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    This Week’s Late Night Shopping (Wish) List

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    This week has been filled with illness yet again – with stomach bugs and viruses plaguing the girls and I. However, winter has arrived (well, minus today which was 27 degrees!) and I’ve enjoyed rugging up and wearing jeans and knits again. This week I’ve been on the lookout for some boho wintery goodies, and I’ve found four that might just land in my cart sometime soon. All under $100 of course. Here’s what’s on this week’s late night shopping wish list.

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    Sportsgirl embroidered top AUD$99.95

    Rubi boots AUD$49.95

    Dotti clutch AUD$29.95

    Sportsgirl earrings AUD$19.95

    Clothing, FASHION FINDS

    18 Summer Kaftans Under $100 | Must-have Monday

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    SUMMER! It’s finally here, and it has certainly arrived with a bang in Brisbane. We’ve had super hot days, humidity and then an absolutely perfect weekend. It’s jot again today and I’m dreaming of pool days and beach hangs, although I don’t know how relaxing they’ll be for me this year with two little ones to chase after! However, if you’re also dreaming of summer days spent by the water,you maybe looking for a cute cover up. Even if you’re not spending time by the water this summer, a kaftan is the super easy way to look relaxed and glamorous without really trying. Pair one of these with some cute sandals for day and with some dangly earrings and heels for evening. Perfect!
    Here’s 18 fab kaftans under $100.

    Glassons kaftan AUD$39.99

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    Sportsgirl kaftan AUD$69.95

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    City Beach kaftan AUD$49.99

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    Adrift kaftan AUD$84.95

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    Bella Lido kaftan AUD$99

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    Max C kaftan AUD$43

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    Anmol kaftan AUD$60

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    Kaftanned kaftan AUD$29.95

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    Ps Frocks kaftan dress AUD$62.95

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    Atmos&here kaftan AUD$49.95

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    St Frock kaftan AUD$69.90

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    Seafolly kaftan AUD$79.95

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    Little Party Dress kaftan AUD$55.95

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    Target White kaftan AUD$25

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    Kaftanned kaftan AUD$29.95

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    Ps Frocks kaftan AUD$89.95

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    Little Party Dress kaftan AUD$55.95

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    Ps Frocks kaftan AUD$89.95

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    How To, LIFE, MAMA & BABY, Maternity

    How To Buy A Maternity Bra | Mama + Baby

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    Ok, let’s talk maternity bras. Look, they’re not usually very exciting – more practical than beautiful. And to be honest, my current maternity bra collection is in dire straits – full of holey, over-stretched, faded and flimsy bras. I’m not even joking! However, lately I have received a few reader questions about maternity bras, and thus I thought I had better up my game and do some serious research.

    The reason for my terrible, uninspiring bra wardrobe is that I find lingerie, and in particular maternity lingerie, quite expensive and uninspiring, usually. I dislike buying lingerie, I dislike trying it on and to be frank I dislike wearing it (however, sensibilities prevail…)! I invested in a few maternity bras during my first pregnancy and this time around I wasn’t looking forward to spending the big bucks on more lingerie, however I knew it was imminent as my size and shape changed dramatically.

    On my maternity bra research journey I came across the brand Hotmilk, and, on admiring its range and price points, contacted the company to see if they would be interested in a collaboration. The lovely people at Hotmilk said yes, so after measuring myself using the online specifications (more on that below!) I was sent two bras, and on receiving them I was very pleasantly surprised indeed. Surprised first of all that I measured myself correctly, and they fit so well; and second of all in the quality of the product and the fit. They’re easily the most comfortable, great-looking maternity bras in my wardrobe. What I love most about them is that they’re not daggy AT ALL, and actually feel lovely and slinky on. They’re maternity and nursing bras, but they could easily fit into my pre-maternity wardrobe. They’re actually underwired however it is a soft, flexible wire, which is actually quite comfortable. They’re also side sling so will provide maximum skin to skin contact, which is a great bonus for nursing.

    My number one top tip for investing in maternity bras is to be sure to measure yourself, or be fitted by a professional. Now is NOT the time to wear uncomfortable or ill-fitting bras, trust me! On measuring myself, I actually went down a cup size and up an under-bust size (to what I thought I was), and they fit perfectly. So, on that note, here are more of my top tips for how to buy a maternity bra, when you’ll need them, how many you’ll need and how to get the right size. (AND, read on for your exclusive 20% off Hotmilk discount code!)

    1. When do I need to start wearing a maternity bra?
    This can be a personal decision, however I found from about 4 months or 16 weeks pregnant I was simply sick of my old, stiff underwired and padded bras and felt in pain when I wore them. I do know pregnant friends who kept wearing their old bras long into their pregnancies, however. If you intend to breastfeed, maternity bras are a necessity for practical feeding so you will need them for afterwards, anyway, so probably best to invest in a few before the baby is born. Even if you do not intend to breastfeed, a maternity bra (or a soft-cup bra) will be the most comfortable lingerie to wear in the last few months of your pregnancy.

    2. How many maternity bras will I need?
    Also a personal decision, however I’d suggest if you intend to breastfeed you will need at least three bras to start. The first time, I bought different coloured bras in the same style – two black, two beige, one white, one grey and one brightly coloured and that seemed to serve me well. I also wore a simple bandeau strapless bra (non-maternity) in the first few weeks post-partum as I found it was too hot (mid-December) to wear a full top and all I wanted to wear was strapless sundresses!

    3. How do I select the right size?
    Measure, measure and measure again. Use the sizing information provided by the brand you are purchasing and measure yourself across the widest part of the bust and then directly underneath it. (Or go into a lingerie or department store and be measured by a professional.) I found the Hotmilk measuring information very easy to understand and use. Remember also, you will likely go up at least a couple of cup sizes in the first week after birth so if you’re between sizes, I’d suggest to go the size up. You want comfort, remember! Hotmilk suggests wearing a normal bra (not padded) when taking your measurements, and it’s best to stand in front of a mirror to ensure the tape measure is in the right place and not twisted or crooked.

    Firstly, measure your under-bust which is literally directly underneath your bust. You want this measurement to be quite firm. Use a mirror to make sure the measuring tape goes straight across your back. Then, measure around the fullest part of your bust, and you want this to be quite a loose, comfortable measurement. Not firm. You can then use these measurements to find your size! Here is Hotmilk’s sizing information (or view online here):

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    4. What sort of bras will I need?
    What you wear while pregnant or intend to wear while breastfeedimg will determine what colours and styles of bras you will need. Wear a lot of white t-shirts? You’ll need beige t-shirt bras. Wear black? You’ll need black bras. The season your baby is born in (and when you are pregnant) will also somewhat determine the styles too. Personally, I believe a good starting point is one beige t-shirt bra, one white or grey bra and one black bra. Then, go from there. I’d also suggest perhaps a few nursing singlets and/or a couple of ‘sleeping’ bras with soft cups (something like this) to wear in the last few weeks of pregnancy/in the hospital/directly after the birth – they’ll be the most comfortable.

    So, here are the bras I selected from the Hotmilk range – the Forever Yours Nude Nursing bra in black, AUD$59.95 And nude AUD$59.95
    I’m wearing them with the (gifted) St Frock Iris Cape in Paisley Print AUD$59.90 {I’m wearing the S/M}

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    Hotmilk discount code: Hotmilk has graciously provided a generous 20% off discount code for Pretty Chuffed readers! Simply use the code PRECHUF20 when shopping online for 20% off everything! Happy shopping x (And be sure to let me know if you make a purchase, I’d love to know how you go!)

    Do you have any top tips for buying maternity bras? Did you have a favoruite maternity bra, or is your bra wardrobe in dire straights like mine was?

    HOW I WORE IT, Outfits

    Boho Cotton Top | What I’m Wearing

    Boho cotton top

    Seriously. It’s nearly half-way through March and we’re still feeling the summer vibes here in Brisbane. When I say summer, I mean 30 degree + heat, with a bazillion percent humidity. Well, not exactly, but sometimes it feels like that. Today, I’d already decided I would take Hannah to the park to burn off some of her newfound toddler energy, so off we went to the new Frew Park in Milton. Great park, by the way, Brisbanites. Anyway, I was already hot at 7am so I took the chance to wear this amazingly light, comfortable and breezy cotton top by new label Ankoa, which is based on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

    Ankoa knows its stuff. The prints are unique to the label, designed and produced ethically overseas and in their studio in Australia. Their garments are luxuriously boho without the hefty price tag you would expect. I was super excited to be contacted by Ankoa, as I love supporting small businesses where I can and especially those producing something unique and beautiful, at the right price point!

    This top will also look amazing with jeans and a cardigan in winter, and as it has grey, blue and green throughout, it’s right on trend with this season’s colour palette. I’m actually in sweet, sweet love with this top. Today I modernised it by adding modern slides, some cats-eye sunglasses, and ripped boyfriend shorts. I quite like the justapositon of the floaty top with the modern slides and ripped jeans. But of course, you could also play up the look with blue denim and tan shoes, or wouldn’t it look gorgeous with white jeans? How would you wear it?

    I hope you’ve had a great week so far.

    Wearing:

    (Gifted) Ankoa ‘Flora’ cotton top AUD$69 (more styles and prints available)

    Insight denim boyfriend shorts, three years old, similar here for AUD$12

    Target slides, on sale in store for AUD$10, similar here for AUD$18 or leather here for AUD$60

    Dotti sunglasses, last season, similar here for AUD$31.50 (on sale)

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    Boho cotton top pretty chuffed

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    What do you think of this boho cotton top? What do you wear when it’s super muggy and hot? Are you looking forward to winter as much as me?!

    HOW I WORE IT, Outfits

    Tropical Shirt Dress | What I’m Wearing

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    Ahh baby swimming lessons, I love to hate them. Hannah absolutely loves her swimming lessons, and I love going with her and being right beside her as she learns to swim. HOWEVER. What’s with parents bringing their kids if they’re sick?! It drives me absolutely nuts! My immune system is terrible after an eating disorder when I was a teenager, and although I basically mainline oranges, green veg and  vitamins and have my flu shot each year, I still get colds and flus quite often. This year I feel like I’ve been sick on and off since about June. And the little baby swimming pool at lessons = hot bed of germs! So every week when our swimming lessons roll around I live slightly in fear.

    But alas, we’re off to swimming lessons this morning and I’ve popped on a little top that I’ve decided is long enough to be worn as a tunic dress over swimmers. The tropical print is right on trend, and the zip front means you can adjust how much cleavage you have on show (would also look cute unzipped over a bikini). I can imagine swanning around in this on the beach, sun hat, sunnies and all. It also looks great as a top of course and I’ve also paired it with my boyfriend shorts – if you’re after a pair see my must-have Monday yesterday here. Excuse my tired looking eyes, it’s no makeup Tuesday :) Hope you have a lovely day!

    Wearing:

    (Gifted) St Frock Bring Your Best Top in Tropical AUD$49

    Witchery sandals (last year), similar style here

    Insight shorts from a few years ago, similar styles here

    (I’m wearing size 8 in the top and I’m 158cm tall.)

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    Tropical print shirt dress st frock

     

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    HOW I WORE IT, Outfits

    Floral Full Midi Skirt With Pockets| What I’m Wearing

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    Ahhh! I cannot get enough of this gorgeous floral full midi skirt with pockets. With its bright floral print of blues, purples and pinks on an orange-red background, it’s easily dressed up or down. I’m wearing it here with a simple white tank and heels, however would be cute with a tshirt and sandals too, or a button up shirt and pumps for work. It has a stretchy elastic waist so it’s super comfy too. And did I mention it has POCKETS?!

    Wearing:

    (Gifted) St Frock summer blossom skirt AUD$55 (currently pre-order)

    (Gifted) St Frock basic tank AUD$39

    Kmart heels, AUD$20, similar here

    (I’m wearing size 8 in the top and size 10 in the skirt. I’m 158cm tall.)

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    FASHION FINDS, What to wear to...

    What To Wear On Casual Friday| Outfits Under $100

    Casual Friday outfit

    The idea of casual Friday is a good one: dress down on Friday, maybe go to after work drinks, be comfortable. Unfortunately, the logistics of dressing casually while keeping professional and polished is a tough ask. I was a big fan of casual Friday, and probably stretched the friendship a little – I remember getting to work on one Friday in particular wearing paperbag waisted, bright orange shorts and a polka dot top and second guessing my choice. But apart from that one day, I did always welcome the chance to show my personality a little more and dress comfortably. Today I’ve found a few ideas for casual Friday outfits under $100 for you. If you can wear jeans at your workplace on Fridays, you’ve won the lottery and there are so many more options for you. If you can’t, don’t worry, a printed shift dress or patterned pants are your go-tos.

    Here’s what I found.

     

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    Outfit 1: $89

    Monki t-shirt, similar here AUD$19

    Boohoo pants AUD$40

    Spurr low heels AUD$30

     

    Outfit 2: $98

    Boohoo midi dress AUD$30

    Free People scarf from The Iconic AUD$18

    Spurr heels AUD$50

     

    Outfit 3: $82

    River Island top AUD$22

    New Look jeans, similar here $30

    Rubi clogs AUD$30

     

    Outfit 4: $70

    Boohoo dress AUD$30

    Spurr shoes AUD$40