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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

"Staying Stylish": Vertbaudet's Maternity Fashion Timeline

It can be difficult to feel at all fashionable during your pregnancy; while on the one hand you're bursting with pride and excitement about the new arrival to your family, you'll eventually get to the point where you can't face another shapeless maxi dress, and start to wonder whether there is anything out there that will allow you to maintain your sense of style while your little one is on the way.

To help mothers-to-be in need, Vertbaudet have launched a "maternity timeline", with tips and ideas for outfit solutions throughout your pregnancy. As a children's and maternity clothing specialist with over 40 years of experience in the ultra-chic French market, Vertbaudet know a thing or two about style, and the timeline covers a range of comfortable and attractive options, as well as practical advice, to ensure you have plenty of options to choose from. 

The timeline starts at around 14 weeks, and recommends you start thinking ahead - clothes that will expand as you do, and breathable fabric to keep you from feeling hot and claustrophobic are both high priorities. Clothes you can alter, like a drawstring jacket or a belted dress, allow you to maintain your figure even as it changes. Elasticated waistbands are always recommended during early pregnancy, but Vertbaudet makes sure to remind readers that jeans with stretchy waistbands will not only keep you comfortable, but they'll go with more of your existing outfits and look far more stylish than a dowdy pair of slacks!

Towards the end of pregnancy, Vertbaudet suggests plenty of detailing and gathered fabrics to add layers and textures to your outfit without compromising on comfort. Loose-hanging tops and tunic dresses are particularly ideal, as you can move around in them without much restriction. The timeline even makes some suggestions for overdue parents - although by that point it may well be time to return to the maxi dress!

Vertbaudet's clothes are known for being innovative, using plenty of practical concepts to really tailor them to the wearer - many of their own maternity clothes are also designed to be useful while nursing, so that you can make your clothes last even after pregnancy. The timeline is a fantastic reference, especially for first-timers, but for anybody going through pregnancy it's ideal for ideas and inspiration.

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