Saturday, July 8, 2017

lolina vintage café @ malasaña

Lolina - front
One of my favourite barrios in Madrid is Malasaña. It is full of restaurants, cafes and second hand or vintage shops too. It is an ideal meeting place for hipsters. If you ever in Madrid, do stop by to check it out.

My favourite café in Malasaña is Lolina Vintage Café. The café is decorated with vintage or retro furniture. If you are into vintage furniture, you will definitely love this place! I will just let the photos speak for themselves...

Lolina - sofa

Lolina - seats

Lolina - seats 2

Lolina - bar

Lolina - cafe n cake

After a hard day of walking around the city and checking out nearby vintage stores, I stopped by here for a break; enjoying a nice cup of latte and a yummy slice of red velvet cake.... Yuummmm...... so scrumptious.

Espíritu Santo, 9 - Malasaña - Madrid
Tel: +34 91 523 5859

Hope you are enjoying the weekend, until my next post, stay chic!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

outfit post: vintage outfit takes a stroll in the park in madrid

Barcelona; ticked, Segovia; ticked, Toledo; ticked; that means left Madrid to be explored. I spent the remaining days of my holiday in this vibrant city. Whilst there are many art museums in Madrid but did you know there is a museum of costume or museo del traje? The permanent exhibition showcases a historical evolution of costumefrom the 17th century to the present day. There is a small section dedicated to the Spanish renowned designer; Cristóbal Balenciaga. Would highly recommend this museum for fashion lovers.

museo del traje
Address: Avenida de Juan de Herrera, 2. Madrid, 28040.
Moncloa (lines 3 and 6) and Ciudad Universitaria (line 6)
Bus: Lines 46, 82, 83, 84, 132, 133, G
Admission fee: 3 Euros
Opening hours:
- Tuesday to Saturday: 9:30 - 19:00 h.
- Sundays and Public Holidays: 10:00 - 15:00 h.
- Last admission 30 minutes before the Museum closes

The Museum is closed:
- Every Monday, 1 and 6 January, 1 May, 15 May, 24, 25 and 31 December

Note: no photography is allowed in the museum

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Outfit: small polka dots shirt, thrifted vintage skirt, thrifted vintage belt, leather jacket and wedge sneakers
Location: Palacio de Cristal, Parque de el Retiro

Besides art museums and museums, there are several parks in Madrid. Park is a good place to recharge and for a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Grab a bocadillo (sandwich) and enjoy a quick bite in a park. Once you are done, you can people watch too. The park is huge with different attractions within the park itself, for instance the Crystal Palace.  Buen Retiro park is a-must visit and I could not agree more.

Hope you having a wonderful weekend. Stay chic!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

outfit post: stripes meet anchors in toledo

5 View from Mirador del Valle
Toledo, view from Mirador del Valle

2 View from Puente Alcantara

View from Puente de Alcántara

After Segovia, next city on my itinerary was Toledo. There is an old Spanish saying; until you've seen Toledo, you have not seen Spain. Toledo is known as City of Three Cultures because of the historical co-existence of Christians, Muslims and Jews cultures. It is a lovely city to visit with beautiful architecture, narrow streets for wandering and getting lost and also not forgetting the scrumptious food. Toledo is indeed not to be missed when you are in Spain!

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outfit: stripes top, thrifted vintage belt, vintage nautical prints pleated skirt, leather jacket and wedge sneakers

A habit of mine which is I tend to keep newly bought clothes (either new, thrifted or vintage) for some time before wearing them. To be honest, I have this skirt for over 4 years and it has never seen the light. However, I did the skirt justice; not only it has seen the light but also travelled to Spain. What a lucky skirt, don't you think? I love the prints of anchors on the skirt, just a cute print.

If you have a habit like mine, what is the clothing item that you have kept the longest before wearing it? I think I should start checking my wardrobe for any lost souls...

Have a great weekend everyone, until my next post, stay chic!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

outfit post: the segovian holiday

After Barcelona, I travelled to Madrid and spent the remaining days of my holiday in Madrid and nearby cities. One of the nearby cities is Segovia; under 30 minutes AVE train ride. Perfect for a day trip from Madrid.

Two main attractions that I love are the Alcázar of Segovia and the Aqueduct. Doesn't the Alcázar look like one of the palaces featured in Disney's animation or cartoon? Currently it is used as a museum and a military archives building. It was originally built as a fortress but has served a royal palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College and a military. As for the Aqueduct, it is the most magnificent landmark of Segovia. It was built during the Roman era and was used to transport water from the Rio Frio river to the city. The Aqueduct measures 14.965 meters long from its origin in the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains. It has 166 arches.

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Outfit: vintage top, thrifted skirt, leather jacket and wedge sneakers

My outfit was inspired by Audrey Hepburn's Roman Holiday; white shirt with circle skirt. A simple yet classic look. However, on second thought, my look is kind of reminded me of the guys in Grease; black leather jacket, white t-shirt and blue denims. What a funny coincidence, don't you think?

Do you have any funny fashion coincidences? Feel free to share!

Till my next post, have a great weekend and stay chic.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

wanderlust: when in barcelona...

In late April, I travelled to Spain for a one-week holiday (a little short for an interesting country though!). First stop was Barcelona for a 3-day 2-night stay. Despite a short stay, I managed to squeeze in visits to a vintage store and a thrift store.

Holala BCN

Holala BCN tops

Holala BCN dresses

I was lucky that Holala! Plaza was within 10 to 15 minutes walk from the hotel where I stayed. Hence, after checked-in and freshen up, this was the first place I went. The store is big and the merchandise is nicely displayed and organised in racks. One can find women and men vintage clothes and accessories. I would say most of the vintage dresses are from the 70s to 90s. There are several Holala! stores; worth to visit if you are in Barcelona.

Holala! Plaza
Plaza Castella 2,
08001 Barcelona
Monday to Saturday, 11 am to 9 pm
Tel: +34 93 302 05 93

Humana BCN
Humana is an NGO who aims are environmental protection, humanitarian aid to developing communities and assistance to other groups in Spain. Humana sells used clothes to help them to achieve their social purpose and to self-financing. The price of clothes is as low as 2 EURO! During my stay, I visited a Humana store at Ronda Universitat, 19. Looking for vintage pieces may require time and patience. And if you are lucky, you might find something you like.

Although during this trip I did not check out many vintage stores, I was still happy with my visits. I hope I will be able to return and visit more vintage stores. Keeping my fingers crossed! 

Hope you have enjoyed reading this short post; until my next post, have a great weekend and stay chic!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

outfit post: mix n match

Hola! I am back from hiatus and I am very delighted to be back here; to share thrifting or vintage hunting adventures and vintage purchases with you.

Whilst I away from the blogging world, I travelled to Spain for a short vacation. I will share more in the upcoming posts. In this trip, I did something differently from my past trips - travelled in style (in the terms of wardrobe). In my past trips, my wardrobe staples are a pair of denim pants and t-shirts. Whilst there is nothing wrong wearing jeans and t-shirts in a vacation, well, why not try to bring it up to the next level? And I did so in this trip.

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Outfit: vintage dress, leather jacket, tote bag and wedge sneakers
Location: Park Güell

This is one of my favourite vintage dresses. It is a late 1930s or early 1940s rayon dress which I bought from Victory Girl Vintage on Etsy. Dana has curated many lovely pieces in her Etsy shop and if I could, I would like to purchase all the lovely 30s and/or 40s dresses!

I styled this beautiful vintage dress with a leather jacket to make the whole look edgy. Mixing vintage pieces with modern pieces or elements elevates a look and exudes a little edginess (in my case).

What is your travelling wardrobe? Do you plan your outfits? Any tips? Do share with me as I am eager and happy to hear your views.

That's all for now, till my next post. Stay chic!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

when in kuala lumpur; it's back to thrifiting!

Family bundle store resized

In my recent trip back to Kuala Lumpur for Chinese New Year celebration, I managed to thrift. Oh boy,  I miss real thrifting so much! And I was lucky to score few items - yaaay!

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The store is huge and prices are as low as RM5 (about USSD1.20 / HK$8.70) per piece! No time to loose but to starting digging...

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A homemade vintage dress in an excellent condition for just RM5! It is a tad snug, so need to alter the dress. The print and colour is fabulous, a very pretty dress. So hard to leave it behind! 

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A closer shot of the dress.

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I think this a house dress or robe (?) but the print is beautiful. First of all, this is kind of unlike me to get this piece but I was thinking of wearing this as a jacket - will see.

Vintage dress 2b resized

Oh, this piece is from Emanuel Ungaro and it costs RM10.60 (about USD2.40 / HK$18.50)!

Now, where is this place?

17, Jalan Wawasan 2/3
68000 Ampang
Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Daily 10 am to 12 midnight

When was your last thrifting trip? What did you score? Do share with me, I am interested to know thrifting scene in your area.

It is good to blog again, till my next post, have a great weekend and stay chic!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you had a good one. Apologies for the hiatus - technical issue. My eight or nine years old laptop has decided to take a long rest. I have been told eight or nine years is quite a long 'laptop' life. Normal life cycle is five years. Anyway, I bought a new laptop as a Christmas gift for myself. Now, I am happy to be able to blog again. 

Whilst I was not blogging, I have been online shopping expanding my vintage wardrobe; shopping of different yesteryears: the 1940s and 1950s. As these two eras are relatively difficult to come by in Hong Kong, I rely on Etsy a lot. Here is a snippet of my purchases.  

2016 purchases

I cannot wait to complete the alterations which mostly are re-hemming and start wearing these beauties.

Hope you are having a great weekend and started the new year with a great start. Till my next post, stay chic!