This is a blog title I could use A LOT through out my pregnancy as all maternity ranges seem to be full of stripes... it's almost hard to avoid them!
This particular dress is from NEWLOOK. As I mentioned in my announcement post, I've been loving and living in these stretchy jersey dresses!
It's taken me a while to actually feel comfortable in something so super tight and so bump exposing, but I'm just about there! These dress came in 3 colour ways too... I've got 2 of them and waiting for the last to come back in stock!
Paired with my stripes, I'm wearing a simple denim jacket from SHEIN which is new to my wardrobe! Through out the cooler months I LIVE in my leather jacket. This denim number is such a perfect alternative for the warmer days we are having and I think it works so well with the stripes! On my feet and my MARKS AND SPENCER suede sandals which I fell in love with as soon as I saw! Also, having slip on shoes is the best idea ever when there's a bump in the way!
A super simple and super comfy maternity look that I will absolutely be recycling!
It just so happens that I've been keeping a whopping big 6 month secret from you all! I'm so excited I am now finally announcing it!
Friends of my hubby and I have known since about 4 months but we both decided to go public a little later than usual for a number of reasons.
This isn't actually my first pregnancy, back in October last year we lost our first at just under 17 weeks pregnant. It was such an awful time and was so unexpected as I never thought it would ever happen to us. Being young and healthy I naively didn't even consider that something could possibly go wrong, and getting to 12 weeks you almost think you are out the danger zone, which in the majority of cases you are. We were just super duper unlucky and if anything it made me appreciate more than ever how much of a miracle it is to get pregnant, and have a healthy pregnancy and baby... Which is exactly the case this time! (Moving swiftly on and keeping that paragraph incredibly brief!)
This pregnancy has pretty much been a dream! It took me a good 3 months to believe I was actually pregnant, but once I got through that the excitement definitely took over. I didn't really suffer from morning sickness... just felt a lot hungrier which is actually quite hard to disguise when working in an office. Suddenly I became a major snacker! Of course we were both nervous at first, but this time round we were offered lots of extra scans for our peace of mind which was amazing. We got to first see what looked like a little jelly bean at 8 weeks, then also at 12, 16 and 20 weeks so have been truly spoilt with scan photos!
The 20 week scan is when you can find out the sex of the baby which we chose not to do! We always knew we would have a surprise for our first and I'm so excited that we don't know! I completely understand the practicality of finding out as I am currently shopping for lots of little things in white and grey!
With only 3 months to go, we are finally starting to get going with buying baby things. I've got such huge shopping lists on John Lewis, M & S, Ikea and Amazon and one by one orders are starting to be made which I'm finding far to exciting. Baby clothes are just SO irresistible!!
It's so lovely to finally be sharing this news and now of course lots more maternity related posts will follow! The count down for due date has begun... bring on October!
Finally... I have a yellow dress which I have literally been looking for since the very beginning of summer. This dress is from M&S and has had a whole lots of love over on social media. It must have been one of their best sellers this season! I finally feel like I can spread the sunshine where ever I go in this!
In a way this put me off getting it. I thought I'd see too many people in it... but it turns out it must just be a bit too bright and bold as I've only spotted it on Instagram so far!
I didn't go out to buy this dress... but when I saw it hanging there in front of me I couldn't help but try it on, just to put it out of my mind! However, after trying it on I fell in love with it even more and off to the till I went. Especially as I had a 20% off voucher... I was saving money before I even got to the till (one way to justify it!)
I feel like this dress could actually be a long termer... I'm hoping this time next year I'll be excited to wear it again. It's such a great colour, it's a great length so there for practical and it's such an easy almost crinkly fabric I doubt it will need an iron. Winning!! If you hadn't already noticed... I'm a little obsessed. M&S if you listening... I'd really like you to make this in navy and white too!
Everyone has different essentials for the beach, but there are just something you can't go with out whether you are pool side or beach bound. Whether it be lotions and potions or beach accessories to get you through a tough day of sun bathing.
First things first, we ALL need sun lotion. I always wear a minimum of factor 30. A few years back I got so badly sun burnt that I decided I needed to start taking way better care of my skin and keep that premature aging at bay! I use NIVEA for my body (30 all over, 50 for my burn prone areas). New to my beach bag is this little NIVEA roll on which is SO handy! When it's windy or sandy... it's so much easier to use a roll on to just top up the places you feel burning. On to my face now.... I use this little bottle PIZ BUIN face lotion. Choosing a lotion that is face specific, I couldn't recommend more! It's so much less greasy than your usual lotion and I haven't burnt once with this. Now for emergency's I always keep some face wipes in my bag, always trying to avoid the sun lotion on your eyes!
Next up, a good book! I am so not a reader... but when it comes to a holiday I feel like it's part of my airport routine to try and find a good book to get stuck in to. This is obviously accompanied by quite a few magazines which again for me is a holiday luxury.
Also, I always needed is a straw hat. I literally can't read with out a hat on... I frown way too much when the sun is in my eyes so this is doing me a whole lot of favours. This is my personalised hat from MELON SWIMWEAR (my brand I launched last month!)
Ear phones are an absolutely necessity. I have a big pair which I always leave at home for a holiday, something dainty is way better for the sunbed. It means you can lie on the side of your face with out any obstructions... and those little wires wont be causing any dodgy tan lines!
The next must have is sunglasses! I'm a sucker for sunglasses, I usually bring at least 3 on holiday with me... but for being by the pool or beach I always make sure I have a pair that has a smooth plastic nose pieces. None of those little metal ones that get stuck in your hair... haven't we all had that night mare? These KAPTEN & SON ones are perfect!
Next up, a note pad and pen. This is feel is actually so important! You can get SO much thinking done while lying on a sunbed. This time last year, this was exactly where I came up with the idea of MELON SWIMWEAR and I still have all my notes in last years little holiday note pad which I'll be keeping for years to come! I where my imagination will take me this time!
Flip flops... this might seem SO obvious, but one holiday I actually forgot to pack flip flops (just like I forgot to put them in the photo)! Never again though. I ended up wearing the hotel slippers to the pool everyday because I didn't want to risk getting my nice leather sandals soggy!
So... for me, these are all the things I just cannot go with out for a day by the beach or pool side. A cocktail in hand wouldn't go a miss too!