Festive Magic :: Black Midi Dress With Back Detailing

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 Simone - Your Style Architect 0 Comments

Dress : Free People ( similar here & here)
Clutch : H&M ( get it here)
Shoes : The Tui Collection ( similar here)
Earrings : Kafika (get it here)
Belt : Christmas present from Mother in law ( similar here & here)
Ring : Lovisa (sold out ) ( similar here & here)

Hi everyone.

Hope you are in the heat of the festivities. Although Christmas Day has come and gone so quickly, but do not forget, it's a whole 12 days of Christmas and many are still at the height of rejoicing and celebrating this season of giving and sharing and coming together.

Another year gone, another year older... I start to realise my sense of fashion, choices of clothing is changing. Hopefully for the better but I am definitely less into trending skirts above the knee, showing off my legs but rather choosing options that are more classic and versatile.

This @freepeople  dress which is last season's if I am not mistaken still holds it's attraction for me with it's beautiful criss cross back detailing that is sexy in its own right. I love the fact that it's 100% cotton and with this dress again, one can be versatile styling it both elegantly ( as I have done in my shots) or even casually as a beach dress or on a hot summer's day.

Some of these shots were taken recently during my trip to Da Nang, Vietnam of which we stayed at the beautiful @intercontinentaldanang resort which boasts beautiful views being set up on a slope of a mountain as well as a resort which one does not even need to venture out to have a good time. From water sport activities, choices of swimming pools, spa as well as great options for dining, I was just going crazy trying to take it all in. Let's not even start on the wild monkeys that literally hang out with you on your patio.

Well I will feature more of this resort in the upcoming blog posts but in the meantime, here's wishing all of you a healthy, peaceful New Year 2020 that will only bring you blessings and love.

See you next year,
Simone xoxo

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Christmas Green :: Polka Dot Off Shoulder Maxi Dress

Sunday, December 22, 2019 Simone - Your Style Architect 1 Comments

Dress : Shein ( sold out, similar here & here)
Earrings : Rattan Zakka 
Bag : Vintage ( Mom's) ( similar here & here)
Shoes : The Tui Collection ( get it here) 
Ring : Lovisa ( similar here & here)

Hi everyone,

I can't believe it's already the last weekend before Christmas 2019! How quick time flies and on hindsight how much has happened over the year. Unfortunately for our family, we had recently received news of my father -in-law's passing whilst we were out on a recent holiday. Hence Christmas this year will be a subdued and sad one. At the ripe age of 95 years young, he had lived a good life and went peacefully in his sleep with my Mom-in-law by his side and that is all that matters.

He will always be remembered as one of the greatest Circus Ringmasters, Regisseurs and performers of his time having stemmed from a very rich circus history, family and tradition. He will surely be missed!!

With this change of events, it again reminds us what the true meaning of Christmas is. It's about family, about giving, about Love! Christmas is celebrated not only by Christians worldwide but by many others of different religious believes. Perhaps it has been commercialised to become a shopping and holiday event however for me, Christmas is about rebirth and new life. We need to be reminded to always be thankful for what we have, a spirit of giving ( not just presents) but rather to help those in need. This year, I had made an extra effort to buy some sleeping bags to assist the homeless in the UK. It may not be many and may not be the perfect answer to their problems but at least it'll mean a warmer Christmas for a couple of people and remember, charity begins somewhere. One person can still make a huge difference to the lives of others.

This Christmas, I have not spent any money on new outfits - and this beautiful green dress which is already sold out on Shein, was something I found again, tucked away, never worn in my closet. In the perfect shade for Christmas Green, the polka dot pattern and the off shoulder neckline fits perfectly for a tropical Christmas. I felt I looked like a Christmas tree myself! Paired this with a vintage bag I found amongst mom's old handbags and this lovely pair of The Tui Collection shoes which are so versatile and comfortable to mix and match with. Wooden earrings from Rattan Zakka finished and completed the whole look.

The last picture is of me and one of my besties @lozzybethlife, who is visiting from Australia and in perfect time to cheer me up after all that transpired recently. Her beautiful Christmas gift which she got me from Australia ( Frida Kahlo Vase) certainly help put a big smile on my face when I received it. I have been eyeing this vase for the longest time!

Whilst the pain and memories of losing loved ones recently - the loss of my Dad last July 2018, then came Cookie my cocker of 14.5 yrs in August 2019 and now my father in law in December 2019,  it will be so hard to forget and get over with,  but I believe time will heal the pain and the missing.

In the meantime, may I ask you for this Christmas to make it a point to do something different, something meaningful, something for someone else who needs it and you will truly then live in the true meaning of Christmas. Do share with me in the comments below what you will be doing different this Christmas for someone else.

Last but not least, do also check out my IGTV video below on Holiday Outfit Ideas which I had put together to inspire you to mix and match again with items from your wardrobe to create perfect holiday looks to trend. Enjoy!!

Happy Christmas everyone,
Simone xoxo

In Remembrance of Frank Foster ( Senior)
31 Jan 1924 - 13 Dec 2019

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