I was prepared for the post-baby ‘jiggly belly’, for the saggy boobs, and the tired peepers peering out from under-eye suitcases.  But one thing I wasn’t prepared for during and after my three pregnancies was the post partum hair loss.  Then, to exacerbate the matter, once I had got my head around the fact that my once lustrous tresses were a shadow of their former selves, then came along the charming baby hair regrowth.  This was not subtle – in fact it looked like I had purposefully cut a tiny fringe, into two little devil horns at the front of my head.  Not a good look.  And to think that Caroline has all this to look forward to once she pops out baby number three!!

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With this pregnancy being my third one, you would think that I would be a maternity wear expert by now!  If only it was that simple.  With every pregnancy and year that passes, I have found that both my style and body shape have adjusted, and that this affects not only what I want to wear, and, also what suits me.  I’ve also discovered that this time around, I have been looking for essential pieces that I can wear, not only as maternity wear, but also post pregnancy.  And I have also chanced upon some other new up and coming brands that are finally putting maternity wear into the cool bracket.  So, here goes!

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Getting out the door with the three kids in tow is no mean feat.  Feeling smug that I have managed to get all three boys up and out the door by 8am, I skip out the door and glance quickly in the mirror as I leave. Oh God.  The boys may be all sprightly and bushy tailed, but I look like the tired old lady I really am.  I rummage in my bag and grab for two life savers (dramatic, I know, but it’s true) that I discovered on a catalogue shoot that took place outdoors.

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It is going to be an exciting year for me with the arrival of my third baby, and all the craziness that comes with a newborn.  In the meantime, however, I am getting used to my rather large baby bump, and investing heavily in things that make me feel good.  At the moment, that seems to be lipsticks that add a bit of colour to my knackered face.  A good red lippie makes me feel great and is also something that will also work post pregnancy.  My red lipstick make up bag staple was a lovely red Chanel Lotus Rouge coloured lipstick – that was until the peeps at Chanel kindly decided to discontinue it.  It was the perfect colour – subtle enough to work during the day, and strong enough to take me through the night.  Now it was gone, what was I going to do?!

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One of the biggest joys of working on NotSuchAModelMum is not only discovering brilliant brands that have been set up by mums,  but also meeting those ‘supermums’ behind the businesses.  We have always dressed our kids in Sunuva Swimwear, as we love both the cool designs and the UV protection in them, and, now, thanks to NotSuchAModelMum, we have been fortunate enough to meet both Sabrina Naggar and Emily Cohen, the brains behind Sunuva.

Emily and Sabrina are two friends who set up a business together – a collaboration between two best buddies that resonates with our own story – and as such, they have proved a huge inspiration for us.  We managed to grab Sabrina for a chat and a cocktail, and ask her some questions about being a mum and running a business.

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You can’t be a blogger and not have a gift guide, so look away now family and friends, because clearly your presents will be in this guide!

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Okay, so I am writing this blog post whilst sitting in A&E with my two year old asleep on my lap, and waiting for the doctor to stitch the large cut above his eye… that’s the life of a mum of three boys.  Instead of worrying about the cut (he fell off a stool and smacked his eye on some granite) I have decided to turn the inevitable waiting time into something positive and, to balance all that boydom in my life, I am clearly thinking about clothes.  Call me shallow, but nothing beats thinking about simple joys whilst sitting and worrying in triage.

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It’s that time of year where you wish you had listened to all those “Can I have this please?” over the past 353 days and bought ahead.  Instead, as always, I tend to leave the Christmas present buying until the last minute.  This year, I have actually been a bit organised and put together my Christmas gift guide for all.  Whether its for kids, husbands, friends, teachers, there’s something for everyone!

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Who doesn’t love a discount code?!  We have been known to spend more time googling discount codes than shopping, only to find codes that don’t work, or that they are ones that only include ” free shipping”.   That is not cool.  This year, however, we have decided to be a bit organised and have done the hard work for you and gathered a comprehensive list of BRILLIANT discount codes that actually work, and that coincide with that scary Black Friday thing!  So fill those virtual shopping bags to the brim and see you at the checkout!

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When we first decided to set up NotSuchAModelMum, we only had a couple of things we wanted from this little adventure.  We wanted a good excuse to see each other more – with Caroline in Barcelona and me in London, that was proving difficult, and setting up a blog would be the best excuse to hang out together under the guise of ” work”.  In our dream world, we also wanted to work with different brands, and put into use all those years of modelling and absorbing the different aspects of the fashion industry.  That, and a couple of freebies and we were going to be happy.  Little did we know what would happen…..     Continue Reading