Courtesy of The Mercantile London! #bestboutiqueever

So as I head to the till with a few lush goodies I in hand after a long lunchtime mooch around my favourite London boutique The mercantile London, I get chatting to the lovely Debra (unknowingly the Company Director) about my blog and my interest in her gorgeous brands.
The dress I’ve just snapped up my for my pending holiday, is just out online and new new new! (So new Debra had to actually nip downstairs to get me a size as they weren’t even on the shop floor yet) making me feel very unique and ahead of the game!
The reasons for this particular purchase I tell Debra, is not just the usual holiday must have items we just have to buy, but also because the fabric is so stretchy it can work with my growing  bump. (Now at 3 months).
I’m always in the look our for things I can buy that aren’t necessarily actual maternity brands and more things I can wear before, during and after pregnancy. Longevity is the key for me and by shopping at The Mercantile London, I always know I’ll be steered away from the usual blue and white stripped maxi you see in all maternity stores!

So as we chat about this and that, Debra asks me if I want to be her Guinea pig?…. As my head conjures up images of myself standing outside the store in a guinea pig outfit handing out leaflets, I still for some reason go with my gut and just say yes without hesitation. On doing so to my surprise and equal relief, Debbie offers me a pair of rather cool Dr Denim jeans. (#win)
The challenge? At how many weeks pregnant you can still fit into them!!?

As a non maternity brand again, this immediately resinates with me. How exciting, my first real product review for me and monmum.
I can’t believe my luck and together we pick a black pair, seeing as mine are already getting tight from my rather early bumpage, this is fantastic news. She hands me a low rise small which I look at and think, if I can get into those with this his bump it will be a miracle! I offer to try them on but Debra is certain they will fit fine and on getting home and trying the she is absolutely right! Debra clearly knows her stuff!


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THE DETAILS:
Pregnancy status: 11 – 13 weeks with very early bump and huge bloating after every meal.

THE JEANS:
DR Denim was founded in 2004 designing jeans to create a lifestyle revolving around Denim. The design philosophy is to create contemporary interpretations of denim and timeless pieces that can be worn at any time. Dr. Denim is intellectually curious yet humble, treating denim as a science where development flourishes through research and creativity. aka these Jeans are #cool !!

THE OUTCOME:
On my first go they fit surprisingly well. They are a little long but actually due to the über stretchiness, they fold up really well and look quite cool like that. Personally though I love a pocket, so I immediately notice that the front pockets are faux and although it’s something I think I’ll miss on further thought they actually come up more slimming that way and double almost as thick jeggins. A definite bonus.

THE REASON FOR THE CHALLENGE:
Apparently the Dr Denim brand sell very well from a boutique in Brighton (where my family are from) to pregnant ladies due the stretch fit and low rise design. So Debit wanted to check out what the fuss was all about and se if the rumours were true.

THE WHAT NEXT
I’ll be tacking more pics as I go.

THE WOW:
Currently, these cool DR Denims are the only pair of jeans I now own where I don’t have to open the button (and sometimes the zip) when driving, sitting down and especially after I’ve eaten. I’ve already been caught out twice in the supermarket with my flies open  after forgetting to do them up again. I’d call them my lifesavers! Even AJ has commented on how nice they are and at a quarter of the price of some maternity jeans I’d say the are a must have buy! #superstretchy

Dr denim offer loads of styles and colours so have a look here.
I’ll check back in a couple of weeks to let you know how they are fitting!

So the day has finally come and I am super excited to be able to share our amazing News with you that we are pregnant!
We made a little baby that’s now happily growing in my tummy. chilling out and hanging out upside down (so the 12 week scan shows)

When I started monmum AJ and I had already been trying for some time to convince and as a forward planner I set to getting the site ready in preparation for sharing my pregnancy journey alongside pregnancy and maternity fashion.
It didn’t quite go as planned though and as time went on with no positive sign on the little pee stick we realised it might just not be that simple.

So formed was Plan B and with a little help from out amazing and inspirational fertility clinic Create (more on that later) and a hell of a lot of luck and support from all our friends and family,  we got there and can now announce a healthy baby growing and already 6cm long!!

Whop whoop!

We feel like the luckiest couple alive and cannot thank everyone enough who has been there along the way!
If anyone does have any questions about ivf then please feel free to ask. I’m more than happy to help in any way I can.

HAPPY HAPPY DAYS!

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Flynn mid-rise skinny Jeans by AND. Grey Jumper by Des Petits Hauts, see similar here from Atterleyroad.com Toe polish Gargantuan green grape by OPI. Sunglasses with small leather bow detail by Chanel.

As many of you are no doubt like me, planning your holidays be it at home or somewhere else, part of the excitement (for me anyway) is prepping and planning and buying those oh so absolute ‘must haves’ for your holiday wardrobe.
Harder a thing to do when you’re nearly 3 months pregnant because you’re not quite at the point of maternitywear, but all your usual clothes and sizes are at the point of being a little bit snug, or in my case bloomin’ tight! Which is the last thing you want when you’re in the sweltering sun.

So, I had a little dig around for some super, cool , comfy, easy-to-wear and super on trend styles that are rocking the shops this summer.
A mix of maternity and non-maternity for whatever stage of pregnancy you are at. TAKE A LOOK!

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1. Gorgeous Hatch Collection Capri Jumper (also in black), 2. Becksondergaard Jungle Scarf from Atterley Road, 3. Vivienne Westwood shades from Asos.com, 4. New Look Gold Metalic straw bag.

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1. In love with this aztec easy wear jumper from Asos, perfect for a growing belly! 2. Lulu Guinness foldwaway shopper with a smile, also asos.com 3. Cool and casual Sam and Lavi essential elasticated waist Jonet pants, love these from Revolve.

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1. River Island Tiger face print kimono, a beach must have and perfect to cover the belly elegantly. 2. OK so I feel in love with these totally amazing beach bright Prada sunglasses. Do they suit me? No! Does it matter? No! Get them! 3. Hatch Collection Caftan dress. Easy peasy for a beach aperitif (even if it is alcohol free)  4. Another jumper, quite keen on these this year… Belly friendly and has pockets, this one is from asos too.

Loaf around this summer or follow the socks with sandal trend (yes really)
Whatever your preference comfort is key.

Here are some of my personal faves!

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Emma Go Loafers @ themercantileLondon
Mint loafers @ Office
Havaianas Available in all shades and colours
The wedge Birkenstocks. All brands go…
Sophia Webster’s Violeta super sandals, love all her shoes! @ Sophiawebster

Get yours Now!

 

 

 

 

Forget tunics (let’s leave them behind in ancient Rome where they belong) for it’s the hour of the #shirtdress and how convenient if you’ve got a little bump protruding from your body because now you don’t just have a general glow about you, you can also be totes #ontrend!

Shirt dresses

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Head to TopShop, Raquel Allegra, Plumo and Wonhundred for your shift, shirt action!