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Featured-In/Qipao Love: Part 16 ~ Dazed Vintage Queen no 155...Queens of Vintage & Walking in May EXCLUSIVE!

Hello darlings! Thank you so much for all the beautiful comments and kind support as well as congratulations this past week....you darlings are truly amazing! I cannot even begin to fully describe in words what it meant to me, and what a week I had. From the well received Walking in May EXCLUSIVE range of Cheongsam dresses (sold out) by The Lady General to my unique one-off 'Kyoto in Sunrise' Cheongsam and stepping into Sacramento's Share-in-Style project for the very first time (here). To top it all off....being crowed 'Vintage Queen number 155' by Queens of Vintage (here) has had me grinning non-stop! Just in case you are yet to stumble across it, the Queens of Vintage is a fabulous global vintage lifestyle blog that is run by a lovely vintage lover Miss Lena Weber, who also runs the Vintage Guide to London (here). It includes almost everything from vintage How-Tos, interviews, style and features which has included some fabulous vintage names....such as Fluer McG…

London Hot-Spot/LookS: 1950s Braided kitsch in the Fan Museum...for best value Afternoon Tea!

As I excitedly jump on the spot...I am happy to tell you lovely darlings that it is finally time to reveal my very special Walking in May EXCLUSIVE Cheongsam (Qipao) from the Kimono X collection by The Lady General; a specialist Cheongsam online shop based in Singapore who prides themselves on re-inventing the Qipao! If you darlings have seen the whole collection of Kimono X dresses on The Lady General's online shop, which includes two different styles named Kyoto and Osaka, you might be wondering why you haven't seen this particular dress that I am wearing here? The Osaka (here) range was made from plain modern Japanese Chrimen crepe fabric with a vintage kimono Obi belt and flared out skirt. Whilst the Kyoto range of Cheongsam dresses were made from various patterned vintage Japanese kimono fabric and share the Obijime corded waistline with a pleated bottom, which resulted in the Kyoto Cheongsam in 'Cloud' (here), 'Floral' (here) and 'Poppy' (here). W…

London Hot-Spots/Review: May's Birthday at Cecil's 1930s Shanghai night....the Oolong Tea Experience!

As promised, it is time to reveal my Birthday celebrations at Cecil's 1930s Shanghai night last month....which I accidentally discovered whilst Google-ing something else. Needless to say, it was the perfect night to don a Qipao (Cheongsam) and get my girlies to wear one too! Preparations started weeks ahead....where I started talking about outfit inspirations, then planned a shopping weekend day to Judy's Vintage Fair as well as Brick Lane to find my girlies something to wear, and finally on the day we got together to dress in my living room as chirpy as birds can be. There was tea, sewing, cake, hairspray and curling tongs, but most of all there was laughter, fun and hugs of happy wishes. Once all dressed, we set off into the unusually warm May weather and took the train toLondon Bridgein order to walk to the nearby Cecil's which was slightly puzzling to find. Crossing the road as we saw a sign for Cecil's under a bridge, we walked up to a unassuming concrete step to …

LookS/Review: Mods to the East...with a 1960s swing on Lark and Peony's vintage inspired Cheongsam!

Having just returned from a little sunny break in Greece, it is time to fully unwrap my 1960s inspired look with Lark and Peony's Hsi Shih Vintage Turquoise Cheongsam (Qipao) as promised!  As times moved from the elegant 50s Parisian New Look to the rebelliously Youth-shaken 60s, London took the world stage with big names such as Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton, Andy Warhol, Mary Quant, Barbara Hulanicki and of course the Beattles....it was even more apt for Caroline and I to continue our photoshoot from London's Chinatown to London's great landmark Trafalgar Square. So what inspired this look? Try as we may, there is no escaping the idea of 60s fashion being a highly wearable and classic workhorse hidden in many wardrobes across the globe....even today. There is just something simply flexible about the A-shaped shift, albeit mini or midi, to flatter most female forms with a skimming and youthful glow that keeps it circulating in the fashion radar. Possibilities from Western fashio…