Posts Written On June 23, 2015

11th Annual Cheap Chic Wedding #TPDress Contest sponsored by @CharminChic

On June 17th, Kleinfeld Bridal Boutique was the host of the 11th Annual Cheap Chic Wedding Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest that awards the winner with a grand prize of $10,000 and for the first time, the winner’s toilet paper design is going to be made into a ready-to-wear dress by Kleinfeld. What an honor!

Kleinfeld Bridal Boutique NYC

If you’re not familiar with the Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, sponsored by Charmin, the object is to challenge creative minds from across the country to create a wearable on-trend wedding dress and corresponding headpiece from only toilet paper, glue, tape and a needle and thread. No biggie.

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Make a wedding dress with these? Yikes!

Cheap Chic Weddings received close to 1,500 entries this year! After much deliberation, the founders of CCW, Laura Gawne and Susan Bain, narrowed down the selection to the top ten. Those finalists were flown here to NYC for the final fashion show, which took place at the prestigious Kleinfeld Bridal Boutique.

Model runway at Kleinfeld.

The boutique floor was transformed into a runway where the top ten finalists strutted their elaborate and beautiful dresses for the celebrity panel of judges. One by one the finalists designs made their way down the makeshift runway passing the celebrity judges, showcasing every detail. From elaborate and beautiful buttons made from glue to detachable and removable skirts and vests, to amazing and breath-taking headpieces and veils.

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Amazing details in each and every final design.

In the end the judges chose the fitted gown; a tuxedo-inspired design, with a flowing, flower-covered train, and an adorable bow tie with the handmade top hat and detachable pieces created by designer, Donna Pope Vincler. Her dress will be turned into a ready-to-wear item available for sale at Kleinfeld.

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Close up of Donna Vincler’s tuxedo inspired wedding dress including top hat, bow tie, removable vest and detectable train.
Winner Donna Pope Vincler.

But what was going through the judges minds when it came time to choose a final winner? I had the opportunity to interview judge, Mikie Russo, Celebrity Wedding/Party Planner, who said, “…as a judge, I’m looking for a style and design that is reminiscent of a traditional wedding gown, in design, feel and silhouette.”

Honored to have met judge Mikie Russo!

The judges overall were looking for the dress that had beauty, showcased originality and creativity. They were also looking for the designer that had the best use of toilet paper and followed the rules most well.

In the end, Donna Pope Vincler’s design encompassed every aspect of what the judges were looking for. Congratulations Donna!




A Night with the Stars @ CAPE + Verizon’s #IAM Night Out

Ciao lovelies!

This past week I was fortunate to join CAPE + Verizon’s #IAM Night Out in NYC.


CAPE, or the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment is an incredible non profit who’s goal is to shed light on Asian American Pacifics in the media. Some of the fellows from this year include Constance Wu (aka sassy mom from FRESH OFF THE BOAT) and Youtube Sensation Joseph Vincent  (You’re welcome ladies!)

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The #IAM campaign was really special because it allowed these amazing self made professionals to tell the story of how they started off and how they got to where they are today. I think anyone, regardless of their heritage can relate to chasing a dream, and then with some luck and hard work, actually achieving it!


A lot of fashionistas came out to see the event. I LOVE this flowery print top paired with this solid black skirt. I also loved the unique detailing of this Indian Septum ring spotted on one of the lovely ladies from the event’s sponsor, Verizon.


The night was seasoned with some AMAZING live performances form Youtube musicians Joseph Vincent and Justin Chen and some hilarious stand up from Host/stand up comedian Paul PK Kim. Some inspiring stories also came from Yong Kim, Ted Kim, and Chris Oh, two brothers and a childhood bestie who quit their advertising jobs to start the Korean sausage company, Seoul Sausage Co. They ended up competing in Food Network’s “Food Truck Race” in season 3 and won EVERY. SINGLE. ROUND. (mic drop)


As inspiring as that was, my favorite anecdote came from Dancing With The Star’s, Carrie Ann Inaba and her very first audition for the early 90’s show, “IN LIVING COLOR“. (PS- I have no words for the dancing or outfits in this link:)

For those of you who don’t know, this is the show where JLO, “Jenny from the Block” first made her way in the spotlight. After a vigorous dance audition, creator Keenan Ivory Wayans said to Carrie, “Do you know why I chose you? You were the worst dressed person but you walked in with such confidence, I gave you the job before I even saw you dance. You were so confident, I had to drink your Kool Aid.”


So my Reading Rainbow message to you lovely folks tonight is, remember, the world isn’t about just what you wear, but also your mindset. If you believe in yourself, than maybe the rest of the world will follow suit and you’ll be one step closer to achieving your dream. Maybe it’ll be you up on stage inspiring us all one day:)

Chau for now!