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4/14/15

OOTD + FAQS | Baby Weight, Ziizayne, Mr.CZ, Etc

Hello, Everyone! First outfit post post-pregnancy, post-baby. On this blog, I mean. If you follow me on Instagram, then you've seen a few selfies already. I've always wanted to wear an ostrich skirt! Faux, of course. There are different ways I'd wear this fluffy thing, but I really wanted to wear it in a semi-casual way, so I paired it with a white shirt. Not just any white shirt, a white shirt with tabs on the sleeves, okay. To tell you the truth, I wanted to wear a bow tie that matches the skirt as well, but I didn't have the time to go hunt for it. And yes, I would totally go out in public in the complete outfit I had in mind!  #MyChoice =D
Since I can't reply to all comments & emails, I thought I should answer some frequently asked questions that I've received in the last 6 months in this post as well.....

Baby Weight:

You will see in these pics that this skirt is a bad idea if you don't have a flat tummy. During pregnancy, my weight went up from around 39-40 kgs up to about 58 kgs. I was ecstatic every time my weight increased at the time, because it meant my baby was growing nicely. Now, my weight is 49 kgs. I finally have curves, I can buy branded jeans (Before, only the ones from China or Thailand fitted me!) The only reason I'd want to lose weight is to be able to fit into a lot of my old clothes- some never worn! And of course my tummy still has to go in - way in. I'm haven't started working out yet, because I still feel some pain in my tummy when I overexert myself. So, in short, I'm in no rush to lose weight. I eat whatever I want. All of us new Moms need to cut ourselves some slack, coz eating well and getting more sleep is way important than a little weight gain. Plus, I think carrying my bundle of joy (who's probably 10 kgs now!) everyday is exercise enough ;p (Even people who are bigger than me think he's very heavy!)
However, I'm following a few things to help me get rid of the unwanted flab:

ONE: Tie your tummy. When I'd gone to my hometown in December, most kept asking me if I tied my tummy after delivery. I knew about it, but I'd forgotten & regret not doing it ASAP! Basically, you wear something fitted & kind of tight around your tummy - usually a wrap, belt or corset. I bought a wide belt with velcro right after delivery from Mom & Me, which my Doctor advised me to use after C-Section. It hurt less when I coughed, laughed & while shifting in bed. I wear it for a few hours whenever I can. I also wear these pants I ordered from Jabong by Rattrap  (I have them in black, but they're available in 2-3 colors) They work great during pregnancy as well as after pregnancy. I also got a fancy black satin & lace panty corset, which, funnily, I can't fit into easily - when I tried them the first time, my cousin sister had to put them on for me...and then get me out of them! =D

TWO: I try to eat at least half a lemon everyday. I squeeze lemon juice in green salad, and also mint leaves. I have only vegetable soup consisting of carrots, beans & potatoes with rice on most days. I resist even looking at cheese & peanut butter!

THREE: A cup of Red Tea an hour, or so, after dinner. By red tea, I just mean Tetley tea without milk. I can't explain why, but I believe it can prevent fat from forming. It sounds cray, I know....haha! It is also amazing when you're having cramps, headache, food poisoning, and I know some doctors recommend drinking only red tea after stomach operations.
FUTURE: I'll start Yoga & kickboxing sometime this year.

How old are you?

I am 33 & will be 34 next month. Believe me when I say this - 30's are so much better than your 20's ;)

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Is it difficult to get pregnant in your 30's?

Well, it depends from woman to woman & I wouldn't really know. I know someone who got pregnant at 37 years, another who got pregnant at 39. I got pregnant at 32. For me personally, I feel early 30's is best age to start having kids. My Rule: Marriage is for late 20's & babies are for early 30's.

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I've been trying to get pregnant & it's just not happening. Do you have any advice & tips?

I'm so sorry to hear that. My heart aches every time I hear a woman is having difficulty conceiving. Sometimes, when being a parent becomes really challenging, I begin to crib and then I think about the women who are constantly trying, and I appreciate being a Mom more. I really don't know any tips except: find out what's preventing it from happening, get help from a doctor, and never stop trying. If you've watched the show Sex & The City, there's an episode where Charlotte went to an Acupuncture doctor. I've read that Acupuncture can boost fertility. Of course there's IVF, which, I think, would be my first choice if. I've also heard about women who help fertility by frequently massaging the stomach using special techniques - they call it 'making everything sit well', and these massages can also prevent miscarriages, and make delivery easy too. I believe these people are gifted, and are meant for this line of work. But I'd choose wisely, and go to someone with many years of experience and, most importantly, someone who's actually helped a lot of women conceive.
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Lastly, never underestimate the power of a prayer. A simple ask for help from God has gotten me out of the most traumatic, life-threatening & most difficult situations. Even with my 1st pregnancy, there were some things I specially prayed for, and they were kindly answered. I know some people don't believe in God, and that's okay. To each his own. I just thought I'd mention it.

That is as far as I know, so please forgive me if I'm wrong in anything I said. I only talked about the things I would personally look into. If you have any other tips, please share!

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Hope you won't stop blogging now that you're busy being a Mom! I miss you posting everyday.

I will never stop blogging! I miss posting often too, believe me. Truth is, I can post anything for the sake of posting & traffic/page views. But I don't want to, because it's never been about that. I want to talk to you all & tell silly stories. For example, this post. I could have written an intro, posted pictures, wrote the outfit details & said bye bye. But no, I had to include FAQS and chit chat about movies & tv shows too.....and take a week to edit it!

Good News: I will be posting everyday again starting today!


Makeup is all pinks & purples. MAC Pink Popcorn Lipstick & MAC Rebel Lipstick to outline for the ombre effect.

Nail Polish ~ Etude House Purple Rose from Princess Happy Ending Collection

What's the origin & meaning of Ziizayne?
Originated from my little head... haha! I wanted an uncommon name. Okay, a new name. I Googled and searched hashtags on Instagram to make sure Ziizayne wasn't already taken. Zii like Wii (Nintendo Game Console), because Mr.CZ loves it. Zayne means God is Gracious. I wanted to come up with a meaning too, because everybody keeps asking us, but making up my own "meaning" sounds a bit weird, no? If you all can come up with a meaning, please do tell! =)

He turned 6 Months Old today! :* :* 
(That means I have exactly 6 months to plan his 1st Birthday! :O)

 Got his zebra outfit (that came with a hat) from AliExpress last year. Was no use in winter, and now I doubt it'll fit him again!

 Fun Fact:
Zebra & Ostrich ~ Zebras and Ostriches look out for each other. Zebra's have a great sense of smell and hearing but they have poor eye sight. While the ostrich has great vision but not great hearing or smell. They often travel together and warn each other when danger is coming. Each animal benefiting from the strength of the other animal. They work effectively together to protect each other from predators. (Pure Coincidence, btw =))

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Why don't you ever put up photos of Mr.CZ & What does he do?
Because I've always wanted to keep that part of my life private + he doesn't want to be part of my online life, tbh. But who knows, maybe someday....

Currently, he's into programming, and is developing mobile apps. So proud of him for having completed his 1st game, in spite of all the craziness that came with a baby. Most of all, I'm proud of him for following his dream - took a course and studied all over again.... worked hard....and is now developing his 2nd game already! Ah, the Virgo discipline, I tell you. Totally inspiring!
His first mobile game is called Saving Lollipop......
Basically, you have to shoot those bees and some more enemies by swiping candy bullets from that candy bowl. It's very cute! 

I helped him with the sound effects+some little things that only us girls can obsess about ;p

If you'd like to play it, you can download it for FREE from Google Play. It's only on Android right now, and not yet on IOS.

Do tag me @czloves on Instagram or Facebook with hashtags #SavingLollipop  #BubbblesInc if you're playing it! =)


*That moment when you take off your high heels at the end of the day*


Outfit Details:

Faux Ostrich Skirt: Thanks to Choies 


Shoes (Old): Stelatoes, Lajpat Nagar Market, New Delhi

Watch (Old): Swatch. Gifted by Mr.CZ one Valentine's Day.

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Are you watching Grey's Anatomy these days? McDreamy! =(

Btw, I watched Fifty Shades Of Grey movie, and I have to say I liked the songs in it more. Utterly obsessed with One Last Night by Vaults....



I wish I had her hair color, if only for this outfit =D


THANK YOU for visiting always! <3

Have a fun & FLUFFY week!




40 comments:

  1. What a lovely post, Cynthia - you and the cutie look happy and healthy!
    xo Dayle
    www.stylefile.in

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  2. Gosh! How I love your posts CZ! You're beautiful inside and out!

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    1. Aww thanks Nishu! :* :* Your comment makes me want to be a nicer person! :D

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  3. Ahh what a lovely post...:) I am allways left with the big smile on my face at the end of your post... You look lovely :* :)

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    1. Happy to hear that Swathi, thanks loads! :* :* :*

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  4. Aww so cute! And I am so proud of you being so honest about everything. Thats what I like about your blog, you are always honest about your diets and everything.

    Yours was the only blog I used to read before I started my own. And I always suspected you named your baby ZiiZayne because it was unique.

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  5. You guys look great... Missed you... Take care... :)

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  6. Hey! you both look great! :-) Ziizayne is such a cutie pie. I love his chubby cheeks!

    Can you post a link to the corset you bought if you got it online? I've been looking for one and would love to know where you got yours from

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    1. Hey Layla, I got mine from my hometown. You can check Zivame, Jabong & Pretty Secrets online, saw some nice ones!

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  7. i was smiling thru out the write up. n thats what is ur usp :)

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  8. Your posts are super cute and so is Ziizayne! ^_^

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  9. So cute CZ. I really like your dress.Ziizayne is such a cute name.

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  10. The ombre lips are stunning! Don't worry about weightloss, I'm sure that will happen once Ziizayne gets naughtier! Btw, can you elaborate why you can't reply to comments, it just seems rude.
    xx | My Recent Post

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    1. Hey, Lana! I just mean I can't reply to ALL comments. I do reply to as many comments as I can- on this blog and other social platforms, but replying to each and everyone is physically impossible. I understand it might seem rude, that's why I'm thinking about installing a comments form with a LIKE button! :)

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  11. 39kg? but in the pictures you look heavier than before....
    still looking good...
    and you baby is very cute :)

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    1. OMG, I mistyped! It's 49 kgs, actually :D
      I knew there was something amiss in that para when I read it, but couldn't figure out what!
      Anyways, thanks for the comment. I edited it asap! :)

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  12. Hi! I am a silent reader of your blog and really lik reading your posts. You are looking beautiful person n this dress.
    Want to ask you if it is safe to colour one's hair during pregnancy and which brand is good to colour hair and right technique to apply colour at home.

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    1. Hi Preeti, I wouldn't know if it's safe or not, but I myself avoided hair color during my pregnancy. I read those with no ammonia & less chemicals are safe, and you should color in a well-ventilated room. I suggest you wait till after delivery, but you can always ask your doctor about this :)

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  13. Hi cynthia love ur Blog. Mind if i ask u ziizayne's diet. As in whether you bfeed or formulafeed.. etc. my daughter is 2months but not putting weight

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    1. I fed him formula from the beginning, although he did bfeed too. Don't worry, I'm sure your baby girl is doing just fine. Maybe she doesn't have the tendency to gain weight :)

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    2. Thanks for replying dear

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    3. Thanks for replying dear

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  14. You look gorgeous as always and Ziizayne is ADORABLE!!! I love reading all ur posts and it's great that with a baby you manage to put on makeup and take pics :) Besides photography, I also need to learn time management skills from you ;)

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  15. Gorgeous beauty....those 10 kgs showing nowhere on you!! Love you both :)

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  16. I loved your post... Ziizayne aka mr zebra for today is tooo adorablee.... happy six months to him .. :D..

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  17. This is a beautiful post. I've always enjoyed reading your blog. In fact I always read it whenever new notification comes in my mail.
    I've been following you pregnancy posts and learning a lot from them. I'm 33 n 9 weeks pregnant. Your posts helps me a lot emotionally. I really love your posts. Your boy is too cute. May God bless him.
    I didn't know you were 33!! You look like you're in your 20s..Really!!
    Keep up the good work. looking forward to more posts from you. Take care. Love, Samareen

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    1. Hehe... people never believe my age! :D
      Glad my baby posts are helping you! Wishing you a safe delivery :*
      Do comment after you've delivered & let me know ow it went! :)

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  18. This is a beautiful post. I've always enjoyed reading your blog. In fact I always read it whenever new notification comes in my mail.
    I've been following you pregnancy posts and learning a lot from them. I'm 33 n 9 weeks pregnant. Your posts helps me a lot emotionally. I really love your posts. Your boy is too cute. May God bless him.
    I didn't know you were 33!! You look like you're in your 20s..Really!!
    Keep up the good work. looking forward to more posts from you. Take care. Love, Samareen

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  19. Dear Cynthia, I've been following your blog and im one of your fans, totally love your makeup ideas.
    Congratulations on being a new mum, and lots of good wishes to you and your family.
    i would like to ask a piece of advice as i am a bit confuse on how to go about it.
    I love the skirt that you are adorning in this post, and i have checked the website which you got the skirt from,since it is an international website and im new to this international shopping thing, i would like to ask on how to go about the custom charges and etc, Im trying to find something good for my sister and myself as well so it would be of great help if you can direct me about what to do regarding the custom charges and all.
    Hoping for a response from you.
    Lots of love
    from one of your fan
    Tania

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    1. Hey Tania, I never had to pay any custom charge when ordering from this website, because they send by registered mail. Usually, only couriers get charged customs. When you order, just make sure that you don't buy above $70, coz that will attract customs. Good Luck! :)

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    2. Thank you so much Cynthia. Highly appreciated for your reply

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  20. wow ! love your post it's amazing you include every detail perfectly :)

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  21. I'm addicted to Saving Lollipop! Although, it lags a bit, can we hope for an update? :)

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    1. Happy to hear that! :) Which device do you play it on? It hasn't been tested on some devices, that's why I'm asking. Will be updated once the prob is fixed!

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  22. Gosh! You look absolutely beautiful, Cynthia.
    And I love that photograph of you and baby CZ. Give him a big bear hug on my behalf.
    He is one stylish baby.
    Stay awesome :) Much love.

    Priya Adivarekar
    www.priyaadivarekar.com

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  23. Such a lovely baby ..really felt like cuddling him ..muaahh

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