Wednesday, April 30, 2008

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Evelyn is thrilled to find the giant bow at the back of her wardrobe.
Big bow brooch: Part of auntie's wedding dress from the 80s, Tan Yoong
Tank top: Topshop
Jeans: Topshop
Bracelet: Diva, Bugis Junction
Rings: H&M, Hong Kong

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Zann has trained her in-house photographer so well that he can now capture impromptu action shots.
Top: Studio Tangs, yonks ago
Checkered shorts: Ho Chi Minh City
Skinny belt: Nicholas
Flats: URS & Inc.
Bag: Giordano Concepts
Watch: West End Watch Co.
Ring: H&M, Hong Kong

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Pris is determined to hone her baking skills and make oreo cheescake on happy labour day!
Skirt worn as a tube dress: Bugis Village
Cropped top: Topshop Sample
Belt: Random rope string found in my art and craft box
Shoes: Shelly's, London

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

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Zann strikes a silly pose next to some serious -- and seriously outdated -- newspaper clippings. [Click to enlarge photo to see the adorable bird print of her top, and also of the faces of those old men, if you are so inclined.]
Tops: Kebaya top with sleeves shortened, from Bali, and tank top inside from Mango
Belt: Some pushcart somewhere
Skinny jeans: Topshop
Flats: URS & Inc.
Ring: Chinatown

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Evelyn's dress is so comfy she can sleep in it.
Maxi dress: Hansel, Felt
Heels: Unisa, Tangs
Necklace: Can't recall where it was bought
Bracelet: People's Park Centre

She can finally tuck into her fav crab bee hoon after an hour's wait.
Crab bee hoon: Sin Huat Seafood, Geylang Lorong 35

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Pris finally looks like she is in deep thoughts..ha!
Dress: Beauty World, Bukit Timah
Knitted Vest: Topshop sample
Belt: Claire's, Huddersfield
Earrings: Forever 21
Shoes: Faith, London

Monday, April 28, 2008

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Zann's doggie insists on being in every shot.
Dress: Vintage, from Swirl Swap Swop, courtesy of Dorothy
Kid's watch: Casio
Ring: H&M, Hong Kong

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Pris had to jump to and fro to her dad who cant seem to get her whole body in one single frame!
Lace Blouse: Topshop
Dress: Future State
Hairband: Primark, London
Rings: Diva, Bugis Junction
Shoes: Aldo

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Evelyn, like the other Swirl Girls, is addicted to H&M.
Toga dress: H&M, Hong Kong
Bracelet: H&M, Hong Kong
Ring: H&M, Hong Kong
Blue tights: Topshop

Saturday, April 26, 2008

fashion diary

Christy, who also has her own label Tangle, is back at work in an outfit of her own design.
Top and bottom: Tangle A/W 2007 collection
Shoes: Hong Kong

Evelyn and Zann attend a sewing class reunion and grab their teacher, Lydia, who has been teaching since they were born (!!!), and classmate, Dorothy of Dotted Line fame, for a quick snap. (It is a coincidence that both Evelyn and Zann are dressed similarly in grey with necklaces. They are also both wearing pointy black flats, not seen in the pix.)

(From left)
Top: H&M, Hong Kong
Pants: Topshop
Necklaces: Bangkok

Top: H&M, Hong Kong
Jeans: Topshop
Necklace: Myanmar

Top and skirt: Own design

Top: Forever 21

Evelyn and Zann also discover a marvellous el cheapo shop in People's Park Complex. Check out her bling bling rings. Just $10 for three! Evelyn has the third one.

They do not have the address of this kitschy shop, but it is on the ground floor on the corner facing OG. You can't miss the Merlion statues in rainbow colours near the entrance. Evelyn contemplates getting either an orange or baby blue one. Also $10 for three!

Friday, April 25, 2008

seeing triple: keira dress

By special request from June, here are three ways to wear the Keira dress.

For a day in the office, Zann goes for low peep-toe pumps and a cardigan.
Dress: Keira dress, Swirl
Shoes: Hue
Bag: Giordano Concepts
Ring: H&M, Hong Kong
Watch: cK

This is an old photo -- notice the different hair? -- but it will do. Zann goes for navy tights and pointy flats for a casual dinner.
Dress: Keira dress, Swirl
Tights: Ladies Market, Hong Kong
Flats: URS & Inc.

Pris does a glam evening look with stilettos, earrings and a feathery bag.
Dress: Keira dress, Swirl
Heels: Charles & Keith
Bag: Frou-frou, from Swirl
Earrings: H&M, New York

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Evelyn is happy with her new tights in a lovely eggplant colour, but finds the length more suitable for midgets.
Dress: Tinsey dress, Swirl
Tights: Chinatown
Flats: Calvin Klein
Rings: Barcelona and Bangkok
Bag: Topshop, Barcelona
Brooch on bag: Chinatown

Pris strikes a ballerina pose.
Dress and belt: Gifts
Sandals: Vivi
Earrings: Italy

Thursday, April 24, 2008

who doesn't enjoy colouring?

With the targeted launch date of the new collection a month away, the Swirl Girls have been sketching, drafting and sampling like crazy. It's one of their most cohesive collections and they hope it's well-received. Fingers crossed!

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Pris is moving at the speed of light today, because she has so many items on her To Do List.
Dress: Apple dress, Swirl
Heels: Charles & Keith

Zann thinks there is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing a scarf in Singapore if it's a cold rainy day.
T-shirt: Urban Outfitters (It features Drew Barrymore in E.T.)
Shrug worn as a scarf: Topshop
Skinny jeans: Topshop
Shoes: URS & Inc.
Watch: Casio
Ring: H&M, Hong Kong

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

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Pris hopes to build up a "double happiness" accessories collection some day, one day.
T-shirt: Giordano Basic
Dress: Zara
Double happiness necklaces: Chinatown
Hairband: From Italy
Bangles: Pull and Bear and H&M
Shoes: Office, London

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Zann plays with a, erm, bird.
Cardigan: Giordano
Top: H&M, Hong Kong
Skinny jeans: Topshop
Flats: URS & Inc.
Watch: Casio
Ring: H&M, Hong Kong
Bag: Giordano Concepts

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Evelyn is hiding her tired eyes behind shades.
Satin camisole: Topshop
Black camisole: Mango
Jeans: Topshop
Bracelet: H&M, Hongkong
Shades: Chinatown

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Zann wears the national colours.
Dress: Bysi, from Swirl Swap Swop
Shoes: H&M, Hong Kong
Bag: H&M, New York
Scarf: H&M, Hong Kong

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

fashion diary

Pris is having a fat day and a maxi dress works wonders in hiding it all in!
Dress: River island
Shrug: Holland Village
Red beaded necklace: Novena Square
Long necklace: A little store in Esplanade
Shoes: Charles and Keith

Monday, April 21, 2008

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Zann is getting ready to go to work but her doggie is telling her: "Don't go. Ruff."
Top: From Swirl Swap Swop
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: URS & Inc.
Earrings: H&M, New York
Ring: H&M, Hong Kong [Ms Spinach in DC has the exact same one! Yay for globalisation!]
Kid's watch: Casio
Bag: Giordano Concepts, Hong Kong

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Evelyn, like Zann, is very pleased with her new haircut too!
Top: GG<5
Sailor Pants: Topshop
Necklace: Topshop
Aviator: Sting
Watch: Timex
Wallet: Orla Kiely
Shoes: Leather Converse

Pris is amused at the reaction from the chee koh peh driver staring at her.
Dress: Queensway Shopping Centre
Earrings: Flea market, Shanghai
Ballet tights: Dance Art, Specialist Centre
A necklace worn as a belt: Too long ago, I cannot remember
Keys: Swirl
Shoes: Aldo

Sunday, April 20, 2008

seeing triple: olivetti top

The Swirl Girls are starting a new series on the blog, Seeing Triple, in which they take one new item from the store and style it in three (or more!) ways to get the maximum wear out of it.

This week's new arrival is the Olivetti top. The light cotton shell top has a bow detail which is subtle and sweet at the same time, while the maroon piping details bring out the colours of the print.

Evelyn goes for a prim and proper look, suitable for work.
Top: Olivetti top, from Swirl
Skirt: Senada, Bangkok
Belt: New York
Shrug: Tiong Bahru Plaza
Shoes: Topshop

Pris exudes a carefree weekend vibe with capri jeans.
Top: Olivetti top, from Swirl
Jeans: Mango
Shoes: Primark, London

Zann attempts to look young and quirky despite her advanced age.
Top: Olivetti top, from Swirl
Shorts: Abercrombie & Fitch
Leggings: Ladies Market, Hong Kong
Shoes: Charles & Keith
Ring: Bangkok
Hat: Vintage, from Covent Garden, London

Saturday, April 19, 2008

fashion diary: swirl swap swop edition

Zann is overjoyed to pick up a pair of heels at the Swirl Swap Swop which matches her outfit perfectly.
Dress with belt: Dorothy dress, from Swirl (past collection)
Heels: Charles & Keith
Bag: Little Odd Forest, from Anthropology
Ring: H&M, Hong Kong

Zann's sister Sandra is roped in to help with the very busy Swirl Swap Swop.
Top: Natasha pink top, from Swirl (past collection)
Shorts: Zara
Heels: Tangs
Bangle: Myanmar
Earrings: H&M, Hong Kong
Watch: Esprit

Evelyn, too, picks up a couple of good finds at the swop, including a cream crocheted cardi.
Dress: Sheryl dress sample, from Swirl
Bolero: H&M, New York
Tights: Ladies Market, Hong Kong
Shoes: Calvin Klein
Necklace: Bangkok, Chatuchat
Brooch: Chinatown

No Swirl Swap Swop is complete without yummy cupcakes.
Cupcakes: From Crumb ( for enquiries)

Stacks of clothes at the start of the swop. Excitement is palpable as swoppers survey the piles and plan their strategy.

Evelyn scores a red jersey dress, while blogger X-Wen picks up a black-yellow printed one.

The youngest swopper ever, Ellis, is the five-month-old baby girl of Dorothy from Dotted Line. Blogger Stephie and friend Anne take a well-deserved break from swopping.

The second youngest swopper is very serious about it. He even helps with the clearing up after the swop. What a darling!

Friday, April 18, 2008

hole in one

Zann is not pleased. Not at all.

As the Swirl Girls were merrily unfolding the lovely teal jersey they bought from the beng in Hong Kong, which is to be made into a dress for the upcoming collection, they discovered to their absolute horror that the fabric has a big hole in it. Unscrupulous cloth merchants!

fashion diary: triplet special

The Swirl Girls pretend to be Japanese salesgirls. Service with a smile!
Dress: Esther dress, from Swirl
Shoes: (From left) Charles & Keith, H&M Hong Kong, Topshop

Thursday, April 17, 2008

fashion diary

Zann is very pleased with her hair cut.
Dress: H&M, London
Watch: Vintage from mum
Ring: H&M, Hongkong
Fake pearls: Salvation Army
Belt: Nicholas
Bag: Vintage, Chelsa Flea Market
Scarf: H&M, Hongkong
Shoes: Hue

Whenever Pris has no idea what to wear, she will don on the ever classic white shirt!
Shirt: Mango
Belt: Found it somewhere in her closet
Vintage Brooch: Spitalfield's Market, London
Earrings: Forever 21
Jeans: Mango
Bag: Bysi
Shoes: Primark, London

yummy mummy (wannabes)

Siangling who's eight months pregnant with the cake that's as pretty and yummy as this mummy-to-be! Not a single crumb was spared!
Cake: From Crumb ( for enquiries)

The tiny tykes getting acquainted.
Left-right: Leon, Mia and Ollie

The mouth-watering homemade spread.
From bottom: Roast beef with mushroom sauce by Evelyn, mango and shrimp salad by Wanshing, okonomiyaki by Rumi and pepperoni spaghetti by Karine.

See how mummy Karine and Evelyn have to restrain their babies' arms for a good picture.
Evelyn's babydoll dress: H&M, New York

It's almost impossible to get a picture with everyone looking into the camera!
Left-right: Siangling, Karine & Leon, Rumi & Mia

Here's our only lucky shot with all looking into the camera. But Ollie looks like he's had enough of posing!
Left-right: Karine & Leon, Wanshing (her baby Rom is snoozing amidst the mayhem), Evelyn & Ollie