One of the best things about a new month ticking over for me is that my monthly budget also ticks over! I actually really enjoy having a budget to stick to as it means I know my limits and once it’s gone I can look but not buy, simply creating wish lists in my head for what I might want the next month. Often as well it stops you from making those impulse purchases, and you look back and think “Actually I’m glad I didn’t buy that mini dress with cinched waist because I’m actually 28 weeks pregnant!”.
Anyway these past few months I had a few things I both wanted and needed and blew through my budget fairly quickly, but as I have been so thrilled with them I thought I would share with you all!
I started following Auguste (The Label) on Instagram back when I was in Australia and I liked a few of their frocks in a shop in Newcastle. Always very dangerous to follow any brand on Instagram, as they do make everything look very aspirational. I started getting a bit carried away by pictures of their Muse maxi – it all looked very bohemian and Byron Bay and hey, would probably fit over a baby bump!
I ended up buying it in the Valentines print and while I was at it I bought miss Heike a same-same but different dress from the Little Auguste collection, the Little Miss Maxi dress in Texas Bloom. The fabric is lovely, they both fit perfectly and she was thrilled. She’s yet to wear hers (NOT a school dress as I have emphasised) but we are having people over for lunch this weekend and I’m excited to wear our sort-of-but-not-really matching dresses!
Also always great to support a nice little independent Aussie label. Shipping to HK AUD$20.
Now for the ultimate in first world problems. For, ahem, some time I have been hinting to J that I would really like a robe. Just something simple, for when guests are here and especially when the baby is born. Night feeds, etc. I just feel like a robe is not something you generally go out and buy for yourself, but a nice idea for a gift. Just saying.
So of course in the lead up to mother’s day I kept dropping hints and even may have said “I saw this one robe I really like from xyz, in case you are thinking of that for mother’s day” (I know, I am a spoilt brat!). And then on mother’s day I got a lovely gift but ah, not a robe.
Naturally I did what any (entitled, shallow) person would do and went online and immediately purchased one for myself. I found this beautiful Rosie Pope set on ShopBop and honestly, not only is it the cutest that you get a baby gown with it, it’s SO soft and lovely and the nightie has nursing straps. I have barely taken it off since it arrived and know I will live in it come August. Highly recommended!
I have barely bought anything for this baby, which is very restrained for me but also I think I’ve finally come to the third-child realisation that there’s just not that much you really need. Also, even though we DO know the sex (I know, I won that battle!) I just think little babies look the sweetest dressed all in white. ALSO, now that we live in Hong Kong and have a helper, I find we need even less because everything is washed and ironed seemingly within seconds of being taken off (feel free to hate me now!).
Still I did see that The Little White Company deliver for free to HK and went perusing on there a few times before getting an email two weeks ago informing me they were having 30% off. How could I refuse?
I really did get some of the sweetest little things for the baby, but disclosing exactly what would reveal too much! I can show you the cutest PJs I got for Heiks, who put them on right away and calls them her princess PJs. They had SO many gorgeous night dresses available but Heike won’t wear them because they have buttons (!!). Again, beautiful soft cotton and worth every penny.
Despite the fact that mules are very in fashion this season, I find that having such long legs I look much better in something with a toe. So I have been on a quest to find some everyday summer sandals that had a toe but were still fashionable.
I found these from Ancient Greek Sandals on MyTheresa, a German site that is similar to Net-A-Porter but stocks some more affordable brands as well. I don’t love all their styles but these were very basic and while initially didn’t seem too comfortable, I’ve now been wearing them every day.
For various reasons J and I have taken to calling the baby “Bunny”, so when I saw these prints online I thought they would be perfect for our soon-to-be nursery. The best thing was that you can purchase the digital file from Lila + Lola and print the size of your choice at your convenience. Thus, I did not break the bank this month!
So cute for my little bunny. They have lots of other cute animal prints available in their Etsy store. Seriously, could not love Etsy more!
Anyway, that’s me for the next few months! What have YOU been buying lately? Inspire me! (Actually, don’t! I don’t need the encouragement…)