Third trimester

Ahh finally!! Third trimester arrived! The excitement had really reached its pinnacle lol. The waddle was in full effect, the nursery was ready and we had even filled our daughters wardrobe with some lovely gifted items as well as things we had bought for her. Each day felt like a week as I waited and I felt as though every little twitch could potentially be a contraction lol

During the last few months I had pelvic pain as the weight of the baby pressed down, which also caused lower back pain. I still had increased melanin on my neck and chest see pic below

Swollen ankles meant that slippers and more precisely single strap sandals or flip flops became my footwear of choice for the last 2 months before birth. It’s a good thing the weather was nice. I experienced braxton hicks from about 36 weeks and they were often pretty intense.

The simple tasks I once did swiftly and easily I now needed help with – putting on shoes, picking items off the floor, basically any action that required me to bend down towards my feet lol.

Interestingly I had even more energy in my last trimester and felt motivated to really tidy and clean up, I had read that this was common during the last trimester, this sudden urgency to have your home ready to receive your baby.

I had always wanted to find out the gender of our baby beforehand so you can imagine how I felt not finding out until almost 5.5 months! Each time we had gone for a scan our baby’s legs were either crossed or the position wasn’t clear enough to make out the gender. As my pregnancy progressed it became even harder to see as the bones became more dense. We finally did however get a scan which could give us a definite answer 🙂 it’s a girl!

From around week 35 our baby had gotten into the breech position and we were told there was a possibility that I would have to go through a c-section. Her head was tucked right up in my womb towards my chest, with her bottom facing down towards my cervix and her legs folded in towards her chest. I wasn’t worried, I still had enough amniotic fluid for her to have some shuffle room and turn around.

Of course I had heard a lot of stories about how other people’s births had been and it did make me dream about my own. Was it going to be quick? Was it going to be as painful as everyone said it was?

I would have absolutely loved to have had a natural birth but as I reached closer to the 40 weeks mark it was becoming clear that our dear little princess wasn’t going to get into position. For one reason or another she simply couldn’t turn. Having done everything I could (in the safest way possible) the decision was made to deliver via c-section.

As the delivery via this method had been planned I had just over a week to prepare mentally for what would take place and to be totally relaxed throughout. I knew that I was in safe hands and that I’d soon be meeting our precious gift.

Thank you for reading xx

Second trimester

This I have to say was the trimester I enjoyed the most, I had energy (way more than in my first trimester) and I had begun working out. My morning sickness subsided around week 17 and I just felt so much better. As my body began to change I felt the effects if I stood for too long, I become thirsty incredibly quickly, needed the loo frequently, tiredness, chapped lips, peeling skin, a cold and increased melanin made the skin around my mouth and on my chest very dark. All of these changes were signals of what was happening inside of me.

I had to also give in and got myself some maternity jeans as the weather grew colder and I needed to make room for my expanding bump. ASOS came to the rescue and I was able to get some fairly nice over the bump jeans to see me through this season. Maternity fashion isn’t great, with many of the styles lacking in creativity and style. I stumbled across many a bootleg jean and unflattering top that made me want to squeeze into my pre-pregnancy clothes lol

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Being creative with my wardrobe helped, for example buying 2 sizes up or baggy fit items from some of my favourite high street brands meant that I could still maintain my style even with my baby bump.

The shape of my bump as the pregnancy progressed did make it hard for me to fit even the maternity jeans as my belly grew outwards giving me a long melon shaped bump. I was even more excited though and couldn’t wait to meet my baby. Time seemed to drag on and i just wanted her to be here already. Quite a lot of people had been telling me to get lots of rest because when the baby came it would be tiring but I now realise that there is no way that you can ‘store up sleep’ and nothing actually prepares you for this unique experience.

 

Thank you for reading! xx

Return from Sabbatical

I guess I should call it a sabbatical as it has been an incredibly long time since I last posted on my blog. There have been various reasons why I haven’t been posting, one of them being that I’ve been thinking about the direction that I wanted to take the blog in and whether it was something that I wanted to continue doing. Having seen that I’ve had visitors to the site throughout my absence has been encouraging and has motivated me to get typing again. Also, Ive had friends encourage me to get back into it, so thank you to all of you xx

If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen that I recently had a baby (well its been a whole 8 months now! Gosh 8 months already?!!) and becoming a mother has taught me so much about myself, what I’m capable of and how much actually goes into raising another human. It is an incredible journey which is completely different for everyone.

So, over the next few weeks I’m going to share my pregnancy journey and motherhood so far, I hope you enjoy reading!

Have a great remainder of the week x

If I had a penny for…

The internet is already a maze when it comes to pregnancy advice as well as a wealth of apps that you can use to track your pregnancy. Many of them advice you on how your baby may be progressing and compare the size/weight of your child to strange fruits that you may have never heard of! lol!

As well as having all of these online resources, there are also lots of people who will give you advice, many of which has been invaluable to me, especially as a first time mum, your a sponge in this new experience and want to naturally take everything in and do the very best for both yourself and your baby.

Every pregnancy is very different as I have found mine has been. What has worked for me hasn’t been always what others have suggested but what feels right for me at the right time. If I had a penny for every time I was given ‘expert’ advice, I’d be a rich girl lol.

The suggestion of keeping fit was one that I had read online but I had no energy or desire to until my third trimester and that was the point that I needed it the most to help me overcome lower back pain. This is the workout routine I have been doing consistently 3 times a week and its made me feel great, I have had so much more energy. Anna Saccone has workouts for each trimester as well as lots of other videos on other baby related topics too- check her out! There are lots of pregnancy workout videos online so have a look and pick the ones you enjoy doing.

As I’m now at the very end of my pregnancy I have learned so much about my body and all of the amazing things it can do when incubating and growing another human! I’m now preparing my mind and body for labour as well as ensuring that our home is ready for a third person! To be honest we were ready about 2 months ago but being super organised I cant help but double check everything! help!

What has been some of the advice that you’ve been given that you have found really really useful and some that you’ve found not so useful? I’d love to know 🙂 Email me fuschiasequins@gmail.com

xx

 

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

Here it goes

I have been toying with the idea and honestly just procrastinating as to whether I wanted to take my blog down this route. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll be aware that I recently revealed some exciting news that my husband and I are expecting our first child! 🙂

In my efforts to strictly keep my blog and other social media platforms strictly fashion, beauty and lifestyle I didn’t really want to steer my writings down this new path. However I figured that my blog should be a true reflection of who I am and in order for me to really post relevant topics, these should derive from my life as it is now.

My beauty posts have been the most popular reads on my blog but I hope that as I now take a slightly new route with my blog, you’ll still find my posts interesting and informative.

As always a big thank you to all my readers all over the world who read my blog and have found it useful in one way or another.

If you aren’t already follow my Instagram page @fuchsia__sequins for lots of new posts!

In the mean time new posts coming right up on the blog!! 😀

What to do if you keep running out of time

Yep it’s definitely happening, as we grow older the time we have seems to somehow whittle down. What happened to all that time you had to watch TV that wasn’t at the loss of doing something more productive and beneficial with your time?

How easy is it for the hours to pass us by without feeling the tangible benefits of any real productive action?

But there is something that can be done and thankfully there are steps that you can take to ensure that you make the most of each day.

  1. The biggest use of our time in (for those that use it) has to be social media. It can take up a lot of our time and if you are a part of Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter this alone can eat into your time. If you also use messaging services such as WhatsApp your time can quickly be filled checking and connecting with others through these instead of making time for more important things. Limit the time you spend on these by logging off or muting the notifications on the apps that take up the bulk of your time.
  2. Consider keeping a diary and write down your to-do list each day. When things are written down and kept somewhere visible its easier to follow it and strike it off when complete then creating lists on your phone.
  3. Practice being disciplined in small tasks. Commit yourself to completing the things that you begin will help you develop the commitment to finish the things that take a little longer.
  4. Avoid burn out by taking time to sleep. Working late into the night is what works best for some but if your energy is at its peak during the day having a good night’s rest is essential. This should also allow you to wake up earlier, giving you more time to respond to emails in the morning etc.
  5. Set reminders, if forgetfulness is whats taking your time then set a reminder with an alarm and don’t put off doing the task.
  6. Try and stay positive, negativity and talking down to yourself will deter you from completing or even starting what you need to. Time spent worrying and becoming anxious over a task not only takes your time but also takes up your energy, leaving you tired and deflated.

I hope these few pointers help you to really assess and take control of your day in a way that will help you to see a real change in how much you’re able to get done and effectively managing the time you have.

 

Thank you for reading x

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

 

Paris!

I’ve had a few requests to write up a little review/recommendations list for my trip to Paris recently so here it goes! 🙂

My tips

-The best way to see Paris in my opinion is by public transport. If you do choose to use the buses and the trains then buy a day travel card from any of the train stations rather than paying for singular journeys. You’ll save money!

-There are lots of places that are walking distance from each other so do have your google maps handy on your phone and walk so that you can take in more of the sights 🙂

-Choose your hotel carefully. There are lots and lots of hotels in Paris but not all of them are central and can be over 30 minutes from the city centre. So do check carefully, many cheaper options are further out but will mean you spend more time travelling to where you want to go, which isn’t really worth it if you’re only staying in France for a couple of days.

-Reservations are a must in Paris. Wherever you choose to dine, I recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment. Paris is full of tourists pretty much all year round and the locals eat out a lot too so book a table (and be on time 🙂 ) to avoid a long wait or being turned away. It’s very normal in Paris for small restaurants have a queue of hungry customers leading out of the restaurant.

-You probably already know this but when planning your trip let sites like trip Advisor be your friend. People are very frank on there and give you all the little details when it comes to hotels and restaurants. I prefer to look at the pictures that reviewers post rather than the professional pictures uploaded by the company, these give you a better idea of what to expect.

Attractions

  1. Eiffel Tower is a must see. Walk around to the north entrance so that you can get a good view from the end of the bridge. If you’d like to go up the Eiffel Tower you can do. You can book in advance or on the day and it costs 17 euros per person.
  2. Louvre Museum If you’d like to go to the museum please note that it doesn’t open on a Tuesday. Admission is free but there may be charge to enter some of the exhibitions.
  3. Notre Dame Cathedral This beautiful cathedral is well worth a visit, its easily accessible by train or bus.
  4. Square Louis Michel This green area is elevated and gives you amazing views looking down onto the city
  5. Pont des Art Also previously known as the padlock bridge. Although you can no longer place padlocks on the bridge you can walk across it and enjoy views of the river. Its also very close to the Louvre, so can be admired en route to the museum.
  6. Louis Vuitton Foundation We didn’t get to see this but when I was doing my research it looked pretty cool and is worth checking out.

Food!

Bistrotters Booking beforehand is a must here! Its a small restaurant so service can be slow but the food is faultless. We loved it here. The desert was sooo good- toasted brioche wish chocolate and caramel sauce. The menu choice is small with three options for starter, main and desert and you can have either a two or three course meal at a set price. You are of course free to order a la carte of you wish. The pictures aren’t great because I took them on my phone but you get the idea 🙂

Pottoka Again this is a lovely small restaurant and would strongly recommend you book a table in advance otherwise you’ll need to wait for a table. The food here is delicious, really different flavours and the service here is also great. I had the cod dish for my main with white beans, bacon and a tomato gazpacho, it was so tasty. A lovely dining experience 🙂

Twinkie Breakfasts If you’d rather have an English or an American breakfast in addition to french options then Twinkie is your place! The service super quick and the food is delicious. Just like with all with the restaurants do try and book. We went on a Sunday without booking and found ourselves in a queue! I didn’t get any pictures of the food itself (I was too hungry and the food smelt so good!) but you’ll like this one 🙂

Le 68 Guy Martin A lovely place with beautiful decor perfect for either lunch or dinner right in the heart of Paris.

Brasserie Barbes This cool find is open until 2am and serve reasonably priced lunches and dinner. It was on my list but I didn’t get the chance to eat there but the reviews I read on this place were very good. So if you do there please let me know how you found it.

Breakfast in America This cute diner serve breakfasts all day as well as all your american favourites. Theres no booking needed here, you just turn up and get seated. It was the first American diner in Paris and has loads of character. A cute place with good food. We had breakfast there and were so impressed by the quick service. This diner is also walking distance from lots of cool sites. We wandered down the hill from the street and discovered places as we went along.

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Shopping

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Les Halles This covered shopping centre houses over 150 stores and has many of the high street clothing brands we know and love. Its linked to one of the main train stations in Paris Chatelet-les-Halles. There’s something for everyone here, such as a dedicated basketball store by Footlocker, a Lego store as well as lots of nice restaurants to choose from too.

Galleries Lafayette A large department store in Paris’ city centre that can only be described as a shopping experience. The decor inside of this huge store is truly breathtaking. You’ll need some time in here if you like to take your time and browse through stores. The menswear is in a separate building and also includes lots of really cool brands. There’s a rooftop on the 7th floor (take the lift to the 6th floor then take the stairs) from where there are some cool views of Paris. On the rooftop you’ll also find a restaurant and bar thats worth checking out.

Carrousel de Louvre This little shopping centre is linked to the Louvre Museum. It has some shops and restaurants too.

 

Phew that was a long post and well done for making it to the end! I really wanted to include most of the places I liked/enjoyed or would have liked to go to. I found these places purely through researching and reading reviews and I tailored our trip around the things my husband and I would enjoy.

I hope its useful and as always I’m happy to answer any questions. Just leave it in the comments section or drop me an email fuschiasequins@gmail.com

Thank you for reading x

Good light

One of the most important parts of make-up application is ensuring that you are applying it in the right light. More often than not we find the most suitable place in our bedrooms where all of our make-up items fit and make the best of it. So which is best, natural light or artificial light?

If you’re going out during the day or to the office for example its best to do your make-up in natural light. This means facing a window where you have a good amount of light coming in and can really see the texture of the make-up on your skin. The reason why its best to do your make-up in this light is because when in the natural light you’ll be able to spot easily if you’ve applied too much foundation, if a shade is too ashy or too red/dark and if your highlight or glitter is too much. Hold a handheld mirror directly in front of your face in natural light and you’ll be able to apply and blend your make-up better. Fluorescent lights/artificial light don’t usually show colour and texture well and offer a dimmer/duller light that doesn’t show any discrepancies- until you take a picture with a flash that is!

When applying make-up and its dark outside there are lighting options that you can use such as bright white lights which are readily available in most shops and online. There are now smaller mirrors that you can buy that have a light around them, such as this one from Amazon, and its just £15. For my readers in the USA, you can also get this rather cute LED mirror from here. This is better than relying on the lighting in your bathroom, because those bulbs sometimes have a yellow hue which can make your make-up look dull giving you the illusion that more make-up needs to be applied.

To conclude, the answer is that it depends on the time of day but natural light is best and free! When applying make-up during the day and its bright outside then natural light is best. If you’re applying make-up at night use a good artificial bright white light than shines directly in your face and not at an angle. The best way is to get a mirror that has lights around it.

If you have tried these methods and still think your make-up isn’t quite looking right them its time to look into some other factors such as the tools you’re using to apply you’re make-up, your technique, your primer and lastly but most importantly the products your using.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and as always if you have any questions please let me know.

 

Have a lovely weekend x