Bigger than Expected

Dress: Mint || Sandals: M. Nicole

Another pregnant outfit post that I bravely posted for you. If you are wondering why I've given this post such title, it is because I've grown bigger than expected. Of course, weight gain comes with pregnancy and some says its normal. However, in my case, I've already gained 30lbs in my 6 months of pregnancy. According to my OB, normal weight gain is 30lbs during the ENTIRE pregnancy. Looks like I've already reached my weight limit with still 3 months left and still have a lot of weight to gain for my baby. Currently, I am advised to be on a low-carb diet to avoid not just tremendous weight gain but monitor gestational diabetes as well. I'm partly to blame cause when I found out that I am pregnant, I ate everything I wanted and devour all the food I deprived myself when I was dieting and working out before wedding. From having an active lifestyle to a sedentary lifestyle without diet discipline, my weight increased tremendously.

Anyways, I pray that I'd be able to manage the clean eating the coming months. Although I'll be delivering through C-section cause of my myomectomy three years ago. Another good news, I'm cleared for work in 2 weeks time! :)

More updates soon!

Much Love,
The Bargain Doll


3 More Months!

Dress: Brand Spot || Hat: SM Accessories

It has been a while since I shared an outfit post here in my blog, so I'm shocking you with one. Yes that's me! I'm sure you have noticed the amount of weight I've put on since I last updated my blog. Since I have nothing to do here in our house, and I'm feeling much stronger compared the past weeks, I asked my mom to take my outfit photos. 

I'm currently on my 24th week now, and it has been a couple of months since I was advised to go for a bedrest due to my preterm contractions and placenta previa.Currently, I feel that my contractions are already controlled (thanks to my maintenance medication) however my OB-Gyne still won't let me go back to work because of my placenta previa. Placenta previa is a very delicate condition for pregnant women as any strenous activity can cause miscarriage or early labor. So imagine being stuck at home, doing nothing but sleep and eat all day, there weight gain is definitely expected.

So when I saw all these photos, I got mortified seeing how big I look now. Earlier this morning, my mother-in-law even told me that I should start dieting already (cause pregnant women are only allowed to gain up to 30lbs and I'm already 135lbs from 108lbs). So tomorrow I'll start my veggie dinner (but still eat full meals on lunch and dinner) and try to avoid snacking on sweets.

Anyways, its fun to share something again here in my blog. Can't believe I only have 3 months left to see our own bundle of joy! I also hope I'll be cleared back to work by the end of the month. Staying at home is killing me already!

Much Love,
The Bargain Doll

Announcements From Ensembles & SOLO!

Join Ensembles WEAR MY DESIGN CONTEST Year 3!

Would you like to see your very own design displayed at Ensembles? It can happen! Ensembles just recently unveiled the 8 Winning Spring Dresses 2014 now gracing the racks of every Ensembles branch nationwide! This April, the competition starts again in search of  the next 5 winning Spring Dresses of 2015, open in two categories of Soft OR Tailored.
Ensembles' Wear My Design Contest 2013 Winners

If you have an eye for fashion, then this is definitely for you! All you have to do is submit a dress prototype of your design together with an application form downloaded from Ensembles Facebook page. Contest starts at April 1 to May 31st, 2014!  All submitted entries will be uploaded at Ensembles’ Facebook page for voting. Each winner will receive a cash prize and gift certificates from Ensembles, plus special gift packs from our wonderful partners VMV Hypoallergenics and Piandre Salon. Winning entries will also be featured in the Spring 2015 Collection with the designers’ names credited on the hangtags.

Your spring dress design maybe the one unveiled next year!
Learn more about ‘Wear My Design’ Competition mechanics and rules at http://www.ensembles.com.ph. Like Ensembles Facebook page (facebook.com/EnsemblesOnline).  Follow Ensembles on Twitter and Instagram @EnsemblesOnline.


Solo Summer x Online Model Contest Winners

Summer is slowly kicking in!  Are you ready? No fuss! Solo's Summer Collection 2014 is up to complete your summer essentials and set your summer vibes high! Solo's Summer Collection 2014 is composed of wide-range swim wear pieces that cater to different types of young. Boasting variety of looks for Him and Her such as tribal prints, floral patterns, retro feels, and solid colors strategically placed on bandeau, bikini tops and high-waisted bottoms creating fun statement, the Summer Collection 2014 is sure to tick off your checklist complete with flattering cover ups and stylish eyewear for ladies and gents to complement the hot season!

The hot collection features this year’s Solo Online Model Contest Grand Winners, Renee Soraya Hassani and John Edward Custodio who stood out among almost a hundred hopeful ladies and gents! The pair got to do a photo shoot directed and photographed by hot fashion photog Doc Marlon.
Renee, 22 recently finished Interior Design at Philippine School of Interior Design, now part of their family business and still wants to pursue modeling, an unlikely path for her, while John Edward, 21 is set to fulfill his dreams of being an actor by venturing to a strong stepping stone which is modeling. When asked about the experience, both quipped that they learned a lot from Doc Marlon and were very inspired to improve their craft and be the face of Solo to the youth. “I want to contribute among the wide varieties of beauty our world has come to define today,” Renee said.

No matter how challenging the path to their dreams is, these two still showed genuine interest and willingness to learn from the best and leave a mark to today’s generation along with the brand that fits their street-smart and quirky personality; these two are epitomes of a Solo lady and gent ready to take over the summer sun, sand and the world.

Make sure to brush those summer jitters away and conquer the hot season in tribal or floral prints fromthis year’s one-stop summer shop! Too busy? Shop online, it’s easy and reliable!
For more information, please log on to solo.com.ph or like our Facebook page facebook.com/mysoloonline. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram @MySoloOnline.

Much Love,
The Bargain Doll