Mother’s Day: Wearing My Heart On My Sleeve.

My daughter Poppy was less than a day old when I had my very first Mother’s Day, almost seventeen years ago. She was delivered at 18.34 on a Saturday evening by my mum, a midwife. How very special that was. The day after was Mother’s Day. My mum was the first person in the world to touch Poppy and when she handed her to me, I felt the most almighty surge of love. It was, and still is, indescribable. There are no words, no superlatives that will ever adequately describe the love a mother has for her children. And it was then that I realised how loved I must be by my own parents.

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Motherhood is the greatest privilege I have ever been afforded. It’s the role I’m most proud of and it’s the role that challenges me more than any other. It evokes more emotions and leads to more tears (of all kinds), than I ever imagined. I don’t think many women will say being a mum is easy, but I think most will say it’s wonderful.

This tiny babe-in-arms will turn seventeen in a few weeks and will begin driving lessons. Her little brother at almost 15, stands taller and stronger than us both. I am the proudest mama on this planet. They are gorgeous, intelligent, bright young people with a strong voice. They aren’t afraid to stand up and be counted, to share their thoughts and opinions. On rare occasions these opinions, (and corresponding behaviour), have pushed me to my limits, but I want them to know that I will always listen. Even if I don’t like what they have to say, my ears and my arms are always open.

My dream is to give my children the roots and the wings they need to succeed in life; to find happiness and to reach their potential. I want them to be the very best versions of themselves and to be proud of who they are. My dream is that I will be a mother like my own.

Mother’s Day Love…

I bought this top when I was putting my Mother’s day gift guide together. It was love at first sight. I wear my heart on my sleeve, so why not have them everywhere else’s too? It’s made from sweatshirt material so is soft, cosy and tactile. It’s approachable, snuggly and safe. Yet it’s vibrant with a touch of sparkle and a sense of fun. I’d like to think this ruffle heart top reflects me as a mum.

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The overall look is very real and somewhat “undone”. My hair went frizzy in the damp air and I look as tired as I felt. But this is me. This is Poppy and Harry’s mum.

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…And The Perfect Red Shoes

I have my mum to thank/blame for my love of (red) shoes. She herself isn’t a shoe addict, but she used to sacrifice things for herself to afford gorgeous, well-fitting shoes for me. She often tells me how much pleasure this gave her. I must ask my dad if he felt similar joy- though I suspect the football boots of my two younger brothers were more his thing.

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I have red kitten heeled boots and red strappy flats and now, these red court shoes. They’re from Lotus, one of my favourite shoe brands. I adore the gold-coloured trim and the scallop edge detailing. They’re so pretty and comfortable and I’m certain they’ll become a wardrobe staple, such is their classic, versatile shape.

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What I'm Wearing

Maybelline Go Colossal, Leather Black
Rouge Dior 999,
Dior Vernis 999
Red court shoes
Gold stars ring
Dark denim leggings
Maybelline Go Colossal, Leather Black
Rouge Dior 999,
Dior Vernis 999
Red court shoes
Gold stars ring
Dark denim leggings
Maybelline Go Colossal, Leather Black
Rouge Dior 999,
Dior Vernis 999
Red court shoes
Gold stars ring
Dark denim leggings

 

Happy Mother’s Day. And Mum, thank you for being the most wonderful mum and granny we could wish for,

 

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This post was sponsored by Lotus shoes. My top came from a budget allocated by Monks Cross shopping to compile a Mother's Day gift guide. All opinions are 100% honest and all content is my own. Thank you to Ian for taking the photographs.

10 Comments

  1. Pauline Yeowart
    March 11, 2018 / 1:40 pm

    Thankyou for those lovely sentiments Liz!
    It was truly the biggest honour bringing my first grandchild Poppy into the world. One I’ll never forget.
    My children and grandchildren are my biggest gift on earth. As the children (3) and grandchidren(5) arrived my arms have got longer, heart bigger. I just swell with pride and joy when I see them.
    All I wish for is their happiness, health and to keep safe in this world and always to be kind.
    Xx

    • elizabeth
      Author
      March 11, 2018 / 2:08 pm

      Aww, you’re so welcome Mum. And yes, your arms have got wider and wider as our family has grown. Love you so much. See you very soon! xxxxxxxxxx

  2. Suzy Turner
    March 12, 2018 / 3:38 pm

    You look utterly gorgeous, Lizzy! Even with frizzy hair! Love the top but it’s the shoes that have caught my attention. Red shoes really are the best, aren’t they?!
    Hugs
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

    • elizabeth
      Author
      March 12, 2018 / 5:21 pm

      Thank you Suzy. And yes, definitely. Red shoes are very special aren’t they! xxx

  3. March 12, 2018 / 9:57 pm

    I loved reading this Liz. I always enjoy hearing birth stories & yours has to be up there as one of the best. How amazing that your Mum delivered your baby!
    as for the navy blue & red ensemble, well this is also one of my favourites. “Un-done” indeed, you look beautiful my darling friend xx

    • elizabeth
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 9:46 am

      Thank you Michelle. Yes, it was wonderful that my mum delivered Poppy. Very special and they have the most beautiful bond. And thank you re my outfit. I felt soooo undone but that’s reality most of the time!!! Lots of love sweetie xxxx

  4. Jodie
    March 12, 2018 / 11:50 pm

    What a lovely post, Liz!!
    Children are the best, and really makes us realize how life can be so much better!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • elizabeth
      Author
      March 13, 2018 / 9:45 am

      Oh thank you so much Jodie. Yes, they really are the best- the greatest gift xxxx

  5. mummabstylish
    March 26, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    Such a delightful post Lizzy, lovely memories that you have shared with us – thank you. Motherhood is so special and I’m lucky enough to have five wonderful children who mean the world to me. Thanks for sharing this today, and of course I love your top. x Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • elizabeth
      Author
      March 28, 2018 / 12:06 pm

      Thank you so much Jacqui. Gosh, I didn’t realise you are a mum of five. How wonderful for you. You must be sooo busy but so fulfilled too. Motherhood really is the greatest gift isn’t it xxxx

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