April 2017 archive

Dressing the bump: Penelope & Bella {WIN!}

Penelope & BellaI love maternity clothes that are comfortable, beautiful AND able to fit after baby is born. Who has the time (and money) to buy outfits that you are only able to wear for a short season? (Okay put your hand down, Margaret Moneybags, we’re not talking to you) I had the absolute pleasure of checking out Penelope & Bella’s Winter range the other day and fell inlove! Paula is a woman after my own heart. Her PB Originals are practical and stunning – you can tell that this Eastern Cape born beauty is a mama too and that she takes the needs and comforts of her clients seriously. I also love that she designed her entire range herself. But hey, enough words, check it out for yourself:

The PB Winter Maternity Tee
These slouchy tee’s come in four fabulous colors – olive, milk white, oyster and pale grey. They are luxuriously soft and very flattering, with a fit that will compliment you after baby is born too! (In the pics below: (top) Oyster maternity tee; (bottom) Milk white maternity tee)P2

Penelope Shawl
Pair your maternity tee up with one of her chic Penelope Shawls that came in a range of trendy colors: sage green, grey and hazelnut. I love these shawls because they are so multi-functional! You could wear it with the snap fasteners done up, “poncho” style OR undone, as a neck scarf. The shawl was designed with breastfeeding mamas in mind – acting as a discreet, yet stylish, breastfeeding cover when needed! (In the pics below: (top) Olive maternity tee with Hazelnut wrap; (bottom) Pale grey maternity tee with Grey wrap)P3 P1

The PB Wrap Tee
Looking for a maternity top that grows with you? Well then you need to check out the P&B Wrap. The adjustable wrap style of this top is especially flattering, defining your shape, as you grow through out your pregnancy. It also has a beautiful v-neck and would be the perfect addition to your work wardrobe. (In the pics below: Black PB Wrap)
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The PB Lounge Pants
You may have spotted me on Instagram donning my geometric print P&B lounge pants. With a fit that is super comfy around my belly area, yet not unattractively baggy, I am such a huge fan of these cuff pants! You can get them in the trendy geometric print (like mine) or in a cool snake print. (In the pics below: (top) Snake print lounge pants; (bottom) Geometric print lounge pants)
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Penelope & Bella’s Winter range will be released soon, so keep an eye on her website for more deets.

But hey, the proof is in the pudding… or in this case, the proof is in the Penelope Shawl. If you’d like to win a R500 Penelope & Bella voucher to get that PB Original that you’ve had your eye on, follow the rafflecopter prompts below!

Model: Me! (Just in case you didn’t know)
Shoes: Pixel Shoes
Photographer:  Fabulous Miriam of New Kid on the Block

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Our mommy/daughter pamper day conversations

pamper day conversationsI’ll admit I’ve been feeling super guilty lately. My toddler is a mere 2 years (and a couple of months) old and soon, she’ll be relinquishing her title as “baby of the house”. Sob! My little pink curly girly will be a big sister curly girly! How could I do that to her?! Okay, okay, I’m calming myself down. I know that it’s probably just the preggy hormones. I’ve been finding different ways to emotionally and mentally prepare the both of us for the new addition to our space. I try to spend a lot of time with her and instigate conversations around baby Jo and what life will be like once he is here.  This weekend we did a girls pamper, thanks to Oh So Heavenly, and we had a few random pamper day conversations (I mean, are toddler convos anything BUT random?) and here’s what went down:

Bath1For starters, she insisted on adding the bubbles to our bath water herself, which made my heart sob AGAIN because look how grown she is! The Oh So Heavenly baby ‘Oils of Africa’ range is delicious! It’s made of Marula and Baobab Oil and she loves it because the gentle bubble bath creates masses and masses of bubbles! Once engorged in the warm water and suds, we chatted a bit about baby Jonah (after she greeted him by putting her lips to my tummy and semi-yelling “hello baby Jonah!”)

Me: Karis, how big do you think baby Jonah will be when he comes?
Karis: Like dis! (indicating that she thinks he will be, literally, the size of an atom)
Me: And where do you think he should sleep?
Karis: On Mama bed and on Dada bed! And in my tummy!
Me: And where will you sleep? (she sometimes still makes the 2am trip to our room, if she wakes up in the middle of the night)
Karis: In our bed! (Our as in, her bed. Don’t know why she calls it “our”)
Me: And Karis, what do you think baby Jonah will eat and drink?
Karis: Mama tee-tee! (giggling) Hello baby Jonah! (while talking to my boob)
Me: Kari can baby Jonah sit on Mama’s lap? And Kari can sit next to Mama?
Karis: No, I sit here (shows to my lap) and he sit der (next to me)
Me: Okay, can Kari sit on Mama’s lap and baby Jonah will sleep in my arms?
Karis: (nods to indicate that he has her permission)
Me: And what will we do when he cries?
Karis: We say “Don’t cry baby Jonah!” and then we fight him
Me: Noooo, we mustn’t fight with him! We must love him!
Karis: We sing “Twinkle twinkle”
Me: Okay deal

Bath3The rest of the conversation revolved around her ‘My Little Pony’ which is the name of her Oh So Heavenly ‘Pony Party’ body wash. It smells like strawberrys, candy and “I wana eat it right now!” But don’t eat it, for the love of all that is good, DON’T eat the body wash. The range also has bubble bath, shimmer lotion and body spray.

She made sure that “baby Jonah’s My Little Pony” (The Oh so Heavenly Mum&Cherub ‘Sleep, Baby, Sleep’ bubble bath) is put away in a safe place. Big sister much? I love the smell of this lavender infused range which has been designed to soothe and calm baby before bedtime. Uhm, yes please!

Bath4We spent the next half hour (no, seriously) rubbing on lotions and potions. She was especially enthralled with my Tissue Oil – which was applied copiously to the lower parts of my legs (and hers). Not that I minded. My skin is seriously in need of damage control!

Bath2Once done, she gave us both a once over and declared: “Like a Pwincess!” And she was right! She is my princess and I love sharing these special princess times with her!

I figured that having these small talks with her will encourage her to acknowledge the fact that the baby is coming and he’ll be here to stay! For now she seems really excited about it – I seriously hope that the excitement stays, once he’s born!

Do you keep your friend’s secrets from your husband?

friend's secrets from your husbandI’ve only been married for a few seconds (give or take 4 years) but few things have baffled me about marriage the way this dilemma does: Should I be telling my husband my friend’s secrets? We know that marriage is built on foundations of trust, mutual respect and open communication. But is there a line that must be drawn when it comes to sharing information with your spouse? Wives, please tell me, do you keep your friend’s secrets from your husband? (more…)

Do you feel like you suck?

Do you feel like you suckEver feel like you suck? Come on, we’ve all been there. We’ve all had to deal with thoughts of worthlessness or inadequacy sometime in our lives, right? Have you ever felt that way? (more…)

So, what’s up with Easter?

what's up with EasterOh look it’s almost public holiday time again! (And the crowd goes wild) What’s this one about? National Siblings Day? Braai Day? Edgars Red Hanger Sale Day? Okay, I digress much… let’s start at the top: This coming weekend we celebrate Easter! As you know, many of us associate Easter with chocolates, rabbits, pickled fish, hot cross buns and, oh hey, maybe we’ll go to church. But what’s the big deal anyways and why do we get time off from work to celebrate days like “Good Friday” and “Easter Monday”? (more…)

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