Wedding Guest Dresses Under €100

Summer wedding season is in full flight and many of us are stressing out about what to wear. Fear not, here are our top picks all under €100!

Hot List

ASOS, €76.04 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €44.24 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €85.72 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €89.86 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €48.38 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €89.86 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €94.01 – Shop HERE
River Island, €75 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €76.04 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €52.54 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €89.86 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €66.36 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €96.78 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €89.86 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €89.86 – Shop HERE

 

Stylishly yours,

Heather x

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Creating my dream nursery

Hi ladies

First blog post since becoming a mammy to two… and wow how life has changed! It’s hectic and absolutely exhausting but also SO incredible and I wonder what life even was like before our gorgeous Luna May arrived.

Luna May had a really tough start in this world and sadly spent some time in NICU which was heart breaking, truly heart breaking; something which will take us a while to deal with emotionally as it was such a stressful and worrying time. Thankfully she is home now and doing well. And this little lady got to come home to one of the most beautiful nurseries I have ever seen.

I am SO EXCITED to finally be able to reveal Luna May’s beautiful nursery, this is a project I have been working on over the past few months with Baby Ventura.

As lots of you may know if you follow me on social media; I teamed up with Baby Ventura for the design of Luna May’s nursery.

Baby Ventura is a brand new division of the renowned Ventura Interior Design .  I have been a long time fan of the work of Ventura Interior Design and the owner Arlene McIntyre, so when the opportunity presented itself to work with them on a collaboration for The Style Fairy I jumped at it.

Nursery Reveal 

You can watch the full video transformation here, from start to finish how the whole process worked, and the complete revamp of her room from start to finish..

Getting Started 

It was early January when we first spoke, I was about 4 months pregnant and was due in June, my husband Cormac and I were  in the middle of working on our new home (a complete renovation of an old house) and the pressure was on to complete the house before the baby would arrive. Step in Baby Ventura, what perfect timing. We discussed plans on how it could all work as a collaborative project and decided together to film the process of the complete transformation of what would become the nursery.

The whole process was such an emotional journey, as each day we filmed my bump was getting bigger, I feel quite emotional writing this now as Luna May lies sleeping beside me in her cot, what a journey it has been. I am excited that some day she can look back on this video.

How the process worked

Doing our home while pregnant was one of the most stressful things we have ever done, particularly because we were working to a deadline, and all along I knew there was a big chance Luna May would have to be delivered early due to health concerns  (she ended up arriving at 36 weeks).

But from start to finish having Arlene and the team of Baby Ventura design and transform our nursery was seamless; so so easy and totally stress free. It was a dream to have all the worry of doing that room taken out of my hands, I didn’t have to think about it. And I knew the end product would be the nursery of my dreams. And it is, and more.

When you meet with Baby Ventura to discuss your plans, they take a look at the room they have to work with, they discuss your vision; what you like, what you don’t like, what colours you want, do you want it gender neutral etc, your lifestyle, your demands and your needs for the room. They then take all this information away and come back to you with plans and ideas.

For Luna May’s nursery the truth was I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted, my mind was full and busy with doing the rest of the house so my brief to Baby Ventura was to surprise me, we had really good chat and Arlene got a feel for me, my vision, my personality and my style and then she worked her magic.

We met again then to review her ideas, the moment I saw what she and the team had planned I LOVED IT. I was blown away, working with an interior design team like this gives you the confidence to do things you might not necessarily do on your own.

I speak about this in the video, for example, I adore the wallpaper in Luna’s nursery, I mean totally ADORE IT, but I know for sure I would never have been brave enough to pick it myself, nor would I have had the confidence to do the entire room with it (even the window seat), that takes vision, the kind of vision I don’t have. I put my trust in their professional advice and I love the outcome.

The Finer Details

They present you ideas and talk you through how the room will come together, it was so exciting seeing the plans. The Baby Ventura team knew I was expecting a girl and took this into account, I wanted it ‘pretty’ but at the same time not over top girly. Arlene describes the end result of Luna May’s nursery as  ‘whimsical’ and that sums it up perfectly in my opinion.

At this second meeting when I saw the plans all decisions were made, from the carpet and it’s colour, the blinds, the window seat, the radiator cover, to the specific colour of the cot and changing unit. You can choose any colour you want, I took the advise of the interior design team on this.

We also discussed the rocking chair, what colours would work on it etc. Baby Ventura have a range of furniture to choose from but I felt the rocking chair best suited us and our needs, it’s the perfect feeding chair, so comfortable, I love lying back on it to feed Luna. View the rocking chair here (It can be made in any colour of your choice)

All the featured products in the nursery can be viewed on the Baby Ventura website here.

The room we chose for the nursery is a small room; but with some very clever space planning and the use of a really large mirror, the design team made the absolute best use of the space. No detail was left to chance and for me it is the finishing touches, the styling and the accessories that make this nursery as beautiful as it is; from the beautiful pom pom trim detail on the roman blinds, to the animal heads on the wall, to the luxurious patterned cushions and the stunning window seat, I am so thrilled with the outcome.

Once the decisions were made on the nursery, the actual transformation part was incredibly fast, the team from Ventura came to our house and completed all the work within a few hours, assembling all the furniture and finalising all the styling details.

Keeping The Secret

It’s been so hard to keep this special room as a secret from you all this time, I am so delighted to finally share it and to now get to enjoy it with my precious little girl Luna May, it’s been such an emotional journey,

For more information 

To make an enquiry or to book a consultation with Baby Ventura or for more information on any of the products featured you can check out the Baby Ventura website HERE, email them HERE or visit their Instagram or Facebook.

Collaboration

This is a collaboration with Baby Ventura; the interior design service and transformation of this nursery was done by Ventura Interior Design in collaboration with The Style Fairy.

Credits

All nursery photography taken by Photography by Vanessa

Photo of me with my two girls taken by Edel O Malley

Video by Killian O’Sullivan 

Please note: Luna May currently still sleeps over night in our room and will until at least 6 months but we use the nursery for the rocking chair (she loves it) and also the upstairs changing table, and I also have all her clothes, nappies etc in here.

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Mammy Diaries: Keeping your baby cool in the heat

Hey ladies

I am not even going to dare complain about this heat wave…. we have had far too much cold, snow and rain to even attempt to give out about this sunshine. But at the same time, heat and sun, whether at home here in Ireland or if you are travelling abroad on holidays brings extra concerns and worry as parents about protecting our babies delicate skin. We want to keep our babies cool and as comfortable as possible in the heat. When Water Wipes approached me about collaborating on this campaign I jumped at it, as it think it is such an important and helpful message for all us parents.

 

In a recent survey conducted among Irish parents, almost 80% say their newborns have experienced skin irritations in the warmer weather, with heat rash (48%), nappy rash (29%) and ‘general’ irritation (22%) the main complaints and I can totally agree with this. I have been so concerned with not only Luna May (my 5 week old baby) but also Anabelle (2.5 years), I’ve noticed prickly heat rash on both of them, and off course your instinct is to worry. This intense heat is new for us all, and we need to know how to mind ourselves, but especially our little ones.

Anabelle keeping cool in the shade with her hat!

With this in mind, Water Wipes have created some top tips and advice in collaboration with Fidelma O’Dowd, Dermatology Advanced Nurse at Beaumont Hospital, on keeping your little ones, and yourself, healthy and happy in the hot weather:

Keeping cool – it is easy to check if you baby is too warm by feeling the back of their neck. If it’s at all hot or damp it is time to remove a layer or move to somewhere cooler.

Hydration – as a rule of thumb, 50% additional liquids are recommended in hotter weather for babies. They may not be visibly sweating or look hot, in order to lose fluids. As babies under six months can’t drink water, replace lost liquids with extra formula or more regular nursing.

Avoiding heat rash – bumpy and red or pink in colour, heat rash tends to appear where airflow is poor. Think skin creases or the bands of clothing, but it can also appear on babies faces. The best way of treating it is by removing the tight clothing or nappy and dabbing with lukewarm water on a sponge. Keep skin clean and dry and use a barrier cream if required – moist skin can cause irritation and further inflammation so keeping the skin dry really is key. Ideally clothing should be loose and cotton, when it is required. The rash should go down within 12 hours but if not, have a chat with your pharmacist or GP.

Comfy bedtime – a cool (18 – 20 degrees) bedroom with circulating air is ideal. In terms of clothing and bedding, babies often require one additional layer than an adult may sleep in, so if you’re sleeping naked with no sheets, a t-shirt and nappy should do the trick for baby.

Treating sunburn – should the worst happen and your baby gets sunburn, we recommend speaking with your GP if they’re under 12 months or with your pharmacist for those a little older. They will likely advise applying lukewarm water followed by a moisturiser or recommended topical treatment to the affected area. Also, leave the blisters be!

Sooth the skin – you may well venture to the beach or local swimming pool when the temperature rises, and chlorine and salt water can play havoc with skin. It is advisable to rinse it off as soon as possible in lukewarm water.

In a nutshell, I think it boils down to staying hydrated (I find making homemade ice lollies work a treat for Anabelle, my toddler), and seeking shade at peak hours.

Enjoy the sun and mind yourself

Naomi & girls xx

 

For more top tips on parenting you can follow Water Wipes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

** This is a sponsored blog post in collaboration with Water Wipes **

 

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Star Buy: Lovely in Leopard

It has been a while since we provided a star buy update so this weeks pick is an extra special one. This fabulous leopard print top is just what your wardrobe needs. It’s fun print and flattering fit mean it will be your go to piece when looking for a top to throw over jeans on a night out.

Star Buy

River Island, €35 – Shop HERE

Check out the 3 looks we have styled below 🙂

Look 1

River Island, €35 – Shop HERE

River Island, Jeans: €55 – Shop HERE

Earrings: River Island, €10 – Shop HERE

Bag: Topshop, €34 – Shop HERE

Heels: Topshop, €57 – Shop HERE

Look 2

River Island, €35 – Shop HERE

Skirt: Oasis. €40 – Shop HERE

Earrings: Topshop, €10 – Shop HERE

Bag: River Island, €33 – Shop HERE

Heels: River Island, €65 – Shop HERE

Look 3

River Island, €35 – Shop HERE

Jeans: River Island, €55 – Shop HERE

Watch: River Island, €43 – Shop HERE

Bag: Topshop, €34 – Shop HERE

Trainers: River Island, €43 – Shop HERE

Stylishly yours,

Heather x

*Please Note: The above included links are affiliate links and Heather may receive commission based on sales via these links*

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Pregnancy Diaries: Packing Your Hospital Bag

Ok straight down to business, this is one we all need, even if you’ve packed your bag already, even if you’ve done it all before, it is nice to have a checklist to work off. With Anabelle Ivy would you believe I wrote and published a blog post on packing your bag THE DAY BEFORE she was born but in reality I had never actually finished my own bag!!! I was 36 weeks, let that be a lesson. I am more prepared this time, as I have mentioned a gazillion times before, due to health issues baby could come any time from now (I am 35 weeks now) but the hope and dream goal for me is to get to 37.5 weeks if possible.

I will be having a c-section birth because of health complications and as a result it is likely I will be in hospital 4/5 nights so keep that in mind with my hospital bag, you may think I have a lot of stuff (which I do) but from the last time, and being kept in so long, I did need a fair bit. Actually I still could do with more baby gros –  can never have enough baby gros!! Some of you may only be in 2/3 nights, all depends. I like to be prepared though.

I have two separate bags – This is important I think, it’s easier to segregate your bits and baby’s bits. They don’t have to be big bags, but spread across two makes life easier. For my bag, I am using a large weekend/ holdall type bag, it is a cloth bag (I can fit more in that way) I bought mine in Mothercare when I was pregnant with Anabelle Ivy and it’s ideal.

You will pick up a good size weekend bag in Dunnes, Penneys, Heatons, ASOS or lots of the high street shops like River Island have gorgeous luggage collections now. Cath Kidson also have some cute options like this one above.

What I’ve Packed in My Bag

  • Nightdresses/ Pyjamas – I have quite a few in, most likely will only wear night dress and not jammies (i.e. pj bottoms) with c-section it is hard, to bend so I think over the head nightie, from memory, was best, I nice to to feel fresh and have nice new jammies plus I won’t be dressing so it’s my nod to trying to feel like ‘me’. I have two sets from Me Mamma Be (nightdress with matching robe – see those here) . Then I have a lovely night dress from Elora Maternity – which I can wear with one of the robes from the above sets. See the selection Elora Maternity have hereOther good places for maternity nightwear is ASOS, New Look, Penneys and Topshop. 
  • Dressing gown/ robe (see above point, have two packed to match nighties I got from Me Mamma Be) 
  • Slippers. I picked up those fluffy slipper socks from Penneys. Any slippers will do – Penneys/ Dunnes have great options 
  • Warm/ fluffy socks (Got in Dunnes – but prob won’t use as I have those slipper socks now) 
  •  Underwear/ briefs x 5 (think giant granny pants – I mean huge…trust me. I got some from H&M and New Look, post-section you need ones that go really high up over the wound. Look out for really soft cotton, proper full size briefs) 
  • Nursing bras (I got from H&M – New Look, ASOS also do them) 
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Mini bottles of shampoo/ conditioner/ body wash
  • Body Moisturiser 
  •  Face wipes & mini cleanser, toner & moisturiser ( I have a spritz toner packed which is really refreshing) 
  • Deodorant (opt for non fragranced roll on preferably) 
  • Maternity pads – Don’t question them, yes they are huge, just TRUST ME you need them and loads of them. I bought the Boots brand ones.
  • Hand cream
  • Lip Balm
  • Breast pads and nipple shields (breast feeding mothers) 
  • Some make up (tinted moisturiser, bronzer, blusher and mascara and clear lip gloss- if I feel up to it) 
  •  Dry shampoo (I use Batiste Brunette)
  • Hairbrush, hair clasp to tie it up totally & hair bobbles
  • Bath/ shower towel (dark colours) 
  • Flip flops (I wished I had these last time. Bought a pair this time in Penneys) 
  •  Snacks – for labour. (For me, for my type one diabetes)
  • Lucozade and sugary sweets – this is for my type one diabetes treatment mainly, in case of hypoglycaemia BUT no harm having a sugar kick on stand by even for non diabetics!!) 
  • Phone charger
  • Ear phones
  • My medical chart – I am with Holles street and they have recently moved to an online patient record system but as this is my second baby and I have a history/ chart with them (And a long term medical condition) I have been asked to bring along to the birth (asK your midwife if you are a patient in Holles street) 
  • Birth plan if you have one 
  • Any medication – For example I have to bring all my own diabetes supplies etc 
  • Separately in a very small bag, which will be left in hubby’s car I have an outfit to wear home – ( I packed a huge hoody, leggings, a maternity t-shirt ad converse. COMFORT IS KEY) 
  • Present for Anabelle from new baby (can live in the car until you know the day your elder child (children) are coming in to see you) 
  • Car seat and car seat base fitted in the car you ill be going home in 

What I’ve Packed for Baby 

Baby’s bag can be much smaller. Their wee bits take up such little space. I found it hard to know this time what size to buy in terms of baby gros – Our baby may be early so he/she may be very small, I ended up getting a mix of ‘up to one month size’ and some ‘0-3 months’ size. Truth is, your hubby/ partner/ mother/ friend can easily nip to the shops and buy you more once baba has arrived so don’t worry too much. You may know the gender and want to buy specific to the gender or you may just want neutral ones.

  • Babygros x 5 (I bought some from Marks & Spencer and some from Jojo Maman Bebe and a pack from Penneys)
  • Vests x 5 (short sleeved) I got from Next and Penneys
  • Cardigan/ Jacket (I got from Next)
  • Mittens (I got a 3 pack in Marks and Spencer, but actually most babygros have little fold down mittens on them now)
  • Hats x 2
  • Socks (I just packed two pairs, not necessarily needed if babygros have feet in)
  • Cellular blankets x 2 (Can never have enough of these, small size are good for newborn)
  • Fluffy/ soft blanket x 1
  • Swaddling sheets
  • Organic cotton balls (and water wipes, but usually they advise you to use water and a cotton ball in those early few days)
  • First size nappies (I got pampers)
  • Baby towel
  • Muslin clothes x 2 (again, can never have enough of these)
  • Bibs
  • Teddy (I have bought a tiny one for baba)
  • ‘Going home’ outfit. Some people are big into this. Me, not so much, babygro and a cardigan is perfect. But if you want to get a ‘special outfit’ for leaving day then thats a nice idea too.
  • It is a great idea to pack baby’S 1st outfit into little freezer bag or a zip lock bag – and mark it “Day 1′ (or delivery outfit) – I was rushed in with Anabelle and was in recovery for hours and hours alone afterwards without Anabelle, so poor Cormac was left to fend for himself with her and off course, he just put on the first babygro he could find on her, I have one earmarked for new baba so I have put that aside in a bag and marked for Cormac’s attention 🙂

I think that’s it, I know I have most likely left something of this list so I will keep updating it as I think of things. Feel free to leave comments below on what you have packed and found invaluable –  let’s help each other out 🙂

I hope you have found this useful. If you are due soon, like me, all my love and best wishes. YOU WILL BE GREAT.

 

Love,

Naomi xxx

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Wardrobe Update: Spring Faves

Sick of looking at the same clothes in your wardrobe? Isn’t it time your gave it a bit of a refresh?

The highstreet is awash with Spring/Summer brights and our wish lists are getting longer and longer. Check out some of our favourite pieces from the highstreet below because isn;t it time you treated yourself 😛

Spring Favourites

River Island, €75 – Shop HERE
River Island, €80 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €76.04 – Shop HERE
River Island, €43 – Shop HERE
River Island, €45 – Shop HERE
Oasis, €80 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €69.13 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €71.85 – Shop HERE
River Island, €50 – Shop HERE
Oasis, €80 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €30.40 – Shop HERE
Topshop, €60 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €34.56 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €60.21 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €58.07 – Shop HERE
ASOS, €52.54 – Shop HERE

Stylishly yours,

Heather x

*Please Note: The above included links are affiliate links and Heather may receive commission based on sales via these links*

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Pregnancy Diaries: 29 weeks

Hey ladies

Oh my god WHERE is time going?? Seriously, I don’t know how I am already more than 7 months pregnant! This pregnancy has been so so different to Aanbelle, last time I would say by now I had everything and was pretty much totally organised, where as this time life is just SO busy. This blog post is more a ‘dear diary’ type thing of just everything that’s going on right now. If you follow me on Instagram Stories or Snapchat you may know already things are just a wee bit chaotic!

PREGNANCY

How far along am I….

I am 29 week this week. Anabelle Ivy was born at 36 weeks and I have made no secret of the fact that baba no 2 is expected to arrive in or around the same timing again, the longer he/she can stay inside the better, so I pray for longer but I need to be ready and prepared early. Including having my hospital bag ready, i have started buying the bits, I just haven’t physically packed it yet, but I will… soon… I swear! The midwife even told me to do it this morning when I was in Holles Street for a check up!

How do I feel…..

I feel pretty good, insanely tired, now like very tired, I hit a wall most days during the day and REALLY struggle to keep my eyes open but then at night I just can’t sleep. I can’t get comfy but also thoughts of the house just run through my mind at night and lists of what needs to be done occupy my brain! I use the ‘Dreamgenii’ pillow to sleep and it’s brilliant – highly recommend. See it here

Health/ Type one Diabetes 

I am getting lots of movements and very strong kicks so that is great and always a great comfort. My blood pressure has been stable so far (another problem I have in pregnancy) but unfortunately my diabetes is getting more and more challenging the further into pregnancy I go. I am now getting ‘insulin resistant’ which means my medicine (insulin) which I need to process food and break down sugar is not being absorbed sufficiently resulting in high blood sugars, which is not goof for me and not good for baby. I am now on a huge doses on insulin to try counteract the problem but it’s a daily battle. 29 weeks onwards this is a common issue, and happened me in my last pregnancy too.

What have I got for baba….  

So in my last post I shared all the things I have from Anabelle that I will getting or reusing. You can read that full blog post HERE.  I have most of these bits now ordered like the new car seat base (I have found AB’s old car seat and the newborn inset, both are perfect), I have ordered a new Ewan the Sheep, I have the Sleepyhead out and washed, I have the Moses Basket (well it’s in the attic), I have ordered a new mattress for moses basket, I ordered new mattress for Chicco Next To Me, I ordered a cot bed mattress for nursery (even though baba won’t be in there for a while, you know I am OCD and like to be organised), I also bought a new carrier (I’ll show you when I use it). These are all things I have ordered and bought.

Stokke are also then very kindly gifting me with some incredible new pieces for the baby, and I feel so lucky to be getting these pieces so off course I’ll share when I get and use them; first thing is a Stokke Tripp Trapp with the newborn set. You know I have a Tripp Trapp for Anabelle and I LOVE IT. I love how it adapts to the childs age and grows with them, I never had the newborn set for Anabelle so I am really excited to have it for new baba.  Two Tripp Trapps around our new dining table… How cute! 

Newborn part for the Tripp Trapp (available in lots of colours)

The Tripp Trapp seat itself comes in lots of colours and then you can choose from a variety of fabric sets for the newborn part or then there is a toddler part you can choose your fabric. I am getting the white seat. I was torn between white and grey – both fab! I have the wheat yellow for Annabelle. View all the Stokke Tripp Trapp options HERE.

Buggy Decsions

I have also FINALLY decided on what buggy I want – If you follow me on Insta Stories you will know my indecisiveness and I panicked a couple of weeks ago that maybe I needed a double buggy. I have gone full circle again and come back to no, I do not want or feel we need a double buggy, I am getting a buggy with a buggy board for Anabelle. The response when I asked peoples opinions and advise on buggies, double buggies and buggy boards was MASSIVE. I got 100’s and 100’s of messages, and it continued for days, wow, I truly never expected that response, so thank you for your help.

So, what were the findings? Well, every single women almost told me a different thing, some were totally adamant that a double buggy is a total necessity, other women were extremely certain that NO WAY should I get a double buggy, theirs was a waste. What does this tell me, or what did I learn? We are all SO DIFFERENT.  We all have individual preferences, it largely comes down to your child (the older one), their age, your lifestyle (how much walking do you do), if the toddler sleeps in buggy now, if you will be alone a lot with both children, loads of factors come into it.

My advice is think about your own personal situation, don’t be influenced by what Mary down the road did, that worked for her, great, but your life and child might be totally different so do what suits you. Many people suggest using a carrier for baba and using your regular stroller for toddler, if you are out and about. The options are endless.

For me, Anabelle will be almost 3 when you baby arrives, (if your toddler is a lot younger you might want a double), Anabelle does not go in her stroller now much at all  and she certainly never ever ever sleeps in the buggy. I plan to use carrier if I want or feel Anabelle needs to be in her stroller (hers is a Babyzen YOYO stroller).

What did I go for? 

I have decided to go for my original preference; the Stokke Trailz and it is now on order. Stokke (available in Bella Baby) are very kindly gifting me with this buggy. It was my 100% personal choice to go for this brand and model. I LOVE IT. I mean really love it, and that’s important too, yes functionality and suitable to your lifestyle is number 1, but it does help if you love the look of it too 😉

Stokke buggies are very high, meaning baby is closer to you (which I LOVE) and so in ways it is suited to taller people. The Stokke Trailz is bigger than some styles and other brands and more suited, in my opinion, to country life (where we are moving to!!! We are leaving Dublin). We will be getting a Lascal Universal Buggy Board to go on the buggy for short trips to local playground etc. My Maxi Cosy car seat will also attach to this, with adapters.

 

 

If you are in the process of making a decision on your buggy or travel system, I know, it’s a total minefield, truth is, all the systems and brands are great, equally, some have certain pros, and some have cons, it’s just picking the one that most appeals to you and your lifestyle. I have the heads wrecked of the staff in Bella Baby in Dundrum, but ask as many questions as you can, that’s what they are they for, get them to fold it up for you, take on and off bassinet etc etc and take your time with your decision. Just keep in mind there is usually ahead in time of a few weeks for them to arrive.

Clothes for baby…

I don’t believe personally in getting too much before baby arrives, that’s just me. I have gotten a selection of babygros in the newborn size and a packet in the 0-3 month size. I also bought plain vests, some hats, some mittens, some socks, and a wee plain cardigan (handy to go over everything). I have lots of blankets and cellular blankets already. As the weeks move on I will wash all these wee bits and have them ready. And pack in the hospital bag, a great tip someone told me the last time was to put the wee outfit you want baby to first wear in a separate little bag within your bag so your partner knows, just in case. I know with Anabelle I was in recovery for quite a long time and sadly didn’t get to hold her for hours and hours so Cormac had to just grab first thing he saw in the hospital bag for her.

Clothes for me…

I’ve have tried to share all my outfits throughout, both on Facebook and Instagram as I go..

Brands I am wearing and loving include;

Isabella Oliver
H&M
ASOS
iClothing
Mothercare
Elora Maternity
Boohoo

And non maternity stuff like; River island, Zara, etc I just size up one or often two sizes.

MOVING HOUSE

We are moving house as I said and hope yo get into the house ASAP, mainly the rush is; I want to get Annabelle settled into her new home and new room BEFORE baby comes along, there is so much change going on for her that I want to get her a wee bit settled in our new home before her world is rocked upside down by a little brother or sister! So with that in mind, panic is ON. It’s been, brilliant, overwhelming, stressful, exciting all in one!

One of the hardest things is the fact that there are SO MANY DECISIONS to make all the time, and there are always unforeseen problems and delays. Some days I thought I would go into early labour with the stress, I am by nature a stressed person and have terribly anxiety so I’ve found it hard. I think as well because I am in “nesting” mode for new baby and no house ready I am finding that hard. Work and brand collaborations have been put on hold, and I have been forced to turn down some work as I just haven’t felt able or had the time and now I am nearing 30 weeks I won’t be taking on any more brand work or collabs for a while. That’s hard when you work for yourself, your instinct is to say yes yes yes to everything as you never know what work if any is around the corner, particularly in the world I am in of blogging!! But I have had to just prioritise me, family, my health and the house, for now! I do intend taking time off when baby arrives too.

Phew, ok I think that is my update for now, I told ye it would be a long ‘dear diary’ session. Make sure to follow our journey on Instagram and Insta Stories…

‘Til next time

Naomi xxxx

 

 

 

 

 

**Gifting **  This is not a paid for blog post. But as I have mentioned above Stokke are gifting me with a selection of products (listed above), these are from their stockist Bella Baby. I am always very clear on gifted items, if content is paid for, or sponsored then you will see it clearly stated and you will see #ad clearly noted. I always disclose when I am in a paid for, contracted partnership with a brand, this is not such an occasion.

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Win Shoes for you & Your Best Friend!

**** THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED ****

The winner is Nicole Hallinan and she has been contacted via email 

 

Hey ladies

Delighted to have teamed up again with the lovely folks over at Vaughan Shoes to showcase their stunning Spring/ Summer collection for 2018.


And I am thrilled to announce there is a very special 15% DISCOUNT CODE for Style Fairy readers across  the entire Vaughan Shoes website using the code ‘TSF15’ at the checkout. This code is valid from today (4th April 2018) until 18th April 2018.

Plus, if you scroll to the bottom of this post there is A GIVEAWAY for you & your best friend 😉 

I am a huge fan of Vaughan Shoes; they stock an amazing array of fantastic brands including the likes of Amy Huberman, Clarks, Dubarry, Pedro Anton, Kate Appleby and Jose Saenz to name just a few.

I originally came across Vaughan Shoes when I was hunting down a pair of wedges a few summers ago and my love affair with THE comfiest wedges around began… Pedro Anton (see that range here). Plus, this seasons Amy Huberman collection is my favourite of hers yet, wait til you see it, trust me, you will want them all!! See here.

Vaughan Shoes,  winner of the Retail Excellence Award for Best New Website 2018, is a 100% Irish owned company offers free delivery nationwide, a very easy returns service plus a very quick and easy click & collect service across their 3 stores in Castlebar, Ballinrobe and Claremorris. And wow I have to say I am seriously impressed by their Spring/ Summer collection.  To showcase their latest and greatest I have decided to do “The Style Fairy’s Top 10 Buys” across their website.

COMPETITION TO WIN AMY HUBERMAN SHOES (OR ANY SHOES YOU LIKE FROM VAUGHAN SHOES)

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this blog post to see how you can WIN a pair of shoes for you AND for your best friend from the stunning Amy Huberman collection or if you prefer, the winner can simply pick from ANY shoes they wish across the website.

THE STYLE FAIRY’S TOP 10 BUYS

In no particular order here are some of my best buys from the current collections at Vaughan Shoes:

Amy Huberman, €99.95 Shop here
Amy Huberman, €99.95 Shop here
Amy Huberman, €99.95 Shop here

 

Amy Huberman, €99.95 Shop here
Marco Tozzi, €49.95 Shop here
TB Craddock, €49.95 Shop here
Kate Appleby, €59.95 Shop here
Amy Huberman, €99.95 Shop here
Amy Huberman, €99.95 Shop here
S. Oliver, €69.95 Shop here

COMPETITION TIME

Win a  pair of shoes for you and your best friend  – Yes ANY pair of shoes you like the entire Vaughan Shoes website

TO ENTER THE COMPETITION SIMPLY:

  • ‘LIKE’ AND ‘SHARE’ THIS POST ON FACEBOOK
  • TAG YOUR BEST FRIEND  ON FACEBOOK 
  • IF YOU ARE NOT ON FACEBOOK, YOU CAN ‘LIKE THE COMPETITION POST ON INSTAGRAM AND TAG YOUR BEST FRIEND 
  • LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW SAYING YOU HAVE ENTERED AND WHAT SHOES YOU WANT TO WIN  (it is VITAL  you enter here on the blog too as we need your email address to contact you, so this is a necessary element of the competition) 

The lucky winner will be announced on Wednesday 11th April –  We will draw the winners name at random and will announce this on Facebook – You will also get an email from The Style Fairy admin. Then you will get to choose any shoes you want and they will be immediately posted out to you 🙂

EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT 

Don’t forget from today  until 18th April 2018 there is 15% OFF across everything on Vaughan Shoes. Simply use the code ‘TSF15’ at the checkout. This applies to all brands, plus all mens shoes, so you might just pick up something for the hubby too (They stock great mens brands too like Tommy Bowe, Dubarry and lots more!)

Very best of luck to everyone

Naomi xxx

 

  ** This is a sponsored, paid for blog post in collaboration with Vaughan Shoes **

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Outfit Ideas: Midi Skirts

Midi skirts are one of our faves here at The Style Fairy. We love styling them up with heels for a night out or sandals and a tee for day time. Also a fan of this style of skirt? Check out the five looks we have styled below 🙂

Look 1

Top: River island, €9 – Shop HERE

Skirt: River Island, €48 – Shop HERE

Earrings: Topshop, €12 – Shop HERE

Bag: River Island, €45 – Shop HERE

Shoes: Topshop, €40 – Shop HERE

Look 2

Top: Topshop, €20 – Shop HERE

Skirt: Topshop, €76 – Shop HERE

Earrings: River Island, €17 – Shop HERE

Bag: ASOS, €16.32 – Shop HERE

Shoes: ASOS, €40.53 – Shop HERE

Look 3

Skirt: Oasis, €52 – Shop HERE

T-shirt: Oasis, €26 – Shop HERE

Earrings: River Island, €13 – Shop HERE

Bag: Oasis, €40 – Shop HERE

Shoes: River Island, €50 – Shop HERE

Look 4

Bodysuit: River Island, €47 – Shop HERE (or similar HERE and HERE)

Skirt: Warehouse, €30 – Shop HERE

Earrings: Topshop, €8 – Shop HERE

Bag: ASOS, €13.51 – Shop HERE

Shoes: ASOS, €40.54 – Shop HERE

Look 5

Top: Topshop, €75 – Shop HERE

Skirt: River Island, €50 – Shop HERE

Earrings: River Island, €10 – Shop HERE

Bag: ASOS, €33.78 – Shop HERE

Shoes: ASOS, €29.33 – Shop HERE

Stylishly yours,

Heather x

*Please Note: The above included links are affiliate links and Heather may receive commission based on sales via these links*

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Trend Alert: Pretty In Polka Dots

Lots of us have wardrobes which could do with the injection of some print. Polk dot print is a real classic which is coming back big this Spring/Summer. Check out the style inspiration below for some ideas on how to style this fashionable print.

Style Inspiration

Check out how you can replicate these looks with our high-street picks below 🙂

High-street Picks

Bodysuit: River Island, €43 – Shop HERE
Blazer: Topshop, €52 – Shop HERE
Dress: ASOS, €43.24 – Shop HERE
Skirt: River Island, €50 – Shop HERE
Top: ASOS, €37.84 – Shop HERE
Dress: Topshop, €68 – Shop HERE
Skirt: River Island, €24.32 – Shop HERE
Top: River Island, €43 – Shop HERE
Dress: ASOS, €60.84 – Shop HERE
Dress: Boohoo.com, €22 – Shop HERE
Playsuit: ASOS, €28.03 – Shop HERE

Stylishly yours,

Heather x

*Please Note: The above included links are affiliate links and Heather may receive commission based on sales via these links*

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