Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Golden Summer Moment

Summer is the most beautiful season in the UK. Me and my hubby like to take a relaxing walk down the park and enjoy the long summer nights where it doesn't get dark till 10pm. This time we went to our local park for a stroll in the sunset hour. The sunset cast a soft golden lustre on the grass, trees and people - it was simply stunning!

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Pregnancy Update - 26 Weeks

You may already know from my previous post or if you follow me on Instagram, that I am pregnant! I am currently 26 weeks pregnant. I know I left it pretty late to do my first pregnancy update, but I didn't even tell my friends until after 3 months - just wanted to keep it private in the beginning.

Let's start from the beginning. I found out I was pregnant pretty early on, because my hubby and I have been trying for our first baby for some time. When I first did the pregnancy test and was anxiously waiting for that 3 minutes for the result to appear,  I didn't expect too much knowing that it may not that easy to get pregnant. Then I saw the vertical line, not too strong but definitely there. I was so excited, nervous and most of all, happy!

My first trimester was bad. I pretty much felt ill, nauseated and tired throughout the whole three months. The moment I woke up, I would be overwhelmed by the smell that makes me sick - that hand wash, burnt toast, cooked food... I hardly could eat anything without feeling ill -anything cooked with oil, meat, fish, eggs, etc. I was surviving on fruit, cereal with soya milk on a daily basis. They were not exactly filling so I had to eat frequently. I would lay down on the sofa sleeping for most of the time during the day, and go to bed very early. I didn't know how long that was going to last, it was pretty hard time.

When I reached my second trimester, as I am now, things got a lot better. I gradually gained a lot more energy and my appetite has increased dramatically. I still haven't got any particular cravings, except for food in general. I eat more than my husband and always want food. Since the past few weeks, I can totally see my body getting rounder and my bump is showing pretty obviously. I try to stay healthy by eating the right food and doing some gentle workout - I go to the antenatal yoga class once a week, and do pregnancy workout at home everyday.

That is pretty much it! In general, I am feeling pretty great. Happy, content and enjoying my pregnancy. I am very grateful for the fact that my pregnancy so far has been pleasant and relatively easy - I know people who go through their entire pregnancy feeling ill and sick, I guess I have been lucky that things have dramatically improved since month 3.

My next update will be some time in my third trimester, which is a couple of weeks away, so I will chat to you all then.


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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

3 New Look Non-maternity Dresses You Can Wear When Pregnant

It seems that summer has finally arrived in the UK this week! While I've been enjoying this nice hot weather, I have suddenly found myself run out of summer clothes to fit my pregnant body. As a first time Mummy-to-be, I am totally new to the maternity wear market. I have been searching the web for maternity clothes but find that sometimes I find the styles of maternity clothes quite limited. I discovered that New Look was having a summer sale with up to 60% off, I couldn't help but making a sneaky purchase.

I ordered quite a few items, among which are three of my favourites. They are not maternity dresses, but after trying them all, they all fit me perfectly. A good tip for buying non-maternity dresses when you are pregnant is to go for those with an empire waist line or drop waist line. Swing dresses are also a good choice as they are quite loose fitted. If you are choosing a body-con dress, make sure the material is elasticated enough to fit your bump.

Enough being said, let's check out what I bought.

Dress Number 1: Green Abstract Print Peplum Hem Slip Dress

Sale price £12.00 (Originally £22.99)
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Sunday, July 10, 2016

A Good Read - #GIRLBOSS


Ordered this book on Amazon and it finally arrived on Friday. I am not a fast reader when it comes to reading books that are not in my first language, nor am I a big reader, not since leaving uni. This book, however, when first opened, I can hardly put it down. It fascinates me so much that I couldn't bare waiting to see what's next. 

Sophia Amoruso is a name I have been familiar with, and Nasty Gal is a brand I have been following for years. Sophia wasn't born with a silver spoon in her mouth, and she was a lost and confused girl in her younger years. It was inspiring to follow her story and see how she managed to build a multi-million-dollar business empire from selling vintage clothes on eBay. I was like a sponge trying to soak up everything from her book and in a way, enchanted by her way of story telling. I felt as if she was sitting right here talking to me heart to heart. 

I finished the book at midnight on the same day I got it - this has never happened to me before. Ever so often that a book is started and never finished reading. Highly recommend this book.

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