Dear oh me, it has been a while, hasn't it? We had a crazy November and December and thus, went into total hibernation from the start of the new year until now. Our studio took a well-deserved break in January, and we have been getting ready for the new work year by settling many administrative and backend matters since the start of February. And here we are now, all ready to take on 2017!
We thought it would be best to start with a BTS post to give you a quick summary of the months that have gone by.
Wrapping up the VSA Christmas Cheer Campaign
If you have forgotten what the Christmas Cheer Campaign was about, you can refer to this blog post for all the details. Thanks to the love and support of customers and friends, we managed to send over 200 Happy greeting cards to the VSA Singapore's beneficiaries! It was really heartwarming to see our customers and friends pen down their messages of love and encouragement to complete strangers.
We will be embarking on a new social project this year, so stay tuned to our website for more details in the coming months!
Rescuing Stray Kitties
Preparing for Christmas
Christmas is always the busiest season for us. It may sound a little crazy but our Christmas season actually starts from end September. Our retail line will always get an influx of new products, we have tons of events to plan for and attend, and our studio work increases significantly.
(Top L) Trooper being the curious cat while Jia was adjusting the lighting for our product shoot.
(Top R) Prep work for props can be totally yummy at times! After all, what is Christmas without a little cocoa?
(Bottom L) Preparing tons and tons of Christmas confetti for sale.
(Bottom R) Gift boxes and parcels all ready to be sent to our customers.
Pop-Up and Private Events
Sometimes, our work takes us to places with gorgeous views. This was taken from the TripAdvisor's office. It must be great to go to work everyday with such a magnificent view of the heart of Singapore!
(Top L) This is just 3/4 of the stuff we carry around with us to pop-up markets!
(Top R) Designers and brand vendors all stuck in the lobby of the F1 Pit Building as it was pouring endlessly towards the end of the Public Garden Christmas event.
(Mid L) It was pretty amazing being able to set up a booth in the middle of Orchard Road. This was after a super heavy downpour that had us frantically covering our booth with groundsheets and buying new clothes to wear. We. were. drenched.
(Mid R) The aftermath of any pop-up market is always a huge mess.
(Bottom) Our two-week long booth at Millenia Walk was awesome as we were next to our good friends, the lovely girls from Operation Overhaul.
Wedding Styling Prep
One thing that all weddings have in common? The need for floral!
Styling prep for weddings meant hours and days combing through nurseries and warehouses. These places are starting to feel like our second homes!
A bold and vibrant Indian-Chinese wedding meant tons of sweet-smelling flowers, bangles, and a riot of bright happy colours!
The start of any event decor set-up is always a messy affair. The above and below photographs are just some quick snaps of us and our crew setting up a church for a wedding ceremony. The theme of the wedding was greenery and so, we piled on copious amounts of fresh ferns and floral to create a green woodland wonderland.
(Top) Putting together this luscious backdrop of ferns and floral for the photobooth took more than four hours! This was the almost completed backdrop with the set-up of cameras and lights.
(Bottom) Drapes of ivies, bunches of ferns, and endless lengths of oxblood-coloured ribbons lined the aisle of the sanctuary. Not pictured is the massive amount of greens whimsically decorating the stage and the super cute pot as the centrepiece at the cross.
Halia at the Raffles Hotel was a dream to style in! The colonial aesthetic of the restaurant paired beautifully with the wild tablerunners made up of numerous garlands and apples. The center display table was decorated with more lush greens and some woodland flair. It is such a shame that Raffles Hotel has closed this area for renovations since the start of this year.
(Top) A beautiful costal line on a stormy day in Jeju Island, South Korea.
(Second from top) High up in the misty glorious mountains of Alishan, Taiwan.
(Second from bottom) Calm, cold, and incredibly serene winter day in Hokkaido, Japan.
(Bottom) The gorgeous shore and turquoise blue waters of Okinawa, Japan.
And... we went on vacations. Jia travelled to South Korea and Taiwan while Min explored Japan!
Now that we have relaxed and unwind from the hectic year of 2016, our studio is back in action. This means that our regular blog posting will also begin. Do look out for new content in the coming year and more emphasis on design in our everyday life. Here's to an awesome 2017!
With Love, Min+Jia.
The humans behind honey&gazelle Design Studio. When we are not frantically working, we share our mishmash of thoughts on design, life, and love here. Grab a cuppa and stay for a bit!