9 Jun
3

Watermelon smuggler

What’s black, white and smuggling a watermelon?  Yep, that’d be me.

One thing I’ve come to realise is that an army of dresses opens up the rest of my closet and I can layer many of my regular, pre baby body, tops provided I knot them above the bump.  Often there’s not enough spare material for the knot but a hair tie keeps things in place just the same way it would a bun in your hair.  This dress from Next is super comfortable and absolutely budget friendly which is great news with only a few weeks more wear…  The Cecilie Copenhagen top not so kind on the purse but I get my money’s worth I assure you.

A weekend of closet organising awaits me…  a task I love to put off but with the imminent new arrival it won’t do any harm to slim down the rails and shelves to a slightly more organised chaos.  Happy Friday.x

top – Cecilie Copenhagen   |   maternity dress – Next
boots – Reiss
bleecker bag – Reiss   |   scarf – Burberry
Ray-Ban aviators – Zalando

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7 Jun
4

Eight months

Hey little one…  I’m not sure there’s any space for you to grow any bigger.

My belly is tight like a drum and someone is playing that drum day and night from the inside, with gusto.  I get feet in my ribs and my belly button looks like it could just pop right off – in fact I’m pretty sure this baby is also starting to feel like it’s stuck in rather neat quarters.  But I make sure to give him, or her, reassuring rubs and to say that there is no hurry, stay cosy – because at this stage I am quite aware that things could really get moving any time and I just haven’t quite wrapped my head around that yet.  Meanwhile the nesting instinct is in full force…  for the husband.  He makes multiple journeys to the tip each week and I am certain that in months to come many of my prized possessions will be at the bottom of a landfill or winging their way to African children via the charity clothing bin at the end of our street.  But, I will admit, our home is looking, well, ‘homely’ and there’s a nursery corner ready and waiting and the four drawers I thought would never be full seem already to be stuffed full of nappies and sterilisers and teeny tiny bodysuits and creams and sheets.  The route to the hospital is well practiced and birthing plan thoughts swirl around my head from the moment I wake up, usually at 5.30am – for the record, the plan is no plan because then for sure things can’t ‘not go to plan’ but that does not stop you from considering every eventuality and wondering just how this journey is going to conclude.  And the names have been chosen, one for each flavour, and I try to picture our baby in my mind, in my arms, and I wonder what will it look like and I just don’t know – to grow a whole other person inside you for eight months and never have met them is just so surreal.  But soon, soon we will meet you and I hope you will love us like we love you already.

 

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5 Jun
1

Nude

Just another easy breezy dress…  standard.  And this colour, the closest thing to naked whilst still being socially acceptable.

dress – Zara   |   suede jacket – Mango
boots – Reiss   |   battersea bag – Modalu
Ray-Ban aviators – Zalando   |   watch – Hugo Boss
necklace Essentia   |   trevally necklace – Stella & Dot

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2 Jun
1

Wedding season with Zalando II

Easy is this swing dress – floaty fabric, roomy enough that I can buy an 8 (non maternity) and still have space for us both, above the knee but not too short, pretty details like the ruffles and the cutout shoulders, on sale and only £60 (by Sister Jane – another brand new to me and discovered through Zalando), versatile enough to be dressed up for wedding season but also cute with sneakers…

Not easy is me, 34 weeks pregnant, getting on and off that wall to ‘get the shot’…  the simple things are becoming…  complicated.

Sister Jane Harvest Moon dress – Zalando (ON SALE)
Steve Madden Teresaa flats – Zalando
Ray Ban aviators – Zalando

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31 May
1

Home Tour – console table Ikea hack

Initial searches for a console table proved to be…  expensive.  I mean, have you ever looked for a console table?  It’s like the least complicated piece of furniture you can own – and yet somehow they were coming in at around £500.  I was searching for something simple, clean and white, that wasn’t going to require a remortgage, to pop out against the bluebellgray wallpaper.

So I did what any good homemaker would do and went to Ikea.  I found the ekby alex shelf for £35 and decided the option of drawers was perfect (aka a ‘dump all the mail in there’ filing system).  The hairpin legs were sourced online from Wicked Hairpins around 18 months ago when the set of four 71cm legs came in at £78…  fast forward to now and the rise in hairpin popularity also dictates a rise in price, up to £236, which is, quite frankly insane – I hunted down this option for £73.

There’s not really a whole lot of DIY prowess involved in this project – just go ahead and screw the legs on.  (I set the back legs forward a little to allow a flush finish against the wall due to my mammoth skirting boards).  Add a couple of ‘objets’ and you’re done.  You can stand back and smile smugly at your handiwork, arms folded, head cocked and tap the screwdriver triumphantly…

morar wallpaper – Bluebellgray
ekby alex shelf – Ikea   |   hairpin legs – Wicked Hairpins (budget here)
ossie owl vase – Graham & Green   |   art – Abbie Mead
fairytale sandals – Sargossa

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Want to see more of my home tour?  Check out the kitchen makeover here.

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29 May
1

Summer’s high street sandals

Three cheers for the bank holiday!  Although honestly my days seems to merge into one big watermelon fuelled blur right now as we crack on with nesting and dog walking and photoshoots and list writing…

But let’s talk shoes.  Or sandals.  These sandals.  Genuine suede and that big glorious O ring detail and only £38.  Next always have such a great selection of leather and suede shoes at super affordable prices and I love them for that – an alarming proportion of the high street seem to palm us off with pleather at the same price and hope we don’t notice…  FYI, I’m on to you.  Not gonna lie, I’m very tempted by the black pair by too.

Zimmermann caravan top – Matches
jeans – Next (in non maternity too)   |   suede sandals – Next
isadore bag – Michael Kors   |   aviators – Ray Ban
bracelets – Astley Clarke and Feather & Stone

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26 May
2

Wedding season with Phase Eight

This colour…  bright, hot, stop you in your tracks red…  so much love for this colour.

I always love Phase Eight for their occasionwear and if you’ve ever watched my instagram stories from the fitting rooms in the House of Fraser store then you probably know that they are the fitting rooms to put all others to shame – think brick walls and high ceilings and filament light bulbs…  My advice?  Book yourself a complimentary stylist appointment and let them do the job of guiding you through the collection, selecting the best styles for the occasion and to suit your body shape while you take relax (and instagram story).

Turns out this swing dress was my match made in heaven, not for the colour alone but also for the forgiving shape – even with le bump the movement is amazing when you walk or dance (yep, just picture a 7 month pregnant lady road-testing dance moves in occasionwear in the University grounds – oh gosh, I just saw a future flash of a ‘mum, you’re sooooo embarassing’ moment).  And one more thing – it has pockets.  I don’t think at this stage in our relationship we need to go into how good I feel about dresses with pockets…

zoe dress – Phase Eight
petal suede heels & clutch – Phase Eight
lara fascinator – Phase Eight

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24 May
2

Urbane – new hair with Sassoon

I finally did it you guys – I got a proper, blunt, jumped in with both feet, fringe.  And a bob.  And it’s for keeps, I mean, I really love it.

You probably know I have been visiting Sassoon Salon in Princes Square for years now and Sharz has my complete trust when it comes to le mop so when we started talking about the new Urbane Collection and he reckoned the pure and simple style of the structured bob could work for me, I was game.  I have been keen to take the plunge for about a year now but been building up to it…  first with the side fringe…  and then with the shaggy fringe…  and now here we are, keeping it simple with straight lines and super healthy, shiny hair but, most importantly to me, this fringe.

These guys really, really know what they’re doing and, more importantly, what works for you.  So it honestly makes me so happy to share an intro offer with you – if you’ve never been before but want to check it out and see what all my fuss is about then it’s simple…

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It’s addictive.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.  I already have my next appointment in the diary, no joke.  I want these bangs trimmed and in line before mini me makes an appearance.  Fortunately my bob is still long enough to tie back into a teeny tiny pony and I might love it that way just as much, with the fringe out doing all the work, and it’s so easy and it looks done.  Love that.  And I suspect ‘easy’ hair is going to be of paramount importance in the coming months…

top – Zara   |   jeans – Next (non maternity here)
heels – Zara   |   trevally necklace – Stella & Dot
hair – Sassoon Salon (quoteTHANKFIFI for 20% off*)

sanday throw – bluebellgray

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22 May
2

Unbuttoned

When your maxi dress won’t do up…  layer.  Pregnancy problem solving one day at a time my friends.

dress – Zara   |   cami – Topshop
zadie jeans – Isabelle Oliver   |   sneakers – Keds
bag – Karen Millen   |   aviators – Ray Ban
fatima hands bracelet – Thomas Sabo

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19 May
4

Wedding season with Zalando

Friday is looking peachy…  and, at least for ample excuse to use my favourite emoji, I am so happy.  This dress though…  she is a peach is she not?  I have been lucky enough to collaborate with Zalando for some time now and genuinely what I love most about the site is discovering new brands – literally 1000’s of products to choose from but I narrow it down, this time to maxi dresses for the wedding theme, and have an epic browsing session.

There is in fact a whole section dedicated to maternity wear but I am, as ever, loathe to go down the route of filling my closet with pieces that will only work for 7 weeks – enter the wrap dress (i.e. extra fabric to share with baby).

I paired her with giant banana leaves and the beautiful Steve Madden flats because, whilst I am not willing to admit defeat just yet when it comes to my heels, the comfort appeal is real.  Thanks to the lovely lady who stopped me concerned about my trailing lace…  and sorry I did not heed your advice but the struggle of reaching my feet is real.  The husband, in fact, did it for me on bended knee while I paused on a bench like a giant Cinderella.  What a guy.

Ivy & Oak dress – Zalando
Steve Madden teresaa flats – Zalando
Ray Ban aviators – Zalando
necklaces – Astley Clarke & Essentia

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