Weekend Wishlist: Boyfriend Jeans, a Home Essential and Two Hot New Reads


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?


Bug pouffe, £85, Loaf


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.










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  • Reply
    August 15, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Hi, I’ve got around three weeks to go myself before our first baby makes an appearance so this post is all about the things that I have found myself thinking about lately. I especially am grateful for the book reccomondations as I don’t think I could possibly read another baby book! x

    • Reply
      August 17, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Hi Amy,

      Congratulations – and definitely do put your feet up and wallow in books before the little one arrives! Let me know if you discover any must-read gems.

      I’ve just finished the latest Bridget Jones (bit behind the curve) and it made me weep (blaming hormones) more than once. Now reading Esther Freud’s new novel Mr Mac and Me (out Sept, like our babies) which is elegant and gorgeously written.

      Natasha x

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