It’s fair to say that Covid has had a profound effect on us all and continues to do so. For me, I’ve had a huge awakening on the crisis that our planet faces.

My mindset shift has led to me making some tough decisions and epic changes but you only have to scroll down my personal instagram feed to see I haven’t always been this way, nor had these beliefs, or practiced these ways. So if I can do it, you can too.

There’s tons more to expect from me on this but to kick things off, I visited Supermarket Rebels, HISBE and chatted to the the Co-founder Ruth Anslow who gives us a realistic view of the simple changes we can make to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.

‘Aim for good rather than perfect.’

Watch the video:


As part of my maternity fashion video sries with Secret Saviours, the award-winning stretch mark prevention system for pregnant women, my final video focuses on maternity outfits for work, and how to look like you, look professional but also feel comfortable and cool.  I also look at outfit ideas for every day since, when you’re pregnant (and even when you’re not), daily inspiration is always needed, and pulling looks together is the biggest request my clients ask of me as a Stylist.

Comfort is always key when you’re pregnant but if your workplace has a more formal dress code, this can be tricky.

Invest in a few key pieces and mix and match them throughout your pregnancy.  A pencil skirt or tube skirt can be worn with a maternity shirt or your favourite regular t-shirt, knotted above the bump.

Maternity leggings and jeans are key staples for every day and both can be turned into chic work wear with tailored tops.  If the jeans are under the bump, wear your SS band for extra support and as an under layer for tops so you don’t feel exposed.

Tailored maternity shorts look great with a button throughout shirt and brogues for the summer, while day dresses can be dressed up or down year-round.  I lived in dresses for both of my pregnancies since they are cool, non-restrictive and versatile.

Turn a casual dress into work attire by pairing it with a blazer and kick-ass pointed flats or Chelsea boots.  Wear it as an every-day staple and bring it up to date with pin badges, a statement necklace or a bomber jacket.

Accessories and footwear are an easy way to update your wardrobe without breaking the bank, plus you can continue to wear them post pregnancy!

My key staples are:

  • A pair of statement trainers to stand out and pull in the compliments (it’s always nice to get an ego boost). I love New Look and Boohoo.com
  • Hats – great for adding instant cool and disguising bad hair days! ASOS and River Island always have great hats
  • A statement necklace to dress up any outfit, try Miss Selfridge for some cool choices
  • A luxurious handbag that fits in all your essentials – don’t be shy on the budget with this, a good handbag will last forever. I love independent label, Bell&Fox
  • Interesting socks – now I know this sounds crazy but people notice the little details, your poor tootsies need luxury and a flash of colour and personality from beneath your jeans will complete your look. TOPSHOP have mastered the quirky socks vibe.

This is one of five maternity style videos, you can watch all the short style films >here<.

Get your Award-winning Stretch Mark Prevention System for Less

Secret Saviours are committed to saving women from getting stretch marks in pregnancy. They can prevent 82% of women getting stretch marks with their innovative new wearable tech (a stretch mark prevention band, covered with pads to stop the skin stretching and tearing).  They’re all about empowering women to take control of their bodies – to help you be the best you.

You can get your hands on the kit for yourself with a generous 20% off online now.  Please head to www.secretsaviours.com to find out more.

Disclosure: This is not an ad, it is a collaboration between myself and Secret Saviours, a brand I have used with great effect and truly believe in.


As part of my maternity fashion video series with Secret Saviours, the award-winning stretch mark prevention system for pregnant women, my third video focuses on how to dress throughout the trimesters, what with your body shape forever-changing!

In summary;

Trimester 1 – personally, I wanted the safety net of the 12-week scan before announcing my pregnancy to the world and so, to avoid suspicious looks and probing questions, I dressed to conceal the early signs.

Boxy tops and boot cut jeans with my trusty Anti-Stretch Mark Band worked well.  Loose boyfriend style blazers, waterfall trenches and duster jackets that grace over your shape will also camouflage a growing bump and will stay with you throughout your pregnancy, making them good investments.  New Look Maternity and ASOS are my favourites.

Trimester 2 – this stage is all about showing off your bump to the world and wearing flattering clothing to help you do so.  It seems as though your shape is changing every week so be sure to support your growing bump with your Secret Saviours band to help prevent stretch marks then choose empire line dresses and tunic tops that cinch in under your bust and float out over your bump.

You can also add definition by adding a stretchy belt over any top.  Team with over the bump skinny jeans then dress down with Converse or high-tops and dress up with a very low heel – because this is probably the last time you wear them comfortably for a while!

Trimester 3 – as your bump and baby grow larger, you’re carrying precious, heavy cargo and get tired very easily (no kidding).  At this stage, it is all about comfort and ensuring you feel supported.

My Secret Saviours band helped me feel held in and supported then I gravitated to over the bump maternity leggings and loose t-shirts or dresses.

Choose flat shoes at this stage but there are so many colours and styles around, you don’t have to compromise style for comfort.  You can have both.

Finally, add in loads of personality with accessories – you can wear them post pregnancy too and they’re an affordable way of updating your look (not to mention being able to wear them no matter how big your bump gets)!  I used handbags from independent label, Bell & Fox which will last you a lifetime, jewelry from Cheap Frills and pin badges from Café of Curiosities.  These details are what will help you look put together…even if you don’t feel it 😉

This is one of five maternity style videos, and you can watch the first one on what to wear at weddings >here<  Keep checking back for the next one as I’m releasing a new video every Monday and Thursday at 2pm.

 

Get your Award-winning Stretch Mark Prevention System for Less

Secret Saviours are committed to saving women from getting stretch marks in pregnancy. They can prevent 82% of women getting stretch marks with their innovative new wearable tech (a stretch mark prevention band, covered with pads to stop the skin stretching and tearing).  They’re all about empowering women to take control of their bodies – to help you be the best you.

 

You can get your hands on the kit for yourself with a generous 20% off online now.  Please head to www.secretsaviours.com to find out more.

 

Disclosure: This is not an ad, it is a collaboration between myself and Secret Saviours, a brand I have used with great effect and truly believe in.


Me during my second pregnancy wearing FittaMamma

As part of my maternity fashion video series with Secret Saviours, the award-winning stretch mark prevention system for pregnant women, my fourth video focuses on what to wear to workout in while you’re pregnant, an occasion that is tough to dress for and tough to action!..but so important to get right.

The correct support for your body has never been more important than now.  In this video, we look at fabrics and styles to help you keep fit safely, healthily and stylishly.

Sometimes I definitely did NOT feel like doing exercise when I was pregnant – both times! However, exercise during pregnancy will help you through all sorts of pregnancy niggles such as backache, varicose veins, heartburn and tiredness but what do you wear?

It’s really important to get the right support so choose a maternity fitness brand like FittaMamma that supports your body comfortably and securely.  This label is chic too, so I used to wear the exercise trousers with a cute sweater or tee and the support vest was so comfortable and flattering on my bust, I’d wear it with jeans and a cardigan for a sport luxe look.

I used to wear my anti-stretch mark band under the yoga pants for the ultimate treat – not just to do yoga but I have to admit – to lounge about in, in ultimate comfort too…especially in the final trimester!

Team your pants with a cosy yet cool sweater like this slogan Mother sweat for total comfort.

This is one of five maternity style videos, and you can watch the first one on what to wear at weddings >here<  Keep checking back for the next one as I’m releasing a new video every Monday and Thursday at 2pm.

Get your Award-winning Stretch Mark Prevention System for Less

Secret Saviours are committed to saving women from getting stretch marks in pregnancy. They can prevent 82% of women getting stretch marks with their innovative new wearable tech (a stretch mark prevention band, covered with pads to stop the skin stretching and tearing).  They’re all about empowering women to take control of their bodies – to help you be the best you.

 

You can get your hands on the kit for yourself with a generous 20% off online now.  Please head to www.secretsaviours.com to find out more.

 

Disclosure: This is not an ad, it is a collaboration between myself and Secret Saviours, a brand I have used with great effect and truly believe in.


Organix re-fuelling tired kids after a paddle and play at the park

I don’t know about you but since becoming a parent, having enough snacks on hand is a must.  A MUST.  Have I not had enough snacks, I’ve regretted it.  No one wants to be on the wrong side of hangry children, am I right?

Organix is one of our favourite healthy snack brands as a family.  Why?  They’re full of goodness (happy parents/ well fed kids), they’re tasty (occupied children/ happy parents)  and you can take them anywhere thanks to the no-mess packaging (happiness all-round).

The children’s favourites are definitely the ‘crisps’, particularly the Sweetcorn Rings.  There is ‘nothing unessary’ in these goodies, or any of the range in fact and they’ve saved me from a meltdown on many an occasion.  Some of the other packs are well-loved too, like the Carrot Sticks but the flavouring on those can coat their fingers so be ready with a wet wipe (aren’t we always)?!

We crammed a load of the snacks into our (massive) bag when we recently went to Brighton Pride too and had an awesome time.  Always be prepared folks, always have bribes snacks.

Something Useful I wanted to Share

Organix have got a healthy and easy recipe page on their site now too, so check them out at www.organix.com/recipes.  I got inspired my the rainbow wraps and did my version of them (shop bought wraps with loads of veggies, and some with cheese and meat too).  They’re so easy.  We rolled them out for the children’s lunch and at a recent get together with friends too.

The Recipe – Rainbow Wrap

Organix Healthy Recipes – colour and nutrition

Ingredients

For the wrap – if you are far superior to me and want to make them yourself:

100g buckwheat flour
1 organic egg
300ml organic milk (or milk alternative – rice/oat/nut milk)
3 tbsp water
A little olive or coconut oil for frying

 

For the rainbow filling

A couple of spoonfuls of cream cheese or hummus

Your choice of veggies and filling – we liked rainbow tomatoes, in lots of different colours, peppers and spinach.

Organix recommend ½ cooked beetroot, ¼ red pepper, 1 small carrot, ¼ yellow pepper, 5 cm chunk cucumber.

How to make

Step 1

To make the wrap, simply whisk all ingredients (except the oil) together until very smooth. Ideally use an electric whisk if you have one.

Step 2

Allow batter to stand for about half an hour.

Step 3

Heat a little olive oil or coconut oil in a 6 inch, non-stick frying pan. Ladle a scoop of batter into the pan – just enough to cover the pan surface, so the wrap is just less than 5mm thick. Tip the pan so the batter covers the surface, and allow to cook over a medium heat for a couple of minutes.

Using salami and cheese too

Step 4

Use a fish slice to carefully see if it is cooked on the bottom. Once it’s cooked on one side, slide the fish slice under the wrap and flip it over. Cook the other side for a couple more minutes until golden. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.

Step 5

Allow the wraps to cool on a wire rack, or if you prefer them warm they can be kept warm in a low oven.

Step 6

Prepare the vegetables by cutting them into thin matchsticks. The carrot and beetroot could also be grated if preferred.

Step 7

Spread a layer of cream cheese or hummus over the whole wrap.

Step 8

Place the vegetables on top of the wrap in strips arranged by colour. Fold up the top and bottom of the wrap, then tightly roll, spreading a little extra cheese on the last bit of wrap to help ‘glue’ it in place if needed.

Step 9

Slice in half at an angle so that you can see the range of rainbow colours then pack in an airtight box for your picnic.

If you make them yourself any leftover wraps can used the next day or frozen – layer greaseproof paper between each wrap before freezing. The bean spread can be eaten as a dip with chopped veg.

You can buy Organix at most supermarkets and leading chemists such as Boots, Sainsburys and Waitrose.

Disclosure: This is not an ad.    I was sent samples to try but I just love the brand and recipes and thought you would to.  Simples.