Saturday, 10 June 2017

True Blue With Navabi

I AM BACK!! It has taken a little while for me to get back to a place where I felt comfortable blogging again. After lots of chats with my wonderful husband, he made me realise I shouldn't be doing this for other people, I should be doing it for myself, because I enjoy it. So I've now decided that I won't be putting any pressure on myself to blog everyday, have model quality photographs, have the most followers or any of the other competitive aspects that can come with blogging. I will still mostly feature fashion but I will also be incorporating some baby/mama posts too and plan to have a rejig/rebrand as soon as I can! I'm just going to do my thang and if people enjoy reading then that is an incredible bonus! 



Anyway! Back to the fashion, FINALLY! Navabi have always been a brand that I have a huge respect for. Despite being pricier than some other plus size brands, they provide absolutely outstanding quality, an incredible level of choice and offer plus size women real designer options! 

I was lucky enough to be sent a GLORIOUS ruffle look denim number from latest Manon Baptiste collection and as a busy Mum that craves stylish, plus size, quick but fabulous options - this has ticked every single box!

  

Dress - Manon Baptiste at Navabi, Leggings - Very Maternity, Socks - Topshop, Shoes - River Island, Glasses - Specsavers (£89 range).

Firstly I would like to apologise for the slight creasing of the dress! Chasing a crawling/cruising baby all day very rarely allows for uncreased fashion haha! But I ADORE this dress!! I sized up just incase, as I feel with denim you never know how heavy it will be so I thought better safe than sorry but on arrival I realised I really didn't need too! The fit is incredibly true to size and the cut is hugely flattering. I love the ruffle detail across the shoulders as it gives a traditional denim dress a real twist. It's SUPER soft and comfortable, really lightweight and will absolutely be an item I can wear throughout the summer but the winter too. I also feel that if you have any areas of your body you aren't comfortable with baring, this dress will flatter them ALL so there are no worries in that department either! I cannot recommend it highly enough. At £84.99, it is on the higher price compared to items I would usually feature but it is 100% worth the money, the quality pays for itself! 

 

Just a quick word on my shoes! These are from River Island and I LOVE THEM!!!! The fur is ridiculously OTT but they're so cute I couldn't resist them. They're super easy to wear and can be teamed with mostly anything! The only thing I will say is the elastic that allows them to be slip on is very tight so they can be quite tough to get on! So if you have wider feet, I would probably say avoid. 

It feels SO GOOD to be back in the blogging seat. For updates sake, have a recent picture of Eli who is now 9 months! He crawled at 8 months and started cruising just before 9, has 3 teeth (with 3 more on the cusp) he sleeps in his in room (as of this week) and is just the most beautiful, clever, hilarious little man. 

 
 
Lots Of Love,
KLJ x

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Style XL Awards With Curvy Kate

After a little fashion hiatus, I am back! I've said this before, but, of late, I have felt rather irrelevant in the blogging world, as if no one is really interested in what I'm wearing any more! So I think I let that put me off jumping back into the fashion saddle. However, after having a think about it, I decided that really, I do this for me, it's just a GIGANTIC bonus if anyone is even remotely interested in what I put on my body! So I am back!

This weekend I was lucky enough to attend the Style XL Awards, courtesy of Curvy Kate. The Curvy Kate girls are not only INCREDIBLE human beings, inside and out, but they have always been so supportive of me as a blogger. I would not have had even half the blogging opportunities I have had if it weren't for this brand and I really can't thank them enough! Plus their bras have made my boobies look consistently incredible for the last few years haha (there is no better brand out there for big ol' boobies in my opinion).

Now! Back to what I wore!

 
 

Dress - ASOS Curve & Shoes - Vivienne Westwood

For the first time since having Eli, I felt FABULOUS on Sunday. Like really, badass. This dress is heavenly. I had been eyeing it up for months but didn't buy it as I didn't think I'd have an occasion appropriate for it so as soon as I found out I would be attending the awards, I snapped it up! I also managed to grab it for £25 in the sale!! The plisse material is insanely soft, comfortable and stretchy. Although these photos make it look ankle length, that's just angle, it actually sits about mid calf on me and I'm 5'7! The high neck and sleeves are so retro and the simple button fastening on the neck make it really easy without you feeling choked! I did size up once just to ensure there were no 'clinging to the pouch' issues and I'm glad I did so I'd definitely say size up once if you don't want it quite as form fitting. The colour is an incredible slightly metallic burnt orange and it made me feel like a glorious fat goddess!

  
   

But even more important than the outfit, was that I got to see my girls. Elena, Becky and Em. Over the past few years we have only seen one another 2/3 times but it feels as if we have been through everything together. I am so honoured to call these incredible, strong, beautiful, courageous and badass women my friends. They continually surprise me with their capability to turn absolute shit into gold. I love them more than I can say!

 

I would like to say a huge congratulations to all the evenings winners and despite it being the furthest distance wise I had ever been from Eli, which did me slightly twitchy, I had an incredible time with wonderful people.

Lots Of Love,
KLJ x

T Shirts & Lace

I always said to myself that having a baby would not change my fashion sense and fashion choices. Now, in practice this is great, but in reality, to a degree, something has to change. You have far less time to get ready, have far more chance of getting covered in food/sick/poop/pee/dribble etc and are constantly on the go. So, with all that in mind, I have found that I can 100% remain in love with fashion and keep my own sense of style BUT I must compromise and often opt for more comfortable and practical pieces.

 
 
 

Dress - ASOS Curve, Leggings - Yours Bump It Up Maternity, Socks - Sainsbury's, Shoes - Simply Be.

This dress from ASOS, bearing in mind what I have previously said, is PERFECTION. It is comfortable and practical but still fabulous and makes me feel like me! At first, when I started seeing this deconstructed with lace trend, I was very unsure as to whether or not I liked it. However, having given it a go, I am definitely a convert! It adds a little glamour and flare to the simplest piece, like this basic black t shirt dress! For those of ya'll that follow my Instagram, you'll know that I also have this same dress in a khaki leopard print which I love just as much. I did size up once just so that I had some extra wiggle room and I would definitely recommend doing that if you carry weight on your hips/belly like I do and prefer things not to be too clingy! 

 
 

Recently the weather has been SLIGHTLY warmer for us so this has been perfect to wear, without a jacket! It's a very soft t shirt material that is plenty breathable but would also be perfect with a jacket on colder days. I was concerned that because the majority of the dress is a basic material, it wouldn't wash well, but I was wrong. It washes great and dries really quickly, which as a Mum, without a tumble dryer and less time to wait for such things haha is perfect! 

The dress is also available in a striking red and I am definitely tempted to add that one to my collection too haha.

Lots Of Love,
KLJ x

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Weaning With Babease

Ever since Eli was first born, he was always the hungriest baby. I eventually stopped breastfeeding because I as struggling to satisfy him and now he's moving on to solids, he is exactly the same! The more food the better haha. So (and believe me I am well aware that the 'government recommended' age is 6 months) at 4 and a half months, we decided to start trying Eli with a meal.

So I jumped for joy when I was lucky enough to be sent THE most beautiful package from the lovely people at Babease, to aid us on our weaning journey!

 

Since we started trialling Eli with foods, I have realised that when buying pouches, the variety of first stage flavours, are generally, pretty sad. Mostly sweet with very little flare! But Babease are COMPLETELY the opposite. They offer a gorgeous range of organic, complex, beautifully combined and seasoned savoury and sweet flavours for first stage (4+ months) weaning. 

The package from Babease was beautifully and not only did they give us a sample of all their first stage weaning flavours but they threw in some of the second stage pouches too (7+ months). These have an equally great selection of flavours with great seasoning (herbs and spices), the only difference between the two is that the second stage pouches are thicker and more textured. (Note that they also sent a GORGEOUS organic cotton bib to help Eli stay nice and mush free haha). 

When we received this package we had been giving Eli pouches at lunch time for a little while so we decided to give something different a go. We are combining baby led weaning and the more traditional 'mush' weaning and this is working brilliantly for us, allowing Eli to get used to the full range of new flavours and textures. So I baked a sweet potato for Eli and then we added a little squeeze of one of the second stage weaning pouches to add some ace new flavours for him to try! 

 
 
 
 
As you can see, this was a HUGE success!

We have been incredibly lucky in that we have not given Eli one thing he hasn't liked. He hasn't spat anything out or refused anything, he wants to munch whatever he can haha. 

I cannot recommend Babease pouches enough! They are fantastic quality, organic and offer a BRILLIANT range of flavours and textures (including herbs and spices) from stage one weaning. Once opened they need to be stored in the fridge and eaten within 24 hours but that's perfect as Eli is currently having half a pouch per meal! Aside from online, you can grab Babease in most Boots stores and at plenty of other retailers. If you're looking for pouches for an easy, balanced meal, dinner on the go or to start trialling your baby with new flavours/textures, there's a Babease pouch for every occasion! 

Before signing off I would like to add that EVERY child is different and EVERY baby weans differently and at a different age. We started weaning Eli early as we felt he was ready and he has more than proved that we definitely made the right decision. Where baby weaning is concerned my only advice would be trust your decision and let NO ONE tell you 'what is best' for your child. Whether you combine weaning as we are, only baby led wean or only mush wean, it is YOUR decision. Never let any of these preachy online articles or 'sudden baby experts' steer you onto a path you are not comfortable with!

But thank you Babease for helping us with our weaning journey and helping Eli enjoy yet more food haha!

Lots Of Love,
KLJ x