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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