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Style: Zara Denim and Espadrilles

Sunday, 26 June 2016
I find it so much easier to pick an outfit when it's sunny and dry outside. I'm so bored of maternity jeans so I get really excited when I can wear a dress and feel like I'm somewhat in style! By the way, you don't realise how basic maternity ranges are until you're forced to shop in them - there's like one rail of unorganised, last season clothes in every shop .. thank god for ASOS and New Look! I've managed to find a few pieces outside of maternity wear that I can still fit into, including this blue dress from Zara which I'm absolutely in love with. In fact, I'm in love with all of Zara at the moment! This dress was £29.99 and the softest material ever

PREGNANCY BLOG MATERNITY STYLE
PREGNANCY BLOG MATERNITY STYLE

I love the off-the-shoulder style that's everywhere at the moment, although the thought of a strapless bra totally puts me off. I love that I can wear this dress a bit higher up on the shoulders and get the same look but with a normal bra underneath. How perfect is the neckline on this though? I've worn this with sandals recently but as this was a day for shopping in Glasgow, I went for my espadrilles from New Look which are another recent purchase. They're the perfect every day style shoes for Summer and they were £9.99! I feel like the prices in the shops at the moment are so good, everything is cheaper than I expect it to be.


PREGNANCY BLOG MATERNITY STYLE
PREGNANCY BLOG MATERNITY STYLE
PREGNANCY BLOG MATERNITY STYLE

This has been a good week - I turned 27 on Wednesday (eek!), ate lots of birthday cake with my family, went out for dinner with my friends and got some lovely presents too which I might share on here later in the week. I'm eating one of my birthday cupcakes as I write this and it's like heaven! Baby is growing nicely too and my belly is looking bigger by the day - I should have taken a few side angle shots so you could see the difference in these pics - the front on view is deceiving haha! 

Hope you've all had a good weekend! :) 

Pregnancy Update: The Half Way Mark

Sunday, 19 June 2016
I've always said I wanted to document my pregnancy so I can look back on it in years to come. It's such an exciting time and I want to remember how it felt at each stage. I've managed to update my pregnancy journal every week and take weekly bump photos but have completely missed out the blog updates somehow. My first trimester update has now turned into my 20 week update, written by me when I'm 21 weeks and 4 days - let's just say it's baby brain...

21 weeks pregnant bump symptoms


From the beginning: The First Trimester (0-13 weeks) 

I got my positive test on 20th of February, when I would have been 4 weeks pregnant (FYI your pregnancy 'weeks' are counted from the date of your last period, even though you weren't pregnant for the first 2/3 weeks of those!). Even though I tested several times that weekend (and the next), it still felt like it wasn't really happening. A lot of that is probably down to my lack of symptoms at the start. I was on on line forums where other girls were complaining about sickness, food aversions etc. and there I was, feeling totally normal. It wasn't until I was 7/8 weeks that I started to feel anything at all actually. My main symptoms were: 

Extreme hunger: You know that feeling when you're hungry, then you wait too long to actually eat and then you end up feeling sick with hunger? Well, I'd go from feeling fine to that extreme hunger in an instant. If I didn't eat straight away, I would feel really ill and eventually be sick. This happened during the night too, so I had to keep biscuits by my side so I could eat at 3am if needed! 

Fatigue: At the time I was working 11 hour days which soon became impossible when I realised I was a completely zombie by 6pm every night. I'd get home at 8pm and sleep all the way through until the next morning. And then wake up feeling tired.

Sore boobs: From 7 weeks onwards, I could only wear a sports bra and the thought of even getting into the shower filled me with dread. They were swollen and felt bruised and so sensitive. Luckily, this faded by about week 12 which is when the placenta starts to take over everything. Although I'm still two cup sizes bigger than I was at the start which I'm not too pleased about! 

Food/Smell Aversion: When I was about 9 weeks, the smell of chilli in the fridge downstairs (I was upstairs) made me so ill that I had to cancel a night out for my mums birthday. Actually, almost any food with a strong smell would make me ill. My senses were so heightened that even the smell of someones clothes/breath/car could make me feel sick. I am so glad that symptom's gone! 

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(this is my pregnancy journal - it's a great little book to keep a note of weekly symptoms, birth plans and memories!) 

Then until now: 16-21 weeks

Me and Andy went on a family holiday to Portugal when I was 16 weeks and luckily by that point, most of the above symptoms had faded. This is when I've really started to enjoy being pregnant! Even though I have some bad days, I think overall I've been quite lucky so far in my pregnancy and my symptoms now are much more manageable. 

Headaches: I've had some of the worst headaches ever since being pregnant. It's common and due to hormones apparently (isn't everything?) and all I can do is drink lots of water and when it gets really bad, I'll take a couple of paracetomol although I only do this if it gets unbearable. At a time when you're alcohol free, it's pretty frustrating to feel like you have the worst hangover ever!

Indigestion/heartburn: This is something I've never really suffered from so I'm not even sure which one it is. Basically, it feels like everything I eat is stuck in my throat all the way down to my stomach. I've found that milk or ice cream helps, and there's been days where I've skipped dinner in favour of Vienetta or a Cornetto! (if you can't do that when you're pregnant then when can you?)

Now onto the exciting stuff

The last few weeks have just been so exciting for me and Andy. We're starting to plan the baby room, watching my belly grow every day and spend time every night watching the baby kick and move around in my stomach. 

The Bump: I started to notice a difference in the shape of my stomach around 9/10 weeks. I looked normal from the belly button up, but my lower abdomen had started to point outwards! I was really aware of my growing belly, but it wasn't properly noticeable to other people until about 15 weeks. I've taken pictures every week, and the biggest difference was from 15 to 16 weeks. At 21 weeks, my bump now feels huge although I'm sure I'll look back on it in a few weeks time and think it was tiny!

Movement: I felt my first kicks at exactly 16 weeks. I was lying on a sun lounger by the pool in Portugal and felt a few little 'pops' really low down in my belly. I didn't know if that's what it was, but when it happened later that night, and then again the next day, I realised it was my little baby kicking around! I was around 18 weeks when Andy first felt a kick from the outside of my tummy. As I'm writing this at 21 weeks, my belly is doing somersaults right now! It's the best feeling ever and I still can't get my head around the fact that it's a little person in there making that happen. 

The Scans: We've actually seen our baby 3 times so far. My first was at 7 weeks, when the baby was little more than a little blob on the screen with a flickering heartbeat. At that stage, other than the pregnancy test, it was the first confirmation that I was pregnant and it was so exciting! I couldn't believe the difference in the baby by the 12 week scan, he had arms and legs and was wriggling around on the screen. The main excitement of the day was knowing we'd made it to this stage and everything looked good, and knowing we could now tell people our news! 

Our 20 week scan was on Friday 10th June, and it was the most exciting day ever. Most importantly, the nurse said he was measuring well and very active and also told us we were having a little boy! I've been on a high ever since and absolutely I love that I can now call him 'he' and imagine what our lives will be like when he's here. My best friend even got us a little outfit for him, which almost had me in tears - could this be any cuter!?

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Feeling him move around in my belly, and talking about him as a real person has been such a turning point in this pregnancy - it feels like it's actually happening now and I just feel so constantly excited about everything! 

I hope you've liked this post - sorry it's so incredibly long but that's what happens when you roll 20 weeks into one post! Hope you're all doing well! :) 

STYLE | White Shirt Dress

Sunday, 5 June 2016
Scottish Fashion Blogger Maisy Meow

The first outfit pictures I've taken all year and I have to say, I was a little rusty. Throw in the this new bump that I'm working with and lets just say I didn't have many pics to chose from for today's post  .. but at least I'm making an appearance on here for once! The lovely weather in Scotland this week means that I've been given some freedom in what I can wear again - most loose fitting dresses will fit me, so I'm not confined to the (very limited) maternity section at the moment - yay! 

My favourite shop just now is Zara - their summer dressses are perfect! I saw this white shirt dress last week and thought it was the perfect smart casual dress for summer, I went a size up for obvious reasons and it fits perfectly. The shape is just what I need, the detail at the bottom is so pretty and I love that it has an extra lining on the bottom half so you don't need to worry about it being see through. My only gripe is that is creases like crazy, so I have to do that half-sitting/half-standing thing in the car when I'm on my way out otherwise I'll look like I've slept in it, but we'll let that slide .. 

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Another recent Zara purchase is this tan suede bag. I've been looking for a new every day bag for ages and this was exactly what I wanted. It feels so well made and it has that lovely leather smell which I can't get enough of (blame the preggo nose on that one) - and even better, it was £30! If I'd guessed, I'd have thought it would be £60+. I love when that happens! 

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I feel like I'm repeating myself throughout this post (still a bit rusty on the writing!) but another new purchase is these nude flat shoes. I normally avoid this style of shoes like the plague because they're so uncomfortable but the ankle strap makes all the difference and I love the detailing.


I've had such a lovely week in the sunshine - even though I was working, everything is better when the sun is shining so I really hope this sticks around. I have a few post ideas for over the next couple of weeks including a couple of interiors updates which I can't wait to share - speak soon everyone! :)

Outfit details : White Shirt Dress | Tan Suede Bag | Ankle Strap Flat Shoes | Necklace 

Sharing some big news...

Sunday, 24 April 2016
Well hello! Remember me? I've had a 'little' blogging break for the last few months, and the main reason is that I've been a bit preoccupied with other things going on in life. It's been the hardest secret to keep, but this weekend me and Andy finally started sharing our big news so of course I had to share it on here too... we're having a baby

No matter how many times I've said it, it still hasn't sunk in that there will be a baby in our house before the end of this year, although it definitely began to feel more real on Friday when we saw our little cherub on the screen for the first time, wriggling away .. and yawning! It's so strange to watch the screen and actually make the connection that this little person is inside my belly - it's so surreal. He/she was measuring perfectly, and we were given a due date of the 26th October 2016

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Throughout the last 10 weeks (I found out when I was 4 weeks pregnant), I've been constantly watching pregnancy videos on YouTube, so I think it's a good time to make a reappearance over there to share my own experiences so far and to have something to look back on when it's all over. I'll be filming a first trimester update some time next week - so look out for that on my channel

Now that I'm into my second trimester and starting to get a bit more energy (although still asleep before 9.30pm every night), I'm hoping to get back into blogging this week. I'm spending today making blog post plans and it feels good to be back!

Let me know if any of you are expecting a baby this year too :) 


Beauty | Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream

Sunday, 28 February 2016
Remember 'back in the day' when bloggers used to refer to favourites as their 'HG' products? Well, for me, Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream* totally qualifies for that holy grail status. I'd actually been looking for a new moisturiser for a while when this little surprise came through my door at the start of January. My checklist at the time had a few things on it - I needed a moisturiser that I could apply under my make-up, that would keep my skin hydrated but not shiny or greasy. I also wanted one that I could wear at night too because well .. less products, less hassle. Kiehls must have read my mind because this little tub of perfection ticked all those boxes. 

Then created new and better boxes and ticked those too. 

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After using this on the first night, I noticed my skin was super smooth in the morning. On a scale of 1 to baby's bum, it was scoring very highly but I didn't want to get my hopes up just yet. Whether or not it kept it's performance up under make-up was the main thing. I'm using Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation just now - a notoriously hard to blend foundation that, I find, always needs a good moisturiser underneath it. Once I applied this cream with the foundation on top and blended, I knew it was a winner. It gave a lovely dewy finish, kept my skin hydrated and silky soft all day. 

Over the next few weeks, I noticed that my overall skin tone was improved too. I've had a look at the packaging and don't see anywhere that this is something it claims to do, but it might be a result of my skin being so well hydrated. Whatever the cause is, my darker patches have evened out and my skin just looks so much better.

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You can buy this in a 50ml tub for £24.00 or, like the one above, a 125ml for £43.50. It's definitely on the higher end of the price scale, but I've been using the larger tub twice a day since early January and it's not even a third of the way down - a little goes a long way with this cream and that really makes a difference when you're considering whether it's worthwhile splashing out. 

Have you tried this face cream or any Kiehls products before?

*product was sent to me for review. all opinions my own, as always.

HOME | Bedroom Tour

Wednesday, 10 February 2016
I was watching my house tour vlogs recently and I honestly can't believe how much this place has changed in less than a year. When we first got the house, we stripped it back to an empty shell (see how it was here), progressed to a blank canvas (see that here) and have spent the last six months putting our own stamp on it and making it feel homely. It's taking longer than I thought it would, don't get me wrong, but I'm loving every minute of decorating. We've been working on the bedroom for the last few months, so I thought it was time to give you a little tour to show you what's been done. I'm going to link everything that's still available too.

Grey and white bedroom

So I'm a huge fan of the minimal neutral style, and I've pretty much kept a theme of white, grey and wood all through my house. All of our walls are white, but for the bedroom I wanted some 'colour' (neutral of course) on the walls to make it as cosy as possible. We went for Dulux 'Polished pebble' on the walls which is a lovely soft grey - it's beautiful and exactly was looking for. I love the subtle contrast of white furniture against grey walls, so we went for two 'malm' bedside tables and this gorgeous white wooden bed with drawers underneath. We also have the double set of malm drawers at the end of the bed, with our tv above it. With all of those drawers and the double wardrobe, this little room has an abundance of storage!

Grey walls white furnitureFor our bedside tables, I picked two of these simple white table lamps from ikea. In a minimal room, I think it's important to still have texture throughout and I loved the woven style of these lampshades. I picked up the small marble plate (below) from H&M (yep, that one that everyone seemed to buy at same time) to store my jewellery when I go to bed, and sit it next to my dream dictionary (perfect decorative bedside book!), a candle and some artificial plants from ikea - I love some stacked books on a bedside table, it's almost like organised, neat 'clutter'. On the other side, I have this gorgeous grey heart photo frame which we got as a house warming gift - I still haven't put my own photo in it. Oh well, this random baby is cute so who's complaining.

Grey walls white furniture

I went for plain white bedding as I actually prefer it when the focus is on the cushions and throws instead. This huge mongolian fur cushion is from Matalan and it's an absolute dream. The back of it is a super soft suede-like material, and I loved it so much that I bought two more for my living room. The two grey velour cushions on either side and the heart embroidered cushion in the middle are all from Next - they're the perfect shade for this room. For the end of the bed, I bought a large throw in the same stone shade as the fur cushion (not available anymore but similar here), and to break up the colour a bit, I layered a smaller chevron fringed throw over the top. I wish I could link it, but it's from TK Maxx so it might as well be one of a kind.

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minimal scandi white bedroom

This shelf is my favourite part of the room. As a Pinterest addict, I can't say I came up with the idea myself but I knew it would be perfect to add something interesting above the bed. To keep with the style of the room, I went for simple prints from Etsy in monochrome or neutral colours and put them in a mix of white, wooden and grey frames. The wooden frame ties in with the flooring and the frame of the mirrored wardrobes which, oddly enough, I didn't like when we first saw this room. Now I love them! I think I'm going to do a separate post for tips on how to make your own picture shelf like this, as I have tons of advice from my own experiences and mistakes with it. Now that's it all finished though, I'm over the moon with it and I think it totally makes the room. 

Dulux polished pebble swatch on walls

I hope you've enjoyed this post. I'm calling this bedroom 'finished' for now, but let's face it, I know I'll still make changes and add in some extras now and again. You'll see any bedroom (or any other homeware) updates on my instagram so make sure you're following. We're getting started on the living room and I am so excited with the plans we have already - watch this space! 


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