Thursday, 27 February 2014



I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

I loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.

My tongue, every atom of my blood, form’d from this soil, this air,
Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their parents the same,
I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin,
Hoping to cease not till death.

Creeds and schools in abeyance,
Retiring back a while sufficed at what they are, but never forgotten,
I harbor for good or bad, I permit to speak at every hazard,
Nature without check with original energy.
Part 1 of Song Of Myself by Walt Whitman, via 1

The Outfit
Vintage 1970s Liberty Print Pregnancy Maxi Dress: made by late granny Kiki for my Mother
Rosebud Clips: from Accessorize
Black Belt: old from the high street 

The Soundtrack
Nick Drake: Place To Be
Photos taken at my parents' house a few weeks ago when I was 22 weeks pregnant with twins.
The large portrait I'm sitting next to shows late granny Kiki in her early twenties.

Thanks for your thoughts on nursing dresses. I may need to opt for separates much of the time when breastfeeding, but refuse to give up my dress addiction entirely. Some of you were asking for an example of what I'm looking for, it's this sort of thing, with a wrap tie front and hidden panels for nursing beneath, only below knee length and ideally a little more interesting:

or button down styles like this:
I'm well aware I may be asking the impossible! Have already succumbed and bought one high street nursing dress. And if need be there's always dresses like these on Ebay......

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Blooming Madly

"What is the meaning of life? That was all- a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one.”
Extract from To The Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf, via 1


The Outfit
Vintage 1930s Ponyskin Leopard Print Coat: made by Granny Kiki for Kiki Couture
Black Floral Maternity Dress: in a sale from Asos
Brown Boots: from New Look
Black Faux Fur Hat: a gift from an ex-boyfriend many years ago
Pale Blue Gloves: passed down from Granny Penny
The Soundtrack
Kate Bush: Ariel
There are many wonderful things about being pregnant, and growing a bump twice as large as the usual; but finding maternity and nursing (breastfeeding) clothes is nigh on impossible without resorting to the High Street brands, which I hate to do. 
I don't want to have to dress like a dull as dishwater mummy in striped nursing top and leggings just because I'm pregnant, it shouldn't have to be that way! With potentially a few years of breastfeeding ahead of me though, I need all the help I can get from you gorgeous vintage shopping goddesses, to find beautiful second hand nursing clothes, particularly dresses, that don't cost a bomb and help hide the tum...
So if any of you eagle eyed UK based lovelies ever see any size 10 - 12 maxi/nursing dresses (with buttons down the chest, pull down tops or covered slits for the nipples) when you're perusing your local charity shop haunts, please do pick them up for me and I will repay you the money with interest, and many many thanks!
Thank you all so much for your kind congratulations and well wishes!
 I look forward to charting my  multiple pregnancy progress through this blog in the months to come.
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