Raising a tiny human – 104 weeks (ish)

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Two years! That’s 104 weeks. Roughly 104 weeks since the little girl, who has the cheekiest smile I’ve ever seen, came into the world. I can’t believe that the past two years have gone by so quickly. This post is a little late, as Aria turned two last month, but I wanted to reflect on the past two years.

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When I was pregnant and in the first year of her life,  I was blogging a lot with updates and recording her milestones on the blog. That’s fallen by the way a little in her second year, mostly due to the fact life is pretty hectic!

I think in the early days, certainly for me, it was so hard to see beyond the baby days. the sleepless nights and tiredness that go hand in hand with the wonders of watching this little person develop their personality. I can’t count the amount of people who told us ‘enjoy this time, it goes so fast.’ It sounds like a cliche but it really does!

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all butterflies and rainbows, some days have you tearing your hair out, fighting over whose turn it is to get up in the night, crying from sheer bloody exhaustion, but I guess that and my permanent eye bags are part of raising a tiny human.

These two years have really been a ‘getting to know’ each other time as well. As strange as that sounds when talking about your own child, you really do have to learn their quirks, the things they like, what makes them happy, like anyone new that you meet.

I’m amazed at how kind she is and funny to the point she makes us cry with laughter. True to her name, she loves music and like us is a fan of seafood and silliness. Sure she has irrational outbursts, like the time she cried because she wanted to see the neighbour’s cat who dared not to be in the garden, and she likes to test how far she can push that cheekiness of hers – terrible twos are true to their word. God help us when she becomes a ‘threenager’!

I don’t want to turn this into a post about how wonderful she is, with my rose tinted glasses after a full night’s sleep, but she’s truly a wonder and I can’t wait to watch her grow into the beautiful person she’s becoming.

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What a Stud

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From high street to high-end, studs and spikes seem to be everywhere at the moment. Admittedly a potential snag hazard on occasion but personally I love this look as it gives any outfit an edge.

Although not old enough to remember the punk era, I think my desire for this look stems from music. In my early teens I was very much a tomboy and pop stars like Avril Lavigne and Pink, with their rocky/soft punk style, really appealed to me. I remember searching for ages for a studded cuff like the one below and wearing it with everything!

Studded Cuff

Studded Cuff

Thankfully my personal style has improved (no more black studded cuff) along with my taste in music, and I love incorporating a touch of toughness into my wardrobe.

My most recent purchase is this studded Topshop bag, which I lusted after for about 2 weeks before finally nabbing the last one in my local store. Although these are now back in stock as part of their new Rock-oco collection.

Topshop Studded Bag

Topshop Studded Bag

Another of my favourite pieces is this River Island studded biker jacket. The cut is very flattering, as it arches at the back, and looks great with just skinny jeans and a t-shirt.

River Island Studded Biker Jacket

River Island Studded Biker Jacket

River Island Studded Biker Jacket

River Island Studded Biker Jacket

It’s not just the high street stores who are working this trend, designers have been doing so for years.

These spiked Yves Saint Laurent heels are not for the faint hearted, or for those lacking in a big budget sadly, so one can only dream!

Yves Saint Laurent Spiked Heels

Yves Saint Laurent Spiked Heels

Here’s my pick of my favourites from the high street –

Topshop Studded and Embellished Body

Topshop Studded and Embellished Body

Studded River Island Gloves

Studded River Island Gloves

Goldie Rachel Studded Blouse

Goldie Rachel Studded Blouse

Zara Studded Ankle Boots

Zara Studded Ankle Boots

River Island Black Studded Bandeau Dress

River Island Black Studded Bandeau Dress