It’s in the Jeans! Mum and I add some Essentials to our Winter Wardrobe.

IMG_2741Looking at my rather dismal winter wardrobe, I decided it was high-time for a spruce up! My life has dramatically changed since last winter given I was pregnant, so a few new pieces are desperately needed. I’m thinking light knits, comfy denim and easy to wear jackets and coats, no fuss and easy to fold pieces.  Jeans West tick all the boxes with a great range of wool blends and stretchy denim, particularly handy after having a baby.

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IMG_2938A typical day see’s me throwing on my Super Skinny jeans from the Luxe Lounge denim range which offer the softness of knitted jersey, with the authentic look of worn-in denim. Couple that with a light wool blend jumper and a jacket, Hello outfit!IMG_2677

I need practical, simple style that is easy to throw on and pack, Layla and I have already been on several trips in her short little life and packing isn’t as easy as it used to be. Having pieces that I can easily fold into a suitcase that team together well and are lightweight are everything!

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IMG_2899My Mum accompanied me on my winter wardrobe shop and after vowing she would not be talked into a pair of snug jeans walked out with “the most comfortable and flattering jeans ever”, her words! She looked amazing in her ‘skinny jeans’ from the Luxe Lounge which fit snug through the hips and leg for a sleek, smooth silhouette.  She teamed it with a stylish shirt creating a fashionable look. Mum, also a traveller loves the fact that these pieces do not require ironing and are light weight and easy to pack.

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Carry me Away Baby! Freedom with Stokke MyCarrier.

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All hail the baby carrier! Having the use of both of your hands while getting along with your day, whether it be doing the shopping, cleaning, exercising or walking the dog is everything! Of course they have been around for thousands of years, prior to the 1900s, parents worldwide used a variety of long cloths, shawls, scarves and even bedsheets to snuggle up their babies and get the chores done. Baby wearing was and still is a necessity in some countries.

African mothers use a ‘Khanga’ which is a short-ish piece of cloth tied around the torso, so baby sits low on the back.  Papua New Guinea mothers use a Bilum-a net bag held at the forehead with baby hanging at the back, ouch my neck!!  Aboriginal mothers used to keep their babies in carriers made of bark, as did Native Americans. Thankfully the baby carrier has come along way in comfort and functionality for both mums and bubs. ‘Baby wearing’ has great value not in only convenience but also bonding with baby and aiding development. I’m all for them and as a single mum the carrier is my best friend!IMG_8289

There are many on the market and setting out to buy one that is right for you and your little person can be overwhelming.  At three months I put my little one in the Stokke MyCarrier. I felt confident that she was supported in all areas. At first it took me a little while to take my hands off her completely but once I did, it was freedom!! I remember our first walk with the carrier and she slept after 5 minutes, I was over the moon!

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Not sure about you but I was always concerned about bubs hips in a carrier, I was reassured that the Stokke MyCarrier has been acknowledged as a hip-healthy baby carrier by the international Hip Dysplasia Institute and medical experts, perfect, one less thing I have to worry about!  It is an ergonomic design with inward and outward facing options and fully adjustable for ultimate support and comfort. Layla is perfectly snug and I am able to kiss her little head as we walk.IMG_4967

Once my baby is seated and the carrier is fastened to fit just right I barely feel like I am carrying her because it is completely adjustable for correct weight distribution, the carrier is developed to fit mums and dads of all sizes as well as your growing baby.  It feels light but strong and very comfortable given it’s made of cotton and breathable mesh.

So far I have only had Layla in the parent facing position but MyCarrier has front facing and back carrying options all of which the baby is properly supported and no matter the movement will be safe and comfortable.

It is an absolute game changer and I can’t wait to move her into the back carrying position when she is a little bit older for another take on our adventures together.

 

Over the Shoulder Boulder Holders!

Any new mother or mum to be will tell you that comfort is everything especially when it comes to your bra. Finding a suitable, well fitted bra is imperative during pregnancy and post birth. I can’t tell you how a good bra can change your life, one which meets all the requirements of your ever changing/growing breasts.

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I have road-tested a few and here are some of my favorites.

FERTILE MIND

Superbra Nursing

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What I love most about this bra is that there are no back clips. The extra elastane gives sublime comfort and stretch so no fiddly fastenings are required. I also love that I can simply slip it on over my head and voila!  I find myself reaching for this bra every day.  It offers great support and the comfort is out of this world, you barely know you are wearing it, but it still offers all of the needed support. The superbra nursing will also be super handy for feeding once bub arrives.  I also feel it will support heavy milk boobs and grow with them. Perfecto!

 

www.fertilemind.com.au

 

CAKE MATERNITY

Cinnamon Waffles 3D spacer nursing bra

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This bra is the rolls royce of sexy and comfortable maternity bras!  I put this bra on and it gives me the instant lift and support I need.  It has flexible wire, which feels really comfortable and unlike most bras with underwire you can’t feel it. The flexible wire assists in shape, which is perfect for wearing under t-shirts and fitted dresses.

The lace bra frame and back band look feminine and also give me the confidence of support.

The spacer nursing bra has a satin top cup trim which looks and feels great.  All this and super easy for feeding with the drop down cups.  Definitely one for the undie drawer!

Luxury Seamless Bra

This bra is built for comfort and I can’t argue with that! I have the Raspberry cotton candy bra and it certainly is delicious, given it’s seamless silky soft nature.  It has double-layered side sling and strength panels and T-back structure to maximize lift and support without restriction.  I can see myself wearing this bra throughout the whole of my pregnancy and post pregnancy.  It will also be nice to wear on walks once baby is born as the support is great.

 

www.cakematernity.com

 

Heidi Klum Intimates

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This bra is so pretty and feminine. It is my going out bra, it’s not one that I would wear out for a walk, but it’s not designed for that anyway. It does look great under T-shirts and its beautiful lace side panels make it a sexy little number, especially with its matching lace under pant.  It’s nice to feel sexy sometimes throughout your pregnancy and post because if you’re anything like me, sexy is the furthest thing on my mind, this Opal Dream set is your answer.

www.heidiklumintimates.com

 

Queen Bee 

Isabella Nursing Sleep Bra

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This maternity nursing sleep bra is so comfortable and lovely to sleep in. I also like to wear it around the house on lazy days.  It feels just like pajamas but with support, it’s also easy to wear while feeding.  I will be packing this one for the hospital when I have bub, infact I will be buying more to keep in every drawer of my room!  This bra has an inseam pocket to slip in breast pads.  An absolute must have!

 

www.queenbee.com.au