Monday, October 15, 2012

St. Gerard Majella

Tomorrow, October 16, is the feast day of St. Gerard Majella. He is the patron saint of Expectant Mothers and those who have been praying for a child. 

I suffered a miscarriage in July last year and around October, we learned from our doctor that I was not ovulating. It was then during this time, through a friend, that we learned about St. Gerard. On his feast day last year, we started praying the Novena to St. Gerard. The doctor gave me numerous medications with specific instructions that I could hardly keep up sometimes. It went on for months and nothing happened. Our doctor suggested to take a 'break' from the medications by end of January this year. I welcomed her suggestion, not only because of the expenses, but I was honestly getting tired from hoping and getting disappointed and frustrated all over. My husband and I thought, maybe, we need this 'break'-- to simply just enjoy each other's company.

By end of February, I got pregnant.

Since then, we've continued praying to St. Gerard until now. But this time, we're praying for a healthy baby and a safe delivery. And on his feast day tomorrow, I thought it would be nice to share his novena:

St. Gerard, whose heart went out to the unfortunate,
who relieved so many poor,
healed so many sick,
comforted so many afflicted,
I am worried and troubled as I kneel at your feet.

In vain do I seek this world's help and consolation.
Graciously pray for me, St. Gerard,
that being freed from this trial (mention your petition),
or strengthen to bear it for the love of God,
I may praise and thank God
and serve him with greater love and fervor. 

St. Gerard, our friend and helper,
come to our aid and beg the Lord's blessing
on our most urgent need.
St. Gerard, pray for us.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Maternity Shoot BTS

These photos were taken by either my husband or our designer/make-up artist
friend, Roger when we had our maternity shoot last weekend.
Post-editing was done by yours truly using Photoshop CS3 and Photobucket.

Can't wait for the official takes of Joel and Psyche.


I love gold and all that glitters. From clothes to shoes to bags and even nail polish-- I have it in gold.

No, I have not given birth yet. These were taken almost a year ago. I miss my normal clothes and my heels. Shallow, I know. But I really do miss having to move around without bumping my tummy into something or someone, having to bend down with ease and most especially having to sleep soundly at night-- things that I just take for granted before. Anyway, I have a few more weeks to go! 

I've worn this dress so many times already, to two weddings actually. Much as I want to retire it, I can't. I love the soft fabric and the fact that I can wear it to a formal event or I can wear it casually depending on the accessories. So I am thinking of doing a little alteration to the dress. Right now, I have successfully taken out the shoulder pads. I am thinking of sewing beads & sequins on the dress, but I am short of an inspiration for now. 

Romwe (dress) | Mango (belt) | Charles & Keith (shoes)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Designer In Focus: Roger Salazar

It's hard to find a decent formal or even cocktail dress when you're pregnant since you won't know if the dress will fit you once the event comes. Lucky me I happen to have known and befriended a budding designer, Roger Salazar. He was kind enough to dress me up during the formal gatherings that I had to attend.
I wore this Filipiana ensemble to a Toastmasters event. I was around 5-6 months pregnant here.
I particularly love the drapings. It didn't make me look all too preggy-ish in some angles.
In this one however, there is no way to conceal my 8th-month tummy. What Roger did was to make a comfortable room
for my bulging stomach with soft material and one that is not clingy to the skin.
 I am all the more fortunate that this designer friend of mine is also a make-up artist. He did my hair & make-up for the wedding of my cousin (bottom pics) while I did my own hair & make-up aka sariling sikap, during that Toastmasters event (top pics). Can you see the glaring the difference? Haha.

To Roger, remain humble and continue to chase your dreams. Thank you for making me beautiful and coming into my rescue when I don't have anything to wear. Haha.

For those who want to avail of Roger's services or just to simply befriend him (hehe), you may reach him through this number +63 922 974 9879.


Monday, October 1, 2012

Mom Card

My wallet is full of reward cards, loyalty cards, privilege cards and the likes. They have outnumbered my ATM cards and credit cards (as if I have many. LOL). And their latest member is this-- Mom Card!

I used it right away. I availed of the discount voucher right away. Excited much? Whenever I see the words SALE, DISCOUNT, LESS, __% OFF, the pupils of my eyes dilate, my heart beats faster and my hunger fades away. Haha. 

My priorities have changed when I got married. I don't just decide on my own. I (sometimes) seek my husband's opinion. Now that we are expecting our first child, my priorities will have to take another 360-degree turn.

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