What went behind James & Maybeline’s Proposal

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I know I should have started working on this post for the longest time but I just can’t find the time to sit infront of my desktop every night.

How it all began:

We had a staycation at The Quincy Hotel and everything felt normal because we have staycation reviews very frequently. The only different thing was I had an event to attend that evening and will be away for 3 hours.

Obviously, I felt guilty because it was a staycation but I had to leave him alone so a very good brother, TJ, accompanied him throughout. Little did I know that they were just putting on an act.

He sent me to Casio Headquarters to gather with the other influencers as the meeting point was quite near our hotel. We then left the place, dressed in bridesmaid dresses. He kept joking about us looking like Jie Meis for someone’s wedding. I guess he was kind of dropping hints already? Me being me, was oblivious of the words and more concern about my shoes. I had wanted to wear heels but I picked comfort over beauty.

AND THAT WAS WHY I LOOKED SO TAK-MATCH IN THE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS 🙁

NOW I REGRETTED! I SHOULD HAVE WORN HEELS INSTEAD.

We left in a Limousine Party as it was Casio TR80 Limousine Party! I heard that it was a great hit in Japan and Casio is a Japan brand soooooo… the lucky us were quite privilege to try it! There were a few “stations” where we had to alight and take photos from Chijmes, National Gallery to this and that. They told me they will drop me off at my hotel after the event so obviously I didn’t suspect anything.

When we alighted back at the hotel lobby, I was busy looking for medication for Xinyi because of her headache so I did not even notice anything. It was also pretty normal for her to hold my hand because we are girly like that.

Who knows, as we started to walk down, I began seeing 1 or 2 familiar faces. Still nothing much yet until I saw James. The spotlight was turned on and there…. you can continue watching the story below:


Still…. don’t judge me. I know the shoes are pretty ugly…… 🙁

After everything, I realized the day itself was a beautiful lie. He had been planning for this months back. I don’t even have a single clue about it because he was with me almost every day – except for one when he had a conference to attend. The conference was fake too. He went out for a final meeting with his team.

There are a lot of people I want to thank here but I am most most grateful to TJ and William. William brought his lights from the office for him and he even held the light throughout for our photo taking session. TJ, for being a good liar, making me angry, happy, angry and happy again. He was so stressed throughout the planning and even after the proposal because I gave him quite a hard time on the video LOL.

You can also find Behind The Scene videos here: https://www.facebook.com/simmaybeline/media_set?set=a.835989136419115.1073741833.100000241080390&type=3&pnref=story

I grabbed them from the influencers’ Insta Stories so pardon me for the quality.

All in all, I feel truly blessed and I am not sure what have I done to deserved all these. Thank you love, for getting our family members and friends down. (He forgot to ask my BFF along because he felt it was quite packed already 🙁 aahhhh). Nonetheless, thank you each and every one of you for the blessings. Not forgetting, The Quincy Hotel for the drinks and location, Casio Singapore for the surprise! 🙂

We are off to the next stage – Planning of Wedding Dinner, taking Bridal Photos etc…..





MAYBEL’s Take On Beautiful Wedding Photos in Singapore

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We had over 100 shots to choose from and I swear I love every single photo. I cannot simply just pick 10 to share so I will be splitting the photos into two posts – 1 from me and 1 post from James.

This will be interesting because you will be able to hear from two gender’s point of view on taking wedding photos.







Every girl wants to have their own fairytale but sadly, fairytales usually only happen in your dreams or movies. We don’t have groundbreaking love stories to tell but as long as you are truly in love, that’s enough.

Taking wedding photos can somehow satisfy that inner self who wants a fairytale love story because both of you will look perfect in there and it is not everyday where you get to dress up like a real princess.

We did a few thematic styled shot with a few sponsors:

Gowns: The Louvre Bridal
Photographer: Dreamz Coffee
Themes: Wulalaaa
Make Up: Cynderellasg
Flowers: Cherriesmitten

If you want more themes, you can visit The Louvre Bridal at 69 Kim Yam Road, Singapore 239368.

I remembered telling James that we DON’T HAVE to do any more wedding shoots after our last one 1.5 years ago because it was very very very tiring. I rejected a few collaborations because I don’t want to tire myself out. I accepted Dreamz Coffee’s shoot because I did my homework and I liked their portfolio.

We went for fitting prior to the shoot and gosh, I had 7 gowns to change into!! If you haven’t wore one before, gowns can be really really really heavy but the gowns they picked for me are REALLY BEAUTIFUL! I will give two thumbs up for the service and attitude at The Louvre Bridal!

It was indeed a long tiring day but Dreamz Coffee took the shots quickly. He could get the pictures he wanted in a few shots. I am not sure if James and I have such good chemistry or is he really such a professional! I concluded that it was both! Hehe. Of course, not forgetting the themes, flowers and make up. Anything less, it would not have been such a perfect shoot.

Both James and I uploaded a few photos into our Facebook and Instagram and everyone went WOW. We even get people whatsapping us to tell us how good we looked! Actually, most of the credits go to the sponsors!

7 gowns, 2 themes and a hundred over photos.

Here are some photos from the first theme. Enjoy!
































If you ask me, will I still take wedding photoshoots in the future? Mmmmm… only if they make the whole outcome look as pretty as this!

Wedding Photographs #jamesnmaybel

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Finally… I know how it feels like to be a bride in a gown.

A photoshoot can be very very exhausting because you have to change into the different gowns (especially those with cancan). Both the wet and dry weather doesn’t help much because dry = ultra sunny and hot, and that means melting makeup and feeling sticky all over. If it’s wet, you will get smudge makeup or dirty/wet gowns.

But but but…. a wedding shoot is a once in a lifetime opportunity for most of us. Clearly, it will be more than once for me because this is a collaboration haha.

My advise is… if you’re getting married and you are preparing for a shoot, bring along a pair of heels (wear flats inside your gown, because that was what I did. If I wore heels throughout, I might just die within the first 10 shots), bring at least 2x 1.5L of water, find a good makeup artist and a good photographer.

Even though I felt really really REALLY REALLY exhausted after the 5 hour of shoot on a wet day and I almost ALMOST gave up halfway, I am really grateful for this opportunity because all the pictures turned out really beautiful. I even have people asking me about my photographer the moment I uploaded one to my Instagram and Facebook.

Makeup: Christina Wong | Photographer: Hur Faye | Gowns: Swaggers Couture

Both Christina and Hur Faye are working free lance so if you’re looking for any make up artist or photographer for any functions, please approach them directly 🙂

As for Swaggers Couture, beside gowns, they do tailor-made suits if you ever need them as well! I saw how each crystal or bead is painstakingly sewn onto a plain gown. I can now finally understand why gowns cost so much. Every stitch is a blessing and every design are designed and sewn in-house.

For now.. please enjoy some of the pictures below… Do take note of the different designs for the 3 sets of gowns 🙂

Once again, Thank you Hur Faye for the awesome photos, Christina for the makeup and to the both of you, how can I ever thank you for your patience!! *some flying kisses over*

Thank you Swaggers Couture for all the little adjustments made to the dress and for styling us into the gowns which best fit us! 🙂

2 gate crashes in a month

So… for the weddings..

2 consecutive weekends on gate crash is seriously no joke when you have to work during the weekdays.. I work from Tuesday to Saturday so I had to take off for the two gate crashes.

First crash: Close blogger friend Xinyi
Second crash: Best friend (almost like my sister from another family)

I had to wake up at 5.20am on the two Saturday to prepare because I live in the west and both of them live in the East/North East and I had to reach at 7am. It was….. super tiring!! There were moments where I had to zone out because I was too tired. Both crashes were equally fun!

Here is a little tip for the bride to make things easier for the sisters:
– Prepare breakfast for the sisters so that they save some time in the morning

Thank god there was food before the crash. It saved me 30 minutes!

As you know, the morning ceremony takes quite a while and the whole thing would only end around 1pm.

7am to 1pm = 6 hours.

And the brothers and sisters would have to report to the venue of the wedding dinner at around 5-6pm (this also meant that we would only get 4-5hours of rest time in between. And if you minus the traveling time, we are only left with 3 hours of rest).

TELL MEEEEE. How on earth did I survive? Actually I died. I was super super tired. 1 week has already past and I am still feeling exhausted from everything. I am also experiencing a minor breakout from the lack of sleep T_T

Although I kept complaining that I am tired, I must say that the time lost on sleep was quite well spent. When someone invites you to be part of their big day, you know you are just not that someone.

And for now….. enjoy the pictures taken on the 2 days 🙂

Wedding Bells

Sigh.. I think I am seriously getting older and older… Other than counting the numbers of lines on your face, you can also estimate the age by counting the number of wedding invitations received.

Total wedding invitations received this year: 5

People around me are getting married while I am still pretending to be young. Literally acting cute and having fun.

Enjoy some of the pictures taken at the very unique wedding of #chriSmith!

Base: Kate Tokyo, Hada Labo BB Air
Eyes: StarLash Liquid Eyeliner, Collection Cosmetics Natural Lashes
Blush: Revlon
Lips: VDL

Dress courtesy of Style Bliss: http://miyoconline.com/shopping.php?mode=B&var=6329

I have people googling for my age. So make a guess? What’s my actual age?