Celeb Looks and Designer Trends To Follow This Summer from Simons.ca

Hi everyone,

If you haven't noticed already, I had just put together a brand new Look & Feel for my blog. After 4 years, I figured it needed a little sprucing up for Summer 2016!

So to kick off and in celebration of a brand new " Simone - Your Style Architect", let me share with you a new multi label designer online store I discovered this week. Although they are canadian based but they DO offer shipping to the USA where many of you guys are from, so it is a perfect site to check out.

Simons.ca to me, is pretty much similar to ASOS.com where they offer a range of high end designer wear but also current season trending items on a lower budget for those who love to get the look for less. Besides their Women's collections, they also cover Men's and Home / Lifestyle items which was such a treat knowing you can get beautiful bedding sets, cushions and even decorative items like candle holders and items to dress up your kids' rooms.

Photo courtesy of Simons.ca

Of course, my main focus was checking out the Women's collection more than anything else. Besides top designer labels such as Diane Von Fursternberg, Chloe, Vivienne Westwood, Michael Kors etc just to name a few, they also carry mid range brands from all over the world. So you are bound to find something to fit your budget. And like all amazing and successful online stores, they now carry a range of products and items under their own private label " Simons".

TREND # 1  - JUMPSUIT
Clockwise from left to right : Boho Chic Jumpsuit //Penny Lane Quay Sunglasses//
Pure Feather Hoop Earrings // Emma Go - Sophie Sandals

So, what  better way then to put together looks for you - mix and matching some of their items that caught my eye whilst surfing through their site. I am indeed getting excited about these looks, just unfortunate that being based in Hong Kong, they do not ship internationally as far as I know, but it won't hurt to drop them an email to find out more.

I was inspired by this classic black and white jumpsuit with a sexy halter top to put together this first Look. The comfort of those loose flowing palazzo pants makes this an outfit you can dress up or down. For me, I always believe that when you buy an item it needs to take you places. Not just working on a single look. So I styled this jumpsuit smart casual with beautiful large round rim sunglasses, and continued the bohemian theme with drop real feather earrings and accentuating the 2 tone outfit with these gorgeous metallic sandals!

If jumpsuits is your thing, here is another popular favourite style for this season. Blending culottes and jumpsuits into one.

Fluid Culotte Jumper


TREND # 2 - SHIRTDRESS

Clockwise from top left to right : Redesigned Chic Linen Shirtdress // Golden Hammered Cuff // Shiny Italian Clutch // Steve Madden Belinda Sandals

I love shirtdresses especially for Summer as it's so quick to get up and go and yet with different accessories, it again allows you room to play with your looks. A great travel item as well. This linen shirtdress in a pastel pink hue just called out to me. The sleeveless style was pretty with a twist of the higher neckline. No Summer wardrobe is complete without a pair of leather sandals and these Steve Madden ones are puuuurrrfect!

Kept accessories to the brown / gold tone hue and a simple clutch would finish off this look. All nice and simple yet understated elegance. A great weekend outfit or one for dress down Fridays in the office.

TREND # 3 - ONE PIECE SWIMWEAR

Clockwise from top left to right : Soft Straw Hat // O'Neill Bare Shoulder Beach Dress //
Vanessa Wu Metallic Sandals // Anne Cole Monochrome High Neck One Piece Swimsuit

Well, I don't know about you but I obviously prefer one piece swimsuits as opposed to bikini wear simply because I am so self conscious of my bulging waistline. Hey look - we are all not perfect so we need to choose the right items to suit our figures and that will accentuate our best assets and hide our flaws! ha ha ha....

Loving this beautiful floral swimsuit and figured a nice beach dress, metallic espadrilles and a beautiful sunhat would make it the perfect look to take you out on those fab summer beach holidays!

Here are also some other styles I was drawn to in their store :

Michael Kors Jewel Logo Bandeau One Piece Swimsuit

Simons Scalloped Pique Balconette One Piece Swimsuit

La Blanca Sahara Drape Halther One Piece Swimsuit

There are just so many items that fit my budget on Simons.ca, and here are some of Summer's hot trending items you may wish to consider when you head over to Simons.ca to put together your Summer Wardrobe.

Tassel Belt Tunic Dress

Wavy Lace Dress

Of course no outfit is complete without that perfect handbag to throw your stuff in. Loving these styles.

Nioulargo Hobo Bag

Italian Leather Sleek Saddles Bag

Which of the above would you consider getting? Love to hear from you in the comments below!

Love,
Simone xoxo

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Max Mara Cruise Line Event 2016

Happy Tuesday everyone,

Was recently invited to preview the Max Mara SS 2016 collection at their flagship store here in Hong Kong.


Photo courtesy of PR Network
The event kicked off with famous fashion stylist and blogger - Ms Faye Tsui of "Fayevorite", sharing invaluable mix and match styling tips with the VIPS as they sipped champagne and browse through the collection.

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I certainly loved the nautical inspiration behind this collection. Particularly their jumpsuits with a sailor's knot at the back as detailing and high waisted pants with gold buttons! Gorgeous!! Not forgetting the loose and comfortable tunics and tops that are so versatile for mix and matching in Summer.

Photo courtesy of PR Network


If you have not noticed yet, stars and stripes were also a key focus this season. 

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No fashion preview is ever complete without the pampering of champagne and cocktail hors d'ouerves. And the evening ended with everyone sampling limoncello liqueur as they excitedly tried various items from clothing wear, to shoes, bags and jewelry. Many walked out with a filled Max Mara shopping bag in hand at least, so you can imagine the buzz for this event.

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As for me, the night was still young. So with my NEW pair of shoes in hand, goodie bag and slightly tipsy from all the alcohol at the event, I headed out to the Mira Moon hotel for a nice tapas dinner. Sorry I had not taken pictures of myself at the preview as you can imagine juggling a camera, champagne glass and cocktail in hand was no mean feat, let alone trying desperately to get my hands on some goodies! However here were some quick mobile phone before and after shots.





I hope you enjoyed this post and stay tuned for the next Coach Giveaway #2 coming up real soon with a lovely North South Swingpack up for grabs!

Love,
Simone xoxo

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Summer 2016 - New Look!

Happy Sunday everyone,

If you haven't yet noticed, I have just launched a new look and feel for my blog and to compliment this whole adventure of refreshing one's looks - I got myself a haircut too! All ready for Summer!




I had been wanting to have a change in my looks especially for this Summer 2016, and after much research and thought, decided to pop into a Korean Hair Salon and requested for a korean hair stylist to chop off my locks. Having seen this kind of bob-style on some korean actresses and with almost a half hour consultation with the stylist, I was brave enough to finally make the decision.


Quite funny but naturally once the look was put together, I started changing my style as well. Working towards more korean pop fashion as opposed to my previous style which is more inclined towards more ladylike and smart casual styling. As sneakers are all the rage for 2016, you will notice that I am starting to drift away from ballet flats and sandals and will be styling my summer outfits more with espadrilles and sneakers this Summer 2016.




Loving this bell sleeve top from Zara which I had highlighted in my recent shopping haul video ( check it out here) and I do love how it could easily pair with pants, shorts and even a pencil skirt. I did wear it over the weekend with even a mini skater skirt. What a versatile top!




Loving these Rubi ( Cotton On) lace sneakers which are so comfortable. Got them also in army green canvas too.  To be honest, I would usually pair this same ensemble with ballet flats or open toe sandals, but since I decided to take a twist on my haircut - leaning towards a korean pop fashion influence - sneakers seem such a perfect choice for this outfit.

Crossbody mini satchels are the IN bags for spring/summer 2016 and this lovely Chloe Drew inspired bag from Shein.com was the perfect choice. You would be surprise that although this bag looks tiny, but it certainly is most spacious in what I could squeeze into this little bag.





Aviator sunnies - a perfect accessory to complete the look.



With this new korean style dressing,  accessories are kept simple and in line with the gold tone of the handbag chain.

So let me know in the comments below if you like my new look! Love to hear from you and your suggestions on a new dress style I should adopt for Summer 2016.

Top : Zara ( similar here & here)// Skirt : H&M (sold out -  similar here)
Bag : Shein.com ( get it here) // Bangle : ASOS ( similar here)
Sneakers : Rubi/ Cotton On (sold out - other colours similar here
Sunglasses : Cotton On (get it here)

Love,
Simone xoxo 

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GIVEAWAY : COACH GIVEAWAY NO. 1 - COACH NOLITA WRISTLET

Happy happy Saturday everyone,

Giveaways are so exciting and I can see how many of my readers enjoy participating in the giveaway collaborations I do with my other blogger friends.

So, here's the first of a series of 4 Giveaways - all beautiful Coach items, to take you through this Summer!


GIVEAWAY DETAILS
Prize: Coach Nolita Wristlet 15 ($99 value)
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 4/29 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.
Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!
a Rafflecopter giveaway Good Luck!! Hurry and get your entries in now! Stay tuned for the next Coach Giveaway coming your way soon.

Love,
Simone xoxo

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Work It Out in Style - LOLEWOMEN.COM

Happy Monday to all of you,

Now that Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner, I bet many of you are back to your workout regimes and getting geared up for those bikini wearing days to come.

As much as the concept of healthy living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle including working out is concern, of course it's nothing new and should be practised all year round. However lately I have noticed much more emphasis by retailers focusing on active wear, with many active gear stores popping up like wildfire in the malls. H&M, Cotton On and Forever 21 known for retailing trendy fashion forward and stylish clothing, all now have activewear standalone stores or divisions aiming to reach out to this new market segment of health conscious women who wish to look good and stylish whilst working out. No more dowdy old sweats and grey outfits!

So I am sure you will be tickled pink with this label I just discovered - LOLEWOMEN.com. In line with their motto of Living It Loud,  they have such unique pieces and funky active wear gear that will certainly get you  to be the talk of the yoga or pilates class next!






To be fashion forward, I hate to get out and about in my workout outfits but yet often find myself with little time after any workout to shower, do my hair and be ready for my next appointment. Or even simply to rush from gym to pick up my child from school. So when I discovered Lolewomen.com, their products appealed to me as they were funky and had a unique style where you could run around town in your workout gear without feeling you had to change into something else after your workout. Definitely felt it was a must-share with my readers and followers.

Their active wear items are perfect for various activities. From Yoga/Pilates to Running/ Fitness. From Lifestyle/Travel to the Beach, and Skiing/Snowboarding. You name it, they got it! From clothing items to accessories. What's more ( this is the best part) a range of sizes from XS - XL. Not to mention various colour options for most of their items.

Kyra Tank

Alpine Bra
Doreen Leggings // Sierra Leggings
Leggings - a must have item in every workout wardrobe, here you will find so many coloured options and variations of leggings to choose from. With their quick dry, moisture transport and 4 way stretch design - these leggings certainly will have you coming back for more!

No time to shower or get changed? Throw on these fabulous tops or dresses or accessories over your workout gear, a quick spritz of deodorant or perfume and you are ready to rock n roll!
Tonya Sweater
Jacey Dress

Marina Dress

Elitia Scarf
Now drum roll please...... Of all their items, this is my favourite as it's a 3-in-1 jacket which you can play around so much with. Especially when the weather gets crazy hot one minute,  then you enter malls that have air condition blasting cold you can almost imagine snowflakes falling from the ceiling.

LOOK 1
Sway 3-in-1 Reflective Jacket

LOOK 2
Sway 3-in-1 Reflective Jacket ( Vest)

LOOK 3
Sway 3-in-1 Reflective Jacket ( short crop)
I love that this Sway jacket which comprises of 2 pieces, can be combined as a long jacket for a perfect coverup for cooler mornings and cold malls. Take off the outer layer, and you have a vest which can double up as a top worn over your yoga bralet to run about doing your errands. And finally, throw on the outer short crop jacket without the vest and you got a cool funky crop top style outfit for those hotter summer days. Available also in black and pink.

With FREE SHIPPING within Canada and Continental USA, hurry and grab your favourite workout gear NOW from Lolewomen.com. Not forgetting - if you sign up now for their newsletter you will receive a 15% discount for all first time buyers!

Have fun trending these cool and stylish items and do leave me a comment below to let me know which is your favourite item? Stay healthy and trendy!

Love,
Simone xoxo

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