Gorgeous gift ideas for baby showers and new mums to be.

Baby Shower

There are a lot of baby showers happening at the moment and if you are looking for that perfect gift idea, then hopefully today’s blog post will help you with what to buy! Usually at baby showers, people tend to gift items for the baby, but I think it’s also a nice idea to think about the mum to be and get a little something for her instead. As a baby shower guest, you might not know what the parents to be have already bought or you might not know exactly the sort of things they plan to use for their baby so a little treat for the mamma growing the new little person is a lovely alternative.

Here are some of my top gift ideas for baby showers and for new mums to be:

The personalised touch

I always think that you can never go wrong with a gift that has a personalised touch. It’s often something the receiver will cherish and will keep forever – especially if it relates to a new baby. My favourite places to find personalised gifts are at Notonthehighstreet.com and EtsyUK What I also love about these sites is that it’s a great way to support small and UK based businesses, which is extremely important especially at the moment. Personalised gifts for new babies could include a blanket or an outfit with their name on, a handmade toybox, a personalised hamper or a framed print for example.

A little sweet treat

For the most fabulous, boujee biscuits you have ever seen, you need to head over to Baked by Steph  Steph is the queen of iced biscuits and I am such a huge fan of her brand and business. They make the most gorgeous sweet treats which are just perfect for gifting – not just for baby showers, but for all kinds of occasions. I was very kindly sent some from the team recently and they arrived beautifully packaged and I have to say, opening them up really made my day. So I know that any new mum to be would absolutely LOVE these as a baby shower gift. 

I have a 10% discount code to share with you if you would like to purchase anything from Baked by Steph which is HANNAHLU10

BAKED BY STEPH BABY SHOWER BISCUITS

BAKED BY STEPH BABY SHOWER BISCUITS

BAKED BY STEPH BABY SHOWER BISCUITS

Vouchers

Now, some people might think this is a bit of a safe or boring option, but I personally love receiving a gift voucher. It means you can go and choose something that is exactly to your own taste and style. As a baby shower guest, you might have a slightly different idea of what is cute for a newborn than the mum to be, so vouchers are a perfect gift option. All of the high street retailers offer vouchers now. Some of my top picks for baby shower voucher options are from here:

You could even get a voucher for the new mum to be to have a lovely pregnancy massage, or an afternoon tea experience, before the baby is born while she still has the chance to go out!

Pampering essentials

Pregnancy is such a massive change for the body and it can be a really tough time for women. So a lovely gift idea for a new mum or pregnant friend would be items that they can use for a little pampering session. When their baby arrives they might not have as much time for themselves so why not put together a little hamper of bubble baths, face masks or their favourite beauty products so they can spend some time relaxing and feeling great about themselves. 

I recently discovered The Natural Birthing Company and I’m so impressed with their product range for during pregnancy and after birth. The brand was developed by midwives who know exactly the sort of things we are going to need. I’ve been using their ‘nourish and relieve’ stretch mark oil which is really nice and their ‘Midwive in a box’ set would be the perfect gift for someone you know who’s expecting a baby at the moment.

Inside the kit are the following essentials:
* A cooling body spritz
* Perineal massage oil to help reduce tearing
* A soothing Postnatal compress solution
* Organic flannels
* 3 Breastfeeding oils

Natural Birthing Co

Natural Birthing Co

A little bit of luxury

If budget is not an option, there are some fabulous places to pick up luxury items for new babies. A lot of the designer brands now have gifts that are perfect for baby showers from Gucci, Baby Dior, Hermes and Tiffany & Co to name a few. Here are some of my favourite designer items for really special newborn gift ideas:

Tiffany & Co

Tiffany Baby items

Gucci

Gucci Baby items

Hermes

Hermes Baby items

Baby Dior

I hope you enjoyed some of my picks in today’s blog post. I have some more pregnancy fashion related posts coming up so be sure to subscribe so you receive notifications whenever new posts go live. 

If you would like to read about my pregnancy journey so far you might like this post HERE

Disclaimer- this blog post contains gifted items, however all thoughts and opinions are my own and unbiased.

Pregnancy Fashion – how to style a growing bump

 

It’s week 27 of my pregnancy and I have really been enjoying styling my growing baby bump. Up until around week 20 there wasn’t much of a bump there and I was dressing as I usually would, but now it seems to be getting bigger by the day and I’m looking at how to dress in my usual style but just including this little extra addition!

Bumps out and proud!

Gone are the days where people hide their baby bumps and women today are much more confident to dress with their bump being on show and I am personally here for this! We are seeing more and more fashion retailers starting to incorporate maternity wear into their product categories too which is great. We have a much wider choice available out there and we can still be wearing fashionable pieces throughout our pregnancies these days.

As my bump has been getting bigger, and trousers have become tighter, I have really not liked the feeling of waist bands against my stomach. This is a personal choice as I know some women like to wear trousers over their bumps but for me, I really don’t like the feeling of it at all. So how have I been getting around this? Well luckily we have had some warmer weather lately and I have been loving wearing dresses and all in one jumpsuits which are so much more comfortable.

2nd trimester styling

Here are some of my favourite outfits that I have been wearing during my 2nd trimester.

If you would like to read about my pregnancy journey so far I will link my previous blog post HERE and keep posted for my next blog post which will be my top maternity picks from the likes of Asos, Booohoo and more!

All in one – unitard

Strictly speaking this is not a maternity wear item as this is an existing piece in my wardrobe but it has been perfect to wear during my 2nd trimester! It has a lovely stretch to it and is seamless so there are no annoying waist bands getting in the way. I’ve been wearing this with a little cardigan as pictured here, with an open denim shirt over the top, with a tied shirt over the top of the bump and also with denim jackets.

You can pick up a similar unitard style from Boohoo HERE.

Pregnancy fashion

Cardigan – NastyGal & Trainers Pink Nike Air Force One

Pregnancy fashion

Jacket ASOS & Trainers Adidas Originals

Pregnancy fashion

White Shirt Boohoo & Sliders Primark

Broderie Anglais 

I wrote a blog post last Summer HERE about Broderie Anglais and it’s just as popular this year! I love this material and it’s really easy to style. You can pair a Broderie Anglais dress with cute summer straw bags and sandals, or you can even toughen up the look by adding a leather jacket with biker boots.

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from Asos

Drop hem dresses

A dropped hem dress is perfect for a growing baby bump as they have a bit more give to them. They are not clingy and are lovely in cool, loose, cotton like materials for hot weather. Recently we have had temperatures high into 30 degrees and this style of dress has been a saviour for me!

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from Boohoo

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from DLSB

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from Boohoo

Smocks

Smock style dresses are not just for pregnancy. I really love a smock style dress personally as think they are really flattering and easy to wear. They often come in a variety of designs too from polka dots, sailor stripes, leopard prints and more so there is always a great selection available.  Asos, Boohoo, Missguided – all of the usual online retailers are my go to places for these every year. Zara and H&M also usually do a good selection of these on the high street. 

Here are some of my favourite smock dresses that I have been wearing during my 2nd trimester.

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from Boohoo

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from NastyGal & Topshop sandals

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from Boohoo

Pretty floral dresses

It’s the perfect time of year for wearing pretty floral print pieces and I like to style these with Summer sandals or slides, finished with cute hair accessories to tie the look together. I love dresses with ruffles at the best of times but they are also great for those days when you don’t want your bump out on show quite as much.

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from NastyGal & Topshop sandals

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from Pink Blush Maternity

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from Wednesday’s Girl & Jimmy Choo Heels

Long length dresses

Again, a longer length dress is perfect for keeping cool in the Summer, but I also love a more body con, tighter style which I plan to wear in the transitional period when we start to move into Autumn, with boots and a blazer or leather jacket over the top.

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from Boohoo

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from DLSB

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from Pink Blush Maternity

So that’s my round up of the sort of styles that I have been wearing the last few months during the 2nd trimester as my bump has been getting bigger.

What is your favourite look from this selection?

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!

If you enjoyed this lifestyle related post you might also like this HERE

How to keep busy when self isolating

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image @ Pinterest

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

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