Around this time last year we picked our favourite colourful tea dresses from Love Ur Look, and they went down a storm. This year, if you can believe it, things have only gone and got even more colourful! Even though we’ve gone with a similar tea dress style, this isn’t a case of same old, same old, as we’ve doubled down on the fun factor with these two beauties. Both dresses look exceptionally pretty with their tie waists and cute sleeves, and they are so flattering that they even do an excellent job of hiding our ever growing baby bumps! Neither are maternity dresses, but that doesn’t hold us back when we see an fabulous frock. We both tend to size up when the dress has a relatively loose fit and it always seems to do the trick, as there was plenty of room for the babies and the huge afternoon tea we ate after the shoot (see here)!
I (Victoria) was blown away with the 1950’s Doris Door Dress*, because it reminds me of all the glorious doors in my Bristol neighbourhood, so much so that I now refer to this as my “Bristol Door Dress”. Hopefully Love Ur Look won’t mind. I’ve only worn it once, but it had so many compliments that I’ve decided save it to wear to a wedding next weekend. I absolutely love the wide neck and big yellow buttons, it’s just so blooming fun! Jo’s equally excellent Pink Candy Print Dress* features cupcakes, donuts, milkshakes and more. Just when you think it couldn’t get any sweeter, you notice the special touches like the yellow rim, giant green buttons and charming cap sleeves. And that’s not even the best Love Ur Look news! Since we shot these pictures, both dresses have gone into the sale. Hooray! It’s especailly good news as I’ve fallen for this Green Apple Shirt Dress. Core blimey. Hopefully I’ll pip everyone else to getting hold of that!
We’ve been fully on the 70’s fashion bandwagon for a while now, in fact we spent the majority of our last London Fashion Week back in February top to toe in 70s garb! Thankfully this is one trend that’s here to stay which we are pretty happy about as we totally have the hair for the era! There’s something so dreamy about flares and fab prints! So when those groovy folks at Boohoo gave us the opportunity to further embrace our inner Marcia Brady as part of their 70’s Vibe campaign, we couldn’t resist! Right on!
We decided to really try and experiment with our 70’s looks as previously we have stuck firmly to dresses! Victoria pushed the boat out with her cool cat denim jumpsuit but felt surprisingly at ease – and not at all dorky in it! We both couldn’t get over how flattering it is! She layered it over a high necked floral crop top which worked perfectly and will no doubt look equally as ace when teamed with skirts and trousers. Her suedette tassel bag really finished the look off nicely with the fringing complimenting the look to the max! Speaking of suede, I couldn’t resist trying the must have piece of the season, the suede skirt! We weren’t disappointed with this soon to be staple and gee wizz we love how Boohoo have made theirs stand out with the contrasting shades of brown. I teamed it with a white flared sleeve top which is such a simple way to elevate any outfit to instant 70’s chic and one which really made me want to waft my arms around! To add a pop of colour (and to follow in the fashionable footsteps of some of our fellow bloggers) I thought I would try my hand at the neckerchief look and finished off with some trusty suedette loafers! Gnarly.
Thanks a lot for our new threads Boohoo! We love our new transitional pieces and can’t wait to rock them from now until Christmas!
Victoria wears the Rachel Denim Wide Leg Dungaree Jumpsuit, Clara Autumn Floral Roll Neck Tee and the Daisy Suedette Fringed Duffle Bag all from Boohoo* with Orla Kiely for Clarks boots. Jo wears the Mya Suedette Contrast Trim Button Through Skirt, Nina 2/4 Frill Sleeve Tee, Willow Metallic Trim Suedette Loafer and an Amber Bandana Print Neckerchief all from Boohoo*.
This rad post was written in collaboration with Boohoo
One of the many fantastic things that has come from writing She and Hem has been the opportunity to discover, work with, and support new and exciting brands! We were therefore absolutely thrilled when Love Ur Look, who launched their first full collection in 2013, got in touch with us and invited us to style a couple of their dresses. A quick gander at their dream of a website later and we were rather in love with their look!
Love Ur Look is the creation of Ronke Fashola, a graduate from the London College of Fashion who has decided to take her love for vintage fashion and put it into her own label. The website is certainly a treasure trove of retro loveliness and we found it rather difficult (as always) to narrow down our choices! We eventually settled on two tea dresses in equally fun prints! Victoria went for the Bluebird* whilst I (Jo) went for the Doll* print. Aren’t the bright colours just lovely? We certainly felt suitably jazzy in them! They are really nice and flattering too with a tie waist, big buttons and even bigger pockets. We ridiculously decided to take these photos on the hottest day of the year so we can also confirm that their relaxed fit also helps to keep you nice and cool too!
Due to the heat and the boldness of our frocks we both decided to let our of dresses do the talking but we did both plump for a fun shoe to complete our looks! Victoria’s pink bow pumps are from Primark whilst my heart shoes are from ASOS.
The red carpet has been rolled out in Bristol this week for the return of the South West’s largest fashion event, Bristol Fashion Week at The Mall. Thousands of stylish Bristolians will be strutting over to The Mall to catch one of the 17 catwalk shows, hosted by Lucy Watson from Made in Chelsea and Lorraine Kelly’s BFF/TV stylist Mark Heyes. This year the show has a travel theme, with the entrance of the purpose built pavilion styled as an airport departure lounge and each store has put together a cool collection of on-trend looks, based on gap years, summer holidays and safari chic.
We flew in on Wednesday night and, in true She and Hem style, were the last to board flight S/S15, with a one way ticket to the land of denim, swish 70’s and our personal favourite, brights. We saw so many outfits, the Bristol Fashion Week tailor must be swift. His career will certainly take off!
After the show, we had a stop over at M&S in The Mall to check out the new Limited Edition collection, hang out with lovely local bloggers and eat ALL of the cheese. I (Victoria) fell in love with the Paisley Print Dress that Lily is beautifully modelling below and Jo’s yellow M&S Limited Edition No Peep Dress was certainly first class! In addition to her gorgeous M&S dress, Jo wore brown beads (old) also from M&S, spotty tights from UK Tights, Urban Outfitters boots and her Kate Spade bag. I wore a vintage 1970’s dress from Portobello Road with my brown Orla Kiely for Clarks heels and black tights from UK Tights. My belt is from New Look and black floppy hat from ASOS. We both accessoried with M&S flowers!
Will we be seeing you at Bristol Fashion Week 2016?
During London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015, we spent three incredibly fun days attending shows, randomly bumping into blogger buddies and drinking several palm trees worth of Vita Coco. With British fashion stronger than ever, we were so happy to be in the capital for one of our favourite events of the year. Second only to pancake day, obviously.
On day one, with a strong coffee in hand, we headed over to Somerset House super early ready for the first show of the season, J.JS Lee. After the show, and before bumping into the lovely Joseph and Kristabel, we took a few outfit photos in the midst of all the fashionable fun. We were very kindly loaned a few beautiful items from the glorious Heartfelt Vintage in Bristol. I (Victoria) wore an original 1970’s black velvet skirt with a colorful jacket by House of Frou Frou, both from Heartfelt Vintage. My white shirt is from Marks & Spencer, the yellow square shoulder bag is vintage and my new favourite Dilly heels are Orla Kiely for Clarks. Jo’s floral 1950’s dress and vintage cloche also came from Heartfelt vintage, which she teamed with a black leather jacket from Marks & Spencer, a yellow Westminster bag from Boden and black round heel ankle boots from The Whitepepper.
Keep an eye out for London Fashion Week Day 2 and 3 OOTD’s next week!
One of our favourite things about being a blogging duo (other than always having someone around to tell you that you have cookie in your hair) is planning and partaking in joint shoots. We’ve really mastered the art of prancing around in front of a camera in public spaces while trying to act super casual when a bunch of tourists walk past. Believe me, when you are dressed in matching floral dresses at 9am on a sunny day in Bath, this can be quite tricky…but it’s always hilarious!
I embraced my inner lady (she’s in there somewhere….) and wore pink AND hearts. I kept my look pretty simple, not only because we popped to do to this shoot en-route to Manchester, but also because I often think that a dress with this much awesome floralness going on deserves all of the attention! Jo kindly lent me her white Amazon sunglasses to compliment my very respectable New Look pink block heels. Wow, becoming a fashion blogger has really broadened my girly horizons!
Jo’s wondrous look, which I’ve decided to call ‘laid-back glam’, features those lush Topshop sunglasses and She and Hem staples, brown Topshop brogues. The vintage elements are brought to you in the form of a beauteousOlivia Burton watch and vintage brown belt, with simple black George tights. Our fab dresses are both from my new favourite people, Traffic People*!
Now go and enjoy this marvelous sunshine Hemsters!
Do you own any dresses that are just so perfect for you that you can wear them again and again and never get bored? Well I certainly do, and would jubilee’ve it, this is one of those dresses! This remarkably jolly, vintage inspired River Island number features teeny soldiers, blue horses and marching bands all having a right royal knees up and I just love it! Jubilicious!
Even though the dress is pretty jazzy, it’s still very versatile. On this occasion the sun was shining and I was feeling adventurous, so I decided to throw on as many colours as I could and head out for some larks, ending with a glorious sunset (the perfect ready made filter!). The red cardigan from Just Blue* works wonders for this quirky pattern by bringing out the bunting and the union jacks, as do the white Matalan tights. Even though this was a casual outfit, I couldn’t resist bringing a little razzle-dazzle with my silver sandals from Topshop and my absolute favourite Boden* bag. You can call me Queen V…
The star of the show on the Hema Kaul A/W14 catwalk at London Fashion Week was this absolutely beautiful 1950’s dress, with it’s stunning chiffon full skirt and it’s glorious long sleeved fitted silk top. We both fell head over heels in love with it and have been swooning over it ever since!
Hema Kaul travels the world to source materials for her designs, to create a very unique, delicate and feminine style – which we hope our photographs from the show reflect. The collection is crammed full of clinched in waists (a She and Hem favourite), which created such pretty silhouettes along the catwalk.
I believe there is something positively magical about taking a piece of clothing that already has it’s own history, and maybe a few more miles on the clock than yourself, and restyling it to give it a whole new lease of life!
While I have a tenderness for trends and am particularly prone to pastels, when it comes to fashion it is nice and novel to have an item that nobody else has. So when I found this vintage pink coat recently I was truly tickled pink and had to shout it from the mountain tops! Unfortunately we don’t have many mountains in Bristol, so I made do with the nearest hill…
On Saturday, I popped over to Chepstow in Wales to attend a vintage street fayre organised by Vintage Vision and lots of fab volunteers who all love all things vintage! Due to the rather inclement weather, the fayre was moved from the street and into a local village hall. Fortunately, what could have been a damp squib turned out to be the perfect location for the variety of charming stalls made up of vintage clothing, accessories and homeware. There was also a design workshop for children, so their parents could focus on oodles of shopping. I spotted some gorgeous vintage clothes for children, and my niece and I fell for this floral dress below.
The ladies at Vintage Vision have a good understanding of what constitutes ‘vintage’ and will sell items from 1880 to 1980 that are classically beautiful, fashionable or just plain lovely. They are also up for a good party and have a unique selection of ‘cheesy’ vintage for fancy dress. I popped into the shop after visiting the fayre and they currently have some really beautiful 1950’s dresses in stock, so if you are local, do pay a visit!