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QipaoLove: Part 29 ~ Swinging the 60's ethnic style into modern day 2016!

Welcome to my entry for Oxfam Online Shop's vintage face and style competition, for the 1960's decade! The face of vintage is usually not one of Asia as many tend to forget that vintage style existed there too, and my chosen favourite Chinese dress the Qipao (or Cheongsam) is often a daily wardrobe choice of ladies living in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, some sporadic parts of Asia and the West for those with a Chinese ethnic background or as a fashionable formal event dress in the 60s. Many have described the 1960s as a point where the world entered into a modernity of popular culture, and many places in South East Asia were no different. With the rush of skilled Qipao tailors fleeing to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore in the 1950s, and fashionable ladies looking to modern Western culture on the big screen, a spinning fusion began to emerge. By the 1960s, long length Qipao dresses were being take up to above knee level, the figure hugging hour glass fit mo…
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Qipao Love: Part 28 ~ May's top Cheongsam picks for a new 2016...

As we are about to welcome a new lunar year of the Fire Monkey, I have definitely been seeing firey yellow...and what better colour to begin the year with a positive bang. Rather than making a wish list, this year I am considering the Qipao (or Cheongsam) styles that can be a true contender in a girl's daily wardrobe. For why only wear the Qipao for Chinese New Year, when you can wear it any day you want!

'Garden Party Dress' by Mrs Pomeranz makes it in my top Cheongsam pick for 2016 as a unique blend of vintage 1950s style and East meets West love story. The Liberty of London fabric by designer Anna Sui is named Peony Pavilion and crafted by Mrs Pomeranz. Reminding one of the love of mandarin collars and Cheongsam during the 50s, but bringing it up to date with unconventional print and colour. Not the easiest to wear, but if you can pull it off in vintage style fluffed petticoat or as an edgy modern statement then it is definitely one to turn heads! 



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Qipao Love: Part 27 ~ Wearing white to a Chinese wedding banquet?

Happy New Year 2016 darlings! Welcome back to a continuation post on Chinese Weddings and the Qipao (Cheongsam) ....so if you are wondering whether it will be appropriate to wear white to a Chinese wedding, I hope this post will help. There has been quite a bit of spin within the media about cultural appropriation when it comes to ethnic clothing and needless to say it might be an issue of consideration when you are attending a cultural wedding. So here's what I wore to my sister's Chinese Wedding Banquet in Singapore; a custom made white and purple floral lace Qipao with a very high mandarin collar from Chinese Clothing Online, matched with a purple velvet kimono from New Look (both garments have been jacked up and actually hand finished by me!) But the secret to how I ended up wearing white was due to wardrobe malfunctioning....as the other green chiffon Qipao I got custom made by the same shop (Chinese Clothing Online) turned out very different from the design I chose and n…

LookS: Vintage inspired 1950s bridesmaid...in pink style!

Thankfully I think I have managed to style my 1950s bridesmaid look in a way that Audrey Hepburn might have been a little bit proud of....for starters, we gathered at a tailor's to puzzle together the design of a dress as a fully fledged chirpingly giddy bridal party....months before the wedding in Singapore. Choosing what was meant to be a boat neck, that somehow got turned into a crew neck by the tailor...the right shade of sweet enough pink with a slight coral undertone that then became more pink....the stiffness of the textured satin, the pleated and flared out asymmetrical non-straight hemline.....viola a bridesmaids dress design was born! In true 1950s spirit there had to be pearls, but the test became the styling of hair. Not finding a flower garland I liked, I decided to bring all the flower clips I owned to piece together a make-shift flower circle across my hair....that is after rolling one side in a victory roll, rolling the other side down to a ponytail and forgetting …

Zen Yoga: How do you relax...or how to relax in a breath! (TCP Newsletter)

Let's explore what relaxation is for you, or even if it actually helps....

Relaxation can be a very individual thing as we all have different preferences according to our personalities, lifestyle and favourite hobbies. Do you relax by actively swimming, running or going to the gym to pump adrenalin to fuel your system and physically feel your muscles scream 'hey sexy'? Do you relax every time you instinctively reach for a cigarette and enjoy the nicotine coursing through your blood in an assuring chemical release? Do you relax by veg-ing out in front of the telly every night so you don't have to think and just lay passively like a ripen strawberry ready for picking? Do you relax by listening to the tinkering notes flowing into your being and feel yourself soak up the vibrational tunes of feeling alive? Do you relax by pushing yourself into a 'ou la la' pretzel yoga posture and try profusely to direct the inner you to clear your mind completely in emptiness? The …

Qipao Love: Part 26 ~ Qipao entry in the Guinness World Record & the Chinese Qipao Society!

VIDEO: The Chinese Qipao Society's Atlanta (USA) chapter's celebration
Imagine my excitement in discovering that there was a world wide Qipao day held so close to my birthday....and a non-profit Chinese Qipao Society with branches across the world! As you darlings know, my fascination and collecting passion of the Qipao has been a main focus of Walking in May....bringing me through interesting avenues and meeting lots of lovely new faces. So this new discovery has definitely set some interesting new thoughts in the clockworks, it shall be a new quest for me to hunt down the Chinese Qipao Society's UK branch....or perhaps start one should I be lucky enough! But first let me introduce you to this new little Qipao (Cheongsam) phenomenon sweeping gently across the globe comb by comb. The Global Qipao Day involved Qipao fashion and dance shows across different countries which had a total of over 150,000 Qipao (Cheongsam) wearers participating, mainly organised by the many world…

Qipao Love: Part 25 ~ What to wear to a Chinese wedding tea ceremony?

In all weddings and almost every culture, there are different traditions or themes that should be considered as well as respected by guests. How traditional or cultural a wedding is, will depend on how traditional the couple or their families happen to be, as well as what their ideal wedding looks like. There is of course no one plan to suit all and hence no ultimate wedding guest guideline exists, but I can offer a little more perspective from what I understand about Chinese weddings and the experience of being a part of my sister's wedding a few months ago. My sister Vicky got married in Singapore during the month of March, and had a wedding spanning over two days fusing both Western styles as well as Chinese traditions. Being quite relaxed she had mentioned to guest that she did not mind the colour or choice of clothing they would like to wear. So I opted to wear the Qipao; a knee length blush pink with elaborate flower knotted buttons silk Cheongsam for the tea ceremony in the…