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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cold Feet?

Are you really having one?--- pre wedding jitters as some call it. If you feel it's really cold feet, stop whatever you're doing (wedding preps and all that) and relax. Take a deep breath and assess your feelings. You know this feeling could make or break your marriage so it's important that you give meaning to your feelings.

Are these feelings related to something you've recently discovered about your future husband that's making you queasy? (or some other serious problems arising before the wedding?)

Are these feelings related to that looming dread you feel about the entire wedding? This could not be a good sign, right? Decide and choose. Don't be afraid to call the wedding off or don't be afraid to hurt your fiancee's feelings because if you push through with it (with unsure feelings) at some point you'll hurt both of you more.

But~ these feelings are not all negative...not at all!

If you're feeling tired, restless but still excited.. you're a certified jittery bride-to-be :)
Relax and step back from your wedding planning. Don't expect things to go smoothly and perfectly on your big day. If it does, that would be a boring wedding story to tell, wouldn't it?

Just feel the moment, savor the last days of being single and of course sleep well a day before the wedding. Look radiant! :)

Cold Feet:


To 'get cold feet' is to become disheartened or timid, losing one's previous enthusiasm or courage. (credits: http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/cold-feet.html)

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A homeless doll, anyone?

I found this news article and it really bothers me. Apparently, American Girl released a new doll named Gwen which is actually a homeless doll. My initial reaction was that the company is raising funds for the homeless so the $95 price tag was justified. But when I read the article fully, I was aghast.

Will you buy this for your child? (click to read)

Personally, I will never buy such a pricey doll for my daughter. Is this an attempt to "educate" children about homeless persons? If so, bad move.

Girl's dresses from us are way cheaper than a pricey nonsense doll.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Candle of Prayer

By now you've heard of the tragic events in the Philippines. The entire country was crippled by a typhoon that was so nasty, it flooded even the urban areas. From the poorest communities to the wealthiest subdivisions, heavy rains and flood were merciless. Families were forced to stay on their houses' rooftop and await rescuers bringing with them nothing but courage. The water rose rapidly that some didn't even realize what hit them.

These are raw photos. People were forced to walk on electric wires to survive.

Death toll increases by the minute.

Please bow down your head and say a little prayer for a country and its people who tremendously needs prayer more than anything else.

Special thanks to our dear friend in the Philippines for providing us photos and information, LadyProgrammer.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Moon Festival Celebration at Walnut

The celebration sounded so fun! I hope in your communities it would be as fun as the celebration at Walnut!

Moon Festival at Walnut

I hope you would post pictures of performers, children and adults in their best Qi pao!

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Barbie and her Chinese bestfriend

Don't you think it's about time that Barbie meets and greets her Chinese best friend? :)

Barbie turns 50, gets Chinese gal pal from Shanghai Daily.

I just wish the Chinese doll wears a very pretty Qi Pao.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Hurrah for ChildBook!

Our sister company, ChildBook, is sporting a new look! Come and visit their website and find amazing learning Chinese materials at very reasonable prices!

Maybe EliteDresses will follow their lead on changing website layout. We'll see.

For now, please give us your comments and suggestions on what you want to see on our website :)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Chinese Cheongsam: Evolution and Revolution

Looking for a deeper history of Cheongsam (chinese dress for girls)? Then this would be a great read for you!

The Chinese Cheongsam: Evolution and revolution

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Chinese Pants set Review

We appreciate your comments! :P

Can you tell I love the purple?
By TeriVerified Reviewer from Undisclosed

Can you tell I love the purple? My daughter wore this pants set so many times. Purple looks so good on her. It was her favorite. Again, great quality, functional, and easily cleaned.

Girl Purple Traditional Chinese Dress/Pants Set
Girl's Purple Traditional Chinese Dress/Pants Set
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Girl's beautiful purple traditional Chinese dress pants set. This style was the traditional Chinese clothing worn during the Ching Dynasty (1644-1911 AD). This elegance Purple Chinese dress/pant set will transform your little girl to a beautiful and elegant Chinese princess!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Formal Dress Swap by Highschool Teen

Great idea from a high school teen...

Read this news article http://tinyurl.com/mzkzmb

For more affordable formal dresses, check our collection of Girl's Party Dresses

Friday, September 18, 2009

Spammy Emails No! No!

Don't you just hate receiving lottery winning notifications, your email address won, inheritance from someone from South Africa or Nigeria, etc etc...I get at least 5 of those everyday. If at least one of them were true, I would be the richest Mommy in the whole universe! Imagine winning millions of $$$$ everyday! I wish!

Back to reality, it's becoming tiring and not to mention, it adds up to your junk. That is why when EliteDresses started offering free newsletter subscription, I made sure it's informative and comes out once a week except when there's special occasions. I do not want to come across as spammy.
EliteDresses' newsletter aims to provide parents what's in store for them this week.

Plus it's our way of getting closer with our clients. We don't want to be pure business, we also want to know more about the customers. Because through this, we are able to serve you better since we know what you want and what you do not.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Proper Qi Pao/ Cheongsam care

Good quality Qi Paos/ Cheongsam are usually made of delicate fabrics. It’s so delicate that when fabrics come in contact with sharp objects or rough surface, it could wear the fine weave of the threads. Generally, you should avoid stains dropping on your Qi pao as it is difficult to remove. It is also advisable no to roll the sleeves of your Qi Pao because it will cause damage such as stretching and creasing of the fabric.

Washing your Qi pao or Cheongsam

Cheongsam/Qi Pao should be hand washed or through a dry cleaner. Between the two, dry cleaning is recommended because laundry detergents could be harsh to the fabric. It goes without saying that bleach should never be used with your Qi pao or Cheongsam.

When hand washed, hang dry before storing.


Do not iron the fabric directly. Use a white cloth over the Chinese dress when ironing to avoid colour changes especially if the colour is rich and vibrant.

Proper storage

Qi pao/ Cheongsam should be hung and stored in the clothes rack. If you’re planning to stow it for a long time, never fold it.

Mothballs could be used to prevent bugs from crawling through the dress but note that there are mothball varieties that causes yellowing of the fabrics when in contact.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Han Clothing Essentials

I've always been interested in what comprises the elegant Han clothing. Though it seems there are a lot of parts, it is undoubtedly very beautiful.

Thanks to chinese-tools.com for this:

The Han Chinese clothing or Hanfu is also called Hanzhuang, Huafu, or guzhuang.

A complete Hanfu garment is assembled from several pieces of clothing into an attire:

Yi (衣): Any open cross-collar garment, and worn by both sexes
Pao (袍): Any closed full-body garment, worn only by men in Hanfu
Ru (襦): Open cross-collar shirt
Shan (衫): Open cross-collar shirt or jacket that is worn over the yi
Qun (裙) or shang (裳): Skirt for women and men, respectively
Ku (褲): Trousers or pants
People are also able to accessorize with tassels and jade pendants or various ornaments hung from the belt or sash, known as pei (珮).

Shenyi (深衣) a type of Han Chinese clothing commonly worn from the pre-Shang periods to the Han Dynasty. This form is known as the quju (曲裾) and worn primarily by women (below).

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

On too much cartoons

My daughter loves Dora and Barney. I tried introducing Mickey Mouse and friends but she seems to like Dora and Barney better. She's not into plush toys and dolls, she prefers to play with things she sees everyday (or the things she sees I use) like kitchen sets. She never goes to school without her Dora stroller bag. She knows most of the Dora and Barney songs! In fact, I'm just waiting for the time that my eardrums would pop because of too much Dora and Barney :)

So I wonder if these things are okay? Because when I was little, I didn't have too much interest on cartoon characters. I get paranoid when I read horrible stories about Barney. But you know, I believe that a child will grow well with proper guidance.

Speaking of Dora, I wanted to dress my daughter for the Moon Festival Celebration on October 3rd. But she wants to wear a Chinese dress with Dora prints! Uh-oh.

Monday, September 14, 2009

What's your favorite Qi Pao?

Some like the loud and bright colors for their Qi Pao but I like simple yet elegant looking Qi Pao.

Girl's Pink QiPao Traditional Chinese Dress
Girl's Pink Traditional Chinese QiPao Dress
List Price: $29.99
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Girl's beautiful Pink traditional Chinese dress (qi pao). Qi Pao was the traditional Chinese clothing worn during the Ching Dynasty (1644-1911 AD). This elegance Pink Chinese dress will transform your little girl to a beautiful and elegant Chinese princess!

Like this Qi Pao, that's very feminine and elegant looking. And they have something to say too:

Purchased this Dress for my Granddaughter
By Margaret MVerified Reviewer from Porterville, CA United States on 5/20/2009

My granddaughter (age 5 years) looked and felt absolutely stunning in this beautiful pink Chinese dress. It fits well, true to size, and is beautifully made. You cannot beat the price! I'm looking to see if I can purchase this dress in my size:)

Great Dresses
By jessica mahaffyVerified Reviewer from lansing, MI United States on 12/10/2008

My daughters starter a Chinese Immersion program and I wanted them to have some traditional Chinese clothing for my girls to show some pride in the program, but I had a hard time finding the right dress without the huge price tag. I plan on buying more from them later for when they grow out of the ones I had bought.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Measurement Chart

There's been a mix up with our measurement chart (mostly our American Dresses). I hope this will get fixed soon. So if you encounter a problem with the measurements, please do not hesitate to contact me through our 1-800 number, through live support, through another landline or through email (although this may take a while,huh?)

Thank you for patronizing EliteDresses!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

20,000 Beijing Couples Registered to Wed on Lucky 9-9-09

The number 9 is just as lucky as the number 8, I guess. Beijing Times reported that around 20,000 couples registered to wed on September 9, 2009 (that's 9-9-09). Surprisingly, this is even higher than the registrations last August 8, 2008 (8-8-08), that had 15,000-plus registrations.

Beijing Times says that a lot of couples set up camp outside the various registration offices to ensure that they will be able to get a headstart on registering and get a license that day. I guess true love conquers all, even the lack of sleep and the night cold.

Wow, the marriage registration offices even opened after midnight to cope with the demand.

I wish all these couples the luck the number 9 can give.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

What to do if a child refuses to wear her flowergirl dress?

Uh-oh. One flower girl refuses to try on her flower girl dress and the wedding is tomorrow!
What to do now?

*panic mode*

to be continued....

Friday, September 4, 2009

Wedding Accessories

My friend's wedding is next week and she thinks she needs to give her little entourage trinkets for the wedding. I suggested books about the wedding that talks about their roles. Also make goodie bags for them and include in it cute wedding coloring pictures.

I'm really excited with the wedding and I'm going to post pictures :)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Cow herder and Weaver Lady

This video was filmed in the year 1963. Hope you enjoy it!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Gear up for the Moon Festival and United Nations

We've received surprising number of Chinese dresses for the past two days and most of them are in preparation of the upcoming school event, United Nations(which probably explains the numerous orders on Vietnamese dresses too) not to mention the very famous Moon Festival Celebration on October 3rd!

Thank you all for your continued patronage!

We will do our best to serve you well :)

Once again, thank you for choosing EliteDresses! Have a wonderful day, y'all!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Little girls love to play dress-up game

Little girls love to watch their mommy get dressed and put on their makeup. They would always sneak into their mom's room and try on her clothes. They just love to play dress up. That's why little girls get excited when there is an occasion or a celebration because it is the time their moms dressed them up into beautiful dresses or cute costumes. One Celebration that's coming up is the Moon Festival. The kids can wear Qipao or Cheungsam and pretend they are chinese.

Here are some beautiful Chinese Clothes for the kids to wear on Moon Festival.

Girl's Red QiPao Chinese Dress Traditional  qi pao
Girl's Red Traditional Chinese QiPao Dress
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Girl's beautiful red traditional Chinese dress (QiPao or qi pao). Red is symbolic of good luck, vitality, and the New Year in the Chinese Culture! Gold brocaded Red Cloth of bamboo and plum leaves are symbolic of longevity.

Boy's Blue Traditional Chinese Pants Set
Boy's Chinese Blue Traditional Costume Pants Set
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Sale Price: $14.99
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4 stars
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Boy's Blue Traditional Chinese Pants Set with frog buttons (embroidered), mandarin collar, dragon brocade, golden edging, and includes a hat with a pigtail!

Girl Pink Traditional Chinese Dress/Pant Set
Girl's Pink Traditional Chinese Dress/Pants Set
List Price: $29.99
Our Price: $19.99
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Girl's beautiful Pink traditional Chinese dress pant set. This style was the traditional Chinese clothing worn during the Ching Dynasty (1644-19