Friday, 13 July 2018

OOTD Maternity | One Final Fuschia Fling

So, we’ve come pretty much to the end of the road when it comes to maternity fashion, because my little one is due any day now!

Despite knowing I was pregnant a lot earlier this time around, time still seems to have flown. I’ve been so busy with work and family life with our son Theodore, that I haven’t had much time to sit daydreaming about this new arrival - one of the many differences with a second baby to a first!

I’m definitely not so patient with this last little bit. I’m now on maternity leave from work, although I haven’t found it as much of a hard adjustment as last time around - having Theo automatically gives each day a natural rhythm and routine that I missed when stopping work before.

Since then, I’ve met up with friends I made at pregnancy pilates, finished off some chores around the nursery (baby grows seem to multiply when they all need washing and pressing…) and now I’m in this weird limbo wondering when our bundle will arrive!

Throughout this pregnancy, I’ve had much more fun with maternity fashion, and have enjoyed exploring the intersection between my personal style and the comfort you need to accommodate a growing bump.

I’ve also learnt that just because you become a mummy, you don’t need to entirely change your style - just make a few practical adjustments from time to time. It’s been lovely to share this on the blog.


Tuesday, 10 July 2018

What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag | The Ultimate Guide

What should you pack when you go into hospital to have your baby?

It’s a popular topic, and for many first-time mums, it’s the great unknown. There are so many things that you can’t plan about a birth, but making sure you have the right supplies with you to ensure you and your baby are comfortable is one thing you DO get a say in.

In all honesty, I think that both times I’ve been about to give birth, having a well-prepped hospital bag ready to go has been a huge part of my coping mechanism.

I’m currently 38 weeks pregnant with baby number two, so you may think I’d know what to expect this time, but the truth is that each birth is unique, and I’m aware this experience may be completely different to delivering my son Theo. What I do know, however, is what I took with me to the hospital before that proved genuinely useful.

Last time, I found the NHS Choices website a great resource for letting me know what the hospital was expecting me to take. But what I found even more helpful were blog posts and videos from real mums - so here is mine!


Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Paul Smith Warehouse Sale | Designer Haul

Of all the many joys of being pregnant, the fashion isn’t really one of them! This time around, I’ve definitely been bolder and bought more maternity pieces, but I still find myself gazing at my Insta feed and dreaming of being able to wear normal clothes again and not have to plan my outfits around bumps or breastfeeding!

Paul Smith designs have always been a favourite of mine - I love the smart tailoring and quirky prints - and I’ve had a couple of pieces from there, but it's definitely a special treat.

This month, I managed to secure some coveted tickets to the annual Warehouse Sale, which fell on my birthday. I went along expecting a few tables of things, only to find a huge unit (looking back, the clue was probably in the title!) full of beautiful items at jaw-dropping prices. I was like a kid in a candy shop.

So I may have gone a little over the top and treated myself, but you don’t get many opportunities like this. Here’s what I found:


Wednesday, 27 June 2018

#LFBeauty Box Review | June 2018

Like a breath of fresh air, the Look Fantastic beauty box has really revitalised my love of beauty subscription services. While Glossybox, Birchbox and Latest In beauty have all proved hit-and-miss for me, LF have so far been really consistent in delivering exciting new items that I’ve loved trying out. Every box so far has been exciting! So when the June offering landed, I practically skipped to the Post Office to collect it…

June’s box was all about helping us to embrace summer, and as we’re actually having a hot, sunny one for once, I am totally on board with that. The focus is on hydration, luminosity and rejuvenating products, and there were some brilliant brands and great treats on offer…


How To Find The Perfect Gift For Your Partner

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The pressure of finding the perfect gift for your boyfriend when it’s their birthday can be pretty hard to handle in many ways.

You really don’t want to get it wrong and disappoint them, but when you’ve been buying them gifts for years, it can sometimes be difficult to keep things fresh and relevant. But if you’re currently drawing a blank, don’t worry because you’ve come to the right place.

There are some tips that will help you find interesting gifts, so read on to find out more.

Monday, 18 June 2018

OOTD Maternity | Green Goddess ft ASOS

*Cue stirring synthesiser beat* It’s the final countdowwwwwn…

Well, I can’t quite believe it myself, but here I am at 35 weeks pregnant. The hospital bag is packed, the baby grows are washed, I’m prepping my handover notes for maternity leave from work, and our little girl could be arriving at any point. Being pregnant the second time around is definitely a very different experience from when I had my son, but it’s still raced by.

I’ve enjoyed sharing some maternity fashion posts this time around, something I didn’t do with my first pregnancy, other than one wedding guest outfit. I think it's mainly to do with having a lot more maternity clothes this time and having to wear them earlier, but also with becoming more confident with the intersection between my personal style and the practicalities of motherhood.
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