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Yummy Mummy: The How To Guide

I am extremely proud to introduce my very talented and beautiful friend, Courtenay, to Grenglish (that’s us on the left).   We met in 2004 when she answered my ad in Loot looking for a flatmate to share with in Maida Vale.  It wasn’t long before we discovered a common love of T4, Steve Jones and Karaoke.  She didn’t like to drink too much back then (hard to believe now, I know!) but I soon changed that, and in fact, take full credit for the cocktail drinking, wine slurping girly she is today!

Courtenay has always had a strong passion for both music and fashion. For the last 15 years she was able to bring them together traveling the world with some of the most successful bands of our generation: Kings of Leon, Massive Attack, No Doubt, Stone Temple Pilots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Britney Spears, David Gray and Maxwell.   All of this helped to prepare her for her biggest challenge yet – as witness to our Grenglish wedding – oh, and her own personal styling business in L.A. (jealous much?!)

Ladies and Gentleman, I give you a guest post by Ms. Courtenay Brandt

“The Yummy Mummy” is a modern day phenomenon.  They are the mom’s that somehow still look stylish and sexy while wiping throw up off their jacket and carrying a screaming baby.  There are a few versions of the Yummy Mummy: Posh, Hippie and my personal favourite Rock n’ Roll.  Celebrities have helped pave the way and inspire us to strive for hot mom status. Though they make mommydom seem easy with their trainers, chefs, nannies and millions of dollars, at the end of the 9+ months they still had to push that baby out.

“The Posh Yummy Mummy”

Celebrities: Elle McPherson & Claudia Schiffer

Now I know these women are on a whole other level or universe with their model good looks and elastic like rebound bodies, but they still do the school run in their basics and make it look effortless.


“The Hippie Yummy Mummy”

Celebrities: Kate Hudson & Nicole Richie

All it takes is a braid in your hair, sun-kissed skin (bronzer! bronzer!), a pair of bell bottoms or a maxi dress and you are on your way to becoming a Hippie Yummy Mummy.  This is also a good version for those that are still carrying some baby weight because you can hide your belly under the long, flowy dress and you don’t need to do your hair or make up.

“The Rock n’ Roll Yummy Mummy”

Celebrities: Gwyneth Paltrow and the icon herself Kate Moss

Sunglasses, leather jacket and skinny jeans….enough said.

The key to being a stylish Yummy Mummy is to stick to the basics.  When you have the foundation of great fitting basics you can play up your personal style and flare with the accessories.

Here are my Top Ten Essentials for the Yummy Mummy:

  1. The Bag – It’s all in the bag.  Ladies the most essential piece to being a yummy mummy is a fabulous designer bag.  Not only does it look good but the moment when you buy one is euphoric (trust me I have had this high many times).  Most designers are now making their best-selling bag in a variety of sizes, so you are sure find one you can also use as a diaper bag. The Mulberry Piccadilly is a great option
  2. The Leather Jacket – The essential for the Rock n’ Roll Yummy Mummy.  A sexy leather jacket makes anyone look bad ass.  All Saints has a great variety at a reasonable price, I especially like the Heston and the Walker
  3.  The Skinny Jean – These days there are skinny jeans to fit all bodies.  I suggest getting one with some stretch which not only allows you to get into them but also keeps certain areas in place.  I have found the best skinny jean for a more voluptuous figure are from Paige Premium Denim.  They have a handy fit guide on their website to help you choose the perfect pair.
  4. The Maxi Dress – Now that you have some boobs let’s show them off.  Personally I can’t wait for this day to come.  The maxi is the perfect dress for accentuating the things you want (boobs) and hiding the things you don’t (belly, butt, swollen ankles).  This Jarlo brown animal print dress from River Island is very pretty , but check out your local high street as all the major stores will be carrying a variety this season
  5. The Sunglasses – Ladies no one needs to see those dark circles and bags under your eyes so hide them with some cool looking sunglasses.  You can spoil yourself with a fab designer pair or keep it classic with my personal favourites Ray-Bans.  The Wayfarer or the Aviator, the choice is yours.  They have never and will never go out of style
  6. The Scarf – Add a pop of colour to your drab monochromatic clothes.  A vibrant scarf  is the easiest way to show a bit of flare and a pashmina can also double as a baby blanket.  I love the iconic Alexander McQueen silk skull scarves.  You don’t need to spend this kind of money but it sure looks pretty
  7. The Wedge – Take off those trainers stat.  I know your feet hurt but you can still look good in comfortable shoes.  Introducing the Dolce Vita Pali. I SWEAR by these wedges.  I can wear them all day and my feet still don’t hurt.  I don’t know where you can buy them in the UK but I can certainly help you track them down if you send me an email.
  8. The Flowy Tee – Let’s face it fitted tees haven’t been a sexy look for some time now.  So it is easy for you to follow the fashionable trend with a lovely flowy tee.  My favourite are Helmut Lang jersey tees.  I have loads and wear them out
  9. The Ballet Flat – This is the shoe you will find on most mom’s feet and there is nothing wrong with it but live a little with the colour and textures.  I suggest a bold solid colour,  metallics, muted 2-tones or get wild with an animal print.  Repetto is the ballet shoe extraordinaire.  Expensive but worth it
  10. The Spanx – I am about to change your life.  No more ugly, nasty looking spanx.  Ladies now when you take of your clothes you will be wearing sexy, fashionable body wear courtesy of Resultwear by D’Mondaine.  I have seen them up close and I didn’t even realize they were spanx they looked so sexy.  Now go make yourself another baby!

xo Courtenay

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  1. Noo says

    Courtenay has just described my wardrobe! I had no idea I was so ‘on trend’ and am absolutely thrilled! I do get some funny looks at the school gate in my glittery Miu Miu pumps and array of scarves, but it helps me retain some of my identity while I attempt for the moment anyway to devote my life to the task of raising my gorgeous daughter. I miss the old me and the old me’s life but this is my way of telling people who I really am underneath. The only thing is – I’ve not yet been brave enough to squeeze my post baby, ‘it’ll never be the same again’ body into a pair of skinny jeans. But next time I get a moment to go shopping I’m heading to the nearest stockists of Paige and screaming ‘HELP!’

    • Grenglish says

      I heart your Miu MIu glittery pumps! I don’t have the courage, or legs for that matter, for skinny jeans either but you certainly do Noo. Give it a go x

  2. this is us says

    Fabulous guest post! I now know I’m a mix of all those 3 looks, (not at the same time obviously) depending on my mood! May have to track those wedges down, as the last pair I bought I sprained my ankle in!! Nat

    • Grenglish says

      oh no, that’s not good! I have a pair of Marc Jacobs wedges that I ADORE but I can’t walk in them for longer than 5 minutes. Maybe I need take a look at the pair Courtenay suggests too :-)

  3. vic says

    Wow, 8/10 for me and only missing the final 2 as I never go anywhere that needs me to dress up and need spanx and I just DON’T DO maxi dresses… why don’t I look like Gwyneth or Kate???
    FYI (as I spend a lot of time looking at these things and dreaming of not having a spare type to tuck in…)
    Donna Ida stock Paige jeans in the UK and ASOS do those wedges, will be having a look myself…
    Excellent guest post….x

    • Grenglish says

      Errr, you do look a bit like Gwynnie actually! I love a maxi dress but can’t do the jeans, unless they come with an elasticated waist 😉
      Thanks for looking into stockists! Those wedges are right up your straza, I would think Vic xx

  4. Grenglish says

    What fashionable friends I have! I scored a 8/10 – lost a point for the jeans and the scarves. Can’t see myself squeezing into a pair of skinnys anytime soon but will def invest in a few scarves to boost my yummy mummy score!

  5. Love this post…and I’m not a mummy but it pleases me to know there have been two Sarahs in this world turning our dear girl into a total lush. xxoo

    • Grenglish says

      Oh yes, I love late night lush Courtenay. Seriously, the last time she was in the UK, she drank me under the table. I have trouble keeping up now :-)

  6. lizzieg says

    Ladies, just sayin’, if you don’t have a pair get a pair. Those Repettos will change your shoe life. They go with everything and are oh so fabulous. I wear mine almost everyday, my forever wardrobe staple. Now, I just need to score that leather jacket. :)

    • Grenglish says

      I’m on the Selfridges website right now 😉 We’ve only been able to get them in the UK recently. I do love them too. That jacket is FAB. I am going to re-organise my wardrobe now based on those 10 steps!

  7. Ladies I am so proud of you and your high scoring Yummy Mummy status. As for the skinny jeans, trust me you just need the right pair. I have many of clients who shunned skinny jeans until I put them in the right ones and now they are hooked. There are so many options these days you have no excuse, they even have them in pregnancy styles to wear before you pop the little one out. PS I forgot #11…Swagger!!! Add a little swagger and jiggle to that step and butt of yours and your score will go off the charts! xo Courtenay

    • Grenglish says

      Thanks for guest posting! Can’t wait for your next one.
      One more question – should I throw out my tunic dresses over leggings combos?


  8. Angie Mudge says

    Hehe… I want those wedges too! Asos will sell out by the looks of things. And I want the leather jacket. Sarah, we’ll have to do an outfit check before meeting up!
    Thanks Courtenay! Great post. Loving your facebook page – very talented lady. Great to see all going so well for you. xx

    • Grenglish says

      You so know already that you’ll get the leather jacket 😉

  9. Grenglish says

    Since this blog went out, the Dolce Vita wedges have sold out on ASOS! Well done ladies xx

  10. Gemma Ambidge says

    Oh a guest post – what a great idea. Going to start badgering my talented friends too now.
    I can hear my skinny jeans laughing at me from my closet xx

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