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ALEXANDER WANG - The Cut Out Details At the beginning of the year I shot with the incredibly talented photographer Chris Davis in collaboration with Mazda UK and Jules B. It's exciting to work with such inspiring creatives, especially when they're from the North East. At the time of this shoot I was 15 weeks pregnant and although I wasn't showing massively I still found it a little tricky putting an outfit together. I wanted to prove that being pregnant doesn't mean that you have to cover up and shy away from cut out details that may expose a little of the stomach. 

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.

Staying Focused 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!

VALENTINES 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.

8 So at 13 weeks pregnant I've now entered the awkward stage, the is she/isn't she appearance that looks more like I've over indulged than harbouring a growing child.

JANE NORMAN Now that the festive period is over I feel it's time to embrace and prepare for Spring. Problem being, is that it's not exactly Spring-like weather. The icy air makes me shiver at thought of bare legs but how can we incorporate new season clothes into our wardrobe without compromising warmth. Layering is the obvious choice, you can wear a cute Spring dress with an oversized knit or faux-fur jacket. It's a transitional  period where you can bring pieces from Winter and mix with lighter textures and pastel hues.

Greyscale It's a new year and I'm looking forward to seeing what the future has to offer. Last year was crazy as you can see in my 'Thank You 2015' post, this year I'd love to travel more with my family. Andre keeps asking to visit Italy so I'd love to be able to take him and hopefully more of America as I've been to Miami and Boston but LA and New York are on my list.

GLOVERALL CHESTERFIELD I always feel very proud when I wear a beautifully made garment by a British designer. Gloverall was established in the 1950s when Gloves and Overalls wholesalers H&F Morris were offered a large supply of military duffle coats which sold out quickly. From this success Gloverall was born creating tailor-made car coats and reefer jackets making them an established British outerwear brand.

LITTLE MISTRESS TULLE SKIRT Tis the season to go all out, I'm talking sparkle, lace, floor length or tulle. There's no set dress code, it's all about fun and celebrating the festive period.