Double Thumbs Dresses #44

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….

Cream Cupcake Print Hepburn Dress £50
Cream Cupcake Print Hepburn Dress £50 from Lady Vintage

….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.

Brushed Prom Skater Dress In Donut Embroidery £65
Brushed Prom Skater Dress In Donut Embroidery £65 from Nishe at ASOS

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.

Jersey Sweetheart Skater Dress With Balloon Embroidery £48
Jersey Sweetheart Skater Dress With Balloon Embroidery £48 from Nishe at ASOS

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.

Townhouses Raglan Cap Sleeve Jacquard Dress £70
Townhouses Raglan Cap Sleeve Jacquard Dress £70 from Cath Kidston

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.

Deer Amongst the Flowers Dress £40
Deer Amongst the Flowers Dress £40 from Yumi

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!

Sweatshirt Dress in Puppy Love Print £149
Sweatshirt Dress in Puppy Love Print £149 from Orla Kiely at ASOS

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.

Karen Horse Print Flared Dress £110 from People Tree
Karen Horse Print Flared Dress £110 from People Tree

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.

Sharpen Dress £55
Sharpen Dress £55 from White Stuff at House of Fraser

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!

Fit & Flare Sleeveless Shift Dress £45
Fit & Flare Sleeveless Shift Dress £45 from Limited Edition at Marks and Spencer

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.

Jx

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Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2014 Part One

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Bristol is a city that blimmin’ loves its hot air balloons. It is certainly not unusual to see them gracefully floating over our beautiful city at any time of the year and, quite frankly, I’m not sure you can call yourself a true Bristolian until you’ve been woken up by the sound of a balloon that’s possibly about to land on your roof. It’s a novelty that never wears off, trust us.

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So, it’s no shock then that we are massive fans of the annual International Balloon Fiesta, held at Ashton Court. This free (FREE!) event is in it’s 36th year and without blowing too much hot air, is one of the greatest things in the world. Ever. Seeing over a hundred balloons fill the sky is one magical sight, you might even call it an uplifting experience.

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We hope you have enjoyed our ballooning experience as we went back for more the next day! Look out for part two!

J&V

 

Double Thumbs Dresses #35

Hooray! It’s time once again for our weekly round up of the lovely dresses that receive the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs Up seal of approval.

Bella Dress £55 from White Stuff
Bella Dress £55 from White Stuff

The top spot this week goes to this gorgeous geometric floral print dress from White Stuff. I love everything about it!

Limelight Dress £250 from Coast
Limelight Dress £250 from Coast

I think Coast are under the false impression that we all secret live in a Disney movie. Why else would they make possibly the most Disney Princess worthy dress I have ever seen? It’s so sparkly and BIG and I really really wish I had somewhere to wear it.

Rajaa Dress £49 by Louche from Fox and Feather
Rajaa Dress £49 by Louche from Fox and Feather

Lovely Louche have done it again with this sweet woodland print dress, which you can order online from Bristol Based Fox + Feather. It’s such a cute 50s shape, with great big buttons and a lovely pastel tree print.

Rock n Rollers Dress in Red Deckchairs £55 from Trollied Dolly
Rock n Rollers Dress in Red Deckchairs £55 from Trollied Dolly

Wahey! It’s another deckchair print dress! The She and Hem print of 2014 and my new favourite! There’s really a lot to love about this Trollied Dolly frock but, aside from those deckchairs, look at that whopping great bow!

Sweet Embroidery Sweetheart Dress £45 by Nishe from ASOS
Sweet Embroidery Sweetheart Dress £45 by Nishe from ASOS

I’ve been waiting for this Nishe dress to hit the ASOS website! I adore those little sweets, although I do wish there were more of them. Such is life.

Charlie Cat Dress £69 from NW3 at Hobbs
Charlie Cat Dress £69 from NW3 at Hobbs

I think we all know by now that I am a sucker for a cat print! I love the simplicity of this Hobbs dress, which is covered in lots of little black cats. I’d probably swap the belt for something a bit brighter and a bit less ropey though. But that’s just me.

Stamp Print Linen Fit Flare Dress £63.75 (was £85) from Laura Ashley
Stamp Print Linen Fit Flare Dress £63.75 (was £85) from Laura Ashley

I feel it is my duty to show you this stamp print dress!! I love the retro vibe and, as always, Laura Ashley have channeled the 50s to perfection.

Floral Sateen Dress £36.95 from Gap
Floral Sateen Dress £36.95 from Gap

Last up this week is this lovely dress which I spotted whilst in Gap. I was drawn to it because it has pockets but it’s so much more than that. It’s floral too.

Jx

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Double Thumbs Dresses #31

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All Hail the Sale: Double Thumbs Dresses Special

Well hello there, readers! I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas! But enough about the festivities, it’s sale time and I, for one, am ready for some bargains! I decided to have a cheeky look through our  previous Double Thumbs Dresses posts in the hope of finding some tasty reductions. It turns out that LOADS of them are now on offer so it seemed only fair to share this glorious news with you. So, without further ado, here is a list of frocks that have previously been deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval but have now been deemed worthy enough to go in the sale. Enjoy!

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River Island Printed Shirt Dress £22 (was £32)
Nishe Dress In Violin Print £45.50 (was £65)
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Midi Dress In Vintage Floral Print With Pleated Skirt £28 (was £40)
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Minkpink Smock Dress In Kaleidoscope Print £22 (was £55)

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Double Thumbs Dresses #14

Another week, another round up of the beautiful dresses considered to be worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. Let’s have a look at what’s been whetting my whistle this week.

The Macaroon Connoissuer $48.99 from Bonne Chance Collections

Those of you who follow us on Twitter might have noticed me crushing on this sweet treat of a dress from Bonne Chance Collections, who often appeal to my novelty print loving streak. This macaroon festooned wonder was destined to go straight into my basket but alas, dear readers, it is out of stock in my size. However, before you light those pitchforks on my behalf, those nice people at Bonne Chance Collections emailed me a sneaky preview of a soon to be in stock dress. BEHOLD….

Scalloped Macaroon Dress *coming soon* by Bonne Chance Collections

Hooray! I’ll be F5ing the website for the foreseeable future.

Floral Dress with Full Skirt £39.99 from Zara

Pockets! Pockets! Pockets! Oh how I do covet a pretty dress with pockets. I really love this Zara dress. It has, err, pockets! and sleeves! and a full skirt! and I can wear it to work! Really, I would stupid NOT to buy it.

Violin Print £65.00 by Nishe from ASOS

Quite the ensemble here by Nishe Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #14

Hem and Away: Manchester & Knutsford

This weekend the boy and I ventured North in order to see The Postal Service at Manchester Academy. I decided this was the perfect opportunity to break out my beloved Nishe hot air balloon dress from ASOS. I don’t really need much encouragement as it’s so much fun and I absolutely love wearing it.  There was no attempt at blending into the crowd for me as I teamed it with a bright yellow cardigan from Gap, spotty tights from M&S and my new Topshop shoes (yes I know, who wears new white shoes to a gig? I’m an idiot).

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On the Sunday we went to Knutsford for a family roast dinner. We were slightly early so decided to take this opportunity to have a little explore. Little did we know that we were about to discover the holy grail for penny-farthing enthusiasts in the form of The Courtyard Coffee House and Restaurant, also known as the home of the largest collection of penny-farthings. How could we resist such an opportunity? We didn’t have much time left but decided to take a seat in the courtyard and order a hot drink. It was very difficult to abstain from eating the many delicious cakes on offer but we knew our hosts wouldn’t be thrilled if we turned up with no appetite left!

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It was a jolly great and unexpected way to spend our Sunday morning! It was such a charming place and I absolutely cannot wait to go back and try out the menu properly. I wore my umbrella print blouse from Ever Ours and my jeans are from Topshop.

Roll on the Bank Holiday weekend!

Jx