In The Woods :: Cotton Tiered Maxi Dress + Retro Style Leather Shoes

Saturday, February 22, 2020 Simone - Your Style Architect 5 Comments

Dress : Erika Peña @ Konacoco ( on sale) ( get it here)
Shoes : The Tui Collection ( clearance sale) ( get it here)
Earrings : Kafika Jewellery ( get it here) // Necklace : Embrace ( get it here
Belts : MANGO ( old) ( similar here & here & here)
Bag : Etienne Aigner ( old ) ( similar here & here

Hi everyone and hope you are enjoying your weekend.

For those of you following me on Instagram, you would have seen some of these pics already posted earlier last weekend. However as you know with a blog post, I would need a little more time to share my thoughts and views and so this is coming a little later to you guys following me on blogger. Nonetheless here it is.

I would like to introduce you to this bespoke, curated boutique that retails gorgeous, handmade leather shoes which to be honest, when I got my first pair, was not too overly crazy about them as the leather was stiff and it had " bitten" me at the ankles. However, having paid a fair bit for the shoes which was a recently released new collection, I persevered and styled this pair of shoes with a few more outfits.

If I may so, lo and behold, the leather started to soften even after the second wear and the pair of shoes was SOOOO comfortable, I started wearing it more and more often. Then I got my second pair... then my third.. then my fourth.... oh dear... you get the drift.. and it has not yet stopped!

I love The Tui Collection for it's beautiful and unique designs and heading into the 2020s, I had a different vision for my Instagram post and blog and the direction I want to take as an influencer and blogger. I wanted to work with more bespoke and curated as well as local labels. I guess it gives me an edge to see how I can help these smaller labels and of course to help them gain as much exposure especially for these brands which I truly believe in and not because we as influencers have been compensated for.

So you would have seen I have styled a few of The Tui Collection's shoes in my previous post (see here, here & here)  and rest assured, more to come. This gorgeous 1940s inspired pair of Legend heels is as it's name implies. Legendary in style and design, the cobra designed back of the heels gives it an edgy feel and the front of the shoes shouts " Retro" and " Vintage" which is so trendy these days. Pair it casually with jeans or pants for work or the weekend and as you can see, dress up this long maxi full tiered dress from Erika Peña available at Konacoco and you got a beautiful outfit ready for a night out. Of course in line with the whole retro vibe with this look, I found this vintage Eitienne Aigner bag in mom's closet ( which coincidentally I had gifted her almost 20+ years ago) and took it out to complete the look.

I hope you enjoy this outfit and do note that The Tui Collection is now having their clearance sales
( click  here) with up to 70 - 80% off some of their styles. With free international shipping to selected overseas destination, grab your first pair of Tui Shoes now. You won't regret it!!

Do let me know in the comments below which is your favourite pair.

Simone xoxo

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Spread The Love :: Red Ruffle Dress + Upcycle Clutch Bag

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 Simone - Your Style Architect 5 Comments

Dress : The Editor's Market ( sold out) ( similar here, here & here)
Shoes : The Tui Collection ( ON SALE )
Clutch : Heritage Refashioned ( get it here)
Bangle : APM Monaco ( similar here & here)
Necklace & Ring : Taka Jewellery ( available instore)
Earrings : Lovisa ( get it here)

Hello everyone,

I know I don't usually post during the week but seeing that Friday is Valentine's Day and many of you may still be wondering what to wear or needing some inspirations, here is one more to add to your list trending some gift ideas for you guys to gift your beloved.

Red is the colour of luck to the Chinese but also the colour of love. So this Valentine's Day, I have pulled out something from my current closet ( no special shopping in line with keeping fashion sustainable). If Kate Middleton can recycle her outfits in the public eye, why not me?

This ruffle trim strapless dress is perfect for date night. Of course with a gift of " bling" it always helps to pump up the volume to the dress ( hint... hint...) and I especially love this bracelet from APM Monaco. Their pieces are unique in design and certainly very pretty to style any evening wear with.

I am sure you guys would realise by now my love for shoes from The Tui Collection. In all honesty, when I purchased my first pair, the leather was still stiff and so had cut me round the ankle but after the second wear and the leather softens and moulds to one's foot, it is the most comfortable pair of shoes I have ever owned. Therefore my love for this brand certainly grew and grew.

Likewise, you would have noticed me styling this vintage upcycled clutch on my Instagram feed several times and rightfully so, because this clutch is so versatile and with a long strap that could be attached, it allows one to wear it up or down with any outfit. I chose to pair this dress with this clutch for its geometric pattern and the accent of the red on the bag. The kiss lock with it's " diamond" clasp adds that touch of elegance to the bag. You will certainly see me style more outfits with this bag.

Being Valentine's Day, I would like to showcase some diamond jewellery pieces not only for styling one's evening outfits but also again... a gentle hint to our love ones for pressies ideas!! This contemporary styled pendant in mixed coloured diamonds keeps the look fluid with it's soft linear design and the leaf shaped ring adds a little texture too. These pieces are from Taka Jewellery here in Singapore but I am sure you can find similar styles in other jewellery shops online or around the world. If you are based in Singapore, do pay them a visit for their latest collection of contemporary styled rings and pendants.

I hope you enjoyed this look and do share with me how you will be spending Valentine's Day.

Simone xoxo

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Blooming Tales :: Tropical Off Shoulder Top + Double Buckle Leather Belt

Sunday, February 09, 2020 Simone - Your Style Architect 9 Comments

Top : H&M ( sold out) ( similar here & here)
Skirt : old, ZARA( similar here & here)
Belt : The Tui Collection ( sold out) ( similar here)
Bag : Balenciaga 
Earrings : Shein ( get it here)
Shoes : Anothersole ( get it here)
Sunglasses : Kate Spade ( get it here)
Bracelets : old, thrift shop ( similar here & get the look for less)

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all keeping safe and staying away from crowds. Do not forget to continue to maintain a high standard of hygiene. It is really scary how quickly this coronavirus has been spreading in just a couple of weeks and now many lives have been lost and many more are ill. This has to STOP!! I dread every morning to read / hear the news with numbers escalating of those infected in our region.

I am sure for those of you based in Asia, you would have seen how quickly our supermarket shelves have been emptied of basic essentials such as toilet paper, rice, tin food...all  in an evening as soon as our health alert signals was raised to an Orange level, red being the next tier and the highest alert.  It is amazing how the panic quickly seeps through the fabric of society. So even for many of us who are confident that we will not need to stock up to that extent, yet when one sees this panic behaviour in the shops, it is very difficult not to succumb to the same fear and anxiety. I guess the fear of not knowing is the worse... not knowing how quick this will escalate to, how long it will stay this way and even worse if we are all put in some form of a lockdown situation soon. Nation by nation, the wave of fear rides through.

I vouch to continue to maintain my day as normal as I could, so I did a quick shoot outdoors at the hottest time of the day ( apparently this virus does not thrive in heat) where there is the least human traffic in one of the back alleys of my neighbourhood, so I can continue to bring you some cheer with an outfit post and also to keep myself busy and not queueing for toilet paper too!!! OMG!!!! I was just short of posing with a mask on - seriously!!

The weather has been quite hot these few days, hence a nice, light off shoulder top was the perfect top to style and I decided to pair it with a knee length skirt to allow myself to have some form of flow and breathing " space" rather than in a tight pair of jeans in this heat. However, it is a good option to mix and match this top with jeans for a variation if you so wish.  I love my beautiful leather, vintage style double buckle belt, from what is now my favourite shoe and accessories brand @The Tui Collection ( they do offer free international shipping you know and there are sales going on as we speak...), and hence cinched the blouse at the waist with this gorgeous item and immediately this casual outfit, had a little extra oomph pumped into it.

Keeping the look casual still, I threw on my favourite pair of lightweight travel shoes from @anothersole which has a bouncy inner sole and keeps my feet so comfy all day. Made of pure leather, the shoes are breathable and moulds right to your foot shape so there is no blisters or calluses but pure comfort when I pair it with my outfits. I can run around all day in it, my perfect go-to casual pair of shoes. I love this metallic rose gold number cos it's so versatile a colour to pair with my outfits and somehow if you know me by now, more is more and therefore the metallic shade against a casual outfit does always make it just that little bit different for me. The best part of it all, this socially conscious boutique supports the underprivileged by donating 10% of their sales proceeds to help kids in these developing countries. So you can shop - guilt free, knowing that you are actually helping a good cause with your credit card!! ( Anything to make oneself feel better!) I assure you, that you will certainly not be disappointed with your first pair!

Meanwhile, if you are stuck at home on Leave of Absence, quarantine or purely just being safe... you can still enjoy shopping from the comfort of your home as many of these stores I have highlighted today are hosting their clearance sales before they launch their Spring/ Summer 2020 collections. So till we meet again, stay safe and shop on!!

Simone xoxo

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