Bump, baby + beyond with Alaina
As we continue to create beautiful and practical collections for the modern woman, we love to think about all of the different ways that Obus is a part of your lives. Recently we've had the pleasure of watching one of our ladies Alaina navigate pregnancy in her Obus wardrobe, a journey we are lucky to share with many of our Obus ladies.
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We recently chatted to Alaina about becoming a new Mum, how she continues to add colour to her wardrobe and her favourite post-bump Obus pieces.
What three words would you use to describe your personal style?
Fun, colourful, & prints-prints-prints!
What is your favourite thing to do on a rainy day?
To kick back and relax on the couch with a big cup of tea and watch a series or movie on Netflix! Lots of cuddles are also involved with Archie and my 2 pups, Bandit & Sadie. Oh, and husband too.
What are you currently reading and/or listening to?
Reading: Archie keeps me pretty busy these days, so I don't have too much time to be reading to be honest! One magazine I have been enjoying though is 'Mindful Parenting,' which focuses on well-being, self-care, and finding joy as a new parent.
Listening: We are listening to A LOT of white noise :) #momlife
In the mornings, Archie and I love listening to Aussie bands like Lime Cordiale and dancing to 80's rock/pop classics like The Kinks and New Order. The kid has good taste in music, what can I say :)
How do you incorporate sustainability into your every day?
I try to incorporate lots of little things in my day to day life to be more sustainable. For instance, avoiding plastic usage, recycling, composting, and using reusable water bottles and coffee cups. I'm also mindful about where I shop for food- which means hitting the local farmers markets as much as I can. I have also followed a vegan diet for ten years, which I believe is the single most effective thing we can do as individuals to reduce our environmental impact on earth!
Tell us which three empowering females you'd love to have dinner with and why?
1) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: I have THE biggest girl crush on AOC. I was born and raised in Washington DC and like to keep up with what's going on back home. AOC is the youngest woman ever to be elected into Congress and has already made such a huge impact in such a short amount of time. In my opinion, she is the ultimate badass boss babe!
2) Celeste Barber: No one's instagram cracks me up as much as Aussie comedian's Celeste Barber. Her celebrity impersonations are absolute gold and a dinner with her would guarantee lots of lols. I admire all of the work she did earlier this year in raising global awareness and funds for the Australian bushfire relief.
3) Beyonce: Absolutely NO explanation needed :)
6. What lights you up and brings you joy (big or small)?
Archie's smiles for his mummy bring me the absolute most joy! He's getting to the age (3 months) where he's smiling heaps, and I"m loving every single moment of it.
Other things that bring me joy are walking my pups, long catch up with my friends, being at the beach, and a delicious vegan brunch........ all whilst being dressed up in my favourite Obus threads, of course!
What do you love most about Obus?
Ever since I moved to Melbourne 8 years ago and discovered Obus, it has been one of my favourite brands. No one does a statement print quite like Obus... and I am all about bright and bold prints! The clothes are beautifully made, high quality, and the cuts are oh so flattering! I also love the fact that the majority of the clothing is made in Melbourne by family-run businesses.
I loved the fact that the majority of my Obus frocks were able to fit me throughout my entire pregnancy so that I didn't have to buy brand new and not so fun pregnancy clothes. Even at the height of my morning sickness (and drinking nothing but ginger tea), putting on my bright and colourful Obus dresses made me feel like a functioning human being :)
I also love the fact that I can still continue to wear Obus postpartum while fulfilling my mummy duties. There are so many great button-down shirt and dress options that I can choose from to wear when out and about that are breastfeeding friendly. Thanks, Obus!
THANK YOU Alaina, we've loved being a part of your journey! xxx Team Obus