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Grab the dress and run

So, my prenup dress adventures in Divisoria continues.

If I learned anything from the dresses I got made from the place is that, look for another place, go buy rtw and grab the dress and run for your life.

If you have seen the past post regarding the topic, you would know how bad it is. So, I am not even going to post more hideous pictures. ( I already shamed myself enough.) I am also short of seven thousand pesos. -the cost of the two failed gowns. 

II feel like a child lost in the wilderness. (photo from favim.com)

I feel like a child lost in the wilderness. photo from favim.com

Out of the three dresses I got made at Divisoria, only two are technically wearable. And that my friend is a generous statement.

Realistically only one is ok to wear. 

The first was the red one. Maximum fail. Second is a lilac off shoulder that features a bit of appliqué lace and beading (if I may add.. it has a nice fit, and looks top notch) the other gown is a champagne deep V neckline with no beading that features a  lumpy back! (I don’t know if it was because of the zipper or the fabric was too small…It makes me look like I have a small bump on my back. Hello Notre Dame! Pun intended. Lol.) I don’t even know if I should cry or laugh when I fitted the dress.

the other gowns

expectation VS reality (click to enlarge)

So yeah, the lilac is wearable. And technically, the champagne one is also wearable if you disregard the fact that it will give you the “hunchback of Notre Dame” look. In reality, its just one gown that is OK.

Of course I am not expecting perfection as these prenup dresses are the guinea pig (testing) dresses. If the mananahi (seamstress) did well then I would get her to make the dresses for my entourage. But sadly none of them hit the nail.

All the dresses are priced at 3.5k each. Cheap, but also included cheap service. I got what I paid for. Lesson learned.

The horror of a dress-my red dress, I discarded that and got another red made. Also brought quite a lot of tulle lace fabric, for the making of the new, hopefully better red dress. Is now again, crossing my fingers that this will turn out ok.

I also scouted for another seamstress at Benavides. This time I went to Ysabelle. That is managed by a snooty-old-chinese-auntie that wouldn’t believe I was a soon-to-wed, I did not quite get the bride-to-be look. Since it was no use talking to someone who doesn’t believe me and I got challenged by her Chinese speaking skills, that were no match for my halting Chinese, I decided to go and enlist the help of my fluent Chinese speaking mum. lols.

So, I went back with the peg of the dress I want in hand.

No beading, not floor length, no lace, ivory color. I thought this would go for 4k max. Apparently not.

She wants 5k for the dress. With much haggling. We managed to get it lowered for 4.5k. Oh well, at least we tried. While taking my measurements, she asks why do I need the dress? I said I am going to use it for the wedding dance and also for my prenup shoot. Again she states that I look like a high school-er and is too young to get married. Then she asks for my age. I said 29. Chinese age? She lifted her eyebrow at me. No. Chinese Age I am already 30 or is it 31. She goes whaaaaaaatttt? And I just shrug. There is also a disadvantage as to looking too young.

After a week of waiting, I managed to go-see for the first fitting. I was grateful that this was nicely done. Really matched the peg I got her to copy. As much as I wanted to say only good things this time around… there is still a gripe. The color was not ivory. It was the lightest peach that looks similar to the shade of the lumpy champagne gown.

Maybe they have not found the ivory fabric and substituted it with the closest shade available. But the dress was made. So, I cannot complain, and again it was really pulido nicely done. Only consolation, if I do wear it for the wedding dance it would match my champagne shoes perfectly.

Now, I am off to look for an rtw, so that what I see is what I get. Wish me luck.

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience. This is not a sponsored post. I paid for all the gowns including all the fail gown/s. 

**I conclude that to save yourself the stress, money and the heartbreak over your dress, better but the display gowns if you really want to buy at Divisoria. Or go to a different place. better shell out a bit more than get a gown you will not get to wear. 

***If you are really interested to see/know the mananahi/s (seamstress) I visited, the good one or the fail one, leave me a comment below and I will get back to you.


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all the little things…

I have been postponing most of the small stuff on wedding planning, thinking it would be easy. IT WAS NOT.

Like the music. So I have been scouring my playlist for wedding worthy songs and ended up deleting a lot.  I thought I got it covered. Apparently the there are songs that seem wedding worthy, until you listen/read its lyrics. Googled some, grabbed some from wedding blogs and even enlisted the help of my music-loving-blogging-bestie Matti! *Much Thanks! See his wedding song suggestions here!*

So continuing with the music, I also thought the wedding dance was a walk in the park. I WAS SO WRONG!  I cannot for the life of me, dance. The last time I danced (Shakira’s Objection – Tango) was second year college. Almost a decade ago.

photo from the internet

photo from the internet

But, Ed Sheeran’s THINKING OUT LOUD  music video made me want to try dancing again. Maybe a rumba/tango/foxtrot would be nice and lively.  (and not like everybody else who danced waltz?!) On the first try with Kei, I was reminded again that I was not born to dance. (So yeah, I take back what I said about waltz. Maybe that is all I can do?) I need dance lessons. ASAP.

photo from the internet

photo from the internet

On the premise of dancing, how do I dance wearing a mermaid gown?  Do I get another dress to wear specifically for dancing?  So, if I am shelling out again for a dance dress, what about the bridal shower dress? Do I buy two white dresses? Or buy one and use it twice?  So far here are what I liked… For the dance dress:

H&M

I think this will do. 

PROS: I love the look! It looks simple, lightweight, my legs can move freely!  CONS: No padding, and I am in between sizes so, sizes 32 or 34 does not feel quite right. (Hello armpit fat!) Alteration is a must. Lastly, this kind of looks like a “waltz” type of dress, since the fabric of this dress is a bit stiff. So will that be waltz for final answer? Or do I get another dress made specifically for the wedding dance?

For the bridal shower dress: I like these dresses, but still never brought any because I am still undecided. 

short dresses

pretty short dresses

And another one from H&M that looks like the “for dancing dress” I had in mind.

adding this to the mix

adding this to the mix

If only H&M made this black dress to white, It would be the perfect two-in-one dress for me.

sadly

How I wish you came in white. 

But, sadly they did not. So, I am still looking for the dresses. What about the shoes? Do I buy flats or still wear my fabulous wedding shoe? It does not stop there, more of little questions running through my head… fabric, flowers, decor…etc. Decisions, decisions….sigh… drives me nuts.

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience. This is not a sponsored post.


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the shoe looks familiar…

I love shoes, you know that right? And this time I am looking for heels.

Specifically a nude colored shoe and one in black. Because I can’t wear my Fitflops for prenup. 

So, I have been looking at this Figliarina shoe for quite some time. I like it very much.

Feminine and simple/practical to mix and match. But sadly they don’t have it in my size. I have cute size 5 feet. 

Figliarina Beige PT heel sandal

Figliarina Beige PT heel sandal

So, I eventually got these meshed beauties from Charles and Keith.

Charles and Keith 2014-L5-CK1

Charles and Keith 2014-L5-CK1

While I was pleased with my nude shoe, I still need a black one.

Again, I scoured the shoe section of the department stores to no avail. The I saw something familiar…it is the Figliarina shoe again. I still like it. So, again I asked for one in my size. They don’t have size 5. Figures…. but they have size 5 in black! I was like woooh! for real? I want them!

The shoe I liked, in my size, in black.

The shoe I liked, in my size, in black.

So I got the Figliarina in black. With the black color the look they project looks quite different from the beige one. This looks feminine but edgy and sexy at the same time. Just what I need nice. 

And another plus! It is on sale! (till the end of March) I got it for 1,199.00php from its original price of 1,999.00php. Woot! 

I also found something I am really happy about. I like Kate Middleton’s style. That I sometimes look at  whatkatewore.com to look at her outfits. It is no secret that she likes wearing LK Bennett shoes.

 I scored big time!I scored big time!

Well,  something looks familiar! Not really an exact look alike but still,  I believe I really scored big time!
Yes, I am “mababaw” (tagalog term for: shallow) that way.
How is that for shoe therapy?

 


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I may have emotional attachment to shoes

As I reached for the shoebox and pulled out the shoe inside, my heart sank. My favorite party shoe has split apart.

It is a Qupid studded tapue wedge shoe that I had since December of 2009. Yes. It has survived that long.

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Worn only when I attend parties and kept in the shoebox right after. I love this shoe! It instantly adds a punch to any of my outfits, and kept me looking taller than I really am. Added bonus, it’s a wedge! I saved up my allowance for this beauty. At that time if I remember correctly I got it for around 3k. Plus a month of waiting for it to be shipped to the Philippines.

I was planning to wear it for another happy occasion. But it was already gone.

Packed my beloved shoe and planned to get it repaired. I still wanted to save it, I want it back!

As I was wandering at the mall, I saw the sale sign at Aldo. Thinking that they usually have pretty shiny accessories there, I sauntered to their accessories. Yes, they are on sale but they don’t have anything to my liking at that time.

I glanced around the store and looked at their shoes. Before me was this stunner.

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Found myself trying the shoe. It is on sale. From its original price of almost 4k, it is now down to 2k.

I like the shoe, it fits and it looks good on my feet!

This could work as a party shoe, I thought. Sold. I got the shoes.

Loved my new shoe! Got a nice spot for it on my shoe rack. Then immediately felt sorry for my old shoe. I spent the money on the new one. When I sort of promised my old shoe that it would be restored to life.

Now do I save my old shoe or throw it away?

Ever had an emotional attachment to (your) shoes? Or I’m just plain weird.

 

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience. This is not a sponsored post, I paid for this from my own pocket.