Category: Fashion

What Florence Wore #3

What Florence Wore #3

Anyone else have serious wardrobe envy when it comes to their toddler’s clothes? I find myself seriously wishing I could pull off the contents of Florence’s wardrobe quite often? I absolutely LOVE the outfit that she wore to her cousins party this weekend. I’m all about […]

What Mama Wore: Keeping Cosy in Pink Blush Maternity

What Mama Wore: Keeping Cosy in Pink Blush Maternity

We have finally arrived in chunky knit season – officially my favourite time of year! I mentioned in my post last week that I have been on the hunt for some new maternity clothes to see me through Autumn & Winter and I’ve recently teamed […]

Refreshing my Autumn Wardrobe with Debenhams Maternity Range

Refreshing my Autumn Wardrobe with Debenhams Maternity Range

I’ll be completely honest, I have found myself in a bit of a slump when it comes to fashion this pregnancy. I loved dressing my bump last time around but I’ve really lost my confidence this time and so I tend to just opt for the same old outfits. When Debenhams got in touch about their Autumn wardrobe refresh campaign, I decided enough was enough, it was time to ditch the baggy tops & slightly sagging maternity leggings and step out of my comfort zone a bit. I’d never even thought about shopping the Debenhams maternity range so I was quite intrigued as to what their range would offer. I was fully expecting to find the same old, slightly frumpy, stretchy fabric cliche maternity wear but I was pleasantly suprised to find just how refreshing & diverse the range is.

The first item that really caught my eye was this Red Herring Maternity Leopard print dress. Now, I am not a regular leopard print wearer as I find it really hard to wear it without feeling like Kat Slater, but as it’s so on trend at the moment I thought I would go for it. When it arrived I was really excited to try it on and see how it looked. On first impressions, it worried me if I am completely honest. It was incredibly low cut and as I am not exactly lacking in the bottom department the shape and pattern really made my behind look enormous and definitely nothing like the woman wearing it online.  I think this is something a lot of brands could learn from — use actually pregnant models!!   Determined not to be put off, I turned to my friend and fashion guru Mama, Renee for some advice on how to style it and not feel like a member of the Slater Clan/ an incredibly overweight leopard. She showed me a whole bunch of different ways to wear it and I felt a lot more confident

Keeping with dresses I also opted for a slightly safer, more ‘me’, tea dress. This has been a lot easier to style and I’ve already got so much wear out of it. It looks great paired with thick tights and heeled boots but can also easily flats too. I  / sandals when it’s a bit warmer as it’s a good length.It has pretty loop tie details on the arms and cinches in above the bump.  The shape is really flattering and not anything like the cliche styles I mentioned earlier on. The pretty floral print just tops this dress off for me!

I chose some black skinny maternity jeans but had to send them back as I needed to size up so I am just waiting on those to arrive. I lived in black skinny jeans last time and while they’re super comfortable the ones I had before are so worn they have holes in! I am really looking forward to getting back into black skinnies and teaming them with all the cosy Autumn knits when the right size arrive.

Having not been so heavily pregnant throughout A/W with Florence I only had a couple of quite light-wearing coats so I was drawn to this Khaki Luxe Parka as it looked so so warm and snug and who doesn’t love a Parka? I absolutely love this coat, it’s as cosy as it looked online and unbelievably comfortable. I cannot wait for the temperatures to drop a bit more so I can wear it every time we go out!

Then there’s the bag. Oh my goodness, the bag!  Now that Florence is that bit older we can risk going out with just a couple of nappies and a pack of wipes for short trips which means I can leave the house without lugging everything but the kitchen sink in a big changing bag so being able to choose a regular sized, actually leather designer handbag was such a luxury! This Jasper Conran rel=”nofollow” bag is big enough to hold all of the essentials for a Mama & toddler trip out while being perfect for a heading out for dinner with the girls or hitting the shops too.

And then, when the day is done is there anything better than slipping into fresh pjs and cosying up as night falls? I have been finding it quite difficult to find something comfortable to wear to bed and so I thought I would test out something from their nightwear. I opted for this checked night shirt-dress because the colours just screamed A/W and I liked the idea of not having to wear anything with a waistband to sleep in. I’ve worn this almost every day since it arrived – it is SO comfy and made from an almost furry linen (is that such a thing?). It’s roomy so there’s loads of space for my bump to grow too. My only criticism of this is that the buttons seem a bit small for the holes so they do come undone quite a lot which is a bit annoying!

All in all, I am really impressed with the variety and quality of all of the clothes I bought from Debenhams maternity and will definitely be keeping an eye out for new additions to their range as my pregnancy progresses.

*I was sent a gift voucher to spend at Debenhams.com rel=”nofollow” in order to refresh my wardrobe and share my haul here on my blog. All words and opinions are my own.

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What Florence Wore: Cherry Crumble Clothing

What Florence Wore: Cherry Crumble Clothing

I think, when it comes to fashion, this time of year is my favourite. I myself love layering up with lots of knits and slipping on a pair of boots when heading out in the Autumn / Winter. I also love dressing Florence in the […]

Cosy Nights In with Hunkmoller Pyjamas

Cosy Nights In with Hunkmoller Pyjamas

Is there anything quite like cosy winter evenings snuggled up in your jim jams watching Christmas movies and drinking hot chocolate with your other half?  Okay so it might not be the most… glamorous way to spend your Friday evenings but it is getting blooming cold out […]

Mama & Baby Style #5 – A Hot Air Balloon Special

Mama & Baby Style #5 – A Hot Air Balloon Special

It’s been a bit quiet on the Fashion posts front here lately. In truth, I’m really struggling to find flattering clothes this post baby body of mine and so haven’t much felt like showing it off! But this week, Mama & Baby Style returns after a weekend away in Northampton for their annual Balloon Festvial. While there *should* be two Mama outfits here, one ended up in a carrier bag in the back of the car as the result of a giant exploding nappy from Florence – oh this Motherhood lark is so glam. There are however two gorgeous baby outfits from our weekend that you just cannot miss.

Of course, I couldn’t resist an opportunity to shamelessly dress us both in matching outfits when I saw this gorgeous Hot Air Balloon print on the Cath Kidston Website. hot air balloon fashion 2

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Florence’s ‘Little Balloons’ dress is just so adorable. With little capped sleeves, frilled detail around the waistband and made from lovely lightweight fabric it came complete with macthing frilly knickers – perfect for hiding that nappy!
hot air balloon fashionI opted for this tea dress in the same print. I really love the pleated neck and the flattering length. Paired with converse & my trusty denim jacket it made for the perfect day out outfit!

On Sunday Florence wore this absolutely gorgeous playsuit from Nellipott. I spotted the print on their instagram page and while their dispatch time is normally two weeks the lovely AJ rushed my order so that it would arrive in time. It’s handmade & absolutely brilliant quality with hard wearing fabric and cute little tie up straps. BALLOON FESTIVAL 18

I teamed it with one of my favourite floral bodysuits from Boots Mini Club. BALLOON FESTIVAL 28

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Baby Clothing Brands We LOVE

Baby Clothing Brands We LOVE

I’m often asked by friends, family & blog readers for recommendations of the best places to get good quality beautiful baby clothes and as Florence has such a vast wardrobe I think I’m pretty clued up in this department. Here is a list of some […]

Mama & Baby Style #4 – Bold & Beautiful

Mama & Baby Style #4 – Bold & Beautiful

Ahh, week four already! I absolutely love this weeks Mama & Baby style outift combo! I’ve given my wardrobe a bit of a revamp this last couple of weeks thanks to the Summer sales and bold prints seem to have taken over a little! Normally I’d […]