Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Minty Fresh

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I Am Wearing :

Grey Maxi Jumper Dress - H&M
Green Maxi Skirt (worn underneath) - H&M (old)
Yellow Bag - Primark
Mint green Nike Free Runners - Ebay
Marble Cuff - Topshop
Amazonite Wishbone Bracelet - Astley Clarke
Sunglasses - Primark

Hair By - Mark Hill 

Trainers are a fashion week essential, especially if you are a pregnant lady with fat feet! Oh joy!

I have found that along with my growing tummy I have a growing need to wear comfortable clothes! Which has lead me to maternity wear! Although the dress in this post is just a regular oversized jumper dress from H&M Trend.

Maternity clothes are a whole different ball game - often leading to up sizing or down sizing depending on where you are shopping and what you are buying. Shopping and trying on takes twice as long as it used to and now I know what those little chairs are for in the corner of the fitting room - they are for prego girls to sit on to YANK the end of their skinny jeans over their fat feet. 
I am now best friends with my DPD & Hermes drivers who bring me boxes full of maternity gear only to take most of it back 2 days later as "it doesn't fit", "I just look fat, not pregnant", "I hate the way I look", "my bum looks too big", "I hate the way I look", "My feet are too fat to fit into these pretty little shoes", "I hate the way I look". #TheStruggleIsReal 

Who knew that pregnancy would be my biggest style challenge yet?

Bring on the challenge and the new closet full of fashion trainers ;-) 

Happy Hump Day Lovelies

Clare Astra 

Friday, March 18, 2016

London Fashion Week at The Apartment

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The blooming lovely entrance to this years LFW Apartment
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Hair by Mark Hill using this wand only £29 in boots right now!!
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How cute are these Russell & Bromley flats?!
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Boden totally smashing SS brights!
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Beautiful jewels from Astley Clarke
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Artfully illustrated by @illustratedbake
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Outfit Photos By : COMB for The Apartment

I Am Wearing :

Striped Body Con Dress - Asos Maternity
Camel Coat - River Island
Fur Stole - TopShop
Stan Smiths - c/o Mainline Menswear
Yellow Bag - Boden 

So there you have a little sneak peek into the beautiful Apartment space that is every bloggers fashion week saviour. 

With food, drinks, hair, makeup, wardrobe lending library, fashion workshops, brand meeting spaces, in-house photographer and a work station supplied The Apartment really has made itself an indispensable part of a busy bloggers Fashion Week.

Hope you have a lovely weekend planned?!

Clare Astra

Friday, March 4, 2016

No more hiding!

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I Am Wearing : 

Fedora - H&M (old)
Fur Stole - Boohoo
Leather Biker - Miss Selfridge
Floral Maxi Dress - Asos Maternity (similar non maternity dress here)
Studded Boots - Office (old)
Wishbone Bracelet - Astley Clarke
Make Up - By PRIV
Hair - By Mark Hill
Lashes - By Eylure

Photos by the gooorgeous Ngoni from NRC

So its too big to hide! Here is my 24 week bump making its debut at London Fashion Week!

Don't worry you are not the only people I have been hiding this from - virtually all of my blogger/fashion friends jaws hit the floor when we bumped (no pun intended) into each other over Fashion Week!

I haven't mentioned it to you guys simply because I wanted to get my second scan out of the way and have the "all clear" from the ultra sound before I shared my news!

So here it is in all of its glory!

Inside that growing tummy is a growing little boy, who is about to change my world! He has already brought me 3 months of morning sickness (which was all day and all night sickness and was sheer misery) he has also brought me some double D cup, mountainous breasts - which I thought I had wanted all of my life but it just turns out they just get in the way! 

I am going through SO many firsts within my body and my mind right now I can't tell you how wonderfully exciting and hugely terrifying it all is! What I do know is that I am in awe at how my body is completely changing before my eyes and how with little help from me (some vitamins and a healthy diet) my body is just getting on with producing another human who will soon (June 12th) be introduced to the world and completely turn mine upside down! 

So thats enough of the prego talk for now, please do feel free to send me name suggestions - the more creative the better! :-)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Much Love

Clare Astra

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