With fashion constantly changing it's easy to feel bombarded by the "What's Hot What's Not" features or feel lured in by the daily promotion of "trends" online. Quite quickly you may realise you're not dressing for yourself but instead purchasing items with a cloudy vision and once home you become conscious that it's either not your particular style or they don't flow with the rest of your wardrobe.
It's a new Season and with it brings lots of fresh energy. The lighter mornings are energising, the brighter evenings are motivating and the cherry blossoms are in bloom.Spring is definitely my favourite month as it's the first out of hibernation and the home of my birth month. I have started the big "Spring Clean" with the wardrobe situation. Thick, bulky clothing is removed, revealing space to welcome in the lighter garments. I purchased some IKEA plastic boxes so that I can store my Winter sweaters and coats away leaving me with optimal space.
All hail the stretchy garments! Pregnancy this time around has been very different, I'm older, (7 years older to be precise), eating better, feeling better and because I'm due in August I can dress more comfortably. I've been wearing my usual sized clothes so far and just opting for fabrics that have a bit of give, ones that will work around the new curves instead of adding to and bulking them.
Happy Monday! It may be bank holiday weekend but I've been working every day whilst trying to incorporate fun events for Andre. It's becoming a real task maintaining the same amount of work whilst being pregnant and having Andre off from School. In the future I'd love to have a team to help with projects as things expand. Who knows what will happen, for now all I can do is keep going! In the meantime I will carry on with all the elements I love, I really enjoy shooting outfits as the feedback I've had from those pregnant or not has been so encouraging. For someone to say they love these posts because they're curvy and it gives them some style inspiration makes me feel incredibly happy. I love that everyone can feel inclusive, I like to mix high-street and high-end brands and give tips on shopping sale items that are seasonless.
For the longest time I've had an idea of what I'd like to do or where I would like to be but felt like I've been coasting. The strangest feeling of peddling underwater almost, or being trapped in a snapchat slo-mo filter vortex. It's odd, it's frustrating. It's really difficult when you're a creative because you have a vision and you see it immediately but those around you might not. There's going to be some who immediately get and appreciate what you're doing and with others it takes a little time. Especially if you're being a little unorthodox in the game!
If you follow me on instagram you would have seen the progress pics of my growing bump, however I haven't really updated much on here. In all honesty I've been really busy with work and being a parent to a very active and constantly hungry 7 year old! I'm currently 19 weeks, 20 on Friday, which not only marks my 5 month stage but also is the date to find out the gender of our child, hopefully. I've tried to show as much of the progression as possible and share with you my outfit choices as I know how hard it is to dress a changing body shape. (see @carlymusleh instagram)
Happy Valentines day, today and everyday to all my readers and followers. I have to admit I'm not a huge celebrator of the day, I'm not a big romantic and luckily neither is Rich. I'd rather have Vogue magazine than some teddy but I still appreciate the day. However we do both love to get dressed up and go for food, fortunately there's a great variety of restaurants and bars in the North East. We shot these images at the New Northumbrian hotel on Osborne Road which sits adjoined to Scalinis, one of my favourite Italians.