Okay that was a short sentence, in case you hadn’t noticed I haven’t posted on my blog for MONTHS now. Basically, MONTHS ago I closed it down in the hopes of bringing it back with a fresh look a couple of weeks later.. that then turned into several weeks, which turned to a month and then the most part of a year! In between all of that, I fell pregnant and forgot about it completely!
If you follow me on social media (mainly instagram) you’ll know I was posting all of my maternity ‘style the bump’ looks on there. So, here I’ve collated them for you in one nice big fat pregnant juicy post… rather than doing them all separately, because it’s a tad bit late for that now to be quite frank. This is not ALL of my pregnancy looks, but rather the ones I still had the images for.
LOL I’M SO ORGANISED.
I will now be making a consistent effort with my little blog and have plenty of new posts to work on for you as well as some oldies to look into & finally some new ‘MUMMY AND PREGNANCY’ content so please do visit regularly, if you fancy it anyway!
Kicking this post off with my earliest pregnancy looks (no one knew I was about 4 and a half months pregnant here) wearing one of my favourite looks. Funny how the simplest of looks usually turn out to be the best! A plain black look with the classic trick of ‘accessorizing’ to avoid ‘boring’ or ‘basic’ even.
Okay next up we have this combination of boho/traveller/london summer kind of look! A lot of layering going on which proves slightly confusing with sandals and my great big toes hanging out, but don’t worry about it! As long as the overall look is…
Now for the ‘Adidas slides (beach or pool flip flops) pretty much trying to rock it in the city during a rainy summer’ look, has this outfit all summed up! Plus I’m not sure if white scarves really suit my complexion any more… sad times eh.
Coming in at approximately five months pregnant, simple whites & stripes with a bit of flash in my silver shoesies. I love a bit of androgyny, even if it means just posing with my hands in my trouser pockets..
Here’s me being lazy and taking just ONE outfit photo in my flipping living room. A tiny little spot of my living room in fact with blank wall space. YELLOW wall space might I add. FYI I needed white. HMPF #BLOGGERSTRUGGLES
Oh, and the second photo is me trying to make up for the location by adding some stupid flowers from a phone app filtering & sharpening way too much…
But still, at least flowers.
I like this one a lot. It took me back to ‘Old Dina’ a Dina that was way too into vintage and oversized glasses. But I remember this phase of ‘Dina’ fondly, some of my most comfortable looks came from that phase. Plus the scenery is nice and bright.
Here I am at just over 6 months pregnant and my favourite pregnancy look by far! Probably because I don’t really look pregnant, just like I have a little podge from a few too many hob nobs perhaps.
Here’s a bit of that old ‘skool’ street style look for you with the TP graffiti wall and gangster posing. It’s gotta creep up into a fashion blog at least once a year right?! I just about squeezed myself into these jeans with the help of my maternity ‘expansion’ belt.
Also, Helloooo tan.
Here’s my ‘Istanbul’ look, we’d just come back from a week long adventure in Turkey (adventure included shopping) ehem. Love their fashion and versatile pieces in almost every store I visited & the jewellery choice is insane! P.s. have you begun to notice each write up for every outift is gradually getting shorter and shorter…
Yea didn’t realise how long this post would take to put together!
The one post with the one twin that I do have! She rarely makes an appearance and when she does just know there was about an hours worth of convincing behind it! You should also know, a lot of my outfit posts consist of her wardrobe!
On to the look, pretty basic but STRONG I feel. Primary blue & red with black is pretty bold no?
Her look | Scarf | TKMAXX Top | Primark Jeans | GAP Sandals | Birkenstock
Dina the vintage lunatic is back in this outfit. I’ve had this khaki shirt dress for literally about three years just sitting around doing nothing until I decided it would work well to hide my then growing bump! I think I picked it up for about a tenner so… bargain! Originally it was sporting some mahoosive 80s shoulder pads which is probably what delayed me wearing it for a while (I felt like my top to bottom half body ratio was way out) until I decided to rip them off. Please do excuse the wrinkles, I thought I could attempt to make it look like they were supposed to be there, yes? No? Any one?
Also my backpack is theft proof from a company I love called High spirit, be sure to check them out & find out exactly what I mean by ‘theft proof!’ http://www.highspiritbags.com/
Dress shirt | Vintage Trousers | River Island Shoes | ZARA Sunnies | HM
The only thing I can remember about this look is needing comfort. Pretty much grabbed the three most comfortable items in my wardrobe at the time, not really thinking about colour or style fitting together! Having said that, I think it worked out well!
Something a tad fancier than my usual, a rarity from me. I believe the seventh month of pregnancy had just hit here & it was my sister in laws wedding week! This is what I wore to her mehndi ‘hen do’ but south east asian version basically! I wanted to wear something traditional originally but after hours of scouring through the likes of Lady pool road and Alum rock in birmingham & buying TWO suits, coming home and trying them out properly in the comfort of my own mirror and I still wasn’t satisfied with how ‘fat’ they made me feel. So instead I rummaged through my wardrobe and found this stunning kaftan dress I was given by a designer based in Dubai called ‘asmachaptidadabhoy’ during my visit to Toronto last year! Cinched in at the waist with a home made belt last minute & I was sold, it helps that the ladies at AAB had just sent me this lovely two tone chiffon scarf that coincidentally matched perfectly too!
Keeping to the ‘fancy shmancy’ theme, this is the look I decided on for my sister in laws wedding day. Again, the traditional suits just wasn’t cutting it for styling my bump and so I got creative and made myself something instead. Picked up this curtain fabric of course from fancy fabrics in Birmingham £5 a metre (win win situation) and I accessorized the look with traditional Asian jewellery that I got from Rupali online web store. I added a white shirt underneath just for that crisp collar look & some pastel pink mesh to give the bottom half a fuller look and peep my little heels through! Also really made an effort with my face that night… please notice this.
Really struggling to find an excuse other than ‘ I was enjoying myself too much ‘ for the lack of lovely scenery that these photos were taken in. Bad light, dirty lifts & green signs just don’t cut it when you’ve been blogging this long.
Dress | Self made Accessories | Ruplaionline Scarf | INAYAH
Back to causal sometimes frump Dina…
Not really sure what I was thinking with this look. A mix of new pieces for me paired with the oldest chinos on this planet found in my mums wardrobe (I was staying in Cardiff at the time). This always happens when I’m in Cardiff visiting, my looks come out kind of half arsed, excuse my french – lish. Possibly because I can never be bothered to pack anything and resort to wearing old things I find in my old room with a bit of new things I leave there on my last visit!
Scarf | Primark Jacket | ZARA Chinos | ZARA Sandals | TKMAXX White top | HM
Surprisingly, this is a Cardiff look. It happened by accident and the reason it’s a surprise is because it’s actually pretty decent if you ask me.What does ‘it’ is the contrast of white with the gorgeous deep tones of that vintage scarf around my neck.
Again, simple is best.
Scarf | vintage Top | INAYAH Jeans | ZARA Shoes | ZARA Bag | ZARA
The one with the TP coffee pictures, YAY for being a certified fashion blogger (coffee pictures make you that FYI). I took these shots in Bullring carpark, a lot of you seemed to recognise this when they were uploaded on my instagram page. Thanks guys for baiting me out like that, nice one.
Khaki shirt | TKMAXX White top | Jakarta Jeans | River Island Shoes | ZARA Bag | Knomo London Necklace | PYRRHA
Another fancy, should have really stuck this underneath the previous fancies. Story behind this look, it was Rima’s wedding day! Rima, for those of you who don’t know is a good friend of mine, also a couture designer and it just so happens that we met because I asked her to make my Walima dress!
Before you jump to attack at my all white outfit at some one elses wedding, Rima actually asked her bridesmaids to wear all white to compliment her woodland theme. I actually really struggle finding a look for my bridesmaids role, one that would compliment my now 8 month bump as well as being dressy enough for a wedding but not too dressy for the outdoor woodland theme. I also had to consider that part of the wedding was outdoor and with this UK weather, one cannot always be sure of sunshine, and so footwear was a problem. Basically heels = NO.
On my head I styled some raw silk fabric into a turban and sported some bold face to go with the shiny shimmer of the fabric. For the top I chose a kimono style and opted for a super flowy non figure hugging skirt, that was actually a halter neck dress turned skirt by me, to avoid bulking under my top! The neckline of the top wasn’t ‘dressy uppy’ enough and so I made a lace collar out of some old net curtains to fit snuggly underneath and creep up my neck ever so elegantly. I didn’t manage a photo of my shoes but they were actually flat silver sparkly dolly shoes.
Scarf | Raw silk fabric | Dress | asos Top | Topshop Clutch | Dorothy Perkins Jewellery | Dorothy perkins Earrings | Swarovski
Gosh I haven’t tied my turban like this in what seems a lifetime! I kind of miss it, it’ll have to come back. Here i’m wearing a gorgeous silk kaftan from ‘Afroda14’ and my new favourite shoes that I keep telling myself I will wear more but so far they’ve only had the pleasure of meeting my soles twice.
Btw, the designer also picked out a Liberty print fabric and that’s what the turban is made of, yay.
Scarf & Kaftan | Afroda14 Jeans | FCUK Shoes | Aldo
Here’s a look from my recent weekend away to London before little Hana came along. I was sent this gorgeous linen jacket by LILYAIYA, pretty perfect for bump styling actually. You can’t see in the pictures but the back is an open feature which gives it the perfect A line shape to skim straight over those bump curves. Styled my turban into a super old school look here too, which I’ve been enjoying quite a lot recently especially as the weather gets colder.
Jacket | LILYAIYA STUDIO Jeans | FCUK Shoes | ZARA Scarf | HM
Beware, the tongue sticking out pose has hit. Not my usual face I must emphasize but on this particular day it seems the excitement of looking like a walking polar bear, I could not contain! It’s all thanks to Sid that the polar bear reference has emerged, his thinking not mine. Not sure what the hell happened to my face is photo numero 2 and 4, slightly on the simpson side though.
Also here’s a little tip, my jumper is on back to front, I do that with A LOT of my tops. Gives a little more neck/shoulder coverage and hangs nicer I find.
Both scarves | Dina Torkia Jumper | HM Trousers | ASOS Shoes & bag | ZARA
Here’s another look from my weekend away in London. Super girly compared to my usual casual day to say looks. I quite enjoyed being more lady like actually and the older i get the more feminine I feel like dressing.
Scarf | INAYAH Waistcoat | ZARA Top | ZARA Jeans | BERSHKA Shoes & bag | ZARA
The most obvious of my maternity looks, if not the most fitting! Loved the idea of this ‘maternity countdown’ shirt.’ The perfect solution for a gift to a pregnant friend you might have!
Leather Jacket | vero moda Trousers | GAP Sandals | HM Countdown T shirt | ‘Put a bird on it shop’
Blooming in blue, I’m calling this. I was feeling HUGE here and resorted to wearing one of the oldest blazers I own. But seriously, when was the last time I wore a blazer? Having said that I think I’m really in need of some updated ones. I almost feel as if this look shouldn’t be posted..
Bag | ZARA Blazer & top | HM Jeans | HM Shoes | DUNE
Here’s to the time I collaborated with MIMU MAXI a Jewish sister company based in NY. And here’s to women supporting and empowering one another whatever their differences, beliefs and backgrounds. We are stronger together than alone.
Outfit | MIMU MAXI
When my husband styled me, head to toe. A car crash waiting to happen, and then it happened. Turned out it wasn’t as lethal as expected.
Scarf | Dina Torkia Jacket | TKMAXX Tops | Primark Trousers | Boohoo Shoes | Nine west
I call this ‘woman in black’ because well I’m in black. One of those grey days when you have no patience for your bump or your brain telling you to look half decent and so you resort to all black and then it turns out all black was pretty much super decent.
Also, this peplum is worn inside out, it’s originally purple. Teehee.
Top | HM Bag | knomo london Shoes | Also Jeans | River Island Shades | AM Eyewear
This look happened literally two days before I gave birth, 40 weeks and 2 days pregnant here. And so i bring you the last of my maternity looks. A look by Riva fashion. The perfect transition from Autumn to Winter.
Jacket & denim | RIVA Shoes | Aldo Bag | ZARA
And this concludes my ‘style the bump’ post, finally! Almost ten months worth of outfits all in one, and if you’re still here you deserve a medal but instead please let me know what you think in the comment section.
Pregnancy and pregnant women come with such a stigma of being, dressing or turning into ‘walking talking penguin frumps.’ I was so worried I would hate being pregnant, seriously struggle with how I look, dealing with what to wear and was absolutely terrified of the inevitable amount of weight people told me I would put on during it. Somehow though it was completely the opposite for me. I found I enjoyed dressing during pregnancy more than ever before (minus those last few weeks when you constantly feel full and want nothing more than to roll around everywhere, or even better, nowhere).
I’m not sure if it’s because I made a conscious effort to attempt staying fit and healthy and not use my pregnancy as an excuse to stuff my gob with anything that came into my sight or not. Don’t get me wrong, at least two days a week I indulged and devoured until my heart and tummy were content, but for the most part of my pregnancy I worked out, remained active and ate well. I also ensured to make more of an effort with my appearance, so I would help myself stay away from depression. When you look good you feel good, and that worked for me for the most part.
So as scared of pregnancy and delivery as I was, I realised I really didn’t need to be, it’s what comes after those 4o weeks in that ‘4th trimester’ that you should really be ‘scared’ of and really prepare for, well for me anyway.
But, let’s not put a downer on an upbeat post and so, I’ll leave that for my next.