Well, it’s not all afternoon teas and cakes! I’m so excited and thrilled to be pregnant, so thought I would write a blog post about my journey so far.

Wow! Motherhood. It seem it is the most terrifying journey I think I have ever been on so far- more scary than when I used to go for auditions in front of ogre directors that would rip you to shreds if they felt like it! More scary than venturing anywhere or trying something new because I am now responsible for another life for the rest of my life (cue thinking ‘But I can’t even look after myself!’)

But above all, I am super excited and happy to be venturing into the unknown. I am so happy to try and be the best I can be at something so wonderful and give all the love I can.

It has undeniably been a rollercoaster few months, I’ve had such a rocky pregnancy I was scared to even write, post or say anything at all- I have been in and out of hospital, getting sick, bronchitis and having placenta previa with a whole host of other abnormal things along the way- not that glamorous eh?!

Also you have to deal with the sickness. Literally smokers made my stomach turn. And their bloody everywhere in London! I would cross the road as smokers would make me be sick if I smelt it- hello zig zagging! But then another would pop round the corner. Your sense of smell is so strong that even a whiff of BO on the tube can send you into gag mode.

I have now stopped being sick and am in nesting/planning/organising mode! I am addicted to all things vintage so I’ve turned into a mentalist for Silvercross, 1950’s and well, anything darling! Yes, I am that woman googling vintage prams at 1am in the morning!

I will be excited to do some posts of what to wear when pregnant- it is a hard job if you love vintage and being feminine like me. Of course there are those maternity jeans and leggings (yuk) so I’ve been getting creative with what to wear. At first I tried to make my normal clothes last as long as possible- stretchy dresses or blouses over capri pants (but with the zip down, as I couldn’t do them up 😉 But now I have hunted in fabulous places for maternity wear- including Seraphine, Bombshell HQ, bargain sales and of course Marks and Spencers (the one stop go-to shop).

Am I scared? Absolutely. I am not going to deny I have had crippling anxiety at times, worrying about the smallest things and feeling totally overwhelmed by the bigger stuff. I started having anxiety attacks at how I was going to manage, waking up in the night and worrying and although this is something I suffered from in younger years it came back in full force and felt totally uncontrollable. Luckily I instantly got help in every way I could. A doula to help with day to day organising nearer the time, a few sessions with a Therapist who is very spiritual too and lots of yoga/meditation are all helping more and more.

I also felt better doing the smallest thing- not beating myself up and trying to ‘stop’ the anxiety that kept coming my way. When your pregnant you are totally hormonal anyway- I saw a picture of a dog one day and literally started crying as I thought it looked quite sad! But, if there’s nothing I can do about it, why bother getting upset?

I realised it’s o.k to be scared and vulnerable, it’s o.k not to know how it’s supposed to go, it’s o.k for life to suddenly turn on it’s heel- including motherhood. I am no expert and sometimes things aren’t perfect and that’s o.k. Sometimes life just happens and instead of worrying, try to turn these thoughts into a positive and move into a more better way of life. And that’s what I’ve been doing- slowly but surely!

Although I feel I am still learning and walking in unknown territory, I am on the whole loving being pregnant. It is such an exciting time and it has made me change my view on the whole world and how it works. I feel much more humble and joyful at this new existence I will be living. I now feel I can truly be myself, work towards positive new goals and for that I am grateful.

But apart from all this serious stuff, having a baby is super fun!

All the questions you have- ‘what will they look like?’ ‘where will we go together?’ ‘what will they become when they grow up?’ are all so exciting to think about, but currently I am trying to enjoy the moment and go with the flow.

I haven’t been able to have my normal pace of life which involves weekly dinners, attending events, writing, dance, shoots, a little champagne and generally rushing around being a busy bee! Even when I write that I realise how frivolous that sounds! But when your living in London, it’s the norm to cram in as much work and fun stuff as possible. I’ve still been doing some of them but everything has slowed down and well, I feel good, content, happy- well, I feel just really right.

I am sure I am not the only one to worry about how to do it all and for that we just have to blindly feel along the way- especially those like me who never planned it (and I don’t mind admitting that) but when it’s been thrown their way are seeing what a blessing it is.

How wonderful that we think we are going down one path, and then we are told we are going a different way! I think for me that was poignant in the last year- going to America after fighting so hard at getting a permanent visa and swiftly realising it was not for me, with a lot of crazy stuff happening along the way (but that’s another post for another time 😉

Ladies, your not supposed to know it all, just enjoy the delightful experience of a little person growing inside you. The most magical, exciting and awe-inspiring thing in the world. And as they say, ‘You’ve got this!’

As featured in The Lady Magazine

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Once you step into The Ritz, you will remember it forever. From the gilded 24 carat gold ceilings to the impeccable plush floral carpet there is something seductively enticing about this iconic hotel, which opened in 1906. I am here to view a selection of the private rooms as well as indulge in one of the hotels famous afternoon teas, of which they serve around 400 per day! In 2002, The Ritz was awarded the ‘Royal Warrant for Banqueting and Catering Services’ by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and walking through the hotel I certainly did get an essence of regal living whilst the salmon pink, crème and gold interior gave it the comfort of being luxuriously cosy.

The hotel is inspired by antique style architecture and entering the private dining salon I felt like indeed, I was having a feast for my eyes! In the impressive William Kent House, the Grade II listed mansion adjoining the hotel, there is original Italian Renaissance style décor with an intricately painted gold, blue and red coved ceiling of which I could just imagine the dinners and events it has witnessed. I was glad I had brought my mum along as she loves décor and interiors and was more than happy to view the beautiful rooms!

We also visited the Trafalgar Suite (you may remember it as featured in the film in Notting Hill) which has a pink marble bathroom (my absolute dream!) whilst the large suites and bedroom areas were decorated in the most exquisite furnishings overlooking Green Park. The best part was that you could hear a pin drop with absolutely no outside noise whilst I secretly fell in love with the classic ‘R’ which was embellished on many of the furnishings.

Next my mum and I entered the Palm Court, accompanied by a live piano, gold-edged mirrors and sparkling chandeliers. The Ritz is the only hotel in the UK to have a certified Tea Sommelier, Giancomenico Scanu who finds the finest teas from around the world. We had a choice of 18 loose-leaf teas and the Ritz Royal was a clear winner for us! We were also placed in the perfect spot being directly in the center by the mirrors- what better place to people watch and enjoy a quintessentially English tea?

Our tier soon arrived with beautifully presented classic cut English sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve, and a mouth-watering range of exquisitely presented pastries and teacakes. We were treated to an afternoon of music and good conversation whilst the forget-me-not bone china teacups we drank from were from the coveted William Edwards set.

The best way to describe an afternoon tea at The Ritz is being transported to another world. Where time stands still, where you have an abundance of time to relax in a beautiful setting and where the friendly service is so impeccable you will hardly notice when they place another plate of sandwiches on your tier- More tea anyone?

 

 

 

 

 

Well, it’s been go, go , go over at ABK HQ of late! So this is a little belated post to you to celebrate the beauty of Christmas and the end of 2017. Hope you are getting in the festive spirit and ready for a little relaxation wherever you are.

Wow! This year turned out different to what I expected! In a good way though and can’t wait for all the new changes that will be starting in the new year (including a totally revamped blog too!)

In the meantime do follow me on Instagram @annettekellow and over at lady.co.uk where I write my weekly column as Young Ladies About Town.

Here are a couple of snaps from a recent shoot, by the gigantic bauble at Goodge Street- if you haven’t checked it out, it’s a must and total photo worthy! Wearing a stretchy knitted Reiss dress (perfect for Christmas dining too lol!)

Merry Christmas, may you have a lovely time with all.

Xxxx

 

We all need a bit of TLC when the cold nights set in and even the most vintage enthusiast of us may want to have a bit of a warmer look. So I went in search of comfy versus vintage chicness. Of course, I headed to the shop I am OBSESSED with; Marks and Spencers.

I’ve always loved this shop and from the pyjamas down to the shoes (and who can forget the food!) so to me the quality is second to none. So the whole outfit (apart from the shoes which are Louboutin) is Marks and Spencers. Team with my dog and Notting Hill, I was in pure heaven!

Also I love how these prints are actually clashing but sort of work together- have you ever tried that? Would love to see your looks for Autumn and how you make comfortable feel fabulous!

xxxx

The nights are getting colder, the days are getting shorter and well, it’s basically winter. Most people freak out when this hits, talking and dreaming of warmer days but I actually love the winter and looking forward to Christmas.

So in true party season style, I’ve picked out my first sparkly dress, and this silver number is hot off the press from Marks and Spencer.

Its very fitting with still high quality fabric and tucks you in at all the right places (hello granny pants to keep you warm!) I love that it is a 50’s esque style and is a pencil dress so works perfect for a Christmas party or more intimate affair.

Below are some photos I shot at John and Jessie on Kensington Church Street. They are the most beautiful florist in West London and very close to Notting Hill Gate. I strongly recommend an outing and Jessie herself was extremely accommodating!

How are you getting into the party spirit so far? Would love to see your purchases and know of your plans! Xxx