Happy Lunar New Year!

Hello peeps!

Sorryyyyyy for the superbly long hiatussss……..

Been very much occupied with many other things… Meanwhile, keep stay tuned and wishing you all Happy Lunar New Year!!!

Wish you more blessing, good health and smooth career ahead!! Gong Xi Fat Choi!!!!

 

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Summer Wedding Theme & Design: Pink & Tiffany Blue

The Tiffany theme has been growing in popularity in recent years. Inspired by the classic Audrey Hepburn style, the unique signature color, or the classic styles – a Tiffany blue wedding is elegant, timeless and luxurious. When you combine tiffany blue with pink color,  it’s simply such a sweet looking wedding.

Eternel Journey : Pink & Tiffany Blue Theme

Meaning behind the colors:

  • Pink: happiness, playfulness and a sense of fun
  • Tiffany Blue: romantic, elegant and timeless

Wedding with a Theme

Many couples know that they want a particular kind of wedding, but don’t know where to start, or how to incorporate that theme into their wedding.

Interesting fact is it was back in United States where couples are always want to personalize their wedding, but guess what? Recently it was reported that many couples in China also wanting a one-of-a-kind wedding that personalized only for them.

One of the bride’s comment is:

“We had prepared for the ceremony one year in advance,” she says. “It was an occasion of a lifetime and I did not want any regrets.”

To stand out or simply be different: That is what most Chinese couples nowadays aim for on their big day, a spillover, perhaps, from their everyday competitive urban lifestyle.

So what’s your ideal wish for your journey with your partner?

The Royal Wedding: William & Kate

I was planning to cover this story sometimes back.  April 29th, 2011 is a memorable date for Bristish and almost everyone in other parts of the world. We all witnessed this Royal Wedding from many sources of media: TV, internet, newspaper, twitter, facebook, etc.
 

Knowing that most of you have been reading about this year Royal Wedding many times, I just simply can’t resist the temptation to cover it once again in a single post. This wedding turn out to be a wedding that reflect a simplicity and warmness rather than the glamour type. True enough William & Kate still need to follow the royalty tradition and rules, but the world can see the love between this love birds and how they are dying for just a simple matter.

Here’re 2 names which hold the key roles on the actual day

Maid of Honour:  Miss Philippa Middleton (Kate’s Sister)

Best Man: Prince Harry (William’s Brother)

A total of 1,900 people received an invitation to the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Royal Wedding Invitation

Few celebrities are invited to this wedding such as pop icon Elton John, who was close to Prince William’s mother Lady Diana, is invited. So is Mr. Bean (aka Rowan Atkinson), who is a close friend of Prince Charles; soccer star David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, and soul singer Joss Stone.  And a british musician James Blunt will be playing the church organ at the ceremony.

Royal Wedding Programme

The Queen has been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince William of Wales. Prince William thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of  Cambridge and Miss Catherine Middleton on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.

Here’re some pictures during the wedding ceremony at Westminister Abbey, London in sequences.

First glimpse of Kate's highly anticipated dress with her dad, Michael Middleton, on their way to the church

 

Kate arrives at Westminster Abbey, London

 

Kate walks down the aisle together with her Maid of Honour and bridal party

 

William whispered to her, "You looks beautiful" 🙂

 

Prince William kisses his wife Kate on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Royal Wedding in London.

William and Kate were to cut the wedding cake as the duke and duchess of Cambridge at the queen’s lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace.  The wedding cake, designed by Fiona Cairns, was accompanied by a chocolate biscuit cake that William had requested made from a royal family recipe.
 

Royal Wedding Cake

There are around 600 people have been invited to the lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace given by Queen Elizabeth II, and about 300 people have been invited to the dinner at Buckingham Palace given by the Prince Charles.

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Enough with the formality involved in the Royal Wedding. Now we move to the “in” things about this wedding. Yes, it is all about Kate’s wedding attires!

Her dress has been designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.

The lace appliqu for the bodice and skirt was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace. The lace design was hand-engineered (appliqud) using the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, which originated in Ireland in the 1820s. Individual flowers have been hand-cut from lace and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle to create a unique and organic design, which incorporates the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.

The dress is made with ivory and white satin gazar. The skirt echoes an opening flower, with white satin gazar arches and pleats. The train measures two metres 70 centimetres. The ivory satin bodice, which is narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips, draws on the Victorian tradition of corsetry and is a hallmark of Alexander McQueen’s designs. The back is finished with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops. The underskirt is made of silk tulle trimmed with Cluny lace.

The veil is made of layers of soft, ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers, which was embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. The veil is held in place by a Cartier “halo” tiara, lent to Miss Middleton by The Queen. The “halo” tiara was made by Cartier in 1936 and was purchased by The Duke of York (later King George VI) for his Duchess (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) three weeks before he succeeded his brother as King. The tiara was presented to Princess Elizabeth (now The Queen) by her mother on the occasion of her 18th birthday.

Kate's Wedding Dress

 

Kate's Evening Wedding Dress

The wedding shoes have made hand-made by the team at Alexander McQueen and are made of ivory duchesse satin with lace hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework.

Kate's Wedding Shoes

The bouquet is a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth. The bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly and draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family, the Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers.

The flowers’ meanings in the bouquet are:

Lily-of-the-valley – Return of happiness
Sweet William – Gallantry
Hyacinth – Constancy of love
Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection
Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love.

Kate's Bouquet

 

Bridesmaids Dress: Convertible Multi-Way Dress

Yesterday was my first bridesmaids’ gown fitting day! It was fun! Seeing them with many expressions, start to know each other and imagining the momentum of my wedding day. It feels good!!!  *Thank you galssss*

Every girl is unique in their own way, therefore, just like the brides come in many figures, and so do their bridesmaids. So, it’s hard for me to decide at the beginning how to standardize the dress. Until last 2 weeks when I come down to the shop and shortlisted some of the dresses. But, I can’t deny myself how lucky it is to found this multi-way dress. Following the current trend which is letting each bridesmaid choose their style of bridesmaid dress, this so-called multi-way dress is just like another perfect item for our wedding day!

They still will appear in the same fabric and color dress, but at the same time, they have a freedom to choose the style that compliments them. I forgot to take the pics last night, coz it was a bit haywire during the fitting… It may not be a perfect size yet, but heyyyy…. let’s keep our finger cross, closer to the date, you all will fits to your dress nicely ^^

I tried to surf around in internet, and found out that Victoria’s Secret is one of the brand that has popularized this multi-way dress. Victoria’s Secret motto about this multi-way dress is: One dress, so many sexy ways to wear it. 

This multi-way dress can be worn in a variety of styles, including:

  • Strapless
  • V-neck
  • Cross-back
  • Double-strap one-shoulder
  • One-shoulder
  • Halter
  • Knotted-strap halter
  • Twist-front halter
  • Twist-around
  • Back-braided

 

My bridesmaids are coming from different groups of click… So I was a bit worry at the beginning if they can create the chemistry towards each other. Luckily, from last night experience, I can rest assure they can get along well…. *thank you one more time to make things so much easier for me… xoxo*

Another benefit that you may get from choosing this dress are they will have to help each other when creating the style of the dress for them to wear, so it allow them to create more interactions toward each other.. And last but not least, even after my wedding day, they still can wear this dress to other events without being afraid spotted wearing the same dress as it allows them to appear in different styles!

Perfect Wedding Attire for Your Groom

Now it is Joe’s turn finally!

So while your groom’s requirements may be different, these are his requirements for his wedding outfit:

1. His height is slightly taller than average, so he got this advantage of easily fit into almost all type of suits, but still, he want something that can make him looks more… streamlined??? Hahaha

2. It should be versatile enough that he can wear it again for another formal function without anyone thinking he’s wearing his wedding suit to a party!

3. As we’re on a budget, just like 99% of engaged couples out there, versatility is key, since we’re having the ceremony in the morning and a formal reception at night.  We try to get it rent from the bridal itself (same like my gowns!) and if he still want something different for his 2nd march-in during the dinner banquet, he might use one of his suit collection instead of buying the new one @_@

In addition, I’ve pasted an extract from the Dummies’ Guide to picking out the perfect wedding tuxedo. Enjoy!

Choosing a Tuxedo or Suit for Your Wedding Day

Proper fit is the key when it comes to dressing the men in the wedding party. To determine the fit, try on the suit or tuxedo, including the correct shirt and shoes. Place your arms at your sides, fingers extended. The hem of the jacket should be no longer than your middle finger. The sleeve should grace the top of your hand, and your shirt cuff should peek out from the jacket sleeve no more than half an inch. Your trousers should skim the heel of your shoe in back and break slightly over the tops of your shoes in front. Because the extra buttons on a double-breasted jacket draw the eye toward your midsection, that style looks best on someone who’s tall and slender. To create a more debonair silhouette, consider having some extra padding put in the shoulders and the waist taken in a bit.

What’s your style?

Whether you go for a traditional or trendy look, you need to understand the elements of style at your disposal. Look at the figure below, and check it out how to carry them off! 🙂

20 Interesting Random Facts

1. If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on your right side. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.
2. If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. For when a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.
3. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
4. Your tongue is germ free only if it is pink. If it is white there is a thin film of bacteria on it.
5. The Mercedes-Benz motto is “Das Beste oder Nichts” meaning “the best or nothing”.
6. The Titanic was the first ship to use the SOS signal.
7. The pupil of the eye expands as much as 45 percent when a person looks at something pleasing.
8. The average person who stops smoking requires one hour less sleep a night.
9. Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.
10. The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.
11. Dalmatians are born without spots.
12. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
13. The ‘v’ in the name of a court case does not stand for ‘versus’, but for ‘and’ (in civil proceedings) or ‘against’ (in criminal proceedings).
14. Men’s shirts have the buttons on the right, but women’s shirts have the buttons on the left.
15. The owl is the only bird to drop its upper eyelid to wink. All other birds raise their lower eyelids.
16. The reason honey is so easy to digest is that it’s already been digested by a bee.
17. Roosters cannot crow if they cannot extend their necks.
18. The color blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones.
19. Every time you sneeze some of your brain cells die.
20. Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart.

Pre-Marriage Stress

Most of us, we want to do everything we can to ensure that our dreams of a great marriage and a great life are realized.

 It’s important to strengthen our relationship and prepare constructively for future challenges and conflicts that everyone will inevitably face at some point in marriage, now while we have so much fresh positive energy in our relationship. Don’t stick your head in the sand. Later, under stress, negative habits and relationship patterns may become established and be much harder to resolve. Couples now face more demands and have fewer supports than ever before.

The typical complex marriage – managing two carrers while rearing children – really requires that couples have very strong, well-established abilities to communicate, resolve issues, maintain mutuality and set goals. Without this foundation, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by stress and time pressures. Problems can intrude much more easily than most couples realize.

As much as it’s important to come to terms with unrealistically positive expectations, those who grew up with divorced or unhappily married parents may find that they have unacknowledged and unexplored expectations that their marriage, too, may become unhappy.

When a couple becomes engaged, we are looking forward to the future and to a lifetime of happiness and commonality ahead of them. However, during the engagement period, we may face high amounts of stress (particularly in relation to wedding planning), conflicts about approaches to money and finances, feelings of anxiety or nerves, issues arising from cultural or religious differences, and issues relating to step-families, in laws and children.

How Can Issues of Financial Management and Money Affect Your Marriage?

Very often, couples have entirely different approaches to money and this is often revealed during the wedding planning process. One of you may have a very controlled and contained method of spending money, while the other may spend without much thought to the longer term consequences. As a couple, you need to sit down and look at your wedding budget, help with negotiations on particular points and even role play talking to a wedding planner or with family members about spending money for the wedding.

Why Do I Feel Anxious Now That I Am Engaged to be Married?

The decision to get married is a huge one. It brings with it an increased level of responsibility and commitment to your partner, the likelihood that you will start a family sometime in the future, typically an amalgamation of your finances, it impacts on your respective families, and it is supposed to be “forever after”. No wonder the decision to get married can be a nerve-wracking one, even if you love your partner dearly and with certainty. Often, voicing your concerns or fears is enough to belittle them. Try to you express your fears and talk them through with your fiancé. ‘Butterflies’ can be a normal part of every big decision we make in our lives.

How Do We Deal with Religious or Cultural Difference?

Religion and cultural background can be a massive part of who we are, and have a substantial impact on the way we decide to live our lives. It might affect the clothes you wear, the food you eat, the festivities you celebrate, where you send your kids to school, and the social rules you observe. In short, strong religious or cultural affiliations will impact your entire way of life. If your religious or cultural associations are different from that of your spouse, or you observe them differently, or you are not religious at all, these differences have the potential to cause substantial conflict in your married lives. Even if they don’t affect you directly, they are likely to impact you through your parents and in-laws.