Salvation Army Revamped Thrift Store Opens on Fri, 16 March 2012

The newly revamped Praisehaven Family Thrift Store (500 Upper Bukit Timah Road) will be revealed this Friday, March 16th, 2012 by the Salvation Army Red Shield Industries, in conjunction with its 10th anniversary. The revamping and rebranding process was documented in a new TV programme, “Invest In Me” by Channel News Asia and supported by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS). The entire store are collectively re-designed by Out of Stock, Triggerhappy, Foundry, Hjgher, HOKO, Studio Juju, Super mama and Jarrod Lim. Creative consultant Tracy Phillips helped rebrand a section of the thrift store as well as collaborated with the Salvation Army staff on visual merchandising and pricing. Fashion Director and Show Producer Daniel Boey will be producing a fashion show during this Friday’s store opening to feature clothing redesigned by students from Raffles College.

To date, local celebrities such as George Young, Chua En Lai, Irene Ang, Rosalyn Lee and Hossan Leong donated their clothes – so why don’t you? Personally, I believe in sustainability by recycling and thrifting. Shopping for vintage is a thrill and a great way to save money in this crazy economic climate. Here are some look book pictures with prices to get you excited:

images: The Salvation Army

Granny’s Day Out: How To Buy Vintage + Contest

Are you a VINTAGE LOVER? Because I am. In fact, vintage newbies or people who are curious about the appeal of wearing vintage always ask me the same question: How do I buy vintage? First of all, you have to love everything about fashion and its history throughout the decades. It is key to know the styles and trends of each decade. The main reason why I love vintage is because I value the high-quality tailoring (you don’t get this with high-street labels) and the joy of owning a piece of history! Sometimes, vintage shopping can be overwhelming when you first walk into a giant thrift store – don’t worry, the key is to have patience and comb through the racks thoroughly. This may not be ‘ideal’ for busy Singaporeans so it’s advisable to visit a vintage boutique that has specially curated the best pieces and skip the digging process.

Granny’s Day Out is one of Singapore’s best vintage boutiques which is quietly hidden in Peninsula Shopping Centre near City Hall MRT. Get ready to dig through an extensive collection of women’s vintage clothing, purses, shoes and accessories from the 1930s to 1980s, sourced from all over the world – mostly from USA and Europe. All vintage clothing and items are cleaned and restored – yes, no stink! Honestly, I quite like the vintage smell, hahaha. Most of her vintage accessories (i.e. jewellery and belts) are New Old Stock, or NOS, it means the item is vintage but never been worn, i.e. manufactured a long time ago and kept in storage and never sold, and hence, first hand. So, it’s old but also new!

WANNA WIN $50 GRANNY’S DAY OUT VOUCHERS? Visit Granny’s Day Out Facebook Page for contest details (Closing Date: Sunday, 18 March 2012) or scroll down:

Five Fash-Tips When Buying Vintage:

  1. Check for authenticity: If you must know, there are fake vintage. It is advisable to buy from reputable vintage boutiques such as Granny’s Day Out so you know that you’re buying ‘actual’ vintage pieces – not vintage wannabes. More importantly, build a relationship with the boutique owners so you can first dips when new pieces come in! Say hi to Hsiao Ying at Granny’s Day Out – I promise you that she won’t bite.
  2. Alteration is a must (if it doesn’t fit): To me, a good fit is everything. This can make or break how you look in any types of clothing. Sometimes you find pieces which fit you like a glove but most of the time, they don’t. This is because more vintage clothing are imported from the USA or Europe. Then again, most vintage boutiques like Granny’s Day Out do provide alteration services.
  3. Give your vintage a modern twist: OK, you don’t want to look like you just teleported from the 60s – right? Mix and match your vintage pieces with contemporary styles. The whole point is to modernize the look and make it relevant.
  4. Check for imperfections and fix it (if possible): If you’re visiting Granny’s Day Out, you can be ensure ‘most’ imperfections will be fixed. Be prepared to see holes, stains, missing buttons, tears, pull-thread and etc. – it really depends on the condition of the vintage piece. If you can fix it, do it. Otherwise, think again if you want to buy it.
  5. Be bold. Try, Try and TRY! After trying on more than 10 pieces at Granny’s Day Out, I’m convinced that I need to be a little more adventurous and try clothing that I would never pick off the rack. I ended up with pieces that I didn’t want to try in the first place. The key is to bold and pick statement pieces that will blow your socks off.

1970s black and white striped jumpsuit with ruched sleeves; 1980s belt with a gold buckle; 1960s silver-tone mod bangle; 1960s gold beaded purse; 1950s gold-plated rings, European; 1980s leather flats

1970s yellow jumpsuit with big pockets; French silk scarf on head; 1980s pumps with leaf print

1970s black and red striped wool dress; Black leather braided belt; 1960s mod faux leather sling bag

1960s maxi printed lounge dress; 1960s ah-go-go fish link belt

1980s royal blue gown with black piping; 1940s black purse

1970s daisy-print hot pink dress; 1940s-50s Czechoslovakian beaded faux pearl purse; 1980s peep-toe sling backs

1980s shimmery party dress; 1970s black/silver patterned purse

1980s floral frock; 1980s beige booties

Happy candy striped dress 1980s; 1980s orange and white bangle; 1980s leather sandals; 1970s b/w woven clutch bag; 1950s-60s gold plated rings, European

You gotta love vintage rings! I spent 3 hours at Granny’s Day Out and everyone who walks in will buy the rings!

1980s bustier party dress with tulle; 1980s high-heeled black leather boots

Alright, it’s CONTEST TIME!

STEP 1: So, you’ve seen the photos of me in Granny’s Day Out vintage clothing above. Now, visit GDO Facebook Page and ‘LIKE’ it.

STEP 2: Go the the Facebook Album with all the outfit photos (as seen above) and comment “Which outfit do you like most on her and why?” and ‘LIKE‘ the photo. Easy peasy!

STEP 3: The more you ‘LIKE’, the higher your chances of winning! Be one of the THREE LUCKY WINNERS to walk away with $50 GDO shopping vouchers redeemable for anything in the store, except the sheepskin rug.

Contest ends Sunday, 18 March 2012.

Visit Granny’s Day Out!
3 Coleman Street,
#03-25 Peninsula Shopping Centre,
Singapore 179804
+65 6336 9774
Opening hours:
Mon-Sat: 1pm-8pm | Sun & Public Holidays: 1.30pm – 6.30pm

images: Granny’s Day Out

“The Artist” Inspiration: Modern Day 20s Flapper for Spring 2012

Last Christmas, I watched highly-rated, multiple award-winning film, ‘The Artist’, a brilliant silent film about a silent film star who refuses to embrace the future of talking pictures and his encounter with a young ambitious dancer. The film reminded me of the liberation of the ‘new’ women affectionately known as flappers and modernization of the ‘Roaring Twenties’. Let’s not forget the iconic Coco Chanel who created the ‘Garconne Look’. That woman changed the face of fashion in the 1920s – which is why I simply DIE for Chanel everything. ‘The Gatsby Girl’ look is facing a revival this season. High-fashion brands such as Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs are inspired by the Roaring Twenties for their Spring 2012 collection. Fringe dresses with rich silk, feathers and intricate embellishments are back with modern interpretations.

Here are some inspiration pictures from ‘The Artist’ and my picks from Spring 2012 runway looks. If you’re interested, you can shop for your very own fringe dresses and be a Flapper for the day! Don’t forget the Flapper attitude :)

The beautiful Bérénice Bejo as Peppy Miller in The Artist. Gotta love her costumes!

And, how can you not love Jean Dujardin as the silent movie star, George Valentin :) He’s so drool-worthy!

The original Flapper. I was told that my current hairstyle looks like 1920s silent star, Louise Brooks.

Gucci took cue from the 20s Flappers and Art Deco motifs for their Spring 2012 collection. Zoe Saldana, Camilla Belle and Rachel Evan Woods rock the Flapper-look at the LACMA Art and Film Gala.

What if Flappers can time travel to the future? Marc Jacobs imagined the futuristic Flapper for this Spring 2012 collection.

The Golden Twenties is all about luxury and dresses are adorned in embellishments, feathers and rich silk. Ralph Lauren Spring 2012 collection captured the era perfectly in a romantic way.

Marchesa Spring 2012 is so gorgeous, I don’t know where to start! If there is one thing a Flapper’s gotta do during the Jazz Age, it’s dancing! These fringe dresses are made for late night partying.

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2012 is all about feather love! I want them, now.

For Flapper wannabes on budget, head down to ASOS for this Aqua Flapper Structured Maxi Fringe Bandeau Dress (£110.50). Available in Black or Orange. Gorgeous!

If you like a shorter fringe dress, why not go for this Religion Beaded Flapper Style Dress (£45.00) in Black or Blue. Electric!

images:, imdb, google images, ASOS

60s Fashion Galore in ‘The Help’ and Win 10 Pairs of Movie Tickets!

Before I start ooh-ing and ahh-ing about the delicious 60s fashion displayed in “The Help”, let me tell you that everyone left the theater with teary eyes. “The Help” is such a beautiful, heart-warming story about a brave young aspiring author who went through thick and thin to get the African American maids to tell their stories about their employers a.k.a. the White families and their hard life during the American 1960’s civil rights movement era. The film stars Emma Stone (the new Hollywood “IT” girl), Bryce Dallas Howard, Viola Davis and etc. You have to catch this film – not only for the fashion but the story.

Fash-Eccentric is giving away 10 pairs of tickets to “The Help” (valid for Singapore residents only).

Just answer a simple question: What is the title of the book written by Skeeter (played by Emma Stone’s character) in the movie?

To participate, join my Facebook Page and answer your questions there. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, 25 October 2011.

Emma Stone is so adorable, don’t you love her?

Bryce Dallas Howard has the nicest dresses in the film but she’s such a bitch in the film! Anyway, she got her payback.

Ahh, I want to have a garden party too.

Allison Janney‘s baby blue dress is vintage love!

White families are not the only ones with style. The African American maids dress up for their Sunday church.

Even the men look delicious!

Pink pencil skirt and bosoms!

Love the cat-eyed spectacles and typewriter. So old-school!

Ooh la la! This yellow jumpsuit is awesome and the telephone too!

images: Dreamworks Pictures studios