“You have to be confident within yourself before anything else”
As soon as the sun came out, I knew I wanted to shoot a spring inspired Maternity collection for Peonie & Me, each piece being perfect for Mother’s Day. ASOS has an incredible collection of styles to help dress your bump, both their own brand range and collections from brands. I also wanted to showcase the gorgeous clothes in a pretty and feminine way and my wedding venue Oh Me of My, was the perfect location for complimenting the dresses and separates. They were both the perfect fit. If you are looking for something this Mother’s day to dress your growing curves, hopefully you will inspired below… x
I love following the seasonal catwalks, partly for my job, however mostly as I just love seeing all the beautiful collections come together. I then think of how I can incorporate the key trends into my own look via the high street. The SS17 catwalks were awash with many iterations of seasonal pink, a colour that I felt I could embrace for Spring.
So whilst browsing through ASOS’s maternity range, I was excited to see they had embraced the must have seasonal hues, from powder pink nudes to hot and vibrant pinks.
The first piece I loved was this shirt dress by Bluebell Maternity as it came in the most delicate soft pink hue. I loved the simplicity of the shape and it felt like a shape I have worn pre-pregnancy. This dress draped beautifully and I loved the extra feminine details in the sleeve ties. The only downside to this dress is how sheer it is. You would need to wear a slip underneath, especially for this time of year.
During my first pregnancy and in particular with this one, I am conscious of how my body shape will change each month, so I’m trying to be aware of how different pieces will look on me. I’ve always been shapely, however hormones have played havoc with my boobs, and they now take centre stage in my everyday style.
So when I came across this shift dress with the most beautifully of romantic ruffles, I wasn’t sure how my body would take to it. Also the sugar almond colour isn’t shy in anyway, so I was potentially highlighting those parts I wasn’t loving so much.
But oh my goodness this dress fitted like a dream. I didn’t expect this to fit the way it did and it just fitted my bump and ginormous boobs to perfection. The layers of ruffles didn’t add additional weight to my frame and the slight stretch in the fabric gave me confidence that I could wear this for a few more months.
“Think pink! Think pink! When you shop for summer clothes.
Think pink! Think pink! If you want that quel-que chose”.
If you have seen my YouTube Haul that compliments this blog post, then you will know that I completely messed up my order on this dress. The maternity style was not in stock, so I quickly added the main range piece to my basket, without reading the item specifics. Well it arrived and it was completely backless, not a good luck for bra straps and tubigrip bands.
However the dress in itself is super floaty and the print is understated and the cool tones make it feel different from the pink styles above. Attention to detail came in the crochet neck line and the crochet under bust band. I loved this dress so much (on the hanger) but on me I felt it swamped my frame and the blue tones didn’t compliment my skin tone. Plus a mid length dress warrants a heel and I’ve had to say goodbye to a little height, so again I felt I didn’t do this dress justice. But is oh so beautiful (on the hanger).
I never thought it was possible for an outfit to give you a spring in your ‘pelvic challenged’ step, but this little outfit made me feel oh so pretty. This entire look injected my old personality back into my wardrobe and I felt instantly more confident and dare I say it, “rather pretty”. It worked perfectly with my ballet pumps and hid a multitude of lumps and bumps underneath.
The blouse comes in a oyster shade with fanciful floral embroideries throughout and the Bardot shape ticks all the right boxes for highlighting your best bits. If like me your upper arms are not in the best shape, a Bardot top hides your arms, however emphasises your collar bone.
The maternity jeans were thankfully skinny as they promised to be and the underbump was super confortable. I can see myself wearing these jeans back with everyday basics and summer flats when the weather changes.
If you loved this, please check out my YouTube Video to see more x
Huge thank you to Oh Me Oh My for allowing me to shoot in your beautiful space xxx