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Maternity style: week 37

week 37 1
the grange
week 37 2
the grange
week 37 3

** Update 19 December:
I am submitting this to the style is ethical outfit competition, since I have no recent outfits, being on maternity leave and all. This one ticks loads of boxes though: the tunic is fairtrade and upcycled out of an old sari; the bag is fairtrade and the leather is tanned using natural methods; the coat (which I’m holding and you can see in all it’s glory here) is handmade and uses an upcycled sheet from the charity shop as lining; the leggings are from gumtree; and the vintage scarf is swapped.)

These pictures were taken in the Grange, a posh part of town, where we went to view a flat. I’ve been holding off on talking about our property adventures, because it’s all rather depressing and still totally up in the air. But it doesn’t look like it will be resolved imminently, and I’m 38 weeks today, so I could go into labour at any point and disappear off the face of the earth, so I might as well. This is our first time buying and selling at the same time, the property market is terrible, and it’s all very stressful.

Our flat went on the market at the end of August. Initially, everything went wonderfully. We had an offer after three weeks, while we were on holiday in New York. We then saw a flat we liked and once the person had started entering missives (the legal paperwork after which usually people don’t pull out), we started negotiating on that. But then we never got very far because our buyer pulled out, for no good reason whatsoever. I don’t even want to get into it because I am still annoyed at this person. Anyway, so they pulled out so we had too.

We do now have an offer from people that seem very keen, so fingers crossed it will all go smoothly. Unlike the first buyers, they do need a mortgage, so it’ll be a few weeks yet before we have concluded. We weren’t too worried about the other flat because it’s been on the market since July 2011 and hadn’t sold, but sod’s law they now have another offer. We are still waiting to hear from them if they have accepted this other offer, or if they will go to a closing date and we both put in sealed bids. But given those are essentially the only two options, it’s a bit unclear what is taking them so long to say (4 days and counting) what’s what. Previously they were fast in responding.

So it’s not looking good and we have started viewing places again. This is not looking good either though, it’s all the stuff that’s been on since September and they’re all closing as well, so we’re watching them disappear while the stupid people of the one we really want twiddle their thumbs. So we are getting ready to find somewhere to rent from January. I was really hoping to avoid having to move twice with a baby, but at least we’ve sold, so assuming new things appear in the spring we’ll be in a good position to offer on things. It’s still all rather depressing though, and pregnancy hormones don’t help me see the bright side!

Anyway, this flat we viewed on Sunday was a total wreck. The area is great, all huge villas like the one in the picture (that’s a neighbouring house) some chopped into flats. This one was way more work than we could ever do though: All the decor in the one we were viewing was 60s/70s and not in a good way and everything needed to be replaced. There was no question of living in it while it was being done up. Even if we could have afforded to do it, probably not the best idea while on maternity leave!

Outfit stats:
* tunic made out of old sari – people tree * leggings – gumtree * snow boots – merrell (my new ones) * bag – scaramanga, present * scaf – swap *

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  • Rhianne 5 December 2012, 8:41 am

    It sounds horrendous! We’ve only rented, but looking for places to rent was pretty stressful too. Don’t give up hope though, the right place will come along 🙂
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  • Miriana 5 December 2012, 9:52 am

    It’s actually not so bad having to move with a baby. Once you’ve got into the swing of things, you’ll be on maternity leave so will have plenty of time to go and look at places.

  • Sarah 5 December 2012, 12:01 pm

    Argh, you have my sympathy. House stuff is stressful and confusing. My friend and I have been trying to pin down our first professional let and been gazumped by other people twice. Fingers crossed we’ve now got a place but it’s not been much fun.
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  • Alice 5 December 2012, 3:38 pm

    I know how difficult we have found renting in Edinburgh so I really feel for you trying to buy somewhere. At least you’ve got your place sold, it must be frustrating knowing you have to move out, but at least now when you find somewhere you are free to snap it up. It’s a pity about the one in the Grange though, it is a lovely area xo

  • Desiree 6 December 2012, 9:08 am

    Oh you look so glorious despite the housing woes. I’ve had two experiences similar to yours during the very late stages of pregnancy! What makes us do it? It always makes sense at the time:)) xoxo
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  • Carina 6 December 2012, 10:28 am

    Ach ist das schön mir wieder alle meine liebsten Blog anzuschauen 🙂

    Gut siehst du aus, wow, stylish mum!
    Das ist ja ein tolles Timing, ich bin wieder da und du machst bald Pause. Aber wenigstns hat deine Pause einen erfeulichen Grund 🙂

  • ariane 6 December 2012, 5:29 pm

    Allo Franca!

    J’espère pour toi que tout se résoudra en ce qui concerne le nouvel appart!
    Mr D has sold all his flats- thank god it is real stressful! I think it is easier to buy in Canada than in Europe or the UK- Scotland –

    Prends soin de toi la future maman!

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  • kitsune-kun 7 December 2012, 3:59 am

    ohh dear, good luck with everythgin! that backpack is the cutest!!

  • lyddiegal 7 December 2012, 4:10 am

    Sorry to hear about the flat drama – I hope things work out and you find the place of your dreams.
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  • Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys 7 December 2012, 12:07 pm

    Ugh, flat hunting. I hate looking to rent enough, I can’t even imagine looking to buy (actually, since my mom spent my entire childhood putting in offers and trying to move us around, I can, and it’s made me never want to own anything).

    Good luck though. It’s better to move twice with a baby and end up somewhere you like than take somewhere just because. I’m sure you’ll find somewhere great.
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  • madam0wl 7 December 2012, 2:17 pm

    I agree, you look great considering your stress! And boy do I know about real estate stress. I really don’t understand people who say they’re into it and even sign stuff / put money down and then back out… we had that happen and it got kind of ugly. Best wishes that you find a place!

    PS I don’t remember seeing that older post with your flat’s interior shots. It looks great!
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  • Lorena 18 January 2013, 2:36 pm

    Oh i am sorry to hear about your housing issues.
    It is terrible when you run into people in life that do not take things as seriously as you do. If I were a seller I’d reply immediately so nobody wastes their time. There’s nothing worst than not knowing.
    When my husband and i were looking for an apartment many years ago, we came across this amazing 120 square meter place, sitting in a great area of the city, on the top floor of a building.
    The best part was the price, yes it needed some work but it was minimal – the price was CHEAP.
    So we agreed with the realtor to buy it, went to her office and picked up the contract and agreed to return it the next day with the down payment. The next day we went with the money and the signed contract and SHE HAD SOLD IT.
    Did not call, did not honor her word ! It was awful, awful, awful.
    To this day i hope she rots in realty hell.
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