Saturday, September 23, 2017

wanderlust: london - balenciaga: shaping fashion @ v&a museum


If you are a fan of Balenciaga, do check out its specially curated fashion exhibition at Victoria and Albert museum from now until the 18th February 2018. One of the most celebrated Spanish designers; Cristóbal Balenciaga founded his fashion house in 1919 in Sab Sebastian, Spain. It is believed that he was a genius who revolutionized the concept of dressing and the female silhouette. In this exhibition, you have the opportunity to see his beautiful work.   

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Playing with volume

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Spanish folk inspired dresses

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Yet another Spanish folk inspired dress

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50s dresses 

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Hand painted silk dress

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Cocktail dresses 

If you wish to fully immerse yourself into the fashion world of Balenciaga, plan a visit to its museum in Getaria, his hometown. It is on my list and hope I will be able to visit someday in the future.

Have a great weekend and stay chic! 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

outfit post: 40s brown dress


In my recent trip to London, I was lucky enough to see Big Ben and hear its bell before it was officially closed for four year due to conservation work. As you can see from the above photo, scaffoldings are being built around the base of the clock tower. London would not be the same without its iconic landmark.


Outfit: 40s vintage dress and 40s vintage heels

This simple yet chic 40s brown dress is one of kinds. It comes with square collar and pockets. And I love dresses that come with pockets - so handy! Furthermore, the design of dress is timeless and if I did not mention it is a 40s dress, it is hard to tell. I bought this beauty from Dethrose Vintage and the shoes from Road Less Travelled Vintage 2. They are indeed a match made in vintage heaven.



The second location is Neal Yard's. I came across this location whilst searching for hidden gems of London. What do you think? Don't you just love the beautiful and vibrant surroundings.

Have a great weekend ahead and stay chic!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

wanderlust: london - diana: her fashion story exhibition @ kensington palace


The earliest memory I have of the late Princess Diana is that I was staying up late with my family members to watch a fairy tale-like wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Furthermore, my mother has a hobby of cutting beautiful people in pretty dresses from magazines and newspaper and putting them in a book. And of course, the late Lady Di was one of them. I remember browsing my mother's book when I was little.

Fast forward to 2017, I had the opportunity to visit Diana: Her fashion story exhibition in Kensington Palace. When I tried to purchase a ticket at the Historic Royal Palaces website with no success, I was disappointed. I was about to give up hope, luckily my colleague in London office helped to source another website and tickets are available for purchase... phew and yay!  

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A total of 25 dresses were curated in this exhibition. Each dress tells a story and shows the evolution of her fashion style over the years; from the brown tweed wool day suit worn on her honeymoon to the elegant off shoulder black gown that she worn when dancing with John Travolta to the Versace ice blue silk gown with beading.  It is an indeed truly  wonderful sight and experience for fashionistas or Lady Di's fans.


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Fashion illustrations

My favourite photo

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Kensington Palace

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The White Garden

After visiting the exhibition, don't forget to strolling around the White Garden and the Palace's surrounding. The garden is planted with an array of white flowers to commemorate the late princess.

Till my next post, have a blast weekend and stay chic!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

outfit post: strolling around the ancient town in a floral vintage dress

japanese bridge

Visiting the ancient town of Hoi An has been on my list for a while. Recently I am happily to tick off Hoi An from my list. The ancient town of Hoi An is awarded as a UNESCO World heritage site. The site is  a well-preserved example of a south-east Asian trading port of the 15th to 19th centuries, with buildings that display a unique blend of local and foreign influences.


Chinese style architecture

lantern shop

Lantern shop

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Outfit: vintage dress, lace belt, vintage Ferragamo bag, sandals

The best way to enjoy Hoi An is wandering around and getting lost in this little beautiful ancient town. If you are a fan of Vietnamese coffee, take a break and enjoy a nice cup of coffee in a local café. Better yet, find a rooftop café or a riverfront café to enjoy the breath taking view of Hoi An whilst sipping your coffee.

This lovely floral vintage dress has been in my wardrobe for ages. I bought this dress in a flea market in Kuala Lumpur. When  packing for this trip, I thought to myself; why not pack this piece? And it was a good decision.

How is your summer so far? Hope you had a great summer and soon be ready for fall. Until my next post, stay chic!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

outfit post: 40s gingham day dress

Outfit post 1 Okinawa

Outfit post 2 Okinawa

Outift post 3 Okinawa
Outfit: 40s vintage dress, thrifted vintage belt, sneakers

Last summer I bought few 40s vintage dresses and now I am trying to indulge in my purchases. I came across this adorable vintage dress on Etsy and  I was lucky because it is in my size. After few clicks, the dress is mine.

What make it such an adorable dress are the white collar and white cap sleeves. The dress comes with a side metal zipper, one of the features of a 40s dress. I re-hemmed the length of the dress, giving it a fresher look and more suited to my height.

Every now and then I search for 40s dresses on Etsy and also Instagram. Sometimes, I would buy 'wounded' pieces and try to give them second life. Oh, I just realised that I bought two pieces for my next projects and one perfectly nice wool dress for autumn or winter. Can't wait to receive the dresses! 

Have a great weekend and until the next post, stay chic!

Monday, August 14, 2017

vintage stores @ malasaña

48A Around Malasana

Here's a post for vintage lovers or fashionistas. To get your vintage fix whilst vacationing in Madrid, head to Malasaña. Here are some vintage stores for your to-check-out-list:

La Mona Checa

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Store details:

La Mona Checa
Calle de Velarde 2,
28004 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 93 39 97


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Store details:

Calle de Velarde 4,
28004 Madrid, Spain
647 51 39 11

Biba Vintage

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Biba 3

Store details:

Biba Vintage
Calle de Velarde 1,
28004 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 91 54 68

Magpie Vintage

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Magpie 5

Store details:

Magpie Vintage
Calle de Velarde 3,
28004 Madrid, Spain.
+34 914 483 104

Hope this short vintage stores list gives you a little sneak peek of Madrid's vintage scene. After vintage shopping, just take a break in one of the cafes in the area. So convenient and your vintage shopping itinerary can be easily sorted.

Till my next post, stay chic! Hasta pronto!

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

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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!