Wednesday, December 31, 2008

fashion diary

Pris softens a grungy tee (it comes with holes!) with girly pleated skirt and heels.
Striped tee: London
Skirt: GG>5
Heels: Charles & Keith

Evelyn finally owns a long cardi.
Jumpsuit and cardi: Topshop
Necklace: Chinatown
Sandals and belt: Charles & Keith

Monday, December 29, 2008

fashion diary

Zann wishes sometimes to be one of those girls who wear black and only black every day. But she knows she isn't.
Dress: Baylene
Shoes: Converse

Saturday, December 27, 2008

fashion diary

Zann wishes she could wear the tiny organic tees from Belle & Dean.
T-shirt: Muji
Jumper: Bysi
Flats: Cotton On

Sandra is the best shop elf in the history of Swirl. She isn't even paid!
Dress: Keira dress, Swirl
Flats: URS & Inc
Hairband: Random ribbon

Friday, December 26, 2008

fashion diary

Sale season is here and Sandra is here to help her sis.

Sandra (left)
Dress: Raine dress, Swirl
Necklace: H&M, New York
Flats: Cotton On
Watch: Casio G Shock

Zann (right)
Dress: Rachel dress, Swirl
Flats: Mondo

Pris is back on the Fashion Diary due to popular demand.
Top: Mother's
Jacket: Own design
Jeans: Levi's
Heels: Charles & Keith
Hairband & chains: Chinatown

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

merry christmas

Merry Christmas and thanks for all your kind comments on our blog. We truly appreciate each and every one of them, and your support for Swirl.

To end the year on a high note, we will be having a Boxing Day Sale starting from 26 December 2008 (duh!) to 3 January 2009.

There will be a "Buy 2 Get 1 Free" promotion on all Swirl items. In addition to the Stamford House boutique, you can also get the same discount on-line and at the following locations (although not all items may be stocked there):
  • Chai The Fashion Emporium, 01-36 Liang Court
  • Hide & Seek, 22B Hong Kong Street
  • Odette, 02-29, Change Alley Chevron House (Caltex House)
  • Pluck, 31/33 Haji Lane
In addition, our consignors at the Stamford House boutique will also offer these discounts:
  • Capri jackets and dresses will be available on a "2nd Piece At 50% Off" offer.
  • Belle & Dean men's tees will be at 30% off.
  • Mooi bags and clutches will be on "Buy 2 Get 1 Free".
  • Dotted Line's past season dresses are all now slashed to $59.
Do drop by and grab these bargains before they're all snapped up. Ho ho ho!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

fashion diary

Zann can't resist stripes.
Top: Muji Factory Outlet, Osaka
Jeans: Topshop
Flats: Cotton On
Bag: Gap, New York

Necklace: Vintage, New York flea market
Ring: Chinatown

Many friends are fascinated by her hairdo and think it takes hours. Truth is, it only takes 10 minutes, approximately 37 bobby pins and a lot of hair spray.

Monday, December 22, 2008

fashion diary

Zann wears loose clothes because she has been feasting too much over this festive season.
Dress: Sister's, from Taiwan
Belt: Mother's, vintage
Flats: Mondo

fashion diary

Zann doesn't have very exciting outfit photos from her tiring whirlwind Osaka trip.
Jacket: Esprit, borrowed from Pris
Ring: H&M
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes (not seen): Converse

It wasn't that cold but she was still all bundled up all the time.
Outfit: As above
Striped top: Muji
Gloves: Zara
Hat: H&M
Bag: Giordano Concepts

fashion diary

Zann forgot to upload this from last week!
Top: Topshop
Pants: Nicholas
Flats: URS & Inc

Monday, December 15, 2008

fashion diary

Pris loves pink.
Cardigan: Mango
Dress: Zara
Sandals: Charles & Keith
Bag: Some pushcart stall
Hairband: H&M, Hong Kong

Evelyn in the same jumper as Zann but she's not crazy enough to attempt jumping in her wedges.
Jumper: Bysi
Knitted cardi: Series
Wedges: Charles & Keith

Saturday, December 13, 2008

fashion diary

Zann feels morally obligated to do a jump shot because she is wearing a jumper.

However, she sucks at gauging the self-timer, so this is the only shot which shows much of the outfit. Ignore her constipated expression.
Jumper: Bysi
Flats: Cotton On
Necklace: Forever 21

Friday, December 12, 2008

fashion diary

Evelyn and Zann pretend to be tourists, taking photos with the Christmas decor along Orchard Road.

Evelyn (left)
T-shirt: Gift
Blazer: Zara
Jeans: Topshop
Sandals: Charles & Keith
Bag: H&M

Zann (right)
Froot Loops tee: Pushcart in Liang Court
Shorts: Mango, sister's
Bag: H&M
Flats: Cotton On

Evelyn's sister-in-law, Melissa, joins in the Fashion Diary with her Strawberry shortcake tee.
T-shirt: Urban Outfitters
Skirt: Gap
Slippers: Havaianas
Bag: Strangelets

Evelyn can't resist posing with the gingerbread man.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

fashion diary

Zann can't decide in which photo she looks less idiotic, so here are the both of them.
Dress: Bysi, sister's
Belt: Charles & Keith
Flats: Cotton On
Ring: H&M

Sunday, December 7, 2008

fashion diary

Zann flaunts her Fash Bash bargain from Baylene, conveniently located next to the Swirl stall.
Top: Express
Shorts: Baylene
Bag: Topshop
Shoes: Cotton On

Evelyn dresses down for Sunday brunch without looking sloppy.
Dress: Raine dress, from Swirl
Shoes: Converse

Saturday, December 6, 2008

fashion diary

The Swirl Girls take a few quick shots during the busy busy FashBash at The Cathay. Thanks to everyone who dropped by!

Zann (left)
Dress: Vintage
Pearls: Salvation Army
Shoes: URS & Inc

Pris (middle)
Dress: Rebecca dress (which is reversible), from Swirl
Blouse: WH
Shoes: Primark

Christy (right)
Jumper: Bangkok
Necklace: Topshop
Sandals: Charls & Keit
Bag: Vintage

buy 2 get 1 free

For one day only, you can get FREE Swirl clothes. Yes, FREE!

First, you need to buy two pieces. Then you will get one piece FREE!

This is all happening on Saturday, 6 December. The Swirl Girls will be at Fash Bash at The Cathay, from 5pm to 12am, with a Buy-2-Get-1-Free promotion. This very special offer is valid for all items that we lug over during Fash Bash.

Over at our Stamford House boutique, we have new workwear items from Dotted Line -- dresses and tops in flirty fabrics that can take you from day to night with ease.

We hear that there will be bargains galore at Fash Bash, so do drop by and say hi!

Friday, December 5, 2008

fashion diary

After much consideration, the Swirl Girls have decided to part with Mr Brown, Mr Browner and Mr Brownest (priced at $19, $29 and $39 respectively, or $69 for the entire family).

Zann (left)
Top: Next, from Swirl Swap Swop
Shorts: Mango, sister's
Shoes: Converse

Evelyn (middle)
Jacket: Trioon, from Hide & Seek
Necklace & jeans: Topshop
Shoes: Converse

Pris (right)
Dress: Vintage, a gift
Shoes: River Island

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

fashion diary

Evelyn feels very ABBA today.
Jump suit: Topshop
Skinny belt and sandals: Charles & Keith

fashion diary

Zann is still in love with her Ali Baba pants.
Top: H&M
Pants: Nicholas
Heels: Charles & Keith

Monday, December 1, 2008

fashion diary

Pris flaunts her new jump suit.
Shrug: Holland Village
Jump suit: Topshop
Belt: H&M, Hong Kong
Strappies: Faith, London

Evelyn finally wears the dress bought five years ago.
Dress: Oppt Shop, Heeren
Sandals: Charles & Keith

Saturday, November 29, 2008

fashion diary

Zann is surprised to find two little elves hiding behind her.
Dress: Kayla yellow dress, from Swirl
Pearls: Aldo
Gold clutch: Vintage
Shawl: Bysi
Flats: Cotton On

Friday, November 28, 2008

swirl girl reunion

The Swirl Girls -- Christy, Pris, Nelly, Joyce, Evelyn and Zann -- had a mini reunion at Pasta de Waraku and had so much fun they forgot to take any Fashion Diary photos. Ooops!

Thanks to interns Nelly and Joyce for their thoughtful gifts (vintage hair clips on the left, "Anna Sui" earring holder in the middle and alcoholic chocs) and cards. They'll be missed! Also thanks to them and Christy and Pris for their hard work at Isetan!

swirl sale is back!

What's better than 15% off? Why, that would be 50% off!

There will be a special promotion at our Stamford House boutique and website starting from Friday, 28 November, for six days only. Just buy any full-priced Swirl item and you can purchase your second and subsequent (lower-priced) items at 50% off.

Don't worry, if you just have your eye on one top or one dress, you can still get it at 15% off the full price. There are also sample pieces and odd sizes on unbelievable discounts, so that's even more savings for you.

We're rearranging our racks and hanging out extra pieces now, in preparation for your arrival. See you!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

fashion diary

Zann likes to point her toes inwards. (Sometimes, she also likes to stand on one foot.)
Top: Vintage
Jeans: Topshop
Bag: Country Road
Flats: Mondo
Ring: H&M

osaka shopping tips

Help help help!

I'll be off to Osaka on a whirl-wind work trip next week and I'm wondering if anyone has shopping tips, especially for vintage bargains.

I've only been to Osaka once quite a few years ago, so any help will be much appreciated.

Oh, and how many layers will I need to wear? Brrr...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

fashion diary

Zann wants to be as tall as a giraffe. (The plan was to sit in the umpire's chair, but it turned out to be wet.)
Top: 100% cotton Belle & Dean vest, available from Swirl
Jeans: Topshop
Jacket: Tangs Studio
Shoes: Converse

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

fashion diary

It's exactly one month to Christmas, hence Zann is wearing her Christmas sweater. (Ignore those crazy people doing the fan dance in the background.)
Sweater, tank top & jeans: Topshop
Flats: Cotton On

Monday, November 24, 2008

fashion diary

Zann is super pleased with her Ali Baba pants.
Top: H&M
Bottom: Nicholas
Heels: Charles & Keith
Bag: H&M
Ring: Chinatown

Sunday, November 23, 2008

fashion diary

The Swirl Sisters are off for Sunday dimsum. Zann goes for black and grey.
Top: H&M
Shorts: Giordano Concepts
Flats: URS & Inc
Ring: Chinatown
Watch: Calvin Klein

Sandra goes for black and pink, plus a very cute wig. Notice they have two pairs of the same shoes.
Top: Sheryl top, from Swirl past collection
Shorts: Mango
Flats: URS & Inc
Rings: Chinatown and Bangkok

Saturday, November 22, 2008

fashion diary

Zann poses and smiles awkwardly.
Top: Bysi
Jeans: Topshop
Necklace: Aldo
Shoes: Charles & Keith

Friday, November 21, 2008

fashion diary

Pris is off to Bali to enjoy the sun, sand and sea.
Dress: River Island
Belt: From a jacket
Shoes: Topshop
Hairband: Mum's
Earrings: Chinatown

Nelly is pleased with the heart cushion she made.
Top: Mango
Pants: Dorothy Perkins
Shoes: Charles & Keith
Cushion: Made from fabric scraps, available from Swirl soon

Zann is pleased with the necklace she made.
Top: Tokyo
Skirt: H&M
Flats: Cotton On
Necklace: Made from fabric scraps, available from Swirl soon

Thursday, November 20, 2008

reader mail

We always get excited when there are comments left for us. But blog reader Grace has made us even more excited. She's written in with a fashion question! Here it is:

Hi Eveyln/Pris/Zann,

I know this may seem weird. But I do admire the style you guys have. Hence, would like to seek advice how much allowance should I leave for the hem of my skinny jeans if I want to wear them with heels/flats?

Thank you! :)

Thanks for consulting us, even though we're no fashion gurus!

I think the general rule is to wear the shoes you want to pair with the jeans and then hem it to a length that is slightly below the heels of your feet. However, I find that my skinny jeans are so skinny around the ankles that they basically just stay there (ie. doesn't make any difference whether I wear heels or flats, the leg of the jeans remain roughly at the same place around my ankles!)

Pris says also to wash your jeans first before altering them, as they might shrink.

Since we're not exactly experts, we thought it may be good to tap on the collective experience of all our readers. Anyone has tips to share?

fashion diary

Pris is wearing the statement necklace that makes the other Swirl Girls jealous, because she got it as a buy-one-get-one-free.
Dress: River Island
Necklace: Topshop
Heels: Charles & Keith
Rings: H&M

Zann borrows heavily from her sister's wardrobe.
Dress: From China, sister's
Heels: Charles & Keith

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

fashion diary

Zann likes to believe that black is a slimming colour.
Dress: Mango, sister's
Belt: Nicholas
Heels: H&M

fashion diary

Joyce stands tall and slim in her dress bought at a great bargain!
Dress: This Fashion
Watch: Mustafa
Shoes: Charles and keith

Pris unashamedly showcased her illustrations with swirl's new prints charming collection!
Dress: Daisy Dress, Swirl
Rings: Accessorize and H&M, london