Tangerine Tango :: Vintage Upcycle Clutch & Wide Leg Pants

Top : old ( similar here & here)
Pants : Love, Bonito (get it here)
Earrings : Just Gayas ( sold out, similar here & here)
Clutch : Heritage Refashioned ( get it here
Shoes : The Tui Collection ( get it here

Hi everyone,

Barely a month after Christmas, we are counting down to the turn of the clock for Chinese New Year 2020. Welcoming the year of the Rat this year, many of you are probably starting to clean out your houses, and exchange your Christmas decorations for good luck symbols and colours of red, orange, yellow and pink throughout your homes.  Be it floral arrangements, kumquat bushes, lanterns and/or hanging ornaments.

Like with all New Year celebrations across all cultures of the world, wearing new garments and adding new items to one's wardrobe is always a part of such festivities. Perfect for Chinese New Year I have styled this beautiful bespoke, upcycled vintage kimono textile clutch from Heritage Refashioned, handmade in Hong Kong with this modern new year outfit trending the colour of tangerines. The Bishamon symbol on this clutch, is inspired by the body armour of a Japanese warrior god and symbolises the protection of wealth. PERFECT!! No better way to say it subtly for the new year than with this clutch.

This simple ensemble makes this a classic look one can take anywhere, anytime. With traditions of visiting friends and relatives over the Chinese New Year, I paired this with a low heeled all leather sandal from The Tui Collection which makes it perfect for running around comfort,  literally door to door especially during the first 2 days of the celebrations. I bought my first pair of Tui Collection heels just a couple of months ago, and now I am so in love with them for their unique style and comfort, I have 5 pairs of The Tui Collection shoes in my closet and still counting... accessories are starting to also pile up from this collection. Check them out now as they are having a sale of up to 70% off till 25 Jan 2020. You will not regret owning a pair of these bespoke, curated sandals/ shoes ... believe me! Whilst you are at it, do also check out their bags and belts and jewellery too.

Keeping it classic and yet stand out from the usual Chinese New Year dresses, do check out Heritage Refashioned for their collection of clutches with some gorgeous pieces going on "Last Piece" sale now. Feel free to share with me which is your favourite clutch from their collection and how you would be spending Chinese New Year with your family.

Simone xoxo

Bow To The New Year :: Kimono Bow Clutch

Top : old ( similar here & here) // Jeans : MNG ( get it here)
Sneakers : Natural World ( get it here)
Clutch : Heritage Refashioned  ( get it here)
Necklace : Tabitha Sg ( find out more)
Ring : Lovisa ( similar here)
Bangle : Hermes ( get it here & here)

Happy New Year everyone and hope 2020 has kicked off to a great start for you.

My 2020 certainly kicked off on a colourful start with a beautiful parcel arriving hand delivered from Hong Kong from Heritage Refashioned (@refashioned). The gift of  3 gorgeous upcycled vintage clutch bags refashioned from vintage kimonos and fabrics is the end product of designer - Vincci Ching who was initially inspired on one of her trips to Tokyo, where she spotted a pile of kimono scraps at the bag of a kimono boutique, that the owner mentioned was to be thrown out though some people do buy them off him to recycle them into other products. Vincci then took several bags of these " scraps" back to Hong Kong playing around with various designs and products, and today the success of her creations are so internationally recognised and coveted, that her beautiful clutches was even included in a recent Golden Globes goodie bag.

Vincci and I had recently connected and once she learned how I was also very much interested in promoting sustainable fashion and being eco-conscious as well as working with vintage / retro items, this was a very pleasant and deeply appreciated surprise to start off my new year.

This being the first of the 3 clutches I wish to showcase to you, I wanted to style this polka dot, bright fuchsia bow clutch in a modern outfit. To bring it very up to date with an outfit that everyone can relate to. A simple white top / blue jeans ensemble that brings out the boldness of the clutch colours as well as the unique and fun, playful design. To tie in the look, I paired it with my gorgeous @tabithasg necklace which is handmade in Cambodia by the local community, and of which the proceeds of these silk necklaces go towards helping the local Cambodians out of poverty. The crafting skills which the locals pick up from the programs run by Tabitha Foundation, helps them to earn an income and therefore provide them food, education and where their general health and well being is significantly improved. I must say I am so in love with these necklaces that I have a collection of them now.

Giving back to society, helping to keep fashion sustainable and reducing fashion's carbon footprint to save the earth is the vision of many in the fashion industry for 2020. You may wish to check out more of Vincci's other products and design at their website ( click here) where you can find other smaller accessories like card holders, cufflinks, silk hair ties, travel bag, coin purses..... and the list just goes on. I am certainly in love with how she has very much made vintage " new" and modern again!

Do leave me a comment below on how you would be contributing to keep fashion sustainable this year for 2020 and I hope you enjoyed this look and especially the showcase of these beautiful clutch. Stay tuned whilst I showcase the next clutch from Heritage Refashioned in my next outfit post.

Meanwhile, have a great start of the year and see you soon!

Simone xoxo

Festive Magic :: Black Midi Dress With Back Detailing

Dress : Free People ( similar here & here)
Clutch : H&M ( get it here)
Shoes : The Tui Collection ( similar here)
Earrings : Kafika (get it here)
Belt : Christmas present from Mother in law ( similar here & here)
Ring : Lovisa (sold out ) ( similar here & here)

Hi everyone.

Hope you are in the heat of the festivities. Although Christmas Day has come and gone so quickly, but do not forget, it's a whole 12 days of Christmas and many are still at the height of rejoicing and celebrating this season of giving and sharing and coming together.

Another year gone, another year older... I start to realise my sense of fashion, choices of clothing is changing. Hopefully for the better but I am definitely less into trending skirts above the knee, showing off my legs but rather choosing options that are more classic and versatile.

This @freepeople  dress which is last season's if I am not mistaken still holds it's attraction for me with it's beautiful criss cross back detailing that is sexy in its own right. I love the fact that it's 100% cotton and with this dress again, one can be versatile styling it both elegantly ( as I have done in my shots) or even casually as a beach dress or on a hot summer's day.

Some of these shots were taken recently during my trip to Da Nang, Vietnam of which we stayed at the beautiful @intercontinentaldanang resort which boasts beautiful views being set up on a slope of a mountain as well as a resort which one does not even need to venture out to have a good time. From water sport activities, choices of swimming pools, spa as well as great options for dining, I was just going crazy trying to take it all in. Let's not even start on the wild monkeys that literally hang out with you on your patio.

Well I will feature more of this resort in the upcoming blog posts but in the meantime, here's wishing all of you a healthy, peaceful New Year 2020 that will only bring you blessings and love.

See you next year,
Simone xoxo

Christmas Green :: Polka Dot Off Shoulder Maxi Dress

Dress : Shein ( sold out, similar here & here)
Earrings : Rattan Zakka 
Bag : Vintage ( Mom's) ( similar here & here)
Shoes : The Tui Collection ( get it here) 
Ring : Lovisa ( similar here & here)

Hi everyone,

I can't believe it's already the last weekend before Christmas 2019! How quick time flies and on hindsight how much has happened over the year. Unfortunately for our family, we had recently received news of my father -in-law's passing whilst we were out on a recent holiday. Hence Christmas this year will be a subdued and sad one. At the ripe age of 95 years young, he had lived a good life and went peacefully in his sleep with my Mom-in-law by his side and that is all that matters.

He will always be remembered as one of the greatest Circus Ringmasters, Regisseurs and performers of his time having stemmed from a very rich circus history, family and tradition. He will surely be missed!!

With this change of events, it again reminds us what the true meaning of Christmas is. It's about family, about giving, about Love! Christmas is celebrated not only by Christians worldwide but by many others of different religious believes. Perhaps it has been commercialised to become a shopping and holiday event however for me, Christmas is about rebirth and new life. We need to be reminded to always be thankful for what we have, a spirit of giving ( not just presents) but rather to help those in need. This year, I had made an extra effort to buy some sleeping bags to assist the homeless in the UK. It may not be many and may not be the perfect answer to their problems but at least it'll mean a warmer Christmas for a couple of people and remember, charity begins somewhere. One person can still make a huge difference to the lives of others.

This Christmas, I have not spent any money on new outfits - and this beautiful green dress which is already sold out on Shein, was something I found again, tucked away, never worn in my closet. In the perfect shade for Christmas Green, the polka dot pattern and the off shoulder neckline fits perfectly for a tropical Christmas. I felt I looked like a Christmas tree myself! Paired this with a vintage bag I found amongst mom's old handbags and this lovely pair of The Tui Collection shoes which are so versatile and comfortable to mix and match with. Wooden earrings from Rattan Zakka finished and completed the whole look.

The last picture is of me and one of my besties @lozzybethlife, who is visiting from Australia and in perfect time to cheer me up after all that transpired recently. Her beautiful Christmas gift which she got me from Australia ( Frida Kahlo Vase) certainly help put a big smile on my face when I received it. I have been eyeing this vase for the longest time!

Whilst the pain and memories of losing loved ones recently - the loss of my Dad last July 2018, then came Cookie my cocker of 14.5 yrs in August 2019 and now my father in law in December 2019,  it will be so hard to forget and get over with,  but I believe time will heal the pain and the missing.

In the meantime, may I ask you for this Christmas to make it a point to do something different, something meaningful, something for someone else who needs it and you will truly then live in the true meaning of Christmas. Do share with me in the comments below what you will be doing different this Christmas for someone else.

Last but not least, do also check out my IGTV video below on Holiday Outfit Ideas which I had put together to inspire you to mix and match again with items from your wardrobe to create perfect holiday looks to trend. Enjoy!!

Happy Christmas everyone,
Simone xoxo

In Remembrance of Frank Foster ( Senior)
31 Jan 1924 - 13 Dec 2019

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