It’s been a while since my last update – I am finally back from the business trip and I decided to spend some quality time just with my family and put everything else aside. My 6-weeks stay in Stockholm was interesting and extremely valuable to my career development. However I probably could never do it again as I missed my family so much towards the end of the trip and was on the verge of a breakdown. I am so happy to be back and I miss blogging!
Haven’t had the time to take pictures for all the new beauty products so I went through my photo archives and found this OOTD shoot. This fitted long sleeve dress is perfect for the cold weather in Sydney now, and I always love the touch of military influence from Rachel Zoe’s design. I went for my normal size and it ran a little large so I would size down. It looks great wearing it alone or with a blazer over. As always I only had 10 minutes for an un-interruprted photo shoot until my boy lost his patience. I thought it was timely to include a candid shot of him (in his uncoordinated pjs dressed by daddy) dragging me out to play!
On a side note, NAP has started its SALE! I just received this absolutely gorgeous dress by Boutique MOSCHINO (40% off) within a day of placing the order.
Dress – Rachel Zoe
Shoes – Aquazurra (reviewed here)
Bag – Hermes Birkin Etain (similar style by YSL)
Sunglasses – Thierry Lasry
I have been meaning to write a baby skincare post for a while. Being a new mum and a beauty enthusiast, I am very cautious with what I put on my baby’s skin! So when it comes to everyday baby products , I have tried tons of brands and one of my favorite baby brands in general is by MILK and CO. It’s affordable and it’s an Australian company (founded by the swimmer Michael Klim) with all of their products made in Australia with natural and green ingredients only (paraben free)!
I was drawn to this brand first because of their clean packaging and the brand name MILK – they just seem very pure and organic to me. My favorite product is the MILK baby shampoo and conditioner. It’s softly scented and smells delicious – like a creamy smoothie with a hint of lavender done in a very soothing (not empowering) way. Even my hubby is addicted to the smell, and we just can’t stop sniffing our baby’s hair after washing every time. It’s a shampoo and conditioner in one, so it’s really great for babies who have lots of hair and prone to tangle. I absolutely love this one and have gone through several bottles of this because it’s not expensive but feels and performs way beyond other supermarket brands.
Australia sun is so harsh so I’ve already started using sunscreen on my baby if we go out during the day. It was a struggle for me to find a baby sunscreen that doesn’t smell like a typical sunscreen and not greasy. The MILK Protect Me Sunscreen is still the best I have used so far compared to the others (though it’s still not perfect..). It’s suitable for babies 3 months + with SPF30+ protection, and contains no nasty chemicals. It has a cream texture that is easy to spread and stays put for several hours as well as very water resistant. The trade off was that it is slightly greasy for my liking but as babies naturally have dry skin, maybe this was part of their formulation. It doesn’t leave a white cast on the skin and has a soft milky vanilla scent. Overall I quite like this gentle sunscreen especially made for a baby’s fragile and sensitive skin.
Last but not least, The MILK Body Oil is really fantastic. Designed to improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and uneven skin. As most MILK products are, this product is lightly scented with essential oils of lavender which smells very calming and soothing. I apply this on my slightly damp skin after shower, and this light oil absorbs into my skin within seconds without leaving a greasy film. It makes my skin so soft and moisturized for days! I can get away without apply body moisturizer for the next two days. I also love using it on my baby as a massaging oil as well as a moisturizer. I am absolutely impressed by this product and it will definitely be a bathroom staple for me. Highly recommend this one to anyone who is after a quick and fuss-free body moisturizer application, and also great for preventing stretch marks for the mums-to-be!
I normally stock these products from my local supermarket (the baby section), or they can be found here online and they are currently running a promotion to support the McGrath Foundation.
Hi everyone, seasons greetings to all of you! Wishing you all a wonderful holiday which is only days away! As for me, I’m thoroughly enjoying being a mum and spending every second with my precious boy hence the lacking of posts. And here is a quick update on what’s happening…
1. After a long time of searching for the perfect new home, my hubby and I have finally found the place. It is located in a beautiful stroller (as well as pet) friendly area and we have just moved in recently. So far I still have lots of boxes to unpack, and styling of the house is not completely done yet. Interior design has always been my hobby so this is the perfect opportunity for me to put my ideas into practice! I would love to show you my new place (including my custom built closet) one day 🙂
2. My boy is 4 months old, and watching him grow and smile at me are the most rewarding and delightful moments in my life now. I have so much admiration for other mothers who choose to stay home to look after their children – it is a much harder job than anything else! I am a very hands-on mum just completely exhausted at the end of the day, and there is no ‘day off’.
3. As a result of lacking of motivation, as well as spending a great amount of time in front the TV to catch up on the Kardashian family businesses lol, my weight is still the same as the previous update and it is very frustrating! So I have enrolled myself into the gym and I’m loving the feeling of working out again (I highly recommend the Elixr health club if you like all sort of pilates and yoga), and hopefully I’ll see some great results soon.
Three weeks ago, my little bundle of joy arrived into this world. He decided to give mummy a surprising kick the day before my birthday so my water broke, and he was delivered the day after my birthday after a painful 38 hours of labour! Thinking back, I had no idea how I was able to pull it through. It’s only been 3 weeks but I felt it’s been a decade. My whole world has changed since his arrival – being a parent is what matters to me the most now. Yes, the pregnancy, the labour and post delivery recovery were all difficult, but it’s all worth it every time I look at my precious little beautiful boy. He brings the utmost joy and happiness to my family. And just like every mother, he is the cutest and most beautiful baby in my eyes.
I have mostly recovered after locking myself at home and stuffing myself with loads of food for confinement (which is an Asian thing) for the past few weeks. I will be on maternity leave for 6 months which I hope will allow me to lose all the baby weight and update my blog as much as I can.