Outfit post – April

Yes, I know it is almost the end of May, but outfit posts are always something that I forget, and then suddenly remember, usually at four in the morning. So here we are looking back on the busy month of April, which started with a mini holiday, and ended with a couple of Theatre press nights.

April was a month where the weather was changeable, hence the abundance of long sleeves, dresses which still needed to be teamed with tights, and the need for jackets and my trusty Primark khaki mac, which was first seen last month and has been a fabulous buy (already worn to death, so for £15 – a total no brainer.)

Again I am shopping my wardrobe on the whole, with a few new pieces added in. I think this proves that if you buy classic and versatile pieces, you will get far more wear out of them than if you buy strictly fashion pieces.

What have you been wearing this Spring? Have you invested in any new pieces, or have you been shopping your wardrobe and recycling favourite pieces from the past?

 

Family Meal Night

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Dress Phase Eight Bag Betsey Johnson TK Maxx

Cocktail Masterclass at Bar Opus

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Top (similar style here in a different colour) and skirt Dorothy Perkins, Boots New Look

A trip to the Cinema

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Jacket Next (Charity Shop find) Top F&F Necklace Gift from Mom Jeans Dorothy Perkins (similar here) Bag Betsey Johnson Shoes Debenhams

Football and the Harvester with the boys

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Dress Primark Boots Clarks (review here) Necklace Primark

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Press Night

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Dress QVC Bag Daxon (review here) Necklace Vintage Crystals

Saturday Shopping

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Top Monsoon Skirt Dorothy Perkins

Indigo Denim Pencil Skirt Price: £15.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Indigo Denim Pencil Skirt
Price: £15.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

End of the Rainbow Press Night

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Dress New Look Brooch Vintage Bag Vintage

Midweek Charity Shop Trawl

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Coat Primark Clutch Markus Lupfer Top and Jeans Primark

Out to lunch with the hubby

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Jacket Monsoon c/o High Street Outlet Necklace Oasis Jeans Marisota Top Peacocks Bag TK Maxx

School Run

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Top F&F Skirt Tu at Selfridges

Similar Skirt

**Vila Black PU Flippy Skirt Was £32.00 Now £19.20Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

**Vila Black PU Flippy Skirt
Was £32.00 Now £19.20 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

 

 

High Street Outlet review – Tallulah Jacket

September is here, and the days are already seeming to have a slight chill. So it is the perfect time to add a lightweight jacket to your wardrobe.  There’s still a chance of sunny days, but night’s are cooler, so a jacket that can take you from work, and will also be great for the weekend is a shrewd investment buy that you will get lots of work with. Once again, High Street Outlet has come up trumps with the ex Monsoon Tallulah jacket that comes in both blue and pink.

The Tallulah jacket has a relaxed boxy style, almost like a man’s silk blazer from the 1980s (sooo Miami Vice.) The style is slightly oversized, but not too baggy, and it has an open front design with no buttons. Two front patch pockets finish the design making this a very wearable piece that could easily take you from day to night wear.

The jacket is true to size, I am wearing a size 18 and this is comfortable on me. As much as I love pink, I opted for the blue, which is a gorgeous China blue shade. I have teamed this with jeans and a camisole, along with a pair of Nine West wedges that I had long forgotten about, but have fallen in love with again.

Ex Monsoon Tallulah Jacket £14.50 click to visit High Street Outlet

Ex Monsoon Tallulah Jacket £14.50 click to visit High Street Outlet

This is just a gorgeous jacket, great quality, and an absolute bargain for less than £15. In all honesty, for that sort of price, you can afford to go for both colours. I know this would work with black peg trousers, or worn as a cover up for a tea dress, or just teamed with skinnies, a classic white t-shirt and ballerina flats.

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High Street Outlet has new lines available every week, and offers free standard UK delivery on all orders over £30, it also delivers internationally. You can check out the website here.

Supporting Your Breasts Throughout Pregnancy

It’s hard to accurately explain the level of change your breasts will go through during pregnancy, even if their outward appearance doesn’t seem that affected. On average, a woman’s breast size will grow by one cup during the course of a pregnancy but this is not set in stone, in fact some women report that their breasts barely change at all. But even if your breasts aren’t growing in size, you’re likely to notice that there are other changes afoot. Tenderness, tingling sensations and sensitivity are all side-effects of your breasts beginning to prep for milk production.

pregnant with Joe.

pregnant with Joe.

Once you experience these symptoms then you breasts are likely to grow. But even if they don’t, I’d strongly advise that you look into purchasing a new set of bras. The reason for this is that underwired and non-cotton bras are likely to add to your irritation. Underwires can press into the soft tissue and create an uncomfortable wear. Your nipples are likely to become larger, darker and more sensitive in preparation for breastfeeding (whether or not you choose to fulfill this) so cotton allows additional comfort that might make your days pass much easier.

You may not traditionally wear bras to sleep but after the third month of pregnancy your nipples are likely to start producing colostrum, the milk your body produces for a newborn. You can purchase sleeping bras that offer support when you sleep and also a place for nursing pads that sit against your nipples and absorb any leakage.

When purchasing new bras for the earlier months of pregnancy then make them as versatile as possible. During a fitting check that they can fasten on the tightest setting comfortably to allow for additional growth. Bras that have more than two lines of hooks are also advised as they offer additional support. You may also find that certain bra styles are no longer appropriate for your breasts. When I was an A cup I adored balcony bras but as I grew during pregnancy I soon found that these styles weren’t working for me. Full cup bras will offer the best comfort for growing breasts and also offer the versatility needed for maternity bras.

Maternity Support Bra

Maternity Support Bra

Late Pregnancy

When you’ve reached eight months of pregnancy then you should consider purchasing your post-birth maternity bras. These will include nursing bras, if you intend to breastfeed, as well as additional bras that will be correctly sized for your breasts once your milk “comes in”. It’s much easier to carry out a fitting before you give birth as you’re unlikely to have the time or convenience with a newborn.

You can opt to go into a store for your bra fitting, Mothercare being one of the big names for maternity clothing, or you can hold a fitting of your own. In the wake of online shopping there are many online bra shops that will allow you to purchase bras and return them within a window of time (usually 30 days) even if there’s nothing wrong with the product. This wake of “quibble free” return policies means that you have the opportunity to properly field test a maternity bra. You still need to pay for shipping to return bras that you might not want but it’s a small price to pay for a personal approach to getting the ideal bra for your pregnancy.

 

Mothercare Nursing Bras

Mothercare Nursing Bras

Online Lingerie Stores That Offer Maternity Bras and “No Quibble” Return Policies

 

The list goes on and on, including any local online stores you’re likely to find in your area. My advice would be to measure yourself with some dressmaking tape and get a few bras around your size to try on. This is only if you’re feeling self conscious but I know it helped me. Plus some changing rooms are not bump friendly!

Nursing bras are designed especially to facilitate breastfeeding and offer an easily removable cup. These can unhook in a variety of ways and offer easier access for your body. Make sure you choose a bra that is supportive even when only cup is in use and consider how easily you’ll want to be able to unhook with a hungry baby in your arms!

Purchase enough bras that you don’t wear one for two days in a row. This will give the elastic time to recover, giving you better support. You can reinforce this by hand washing your bras in cold water, which helps to “shock” the elastic back into shape. Your breast size is likely to fluctuate massively on a day-to-day basis, particularly if you’re breast feeding, so make sure you get as much wear and support out of your bra as possible.

Your breasts are dramatically changing in composition and function, which will restrict the bras you can wear. So whether they grow by a cup-size (or two) or remain very much the same, it’s worth considering moving away from the underwire non-cotton bras you may already have in your closet.