Back at Work

I went back to work this week. My colleagues probably think I was off forever, but to me, it felt like my maternity leave had just started. One of the girls sent me a text a few days ago asking me whether I was stressed to come back. Not! The logistics of arranging childcare were a lot more stressful than being at work.

It might sound a bit cliché, but going to work felt like a bit of a break. I love my four children with all my heart, but I also have a career. Looking after small children who have “more demands than terrorists” (my friend Loraine’s words – so fitting!) can be draining, and it is somewhat refreshing to be around lots of adults with whom I can hold a conversation for more than a minute without having to wipe a nose, start nursing or magic a snack out of my handbag.

With a family of six including four small children, school runs, playgroups, various clubs and activities, a home to keep half-decent, food to cook for all of us, laundry and paperwork, life is never quiet or still. It is nice to know that at work, although I have plenty to do as well, I am allowed a break for lunch and I can even have a cup of coffee (a warm one) whilst working (sitting down) before the day starts.

When I spend some time away from the children, I can put the tantrums and sulking into perspective; they make me smile again. I appreciate every minute spent with the little ones. Dinner time spent chatting about our day is something I really look forward to, bath time is a pleasure and I would not miss out on their story time before bed. The house is a mess, the laundry pile higher than ever and dinners not as nice as when I am off, but I enjoy my job and I think that stress, if channelled in a positive way, is healthy and makes us move forward.

After I had Crevette and went back to work full-time and with managerial responsibilities, I cried in the toilets expressing milk on my first day. This time round, I am not going to lie and say it was easy or relaxing, but I am now working part-time and my first couple of days were far from unpleasant. I managed to achieve a lot in a short period of time and feeling productive is great!

The day before I went back, I looked in my wardrobe and rummaged for clothes that would fit my current body shape. Your body changes so much after having a baby (or four!)…  The priority for me was being comfortable so I went for some of my wardrobe staples.

A Work Outfit with Pops of Colour - bold blue Oasis to, blue Aldo open-toe shoes, pink nails, suit trousers from Warehouse, Gucci watch, Martha Jackson tree necklace

On my first day, I wore a bold blue Oasis top with matching Aldo shoes. Colours put me in a good mood, heels give me confidence and having open-toe shoes meant I could have a pop of pink thrown in for good measure. Perfect way to start! I also wore suit trousers from Warehouse as well as my Gucci watch and new Martha Jackson tree necklace.

Beautiful Blue Oasis Top and Martha Jackson Tree Necklace

On my second day, I went for Paraphrase trousers, a crisp white Benetton shirt, my little Hilfiger Denim jacket with its gorgeous red floral pattern inside, a Martha Jackson feather brooch,  Red Sasha shoes to match the inside of the jacket, pearl earrings & necklace as well as my watch.

Comfy but Classy for Work - Hilfiger Denim jacket with a gorgeous red floral pattern inside, Martha Jackson feather brooch, Red Sacha shoes & pearls

I absolutely love the two beautiful pieces of silver jewellery from Martha Jackson.

Martha Jackson tree necklace & Feather Brooch
The necklace is quite simply beautiful, delicate and I find it perfect for a formal occasion yet cute enough to be worn when dressed casually. I wore it at work, but also when I went to the Harry Potter studios with Crevette a couple of weeks ago.

Martha Jackson tree necklace & Casual Style

 

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Disclosure:
– The prize will be supplied directly by Martha Jackson.
– The giveaway is open to UK residents over 18.
– I was sent the tree necklace and feather brooch for the purpose of this review. No payment was received. All opinions and photographs are my own.

 

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Comments

  1. Sarah Parker says:

    my wedding ring 🙂

  2. hi it was so difficult finding just one item Martha Jacksons jewellery is stunning. this is one i love http://www.marthajackson.co.uk/collections/earrings/products/silver-forest-circle-earrings

  3. A silver locket I have had since I was a girl

  4. Holly Boyd says:

    My wedding ring. It may be plain and simple but it represents so much more.

  5. Joanna Sawka says:

    definitely any silver earrings

  6. A ring my mum got me for christmas years ago, it’s still the only one I wear

  7. Natalie Crossan says:

    The whitby jet necklace 🙂 xx

  8. some lovely long earrings in a light pink shade

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