If you are a regular She and Hem reader or follow us on social media, you probably know that both Jo and I (Victoria) are pregnant, and it’s blooming brilliant! Although a complete coincidence (we’re not that well organised!), it’s weirdly wonderful to be expecting your first child at the same time as your BFF. Especially when they’re a little way ahead of you, so you can pester them with questions like ‘Did you ever get weird pains here?’, ‘What’s the whopping cough jab like?’ and more importantly, ‘What on earth is going to happen to my belly button?!’.
Another thing we chat about pretty much constantly is baby equipment. Prams, cots and all of the things you’ve never needed to think about can become quite overwhelming, and cause your bank balance (and husband) to wince uncontrollably. With that in mind, when East Coast Nursery offered us both the chance to take part in a blogger challenge to style the Clara Dresser*, we jumped at the chance to tick an item off of our shopping list and really start preparing for our little arrivals! Some would say a dresser is not an essential item, but I was particularly keen to get one to act as an additional storage solution. As soon as I put it together I could tell it was going to be so much easier to store all of the baby changing accessories in one organised place, and hopefully quicker to change the little rascal too! Styling the dresser was lots of fun, and I’m dead chuffed with the end result. It feels pretty lovely to have something ready for the baby.
I themed the styling around the Chevron Changing Mat* from East Coast, as I just really love a chevron. I decided to buy grey chevron storage to hold the essentials, some blankets for post-change swaddling, and a few yellow chevron sheets, just because. I also popped a couple of outfits in a gorgeous wooden basket for any emergency clothing changes! But, where will you put the dirty clothes, I hear you ask. After pondering this very question, I came up with the following tip top blogger hack! As the shelves are a bit small for laundry storage, I decided to create my own by attaching a removable suction hook from Ikea (seen below), to which I hung a light laundry bag. Pretty and practical? Yes indeed. No baby brain around here!
Hopefully you’ve read all about our first foray into dressing for pregnancy? Well, we enjoyed it so much we thought we’d give it another go and style these super flattering frocks in…wait for it…our Next maternity post. Get it? Good. These Next dresses are both so great at camouflaging bumps that it’s very easy to forget you are pregnant whilst strolling around in them! Whilst browsing their selection of pregnancy pieces, I (Victoria) was a drawn the Green Floral Print Maternity Dress*, as it looked super cosy and smart enough to throw on easily for any occasion, which I hear is really handy when you’ve suddenly got a little person to look after 24/7. I was chuffed when it arrived and really love the long sleeves and cute leaf print.
Jo’s Grey Stripe Rib Skater Maternity Dress* is another super casual number, but it also looks excellent jazzed up with some spotty tights and a trusty black hat. I can see her teaming it with a cute jacket and thick tights over the next few months and it’s bound to become a staple piece. It would have been a crime not to wear it with those dazzling Gold/Black Block Heel Brocade Boots* (can we talk about how amazing Next’s shoes are at the moment?) and I can confirm that they have been complimented so many times already! They are sure to be firm Autumn favourites – as long as the pesky swollen ankles stay away! While we are on the subject of shoes, if you are not a fan of the metallic trend don’t give these shoes the boot, as my Fringed Loafers* also come in trusty black, pretty print and sizzling snake print. We (plus bumps!) are now both ready to hit the cooler climate in style, thank you Next!
Our first maternity wear post! Hooray! We were both really excited about dressing for pregnancy but soon became quite distressed about the highstreets’ lack of She and Hem friendly maternity wear. Gone were the colourful dresses, the novelty prints and the flattering shapes and instead we were faced with an onslaught of black wrap dresses and shapeless smocks that really weren’t doing anything for anybody. It has been quite a challenge to dress in a way that makes us feel like we are still us. This was really important as our shapes are constantly changing and not having experienced it before it can feel quite daunting and suddenly keeping hold of your own sense of style can feel impossible. We were therefore really thrilled when we spotted these cheerful numbers from JoJo Maman Bébé and even more so when they invited us to style them.
Both dresses are SO comfy and easy to wear, a real bonus when even getting off the sofa is a struggle! We would both happily have these hanging in our wardrobes even if we weren’t expecting. The prints are so bold and colourful, not a black wrap dress in sight! Good work, JoJo! Victoria’s Navy Floral Maternity Dress* has gorgeous 3/4 length sleeves and a flattering full skirt. It looks excellent teamed with the Cosy 4-in-1 Maternity Cardigan* which will definitely be getting a lot of wear this Autumn/Winter. My (Jo) Geo Maternity & Nursing Dress* is such a great colour and I love that it’s a nursing dress as it will be just as useful post birth as it is now. The hidden slits are most definitely discreet so it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing something specifically for a pregnant lady – I just feel like me.
We are both so impressed with the quality of these dresses, the material is lovely and they really feel like investment pieces. They also require zero ironing, something we will only continue to appreciate! We both teamed our dresses with black Comfy Cotton Rich Maternity Leggings* which do exactly what they say on the tin. Boy are they comfy! We were both a bit skeptical about whether specialist maternity leggings were worth buying over just your normal leggings but the extra wide waistband, which means you can wear them over your bump, makes us feel so much more supported and, we like to think, keeps baby nice and snug. Winner!
Hello and welcome to the 38th Accessories to Murder. We’re taking a slightly different direction this week, as I’ve been on the hunt for cute baby clothes for my number one future accessory (just kidding!). My little one is due in January, so it’s high time I started looking for clothes so that the little bundle of joy/poop will actually have something to wear.
We’re not finding out if they’re a boy or a girl, so please expect a few gender neutral gems over the coming weeks. Right, without further ado, here’s a lovely list of all the things that have made it onto this week’s She and Hem’s Most Wanted!
That’s all for now folks. Until next week, keep accessorising!
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