Emily and Fin for the win

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If you read this ol’ blog of ours with any degree of regularity, you will already be familiar with our love of London based brand, Emily and Fin (who now have their very own online shop!). Never ones to shy away from a novelty print, we have long been fans of their original designs and tendency to create drop dead gorgeous dresses. We were therefore rather delighted to be offered the chance to try out a couple of pieces from their stunning A/W collection which features, among others, deers (!), figure skaters (!), envelopes (!) and our chosen prints of skiers (!) and an ENTIRE tea party (!).

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As, regrettably, the limited  non-existent She and Hem budget meant we couldn’t jet off to the French Alps for a full blown ski themed post, we settled for the next best thing and jetted off down the road instead for a tea party at the beautiful Cox and Baloney. This lovely Bristol based vintage boutique and tearooms (and Emily and Fin stockist no less) has created an entire vintage tea party wonderland in their private ‘snug’ downstairs. We were in prop heaven!

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Seriously, we would happily move in! And just look at those dress prints! Victoria’s Grey Tea Time* dress features the most stunning selection of designs including toast, whisks, egg cups, tea canisters, cafetieres, dinner plates, a cuddly toy. You get the idea. She decided to let the print do the talking and went for bold red lips and nails over accessories and added some ladylike gold heels from Office to complete her look. I also decided to embrace a pop of red in order to compliment my delightfully retro Blue Skiers* print and added a red belt New Look and Orla Kiely for Clarks wedges. I’ve really been embracing white tights recently and felt they were the perfect way to finish this outfit off.

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As well as their inevitably wonderful prints, Emily and Fin dresses are usually available in at least a couple of their signature flattering shapes. We have previously always been Lucy girls, a shorter a-line style of dress with a full skirt, but both decided that a change was as good as a dress and plumped for the Sophie (we look forward to the Jo and Victoria styles, obvs). The Sophie is a semi-fitted style with a wide cru neckline and adorable batwing sleeves. We are both duly converted and love this shape! It’s also worth mentioning that both the Lucy and the Sophie have hidden pockets which is always a She and Hem deal-breaker.

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Many thanks to Emily and Fin for this wonderful treat, to Cox and Baloney for allowing us free reign in their snug and to our lovely friend Ailsa for giving up her Saturday morning to help us with the photos!

 

She and Home: Cox & Baloney

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A couple of months ago, the lovely Deesha (of MS Fundraising fame) rather marvelously won a Tea Party for herself and her friends at Bristol based Cox & Baloney. If you’ve never been there before, it’s a wonderful hybrid of vintage shop and tea room that’s beautifully decorated throughout with gorgeous wallpaper, mirrors, signs and furniture. It’s also filled to the brim with the most beautiful vintage crockery! It’s an absolute dream come true! 

The date was set for July 14th so last Sunday we prepared ourselves for a good old spoiling!

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First up was a little browse around the shop, which stocks a great selection of vintage and handpicked items. You can tell a lot of care and thought has gone into what they stock with brands such as Emily and Fin and Trollied Dolly rubbing shoulders with vintage items on the rail. 

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After we took our seats, we were asked to choose a pot of tea each from their extensive menu! On seeing our overwhelmed faces we were encouraged by the lovely staff to come and smell the teas, which were all in pretty jars around the counter. This was actually a rather wonderful experience and certainly helped with the decision making! I plumped for Greensleeves, a lovely and refreshing green tea whilst Victoria went for Sir Bountiful, a rather coconuty affair.  Sufficed to say, we were all very happy with our choices. 

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Much excitement duly ensued when we were presented with a variety of tiered cake stands, jam packed with sandwiches, cakes and scones! We then proceeded to have a very civilised (and delicious) high tea. We were never wanting for anything as the staff ensured that anything we liked was replenished until we were all truly full! Victoria was rather taken with their brownie whilst I might actually have dreams about the lavender cake. It was scrumptious!

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Once we had all finished we were then asked to choose our teapot cocktails! There was a lot of excitement around the table as menus were dished out and we pursued the variety of alcoholic delights on offer. 

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 As you may well have noticed, we have been experiencing some rather hot weather of late, which left us all feeling a little flustered. As part of the prize a photographer was due to take photographs of us so we had been asked to wear our finest vintage frocks! We were all so excited about the opportunity to get all dressed up but sadly, due to the heat, a lot of the dresses simply weren’t going to be appropriate. We certainly still tried our best to look glamorous but it’s very hard to achieve when your knees are burnt, your hair is stuck to your face and you’re fanning yourself with whatever comes to hand, which in my case was Kelly’s lovely straw boater! I was definitely feeling the heat but as you can see I was in very glamorous company. I opted to wear my Cath Kidston sail boat dress as it’s lovely and cool and ticked the vintage look I was going for. The blue on the dress matched my glasses from Glasses Direct perfectly. Victoria decided to choose the lightest dress she owned for the balmy occasion, which was a floral Therapy dress from House of Fraser

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It was an absolutely wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. If you are in the area make sure you add Cox and Baloney to your list of places to visit. It’s a truly special place and we must all support it! 

A big thank you to all the staff for looking after us and to Deesha for winning the prize!

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She and Home: Bristol Vintage Fair

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It’s that time of year again! The sun is shining and there are suddenly lots of lovely vintage fairs to attend. Luckily, Jo and I both love attending events like these, especially The Bristol Vintage Fair, which is held every year in Bristol, and several other places dotted across the UK. If one pops up where you live, I would certainly recommend grabbing a group of friends and going along. It is such a lovely way to spend an afternoon and you can often find some bonza bargains!

This year the event was held at The Passenger Shed. As you can see above, the venue is enormous, but the fair managed to fill the room with beautiful vintage clothing, accessories and homeware. What I love about the fair is the super sociable and friendly atmosphere which really hits you as soon as you enter. I think this is because this event is not all about the shopping. We spent a lot of our time chatting to stall holders such as Boxed Vintage, SooSoo Vintage and Minimummouse, about their work, outfits and their genuine  love of vintage fashion. When we were not schmoozing, we were dancing down the isles to the Harlem Rhythm Cats who were on hand all day, helping to create a real cheery vibe. I apologise now if you overhead me singing along!

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Sometimes I find vintage fairs can be quite expensive, and the variety can often be underwhelming, but yesterday I spotted that many stalls had boxes of bargains, suitcases of super steals and racks of reduced pieces. I was able to purchase several treats and have change left over for an afternoon tea and cake at Mabel’s Vintage Tea Party.

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My friend decided to try out a vintage hair style by the fantastic Vintage Hair Lounge, who let you choose an era, and discuss the styles that they can create to reflect this. My only piece of advice was ‘the bigger the better!’, because I do love a good quiff!

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The dress I wore was actually purchased at last years vintage fair, and I can see myself wearing it for many years to come. I teamed it with a brown vintage leather shoulder bag, a beautiful vintage brooch that once belonged to my grandmother, a belt from Dorothy Perkins and floral hair clip  from H&M. This look was suitable both for the fair, and then for dinner and drinks in the sunshine at the Arnolfini on Bristol harbourside later that evening.

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My lovely friend Jess, who often helps with my photographs for the blog, wore a pretty New Look dress, and like me, cannot wait to head to the next vintage fair. Next time I think I’ll try out a vintage do too!

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Cheerio and Toodle Pip!

V x

Accessories to Murder #1

Here is the very first Accessories to Murder, a new feature in which we will bring to your attention the accessories we believe to be a right steal. Be it bags, necklaces, shoes or rings, we’ll give you the leads and urge you to break out and browse these criminally tempting accessories.

Gilbert & George Gin Necklace £33.00 from Iota Bristol

Ever since Jo introduced me to the wonderjuice that is Gin, I’ve hardly sipped on anything else, apart from tea of course! This necklace was commissioned by She and Hem favourites Tatty Devine to celebrate the work of Gilbert & George. This necklace is sure to bring you many compliments, especially from fellow G&T lovers.

After spending several hours browsing for accessories that I thought were special enough to make it on this post, I was delighted to find the magical Jewellery by Jaymie. Jaymie has created beautiful collections, such as ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s‘, ‘Tea Party‘, and ‘Great Gatsby‘. She also designs special one off pieces that you will not be able to find on the high street. Jaymie treats each piece as a miniature work of art, and furthermore, each piece has been hand drawn, which means  all are unique and absolutely lovely. Who could resist? Not me!

Here are my favourite items.

Sparkly Hearts & Cat Collar Clips, £10, Jewellery by Jaymie.

Hearts! Cats! Sparkly Hearts and Cats! If anything will inspire me to get my ears pierced, it’s slightly mad but beautiful jewellery like these gorgeous collar clips which can also be worn as ear rings. At £10, not only do they have multiple purposes, but it’s an affordable way to jazz up an old outfit.

Dapper Cat Necklace, £11, Jewellery by Jaymie.

Ok ok, it’s another cat item. Although, I think I can use my get out of jail free card here, as this is not just any cat.  This is a Dapper Cat, it’s wearing a polka-dot bow tie and it wants you to take it home.

Holly Golightly and Cat Ring, £12, Jewellery by Jaymie.

Last, but by no means least, my personal favourite item. People need to be made aware of this ring. It’s a must for any Breakfast at Tiffany’s fan. It features the iconic Audrey Hepburn as ‘Holly Golightly’ and her precious cat, ‘Cat’ (the amazing acting cat, Orangey). If anyone wants to treat me, I’ll take this.

There I was thinking I had triumphed and found the ultimate undiscovered accessories online. Oh but wait! I’ve stumbled across Hannah Zakari and these accessories are really rather dreamy. Here are a few highlights from this marvelous website, where you can buy items from many designers, all under one roof. Hannah Zakari, I salute you!

Fab Retro Ice Lolly Necklace, £24, Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes.
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Sushi Necklace, £24, Petit Plat
Chicken Brooch, £12, Designosaur.
Chapstick Brooch, £8, Kate Rowland.

I hope you have enjoyed and have been inspired to do some investigative work of your own.

Have a great weekend!

V x

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