Third trimester fashion

So as my pregnancy develops and my baby bump becomes bigger I’m having to adjust my wardrobe quite a bit. Finding what is comfortable and also looks nice can be a bit of a challenge.

They say everyone carries differently in pregnancy which is indeed true even for one person your bump can be different from one pregnancy to another.

Top – Zara, Skirt – H&M

The biggest change I’ve noticed is how soon I was showing with this pregnancy. Having an elongated bump means opting for longer tops that cover my bump in its entirety. This also meant going for over the bump maternity jeans and midi-length dresses.

Jumper – Weekday, Skirt – H&M

As I don’t have much longer to go I won’t be adding any new pieces to my wardrobe but I have started thinking about my wardrobe post baby. Especially the weeks/months following the birth which I remember were filled with lots of breastfeeding! Being a nursing mum means ensuring that I’m wearing items I can easily feed in whether I’m at home or out and about. For me tops that button up are the most convenient. I’m not a fan of having to hoist up my t-shirt in order to feed my child so having to just undo a couple of buttons to allow baby to quickly latch on worked best for me.

Here are some ‘breastfeeding friendly’ dresses that I quite like:

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Isabel Marant

As always thank you for reading and I hope you found this useful if you’re an expecting mum x

Holiday Maternity fashion

I had to plan my outfits for our holiday quite strategically as I knew that my bump would grow during that time and I had to be mindful that we were going to a hot country and that above all I would need to be comfortable in what I was wearing too. For this pregnancy I wanted to avoid buying maternity wear specifically but instead go for things that I could still wear in the summer after the baby was born. So my criteria was trousers would need to be beneath the bump or elasticated in the waist. I also opted for stretchy dresses and skirts and loose fitting dresses.

Here are some of the outfits I wore whilst away…

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Dress made in Ghana. Shoes – ASOS

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Top – Massimo Dutti. Skirt and Bag – Zara. Shoes – Topshop

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Dress and Sunglasses – Mango. Bag – Michael Kors. Sandals – Mint Velvet

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Shirt and Bandeau – ASOS. Skirt – H&M. Shoes – Zara

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Top, Vest, Trousers, Heels and Earrings – Zara

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Dress – And Other Stories

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Dress and Fascinator both made in Ghana

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Blouse, Trousers and Mules – Zara. Bag – Michael Kors

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Shirt and Sandals – Zara. Cycling Shorts – ASOS

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Headband and T-shirt – Zara. Jeans – ASOS Maternity. Shoes – Topshop

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Dress – H&M. Mules – Zara

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Dress and Fascinator both made in Ghana

Maternity fashion

I must say that since finding out that I was pregnant maintaining my personal style has been something that has taken a lot more thought and consideration. Over the years I had heard from my friends that are mums that they really struggled to find really nice trendy high street items to dress their bump and they were so right!

Celebrating my birthday earlier this year

During my first trimester (and much of my second trimester) I was luckily able to team many of my loose fitting tops and shirts with leggings (I bought a couple of sizes up from Zara, you can purchase the exact pair here) and maternity jeans from ASOS. I bought two pairs, which you can purchase the black pair here and the blue pair here. Being able to wear much of my existing items not only saved me a few pennies but also allowed me to maintain my style and dress my bump the way I wanted.

Continued birthday celebrations!

I found out I was expecting in September the winter months meant boots, jumpers and nice stretchy tops I could layer with. Now that the weather is warming up its a lovely change to be able to wear loose flow-y dresses that are comfortable.

This was at the very beginning of my second trimester, baby bump was not very visible at this point!

 

Dressing for the summer I must say is sooo much easier. Firstly wearing less layers is more comfortable for me. Also the warmer months marked the midway mark of my pregnancy which meant having a little more energy and nearing the finish line. I found that A-line dresses are perfect for growing bumps as well as fitted dresses made with a nice stretchy fabric are great too.

Thank you for reading my first pregnancy fashion post. If you’re a mum or are expecting I would love to hear about your experience with maternity fashion, leave me a comment or drop me an email at fuschiasequins@gmail.com

xx

A timely return

Considering I haven’t posted on here I should probably start with a little explanation, but I think its far better if I actually continue to striving to be more consistent rather than giving my excuses. So, this year I would love to give you all more reviews on my favourite beauty buys as well as the odd posts on alternative topics that I would like to share with you all.

There’s something I’ve learnt here about persistence and determination. I some how allowed the lack of topics to keep me from posting but I find that when I just sit in front of my laptop I do actually find topics to write about.

I hope you’ve had a positive start to the year and are well on your way to achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself (even if it is just to become better at doing your eyebrows 🙂 ) The thing about goals however small or big is that they give you something to work towards and provide you with tasks for each day, those incremental steps take us closer to reaching where we want to be.

They say you must do something every day for six weeks in order for it to become a habit, whether it be working out or sticking to a diet and although I wont be posting on here everyday I will most certainly stick to a weekly goal.

I’m happy to be back and expect more from me soon!!

 

Have a lovely weekend x

 

Celine!

Could we just take a brief moment to applaud the style genius who is Celine Dion’s stylist? I have to say that her creativity and eye for colour is something else! I love each and every single one of these outfits. She certainly knows what suits her an is unafraid to explore shapes and fit. Check these lovely outfits out!

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Cannes Film Festival 2017

I do like a bit of glamour every now and again and there was lashings of it at this years Cannes Film Festival, is love to go to this one day. Check out some of the outfits I liked 🙂 xx

Spring/Summer

Hey friends, I hope you’re all well. Its been a while and I will be back soon with lots of juicy posts on beauty, life and fashion. If you want more there are lots of new posts and mini reviews on my Instagram page everyday so do go and check it out – @fuschia__sequins 😊

I’ve also been looking at accessories to spruce up my spring/summer wardrobe, here are a few of the ones I really like…enjoy! Xx

Bag – Massimo Dutti

Necklace – Maxmara

Necklace – Maxmara

Necklace – Maxmara

Sunglasses – Marni

Bag – Sandro

Sandals – And other Stories

Necklace – Jaeger

Necklace – Jaeger

Shoes – Reiss

Bag – DKNY

Sandals – Guess

Earrings – Zara

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Earrings – Whistles

Sunday’s lesson

In my efforts to dedicate some more time to my blog and write about the things that are of interest to me in the world of fashion and beauty, I’ve decided to (try and) upload a fashion look weekly.

This morning, I allowed the bright weather to dictate my outfit choice and I went for something light and in the family of shades of blue. As you’ll know from my previous posts, I’m all for having classic pieces in my wardrobe and that’s what I went for with my look today.

Thanks for reading guys, have a lovely Sunday!

Claudia x

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Necklace – Accessorize

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Waistcoat – Banana Republic

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Trousers – Zara, Shoes – Topshop

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White t-shirt – Zara

 

Where to shop – tips

When it comes to shopping on the UK high street compared with other countries I’d say we are pretty spoilt for choice. Whether you like to stay on trend with the latest looks or are looking for something a little quirky or different you’ll be sure to find something you love and within your budget. We are at a time in fashion where you can look great for less with some of our most loved brands creating stunning pieces at great prices.

Having lived in London for many years there were certain brands that I could bank on to find a gem for an occasion or to simply freshen up my wardrobe. Now with internet shopping being so conveniently at our finger-tips, finding what you need online saves the trip to multiple shops and trying on item after item. Personally, I prefer trying on what I buy and saving myself the annoyance of having an item delivered and finding the fit isn’t right (especially if I’m pressed for time). I also like feeling the material, looking at the finishing and judging the quality before making a purchase.

If like me you don’t mind shopping in stores then sample sales are a great way to find good quality clothing at a great price. I follow ldnfashion.com who always has the latest sample sales on their site. They often share sample sale dates and location for brands such as Reiss, Temperley and Mulberry but to name a few! So do check it out.

Speaking of Reiss, they also have an outlet website where you can find items for both men and women at a discounted cost, you can access the site here.

For special occasion wear Karen Millen has an outlet site where you can find wedding guest ready dresses too.

If you’re looking for boutique brands as well as some more established names such as Diane von Furstenburg then check out coggles.com  they have a great selection of men and women’s designer fashion plus homeware all at reduced prices.

Lastly all over the UK you can find entire outlet shopping centres that have many of the well known brands covering sportswear, beauty, women’s fashion and more including London Designer Outlet Wembley, Freeport Braintree in Essex and Bicester Village in Oxford. There are many more around the UK and Europe, you can find the full list of them here.

I hope you find this helpful!

Claudia x

 

Spring look

Although spring is finally here the weather seems to be undecided with rain, our wardrobes however shouldn’t be. I’m pleased that great fashion is affordable and you can look effortlessly chic and classy regardless of your budget. Quality is important however and if you are looking for longevity with your items its worth the investment to part with the extra pounds.

There are some great spring/summer pieces on the high street at the moment and I’ve picked up a few that I’d like to share with you.The earrings I’m wearing are from Mango. For a while I wasn’t wearing jewellery and instead stuck to studs and a watch to keep it simple but I increasingly find that jewellery adds a little something to your outfit especially if you wear your hair tied back like me.

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Just to mention some of the things I have included in this blog are current season so you should be able to find them in the shops. My shirt is from h and m, if you’ve read some of my other posts you’ll know that I love a good shirt lol, I bought this because I’ve been looking for a blue stripped shirt and I like the length of this and the comfortable fit, it could double up as a nice beach shirt when teamed with denim shorts and some flip-flops.

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My jeans are from Levi, I bought these in New York last year and I haven’t found this exact colour in the UK but any skinny leg jean can be worn to achieve this look. I’d also wear a wide leg jean with this too, (especially the sleeve) whether tucked or untucked this look can be worn during the day and in the evening.

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My orange/red shoes are from Rupert Sanderson, I also wore a pair of white court shoes from Aldo. The Aldo pair are pretty old but you needn’t search far to find a pair of white court shoes this season for sure, Kurt Geiger have a lovely pair that are rather dressy; have a look at them here. Although these aren’t white these Whistles courts will also work with this outfit. Heeled mules are also a great look with skinny jeans, these Aldo ones in tan are cute!

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Thank you for reading 🙂

Claudia x