24 Jul
3

Summer essentials with TK Maxx

Hooray for regular clothes!  I can’t even tell you how good it feels to be out and about and like myself again (only with the addition of the best little guy in the world).  Some of my old clothes fit on but the style doesn’t feel quite right you know?  Anyway…   nothing a little TK Maxx haul couldn’t fix.

I am genuinely so happy to partner with TK Maxx over the next few months – I always find myself bragging about my bargains to friends and family and anyone who will listen (aka instagram stories).  So I headed in store, FYI the Argyle Street Glasgow store is awesome right now, with really no particular idea of what I was looking for other than something summery.  Turns out high waisted jeans are totally my thing right now and I found my fav designer denim brand at 75% off so that was a given…  I’m such a sucker for linen in the summer and this blouse really appealed to the boho mama in me.  I took a wander round the shoe and bag sections and was pretty stoked to find this basket bag for a tenner – hello bag of the summer…  for ten pounds, did I say that already?  TEN POUNDS.  Yep.

Now while this isn’t going to turn into one of those blogs that’s all about the baby, you’re gonna have to indulge me from time to time…  And when I passed the newborn bits on the way to the fitting room and, well, basically I saw this linen romper and it was just too beautiful and matched perfectly with my blouse and I had honestly been looking at them online earlier this week thinking I couldn’t justify £30 for something that would only fit him for a month.  Anyway, I flipped the pricetag and it said £6.99 and it was in my basket, no question.  So forgive me for turning into one of those mum bloggers just this once (or just now and again)…

shirt, jeans, sandals, sunglasses, belt & bag – TK Maxx
linen romper – TK Maxx

With thanks to TK Maxx for supporting this post.

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18 Jul
4

Hunter

Never before have I felt a love like this…  Hunter arrived safely a week ago and, honestly, nothing can prepare you for the love you feel the moment you set eyes on the tiny person you’ve been growing for nine months – every time I look at him my heart is close to bursting.  Our little family is complete.

bassinet – Design Dua   |   blanket – Boden
PJ Mamma romper – No+Mi    |   alpaca hat – Etsy

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10 Jul
2

Nine months

And just like that the nine month mark is here…  what seemed like it would forever be far away in the future is now and our world is about to change more than we can imagine.

Honestly I never thought I’d be one of those girls who feels ‘ready’ but the past two weeks have been spent with baby feet wedged up under my ribs and those little butterfly kicks have turned into an assault on my body from 5pm to midnight, daily.  I haven’t tied my own shoes for a month, it takes me an hour to eat a child sized meal because someone is taking up all the space, I walk so slowly that grannies smile at me as they overtake and my San Pellegrino habit has reached a new and expensive level as my thirst is seemingly unquenchable.  The nursery corner is complete and the freezer is stocked with home cooked meals and there’s nothing left to do but wait.  My body is unrecognisable and I am in awe of nature and what she can achieve – I remind myself that I have grown a person in here and, in spite of the hands and feet that I see pushing through my belly towards the outside world, it still seems so inconceivable that this tiny, little human will be here with us soon, so loved and in our arms.  There is nothing left to prepare…  and yet I still feel completely unprepared for what lies ahead…

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7 Jul
2

The hospital dash

It’s the strangest thing knowing that something so huge is on the horizon…  and yet not knowing when.  Much to the husband’s relief my hospital bag is finally packed, save the going home outfit which proves to be somewhat elusive – online searches reveal that something loose and comfortable will be best and yet I can’t get images of Kate beaming at the hospital exit, perfectly coiffed and beautiful…  In any case, there’s a good chance my ‘going home outfit’ might well wind up being my going in outfit but in the meantime I wanted to share some of my essentials, the ones I know for sure are coming with me…

nightshirt – Next
geo studio nursery bag – Joolz
flowers – Mud   |   rug – Next
essential hospital box – No+Mi London (use FIFI10 for 10% off)

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The lovely girls from No+Mi London sent over one of their essential hospital boxes which is just full of gorgeous goodies including snacks and toiletries and a water bottle and that super cute baby grow as well as the Baby Owner’s Manual (defo need that!) and these cashmere socks for mama – sometimes you get so consumed with everything you need for baby that you can forget about yourself but I know these little luxuries are going to be so welcome when the time comes.  Please do check out their boxes, the baby ones are so beautiful too, and you can use the code FIFI10 for 10% off too.

I’ve treated myself to a new nightshirt from Next and a super soft wrap robe (although I have been warned that maternity wards are hotter than hell) as well as disposable panties, oh the glamour…  but seriously, who wants to bring home that kinda washing from hospital?

The baby bag is stuffed with the usual suspects like nappies and teeny tiny outfits and this perfect blanket from Boden (you need one of the ones with the holes at the start I’m told).  Something which I truly struggled with was a wooly hat, ’tis July after all, but the midwife advised that wool on a newborn is simply the best in the first day or two until their temperature regulates.  I finally found this cute one on Etsy which I just hope fits…  one more unknown is of course the size.

The husband has compiled a playlist of what he deems relaxing labour music (I believe there are ocean waves and most of the Big Little Lies soundtrack) which I’m hoping to zone out to…  I’ve had these Sudio Vasa Bla wireless earphones for a couple months now and they are the jam, seriously – if you ever find yourself in a situation where you want music in your ears but the freedom to move around without choking yourself on errant cables (you know, like in labour… or the gym) then get yourself some of these and use the code THANKFIFI15 for 15% off.

Shall we talk boobs for just a moment?  Ok then.  Honestly, finding pretty pieces and dealing with the, erm, body changes (a D to a G my friends!) has been a challenge but I’m feeling a lot happier now I’ve found these gorgeous lacies from Panache!  No underwires and about 5 width options with the hooks at the back so they should be good for now and later…  although I’ve packed two sizes just in case.

And finally a couple of my everyday favs, not all just for pregnancy mind you, some for life.  Jo Malone Red Roses has fast become my scent of the moment, truly divine, you know when you spritz and breathe in and it makes you close your eyes and smile?  Yeah, that.

My Alex Carro facial oil…  I blame this for an expensive habit – what started as a blog gift has turned me…  so now rather than using body moisturiser on my face (for the past twenty years) I’m finding myself spending £60 on this little guy but, honestly and truly, it’s amazing and there’s just no going back.  Smells like a spa on your face and, I know it’s not what it’s meant for but, I’ve not had a spot of eczema for months now.  Priceless.  Use the code THANKFIFI15 for 15% off + free shipping.

And lastly the Sanctuary Mum to Be body butter.  Another one that started with a gift, this one from a thoughtful friend, and turned out to be indispensable.  It glides on, smells divine and there’s no sign of stretch marks which I am feeling pretty pleased about.

Only thing left is the final packed bag…  for the MrK and Tux.  The in-laws are on standby for dog collection any day now and the boys have no idea what’s coming their way.  But then, do any of us?

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5 Jul
2

Last minute mama

If you know me at all you know I am not the most organised girl in the world…  but I have been getting my last minute mama on with a little help from Collectplus (picking up deliveries at 9.30pm on a Sunday evening from the shop round the corner – now that’s more my style!).

Head over here to see the full post and a look at my essentials including this gorgeous tube dress from Isabella Oliver, a new Click & Collect partner.  Plus Isabella Oliver are offering 15% off full priced clothing with the promotional code ‘Collect15′ – winning all round!

wallace dress – Isabella Oliver
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4 Jul
5

Simple summer soundtrack

Keeping things simple at this stage to be completely honest…  a heavy jersey jumpsuit that pulls on and off in one shot (I’ve got to thank Free People for championing loose shapes that mean these kind of non maternity pieces work now as well as after) and footwear I can slip on and off all by myself.  No word of a lie when I tell you that laces are well beyond my capabilities right now and the husband has been helping me, cinderella style, for the past month with shoes and boots.  Flip flops are the business and these iQushions from Fitflop are like walking on air…  Accessorised with layered necklaces (the boho earth mama strikes again) and what is surely the hat of the season from Next – straw and pompoms?!

So maybe a final beach walk just the four of us…  we strolled at tortoise pace along the sands and really savoured these moments, just us, remembering when this watermelon was just a sesame seed and wondering what life will be like when everything changes.  Hoping the baby will love the beach just like the rest of us, resting on the warm sand and listening to the waves.  The husband is compiling a soundtrack for the hospital and suggested recording the sounds of Troon but we wagered that the softly crashing waves would be rendered virtually mute by the persistent tune of the black dog’s digging barks (that boy loves to dig) and that maybe those wouldn’t be the most relaxing sounds to enter the world to – although perhaps the most fitting for life as we know it…

heiress jumpsuit – Free People (on sale)
iQushion flip flops – Fitflop
straw hat – Next   |   straw bag – Matalan
necklace – Essentia   |   trevally necklace – Stella & Dot
simple knot cuff – Stella & Dot

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30 Jun
2

Home tour – boho bedroom makeover

The husband jokes that I am turning into some kind of bohemian earth mama…  I’m ok with that.  Our bedroom turned from basic and minimal (although looking at these ‘before’ pics I am more inclined to say sparse and completely void of character) into a sanctuary.  You know when you go stay in a hotel and you wonder why your bedroom at home can’t be just as calming and pretty?  Turns out it can.  Scroll down for the details and some ‘before’ pics…

It would be fair to say we started with a blank canvas – white walls, cream carpet, white Ikea units, etc.  I wanted to create a feature wall and pored over the Farrow & Ball colours for a looooong time before eventually going super dark with Studio Green, actually their trend colour for the year, and painting a broken line with the roller around eye level.  The colour is so, I’m not sure how best to describe it, maybe deep?  Like a cool, thick, green in the daylight and almost blackish by night, perfectly matt – I’m super happy with how it turned out.  And these terracotta swallows I stumbled across in a little Portugese boutique, Casa Cubista, just swoop above and below the line beautifully.

I had some job convincing the husband that ‘pink’ bedding was the way to go but last night, unprovoked, he even said to me, ‘You know, I really like the colour of the bedding, it’s not really pink.’  Well, sorry dude, it is.  But the washed linen is so muted that, apparently if you dress it up right, you can even get it past the man in your life – green and pink is one of my favourite colour combinations and against this wall it’s far from feminine.  I got this set from La Redoute (30% off right now) and it is honestly the softest, most beautiful linen to sleep on and, now this is a major bonus for me, it actually looks better if you don’t iron it – the dream.

The printed cushions are a selection from my beloved bluebellgray and this one, Cactus, is definitely a new favourite, kind of a sneak peek too launching later this month, and I love it next to that giant monster plant.  I searched hard for the perfect rocker (thinking about middle of the night baby moments) and found this rattan one at La Redoute which I adore – it’s simple and natural with the bamboo and fits with the whole feel of the room so well.

Next up, transforming those units.  Enter Superfront.  A genius little company specifically designed to take your plain Ikea units to the next level with beautiful legs and handles.  I’m in.  The cocoa brass trunk handles were a winner for me and, because the screws are the perfect depth for Ikea pieces, they were literally a doddle to drill and screw in place (ok, I’ll confess, my Dad did the drilling but he said it was a doddle).

   

We can hold Pinterest responsible for the hours I lost online shopping for a huge round, gold edged mirror.  Let me save you the bother.  This one, from Laura Ashley, is the biggest and most affordable one out there.  It took a month to arrive but it was so worth the wait.  That’s one metre round of perfect mirror.

The finishing touches are always those bits and pieces that take time – I have been picking up pots and baskets on trips to TK Maxx…  for months.  The rattan woven wall art I also found at Laura Ashley (it’s on sale too now) and I gotta say I’m pretty tempted to get the smaller size as well and have a pair…  The aloe vera is from Next and, shhh, don’t judge me but, it’s faux.  I am truly terrible at keeping plants alive so this little guy was made for me and, honestly, with the natural rubbery look of a succulent, you really cannot tell.  The gorgeous flowers came courtesy of Mud Urban Flowers, a gorgeous Glasgow company with such a great concept – a daily, seasonal bouquet delivered to your door in a cute carrier from £19.  I am seriously tempted to subscribe

And a couple of final bits…  The bedside lights are from, wait for it, B&Q.  Thirty quid each my friends – don’t think I need to say any more about that.  The bohemian headboard kinda happened by accident – I ordered this rug from Next and when I laid it out on the bed (for a flatlay, as you do) I realised the width was spot on so I tried it, and it worked, so it stayed.  And last but by no means least, the macrame wallhanging.  The husband got this from Etsy for my Christmas, after a couple of not so subtle hints, and it was probably the starting point for the whole room.

   

So that’s my sanctuary and I truly, truly love it.  In light of the sleepless nights that are no doubt on the horizon, at least they’ll be spent here in our little oasis of calm.

If you would like to see my other home tour posts you can find them here – the budget kitchen makeover is a favourite.

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26 Jun
4

Big shapes & Kenzo tiger heads

Because Asos White have a whole lot of big shapes and volume that just work for this obscure time (i.e. my big shape and volume)…  Had this knot detail top saved on my wishlist for about a month and when it finally went on sale this week I pulled the trigger.  So yeah, it might be meant for showing off glimpses of toned, tanned abs but that just ain’t happening right now (if you wanna see a rock hard, all be it tanned, basketball then I’m your girl) but it works over the cami pretty well and should see me through the next couple weeks – as well as the months after that.  The matching culottes are also wishlisted but I’ll leave those to the hands of fate; if they’re still available when they’re gonna fit then maybe I’ll go for ’em.

And can we also talk about these Kenzo shoes just real quick?  Remember those sweatshirts with the tiger head that everyone (or was it just me?) really craved a couple years back?  Well, Flannels opened a new store in Silverburn last week and the moment my eyes met these espadrilles, with those embroidered tiger heads, it was love.  Dreams.  Come.  True.  And you know what else?  For a hundred bucks I bet they get way more wear than one of those sweatshirts ever would have…

top – Asos White (on sale)   |   cami – Topshop (regular fit)
zadie jeans – Isabella Oliver (on sale)
Kenzo tiger head esapdrilles – Flannels
Ray Ban aviators – Zalando (on sale)   |   metropolis bag – Furla
fatima hands bracelet – Thomas Sabo
engraved bracelet – Merci Maman

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20 Jun
2

About Saturday night

When you’re 37 weeks pregnant and you gotta do a Saturday night out with the girls…  not for any last ditch pre baby knees up, but for a birthday.  You want to dress your time-bomb bump for the occasion but options are becoming increasingly limited.  Fall back to the Enza Costa dress (I got two from The Outnet near the start of my pregnancy, although they’re not maternity, and they’ve been invaluable and forgiving in their stretchiness) and something knotted over the top – this time a Zara shirt.  Big bags are my jam right now, soon to be filled with nappies and bottles but for now toting spare jackets and all that other stuff girls like to bring on nights out – this one by Boden in my favourite tan that works with everything and with tassels (win) and on sale (the win win).

Somehow heels are still in the mix for me, I’m practiced maybe, I don’t know, but they honestly don’t feel like a struggle.  Ask me to run after an errant dog down the beach and that’s another story…  3 steps barefoot and I was almost eating sand – my centre of gravity is, erm, somewhat askew…

shirt – Zara   |   Enza Costa dress – The Outnet
boots – Tommy Hilfiger   |   maxi tassel pouch bag – Boden (on sale)
Ray Ban aviators – Zalando   |   wisdom bracelet – Astley Clarke (on sale)

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16 Jun
8

Abstract

This Asos blouse rocks my big ol’ pregnant world.  The pastels, the print, the high neck, the balloon sleeves and all those little gold buttons down the back…  and it comes in maternity for gals like me and regular for everyone else.  So yeah, I’ve been wearing it basically every day since it arrived.  That happens.

And I just want to give a little shout out to this Reiss blazer which has been a hero through my pregnancy and the best thing is that it’s obviously just regular fit so it’ll keep going the miles way after too.  And it’s on sale so that’s awesome.

So this is what I wore for MrK’s tenth birthday dinner because, yeah, my social life is that wild right now that I get dressed up, literally, for the dog’s dinner.  Don’t judge me.

venn blazer – Reiss (on sale)
blouse – Asos (and non-maternity)   |    shorts – Asos (and non-maternity)
sneakers – Lacoste   |   Ray-Ban aviators – Zalando (on sale)
battersea bag & strap – Modalu

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Fashion, travel and life with Mr K and Tux (they're the furry ones). By Wendy H Gilmour.

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