A day at the beach

We had a lovely day at the beach today. Huxley seriously loves the sea. He was just crawling straight into it with the waves crashing into his face without a care in the world.

Nick snapped some photos of me in my new bikini and I thought about whether or not I wanted to post them for ages. I still feel unsure about it but I’ve been walking around all day in it without a care in the world so this probably isn’t too different (apart from the permanence of things on the internet of course).

To be honest, I never thought I’d look this good after having a baby. Not that I think I look like Sjana or Em or Rosie Londoner or Natasha Oakley or anything but honestly I had images of flab and stretch marks for the rest of my life so I don’t think I’m doing too badly. And I’ve got to remember that it’s still a work in progress, although I am only a few pounds off my pre-baby weight now anyway so even if it doesn’t change then I’m still pretty happy. Although it does look like I’m stuck with that dreadful dark line down my stomach. Oh well. You win some, you lose some.

There’s a link to my bikini top here but the bottoms are sold out online.

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Today I’m Wearing: A Mango strapless dress

Another dress from my recent Mango order. Perfect for paddling in the sea with a baby – well that was my first thought when I saw it anyway ;)

I am LOVING the heatwave we’re having right now. Nick and I are extremely fortunate with the amount of time that we get to spend together as a family and it’s something that I don’t take for granted as I know it won’t last forever. We’ve been making the most of the beautiful weather recently and getting ourselves down to the beach as much as possible.

The first couple of times we tried to take Huxley in the sea he really wasn’t happy about it and cried almost immediately so this time we tried something a bit different. Rather than getting him to paddle into the sea, we held him and walked ourselves into the sea so that he could calmly watch the waves from afar. He looked pretty hypnotised by the waves and after a little while we lowered him in. He looked a bit unsure at first, probably because it was quite cold, but after a little while we sat down with him on our lap and he was leaning forward to splash the sea and was giggling every time a wave splashed up into his face. You may have seen my little video on Instagram.

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Dress: Mango

Has anyone else been naughty in the sales recently? I have to admit that rather uncharacteristically of me I’ve gone a bit nuts this time round. I think it’s just because I’m so excited to actually fit in stuff again and feel like I look relatively good in it. I went into New Look last week and saw a bunch of stuff that I really liked but didn’t buy it and then I went in a few days after and it was all in the sale so I decided to treat myself. And Nick very kindly treated me to a new pair of shoes. He’s a keeper. I also picked up a couple of new bikinis which I might feature here if I feel brave enough!

If trudging round the bustling shops in a frenzied sale spree free-for-all isn’t your thing then check out http://www.voucherbin.co.uk for some offers you can enjoy from the comfort of your sofa while you munch on a Kitkat Chunky. I bloody love a Kitkat Chunkys


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Today I’m Wearing: A Mango dress & Warehouse sandals

I picked up a couple of dresses in the Mango sale the other day which is a real treat for me. I absolutely love Mango stuff but we’ve only got a small concession in our House of Fraser and there isn’t a ‘real’ Mango anywhere near us so their stuff can be quite hard for me to get hold of.

They’ve done an absolutely beautiful range of ‘boho-style’ dresses this season and I feel like every time I see a blogger wearing something I love lately, it always seems to be from Mango.

My husband is not a fan of this dress. He says it looks like a tent. But I love it. It’s so comfy and airy and it’s the easiest thing ever to just slip on in the morning without having to think about it.

I’m also wearing some new Warehouse sandals that were kindly sent to me from House of Fraser. They are so comfy!

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