Time to get cozy! 7 snug mama-friendly cardigans for fall and beyond

Time to get cozy!

It’s that time of the year again, when nights start getting chilly and early school mornings get fresh! Soft, open and neutral cardigans can get you warm and stylish in two seconds, and they are obviously maternity and nursing friendly too. Here are my fave cozy cardis for fall (top to bottom, left to right):

Mango Long Wool-blend Cardigan

Mango Long WoolBlend Cardigan

Monki Knitted Cardigan

Monki Knitted Cardigan

Mango Trim Cardigan

Mango Trim Cardigan

 Mango Violeta Chunky-knit Cardigan

Mango Violeta Cardigan

H&M Mohair Cardigan

H&M Mohair Cardigan

Monki Ofelia Cardigan

Monki Ofelia Cardigan

Weekday Hatch Knit Cardigan

Weekday Cardigan
(Pss, as always, check my Pinterest board for more updates and ideas for pregnant and breastfeeding ladies)

Loose women! 14 mama friendly oversized tops

oversized tee

You don’t need to get a whole new wardrobe when you get pregnant. If you spend your budget wisely, you can acquire garments that you can wear before, during and after your pregnancy. Take these oversized tops for example; or the open cardigans and floaty kimonos.

If you (like me) love the loose top/ skinny bottom silhouette, what better than soft, stretchy and roomy t-shirt? Perfect to wear with a bump and then afterwards really easy (and discreet) to lift for nursing.

Don’t you love how she does it?

Loose women! 14 mama friendly oversized tops
–Top row–
Rag & Bone slouchy t shirt / Yaman Boyfriend Tee / A Postard From Brighton Oversized Top / Enza Costa Oversized Top / Vila Confi Oversize T-shirt
–Middle row–
American Vintage Loose T-shirt / H&M Oversized Top / H&M Jersey Top / Monki Julika Top / Uniqlo Easy Drape T-shirt
–Bottom row–

Wintry spring

So it snowed last night. Again. It supposed to be spring, after one of the wettest and coldest winters on record. Needless to say, I am sick of the freezing weather and I can’t wait for storing away my winter coats and boots.
Is spring being kinder to you guys?
Wintry spring
– Winter outfit –
J Crew Parka / Topshop Kristen Jeans / Monki Pam Knit
 David & Young knit slouchy hat / VILA knit shawl / Steve Madden Troopa Boots
– Dream outfit –
Uniqlo Celia Birtwell print dress / Splendid Congo sandals / Forever 21 Straw Fedora

4 party outfits for pregnant ladies

Hey, ready to strut your bump in the dancefloor while  sipping your favorite mocktail? Here is a bit of inspiration for a fabulous party outfit:
4 party outfits for pregnant ladies

outfit one —- J.Crew Invitation clutch in glitter / Blossom Maternity Georgette Dress / Envy Iris Black Suede D’Orsay Wedges

outfit two —- Georgina Skalidi Small Green Suede Clutch Bag / New Look Maternity Black Embellished Shoulder Wrap Maxi Dress / Uterqüe Embroidered ballerinas

outfit three —- Rare London Clutch / Paulina Hollywood Printed Kaftan Dress / Topshop Milly Black Suede Points

outfit four —- Brahmin Alexis Clutch / Monki Darcey Dress (maternity-friendly) / ASOS Longing Flat Shoes with Metal T-Bar

For the future mama: 5 gift ideas

Here is a few gift ideas for your pregnant wife/sister/friend for the coming holidays:

1.- A starter pack:

New Look Maternity starter pack

New Look Maternity starter pack

2.- Classic baby book, there should be one in every family home:

The Baby Book by Dr. Sears

The Baby Book by Dr. Sears

3.- A LBD for now… and forever:

Monki Camille dress

Monki Camille dress

4.- Luxurious body oil:

MARULA Stretchmark Botanical Body Oil

MARULA Stretchmark Botanical Body Oil

5.- And if you are broke and she is suffering from swollen ankles, what better than a good foot massage!

Foot Massage

Foot Massage

For lots more of maternity fashion inspiration, have a look here.

Into the wild – mama-friendly outfits for a walk outdoors

Fancy a brisk walk in the park feeling the chilly autumn air in the face?
Into the wild - mama-friendly outfits for a walk outdoors
mama-to-be –> New Look Maternity Stripe Tunic / Topshop Maternity Leigh Jeans
nursing mama –> Billabong Henley Top / Topshop Supersoft Leigh Jeans

Mamalooks guide for a stylish pregnancy: 1st trimester

Welcome to the first installment of the mamalooks guide for a stylish pregnancy, full of tips and tricks to stay pretty and comfortable through the bumpy months of gestation.

The first trimester can vary enormously depending on the woman, and even for the same woman, as each pregnancy is very different. If it’s the first baby, you might not show any growing belly until the end of the first 3 months, whereas in the subsequent pregnancies the belly usually sticks out much earlier. Of course, all this is can vary for each woman. Morning sickness plays a big part on this level too: some women feel so sick they hardy eat for weeks, hence they lose weight in the first trimester; other eat normally (even ravenously) and start gaining weight.

So all this means that the sartorial needs of the newly pregnant ladies can be quite diverse. This little guide is mainly based on what I found useful, so if you feel like sharing what works/worked for you please feel free!

  1. Wireless bras: breasts can start feeling tender (even sore and painful), it’s one of the first symptoms of pregnancy. And they start growing too. A lot. It’s generally advised to wear wireless bras in pregnancy, to better accommodate the natural changes of the boobs.
  2. Elastic band trick: it’s the oldest trick on a mam´s book, a great way to extend the life of your jeans/pants. When you can no longer do the button of your trousers, use a rubber band looping through the button-hole. This blog illustrates it beautifully.
  3. Go a size bigger: if you are like the 99% of the pregnant women, you will put some (normal and healthy) weight through pregnancy, and it will take some time until you lose it. Some do it effortlessly in 20 days, it takes 20 weeks for others and for many it can go longer than 20 months until their skinny jeans fit again. Of course all these times variations are nice and good following a healthy diet and moderate exercise (tips for wholesome bites here). All this to say that it can be worth getting a pair of jeans/pants in a bigger size early in pregnancy, so you have something you really like you can wear until the last pounds drop off.
  4. Stretch mark prevention: it’s crucial to start moisturizing your skin as soon as this begins to stretch, at the very beginning of the pregnancy. Consistency is key: I used Bio Oil every morning and night, and was lucky enough to avoid any new stretch marks. I am not a believer in magical cosmetics, but keeping the skin hydrated (specially belly, waist and breast areas) is the only way to minimize any undesired effects on the skin.

Mamalooks guide: 1st trimester

wireless bras
basic –> Natori Soft Cup Bra / Hanro Cotton Bra
pretty –> Monki Selma Bra / Monki Mella Bra
sexy –> Cosabella Thea Wireless Bra / Victoria’s Secret Lace Bralette
Stretchmark prevention

Keep warm! 8 perfect maternity friendly coats for this winter

Thinking of getting a new coat to keep you (and your growing bump) warm this winter? And what if I told you that all these woolly coats below can accommodate your new curves and be worn next winter and beyond?
What to look for when shopping for maternity friendly coats:
– Cocoon shape: it’s the shape of the season, chic and timeless
– Capes and swing coats
– Wraps
– Oversized, marculine cuts, with a free waist
Hope you like them, which one is your fave?
Keep warm! 8 perfect maternity friendly coats for this winter
second  row –> Miss Selfridge Navy Bonded Duffle Coat / Monki Ulrike Coat / UDobu Lapel Neck Wool Cape Coat / Topshop Short Fur Collar Swing Coat

Autumn flowers for future mamas

Autumn is just around the corner, you can feel it in the chilly breeze and spot the first fallen leaves. I certainly won´t miss the sweaty summer weather, it´s been a scorching season around here, we couldn’t even play outdoors in the blazing sun.
When I saw these two New Look Maternity floral dresses they immediately transported me
to the new season, with their muted floral prints, ready for dark colours, boots and tights!
Little boy’s back-to-school experience is being surprisingly good (fingers crossed), so let’s hope it stays that way, and all new projects get in the right track.
Do you have any exciting plans for the coming term?
Autumn flowers for future mamas
Day look
New Look Open Front Blazer / New Look Maternity Cream Butterfly Dress / Whistles Fleur Tote Bag / ALDO Ernestina Flats
Night look
New Look Maternity Black Floral Dress / Monki Jade Blazer / Reiss Alexia Clutch / MIA Abie Suede Flats

Summer is gone… 7 mama-friendly transitional jackets

It´s that time of the year again when days and nights gets chilly and we need to cover up our summer dresses and t-shirts with something warmer. Also for many working women it´s back to the office again, needing to complete the work wardrobe with mama-friendly essentials.
Here I present you with a variety of jackets, from kimonos to blazers, from knitted waistcoats to cute parka. And just how ideal is that biker from Topshop (no.2) for dressing up a baby bump?
Summer is gone... 7 mama-friendly transitional jackets
1 Topshop Floral Print Kimono / 2 Topshop Drape Biker jacket / 3 River Island sleeveless vest / 4 Topshop Structured Blazer /5 Monki Steffi jacket /6 River Island green blazer / 7 Oasis pocket jacket
(Apologies for the repeated wordless posts yesterday, Polyvore played some tricks on me)