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August 2015

Fashion, Lifestyle, Style

Rub a Dub Dub…


Baths have never been my thing. The thought of filling up a tub with water and sitting in your own filth really left me feeling a certain kind of way.

So much so, I think I last took a bath in my early teens. Showers are more my thing. For starters you get to stand up and have the hot water fall against your body as you cleanse yourself of the days impurities.

We have been in Canberra for a good eight months now and not once have I been tempted to take a bath or have a bath as they say – even thought our apartment is brand new.

My stomach is expanding and some days after a long day my back hurts, my feet swell – just general pregnancy aches and pains really. So its only now I am flirting with hydrotherapy.

I made the decision that if I was going to bathe, I was going to go all the way – no half stepping. I looked through Pinterest for ideas to decorate the surface area around our bath tub. Think candles, potpourri, bath bombs etc. After I purchased my goods and carefully arranged them – the bath tub was looking more and more enticing.

Meanwhile hubby is watching all this wanders with a bemused look on his face.

Earlier I mentioned that wasn’t to keen to sit in my own filth, so prior to bathing I showered. No judgement, each to their own I say.

After my 5 minute  shower, I lit up all my candles, run the bath and poured some bubble bath ointment. I searched for some tunes as I was watched the bubbles foam in the bath tub. I settled on Toni Braxton Greatest hits album, I was in the mood for some slow jamz.

With great anticipation I stepped into the tub. As I lay inside the warm bubbly water I felt so relaxed and so content with life. In the background I could faintly hear Toni Braxton serenading me but I found my mind wondering –  reminiscing on the past, thinking about the present and things to look forward to in the near future.

Not sure how, but a good hour passed by as i floated in the now warm bath tub. I might have even dozed off I was so relaxed. I think its safe to say, I will now spend my time between the shower and the bath tub, comfortably.

Dress – Temt, Shoes – Novo Shoes

Fashion, Maternity, Style

Hit The Snooze Button…

As we commence another working week, it got me thinking. Since starting my professional working life all those years ago  – I really can’t remember the last time that I actually woke up without an alarm.

The vicious cycle goes something like this.

Doesn’t sleep, is tired.

Sleeps a bit, is tired.

Sleeps average amount, is tired.

Sleeps a lot, is tired.

..I am just tired.

Its funny to think that each morning when I wake up, I scold myself for sleeping late and promise to sleep earlier that night.

After a steaming hot shower, the working day goes well – but around 4pm I start to struggle – only to be hit with crack user energy as soon as I walk through the front door. Before you know it know it its quarter to twelve and counting the hours I have to sleep just about gives me a panic.

This is slowly changing though. Now that I am in my third trimester my body is forcing me to sleep and rest because my body needs it.

Foodie, My Life, Out And About

Out And About – Penny University

The other day I was having a phone conversation with my mom and she was like, “so far there is no content in the food section of the blog – what’s going on?”.

The food section of the blog was created so that I could share my recipes and showcase the end result – but also so that I could review the many eateries that my hubby and I frequent.

Winter started in Canberra during the last week of April and coming from sunny Queensland, we really felt the cold. If it wasn’t for work, I probably would not have been game to head out – which meant a lot of hibernating at home on the weekend. Lets just say, I am thankful for a central heating system.

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Fashion, Maternity Wear, Style

Dressing For Two…

When I was last home I was looking at photos of my mother’s pregnancy with me and seems tent dresses were all the rage. Mind you this was about 30+ years ago so she was probably showing them how to dress the bump back then.

How times change right?

Fast forward to now and I have made the conscious decision to not camouflage my growing curves. My body is growing and changing regularly – each day I am accepting the challenge and dressing to positively enhance my curves.

So far I have learnt that all maternity outfits are not created equal and cost an arm and a leg. Each time I have gone online shopping for outfits – specifically work outfits – I have scrolled quickly in horror or I have just about vomited on the keyboard in disgust – slight exaggeration there, but you get my point.

The very few items I have actually liked, well let’s just say I would need to spend a small fortune to have them hanging in my closet and eventually on my lady lumps for a short period of time – not worth the investment.

This is the reason why I have chosen to show off my baby bump mostly in body con dresses – shout out to Asos.com. Why? They are generally cheap, stretchy, comfortable, no ironing required, the dresses grow with you and I almost always look well put together – this is subjective, I know. My opinion matters though.

Be warned, this maternity chosen maternity look is not for the faint hearted. Every time I look in the mirror, I just about start singing, “What you gon’ do with all that junk? All that junk inside that trunk?”

In short to get through your 40 weeks of pregnancy style you will need to splash out on some new baby bump pieces (stretchy is friendly) but I would also encourage you to rotate your current accessories and shoes to keep your look fresh.

For the weekend, I have been keeping it pretty low key and casual. My mantra? Maternity leggings go with everything! My hubby doesn’t know it yet, but I am eyeing a few items in his closet – menswear can be incredibly fashionable with a baby on board.

Whatever you might think of my pregnancy style – I have chosen to embrace my fuller figure, showcasing that it is possible to remain stylish during your pregnancy.

I just want to close out this post by saying it can be difficult and at times frustrating to dress your changing body during your pregnancy but keep reminding yourself to remain positive because all this is temporary. Soon you will holding this gorgeous bundle of joy and all this will be a distant memory.

Necklace – So Very African, Dress – Temt, Maternity Stockings – Target, Shoes – Wittner

Maternity Advice, My Life, Style

Dreams – Walking With My Father

People warned me that I would have quite vivid dreams during pregnancy. That was a pregnancy side effect I wasn’t too worried about as I have always been quite the dreamer.

Of late I have had encounters with individuals who are dishonest for one reason or another. As a person that values honesty it’s something that I haven’t been able to understand – let alone tolerate – causing strained relationships with these individuals.

I digress.

Pregnancy brain kicking in – thats right –  my vivid dreams, YES that’s what this blog post was going to focus on.

In my dream my father was came to visit me from out of town. Together we were walking towards the entrance of the Sofitel hotel were he was staying.

Keep in mind my dad passed on eleven years ago.

Stay with me now.

As we are walking I look up to my dad and ask him, “when you are a child growing up parents often say you have to tell the truth. You can also be punished for not telling the truth. When does this all change as an adult?”

My dad was always a lot taller than me, so he looked down at the me and says, “I was different as a parent I always wanted you to seek truth, speak truth and value truth. What you have to understand is when some people get older they seem to have things or people they want to protect and lose the value of honesty or simply the desire to be honest”

With that we walked into the hotel entrance and the dream ends.

I woke up completely freaked out and started googling – dreams during pregnancy. I was reassured to read that the changes in hormone levels bring on a feast of dreams in pregnant women.

Just as well, because for a moment there I thought I was really losing it.

Can anyone out there give me some insight on my dream?

Knit Dres – Asos, Maternity Stockings – Target, Shoes – Italian Designer

Off Duty, Out And About, Style

Camouflage…

During the weekend, I have one rule – NO alarms, all of them should be switched off and phones placed on silent. Why? I want to be able to sleep in for as long as possible. I want to get that much needed beauty sleep that is ever so illusive during the working week.

..But things don’t always go to plan. Often I find I wake up earlier, mostly because my body clock has become accustomed to waking up early. On some occasions though you have neighbours who start mowing at 7am – like, seriously?

I think we have all been in that situation, were you are so desperate to sleep in but some pathetic sods just won’t let you thrive.

You would do something about it, but in the state your in – you might end up getting into a screaming match or worse still catching a case.

On days like this, I suggest you shower, get dressed and head out for breakfast. Whilst at the venue you people watch (people do weird things, sure to put a smile on your face) and order food that you would never have the patience to make yourself.  I also encourage you to consume copious amounts of coffee or freshly squeezed juice.

The end result is you have now had a feed, ventured out the house at an ungodly time and still have the rest of the weekend to enjoy. How can you still be in a bad mood?

That ladies and gentlemen is how you recover from a not so pleasant start to the weekend.

Jacket – Top Shop, Dress – Cotton On, Maternity Stockings – Target, Boots – Witchery