Double Thumbs Dresses #31

Hello dress fans! It’s time once again for a gander at the frocks deemed worthy of the highly commended Double Thumbs seal of approval. And the sun is shining, which makes buying new dresses all the more essential. Obviously.

Waterfront Button Front Dress £65 from Cath Kidston
Waterfront Button Front Dress £65 from Cath Kidston

Oh my! I only discovered last week my love of deckchairs on dresses so imagine my delight when this chair festooned wonder frock appear online. It’s also got pockets and a nice bow. All this leads me to believe that Cath Kidston are still purposely trying to bankrupt me.

Allover Polka Dot Collar Prom Dress £130 by Nishe from ASOS
Allover Polka Dot Collar Prom Dress £130 by Nishe from ASOS
Umbrella Print Sweetheart Dress £50 by Nishe from ASOS
Umbrella Print Sweetheart Dress £50 by Nishe from ASOS

The new Nishe collection is really rather special! With pretty shapes, novelty prints and adorable frocks a plenty. Thankfully, quite a few of the collection have appeared on ASOS and I would quite happily own it all. The two above are my current favourites although, be warned, there is a sweet print yet to come.

Blue Scalloped Collar Tea Dress £35 from River Island
Blue Scalloped Collar Tea Dress £35 from River Island

This lovely River Island dress is so simple and pretty, it’s a real wardrobe classic. I love the colour and the collar detail. I can just see myself wearing my heart shaped sunglasses and basking in the sunshine in this one.  Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #31

Accessories to Murder #13 : Valentine’s Special

Love is in the air today at She and Hem HQ, so as a Valentine’s gift to you, here are the accessories that have got me feeling smitten. If I had these accessories in my life, every day would be Valentine’s Day! Apologies that it’s only a brief round up today, everything has gone a little London Fashion Week crazy over here! I assure you, full service will be resumed next time.

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Half Milano Jacket, £298.00, Orla Kiely.
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Lulu Guinness Lips Clutch in Light Pink, £245, via ASOS.
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PINK HEART STUD EARRINGS, £6.00, River Island.
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Hearts Stanley Mug, £6.50, Cath Kidston.
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Lady Dragon Pink with Lips, Was £155 Now £62, Vivienne Westwood.

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Double Thumbs Dresses #20

Good morning one and all and congratulations, you’ve made it to Wednesday! Why not reward yourself with a cursory glance at this week’s list of dresses that receive the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. It would almost be rude not to.

Cream Jacquard Necklace Skater Dress £45 from River Island

This looks like a lovely wintery dress doesn’t it? I can imagine doing all manner of pretty wintery activities wearing this number. It would most probably be totally impractical to go ice-skating in but gosh darn it, you’d look nice wouldn’t you? Until you fall over that is. Lovely stuff, River Island, lovely stuff.

Printed Dress with Crossover Back £49.99 from Zara

I love this very pretty navy dress from Zara. The floral print is all sorts of lovely and I find that shape and style of dress to be extremely flattering. The cut out detail on the back makes it stand out from all the other millions of floral dresses I love and, thus, gives me the perfect excuse to buy it. Well played.

Winter Audrey Dress £79.00 from Boden

When it comes to modern vintage, Boden are just superb. I simply love this 60s inspired Aubrey dress from their new collection. Giant polka-dots for the win! The good news is Boden have kindly knocked 30% off the price of dresses (at the time of writing that is), the bad news is you might have a job on your hands obtaining your size.

Darling Bow A-Line Dress £18.75 from Forver 21

Winter pastels is a trend I would dearly love to tap into but sadly, due to limited funds, it just hasn’t happened for me. This lovely little sugary pink dress from Forever 21 could well be the answer to my cheapskate prayers as I would no doubt happily cavort about in it come spring but in the meantime I can happily team it with white woolly tights and my bobble hat. Trendy! Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #20

She and Home: Fashion Bloodhound

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Last night we hopped, skipped and jumped over to Bath for Fashion Bloodhound, a designer shopping event at the Francis Hotel. Fashion Bloodhound specialise in buying and selling pre-owned designer clothes and this, their ‘Winter Showcase’, aimed to provide high-end fashion fans with the opportunity to browse a selection of their pieces whilst quaffing champagne and eating yummy sweeties from Cakey Couture. How refined.

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We are both label lovers but sadly our budget is usually more Primark than Prada. This doesn’t stop us from dreaming though and it was an extremely pleasant experience to peruse the usually unobtainable juggernauts of fashion in such a relaxed atmosphere. The prices were good too, although even with such huge markdowns we still couldn’t afford a lot of it *insert tiny violins*. However, the glamorous fashionistas in attendance were certainly having a ball with Marc Jacobs, Prada and Burberry all piled high in the dressing room. Continue reading She and Home: Fashion Bloodhound

Double Thumbs Dresses #18

Hey Hemsters!

I’m back to brighten up your Monday with a selection of the frocks deemed worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. Onwards!

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Amalee Floral Skater Dress £10 (was £55) from Lashes of London

Last night, whilst researching this post, I ended up browsing the Lashes of London sale section. Turns out those guys really know how to do a reduction as I managed to pick up the above dress AND a playsuit for £15. WHAT MADNESS IS THIS? I pretty much spat out my tea when I saw this little stunner for such a thrifty price. The print is simply beautiful and as I don’t own anything off the shoulder, I figured this was as good a time as any to try the look out. And how fun is that neckline? Ridiculous. Three things to note: 1) At the time of writing, the dress is in stock in all sizes so mega soz if they have all sold out by lunch time 2) A previous Double Thumbs favourite, the rainbow dress, is also in the sale! and 3) Use the promotion code BLOGGER25 to get a further 25% off your purchase.

Red Floral Jersey Dress £26 from Next

Well this is a rather dreamy purse pleasing Autumnal number from Next. I know I keep banging on about my unwillingness to embrace the tartan trend but throw in some florals and it would seem I’m fully prepared to get on board.

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Cheshire Dress £178 from Anthropologie

I most certainly had a humongous Cheshire cat grin when I spied this Cheshire cat print dress from Anthropologie, who by the by are going to be opening up in Bath *pops party poppers*. Pretty colours, lovely sleeves but a slightly scary price tag. Ho hum.

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Martha Denim Smock Dress £21 from Olive and Frank

I keep seeing pretty ladies in pretty smocks looking all pretty and stuff. However, according to my OH a smock is more of a sack and should be avoided by me at all costs. Naturally, this makes me want to own nothing but smocks! I’ve been eyeing up this pretty denim one from Olive and Frank. It seems like a bit of a winner. Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #18

She and Home: Bristol Fashion Week

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A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to attend a special bloggers event at The Mall Cribbs Causeway, to celebrate the start of Bristol Fashion Week.

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Spread over five days, Bristol Fashion Week for the Autumn/Winter season showcases all the latest fashion wares from big boy brands such as River Island, Marks and Spencers, Next, Fat Face and John Lewis.

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Having never attended a fashion show, I wasn’t expecting the abundance of choreography and pizzazz on display. Having only really thought of the runway as a place for serious model face, it was a breath of fresh air to see the models having a good time. The children were especially good fun and the M&S ballerina was my highlight of the evening. The only thing I didn’t particularly like were the hosts, Mark Heyes and Andrew Barton, who we both found a little too scripted and cheesy. Having read other blog posts, we do seem to be in the minority on this. Perhaps we are simply accustomed to being the cheesiest people in the room. Stop stealing our thing, Mark and Andrew.

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Double Thumbs Dresses #14

Another week, another round up of the beautiful dresses considered to be worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. Let’s have a look at what’s been whetting my whistle this week.

The Macaroon Connoissuer $48.99 from Bonne Chance Collections

Those of you who follow us on Twitter might have noticed me crushing on this sweet treat of a dress from Bonne Chance Collections, who often appeal to my novelty print loving streak. This macaroon festooned wonder was destined to go straight into my basket but alas, dear readers, it is out of stock in my size. However, before you light those pitchforks on my behalf, those nice people at Bonne Chance Collections emailed me a sneaky preview of a soon to be in stock dress. BEHOLD….

Scalloped Macaroon Dress *coming soon* by Bonne Chance Collections

Hooray! I’ll be F5ing the website for the foreseeable future.

Floral Dress with Full Skirt £39.99 from Zara

Pockets! Pockets! Pockets! Oh how I do covet a pretty dress with pockets. I really love this Zara dress. It has, err, pockets! and sleeves! and a full skirt! and I can wear it to work! Really, I would stupid NOT to buy it.

Violin Print £65.00 by Nishe from ASOS

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She and Home: Candy Kittens

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It takes a lot to get the two of us out of bed on a Bank Holiday Monday but, bleary eyed and a little dazed, we found ourselves doing  just that this week as we were up at the crack of dawn and heading towards Cabot Circus for the launch of the Candy Kittens Pop Up shop. Yeah boi!

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For the uninitiated, Candy Kittens is a confectionery company, pioneered by Jamie Laing of BAFTA winning Made In Chelsea fame. Jamie definitely fancies himself as a bit of a modern day Willy Wonka and wants to make candy cool again by marketing it towards young people. Although it primarily markets itself as a confectionery business, Candy Kittens also has a flourishing fashion line and judging by the shoppers we witnessed, it’s very popular! You can also find such things as iPhone cases, beach balls and pencils nestled among the sweeties! All of which are all emblazoned with the Candy Kittens logo or one of Jamie’s often spoken catch phrases from Made in Chelsea. There is such a great variety on offer that it’s actually a bit of a one stop candy-cane pink lifestyle shop and it works perfectly with Jamie’s energetic personality.

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Victoria: Much like the recent Bella Sorella event that we attended, where Jo wasn’t sure if a clothing range associated with TOWIE would be her thing,  when asked if I fancied heading along to Made in Chelsea’s  Jamie Laing’s Candy Kittens pop up launch, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect! Having never seen the show, I had a quick Google and discovered that Candy Kittens is less about kittens and much more about candy, though unfortunately not shaped like kittens. I can deal with that…just! I knew the brand would be fun and bright, so I thought this sunshine yellow River Island woollen dress would be quite fitting. I wore some brown M&S tights and my brogues are from my go to sensible shoe shop, Clarks. My gorgeous bicycle necklace is from Oliver Bonas and my super cute blue floral day bag is from Cath Kidston. Continue reading She and Home: Candy Kittens

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