So far in this pregnancy, I’ve purchased very few maternity pieces (maybe a pair each of jeans, active pants, leggings) and have been getting by with stretchy or flowy regular clothes. ASOS maternity, however, has been tempting me with some of the cutest styles that I can actually see myself wearing well beyond pregnancy! They have dresses from casual (see their beach dress on me) to special occasion, so definitely take a look if you’re expecting and need a wedding guest or shower outfit. I’ve also been guilty of borrowing my friend’s ASOS maternity shorts when I wasn’t even pregnant, and finally picked myself up a pair (available in white, blue, or black denim)!
ASOS Maternity Dress
I’m a sucker for a romantic floral dress, and this one did not disappoint in person. The only aspect that’s really making it “maternity” is the higher empire-style waist. So unlike maternity clothes with gathering or extra fabric around the belly area, this dress should look pretty normal worn post-pregnancy. The material is a medium to thicker weight scuba fabric, and I also love the partially-open back detailing (I’m wearing my usual Bristols 6 nippies covers). Fit-wise, ASOS usually runs 1 to 2 sizes smaller than U.S. brands.
T.D.E Circle Bag
I also want to highlight this darling little circle bag (comes in primrose or black as well) from TDE. I first purchased a box bag from this brand and have reached for it SO much (see it styled on me here, here, here, here). It’s a great Mark Cross-style dupe for a fraction of the price, and I’ve found the durable, scratch-resistant saffiano leather to hold up nicely. Their box bag is a retro-inspired classic while the circle is more fresh and fun – both are a great smaller size for petite ladies and come with an adjustable shoulder strap!
Dining at La Sponda
During our recent trip, a few of you asked whether I thought dining at La Sponda (the $$$$ Michelin star restaurant at Le Sirenuse that’s booked up several months in advance) was overrated or worth it. We went in with low expectations, but it was pretty good food and service in a beautiful setting, so I’d say worth a visit! Here’s some additional info:
– If you want to dine there, book online as soon as you start planning your trip (you can always cancel later). When I looked in March, there was only a slot or two left for lunch in May with nothing available for dinner!
– The lunch and dinner ambiance can be very different. We had lunch outdoors which was nice, but dinner indoors looks very romantic with 400 lit candles framing these picture-perfect windows shown above!
– If you can’t get reservations and still want to stop by, we noticed people wandering in after 2:30PM (when the kitchen closes between lunch and dinner) and were served drinks on the dining patio.
– While visiting, be sure to pop into the lemon tree-lined terrance next to their front desk for a few scenic photos! (It’s where we snapped the his & hers photo at the top of this blog post)
Drinks at Franco’s Bar
For drinks, the champagne bar (opens at 6PM) inside hotel Le Sirenuse is popular, but instead of that I’d recommend going 2 minutes down the street to their Franco’s Bar (opens at 5PM) for a more vibrant setting and equally nice views. It apparently gets pretty busy in nice weather, with people lining up ahead of time outside in order to snag tables with the best views! Drinks were priced about average for the area (14 Euro cocktails) and were served with a side of almonds and olives.
This post is part of my main Amalfi Coast itinerary & travel guide.