13 December 2017

DOES MY BUMP LOOK BIG IN THIS?

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It's funny how many changes you go through when you're pregnant, and how much I'd forgotten it does! Especially when it seems so different this time round. I know with Felix I was lucky enough to scrape through the first 12 weeks with little sickness and my only real cravings were for meat (which is weird as I don't eat that much meat at all), and so the slow weight gain and strong stomach muscles meant I sported a tidy bump. In fact from behind you couldn't really tell I was pregnant even up to my due date.

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I totally get that this is normal and all that matters is the health of this little girl, but I didn't quite feel like me and it was showing. I was shying away from pictures being taken, every time someone mentioned how big I was I could feel myself start to worry that I was too big. I was even put off buying clothes as nothing seemed to fit quite right, so I stopped making the effort.

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So I'm trying to embrace my body, to appreciate the miracle it's growing and not be so self critical. With this in mind I decided to grab a few new pieces for Christmas to make me feel a bit nicer about my changing shape.

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I found this beauty of a dress for the bargain of £20! Made with black lace and embroided rose detail, this floaty number hides all my chocolate cravings and I only had to go up one size. It doesn't come with a slip so I just wore an old stretchy dress underneath with some maternity tights and boots. It feels super comfortable and is perfect for the festive season!

I teamed it up with my new Jem + Bea luxury changing bag, which has been doubling up as a work bag as it looks too good to be just sitting at home. I love the sleek design and gold details, plus it has ALL the pockets! I'll be doing a review once the little one has made an appearance!


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So that's where I'm at right now, slowly coming out of my maternity fashion faux pas of hiding under giant jumpers and sweats. I'm attempting to feel a bit more like my old self by embracing my new body and pregnancy style, going up a few sizes, wearing things I like rather than things that hide everything. In fact I'm starting to get excited about dressing up a little for Christmas parties!

Did you struggle with your body changing during pregnancy? Or have any tips for the best places to pick up some stylish threads?  

Dress: Primark / Coat: Zara (old season) / Boots: Zara / Bag: Jem & Bea *gifted*

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11 December 2017

PLANT LOVERS GIFT GUIDE

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? If like me, you're totally a little behind on the whole Santa prep then I'm here to give you a hand with a few gift list over the next few days, starting with gifts for plant lovers. Yep here are some beauties for all your green fingered loved ones and all at a reasonable price point! Which ones your favourite?
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1. Letter Plant Premium Poster (from A-Z): £9.90 Juniqe.

2. Prick: Cacti and Succulents. Choosing, Styling, Caring Book £10.50 Amazon.

3. Maple Leaf Sweater: £79 French Disorder

4. Scandi Style Watering Can: £6 Ikea

5. Enamel Pin Badge Monstera Leaf: £7.50 OHNORachio

6. Longwood Scissors: £24 Antropologie.

7. Geo-Fleur Plant Post Club Subscription: From £24. Geo-Fleur.

8. Green Ceramic Cactus Vase: £10  Not On the High Street

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9 December 2017

PASTEL PERFECTION GIFT GUIDE WITH WEEKEND:IN

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Oh hey pastel colour perfection! It doesn't take more than stylish design and dreamy interiors to get me swooning and that's exactly what I did when I entered the Leman Locke Hotel a few weeks back, for another fabulous brand event by Weekend:IN.

This space has been on my must visit list for soooo long now as the interior is total dream goals, and such a great place to host a day of networking and discovering 'new to me' brands!

I mean just look at this interior!
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6 December 2017

A LITTLE PREGNANCY UPDATE!

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So it turns out I haven't quite been keeping track of my pregnancy on here, or elsewhere for that matter! No weekly bump shot, no dear diary journal, no weekly Instagram updates. In fact I'm wondering if this little girl might look back and feel a little disappointed at the lack of evidence of her growing in my belly? 
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29 November 2017

FORAGING IN THE FOREST OF DEAN

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The closest I've been to foraging was picking blackberries as a child with my grandad and trying to eat them before I got back home. So when I was invited to experience a six course taster menu and stay at the award winning Tudor Farmhouse Hotel with the bounty of my finds from Foraging in the Forest of Dean, I was up for the challenge!
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