Holiday mode with Marks & Spencer

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Last summer I look back and think we didn’t make the best of the free days we had before the advent of big school. I suppose it’s fair to say that being pregnant probably didn’t help my energy levels but this year, with energy levels somewhat returned, I am making a commitment to myself and the ladies that we are going to explore more. The mornings are going to be filled with packing picnics, loading up the slow cooker with dinner and piling the kitchen sink necessary accoutrements that come with kids and adventures into the car. But before we hit off we had to get prepared, the weather was unseasonably mild this Easter and the big lady in particular was left peering into her wardrobe in search of a summer dress that would fit her!
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Next maternity clothes

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I really think that finally I’ve found my groove when it comes to dressing a bump. This is probably the one pregnancy where I’ve been a little bit courageous in what I wear while at the same time I always, always put comfort first. Previously I’ve been sat at a desk for the vast majority of my pregnancies so if you’re uncomfortable you only have yourself to worry about. However, what I’ve learned this time round if you’re uncomfortable and trying to control two unruly redheads you start to sweat from places you didn’t know possible. Continue reading

#GeorgeMiniMe party dresses for everyone

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There are some things in life that you only get away with for a limited time, like eating sweets before it catches up on you and dressing your daughters in matching outfits. The time comes all too quickly where they are full of their own opinions and tastes which is a thing to be celebrated but also signals the passing of time from milestone to milestone. My two ladies are two years apart in age but my small lady is a four year old trapped in a two year old’s body. Continue reading

Maternity Dresses Asos

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This time round I’ve found myself wearing dresses far more than anything else. I wonder why on earth I didn’t wear them more the last two times especially given I was sitting at a desk for the vast majority of the nine months. The maternity dresses on Asos have really impressed me – one brand in particular includes the dress in this post from Mamalicious. The minute I put it on I felt good. I’m not usually one for a bodycon dress, my tummy after two babies simply doesn’t allow, but sure there’s no hiding this belly now so I’m rolling with it!     Continue reading

Tips on buying maternity clothes

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I’m onto my third pregnancy now so I think at this point I won’t be buying many new specifically maternity related clothes to get me through the next couple of months. On my last pregnancy I bought quite a few plain, basic items which was great because those items are still perfect for this time round, plain tops, comfortable jeans and a couple of day dresses and dressy dresses and I have most of the bases covered. I tend to dress these relatively boring yet comfortable choices up by adding statement pieces of jewellery, open shirts and interesting cardigans. Continue reading

Dressy Coats

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I love coats. A simple statement but it’s true. Coats, bags and shoes. Living in the country that we do some form of outwear is necessary practically everyday of the year. Zara is probably one of my favourite places to shop for coats. I find the quality is good although the sleeve size can be hit and miss, often I find myself having trouble bending my arm as the material is too tight. Other than that I find local boutiques are the best place to find really fabulous statement coats that you can be sure you won’t Continue reading

Casual street style shoot

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This is the first of my street style photoshoots with Emer of Irish Fashaholic that we shot in my own clothes. This is the type of outfit that I would generally lean towards at this time of year. My default uniform most definitely consists of these Joni Jeans from Topshop. Ever since finding out about these via a request for help on my Facebook page I have been in love. They are really high waisted so they suck in a multitude of sins. They also come in a range of different leg lengths which is perfect for the long legged, the short legged and every Continue reading

Wedding Guest Dresses

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God I love weddings. Honestly, not only are they a lovely time to celebrate such a happy time in any couples life it’s also a great excuse not just to catch up with friends but also to get dressed up. In my life BC (Before Child!) I could simply go out shopping for wedding guest dresses and not really have to think too hard about the idea. In my life AC (that one’s obvious right!?) shopping for clothes in general is a little more challenging. Continue reading

Tips for buying shoes for toddlers

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With the onset of age comes a new air of independence with the big lady. She has always been rather ‘headstrong’ for want of the most complimentary word. She learned how to speak quite early on because she had to get herself across unlike the small lady now whose rather passive and not too bothered about what she gets as long as it’s the same as her big sister. Anyway, what has this got to do with shoes I hear you ask?! Continue reading

Handmade Irish bags

I was so thrilled to be contacted by Waterford based Claire Povey to see if I would like to try out one of her beautiful handmade bags. These bags are perfect for bringing to the beach, the pool, the gym or for using as a changing bag. Claire kindly gave me the Harbour beach bag which I started using as my changing bag since it’s not quite beach weather down Southjust yet! Continue reading