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. […]

Ghost of Pregnancy Future

As my pregnancy progresses, I’m becoming more disillusioned with maternity wear. A lot of the dresses fall about an inch above the knee, which suits me like socks suit a rooster. I’m still in the awkward in-between phase, where I don’t really look pregnant but most of my clothes don’t fit. Non-maternity dresses with pleats in the front work well as they’ll accommodate my bump, as and when it properly pops out. I found this dress in the Ghost sale, and it caters to my obsession with vintage. I bought it in a bigger size than I would usually go for, so hopefully I’ll be able to wear it for a while yet. I’ve paired it with my favourite gilet from Ruby and Ed (similar here) and an old pair of silver Bowie-esque boots by Reiss, (similar […]

The World We live in

I’ve been the thinking about the world I want to live in. I’m reminded of when I went on holiday this summer with my family. It was a few weeks after the Brexit vote and there was an atmosphere of tense uncertainty. I sat with my mother on a bench at Heathrow and watched the other travellers milling around the terminal. As one would expect, it was a multi-cultural, diverse group of people, most of whom looked like they were off on their summer holiday. Mum commented that this ethnically diverse place is representative of the country she wanted to live in. A nation strengthened by diversity and tolerance, not sullied with distrust and discrimination. Of course, I realise that I’m very fortunate to be able to afford to go on holiday in the first place. In fact, all […]

Bumpity Bump

I’m nearly 14 weeks pregnant and I’ve got a little growing bump. I ordered a bunch of pregnancy clothes this week, but I sent most of them back because they were simultaneously too tight and too baggy. There are a few maternity brands that I like, but most of the stuff I’ve seen thus far is rather depressing. This dress is from Lily and Lionel, which is not a maternity brand, but I’ve had my eye on it since before I was pregnant. I think flowing dresses in a bigger size will be the way forward, although I’m still on the lookout for lovely maternity wear.

An announcement

I’m pregnant! Baby HH is due in May and I’m really excited to be a mum. My husband, who has an arch sense of irony, has temporarily christened our unborn child Donald Bump. I anticipate some sartorial challenges – I’ve already had to give up on my skinny-waisted skirts. I’m 13 weeks gone and at the awkward phase where my body has changed, but I don’t have enough of a bump to justify maternity wear. I’m hoping to wear a lot of flowing, a-line dresses as I’m not a fan of a body-con, pregnant Kim K look. I’ll document my pregnancy style here, on Instagram and Twitter. Love Rosa and Donald Bump XX    

Dark Ages

I went to bed last night hoping to wake up to a world with Hillary Clinton as president. The news that the US has chosen a homophobic, racist, sexist, megalomaniacal, demagogue is calamitous, but not surprising. Post Brexit, it’s clear we are living in a dark age when the worst of human nature is in charge.  Today’s politicians appeal to fear and prejudice, inciting braying intolerance and zealous nationalism. The US and the UK are hideous mirror images of one another. Trump has proclaimed global warming a hoax, perpetuated by China, and has promised to dismiss the Paris Agreement, which could devastate our already beleaguered environment. He’s also implied that the US should only offer military support to NATO members who have met their financial obligations. Under the NATO agreement, all member states should allocate 2% of their GDP to defence. The US is one of […]

No-go Logos

I went to a school with no uniform, one might have thought that this would have cultivated sartorial creativity, but we all wore more or less the same thing. It was the late 90s/early 00s, and logos were king. Levis jeans, Nike trainers and sweatshirts emblazoned with Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein were highly sought after. Although only the kids from the wealthiest families could afford to wear them. I spent my teenage years feeling like I should conform, but I knew that crass logos were not for me. I found my look when I discovered vintage and I spent many a happy hour rummaging around Camden and Portobello markets. The cool kids thought my enthusiasm for old clothes was weird, but I didn’t care. I never wanted to fit in with them anyway. I’ve been looking for a vintage […]