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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.

A Look Inside The April Glam Box

A Look Inside The April Glam Box

Apr 26, 2014

I just received my April Glam Box and it feels like opening a present on Christmas day because you never know what surprises are in store for you inside. I love the concept of a Glam Box that gives you the best and latest in beauty and skincare, which you can try and test before you pledge your loyalty to the product.

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So, what’s inside the April Glam Box?

  • Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Protective Sun Lotion – SPF 30
  • Dove Purely Pampering Shea Butter and Vanilla Body Cream
  • Inglot Freedom AMC Eye Shadow Square – Silver Shine
  • GlamBox Stippling Makeup Brush
  • Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream & Caudalie Vinoperfect Perfecting Day Fluid
  • Herbline Essentials Natural Skin Lightning For Face and Neck
  • NStyle Complimentary Voucher for Polish Change
  • 500 AED Voucher for Laser Treatment or Ultra Sound Cavitation at Well Being Medical Center

A Look Inside The April Glam Box

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Protective Sun Lotion – SPF 30

What I don’t like about regular sun protection lotion is that most of them feel like you’re rubbing ointment on your body because of the greasy aftermath as it doesn’t get absorbed quickly, often leaving a whitish residue on your skin. But the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Protective Sun Lotion with SPF 30 is an exception. It applies like moisturising lotion not a typical sunscreen, is non-sticky and leaves behind a sweet scent that smells like a mix of vanilla and coconut.

Dove Purely Pampering Shea Butter and Vanilla Body Cream

As soon as you twist open the cap you are welcomed by a delicious burst of Vanilla and white musk which feels like aroma therapy in a cream pot. The cream’s consistency is very thick but once you rub it on it just melts into your skin. Shea is said to be a unique skin emollient and moisturizer, and has become an effective treatment for rashes, skin discoloration and most popularly, stretch marks. Many women have advised me to start using shea butter lotion to help minimize stretch marks as my pregnant belly grows. It’s not a fool proof remedy, but it does help it some extent so I see no harm in it especially when the Dove Purely Pampering Shea Butter and Vanilla Body Cream smells so good.

A Look Inside The April Glam Box

Inglot Freedom AMC Eye Shadow Square – Silver Shine

If you’re going on a night out with your girls, the Inglot Freedom AMC Eye Shadow in Silver is a perfect highlighter for your smokey eye. It coats well, is easy to blend and has good staying power which will probably last you all night at the club.

A Look Inside The April Glam Box

GlamBox Stippling Makeup Brush

I don’t normally apply foundation with a brush, as I use a makeup sponge to apply then finish with my hands to blend in any surface residue. So for a change, I tried the GlamBox Stippling Makeup Brush to apply liquid foundation and the results were satisfactory. The bristles are soft so they don’t irritate your face (if you have uber sensitive skin like myself) and gives you a flawless, airbrushed look. The brush can also be used for blushers, bronzers and highlighters.

A Look Inside The April Glam Box

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream & Caudalie Vinoperfect Perfecting Day Fluid

I haven’t tried these yet, but skincare products that come in small packages are always a good thing to have handy in your everyday handbag or overnight bag.

Herbline Essentials Natural Skin Lightning For Face and Neck

Because I have super sensitive skin, I am always cautious about trying new things on my face because it often results in redness, peeling or breakouts. I’ve been told by therapists to use only water-based cosmetics so as not to aggravate my skin. The Herbline Essentials Natural Skin Lightning cream is water-based and made of natural ingredients for normal, dry and oily skin types.

And what’s more…

A Look Inside The April Glam Box

The NStyle Complimentary Voucher for Polish Change and 500 AED Voucher for Laser Treatment or Ultra Sound Cavitation at Well Being Medical Center is the ultimate cherry on top! And for all you readers out there, a sweet competition is on it’s way so watch this space.

If you can’t wait, get your hands on a free 12-month subscription (only pay for shipping & handling) with the code GBFREE until April 30th. Visit http://www.glambox.me/ae-en/subscription to subscribe now!

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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