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Mama-About-Town: Rain, Maternity Style for Summer, Mario Batalli’s Lupa and More!

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Dear Mamas,

Well, rainy season is well and truly upon us — it’s going to pour, pour, pour for weeks on end, and as mamas, that means we’ll be in need of a little inspiration for how to entertain the little ones when parks and playgrounds are more like gushing rivers! Check out some of HK’s inside play areas while the weather is crappy. Southsiders should head to Wisekids Cyberport which has set session times according to age, so make sure you check the website in advance. If you’re a New Territories Mama, Bumbletots or Jungle Playroom will have options for you. If you’re determined to get out and about, I spotted Hunter wellies in the most adorable colours and teeny sizes at the new Tiny Footprints store in Central… Splish splash!

Now the kids are dealt with, how about treating yourself? I’m in a bit of a wardrobe limbo at the moment as I’m nearly six months pregnant and trying to transition to warm weather clothes without splurging tons on pieces I’ll never be able to wear again… I also can’t bear to look at my previous maternity wardrobe as I wore everything to death! Super-friendly and down-to-earth mamas Jess and Pier (above) of The Changing Room HK to the rescue – these lovely ladies came round to give me a bit of a style refresh by digging through everything I own. The mess we made in my bedroom was really something to behold as we decided what to chuck, keep and what to pop away in boxes for the rest of my pregnancy. Jess and Pier’s top tips for maternity dressing?

1) Cut the fabric belts off maternity garments which make you look bigger than you are, and instead pop on stretchy belts around the empire line, or slinky chain belts around your hips

2) Seek out breathable natural fabrics to get you through the HK summer without sweating inside your clothes

3) Simple separates like slinky silk trousers and a simple tube skirt will give you far more options than maternity dresses which are hard to accessorize in multiple ways. You’ll get more milage out of block colours than prints too!

Stay tuned for my full writeup of my Changing Room experience — I can’t wait to try out some of my new looks! In the meantime, you can reach Jess and Pier by emailing  [email protected]. Their website is coming soon.

If you’re looking for a bit of romance this week, the hot new opening in town has to be Mario Batalli’s new Italian resto Lupa in Central. The opening party was jam-packed and the Dining Concepts-backed enterprise is sure to be booked out for weeks to come. Choose a future date and make a reservation with the hubby as a treat, or just pop along for a drink on their awesome terrace.

If you’re looking for something more low-key, I finally tried out Taco Chaca this week, and for a quick and sinful treat washed down with a cerveza, you really can’t do better. They’re open at lunch too if you want to bring the kiddos, but beware, the hills around Sai Ying Pun will give you a workout if you’re pushing a stroller!

That’s all for this week mamas – until next time!

Taco Chaca image via Too Lazy to Cook

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