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:
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.
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!
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!