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Catching up with Megan Tan

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She wears many hats in the media industry and is a burst of sunshine wherever she goes. A mother of one, a television host, emcee, actress, and co-founder of lifestyle site, www.megsmesh.com; Megan’s on a roll and making the world her oyster.

She recently sat with makchic and chatted with us about her fashion influences, secrets to bouncing back to her pre-pregnancy body, and her adorable son.

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Megan at work

Hi Megan! Could you describe your personal style, and who are your influences?

I would say I am simple, chic, and classy. I’ve always adored Blake Lively and of course, Victoria Beckham’s style.

Any favourite designers on your radar?

I am very much a high street fashion kind of person, so I don’t really have a favourite designer.

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Mama OOTD on point!

You dressed your bump well during your pregnancy! What were some of your go-to brands while you were pregnant? Any recommendations?

Believe it or not, even when I was pregnant, I stuck to the usual brands I love like Zara and H&M. But of course, I was very picky when it came to choosing the material to ensure that they were comfortable enough and could stretch with me as my belly grew! (laughs) Also, I would still wear fitted clothes because why not? I was all about flaunting that bump!

What do you miss about being pregnant?

Styling the bump and the pregnancy perks like people giving up their seats, or allowing you to jump the queue (grins).

What are your most treasured things in your wardrobe and why?

At the moment, they’re my bra tops and seamless bras! It’s because I’m still breastfeeding and really, they’re so comfy and convenient. On a more serious note though, I would say the pieces that I managed to nab during the H&M x Balmain collection launch which I queued overnight for in 2015. Yup, I slept along the streets of KL for that collection!

Name us three things on your fashion wish list now?

A sleek pair of white heels (they’re so hard to find), off-shoulder tops, and headbands.

Any style tips for mummies out there?

Embrace your new curves and stay true to your personal sense of style. Although you may need to make some adjustments due to time constraints to get ready or the need to be breastfeeding-friendly, I must say never get lazy but get creative instead!

Give us a pro-tip on beauty that you swear by:

I would never ever go to sleep with my makeup on no matter how tired I am. I always remove my makeup with an emulsifying cleansing oil before washing my face with a cleanser. This way, my face is cleansed thoroughly compared to using facial wipes.

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Megan and Miles during a family holiday in New Zealand

Can you tell us more about your adorable son, Miles? 

Miles is a year old and I can’t believe how time flies. He truly is such a pure and joyful soul, not forgetting a social baby! (laughs) I’ve learned to be more patient and never to underestimate a baby. They observe and absorb more than we know. They may not speak just yet but they definitely vibe off you and feel deeply; because of that, I’ve learned to be more positive, patient, and kinder in hopes that he feeds off the right kind of energy from me.

Top three travel tips for travelling with a baby?

Make sure your diaper bag is well-equipped with all the necessities including your child’s favourite snacks and toys. Invest in a good baby carrier so you can be hands-free and it’s great for helping the baby fall asleep on-the-go. Keep a positive mind and vibe throughout and whatever happens, stay calm and don’t panic.

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Squeezing in a workout session like a pro!

What’s your secret to bouncing back to your pre-pregnancy body?

Honestly, I’ve been eating everything and anything I want. Before you start throwing hate comments at me, it’s because I am still breastfeeding so I like to think I can afford the calories. I’m also blessed with a relatively high metabolic rate (for now) which is probably due to my genetics. But of course, I do put in some work as well. I work out in my room whenever I can. I squeeze in a short five to 10 minutes workout, following a YouTube workout video and if I have more time, I will go for a ‘Fight HIIT’ session at FlyProject.

Your top three places in KL for a family day out:

Aquaria KLCC, Farm In The City, and Pavilion KL

Best advice for new mums:

There’s no right formula to be the perfect mum. Just do you and what you feel is best for your child. In short, follow your instinct.

Credits: All photos taken from @themegantan

Amanda is a freelance writer, aspiring businesswoman, and mother of one. She's a proud Sarawakian who hails from Kuching. Apart from writing, she loves mixing natural body scrubs and foot soaks with her business partner for their small business, Suravont.

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