Friday, 29 August 2014

My top 5 pregnancy essentials

These little beauties have been my saviors throughout this pregnancy. I confess, I went a bit "earth mother, only good things will enter my body, blah blah" at the beginning but really, you want to avoid as many unnatural and chemical-loaded products as you can. Luckily it's super easy to find natural, affordable products that contain only one ingredient. Oh, and they actually work too. And the bra extender just makes sense. x 

Monday, 25 August 2014

Maternity style ::: weeks 26, 27 & 28

...and big is beautiful. I repeat, BIG IS BEAUTIFUL!

Back from a lovely break in the UK catching up with friends and family. Twas so nice to be home...London in the sunshine is the best. My belly seems to be doubling in size on a weekly basis which is kinda weird to experience. I really love being pregnant but sometimes it's hard seeing yourself just get bigger, and bigger, and bigger. But when you see the little munchkin on the ultrasound...ahhh tis so worth it.

Labor Day is fast approaching and summer seems to be slipping away...not sure exactly where is disappeared to this year! We're hoping to get away this weekend, probably down to the Eastern Shore, to explore some new little towns and get a little RnR. Tootles x

Day trip to Brighton with mum

The breakdown
Blue dress: vintage
Grey dress: made by me
Black dress: Nordstrom (non-mat)
Lace top: Forever21 (non-mat)

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Maternity style ::: 25 weeks

...I used to be a hare, but now i'm very much a tortoise

Slow and steady wins the race but god is it frustrating! There is no such thing as 'nipping about' when you're pregnant (unless you're on wheels, which quite often is my preferred method of getting about these days). You just have to get used to being overtaken by EVERYONE as you walk down the street. I'm seriously considering buying a pair of roller skates.

Still maxing out the non-maternity wardrobe as much as poss...quite surprised this little tea dress from trusty M&S still fits. 

Off home to London for a couple weeks tonight and cannot WAIT to catch up with family and friends. Plus i'm squeezing in a little girls' weekend in Valencia...last one before the bubs arrives - party time!

See you in August x

The breakdown
Dress: M&S
Shoes: Dorothy Perkins
Bag: vintage

Friday, 25 July 2014

DIY: Baby Blanket

Baby blankets. Soft, cuddly, sleep-inducing (fingers crossed) and super easy to make. If you can cut out a rectangle and sew a straight line you're winning. I've made a few of these for friend's babies and each time i've adjusted the measurements to make it slightly smaller. The first one I made was at least four times as large and more suited to a large adult (or as I liked to think a blanky for life). Anyway, I think I have the dimensions just about right now. This was the first thing I made for little BB and I love it. The material is minky on one side and flannel on the other, so super soft and snuggly. And this is how you can make your own...

Cut 2x rectangles each measuring 33in x 43in (this is allowing for a 1.5in seam allowance, so your finished blanket will be 30in x 40in).


With right sides together match edges, pin and sew the two long sides and one short side. You want to leave one short side open to allow you to flip it the right way later.
N.B the below illustration is to show the right sides of the fabric are together...not how to align the fabric. You want to match each side so it's flush, not off-centre, as pictured.

Cut off each corner...this will allow the seam to sit flat and give you nice sharp corners. Flip the blanket inside out so the right sides of the fabric are now on the outside. You might want to use a knitting needle or the like to push out the corners.

Sew the open short edge closed. And you're done! Some people like to top stitch all the way round the blanket. I don't a) because I can't be bothered, and b) because I never end up with a completely straight line so the finished blanket looks a bit wonky.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Maternity style ::: 23 & 24 weeks

...and my back hurts, and my front, and my head. 

Yup, pregnancy can be one big bundle of joy. I feel like an old woman, clutching my back and hobbling around. But the little one is bumping around inside lots these days and it rocks. Just as I get settled on the sofa, or the bed, to ease my creaking back i'll suddenly feel a little kick. It's the best.

And we just celebrated a whole year in DC - crazy! So naturally we had an all-American weekend eating burgers, drinking milkshakes and taking in our first baseball game. Go Nats! I lovely love our new home and am so glad we took the plunge to move out here. I just wish there was a little portal so we could nip home and see everyone more often. Missing friends is the worst, but thank god for Skype and Facebook!

I'm still trying to max out my existing wardrobe as much as possible although the selection is dwindling by the day. I did cave in and purchase a pair of maternity leggings last weekend. Holy crap these beauties are life-savers. So comfy, and stretchy, and comfy, like a little pair of heaven. I just wish i'd read the label that said 'wash before wearing' as I ended dying my legs (and my chairs, sofa, toilet and bedsheets) a lovely shade of indigo. Whoops. x

The breakdown
Skirt: Dorothy Perkins
Shoes: Topshop

if you look really close you can just see two little bambies behind their mama. cute.

The breakdown
Tee: Gap maternity
Leggings: A Pea in the Pod
Cardigan: Forever 21
Shoes: Topshop