We were recently invited by Bedminster BID to come and spend some quality shopping time in good ol’ Bemmie as part of their #Head2Toe challenge, which celebrates all things thrifty. As a couple of potential future Bargain Hunt contestants, we are always very happy to rummage for hidden treasures which is fortunate as Bedminster is a haven of quirky second hand shops, cool vintage shops, and of course, your humble charity shops. We jumped at the chance to spend some time in an area of Bristol that we don’t often get to explore, especially when set the challenge of pulling together an outfit each.
We waved farewell to our toddlers at Windmill City Farm (we didn’t leave them to their own devices, the Dads were there too) and set off with our money bags to North St, West St and East St.
As vintage lovers, we headed straight to two favourites on North St, Rhubard Jumble and Patina Vintage (conveniently they are pretty much opposite each other). They are both such lovely shops and we spent a very long time admiring their wares and trying on all sorts of wonderful things. We even spotted some Able Mabel headbands in Rhubarb Jumble, a place where we both found success! Victoria left with with an exceptionally jazzy animal print shirt, whereas I found the perfect pink jumpsuit!
We then hit A LOT of charity shops which was excellent fun. We naturally got sidetracked by all the fun toys and books for the girls but we also had a lot of success in the clothes department too. We both hit the jackpot in St Peter’s Hospice where Victoria found the perfect pair of M&S trousers, to go with her funky shirt, for the princely sum of £5.99! I (Jo) was on a complete roll and managed to bag an entire second outfit for £5.98. The poppy print dress and red belt go perfectly together and yes I am aware how smug I look about it! I must say, as a pregnant lady, I find charity & vintage shopping especially rewarding. It’s really hard when most of your wardrobe doesn’t fit anymore but nobody wants to spend a fortune on clothes that they might not want to wear post baby!
So, what do you think? Did we do well with our outfits?
This post was written in collaboration with Bedminster BID, who kindly paid for our new outfits.
She and Hem and Emily and Fin go way back. We are super friends. We first featured them FIVE YEARS AGO in 2014 in a Double Thumbs Dresses post! Shortly after that we collaborated on our first style post together, Emily and Fin for the win. Anyway, enough reminiscing. Time for some old fashioned fan girl-ing. Emily and Fin’s New In section is absolutely knocking it out of the park at the moment. We honestly love it ALL, but here are our colouful favourites!
I (Victoria) am picking lemons wearing the Zoe Sunlounger Stripe Dress*. One of my favourite things about this dress is the incredible V-shaped back The buttons running all the way down is a really beautiful and unique touch. It also comes in several other patterns, such as the ‘Sunbleached Tencel‘. I’ve actually got one of these, and think it’s the epitome of laidback glam. Jo wears the Kate Sunset Plaid Shirt Dress* and this print is our outright favourite. Bright colours, fun pattern. Simple brilliance. However, if plaid isn’t your thing, you’re in luck. Like the Kate dress, the Zoe also comes in a few different patterns.
We can’t wait to see what Emily and Fin have got up their (immaculately designed) sleeves ready for next season that we can add to our ever growing collections. If you’d like to check out how we’ve styled several Emily and Fin dresses over the past five years, you can find all the archives here.
Sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty, and I was super naughty on Tuesday night, staying out way past my bedtime to see the multi award winning ‘Matilda The Musical’ at Bristol Hippodrome. What a maggot!
I was hooked from the opening birthday party number and was genuinely taken aback at how incredibly talented the kids were. A special mention must go to Sophie Woolhouse, who played the titular bookworm on the night I saw the show. She felt so perfect for the role, I was left wondering how the other three children who all take turns in playing Matilda could be anywhere near as glorious as she was. I also have to give a shout out to Matthew Caputo, who plays Matilda’s TV loving brother Michael. If you’ve seen the show you will know he doesn’t have a huge amount to say, but I think I laughed every time he piped up.
A teeny tiny criticism was that I did find the 1st half a little long, which was a shame as it meant that I was a tad uncomfortable watching one of the scenes that I’d been most excited about watching. However, the endlessly creative staging more than made up for it. I particularly enjoyed the use of the swings (seen above) during ‘When I Grow Up’. I may have had a little (not so little) lump in my throat as this point. Actually, at several point. I didn’t realise it would be so emotional!
If you’re not already swayed to rush out and see this, this should do the trick. Tim Minchin’s score is almost worth the cost of admission alone, his marvellous melodies adding genuine tenderness to the more emotional scenes. But fear not, jazz hand fans, there are plenty of uptempo numbers to bring house down, particularly the oh so clever songs like ‘School Song’ and ‘Revolting’. Fans of the book, you will not be disappointed. BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW!
*I was kindly invited to see Matilda in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own.
If you are not local to Bristol, you may not have heard of Able Mabel, also known as Emily. We first met way back in 2014 when we did this awesome shoot at Heartfelt Vintage, and then again, when she was my (Victoria) hair stylist for my wedding in 2015! I wish she could style my hair everyday. Emily is one of those annoyingly clever people who can do everything. Not only does she do bridal hair and make up and runs kids and hen parties, but she also creates incredible bespoke headpieces including hats and headbands! When we first saw a glimpse of her gorgeous handbands on Instagram, we both thought how ‘She and Hem’ they were, as they are so quirky and colourful. So we were thrilled when Emily got in touch to ask if we’d like to pick some to style. Heck yes.
Aren’t they lovely? Our little ladies also got in on the action and don’t they look adorable? They are two seriously stylish toddlers. Neither of the girls have ever kept a headband on for as long as these. Ok, so we may have bribed them a teeny bit with some chocolate treats, but they both seemed to forget they were wearing them after a little while. Hair play girls, hair play.
Able Mable announced yesterday that her Liberty print children’s headbands, like the ones the girls are wearing, are going to be available on Bob and Blossom very soon – so keep your eyes peeled for that! If you’re in Bristol, you can pick up a headband at either Heartfelt Vintage or Rhubarb Jumble.
We were recently contacted by Simply Be about putting together a couple of looks. I think it’s fair to say that both of us are going through a slight style transformation at the moment, so we were both quite excited to put new outfits together!
Victoria is currently channeling her inner Sporty Spice on the daily and is fully embracing what we like to call, soft play chic. She’s all about the comfy but fashionable attire and jersey bottoms have very much become the order of the day! After years of only really wearing dresses, this feels like quite the sartorial revolution. Her Side Piped Jersey Trousers* fit the bill just perfectly and look just dandy teamed with black Black Lace Up Pumps* and a colourful striped boyfriend tee*.
If you haven’t been following us on Instagram then you may not know that Jo is expecting baby number two in September. Therefore, a whole new wardrobe (and a whole new shape to dress) is very much on the cards! She plumped for this eye popping Blue Leopard Print Midi Shirt Dress*,which does a fantastic job of covering a multitude of sins. It’s also button-up so, looking to the future, will be just the job for breastfeeding post pregnancy. Win! She teamed it with a baby blue Circle Bag* and some seriously dreamy peach Vans Filmore Deacon Trainers*.
Having two very active toddlers, outdoor adventures are an absolute must. Of course, with the great British weather being what it is, we often find ourselves in need of appropriate outdoor clothing in a pinch. So last week we took a long afternoon stroll around Jo’s local area to road test some fine items that have been kindly been gifted to us and the girls from a new brand we have recently discovered, Lighthouse. Lighthouse pride themselves on making season-proof yet stylish clothing, and we think they’ve nailed it!
These items are from their SS19 collection, but we’ve also been lucky enough to get a sneak peek at their upcoming AW19 collection. Let us tell you, it’s rather She and Hem. Denim frocks and multi coloured bretons, you say? Stop right there and take my money!
Last week we met up to pay a visit to the RWA, Bristol’s finest art gallery, to check out their current colourful abstract exhibition by Albert Irvin. The large scale distinctive paintings can be seen until the 3rd March 2019.
We also had chance to check out the RWA’s gorgeous hidden gem of a cafe, The Epiphany. It’s a real delight, so we’ll definitely be back soon to sample their lunch options.
In true She and Hem style we went dressed for the occasion in the new fun stationery themed pieces, gifted to us by the wonderful Joanie Clothing, and let us tell you, they are real works of art…
Last month we went along to one of our favourite National Trust properties (we are both members – that’s how we get our kicks now) Tyntesfield, because from now until 2nd January, they will be stepping back to Christmas past by having ‘A Very Victorian Christmas’. Now, we’ve both been to the grounds before, but we were absolutely taken aback by just how beautiful the house itself is and we were so glad we took the time to have a walk around and explore every gorgeous room. If you are in the area over the festive period, we definitely recommend collecting a ticket upon entry and enjoying the delightful decorations (including the best Christmas tree we’ve ever seen below!), storytelling, carols and a whole lot more lols. You can even ride in a horse drawn carriage, if that’s your thing.
Now, let’s tall about all of these fab festive outfits. We’ve both agreed that they are probably our favourite looks of the year. A big shout indeed. All of the items from the first three photos are from She and Hem faves, Joanie Clothing*. We seriously love Joanie (they haven’t paid us to say this!). We can always find just the right piece we need for all occasions. If you are a regular reader you may remember we both wore Joanie dresses to a friend’s wedding earlier this year. Jo’s black body and sequin skirt and Victoria’s brown corduroy skirt above are also from Joanie*, with the addition of Victoria’s black sparkly jumper from George at Asda. Our black and brown Chelsea boots are oldies but goodies from Boden* and the beautiful matching watches are from Lokken.
We definitely can’t sign off without mentioning our amazing photographer who captured our day at Tynesfield so beautifully. Thank you so much to the incredibly talented and all round lovely lady, Ello from Hunch Co. Pay her a visit for more stunning images. We cannot wait to work together again!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See you in 2019!
We love it when an email arrives in our inbox from a brand we haven’t heard of before. It’s always so exciting discovering a new website to browse, especially when it’s full of pieces we love! So we were excited to hear from Fashion World who invited us to put together a couple of outfits featuring their winter essentials! They have SO much good stuff and there’s still time to order for Christmas, if you’re quick!
Jo was immediately smitten with the Sylvia Stripe Dress by Monsoon* and was determined to build an outfit around it! It’s such a flattering and easy to wear style, with a super stretchy jersey fabric (perfect for this indulgent season!). It’s just so flippin’ comfy and there’s zero ironing required, always a win! We always appreciate a dress than can be worn with all varieties of shoe, and we think this frock looks just as fabulous teamed with Jo’s Simply Be Patent Boots* as it would do with heels. To finish off her look, Jo added a yellow Wool Beret by Accessorize which goes perfectly with the rainbow chevrons on the dress and totally nails the colour block trend! Woo!
Victoria decided to fully embrace the Christmas spirit by wearing an actual Silver Tinsel Jumper*. It’s SO cool and an easy way to add some festive sparkle to any outfit at all. How awesome would it look with a sequin skirt? Blingtastic! For this outfit, she decided to dress it down with some Spot Side Tapered Jersey Trousers which she described as “so comfortable it’s like I’m wearing my pyjamas in public”. Is there higher praise than this? As you can tell, we are really into easy to wear fashion and these trousers, with their lovely detailing, are the perfect way to look like you’ve made an effort when really they’ve been lying on your bedroom floor. She finished off her outfit with a pair of trusty Chelsea Boots*, an absolute wardrobe staple.
Both outfits came in at under the £100 mark (Victoria actually chose a couple of tops to layer under her jumper too! ) which we think is pretty great value. Let us know if you’re a Fashion World shopper or if you’re tempted by any of the items we chose!
This post was written in collaboration with Fashion World and all items featured were gifted.
As it’s Wimbledon time once again, we thought we’d go and cause a right old racket in the woods and serve you up some trendy tennis realness. If you are a hawk eyed reader, you may have seen these fabulous frocks on the blog before. While my (Victoria) little green number* from Emily and Fin is sadly no longer available, you can find Jo’s 1950’s inspired beauty* here, from our friends at Carousel. Strawberries and Pimms all round!
Minimal accessories looked a solid ten out of ten-is for these looks. My yellow sandals are from M&S (they are so comfortable that I have them in three colours) and my panama hat* is from Laura Ashley. It actually first featured on the blog in 2015. So much has changed around here since then, but I’m still loving that hat! Those awesome square ombre sunglasses* are an ace from She and Hem favs Joanie and have recently been reduced to £5! Finally, Jo’s super fun pencil shoes* are from Cath Kidston and her glasses were a gift. Groovy moves and sassy poses all her own.
Hope you’re all enjoying this grand slam weather! See you on the courts.