Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Hotmilk Bra Giveaway

I am so happy and excited to share this giveaway from Hotmilk lingerie with all of you! Hotmilk contacted me recently offering me a nursing or maternity bra to review, but when I explained I was well past that stage of life, with no plans to return, they generously offered to give a bra away to one of my readers instead!


The reason I am so excited about the giveaway is that Hotmilk offers such a fantastic range of products. When I was pregnant with Stephen and needed to invest in maternity bras, I was horrified with what I could find in larger cup sizes. Honestly, it was a sea of industrial beige over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders, that looked awful on the rack, and didn't look much better on. I found that during pregnancy, I felt incredibly sexy, and post birth, I wanted to regain those feelings; having to wear those beige monstrosities certainly wouldn't have helped with either!

And then I came across Hotmilk lingerie, a new (at the time) range of lingerie from New Zealand that was innovative, fashionable, and sexy! Most importantly, these pretty scraps of lace not only came in sizes larger than a C cup (up to a J cup!), they actually supported those larger cups! These bras (and associated pieces) helped me look and feel fabulous as my body went through the myriad of changes that come with pregnancy and nursing.  The range was (and still is) very well designed, some with side-sling supports (great for maximum skin-to-skin contact) and some with A-frame supports, which I preferred as they offered great support and made breast feeding modestly much easier. The nursing clips were also amazing - easy to undo with just one hand, but completely unobtrusive.

Today, though, instead of highlighting their "pretty" bits and pieces, I want to introduce you to their latest offering, the Activate Sports Bra. (although, please, if you are pregnant, make sure you check out the rest of their range - you won't be disappointed!!)


A sports bra during pregnancy and nursing? Really? Yes!! More and more mums have realised the importance of exercising during and after pregnancy, and Hotmilk has come to the rescue for all the larger cup mums out there. Available in D to H cups (smaller sizes will be available in June) the Activate  Sports Flexiwire bra is the perfect option whether you are taking part in prenatal yoga, or something higher impact. Made from CoolMax moisture wicking fabric, coupled with mesh panels on the cup and the back, the Activate bra will keep you cool and comfortable. Most importantly, the A frame support, together with the Flexiwire, means that regardless of what activity you are doing, you will supported. Finally, the feature I loved most about my Hotmilkbras is the way that all of their bras are designed with stretch at the top of the cup to allow for growth throughout your pregnancy and then during the nursing period.

Hotmilk has generously offered one of my readers any bra of their choosing from the Hotmilk range, and the giveaway is open internationally! I'm keeping it simple, so head on over to Hotmilk, and leave me a comment about which bra you would choose (and please make sure I can reach you - leave an email address if you are not logged in through blogger). I will randomly select a winner on  Tuesday 22 March 2016.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

What's In My Handbag

After finishing my What's In My Carry On post last week, I thought it might be fun to share what's in my handbag with you all.  I try not to carry too much in my bag, but it is often a losing battle between my stuff and the kids bits and pieces. When laying out my bag today I was pleasantly surprised that there was no junk in it at all!!

Today I was carrying my Michael Kors Selma Medium tote. I fell in love with the pale peachy pink, and it is the type of colour that goes with everything in my capsule wardrobe. The medium size is a great everyday size, but helps me to keep my contents limited. It does fit my iPad, but I try and avoid carrying it around with me when possible, as it just adds extra weight which is not great for my back.

My wallet (3) is a recent purchase, the Tory Burch York Continental Wallet, bought to replace my old Oroton one which finally gave up on me!  This wallet is so functional, yet sleek and stylish. It has plenty of card pockets inside, a zip coin section, and room for an iPhone (though not my iPhone 6). I have also been able to fit in a lipstick, and use it as a wristlet with its detachable strap, which has been really handy.

I always tote around a little makeup case (10) from Mor, which today contained a Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara (7), my Aerin Cool Gel Eyeliner (8) and a brush on powder sunscreen, Colorescience Sunforgettable (9). The eyeliner and mascara are great for touch ups during the day, post gym, or if I ran out of time to do my makeup in the morning. I use the powder sunscreen at least three times a day, especially just before the afternoon school run, and this is something I recommend to everyone, since UV rays can penetrate car windows, increasing your risk of sun damage and skin cancers. Usually I would have a lipstick in here as well (at the moment, Tomboy by Tory Burch) but I need to hunt it down since it obviously isn't where it should be!

Shiseido Blotting Papers (4) and Chanel Vitalumiere Compact Douceur (5) are on high rotation at the moment with our heat and humidity. I touch up with the blotting papers mostly, and with the pressed powder now and then if things are getting really shiny.

Finally, I always have a bottle of water on hand, LactoEze tablets (1) in case I'm not sure if something will contain dairy, and a pair of sunnies (11) which I cannot live without, even in winter! I also have a little pouch re purposed from my Aerin Compact (2) that contains various store cards and coupons, since I seem to collect so many that I can't fit them in my wallet.

So there is a peak into my handbag. I would love to know what essentials you carry around!

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