As you may be able to tell, we just can’t keep away from each other. So whilst I (Victoria) was in Manchester visiting friends and Jo was on her Northern Tour (as seen on our Instagram), we hatched a plan to meet up on the way home at Snugburys, our favourite ice cream farm. Yes, we have a favourite ice cream farm and no, we are not ashamed. Located in a beautiful old barn, it was the perfect place to shoot these gorgeous summer dresses from Trollied Dolly.
When choosing dresses, my eyes usually navigate to the brightest option available, so it was a surprise to no one that I picked the multicoloured bohemian beauty, the Easy V’sey Dress. Now that I have joined Jo in ‘the club’ (that’s the mum to be club, not the one frequented by 50 Cent), I’ve been on the look out for easy to wear styles that are not too figure hugging around the old bump. This fits that brief perfectly, as I was able to chuck it on in the morning with some simple sandals and sunnies and head straight out of the door without feeling self conscious.
Jo’s pretty Shifty Sista Dress is a floral dream that is perfect for dressing up for a night out, or down for a double scoop ice cream. Just look at those sleeves! To add to the versatility, it looks fab with either a splash of block colour or shiny metallics, but that’s up to you. As is the flavour of ice cream at Snugburys. Our favourite is Yum Yum. No prizes for guessing why.
A wee while ago we ventured North for a girls weekend with fellow appreciators of quality cake, Kelly and Deesha. Whilst we were there we decided to eat and drink all of the prettiest things we could find! Which turned out to be pretty damn easy. Manchester, we salute you.
Our first port of call was milkshakes at the incredibly popular Home Sweet Home. Kelly and Jo went for the blueberry topped with Lucky Charms (!), whilst Deesha and Victoria plumped (plumped being the operative word…) for peanut butter and jelly! Breakfast of champions. It was the perfect place to spend a Saturday morning. After spending far too long browsing the many floors of Afflecks, the home of She and Hem faves Chocolate Ape, Pop Boutique and Thunder Egg, the sight of Ginger’s Comfort Emporium was quite the comfort indeed! We perked up and planned our evening over a few brews. If you fancy reading about the evening in question, click here! *Warning* This link involves Harry Styles.
On Sunday morning, before catching the train back to Bristol, we took a (very) leisurely stroll to Sugar Junction. A vintage tearoom serving freshly baked cakes, homely meals and some of the best milkshakes in Manchester. There is no such thing as a light lunch in the life of She and Hem, so after much discussion we settled on milkshakes (duh), pancakes and a large slice of cake to set us on our merry way. Bristol, you seriously need to up your milkshake game. Or maybe that’s just the sugar talking.
As a coffee lover, pun appreciator and willing frequenter of The North, I was pretty excited when a Kickstarter page for the spectacularly named Cup North was put under my nose a few months ago. A two day extravaganza of coffee you say? I’m IN. Thankfully I wasn’t alone in this caffeinated enthusiasm and so it was that last weekend that I went on a pilgrimage up the M6 to indulge in the very best the coffee industry has to offer (and visit the family but they don’t get their own blog post. Soz guys).
This party for the fully awake was held at ArtWork, a fantastic arts production hub which was the perfect space to host the individual coffee stands. It was amazing, and slightly weird, to see so many of my fellow Bristolians in attendance with the wonderful Extract Coffee, Full Court Press and Clifton Coffee all flying the flag. GO TEAM! Naturally I homed straight in on them, firstly because I am a hideous creature of habit and, because seriously, that’s some damn good Bristol coffee. Observe how happy I am!
I did manage to break out of my comfort zone and ventured to nearly all of the stands for a chat, sample and the occasional cheeky purchase. It was all excellent fun and I may have even ended up with something that isn’t coffee (SOUND THE ALARM) in the form of the dreamiest hot chocolate I have ever tasted from Kokoa Collection!
The highlight for me was probably watching Howey Gill of Counter Roastery demonstrate how to make their experimental “pearled coffee”. He gave such a fascinating talk and watching him create his little jelly balls of coffee was pretty darn cool. The result was described as a deconstructed latte and tasted incredible! He also showed us how to make our own coffee filled balloons. PARTAY.
What do you get if you mix the world’s biggest selling boyband, a few scandalous headlines and a shed load of pyrotechnics? You got it! The One Direction “Where We Are Tour” of course! Yowzers!
A couple of weeks ago we had a banging time at 1D’s sell out show at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, even after being chastised by a musician on the train to Manchester for our musical choices. What made it worse is that this musician was an 11 year old girl, travelling with her mum. Luckily for her, she also said we looked like “shiny haired sisters”, so we decided to let her off gently by simply not offering her any of our sweets (One Direction love hearts, obv).
One Direction’s lyrics say exactly what girls want to hear, but on stage Louis and Zayn seemed a little aloof and didn’t interact with the crowd much. Zayn seemed to have a bit of a grump on, which is such a waste of that beautiful face. Those boys should take a leaf out of the (younger, hotter and hopefully less tax evasiony) ‘Gary Barlow’ of the group Liam Payne. Now that boy will go far!
Never fret though girlies, we had a blast! In fact, here’s a video documenting exactly how much we enjoyed the gig! Top moments included – every time Niall played guitar, What ‘Makes You Beautiful’ and ‘Best Song Ever’, ALL of the fireworks and when Harry Styles invited us back to his hotel room for a cheeky Horlicks*…
1D 4 EVA!
*This hasn’t happened outside of my Harry Styles fanfiction.
This weekend the boy and I ventured North in order to see The Postal Service at Manchester Academy. I decided this was the perfect opportunity to break out my beloved Nishe hot air balloon dress from ASOS. I don’t really need much encouragement as it’s so much fun and I absolutely love wearing it. There was no attempt at blending into the crowd for me as I teamed it with a bright yellow cardigan from Gap, spotty tights from M&S and my new Topshop shoes (yes I know, who wears new white shoes to a gig? I’m an idiot).
On the Sunday we went to Knutsford for a family roast dinner. We were slightly early so decided to take this opportunity to have a little explore. Little did we know that we were about to discover the holy grail for penny-farthing enthusiasts in the form of The Courtyard Coffee House and Restaurant, also known as the home of the largest collection of penny-farthings. How could we resist such an opportunity? We didn’t have much time left but decided to take a seat in the courtyard and order a hot drink. It was very difficult to abstain from eating the many delicious cakes on offer but we knew our hosts wouldn’t be thrilled if we turned up with no appetite left!
It was a jolly great and unexpected way to spend our Sunday morning! It was such a charming place and I absolutely cannot wait to go back and try out the menu properly. I wore my umbrella print blouse from Ever Ours and my jeans are from Topshop.