Summer Goodies To Delight # 2 - ( Featured)

Thursday, April 30, 2015 Simone - Your Style Architect 5 Comments

Hi Everyone.

As promised, this is the follow up to my recent post -  < Summer Goodies To Delight #1> , where the kind people of offered to send me some items for my personal review and to update my wardrobe for Summer. I was pleasantly surprised when my package arrived just within a couple of days of confirming the items. I know that most other times a good wait of 2 - 3 weeks would be the average for such online portals.

So for the first item, I had selected this grey open back top which looked so feminine and a versatile piece to trend for Summer.

Unlike the model in the website, I was not brave enough to go bra-less for this top. Hence I decided to pair the grey open back top with a cream tank just for  my personal comfort basis. But if you are certainly more daring than I am, I think this top would be great worn just on its own. Pairing it with the statement necklace that I had also selected from, this was the perfect weekend look put together for summer. Certainly it felt good that I had picked out items which I could easily mix and match to create various looks and styles, not to mention on a really low budget.

To be honest, I had ordered the top in XL size ( I am a standard UK 12/ US 8 size which I believe was equivalent to L size on their sizing chart) since I wasn't sure how the cut would be like. Having learnt from experience that most of these china clothing portals would usually have their sizes cut a size down from regular sizing. Glad I did so in a way cos anything smaller would mean a snug fit around the bust or waistline and perhaps having the top looking more like a crop top than a longer style tee. As you can see it's already cut slightly shorter than in the pictures on their website but still all good.

With the slightly larger top and due to the scoop backline,it did seem to slip off my shoulders here and there but a small modification ( which I intend to do so with a lace tie at the top of the blouse would give this top a fresh take). I would certainly take this top out to the beach next as a cover up with my bikini top peeping through at the back - better if it was a bold coloured one to add a lil fun to the top.

Accessories are such great things to totally change the look and feel of an outfit. Paired the look with my summer hat sitting in the wardrobe and the necklace from was just a perfect fit to accent an otherwise plain top.

For my second item, I was gravitated to this angel wing cutout t-shirt top as I thought it looked kinda cool, biker chick style. Again, if you are daring to go bra-less with it, it would be a beautiful unobstructed view of the " wings". I chose this top in white seeing I have enough black tops in my closet and figured pairing it with a contrasting bra top could potentially be quite cute. Nonetheless I would think the cutouts would standout lots better in black,

I had also selected an XL size for this top and glad I did so as the fit was just snugly comfortable. Anything smaller would not ideally fit my UK 12/ US 8 frame. Quality was passable for the ridiculous price of less than US$3 for this top. Paired it with my Tulle Skirt for that " angelic" ( no pun intended) feminine touch. Obviously it would be cool to also pair it with summer shorts or jeans.

I first spotted this necklace on however it was sold out as soon as it hit the shelves. Hence my excitement and delight to Get The Look For Less here on

I must admit out of the 3 fashion items I had selected from, the necklace was by far my favourite and certainly worth every penny of it. I have purchased necklaces from other online portals where at times it has been seriously disappointing with bibs and bobs missing and more so, some of them even damaged in the process of shipment. 

This bib necklace which comes in both Gold or Silver options, is solid and all rings connecting the various parts were held well and firm. Even the "bling" embellishments were all intact.

Check out this trending style of necklace worn by celebrities and bloggers alike.

Kim Kardashian - West // Selena Gomez

This very last item was chosen simply because it was something I needed currently for my makeup kit. Ideally I would have preferred this sponge to be of a slightly larger size. As you will see from the actual photo below, it is a little too small for me to have a good grip on it when applying my foundation. Most of the others I had spotted in the stores were a tad larger. Nonetheless it still served its purpose well.

The pointed tear drop tip was ideal for getting around the corners of the nose and eyes more easily to ensure an even coverage as opposed to traditional foundation sponges.On hindsight, perhaps that was the reason why it was sized smaller for the easier manoeuvring around these corners. Likewise, the conical shape of this sponge allows for a smoother finish as opposed to triangular or square sponges often leaving a trail of lines as you sweep across your face.

I hope you enjoyed this quick review of the items ALL kindly sponsored by and appreciated my honesty in its review. Personally if I would continue to collaborate with this store, I would pick out more jewelry than clothing items simply based on the quality of the products I had experienced in this haul.

However I do know some of you would rather work with cheap trending fashion items, to be worn only a couple of times and chucked out of the wardrobe. Then perhaps this store would fit your needs perfectly. Amazingly most of their items are less than US$ 10 ! Expectations slightly lowered, I must admit they do have some cute affordable items and a pretty wide selection for those on a shoestring budget to shop. Just remember to be on the side of wary than sorry and pick out your items in a size up for most of their outfits as they are often not true to size.

I have made it lots easier for you to click on the pictures above to direct you to their store where you can find great bargains! Currently, for all new accounts signed up, is offering a US$ 50 cash coupon for you to have fun shopping on their site. So hurry and check those items out for Mother's Day or for a quick wardrobe update for Summer 2015!!

Simone xoxo

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Let's Do The Twist :: Layered Fringe Skirt + Socks In Shoes

Sunday, April 26, 2015 Simone - Your Style Architect 3 Comments

Happy Sunday everyone!

Fringe and tassels are starting to pop up in many retail outlets and stores especially being one of the key trends to look out for this Spring / Summer 2015. Therefore when I was approached by a Korean TV show recently to provide a short video of " How To Style...", I decided to work on this fringe skirt ( recycled, may I add from few years back - check out this post!) and give a new "twist" ( no pun intended) to this item.

Coincidentally whilst putting this look together, I discovered I had matching socks to the top I wanted to pair the skirt with. So seeing it's for the Korean crowd as well and adding a fun element to this outfit - I had to do another " socks in shoes" ensemble!

For your info, all items in this look are items already in my wardrobe for at least 6 months, so my point about mix and matching old stuff to create a new look stands strong and firm. And trends tend to come back in full circle. 

Wanted to bring out the fun element of the outfit with funky accessories.

With all that twisting going on, I figured, using this belt back to front would be a cute statement, and highlighting the outfit from the back. You will see from my other posts that I have styled this belt the other way around. 

I know many of you are longing to see what kind of styles you can work with for this Fringe/ Tassel trends, so I have put together some inspirational boards and items trending this style for you to work with.

Proenza Schouler
Olivia Palermo styling Fringe Trend

1.Marni // 2. Milly Crossbody // 3. Gucci // 4. Miu Miu // 5. Valentino
6. Vince Camuto //7. Coach // 8. Rebecca Minkoff

1. Chloe // 2. La Paire // 3. Sam Edelman // 4. Sam Edelman // 5. Manolo Blahnik
6. FitFlop // 7. Loeffler Randall // 8. Steve Madden

Denim Jacket : H&M 
Top : old ( similar here)
Belt : WAREHOUSE ( similar here)
Skirt : old ( similar here)
Socks : Cotton On
Shoes : ( similar here)
Necklace : (similar here) // Cuff Bracelet : Forever 21 ( similar here)

Enjoy trending Fringe and Tassels and do look out for my next post on Summer Goodies to Delight # 2, where I will be styling the items I have recently received from

Simone xoxo

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Summer Goodies To Delight From DRESSLINK.COM # 1 ( FEATURED)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Simone - Your Style Architect 1 Comments

Happy Tuesday Everyone,

Woke up one morning last week, coffee in hand and just sat down to run through my emails, when an email from ( a new online fashion portal from China) came into my Inbox, offering me a selection of goodies to get me all set for my summer wardrobe!! What a pleasant surprise !!

Having shopped with a few China based online stores before, many a times I am left frustrated due to language barriers to communicate my issues or enquiries. However with the customer service level  I personally experience with Dresslink, I was pretty surprised how efficiently my emails were replied and concerns addressed immediately. I think this is vital for many online stores in order to please and retain their customers - especially with the competition out there.

In case many of you are thinking - well this is a featured / sponsored post therefore I would be bias with my opinions of their items, but rest assured, I definitely intend to keep this real and am excited to receive these items I had picked out ( with the limited budget provided) and share styling them with you.



Can't wait to receive them soon and do watch this space for Part 2 where I will be reviewing the products/ items for you.

With a wide range of items from home decor to kidswear, bikinis to beauty products and obviously from clothes to accessories, I am sure you will find something for yourself in this store.

So please click on the individual item pictures above or Dresslink's banner on the side column of my blog, for amazing Flash Sales and Great Buys starting from ONLY US$ 0.01!!

Have a great week ahead!

Simone xoxo

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GIVEAWAY :: Target Instagram US$ 300 Gift Card Giveaway

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Simone - Your Style Architect 2 Comments

Happy happy Wednesday everyone!!

To add a little cheer midweek, here's another great opportunity I have collaborated with my fashion blogger friends, to bring you this fabulous chance to shop at Target with a US$ 300 gift card giveaway!!

I personally love shopping at Target for a myriad of reasons and Connor, my son is crazy for their selection of toys. It is ideally so that Target in recent years have done well for themselves and repositioned their branding to collaborate with great designer brands and allow everyone to afford that " little piece of luxury" in their homes / closet. If you recall, great brands like Philip Lim, Jason Wu, Tory Burch, Missoni, Prabal Gurung & Altuzarra to name a few....have had great success collaborating with Target and so for this Spring 2015 and coming your way April 19, 2015, I am certainly excited about this collaboration with Lilly Pulitzer.

What better way to get ready for the sun, sea and sand with these gorgeous printed, sunny and vibrant hued items ranging from apparels, accessories to beauty and home decor. A total of about 250 items are included in this collaboration and the good news is that 200 of those items are well under US$ 30. The price range of these items are at an affordable US$2 - US$ 150 - how good is that?

Another plus point of this collaboration - PLUS SIZES! Available ONLY ONLINE !So ladies, if you need those sizes do not fret! Just get yourself ready with that finger on the button and you can grab those pieces as soon as they go online. Perfect isn't it??

To wet your tastebuds, here are some pics off their lookbook to give you a tasting of what's to come.


Check out more exciting items and greater selections here.  

Are you getting excited now?? Then why wait any longer as now you have a chance to win US$ 300 to spend on these gorgeous items. Click on the rafflecopter giveaway form below and simply input your details to stand a chance to win!

Prize: US$300 Target Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Check the Rafflecopter for the link to our other Target gift card to double your chances of winning! Giveaway ends 12 May 2015 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.
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Good luck and see you guys soon,
Simone xoxo

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Take A Bow :: Classic White Shirt and Pencil Skirt

Friday, April 10, 2015 Simone - Your Style Architect 6 Comments

A good Friday again to all of you.

It's been a good Easter break and managed to get lots of stuff sorted out - throwing out and giving away old clothes and items I rarely use in the closet. Packing away all winter stuff as the weather starts to warm up here in Hong Kong and more so, clearing junk I have put aside thinking I will need or use them someday but obviously that doesn't happen. So clearing these items helps me clear my mind at the same time.

Do you ever feel that way too? Somehow when your life is cluttered with things, your head seems cluttered as well. Once that is reorganised, so is your life ( general that is).

Put together this look as part of my "Pairings" video recently released, and realised that often many of my readers would love to have more closer viewings of these look, since usually in a video, it is so time restrictive and sometimes not in HD as I would like it to be. Therefore am also blogging on these same looks for you to have a better feel of the items.

This is a great look for work, where conservative as it may seem with the hemline and button up collar, but funky with the bold accessories of the large bow-tie and the jumbo bag. Continuing that gold and black metallic touch with a statement belt, this ties in the look together with or without a blazer thrown over.

Keeping the accessories simple and few, to allow them to individually stand out and " make" this outfit.

Stay tuned for the next post of trending a fringe skirt for Summer. Till then, take care!!

Blazer : River Island ( similar here & here) // Top : ZARA // Skirt : H&M
Bow : ASOS ( get it here or similar here) // Belt : GUESS ( similar here)
Watch : Michael Kors // Bag : Chanel
Heels : ZARA ( similar here)

Simone xoxo
Get this look for $96+ on Lookastic: Black Bow-tie, White Dress Shirt, Black Blazer, Grey Pencil Skirt, Black Waist Belt, and Gold Watch

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