Wang Leehom announces marriage

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(Photo Credit: Wang Leehom’s Facebook)

Yet another Mandopop heart throb off the shelves and this time round, its US born Chinese singer-songwriter, Wang Leehom.

The 37-year-old, who has all along kept mum about his love-life, posted a sentimental Facebook entry earlier on Wednesday (27-Nov) introducing his other half affectionately as his “Forever Love”.

“The past few years your comments here have often been about “hope you find your Forever Love”. I’m lucky to have met a girl to hold hands with and share my future. She’s not in the entertainment business so you don’t know her, but I also don’t want to create the opportunity for rumors so… her name is Lee Jinglei, she’s 27 years old and a graduate student at Columbia. Wangbaba & Mama love her and I hope you will too,” Leehom posted on his social media accounts.

As fans and media around the world were still trying to digest the shocking announcement, the talented singer-songwriter made another shocking statement, though his agent, the following day that he had registered for marriage with his girlfriend in New York.

Speaking to Taiwan Apple Daily, Leehom said it was not a whirlwind wedding as he has known his bride for 12 years. 27-year-old Lee Jinglei, believed to be of Japanese and Taiwanese descent, is a graduate student at Columbia University, an Ivy League university in New York. Fans speculate that the couple has been dating for nearly a year and a half and that Leehom proposed with a video clip he recorded at his recent world tour with fans saying “I Love You” in 37 languages.

Leehom, congratulations on finding your ‘Forever Love’!

Wedding Dress Sketches for Kim Kardashian

If you think you can’t keep up with reality star Kim Kardashian’s colourful life, rest assured that you are not the only one. But putting the drama aside, we’re absolutely blown away by the following series of sketches for Kim’s wedding dress that various designers have come up with. Looking at the designs, most of the designers have in mind show-stopping gowns with dramatic silhouettes and glamorous details so as to embody Kim’s spirit. A few others have, on the other hand, gone in the opposite direction to create a more elegant and timeless look for Kim. What’s a girl to do with so many choices? With Kim’s wedding day looming near, we’re equally curious on what would be her chosen look.

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All good things come at the back — this stunning sequinned design by Reem Acra features a sexy open back, and a stunningly elaborate train that is drama with a capital D.
alvinavalentaThis creation by Alvina Valenta likewise features an open back and magnificent train, but we love how the soft pastel shade and embellishments make the dress more whimsical and feminine — definitely a different feel from the piece above!angel rivera
In an obvious turn from complicated designs, Angel Rivera chose to come up with a sleek and elegant silhouette featuring an empire waist and a lace bodice with a plunging neckline. hayley paige
This creation by Hayley Paige is over-the-top vintage with its delicate lace sleeved gown paired with a show-stopping chapel veil.ines di santo
Ines Di Santo’s look is classic haute couture, without being too predictable and boring — we especially love the mix of fabrics and textures between the bodice and the skirt! jim hjelm
We’re loving Jim Hjelm’s creation for its airy and ethereal qualities. The dress is also conservation without being prudish at the same time — sheer fabrics and a plunging neckline give it its oomph, to great effect.kelly faetanini
One of our favourites from the lot — Kelly Faetanini sketched a form-fitting gown with a mermaid silhouette and sheer panelling at the back — all the better to complement Kim’s curves!rivini
Rivini’s design is simple and chic with a clean-cut silhouette, glammed up with an embellished bodice on top. theia
Theia’s creation is glamorous and almost princess-like with its extravagant embellishments over the entire gown.  val stefani
We love Val Stefani’s gown for its unconventional and creative pops of colours all around the gown. And the best (and most unusual) part is — the gown’s a two-piece creation! Imagine how much convenience that will bring during outfit changes. For the more adventurous, you might even mix and match the pieces in future!

Black Bridal Fashion

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.”

– Coco Chanel on black colour

When we think about weddings, the first colour that comes to mind is white. Today, we’ll like to take your mind in the other direction to think about the more unlikely (and to some, taboo) colour, black. While white is widely associated with purity, black embodies more emotions — it can be timeless and elegant, glamourous and sexy, or gothic and unique, depending on how it is used. We’ve rounded up some inspiration around the web for these three different brides for whom black might just be right up their alley!

Elegant, timeless and classy

The dress: Who’s to say that black wedding dresses cannot be mainstream? For brides who are looking for a sophisticated black wedding dress, look no further than crowd favourites Vera Wang and Zac Posen — both designers had put out a divine collection of black dresses in Fall 2012.

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(Vera Wang Fall 2012 collection)

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(Zac Posen Fall 2012 collection)

The look: For styling, less is more — go for a classic up-do or chignon, and finish with well-defined brows, jet black liner and a red lip. For accessories, we recommend a pair of elegant pearl earrings. If you’re going for the vintage look, top it off with a birdcage veil and sheer gloves.

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Glamorous, mysterious, sexy

The dress: For glamour pusses, go for form-fitting black dresses in a powerful silhouette such as the mermaid or trumpet. The trick to looking dressed to the nines? Pick dresses that are updated with the season’s hottest details, such as cut-outs, sheer panels and metallics.

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(Black dresses from Elie Saab, Ralph Lauren and Yumi Katsura respectively)

The look: Apart from the black liner and red lipstick combination, you may also wish to go for a darker evening look with a sexy smoky eye and taupe or plum lipstick. In addition, turn up the bling with shoes and accessories such as a shiny clutch, or simple but impactful jewellery!

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(Heels from Badgley Mischka, black and gold clutch bag, drop earrings from Tiffany & Co)

Gothic and unique

The dress: All gothic brides out there will definitely have come across punk rock princess Avril Lavigne’s wedding look when she tied the knot with Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger in July this year. In her gothic theme wedding, Avril Lavigne wore a strapless Monique Lhuillier tulle dress that stayed true to her character, but was still romantic. Brides looking for a more full-on gothic look would love the Luis Monteiro and Dilek Hanif dresses below for their dramatic silhouette and trains. Last but not least, for cute gothic brides, Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko’s dress is perfect with its lolita influences.

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(Avril Lavigne wearing Monique Lhuillier, Dilek Hanif and Luis Monteiro, and Ulyana Sergeenko respectively)

The look: Depending on your preferred style, you could go for smoky and heavy eye makeup or a completely minimalist nude look to complement your gothic wedding get-up. Another plus point of the gothic look is that you can also feel free to get slightly adventurous with the accessorising!

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(Alexander McQueen boots, butterfly veil, and black hand bouquet respectively)

Which is your favourite black bridal look? Leave us a message!

Lifestyle: EatPlayLove Cafe

We had heard that a couple chose this cafe for their wedding proposal earlier this year and so we decided to head down to find out for ourselves what makes this new addition in the overwhelming local cafe scene an ideal hangout for couples.

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(Photo Credits: Wedding & Travel)

Apart from the name which gave hints of romanticism no thanks to its similarity with widely popular book and movie “Eat Pray Love”, EatPlayLove Cafe is indeed a delightful place where one is surrounded by colorful decor and old-school furniture pieces. A fun ambience also lingers in the air, not just because this place is a favorite amongst families, but also because it allows you to have fun by indulging in good ol’ art and craft.

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For just $5 per hour (on weekdays, the time slot is extended to 2 hours!), work your creativity with free-flow art and craft materials, as well as guidance from staff, to create your very own masterpieces, be it drawing, DIY dolls or even accessories. We certainly think this is something couples can do for a change on dates and have good quality bonding time!

On the menu, you will find Thai delights served alongside simple Western fare. On weekdays, lunch set meals are the must-haves. For slightly more than $10, you get decent main dishes with a drink.

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EatPlayLove Cafe
28 Aliwal Street, #01-07, Aliwal Arts Centre, S(199918)
Opening Hours: Mon from 12nn to 10pm, Wed to Sun from 12nn to 10pm
6444 6400 | www.eatplaylove.com.sg

Lifestyle: Singapore Art Book Fair

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For all you art-lovers and bibliophiles out there, listen up — the inaugural Singapore Art Book Fair is here from 27 November to 1 December 2013 at Block 38 of the Gillman Barracks!

Jointly organised by local independent bookstore BooksActually and creative consultancy HJGHER, the Singapore Art Book Fair will be an annual book fair that specialises in contemporary art books and zines. Apart from familiar local names such as Math Paper Press, The Institute for Critical Zoologists, Underscore Magazine and Encounters Magazine, the fair will also feature a strong selection of regional and international titles such as Cereal, Offscreen, Mr. and so on!

Apart from books, you can also expect to be engaged in an array of interesting activities that will make an afternoon excursion to the Gillman Barracks worth the effort! The organisers have thoughtfully arranged a two-day weekend programme on 30 Nov (Sat) and 1 Dec (Sun) that includes talks with local artists such as Robert Zhao and Aiwei Foo, workshops on a variety of topics such as bookbinding, linocut printing and silkscreen printing, and even a live cooking demonstration!

The Singapore Art Book Fair will be at:

The U Factory
38 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109441

Fair Days:
27 Nov – 1 Dec 2013
11am – 7pm
Except 30 Nov (Sat): 11am – 9pm (outdoor film screening from 7-9pm)

For more information and updates, you can visit the Singapore Art Book Fair’s official website at www.singaporeartbookfair.com.