Poppy of Remembrance ( In Memory of my Father)

A difficult post to write today. I was off social media for over a month now as my dad was taken ill in early June 2018 and from then on it was a difficult time for the family. Up until he left us on 3 July 2018.

The reason why I decided to do this outfit post - because this particular outfit had a special connection to dad's final journey. I wore this outfit for his funeral send off and more so, how I came about to purchase this.

After 2 weeks in hospital, Dad had badly wanted to go home although it was against hospital advise to do so. We knew he was not physically fit and ready but I could sense his strong desire to be back in his own home. So, I did what my heart told me to do and signed off the papers to have him discharged that day. However as he was weak and could not support himself to walk - the quickest preparation I had done was to dash off to the nearest Salvation Army and got him a walker as well as a wheelchair for this trip back home.

Having to wade through the clothing section to reach the back where the medical equipments are - I chanced upon this lovely black dress from Emporio Armani and it called out to me. Fit me to the T. And so with all the stuff I got in Salvation Army for Dad, this dress was a little pick me up for that day.

Little did I realise Dad had it all planned out that I would find this great bargain for $10, as it was this same dress I chose to wear on the day of the funeral. Indeed the Salvation Army had me prepared up to the end.

For those of you familiar with the poppy flowers being used as remembrance for War Veterans, hence this dress was so poignant in its message for me to remember my Dad with it's poppy motif on the sleeves.

I do miss him so much and dearly but glad that I had put my life on hold just to be with him over those last few weeks he was with us.

If you can feel my loss and pain, may I just ask of you to light a candle and offer it up for my Dad Henry. Send him a little prayer along the way and I thank you for being there for me during this extremely difficult time.

Simone xoxo

Dress : Emporio Armani
Bag : Zara ( get it here)
Earrings : Sugarfix by Baublebar
Heels : Saks 5th Ave
Ring: old

Earth Mama Tea :: Exploring The World Of Herbal Tea During Pregnancy

Earth Mama Tea: Exploring The World Of Herbal Tea During Pregnancy

Tea, whether green tea, black tea, oolong, white, or other varieties, is a healthy drink. Many women ask the question of whether or not it is safe to drink tea, such as green tea, during pregnancy. The main matter of concern is the caffeine content of tea, as there is some evidence that high doses of caffeine can be

l  Is it safe to drink tea during pregnancy?

Yes, but in moderation. The answer to this question is essentially the same as for the general population. For most people, caffeine is safe, but only in moderation.

l  How much tea or caffeine is safe for a pregnant woman to drink?

It is stated that it is completely safe for pregnant women to consume less than 200 milligrams (mg) of caffeine daily. Although the caffeine content of tea varies widely, the amount in a single 8 ounce cup of tea is almost always under under 75mg, usually under 60mg, with most teas somewhere in the 30-40mg / cup range. Coffee, by contrast, contains much more caffeine. It is thus totally safe for a pregnant woman to drink a few cups of tea a day. The studies on higher doses of caffeine are conflicting and unclear; although there is some evidence that higher doses of caffeine increase the risk of miscarriage, there is still a lot of uncertainty to these results, and there are several studies which found no effect.

It also must be emphasized that there is not really that large a difference between the guidelines for caffeine intake for pregnant women and those for the population as a whole. The Mayo Clinic's recommendation for safe caffeine intake is up to 300mg daily, and emphasized that even in non-pregnant adults, amounts of caffeine greater than 500mg daily can be associated with a number of health problems.

l  Drinking herbal teas (Earth Mama tea) during pregnancy:

Since herbal teas encompass any hot water infusion made from any plant other than the tea plant, it's hard to generalize about the safety of herbal teas during pregnancy. Since some herbs can act as potent medicines, it is best to consult a professional herbalist or other healthcare professional before consuming a potent medicinal herb, or any herbal tea in high doses. Just like with anything, moderation is the key.

There are some herbs which are thought to be beneficial during pregnancy. One such herb is red raspberry leaf, which is used extensively in traditional medicine in association with pregnancy. Some herbalists have recommended ginger to treat morning sickness, as ginger can be effective at treating nausea.

l  Don't worry and don't think too much:

Stress always has a negative impact on the body, and with all the messages in the media and other information sources about what a woman should or should not do during pregnancy, it's easy for pregnant women to become stressed out by worrying too much about what they should or shouldn't be eating or drinking.

As with a lot of things in life, it's best to not think too hard about it, and to use moderation and common sense. Practice moderation and stop thinking about your diet: listen to your body and stay relaxed.

Simone xoxo

( Above guest post is by Check Pregnancy

Jump On the Bandwagon

Happy happy weekend again! Another week has flown by so quickly.

I don't know about you but I have been feeling a little sad with the recent passing of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Of course, it's not that I know either of them personally and for Kate - since the company was bought over by Coach she really did not get involved much in the creative aspect of the label however it is sad to see people who have been so successful, accomplished so much from hard work and struggles, and yet feel so alone in the world that their only way out would be to take their own lives....the same for Robin Williams.

All of us are bogged down with daily struggles, financial matters, relationship issues, and whilst some of us are able to pick ourselves up again or find that small twinkle of a light at the end of the tunnel to have hope and persevere, many of us would tend to fall into depression. Believe you me, I recently felt that way too and it was not a nice feeling. Talking about your problems or issues to closest family members and friends, often does not help. I know how that feels.

So if someone came up to you and told you they are struggling with some emotions, please don't write them off and say " you need to pull yourself together"... " you need to pick yourself up"....." be strong...." instead, just let them talk, and constantly be there for them. If you can help them in solving their problems that would be the best but perhaps make that extra effort to bring help to them because we are not the professionals to know what is the right thing to really do in those cases - especially if someone has suicidal thoughts.

Back to my outfit post, this look came about with my intention to bring to you more "recycled" looks. To show you how you can be creative with your existing wardrobe. If you have not yet read my previous post of restyling old favourites, you can check it out here.

The statement sleeve blouse was styled before with jeans when I was back in Hong Kong ( see post here) and it resurfaced again whilst I was thinking how best to work around a funky look with my Juicy Couture denim overalls ( another old fav but never styled for a post before). A school girl innocence kinda look which I enjoyed styling with sneakers this time.

Blouse : Shein ( sold out)
Overalls : Juice Couture
Bag : Topshop ( look for less)
Sneakers : Onitsuka Tiger ( get it here)
Socks : Daiso
Rings : Dresslily ( sold out)
Earrings : Lovisa

Simone xoxo

Red Hot Chilli Pepper

How has your week been? For me, it's another busy week with work and the boy being out of school for the week just drove me nuts!!! The one evening of respite was when my girlfriend gathered her Jazz friends to play some beautiful music whilst nibbling on wine and cheese at her private home.

Have I ever mentioned to you that I used to play music - I wish I still had the time for it but certainly fusion jazz, bossa nova is my kinda style. Cheryl and myself use to jam every other day and we love to play the latest hits giving it a jazz twist however these days with all our busy schedules, we are lucky to even find time to sit down and catchup. So I was definitely feeling very nostalgic this evening.

Back to this post, I was in a sporty mood this weekend yet wanting to give it a feminine twist rather than styling the athletic look, so I paired this statement sleeve top from Stradivarius with my sporty inspired skirt from H&M and what better footwear to pair this look off but with all white sneakers - or in this case I chose my fav plimsolls from Cotton On ( please bring them back cos they are so comfy!!).

Have a great weekend then!

Top : Stradivarius ( sold out)
Skirt : H&M ( sold out)
Sneakers : Cotton On
Earrings : Lovisa
Bag : Gamiss

Simone xoxo

Check Mate

Happy midweek everyone!

Dad was in hospital last weekend thus I could not get down to blogging a post over the weekend, seeing I was dashing around like a blue ass fly between seeing to my dad in hospital and my own family committments!

He is much better now and just needs lots of rest. It's a scary thought obviously as we see our parents slowly age. But staying positive always helps win half of all these battles.

Back to this lovely monochromatic outfit. I wanted to do a post on restyling old outfits and this was a blend of 2 gingham dresses I had put together. You can check out the post on these two dresses - here & here. I did not even realised I had named both posts pretty similar in terms of captioning but there you go - it shows consistency in the way I think ( ha ha ha!!).

Anyways, I paired this combination of two dresses to create a pretty weekend outfit and kept it casual with black and white check slides which is such an IN trend for Summer 2018 and also my favourite straw bag and black and white drop earrings from Halo Halo Baby (@halohalobebe).

So, we do not always need to get new clothes to create new looks, go back to your wardrobe and start getting creative mix and matching your items in different and daring ways - you would be surprise the creations you can put together!!

Dress with Ruffle Sleeve : H&M 
Sleeveless Dress : ASOS
Slides : H&M
Bag & Earrings : Halohalobaby
Ring : old ( similar here)

Simone xoxo