7 practical outfits to pack for your summer holiday

1. Stain proof leopard print dress

Definitely a firm favourite of mine! This NewLook dress that I got on sale is not only extremely comfortable and flattering but will hide all sorts of stains – a great feature when you’ve got a messy toddler.

2. Elegant, breezy shorts and cami top

I love, love, love these shorts! Another great purchase from NewLook, they are great for a smart-casual day look, and equally perfect for a dinner date (for that I parted them with lace black cami top, also from NewLook) 🙂

3. Stunning lemon print midi dress

This dress…. it was so perfect for this extremely hot day. Even though it’s midi length, it was breezy, comfortable and super chic! The print and vibrant colours make it perfect for the summer. And it’s quite toddler stain proof too!

4. Mum’s essentials – tummy control one-piece swim suit and high waist bikini

I’m all about tummy control swim suits – they’re so flattering! They gave me a massive confidence boost and were very comfortable.

5. Mega flattering striped shorts and a basic white top

I mean you just can’t go wrong with this look! Elegant yet casual and super comfortable – always a winner!

6. Gingham dress

For an island tour I chose this fab gingham dress – nice and light, perfect for the beach and sightseeing.

7. The amazing basics – denim shorts and classy white top

Another classic combo, another winner – enough said here I think 🙂

Great transitional pieces for your spring summer wardrobe

Oh the lovely British weather, it can be quite fussy at times. Last year it was pretty amazing most of the time.. this year not so much. I suppose the silver lining is getting good wear out of the pieces that you buy or find in your wardrobe during spring.

Layering is key and absolutely crucial- you’re prepared for anything the weather throws at you.

Another biggie for me is timelessness. I love wearing fashionable clothes but I also felt the need to be more sustainable too. I don’t necessarily have money to get pieces from sustainable brands, so I decided to shop less, choose pieces that will make a great addition to what I’ve already got. Pieces that I will be able to reach for time and time again.

A different way to be sustainable on the budget is going to charity shops. Just recently I found 3 amazing items there- a lovely white top that I will be able to wear with literally anything, a safari style 100% linen shirt and 6-piece of stunning Victorian plates. Yes, you have to go through a lot of uninspiring things, but you can often find real gems.

Without further ado, here are my favourite transitional pieces:

The perfect trench

Beige trench coat from Hobbs London
Beige trench coat Hobbs and a straw bag
Trench coat Hobbs
Top Hobbs
Straw bag Amazon

Biker jacket

Black biker jacket goes together with many different outfits
Faux leather biker jacket Marks and Spencer
Biker jacket Marks & Spencer
Top & shoes Primark
Jeans Gap

White blazer

White blazer will make a great addition to your wardrobe
This white blazer from H&M goes beautifully with virtually any outfit
Shorts Newlook
Blazer H&M (old) click for similar

Denim jacket

Denim jacket completes the perfect weekend look
Denim jacket and straw bag
Denim jacket Primark (old), but you can find it in pretty much every shop

Denim shirt

Denim shirt from Gap
Denim shirt makes a great casual look for spring and summer season
Denim shirt Gap

White jeans

White and green outfit - white blazer brings an element of classic elegance
White blazer, white jeans and green shoes -- always a winner
Jeans C&A very old

Beige jeans

Beige jeans look great with denim shirt
Denim shirt and beige jeans for a creat casual look
Jeans H&M very old, click here for similar

I am the one in four and I’m breaking the taboo: the story of my miscarriage

Nothing can ever prepare you for this. It doesn’t matter if you know the statistics, hearing those words will crush your world, your dreams and your hopes.

‘I’m really sorry, but there’s no heartbeat. I’m afraid it’s a miscarriage.’

Miscarriage affects so many of us, yet it’s still a taboo topic for many reasons. That’s why I decided to share our story with you and let you know you’re not alone. It was actually my husband who encouraged me to write this blog, and I can’t thank him enough. Writing down all my thoughts and feelings really helped me with the mental pain of losing someone who’s so close to my heart.

Our miscarriage story

At the end of week 11 of my pregnancy I noticed some spotting. It was really nothing and completely normal in the first trimester so I tried to keep calm. I had a bit of that when I was pregnant with Adam so I didn’t panic at first.

My first pregnancy was so easy, so smooth, everything was fine. I was full of optimism for my second pregnancy, I was convinced everything is going to be fine, I just assumed everything is going to be ok and that in 8 and a bit months we’ll have another ray of sunshine in our life. I wasn’t scared I might miscarry, I just knew everything is going to go really smoothly. Sure, I had terrible nausea and awful mood swings for the first few weeks, but then everything seemed to have settled and I was feeling great. Now I know it’s because our little bean stopped developing at time…..

This horrible feeling that you can’t shake

After a day of spotting I got a bit of abdominal pain, nothing major but enough to get me worried. I thought maybe it’s because I had an intense schedule (as you do with a toddler), so I had a rest and was feeling a bit better the next day. But then it came back, and the spotting got a bit more worrying, so we went to the emergency room and they referred us to the early pregnancy clinic. At this point I started getting this terrible feeling that it’s hard to explain, but mums know it best. But I was still hopeful that everything is going to be fine.

After waiting for quite a while, I went into the room for the scan. The sonographer wasn’t saying much and when she finally did, she told me she’s not finding what she should be at week 11. She needed to do an internal scan, which proved my biggest worries…. Our baby’s heart wasn’t beating, he or she stopped growing and developing at about 6 or 7 weeks.

I felt numb, I was lost for words, I felt so empty, and helpless and hurt. It was only when I left the room and called my husband, when I said those words at loud it all suddenly became very real… We lost our baby.

Trying to hold it together I left the clinic and headed home with a leaflet that they gave me.

A missed miscarriage and difficult decisions you’re faced with

The sonographer called this a missed miscarriage, my body hasn’t recognised that our baby wasn’t growing. In this already difficult time, we had to take a deep breath and consider the options: wait for the miscarriage to happen naturally, manage is medically with a drug called Misoprostol or opt for a surgical procedure.

Reading this bloody leaflet was awful, devastating – not because of the content, but because of the decision you need to make after considering all these options. A decision you need to make even though you can’t stop crying or once you finally manage that, you fall apart into millions of pieces….

We took our time to make a decision, it wasn’t easy because either way it feels like you’re hurting your baby, someone you love unconditionally, someone you love the most in the whole world. Saying that it’s ok to think about you too. I just knew that if I wait for the miscarriage to happen naturally, it would destroy me, I was completely shattered as it was and deep inside I knew I need to get stronger for my boys.

We decided to do the medical management. I went back to the clinic, they applied the drugs and then it was a waiting game. Sometimes they don’t even work.

Few hours after I took them, the pain gradually increased and it got worse. When they say it’s a bit worse then period cramps, don’t believe that, it’s a lot worse. Truthfully, it felt like labour-in-full-swing pain. Even though I was in agony and on very strong painkillers, I was glad it hurts so much, because it numbed my mental pain. Physically I felt better in the evening and then the next morning, but in the afternoon the pain started again. It was so awful I almost passed out.

Gradually, even though I was weak, I was recovering physically. Mentally, I was ok one minute, the next I was falling apart and sobbing.

It was the smallest things that made and still make me cry – watching Adam do something really sweet like giving his daddy a kiss and a cuddle, coming across a picture of me from my previous pregnancy with Adam, finding his first clothes… constantly going back to the day when I found out I was pregnant again, remembering how happy we were. Going back to the evenings when we would sit on the bed after Adam fell asleep, joking that if our next baby is the same as Adam (so crazy and full of energy), we’ll probably never sleep again. All these happy memories made me hurt even more.

The thing that kept me going was the support from my amazing husband and our cheeky little monkey. His happiness and laughter was the only thing that made me smile at the beginning… We all healed one day at a time.

I wanted to express thanks to our amazing family and friends, for their support and for saying we’re here if you need us.

It took me a while to bring myself up to writing this very personal post, but deep down I knew I had to do this, because our baby deserves to be remembered. I would normally bury it deep down, afraid what others might think. But even if it helps one woman, one couple find a bit of comfort in this extremely difficult time, it’s worth it. Just know you’re not alone.

This is for you my little angel, I just want you to know how loved you are by me, by daddy and by your big brother. We will always love you and we’ll think of you every day.

Winter white outfit and long double breasted camel coat

2 ways to rock a winter white outfit

I seriously can’t get enough of winter white at the moment!

All-white outfit has this amazingly glamorous feel about it. It’s super chic and timelessly elegant. We tend to wear it more in the summer, however winter gives even more options and we can let our creativity go wild – different shades of white, layers, textures, shapes, you name it.

I’m sure that even without buying anything you could easily put together a beautiful winter white look – dig out those white jeans, smart ivory jacket, off-white turtleneck or a chunky knit/oversized sweater. If it’s something that’s missing from your wardrobe, there’s plenty to choose from right now in virtually any shop!

You can’t go wrong with buying white basics – they’re incredibly versatile, stylish and you will be reaching for them time and time again.

I put together 2 looks – a casual for the weekend and a smart one for the office, only switching shoes and some accessories to completely change the feel of the look.

Enjoy browsing!

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Coat – Dorothy Perkins

Trousers – Zara (last year’s buy)

Blazer and scarf – H&M

Hat – Primark (very old)

Top – Shein 

Trainers – Nike (they’re from men’s section  🙂 )

Heels – Next (last year’s buy)

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Sale obsessed? Focus on getting things that won’t go out of style

I think we’re all guilty of being obsessed with buying sale items, just because they’re a bargain. It makes us feel great to get something new. But do we really need all the stuff that we purchase when the red and flashy ‘SALE’ signs allure us, whether it’s offline or online? Will we use or wear it enough to get our money’s worth?

Often, we’ll buy something because it is on offer and we like it at the time but it doesn’t actually go with anything that we own. So, if we’re not determined or don’t have the budget to complete a specific look, that very item will stay locked in our wardrobe and will most likely never see the light of day. The bottom line is, it will probably end up in the charity shop and we’d have lost ‘x’ amount of money.

I’ve been guilty as charged of doing exactly that. I often wasted money on things I wasn’t completely convinced about but bought them as they were on sale. It took a while to break this habit – being on a tight budget as a mum certainly helped. I still fail from time to time, but not as much as before.

I’ve put together tips that will help you save your pennies during the sale season and make smarter buying decisions.

Here are my tips for you:

  • Have a browse on Instagram, LiketoKnowIt app, fashion blogs and magazines – research what is popular at the moment and get some outfit inspirations
  • Go through your wardrobe – you might already have lots of similar things that you want to purchase; also consider if things you want to buy will go with items you own already
  • Make a list of things that you need and really want to get
  • Go to the shop/browse online with that list in your hand
  • If looking online, check the price in different shops for the same item
  • When you are ready to buy, ask yourself these questions:
    • Will it go with a lot of outfits?
    • Will I wear it often?
    • Is it timeless? Will it still be stylish in a year/2 years/always?

Hope you’ll find it useful, it certainly helped me keep on track and not go too crazy during sales.  

And here’s what I think is worth getting during the sale season

Long coat

I saw some really pretty, timeless coats in Oasis; also online on I Saw It First. If you have a bit of a bigger budget, a coat from Hobbs or Reiss is stunning.

White sweater (gap/H&M)

Checked jacket (H&M)

CREAM/BLACK CHECKED straight-cut jacket H&M
H&M, currently on sale for £12

Pleated skirt

Marks and Spencers have got some lovely ones on sale!

White turtleneck sweater


Fitted polo-neck jumper £14.99 H&M

Black leather imitation (or real if you’ve got the budget) leggings


Leggings £17.99 H&M

Dusty pink sweater

Dorothy Perkins – on sale for £12.00.

Aviator jacket / biker jacket

I got mine at Marks & Spencers back in September, but you can get other nice ones pretty much in every store – Next, Zara, Mango, you name it!

Goodbye 2018 – summary of an amazing and challenging year

At the end of the year a lot of people, myself included, are feeling reflective. We think about what we experienced, what we achieved, what we wish we had done.

For me and my family, it’s been quite a year – filled with love and happiness, certainly full of challenges and some hardship. Here it is in a nutshell.

JANUARY

We kicked off the New Year in style. I’ve always dreamt of going to a proper ball, wear an amazing dress and dance the night away. The dream finally came true. The Hogmanay at the Signet Library in Edinburgh was an incredible experience, I can’t recommend it enough! It was even more special as we got to spend it with our son and great friends.

Soon after returning to Bristol, we were back in Edinburgh, to celebrate the wedding of my good friend Katie and James – also in the stunning Signet Library. A hell of a start to the New Year!

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Carley Buick Photography

FEBRUARY

Then, Adam and I embarked on yet another journey, this time we went to visit grandparents in Poland – and used this opportunity for a little photo shoot 🙂 It was a little gift for ourselves really, to mark his first birthday in March.

MARCH

So…… the big birthday… My baby boy turned 1 in March! It really whizzed by, and soon after that, he surprised us by taking his first steps during the Easter holidays!

APRIL

April marked a new beginning for me as I went back to work after over a year. A new job in a new city – it was a tiny bit daunting at the beginning, but it was the right decision. I was completely ready to start using my brain again, get back into the swing of things, speak to adults on daily basis and have a little rest, to be honest. I love being a mum, wouldn’t change it for the world…but… Adam is a cute yet crazy and very energetic little toddler that requires a lot of attention and stamina!

MAY

Another month, another new venture, another beginning. This is when I decided to finally follow my dreams and start this blog. It’s been an adventure and I can’t wait to see what the New year will bring.

Aggie walking into pasteurs new

SUMMER MONTHS

I like a little challenge, I like having a goal (whatever it may be) and do everything I possibly can to achieve it. It drives me and makes me work a lot harder. This year I decided to sign up for a half marathon in my new city – Bristol – and complete it under 2 hours. It may seem slow to some fellow runners, however for me running after having a baby and juggling the childcare while my husband traveled for work was very tricky, but…… I managed to achieve my goal. It felt so great! When you truly want something and you put an effort, you will succeed.

We couldn’t go on a proper holiday due to my husband’s work commitments, so we made the most of the incredible British summer and took countless trips to places nearby (making the most of our National Trust membership, which, by the way, is worth an investment). Living in Bristol is so great for traveling the South West of England, you’re a stone throw away from Cotswolds, London and not that much further from Cornwall. We were out and about throughout June, July, and August- hands down, it was the best summer we had in the UK for 10 years!

SEPTEMBER

Ok, I exaggerated a bit saying we’ve not been on a holiday. However, I don’t really count going to Poland as a holiday. There’s always so much to do, lots of errands and countless family visits. This year we had a pleasure of attending my cousin’s wedding, and what a glorious day for it too! Needless to say, Adam had an absolute blast.

OCTOBER

Pumpkin farm experience was so cool, we had a great time picking our pumpkins, going on tractor rides and making memories.

NOVEMBER

Seems like November has dragged forever, hubby was traveling for work every week so I was left with Adam and good books!

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DECEMBER

Normally, this is my favourite time of year – my birthday, Christmas, decorations, atmosphere. Sadly, the end of the year was not as good as the previous months. Our world, our hopes and dreams for a bigger family were crashed when a midwife told us about our miscarriage. It took us most of December to grieve, make peace with what happened and accept that God has another plan for us. It gives us comfort to know that our little angel is in a better place right now. We’ll be finishing the year on a positive note, as there’s nothing else we can actually do except making the most of the moments we have with each other and trust that God’s timing is perfect, even if it might not be perfect for us.

Hope you all have a great New Years Eve, wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

Autumn favourites and classic essentials

This autumn/winter season has certainly a lot to offer, there are so many interesting prints, great colour combinations, and great shapes. It’s easy to spend a fortune on a shopping trip to town or in the comfort of your home with the laptop in your hand.

I need to admit I went a bit shopping mad this season, but I was careful with the pieces that I chose. I went for a lot of checked print outfits and also focused on leopard prints-  the hottest trend this season. But I also concentrated on the colours – purple, dark green, mustard yellow, rust, dusty pink. They’re gorgeous, versatile and their return in the near future is guaranteed.

Let’s talk about the outfit featured in this post, the blouse in particular. It was all about matching whatever I’ve got in my wardrobe, the classic essentials, to this season’s pick. When I first saw this rust polka dot blouse in Primark, I knew it will go perfectly with many different combinations. It’s perfect for the office and works equally great with a more casual style. Match it with a pencil skirt, smart black trousers, jeans, mustard yellow trousers, a green skirt, purple pinafore dress – my head is spinning with all the choices! 🙂

Focussing a little bit more on the classic essentials, like a black pencil skirt and a beige trench coat, you can’t really go wrong with having them in your wardrobe arsenal. If you don’t have either, I’d recommend purchasing them.  I’ve had both in forever, I wear them all the time and they’ve proven to be a great investment.

Enjoy browsing!

Rust polka dot blouse, black pencil skirt, beige trench coat and leopard print shoes

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Rust polka dot blouse, black pencil skirt, beige trench coat and leopard print shoes 3

Rust polka dot blouse

black pencil skirt and leopard print shoes

Rust polka dot blouse, black pencil skirt, beige trench coat and leopard print shoes

black pencil skirt, beige trench coat and leopard print shoes

Blouse & Shoes: Primark |Skirt: Orsay | Coat: Carry | Watch: Emporio Armani | Jewellery: Accesorize

Checked trousers with buckled belt Zara

Autumn winter trends 2018 – checked!

See what I did there 🙂

From my obsession with stripes, I jumped right into a different obsession – checked prints, one of the hottest trends this season (apart from animal prints of course!).

They come back in fashion so often, it’s worth making an investment and buying several pieces this autumn. That’s exactly what I did. I’ve always loved checked prints, they’re so classy, so timeless, and so flattering! They’ll look great on everyone.

I went for 5 checked items – trousers, a skirt, a blazer, a dress and a pair of shoes. In this blog, I’m including outfits featuring only 3 of them, but check out my Instagram for more inspiration.

Enjoy the photos and please comment below :*

1. High waist checked trousers

Checked trousers with buckled belt Zara

Checked trousers with buckled belt Zara

Checked trousers with buckled belt Zara

Checked trousers with buckled belt Zara close up

Checked trousers with buckled belt Zara

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Checked trousers with buckled belt Zara

Checked trousers with buckled belt Zara

Trousers: Zara | Blouse: Tkmaxx | Shoes: Lasocki | Bag: Fiorelli

 

2. Perfect autumnal pencil skirt – checked!

Dark blue and red checked skirt Orsay autumn winter 2018

Dark blue and red checked skirt Orsay autumn winter 2018

Dark blue and red checked skirt Orsay autumn winter 2018

Dark blue and red checked skirt Orsay autumn winter 2018

Dark blue and red checked skirt Orsay autumn winter 2018

Skirt: Orsay | Jacket: Orsay | Sweater: Primark | Shoes: CCC

 

3. Tweed/checked jackets are back!

CREAM/BLACK CHECKED straight-cut jacket H&M

CREAM/BLACK CHECKED straight-cut jacket H&M

CREAM/BLACK CHECKED straight-cut jacket H&M

CREAM/BLACK CHECKED straight-cut jacket H&M

CREAM/BLACK CHECKED straight-cut jacket H&M

CREAM/BLACK CHECKED straight-cut jacket H&M1

Jacket: H&M |Jeans: Gap| Shoes: Primark | T-shirt: Shein

Autumnal floral jumpsuit - Shein

Back to school/ back to work – 3 ‘working mum’ outfits

September means a lot of things. It means the days are shorter, the summer is almost over, and that it’s time to fully embrace the autumn/winter season.

For a lot of fellow mums it also means it’s back to school time. It may seem like a beginning of the year, the start of something new. Perhaps some of you are going back to work after a long break, or ‘just’ fully back to work after juggling childcare duties over the last 6 weeks. In either case, as you spend hundreds of pounds on school uniforms, shoes and sports gear, don’t forget about yourself!

I put together 3 ‘working mum’ outfits, perfect for a transitional period between the end of summer and full-blown autumn. They’re elegant, sophisticated, comfortable and yet a bit edgy. Over the last few months I’ve been trying to get out of my comfort zone – the jumpsuit you’ll see below is an example of me being much braver! I’m loving this new-found confidence, trying different colour combinations, different styles – it’s worth taking a bit of a risk!

Enjoy browsing!

1. Autumnal floral jumpsuit

Autumnal floral jumpsuit - Shein

Autumnal floral jumpsuit - Shein

Jumpsuit: SHEIN | Bag: Old | High Heel Sandals: Clarks | Necklace: Accessorise | Earrings: SHEIN

2. The tie detail red skirt

Elegant red skirt and white blouse - Mango

Elegant red skirt and white blouse - Mango

Elegant red skirt and white blouse - Mango

Skirt & Blouse: Mango | Necklace: Oasis | Earrings: Oasis  Bag: Topshop | Heels: Asos

3. Polka dots blouse stunner

SHEIN Two Tone Polka Dot Print Tie Neck Top

SHEIN Two Tone Polka Dot Print Tie Neck Top

Top: SHEIN |  Heels: Asos | Earrings & Bracelet: Accessorise | Bag: Topshop

Summer stripes 2018 – rock the ultimate streetwear trend

Oh summer stripes…I can’t get enough of them this season, they seem to be everywhere I go, and I couldn’t be happier! We really are spoilt for choice – dresses, trousers, blouses, shorts, jumpsuits, you name it, it’s available. I love the fact you can get them in any colour – green, red, black, rainbow and much more! I know some of you might be afraid that they will make you look bigger – in this case, go for vertical stripes, they are slimming.

I’ve put together some of my favourite picks, enjoy!

Striped blouse and wide leg cropped trousers

Top & trousers : Primark | Bag: Orsay | High Heel Sandals: Clarks

White and green striped top and white linen skirtTop & skirt : Primark | Straw bag: Amazon | Sandals: Clarks

White shorts and red striped crop top

Top & straw hat: Primark | Shorts: H&M | Bag: Orsay | Jewelry: Apart

Striped sailor jersey dress

Dress: H&M

White top and white and navy sailor shorts

Top: Primark |Shorts: Zara | Sandals: Clarks