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A Peplum Day

A Peplum Day

Apr 21, 2014

The most challenging part of dressing your baby bump is wearing outerwear that will actually close, as buttoning up your coat often creates a more polished look of formality compared to the casual laid-back open blazer.

At 4.5 months into my pregnancy, it’s the perfect time to wear a peplum blazer while my belly isn’t quite big enough to make the peplum appear like a tutu above my waist. A peplum that starts at your high waist and ends directly above your hip bone is the most flattering as it gives you an hourglass shape and even camouflages your baby bump. Not that I would purposely try to hide my baby bump, as I’m a proud baby mama!

With this look I kept accessories to a minimum, wearing a large flower brooch over the fastening of my blazer and added a pop of color to the monochrome ensemble with a pair of fuschia pink court shoes. I’ve set aside my towering heels and traded them in for more comfortable mid-size heels from Marks & Spencer, which I raided about a week ago and bought 3 pairs!

Wear: Monochrome, Pink
What: Blazer – She Inside/ Dress – Forever 21 / Shoes – Marks & Spencer / Bag – Jimmy Choo / Brooch – H&M
When: Fashion Forward Season 3

A Peplum Day

A Peplum Day

A Peplum Day

Photographed by Sam Malimban.

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A Night In Berry

Apr 20, 2014

I love the sultry and vavavoom of a red dress, but I find the color too striking sometimes, which is why I hardly ever wear red in its boldest form. As an alternative, I meddle in darker shades like berry, oxblood or burgundy, which are more or less paternal siblings in the gene pool.

I find that red and its constituents work best at night. Sure, a little black dress will always be your classic go-to, but trading black for berry won’t disappoint! You’ll stand out amidst a crowd of black suits and cocktail dresses, without being too eye-catching as if you had worn bright yellow to the party.

This berry lace dress was not actually meant to be an empire cut, I had just pulled it up and tucked in the excess material as the ribbon around the waist could not affix over my growing belly. This just goes to show that you do not need to buy maternity specific clothing to make your current wardrobe fit, you just have to be resourceful.

Wear: Berry, Black
What: Dress – ASOS / Clutch – SM Store / Shoes – Marks & Spencer
When: Iconic Selfie Party

A Night In Berry

A Night In Berry

A Night In Berry

Here Comes The Sun

Here Comes The Sun

Mar 16, 2014

Beach weather, here it comes! And if you’re not uber sensitive to the sun’s UV rays like I am, now is the time to get a good tan before the scorching heat of Summer makes it impossible. This weekend, I went on a road trip with my family to Ras Al Khaimah. Compared to Dubai, the weather in Ras Al Khaimah was much cooler with a pleasant sea breeze that made it ideal for a picnic on the beach.

Wear: Tan, Multicolor
What: Hat – From Beijing / Dress – Paprika from ASOS / Shoes – Fiore from Payless / Bag – New Look
When: Beach

Here Comes The Sun

I wore a wide brim straw hat that I had bought on holiday last year from a street vendor in Beijing. It was a hit among my cousins who had tried it on for size and for selfies! I wore a tie-dye maxi dress with hues of pink, blue and purple. I’ve never worn a tie-dye dress before, mainly because I never found a color combination I liked or felt that the patterns were a bit too big, over-powering my petite frame. Then I found this dress, and the rest is history. Tie-dye is synonymous with beachwear so I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of it in the coming months.

Here Comes The Sun

To complete my look I wore tan embellished sandals and a tan tote bag, which matched my beach hat. Keeping it neutral with accessories lets the dress steal the spotlight, and if you’re going for a standout dress, it’s always best to keep accessories to a bare minimum.

Here Comes The Sun

Here Comes The Sun

Photographed by Sam Malimban.

Marks and Spencer - Look 4

Floral And Lavender

Mar 10, 2014

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Summer in Dubai as the weather has risen to 30 degrees celsius in just a matter of two weeks, but the nights are still quite pleasant. Before Summer hits us in full swing, I’m celebrating Spring with Marks & Spencer with my fourth and final look. Nothing identifies with Spring more than pretty florals and pastel colors such as lavender. And of course Spring is the time to take advantage of basking in the sunlight, running barefoot on the grass and smelling the flowers in bloom.

Marks and Spencer - Look 4

Marks and Spencer - Look 4

I love maxi dresses, the only minor issue I have with maxis is that they are more often than not too long for me, given my petite frame. It’s a good thing that most high street brands I favor have already introduced a ‘Petite’ line, though if I see something I really must have that is not available otherwise, off to the tailors I go! Luckily, this floral chiffon maxi dress from the Marks & Spencer new Spring 2014 collection falls right at my ankle, which is the perfect length.

Marks and Spencer - Look 4

Marks and Spencer - Look 4

For this look I wanted to go for ‘boho chic’, since I have already covered night, day, and versatile with my previous three looks. I accessorized with a lightweight crochet detail scarf which you can wear around your neck or your shoulders, and a blush pink satchel bag. The outfit is easy breezy for weekends at the park or if you’re on holiday it’s perfect for a day of sightseeing. And on the plus side, I can keep wearing this dress throughout my nine months of pregnancy! :)

Marks and Spencer - Look 4

Join in the Spring fever with Marks & Spencer and shop for wardrobe staples at your nearby store. Enjoy! :)

Photo Credit: Look book photographed by Sheldon Rodriguez. Location: Burj Views Residences, Downtown Dubai.

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Versatility In Style

Mar 10, 2014

Oh, how time flies! Since I posted my second look in collaboration with Marks & Spencer three weeks have past, and in that short amount of time my lovely baby bump has grown. I have officially begun my ‘Pregnancy without Maternity Challenge’ which means I shall go through the whole nine months without any maternity wear, and I’m calling the segment ‘Baby Mama Lookbook’.

As most of my readers know, I often choose key wardrobe pieces based on versatility. I like to be able to carry an outfit from the office to a press event, transition a look from day to night, and right now it has become my mission to find apparel that will work with and without my pregnant belly.

Marks and Spencer - Versatility In Style

So as I was browsing through the Marks & Spencer’s new Spring 2014 collection, I found this navy blue empire cut dress with a metal plate tie-back belt, that strikes the perfect balance between simplicity and elegance.

It is made of soft stretch jersey material that will mould to my figure as my belly starts to grow and though the dress has a modest cut, the breathable fabric makes it good enough for summer days as well. What’s more, this dress can take me from a daytime brunch to a dinner party, as well as from work to any blog-related extracurricular activity in the evening.

Marks and Spencer - Versatility In Style

Marks and Spencer - Versatility In Style

Sometimes the best color is not really a color at all. ‘Nude’ or ‘skin tone’ is akin to the neutral black or white that can typically lend itself to almost any outfit. I paired an understated nude clutch and court shoes with the navy blue dress, to create a minimalistic but polished third look.

Many people have asked me whether I still wear high heels while I’m pregnant. I do on occasion, but only to events where I have to make an appearance for 2 hours or preferably less. The good news is that Marks & Spencer has a great collection of shoes with mid-size heels that can still give you a bit of height, but lets you walk in comfort without the ‘high’ risk of tripping!

Marks and Spencer - Versatility In Style

Marks and Spencer - Versatility In Style

The Spring 2014 collection is available now. So, come on and head over to your nearest Marks & Spencer store today, before I raid the place and grab everything that catches my eye! :) Stay tuned for my fourth and final look this week.

Photo Credit: Look book photographed by Sheldon Rodriguez. Location: The Old Town, Downtown Dubai.

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