Shirt dress in style

So I wrote a post this week about my ideas for my A/W look..it didn’t take me long to spring into action and try it out. 
Friday was rain central and yesterday I met my bestie for brunch in London Bridge which is a wind tunnel due to all the tall buildings. And today it’s warmish but overcast. 

So on Friday I wore a new Zara black shirt dress with maternity leggings and black trainers. I was the perfect temperature. The shirt dress is more like a long shirr tbh. There’s no way I could wear it with tights instead of leggings but that’s ok. And it’ll be great once the baby comes out. 

Yesterday I wore another Zara shirt dress..this one is a bit longer and thicker..I was the perfect temp again for most of the trip, but then it warmed up in the afternoon and I started getting a little hot under the collar. It’ll be great for actual winter though. Plus I could wear it without tights. 

Today I’m just mega caj in maternity leggings and an asos loungewear top. Plus black trainers. I’m actually quite hot. 
And there you have it..Lara’s temperate update. 

I’m really doing this as a sort of clothing journal..it’s good to know what clothes you reach for most..what you wear time and time again..so you don’t waste money on clothes you like but don’t suit your lifestyle. That’s what my capsule wardrobe guru, Caroline, from unfancy says anyways. 

So maybe in a month I’ll look back and see how I’ve done. I’m on an economy drive again..well I never really stopped feeling like I was on an economy drive, I just kept failing. But I can’t buy any more clothes now. I have to be forced into a capsule wardrobe. I’ll be fine as long as the temperate drops to about 9 degrees in the next day. 

Bye! 

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Waiting for Godot (Autumn) 

Autumn is not a thing. I have a fantasy about boots and snuggly jumpers and bright clear days and crunchy leaves. 

Every September I get excited by the autumnal colours and new clothes in the shops and every year I buy a lovely new winter coat that makes me sweat my face off..it really isn’t useable until December/January. 

September and October are ALWAYS HOT. 

I have to remember this. 

BUT I LOVE SHOPPING AND I LOVE NEW CLOTHES! I love clothes so much. I think about clothes all the time. 

And the problem with Autumn is that the mornings are darker and cooler..soon it’ll be raining a lot and grey, but still muggy and warm. So you don’t want to be swanning about in floaty colourful summer dresses. 

My additional clothes woes for Autumn/winter are that I’ll be pregnant for the next two months..getting bigger and bigger, hotter and hotter..and then I’ll have a baby and be breastfeeding and hot and fat. 

I found a really good blog called unfancy..the girl is a capsule wardrobe queen and recently put a tool on there your can download..it helps you plan your capsule..or if you don’t want a strict capsule, it’s just a wardrobe planner that helps you define your style and needs. 

I haven’t done it yet properly, but I’ve been thinking a lot about the activities in my life..where do I spend most of my time? What clothes do I tend to reach for the most? 

Well..at the moment I work three days a week so I need clothes that are versatile and can be smartened up..although at this stage in my pregnancy, a lot of my standards of what I feel is “smart enough” have to go out of the window. 

I also spend a lot of time lying on the sofa and sitting on the floor. When the baby comes I’ll probably be wearing a sling and driving to soft plays and baby groups..sitting on the floor a lot..walking around south London with a double buggy. 

I get hot easily and it’ll be winter so light layers to remove when in over heated busy play areas will be necessary. Comfy shoes. Clothes that don’t flash my knickers. 

My solution is:

  • Skinny jeans (maternity ones will do cos I’ll have a big jiggly tummy for some time)
  • Checked shirts and shirts I can wear over a vest top for easy boob access and hiding jiggly tummy. Also nice a cool and can fit over bump till baby comes.
  • Over the knee boots..Comfy and a bit edgy so I don’t feel like a frumpy loser.
  • Light leather look jacket..not heavy so I don’t get hot! I’ve already got this. 
  • Ankle boots..for work days or when over the knee won’t work.
  • Shirt dresses..a couple of these I cab wear with boots to both work and baby group..different shoes will dress up or down. 

I have most of this in my wardrobe already, I just need to sort through and maybe ask for a few things for my birthday. My dad already bought me a shirt dress the other day cos I’m a totes daddy’s girl and I think he feels bad that I’m a moody preggo lady.

I’ll do another post when I have my wardrobe put together and I’ve been trying it out! 

In the meantime…wow it’s really hot I can’t believe it’s so hot in Autumn..isn’t it hot?? When will it get cold? Wow..hot. #indiansummer

Come to Margate! My review.

So Dan and I just had a lovely two days away, sans baby, in Margate! We thought the seaside would be nice plus we could drop Fred at my mum’s and be there in an hour. I haven’t been away from Fred for two nights before so I felt safer knowing we weren’t that far away. Plus Margate is having this wonderful regen/resurge/arty, hipster rebirth. 

We stayed in a super amazing B&B, The Reading Rooms. It’s a restored Georgian townhouse..each room is an entire floor..super king bed..roll top bath and wet room shower..breakfast brought to the room to eat in the sunny window. Beautiful luxurious products in the bathroom, fluffy robes and towels, posh cafetiere and Italian biscuits for the tea and coffee facilities..it was like staying in a luxury spa. 

I just loved it. Both nights, we stayed in the room for the evening, having baths, relaxing on the big bed. It was just what I needed. 

When we weren’t soaking up the hotel room we were knocking about “the old town” pretending we could afford to spend 25 quid on some seaweed hand soap, or 15 quid on a mini cactus. 

We ate some really lovely meals..panzanella at the Greedy Cow, a gorge little cafe..white bean tuscan stew and “steak and chips” at the London Tavern..Asian fusion wonderfulness at The Ambrette. Dan drank a lot of craft ale. 

We went to the Turner Contemporary art gallery and I actually loved it and properly looked at the art, instead of just walking around really fast and heading to the gift shop. Probably cos I walk so slowly now and have to keep stopping for breaks.

The weather was pretty gorge so we hit the beach a few times. The first day we just went to the main one in town and then the b&b owner asked us what beach we’d gone to and when we told her she went “oh”. So the next day we looked up a better smaller more private one. 
On the last day we visited this amazing shell grotto..it’s basically an underground cave that’s been decorated with shell mosiac..no one knows where it came from or who did it. I have this feeling I read a novel set in Victorian times where an artist painted his muse down there. But it’s too slippery I can’t get hold of the memory. Anyway it was awesome. 

After that we went to Dreamland..I remember everyone going there when I was a teenager, but I had never gone myself. I don’t know what it was like before but now it’s this amazing pastel coloured retro funscape! I didn’t go on any rides, obvs..but Dan did while I watched. We were pretty lamo..got there as it opened…I saw Bugged Out are doing a club night there..I’ll probably just go to that. Ahem. 

I don’t want you to think the whole trip was idyllic. My body is not playing ball at the mo..I sleep badly, I wake up at 5am, my back hurts a lot so I can’t walk far. I cried once cos I thought the nail place I popped into had treated me badly. I keep getting heartburn..I get worn out and out of breath from a few minutes of walking, any incline or stairs. 

And that’s Margate!

There was one major drawback and that’s that there is a really bad excess of seaweed problem and when the tide goes out the stench is unbearable espesh for old preggo nose over here. But I can learn to breathe through my mouth. 

I looked at house prices and I can get a 5 bedroom Georgian townhouse for the price of my south London 2 bed terrace. So I’m moving there. Bye!