Time’s Up

Golden Globes 2018

TIME’S UP

 My wrap up of the 2018 Golden Globes is going to be a bit different this year because they were different. If you saw or read anything about the night you would have realised that the night was like no other. This year the TIME’S UP campaign took over and for very good reason.

If you haven’t heard about the TIME’S UP campaign you should take a look. You can read all the details here. In a nutshell, given recent events in Hollywood a gang of women are doing something about the inequality that women face in the work place.  What does all this have to do with the Golden Globes? Well as part of the campaign, in a show of solidarity, women graced the red carpet in black attire. Continue reading

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Maternity Fashion

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 and a maternity wardrobe

I started writing this post months ago and haven’t been able to finish it because well, things change so quickly during pregnancy, so honestly it’s been hard to keep up! I’m entering another phase now (that’s code for getting bigger) and while I feel like I’ve been wearing the same clothes for weeks now I’m going to share what I’ve learned about trying to dress my bump before it changes again.

When I first found out I was pregnant there were of course a million things running through my mind and one was, how was I going to dress like me with a bump? I started looking at maternity clothes and decided I was having none of it! I turned to Pinterest and felt a little reassurance in other people’s creativity and I was able to develop an image of how I was going to style myself during pregnancy. Are you laughing already? I now laugh at myself as you can probably guess that things didn’t go to plan. The other thing that didn’t go to plan was that I wanted to capture my ever-changing body and style with some beautiful photography but life has moved so quickly that you will have to put up with some less artistic selfies.

I made a few mistakes early on that have had a big impact on how I felt during the first few months. Normally, when I shop, I treat every piece like an investment but being pregnant meant it became the complete opposite. I couldn’t get my head around this and it didn’t seem financially sensible or practical to buy clothes that I would only be wearing for a few months or even a few weeks! As a result I didn’t buy any clothes. I persisted with what I had, squeezing (literally) into my existing wardrobe, leaving buttons open with the help of a DIY hairband-come-expander. Most days I was uncomfortable and very conscious that my options were getting fewer by the day. What I should have done, and this was my first mistake, was to buy a few basics such as leggings and vests. This would have allowed me to be more comfortable and get more wear out of a number of items already in my wardrobe. Lesson learnt.

By the time my bump was an actual bump and not just the result of a carbohydrate-fuelled meal I was a little more relaxed and happy to show it off. Like my ‘buy as an investment rule’, I had to reverse how I normally dress as my body shape was completely different. My waist had vanished so no more high-waisted skirts and I found that figure hugging clothes created a nicer silhouette in comparison to something a little looser which I was more comfortable with. This is where some basics came in handy. A decent pair of maternity jeans are a must, however I would suggest buying these once your bump is established. Any earlier and they just won’t make sense. I also bought some stretchy bodycon type maternity dresses (H&M, Lidl and New Look) which I have gotten the most wear out of as they have stretched with me. I initially wore them on their own and now in the cooler weather I layer up with leggings and cardigans.

Other pieces that have been huge fashion-savers have been some outer wear. If you can get your hands on a blazer, do so. I was fortunate enough to be given a black blazer with silk trim and it has worked wonders to give the illusion of a figure. Similarly I got my hands on a maternity coat in my local charity shop that is double-breasted and warm with a lovely exaggerated collar that doubles as a hood. It’s not waterproof or even anything I would buy if I wasn’t pregnant but it does the job.

People had suggested buying a size or two up and for some things this worked but for the majority of the time I found there was room for the bump but too much material everywhere else. I did buy some non-maternity items that have been useful in my maternity wardrobe that I will be able to wear once bubs is here. A few dresses and some plain stretch long sleeve tops that act as a base under blazers have been practical and also give way for a bit of fun. This blazer I mentioned earlier is great with a tee and one I wear often as I can mix things up with shoes and accessories. Speaking of which in an attempt to recreate my wardrobe I have relied heavily on existing accessories and some of my favourite pairs of shoes. At least these for the most part are non-pregnancy related and help me feel like my style hasn’t completely vanished.

Just when I was feeling on top of things, my body has changed again and so too has my wardrobe. When talking to other women, I get the sense we are lucky that maternity fashion is now a ‘thing’ and more stores are jumping on board. But not enough. Imagine, there are only four reasonably priced brands available to you and each brand has the mentality that all women look the same and wear the same clothes. For me that sums up maternity fashion. I’m looking to brands that I would never normally buy and none of my shopping decisions have been based on style or quality, mainly price. That is no way to shop. Thank goodness for charity shops and people’s generosity. I have been given some great pieces and I look forward to returning the favour when I’m done with them.

No doubt things are going to change again and again in the last ten weeks. I have a sense that the ‘loungewear’ part of my wardrobe is going to be worn more and more.

If you are pregnant and want a few more specific tips please get in touch as I have a lot more to say on the topic. Even if you aren’t pregnant and want to revise your wardrobe or need some styling for a particular event you can contact me at lovetomtom@outlook.com.

xo

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Paris is always a good idea but even more so when there is the chance to see the works of Christian Dior in person. The Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition at Musée Des Arts Décoratifs was the central focus to my last visit to Paris and I’m going to say it straight out; if you have any interest in fashion and art go and see this exhibition! Continue reading

Shopping for a cause

I broke my ‘no shopping ban’

But for a very good reason

I knew it wasn’t going to last forever. Actually I managed my personal no shopping ban for longer than expected but it has come to an end and all for a good cause. For the next few months I’ll be shopping in the maternity and children’s section! Baby B (that’s what I’ve named it) will be joining Mr B and I in early March and we are both thrilled and terrified. Continue reading

Wish List #39

Wish List

#39

As Fashion Week continues I’m still pinning away like mad, ogling all that graces the catwalk. I’m rather fond of Paris Fashion Week mostly because of its backdrop and the amazing locations for some of the shows. Each city clearly has a place in each designer’s heart and I’m sure it is taken into consideration when deciding where to present their collection. New York, Milan, Paris? Tough choice!

There have been some surprising highlights for me from each city. I have some of my favourites that I would skip a meal or two to watch live; Delpozo and Gucci, Valentino, now under the solo stewardship of Pierpaulo Piccioli and Dior where Maria Grazia Chiuri, former creative partner of signore Piccioli, has taken the reigns. Alongside my favourites,  I love discovering new designers and getting different interpretations of the season ahead. And of course you are then left with some familiar names that are unfairly forgotten.

Check out the likes of Paskai, Dries Van Noten and Undercover Lab. There are many more I’ve  ranked as favourites, a high accolade indeed and you can check them out in my Wish List below. Take a quick look here or a closer look over on Pinterest and read why I pinned each beautiful ensemble.

If you’re getting Fashion Week fatigue fear not as this week’s Wish List will be a mix of the last remaining days of Paris Fashion Week and all sorts of other lovely bits.

xo

Wish List #38

Wish List

#38

As Fashion Week continues I’ve hardly moved from my computer keeping up with all the shows coming out of London and Milan. If you’re not up to speed, check out last week’s Wish List to see why I love Fashion Week so much, regardless of the city.

No surprises really that a lot of my favourite designers, collections and pieces are a mix of stripes, monochrome, clashes of patterns and there’s even a few in there for my minimalist side. Here are some of my favourites. Continue reading

Sustainable Fashion

Sustainable Fashion

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Some of you may have heard about Stiall, a fantastic creation by Linda Conway. Stiall is a place that looks to ‘de-mystify sustainable fashion.’  It really is such a clever, informative and necessary tool in today’s world of high-speed fashion and well worth your time. The reason I’m talking about this is because Stiall, more specifically the Stiall Challenge has put my brain into overdrive. Continue reading

Wish List #37

Wish List

#37

I know it is the start of a new week but I’ve been glued to my computer screen keeping up with all the shows from New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week so I’m a little behind.

I have saved all my favourites from New York Fashion Week and the start of London Fashion Week and you can check them out below. I’ve added a small note in each pin, usually describing the outfit as ‘beautiful’ or ‘fabulous’. If you’ve followed lovetomtom for a while now you will know exactly why an outfit has made it to my Wish List!  Continue reading

When in doubt turn to vintage

When in Doubt Turn to Vintage

You know I have been rather stuck for inspiration these days when it comes to fashion. Never did I think I would look forward to the summer season ending (only in fashion terms of course) but I can’t wait to see what is coming next. I realised I haven’t bought anything new in quite some time and while that is good for a number of reasons, I have missed playing dress-ups.

When I get stuck for inspiration, I always turn to vintage. I know vintage is not for everyone but I love it and I mean proper vintage not something from last season.  Often I prefer the shapes and silhouettes of vintage pieces and I love imagining the story behind the garment. I have a few places in Dublin I head to when I’m in a vintage mood and it is a challenge not to buy everything I see. Thankfully I had my sensible head on (sort of) and hit a few charity stores first. My first stop was Vincent’s Charity Shop on George’s Street and I needn’t go any further; I struck gold! Continue reading

The Met Gala 2017

The Met Gala 2017

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons

Art of the In-between

The Met Gala is one of those events, more than any other in the fashion world that takes my interest to a whole other level. This year’s theme, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons Art of the In-between was no different. I would know Rei Kawakubo’s work from a distance and come fashion season I would always watch a Comme des Garçons collection but if I’m honest I struggle with the fashion versus art debate, the images and conflict her work presents.

When I heard The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York was honouring the work of Rei Kawakubo I took notice and possibly a little too late. Once I started researching, reading and what I can only describe as inspecting,  I was like a moth to a flame. Barely scraping the surface of her body of work I became more intrigued with her concepts and her ability to transport these to the fashion world. If I’m honest, I was counting down to the first Monday in May.

The other thing that always intrigues me about The Met Gala is imagining how those on the guest list honour the theme. Is it their interpretation of the theme or in this case, is it life imitating art, literally? Last night at first glance, I was disappointed with the lack of Rei Kawakubo pieces on the red carpet. Surely this was the night to go all out and embrace avant-garde in a way one may not normally do? This morning, with a little more time I once again started inspecting and I found what I was hoping for. Authentic Comme des Garçons pieces or individual homage to the challenges Rei Kawabkubo has presented over the years. Some referenced specific collections, others specific pieces and this is what I enjoy most about this event.

In complete contrast, it appeared some on the red carpet gave no thought to the theme and just put on a pretty frock and I have no time for them. If you haven’t already looked at last night’s red carpet, do so at your own pleasure. Instead my mind is here, with Rei Kawakubo and her work at Comme des Garçons.