Wednesday, November 4, 2009

long time no see

We're back! Well, sort of...

We do apologise for lack of updates, but we've been busy busy busy, some of us more so than others. For example, former Swirl Girl Pris is now the proud designer of her own label.


We're so proud of you, Pris!

Chalk's debut collection is the adorably named Miss Dotti Bow.

It combines polka dots and bows, which should prove irresistible to any girly girl.

It also boasts Pris' uncanny eye for matching seemingly clashing prints to great effect.

These are outfits you can wear to the office.

Or for a hot date.

Or just on your usual lazy weekend off.

Check out her website for more gorgeous dresses.

Oh wait, there's more. There will be a launch party this Sunday, 8 November, 10am to 1pm, at Soon Lee, 56 Haji Lane, Level 2. For more details and to RSVP, go to Chalk's Facebook event page.

We can't wait to see the pieces in person. Excites!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

fashion diary

Zann is the Queen of Looking Idiotic in Photos. Here she is at a posh all-white wedding, looking not only Idiotic (with a capital I), but also with amputated arms.

Because she doesn't own anything in white (except for shirts and tees), she has to borrow a dress. It's a bit loose, hence the awkward my-dress-is-falling pose. And can you believe these are already the two most flattering pix she has of that wonderful night?
Dress: Dotted Line (Thanks, R, for the loan! You're a lifesaver!)
Belt & neck corsage thingy: Own design
Shoes (not seen): Charles & Keith strappy black heels

Photos: Rory Daniel (not his fault I look like this!)

Monday, August 10, 2009

fashion diary

Zann (front) and her two deranged friends have decided to do jump shots every month.
Dress: Vintage
Belt, heels & brolly: H&M

Sunday, August 9, 2009

fashion diary

Zann wants to overhaul her wardrobe, but alas, she is saving money for a trip next month. Do you ever feel like you just want to junk everything in your wardrobe and start afresh?
Top: UT from Uniqlo (thanks to H who went and got it for me with her voucher)
Bottom: Nicholas
Bag: Giordano Concepts
Heels: Camper (new fave shoes as they are unbelievably comfy for such high platform heels)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

fashion diary

Zann has been getting lots of compliments for her Four Hands Classic Shirt, which, as its name suggests, has four sleeves.
Shirt: oneandahalf, from Shop Nation
Jeans: Topshop
Pumps: H&M
Watch: Calvin Klein
Ring: Mango

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

fashion diary

Evelyn is still around : )
Tank top: H&M
Multi-way jumpsuit: Sleeves worn as leggings here, Abyzz
Sandals: Charles & Keith

Thursday, July 16, 2009

fashion diary: all black

Zann wonders how it feels to wear all black, all the time.
Dress: Baylene
Men's loafers: Diesel
Bag: H&M

Conclusion: All black is very hot!
Tee & bag: H&M
Shorts: Giordano Concepts
Socks: Muji (they're polka dotted!)
Men's loafers: Diesel
Hairband: Tangs

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

oh snap!

I predict that this flow chart will be all over the fashion blogs in, like, five seconds, but I still have to share it. A good morning chuckle for me.

And is it sacrilegious to say that I'm getting just a wee tad sick of The Sart?

Friday, July 10, 2009

fashion diary

Nothing very special about my outfit, but my mom did my hair for me, just like she did when I was a little girl. I'm so happy that my hair is long enough to style. It's about time!

Just a normal day at the usual lunchtime kopitiam.
Dress: Topshop, from Flea Fly Flo Fun
Camisole (inside): Mango
Heels & bag: H&M
Necklace: Forever 21

We've been jumping a lot, for some reason.

Please pardon my strange pose and expression, I'd just been prancing around.
Dress: Sister's, from Flea Fly Flo Fun
Belt: J. Crew
Shoes: Converse

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

looklet at this

Fashion diary photos are stuck in limbo due to some uploading problems, but here's the latest distraction during my work day: Looklet.

Here's what I'd like to be wearing for my upcoming Bangkok weekender for my crazy friend's "hen trip". A girl can dream, right?

As if I'd really wear heels to go shopping. But this is just make-believe, right?

There are gonna be nights of hard partying. The bride-to-be is scared and, frankly, so am I.

Morning-after hangover outfit. But the shopping must go on.

Now to assemble something similar from my wardrobe. Stay tuned for actual outfit photos after my trip!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

who doesn't love a swop?

A "public service announcement" on behalf of the Swop event (the beloved distant cousin of Swirl Swap Swop, which is on a hiatus). While the Swirl Girls are not the organisers, we still think this is a grand idea. Not only will you be able to trade for second-hand clothes from others, you can also get brand new clothes from brands such as Topshop and Adidas.

Here's what the good people at Swop say (find out more on the Swop Facebook event):

Give your wardrobe a new life by recycling and swopping your clothes! Join us at SWOP Party @ Tampines 1, you can barter away the fashion items you bought on impulse which others might find more useful.

* Donations from popular fashion brands, including Dorothy Perkins, Topshop, G2000, DIVA, Adidas and Esprit
* Refreshments – free flow of ice-creams!
* Live DJ music
* Boyfriend/Hubby Corner, with comfy chairs and magazines to keep them entertained

Admission: $5 (non-refundable), and at least 5 fashion items in good condition

All proceeds will go to Operation Hope Foundation (, a Singapore based charity organization that helps orphans and the poor through relief and development projects in third world countries.

A token will be issued for every fashion item donated. The items must be in good condition. Participants can use the tokens to exchange for other fashion items at the SWOP party. Every additional item without token will fetch $5 for the charity. Items that are not taken at the end of the session will be donated to Salvation Army.

Swopping is an ethical and environmentally-conscious way of getting new wardrobe by cutting down waste. Most of all, it is for a good cause as all admission fees and unredeemed items will be donated to the charity. Join us for a fun time of swopping and meeting other people!

Date: Saturday, July 18
Time: 4.30pm to 6.30pm
Venue: Tampines 1, Level 6 Roof Garden (access via escalator next to Amore Living)

Monday, June 29, 2009

fashion diary

Tony's birthday rolls around again and it's a long-standing tradition for Zann and friends to dress up as characters from his movies and celebrate. (And if you have to ask "Tony who?", then you obviously are not a fan.)

Cheongsam: GOD, Hong Kong (bought on an earlier trip but saved till this day to wear in Tony's honour)
Bag: New York
Heels: H&M
Ring: Mango
Wig: Sister's

Monday, June 22, 2009

fashion diary: melaka special

Zann went on a little makan day-trip to Melaka.
Dress: Flea Fly Flo Fun
Bag: Paperchase, gift from Evelyn
Hat: Bulgari, gift
Flats: Cotton On
Vintage shades: Chinatown

This is too funny not to share! We lurve Melaka!

Photos: Kelvin Hang

Sunday, June 21, 2009

fashion diary: blast from the recent past

From the last few days of shop operation.

Christy (front)
Dress & necklace: H&M
Tights & sneakers: Hong Kong

Zann (back)
T-shirt: Hansel's first collection, just discovered at the back of her wardrobe
Shorts: Baylene
Necklace: Zouk Flea Market
Flats: Cotton On
Shades: Chinatown
Transparent bag: Gap

Christy goes graphic in black and white. Pardon the strange green hue from the handphone camera.
Top, tights & shoes: Hong Kong
Necklace: Aldo
Cardigan: Swirl Swap Swop

Truly last day at the shop. Time to hand over the keys.
Top: Some shop at Shenton Way
Capris: Topshop
Bag: Calvin Klein
Oxfords: Diesel

Zann loves the Uniqlo Designer Collaboration collection by Shipley & Halmos.
Dress: Uniqlo, Seoul
Heels: H&M
Clutch: Vintage

Have you met Dex the dog?
Dress: Uniqlo (Shipley & Halmos), Seoul
Bag: H&M
Pink stockings: Chinatown
Flats: Cotton On

BTW, Dex was named after an especially helpful IT helpdesk guy.
Dress: Swirl vintage fabric collection
Shoes: Charles & Keith
Necklace: Forever 21
Bag: H&M

Zann is off for a casual Father's Day dinner.
Top: Vintage, from Flea Fly Flo Fun
Shorts & wedges: H&M
Box sling bag: Vintage

The Swirl Girls meet for dinner and dessert.

Pris (left)
Top: Swirl vintage fabric collection
Shorts: Queensway
Necklace & slippers: Cannot remember
Bag: Miu Miu

Christy (right)
Dress & tank (inside): H&M
Tights & bag: Hong Kong
Shoes: Doc Martens

Zann (left)
Dress: H&M, Kylie collection
Necklace: Flea Fly Flo Fun
Flats: URS & Inc

Evelyn (right)
Dress: Nicholas
Necklace: Made by Zann
Sandals: Charles & Keith
Bag: H&M

Friday, June 19, 2009

in a flash!

Everyone, meet Flash! He likes balls, shuttlecocks, rubber bones, real bones, McDonald's ice cream cones, tissue paper and anything else he can put in his mouth.

This post is an example of the strange and wonderful power of the Internet and also the amazing procrastination skills of Zann.

Some nine months ago, a blog follower and customer J left a comment after seeing photos of Randolph, my super cute and adorable and photogenic Brittany spaniel. OK, so I'm a little biased.

She was going away to study and urgently needed to find someone to adopt Flash, her super cute and adorable and photogenic spaniel. And get this, he used to be a police sniffer dog. How cool is that?

We arranged for Flash to come over to meet Randolph, but alas, my super cute and adorable and photogenic dog has one major flaw. He does not play well with others.

But it so happened that my dog-lover friend M was at that fateful playdate and fell in love with Flash.

And they lived happily ever after.

(Oh and nine months later, Zann finally gets off her sorry ass and posts this on the blog, doggone it!)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

lost & found

Found a few more shots of the shop from another roll of film I'd shot a couple of months back.

The hair steamer UFO thingy is in my home now. One day, I swear, I will rig up a light inside of it so it can be a reading lamp.

Who doesn't love typewriters?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

bye bye, shop!

A photographic journey on the last week before we closed the doors for good.

All dresses sold, leaving the mannequins cold.

You may remember these pretty pink ribbons that used to be tied to each wooden hanger. Pink loves brown!

Looking in from the outside. One of these was our window.

Familiar places around Stamford House -- the cinema sign at Capitol, just behind.

The post office where the lovingly-wrapped Swirl packages were despatched.

The short walk to Raffles City to get lunch.

Don't be sad. We're still available at our stockists and online store. And of course, we will still be blogging here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

the uniform project

To make up for the lack of fashion diary photos -- Sorry! Soon! Soon! Promise! -- here are some of my faves from The Uniform Project.

This brilliant project sees one girl wearing the same dress for a year. One whole year!

It can be worn front to back (with a pleat), back to front (with a row of buttons) and as a tunic (above). Talk about multi-wear!

She has seven identical dresses, one for each day of the week, in case you were wondering about practical issues. Such as laundry.

There are lots of cool ways to accessorise and layer this super versatile dress.

This is one of my favourite looks. It's completely adorable. Go check out the site, the project just started last month. Can't wait to see how the dress is transformed in the winter months.

P.S. It's not just a vanity project -- money donated will go towards The Akanksha Foundation, which provides education for children in India.