Trending The Trench

Sunday, February 24, 2019 Simone - Your Style Architect 5 Comments

Dress : CAARA  // Shoes : Chanel // Bangle : old, //
Bag : Gucci // Earrings : Lovisa // Hat : old, (similar here) //
Sunglasses : Zara

A sad week with the passing of Karl Lagerfeld - known for his very classic and stylish designs. The way he had reinvented the fashion houses of Fendi and Chanel certainly makes him a legend in his own right. Therefore, gaining inspiration from him in reviving classic styles, I decided to bring back a classic style of outfit  - the trench, in today's post !

With the scorching hot weather of 34 - 35 degrees daily, it really is quite difficult to walk out in the heat without a hat or an umbrella to shield from the stinking heat. Olive has always been a favourite colour of mine, and matching this off shoulder trench style of dress by CAARA this outfit certainly provides a stylish respite to the warm heat. The twist off a classic trench jacket reveals an off shoulder number which can be worn so comfortably for weekend dressing.

I kept the look minimal and chic with Chanel espadrilles, a classic wide brim hat and a wooden bangle for accessories.  A tassel fringed Gucci tote was ideal to add some texture and colour to the look.

Walking through the quaint  and once old, sleepy neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru in central Singapore, I chanced upon beautiful murals on the wall and lovely retro style cafes which propped up side by side to residential homes. I love how the area still kept its old rustic charm, yet making it very relatable to the new generation with book stores, funky cafes and the much hyped Tiong Bahru Market where it's most famous for it's roast meat stall and steam rice cakes.

There were many murals on the walls which made it all the more interesting to explore this neighbourhood especially for taking pictures. So, I finished off the post with a little tete a tete with the old " uncles " on the wall having a little "laugh" over their coffee talk! It was a fun day out exploring Tiong Bahru estate. So if you are living in Singapore, take some time to explore this lovely neighbourhood. Or add it to your Must See / Do list when next in town.

Simone xoxo

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It's A Wrap !

Sunday, February 17, 2019 Simone - Your Style Architect 3 Comments

Top : Forever 21 // Pants : D.D Collective // Bag :  Staud // Earrings : Zaful  // Shoes : Zara

Hi everyone and how was your recent Valentine's Day celebrations?

Being married for 18 years going on 19, we started getting practical with Valentine's Day. Just the thought of having to pay double / triple the prices at restaurants just because of a date does not rest well with us older folks, and so we decided to stay home this year and whipped up a quiet home cooked dinner.  Nonetheless, I hope for those of you who are still out there in the dating scene, Valentine's Day did bring you much surprises and joy! ( And lovely gifts to add!).

Whilst many of you were busy dolling up for your romantic evenings,  I was getting down and dirty Marie Kondo-ing my kitchen and my son's room! It's driving me nuts and certainly the shops especially our good old Daiso ( $2 Japanese store) is enjoying the sudden increase in business from The Fosters as I hop in and out throughout the week with bags full of storage boxes for me to complete my Konmari organisation.

For those of you not familiar with what I am talking about, Marie Kondo is this really petite Japanese lady in America that goes to regular people's homes to help them reorganise their houses and uses the KonMari method of organising. The main thing about the effectiveness of the organisation method is ONLY to keep items that " spark joy" in one's lives. Everything else should be relooked and we need to learn how to let go. Another thing that strikes out in her Netflix series is that she makes sure she " greets" the home before she starts reorganising. This spiritual aspect did take me a little by surprise since these are after all objects with no life / soul but I can appreciate where she is coming from. Indeed it is a very different experience as to regular home organisers and it does motivate me to do the same. Stay tuned to this blog where I will update you on how I have worked reorganising my home.

In the meantime, let's head back to this lovely wrap pants from D.D Collective. A cute and quirky style and I love the burnt orange hue. This lovely floral top from Forever 21 which I had stashed well at the back of my wardrobe resurfaced again whilst I was busy organising things and so I thought it was a good pairing with the pants. Of course to add some colour, these lovely kitten heel V front pumps from Zara says it all and a nice bucket bag to finish the look!

So stay tune my friends and I will share with you how I managed to Marie Kondo my place.

Simone xoxo

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Tickled Pink

Sunday, February 10, 2019 Simone - Your Style Architect 2 Comments

Dress : Talulah Floraison Dress ( get it here) // Earrings: old ( similar here) // Bangle : APM Monaco ( similar here) // Ring : Taka Jewellers (get the look for less)//
Clutch : Kate Spade // Heels : Stradivarius

A week into the Chinese New Year - Year of the Pig, many are still out there meeting up friends and relatives for the traditional Lo Hei ( which means " tossing the salad" ). This is a dish traditionally available only in Singapore and Malaysia but gradually finding it's way all over the world. Many chefs through the years have added their personal twist and touch to this dish which every member around the table tosses the mixture of salad ingredients, each symbolising good fortune and wealth. By raising their chopsticks and tossing the salad together ( the higher one drops it the more luck it is believed to befall on their participants) whilst chanting auspicious sayings like " good health and good wealth", " money come money come" etc.. it is definitely a sight to enjoy, a thrill to participate in and definitely fun for all the generations to come together in laughter and good cheer.

Photo Credit : Straits Times / Fat Chap
Feeling nostalgic, let's look back now through the years on my various Chinese New Year outfits.

This year feeling little subdued with Dad being gone less than a year, so I kept to more pastel colours.
Off shoulder or toga style has been my thing these couple of weeks and so this outfit from Talulah was the ideal choice for Chinese New Year.

Floral and yet subtle in colour, I love the asymmetric skirt and toga cut which accentuates the right parts of my body and more so with the embellishment at the waistline it certainly created a beautiful silhouette and yet such a comfortable dress to wear.

Paired it with a blush clutch and heels and being Chinese New Year, don on my favourite dragonfly jade earrings and diamond bangle and ring to complete the look.

Hope you like this and wishing all of you a happy Chinese New Year!!

Simone xoxo

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Bloom In Red Romance

Saturday, February 02, 2019 Simone - Your Style Architect 0 Comments

Top : Stylestalker ( get it here)// Pants : Finders Keepers ( get it here)//  
Bag, Ring & Shoes : Shein ( get it here, similar here & here) // Earrings : Thrifty Thieves ( similar here)

Hi everyone.

The festivities have started again with the weekend heading up to Chinese New Year. Everyone's busy decorating their homes with bright colours of red, yellow, gold, pink and also lots of shopping for brand new clothes, items for the home, and lots of new year goodies to usher in the new year.

Red has always been an auspicious colour for Chinese New Year. The colour of fire, red symbolises good luck, good fortune and joy. Therefore you will find an abundance of red all over a Chinese home and the street stalls and lined with all the lovely decorations mostly in red. Therefore the same applies for many Chinese wearing red during the festive period.

So here is a little taster of the louder and brighter style of outfits people would be wearing as they go out and about visiting their friends and relatives over the Chinese New Year holidays. Pattern on pattern, I love how this outfit came together with the main accent of red/ pink bringing the 2 worlds of floral prints into one unified song.

The loose and flowing pants allowed ease of movement especially when one needs to be dashing from house to house to spread the good cheer. And the silk wrap around top made it a very feminine outfit to trend for the New Year.

As the pants were pretty long, I paired this look with nude tone accessories like the camel hue heels as a earthy 2 toned bag that simplified the look a little and kept it grounded.

Doesn't this outfit just make you smile and feel a happy mood?

Here's wishing all of my Chinese readers a Happy and Prosperous Year of the Pig!!

Simone xoxo

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