How to Shop for Swimwear When You’re Expecting

May 14, 2018

How to Shop for Maternity Swimwear

Shopping for swimwear was never something that is fun for me. I’m always stuck between that conundrum of getting the cool shaped suit vs not wanting to get a funky tan line. Also you gotta think about whether how that suit’s gonna hold up after lunch (what? I like my poolside snacks). Add pregnancy to the list of suit requirements, and dayumn the search seems to be impossible. But no worries, I got a list of practical tips that will make shopping for maternity swimwear a cinch.

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#32week Bump Report: Reality Check

April 24, 2018

Nobody said that pregnancy was going to be a picnic, but boy I sure was naïve and had some unrealistic expectations about it. To be fair, prior to, my main reference point for all things pregnancy was the movie Knocked Up. Not exactly comprehensive. Those of you who are already moms will probably chuckle at some of my “expectations vs reality”. But I thought I’d take you down memory lane while providing those who are moms-to-be or thinking about becoming moms a dose of what’s to come.

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New York Black + Teleport Shoes Giveaway

April 19, 2018

Teleport Moonstone Boots

Once, while strolling down the city streets, I overheard someone say: “man, New Yorkers sure love to wear black”. Yep, you got that right. Black is an all year color for the city — if there ever is a uniform for New York, it would most definitely be an all-black ensemble. Even in the Spring time, when wearing color seems to be a pseudo-requirement, you’ll find plenty of black alongside the floral and paisley prints. I’m totally cool with this because I look pretty good in black (but then again, who doesn’t).

One of my favorite things to do when wearing an all-black outfit is to add pops of texture and colors with my accessories. This time I did it with my Quilted Koala silver metallic backpack and Teleport jeweled moonstone boots (spoiler alert: I will be giving the later away at the end of this post).

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Printed Dresses + H&M Giftcard Giveaway

April 17, 2018

H&M Printed Dress

What is it about the coming of Spring that ushers in a wave of prints? Probably because we spent all that time cooped up in shapeless sweaters, hiding any fun patterned tops we might have on under a thick layer of coats and scarves. I know I was probably overzealous and got my printed dresses way early in the season, in the hopes that I would survive the early Spring chill since it’s a long sleeved maxi. Welp, getting a Spring dress with the hope that the weather will soon turn and cooperate with you definitely did not make it so. There was quite some time between when I purchased this dress and I got to shoot it — as a result it’s sold out already. But no worries guys, I’ve got oodles of picks for you to choose from. And they’re all under $50. Better yet, I’m having a giveaway for one lucky reader to win a gift card to H&M, so you can get your Spring dress shopping on.

Read on for more deets of this outfit and to find out how you can enter the giveway.

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5 Hacks for Keeping Your Whites White

April 13, 2018

For someone who is clumsy and accident prone, I sure do love wearing whites. They look great in every season and are great contrasting item, especially with my favorite faux-leather jacket. I used to totally avoid wearing them, until I got smart in the art of keeping my whites at their whitest. I promise it’s not as hard as you think it will be with these five hacks.

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Spring Edit: Striped Blazer and Pops of Color

April 11, 2018

Topshop striped suit jacket

I love me some blazers have got myself quite the arsenal of selection in my closet. Just like a good pair of stiletto heels, they really are one of easiest way to elevate and zhush up any outfit (except that the later is way more comfortable). Add it to a basic casual pants/shirt combo and presto, you’re all of a sudden fancy enough for the most nerve-wracking client meeting at work. I would love to have the blazer in my outfit rotation all year long, but I find them hard to do in winter. This is because they’re usually not warm enough for you to survive outside, yet you risk wrinkling them if you layer a winter coat over it — and wrinkly is neither chic or fancy.

So now that the weather is (sort of) getting warmer, I’m finding that I’m busting out my blazers more and more. And why not add a Spring twist to it by wearing colorful ones that add a fun pop of color to your outfit.

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How to Get A Sweats Look That’s All Comfy and No Frumpy

April 6, 2018

Starter Women's Hoodie Dress

Comfy and frumpy are two words that can come to mind when describing an outfit that involves sweats. You guys know that I’m all about being comfy. If you are a fan of sweatshirts (and cozy-wear) but haven’t tried the sweatshirt dress yet, you gotta get on the bandwagon. Seriously, it’s like friggin’ wearing a hug — after all, you’re basically enveloping yourself in a shapeless warm cocoon. Okay okay, so that is probably not the chicest description of an outfit and where the frumpy connotation comes from. But I promise you, you can totally get all the comfort without the frump. Just follow these hacks…

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Shades of Blush

April 3, 2018

Oh Polly Don’t Go Chasin’ Waterfalls Longline Lapel Coat in Lilac

I’m sure you guys are tired of hearing it, because I’m tired of saying it: where the heck is Spring?!? As of the time I’m writing this blog, it’s cold outside and angry thick gray clouds are threatening to release rain at any moment. I’ve heard of the saying “April Showers bring May flowers”, but this rain feels more like the plant killing rather than the plant generating kind. There are days I feel like being really stubborn and wear my spring clothes anyway. But predictably, it’s a decision I soon regret and I end up cabbing it most of the day because I’m too cold to walk around.

So how’s a girl supposed to keep the spirit of Spring when she’s forced to wear her winter gear for the foreseeable future? I’m doing it by bringing Spring colors to my outfit repertoire. I’m not typically one to go for a whole lot of pink, but I just feel like my life is needing that dose of Spring pastel. So I figured, what the heck, let’s go all out and do blush pink outfit.

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#28week Bump Report: Only Comfy Clothes Need Apply

March 30, 2018

Daily Ritual Women's Terry Cotton and Modal Sweatshirt Dress in Heather Grey Spacedye

I’ve always been a fan of comfy clothes before, but now that I’m 6-mo pregnant, it’s pretty much all I want to wear. I’m already feeling uncomfortable in my own body, dealing with back ache and chest pains (love you baby girl but you’re squishing my organs), why make myself even more miserable with my clothing?

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Emirati Diaries #4: Exploring Abu Dhabi and Dubai in 48hrs

March 26, 2018

Abu Dhabi and Dubai in 48hrs

Often times I tend to be that person that tries to squeeze in too many things in one go. Case in point: trying to visit an entire country in less than one week. But when it came to visiting the Abu Dhabi and Dubai, I had a real chill approach. This mostly has to do with the fact that the two cities happen to fall at the front and tail end of our our trip. So with us recovering from jet lag at the beginning and pushing through the fatigue at the end of the trip, I knew I didn’t want to overexert ourselves. Kinda negates the whole point of a vacation, no? Besides, we really only had a handful of things on our “must do list”.

But through our experience, we learned that are definitely things that we could’ve improve in our itinerary. I can’t exactly turn back time and re-do our trip over again. But doesn’t mean that I can’t help you build the perfect itinerary.

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