A few weeks back I went to check out the release of Jeanswest JNR – a super cute range for 6 month – 4 year olds.
I loved it – I struggle since living in London to find cheap, stylish kids clothing here and the little stripe tees and mega cute pants are seriously what has been missing from Reuben’s wardrobe! You can pick up bits and bobs from the warehouse or cotton on kids or whatever but the quality is always a bit lacking.
Everyone in my baby group went crazy for their maternity jeans and my favourite postpartum jeans (codeword: fat jeans) are from jeanswest – they also have a lifetime guarantee on their stitching which is pretty cool! They are giving away a colouring book with purchase at the moment and it is an awesome one – Reuben has been thoroughly testing it!
The clothes are available in most stores in Auckland and online at http://www.jeanswest.com.au/kids.html
So a few weeks ago I recieved a lovely package in the post from the founder of Seraphine Maternity Cecile Reinaud, with a letter congratulating me on my pregnancy and gifting me this beautiful Breton style dress!
As you can see from my previous maternity posts I’ve got a bit of a thing for Breton stripes or stripes of any kind really.. And today I finally had a chance to give packing a rest and rock my new dress around Westfield on a final London shopping trip.
It is super comfortable, and flattering although I think I need to invest in some kind of belt that works a bit better than the one I was wearing with it. I think maybe a long long thin tan one wrapped twice would look amazing!
As you can see I’m exposing my bare pasty legs so I’m off on a mission tomorrow to get some amazing maternity stockings so I can wear this dress in NY in a months time as it will be pretty chilly! I picked up some gorgeous leather flats and new sunnies to go with my outfit from TK Maxx today too… oh TK Maxx how I will miss you so!
I’d never heard of Seraphine before they contacted but I’ve been browsing their website and loving heaps of the stuff. The catalogue they sent me is just gorgeous too, and they have 20% off heaps of their best sellers this week. Here’s my favourites from Seraphine at the moment… I’m very tempted by the breast feeding tops!!
You can order a catalogue on their website – I would highly reccomend it – it’s a stunning read, it’s like a magazine and I think showcases their products so much nicer than on the website too. xx
Second pregnancies are in lots of ways easier – you already know what you are going through and most relevant to this post – have some idea of what kind of clothing works for you. I’m gonna skim over all the negatives of second pregnancies haha! For me, last time I should have invested more in maternity clothes. I thought I was doing an expert job of wearing normal (non-maternity) clothing in bigger sizes or just figured out the styles that worked, however looking back I was pretty uncomfortable and looked pretty awful in photos!
Finding good maternity clothes is a revelation, they can be flattering, stylish and most importantly – SO COMFORTABLE! The huge downside of maternity gear is that it has a tendency to be so hideous, and SO expensive! Obviously maternity gear isn’t a huge focus of clothing designers as it is such a niche market but hey ho – living in London has some benefits and here’s my review of H&M Maternity or H&M Mama as it is called.
For some unknown reason H&M in Westfield Stratford has their maternity lingerie in the main section, completely unmarked which must confuse a lot of people looking for normal bras and as anyone that’s ever been there knows its actually on a completely different floor! Bad move H&M!
Anyway, H&M do an amazing 2-pack of feeding singlets which are long enough for I’d guess all but the last stage of pregnancy and SO comfortable.
Nice and thick, the white is completely modest. Definitely a recommended purchase, you can turn your normal PJ’s into maternity/breastfeeding PJs, wear them under sheer blouses and get away without wearing a bra, and even wear them alone with jeans or whatever. £14.99 for the two pack which I think is super reasonable compared to the prices they go for elsewhere.
I found a few breastfeeding nighties mixed in with all the normal pyjamas which I’m so stoked about as I’ve been looking for one for freaking ages and all the decent cotton ones (who wants to sleep in polyester?!) are expensive. Found this for £12.99 and they aren’t on the website, there was only smalls there but they are quite generous smalls and still quite a few left. Just this colour/design.
H&M Feeding Nightie
This t-shirt both the short and long sleeved version are pretty good. All over ruching is flattering in pregnancy, you need to embrace it. The ties at the bottom do annoy me though, always getting untied and I’m always sitting on them with my ever expanding ass. £9.99 on sale at the moment.
That’s pretty much all I rate from H&M Maternity! They have tons of jeans and pants in different styles for very reasonable prices, both under and over bump – worth a look if you need pants.
Best bargain: This Printed vest top by ASOS Maternity on sale for £12.50 down from £25.00. It’s viscose but feels like a lovely, stiff silk – very nice and thick to hide lumps and bumps and super trendy with pastel jeans or shorts for summer.
They also have some lovely formal-ish dresses if you have a wedding or anything coming up too.
Dorothy Perkins has tons of maternity gear on sale too for quite cheap but I can’t vouch for anything other than the basic singlets which are nice but would benefit from all over rouching (back included)
These TopShop maternity leggings are such a good buy at £15, I bought them with Reuben and they still look good as new and are so comfy on your bump! I wore them all the way until I gave birth last time and my bumps kind of huge already so am wearing them to the gym now. Highly recommended x