Jewellery for New Mums!


Before I had my daughter I was very into jewellery. I used to work for a jewellery company anyway, so I loved accessorize my outfits. A simple black dress could looks so elevated with the right kind of jewellery. But, after giving birth to my daughter everything changed. I couldn't wear any jewellery! Not only I was living in baggy jeans and jumpers, I couldn't accessorize my outfits any more. 
Rings, were out of the question since all the time I was washing something. Bottles, hands after nappy changing and evening baths. No way for necklaces either, because I was constantly holding a baby who was pulling anything that was in her reach. And of course I couldn't wear a bracelet either, because it would be out my hand in seconds. 
And then, something magic happened: I've discovered teething jewellery! 

Baby Sweet Pea

What is teething jewellery? It's usually necklaces or bracelets made from baby safe materials so your little one can chew them and do whatever they want with them! So basically you have two in one: something for your baby to chew while he's teething and something pretty to compliment your outfit. 



Rankin Rocks 

The best part for me is that you can find some really pretty designs in very fashionable colours. There are a few brands out there, created by mums, which can really surprise you with their choice of colour and design. No one will ever notice that these are made from silicone! 



Chewie Cat   

Even though my daughter now is almost 2 years old and she's not so obssessed anymore with pulling off anything that I wear, I still wear my teething jewellery because they are super cute! When I go for coffee with friends, I just take off my jewellery and give them to my little one so I can keep her occupied and have a proper chat with my friends. Everybody wins! 



Dottie and Boo

You can find teething jewellery in many places now, but I much prefer to support fellow mums who runs their own amazing business while running behind children at the same time. You can click on the captions on the images above to check out my favorites.

The Cover Up Issue: Jackets, Duster Coats and Other Stories...


I don't know about other parts of the world but in London the weather is a bit crazy these days. The day starts cold, then it gets sunny and hot and it ends chilly again. It can get quite confusing when it comes to choose what to wear every morning. The good news are that they're so many cool and fashionable options for light jackets or duster coats which can save the day and the night. 



The Bomber

Photo by Simona

I have always been afraid of the bomber. I didn't want to add volume to a big girl like me. But when I found this bomber, I couldn't resist. Its pink and shiny! Need I say more? 
In order to make this bomber work on me, I've tried to keep down the rest of my outfit. A pair of skinny jeans, a loose simple top and I'm ready to go! 



The Duster Coat

Photo by Simona
The Duster Coat has been my favourite piece in my wardrobe at the moment. Its light so I can wear it anytime of the day and its so versatile that can be worn with almost anything.Try a bright colour (like this yellow one from Matalan) for a more powerfull outfit.  



The White Denim 

Photo by Simona
One of the biggest trend this season is going white for winter. Instead of wearing the classic indigo denim jacket, why not try a white one? It brightens up any outfit and compliments any figure. Don't hesitate to go all the way white even in the heart of winter. You'll dazzle everyone! 



The Khaki Jacket

Photo by Simona
The easiest jacket of all the jackets. You can style it with almost everything and you can always look casual and elegant. There are so many options on the high street, for sure you'll find something that matches your shape and style.

How to style: The boho blouse


I used to believe that the boho blouse belongs to Glanstobury and Coachella. 
A classic festival fashion item. 
But now fashion has taken this cool blouse to another level and has become so versatile that you can wear it everywhere! Yes everywhere! There are so many options out there that you can definitely find the one that's right for you. My closet is full of them. And its wearable every season.
Here are some tips on how to style this blouse so it can work for you and your personal style: 

1. The easy festival way




This is the most common styling on a boho blouse. You match it with your denim shorts. If you have big thighs like me, go for a longer version, wear your biker boots, match it with a leather jacket, avoid the usual flowers in your hair (unless you are actually going to Glanstonbury) and you're good to go! 
This look doesn't have to be for festivals only. It could be ideal for a day trip, for a live gig, even for shopping with friends.


2. The effortless way


This is my favorite way to style the boho blouse. First of all, it doesn't need a lot of effort to make it work. You can style it with you favorite pair of jeans and you match it either with high heels or with some cool flats and you can go for work, or for drinks or for a casual dinner.  Secondly and most important is that the peplum covers my mummy tummy! Winning!  
*this one is from H&M


3. The unexpected way




Wearing your boho blouse for a glam night out? It's bold but it can happen! 
Here's the unconvetional combination: Your boho blouse, a pencil skirt (preferably monochrome), metallic heels and you're ready to dazzle! 
Extra tip: to avoid looking bulky, tack your blouse in. If you're worrying about your tummy, wear a big belt to make your waist look fabulous! 

Going Pink: How to rock the pink trend


In case you didn't know already, I'm very much a pink girl. I love pink in every shade and in every form. So when the pink colour apperead on the runway and then made its way to the high street, I couldn't be happier. 
This season the pink trend is still going strong, so here are some tips on how to rock the trend: 



Pink + Gold = Match Made In Heaven

Photo: Denny D Photography

Now there's a combination that never fails to amaze us. You can match a pink outfit with gold accessories like I did with my Marks & Spencer dress or you can go for a bolder combination like a gold midi skirt and a pink cropped top. 






Add Pink Through Your Accessories



Not everyone is pink at heart like me but you can still rock the trend by adding a touch of pink through your accessories. A pale pink backpack (like mine from Gap) or some hot pink sandals can transform your look in seconds. 






Pink + Black Combination Rules! 



This is my favorite colour combination. Its such a strong contract it makes every outfit look fashionable and modern. And there are so many options. A pink dress with a black blazer and accessories, a pair of black tailored trousers with a hot pink velvet blazer... I can go on and on...







Don't Be Afraid Of The Light! 

Even though the pale pink sends our mind to spring and warmer climates, this season pale pink will be in our lives throughout autumn/ winter. So don't be afraid of it, just embrace it. 





Pink Blazer = Essential? 


Since when a pink blazer became a wardobe essential? Well, since I bought one from New Look and I realised that it's the most versatile piece in my closet. You can wear it with almost everything! 
For more pink stories you can check my Instagram page where I go pink for a month. 
You can check it out here

How to survive Fashion Month...


September is a big month in the fashion world. It marks the new season and it defines all the trends for the next years (yes, years). Even if your are a fashion editor in Vogue or just a mortal fashion girl, like me, there's so many fashion events happening in September that is hard to keep up.And if you don't do it right, you might spend all of your October trying to recover. 
So here are some simple but very useful tips on how to survive Fashion September: 

 *Don't forget your portable mobile charger

This month your portable charger will be your best friend. You are always on the go, going from one place to another, you check your emails, you chat on Facebook, you post images on Instagram... you need your charger, more than you need water! 
They come in many funky designs and affordable prices.

 
*Don't leave the house without your emergency flats

Of course you're going to fashion events wearing your favorite high heels but what happens when you need to go home and you have to walk 5 blocks to reach the nearest tube station? Emergency flats come to your rescue!! Your can roll them and have them in your clutch. So easy! 



*You need your camera! 

I know its not the most convenient thing to carry around, but let's face it: You need your camera. So many amazing things will happen this month and you need to capture them! Otherwise you'll keep wondering: Why didn't I bring my camera? 



*Is there any lipstick in your bag?


You can't survive fashion month without lipstick in your bag. In between drinking champange and trying gourmet snacks, you need to refresh your make up. Maybe a compact powder will be useful too. Especially for those with oily skin, like mine. 



*Let yourself eat cake

By watching fashion shows and being amazed by the incredible fashion walking around you,  you might forget to crab something to eat. At least don't forget to eat something sweet that will give you the energy to keep going. 
Cupcake anyone? 

  
So mark all the important fashion dates on your calendar and you're ready to go! Let's do this!

Matching Mummy + Child Fashion


Yes, I do like sometimes to match my daughter's outfits to mine 
and I'm not afraid to say it. 
Yes, I even want to match those cute tutus of my daughter with my own but I haven't been able to pull this off yet. But always dare to dream!



So what do you need to know about matching outfits with your little one? 
Here are a few tips: 


- Sometimes you can be cool and its ok.
 Just when you have dressed your little girl with tutus and full on balloon skirts, and big bows on her hair, it hits you: I am a cool mum! My little bundle of joy should be cool as me! So you pick up all the natural colours, the jeans and the leather jackets and your cool badge is restored. 



- Your outfits don't have to be all matchy matchy
If you're scared that total matching outfits are too cute for you, then you can choose a matching hairpiece or matching t-shirts. 


- Many shops out there have a lots of ideas for you to choose from
Retailers understand the cuteness of matching fashion too, so there are a few of them that stock outfits which you can match with your child. 
Here are a couple that I've discovered:




So don't be afraid to experiment and have fun! 
 

Stylish Mummy Services


I'm really excited about this project! 
After what I've been through post baby with my fashionable self, I thought that I could help other mums like me to rediscover their stylish selves through clothes! 

So Stylish Mummy was born! 
Click here to learn more about the services and get advantage of our amazing introductory offers!

The Mummy Fashionista - A New Era


Since I was a little girl, I loved clothes. 
I would go through Burda patterns and discuss with my granny, who was an incredible seamtress, which dresses I wanted her to make me. I would spend hours at her sewing table choosing fabrics and threads. 
Growing up my love for fashion was still going strong. I loved going shopping with my mum (I still do cause she's paying the bill!) and I loved even more giving styling advice to my friends and organise their wardrobes. 
And then my career took me to photoshoots working with photographers, stylists and make up artists while at home I was altering my t-shirts, making clutch bags out of magazines and anything that could keep me connected to fashion. 
But after a while my life, as I knew it, didn't exist anymore. Everything had to change and I felt lost. So fashion came to the rescue. I started blogging about fashion, beauty and everything in between. Even though I didn't have the right size for fashion standards, I've enjoyed sharing my passion for fashion with the world. 
And then one day I became a mum. 


So where did fashion fitted into my new life as a mum? Initially, nowhere. 
Between naps, and feeding and nappy changing and crying and laughing and playing and caring in general for a baby, I didn't care what I was wearing as long as it was big and loose, so it would cover my new shape which I didn't know what to do with. I didn't feel like myself anymore. I've tried some of my old clothes and nothing looked right on my body. I even made an attempt to go back to blogging but it felt like I had nothing to say anymore. 


Things got worse when I had to return to work. 
Every morning I would open my packed with clothes closet and I had nothing to wear anymore. 
But suddenly one day I had enough. I decided to change my mentality and do something about it. So I started working with a personal stylist. Just like therapists turn to other therapists for help on their mental issues, I asked for help from another amazing fashion professional in order to guide me and help me have fun with clothes again. 



So here I go again. Blogging about fashion but this time adding mummy's struggles in the mix. I hope you'll enjoy it and you'll follow me on my new journey. Many new projects are coming up, which I can't wait to share with you all!

5 +1 Tips For Pain Free High Heels



For our big nights out we all love wearing heels. But usually I end up suffering quietly in a corner while the others are dancing like there is no tomorrow.  
So I gathered a few tips in order to survive the high heel adventure: 


1. Buy the right size shoe
Just because you were wearing size 5 10 years ago, it doesn't mean that this is still your size. Our body changes through the years, so have your feet sized once a year. 



2. Silicon Pads are your best friend
Invest in silicone pads to avoid suffering in the ball of your feet (my main issue with high heels). You can purchase them in any drugstore.



3.Thicker heels rule!
Yes we all love stilettos, but if you really want to enjoy a night without pain choose a thicker heel for stability. Leave the stilettos for the red carpet only. 


4. Give your feet a break
You want to dance the night away but don't forget to take breaks and sit down whenever possible. While sitting, you can stretch your legs and prepare them for the next big pop anthem.



5. More coverage on top the better!
When a shoe has more coverage on top, it helps your foot to be more stable and you can wear them for many hours. 



*The after party recovery
You went home and your feet are swollen? Put them in a cold bath (yes, yes cold) for ten minutes and then apply a foot cream. You'll wake up the next day, brand new!

5 + 1 tips on Beauty Travel Essentials




Easter weekend is here and my friends and I, decided to get out of London for couple of days even though the weather won't be on our side. We booked a hotel in Brighton just to get a glimpse of the sea. After all the booking and travel arrangements were done, a big question came in mind: What should I bring with me?
So, I gathered a few tips about packing the beauty essentials in order to avoid panic attacks like: where is my moisturizer? 


Start with the basics 



 I would like to thank the creator of the mini size products that save my life every time I travel. You can find them at any drugstore and they're usually on offer. And yes, we all assume that the hotel will always have a shampoo but why risk it when you can use those lovely Aussie products? And remember: You won't find a hotel room with a coonditioner in it, unless you're staying at the Ritz. A girl with so many hair issues, needs her conditioner! 


The transparent make up bag





You are at the airport, you're going through the security check and they ask you to open your make up bag and take everything out. What a nightmare to put them back in... But a transparent make up bag makes everything easy. You show them the bag and you're ready to go! This particular one above, is a pencil case that I found in Tesco.


The best body wash needs to travel    



No more boring body washes in hotel rooms! You're on holidays, why not feel great and smell great too?


Samples are girl's best friend



Never understimate the power of samples. They are very useful while traveling and you get the chance to try new products too! Lancome send me those ones and I can't wait to try them. And you don't have to be a blogger to have access to samples. Usually all the big beauty brands are more than willing to give you samples to try their new products.


Size does matters and we want them small!! 

 

When it comes to your make up products while traveling, small is good. That travel size mascara you bought at the airport, that small make up brush that was on offer, that smaller size concealer you got from your subscription beauty box, or that small size blush you found inside a goodie bag, are very useful when you travel and don't take up too much space. 


Did you forget something?


 Ok, I get it. You're on holidays, you don't want to spend time taking off your make up. That's why cleansing wipes are you best friend. You can buy a mini version of them too!! It will only take a minute and the next day you'll look fresh and amazing!! 
Let's all have some fun this weekend!! Despite of the bad weather!