Outfit: primary style

Finally, the weather has lifted a little round our way and we actually had some – gasp – sunshine! I mean, it’s still bloody cold, but it’s so much easier to deal with the cold when the sun’s out and the wind and rain aren’t beating you down.

My little bump is still slowly emerging – and in most outfits it’s not that noticeable. I can’t really get my jeans done up now without immense discomfort, but the fact they even do button when forced is testament to a) how much I like elastane in my clothes and b) how compact the bump still is. I don’t feel sad about this in the way I’ve seen some 17-weekers lament that they just don’t look that pregnant. There are still a LOT of weeks to look pregnant and I’m in no hurry to get there. I’m also naively hoping the slow start will mean a smaller baby and less hassle getting it out… heh. I get that it’s reassuring, but I had a different sign of comfort last week – at precisely 17 weeks and two days I felt the unmistakable signs of first movement!

And now I’m feeling it several times a day and it’s getting noticeably stronger already, although it does come and go. It sort of felt like flutters (that’s the word people use but frankly it’s inadequate – it doesn’t feel like anything else you’ve ever experienced), but now it’s turning into more jabby kind of pokes. I’m excited for the day it’s strong enough for B to feel it too. But apart from that I’m remarkably laid back (especially for me) about the baby. I feel like I’ll know what I need to know at the 20 week scan about whether it’s healthy enough to go to full term and until then worrying about it isn’t going to do me or it any favours. So that goes for the days like today when I don’t really feel it moving – although, ha, literally as I typed that there was an insistent little stab (hi, baby!). I have a sort of weird faith that the baby knows what it’s doing and there’s just no point comparing myself to any other pregnant person on the planet.

But anyway, I’m lucky to be working with Karina Dresses at the moment because their styles are great now and will be just as good when I’m much bigger. A dress this cheerful shade of blue felt right to wear with bright primary colours – or maybe my brain is already in the future thinking about baby stuff??

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Cardigan: Joy the Store (old)
Dress: Katharine, bahama dot c/o Karina Dresses
Brooch: c/o Erstwilder (past stock)
Bag: Joanie Clothing (old)
Shoes: thrifted


I don’t know why I look quite so much like I’m falling over backwards in that last photo – I promise you the weight of that tiny bump is not having that kind of an impact just yet!


  1. February 20, 2018 / 10:28 am

    Such gorgeous colours!! I am pretty much done with berry and brown colours, definitely want something brighter now that Spring is around the corner.
    What another fab Karina dress on you. I can’t see a bump yet! Jabby pokes sounds painful?!

    • CiCi Marie
      February 20, 2018 / 12:53 pm

      Exactly how I’m feeling! And really?? I can definitely see it, but I know what my body looks like in great detail… It’s not strong enough to be painful (yet!), it’s just the only way to describe the difference in sensation between the vaguer movements and the more singular ones, I think! xx

  2. February 22, 2018 / 4:07 am

    You and I have the same pregnancy taste — I was drawn to this Karina dresses dress too! It’s SO pretty on you and I love that you styled it with primary colors. And yes to them being so perfect for pregnancy. And, in the future, their mock wrap style are great for breastfeeding too!

    Baby movement is always so strange to me, in the most wonderful way. It has always felt like really strong muscle twitches in the beginnings, and then later… there’s no way to adequately describe it unless you’ve felt it. How exciting to be feeling it now!

    • CiCi Marie
      February 22, 2018 / 1:13 pm

      It’s a really pretty shade of blue isn’t it? You see a lot of navy polka dot dresses, but I loved this sort of cornflower blue, I couldn’t think of anything else I owned in this shade. I can see how their wrap styles would be fab for breastfeeding (although I can’t bring myself to prepare for that just yet!!).

      Definitely – I think I jumped straight to the bit where it’s impossible to describe. It’s almost like you have… digestive issues, but it’s distinct enough that you know it isn’t. A bit too ‘jabby’ as I keep saying. But then, other times, it’s not jabby at all. All you know is it feels like something’s in there!!

  3. February 22, 2018 / 11:42 pm

    So loving these primary colors on you! Haven’t tried Karina dresses myself yet, but they look really comfy. It must be so crazy to have a tiny human inside you, poking to get your attention I kind of like how you guys already seem to communicate. You say how you can’t feel movement today, and baby gives you a poke as if to say, “Um….HELLO! Still here. Just slept in…” 😉

  4. February 25, 2018 / 6:14 pm

    The dress and the cardigan look sooo gorgeous together! Loving the dress on you and it suits you really well. I hope your pregnancy will be going good. I can’t imagine how it is like to have a little human growing inside of me. It must be really special!
    Before this post I didn’t hear about Karina Dresses before. It seems like I really have to check them out, because this dress is gorgeous!

    • CiCi Marie
      February 26, 2018 / 1:52 pm

      Aw thanks 🙂 And it’s going fairly well so far – I can’t really complain! Karina are a great brand to check out for super comfy dresses that are great for travelling in because it’s the kind of fabric that doesn’t really crease!

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