Double Thumbs Dresses #9

Well hello there! Did you miss me? It has been a little while since our last installment of Double Thumbs and I can only apologise for my sudden leave of absence. I do hope you haven’t been frantically F5ing all this time. Fear not, dear reader, for I am back with all the delightful dresses one could ever wish for with this weeks overdue installment of the frocks deserving of the coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval.

Map Print Tunic Dress £50 from Topshop
Map Print Tunic Dress £50 from Topshop

First up, you will simply be lost without this sensational map print dress! It’s off the chart! It first appeared on my radar when it arrived online but sadly I have yet to find it in store. I absolutely love the quirky print but I’m not convinced the shape will flatter me. I would definitely recommend navigating yourself to your nearest Topshop to check it out! Topshop have been coming up with some genius prints lately so whilst your there go seek out the marshmallows and ferris wheels!

Smock Dress In Kaleidoscope Print £55 by Minkpink from ASOS

This absolutely gorgeous vintage inspired kaleidoscope print dress by Minkpink is an ASOS exclusive (you might have already gathered that from the massive exclusive banner). The print is so whimsical and childish, I just love it.  It would be the perfect festival dress! It might not currently be the weather for wellies but wouldn’t they just look fab? We’ve been so lucky with the weather so far this summer that I fear Reading/Leeds and Bestival might want to invest in some Hunters! Hey, at least you’ll look good!

G21 Spot Skater Dress with Detachable Collar £16 from George at Asda

It’s another hit from George who have been on a bit of a roll of late! This lovely polka-dot skater has a very pretty detachable collar (although we might not be able to be friends of you choose to take it off) and looks a lovely length and fabric. It’s a lovely and easy to wear summer staple.

Julita-Bird Print Dress £59 by Louche from Joy
Julita-Bird Print Dress £59 by Louche from Joy

This lovely bird print dress by Louche, available from Joy, has a wonderful 50’s flavour with it’s cinched waist and full skit. I love the vibrancy of the green birds against the monochrome background, it works brilliantly and makes the dress rather unusual. I also really love it when dresses come with a removable belt, it’s like a free gift!

Poodle Dress £121 by Hoss Intropia from John Lewis

I am experiencing some serious puppy love for this poodle print dress from Hoss Intropia at John Lewis. The petroleum colour is just divine and the playful poodle print is just too much, they are wearing top hats for goodness sake! I love the long sleeves (although granted I wouldn’t want to wear them right now) but the light jersey fabric makes it a very durable dress indeed.

Heather Ruche Sleeves Ditsy Floral Dress with Daisy Belt £65 from Dahlia
Heather Ruche Sleeves Ditsy Floral Dress with Daisy Belt £65 from Dahlia

I make no secret of the fact that I love the colour mustard so this dress from Dahlia is already an immediate winner with me! I really like the shape of the dress, especially with those delicious ruched sleeves and the floral print is super pretty. This is definitely one that could be thrown on and worn to the pub of a summers evening but will also look great in in the colder months (if you can bear to think that far ahead) teamed with tights, boots and a good old cardy.

Horse Print Tie Waist Dress £16 from Florence and Fred at Tesco
Horse Print Tie Waist Dress £16 from Florence and Fred at Tesco

You’ll neigh-ver believe the price of this little beauty from Florence and Fred! It’s an absolute bargain! Clearly I am a sucker for a novelty print but I love how versatile this dress it. I does look a triffle short but I’m still sure I could get away with wearing this to work, especially when teamed with tights. It has a flattering draw string tie at the waist and obviously it has a great sleeve! Giddy up!

Stripe Chambray Sun Dress £58 from American Apparel

I spotted this one in store at American Apparel and immediately went all gooey for it! I must admit that the website doesn’t do it justice at all! It has lovely white buttons all up the back and is a very pretty colour (it also comes in blue) and shape. Definitely one to go and check out.

That’s all for this week!

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #8

Whoopsy daisy! I’m once again slightly late with my round up of the dresses worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs Up seal of approval. Or, as I like to think, I’m just fashionably late….

Soft Serving of Style Dress $74.99 (£49) from Modcloth
A Biscuit, a Basket Dress $82.99 (£55) from Modcloth

First up we have two tasty frocks from the consistently amazing Modcloth! The ice-cream print dress will surely sprinkle some joy over your wardrobe with it’s delicious mint colouring and row upon row of tempting lemon and vanilla cones. It’s made from a lovely thick cotton and the a-line shape means that it’s super flattering. A FAB summer dress! Meanwhile, the biscuit print dress is bourbon on the ridiculous! The whole biscuit family is represented in this stunner of a dress, right down to the jammy dodger. Nice!

Purple and Yellow Floral Crochet Waist Dress £14.99 from New Look

Tis the season for pretty, floaty, floral numbers and this dress from New Look will certainly have you hay-feverish as it ticks all of those boxes, plus the all important under £20 box! Yippee! Purple and yellow is one of my favourite colour combinations which possibly explains why I was so drawn to this dress. Sadly for me, I already own an embarrassing amount of little floral dresses but none of them have an adorable crochet lace panel at the waist so maybe, just maybe, this might have to be mine.

Clementine Dress £59 from Monsoon

This beautiful vintage inspired number from Monsoon is just perfect for summer occasions. I think the floral print is just gorgeous and has a wonderful mix of corals, mustards, blues and greens. The scooped neckline, full skirt and pleated waistband all add to its charm.

Hearts Print Dress £34.99 from Mango

It was certainty love at first sight with this adorable navy heart print dress from Mango. It’s made from chiffon so definitely good for a twirl or two, it has beautiful buttons leading up to the scooped neckline and, most important of all, it has hidden pockets! Merciful heavens!

Jacquard Skater Dress £16.00 from Matalan

Hey look it’s another little floral number! But this time, this one has sleeves! And if it’s one thing that improves a dress, it’s a good sleeve. Matalan have this wonderful skater dress in a variety of colours and styles but this one is my absolute favourite! I just love the woven jacquard (you’ll need to go zoom in on the website for that particular insight) which gives it a far more expensive feel than it’s £16 price-tag and the print is just so so pretty. One flor-al occasions, if you will.

Spilsbury Dress £89.50 from Jack Wills

Jack Wills have come up with this fabulous 60’s inspired dress which I have a serious style crush on! I always love a good collar and that one is just screaming out for some fun collar clips! I think it’s possibly a bit too short for work, which is a shame, but it’s definitely a great day dress that could easily be taken through into evening wear with a pair of chunky black platform shoes and some retro accessories.

Hell Bunny Sunrise 50’s Dress £44.99 from Soho’s

Last but not least is this fab 50’s frock from Soho’s, who I stumbled upon whilst browsing Pinterest and then spent the next hour lusting over all of their dresses! After a lengthy internal debate, I eventually settled on this aqua blue dress due to it’s cheerful pattern of sunflowers and daisies. I love the large Peter Pan collar and the full skirt, which would look amazing with a big 50’s style petticoat underneath. Accessories fans will also be pleased to learn that the white belt is included in the price. Wizard!

See you next week!

Jx

Game, set and match

Pass me a Pimms, Wimbledon has arrived! And I, for one, never pass up an opportunity to eat my body weight in strawberries. Now, I’m hardly a tennis aficionado but I like to think I know my tennis arse from my tennis elbow and as a result I would like to share with you some, occasionally tenuous, tennis inspired delights.

Catalina Off The Shoulder Skater Dress in White £38 from Motel

Motel get the game underway with this whiter than white off the shoulder number. This dress is so simple yet completely stunning and will certainly make a Ball Boy or two blush with its length! If you’re a mucky pup, it also comes in a variety of other colours.

Ball Print Blouse £32 (was £42) from Oasis

This Oasis ball print blouse is the ace up my sleeve with its super flattering shape. I love the gold button detailing and the adjustable sleeves. This is ‘Grand Slam’ winning attire.

Wimbledon Ball Cord Bracelet £65 from Links of London

As the official jewellery brand of the Wimbledon Championships (obviously), it’s no surprise to discover that Links of London have brought out lots of cute tennis related items. I really like how they have made a literal ‘tennis bracelet’ and incorporated those snazzy purple and greens that are so synonymous with Wimbledon into the design. I can’t fault this one.

Petit Bateau Sleeveless Tennis Dress £40 (was £58) from Urban Outfitters

Time to serve you up something special! Release your inner 60’s tennis totty in this mustard tennis dress from Urban Outfitters. I love the retro feel and, of course, that super cute collar.

Cotton Tote Bag £70 from Fred Perry

I couldn’t compile a tennis list and not include something from Fred Perry! I just love the classic vibe this bag gives off and it’s pretty darn functional to boot with a variety of straps, hands and pockets.

Table Tennis Bat Earrings £3 by Polka Dot Sky from Folksy

What do you mean they don’t play table tennis at Wimbledon? That’s outrageous. They are seriously missing out! Nevertheless, I shall persevere as these brilliant bat and ball earrings from Polka Dot Sky are simply great! Maybe a touch more McEnroe than Savile Row.

Cream cricket jumper £12 (was £22) from Dorothy Perkins

New balls please, we appear to have switched sports. I think this lovely cricket jumper from Dorothy Perkins works just as well for tennis as both sports are, quite rightly, happy to embrace a cable knit. You don’t even like tennis? No problem! You can whack it on during the Ashes in a couple of weeks time, presuming Summer hasn’t decided to arrive.

Lasting Finish Fruities Nail Polish £2.99 by Rimmel from Boots

And finally,no true Wimbledon experience is complete without the faint waft of strawberries filling the air. I rate Rimmel nail varnish very highly in terms of price and not destroying itself 35 seconds after being applied. I am yet to try out the effectiveness of their scented range but the reviews look promising.

Jx

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

Boombastic, Elephantastic

Mark my words folks, elephants are going to be massive! It’s a good job then that I’ve got a trunk full of unforgettable fashion for you to browse. Go forth!

Ellie Love Top Coral £34 from Sugarhill Boutique

First up we have the Sugarhill Boutique Ellie range which currently includes a top and a dress, both of which are available in either vibrant coral or retro aqua. I simply love the cut out heart in the top, it’s so unusual but yet completely wearable. The all over elephant print is just adorable and if you look closely the elephants trunks are even making little hearts to compliment the biggun’ at the top.  Marvelous.

Scarf in Elephant Print £8 (was £20) from Oasis

For practically peanuts you can keep your neck stylish with this glorious elephant print scarf from Oasis. At the risk of starting a stampede, it’s currently on sale.

Smock Dress In Elephant Jacquard £38 by ASOS

I do love a good smock, they are just so versatile and easy to wear. This super duper Kelly green ( AKA the best member of the Green family since Rachel) dress from ASOS features a veritable herd of elephants to keep you company and despite being a loose fit, will flatter any figure.

Brown Elephant Print Leather Satchel £109 from Zatchels

I think we all know by now that satchels are pretty popular around here and this gorgeous elephant print Zatchel is next on my ever increasing wishlist. The bags in this range are made  from a textured leather that is designed to perfectly emulate the look of elephant skin (notice how I say emulates? no real skins here please, cheers). The effect is beautiful, especially in the classic brown, but if you fancy something brighter the elephant range is also available in pink, blue and green.

Milly Collection Elephant Print Short £39.50 from Banana Republic

These shorts form part of Michelle Smith’s highly lusted after Milly Collection for Banana Republic and, much like the rest of the line, are super fun. The print on these shorts would look fab paired with a bright top and wedges.

Monochrome Elephant Print Slim Leg Trousers £16.99 from New Look

I have to admit I am a little bit afraid of patterned trousers but whenever I see them on other people they look so good! These snazzy elephant print trousers from New Look might just be the ones to make me take the plunge as even if I end up looking a dumbo, I’ll only be down £16.99.

NW3 Elephants Canvas Totes £15 from Hobbs

Totes amaze! How delightful are those laughing elephants? I am a big fan of this sturdy looking shopper from Hobbs and for £15 it ticks the practical yet fantastical box. Well done, everyone.

Elephant Print Bubble Hem Top £16 from Next

This pretty elephant print top from Next comes in a variety of colours but I’m rather partial to this pretty pink. It looks wonderfully soft and would look lovely thrown on with jeans or shorts. It’s a casual top but it has lots of lovely little details, like the little buttons and the turn up hems on the sleeves. I also adore the arm length and the bubble style hem means it will nicely disguise any unwanted junk in your trunk.

Jx

All hail the sale

Oh how we do love a good sale!  There is nothing like the giddy thrill of bagging a bargain, especially when it’s something you have previously lusted after. With Oasis, Warehouse, Lady V London, Laura Ashley, Phase Eight, Jaeger, Dorothy Perkins, Clarks, French Connection, Yumi and Whistles all launching sales this week it has been somewhat of a tab browsing frenzy here at She and Hem HQ. We decided it would be rude not to share some of our favourite picks with you! So, sit back, grab of cup of tea and enjoy the very first installment of All Hail the Sale.

Horse And Carriage Sundress £25 (was £45) from Oasis
Cat Spot Shell Top £20 (was £30) from Oasis
Border Floral Dress £30 (was £45) from Warehouse
Josephine Blouse £29.50 (was £59) from Phase Eight
Primrose Stripe Mini Flareskirt £25 (was £62) from French Connection
Henderson Sky £34.99 (was £49.99) from Clarks
White Hearts With Stars Swing Dress £27 (was £45) from Lady V London
Green striped jumper £10 (was £28) from Dorothy Perkins

It comes to something when you are seriously considering buying jumpers in June. Sigh.

Have a lovely week everyone,

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #6

Wahoo! It’s time for our weekly round up of all those lovely dresses that receive the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs Up seal of approval. Hold on to your wallets, things are about to get tempting.

Polly Love Heart Smock £38 from Moddolly
Polly Love Heart Smock £38 from Moddolly

First up is this absolutely charming smock dress from the all round brilliant Moddolly. I can’t tell you how much I adore that huge aqua green Peter Pan collar! It’s such a playful number and I love how the model (the beautiful Dunya from Dearest Deer) has styled it with frilly socks. Socks and frocks are the perfect combo!

Pink and Navy Apple Print Dress £24.99 by Misumi at New Look

Core-blimey! You’ll be the apple of my eye (or someone else’s, if you find that a bit weird) in this fruity number from New Look. I actually can’t get over the detail of those apples, they are stunning! Everything about this vintage inspired dress is wonderful! The shape, colours, print and price! Bravo!

Pleated Printed Dress £39.99 from Zara

Ah Zara, you do know how to make an expensive looking dress and this edgy take on the floral print is case in point. I love the explosion of bright colours on display in this short but sweet number, so many in fact that it would go with anything! Personally, I would be tempted to go with more muted colours in order to let the dress do all the talking but if I owned some super bright orange shoes I’m not sure I would be able to restrain myself. I also feel I might have to adopt this models stance and expression for all future photographs. 

Rainbow Tie Dye Skater Dress £50 from Lashes of London
Rainbow Tie Dye Skater Dress £50 from Lashes of London

This rainbow dress from Lashes of London is something else, isn’t it? My goodness. I’ve actually chosen to show you the back of the dress because it would simply be criminal of me not to share the beauty that is the big colourful bow with you. Swoon! The pastel colours are stunningly gorgeous, those shades just work so beautifully together. You would definitely have to be feeling confident to wear it though as I can imagine it would attract a lot of attention. Now, where’s my pot of gold?

Chelsie Water bottle print dress £139 from Ted Baker
Chelsie Water bottle print dress £139 from Ted Baker

Ted Baker are my absolute go to for pretty, floaty, feminine dresses.  This watercolour style print ticks all of those boxes and more. The details are simply breathtaking. I love all of the flowers in the water bottles, the cute little tie waist and the ruffles, oh the ruffles. Just looking at this  dress makes me want to float around at a summer wedding, perhaps whilst doing some post wine twirling. I would feel positively ethereal in this beauty.

Rebecca Navy Crochet Dress with Pinafore Front £60 from Dahlia
Rebecca Navy Crochet Dress with Pinafore Front £60 from Dahlia

Well hello Rebecca! If, like me, you are completely besotted with the current pinafore trend and yet also deeply alarmed by your own inability to wear them, then this is the dress for you! Stripped t-shirts worn under pretty pinafores are simply a match made in fashion heaven and clever old Dahlia have realised this and done us all a massive favour and combined the two. Gold star.

Womens Sheered Waist Dress £16 from Peacocks
Womens Sheered Waist Dress £16 from Peacocks

I think initially I was drawn to this Peacocks dress because it reminds me of a Death Cab for Cutie album but, hey, it all worked out for the best as those colours are pretty darn awesome and the cinched in waist is super flattering. Not words you could use to describe Death Cab for Cutie, no siree. Peacocks describe it as “the perfect summer dress” but with those lovely sleeves and buttoned up top I would be extremely happy wearing this to work.

Puffin Print Joy Peplum Dress £40 from People Tree
Puffin Print Joy Peplum Dress £40 from People Tree

Where the chuffin heck was this dress a couple of weeks ago when I was compiling my list of bird prints for Toucan Play That Game? Do People Tree not realise just how much huffin and puffin was occurring? I’m not going to hold it against them though as this puffin print dress is super-duper cute. I even really love the peplum and I am seriously not a peplum person. It’s like having an unnecessary and nonfunctional shelf built into your outfit. This one, however, really adds something to the dress and looks beautiful.

Before I disappear off, I feel it is my duty as purveyor of fabulous dresses to inform you that She and Hem favorites Lady V London have this very evening launched their sale. I highly recommend you check it out.

Jx

She and Home: Instant Vintage

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As part of a week of celebrations in honour of their 5th birthday, the boutique shop Instant Vintage kindly invited us to join them for an evening of canapés, drinks and discounts at their shop in beautiful Bath. Never ones to turn down a free glass of Pimms, we gladly accepted and hot footed it over there on the train last Thursday evening. And what a treat it was too! They had obviously been working very hard to ensure their guests had a dapper old time, even decking out a usually unused terrace area with fake grass, bunting and giant poms poms. It was a lovely space to sit and have a drink and eat delicious cupcakes! We would gladly have stayed  sat there all evening!

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When we finally wrenched ourselves away from the seating area (and the Pimms), we duly took advantage of the 20% discount on offer!

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Victoria: I am shamed to say that I’ve only visited Bath a handful of times, and I have never had the chance to visit Instant Vintage before. Boy, have I been missing out! The shop is light and airy, with plenty of space to browse. Considering how long Jo and I were browsing on Thursday, I felt no pressure from the friendly staff to buy or to hurry. In fact we were invited to stay longer for more Pimms! Instant Vintage’s ever changing line of pretty dresses, blouses and accessories will now be irresistible each time I am in Bath. Heck, I’d even make the journey to purchase something extra special from this brilliant boutique.

I kept my vintage inspired look quite simple and wore one of my favourite M&S dresses, which I cheekily picked up from a car boot sale several years ago for the outrageously low sum of £1. It’s certainly my best bargain to date. I find the peach polka dot dress to be rather  flattering, as the matching belt clinches in at the waist, creating shape to an otherwise simple dress. My tan shoes are from New Look and my amazing costume popcorn ring is from a boutique in Croatia.

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DSC_0130Jo: As a frequent visitor, and former resident, of Bath, I am a seasoned Instant Vintage shopper and was absolutely delighted at the prospect of spending an entire evening pursuing their wares. I already own quite a few of their items and find that they always draw compliments. I remember when it first opened, receiving a text from a friend to say that a new shop had appeared and that it “looked my sort of thing”. Oh how right they were! From the moment I set eyes on their window display of perfectly pretty vintage inspired offerings I knew that this was a shop I could get on board with! I was also quietly impressed with the prices as Bath boutiques, as wonderful as they are, aren’t exactly known for their affordability! This, however, was most definitely a shop which allowed me to buy something a little bit different but without having to feel guilty!

For the occasion I dug out a beautiful white Instant Vintage dress which I bought about three years ago. For me it completely embodies what I love about them. It is extremely pretty, made from great quality material and has those lovely vintage influences throughout. I wore it with polka-dot tights from M&S, Florence and Fred shoes and an Olivia Burton watch. My sunglasses (which have since been firmly packed away!) are from Red or Dead.

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Thanks for a great evening Instant Vintage and here’s to the next five years!

J&V

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Double Thumbs Dresses #5

Hello beautiful! It’s time for our weekly round up of all those lovely dresses that receive the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs Up seal of approval. Apologies in advance if you are one of those strange sorts who is adverse to the colour yellow, I appear to have been drawn to the sunshine shades this week!

Ice Cream Dress £45 from There’s Only One Amy Laws

You’ll whip up a storm in this wonderful dusty pink dress! I just love those ice creams around the hem and that super adorable Peter Pan collar has truly melted my heart. With dresses as cute as this one, I’m not sure only having one Amy Laws is enough! Isn’t it gorgeous? her website is well worth a look.

Good Egg Dress in Powder Blue £58.80 from Miss Patina

It might feel hot enough outside to cook an egg on your forehead but why bother with that messy shenanigans when you can look just as cracking in this fried egg print dress from Miss Patina. This powder blue 1950’s style dress is eggstraodinarily fun and very pretty to boot. I’m slightly scared of the open back tie detail but it doesn’t look as if it would show any underwear straps, and it involves a massive bow, so I can totally get on board!

Boucle Dress with Lace Neckline £18 from George at Asda

Oh look, it’s the first of the yellow numbers. This 60’s inspired number from Asda(!!) is completely gorgeous and an absolute bargain for £18. I love the lace detail on the neckline and the fit and shape of the dress.

Floral Print Belted Skater Dress £25 from River Island

I do love a summer dress with sleeves! This beautiful floral dress from River Island is perfect for the warmer weather. I would throw it on with sandals and a big hat and feel likes the bees knees.

The Starry Eyed Kitty Lace Dress $48.99(£32) from Bonne Chance Collection

Now THIS is fun. Who doesn’t want to wear cats floating around in the night sky? This barmy but brilliant dress from Bonne Chance Collections will certainly get some attention! It’s a cute 50’s style with lovely lace inserts on each side and a great full skirt. 

Ladybird Sundress £125 (reduced from £175) from Boutique by Jaeger
Floral Cluster Dress £85 (reduced from £140) from Boutique by Jaeger

I’m more likely to be found doing shots of Jager than I am to be buying anything from the store but hey, a girl can dream can’t she? Jaeger always have at least 44 dresses I would happily marry but this week I am settling on just two from their current sale. The first is a fabulous navy fit and flair dress with an all over ladybird print. Swoon. The second is a super fun yellow belted dress with lots of lovely flowers printed all over it. Both dresses would look fabulous with bright red shoes and bright colourful accessories.

Lovebird Dress in Mustard £48 from Instant Vintage

Victoria and I were lucky enough to be invited to join in Instant Vintages’ 5th birthday party celebrations this week (blog post to come) at which we spotted this lovely lovebird print dress which comes in several different colours. I do love a good shirt dress as they are so versatile and the contrast of the teal birds against the mustard is just fab.

See you next week!

Jx

Workwear Wednesday #2

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It has been a little while since the first Workwear Wednesday post but now that summer has arrived (yes, I consider 17 degrees to be summer) so too has my desire to go for after work drinks. Funny that. This hot weather (yes, I consider 17 degrees to be hot) raises the age old question of what to wear to work that will keep a girl cool but at the same time not look too casual. I’ll admit this probably doesn’t sound too tricky, but I really do struggle with the summer months. I remember going to an interview on one of the hottest days of the year to which I wore trousers, boots, a blouse AND a cardigan because I was so worried about looking too casual. 

When the sun appeared at the start of the week, I had a little raid of my wardrobe and dismissed a variety of dresses for either having the right hem line but for being too low cut/strappy or for having a nice conservative top half but being an inappropriate length. Hurummph. Now, obviously different work places have different expectations of your appearance but, for the record, I don’t have to be ‘business smart’ but a strappy top or bare legs would certainly be frowned upon and a general degree of smartness is certainly expected and encouraged.

Yesterday I settled on a yellow and white stripy dress that I picked up at an Oasis sale. It’s lovely and summery and keeps me cool all day but I can happily stroll around work without my blazer on and the length is nicely conservative. Most importantly however, I would also happily wear this out of work. I hate (HATE) buying things that are only for work. It pretty much sucks the joy out of shopping and is something I rarely do; in fact the last time was probably for the dreaded smart grey trousers that I wore to the aforementioned interview.

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My navy blazer is from Topshop and, as I came to completely rely on it last summer, I actually own it in two colours.  I am hoping that they bring out something similar this year (although I’ve heard Primark have them). The jersey material and arm length make it perfect for summery work days and as well as going with pretty much everything, they also make every outfit look instantly smarter. I also wore my new M&S nude polka dot tights which I am very excited about as there’s just something about plain old nude tights that irritates me, they just seem a bit pointless. Polka dots, however, are certainly not pointless. I love you, polka dots. The shiny shiny shoes are from New Look

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Victoria and I went to St Nick’s Night Market in Bristol and sampled a lot of food and not nearly enough gin. It was a lovely way to spend a summers evening and we got to try some wonderful cuisine. Victoria looked super lovely in her dress from Boohoo, a Miss Selfridge jacket and brogues from Clarks.

Jx