Wednesday, October 25, 2017

La Belle Couture

We are only 2 months away to 2018, just where did all the time go?? Some time in August, we met up with the best team from La Belle Couture for a shoot and it made me feel like a bride all over agaim. 

J and I have done many shoots together but this is the first time we're doing it in a studio and it was a whole new experience, in the comfort of air-con haha. 

These are some of my favourites from the shoot!




Possibly the last time you'll see me in a wedding gown 


The lace and beading on this dress is so intricate and what I love most was the mermaid bodice that flattered my body shape. 


La Belle Couture is the same bridal company I went to for my wedding day gowns and if this dress was launched earlier, I would have picked it for the wedding!! Because I've been so busy with Hollyhoque's expansion plans, I only had time to properly start looking for my gowns 3 months before the wedding but luckily I found La Belle. 

Lucas, the chief designer of La Belle Couture helped to pick out my gowns and I'm so impressed by his observance and sharp eye for details. I'm an extremely fickle person so to speed up the process I told Lucas to pick a few dresses for me based on his expertise. He looked at my body shape and proposed that I try the mermaid cut. He also suggested that for my march in, I can go for a ball gown because W's ball room has a nice high ceiling and rather spacious so it'll look nice in the pictures/videos. I heeded ALL his advices and out of the 5 gowns he picked out for me to try, I confirmed 2 on the spot lol. The process was so efficient and fuss free even J was impressed! Before we left, Lucas took my measurements for gown alterations and the next time we met was 2 days before the wedding. I tried the gowns for the last time and although one of the gowns was still too big at the waist, Lucas got it fixed in under 20 minutes. 


This is the mermaid gown I went for in the end! 




Lucas actually also gave me another mermaid gown to try the first I went for fitting but he felt that the straps were not flattering because of my narrow shoulders so he suggested this strapless one! See what I mean when I say he has an eye for details. 


Simplicity at its best with beading details to add some glam. 


The 2nd look, for march in and first dance. 
La belle Couture gave me a cancan to wear under the skirting so it'll be easier for me to walk. 


Can you tell that this is actually a 2-piece and the skirt is interchangeable? 
The crochet lace on this piece is my favourite!


Thank you La Belle Couture for being a part of my wedding and for making my gown selection process such a sweet and pleasant one <3

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Chocolate Chip Cookie


My sister baked me some cookies last week & J likes it so much, I got her to drop by our place to teach me how to make! Putting the recipe up here so I can refer to this whenever J wants cookies! 

Ingredients

SCS unsalted butter 
Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
(My sister says this brand is the best. I couldn't find the chocolate chips she told me to get so I bought the Hershey one instead and the taste was really quite different) 
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
3/4 cup caster sugar 
2 1/4 cup plain flour
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1) Mix 3/4 cup brown sugar, 3/4 cup caster sugar, 1 large egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract & 227g of unsalted butter.

2) Sieve and add 2 1/4 cup of plain flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, mix well 


3) Bake at 200 degrees for 10 minutes
(The oven I have at home isn't the professional kind so I need to bake it for 13 minutes) 

4) Leave to cool before packing 
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Sugarloaf Rock + Canal Rocks

We visited 2 places of attractions in the Margaret River region on Day 3 followed by a shopping spree at the Vasse Virgin store at Rosa Brook Road while my friends did a coffee tasting nearby. Went a little overboard with my shopping there because I love olive oil based skin care products!! 

Lunch was supposed to be nice & fancy at Voyager Estate but the truth is we lost track of time and missed their operating hours so we had to make do with whatever snacks we had in the car for lunch instead. Moral of the story? Make sure to call for reservations! 

1) Sugarloaf Rock


2) Canal Rocks


There are many vineyards in the M
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