Some things are never forgotten

04 March 2011

Yes it's THAT Christopher Kane for Topshop dress. It's definitely recognisable a mile away, even after several seasons. When the dress is not tucked into skirts, people always do a double take when I wear it as it is. It makes me laugh because after someone compared the dress to that terrible horror movie, 'Teeth' it's hard to look at it the same way again. I guess you guys won't look at it the same way either now!
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Dress (Christopher Kane for Topshop) Blouse (H&M) Bag (c/o Next) Jacket (Topshop) Shoes (Office)
Something else that is equally unforgettable but in a much more sentimental and nostalgic way, are these photos. My dad brought home an old suitcase which was from the late 70s/early 80s, when my dad first came to the UK from Hong Kong. Inside were old ties, socks and paperwork but when my dad dug out some photos he broke into the hugest smile. These are photos that his younger brother (my uncle) sent to him of his pet clownfish and of some Moon cakes. Moon cakes were not freely available in those days so it certainly was torture for my dad to receive this letter all those years ago. Check out the vintage moon cake box!
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On the reverse of these cards are faded letters to my dad. It's strange seeing my 14 year old uncle's writing and the amount of care he put into writing the letters. I'm used to seeing my uncle in suits and so imagining him with a box of crayons and writing letters to my dad from his room in Hong Kong, is definitely a different image. So sweet!

It always strange thinking of the life that your parents had before you were born. I think there is still so much I don't know so I need to ask more questions! Do you guys feel the same sometimes?

75 comments:

  1. I loveee that dress and I haven't seen 'Teeth' so I think I'm still seeing it in the best way poss ! I love how you've layered the sheer blouse underneath it (that's not part of the dress or am I wrong?) Love looking at old photos, and I especially love hearing stories about my parents from before we arrived. This is a lovely post :) Molly xo

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  2. First of all, LOVE the dress. I remembering want it loads but was never able to get it. still check out ebay for cheap ones but to no luck! The old photos are gorgeous, I love sending letters to people with little things attached that might not seem anything special then but make great memories years down the line

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  3. I wear that same dress all the time I even wore it to clean out the pandas when I was in China, I had overalls over it of course though LOL!

    I love looking at all the old photos from my parents past I love seeing what they were doing when they were my age. My dad recently gave a frame to my nanna with a picture of him on the Great Wall at 25 and one of me on the Wall at 25 such a strange coincidence we both visited there at the same age xoxo

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  4. Awww that's so sweet your dad kept all his letters/cards from his brother.
    I like your bag, I'm searching for a nice bag small across the body bag atm.

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  5. I absolutely love your Christopher Kane dress - it looks great on you! xo

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  6. love your look with that bag :)
    adore your old photos, its great to find old pics...
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  7. you know, I had ever thought of that before! I only know some facts about my parents, but never actually imagined them younger leading their lives before I was born. It's so weird! It mus have been scary for your dad to move such a long way, and your uncle must have felt so alone in Hong Kong! Well both of them must have felt!
    That dress is so awesome, I can never get enough of it! I wish I had one too XD and that aviator jacket! and that purse haha! XD

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  8. Oh god! You've totally ruined that dress for me now, haha :)

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  9. I love finding pictures from my family from decades ago! I do tend to ask a million questions. I found my aunt's wedding album (she's 65 now and her wedding was about 40 years ago!) and it was crazy to see all my relatives at such a young age. I barely recognised them, and I just spent hours poring over the albums!

    Leia

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  10. I do always think that - it's like we live in a generational bubble, and what happened before doesn't really get mentioned...which is why i love looking through old photos so much!

    Your dress looks fab, i've never seen/heard of teeth so even that can't put me off- you look stunning! xxx

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  11. That dress equals incredibleness. I love it. I'm actually really loving your bag as well.

    Ooo, the old pictures look great. I love digging out old pictures from my parents childhood.

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  12. Ha! I laughed when you mentioned "Teeth"--I saw that film--totally brilliant...super freaky..but still brilliant! (I loved the scene in the operating room where they are "repairing" the guy and the Doctor says "hardly seems worth it.") Anyway, I love that dress on you--so cool!

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  13. I like that you're still wearing the dress, its too cool to be stuffed at the back of the wardrobe.
    To me its odd to think that my parents were once my age with sort of similar hopes and dreams. I find it really odd that by my age my mum was already married with her first child!

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  14. wow the print on that dress is fierce. im new to your blog and im now following.

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  15. I love asking my parents about their lives when they were young. Especially because they were both born in Vietnam and went through some struggles before settling in the UK. My dad was even kinda adopted by a triad when he lived in a campsite in HK. It makes me appreciate that I have opportunities they never experienced because of them.x

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  16. awh i lvoe the photos :3 and i actually have no idea why my family moved acrosss, my dad was alrdy living in UK and my mum came over to get married, but i have no idea why my dad was lviing in the Uk alrdy D:


    I need to ask some questions too! and i love the dress :3

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  17. I love the dress. Every time it crops up again on a blog I kick myself for not having bought it!

    It is weird thinking about your parents before you were born. It's weird to think they had lives without the roles of mum and dad! I love looking at old pictures of them though and taking the mickey out of their old glasses and haircuts!

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  18. Hi my dear-what a very lovely post, so nostalgic!! Love you in the Christopher Kane dress too, I must wear mine too this summer-have a great weekend!! xx

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  19. I hated that dress when it first came out, but of course a few months down the line I decided I LOVED it and couldn't get it anywhere (bar ebay for crazy prices) therefore I am tres envious and very much love your outfit x

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  20. Ah Winnie, you look amazing in thar dress. Love it. xx

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  21. LOLOL at the 'Teeth' reference aha, I will never forgive my best friend for making me watch that! Its always so lovely looking at old photos, especially ones of your parents. I'm forever asking my Mum about her childhood and other bits and bobs about her 'previous life' haha (: xx

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  22. Hahah that cracked me up about the 'teeth' film! These photos are so lovely. The mooncakes things reminds me of turron, something you couldn't get very easily here from Spain in the 70s. When my Dad was first offered some turron by my Nana, he didn't really like it and gave his piece to the dog! When my Mum, Nana & Grandad found out they went mad because it was wasting a delicacy! Hehe.

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  23. As I have zero knowledge on horror movies (as I simply can not watch them) it didn't change mine. I still love it!

    Juliet xxx

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  24. how neat are those pictures !!? So nice !
    And yes, it's funny when you think about it, what kind of life your parents had before us and what they did and stuff.. its interesting...

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  25. I love that dress, I have the lace one in grey (they also did it in neon yellow) but still have not worn it :( I plan on wearing it to death this summer. I love it, a cult classic dress xx

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  26. I love love love moon cake and very jealous of that vintage moon cake tin. I can't believe your dad came back with an old suitcase filled with stuff from the seventies. How awesome! Love that Christopher Kane dress. Very jealous you snapped up that awesome piece of fashion history :)

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  27. super cute! i love the top! :)

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  28. The dress is way so adorable <3 You look great!

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  29. ahhh I love your Kane dress!! Where did you get it?

    Oh and I love mooncakes! Esp the ones with egg yolks :P

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  30. That is so beautiful, I am really smiling now Winnie! What a beautiful thing to have that heritage, and that culture and tradition in your life, you will always have that to come back to for inspiration and all. And just thinking of how exciting it must have been for you dad to come to UK all the way from Hong Kong.. :) just wow! :)

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  31. Oh what a lovely post! Those pictures from your dad's old suitcase are so evocative, thank you so much for sharing them with us!

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  32. That dress is such a classic, you were lucky to get one. Hang onto it and in 50 years it will be worth a bomb! xx

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  33. hahaa, oh noo i don't want to associate that gorgeous dress with that horrendous film!! arggghh.

    it's definitely really strange thinking parents were once young... frrreaky. it annoys me more seeing my mums clothes when she was my age - SO much smaller. damn.

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  34. I thought I recognised that dress from your previous posts. I love the way you styled it. I like your other pictures I enjoy seeing sentimental items like this always.

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  35. i LOVEEE THAT DRESS !
    i think i first saw it on susie bubble !
    i love the way you paired yours though :)


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  36. The dress looks so nice.

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  37. i definitely feel like that, its starnge to see photos of my parents out clubbing together when they were in their early twenties - its just strange! But interesting :) cool post :)x

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  38. hi darling. what a wonderful post. i have that same christopher kane/topshop dress too ;)
    i visited my parents this weekend and i haven't seen them in such a long time so it was wonderful. my mom and i went shopping and had so much fun - it was like we were best friends. but i really do need to ask more about my parents past.it is something you really want to remember for the rest of your life, especially when/if one is to have a family of ones own ;)

    xx

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  39. I reckon you could easily pull of a bowler hat, they were too cute!
    (this could get confusing as i see one of us from discotheque has already commented haha)

    I guess when it comes to dim sum in london then i'll just have to try them all! oh no what a shame ;)

    -darwin xx

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  40. You look gorgeous, honey!!! This is why we are blogger friends.

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    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  41. i heard about teeth and i NEVER want to see that film. theres loads i want to ask my mum about her life before me but i never get round to it...
    i love how you arent afraid to wear coloured tights
    margief
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    www.margieheartsclothes.blogspot.com

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  42. ahhh! the movie teeth was so creepy and scary, who in their right mind decided that would make a good subject for a film?!

    xx
    http://www.br0keandshameless.blogspot.com

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  43. First, I loved that dress. I've never seen Teeth so it doesn't make me creeped out perhaps ;)
    Second, that is so wonderful that your dad found that. Its so touching that the letters and photos were tucked inside. Its so sweet. It is so hard to imagine my parents before I came around.

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  44. I really love the print on the dress. You have styled it so nicely :-) Lovely! xoxo (I also think it is weird to imagine my parent's life before I was born.)

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  45. you should totally get more stories out of your parents. my older sister had a project at school and recorded my grandpa tell her stories about life in thailand and about the vietnam war. it was so fascinating. now that my grandpa is gone, its such a sweet memory to have <3 those pies look delish! everything looks delish to me though hehehe

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  46. it's funny cos whenever I see that dress I think of jaws lol.mm... I don't really think too much about what my parents were like before they had me.

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  47. How cute are the photos! I would love to see a photo of the suitcase!

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  48. that dress always makes me smile :)

    recently i've been writing some creative nonfiction pieces about my mother's life as a young woman before i was born. it can be very interesting :)

    xo Alison

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  49. That dress is so cool, and it's so weird that you posted this because my Mum recently put a load of old photos on her bookshelf from when my brother and I were tiny and she and my Dad were still teenagers, so I know what you mean. Mostly I love looking at my Mum's photos because she had a really creative style, though she'd say otherwise., and like you said it's strange to imagine their lives before my brother and I. Great post and thanks for the lovely comment. xxx

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  50. Gorgeous dress! I have t-shirt version and it always makes me smile when I wear it. My mum and dad were total rebels before I was born - troublemakers the pair of them! Last time I was at home my mum put on an old dvd of her and her seven brothers and sisters (was re-worked). Was so amazing to see them all like that. Fab post.

    Carol x
    www.mystylisms.blogspot.com (would love it if you could check out my vintage shop too)

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  51. Amazing dress! And I agree, it is interesting to know what my parents were like when they were younger lol.

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  52. Your outfit is really cool! I love that dress, especially with that sheer top under it :D
    xxxxxxx

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  53. ohhh..mooncakes! i used to love them as a kid but i've cut down on them now that i know how bad they are for u,lol. Yes,love the vintage mooncake tin box!

    Btw, i love your fringe look, totally random i know,lol.

    Hope ur week ahead is fab and thx for commentin back on my blog:D

    Cinz
    http://cinzee.wordpress.com

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  54. hey
    cool color of tights!
    and your outfit totally

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  55. I love Ur dress!

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  56. OMGGGG LOVE IT!!its so nice on you:) xx

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  57. Great dress, I remember when it first came out!

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  58. i'm so jealous, i so wanted that! you look so pretty - please say you're in town soon :)

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  59. so love the outfit. Oh, its always great to get parents and relatives talking. The fun stuff you find out.

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  60. Such an amazing statement dress- I love it

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  61. I love that dress, it's such a classic instantly recognizable and has just as much impact as it did at first, gorgeous!
    The photos are glorious, how lovely that must have been for your dad to receive and that you have those memories with you to cherish forever

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  62. Aww, this is beautiful !!
    I love it !! ♥

    xx

    Henar
    ...OH MY VOGUE !

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  63. I couldn't agree more with you about parents lives before you were born. My dad passed away when I was 10 - there is so much i don't know about him. My mom met him when he was already in his late 20s so she doesn't have much for me either!

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  64. I love that dress on you. It's good to see that style again! It still looks really fresh.

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  65. I can't get enough of that dress!

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  66. I definitely don't know even half the scope of my parent's past life and it's something that I wouldn't mind hearing about (story time!)

    Must've been amusing to see all the double takes due to your shirt!

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  67. When I first saw the dress online, I did think about "Teeth"- but I think that makes the dress even more awesome (though I didn't actually see the movie because that would have freaked me out).

    I love these photos and the story about your dad and uncle- so sweet, Winnie!

    Hope you are having a terrific week!

    xoxo,
    Lar

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  68. That dress is so cool! and I loved how you paired it with the black shirt :DD

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  69. cool the brown bag!
    i like this color

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  70. the pictures by your uncle are gorgeous ... i love old photographs so much, my mum has a whole album full of old ones of her + my nan their style realy inspires me.
    + I like the way you styled up your christopher kane dress

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