poisepolish.: 2019

January 30, 2019

Getting Ready for Our First Chinese New Year with UNIQLO

This year is special for us because it’s the first year we have our baby Candice here to celebrate our Chinese New Year as a family in the year of pig!

We are always looking forward to teach and introduce her to traditions. She is four months old and she’s beginning to recognize faces and crowded situations. We are bringing her to meet our extended family on the first and second day of Chinese New Year but we want to make sure that she is comfortable in her outfits in this kind of weather.

Our choice is no other than UNIQLO, which we love so much to wear on daily basis and for traveling too! For this occasion, it’s important to wear something more colorful because our ancestors believe that festive seasons must be celebrated by wearing something bold & bright! We experimented with different kinds of colors these modern days. Besides red, we chose yellow, peach and light purple for baby Candice’s first Chinese New Year’s outfits.

For my husband and I, we also want to stay comfortable during visiting days, so we chose something that is easy to move around, semi-formal and fresh! Here are our picks.

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For our first look we wanted to keep the tradition alive during our sumptuous reunion dinner, so I decided to wear the lucky color red. I chose this Rayon Long Sleeve Blouse and paired it with checkered EZY Ankle Length pants in dark gray. My husband is wearing a Waffle Henley Neck T-Shirt in gray and EZY Ankle Pants in maroon. Candice is wearing a floral bodysuit from UNIQLO baby collection to keep her warm and comfortable.

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Usually at the first day of Chinese New Year, we spend half of our day visiting relatives’ houses to spend quality time and to enjoy the festive treats!

So as for our second family outfit, I chose to wear AIRism Bratop in light orange color that matches the color of Candice’s pastel dress, because I know I will need all the extra comfort to carry her all around for the whole day. This innerwear is my favorite because it really helps to keep me cool and fresh all day long. For hotter days or in the afternoon, I will wear the innerwear on its own while adding the knit cardigan to add more style and when it’s getting colder.

I instantly feel the extra comfort in this classic white EZY Ankle Length Pants, which is stretchy but still have a tailored look. My husband chose a white soft twill shirt and EZY Skinny Fit Jeans which is basically his favorite casual look.

And for our final look, I chose something that is more feminine and timeless for celebrating the festivity with friends.

I paired up this chic High Neck Rib T-shirt with a Circular Front Button Skirt in yellow and white. My husband is wearing a Soft Twill Shirt in blue this time, pairing it with Chino Slim Fit Front Pants. I dressed my baby girl in a pink Soft Tulle Dress which is so cute for her. Don’t you agree?

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Those are some inspiration and how to mix and match bright colors for the upcoming Chinese New Year with UNIQLO Indonesia. What about you?

For more Chinese New Year outfits inspirations: http://bit.ly/UNIQLOChineseNewYear

January 29, 2019

Candice Alaia birth story

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It’s long overdue, but I think it’s time for me to write about this. Part of it is also because I want to remember it again, what happened four months ago. Following my previous post, I got married in November 2017, shortly after, I got pregnant in late January. I was hoping to travel more before I was pregnant, but I ended up staying in town for the next nine months. Oh we had two doctor appointments in Singapore but that’s about it.

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My pregnancy was probably the least I expected, especially when I got really bad morning sickness (not just morning but the whole entire day). I saw a lot of my friends who were pregnant at the same time as me, but they seem to be enjoying it and traveling a lot. While all that happened, I was only able to stay at home and eat home cooked meals and feel miserable. They say the vomiting and gastric feeling lasted for three months. It went far above it to me. I wasn’t vomiting but I had gassy feeling whole day everyday and that’s also probably why I didn’t post photos on my Instagram because I didn’t feel like it at all.

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Long story short, I entered the last trimester of my pregnancy and I felt excited to meet my little one, who I named Candice Alaia since I knew I was having a girl in late March! So I went to schedule prenatal yoga and all that to help me during delivery. Candice was born in September 21, 2018. I had a normal birth with no epidural. They say things can happen on the delivery day that goes against your plan. It was like that with me too. My water broke at 9AM in the morning so I was rushed into the hospital. I had time to shower and do a little bit of make up just to feel more fresh because I wasn’t in pain at all. Our birth plan was normal with epidural. What happened was I got induced and had no epidural. I was in a lot of pain, but quite less that what I imagined initially. My mom had me eat mee-sua the moment I had massive contractions so that I still have the energy until I pushed the baby out.

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Here is the video my husband took with his iPhone on the day our precious baby was born into the world. It was clearly the happiest day of our lives. Seeing her the first time was like a dream come true. Meeting her next day after I woke up was magical. She had this little pointy nose and red lips all those tiny fingers and her smell was unforgettable.

Will share more and more about her in the next post! Plus, I guess this blog is going to have a new topic, which is about my journey becoming a new mom.
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