Ever wanted to see us fight over a bunch of red roses? It’s your lucky day! It’s finally February and now officially acceptable to start dressing in all things Valentine related. Yippee! Break out your hearts, roses and stupid cupid accessories -it’s time to get soppy guys. These new Valentine’s dresses from Emily and Fin will be more than just a February fling! Thanks to their fab prints, summer appropriate cuts and pockets (for all your love letters), we will be sporting these all year round! It’s true love.
If you hadn’t noticed, it’s flippin’ freezing (brrrr) at the moment but thankfully both the Scarlett Heart* and Bed of Roses* lend themselves to being paired with winter warmers. Victoria has teamed her ravishing red frock with a black cardigan from M&S, a black belt, polka-dot tights from UKTights* and black flats from F&F. I (Jo) have also embraced all things black (to match my heart – jokes) by layering my rosy number over a sparkly black thermal top from M&S, a black belt, tights from M&S and Topshop pumps. My glittery heart bag is from good ol’ Primark. The roses were a gift from a passing handsome stranger*
What are your plans for V-day?
*Not really. We bought them ourselves (sob).
This post was written in collaboration with Emily and Fin. Who we love all year round.
Hello dress fans! It’s time once again to take a gander at the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval! There’s plenty of new A/W arrivals happening at the moment so I have been slightly spoiled for choice! Frock on…
This Lazy Oaf dress is simply ridiculous. Whoever decided to put cartoon cookies, cola, peanut butter jelly and, wait, is that a watermelon? on a bright blue dress is my new hero. Just imagine rocking up to basically anything in this dress! You’d look pretty darn cool. Best print ever.
I really do have to take a deep breath before I visit the Boden website as I know I am going to want EVERYTHING and usually end up having a tab opening frenzy as I weep uncontrollably about how pretty it all is. Don’t even get me started on their new party frocks! But that’s enough about my private browsing, as among the new arrivals I spied this delightful new London print which is right up my street with its pretty houses, lampposts and bicycles all set against a gorgeous colour pallet of greys, yellows and pinks. I need.
This a-meow-zing dress from not Countdown’s Rachel Riley is the perfect combination of a delightful 50s shape (always a big fan of a matching belt too) and a super fun print. I really like the tan colour too which I can see looking rather lovely with blonde hair. Convenient that…
Well that’s a flippin’ excellent cat collar isn’t it? Miss Patina really do know how to make my bank balance fearful and their latest feline filled collection hasn’t helped in the slightest! This dress offers the best of both worlds for pet lovers everywhere with it’s combination of cat and dog(tooth)! Purrrfect! This one truly has me hot under the cat collar.
I’m going to stick my neck out here and say that this is my favourite of the new Cath Kidston prints! I love love love those gorgeous swans and I am excited to try out the new shirt dress style. I managed to miss out on the penguin dress earlier in the season so I will be snapping this one up quick sharp!
Yep, you read that right! This beautiful mustard frock is indeed from Tesco! It’s sheer perfection in every way from the colour to the vintage shape and holy moly can we discuss those sleeves? See you all in aisle seventies.
This balloon print dress from Sugarhill Boutique at House of Fraser was obviously going to catch my eye due to that fabulous print! I do love any opportunity to wear a fiesta and those balloons are particularly pretty. I’m also really loving the ease of wearing tunics at the moment as they are so fab for layering and now that it’s getting colder (brrr) I’ll soon be cracking out the chunky tights and knitwear.
Last but not least we have this beautiful pink babydoll dress from my loves, M&S. I find you can’t go wrong with a good ruffle or two and that neck is pretty special isn’t it? The blush colour is such a gorgeous shade and, well, do I even need to mention my love for those sleeves?
We have come up with a snazzy new look in honour of Red Nose Day, who want as many people as possible to make their faces funny for money in order to raise important funds that will help poor and vulnerable people both here in the UK and in Africa. You know the drill! It’s time to crack out the face paint, the silly wigs and, of course, the red noses and raise some important funny money! Now, some might argue that our faces are quite the hoot as it is but we’ve added to the comedy (unbelievable, I know) with some eyebrow raising Red Nose Day spectacles from Specsavers, which are available in store for £3. If you’ve always wanted to look like a cross between Cara Delevingne and Bert from The Muppets then these are the specs for you.
What do you mean those aren’t red noses? Should’ve gone to Specsavers! Boom boom. These jokes don’t write themselves, y’know.
If you happen to be in Bristol today (Thursday 19th) then pop into Specsavers on Merchant Street between 1pm and 4pm to help them mark their 30th birthday and to get involved with some Red Nose Day fun! There will be goody bags, hidden 50% off glasses vouchers (hopefully your eyesight is good enough to find them!) and, the deal breaker, BALLOONS FOR ALL! There will also be the opportunity to make a donation to Rose Nose Day in return for a glasses MOT or you can make your face funny for money with their professional photobooth and props. You might even win a free pair of designer specs in the process!
Red Nose Day will be held on Friday 13th of March, which is surely the perfect date to scare the living daylights out of your neighbour with your new facial arrangement! We fully expect to see your faces looking suitable silly.
Benefit at House of Fraser Bristol kindly invited some local bloggers for an evening of makeup, wine, cakes and sweets in order to introduce us to the rocking world of Rockatuer, Benefit’s latest blusher. As Benefit fans, it was hard to resist an evening of indulging in all of their pretty offerings!
We both LOVE makeup but are by no means experts so it was really useful to watch the Benebabes, the lovely Lucy and Kate, demonstrate how things should be applied. We both find buying makeup quite an overwhelming experience. There’s just so much choice and I (Jo) am usually far too self conscious to ask for help from one of the assistants. I have tended to go for Benefit purely because I like the packaging and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone here! Thankfully for me, Benefit packs just as much substance as it does style!
Lucy showed us how easily the Rockateur blush, which is £23.50, can be layered up to take it from daytime wear to an evening look. We were both really impressed with the beautiful rose-gold colour and how nicely it lifts the face. Benefit describe this blush as being for “girls who don’t blush easily” which perfectly fits the cheeky tone of the brand and is also true of the product! Lucy then used the Watt’s Up highlighter, £24.50, (which I loved so much I ended up buying – naughty!) to bring out Kate’s cheekbones and used the Smokin’ Eyes Kit, £28.50, to create a beautiful smokey eye. The look was completed with a quick swish of the They’re Real mascara, £19.50. Smashing.
After the demonstration, we were all given the opportunity to have ours brows mapped. This involved measuring to find the exact points at which our eyebrows should be! After marking out the perfect points, Lucy used Benefit’s Brow Zings (£23.50) to create the new brow. The transformation was surprisingly drastic and we both loved our newly improved look! For me, it turns out that my eyebrow shape is as it should be but that I should add a bit of length! I’ve already got quite a lot of brow so I was slightly unnerved about adding more but it turns out it’s a much better look!
Jo: I bought this beautiful Cath Kidston dress a couple of months ago from the St Peter’s Hospice charity shop in Clifton Village, Bristol. I did an audible gasp when I saw it on the rack! It’s exactly my style with its beautiful sleeves, autumnal colours, floral print and unusual neckline. Phwoar! With all that going for it and the fact it was my size, it was clearly meant to be! The slight dip in temperature meant I could finally wear it last week and, I’m pleased to report, it was certainly worth the wait! I teamed it with black patterned tights from Topshop and my F&F red polka-dot shoes (reviewed here). Continue reading She and Home: Benefit Cosmetics→
We have gone sale mad here and are set to hit the sales this weekend. Dresses from £5, yes please! If you are not able to get to the shops before the sales finish, check out our favourite online sale items below from Tatty Devine, Dahlia, Tesco, New Look, Oliver Bonas, Fox and Feather and H&M. If it rains I’ll be racing you to the online checkout. Kerching!
If you know anywhere that has a great sale at the moment, tweet us @sheandhem and let us know.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.