Monday, March 31, 2008

fashion diary

Zann is feeling slightly dotty.
Polka dotted top: H&M, New York
Culottes: Giordano Concepts, Hong Kong
Hairband: Gift
White ring: MAAD
Black typewriter key ring: Flea market, New York
Smelly dog: Model's own

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Evelyn normally can't pose in a cool way like this. She is just lucky today.
Dress: Nicholas
Gold Braclet: H&M
Black and Gold Braclet: Diva, Bugis Junction
Watch:Vintage Hamilton
Sandals: H&M

Pris takes a break after tottering around in her sky high gladiator heels!
Top: Primark, London
Jeans: River Island
Bangle: Chinatown
Heels: Office, London

Saturday, March 29, 2008

fashion diary

Evelyn and Zann sit pretty beneath an old photo of Stamford House.
Evelyn (left)
Dress: H&M, New York
Jacket: Piper jacket, Swirl
Heels: Studio Tangs
Rings: Spain
Watch: Vintage

Zann (right)
Top: Studio Tangs
Culottes: Giordano Concepts
Scarf: H&M, Hong Kong (can't really see from the photo but it has little lipsticks all over)
Shoes: H&M, Hong Kong
Rings: H&M, Hong Kong
Watch: Casio

Friday, March 28, 2008

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Pris proves that she is slim enough to fit into a tight corner.
Top: Primark, London
Skirt: River Island
Belt: Far East Plaza
Necklace and bangles: Chinatown
Earrings: Accessorise
Shoes: Charles & Keith

Zann has really tiny eyes, which are most apparent when she smiles.
Dress: Topshop
Skinny belt: Nicholas
Leggings: Ladies Market, Hong Kong
Shoes: URS & Inc.
Watch: Casio
Ring: Flea market, New York
Tiny eyes: From her father

Thursday, March 27, 2008

fashion diary

Pris doublechecks the measurements of the skirt she just drafted for the upcoming collection.
Dress: Cindy dress, Swirl (Past collection)
Cardigan: Mango
Brooch: Swirl
Heels: Charles & Keith

Zann makes final adjustments to the skirt pattern before sending it to the seamstress.
Dress: GG<5
Shoes: Marks & Spencer
Watch: Casio

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

fashion diary

Zann gives up after eight tries with the self-timer. This will have to do.
Dress: Olivia dress, Swirl
Transparent bag: Gap, New York
Exuberant dog: Model's own

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Eveyln loves her Elise Top that hides her water retention.
Top: Elise Top, Swirl (Past Collection)
Shrug: Tiong Bahru Plaza
Necklace: Flea Market, New York
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: Office, London

Pris is cracking her small brain over where to pose next and decides to repeat Zann's first pose! (without the leg kicking swing!)
Jacket: Salvation Army
Dress: Chinatown
Hairband: A shop in Italy
Necklace: Topshop
Tights: Topshop
Shoes: Office, London

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

fashion diary

Zann pretends to be a princess for the day.
Dress: Kylie for H&M
Bangle: Topshop
Shoes: URS & Inc.
Tiara: Borrowed from colleague (Important disclaimer: worn only to take photo, not the entire day)

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Pris hopes the skies continue to stay bright and sunny!
Dress: Zouk Flea Market

Earrings: Forever 21
Bag: H&M, Hongkong
Rings: Plaza Singapura and Topshop
Shoes: Faith, London

Monday, March 24, 2008

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Evelyn radiates with joy after a good old swing!
Top: H&M, Hongkong
Jeans: Topshop
Pearl Necklace: DIY
Brooch: People's Park Complex
Stone Pendant: Holland Shopping Centre
Beaded Necklace: Chatuchak, Bangkok
Shoes: Leather Converse

Pris is afraid she might break the swing into two!
Top: Primark, Huddersfield
Necklace: H&M, London
Skirt: Salvation Army
Shoes: Primark, Manchester

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Zann is having a Fat Day -- don't we all have those? -- and wears her fave Fat Day Dress.
Dress: Betsy dress, Swirl
Ballet flats: Marks & Spencer
Bag: Little Odd Forest, Anthropology (gift from Evelyn)
Dog's polka dot collar: Etsy

Saturday, March 22, 2008

fashion diary

Zann tries her best to pose like the other Swirl Girls, but fails.
Dress: Elaine dress, Swirl (past collection)
Leggings: Marks & Spencer
Shoes: URS & Inc.
Watch: Casio
Hairband: Some HDB provision shop donkey years ago

Friday, March 21, 2008

fashion diary

Pris cant stop laughing at her father making funny faces behind the camera!
Dress: Zara, Milan
Necklace: A gift from her mum and godma
Belt: Claire's, Huddersfield
Bag: Fash Bash Flea Market
Sandals: Vivi, Vivocity

Thursday, March 20, 2008

fashion diary

Christy wishes that bandages are prettier.
T-shirt Dress: Far East Plaza
Leggings: Chinatown
Slippers: Muji
Doughnuts: Krispy Kreme, Hongkong (Special delivery from Zann)

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Pris practises her typing on the vintage typewriter.
Top: Peggy twinset, Swirl (past collection)
Jeans: River Island
Hairband: Chinatown
Shoes: Shelly, London

Zann flaunts her find from the Swirl Swap Swop.
Dress: Some Australian brand, from Swirl Swap Swop
Shoes: H&M, Hongkong
Bangle: Topshop

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

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Evelyn is already thinking of what she can pair her cool culottes with!
Top: Yuki Top, Swirl
Culottes: Giordano Concepts, Hongkong
Watch: Citizen
Tights: Topshop
Shoes: DMK

Pris uses all tools she can find to make herself look taller!Ha!
Dress: H&M, Hongkong
Earring: Forever 21
Belt: H&M, Hongkong
Legging: Ladies Market, Hongkong
Sandals: My Mum's

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

fashion diary

Zann goes to work at her other day job, but that doesn't mean she can't wear her Swirl dress.
Dress: Jobina dress, Swirl (past collection)
Shoes: URS & Inc.
Hairband: Gift from a friend
Watch: CK

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Pris gets along very well with her fluff friends!
Dress: Naomi Sample from Swirl
Hairband: Primark, London
Bag: Primark, London
Tights: Ladies Market, Hongkong(I bought many many colours!)
Shoes: CK(Charles and Keith)

Monday, March 17, 2008

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Evelyn is in a dolly-molly mood!
Dress: Gee Wee goes to New York, Swirl
Belt: Taken from another dress
Tights: Ladies Market, Hong Kong
Ring: A shop in Spain
Shoes: CK (Charles & Keith)

Pris loves faking her midget height with heels!
Top: Vintage, Hongkong
Vest: Own design
Belt: Flea Market, York
Shorts: Sample from Topshop
Tights: Ladies Market, Hongkong
Shoes: Faith, London

Sunday, March 16, 2008

fashion diary

This post is one day late due to a very busy day with baby Ollie.

Evelyn is thrilled when Ollie pays a visit at mommy's shop!
Shirt: Ben Sherman, borrowed from husband
Jeans: Topshop
Belt: Elufa, Tangs
Watch: Citizen
Shoes: Calvin Klein
Baby's top: H&M Kids
Baby's shorts: Baby Gap

fashion diary: hong kong special

In her other day job as a fashion journo, Zann is despatched to Hong Kong to cover the opening of a mega luxury store. Not one to pass up on the chance to dress up, she manages several wardrobe changes a day for the numerous events planned. She is nothing if not vain.

Zann at the spanking new T3. She believes in being warm and comfy while flying.
Top: H&M, Hong Kong
Sweater: China
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: URS & Inc.
Bag: Giordano Concepts

She finds some time to zip to the fabric district after checking in to her hotel, but alas, there is nothing new since her last trip. She is also too warmly dressed, the only idiot sweating in her long houndstooth coat on the MTR.
Outfit: Everything as above, except coat, borrowed from her sister

Getting ready for welcome dinner at the chi chi Cipriani, an Italian restaurant somewhere in Central.
Dress: Nicholas
Leggings: Marks & Spencer
Heels: Charles & Keith

Morning call on Day Two is 7.30am for a luxury version of The Amazing Race. Here, Zann takes a junk across the harbour. She is waited on hand and foot, literally, with a foot reflexology massage and cocktails on board. Later, she also has a champagne tasting session at the top-secret Krug Room. Hic!
Tops: Gap
Culottes: Giordano Ladies
Leggings: China
Shoes: URS & Inc.
Bag: Giordano Concepts

A little too much champagne is imbibed at a watch launch, leading to a blurry photo.
Top: Gap
Skirt: H&M (mistaken for Prada)
Leggings: Ladies Market, Hong Kong
Heels: Charles & Keith

Day Three is hectic with back-to-back interviews and store visits.
Dress: Nicholas
Leggings: Marks & Spencer
Shoes: URS & Inc

The trip ends with a super glam and star-studded party near the water. Sorry, no pix of the stars. You will have to make do with one of Zann.
Dress: Giordano Ladies (mistaken for Paul & Joe)
Leggings: Ladies Market, Hong Kong
Bangle and ring: H&M (token gold item to fit the gold theme, together with the vintage gold clutch, not pictured)
Heels: Charles & Keith

P.S. You may or may not have noticed, but the Swirl Girls are not into designer labels. And they'd like to think they still look like a million bucks. Yes, they are shameless, on top of being vain.

Friday, March 14, 2008

fashion diary

Evelyn is happy the sun is out again and she can wear something sleeveless!
Top: Natasha Top, Swirl
Necklace: H&M, Hongkong
Jeans: Topshop
Bag: Topshop
Watch: Vintage Hamilton
Shoes: CK(Calvin Klein)

Pris is tired of posing but she is not showing it!
Dress: Own Design
Hairband: H&M, Hongkong
Tights: Ladies Market, Hongkong
Bag: Bysi
Shoes: Faith, London

Thursday, March 13, 2008

fashion diary

Pris can't seem to get her bow right.
Jacket: Sample from Topshop
Dress: Topshop
Ring: H&M, Paris
Earring: Accessorize
Shoes:Primark, Manchester

Christy tries to swirl off the dreary weather!
Top: Primark, London
Leggings: Chinatown
Necklace: DIY
Bag: Hongkong
Slipper: Muji

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

fashion diary

Christyyy is wondering when the rain will stop.
Top: Topshop
Skirt: Vintage Shop, Paris
Necklace: DIY
Bangle: Topshop
Watch: Casio
Shoes: Muji

Pris stays chirpy while singing along to Juno soundtrack.
Top: Yuki Top, Swirl
Earrings: Forever 21
Jeans: River Island
Shoes: CK(charles & keith)

swirl from the past

A friend sent me this link to an eBay listing with these photos. It has expired, but Margaret the seller has kindly allowed us to use her photos.

This is a vintage dress from a brand called -- drum roll, please! -- Swirl. We are completely flabbergasted. And we thought we were so original in coming up with the Swirl name.

Margaret also most helpfully provided a link to a concise history of the American company, which was founded in the 1940s and specialised in wrap dresses that were closed with a button at the back, then tied around the waist. Of note is that Oscar de la Renta used to design for it.

But the most amazing part must be when we read on and discovered that the company had a diffusion label of sorts. It's name? Swirl Girl.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

fashion + movies + music

I think fashion is often inter-linked with movies and music.
Recently, I managed to catch the movie, "Juno".
Highly recommended if you enjoyed "Little Miss Sunshine"!
There's so much buzz about it, especially since the emmy awards.

Anyway, with the movie centered around teenagers and school,
there weren't much of the va-va-voom dramatic outfits to drool on.
Though so, I realised how the pregnant character, Juno, eased her
usual wardrobe to accommodate the extra bundle on her tummy!
Well, maybe it's fictionally working or the stylist made it look effortless.

But I think what drew me to this movie was its soundtrack.
It's soft and light, yet with so much meaning through simple analogy!
Evelyn and I are super hooked on it! Funny how we keep squealing 'bout it.

Give it a shot and it may just become your new favourite!
As much as I constantly have the album playing in the shop,
I can't help but get excited when "I'm Sticking With You, by The Velvet Underground" is played!
Second to that would be "Anyone Else But You, by Moldy Peaches"!

"..I'm sticking with you,
'Cos I'm made out of glue.."

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Zann stuffs herself silly with bangers and mash at Monster Mash, Holland Village. Mmm...
Dress: Sample piece of Keira dress, Swirl
Leggings: Ladies' Market, Hong Kong
Shoes: URS & Inc.
Ring: H&M, Hong Kong
Tomato ketchup bottle: Monster Mash

new design in store!

Lorraine Dress
Classic colours of red, white and blue are given a refreshing twist with chiffon and ribbons. Just slip it on, twirl the ribbons round your waist, and you're ready for spring.

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Pris is waiting for spring to arrive!
Dress: Betsy Dress, Swirl
Jewelled hairband: Chinatown
Earrings: Forever 21
Straw bag: Robinsons
Shoes: Vincci

Monday, March 10, 2008

fashion diary

Zann tries to prevent an overjoyed doggie from snagging her leggings when she returns home after a long day at work.
Dress: Teri dress, Swirl
Leggings: China
Heels: H&M, Hong Kong
Bag: Giordano Concepts, Hong Kong
Ring: Flea market, New York
Dog: Model's own (hahaha!)

new design in store!

Tessa Dress
Spring is in the air and what better way to greet it than with blossoms on your dress? Subtle hues of pink and maroon blend perfectly with green in this jersey dress which drapes, not clings, in all the right places.

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Evelyn looks pretty in pink.
Shrug: Tiong Bahru Plaza
Dress: Olivetti dress, Swirl
Tights: Topshop
Shoes: Topshop

Pris likes to keep things clean and lean.
Necklace: Street Market, Shanghai
Top: H&M, Hongkong
Jeans: Levis
Shoes: Nue
Bag: H&M, Hongkong