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 […]

Tent Dress

As my pregnancy progresses, I’ve realised that my style hasn’t changed that much. Apart from my cinched waist skirts, my look is pretty much the same. At first glance, one would think the uniform for pregnant women is skin-tight Bretton stripes, which wouldn’t my choice, even when not pregnant. However, with a bit of imagination, there’s no reason to be shackled by boring maternity wear. This dress from Zara isn’t maternity, but it’s really comfy and skims over my bump. I love the ruffles and flared sleeves, which is a nod towards Chloé’s  romantic AW16 collection. It’s also voluminous enough to last for the duration of my pregnancy. I’ve styled it with an old coat from Acne (similar here and here ) and boots from Kurt Geiger.

Non-Maternity Maternity

At 17 weeks pregnant I’m nearly half way there and I can’t believe the time has whizzed by so quickly. Thus far, pregnancy has been pretty kind to me. I’ve had spells of sickness and I’ve felt quite tired, but compared to lots of other women, I’ve had it easy. I still haven’t quite got my head around the prospect of having an actual baby at the end. I’m told that when I start to feel the baby move, reality will strike. I’m looking forward to the next stage of pregnancy. I’ve found that there are things in my wardrobe that work as maternity wear, which is great as I’m loathed to buy too much new stuff; I already have more than enough. I bought this Saloni dress from The Outnet earlier this year and the […]

Bohemian Baby

I’ve always been fond of a bit of boho, although the term has rather naff connotations. I think the key to a chic bohemian vibe is not to over do it with the accessories; too much jingiling jewellery can undermine the look. If I’m wearing a boho dress, I like to wear one or two bold pieces of jewellery. I love this silk dress by Me & Maya. It skims over my baby bump nicely, but will work post-baby next summer, worn with bare legs and tan sandals. I’ve styled the dress with a faux fur coat from Whisltes (similar here) and boots from Kurt Geiger.

Leather and Lace

After weeks of avoiding maternity wear, I’ve finally caved in and bought a couple of maternity dresses. My priorities have changed and comfort is the deciding factor; I can’t bear fabric that’s even slightly scratchy or clingy. This lace dress from Mamalicous is soft and comfy. Looking at these pictures, I think the frock will work better when I’m more heavily pregnant, but it’s so comfortable that I can’t wait to wear it. I’ve layered it under my old faithful leather jacket from Whistles and a 50s vintage faux fur coat (similar here) that’s oversized enough to see me through my pregnancy (similar here and here) . My boots are from &Other Stories (similar here) and my sunglasses are by Versace.

Pregnancy Fitness

Over the last few years I’ve incorporated exercise into my daily routine. I keep fit for the obvious physical benefits, but I work out primarily for my mental health. I like to work really hard and love the rush of endorphins after going hell for leather. If I don’t exercise for a few days I start to feel peculiar. I hate the gym and only exercise at home, I resent paying for something I can do for free. I’m also a hopeless klutz, and I used to have frequent and embarrassing accidents in my local gym. I’d fall off the cross trainer or drop my phone on the treadmill, which would go flying backwards and hit the shins of the poor person on the machine behind me. I also have weird mutant strength, and would always […]

Who’s country is it anyway?

Anyone who’s read my blog recently will know I’m very concerned about the political shift to the far right. Neo-Nazism is rearing its ugly head all over Europe and the US. Footage hasd emerged of Richard Spencer, leader of white supremacist group the National Policy Institute, giving a speech at a rally, roaring ‘hail Trump’. This was met with celebratory Hitler salutes from the audience. Spencer used the German word ‘lügenpresse’ to describe the media, which is lifted from the Nazi era, meaning ‘lying press’. This is one of many Nazi references Spencer alluded to during his speech. Despite this, white supremacists in America have tried to rebrand themselves as the Alt Right (which sounds like a keyboard shortcut), in an effort to normalise their extremist ideology. It’s important to call them out for what they are; shameless racists and neo-Nazis. […]