One of the many fantastic things that has come from writing She and Hem has been the opportunity to discover, work with, and support new and exciting brands! We were therefore absolutely thrilled when Love Ur Look, who launched their first full collection in 2013, got in touch with us and invited us to style a couple of their dresses. A quick gander at their dream of a website later and we were rather in love with their look!
Love Ur Look is the creation of Ronke Fashola, a graduate from the London College of Fashion who has decided to take her love for vintage fashion and put it into her own label. The website is certainly a treasure trove of retro loveliness and we found it rather difficult (as always) to narrow down our choices! We eventually settled on two tea dresses in equally fun prints! Victoria went for the Bluebird* whilst I (Jo) went for the Doll* print. Aren’t the bright colours just lovely? We certainly felt suitably jazzy in them! They are really nice and flattering too with a tie waist, big buttons and even bigger pockets. We ridiculously decided to take these photos on the hottest day of the year so we can also confirm that their relaxed fit also helps to keep you nice and cool too!
Due to the heat and the boldness of our frocks we both decided to let our of dresses do the talking but we did both plump for a fun shoe to complete our looks! Victoria’s pink bow pumps are from Primark whilst my heart shoes are from ASOS.
It’s that time again! I’m back with another round-up of the dresses worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs Up seal of approval. Let’s see what’s been tickling my fancy this week….
Sometimes putting these lists together can be ridiculously bad news for my bank balance but, dear reader, every so often I discover a budget friendly wonder! Just LOOK at this beautiful dress from Peacocks. I adore anything 1950s and this dress ticks all the right boxes, including being slightly reminiscent of a pair of old curtains. Sold.
*at the time of writing Peacocks are also offering 20% off dresses AND 99p delivery. Umm, amazing?*
Here we have another lovely vintage inspired affair from ASOS‘s own brand. I was drawn to this one because of that gorgeous midi length, a style which I like but have yet to fully embrace. I really enjoy the contrasting prints and the unusual choice of colours they have used. It just looks effortlessly cool and definitely one which I could also wear to work.
Ooooh Betty! I do so enjoy that lovely Peter Pan collar! The fashion for smock dresses shows no signs of abating, which I know isn’t great news for everyone, but if you have yet to embrace it then this very pretty floral print number from Motel could be the one to change your mind. Smock it to ’em!
We are big fans ofLady V London here at She and Hem. In fact, if you are so inclined, you can currently give Victoria a literal thumb up over in theirFacebook Hall of Fame competition. Speaking of Victoria, whilst she has been in Croatia – for what feels like actually forever – the only dresses she has been so hyped about, she had to send me have been the two above. I’m too ashamed to show you the actual transcription that took place but sufficed to say it went a little like this ‘OMG BALLOON DRESS’ ‘OMG I NEED IT’ ‘OMG ME TOO’ ‘OMG FRUITS!!!’. We both have degrees you know. Anyway, they will look simply marvellous with a great swooshing petticoat underneath and would make fabulous wedding outfits to boot. Both of the dresses above are Lady V’s tea dress collection which I find to be a very flattering shape. However, if you aren’t a fan of a high neck then you can also try their super pretty swing dresses.
Topshop have done it again with their lovely sleeved dresses. It’s so purdy. I love the scalloped hem and the dainty cut out detail. I want to wear a big hat and stroll barefoot along the beach in this one.
I am a not so secret lover of Marks and Spencers’ Limited Collection. I have been known to walk around stroking the clothes and muttering “lovely, just lovely” for hours on end. I also find a lot of their stuff to be perfect for work without being boring. This makes me happier than one might say is normal. One of my favourite and most complimented Limited Collection pieces (yes, I did just say piece) is an owl print dress (this owl print dress to be precise). Well recently M&S brought out another near identical dress which had simply swapped the owls for telephones (this telephone dress to be precise), I was intrigued. Could I really buy my beloved dress again? Eventually I decided that no, no, I couldn’t do this. People would talk. So what on earth do I do now that they have brought out the same identical dress again but covered in teacups? This one is even more identical than the telephones! You are making a crockery of me M&S! I actually can’t not have this dress! It’s covered in tea cups for goodness sake! But please, PLEASE, just change the colours next time? Ta.
Remember last week when I promised that this week would have more bank balance friendly dresses? Well I lied. Soz. I’m afraid we are just going to have to sit and pine together as there are just a lot of expensive pretty things around at the moment. This Oasis dress reminds me of a Habitat bedspread I once owned and if that’s not a reason to love it I don’t know what is. The colours are saccharine sweet and the cut outs are unusual in a good way, dontchathink? You can get 20% off dresses at the moment using the code 20MayDress so you could save yourself some £££ if you so choose.
Oh I do love this 60’s inspired dress from Tesco’s Florence & Fred. I love the colour (although if you aren’t so keen it also comes in pink) and the giant daisies. It also has my beloved peter pan collar! You could just throw it on with some sandals in the day and then really go for it in the evening with fun tights and 60’s style accessories.