Double Thumbs Dresses #60

Welcome back to another dress roundup courtesy of Double Thumbs Dresses #60! SIXTY! How did that happen, eh? But let’s not dwell on all the pounds we’ve (I’ve) no doubt collectively spent on frocks over the past couple of years and let’s crack on with the dresses we’ve deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval.

Linea Lace Shift Dress £150 from French Connection
Linea Lace Shift Dress £150 from French Connection

We start the week with this yellow and pink scalloped-lace wonderfrock from French Connection. I really think this dress is just perfection and will no doubt be furious when I wait for it to go in the sale and then it sells out immediately in my size. First World Problems indeed. That aside, how adorable is that little bow? SWOON.

Floral Print Ruffle Dress £48 from Topshop
Floral Print Ruffle Dress £48 from Topshop

I get to write about this pink Topshop beauty from the smug position of someone who already owns it. Hooray for me. It really is a little gem of a dress with a super lovely 70s floral print and beautiful ruffle details. I also enjoy that it’s chiffon so never needs an iron! I’m so rock and roll.

Floral Lace Shirt Dress £49.50 from Marks and Spencer
Floral Lace Shirt Dress £49.50 from Marks and Spencer

My never ending love affair with M&S continues with this white lace shirt dress. It’s basically a net curtain in dress form and I love it. Look at those little cuffs! Look at those sleeves! Look at those pockets! It also looks so gorgeous to wear. Go on, treat yourself to the little video of it on the website and tell me I’m wrong.

Ineesha Dress £55 by Louche at Joy
Ineesha Dress £55 by Louche at Joy

If your wardrobe is currently missing a cockatiel print dress then you’ll no doubt be relieved to discover that Joy have just the frock for you! I could parrot on all day about how lovely those cap sleeves are or how pretty the box pleat skirt is but I think I’ll just let the birds do the talking.

Building Block Print Day Dress £60 from Yumi
Building Block Print Day Dress £60 from Yumi

I think there’s something quite wonderful about this new apartment print from Yumi. There’s a lot going on behind those windows! This dress also comes in grey but I really like the slightly unusual combination of the blues and browns together. Perhaps this particular building block would look good paired with some skyscraper heels? (sorry).

'Marlene' Tropical Banana Leaf Day Dress £27.99 (sale price) from Lindy Bop
‘Marlene’ Tropical Banana Leaf Day Dress £27.99 (sale price) from Lindy Bop

I’m a big fan of this tropical print from Lindy Bop. I really like the simple style of the day dress but those big beautiful leaves are surely the star of the show. Who doesn’t love a discreet banana?

Lace Insert Swing Dress in Print £30 from ASOS
Lace Insert Swing Dress in Print £30 from ASOS

My lace love is back again with this floral print swing dress from ASOS. I already really love the style and shape of this frock but the embroidered lace inserts really make it something quite special. I really want to waft around with those flared sleeves!

Eliza Dress £95 from Deadly is the Female
Eliza Dress £95 from Deadly is the Female

Last but not least is this playful dress from Frome based Deadly is the Female. How charming is the flower cart print? So cute! I’m also a massive fan of the red straps, the green trim, and the yellow belt! There’s just so much to love.

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #53

Hello hello and welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses! Our frocktacular roundup of the dresses deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval! What more could you ask for?

Hattie dress £69 from Boden
Hattie dress £69 from Boden

First up we have this bodacious beachy dress from Boden which features a super summery print of sailboats, parasols, and even the odd cheeky sunbather! Oh how I wish that could be me! It’s a lovely and flattering fit and flare shape from a brand which never fails to disappoint.

Red lips dress £50 from Lady V London
Red lips dress £50 from Lady V London

It’s time to pucker up and offer 50 of your best smackers as this delightful Lady V London lips print dress is sure to bring a smile to your face. Made in one of their signature 50’s shapes, this dress is destined for twirling in!

Seagull stripe dress £85 from Laura Ashley
Seagull stripe dress £85 from Laura Ashley

It’s time to flock to Laura Ashley who have brought out a lovely range of seagull print frocks! This stripey number with its nautical feel and fit and flare silhouette is my pick of the bunch. Plus look at those cute seagulls! They must be plotting something….

Cactus dress £59 by Emily and Fin
Cactus dress £59 by Emily and Fin

You’ll look pretty sharp in this cactus print dress from the marvelous Emily and Fin, which you can currently pre-order from Aspire Style. The dress is such a gorgeous colour and the white print with pink details looks perfect set against it. I’m going to be real prickly if I don’t get hold of this!

Botanical Specimen print dress £48 from Yumi
Botanical Specimen print dress £48 from Yumi at House of Fraser

What a botanical specimen you’ll look in this pretty Yumi dress! I’m not sure I have mushroom for anymore puns but I am a big fan of the casual crotch tortoise. More dresses should feature them.

Floral jacquard dress £85 from Warehouse
Floral jacquard dress £85 from Warehouse

I am in love with this stunning Warehouse prom dress. It’s the most beautiful shape and the floral jacquard print is just swoonworthy. Yellow and grey look set to be big colours this season and with a dress as knockout as this it’s not hard to see why.

Sweetie print dress £75 from ASOS
Sweetie print dress £75 from ASOS

Sweet dreams are made of this tasty ASOS dress which I can totally think of hundreds and thousands of reasons to buy. Number one being that it’s COVERED IN SWEETS, obviously.

Playful days dress £59.80 from Miss Patina
Playful days dress £59.80 from Miss Patina

Last but not least is this super cute dress from Miss Patina! It’s a lovely simple cream frock with nice striped detailing on the sleeves and, just in case you hadn’t noticed, it also features a massive cat face. Puuuurfect!

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #51

Merry Friday everyone! It’s time once again for Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval!

Rainy Day Dress £55 from There's Only One Amy Laws
Rainy Day Dress £55 from There’s Only One Amy Laws

I always enjoy dressing to my surroundings and at the moment I am surrounded by miserable January weather. I feel this delightful number from There’s Only One Amy Laws would cheer many a grey day. If only rain really was multicoloured. Sigh.

Bark in the Park Dress £47 by Sugarhill Boutique from Thunder Egg
Bark in the Park Dress £47 by Sugarhill Boutique from Thunder Egg

You’d be barking mad not to have puppy dog eyes for this cute dress from Sugarhill Boutique at Thunder Egg. The illustrations are just lovely and will definitely have you looking more lady than tramp (sorry)!

 Noah's Safari Print Tea Dress £65 from Yumi
Noah’s Safari Print Tea Dress £65 from Yumi

Grab your binoculars, we’re going on safari over at Yumi with this floaty frock. Lions and tigers and, errm, massive birds help to form this rather enjoyable print.

Floral Print Midi Dress £57.99 by Chi Chi London at House of Fraser
Floral Print Midi Dress £57.99 by Chi Chi London at House of Fraser

This Chi Chi London dress is more phrwoar-al than floral with a big bold digital print. It’s a stunning take on modern vintage from a brand I am becoming more and more obsessed with!

Dreaming of Hana Printed Prom Dress £40.41 (sale price) from Chicwish
Dreaming of Hana Printed Prom Dress £40.41 (sale price) from Chicwish

Continuing my humongous floral print of dreams theme is Chicwish who have just released this gorgeous poppy dress. It’s so glamorous! If only I had somewhere to wear it. I really need to get myself invited to more weddings.

Daria Dress £29.99 from Lindy Bop
Daria Dress £29.99 from Lindy Bop

How lovely is this Lindy Bop dress? The colours are simply gorgeous but I think it’s the super pretty scalloped neckline that makes it a true top frock.

Paris Floral Pinny Dress £48 from Topshop
Paris Floral Pinny Dress £48 from Topshop

Wahey this is one jazzy pinny! IT’S PRACTICALLY SHOUTING it’s so loud but my goodness it’s fabulous and I just love those blues against the vibrant orange. Top work, Topshop.

Girls On Film Dogtooth Check Collared Dress £45 from Dorothy Perkins
Girls On Film Dogtooth Check Collared Dress £45 from Dorothy Perkins

Last but not least is this dogtooth print from Dorothy Perkins. It really reminds me of one of Victoria’s dresses and if there’s one thing I love, it’s to be reminded of Victoria. I think it’s the delightful contrasting collar which really makes the dress stand out.

Jx

All Hail the January Sale

Merry Boxing Day one and all! Did you all have a suitably brilliant Christmas? Today is probably the best day of the whole year as absolutely nobody minds if you spend 24 hours in your pyjamas, eating chocolate and watching children’s films. Three cheers to that! It’s also a good excuse to start spending that Christmas money as pretty much everyone now has a January sale on! Here’s our current most wanted list. We can’t guarantee that everything here will still be in stock so NO TEARS PLEASE, it’s Christmas.

Premium Midi Skater in Jacquard with Bow Back Detail £19 (was £65) from ASOS | All Hail the January Sale
Premium Midi Skater in Jacquard with Bow Back Detail £19 (was £65) from ASOS
Metallic Heart Jacquard Prom Dress £18 (was £55) from ASOS Petite
Metallic Heart Jacquard Prom Dress £18 (was £55) from ASOS Petite

The ASOS sale is so big that I have barely scratched the surface! My eyes can’t cope.

Sugarhill Boutique Topcat Blouse £24 (was £35) from Sugarhill Boutique at House of Fraser
Sugarhill Boutique Topcat Blouse £24 (was £35) from Sugarhill Boutique at House of Fraser
Chloe Coat in Pink £50 (was £95) from Sugarhill Boutique at John Lewis
Chloe Coat in Pink £50 (was £95) from Sugarhill Boutique at John Lewis

You can find lovely Sugarhill Boutique discounts at House of Fraser, John Lewis and, funnily enough, the Sugarhill Boutiqe website.

Frill Front Balloon Shirt £20 (was £38) from Oasis
Frill Front Balloon Shirt £20 (was £38) from Oasis

Oasis have got some lovely bits in their sale including this hot air balloon print shirt which I’ve had my eye on for a while.

Fizz Glitter Mary Jane Shoes £15 (was £30) from Topshop
Fizz Glitter Mary Jane Shoes £15 (was £30) from Topshop

I don’t think the Topshop sale is as brilliant as it usually is (my bank balance is so relieved) but the shoe discounts are pretty good.

Cara Camera Across Body £14.50 (was £29) from Accessorize
Cara Camera Across Body £14.50 (was £29) from Accessorize
80s Hits Across Body Bag £12.50 (was £25) from Accessorize
80s Hits Across Body Bag £12.50 (was £25) from Accessorize
Tick Tock Clock Across Body Bag £18 (was £25) from Accessorize
Tick Tock Clock Across Body Bag £18 (was £25) from Accessorize

My novelty bag radar basically exploded when I looked at the Accessorize sale. The camera bag is one of my favourite purchases this year so I am very tempted to add the clock or the cassette.

Hartland Dress in Porridge Squirrel £31.60 (was £79) from Boden
Hartland Dress in Porridge Squirrel £31.60 (was £79) from Boden
Flowershow Dress £19.80 (was £99) from Boden
Flowershow Dress £19.80 (was £99) from Boden

Boden have really entered into the spirit of the sale with some seriously hefty discounts to be found. I have been after that squirrel dress for ages!

Wallpaper Print Dress £20 (was £30) from Iksa at Yumi
Wallpaper Print Dress £20 (was £30) from Iksa at Yumi

The Yumi sale is also good for a bargain. We featured this beautiful red dress in one of our recent posts.

Red Winter Birds Print Dress £36 (was £60) from Emily and Fin
Red Winter Birds Print Dress £36 (was £60) from Emily and Fin

Emily and Fin have some stunning dresses reduced on their website. I would like them all please.

Orla Dilly £65 (was £130) by Orla Kiely for Clarks
Orla Dilly £65 (was £130) by Orla Kiely for Clarks

The second Orla Kiely for Clarks collection has finally been given the 50% discount treatment. Unfortunately everyone else seems to have noticed this too.

Barbarella Prom Dress Blue/Gold £49.99 (was £99.99) from Fever London
Barbarella Prom Dress Blue/Gold £49.99 (was £99.99) from Fever London

Shiny shiny goodness from Fever London with the Barbarella dress we featured as part of their Style My Night challenge now half price.

Pastel Pink Leather Satchel 13" £62 (was £89) from Zatchel
Pastel Pink Leather Satchel 13″ £62 (was £89) from Zatchel

The Zatchel sale is also looking pretty tempting with many bags reduced by up to 50%! Crikey.

Spotted any big bargains today? Let me know!

Jx

Bangers and Fash

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December has finally arrived and with it the perfect excuse to dress up all fancy every day of the week! Christmas time is party time afterall! Pass us a mince pie and some mulled wine, will you?

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We do love a reason to glam up and decided to break out our new festive dresses from the Yumi partywear collection* yesterday for a vintage filled day of fun at the Heartfelt Vintage shop in Bristol. After being completely transformed by Able Mabel who did an incredible job on our hair and Evie Smith who truly made us look the part, we felt ready to hit the dance floor!

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Jo: I layered my beautiful silver Floral Prom Dress* over a super sparkly sequin top from New Look. I thought it added some extra pizzazz (you can never have too much pizzazz) and as I don’t like things to be too low cut, it protected my modesty. I added a black belt from ASOS, white tights from Topshop and some super sparkly high heels from Primark.

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Victoria: My sleeveless Wallpaper Print Dress* is party perfect! I’m not usually a big fan of red dresses, but I was drawn to the shirt collar and easy to wear shape. I teamed it with black striped tights from Marks and Spencer, silver brogues from Next and a gorgeous black vintage bag from Heartfelt Vintage in Bristol.

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In the evening we went to the fireworks which were put on to celebrate 150 years of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Don’t they look incredible?! I know we’ve said it before but we sure do love Bristol.

We’ll be posting more about our day at Heartfelt later in the week!

J&V

Yumi and Everyone We Know

She and Hem | Yumi Dresses | UK Tights

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.

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She and Hem | Yumi Dresses | UK Tights

She and Hem | Yumi Dresses | UK Tights

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.

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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.

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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).

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 V&J

Hem and Away: Bluestone

Hem and Away: Bluestone
Victoria wears a Lace Prom Dress from Yumi* with a mustard slip underneath, Big Spot Tights from Gipsy at UKTights* and shoes and sunglasses from Topshop. Jo wears a prom dress from Topshop (old), Sally Tights from Pierre Mantoux at UKTights*, sunglasses from Dahlia and heart shoes from Topshop.

When we first started She and Hem we certainly didn’t think about the many unexpected opportunities that would come our way. We didn’t think about the friends we’d make or the brands we’d work with and we definitely didn’t think we’d be dressed up to the nines on the back of a golf buggy in Wales. However, that’s exactly what happened after we received a letter (an actual physical letter!) from Bluestone National Park Resort inviting us to come try out their ‘adult packages’. Because, dear reader, WE are adults. Totally responsible grown up women. We at no point drove around in the aforementioned golf buggy blaring out Taylor Swift and giggling uncontrollably. At no point did that happen.

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Bluestone, which you’ll find nestled within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, opened in 2008. It has nearly 300 (we didn’t count them so we’ll take their word for it) luxury lodges, cottages and studio apartments which are all set within their 500 acres (we didn’t measure it so we’ll take their word for it) of countryside. We felt rather jammy indeed living it up in our stylish upside down lodge. We couldn’t quite get over the novelty of having our living room and kitchen area upstairs!

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As you can see, it’s pretty darn pretty and is naturally a haven for families making use of the many activities on offer. We, however, were there as ADULTS doing ADULT type stuff such as drinking beer, climbing walls and eating delicious pasties for breakfast. In your face, small children.

Bluestone offers four adult only packages, neatly known as Four Play. They aim to appeal in four different ways: Taste, Excite, Amuse and Relax. Luckily for you, we’ve tried them all out so you don’t have to. We’re good like that.

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For Relax we went to the resort’s Well Spa Retreat and spent a glorious sunny morning relaxing in the hydro pool, hopping from steam room to sauna and lying around checking Twitter relaxing in the relaxation room. We left feeling very refreshed!

As part of the Taste package we were treated to an absolutely delicious meal from their well posh finest restaurant, Carreg Las. We honestly didn’t really know how to contain ourselves when dish after dish of outrageously beautiful food was put before us. Even our bread looked delighted! We would like to publicly thank our waiters Bryony and James for coping with us totally freaking out about how great it is to be bloggers. They were lovely!

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The other two packages, Amuse and Excite, weren’t quite our cup of tea. But then, the Four Play packages are designed so that you can pick and choose which activities you do! Excite came in the form of the adrenaline filled High Ropes course through the woodland. Between us we had one dodgy knee and a fear of heights so it was never going to be one for us. It is, however, very impressive and was definitely being very much enjoyed by the other guests!

Finally, Amuse came in the form of a right royal knees up down at the beautiful Camp Smokey, reached via a boardwalk and hidden among the trees. It really is quite a scene! We were treated to hot cider, a banger filled BBQ and a live band. All of this was rather splendid but unfortunately we weren’t quite as on board with the enforced entertainment of dancing on the tables, party games and a wandering man with a microphone as some of the other guests. Again, this is purely a personal thing but we would have been very content with our jar of cider and a few marshmallows around the fire.

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Those minor qualms aside, we of course had an absolutely fabulous weekend! As well as experiencing the Four Play packages, we also so enjoyed being able to hire our golf buggy and drive around pretending to be a low budget Thelma and Louise. It was excellent fun. We also found time to venture to their flume filled, wave-machine enabled, hot tub containing pool of wonder! See you guys at the adult swim, yeah?

J&V

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

 

Double Thumbs Dresses #44

Hello hello and welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses. Our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. I hope your bank balances are suitably prepared….

Cream Cupcake Print Hepburn Dress £50
Cream Cupcake Print Hepburn Dress £50 from Lady Vintage

….because OH MY. This has definitely got to be up there with one of the best ever Double Thumbs Dresses. It is the cake covered dress of my dreams. Sadly it would appear I am not the only one obsessed with this print as Lady Vintage are currently running perilously low on them. Fingers crossed more stock appears soon.

Brushed Prom Skater Dress In Donut Embroidery £65
Brushed Prom Skater Dress In Donut Embroidery £65 from Nishe at ASOS

Who needs cake though when Nishe have come to the rescue with a doughnut embroidered dress. I mean, seriously, it’s like the Internet doesn’t want me to have any money. This dress is ridiculous and I need it. Mmmmm doughnuts.

Jersey Sweetheart Skater Dress With Balloon Embroidery £48
Jersey Sweetheart Skater Dress With Balloon Embroidery £48 from Nishe at ASOS

If food based frocks aren’t your thing then don’t feel too deflated, the new Nishe collection continues to deliver with a balloon dress! It’s so pretty and will surely raise your spirits.

Townhouses Raglan Cap Sleeve Jacquard Dress £70
Townhouses Raglan Cap Sleeve Jacquard Dress £70 from Cath Kidston

This Cath Kidston beauty caused quite a stir at their press day waaaay back in July. It has now finally arrived online and in store and oh boy has it been worth the wait. The Townhouses print is simply gorgeous and, as ever, I adore this dress shape. No window shopping necessary as I’ll be moving in on this one.

Deer Amongst the Flowers Dress £40
Deer Amongst the Flowers Dress £40 from Yumi

It would be fair to say that I’ve been fawning over this Yumi dress. The delightful deer print is one thing but I sure do go doe eyed for a good collar!

Sweatshirt Dress in Puppy Love Print £149
Sweatshirt Dress in Puppy Love Print £149 from Orla Kiely at ASOS

You’d be barking mad not to love this super cute puppy print dress from Orla Kiely. It’s such a fun dress and a great piece to take you through Autumn/Winter. I really love the sweatshirt style and those raglan sleeves are just perfect.

Karen Horse Print Flared Dress £110 from People Tree
Karen Horse Print Flared Dress £110 from People Tree

More animals, this time in the shape of horses from People Tree. I adore the flared shape and elbow length sleeves but really it’s the colours that have got my horse heart racing. I just love the pop of yellow against the grey and black. Dreamy. I wouldn’t bet against this one appearing in my wardrobe.

Sharpen Dress £55
Sharpen Dress £55 from White Stuff at House of Fraser

You can sharpen up your style with this pencil print dress from White Stuff! It’s definitely a perfect work dress and would look fab with a blazer thrown over it. I can’t help but feel they’ve missed a trick in not making a pencil skirt but, hey ho, I’ve got dibs on those nibs!

Fit & Flare Sleeveless Shift Dress £45
Fit & Flare Sleeveless Shift Dress £45 from Limited Edition at Marks and Spencer

At first glance this might not appear an obvious choice for Double Thumbs but I have been searching for the perfect dress to layer over my ever growing collection of jazzy (yes jazzy) shirts and blouses. This nude M&S frock fits the bill perfectly and has the added bonus of massive pockets. You can see it styled over a pretty blouse here.

Jx

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Pins and Needles

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I have just returned home from a rather splendid week on the jolly ol’ Isle of Wight. I hadn’t been for a good 12 years so it was nice to see that other than the odd lick of paint and the occasional WiFi hotspot, nothing has really changed at all!

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Sunshine was a bit of a hot commodity during my time on the Isle, so the first chance I got I headed straight for The Needles Park at Alum Bay, home of the iconic chairlifts! I’m pretty sure I used to get on these without a care in the world but old age has brought with it an unwanted fear of heights! It was worth it though as the view down to the sea and over to The Needles was as spectacular as ever.

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In keeping with She and Hem tradition, I made sure to dress accordingly to my surroundings and broke out this delightful lighthouse print dress from Yumi*. I adore all of the little nautical details on the print and I think the little blue lighthouses are just so pretty. I teamed it with the world’s most comfortable gladiator sandals from New Look*, Topshop sunglasses and my ‘Jo’ necklace from Tatty Devine.

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After embracing my inner Ariel on my new favourite rock, it was time for a little hike to get an even better view of those Needles. Pretty darn sassy, aren’t they? Although they’ll always look like big teeth to me.

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #43

Hello hello! It’s Double Thumbs time again! Our roundup of the dresses we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. Let’s begin! 

Guest of Honor Dress in Balloons £56.99
Guest of Honor Dress in Balloons £56.99 (ish) by Effie’s Heart from Modcloth

I think we’ve successfully established that we really appreciate a good hot air balloon print, especially when it’s on a dress! This Effie’s Heart dress from Modcloth therefore ticks all of the right She and Hem boxes. Plus it has a massive bow. You just can’t argue with that level of brilliance

Yours Truly Dress £59
Yours Truly Dress £59 by Emily and Fin available to Pre Order from Aspire Style
Tea Time Dress £59
Tea Time Dress £59 by Emily and Fin available to Pre-Order from Aspire Style

Speaking of brilliance, the Emily and Fin A/W collection has truly blown my novelty print loving socks off. For the impatient among you (hi), a few of the pieces are already available to pre-order from Aspire Style. Look at those adorable little envelopes! Look at those adorable little forks! I can also promise you skiers, roaming deer and figure skaters in the future. Crikey.

Ava Long Sleeves in Brown Hardware Store £159
Ava Long Sleeves in Brown Hardware Store £159 from Poppy

Yet more torture for the bank balance as Poppy have also unveiled their A/W collection. There are a lot of lovely new prints to choose from but I instantly fell for this hardware print frock. I just hope I don’t feel like a tool in it.

Juniper Boucle Dress
Juniper Boucle Dress £59 from Monsoon

It may be August (emphasis on the may. Sunshine, why do you hate us?) but I have already found a contender for my Christmas and New Year dress. I love this sparkly 60’s inspired number from Monsoon. So shiny.

Princess Dress in Ivory £125 from Pretty Eccentric
Princess Dress in Ivory £125 from Pretty Eccentric

Whilst we were in Brighton last week we discovered our new favourite shop, Pretty Eccentric. We spent an embarrassing amount of time cooing over all of the fabulous dresses and totally fell in love with this stunning lace princess dress. We really need to go to more balls.

Skater Dress with Contrast Belt £28
Skater Dress with Contrast Belt £28 from ASOS

There’s something ever so pleasing about this ASOS skater dress. I love the navy and white together and can imagine throwing it on for any occasion. The shape is gorgeous too. A perfect ‘go to’ dress.

Trees and Bluebell Print Dress £75
Trees and Bluebell Print Dress £75 by Uttam Boutique from Yumi

This is quite the gorgeous print dress from Uttam. I adore the beautiful trees and flowers but those colours just take it to a whole other level of dreamy. Perfect.

Shift Dress in Scuba in Cat Print with Peplem Hem £38
Shift Dress in Scuba in Cat Print with Peplem Hem £38 from ASOS

Well, it seemed unlikely we were going to get through a Double Thumbs without any cats didn’t it?  Thank you dear ASOS for making this ridiculous purple pussy dress of wonder.

T-Shirt Smock Dress in Egg Print £55 from THE WHITEPEPPER
T-Shirt Smock Dress in Egg Print £55 from THE WHITEPEPPER

It’s no yolk, this really is an egg print smock dress! THE WHITEPEPPER have really gone to town with their Fry Up collection and I have to say it really is cracking. I know there will be a massive scramble for these so I’m going to buy one before they all get poached.

Sorry

Jx

Have you read Double Thumbs Dresses #42?