Posts by KatieP

Lessons from Elsie: Stay calm to cope

Call me bonkers, call me fiery, call me hormonal (or don’t if you’ve any sense) but sometimes life’s little challenges have been known to make me want to bloody well scream. It’s the little stuff that makes me want to lose it. You know, the car keys you can’t find, knocking over your last glass of wine, that kind of thing. Life’s little annoyances really get my goat. But when

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Style: A ‘poutalicious’ brooch…

For me, the best jewellery pieces are those that have tales to tell. (What can I say? I’m a sentimental softie at heart.) So when a very lovely friend of mine offered to design and make me a bespoke jewellery piece, I was deeply touched and naturally, snapped her incredibly talented hand off straight away. Jessica Steele, off Bijoux Twenty Two Jewellery, describes her designs as unique and timeless and

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Body image. Stop hating, start loving.

Ok ladies, hands up. Who around here loves their body? By my powers of guesstamation (yes, a new word I’ve conjured up), I’m thinking there may not be many hands in the air right now. But I ask you this. Why on earth is that? Why is it so hard for many of us to love our bodies as they are, right now. Yep, right this very minute. Take a

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A letter to 2012…

Dear 2012, We didn’t start out the best of friends – let’s be honest being bed-ridden with a bad back wasn’t the nicest way to begin the year – however after 12 months together, I am really going to miss you. I thought I’d write to you, to let you know, that YOU have been the best year of my life to date. Admittedly, 1996 and 2008 were pretty special

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Xmas…

With just a few days to go before the big day, it’s safe to say that we’re beginning to feel rather festive in the Portman household. I’ve always loved Christmas, but this year I am ridiculously excited, as it’ll be Elsie’s first Christmas and our first as a family. All of which means it’s going to be extra special. When it comes to Christmas decorations, in the past, the Husband

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Pouting in: Pregnancy & Birth Magazine

To be clear, I’m not pouting in it really… but, this month you can catch me and my beautiful little lady in the December issue of Pregnancy & Birth magazine. In it I share Elsie’s birth story and talk about my experience of going over my due date. There are a couple of reasons why I decided to talk about something so personal. Firstly, I thought it would be a lovely

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Style: My ‘pretty as a picture’ necklace

I love a good piece of jewellery. In fact, I adore my new Cath Kidston necklace so much, I just had to share it with you all. Purchased on ASOS a few weeks ago,  this tiny pendant necklace isn’t the most impressive or flashiest item of jewellery I own, but it’s now one of my most favourite pieces. It’s small, subtle and cost little BUT – and this is the

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Lessons from Elsie: A different kind of love

Some say that a bond between a mother and her child is the strongest human bond there is. And whilst I know that sadly this isn’t always the case, I’m beginning to realise exactly what people mean. As a new Mum, I now get it. I understand. It’s love, but not as you know it. I like to think I know how to love and be loved. I certainly hope

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