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.
Hello hello! Welcome back (at long long last) to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval! First off, an explanation. I didn’t plan to have such a long break from writing these posts (I think it has been nearly a year?!) but between maternity pay and breastfeeding, I just haven’t been spending much time online lusting over dresses and checking-out my virtual basket. These posts have always been about the frocks I’ve fallen in love with when shopping for myself and, *insert tiny violins*, shopping for myself wasn’t really a thing for a long time! However, since returning back to work I now get to spend a lot of time on trains idly scrolling ASOS like old times. I have missed you, old friend! It feels good to be back and I can’t wait to start sharing my finds with you all once more. NO BANK BALANCE IS SAFE.
*FYI click on the image for a direct link to the dress*
I seem to have become obsessed with rainbows lately so this delightful dress from There’s Only One Amy Laws has naturally caught my eye! Amy is local to us (she’s based in Somerset) and all her pieces are handmade and screenprinted.
My friend Eva recently text me to warn me that I was going to want everything in Cath Kidston‘s new collection. To be fair, that’s not a massively unusual feeling for me but even I wasn’t prepared for how gosh darn lovely their new stuff is! The ice-cream print dress is just so summery and cute (although I can’t say I’m ready to think about summer just yet – Snowmageddon, anyone?) and the sunglasses print is very cool indeed. It’s definitely worth checking out their website right now as they have some really really great pieces (Victoria and I are OBSESSED with this coat).
She and Hem faves, Boden always know how to bring the fun factor. This super-flattering and super-easy to wear number comes in a number of fun prints (including sunglasses – they are obviously very in this year!) but the little ballet slippers are my pick of the bunch. Plie-se will someone buy it for me?
I find Zara so hit and miss but I spotted this dress on their website and fell for that super cool print! The dress looks a little short (for me) in a few of the pictures so I’ll be battling into town at some point to try and find it IRL.
Crack out the bunting, we’ve got a Royal Wedding to prepare for (what do you mean, any excuse?!). How jolly is this Sugarhill Boutique affair? The print was inspired by the colourful streets of Brighton and is rather lovely indeed.
Holy Snazzy Prints, Batman! I am totally diggin’ these super fun frocks from Traffic People, H&M and La Redoute! I couldn’t pick just one so, seeing as I’ve been absent for a year, I’ve decided to feature all three! You are welcome.
Who doesn’t love a stripey shirt dress? I really love the pop of bright colours in this Matalan number and am also quite into the grandad collar, which makes it a bit different from other dresses I have in this style.
CATS! It wouldn’t be Double Thumbs Dresses if there wasn’t at least one adorable cat print to get your claws into. Thankfully, both Next and People Tree have got puuuuuurfect dresses on offer and I am totally feline them both.
And last but not least is this absolute ball of sunshine from Topshop! We at She and Hem truly believe one can never wear too much yellow and thankfully the stylish folk at Toppers seem to agree.
*please note that this post does contain affiliated links if they were available*
The girls are growing up so fast! It’s so much fun seeing them turn into little mischievous girls and they are starting to really adore spending time together. They are both currently still sleeping in with Mum and Dad but it won’t be long now until they are in their own rooms! We are therefore both having a lot of fun collecting nursery bits and setting up spaces that they will love.
After sourcing furniture, curtains and all that sort of jazz, we were on the hunt for decorations! Never ones to shy away from novelty lighting, these colour changing unicorn fairy lights* from Festive Lights were perfect! The girls are fascinated by them as they slowly change colour to showcase a selection of baby friendly soft shades. Fairy lights are such a cheap and easy way to add a bit of character to a space and hopefully they will help make the transition into their own rooms that little bit nicer. Plus, unicorns are pretty great! Naturally, being babies, they wanted to eat the unicorns (!!!) so we had to come up with ways to keep them safely out the way. Thankfully they are battery operated so no nasty mains to worry about (phew) so Jo will be pinning hers to the top of her dollshouse-shaped bookcase and Victoria has a cunning plan to display hers in a clear vase that can be stored out of reach!
Don’t the girls look so cute in their matching Cath Kidston* pjs? We’ve been wondering how old they will be before they ask us to stop dressing them in matching outfits! If they are anything like us, they will both still be twinning in their thirties!
Big thanks to Festive Lights for our new lighting. With Christmas on the horizon we are sure to be spending a lot of time on your website!
This post is a collaboration and contains affiliate links, but the love of unicorns is all mum’s own.
We’ve got a spring in our step thanks to Kaleidoscope who have just launched their #SpringCleanYourWardrobe campaign. They kindly asked us to choose a few pieces from their latest collection to show how we transition between the seasons, while keeping things fresh! As well as transitioning between seasons, we are also transitioning into dressing like badass Mothers! This has meant a bit of a shift in style for us both and has meant we are looking for practically as well as things that are fashionable.
As the weather is pretty changeable at the moment, we both plumped for a cropped trouser. Victoria went for the Culotte Dungarees* which she described as ‘an enjoyable length’. Take from that what you will. They are an excellent update on your bog standard dungaree and are perfect for layering with either a cute t-shirt or a jumper, depending on the temperature. Ever the renegade, Victoria did neither of those things and styled them with the rather jazzy Graduated Spot Print Blouse* instead. This was chosen due to its striking resemblance to a baby sensory book and we are pleased to report that Ada approves! Babies are always on the brain now here at She and Hem! The Snakeskin Panel Backpack looks great but was slightly smaller than expected so it will have to come back out when changing bags aren’t an essential! However if you don’t need to cart around loads of stuff it’s a lovely piece!
I (Jo) went for the outrageously green Button Detail Cropped Trousers*. Thanks to their high waist, I find these are so incredibly comfy to wear and I really like the button detailing around the pockets. I was a bit worried that I would find it difficult to style them but actually I really like how they pop against other colours. I teamed them with the nautical Dipped Hem Stripe Shirt* which ticks both my breast feeding friendly box and the no need to iron box! A double winner. The fabric is a lovely soft flowing material making it perfect for warmer days and I love how versatile it is. I’ll be wearing it a lot! Bag wise, I went for the Cross Hatch Saddle Bag* because I’m a sucker for pink! It does come with a long pink strap but I swapped mine for the Brighten Up Your Day bag strap* from Cath Kidston. I think the yellow and the pink looks excellent together! I also choose the floral bomber because I really struggle to find lightweight jackets and I like that I’m able to pop it in my rucksack if the sun decides to shine unexpectedly.
Finally, shoes! We are both wearing T-Bar Pointed Toe Pumps which are surprisingly comfy (we’ve been burned by flat sandals before – ouch!).
Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval! Remember back in February when I said I was ready to start writing these posts again after having baby? Yeah, sorry about that – turns out having a baby is quite time consuming. What I have found time for, however, is online shopping and over the past couple of months (mostly at 3am) I’ve been saving all the frocks that have caught my eye meaning I’ve accumulated somewhat of a bumper crop. So, here they are all! ENJOY.
*FYI click on the image for a direct link to the dress*
Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval! We both had our babies over Christmas and New Year (check out our Instagram for lots of baby spam) so the blog has had to take a bit of a back seat while we both spend time with our beautiful newborns and learn how to function on very little sleep! I am just about coming out of the foggy mess that was the first few weeks and, as my baby has decided to take a nap, I thought I’d dust off the old keyboard and find some dreamy dresses!
*FYI click on the image for a direct link to the dress*
First up, we are absolutely loving the new Yumi collection! It’s full of beautiful bold colours, fun prints and some excellent frocks! Our pick of the bunch is this Kate Spade-esque striped beauty. It’s a clear winner and, thanks to those lovely buttons, breast feeding friendly too! Hoorah.
We always love seeing what Boden have up their highly fashionable sleeve and their latest offerings are, as is to be expected, rather wonderful indeed. We are digging this retro long-sleeved shirt dress (BF friendly once again!) that has a super flattering fit and flare shape. It is however the fab botanical garden print that makes this one a knock out! If pink isn’t your thang it’s also available in navy.
Oh my God it’s like a magical unicorn threw up on a dress! This & Other Stories number is simply heavenly. It has everything! Pleats! Frills! Buttons! Colours! Sleeves! Flares! As the kids say, I die.
How dreamy is this dress by TU? I always find Sainsbury’s have incredible clothes but sadly for me (not so much for my bank balance) my local store doesn’t stock fashion. It’s a good job they sell some of their pieces online now! Anyhoo, I’m totally obsessed with those fluted sleeves!
Argh my novelty print klaxon cannot cope with these new Cath Kidston dresses! I also cannot cope with the fact that I won’t be able to wear either until I’ve stopped breast feeding. I NEED BUTTONS, PEOPLE. The fast car print is excellent fun and I actually really love the beige colour it’s set against. This new CK shape with sleeves and pleats is also a winner and one I hope we see more of in the future. The roarsome dinosaurs are also a sure fire hit especially as they appear on the classic CK sleeveless shape. I am all about those hidden pockets.
As my new baby (have I mentioned that I had a baby?) is called Poppy, it’s only right that my wardrobe should be full of them. Weirdly, the high street seems to know about this as poppy prints seem to be popping up left right and center. This Warehouse number is my current fave, mostly due to that stretchy waistband. I am all about a bit of stretch right now.
Good ol’ Next have got some lovely pieces in at the moment. There’s just so much detail on this stunning floral print and the high neck looks so fab with the ruffles and long sleeves. Dreamy.
Speaking of ruffles, I am also a big fan of this nautical but nice striped shift dress from M&S. It’s such a great silhouette and, praise be, there are buttons!
Last but not least, it would be remiss to be this close to Valentine’s Day and not feature a red dress! This frilled frock from Pull and Bear ticks all the V Day boxes and it’s a bit of a bargain too. You’re welcome.
Do you remember back in September when we stepped out in matching twee as anything Winnie-the-Pooh dresses from the extremely popular Disney X Cath Kidston range? Well, they’ve only blooming done it again! This time we’ve gone full on red, black and blue for the brand new CK range dedicated to Mickey Mouse and his beloved Minnie! Mickey Mouse X Cath Kidston launches online at 8pm on Friday 2nd December and our advice is to get ready! If it’s anything like the super cute Winnie-the-Pooh range, you will need to be real quick if you want to get your hands on your favourite item from this collection – you may even want to schedule a trip to your nearest store for opening time on 3rd December. We wish you luck!
We’ve styled the spotty fit and flare dress* and matching skirt* (how cute is Minnie?!!), statement rucksacks* and those ridiculously cosy knits*! But it’s not just clothing and bags those cheeky mice have taken over! From mugs to brollies, there’s lots available for all budgets and all in time for Christmas. Bravo Cath Kidston, you’ve aced this collaboration! We have been living in these seriously snug cardigans since they dropped through our letterboxes last week, and the city scene rucksacks have proven to be really popular whilst out and about. Both items will definitely be staples in our post baby wardrobes, if we manage to make it out of the house that is.
Let us know your favourite piece from the collection!
Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval! You can blame pregnancy for the reason it has been a while since our last DT but I’ve seen so many AMAZING dresses this week that it felt rude not to dust off the old keyboard. Apologies in advance to your bank balance! Let’s crack on…
It’s raining cats and dogs at Cath Kidston HQ and this novelty print lover couldn’t be happier! Those colourful pups are perfection and are sure to leave people hounding you for style tips whenever you wear it! And how cute are those kitties? The retro collar is just puuurrrfect and I love the blue and white combo. The only bone I’ve got to pick is how I’m going to afford both!
*Click individual dresses for direct links*
Spoiler alert! This gorgeous Emily and Fin frock is going to be appearing in an upcoming style post but I simply couldn’t leave my favourite festive frock out of Double Thumbs. I absolutely adore this dress! Who doesn’t want to be festooned with festoon lights? Gorgeous!
Yes to absolutely everything about this M&S dress! It’s gold, it’s shiny, it’s got sleeves, ruffles and a big ol’ Christmas bow. I am sold!
As a librarian, I was always going to need this novel frock from Joanie and despite being 38 weeks pregnant I may have made a cheeky purchase! I look forward to fitting into it one day! I just couldn’t resist those glorious book shelves. What a fab print.
Hooray! It’s an enchanted forest in dress form! Isn’t it just lovely? This Warehouse number is rather magical and I for one am pining for it.
Ring ring – it’s your bank manager on the phone. He wants to know why you’ve spent a small fortune on novelty dresses. Oops! How is one supposed to resist such marvelous prints though? These Ted Baker telephones are calling my name! It’s also available in navy blue if you, like me, are prone to spilling mulled wine down everything.
Masters of the perfect print, Palava, have totally nailed the ultimate Christmas day frock with this ravishing red number. How beautiful are those illustrated Christmas trees? It’s the most lovely festive scene and I want to twirl around it immediately.
And finally, courtesy of Lindy Bop, a dress perfect for all seasons! Who doesn’t want to wear a space scene featuring dogs in flying saucers? A BORING PERSON, THAT’S WHO.
Every September, The Mall in Bristol is the place to head to if you are looking to gaze upon a catwalk of high street trends to suit every age, style and budget. TV stylist Mark Heyes is joined by a different celebrity co-host every season, and this year we were both particularly excited to hear that it was going to be Henry Holland. We are big fans of Henry’s hip label House of Holland, and are always terribly sad not to be invited to his London Fashion Week shows (hint hint Henry), as they are consistently colourful, expressive and fun, which is what fashion is all about to us. Because of our passion for the (ever so) slightly flamboyant, some of the trends seen at Bristol Fashion Week, such as Military and Gothic, are a tad chic and sophisticated for us colour lovers.
Nevertheless, we were really pleased to see She and Hem favourites Cath Kidston feature for the first time in the Mismatch trend, starring many items we already own. Lovely stuff! Also, the pink and yellow combo, seen above, as part of the Animal trend from John Lewis really floats our boat. Although Bristol Fashion Week is now finished for this season, we picked up a few tips from Mark and Henry that will hopefully see us all through until next September. For instance, if you can’t wait to try out the military trend, be subtle, as you don’t want to look like you’re actually marching into battle. You could also soften the trend with romantic frilled blouses, which we spotted in the Opulence section of the show from Marks and Spencer. Thanks for having us BFW. See you next year!
Did you attend a BFW show? If so, what was your favourite trend?
Two Cath Kidston posts in a month! Well aren’t you a lucky bunch? After their super successful book and pencil collection (here), Cath Kidston are back with a bang with their first Disney X Cath Kidston capsule collection. Cute prints teamed with Disney characters? Umm, yes please! What a truly magical combination and whether a Disney fan or not, we are sure you will find it truly wonderful! The first drop, which celebrates 90 years since the first Winnie-the-Pooh book was published, hits stores and the website today, with the Mickey and Minnie Mouse items due on 5th December – just in time to add to your Christmas lists!
Our favourite item is the Balloon Spot Short Sleeve Dress*, which also comes in a cute skirt. We love the cornflower blue colour and it perfectly combines Cath’s cheerful trademark polka dot print and AA Milne’s adorable Winnie-the-Pooh and friends, not to mention loads of super cute balloons! And you know how much we like a balloon here at She and Hem! We’ve also got our eyes on the gorgeous yellow and grey baby bodysuits for mini She and Hem, who we must admit were very well behaved during this windy photo shoot. So much so that we decided to add a (not so) little bump picture to the post below – our very own honey pots. Aww. Do let us know your favourite piece from the collection!
The Winnie-the-Pooh x Cath Kidston collection is limited edition so you may need to move fast if you want get your bear paws on them! We certainly enjoyed larking around in our own version of Hundred Acre Wood in them so big thanks to Cath for sending these beauties our way.