Ghospell Reading

Top : Ghospell // Bottom : J. Crew // Bag : Miuccia Studio // Ring : Lovisa 
Earrings : own, vintage // Watch : own, Dad's.

Hi everyone,

If you have been following me on Instagram, you would have realised that Cookie my 14.5yr old Furbaby had given up her fight with cancer and passed away, a week ago today and hence I had taken some time off from blogging and social media,  seeing she needed lots of my time and attention over the last few weeks as she counted down her days.

The good thing was that I was able to have her home with me and when she took her last breath naturally, I was holding her in my arms. The most beautiful and peaceful way for her to go and for me to have full closure.

Thank you for your comments and support on IG of which every kind word meant so much to me.

Back to this look, this was a casual look shot recently in one of the backstreets around my residential area. It is such a beautiful area where the old meets new and I love how the rustic backstreets sometimes create that perfect mood and backdrop to showcase a modern outfit.

This top by Ghospel, a UK label, has a similar print to traditional batik that one can find in Asia. And I like how a traditional print has been uplifted by a modern design of a top. Cool and comfortable I paired this look with casual jeans, a statement rattan bag and glitter wedges. Exuding the retro feel, I took some of mom's old clip on earrings to complete the look and the watch was Dad's which I thought was a perfect fit to the outfit.

I hope you like this look and here's a few pictures of Cookie photobombing me whilst I was doing my  blogging shots through the years.

25 MAY 2005 - 27 AUGUST 2019

I will most certainly miss her so very very much!

Simone xoxo

Retro Summer :: Scarf, Sea and Sand

Hi everyone.

Since returning from my recent summer holiday in Florida, unfortunately Cookie who is my 14.5 yr old Cocker Spaniel has been taken ill with seizures and partial loss of vision. We knew this was coming as she was getting on in years and struggling to walk with the onset of arthritis before we left. However this really took lots out of me as she is my first " baby" and to see her struggle like this is so painful and heartbreaking. Hence I had to reprioritise my life and decided to take a little time off all social media to focus on nursing her back to her stronger self.

Her seizures are less frequent though still happening at least 5 - 6 times in a day and which sees her  falling over whenever it attacks. Thank god she is only experiencing focal seizures where she loses her balance and coordination with her hind legs but its sad to suddenly see her just fall over unexpectedly. Often, she also surprises herself and looks at me wondering " what the hell is going on mom?" Now about a month since we got back, and the onset of these new conditions, she is coping with it and compensating lots when she feels it coming on and trying her hardest to stabilise herself before she falls. But the poor girl is just getting old.

Anyway, in this post I would like to share with you my continued styling of headscarfs this summer, particularly for the beach. If you had not already noticed, recently I have started to style my looks in more retro / vintage feel and so this trip out to Florida was no different. Taking a regular full button down cotton dress and styling it with a headscarf, oversize sunnies and high waisted bikini - I felt like Bridgette Bardot!!

I guess with my short hairstyle, it is kinda difficult to play around with changes to my hairdo to create different styles, hence accessories such as a scarf especially when out on trips is perfect to maximise one's wardrobe whilst travelling. Bring a few essentials and play around with it. This scarf is even large enough to be worn as a pareo for the beach after the swim. Or if you are adventurous enough to wear it as a top over denim shorts for holidays is yet another way to maximise one's wardrobe whilst on the road.

I was not quite ready to do a full on swimwear shoot seeing I had just eaten way too much on this trip, but a nice coverup with a full button down dress, leather slides and statement bag still makes one look quite stylish on the beach. High waisted bikinis is my IN thing this summer too and this @aguaclara piece is divine for the beach!

I hope you enjoyed this look and do let me know if you are into headscarfs this summer too.

Simone xoxo

Heads Up :: Utility Skirt & Head Scarf for Summer 2019

Top : Louis London ( similar here)
Skirt : Nordstrom Signature Collection ( get it here)
Bangle : old ( similar here & here)
Mules : Cotton On ( similar here)
Tote : H&M ( get it here)
Headscarf : H&M ( similar here & here)
Sunglasses : Diane Von Furstenberg & Cotton On ( get it here & here)
Earrings : Lovisa ( get it here)

Hello everyone from what is now Sunny Florida ( which was not the case when we first arrived a week and a half ago).

I could not get out of the house to take any pictures when we first arrived for at least 5 days and it was such a damper on our holiday plans. Nonetheless, spending time indoors was nice too to catch up on much needed rest especially without the doggies with me and also after travelling over 2 days and flying basically round the world from Singapore to UK to Florida.

Of course, the first opportunity we got to go out - I headed to the shops for much needed retail therapy. I always love shopping in the states especially at Nordstrom and Saks. This time we headed to the outlets in the hope of great bargains at Saks Off 5th and Nordstrom Rackj, and it was fantastic. At least for my husband, who can hardly shop in Asia due to the asian cut and sizing, he always shops like crazy when we return to USA as the clothes fit him much better here. I of course got some great bargains which I will showcase to you in the following posts.

In the meantime, this Summer 2019, I wanted to highlight trending summer head scarfs as a great summer accessory aside from the usual hats as thanks to my dear friend Angella back in Singapore who hails from Venezuela, she has been trending lots of bandana and headscarfs and after spending an afternoon with her learning the different ways of tying head scarfs, I wanted to start trending them whilst on holiday. Never knew how I would look trending headscarfs but I am certainly liking them a lot these days.

I had this scarf from H&M for awhile and usually use it to accessorise my bags but this time I decided to tie a simple knot style as a head scarf and kinda enjoyed the fact that now without my long hair I can finally have some change to my look aside from styling my fringe up or down which was getting boring for me.

I love the colour combination of Olive and Black and so this utility style skirt from Nordstrom Signature collection was the perfect summer outfit to pair with my rather huge circular straw H&M tote - totally exuding the typical holiday vacation feel and look.

I will be showcasing more of head scarf wearing in my next few posts in the meantime, I hope you enjoyed this look!!

Simone xoxo

Indii Breeze Through Summer

Dress : IndiiBreeze ( get it here)
Earrings: Lovisa ( similar here)
Wedges : Ria Menorca ( get it here)
Bag : Halo Halo Baby ( sold out, similar here)
Bangle : old ( similar here)

Hi everyone and hope you are enjoying a great Father's Day weekend ! 

Of course this brings back memories of last year when Dad was still in ICU and I recall we had all gathered round his bed to wish him a Happy Father's Day. Even in that state of pain and discomfort, with tubes down his throat, he was able to scribble a " Happy Father's Day, Frank" message to my husband. I do miss him so very much and especially so during such special occasions.

Well not to spoil your moods or get everyone depress let's refocus on this gorgeous Indii Breeze Topsoul dress I had recently purchased from The Wyld Shop here in Singapore. The gorgeous, flowing and lightweight material of Indii Breeze dresses just spell SUMMER, ELEGANCE and CHIC all in one item. I love this particular style which they have named as their TopSoul dress collection as indeed it is full of soul! The versatility of this dress allows one to wear it both shoulder ups for a more modest summer look, or one sided off shoulder as you see in some of the pictures above that gives it an edgy feel.

I love the peep hole sleeves and the option of wearing it with a low waisted tie belt or one can be adventurous and wear the belt as a headscarf to further create that summery, resort vibe with the dress worn loose for the beach.

Matched the look with my go to favourite Halo Halo Baby Aranaz bag and coral coloured accessories to bring out the beautiful tone in the dress.

I hope you will check out more of their latest collection available now and if you are in the East, do pop over to The Wyld Shop to check out a great variety and collection of  Australian designer brands.

Simone xoxo

Summer Staple Jumpsuit And Woven Bag

Jumpsuit : Cotton On  // Hat : TopFeeling ( similar here)// Bag : Shein // Wedges : Ria Menorca // 
Earrings : Lovisa, sold out ( similar here)// Bangle : old ( similar here)

Hi everyone and how have you been?

Took a week's break from blogging as my son was having year end assessments which many of you would understand Mom's tend to be more stressed out about this than the child himself. Hence as this was my top priority, revisions with him took precedent over all my other schedules.

I also want to share an experience I had with Instagram where I was shocked to be " slapped on the wrist" and put away in the " sin bin" for what it would seem like eternity. Many of you who have been following me from the beginning would realise that I am involved in a lot more collaborations these days which rightfully so has seen a jump in followers on my IG account. However given my short spates of time throughout the day where I am allowed intensive time on IG and social media, I try my best to maximise the full use of this time I am on it and unfortunately perhaps have triggered an algorithm on their system recognising me as a bot as I perhaps followed too many people in a short period of time.

As such, my follow action was blocked on IG and being the first time I have experience anything like this, I did not know the better and just kept trying one account to another to no better result. Then I started to go online to forums and realise I have been resetting and pushing my clock back in their system each time I tried to follow someone whilst on the " block" and obviously the best recommendation was to wait it out - for what was a long week or so. Anyway long story short, I am a good girl on social media and they finally realised that and so now I am in the all clear ( thank god!!).

Gentle reminder for my fellow blogger friends out there. Space things out!

Back to this post, I love trending jumpsuits and this comfy number was on a sale from Cotton On which is the perfect vacay jumpsuit to style. Lightweight yet stylish, I aimed to bring out the pop of colour on what would be an otherwise pretty plain palette and spice it up with my go to glitter wedges from #RiaMenorca.

This time I wanted to highlight the Peranakan Place which sits nicely off Orchard road, the main hustle and bustle shopping street of Singapore.  I love these beautiful and coloured shophouses to create that perfect backdrop for this outfit. Some of these shophouses have now been turned into antique stores, bars, eateries / restaurants, so the next time you are in Singapore go check out Peranakan Place.

Simone xoxo