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The Spencers: Embracing fashion and a healthy lifestyle (Part 1)

FOR the Spencers, being fashionable and healthy at the same time is already a lifestyle.

Their queen, Jamela Ahmad Spencer, is worth every admiration for having raised such a wonderful family. In fact, when you see her, you would never believe that she is already 40 years old. And the disbelief could become even stronger upon learning that she is already a mom of three.

I am glad to have been introduced to this inspiring woman who shared some insightful tips to maintain a healthy mind and body, while keeping up with the latest trends.

“Throughout my pregnancy with all three of my children, I very rarely ate any sugar or carbs, which was difficult. I started taking long walks with my husband and did yoga. I didn’t gain weight for myself, it was all baby weight, and people often would not notice that I was pregnant if I wore a loose A-Line mini dress,” she said.

Jam, the wife of Hugh, makes sure to balance everything, especially that she is a hands-on mom to Phoebe, 5, Penelope, 3, and Frederick, 2. Aside from being in-charge of the household, she is also running her own business. Thus, it is important for her to stay healthy.

The Singapore-based Filipina has this advice: “I was never really a health buff in my youth. I had little discipline with food and was uneducated with the danger that a bad diet brings to our body. But I did play a lot of sports and I danced as well. When I got pregnant I became more cautious with what I fed myself and totally changed my entire diet. I didn’t want to jeopardize another being inside me. I now try to continuously educate myself on how to live a healthy lifestyle and be active. I play tennis four times a week as it’s something I enjoy, and I know it keeps me in shape.”

Meanwhile, the native of Zamboanga Sibugay admitted that her being a fashionista comes from her parents.

“It was always a habit in my house to wear what is stylish and trendy and take pride in our appearance. My Dad would buy me fancy shoes when he goes to the city to match with the custom made dresses which my loving mother would design,” she said as she happily shared her “fashion” background.

If you think that Jam is only good at picking the right fashion pieces, you are wrong. This fashionista mom is an expert, too, in giving life to her own designs.

“The family legacy lives on as luckily, my girls love my style, and have always been curious about what I was wearing. So it’s very easy to dress them up as they are always asking to wear pretty dresses,” she said. “My five and three year olds want to have every dress, pair of shoes, handbags I have in their sizes, which keeps me busy on the sewing machine. For my two-year-old son, he doesn’t have a choice, I have imposed a style that I think suited for his personality and so far he is not protesting.”

Thanks to former Davao City-based reporter Karen Serra for connecting me to Jamela! Next week, we will be inspired more by her fashion and lifestyle tips. Keep posted!

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If you have special events and fashion tips to share, or just want to discuss about any fashion-related concerns with me, you are always free to reach me at mendoza.jennygrace@gmail.com.


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