As I enter my 23rd week; it is finally a trip down the maternity section. My blooming curves definitely need more room and a bit of flow. A tunic style top has become my favourite–its super comfortable and can be dressed up or down. I have also added some sensible yet fun footwear to my wardrobe because let’s face it–pregnancy does things to your balance and when you are carrying a little person inside you, it is best to exercise caution.

maternity style white tunic

maternity style white tunic

White is my perennial favourite, this colour can never go wrong for me. A tunic is best suited with a fitting bottom. So, here I’ve paired it with skinny maternity jeggings. I have also added a long necklace for elongating my torso and a bright, magenta heels for  added oomph.

maternity style white tunic

Tunic (non-maternity): Next, Jeggings: Debenhams, Heels: Asos, Necklace: New Look 

maternity style white tunic

Moral of this story? There is no reason to forgo style or fret over your changing body because your pregnant. With some clever planning you can enjoy this wonderful journey high in style 🙂

I love monochrome ensembles, I do. 

monochrome fashion

But I love it more when there is a dash of colour because let’s face it there’s only so much greyness you can take when the weather is so brisk!!

monochrome fashion

monochrome fashion

Here, I have added a jacket in blue. The Jacket goes well with my stripe dress and keeps me stylishly warm.

monochrome fashion

Dress & tights: H&M, Jacket: Jessica Simpson via TK Maxx, Booties: New Look, Bag: Osprey London, Lips: Mac, Statement Earrings: Tu, Bangles: India, Watch, Tissot, Eyes: Parrot Eyes (Designer purple, bodyshop metallic eye definer in industrial blue & vibrant emerald)

Moral of this story: don’t be shy to mix your monochrome with a dash of colour, you will be pleasantly surprised.

They say with age comes wisdom; I don’t know about other areas of life but I can sincerely say that I have gained some form of wisdom over the years when it comes to my hair. I have experimented with my hair in every possible way. I have had a pixie cut (nowhere as cool as Jennifer Lawrence’s), I’ve re-bonded my wavy locks to make them straight (easily the most stupid thing I’ve done to my hair!), got a perm because soon enough I was bored of my straight hair and even got corn-rows!!! All this before my 25th birthday! Everything stopped when one day, the hubby made me hear this line from Baz Luhrmann’s hit song, “Everyone’s free to wear sunscreen,”– Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you’re 40, it will look 85.

Wise words indeed. Today, my wavy locks are quite healthy but sometimes I feel a tad boring. I want to experiment but without any damage. What can a girl do? Enter hair jewelry (yes, it is a word). I used to think hair jewelry were strictly the preserve of the rich to don with their silk couture whilst dancing the slow waltz. Fortunately for me, today’s fashion is much more democratic than that. The high-street is quick to take something from the fashionable aisles of Chanel and place it for our easy access.

Hair jewelry is one of the easiest ways to elevate your hair style and look. No wonder, the high-street is brimming with them. From Zara to Asos to Topshop, hair jewelry is perhaps the new black. As Jessica Hogan of Vogue UK writes here, “hair jewels are having a moment.” After experimenting with three different pieces I can safely say it does require a good amount of chutzpah to carry this look but there is something so regal about even the simplest pieces.

Look 1:

Head Jewlry

head jewelry

I started out small with this Grecian number from Asos (sadly sold out).  It was subtle yet had enough pizzazz to elevate my simple cardi+jeans look. And needless to say, it was fun to turn a few heads.

Look 2:

head jewelry

head jewelry

Inspired by Nicole Richie, easily the queen of hair jewelry this number certainly made me feel like a princess. Boho yet regal–a win-win situation for me. Again from Asos again sold-out!

Look 3:

head jewelry

If you really fear experimenting, then this nifty number  from New Look could be your pick. This slide can be used as a back clip to hold your half pony or with a bun to make sure it is not an average top-knot.

I hope you seriously give head jewelry a try because it might just be the TLC your hair needs.

As much as I hate admitting it, sometimes I do get swayed by popular trends. But I always try to personalise a trend and give it my touch. This season, the animal trend has caught my attention once more.  As I mentioned here, I absolutely love the animal trend. It is daring, powerful and feisty. This AW animal prints have taken a whole new level with designers experimenting with all kinds of prints from leopard to python and also unabashedly using animal motifs.  I can’t deny I am happily smitten.

On a Prowl

leopard print for AW13

Here, I’ve paired a leopard print pencil skirt with a chambray shirt. I absolutely love the pencil skirt; nothing compliments your curves like a pencil skirt. It is subtle and sensual at the same time. I think everyone should have a chambray shirt, it is perhaps the most versatile garment ever invented. I love both and here I thought why not combine my two loves?

on a prowl

 

On a Prowl

 

I’ve accessorised with a waist-cincher belt statement earrings, a subtle necklace, cocktail ring and a simple clutch to ensure the focus remains on the skirt.

On a Prowl

 

skirt: Topshop (last year), Shirt: Next, Earrings: Topshop, heels: new look, clutch: French Collection, Necklace: Swarvoski

So, tell me would you join the bandwagon and let loose the animal in you? C’mon don’t be shy it is daring I promise you.

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coral4-41

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Coral dress: Asos, Clutch: French connection, Wedges: New Look Bangles: Assorted, Watch: Swatch, Shades: (Hubby’s) CK

Never underestimate the power of colour. This summer I am definitely embracing colours like never before; a bright coloured dress–like the coral one here–can add a punch and a lot of character to your wardrobe. So ditch the black and give a little coloured dress a chance.