Monday, January 30, 2012

Getting My Energy Back!

Jacket/LoveClothing, Pants/Primark, Top/H&M, Boots/ASOS, Scarf/Accessorize

I am 9 weeks 1/2 today!  I just got back from my doctor's appointment and got the bloodwork back (everything's fine).  He said that I was about 9 1/2 weeks which is further along than we had estimated.  I should have been 9 weeks today, but never really tracked my last period correctly so we were doing our best at guessing.  We will know for sure when I get my first ultrasound next month...exciting!  

This is what I wore two weeks in a row to the doctor's office actually, but last week I accidentally deleted the pictures off my laptop -- argh!  I love this jacket because it's so cosy and warm.  The sheepskin inside makes it so snug and I went with brown rather than black just for some variety as I already have SO much black in my wardrobe!  The jacket is by Vila from LoveClothing and available for £45 here.  (For reference, I got this in the UK size 6/8 and it fits true-to-size.)

I'm also happy to report that my morning sickness is slowly dying down, my skin's clearing up and I am getting some of my energy back.  Yay!  I really want to keep active for my pregnancy so I had wanted to start walking in the mornings, five days a week for at least 30 minutes.  I asked my hubby if he would do it with me and he was totally supportive, plus we knew the pups would benefit too.  Last week I was way too sick to even get in a 5 minute walk so we started today and I feel great!  My doctor's appointment was this morning so we got up early and whipped on some workout gear & left.  It was raining a little bit and kind of gross out so we did some hardcore power-walking (so we'd finish quicker, lol) and did exactly 30 minutes.  I think Albi and Sina were very happy doggies because they were brought on a "proper" off-the-lead walk and they got to run around and play...now they are much more relaxed for the rest of the day.  As a result of this I feel 10 times better already...I hope to keep it up for as long as I can, I think it will be great for both of us to get fit for when the baby comes :)

Hope you're all having a great Monday!  If you like you can watch my 9 week pregnancy vlog here and don't forget to check out today's daily vlog here! :)

Stay Stylish!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Movie Night & Dinner Date!

Cardigan/LoveClothing, Scarf/Soaked in Luxury, Jeggings/ASOS, Boots/Dune

I originally had started writing this post last night but it was really late by the time we got home and I was exhausted so I just went to bed!  But this is what I wore yesterday evening for our dinner date & movie night!  We just went to Nando's, so nothing fancy...very casual and it was pouring rain outside so all I felt like doing was bundling up!  This cardigan from LoveClothing is perfect for that as it's extremely warm and sort of doubles as a coat.  Worn with my grey sequined scarf it keeps me very toasty :)  I love the asymmetrical zips and large pockets.  I just wore a plain black Vila t-shirt underneath and simple black jeggings.  The cardigan is by Selected/Femme, is great quality wool and a mottled grey colour.  You can get it for £90 here

I should have snapped a picture of my food from last night but my Instagram app never works in Nando's for some reason :(  I got the usual thing I get almost everytime we go there, a veggie burger with ratatouille -- OMG I love it!  The only downside of course is that if you order anything vegetarian at Nando's, you're going to be one of the last people served because the quickest thing for them to make is chicken & chips...which is what most people get I think, ha ha ha!  

The movie we saw was Intruders with Clive Owen and it was really nothing special...don't waste your money!  If you want to see a great film in the cinema, I highly recommend The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo...it's AMAZING!  I'm not a Daniel Craig fan but even I was won over by his part in this.  Intruders was just blah...

I hope you're all having a relaxing Sunday!  I have to clean my house & am looking forward to using our new bedding I got last week.  You can check out my home decor and fashion/maternity haul here to see what I'm talking about!  And don't forget to check out yesterday's vlog where I take you guys shopping with me!

Stay Stylish!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Week 8 Bump Update!


Even though I don't feel like I even have a bump yet (more like just "bloat"!) I've always wanted to track my progress from the very beginning of pregnancy so I've decided to start at week 8!  Some of my favourite pregnancy blogs like As The Forest(e) Grows, The Art of Making a Baby and more recently Little Baby Garvin do a weekly questionnaire which I thought would be fun to do!  Let me know what you think!  I will be doing these every Thursday since I found out I was pregnant two weeks ago on a Wednesday and the day after we snapped a pre-pregnancy belly pic.

How far along? 8 weeks
Total weight gain: I have no idea...I don't really intend on weighing myself every week unless the doctor does it or something!  But I will say that I still fit comfortably into all of my skinny jeans!  My "pre-pregnancy" weight was somewhere between 115-120lbs.
Maternity clothes? Not yet!
Stretch marks? Nope (although the marks that the zippers in my leggings left on my tummy might look like them...they're not :)
Sleep: Awful :(  Although I'm really tired earlier in the evenings, I haven't been able to sleep through the whole night in what feels like weeks!  It doesn't help that I have a cold/cough that won't seem to go away!
Best moment this week: Announcing our pregnancy :)
Miss anything? Fitting into my bras!  Real green tea, and sometimes my morning coffee even though it tastes disgusting to me now.  I still miss that tradition, I guess.
Movement: Haha, no.
Food cravings: Oranges!  I eat them every morning for breakfast and crave them every night before I go to bed.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I got some morning sickness this week (but not as bad as last week) although I can't put my finger on what exactly causes it.  Coffee has become disgusting to me, but that's about it!
Gender: No idea!
Labor signs: No.
Symptoms: Sore, huge boobs, morning sickness, fatigue, moodiness, acne breakout all over my face (and cheeks!).
Belly button in or out? In!
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time: I would have to say...moody :/ Sorry Jonathan!
Looking forward to: Hearing the heartbeat for the first time! 


And here's a little bump update so far.  I don't know, I really feel like Week 7 was when I felt the most bloated and this week I feel flatter...it's so confusing!  Also my leggings were way too high up in this week's shots so you can't really tell anything even if it is there.  I guess we'll wait till next week to see!

For today's videos you can watch my review on Color My Smile lipglosses here and our daily vlog here!

Stay Stylish!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

How To Wear Straight Cut/Cigarette Pants!

Pants/Zara, Blazer/Vero Moda, Top/Vila, Shoes/Hello Kitty Store (Sorrento)

Pants/Zara, Shirt/Tommy Hilfiger, Shoes/ASOS

Pants/Zara, Rugby shirt/Ralph Lauren, Shoes/New Look

Pants/Zara, Rugby shirt/Ralph Lauren, Boots/Faith, Scarf/Accessorize

Pants/Zara, Sweater/GAP, Boots/ASOS

These are just some different ways I like to style straight cut/cigarette pants.  The ones I'm wearing were bought last spring from Zara and although they are last year's stock, I believe they still sell similar styles.  I know they had them in different colours as well!  I really love cigarette pants as they've always reminded me of the ones Brigitte Bardot or Audrey Hepburn used to wear in the 60's.  I especially like them styled with ballet flats or kitten heels but you can also transfer them into autumn and winter with some boots!

If you want to check out my video on how to wear these pants you can watch it here, and don't forget today's daily vlog here

Stay Stylish!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Maternity Style Outfit

Leggings/LoveClothing, Boots/London Rebel, T-shirt/Primark, Cardigan/ASOS, Necklace/Agatha, Scarf/Soaked in Luxury

This is totally the kind of outfit that would be perfect for expanding tummies (ie. maternity wear!) largely due to the fact that it features leggings with zips that you can open to make the waistline bigger!  I actually had no idea I was pregnant when I ordered these from LoveClothing last month, so it's weird how I picked them!  Maybe deep down my womanly instincts were trying to tell me something...  I bought these in a size XS and they are pretty loose on top, however that is a good thing given my situation!  And that's with the zips closed.  Another cool feature is that when you open the zippers it doesn't reveal anything, it's just another strip of fabric underneath.  They are warm and cosy so that's perfect for cold winter days like these and so comfortable to wear!

If you want to see my video on this outfit of the day, click here and to watch today's daily vlog you can do so right here!  I also want to say a huge thank you to everybody who reads my blog for all the supportive messages and comments on yesterday's post, I really appreciate it and wish I could hug every one of you :)  Thank you for your support & love, it means so much to me!

Stay Stylish!

Monday, January 23, 2012

I'm Pregnant!


In case you hadn't already figured it out, hahaha :)  I think it was pretty obvious if you watch our daily vlogs or maybe even if you read this blog, this is the reason why I've been feeling so sick the last few days...morning sickness/nausea/cramping/fatigue are all some of the symptoms I've been experiencing these past few weeks -- oh, and not to mention the ever-growing sore boobies...lol.  Those were probably the first tell-tale sign, I actually legitimately BROKE one of my bras yesterday.  I swear I have gone up an entire cup size already...I need to go underwear shopping!

Also, this picture was taken two weeks ago when I was 6 weeks along.  I am now 8 weeks pregnant and will be doing bump updates each Thursday (since that's when I started taking them!) but right now it's pretty insignificant and looks more like bloat than bump!

To watch our special announcement video click here, and if you want to see my 8 week pregnancy vlog (the very first one!) you can watch it here!

Stay Stylish!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Furry Boots & Chunky Knits!

Cardigan/LoveClothing, Top/Vila, Jeggings/ASOS, Boots/LoveClothing, Watch/Phosphor, Necklace/MyNameNecklace

First let me start off by saying that if I don't look very happy in these pictures it's because I am currently sick with a sore throat...boo!  I knew it was coming on last night and this morning I woke up barely being able to swallow :(  But yesterday I received my LoveClothing order and wanted to share some of the new goodies with you guys!

This cardigan is absolutely beautiful, I immediately fell in love with it when I saw it on the website.  It is by the brand Selected/Femme, it's 100% wool and it is quite pricey at £90.  However the material is great quality and it feels so cosy on!  It has bat-wing sleeves and a little "duffle coat buckle" at the front.  The only downside to this is that it sheds A LOT. I'm assuming the wool is angora because my black top is totally covered in hair!  But I do think it's worth it for the quality & how it looks.  I got it in a size M (UK 10).

The boots were also from LoveClothing and are by Chinese Laundry.  I got them in a UK size 5 and they fit pretty small.  They are suede leather and faux fur with about a 3 and 1/2 inch wedge heel.  They are so pretty but an absolute nightmare to pull on (not off though!) so I would recommend sizing up for these.  I love the faux fur detail, it's so cosy and they were super warm on the inside, plus the leather is great quality so they are perfect for cold winters!  These are £115 and you can find them on the website here.

Hope you like the outfit, and again sorry for the not-so-happy sick face!  Hopefully I will be feeling better tomorrow...  If you want to check out my haul/review of everything I got from LoveClothing you can do that here, and don't forget to watch today's vlog here!

Stay Stylish!

Disclaimer: LoveClothing items were kindly sent to me for consideration to review.  I was not paid for my blog post/video nor am I affiliated with the company in anyway.  My 100% honest opinion, as always. :)

Friday, January 20, 2012

School Style

Jeans/1969 Always Skinny GAP, Shirt/Heatons, Cardigan/Soaked in Luxury, Boots/Faith

I'm sorry for the lack of updates this week, but I was travelling all day Tuesday & Wednesday (more on that later), and then we arrived home Wednesday evening only to discover that there was an electrical fault in our house and we would have no power for 2 days.  I literally cried for about 20 minutes, I was so shattered from all of our travelling and all I wanted to do was get into my own bed!  Luckily enough my mom's house is not far from ours so we bunked there for 2 nights...let's be honest, hotel mama is not so bad ;)  But now we are back in our own house and everything's working smoothly again so I am trying to get back on track.  

This is the outfit I wore in yesterday's OOTD video, and also the one I wore to the school I gave a talk in (the reason why we were travelling).  Jonathan and I both spoke to two classes, about positive body image, self confidence & bullying.  It was a hugely positive experience and we really enjoyed every second of it.  A big thank you to my lovely aunt for organising it for us :)  If you'd like to see a tiny snippet from the talk we gave, you can watch it on our daily vlog from that day here.

I hope you're all having a wonderful Friday -- I just got back from lunch in Café Paradiso, a vegetarian restaurant...yum-yum!  Now I'm stuffed and ready for bed...hahaha!  I should also add that this cardigan is new and was bought on sale in MeMe boutique in Douglas Court, for those of you who live in Cork.

Stay Stylish!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sale Shopping!

Top/French Connection, Jeggings/ASOS, Boots/Dune, Scarf/Soaked in Luxury, Bracelet/Dyrberg Kern

This is just a quick outfit of the day without much imagination -- the main reason I'm posting it is because I wanted to show you guys my new top/cardigan (not really sure how to describe it!) that I got on sale from French Connection for only €53.00 yesterday.  It was reduced from €175...total bargain!  It's actually a lot dressier than I thought and would look perfect with a pair of heels but unfortunately it's just too cold for that where I live right now :(  It's super long with a bow at the waist and the sleeves are silk.  This means it's actually a lot lighter than I realised and I found myself freezing cold even underneath my coat on our walk today.  Maybe I need to save this for slightly warmer spring weather!

Anyhow, I will be wearing this look out to dinner tonight (it's date night, which we've neglected for quite some time now!) and I'm hoping I won't be too cold.  Here's the link to the cardigan in case you're interested!  I got it in grey (Mercury) but it's also available in black.  

Don't forget to check out today's daily vlog here and I will be back with more blog posts/videos next week.  I hope you're all having a fabulous weekend!  

Stay Stylish!

Friday, January 13, 2012

New Sweater!

Sweater/Zara, Shirt/Tommy Hilfiger, Jeans/Zara, Boots/London Rebel, Watch/Phosphor

I LOVE my new sweater from Zara!  My mom got it for me as a present a few days ago, when she heard I had been feeling sick and it could not have come at a better time...I am so happy with it!  Plus, my hubby paid me a compliment this morning on the colours I was wearing and noted that he always liked me in light blue (had never heard that one before, but I will keep that in mind from now on!).  Here is the link to the jumper if you're interested.  But hurry, hurry!  It's on sale!  My mom got it for an amazing deal of €12.99.  

I also couldn't take outfit pics outside today because of the crappy rainy weather so I apologise for that, but I actually quite like how these turned out.  They were taken in my study.  What do you guys think?  Do you prefer outside pictures or inside?  Or does it make a difference to you?  

If you'd like to watch this week's Ask Anna video on tips for the first date (eek!), click here and don't forget to check out today's vlog here.  

Stay Stylish!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Grandpa's Back in Town!

Cardigan/Topshop, Pants/Primark, Top/Vila, Boots/Dune, Necklace/Agatha

Yes that's right, it's the return of the grandpa cardigan.  You know, the one that's super unflattering, makes you look like you've gained a few yet keeps you warm and cosy?  Yup...that one.  Well it's been hanging in my closet for quite some time now and a little bit of feeling under the weather coupled with a cold dreary day was just what it needed to bring it back out of hiding!  Hope you enjoy the pictures :)

If you'd like to check out today's video on how I whiten my smile, you can do so here and don't forget to check out today's vlog here

Stay Stylish!