Packing for an Easter break

April 1st, 2015

We finally break up for Easter tomorrow, and the following day, we are heading for a welcome Easter break in beautiful Wales. It is a trip that will be dominated with the great outdoors, be it the hills and mountains of Snowdonia, or the beaches of Barmouth and Aberdovey. I am totally looking forward to it, but with the weather currently so changeable (we had hail yesterday for goodness sake) what to pack is a little tricky. The weather forecasts are suggesting that light rain showers will be occurring throughout the weekend, and so I’m guessing that I will be living in jeans.

My usual Welsh Wardrobe

My usual Welsh Wardrobe

Luckily I have some great new jeans for the trip, along with some other bits and pieces that have all been picked up from Asda. Asda have been working on a campaign to get us looking at their #geniusjeans and they very kindly allowed me to pick up some jeans from their extensive range. I also found a few other pieces from their current range that will also be making it’s way into my suitcase.

Wonderfit Jeans £18.00 click to visit Asda George

Wonderfit Jeans
£18.00 click to visit Asda George

I chose a pair of the Wonderfit jeans, which I really think should be called the ‘wonderful’ jeans, they are such a fabulous thing to wear. The jeans are designed to work with your body, stretching and growing as they need to, and so feel comfortable to wear as well as looking great. I love the fact that they don’t keep riding down to show the waistband of your pants, and there is no danger of a muffin top as they fit so snugly, without being tight.

Stripe Embellished Top Was £12.00 Now £6.00 click to visit Asda George

Stripe Embellished Top
Was £12.00 Now £6.00 click to visit Asda George

Embellished Top Was £12.00 Now £6.00 click to visit Asda George

Embellished Top
Was £12.00 Now £6.00 click to visit Asda George

Asda George are in the middle of a great sale, and so I was also able to pick up a couple of tops that will look great with the jeans, and also be fine for mixing and matching with other trousers and coloured skinnies. I love stripes in Spring, it’s always my season for calling on nautical patterns, and I don’t think you can ever really go wrong when opting for the classic, clean lines of a white top.

Scenic Print Skirt £14.00 click to visit Asda George

Scenic Print Skirt
£14.00 click to visit Asda George

And I finally got my skirt! I loved this skirt which I featured in a previous post, so much, that I had to get it. I’m waiting for the summer to wear it with sandals and a camisole, but think it would look great with my fluffy cream jumper as a pretty outfit for Easter Sunday lunch.

Embellished Pointed Toe Ballet Shoes £12.00 click to visit Asda George

Embellished Pointed Toe Ballet Shoes
£12.00 click to visit Asda George

Asda have a fabulous selection of pretty, embellished flat shoes in store at the moment, with these gold beauties being my absolute faves. I’m hoping that some dry weather will allow me to wear them over my holiday, even with, dare I mention it…bare legs! Maybe that is pushing it a little bit, but I do think they will look great with the Wonderfit jeans.

Are you heading off this Bank Holiday – what will you be packing?



 

 

Scarlett and Jo – so beautiful for Spring

April 1st, 2015

My love for the beautiful clothes of Scarlett and Jo knows no bounds. Every season I literally fall in love with the majority of their range because each collection appeals to all I love in fashion, a vintage feel, gorgeous prints and fabrics, sleeves and designs that just enhance womanly curves. I cannot get enough of the brand and this season is no different – how I would love a supermarket sweep through their stockroom!

This season has all the usual elements of recent fashion history. There are maxi dresses, some which have the feel of something from 1930s movies, giving the impression of those bias cut gowns through frills, ruffles and stretchy fabrics that just skim and hug those curves. There are tea- dresses with 1940s era fan prints, and draped necklines that also bring to mind stars like Joan Crawford and Bette Davies in her heyday. The 1950s are represented with prom style – glamorous frocks of lace and mesh fabric, with cinched in waists and full skirts. The whole collection is just gorgeous, another triumph for a label that goes from strength to strength.

1930s Influence

Scarlett and Jo Navy Blue Ruffle Front Maxi Dress     Price: £65.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett and Jo Navy Blue Ruffle Front Maxi Dress
Price: £65.00
click to visit Evans

Scarlett and Jo Black Lace Maxi Dress     Price: £75.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett and Jo Black Lace Maxi Dress
Price: £75.00
click to visit Evans

1940s tea dresses

Scarlett and Jo Pink Cowl Neck Dress     Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett and Jo Pink Cowl Neck Dress
Price: £45.00
click to visit Evans

Scarlett and Jo Red Printed Dress     Price: £45.00 Click to visit Evans

Scarlett and Jo Red Printed Dress
Price: £45.00
Click to visit Evans

1950s Prom Queen

Scarlett and Jo Black Mesh Insert Dress     Price: £65.00 Click to visit Scarlett and Jo

Scarlett and Jo Black Mesh Insert Dress
Price: £65.00
Click to visit Scarlett and Jo

Scarlett and Jo Red Lace 2 in 1 Prom Dress     Price: £60.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett and Jo Red Lace 2 in 1 Prom Dress
Price: £60.00
click to visit Evans

The Navy Angel Sleeved Dress

The lovely people at Scarlett and Jo, knowing how much of a fan I am of their beautiful dresses, recently sent me the stunning Angel sleeved dress in navy to review. This dress is also available in black, pink and teal, but I’ve been having a bit of a navy moment at present, so this was the perfect choice for me.

Scarlett & Jo Navy Blue Angel Sleeve Lined Dress     Was £35.00     Now £25.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Navy Blue Angel Sleeve Lined Dress
Was £35.00
Now £25.00
click to visit Evans

I loved this dress on sight. I think it would be hard to find a more romantic, poetic style. This dress has sheer angel flounced sleeves and an empire style tie on the waist, with the rest of the skirt being very loose and flowing. The skirt is knee length and has a sort of artist smock appeal – it reminds me of something that Kate Bush or Stevie Nicks would’ve worn in their late 1970s heyday. The V neckline is surprisingly deep and sexy, but you could easily add a camisole underneath it if you felt it was too deep for you, and I love the fact that the skirt is double layered, so even though it is light and flowing, it is not too revealing.

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I added goldtone jewellery to my look as I think gold and navy are a great combination, along with an ancient pair of New Look patent navy court shoes with a bow on the front which I happen to love.  On a cold day, this would work well with a classic beige mackintosh, or a Chanel style jacket which is what I added as the wind blew an absolute gale (check out the skirt and the hair in the shots…Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore…)

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To view the complete Scarlett and Jo range, and the other colours available in this dress (which is now on sale so you can really grab a bargain), click here to visit the Evans website.



What to Expect when you’re expecting

March 31st, 2015

With pregnancy come many more surprises than just the baby’s sex and eye colour. Not only will your clothing sizes change, there are so many other possibilities the next nine months holds. Even with all the information available related to pregnancy, it can still be difficult to determine what your pregnancy will mean for you or if something you are experiencing is common or unique to you.

To help ease some of your possible concerns and help you navigate through the next three trimesters, we’ve put together this guide of pregnancy experiences to help you begin to figure out what to expect when you’re expecting.

Physical Changes

Physical changes are some of the most obvious signs of pregnancy, which makes keeping your bundle of joy a secret virtually impossible. One of the first indications of pregnancy is an increase in breast size due to increased levels of estrogen and progesterone at the onset of pregnancy.

Additionally, during pregnancy, there is an increase in blood volume to provide extra blood flow to the uterus and other organs and to meet the metabolic needs of the fetus. The greater volume brings more blood to the vessels and increases oil gland secretion causing the notorious “pregnancy glow.” The glowing skin that is commonly associated with pregnancy is only one of many skin changes you may experience due to hormonal changes and the stretching of your skin to accommodate a new housing arrangement.

As a result of pregnancy hormones, many women also experience skin pigment darkening. The body may not produce this increased pigment evenly, so the darkened skin may appear as splotches of color. However, these skin changes will likely disappear after you give birth.

Changes in hair texture and growth during pregnancy are quite common, as well. Hormones secreted by your body during pregnancy may cause your hair to grow faster and become stronger. Some women even find their hair changing color. Additionally, it is possible that your hair may start to grow in unwanted places, like on your face or belly.

While some of your body’s changes during pregnancy may be welcomed (hello long, thick hair!), there are a slew of others that are much less appealing. For example, varicose veins can occur when blood pools in veins that have been enlarged by pregnancy hormones. Pregnancy also often results in hemorrhoids, which are varicose veins in the rectum. A combination of increased blood volume and pressure from your uterus on your pelvis can cause the veins in your rectum to enlarge into grape-like clusters. To help prevent hemorrhoids, eat a fiber-rich diet, drink plenty of fluids daily, and exercise regularly to help keep bowel movements regular. Stool softeners (not laxatives) may also help, and your doctor can provide you with a cream or ointment that can shrink them and make pregnancy a little easier to handle.

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Other Changes

At the beginning of your pregnancy, fatigue and morning sickness can make many women feel worn out and mentally fuzzy. Along with the main perpetrator of pregnancy woes (hormones), being preoccupied with the baby is one cause of this mental exhaustion. With the right to-do list, you can fight “pregnancy brain” and get through the next nine months in one piece.

Additionally, as your body transitions into your baby’s temporary home, you may start to experience the nesting instinct, a powerful urge to prepare for the baby by cleaning and decorating. When the due date begins to creep closer, you may find yourself regularly cleaning cupboards or washing walls out of nowhere! However, it is much easier to over-extend yourself during pregnancy, so be careful not to do too much too quickly.

After surviving varicose veins and endless fatigue for nine months, the day you give birth will probably hold the biggest surprises of all. Only 1 in 10 expectant mothers’ water breaks before labor contractions begin, which may feel like an intense urge to urinate that leads to a gush of fluid or only a mild trickling sensation. Once baby has given the all clear for labor, some women experience nausea and vomiting or have diarrhea and/or flatulence before or during labor. During the pushing phase of labor, it is also common to lose control of your bladder or bowels.

While there are too many possible pregnancy experiences to ever compile a complete list, know that, for the most part, you aren’t alone in your pregnancy experience. Although every pregnancy is unique, you can rest assured that fellow expectant moms around the world are cursing uncomfortably enlarged breasts along with you!

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This post was written for Fashion-Mommy by Glenn Josephik. Glenn is an account representative and the marketing coordinator at MedCorp LLC, the industry leader and premier business source for used portable ultrasound systems. You can follow Glenn Josephik on Google+.