Off The Grid

Hello everyone and happy midweek to you!

For those of you based in Singapore, you must have been busy over the weekend with the craze of Boutiques Fair - The Gifting Edition. I must say I was sooo happy to meet many of the owners and/or designers of the bespoke, curated and independent labels which I have come to love from Instagram at this fair. I also managed to connect with many stylists and influencers as well as models for these brands which I regularly see on IG during it's preview evening.
7 Grange Road - Mah Collection

With the lovely Ilenia Circolani of Manuel Mente Bijoux Singapore

With the lovely May of The Real Skin Firm

The Real Skin Firm

Su By Hand

High Garden Candles

Maisha Concept

However, like Boutiques Fair,  there is also another event I had recently attended which I would like to showcase today as many of you would not have known of this pop up event. This particular designer pop up event by Mah Collection has spurned several other similar designer collective pop up events all over Singapore since it started. The Designer Collective pop up event by Mah Collection held recently in Singapore, happens in this colonial black and white house which by its venue already sets the mood of being exclusive and offering only unique pieces, just like that of the building it is held in.

Being able to put a face to a name that I am so familiar with on IG was the highlight of my day. As I have been on about sustainable fashion these days, I was so glad to meet the likes of Su Pei Ho of Su by hand and Rakhee of Maisha Concept where their focus of their products are about being environmentally conscious as well as keeping fashion sustainable in this day and age. The same would be said of The Real Skin Firm, where I got the chance to meet May who showed me her extensive range of products all made from plant based products with no chemicals, fragrance or animal testing involved. Eversince I started using some of these products from The Real Skin Firm, I realised how much more glowing and radiant my skin has been. To top the whole event off, a quick pic with  Ilenia Circolani of ManuelMente Bijoux who I got to know awhile back through A Vintage Tale and needless to say, I had to get my hands on a pair of funky mis-matched earrings to complete the day.

Of course to move around in ease for such events, I wore this lovely dress by The Fifth Label. The pretty bow tied at the front was a sweet accent to a common print and took it to the next level in terms of cuteness. A statement bucket bag and oversize sunnies to complete the look, I was certainly in my element of retro chic with the occasion.

If you are in Singapore, follow @designercollectivebymah to check out their upcoming events.

Dress : The Fifth Label 
Sunnies : Diane Von Fursternberg
Bag : Staud
Bangle : Lovisa
Earrings : Manuel Mente Bijoux
Slides : Marc Fisher

Simone xoxo

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