Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Featured-In/Qipao Love: Part 21~ My Vintage Wardrobe...on UK fashion website My Daily!

My Vintage 1950s maroon high collared Cheongsam.....
Imagine being asked by a UK fashion website to be part of their Vintage interview feature? Happily estatic of course! Many of the big names in the UK vintage circle; including vintage repoduction designers such as Tara Starlet and other vintage experts, have been featured in My Daily's vintage section. From several lovely exchanges of emails with insightful writer Jen Barton to meeting award winning photographer Sarah Lucy Brown for the photoshoot has been a rather wonderous journey...one like in a day dream expect without detailed thinking process, but more of a ok, get up and go sort of thing. Most importantly I was able to spread word about the Qipao and try to bridge a tiny inch of the under-represented Asian Vintage fanatic picture in the mainstream Vintage face of UK and globally. Vintage existed in styles of each daily wardrobe of women across Asia and South East Asia since the early days when it became possible to travel to other countries by ship or buy imports, but today not many are seen with vintage styles in Asia and Asian vintage lovers are not often seen under the limelight of the vintage circle. Yet the beautiful Cheongsam or Qipao only makes a vivied appearance within the duration of Chinese New Year is Asian countries, as it is no longer seen acceptable or normal to wear the Qipao day to day. Question is why?

[Read my top Vintage and Qipao tips, as well as see the lovely photos on: 

In a Vintage 1950s orange patterned Qipao brought back from Canada by my dear friend Rachael!

In a modern black silk and hand embroidered peacock midi Qipao by The Happy Cheongsam (Singapore).

Hearing concerns from women across the globe about their fear of wearing the Qipao has fused me with continued effort to write about the Qipao (Cheongsam) and address these concerns....from 'How to choose a Qipao right for you' to the Qipao History and a whole series dedicated to Qipao Love and Qipao LoveRs. But it didn't stop there, continuing the journey to Cheongsam Reviews of trusted quality Chinese dresses, interviews and features from online magazines to website and even radio. The main message; "Wear the Qipao or Cheongsam with love and confidence", so here in 2015 the new idea of #CheongsamConfidence. To help all you darlings who have been in love with the Qipao but fear wearing it or not found the right one, I have created a first 'How-To' Style Solution video (below) and will be picking different Cheongsam or Qipao dresses from Online stores on the Walking in May Facebook page! So here's my first Qipao Love Style Solution video addressing your body problem areas such as wide shoulders, hips and bottom:


Infographic (below) from Common Sense Media:
Infographic from non-profit Common Sense Media
Source: www.commonsensemedia.org/children-teens-body-image-media-infographic

With a few useful tips and sources of where to find your ideal Cheongsam this Chinese New Year, take a step towards having body as well as #CheongsamConfidence by joining us on 20th February 2015 either on Twitter or Facebook. It is really disheartening to discover that over half of the 8 year old girls today want thinner bodies (MyDaily) from a recent report by non-profit organisation Common Sense Media, and I really hope my little efforts will be able to help step towards a more body confident as well as cultural loving society. Passing on the torch to you darlings, I look forward to seeing all of you beautifully proud to be YOU on that day....now to prepare for the Zen Yoga class I am teaching tonight, think about the next Cheongsam Tea in Singapore during March 2015, plan the next Qipao LoveR and Chinese New year Wishlist posts. Have a fabulous mid-week darlings!



Until the next time,
May xx

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Sunday, 11 January 2015

Zen Yoga: Breathe, love and Zen-ify your life....plus have #CheongsamConfidence!

From my Chinese New Year tea in 2014.......
Whether you happen to be rich, poor, big, small, tall, short, female or male....there is bound to be moments in life where you search for meaning in whatever you do or live. Almost like an instinct ingrained within our deep soulful minds, we roam and seach for that piece of clarity....the meaning in our lives. Maybe it affects our sense of worth, maybe it is part of how perfect we see ourselves, or maybe it is just a way to prove we have some sort of inner beauty? Either way, it is a subjective and personal journey for each and every being who seeks this proof of value within ourselves. The question is; if we truly did love and value ourselves why can we not overcome lengths of body neglect, low self-esteem or even self-harm? What does justifying meaning in our lives really mean?
More often than not I hear reasons from beautiful ladies claiming their fear of wearing the Qipao (Cheongsam) as though it is the hardest dress to wear in the world....this is exactly the reason why I continue to write about the Qipao, answer questions as well as messages on the Qipao, and in fact turned the Cheongsam (Qipao) to become the main focus of my blog. The message I have always wanted to give other fellow females remains the same; YOU wear the Qipao (Cheongsam)! The Qipao originally began as a handmade tailored dress especially made for the body of one single female, so the dress was made to fit the lady and not the other way round. Writing for as many years as I have about the Qipao, I hope to help you find ways to uncover the right Qipao for your body in this off-the-rack high speed mass production world, or make a Qipao into your Cheongsam. [Qipao Love] It is also why I decided to open up in starting to review modern Qipao dresses too, because there is no one dress fits all in existence. We are all different and all unique. 

This year in 2015 I am going to go one step further than just spreading the message, as I have just set my blog goals (Miss May page):

  • Inspire a 'body positive image' with yoga and meditation posts focused on your physical as well as mental wellbeing.
  • Help you build confidence in overcoming your perceived barriers through styling the Qipao to embrace your beauty...in a vintage way.
  • Share knowledge and be a resource to you when it comes to everything about the Qipao (Cheongsam)...before it becomes a dying art one day.  

......and will be backing my message with a mini-campaign for women called 'Cheongsam Confidence'. So I invite you my darling readers to join this search for meaningful clarity, body positivity and indulgence in love for yourself as a truly living being. I suggest we start by disecting our daily rituals, which seem psychologically ingrained within us in becoming natural habits to life, but what do they really mean? When you brush your teeth in a rush whilst checking off your to-do list in your mind, you are likely to forget how many minutes or even if you have brushed all your teeth properly. In a fast paced world we are used to multi-tasking, but it doesn't mean we are more productive or even more efficient by doing so. As one can argue we have become too busily distracted that even taking 2 minutes to care for our teeth, which will stay a lifetime with us if kept healthy, has become too much of an investment in time. Question is; if 2 minutes is too much time to invest in you, then what meaning are you subconsciously enforcing to yourself? This is of course a rather rashly simple example, but the essence of the message is to be mindfully present in every moment of your own life and take care of the you that you should love....for you only have one body.
Have a go at simplifying your life a little with the 3 steps in the picture (above), inspired by the Buddhist Zen tradition but applicable to all. You could even use prayer in your faith or just simple thinking or reflection time to start your day consciously breathing (step one). It is simply a method anyone can use to benefit their own wellbeing, and you really have nothing to lose by trying to breathe more. [For more on Zen living take a look at this YouTube video 'A day in the life of a Zen monk' by EmptyMind Films] Remember the videos I pledged to create in raising funds for charity last year? In the following weeks, I shall start to reveal some videos that are currently in the pipeline to help you enrich your body positivity and body confidence....in an aim to banishing the "I can't wear a Qipao because" reasons. I sincerely hope that after a months time, you darlings will join me in 'Cheongsam Confidence' to make a decision towards positive body image, loving the Qipao and more importantly honouring yourself with love for yourself.....after all a dress designed for women should not be a barrier to women!
Share and spread the word....you're invited to be #CheongsamConfident!
Whether you're utterly new to the Qipao or an avid long time lover....take a stand to make 2015 a body image positive year, cultivate more love for yourself, and declare it together with us by doing any of the following:

  • Sharing your decision to support a body positive image and news of the campaign with your readers or followers on your blogs, Facebook pages, website or social media (Feel free to share the pink #CheongsamConfidence photo above)
  • Tweet on Twitter or post on Facebook (or page) a photo of YOU wearing your Qipao (Cheongsam or even Cheongsam top) with the hashtag #CheongsamConfidence on 20th Feb 2015 (Second day of Chinese New Year)
  • Link-up with your blog post about you and your Cheongsam (ie. experience, hopes, style) to the Walking in May #CheongsamConfidence post on 20th Feb 2015 (Link will be open on Walking in May then)
  • Cheongsam designers, shops or bloggers can back the campaign openly by joining our 'supporters list' which will be published in the Walking in May posts
  • Also join the Google Hangout session (probably beginning of February), where those interested can join to have a Q&A or discussion....in asking any Cheongsam styling questions!


Let's wear the Cheongsam (Qipao) with purpose as well as love this Chinese New Year! Here's wishing you all a fabulously happy and confident week ahead!



Until the next time,
May xx
PS: Sharing is loving, and there's still time to enter the cat themed GIVEAWAY 2......hurry!


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From my Chinese New Year celebrations in 2014.......