Jord Wood Watch

JORD6

JORD3

JORD1

JORD2

JORD7

JORD5

JORD4

Dress | Watch

Today’s post features an exclusive wooden timepiece by JORD. This unique watch is by the Cora series in Zebrawood & Turquoise; it’s truly like something I’ve never seen before. To me, an eye catching watch is a reminder to be present and to live in the moment. I remember seeing an illustration of a dog and human sitting together and why dog is happier than a human in that scenario. The human is shown to be thinking about everything else BUT sitting with his dog, whereas the dog is thinking of nothing but sitting with his human. The dog has mastered the power of presence and therefore is truly content and happier. When you’re truly present in everything you do, you get much more out of your time. This is something I’m working on and I encourage you to try to soak up every moment by enjoying the now rather than thinking about anything other than what you’re doing now. Your time will be better spent and you will be much happier for it.

I’ve also teamed up with JORD to host a giveaway. All entries can be placed here by July 20 11:59 pm. The winner will be chosen at random & will receive a $75 giftcard, but everyone will receive a $20 giftcard just for entering :). Good luck everyone!

Sponsored by JORD Wood Watches

Lenny Lamb WrapTai

LennyLambWrapTai3

LennyLambWrapTai7

LennyLambWrapTai1

LennyLambWrapTai2

LennyLambWrapTai4

LennyLambWrapTai6

LennyLambWrapTai5

LennyLambWrapTai8

Hold her. Wear her. Breathe her in. Keep her close. It goes too fast. After all, the most precious thing you’ll ever get to wear is your baby…

Baby carriers are one of my most essential baby related items I use–I never leave the home without one. In this post, I’m wearing a beautiful WrapTai carrier by Lenny Lamb. The Little Love design in the Golden Tulip print is one of my favorites– it’s so gorgeous and pairs perfectly with lighter shades. The cotton weaving makes it extra soft and comfortable to wear.

I’ve built quite a collection with an assortment of different prints & colors; I can’t get enough! Baby carriers are truly the most important accessory and a vital part of motherhood for me. They’ve helped me cuddle, bond and nurse my little one with ease while I embark on various outings and adventures.

Sponsored by Lenny Lamb

Ivory Florals

MMPinkBlushBaileysblossoms5

MMPinkBlushBaileysblossoms2

MMPinkBlushBaileysblossoms4

MMPinkBlushBaileysblossoms1

MMPinkBlushBaileysblossoms3

MMPinkBlushBaileysblossoms6

MMPinkBlushBaileysblossoms7

My dress c/o Pink Blush | Sareena’s Romper c/o Bailey’s Blossoms | Sareena’s Sandals

I’m so excited to bring another look by Pink Blush in their coveted floral print dress! Their dresses have been my favorite go-to during pregnancy & post partum; I constantly get compliments on their stunning prints. Their dresses provides the most flattering drape everytime, no matter what stage (it’s also what I wore in the hospital maternity ward)! This dress is so perfect for motherhood as it’s extremely nursing friendly.

I’ve also collaborated with Bailey’s Blossoms for Sareena’s adorable matching pompom romper! She has built the sweetest collection of their beautiful rompers and has one in almost every style. We’re hooked!

Ps Sareena is totally in love with the family pups.. she can’t get enough of them!

Sponsored by Pink Blush & Bailey’s Blossoms

Matching Mommy Mint & White

MMmintandwhite2

MMmintandwhite5

MMmintandwhite1

MMmintandwhite4

My Sandals | Sareena’s Dress | Sareena’s Sandals

One of my favorite parts about having a baby girl is playing dress up and being able to match with her! I’ve become so obsessed with coordinating all my outfits with Sareena that I may need an intervention at some point. But for now, I’m enjoying it and will continue to take advantage of this! My dress is from a small boutique in Santa Monica I bought a few years ago, so I was unable to link my outfit in this post, but you can get the same look by pairing an off-shoulder top with a chiffon skirt. I can’t stop gushing over Sareena’s eyelet dress and fringe sandals!

Pretty Pleats

SHEINskirt3

SHEINskirt1

SHEINskirt2

SHEINskirt4

SHEINskirt5

SHEINskirt7

Top by Bebe (sold out, similar here) | Skirt c/o SheIn | Sareena’s Dress by GAP

We had a lovely staycation at the beautiful Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles. The entire resort boasts of panoramic views of the ocean while spanning over a hundred acres of lush land. Here we are waiting in the gorgeous herb garden while our table was getting prepared at the coveted French restaurant, Mar’sel.

For this outfit, I decided to coordinate this beautiful pleated skirt from SheIn with Sareena’s pleated dress to wear during dinner. My pleated skirt is my current obsession; I love how effortless it is to flow and glide in, all while being the perfect shade of pink. This skirt exudes romance and femininity; my signature style.

Sponsored by SheIn

Lovely in Lace

BurtsBeesBabyLaceLulus3

BurtsBeesBabyLaceLulus2

BurtsBeesBabyLaceLulus1

BurtsBeesBabyLaceLulus4

BurtsBeesBabyLaceLulus5

BurtsBeesBabyLaceLulus6

BurtsBeesBabyLaceLulus7

My look: Dress by Lulus

Sareena’s look: Dress c/o Burts Bees Baby | Floral lace headband by Love Sparkle Pretty | Diaper c/o Bambo Nature

I’m loving my white lace dress from Lulus and just had to match with Sareena by putting her in this beautiful lace dress by Burts Bees Baby. So we decided to play fairy princesses in the woods.

Sareena’s dress is made with super soft organic cotton, which is especially important to me considering all the harsh chemicals present in most conventional brands. Also, how cute is her floral lace headband?! I can’t stop obsessing over how adorable everything is for babies.

For those of you who have been following along on Snapchat, you saw how we went on our first family hike over the weekend and how much Sareena loved it. There is nothing that compares to the fresh air, beauty of nature and gorgeous ocean view we achieved while hiking up in the canyons. Looks like I have a little nature lover on my hands!

Sponsored by Burts Bees Baby

Mint Floral Cami

MintfFloralCami1

MintfFloralCami2

MintfFloralCami3

MintfFloralCami4

MintfFloralCami5

MintfFloralCami6

MintfFloralCami7

My Look: Dress by Forever 21 | Sandals by Tory Burch | Watch by Rolex

Sareena’s Look: Dress by Gap | Bow c/o Gray Fox Handmade | Diapers c/o Bambo Nature

Spring time is for the great outdoors and admiring nature’s beauty. I love taking Sareena out and watching her observe and admire the trees & the sky while listening to little birds chirping in the spring time air.

I find that by simply spending more time showing her what is out there in the world and just being in the moment is far more beneficial for her development than any toy would provide.

As you may know, I tend to gravitate toward mint shades & floral prints. This is no exception, with its comfort & affordability, it’s definitely one of my favorite pieces!

Spring Pleated Maxi

SpringPleatedMaxi3

SpringPleatedMaxi1

SpringPleatedMaxi2

SpringPleatedMaxi4

My Dress by Asos (also available in petite) | Sareena’s mocassins by Freshly Picked | Sareena’s bow by Gray Fox Handmade | Sareena’s Diaper by Bambo Nature

This pleated maxi dress is perfect for spring wedding guest. The soft pastel hues along with the romantic lace in the back provide a feminine touch, and I’m always a sucker for nice floral print!

Happy Easter from Sareena & me!

Courtesy of Bambo Nature

Sleeping Baby Productions

SBP3

SBP2

SBP1

SBP4

SBP7

SBP6

SBP8

Dress by Asos (sold out similar here & here) | Shoes by Kate Spade | Ring Sling by Sleeping Baby Productions in Seagrass Blue-Green | Sareena’s Bow by Gray Fox Handmade

Babywearing has been one of my greatest discoveries ever! It enables me to carry Sareena everywhere with me while having my hands free; it’s a great way to immerse her into my world. When worn properly, babywearing aides proper physical development for babies, creates a sense of security, promotes bonding, enhances communication & happiness and overall keep mother and baby in tune with each other. Wearing her in a sling is one of my favorite ways to interact with her by showing her different sights from my perspective as she quietly observes while I sometimes narrate what I do. This linen ring sling from Sleeping Baby Productions is not only a stylish way to wear her, but she can nap & discreetly nurse in there as well! My favorite benefit is being able to snuggle her while being able to socialize with others at the same time. My husband and I have gone out for dinner & events plenty of times while she stayed happy close to our hearts.

The owner of SBP, Jan, is such a sweetheart and makes everything herself with the strictest and highest standards. She goes above and beyond to bring you the best in quality as well as service–no wonder she’s a favorite among the babywearing community! I’m so happy with my ring sling–I want to get one in every color to coordinate with my outfits!

I could go on about the endless amount of benefits to wearing your baby or child, but I’ll save the details about my obsession for a future post. I honestly think ring slings are the greatest thing ever.

Sponsored by Sleeping Baby Productions & Gray Fox Handmade

And So The Adventure Begins..

BamboNature7logo

BamboNature1< BamboNature6

BamboNature2

BamboNature4

BamboNature3logo

Dress by Raga

Sareena is the biggest blessing of my life; she has made the transition into motherhood the most natural thing in the world. She has been such a calming presence with her innocent eyes and heart melting smile; it’s no wonder we only want the best for her. That’s why we chose to exclusively diaper her in Bambo Nature.

No phthalates, PVCs, heavy metals, chlorine, colophonium, organotins (MMBT, DBT, TBT), azo pigments or any other substances known to be harmful to health or the environment. I’ve been sent diapers from other companies, such as Honest & 7th generation. None of them hold a candle to Bambo Nature, both from a health standpoint and in being effective against leakage. The pampers that were sent home from the hospital had such a nauseating smell, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out there are nasty chemicals in there!

Sareena LOVES Bambo Nature diapers; she is always so comfortable in them and has had no leaks (mighty impressive considering she’s a poop and pee machine)! It’s the best, truly non-toxic and completely effective diaper brand there is–two important key factors to a health conscious mama! No other brand will touch my baby’s butt.

Sponsored by Bambo Nature USA

Sareena’s Birth Story

Sareenasbirthstory1

Sareenasbirthstory4

Sareenasbirthstory2

Sareenasbirthstory3

Sareenasbirthstory5

It all started at 2 am on January 5, 2016 when I started feeling really uncomfortable. I hadn’t slept for the past 48 hours, so I was hoping I’d just be able to go back to sleep. Nope, our baby girl decided she was ready to meet her parents, I just didn’t realize it.

From 2 am to 5 am, I just kept running to the bathroom every 20 minutes, then 10 minutes, because for some reason my instincts were telling me to just sit comfortably on the loo because that was the most comfortable position for me to be in during my surges. My husband just kept laughing at my process of dealing with labor. It was pretty hilarious and we couldn’t help but crack up as I’d run there. It seemed pretty ridiculous and not ideal. Apparently I was doing something right because later on I found this article explaining my method further (see Sameer?!! I am not insane!). I should also mention that hours before I started getting my first contractions, my body cleaned itself out (a sign that labor is near). I started to freak out because I had an irrational fear that maybe the baby was in trouble and she was trying to tell me something. I still didn’t know I was in labor, my only thought was if the baby was okay or not. We called our doula at 5:30 am and told her I’ve been feeling uncomfortable at regular intervals, she said I was most likely in labor, and she came right over.

6 am: My Doula aka savior arrived. From the moment she confirmed that I am indeed in labor and that what I am feeling is normal, I INSTANTLY relaxed. It was game time. I now realized that I just need to let my body and baby do their thing. My doula guided me with breathing techniques through each surge. My discomfort vanished. There was no pain, I went into a deep trance, and everything was a blur. The only thing I was feeling was exhaustion from lack of sleep, so I took a shower. It was exactly what I needed; I felt refreshed, recharged and ready to welcome my baby. Later on as the surges kept coming closer and closer, I couldn’t think of my own discomfort when my baby was doing all the hard work in trying to make her way to me. Maybe she’s scared, and so she needs to arrive at a safe place. I knew everything that was happening was normal, and as long as I continue to stay calm, I won’t be releasing catecholamines (stress hormones) that interfere and slow down the process. I want the baby to come to a happy mommy who is in complete control. Along with deep breathing, this thought process is what made my pain completely disappear. I never want my baby to think that she caused me pain, because she hasn’t. She is trying to come as fast as she can to me, and it’s my job to make her journey as smooth as possible by just letting her work with my body.

Later on, my doula asked if I was bleeding at all; I was. She saw how much and said that was a great sign and means I am dilated enough to get going to the hospital. We grabbed our bags and off we went! The car ride was a complete blur. I remember Sameer was trying so hard to be careful about every bump and turn on the way to the hospital, but I couldn’t have cared less about any disruptions because I was completely in a trance (or half asleep). I’m pretty sure he was freaked out I was going to have the baby in the car itself because I was apparently very close.

We arrive at the hospital, and I understood why people say to labor as long as you can in the comfort of your own home. The bright lights and the cold triage room made me feel uneasy. My trance was broken as I was stripped to a hospital gown and was checked to see how dilated I was. That was the only incredibly painful part of labor & birth for me– I felt like I needed an epidural for just getting checked! I didn’t want anyone interfering with what was going on, I was in my own world. I was told that I was 6 cm; I freaked out and started to doubt myself, wondering how I would handle birthing her if I couldn’t even handle being checked. Then I realized that it was because I tensed up at a process in birth that isn’t technically natural. I then resumed into my state of hypnosis and my doula asked someone to check me again 10 minutes later. I was now dilated at 9 cm!

We then entered the delivery room, where we waited for me to dilate that last 1 cm. The room was filled with sunshine with a coveted view, but I remember learning that melatonin synergizes with oxytocin to enhance labor contractions and move labor along (it’s the reason why cats and other animals usually like to be alone and in the dark to give birth). So we made sure the shades were drawn and lights were kept off even in the delivery room. My doula had an LED candle for ambience, incorporated aromatherapy, massage, and slight acupuncture to create a relaxing environment in a hospital room. She even fed me honey sticks & peppermint to maintain my energy levels since I was practically half asleep throughout labor.

Then it came down to push. I was so happy and relieved to be able to push, but for some reason the first two pushes felt like a long time and I thought she was supposed to be out already. I started apologizing to everyone because I thought I was taking too long. My OBGYN started laughing and was like, “um you’ve been pushing for like 7 minutes, most people push for hours! You’re doing amazing, take your time.” Confidence restored. I pushed again. Everyone was cheering me on, especially Sameer. He was getting so emotional, he kept kissing me throughout my pushes and had the biggest smile on his face. He was so excited to meet our baby girl. I pushed for the 5th time and…

at 1:18 pm Our darling daughter, Sareena, arrived into this world. She weighed 6 lbs and 12 oz, measuring at 19.5 inches. She was immediately placed onto my chest for skin to skin contact, where my husband and I were in such awe of her beauty and chubby cheeks.

A daughter, mother & father were all born on January 5, 2016. We are so madly in love with Sareena, she is the best thing that could have ever happened to us.

Words from my husband

You handled the whole birthing experience like a total rockstar and I’m so proud of you. Even the doctors and nurses were amazed at your strength and determination to have the birth you’ve always wanted. It’s amazing to think that just a few hours ago, that little beautiful person was inside you and now here she is right in front of us. I admire your courage and determination; even throughout postpartum healing you’ve been an absolute goddess. You are the best wife and mother a husband and child could ask for. I love you so much my best friend, soulmate and the mother of my child.

I credit my support team (husband & doula) and hypnobirthing to help me gain mental strength–which was the key to my success in a natural childbirth. I have never felt so empowered and so alive and with a purpose. I honestly can say I enjoyed giving birth and look forward to experiencing this beautiful privilege again. I’d like to end with my mantra that wiped the fear out of birth:

I choose LOVE. This is my baby’s birthday. Today I will put my needs, my desires, my hopes, and my feelings on hold so I can concentrate on giving my baby the birth she needs.

I choose JOY. I will not give into temptation to wallow in self pity. I will celebrate each contraction as one step closer to holding my baby. I will remind myself that this is the event I have waited for a long time.

I choose PEACE. I will not battle my body or my baby. I will simply allow my baby to use my body as an entrance point for life.

I choose PATIENCE. I will overlook the inconveniences of labor. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will be thankful for the time to savor this change in my life. I will use this time to put my heart and mind in a state of joy to meet the baby.

I choose KINDNESS. I will be kind to my baby. She is alone and may be frightened. I will not allow myself to benefit by putting her at risk.

I choose GOODNESS. I will not let myself give in to the temptation to use labor as an excuse to be rude, angry, mean, hurtful, lazy, or prideful. This is my first opportunity to teach my baby about relationships.

I choose GENTLENESS. Nothing is won by force. If I raise my voice, may it only be in praise. If I clench my fist, may it only be in prayer. If I make a demand, may it only be of me.

I choose SELF CONTROL. I will not allow myself to lower my standards simply because I am in labor. I will continue to strive for excellence regardless of the pain.

Note: I am not judgemental or against anyone who had a c-section or epidural. Not everyone has the same knowledge, awareness or maybe even desire to achieve a drug free natural birth. The benefits of a natural birth are endless compared to their medical counterparts, but sometimes medical interventions become necessary and I am SO thankful for these advances to ensure everything happens safely in the case of a complication. Personally, I had an overwhelming desire to avoid any intervention and let everything happen naturally because it was something important to me considering all the long term benefits for the baby. If you ended up needing any medical interventions for whatever reason, my heart goes out to you. All birth is beautiful and strong. I just hope someone gains encouragement from my experience; because hearing positive experiences is the first thing that helped me in achieving a natural birth.

(more…)

Maternity Shoot

_S1A7084

_S1A6909

_S1A6996

_S1A6929

_S1A6926

_S1A6930

_S1A7039

_S1A7030

_S1A7036_S1A7023

_S1A7021

_S1A7043

_S1A6913

Dress by Lulus

My husband scheduled a surprise maternity shoot for me last week, but we ended up not being able to make it in time due to an insane traffic incident.. So we pulled over on the side of the road and ended up taking photos ourselves with our tripod for the first time! Not bad, eh?

Well, here we are… Awaiting the arrival of our little blessing. We couldn’t be happier and just cannot wait to meet our daughter :)

*Note: This post was meant to go live about a week ago, but I ended up going into labor before I could post this! Our daughter arrived on January 5, 2016. This explains my MIA status. Post on motherhood soon to come :)