Triple Temptation: Nursing Bra’s

Possibly the least sexy thing about being pregnant has been the bra’s. Conflicting advice about under wiring do’s and don’t's is confusing enough, without the then hideous selection available. Personally, I needed larger bra’s pretty much from the off and struggled on in my usual ones until about 17 weeks, when I headed off to the shops and spent a necessarily brief (for my sanity) trip scoping out the available options in M&S and John Lewis. I found a selection of twee or cutsy polka dot, floral and generally hideous bra’s and a rude sales woman who flat out refused to sell me an underwired bra ‘because I was pregnant’. Cue me leaving without getting measured and buying a 2 pack of navy and white lace non-underwired, lace bra’s from M&S (36D at the time and they were nursing bra’s – all of the maternity ones were.) The only other bra I have bought in pregnancy has been a strapless nude (heavily underwired) number to see me through events and various stroppy/halterneck tops. (FYI, I went from a 32 C/D pre-pregnancy, to a 34/36 E currently, and that’s pre-feeding.) The other 2 have been on rotation depending on what is not in the wash.


Nursing Bra’s all from Figleaves.com £29-40

So with a new baby and the intention of breast feeding, I figured I’d need more bra’s – to help with the washing and also to try and make me feel better. I’m not obsessive about underwear and it’s certainly been a long time since I was wearing a matching set, but I know I’m going to feel a bit upset about my postpartum body and reckon if there’s anything I can do to make myself feel better, it’s worth shot. Plus, hopefully it’ll be a long stint of breast feeding, so on a cost per wear basis, these bra’s are going to earn their keep. I headed to Figleaves.com (first time customer) to check out their range after seeing a patient wearing a very pretty nursing bra and asking where it was from. It was Panache and I also found Elle McPherson’s range and HOTmilk. I was initially looking for a nude one but I bought all three of the above and sent the HOTmilk back, as it was too big (the others fit but have a little growing room, whereas the HOTmilk was slightly baggy.)

The service was great (free delivery and returns,) as was the range, so I wanted to share my finds. Have you bought any pretty nursing bra’s or can you comment on online sizing? I’d love to hear of any other brands that would be worth checking out…

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Spotted: Baukjen Pre-Fall 2014

As I’m already thinking post-baby clothes I was pretty excited to be able to legitimately consider the new Baukjen pre-fall collection that landed in my inbox last week. I’m looking for comfortable yet stylish clothes that I can wear around the house and out for baby groups and lunches with friends (whenever that happens!) and more than anything ease of wear. There’s a lot to be said for a capsule collection (I’ve talked about restricting seasonal clothes to a specific colour palette before to make getting dressed super easy,) and this capsule collection is perfect for late summer and early autumn days. These are my picks from the collection and they also act as great casual outfit inspiration.

What do you think readers? You can see the whole collection here.

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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

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

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

Spotted: New Look Denim

One of the things I need this season is a pair of new jeans, not cutting edge fashion, but necessary none the less. The thing is, I’m on a budget right now and I have precisely zero experience in shopping for jeans on the high street. Usually I buy ‘designer’ in the sale and spend maybe £50-100 – a fact that has long been the subject of amusement amongst my friends as I’ll easily spend more on a dress thats worn only a few times, yet if I consider cost-per-wear, they must be the most hardworking item in my wardrobe. That not withstanding, I’m looking after the pennies so the pounds can look after themselves and that means well priced jeans.

New Look are relaunching their denim collection (check out the dungarees for serious fashion points this season or the denim shirts for a bit of denim on denim action.) As a result, I thought I’d look them up and select a few of my picks for the coming season. Fortunately for me, the majority are skinny cuts as I’m thinking ahead to wear with ankle boots this winter, but I see they have kept a flattering bootcut for curvy silhouettes.

  1. I didn’t quite get around to trying the coated jean last season but at this price (£23) it’s a trend that’s worth a try.
  2. This season, lengths are cropped, including tops so think about a high waist to rock a shorter length knit this season.
  3. All summer I’ve loved a turn up and I’ve no intention of giving up on them now so this distressed turned up skinny will be perfect for the weekend with converse or distressed boots, and a slouchy top.
  4. If you prefer a bootcut, I love this dark blue vintage wash pair with a wide belt.

Have you tried New Look jeans? Are you looking for a new pair this season?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Spotted: Dorothy Perkins Style Essentials

So, it’s September, a season synonymous with new season style and time for me to get my fashion hat back on. I’ve been thinking hard about new season trends over the last couple of weeks, ready to bring you all the must have pieces and trends you will want to try. It always takes me some time to digest the new trends and figure out how to work them into my existing wardrobe, so I was happy to partner with Dorothy Perkins to introduce their Style Essentials range, which will do just that.

DP’s Style Essentials consists of 10 key new season pieces that will bring your Autumn/Winter wardrobe bang up to date. Best of all, they are an absolute bargain and super versatile, with many a day-to-night option amongst them. And this week only there is 25% off online and instore at DP’s so take advantage!

I decided to pick out one key trend amongst them, the ‘item sweat‘ and show you how I would wear it this season….


Nude sequin sweat £22 // Grey printed jersey jogger £22 // Black high pointed court £27 // Facet stone spray necklace £30

I’m really feeling the luxe sweat pant for day to night dressing and this nude pink sequined sweat top looks like the most comfortable outfit ever! Add in some heels and a statement necklace for a cool date night outfit or drinks with the girls. This season is all about soft pinks so you can tick off two trends in one without feeling guilty about the splurge. Next stop sculpted tee and cute fit knit to update my work wardrobe and I’m feeling pretty smug!

DP’s are also currently running a competition to makeover your winter wardrobe with £500 to spend on the seasons Style Essentials!

Dorothy Perkins will put you and a friend up in a fancy hotel and send you for a
posh meal, after you’ve been given a styleover by one of our friendly Style Advisors.

To enter, just head on over to the competition page here

Finally, if it’s a slow Tuesday (anybody ready for the weekend already?) grab a coffee and get some style inspiration as Natalie Hartley, Fashion Director at Instyle, talks you through her favourite pieces from the Style Essentials Range.

Don’t forget that 25% off this week at Dorothy Perkins!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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Triple Temptation: Cambridge Satchel Company

Last weekend I went to Cambridge and popped into the new Cambridge Satchel Company shop on Rose Crescent. I fell in love with the satchels, which although I have seen before, are currently available in sugary sweet pastel shades of vanilla, coral, lilac and mint. Called the Chelsea collection and named after the Chelsea Flower Show the colours were so perfect for summer that I was sorely tempted.

I also had fun talking to Alex, one of my lovely readers who works there and getting far too excited over the personalised leather embossing you can add to yours. I watched a few lucky people’s new bags being personalised with the nifty press they use too. I do love a gold monogram…

Do you have a Cambridge Satchel? I’d love to know what colour you went for?

Love,
Rebecca
xo