Recently we learnt that one of Blossom’s own is pregnant! The gorgeous Silvia Hawsho is just over 5 months pregnant with her second child and has kindly agreed to guest blog for us – passing on her maternity style tips, clothes and product reviews and all things pregnancy related! By way of introduction we’ve asked Silvia some questions to get know her a little bit better
Silvia, tell us a little bit about yourself…
I have been working in retail just over 15 years, mostly in Sweden and Scandinavia. I joined Blossom in 2008 as the Area Manager for the Middle East. I met my husband in Dubai, got married in Beirut, had Chloe last September and will give birth to a second daughter this September as well! Having two girls with just a year apart has always been a wish of mine and I’m happy it happened with no planning at all (still have no name!! ) We just had our 2nd wedding anniversary and hubby took me out for a nice dinner.
How are you finding your second pregnancy compared to your first?
Both pregnancies have been very similar, no morning sickness, no nausea; I hardly felt I was pregnant… until pants don’t close no more. I think with the first pregnancy, still working and not changing much in my routine kept me going without pregnancy issues hitting me I did everything but lying on the couch being lazy. Second time around has been the same, keeping busy with Chloe and work, I wondered if I was really pregnant, finally this little one started moving inside of me and that feels amazing.
What are your pregnancy must-haves?
My must-haves are definitely the stretch mark oils. Last pregnancy I was addicted to Mama Mio’s Stretch mark oil. I prefer the oil as it absorbs into skin quickly, it’s non greasy and smell mildly. I have not had one single stretch mark after Chloe, and tend to keep it this way, making sure I apply it every morning and evening, I don’t grow much but keeping skin moisturised is necessary!!
When did you start to switch to maternity clothes and what was the first piece that you bought?
Being pregnant during warmer seasons makes it so much easier, I basically wore dresses all the time the first round. I chose some capsule wardrobe items such as 3 pairs of denim, formal pair of trousers, lots of jersey soft dresses, a few tops. I had to attend some weddings and when 7 months pregnant, we had our Dubai based designer Amira Haroon dress me up for that. She also later dressed me up for Chloe’s baptism 2 months ago.
This time around, my first pick was a pair of AG jeggings in the hot summer colour – coral. I LOVE THEM. I got them just before I hit 20 weeks, I could wear them everyday. I am longing for a white pair of skinnies preferably 7 For All Mankind as they fit so well, but we are sold out since way back and I am still begging our buyer to find me a pair.
What are your maternity wardrobe must haves this season?
The TILLY Blossom dress- it is easy, soft, dressy and makes figure look so nice – with my shaping SPANX of course…
The MEV Ayuma tunic, I have worn it so much during first pregnancy, almost every day the first week of nursing Thank God I got it in two colours.
The NEO Blossom jeggings – it doesn’t get softer and more comfy than this. Style truly fits perfectly as it is maternity designed, while I wear nice flats for my AG’s, I team NEOs with a pair of heels …so hot!! I always get tons of compliments when I wear them..
Stay tuned for more favorites Silvia’s bump grows further…