Maternity Multibuys with JoJo Maman Bébé

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Having featured their dresses before, we were both keen to get hold of more nursing dresses that we can wear when breastfeeding (if it all goes to plan!) but look equally fab whilst we are pregnant. I (Jo) went for Floral Maternity & Nursing Tunic Dress* with Victoria plumping for the Stripe Maternity & Nursing Tunic Dress*. Both dresses are so comfortable and, we think, are super flattering. They both have pockets (yay) and thanks to the fabric, require no ironing whatsoever! Hoorah! The hidden openings for breastfeeding are so discreet and clever and if buying two dresses you can save £10. Sold! I teamed my dress with a red floral statement necklace from Tatty Devine (similar here), maternity leggings* from JoJo Maman Bébé and my trusty Tan ‘Marina’ Lace Up Boots from Dorthy Perkins. Victoria broke up her stripes by adding an old black belt and is wearing maternity tights* from UKTights and Tan Chelsea Boots* from Boden.

Our next look is a bit of a bold step for us as it involves, wait for it, TROUSERS! Who knew we could wear them? We were both were keen to get hold of black jeans so chose two different styles and, once again, you can save yourself £10 when buying two pairs. I went for the Black Super Skinny Maternity Jeans* which actually fit like a dream. I was worried they they might be too tight but there’s still plenty of stretch around the middle and I’ve been living in them since they arrived! Victoria chose the Supersoft Maternity Skinny Jeans* which don’t really feel like jeans at all making them oh-so-comfy. Finally, to complete our look, we chose two of the Breton Stripe Feeding Tops* in different colours (you can save yourself a Fiver when doing this). We love how clever the double layer system is, making breastfeeding so much easier and the cut is flattering yet roomy. As is often the way, we both accessorised in a similar fashion! My cosy grey hat is from M&S (similar here) while Victoria’s black floppy hat is from ASOS. We both also went for gold glittery trainers (even the most casual of outfits can benefit from a bit of sparkle) with mine from Keds for Kate Spade and Victoria’s from La Redoute (sadly they seem to be sold out).

You might also notice that we are sporting some rather fetching brown leather satchels. These are actually Chester Satchel Changing Bags* and are going to be used an awful lot of the coming months/years! Each bag is packed with useful pockets and compartments and comes with an insulated removable bottle bag and a padded changing mat. It just goes to show that even the most practical of pieces can still be stylish!

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You can find the full range of JoJo Maman Bébé multibuy items here! Happy shopping!

J&Vx

Accessories to Murder #29

Hello and welcome to the 29th Accessories to Murder! Are you ready to delve into the world of amazing accessories? Excellent. Before we crack on, just a heads up, this particular Accessories to Murder contains a sponsored link but please be assured we only feature the accessories we consider tip top! Without further ado, here are the accessories that have made it onto this week’s She and Hem’s Most Wanted.

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Seafolly Band Wave Stripe Swinsuit | Was £99 Now £45 | ASOS

Does anyone miss the BBC test card? I know I do! How exciting was it when you stayed up so late that the little girl and her weird clown doll, Bubbles, popped up. She was my only best friend. I never did find out who won the game of noughts and crosses, but now this test card inspired swimming costume has come into my life, I feel like it doesn’t really matter.

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Swimmers Scarf | Was £30 Now £21 | Laura Ashley

I just can’t get enough of the swimmers print from Laura Ashley, and already own several of the fabulous novelty print pieces (evidence), but I hadn’t spotted this cute scarf. It’s just been reduced, so there really is no excuse not to dive right in! I’m tempted to start a campaign to get this print on a bikini. Why has no one done that yet!?

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Silver Giselle Brogues | Was £98 Now £78 | Jones Bootmaker

I blooming love brogues, so my little suede heart jumped for joy when I stumbled across these silver beauties from Jones Bootmaker. Some people shy away from wearing metallics during the day, but I am all over that trend, as I find silver shoes are such an easy way to make an outfit pop!

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Heart Mini Clutch | £32 | People Tree

What hearts of gold those chaps at People Tree have creating this beautiful bag for us. You may not be able to fit all of your worldly belongings in this handmade clutch, but it’s so pretty it doesn’t really matter! Pretty > practical, am I right? Yes. If you don’t agree, you should probably head to The North Face blog. Meow.

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Geometric Link Necklace | £85 | Tatty Devine

The recent Tatty Devine swapshop reminded me just how incredible the brand is. I’m lucky enough to have quite a few of their jazzy pieces, and I regularly buy their items as presents for friends due to their unique and fun designs. This colourful geometric statement necklace has gone straight to the top of my Tatty Wish List. It’s very much hip be square.

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Pink Sunglasses | £15.99 | Zara

Would you just look at these cute pink cat’s eye sunglasses! And no, the price is not an optical illusion, they really are £15.99. I’m always forgetting my sunglasses on a sunny day and making a right spectacle of myself, so I’m super tempted to invest in a pair. I just can’t take my eyes off of them.

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Yellow Embellished Pineapple Clutch | £19.99 | New Look

The fruit clutch market is berry competitive right now, with each bag throwing fruit punches to be in the limelight. There’s strong competition, but this yellow and sparkly pineapple clutch really is the most a-peeling of a tasty bunch. Truly, it’s the apple of my eye!

Until next week, keep accessorizing!

Vx

Hem and Away : Brighton

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Train, Safari and Stop Thief! dresses all from Cath Kidston

During the Summer holidays (ah, remember those?) we managed to get away for a few days of quality girl time in good ol’ Brighton. It turned out to be exactly what the three of us needed and we spent a fine few days being blown around the beach, winning back our two pence pieces on the pier and getting joyously lost in the shops of The Lanes. We also ate a lot of top notch food.

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We struggled initially to find a room that a) didn’t cost a fortune and b) would sleep three adults but eventually stumbled across the Five Hotel. It fit the bill perfectly and came with the triple bonus of having a sea view, an OC box set to watch and a breakfast hamper delivered to our room every morning! What a find!

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Dresses from Cath Kidston and homemade (by Victoria's lovely Mum Carol)
Bus Dress from Cath Kidston and a magnificent homemade  seaside print dress (made by Victoria’s lovely Mum Carol)

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Dresses from Orla Kiely for People Tree and Cath Kidston
Bird print dress from Orla Kiely for People Tree
Bunting necklaces from Tatty Devine
Bunting necklaces from Tatty Devine

As you can see, we were pretty cheerfully dressed for our mini holiday and we like to think Brighton appreciated the effort. Despite having not spoken about outfits beforehand we all managed to wear a lot of Cath Kidston. So much so in fact that we were too embarrassed to go in the shop. What can I say, we like to co-ordinate.

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It really was a wonderful time and we are already planning a repeat girly trip away for next year! Any suggestions?

Oh and as we indulged in so much fantastic food and drink I shall leave you with our own little list of recommendations!

Moshimo for sushi on a boat!

The Marwood for an Extreme Affogate (picture above). It had brownie in it!

Fishy Fishy for some tasty seafood courtesy of Dermot o’Leary (pictured above)

Small Batch Coffee Company for, errm, coffee!

Choccywoccydoodah for alllllll of the chocolate (pictured above)

Jx

Pins and Needles

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I have just returned home from a rather splendid week on the jolly ol’ Isle of Wight. I hadn’t been for a good 12 years so it was nice to see that other than the odd lick of paint and the occasional WiFi hotspot, nothing has really changed at all!

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Sunshine was a bit of a hot commodity during my time on the Isle, so the first chance I got I headed straight for The Needles Park at Alum Bay, home of the iconic chairlifts! I’m pretty sure I used to get on these without a care in the world but old age has brought with it an unwanted fear of heights! It was worth it though as the view down to the sea and over to The Needles was as spectacular as ever.

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In keeping with She and Hem tradition, I made sure to dress accordingly to my surroundings and broke out this delightful lighthouse print dress from Yumi*. I adore all of the little nautical details on the print and I think the little blue lighthouses are just so pretty. I teamed it with the world’s most comfortable gladiator sandals from New Look*, Topshop sunglasses and my ‘Jo’ necklace from Tatty Devine.

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After embracing my inner Ariel on my new favourite rock, it was time for a little hike to get an even better view of those Needles. Pretty darn sassy, aren’t they? Although they’ll always look like big teeth to me.

Jx

She and Home: Soma 10th Birthday

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A couple of weekends ago we attended the 10th birthday celebrations of Soma, a contemporary art gallery and shop situated in one of Bristol’s prettiest suburbs, Clifton Village. We’ve always been big Soma fans, often popping in for a quick Tatty Devine fix during our lunch breaks, so we were more than happy to pop on our party hats, grab a cupcake and join the celebrations!

To rejoice in reaching the grand old age of 10, Soma invited 10 artists – Andy Smith, Adam Bridgland with Lucy Gough, Graham Carter, Gemma Correll, Crispin Finn, Hello Marine, Alice Pattullo, Peskimo, Hazel Nicholls and Spencer Wilson to each create a special limited edition print. We can confirm they are all pretty jazzy, but if you don’t believe us you can view the prints here.

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Jo wears a Boden top and Boden shorts with Topshop sunglasses | Victoria wears a Cath Kidston dress, New Look belt, Kate Rowland Twin Peaks badge and George sunglasses.

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V&J

Outfit of the Day: At the Funfair

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Over the glorious Bank Holiday Weekend I found myself at the Royal May Day Fair in Knutsford, an annual celebration that comes complete with a parade, Morris dancing, a maypole and, of course, a funfair!

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She and Hem | At the FunfairI’ll admit that I wasn’t actually planning on going anywhere near rides when I threw on this ensemble but it proved fortuitous as I don’t think my usual fit and flare style would have been fairground appropriate! Zara have been solely responsible for converting me into a trouser wearer, with this hounds-tooth pair being my current favourites. I teamed them with a classic black and white striped tee from Great Plains and a small lightning bolt necklace from Tatty Devine.

I’m basically obsessed with M&S at the moment and as soon as this blue vanity bag appeared on their website it went straight into my basket! They also purport to have it in lemon but I’ve yet to see it in stock. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t keeping an eye out! The sunglasses were thrown in simply to bump myself up to free delivery (yes, I’m that person) but I had a feeling they would be sticking around. I have a bit of a thing for white sunglasses.

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I finished off my outfit with some new heeled jellys from Treds*. I’ve spotted these on a few people and love how fun and comfy they look! For this occasion, I was happy to have something which made quite a smart outfit (for me!) seem a little more care free! They were a big hit and perfect attire for mooching around the Fair.

Jx

Accessories to Murder #12

Where’s the fanfare at? Not only are our comments finally fixed but it’s the first Accessories to Murder of 2014! It’s already February, so let’s not hang around nattering about broken New Years resolutions and Justin Bieber’s mugshot. I give you the accessories that have made it onto She and Hem’s Most Wanted.

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Horse Necklace, £35, Tatty Devine.

There is neigh better way to celebrate Chinese New Year, Year of the Horse, than with this Tatty Devine novelty necklace. So don’t horse around, make it a stable part of your outfit as it won’t be around furlong! Thank you for bringing this into my life Tatty!

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MULTICOLOURED FLOWER NECKLACE, £18.50, Topshop.

Ah, thistle do nicely. This gold chunky chain necklace is so fabulous that it will easily brighten up a gloomy February morning, getting you jumping out of your flowerbed. I love the clash of colours and will definitely be investing in this piece to jazz up my London Fashion Week wardrobe.

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TURNLOCK SATCHEL, £28.00, Topshop.

Yes, I know I feature a satchel in pretty much every A2M. But Hemsters, I am not sorry! They really do go with everything and Topshop just keep on giving. They have a whopping 18 smashing satchels on sale at the moment and I can honestly say I love them all, with this soft mint dream being the cream of the crop.

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Glitter Hair Bow, £3.50, Head Full of Feathers via Etsy.

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Hem and Away: Harry Potter Studio Tour

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I love Harry Potter, like really love Harry Potter. It’s a bit of an obsession and one which I am, quite rightly, proud of. Thankfully I’m lucky enough to have a job that allows me to embrace this and as a result I am constantly reminded of what a truly special series of books J. K. Rowling has given us. Sterling work, fellow Jo.

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I have wanted to visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour since it opened but being a couple of hours drive away and, since I don’t own a Nimbus 2000, I’ve had to wait. My patience was rewarded recently when it was announced that, over Christmas, the studio tour would be decked out to reflect the seasonal festivities – delightfully dubbed ‘Hogwarts in the Snow’. I decided that this was to be my time and booked tickets – and boy am I glad that I did.

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Accessories to Murder #10 Christmas Special

There are only 3 sleeps until Christmas, so it’s the perfect time to have a brand spanking new Accessories to Murder. We’ve only gone and made it a Christmas Special! An early gift to our fabulous Hemsters and maybe some inspiration for any last minute gifts you need!  If you are anything like me you will be SO ready for a few days off to relax and indulge in mince pies, toffee pennies and my new favourite tipple, mulled cider. Joyeux Noël!

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Flashing Light Necklace, £6, Claire’s.

Now, I know it’s a bit of a faff wearing batteries as part of your outfit (don’t ask how!), but stay with me here, as this necklace exemplifies Christmas. This fully functioning flashing light necklace won’t be hard to accessorize with your Christmas outfit as it has not one but three settings.

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Gingerbread Man Earrings, £16.02, Etsy.

Just how cute are these little fellas from Pixie Hearts via Etsy? These ginger guys will certainly brighten up these chilly December evenings. They are made to order, so if you have a bit of a sweet tooth (or ear…), get your orders in asap! If it’s too late to order for this year, why not be super organised and grab some for 2014?

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Pom Pom Beanie, £10, Next

I’ve been looking for a cute beanie to wear over winter for a while now and I think I found the perfect knitted wonder in Next while I was Christmas shopping this weekend, and thought I should share it with you! It is Christmassy, but unlike the light necklace, you won’t look a little bonkers wearing it come January. Continue reading Accessories to Murder #10 Christmas Special

She and Home: The Little Mermaid

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There’s just something so magical about visiting the theatre at Christmas time, so when A Little Bristol asked us if we would like to attend the opening night of Bristol Old Vic’s production of The Little Mermaid, we jumped at the chance.

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You can read our full review here but lets just say that it is a truly spectacular show and fully lived up to the dizzying highs of last years’ Peter Pan – of which I still find myself (Jo) singing the songs from. If you are in/around Bristol then it is most definitely one to go and see. We certainly left with a Christmassy glow and, no, it wasn’t because of the wine. Cheeky.

We were completely smitten with the enchanting tale of the pursuit of true love. The Little Mermaid, played by our new girl crush Katie Moore, is as graceful as can be. She makes every move appear elegant and poised, even when being carried around the stage by her fellow cast members. She’s certainly one to watch, a future starlet for sure! Continue reading She and Home: The Little Mermaid