Not sure where on earth this simile is going but you get the idea, yo.
Anyway, I’ve been having problems with my vision lately, so I decided it was time to get a new pair of spectacles!
Through recommendations from Togusa, I visited New China Opticians, a shop famous for vintage and quirky frames for those in the know.
I settled for some round frames because my face is rather angular in all the wrong ways, so I figured a round frame would balance it out.
Stole this photo from NCO’s Facebook page. Thanks Wendy!
The shop is, for want of a better word, cluttered, but in all the right ways. This is the closest a Muggle can get to Ollivanders, okay? I apologise for the rather lacklustre photos this time round because I could only snap a few quick shots with my phone.
Frames are stuffed into every nook and cranny, and the kind Uncle Tony (aka the Towkay) let me run free in the shop! So I spent an hour poking through almost everything…
It took about an hour for my spectacles to be ready, and Wendy and Tony kept me entertained the whole time, regaling me with funny anecdotes.
While I was loitering, the shop saw a steady stream of customers, both new and old. It was like everyone was a part of a group or something, strangers striking up conversations over frames and their shared love for something unique.
Honestly, I don’t think I’ve met a friendlier optician or a shop that has made me feel so at home.
For those who are interested in the history and people behind NCO, fret not! I have taken the liberty to
harass ask Uncle Tony.
The shop was first set up as a branch of Daming Optical in 1925, but after WWII, the two split ways. Since then, NCO has been passed down a few generations, with Uncle Tony taking over 8 years ago. NCO is no stranger to famous names, with the likes of Bobby Tonelli, Joanne Peh, Rebecca Lim, and even political figures as their loyal customers.
The shop is infused with so much nostalgia, perfect for people who miss the yesteryears. Even the spectacle case and cloth features a print of a mural that has been in the shop since 1995!
The frames are sourced from all over the world, and Uncle Tony says that most of them are “dead stock”, and you probably can’t find them elsewhere.
So, if you’re looking for a pair of reasonably priced yet unique frame, head on down to New China Opticians!
They are located at:
3 Coleman Street, #B1-12 Peninsular Shopping Complex
Singapore, Singapore 179804
A classmate recently asked me for some style tips, and I was at a loss. How do I style a super buffed dude twice my height? And different people have different tastes and preferences, right? So I had no proper answer for him that day. Upon careful thought, I drew out these totally professional guidelines you should totally follow to the T or risk being eviscerated by the Fashion Monster:
1 ) wear something that is comfortable or at least something that doesn’t reduce you into a squirming mass of misery, because if you don’t feel good in something, it will probably make you feel really miserable the whole time. This probably doesn’t apply to Haute couture and all that, but I’m talking about your daily outfits. You need to be able to move comfortably without breaking all your toes with every step… Unless you’re into that sort of thing. No judgement here.
2) Don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles. Sometimes I worry about people scoffing at whatever ensemble I decide to throw on that day. But hey, if it makes me happy, why not, right? I can be a girly 50s girl one day, and an androgynous charmer (ahem) the next. That’s what makes fashion so fun: you can be whoever you want.
3) Put in some effort: this sounds like common sense, but the amount of times I’ve seen well-dressed people ruin their outfit with a pair of unfortunate footwear coughcrocscough… However, if you decide that Crocs are your statement piece, why not pair it with neon coloured clothes and go all out? Maybe Clown Chic is going to be the next trend, you’ll never know 😉
4) Don’t take me seriously, I’m just messing around with you.
This is my “you owe me money so I am hounding you stylishly” look
“I have no food because you owe me money so now I am broke”
I have no money for Miu Miu so I bought a miau bag.
Tall people like Raven don’t need to wear double decker creepers
Dolly wink wink wink
On WAIWAI – everything is from Taiwan except for her Anna Sui bag
Top: rydia by world wide love!
Tights: pull and bear
Hair pins: pull and bear
Necklace: Vivienne Westwood
ERMAHGERD WE WENT TO MARBLE COLLECTION!
And not to brag and all, but Seto Ayumi totally blew a kiss at us and Una the goddess heard Raven’s
plaintive cries cheers and waved at her. Yura-chan was perfect as a doll. We are in L O V E.
Unfortunately, because photography wasn’t allowed, we didn’t take pictures, but we’ll probably post a link to the coverage by various media outlets when we come across them!
We are law-abiding citizens, now where’s my cookie? :C
Fangirling aside, guess who deigned to join us on our marvelous excursion?
Yes, it is the marvelous WAIYI☆!
For all intents and purposes, the three of us will be collectively known as FURIKAKO+, and FURIKAKO!! when WaiWai is absent. It’s all about branding, you see.
Annnnnnndddddddddd here’s what we wore!
If you’re a loyal reader of Zipper, you’d have noticed that models such as AMO have been carrying off the pastel trend with sass, and Ivory gave her
half-assed best shot at it! OUO
Cute ass alpaca nails done by Shining Nails~ *bleats*
Head over to Shining Nails if you want a set of kawaii ass nails too… She painted those miniature roses by hand omg NOT STICKERS OKAY *obamanotbad.jpg* (I AM NOT SPONSORED BY THEM JSYK)
Overshirt – cottonon
T-shirt – gmarket
Skirt – Bodyline
Tights – Korea
Socks – Korea
Shoes – Korea
Don’t want to be permanently attached? If you’ve got commitment phobia like I think I do, then you might just like the temporary relationship that tattoo tights have to offer. When Ivory and I decided to step out wearing them the other day, I went with a girlier coordinate, toning down the tights with a neutral colour palette.
You had me at “hey since when did you get those tattoos?”
These are all-over tattoo tights, but other more subtle designs can make any outfit more interesting.
Tattoo tights and leopard prints don’t always have to look loud!
Blouse – Topshop
Cardigan – Dip Drops
Shorts – H&M
Tights – Spinns
Shoes – Heather
Headband – Accessorize
If you’re into Japanese or Korean fashion, you might have noticed that tattoo tights have been becoming increasingly popular… And that’s the focus of today’s post!
Oh my, look what prominent veins you have!
It was a little daunting the first time we put on tattoo tights, because apparently it’s not mainstream enough for Singaporeans. But then again, after having had hair in a myriad of colours, you get used to the stares.
I love how the blue collar and panel makes the shirt a little more relaxed and less…formal? Yet dressy enough to pretend that you actually gave a hoot about being well-dressed.
I may have gone overboard with the prints… But thankfully, the colours sort of match and pulls the outfit together. My excuse is that I was going for the ~harajuku~ look.
Ironically, to get this ~Japanese street style~ look, most of the things I wore were from… Korea.
Knockoff 5dpi glasses and a skeleton mask because ~the thug life chose me~
Shirt – Korea
Paisley shorts – Oakham Market
Tights – Korea
Ring – Korea (Hongdae)
Creepers – Korea (Myeongdong)
Mask – Korea
Glasses – Taobao
Watch – Coach