When Aspire Style got in touch to ask if we’d like to style a few pieces from their ‘New In‘ section, we were a little nervous. Not because we didn’t think there would be anything that we liked, but because we were concerned we wouldn’t be able to fit into anything! These bumps are getting out of hand! How wrong we were though, as our favourite maternity fashion hack (sizing up) worked a treat.
Jo’s chevron stripe shift dress* by Closet is so striking, it’s a must for any chevron fan. Keen readers may have also spotted that it fits all of She and Hem’s dream dress requirements; it’s a good lentgh, has cute sleeves and most importantly…pockets! Dreamy. Jo kept her styling simple with black Boden boots* and spotty grey tights* from UK Tights. I picked the adorable Julita snow dress* by Louche in the hope that I’ll be able to squeeze into it a few more times over the festive period. With its Christmas trees, deer and snowflakes, it could just be the perfect Christmas print! I would say it hits the right balance between twee and subtle, but then again, during they festive period, I think anything goes. Next time Louche, plonk some candy canes on it will ya?
Whilst browsing Aspire, I spotted that fabulous pink fluffy jumper* by Yumi. Now, while I’m not usually a huge fan of pink (it doesn’t really get my party started), I felt like it had to be mine. Thanks to the loose fit, I’ve recently been layering it over a maternity top and teaming it with jeans and boots, and boy oh boy it’s like a big, warm hug. As we shot this on quite a chilly day, I wore some thick maternity tights* from UK Tights and blue Boden boots* (similar here).
Have you spotted any festive pieces that take your fancy?
We didn’t need any encouragement to dip our toes in when Laura Ashley kindly asked us if we would like to style some pieces from their gorgeous St Ives Collection for their blog (which you can read here!). If you read She and Hem regularly you will know that we live for fun prints so naturally we fell hook, line and sinker for all of the Sunbathers and Swimmers pieces. It was love at first sight!
The Sunbathers print with its quirky parasol laden ladies all having a fabulous time at the beach is just the perfect print for Summer. We were both immediately drawn to the Linen Shift Dress* and were not disappointed when it arrived. It really makes a splash! It’s such a lovely easy style to wear and we love that it will look just as fab with sandals and a straw bag as it does with wedges and an evening cocktail. However, whilst we wait for the warmer weather to arrive, we opted to style it with some white polka dot tights from UK Tights*, red and white Boden* flats and a Laura Ashley Classic Crew Neck cardigan*. We think all the pops of red really tie this outfit together and makes for one smashing look.
It’s fair to say that we are both totally obsessed with the Swimmers Print Ankle Grazer Trousers*, which is unusual for a pair of self-confessed dress addicts. They are so beautifully made and, once again, really lend themselves to being dressed up or down. It can be hard to find novelty print trousers that don’t completely dominate an outfit but thanks to the subtly of those lovely swimmers these do the job perfectly. They are definitely a great way of testing the water when it comes to wearing patterned trousers! We love them so much that we are going to be synchronised swimmers having both since picked up a pair! We styled the trousers with the Bather’s Linen Vest* Top (don’t you love it when a great print comes in more than one style?) and some very SS16 silver metallic shoes.
A huge thank you to Laura Ashley for sending us our new Summer looks. We love the retro vibe of these outfits and can’t wait to see what they’ll be making waves with next. See you at the seaside!
Have you been looking for some fabulous (yet affordable!) vintage pieces to jazz up your wardrobe, without a moth ball in sight? Well, look no further dear, stylish reader! Let us introduce you to the wonderful Thirty 8 Birds over at ASOS Marketplace. You are most welcome.
Considering I (Victoria) am completely obsessed with ASOS, I’m quite embarrassed that it has taken me this long to seriously explore ASOS Marketplace. Now that I have, I’m completely hooked. With 800 boutiques selling new and vintage items from around the world, I will never have to leave the house to go shopping again. Hopefully Jo will agree my proposal to rename the blog She and Hermit.
Jo wore white vintage 90’s dungarees with black polka-dots, black tights from UK Tights and a mustard top from Marks and Spencer. She accessorised with flat black boots from Topshop, heart sunglasses from Moschino via TK Maxx and one of the best novelty bags I’ve ever seen (and I’m not just saying that because I bought it for her…) from Next, which is also available here. In true She and Hem style, we decided to go a little matchy matchy, so I wore monochrome gingham dungarees, which are still available here, with black tights from UK Tights. My white chunky heels were an awesome ASOS bargain and my coordinating polka-dot sunglasses are from Primark.
On the short walk home from the shoot we found the perfect place to sit, have a quick catch up, throw blossom at each other and think of the perfect quote for the Tombola’s True Friendship feature, and here is what we came up with!
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The red carpet has been rolled out in Bristol this week for the return of the South West’s largest fashion event, Bristol Fashion Week at The Mall. Thousands of stylish Bristolians will be strutting over to The Mall to catch one of the 17 catwalk shows, hosted by Lucy Watson from Made in Chelsea and Lorraine Kelly’s BFF/TV stylist Mark Heyes. This year the show has a travel theme, with the entrance of the purpose built pavilion styled as an airport departure lounge and each store has put together a cool collection of on-trend looks, based on gap years, summer holidays and safari chic.
We flew in on Wednesday night and, in true She and Hem style, were the last to board flight S/S15, with a one way ticket to the land of denim, swish 70’s and our personal favourite, brights. We saw so many outfits, the Bristol Fashion Week tailor must be swift. His career will certainly take off!
After the show, we had a stop over at M&S in The Mall to check out the new Limited Edition collection, hang out with lovely local bloggers and eat ALL of the cheese. I (Victoria) fell in love with the Paisley Print Dress that Lily is beautifully modelling below and Jo’s yellow M&S Limited Edition No Peep Dress was certainly first class! In addition to her gorgeous M&S dress, Jo wore brown beads (old) also from M&S, spotty tights from UK Tights, Urban Outfitters boots and her Kate Spade bag. I wore a vintage 1970’s dress from Portobello Road with my brown Orla Kiely for Clarks heels and black tights from UK Tights. My belt is from New Look and black floppy hat from ASOS. We both accessoried with M&S flowers!
Will we be seeing you at Bristol Fashion Week 2016?
We started off Day 2 of LFW with a trip to the Orla Kiely showcase (which we have written a post about here!). After that, we had some time to kill between shows, so we decided to go and check out the ever fabulous Somerset House. Pretty standard London Fashion Week activities I’m sure you will agree. What we are not so accustomed to is how we traveled there… in a stretch hummer! The lovely Kristabel from I Want You To Know captured this in her awesome Fashion Week Vlog. Be warned, the vlog does feature me (Victoria) getting a little over excited and doing what the kids are now calling #hummerdance.
I wore the Square Print Pleat Skirt Dress from The Whitepepper with probably the most worn item in my wardrobe ever, my yellow Ingrid Coat from Boden* (now in the sale!). I accessorised with fun spotty tights from UK Tights*, white ASOS Strike Heels and a yellow Westminster bag from Boden*. Jo wore a gorgeous Needle and Thread tulle skirt from ASOS, with a vintage blue jacket from Heartfelt Vintage and floral Emilie top from Boden*. Her Alice Heels are also from Boden and that glorious pink bag is Kate Spade.
Our jazzy outfits proved to be quite the hit on the cobbles, and we ended up popping up all over the place. Some of our favourite features we saw over the weekend were Yahoo’s best street style, ASOS Fashion Finder, STYLELDN and Boden Diaries. We had such a blast that we often struggled to pull our best ‘we are very serious about fashion’ faces.
We had quite a busy schedule that afternoon, but our favourite show was the couture collection from Hellavagirl. The show was a kaleidoscopic dream! Vibrant, dramatic and seriously sparkly. Just look at those incredible giant sequin bow headbands!
Having been up since 7am and in need of a pick me up, we made use of our central location and decided to head back to base for a quick G&T and get changed into our chirpy Poppy frocks before heading out to our evening shows. Lady Gaga would be proud! I wore the Iris Navy Budgie Dress and Jo wore the Mable White Budgie Dress. Keep your eyes peeled and your beaks sharpened for a new Poppy post next week.
London Fashion Week AW15: Day 3 coming next week, you lucky things!
New Year’s Eve is THE night to get seriously sparkly. Whether you are planning a big night throwing shapes to Taylor Swift or a night in with friends with hot dogs and the Hootenanny, it is perfectly acceptable to go all out fancy! Sequins, sheer and sparkles, we just can’t get enough! When the clock strikes twelve, we want to be the girls reflecting off of the glitter ball.
Not only does this post feature balloons, bunting and bubbles but also our perfect New Year’s Eve party frocks. Victoria choose the zingy neon pink metallic Cyrus dress* and Jo picked the gorgeous fit and flare style Prova Heart dress*, both from Louche at Joy. Joyous! Victoria’s white tights are from UK Tights*, worn with gold heels from Office and a mighty mouse clutch from Primark. Jo’s glimmering gold glitter tights are from Topshop, worn with a black and gold cardigan from Fever*, gold heels from Dune and an exceptionally photogenic camera bag from Accessorize.
Happy New Year!
A big thank you to Cox and Baloney for letting us take over their snug for our early celebrations.
As Autumn approaches, the She and Hem weekend wardrobe progresses from novelty/pretty dresses, to novelty/pretty dresses with slightly longer sleeves and tights. Sometimes we go crazy and throw on a cardigan. It is an issue we really need to a-dress…along with our obsession with puns.
Whilst exploring the beautiful Bluestone National Park in Pembrokeshire last weekend, we plaited our hair, popped a picnic into our golf buggy and parked up at the lake. We had a lovely afternoon stroll to really relax after a busy morning of making waves in the pool and indulging in pastries at the bakery. It’s a hard life being a blogger, but like the bakers who made our pastries, we think we rise to the occasion. It’s the yeast we can do.
Victoria: I wore my lace print prom dress from Yumi*. Although I absolutely love the design and texture of this dress, I’m not a big fan of a revealing neckline and when trying this dress on I felt far too insecure to wear it without a top underneath. Luckily, Jo lent me a mustard slip from Marks and Spencer, which covered my modesty without overpowering the white tones of the dress. The black big spot tights are from Gipsy via UK Tights* and the white heart shaped sunglasses are from Dahlia. My sumptuous gold block heels are from Topshop.
Jo: I had planned to wear this gorgeous Dipsy Daisy Dress from Yumi* with a mustard slip underneath but mine miraculously disappeared…..I jest, I jest. I do love a good pop of yellow though so this dress with its mustard belt and detailing really did, errr, cut the mustard for me! It’s also a really flattering cut, with a jersey fabric and a neatly nipped in waist. I also adore the beautiful detailing on the daisies and have surprised myself by digging the dip-dye finish, which will no doubt inspire lots of terrible ‘has it run in the wash?’ jokes from my Dad. I accessoried with white tights from UK Tights*, shoes from Orla Kiely for Clarks and Topshop sunglasses (although our sunglasses were slightly interchangeable it would seem).