Beaux Pregnancy Diary: BABYMOON!!!!

All white maternity wear || The Beaux Journals

Hiya cuties! A few weekends ago, we took a third trimester babymoon in the Cotswolds...just hubby, me, and bump. It was freaking freezing but it was super quiet and we stayed in my favourite spot in the cotswolds: the Slaughters. My parents and best friend treated us to a stay to the Lower Slaughters Inn which was endlessly kind and generous and literally perfect bc that's right smack dab in the middle of our favourite towns. We spent most of our time going to the best pubs and seeing the prettiest countryside. It was a-top-a-notch-a!

We also left Buzz with a dear family friend (his first time away from us!! (He is 10 months now)) and omg I now understand what parents feel like leaving their kids when they try to have a date night! Or holiday! Rupert and I sheepishly turned to each other literally every hour..."Should we text Buzz and see how he is??" and/or "I wonder what Buzz is doing now..." or "do you think he misses us?" even though he was having a full-on countryside holiday of his own and was so well-looked after. Basically we left Buzz so we could be stress free all weekend and we ended up being so stressed it was ridiculous. I think our babymoon actually was like an initiation glimpse into parenthood and it was HE-A-VAYY.

Anyway, we spent long dinners chatting about the parents we hope to become, our fears, what middle names we liked for our little one, stressed about if we had all the logistics organised and thoroughly thought out to welcome baby (ie, correct sized diapers, secure/safe changing table, organic goats milk formula in case breastfeeding doesn't go according to plan, what schools we need to get our names on, how to organize dutch, american, and british passports for a baby, etc.) and on a lighter note we searched high and low for sticky toffee puddings and I triple confirmed that I cannot in fact even have a sip of champagne (my most loved celebration drink) as it instantly lurches me into pregnancy heartburn and stomachache. LE SIGH!

It's taken us 3 years to find our go-to places (see The Beaux Guide to the Cotswolds below) but I'm so excited we have nailed our go-to pubs and jaunts.

Let's talk fashuuunnn. Specifically, maternity fashuuunn. I initially had a very hard time finding non-skinny maternity pants. It. was. a. saga. Esp. bc I just wanted to wear my levis. After many failed online shops over the last 7 months, I have actually found some non-skinny-jeaned success on Asos and topshop...and now I feel like I have got it locked in! My winter maternity staples have involved some sort of straight cut jeans (I love florence asos maternity jeans) + an oversized sweater (my favourites are by Raey) + boden shoes (i flipping love boden...the non-patterned pieces from there are literally my wardrobe staples (you may know I'm not keen on prints or florals etc. unless its like crazy maximalist prints or rainbows from Mira Mikati etc... there is a lot of printing at boden that's not quite my style, but omg the classic pieces I have from there are like no other) plus they are always the most comfortable and I am at the stage now where I need lots of slip ons bc I can't bend over! (run on bracket of the century..how hard was that to read on a scale of 1-10)) + a roomy coat/ jacket (like this waterproof white one from Boden again...and my fave winter coat ever was this suki boden one from a few months back) + a cross-body bag (the one below is an older bag also from boden haha im telling you with the staples!) 

Most recently, I have my eye on adding these black maternity flares which are SO COOL OMG to my jean collection. And the latest thing now is that I've had to start shifting into looking for nursing friendly clothes...which is my next Everest to summit bc I just get so g-darn depressed with the tops on the market right now. I am thinking I'll reach for cool button downs and off the shoulder dresses/tops since I will be (hopefully) breastfeeding in summer...TBD cuties, TBD.

Anyway here are the Slaughters, and here is me in a little all-white ensemble which was perfect to pub hop around and antique shop. 

All white maternity wear || The Beaux Journals
All white maternity wear || The Beaux Journals
All white maternity wear || The Beaux Journals
All white maternity wear || The Beaux Journals
All white maternity wear || The Beaux Journals
All white maternity wear || The Beaux Journals
All white maternity wear || The Beaux Journals
All white maternity wear || The Beaux Journals
All white maternity wear || The Beaux Journals

Who wore it better, me with bun or me sans bun lol

All white maternity wear || The Beaux Journals

(someone is happy she is in the Cotswolds👆)


Beaux Guide to the Cotswolds


All white maternity wear || The Beaux Journals
All white maternity wear || The Beaux Journals
The Beaux Guide to the Cotswolds

- PUBS -

Killingworth Castle

Ebrington Arms

Kingham Plough

Wild Rabbit

Mr. Hanbury's Mason Arms

 

- WHERE TO STAY -

Artist Residence

Wild Rabbit

 

- WHAT TO DO -

Have afternoon tea on the lawn at Lords of the Manor hotel

Walk around Bourton on the Water

Burford Garden Centre. THE BEST GARDEN CENTRE.

Walk around Stow on the Wold

Walk down Castle Combe's main street

Walk around Burford and try to find the pink door ;)

Walk all the public footpaths you can

Antiquing in Tetbury (my fave shop is Antiq BR)

Get lost on purpose!

The Beaux Guide to the Cotswolds
The Beaux Guide to the Cotswolds
The Beaux Guide to the Cotswolds
The Beaux Guide to the Cotswolds
The Beaux Guide to the Cotswolds
The Beaux Guide to the Cotswolds

The best time to go is Summer when everything is exploding with life and nature but winter is pretty lovely too because simply no one is around.

xo Ashley

ps, here are my outfit details!