Happy 2017 New Year! : Undergarment options for a Sweetheart Neckline & Low Back Wedding Dress

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Happy New Year!  I hope you had an awesome New Year’s Celebration.  Did you come up with some new goals for 2017?  Since one of my goals is to get over my awkwardness of talking into a camera, I’m working on a video to share my ideas & projects for 2017 with you. I’ve been practicing so hopefully it’s not too awkward.  Yes, I have to practice;)  Coming soon!

So let’s get started on the topic today – bra cups, bustier, or braless.  If your bridal gown has a sweetheart neckline & a low back like my Goddaughter’s gown below, there are 3 options for you.

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The 3 options are:

  1. Sew in Bra cups.  If you would like an extra lift, I recommend asking your seamstress to sew in bra cups for extra padding.  I like to keep things simple so if I don’t have to worry about an extra item like a bustier on my wedding day, I’d go for this option.  Also, you would save time not having to put on a bustier.
  2. Seamless Bustier.  My Goddaughter wanted her waist to be more cinched in and a little extra lift so I recommended a seamless bustier like the one below.  It has the sweetheart neckline as well as a low back.  I like the fact that it is seamless so there will not be visible lines going through your dress:

    You can shop for it here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2iMmhCN

  3. Braless.  If you don’t need the extra lift or cinch, go braless.  Most Bridal gowns already have padding in them so if you’re comfortable not wearing an undergarment, you are set.

Well, I hope this was helpful.  If you have any comments or questions, feel free to share it in the comment section below.

Have a wonderful day!

Ann

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I had put together a tutorial for my Goddaughter’s Bridesmaid on “How to lace a Wedding Dress Corset,” feel free to view it below:

How to lace a Wedding Dress Corset : Last 2016 post & Happy Holidays!

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You know the kids are grown up when you can hang all your glass & ceramic Christmas ornaments up on the tree.  #bittersweet 😉

Happy Holidays!

I just got back from my Doctor’s visit for my yearly women’s wellness exam.  Everyone, make sure you get a yearly exam.  I always enjoy my visit.  I know that sounds weird but my doc happens to be a good friend of mine from college so it’s a time where we quickly catch up and I know I am in good care.  If you want an awesome Dr in the North Houston area, visit Cypress Family Practice.  I drive 45 minutes just to see Dr. Hoang — I love her!  I highly recommend both doctors;)

Well, the year is coming to an end and this will be my last post for 2016.  I will be back on January 3, 2017 when the children return to school so Happy Holidays!  May your winter season be merry and joyous.  I hope you had a wonderful 2016.  Let me know below what you learned about yourself this year.  Here’s what I learned about myself…I learned that I had the ability and the strength to drive a motorcycle;)  That experience showed me that I can do anything I set my mind to.

Before I end the post, I would like to share with you my last tutorial for the year.  There are several in progress so be looking out for new tutorials in 2017.  The latest tutorial is “How to lace a Wedding Dress Corset.”   My God daughter Mary is getting married soon so I wanted to create a tutorial that would make life easier for her Bridesmaid.  Enjoy!

I also did a little research about the history of the corset if you are interested.

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Above is an 1896 Wedding corset at the Chicago History Museum. This belongs to the bride Florence Sanger Pullman of her marriage to Frank Orren Lowden (25th governor of Illinois) on April 29, 1896. I am in awe of the details on this wedding corset and how well it has been preserved.

http://digitalcollection.chicagohistory.org/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p16029coll3/id/684/rec/1

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The corset first became popular in sixteenth century Europe during the Victorian era. It is believed that the earliest image of a corset was made ca. 2000 BC by a Cretan woman. The purpose of the corset changed over the years. It was used to train and cinch the waist, flatten the bust (which pushes it up), support the back, and/or help improve posture. I was most surprised to learn that aristocratic men, the Dandy, wore it in the 1700’s and early 1800’s for high fashion.  The men wore it to create the broad shoulder look. {photos via Pinterest}

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_corsets

Thank you for reading.  Merry Christmas & Happy New year!

 

Love,

Ann

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DIY Bandeau Veil with Chenille Dots : Happy Friday!

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Happy Friday!

The Christmas season is counting down.  Are you ready for it?  My children will be off from school in another week so I’m trying to get as much work done as possible before their Winter break.  I hope  you are keeping it stress free this holiday season.  I’m trying my best:).

So…I finally finished the tutorial for the Bandeau veil.  I believe this was started sometime in January & somehow other projects took over, but the important part is I finally got it done.  Anyone remember this post below from my FB/IG post?  Yes, that was awhile back.

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Well, feel free to view the completed tutorial:

If you notice, it can be styled very similar to the Birdcage Veil.  I really like the bandeau veil because it is such a playful & edgy veil in my opinion.  The chenille dots make it playful.  I was intrigued with the chenille dots and how it inspired the Bridal industry so I did a little research.  Here are my favorite fashion icons from the 1950’s, Audrey Hepburn & Grace Kelly with chenille netting.

Chenille is the French word for caterpillar and it dates back to the 18th century for use as yarn. It appeared to become popular in the millinery world in the early 1900’s and slowly transitioned over to the bridal world.  I’m not exactly sure of the years when it became popular with bridal veils but if you find any information on it, feel free to share your knowledge below.  I am very curious.  Here are some resources for the information:

http://bit.ly/2gaCL7w

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chenille_fabric

Well, stay warm everyone & have a wonderful weekend!  Happy Friday!

Warm & tight hugs,

Ann

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Click on image below to shop the Russian netting with Chenille Dots on Amazon:

Happy Thanksgiving 2016! THANK YOU!!!

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My Very First Profile Picture

Greetings!

Hope you are all doing well.  So does anyone remember my very first FB/YouTube Profile Picture back in 2010?  I opened the accounts not long after having my third child & closing down my studio. I was an exhausted stay-at-home mom trying to figure it all out, uncertain what the future held for Youtique Bridal.  During my extra time, if I had any, I was learning how to record & edit videos. You were patient, and still are, with my video quality) — THANK YOU!!!  Naturally I am an introvert so sharing things on social media was a little uncomfortable.  I believe this picture expressed me pretty well;) I have come a long way.  Because of your support & encouragement, I gained the courage to get out of my comfort zone so from the bottom of my heart—THANK YOU!!!  When I announced that I was officially back at work in September 2015 through my video “In the Zone,” you were excited for me — THANK YOU!!!

You guys have been such a big part of my journey and I want to make sure you knew how grateful I am, especially during this Thanksgiving season.  THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving break with family & friends.  I will be back to share my next upcoming project soon so till then, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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With a grateful heart,

Ann

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12 Years of Marriage : 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a


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When I came across this picture, I couldn’t help but laugh at myself.  I bet you are laughing at me already:) I know, I look pathetic in this picture — pathetically in LOVE!  This moment was captured by our dear friend & Groomsman Anthony P. 12 years ago on November 13, 2004.

Well, Mr. T and I had this thing called LOVE all figured out (I mean look at that picture of us 12 years ago:).  We were going to experience this “feeling” of great jubilation and sheer bliss for the rest of our lives.  And as long as we “felt” the LOVE, we were going to have a perfect marriage…Ladies & Gents, we were in for a big surprise.

Brides and Grooms-to-be, I truly do hope and pray you will experience the “feeling” for the rest of your life.  Chances are, from speaking with many friends, family, and those who married before me, the “feeling” of LOVE every single day of your life for the rest of your life is very slim.  Here are a few things I have learned from my journey of marriage, it may or may not be helpful to you but take it with a grain of salt:)

 I learned that feelings will come and go, but the ACTIONS rooted in LOVE will get you through almost anything — even an imperfect marriage like ours.  I also learned that people will change.  My husband and I change every single day.  Our daily experiences, our interactions with others, our feelings & emotions, thoughts, etc. change every single day…and it effects our marriage — positive or negative.  Also, I learned that men process information differently from women.  I’m complicated and Mr.T’s well…simple:)  Another thing I learned is our relationship with each other changes as it matures through the years.  For example…

Here we are in our early 20’s…that’s the 1990’s.  We dated 6 years before we married.

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Remember the early days of dating?  Well, when I look at this picture, I see two young naive people.  Two people who thought they knew what love consisted of…LOVE=butterflies in your stomach.  Those were also the days we would speak on the phone for hours…sometimes to the point we were mumbling words that made no sense…talking literally in our sleep.  Silly me, I would get so excited when he paged the number “10” on my beeper (yes, old school pagers were in:) cause that stood for Mr. T’s name (btw, his name is Tan)

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For you old schoolers, remember when you could spell LOVE upside down with the numbers 31707?  lol!

Well, below is the most recent picture of us.  When I look at this picture, I see two people who love each other with all their hearts and had to work extremely hard to make it work, sometimes even making mistakes.

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2016 Anniversary Date

  There were days when we were not on the same page about life but those were the times we had to work harder to try and understand the “why’s” of it all.  Or the times when children came into the picture and we became strangers because somehow life was about the kids. Instead, we had to try harder to find time to talk and get to know each other again.  How about when we got so comfortable in our marriage that we forgot how to treat each other with kindness and respect.  Often strangers were treated better than how we would treat each other in the home.  But we re-evaluated our behavior and worked harder to build, encourage, and help each other become better people.  And when one decides to make a career change for a better future (however long it may take – inside joke)?  Well, it just meant we had to work harder and pray harder to somehow find harmony and peace through the challenges of change.  Looking back, I do not regret going through the 12 years filled with tears and laughter.  We may have been tempted to walk away at times because the “feeling” of LOVE was lost but I am so grateful to stick it through because it opened my eyes to what LOVE (in action) truly means.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Cor 13:4-8a)

Well, Mr. T…Happy Anniversary!  I am so grateful for you and how much more beautiful you have made life.  May we celebrate 100+ more Anniversaries:)

Love, Ann

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If you enjoyed this post, feel free to read “Growing Old With My Valentine”.

DIY Birdcage Veil & CAMRYN Fabric Flower {Updated Version}

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Greetings Everyone!

Hope you guys had a great Halloween celebration.  I get spooked easily so Halloween can get a little eerie for me.  I do adore the cute & creative costumes people put together for their children and it does get the neighbors and families together to trick-or-treat.  I do find joy in that aspect of Halloween — and the candy too of course;)

Well, I just updated two very old tutorials I created back in 2011, the CHRISTINE Birdcage Veil & the CAMRYN Flower Fascinator.  After creating the new tutorials, I was tempted to delete the old ones since I cringe when watching them.  After giving it some thought, I decided to keep it up on the channel.  As much as it is painful for me to watch them, in a sense, I still am very proud of them.  It is a reminder of why I started and how I taught myself to edit a video, even if it was elementary.  I put a lot of hard work, sweat & time into each tutorial I create so why not keep it uploaded?  Well, I hope you enjoy the new tutorials…

 

…and the old ones too;)

CHRISTINE Birdcage Veil , CAMRYN Flower Fascinator

Here is the CAMRYN Fabric Flower Pattern:

https://youtiquebridal.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/fabric-flower-pattern.pdf

Thanks for watching & I hope you get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary.

Hugs,

Ann

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Midlife Crisis or Living Out a Dream

Greetings Everyone!  It is a GORGEOUS day and all I can daydream about is….being on a motorcycle.  Yes, you read that correctly — didn’t imagine I would say that right?  Little petite Ann who loves ruffles, formal gowns, and couture sewing would actually want to ride a motorcycle?

I was introduced to motorbikes back in my college days as a passenger and have always loved the outdoors, the wind, and the feeling of freedom when on one.  Well, later in the years when I told my boyfriend Mr. T (now husband) that I wanted a motorcycle, he lovingly responded like most…”That is dangerous”, “You can get killed”, “you have a family now”, “It’s a liability”, etc. etc. etc.  Yes, that is all true, but what do you do when the feelings of wanting a motorbike grow stronger as the years pass? Of course!  You go out and shop for one;)  lol!

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cruiser or sports?

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I found my partner in crime, Thuy.  Thanks for coming with me! ;P

For those all concerned, no worries.  I am a pretty rational person now and will think things through, not like my youth.  I decided that I will go to at least 3 different shops, read/watch reviews, and learn as much as I can about motorcycles.  Thuy & I will be taking a motorcycle class together in the near future.  Who knows, I may or may not go through with getting one.

But you guys want to hear something crazy?  For the last 2 weeks, I’ve been praying for a sign whether I should go forward with getting one or not.  So….out of the blue the other day, my friend Carla texted me and asked if I can sew on motorcycle patches for her husband Danilo.  Call it coincidental if you will, but I call that a pretty clear sign;)

Well, I try to take everything and make it into a learning opportunity for others.  If you ever need to sew on patches, whether it be for a motorcycle jacket or even for your boy/girl scout member, here’s the general process of how I sewed it on.  I know this is not a wedding related tutorial, but don’t worry, more tutorials are on the way.

So do you guys think I’m going through a midlife crisis or living out one of my dreams? Also, should I get a cruiser or a sports bike? New or used? Feel free to share your thoughts.  Thanks for reading and have a gorgeous day!

Hugs!

Ann