Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Review/LookS/London Hot-Spots: A hundred dresses unite at Collectif, Camden!

In my Collectif Jenna flared dress, Camden, London.
Greeetings darlings! After excitedly reporting on nabbing a ticket, which sold out within 15minutes it seems, for Collectif's 100 Dresses event in Camden....I am proud to reveal the dress I chose. It is Collectif's flared Jenna in maroon and white...isn't it just the darling dress! Matched with flowers in my hair, my fluffy pink petticoat and my cute little Cath Kidston grab bag, I was ready for a night of 50s charm with my Jenna dress. The event started at the Collectif store early evening in Camden, which I must admit to never having visited before and was slightly tricky to find. Once picking up the dress and queued in the massive line for the changing room in order to change into the dress, I had time to nab a pair of lovely floral earrings and a nice 50s inspired wiggle-like floral dress in the sale. In terms of marketing it was definitely a fabulous idea that got the message across and packed the tills with long queues to buy what was on sale....I really did have to resist quite a few temptation! Though it would have been great if there were more changing rooms and space to get ready, as queueing at every point did make it tiresome and after that it got a little tricky to get to Proud Camden for the show. Sitting in Proud waiting for the show to begin, which started later than advertised with quite a few ladies who had attended the event alone, I began feeling tired thinking of my Sunday night routine to get ready for work week ahead. So by the time the show began with a burlesque act I was on my way out and working out how to get home, but all in all it was a lovely event where I made new friends, experienced the Collectif style and visited their lovely shop.

The Collectif shop in Camden...

Guess which purse I almost took home with me?

Collectif shop entrance...Camden, London.

The first lovely lady I met with the same dress as me!


Queueing up for the cloak room in the stables of Proud, Camden.

Waiting for the show at Proud, Camden.

Other lovely ladies I sat with who also attended the event alone as it was sold out so quickly....

Meeting a lovely new friend Jess!
The verdict? Lovely event and I would probably attend another Collectif event if I get the chance, even for a bit of shopping. But keeping to time andgetting it a bit better organised could be the key to an even better event which would likely keep the buzz of the event going further. On a different note, I have a little announcement of my own to make....I have just left work as a PA to create a crazy new dream! Remember how I mentioned wanting to start a social enterprise one day with all the things I love (on the 'Miss May?' page)....well I am finally making my first step in giving up the secure office life and splashing all my savings to train to become a Zen Yoga Teacher. I have no idea what the future holds, but I know that in order to make a real difference I must first start with myself and bravely take a step, so what better way than to do it with something healing to body, soul and mind. Of course I will continue blogging to share with you darlings the new chapters of my life journey, so fear not as May will continue walking! Though I will likely take a 2 weeks break from today till the end of September in order to attend the intensive yoga teaching course in Dorset, but when I am back there shall be more on how the 'SHINE WALK' went, a book review, Cheongsam review and some travel adventures I am yet to disclose.....also not to forget the next Qipao LoveR of the series. Have a fabulous mid-week my darlings!



Until the next time,
May xx

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Saturday, 6 September 2014

Qipao LoveR No.2: Our lovely Miss September is....Ai from Singapore!

One of the aspects that I love about the Qipao (Cheongsam) is her individuality; an ability to tell others something specific about the wearer....almost like a weave of intricate clues about a life, a heritage, a personal style or even a message. I find this true within myself and have read such thoughts from others....in a modern tech conscious jazzy concrete world that requires a rush of pace to keep up, it is often easy to forget momentarily who you are, what your life is about or what you truly want in your future steps. You can say it is a loss sense of self and identity, or you could claim it to be just being too busy, but when it does happen I often find it useful to look inwards to have a quick thought-like conversation with myself to recapture a sense of what I am about. In a different form, this is also a function the Qipao can play....a reminder, a love, a hope and an individuality. Like Qipao Lover No.2 and Miss September of this monthly series....the fabulously well known Singapore blogger Ai Sakura from Sakura Haruka....if I should ever have a daughter I would like my Qipao dresses to be passed on as an heirloom of love as well as life. Ai is a wonderful lady who has not only embraced motherhood in love and passion, but she is a positive inspiration that the modern mummy can also embrace her own individuality and not lose her sense of self. After all, without knowing who we are as a person how can we guide our next generation towards a better tomorrow? Take a look at what this inspirational Cheongsam lover has to say.....



"Cheongsams remind me of a nostalgic time of classic elegance and quiet glamour, where life seems much simpler. It is feminine without being too sexy, and graceful without being too ostentatious.

I started wearing cheongsams more when I was living overseas. Being in foreign lands made me feel the need to be more in touch with my cultural roots and identity, and I felt that I could express it more when I wore Cheongsams. When I came back to Singapore and became more interested to find out more about our local heritage, my love for Cheongsams grew even stronger. It was also easier to find Cheongsams back here in Singapore!



It saddens me to know that Singapore is changing so rapidly, and a lot of our heritage building and culture may not be here when my daughter grows up. Although I like a lot of kawaii things, I usually prefer my cheongsams to be timeless or even reflective of our local heritage. Just like some of my jewelry, I’d like to keep and pass on my cheongsams to my daughter, to be able to share the memories of the places I went and the people I met while wearing them with her.

A lot of people have the misconception that you have to be skinny to wear a Cheongsam as it is usually fitting. However, the best part about wearing a Cheongsam is that it shows off a woman’s curves beautifully. It doesn’t matter if you are not model-material; be happy with your body and wear the Cheongsam with pride. There are a lot of modern Cheongsams around now that make it much easier for daily wear and everyday occasions so give these a go if the classic cut is too daunting."


So do pop on over to Ai's wonderful parenting and lifestyle blog to find some daily inspiration, she is also featured on the Lark and Peony blog this week! Do drop me a name of other Qipao lovers if you happen to know some, the world is too small not to share some beauty and individuality...celebrate your love my darlings. I have been starting to leaf through a textiles book and doing a bit of walking to practice for the 'Shine Walk' for Cancer Research at the end of this month, so there is still time for donations and bids for the Cheongsam I shall be wearing on the night (more here). Also a big big big THANK YOU to all the kind souls who have donated to help me reach my fundraising target, both myself and W-N has been touched by your absolute generousity. Heading to the Collectif 100 Dresses event tomorrow evening and looking forward to it. Here's to a fabulously wonderful weekend darlings!


Until the next time,
May xx


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