Sunlounger Stripes and Perfect Plaid | Emily and Fin

She and Hem and Emily and Fin go way back. We are super friends. We first featured them FIVE YEARS AGO in 2014 in a Double Thumbs Dresses post! Shortly after that we collaborated on our first style post together, Emily and Fin for the win. Anyway, enough reminiscing. Time for some old fashioned fan girl-ing. Emily and Fin’s New In section is absolutely knocking it out of the park at the moment. We honestly love it ALL, but here are our colouful favourites!

I (Victoria) am picking lemons wearing the Zoe Sunlounger Stripe Dress*. One of my favourite things about this dress is the incredible V-shaped back The buttons running all the way down is a really beautiful and unique touch. It also comes in several other patterns, such as the ‘Sunbleached Tencel‘. I’ve actually got one of these, and think it’s the epitome of laidback glam. Jo wears the Kate Sunset Plaid Shirt Dress* and this print is our outright favourite. Bright colours, fun pattern. Simple brilliance. However, if plaid isn’t your thing, you’re in luck. Like the Kate dress, the Zoe also comes in a few different patterns.

We can’t wait to see what Emily and Fin have got up their (immaculately designed) sleeves ready for next season that we can add to our ever growing collections. If you’d like to check out how we’ve styled several Emily and Fin dresses over the past five years, you can find all the archives here.


Able Mabel Headbands

Able Mabel styling one of my bridesmaids.

If you are not local to Bristol, you may not have heard of Able Mabel, also known as Emily. We first met way back in 2014 when we did this awesome shoot at Heartfelt Vintage, and then again, when she was my (Victoria) hair stylist for my wedding in 2015! I wish she could style my hair everyday. Emily is one of those annoyingly clever people who can do everything. Not only does she do bridal hair and make up and runs kids and hen parties, but she also creates incredible bespoke headpieces including hats and headbands! When we first saw a glimpse of her gorgeous handbands on Instagram, we both thought how ‘She and Hem’ they were, as they are so quirky and colourful. So we were thrilled when Emily got in touch to ask if we’d like to pick some to style. Heck yes.

Aren’t they lovely? Our little ladies also got in on the action and don’t they look adorable? They are two seriously stylish toddlers. Neither of the girls have ever kept a headband on for as long as these. Ok, so we may have bribed them a teeny bit with some chocolate treats, but they both seemed to forget they were wearing them after a little while. Hair play girls, hair play.

Able Mable announced yesterday that her Liberty print children’s headbands, like the ones the girls are wearing, are going to be available on Bob and Blossom very soon – so keep your eyes peeled for that! If you’re in Bristol, you can pick up a headband at either Heartfelt Vintage or Rhubarb Jumble.


Headbands kindly gifted

Halloween at Bristol Zoo

Halloween at Bristol Zoo

Halloween at Bristol Zoo

Halloween at Bristol Zoo

Halloween at Bristol Zoo

We were kindly invited along to Bristol Zoo this weekend to creep around and have some gruesome fun taking part in their Half Term Halloween activities. We followed the Mystery Trail Handbook to navigate our way around the Zoo, spotting (and impersonating) our favourite animals as we went. A was unexpectedly fond of the flamingos! So much so, we had to pop in on them on the way out to say goodbye. Oddly, she also seemed quite taken by the giant spider in the Wicked Witch’s Activity Corner…luckily for the Witch, I managed to convince A that she already has enough toys.

Halloween at Bristol Zoo

Halloween at Bristol Zoo

Halloween at Bristol Zoo

Halloween at Bristol Zoo Halloween at Bristol Zoo

Halloween at Bristol Zoo

Other firm favourites were the (scary) seals, (petrifying) penguins and the (haunted) hippopotamus, which was lovingly referred to as ‘Pippo’ for the rest of the day. One activity I thought she may have been too old for was the Skull Spy, but she absolutely loved running around finding all of the hidden skulls lurking in bushes and down Dracula Drive. You could say, she had a really Spook-tacular time! I must give a shout out to the Zoo gardeners because, my goodness, the Zoo is looking phenomenal at the moment! The green spaces around the park all look delightfully autumnal, with pumpkins and colourful leaves for as far as the eye can see.

Halloween at Bristol Zoo

Halloween at Bristol Zoo

Halloween at Bristol Zoo
Dress by Trollied Dolly

If you think you are brave enough to come face to face with some creepy critters this Halloween, from now until 4th November one child can go free with every paying adult when you book online. Use code ‘FREECHILD’ at the checkout to redeem. You are welcome!

V x

Disclaimer: We were not paid for this review, we were however invited by Bristol Zoo to attend their Halloween activities and did not pay for our park entry. All words and opinions are blogger’s own and all ‘standing and looking serious by a tree’ poses are blogger’s own too. 

The Friendship is Magic Blogger Tag

Hello hello! We have something a little different for you today. Those stylish Style Rawr girls kindly tagged us in their very own The Friendship is Magic blogger tag, which they started to celebrate four fabulous years of blogging together. Congratulations ladies! So, without further ado… this is us!


How and where did you meet?

We met in a muddy field in Oxford at the 2007 Truck Music Festival, so called because the main stage was the back of a truck. Yes, we’ve always been this sophisticated.

First impressions of each other?

J: I had an instant girl crush. She had great clothes, great hair, great taste in music and one fabulous Essex accent. She still has all of those things, obviously. Apart from the accent which she lost slightly after moving to Bristol. Where I live! Convenient.

V: Aside from being totally gorgeous and super hip, a stand out thing I remember about hanging with old pyjama features was that (unlike a lot of other totally gorgeous super hip girls) she was a fantastic listener and seemed genuinely interested in what I had to say. This is extremely commendable as I spent, and continue to spend, a lot of time talking about Tom from McFly.


What’s your favourite memory together?

J: My favourite memory of Victoria is, without a doubt, the time she ran smack into a glass door in Majorca. She got so overexcited whilst playing pin the tail on the donkey (this is true) that she wanted to grab the camera and forgot the door existed. I was blind folded at the time and the sound of her hitting that door will stay with me forever.

V: My absolute favourite memories of spending time with Jo are not just She and Hem related, but often revolve around the times we spend with our lovely bunch of chums. In terms of blogging together, our first ‘big’ blogging event that we attended for Osiris will always be really special and memorable because although we didn’t know what to expect, it turned out to be a tip top time!

Favourite inside joke?

We have a lot! The one that makes us giggle without fail is ‘after dinner fart tart’ which came about as the result of a lengthy discussion about Yankee Candle scents.


What are your favourite pieces from each other’s wardrobes?

J: I love Victoria’s Cath Kidston train print dress! She looks so amazing in it and the print is ridiculously great. She also has endless amounts of pretty coats that I am forever coveting.

V: Jo’s wardrobe is full of such stuff that dreams are made of. I would happily take my Poptarts and go live in there. If I had to choose, it would be her beautiful vintage wedding dress. She could not have looked any lovelier on her wedding day. I tried to say this to her mum at one point during the ceremony, but I was left quite speechless with all the emotions!

Who do you both crush on (man crushes count too!)?

We have a Pinterest board dedicated to this!

If you could set up a business together, what would it be?

Thanks to Totnes, we are very into cat cafes and we would probably set one up given half the chance. Perhaps we could have ours on a boat in Bristol harbour and offer cream tea cat cruises. With gin.

What would your band name be, and what would your debut album be called?

I think She and Him might sue us if we started a band called She and Hem. We would probably be called Live by the Snooze, Die by the Snooze and our album would be called Jo’s Gangrenous Appendix. There you go, two more in-jokes for your confused amusement.

Great blogging accomplishment?

We’ve been writing She and Hem for almost a year now and we do feel incredibly proud by what we have achieved. We have made some fantastic new friends and have got to work with lots of brands that we love! Stand out moments would be attending London Fashion Week with Orla Kiely, hobnobbing at Vogue Festival with Boden and getting to represent Bristol with Cath Kidston. At times it has been very surreal! You could make our year even more special by nominating us for a Company Style Blogger Award in the Best Duo category! 


Best thing about blogging as a duo/team?

In the words of style icons PJ and Duncan “There is always someone there to pull your skirt out of your knickers”.

We would like to tag the gorgeous sisters from Saints on a Plane to do this tag next.