Since I was up north over the weekend for the bridal shower, I also took care of some Sacramento/Chinese wedding items. It was a busy weekend. Right now I'm sitting in my yoga clothes, listening to lectures I've missed, and looking at 3 loads of laundry on my bed that I should fold. It's so nice.
Ok, back to last weekend. I tried on my cheongsam for the first time, which is being made at Ling's in Oakland. Instead of the traditional red, I decided to go with gold, purely for aesthetic reasons. I just thought it looked better on me.
[Here is Connie of Ling's working her magic. I believe she is sewing the ends of the sleeves in this picture. By the look on my face I bet I was sucking in my stomach. You can't really see it clearly in this photo, but there is an oval near my neck to indicate where the keyhole neckline will be.]
It was actually a little surprising to see myself in the dress with my hair up and my shoes on. I felt a little like this, minus the white makeup and golf clubs:
[My dress is going to have two pipings, one gold and the other pink. This is what the fabric looks like with the pipings, which will trim the neckline, the arms, and the slits and bottom of the dress.]
[I also had a wonderful time having a hair trial at Salon Paisley in Sacramento. Ashley did my hair and she managed to make my hair look so full with big curls. I kept touching it all day, which probably wasn't the best idea because my constant touching probably led to it falling out quicker. It was also really reasonably priced in comparison to other quotes I received in Sacramento, and definitely in comparison to Southern California! Plus, she was so nice and sweet, so if you're in Sacramento and in need of a new stylist, I recommend her! I booked her to do my hair for the banquet, where I will try really hard not to touch my curls.]
Add some gold and jade, and I'll be all set to greet 200 Chinese people I do not know.