The Wheels on the Boden Bus | Spring Blooms Tour

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The Wheels on the Boden Bus

The Wheels on the Boden Bus

Toot toot! A couple of weeks ago the Boden petal-powered bus rolled into Bristol as part of their Spring Blooms tour with Bloom & Wild. A prettier mode of transport you never did see! It certainty brightened up Broadmead and added a much needed splash of colour to an otherwise dull day. How could you not get on board with that? It therefore seemed appropriate that the four of us were all decked out in their wares for our visit. It’s no secret how much we love a bit of Boden so, naturally, we’ve been pining over their baby clothes for months! Thankfully, like mother like daughter, both girls are already big fans of their novelty prints!

This beautiful double decker green bus was not only gorgeous on the outside but jam-packed with the dreamiest Spring flowers and new season garms! Upon boarding the bus, we found the bottom deck was filled with happy Bristolians being given a Bloom & Wild masterclass on how to create special edition The Johnnie Bunch, which you can grab here. Although we are two wildflowers we had the babes with us, so we were in no position to get green fingered, but we can confirm it smelt amazing. Upstairs had been transformed into a beautiful showroom where we were treated to a glimpse of the new range of occasionwear. It was blooming marvelous!

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We were definitely overshadowed by our gorgeous girlies who caused quite the commotion in their snazzy outfits, especially Ada’s rose gold bunny booties*. You can find the rest of their bits and bobs here. We tagged along to pay for their bus fare in equally fun attire! I (Victoria) spotted this fab stripey shirt* on Amy from Me, Myself and Ivy‘s Instagram – which you must pay a visit to if you love colourful clothes as much as we do. I teamed it with a rather sensible pair of blue chino’s* and comfy silver trainers*, perfect for running for the bus! Jo sported the world’s best statement skirt*, an embroidered masterpiece! She teamed it with a pink cropped jumper* which although lovely was a little see-through, so definitely one to pop a white top on underneath. Her green flats* were a big hit as they were not only comfortable but they coped admirably in the rain. Top stuff Boden!

Things were very rosey indeed as we caught up with Bristol’s very own Niki from Miss Magpie Fashion Spy and Jess from @PorthJess who were both working their magic for the Bristol leg of the tour and it was lovely to finally meet Xanthe and Lucy, after admiring their Instagram accoutnts for so long. What a bunch of talented ladies!

The Wheels on the Boden Bus

The Wheels on the Boden Bus

The Wheels on the Boden Bus

V&J x

So we had babies: The Next chapter

So we had babies: The Next chapter | She and Hem

So we had babies: The Next chapter | She and Hem

So we had babies: The Next chapter | She and Hem

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).

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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!

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Keep an eye out on our Instagram to see what Poppy and Ada chose from the new Next Baby collection!

J&Vx

Festive Prints with Emily and Fin

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Victoria is wearing the totally gorgeous Swiss Chalets Print* which features a sumptuous ski scene set in the mountains of Switzerland. The perfect retro winter wonderland! It looks super cute and the lovely blue and green shades really make it pop. The dress is available in two styles, with Victoria opting for the sleeveless ‘Penny’ which has a flattering fitted bodice and semi-full mid-calf length skirt. She teamed it with as many glittery accessories as possible, including a gold belt from Dorothy Perkins, sparkly polka dot tights from Topshop and glittery black pom pom pumps from Kaleidoscope*. Not a salopette in sight!

I had been eyeing up the beautiful Ornamental Lights Print* since I first spied it back in the Summer! I knew it was going to be the perfect Christmas print and oh boy was it worth the wait! Who doesn’t want to be festooned with festoon lights during the festive period?! It’s such a fabulous print and the colours of those delightfully decorative lights really work nicely against the cool grey colour of the dress. Again, this dress is available in two different styles (plus a top and some incredible pyjamas!) with this being the ‘Lucy’. I always love the ‘Lucy’ shape as the A-line shape is just so easy to wear and lends itself nicely to twirling. I styled my dress with some super duper shimmery tights from UKTights* and some gold flats from ASOS (similar here)

I should also add that we both sized up at least once for these dresses as we are now, drum roll please, 38 and 32 weeks pregnant! Can you believe it? I think these frocks do quite the excellent job of disguising the massive bumps! If you’re not epicly pregnant then these dresses do run true to size.

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Loving your work as always, Emily and Fin!

J&Vx

Accessories to Murder #39 *Maternity Special*

Hello and welcome to the 39th Accessories to Murder. This week, I’ve found myself searching high and low for fun maternity clothes that can loosely be termed accessories! So be warned dear reader, the list I’ve put together is mostly bits and bobs I like that aren’t dresses. But fear not, we are saving those beauties for Double Thumbs Dresses!

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. Check out the archives here!

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Asos Maternity Denim Dungaree with Rips | £45 | ASOS
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Tweed Princess Line Maternity Coat | £69 | JoJo Maman Bebe
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Maternity Chevron Teddy Robe | £32 | Topshop
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Polka Dot Button Down Maternity Blouse | £42 | Seraphine
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HURRAH FOR GIN | £45 | The FMLY Store
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Black Spot Maternity Bikini | £25 | Mothercare
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MAMA Mesh Top | £14.99 | H&M Maternity
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Fleet Street Baby Changing Bag | £94 | Radley

Until next time, keep accessorising!

Vx

Boden in Colour

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Ding ding! It’s new Boden time! The happiest of all occasions. We always get overly excited when a new Boden catalogue lands on the doormat and many a She and Hem whatsapp image is exchanged as we eye up on new favourite pieces. We’ve been super lucky to work with Boden over our blogging years and they really are such a standout brand who never fail to make us smile. They recently celebrated their 25th Birthday so we would just like to wish them many happy returns (perhaps not the best turn of phrase) and here’s to many more colourful years!

Now onto the clothes! I know we’ve been real quiet about it but if you hadn’t heard, both of us our expecting little ones over the coming months. As you can imagine this has had a slight impact on what we’ve been able to wear of late and we were both a bit concerned that our beloved Boden wouldn’t be bump friendly. Ha! How silly we were as thanks to a bit of sizing up (we both went up two sizes) we both managed to comfortably fit into our dream frocks of choice. I (Jo) went for the rather sixties inspired Ursula Dress* which it’s fair to say I’m totally obsessed with. Besides looking, in my opinion, super stylish, it also refuses to crease (and as someone who considers the bedroom floor a wardrobe I applaud this) and is now my absolute go to frock for easy wear. I love the colour, plus the sleeves and pockets mean this dress ticks all my boxes! Victoria plumped for the flattering Mollie Dress* in Navy Eclipsed Spot and oh boy is this the perfect Autumn frock. We love the fun 3/4 length sleeves and the eye catching circle print! Again, it’s a really easy to wear fabric which makes it excellent maternity wear, plus it nips in at all the right places! Victoria was sure looking jolly in her Mollie.

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And what Autumnal outfit isn’t complete without some boots to stomp through the leaves in? We both opted to style our dresses with the iconic Chelsea Boot* and I’m pleased to report that even with my swollen feet (TMI) these boots are outrageously comfy and definitely designed with long autumnal strolls in mind! They are the perfect all rounder and will look fab throughout the season with trousers, skirts and dresses (plus optional chunky tights of course).

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J&V xx

Jo’s East Coast Dresser Hack Blogger Challenge

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Hopefully you all spotted Victoria’s excellent East Coast Challenge post this time last week and now it’s my turn! Hoorah. Just to refresh your memories, the lovely folk at East Coast Nursery invited us to take part in their Dresser Hack Challenge in which each we got to style one of their gorgeous Clara Dresser‘s* using a budget of £50.

After deciding on a bright orange changing mat, in the form of the Diamonds Changing Mat in Coral*, I decided to embrace a colourful theme and set about sourcing some practical bits and bobs to help me store everything I will need. But of course, who needs practical when you can buy bunting, eh? I will admit that this was my very first purchase and comes from patchworkpawprint on Etsy. I bought 3 meters which is more than enough to tie round the top of the dresser. I think it looks really effective and is such a simple way to make the dresser your own.

OK OK, now on to the practical.  As a first time Mum-to-be, I’ll admit this involved quite a lot of heavy Googling as I got lost in other peoples lists and must haves. It can be quite overwhelming, cant it? Thankfully there were a few universal themes and I soon became really excited about furnishing my practical open shelves with baskets of goodies! I couldn’t resist the Set of 2 Knitted Storage Tubs from Next that look like little bears. They are really cute and I decided to use one to store spare baby clothes and the other for muslin squares. I think they look rather lovely on the top shelf next to some spare blankets.

For the bottom shelf, I really wanted a storage system that I could, in future, stop the little one from tipping onto the floor as nobody has time for that! I think I found the perfect solution in the form of Sass and Belle’s Set of 3 Moroccan Geometric Suitcases which I bought from Amazon. They perfectly compliment my bright mat and bunting and offer a really stylish solution to storing all those bits and bobs you need in easy reach. I’ve used one for nappies, one for all the lotions, wipes and creams and one for spare cotton wool balls. Perfect! I’ve got them open at the moment but when baby is crawling it will be super easy to close them up and keep everything safely stored inside.

Finally, a couple of extra touches. I bought some colourful Organiser Caddys, also from Amazon, which perfectly fit to the front of the dresser and create some very easily accessible extra storage. I’ve used one for cotton wool, one for nappy bags and, as I’ve got a lot of hair that I won’t want in the way when I’m trying to change a messy nappy (eugh, gross, poo hair etc), I’ve used one for hair bands. I then also added a couple of extra hooks to the side (the green monkeys which I’ve had for years). I’ve used one to hold a laundry bag (which was a Boden shoe protector bag in a former life) and the other I’ve left free. Perhaps I’ll discover a good use for it once baby comes along!

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So, what do you think? I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out although I imagine this will be neatest it ever looks! It was also so nice to do this challenge and made me feel really prepared for the arrival of the little one in December! So thank you very much, East Coast Nursery.

Jx

Maternity Fashion with JoJo Maman Bébé

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Our first maternity wear post! Hooray! We were both really excited about dressing for pregnancy but soon became quite distressed about the highstreets’ lack of She and Hem friendly maternity wear. Gone were the colourful dresses, the novelty prints and the flattering shapes and instead we were faced with an onslaught of black wrap dresses and shapeless smocks that really weren’t doing anything for anybody. It has been quite a challenge to dress in a way that makes us feel like we are still us. This was really important as our shapes are constantly changing and not having experienced it before it can feel quite daunting and suddenly keeping hold of your own sense of style can feel impossible. We were therefore really thrilled when we spotted these cheerful numbers from JoJo Maman Bébé and even more so when they invited us to style them.

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Both dresses are SO comfy and easy to wear, a real bonus when even getting off the sofa is a struggle! We would both happily have these hanging in our wardrobes even if we weren’t expecting. The prints are so bold and colourful, not a black wrap dress in sight! Good work, JoJo! Victoria’s Navy Floral Maternity Dress* has gorgeous 3/4 length sleeves and a flattering full skirt. It looks excellent teamed with the Cosy 4-in-1 Maternity Cardigan* which will definitely be getting a lot of wear this Autumn/Winter. My (Jo) Geo Maternity & Nursing Dress* is such a great colour and I love that it’s a nursing dress as it will be just as useful post birth as it is now. The hidden slits are most definitely discreet so it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing something specifically for a pregnant lady – I just feel like me.

We are both so impressed with the quality of these dresses, the material is lovely and they really feel like investment pieces. They also require zero ironing, something we will only continue to appreciate! We both teamed our dresses with black Comfy Cotton Rich Maternity Leggings* which do exactly what they say on the tin. Boy are they comfy! We were both a bit skeptical about whether specialist maternity leggings were worth buying over just your normal leggings but the extra wide waistband, which means you can wear them over your bump, makes us feel so much more supported and, we like to think, keeps baby nice and snug. Winner!

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Thanks so much JoJo Maman Bébé! Our bumps look fabulous!

J&V x

Ballooning Marvelous at Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

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Every August, without fail, you can find us enthusiastically chasing hot air balloons at Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. Over the past few years we’ve really gone for it and wandered over to Ashton Court for several mass ascents across the weekend, including the amazing Night Glow. This year, especially as we are both expecting, we took it a little easier and chose to just pop over to the Sunday morning ascent. As luck would have it, it was the only morning ascent of the whole fiesta due to pesky windy conditions, so we definitely picked the right day to go along! We did also manage to watch the Saturday evening ascent with friends with a picnic in Clifton, and a great time was had by all. Nevertheless, there is something so magical about the morning ascents, they are definitely worth setting a 5am alarm for. Ballooning Marvelous! Thanks to the lovely folk at Red Letter Days, we were able to access the members enclosure (hello hot drinks and bacon sarnies) which gave us the perfect position for watching the balloons take to the skies.

We always think the colourful balloons make the prefect backdrop for a style post, so we took along a few of our favourite pieces from the new Boden collection to shoot. Although we did struggle to pick our favourite bits (it’s all just so good!), you probably won’t be surprised to learn that we both fell for the same cute combo of the Button Through Mini Skirt* in blue cord (Jo) and vintage denim (Victoria), teamed with The Classic Shirt* in multi autumn trees (Jo) and solstice blue spot (Victoria). The skirts are so versatile, that neither of us have taken these skirts off since, and we’re hoping that thanks to the stretchy material, will we be wearing them a few more months into our pregnancies! We also went for matching Sally coats* in delightful shades of pink and green. Forever twinning! They are going to be so fabulous once the weather gets a bit cooler!

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As we are such keen balloon enthusiasts, we are often asked if you can go for a balloon ride during the fiesta and we have been reliably informed that you can! If you fancy going up, up and away on a balloon ride and you can’t wait until next year’s fiesta, check out the Red Letter Day flights.

V&Jx