Heavy Days

Despite my attempt to avoid maternity wear, I found this maternity dress on ASOS which I’m rather pleased with. I can never resist a pretty 70s vibe frock. I’m 29 weeks along and I now understand what is meant by the phrase ‘heavily pregnant’. I can’t get up or sit down without groaning like an angry buffalo. Heaving myself in and out of the bath is like the Shamu show at SeaWorld. My pregnancy has been pretty easy, considering what a tough time some women have, but I’m looking forward to it being over. I’m not only excited to meet our baby boy, but also it’ll be a relief to have my body back to myself. He’s currently tap dancing on my bladder, which is just charming.

An Un-Mumsy Pregnancy

My mission to dress my bump without submitting to maternity wear continues with this blouse by Teatum Jones. I didn’t go to a lot of events at London Fashion Week, primarily because I’m six months pregnant and in no mood to waddle around the shows. Also, I don’t really have enough fashion week appropriate outfits to wear,  but I felt confident in this top from TJ’s SS17 collection. I wore it with a pleated skirt from ASOS, which isn’t from their maternity range, but has a forgiving elasticated waist. I picked up these shoes from Topshop and they are neither practical or mumsy, which may make them an imprudent purchase. But just because I’m pregnant I don’t see why I should surrender my identity. I anticipate being the sort of mum who’ll rock up to the school gates in pink […]

Teatum Jones AW17: Bodies in Motion

We are living in an era when we are on the precipice of great change and we’re yet to discover where the chips may fall. It seems the triggering of Article 50 is imminent, the long term consequences of which are difficult to predict. We devour the news with compulsive veracity, in anticipation of some new calamity committed by the Trump administration. The leaders of the current wave of right-wing populism may shout about the dawn of a brave new world, but much of their poisonous rhetoric belongs in the dark ages. With increasing international uncertainty, it is comforting to know that some things remain constant. Fashion continues to strive forward, creating and innovating, despite our politicians trying to drag us backwards. However, in these turbulent times, it’s not enough just to make pretty clothes. Art should contribute to social and political discourse and Teatum Jones’ latest collection, entitled ‘The […]

Boy oh Boy

As my pregnancy progresses, style blogging is becoming more challenging. I’m 6 months gone now and I’m limited in what I can wear; not that I mind. In fact, having very little choice actually saves me a lot of time. I’ve more or less given up on trends for the time being. I’m sure if I worked a little harder my maternity look could be more on trend, but my energy is a precious commodity and I can’t afford to squander it. I found this 70s dress in a vintage shop on Camden Passage and I’m rather pleased with it. It’s really comfy and flows over the bump. I look like I’m trying to channel Mandy Moore in This is Us, but this is co-incidental. I’ll be wearing this frock until May when baby boy […]

Take a Stand

I’ve often heard older people say they were surprised they saw a black president in their lifetime. Now, I feel astonishment that I’ve seen a despotic demagogue in mine; I’d naively assumed that a man like Trump would never find himself in the Oval Office. I also didn’t think Trump would go through with his election promises, at least not so swiftly. He’s signed a storm of executive orders, including building the wall along the Mexican border, and proceeding with the easement of the Dakota Access Pipeline. It’s worth noting that signing executive orders is not the same as action. One of the first things Obama did as president was to  sign an executive order to dismantle Guantanamo Bay, and yet the detention camp still stands. Arguably, the most egregious of Trump’s actions is the […]

The “Glow”

Pregnancy is often sold as a magical time in a woman’s life, when she glows with internal serenity. This, in my experience, is cobblers. I’ve been tired, grumpy, spotty and sore with muscular aches and pains. Mind you, my pregnancy has been a walk in the park compared to some women I know, who’ve been afflicted with hyperemesis gravidarum; severe sickness that lasts for the full nine months. I’ve been blogging less frequently, partly due to weariness and new writing projects, but also because my sartorial choices are increasingly limited. I know once the baby is here, I’ll have even less time and energy. However, I’ll also find a new way of dressing. I’m inspired by other Mum bloggers who maintain their own look, whilst catering for the practicality that motherhood demands, Dress Like a […]

March for Freedom

Donald Trump is in the news every day and the stories are becoming increasingly absurd. Alec Baldwin recently said that Trump is the head writer at Saturday Night Live, as the man with orange skin spins comedy gold every time he opens his mouth. However, as his inauguration creeps nearer, the joke is less funny and more frightening. He’s now being sued for sexual assault, which hasn’t even made the headlines; we’ve already become desensitised to Trump’s shameful behaviour. If Hillary Clinton had been elected and she were being sued for sexual assault, days before her inauguration, the media would be whipped into a frenzy and talking of little else. Trump has already set about dismembering the affordable care act, or Obamacare, without ensuring a viable replacement in its stead. Along with this is the proposed defunding of Planned Parenthood, […]

No Pain no Gain

I’ve been lucky with my pregnancy so far, as I’ve had relatively little nausea or debilitating fatigue. However, this past week I’ve had a stinking cold combined with Round Ligament Pain, which explains my somewhat scant blogging. For those who don’t know, Round Ligament Pain is caused by stretching muscles which surround the Uterus and Pelvis. This has been aggravated by coughing, so it’s not been a fun week. But I’m feeling much better now and my overall health is good, so I shan’t complain. I’ve spent most of the last 7 days sitting around in sweat pants and it feels good to put on some proper clothes and heave myself up from the sofa. I found this Paul and Joe dress in the 9 in the Mirror January sale; a site that offers pregnancy friendly, non-maternity clothes that don’t compromise on […]

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a lovely festive break. I had a quiet celebration with my family and was in bed by 11pm on New Year’s Eve. Gone are the days when I’d stay up well into the small hours of January 1st, but that’s fine by me. I’m now 20 weeks pregnant and my growing bump is limiting my sartorial choices. There were lots of lovely clothes in the shops in the run up to Christmas but I couldn’t wear any of them, which is probably for the best as it stopped me buying stuff I don’t need. Being pregnant makes me think more carefully about what I spend money on; clothes have to not only be comfortable but be guaranteed to last for the duration of my pregnancy. I’ve accepted that the next five months won’t be my most stylish and that’s […]

Lady Di

I’ve realised that my maternity style icon is Princess Diana, circa 1982. I’m not usually inspired by Royal style but smock dresses, ruffles and pussy bows make sense to me right now. This dress is from my favourite Danish brand, Ganni. Once again, it’s not designed for maternity, but it’s comfortable and should see me through the next few months. I’ll also be able to wear it after the baby comes in May, which is another win. The key to making a pregnant Lady Di vibe contemporary, is to ground floaty dresses with tailored coats and heavy boots. Most maternity wear is so not my style, I’m glad I’ve been able to find stuff that I feel good in. I’ve worn it with an old coat from Self-Portrait (similar here and here) and ankle boots by […]