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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

She’s a mother of two, an RYT 500 Traditional Yoga Instructor, a mall manager and co-founder of Sereni & Shentel – the homegrown brand for lux hair accessories.

With all these responsibilities on her shoulders  Sereni Linggi still manages to exude positive energy and appear lively and super stylish no matter where she’s seen. Indeed she is an inspiration.

In this Question & Answer session, Sereni reveals her OOTD (Outfit of the Day) choices and how her children motivate her. She also shares some fashion tips and her best advice on parenting.

Q: We adore how you always look so pulled together. Tell us about your personal style and who are your influences?

A: My mantra every morning when I’m picking an outfit is: ‘try not to look like a tai tai aunty please.’ I’m terrified of looking like an extra from the Phua Chu Kang  series. These days I live in my white Muji slip-on sneakers or if I am feeling a little dressy I will wear a pair of mules.

I’m generally quite minimal in terms of style, which is the polar opposite of my brand, Sereni & Shentel. Sometimes, I shock the world by wearing a crazy print by Roa Skye but as a whole, I like the ‘undone look’ vibe. I aspire to be Eva Chen and Aimee Song but always end up looking like a tragic Asian J.Lo wannabe!

Sereni & her husband – she wears a Roa Skye dress, Bowerhaus earrings and a Penan Women Project clutch.

Q: Who are your favourite designers right now?

A: I usually wear two brands: Roa Skye for colour and COS for basics. I love Johanna Ortiz too – she understands what women want with the right amount of sexiness. Unfortunately, I can’t afford her pieces but she is definitely on my fashion wish list for when I win the lottery.

Q: You managed to pull off some chic maternity looks while sporting your bump(s)! What were some of your go-to brands during your pregnancy?

A: COS. Their pieces work during and post pregnancy. I still use a lot of COS right now and can’t walk pass a their store without buying something. When I was pregnant I didn’t wear any maternity labels. I never tried to hide my belly and believe me it was H-U-G-E for both pregnancies.

Q: What are the most treasured things in your wardrobe and why?

A: My late mum’s vintage bags and her Nyonya kebayas. They remind me of her and are classic pieces which I can hand down to my daughters.

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On Sereni’s fashion wish list: Bowerhaus ‘Castaway’ necklace

Q: Name the top three things on your fashion wish list now?

A: Fake hair extensions, a Bowerhaus ‘Castaway’ necklace, and a pair of African print slip-on sneakers with a hidden platform that I can’t find but exists in my head.

Q: Could you share some key styling tips for mummies out there?

A: On a bad hair day, wear a Sereni & Shentel turban to add instant chicness to your outfit. Don’t wear white around your kids or when you’re eating laksa. Apart from that, there are no rules. Actually, wear whatever you want; life is short (laughs)!

Q: If you could host a dream dinner party, who would be on your guest list?

A: The head of wardrobe for Universal Studios, the cast of Little Britain, and Shentel.

Sereni and her BFF Shentel

Q: What are some beauty tips you swear by?

A: I wear sunscreen everyday and swear by Dermalogica products. I’ve been using the brand for 20 years. I try not to overload my skin by keeping it simple through cleansing and moisturising. No face masks or serums. I don’t even use eye cream even though I probably should!

I’m not concerned with ageing, it’s a part of life. The best tips I can give when it comes to beauty is to sleep well, eat fresh and organic as much as you can, do yoga, and laugh lots. 

Q: You have two lovely daughters, Calla and Skye. Tell us what have you learned from raising them?

A: My daughters are three and five-years-old respectively but they act like they are 60. They are confident in their life and style choices. They have taught me to be more patient and more accepting of situations.

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Halloween 2017: Sereni and her daughters about to go trick-o-treatin’!

Q: How did you encourage your children to enjoy a healthy diet?

A: I rarely take my kids out to eat and I never buy junk food for them. They have never been to any fast food chains. It’s easy; don’t bring junk back and they won’t have access to it. If they have them at parties then at least they only have it occasionally and not all the time.

Q: Top three places for a fun day out with your children in your hometown, Kuching, Sarawak.

A: Wonderboom at Green Heights Mall, Cove 55, and Lima Tujoh on China Street.

Q: You’re such a fit mum! What’s your secret?

A: Eat fresh as much as you can and prepare your own meals. I don’t really enjoy eating out as there’s too much salt and monosodium glutamate (MSG) in most food. Personally, I don’t think I’m fit but teaching yoga, working full time, and taking care of the family does keep me active.   

Q: What is your best advice for new mums?

A: Do introduce solids at six months (no earlier than that) and feed your little one healthy fresh foods at the earliest stage. Make sure your kids drink plenty of water and stick to a routine as much as you can.

There’s nothing worse than a hungry and tired child. Put them to bed early so that they have plenty of rest and you have time for yourself to wind down.

 

Credits: Photos are courtesy of Sereni Linggi

Many parents would like to look for natural remedies for their families when they are under the weather. Makchic talks to naturopath Amanda Teh about the concept of natural remedy and how it can benefit the whole family. 

How did you get started on your journey?

20 years ago my father was diagnosed with nasal cancer.  Back then information was limited and we were left depending fully  on doctors.  I am not saying Western medication is wrong, we were frustrated at his lack of progress.  No one told us that cancer patients can improve their quality of life without having to be stuck on drugs.  After his passing I felt at a loss and felt like  I  should do something to come full circle with the feeling of hopelessness.  That was when I decided to quit my job as a Java programmer to delve deeper into treating cancer or its symptoms naturally. I studied at Nature Care College for a 5-year degree and the rest is history.

Amanda during her study at the Nature Care College

How is this different than homeopathy?

Naturopath is a complete lifestyle treatment system with a medical background. It doesn’t just treat the symptoms but also looks at how we can help manage our patients’ quality of life. During the consultation alone we would spend 1-2 hours going through patient’s physical symptoms, medical records, stress markers, also mental health. The remedies can be in a form of supplements, Bach flower remedies, probotiocs, etc. Our treatment also goes hand in hand with the medical field – if we feel it is necessary, we would refer you to a hypnotist, a chiropractor, or a dietician.

Is the treatment effective, especially for kids and babies?

Most definitely. As naturopaths ensure the wellbeing of patients, mothers can continuously keep up their kids’ immune system using natural treatments from their own kitchen. Natural medicine is best for children above the age of 1 as there are some herbs/natural food that are unsuitable for babies.

How would a naturopath suggest mothers treat these ailments for their families?

Runny nose/phlegm: 

  • For the common cold, eucalyptus/peppermint oil diffused or rubbed on chest (diluted in coconut or olive oil). Only for kids 2 years and above, and always watch the dosage.
  • For babies below 2, Amanda suggests a salt water spray, and to introduce probiotics to speed up the healing.
  • Onion soup is good as it contains quercetin, which is anti-inflammatory and helps to loosen up the mucus.
  • Chopped onion left besides the bed (in the room) also helps with congestion.

Fever: 

  • Fever is a normal immune reaction and is also part healing process; we want to facilitate the symptoms, not suppress it. However, always monitor the temperature, observe the symptoms and make sure the child is active.
  • Place a cool, damp washcloth on your child’s forehead while she rests.
  • Lots of fluid, like coconut water.
  • Drink a cup of hot ginger tea, which also induces sweating and brings down the temperature. Alternatively, Roselle tea, which is high in Vitamin C, also helps to boost the immune system and speed up healing. To make the tea, steep a half-teaspoon minced ginger root in 1 cup just-boiled water. Strain, then drink.

Constipation: 

  • No sugar-added prune juice is great for kids.
  • Introduce some good fat : Avocado, chia seeds, flaxseeds (ground) in their food – for kids older than 1 year.
  • Smoothies: Dragon fruit/ Pear/Apple + Oats + Chia (Soaked in the fridge overnight)
  • Withholding is a common problem, so train the children to go to toilet at the same time everyday.
  • Watch out for any food intolerances or food sensitivities, such as to dairy, wheat and gluten.

Diarrhoea: 

  • Up the fluid intake, such as with Chamomile tea/Fennel tea
  • Applesauce and bananas are high in pectin which helps to absorb the excessive fluid and reduce the diarrhea
  • Carob  is high in tannin (which helps to stop the diarrhoea), tastes awesome and is easily incorporated in your food
  • Cut out dairy, wheat and gluten from diet, introduce more liquids, such as soup and water

Stomach flu:

  • Use propolis and probiotics to deal with the infection
  • Manuka Honey with antiseptic properties (above 1 year)
  • Chamomile or fennel or ginger tea is great for stomaches  and to reduce  bloating

Eczema: 

  •  For temporary relief of eczema,  run a calendula or oat bath: put calendula or oat in a stocking and apply it on the skin in the bathtub.
  • Keep a spray bottle filled with chamomile tea and spray on affected skin. Alternatively, try an oatmeal bath, in which you soak the oat in water, strain the oats, and use the water to bathe your baby in. It helps soothe itchy skin.

 

Want to know more natural remedies? Purely B is running a special early bird promotion and giveaway for their Natural Home Program until September 9th. The online program is 100% natural, with plant-based tried and tested home remedies using simple ingredients that you can find in your kitchen. It is currently going for RM69 instead of the usual RM199, and you stand to win a wellness retreat in Fiji Islands or Bali worth USD$6000 with your purchase. Head on to Purely B’s Natural Home Pharmacy page to find out more!

 

Medical Disclaimer: Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or ailment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on websites.