Is it Friday yet?

Hey it’s Friday again! I’m aware I’ve missed 3 days worth of posts, but I am not the least bit apologetic! Nothing much happened w wise, so there was not much to update.

On Wednesday, FX and I went for my first dress fitting at V*****’s place. The whole thing happened pretty fast, with V sticking pins everywhere and anywhere. I was terrified of moving about as I didn’t want to become a human pin cushion! In summary there were a couple of alterations she had to do:

  1. Remove the can-can because I felt the skirt was too poufy
  2. Take in some of the chest (I lost weight!)
  3. Take in some of the waist and hips because of the can-can
  4. Shorten the dress length (V had too much faith in my height)
  5. Shorten the train (V thought our reception would be grand. She thought wrong!)
  6. Replace the back zip (V brought this up, I don’t really know what it means but I think she should be making it nicer)

My second fitting is in 10 days’ time! In all honesty I wasn’t that excited about trying on the gown. The whole “magic” of it is lost on me, and I felt more uncomfortable than anything else. Also I was distracted by my ugly and pastey neck area! I need a tan.

We also framed up Monkey and Fishes, lovingly done by the uncle at Jalan Bukit Merah. A and I are expected to engage in a civil war regarding where they should be placed, so stay tuned!

Most of A’s invitation cards are out, but it seems like my mom has not sent out any from the bride’s side! I suspect a mad rush will ensue, and A and I will indubitably be dragged into it.We are meeting the reception venue people next week! I think that’s about all. We haven’t started on the programme. And on the decorations. Holy crap.

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Miraculove

We have finally completed an item off our checklist, which is printing of the invitation cards! It has been almost 2 months since our first meeting with the Miraculove ladies at the reception venue’s showcase, and the whole journey has been pretty enjoyable and smooth sailing thanks to their professionalism and efficiency.

We chose Miraculove out of fate actually – my initial choice was P**** T**** P**** after seeing its works in one of the bridal magazines – and had we not attended the showcase we would not have known of the existence of Miraculove! I reached out to them immediately after the showcase because of our impending reception, and their replies were swift. The turnaround time was quick – the time between receiving the first draft and collecting our cards was 2 weeks (we went through four drafts in total).

For reasons I prefer not to disclose (but entirely our fault), we ended up printing the invitation cards for a second time, but Yunnie was especially obliging and helpful with the urgent request.

We are very glad this whole printing thing is over, and I am most pleased that it has been pretty hassle free (safe for the reprint!).

Artificial Flowers

Over the weekend we went to The Verge (formerly known as Tekka Mall) to purchase some artificial flowers to adorn our now empty Crate and Barrel vase. We bought the vase earlier this year to display some stalks of pussy willow for the lunar new year, and it had been left empty ever since the new year was over.

The fifth level of The Verge is home to shops selling artificial flowers and related gardening/planting accessories and decorations. We went straight to Daco as I had previously commissioned two table floral arrangements from the shop. We showed the shop lady a picture of our vase and the exact location where it would be placed, and she recommended pale peonies and deep red magnolias, plus two stalks of foliage to create volume. She also advised us to get some pebbles from the neighbouring shop so as to hold the stalks in place. Total cost for the flowers was $54, and 3 packets of pebbles cost $12.

We went back home and immediately started on the floral arrangement; A was insisting that we didn’t buy enough pebbles, and he was right, our vase was too deep! But I cleverly suggested throwing in two plastic stoppers that were lying around doing nothing, and that created the height and volume necessary for our stalks.

The end results:

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I think it looks really good, the deep red gives the house a little touch of elegance. Not bad for $66.

Essential Oils

A has been buying way too many air fresheners and placing them just about EVERYWHERE in the house. The smell makes me sick and nauseated. I’m sure all these artificial smells are extremely harmful to health in the long run, and this TIME article confirms my suspicions:

But just how “fresh” is air freshener? A study released last week by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) evaluated 14 air fresheners off the shelf of a local Walgreens and found that 12 contained variable amounts of substances called phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates), a group of chemicals that are used to dissolve and carry fragrances, soften plastics and also as sealants and adhesives. Phthalates are commonly found in a variety of products, including cosmetics, paints, nail polish and children’s toys — and have long been at the center of a larger international controversy over their health effects.

Studies involving rat and human subjects have suggested that high exposures to certain kinds of phthalates can cause cancer, developmental and sex-hormone abnormalities (including decreased testosterone and sperm levels and malformed sex organs) in infants, and can affect fertility.

This, on top of the segment we heard on the radio about how caffeine consumption increases the risks of miscarriage, confirms that we will never have kids.

The internet tells me that DIY air fresheners are easy to make, from oil diffusers to potpourri. The common ingredient is essential oils, which if you did not already know, translates to very expensive, the reason being that pure essential oils are highly concentrated, just imagine how many rose petals are used in a 15ml bottle!

I’ve found some local sites selling what they claim are pure essential oils, and I’m quite tempted to buy a bottle of lavender essential oil to try! I’ll most probably do up an oil diffuser with satay sticks and hopefully the lavender will calm A’s nerves, especially when he finds out that we can no longer conceive healthy babies because of his caffeine and fragrance addictions.

Paper Goods

I continue from my previous post about decorations. So with regards to paper goods, our needs are summarised as follows:

  • Table numbers x 13
  • Menu cards x 30
  • Favour tags x 180 (in case my sister destroys 30 of them *highly possible*)
  • Seating chart x 2
  • Welcome signage x 1

I’m very tempted to buy printables off Etsy and then send them for printing, but I’m ashamed to say that I can probably do similar designs on Photoshop as long as time permits. The downside about DIY-ing is I can never be truly satisfied with my end product. There are many things to consider, such as layout, colours and fonts. Buying off the shelf removes that agonising process that I am bound to put myself (and others) through.

While I mull over this, here are some nice options from HappyLifePrintables:


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