming the Patched Demin Pinafore* with the ‘very She and Hem’ Cat Print Top*, which received a ton of compliments. Bravo Next, people blooming love cats. I can see the pinafore being quite the staple in Jo’s wardrobe this season. It’s great for nursing and stands up to any weather, as you can pile on the layers or wear it with bare legs…once it gets slightly warmer! With regards to shoes, Jo also went for a practical (yet fun!) pair of Floral Skater Shoes*. Although it was the coldest day of the year and my car broke down on the way home, it was such a thrill for both of us to be shooting outfit posts together again!
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! We both had our babies over Christmas and New Year (check out our Instagram for lots of baby spam) so the blog has had to take a bit of a back seat while we both spend time with our beautiful newborns and learn how to function on very little sleep! I am just about coming out of the foggy mess that was the first few weeks and, as my baby has decided to take a nap, I thought I’d dust off the old keyboard and find some dreamy dresses!
*FYI click on the image for a direct link to the dress*
First up, we are absolutely loving the new Yumi collection! It’s full of beautiful bold colours, fun prints and some excellent frocks! Our pick of the bunch is this Kate Spade-esque striped beauty. It’s a clear winner and, thanks to those lovely buttons, breast feeding friendly too! Hoorah.
We always love seeing what Boden have up their highly fashionable sleeve and their latest offerings are, as is to be expected, rather wonderful indeed. We are digging this retro long-sleeved shirt dress (BF friendly once again!) that has a super flattering fit and flare shape. It is however the fab botanical garden print that makes this one a knock out! If pink isn’t your thang it’s also available in navy.
Oh my God it’s like a magical unicorn threw up on a dress! This & Other Stories number is simply heavenly. It has everything! Pleats! Frills! Buttons! Colours! Sleeves! Flares! As the kids say, I die.
How dreamy is this dress by TU? I always find Sainsbury’s have incredible clothes but sadly for me (not so much for my bank balance) my local store doesn’t stock fashion. It’s a good job they sell some of their pieces online now! Anyhoo, I’m totally obsessed with those fluted sleeves!
Argh my novelty print klaxon cannot cope with these new Cath Kidston dresses! I also cannot cope with the fact that I won’t be able to wear either until I’ve stopped breast feeding. I NEED BUTTONS, PEOPLE. The fast car print is excellent fun and I actually really love the beige colour it’s set against. This new CK shape with sleeves and pleats is also a winner and one I hope we see more of in the future. The roarsome dinosaurs are also a sure fire hit especially as they appear on the classic CK sleeveless shape. I am all about those hidden pockets.
As my new baby (have I mentioned that I had a baby?) is called Poppy, it’s only right that my wardrobe should be full of them. Weirdly, the high street seems to know about this as poppy prints seem to be popping up left right and center. This Warehouse number is my current fave, mostly due to that stretchy waistband. I am all about a bit of stretch right now.
Good ol’ Next have got some lovely pieces in at the moment. There’s just so much detail on this stunning floral print and the high neck looks so fab with the ruffles and long sleeves. Dreamy.
Speaking of ruffles, I am also a big fan of this nautical but nice striped shift dress from M&S. It’s such a great silhouette and, praise be, there are buttons!
Last but not least, it would be remiss to be this close to Valentine’s Day and not feature a red dress! This frilled frock from Pull and Bear ticks all the V Day boxes and it’s a bit of a bargain too. You’re welcome.
Hopefully you’ve read all about our first foray into dressing for pregnancy? Well, we enjoyed it so much we thought we’d give it another go and style these super flattering frocks in…wait for it…our Next maternity post. Get it? Good. These Next dresses are both so great at camouflaging bumps that it’s very easy to forget you are pregnant whilst strolling around in them! Whilst browsing their selection of pregnancy pieces, I (Victoria) was a drawn the Green Floral Print Maternity Dress*, as it looked super cosy and smart enough to throw on easily for any occasion, which I hear is really handy when you’ve suddenly got a little person to look after 24/7. I was chuffed when it arrived and really love the long sleeves and cute leaf print.
Jo’s Grey Stripe Rib Skater Maternity Dress* is another super casual number, but it also looks excellent jazzed up with some spotty tights and a trusty black hat. I can see her teaming it with a cute jacket and thick tights over the next few months and it’s bound to become a staple piece. It would have been a crime not to wear it with those dazzling Gold/Black Block Heel Brocade Boots* (can we talk about how amazing Next’s shoes are at the moment?) and I can confirm that they have been complimented so many times already! They are sure to be firm Autumn favourites – as long as the pesky swollen ankles stay away! While we are on the subject of shoes, if you are not a fan of the metallic trend don’t give these shoes the boot, as my Fringed Loafers* also come in trusty black, pretty print and sizzling snake print. We (plus bumps!) are now both ready to hit the cooler climate in style, thank you Next!
Hello and welcome to the 38th Accessories to Murder. We’re taking a slightly different direction this week, as I’ve been on the hunt for cute baby clothes for my number one future accessory (just kidding!). My little one is due in January, so it’s high time I started looking for clothes so that the little bundle of joy/poop will actually have something to wear.
We’re not finding out if they’re a boy or a girl, so please expect a few gender neutral gems over the coming weeks. Right, without further ado, here’s a lovely list of all the things that have made it onto this week’s She and Hem’s Most Wanted!
That’s all for now folks. Until next week, keep accessorising!
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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….
We start with a pretty bank busting number but I think you’ll agree that it was just too special not to include! Victoria and I are both obsessed with all things Needle and Thread and when they consistently bring out beautiful pieces like this it’s not hard to see why. I just wish I had an excuse to spend this much on a dress! That woodland lace embellishment is breathtaking.
Next have gone lace crazy and I for one couldn’t be happier! That little yellow number looks far pricier than its price-tag and is the perfect shade of lemon. There’s just so much beautiful detailing! I’m also loving the long-sleeved white number which is rocking a bit of a 70s vibe. It really reminds me of a dress I picked up from Topshop last Summer and subsequently wore to death (evidence).
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Pow! Now that’s a bold floral! I am all about this shift dress from Warehouse which features one heck of a strong print in some seriously eye catching colours. Yes. Please.
I don’t actually remember the last time Oasis didn’t feature on Double Thumbs, so great has my love been for their SS16 collection. This is such a sweet little lace number (those ruffle sleeves!) but what I am really about is that gorgeous shade of green.
This Topshop midi has got Summer garden party written all over it (which, as luck would have it, so do I). It’s a lovely silhouette and looks like it would be a nice frock to just waft around in. As you do.
And finally….If you don’t follow us on Instagram (or you aren’t on it 24/7 like, ahem, some people I know) you might have missed my little announcement over the weekend that I’m expecting! That means there might be the odd maternity dress sneaking on to Double Thumbs over the coming months, if you don’t mind! So far I’ve really been struggling to find things I like but I take my hat off to ASOS for understanding that, weirdly enough, I’d quite like to dress like me whilst with bump! This yellow floral number is calling my name.
Hello dress fans! It’s time for the first Double Thumbs Dresses of 2016! Partaaay! So, without further ado, I present to you the top frocks that we consider worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval.
Oh HELLO! We always love a bit of Yumi here at She and Hem but they have truly excelled themselves with their latest offerings. This Tea and Macaroons dress is the stuff my dress dreams are made of. With its beautiful pastel colouring, delightful twirly fit and print that features teacups piled high with macaroons, it really is a wonder frock. It does also appear to come with straps, if that’s a deal breaker for you. This appears to be a House of Fraser exclusive (fancy) which is great news for me as I’ve been sitting on some HoF vouchers for about 8 months. Happy New Year, me.
And so the Yumi fun continues with this super cute cactus print! This skater dress is so cheery thanks to all those fab colours. I’m pretty potty about those pots!
Want more pots? Your Potteries luck is in! Another of our favourites, There’s Only One Amy Laws, has just added this beautiful Potteries skyline print dress to her website – defo one for all those die hard Stoke-On-Trent fans out there! I adore the hourglass shape and there’s just so much lovely detail to this dress. Even the smoke is pretty!
I am such a fan of this H&M dress (and no, not just because I’d get change out of a twenty pound note – although that does help!). I love the combination of colours and the a-line shape looks lovely with those long sleeves.
I feel like this Next frock might be my perfect Winter work dress! Cute but subtle novelty print? Check. Super long sleeves to keep me warm? Check. Colour dark enough to disguise any tea I may or may not throw down myself? Check. The adorable pleating is an added bonus!
I keep spotting people wearing this divine floral print, which is no surprise really when you consider Warehouse have whacked it on three tops and two dresses. They obviously like it as much as I do! Personally I love the shift dress but the midi appears to be the more popular choice! But whatever tickles your pickle, it’s all about those glorious blooms!
Yay! It’s The Animals of Farthing Wood in dress form! It’s woodland creatures a-go-go in the brilliant dress by Louche! There are squirrels, deer and racoons to admire, as well as what looks to be Little Red Riding Hood? Amazing.
Last but not least is this simply stunning dress by the tully scrumptious Needle and Thread. I mean, it’s ridiculous. Just look at all that tulle! And the embroidered detailing is to die for! If you’re getting married anytime soon, just wear this and spend the money you’ve successfully saved on cake. Cake forever.
Last Wednesday we both managed to have the day off work so took the opportunity to pack in a full day of blogging fun in beautiful Bath! Naturally it wouldn’t be a proper blogger day out without taking some outfit photos so after having our hair perfectly cut and curled by the delightful ladies at Frontline Style (our full review will be up on Total Bath shortly so keep your eyes peeled locals) we frolicked around near some of our favourite Bath buildings in some super lovely Sugarhill Boutique pieces.
We both adore the fun and feminine style of Sugarhill boutique so it was an absolute joy to be able to choose and style a few of their Summer pieces! We are both usually drawn to their quirkier prints (dogs, lollies, massive toucans – that sort of brilliant shenanigans) but thought this might be a nice opportunity to try something a little different.
I went for the vintage inspired Aurora dress* which features the most beautiful pastel floral print. The colours look stunning and the fit and flare cut make it such a comfortable dress to wear. I was, as always, thrilled to discover the dress has pockets which I will no doubt be stashing all manner of things into at a Summer wedding near you! I teamed the dress with sheer dotty tights from Pamela Mann at MyTights*, a mustard belt from Primark, cream brogues from Faith at Debenhams (old) and, seeing as great blogging duo minds think alike, an extra pop of colour in the form of my staple Boden Milan clutch*!
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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Hello and welcome to the 16th 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. It’s a big ol’ bag bonanza this week!
I used to have a titanic fear of novelty boat bags, but that ship sailed when I laid eyes on this Origami shoulder bag from The Whitepepper via ASOS. Yes, it maybe a novelty bag, but it looks big enough to use day to day and definitely floats my boat.
Boom! This Dinosaur clutch bag is dino-mite. You can always rely on The Whitepepper for a great animal clutch. Remember those unicorn beauts? This season, you will mostly find me carrying this dino whilst zealously humming the Jurassic Park theme tune. It’ll be roarsome.
Accessorize have updated their cute Cara Camera Bag, although I’m sorry to tell you that you still can’t take a selfie with it. Unlucky. If that makes you a little snappy, perhaps you should go for their Apple Juice Bag instead? It’s very a-peeling indeed! Having admired it in store several times, I would say this fun and fruity little number is just about big enough to carry your essentials in.
I’ve really been impressed with New Look’s selection of bags ever since getting my amazing Orange clutch that I took along to the Company Awards last year. This year, they have gone bonkers for bananas and preposterous for pineapples. Not to mention wacky about watermelon, ludicrous for lemons and silly for strawberries. What a bunch of fruitcakes! I just couldn’t feature New Look without giving you the scoop on their delightful Ice Cream Clutch. Perfect for any day of the week, especially a Sundae…
I’ve been trying to get my hands on one of these Next Drumstick Clutch bags since I first saw them pop up on Next’s Instagram during a recent press day. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get one in any local stores or online, until the other day when I managed to track them down, hiding in the clearance section online! Sweet victory! What’s even sweeter is, that it’s just been reduced from £32 to £11. Definitely the best bargain I’ve seen all year.
Lastly I’ve chosen this Postcard Clutch, again from Next. Although both bags are called clutch’s, they do both come with chains, so can be worn over the shoulder. If Next bring out any more incredible bags, I’ll be sure to keep you posted!
Please let me know if you’ve seen any amazing bags recently!