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WELCOME TO THE WORLD, RIO EZRA BUSH

November 13, 2017
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I guess you’ve all figured out why it’s been radio silence here on the blog, and if you follow me on Instagram, you would definetly know why… Sam and I welcomed our little baby boy to this world, Rio Ezra Bush, on the 12th October – and we could literally not be more in love. He is just perfect in every shape and form. And although the birthing plan went totally out the window and it took me nearly 50 hours (!) until we finally got to meet our little man, I would still do it all over again in a heartbeat. That instantaneous love, is indescribable.  Continue Reading

BABY LIVING

BABY DIARIES #7 | THIRD TRIMESTER UPDATES

October 7, 2017
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I am not going to lie, the third trimester has not been the easiest. Or, let me re-phrase that just a little bit – the last few weeks have not been the easiest. And it’s hard not to just focus on that, when I am in the middle of what is in my opinion, the hardest part of the pregnancy. I say ‘hard’ – as I am just days away from giving birth (hopefully just day, and not weeks – but who knows), and never have I felt so strange, swollen, sore, tender, heavy… Suddenly my bump has reached it’s maximum limit and space, and day-to-day things such as walking, breathing, sleeping, are becoming increasingly harder. When all of that said, I am of course so happy and positive as well – as I know I will soon be meeting my precious one, and we will finally be a family.

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INTERIOR LIVING

A YEAR ON: UPDATED HOME TOUR, PART 2

October 2, 2017
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Following on from Part 1 one of my updated tour, I am super excited to share with you the rest of the house – with the remaining of the first floor, with my walk-in-wardrobe, and moving up to the second floor, with another two more bedrooms and a bathroom. To shortly recap from the first post, I decided to do this updated tour, following on from the original Before & After Home Tour I posted shortly after we’d just renovated – as after living here for nearly 5 years, things have naturally changed slightly and the home just feels a lot more lived in and well, homely. Hope you think so too!
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BABY DIARIES #6 | OUR JOURNEY WITH HYPNOBIRTHING

September 23, 2017
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Years and years ago, way before we had even started to think about having children – I was always so incredibly petrified by the thought of giving birth, the unknown, the excruciating pain – you know, everything we thought we knew about childbirth from watching various blockbuster movies and T.V… Fast forward 10 years, and I am weeks away from giving birth, and I am actually feeling incredibly excited, elated, empowered, and most importantly, so calm. And much of this, is thanks to my recent Hypnobirthing course, which has completely transformed my current state, and frame of mind (and certainly my idea of childbirth!). Continue Reading

LIVING

POWER 10 WITH ALEX STEDMAN

September 21, 2017
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I have known Alex since my early days working as a PR Assistant and she was a Fashion Assistant at Red Magazine (still my favourite mag FYI). We instantly hit it off, and even though there has been a lot of changes since that time (she is currently killing it as one of UK’s most prominent and popular fashion blogger/Instagrammer and freelance stylist), and I quit my job 3 1/2 years ago to pursue a similar dream – I now count her as one of my closest friends within this industry – someone who not only is incredibly genuine, true to herself and so kind, but also ever-inspiring and a total girl boss (who I am sure we can all take some lead from!). Naturally, I am very honoured to have caught up with her for my second instalment of my new Power 10 interview series – and hope you’ll find it just as inspiring as I did! 

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BABY LIVING

9 MONTHS

September 19, 2017
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So we’re officially 9 months (and 11 days) pregnant today (yes, who knew pregnancy is actually 10 months long!), and it’s only just now where I both mentally and physically, am so ready to have this baby. Not only are we naturally super excited to meet the little one and see how he looks like after all of this time of waiting – but my body is really feeling it too, with the extra weight, constant tiredness, sluggishness and aching body. When that said, I have absolutely loved being pregnant, and loved seeing my growing bump week by week. So much so that I wanted to capture our 9 months of pregnancy, in one of our favourite spots in the U.K…

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BABY DIARIES #5 | MY ESSENTIAL SHOPPING LIST

September 6, 2017
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I remember a few weeks after announcing my pregnancy, a few of my friends and various acquaintances started sending me all these ‘must-have’ shopping lists for the impending arrival of our baby. I mean, some of the lists were serious Excel spreadsheets, categorised and colour coded, with over 100 (!) items on them. To say I started to get slightly overwhelmed at this stage, would be a minor understatement (however grateful I was with the kind thought behind of providing me with this list). But I soon got on top of it, and managed to narrow it down, pinpointing my own essentials that would work for us…   Continue Reading

INTERIOR LIVING

A YEAR ON: UPDATED HOME TOUR, PART 1

September 3, 2017
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This time around last year, I uploaded my first official Before & After Home Tour of our house, which we bought in November 2015, started renovating in December, and officially moved in February 2016. I can’t quite believe we have been here nearly two years already (well I can quite believe it, as we love it so much!) – but just in terms of it being the place we have lived in for the longest period of time (which is a record so far). Our circumstances with having a baby on it’s way in less than 5 weeks obviously plays a major part in staying, and of course, the house being pretty much perfect for all our needs, in terms of style, location and size. Now before I show you more of an updated version of the house one year later (as things have changed just slightly) – let me quickly run you through the specifics of the house…

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BEAUTY FASHION LIVING

MONTHLY FAVOURITES #39

August 29, 2017
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Anyone else still reluctantly transitioning into Autumn? I mean, I still have my eye firmly on the new arrivals (and have already treated myself to some new season pieces as seen below) – but I am still technically in summer mode, in terms of my day-to-day wardrobe, alongside clinging onto the last weeks of warm, sunny weather. So for now, and for this month’s favourites – I give you a good mix of a bit of both; such as must-have summer statement sandals, alongside my new furry slippers…

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BABY FOOD LIVING WELLNESS

BABY DIARIES #4 | HOW TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET DURING PREGNANCY

August 25, 2017
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A lot of you guys have been asking me about my diet during my pregnancy. I was always very curious to see what my cravings would be, if I had start to introduce specific food groups such as dairy or meat (which are not usually part of my diet) to support the pregnancy, and just in general; what types of foods one should be having to stay healthy (with the occasional treats of course!). If you read my last Baby Diaries post, you would know that I was recently diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, which has meant that I’ve really had to alter my diet with a low sugar, low carb, high protein diet. The good thing is I will be super healthy for my baba – the annoying part (which is obviously very insignificant); no more treats for me! Fortunately, I have had the pleasure of teaming up with top London Clinical Nutritionist, Kamilla Schaffner, to guide me a long the way, and has also collated all her top tips for a healthy and wholesome pregnancy, as well as how to manage a low sugar diet if you happen to have Gestational Diabetes (or if you’re just looking to cut out sugar in general).

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LIVING WELLNESS

MY 3 PRACTICAL SUMMER ESSENTIALS FOR HOME & BODY

August 18, 2017
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Anyone else living in the UK feel like we’ve had the longest summer so far, with our early spring heatwave and continuous summer heat? Ok, so it’s not Barbados, but it’s been pretty solid for British standards, let’s face it. Summer just makes me so happy, relaxed and care-free… And albeit it’s been a very different summer for me, in terms of more staycations here in the UK and less jetting around (for obvious reasons), I have still been busy, with lots of mini travels, family and friends visiting, and getting the house ready for our new arrival – before I no longer will have all of this “extra” time on my hands!

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LIVING TRAVEL

OUR WEEKEND ESCAPE TO OXFORDSHIRE

August 15, 2017
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We had the dreamiest escape to the country last weekend, with a good mixture of fun, music and dancing at a festival – along with some much needed recovery downtime for this pregnant mama-to-be – with lots of eating, relaxing and breathing in the fresh Oxfordshire air (and I do mean it when I say there is something very special in the air in this particular part of England)…  Continue Reading

BEAUTY FASHION LIVING

AUGUST MOOD

August 11, 2017
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I have mixed feelings towards August… For one, it’s the first month which is leading towards Autumn, which on the one hand means a new season, new beginnings… But then on the other hand, it also means summer is soon over. For once, the latter doesn’t bother me so much, as I am still finding myself wishing the time away for our baby to arrive and to start so many new beginnings. Yet, I am still holding on to that summer feeling, and already finding myself dreaming about my summer wardrobe next year (when my body will be very different then what it is now). So I have compiled a little mood board for you guys, to show you all the things which is inspiring me right now, from fashion, hair, interior, food and general mood.  Continue Reading

BABY LIVING

BABY DIARIES #3 | WHY I’M GOING SUGAR-FREE IN THE THIRD TRIMESTER

August 3, 2017
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Whoever said pregnancy was easy? I know I for one have had my fair share of ups and downs (as you might have already gathered!). But in general, since discovering we were finally pregnant (and minus the standard first three months with tiredness and sickness) – I have absolutely loved the pregnancy so far! Sure, I have had a bad back, sleep hasn’t been the easiest, the struggles with getting used to your ever-changing body shape, declining cardio levels and constantly feeling like a baking hot oven… But who cares? I literally cannot wipe the smile off my face, and just feel so incredibly lucky to be carrying a healthy baby boy. But then as with most pregnancy and it’s many (many) curveballs – I had a bit of shock news a few weeks back… Continue Reading

BEAUTY FASHION LIVING

MONTHLY FAVOURITES #38

July 31, 2017
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Where is this summer going?! Although it’s been a slower summer then usual for us in terms of travelling now that I’m pregnant, I still feel like it’s flying by. Or maybe that’s just because I’m kind of wishing the days and weeks by, as I just want our baby boy to arrive already! Either way, it’s been a lovely summer, and I for one am loving that it’s slightly cooled down a bit (although the rain can hurry up and leave!). Here are some of my this month’s favourite bits – and as I am nearing my due date, I have included some pregnancy essentials in there too!

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BABY BEAUTY

THE LUXURY PREGNANCY SKINCARE BRAND WORTH BUYING INTO

July 26, 2017
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There’s definitely no coincidence that I have upped my beauty skincare game since becoming pregnant. I thought I was pretty savvy before; but in the last few months, I have researched, trialled, tested and read about the latest innovations, launches, must-have and under-the-radar products, like there’s no tomorrow… And as much as I love and adore so many cult beauty classics and rely on several reputable and tested brands for results; I love nothing more than coming across those under-the-radar beauty gems, which turn out to be skincare game-changers – especially now that I’m moving into my seventh month of pregnancy (when the need for luxury and beauty combined, is even more important than ever)… Continue Reading

LIVING

POWER 10 WITH MADELEINE SHAW

July 21, 2017
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Madeleine Shaw is one of those girls that just glows (her first two books were aptly named ‘Get the Glow‘ and ‘Ready Steady Glow‘). She is such a gentle, kind and warm soul – with an incredibly infectious and positive personality – and I for one, feel so fortunate enough to have spent some time with her and bonding over our pregnancies! Madeleine is due 6 weeks ahead of me, and I managed to grab 5 minutes with here before she went on maternity leave, for my brand new Interview series, Power 10 – which is, you guessed it, 10 fire questions, where I will be interviewing all the ladies out there who are inspiring me. So scroll on down if  you’re interested in Madeleine’s tips on life, career and pregnancy!  Continue Reading

FOOD LIVING

GLUTEN-FREE BUCKWHEAT PANCAKES WITH BERRY COMPOTE

July 20, 2017
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I’m all about guilt-free indulgences – where you get all the flavour, but you’re not left with that major sugar rush afterwards (and a load of guilty calories)… One of my favourite weekend brunch foods, are these super simple Buckwheat Pancakes, which literally take minutes to make. Serve them simple with a dash of lemon and a sprinkling of coconut sugar, some freshly cut fruit or make it that bit more indulgent, with this gorgeous, also super simple, berry compote…

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