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

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

 

Accessories to Murder #36

Hello and welcome to the 36th 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 #36 | She and Hem
Game Over Crossbody Bag | £28.00 | Skinnydip Via Topshop
Accessories to Murder #36 | She and Hem
Secretly A Mermaid Cross Bag | £25.00 | Skinnydip Via Topshop

We start with a terrific twosome from Topshop. Both the Game Over bag and Mermaid Bag are made by Skinnydip and are a heck of a lot of fun. Being a lady of a certain vintage, I remember loving playing on my GameBoy when I was growing up, so I’m a big fan of the first bag. The second is dedicated to all of our aquatically minded followers, and I know we have a good few! What a catch.

Accessories to Murder #36 | She and Hem
Transparent Frame Sunglasses | £12.99 | Zara

It’s finally bright enough to wear sunglasses out without looking a bit odd. That’s never stopped us here at She and Hem, but hooray for the sun, and let’s hope it lasts! I spotted these whilst browsing the Zara website and while they aren’t as colourful as the sunglasses we usually feature, they look chic without being too sensible.

Accessories to Murder #36 | She and Hem
Multi-Coloured Satchel | £35 | La Redoute

I’m really excited to have spotted this fab satchel from La Redoute, which also comes in a wonderful yellow version. I usually go straight for anything that comes in yellow, but I’m a big fan of the grey and pale blue combo on this beauty. It looks a lot like the more expensive brands, but comes in at about half the price at £35! Thanks La Redoute!

Accessories to Murder #36 | She and Hem
Life in the Splash Lane Swimsuit in Chevron | $99.99 | Modcloth

I haven’t featured anything from Modcloth in a while, so this week they are back with a bang with this incredible chevron swimming costume. It’s so pretty! The yellow piping looks so flattering, especially around the waist. Gosh, if I was going on a summer holiday this year, this would go straight into my basket.

Accessories to Murder #36 | She and Hem
Red Apple Snow White Bag | £10 | Primark

Keep the doctor away with this fruity little number. Whether you have a fancy dress party coming up or you just love novelty bags, this apple bag from Primark is a right old bargain. This is the first time I’ve featured anything from Primark on Accessories to Murder because I have to admit, I do struggle with their website! Does anyone else feel a bit frustrated with it?

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

Vx

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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!

Accessories to Murder #34 | She and Hem | Thunder Egg Topshop and More!
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!

Accessories to Murder #34 | She and Hem | Thunder Egg Topshop and More!
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.

Accessories to Murder #34 | She and Hem | Thunder Egg Topshop and More!
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!

Accessories to Murder #34 | She and Hem | Thunder Egg Topshop and More!
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 #80

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 #80 | Woodland Lace Embellished Dress £250 by Needle and Thread at ASOS
Woodland Lace Embellished Dress £250 by Needle and Thread at ASOS

We start with a pretty bank busting number but I think you’ll agree that it was just too special not to include! Victoria and I are both obsessed with all things Needle and Thread and when they consistently bring out beautiful pieces like this it’s not hard to see why. I just wish I had an excuse to spend this much on a dress! That woodland lace embellishment is breathtaking.

Double Thumbs Dresses #80 | Yellow Lace Dress £70 from Next
Yellow Lace Dress £70 from Next
Double Thumbs Dresses #80 | White Lace Panel Dress £65 from Next
White Lace Panel Dress £65 from Next

Next have gone lace crazy and I for one couldn’t be happier! That little yellow number looks far pricier than its price-tag and is the perfect shade of lemon. There’s just so much beautiful detailing! I’m also loving the long-sleeved white number which is rocking a bit of a 70s vibe. It really reminds me of a dress I picked up from Topshop last Summer and subsequently wore to death (evidence).

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Double Thumbs Dresses #80 | Botanical Floral Shift Dress £49 from Warehouse
Botanical Floral Shift Dress £49 from Warehouse

Pow! Now that’s a bold floral! I am all about this shift dress from Warehouse which features one heck of a strong print in some seriously eye catching colours. Yes. Please.

Double Thumbs Dresses #80 | Delicate Lace Yolk Dress £45 from Oasis
Delicate Lace Yolk Dress £45 from Oasis

I don’t actually remember the last time Oasis didn’t feature on Double Thumbs, so great has my love been for their SS16 collection. This is such a sweet little lace number (those ruffle sleeves!) but what I am really about is that gorgeous shade of green.

Double Thumbs Dresses #80 | Floral Button-Up Midi Dress £49 from Topshop
Floral Button-Up Midi Dress £49 from Topshop

This Topshop midi has got Summer garden party written all over it (which, as luck would have it, so do I). It’s a lovely silhouette and looks like it would be a nice frock to just waft around in. As you do.

Double Thumbs Dresses #80 | Midi Dress with Floral Embroidery £42 from ASOS Maternity
Midi Dress with Floral Embroidery £42 from ASOS Maternity

And finally….If you don’t follow us on Instagram (or you aren’t on it 24/7 like, ahem, some people I know) you might have missed my little announcement over the weekend that I’m expecting! That means there might be the odd maternity dress sneaking on to Double Thumbs over the coming months, if you don’t mind! So far I’ve really been struggling to find things I like but I take my hat off to ASOS for understanding that, weirdly enough, I’d quite like to dress like me whilst with bump! This yellow floral number is calling my name.

Jx

Accessories to Murder #30

Hello and welcome to the 30th 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.

Accessories to Murder #30 | She and Hem | Fashion
Buzz, Of Course Sun Hat | $54.99 | Modcloth

Honey, could this sun hat bee any cuter? I don’t think so! And hive fives all round for that incredible name. Modcloth are the ultimate product naming champions, which just makes me love them even more. If you love them too, you need to buy this hat, but also check out our guest blogger Holly’s awesome post about their Modcloth IRL Tour this Summer.

Accessories to Murder #30 | She and Hem | Fashion
Zig-Zag Panel Crossbody Bag | £32 | Topshop

Oh hello there you incredibly jazzy little two-tone gem. This Topshop bag is all kinds of zig-a-zag-ah. Now I’m not quite sure what that means, but Mel B once told me it was a good thing. The contrasting colours of this boxy crossbody give it a really groovy 70s vibe, which just so happens to be one of my favourite fashion eras.

Glitter Cat Eye Sunglasses | £12.99 | Aspire Style
Glitter Cat Eye Sunglasses | £12.99 | Aspire Style

One thing I’ve discovered recently is that Aspire Style don’t just sell excellent dresses, oh no, they have so many great accessories too. In fact, I think I could fill a whole Accessories to Murder with their bits! For now, I have chosen my favourite item which are these glittery cat eye sunglasses in blue and gold. Purrfect! If you spot anything you fancy online, use the Aspire Style discount code SHEANDHEM for a tasty 10% discount. You are welcome.

Accessories to Murder #30 | She and Hem | Fashion
Denim Jacket | £285 | Paige Demin via Trilogy

I’m not sure, but this could this be the perfect demin jacket. It is on the pricey side compared to the other items in today’s round up, but I have been told by people older and wiser than myself that jackets are something you should invest in, so you can wear them year after year. Light denim is not for everyone, but I love it and find it a lot more versatile than the darker alternatives. Check out Paige Jeans to see the jacket’s cute embroidered back, and feel free to let me know if I’m not really cool enough to pull it off!

Accessories to Murder #30 | She and Hem | Fashion
Crossover Bag Hat | £14.69 | Newchic

Hold up! Is it a bag? Is it a hat? Oh my goodness, it’s both! What a world we live in, first friendly robots that can perform heart surgery, and now bags in the shape of hats. Whatever next? Anyway, sandwiched between the two more expensive (but equally fabulous) items, I’ve popped in this novelty bag bargain. £14.69 for a bag that’s also a hat? You can do no wrong.

Accessories to Murder #30 | She and Hem | Fashion
Intarsia Flower Pot Cardigan | £240 | Orla Kiely

Speaking of which, Orla Kiely can do no wrong in my eyes. They are my all time favourites. Every London Fashion Week, it’s the Orla show that Jo and I go completely gaga over, and they never disappoint. Their clothing just gets better and better and their new collection is some of their best yet. My number one item from the collection is this flower pot cardigan. Quirky yet simple. Pretty yet practical. Never change Orla!

Until next week, keep accessorising!

Vx

Accessories to Murder #27

Hello and welcome to the 27th 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.

Lido Medium Zip-Top Grab Bag £229 from Radley
Lido Medium Zip-Top Grab Bag £229 from Radley
Redchurch Large Zip-Top Backpack £229 (or the same bag in green is reduced to £153) from Radley
Redchurch Large Zip-Top Backpack £229 (or the same bag in green is reduced to £153) from Radley
Lido Medium Bucket Cross Body Bag £59 from Radley
Lido Medium Bucket Cross Body Bag £59 from Radley
Lido Mini Crooked Handle Telescopic Umbrella £30 from Radley
Lido Mini Crooked Handle Telescopic Umbrella £30 from Radley

Considering my Mother has been raving about Radley for as long as I can remember, it’s a surprise that it’s taken me this long to jump on the bandwagon. But consider me a fully fledged fan thanks to their adorable Lido range which is so delightful (apart from the pricetag, naturally). I’m also slightly obsessed with their yellow and white backpack of dreams!

*Click the individual items for direct links*

The Queen's 90th Birthday Tea Towel £10 from Cath Kidston
The Queen’s 90th Birthday Tea Towel £10 from Cath Kidston

Ol’ Queenie is turning 90 this month and I can’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate than by drying my teacups with this tea towel from Cath Kidston. I think Liz would totally approve. I really can’t get over the corgies wearing party hats and blowing their party horns. GENIUS. There’s also a mug and tote bag available if you really want to party hard!

Waverley Wayfarer Sunglasses £14 from Topshop
Waverley Wayfarer Sunglasses £14 from Topshop

How lovely are these pink polka dot sunglasses from Topshop? They are so cute! I mean, I need another pair like I need a hole in the head but still, so cute!

All Over Ice Cream Socks £3.50 from Accessorize
All Over Ice Cream Socks £3.50 from Accessorize

Who doesn’t love a fun sock? Weird people, that’s who. This ice cream festooned pair from Accessorize are surely bound to raise a smile.

Down The Rabbit Hole Wicker Teapot £358 from Kate Spade
Down The Rabbit Hole Wicker Teapot £358 from Kate Spade
Tea Time Studs £40 from Kate Spade
Tea Time Studs £40 from Kate Spade

My bank balance is having a darn good chortle at the very idea that I might ever be able to buy this insane Kate Spade teapot bag but corr blimey it’s a bit special. Thankfully, the rather lovely tea time studs are more budget friendly and, umm, will take up less space in my flat? That’s the silver lining I’m going with anyway.

Spotted any fab accessories? Let us know!

Jx