I was driving the other day while trying to remain calm in the midst of a very frustrating traffic situation. As my car was crawling past a gorgeous church, I saw a bunch of people, most likely in their best suites and dresses crowding at the entrance. I tried hard not to be nosy but at that exact moment a lady in red stepped out onto the side of the road in preparation to dash across to the other side. I kid you not but I actually did a double take on her. Her red dress was stage whispering ‘HEY, CHECK ME OUT!’
The LBD has traditionally been the must have item in every single woman’s wardrobe but after voluntarily checking out a woman (haha!), I’m beginning to think that the LRD has been way underrated! This is one of the main reasons why I’ve decided to host a red dress giveaway via WLLWPOPUP. The winner will receive a gorgeous FEEDING THE BIRDS OFF SHOULDER DRESS shown above by AIJEK worth AUD229!
To enter, simply take the following steps:
#1. Go to WLLWPOPUP’s Facebook Page and comment on the timeline, in 25 words or less the following question ” What does fashion mean to you?”
#2. Send a private message to WLLWPOPUP with the following details:
First and Last names
Contact email address
Your dress size i.e. Australian 6,8, or 10 (The Feeding the Birds dress only comes in 3 size)
#3. Like WLLWPOPUP’s Facebook Page Voila, you’re done! Easy peasy
**This giveaway is open to all Australian and New Zealand residents only and will stay open till Friday March 21st 8pm Sydney time. Full terms and conditions are stated at WLLWPOPUP’s Facebook page. One winner will be selected on Sunday 23rd of March so start letting your words and creative juices flow!** I hope this pretty red number will be that SPECIAL head turning LRD for you. All the best!
I really miss the Christmas period last year, when life was a lot less hectic and there was ample time for me to rest. Mr M had 2 weeks of leave so we spent a lot of time in each other’s company.
These photos were taken on the day when we played tourists at The Rocks. I loved every single minute of it. Both of us wandered aimlessly around that vicinity, discovering whatever that we could find. We held hands and took our own sweet time, and there wasn’t any need to check my emails, FB and Instagram every 10 minutes like I’m an indispensable VVIP. It was just blissful.
Right now I really crave some of that.
What are some of the things that you’ve really missed doing?
Sarah Seven has a way with bustiers don’t you agree?
I’m one who would actually choose to have a few hours less sleep so that I could spend a few more hours to research on bridal gowns. A big part of it is due to unfamiliarity. I felt the need to gather as much inspiration as possible in order to make a good and informed decision. I mean.. the last thing that I want is to start thinking about ‘what ifs’ after the wedding. The notion (plus pressure) of ‘once in a lifetime’ has also made me less willing to settle for less. By that I don’t really mean splurging a tonne of money on the most elaborate gown available. Rather, it’s about the satisfaction within me knowing that I’ve done my very best within my own abilities.
I mentioned at the end of this post that I’ve decided to collaborate with a designer/dressmaker to have my gown made instead of purchasing one off the rack. One of the biggest reasons is because I want to be whole-heartedly involved in the ‘fashion’ aspect of my big day. I want my gown to be a representation of who I am. Now many people are under the impression that customisation means big pennies but I would like to dispute that notion. Besides the cost of labour which is a non-negotiable, there’s a lot of flexibility when it comes to fabric and the style of the gown. You have full control over these aspects hence the costs. Generally speaking, the finer and more intricate the fabric, the more expensive it is. Style wise, the more complicated the design is, the more effort and time are required to complete the gown. The choice is ultimately yours, and you have plenty of opportunities to tweak things along the way.
Like all brides-to-be, I use Pinterest to collect ideas for my gown. I have to admit that there were many occasions when I got just a little carried away. Whilst the pin board is a great tool to hold all the pretties, it would only be useful if I could narrow those ideas down to the absolute ‘essentials’ or ‘must-haves’. Or else the collage would amount to nothing but a big distraction in my life! Believe me, it’s a painful process and I’m still trying to figure it all out.
I’ve had my first meet-up with my designer and I’m glad that I could finally put a face to the person behind those emails. Although the meeting was brief, we were able to make a few decisions moving forward, which was what we needed to get the ball rolling. I can’t wait to see her sketches this Sunday!
If you’re in Sydney and would like to find out more about my designer, please feel free to drop me an email at email@example.com. I look forward to sharing this fun and exciting journey with you!
One thing that I noticed about WLLWPROJECT in the past year and a little bit was, most people would just refer to it as ‘your blog’ or ‘your project’. Now I don’t blame them for doing that because it was entirely my own doing. The fact was, I had chosen an indecipherable word for my blog and I would need to accept the awkwardness that arose whenever someone struggled to pronounce the word WLLW.
To those who wondered, were curious or had never given it 2 hoots until this very moment, WLLW is pronounced as WILLOW. I mean, isn’t it obvious? I kid.
So how was this word conceived and why did I choose to test everyone, and perhaps even kill every bit of SEO or whatnots with it? I so wish that I could romanticise the whole story but the truth was far from any butterflies and roses. I liked the word ‘willow’ and was hoping to use it in conjunction with the word ‘project’ but the name was unavailable (typical isn’t it?) After wrestling with severe disappointment for a few moments, Mr M then came up with the idea of omitting the vowels and turning it into a palindrome. I was completely smitten with his suggestion.
Have I ever regretted using WLLW instead of a real word? In all honesty yes and no. Yes at times when I needed to re-explain or re-spell the word multiple times. NO because this word was born out of creativity. It’s authentic, special and has a little story behind it.
There, you haven’t got an excuse now for not addressing WLLWPROJECT and my other initiative WLLWPOPUP by their names!