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How not to look like a fat frump when pregnant

You will notice, because you are smart, that I almost never promote anything on this blog. “Oh it’s too much like hard work,” I say to the occasional food person who gets in touch wondering if I’d like a free packet of spelt. “I’m so lazy,” I say. “I’ll never get round to it, sorry.”

But the fact is that I’m not interested in food freebies. (Sometimes I wonder whether I’m interested in food full stop.) If I want something for free I will say to my husband: “I want some rare albino truffle please,” and he will make a phonecall and it will turn up on my doorstep and I won’t even have to write about it.

But clothes? Cloooooothes?? Special nice clothes for preggy ladies that don’t make you look fat or pinch your bump or squish your boobs?

“Do you want some?” asked my friend Celia. “From ME+EM. We want you to be a sort of brand ambassador.”

“FUCK YEAH” I screamed. I didn’t even stop to say “Oh but why me? I’m so shit and fat and ugly. You don’t want me, you want someone more glamorous and interesting.” No, I did NOT say that, I just asked how much stuff I could have. Should I hire a parcel van to drive to the shop? Because I can do one on my Addison Lee app…

Then I immediately started to fret about it, as I always do. That the clothes wouldn’t fit or wouldn’t be nice and I would take a lot and then not wear them but have to be nice about them anyway. And then I would break our special bond, the one where I tell you the absolute truth about absolutely everything and don’t try and sell you anything, ever.

Don’t worry. I am not leading you a merry dance. This shit is for real. It’s amazing. There are dresses here that make you look, if you’re under, say, 20-24 weeks like you’re not pregnant. Especially from the front. And after that, they just expand like magic so even though you look like a Sherman tank, you feel comfy.

Pregnancy wear is mostly so so horrible. Massive floaty things with a big print. But this is all terrifically chic. And THE best long-length jersey vests and long-sleeved t-shirts EVAH.


These are the things I got, which are particularly excellent and I recommend to you, pregnant or not. More original, I think, and better fabrics than Isabella Oliver or Seraphine – though God bless them both, eh? Where would we be without them.

On the ME+EM website they do a thing where they use skinny models for all the clothes, so you can’t really imagine how they would work on a massive pregnant arse and giant blobby tits, so this is my edit for anyone with a blubbery mess to cover up.

Just think of me like a very badass Gwyneth Paltrow, yeah?

Almost all of this comes in different colours and is available HERE. The sizing is very generous. I am 5’6” and weigh in at 10 stone 3.5 and fit into a small.

Crepe swing dress. MAKES YOU LOOK NOT PREGNANT. £104. You will wear it everywhere and it’s crepe so it won’t get bobbles.

Tuck neck swing dress. This is just so cool, such a nice shape. Great with long boots, ankle boots or little slippers. £115. I will be wearing this on Christmas Day.

Extra long layer T. The last word in long-length long-sleeved tops. Soft as a kitten. £42. There are also excellent vests at £19 each. Fucking BARGAIN.

V-neck box pleat dress. Very similar to one at Isabella Oliver but a nicer colour, a more slimming fit and less expensive at £104

An amazing thing. If you only get one thing when you are pregnant, get this. It is sort of drapey and concealing without being heavyweight so you don’t end up looking like a piece of soft furniture. It also has lovely long sleeves. I plan to wear mine until it has holes in it. Knit sleeve 3/4 jacket – £119

And a snood. Because I’ve decided that I hate scarves. Wide rib snood – £68

Happy shopping and have a great weekend.


Gordon Ramsay: Essential Foods Every Refrigerator Should Have…

Gordon Ramsay: Essential Foods Every Refrigerator Should Have (Video)

Gordon Ramsay believes you can learn everything you need to know about a person by looking in his refrigerator. “It says a lot about character and how you live on a daily basis,” says the Michelin-starred chef (and host of Fox’s ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ and ‘Hell’s Kitchen’). So what is his fridge never without? On the list is everything from staples like eggs and Parmesan cheese (“grated cheese and lemon juice over penne is delicious,” he says) to indulgences like crème fraîche and pink champagne (“always goes down well”). For the complete list, watch the video above.

Las Vegas: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ winner is head…

Las Vegas: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ winner is head chef at Ramsay eatery

“When it comes to hot restaurants in Las Vegas, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris is one of the hottest. Diners may not see Chef Ramsay but they could see Christina Wilson, who won a year’s contract as the steakhouse’s head chef for her first-place finish on Season 10 of “Hell’s Kitchen.”

In honor of her victory over 18 other competitors, the restaurant is now serving what it calls the Hell’s Kitchen Limited Edition Tasting Menu. That’s quite a mouthful, but not nearly as palatable as the five-course dinner itself.

Ramsay’s British roots are evident throughout the meal. It begins with a Scotch egg made with Berkshire pork sausage and red wine-braised cabbage. Beef Wellington, Ramsay’s signature dish, is served as the third course.

The prix-fixe menu costs $145 per person; wine pairings are an additional $75 per person. The price includes a souvenir folder with an autographed photo of Wilson alongside Ramsay and executive chef Kevin Hee.

Wilson took up her new post within days of the airing of the program’s final segment, although that was more than a year after the reality show had finished filming.

“Everybody that was part of the final episode for 15 months knew who won and how it went down that night,” Wilson said. “We just, under contract, weren’t allowed to say anything.”

Because she couldn’t start her new job until after that episode aired, Wilson returned to Philadelphia to work, knowing she wouldn’t be in the job very long.

“It was hard,” she said. “I literally had to forget it ever happened. I tried really hard not to think about it.”

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