Festive Outfits Inspired By Jewellery Pieces

 






Dress : Acquabonita ( get it here)
Necklace : Maarz Pearls ( similar here)
Hairband : The Girl With A Hat for Evelyn & Rose ( get it here)
Cuff : Sea Trendy ( get it here)
Clutch : swapped from The Fashion Pulpit
Shoes : The Tui Collection ( past season)

Hi everyone,

Feeling kinda nervous today. Being the last day of 2020 and as much as I wish to say good riddance to a year riddled with sadness and so much uncertainty however, I am also a little apprehensive of what to expect for 2021. Well, we can only try to stay positive and keep safe.

So as all of us start to get busy and ready to move on with our lives, here's a last goodbye to 2020. Festive looks I had put together being inspired with jewellery pieces I have in my closet - and styling them with clothing items I have in my closet.

Enjoy the video below for some fashion inspiration. Meanwhile, do also enjoy taking in these pictures of how I styled a casual summer dress and added some oomph to the outfit to turn it into a festive party dress. Have fun getting your festive looks together with simple jewellery pieces to inspire you to mix and match.

See you in the new year !!

( Please click here if you are not able to view the video above)

Love,
Simone xoxo


Green With Envy :: Mint Green Maxi Summer Dress For Christmas

 









Dress & S Pendant Necklace: What Women Want 

Clutch : Mah Collection ( shop here)

Choker Necklace : Boheme Sg ( get it here)

Shoes : The Tui Collection ( shop here)


Hi everyone,

It's been a busy few weeks for me prepping and trying to get as much of my Christmas preparation done so I can take a little time off from work for the family. This year has indeed been such a crazy year with all that's happened and is still happening. Many of us have missed seeing our love ones around the globe whilst some of us have even lost our love ones without even saying goodbye or seeing for one last time. 

As a Catholic, to me Christmas is extra meaningful besides all the commercial aspects of it - but that it is to bring Faith, Hope and Joy as well as Love and Peace to all that we know that on this day, we have hope for what is to come. The giving of gifts is all about love and happiness and spreading joy - and that as Christians is what we need to do but on a less secular form but more of our spirit that we share with those around us. So this Christmas, many will be alone without love ones around them. Go and spread the love and joy with them even to knock on your neighbours door to wish them a Merry Christmas.

On that note, let me share with you this stunning outfit I have styled for Christmas from this fabulous store here in Singapore called What Women Want. True to its name, this store has almost everything a woman desires. From fashion to jewellery to shoes and accessories. So if you are residing in Singapore, do pop over to their boutique at the Mandarin Gallery to check them out. Of course they have just finished their Holiday Soiree pop up but you can most definitely find great buys in time for your festive shopping. 

In tropical Singapore, and bearing in mind the restrictions at play for big group festive gatherings, so many will be entertaining in smaller groups or even in their own backyard instead of the traditional hotel get togethers. Styling this summer maxi dress with silver threads running through the outfit, it gives it a little sheen and shine which is perfect for Christmas in the Tropics. Let me tell you the drama I had to go through to get this shoot in place. Was at the airport thinking it will be all setup with beautiful decorations for my backdrop but sadly enough with travel minimised to almost a standstill, therefore it was a sad situation at what would have been a gorgeous backdrop at Singapore's Changi Airport that usually spares no expense to deck out the terminals in splendid Christmas cheer. 

So I decided with my assistant of the day, to head to another popular spot in Singapore where the recent Crazy Rich Asian movie was set for the gorgeous wedding at Chijmes Singapore. And lo and behold, we were able to secure a dining dome that was sprawled all over the lawn where reservations are free though we need to order some food and drinks from any of the outlets within Chijmes. We were sooo lucky that there was a last minute cancellation as all online bookings were full for these domes and my good friend and assistant of the day, Lauren and I had a whale of a 2 hr time slot to do my photoshoot whilst sipping a whole bottle of Chardonnay and stuffing ourselves with tacos on the side.

Anyway more of this gorgeous scene in the next posts but meanwhile, here's a nice kickstart to Christmas looks and celebrations from the dome at Chijmes.

Stay safe everyone and stay tuned for more Christmas looks.

Love,

Simone xoxo


Keeping Vintage Alive !

 














Mask : Al.Ma.Lu ( reversible)
Jeans : Mango
Sneakers : Chanel
Clutch  & Earrings : A Vintage Tale


Hi everyone,

Thanks for being so patient in waiting for this post.

I just want to take this opportunity to thank you for always being there for me. Always supporting me with your follows, comments and just listening to me vent and express my views every now and then and appreciating the effort I put into each post and picture,  and what I intend to put out there to inspire.

Of late, I have been facing an emotional battle with social media and what I had intended for my Instagram profile when I first started. However having been working non-stop since Singapore went into her Circuit Breaker period ( now being 7 months), I have seen so many good and also bad sides of people and in many ways have had me feeling so disappointed in the humankind. To see and hear about the evils happening around the world, like the terrorist acts in France and all the wrong doings big or small and crimes committed against innocent people during this period, gets me thinking that I too cannot just sit here and do my thing when I hear of all the hurt and pain others are facing in another part of the world. A

So, I have decided to take it slow with social media for a while. To regroup my thoughts and feelings and not let it take over my life but compliment the direction I want to take with it. So for today's post - something a little different again - channeling vintage.

There is always something about Vintage that makes me happy. To bring me back to old times when people were perhaps happier, simpler and appreciative of others' efforts. And so this lovely shirt that I had gotten from my favourite local vintage store A Vintage Tale resonates so strongly with the 60s for me - girl power and freedom. Paired it with another striking pattern of a floral clutch and a statement leather vintage belt and grounded the look with retro earrings and a simple pair of grey Chanel sneakers.

Feeling the whole 60s Flower Power vibe, done my hair differently this time and bringing us back down to reality - finished off the look with a matching coloured mask from Al.Ma.Lu as I am sure this is the new normal for us to be wearing masks out for most countries well into next year.

I hope you like this fun and fresh look and do let me know if this is a style I should continue to trend moving forward. Stay safe everyone!


Love,

Simone xoxo

Feeling Like A Maharani !

 






Hi everyone,

As the Indian Festival of Lights is fast approaching, otherwise known as Diwali/ Deepavali, here in Singapore, many of my Indian friends are already busy preparing for this big occasion. Thank god that the pandemic is pretty much in control in Singapore and we can still meet in groups of no more than 5 persons. Therefore many are planning little get together luncheons, family gatherings adhering to the strict rules and definitely mask wearing but at least the festive mood will not be dampened by this horrible pandemic that has taken over the world literally!

So on this note, I decided for the first time to deck myself out in full traditional Indian garb as I have always loved colours and Indian style clothing has always been so vibrant and intricate with their embroideries and beading that it was definitely a look I had to style at least once in my lifetime on my blog.

Feeling every bit like a Maharani on the marble steps of the Taj Mahal, I donned on this Lehenga outfit above with a matching stole and I was literally blown away at how elegant I felt and moved and look in this gorgeous and stunning design by Ritu Pande. You can see more of her designs here on her website Ritu Pande Official and do note that she does ship internationally too. However if you are based in Singapore, she is showcasing now at The AC Raffles for the month of October 2020 and you can always get your items altered within a few days or customised orders may take 2 - 3 weeks.

I love how even the back of the blouse has such amazing detailing like the pretty bow which just adds that level of sweetness to this look.









Now, whilst many of us who are non-Indians do love and appreciate the finery of Indian traditional wear, however to invest in one for just one occasion may seem a little too much and often we do get invited to events which we would love to dress up for the occasion. So here I decided to showcase how you can stretch that dollar of yours in this investment piece and mix and match the Lehenga skirt with western style tops for a different look or perhaps for a different occasion - like year end festivities / Christmas party or new year get together. 

This time, I paired it with a fuchsia silk blouse and all the stunning jewellery you see showcased today on this blog post is by House of Rajput. Again, if you are based in Singapore, they are also hosting a pop up at The AC Raffles for the month of October 2020 for you to check out their gorgeous pieces for your year end outfit pairings or as Christmas presents. Seeing we cannot travel as easily to meet friends and family for the holidays, then why not pick out something pretty and unique from Singapore with love to send them - all over the world.





Finally, who says one can't wear a traditional Indian Lehenga as a casual maxi skirt? Well, here's another look to inspire you just pairing this amazing Lehenga with this cowl neck spaghetti strap top ( available at The AC Raffles) and pairing with a statement tribal style necklace from House of Rajput, I most certainly would wear this out to a casual brunch or lunch with friends. You can even style it down further with sandals instead of heels. Look at the pretty tassel as well on the skirt - for sure this outfit would be a show stopper and you will be stopped to be asked about this amazing skirt whenever and wherever you style it.

If you would like to see this skirt in its full action - check out my IGTV which I had posted on this look and on this pop up event. So enjoy and hope you will check out these amazing designs online or in store now.


Jewellery : House Of Rajput

Thanks for visiting this page and watching the video. Hope you enjoyed it.

Love,
Simone xoxo

Me Oh Mykonos!

 







Dress : Acquabonita ( get it here)

Necklace : Embrace Jewellery ( sold out) ( similar here)

Belt : A Vintage Tale (sold out) ( similar here & here)

Cuff : The Salvation Army ( similar here & here)

Bag : H&M ( similar here & here)

Sandals : Bayou Soles ( get it here)

 

Hi Everyone,

 

I have been working on a new direction with all my collaborations that have come into play in recent months over Instagram and so I did not have the time to get on my blog in the last week or so. But here I am again and I have not forgotten you guys who wait patiently each week to catch my posts over the weekends.

 

So here is this gorgeous dress aptly named "Mykonos"that is handprinted.  Having a soft spot for nice, soft and beathable materials, and having experienced a lack of nice natural fabrics where most handprinted ones are mainly batik style, Marie ( owner and designer) of Acquabonita started to painstakingly source and curate fabrics handprinted by local artisans and that is how Acquabonita was born.

 

I personally am drifting away from higher hemlines as I get older, however this dress is so stunning with its bright pink colour and the prints which truly does remind me of those pictures I see on Instagram all the time of people vacationing in Mykonos, Greece in similar resort wear styles. So I decided to pair it casual with gold sandals and clutch and let's always go full on with the pairings, so I added a  gorgeous gold plated necklace, vintage chain link belt and a statement cuff to sum it all up! Ultimate resort wear style!

 

Do check out Acquabonita's website for their full range of products including earrings, bags and necklaces. I often use my summer dresses as transitional season pieces throwing on a vest or an outerwear over my summer dresses and pair it with booties or even knee length boots to take you from Summer to Fall. So it's definitely still an option for those of you heading into Fall to still grab this cool and comfy dress.

 

Hope you enjoyed this post and do follow me on Instagram where you can watch me in action on my IGTV Videos and learn about this new direction I am taking.

 

Love,

Simone xoxo