Flower Fantasy Jumpsuit

Hi everyone.

Going through some magazines that's been stacking up on the side of my desk, I finally found some time today to go through them and indeed, I was not wrong to figure out many a couture and designer houses are all gaining inspirations from the retro phase, e.g Christian Dior and Gucci... to name a few.

This therefore continued my fascination and inspiration to continue posting looks that is kinda retro in style, if not for the outfit style, at least for the prints and patterns.

This 2 way jumpsuit from Alice McCall is aptly named the " Stop and Stare " jumpsuit and rightfully so. The loud floral print and the sweetheart neckline style of the jumpsuit certainly is something from the 1970s - 1980s and I love the ruffle sleeves which can double up as an off shoulder piece or a shoulder strap.

If you have been following me on Instagram, you would have realised that Mom had boxes full of retro clip on earrings which I gladly picked and choose to find that perfect match and this pink pair was certainly the cherry on the top to complete the look.

Here's a sneak peek of the earrings I was talking about.

Doesn't this remind of you a kid in a candy store! Enjoy!!

Jumpsuit : Alice McCall // Bag : Staud // Bangles : old 
Shoes : Ria Menorca // Earrings : old, Mom's 
Simone xoxo

Mamma Mia!!

Top : Jovonna from Style Theory ( get it here and here)
Pants : Shein ( get it here)
Bag : Miuccia Studio ( get it here)
Belt : A Vintage Tale ( similar here)
Heels : Shein ( get it here)
Earrings & Rings : Lovisa ( similar here & here)

Still going strong on my retro theme phase, this lovely blouse with pleated flute sleeves from Jovonna is so pretty to trend this theme with. This aptly captioned theme " Mamma Mia" precisely summarises the look which is very ABBA inspired!! The pleated sleeves, slit pants, all in line with the 1970s. Just short of holding a microphone in my hand and belting out my favourite tunes, I was ready to hit the stage with this look!

The rounded collar, commonly known as the Peter Pan collar is a common feature of most Japanese style and retro blouses that exudes a classic sense of elegance and femininity. A lover of statement sleeves if you haven't already noticed, this pleated flute sleeve detailing was the main thing that makes this blouse stand out strong amongst its regular cousins.

Pairing this look was easy with this retro 1970s disco pants with slits down it's front, it would complete the ABBA feel with patent boots but I guess that's pushing it a little.  Honestly I may need to head back to youtube to review ABBA's videos and get more inspiration from their onstage costumes to continue my styling of this retro vintage phase I am going through.

The wide waisted leather belt was another steal I had gotten myself from A Vintage Tale recently however there was not label to identify the brand of this belt . Nonetheless, I love how the leather still smells so strong and it still feels so supple in my hands.

Another great online Etsy store I found recently is Miuccia Studio of which handmade rattan and cane webbed style accessories like mules, slides and bags are made in Bali and shipped worldwide. I even had them customise this bag with a sling for me so I could style it more easily with casual outfits and wear it more often.

So, whilst I am into this retro theme and researching vintage bags and accessories, I love how cane bags in particular stood out and this style is perfect for Summer 2019. Different from your regular straw bags which somehow the trend for Summer has been a little diluted now,  I then realise several online boutiques selling similar styles for this Summer 2019 and would dare to say this is the new trend for Summer bags 2019. Available in various styles and sizes, I would definitely advise you to invest in one of these cane bags which can see you through all summer.

So as this post is aptly captioned  " Mamma Mia" to go with the retro ABBA style outfit, and seeing it's Mother's Day weekend here in Asia ( and perhaps in several other parts of the world), to all Mamma's wishing you a Happy Mother's Day!!

Simone xoxo

A Vintage Tale

Walking into A Vintage Tale was like a kid entering a candy store! I soaked up the myriad of colours and the loudness of the outfits which screamed " Florals, Patterns & Colours" but it was beautiful. I identified with so many of the accessories and clothes there, even guilty of forcing mom and grandma through the years to throw out what they considered treasures and I, rubbish... due to the lack of space. I was never one to truly appreciate vintage and retro till in recent months.

Perhaps it is me getting older, perhaps it is the need to hang on to the past ( subconsciously) for comfort. Nonetheless, we learn so much with the evolution of fashion and certainly a vintage store would be the best to learn all about fashion history ( and the same for furniture and home decor too). Amazing how these industries all tie in together.

Midollino Bags 

Dress : A Vintage Tale
Bag : Midollino - A Vintage Tale
Shoes : ZARA
Earrings: old ( mom's from the 60s)
Hats : A Vintage Tale

Nonetheless, I was glad to meet the owner Azurra who used to work in major fashion and designer houses back in Italy for many years and only recently in her relocation to Singapore did she miss the whole vibe and hype of this division of the fashion industry that she decided to setup A Vintage Tale. She travels round the world regularly to source for items to sell at her store and Azurra has kindly given us a hint that as we speak a shipment of Midollino bags would be arriving around 18 May 2019 to the store which will mean great stuff for the take then! If you are based in Singapore, please save this date and do pop into their boutique on Joo Chiat Road to get your hands on one of these bags.

Many fashion houses have showcased rattan, cane and straw bags for Spring Summer 2019 and this would fall perfectly in line with this year's trend just short of it being brand new but packed with loads of character in each item. I had the pleasure of playing dress up trying on various dresses, overcoats, hats and styling them with their range of accessories. It would so fun and of course, I too walked out of there with some goodies for my own keeping.

I hope you like this particular green dress from the 70s which I had purchased from them and do note that this weekend they are hosting a 30 - 70% Sale at the store.

Have fun and hope you can share with me in your comment below if you managed to visit the boutique and what treasure you had brought home.

Simone xoxo

Retro Weekend : Embroidered Kimono and Jeans

The Maker's Market

Sin Po Po Brand

Hi everyone and trust you are enjoying your weekend break.

Recently whilst out and about showing my guests around Singapore, we ended up stumbling upon many a vintage boutiques, cafe and stores which made me feel the urge to style an outfit that was somewhat retro to go with the present state of mind I am in.

I love kimonos as they are such a comfortable style of outerwear that one can easily throw in the bag and yet have it handy and ready for cooler temperature places e.g in malls or restaurants that suddenly drop their indoor temperature to at least  5-10 degrees lower than the outside temperature as it is so humid and blazing hot outside. One can never be ready for this sudden change, that's why I like to always carry a shawl or a kimono in my bag for such situations.

This beautiful embroidered piece from ZARA which I got some time back on a sale is so intricate and I love the tassels at the end which adds that extra retro vintage feel to a mass produced item. What better way then to emphasise the whole intricacies of embroidery with this pair of jeans, also from Zara. This was perhaps a piece from couple of years ago but I love how the floral embroidery adds that little bit of femininity and character to a rather boyish, run of the mill pair of jeans.

So pairing these 2 retro inspired items together, I headed off on my scout for cool retro backgrounds to do my photoshoot.

I have always loved Tiong Bahru backstreets and estate for its quaint and vintage vibe and so back to Tiong Bahru I went. First stop was Tian Kee & Co otherwise known as The Maker's Market which was hidden in one of the back alleys but I was so drawn to it's retro styled tables. These metal trays with their flower designs were converted into table tops. These trays were something of days gone by when grandma I recalled used to use them for sunning her dried sambal belachan ( prawn paste cubes) to make her home made chilli sauce or even to sun dry fishes. Well at least that's what I recall her using them for, but I bet many of you would have your own childhood stories of how your grandparents or great grandparents had used these trays for. The ice cream flavours were divine in this cafe and certainly the whole ambience of this cafe definitely felt very retro. The staff was extremely kind to give us many a tasting of ice cream before we even decided to sit down.

Next, I had to head back to my favourite house which I just love the play of black against white in their front entrance. The owners have most certainly restyled the home bearing in mind the preservation of history of the buildings but adding their own modern contemporary twist to their main entrance. I just love it!!

Of course the horse shoe staircases were a must if that does not automatically scream out " Tiong Bahru" to anyone who knows Singapore well enough. And finally on my way home, a drop by to a retro styled cafe called Sin Po Po cafe in Joo Chiat / Katong for some much deserved coffee and cake before heading home.

Hope you enjoyed this retro style weekend post!

Top : Topshop ( similar here)
Kimono : ZARA ( similar here)
Jeans: ZARA ( similar here & here) 
Earrings : Shein ( get it here
Sneakers : Adidas ( get it here)
Bag : ZARA ( similar here & here)

Simone xoxo

Full Bloom Floral Swing Dress

Dress : ZARA ( get it here)
Shoes : Max Mara ( get it here)
Bag : sold out, Aranaz ( similar here)
Earrings : H&M ( similar here & here)
Ring : Chanel ( similar here) 
Hi everyone.

Hope you had a good long Easter weekend break.

To kick off the week, this was my take on what would be an ideal Easter outfit. A sign of rebirth, new life, I was immediately drawn to this dress calling out my name on the racks of ZARA when I was out recently.

A beautiful 1950s swing dress style, I love the full circle skirt which is so flattering and the V cut front certainly flatters one's décolletage. If you are daring enough to wear this dress loud and proud, bring the collar up to create an even more sexy and dramatic feel to this dress. The cinching of the waist with the black belt that comes with the dress, creates the perfect silhouette of the hour glass figure.

I wanted to keep the look fresh pairing it with nude accessories e.g nude wedges and a statement straw bag. However you can most certainly also up the ante with a black quilted top handle bag or perhaps a cross body or clutch bag as well as black stiletto heels.

Of course with such a loud dress, best to keep one's accessories simple and so keeping with the floral theme, I have styled this look with a simple black flower cocktail ring and black beaded earrings keeping the look toned down and with the main focus on the dress with subtle statement accessories.

I hope you enjoy this look and as this dress is fresh out of Zara's oven - you can still find it in the stores now!

Simone xoxo