Back to Nature : Michael Kors Snake Print Dress with Mules + MK 2015 Resort Collection

Friday, October 31, 2014 Simone - Your Style Architect 15 Comments

Happy Friday and Happy Halloween everyone!

I know you have been waiting anxiously to hear of the MICHAEL KORS GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY which I had promised to be posted today. Unfortunately due to some logistical issues, we will not be able to launch it till Monday, 3 November 2014. So please watch this space on Monday to log in your entries.

Michael Kors who is well known for designing classic American Sportswear, has made his mark in the fashion league with both his MICHAEL Michael Kors and KORS Michael Kors collections. His style has always been simple, chic and elegant and therefore are always classics to own and has timeless value. Many Hollywood celebrities have been seen styled in Michael Kors e.g Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum, Catherine Zeta-Jones and even USA's first lady - Michelle Obama just to name a few. So I decided to dedicate this post to my favourite Michael Kors outfits from his Resort Collection 2015, just to tickle your tastebuds.

Seeing it's Halloween, I was not going to post a picture of myself in some hideous god-forsaken costume, however felt this Michael Kors Snake Print Dress ( from couple of seasons back)would somehow suffice to create an element of fun for this post.I had to top off the look with my Michael Kors Chronograph Watch - a favourite accessory of mine and many other fashion bloggers, if you haven't noticed just yet.

I wanted to give a new spin to this outfit, so decided to style the thin, similar fabric waist belt that came with the dress as an accessory, and worked with a statement belt instead to bring this look fashion forward. Do you like it? Pairing it with these sold-out, ZARA taupe mules, was just perfect for that "Back to Nature" feel with all earthy tones to complete the outfit. 

Dress : Michael Kors ( similar here & here)
Statement Belt : WAREHOUSE ( similar here
Thin Belt ( worn as a scarf) : came with the dress as a waist belt.
Cuff : Thrifted ( similar here)
Clutch : Balenciaga inspired ( similar here & here)
Earrings : Dior inspired ( similar here)
Watch : Michael Kors ( similar here)
Mules : Zara ( sold out) (similar here)

Following the recent Fashion Week showcases for 2015, here are some of my favourite picks from Michael Kor's Resort Collection for 2015 where you will notice, nude and classic looks, mix and matching with bolder trendier floral prints and crop top silhouettes. I grouped them by colours so you can enjoy trending them in Spring 2015.

Have a great Friday and Halloween and REMEMBER to visit this blog again on Monday for the MICHAEL KORS GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY!

Simone xoxo
Get this look for $84+ on Lookastic: Olive Leather Pumps, Beige Leather Belt, Gold Watch, Grey Snake Casual Dress, Grey Leather Clutch, and Gold Bracelet

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Vested Interest : Denim Shirt with Vest & Red Accents + 4 Outfit Styles with Glasses

Monday, October 27, 2014 Simone - Your Style Architect 8 Comments

Happy Monday everyone.

The boy is finally back to school - YEAH!!!! Had a request recently from a reader who asked to showcase some outfits she could wear with Glasses. As I do not wear glasses - it was a bit of a challenge that was put out to me but I love challenges.

So I decided to share this look with you which was a spin I had done recently on #PinnedItSpinnedIt. As you can see, the pin was of an outfit that was worn with glasses so ideally this is one look you could consider wearing with glasses. However as I do not own a pair, I could not incorporate it into my spin. Nonetheless as starters, a great idea of an outfit to work with.

Personally if I needed to wear glasses, I probably would not go for the frameless or typical business like type. In fact, I would make it my signature statement piece and go for larger frames, rounded slightly to suit my face and even sunglass styles that could work with any outfit. My sis, niece and mom all wear glasses but I can understand their choice of the atypical thin frame or frameless styles which would suit their lifestyle best but also for easy pairing and matching of outfits. But why not be bold and different! 

So here are some outfit inspirations that I had put together in the following styleboards to trend glasses with. And YES, you can wear large, darker frame glasses with an evening gown.

Goyard Bag, Charles David heels (, Labor of Love belt, New Look( ASOS) White Peplum Top
Keada's Kloset ( Jewelry), Maroon Pencil Skirt ( Polyvore), Light Brown Cardigan ( Uniqlo).
Dress and Floppy Hat ( ASOS)
Bottega Veneta Clutch, Christian Louboutin Heels, Chanel Necklace, Lavish Alice Dress

Vince Long Sleeve Shirt ( Polyvore), Black Pants ( GAP), Valentino Rockstud Heels, Chanel Earrings,
Long Black Blazer ( Dorothy Perkins), Louis Vuitton Soft Lockit, Missoni Scarf
And here are more pictures of celebrities trending glasses with their outfits.

Pictures courtesy of Life Magazine.
Top : H&M Denim Shirt ( similar here)
Bottom : Mango ( similar here)
Vest : Mango ( similar here)
Necklace : gift ( similar here)
Bag : Celine 
Shoes : Zara ( similar here)

I hope I was able to meet your challenge and hope these styles above would help some of you put outfits together to trend with your glasses. Have fun!!

Simone xoxo

P.S Please watch this space as there will be another GIVEAWAY happening REAL soon!! 

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Pencil Line : Pencil Skirt & Ankle Booties + My Favourite Ankle Boots for Fall 2014.

Friday, October 24, 2014 Simone - Your Style Architect 5 Comments

Hi everyone and happy Friday to you!

Taking a little break from #PinnedItSpinnedIt on Instagram as I was busy trying my hand out at photography and styling for a fun photoshoot for one of my ardent supporters.

She had contacted me and asked for styling tips and how to take nice pictures. Being based here in Hong Kong as well and having been following my blog religiously, I decided to invite her over for a day and tried my hand being behind the camera ( literally), and also helping her do her hair / makeup and styling. It was a fun day and certainly realise it takes a lot more out of those behind the scenes/ camera than the model themselves for photoshoots. It was hard work but patience got us through the day.

Respecting her privacy, I will not be sharing her pictures on my blog but you can see a couple of her shots on my Facebook Fan Page, as she continues to tag me on them as she posts them through the course of time.

So here's an outfit I had worn recently for lunch with the girls and figured it's a nice look to share, given that Fall is the time where we can start pulling out our booties. Of course the weather here in Hong Kong doesn't get much colder till perhaps November or even towards December. Hence ankle booties is the way to go with footwear till the mercury drops for the knee high boots to take over it's place.

I particularly like how the outfit stood out against the rustic temple that lies below a hill near my home. I wanted to present you a side of Hong Kong, which most don't see. People often see Hong Kong as a vibrant bustling city with branded stores and shops lining streets after streets in the city, and people mostly living in apartments on the main island. Where I live which is a good 45 mins from the main city, a vast majority of village people ( yes I do live in a village away from the city) are pretty religious and god fearing to a certain extent. There are about 4 shrines in total in my village alone. So, I wanted to have you feel the " heart" of old Hong Kong and so decided on this backdrop for this shoot.

Just a little fun trivia, this particular shrine is where my pack of wild dogs would go and take cover when the storms come through. Sheltered and warm ( but very dark) it seems to provide them the protection they need. 

As promised, here are some of my favourite Ankle Booties to share with you.

1. Pierre Hardy  2.Alexander Birman  3.Alexander McQueen  4. Burberry 5.Jimmy Choo
6.Jerome Rousseau 7. Pour la Victoire Zane  8. Chloe
9. Stuart Weitzman  10. Christian Louboutin  11. L.A.M.B. 

12. Christian Louboutin  13. Michael Kors  14. Miu Miu   15.Sergio Rossi
16. Valentino  17. ModCloth  18.Stella Luna
19 & 20. Ted Baker
Have fun trending and styling your outfits with some of these styles  and do share your pics with me.

Top : New Look ( Old) ( similar here)
Bottom : Cotton On ( similar here)
Belt : H&M ( similar here)
Booties : New Look ( similar here)
Earrings : Dior Inspired ( similar here)
Bangle : Hanna Lee ( similar here)
Watch : Kenneth Cole ( similar here)
Bag : Celine

Simone xoxo

Get this look for $113+ on Lookastic: Black Horizontal Striped T-shirt, Black Belt, Black Pencil Skirt, Multi colored Leather Tote Bag, Black Suede Ankle Boots, and Silver Bracelet

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Autumn Love : Floral Kimono with Electric Blue Shorts

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Simone - Your Style Architect 2 Comments

Hi everyone. The perfect Fall weather is finally here. Not too hot in the morning and evenings, which allow me to throw on a light outerwear and take it off once it starts to warm up by midday. Enjoyed putting together this bright and cheerful outfit to start your week with.

Whilst the boy is on mid-term break from school, I was able to wear this outfit for shopping instead of daily school runs. Easy and versatile, I fell in love with a Kimono outerwear which is really popular style of outerwear at the moment and which are much lighter than your standard cardigan and ideal for Fall ( especially in Hong Kong where it doesn't get too cold just yet).

You can play around by mix and matching your bottoms e.g coloured jeans / regular jeans or even tights/ leggings for Fall to bring out the varied colours in the Kimono throw.

I chose a bright blue shorts to anchor the base colour of blue and white and let the orange and yellow stand out strong from the Kimono.

Perfect weather to start pulling out my booties, this look could also be paired with ballet flats as well.

As most of you would know by now, my signature style is to trend my outfits with Statement Jewelry. Therefore,  I wanted to match multi coloured statement necklace ( thanks Carla!) - which was Christmas pressie from my bestie ( at least 4 Christmases ago) which I love so much and most definitely brought out the key colours in my outfit. Love it!!

Recently whilst researching on the net, I had also come across an online boutique - Lookbook Store based in USA, of which I find their prices are very reasonable and I love their collection. Furthermore they do provide FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING. Am dedicating some of the links below to their store for you to check them out.  Will certainly be shopping online with them and doing a haul soon to share with you. Have fun shopping and hope you like the Kimono trend as much as I do!

Kimono: Nordstrom Rack ( similar here)
Top : Zara ( similar here)
Shorts : b + ab ( similar here)
Boots : New Look ( similar here)
Bangle : Hanna Lee ( similar here)
Necklace : Sportsgirl ( similar here)
Sunglasses : Charles & Keith ( similar here

Simone xoxo

Get this look for $96+ on Lookastic: White Sleeveless Top, White and Blue Floral Kimono, Blue Shorts, Multi colored Necklace, and Beige Suede Ankle Boots

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Polka Weekend : 3 Ways to Style a Polka Dot Shirt.

Friday, October 17, 2014 Simone - Your Style Architect 4 Comments

Hi everyone! Yeah it's Friday again!

Wore this outfit recently as a spin off @ #PinnedItSpinnedIt on Instagram recently and thought it ideal to share this look with you, for a casual dress down Friday at work or for the weekend out. Classy yet quietly simple, polka dots somehow does add that feminine touch to an outfit without being too over " girly".

I wanted to keep the outfit simple and thought it fun to bring out my 3D doggie bag again. It's actually a pretty versatile bag to use on the weekend.

" Cookie" as usual was lurking around to photobomb my shots whenever she could, so decided to let her have the leading role in this next shot.

Whilst putting this post together I came across some Hollywood celebrities trending polka dot tops as well and figured, it would be nice to give you some styling tips and inspirational boards on how to wear a simple polka dot blouse.

 Any one of these looks below that I have put together would suit Petite sizes to Plus sizes. Depending on the type of industry you are working in, these looks could also easily take you from work to dinner/ drinks.




Top : H&M ( similar here)
Bottom : Rue 21 ( similar here)
Shoes : Zara ( similar here)
Bag : Adamo HK ( similar here)
Necklace :
Watch : Michael Kors
Belts : TJ Maxx ( set of 2) ( similar here)
Jewelry : Zara, Forever 21 & Target ( similar here, here & here)

Feeling inspired to try out one of these looks yet? Let me know which is your favourite !
And do not be afraid to switch colours around - the idea is to have fun!!

Simone xoxo

Get this look for $145+ on Lookastic: Red Skinny Jeans, Blue Rubber Satchel Bag, Red Suede Pumps, Burgundy Belt, Gold Necklace, Navy Polka Dot Polo, Gold Embellished Bracelet, and Gold Watch

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