18 Dec 2014

Leather Me Up :: Leather Jacket & Skirt with Stripe Turtleneck

Hi everyone.

Being just about a week away from Christmas, my schedule has just gotten sooo busy with last minute shopping, school plays to attend, class parties to prepare food for etc... Not to mention, trying to keep warm whilst the weather gets cooler.

I have always felt that a Leather Biker/Motorcycle Jacket as some would call them, is a basic essential item one should have in the wardrobe for the winter season. A classic piece to own, I love trending this jacket ( and I am sure you will see a couple of outfit posts with this jacket during the winter season) for it's versatility, comfort and style.




If you haven't noticed, I do love same colour combinations of classic pieces for the different seasons in my fav Black and Stripes Combo. And always working on accenting with a pop of colour. So here a nice richer Burgundy/ Maroon coloured bag ( instead of bright red in Summer), which can double up as a clutch, adds the perfect touch to complete the look.


Since the leather skirt was pleated, it had a flirty girly edge to it so why not have some fun during the shoot! Here's a candid shot for you!



Love the detailing of studs on the jacket especially for this year since many designers have caught on to the stud craze for their luxury goods e.g Valentino, Marc Jacobs etc. Also being a round collared jacket unlike most traditional high collared Biker Jackets, this style would give one more room to play with accessories or high collared inner piece necklines.


Kept my accessories simple with just a gold watch and a simple gold bangle. However since the outfit was in full leather, why not go all out with leather hi cut boots as well!



Am working now hard on editing my next video to be released before Christmas on basic Winter Items you should have in your wardrobe. So do stay tune and watch this space next.


Leather Jacket : b + ab ( similar here) // Tights : old ( similar here
Skirt : old ( similar here)
Bag : COACH  // Hat : H&M ( similar here)
Bangle : Tiffany inspired ( similar here) // Watch : Michael Kors ( get it here)
 Boots : Stage of Playlord ( similar here)

Love,
Simone xoxo

Get this look for $175+ on Lookastic: Black Wool Hat, Black Leather Jacket, White and Black Horizontal Striped Turtleneck, Black Pleated Leather Mini Skirt, Burgundy Crossbody Bag, and Black Leather Knee High Boots

13 Dec 2014

YAY Designs for the Holidays! Unique Convertible Party & Travel Outfits for Christmas.

Hi everyone and a happy weekend to all of you.

As we are counting down the days to Christmas and in preparation for the numerous parties lined up for the year end festivities, I happen to chance about YAY Designs ( www.yaydesigns.com) - a LA based company, whilst looking online for great and unique party outfits to consider and figured I had to share this with you.

Setup in 2006 by Russian designer Yevgeniya Alexandrovna Yushkova ( otherwise simply known as YAY), Yushkova Designs was a dream realized to create custom clothing for the 30 - 55 yr old confident woman who is looking to buy an outfit that exudes versatility yet being functional. Comfortable yet with an edgy or trendy feel. With an aim to create a clothing line to convert the modern women's life, YAY Designs and creations aims to provide designer wear that is time saving, cost saving and yet looks good and classy. Allowing her to travel light, and taking her easily from work to dinner / drinks.

I personally thought their items were pretty unique and wanted to share them with you especially during this season of giving ( to give you new ideas for pressies) or simply to help you find that outfit that you could easily add to your wardrobe for this festive season. The sheer versatility and multi functional use of every item will certainly bring you lots of wear of each outfit through the New Year.

I particularly picked out these 3 items from their current collection and put together these inspirational / styleboards just for you. To give you an idea of how you can easily play dress up mix and matching each unique item for the various looks each item can create.

1. Multi Way Reversible Trench Coat


This embellish trench is so ideal for winter year end parties. Whilst keeping you warm, yet elegant and dressy enough for a fun night out. Here I have paired it with Ombre Glitter heels and a beaded black clutch to bring the look together. You can also wear a sexy LBD under this trench and use it simply as a jacket rather than an standalone outfit.


To take this outfit from work to after work parties, wear it as seperates with a solid colour top to "dress down" the whole outfit therefore making it suitable for work during the day. As a 2 piece skirt suit paired with plain leather pumps, this outfit would easily be accepted in the office. Keeping it conservative yet elegant.


For those of you who love outfits in darker hues, this reversible trench coat also comes in black as seen above.

2. Lace Bolero Jacket / Scarf

Now if glitter is not your thing, perhaps lace would be then. I love this Lace Bolero Jacket as it is such a good travel item to own and instantly glams up an outfit no matter how you choose to wear it.

LOOK NO. 1 
Most of us would have a favourite black dress or two in different lengths in our wardrobes and may not necessarily want to spent lots extra on new clothes for every party. So investing in this versatile Lace Bolero Jacket would be ideal. Creating different looks with just one dress underneath. I chose to match this first look with a  lace waist belt to bring out the lace effect of the item. As I love bling, I decided to pair it with a gold and black glitter clutch just to add that Christmas feel to the whole outfit.

Look No. 2 
In this second look, being asian, I wanted to create a look that spelt "Chinoiserie". Therefore I decided to pair it with a sexy pair of black lace heels, a gorgeous statement bangle and a beautiful satin clutch with a simple tassel detail. Keeping the look elegant yet with an Eastern influence ( great for those of you who have theme night parties or are celebrating the holidays in the Far East).

Look No. 3 
Look No. 3 is one where you could wear to work first before switching the Lace Bolero Jacket to Look No. 1 or 4. Obviously it can be a standalone look for an event as well. Decided to work with ankle booties for this look and bringing a pop of colour to the outfit with a red classic bag. Pulling the look together, I felt a nice statement pin/ brooch would add that little glamour to a simple solid colour outfit.

Look No. 4 
Finally, with it's cute buttons, this allows the jacket/ scarf to hang on the shoulders quite elegantly without too much fuss and creating a wider open neckline therefore allowing one to pair it with a statement necklace. I added this black beaded statement necklace with lace to pull this look together. A nice pair of statement heels with some glitter would take this outfit up a notch and this time I also paired it with a statement cocktail ring for a change.

No. 3 Convertible Poppy Dress

This Poppy Dress item  was actually the first thing that caught my attention with YAY Designs. A great item to own especially if you travel lots, as it essentially  2 different looks in an outfit ( a dress and a jumpsuit). More versatility at play if you worked it around with various accessories and shoes. I love the fact, it can be a sexy dress for the evening, throw on a pair of leggings for work, wear it as a longer top over jeans and with the detachable harem pants, it instantly becomes an evening open back jumpsuit one can look glamourous in for dinner / drinks. You could also pair the pants look with a biker jacket and sneakers/ slip on loafers and it can take you out on the town for shopping.

I know pictures can be quite difficult to envision the different looks or get a feel on how to convert these items, so please go check out YAY Designs YOUTUBE channel ( https://www.youtube.com/user/yushkovadesign) so you can experience the versatility of their outfits first hand.

In order to allow my readers the joy of shopping with YAY Designs, I requested for something special I could offer to my readers and the kind people at YAY Designs are pleased to extend to all of you a very special 25% discount off your final purchases that is made directly on their website. Free shipping is provided for purchases with USA addresses, however international shipping is also available for all my international readers. YAY Designs and outfits are also available in many high end and reputable boutiques across the USA, and online on Amazon.com.

So go check them out NOW and don't forget to input "YOURSTYLEARCHITECT" upon checkout at www.yaydesigns.com to enjoy your preferred 25% discount with NO EXPIRATION DATE! Now, how good is that!! 

I can't wait to hear back from you on your favourite YAY Designs item in the comments below. 
So go have fun mix and matching their items!

Love,
Simone xoxo

8 Dec 2014

Great Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas 2014

Happy Monday everyone and wishing you a good start to the week!

Keeping today's post short and simple, here is my second video I have uploaded onto Youtube on Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Christmas.

I hope this will help ease those stress levels when out shopping in the run up to Christmas.

You can also view it in HD on Youtube by clicking on this link :
http://youtu.be/G8Hd6BHVFPw




Let me know if you have other great ideas for stocking stuffers and let me know which is your favourite?

Love,
Simone xoxo

5 Dec 2014

Grey Skies :: Embellished Grey Jumper + Socks in Shoes Trend.


Brr...Hi Everyone.

The winds just changed so  much cooler overnight at the turn of the clock from 30 Nov to the 1 Dec and the whole winter festive mood just clicks in the air.

To begin, let me first thank all of you for your enthusiastic support on the Marc Jacobs US$300 Gift Card Giveaway and for your " likes" and " comments" on my blog posts. It was fun putting the looks together and being further encouraged when my readers gives me that valuable Thumbs Up!

Having not done an outfit post recently, here's one to start off my Socks in Shoes Trend which I wish to just go crazy with this Winter.



By now, many of you would realise I am a " bling" kinda girl and I love that this jumper has the embellish shoulders which just glams up a casual gray sweater. LOVE IT!

Decided to just go all out with the bling then with the chunky bangles and of course trending a new hat for this Winter. Another favourite hat style I love is this newsboy cap... casual yet fun!






Was out shopping recently for Christmas gifts for my girlfriends and family and although it's only the start of December but my word, the Christmas feeling is in the air. So I had to just to blast my favourite Christmas carols in the background whilst typing out this post. I even have my favourite Christmas fragrance burning in the oil burner in the room. I do love Christmas sooo much - just all the memories of traditions we had in the family.



This green beaded cuff bangle which I am wearing was Grandma's and one of those that I had gotten her for Christmas just the year before she passed away.  So wearing it in this outfit in the lineup for Christmas means so much.




And finally, the first of my few socks in shoes trend. This was a much lighter pair of socks which I easily paired with my stilettos from River Island. Subtle yet giving the outfit a fun element.


Let me know if this trend is a yay or a nay with you? It's the first time I am styling this trend but am certainly having fun with it.

Enjoy your weekend and do look out for my next video coming up on Monday, 8 December 2014.

Till then, keep warm and don't forget to keep your daily entries coming in for the Marc Jacobs $300 Giveaway! ( Click here)

Jumper : old ( similar here) // Leggings : Uniqlo ( similar here
Bag : Celine Edge Inspired  // Cap : EG ( similar here
Jewelry : Hermes Inspired ( similar here) & Forever 21 ( similar here)
 Heels : River Island ( similar here)// Socks : Daiso ( similar here)
Love,
Simone xoxo
Get this look for $93+ on Lookastic: Grey Embellished Cardigan, Black Suede Satchel Bag, Black Wool Leggings, Grey Leather Pumps, and Brown Cap