Saturday, August 30, 2008
My question is, do you think that practical accessory of yours should be a pop of color so that it stands out like a fashion statement besides being practical (think pink, red, yellow, purple) OR, a serious color to indicate its practicality (like black, brown, grey)? It doesn't matter whether it's the wallet that you're currently using or lusting for. I just want to know your color selection for wallet bcoz wallet is not like a pair of shoes. You don't change it everyday. You can live with only one wallet (although, having more than one won't hurt).
So what color would it be? Design is a whole different story in this case.
I have my own opinion on this, but I would love to hear what you ladies think.
There's no right or wrong answer to this, of course.
Friday, August 29, 2008
But that initial plan changed when I walked passed Kriteria boutique at Mid Valley yesterday. I saw a mannequin dressed in Batik Crepe Kurung with Pareo sarong. It looks nice, and I thought... Hmm, kalau kain Pareo mesti kat perut dia adjustable. So I dragged hubby inside just to have a look.
I love Batik Crepe, and there were a few selection of kurung styles to choose from. I was looking for a simple Batik design, purple-maroonish in color to match my hubby's Baju Melayu and I found exactly what I was looking for.
Me: Kalau pregnant bole pakai lama sket tak ek? Takut baju dia tak muat kalau perut dah besar.
SA: Bole. Baju ni sampai 6 bulan pregnant pon bole.
Me: Ouh. Saya skarang dah 6 month.
SA: Oo yeker. Bole2, baju ni free size. Lagipon akak kurus, sampai 9 month pon bole.
Heee... I love that last sentence of hers! Terus aku beli ;p (I bought a buckle as well, for the pareo btw). But the shoulders are a little bit droopy for me, but never mind. I can have it altered.
Mmmhh... Macam nak lagi satu jer.
Labels: Sales and Shopping
Thursday, August 28, 2008
So far I have only purchased stuff for me to wear and use; not the baby (except for those Gap rompers but that's it) bcoz *sigh* I don't want to rush into things and buy everything cute and girly or whatever it is you buy for baby boys when the baby's sex is not really confirmed. I heard so many stories - masa scan nampak girl, keluar boy. Masa scan nampak macam hotdog, turned out to be the baby's umbilical cord. So, better be safe than sorry kan?
My only purchases so far is the OiOi Diaper Bag (it's bigger and roomier than I thought!), and this Nursing Cover by Bebe au Lait. It took me a week just to decide which pattern to get. Typical of me.
Now there's a stylish way to "gendong" your baby. The baby sling.
Here are a few reasons why baby sling is a parent must-have:
1) they are convenient, fast and hassle-free,
2) can carry newborn up to toddler,
3) it's comfy for both parent and baby (there's leg padding),
4) can be worn up to 5 different carrying ways,
5) increase parent and baby bonding,
6) besides carrying a baby, it can also be used as a stroller cover or baby's blanket,
7) it's compact and light so it fits easily in your diaper bag,
and of course:
8) it's fab!
I am definitely choosing baby sling over baby carrier. I'm not sure what my hubby wants - I'll leave that for him to decide, but I am SO getting the baby sling!
I came across a few brands of baby slings online, and I've read great reviews about them. So after doing a little bit of comparison here and there, I think I'll go for Hotslings. It has up to 9 sizes so you'll get a more precise fit, and there are so many fabrics and patterns to choose from! Pink and brown has always been my favorite color combination so I have narrowed down the choices - and I'm torn between these two: Ana Stretch Sateen or the Reversible Eye Candy.
Labels: Mommyhood and Baby
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I think it's fun (and very sexy)!
I was excited when I came across the Pregnancy Belly Cast Kit. I've never thought of such thing before (except for hands and legs). It's definitely a unique piece of art. I want to have one too so that in the years to come, I'll remember how big I was! It'd be the coolest pregnancy keepsake ever. Just look at these!
Now I need to wait for another 3 months before I can make one! ;D
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Zizi: timbang turun 2 kg.. tp measure blum lg
Zizi: asik luperrss jerrrrsss
Zizi: kita makan dgn oat
Zizi: mmg kenyang la sampai next meal
Zizi: skrg nie pun bila makan cepat rasa kenyang
Zizi: so far so good laa
Zizi: kita pun selesa
Zizi: paling best skali tak kacau milk supply
Zizi: since amik hl, kita perasan sgt bila time membuang, senang jer
Zizi: b4 amik hl, mmg hari2
Zizi: tp kena lama skit laa
Zizi: tp pas amik hl, tak yah tunggu lama2..
Anyways, since Ramadhan is getting nearer, I have received a few emails asking how to consume Herbalife during the fasting month.
So here's how (taken from Herbalife Malaysia website):
Happy fasting, everyone!
Monday, August 25, 2008
He had his 1st birthday bash yesterday, at our parents' house.
We started to get really busy at around noon - decorating the house (Leen was the party planner and she's really good at it!) and making desserts for the party. Mom made Bread & Butter pudding and the white sauce, while I made Apple Crumble.
Happy Birthday, Darling!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Oh wait, I do know why.
It was bcoz, we thought the regular size is a lot for 2 persons. It sure looks a lot.
But turns out... macam tak cukup! I forgot there's a third little person inside of me ;p
Mmm mmmhhh... I can't quite describe the sensational taste, but it was heaaaavennnnnnn!
We can't choose the flavors for the ice-creams tho, so we had to "redha" with all the flavors - especially the ever-so-masam sorbet and peppermint. MZ's reaction: "Eee...rasa berus gigi!".
Berus gigi, eh?? ;p
Labels: Food and Recipes
Thursday, August 21, 2008
And so bcoz of that, the shop assistants at ZA Altera dah kenal sangat since I'm their regular customer, especially this one friendly makcik (imagine going there ever since MZ and I were boyfriend-girlfriend to fiance-fiancee sampai lepas kawin! That's like a year long).
But I haven't been there ever since I knew I was pregnant... until yesterday. So when the makcik first saw me, she called the other SA and said, "Tengok ni sape datang... Si Iza! Lama nya tak nampak, sampai dah pregnant dah. Kitorang ingat dah pegi luar negara ke apa..." (yay, people know I'm pregnant! ;p).
So we chatted for awhile; she asked about my pregnancy, how many months, bla bla... when suddenly she looked down at my shoes and almost shrieked when she saw what I wore. Oh-oh. I don't know why I felt kinda guilty (I always feel that way kalau mak2 yg nampak) and prayed silently, please don't ask how many inches... bcoz I really don't want to make a big deal out of it.
But of course she asked. It's always like that, isn't it?
"Ya Allah, Iza pakai kasut tinggi lagi ker? Ishh... tengok sket, tinggi mana?".
Reluctantly, I lifted my pants just a little bit so that she could only see like 2 inches of the heel (it was actually 4 inches but it's a sturdy one, I promise. It's my shopping shoes and it's so comfy. To be honest with you, I trip more in flats than I do in heels. I don't know how else to explain to my mom and hubby and everyone else. Wani seems to be the only one who understands tho ;p).
I know most people are against the idea of wearing high-heels during pregnancy, but well, all I can say is, I won't risk myself wearing something that I'm not comfy in (I don't even wear jeans anymore no matter how fab it is bcoz I find them very uncomfy - and jeans used to be my most favorite clothing item!). I'm not that silly. I have stopped wearing my 5-inch killer stilettos ever since entering the 2nd trimester bcoz they're not comfy anymore - oh, except that one time during Noreen's wedding. But we only sit whattt ;p Plus, I don't walk a lot like I used to. On average once or twice a week now, and 3 hours max - or 4. And high-heel is not the only shoes I wear btw; I still wear wedges every now and then. I will stop wearing my heels when it's starting to get uncomfy and when my feet starts to show the first signs of swelling, don't worry. Besides, it is probably safer to wear high-heels than applying acne spot treatment on skin during pregnancy! It's not harming the baby, unless of course if you fall. Read this. And this. Annddd especially this! :D
Oh that reminds me of another incident, on the very same day.
I was standing near 2 concierges (one male, one female) when I overheard them talking:
Male: Rasa2, pregnant ke ape?
Female: Macam pregnant.
Male: Tapi dia pakai heels.
Ooookay... (lepas tu saya saje usap2 perut, as a sign that I'm pregnant! ;p).
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I've always thought I'm a mix-and-match kinda girl bcoz my favorite makeup items for each and every parts of the face seemed to be from various brands:
Foundation: Depends on what look I'm after. I wear Chanel Teint Innocent if I want extra coverage, Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation for medium coverage and Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer for barely-there coverage.
Concealer: Bobbi Brown Corrector
Loose powder: Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
Blusher: The Body Shop Cheek Color
Eye shadow: Stila eyeshadow palettes.
Eyeliner: Stila Kajal Eye Liner
Mascara: Lancome Hypnose and Stila Major Lash
Lipstick: Giorgio Armani Shine Lipstick and Make Up Store
Lipgloss: Stila Lip Polish, Stila Lip Glaze, Bloom and Chanel Cristalle Gloss
But when I have a closer look at my makeup collection, I can see that MOST of them are from the same brand(s) - Stila. Another one is Chanel.
Let's see what I have.
Well, I guess that makes me a Stila makeup junkie! ;p
I never realized that tho...
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
So why do I look plump in my mom's pink kurung? I almost don't recognize my own body! Everything seemed to double its size. Especially my umm, err...
So anyway, Noreen and his hubby (known to us as Abang Wan) got married about 2 weeks ago, on 08.08.08 at 8pm. The Nikah ceremony was held at her parents' house in Subang Jaya. It was a simple ceremony, yet full of Johor's wedding tradition (none of them are from Johor btw) - complete with the "toll" and whatnot. This is my first time to witness one!
Monday, August 18, 2008
And when I'm fasting, I crave for cold and sweet desserts.
But I don't have all the energy to bake and whatnot, so I have to think of something quick and easy to make that doesn't require cooking.
So I decided to make this for berbuka:
Fat-free mixed berries/strawberry yogurt
Nature's Source Strawberry and Yogurt Cereal
1 medium banana, sliced
3 fresh strawberries, sliced
Layer about 2 tablespoon of yogurt, 2 tablespoon of cereal followed by a few slices of banana and strawberry, in a glass.
Top off with another layer of yogurt, and garnish with a slice of banana and strawberry. Leave it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before serving.
p/s: This is also a great mid-afternoon snack. Yummy and healthy, I loike!
Labels: Food and Recipes
Thursday, August 14, 2008
There's just too many cute baby clothes at Baby Gap! Especially those with word graphics. I couldn't resist it, so I bought a few pieces. Well, four to be exact. I should've bought unisex-colored clothing since our little one is not yet 100% confirmed to be a *toot*. Nevermind.
Anyways, I came across these bodysuits at Gap.com. They don't have it yet in Malaysia (I think), but if they were, we've decided to get this one if it's a girl...
And this one if it's a boy...
Labels: Sales and Shopping
Not a whole conversation though; he just moans and utters incoherently. I couldn't understand most of the things he said, but I manage to catch a few words, like "windows update", "product ID" and err "breast". It's really funny and I like to tease him.
But it could get a little freaky too, especially when he suddenly giggles or whispers. Like what happened just a few minutes ago. I wonder what's on his mind.
Labels: Random Stuff
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
To me, the most important thing to look for in an eyeliner is that, it must be really black and glides on easily.
Then there's Chanel Precision Eye Definer. I kind of like it bcoz it's softer than Dior's, so application is a breeze (the Dior eyeliner is quite dry compared to this). But the color is not intense enough that I have to reapply a few times to get a bold black line. Not a HG material for me.
Then recently, my sister bought Stila Kajal Eye Liner, so I tried it and OMG, I'm in love. It is hands down the blackest and creamiest eyeliner I have ever tried! I am not talking Benefit BADgal eye pencil's creamy kind of texture (that was a nightmare! It smears on my upper lids and staying power is really bad. In fact, everything from Benefit seems NOT beneficial to me), but this kajal eyeliner is so soft and velvety that it just kind of melts your heart as it glides on! The color is so dark and intense too - just one sweep and blend a little, and you're good to go. It stays long enough until I remove it and doesn't smears.
Here's a comparison of each eyeliner in just one sweep:
Just a word of caution: you have to master the art of applying eyeliner first before using this bcoz it is super soft (almost gel-like); it just "obediently" follow the movement of your hand as you glide it on, so the slightest error of a jagged line will be very, very noticeable. Not hot.
But practice does makes perfect.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I should have said that it was for my baby! ;p
I finished everything btw! Mum was very surprised bcoz all this while she thought I was still on diet (even though I told her a zillion times that I am SO not and that I've gained some weight) and insisted me to eaaaatttt bcoz:
a) I still take Herbalife shake for breakfast (except on that day)
b) she said I don't look that big except for my front parts (I was like, hmm how big do you want me to be?), and
c) the fact that I can still fit my old pants (with the help of Belly Belt of course).
I don't know how else to eat. But well, with that Roti Canai and Nasi Lemak, I guess I've proved to her that I'm not on diet (I managed to stay hunger-free for 8 hours straight without snacking btw!). How can you be on diet when you're pregnant, right?
But I will never ever have those for breakfast ever again.
Sekali setahun bole la kot ;p
p/s: Lately, I seemed to talk mostly about food. Must be the phase I'm in!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I grunted, - "I'm pregnant, okay" and walked away without even looking at her.
Seriously, I need to wear that t-shirt.
Here's how "buncit" I am at the moment...
Buncit2 pon, I can still wear that Topshop Pintuck Shirt in the smallest size (size 6)! ;p
Friday, August 08, 2008
And I don't think I need to tell you just how much I love shrimps, especially if they are as fat and succulent as the shrimps in the Shrimp Linguine. The pizza was yummy too - well, all of the food we had last night were yummy!
Oh, let's not forget the dessert.
We couldn't finish off the dessert tho, bcoz we were so stuffed to the brim! But it was definitely one of the best dining experience I've ever had with my friends. And tonight we're going for makan-makan again, at our friends' wedding.
Speaking of that, I haven't decide which shoes to wear! I gotta go now. I have some trying-ons to do. And yes, I am gonna wear high-heels, pregnant or not! ;p
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Monday, August 04, 2008
I began searching for acne problems during pregnancy and whether it's safe to use acne treatments... and I found some conflicting viewpoints. Most acne treatments as we know contain Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide, and some websites say it's safe to use, while others say to stay away from anything containing Salicylic Acid bcoz it may be harmful to the baby. I'm really confused.
But I went to Kiehl's the other day anyway, and purchased the Blue Herbal Spot Treatment, hoping it would ease my pimples. I told the SA that I'm pregnant and she said it's okay to use, so I believed her. I should've asked my doctor first before purchasing it bcoz... it turns out that leave-on gels/creams especially, should be avoided during pregnancy bcoz it will be absorbed in the bloodstream and to the baby. I even showed the box to my doc. She said those pimples that I'm having is bcoz of hormone changes in my body so I just have to live with it *sobs*. She mentioned something like "pembawakan budak" - which I'm not sure what it means, but the fact that my skin will be back to normal when the pregnancy is over is a total relief. As of now, I shall leave my pimples alone and try not to focus on them so much. Anything for you, baby!
So since I can't use the spot treatment, I'm gonna let it go. I have only used it for about 4-5 times, so it's hardly used. Here's the details:
- Inspired by Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion®
- Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment with Extracts of Cinnamon Bark and Ginger Root
- Helps prevent new acne blemishes from forming
- Clears blackheads, whiteheads and acne blemishes
- Not tested on animals
Inspired by Kiehl’s venerable and most enduring preparation, Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion™, this gentle, yet effective gel dries and clears blackheads, whiteheads and acne blemishes and allows skin to heal. Quickly penetrates pores to eliminate most acne blemishes and help prevent new ones. May be applied on clean skin, per directions, as necessary. Dermatologist-tested to help minimize allergy risk.
Retail price: RM70
Selling price: RM50 only (free shipping)
If you're interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details of the payment.
The Kiehl's Spot Treatment is sold. Thank you!
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Anyway, I'm not gonna announce it yet - not until it's really confirmed. All I can say is, if the ultrasound scan that I did today was accurate, then my very first instinct was right. But I'm gonna do a 4D scan sooner or later InsyaAllah, so you have to wait for that.
Friday, August 01, 2008
Now I have a hard time sleeping - at night. I'm not talking 15 minutes or so; I'm talking hoursss. Sometimes up to 4 hours! My eyes refuse to shut before 4am, no matter how sleepy and tired I am. There was even a time when I only get to sleep after Subuh (actually it was about 3 times). It's not bcoz of the little one kicking. And I don't think it's insomnia. I just... think a lot.
I would lie in bed thinking about... well, all sorts of thing. Like what should we name our baby, or the food that I'm craving for, or should I buy that pretty pink GUESS peep-toe, or how I miss eating sushi, yada-yada-yada... You get the picture. Sometimes my mind even sings! That's the toughest part to deal with bcoz most of the songs that my mind loves to sing are the songs that I hate. And it keeps on repeating over and over again, even when I tried to stop. It gets really annoying. And when it's about 2 hours later, I think to myself, "Why am I still not sleeping", and later commands, "Come on, go to sleep NOW!".
But I'm still not sleeping. Not at least for another hour or so.
How do I tell my mind to shut up?
Labels: Random Stuff