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 […]

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.

Changing Spots

In recent years I’ve become less bothered about trends; I know what suits me and I stick to it. If my look happens to be fashionable, then fine, but I certainly don’t bend my style around a flippant, passing trend. That being said, leopard print is a key look this season, but it’s also is a perennial classic that I’ve loved for years. I’m rather fond of this top by Y.A.S, although my husband thinks it looks like part of a Cirque du Soleil costume. I see what he’s saying, but I like it and that’s what counts. I’ve styled it with an old skirt from Zara (similar here) and even older boots from Carvela (similar here).    

Getting Lippy

Right now, I’m in the mood for red lipstick; not the bright coral-red I’d wear in the summer, but deep, berry hues that feel right for Autumn. I’ve been wearing a lot of Cruella by Nars and Red Volution by Bourjois. I often fit my outfit around my makeup, which sometimes leaves me over made-up and over dressed. I find applying makeup therapeutic but I sometimes get a little carried away, resulting in me showing up late with a full face, when a little tinted moisturiser and a slick of mascara will do. This dress from Zara seemed to compliment the lipstick, I’ve worn it with a pair of boots I bought last year from Kurt Geiger (similar here).

Early Autumn

Despite its slow start, this summer has been rather glorious. However, when the temperature goes above 28°C in London, the heat becomes uncomfortable; you feel simultaneously sticky and dusty. I shouldn’t complain about the weather, given that we get so little sunshine. But I can’t help looking forward to the new season, even though we’re likely to have a few more weeks of lovely warmth. This dress from Zara (similar here) is a good transitional piece as it’s light enough to wear now, but has a few nods to AW16. The shoes are old, also from Zara – similar here and here. My sunglasses are by Versace.

Wedge Salad

It will be no surprise to anyone who’s followed my blog that I have a rather extensive wardrobe. Most of the things hanging in my closet are cheap vintage and high-street finds. I need to clear out the extraneous clutter and utilise the stuff I already have. I’m not a hoarder as a general rule, but I find it difficult to part with clothes. I remember who I was with, where I was and what I was doing with pretty much everything I own. I found these wedges (similar here) lurking under a pile of old stuff and I’d forgotten how much I liked them. They elevate me to over six feet tall, but I don’t mind being a giantess. I’ve worn them with a top and skirt from Zara, which are perfect for the muggy weather we’re having […]

Posing up a storm

My husband and I usually shoot in the streets around our house. Our neighbours are having their roof fixed so there were 10 builders lined up along the scaffolding, staring at me as I posed for today’s post. We often attract curious looks from people passing by, but it’s unusual to have a larger, stationary audience. Someone with a more appropriate amount of shame might have felt embarrassed, but it takes more than that too make me blush. I’m so clumsy that I humiliate myself on a near daily basis, so a bunch of builders thinking I’m a poser doesn’t bother me one bit. I’m glad that summer seems to have finally got it’s act together, partly because I like to wear pale colours in warm weather. I feel that wearing light shades on a soggy, overcast day looks a little […]

Style vs Fashion

A few years ago, I worked at a personal styling company. My boss and I would often debate on the difference between style and fashion. She insisted they are different entities; my argument is the two cannot be separated. Of course, there are people whose classic style endures, regardless of passing trends. But I would argue that the truly stylish adapt their look to stay contemporary. Inevitably, what was considered chic and classic 30 years ago, would now look dated. Also, style has to evolve with age. My look has always been feminine, but with the passing of time, fussy lace and ruffles have stopped looking good on me. I’m still drawn to frills and I find myself trying on fripperies, only for me to throw them off in disgust, realising that I can’t dress like an antimacassar anymore. Style should be guided by […]

Florals for spring? Groundbreaking

My criteria for clothes used to be dictated by appearing outré, but I don’t care about being fashion-forward anymore. At the moment I’m into floral prints, it’s not particularly original or edgy and it bothers me not. I like the ‘business in the front; party in the back’ cut out details of this dress. When the weather heats up I’ll wear it with flats during the day, and high-heeled sandals for night. The dress is from Zara and the shoes are from Aldo.