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Bio-Oil

I’ll Let You In On A Little Secret. It’s Bio-Oil.

Nov 14, 2014

One of the things you don’t really look forward to as a first time mom are those dreaded stretch marks that are bound to creepy crawl across your belly as your baby starts to grow. You think to yourself, “I will never be the same again.” And really, you won’t. Even if you do eventually lose all your pregnancy weight and stretch marks, however long it takes, you will never be the same again. Because bearing a child will change you physically, emotionally and spiritually. And there’s no turning back. There’s only looking forward to the joys of motherhood.

So, now back to the topic of stretch marks. Soon after I officially announced my pregnancy, many women had recommended to start using stretch mark creams and lotions particularly with shea butter, along with the disclaimer that it may not prevent stretch marks altogether but may reduce the appearance of them. Though no one had ever told me about Bio-Oil until I got a complimentary package at my doorstep one day.

Bio-Oil

There are a lot of stories about stretch marks. Some assume it can be genetic, which means if your mother had little to none or plenty then you will most probably have the same. Others says that if you have a big baby, the bigger the belly grows, the more your skin stretches to accommodate your bun in the oven. Some advocate that applying stretch mark creams as early as when your baby bump starts to show will almost eliminate them.

But ladies, we must know that all women are different. Each one of us has a unique biological make and model, no two alike, even with identical twins. So what might be the case for one person, might not be the case for another. I started using Bio-Oil when I was 7 months pregnant. Prior to that I had not used any special creams on my belly. I guess I was too tired being pregnant during summer or too busy with work and moving into a new home that I didn’t have the time or the mind to add anything new to my usual beauty regimen.

Bio-Oil

As your skin stretches it’s important to moisturize the skin on your belly as it gets really dry and itchy, and scratching it will worsen the appearance of stretch marks. Bio-Oil kept my skin hydrated so that meant no dryness, no itchiness. Even though Bio-Oil is an oil which is naturally oily (excuse the redundancy) when you apply, it quickly gets absorbed by the skin as you massage it on so does not leave behind a sticky residue. And on the plus side, Bio-Oil also has a pleasant scent.

I did get stretch marks though, probably because I had a bigger baby than expected. The doctor who had done my 4D scan at 11 weeks had advised me that due to my petite frame I should not expect a big baby, relative to a woman with a taller stature, especially for my first. Asian babies also have smaller babies compared to Western counterparts. Moms I knew with a similar body type had told me that their babies, even their second one, were less than 3 kgs, but surprise, surprise my baby came out well over 3.1 kgs. So I eventually had to have a C-section because my pelvic bone was too narrow to deliver my baby naturally.

I started using Bio-Oil two weeks after I came home from the hospital, though not religiously, as life with a newborn has been quite an experience that there are days I even forget to shower. My stretch marks have not disappeared but are lighter now, and it keeps my skin moisturized.

Remember, if a remedy works for you, that’s perfect! But if it doesn’t, it isn’t the end of the world. Once you become a mom getting rid of stretch marks will be the last thing on your mind amidst the dirty nappies, the sleep time rituals, the amusing conversations with your little one where you make up almost every single word, the smiles and giggles that just make you tear up with overwhelming happiness.

Precious Lara Quigaman, Philippine actress and winner of Miss international 2005, is a fan of Bio-Oil and has endorsed the brand in this video.

Maternity Photoshoot

Welcome, September. I’m Off On A Mommy Sabbatical!

Sep 1, 2014

As you all may know, I’ve been on a break from blogging for the past couple of months since I reached my third trimester of pregnancy. As much as I would have liked to keep up the pace, I could not do so physically or mentally in my current state. Especially considering that in the 2 months prior we had moved and settled into a new home, been preparing for our baby’s arrival, while still going to work, and the scorching summer heat only made matters worse.

But I am happy to say that I have succeeded in waltzing through my “Pregnancy without Maternity” challenge. All it took were stretch jersey frabics, empire cuts, and swing dresses, which I can conveniently still wear after the baby is born. If I had purchased maternity wear during my pregnancy, I would have had to store them in a box until the next one comes along, and that would have been a waste.

So as I welcome September, I shall officially be taking a mommy sabbatical a.k.a maternity leave from blogging until the New Year. Even after loving but mostly enduring the past 9 months, it only just begins after the little one is born. Though I can’t wait to get back on the saddle as I haven’t touched 80% of my wardrobe since my baby bump turned into a baby hill. And I have an exciting new baby fashion blog to boot when I return. But I can’t leave without one last photoshoot, shot by my one and only husband Sheldon Rodriguez. It’s a boy, by the way! :)

Wear: Blue
What: Dress – New Look
When: Maternity Photoshoot

Maternity Photoshoot

Maternity Photoshoot

Maternity Photoshoot

Maternity Photoshoot

Maternity Photoshoot

Maternity Photoshoot

Maternity Photoshoot

Photographed by Sheldon Rodriguez.

Summer Blazer

Work That Baby

Jul 16, 2014

Dressing a big baby bump for work and during the summertime is quite a task as you would want nothing more but to wear a shoulder-baring, back-baring, breathable sundress. However, you do need to be mindful of the dress code even if your place of work allows you certain liberties. Make it work by sporting a sundress with a light cotton blazer for when you’re in the office, which you can take off as soon as you hit the road.

Now that I have past the big milestone of 30 weeks, I can stop counting up and officially start counting down the days. I’d be lying to myself if I didn’t admit to being anxious to lose the baby weight, but truly madly deeply, I’m just aching to see my baby and plant a million kisses all over his sweet little face. It’s a plus that I get to take time off work, but as many mothers have testified from experience, taking care of a new born is a much more tedious job. But I’m open to learning new things, so I’ll make it work!

Wear: Navy, White
What: Dress – Forever 21 / Blazer – SM Store
When: To Work

Work That Baby

Work That Baby

Summer Blazer

Photographed by Sam Malimban.

My Little Parasol

My Little Parasol

Jul 7, 2014

Summer has been killing it this year and we’ve just moved into a new home, so with my little baby on board who’s growing bigger by the week, it’s getting tougher to stay on my feet for too long or stand in the heat. Social gatherings, media events and outdoor photoshoots seem to be in the distant past for me, at least until I can literally get back on my (un-swollen) feet again. Right now I am anxiously awaiting the miraculous reward I get to wrap in my arms very soon!

With time to spare after work, we drove by a serene location and did a quick five-minute shoot amidst a beautiful pathway of trees. With my little parasol in hand, it was the perfect setting for a dreamy photo op. I love parasols as they look so dainty and romantic. I missed my chance at purchasing one in Venice (Italy) as I had only seen a black parasol at the last minute on our way to the airport, so when I came across this ivory parasol in Beijing (China), I knew I had to have it.

Wear: Pink, Ivory
What: Top, Skirt & Shoes – New Look / Bolero – New Yorker
When: Summer

My Little Parasol

My Little Parasol

My Little Parasol

My Little Parasol

My Little Parasol

Photographed by Sam Malimban.

Beach Babe. Summer Baby Mama Style

Beach Babe. Summer Baby Mama Style.

Jun 10, 2014

I’ve just got three months to go before my beautiful baby comes into the world, and I’m so excited. But now summer in Dubai is in full swing and it isn’t really the best time to be frolicking outside especially if you’re pregnant. I have a hard enough time keeping cool in the office when prior to my pregnancy I always felt cold indoors. So this is most definitely the last photo I’ll be taking on the beach until the beginning of winter.

These are my must-haves this summer: A Straw Hat, Crochet and Chiffon. With straw hats, the wider the brim, the better – to protect your face from the harsh sunlight; and you can dress them up with colored ribbons and scarves to complement your outfit. Crochet has a beachwear vibe, but you can wear crochet boleros and cover-ups through summer with any casual ensemble whether you’re hitting the beach or not. Then there’s Chiffon, my ultimate favorite fabric because it is light, breathable and free-flowing.

Wear: Mint, Black, White
What: Bolero – New Yorker / Hat – Max / Skirt & Swimwear – From China
When: Weekend At The Beach

Summer Baby Mama Style

Summer Baby Mama Style

Summer Baby Mama Style

Summer Baby Mama Style

Photographed by Sam Malimban.

Baby Mama Summer Playbook

Baby, It’s Hot Outside! The Baby Mama Summer Playbook.

Jun 8, 2014

I have always dreamed of one day nurturing a precious life inside of me, and now that day has finally come. Of course, as most mothers will attest, the experience is not always ‘flowers and candy’. Yes, there is the inherent ‘glow’, but at some point (or many points) during the pregnancy you get spouts of insecurity, considering your receding waistline, the eventual weight gain, hormonal breakouts and other things that may make you feel ‘un-pretty’.

There is also the fact that you’re carrying another human being who is living on your nutrients and draining your energy, which oftentimes makes you feel too tired to even try to make an effort to look good. Now that summer has kicked in, it becomes increasingly hard for pregnant women to stay cool, even in air-conditioned environments. But don’t let these factors get you down. Here are some tips on how to look good and feel good this summer from one baby mama to another.

Baby Mama Summer Playbook

Put your best face forward

Though you may be experiencing ‘un-pretty’ syndromes as you undergo many physical changes, it doesn’t mean you have to settle. There’s no harm in putting on a little lipgloss, some rouge on your cheeks, and eyeliner to liven up your eyes. If you take the effort to look good, feeling good will instantly follow!

Go shopping for now and later

There are various flattering silhouettes and cuts that can work for you during and after pregnancy, so you don’t have to necessarily buy maternity wear. Opt for empire waist and swing dresses and tops, anything made of stretch jersey material, midis and maxis that will not get too short as your belly grows, and soft chiffon that flows gracefully around your body without making you look bigger than you are.

Baby Mama Summer Playbook

Be bright, free and easy breezy

Because being pregnant naturally makes it harder to breathe and makes you one hot mama (literally), help yourself by wearing breathable fabrics such as cotton, linen, crochet, chiffon and jersey, and avoid wearing anything very tight so you’re free to move around. We’re now at the brink of summer, so bring out a cheery disposition in your wardrobe with pastels and neon brights. Yes, dark colors may slim you down, but you’re pregnant and shame on those who call you fat!

Protect yourself from sun and gravity

Wear SPF protection on your face and all areas that will be exposed to the sun, as you don’t want to add sunburn to your list of things to worry about. And as your center of gravity shifts some women tend to become clumsy while carrying the extra weight or in situations where the weather gets too hot to handle, some may faint, so put those heels away, especially when you reach your second trimester. Prevention is always better than cure.

Baby Mama Summer Playbook

Take a trip to the salon or just take a trip!

Although pregnant women are strongly advised not to color their hair, get a facial or a body massage at least in the first six months, it doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a mani-pedi or a relaxing hair treatment that will serve as a good ‘pick-me-up’. And just because you’re pregnant it doesn’t mean you are disabled, so even if you can’t travel outside the country, go enjoy a weekend getaway out of town with your hubby or a picnic by the beach with your family.

As women, we should celebrate our bodies, which were created to bring new life into the world. And what better way to celebrate than to pamper yourself (before you have to start buying ‘Pampers’ for your little one)…because you deserve it!

Baby Mama Summer Playbook

Wear: White, Orange, Aztec
What: Kimono – Forever 21 / Skirt – Splash / Sunglasses – Just Cavalli / Beachwear – From China
When: Weekend At The Beach

Photographed by Sam Malimban.

Shoe Mart SS14 Bloggers

The World At Your Feet With Shoe Mart

May 18, 2014

Shoe Mart Spring/Summer 2014 offers a wide range of colors and textures fit for any man, woman and child to suit every personality under the sun. Here’s a look at ‘The World At Your Feet’ challenge, a Dubai Fashion Bloggers collaboration with Shoe Mart, which shines the spotlight on individual style incorporating shoes and accessories from the latest Shoe Mart collection.

For this challenge, I chose a unique pair of wedges that ran yellow through the soles and straps, then covered the back of the heel in textured animal print; and a white tassel clutch with an animal print flap. Because Summer calls for light and bright fabrics I kept it simple with a chiffon maxi dress in chartreuse (a shade of yellow) that daintily showed off my baby bump, and let the accessories accentuate the outfit. Marilyn Monroe once said, “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world!” That, my friends, is how you get ‘The World At Your Feet’.

Faith Rodriguez - www.thelookbureau.com

Faith Rodriguez – www.thelookbureau.com

Faith Rodriguez - http://www.thelookbureau.com

Faith Rodriguez – www.thelookbureau.com

Cristina Linaza - www.tinayums.com

Cristina Linaza – www.tinayums.com

Cristina Linaza - www.tinayums.com

Cristina Linaza – www.tinayums.com

Susana Vesna - www.susannavesna.tumblr.com

Susana Vesna – www.susannavesna.tumblr.com

Susana Vesna - www.susannavesna.tumblr.com

Susana Vesna – www.susannavesna.tumblr.com

Clare Geeves - www.clareinthecity.com

Clare Geeves – www.clareinthecity.com

Clare Geeves - www.clareinthecity.com

Clare Geeves – www.clareinthecity.com

Yashraj Chhatwani - www. thewhoandwhat.com

Yashraj Chhatwani – www. thewhoandwhat.com

Yashraj Chhatwani - www. thewhoandwhat.com

Yashraj Chhatwani – www. thewhoandwhat.com

Creative Director: Tinayums
Official Photographers: Tinayums and Zyvervenz
Assistant Photographer and BTS Photos: Josh B.

Special thanks to Shoe Mart and House of Curry, The Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residences

See the lookbook: Little Miss Sunshine
See behind-the-scenes: The Shoe Mart Style Blogger Photoshoot

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The Shoe Mart Style Blogger Photoshoot At House Of Curry (Behind-The-Scenes)

May 14, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to be part of a Style Blogger Photoshoot in collaboration with Shoe Mart, which took place at House of Curry. It features 5 Dubai Fashion Bloggers (including myself with baby in tow) each showcasing our personal Summer style with shoes and accessories from the latest Shoe Mart collection. Here are some snapshots taken behind-the-scenes to give you a sneak preview. The official photographs will be out soon, so stay tuned!

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Yashraj Chhatwani – www.thewhoandwhat.com

Behind-The-Scenes At The Shoe Mart Style Blogger Photoshoot In House Of Curry

Susana Vesna – www.susannavesna.tumblr.com

Behind-The-Scenes At The Shoe Mart Style Blogger Photoshoot In House Of Curry

Faith Rodriguez – www.thelookbureau.com

Behind-The-Scenes At The Shoe Mart Style Blogger Photoshoot In House Of Curry

Clare Geeves – www.clareinthecity.com

Behind-The-Scenes At The Shoe Mart Style Blogger Photoshoot In House Of Curry

Cristina Linaza – www.tinayums.com

House Of Curry

House Of Curry

House Of Curry

House Of Curry

House Of Curry

House Of Curry

House Of Curry

Photo Credit: Tinayums Photography
Blog Editor: Faith Rodriguez
Location: House of Curry, The Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residences

See the lookbook: Little Miss Sunshine

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Little Miss Sunshine

May 13, 2014

I’m at the halfway mark in my pregnancy, and with just 4 months left to boot, dressing up is becoming a chore. At times I’m tempted to drop my ‘Pregnancy without Maternity’ challenge and head to the nearest maternity store to pick up a fail safe wardrobe.

But no, I’ll stick to my guns and continue to work ‘around’ my rounder figure that’s getting rounder (not just in the central region but in most of the wrong places, if you know what I mean) week by week. I’ll embrace this natural progression (though I can’t say I won’t feel a little insecure sometimes) and make the most of what my mama gave me!

Tis the season for high-octane sunshine, so let’s fight fire with fire and stun the sun with its own bright yellow hue. If you’re afraid of going too risqué when it comes to color, you can just pick either a bright top or bottom and pair it with neutral separates, or use the color as an accent in your accessories.

Wear: Yellow, Animal Print
What: Dress & Belt – ASOS / Shoes & Clutch – Shoe Mart
When: Style Blogger Collaboration With Shoe Mart

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Little Miss Sunshine | Shoe Mart

Little Miss Sunshine | Shoe Mart

Little Miss Sunshine | Shoe Mart

Little Miss Sunshine | Shoe Mart

Little Miss Sunshine | Shoe Mart

Little Miss Sunshine | Shoe Mart

Little Miss Sunshine | Shoe Mart

Little Miss Sunshine | Shoe Mart

House Of Curry

House Of Curry

House Of Curry

Little Miss Sunshine | Shoe Mart

Little Miss Sunshine | Shoe Mart

House Of Curry

Little Miss Sunshine | Shoe Mart

Little Miss Sunshine | Shoe Mart

House Of Curry

Photo Credit: Lookbook photographed by Sam Malimban | Shoe Mart products and venue photographed by Faith Rodriguez
Organizer: Tinayums Photography
Location: House of Curry, The Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residences

See behind-the-scenes: The Shoe Mart Style Blogger Photoshoot

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Let’s Get Glam! Win A 6-month Glam Box Subscription Delivered To Your Doorstep.

Apr 27, 2014

How would you like to get the best and latest beauty and skincare products delivered straight to your doorstep every month for the next six months? If you just said ‘Yes, please!’ then you’re in luck.

Our friends at Glam Box are giving away a 6-month subscription worth AED449 to one of my glam readers. To win simply tell me ‘Why do you want to get glam?’. You’ve got three ways to join in the competition, so take your pick! :)

On Facebook
1. Like The Look Bureau and GlamBox Middle East on Facebook.
2. Share the ‘Let’s Get Glam’ post on Facebook.
3. Comment on the ‘Let’s Get Glam’ post with your answer.
4. Confirm that you have read and understood the ‘Terms & Conditions’ by commenting on this blog post with your Facebook name and email address.

On Twitter
1. Follow Faith Rodriguez and GlamBoxMe on Twitter.
2. Retweet the ‘Let’s Get Glam’ post on Twitter.
3. Comment on the ‘Let’s Get Glam’ blog post with your answer.
4. Confirm that you have read and understood the ‘Terms & Conditions’ by commenting on this blog post with your Twitter username and email address.

On Instagram
1. Follow Faith Rodriguez and GlamBoxMe on Instagram.
2. Repost the ‘Let’s Get Glam’ post on Instagram.
3. Comment on the ‘Let’s Get Glam’ post with your answer.
4. Confirm that you have read and understood the ‘Terms & Conditions’ by commenting on this blog post with your Instagram username and email address.

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Terms & Conditions
– The competition will close on May 15, 2014.
– Only UAE residents are eligible for the competition.
– The names and email addresses of the competition participants will be shared with Glam Box.
– The winner will be chosen at random and announced on The Look Bureau’s Facebook page and contacted by email.
– Participants who do not follow all the steps and do not meet the eligibility criteria will be disqualified.
– The Look Bureau reserves the right to change the Terms & Conditions or cancel the competition at any time.

Photographed by Faith Rodriguez.

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