Overwhelmingly feminine

I miss a lot of my favourite stores in Vancouver. One particular is Nicole Bridger. Her pieces are classic, feminine and well-loved. Bridger is a designer who makes clothes knowing a woman’s body and knowing the desire to feel lovely no matter the shape/state of her body. Many of her pieces fit Moms-to-be and also suit post-partum bodies well. Here are some of my favourite pieces from this season. Plus she’s having a sale!

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Maternity Monday: Royal style

When you say the word: pregnant, it doesn’t normal bring beautiful, glamourous, stylish, timeless fashion pieces to your mind. However, the wonderful Kate Middleton hasn’t failed to disappoint me over the last 9 months with her impeccable, classic style showing us that we can all look good when pregnant!

I love her swing coats, Peter Pan collars, empire waits and simple heels. These outfits show how with a few simple pieces, solid colours, a bit of a height and a great smile: one can really have that pregnancy glow!

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Crazy Coconuts!

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I was having dinner with a couple of girlfriends the other night and the discussion turned to food (typical). We got onto discussing the benefits of coconut oil. Originally I thought it was nothing other than a way for my Mum to get a suntan. I never realised that there were so many benefits to coconut oil and decided to do some research.

Did you know that you can use (and benefit from using) coconut oil with hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism?

It also provides relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength! This is because of its presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and their respective properties, such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities.

Coconut Oil can be purchased relatively cheaply in regular supermarkets (or specialised/Asian supermarkets in Denmark!) Here are some ways you can use coconut oil:

  • As it helps in healthy growth of hair and gives your hair a shiny quality, before you wash your hair, you should massage your head with coconut oil. Tip for Mums: It also helps in keeping your hair and scalp free from lice and lice eggs!
  • Instead of purchasing expensive massage oil or skin care, simply use coconut oil to rub onto your skin. safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin. It also delays the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of skin which normally accompany aging. Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin problems eg. dermatitis and eczema.
  • When cooking, use coconut oil as a replacement for oil. Also, use it in baking as a replacement for butter.
  • Use it instead of chemically laden eye make-up remover
  • Use it instead of diaper rash cream (just rub it straight on baby’s bum!)
  • It helps prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
  • Rub it on your lips as a natural lip balm
  • When sunburnt, rub it on the damaged areas to speed up healing….

For more uses see here

What are some of the ways you use coconut oil?

info c/o www.organicfacts.net, http://wellnessmama.com, image c/o myblessedlife.net

Maternity Monday: Hatch Hospital Box

I’ve chatted about Hatch (and here!) before. They are a gorgeous – but over priced maternity store, that really knows how to dress pregnant women without making them feel like a huge whale. When I went to the hospital for both my boys, although both times it was a long time coming and we were more than prepared, I feel was unhappy with my choice of outfits for after the boys were born – I was often in my gown or sweats or a sloppy dress and I think if ever again it would happen I would really want to feel a lot more beautiful, clean and prepared to take on the world with my new baby. I LOVE this Hospital box from Hatch – they really know what to pack: lacy undies, a glamourous jersey gown, cosy socks and a perfectly clean t-shirt – wouldn’t it a be a great gift for someone to bring you?

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Maternity not-Monday

Remember my maternity monday series? I really miss talking about maternity wear as I love seeing how far it’s gone since I was pregnant and I do get a little envious when I see what’s out there these days. If I were pregnant again I’d get myself a Magic Maternity Tube. For a mere 28 euros this is possibly the most multifunctional maternity (and post-maternity) item on the market. It can be worn in a variety of ways and is made of a soft knitted fabric. Nothing sells itself better to me than versatility!

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Maternity Monday: Expecting the expected

I’m looking forward to going to see “What to Expect When You’re Expecting starring J Lo and Cameron Diaz as well as some other wonderful actors. I’m pretty positive it won’t be the most monumental film ever but I am sure there will be a giggle, a “oh I’ve so been there” sigh and a “oh no he di’int” screech whilst watching. It certainly is a movie to go and see with your Mom or your Mommy besties. Not your employer, your husband (unless he’s Mr Perfect), and not your single girlfriends (it will put them off kids forever!)

The lovely people at Spoke Agency sent me a Pregnancy Survival Kit which evoked a lot of laughter in this household.

It included the following items:

Some of them were totally right on but for me it missed some of my personal essentials: Saltine crackers, prenatal yoga dvds and raspberry red leaf tea.

What were your pregnancy survival essentials? Will you go and see this film? Have you seen it yet, what did you think?

Maternity Monday: Flower power

I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again. This Spring is going to be floral, in the gardens and yes, on our bodies. Here’s some ways a Mom-to-be can go floral without looking (and feeling) like a tree.

A casual brunch with a friend…

watch, sunnies, top (actually a nursing sleepwear top! and currently 50% off!), sandals ($30!), nail polish, leggings ($20!)

a baby items shopping trip…

sandals, nail polish, sweater, maternity cargo pants

a last minute dinner date with your husband…

pumps, jeans, earrings, clutch 

Check out other floral inspiration boards at Long Distance Loving

Maternity Monday: Prepped for April Showers

Spring can be sunny, it can be flowery, it can signal the beginnings of warm weather yes, however it can also rain a lot! Here’s some chic ways to face the rainy weather!

Running late to work….

rainbootsshirt, satchel, bangles, skirt

A lazy Sunday afternoon….

 

RainbootsHobo, Watch, Tee, Scarf

A rainy dinner date…

RainbootsLeggings, Top (The blue one is currently $4!), Jacket

Check out Longdistanceloving for other inspiration boards!

Maternity Mondays: pastels

Most probably when you think of baby blue and candy floss pink you’ll most probably be choosing your baby’s teeny tiny onsies and booties, but today, I’m actually talking about you. Pastels are “it” for this spring and here’s some ways you can incorporate pastels into your maternity wardrobe.

A lovely, lazy afternoon

 

sunglasses, pants, sandals, sweater, bracelets

At work

dress, belt, wallet, nail polish, bracelet, wedges

Baby shower bliss

dresssandalseyeshadow, clutch, bracelet, necklace