Spotted: Birkenstock makes a Fashion return

Almost 3 years ago, I developed foot pain and thought I had a bunion. It just appeared one day and got sorer and sorer to the point that the only shoes I could wear were sandals that didn’t touch the affected area. Even trainers or Ugg boots hurt. Eventually I bought some insoles to correct my alignment and it relieved things a little. After several months it got better but it has come back a few times and each time it is a gigantic pain in the ass.


Image via DapperDetails

Now that I’m pregnant, I know my posture will change, plus the extra weight isn’t going to help and I really don’t want the problem to come back. I’ve started wearing my insoles again but lucky for me there’s a fashion solution too. This year Birkenstocks are back. I happen to be a massive fan but as more delicate thin soles have been fashionable for a few years, I haven’t worn them in a while. It’s perfect timing as they have built in support with the formed sole that supports your foot. So for once fashion follows form.

As I’m all for comfort and I know a few of you are too ;) I thought I’d round up a few styles at different price points and see if any of you will be trying the trend or digging out an old pair?


White Birkenstocks (Madrid)// Silver glitter toe post footbeds // Khaki Birkenstock (Arizona) // Silver Birkenstock (Gizeh) // Brown Jewelled formed soled sandal // Gold footbed sandals

What do you reckon readers?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock

Right now, ASOS has 25% off dresses. When they’re already well priced, that means super bargains are there for the taking. Instead of outdated wintery styles as you so often get in mid-season sales, there are some dresses perfect for stocking up on for summer holidays and events, so I thought I’d pick 4 favourites today.


Embroidered cutwork dress // Origami heavy satin dress // Open back dress // Graphic floral maxi dress

Happy Friday readers,

Love,
Rebecca
xo

The Fash Flash: Maternity Jeans Reviewed

I’m going to talk more about maternity clothes and how I have been dressing in general as the weeks go on, but I wanted to dedicate a post to something that has been a gigantic effort and huge pain in the behind, maternity jeans. It’s a key wardrobe element and often one of the the first things you might buy (2nd for me) as jeans can be uncomfortable at the best of times, let alone when they start digging into this invisible passenger that is filling out your belly. I write this at 20 weeks and up to last week when I last tried I could still wear my jeans, (these New Look skinnies I reviewed a while back,) as they are plenty stretchy enough around the waist and quite soft. But I need a belt to hold them up which isn’t great and sitting down is really not comfortable at all. So, I have canvased Instagram and done a fair bit of personal research and wanted to bring you the results here for anyone who is looking, or might be in the future. Please do add your comments and suggestions at the bottom!

The first thing I did was ask you guys. There are a lot of places that do maternity jeans but I wanted to see where the popular ones were and hopefully reduce my shopping efforts. (I hate jeans shopping at the best of times.) So I asked Instagram for your recommendations and here is how the recommendations panned out:
Gap 8
H&M 10
Topshop (Leigh) 8
New Look 5
ASOS 3
Seraphine 3
Mamas and Papas 3
JoJoMamanBebe and Very.com also got 1 mention each.

Gap, H&M and New Look came out top of the pile by far, H&M being the winner, with New Look closely behind them. Your advice was invaluable too so I have shared a couple of comments that I felt were useful here. It’s worth remembering that one pair might not do all the way through as your shape changes, ‘Under bump Topshop ones were fab for me, but now at 33 wks everything is going over bump for sake of comfort’ and there were quite a few people (despite those people who liked Topshop,) who complained about them, ‘Some Topshop jeans fall down, others are ok. It’s trial and error!’. Under bump jeans were also deemed as good for ‘post partum wobble!’. Another reader suggested ‘Find one pair that fit you well then hit eBay for the same style’, although I wonder how second hand would stand up to the repeated wash and wear that is necessary with mat jeans? One other tip that Rachel gave was that they sell out fast, so if you see a pair you like buy them or order to try at home as if you go back they might not be available. I saw lots that I could have bought online and looked good but they didn’t have my size.

I decided that I wanted an ‘under the bump’ style because the majority of my pregnancy will be in summer and I thought it might be hot with a top layered over a bump band if I went for an over bump style. One gripe when shopping was that some shops do exclusively under (Topshop) or over (H&M) bump styles and you often can’t find the same wash or style in both (hello Mamas and Papas.) I found a lot of them lacked detail, even simple things like contrast stitching and as a result looked like jeggings. New Look and Gap under bump jeans waist band extended all the way around (as the over bump styles do,) which I wasn’t as keen on as they don’t look ‘normal’ from the back. My biggest problem however was finding the wash I wanted. I wanted a skinny jean, dark indigo wash (so it could be dressed up or down,) and prefer a bit of subtle fading or distressing than a block dark shade. It was almost impossible to find decent colours with a lot of paler ones or just generally cheap looking washes. A lot of the advice I received was to size down too which I didn’t – I tried on mostly size 10 everywhere, but having said that I wouldn’t normally fit a size ten Topshop jean so perhaps there is something in it! Here’s what I tried…

Number of pairs tried on: 13
Number of shops visited: 7
Number ordered online: 3

M&P Dark indigo wash under the bump skinny jean £36
I happened to try these when Pete and I were browsing Cots and they felt so comfortable straight away with a nice skinny style and contrast stitch. I actually went onto buy them but found when I got them home that the waistband at the back started to gape. They were falling down the minute I sat or bent over in the them after only having them on for 5 minutes, so I took them back.

Topshop Maternity MOTO dark vintage Leigh underbump £38
These were very tight and stretchy like leggings which I didn’t like, but they did have a contrast stitch and different leg lengths (mine are on the short side but I still preferred the 32 leg, so tall types wouldn’t do here.) After a few laps of the changing room and some bending/sitting the bum was sagging already so these were not a favourite for me.

GAP 1969 demi panel always skinny jeans £44
I love GAP jeans so was keen to try these. The only problem I had was availability. I could only get a pair to try in ankle length and they were SHORT but otherwise they were great. Great jean material, no sagging, and a slightly deeper ‘underbump’ band (although it goes all the way around) style that was a better shape on me. If I can get another pair in a better length these are my second choice and I’ll be looking out for a ‘summer’ style even though they were the priciest I tried.

Mamalicious Slim leg jean £38
These were considerably bigger than expected (in a size ten) and the leg wasn’t as slim as I would like. In the right size they might have been better, but I had found my winner by this point and didn’t persevere.

New Look £20-26
New Look’s offerings I didn’t test as vigorously as the others as I just couldn’t find a wash I liked. They are cheaper than most (look on ASOS as well as instore and online at New Look.) and very soft but availability was poor (online too,) and they are cheaper in finish/look I felt.

H&M Overbump (‘high rib’) £29.99
I initially discounted these completely as I found instore that there were only overbump styles but after seeing how popular they were from your Instagram recommendations I thought I’d give them a go. Over bump definitely gave me a better shape to look at and H&M came up trumps with the wash options and look of jeans rather than jeggins too. My one comment would be that they are VERY low cut for the actual jean bit before the bump band starts meaning you might be stuck with longer tops with it. This is both good and bad – good because the jean part is very tight around the hips and waist which means they stay put instead of falling down but in a size 10 (which fitted) I found it really tight and uncomfortable just above my pubic bone and bump so I sized up to a 12 (still super tight) and the discomfort wasn’t a problem. They are also amongst the cheapest! Winner!

So there you have it readers, the result of my extensive investigations. 1 week on having worn the H&M pair a LOT, (including long periods sitting down and walking around over the weekend,) I’m still impressed. They haven’t stretched excessively or gone saggy around the bottom and they are ridiculously comfortable. It’s is however a very personal decision and I’d love to hear your opinion readers, and any tips or recommendations you have. Hopefully this will be a really useful resource for those yet to need it!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS. If you still want more advice or brands to try, Hello Baby Blog posted about her Top 6 Maternity Jeans here.

Triple Temptation: Biker Jackets


Striped biker jacket // Blush tweed biker jacket // Floral biker jacket

As spring rolls around I’m already thinking of bright colours and lighter layers but while the temperatures hover up and down, layers are exactly what is called for. These pretty and punchy jackets are perfect for layering with a scarf at the weekend, or smart trousers and a shirt into the office. You know how I like double duty items!

What do you think readers?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock


Coast Thalia dress – £250

This weeks dress is a fantasy dress. Pretty as a picture and sparkly enough to make a little girl want to play dress up, I totally fell in love with it. I thought it might be the solution to some events I have coming up in the next few months but unfortunately due to my larger than previous bust, it’s less than flattering. That along with the price tag means it’s a fantasy item for this season, but I still love looking at it…

Have you seen anything recently that is out of budget or not as good on you as it is on the hanger? Do share – make me feel better! ;)

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Spotted: 25% Whistles discount with Grazia

It’s a quick fashion heads up today to alert you all to the 25% discount at Whistles that is currently running. You need the voucher that can be found in Grazia magazine to shop instore, or online at whistles.co.uk with the code WH25SS14. 25% isn’t to be sniffed at and given that Whistles is at the pricier end of the high street, it’s a substantial saving to be had.

Lucky for me, Whistles is a major champion of my favourite loose shift style like this jade green number and there are some styles I could still wear but as sods law would had it, I’m loving the full skirted nipped in waist look with cropped jumpers. Fortunately there are tons of gorgeous accessories (hello shoes, bags and sunglasses,) and the whole range features sugary sweet pastels grounded with black and white.

Get shopping ladies ;)

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Triple Temptation: Brightening Baubles


Natalie Statement Necklace // Riviera Dream statement earrings // San Diego Statement Necklace

At this time of year I’m always super keen to get into spring trends and one of the biggest this season is (again) going to be pastels. The only problem is, in high winds, belting rain and temperatures struggling to reach 5 degrees, it feels a little impractical to be breaking out the palest shades never mind the risk of looking like a fashion fool.

My solution until the sun comes back and the temperatures rise a bit is to use accessories to channel the look, namely these J.Crew-esque baubles in candy brights and sorbet shades at high street prices. As usual it’s Accessorize that have the best selection of well priced and well designed pieces with all of these on my spring wish list.

What do you think readers? Can you be tempted?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock


Mint Bird Print Flippy Dress – Topshop

After a few months in the fashion wilderness it feels like the dress is back on top, hence me resurrecting Friday Frock. Perhaps it’s me too, after an ages in skirts and tops, fresh bright prints seem right for spring.

Speaking of prints this one is beyond pretty, with a soft grey on mint colour combo and a floaty feel with dropped waist and frilled skirt. I wouldn’t wear it the way the model has – I think it needs some heels, either tougher ankle boots or super pretty courts to make a more polished look.

See you next week readers, it’s going to be a big one ;)

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Save or Splurge Style…

For a while now I have been thinking I should do a series of similar items that differ in price, but all too often after spotting things I then forget where I saw them.


Whistles Meghan brushed fur dress £125 // ASOS Animal print shift dress £40

These two shift dresses aren’t exactly the same but there’s more than a trace of similarity with spring appropriate colours and an animal print type pattern in a flattering shift style. And if you’re watching your spending like me, I think it’s a very good substitute for the pricier Whistles splurge dress.

What do you think? Save or splurge?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Fashion Friday [Frock]: Philli Wood for Warehouse


Textured dress with cable knit print – Philli Wood for Warehouse

I had a frock all lined up for this Friday but then I got the press release through for this collaboration between Philli Wood and Warehouse in association with the British Fashion Council’s Colleges. Winner of The British Fashion Council’s Colleges Council design competition, ‘Philli’s collection is inspired by the oversized modern parka, keeping key features such as the welt pockets, drawstrings and orange linings, and a bold cable knit print; all in a techno palette of neon orange and pink.’ As they happen to me some of my own favourite details and colours, I couldn’t help but share them here today.

The collection goes live this morning and you can get in there first here.

Happy friday readers!

Love,
Rebecca
xo