Pregnancy Diaries: #First Trimester.

Welcome back!

It’s been a little while since I’ve gotten back into my blogging zone and much of that is linked to this very blog post. So, in case you don’t already know, I am expecting!

Pregnancy so far has been both very exciting but also very new and unknown. From the excitement of finding out, the nausea and sickness at week 7 through to our first scan and hearing our babies heart beat, everything is very surreal and pretty amazing.

Now, at 20 weeks, I thought I could you give anyone who is interested, a little run down of a few things that really helped the baby and I get through our first trimester!

Much like my wedding diaries last year, I totally get that this isn’t going to be of interest to everyone so will be mixing up my posts with my usual Kroma inspiration and design posts for those who prefer them.

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So, I thought I’d kick things off with some skin and body products that have really helped through the first few weeks of pregnancy, all of which I’m still using now.

  1. Pregnancy Vitamins. – Something that your GP and midwife will advise you to take on a daily basis from the very beginning, these have been helping both us of get the best start possible. I was given a packet of Pregnacare vitamins along with my notes at my first NHS antenatal appointment and, although they are the recommended brand, they are a little on the pricey side. If you’re needing to find a cheaper alternative, most supermarket and drug stores will offer their own brand of pregnancy vitamins and you can double check on the back that they are still giving you the right dosage of particular important vitamins including folic acid!
  2. Body Oil – Not just for those stretch marks that may begin creeping in as your body makes room for your growing babe, body oil is also great for just moisturising dry skin in pregnancy. I haven’t been a fan of most pregnancy belly creams and balms because of their cocoa butter scent (it’s too sweet and sickly for me!) So, an alternative that I’ve been using and absolutely loving (onto my second bottle already!) is the SUKIN BioNatural skin oil. The sukin brand is an all natural, vegan brand which I love and this particular oil smells great and leaves skin super smooth and soft with no grease. The oil includes some pretty great ingredients too such as Rose Hip Oil (which I also use on it’s own on any potential stretch mark prone areas), Carrot seed oil, Vitamin C, Vitamin F, Avacado Oil, Lavender Oil, Vanilla Extract.
  3. Primrose Oil Although not a necessity, I have always taken primrose oil everyday since my late teens, to help with hormone levels, skin and hair growth and have continued to do so in my pregnancy to keep everything well balanced.
  4. Lavender Oil – Although many say to avoid lavender oil in pregnancy, I have been adding a couple of drops to my bath and on my pillow to allow me a good night’s sleep and get through the first month of fatigue. The lavender scent also helped really well with morning sickness (which was actually all day long nausea from week 7 – 10)

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Next up are a few clothing and accessories that have really helped me from week 7 on wards.

  1. Maternity Leggings – Although I didn’t gain a huge amount of weight in my first trimester, it was pretty amazing how quickly my usual favourite high waist jeans became particularly uncomfortable on my waist and belly. For just £9.00 per pair, my sister-in-law recommended these black cotton maternity leggings from Peacocks with over the bump support and they have been great! – I was able to wear hers for a few weeks to try them out (would definitely recommend this if you can) then proceeded to purchase 3 pairs for myself. I would also recommend sizing up, giving yourself some space for your bump to grow.
  2. Sports / Cotton Bra– When all of the focus is on your bump, it seems to be forgotten that in fact, one of the first signs of pregnancy can be your growing boobs and boy do they grow! On top of you no longer fitting into your pretty lace bras, your boobs can also become pretty sensitive and will need some decent support. That’s where I found that any non-wired, soft cotton bras or sports bras helped out a great deal. I also wore these to bed for the first few weeks for extra support.
  3. Nausea and Sickness Wristbands– Something that another sister-in law recommended to me for my nausea, these acupressure wristbands seemed to help a great deal for keeping sickness at bay and are really cheap so worth giving a try, even if you’re not convinced in the beginning. These little things came everywhere with me from work to wedding receptions.
  4. Water Bottle – So it might seem obvious that, when pregnant, the best liquid you could drink to stay hydrated would be water and that’s great because I love the stuff. However, in my first trimester, I hated it and really struggled unless it was ice ice cold! That’s when an insulated water bottle came in handy, keeping my water cool on all outings and allowing me to get the right amount of fluids. I’d also recommend a re-usable straw!
  5. Back pack – This might sound strange, but a back pack has been really helping me with any pregnancy back pain by evening out any weight I need to carry with me when out and about. This burgundy velvet back pack by Glamorous is both a great size and sleek design.

 

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Finally, I thought I’d go through a few food and drink essentials that helped with my nausea and things that I just craved eating in the first few weeks.

  1. Elderflower – Recommended by my mum, whenever I would struggle with getting water down, I would have an elderflower with soda water, ice and mint. The soda helped with settling the nausea and the elderflower and mint added a nice fresh flavour.
  2. Lemon and Ginger – Liquid or food form, both of these were great in the first several weeks of pregnancy. Ginger biscuits, lemon and ginger tea, lemon sweets, and even just the smell of lemon scented cleaning products really helped!
  3. Apples – A fruit I am still loving now, I craved the dark red delicious apples but they had to be nice and cold! Raw, cold carrots also helped and are something I still love snacking on now!
  4. Snacks – You may hear your midwife speak the words “little and often” quite a bit when it comes to your diet in your first trimester. This is when snacks come in. Things that got me through the day included plain crackers, wholemeal toast, salted or cheese crisps and cocoa and orange nake’d bars (which made me feel better knowing that I was getting a bit of goodness)

 

I think that’s it for now! – I’d love to hear what your first trimester essentials were/ have been and hope that this helps anyone who is struggling. Just know, we are all learning as we go, just do what’s right for you.

K

Wednesday Wander

Morning!

I thought I’d try out another new series over here for you guys all about inspiring places that I’d love to visit. It could be a shop, cafe, Gallery, island…..anything that I’m currently dreaming about. So, to begin, I thought I’d start with a biggie! ….Salvation Mountain!

Now, I could just round this up and list the many different places in Palm Springs and California that I am so in love with, but I think they deserve their own little write up.

I’ve always been drawn to Salvation Mountain through photography and I think it’s mainly the mix of beautiful calming colours in a desert location as well as the wonderful message it portrays. I always feel a sense of tranquillity, completion and literal salvation whenever I see the beautiful piece of artwork by Leonard Knight, who created his masterpiece over three decades as his tribute to God and it must be 1000 times better in person.

So, yes, Salvation Mountain in my first #wednesdaywander

IMG_5369.JPG Photo by Kaya Danae who wrote about her visit to Salvation Mountain here

 

ROCK N ROLL BRIDE

It all started with an excited comment on Kat William’s instagram page when she was holidaying in a beautiful tropical paradise last year.

I’d recently come back from my honeymoon and had major wedding blues. So, seeing those tropical photographs just threw me straight back to our big day again.

Thankfully, great timing meant that Kat saw my comment and checked out my account in response. Having already posted a few of our professional couple shots from our big day on there, Kat commented on a few of my pics and asked me to submit to her beaut of a wedding mag.

If you haven’t come across Rock n Roll bride before, which I doubt, then let me explain…

Rock n roll bride is a wedding magazine and online blog filled with inspiration for current alternative brides to be and includes a whole bunch of creative inspo from real weddings through to suppliers, DIY’S and ideas towards your big day.

The main difference this mag has above the rest on the high street is its celebration of unique wedding design for those who truly want to be themselves and have fun with their day.

Rock n roll doesn’t just mean crazy cool rock chick! It’s for anyone who dares to be different and that’s why I love it!

So, a few months have now passed since that initial invitation to submit and I can proudly say that our tropical DIY wedding now sits proudly in Issue 13 which is out in stores and online NOW!

A massive thank you to Kat and her team for featuring us and for anyone who is pondering whether to submit to a magazine, read the submission details and GO FOR IT!!

While I’m here, I just want to thank all our wonderful suppliers again from our big day….

Ami Lowman of Lo & Behold– Who did all our Wedding Styling & Styling Photography!

Oana Damir – Who photographed our big day!

Karen at Vinnies Vintage Vehicles– Who drove us round in her powder blue beetle.

Carl at Carl Christian Cakes– Who made us the most beautiful 3 tier marble cake ever!

Soraya and her team at Ultraviolet- Who bought my wild protea bouquet to life!

Sarah at Rosies Vineyard– Who did all our catering and reception details!

 

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HAUS SERIES: RUG LIFE

Good Morning!

I’m back with a new #hausseries all about the rug life! For those decor enthusiasts like myself, you’ll probably all agree that a rug can have a big impact on your space.

Whether its a flat rug, thick pile, shaggy, modern, traditional, abstract, oriental, vintage; a rug can be a statement maker, space filler, grubby carpet cover and overall killer item!

I didn’t choose the rug life, the rug life chose me. Here’s my top finds this season…

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HAUS Series: MODERN WESTERN

Happy New Year!

I hope that 2017 has got off to a great start for you all.

To kick things off for Kroma, I have been working on some new styling ideas for our home living space to give it a sophisticated lift. I don’t know whether it’s being married, starting a new year or just plain growing older but I have noticed my style taste changing dramatically over the last few months. My once rainbow world of white Scandinavian backdrops filled with an assortment of colourful decor and equally colourful patterns has been stripped back a little (well quite a lot actually) and I feel myself being drawn to calmer, cooler tones that are just as appealing yet a little more “liveable”.

Long gone are the vivid fluorescent hues of corals and yellow and this year I’m making way to a new home vibe. Now, I’m not quite there yet with the #styleitdark vibes and still like my white backdrop, but for Winter into Spring I’m taking inspiration from my love for Palm Springs style and mixing it with bohemian textures and western prints….So welcome Modern Western!

Think emerald green hues, soft nudes, powder blue skies, Cactus Plants, Desert Sands, Cow print fabrics, shaggy rugs, brushed gold metal, native prints, wall hangings, woven baskets, protea flowers and eucalyptus leaves.

Think Joshua Tree landscape, California sunshine and just plain cosy, chilled living!

Textures are all a go with soft suede, animal hide, velvet, faux fur, linen and wool!

I am also loving the idea of rug “layering” where you basically layer one rug over another to add more dimension and texture to your interior. This particularly works well if you have a large plain flat rug that can be layered with a smaller patterned rug.

So, here’s our room plan as well as product mood board. Some of the pieces we have already invested in for our space and the rest (or something very similar) are hopefully on their way into our space over the next few months.

I will be keeping you updated on the progress of our space as we go along! If you’re interested in any of the products, everything is listed below!

*TIP: Remember re-vamping doesn’t always mean spending loads. Opt for less expensive furniture by buying on ebay or second hand stores. Also, sell your unwanted pieces first!

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Flat Rug | White Wire Coffee Table | Grey Linen Sofa Bed | Green Velvet Cushion | Velvet Cow Hide Cushion | Marble Cushion | Taupe Velvet Cushions | Textured Linen Basket | Bamboo Basket | Vinyl Frames | Brushed Gold Lampshade | Desert Sands Print | Blush Footstool | Mountain Cushion.

 

 

Festive Fun

Hey Guys! We’ve been busy decking out our apartment ready for Christmas 2016! Our first Christmas as Husband and Wife..Cute huh!

As always, I tend not to go down the “traditional” festive route when it comes to decor so, if you’re into something a little different then hopefully this might give you a bit of inspiration.

This year consisted mainly of pink, green and gold hues with a tropical vibe that we seemed to have permanently  adopted ever since our wedding and I’m still loving! Emerald Green is HUGE this year for interiors so that might also be a reason why I just can’t seem to shake off having some shade of green within our home.

As with decor, our gift wrap is also never traditional and this year we picked up some tropical flamingo and pineapple print gift wrap from John Lewis as well as some velvet ribbons and gold speckled wrap to partner it.

Alot of our new decorations are also from John Lewis this year, including the gold palm leaf ones which I adore! (These could totally stay up all year round.) I also got gifted a pink pineapple decoration from my beautiful gal pal Tassie which she picked up in Oliver Bonas..I think it’s my fav!

Anyway….Here’s a few snaps of this years decs. I hope you all have a truly wonderful Christmas and we’ll be back with more design and interior inspo in the new year! kroma_xmasdecor_1

 

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HITCHED!

 

Our Tropical Inspired DIY Wedding

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So, we got hitched! And it really was the best day ever. From the little details that we worked endlessly on, to the most important part of promising our love for one another, everything was perfect.

On the morning of our big day and with some sleep, I arised early in my old childhood loft room back home that my mumma and I had styled with all my favourite things. Joined firstly by my mum with a warm cup of tea, then my sister and two best friends. Feeling excited and weirdly calm, we had a little natter then headed downstairs for croissants and bucks fizz to kick off the celebrations.

We all styled our own long locks and did our own makeup so getting ready was lots of fun with music playing from my mum’s little green radio and strawberries on hand for a light snack along the way!

Seeing my floral designs for the first time was so lovely and made everything a little bit more real! Soraya at ultraviolet bought my oversized bouquet to life with a beautiful bold protea as my focal flower and lots of eucalyptus to create a fresh and wild bouquet. Soraya and her team also created a head piece made from blushing bride proteas (absolutely love this name!) as well as pretty pink astilbe and a little more foliage.

Seeing my girl gang (I bought all my girls a little girl gang pin from Cutesy Huge on etsy!) all dolled up and ready to roll was so exciting. We loved that my mum’s dress was called “The Kate dress” and my Dad looked so dapper in his suit and braces. My little flower girl Holly matched me in ivory with a pleated flowing shift dress with 3D floral embellishments and a floral crown.

Time seemed to fly by and before I knew it, we were rushing my shoes on and jumping in the car for a quick dash to Milldam House.

With the previous wedding running slightly late, I had a little time to compose myself and let the nerves settle. (Plus my sister and I did a few breathing exercises in the toilet just before!) Everything felt a little strange, a little exciting, a little nerve racking and a little surreal. I just couldn’t wait to see Joff’s face.

Our ceremony was a simple service that lasted ten minutes and was just what we wanted. It was simple but oh so very special. The main thing I can remember is my right leg shaking at what felt like 100 times per second. I’m just glad my crochet trailing gown seemed to distract from this and no one seemed to notice!

We exchanged rings, declared our love for one another and we had officially made it to married life! With a few family snaps in the house garden, we then took a little drive in our hired powder blue beetle to a butterfly house to hide from the drizzle and get some couple shots together.

Sheltering from the rain, we used our super fun tiki umbrellas from Sunny in Soho who so very kindly sent us a few for our day. The pineapple print tied in so well with our theme and we were so impressed with the design, we have been using these repeatedly since coming back from our honeymoon to the British weather!

The staff at the museum were so lovely and welcoming, sectioning off the butterfly house for us to have some privacy as well as gifting us some beautiful butterflies to take away. The whole shoot felt so special and was one of my favourite parts of the day. I had so much happiness and adrenaline running through me, I just felt so very blessed.

After our twenty minute shoot, we then headed onto to catch up with our guests at Rosie’s vineyard where my amazing friend Ami had set up all our tropical inspired wedding decor that morning!. Now, Ami deserves a special mention here, as she was one of a few friends who offered her time, free of charge to help us out. Ami did all our styling from table decor and menus through to our garden layout and it was incredible! [Ami also has a blog called Lotales and is getting married next year to her lovely partner Maxwell who also came to help! So go check out her page as I can’t wait for their big day!]

After we had managed to take it all in, we all sat down for some bbq grub and prepared ourselves for the speeches! Now, I hadn’t planned on saying anything on our big day in terms of speeches but, for some reason, a few days before I picked up the courage to type something up just in case I was feeling confident enough and I did it! This was a big thing for me and another moment I will always remember and be proud of. I really don’t like speaking in front of large groups but there were so many people who I wanted to thank and I also wanted to be a bit fierce [I don’t think I’ll ever be fierce! ] and fight tradition.

After food and a little tipple, we could relax and take in the evening reception starting with cutting our amazing three tier marble cake by Carl Christian ! The cake consisted of Victoria sponge, coffee and carrot and was oh so delicious!

With our evening guests beginning to arrive, the staff at Rosies bought out the bacon baps, pink donuts and we played our music playlist which consisted of our favourite tunes including September by Earth Wind and Fire.

And we danced and danced and danced and I changed into my gold Dr Martens and then we danced some more!

Our whole day was photographed by another extremely talented friend of mine, Oana Damir, who got some incredible shots of us and knew just what we were after. Another talented friend, Matthew Tiller, also filmed our wedding video which we are so grateful for! We have so many creative folk here in Southsea, it was great to keep things local from flowers and cake through to photography and styling.

Other thanks include Max and Rob for the PA System.

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VIDEOGRAPHER: Matthew Tiller

DECOR, SIGNAGE & STATIONARY: ALL OURS!

Getting Hitched, Entry 15: Florals

Hello!

Today, I thought I’d share with you my inspiration towards my wedding flowers.

At first, I thought about creating my own bouquet made of artificial flowers but, since having a wander around my local Southsea florist Ultraviolet and looking for inspiration, I decided to ask their team of professionals to create my bridal and grooms party flowers leaving the decor bits to our creative hands.

So, when I say bridal and grooms party flowers, I mean mine and my bridesmaid’s bouquets, hair flowers, buttonholes, corsages and cake flowers.

I am not really one for a traditional bridal bouquet of “put- together” roses and much prefer the bigger, wilder bouquets with trailing ribbon and foliage with accents of colour. Choosing my focal flower was actually a lot easier than I thought and, by using Pinterest as always, it was a really lovely experience picking and putting together ideas for my bouquet.

My main bouquet will be made up of pink florals and green foliage. My girls will be matching with fewer florals and green foliage in their hair. The boys will have pink buttonholes and green foliage will sit on top of our cake. I have also opted for a floral hair crown which I cannot wait to wear!

So, for now, I thought I’d share with you some of the flowers that will be a part of my bouquet that the lovely Soraya and her team at Ultraviolet will be designing!

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Getting Hitched, Entry 11: Bridal Shower Inspo

Morning!

I am so excited that this weekend I get to celebrate all over again for the 2nd part of my bridal celebration: “The bridal party”.

My maid of honour [sister] and mum have planned all of this part for me so I have no idea about what’s happening….which has been soooo very difficult to deal with as I’m such a control freak!

All I know is the theme I have asked for is Tropical so I thought I’d show you all some tropical themed bridal showers as a bit of inspiration!

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