Dreamland Margate

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Back in the Summer we grabbed our BFF Ellie from Better Bristol and Beyond (new blog klaxon!) and jumped straight on the Dreamland bandwagon. We had spotted several other bloggers had been along and enjoyed it’s colourful rides, tasty hot dogs and retro rollar disco, and as we had a girly weekend away already booked in neighbouring Whitstable, it would have been a crime against Instagram not to spend a day thrill seeking in sunny Margate and join the fun! As Jo and I are pregnant we were quite limited as to what rides we were able to go on, but we were more than happy to spend our afternoon indulging in fizzy pop and donuts whilst Ellie roadtested the rides. If you couldn’t tell by that huge smile, the rainbow slide above was her favourite.

We had such a great time soaking up the atmosphere and admiring all the deligtful retro touches. Dreamland really did live up to the hype! We also really really enjoyed the food  (hello hotdogs!) and Ellie was full of high praise for their extensive (and delicious) vegetarian options. We also really liked how all the staff seemed to be having a ball and it was hard not to be swept up with their joy.

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We wanted to go for a retro vibe for the occassion and, as our bumps weren’t so big back then we were still able to squeeze into a shirt and skirt combo! Victoria wore her Spotty Shirt* from Sugarhill Boutique, a Demin Skirt* and bag* (similar here) from Boden, cat eye sunglasses from ASOS (similar here) and glittery trainers from La Redoute. I wore my beloved cat shirt (can’t wait to fit into that bad boy again) from Topshop (similar here), skirt* from Boden, Pink Trainers* from Superga and a bag* from Boden. Ellie wore the incredible pencil dress from Cath Kidston that all three of us own!

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J&V

Double Thumbs Dresses #87

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….

Irene Dancers Dress in Mustard £130 from Palava
Irene Dancers Dress in Mustard £130 from Palava

Our beloved Bryony (formerly Poppy) have been forced once again to change their name and are now known, rather brilliantly, as Palava! And what better way to celebrate a new era than with a whole host of beautiful new dresses! This gorgeous mustard number features a print inspired by 1930s ballroom, the perfect frock to celebrate the return of Strictly Come Dancing on Friday. Or, you know, you could do some actual dancing in it too. Just add a petticoat and you are hot to foxtrot!

Telephones Belted Tea Dress £65 from Cath Kidston
Telephones Belted Tea Dress £65 from Cath Kidston

You can call me crazy but I think this is one dial-ightful print from Cath Kidston! I love the fab print and the tie belt, it’s really off the hook!

She and Hem | Marbelle Parrot Print Dress £65.00 from Louche at Joy
Marbelle Parrot Print Dress £65.00 from Louche at Joy

I could parrot on all day about this fab frock from Louche at Joy. I love the retro inspired print and shape, which features a slim fit silhouette and fitted waist. All you really need is to throw on some black tights and ankle boots and you’ve got a winning outfit!

Maya Bright Birdie Fit And Flare Dress £54 by Sugarhill Boutique at House of Fraser
Maya Bright Birdie Fit And Flare Dress £54 by Sugarhill Boutique at House of Fraser

Sticking with birds, this new dress from Sugarhill Boutique is one to get in a flap about. I always enjoy a cheeky bit of flit and flare and the print is just lovely. I also appreciate that it won’t break the budgie-t.

Lobster Dress £37.50 from Run & Fly at Thunderegg
Lobster Dress £37.50 from Run & Fly at Thunderegg

This dress from Run & Fly at Thunderegg might just be your lobster (cutting edge Friends reference for you there, kids). This frock is a true crustation lovers delight thanks to those super fun red lobsters, some cheeky prawns and they’ve even thrown in a few fish for good measure. This one really is the catch of the day.

Printed shirt dress £49.99 from Mango
Printed shirt dress £49.99 from Mango

I think this pretty number from Mango has a touch of the Orla Kiely about it (which is, if I’m honest, all I’m ever looking for) but with a much friendlier pricetag! I absolutely love the soft flowy fabric and the retro spots print is just fab. Also, ding dong, check out those long sleeves. I’ve missed you, Autumn.

Tie Neck Tiered Dress £38.00 by Vera Moda at ASOS
Tie Neck Tiered Dress £38.00 by Vera Moda at ASOS

Last but not least we have this super adorable dress from Vera Moda at  ASOS. It’s so freakin’ cute and if I wasn’t pregnant I’d be shimmying about in it like there was no tomorrow! I love the rust colour (more dresses should be rusty) and the tiered ruffled hem is sublime! I also really like the subtle polka dot to the fabric and that really sweet bow! Basically, it’s perfect.

Jx

Accessories to Murder #37 *Sale Special*

Hello and welcome to the 37th Accessories to Murder. Are you ready to delve into the world of amazing accessories? Excellent! Without further ado, here’s a bumper list of the accessories that have made it onto this week’s She and Hem’s Most Wanted. It’s a sale special! Click here to check out the Accessories to Murder archives.

Accessories to Murder #37 *Sale Special*
Hello Sunshine Floppy Hat | Was £24 Now £19 | Oliver Bonas
Accessories to Murder #37 *Sale Special*
Slip Ons | Was £25.99 Now £12.99 | Pull and Bear
Accessories to Murder #37 *Sale Special*
Coral 1950’s Cat Eye Sunglasses | Was £20 Now £5 | Dahlia
Accessories to Murder #37 *Sale Special*
Metallic Loafers | Was £29 Now £10 | Le Redoute
Accessories to Murder #37 *Sale Special*
Lilac Bomber Jacket | Was £59 Now £40 | Topshop
Accessories to Murder #37 *Sale Special*
Dainty Heeled Sandal | Was £29 Now £15 | Topshop
Accessories to Murder #37 *Sale Special*
Ruffle Bandeau Swimsuit | Was £59.50 Now £29.75 | Boden
Accessories to Murder #37 *Sale Special*
Silver Mid Block Heels | Was £39.99 Now £18 | New Look
Accessories to Murder #37 *Sale Special*
Pink Spring Blazer | Was £59 Now £35 | Sugarhill Boutique

That’s all for now folks. Until next week, keep accessorising!

Vx

Sugarhill Boutique AW16

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How lovely are these new pieces from the Sugarhill Boutique AW16 collection? We always love seeing what they’ve come up with and were fortunate once again to be able to take our favourites for a spin!

Victoria fell head over heels for the Devra Scallop Collar Shirt*, declaring it to be the cutest collar she had ever seen. A bold claim indeed but it certainty lived up to the hype and looked super cute when paired with the tres chic Noa Apron Dungarees*. The shirt is such a great take on the humble plain white affair that we’ve all got lurking in our wardrobes and, despite it’s playful polka-dot print, will lend itself nicely to any outfit. I can see Victoria will be teaming it with everything! Such a handy go-to if, like us, you have waaaay too many loud colours and novelty prints and not enough nice basics to wear with them. The dungarees are also going to be hardworking (and will no doubt continue to be after the baby!), thanks to their super smart cut. We are always a big fans of anything that’s easy to wear but looks like you’ve made lots of effort! I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot of the aforementioned loud colours and novelty prints being thrown on under these for a fabulous look.

I opted for the Jenia Floral Love Tie Waist Dress* in Navy thanks, mostly, to that adorable (and a tad Orla Kiely-esque?) floral love print. I’m always a sucker for a retro floral! It’s such a flattering and comfortable dress to wear as it just falls perfectly and nips in nicely at the waist to create a good shape. I also absolutely adore the long sleeves and the length, which will see this bad boy become an A/W work wear staple. The neckline is also super sweet and totally different to anything else I own. For an extra pop of colour, I swapped the matching tie belt for pink belt (old from Boden) which I think works well.

We were both in a new shoe mood and turned up in matching footwear from Boden. Victoria is sporting the yellow suede Patti Flat Points* whilst I continued my pink theme in Antique Rose Patent Wave Ballerinas*.

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What’s your favourite piece from Sugarhill Boutique AW16?

J&V x

Accessories to Murder #34

Hello and welcome to the 34th Accessories to Murder! Are you ready to delve into the world of amazing accessories? Excellent!  Without further ado, here are the accessories that have made it onto this week’s She and Hem’s Most Wanted.

Accessories to Murder #34 | She and Hem | Thunder Egg Topshop and More!
Dawn Mermaid Shirt | £44 | Sugarhill Boutique

Yeah, this shirt is not technically an accessory but does anyone mind when it’s got pretty mermaids on? No they do not. The coral and aqua mermaid print was hand drawn in Sugarhill Boutique’s Brighton studio, so it’s pretty unique too!

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Sadie Sunglasses | £59 | Boden

Bad news guys. I have lost my beloved Boden sunglasses. I had this pair until very recently, but now I can’t find them anywhere. It’s a real tragedy, as I wore them alllll the time, even in the rain. I think I’d like to replace them with this pair of rounded frames, but am struggling to decide between pastel pink or the more neutral tortoiseshell. Let me know your thoughts!

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Da Bomb Bag | £25 | Skinnydip via Thunder
Accessories to Murder #34 | She and Hem | Thunder Egg Topshop and More!
UFO Cross Body Bag | £28 | Skinnydip via Thunder Egg

The top bag from Skinnydip London is da bomb, and the flying saucer UFO bag is out of this world! Both bags have adjustable straps or can be worn as clutches, bonus! Skinnydip are my go to place for novelty bags, as they are always so fun without any astronomical prices. Head over to Thunder Egg and make some space for them in your collection.

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Leather Sequin Boxy Bag | £45 | Topshop

Now this is a bit of alright. A cute boxy cross body bag, with lots of easy on the eye floral embellishments. I think that it will go with almost anything, is spacious and sturdy enough for general use and pretty enough to take from day to night. Jolly good, keep it up Topshop!

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Yellow Faux Leather Jacket | £39.99 | Zara

This striking jacket has been around for a while, but it’s just too perfect not to feature. If yellow is not your thing, it also comes in a slightly more subtle light blue. Both are delightful. I’ve seen it on a couple of bloggers recently and it looks really great on. I’m very tempted indeed!

Until next week, keep accessorising!

Vx

Double Thumbs Dresses #78

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….

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | Deckchair Print Dress £65 by Emily and Fin at Aspire Style
Deckchair Print Dress £65 by Emily and Fin at Aspire Style

I think you all know how much we love Emily and Fin by now (a quick glance at their website will reveal we even have our own edit right now) so it’s no surprise to see them sitting pretty in the top spot this week. This divine deckchair print is oh so summery and I love the colour! So pretty! I’ve really been favouring their Scarlett shape (which you can find on Aspire Style) recently with the lovely button down detail, I find it really flattering and easy to wear. American readers (or those who just hate buttons) can find the same print in the Claudia shape over on Modcloth.

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | 'Carmela' Blue Swimmer Print Swing Dress £32 from Lindy Bop
‘Carmela’ Blue Swimmer Print Swing Dress £32 from Lindy Bop
Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | 'Bernice' Paris Border Swing Dress £45 from Lindy Bop
‘Bernice’ Paris Border Swing Dress £45 from Lindy Bop

Lovely Lindy Bop have also been adding fab new prints, like my bank account stands a chance of coping. I don’t know what it is with me and ‘swimmer’ prints recently but I seem to be spotting them left right and centre – clearly SS16s unsung trend. I’m loving them though so keep them coming! I’m also seriously swooning over that Parisian border. What an Eiffel!

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | Apples and Pears Cotton Pleat Front Dress £75 from Cath Kidston
Apples and Pears Cotton Pleat Front Dress £75 from Cath Kidston

We always love a fruity number from Cath Kidston and this apples and pears number is no exception. How lovely are those yellows and reds together? It makes me feel all nostalgic as I’m sure I had a similar print dress when I was a child. I really like the look of this new shape too, with a sweet cotton pleat-front style.

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | Floral Smocked Shift Dress £39.50 from Marks and Spencer
Floral Smocked Shift Dress £39.50 from Marks and Spencer

I am totally obsessed with this floral print from Marks and Spencer! I think the pops of yellow and blue along with that delightful lace waistband really make this dress stand out. Loving the long sleeves too! It’s just a bit pretty isn’t it?

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | Hartley Beach Scene Cotton Dress £49 from Sugarhill Boutique at John Lewis
Hartley Beach Scene Cotton Dress £49 from Sugarhill Boutique at John Lewis

An excellent novelty print from Sugarhill Boutique who have come over all seaside chic with this deckchair and seagull festooned frock. There are even some cheeky beach huts to be found! So adorable.

Double Thumbs Dresses #78 | Ombre Ditsy Skater Dress £55 from Oasis
Ombre Ditsy Skater Dress £55 from Oasis

Last but not least we have this beautiful ombre floral affair from Oasis. I really love the sweet high neckline and the pleats are fab too. The print is really rather special and I am seriously swooning over the ombre detailing. It’s absolutely stunning.

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #73

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…

White floral print frilly dress £55 from River Island
White floral print frilly dress £55 from River Island
White lace jacquard sleeveless dress £65 from River Island
White lace jacquard sleeveless dress £65 from River Island

I’ve really been loving River Island lately! They’ve been adding so many dreamy SS16 pieces to their website that I seem to be adding to my wishlist on a daily basis (weirdly I can never find anything in store though). With an abundance of polkadots, organza, floral and lace between them, these two beauts are my current picks of the bunch.

Abderdy Belted Oar Print Dress £49.50 from Jack Wills
Abderdy Belted Oar Print Dress £49.50 from Jack Wills

I’m just going to stick my oar in and declare how much I enjoy this new nautical print by Jack Wills. It’s a lovely summery affair with a full skirt and fit and flare shape but, thankfully, I think it would look just as nice with a bright cardigan and some thick woolly tights.

Lydia Cherry Jacquard Dress £55 by Sugarhill Boutique at John Lewis
Lydia Cherry Jacquard Dress £55 by Sugarhill Boutique at John Lewis

You can’t beat a sweet cherry and this super pretty print from Sugarhill Boutique is a real fruity number. The delicate pinks and greys look gorgeous set against the white of this textured dress.

Synchronised Swimmers Dress £75 by Emily and Fin at Aspire Style/Modcloth
Synchronised Swimmers Dress £75 by Emily and Fin at Aspire Style/Modcloth

You might recognise this fun frock from our previous style post (which you should totally read as it includes the chance to win a £50 Aspire Style voucher)! It’s one of my absolute favourites from the new Emily and Fin collection – the print is just perfection! It’s available from Aspire Style and, for our American pals, Modcloth.

Lace Shirt Dress £99 from Warehouse
Lace Shirt Dress £99 from Warehouse

This lace shirt dress from Warehouse is the stuff of dreams. Argh it’s SO pretty! I love the shirt detailing at the top with the little collar. And then that lace overlay! Stunning.

Pink Peony Printed Lace Insert Gown £350 from Needle & Thread at Libery
Pink Peony Printed Lace Insert Gown £350 from Needle & Thread at Libery

Speaking of dreaming….I am probably never going to own this beautiful Needle & Thread dress but gosh darn isn’t it something? It looks like it would have excellent wafting abilities and that fabulous floral peony print with the little lace inserts is just wonderful. Sigh.

Jx

We’re so HAPPY!

We're so HAPPY! | Sugarhill Boutique Spring Fashion | She and Hem

We're so HAPPY! | Sugarhill Boutique Spring Fashion | She and HemWe're so HAPPY! | Sugarhill Boutique Spring Fashion | She and Hem

We're so HAPPY! | Sugarhill Boutique Spring Fashion | She and Hem

Sugarhill Boutique are one of those amazing brands that we feature over and over again on She and Hem because they epitomise everything we love about fashion. They continually create feminine but unfussy items that last way beyond any trend. Their pieces last through the seasons and most importantly, they are consistently FUN! Hooray! As you can see, we are both pretty happy about their new Spring collection. It’s full of transitional layers, novelty prints and cute collars.

We were a little overwhelmed whilst browsing the New Arrivals section, as there are so many gems, but we eventually picked a few items that will keep us toasty until this weather sorts itself out. I (Victoria) am wearing the purrfect Nita Curious Cat Sweater*, which I chose because it reminds me of my own calico tortie, Clementine. I am desperately trying to get Clem to pose with me in this jumper, but it is proving quite the challenge. More kitty treats needed I think, she’s got such a cat-titude. I couldn’t resist teaming it with the jazzy floral print Kate Springtime Trousers* and fashion blogger poses straight out of a cat-a-logue…

Now, saddle up for the mane event. Jo spent the day horsing around in an excellent equestrian dress. The enjoyable print on the Gayna Running Horse Shift Dress* is so special, it was actually hand-drawn in Sugarhill’s Brighton studio, so hold your horses as you won’t be able to find it anywhere else! She popped the gorgeous grey and pink Happy Sweater* over the top and felt very chipper about it too! We both accessorised our looks with silver flats. The perfect footwear for hanging out with your BFF by a big green door.

We're so HAPPY! | Sugarhill Boutique Spring Fashion | She and Hem

We're so HAPPY! | Sugarhill Boutique Spring Fashion | She and HemWe're so HAPPY! | Sugarhill Boutique Spring Fashion | She and HemWe're so HAPPY! | Sugarhill Boutique Spring Fashion | She and HemWe're so HAPPY! | Sugarhill Boutique Spring Fashion | She and Hem

What are your favourite Sugarhill Boutique pieces?

V&J

Double Thumbs Dresses #70

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….

Swishy Mara Dress £89.50 from Boden
Swishy Mara Dress £89.50 from Boden
Molly Dress £69.50 from Boden
Molly Dress £69.50 from Boden

BAM! Let’s brighten up this miserable weather with some colourful Boden beauties shall we? It’s supposed to be Spring now after all! WAKE UP, WEATHER. Those luscious yellow stripes will certainty do the trick and those big bold spots are so super cute. Boden always do such lovely frocks for Spring/Summer and I am really digging the shape of both of these dresses. The silky sateen material of the Mara makes it ideal for dressing up or down and I adore the ruffle detail on the Molly.

Hazel Fluffy Cloud Print Dress £47.50 from Sugarhill Boutique at Thunder Egg
Hazel Fluffy Cloud Print Dress £47.50 from Sugarhill Boutique at Thunder Egg

Good news for people who like cloud print dresses (hi there) because Sugarhill Boutique have been doing some blue sky thinking and have come up with this pastel perfection of a frock. Isn’t it gorgeous? Pretty excited that it’s described as having a ‘waffle texture’ because a) no ironing b) stretchy c) I really like waffles.

Skater Dress With Lace Insert £35 from ASOS
Skater Dress With Lace Insert £35 from ASOS

Of course my waffle days will be a distant memory if I plan on wearing this ASOS dress anytime soon! I’m not usually one for exposing my middle but there’s something about that pretty lace insert that makes me love this dress. It’s so sweet.

Garden Gnomes Sleeveless Dress £55 from Cath Kidston
Garden Gnomes Sleeveless Dress £55 from Cath Kidston

This might be due to my weird obsession with the film Gnomeo and Juliet (which I have definitely watched more times than the average human) or my lifelong love of Harold Bishop and Lou Carpenter (they had quite the Gnome war in 1998) , but I am over the moon about this Cath Kidston print. Look at their little red hats!

Set You Free Dress (Cactus) £65.80 from Miss Patina
Set You Free Dress (Cactus) £65.80 from Miss Patina

How fun is this cactus dress from Miss Patina? They always have such fabulous prints! I am loving the yellow giant yellow bow too! You really can’t go wrong with a giant yellow bow I find.

Pleated Dress £79.99 from Mango
Pleated Dress £79.99 from Mango

I’ve been swooning over this Mango dress for a couple of weeks now and desperately trying to justify spending the money on it. Those pleats are perfection! And the big flared sleeves! SO much waft. And who doesn’t love a bit of dip dye?

 Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #69

Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses! It’s time once again for our frocktacular roundup of the dresses deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval….

Button Cuff Angel Dress White Sushi Print £55 from THE WHITEPEPPER
Button Cuff Angel Dress White Sushi Print £55 from THE WHITEPEPPER

Hold on to your hats folks for the new THE WHITEPEPPER collection is soy fun that I think a party cannon has just exploded IN MY FACE. This smock dress with cropped sleeves is festooned with super adorable sushi, plus the odd panda and rainbow chucked in for good measure. This frock had better not sell out or else I’ll lose my tempura.

Blue Crepe Colour Block Collared Dress £70 from River Island
Blue Crepe Colour Block Collared Dress £70 from River Island

Ah, this River Island number is so purdy. I just love the blue and white together and the colour block panels work really nicely. How insanely gorgeous is that floral collar though? I may need to track this one down in store for a closer inspection.

Chevron Stripe Dress £60 from Oasis
Chevron Stripe Dress £60 from Oasis

With stripes being the in thing at the moment and blue and coral set to be the hawt colour combination of the season, this Oasis dress is taking trends and smashing them like it’s nobody’s business.

Patterned Dress in Black Dog £14.99 from H&M
Patterned Dress in Black Dog £14.99 from H&M

I do love a novelty animal print so happy was I when I stumbled across these monochrome mutts on the H&M website. So cute! This frock is also available in two other non-novelty-animal prints if dogs aren’t your bag.

Button Front Shirt Dress With Rainbow Embroidery And Cloud Collar £65 from Lazy Oaf at ASOS
Button Front Shirt Dress With Rainbow Embroidery And Cloud Collar £65 from Lazy Oaf at ASOS

Lazy Oaf sure do know how to raise a smile don’t they? I adore this gorgeous blue shirt dress with it’s massive white scalloped collar and super sweet embroidered rainbow motif. It’s so bright and cheery!

Frill Detail Floral Dress £39 from Urban Outfitters
Frill Detail Floral Dress £39 from Urban Outfitters

How sweet is this floral affair from Urban Outfitters? I’m digging the high neck and love the little extra details like the subtle bit of lace across the chest and the frills at the neck.

Liza Zebra Dress £54 from Sugarhill Boutique at John Lewis
Liza Zebra Dress £54 from Sugarhill Boutique at John Lewis

We love a bit of Sugarhill Boutique here at She and Hem (*spoiler alert* there’s a new style post coming soon!) so I was very happy to find this John Lewis exclusive. Who doesn’t love a good zebra or 12? Such a good print and love that it’s cut to the knee.

Contrast Print Tunic £39.99 from Zara
Contrast Print Tunic £39.99 from Zara

This Zara tunic dress is joyously jazzy! The contrasting prints and colours make it really pop and it’s pretty much just a dream dress come true. Top work, everyone.

Jx