OUTFIT: Gingham all the way! (Part 2 of 2)

Read Gingham all the way! (Part 1 of 2)

So back in December last year I wrote a post on a peasant-style cropped blouse I purchased and played crazy mix and match with. Here’s the second part of the post featuring all the rest of the outfits I styled with this retro gingham blouse. Hopefully, this and the previous post will give everyone some ideas for doing wardrobe remix and for creating simple, retro 1950s pin-up/rockabilly style with basic pieces from your wardrobe!

As seen from the previous post here

As seen from the previous post here

And here’s how you can remix a top like this gingham peasant blouse. You can..

1. Pop on a pair of high-waisted shorts in a coordinating colour

Retro 1950s Pin-up girl style

2. Squeeze into a pencil skirt in a contrasting colour

simple retro 1950s pin up girl style fashion

3. Fool around in a circle skirt

simple retro 1950s pin up girl style fashion

There, it’s as easy as ABC! You know what, I even have a circle skirt in a similar gingham print and I’m hoping to wear that skirt with this blouse together one day. I did try it once but it seemed a bit too much at that point… We’ll see how that goes again!

I hope everyone has had fun reading this series wardrobe remix posts. I am planning to do more of such posts in the future. There’s only so much clothes my wardrobe can contain but the days for OOTDs are endless…

Do you like doing wardrobe remixes or capsule wardrobes? I’d love to hear from everyone!

xox G

Read Gingham all the way! (Part 1 of 2)

OUTFIT: Gingham all the way! (Part 1 of 2)

Gingham pin-up outfit

Wearing: Gingham peasant blouse (ASOS), retro ‘Call Me’ telephone bag (Betsey Johnson), everything else from eons ago or eBay

A few months ago, I bought a new gingham peasant-style cropped blouse from ASOS (when it was on sale) and I went gaga over it, wearing it almost every weekend in different styles. If you are following me on Instagram, you would have seen a few of those outfit posts. And now, I will be sharing more photos and talking about the outfits in details on the blog!

Let’s start off with the outfit that turned out to be the most pleasant surprise… This outfit was in part inspired by pin-up fashion and in part out of the sheer desperation from the chronic “I have nothing to wear” syndrome that so many of us battle with. I wore the gingham peasant blouse with my uber tight-fitted 4-year-old denim pinafore and my (?)14-year-old pink heart belt.

Gingham pin-up outfit

Gingham pin-up outfit

Oh sweet thing – I think I bought the pink belt when I was 12. I can’t really explain why I have held on to it for so long. I can’t even remember the last time I wore this belt. Have I ever worn this belt? I don’t even know now. Maybe I kept it with me because it felt special to me and I thought it would come to good use one day.. and also, it’s super cute! Honestly, I don’t know where I could get belts like this anymore. Seriously, I would love to have this in EVERY COLOUR. Bumblebee yellow, black, baby blue, forest green… etc.

Betsey Johnson Retro Call Me Telephone Bag

That little Betsey Johnson ‘Call Me’ telephone bag is something newer but still very special to me – it was a Christmas present from my boo last year. The coolest thing about this bag is that the phone actually connects to your mobile and works as a functional receiver. The sound quality from this receiver is actually really good, definitely much better than some random $3 plastic piece of crap I got from eBay years ago.

Betsey Johnson Retro Call Me Telephone Bag

But, as with a lot of things that are special, I don’t use this bag enough. The same goes for my special dresses and special accessories. Yeah, I’m the kind of person who saves the best piece of meat for the last when eating. I guess I do the same for material goods I own.

Also, pink eye shadow to match my pink belt...

Also, pink eye shadow to match my pink belt…

Close-up

Close-up

My boyfriend often laments about how I haven’t worn a few of the vintage accessories he got me as presents. Well, I just want to save them… for something…!!!(???) But then again, he will definitely be glad to know that I am keeping those presents for at least 14 years, just like what I have done with my sweet pink belt. One day, my pink belt will become a vintage item. Ha!

Anyway, if you like this outfit that I have shared, please stay tuned for the other outfits I created with this gingham cropped blouse in the next blog post!

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Do you also like “saving” things for something special? Tell me all about it!

 

OUTFIT: One Harlequin cropped top, two rockabilly looks

These last 2 months have just FLEW by. I have been really busy with my vintage shop and everything else that is happening in my personal life.

One thing that has been keeping me busy is a new phone app called Carousell where I am trying to sell my pre-loved items and keep the size of my wardrobe in check. But of course, I get distracted and end up buying pre-loved from others instead. I like pre-loved. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I bought a new dress or skirt or shirt from a shop. Singapore is a small country and the chances of you wearing the same H&M skirt as another girl on Orchard Road is probably 70%. Yeah, I just pulled that out of my head. But I’m probably right. 😉

More importantly, buying pre-loved is GREEN. It’s reusing something that is still in good condition, and reducing the waste that is created. I could talk about the environment for the entire post… but let’s do that another time.

So here’s a Harlequin cropped top that I bought from Carousell a few weeks ago. It actually came with a pair of matching shorts in the same red and white Harlequin print. I love the rockabilly vibe it gives and it works out as such a great staple as I continue to build my rockabilly wardrobe.

Rockabilly Style #1 – wearing: handmade cherry brooch, thrifted retro mid-century style bag, navy circle skirt from Qoo10.com, shoes from Qoo10.com

Rockabilly Style #2 – wearing: retro beaded bag (handmade by a friend of a friend), Uniqlo jeans, $2 paper fan, shoes from Qoo10.com

Hopefully , I’ll continue to sell my pre-loved items on Carousell and streamline my wardrobe further. Wardrobe overhaul is a long and arduous process.

Capsule Wardrobe NUMBER 1 – Part 4 of 4

NUMBER THIRTY!!

This post is long overdue! As I mentioned in one of the posts before this, I have completed my Capsule Wardrobe project. Yes, I did it. I wore 30 different outfits in 30 different days with just 5 tops, 5 bottoms and 3 jackets. My very happy face above is a testament to how glad I am to be able to finally move on with my life… and wear something different. 


For my very final outfit (i.e. Number Thirty), I thought I should do something different. So… I wore my tartan shirt as a tube top with a bow tied at the front. Yayy!


And here, for your viewing pleasure, are all 30 outfits that I’ve worn over the span of the last few weeks. I know I haven’t posted individual photos of Number 27, 28 and 29, but I guess there’s no need because they are nothing special anyway.

Click on the picture for a larger view

That’s all for now folks! I really got to go back to studying for my exams. The next post *should* be on my recent knitting project. I’ll write a post on it as soon as it has reached my friend’s doorstep in Germany! ^_^

Capsule Wardrobe NUMBER 1 – Part 3 of 4

In case you missed it: Capsule Wardrobe NUMBER 1 Part 1 & 2
30 outfits from 5 tops, 5 bottoms, and 3 jackets…



Before we get to the pictures… I just want to say… I CAN’T WAIT FOR 30 OUTFITS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED!


SEVENTEEN & EIGHTEEN

NINETEEN & TWENTY

TWENTY-ONE & TWENTY-TWO

TWENTY-THREE & TWENTY-FOUR

TWENTY-FIVE & TWENTY-SIX

Favourite of this set: No. 24, because I like big hair and I cannot lie.

Also, I feel like I’ve worn that DIY chambray skirt soooo many times that I’m ready to chuck it out. Which outfit is your favourite so far?

Capsule Wardrobe NUMBER 1 – Part 2 of 4

In case you missed it: Capsule Wadrobe NUMBER 1 – Part 1 of 4


30 outfits from 5 tops, 5 bottoms, and 3 jackets…


Hi everyone! I’m back with my second part of my first capsule wardrobe. Frankly speaking, I can’t wait for this capsule wardrobe to be done. I am actually very very tempted to abandon this project. The clothes for this capsule wardrobe were selected in the final days of winter and I totally forgot to take spring’s weather and colours into consideration. So here I am, still dressing in winter’s colours and clothes, braving the crazy warm and windy spring in Sydney. 😦


On a happier note, I have finally recovered from the horrible cough and flu. Life is good again.

For those who only recently started following my blog/ didn’t notice/ completely forgot… that chambray skirt that I wore in ELEVEN, TWELVE, THIRTEEN and SIXTEEN is something I refashioned from a shirt I thrifted. The DIY tutorial for the skirt can be found here


All right, that’s all for now!


P.S.: Uni break week is coming!!!

Capsule Wardrobe NUMBER 1 – Part 1 of 4

I recently moved to a new place with a MUCH BIGGER room. It’s so big that I now have 2 tables, 1 for doing uni work and 1 for making crafts. The latter is also where my sewing machine sits. Despite gaining a personal wardrobe and a chest of drawers, I still have difficulty storing all my clothes properly. I can try to fold, stack and squeeze all my clothes into my chest of drawers, but I will most likely end up only wearing the clothes stacked right on top. 


I am utterly sick and tired of buying clothes that I only wear once in a long while and wearing the same 20% of my wardrobe. So… things have to change. 


Capsule Wardrobe NUMBER ONE (5 tops + 5 bottoms)

So… introducing… my very first capsule wardrobe, which consists of 5 tops, 5 bottoms and 3 outerwear (not included in the picture above) that I selected from current wardrobe. I will create a new set of capsule wardrobe once I have had 30 outfits from this set. I don’t go out every day, so I find the time frame (e.g., 1 month) for a capsule wardrobe irrelevant to me. 


So, here it is, everyone! My first part of my first ever Capsule Wardrobe…

ONE: Bottom: Fox Grey Pants; Top: I heart Paris Tee; Outerwear: Thrifted Navy Blazer Accessory: DIY scarf

TWO: Bottom: Navy Military Pinafore; Top: All the girls’ names Tee; Shoes: Doc Martens Wannabe
THREE: Bottom: Navy Military Pinafore (with straps removed); Top: Plaid shirt with ruffle detail; Shoes: Doc Martens Wannabe

FOUR: Bottom: Grey shorts with woollen texture; Top: Plaid shirt with ruffle detail; Outerwear: Thrifted Blue Navy Blazer; Shoes: Doc Martens Wannabe; Bag: Black Satchel from Kmart $9
FIVE: Bottom: Grey shorts with woollen texture; Top: Plaid shirt with ruffle detail + I heart Paris Tee; Shoes: Grey sneakers with knee-high socks and black tights

SIX: Bottom: Navy Military Pinafore (with straps removed); Top: I heart Paris Tee; Outerwear: Bleached denim jacket; Shoes: Doc Martens Wannabe
SEVEN: Bottom: Black leggings with zip detail; Top: All the girls’ names Tee; Outerwear: Khaki Boy’s jacket; Shoes: Doc Martens Wannabe


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My favourite outfit so far is … FOUR! I just love the preppy look that a plaid shirt and a blazer give!

8 ways to wear your favourite shawl/scarf

Hello everyone! I’m back with my new, favourite shawl (the knitted Sunday Market Shawl) and the 8 different ways to wear it! It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the same shawl, because I’m sure you have a big scarf or old shawl waiting for you in a corner of your closet.



Let’s explore the 8 looks together! Use this figure and other photos to guide yourselves!



NOTE: Pardon that black suitcase in the background of the photos. It’s my housemate’s. (-_-X)

Look 1

Wrap the length of the shawl around your body and tuck in the ends. Secure and cinch your waist with a belt.

Look 2

Tie ends A and B together. Tie ends C and D together. Put your hands through the 2 small loops created from the tied ends. Wear it as a baggy cardigan with the body of the shawl resting on your shoulders.

Look 3

Tie ends A and D together. Hang the shawl on your neck, with the knot positioned behind the neck.

Look 4

1. Position shawl
2. Bring the top ends of the shawl to the centre of your chest and cross them
3. Twist the ends
4. Tie a knot and secure by tucking it in

Look 5

Create Look 3. Then tie ends B and C together in front of you. Move the new knot to your back. A nice keyhole will be formed at the back.

Look 6

1. Position the shawl on your shoulders
2. Hold on to the 2 ends in front of you
3. Tie the 2 ends together at your back
4. This is how it looks behind

Look 7

Just wind the shawl around your neck haphazardly to create a natural drape.

Look 8

If all else fails, just let the shawl hang on your shoulders.


Isn’t that easy? I hope the pictures make the instructions easier to follow. I’m sure some of you definitely know of more ways to wear a simple shawl like this. These are just the 8 ways that I thought of at the point of the photo-taking.


I personally find Look 2 very inspiring! It’s easy to add different layers to create a different look. This is how I wore Look 2 the other day… when I was in school blogging about the Sunday Market Shawl for the first time.

Sunglasses: No brand from DFO, A$10
Shawl: DIY knitted Sunday Market Shawl
Cropped Cream Cardigan: Paper Scissors, A$9.99 (discounted price!)
Beaded Wooden Necklace: Pinched it from my Mum’s jewellery box
White Long Sleeves Top: Cotton On, A$7.50 (discounted price!)
Indigo Skinny Jeans: Kmart, A$29
Black Boots: Kmart, A$29