Fashion: Anais Anette

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This month, we put the spotlight on Anais Anette — a romantic Toronto-based bridal label created by a pair of European sisters.

Looking at Anais Anette’s collections, one can easily see that the label is all about pairing beautifully crafted structured bodices with other romantic design elements such as flowy skirts and delicate floral patterns. We think that this may be an influence from the designers’ childhood — born to parents who were a a dressmaker and a tailor, it is no wonder that the girls have been brought up to stand for quality craftsmanship and tailoring skills! In the designers’ own words, “It is said that history repeats itself, for us, our desire to create and share beauty manifested itself in a way we did not imagine or plan.”

The style of each Anais Anette creation is influenced by the enchantment of Parisian culture, and the designers envision that each dress will be worn by a confident and effortlessly chic woman who is not afraid to express her style. And rightly so, we say! From delicate Swarovski hand-beading to hand-dyed tulles, each dress is designed to stun and awe, and we bet your guests would not be able to tear their eyes away!

2014 Wedding Cake Trends

We understand the feeling of searching for the perfect wedding cake, but having no knowledge of where to start. That’s why we’ve sussed out some of this year’s top trends for these sweet treats to give you a headstart in your wedding brainstorming process!

1. Bring on the shine

Dazzle the crowd and wow your guests with shiny wedding cakes that take the spotlight — this year’s wedding cakes are unabashedly loud with generous use of glitters and metallics to set the look! We say that this trend is great for couples who are going for extravagant old-world glamour (read: the ever-popular Great Gatsby look) as your wedding theme. (Pictures below from here, here, and here respectively.)

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2. Make a statement

Be it through the use of bold colours (hint: we hear that purple’s hot this year!), gravity-defying heights, or unconventional shapes or garnishes (a wedding cake covered with macaroons anyone?), this year’s wedding cakes are all about coming up with something that speaks of you. The best part about this trend? Your wedding cake can be open to all creative options and you can go wild customising it to suit your wedding theme! (Pictures below from here, herehere and here respectively.)

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3. Au naturel

There is a recent interesting trend of naked wedding cakes, meaning, cakes that are sans icing and sugar coating on the outside! Instead, wedding cakes are dressed up with natural ingredients such as berries and fruits, or simply, flowers. The look is unpretentious and natural, and goes perfectly with a casual wedding in the rustic or bohemian style. On top of that, we dare say that this will definitely be welcomed by people who do not have much of a sweet tooth; definitely a welcome trend for our waistlines as well! (Pictures below from here.)

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4. Now you see it, now you don’t

Another trend that is rapidly gaining popularity is the elimination of wedding cakes altogether! In place of a centrepiece wedding cake, more couples are opting for a dessert table of sweet treats such as cupcakes and macaroons that their guests can nibble on. Well, we’re a fan already ‘cos we definitely won’t say no to more variety! (Pictures from here, here and here.)

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Lifestyle: Lola’s Cafe

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If you, like this W&T writer, always had to travel around the sunny island in search of new cafe joints, aren’t you glad that there’s now an increasing number of new food ventures that are willing to settle down in residential areas?

While these new establishments revel in cheaper rents (which usually translates into wallet-friendly prices), foodies like me are rejoicing now that we can finally enjoy hipster meals right in our own backyard.

And Lola’s Cafe, a nine-month old cafe nestled in Kovan, is one new joint that has been attracting families and residents from the housing estates nearby.

Its relatively cheaper prices, as compared to other cafes, is perhaps its main draw. Signatures like Duck Leg in Orange Mustard Sauce and Slow-braised Pork Goulash range from $13 to $16. Pastries and cakes, fresh out of the oven daily are also very much sought after.

This writer particularly enjoyed my Mushroom and Cheese toast — crunchy toasted foccacia topped with creamy mushroom and melted mozzarella, which cost only $10!

Hipsters will particularly like the front of the cafe, which has a blue-grey feature wall done up to resemble a stylised alley wall. Dining tables are also an attraction — they sit atop the legs of old-school sewing machines, complete with pedals!

Lola’s Cafe
5 Simon Road, Singapore 545893
Opens from Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am to 11.30pm, with Fridays and Saturdays closing late at midnight.
6284 0349 | www.facebook.com/lolascafesg

Lifestyle: Habitat Coffee & Bistro

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For couples who are looking for a cozy chill out spot to while away an afternoon in each other’s company, check out this little gem on Upper Thomsom Road — Habitat Coffee & Bistro.

Established in 2011, Habitat Coffee & Bistro has been faithfully serving up its brand of cuppa and western comfort food such as truffle fries, homemade cakes and pastries, shepherd’s pie, and better still, all-day brunch. The store’s interiors are unpretentious and homely, with warm lighting and easy wooden furniture. What we appreciated more was the owners’ smart utilisation of space, which saw the accommodation of a good number of seats despite the generally small space. This meant that there was hardly any need to wait for seats despite the healthy crowd that was coming through the cafe’s doors! Definitely a welcome thing for customers!

With the influx of new cafes on the Singapore food scene these days, Habitat Coffee & Bistro may come across as a tad dime a dozen, as compared to its initial days. But our verdict is that the store still deserves a stop on your cafe-hopping itinerary for its reliable cup of coffee, and its affordable menu that is value for money in terms of taste and presentation. Just remember to stop by on off-peak hours for a more conducive environment for your we-time together!

Habitat Coffee & Bistro
223 Upper Thomsom Road
Singapore 574355

Opening Hours:
Tue – Fri: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm
Sat – Sun: 10:30 am – 10:30 pm
Closed on Mondays

Wedding Inspiration: Fashionable Wedding Stationery

If you think runway trends only influence our clothing choices, you’re in for a big surprise — the latest fashion trends often get translated into fancy stationery as well! If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to dress your wedding stationery up to the nines, check out our round up of these beautiful pieces that incorporate the hottest fashion trends today!

1. Velvet

For a quick touch of chic and elegance, inject a velvet detail into your wedding stationery. The luxurious texture of velvet is an effortless way to dress up simple paper instantly! To prevent your wedding stationery from looking gaudy, always opt for dark opulent shades such as midnight blue, royal purple, or timeless black.

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2. Animal Prints

Who would’ve thought that animal prints could also make waves in wedding stationery? Animal prints are definitely an unconventional and unique choice above more common prints such as florals and plants that most couples opt for! For a new twist to this trend, you could also go creative with your colour choices!

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3. Baroque

For something that conveys stateliness, baroque is definitely the prime choice. Couples who are opting for a formal and traditional wedding could look into this style — we especially recommend the use of letterpress stationery to complement the weight of baroque prints. Depending on the choice of colours, baroque wedding stationery could come across as solemn and dignified, or vintage and old-world romantic.

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4. Sheer

For budget-conscious couples who are looking to inject that little something into your wedding stationery, why not consider sheer papers? Not only are they easy on the wallet, they also help to soften the overall look of your wedding stationery to make it more delicate and refined! From sheer paper inserts, to gate folds, there are no lack of creative ways to work this trend into your stationery!

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5. Cut Outs

One of our favourites on the list, cut outs with attention to great detail are a sure way to impress your guests from the onset! Let your creativity take free rein with how you use them — cut out letters, prints, or better still, the entire design like these examples below! (Psst, we’ve included classy cut-out options for your traditional Chinese wedding invite cards as well!)

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