Bra’s and pregnancy are a bit of a catch 22. A baby pushing up in to your rib cage hardly makes strapping a bra around your chest the most enticing idea, yet if we want our breasts to return to their pre-pregnancy glory (or at least not drop to our knees) then a good supportive bra is a necessity, especially when exercising.
I’m not sure about you but if there is ever a time I feel like spoiling myself with a beautifying and pampering treatment it’s when I’m pregnant.
One of the joys of working in the beauty industry is getting to test out a huge range of beauty products (I know, stating the obvious here). Yet if truth be told, most of the products out there don’t do a whole lot. Which is why I (and you may have noticed) keep going back to a few key brands that I know I can rely on to produce to the goods. There are occasions however, when I stumble across a new range of product that really deserves shouting about.
If you’ve ever tried exercising during pregnancy you will know that the challenge to find comfortable and stylish, well fitting activewear is very real. Tops ride up, over-bump leggings are far too hot and under-bump leggings fall down at any significant movement (so basically all the time!).
With the weather heating up (we can live in hope right?) it’s time to think about switching up your make-up and number one on the list of items to switch…your foundation!
From full SPF protection to waterproof and long-lasting formulas, I’ve got you covered with 8 of the best summer foundations.
Where? Hidden above Art8 Designers hair salon in the heart of beautiful leafy Richmond (a well known suburb of southwest London), lays the Cherry Woods Clinic.
Pelvic girdle pain or PGP is a tem used to describe pain in the joints of the pelvis. Most frequently occurring in pregnancy, it is triggered by the joints in the pelvis moving unevenly due to lax ligaments, a common side effect of your body producing the hormone relaxin to prep itself for the onset of labour.
Across the road from one of the worlds top 50 beaches (I’m talking picturesque sand dunes with beautiful beach beyond) lays a hotel more reminiscent of the trendy coastal motels of California, than East Sussex.
When on the hunt for a new summer fragrance I am usually drawn to something a little delicate, very fresh and generally floral. But with this season’s new cluster of clean zesty aromas transporting you to the Italian Riviera with a mere whiff, the citrus fragrance could very well be my 2016 summer scent.
Back when my son was just a tiny (screaming) bundle of joy and I couldn’t get to the gym, I would put my little man in the BabyBjörn carrier and go for a invigorating power walk along the Thames. Not only was it one of the few things that stopped him screaming (seriously it was constant!) but it was also an excellent way to ditch those lbs.
Along side mascara and concealer, blusher really is the sleep deprived mum’s makeup saviour. Not only does it disguise the ‘zombified mum’ look by bringing instant life to your face and faking a vital glow but if recent reports are anything to go by, it’s also Hollywoods secret to a youthful complexion.
Truth. Embracing pregnancy weight gain has always been something I’ve struggled with.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my growing bump. I would even say there’s a security in its rapidly expanding size. It’s the growing ‘everything else’ I struggle with.
With the Easter weekend nearly upon us I couldn’t let the celebrations go by with out doing some kind of Easter post.
From super food chocolate, to bunny shoes and eggs that look (almost) too pretty to eat, here are some last minute buys to help you celebrate easter in style.
From antioxidant serums to SPF, day-time skincare should be about protecting your skin from damaging environmental aggressors like pollution and the sun (yes even in Britain the sun’s rays can work some serious damage). So if we want to pack a major punch to those fine lines and wrinkles, its time to look at our night-time regime.
There’s nothing I detest more than ‘ugly mum’ accessories, I mean seriously what are designers thinking? That now I’m a mum I suddenly want big ugly flowers printed over everything or worse… ducks!!
Ever since it first opened it’s doors way back 1998 (and well before HIIT become the no.1 buzz word on every fitness fanatics lips), Barry’s Bootcamp has set the standard for hard core, high intensity, bootcamp style workouts.
Now I don’t normally do posts on children’s wear but Swedish brand Mini Rodini’s latest collection deserves a mention.
It’s commonly believed that hair loss is an exclusively male issue but with over 6 million British woman suffering from some form of hair loss (maybe more if all my mummy friends are anything to go by) the truth is far from it. Yet crazily, despite these figures the subject of female hair lass remains largely taboo.
Confession. I don’t think I really realised the value of mothers until I became one myself. It’s not that I didn’t appreciate my mother, I did. I just didn’t have any understanding of the true sacrifice a mother goes through for the love of her child. How your child becomes your world, how you will always choose what’s best for your child over what’s best for you and how you would lay down your life for your child.
Every year like clock work, as the winter comes to a close and the distant calling of warm weather comes ever closer, I get the urge to not only spring clean my home but spring clean my skin!
I have teamed up with Bumps & Burpees to create a series of pre and post-natal exercise video’s to help guide you through pregnancy and beyond.
In the heart of the city, situated between Bank and Liverpool St stations, lays Askinology, a brand new aesthetic concept dedicated to improving skin health.
Like most newborns, when my darling son came in to this world he did little more than eat, sleep and cry. Eating and crying were pretty much constants, sleep not so much. Part of me puts it down to him being so tiny and still wanting to be back in the womb, the other half just to him being a tricky baby but whatever the reason my son did not want to sleep. He refused to sleep in his crib, he refused to sleep in the car and the pram? Well I could forget that too.
At 17 weeks pregnant, oiling my bump has become a daily ritual of upmost importance. I was lucky enough to avoid any stretch marks with my first pregnancy and I’m going to do my damn best to avoid them with my second!
Truth be told, I have never been and never will be one to leave the house with out a slick (or three) of mascara. I mean, I’m all for embracing natural beauty but when you’re as fair haired as I am (I talking so pale your makeup free features blend in to one), mascara (unlike for all you brunettes beauties with your naturally dark lashes) isn’t an option, it’s an essential.
When you have a little one, the idea of good night sleep can become akin to the idea of a Unicorn. A beautiful magical thought but pure fantasy.
I’m not sure about you ladies but I’d be kidding myself to think that my husband has already purchased my Valentines gift. So with exactly a week to go until the big ‘day of love’, I have created a Valentines Gift List (similar to those I use to leave Santa but with slightly different gifts) that I shall be leaving on display all week, in the hope that he takes note and uses it as his source of Valentines inspiration!
Where? Set in rural, rugged Staffordshire. Moddershall Oaks is a contemporary country spa retreat, specialising in high class spa detox treatments aimed at eliminating environmental and dietary toxins from the body in an effort to stimulate better health and vitality.
As a time-deprived, pregnant mother of one who has suffered through too many sleepless nights to count, I have no time for half-hearted skincare; I want visible clinical proven results, not unfulfilled promises.
For those of you that haven’t yet heard, this week is cervical cancer prevention week. With 8 UK woman diagnosed with cervical cancer every day and 1,000 UK woman losing their lives to the disease each year, I thought it was important…actually scrap that, a necessity to help spread the word.