Jun 082015

If you are anything like me and shop mostly online you will agree with me that relying on photos can be dangerous. Especially now that I am shopping for maternity wear I get sucked in by professional product shots of super slim models with tiny bumps while in reality many mothers are a little ’rounder’ (putting it nicely!) with a baby onboard, especially when you are carrying baby no.5 like me. I like to keep things real here and I am not pretending to be that hot mama so no photo-shopping here, it’s me in all my frumpy but happy glory:

Madeleine Emma Dress

This stripey Emma Dress (RRP $120) by Madeleine Maternity has been one of my favourite purchases this pregnancy. It is super comfortable, soft and stretchy and washes well and I love how the wrap around tie accentuates my baby belly. After pregnancy the cross over top half allows for easy nursing access too. To keep my legs warm and toasty underneath I am wearing these simple but very versatile Over Belly Style Leggings ($10, bargain!) from Fertile Mind. I grabbed two pairs on sale and they are just perfect for wearing under tunics and dresses during the colder season, plus no see-through.

Isle of Charlie Ava

As you know I love running giveaways for my readers so to win something myself for a change was rather exciting. A few months ago I won this stunning Isle of Charlie Ava Baby Bag (RRP $319) from Szabo Maternity and I am still very much in love with it. The deep blue colour is very classy, the leather very luxurious and the generous size will allow me to bring all my baby gear with me when out and about. I can see this bag lasting well past the baby stage, thanks Szabo for making this mama feel extra special.


I can’t tell you enough how much I love FRANKiE4, these LiZ Ankle Boots (RRP $285) are so supportive, strong and sturdy I will gladly wear them every day. Even now with my growing bump I feel comfortable and rock solid on the ground and not the tiniest twitch or pinch at all. Many women complain of sore feet during pregnancy but with either LiZ or JAMiE on my feet most days I have not had a single complaint yet and of course they look great too. The 70mm heel gives me a nice little lift so it makes me feel a bit less frumpy, bonus!

Fabrik Cable Cardigan

They say expecting mamas often feel warmer but I can’t say I am noticing that myself, I am very much feeling the cold this winter. This long Cable Cardigan (RRP $99.95) by Fabric is not really a maternity style but it does a great job keeping me warm and the black goes with most outfits so it’s very easy to mix and match. If you’re quick you can still pick one up at half price this long weekend!

Chloe, Chic and Classy

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Jan 242015

Isle of Charlie

Like for many mothers the days of going out for a relaxing evening with friends are far behind me. Most nights are spent folding laundry, putting lost buttons back on, cleaning floors and updating the blog, not a very glamourous life at all. When I scored two free tickets to the theatre a few weeks ago I grabbed the opportunity with both hands and together with a lovely friend I sneaked out to enjoy a night off, a real treat for us and for once I didn’t have to lug around a bulky nappy bag.

Chloe MIni Clutch

A cute summer dress, a pair of strappy sandals and some lipgloss, it’s the little things that make this busy mum happy. I don’t know about you but that delightful feeling of stepping out the door with nothing to carry but a sweet little bag does wonders for your mood and confidence.  If you are looking for a gorgeous little bag to put a smile on your face look no further than this pretty mini clutch by designer label Isle of Charlie.

Chloe Mini ClutchDreamed up right here in Australia the stylish Chloe Mini Clutch Bag (RRP $129.95) is the ultimate must-have for classy mamas who want to add a touch of sparkle to their day. The stunning cowhide pebble leather oozes luxury and quality while the timeless camel colour is easy to mix and match with both your summer and winter wardrobe, it’s a winner all around. You can wear this petite clutch on your wrist or over your shoulder, whichever you feel like most that day (both straps are included).

Chloe Mini Clutch BagBut don’t be fooled by its compact size! The inside of the Chloe Mini Clutch Bag is surprisingly roomy with plenty of storage for coins, cards, phone and more and the flexible front pocket even fits an iPad mini or a spare nappy. Instead of digging in the dark hoping to find what you are looking for this clever bag features a complete zip around closure so it can be fully opened for your convenience.

Whether you are looking to surprise a special someone with a wonderful gift that she will really enjoy or just want to treat yourself to a well deserved present, the Chloe Mini Clutch is the perfect gift idea and comes beautifully packaged in a lovely gift box.

To find out more about Isle of Charlie, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.isleofcharlie.com.au.