24 Oct 2014

Pencil Line : Pencil Skirt & Ankle Booties + My Favourite Ankle Boots for Fall 2014.

Hi everyone and happy Friday to you!

Taking a little break from #PinnedItSpinnedIt on Instagram as I was busy trying my hand out at photography and styling for a fun photoshoot for one of my ardent supporters.

She had contacted me and asked for styling tips and how to take nice pictures. Being based here in Hong Kong as well and having been following my blog religiously, I decided to invite her over for a day and tried my hand being behind the camera ( literally), and also helping her do her hair / makeup and styling. It was a fun day and certainly realise it takes a lot more out of those behind the scenes/ camera than the model themselves for photoshoots. It was hard work but patience got us through the day.

Respecting her privacy, I will not be sharing her pictures on my blog but you can see a couple of her shots on my Facebook Fan Page, as she continues to tag me on them as she posts them through the course of time.

So here's an outfit I had worn recently for lunch with the girls and figured it's a nice look to share, given that Fall is the time where we can start pulling out our booties. Of course the weather here in Hong Kong doesn't get much colder till perhaps November or even towards December. Hence ankle booties is the way to go with footwear till the mercury drops for the knee high boots to take over it's place.




I particularly like how the outfit stood out against the rustic temple that lies below a hill near my home. I wanted to present you a side of Hong Kong, which most don't see. People often see Hong Kong as a vibrant bustling city with branded stores and shops lining streets after streets in the city, and people mostly living in apartments on the main island. Where I live which is a good 45 mins from the main city, a vast majority of village people ( yes I do live in a village away from the city) are pretty religious and god fearing to a certain extent. There are about 4 shrines in total in my village alone. So, I wanted to have you feel the " heart" of old Hong Kong and so decided on this backdrop for this shoot.



Just a little fun trivia, this particular shrine is where my pack of wild dogs would go and take cover when the storms come through. Sheltered and warm ( but very dark) it seems to provide them the protection they need. 



As promised, here are some of my favourite Ankle Booties to share with you.

1. Pierre Hardy  2.Alexander Birman  3.Alexander McQueen  4. Burberry 5.Jimmy Choo
6.Jerome Rousseau 7. Pour la Victoire Zane  8. Chloe
9. Stuart Weitzman  10. Christian Louboutin  11. L.A.M.B. 

12. Christian Louboutin  13. Michael Kors  14. Miu Miu   15.Sergio Rossi
16. Valentino  17. ModCloth  18.Stella Luna
19 & 20. Ted Baker
Have fun trending and styling your outfits with some of these styles  and do share your pics with me.

Top : New Look ( Old) ( similar here)
Bottom : Cotton On ( similar here)
Belt : H&M ( similar here)
Booties : New Look ( similar here)
Earrings : Dior Inspired ( similar here)
Bangle : Hanna Lee ( similar here)
Watch : Kenneth Cole ( similar here)
Bag : Celine

Love,
Simone xoxo

Get this look for $113+ on Lookastic: Black Horizontal Striped T-shirt, Black Belt, Black Pencil Skirt, Multi colored Leather Tote Bag, Black Suede Ankle Boots, and Silver Bracelet

21 Oct 2014

Autumn Love : Floral Kimono with Electric Blue Shorts

Hi everyone. The perfect Fall weather is finally here. Not too hot in the morning and evenings, which allow me to throw on a light outerwear and take it off once it starts to warm up by midday. Enjoyed putting together this bright and cheerful outfit to start your week with.

Whilst the boy is on mid-term break from school, I was able to wear this outfit for shopping instead of daily school runs. Easy and versatile, I fell in love with a Kimono outerwear which is really popular style of outerwear at the moment and which are much lighter than your standard cardigan and ideal for Fall ( especially in Hong Kong where it doesn't get too cold just yet).



You can play around by mix and matching your bottoms e.g coloured jeans / regular jeans or even tights/ leggings for Fall to bring out the varied colours in the Kimono throw.

I chose a bright blue shorts to anchor the base colour of blue and white and let the orange and yellow stand out strong from the Kimono.




Perfect weather to start pulling out my booties, this look could also be paired with ballet flats as well.



As most of you would know by now, my signature style is to trend my outfits with Statement Jewelry. Therefore,  I wanted to match multi coloured statement necklace ( thanks Carla!) - which was Christmas pressie from my bestie ( at least 4 Christmases ago) which I love so much and most definitely brought out the key colours in my outfit. Love it!!

Recently whilst researching on the net, I had also come across an online boutique - Lookbook Store based in USA, of which I find their prices are very reasonable and I love their collection. Furthermore they do provide FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING. Am dedicating some of the links below to their store for you to check them out.  Will certainly be shopping online with them and doing a haul soon to share with you. Have fun shopping and hope you like the Kimono trend as much as I do!

Kimono: Nordstrom Rack ( similar here)
Top : Zara ( similar here)
Shorts : b + ab ( similar here)
Boots : New Look ( similar here)
Bangle : Hanna Lee ( similar here)
Necklace : Sportsgirl ( similar here)
Sunglasses : Charles & Keith ( similar here

Love,
Simone xoxo

Get this look for $96+ on Lookastic: White Sleeveless Top, White and Blue Floral Kimono, Blue Shorts, Multi colored Necklace, and Beige Suede Ankle Boots

17 Oct 2014

Polka Weekend : 3 Ways to Style a Polka Dot Shirt.

Hi everyone! Yeah it's Friday again!

Wore this outfit recently as a spin off @ #PinnedItSpinnedIt on Instagram recently and thought it ideal to share this look with you, for a casual dress down Friday at work or for the weekend out. Classy yet quietly simple, polka dots somehow does add that feminine touch to an outfit without being too over " girly".




I wanted to keep the outfit simple and thought it fun to bring out my 3D doggie bag again. It's actually a pretty versatile bag to use on the weekend.



" Cookie" as usual was lurking around to photobomb my shots whenever she could, so decided to let her have the leading role in this next shot.


Whilst putting this post together I came across some Hollywood celebrities trending polka dot tops as well and figured, it would be nice to give you some styling tips and inspirational boards on how to wear a simple polka dot blouse.



 Any one of these looks below that I have put together would suit Petite sizes to Plus sizes. Depending on the type of industry you are working in, these looks could also easily take you from work to dinner/ drinks.

LOOK NO. 1


LOOK NO.2

LOOK NO. 3

Top : H&M ( similar here)
Bottom : Rue 21 ( similar here)
Shoes : Zara ( similar here)
Bag : Adamo HK ( similar here)
Necklace : sammydress.com
Watch : Michael Kors
Belts : TJ Maxx ( set of 2) ( similar here)
Jewelry : Zara, Forever 21 & Target ( similar here, here & here)

Feeling inspired to try out one of these looks yet? Let me know which is your favourite !
And do not be afraid to switch colours around - the idea is to have fun!!

Love,
Simone xoxo

Get this look for $145+ on Lookastic: Red Skinny Jeans, Blue Rubber Satchel Bag, Red Suede Pumps, Burgundy Belt, Gold Necklace, Navy Polka Dot Polo, Gold Embellished Bracelet, and Gold Watch

14 Oct 2014

Fly me to the " Mira Moon" - Blue & White Combi with Silver Accents ( WINNER OF OCTOBER GIVEAWAY ANNOUNCED)

Happy Tuesday Everyone.

As promised, the winner for my October Giveaway is.... {drumroll}....... :
" GIOVANNA SESSA" ( Italy)
 I will be emailing you to secure your details for the shipping of your beautiful necklace!

Meanwhile thank you everyone for your overwhelming response and participation. Do not be disheartened if you did not win this time as I intend to host regular Giveaways on my blog. This is only the first to come.

Was recently at the funky Mira Moon hotel in Wan Chai, Hong Kong for a nice meal and had to share this relatively new hotel venue with you guys. As part of the Miramar Group chain which has its flagship hotel, The Mira Hong Kong in Kowloon, this quaint but unique and funky hotel is quite an experience for both travellers as well as locals.



Upon entering the hotel, you will notice a very strong chinese influence in terms of decor and setting throughout the hotel. This Chinois Chic decor has it's roots based on a chinese folklore hence it's name " Mira Moon".



You can read this story HERE, and understand a little more the basis for the many " rabbit" figures/ lamps and references you will find around the hotel which I particularly love.




Love the idea of free Vodkha mixers in the room and Nespresso machines as opposed to instant coffee.



As an in-house guest you will also get a free iPad mini to use whilst in HK. A definite handy companion whilst on the go.


My favourite part of the hotel was of course the dining experience! Unique items on the menu included Spring Roll starters that looked exactly like Cuban Cigars....and breakfast Hard Boiled eggs served in what looked like Birds' Nest. Now how cute is that???



My favourite spot in the hotel was the " Secret Garden" where it would be ideal to have a nice cocktail or a crisp glass of Chardonnay under the Umbrella or at the outdoor bar whilst listening to cool lounge music creating that perfect, relaxing ambience after a hard day's work or just spending the night out with the friends.




Not forgetting for those staying in-house, a gorgeous view of the harbour awaits you when you head back to your room ( even from the bathroom), where you can sip champagne whilst relaxing in a warm bath enjoying the HK evening skyline.




For those of you unfamiliar with Hong Kong, Wan Chai where the hotel is located, is just right smack in the hub of the main shopping and eating district on Hong Kong Island. An easy cab ride to Central or a 10 min walk away from Causeway Bay. I certainly hope you will pay this hotel a visit or hopefully choose it as your hotel venue when you next pop into Hong Kong.

Top: Forever 21 ( similar here)
Bottom : Forever 21 ( similar here)
Shoes :  Zara ( similar here)
Earrings : Swarovski ( similar here)
Bracelets : Zara, JC Penny, Hanna Lee Jewelry ( find it here)
Till then,
Simone xoxo

Get this look for $66+ on Lookastic: White and Navy Embellished Sleeveless Top, Navy Skinny Jeans, Blue Suede Pumps, and Silver Bracelet