The Bigger Plan.

“….I believe everything happens for a reason and is all part of a bigger plan. Everything has its own time and place, and I believe I am where I should be.” – New Year’s Day 2015.

4 weeks later, I am certain that everything that has happened in my life has led me to where I am and where I am supposed to be. Along the way, I learnt many life lessons, it wasn’t an easy transition after working from home for some 8 years, in fact, I never realised that it has been so long. What have I been doing the past 8 years? What if I did things differently? What if I led a different lifestyle and I never left the F&B industry in the first place?

Questions, too many to answer but I know one thing for sure; if I had lived any differently, I probably wouldn’t have met the people I got to meet, and the one thought that makes me cringe, what if I didn’t meet Robin? Thankfully, I did.

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Us during NYE 2011

The truth is, in life you need that one person who doesn’t give up on you even when you’re close to giving up on yourself. Someone who sees your potential, someone who keeps pushing you to be a better person and doesn’t hesitate to tell you that you’re not being the best you can be. It can be hard to take in, but we need that truth.

Thank you for being that person for me, love.

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The lights at Absinthe.

All these years I took so much for granted, that I would get a job easily with my qualifications for one. It turned into a 6 month long journey before I found THE JOB I was looking for. Sure I got offers, but interview after interview, I realised those jobs wouldn’t put me in the right direction, I wouldn’t grow the way I want to, so I kept looking. I always enjoyed doing events, so I decided I would pick up where I left off. There were times when I felt lost and on the verge of falling back into complacency, but I made a decision and I was going to stick it out no matter what. I learnt not to readily accept everything that falls into my lap if it won’t help me grow, I learnt to not let people determine and tell me what I am worth. I learnt that I should never settle for comfortable, and if things get comfortable, it means that it is time for a new challenge. Today, I am in Reservations & Events for the TRE Group, handling reservations and events for Absinthe Restaurant Franςais which is located at Boat Quay.

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Absinthe’s outdoor terrace by day. It’s a lovely place to be and especially so in the evening.

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Where will this new adventure take me? Only time will tell, but I will put my best foot forward, every day. No job is easy, but having a job you enjoy waking up to and excelling at makes all the difference.

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My daily view, the office at 46 Bukit Pasoh.

Some of you may wonder, what about the store?

The store is still “operating”. Orders for in-stock items are mailed out on a daily basis since I pass a post box on the way to the office every morning. Customisations will take more time though, for custom orders please email me at jeaninegabrielle@gmail.com.

For those who may have missed the update, the store is now at http://jeanine-gabrielle.myshopify.com

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Mini Amineko in Mustard $32.90 (London bus not included)

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Q : Do you still customise wedding bouquets?

A : Yes I do, however due to the limited free time I have on weekends, it is advisable to order at least 6 months in advance.

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A previous custom bouquet of roses and peonies.

Since we’re on the topic of flowers and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, what IS everyone up to this Valentine’s? I definitely won’t be having a Valentine’s date since Robin will be out of town but if you haven’t made plans with your significant other yet, may I suggest you join me at Absinthe Restaurant Franςais?

Full details in my next post! :)

Absinthe Restaurant Franςais is located at 72 Boat Quay. Tel : 62229068

Take a leap of Faith..

“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.”

– Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever.

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The above bouquet is my latest pride and joy, carefully created for Daphne whose solemnisation ceremony takes place this weekend. I can’t wait to see photos from her wedding!

This one took a real leap of faith, with not much to go on, I decided to do something completely different from what I have done with other bouquets so far, and I am so happy that the bride loves the bouquet as much as I do. Soft and airy chiffon peonies, lush roses and my first attempt at the tricky ranunculus, all handmade from scratch, and it was completely worth all the work.

If you’d like to view more photos of this bouquet, they are available here. Please contact me at jeaninegabrielle@gmail.com at least 2-3 months in advance if you are interested in a handmade bouquet for your wedding that will last forever, along with memories from your BIG DAY!

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Shades of ivory, pink and topped with pearls on top

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After working on a couple of bridal bouquets, I’ve realised that shades of ivory and pink seem to be a favourite amongst brides. Sometimes I wonder if I’ll stick to the norm when my turn comes (eventually).  Everyone loves this latest bouquet, I had a customer tell me this bouquet is fit for a Princess, and I think I have to agree! *cues Disney princess song*

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I’m all about uniqueness and exclusivity, so I like to make sure that no two bouquets are ever the same. In fact, no two flowers are carbon copies of each other; each and every flower has it’s own identity, just like nature intended it to be.

I still get people asking me if these are real flowers, well, as alive as they look, they are actually made of fabric. The advantage? These will outlive and outlast real life flowers, and you can do tons of stuff with it after you walk down the aisle. Take the bouquet apart after your wedding and rearrange the flowers in simple mason jars or leave the bouquet as it is on your bedside table and relive your wedding day every single day. That actually sounds like a great daily reminder as to why you said “I DO”.

What would you do with your wedding bouquet if it could last a lifetime?

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To Dao Bin & Wei Yen, my heartiest congratulations, and may married life be everything you expected and more! xx

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Are YOU planning your special day? Or know of someone who is? Feel free to contact me should you have any questions at all, jeanine@jeaninegabrielle.com

Please note that the colors featured in this post may not be available at all times, and depends solely on fabric availability at the time of your order.

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