Hello and thank you for taking the time to stop by and read my blog this week. I have decided to concentrate on a few specific areas and they are the “bump”, fashion, beauty and the theatre.
Let’s start with the little one and his or her progression. Well I don’t know if it’s because the sun is out, or my increasing desire for chocolate covered malt biscuits, but this little one is tapping and kicking like a dancer! It’s so lovely to see and feel the ever growing receptiveness to noise and our voices. When Elliot puts his hand on my belly then speaks, he or she will respond by kicking or tapping under his hand. It really is so exciting! We recently had some new scans done so I wanted to share with you this photo of those little feet. I love this photo. I am also glad to report that all is going very well and so far smoothly.
From early on I always said to myself that I want to keep my fashion identity throughout pregnancy. That may sound a bit of an odd comment but what I mean is that whatever the reason our body shapes change, we can still dress in a way that makes us feel good (even if only on the outside), feel more confident and suit our shape.
With this in mind I have done two things. One is order some good basics such as maternity trousers and jeans that fit me and some well-fitting vests and underwear that hold me in place. The latter is vital to get right. If you are wearing a saggy bra or underwear that does not fit, then trust me you need to update this first, otherwise all day you will feel uncomfortable and be reminded of the areas you feel less confident about. Underwear that fits correctly is the foundation for your clothes looking good. I have chosen clothes that fit my shoulders and legs, but accommodate the pregnancy bump. I refuse to slump into the easy option of wearing all oversized clothes and cover up for nearly a year! It is very likely that I will change shape for quite a while even after giving birth and unrealistic to think that I’ll slip back into my old clothes straight away, so I also want to make sure I can wear some of these new clothes afterwards and still feel like me.
I put together a little photo shoot for this blog for you to see. The new fun clothes I have chosen are all from QVC. I made sure I went for fabric that has higher elastane, viscose or cotton, elasticated waistbands and wide legs with bright colours and prints. Print is a fantastic way to draw the eye away from areas that you might be feeling less confident about. At the moment for me it’s my thighs and upper arms. Bring on the print please!
On the left I am wearing:
Phase Eight spot culotte trousers in dark blue with dots. The little white dots break up the mass of blue and therefore don’t swamp me or make me look wider.
I would also easily pop a pair of trainers on in white or yellow for a more relaxed look – these are amazingly comfortable –Alfrida trainers.
In the photo on the right I’ve gone for:
Jolie Moi Tie front leopard knee length dress in blue the elastane mix means the fabric will bounce back nicely and the hug not cling to my fuller areas. The leopard print is my friend as the attention is on the print not my arms or thighs plus and more importantly it’s BRILLIANT! Everyone needs a bit or a lot of leopard print in their lives.
Shoes Baisley Leopard trainers light grey I appreciate the large trainer is not for everyone and you won’t all like it with this dress but that’s okay. I have my own style and this one makes me feel good and is unbelievably comfortable. You could also try a trendy wedge shoe from Peter Kaiser such as Kaiser Kadisha wedge sandal.
As a little heads up on next week’s Big Deal we have a super stylish pair of Nina Leonard denim skinny pull on trousers which are definitely worth having in your wardrobe. A fantastic essential which won’t let you down.
Last week I shared some of new skin discoveries. I have continued using the Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial and still love the results. I have also been using both morning and night Elemis Ultra Smart Pro-Collagen Complex 12 Serum, which we have as part of a set on three interest-free instalments. I can of course only speak for myself, and using this is like finding a relief in a bottle. My face looks fresher, skin looks plumper and I already see an improvement in the fine lines around my eyes. I look forward to using it as I can see the results. Elliot has also been using it and today we both said we could see the fines lines around his eyes becoming more faded and his skin looking radiant. It smells divine too!
In this warm weather I always use sun protection and I switch between Ultrasun Tinted Face SPF 30 and my Bareminerals Complexion Rescue SPF 30 in Natural they are both lightweight, non-greasy and I really do give me the protection I need when I’m out and about during the day.
The very last thing I’m going to share is that I am currently producing and will be performing in a play, which myself and two good friends are writing and putting on in July. I am really excited and will post rehearsal pics here and info once we are under way. The theatre is booked now and we will be performing it in July.
Elliot is ever supportive but did ask me the other day “I was wondering why you’ve decided to do this at seven and half months pregnant in the height of the summer?” to which I replied “yeah I know , I guess now is as good a time as any”…could this be baby brain? I’ll let you decide.
I hope you are all well and look forward to hearing from you. I do regularly post new pics on Instagram @eilidhnairntv