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Friday, 25 March 2016

WIT mama Friday: How I'm (not) preparing for baby number two and my intreview with NINE IN THE MIRROR

A few weeks ago the lovely team from Nine in the Mirror and I spent a day at home playing dressing up and talking about all things motherhood. I got to wear one of the most dreamy Valentino gowns and the turnout was a sweet shoot in Greta's bedroom with pictures of me and my 7 months bumps that I will treasure forever, and a little account of how I am (not) preparing for baby number two. Here's a little extract from my intreview on the website, but head here for the whole feature.

"Motherhood inevitably changes you, yet sometimes this shift occurs so imperceptibly that you don’t realise your perspective has shifted until you look back. For Laura Fantacci, stylist and co-founder of online shopping platform Wardrobe ICONS, it was embracing change itself. “I used to be, or still am, a very controlling and organised person. Having a plan and sticking to it, having a to do list. Becoming a mother has taught me to let go and understand that its ok not to finish the to-do list” 

Mother to a three-year-old daughter Greta Zita, Laura is currently pregnant with her second child. “This time hopefully it’ll be easier as I’ve already loosened up,” she says with a laugh. “I remember saying to my friends [about having Greta] ‘Oh it’ll be fine, I’ve got a file on how I’m going to do this.’ No, it really doesn’t work that way. It has taught me to embrace changes and things you haven’t planned. It’s something so new and inexperienced, the whole job comes with lots of changes within yourself, which can be difficult. But I’ve learnt just to go with it.”

Monday, 21 March 2016

The Isabel Marant spring jacket

Celine suglasses, J.Crew jumper, Topshop jeans, Aurora bag, IM Etoile jacket and shoes

I bought a scarf print short Isabel Marant Etoile cotton quilted jacket when I was on my first maternity leave and wore it endlessly. It's the sort of smart casual wardrobe staple that can really make a different to your jeans and T-shirt look; so when I was in Paris at the end of January I put my head in the store in St. Germain to try on a longer style that I had seen on the Internet.

It also comes in the short cropped style like my red one - it's perfect with jeans, cargo pants and even over little dresses. I opted for the longer version, it seemed like the perfect cover up for spring, not too heavy not too light and mainly something I don't feel precious about but instantly gives a little touch to my outfit.

Isabel Marant Étoile  Elmer reversible quilted jacket  £330

I find Isabel Marant Etoile does that for me, I have bought so many things form the diffusion line and I love that effortless Parisian style with a bohemian slant to it. From T-shirts to dresses and shoes, here are some of my favourite pieces in store now.

Friday, 18 March 2016

WIT mama Friday: scrapoook from my WITxBonpoint event

On Sunday the 13th of March WIT and Bonpoint celebrated all things mother and child with a gorgeous in store tea party at their beautiful  Marylebone High Street store to mark my last event before heading on maternity leave. It was such a special event because the first one dedicated to mums and their children and it couldn't have been celebrated at a better time. The store was decked out with the most gorgeous selection of Bonpoint clothing, a few days earlier I had been through the collection and marked my favourite buys with little gold tags that said 'Laura and Greta's picks". I also dressed up a table with my favourite buys, including those things that I love to gift my friends when they are having babies and those that I invest for my own daughter. The Bonpoint team and I organised for a sensational face painter for the day (the kids loved it!), as well as a super fun entertainer. Mummies could shop the collection (with a gift on purchase in a fab Liberty print pouch + beauty samples and a hand cream!), feast on the yummy selection of food; get a hand massage with Bonpoint range of beauty products whilst little girls could get their hair braided with Liberty print ribbon. We even had a tombola where one lucky reader got to win the entire beauty range! It was the most fabulous afternoon and one that is much better illustrated through the photos that I posted on my Pinterest mood board for you to get some outfits and party inspiration! Thank you to all of you that attended and made my last event before doing the mummy thing full time for a little while.

Laura x



See more photos from the day in my Pinterest moodboard

Monday, 14 March 2016

What I wore at the weekend: a Spring dress for my #WITxBonpoint event

I hosted a lovely mother and child afternoon tea party at the Bonpoint store on Sunday (more on that on Friday for my next WIT Mama Friday post later this week) and the "What to wear question" was one that I had time to address a bit late in the day... I had planned to wear something that didn't work out so I had to think something very last minute. When outfit panic situations like this happen, I like to have a super strict brief so I'm not faffing around wasting time so on Thursday night I looked for a pink dress, with a sleeve, not too short (rather long) and that evoked all things spring and happy!
I couldn't believe my luck when I found this chiffon, orange blossom print tea dress with tiny sequin raspberries embroided on the fabric from Topshop which is not even a maternity one but fits perfectly around a bump! I wore it with my old J.Crew pink velvet sandals (I found a really similar pair from Chloe in sale here and from Gianvito Rossi here) and tousled hair by my gorgeous friend George Northwood (I always do my own make up). As many of you asked me about the dress, here's a link to it (and other items in similar print).

Midi Dress by Unique £255.00 Topshop

Thursday, 10 March 2016

WIT mama Friday: See you on Sunday! #WITxBonpoint

See you on Sunday!


With Love,
Laura and Greta Zita x

Monday, 7 March 2016

What I wore at the weekend + 4 f the best dressy jumpsuits

Topshop jumpsuit, Jimmy Choo shoes, Saint Laurent clutch

I bought this Topshop jumpsuit from their 'Made in Britain' range (I didn't know what it was - essentially a more luxe and upmarket range within Topshop) in September after falling in love with the hot pink version I got over the summer that I also wore on the cover of The ICONS Update in August for my 'Perfect Wardrobe' shoot.

The navy version, despite not being a maternity piece, has proved to be a great bump-friendly buy and practically the only thing I can wear in the evening that's a little dressy. Sadly the ones I bought sold out a long time ago (although I know many of you bought one at the time!), so it made me think about dressy jumpsuits and suggest a few I think are great - from super pricey investment to quite affordable impulse buys.

Friday, 4 March 2016

WIT mama Friday: bespoke storage solutions

When we refurbished our flat last Spring and turned our two bedroom garden flat into a three bedroom maisonette with a rear extension in the garden, I was determined to make the very most of every little bit of space that we had available. I am lucky to have an architect husband that thinks this way by default, so the way he divided the spaces and per-thought about things like utility cupboard and under stairs storage was pretty spot on, nevertheless there were still a few corners and nooks that, once we finished the house, we thought we could utilise to the max. Sometimes you can make do with the likes of Ikea and sometimes, to really really use up every centimeter at your disposal, you have to enlist the help of bespoke made furniture. I was recommended a friend of a friend (Richard Cullinan Joinery www.rcjoinery.co.uk- ask of Katie she is super helpful and will come to your house to measure all spaces and give you sound advice), and with the help of her and my husbands designs (who literally measured how many Vogues I had to store - bless!), we came up with three storage units, from big to small to fit the left over bits and bobs that were in need of a home. Now that these are all finished an installed, I asked my friend Eva to come around and take a few pics for me as I'm sure that like me, many WIT mama Friday readers will be trying to create storage there where there is none!


The storage bench under the bow window in my study holds all 20+ Muji files, stationery and bits and bobs
We have a bay window in my study, it could have looked lovely with a chair and a little table next to it as a reading corner, but my goal was storage maximasation so I decided I wanted a filing cabinet with shelves to put all my Muji files, stationery and more. It's an enormous space that neatly keeps all my office stuff in one place - no matter how hard you try paperwork and files never look pretty and always a bit messy, so I found this  this was such a good call! I shove in there everything, it's still tidy and organised (I'm a neat freak) but you can't see it!


Our corner unit holds a bit of everything from dinner wear to magazines and even our DIY drawer

I remember sitting on my sofa and looking at this empty corner of our sitting room and literally mentally building storage space to store all the bits and bobs that we still had lying around. We had finished unpacking months before but I still had odd, oversize things like plates, serving dishes, and then books, magazines and photo frames that I simply didn't know where to put. We looked for ages for an antique cupboard but I knew that if we wanted to make the most of that corner it had to be bespoke. So one day my husband and I sat down and literally went as far as measuring my magazines and counting all the books we had left and designed this unit (which Katie and her team will happily do for you by the way, + send you CAD drawings to pre-approve, I just happened to have my personal designer!). What I love about it is that it has space for everything: opened shelved areas for the pretty things, a really large closed door cupboard form my formal dinner wear, a handy and spacious drawer for other bits and a side shelve for my magazines that I like to look at.


This tiny corner could have only been decked up with bespoke shelves

This tiny corner between the bathroom door and my sink could have only been decked up with bespoke shelving - aside from giving my bathroom some extra space to display my perfumes, it also added a bit of interest to an otherwise pretty bland space. I spent ages arranging the perfumes and candles, and I love the cacti in mini vases that add a little colour to my grey and white walls.

For more info  
Richard Cullinan Joinery www.rcjoinery.co.uk
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