Hola my loves! I feel kinda bad for neglecting my blog for the longest hiatus but I am determined to update more frequently from now on! In case you don’t follow my Instagram (where all my life stories happen), I AM PREGNANT! And very much so at the moment since I am approaching 38 weeks O.O (quick lesson: 40 weeks is gestational duration but 37 weeks is full term which means baby could come any day now!)  Throughout the 9 months I’ve experienced some of the worst ups and downs of my life, emotions I never knew I can possibly have, and thoughts that I don’t dare tell anyone in case some people decide to throw me in jail..hahaha #jknotreally So I thought it would be nice to have a summarized version of my pregnancy experience here!

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I found out I was pregnant literally 5 days before my big beach trip to Dominican Republic and a huge house moving. Me and hubby were beyond excited (me more than him I think secretly lol) but when we actually did arrive at our all-inclusive resort all I could think about was all the cocktails that I can no longer have… *tear*

Coming back home to our new house, my symptoms started almost immediately and it was EXTREMELY difficult to cope with all the changes in our commute, lifestyle, unpacking for the house, AND physical/psychological changes that comes with pregnancy. They say first trimesters are the hardest and it cannot be more true! Every smell was nausea-inducing, I hated all foods, but yet was hungry enough every night to wake up from hunger (and anger)!

I tried to battle the nausea by using scents that I normally adore pre-pregnancy all over the house, but they slowly started to make me nauseous as well.. if there is one thing that I suggest you DO NOT DO in the first trimester, it’s to use all your favorite scents from pre-pregnancy. Your mind/body somehow associates scents with memories and experiences, so if your favorite scents end up making you nauseous, you will never be able to use it again even when you’re no longer pregnant.

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Once the second trimester hits, it’s HALLELUJAH time. I kid you not, some days I forget I was pregnant. Nothing was causing me to be nauseous, I can eat whatever I want, have endless amounts of energy, the best sleep in my life, and the best part? My bump wasn’t showing at all so I still fit into my clothes plus trick people once in a while. It’s fun! This is also when we got to find out the gender of the baby… (it’s a BOY!) and go on our trip to LA (bucket list item check!). Towards the end of the second trimester is when I really noticed a shift in our culture to place more of an emphasis on the baby as opposed to the mommy. Every site or forum I visited on tips on travelling while pregnant was giving advice on ensuring the safety, comfort of BABY as opposed to enjoyment for MOM. It’s like the mom just fades away when she has a baby, her health/happiness does not matter anymore as long as baby is healthy. As someone who has been spoiled and pretty self-preoccupied her whole life you can see why this was hard for me to accept.

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And then third trimester come and it’s even MORE about acceptance. Hormones are on the rise again and causes all kinds of discomfort, many of which have no evolutionary basis or protective reason to exist in the first place. I mean fine – round ligament pain is TERRIBLE but at least it’s your body preparing itself for labor by loosening the joints so baby will come out easier. But nosebleeds and blocked nose at night? Blame the hormones. Why? No reason – mother nature just wants you to suffer on top of all the other discomforts. Also, say bye bye to putting on your own socks and/or sandals. Flip flops are the way to go! Towards the end, baby will be so big that he will push your other organs aside. Taking a full breath? What’s that? Eating a full meal? Wanna but can’t. I was lucky that I never got any swelling of the limbs or any rashes but my heart goes out to those of you who did! T.T I guess this is all mother nature’s way of telling us that we just have to accept the fact that our bodies right now do not belong to us. That it probably will be this way for a very a long time even after birth. And there is nothing we can do but to accept it.

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Thinking ahead to after baby mango’s arrival, me and the hubs have a pretty well established mental framework on how to raise him. Here are some points that I’ve pinned to my mental pinterest board:

  1. We think kids are too spoiled these days and we definitely do not want to be one of those. No helicopter parenting – we believe in both love AND discipline.
  2. We want him to be as independent as possible, and that starts at an early age. This means sleep training, giving him what he needs and not what he wants, and teach him the values of putting in work and effort in exchange for gratification.
  3. I have my own life too. I know this one is particularly difficult for moms to hear, but I do not want my life to revolve around my kids. They will be my priority, but that doesn’t mean that I am not allowed to pursue my own dreams, look a certain way, or live my life how I want. I am not an extension of my kid – I am my own unique individual.

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That being said, I CANNOT WAIT to start working out after delivery, and get my body to an even better state than it was pre-pregnancy. I cannot wait to travel again, to explore the world, to try new things, to go after my dreams. I know motherhood is very hard but there has to be a balance somehow, and I believe I will find that balance.

 

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This turned out to be a pretty long post! Thank you hubby for taking these amazing shots, for always being there for me even through the hormonal nights, and for believing in me. ILYSM!!! Please don’t forget the champagne on my delivery day. <3

Hi! I would like to share with you the best photoshoot locations in Los Angeles, according to me! Let’s get started right away :)

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THE pink wall, all bloggers’ dream come true. Located on Melrose Ave, it’s the Paul Smith store in West Hollywood. Come here in the mornings so it’s not too busy, and remember to shoot IN THE SHADE so there’s no HARSH SHADOWS! You’re welcome.

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If you’re a huge fan of flowers, there’s a huge bougainvillea area near the CBS television station in West Hollywood, just circle around til you find the most vibrant, lush bloom of purple and magenta flowers! They look awesome with bokeh ;)

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Rodeo Drive! This one needs no explanation. Unless you’re super loaded and actually visiting to physically buy stuff, I suggest coming in before the stores open (around noon on weekends) and walk around, if you want to take pictures this is the perfect time to dodge all the tourists and mega rich, who I’m assuming will be annoyed that you’re in their way from Chanel to Prada.

Tip: Dress posh! Please don’t be in your sweatpants while doing a photoshoot here :)

For some reason Brandy Melville stores get LOADS of likes on all social media, so if you’re looking to boost your like counts, this is where you go. Snap a pic, boom, get on Explore. Any Brandy stores will do, just google it :)

Doesn’t this pic scream I HIKED ALL THE WAY UP TO THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN!? More like drive all the way up and walk 2 minutes. Want to take an epic picture with the Hollywood sign without parking at the bottom (they make you do that) and trek allllll the way up? Google: “Lake Hollywood Park”. They don’t want you to know about this because it contains private residences who may complain if crowds levels get out of hand. But now you know! Again, you’re welcome.

Santa Monica Pier! OK everyone should know about this one but just in case you live under a rock  don’t, It’s a small amusement park near the Santa Monica Beach. You can go on the ferris wheel, or eat snacks and play games. AND pose like a model on the beach.

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This is my hidden secret photoshoot location guys. Not to be smug or anything but I think I deserve props for being a daredevil on top of a valley!!! This is road 32, south of Thousand Oaks for those who are wondering, it’s a super windy path with TONS of amazing views – not that many people know about it!

To see more pictures and hidden photoshoot spots of my LA adventures, check out my

Instagram: @mangorabbitrabbit

Also add me on Snapchat to see more on-to-go adventures!

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Where is your wanderlust taking you this summer 2016? 

xoxo, Kerina

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Hello lovelies! It’s been a super long time since I’ve updated – HAPPY 2016! I’m super excited to announce that I’ve fulfilled a part of my dream – to open an online store!

MANGO RABBIT has been created to bring my fashion sense to you guys, all over the world! 

This journey has not been an easy one, there are ups and downs associated with every new business venture, so thank you so everyone who stood by me and supported me through all this! There are always some bad apples among us but I am choosing to focus my energy on the positives in life. Karma will get them one day. (i.e. falling into a cow dung pit, their periods leaking everywhere, drinking a full cup of soap etc)

A new year brings new excitement to the store, hope everyone can have a super fashionable new year with all the new arrivals!

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Which is your favorite?

We stayed near Trocadero station and got to visit my favourite place in the whole wide world EVERY MORNING <3.  This resulted in my favourite travel pic of all time!!!

A trip to Paris isn’t complete without a visit to the Versailles

Then we were off to Venice (tip: the most beautiful part of Venice is actually Burano!)

Florence had the best and most romantic sunset I have ever experienced at Michelangelo’s Square!

All roads lead to Rome, and Sophie Charlotte; this entire outfit is from there!

Santorini was the perfect place to finish off a busy Eurotrip

LOVE!

In case you were wondering, this was a 3 week trip that my hubby and I took as a late honeymoon.  Here are some our favourite full sized pictures!

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Confession: I recently have a not-so-secret obsession with YSL lipsticks. I tried one back in summer 2014 and fell in love but didn’t really have the funds to fork out a good chunk of money ($44CAD) for a LIPSTICK. Then something happened a week ago (not sure what) and I couldn’t stop thinking about it…so I finally splurged on my first YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick in #32 – Pink Independent. Before and After pics below! *heart eyes*

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