Double Thumbs Dresses #41

Hello hello! It’s DT time! Our glorious roundup of the dresses we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval.

Clocks Sleeveless Jacquard Dress £65
Clocks Sleeveless Jacquard Dress £65 by Cath Kidston
Stop Thief! Sleeveless Dress £55
Stop Thief! Sleeveless Dress £55 by Cath Kidston

When we visited the Cath Kidston AW14 press day a couple of weeks back we spent a lot of time fawning over their forthcoming prints and have been eagerly awaiting their arrival. I am therefore pleased to report that the Just In section of their website is currently a VERY EXCITING PLACE for an abundance of the new pieces have arrived, including both Clocks and Stop Thief! in delightful dress from! I really can’t decide which is my favourite, the charming vintage style of Clocks or the playful fun of Stop Thief! Time to hide my debit card.

Padstow Print Prom Dress £59.50 from Oliver Bonas
Padstow Print Prom Dress £59.50 from Oliver Bonas

How unbelievably gorgeous is this dress by Poem at Oliver Bonas? I did a little gasp when it arrived in my inbox. Firstly, I love Padstow so this dress was a winner before I had even looked at it properly. However, when I did have a closer inspection I discovered the prettiest print of pastel houses(!) and cute yachts! It’s all a bit dreamy.

Molly Macaron Smock Dress £55 by Mod Dolly
Molly Macaron Smock Dress £55 by Mod Dolly

Time for some macaron madness courtesy of Mod Dolly! I love this sweet loose fitting smock dress, especially with that gorgeous empire collar. I know I shouldn’t say this in a dress roundup but they also have this print in possibly the best two piece ever. Sorry, dresses.

Dolores Dress Summer Bouquet £65
Dolores Dress Summer Bouquet £65 by Collectif from Aspire Style

I hadn’t heard of Collectif before their dresses started appearing on the Aspire Style website by my goodness they are all about the twirly dress perfection. This super summery floral dress is just stunning. Look at those adorable buttons!

Unicorn Dress £46
Unicorn Dress £46 from Sugarhill Boutique

The new Sugarhill Boutique collection is making me very happy at the moment! So much pretty! I really love this handdrawn unicorn print which I think looks especially lovely against that dusky blue colour. Plus, you can always count on SB for a good sleeve.

Sunshine Shift Dress £45
Sunshine Shift Dress £45 from Miss Selfridge

This is such a lovely bright dress from Miss Selfridge! It looks like the sun exploded all over it! It makes me want to go on holiday.

Womens Printed Shirt Dress £14 from Peacocks
Womens Printed Shirt Dress £14 from Peacocks

And last but not least is the bargain of the week from Peacocks! I love a good shirt dress and the gorgeous vibant florals make this one a really winner. I usually find Peacocks dresses to be a decent length too, making them perfect for work.

Jx

All Hail the Sale *Double Thumbs Dresses Special*

Hi! it’s sale time again and I am totally ready for some bargains! So, without further ado, here is a pretty massive list of fabulous 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!

Bike Stripe Smock Dress £35 (was £55) from Sugarhill Boutique
Bike Stripe Smock Dress £35 (was £55) from Sugarhill Boutique

Also available at this price from John Lewis and Debenhams.  

Duckie Dress £39 (was £55) from Sugarhill Boutique
Duckie Dress £39 (was £55) from Sugarhill Boutique

Also available at this price from John Lewis and Debenhams.  

Dress with Bell Sleeves £39.99 (was £59.99) from Zara
Dress with Bell Sleeves £39.99 (was £59.99) from Zara
Printed Dress with Wide Straps £39.99 (was £59.99) from Zara
Printed Dress with Wide Straps £39.99 (was £59.99) from Zara
Strawberry Fields Sash Dress £32.50 (was £65) from Great Plains
Strawberry Fields Sash Dress £32.50 (was £65) from Great Plains
Jenna Checked Shirt Dress £40 (was £50) from Great Plains
Jenna Checked Shirt Dress £40 (was £50) from Great Plains
Evette Dress in Green Balloon Print £45.50 (was £65) from People Tree
Evette Dress in Green Balloon Print £45.50 (was £65) from People Tree
Safari Short Sleeved Dress £42 (was £60) from Cath Kidston
Safari Short Sleeved Dress £42 (was £60) from Cath Kidston
Nancy Dress £53.40 (was £89) from Boden
Nancy Dress £53.40 (was £89) from Boden
Audley Dress £139 (was £199) from Hobbs
Audley Dress £139 (was £199) from Hobbs

Also available at this price from John Lewis and House of Fraser.

Vintage Peach & Navy Floral Tea Dress £35 (was £50) from Lady Vintage
Vintage Peach & Navy Floral Tea Dress £35 (was £50) from Lady Vintage
Shannon Fit And Flare Dress £69 (was £99) from Phase Eight
Shannon Fit And Flare Dress £69 (was £99) from Phase Eight

Also available at this price from John Lewis and House of Fraser.

Ribbon Detailed Flared Dress £30 (was £65) from Warehouse
Ribbon Detailed Flared Dress £30 (was £65) from Warehouse

Have you spotted any good bargains?

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #39

Hello hello! It’s Double Thumbs time again! Your weekly roundup of the top frocks we have deemed worthy of our seal of approval. Before we continue, I believe there’s time for one final shameless plea for any Company Style Blogger Awards votes. If you like our thumbs, please do take a moment to check out the website. We are on page 4! Voting closes on Friday. ONWARDS.

Pineapple Dress £55
Pineapple Dress £55 from There’s Only One Amy Laws

Ha! You thought you’d seen the last of my pineapples but here we are again, in what I am now calling the fashion world’s ‘pineapple agenda’, with another from There’s Only One Amy Laws. But WHAT a pretty 50’s style pineapple frock this is. I love everything about it.

Pineapple Print Cami Dress £22
Pineapple Print Cami Dress £22 from River Island

Ha! You thought you’d seen the last of my pinea….yeah, it’s kind of getting a bit silly now isn’t it? I can’t help it though. I’m just drawn to the tropical. This lovely cami is from River Island.

Sunglasses Print Midi Dress £49.50
Sunglasses Print Midi Dress £49.50 from Marks and Spencer

People can tell me all they want about how Marks and Spencer have lost their way when it comes to women’s fashion. I’m not listening. I have always been an M&S girl and from where I am sitting, they are consistently brilliant. Look at this sunglasses print dress? It’s marvelous! It’s on trend! It’s under £50! I will defend them UNTIL THE END! (bit of poetry for you there). Although I’m still waiting for a Percy Pig print dress. Sort it out, guys.

*update* currently showing as out of stock

Lemon Print Fit-and-Flare Dress £85
Lemon Print Fit-and-Flare Dress £85 from Banana Republic

Screw you, pineapples! There’s a massive lemon print on the block and it’s brilliant. I often overlook Banana Republic but they have got some fantastic pieces in at the moment!

Bonnie Sun Dress £66 from Weekend Doll
Bonnie Sun Dress £66 from Weekend Doll

Ah, we love a bit of Weekend Doll here at She and Hem so I was very excited to see their new collection pop up this week. This yellow puppy (!) dress, with it’s super cute print, is my favourite. It’s also got a whacking great bow on the back. Winner.

1950s Red Stripe Shirt Dress £98
1950s Red Stripe Shirt Dress £98 from 20th Century Foxy

One of my favourite ever Double Thumbs Dresses is from 20th Century Foxy, so it’s nice to see them back with this bangin’ red stripe shirt dress. It’s even got hidden pockets. Dreamy.

 Floral Print Sun Dress £10
Floral Print Sun Dress £10 from Matalan

My goodness, Matalan can be totally amazing. This perfect pastel pink floral shift dress is a tenner! A tenner!

Womens Tea Dress £16 from Peacocks
Womens Tea Dress £16 from Peacocks

Last up this week is this lovely floral tea dress from Peacocks. I love the shape and the pattern but the thing that truly seals the deal for me is that adorable Peter-Pan collar. You can’t really argue with that price-tag either.

That’s your lot!

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #22

Dress fans rejoice! For I am back (finally, right?) with another round up of dresses deemed worthy enough of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. If any of my loved ones are reading this, the answer is yes. Yes please.

Scenic Print Jacquard Dress £36.91 from Chicwish

I’ve been coveting this lovely Chicwish dress for a while but now that it’s on sale it would almost be ridiculous not to buy it. It has pretty much everything I look for in a dress. Lovely long sleeves, a pretty neckline, a full skirt and a beautiful print. There is so much detailing on this dress, it’s actually rather overwhelming – in a good way. Even the white parts of the dress are subject to a jacquard embossed print. I say.

Stripe Prom Dress £80 from Topshop
Stripe Prom Dress £80 from Topshop

Ooof, I do love a prom dress and this black and pink striped number from Topshop is super duper pretty.

Velvet Spangle Collar Dress £62.00 from The White Pepper
Velvet Spangle Collar Dress £62.00 from The White Pepper

It has been great to see such an abundance of lovely velvet dresses around of late but this one from The White Pepper is definitely my pick of the bunch. It is a gorgeous colour and the fun trapeze  shape will totally lend itself to some Christmas party twirling. The thing that sets it apart however is the beautiful, and detachable, gold spangle collar. You can’t go wrong with a bit of detachable spangle.

Polka Dot Dress £35.99 from Zara

Mustard! Polka Dots! Sleeves! Pockets! It’s like Zara have a She and Hem dream dress crib sheet. This is a pretty impressive frock.

Neon Tipped Collar Dress £45 from Miss Selfridge
Neon Tipped Collar Dress £45 from Miss Selfridge

Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #22

Double Thumbs Dresses #19

Well, it’s Monday again (boo) but that means it’s time for Double Thumbs Dresses (yay!). That’s right, I’m back once again with a round-up of dresses considered worthy enough to receive the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. It really is highly coveted, you know. This week is a bit of an odd one in that I seem to have been attracted to very similar dresses. We begin with three rosy numbers, continue with three sparkly affairs and finish off with something completely different. Just to keep you on your toes…

Hearts & Bows Floral Romario Smock Dress £26.99 from Ark
Hearts & Bows Floral Romario Smock Dress £26.99 from Ark

Rosy frock #1 comes courtesy of Ark. It’s a gorgeous smock shape with beautifully detailed roses, which I find rather Alice in Wonderlandesque. Off with her head! As always, I’m a big fan of the Peter-Pan collar and those lovely short sleeves.

50s Prom Dress £20 from Peacocks
50s Prom Dress £20 from Peacocks

Rosy frock #2 is this dapper 50s number from Peacocks, who have consistently been producing wonderful dresses in this shape for a while now.I bought this one from Double Thumbs #13 and it gets no end of compliments whenever I wear it. Thumbs firmly in the upward trajectory.

Elise Party £85 from People Tree
Elise Party £85 from People Tree

And rosy dress #3 is this twirly wonder from People Tree. A bit more expensive than the other two but surely a dress worthy of a special occasion. Plus, it has a big bow. I’ll spend anything on a big bow.

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Sleeveless Spangle Dress £58 from The Whitepepper

Time to glisten now with sparkly dress #1 Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #19

She and Home: Aldo

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After a lovely sunny day spent browsing the Vintage Kilo Sale at Paintworks in Bristol. We headed to a small shopping party held at Aldo in Cabot Circus, to take advantage of their 15% discount on all shoes and accessories while quaffing some champers and devouring some battenberg cake. We are totally crushing on all of the ankle boots and brogues, so we will be crossing all of our fingers and toes that we win the raffle!

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Aldo’s vision is to make people feel good through the products they provide. We would certainly feel good if we owned some of these amazing shoes. I was a big fan of the Nogoya red brogues, while Jo found true love with these Alcidine ankle boots. We popped them on our Christmas lists, which are now the size of a giraffe’s scarf!

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What we wore! Continue reading She and Home: Aldo

Double Thumbs Dresses #13

It’s that time again! I’m back with another round-up of the dresses worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs Up seal of approval. Let’s see what’s been tickling my fancy this week….

1950s Style Dress £16 from Peacocks
1950s Style Dress £16 from Peacocks

Sometimes putting these lists together can be ridiculously bad news for my bank balance but, dear reader, every so often I discover a budget friendly wonder! Just LOOK at this beautiful dress from Peacocks. I adore anything 1950s and this dress ticks all the right boxes, including being slightly reminiscent of a pair of old curtains. Sold.

*at the time of writing Peacocks are also offering 20% off dresses AND 99p delivery. Umm, amazing?*

Midi Dress In Vintage Floral Print With Pleated Skirt £40 from ASOS

Here we have another lovely vintage inspired affair from ASOS‘s own brand. I was drawn to this one because of that gorgeous midi length, a style which I like but have yet to fully embrace. I really enjoy the contrasting prints and the unusual choice of colours they have used. It just looks effortlessly cool and definitely one which I could also wear to work.

Betty Collared Dress in Floral Love £40 from Motel
Betty Collared Dress in Floral Love £40 from Motel

Ooooh Betty! I do so enjoy that lovely Peter Pan collar! The fashion for smock dresses shows no signs of abating, which I know isn’t great news for everyone, but if you have yet to embrace it then this very pretty floral print number from Motel could be the one to change your mind. Smock it to ’em!

Navy Peter Jensen Rabbit Dress £54.50 (Was £68) from People Tree
Navy Peter Jensen Rabbit Dress £54.50 (Was £68) from People Tree

People Tree are really great at getting top designers in and their new A/W collection is no exception with both Peter Jensen and Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #13

Accessories to Murder #7 Bag Special

If you are anything like me then you’ll like to have different bags for different occasions depending on what you need to take along with you. For instance, I’m not going to take my Zatchel or rucksack (seen here and here) for a meal out, but they would be perfect for a day trip or a night away from home.

There are some fantastic bags around at the moment, of all shapes and sizes, and lots of them just so happen to be in the sale! Such as this cute Yumi satchel below, which is half price on the House of Fraser website.

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Floral Satchel, £20 (was £40), Yumi, via House of Fraser.

Another sale item, also half price, is this super cute box clutch bag from Oasis. It comes in several colours, but my favourite is the green and silver beauty. It is really small, so you wouldn’t be able to fit any emergency chocolate in there, but there will be room for your purse, phone and a cheeky picture of Ryan Gosling.

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Box Clutch Bag, £15 (was £30), Oasis.

If you are looking for something slightly bigger than the box clutch, maybe to use as a small day bag, I would go for this fun owl satchel. It’s a real hoot! It’s novelty without being too childish and has the all important across body strap. It’s not in the sale, but if you are a student Accessorize are offering 10% student discount for a limited time only. You can enter your details for a voucher code here.

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Owl Satchel, £25, Accessorize.

Bigger still in the bag department is this foxy little number from Accessorize, who’s looking for a new home. If I hadn’t recently bought a rucksack I would snap this up, especially as it comes in my favourite accessory colour, tan, so it goes with anything and everything. It is really roomy, has lots of pockets and it quite possibly the loveliest looking rucksack I’ve ever seen.

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Fox Rucksack, £32, Accessorize.

If it is a rucksack you are after, but like me you have spent all of your pennies on ice cream, here are a couple from Peacocks which are  slightly cheaper. I am very pleasantly surprised by the range of bags that Peacocks has to offer at the moment, especially the rucksacks which come in several lovely patterns and colours. My mum used to drag me to Peacocks, but now I’m excited to pay a visit this weekend to see what I can find.

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Printed Rucksack, £12, Peacocks.
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Bird Rucksack, £15, Peacocks.

Last week I stumbled upon the amazing, eco-friendly Ceridwen Hazelchild Design. Designing from a little studio in the heart of the Cotswolds, Ceridwen’s designs are distinctive, unique and thoroughly charming. There are 53 items for sale in her Etsy shop, which I wholeheartededly recommend checking out, especially as it is so reasonably priced. I really cannot choose my favourite bag, as everytime I look I change my mind as they are all so fantastic! Here are my current top 3 picks.

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Blue Typewriter Illustration Eco Cotton Tote Bag, £5.99, Etsy.
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Badger Illustration Cotton Tote Bag, £5.99, Etsy.
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Three Garden Gnomes Illustration Eco Cotton Tote Bag, £5.99, Etsy.

Hopefully one of these will be just your bag!

V x

Double Thumbs Dresses #6

Wahoo! It’s time for our weekly round up of all those lovely dresses that receive the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs Up seal of approval. Hold on to your wallets, things are about to get tempting.

Polly Love Heart Smock £38 from Moddolly
Polly Love Heart Smock £38 from Moddolly

First up is this absolutely charming smock dress from the all round brilliant Moddolly. I can’t tell you how much I adore that huge aqua green Peter Pan collar! It’s such a playful number and I love how the model (the beautiful Dunya from Dearest Deer) has styled it with frilly socks. Socks and frocks are the perfect combo!

Pink and Navy Apple Print Dress £24.99 by Misumi at New Look

Core-blimey! You’ll be the apple of my eye (or someone else’s, if you find that a bit weird) in this fruity number from New Look. I actually can’t get over the detail of those apples, they are stunning! Everything about this vintage inspired dress is wonderful! The shape, colours, print and price! Bravo!

Pleated Printed Dress £39.99 from Zara

Ah Zara, you do know how to make an expensive looking dress and this edgy take on the floral print is case in point. I love the explosion of bright colours on display in this short but sweet number, so many in fact that it would go with anything! Personally, I would be tempted to go with more muted colours in order to let the dress do all the talking but if I owned some super bright orange shoes I’m not sure I would be able to restrain myself. I also feel I might have to adopt this models stance and expression for all future photographs. 

Rainbow Tie Dye Skater Dress £50 from Lashes of London
Rainbow Tie Dye Skater Dress £50 from Lashes of London

This rainbow dress from Lashes of London is something else, isn’t it? My goodness. I’ve actually chosen to show you the back of the dress because it would simply be criminal of me not to share the beauty that is the big colourful bow with you. Swoon! The pastel colours are stunningly gorgeous, those shades just work so beautifully together. You would definitely have to be feeling confident to wear it though as I can imagine it would attract a lot of attention. Now, where’s my pot of gold?

Chelsie Water bottle print dress £139 from Ted Baker
Chelsie Water bottle print dress £139 from Ted Baker

Ted Baker are my absolute go to for pretty, floaty, feminine dresses.  This watercolour style print ticks all of those boxes and more. The details are simply breathtaking. I love all of the flowers in the water bottles, the cute little tie waist and the ruffles, oh the ruffles. Just looking at this  dress makes me want to float around at a summer wedding, perhaps whilst doing some post wine twirling. I would feel positively ethereal in this beauty.

Rebecca Navy Crochet Dress with Pinafore Front £60 from Dahlia
Rebecca Navy Crochet Dress with Pinafore Front £60 from Dahlia

Well hello Rebecca! If, like me, you are completely besotted with the current pinafore trend and yet also deeply alarmed by your own inability to wear them, then this is the dress for you! Stripped t-shirts worn under pretty pinafores are simply a match made in fashion heaven and clever old Dahlia have realised this and done us all a massive favour and combined the two. Gold star.

Womens Sheered Waist Dress £16 from Peacocks
Womens Sheered Waist Dress £16 from Peacocks

I think initially I was drawn to this Peacocks dress because it reminds me of a Death Cab for Cutie album but, hey, it all worked out for the best as those colours are pretty darn awesome and the cinched in waist is super flattering. Not words you could use to describe Death Cab for Cutie, no siree. Peacocks describe it as “the perfect summer dress” but with those lovely sleeves and buttoned up top I would be extremely happy wearing this to work.

Puffin Print Joy Peplum Dress £40 from People Tree
Puffin Print Joy Peplum Dress £40 from People Tree

Where the chuffin heck was this dress a couple of weeks ago when I was compiling my list of bird prints for Toucan Play That Game? Do People Tree not realise just how much huffin and puffin was occurring? I’m not going to hold it against them though as this puffin print dress is super-duper cute. I even really love the peplum and I am seriously not a peplum person. It’s like having an unnecessary and nonfunctional shelf built into your outfit. This one, however, really adds something to the dress and looks beautiful.

Before I disappear off, I feel it is my duty as purveyor of fabulous dresses to inform you that She and Hem favorites Lady V London have this very evening launched their sale. I highly recommend you check it out.

Jx