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

fashion diary


Joyce is super relieved her isetan days are finally over!
Dress and Belt: Jonathan Saunders for Target
Shoes: Tangs
Bag: Ck Calvin Klein
Watch: Mustafa



While Pris shivers in icy cold stamford house.
Dress: H&M, Hongkong
Leather Jacket: Italy
Rings: Accessorize
Earrings: Forever 21
Shoes: Charles and Keith

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

fashion diary


Zann strikes a cheesy pose.
Dress: Vintage
Belt: Nicholas
Bag: H&M, Vienna

Monday, November 17, 2008

fashion diary


Zann loves her grey tights so much she has to take a close-up of them.
Dress: Mom's
Tights: Topshop
Flats: URS & Inc

fashion diary


Finally an outdoor scene!Joyce likes the bare looking tree so she suggested we shoot there..
Dress: Target, US

Watch: Swatch
Flats: Tangs

Little did we realized that Pris's camera was so cold, it just started fogging as we began shooting!But we both love the blurry effect:)
Dress: Naomi Dress, Swirl
Hairband: H&M, Hongkong
Scandals: Topshop
Bracelet: KillerHeels

Saturday, November 15, 2008

fashion diary


Zann thought a scarf alone would keep her warm, but she was wrong. She was so cold she had to borrow Pris' jacket.
Scarf: H&M (with lipstick print, see below)
Top: Tokyo
Jacket: Pris
Jeans: Topshop
Flats: Cotton On

pre-christmas sale


Daisy dress, was $229, now $194.65. Also available in red, white and blue as Lauren dress, was $199, now $169.15.


Patricia dress, was $229, now $194.65. The skirt version is also on sale, was $109, now $92.65.

Since all the Christmas lights are already up along Orchard Road, it's clearly time for pre-Christmas sales!

Starting today, Swirl will be offering 15% off our entire workwear collection. This is applicable only at our Stamford House boutique and Isetan Scotts, so hurry.

P.S. Apologies for the lack of Fashion Diary posts. We've been utterly swamped!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

fashion diary


Pris tiptoes to make her legs look slimmer!Ha..
Dress: Bysi
Flats: Cotton on
Hairband: My mum's
Earrings: Diva

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

fashion diary


Pris loves dressing up in crayon colours!
Dress: Holland Village
Bag: Olga Berg
Heels: River Island
Braclet: Killerheels, gift from zann and evelyn
Belt: Shanghai

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

fashion diary


As the Christmas season approaches, the swirl elves get ready to dress up the windows! It was a lovely idea by Joyce as she poses as an Egyptian princess.
Dress: AMK Hub
Belt: People's Park
Watch: Mustafa
Shoes: Metro
Cardigan: OG


While Pris poses as some candle blowing mannequin...you know those you often see at huge departmental store!
Dress: Vintage, A gift (the whole dress is printed in miniature hats!)
Earrings: Topshop
Ring: Diva
Wedges: Charles and keith

fashion diary


Over-the-knee socks may be passe, but Zann doesn't care because they keep her warm.
Dress: H&M
Cardigan: Zara
Socks: China
Heels: Charles & Keith
Hairband: Gift

Monday, November 10, 2008

fashion diary


Joyce enjoys a comfy rest with cuddles after standing all day at Isetan.
Dress: Addict at Far East plaza
Cardigan: OG
Shoes: Tangs
Watch: DKNY
Bangle: Poh Heng


Pris is into swirly floaty printed dresses lately.
Cardigan: Espirit
Dress: Vintage, A gift
Belt: Vintage, Shanghai
Heels and hairband: My mum's

Saturday, November 8, 2008

fashion diary


Zann was not allowed to take ballet classes when she was young as her mother said she would develop pig's trotters.
Top: Tokyo
Shorts: Giordano Concepts
Ribbed tights: Topshop
Ballet flats: URS & Inc

Friday, November 7, 2008

fashion diary


Zann loves her technicolor dreamcoat, despite it being made of 100% polyester that is probably instantly flammable.
Dress: Vintage
Ribbed leggings: Topshop
Belt & heels: Charles & Keith


Pris flaunts her $12 bargain dress with the most adorable cherry prints.
Dress: Bugis Village
Belt: Vintage
Jacket: Swirl Swap Swop
Heels: Charles & Keith

Thursday, November 6, 2008

fashion diary: isetan special

The Swirl Girls are going to Isetan!

Yes, you heard us right, the Swirl Girls are going to be stocked at Isetan. For two weeks starting from 7 November, we will have our very own cosy corner at Isetan Scotts. In addition to pieces from our versatile workwear collection, you can also preview some of the party dresses from our upcoming Prints Charming collection. (Prices are the same at our Stamford House boutique and at Isetan, so you now have a new convenient location in town to shop for Swirl designs.)


Zann is so excited about the two-week promotion at Isetan Scotts.
Dress & flats: Cotton On
Bag: H&M
Tights: Marks & Spencer
Rocket brooch: Maki SquarePatch


The Swirl interns are gearing up for the promo too!

Joyce (left)
Tunic top: Butterfly at People's Park
Tights & shoes: Metro

Nelly (right)
Top: From Indonesia
Pants: Topshop
Shoes: Charles & Keith

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

fashion diary


Nelly goes for the classic OL look!
Top: Dorthory Perkins
Skirt: She can't remember where she bought it.
Bag: Pull and Bear
Shoes: Charles and Keith


While Pris is glad Nelly took this snapshot of her adjusting her heel strap.
Dress: River Island
Tee: Giordano
Necklace: Some pushcart at Suntec

Monday, November 3, 2008

fashion diary


Pris insists on adding legs to Aubrey (yes, we love our mannequins that much we name them).
Jeans: River Island
Dress on Aubrey: Rebecca dress from Swirl


Joyce flaunts her flea market find.
Dress: Victoriajomo at Haji Lane
Shoes: John Little
Bag: 2nd-hand Givenchy
Dress on hanger: Mabel dress from Odette & Shuu at Swirl


Evelyn goes stripey today.
Blazer: Zara
Tank top: Song & Song, Holland V
Skirt: H&M, Hong Kong
Necklace: Topshop
Heels: Nine West
Top on hanger: Apple twin set from Swirl

fashion diary


Zann is happy someone called her Wednesday, even though Halloween is over.
Dress: Vintage
Hairband: Gift
Shoes: Office, London
Bag: H&M, Vienna
Ring: Chinatown

Saturday, November 1, 2008

fashion diary


The interns are going home after a hard day at work sorting, tagging and hanging vintage dresses.

Nelly (left)
Top: EDC
Bottom: Topshop
Sandals: Charles & Keith

Joyce (right)
Dress: BHG
Tights: Metro
Jacket: Cotton On
Shoes: Bata
Watch: Mustafa


Zann thinks it's very important to keep the neck warm.
Neckwarmer: Own design
T-shirt: Victoria's Secret
Jeans: Topshop
Flats: Cotton On