Valentine’s Day outfit ideas for a Romantic Dinner

I love any excuse to get dressed up, and with Valentine´s Day just around the corner I get all excited about the prospect of choosing THAT outfit and spending some well earned time with my husband.

Ofcourse, this year our situation is a bit complicated. I’m over 36 weeks pregnant, with a trapped nerve and so I have had way too much time to swoon over the romantic night I would love to have with Hubby and of course, outfit ideas.

I thought I´d share some of those ideas with you Ladies, especially for those of you planning on a romantic date with your partner.

I´m a huge fan of the West Coast Style and sitting here at home listening to Lana Del Rey I took some outfit inspo from the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

Can you believe these views?

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The lobby of the Hotel is pretty spectacular and gave me some inspiration for the Lana Del Rey feel I’ve got going on this Valentine´s.

Valentines day outfit ideas

Maxi Cape dress from Asos and Ruffle Bandeau Maxi Dress also available at Asos

I love the pastel prints used in the Lobby so I carried this through to my colour choice for the dresses. I think a pastel pink or rose Gold is so understated glamour and lends itself to a setting like this.

 The Fairmont has this amazing Tropical- themed area to dine in if you were looking for something more relaxed, which is what I´m feeling this Year. The great thing about these dresses is that they lend themselves to either formal or relaxed settings.

Can you imagine it? Pina Coladas, tropical atmosphere and West Coast style. So not jealous of you San Francisco Mummas.

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Tonga bar at the  Fairmont Hotel / Black tassel Heels River Island and Steve Madden heels 

 

I would team the cape dress up with some Black suede tassel heels that continue the West Coast vibe and add that relaxed feel to the dress without losing glamour. You could also wear the nude Steve Madden heel, which goes with anything and again is understated glamour.

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STEAL>Blush Patent Leather Clutch Nordstrom, SPLURGE> Jimmy Choo ‘Large Maia’ STEAL>Metallic Envelope Clutch Nordstrom SPLURGE>Alexander McQueen skull clutch also at Nordstrom

Don’t worry, I’ve got your accessories covered too

Finish off the look with some Bobbi Brown Beach Oil, Light contouring and Beach Effect waves

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So there you have it ladies, some ideas to wow your man this Valentine´s and a great excuse to get your warm weather vibe on early and feel extra special this Valentine´s Day because lets face it, we have earned it!

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36 week bump update

Wow, 36 weeks, where has the time gone? Even these hellish last couple of weeks on the sofa seem to be going by pretty quickly!

I thought I’d share with you all some of my latest bump pictures and do a quick question and answer!

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Baby really seems to have dropped now, which could explain the 4 am contractions and seriously painful movement from baby!
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Tell me you don’t love the ensemble! I am all about comfy sweats at the moment and nothing seems to be covering that bump up

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I can feel a lot of movement in my hips and low down now

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Got to love the pointy boy bump and sticky out bellybutton!

Here are a few questions and answers about this pregnancy for those who are curious:

Sex of Baby: It’s boy number two – obviously a lot of testosterone in this house!

Weight gain: 10 kg. That´s seriously good for me considering I have been off my feet for so long and I put on twice as much in my first pregnancy.

Diet: During my first trimester I could barely eat, my second I was starving and my third trimester I have really had to control myself as it´s so easy when you are sitting around all day just to keep picking. What I didn’t do this time was eat for two and I tried to keep my protein levels up to avoid being hungry and thus snacking.

Here is a smoothie recipe I have been drinking a lot recently that you might want to try out if like me you´ve completely gone off meat and need some protein.

Ultimate Superfood Pregnancy Smoothie - a superfood pregnancy smoothie with everything you and your growing baby need

Exercise: I started Pilates really late in this pregnancy due to complications in my first trimester but I am soooo glad I did it. I think my back would have gone long before if I hadn´t exercised and I felt a lot more energised and fit this time around. If it weren´t for my back I would have carried on doing pilates until the birth but as it is I have had to stop this last month.

Sleep: I find myself getting sleepy late afternoon and if I don´t nap, which I usually don´t manage to do, I find myself falling asleep on the sofa really early at night. I cannot get comfortable right now so sleeping during the night is near on impossible, added to which I constantly need to pee now that baby is so low down and the braxton hicks seems to start around 4 am for about an hour until they die off.

Symptoms: Braxton hicks are out of this world right now. I can have a whole afternoon, a couple of hours or an entire day! Baby feels really low now and plug already seems to be coming away TMI. I´m also a lot more emotional this month and nesting has really kicked in.

Thoughts: Looking forward to getting my body back, and being able to move around freely. Dreading the continued sleepless nights but so excited to meet our new little man. Also worried about how to fit my work schedule and Oliver´s school schedule around the newborn or vice versa! Any tips VERY welcome!

Let me know how your pregnancies are going and how you were/are feeling at this point!

 

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