Tuesday, 22 April 2014

LookS/London Hot-Spot: The victorious Heartbreaker....at London's Hoxley & Porter!

Hello darlings....I trust you have had a lovely Easter break! With some Birthday celebrations in Brighton and Seven Sisters Cliff over the Easter break, it has been a fruitfully happy and fun time with some much loved girlies of mine. Even though the break will be over as many of us head back to work tomorrow, I should certainly hope to inspire a more glamorous and stylish start to the week....this time it is with the second half of my 1940s inspired look that Caroline Opacic Photography captured so brilliantly! [Catch up with the first half here; Qipao Love ~ Part 14 ] There must be not many more iconic 1940s hairstyles than the cute braided style or glorious Victory Roll; which some say originated from a World War 2 fighter plane maneuver, whilst others claim it gained its name from the shapely V that can be formed by the rolls on top of ones head. [Find out more about Victory Rolls; here] Nevertheless there is no mistaking this hairstyle when it comes to the 1940s....when war has made resources such as fabric, bobby pins and chocolate scarce, women had to become more creative to form their individual stamp of style in demure times and hence the distinctive victory roll. Not only was height created from the rolls, it was also a way to keep hair away from the face when women had to do practical work and rationed bobby pins often doubled as a pretty decorative item as well as a styling tool to hold the rolls in place. Of course there were also many women who wore other hairstyles such as braids or wavy curls that loosely flowed depending on the length of one's hair, which inspired me to combine the victory roll with braids to create a simple up-do hairstyle for this 1940s inspired look. Matched with the gorgeous black Thai silk 'Heartbreaker' Qipao by new online store The Happy Cheongsam based in Singapore, I was ready for a scene of decadence.....where better to go than Hoxley and Porter in Angel, London!


Entering Hoxley and Porter on Upper Street, Angel, London......


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Hoxley and Porter in the increasingly trendy are of Angel (London) is certainly impressive when it comes to the glorious vintage decor and and rather powerful 1920s vibe....but there are other aspects that simply takes your breath away. It is really a place that has stepped out of a decadent dream, from the leather looking folders that reveal a fascinating menu of cocktails to the actual cocktails, a great deal of detail has been infused. Staff are not only attentive and friendly, but have really put in the effort to dress in vintage inspired styles. Not certain what we wanted, both Caroline and I chose an interestingly daring number where the bar tender concocts a drink from a description of how you feel or where your mood takes you...so you will have no idea what is in it but only know how it tastes. I went with 'floral' and 'sweet'....surprisingly an utterly yummy combination that caught me with delight and even went as far to match the colour of my dress! With a deliciously refreshing cocktail in hand, we had such a fabulous time shooting, chatting and giggling away that we even thought about when we could possibly plan a party there next. Hoxley and Porter has to get a highly recommended and delightful ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ out of 5 lovely hearts from Walking In May....it is definitely a London Hot-Spot for a stylish vintage night out.


[Find out more about Hoxley and Porterhere]






Spying through to a 1920s lunch party at Hoxley & Porter, London.
Don't forget you darlings can get a lovely 10% off discount offer at The Happy Cheongsam [here] as well as a brilliant 5% off discount for portrait or wedding photography with Walking In May's official photographer Caroline Opacic Photography [here].....just by mentioning "Walking In May". Meanwhile I hope you darlings have enjoyed my new discoveries, as with dress, venue and style ideas....the makings of your very next party is not too far away at all, and I hope you have been inspired for an even more glamorous week. Have a fabulously dazzling week my darlings! 



Until the next time,
May xx

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Friday, 11 April 2014

Review/Qipao Love ~ Part 14: Hats off to 1940s victory...with a happy peek-a-boo of Camden Passage Market!

Having a peek-a-boo moment whilst strolling by the canal....
It's finally time to tell all about my lovely day with Caroline around Camden Passage Antique & Vintage Flea Market (London)! Set with my massive victory rolls, a new Qipao (Cheongsam) from the Happy Cheongsam [here] and some sunshine in every step, we started strolling from Angel tube station down to the canal. Often my photoshoots with Caroline never seem like work at all, as we tend to chat and giggle along our path stopping occasionally to snap a photo when inspiration strikes....so the lovely photos really are down to Caroline's natural talent in photography. Not being a real model by any means and more often than not a little rough around the edges, I am learning even more as the years go by that an acceptance of who I am and the imperfection that is me can be just as important in the growth to become better. Embracing the fact that my victory rolls were less than perfect with baby strands flapping about, I contented myself with the knowledge of rolling my waist length hair into a 1940s inspired up-do and set about enjoying the sunny day in a beautiful new Qipao (Cheongsam) I have been sent to review by a creative online store called the Happy Cheongsam. You darlings might be right in thinking this Qipao looks a little bit familiar....as it is indeed the very same 'Heartbreaker' that I placed on my Chinese New Year 2014 Wish List back in January!

By the canal in Angel, Islington......


It might not be a plane....but its still one of my favourite photos of the day!

Discovering some 1940s bakelite bangles.......

Trying to recapture a vintage photograph moment.....in an original 1940s hat from New York!

Discovering a new online store based in Singapore called The Happy Cheongsam through another Qipao (Cheongsam) admirer, I fell in love with one of their designs called the Heartbreaker and wrote to ask for permission to feature it in my Chinese New Year 2014 Wish List [Catch up here]. The Happy Cheongsam kindly agreed to being included in the wish list and decided to send me the Heartbreaker for a review right away...which was a good thing too as the Heartbreaker sold out shortly after my post was published and I might not have been able to get my paws on it in time! [Dress: Heartbreaker] Made with light and crisp black Thai silk, the Heartbreaker is structured with a slight lantern shaped bottom, simple front and almost knee length (for me)...but the highlight must be the thinly golden piped mandarin collar and surprising heart shaped peek-a-boo cut-out. It literally is a show stopping number...as from the moment I took off my faux fur jacket to walk along the canal, passer-bys and even further away groups stopped in their tracks to shout out praises for this dress, so thoroughly impressed that some even started taking photographs of me in the dress. And what a dress it is! I love the combination of chic black and a dash of gold matched with peek-a-boo playfulness...it infuses a fun aspect into a traditionally demure dress. The criticism I do have is that the light crispy silk might be too thin for colder weathers and the lining seemed not willing to blend with the dress as it did a little peek-a-boo in revealing itself whenever I sat down. Though I was certainly impressed by the technical ability to create the thin gold piping and the well evenly synchronised back....perhaps a longer floor length skirt with a soft fluid silk could make it an evening gown to die for!

Exclusive Offer: Get 10% off your purchase with The Happy Cheongsam by using the code 'WalkingInMay'
[Note: Prices are in Singapore Dollars and a conversion may be required]


What I wore:
Dress: The Heartbreaker by The Happy Cheongsam [here]
Accessories: Vintage 1940s hats and brown corded clutch by Rosie's Hats (Camden Passage Antique & Vintage Flea Market)

Which vintage hat do you like best?
Next we headed to the hidden treasure trove that is Camden Passage Antique & Vintage Market ....sorting through the line of stalls for all sorts of curios from vintage dresses to antique brooches and even befitting 1940s Bakelite bangles from France. We came towards the end of the passage and met a lovely lady called Rosie. In finding out that Caroline and I were on a 1940s inspired photoshoot, she kindly brought out some 1940s vintage hats and a delicately hand corded clutch to show us. Helping me style the hats over my massive victory rolls and telling us the story of each item we held, Rosie was incredibly knowledgeable and utterly lovely. So if you ever go through Angel (London) and wish to do a spot of vintage shopping, head on over to Camden Passage Market and stop by at Rosie's Hats!  [Find Camden Passage Antique & Vintage Flea Market: here]


Sporting the lovely vintage hand corded clutch.....


A closer look at the Heartbreaker dress by the Happy Cheongsam!
As a little pre-Easter surprise, as I am sure you darlings will be thinking about outfits for that mini-break, don't forget to grab the 'WalkingInMay' code for your 10% off purchases at the Happy Cheongsam online shop! Next up....there shall be more stunning photos of this 1940s inspired shoot with the talented Caroline....plus our fun night at the Candlelight Club's Sakura in Tokyo night. I should probably hurry to do an all important search to  find a spectacular new Qipao to wear to my special 1930s Birthday Bash next month....it's been so busy at work that I haven't had time to figure out an outfit yet, and there is still a photoshoot to plan when Caroline returns from holiday. Its going to be an exciting month ahead....have an absolutely fabulous weekend my darlings!



Until the next time,
May xx


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