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So now that my wedding is over, I am coming across even more cape dresses that is making me wish I waited a little longer before getting married, haha! Here's for the Daenerys-style bride on a budget:

DHgate $224
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All those childhood fairy tale dreams came true a few weeks ago, as I officially became married in my most fashionable statement ever! 

THE CROWN: handmade by inspirationbyzlata on Etsy
  • Inspired by Dolce & Gabbana (from Fall 2012) embellished headbands
  • Because it also sorta Vietnamese style for my heritage 
  • Possibly trying to bring back the puffy headbands from my youth in the 90's too


THE DRESS: Calvin Klein for Dillard's 
  • Maid of Honor found the dress on a clearance rack, a size too big and dirt all over it. 
  • After a hundred dollars worth of alterations/cleaning, it became my perfect wedding dress.
  • Totally enabled by Solange (go younger-sister style!)
  • Someday, I'll look back and say "remember the time when cape dresses were popular?"


THE THEME: Asian-pop Game of Thrones
  • The groom found a jacquard suit in the style of his favorite Tawainese popstar Jay Chou
  • Our outfits pass as costumes from Game of Thrones, so we ran with the idea. 
  • Thus flower girl transformed into a fairy-princess in the Bianca dress from Trish Scully 


THE COLORS: red, white, blue, turquoise
  • Red roses for love and luck.
  • White lilies/roses for the memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary 
  • Blue and turquoise for "something borrowed, something blue."
  • And red plus blue equals purple (my favorite color)
  • Many of my friends already had purple-themed weddings, so this was my way to be different.


THE BRIDESMAIDS: Glamorous Frill Maxi Dress from ASOS 
  • In cobalt to purposely match the stained glass windows of the church.
  • Favorite detail is actually the tail-like ruffle on the backside (for my dragon-tale theme ;)

HAPPILY EVER AFTER: my prime fashion moment done

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In a few days, we'll be like this, hopefully:
Cape dress: I do!
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I'm still on a high with cape dresses.
Especially inspired by Daenerys cape dresses from Season 5 of Game of Thrones:
Remember this striking Prada dress on Diane Kruger at the Golden Globes this year?
Isn't it similar to Daenerys' dress above?
FYI, found an almost dupe (minus the cape) at ASOS:
Too bad the dress does not come in white, otherwise, I would totally be on it for a wedding dress. 

Speaking of, while researching on "white cape dresses" I came across these photos from Star Wars (1977). 

Woah, eerily similar to Game of Thrones.
Even the hairstyles are similar! 
Perhaps Games of Thrones designers were inspired from Star Wars. Either way, I love both looks!
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I am super elated that Meghan Markle decided to wear sleek wedding gowns with no frills, beads, or lace, since one of my wedding dresses is also a solid white fabric. My alteration tailor had scoffed at my plain sheath dress for being too simple for a bride a couple of months ago, but look who is in trend now? haha!

I already have all my wedding costumes in tow (since my wedding is in 21 days, eek!), but if I had more time and better resources, I would have loved to try some traditional gowns like these...found out about them too late :( Maybe in another lifetime!
Oleg Cassini for Gene Tierney in The Razor's Edge (1946)

Thai Nguyen Atelier (2016?)
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One word: dang
This dress! Has pockets!
Naeem Khan Spring 2017

Off-shoulder wedding gown is now my new obsession!
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Are juniors getting shorter these days? I was shocked to score some maxi dresses in the juniors department recently that do not require hemming at the length. This has never happened before (unless these were meant to be midi-length or ankle length?) Please drop by your local Ross Dress for Less or Burlington Coat Factory to see for yourself.

Good thing florals are the rage this Spring says Atlantic-Pacific!

Club Soda brand size S in Juniors at Burlington Coat Factory ($16.99)
Sweet Storm brand size S in Juniors at Ross Dress for Less ($15.99)
Loving the vintage/bohemian vibe of floral maxi's!
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It feels like my love for sparkly things started from the moment my mind came into being. Some of my earliest childhood memories were of my aunts showing me their jewelry boxes since I was a toddler, piquing my fascination and desire to wear such glittery ornaments. I was that little girl who wanted to have my ears pierced to wear beautiful earrings like the adults, then later regretted the stinging pain and ear infections that followed. 

Little did I know that jewelry has become a symbol of change and desire in many major events of my life thus far. For example, when I had my first heartbreak, it was the sight of the Hope Diamond, a memorable trip with my dad, that I overcame some serious depression, and gaining "hope" for what lies ahead. 

Instead of wallowing in my personal disappointment, I focused on making my family happy, especially my parents. I grew up, realized my values, learned to sacrifice, and learned to let-go the things I cannot control. 

Amazingly, when I am not thinking about myself, that's when God seems to shower me with all my dreams come true. I remember being mesmerized by this canary yellow diamond photograph from the Smithsonian, and even made it my "Myspace" profile picture for a time back in the days. Now I cannot believe I own a piece of it. It happened so sudden and fast. My fiance came into my life so sudden and fast as well. This engagement ring is beautiful and full of meaning for me, but most of all, because I feel overwhelmed that God loves me. 

And so my dear friends, this coming new year, I will be embarking on the journey of marriage. Marriage feels like a passage to adulthood with more responsibilities and challenges ahead. I am a bit scared, but ready to embrace the change and to grow wherever God lets me. 

But before I look ahead, I want to share some things I've learned during my youthful carefree days. 

1. Love your parents or guardians, the people who gave you life, or cares for your well-being. If you cannot accomplish their every little wish, at least respect them, honor them, and make them happy the best you can, even when it feels inconvenient or tedious. It is worth it in the end. 

2. Communication is key. Learn to listen to others and to express yourself. Being able to connect and understand another is valuable and a blessing. So, if you must learn Vietnamese to talk to your grandma, please learn it! 

3. Algebra/Calculus are important. Learning to solve problems, considering different variables to reach a desired end result is real life. Do not give up on math, because it means you give up on solving life problems. It is amazing when you can solve a life problem with your thinking skills. 

4. A genuine smile is all that matters. Fashion and beauty ideals changes, but a real happy smile on your face will never fail to make you likable and desirable. Of course, a "happy" smile comes from within, when you can laugh at yourself and seeing the humor in the world despite the odds. 
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The star of my recent engagement photo shoot is definitely this Amy Lynn Bardot Prom Skater Dress in Floral Print (from ASOS). It was fate when I decided to order the last size XS on a whim, and was shocked the length fits well for me. I only had to do some minor slimming at the waist/torso. Also my first time wearing an "off-shoulder " style and I love it!
Here's how the dress looked for my Baroque-fairy-tale inspired engagement shoot: 
    
This dress made me feel like a princess! 
I am now a new fan of off-shoulder (or Bardot), hi-low (or dip hem) gowns. 
Here's some very similar dresses at Chi Chi London:
Fenna Dress (in solid navy)
Heloise Dress (in red)
Louise dress (in black)
Cora Dress (in nude)
Jannah Dress (in teal)
Shauna Dress (in multi floral)
Serenity Dress (in pink floral)
Pandora Dress (in white floral)
Kerris Dress (in navy floral)
Carol Dress (in lilac)
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