A Yorkshire based parenting & lifestyle blog written by Claire Chircop.

REDEFINING MY PERSONAL STYLE SINCE BECOMING A MUM.

*This post contains gifted items & is in collaboration with Femme Luxe*

It's safe to say that since becoming a mum, my personal style had pretty much gone out of the window & it's only in the last couple of months that I've started to feel like my usual self again.

Pre-baby I was always quite slim, I had a pretty decent waist and although I was never 100% body confident, I'd say I was pretty happy with how I looked.
Over the last year my body has ballooned to accommodate for a growing baby and even though I found adjusting to my pregnancy body pretty difficult to begin with, towards the latter end of my pregnancy I was more body confident than ever - I loved my curvaceous baby bump!
Fast forward to having Amelia & I was left with a body which I can only describe as deflated & flat as a fart - I'm all for mums being real & celebrating their post partum bodies, Stacey Solomon does an absolute killer job at this, but for me it's something I found quite difficult - I'd say it took me a good 6-7 months to feel like me again.

And that was down to redefining my personal style.

I set up a Pinterest board (corny I know), pinning everything I wanted my new style to look like, and surprisingly I had the vast majority of it in my wardrobe, I just didn't know how to utilise it... I'm blaming baby brain on that one!

I'd like to think my style is casually tailored. I like blazers & long line coats with sharp lapels, but I also like grunging my look up with a pair of trainers and a slouchy white slogan tee. When I'm at home being mum, I like to be as comfortable as possible, so I've been selecting things for my new wardrobe that are essentially the best of both worlds - Let's get stuck into a couple of newbies in my wardrobe.

The black cropped jumper*.


Never in a million years after having a baby did I think I'd be into wearing cropped tops or jumpers and showing a bit of mum tum, but hey, here I am - It's not actually very often anymore that I'm not wearing something that isn't cropped.

I love the high waited trousers and cropped tee look!... And you'll be surprised at the multiple of sins a pair of high waisted trousers will cover.

I chose the Mila cropped long sleeve jumper in my usual size and although at first I thought it was too oversized for me, I've actually come to love it! I think the oversized fit adds to the effect of the jumper & I actually can't imagine it being any smaller on me - I love the fit of it!

Because the jumper is jet black too, it'll go with absolutely everything in my wardrobe. I've definitely gotten pickier since having Amelia when it comes to clothes buying, as I want my pieces to be multifunctional & I think that's exactly what this jumper is.





The white slogan tee*.


I think everyone needs a white slogan tee in their wardrobe! Whether you're wearing your slogan loud and proud or your using your tee as an extra layer under a nice thick knit, I think a tee like this Alyssa sweet but psycho t-shirt is essential.

I ordered the top in my usual size again and I do feel it comes up quite oversized, however because it's a stretchy fabric I'm able to tie the bottom in a knot & wear it like the model did on the Femme Luxe website - Something I've never actually done before (woe is me right?) but a style I'm actually kind of digging!

I've paired my tee pretty simply with a pair of high waisted tapered jeans, and my new black military style boots. This is an every day type of look for me, and I think fuses the two casual, yet tailored styles together perfectly.





The 'put together' loungewear set*.


Black is the new black right?

As soon as I saw the Asia belted loungewear set I knew I had to have it! As I previously mentioned, because I'm at home quite a lot of the time with my little girl so I need clothing items that are going to be comfy and practical, but I also want them to look cute... And that's exactly what I've got here.

What I love about loungewear sets like this is that they take absolutely no thought whatsoever - I can just throw it on & instantly look like I'm put together & I mean business.

I have to admit I was surprised by the material of the Asia loungewear set as it reminds me of football shirt material, that being said, I do still really like the set. I think it's a very flattering fit & I can't wait to keep wearing it & feeling boujee when I'm at home drowning in brightly coloured plastic baby toys.





I've been buying a few other bits and pieces recently, I think my Pinterest board has well & truly made me want to spend every last penny I have on clothes -Today I just wanted to show you the pieces I was kindly gifted by Femme Luxe Finery & talk a little about how my styles changed since becoming a mum.

How has your personal style changed since becoming a mum? Do you even have one?... It took me a long time to find mine!

Claire.X


All items marked with a * have been gifted to me - All words & opinions are my own.

MAMA IN QUESTION: CHERYL FLOUNDERS.

Welcome to my mini-series Mama in Question, a 10 question questionnaire filled out by mama's all across the country, hoping to serve motherhood realness and show all new mums out there that we're all in this together... & we're all just winging it!
Details of how you can get involved will be down below.


Mama: Cheryl Flounders.
Children: Lissia Daisy (2 years old) Jesse George (7 weeks old).


Q1. What's one thing you said you wouldn't do as a parent that you 
definitely have done?

I thought I would be a lot stricter when it came to things like sugar and watching TV! That’s not to say I let Lissi binge on chocolate and watch cartoons all day, but I think everything in moderation is fine. It’s amazing how a tantruming toddler can suddenly switch to little angel when the offer of a chocolate button is made! 

Q2. What's been the hardest thing about motherhood so far?
With Lissia it was the sleep deprivation - she didn’t start sleeping through consistently until about 18 months and still wakes once a week.
I distinctly remember in our last NCT session going around the room and each person saying what they feared most about parenthood, all of the women said childbirth and I said the lack of sleep - think I jinxed myself! Sleep wasn’t great during my latest pregnancy either, so having not had a full night of unbroken sleep in over two years, having a newborn currently wake me each night is no big deal.
What I wasn’t prepared for, with either, is the worry and mum guilt!
 

Q3. Have you settled into a routine with your little one? If so, how 
easy has it been?

With Lissi, yes, though she has pretty much dropped her nap at home now (nightmare!) so that’s changed things again. Since being a baby she has preferred to have some sort of consistency in each day with regards to eating and sleeping.
Jesse is too young for a routine yet, but I’d like to establish a bit of one with him at around three months. For now, we’re just being led by him with regards to feeds and sleep. Thankfully he’s not had any day/night confusion like many newborns do.

Q4. What's surprised you most about motherhood?
With both of my babies it was falling in love with them at first sight! I wasn’t expecting to be so over heels right away but as soon as they were placed in my arms that was it, utterly besotted!

Q5. Do you think social media portrays motherhood correctly?
I actually do, a lot of mums online are open about the struggles of motherhood as well as sharing the fun times. I think this is really important, to show a balance of the good and tough times because let’s be real, being a mum is no walk in the park.

Q6. How do you feel about your postpartum body?
I was lucky after Lissi to drop the pregnancy weight fairly quickly. I put this down to breastfeeding and joining a fitness class for mums and babies. The two hour walks with her in a pushchair to get her to nap really helped too (ha!). It’s a bit early to tell this time round but I’m happy with how my bump is shrinking - I did not enjoy the contractions during the first week of breastfeeding, which no-one warned me about with a second baby, it felt like being in labour again! But it seems to have helped.

Q7. What's been your favourite memory so far on your parenting journey?
Ooh, I have lots! Breastfeeding both has been a lovely experience.
For Lissi it has been watching her grow into a little girl, she’s very sociable and strong willed - it’s lovely to see her personality develop. It’s still early days with Jesse but we’ve started to get the first smiles and little noises, which are adorable.

Q8. How do you feel you've changed since becoming a parent?
I’m a lot more tolerant and patient. I definitely have a newfound respect for parents, until you are one, there’s no-way of knowing how much it changes your life. I also think I’m more appreciative of the little things in life.

Q9. What's been your proudest motherhood moment?
Lissi makes me proud most days, she’s such a little character. Seeing her with Jesse is lovely, she just wants to hold him and shower him with kisses! We recently had a parents’ evening at her nursery - she goes twice a week - and they presented us with a folder of photos and memories since she started a year ago, it was so amazing to see how she has got involved and joined in with all the activities and enjoyed every moment.

Q10. Looking to the future, what are you most excited for your little one to experience?
Lots! All the good things that life brings, family holidays and travel, new tastes, making friends… But I’m especially excited to see Lissia and Jesse start to interact with each other!

Cheryl's Socials.
Blog: www.iwantnevergets.me
Twitter: @_iwantnevergets
Instagram: @cherylflounders
Pinterest: cherylgoddard

If you're wanting to get involved please feel free to DM me @ClaireMacBlog or send me an email to clairemacblog@gmail.com as I'd love for you to join the 'Mama's in Question' party bus.

You can answer whatever you feel comfortable answering, all I ask is that it's honest! I wan't to show others how flipping hard this parenting lark is!... Because I don't think we give ourselves enough credit for it! And we should! I'll of course be sharing the ish out of your social medias & blogs etc, so let's let loose, connect with one another and raise a glass to all those mamas just getting by!

Claire.X