Super Moms

I hope all Mothers & Future Mothers receive the love and attention they deserve yesterday, today, and everyday.

Here is a #painting of my Mother in her younger years.
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I get into an emotional wreck when I talk about my family.  I truly do owe my life to this person in every way.  I sometimes wonder how Mom was able to survive the Vietnam war running with a one year old in hand (me) and being pregnant with my Sister Linda. Like many leaving the Homeland at that time, she came to a new country not knowing the language, culture, and experiencing tragedy.  My sister and I often talk about how amazing Mom is and if she can accomplish what she did for our family against all odds, there is no excuse for us not to accomplish our dreams.  Her strong will and determination keeps me going when life gets a little tough – and it does get tough cause life is funny that way.  Thank you Me and I ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ you!

So to all the Supermoms and Supermoms-to-be, thank you for inspiring us and future generations. ❤️💐  Happy Mother’s Day!

XOXO,

Ann Ngo

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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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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

How to wear a Birdcage Veil 3 Different Styles : Kelly & Chris’ Surprise in Vegas

 

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Greetings Everyone!

Hope you are doing wonderful.  I know, I have been MIA here on the blog and social media but trust me, I have good reason.  This summer has been filled with lots of weddings, family travels, and learning opportunities.  I have been working on improving the quality of the tutorials by taking a photography class as well as play with storytelling through film.  But remember, it will be a sloooooow transition so don’t expect any high quality footage just yet;)

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Photography Class with Nancy

Also, since the children are back in school, I have been simplifying my home and office so that I can be more efficient.  Because I’m not only into sewing machines but I also love power tools, I built a backpack station.  If you want to see the finished project, leave it in the comment section below:)

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Now with that being said, let’s get to the really exciting part.  Over the summer, I had the opportunity to design a Birdcage Veil and fly to Vegas to teach the cutest Bride-to-be, Kelly, how to wear a Birdcage Veil 3 different ways.  But the most fun part of the trip was the big surprise organized by my Brother-in-law Hien and his wife Tina. They wanted to surprise their friends Kelly & Chris who were traveling in from Canada.  This lovely couple is getting married this November so it was a weekend to celebrate.  You guys want to get a glimpse of the surprise? Check it out in my tutorial below “How to Wear a Birdcage Veil.”

Here is the breakdown of the video:
Intro
{0:34} Kelly & Chris’ Big surprise
{1:37} Ordinaries
{1:45} How to wear the “Straight Across” Birdcage Veil
{2:18} How to wear the “Diagonal” Birdcage Veil
{2:41} How to wear the Birdcage “Bun”
{3:33} Thank You!
{4:06} Sweet Memories of Kelly & Chris in Vegas

So did you enjoy that?  I had so much fun meeting Kelly & Chris and I’m so honored to get a glimpse of their relationship.  I hope they will always remember this stage in their life — holding hands, gazing into each other’s eyes, giggling, and stealing kisses.  May the two of you always hang on to the joy and spark that you bring out in one another and please keep in touch.   Congratulations Kelly & Chris!!!!

Hugs,

Ann

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First Communion DIY’s, April & May Updates

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Greetings Everyone!

If you are living in the Sugar Land area,  I hope you are enjoying the gorgeous weather we are having today.  I had the opportunity to take a walk and enjoy the sunshine and warmth of the day.  I am now back at the home office excited to share all the beautiful things happening this month.  So are you ready?…

First, I will start out by sharing the First Communion Tutorials I completed.  Please keep in mind that these tutorials can be scaled up for the Brides.  Enjoy!

How to make the Flower Crown Veil

How to make the Headband Veil

How to make the Mantilla Veil

Thank you to my Goddaughter Camryn, One of my Best Friend’s Daughter Soledad, and my Custom guest Elysia for being my First Communion models.  They are just a joy to work with.  Sweet Elysia actually received her First Communion last year and helped make her very own Flower Crown.  She was responsible for creating the flower sets and I am so proud of what she can do.

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My Goddaughter Camryn, my son Little J, and Little J’s best friend Dylan will be receiving their First Holy Communion soon. I just want to congratulate them and all the children receiving their First Communion this season.  What an exciting time!

I have several sewing projects in the works right now.  Feel free to follow these hashtags on IG or FB for my following projects:

(1) #Megspromdress2016.  With some inspiration photos she sent me, I will be custom designing & custom fitting a prom dress for my cousin Megan.

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(2) #youtiquefuschiadress2016.  Using some couture techniques, I will be designing a gown for myself to attend the annual Elsik High School Design Contest.  I have been invited to host the judges this year so I will be working behind the scenes.  The event is on Saturday April 30th and I will share more information in the coming weeks.  I hope you can join us!  Below I am combining and modifying some old muslin patterns to create my fuscia dress.

(3) Hemming a Lace Trim Dress:  I am working on a series for how I hem a lace wedding gown.  I have  recorded the scenes but it has yet to be edited.  If you are interested in how I alter a lace wedding gown, be on the look out for it sometime in May or June.  Below is the intro:

Well, feel free to join me on my April & May adventures.  Thank you for reading!

Hugs!

Ann

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