Bristol Fashion Week AW15

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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??

Jx

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

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 #37 * Prom Dress Special *

Hello and welcome to our roundup of the dresses deemed worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. As promised, this week we have an all singing, all dancing double Double Thumbs with this second installment being a prom dress special! Wahoo! We shall go to the ball!

Sparkle & Fade Dress £90
Sparkle & Fade Dress £90 by Rivers and Roads

We begin with this beautiful pastel and metallic (two trends in one you say? tick tick!) Fever dress which is available from Rivers and Roads. This particular beauty has actually just arrived through my letter box so will no doubt be appearing in a post soon! I couldn’t wait to share it with you though as it’s just so pretty! The pastel hues combined with the sparkly fabric gives a lovely shimmery effect and one which is perfect for spring/summer parties.

Mala Dress £50.00
Mala Dress £50 by Louche from Joy

You could inject a bit of floral fancy into your prom with this big bold and beautiful dress from the ever wonderful Louche, from Joy. This capped sleeve dress is gorgeous and is a decent length too. It would also look bloomin’ marvelous with a petticoat!

Organza Floral Prom Dress £85 from ASOS Salon
Organza Floral Prom Dress £85 from ASOS Salon

I’m not sure if I can adequately describe how much I love this ASOS* dress and I’m clearly not alone as it keeps whizzing in and out of stock (at the time of writing it’s currently unavailable but persevere if you’ve got you heart set on it). I want to twirl in it and I want to twirl in it now.

Pink and White Stripe Bandeau Prom Dress £80.00 from River Island
Pink and White Stripe Bandeau Prom Dress £80.00 from River Island

I’m not usually one to fall for a strapless dress but there’s just something so classic and pretty about this River Island* number. I love the large stripes and how the pink and white complement one another. It’s all just a bit dreamy.

Ice Blossom Bow Detail Lace Prom Dress £40
Ice Blossom Bow Detail Lace Prom Dress £40 from F&F at Tesco

Oh my, this is pretty much pink perfection. Will you just look at that bow!? I don’t even care that I don’t have a ball to go to, this F&F* dress shall me mine! They currently appear to have knocked 30% off the £30 pricetag which makes it a total bargain! It would also make a pretty great bridesmaid dress, dontchathink?

Vintage Peach and Navy Floral Tea Dress £50
Vintage Peach and Navy Floral Tea Dress £50

We love a bit of Lady V London around here, so there was much cooing when they announced their new collection. I found it near impossible to choose a favourite but have plumped for this vintage peach and navy tea dress. LOVE.

Mariam Dress £55
Mariam Dress £55 by Hell Bunny from Aspire Style

This Hell Bunny dress from Aspire Style is super duper fun! The colour is fabulous, the spots are genius and the shape and style scream TO THE DANCE FLOOR.

Shannon Fit And Flare Dress £99
Shannon Fit And Flare Dress £99 from Phase Eight

I love this silhouette of this cotton Phase Eight dress. The colour and pattern are simply divine and who doesn’t love a tie belt?

Girls on Film Nude Low Back Lace Overlay Maxi Dress £45 from Little Mistress
Girls on Film Nude Low Back Lace Overlay Maxi Dress £45 from Little Mistress

And finally, if you’re looking for length then this stunning lace overlay dress from Little Mistress could well be the one. There’s so much beautiful detailing and the cowl back is quite frankly breathtaking. Plus it’s £45. As the kids say, Little Mistress you cray cray.

That’s all for this week! However, before I go I would like to say a massive MASSIVE thank you for nominating us for the Company Style Blogger Awards 2014. We have now officially been shortlisted in the Best Blogging Duo or Team category and it’s honestly a dream come true for us both. We are against some truly inspirational bloggers but if you would like to vote for us to win, please click the image below!

Jx

All hail the sale

Oh how we do love a good sale!  There is nothing like the giddy thrill of bagging a bargain, especially when it’s something you have previously lusted after. With Oasis, Warehouse, Lady V London, Laura Ashley, Phase Eight, Jaeger, Dorothy Perkins, Clarks, French Connection, Yumi and Whistles all launching sales this week it has been somewhat of a tab browsing frenzy here at She and Hem HQ. We decided it would be rude not to share some of our favourite picks with you! So, sit back, grab of cup of tea and enjoy the very first installment of All Hail the Sale.

Horse And Carriage Sundress £25 (was £45) from Oasis
Cat Spot Shell Top £20 (was £30) from Oasis
Border Floral Dress £30 (was £45) from Warehouse
Josephine Blouse £29.50 (was £59) from Phase Eight
Primrose Stripe Mini Flareskirt £25 (was £62) from French Connection
Henderson Sky £34.99 (was £49.99) from Clarks
White Hearts With Stars Swing Dress £27 (was £45) from Lady V London
Green striped jumper £10 (was £28) from Dorothy Perkins

It comes to something when you are seriously considering buying jumpers in June. Sigh.

Have a lovely week everyone,

Jx