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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Asos Cold Shoulder Top







Top - Asos

Hey guys, long time no blog! well it hasn't been to long but it's been a while.  Ava turned one yesterday!!  I feel like every time I talk about her I say how much time has just flown by, but it really has.

We threw her a big party on Saturday, it was amazing and better than I even expected.  She was baptized on Sunday followed by a small family dinner. So the past few weeks have been jam packed with a lot of party planning but it was worth it, I had the best weekend ever.  I posted a few pics on the gram so check it out!

Now on to the outfit, I haven't worn shorts in ages, I really love these tailored shorts from Prettylittlethings, I was actually surprised by how thick the material is, sometimes with Prettylittlethings there items can be quite see through so I was really impressed.

I love this off the shoulder top, I mean we can't really get away from off the shoulder right now, everyone seems to be wearing them.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Bardot Floral High Split Maxi Dress


 




Dress - Asos
Sandals - Asos

This is my favourite summer dress.  The print is absolutely beautiful, the fabric is super light so makes it perfect for a hot summers day.  I actually wore this on the hottest day in London so far and it was really comfortable.

This dress sold out really fast, I have linked it so hopefully it will be back in stock soon, I'm on the lookout for similar versions.

Ava wanted to say hi! look how big she is, shes catching up to me! I can't believe that she is turning one in 2 weeks, where does time go.  I'm currently finalising her birthday plans which I'm really excited about.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Asos Bow Dress








Dress - Asos
Sandals - Asos (other colours here, here and here)
Earrings - Old

It was so hot in London yesterday it was hard to find anything comfortable to wear.  I forgot I had bought this off the should bow dress a few months ago.  I love the big bow at the front and how the dress lightly hugs your figure, it's a perfect summer dress.  

I paired the dress with these cute tie sandals from Asos, you can tie them a bit higher, but if you have short legs like myself you have to be careful as your legs will appear shorter than they already are.






Thursday, 6 July 2017

Natural Baby Products


I have been meaning to write this post for a while now, but I'm glad I put it off until I truly tried and tested these products for a few months before reviewing them.  I have an obsession with finding natural and organic products for myself, so I definitely knew I wanted the same for Ava.

It's funny because before I became aware of how many chemicals a lot of products contain especially from big brands, I just blindly assumed that these companies would make sure all the ingredients were safe and natural, definitely a wrong assumption!  I will be sharing more of the natural products I enjoy here on the blog so keep an eye out.

Body Wash Products


Weleda Shampoo and Body Wash - This was the first body wash I used on Ava, it has a creamy consistency, it doesn't have a strong scent if any and only lathers up slightly.  The main ingredients are Calendula and Almond oil.  I used this for a couple of months on Ava and for the price you get a lot of use out of it.  I still use this now, but I wanted to try out some other options.

Tiddley Pom Organic Baby Wash - This baby wash is my favourite! and its organic.  I love that this wash lathers up more.  It has a lovely mild flowery smell and the main ingredients are chamomile and aloe vera.

Atelya Organics -  This is another 100% organic wash, it smells lovely and lathers up well.  I did like this body wash but it does leave Ava's skin a bit dry so I won't be buying this again for Ava after its finished.

Moisturiser


Kokoso Coconut Oil - Coconut oil is everything! it's an all purpose oil, I use it as my moisturiser, on my hair and as a cooking oil.  It was a no brainer to use it on Ava too.

When she was a newborn up until about 6 months old I only used coconut oil on Ava's skin and hair.
I believe the less ingredients you use on a babies delicate new skin the better.  I also use coconut oil on her instead of nappy cream or baby powder. Coconut oil acts as a barrier and prevents irritation, I believe this is the reason why Ava has never had a rash.

I will always use coconut oil on Ava like I have done on myself for the last four years.  The Kokoso brand pictured above is great, but it finished very quickly.  We now use the same coconut oil I use for myself from Holland and Barretts, the jar is much bigger and if you buy it when Holland and Barretts are doing buy one and get one for a penny, you get a whole jar for free!

Weleda Baby Oil -  As I mentioned above, coconut oil is bae! it will always be a staple.  but as I really loved Weleda's baby wash so I wanted to give their oil a try.  It's a great alternative oil which contains calendula.  It's also 100% organic which is not easy to find in natural products.  This oil also gives Ava's hair a lovely shine.  I will definitely keep this in my arsenal of products too.


Hair Products


Shea Moisture Mango and Carrot Conditioner - From newborn to 6 months old I only used the two body washes mentioned above on Ava.  At around 6 months when her hair started growing a lot more in length and thickness so she needed a more moisturising product.

I already use Shea Moisture myself, their a great natural brand.  The mango and carrot conditioner is super moisturising and smells amazing.  I leave this in Ava's hair whilst she's bathing to give her a mini deep conditioner.  I also added the shampoo from the same range at around 8 months old.

I love to use Almond oil and Argan oil to add shine to Ava's hair, When she was born I only used a bit of oil on her hair.  Now she's almost one I will be adding hair cream from the Shea Moisture range to her routine.

I also sometimes use the Jamaican Castor Oil on a small patch that Ava has where the hair is growing a bit slower then the rest of her hair.  It's great for hair growth and I have seen a bit of growth there from using it.




For nappies and wipes I love to use Water Wipes, it's a chemical free brand which only contains purified water and fruit extracts.  It's important to use pure products to prevent nappy rashes, especially avoiding wipes that contain fragrances.

I use Naty by Nature Nappies which is made from natural and renewable materials, is chlorine free and fragrance free.  They fit great and I have never experienced any leakages.

I love all these products and will definitely continue using them. So far Ava has irritation free skin and I think all these natural products have contributed to this.


Saturday, 1 July 2017

Pink Ruffle Top







Sandals - Public Desire
Jeans - Old (similar here and here)
Top - Ebay (Similar here, here and here)


Happy Saturday guys! I hope your having a lovely day.  I'm currently chilling listening to some old school 90's music, the best era of music in my opinion!

These pictures take me back to the mini heatwave we had last week, this top was perfect for the weather, the material is really light.  I bought this top for about £5 on Ebay last year, it's definitely worth every penny, if not more!  It's sold out since so I have tried to find similar alternatives for you guys.