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red and green
orla keily pears
old style self portrait
red and green 2

I have no recollection of what I wore this outfit for! It must have been something interesting, because I remember debating with myself whether I should wash my hair or not, and I wouldn’t have done that for just a Sunday staying in. But yeah, no idea what happened! My hair incidentally is annoying me no end. While I was pregnant and even after the birth for a while it had gone dryer and I could go for two days without washing and it would be acceptable looking on the second day. Alas, no more! I’ve gone on the mini pill which is the one you can use while breastfeeding, and it’s turning my hair greasy as you can see and my skin the spottiest it’s been since I was about 17. Not impressed but at least it’s not for a long time!

And for the last photo, yeah, I am a cliche. It was cold.

Actually on reflection I really don’t like these photos. Greasy hair, chubby face, spots, visibly blobby belly. I know I know shouldn’t care about these conventional beauty things, and I do like the outfit, but I do care. I’m usually pretty good at not feeling insecure about the way I look but all this trying to lose the baby weight is messing with my mind.

Outfit stats:
* top orla keily x uniqlo * skirt – hand me down shortened and dyed by me * shoes – gift, from office * coat – h&m * headband – I made it (this pattern) * earrings – from madamowl * scarf – swap *

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  • Teeny 22 February 2013, 9:19 am

    Dear girl, I couldn’t even SEE your “blobby belly”. I was fixated on that great print on your top. My after-baby body took some getting used to; but i wasn’t worrying about it at 8 weeks post preg! Be kind to yourself it will happen I’m sure.
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  • Jessie 22 February 2013, 12:23 pm

    Shortly after giving birth for the first time I read some sensible advice: “it took nine months to put it on, don’t expect it to take less to lose it again.” Please be a little easier on yourself, I don’t see any excessive blobbiness and you just look smiley and colourful. As for the birth control, have you considered trying a diaphragm if the hormones are not doing you any good? It does sound annoying but we got used to it very quickly when I switched, I would recommend looking into it.

  • Vix 22 February 2013, 3:20 pm

    I can’t see any of these faults at all, you look fabulous and colourful. x
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  • Sarah 22 February 2013, 9:25 pm

    Oh I know what you mean about the post baby body, you know you shouldn’t worry about it but you can’t help it. It is so hard to be patient about it – but your body will keep changing noticeably for the next few months at least (many cultures say it takes a full two years for your body to recover as much as it ever will). And the way you eat and all the walking and breastfeeding you’re doing, these are the best possible things you can do to help yourself – body and soul. I try to put the disappointment and pressure I feel about my post baby body into a bigger picture of the cruel and unrealistic expectations our society places on women and mothers, which none of us can help internalising, no matter how many magazines we don’t read! The website ‘shape of a mother’ is a really good place to balance out all the false expectations we absorb.

    • Veronica Darling 23 February 2013, 12:37 am

      Thanks for the tip about the website Sarah! I also agree with Sarah here, we need patience and 2 years was the same duration of healing I’ve been recommended by loads of awesome women… my midwives & doula and yoga teachers. xo
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  • izzy 22 February 2013, 9:46 pm

    Love your outfit so much 🙂
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  • Veronica Darling 23 February 2013, 12:35 am

    You can see things we can’t see… so it must be in your mind… you look gorgeous, you look like the best mummy and best women I’ve seen today!

    Those post baby birth ideals (especially celebrity magz) are just ridiculous, and they aren’t real… you’re perfect because your baby is perfect. Your body is making food and needs to be this way, plus your baby is still little and relies on your body to be this way.

    Love to you, you are amazing!
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  • Mary 23 February 2013, 7:36 pm

    I love that Orla Kiely top–she’s one of my all-time favs and wish I could afford everything she designs (clothes, home, etc). Also, the color of that coat is gorgeous!

    I actually much prefer to see “real people” and what they are actually wearing in style posts. Those blogs where girls have clearly spent 3 hours getting ready and “dressing up” in outfits they wouldn’t normally wear but for the sake of blogging are very pretty to look at of course, but I just think real life is more interesting…and often more inspiring as to how you might wear an outfit or mix colors or whatnot.

    Lovely blog! 🙂
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  • Hollie 24 February 2013, 1:08 pm

    Ah the post birth jiggle belly- I’m dealing with that right now. It’s been a month since my son was born and my belly is still pretty jiggly and now I wonder, “Is this as good as its going to get? Bummer.”
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