Double Thumbs Dresses #89

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!

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Stripe Belted Dress £55 from Yumi
Stripe Belted Dress £55 from Yumi

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.

Posy Shirt Dress £90 from Boden
Posy Shirt Dress £90 from Boden

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.

Flower Power Pleats Dress £95 from & Other Stories
Flower Power Pleats Dress £95 from & Other Stories

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.

Ponte Fluted Dress £22 from Tu Clothing at Sainsburys
Ponte Fluted Dress £22 from Tu Clothing at Sainsburys

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!

Fast Cars Pleated Dress £75 from Cath Kidston
Fast Cars Pleated Dress £75 from Cath Kidston
Dino Sleeveless Dress £60 from Cath Kidston
Dino Sleeveless Dress £60 from Cath Kidston

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.

Poppy Print Waisted Dress £46 from Warehouse
Poppy Print Waisted Dress £46 from Warehouse

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.

Floral Print Ruffle Trim Dress £62 from Next
Floral Print Ruffle Trim Dress £62 from Next

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.

Ruffle Striped Shift Dress £45 from M&S
Ruffle Striped Shift Dress £45 from M&S

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!

Frilled dress £25.99 from Pull and Bear
Frilled dress £25.99 from Pull and Bear

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.

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #81

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….

She and Hem | Candy Stripe Dress £59.99 from Fever
Candy Stripe Dress £59.99 from Fever

I don’t usually appear on Double Thumbs but seeing as this dress has since disappeared from the Sainsbury’s website I was left with little choice as I couldn’t not feature the stripey supermarket stunner that has stolen my heart! If you live near a Sainsbury’s that stocks TU then you may be able to get your hands on this little beaut. If not, I thought this little deckchair inspired number from Fever was a more than adequate substitute. Gotta love a candy stripe!

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She and Hem | Boskerris Dress £55 from Seasalt
Boskerris Dress £55 from Seasalt
She and Hem | Gwendreath Dress £55 from Seasalt
Gwendreath Dress £55 from Seasalt

I love these two summery prints from Seasalt. The vintage inspired shell number is perfect seaside attire and I really like the nice simple shape – plus it has pockets! Win. I am also totally obsessed with the beach umbrella print, that’s one packed beach! It’s all so lovely and fun – perfect for the warmer weather. Even in the rain we must parasol-dier on.

She and Hem | Cherries on Cream Emily Dress £45 from Lady V
Cherries on Cream Emily Dress £45 from Lady V

Who doesn’t love a cherry on top of their frock? This fruity number from Lady V is a real delight. I’ve been a fan of their 1950s inspired dresses for many a year now but this is my favourite print for some time. The neckline is super cute!

She and Hem | London Tulle Midi Dress with Frill Waist
London Tulle Midi Dress with Frill Waist £62 from Chi Chi at ASOS

The princess inside of me desperately wants to prance about in this Chi Chi dress. It’s tulley scrumptious! Look at that frill waist! The whole thing is outrageously pretty and if you invite me to your wedding, I will turn up in this.

She and Hem | Floral Ruffle Mini Shift Dress With Neck Tie £52 from ASOS
Floral Ruffle Mini Shift Dress With Neck Tie £52 from ASOS

OK so this ASOS ruffle dress looks a little short but I think you all know me well enough by now to know that I’m always going to be a total sucker for a massive bow, not that she’s bothered to tie it properly. FOR SHAME, MODEL.

She and Hem | Venice print swing dress £55 from Lindy Bop at Aspire Style
Venice print swing dress £55 from Lindy Bop at Aspire Style

Speaking of big bows, this Lindy Bop dress has a rather splendid yellow one on display. How gorgeous is that Venice print? The whole thing is just smashing! Some extra good news is that Aspire Style who stock this dress are still offering our readers a 10% discount if you enter the code ‘sheandhem’ as you check out. You are welcome!

She and Hem | Pixie Dress £89.50 from Boden
Pixie Dress £89.50 from Boden

Last but not least we have this lovely sixties yellow number from Boden. I love the classic shift shape but it’s that knockout geometric print that really makes this one special. I really love the contrasting white and yellow – good work, everyone.

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #77

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….

Aida Zak Sandra Boat Print Dress £38.50 from Collectif
Aida Zak Sandra Boat Print Dress £58.50 from Collectif

First up I am loving the boat-iful dress from Collectif! It’s a pretty fabulous print and I love the style of the dress with a delightful full skirt, sweetheart neckline and, praise be, pockets! Race you to the seaside!

Multicoloured Tile Print Sundress £22.00 from TU at Sainsburys
Multicoloured Tile Print Sundress £22.00 from Tu at Sainsburys

Is it Tu late now to say sorry? To my bank balance, that is. I have complained in the past about how Sainsburys didn’t allow you to order clothes on their website but now that they have rectified the situation I am facing some serious financial issues. ALL THE PRETTY.

V Neck PLeated Tiered Dress £60.00 from Oasis
V Neck PLeated Tiered Dress £60.00 from Oasis

Three tiers for this Oasis dress! Hip hip hooray…etc. I mean, you might need to buy your friends some sunglasses for when you wear it but by golly what a frock! It’s so so bright and so so awesome.

Zandra Rhodes Lipstick Asymmetrical Dress in Pink £85 from People Tree
Zandra Rhodes Lipstick Asymmetrical Dress in Pink £85 from People Tree

I appreciate that you might have to take my word for it but this People Tree dress has the most fabulous lipstick print (go hover over the images on their website!). It’s super cute and I really like that, for a novelty print dress, it’s quite a sensible style.

Raddery Sailing Print Dress £59.50 from Jack Wills
Raddery Sailing Print Dress £59.50 from Jack Wills

Those of you with a good memory for dresses (hi) might well remember that Jack Wills brought out an incredibly similar print to this last year. I know this, because I bought said dress and wore it to death (here’s the proof)! JW must have decided that if the nautical print dress aint broke, don’t fix it! I’m so blatantly going to end up buying this one too.

Lusara A-Z Ditzy Floral Dress £179 by Ted Baker at John Lewis
Lusara A-Z Ditzy Floral Dress £179 by Ted Baker at John Lewis

So here’s a story from A to Z! How fab is this Ted Baker print? It’s sort of bonkers, with a mix of giant letters and a floral print, but it just works. Although I do wish the J (the best of the letters) was more prominent.

Graphic Print Mini Wiggle Dress £45.00 from ASOS
Graphic Print Mini Wiggle Dress £45.00 from ASOS

Last but not least is this super snazzy graphic print dress from a small independent company you might have heard of called ASOS. I think they’ll go far.

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #75

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! Before we crack on, just a heads up, this particular Double Thumbs Dresses contains a sponsored link but please be assured we only feature the frocks we consider tip top!  As you were…

Stretch Dress in a Vintage Look £39.00 from ESpirit
Stretch Dress in a Vintage Look £39.00 from Esprit
Spotty Jacquard Dress £75.00 from ESpirit
Spotty Jacquard Dress £75.00 from Esprit

We begin with these two fab frocks from Esprit! How gorgeous is that sixties style vintage number? I love the high neck and flared silhouette combo and a jacquard fabric is always a favourite of mine. I’ve also gone dotty for their spotty number thanks to my ongoing quest to find a new monochrome dress. I love the two different sizes of spot and the inverted a-line is such a nice shape.

Costa Rica Hat Print Dress £34.50 by Compañia Fantastica from ThunderEgg
Costa Rica Hat Print Dress £34.50 by Compañia Fantastica from ThunderEgg

Hats off to this great print from fab Spanish brand Compañia Fantastica! They’ve got some excellent prints for Spring with this boater number already finding its way into my wardrobe. I picked mine up from Thunderegg who always have so many tempting treats! I do find this dress to be a little on the short side but my groundbreaking plan is to wear a denim skirt over the top until Summer!

Abito Trapezio Con Stampa Banane €125 (£100ish) from Lazzari
Abito Trapezio Con Stampa Banane €125 (£100ish) from Lazzari

We’ve ditched Spain for Italy with this DANCING BANANA PRINT (this is not a drill) from Lazzari who Victoria linked me up with during the week. I’d love to know what her Google search was to find this particular frock! My Italian isn’t great (non existent you might say) but I do know that this website has a lot of beautiful pieces. Anyone know of any UK stockists?

It’s an Inspired Taste Dress $119.99 (£85ish) from Modcloth
It’s an Inspired Taste Dress $119.99 (£85ish) from Modcloth

Modcloth really know how to do a novelty print don’t they? I am forever infuriated and relieved in equal measure that they aren’t based in the UK. I would have no money AT ALL. It might be time to embrace the shipping charge though as this tasty dress has both avocados AND aubergines on it. NEED.

Navy Nautical Sundress £20 from Tu at Sainsburys
Navy Nautical Sundress £20 from Tu at Sainsburys

I always love a good stroll around Tu at Sainsburys as I find they are usually good for a fun print or two! We have been wearing a lot of umm ‘swimmer prints’ (exhibit A exhibit B) recently (not something I thought I’d ever say) so this little number is right up my street! It’s lovely and also a total bargain!

Flamingo Fun Flare Print Dress $59.42 (£42ish) from Chicwish
Flamingo Fun Flare Print Dress $59.42 (£42ish) from Chicwish

Last but not least we have this gloriously pink affair from Chicwish. That flamingo print is quite frankly awesome and those shades of pink look so lovely together.  The 50s style of the dress is always going to be a winner for me and there’s a big bow round the back just to finish things off in style.

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #55

Hello dear reader! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval. I can tell you hand on heart that this, the 55th edition, has truly tested the limits of my bank balance. Send help.

Print Me Pretty Dress Paris £68.80 from Miss Patina
Print Me Pretty Dress Paris £68.80 from Miss Patina

Or, preferably, send me this dress! I can’t even bring myself to look at the Miss Patina website at the moment for fear of the damage I might do. Everything is just so incredibly beautiful! This Parisian print is my pick of the bunch thanks to that super adorable illustration. What an Eiffel.

French Market dress £89.95 by Joules
French Market dress £89.95 by Joules from John Lewis

Oui oui! I am obviously taking my inspiration from the French as this market town print dress from Joules is also pickling my onions. How dreamy is that 50’s shape? and the colours are simply gorgeous.

Daisy Spray Beach Dress £50 from Cath Kidston
Daisy Spray Beach Dress £50 from Cath Kidston

It’s bright yellow, it’s got polka dots AND it’s Cath Kidston…..what’s not to love? I’m slightly obsessed with those thick straps and the polka dots are, prepare to sound the twee klaxon, actually super cute daisies! Oh CK, you sure do know the way to my floral loving heart. I think this is the perfect dress for Summer.

Beach hut short sleeve shirt dress £40 by Brakeburn
Beach hut short sleeve shirt dress £40 by Brakeburn from House of Fraser

I’ve been waiting ages for a good beach hut print (I know, I know, haven’t we all) and one has finally appeared thanks to Brakeburn. I love this little shirt shift dress (easy for you to say) as the short sleeves, little collar and tie waist make it super easy to wear!

Parasol Print Dress £22 from TU
Parasol Print Dress £22 from TU

There’s nothing shady about this parasol print dress from TU although you will have to leave your house in order to obtain it as it’s not available online. Boo you, Sainsbury’s! It’s a gorgeous print though and I love the the green and blues together. Let’s just hope it hasn’t para-sold out (sorry).

Dress With All Over Pom Pom Print & Detail £65 by Lazy Oaf
Dress With All Over Pom Pom Print & Detail £65 by Lazy Oaf from ASOS

Pom pom hem! This Lazy Oaf dress has an actual pom pom hem! Made out of pom poms! If Victoria and I ever decide we need blogger nicknames I am totally having ‘pom pom hem’ as mine. What a thing! Even aside from the whole pom pom hem thing, this dress is obviously brilliant with an all over multicoloured pom pom print. POM POM.

Barcelona Dress £39 by Louche from Joy
Barcelona Dress £39 by Louche from Joy

I adore this red 50’s inspired dress from Louche. It looks so pretty and I love the detail that has gone into the print and the beautiful looking hem, which is apparently a unique broderie analgise hem dontchaknow. Whatever it is it’s lovely and it looks very flattering too!

Sing For Your Summer Dress £55 by Trollied Dolly
Sing For Your Summer Dress £55 by Trollied Dolly

Last but not least we have a Trollied Dolly strawberry dress that is ripe for picking! It’s certainly a berry good print and looks lovely set against the peachy tone of the dress. I would definitely accessorise this one with lashings of cream!

Jx

Couscous me if you can

Cous me if you can | She and Hem | Food and Drink

Let’s raise a slice of toast as we are happy to announce that we are having a baby now part of the Sainsbury’s Food Blogger Community. As food fanatics and big baking buffs (See Sushi! Cakes! Cheese!), we are pretty excited by this! To celebrate, we thought we would share our perfect lunch with you. Warning, this post will make you ravenous for giant couscous.

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This is the usually the part where you would find a detailed recipe and step by step instructions of how to create the masterpiece you see below, but that’s not really how we work here at She and Hem (but please do contact us if you would like tips!). We favour the ‘throw everything you like to eat into the trolley, twice if it’s on offer’ kind of cuisine. So instead of working from a list, we grabbed the ingredients that we thought would taste delicious with the couscous, such as halloumi, pomegranate seeds, avocado and some awesome little salad sprinkles and headed to the kitchen.
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The results were scrumptious. So much so that we took the leftovers to enjoy at a picnic the next day, and they tasted just as good! We have definitely caught the foodie bug and can’t wait for one of our favourite dates in any star bakers calender, next month’s Stir-Up Sunday.

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Pasta la vista Hemsters!

V&J

Double Thumbs Dresses #34

Hello hello! It’s time for another roundup of the dresses we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval. This week even includes two of your recommended seven a day. You are very welcome.

Lemon Print Dress £18 from Tu Clothing At Sainsbury's
Lemon Print Dress £18 from Tu Clothing at Sainsbury’s

Fruity frock number one comes courtesy of TU at Sainsbury’s! I spotted this one over on A Million Dresses blog and quickly fell for its vintage charm and that pricetag. Hello! I then proceeded to have a slight dress meltdown when I discovered that you can no longer order TU items online (it’s 2014 Sainsbury’s. I expect to at least be able to click + collect) but I needn’t have worried as my lovely Mum (Hi Mum) came to my rescue and picked one up for me. Apparently they are running quite low on certain sizes so GO NOW. RIGHT NOW.

Ditta Pineapple Dress £49 by Louche from Joy
Ditta Pineapple Dress £49 by Louche from Joy

But, hey, if you can’t be bothered to go to Sainsbury’s or you simply don’t fancy being a right lemon, Louche are here with some delightful pineapples. Available from wonder store, Joy, this lovely dress is just begging to be worn in the sunshine.  Perhaps whilst holding an outlandish cocktail.

Dress in Alice in Wonderland Print £205 by Paul & Joe Sister Exclusive to ASOS
Dress in Alice in Wonderland Print £205 by Paul & Joe Sister Exclusive to ASOS

I can’t afford this Alice in Wonderland (!!!) print Paul & Joe Sister dress but that hasn’t stopped me from adding it to my ASOS saved list in some ridiculous hope that one day it might be 75% off and I’ll have a discount code. A girl can dream.

Florida Bloom Mesh Dress £150 from French Connection
Florida Bloom Mesh Dress £150 from French Connection

The new French Connection collection is something to behold but I instantly fell for this super floaty fit and flare dress. What a hot mesh.

Daisy Jacquard Dress £70 from Oasis
Daisy Jacquard Dress £70 from Oasis

You might have already spotted this lovely daisy dress from Oasis on Taylor Swift as she was pictured wearing it whilst swanning around New York. It must have been high fives and back slaps ahoy at Oasis HQ this week, eh? Anyhoo, Old Swifto went for the navy version but I am personally rather partial to this peachy colour.

*Correction* Taylor was actually wearing this Oasis dress. They are pretty similar though.

Ribbon Detailed Flared Dress £65.00 from Warehouse
Ribbon Detailed Flared Dress £65 from Warehouse

I’ve got a lot of love for this ribbon detailed dress from Warehouse. it sort of reminds me of a May-pole! That’s a good thing. The colours are lovely too.

Macie Dress £85 from Coast
Macie Dress £85 from Coast

There are some lovely dresses on the Coast website at the moment but I was drawn to the beautiful scenic print featured on this Macie dress. I love those almost spooky looking trees! It’s all rather enchanting.

Bow Back Denim Smock Dress £42 from ASOS
Bow Back Denim Smock Dress £42 from ASOS

And we finish on this fantastic denim bow back dress from ASOS. It looks like it might give you some serious underwear dilemmas but crikey, look at it. It’s got a massive bow on the back! Yes please.

Jx

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