Flame Of The Forest

Hi everyone.

Happy Monday and still very much into my love for prints, today I would  like to showcase the "Flame Of The Forest" skirt by @naladesigns. This skirt is available at The Wyld Shop@Joo Chiat here in Singapore. 100% cotton, this full swing circle skirt is perfect for the tropical weather and it does exude that 1950s retro vibe. If you are following me on Instagram you would have noticed this skirt styled slightly differently with a black top on my IG feed recently.

Playing on the brown hues on the skirt, I toned this look down with a white shirt, but continued to build on making the skirt stand out as a statement with statement accessories such as the bucket bag in a camel tone shade.

On a separate note, I had fun doing this post at The Tuckshop where the funky retro decor works well with the outfit. I love the canteen style seating where the chairs flip out for easy getting in and out suspended by industrial style pipes - certainly an eye opener on such quirky designs.

Above here is another example on how to wear this skirt. A simple outfit with a statement pattern that  reminds me much of bold African prints ( another craze I am after at the moment). The bolder the pattern and colours, the more attracted I am and you can see how one can play it down or emphasise the prints by mixing with a different coloured top. Here, I love how the black makes the prints stand out even more and so kept the accessories more of the same colour palette as my top so that one only focuses on  the skirt yet feel the richness of the whole combination as black is always a sophisticated colour to pair with.

So, tell me which is your favourite?

Simone xoxo

Miss Match Prints

Top : The Wyld Shop@Joo Chiat ( get it here
Skirt : Maisha Concept ( get it here
Bag : A Vintage Tale ( similar here
Earrings : Kafika( sold out) ( similar here & here)
Rings : Lovisa ( similar here & here)
Sunglasses : Diane Von Furstenberg ( sold out)  (similar here)
Sandals : Sam Edelman ( similar here

Hi everyone,

How has your weekend been? Not sure about you but I am certainly more careful these days - to purchase clothing items made from natural materials and reading clothing labels more closely to hold out from synthetic materials such as polyester which harms the environment from the large amount of chemical waste it produces during the manufacturing and production process. There is obviously a big contention about how ethical cotton is.. but I guess I will look into that a little more and update you shortly. 

Meanwhile, am loving this gorgeous Audrey Sleeveless cotton top from @naladesigns , which is also available at @thewyldshop_joochiat with its  Heaven Lotus design. This is one such great buy I keep mix and matching, pairing with various bottoms especially in the hot tropical and humid weather. The button down detail at the back is cute and the large floral print adds that retro vibe to the top. And if you have been following me closely, I am certainly going retro these days. Another way to keep fashion sustainable is to recycle items in your wardrobe. Buy vintage.

Also supporting another environmentally conscious retailer and designer @maishaconcept, is this cool,  chic and comfortable ( 3C) Chaand cotton skirt. The straps which ties up the sides adds that twist to an otherwise regular maxi skirt. The handprinted patterns on the skirt makes it also very unique where no two skirts look exactly the same. Slight imperfections make the outfit even more original and authentic. 

Pairing this skirt with the Audrey top and matching it with a 1960s midollino vintage bag from @avintagetale, creates a retro yet contemporary outfit which one can trend both on weekends and even on weekdays. I love mix and matching prints which most people are scared to do as the clash in prints sometimes may not necessarily work out fashionably but as I have always said " Fashion is about having fun"!!  Throw a white blazer over, high heels and let the side straps down for the skirt and one can take this look into the office. Pull up the skirt's straps, swop the heels for sandals or slides, sans jacket and a weekend look is ready to go.

Hope you enjoy this outfit and see you soon!

Simone xoxo

How To Style Different Gold Necklaces To One Dress

Hi everyone,

Hope you are enjoying your weekend so far. Since launching my IGTV videos on a segment on "Ways To Wear......", some of you had written to me to get more ideas on how to keep fashion sustainable seeing that often, you would have a look in mind for an outfit but find it a little difficult to get creative on how to mix and match it to create different looks with that single piece. Therefore "Ways To Wear...." videos is my little take on how to keep fashion sustainable and for this week, I would like to focus on how one could trend different accessories to the same piece of outfit to create different looks.

In this post, I would like to focus particularly on styling various gold necklaces  to a single dress/ outfit to create different looks. If you had missed my previous posts, I had recently showcased " 4 Ways To Wear A Slip Dress" on Instagram ( check out the IGTV video here) as well as " Ways To Style A Maxi Skirt" ( see post here). With this button down dress, I wanted to showcase its versatility for various occasions simply by mix and matching sdifferent styles of gold necklaces to this outfit.

In this look above, I styled it with a long necklace for a Urban Chic vibe, but in the video attached below, you can also see how to style this dress with a chunky gold choker for a casual look or with a dainty gold necklace for a more classic look.

Please click on this link if you are unable to watch the video above directly.

Dress : Love, Bonito ( get it here)
Bikini Top : Agua Clara ( similar here )
Cap: ( similar here)
Bag : Balenciaga ( similar here & get it here)
Necklace : Chanel ( similar here & here) / Ring : Lovisa ( similar here)
Belts : ( similar here & here)
Shoes : Charles David ( get it here)

Here are some of my other favourite styles of gold necklaces trending for Fall / Winter 2019 :

Chain links is definitely in season and this delicate number has certainly caught my eye.

Lightweight Oval Ring Chain Necklace
I still like the seashell jewellery craze but taking it up a notch with a gold necklace rather than a resort style statement jewellery that one would find in the markets.
APM Monaco Seashell Necklace

Seeing Christmas is not too far off, perhaps a customised gold necklace to give your Best Friend / girlfriend?

Oak and Luna Customised Name Necklaces

I hope you enjoyed this styling on gold necklaces and do share with me in the comments below which is your favourite gold necklace style ( as seen the video ) or perhaps one you would like to see me style for future ootds?

Love to hear from you.

Simone xoxo

Skirt Me Up :: Straight Cut Skirt Worn As A Dress

Skirt worn as a dress : NALA ( similar styles)
Belt : Vintage Tale
Earrings / Ring : mom's ( similar here)
Shoes : Pull & Bear ( similar here & here)
Bag : ( get it here)

Hi everyone,

If you have been following me on Instagram ( @yourstylearchitect), you will notice a shift in my perspective on being a fashion influencer / fashionista. I have always loved fast fashion for the value worth of the item and more so that I can style and trend looks at a lower cost however with all that is going on with climate change, I started to only recently realise how the fast fashion industry significantly contributes to global warming and therefore decided to do my little bit to help make a difference.

To be honest, whilst some of my items are sponsored however most of the items I showcase are my personal buys. And whilst I have also highly recommended " Rent an outfit" concept but for some this may be a costlier option. Therefore working with the current items in your wardrobe, I decided to start showcasing how one can style an item in various ways in order to " stretch your dollar" and be fashion sustainable. You will find these looks on my IGTV on Instagram.

Meanwhile, this " dress" you see in this post is actually a skirt that is part of a Malay style outfit known as a Baju Kurung. The longer style top can be worn as a summer dress on its own and since this is a maxi skirt, I decided to split up the outfit to create different outfits from one. Therefore the skirt has been styled as a strapless summer dress here in this post.

I had done the same too with a maxi skirt that was featured on my IGTV ( 4 Ways To Wear A Maxi Skirt). Cinching the waist with a wide leather belt helps to create some form to the outfit and as the print was a batik style print, I decided to style this look retro with a headscarf and retro accessories. Thanks to my mom, these vintage earrings ( way back from the 50s and ring which was actually a scarf ring) completed the look for me.

I kinda enjoy mix and matching an existing piece from my wardrobe to create different looks so that one need not constantly be out purchasing new outfits but rather get creative to style what you have in your closet in different looks. You can also do your part to help global warming in this way.

Let me know if you have any further styling ideas on how to wear a maxi skirt.

Simone xoxo

Ways To Style A Maxi Skirt

Top : Cotton On ( get it here) // Jacket : H&M ( similar here & here)
Bag: Chanel ( get it here & here) // Skirt : H&M ( similar here & here)
Shoes : SaksFifthAvenue ( similar here) // Ring : Lovisa ( similar here & here)
Earrings : Etsy ( get it here) // Belt : ASOS ( similar here)

Hi everyone,

I recently came across a picture from Carolina Herrera's Fall 2019 collection and immediately thought to myself - " I have a similar looking skirt in my wardrobe". So off I went pulling this skirt out which I had featured before on my post in one of my previous looks ( see post here), and decided to work on styling this skirt 4 ways starting off with the look inspired by Carolina Herrera.

Photo courtesy of :Vogue.com

I styled my skirt in 4 different ways and released an IGTV video on Instagram where some of you had commented that you had liked this particular look, whilst others were intrigued in how I mixed and match the skirt with existing pieces from my wardrobe to create different looks for different occasions. You can check out the video below.

Please click on this link if you are unable to view the video above : 

I think in this day and age, with us fashionistas being more conscious of how we shop and how we can help to sustain fashion, therefore, trying to mix and match items from your current wardrobe and recycling looks is most certainly a refreshing way to add life to old pieces and also to be creative in our styling options.

I hope you enjoy the video as well as this designer inspired  look for Fall 2019 and do let me know which look is your favourite from the video.

Simone xoxo