Thursday, 23 May 2013

Top five push present ideas

Push presents are traditionally a US practice and are basically what they say on the tin - a gift from the hubby to the mum after she's had a baby.

However, they are now becoming increasingly popular in the UK with new mums asking their other halves to recognise their efforts of labour.

And with Prince William hinting Kate Middleton would be getting a few push presents of her own after the birth of their little Prince or Princess, this trend looks to grow more and more for us Brits.

A push present is often a piece of jewellery - many men opt for an eternity ring - but it can basically be anything you fancy. As long as it screams luxury and is purely for you.

For example, I'm not really into jewellery so I managed to wangle a pair of Louboutins out of my other half after I had my little one - shhh don't tell him I can't walk in them.

I've put together a little luxury list of push presents from jewellery to bags. Tell him to get saving now.

Mulberry Flower Mini leather shoulder bag, £395, Net-a-Porter

Pamper spa day voucher, £100, Red Letter Days

Diamond and Ruby Ring in 9k White Gold, £299, Diamond Manufacturers

Simple patent pump, Christian Louboutin, £485

Delicate Pearl Studs, £165, Pandora

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Maternity fashion reader question: Where can I find over the bump skinny jeans?

As many of you will already know, I set up Does My Bump after I struggled to find those perfect maternity clothes when I was pregnant.

After one too many shopping trips when I came home with nothing but swollen feet and a headache and after speaking to many of my pregnant friends, I decided I'd start a site where women could find all the maternity fashion inspiration they needed under one virtual roof.

I love getting questions about maternity fashion from our readers and trying my best to help them out, so today this post is for Colette who came to us after she struggled to find a pair of over the bump skinny jeans.

The problem many pregnant women find when searching for a pair of maternity skinny jeans is that quite a few are designed with a narrow band that sits under the bump.

This is because the cut of the jean works better this way.

However, it doesn't suit everyone and it seems Blooming Marvellous has woken up to this fact, designing this pair of maternity skinny jeans with an over the bump option. At £30 the jean sits in the average price for denim and is great for providing the support your bump needs.

It comes in bright blue, which is great for channelling this year's colour trend, or a simple timeless black. Buy them now from Mothercare.

Maternity summer little black dresses inspired by Halle Berry and Kim Kardashian

The maternity little black dress has made a huge stance on the celebrity style front.

Over the past week Kim Kardashian and Halle Berry have opted for one of these classic frocks to show off their bumps.

However, they both chose totally different occasions to wear them.

Kim opted for a Yves Saint Laurent leather trim number for a night out in New York, while Halle dressed her LBD with a hooded cardi down for the school run.

We heart how versatile this classic frock can be, and think it's an essential addition to any maternity wardrobe.

Dress your maternity LBD down with flats for a day at the office or a summer day out, or style it up with heels for a night on the town.

Below are some of our fave summer maternity LBDs.

Blooming Marvellous Black Maternity Dress, £20, Mothercare

Maternity Dress with Chiffon Skirt, Jonna, Rock-a-bye-Rosie, £65

Black Short Sleeve Shift Dress, £38, Seraphine Maternity

ASOS Maternity Swing Dress In Acid Wash, £18


Black Linen Maternity Dress, Jojo Maman Bebe, £39

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Kim Kardashian shows off baby bump in leather trim Yves Saint Laurent LBD

Image: Kim Kardashian Instagram
Her maternity style has been notoriously hit and miss, but Kim Kardashian got it right over the weekend when she turned up in New York showing off her bump in a little black dress.

The reality star looked stunning in a black sleeved Yves Saint Laurent frock with leather detailing on the neckline as she stepped out to support boyfriend Kanye at the Rockefeller Centre, where he was performing.

We think the dress is a great hit for Kim who recently admitted to Grazia that her body confidence had fallen and she was resorting to anything that fitted and was comfortable for her growing figure.

We just hope that this is a style she keeps to.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Top five summer sandals for your maternity wardrobe

Summer sometimes isn't kind to yummy-mummies-to-be, especially if you're in the later stages of your pregnancy.

Not only does our body temperature rise more than the average persons but our feet are more likely to swell, making wearing those heels or wedges a bit of a nightmare.

However,  there's light at the end of the fashion tunnel and it comes in the form of flat summer sandals, which are great for teaming up with summer maternity dresses or maternity shorts. Go for  on-trend neon, studs or leopard print or keep it simple with a pair of Gladiators.

Ladies suffering from the dreaded swelling can also opt for a simple strap style or go for a sandal that's been designed for wider feet.

Accessorise with painted toe nails - if you can't quite reach them get your other half to help - and you're all set to step into summer in style.

Ravel Leather Multi Leopard Toepost Sandals, £30, Barratts

Office Incarnation gold glitter sandal £32

Studded sandals, Zara, £39.99

Buekers, £45, Aldo

Judy leather toe post flat sandal, £49, Dune