Styling up a dress for Summer

With the royal wedding in the next month, wedding season is well and truly upon us and it’s time to start thinking about wedding outfits.

We attended 2 weddings last year including our own but this year we have none to go to and I’m secretly pleased as I’m still hanging on to 7lbs of baby weight!

In order to turn my own frown upside down, I’ve decided to style up a gorgeous dress ready for Summer from BooHoo.

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My favourite Occasion dresses from Quiz Clothing

After recently attending my first wedding since getting married myself and having a baby in the meantime, it’s safe to say I spent many an hour browsing websites to find the right outfit. I haven’t yet lost all my pregnancy gains so trying to find outfits that wouldn’t over accentuate my wobbles was key. Here’s some of my favourite occasion dresses that I found on Quiz clothing; all of which are affordable if you’re working on a budget.

Navy Crepe Bardot Side Bow Maxi Dress 

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Motivating yourself after having a baby

Having a baby is a complete shock to the system. Not only are you sleep deprived and struggling to get both baby and yourself ready before 12pm each day, but your body has gone through one hell of a ride.

I think before having Freya, I had it in my head that it would be straight forward and I would slip back into my pre-pregnancy jeans within a matter of weeks. The reality is that almost 9 weeks postpartum, I am still not quite squeezing back into my jeans. A couple of weeks ago, I found this really hard to digest and was pretty frustrated that I hadn’t just lost the last of my baby weight. The truth is getting motivated is quite hard with a new baby and planning time to work out is easier said than done.

I’ve finally got my mojo back and have a deadline to work towards now that I feel is giving me a much-needed kick up the butt. I’ve definitely been complacent and just thought the weight would drop off easily if I give it a little longer, but without doing some toning exercises at least, I won’t see a difference. Bob gave me his Fitbit to monitor my daily activity so I’ve been aiming to do 10’000 steps a day and at least 40 minutes of activity. In the last week I’ve managed to smash my targets every day and can start to feel my muscles aching a little which is a wonderful feeling after so long of not doing much physical activity at all.

I got this amazing outfit from lovethesales.com for a family wedding we are attending in February so the countdown is on now to lose an inch on my waist to fit the skirt comfortably as I won’t lie, it’s on the snug side right now.

My plan is to up my steps target to 12’500 a day, at least 40 minutes of HIIT style activity to tone and increase my cardio and continue to eat/snack healthily. I now have my amazing Origins Bike to start using which should help with cardio and I’ve asked for a Nutribullet for Christmas to help make nutritional smoothies/shakes which should stop me skipping lunch which is something I am guilty of doing when running about like a mad woman.

I’ll be sharing my journey on my Instagram page so please give me a follow if you’d like to see my postpartum progress first hand.

Laura x

*post contains PR samples*
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