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Monday, June 19, 2017

Stronger, Healthier Hair with Blackmores Vital Shine

Good hair days- when you have them, it's easy to go without noticing. But when you DON'T have them, you will definitely notice because bad hair days affect us more than we know.

One of the remarks that I always received from friends and strangers alike is that I have nice hair, which made me think, really?? πŸ€”  And it wasn't until I became a mom, started having rapid hair falls and dry, frizzy hair that I started to really look back and realize, oh my I really did have nice hair 😭

The condition of our hair affects our outlook and self-esteem more than we know. When I started to have hair falls a few months after giving birth, I realised that I became really conscious about that little bald patch that I have at my hair parting. After years of hair coloring, coupled with my hair length that weighs more and encourages hair falls even more, topping off with losing my body nutrients with breastfeeding (everything went to Tyler! that's why his hair so nice πŸ˜‚), my hair was showing signs of neglect and things started to go downhill. They became dry, frizzy, and balding *cries*

That was when I knew I needed to do something to salvage the situation, so I started going to the hair salon more for hair trim and treatment, became more hardworking with applying my home hair mask, and used anti-hair fall shampoo. Those were the only things I knew that were able to help me fix my hair problem.

They did help to a certain extent to prevent my hair situation from worsening, but I realised that like everything else– our skin, nails, and health in general– true change has to come from within. Applying products and treating from the outside can help with maintenance, but if we want to truly create a change in our body, we need to look into what we consume.

With that in mind, Blackmores has recently launched Vital Shine, the first hair tonic in the market which promotes healthy and strong hair, preventing hair greying and hair loss, and is made up of natural ingredients. 

Hair follicle cells experience high turnover, and they require a good supply of nutrients and energy. Lacking several components such as vitamins, minerals, protein and essential fatty acids may lead to structural abnormalities such as brittle and dry hair, pigmentation changes like hair greying, and hair loss.

Among the combination of carefully selected nourishing ingredients are- He Shou Wu (Fo-Ti), bamboo shoot extract, millet seed extract, white tea extract and sea buckthorn that helps reduce premature hair greying and build stronger hair from the roots.

Each box of Blackmores Vital Shine comes with 12 bottles of 50ml goodness, which is a very convenient size to carry around!

We're encouraged to take a bottle a day for full results, so most of the time I'll just pack a bottle into my handbag and take it before or after my meal.

This palm sized bottle of goodness isn't only power-packed with nutrients, it tastes really good too! It's made up of apple and prune extracts (which are two of my favorite fruits!) 😍  Some of you may be glad to know that Blackmores Vital Shine is certified halal by THIDA (Taiwan Halal Integrity Development Association) which is a halal body recognised by JAKIM, Malaysia!

Been consuming Blackmores Vital Shine for about a month now, and apart from enjoying its taste, I'm feeling the positive changes in my hair, especially in the hair falls department. Each time I wash my hair, I will cringe to see the amount of hair that ends up clogging the drain. But these days, I'm seeing less of them so I'm very happy! Hopefully this continues seriously!

If you're suffering from any of the hair problems that I mentioned- dry and brittle hair, premature hair greying and hair losee, you can consider giving Blackmores Vital Shine a try! They're available in most pharmacies :)

'Til then!

Love, Careen.
This post in filed under Lifestyle, Fashion and Beauty, Advertorials.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Next Stop: Second Honeymoon?

Feeling very excited as I type on this keyboard in the still of the night at 2.25am. Everyone else is asleep at home, and I'm here sitting at my work desk trying to complete as many tasks as I can before we jet set this Saturday! πŸ›«

I've briefly shared on Instagram Stories and Dayre about our upcoming trip, but haven't officially mentioned anything on Instagram or the blog yet cos I've been just so swamped! Very motivated by our trip to work hard now so I can enjoy later!

Before I go into the details, just a little background story about Boon and I, 
and how we feel about travels.

Prior to getting married, we never really went on holidays alone together as a couple, because my parents set really strict rules for me, and also because we personally felt it would be more meaningful to travel together after we're married too. So one of the things that we REALLY looked forward to was travelling together. After 8 years of dating, we tied the knot and then began our travels as a married couple.

As compared to others, we may not have travelled the globe as widely as they have (individually maybe, but not really much as a couple). We've been to Bali together for our honeymoon (which was just amazing- first time travelling alone together!), and then Sydney and Melbourne for a friend's wedding where we spent a little more than a week there, Bangkok for my work trips every other quarter for 2 years plus, Tokyo for our 10 days in heaven lol, Sydney again for Hillsong Conference, and then Sydney again for Babymoon at 4 months pregnant, and then Sydney one more time for Color Conference hahahahaha. Until a point Boon banned us from going to Sydney in the next 5 years πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Our last trip abroad just the two of us was our Babymoon in Sydney, which we're glad we made happen (though it's to Sydney again hahaha sorry la I choose one). You know how they always say, "Go travel as much as you can before the baby comes"? We took that advice, and made it a point to just enjoy our last trip as a couple before we become a family!

Some pics from our Babymoon in 2015.

Looking back, I DID have that pregnancy glow! Now all I have glowing are oil on my forehead from all the stress lolol kidding! But yeah now no glow edi la hahahah.

Tyler thanks for making me glow πŸ˜‚✨

Things you never knew you'd miss- just simply strolling slowly, stopping by to see things, take pictures, just chat and laugh at each other.

Nowadays? With an active toddler, no such thing man. No strolling (it's chasing now), no stopping by to see things (cos the boss won't let us stop yo), no taking pictures (it's too difficult a task now), no just chat and laugh (cos we'll be too focused on chasing Tyler before he disappears into the crowd) πŸ˜…

Another thing that we miss?

Eating slowly and peacefully πŸ˜‚ Nowadays it's feeding Tyler first, then it's keeping him occupied and well-behaved with his books and whatever not we can find that may amuse him for a bit, while we quickly chomp down out food and leave before he's bored and begins fussing.

Can you spot my 4 months old baby bump here? Tyler inside! πŸ‘Ά

Another thing we miss? (OMG seems like we miss a lot of things! Hahaha)

Just looking into each other's eyes, and really enjoy the company of each other. Just us in a foreign land where nobody knows us, and we know nobody. Just us exploring and getting lost, finding new sights and eats together, making memories in that simple manner.

Nowadays we only look into each other's eyes when Tyler is asleep, or when he hasn't woken up hahaha. When Tyler is awake, the only eyes we stare into are his (when we lecture him for being naughty) πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Of course, don't get me started on out Tokyo trip in 2014!

Look at how youthful we used to be...dewy skin and all...before our sleep got ruined forever πŸ˜‚

Hahahaha just kidding this photo was taken with some beauty filter one hahaha. We never looked this flawless in real life, we still don't and probably never will πŸ˜‚

Train rides going anywhere.

Squeezing in the rush hour with other people's armpits in our faces and laughing our asses off about the entire experience.

We tried train rides with Tyler before! LRT, BTS in Bangkok. In which he would go and touch other passenger's bags, shoulder, and want to run around which is a nightmare la. So we'll hold him tight to which he will fuss and scream. Doesn't seem like the Tyler you see on Instagram right? Hahahaha this is real life yo. Every toddler is liddis. We just no hands and no mood to Insta anything when he's throwing a tantrum.

Don't get me started on Tokyo Disneysea. OMG don't.

Recently I received an interview question that asks,
"What are some of the the happiest moments of your life?"

My answer was:
"When I got married, when we were in Tokyo Disneysea, and when Tyler was born."

This was how much I enjoyed Tokyo Disneysea. I was so happy, so free, I was like a kid in a candy land, running around with Boon without a care in the world.

To be honest, after one and a half years of being a mom (plus 10 months of pregnancy), I do miss feeling and being carefree. Now that I constantly have someone I'm responsible for, I can never feel 100% carefree cos I am always worried, especially if Tyler falls or injures himself. Ever since becoming a mom, I've become a paranoid and imagine things in the worst case scenarios and scare myself all the time. Cos...prevention is better than cure right? So that has changed me quite a bit.

Don't get me wrong though. Reason I'm sharing all of these things isn't to rant or complain about life as a mom. As much as many, many things have changed around and in me, I am more than happy and blessed to be a mother to Tyler. He's a gift that we prayed so hard for, and he's such a joy to us (not so much when he's being naughty la hahaha) and we love him no matter what.

It's just that there are days that I miss feeling free, and not having to look out for a little person all the time. Days that I miss just devoting all my attention to Boon and fall in love again and again like youngsters do lolol. Days that we get to really rest and feel truly recharged the next morning. I've been feeling tired for as long as I can remember seriously. It's like a tiredness that never goes away. Probably only when Tyler and his sibling(s) start going to uni πŸ˜…

That didn't stop us from planning another trip with Tyler though, this time a long distance trip some more! Without thinking that much, this brave couple bought tickets to London with a one and a half year old toddler, and was excitedly looking forward to spending fun, family time together! London is one of my bucket list destinations so I was really looking forward!

Until one day...

...when I went back to my parents' place for a meal and my dad started persuading me to leave Tyler with them, while me and Boon take this trip as a second honeymoon.

At first it was straight on no for me. 

"No laaaaaa, we want to spend family time together! It's a family trip!"

"No laaaa, it's okay we already expected not to be able to see or do a lit with a toddler in tow."

"No laaaaa how to leave him for 12 days? We will miss him terribly and you guys will have to take care of him for so long!"

I was giving all the No's, until I ran out of them and my dad started to convince me further that Tyler might not enjoy the trip as much as we think he would.

And that struck me. I never thought of it that way. I always thought that all three of us will really enjoy our family time together! Taking pics with the Big Ben, Tower Bridge, picnic at Hyde Park, etc.. I never really considered the long haul flight and how Tyler would be so restless that he would want to run up and down the plane, binge watch his shows and fuss cos he can't move around during landing and take-off. I never really considered how he would want to walk everywhere by himself and refuse to follow our lead, and we might end up just not seeing anything on the streets or in the museums. I never really considered how tiring or boring it might be for him.

I realised that I was naive to only imagine the best case scenarios, and not the worst. I kept telling myself that he will be fine, he will have fun with us, and he will behave.

And then I was reminded of our trip to Bangkok- 4D3N short trip which tired me out more than anything. To be fair, Tyler wasn't difficult during that trip. In fact we think he was pretty well-behaved. But as much as he was a good boy, he would still fuss when it's too warm, when he can't come down to run around, etc.. It got to a point where I was desperate to let him just run, that we paid an entrance fee to a kids play land for all three of us, and just let him run and crawl and tumble to burn his energy for 3 hours, and hoping he would nap well after. He didn't like the places we went to eat cos they were warm, most places didn't have baby chairs, and he didn't like being stationary in the BTS. All in all, it was a really exhausting trip and we ended up needing another vacation right after (which we did not take, of course). It was fun having him around but when he fusses it's no joke. We made some nice family memories, but the results are two very tired out parents who took turns falling sick after the trip, an a toddler super happy to be back in the comfort of his home.

It was then that these realistic experiences surfaced and opened my eyes to see that perhaps, just perhaps, my dad was right. I didn't tell him that right away. I told him okay we'll consider, and texted Boon about what happened.

As expected, his first reaction was, "Huh, nolaaaaa it's a family trip, etc". Same same like me. Cos we both had the same ideal scenario playing in our heads, a smiling, happy Tyler taking family pics with us at Big Ben. Happy, laughing Tyler enjoying picnic at Hyde Park πŸ˜‚ But we decided to just sit on it and ask parents around us.

And guess what, out of all the parents we asked- those who have brought their toddlers abroad and those who went alone as a couple- 99% said just go on our own. Their reason is that we may not get this opportunity to do so anytime soon when our second baby comes long. It'd be harder to leave two kids with the grandparents and by then Tyler will understand things better and enough to not let us leave. Many of them also said that they wished they also had someone volunteering to babysit their kids and ask them to go honeymoon, and told us to grab hold of this golden opportunity πŸ˜…

One of the reasons that struck me the most was this. One of our friends said, 

"I never knew I needed a trip away with my husband until we were on that trip. We see each other every day, and we did't think we would need this marriage time, but turns out we did. It did more for our marriage than we imagined it would."

Which brings me to this other thing that my dad said. I told him "No laaaaaa I cannot imagine leaving Tyler for 12 whole days! He may not miss me but I'll miss him like crazy! I don't think I can cope."

And my dad said this, "You have your husband already why would you still need to miss your son?"

At that point I was like, "Huh that does not make sense!" But I knew deep inside what my dad was trying to say. I knew he wanted me to put my husband and marriage first, prioritising them above my child, which should be the right way.

I guess my parents are concerned for our marriage also la hahaha. Cos to be honest we don't get the privilege of spending a lot of time together as a couple. Boon's been travelling for work frequently for the past 8 months or so, and only comes back as a weekend husband weekly. While me, I've just been keeping myself occupied with Tyler and work, and more work. Life's been really just crazy but it got to a point that we're used to it, which may not necessarily be a good thing.

When I told Boon what my dad said, he said, "But I think our marriage is fine ah. I really like how we are, honey. I think our marriage is awesome! I'm very happy with you baby." That last line touched me more than he knows, and sometimes it still rings in my head and I would melt a little πŸ™ˆ

But when we heard our friend say that we may not think we need marriage time until we actually have it, we thought okay, maybe this might be a good time to sow into our marriage. Sow time, effort, money lol and just enjoy each other in this trip. I don't know how much we actually need this marriage time, but I'm excited to see how it'll improve it that's for sure!

So we told ourselves, alright, we keep our options open now. Since we already bought Tyler's flight tickets, we can still bring him at the very last minute if we want to. In the meantime, we just see how he's like and make the decision as we go along.

Over the past month, we've been just observing and we realised that Tyler is far happier and well-behaved when he's at home. When he's comfortable, able to move around freely, when he's with his toys and books, and favourite shows, when he's having the freedom basically. Perhaps in this toddler age, being able to move about freely means a lot to him. Whenever we're out- even for just a quick meal, he'll get agitated quickly, fuss and not enjoy himself.

So we've decided- to not bring Tyler along with us in this trip. After asking every parent we can find, after deliberating again and again, after all the observations and contemplations, after all the dilemmas and guilt and what-ifs, we have FINALLY made a decision.

We're going on a second honeymoon. Just us. No baby. 
Just us as Careen and Boon again.

So yes, we'll be heading to these three spots, and we cannot wait!

Istanbul is for our long layover, and Paris was a last min addition to the itinerary since we decided not to bring Tyler along. Boon isn't too fond of Paris due to his bad experiences, but he knows it's my dream to visit, so we'll be covering Paris too!

To be honest we've not really done an extensive research on our itinerary yet cos we've just been so swamped, so if you have any travel tips for Istanbul, London or Paris, please leave a comment or drop me a message of IG/FB/email (! Would greatly appreciate your recommendations!

Will be updating more as I go along, hopefully with some time to do so during our trip too (since no toddler to put to sleep at night) πŸ˜›

In the meantime, I'll be updating on Instagram and IG Stories so follow me there at @careentxy!

'Til then!

Love, Careen.
This post is filed under Personal, Marriage, Travel

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Jumping on the Bralette Bandwagon with Summer and Peach

Taking a break from parenting and wedding talks, and sharing a little about fashion today! As much as I'm a mom with a messy bun and practical comfy clothes chasing after an active toddler these days, I'm still pretty much a fashionista at heart okay 😏 *fake cough*

You'll probably have to peel through the layers to find that fashionista la hahaha, and I don't mean literally. I? 😏

Jokes aside, some of you who have been reading and following would notice that I'm not the first to jump on any trendy bandwagon. I got my first smartphone years after everyone owned the first iPhone, until my friends had to roll eyes at me when I asked them to SMS me instead of Whatsapp Sony Ericsson didn't have any apps πŸ˜‚ They scolded me cos I made them spend money. And also for the fact that I was completing not feeling the need to convert to being a cool kid πŸ˜‚

When everyone started wearing chokers, I admired from afar but didn't even feel the slightest itch to get one for myself cos...I don't feel it's very much my style. When everyone joined the sneaker obsession, I stand at one corner wondering how the brands make SO MUCH MONEY by releasing sneakers of different colours every other month and making everyone pay premium. I mean, I love a good pair of comfortable sneakers for walking and casual days but...I don't get the craze or hype la.

Then came the bralette trend that surfaced about a year or two ago? As usual me being me, I just admired from afar and never even thought of getting one cos...I was breastfeeding Tyler full time and feeling not an ounce of sexy πŸ˜‚

Until one day, my friends started Summer & Peach, a Malaysian online store selling bralettes imported from the US and various European countries, and asked me to help them with their branding and social media. To be honest, that was the first time I was truly exposed to the world of bralettes. I never actually worn one in my life, until I was given one by my generous friends (and also cos I can't do no branding if I never even tried on a bralette!).

When I held up a bralette, I looked at it and was like, no way will this breastfeeding mommy look sexy in this la come on. I was still in the middle of recovery from my C-sec and struggling to shed my pregnancy weight, and my boobs were nothing but milk machines meant to nourish a perpetually hungry infant.

However, when I tried it on, I felt different. For the first time in a long time, I felt womanly. I felt soft, feminine, and pardon me for saying this, I felt sexy πŸ™ˆ There's something pretty magical about such delicate pieces of lace. I may not have spotted deep cleavages or extra lift and support (cos that's not what bralettes are meant to do anyway), but I felt comfortable in my skin. I felt like I was one with my pre-baby self again. It was a subtle boost of confidence.

And of course, it goes without saying that Boon liked the sight of it la hahahaha πŸ™ˆ 
Okay enough of hamsap things!!

Aside from how it makes us feel, bralettes are undeniably versatile fashion pieces too!

Unlike lingerie, bralettes are fashion pieces that are appropriate enough to be worn in public, not necessarily just by itself, but it can be styled with various tops and outerwear to bring out a hint of sultry without getting unwanted awkward stares.

So if you're like me who shy away from it cos it's too sexy, etc, you'd be delighted to find there are many, many different styles of bralettes available! Some of them don't even look like a bralette, and more like a crop top instead!

More ideas on how to style a bralette over at Summer & Peach's Instagram and Facebook- @summerandpeach!

If you think Summer & Peach is run by some youngsters who love to dress skimpily, you'll be extremely mistaken! It is founded by two very lovely ladies, one of whom is an established power lady in the banking industry, and another being a mother of two! They got together for the love of bralettes, and decided to introduce the bralette culture to women here in Malaysia and the region! Each piece is carefully selected and imported from all over the world to suit the taste and frame of us Asian women!

For ladies in the western part of the world, bralettes are nothing new and have long become part of their wardrobe staple. But for us Asian who are more shy, it's still something new to us cos we've been so accustomed to choosing lingerie that is wired for the "lift" and "push". BUT, I must say more people have better understanding on bralettes these days seeing that Summer & Peach has been growing steadily in just less than a year in operations, securing themselves regular return customers and a loyal fan base on social media!

You know how we ladies always look forward to taking off our bra the first thing we reach home? That doesn't happen to me when I'm wearing a bralette, simply cos I don't feel restricted and confined. It feels so comfortable that I sometimes forget I'm actually wearing a bralette πŸ˜…

Check out Summer and Peach's website-, as well as their Instagram and Facebook to view their latest collections! Even if you're not a fan of bralettes (yet), it's still nice to see beautiful pictures everyday, so go follow!

That's all from me for now.
'Til then!

Love, Careen.
This post is filed under Advertorial, Fashion and Beauty.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The White Atelier Launch Weekend

April 22-23, 2017

This weekend was more than a dream come true for me. Getting The White Atelier up and running was my goal and once we officially opened our doors on 10th of March 2017, I was already very happy and felt like I conquered the world. Enquiries and orders came pouring in, and word of mouth spread faster than we expected which kept our hands full, too full to even think about planning a launch event to celebrate.

One day as I was chatting with my dear friend Adele, she asked me when I'll be having the launch event for The White Atelier, and I told her soon, but I don't know when cos we were so occupied from day-to-day. Then she said, "No la, have to do wan. You must do okay!", and that pushed me into thinking about planning the launch more and soon I found myself staying up in the wee hours, drafting the event details and compiling our guest list. So, thank you Adele for helping to make TWA's launch happen! πŸ™ˆ

Once I got down to compiling our guest list, I realised that we had too many people that we would like to invite! So that left us no choice but to split our launch event into two days. For Day One, we had our friends from the media, bloggers and social media peeps, clients and industry friends. We also had a giveaway where we invited 10 of our supportive Instagram followers and their plus ones to join us! For Day Two, we had the company of our families and more friends. Over the weekend, we hosted approximately 150 people in total!

Shall share more as we go along, but for now, enjoy the beautiful pictures taken by the sister, Gladys /Captured Gladness, who was the official photography of the weekend! 

Our event on Day One began at 11:00am, but the day started way earlier for some of us. In fact, our event stylists- The Scarlet Production came in a day earlier to do some preliminary set up before the actual day, and stayed well into the night to perfect the photo walls.

And on the actual day, all our vendors came in way earlier than everybody else to ensure that everything was beautifully in place.

The dessert table of my dreams. 

Before we dive into the details, let me share with you the idea behind the launch event! The theme was Romantic Rustic with the colour palettes of cream, green and blush tones here and there. Which explains the colour combination for our dessert table!

The beautiful macaron tower was masterfully crafted by the Foret Blanc team, which never fails to impress with their detailed work of art. I mean, look at those hand-painted macarons! 😍 Not only were they pretty in sight, they were really yummy that the macaron tower was gone before we realised! Good thing was, everybody took home macarons in their door gifts courtesy of Foret Blanc, which our guests were delighted to find!

Our cake was done by the talented Michelle, founder of Bakes and Inks! Her work is always beautiful and dainty, minimal with a touch of floral magic. If you check out their Instagram account, you'll know what I'm talking about! Apart from baking, Michelle is a also a calligrapher, which explains the name Bakes and Inks! 

These adorable mini cupcakes were also done by Bakes and Inks! 
Red velvet is ALWAYS my favourite!

Another crowd favourite on the dessert table has got to be these chocolate coated strawberries by The Scarlet Bakery! πŸ“ They finished up so fast that my guests kept coming up to me to ask where we got them from!

In case you're wondering, The Scarlet does event planning and styling (The Scarlet Production), desserts (The Scarlet Bakery), florals (The Scarlet Flower) and also balloons (The Scarlet Balloon)! They're all under the same company, founded by this young and capable lady called Miko (will show you her pretty face later in this post!).

Apart from serving desserts alone, we also had canapΓ©s catered by The Naked Lunchbox. On days that they're not catering for events, they deliver healthy and affordable lunchboxes to the doorsteps!

On the menu, we had:

Tomato Salsa Crostini
Cucumber Cashew Cream Tzatziki Crostini
Grilled Vegetable Frittata
Crunchy Kyuri w/ Hummus
Sweet Potato Spinach Bites

If you think healthy canapΓ©s sound bland and boring, you haven't tasted the ones from The Naked Lunchbox yet! Visit their website, order a lunchbox and give them a try and you'll know what I mean!

For drinks, I wanted to serve something signature in pink! Initially I was going to opt for Pink Moscato, but due to budget constraints (Boon would kill me lol) and also the fact that we had Muslims and kids at our event, we decided to go for non-alcoholic drinks. Just when I was scratching my head thinking what drinks we could serve, my dear girl friend, Hui Wen texted me to ask if I needed any help. I normally don't like to ask for help cos I don't like to trouble others, but when she asked me I jumped at it right away cos I was handling just too many things at the moment. Also, because I knew that I could count on Hui Wen for anything, especially so for creative stuff like this! She loves planning and styling events, and hosting parties, so I knew she would be able to come up with something brilliant this time too!

True enough, when I shared with her what I had in mind, she immediately searched up and sent me pictures of pink lemonades from Pinterest. Isn't it great to have friends who can read your mind? Aside from helping me to come up with ideas, Hui Wen went out of the way to buy the pink lemonades and rosemary from the grocer and arrived early on the event day itself so that we could prepare the drinks ahead of time. I seriously have so many people to thank for this launch 😭

Our studio was transformed into a little garden with florals and greeneries at every corner! My idea was to create an ambience of a real wedding- romantic and ethereal, filled with flowers, candles, music and most of all, beautiful moments.

That was how our photo wall was conceptualised. I'm a fan of vines and garlands, and my dream photo backdrop has always been to have vines "growing" on the wall and some hanging from the ceiling. I also wanted our guests to feel like they're in a wedding, so we included photo props of two different types of floral bouquets for our guests to match with their outfits!

When I shared this idea with The Scarlet Production, all they said were, "Okay, can", and taddaaaaa! They were realized on the launch day just like that ✨

Here are some beautiful moments shared amongst our guests!

These were the two ladies who were instrumental in making The White Atelier's launch happen- Adele who pestered me to do it, and Miko, the founder of The Scarlet who helped a great deal in making the launch beautiful! ♥

On Day Two, our event started as early at 11:00am, with our first session of the day dedicated to our family members and close friends, followed by more close friends at the 1:00pm slot! Yes, Boon and I have got many family members and many good friends, which explains why our wedding had 510 guests πŸ˜…

It was a really fun time hosting everybody as it was most of everybody's first stepping foot into The White Atelier! We're glad everyone had a good time ♥

I feel like I need to make a special shout out to our boy. Tyler played host along with Boon and I over both days, and he was just really independent and hospitable! Okay, he may not have served everyone drinks but he was just really jovial most of the time, walking around by himself and just making himself really at home. He was clingy to me at some point cos I think he felt a bit lost in the midst of SO many guests, but he still did great and Boon and I felt really proud of him ♥

These bubble balloons by The Scarlet Balloon were a hit amongst the kids! They LOVED them so much that some of our little guests brought some of the balloons home 🎈 And did you notice the little leaves inside the balloons? Until today I still don't know how they do it, but yeah. Kudos to The Scarlet Balloon team for delivering exactly what I had in mind, yet again! πŸ‘

Have I mentioned that we had a special corner for our guests to "assemble" their door gift? My initial idea was to gift our guests with florals of some sort for them to bring home, and I thought floral bouquets would be too much. Then came the idea of mini floral bouquets in the form of ice cream cones! Instead of pre-arranging the florals for our guests, we had a Flower Workshop corner where our guests could pick and arrange their floral cone bouquets and bring them home!

Thanks to The Scarlet Flower for making this possible! 
Our guests had so much fun putting together their little bouquet!

Oh, if you're wondering why everyone is dressed in such matching tones, it's cos our dress code was White or Pastels! It sure made a huge difference as to how the photos turned out! So nice of everyone to come in the colour theme too ♥ (though there were some who came in black *ahem*) 😏

It was nice to see how our guests were so at home, fully utilising our beautiful wall for photos! 😍

When your parents request for a couple photo of them to be taken 😍 #goals

My family, my support system ♥

Our studio was flooded with balloons, flowers, and gifts from all our guests who came and those who couldn't join us. Every single person invited meant something to us, and to see how everyone made the time and effort to be there, to send us a gift or text saying they couldn't make it, every little congratulatory note and wish meant so much to us. Indeed it is the people in our lives and their love and support that helped us reach where we are today. And it's only the beginning.

Many of you asked where I got my outfits from via Instagram! Both outfits over the two days were from my favourite Love, Bonito! You can shop online or browse their collection in their Mid Valley and Paradigm Mall outlets :)

Boon and I (and Tyler) would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for loving and supporting our journey from day one. We're so overwhelmed with all the love, and so thankful for every single person who were there, and those who helped out in little and big ways.

Special shout out to all our vendors who helped make our launch event a success!

Our vendors:

Event stylist/decorator: The Scarlet Production
Choc Coated Strawberries: The Scarlet Bakery
3-Tier Cake and Cupcakes: Bakes and Inks
Macarons Tower and Door Gift: Foret Blanc
Catering/CanapΓ©s: The Naked Lunchbox
Photography: Captured Gladness

Door Gift Sponsors:

This is only the beginning for our journey with The White Atelier. It's been a long journey to get to this starting point, and we know by God's grace, it's going to be all good.

If you're curious about how we started, read my previous post on The White Atelier journey and how it all came about HERE!

You can also view photos of our launch weekend on our Instagram- @thewhiteatelier
and via our official hashtags- #thewhiteatelier, #thewhiteatelierlaunch.

'Til then!

Love, Careen.

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