Double Thumbs Dresses #92

Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses and a very happy Easter to you all! It’s time once again for our frocktacular roundup of the dresses deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval. Let us celebrate the fact that it didn’t take me a year to write another post this time!

*FYI click on the image for a direct link to the dress*

Iconic Women Dress $85 (about £60) from Book of Deer | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #92
Iconic Women Dress $85 (about £60) from Book of Deer

First up is this incredible dress from Book of Deer. Quite honestly, this is up there with my favourite dresses ever featured on this here blog. Book of Deer put it better than I ever could by explaining on their website that this print celebrates ‘96 iconic women who have influenced the world we live in today. As well as depicting the more well-known faces of activism, academia, art and heroism, the print also features women who have achieved amazing things or overcome huge social obstacles that may have been overlooked in mainstream history‘. The result is magical and I want to wear it every single day! You can see a close up of the print here

Wild Animals Shirt Dress £59 from Sugarhill Boutique | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #92
Wild Animals Shirt Dress £59 from Sugarhill Boutique
Adora Swimmers Shirt Dress £59 from Sugarhill Boutique | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #92
Adora Swimmers Shirt Dress £59 from Sugarhill Boutique

Next up we have a couple of fab prints from the new collection at Sugarhill Boutique. Both dresses are in the Adora shirt dress style which is a lovely 1950s button-up shape and has the most delightfully retro split collar. LOVE! The wild animal print features a stunning hand drawn safari scene that I am obsessed with and the swimmers dress is equally wonderful thanks to those quirky synchronized swimmers.

Floral Pleated Midi Dress £79 from & Other Stories | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #92
Floral Pleated Midi Dress £79 from & Other Stories

I have been majorly crushing on this yellow beauty from & Other Stories. It just looks so swooshy (not a word) and dreamy plus look at those gorgeous long sleeves.

Chevron Striped Midi Dress £49 from Warehouse | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #92
Chevron Striped Midi Dress £49 from Warehouse
Jacquard Midi Dress £69 from Warehouse | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #92
Jacquard Midi Dress £69 from Warehouse

Warehouse have some wonderful midi-dresses in this season! I find those blue chevrons deeply enjoyable and I am really into the buttons only starting below the waistline. It makes it a bit different and the result is a very nice looking dress indeed. I am also a big fan of their beautiful metallic gold midi-dress which, I think, looks super expensive. The website assures me that this ruffled frock shimmers IRL which only makes me want it more.

Off Shoulder Sundress With Tiered Skirt In Rainbow £18 from ASOS | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #92
Off Shoulder Sundress With Tiered Skirt In Rainbow £18 from ASOS

You will probably need to act fast if you want this super cheerful rainbow affair from ASOS as the £18 pricetag means it won’t be around for long. It’s the perfect dress for Summer which, apparently, is on the way.

Armelle Dress £66 (was £110) from Boden | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #92
Armelle Dress £66 (was £110) from Boden
Angela Textured Dress £48 (was £80) from Boden | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #92
Angela Textured Dress £48 (was £80) from Boden

Rejoice! She and Hem faves Boden have knocked a load of pounds off some pretty great dresses. I’ve been coveting the Armelle dress for quite some time so I think I might have to take the plunge. It’s just such a fun style! And as someone who really enjoys making a spectacle of herself, I feel the glasses print was always destined for my wardrobe. It’s such a ‘throw on and go’ dress which is what my life is all about.

Red Shellfish Print Rockabilly Shirt Dress £38 from Lindy Bop | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #92
Red Shellfish Print Rockabilly Shirt Dress £38 from Lindy Bop

It would be shellfish not to share with you this cray cray crab print dress from Lindy Bop. I am really diggin’ the vibrant pop of red and I it’s a real pinch at £38.

Cutabout Stripe Ruffle Midi Dress £46 from Topshop | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #92
Cutabout Stripe Ruffle Midi Dress £46 from Topshop

Last but not least is this perfectly picnic appropriate number from Topshop. I adore everything about this frock and am already imagining myself strolling through the park with a big hat and sandals, living my best yellow-loving life.

Jx

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Double Thumbs Dresses #91

Hello hello! Welcome back (at long long last) to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval! First off, an explanation. I didn’t plan to have such a long break from writing these posts (I think it has been nearly a year?!) but between maternity pay and breastfeeding, I just haven’t been spending much time online lusting over dresses and checking-out my virtual basket. These posts have always been about the frocks I’ve fallen in love with when shopping for myself and, *insert tiny violins*, shopping for myself wasn’t really a thing for a long time! However, since returning back to work I now get to spend a lot of time on trains idly scrolling ASOS like old times. I have missed you, old friend! It feels good to be back and I can’t wait to start sharing my finds with you all once more. NO BANK BALANCE IS SAFE.

*FYI click on the image for a direct link to the dress*

Umbrella Dress £75 from There's Only One Amy Laws | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Umbrella Dress £75 from There’s Only One Amy Laws

I seem to have become obsessed with rainbows lately so this delightful dress from There’s Only One Amy Laws has naturally caught my eye! Amy is local to us (she’s based in Somerset) and all her pieces are handmade and screenprinted.

Ice Cream Dress £70 from Cath Kidston | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Ice Cream Dress £70 from Cath Kidston
Sunglasses Print Dress £70 from Cath Kidston | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Sunglasses Print Dress £70 from Cath Kidston

My friend Eva recently text me to warn me that I was going to want everything in Cath Kidston‘s new collection. To be fair, that’s not a massively unusual feeling for me but even I wasn’t prepared for how gosh darn lovely their new stuff is!  The ice-cream print dress is just so summery and cute (although I can’t say I’m ready to think about summer just yet – Snowmageddon, anyone?) and the sunglasses print is very cool indeed. It’s definitely worth checking out their website right now as they have some really really great pieces (Victoria and I are OBSESSED with this coat).

Ballet Slippers Print Dress £60 from Boden | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Ballet Slippers Print Dress £60 from Boden

She and Hem faves, Boden always know how to bring the fun factor. This super-flattering and super-easy to wear number comes in a number of fun prints (including sunglasses – they are obviously very in this year!) but the little ballet slippers are my pick of the bunch. Plie-se will someone buy it for me?

Printed Dress £25.99 from Zara | She and Hem| Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Printed Dress £25.99 from Zara

I find Zara so hit and miss but I spotted this dress on their website and fell for that super cool print! The dress looks a little short (for me) in a few of the pictures so I’ll be battling into town at some point to try and find it IRL.

Chrissy Bunting Stone A-Line Dress £54 from Sugarhill Boutique | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Chrissy Bunting Stone A-Line Dress £54 from Sugarhill Boutique

Crack out the bunting, we’ve got a Royal Wedding to prepare for (what do you mean, any excuse?!). How jolly is this Sugarhill Boutique affair? The print was inspired by the colourful streets of Brighton and is rather lovely indeed.

Only The Brave Dress £69 from Traffic People | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Only The Brave Dress £69 from Traffic People
Patterned Dress £29.99 from H&M | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses 91
Patterned Dress £29.99 from H&M
Floral Print Dress £66 (although they pretty much always have money off) from La Redoute | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Floral Print Dress £66 (although they pretty much always have money off) from La Redoute

Holy Snazzy Prints, Batman! I am totally diggin’ these super fun frocks from Traffic People, H&M and La Redoute!  I couldn’t pick just one so, seeing as I’ve been absent for a year, I’ve decided to feature all three! You are welcome.

Stripe Shirt Dress £16 from Matalan | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Stripe Shirt Dress £16 from Matalan

Who doesn’t love a stripey shirt dress? I really love the pop of bright colours in this Matalan number and am also quite into the grandad collar, which makes it a bit different from other dresses I have in this style.

Cat Print Dress £42 from Next | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Cat Print Dress £42 from Next
Yana Cat Print Dress £69 from People Tree | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Yana Cat Print Dress £69 from People Tree

CATS! It wouldn’t be Double Thumbs Dresses if there wasn’t at least one adorable cat print to get your claws into. Thankfully, both Next and People Tree have got puuuuuurfect dresses on offer and I am totally feline them both.

Tuck Seem Midi Dress £46 from Topshop | She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #91
Tuck Seem Midi Dress £46 from Topshop

And last but not least is this absolute ball of sunshine from Topshop! We at She and Hem truly believe one can never wear too much yellow and thankfully the stylish folk at Toppers seem to agree.

Missed me?

Jx

 

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal ShoppingValentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, love is seriously in the air at Cabot Circus! A quick stroll around our local Bristol shopping centre will see you surrounded with hearts, flora and a heck of a lot of red hues. It’s all rather romantic, innit. Now if, like us, you’ve never been particularly organised when it comes to the buying of Valentine’s day gifts then the good news is Cabot Circus have got you covered. They are offering free 30 minute personal shopping sessions this weekend (10th and 11th February) from 11 until 5. That’s TODAY, people! Just pop along and see them in the central space outside House of Fraser and their team of personal shoppers will help you find the perfect gift for your special someone, whatever your budget! Winner.

To get you all in the loved up mood, the team challenged the two of us to go head to head in the search for the perfect Valentine’s gift! We decided to go for a Galentine’s affair and choose gifts for each other (standard) and went well and truly wild in the Cabot aisles looking for dreamy ideas. If you fancy a serious shopping spree, check out how to enter our competition at the bottom of the post to win a £50 Cabot Circus Gift Card! A little Valentine’s gift from us to you.

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Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

We both had great success in Tiger, who have got a huge amount of Valentine’s gifts on offer to suit everyone’s budget. They’ve got everything covered from novelty socks, toiletries, confectionery and crockery! Even their boxes of plasters are romantic! It’s all there and it’s all festooned with hearts.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

If you’re other half is a foodie then you’ll be pleased to know that Krispy Kreme have gone all lovey-dovey on us with special edition doughnuts on offer! You can pick up The Valentine’s Dozen for £13.45. Failing that, Hotel Chocolate have got some beautiful gifts on offer ranging from small bags of chocolate hearts to entire hampers of goodies.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal ShoppingValentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Topshop, Monki and Urban Outfitters have all got some pretty cool gifts on offer. We both love the cute heart top from Topshop and bag from Monki. You can’t have too many hearts in February, can you? Neither of us had been into Monki before but my goodness, we are complete converts. Colourful fun clothes at really affordable prices, it’s pretty dreamy in there.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

So what did we choose for each other, we hear you cry! Well, Jo is a librarian so those adorable children’s books from Foyles and her were always going to be a match made in heaven. The artwork is just beautiful and I was thinking she would enjoy reading them to Poppy too. I also had to pick up a copy of ‘Read This If You Want To Be Instagram Famous’ from Urban Outfitters so she can spend Valentine’s Day tackling Instagram’s Algorithm! In return, Jo picked up the ‘Love Always Wins’ tee for me from Monki and I love it! I can’t wait to wear it on the 14th of Feb. She also chose a wonderful Paperchase mug emblazoned with our favourite F word. I think we both did rather well!

Hopefully we’ve inspired you to get shopping for your other half (or your bestie!) this weekend. If you’re in Bristol, definitely pop along and take advantage of the personal shoppers, it will take away the stress of all that last minute gift buying! You can find out everything you need to know about it here.

Lots of love!

J&V

This post was written in collaboration with Cabot Circus

 

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Out of the Bluestone

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Dresses L-R from Primark (in-store) and Sugarhill Boutique* (here)

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Victoria: Jumper Sugarhill Boutique* (here), Jeans Topshop (here), Sneakers Superga* (here). Jo: Jumper Boden (old), Jeans Topshop (here), Sneakers Superga* (here)

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*make a cup of tea – this is a long one*

Along with our lovely husbands, James and Andrew, we recently took the girls to Bluestone National Park Resort for their very first holiday. For our first trip away we wanted somewhere that wasn’t too far, so at just over two hours in the car this Welsh delight was perfect! If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you may remember we visited Bluestone a couple of years ago (back when we were footloose and fancy free) to review their adult only packages. We were really looking forward to going back and seeing it through a fresh pair of new parent eyes and found it quite amazing what you don’t notice before you have children! Bluestone is perfectly geared up for little and big kids with plenty of activities for even the babies (they offer baby sensory, massage and yoga although our top tip would be to book in advance as we missed out on the sensory class). We really appreciated just how easy everything was made for us, even eating out was a breeze thanks to how child friendly all the facilities are. All restaurants should have a buggy park!

We stayed in the six person Skomer Lodge which was slightly luxurious thanks to its three beds and three bathrooms situation. The girls really appreciated having their own bathrooms – we just can’t drag them away from the mirror! We were all slightly nervous about attempting a holiday with two such young babies but thanks to the amount of space we had, we were never under each others feet and it was very easy for one baby to be crying in the night and not disturb the other. A big relief for us all! If you’ve got bigger children, all the lodges have lots of lovely outside space for running around in or for even bigger kids (hi) for drinking prosecco and eating fish and chips from the onsite posh fish and chip van. We were even visited by some friendly rabbits and ducks!
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We love this photo of the girls! We are hoping to take the same photo of them every time we go back to Bluestone!

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Victoria: Shirt Boden* (here), Skirt Boden (old). Jo: Shirt Sugarhill Boutique* (here), Skirt Boden* (here)

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It wouldn’t be a She and Hem holiday if we didn’t try and eat all of the desserts on offer. We loved the ice cream milkshakes at Ty Coffi and set ourselves the challenge of trying every flavour! They were so good! However, the star of the holiday has to be those ridiculous freakshakes. Oh my goodness what a treat. When ordering, the waitress was curious to know how many people would be sharing the shakes and was somewhat shocked to discover that we had one each. Did we regret it? Heck no. We probably shouldn’t mention that we then went on to have a spaghetti bolognaise should we… To combat our sugar high we left the boys with the babies and booked ourselves in for a two hour spa session. It was glorious and very much needed. In fact, whilst sitting in the outdoor jacuzzi we got chatting and soon realised that everyone there was a mum having a bit of a break. We felt very rejuvenated and soaked up every second before bouncing back to our lovely little ladies and their equally lovely dads. The four of them had had a real blast while we were away.

We also had a blast swimming at the Blue Lagoon swimming pool. There’s an abundance of family-sized changing rooms (complete with baby changing tables – so useful) and the pool itself was extremely baby friendly. We took the girls in the special kiddy pool (they loved the bubbles!) and then braved the wave machine and the rapids! Such daredevils. The girls aren’t quite big enough for the flumes yet but, hey, there’s got to be some advantages to being a grown up! We must have been in the pool area for a good couple of hours which is crazy! We even did a couple of feeds whilst lounging in the poolside deckchairs.

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Thanks for another lovely stay Bluestone! We will be back!

J&V (and A&P&A&J) xx

A massive massive thank you to Bluestone for inviting us. Although they really did spoil us rotten this review is 100% honest. 

Food & Fashion Challenge at SouthGate Bath

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Food & Fashion Challenge at SouthGate Bath

Food & Fashion Challenge at SouthGate BathFood & Fashion Challenge at SouthGate Bath

We love any excuse to visit our very attractive next door neighbour, Bath. A quick hop on the train at Temple Meads and a few minutes later you are in the the World Heritage Site of dreams. As you exit Bath Spa station you are immediately thrust into its newest quater, SouthGate… and not a Gareth in sight (niche joke there). It might be relatively new but thanks to the way it has been built, it blends seamlessly into its Georgian surroundings. We just love the quirky sense of fun that’s usually evident when you walk around. Last year they hung colourful umbrellas high in the air (we’ve embedded our Instagram photo of this at the bottom of the post but please note they aren’t there anymore!) and followed that up with some equally fab bicycles. We aren’t sure if they’ve got anything similar planned for this year but even while we were there a phonebox was being painted a fetching shade of yellow.

And great news! A bunch of tasty new restaurants have recently opened at the centre, including Comptoir Libanais, Thaikhun and the incredibly named Absurd Bird! To celebrate this, we were set a food and fashion challenge by the team at SouthGate which was literally the greatest challenge ever as it basically involved us buying clothes and eating food with a £150 budget. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

We were first asked to choose one of their fashion retailers to buy an outfit from. We plumped for Topshop because we both really wanted new jeans and theirs are the best in our opinion! We had a great time scouring their sale rails and each managed to buy a top and jeans without blowing our £100 clothing budget. We were both a little nervous about how we would manage trying on clothes with the babies (in buggies) with us but we needn’t have worried as the lovely assistant in Topshop sectioned off a whole area of the changing room for us. For the record, Topshop had no idea we were coming or what we were doing whilst we were there so this was in no way special treatment. It was so refreshing to see a major brand go out of their way to help two flustered mums. Hooray! We then changed into our snazzy new get up and headed for the next part of the challenge, dinner!

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We spent a bit of time researching our food options before spotting the outrageously colourful Comptoir Libanais on Instagram. It was right up our street! Whoever designed the interiors for this Lebanese chain is our kind of human. Its like dining in a kaleidoscope. We were also big fans of the menu and opted to share a few of their hot & cold mezze dishes as well as a pretty epic salmon salad. We are also now obsessed with their frozen lemonade. If it’s green it must be healthy, right? Either way, it was so flippin’ tasty.

Like the troopers we are, we managed to squeeze in dessert and another tasty drink (this time it was the iced fresh rose mint tea – yum!). Victoria plumped for the baklawa which was very tasty indeed and I (Jo) went for the pomegranate and orange blossom yoghurt which was a nice light option after getting messy with the mezze.

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Technically we failed our challenge as we actually went £2 over our £150 spend but that was mostly because we couldn’t resist pudding! We were so impressed with Comptoir Libanais and can’t wait to go back and try more of the dishes.

If you like our looks then here you can find Victoria’s Jamie Jeans* and my Jonie Jeans*. The cactus print shirt and spotty affair were both sale finds so we recommend heading into store if you want to track them down.

J&V

*SouthGate Bath very kindly provided our food and shopping vouchers to review but all opinions are our own. 

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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

Accessories to Murder #39 *Maternity Special*

Hello and welcome to the 39th Accessories to Murder. This week, I’ve found myself searching high and low for fun maternity clothes that can loosely be termed accessories! So be warned dear reader, the list I’ve put together is mostly bits and bobs I like that aren’t dresses. But fear not, we are saving those beauties for Double Thumbs Dresses!

Right, without further ado, here’s a lovely list of all the things that have made it onto this week’s She and Hem’s Most Wanted. Check out the archives here!

Accessories to Murder #39 *Maternity Special* | Maternity Clothes | She and Hem
Asos Maternity Denim Dungaree with Rips | £45 | ASOS
Accessories to Murder #39 *Maternity Special* | Maternity Clothes | She and Hem
Tweed Princess Line Maternity Coat | £69 | JoJo Maman Bebe
Accessories to Murder #39 *Maternity Special* | Maternity Clothes | She and Hem
Maternity Chevron Teddy Robe | £32 | Topshop
Accessories to Murder #39 *Maternity Special* | Maternity Clothes | She and Hem
Polka Dot Button Down Maternity Blouse | £42 | Seraphine
Accessories to Murder #39 *Maternity Special* | Maternity Clothes | She and Hem
HURRAH FOR GIN | £45 | The FMLY Store
Accessories to Murder #39 *Maternity Special* | Maternity Clothes | She and Hem
Black Spot Maternity Bikini | £25 | Mothercare
Accessories to Murder #39 *Maternity Special* | Maternity Clothes | She and Hem
MAMA Mesh Top | £14.99 | H&M Maternity
Accessories to Murder #39 *Maternity Special* | Maternity Clothes | She and Hem
Fleet Street Baby Changing Bag | £94 | Radley

Until next time, keep accessorising!

Vx

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

Double Thumbs Dresses #85

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….

She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #85 | Ronneta Cat Print V-Neck Tea Dress £49 by Louche at Joy
Ronneta Cat Print V-Neck Tea Dress £49 by Louche at Joy

Meow! How puuuurfect is this cat print dress from Louche at Joy?! I adore those cute colourful felines and they look extra striking against the darker background. There’s something just so delightfully playful about the whole look and, best of all, this frock has hidden pockets. Wizard.

She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #85 | Just My Typist Dress $99.99 from ModCloth
Just My Typist Dress $99.99 from ModCloth

Sometime I wonder just how poor I would be if I lived in America and had no shipping and tax woes to stop me ordering from Modcloth as often as I order from ASOS. I genuinely dread to think. This primary coloured chevron affair is a pure delight and I would love to swan around at work in it looking all fabulous.

She and Hem |Double Thumbs Dresses #85 | Dolores Paper Pin-up Doll Dress £63.75 from Collectif
Dolores Paper Pin-up Doll Dress £63.75 from Collectif

Collectif consistently bring out fun prints in shapes to die for! This particular number features a whole host of adorable paper dolls who are ready to be dressed up in a range of fabulous 50s outfits – not dissimilar to those you’ll find on the Collectif website! Clever.

She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #85 | The Brigitte Coffee Dress €65 from Circus
The Brigitte Coffee Dress €65 from Carousel

Anyone for a cuppa? This brew-tiful dress from Irish brand Carousel is just lovely. The 1950s shape makes it an instant hit in my eyes and the big bow is right up my street. They currently only have this available in a size 8 but fingers crossed more sizes will become available.

She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #85 | Spotted pleated dress £179 from Ted Baker
Spotted pleated dress £179 from Ted Baker

After I kept spotting people on TV in this marvelous polka dot number, I had to do some Googling before discovering it’s actually from Ted Baker (I was slightly dismayed as obviously I was hoping it cost £9.99 from Matalan). It’s just so nice and looks really striking on.

She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #85 | Floral Frill Fit And Flare Dress £35 from Dorothy Perkins
Floral Frill Fit And Flare Dress £35 from Dorothy Perkins

I am loving this poppy and daisy print wonder from Dorothy Perkins. It’s such a playful dress and has more than a touch of vintage charm about it. Those sleeves are fabulous too!

She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #85 | Gold Spot Cowl Neck Skater Dress £55 from Topshop
Gold Spot Cowl Neck Skater Dress £55 from Topshop

Last but not least we have this ‘get it before it’s gone’ dress from Topshop. It’s simply beautiful with an incredible cowl neck and luxurious gold foil print. Is it too early to start buying Christmas party dresses?

Jx

Boohoo X Festival Fashion

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Festival season is upon us once again and although we are no strangers to the festival scene, we aren’t off to any this year (boo hoo indeed!). Nevertheless, we couldn’t resist waving our kaleidoscopic She and Hem wand over some of the awesome pieces from the Boohoo festival collection and styling them up a storm. If you’ve read our About page, you may know that we actually met at a festival in Oxford over 10 years ago (!!) and have been firm friends ever since, even though we were certainly not as well dressed. Festival fashion is a lot more exciting now. If only Boohoo were around back then!

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For us, festival fashion is less about neon and feathers and more about being relaxed and comfortable come rain or shine, because if you are at a British festival, you are probably going to get quite a bit of the former! Denim hotpants are not really for us. We went for easy to wear smocks with billowing sleeves, with Jo choosing the beautiful Ari Embroidered Blousen Sleeve Dress, while I (Victoria) styled the cute Laura Embroidered Demin Smock. Worried about feeling chilly? Fret not, for layers are your friend. A colourful bomber like the Rebecca Printed Bomber, seen above, is an excellent option.

Don’t forget about accessories! Sungasses are great for tired (hungover) eyes, whereas flimsy footwear is a definite no. We find boots are great for walking around the festival site and are a stylish alternative to wellies. My blue beauties are from Boden and Jo’s tan lace up boots are from New Look. As twinning luck would have it, we also both chose rucksacks as our festival bags of choice. I picked up this white wonder from Accessorize last year and it’s proven to be a staple in my wardrobe, especially to take on weekends away. Jo’s gorgeous brown version from Aldo has unfortunately sold out, but there is a similar one here. Our glorious floral crowns are from Crown and Glory. Bubbles, fizzy pop and mega lolz are models own.

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Over to you readers. What’s your festival fashion essential?

V&J