3rd Trimester Maternity wear…

Good Morning Readers! So, I didn’t quite get the second part of the girls shared room out on here as planned… I took the photos and started the post, but I still had one finishing touch to make which I carelessly ordered on Amazon, neglecting to notice the month long delivery time from China. So I’ll be back on that just as soon as the last bits arrive! In the meantime, I haven’t really talked about being pregnant at all this time but thought as I came into the third trimester in September, I’d share a few of the new season maternity bits I’ve bought to see me through the last three months and beyond.

My home made tiered midi dress – pattern by Tilly and The Buttons

Firstly, my approach to dressing and shopping this time has been very different. I don’t plan to be pregnant again(!) so I wanted to really choose items that would see me through the months of breastfeeding ahead, or that I would wear when I wasn’t pregnant. That said, I always admire women who say they managed with their usual clothes. My whole shape changes when I’m pregnant, and whilst I don’t get completely huge, I do get a decent size bump(/bloat?) early on along with a total explosion in the boob department so many of my clothes don’t work that well by the end of the first trimester. I always find regular tops really aren’t long enough, and this time I really have had a huge issue with wearing anything that’s remotely tight around my bump – even maternity jeans where the denim starts beneath the bump panel have felt uncomfortable, so I’ve chosen a lot of looser styles/dresses.

Manamou Khaki leopard dress (better without socks!) Blouse just seen hanging up

I’ll start with the non-maternity store Manamou I came across on Insta but whose styles tend to be ‘oversized’ and perfectly suited to maternity wear. I bought a couple of summer dresses from here, then more recently this sequin skull blouse, and the khaki leopard midi dress worn here. They do tend to have small drops and sell out so if you like something, buy it, but they also re-stock really frequently with new and sometimes sold out lines. The prices are really reasonable (£35 for this dress) and the only thing I wasn’t keen on was a cardigan I returned, but I am fussy about knitwear!

First wears of my splurge Gussy and Lou cardi…

Normally I’m a real knitwear fanatic and the cooler months bring me great pleasure investing in a few really nice pieces. As I said, I am fussy and often buy cashmere blends or real wool but as I know I’ll be breast feeding and also wrapping/wearing a new baby I’m looking at cardigans instead. Not only do they work with an expanding waistline now but they will be ideal for layering later with baby. I treated myself to this cashmere splurge from Gussy & Lou in summer, and have had loads of wear out of it already, and now am intently browsing Wyse London for something new. I also spotted this Forage Somerset Chunky cardi today whilst browsing and thought I’d share – love the colours for Autumn.

While it was warmer I’ve been wearing this linen shirt as a layering piece too – a bargain I bought from H&M before our summer hols intending to wear on the beach over a swimsuit but it didn’t arrive in time and I’ve ended up layering it over dresses instead. Again it will be great for breastfeeding later down the line too… I consider khaki a neutral and it works so well with all the neutrals, my fav denim and a lot of pinks I lean towards lately too. As an aside, I also bought these maternity pyjamas from H&M I’ve loved wearing and intend to get a long-sleeved pair next.

My biggest problem in terms of maternity wear this time around has been the epic search I went on to try and find some dungarees. They were the perfect solution to my denim love, without any restriction around the bump. I happened to have recently binned my oversized pair and so I was on the lookout relatively early on in pregnancy. I didn’t want to splurge on these as they had a finite lifespan and looked everywhere for a reasonably priced pair. I recommendations for H&M, GAP, Jojo, but they either didn’t have a traditional denim colour in stock or when I tried them they just weren’t right. Lots of them I found quite unflattering and gaped at the back so eventually I caved and ordered the more expensive pair of maternity dungarees from Seraphine which I have been so pleased with and actually wore from pretty early on. They have a decent amount of stretch and I would say size down (I chose an 8 after a couple of orders and would normally want a 10 non-pregnant, despite putting on weight all over not just in terms of a ‘bump’.) In general I like Seraphine’s stuff – although its quite pricey you can often wait for a discount, or buy in their trans-seasonal sales. I also bought this jumpsuit for an absolute steal which I loved for work and think I’ll wear post baby and I like their nursing friendly bretons – I had a red one last time that I still have and added the navy stripe to my collection this time.

Flagrant bum shot to demonstrate my best maternity find: Love Leggings maternity leggings. No see thru bum! Recommended!

One other maternity item I had to buy was leggings. I thought I had a pair I could get out from last time around but when I did they promptly split along the seams so obviously weren’t in as good shape as I thought! Trying to find another pair was a nightmare. I don’t tend to wear leggings as the only thing covering my bum unless I’m hanging around the house but I didn’t even want to be showing my knickers through them then to be honest – its good to hang onto a shred of dignity when pregnant! I finally took a chance on a brand called Love Leggings advertised on insta and was so glad I did. They’re long enough (I’m 5’7 but don’t have particularly long legs for my height) super comfy and thick enough to wear nothing else with them if you wish. There are loads of colours too if you want to branch out from black. All for £17.99 and free returns!

Floral tiered dress from Love Lucy Boutique

This time around I have lived in dresses and I plan to layer the summer ones I bought with longsleeved tops underneath and cardi’s on top through autumn, with chunky boots as soon as I find the right pair. I bought this dress from a local boutique Love Lucy who do online too and stock the same brand throughout the year with a short and long sleeved option. I’m liking the winter mini florals this year and liberty-esque patterns so check them out if that’s your thing too.

The Indigo Sahara from Beyond Nine

Above all however, my fav find this time around has been Beyond Nine. Maternity and feeding friendly clothes designed to be worn by anyone who just wants to be comfy they are gorgeous quality and super super comfy. I bought the Sahara linen jumpsuit for summer and loved it and am writing this in my Laura jersey jumpsuit. I can only liken it to wearing full body joggers and know I’m going to love it post partum and when feeding too. I’m debating adding a linen khaki version or charcoal jersey one to my collection and definitely have my eye out for a long-sleeved version this winter.

The Laura jumpsuit from Beyond Nine

I think that’s all for now! I hope this little round up has been useful for those of you with bumps to accommodate and those of you who haven’t might have spotted a few things you fancy too. I might try and round up some boots next as they are my current nemesis and I’m now limiting myself to buying clothes that will be suitable postpartum – can’t go wrong with shoes! 😉

Love, Rebecca x

The Fash Flash: Spring Update

This Spring I’ve had a really strong urge to update my whole spring/summer wardrobe so I’ve had a proper clear out and started again. Looking back its been a long time since I have shopped or bought summer clothes – last summer I was only a couple of months postpartum and the year before I was wearing clothes I had pulled out from years before as I’d not long got back to my pre-Bea weight and shape. So some of my stuff had been hanging around for years. I felt really bored with the endless Boden and Joules breton tops I had accumulated and the style rut I had fallen into when wearing them. Don’t get me wrong, I will have endless love for the classic breton but I wanted to feel a bit ‘different’. So I thought I’d share the pieces I bought and I might do a bit of a ‘what I wore’ style round up in a month or so when this little lot has had an airing.


Mint velvet Palm print Jacket £129 (currently 15% off with code HOLIDAY15 until May 5th but bought at JL with 20% off!) // H&M Pink speckle club Tee £8.99 (also got my eye on the blue stripe version) // H&M yellow stripe cropped boxy tee £8.99 // New Look Striped knit khaki top £12.99 // New Look Broderie Red Stripe top £9 // H&M Pink Skinny Jeans £17.99 // H&M Grey jersey dress £12.99

A few things are quite different to usual… I’m having a complete obsession with blush pink which I’ve never worn before, (look out for it in interiors too…) and I’m loving it for a few fashion updates that feel completely different, particularly the skinnies which will be a nice alternative to the classic white jean. I’ve always been a fan of khaki, and I think it looks great in summer and with pink, so I’ve added that in with this palm print jacket and the tie front knit top for an different texture and style to the usual tee. The Jacket was a splurge but given the weather we have had so far this year, I’m thinking it’s going to get a LOT of wear and be a future classic too. The same goes for this gorgeous warm yolky yellow (the most flattering tone of yellow to wear I think) in a cropped boxy style. It’s got a nice swing but I must admit I’ll be reserving it for days when I’m feeling on the skinnier side. 😉 (Note: It doesn’t show any skin as long as you’re not wearing low jeans with it!)

It’s unusual for me to venture into New Look too but because I was having such an update I needed bargain pieces to pad things out and was pleased to find serious steals that weren’t just fit for teens. H&M also came up trumps with this basic marled grey jersey dress for running around in in the week. Side note: I’m pretty much down to morning and evening feeds with Cora now, so dresses are making a reappearance in my wardrobe again, without having to scour the shops for breast feeding friendly details. Amen to that!

Office trainers £22.99 (Also available in Silver stars) // Solillas Sandals // Hush pink stripe tee £35 // Hush White and Black Midi skirt £65 // H&M x Anna Glover Palm print dress £17.99 // Hush Daphne Jumpsuit £60 (currently in the Spring Sale until Monday and available in blush or navy)

Although I don’t follow a strict capsule like I once did, I do try to shop in bulk at the beginning of the season too and to make sure I consider what I’m buying as a whole. So what I need for work, (that’s for another post perhaps,) everyday and the (few and far between these days!) occasions that crop up. I find that means I don’t end up panic buying or stressed at the last minute when invitations arise and I can make the most of impromptu date nights if we get the chance! I love this palm print shirt dress (sold out online but I found it instore so do check, and consider sizing down – it’s huuuuge! I bought an 8.) – it’s right up my street in terms of style and I can see it over the pink jeans as well as worn solo with flip flops on the beach. I’m usually a fan of Birkenstocks for summer utilitarian chic, but this year I’m giving these Solillas a go and they feel super comfy on first wear. They make me think of holidays! All my trainers had had their day and these were a super bargain so I snapped them up too.

The Hush skirt is a major departure in style for me but I’ve worn it already on date night with the trainers, black tights, my strong girls club sweat and my leather jacket so it’s proving it doesn’t need to be a high summer style. I used to think this style was unflattering but I’m loving the less showy, less try-hard style to it. And lastly, THAT jumpsuit. I hesitated to buy this after trying it on but then put a changing room photo on Instagram and the response was overwhelming – I’m so glad I bought it – it’s so comfy, flattering and I can see myself wearing it with heels as I did here, or with trainers in the day for a lunch date. I took a 10 in this and it’s not as loose on me as the model but I prefer the fit that way.

Items I’m recycling:
Ash Block Heel tan sandals (pictured above)
Madewell Leopard flats
All the sweats(!)
Dungarees
Distressed Boyfriend and True Skinny jeans – both GAP
Breton sweatshirt dress (also GAP
Classic Leather Jacket (Whistles)

I’m still on the look out for a few pieces. rather perversely I’m feeling the need for a warm jumper with all the horrible weather we have had, and I’m still so excited about summer dresses and having a choice thats unrestricted by breast feeding that I doubt I’ll resist a couple of extra purchases. A basket bag would finish things off nicely! I’ll keep you posted! 😉

Do let me know if you’re inspired by what you’ve seen here or if you’ve got any places I should be looking at – what are you wearing this spring???

Love, Rebecca

The Fash Flash: Don’t Sweat It.

Something has happened to my style lately and I am now a complete convert to a good old sweatshirt. Of course I’m not talking 80/90’s throwback oversized numbers but a super soft well fitted sweatshirt with a well chosen slogan can seriously do some wardrobe distance. It’s particular strength being the ‘I don’t even want to get dressed today but I can feel like I’m in pyjama’s while looking semi-cool’ look. I used to think they were super unflattering – particularly if you have a bigger bust, but with a complete boob monster in tow still and the cup size to match, I’m re-thinking my pre-conceptions.

I thought I’d do a little round up of some of my favs, with some boutique and small business finds.

Let’s get started!

Strong Girls Club and Rebelle by Mutha.Hood – Owned and designed by Gemma (follow her on Instagram for hilarious pink, tassel and llama loving stories) I love nearly every design she produces. Bea and I have the matching ‘Strong Girls Club’ sweats (see above,) and I recently bought my bestie and I ‘Rebelle’ sweats in the flash sale. A must have for all Mothers of Daughters, Boom.

Mother Neon pink hoodie by The FMLY store – Possibly the original purveyors of statement sweats, or certainly the first that brought them to my attention, The FMLY Store (formerly Selfish Mother but now expanded to include the whole family,) this brand has a huge range of styles and slogans. I’m currently coveting a supersoft design (I already have an original boyfriend grey and coral ‘Winging It’ and Hot pink ‘Mama’ scoop neck,) or the new super casual outline design on the spring hoody. Another bonus to buying from them is their #GoodTees programme where they donate £5 from each sale to various charities – a total of £811,574 has been raised so far!

Scamp and Dude – Next on my list to purchase are these super cool animal print and lightening bolt striking designs from Scamp and Dude. Another Adult/kid brand you can get these unisex designs and give a little person some superhero confidence too – every product has a lightening bolt embroidered on the sleeve for kids to press and feel when they need a little boost. The range was inspired by creator Jo’s stay in hospital when she suffered a sudden brain haemorrhage and had to leave her children while in hospital, which inspired her to make a product that made children feel more secure when away from their loved ones. Check out the accessories range too – I love the pouches and the Superhero Sleep Buddies. (You might also have seen on Instagram that ASDA have ripped off the ‘Superhero has my Back‘ design so please do support her ORIGINAL brand. Shame on you ASDA.)

A Finer Thread – For a luxe take on the trend A Finer Thread creates embroidered designs on classic colours, like these chic J’adore sweats. Everything is made to order and you can even order bespoke designs so check them out for a special treat.

Lastly, the very reasonably priced and wine inspired FWP by Rae range includes this Premier Cru – first spotted on our very own Erin, but also worn by the instagram fash pack including Kat from Does my Bum look 40, amongst others. (Check out her blog for fashion forward styling for when you no longer want to feel like you’re dressed like a teen.) Who doesn’t love a reminder that it’s almost wine o’clock?

Have I missed any? I’d love to hear of any new brands I should check out!

Love,
Rebecca

What to Buy: Fresh Fitness Gear

Good morning Readers!

Rebecca has very kindly asked me back to post occasionally on all things fashion, and I’ve jumped at the chance. My posts are going to be a bit more current and pick out relevant seasonal and lifestyle trends, rather than a monthly edit. If of course you guys have things you’d like to ask me/content you’d like to see, please do comment and I’ll see what I can do.

As we speed into February I have been thinking about one of my resolutions, which was to make 2018 a healthy one – in all senses of the word. Starting a new job in Spring last year, after having been at my old company for 16 years (since I graduated!), really took a toll on routine, and I was quickly feeling tired, out of sorts and grumpy. Exercise makes me feel so much better when I do it consistently, and I’m lucky to have found a local class that not only fits with my busy schedule, it’s also fun (and the other members are lovely too).

So, you might be thinking “why is she telling us all this?” The reason is that I really believe good kit helps get you motivated to go out and sweat. If you feel good by looking good, you are more likely to push yourself out there. I had a draw full of gym gear, but two children have changed the “needs” I have. Now I’m forever reaching for the same tops and leggings so I took the liberty of charity shopping most of the kit (I too like Rebecca really do hate waste), and keeping the pieces that I love.
So without further ado, here they are. They work hard for me in keeping sweat away (the class I do is a Spin HIIT class, I’m a firm believer in maximum effort/results over minimal time,) but also are supportive and most importantly, COMFORTABLE.

Leggings:
Sweaty Betty Reversible 7/8 Yoga Leggings
Yes, these are expensive, but wait for a 20% code and they are more palatable. They wash and wear perfectly, and they are so comfortable. I really don’t ever have to pull them up, no matter how many stretches or squats I do. I don’t have these exact ones, but the patterns that SB produce are really fun, and the reversible nature of these means you have two looks in one – plain black, or patterned.
Biba Sport – Jungle legging. Again, these are really comfy to wear with a wide waist band that doesn’t fall down. Mine are tiger print, but I do love these jungle ones.

Tops:
I’m not really bothered too much about what I wear on the top, as long as the bra is supportive underneath. M&S do some great sports bras/tops, so take a look there. I also like this one from Nike.
For something over the top, New Look Sport is a good place to look for vests, as is Gap Body and I love this New Look Palm print vest.

Lastly, a top I have just discovered for wearing over the top of everything, under my coat, is this one from H&M. I love it. So easy to wear, and actually, great for non-sport related activities too as another layer – this outdoor jacket.

I hope this has given you some inspiration of new places to look for kit!

Back soon…
Erin
x

Spotted: Selfish Mother

Because… Aren't we all? @selfishmother #SelfishMother #GoodTee #winglet

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I think for many of you reading I won’t be the first one to share the Selfish Mother #GoodTees project, but I recently bought one and haven’t stopped wearing it, so had to share.

The Mother Shop is full of sweatshirts (boyfriend style, scoop necks and new pastel summer weight scoop necks just added,) with brilliant slogans for busy mama’s. Mine is grey with a bright coral ‘Winging It’ emblazoned across the front, but there are simpler ones like ‘Mama’ or 80’s throwback fonts and titles like ‘Maverick’. Best of all, theres a charitable donation made form all the profits:

*When we say ‘all profits’ this means £15 from the sale of each sweat going straight to help others!

As of January 2016 we’ve donated over £75,000 to charities including Women for Women International, KIDS, Help Refugees UK & The Refugee Council. Simply by kitting you out! Help us raise more and wear your allegiance on your chest…

I’m about to buy another one because right now, this ticks all my ‘getting dressed int the morning’ boxes. Super soft, comfy, washable, looks great with jeans… and done!

Get yours here and tag me on Instagram if you do!

Rebecca xo

How I Wore: March

Hello there Readers!

Well wasn’t that a blustery weekend!? I really wish all the days could have been like Friday which was a perfect Spring day  here but no. Torrential rain, hailstones,l and galeforce winds prevailed. Oh well, at least there was Chocolate! And Roast Lamb. I think I prefer the latter…

On to “How I’ve Worn” March. The month has seen me return to work after 10 months Mat Leave. That went fast! I can’t deny its busy of a morning (understatement), and I’ve been pretty slack at taking daily photos, but my return to work outfits have mostly consisted of dresses which has been quite liberating after months of “one up one down”, plus they are a no-brainer of a put-together outfit.

  

Topshop Dress / Ash Boots

H&M Jumper (old) / George Skirt (old) / R&B Boots

I’ve also worn a fair bit of green. Don’t ask me why, I’ve just been drawn to it. Especially Khaki. Oh, and flat shoes. My  Apple Watch tells me I now walk around 14,000 steps a day, and that’s just my commute to and from the office now we’ve moved to basically Shoreditch. Any walking between meetings is extra. Heels are firmly in my bag to change in to these days!

  
Something new for me though has been on the beauty side of things – I introduced a darker lipstick into my make-up bag and I must say I’m rather liking it. Definitely one for more reds/oranges (Nars Red Sqaure being my favourite), this wine colour is really growing on me. The lipstick itself is also amazing. Very hydrating and good colour – from a brand I didn’t know. One to try if you are in the market for a new lippy. There’s a fab range of colours. 

You’ll also see in the picture above my Mothers Day gift from all three of the guys in my life. An initial for each of them on different metals (Silver for R, Gold for C and Rose Gold for O). A very thoughtful, and unexpected, gift 🙂

I’ll try and be better for April. I’m hoping that Spring will finally, well spring, so I can relegate the Opaques and boots for bare ankles and no socks at least!

Enjoy the last couple of days of the month and I’ll be back next week with my roundup.

Erin xx 
 

What to Buy: March

Morning Readers!

So supposedly Spring is upon us, and whilst the cherry and magnolia (my favourite) trees are blossoming, it’s doesn’t feel very Spring-like. I spent the day in London with Hubby on Saturday celebrating our 5th Wedding Anniversary and it was certainly fresh!

However, the shops are full of all things Spring so here are a few of my favourites to add to your “What to Buy” lists this month.

Frills

  

M&S Shirt (instore only) / ASOS Dress

I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with frills. I love them, they hate me. I’ve managed to make them work in the past by wearing a vertical frill, or a frilled hem, but anything up top has been a no-no, just adding bulk to my shoulders and chest that I certainly don’t need. I now know that if you are over a C cup, frills aren’t your friend, but I’ve found a couple of options this year that do actually work. I’d suggest sizing up in the M&S shirt but both are nice nods to the trend (and in one of my favourite shades).

Nana Shoes

  

Topshop / Mango

These are marmite and the men in your life won’t understand them, but they ARE comfortable and crutially, give a little bit of height. It’s taken me a while to accept these, as I’ve not found a pair I’ve LOVED. Something about the elastic on the front toe puts me off, but this Topshop pair is more of a ballet pump with a heel. Plus, they go with everything despite the print. I’m all about comfort these days, especially as I have to walk at least four miles a day now I’m back to work, so these are a nice in-between style.

Kick Flare Jeans

  

ASOS / Topshop*

I’m talking of the cropped variety here, not full length – they’re still a little 90s for me – but don’t underestimate the leg lengthening qualities of these. Wear now with boots and into Spring/Summer with trainers/wedges/espedrilles. *The Topshop version I’ve linked to are the Tall version but stores have the regular version in stock.

Nike Cortez  

Available at ASOS

Hands up who had a pair of these in the past? That’ll be me at university. A white leather pair with blue swoosh. And my goodness did I love them to death. Those paired with a denim button up a-line skirt were my uniform. The Cortez seem to have had a resurrection of late and metallics, colours and the fresh white (from Forrest Gump fame) all feature highly for this Spring/Summer. It must be my comfort quest coming out again, and my “Original” trainer obsession, but I do love these.

Embroidery

  

Zara / Zara / M&S

There’s a caveat here. There is some AWFUL embroidery around at the moment IMO (Zara I’m looking at you) but also some very wearable styles if coloured stitching is your kind of thing. I love the dress featured here but I hate the fact the back is sheer. What’s that all about? How does one wear a bra comfortably (can you see a theme here?!) Personally, I’m not into oriental things (or Bomber jackets – see Chest issues above!), but there’s no denying the detail on this jacket is gorgeous (and a good price point). 

I hope this has inspired you a little as to what’s around. It’s a bit of a weird season in all honesty, but the above items are definitely my favourites!

Will be back at the end of the month…

Erin xx

Spring Capsule Wardrobe update… (2016)

Before todays post, I just wanted to say that you for all your comments on my last post – Mama Body certainly struck a chord with lots of you and I hope you’ve all found the same reassurance and comfort in the responses that I did. x

When I started the whole ‘capsule wardrobe’ revolution in my life, the intent was to do a new capsule every season, so 4 a year. (For those not familiar with the idea that doesn’t mean a whole new wardrobe 4 times a year, rather refining it, adding a few new pieces and clearing out old/worn out/unsuitable for the season pieces so everything works together.) In fact, I find I prefer to have 2 big overhauls a year, for summer and mid-autumn. Around April/May and Oct/Nov seems to work for me and the whole point of capsule wardrobes is to make life easier, so how ever it works for you is the right way, not rigidly following my plan or anyone else’s. However, right about now, I always feel a strong need for a fresh injection of fun and colour into my wardrobe so I thought I’d share the pieces I recently bought to do just that.



Hare with crown jumper £69.95 // GAP stripe ‘Voyager’ embroidered top £19.99 // Kitty drop shoulder knit back jumper £79.95
Shirt Tail Knit £69 // Triangle print Dress £29.99 // Sailor Stripe dress £39.95

New clothes at this time of year is, for me, about addressing two things: colour and lighter layers. I’m over the warm tones of my autumn wardrobe and dark winter cosy layers. I want spring brights but I still don’t want to feel like I’m dressed inappropriately for the grey days still ahead. Fortunately it’s not difficult to do as the stores roll out spring collections that are woefully inappropriate for the weather still but thankfully included spring orientated brights. My favourite shops buy into this whole heartedly… if you’re looking for a cheap update GAP is always full of brights and stripes that signal spring. I also needed to deal with a gaping hole in my capsule, which was going out clothes. Date night is a casual affair these days but more recently I’ve been going out with friends more, entertaining more and getting out with Pete more. I’ve really been scratching about in my wardrobe for suitable options so I needed a couple of nicer things that could be dressed up. Here’s what I’ve ended up with…

Tops are always my main focus as I’ll continue to live in jeans for months yet. Last years white/blue stripe breton has seen better days and my navy/white one feels tired too, so I went for a change with this embroidered one with a nautical nod. I love a sloppy oversized fine knit and this woven front one is still navy so not too summery, but couldn’t be happier with the bright floral splashes on it. (Also loving the potential for styling with some white jeans in summer as per the stock image.) For colder days I loved this grey jumper. I can see it will be a wardrobe stable in this colour but the quirky hare and his crown add a splash of cheer that I can see worn with brighter bottom half options in a few months.

For going out, as I’ve said, a lot of the time it’s a very casual affair for us but other than my staple breton stripes, I’m lacking in dressier tops… This one is a beautiful soft grey and has a collar bone revealing scoop neck, with a delicate lower layer that is flattering when you want to eat a really good meal. 😉 With a pretty necklace and skinny jeans, this will get a lot of use for nights out here. When the occasion calls for it however, I’m excited about wearing this triangle print dress. It was a total bargain from H&M, fits really well with a good amount of stretch and is flattering and comfortable. A winner all round. Lastly I couldn’t resist this tunic style striped dress. I’ve been after one for a while and today I’m wearing it with glitter converse style trainers (check it out over on Instagram) and tights but in summer it’ll be great with bare legs and wide strapped sandals.

So that’s it for another couple of months. If I can muster the time and energy I’ll do some outfit posts of how I’m integrating these into my current wardrobe, then look out for my spring/summer capsule in a couple of months! 🙂

Rebecca x

How to Wear: January

Good Morning Readers

I hope you have all had good January’s. Mine has been interesting to say the least. Little did I think that it would include a four day hospital stay for Pneumonia! I’m feeling a lot better now, but it did take me, and my whole family by surprise. The one good thing that came out of the experience was that I actually got a chance to read (not much else to do in hospital!) so I’ve made a good dent into one of my New Year Goals.

Due to that stay, and the week preceding my admission when I wasn’t feeling well at all (I thought I had the flu), I’ve not really been wearing anything that exciting. I did make a couple of cheeky purchases though.

One was a fantastic pair of jeans from a boutique local to me, Quattro Rich. They are a pair of Twist & Tango jeans and the perfect burgundy red colour – something that will go very well with a lot in my wardrobe. Not proper ‘denim’ but more of a heavy cotton twill, they are so flattering on the leg. Quattro Rich stock a lot of Twist & Tango bits (these jeans have unfortunately sold out) but it’s always worth giving Ivy and her team a call to see what they have, as she does offer a mail order service. The best bit about these were that they were a sales bargain – thank you January.

Another item I got was actually some underwear. I have to admit it’s been a struggle finding underwear to wear that’s comfortable whilst nursing. I have been massively put off nursing bras since I had a bad bout of Mastitis in the Autumn (I partly blame the fact I got it on a bad fitting bra I had from a well-known Mother & Baby retailer, even though they measured me. Turns out they measured me hugely incorrectly!). Since then, I have been wearing some vests from H&M which have been great, but lacking in support. I was then looking for something of a similar ilk, and came across this vest. What can I say – life-changing! Not only does it give you good support and good access, plus feels so nice on – the straps are so comfortable – it slims your silhouette so clothes look better on. A miracle in a vest! Granted, they aren’t the cheapest option around, but for something I have worn EVERY DAY, the cost-per-wear is low. Once I’m wearing something other than jeans and a sweatshirt again, I’ll post a picture of the difference it makes underneath clothes. Really, I can’t recommend these enough if you are nursing, or about to be as I know some of you are.

Finally, I had my first outing in a new pair of boots. I succumbed and bought a pair of Topshop Magnificent “Sock” boots. I own a fair few midi skirts and dresses, plus cropped jeans/culottes, and had read that these would be perfect to update them for winter. The reviews weren’t wrong. Very comfortable with a good heel hight (I had to size up but I often do in Topshop shoes), they are great boots – perfect Cognac brown colour and a modern toe shape. The purchase was made all the more sweet as I had a credit note burning a hole in my purse. Win Win.

Apologies again that there aren’t more pictures of me. I am on the mend, and come the end of Feb, I’m sure I’ll be back again in full health. I’ll be back soon with what to buy in February… Until then!

Erin xx

 

What to Buy: January 2016

Well HELLO Readers and a Happy New Year to you all 🙂

As Rebecca announced earlier this week, she is back blogging and I’m happy to say that that means I’ll be resuming too. I’ll be writing the usual two posts every month, but I may also dip in here and there with some anecdotal pieces.

2015 went by in a flurry of renovations and baby arrivals, so I’m hoping that the 2016 pace slows a little to let us breathe and enjoy. The start of the New Year invariably heralds “resolutions” and whilst I like the idea of starting afresh, I’m loathed to call them resolutions, as they are more than often broken before the month is out. Like Rebecca, I’ve given myself some “goals” which I’d like to try and live by for the year (and beyond), by and large, plus five seem achievable. Here they are:

  
So I know you are thinking, what has this got to do with “What to Buy”. The second of the goals is key for me. I’ve (and actually we’ve) just got too much stuff. I’m in the process of a real edit of my clothes and I’ve started to read this (fulfilling another goal!) which just cements my feelings (after having first read this too and resonated with most of it – Rebecca and I are obviously on the same wavelength here ;)).

Whilst though I am purging a lot, mostly through eBay and then Charity Donations and local Facebook groups, I’m not saying I won’t buy a thing throughout the year. That to me is unachievable. I can however be clever in my purchases, hopefully favouring things that will last, or at least go with 50% of my wardrobe, therefore making them hard workers. There will also be some seasonal additions I’m sure. I’ll be looking carefully at my current clothing stash before purchasing anything to see if something I already own does the job of filling a fashion need. As I go through this edit, I’ll let you know how I’m getting on, and my approach to how I’ve found/done it, if that’s of interest… Ultimately, I’m hoping the clean out will just make like that little bit easier – it’s certainly got a LOT busier with two small men in my life!

On to January purchases then… These are some things which I’ve seen on emails and some in store that I think will work hard for you all year, starting now.

Fur Gilet

  

H&M // New Look

These are showing no let up, and with the milder winter we seem to be having, they are a great addition to your wardrobe to throw over a jumper and some jeans to give it that extra edge.

Roll Neck Jumper

 

Uniqlo // La Redoute // H&M 

I’ve learnt to love these over the past couple of months. I favour a turtleneck kind of style, or if it is a roll neck, it needs to be in Merino or some such other fine wool to keep the bulk to a minimum. They are a wardrobe saviour IMO – again, something to slip over skinny jeans or leggings with boots or pumps. Go for a size larger than you’d usually wear to balance out the slim silhouette on your lower half.

Chelsea Boots

 
Ash // H&M // ASOS 

Actually a boot style that I don’t own, Chelsea boots automatically make a casual outfit look smarter. The right pair can also work well with dresses and skirts too. Just make sure that the sole has a thin profile.

Cross Body Bag

 

French Connection // Cambridge Satchel Co. // Topshop // M&S

This style has come into its own for me in the 7 months since Oscar was born. Wearing him in the sling, or at least pushing him in the buggy whilst trying to hold Calum’s hand, called for a new bag solution. From the small and neat, to the larger, yet practical, you won’t be sorry for making this purchase. Having your hands free is a revaltion!

Long Sleeved Dress

  

ME&EM // Topshop

Something that can be worn now, with a jumper or waistcoat and boots, or into the spring with sandals, pumps or wedges, the long sleeved dress is something of a wardrobe updater. Keep the style either maxi, or a midi-length that works for your height to avoid frumpiness, but don’t be afraid to play with patterns. Block colour is obviously the classic choice though to make sure you get the most wear out it it.

So there you have it… five things to seek out if you can brave the shops and you have some Gift Cards perhaps burning a hole after Christmas. I’ll keep you posted with my Edit progress. It’s not something that’s going to happen overnight. In my head, I’ll be done by the end of 2016, but that does include the rest of the house too, not just my wardrobe. I’ll also let you know how I’m getting on with the rest throughout the year too.

It’s nice to be back! Until the end of the month…

Erin xx

 

 

 



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