Double Thumbs Dresses #24

Oh hello Friday night, where have you been all week? What better way to celebrate the arrival of the weekend than with a cursory glance at this week’s round-up of dresses deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval? Perhaps accompanied by a big glass of wine. Treat yourself!

Bike Stripe Smock Dress £50 from Sugarhill Boutique

Perpetual She and Hem favourites, Sugarhill Boutique, have come up trumps once again with this beautiful illustrated bike print dress. The smock style should flatter all frames! In fact, you might say they’ve wheelie hit the nail on the head with this bespoke frock. (I think I’ve actually used that bespoke joke before but when you’re on a roll, you’re on a roll)

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In the Key of Chic Dress in Tea Time $124.99 by Bea and Dot from Modcloth

This Modcloth dress is covered in tea bags. I repeat. THIS MODCLOTH DRESS IS COVERED IN TEA BAGS. I’ll admit that from here they look a bit like luggage tags but I assure you, on closer inspection, it contains some pre-tea great illustrations. Sadly, your tea will need to be rich in order to bag this beauty as it doesn’t come cheap at $124.99. Modcloth are currently offering free international shipping when you spend $150 though, if that makes things more tempting.

Cath Kidston Grove Rose Dress with Collar
Grove Rose Dress with Collar £70 from Cath Kidston

I warned you last week that the Cath Kidston SS14 pieces were set to take over Double Thumbs and I am nothing if not a woman of my word. This week features this gorgeous floral relaxed fit dress, which also has pockets! Wondrous.

Heart Dress £39 by Kimberley for Very

Well hey there Kimberley! As a fan of Girls Aloud (and proud!), I was pretty excited about Kimber’s foray into fashion and I have not been left disappointed. I love this long sleeved heart print dress. The colours are fab and the little white heart detailing helps make this print stand out from the crowd. You can grab the full range from Very! Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #24

All Hail the Sale: Double Thumbs Dresses Special

Well hello there, readers! I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas! But enough about the festivities, it’s sale time and I, for one, am ready for some bargains! I decided to have a cheeky look through our  previous Double Thumbs Dresses posts in the hope of finding some tasty reductions. It turns out that LOADS of them are now on offer so it seemed only fair to share this glorious news with you. So, without further ado, here is a list of frocks that have previously been deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval but have now been deemed worthy enough to go in the sale. Enjoy!

ASOS

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River Island Printed Shirt Dress £22 (was £32)
Nishe Dress In Violin Print £45.50 (was £65)
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Midi Dress In Vintage Floral Print With Pleated Skirt £28 (was £40)
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Minkpink Smock Dress In Kaleidoscope Print £22 (was £55)

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She and Home: Bella Sorella

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We were super excited to be invited by the fine people of Cabot Circus to the VIP launch of the Bella Sorella Pop Up, run by The Only Way is Essex star Lydia Bright and her gorgeous sister, Georgia.

I must admit that when we first received the invitation I hadn’t heard of Bella Sorella but proud Essex girl Victoria immediately informed me who Lydia was! After this revelation, I wasn’t sure what to expect but Victoria was adamant that Lydia is a bit of a Queen when it comes to vintage style and after a look at the website I soon discovered her line is a veritable vintage dress heaven!

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From the moment we walked through the door (next to Starbucks in Cabot Circus if you are a local) I knew I was going to want everything! I wasn’t alone as everyone in attendance seemed to be walking around and stroking all the clothes with lustful eyes. Lydia and Georgia certainly have a great eye for detail as the shop is full of beautiful, feminine shapes and styles. It’s not all about the dresses though (unbelievable, I know) as there were also lots of super cute tops, shorts and cardigans, as well as lots of lovely scented candles and other bits of  homeware.

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The Florence, as seen above, was my absolute stand out favorite dress! It’s part of Lydia’s own collection, Lydia Rose Bright, and the print is simply stunning! I am always such a a sucker for a 50’s shape. I think I might have to go back and get it as I can’t stop thinking about it! However, whilst I was smitten with one dress, one of the manikins was obviously very taken with me! We had a big laugh when we noticed this picture!

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Jo – I was trying to channel a vintage vibe, so I dug out an old favorite Topshop dress of mine and layered it over a mustard slip from Marks and Spencer. I teamed it my navy geek shoes, also from Topshop, and my Cambridge Satchel.

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It was wonderful to meet Andree from style-on-sea! Photo by Cabot Circus

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Victoria – I wore one of my staple dresses, a polka dot Primark number. It’s great for any occasion. I teamed this with red ballet pumps from H&M, which are now in the sale here for £4, so I think I’ll be stocking up on some other colours. My necklace is by  rachel loves bob, which we were lucky enough to receive when we went to the launch party of the Objets De Désir pop up shop (read about that here). I wore my favourite bag, my chestnut Zatchel. My glasses are from Glasses Direct.

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As part of the VIP treatment we were asked if we would like to interview Lydia! Having never interviewed anyone before we nervously accepted! We needn’t have worried though as Lydia was absolutely lovely, and stunningly gorgeous to boot!

Hi Lydia! Have you had a chance to explore Bristol yet?

LB: No I haven’t! But I really want to! I’ve been down to Harvey Nics to have my makeup done so I’ve seen around there and the centre is absolutely beautiful. I came down before to have a look at the shop to make sure it was right for us but I’m looking forward to having the chance to explore a little bit more as I’ve heard you have really good shopping and nightlife! I’m staying here until Sunday so plenty of time to explore. 

You’ve picked a good weekend as it’s the Harbour Festival! Bristol will be in party mode! 

LB: So I’ve heard! I’ll definitely be heading down there! I’m going to find myself a sailor! 

Having your own name on a clothing line is such a dream come true. How did that come about?

LB: Oh my God it’s amazing! So, first of all I got the store which was a massive dream of mine and then I do all of the buying with my sister (Georgia). We were doing all the buying and I found a niche market in that no one was doing vintage inspired for the evening – I just didn’t see anything out there and I just love off the shoulder dresses but it’s so hard to find them! So I decided I wanted to design my own collection! I met up with some manufactures and we opened a factory in London and now I design and manufacturer my own clothes! I stock at Bella Sorella but also at ASOS, New Look and Very so it’s up and up and up! I just launched my Autumn/Winter range yesterday!

What’s your favorite piece from your collection? 

LB: I would say from my new collection there’s a dress called the Evangeline that comes in a really beautiful berry colour – that’s definitely one of my faves. It’s kind of a mix of my two best sellers from my previous Autumn/Winter collection so I’m sure everyone will love it. From my Spring/Summer collection I would say a dress called the Gabriella which has completely sold out. It was beautiful and had a lovely crochet neck and a ribbon to tie up the back. I have kind of recreated it in my new collection. What I try and do is take my bestsellers and then evolve on them so that everyone knows what they are getting and so that everyone likes it! 

We write a fashion blog together and we wondered if you read any fashion blogs for inspiration?

LB: Yeah! I actually have my own fashion blog (check out her Youtube channel here) and I do like to read others. I like to read Zoella as she’s a Youtuber as well and I like Fashion Junkie. People always tweet me links to their blogs and I just go on them all and read them. Blogging does take up a lot of time so mine is heavily focused on pictures, I do have some writing in there too though. 

We are quite awkward when it comes to having our photo taken! Do you have any posing tips for us?

LB: You have a very good shape if you put one hand on your hip and then when you want to smile pull your face up, so you don’t get a double chin, and then put your tongue to the roof of your mouth. If you then turn your head slightly down you should get a really good pose! (we then all had a little practice at this!). Oh and lots of tall girls like to cross their legs but I’m not really tall enough to do that.

Sadly for us, we asked Lydia for posing tips after all of our photos had been taken! I hope you are all prepared for a lot of hand on hip action in the near future!

Cabot Circus have put together a lovely film from the event which features the lovely Lydia and, if you look closely, you might spot a couple of familiar faces fawning over a dress.

The Cabot Circus Pop-Up is there until July 28th so Bristolians, you have two days to get your skates on and check it out! The tour has only just begun so there is ample opportunity to pay Bella Sorella a visit and if the Bright sisters aren’t coming to a town near you, the line is available online too.

Thanks again to Lydia, Georgia and the team at Cabot Circus for putting on the event! It was brilliant! A big thank you as well to Harvey Nichols for our incredible goody bag! We can’t wait to use our makeover voucher! Fingers crossed we come out looking as glam as Lydia!

J&V x

Double Thumbs Dresses #7

Break out your Sunday best, I’m here with a slightly later than usual round up of the dresses worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs Up seal of approval.  I shan’t keep you any longer….

Up, Up, and Adorable Dress $79.99 (£52) from Modcloth

I know I have a tendency to get carried away but it was luft at first sight when I saw this appear on Modcloth! I need this dress so much I could pop! My ego would be seriously inflated wearing this. OK, that’s probably enough of that now.

Sweet Spring Time £29.67 from Lovely Melody Clothing

I discovered Lovely Melody Clothing over on Paige’s blog and, just like Paige, fell in love with their collection of gorgeous girly dresses. Their Etsy page is an absolute wonderland of vintage inspired treasures and it was quite the task to just pick one to feature! I eventually settled on this tie back, fairyland and candy print number due to the fact it contains not just cake but also a merry-go-round. Seriously, what more do you people want?

Kelly Tie Waist Button Through Floral Skater £20 from Boohoo

Two pieces appear to be making an unlikely comeback, which frightens me and my appendix scar no end I can tell you. This tie waist dress from Boohoo might just be the answer I’ve been looking for as it reveals just the faintest bit of flesh around the old belly button area, giving the illusion of a two piece but without the commitment! I adore that bold floral print and, at £20, it’s a bit of a bargain too.

South Teapot Print Dress £39 from Very

This isn’t the best quality picture of  Very‘s teapot print dress, but trust me when I say you’ll feel like royal tea in this beauty. I just love the detailing in the print with those little teapots, teacups and saucers. With the flattering cut designed to cover one lump or two, this dress is just my cup of tea.

Unico Fluro Contrast Dress £42 from Lashes of London

This gorgeous pastel unicorn print dress is just so childish and reminiscent of My Little Pony that it’s making me want to crack open the Cherryade and play ‘Pass the parcel’. However, those childish memories are long forgotten once you turn the dress around and see the backless wonder, which includes a wonderful gold heart, that awaits you!  I make that two Double Thumbs weeks on the trot for Lashes of London, sterling work.

Daisy Dress £39.50 from Marks and Spencers

You’ll be the pick of the bunch in this rather spiffing daisy print dress from M&S‘ Limited Collection. I would personally describe this as the perfect work dress. It’s a good length and neckline for both flattering you and keeping you smart, it has hidden pockets and, don’t quote me on this, Limited Collection dresses are usually good to wear without ironing! I love everything about the daisy print and am pretty darn excited about the flared hem too.

Jx