Saturday, January 20, 2018

mademoiselle prive @ hong kong 2018

The long waited Chanel "Mademoiselle Privé" exhibition it is finally here in Hong Kong. Get ready to immerse into the creative, beautiful and luxury world of Chanel.

mademoiselle prive 1
The entrance; 31 Rue Cambon

mademoiselle prive 2 - wheat totem
The wheat totem - wheat is a symbol of prosperity and renewed creativity

mademoiselle prive 3 - camellia totem
The Camellia Totem

mademoiselle prive 4 - red totem
The Red Totem - Red was one of Chanel's favourite colours

mademoiselle prive 5 - line totem
The Line Totem - a dress created by Karl Lagerfeld

mademoiselle prive 6 - lucky numbers
Lucky numbers

mademoiselle prive 7 - chanel no 5
Chanel no 5

mademoiselle prive 8 - chanel no 5
No. 5

mademoiselle prive 9 - deconstruction
Deconstruction - a short video showing a deconstruction of dresses displayed

mademoiselle prive 11 - innovation 1
Innovation - showcasing new and unexpected materials used in haute couture pieces 

mademoiselle prive 12 - innovation 2


mademoiselle prive 13 - innovation 3


mademoiselle prive 14 - innovation 4


mademoiselle prive 15 - innovation 5


mademoiselle prive 16 - savoir-faire
Savoir-faire

mademoiselle prive 17 - savoir-faire 2


mademoiselle prive 18 - bijoux d diamants
Bijoux de diamants 

Exhibition details: 

Date:
13th January to 10th February 2018

Time:
11:00 am to 8:00 pm (Sun to Wed)
11:00 am to 9.30 p (Thu to Sat)
(except 18 Jan, 25 Jan and 1 Feb; 11:00 am to 6:00 pm)

Venue:
PMQ 

For more details, visit: https://mademoiselleprive.chanel.com/


Hope you are enjoying the weekend, till the next post stay chic!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

outfit post: 90s does 50s floral dress


Hi everyone, hope it's not too late to wish everyone; "Happy 2018! May this year brings you loads of joy, love, peace and prosperity." Hope you had a lovely celebration with loved ones.

Here's my first post for the year and I hope I can blog as frequent as I can (part of my new year resolutions) sharing vintage dresses that I bought and also thrifting or vintage hunting adventures. 

Outfit post 7 Jan 2018 1
Outfit post 7 Jan 2018 2
Outfit post 7 Jan 2018 3
Outfit: vintage 90s does 50s dress, thrifted belt, black stockings and black low wedge pumps 

I bought this vintage dress in the UK last year and I wrote a post of my vintage finds last year. Click here to read it. Wore this dress (with a jacket as the weather was chilly) to an event with my friends yesterday. Can't wait to not so cold days but according to the weather forecast, it will be cold in the next few days. 

Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend, till my next post, stay chic!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

vintage finds from paris and london

Most of the time when I was on vintage hunting trips, luck was hardly on my side. However during the vintage hunting trips in Paris and London, I had a little bit of luck and also some extra money to spend - my so called vintage fashion fund. 

vintage slip
Vintage slip (perhaps from the 50s)

vintage buttons
Vintage mother of pearl buttons 

I bought the vintage slip and vintage buttons from a store in Les Puces. And I also for the first time I tried bargaining as there few stains on the  vintage slip - just trying to push my luck a little. Well, if you don't ask, you will never know. The seller was kind enough to offer some reduction. As for the vintage buttons, I bought them for future sewing projects. Mostly probably a blouse or top.  

vintage dress
Vintage 90s does 50s dress 

When I was in London, I stayed in Notting Hill area and everyday, I passed by a vintage shop with no opening hours information. Such a mysterious shop! One Saturday afternoon, I purposely walked pass the shop hoping it would open. And indeed it was opened for business. Whether I had luck in finding something for myself or not, I was excited to explore the shop. As always, I would check out offer rack first and this 90s does 50s dress was calling out to me.  

vintage bag

vintage bag inside

Vintage bag (era unknown, brand: Rakhams for Harrods Store)

Looking for vintage at the Portobello Market was fun. However, sometimes it was either the piece was not my size or it was over my budget. When I was about to leave the market, I stopped by at a stall selling mostly pre-loved items. Then the lovely golden velvety bag stood out and caught my eyes. Without much hesitation, I decided to give the bag a new home, half way around the world!

I never thought during these vintage hunting trips I had luck. Now, it is a matter of time to wear the dresses. As for the bag, I think I will let it rest for now until a suitable occasion arise.

Have a great weekend everyone. Till my next post, stay chic!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

diy post: fixing bag's handles with twilly scraves

What would you do when the handles of your bag are cracked but its body is still in good condition? To throw or to do anything to salvage it? Whislt my bag is not an expensive bag but to throw it away just because of the handles seems to be a waste.

bag handles


Then I remember how Hermés twilly scarves are wrapped around the bags' handles. Why not? This seemed like a good idea and this inspired me to do the same with my bag.I got this bag in a flea market many years back in Kuala Lumpur. It was a pre-loved bag and I bought it for RM10.


Instead of buying fabric, I used a rectangular long scarf for this project which costs HKD20. So this is a cheap and fast fix. Here goes...

what you need

What you need:

Fabric or in my case rectangular long scraf
A pair of scissors
Thread
Needle
Chalk (not in this photo)
Ruler (not in this photo)
Sewing machine (not in this photo)
and not forgotting the bag 

1 a close up

Rip a seam open for about an inch to an inch and half at one of the end. Then turn the right side into wrong side through the opening. 

2 a close up

Find the middle point of the scarf and draw a line with chalk

3 cut into two

Cut along the line

4 sew seam
Sew the seams and remember to leave an opening. The opening is used to turn the wrong side to the right side. Once this is done, hand stitch the opening.

5.1 wrap the handle

Now, let's get the handles wrap! Not sure how to, just search videos on Youtube.Click here to check one of the videos.

6 finished
The finished product

My bag has been successfully salvaged! What do you think?

Hope you are enjoying the weekend. Till my next post, stay chic!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

wanderlust: vintage adventures in paris

Personally, I believe vintage hunting or thrifting is definitely not to be missed when visiting Paris. I think one of the reasons why Parisian women are so chic is that they incorporate vintage pieces into their outfit and make them their own style.

Prior to my visit, I came across a website of vintage, friperies (thrift or secondhand), luxury vintage (to name a few) boutiques directories. How cool is that? Click here to check it out. This really helped me in selecting which vintage stores to visit.

by flower 1

Little shop packed with vintage treasures - clothes, bags to shoes

by flower 3

by flower 4

Since I was staying in the 10th arrondissement (è) or neighbourhood, I started my vintage or thrift hunting in 18th è - Montmartre.

By Flowers
86 Rue des Martyrs


Free P Star A1


Free P Star A3

Free P Star B


Free P Star C

Next, I headed to 4th è, where all the branches of Free P Star are located. First I hit the 1€ bin then the racks. However, luck was not on my side this time, left all the branches empty handed. 

52 rue de la Verrerie, Paris 4è

61 rue de la Verrerie, Paris 4è
20 rue de Rivoli, Paris 4è

The highlight of my vintage hunting was visiting the famous flea market in Paris; Les Puces de Saint-Ouen ot Les Puces at Porte de Clignancourt. Les Puces is considered as the largest antique market and secondhand shop in the world. There 14 markets: Antica, Biron, Cambo, Dauphine, Django Reinhardt, Jules Vallès, le Passage, Malassis, Malik, l’Entrepôt, Paul Bert Serpette, des Rues, L’Usine & Lécuyer and Vernaison in an area of seven hectares.

I wish I had more time to spend here instead of couple of hours, believe me it is not enough. Even I visited only few markets which sell vintage, I think I could spend whole day here. To check out vintage, I visited Paul Bert and Dauphine.

Les Puces 8

Les Puces 10

Les Puces 11

In this shop I bought a vintage slip and some vintage buttons. The owner is a friendly old lady who speaks a little English (phew..). When asked where to find vintage stores in the market, she was kind enough to direct me to the right market - Dauphine. So, I walked to Dauphine and came across some vintage stores along the way. 

Les Puces 14


Les Puces 13

Les Puces 18

Les Puces 19

Finally, I arrived at Dauphine. Not only there are vintage or secondhand shops but also shops selling vintage furniture, vintage fashion magazines, old books and also vintage knick knacks. I could easily spend hours here especially shop selling vintage fashion magazines. I wish I could buy all the vintage fashion magazines!! 

Les Puces 2

Les Puces 5

Les Puces 23

Les Puces 24

Les Puces 25

Les Puces 26

For more information on Les Puces, visit these websites:

http://www.marcheauxpuces-saintouen.com/4en.aspx?sr=0

https://www.parisperfect.com/plan-your-trip/things-to-see/markets/paris-flea-markets.php
http://ohhappyday.com/2011/03/how-to-get-to-the-paris-flea-market/
http://www.tourisme-plainecommune-paris.com/sites/saint-denis-tourisme/files/content/files/guide_du_marche_aux_puces_.pdf

What do you think of vintage scene in Paris? To be honest, my post did not really do the justice. You need to be there to experience it. If I have another opportunity to visit Paris again (oh Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris has opened.... hhmm... another reason to visit Paris???), definitely I will spend more time in Les Puces.

Hope you are enjoying the weekend. Till my next post, stay chic!