Hand painted personalised shoes

a note: having British and Australian clients and coworkers recently had me preferring the English spelling rather than American. Hence, the “s” for personalised.

The wedding not only strengthened my relationships with old friends. I never did expect it but through the wedding, I gained new friends as well. Thanks mostly to W@W for being the venue for that new friendships in that long after I’ve become almost inactive in the forum, I was still able to be in contact with my newfound friends, and even get to read their very interesting blogs at that! Thankful.

I have a friend from the group though who doesn’t keep a blog. Yet we’ve kept each other posted of the latest happenings in each others’ lives purely by gmail – for over six months already! It’s sort of like having a cyber penpal ūüôā (which reminds me of my Korean penpal back when I was in high school and we didn’t know about Internet yet. I wonder what happened to her already. I am to be blamed though since I was the one who didn’t write back anymore, drowned as I was with the hectic and exciting activity of moving to the city for university).

Her wedding is in the end of the month and hence there’ll be more exciting days to come for her. And I, still not fully over with wedding mania, gets excited as well with the stuff she shares about her wedding preps.

Like this one.



Debbie had it personalised at Baubles Bangles. Check out their site for more cuteness.

paperbag cover

The sky has been overcast since noon and looks like it’s about to rain now that it’s late afternoon. And so, just like any other shop here in Japan, the saleslady wrapped my paperbag with a plastic cover so that my paperbag and my purchase, which would then be wet from the open end of the paperbag if ever, would be protected from getting wet. Really quite thoughtful isn’t it?


And yes, I finally found chocolate colored high-heeled boots (the specs for this month-long hunt) for this winter that fit my feet and legs. Yey!
Updated this post to add a photo of ze boots (as urged by hubs).


I just love the colorful sole.


your not-so-usual bridal shoes

I have¬†this thing for pretty, sexy, strappy shoes. But I gotta admit: I’m not gifted with such dainty feet. And I have such sensitive feet – sensitive in the sense that they get unbearably painful if I stand for an hour straight. With these considerations in mind on top of looking for orange-4in-wedge shoes for my bridal shoes, it does seem quite like a tall order.

It has to be orange so that I can wear something that has at least one of our wedding colors. It had to be 4in to add me some height. It had to be a wedge considering the long hours of standing, considering Ville Sommet’s cobbled steps and considering how my feet tire easily.

Hence I was really happy when I saw this one in ATC. It fit the bill perfectly – orange, 4in heels, wedge. Only that it’s too plain and casual for bridal shoes.¬†

I hope I won’t regret this but I’m having¬†this as my bridal shoes. Hubbie likes it a lot (I think because it’s orange haha). Couturier Richie says it can be bridal shoes albeit it may be on the casual side but then again it’s wedge so go! MOH Kat says yes it’s on the casual side but I can buy it now and if I change my mind, I can always buy a new one that’s more fitting. And I say I¬†might not be¬†able to have¬†the customary photo/video shots of the wedding shoes if I have this.¬† BUT I need to think about my comfort, else I might just be wincing the whole duration of my wedding. And well, the shoes will really be out of view what with my chapel train-wedding gown.

Conclusion: let’s have this for the wedding.

1st gown fitting

I woke up at 7am with a very nasty tonsilitis and slight fever. My tonsils were so inflamed I was having difficulty swallowing. Gargled, in the hope that some bacteria will be killed and then went back to bed again. I have to get better to be able to go to Makati for my 1st gown fitting with Richie. The next time I woke up, it was at 11:30am already, still with fever. Still, even when movement was sluggish, I pushed myself to dress up, meet with Kat and then head off to Richie’s studio in Palm Village.

Yes, I was late for our 2:30 appointment. But I’m so thankful that Richie was still very gracious and patient with me.

For almost 2 hours, I forgot about my tonsils and colds and fever. Richie was sick as well but still, her bubbliness shown through. I asked her what was her opinion about the superstition of fitting your wedding gown. Laughing, she told us that the “malas” situation she had was when the bride didn’t had her fittings because the bride’s mom was so supertitious that they didn’t allow the bride to have her fittings. End result was that the gown didn’t fit snuggly as it should. Since then, Richie had been strict in having the gown fittings with the loophole that the gown will only be in the almost-finished state even at the last fitting.

We only fitted the lining this afternoon but as it is, I liked the “skeleton” of my gown already. I can just imagine how it would be when it’s finished. And I like how Richie is OC when it comes to fittings. We might have 4 more fittings before the wedding. I like! Cause then I can see my gown turn into me.

2 things I learned during our fitting that made me like Richie even more:

  • she knows what to hide and what to emphasize. let’s focus on what to hide. Richie has been exclaiming how thin I am and that I must have been only 1/3 of her (although I disagree with that). Yet, I have baby fats near my armpits. The curve¬†at the breast part of my gown¬†will then be modified to hide this particular spot. I’ve seen a lot of brides sporting this certain baby fat during their weddings hence I am really grateful to Richie for hiding this.
  • Even if it is beyond her scope, she doled out ideas on what the MOH and bridesmaids can wear in their heads considering the color and style of their gowns.

Richie also liked my shoe design idea although she suggested its better if combination is orange and gold instead of orange and pewter. Of course I’ll follow her. ūüôā I showed her my possiblel hairstyle from the party the other night and she loved it as well and showed me some hair accessories styles that she might put on me. Kakaexcite!

I wish though I can post some of my pictures here or share it with hubbie. But Richie was strict on this and I think, rightly so. As Dino Lara put it when we had our conversation, “there’s something really special during that moment when the groom first sees the bride in her wedding gown”. Hence, even if it takes a lot of EQ, I wouldn’t spoil that “moment” by posting some spoiler pictures.

This train of thought though brought me to a shocking realization: our wedding’s 4 and half months away!! Got to review my checklist!!

For now though, I need to have a healthier body.


Thanks to Kat (my MOH), for setting aside some of her time to accompany me in my fitting.

bridal shoes inspiration

Hubbie and I looked for bridal shoes a couple of weeks back. After browsing the web for some time, we finally zeroed in on one style – Paris Hilton’s Belina. Totally fell for it.

But I got frantic this afternoon when I revisited the site and the site wasn’t working anymore!! Good thing I found a site or two which featured Paris Hilton’s bridal shoes launch which showed pictures of some shoes albeit it¬†doesn’t show¬†the color I wanted. =(

Lessons learned: get a screen-capture of your wedding detail inspirations!! I did  just now. =)

screen-captured from sassisamblog.com

I’m keeping the metallic-pewter and change the ivory parts to orange to have our color motif. Ah, excited! Can’t wait to show this to Richie and have Solea¬†craft it. ^_^

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