Monday, April 14, 2014

MATERNITY DIARIES: My Style These 9 Months

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Hello lovelies!
These past nine months have been a roller-coaster ride for me, stylewise. I never in my life imagined how big I would get so it came as a bit of a surprise when my clothes slowly started getting tighter and tighter. But the shopaholic in me took advantage of this to get new clothes. At first I didn't want to buy so many maternity clothes but I quickly realized it had become a necessity. I have two sisters and I was quite happy to partake of some of their clothes for a while. Mum also gave me some things to wear so I ended up buying very few dresses to add to my wardrobe.


My Style During The First Trimester
As is typical, in my first trimester you could hardly tell I was expecting. What became quite noticeable those first three months is that I started filling out my clothes. My hips and bust became more noticeable, something that makes it slightly harder to keep the fact that you are expecting a secret. I remember my sister laughing at me when I told her that I needed to buy new bras. This was a phenomenon that was previously unheard of so for her it was an opportunity to tease me endlessly. 
So during my first trimester, my wardrobe was basically the same as before I got pregnant. Some of the dresses (like this maroon skater dress) I had kept aside that were slightly on the larger side started fitting me so I was quite excited to have an opportunity to wear them. My heels were still my best-friends at this point so I took advantage to wear them every moment I could as I knew that at some point in the next 9 months, I would have to pack them away.

My Style During The Second Trimester
In my second trimester, my baby bump had started to show. For those who knew me very well, it was pretty obvious that there was a bun in the oven. For those who didn't, they had to be really paying attention to notice my expanding waistline.


My wardrobe choices during these three months had started to change. I raided my sisters' wardrobes more often since some my own clothes had started to get too tight for my comfort. As I refused to buy maternity pants, I would wear my jeans with the button left open, but with the waistband covered up with a long top.
But dresses were becoming more and more of my go to choice than anything with a waistband. My shoe choices had started getting limited to flats. Before I got pregnant, I had a very narrow foot so my shoes were narrow. In my second trimester, I could still manage to fit into my closed shoes comfortably. Instead of stilletto heels, I opted for wedges when it came to wearing heels. Skinny heels would result in terrible backache so these were stored away for future use.

My Style During The Third Trimester
At 6 months and beyond, it becomes quite obvious that there is a baby on the way. At this point, I had kept away all of the clothes from my "previous life" since they were occupying space and only made me yearn for the days when I had a waistline. I acquired some dresses from my sisters and mum as well bought others. I had kept some of my dresses from before to wear during this time but I waited too long and when it was time to wear them, they had become very tight. Trousers with waistbands e.g. jeans were a no-go zone. I can't stand the discomfort and just want my bump to be free.

Leggings became my best friends since their elastic bands stretched to accommodate my expanding waistline comfortably. So I opted for these when I wanted a break from wearing dresses. As for shoes, in my third trimester, I had all but given up on closed shoes even ballet flats. When I had about a month to go to my EDD, the doctor told me my body was retaining fluid hence the swelling I would experience whenever I walked or sat for too long. This made me give up most of my shoes and end up wearing flat sandals a lot.


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Happy Monday.

xo

Audrey

 
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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

INTRODUCING...LITTLE MISS ELLY

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Happy new month lovelies!
I hope you have all been well. It's been three weeks since I last posted on the blog and I have missed you all! For those of you who follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you got the news of the arrival of my little angel. On the 11th of March at 11.20p.m. I got to meet my gorgeous baby girl. Little Miss Elly was 3.5kgs. She is now 3 weeks old and growing very fast!
As you can imagine, I've been getting used to having a new person in my life. Managing with a baby has been an eye-opener for me. I was so used to doing things in a certain way and at a particular time, having time to do all my cleaning and organizing and running my errands whenever I saw fit, but with a baby around I have been forced to learn how to let go of my control freak ways and just go with the flow. This means that I have to sleep when the baby is asleep (mostly in the daytime) and let go of all the things I want to do (like getting back to blogging and running my shop). For instance, it has taken me three weeks to reorganize my room and I am yet to sort out my wardrobe (for suitable post-maternity clothes. I'll make a post on this later). My  time is divided between feeding the baby, sleeping and eating. By the end of the 24hr day, I find that I have no time for much else. 
I won't lie to you and say that I am having a blissful time because it is difficult having sleepless nights and being tired all the time. But when I look at my little angel first asleep or when she smiles to herself (I always wonder what makes her so happy), I fall in love all over again.

I hope to get back to regular blogging this month. I will definitely share some of my experiences on being a new mother.

I wish you all a good month! Thank you for stopping by.

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Happy Wednesday.

xo

Audrey


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Saturday, March 08, 2014

AUDREY'S STYLE: Turquoise + Pink + Beige

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Hello lovelies!
I am now nearing the end of my 39th week of pregnancy and well, I have very few dresses that still fit me.This is one of those that I got for this time since I knew that I would not fit into any of the dresses I had been wearing before. I have moved up two dress sizes so as expected, all the clothes I used to wear have been rendered redundant.
 I wore this last Sunday to Church. I love the colours on this dress. I think they are quite feminine and are an unusual pairing (turquoise, pink and beige all rolled into one). I added my peplum jacket as a cover up and my turquoise sandals.


For some strange reason I really felt like upping the ante on Sunday so I rummaged through my jewellery and found this necklace and earrings I had almost forgotten about. It's interesting how by just wearing some interesting jewellery your outfit can be transformed and you end up feeling more cheerful than you did before. Add a purple lip and you are good to go.


For the last two weeks I've been waiting for my baby to arrive. I'll be 40 weeks on Monday and I've actually reached the end of my tether. The exhaustion and inability to move around as freely as I'd like is really getting me down. But I'm really trying to be relaxed and to take things as they come. I use dressing up and doing things that I enjoy(like blogging and reading) to cheer myself up.



What methods do you use to cheer yourself up? Clothes, make-up or jewellery?

Thank you for stopping by.

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Happy Saturday.

xo

Audrey





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