Celebrating National Beard Day

If there is going to be a national celebration for anything, then beards are as good as subject as any. This Saturday(September 2nd)  sees National Beard Day, a celebration of all faces hairy and beautiful. It is no secret that I am partial to a hirsute man, with French and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud being my number one crush, so Saturday is definitely a day close to my heart.

Beards have certainly grown (to pardon the pun) in popularity in recent years, you only have to look at how many instagram feeds are dedicated to beards to realise that. But if you think that a beard is an easy option that you just allow to grow and cut out shaving, then you are sorely mistaken. The modern beard is a well groomed, well sculpted facial adornment, which is pampered and preened with beard shampoo and conditioner, beard oils and balms, moustache wax and pomades, and very often it has its own comb and brush to ensure the styling is on point. Beards have become big beauty business with their own shelf in the male grooming aisle of Boots and Superdrug. Manscaping is definitely a thing.

Lucky for me, I have my own hot beardy man who is definitely in tune when it comes to male styling. Pete is a real fan of the Dear Barber Grooming set from Just My Look. In particular, this set has a great beard oil which helps keep Pete’s beard in tip top condition, taming stray hairs whilst having just the slightest hint of fragrance, making it not too sweet and cloying. It is also a decent sized bottle at 30ml, this should last for quite some time as you only need a few drops at a time. The kit comes in a wonderfully retro looking box and also contains a Dear Barber moustache wax and a great quality wooden beard comb. This is a wonderful gift for the upcoming festive season and would certainly be appreciated by anyone who loves to groom their beard.

5 Fashion accessories to invest in for great postpartum style

There’s no question about it. A woman’s body goes through many changes during and after pregnancy. Some of the changes may be permanent. For example, some women are never able to back to their previous foot size before they get pregnant. Also, while there are products that can help make stretch marks look lighter, these battle scars will always be there as a reminder of what a woman had to go through to bring forth a human being into the world.

 

But just because a woman’s body has changed does not mean that they should stop being fashionable. While it is tempting to be in t-shirts and sweats every day, there are small fashion items they can add to their usual getup to make them look more appealing. Here are some of the accessories they can add to their shopping list to make them look and feel good.

 

  1. Nursing tops – especially for moms who are breastfeeding their children, nursing tops are a must. These make so much more convenient to feed their kids anywhere they are instead of looking for breastfeeding areas or just a secluded area for a little privacy. IN the past, nursing tops were quite basic in their design and can be quite expensive. But now, there are stores that sell them for an affordable price and they also offer wide of range of stylish designs that moms can choose from.

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  1. Stylish flats – moms may need to lay off wearing heels for a little more after they give birth, especially if they are carrying their children a lot of time. They can invest in a good pair of flay shoes or even boots. Mothers just need to make sure that comfort should be their number one priority instead of style. They also need to make sure that they are getting the right size as some women tend to go back to their original shoe size after giving birth.

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  1. Jewellery – it might not be something necessary, but mothers also need to pamper themselves once in awhile. Wearing a nice pair of earrings can bring joy to some women. Some mothers also invest in teething necklaces that are safe for children. There are many types that are available in the market, in different color and styles to they will have plenty to choose from.

 

  1. Scarf – another thing that may not be necessary but it can create a big difference to one’s outfit. It can bring a pop of color to an otherwise monochromatic outfit. It can even function as a nursing cover if a mother does not want to wear a nursing top anymore.

 

  1. Girdle – giving birth takes its toll on a woman’s body. Whether they went through a normal delivery or C-section, a woman’s tummy becomes sensitive after birth. That’s why it’s good to invest in a girdle as it provides not only comfort but support for the sensitive area as well. There are so many girdles on the market, so to help new mothers, here’s a list of the top girdles after pregnancy or C-section to help them make their choice.

 

Seven Fashion Tips for Stylish Mommies

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Being a new mommy is a whole new, sweet, exciting, terrifying and amazing life experience that women embrace wholeheartedly. But it is a well-known fact that not all women regain their pre-baby waistline and thighs. As a matter of fact, baby fat takes a few months to disappear, while your prenatal body lines still need time to make their comeback. Are you bound to wear leggings and oversized t-shirts for months to come?

If your pre-pregnancy outfits don’t fit, and your pregnancy outfits don’t fit either, what is left to do than layering slouchy clothes over and over to hide all the sins? Well, you may not be the same size you were a year ago, but this doesn’t mean you can’t look stylish and cool – without stealing your husband’s shirts and tees! Let’s take a look today at seven fashion tips for new mommies and some easy tricks you can employ to turn heads in the street!

1. Wear High-Waist Jeans and Some Cool Boots

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The problem with low-waist skinny jeans in new mommies is that they don’t flatter at all your waistline. On the contrary, if you happen to bend over, they will make a display of your granny pants. On the other hand, a pair of high-waist jeans with a very flat front will make your waist and thighs look slimmer, and you can wear any top, tee or shirt without accidentally showing skin.

For a complete optical illusion, tuck your jeans into a pair of comfy nude suede boots. The jeans and pants don’t necessarily have to be the skinny or cigarette style, but you should tuck them into ankle boots in a nude shade. Wearing nudes come with immense benefits – your legs will look slimmer and longer, and the viewer’s eye is drawn towards the lower part of your body and not your waist.

2. Wear Black

It’s just simple as that: pick pants, dresses, tunics and skirts in black (or at least dark shades). Black is known for making your figure look slimmer, hiding all the baby fat and undesired curves. Now we don’t all have to be Victoria Beckham and have her post-partum waistline, but we can learn something from this fashionable soccer mom: cover in black what you need to cover and show the parts you want the world to see – the simple and elegant outfit will make you look stand out of the crowd, especially if you dress up a little black dress with style.

3. Switch Slouchy T-Shirts with Tunics

No matter the season, tunics make a terrific addition to any new mommy’s wardrobe. Instead of making you look bigger, like frumpy tees do, they skim your figure as they have a longer, slim-fit design. You can pick some in long sleeves and short sleeves to get you through the seasons. If you want to spice things up, pick some in jolly colors and adorned with modern embellishments, applications, bows, ribbons or featuring stylish prints and patterns.

If you want a casual outfit, wear a tunic over a pair of jeans, leggings or short. Dress up to rock the city with a tunic worn together with a pencil skirt.

4. Ditch the Diaper Bag for some Stylish Alternative

A diaper bag has its benefits but let’s face it, it looks sloppy and dorky, to say the least. Not to mention some of them are so big and deep you can lose yourself in them without finding anything. Fashion experts recommend you take stock of yourself and take a walk to the adult-fashion-oriented bags departments.

You can find plenty of modern bags that offer the same functionality, space, and organization as diaper bags without looking like diaper bags. You can try a distressed Selvaggio laptop bag in refined leather, a stylish canvas backpack, an oversized patent tote and so on. Use simple Ziploc bag for the diapers and sleek them into a fashionable bag for everyday wear.

5. Keep the Trainers for the Gym

We know, you need all the comfort you can get; especially now since you carry a newborn in your arms, a diaper bag and extra some pounds. You need to be able to walk for miles and never for a second feel the discomfort of shoes. Sneakers and trainers are a good choice because swollen, itchy, aching and burning feet is the last thing you want right now. But again, while sneakers made it into the casual wear trend and look awesome with anything from jeans to a maxi skirt, they are still sneakers.

If you want a dash of style to spice your mommy outfits up, switch to backless loafers, ballet flats, knee-long boots, and shoes with platforms across the entire sole for some height and so on. Slipper, flip-flops, and trainers will never pass the Fashion Police interrogatory.

6. Wear an Oversized Long Soft Scarf

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The mighty scarf can get you out of any situation: you can wrap yourself in it to hide some body parts, and looking feminine and romantic in the same time. You can wrap it around your neck and have its ends flow long on the vertical (to create a slimmer, taller appearance). You can wear it diagonally over your belly and back, with its ends quirkily knotted on the side to draw attention and still look slim and fit.

The scarf will be your best buddy if you want to breastfeed, cover your head and shoulders in summer, protect your arms from a chilly breeze at night, cover your legs if needed and use it as a pillow to take a nap on the bus in between to errands.

7. Mind Your Accessories

In order to rock motherhood, you need to look good – and feel great! When it comes to jewellery and accessories, you may want to ditch dangling earrings, long thin pendant necklaces and delicate chains – they will turn into a nightmare if the baby in your arms discovers them. Instead, go for stacked bracelets that don’t interfere with your breastfeeding or diaper changing activities, statement studs to draw attention to your face and maybe a statement chunky statement necklace that doesn’t get in your mommy ways. Sunglasses are mandatory, together with a composed and neat makeup, hairdo, manicure and pedicure.

After all, being a mommy doesn’t mean you have to neglect the small things in life.

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