Thursday, 27 February 2014



I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

I loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.

My tongue, every atom of my blood, form’d from this soil, this air,
Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their parents the same,
I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin,
Hoping to cease not till death.

Creeds and schools in abeyance,
Retiring back a while sufficed at what they are, but never forgotten,
I harbor for good or bad, I permit to speak at every hazard,
Nature without check with original energy.
Part 1 of Song Of Myself by Walt Whitman, via 1

The Outfit
Vintage 1970s Liberty Print Pregnancy Maxi Dress: made by late granny Kiki for my Mother
Rosebud Clips: from Accessorize
Black Belt: old from the high street 

The Soundtrack
Nick Drake: Place To Be
Photos taken at my parents' house a few weeks ago when I was 22 weeks pregnant with twins.
The large portrait I'm sitting next to shows late granny Kiki in her early twenties.

Thanks for your thoughts on nursing dresses. I may need to opt for separates much of the time when breastfeeding, but refuse to give up my dress addiction entirely. Some of you were asking for an example of what I'm looking for, it's this sort of thing, with a wrap tie front and hidden panels for nursing beneath, only below knee length and ideally a little more interesting:

or button down styles like this:
I'm well aware I may be asking the impossible! Have already succumbed and bought one high street nursing dress. And if need be there's always dresses like these on Ebay......


  1. You look stunning, and that Liberty dress is gorgeous. Xo

  2. Gorgeous dress and beautiful you. How fantastic to still have that dress in the family archives!
    I'd love a rummage around your parent's place, they have exquisite taste.
    Thanks for showing us that dress, I promise to keep my eyes peeled. I'm terribly uninformed about all matters related to pregnancy but I shall keep my eyes peeled. xxx

  3. Beautiful to see you wearing a dress that your granny Kiki made for your mother. Special!!!

  4. Oh Emalina!! Congrats Congrats Congrats!! Oh my, I was so happy for you I swooned out loud, I can't believe it, you have been busy. Baking two little babes. I am so happy for you! And you look incredibly delighted as well :) Love, Vanessa

  5. Oh my congratulations on twins! How exciting and of course you look beautiful! So pretty in this floral dress. Your Grandmother looks like she is watching over you.

    blue hue wonderland

  6. It looks like Granny Kiki is keeping a watchful eye over you and certainly the dress that sheltered your mother is doing a good job sheltering your twins. You ARE BLOOMING - I don't think that Photoshop. Beautiful photos and a lovely selection of poetry.

  7. With 4 1/2 years of breastfeeding experience so far (my 4th child is six months old), I would like to offer as a word of encouragement that you'd be surprised what one can get one's tit out of if one only tries. Of course not in the first few weeks whilst everything is a bit uncomfortable and you are still trying to get used to things, but your concerns regarding wardrobe imply that you expect to be breastfeeding for a while. Anything with a relatively open neckline - scoop or wide v-neck, if the fabric has even a little give and so long as the fit is comfy rather than absolutely skin-tight, you will be able to feed in. Wrap dresses or faux wrap dresses allow for easy access, you won't necessarily need the speciality breastfeeding ones. The sort of bodice that has a separate piece of fabric over each breast that just cross over at the centre often also allow for nipple-access. Likewise pinnafore or dungaree type dresses, and sundresses, wherein one strap can be undone or slipped off the shoulder and allow the bodice to be pulled down on one side. I have also worn short dresses in not-too-bulky fabric over a bottom layer (skirt/trousers/leggings), and pulled them up from the bottom to feed. Just lift it above your bum before you sit!You are doing well in that you are already thinking about it and trying to make sure that what you acquire now can work for breastfeeding too, but I just hoped to sooth your worry a little and show you that the possibilities are not quite as limited or limiting as you might imagine.

  8. OMG. I have no internet for nearly three weeks, before that hubby's in hospital for almost two weeks before that, we move house and now ... you're pregnant!! I'm so, so happy for you Emalina, congratulations darling woman, I'm so very happy for you - and twins, I'm jumping out of my skin here!!!!! God you are absolutely STUNNING!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoox

  9. *sorry, that should read 5 1/2 years!

  10. The Liberty print dress is really beautiful, you look serene.
    I agree with Radostin above, I am not sure you need specifically designed breast feeding clothing, a wrapover style dress with stretch, with a camisole underneath, would work just as well, and you are far more likely to find them secondhand and cheap. I wouldn't pay out lots of money for special feeding dresses just yet, you might find you don't need to and can create your own versions.
    Hope you're feeling well! xxx

  11. You are really Nice indeed , you sème confortable and all !
    And by the Way i am in Love With your mirror and paintîngs. Such a lovely decoration!

  12. Oh how poignant and beautiful to be wearing a maternity dress made by your late grandmother, for your mother, now worn by you. That really is a threading together of the maternal generations. I agree with 'pastcaring' above: serene is definitely the word.

  13. You look like a pre-raphaelite painting. I love this dress on you - and it seems it was made for you, not once, but twice!

  14. Wow, your last photo is my favorite! These are so beautiful - you are just a picture of loveliness :)

  15. Love the dress (so many options for bumps these days ... best new thing ever!) but I just keep looking at your pretty, contented and happy face. Lucky you that you bloom in pregnancy! Thoroughly and completely gorgeous.

  16. Hello. I'm afraid I've found that nursing dresses are quite limited. Try looking at Etsy for something a bit more unusual. Frugi make some quite nice things in organic cotton. Nothing as beautiful as your maternity dress.
    I hope you continue to enjoy your pregnancy x

  17. Gosh! You are the epitome of a glowing Mother-to-be x

  18. How vibrant you look! And happy. Very fitting that you're wearing a dress that your grandmother made for your mother.

  19. You are so pretty dear Emalina and how huge is your baby bump! Those dresses are pretty. Guess the best deals may ebay have?!
    xx Tani

  20. You are even more gorgeous and radiant in your pregnancy. So lovely that you're wearing a maternity dress that was made for your mother by your grandmother.
    Beautiful images in your previous post and what a gorgeous dress! While I don't live in Europe, I will still happily keep an eye out in the charity shops in case I find something particularly special.

    So, so, so happy for you Emalina. xx


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