As d-day (or should that be b-day?) creeps ever-closer (we have a little more than two weeks to go – unless this mini makes an unscheduled early debut…) my thoughts turn to: nursery decor (packages are arriving daily and I promise to share a little guided tour when everything’s in situ) and how to rock maternity leave style. (Alongside the whole small matter of having a baby and thus two small people in our lives. Exciting/scary.)
Now, as to the latter, look out for top tips from stylist Jemima Bradley, author of the terrific Musings from a London Mum, in the coming weeks, who’ll be talking us through her own Style File and shares her advice on looking chic this A/W whilst looking after small children. Yes, it is possible.
As for me, I snapped up two new Bretons from Petit Bateau in the sale and am currently contemplating what to buy from hush‘s new collection (one of our favourite brands for a good reason). I think it might be time for me branch out into boyfriend jeans – hush’s are £75 and have just the right faded look. I love them as worn here with a canary yellow sweatshirt (£40) and skater shoes (£85). I was lucky enough to have a sneak preview of the A/W collection at founder Mandy’s house – tune back in next week for all the details.
On the subject of the nursery, I’ve been perusing Pinterst for, oh, months – and have the in process become smitten with the idea of a grey pouffe. Which is rather ridiculous, given that the room is only postage-stamp size and already contains an Eames rocker. But I saw these hand-knitted ‘Bug’ rope pouffes on the Loaf website and fell for the ash grey (it’s also available in rhino and raspberry). The texture, the tactility, the idea of two little people rolling it around… Surely the mini needs one?
Finally, two book recommendations, both of which came courtesy of two of my lovely Glamour colleagues, the fabulous Claire and Helen. First up – the one I’ve just finished: Ann Patchett’s glorious collection of essays, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage which should be essential reading for all would-be writers – indeed, for everyone – as it is just terrifically-written, thought-provoking and touching. Secondly, the one next on my list: the not-exactly-pithily-entitled, If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go by Judy Chicural. I’ve earmarked the latter as my hospital book (last time I optimistically took two: a murder mystery and Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall. The latter weighed more than my daughter and stood not a chance). It’s a debut novel set in 1970s Long Island in the wake of the Vietnam War. Am expecting disaffected youth, an honest portrayal of relationships and an insight into the era.