Wednesday, 31 August 2016

H&M Maternity Clothing

Hello! I'm 24 weeks today, officially viable and my baby bump is really starting to take shape. I have been trying to put off buying maternity clothes for as long as possible. I just could not justify spending money on myself when I still have so much to buy for baby. The turning point came when bending down to pick something up my leggings ripped! I finally realised that maternity wear is a necessity. 

 Patterned Scarf £7.99 - MAMA Straight Jeans £29.99 - MAMA Fine Knit Jumper £19.99
MAMA White Jersey Top £7.99 - MAMA Black Jersey Top £7.99 - MAMA Short Sleeved Blouse £12.99 

I decided to look in H&M for maternity wear after hearing that they had a pretty decent range. I was pleasantly surprised at the prices! I usually do most of my clothes shopping in Primark so I was a little nervous of splashing out on maternity wear. Since becoming pregnant I feel really guilty buying anything for myself when I have baby bits to buy. I need not of worried as the prices were really reasonable and the quality feels really good. 

I tired the jeans on in store just to make sure they were the perfect fit. I normally wear skinny jeans but went for straight leg. My body shape is starting to change to accommodate baby and I now have a bum which was not there before, lets just say the skinny jeans were a no no! The straight leg still gave that skinny jean look but offered room to move. I love the pregnancy band which is built into the jeans. It gives so much support without feeling like bump is being squashed. The material is thick which will be really nice once the weather cools down as I will be at my biggest during Winter. 

I also bought I really nice jumper, the colour is perfect for Autumn and has some subtle gold shimmer. I also spotted two jersey tops and a blouse. I was a little nervous of the stripes on the blouse making my bump look even bigger but surprisingly it actually looks flattering. I have a soft spot for scarfs during the Autumn/Winter months and on the way to the checkout I spotted a lovely patterned scarf full of lovely Autumn colours that would go really well with the knitted jumper. 

Expect some Autumn/Winter inspired maternity looks coming soon! 

Claire Louise Xx 

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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Nursery Wish List

Hello! The time has come to finally start planning nursery! Now we know that our bundle of joy is going to be a girl it has been it so much easier to narrow down the decor ideas. Pinterest has been my saving grace providing so much inspiration!



Dorma Duck Egg Regency Wallpaper - £19.99 www.dunelm.com.
Montana Duck Egg Lined Eyelet Curtains - £9.99 to £29.99 www.dunelm.com.
White Fabric and Beads Chandelier - £15.19 www.amazon.co.uk.
STUVA Wardrobe - £120 www.ikea.com.
STUVA Cot - £150 www.ikea.com.
STUVA Changing Table - £130 www.ikea.com.
ASDA George Home Duck Egg Knitted Foot Pouffe - £39 www.direct.asda.com.
Retro Flying Swallows Wall Art - £12.45 www.amazon.co.uk.
Cord Fabric Wing Back Chair - £154.99 www.ebay.co.uk.

Although I am having a girl I really did not want to go for a pink nursery, I'm just really not that overly fond of the colour! Even though I am happy to be having a girl I am certainly not looking forward to the every must be pink stage! When I have been baby clothes shopping I have cooed over the little pink dresses but could not see my nursery being pink.

I have searched for a wide for some wall paper that could be perfect for a little girls nursery! No Joke! I spent two hours in B&Q and then another hour in Homebase, Ian looked like he was on the verge of killing me if I did not make a decision soon! I found it really difficult to decide, all the nursery wallpaper I had seen just did not match with the shabby chic idea I had in my head for the nursery. We finally had one last attempt in our local Dunelm store and I found a lovely vintage style, duck egg blue wallpaper. Whilst I have been off work for the summer my mum came around and we have decorated the nursery. I have used the wallpaper on a feature wall and it looks lovely! Not pink, but nice and girl!

As well as the wallpaper I have also purchased my nursery furniture from IKEA. Finding what we needed in our local IKEA was so simple and quick. It all arrived quickly and my brother set to work putting it all together. I have gone from two of the wardrobes, the changing table and cot. The quality of the furniture is really good and I was surprised at how little it all cost. Searching in other stores the nursery sets we had wanted had been close to £1000 or more!

All I have to buy now is a nursing chair, light shade, the cute little duck egg pouffe, curtains and some decorations. The nursery is coming together really well and I can't wait to do a nursery tour once it is all done!

Claire Louise Xx

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