Minnie Winnie and a House warming

17 April 2011

We're always looking for ways of changing up our wardrobes and even better when we have items that we can double up as skirts and tops. It's almost Minnie Mouse territory (or Minnie Winnie as my dad used to call me when I loved wearing a pink and white polka-dot jacket as a teen) but I like how the red brightens up the nude based dress.
Polkadots & Shirt
Blouse (A|Wear) Dress (Love, available at Topshop concession) Shoes (New Look)
New Look wedges
My grandma recently moved house and it's strange seeing her old house completely torn apart by the new owners. I don't blame them, the house had not changed at all since my first memories there. Moving on to a different kind of 'mini' Winnie, the photo of me below as a toddler shows my grandma's very retro kitchen. It never ever had a revamp and looked the same the day she sold the house. Crazy!
Me and retro kitchen
Unfortunately, my tights still do that around my ankles. Guess not much has changed with me either!
Anyway, on her moving-in day we had lots to do including moving in all her furniture. It was so strange seeing all her things put into a new location. This included her coat/hat rack. I wish I had a hat to hang on there.
Hat Rach
Lots of traditional things were on the to-do list including arranging these offerings and lighting incense. I'm always learning about these traditions and this particular one was to bring good luck to the new house and it's basically all good feng shui with a bit of Buddhism thrown in too. Either way, the brightly coloured fruit looked really pretty.
Offerings
My Grandma and I knocked out what felt like a million of these little dumplings (tong yuen) ready to eat with the family. These ones were filled with lumps of brown sugar (the Chinese block variety) and my grandma recalled how she used to make the plain ones (with no fillings) all the time for my grandad who used to love eating them.
Tong Yuen
Finally it was house warming time and as always with Chinese get togethers we all feasted on lots of yummy food! In the blurry picture below there is suckling pig (Chinese roast pork with crackling), King prawns and my favourite Chinese veg, 'Gai Lan' which is Chinese broccoli.
Housewarming feast
I'm sure most families are noisy when it comes to big occasions and Chinese families are crazy rowdy. However, my mom's side of the family are all Hakka Chinese (the dialect is quite harsh on the ears and never ever spoken softly!) and well, let's just say that the night was deafening and headache inducing but that's when you know it's a good night. My grandma was all smiles.

65 comments:

  1. I spotted those very shoes in New Look today, they are gorgeous!

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  2. oh winnie! you were the cutest little toddler ever. i love your polka dot outfit, it's a brilliant way of jazzing up your wardrobe! and that food looks divine, i'm so happy to be an honorary nip ;) xx

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  3. omg, Winnie! Tong yuen looks yum, as does the feast. This totally reminds me of my family get togethers which doesn't happen very often anymore :(

    Love this post so much! Keep them coming! xxx

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  4. aww how cute is that photo of baby winnie! i love your outfit too, you know i love red, white & black & polka dots! Spanish families are also known for shouting lots! To everyone who doesn't understand Spanish in our family it sounds like everyone is arguing but we know they are just 'discussing' things very rowdily haha.

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  5. The food looks so yummy! I really like those shoes too :)

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  6. Your shoes are so lovely. Tong yuen are/is(?!) so nice, and gai lan is defs my favourite Chinese veg as well. We had a nice, loud family meal at my Granny's tonight aha (: xo

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  7. best of luck to gammy winnie in her new home. i want to come to one of your family events and devour the food. brown sugar dumplings? YES PLEASE.
    xx-LJ

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  8. aww cuute toddler photo!
    love the red shirt over the dress <3

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  9. so love the retro picture! Precious shoes too! It just isn't celebrating if you aren't noisy.

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  10. So love your outfit. What a great time you guys must be having..um..such great food!

    Thanks for your note..I'm sure you guys feel bombarded with Will & Kate.

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  11. this post is so cute! I always love rading about your family. I also love your minnie ensemble :) I'm glad your gran was happy about moving houses, it must have been hard for her, I guess. My family is pretty noisy too, we descend from italians :)

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  12. cute toddler pic! The food looks great, glad it went well! I was saddened to see my grandparents' old house turned upsidedown by developers :(
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  13. Yes Chinese families are definitely loud and rowdy which I find rather amusing and I love it! XD
    Love tong yuen, especially the plain ones. Gai Lan too are my favourite!
    Your shoes are gorgeous! I'm going to look out for them! xxx

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  14. hehe Minnie Winnie that's adorable <3

    OMG gai lan! totally my fave to I always buy a bag of it when I'm in Chinatown, I was just thinking to myself it's been soooo long since I had a good Chinese meal last time was probably in China and that was nearly a year ago! xoxo

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  15. You're family get together's and events always look like the they make the best memories :) Molly xo

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  16. I love your outfit, I tried on those new looks shoes the other day, they're so pretty! Looks like you had a fun night with your family, I'm half irish and our family gatherings can get pretty noisy too haha! The baby photo of you is so cute! xx

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  17. Mmm sweet soup with dumplings and port crackling are my fav midnight snacks hehehe.

    My mum still keeps our old family flat to let out, the kitchen ermmmm is still very retro and it's green....YUCK.

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  18. Wow that food looks so good!!!! I love your wedges and oh my what a cute child you were and still cute as a button!

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  19. I love family get togethers. Lots of food, family and loudness (I am Chinese too!). I love your skirt... it's very cute :) The black and white contrast is incredibly wearable :D

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  20. i love how you always post about your family. they all seem like such great people to be around!

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  21. Cute outfit! Those shoes are lovely! All the food looks delicious! You were an adorable little girl!

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  22. just wanted to say how adorable you are! especially when you were younger! ahh <33
    and i was looking at minnie shoes yesterday and this outfit would go well with those :D

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  23. looking like minnie i think is always cute! and speaking of cute, look at yoou!!! so adorable!

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  24. aww the photo of you as a kiddie is adorable :) and i love your shirt - i'm always adapting dresses as skirts too x

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  25. aww, great family times are always headache inducing, no matter WHAT language is spoken and you're right, that's how you know you had a good time :) you as a kid is insanely precious and I love the red chiffon layered over the polka dots!

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  26. haha you are so funny. I can imagine the headache you got, its the same with my family they all speak russian during family reunion, and it gets quite noisy too ^^
    But I must say that the food at your reunion looks fantastic, I wish I could make such succulent chinese food, but I am always afraid I would mess it up :)
    Anyway you look really nice in that skirt, and I must say you were quite an adorable baby ^^ thanks for sharing those memories with us ^^

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  27. Aww that's awesome! My Nana is getting her house rebuilt for the first time ever as well and I know that it's going to be a great time! I am excited! It looks like you and your fam had a wonderful time!! :D
    --Ciara

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  28. your mum is Hakka??? I'm Hakka ^_^ where are your dad sides from?? I looovvve tong yuen! I used to be addicted to that stuff- black sesame and peanut fillings - mmm!

    i love your outfit - i like how you added the red blouse over it ! Wished i bought another spotty kinda dress now!

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  29. Cuuuute outfit. &nd adorable shoes!

    Love,
    Deer. Lady

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  30. I ADORE your outfit! You look so cute! I really love the polka dot skirt :)

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  31. Minnie Winnie was adorable! I love that polka dot dress. Sounds like a fun - if rowdy - evening! :)

    Leia

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  32. Woww that food looks good...yum!
    it's so sad to think of new people changing places where poignant memories took place..I still have such vivid memories of my grandparents house, even though they moved when I was three!

    I hope she settles in well, any way!

    Annah xx

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  33. I think this may be my favourite outfit of your ever :) My family are SO noisy when we all get together too. I hope your grandma settles into her new house :)

    Maria xxx

    P.S. How cute are you?!

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  34. I love the seams on your shoes!! Such a great little detail.

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  35. red aand polka dots! So cute.

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  36. really really beautiful!!!!:)
    love the old photo of you in your grandmas kitchen!!
    xx

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  37. yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! look all fantastic haha! and lovely skirt!

    xx

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  38. I need to invest in those shoes myself! I saw them in new look a while back but forgot all about them! I'd like to buy the grey versions :)

    Your dumplings look yummy. I wish i could make them! You should teach me ^-^

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  39. A very cute baby photo. I love the red and polka dots combination. Lots of yummy looking food too.

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  40. I am besotted with this outfit!

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  41. Hehe! Lovely title and I love Ur outfit, darling Winnie!

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  42. I'm so in love with the dress. It looks so pretty. And pairing it with the red shirt is a perfect touch! I'm loving wearing red these days.

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  43. You look fabulous in polkadots - Minnie Winnie is clearly the perfect name for you!

    The food looks amazing too, mmmdumplings!

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  44. Oh my gosh, that meal looks delish! Hope your gran is settling ok into her new place xx

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  45. You look so adorable, at both ages!

    Love Tweet

    xx

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  46. OMg..u looked so cute as a baby! actually let me rephrase..its Look, you still look cute,heehe...present tense!

    and what a cute outfit! minnie winnie...love that catchy post title...haha...love your polka dot skirt..i love polka dots too! so cutesy!

    and looks like u guys had a great hous warming! food looks yum,esp the tong yuen!!!! and ditto to the loud talks...lol tho i'm not hakka but i think i talk loud in Chinese...HAHAHA

    Cinz
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  47. Ahh love this post, the food, the dots, arrrgh in the words of TOWIE, so jell! My family can get quite rowdy even just using the English language (and the odd bit of Jamaican patois from my Nan/Mum/Aunt), miss occasions like that! I'm tempted to escape to Brum for dim sum sooner...
    Mini Winnie is so cute! It's so funny looking back at old pics and the furnishings back then. My Nan wants to move house at some point for practical reasons but it'll seem so strange not going there again!

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  48. omgee, winnie! this post is just all kinds of fantastic. love your outfit. love your baby pic. and the dumplings look divine! i want your cool red shirt!

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  49. You look great!!xx

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  50. Minnie Winnie is such a cute nickname, I love it! Your grandma's retro kitchen was awesome (i love vintage rooms)!


    Camila F.

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  51. Teeheehee, Minnie Winnie eh? I should talk to your dad more... what other nicknames did he give you? >- you're not going to get away from that one next time I see you...

    Cx

    PS: I love your blouse - you look so good in red.

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  52. hello darling, so glad to see that vintage photo, so cute! and you look lovely in this outfit i feel like you belong in dots forever ;)
    hope you're having a good week so far. always happy to see your photos.
    xx

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  53. Aaaw look at little Winnie!! Such a cutie, and still are - the minnie mouse-esque outfit is so so lovely, i really like the double-tie style on the blouse :)
    Yay for family celebrations, I'm sure your gathering helped your grandma settle in really well, the food looks scrummy!x

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  54. Aaaw look at little Winnie!! Such a cutie, and still are - the minnie mouse-esque outfit is so so lovely, i really like the double-tie style on the blouse :)
    Yay for family celebrations, I'm sure your gathering helped your grandma settle in really well, the food looks scrummy!x

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  55. amazing photos as always!!! love your shoes!!!!

    xoxo
    b

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  56. oh wow :) that must have been fun! I love how all families are loud, family gatherings make me feel like it is always going to be okay, like you will always have someone there for you. I love big families- which seems like something we both share.

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  57. OMG honey, stunning outfit!!!You look amazing in red!
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  58. You know ALL Chinese families are loud...make-the-ceilings-and-floors-vibrate-loud! My ears are ringing after a family get together. That suckling pig looks goood. Ah, memories: my mum used to make tong yuen alot. Sounds like the whole day made your grandma really happy. Super cute photo of you when you were little!

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  59. I love your outfit! It's making me want more polka dots.
    That food all looks ridiculously yummy.

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