Special Feature: A Lovely Red Dress from New Look

Hey Hemsters,

New Look have been knocking it out of the park recently in the style stakes, whatever the devil those may be! Regardless, they really do seem to have upped their game with an abundance of lovely jumpers, skirts, coats and shoes available.  Of course, those of you who read regularly will know that a fair old number of their delightful dresses have been cropping up in our Double Thumbs Dresses feature, so it was therefore no great surprise that when New Look contacted us about putting together our own Wish Lists that we went straight for the frocks, specifically the red ones! Phwoar.

Victoria and I have each selected our favourite red dresses and we surprised ourselves by not overlapping once (although you may spot a certain heart print similarity!). So, without a further ado! Here are our fancies!

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Liebster Award 2013

We recently received a lovely tweet from Christina at Just So Fashion to say that she had nominated us for a Liebster Award, and had sent us 11 questions to answer. After a little bit of research we discovered that it is a fantastic way to discover more about bloggers and their blogs, with under 200 blog followers. Sorry if you have more and we’ve included you, it’s often hard to find out! Anyway, what a great way to spread some blogging love!

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So, here are the rules

1. When you are nominated you have to answer 11 questions from the blogger that nominated you. The questions will be on their blog.

2. Then you choose 11 blogs to pass the award onto and tweet them to let them know you nominated them.

3. Choose 11 new questions for them to answer.

4. Put all this in your blog.

Here are our answers to the questions Christina asked us –

We completed our answers separately and we were really interested to see how similar they were. Enjoy!

Q1. What is your earliest memory of shopping for clothes?

JD – I remember my Mum taking me on lots shopping trips once I hit secondary school and letting me pick out new outfits for myself, no doubt in a bid to make me hip and trendy. I remember getting very excited in Tammy Girl and Pilot over all the tops but I was always slightly too small for Topshop, which was very distressing at the time! Regardless, I loved (still do!) going shopping with my Mum and she is no doubt responsible for making me the shopping addict I am today!

VT – On my 11th birthday my brother took me to Sole Trader to buy me some Kickers to wear to secondary school. He thought I would get bullied if my mum chose a pair for me. Bless.

Q2. Who is your celebrity style crush?

JD – There is nothing I wouldn’t do to get my hands on Taylor Swift’s wardrobe.  I want everything she wears! The music video of her cycling around Paris in a floaty skirt and cat shoes was too much for me. What Would Taylor Swift Wear?  (www.wwtaylorw.com) is my favourite corner of the internet.

VT – Taylor Swift (post 2011!) for sure. I also love what Mollie King wears during her down time. I’m not a fan of the The Saturdays styling, but then I don’t think I’m their target audience…

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Q3. Marmite – Love it or hate it?

JD – Hate.

VT –It’s the only food I dislike. I absolutely hate everything about it. The smell, colour, consistency and taste. Gross!

Q4. If you could only take three items of clothing to a desert island what would they be?

JD – That’s so tough! I would probably take a really fun swimsuit so that I could take full advantage of the sun and sea. However, that means I would have to take spare underwear too, wouldn’t it? No one wants to wear their cozi after a day in the sea. I haven’t really thought this through, have I? Hmmmm I’m assuming it’s super-hot so having a swimsuit and pants would probably serve me well. I’d also take my ice lolly print dress from New Look because it’s fab and would look good thrown over a swimsuit AND underwear. Winner!

VT –I’d take really fun dress. I’d probably choose something from Modcloth, probably with cats on. An Orla Kiely ruffle bikini is surely a must. Topped off with the new Tatty Devine eyelash sunglasses. A complete mismatched #hotmess!

Q5. Primark or H&M?

JD – Primark all the way! I managed to get my hands on their yellow smock dress recently and it’s just the best.

VT – Primark. I find H&M a bit hit and miss, but I can pretty much always find something I like in Primark.

Q6. Favourite catwalk model of all time?

JD – Oh no! This is tough too! It would probably have to be between Gemma Ward and Miranda Kerr, I think they are both so beautiful! Oh, but I am also loving Daphne Groenvald at the moment – that face! Yeesh!

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VT – I would say David Gandy, but ever since somebody highlighted his similarity to Dean Gaffney, I just can’t take him seriously. I’ve always had a bit of a thing for Sophie Dahl.

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Q7. Velvet, Fur or Lace?

JD – Lace, it’s ace. Fur is always a no no.

VT – Don’t do fur. Can’t do velvet. Lace!

Q8. How did you become a Fashion Blogger?

JD – I blame Whatsapp for the whole thing

VT – We love fashion and have similar styles, and we would often spend our evenings chatting about fun frocks we had seen and interesting blogs we are fans of. One afternoon we suddenly thought, why not turn our interests into a hobby and create a blog to share our thoughts and ideas.

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Q9. Which three fashionistas would you have to dinner?

JD – Alexa Chung, Tennessee Thomas (totally a close second to Taylor) and Zooey Deschannel so that they will finally realise that I am the perfect addition to their, quite frankly, intimidatingly cool friendship group. Actually, now that I think about it, what on earth would I wear to dinner with those three? They all look perfect. All of the time. 

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VT – Victoria Beckham – hopefully she would bring David or one of her amazing cat dresses along for me, I’m not too fussy which. Henry Holland – we met him at the Osiris event last week and he was absolutely lovely and I’d love to chat to him some more. He seems like he would make a top pal! Tyra Banks – She seems like a riot and could teach me how to smize!

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Q10. What is your favourite item of clothing right now?

JD – At the moment I can’t be seen without my Topshop Martie T Bar Geek shoes. I literally wear them every day! I own them in blue and white and they go so perfectly with everything and are the most comfortable shoes ever.

VT – Probably my Cath Kidston train dress. I had wanted it for ages before I was given it as a birthday present. CK featured my blog post about the dress on all of their social media sites, which resulted in a lot of lovely blog hits.

Q11. If you could choose any city in the world to shop in where would it be and why?

JD – Bristol of course! It’s the greatest place in the world! We have the perfect mix of high-street shops from New Look, Topshop and Zara all the way up to Harvey Nics! But we also have a fantastic amount of independent and vintage shops all across the city!  A little stroll down the Gloucester road never fails to throw up a few gems. I think it’s wonderful and if by chance you don’t find something to float your boat, beautiful boutique heaven awaits you just down the road in the form of Bath.

VT – I’ve been to Paris a couple of times and have always thought to myself how amazing it would be if I could afford to have a shopping spree there. It’s so pretty and romantic and there is so much to see and do. I’m even more eager to go now I have discovered they have some amazing vintage shops, such as Omaya Vintage, Bric-à-brac Emmaüs and Goldy Mama.

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We would like to nominate these blogs for the Liebster Award

For the Love of Thrift

Petit Dora

Across the Universe

Love from Kelly

Eclectic Threads

Love in Modern Life

Let Me Go

Mismatched Knitwear

Callie Rose

Beautiful Plumage

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Here are the questions for the nominated blogs to answer

Q1. When did you start your blog?

Q2. How do you feel posing for photos for your blog posts?

Q3. If you could have anyone’s wardrobe, who would it be and why?

Q4. How do you find time to work on your blog?

Q5. What has been your favourite ever blog post you have written?

Q6. Have you ever met anybody famous?

Q7. Where is your favourite place to buy dresses?

Q8. What has been your biggest sale bargain?

Q9. What do your friends think of your blog?

Q10. Jelly shoes. Yay or nay?

Q11. What’s your top blogging tip?

Can’t wait to see your blog posts. Tweet us at @sheandhem to let us know where to find them!

V & J x