Bravado Designs | Nursing bras review

Hi Cherubs!

My blog has definitely taken on a new direction since being pregnant and I am so excited to grow and adapt my work to motherhood and things that are helping make my life easier. Since being pregnant my boobs have gone from a small B cup to a D (close to DD) and while many of you would think that was great it has been a big pain for me. I liked my small boys, clothes fit better and they didn't give me any discomfort in my back. 

With my new larger friends I had to buy some new bras and I looked on ASOS and picked up some nursing bras figuring that they will be comfortable and last me throughout pregnancy and after when I need them for breastfeeding. I ordered 2 bras from the same brand, one was slightly too small and the other slightly too big, but I kept them anyway and just put up with it because I was desperate at the time. I was actually pretty miserable wearing those, I couldn't wait till the end of the day when I could take them off, they dug into my back/ribs and didn't enhance my new fuller breasts at all. 

When Bravado Designs got in touch with me to see if I wanted to try out some of their range I didn't reply straight away, instead I asked my friend who is currently preggers with her second child if she'd heard of the brand before. She got quite excited and said it was the only brand she wore for her first pregnancy and she'd been wearing them again ever since finding out about her second. 

Now onto the review after that longwinded intro, but I just wanted to give you guys a bit of background on my miserable boobs! 

Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra*

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I should mention that I measured myself again before placing my order using the directions on the Bravado Designs site which were super easy to follow and everything I received fit me perfectly. So if you are unsure or just curious I would recommend their sizing tool and video.

The gorgeous Limited edition color in Twilight called my name so I tried this one on first. It deffo has a sports bra kind of vibe but with hook and eye bra closure to the back. I love the wide band with the rib detailing and the high coverage cup, it gives a lot of support which should help ease my back pain from my weighty boobs! Also its great that there is 4 hook and eye length options so you can choose how tight or loose you want the fit, I'm currently using it on the last latch but hopefully once I'm done with the pregnancy and loosing my baby weight I'll be able to go down in length and still feel comfortable. 

This is a nursing bra so it does come with the classic clip down cup for easy access for breastfeeding, but I think most pregnant women ditch their normal bras and opt for nursing bras for the comfort and support. As I said earlier my boobs have been such a pain for me my whole pregnancy, I've had back pain, my clothes don't fit right and I just couldn't wait to take my bra off at the end of the day because they irritated me so much. When I first tried this bra on I got quite emotional. I was upset that I'd spent 6 months of my pregnancy in a lot of discomfort because of my breasts and just trying this seamless nursing bra on I already felt 100x better. I was texting my friend about it and she said well you've got 3 months now of happy boobs and she is completely right! It may not be the sexiest looking bra but I couldn't care less now, comfort all the way, its simple, sleek and I really enjoy wearing it. My husband really likes it too!

I should also mention that the fabric is extremely soft and stretchy, it moulds perfectly over those lady lumps! $49 and worth every dollar... I'm going to treat myself to another one I just can't decide between the grey and the pink, help?

Buttercup Nursing Bra*

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This style is definitely more of what I'm used to, it just looks like a normal bra to be honest, the only giveaway being the nursing clips. The cup comes down all the way which I should imagine is a big bonus for breastfeeding. Again the fabric is amazingly soft and it washes well FYI! I love the rose gold accents and the little bow between the cups. It has a pretty structured shape and gives you great looking boobs in your clothes, kinda looks like there is under wire but there isn't which is a big plus as they can be quite uncomfortable. This bra also comes with a back extender which I've never seen before but I've kept it safe because you never know what the next 3 months will bring especially when I am partial to a croissant of two!

This style fits like a dream and moulds perfectly to my shape with no gaping anywhere. It feels supportive too and I can wear all day without counting down the hours until I can put my pjs on! Priced at $52 but again worth it for feeling comfortable.

Body Silk Seamless Nursing Cami*

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A nursing cami is definitely an essential that I've been missing. You have the Body Silk Nursing Bra and a cami all in one, it fits exactly the same as the bra (the most comfortable thing ever!!!) and its flattering on my bump. Its all seamless too so you can wear it discreetly layered under your clothes or just on its own if you are constantly boiling hot like me. I think this will be a key piece for me as I'm having a winter baby so I can wear it under sweaters or shirts and still feel cosy whilst I'm feeding my little lady. Again it moulds perfectly to my body with no gaping, you can also change the straps to criss cross if you want to hide them under your clothes, you can do this with all the bras btw.

This cami is priced at $55 which I think is great as you get a top and bra in one. I will probably get another one of these too in black just for keeping me warm in the winter months whilst I'm breastfeeding.

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Thank you to Bravado Designs for the lovely gift! I had almost given up on finding a comfortable nursing bra. If you are currently pregnant or nursing I honestly can't recommend them enough. If you just buy one then I recommend the Body Silk Seamless Nursing bra, your boobs will be so happy!

Love Sarah

Baby Girls Nursery tour

Hi Cherubs!

My nursery is finally finished, I'm missing a few essentials like a diaper genie (my husband doesn't think this is essential) full stock of diapers, wipes car seat and pram etc but if baby girl was born tomorrow I'd be kinda ok. Also I am fully aware she won't be using her nursery to its full potential for a fair few months but it makes me happy and thats all that matters my friends. 

I am officially in my third trimester now and I wanted her room to be done so I could just chill for the next 12 weeks and not have to build a dresser or hang curtains, or make my husband do it after a long day at work. I'm gonna link absolutely everything I can below, hope you like it!

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One of the hard things about living in a rented apartment is that you can't put up some fancy wallpaper or paint the walls how you like it, instead your left with beige walls and yes it looks clean and its easy work with but it just lacks personality. Honestly I'm dreaming of the day we can afford our own house where I can design the whole thing, but we live in Silicon Valley where a mediocre house will set you back a few million... I'll keep on dreaming! So one of the ways I coped with this beige situation is with some fun confetti style wall decals. I found some great options on Minted Method Shop and they definitely make the room feel more baby friendly but still chic. 

Since we're not actually from America we tend to have quite a few friends and family over from the UK so we had to work with a sofa bed that was already in the room and it was out of the question to move it elsewhere. We changed out the old throw cushions and added more nursery friendly ones, I love the cloud cushion from Zoella Lifestyle and it pairs perfectly with my faux fur cloud rug from Kroma Carpets. 

The room has got a loose pink and grey theme with some brass accents thanks to my purse friendly dresser knobs options from Home Depot. We also couldn't resist the baby animal prints from, I've seen these in a few Pinterest nursery ideas and I just think they are perfect for engaging little ones. Tina the bear head is from Target and they have so many cute animal head options you are bound to find something that works with your baby's room.

Sofa bed - Ikea
Dresser - Ikea
Dresser knobs - Home Depot
Wall Decals - Minted Method Shop
Lamp - Target
Mirror - Target
Changing pad - Amazon
Speaker - B&O
Pink cushions - Ikea
Grey cushion - h&m
Prints - Minted
Bear head - Target

Catch up on my pregnancy posts here & here

Love Sarah

Pixi Beauty | Skincare Favourites

Hi Cherubs!

Slightly different post for you this Monday as I had a lovely labour day weekend off in Portland so  I didn't have chance to shoot outfits and write up a post. But beauty posts are one of my faves anyway and I had a lovely delivery from Pixi last week of lovely make up palettes and 2 skincare items which I will be reviewing today, one that I've tried plenty of times before and one newbie to me which I have wanted to try for ages but was a little scared off and I will explain more below. 

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Pixi - Glow Tonic* | A cult pixi product and one that I have bought many times before. My skin drinks this toner in and helps absorb my moisturizer. I can not skip a toner in my routine because my face tends to dry up without it, I love the Glow Tonic for preventing that and also for brightening up my complexion. If you suffer with acne or scarring I would recommend giving this ago because it helped clear up some scarring on my face, it has 5% glycolic acid which is great for pigmentation and scaring. It also has aloe vera and no alcohol so you don't have to worry about your face burning up after if your skin is sensitive like mine. Now the one thing I don't like about this product is the smell and this is a pregnancy thing, ever since finding out I was pregnant the smell of caramel offends me so much and this toner has a super sweet caramel scent. So I'm gonna save this toner till after my pregnancy when my hormones are back to normal and I can enjoy caramel things again.

100 ml - $15 - Buy here

Pixi - Double Cleanse* | Ok so I have wanted to try this for a while mainly because I adore Caroline Hirons and if she loves a product I always wanna try it out for myself! I have never been a double cleanse kinda gal, unless you count a micellar water which most people don't. A solid cleansing oil scared me off in the past because I was worried it would make my oily skin worse and even break me out in spots, also it looked kinda messy! I have tried this double cleanse on no make up days, little make up days and full make up days just so I could get a real feel for the product. Going forward I will only use this for make up days just because I feel like 2 cleanses on a bare face is a waste of product and time. However for make up days it was a dream to use, my make up melted away and it was extremely gentle on my eye make up and after removing the oil with a damp cloth I actually didn't have any mascara left on my lashes or around my eyes which never happens with my other cleansers. The cream cleanser is equally as gentle and removed any left over make up whilst keeping my skin hydrated. I'm totally sold on this, it has lovely ingredients like vitamin C and E and didn't cause any irritation to my skin. The only down side is that you only get 50ml of each product so If you wear make up everyday then I only think this will last you a month max! It will last me longer because I'm way too lazy to apply make up everyday! Yes love love love this double cleanse!

100 ml - $24 - Buy here

Catch up on last weeks post here

Love Sarah

Pregnancy style | Stripes & culottes

Hi Cherubs!

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I am currently 26 weeks pregnant which means I have 2 weeks left of my second trimester which also means shit is getting real! The countdown is nearly upon me 😬 My sister in law has just had her beautiful baby girl and Its got me thinking about how I'm next and I'm nervous and excited. Last week I have really noticed an increase in ligament pain (under my bump) At first I only noticed it when I exercised but now I feel it every time I move, I've just ordered a bump belt so hopefully that alleviate the pain as I want to workout for as long as possible! 

Super casual outfit and to be honest I was rather hot in this tight all black ensemble as we are in the middle of a heat wave but I was comfy. I have a few things coming in the mail which I am excited to show you over the coming weeks.

Top - American Apparel
Culottes - Topshop
Shoes - Revolve

Catch up on last weeks post here

Love Sarah

ASOS maternity smock dress

Hi Cherubs!

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I am all about comfort at the moment especially when the weather is constantly glorious so this will be my preggo uniform for the foreseeable future. No idea what I will wear when the weather turns because my feet are already swollen so non of my trainers fit, my hands are swollen so I can't take off my bangles or rings and the thought of wearing jeans frightens me. My body temperature is persistently mega hot so hopefully I'll be warm enough to wear dresses and sandals until baby comes and I can wear my normal things again. I sound like I'm moaning but I can assure you I am a happy pregnant lady!

Dress - ASOS
Clutch - Whistles
Sandals - Nordstrom
Bracelet - Hermes
Rings - Azil Boutique

Catch up on last weeks post here

Love Sarah

Skinstore x Philip Kingsley limited edition box

Hi Cherubs!

I am back with another ridiculously good collaboration box from SkinStore, this time they have teamed up with the hair gods behind Philip Kingsley to bring a well rounded hair essentials kit. The box is worth approx $98.25 but available for purchase at $55, this would make a lovely gift for yourself or a loved one. It is limited edition though so you do have to be fast, the last collaboration box sold out quickly! I have blogged about Philip Kingsley products before so if you want to have a nosey at that you can read it here.

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Philip Kingsley is known for his amazing healthy scalp and hair products which are absolute miracle workers! I was introduced to this brand around 6 years ago and at that time I was dealing with a flaky scalp from stress at uni so my friend told me to try Philip Kingsley products and they worked incredibly well at rejuvenating my scalp and leaving strong healthy hair. The products are on the more pricey side but definitely worth it in my opinion.

Now lets take a look at whats inside the SkinStore box!

Philip Kingsley Handbag Brush | Great quality detangling brush which fits perfectly into your handbag or gym bag, it has a cushioned base to softly brush through hair... It's also really pretty!

Geranium and Neroli Elasticizer | I had a sample of this years ago and I loved it then so I was pretty excited to treat my hair to this pre-shampoo mask this week. It smells like a luxury spa and feels like a luxury hair treatment at home. Originally made for Audrey Hepburn, it adds elasticity, manageability and shine to your locks, I would highly recommend this box just for this product! I have recently dyed my hair and it felt so dry and lifeless after so it was a real treat to use this mask, my hair looks and feels back to its normal bouncy happy self.

Body Building Shampoo | Super excited to try this shampoo out, its a new one for me but I have a feeling Philip Kingsley can do no wrong so I reckon I'm gonna love it. Its a gentle, weightless formula that will leave hair more manageable and full of body. 

Moisture Balancing Conditioner | Another new product for me but this is a best selling conditioner for Philip Kingsley which is amazing for smoothness and shine. I always look for products that smooth so happy to try this out. This product is formulated with Wheat Protein (great for taming frizz) and Hydrolyzed Elastin to add strength and reduce breakage.

Citrus Sunshine Swimcap | I am extremely intrigued by this water resistant cream which protects your hair against chlorine, saltwater and UV damage. I have never used a product like this before but I will try it asap as I've been doing a lot of swimming recently, and I've noticed the chlorine dries out my hair to the point where it feels almost crunchy. I'm intrigued! 

PK Prep Perfecting Spray | This spray acts like a hair primer to give long lasting smoothness, it has a lovely delicate cherry blossom scent too. Formulated with Elastin and ProVitamin B5 to condition and add shine to hair. I currently use Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defense to protect against my heated styling tools and I think together these products will work wonders for healthy and smooth hair.

I actually thought SkinStores last collaboration with Caudalie was my favorite beauty box but I think this one has taken the spot! 

SkinStore x Philip Kingsley Limited Edition Box* | Buy here

Love Sarah

Harper + Ari | Exfoliating Sugar Cubes

Hi Cherubs!

I was recently contacted by Harper + Ari to see if I wanted to try out their exfoliating sugar cubes and obvs I agreed because LOOK AT THEM! They look good enough to eat and also I love the idea of just taking one cube into the shower because if your shower is anything like mine then you have limited shelving space available. 

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Ok so we've established that they look good enough to eat, seriously though when my husband first saw them he actually said 'mmmmm what are those?' 

I chose the peach scent and I am so happy I did, its so fresh and sweet but also the peachy color of the cubes is totally instagramable don't you think? Ive used the cubes twice now and one sugar cube is definitely enough for full body and then some. Which makes me think I've been using way too much of my other exfoliating products.  To use you simply break the cube up in your hands with warm water first and then massage over skin. The first time I used this I didn't break the cube up first and used as is, it still did a pretty good job but breaking it up gives you more control and exfoliates a lot better. 

As I said earlier I love the idea pf just taking one cube into the shower or bath with me instead of having another product to find space for in my tiny shower. The one thing I will say is that I did find it a little difficult to get a sugar cube out when I first opened the glass container... I'm sure once I've used few more it will be a lot easier, its just something I noticed. 

I love using gritty exfoliating sugar based products and I wasn't disappointed by Harper + Ari, my skin felt extremely soft and left the perfect base for my moisturizers. The scent is lovely too and I can only imagine how good the other scents smell.

Have you tried Harper + Ari exfoliating cubes before?

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Love Sarah

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