Vintage Shops Hunt- Melbourne Pt 1.

I am always impressed by how “old school” Melbourne can be: from the 70s disco corner to the swing dance class in a 1880s hotel.  In Tokyo I would say someone looks “sharp” when he/she is equipped with a vintage leather jacket matching with a vintage Chanel. But when I came to Melbourne, I noticed that wearing old stuff is just a norm here, vintage can be wore to school, to work or to any special occasions.

SO, I would like to introduce you some great vintage boutiques in the city, don’t miss them out when you are visiting Melb!

Vintage Sole

This can definitely be your first stop as it is just NEXT TO the famous Flinders Station, just a 3-min walk from Flinders to a small old arcade, you will see it on the ground floor. I bought a cotton sleeveless dress here with country-style floral pattern , very Aussie haha.

Address: 6/37 Swanston Street, Melbourne CBD ( They also have shops in Fitzroy and Windsor BTW)

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They mainly sell male/female clothing & shoes. (@Fashionmimo)

 

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Me in the coutry-style cotton dress from Vintage Sole 🙂 (@Fashionmimo)

Retro Star

It is located at the same building with Vintage Sole, so you can just climb up the stair to check it out after visiting Vintage Sole. It is really a big Vintage Market that you can find so many things here: clothing, accessories, home decorations and so many little stuff that I couldn’t tell what are they used for. It reminds me of those Flea market in Europe, the period of the goods here are quite various: there is a time I found out a formal dress that I believe it is either an old costume or it is from the early 90s.

Address: 1/F Nicholas building, 37 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Mio Tesoro

Authentic vintage& pre-loved luxury boutique located in South Yarra. The shop owner Elaine is a fashion and luxury Guru. There is a wide range of vintage luxury products: from the new season Gucci handbag to the vintage 70s Hermes watch. I always recommend my friend to pay a visit when they come to Melbourne 😉

Address: 568 Chapel Street, South Yarra 3141, VIC

 

AussVintage

OK… Here comes my online vintage shop hahahah. Basically I am collecting vintage accessories from the UK and vintage handbags from Japan. It is still on an early stage that I am making lots of mistakes everyday. But hopefully it will get better and better with your support! ;D

Follow Instagram to shop: www.instagram.com/aussvintage/

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I am going to introduce more vintage/second-hand shops in Melb in my next post! If you know there are other interesting vintage shops in Melbourne, PLZ leave a comment and LET ME KNOW!!!! xx

 

Officially Moved to MELB!

Hi, long time no see! Just wanna tell you guys that I’ve moved to Melbourne last week and can’t wait to share my story to you once I’m settled! Gonna introduce some nice vintage shops here in my forthcoming post since I’m preparing my vintage fashion business as well. No matter what, I’ll keep you updated!! 😉 xx

 

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90s School Look

I’m wondering how many of you are still returning to school in September,  for me, my last summer vacation has just gone away 😦 Feeling a bit sad but it’s fine because I’m still very young inside haha. This time my friend Alison (alisonderland.com) and I are trying some 90s retro school looks with a piece of orange gradient color filter, it was my first time applying a real filter on lens and the outcome is surprisingly awesome: the orange filter can somehow soften the daylight and makes the whole digital photo look more film-like. (@Fashionmimo)

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OOTD: Tropical Paradise

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Going back to Singapore has been always on my bucket list since I left there, like, 1 year ago. To most people, Hong Kong and Singapore don’t have much differences: same concrete jungles, same colonial backgrounds, both influenced by Chinese and western cultures… However, if we look it in a micro way, the differences between these two cities are still obvious: from office culture to people’s favourite pastime, from languages to people’s attitude towards work-life balance… things are getting different in many ways. But for me, those differences in a nutshell could be sensed in a very direct way: outfit.

I dress up differently in these two places. When I lived in Singapore, I would prefer to wear more skirts/dress and outfits with floral patterns, and I also pay more attentions on some specific textures such as chiffon and cotton. I think it’s because the weather is always hot and full of sunshine in Singapore, so I would focus more on the “breathable” texture and more bright/sharp colors to fit the blue sky and green trees. In contrast, when I am in Hong Kong, linen, silk and nylon materials are my favourites: unlike Singapore, the summer weather in Hong Kong is quite unstable and the indoor/outdoor temperature could be very different: the indoor area is freezing cold all the time while the outdoor area is sticky and hot as hell. So I would prefer some comfortable and neat materials that could help me to keep warm in the office/lecture hall while could also absorb my sweat when I’m out. So in a nutshell, what I wear in Singapore is casual and tropical, while in Hong Kong my preference would shift to minimalist and easy-to-wear commuter style.

So this time, when I travelled back to SG, I tried out more tropical-style outfits with multiple concepts: beach, all-black and 70’s retro style… check them out 🙂 (@Fashionmimo)

Oh, and last but not least, Happy 2nd Bloggaversary to Fashionmimo.com!!

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Spring Retro Lookbook

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Haven’t seen you all for a while and haven’t updated my lookbook for a long while as well. Even though the weather is still quite unsettled (raining all the time), but it finally gets warmer after the long period of raining. And I think spring is an ideal time for me to show you some retro outfit ideas because as the weather is not too hot or too cold, I can play more with different layers and don’t need to worry about sweating too much during the shooting. (@Fashionmimo)

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With the ruffle sleeve blouse from Topshop, the flare jeans from Forever 21 and the vintage Chanel bag I found in Japan. (@Fashionmimo)

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70’s picnic look: Check blazer from H&M, shirt from M&S, still with the Forever 21jeans and flats from Salvatore Ferragamo. The highlight of this look is the Japanese print scarf which I found it in a shop next to my yoga studio. (@Fashionmimo)

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90’s school look, all about denim denim denim (@Fashionmimo)

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Hidden gems in Osaka/Kyoto

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My last trip to Osaka and Kyoto was a perfect vacation after half year of work, and it was my third time there. Unlike previous trips, this time I didn’t rush at all and I gave up most of the famous sights so I just visited one or two places a day. I tried to explore these cities’ hidden gems, which you won’t find them on guidebooks. And normally I would prefer to walk instead of taking public transport if possible, because then I can have deeper understanding of how the city actually looks like by strolling around 🙂 And the following article is going to introduce some of the “hidden gems” in these two amazing cities. You could consider them if you also want to make your Japan trip different from other tourists!

Nanten-en 

Nanten-en is an authentic  Japanese onsen ryokan located at the suburb area of Osaka, well, a really suburb area of Osaka called Amami. I took 1-hour train to get there from the city, and literally the ryokan is just next to the station. Amami is a small village which doesn’t even have a vending machine or convenient store, the ryokan itself is already the landmark of the village. So for local people, here is definitely an ideal place for weekend getaway; and for foreign tourists, it is a good place to experience the authentic half-board culture in Japanese ryokan with hot spring.

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Since there’s no other restaurants/convenient stores nearby, you can only choose to have the dinner and breakfast at the hotel, but trust me, this authentic ryokan with over 100-year history knows how to make good Japanese food. I strongly recommend you to choose the Kaiseki Cuisine(懷石料理) for dinner. You can enjoy quality food here with much lower price than in Tokyo or Kyoto.

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The selection of material in Kaiseki Cuisine is based on season and different themes, like this one is called “flower”. (@Fashionmimo)

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Dinner is served in a private guest room and breakfast is in a big dinning room with pleasant garden view, but first, let me take a snapchat 😉 (@Fashionmimo)

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The village and the Amami Station, if you are looking for entertainment, this                         place might be a bit boring but for me, the tranquility here is priceless. (@Fashionmimo)

Chion-in 

Well, Chion-in(知恩院) is well-known. The temple is located at Gion, the heart of Kyoto while also the busiest part of the city. However, even though thousands of people visit the temple at day time, only few of them know that actually you can actually spend a night here.

Nothing is special if you choose to stay here, only if you choose to attend their morning buddhist ceremony, this would be one the the most memorable things you’ve done in Kyoto!

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Since photo shooting is not allowed during the whole ceremony, so I found the picture on Google. In a nutshell, only hotel guests would be invited to attend the ceremony and it starts at 6:30 every day, which means you need to wake up very early and the staff will lead you to the temple. The whole ritual includes monk chanting and worship. Overall it is a very interesting experience.

AWOMB

Now it’s time to talk about food! AWOMB is an experimental restaurant in Kyoto providing artistic DIY sushi set, which means you can make your own sushi with the material provided like this:

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Super cute isn’t it? I believe that every girl would scream out like I did when they first see this! Despite of the food, the interior decoration of the restaurant should not be ignored as well, it is influenced by Japanese minimalist aesthetic: the gate is too small to be noticed, everything inside is made by wood…

Normally the restaurant is very popular and requires reservation, if you want to walk in, hope you have the same luck as we have! (Yes we made it!)

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Yeah my excited face lol (@Fashionmimo)

AWOMB has two restaurants and a studio, both of the restaurants are in the central area of Kyoto but with different policies, for more detail you can refer to their website http://www.awomb.com/ (@Fashionmimo)

Kyoto in Red

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My last trip to Japan was a perfect wrap-up of my 2016, especially the 4-day staycation in Kyoto, a city which keeps bringing me inspirations and enlightenment. And fortunately  this time I’ve caught the last chance to appreciate the autumn view in this city, with those “red” elements:

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The peak of autumn foliage in Kyoto is breathtaking and spectacular, but I missed it 😦  Late-December is  not the best time to appreciate the leaves, however, who says the  combination of withered trees and rocks can’t be a great as well?

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Temples

As I said in my last post about Kyoto a year ago, it is impossible to visit all the sights in the ‘City of Ten Thousand Shrines’. Last time I visited Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社) and Kinkaku-Ji (金閣寺), and this time, the less-popular Kennin-Ji (建仁寺) and the Imperial Palace are the highlights.

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At the Imperial Palace (@Fashionmimo)

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The view of the inner-garden, Kennin-Ji. ( @Fashionmimo)

Vintage Stores

Japan is the heaven of vintage boutiques, antiques and second-hand goods, and in Kyoto, you can find lots of dope vintage boutique stores in the heart of the city, such as Flamingo, Small Change and Three Stars. The most impressive thing I’ve found in these stores is an embroidered nightgown from the 80’s China! All those old goods are in a very good condition and I can tell, as a Chinese, it would be really really difficult to find the same fancy nightgown even in China nowadays!

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Kimono

After several times of experiencing the traditional kimono, this time I finally chose the red one. Isn’t the red color fitting the old streets so well? ;p

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In China, red color represents fortune, so I hope that this “red” post would bring luck to whoever read it 😉 This post is also a wrap-up of my 2016 blogging journey, thank you all for supporting Fashionmimo.com this year and I’m glad that this site has been growing better and better with those kind supports. Hope you have a great year ahead and seeya in 2017!! (@Fashionmimo)