See Mesmerising Fall Colours In These Spots | Clozette

Living in the tropics has its perks but it is undeniably a bummer that we aren’t blessed with more seasons other than the perpetual summer we have over here. Witness something different by flying this season. Because temperatures are starting to drop in countries up the latitude, there’s no better time to travel. Warm colours are starting to emerge as the foliage adjusts for the cool fall. Have a glimpse of what it’s like living during one of the most enchanting seasons by visiting these spots to see mesmerising fall colours.

Towada-Hachimantai National Park, Tohoku, Japan

It’s not difficult to find a spot where you can view breath-taking fall foliage in Japan’s famous cities. Still, if you want to enjoy it peacefully, it’s best you go straight to Towada-Hachimantai National Park in the Tohoku region. The mountainous area that stretches across Aomori, Akita, and Iwate Prefectures is filled with forests that become fiery red during this season. Enjoy the fall colours in the area when it peaks from early to late October. While you’re at it, take a relaxing dip in one of the region’s rustic hot springs or enjoy the mesmerising landscapes by hiking.

Nami Island, Chuncheon, South Korea

If you’ve been a fan of K-Dramas since time immemorial, then you’ll probably recognise this destination from the scenes of Winter Sonata. Aside from being a famous filming location, Nami Island is also a popular spot to view the fall foliage in Asia. Thanks to the ginkgo trees that tower over the pathways, the tiny crescent-shaped island bursts with life during this season. Marvel in a golden wonderland by riding a bike. Don’t forget to capture your memories and make the most out of your trip by taking snaps for the ‘Gram while you’re there.

Fushoushan Farm, Taichung, Taiwan

If you’re heading to Taiwan for the next couple of weeks, do include Fragrant Hills Park in your itinerary. Catch glorious autumn foliage courtesy of crimson maple trees amidst a pleasant pastoral scene that sits amidst lush mountain ranges. Because the farm sits on a high-altitude environment, you can also find a tea factory in this spot. But before all that, make sure to check out the “Three Kings of Fushoushan”, what they call the pear, apple, and peach trees in front of the Farm Office that ripen and give more colour during this season. 

Fragrant Hills Park, Beijing, China

Visit the park dotted with maple, smoke, and persimmon trees that become a fiery sight during fall. One of the "Three Hills and Five Gardens of Beijing", Fragrant Hills Park has a historical and royal past dating back to Emperor Qianlong’s reign during the Qing dynasty. Inside the park, you’ll also find attractions such as Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and Twin Pools Villa where Mao Zedong once lived. Have a spectacular bird’s eye view of the fall foliage by riding the cable car to the park’s highest peak. If you want a multi-sensory experience, opt to cycle up the hill instead and enjoy the sweet fragrance of the hill’s apricot blossoms.

Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam

Didn’t think you’ll find a spectacular spot to view fall colours in the Southeast Asian region? Well, surprise! The cool climate of Hanoi during this season makes for an optimum location for fall foliage to grow. Walk by the gentle waters of Hoan Kiem Lake and be enchanted by rustic shades of the famous freshwater mangrove tree that towers over the landscape. A stroll through this serene scene will give you a quick rest from the exciting chaos of the city.

Unable to fly out this month? Have a quick weekend getaway with the fam instead.



Have you ever looked at a thrift find and immediately thought, "Oh no. I should not have bought this," or saw potential in a piece of fabric but didn't know where to start sewing? With this week's Style Savvy interview, you'll discover that all thrift finds can be turned into something first for your wardrobe. Get to know the tricks behind thrift flipping and upcycled clothing with YouTuber Rachel Gania.

Rachel has amassed an intimate community of over 1,600 subscribers on YouTube and over 1,200 followers on Instagram. She posts about thrifting, thrift flipping, makeup tutorials, photography and watercolour painting on her platforms. This creative gal knows what to look for in a thrift flip contender and she's here to share it all with you.

First, please introduce yourself. What's your name and your day-time profession?

"Hi! I’m Rachel Gania from Pampanga, Philippines and I am currently an employed Medical Technologist working in a laboratory in Makati. Thrifting and thrift flipping is my way of relieving stress."

When did you first get into repurposing your clothing and what was that experience like for you? What made you decide to start flipping clothes to really fit your needs instead of shopping for new ones?

"It all started way back in 2015 when I was a college student in Manila. Being a college student living in a dorm made me want to be more responsible so I liked finding creative ways to still feel like I had new clothes but not spend as much money. Flipping clothes made me realise that cheap old clothes can still be styled into looking new and trendy. I got to be stylish and still save money at the same time."

Where did you learn the skill of thrift flipping? Did you already know how to sew beforehand?

"I learned it through YouTube and blogs. I remember I would search for 'DIY' clothes. I would use old clothes from my dad or mum and transform them. My dad taught me how to use an old Singer sewing machine from my grandmother. But I always knew how to sew by hand since my elementary days."

One of Rachel's old thrift flip projects

Do you have a process that you follow before you start flipping? Do you sketch out a design you have in mind or do you just make it as it goes?

"The first thing to remember before flipping is that you should already visualise or sketch out your ideal design. I love the idea of having this vision in my head and then having it come to life.

If I would give it a new look or turn it into a new piece I would always sketch out the design first before cutting it. But I will only do simple transformations like cropping or just altering tiny bits of pieces in the clothes."

Where do you get the clothing you tailor? Do you go to thrift shops/go through your closet/etc?

"I get the clothes that I flip or upcycle from thrift shops basically or sometimes if I’m too lazy to go out I would go through my parents' closet or from my closet and will upcycle pieces into something trendy or unique."

Thrift flipped yellow shirt into crop top

How often do you "shop" for clothes to flip?

"Every time that I feel that my wardrobe is getting boring or repetitive I would always look for vintage pieces of clothes from thrift shops near our apartment."

What are your go-to thrift shops/consignment stores that you frequently go to look for new projects?

"My go-to thrift shops are in Anonas Mall with its four floors of thrift shops, Makati Cinema Square, and Hidalgo St. in Quiapo. But Libertad is my most favourite place to thrift!"

Was there any instance in the past that you experienced "tailor's regret" (like buyer's regret)? Can you tell us what you were trying to do and how it went haywire?

"There are always instances wherein your outcome will not be the same as the way you envision it. My recent fail thrift flip was from my Makati Cinema Square vlog. I bought this very vintage-looking pastel orange button-down top that had shoulder pads. I was so excited to flip it into a square neck top. However. after I had cut it to my desired length and started sewing the hems for the square neck, I saw that it wasn't going the way I planned. The fabric itself was very hard to sew. Now I regret cutting it and transforming it."

On the opposite side of that, what was the best thrift flip project you've made?

"The best thrift flip that I’ve done was my very first piece because I sewed it by hand. It was a triple extra-large, long-sleeved button-down top from my cousin from America. It was a white and blue checkered polo and I turned it into a dress. I was really proud of how it looked even though it was only done by hand. The first thing that I did was cut off the sleeves. Then I created two pieces from the fabric, a top and a skirt, and using the sleeves I added an inch of fabric in the waist and created a ribbon at the back to cinched my waist."

Based on your experience, what are the basic skills/traits that a person interested in thrift flipping their clothes should definitely have?

"Be creative and artistic. An innate sense of creativity is important in thrift flipping. Artistry and an imaginative mind can give you the instinct necessary to turn ugly thrift clothing into an entirely new piece.

Be patient. It is not that easy to flip clothes and it takes time or days to do one project.

Technical skills. Cutting and sewing clothes are the most important skills that you must possess. You must know how to stitch clothes even if its basic hand sewing. IT IS A MUST!

Problem-solving skills. Problems can arise when you are flipping old clothes, you must be quick at thinking and finding a solution."

A men's shirt she upcycled to a cropped sweater

What are the top tips you can give to somebody on how to repurpose clothing as you do?

"Keep an open mind. Take time to see how you can make thrift clothes into something better.

Look for clothing inspirations. They will help you visualise the design you want.

You should have a good eye for details. For example, how do you envision making the pleats or ruffles fit into your design? Things like that. I will always look for interesting detail in every piece of clothing because I think details can make a boring piece of clothing into a unique upcycled piece.

Research. You should be able to understand fabrics, colours, and pattern of clothes.

Do not be afraid to make mistakes. Through those mistakes, you will learn.

You need to buy your own sewing machine. Nothing fancy required. I’m using this mini sewing machine my sister owns and I think it is the cheapest option for a good sewing machine for sewing beginners like me. You just need a sewing machine that can do a straight stitch without giving you a hard time."

(Cover photo from: @chelgania)

Check out these thrifting tips from our previous Style Savvy story!



Want to add a bit of elegance to your casual outfit? Throw on some high-waisted bottoms! These versatile pieces will surely give some polished vintage vibe to your whole ensemble, elevating your everyday look. Wearing printed tops with these high-rise bottoms is one way to wear it, but even simply pairing it with other basics would still make a statement. See how the Clozette Community styles their fave high-waisted bottoms.

Casual linen

High-waisted bottoms like this linen pair make for a polished yet casual look
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High-waisted coords
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Wildly balanced

Leopard print top and high-waisted bottoms
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Preppy beige

High-waisted beige skirt
High-waisted beige skirt
High-waisted beige skirt
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Basically hip

Wide-legged high-waisted pants
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(Cover photo from: shinepascual)

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