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Give your wardrobe an autumnal twist with these gorgeous colours

Give your wardrobe an autumnal twist with these gorgeous colours

As the days get darker and drearier, does your wardrobe have to follow suit – or are you tempted to add a touch of autumnal spice to your outfits this season?

Luckily, for lovers of colour, there are plenty of ways to brighten up your outfit, as runway designers added a liberal splash of gorgeous jewel tones, vivid prints and sparkling accessories to the season’s trends!

Read on to find out more about autumn’s beautiful new shades – and the colours to keep you looking on-trend all through the season.

Calling Code Red

Siren-worthy scarlets, decadent rubies and gothic crimsons – there were reds aplenty, from Christian Dior, Marni and more.

Vivid red is certainly a fantastic way of adding a show-stopping touch to any look for day or night – if you’re feeling brave, make the street your catwalk with a floor-length red maxi dress, or matching two piece suit.

But if you’d rather work the colour in with a little more subtlety, then it’s easy to incorporate splashes of red to bring brightness and vibrancy. Off-set a black tailored suit with a soft red blouse for work, or for a casual daytime chic, pair your favourite denim jeans with a prettily flowing top in an autumnal cherry shade.

Red is also perfect to pair with classic neutral shades – while red and black is a perennial favourite combo, try combining deeper shades with nudes to soften the impact for day, or with white and black, from a crisp, modern silhouette.

Work a boho vibe

Gorgeous tasselled ponchos, thick warm capes and wonderfully snuggly scarves absolutely make autumn – but their bohemian vibe has gotten a little more polished this season, with beautiful floral prints and bold geometric patterns.

With a folk-inspired flavour, this season’s boho look is all about combining colour with comfort. Try a loosely tailored midi dress that’s perfect for flowing over your bump, or show off your figure with a strategically draped printed silk scarf.

Feeling blue

Blue in all its myriad shades is definitely one of the must-have colours of the season – from sugary-sweet powder blues, vivid electric shades and regal tones of jewelled sapphire and tourmaline.

If you’re guilty of opening up a wardrobe full of black, then this gorgeous colour is a perfect alternative as a staple neutral – as it pairs wonderfully with almost any shade or pattern.

Choose a texture to show off a shade to maximum effect – dark indigo shades look slimming and flattering, and are lovely in a flowing dress, while royal blue looks classic and elegant for any occasion.

How will you be adding colour to your wardrobe this season? What shades are you inspired by – we’d love to know!

High heels during pregnancy!

“In Those Shoes – I don’t think so!”

This is a line from my favourite Kirsty MacColl song. A great song about getting up to (or being persuaded to get up to) all sorts of things in a pair of killer high heeled shoes. I love the attitude of the song. I also love the attitude of a pregnant lady who won’t stop wearing her heels even though she has a bump. I have a friend who never leaves the house without her heels on, come rain or shine!

I posted the following question on Facebook a few weeks ago: “Do you still wear high heels with your bump or did you have to ditch them a few months into your pregnancy?”

These are a couple of the responses that I really loved:

“I haven’t worn heels since I got pregnant with my son and now I’m expecting number 2. Getting married in 17 days so should really practise walking in my shoes!”

“Heels all the way! With my first everyone nagged me on how I shouldn’t wear heels wasn’t safe for me or him. so at 38 weeks I decided to give them up, second day in walked into tkmax in ugg boots landed straight on my arse!! No one helped me get up either my sister had to run from where she was in the shop to help me. That wouldn’t have happened had I been wearing my heels. BUT I’m a heel person I think you should just stick to what’s best for you and you find most comfortable. With my second I wore mainly flats but not because I was pregnant, just because I wear them alot more since having my first and chasing him everywhere lol. People are judgmental though if you wear heels someones always got something to say! X”

I have to say that I always feel more glamorous in heels and I was lucky enough to be able to wear them throughout both my pregnancies. That’s not the case for all of us and hot weather doesn’t help either. I bet Kim Kardashian will still be wearing hers!

Where are you on the great heel debate?

 

 

Show a little love . . .

To love unconditionally is something we all have the ability to do; we love our children and we love our pets, with all we have. So why do we as humans take time to show love to one another or accept one another?

Here’s a little task; give something to someone unconditionally. Be it flowers, a card, smiling at someone who looks sad, helping the elderly lady in Marks & Spencer. Just be kind.

People are so reluctant and sometimes frightened to show emotion, or admit to showing love. However, it feels great when you do. You feel happier and you have made the world a little happier in the process.

Love is an emotion that should be sprinkled and shared all of the time, every day. Not just on February 14th. When you touch someone else’s life you naturally ‘pay it forward’. The ripple effect is that person will pay it forward to someone else. And so forth. Simply by saying something out of heartfelt kindness opens you up, like a flower.

When you give unconditionally, you get. It’s just how the Universe works. When you get on the wave length of feeling good by giving to another, life has to match that up for you. And learn to love yourself too.  You become innately well. You are innately happy.

Go on; do something lovely today just because you wanted to.

Maternity Wear Sale!

It’s a new year and it’s soon to be a new look for us at Bumpalicious Maternity. As a result we’re having a huge maternity wear sale.

Over the next couple of months we will be selling all our casual maternity wear off at greatly reduced prices to make way for some fabulous maternity dresses. We’ve come to realise that maternity dresses are our real passion and that they are also what you ladies are realy looking for; beautiful maternity evening gowns that you feel glamorous in and maternity work dresses to ensure that you still look smart in the office.

We’re off to Playtime in Paris at the end of the month to view the latest Maternity Wear Collections and to pre-order some really fabulous designs. These will all be available in our new look online store and also at our premises in Birmingham.

In the meantime, please grab yourself some bargain maternity jeans or a cosy maternity cardigan before they all go!

New Year; Life Lessons!

Welcome to 2015!

Yes, I’ve made some Resolutions; more yoga, more time with the family, less stress. I hope to stick to at least one of them!

I came across a blog post recently where a lady had written down what she called “life lessons” shortly after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Luckily, she is still with us some years later.

Many of her “life lessons” really resonated with me so I thought I would share them with you;

1.            Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2.            When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3.            Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4.            Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5.            Pay off your credit cards every month.

6.            You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7.            Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8.            Save for retirement, starting with your first paycheck.

9.            When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

10.        Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

11.        It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

12.        Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

13.        If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

14.        Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

15.        You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

16.        A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

17.        It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no     one else.

18.        When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

19.        Burn the candles; use the nice sheets; wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special   occasion. Today is special.

20.        Overprepare, then go with the flow.

21.        Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

22.        The most important sex organ is the brain.

23.        No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

24.        Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”

25.        Forgive everyone everything.

26.        What other people think of you is none of your business.

27.        Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.

28.        However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

29.        Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

30.        Believe in miracles.

31.        Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

32.        Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

33.        Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

34.        Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

35.        If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

36.        Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

37.        Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

38.        All that truly matters, in the end, is that you loved.

39.        Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

40.        The best is yet to come.

41.        No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.

42.        Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

43.        If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

44.        Yield.

45.        Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

I love 19, 21 and 38. How about you?

Are you planning a Christmas pregnancy announcement?

Over the past couple of years, pregnancy announcements have become one of the most thought about and planned moments of pregnancy.

Many parents-to-be wait until after their 12-week scan before announcing their good news. This gives them plenty of time to plan an original and exciting way in which to announce it.

Christmas adds an extra layer of joy and excitement to pregnancy announcements. One way is to give expectant grandparents a gift on Christmas morning that announces the good news. What a better time than when you are surrounded by your family and there is already spoonfuls of happiness to be shared!

There are so many lovely ways of sharing this news. Here are a few that I have found. You can just picture the tears and smiles when these gifts are opened and family members realise just what it means.

I found these lovely ideas on etsy!

Autumn

I’ve just been for a quick jog. Wow! What a difference a week makes. Last week I was running in a vest top and the sun was shining. This week; leaves all over the pavement and a real dampness in the air.

Do I mind? No, I don’t think I do. The gold and red colours on the trees are beautiful. The hush as they fall is quite soothing. Nature is getting ready for a little sleep and I think she’s entitled to that.

I thought I’d just share some Autumn quotes with you; just to get you in the mood. Embrace those warm jumpers, that hot chocolate and those cosy evenings in with your family!

Are black maternity dresses always best to flatter your bump?

The general stylist wisdom is that black flatters any silhouette whether you be slim, a little rounder or pregnant. A beautiful black dress certainly creates clean lines and a timeless, elegant look. It also allows you to disappear into the crowd and hide away your bump. I think a large proportion of us feel safer sticking to black, especially for work.

What if pregnancy were a great reason to change this? Your shape is changing, your outlook on certain things may also be changing so why not add something different to your wardrobe? Be brave, go for some maternity dresses that are not black. Celebrate your changing figure and show it off!

All of the maternity brands we stock design their maternity dresses to come in a range of bright colours as well as black. It has at last been recognised that pregnancy is a time when lots of ladies still want to wear the same bright colours that they wore pre-pregnancy. Some may even see it as a time to throw caution to the wind and wear a colour that they have never worn before. You may find that a new colour flatters your pregnant glow.

SKIN TONES

Cool Tones – these are ladies with either pale or dark skin with blue or pink undertones. Bright, bold colours will bring out these undertones and show off your skin to the best effect. Don’t be afraid to go bold with solid primaries and pastels.

Warm Tones – these ladies tend to have deeper, richer undertones of golds and yellows. Earthy tones such as browns, greens, reds and oranges really suit your skin.

So, have a think: is it blue, red or pink!

Date Nights During Pregnancy

It’s hard enough for most of us to fit in a Date Night at the best of times but during your pregnancy, this can become even harder. We all know that they are great for keeping your relationship exciting and actually spending quality time with your partner where you can talk about things without interruption (vital if you already have children). Here are a few ideas that might inspire:

1 – A homemade crossword puzzle night. Create a customised crossword puzzle for your partner about all the things you love about them or all the things you have shared. Tru using this site to create the puzzle: http://www.crosswordpuzzlegames.com. Enjoy laughing as he tries to work out the answers.

2 – Holiday at home. Pick a dream destination that you would like to travel to with your partner and create a whole evening around it. Cook the food, wear the clothes and live the dream.

3 – Have dinner in the garden, patio, or your front lawn.

4 – Re-watch the first movie you watched together.

5 – Have a theme night. You must dress, eat dinner, and watch a movie with the same theme. Think ‘Western’ and dress like a cowgirl, eat bar-b-que, and watch Tombstone. Think ‘Frozen’ and eat nothing but ice cream!

6 – Put a blanket down and picnic in front of the TV.

7 – Make a special dessert to indulge in. Bake chocolate chip cookies and right when you get them out of the oven put vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce on top. Make the biggest banana split ever!

8 – Take a shower and get dressed up to go out, but stay in.

9 – Wear your old bikini that you would never wear in public again because your stretch marks glisten too brightly in the sunlight! Ha. Your husband won’t care and will love you in it.

10 – Break out the board games. Play it so that the loser has to do the dishes or even a fun strip version.

Maternity Dresses for Larger Busts!

Gorgeous, blooming, blossoming, bursting, just generally growing out of all proportion; what does happen to our boobs when we’re pregnant?

The most common query I get is whether a particular dress will fit an ever growing bust. Often, these beauties have grown more quickly and are bigger than the baby bump. It is a problem experienced by many pregnant ladies. You are not alone!

I recently met with two sisters who were looking for bridesmaid dresses for their other sister’s wedding. One was very petite with a small bust. The other had a fabulous pair of bosoms of which my little B cups were quite jealous! It was not easy to find a dress that suited both ladies and also looked glamorous. We also needed to make sure that it did not draw attention to the bust area.

In the end, our own maxi dress camp up trumps. It looked really great on both of them.

Its high boat neck suited both a smaller and larger bust and drew attention away from the chest area. The simple lines of the dress hung elegantly over both bumps and made the dress really easy to accessorise for the wedding day. All in all, a big thumbs up from both ladies and the bride.

If you are trying to dress larger pregnant boobs, here are some top tips for buying a maternity dress suited to the larger bust:

  1. Long, high boat neck dresses create a vertical line at the neck that draws the eye away from the chest and help to conceal the bust area. They also show the collarbones which are pretty things to show off.
  2. Wrap-effect dresses help to create shape and differentiate between your bump and your bust.
  3. Go for dresses with v-necks rather than round necks as these are much more flattering. If necessary wear with a soft vest top or camisole underneath.
  4. A well-fitted maternity bra does wonders. It will provide you with the optimum support during your pregnancy and help ensure the healthy functioning of your milk glands. A good quality maternity bra can be worn throughout your pregnancy and during breastfeeding.
  5. Avoid wearing tent-like maternity dresses. They accentuate the size of your breasts and you’ll end up looking big all over. Try more fitted clothing with simple ruching or gathering on the sides.
  6. Stay away from fussy, over-decorative clothing. Avoid bows or too much pleating.
  7. A three-quarter length sleeve is perfect; this length tapers down to your wrists and hands, drawing the eyes away from your chest. Slim-fitting sleeves create a sleek appearance, while loose-fitting sleeves accentuate your profile, making you look wider than you are, particularly in the bust region.
  8. Try accessorizing with fabulous earrings to draw the eye up and away from the bust. You may want to remove these once your little one starts reaching for things!

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