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I’m not going to post about essentials this month because she actually hasn’t really required many new things.  Ever has jumped and leaped through a few baby milestones just before hitting the seven month mark and we’ve been finding her so much more fun.  Now that she is crawling around like a little rascal and standing with support we have to keep a super close eye on her.  She has started saying “Mooom” and “Mama” when she’s upset or doesn’t want to part with me, which really just tears up my heart.  We’ve been travelling pretty frequently with the little one and she’s is a pro flyer now.  I make sure to nurse during take off which knocks her out for most of the flight.  Otherwise she likes to watch movies or chew on things.  She’s at that stage where everything goes into her mouth so sterilising is out the window and we kinda just wipe things off when she drops them.  I am one of those moms. She loves eating with her hands, so we give her broccoli florets, apples, and lots of bread.  She wants anything we are eating.
Ever’s new favourite thing to do is swim. We’ve been to Thailand a lot and she loves the pool and ocean equally.  We use Huggies Little Swimmers which are great and never leak.  They dry really quickly too which is helpful as she always falls straight asleep after swimming and I barely get a chance to change her.  Ever isn’t even scared of her head going under water so I’m really looking into some swim lessons once the weather heats up in HK again.
We’ve had a few first time parent scares recently as Ever’s temperature reached 39/40 degrees.  We went to hospital for that and then the next day she broke out in a red rash that covered her scalp and eyebrows.  Looked so freaky we rushed back to the hospital, but luckily it’s just all a result of a pretty harmless virus she has caught.  48 hours later all is back to normal.  The general consensus we got from the doctor is if they are still feeding and playing it’s not too bad.
That’s all for now but I’ll update you on the little one again soon!
xx
November 26, 2014 0 comment
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It has definitely been a beach filled Autumn for the boy and I. Less than 24 hours after returning from Bali we jetted off to sunny Phuket for another dose of sand and sea.  I was blown away when we set foot at Anantara Layan Phuket, and was immediately engulfed into the sanctuary that is their refreshing resort.  Relaxation hit my bones instantaneously and their warm welcome to my family and I made the experience that much better.  Exaggeration is not in play when I state there was not a single grass or tree out of place.  Each corner, seat, and space in the resort is optimised to make you feel zen and free.  Instead of overly decadent, I felt the place was very natural yet luxurious which lets be honest is much more my style.  We spent our days enjoying the private plunge pool in our pool villa, sampling mouthwatering and fiery Thai cuisine at Dee Plee, indulgent breakfasts on the terrace, dips in the ocean view infinity pool, and walks during sunset along their deserted beach.   We had an abundance of privacy and left recharged and content.  I will definitely be returning next time I need a little break from reality.  

xx

Thanks to Chic Collection and Anantara Layan Phuket for the lovely stay.





November 26, 2014 0 comment
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 All rested up and happy after four days away in Bali.  We meandered along the surf ready beach, lounged by our clear blue pool, dined at sunset adjacent eateries, dominated Double Six’s two floor penthouse suite, drunkenly laughed while toppled over on colourful sandy bean bags, and didn’t miss a second of wonderful sleep on the most comfortable beds.  There have been few stays which were as luxurious and it was pretty impossible not to fall in love with the ultra cool and insanely beautiful Double Six Resort.  Highlights were definitely cocktails as we watched the sky melt from Double Six Rooftop Bar, dining at ultra chic and tasty Chez Gado Gado and Barbacoa, late night musings from the starlit wraparound penthouse terrace, and a coma inducing massage I am currently still craving.  Can we go back for more? Pretty please?  A must hit spot if you are in Bali and looking to party, feast, relax, or any of the above.  
xx
November 17, 2014 0 comment
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Ever is half a year old now! Seriously…six months since she entered our lives.  That is just crazy to me.  She’s big now.  Her cute chubby legs getting longer by day and that smile is pretty much always present.  I am absolutely loving the fact that she looks so much like me.  Still a mixture of us both, but she does kind of resemble a little caricature of me.   We are a family of foodies (even our dog is obsessed with food) and she is following her in parents footsteps. We’ve started solids and it’s the most fun process.  

Along with starting solids, Ever is pretty much on track with her developmental milestones. She’s sitting up with very little support, can stand with support, and we have some clumsy crawling too.  Breastfeeding is still going very well and I don’t see it stopping for at least another two months, but I could easily go on until she is a year old.  No forcing her, I’m hoping we come to a natural halt together.   

This month’s essentials:

1.  Weaning supplies such as plastic spoons, storage containers, blender, plastic bowls, and sippy cup.  We also got teething rusks, biscuits, and organic baby rice to mix in with her veggies and fruits.  Ella’s baby food is organic and amazing if you don’t want to make it yourself.  I really recommend Bumps to Babes for all this stuff.  The brand isn’t important, but they have the hugest selection of baby food and supplies.  You can’t go wrong.  

2.  High Chair.  We went for Mamas & Papas for this one.  We were tempted to go more budget as we didn’t know if we would start using a booster seat soon, but I’m so glad we got this one.  It’s suitable for up to 4 years and Ever spends more than just her meal times there.  We often put her in when she’s watching tv with us or just hanging out.  She loves playing with her toys and snacking on finger foods off the tray.

3. Baby jail or play pen.  She’s crawling and we have a little dog so we’ve had to contain her.  She actually loves being on the ground so we’ve purchased a bunch of foamy floor tiles and a guard rail for her.  I recommend Tao Bao for the biggest selection and affordability.  The Skip Hop Playmat is tested for chemicals and suitable from newborn, and friends have told me yoga mats or purchasing those huge foamy pads from the gym works too.  

4. Books.  Ever loves colourful books.  The more textures and colours the better.  They are perfect for before bedtime and make her really interactive.  She’s already turning the pages herself and gets excited when we bring them out.

5. Organic Coconut Oil and Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream.  Ever has had a few dry patches on her legs and face that wouldn’t go away. We used both coconut oil (make sure it’s pure and organic) and Cetaphil which have worked wonders.  She also bathes in a bit of oatmeal which is really helping the dryness.  Just wrap some quick cook oatmeal in a muslin cloth and swish it around the warm water pre-bath.  Her skin is now softer than before and smells amazing.

And that’s it.  I’ll try to update more on here as she’s changing so much lately.  Keep a lookout for posts about the food we are feeding her and adventures in baby play dates.
xx
November 2, 2014 1 comment
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Hair 101

I get lots of questions about my colourist and just general hair dilemmas so here I go.  I’m definitely no expert and pretty lazy at the best of times but I’ll share with you guys some stuff that def works for me.

Salon: I get my colour done by Andy from QG Private i.  He just gets me, is super quick, and always gets that right shade of blonde without any brassiness.  I love the treatment they do there too, so you can leave the salon with silky smooth locks.  I have seriously tried a lot of salons and they never went blonde enough or it was really really patchy.  Andy isn’t over priced, but the salon is comfortable, chic, and friendly.  Mention you read about it here and he might be able to give you a discount 😉

Purple soap: or shampoo to be exact. If your hair is super dark and you want to go ashy blonde, you understand my fears.  To battle any orange tones and preserve the colour, I shampoo with purple shampoo at least once a week.  My favourites are John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Correct or Loreal Professional Expert Silver.  They can be drying so make sure to use a deep conditioner afterwards.

Deep conditioner:  I use treatments a lot, otherwise my hair would be straw.  I love Redken All Soft Heavy Cream and Morrocan Oil.  Aussie Three Minute Miracle also does the job on a budget and a good helping of organic coconut oil works too.  I often leave them on overnight or throughout the day if I’m staying home.

And that’s it.  I also use a hair serum before I blow dry… nothing special and varies month to month.  To get waves I either use GHD straightners, curling tongs, or just leave semi wet hair in a bun to dry.  All of the above do the job.  

Hope that helps!

xx  

November 2, 2014 0 comment
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from top to bottom: C. by Christing C. dress, Gabriela Mora necklace, Hairy Crab at Cuisine Cuisine, Bread&Beast at PMQ, Melissa Bui’s SS15 Collection, and Carin Wester Blouse paired with Le Marais Skirt.

It’s been awhile and I somehow didn’t notice.  I’m going to learn to be better on here.  Pinky swear…take more pics, post more pics 😉 

Lately it’s all about planning two beach holidays happening in about a week and keeping up with daily date nights and an almost crawling baby.  I need to spin this week and get my holiday wardrobe in full gear.  

Missed u!

xx

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November 2, 2014 0 comment
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Monday has arrived faster than expected and I’m trying to wrap my mind around all that has surpassed in the past six months. I often dwell in moments of anxiety when it dawns on my subconscious that it is pretty feasible for four years to pass within a flash. Do you ever fear not enough has been accomplished in your 24 hour day? I have friends who can run at full pace 99% of the time, and then there’s me.  Achievement without my relaxed happiness basically means nothing.  The actual idea that my daughter has to go to school by the age of two and that I need to consider which education path she should take before her first step has even occurred is extremely surreal.  As each generation grows we become more competitive, more structured, more determined.  We dream bigger but what happened to just lying on a beach, maybe for a month, building a good foundation for a loving family.  I am starting to realise the healthier my relationship is with my daughter and my husband the more well adjusted she’ll be in future.  What is a great education and all the opportunity in the world if she doesn’t feel safe or know the true meaning of love.  Everyone speaks of planning how they will teach their children math, reading, and writing, but how do we teach our young about the world.  How to search for true love and not to throw yourself away for anything less.  How to be strong, confident, and voice your views.  How to share and have compassion for others less fortunate than yourself.  How to enjoy your life rather than trapping yourself in a path that is forced upon you.  Half a year will have passed since she entered this world and I just want to make sure she smiles and laughs through most of her day.  Everything else will come later, and if all those crazy logistics don’t really work out just as well as the super planners then it will still be okay because we are happy and have each other. 

xx
October 20, 2014 0 comment
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Ba&sh knit jacket, C. by Christing C. slip dress, and Zara boots.
Lazily browsing the web, eyes barely open, half paying attention to the new Kiera Knightly movie playing in the background, leaning my sleepy head upon the boy’s shoulder, and sipping decaf coffee with a little bowl of ice cream.  Sundays are often the best part of fun packed, non-stop weeks.  I relish in romantic date nights, champagne fuelled recklessness, and encouraging my creative mind to run wild but sometimes I just want to snooze, cuddle my family, and mindlessly window shop online.  Hope you are all enjoying a lazy Sunday too.
xx
October 12, 2014 0 comment
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 As a sun addicted, beach worshipper, being bikini ready is always pretty high at the top of my list.  With HK’s perfect weather still going strong, a million boat trips in my diary, and all those winter beach vacations in the cards, I wanted to share with you guys my go-to waxing salon.  Strip is super conveniently located in Central, have friendly, professional staff and most importantly get the job done quickly and with little discomfort.  I tried their seasonal coconut wax which reminded me of yummy tanning oils and days by the sea.  Their technicians are trained to do the job quickly and efficiently in their comfortable treatment rooms, always utilising the best techniques and products on the market.  Make sure to purchase some “ice cream” on your way out, their ultra soothing after care cream to help with any irritation.  Definitely recommend!
xx
October 12, 2014 0 comment
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Travelling with a baby, especially your first, can be one of the most daunting tasks as a parent. I envisioned angry passengers glaring at our screaming baby and explosive diapers stinking up the entire plane.  Not to mention embarrassing experiences with public breastfeeding and selecting the ideal baby friendly restaurants.  We went through all of this and more on our recent three week excursion to Europe and although it wasn’t as bad as we had feared we managed to learn a few invaluable lessons along the way.

Airplanes, Trains, Cars, and more.
Not only do you have to board the outbound flight and spend the rest of your trip worrying about the return journey, chances are you will also have many other modes of transport that will be mandatory on any vacation.  This was my biggest fear, how to keep a baby occupied for 12 hours on a plane,and on every subsequent bus or train journey after that. 
-Make sure the baby has her own carry on and it’s very organized.  We always had a travel change mat, full pack of wipes, one diaper for every two hours including five extra in case of delays, anti bacterial gel in case we have to clean dirty changing stations, two of her favourite toys, extra clothes for both us and baby, plenty of muslin cloths, and two blankets.  
-If you don’t have an airport lounge you can use then it’s worth it to go into one of the ones you can pay to use. We used Plaza Premium Lounge at HK Airport.  This means helpful staff, bigger couches and private corners for nursing, and larger cleaner bathrooms for changing.  Plus you will have plenty of drinks and snacks to keep you going…you won’t be getting much sleep during the flight.
-If you are breastfeeding, nurse during take off and landing.  This made Ever fall asleep during every take off and helped with her ears. At least I was able to get two hours of peace, since her first nap was right at the beginning of the flight.
-Sleeping on a plane is hard, and Ever basically refused to sleep in the provided bassinet.  We used it as a place to put all her things and she hung out in it for a little bit, but mainly she slept on my chest.  I found night flights to be amazing. She slept most of the way, and the back of the plane has the most white noise if your baby needs to be rocked to sleep.  
-Bring your sling (we use the ErgoBaby) in case you have to walk the baby up and down the aisles.  Makes it much easier on your back and safer in case of turbulence.  
-Book a taxi in advance to pick you up from airport and make sure you specify the car seat you will be needing.  This made getting to our hotel or apartment infinitely easier, and private car services tend to have a variety of car seats so you don’t have to crate around your own.  You also have someone in arrivals all ready to help you with luggage.
Naps, Accommodation and Baby Friendly Dining

-In between travelling we found nap times to be essential.  If she was tired our lunch, beach, drinks, shopping excursions would be nightmares, so we ended up being far more strict with her schedule.  For her afternoon nap we would walk her in the stroller until she slept and then head to lunch once she was snoozing. This meant we could have a quiet and enjoyable meal without any baby interruptions. It was also essential for us to stay in apartments rather than hotels, as we needed a kitchen and more space.  It was pretty impossible to take Ever out at night, but she went to bed each night at 7pm so we made sure to have a nice dining space where we were staying and indulge in a romantic dinner at home instead of going out.

-Baby friendly venues were essential as I needed to breastfeed her and we didn’t want her laughing, squealing or maybe even crying to disturb any patrons.  We would generally peer into any pub or restaurant before entering and search for other strollers.  Certain areas such as Notting Hill and Marylebone in London were amazing for baby friendly venues.  These venues are also more likely to have changing tables and high chairs and are more understanding about noise.

-Bring walking shoes and be prepared to walk…a lot.  Public transport is just plain inconvenient with a stroller and baby in tow so we loved staying in the centre of town and walking to all our destinations.  This also kept Ever occupied and she generally fell asleep in the stroller which gave us a good amount of quiet time.  
Hope all of this helps.  Although our three weeks without a nanny were some of the hardest during parenthood I would not give up our family vacation for anything.  Looking back at Ever’s first swim in the Mediterranean Sea, walking and dining in our old neighbourhood, and just general bonding with her are memories we will always have.  Planning for another trip soon, so stay tuned for more 😉

October 7, 2014 1 comment
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