21 Oct 2014

Autumn Love : Floral Kimono with Electric Blue Shorts

Hi everyone. The perfect Fall weather is finally here. Not too hot in the morning and evenings, which allow me to throw on a light outerwear and take it off once it starts to warm up by midday. Enjoyed putting together this bright and cheerful outfit to start your week with.

Whilst the boy is on mid-term break from school, I was able to wear this outfit for shopping instead of daily school runs. Easy and versatile, I fell in love with a Kimono outerwear which is really popular style of outerwear at the moment and which are much lighter than your standard cardigan and ideal for Fall ( especially in Hong Kong where it doesn't get too cold just yet).



You can play around by mix and matching your bottoms e.g coloured jeans / regular jeans or even tights/ leggings for Fall to bring out the varied colours in the Kimono throw.

I chose a bright blue shorts to anchor the base colour of blue and white and let the orange and yellow stand out strong from the Kimono.




Perfect weather to start pulling out my booties, this look could also be paired with ballet flats as well.



As most of you would know by now, my signature style is to trend my outfits with Statement Jewelry. Therefore,  I wanted to match multi coloured statement necklace ( thanks Carla!) - which was Christmas pressie from my bestie ( at least 4 Christmases ago) which I love so much and most definitely brought out the key colours in my outfit. Love it!!

Recently whilst researching on the net, I had also come across an online boutique - Lookbook Store based in USA, of which I find their prices are very reasonable and I love their collection. Furthermore they do provide FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING. Am dedicating some of the links below to their store for you to check them out.  Will certainly be shopping online with them and doing a haul soon to share with you. Have fun shopping and hope you like the Kimono trend as much as I do!

Kimono: Nordstrom Rack ( similar here)
Top : Zara ( similar here)
Shorts : b + ab ( similar here)
Boots : New Look ( similar here)
Bangle : Hanna Lee ( similar here)
Necklace : Sportsgirl ( similar here)
Sunglasses : Charles & Keith ( similar here

Love,
Simone xoxo

Get this look for $96+ on Lookastic: White Sleeveless Top, White and Blue Floral Kimono, Blue Shorts, Multi colored Necklace, and Beige Suede Ankle Boots

17 Oct 2014

Polka Weekend : 3 Ways to Style a Polka Dot Shirt.

Hi everyone! Yeah it's Friday again!

Wore this outfit recently as a spin off @ #PinnedItSpinnedIt on Instagram recently and thought it ideal to share this look with you, for a casual dress down Friday at work or for the weekend out. Classy yet quietly simple, polka dots somehow does add that feminine touch to an outfit without being too over " girly".




I wanted to keep the outfit simple and thought it fun to bring out my 3D doggie bag again. It's actually a pretty versatile bag to use on the weekend.



" Cookie" as usual was lurking around to photobomb my shots whenever she could, so decided to let her have the leading role in this next shot.


Whilst putting this post together I came across some Hollywood celebrities trending polka dot tops as well and figured, it would be nice to give you some styling tips and inspirational boards on how to wear a simple polka dot blouse.



 Any one of these looks below that I have put together would suit Petite sizes to Plus sizes. Depending on the type of industry you are working in, these looks could also easily take you from work to dinner/ drinks.

LOOK NO. 1


LOOK NO.2

LOOK NO. 3

Top : H&M ( similar here)
Bottom : Rue 21 ( similar here)
Shoes : Zara ( similar here)
Bag : Adamo HK ( similar here)
Necklace : sammydress.com
Watch : Michael Kors
Belts : TJ Maxx ( set of 2) ( similar here)
Jewelry : Zara, Forever 21 & Target ( similar here, here & here)

Feeling inspired to try out one of these looks yet? Let me know which is your favourite !
And do not be afraid to switch colours around - the idea is to have fun!!

Love,
Simone xoxo

Get this look for $145+ on Lookastic: Red Skinny Jeans, Blue Rubber Satchel Bag, Red Suede Pumps, Burgundy Belt, Gold Necklace, Navy Polka Dot Polo, Gold Embellished Bracelet, and Gold Watch

14 Oct 2014

Fly me to the " Mira Moon" - Blue & White Combi with Silver Accents ( WINNER OF OCTOBER GIVEAWAY ANNOUNCED)

Happy Tuesday Everyone.

As promised, the winner for my October Giveaway is.... {drumroll}....... :
" GIOVANNA SESSA" ( Italy)
 I will be emailing you to secure your details for the shipping of your beautiful necklace!

Meanwhile thank you everyone for your overwhelming response and participation. Do not be disheartened if you did not win this time as I intend to host regular Giveaways on my blog. This is only the first to come.

Was recently at the funky Mira Moon hotel in Wan Chai, Hong Kong for a nice meal and had to share this relatively new hotel venue with you guys. As part of the Miramar Group chain which has its flagship hotel, The Mira Hong Kong in Kowloon, this quaint but unique and funky hotel is quite an experience for both travellers as well as locals.



Upon entering the hotel, you will notice a very strong chinese influence in terms of decor and setting throughout the hotel. This Chinois Chic decor has it's roots based on a chinese folklore hence it's name " Mira Moon".



You can read this story HERE, and understand a little more the basis for the many " rabbit" figures/ lamps and references you will find around the hotel which I particularly love.




Love the idea of free Vodkha mixers in the room and Nespresso machines as opposed to instant coffee.



As an in-house guest you will also get a free iPad mini to use whilst in HK. A definite handy companion whilst on the go.


My favourite part of the hotel was of course the dining experience! Unique items on the menu included Spring Roll starters that looked exactly like Cuban Cigars....and breakfast Hard Boiled eggs served in what looked like Birds' Nest. Now how cute is that???



My favourite spot in the hotel was the " Secret Garden" where it would be ideal to have a nice cocktail or a crisp glass of Chardonnay under the Umbrella or at the outdoor bar whilst listening to cool lounge music creating that perfect, relaxing ambience after a hard day's work or just spending the night out with the friends.




Not forgetting for those staying in-house, a gorgeous view of the harbour awaits you when you head back to your room ( even from the bathroom), where you can sip champagne whilst relaxing in a warm bath enjoying the HK evening skyline.




For those of you unfamiliar with Hong Kong, Wan Chai where the hotel is located, is just right smack in the hub of the main shopping and eating district on Hong Kong Island. An easy cab ride to Central or a 10 min walk away from Causeway Bay. I certainly hope you will pay this hotel a visit or hopefully choose it as your hotel venue when you next pop into Hong Kong.

Top: Forever 21 ( similar here)
Bottom : Forever 21 ( similar here)
Shoes :  Zara ( similar here)
Earrings : Swarovski ( similar here)
Bracelets : Zara, JC Penny, Hanna Lee Jewelry ( find it here)
Till then,
Simone xoxo

Get this look for $66+ on Lookastic: White and Navy Embellished Sleeveless Top, Navy Skinny Jeans, Blue Suede Pumps, and Silver Bracelet

12 Oct 2014

5 Most Stylish Ways to Organise Your Jewelry

Hi everyone and thanks so much for your enthusiastic response to my recent GIVEAWAY contest. The contest is now closed and I will be announcing the winner on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 ( HK time) in my next post.

I don't know about you but with all my recent Statement Jewelry buys and of course a girl can never have enough jewelry, shoes and bags, I started to find it harder to remember even what jewelry ( particularly necklaces) I have and often would end up repeating the same jewelry when I have many more choices stashed away somewhere in the drawer but never seeing the light of day for months.

Decided to pull together brilliant, clever ideas to inspire you to organise your jewelry and hope you can start trending those forgotten pieces again soon.

1. Picture / Mirror Frame Boards



2. DIY


3. Everyday Kitchen Items





4. Door Hangers/Hangers/ Knobs



5. Other ideas




* Photos courtesy of Pinterest, Brit & Co, DIY-Enthusiasts, Brightnest.com, Enhanced-Buzz.com

Hope this post can provide you with some inspirations for organising your jewelry. Till Tuesday!

Love,
Simone xoxo