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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Audi Fashion Festival 2014: Curated Editions X Exhibit Store

At Audi Fashion Festival 2014 for Curated Editions X Exhibit Store with the girlfriends: Thank you for the invite, Curated Editions!

Yingdan who was dressed to kill in a bright and pretty yellow maxi from AforArcade!

Ma homies Evonne, Tricia and Eve, minus Jayne who was sitting with Vernon somewhere else!


Erhem did you see who's sitting in front of me? *blush*

Look at the crazy photo-bombers behind us HAHAHA.

Jade was looking smoking in a chic and preppy ensemble!


The two long-legged sisters, Nellie and Ned! Also the best shot I have of my outfit, Mesh Panel Top from TheVelvetDolls, skirt from a Korean designer label, and shoes from Jeffrey Campbell!




With Bea and Vel, haven't caught up with these ladies properly for quite some time!

With Jasmine from Curated Editions!

Tthe Curated Editions x Exhibit Store show was an interesting collection of mod pieces with very sleek silhouettes and smooth textures.


I wasn't able to capture photos very well but here's a short 15 second snippet of the finale walk! Some really gorgeous pieces there!


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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Wedding Prep: Gown Selection at Blessed Brides

The wedding date is drawing closer, and I'm really starting to get into the wedding prep for real now! This Friday, I'll be flying off to Korea together with YZ for our pre-wedding shoot, and once we're back, it's also time to meet up with all our wedding vendors to start discussing about the big day!

So far, everyone has been chasing after me and calling me a "chillax" bride haha! Guess I'm not gonna be one of those bride-zillas but you'll never know, I might transform into one once time gets even shorter...

I finally fixed an appointment with my bridal studio, Blessed Brides, last Sunday, to go down with YZ to start trying on gowns and deciding what kind of gown I want for my AD (actual day)!

Unlike most brides who go "shopping" down the entire stretch of bridal boutiques along Tanjong Pagar, I actually didn't look around that much: Blessed Brides was recommended by Jiamei who's getting married just after me and had already signed a package with Blessed Brides! Went down with Jiamei to Blessed Brides once, and I decided to go with Blessed Brides because their price-point is affordable, they do MTM (made-to-measure) and they are really flexible! Another plus point is that Valerie (whom I'm working with at Blessed Brides) is an extremely lovely lady and is wonderful to work with!

Blessed Brides Singapore
For those who are interested to know, I'm taking a package with Blessed Brides that includes one wedding gown rental, and one evening gown.

Blessed Brides carries European (Spanish) bridal labels: Pronovias and Clara Rosa, which have SUPER PRETTY gown designs!!! You can look at the Pronovias range here, and Claa Rosa range here, from Blessed Brides' Facebook page! I was pretty much sold after seeing all those beautiful gowns!

So for my wedding gown, I'll be picking one off-the-rack design from the labels that Blessed Brides carries, and then I'll be getting a MTM evening gown customised for me. Super exciting heh.

MTM wedding gowns
One of the customisation works in progress.

Clara Rosa
Catalogue for the Clara Rosa range.. They are all gorgeous and to-die-for!

Some brides like to keep their groom in suspense and don't allow their fiances to come along for the gown selection/fittings, but I know YZ is the kind who wants to be thoroughly involved in the gown selection haha. So I decided to bring YZ along so that he could offer his opinions on the gowns.

It was my first time really trying on gowns and I wasn't sure what to expect! So for the brides-to-be like me, just try on as many gowns in different designs and styles as you can without worrying about whether it will suit you or not. The motto is.. If you never try, you'll never know!

You might even be surprised to find out what you might end up liking instead!

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The feeling of donning on a wedding gown... Feels so surreal. Haha. Like I'm a little girl trying to play dress-up in my mother's grown-up clothes. Most of the gowns are all quite heavy and can make you feel like you're swathed in layers and layers of fabric. The staff will assist you in changing in and out of gowns, so not to worry!

I started picking out random gowns to try on, and I'm going to share a few of those I tried on! :D

Oh by the way, some bridal studios don't allow photo-taking, but Val told me that's usually not generally allowed unless you've already signed a package with the bridal studio.

Blessed Brides Singapore Pronovias Clara Rosa
One of the first few gowns I tried was a toga design! I actually liked it but I think it's too high-cut for me and doesn't show enough of my neckline to look flattering.

The gown that I'm carrying in this shot had straps and YZ veto-ed it immediately: seems like the cleaner bustier designs are more to his preference!

Pronovias Clara Rosa
I really really love this gown from Clara Rosa but I don't have the neck and shoulders and waist to carry it off!! It is so elegant and pretty! If I had a longer neck, I'd definitely consider this.

Pronovias Clara Rosa
A-line gowns are somewhat the most popular styles of wedding gowns, but I tried on a few and I felt that they didn't really suit me.. Pretty but has less presence and character somehow? This gown had really pretty asymmetrical mesh drapes down the skirting that I loved though!!

Blessed Brides Singapore Pronovias Clara Rosa
In the process of donning on a gown.. It ain't easy work to be in one of these babies, they are all so heavy and thick!

This is a sort of cross between A-line and mermaid.. With a shoe-lace back that's gonna need some help to get in and out off!

Blessed Brides Singapore Pronovias Clara Rosa
I really like the layers of mesh and tulle at the skirt which has a sort of trumpet skirt feel, but this didn't make me go "Wow" when I put it on. I guess it's a gut feeling sometimes and you have to go with what your heart tells you!

Blessed Brides Singapore Pronovias Clara Rosa
This is one of the designs I really fell in love with!! And that's Val by the way holding in the waist of the gown for me because it's a little too big for me and was slightly shapeless.

I'm quite convinced to pick a gown with a mermaid cut now because I love it!! So extremely elegant and classy workout being too girly-ish. You know what I mean?

Wish I had a smaller waist and hips though.. The gowns would look so much better on me! Must work hard in the next six months to try to get to my desired silhouette!!

First I have to lose some weight to fit into these gowns better. I need more waist and hip definition! Thankfully, there's Slim Couture to help me. I showed Joanne and Sherlin (the two bosses) the wedding gowns and they are eagerly planning my weight loss programme and schedule for me to be ready on my big day! I really hope I can do it!

Blessed Brides Singapore Pronovias Clara Rosa
Damn in love with all the intricacy of the lace details..

Blessed Brides Singapore Pronovias Clara Rosa
SO PRETTY!!!

Blessed Brides Singapore Pronovias Clara Rosa
Sigh pie. These are the three gowns that I'm currently contemplating about and each one is so gorgeous in its own way that I really can't make up my mind!

It seems a little too early to pick now but cos I'm getting my evening gown custom-made, it's better to settle the wedding gown first so that I can narrow down my choices for my evening gown as well. After I decide on my wedding gown, I'll then be able to focus on what kind of design and silhouette I want for my evening gown and start visualizing my evening gown together with Blessed Brides!

I'm not gonna share which my final gown pick is going to be yet.. And also because I'm still undecided at the moment! How do you actually choose just one wedding gown when there are sooo many beautiful choices? :(((

Bridal gowns are really so gorgeous! Oh, I ran into a reader at Blessed Brides too, quite by coincidence! This reader is getting married in March 2015 and she chanced upon Blessed Brides via my Instagram! Happy to spread the word about Blessed Brides cos although they are a small studio, they have got awesome dedicated service and most importantly they are affordable but good!

Blessed Brides is located at 
11B Mohamed Sultan Road, #03-01
Tel: 6735 6334

Blessed Brides' website
Blessed Brides' Facebook page

Blessed Brides Singapore
Together with Mr Bai who patiently watched me try on gowns, snap photos and offer his opinions! Love you baby. Can't be happier to move to the next stage of our relationship together.. :')

It hasn't properly settled in that we are going to be man and wife in six months time! The whole concept of marriage and a wedding hasn't really solidified in my head yet, hahaha. But once we're back from our Korea trip, it'll be time to start sending out "Save-the-date"s as well as meeting up with all my other vendors: my wedding planners, styling team and everyone to start the real planning.

I think I'm gonna die. Hahaha. I'm so damn busy already what with TVD's re-launch and everything else that I'm doing! Hopefully I'll be able to leave the planning in the good hands of my wedding planners (Inside The Knot) and styling team (MerryLove Weddings).

Now, I'm gonna worry about looking good for my pre-wed shoot first! Just a few more days to goooooooo! And I'll be back with more wedding prep updates in June!

xoxo
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Day 134: TheVelvetDolls website is finally up!



Dear Dayre,

I'm back!!! After a superbly long and busy, but also productive and fulfilling day of work! And most exciting of all, TVD website is up and running again! Omg x 1000!

I couldn't contain my excitement when the domain re-direction was complete and the website was officially open to public! Didn't realise the re-direction was complete til my phone started beeping with order notifications.. OMG? Ran to my minion and said.. WE JUST GOT OUR FIRST ORDER! Lololol.

Did a quick check on my laptop, then went around to Lilypirates office squealing to them..

“OMG TVD WEBSITE IS UPPP!!!”
Yessss I was that estatic! And even more nervous and bursting with excitement when the orders started coming in!

After not launching for a couple of months, I wasn't sure what to expect.. What if all my customers ran away and decided not to come back already, after all the reports about poor customer service? Or what if the website majorly screwed up again?
Thank goodness, everything went smoothly and there were no major hiccups! Just a few isolated cases here and there. We'll find out for sure if there are any issues with the new platform once we really get into the swing of work.. I hope all will be fine!

The minions and I worked hard today and got a lot of work accomplished!! Did some stocking-in for Kissjane racks, as well as had a photoshoot session to get ready for the rest of this month's collections. Wheeeee!!!

Can you tell how happy I am to be back at work??! I just feel so super amped up and positive! SOSOSOSO happy. Hehehe. It's very rare for me to be so overexcited btw. But I've waited too long for this! And so have many of you I know TT_TT

I didn't have the help of Nic from TFT Studio today but thankfully shoot went great, and I was so excited (see, this word again! Seriously today I have been too excited the entire day) that I set to work to editing some of the images straight away! I can't wait to launch our next collection already!!! Am admiring the photos non-stop and sending them to all my friends to admire as well.. Would upload them all on TVD Facebook already if I could!

My favourite image of our gorgeous model from today's shoot! We both agreed that this is the tai-tai look hahaha but very chio lah! This dress is damn love! 

 Thank you as always to the LP girls who kindly loaned out their studio, Arcade for the lights and clothing, Simin who set up the lights for me and Yingdan for the Gongcha! 

 Worked in office til 9pm just editing images and stuff, before dinner with Reenie, Min, Simin, Mega and Widya.. After which my boy came to pick me up and send me home! I missed his calls three times cos I was so engrossed in conversation with the girls until he called Min to get me But he didn't fuss or grumble about me missing his calls So much love from everyone.

What a fruitful and happy day! I'M REALLY OVERJOYED TODAY.

Right now it's almost 2am but I'm still on the computer trying to figure out some stuff to facilitate backend matters and tweaking/adding more functions to the website.. So that tmr's packing/mailing can be done as efficiently as possible!
Gonna wrap up what I'm doing and call it a night real soon! There's still so many things to be done but I need to get my sleep!

So.. Why don't you guys head on over to www.TheVelvetDolls.sg to do some shopping on our new website! :D :D :D

晚安咯!
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Monday, May 12, 2014

Back at Slim Couture: New branch at Singapore Shopping Centre!

It's less than 20 days to my pre-wed shoot and I am totally feeling the stress man. As you may have realised.. I'm no longer doing insanity workout anymore! The main reason being I was getting knee pains from all the jumping around.. Seriously I think too shiong for my joints to handle or I'm not doing it correctly. 


Quite horrifyingly, I also put on weight with Insanity workout which made me quite sian!


And with my photoshoot so near upon me.. I really desperately need to do something serious about losing weight. So.. I'm back at Slim Couture again!!!


They're honestly my best hope when it comes to losing weight. Cos the TCM sessions are really effective when it comes to losing the inches!


I'm still amazed that I actually lost 33cm overall in terms of measurements last year, with Slim Couture. Despite not adhering strictly to their diet (I even went overseas to HK!) and all that!


Some of the before-and-after photos taken last year, my silhouette was like so much improved after my sessions at Slim Couture?

Anyway, I blogged about it previously so here's links to my two previous posts on Slim Couture:
My first blog post about how Slim Couture works: TCM Slimming with Slim Couture
My second blog post on my results at Slim Couture: Slim Couture Update + Before-and-After

I'm still shocked at my bra fats man. So damn unsightly!! I think the gua sha really helped with reducing all the pockets of fat on my body!


But unfortunately, due to all the Christmas and CNY stuffing myself plus the four overseas trips I've been since the start of this year, and also I attribute it to Insanity workout, I actually put on weight..
 Quite sian about it cos I worked so hard to lose weight/get slimmer at Slim Couture.

So when I went back about 2 weeks ago, I actually was dreading the measurements and weighing and photo-taking. Damn depressing one.


But surprisingly, even though I put on some weight, my measurements and even photos didn't look half as bad as the first time I went to Slim CoutureAnd that was two weeks ago!

I haven't really mentioned it before cos I wanted to wait a couple of weeks to see what the results would be like. But I've been going with Jess and two of us have been trying to keep each other in check. 



Jess and I have been going down for our weekly sessions together on Tuesdays and Fridays, luckily we stay quite near each other so we can share a cab down!

Also, Slim Couture opened a new branch which is at Singapore Shopping Center, Doby Ghaut, a lot more convenient for me now! 


It's just a short walk from the MRT, next to the Fish & Co Glasshouse!

I bet you're wondering how the results have been so far!


To be honest, I'm quite surprised because the measurements have been very consistently dropping every session, and it feels easier than the first time I did the treatment at Slim Couture!


Joanne (one of the owners) says it's cos my meridian points and all that are already more open and receptive since I already did the treatments before last year.

For instance, when I started the Divine Slim treatments, my thighs were like 55cm. But today's measurements were 51cm! 4cm in like 2-3 weeks is quite significant. Same for my waist.. Dropped 4cm already! Even my stubborn arms have also lost about 2cm each. And that's only in about 6 sessions!

Also, this time round I haven't been following the diet super strictly because got a lot of events and 应酬 and all that.. But I lost 1.6kg despite that. Still a few kg away from my ideal weight though...


It's time to step up my game for the last burst before pre-wed shoot.. Another 20 days so I have like maybe 4-5 more sessions to go! Hopefully I can lose abit more in terms of measurements and weight before I fly to Korea on the 23th. 

I bumped into a couple of readers at Slim Couture the other day too! *waves* Happy to see other girls achieving their dream figure and weight together with me :)


If you're keen to try a holistic and healthy weight loss treatment with Slim Couture... Now's your chance to join me!!

“Quote Yina to receive a free wrap worth $58 for every 4 sessions signed up at Slim Couture! ”


Better still... Slim Couture is running a weight loss challenge for all customers! 
We are motivating you to lose weight!! You will receive $40 cash rebate for every 1kg weight loss! No better motivator than money. Hahaha!


Jess and I at Slim Couture!
I really like the vibes at Slim Couture. All the staff are so friendly and encouraging, and always make me feel like my goals are attainable! #givesmehope

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Slim Couture is located at:

China Square Central
18 Cross Street, #02-06
China Square Central 
Singapore 048423

Hotline: (+65) 6536 8586

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Singapore Shopping Centre
190 Clemenceau Ave 2, #05-29
Singapore 239924

Hotline: (+65) 6336 8665 

Email: askexperts@slim-couture.com

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Slim Couture's Facebook page

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Beauty Talk: My Experience at Tokyo Bust Express

Hello girls! (and ERHEM, guys, who may not want to carry on reading...)

So I went for my very first treatment at Tokyo Bust Express last week, and I'm here to share my experience with you all!!

I'm sure every girl out there just like me wants to have an enviable figure. And one of the most important assets of a lady has got to be.. Our bust. Right? Every girl wants to feel confident in whatever clothes they don on, be well-endowed and attractive!

Right now, you're probably exclaiming, "HUH? YOU NEED TO DO BUST TREATMENT FOR WHAT???" I suppose I should be happy to say that I've never had the problem of being flat-chested, in fact, I used to have REALLY BIG boobs. Quite big to me anyway? Lol.

Sorry for the blur photo, but you know, when I used to be bigger sized, my boobs were SO big lol. Like a full C Cup!!!!

Unfortunately... After I lost a substantial amount of weight a few years ago, my boobs have literally been on the downward decline... From full 36C to now to a little bit struggling almost there B Cup. 

IN FACT, the last time I went to buy bras after losing a bit of weight, the sales assistant (an auntie) actually said to me.. "Girl, your boobs are not that big already you still don't want to wear push-up bra?" That's a damn sad thing to hear... She almost wanted to give me Cup A bra but I refused to accept that I am a Cup A, hahahaha. Luckily my boobs sort of grew a little bigger recently when I put on some weight (maybe put on in the right places... I don't know)

But for me, the biggest boob concern I have is not that I am not well-endowed enough, but rather, because of my weight loss, my boobs are actually saggier than the average lady's, and they are quite sad looking without support :( Armpit fats are another issue that plague me, and you all know how hard it can be to wear clothes sometimes and have all these issues bothering you! It's really hard to be to wear clothing that require strapless bras, because my boobs are really quite "low" and saggy ;___; So when I wear strapless bras, I really feel very uncomfortable, knowing that my boobs aren't firm and perky!

You see, being well-endowed (once upon a time) also comes with its own set of problems ;( Which is why I was really quite excited for my treatment at Tokyo Bust Express! I first heard about Tokyo Bust Express when my friends (such as Tricia) actually tried it some time ago, and I was pretty intrigued when she told her that it actually worked for her. I've never tried any kind of bust treatment before so this was a first!

Visited the Tokyo Bust Express outlet at City Square Mall, and I felt at ease the moment I stepped through the door! :)

The interior was very comfortable and relaxing, with dim cozy lighting, and a very soothing ambience. 

Some testimonials on the wall from satisfied customers!

You don't have to feel shy, because men are not allowed inside Tokyo Bust Express at all :X They are completely and utterly professional too, and I felt comfortable enough to bear it all for the specialist to look at my boobs and analysis its condition!

Everything is done in the privacy of closed doors, no worries!

My issues were as I expected.. :( The specialist took one look at my chest and told me that I really need help to give my boobies a "boost" as due to my previous weight-loss, they were not well-shaped and did not look full or perky. Also, not wearing the proper bras with good support also resulted in my boob fats shifting to become what we know as "armpit fats"!

My specialist Cai Xia chatted with me a fair bit and asked me some questions, such as whether I usually wore a bra when I was home, which I told her I didn't and got berated, because it is actually important to keep your bust supported all the time and you should only go bra-less when you go to bed at night! Ever since I found out about that, I've been religiously wearing a bra all the time at home :X

After pinpointing your problems, the specialist will go on to decide which procedures to do to improve your bust condition, and I was given the following:

*Firming Scrub
To remove dead skin cell around bust area and for better penetration of treatments and products

*TT Push Up Treatment using Collagen Essence
To help tone and lift breasts, and prevent your current bust condition from worsening (bust-care treatment that aids in maintaining the shape of your breasts)

*Bust Up Therapy
To help blood circulation and lymphatic drainage for detoxifying, as well as to stimulate mammary glands to enhance and firm up the breast. This also helps to prevent breast cancer!

*Bust Suction Therapy
To help shape for a rounder and fuller breast by stimulating mammary glands and to position your breasts to reduce the "mini boob" between breast and armpit (AKA armpit fats)

Although most would think that bust treatments are for mere aesthetic purposes, that's where you are wrong! Tokyo Bust Express uses 100% natural ingredients such as Dang Gui, Wild Mexican Yam Root and other natural herbs that contain powerful photo-estrogens to stimulate your ovaries to produce a balance of female hormones to aid in optimal breast development and health! 

The treatments even help to boost your circulation and help in lymphatic drainage, which promotes a more healthful you too! :)

After my consultation was over, I was brought to to the treatment room! Changed into a pretty pink robe and got ready to begin my treatment.


The treatment room was very cozy and welcoming, with a clean and soft bed and even a blanket to keep me warm and comfortable during the treatment!

Some measurements were taken, and then treatment started!

Getting all relaxed with a shoulder massage.. Obviously I don't have photos of the rest of the treatment procedures, but I'll briefly describe in words how the experience was like!

We started with the Firming Scrub which was actually very very relaxing and comfortable, I kind of liked the sensation of the scrub because the specialist applied just the right amount of pressure with her hands!

After the firming scrub, we moved on to the Bust Up Therapy, which is a hand massage that will help to stimulation the mammary glands to enhance and firm up the breast. This may feel a little sore or painful especially when your lymphatic nodes are being massaged or your mammary glands are stimulated with pressure, but the specialist got me to look in the mirror after she did the therapy on just my left boob, and I could straight away see a difference already! My left boob was immediately slightly perkier and less saggy as compared to my right boob! D:

The last treatment I did was the Bust Suction Therapy, which is a machine that helps to shape your breasts to make them fuller and rounder, and also helps with reducing unsightly armpit fats! And.. This felt a little strange at first with the suction, but I even fell asleep halfway through the procedure because it was so relaxing! :X

Before I knew it, my hour-long procedure was over, and we took measurements again right after the treatment! 

I was pleasantly shocked to see an instant difference, in both the perkiness of my breasts, and even the distance between my nipples was now closer than before the treatment! My breasts were really more lifted and looked fuller and less saggy than before! 

Happy max. Hahahaha.

Of course, you need at least five sessions to maintain results, even though you can see the immediate effects after just one session! But I was really pleased to see a significant improvement in the condition of my bust! 

With my very professional and skilled specialist, Cai Xia!

As well as with Chloe, who was there to take care of me. Thank you for the sunny gerberra!!

Feeling a whole lot more confident in my clothes thanks to Tokyo Bust Express! :)))

Would you like to achieve your desired bustling and try the treatments I did too?
Exclusively for my readers, you can get FREE 3 Sessions of Voluptuous Bust Treatments + Bust Lifting Therapy worth $1,688!

All you need to do is to answer a simple question, and 1 lucky winner gets 1 year sponsored Bust treatments with Tokyo Bust Express + $100 worth of M.A.C Products ! 


Terms and Conditions:
• Females above 18 years old and above only
• Strictly by appointment only.
• Promotion valid for 2 months Locations (Tokyo Bust Express): 
• City Square Mall180 Kitchener Road #B2-39 Singapore 208539 
• Park Mall9 Penang Road #11-06 Spore 238459
• Nex Mall23 Serangoon Central, #03-32 556083
• Novena Square 210 Sinaran Drive #B1-111 307506 

For more information, you can always visit Tokyo Bust Express or call 6262 6161 to make an enquiry or to book an appointment! :)


I was also given products from Tokyo Bust Express to further enhance the results of the treatment!


Tokyo Bust Express's Bust Essence and Intensive Bust Enhancement Firming Cream Serum.
I'm on my way to a more attractive and well-endowed bustline! :)

Find out more about Tokyo Bust Express below:

xoxo

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