Don't We Love Crop Tops!

Thursday, September 19, 2013 Simone - Your Style Architect 0 Comments

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival everyone!

It's a big occasion celebrated here in Hong Kong and already I have heard many firecrackers being set off this morning. Anyway, as we move slowly into Fall/ Autumn, I want to share with you my take on the recent Crop Top look, especially when paired with full skirts which seems to be much of the craze this year.

Had recently worn this outfit at my recent birthday celebrations and am loving the feel of this look!

As a gal with curves, I was never brave enough to try the Bralet or Crop Top trend which was so hot this spring/ summer 2013 simply because I could never imagine that it could hide my physical flaws - if you know what I mean - but little did I realize that once you get the right balance in the top and bottom of the outfit, it actually does do wonders for the figure and more so, this style works well for a variety of body shapes.
Top & Skirt : TOPSHOP

  1. LOOK NO. 1 - Full or A-Line Skirt
As you can see, this ensemble is so reminiscent of the 1950s old Hollywood Glamour, of which the A-Line Skirt helps to cinch in the waist giving it an hourglass figure illusion. Certainly pairing it with a high-waisted A-line skirt would help to hide those slightly bulging tummies and do choose a top that just barely covers the top of the skirt for that elegant touch.

2. LOOK NO. 2  - High Waisted Shorts
 To those who are more into a casual take on this trend, try pairing your crop top with High Waisted shorts. Better still, if it is paired with a matching bottom, this would bring the outfit together with a sophisticated touch.

3. LOOK NO. 3 - Pencil Skirts / Slim Pants
Those lucky enough to have a flat tummy, hourglass curves and slim thighs, this pairing would be ideal for you as it helps to elongate your height. Ideal for petite girls creating a taller frame as a result.

Although this was a hot look for Spring/ Summer 2013, but it is certainly a look which one can easily take into Fall matching it with a Men's Cut Blazer paired with high waisted leather skirt or tights. Or take it even a step further and try matching the long sleeve crop top with a nice tweed or leather shorts. 

Have fun trending the Crop Top into Fall !


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Summer Sandals Styles 2013

Sunday, August 11, 2013 Simone - Your Style Architect 0 Comments

Hi everyone.

I know it's been a VERY VERY long sabbatical from my last post but figured it's about time now after a good 7 mths that I start get my act back in order and start working on my blog again.

Firstly, Foster Bay unfortunately is history with the move to HK. Sad, but I guess it was a very good experience and would love to start something up again in the near future.

Why the long sabbatical? Well, I was intending to update you all on my London/ Florida trip with nice winter pics and shots however the sudden news of a possible relocation to HK popped up when we headed back to Singapore. Now we have finally settled into HK in Clear Water Bay. Loving it here and it's been a good 3 months thereabouts to get furniture and stuff in order however slowly but surely we are settling in well......

We are now in the heat of Summer and as you can imagine, everyone is out in their latest Summer trends, of which floral still screams out loud for 2013. Doing things a lil different this time, I have decided to commit this post solely to my Top 10 personal favourite Summer Sandal Styles.

 Embellish Sandals
Tribal Sandals

 Leather Sandals

Feathered Sandals

Victoria Beckham in her Louis Vuitton Tribal Feathered Sandals.

Rope / Braid Sandals
T-Strap Sandals

Floral Sandals

Jelly Sandals

Gladiator Sandals

Metallic Sandals

Of course, one can easily find a combination of Sandal styles in a pair e.g Tribal / T-Strap, Embellish/ Leather, Feather / Animal Print etc..

I like my Sandals pretty simple so here's my favourite from Zara 2013 Summer Collection- T-Strap Leather Sandals. 


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Spot The Owl Contest ( Part 3 of 3)

Sunday, February 10, 2013 Anonymous 3 Comments

Happy Chinese New Year everyone!

So much has happen upon my return from Florida/ London recently so again I do apologise for the delay in the 3rd instalment of my " Spot The Owl" Contest. Obviously there are 2 very large news I wish to share with all of you!

However,as we are still not in the liberty to break the news just yet, I will be updating all of you on these 2 BIG PIECES of news soon.( stop guessing.... I am not pregnant!)

Meanwhile, enjoy the last instalment pics of my contest and do remember to comment so that you will be up in the running for a Steve Madden ID & Mobile Phone holder if you get all locations of my owl in ALL 3 instalments correct! Happy hunting!!

Wishing all my Asian friends, prosperity, good luck, happiness, good health and success in all that you do for the Year of the Snake 2013!!!


Top ( Inner) : Cotton On
Bottom : J. Crew Jeans
Sweater : Goodwill Thrift Shop ( US$ 2 - can you believe it???)
Belt : Goodwill Thrift Store ( US$ it!)
Cuff : My own ( old)
Watch : CASIO

Have a great lunar new year and I will be announcing the winner on 17 Feb 2013!

Much love,

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Fun in Florida ( GIVEAWAY - " SPOT THE OWL" CONTEST Part 2/3)

Thursday, January 17, 2013 Anonymous 1 Comments

Hi everyone!

Finally back in Singapore and struggling with severe jetlag this time around crossing 2 time zones again enroute back from Florida to London to Singapore.

What was so funny, was that we expected to experience a white winter in the UK during our 2 trips there but only got to  experience the Snow in the UK ONLY on our last day.

Likewise in Florida, the weather which we expected to be warmer in the day allowing us to enjoy the sun and swim, yet to be cooler at nights where we could sit in front of the fireplace to catch a movie, was not quite how it panned out.

It was cold for most of the 3 weeks we were there and could hardly touch the water in the pool, however, on our last day in Florida, the weather starting warming up and we did enjoy a quick dip before heading to the airport! " Sigh"...... anyway besides getting the bad flu bug that was virally spreading throughout most states in the USA upon my arrival in Florida, it  was still a fun trip indeed, with time spent with family in both continents!


I know it has taken me awhile to post the second part of the Giveaway Contest. Don't worry the " Owl" hasn't fallen asleep nor has it flown away. Just taking a short breather ( to get over the jetlag to be honest)!

So try and spot the iphone " OWL" cover in the photos in this post and comment to all 3 instalments of this Giveaway Contest and you will stand to win a funky and cool STEVE MADDEN mobile phone carrier cum ID card holder.


Simone xoxo

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Winter Wonderland ! ( Giveaway Contest - "Spot The Owl!" Part 1/3)

Thursday, January 03, 2013 Anonymous 1 Comments

Happy New Year everyone!

What a trip! Still in Florida dealing with chiller nights but warm days.

Unfortunately upon arriving from chilly UK to sunny Florida, I had gotten so ill and was in bed for a good few days with a bad flu and ear infection. Am still trying to get over it proper however here's something to kick off the new year with and to update all of you with my round the world trip.

Will be doing a series of posts for the giveaway contest listed below.

Outerwear : Ministry of Retail Military Cape Winter Jacket - worn 2 ways. 
Fleece Turtlenecks : UNIQLO 
Knitted Shawl : UNIQLO 

Just spending only 3 nights in UK to visit family recently enroute to Florida, I didn't get the chance to do much sightseeing of the local attractions there although I would have like to pop into the new Harry Potter Studios in Watford itself for a quick tour. Nonetheless it was an ideal opportunity for me to take a couple of pics for my blog with a whole new environment and weather to deal with.


Had a thought with my new mobile " Owl" cover to have a lil fun with all of you! Will be doing a series of " Spot The Owl" for my holiday pictures and for each post if you can comment and identify where you have spotted the owl in ALL of the pictures. I will be giving away a  STEVE MADDEN Mobile phone carrier cum ID card holder to the lucky fan who have identified every single picture and post for the entire 3 Part series contest.

Each of these posts will feature pics of my lil Pink Owl for your finding. So, follow these few criteria and happy hunting for my Lil Pink Owl :
1) Follow my blog
2) Identify in each post by commenting the places you have spotted the Owl.
3) You must participate in all 3 Posts with your comments to be in the draw.


Here's a few more pics for your viewing pleasure for my OOTD! Enjoy!!

House of Harlow inspired Triangular Shaped Ring ( similar here)
Leather Studded belt  ( Similar here)
Leather Boots : River Island ( similar here)
Thanks for reading and do keep a lookout for the " SPOT THE OWL" Giveaway Contest Pics!

Happy Holidays,


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