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The Sakura Season

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The beautiful sakura season is here again. Several years ago, by a twist of fate and as a result of subsequent events, we never get to see these beautiful blooms in the country of origin until today. Who knows now, we can also see sakura in real life in Singapore.

We don’t have sakura naturally in Singapore. However, we have very awesome people from Gardens By The Bay, who brought these beauties to our shore. I went last year and I was in awe at the blooms. They have brought it back again this year and I have been seeing posts of these beauties on social media. You should really go and see for yourself if you are here in Singapore.

 

 

Every Spring, major fashion and high street brands will introduce new apparel designs with floral elements. I have also brought in various apparel designs of florals done in several ways. I have shared previously how embroidery is a beautiful expression of floral. Now let’s look at other ways of wearing floral.

It’s always good to start small if you have no idea what your level of acceptance is when it comes to attempting new apparel designs or elements. What you are seeing on Floral and Embellishment Feature Top, is a white cotton tee that is made interesting with a feature sewn on applique, long beadings and sparkle studs. If tee-shirt is your top choice for leisure comfy wear but find it too plain looking to look put together, Floral and Embellishment Feature Top is really made for you. Two basic colours all in; White and Black.

 

 

 

We have also brought in another version of this blouse, with drawstring. Drawstring is such a useful function on apparel. Its purpose is to allow flexibility when it comes to definition. Do you notice how it transforms a straight fit top to a peplum top with a draw of the string?

 

 

 

There are many suggestions and personal views when it comes to wearing a floral dress. Some say it’s meant for tall ladies, some say it’s meant for the petite size and some say it’s a cross out for plus size people.

I don’t agree to any of the above.

All you have to do is to choose a suitable combination of colour and the type of floral print. I would say start with a colour that you are comfortable with and look out for small floral prints.

Mini Floral Dress is a very good floral dress to start with. There are only 3 colours on the fabric and the floral print is done in simple outlines that is easy to look at. If you think soft fabric like this type is shapeless and yet dislike the idea of wearing belt/sash, the drawstring is here to help you. Attention is paid right down to the hardware used on the drawstring tips. Good quality buttons are used even though the buttons are concealed with a button panel. Whether buttons are exposed or concealed, it makes a difference to the apparel design.

 

 

 

If you already ready to embrace floral prints, step up to a basic base colour and I recommend these two below.

 

 

Gathered neckline softens the look and simply gives you a feminine look.

 

 

For ladies who always love a touch of vintage in your outfits, I recommend these two below. Look at the buttons. Don’t they look like tiny flowers to you?

 

 

 

Don’t forget to update your makeup too. If you have been following our IG Stories, you would have caught a glimpse of where I have picked up the latest beauty products. I was so drawn to how the colour looked like on the model’s face in the video.

I have only started to use blusher recently even though I have it in my makeup box all this while. I am a lazy bum when it comes to makeup. I just go for the bare minimum.

One fine day, I decided to just dab a bit of blusher on my cheeks and I saw the difference it makes to my face colour. And I discover one beauty of applying blusher. If you have picked up makeup tips from tutorials, you would have seen the common method of ‘smile and apply blusher on the apple of our cheeks’. Because I put on a smile every time I apply blusher before I go out, I find that I always start my day with a smile. Somehow, it lifts my mood from the hectic schedule.

Tried and tested, the COCO CODE BLUSH HARMONY is really pretty on my face! And this is now my daily go to for blusher.

 

 

 

Enjoy the new apparel designs you have picked up at Queenbels and have fun trying new makeup colours.

Cheers,
Shirley

The Beauty Of Threads

Upon upon a time, embroidery works are done by hand. Stitch by stitch, thread by thread, fill up the patterns that were drawn by hand. With the advancement of sewing machinery, the range of embroidery has also expanded.

Like many of you, I favour embroidery more to prints. Embroidery brings patterns to life. The use of a variety of different thread colours, and sometimes include beads, sequins and other embellishments, creates a different character to each apparel design. It’s like expressing the story behind each clothing. The search for exquisite embroidery is always ongoing and the discovery of captivating ones are always delightful.

This season I have shortlisted the most beautiful, wearable embroidery you can ever imagine. There is something for everyone.

 

 

 Nothing beats having a day out wearing a dress that is comfortable to the skin and also a piece of art. The choice of red and blue thread colours on both the blue base and the white base is brilliant. The use of the same embroidery pattern on the collar all the way down the button panel completes the entire embroidery display.

 

 

If you love embroidery on just one section of your clothing, Butterflies and Floral Gala Dress will be your top choice. How alluring, to see crochet lace wrap around the shoulders and arms. If you are going to a wedding lunch and don’t want to be too elaborate in your dressing, this dress is your best pick.

 

 

If you have been wanting a piece of embroidery in your work outfit, The Royal Embroidery Blouse is meant for you. The pointed collar is smart and the embroidered leaf pattern that flows on the edge is so beautiful. The puff 3/4 sleeves complete with cuffs are work appropriate. The pleats before the waist and opens up right down to the hem will be so flattering if you wear it with a pencil skirt.

 

 

Pleated and Embroidery Dress will work for those who want embroidery in their clothing and yet not visually eye-catching. This comes in the most welcome basic colours of blue and white. Highly recommended for dress down Friday corporations that don’t allow denims.

Which one have you chose?

Cheers,
Shirley

 

Your Notes, My Thoughts

I particularly love this Hong Kong drama.

That was in year 2006 when I watched it on local TV. I love the characters and the theme song to the bits. I think the production team did a great job in the cast selection and the theme song that left such a deep impression. I even bought the complete DVD set because I wanted to watch it in Cantonese. Guess who is my favourite character?

When the sequel came in year 2013, I was very, very hyped up. I wonder if my favourite character is still on board the flight and who are the new characters. I like how the storyline flowed but I like the first theme song more.

I think I took such a liking to the drama probably because I have never been on a plane ride until very much later compared to most of my peers who took their plane rides in their teens. Those days, there were no budget airlines and air tickets start at four digit price tags. Now, with very affordable air ticket prices and accommodation bookings made so accessible on the internet, people take off almost anytime they want.

And now, I flew more than I wished for.

When I saw this cute twin planes in red and blue stripes, I did not hesitate to name the shirtdress ‘Triumph In The Skies Shirtdress’. It’s more like a badge than a brooch to me and I choose to wear it on the collar because I find it so smart looking. Whenever I wear it, I instantly stand very tall.

 

 

Because of the little notes you cute people have been sending me every now and then, this shirtdress is such a crowd pleaser. You will know what I am talking about if you have been wearing it. Fabric used is perfect for the current blow hot blow cold weather ie rain for an hour, sunny for the next couple of hours and rain again.

I have always been careful when I introduce apparel designed primarily for leisure days. I go by the rule; simple but not sloppy, comfy but not shabby.

Collars always upmarket an apparel design and the dip hem for the back piece made it more interesting.

 

 

May your new apparel bring you good energy just like the name; Triumph In The Skies.

Cheers,
Shirley

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