A little pregnancy life update!

I’ve been a little quiet on here recently but this is all because I have a little pregnancy life update to share with you all! I am 22 weeks pregnant and expecting my first baby. It has been a little secret for a while now but if you follow me over on Instagram (@hannahluloves if you want to find me over there) you will already know the news.

I’m looking forward to working on some pregnancy related content, from beauty products that I have been using, how I have been styling my growing bump, baby shower ideas, nursery decorating and more, so keep posted for all of my upcoming blog posts. Here’s a little bit about how the journey has been so far….

A lovely little surprise

We found out that I was pregnant back in February, just as the Covid pandemic was really starting to heat up. I was still going into work until around the 2nd week of March when we decided to start working at home. Well, this couldn’t have come at a better possible time for me! It meant I didn’t have to do a 3 hour commute back and forth into London each day and meant I could relax at home which was really handy, especially during the first few months..

Pregnancy First Trimester

If you don’t know (and I definitely didn’t!), pregnancy is split into 3 chapters or what they call trimesters, which are 3 months each. The first trimester can be one of the toughest to deal with as your body is going through a load of hormonal changes as well as it being the time when you grow a completely new organ from scratch – the placenta – which is vital for looking after your developing baby.

During the first trimester a lot of women have morning sickness and can feel really unwell. I luckily had it pretty easy with no sickness at all. I would feel really tired around 4pm each day, but being at home meant I was able to take it easy. It was kind of like a drained tiredness sort of feeling, like when you don’t feel 100% well or when you are a bit hungover. Women also get food cravings during this time but I didn’t seem to have any. No strange urges to eat the sofa or any lumps of coal for me! The only other thing that I experienced during this time was that I felt freezing cold all of the time. I had layers and layers of clothing with hot water bottle to help warm me up but this stage didn’t last too long.

Scans and checks

Around the 12 week point we went for our first scan. This is what they call a dating scan where they estimate your babies due date and our baby is due to arrive around 1st November. Due to the whole Covid nightmare it meant that anyone pregnant had to go into scans alone, without their partner which was really disappointing. It was quite strange seeing that there was a teeny little person inside me for that first scan and I know my boyfriend would have loved to have been part of that.

Around the 20 week point, we went for our 2nd scan which is where they do all of the checks to see that everything is growing and developing properly. They can also tell you the gender at this point. We were convinced the whole time that it would be a boy and the sonographer was able to confirm this in the 2nd scan – we guessed correctly! He was being a little bit naughty that day though and was in awkward positions, covering his face so it made it tricky for her to do the checks she needed so I had to go for a 15 minute walk to move him about a bit! We played some music to my belly as we walked around outside and it seemed to do the job.

We decided to go for a private scan after this so that my boyfriend could come into the room and be able to see the baby moving around for himself. Its a shame that hospitals are not allowing partners into the scans even if they wear a mask or protection – especially for first time pregnancies. The private scan was a much nicer experience than the hospital and we were both able to hear the heart beat together which was lovely as well as being able to see his little face in 3D which they don’t offer at the hospital.

Pregnancy Second Trimester

I’m now into my 2nd trimester which is when you are meant to get a “pregnancy glow” and when the sickness from the 1st trimester has passed. I’m not sure that I have a glow but my nails have grown really long and strong which has been handy as all nail salons have been closed during lockdown so I haven’t been able to get any nail extensions done since around February! I didn’t have much of a bump until around week 20 when it really started to pop out of nowhere and quickly! I had to take out my belly button piercing which I have had since I was about 15 as my stomach started to stretch and it couldn’t stay in there any longer.

The other thing which has been exciting is I have started to feel him moving around in my belly the last 2 weeks or so. I wasn’t sure what to expect and it was difficult to tell if it was the baby moving or something else but I can definitely tell now and it’s a funny little wriggly sensation that will soon get stronger as he continues to grow.

So this is everything that has been going on with me and now the news is out I hope you enjoy the rest of the journey!

How were your 1st and 2nd trimesters? 

Did you have any funny cravings?

Leave me a comment below!

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How to keep busy when self isolating

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The last few weeks have been crazy. Many of us are now self isolating, staying at home and away from people as much as possible due to the Coronvirus. I’m usually quite a homebody and enjoy spending time at home, but after being indoors for over a week now, with the exception of trips to the supermarket, cabin fever has started to kick in. Instead of letting it get to me, as it’s worrying enough at the moment with the news unfolding daily, I am going to focus on using this time positively and proactively.

The work emails are getting fewer by the day as I work in the wholesale fashion industry during the week and all of the major high street stores are closing down for the foreseeable. So I wanted to put together today’s blog post to let you know what I plan to do over the next few weeks when self isolating, to keep myself busy, focused and calm. Hopefully this will help and give you some tips if you are starting to feel bored at home.

Spring Clean

Seeing as we are officially in Spring now, a Spring clean seems like a great idea. I will be sorting out my wardrobe and starting to move the Winter pieces out to make room for the lighter Spring/Summer clothes. If you would like a more in depth guide on how to do this, check out my previous blog post HERE. I will also work my way through my home, de-cluttering cupboards and shelves, my make up collection, re-organising everything and getting rid of things I no longer need or use.

Blogging

Now is a better time than ever to work on my blog and to really enjoy writing pieces again. I can go through stages where I lose my mojo for writing but I’m excited to put together some great new content and to be creative over the next few weeks. Writing is also very therapeutic and helps to take my mind of things which is perfect for when self isolating.

Watching a new Netflix series

I love a good box set and I plan to watch new some Netflix series. Last Summer my boyfriend and I watched the whole series of Game of Thrones which was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. We have been joking that we should have saved it for this year! Here are some of my favourite Netflix series – 

  • Breaking bad
  • Ozarks
  • Bates Motel
  • Stranger Things
  • Black Mirror
  • Peaky Blinders
  • Happy Valley
  • Line of Duty
  • Ab Fab
  • The Boys (Amazon Prime)

Leave me a comment below with any series that I can add to my list!

Home workouts

Seeing as the gyms are now closed down, we can still workout at home. I’m not a huge fan of exercise myself but I plan on finding some YouTube videos so I can do some exercise at home. There are so many options on there to choose from. I’m thinking of Yoga which will also help with keeping calm and relaxed. While we are still allowed out, I am also going for walks near to my home as well as in the woods, away from others but surrounded by nature and fresh air which is important.

Planning

I love a to do list and always have a lot of things in the back of my mind that I want to do but end up putting off. Now is an amazing time to make those plans and act on them. You might have a room in your house that you want to re-decorate, you might want to get some new artwork to go on your walls, or change your bedroom around into a better layout. You might even want to start a blog yourself or learn a new language which you can do online! Everyone has things that they have been thinking about doing so be proactive and look into working on them now.

Self Care

During this time spent at home I am really going to concentrate on self care. Nail salons and hairdressers are closed so I will be looking after my nails myself, doing my own pedicures, tanning, upping my skincare routine and keeping myself feeling as glam as possible whilst being at home. It’s very tempting to lounge around in pyjamas but try not to do this as you won’t feel at your best.

I’m currently trying out the latest Pixi Beauty Milky skincare collection which I’m really enjoying so look out for a future blog review post on this. You can check out a previous Pixi skincare review of mine HERE.

I hope you find these tips helpful – let me know what you plan on doing over the next few weeks of self isolation.

Sweet treats at Feya cafe, London

Feya Cafe, London

Image @Feya Instagram

I can never resist a beautifully decorated cafe or restaurant and Feya was one of the top places that I wanted to try out. As you’ll know from one of my previous blog posts HERE, London has an amazing selection of Instagrammable cafes, with new ones popping up all of the time. I have been to a fair share of these and love to visit new places that open. So how does Feya compare to the other luxury cafes out there at the moment and would I recommend visiting? Let’s get into my review…

Interior design

Due to the popular success of Feya, they have opened up a second cafe. The original cafe opened in Marylebone just behind Selfridges in London and the latest venue to open is based in Knightsbrige, a short distance walk from Harrods. I have been to both branches and as expected, both are beautifully decorated. I love the attention to detail and the pretty girlie touches everywhere, right down to the little things like the gold cutlery. Each cafe has it’s own style of interior design. 

Feya Cafe, London

Feya Cafe, London

The Marylebone branch is quite small but if you try and plan your visit earlier in the morning to avoid the lunch time rush, you should be able to find a table. This cafe has a pastel pink exterior and you are greeted with a counter displaying all of the delicious cakes and treats. Hanging from the ceiling are gorgeous white faux flowers and there are intimate seating areas with luxurious velvet chairs. The perfect setting for a coffee break on a day out shopping!

Feya Cafe, London

The Knightsbridge branch though is my favourite of the two. It’s a much larger space, filled with more seating area options. To the right hand side of the cafe are lush purple and green velvet scalloped edge chairs placed around marble tables and this side has an enchanted woodland type feel to it. To the right hand side of the cafe are the most amazing gold bird cage booths, surrounded by handing greenery and wisteria. It’s a gorgeous mix between the marble tables, gold accents and burgundy velvet seating. They have thought of everything with the design of this and even the ceiling is a beautiful navy blue with twinkly lights across it. 

Feya Cafe, London

Feya Cafe, London

Feya Cafe, London

The Food

Ah the food! This should be the real reason that anyone goes to one of these places, rather than just for capturing that cute Instagram shot. Feya offer a brunch menu, a savoury menu, or a choice from their dessert menu. Each time I have visited I chose from the brunch menu and I ordered the Wisteria waffles which is like an actual piece of art when they bring it out to you! A delicious warm waffle, topped with pretty edible flowers, a scoop of ice cream, white & dark chocolate drizzle and a selection of mixed berries. HEAVEN!!

Feya Cafe, London

Feya Cafe, London

images – various @Feya Instagram

If you don’t have such a sweet tooth, then the savoury options are great such as a three cheese tortellini, avocado on toast, pasta, salads, toasted sandwiches or poached eggs with muffins.

Also to mention, apart from a lovely selection of coffees and teas, they also offer smoothies and the most delicious coolers and pressed juices which are a great refreshment for a warm day in the City.

Feya Cafe, London

Feya Cafe, London

Worth the money?

With these sort of high end cafes, you can expect to pay a premium so you expect it to be good, from the food, to the service and to the decor. I have been to other cafes in London such as Elan where I always find the service to be pretty rude, to the point where I don’t think I will ever go back to one of their cafes again. But with Feya, I have been more than once and would definitely go back and highly recommend visiting one of their branches when you are next in London. If you have a day out shopping, this would be just the sweet treat to finish off your day perfectly.

You can visit the Feya website HERE for more details.

Have you been to either of the Feya Cafes? 

What is your favourite luxury cafe in London?

Leave a comment below and thanks for reading! xx

Self Care: Things we need to stop stressing over in 2020

It’s January and officially a brand new year! Self care is so important during this month in particular, as after the huge Christmas build up (which pretty much starts the moment Halloween is over) it’s a well known fact that people can feel a bit deflated and the January blues can kick in. I wrote a blog post about this last year HERE if you would like some tips on how to keep positive during January.

There are a few things that we need to stop stressing about and leave well and truly behind in 2019. We really shouldn’t be over-thinking or worrying about these sort of things and I’m sure you will be able to relate. 

Cosmetic procedures

Cosmetic procedures used to be a little secret and not something to really broadcast or talk about. However these days it seems that EVERYONE has had some sort of enhancement. Lip fillers are now a standard procedure and the majority of girls that I see on Instagram have had some kind of lip treatment and I have found myself starting to wonder if this is something I need to have done myself. I have never had any issues with my lips before, but it just goes to show that the images we see online on a daily basis, can really start to affect the way we think and how we look at ourselves, which is not a good thing. This has even led me onto looking at jaw fillers, nose fillers and an obsession with having the perfect straight, white teeth which I actually had done last year. I have nothing against anyone having a cosmetic procedure if it’s something they really want and if it makes them feel better, that’s amazing. But having procedures just for the sake of it, or because it’s seen as a trend is not healthy and we all need to learn to love ourselves as we are without comparing ourselves to how others look.

Also, our beauty regime these days is not a cheap process! We can’t just apply a quick layer of fake tan with a face of make up for a night out anymore. Now days there are so many things that us females feel the need to have done, from micro bladed brows, Russian lashes, hair extensions at £400 a session, nail extensions, tan, make up – the list goes on. To add to this,  new beauty trends pop up all the time and the pressure to be involved in these sort of trends are constantly looming in the background.

Baby Gate

“When are you having a baby then?

“You better get a move on now that you are in your 30’s” 

“You don’t want to be an old mum though do you?”

If only I had a pound for the amount of times I have been asked these sort of questions! It seems that when anyone has been in a relationship for any length of time, it becomes the question that everyone feels they have the right to ask you. Perhaps some of us are just happy being a couple and enjoying life together without children. A crazy thought right?

I’ve found myself starting to get annoyed with these sort of questions. They have started coming from friends that have had their own children and there’s nothing worse than your own friends ‘pregnancy shaming’ you. I have even been questioned by my boyfriend’s friends about this subject which really surprised me. I don’t know about you, but being told by a male that you are “running out of time” just seems bizarre to me. My womb is my own business thank you very much!

So, I feel that people really should avoid asking couples about this subject. You never know, they could be trying for a baby and not getting anywhere which could be distressing for them. For me personally, it starts to make me panic and makes me feel that I am falling behind others my age which is really silly and a classic example of peer pressure. I love my life at the moment – if I want to go on holiday or on a last minute night out, I can. I don’t have to try and find a baby sitter and I don’t have scary child care costs to worry about and that suits me just fine. But equally, I do want a family of my own and I do appreciate that there is a time restriction for females but we should be allowed to do things at our own pace without judgement and without feeling the pressure from others.

FOMO 

The fear of missing out. This is another modern day thing that I feel all of us suffer from which needs to stop. Social media is the biggest route cause of this and we all need to remember that these platforms are a showreel of someone’s life. No one ever posts the boring bits of their day or the part where they are sitting at home in their pyjamas looking like Hagrid. 

So, when you see everyone else on yet another luxurious holiday, or with yet another brand new outfit, dont let it make you feel that you are falling begind or that you are not in the same league as these people.

It’s easy to look at friends too and compare yourself to what they are doing. It’s normal to so this but it’s also important to stress that everyone has their own path in life and just because you know someone that is buying a house or getting a sparkly new kitchen and you aren’t at the moment – then that’s ok! Your time will come and if anything, it will encourage you to work towards your own goals more so enjoy the process of your own personal journey in your own time.

Lipstick – special Isabel Marant collection by Loreal

The most luxurious sports accessories of the moment

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These luxurious sports accessories are a sure way for every fashionista to be able to exercise in style! From basketball to skiing, tennis to skateboarding, the leading fashion designers have got all sporting activities covered. It’s the start of a brand new year (as well as a new decade) and usually top of everyone’s New Years Resolution list is to up their fitness game, so what better way than to get started with some of these fabulous items:

1) Louis Vuitton volley ball

The Louis Vuitton Monogram volley ball, Priced at £1680, is a combination of leather and canvas in a patchwork effect, creating a playful spin on the characteristic Louis Vuitton Monogram. This comes with a bag in similar colours, which also features Monogram details.

2) Chanel Basket Ball

The Chanel basketball with Chanel inscription in the classic black and gold, even comes with it’s own carrying chain. Around £2,000

3) Burberry Yoga Mat

The monogram Burberry yoga Mat, priced at £320

4) Supreme Skateboards

Supreme skateboards, spring-summer 2019 collection

5) Chanel surfboard

There have been several versions of the Chanel surfboards produced over the last few years, priced at around £7000 and only available upon request.

6) Chanel Tennis racket

Who can remember that episode of ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ with Kris Jenner and her Chanel tennis equipment? This racket and matching ball set will definitely turn heads on the court!

7) Chanel Ski wear

It’s clear to see that Chanel are leaders in this trend and they have been adding their logo to a variety of sports equipment. Recently, we’ve seen Kylie Jenner all over Instagram dressed head to toe in her Chanel and Fendi ski-wear, covered in the monogrammed logos.

If sports equipment is not your thing, you can still get involved with this trend with designer swimwear or winter accessories for skiing such as these Chanel earmuffs which are absolutely stunning. 

For hints and tips for buying luxury designer brands, head over to my recent blog post HERE.

I personally think this is such a fun way to link fashion and sports together in this way. Although I’m not too sure I would want to actually use the items considering how much they cost, and I would probably keep them as display items/collectors pieces instead as they are guaranteed to increase in value and become investments in the future. Either way, it’s making me want to get exercising and start my new year fitness regime!

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