25 Jul 2015

Baywatch :: Turquoise Bikini +Two Piece Swimwear Guide

A good weekend to all of you !

Finally back to Hong Kong and just recovering from the time difference from travelling from the West to East again! Sorry for the silence whilst I was travelling but things are now back on track again. How has your Summer been so far?

Missing for sure the Florida sunshine,sea and sand !So here is another Swimwear post just for me to rekindle the recent holiday trip.



For those of you who know me well, this is certainly the FIRST time I have ever posted myself in a 2 piece swimwear!! It's been a scary ride as I had mentioned in my previous swimwear post - to get myself into a bathing costume and not look like a whale !It has been quite a daunting experience, yet after 9 years not being in a Bikini, I thought " what the heck... who cares anyway...." so here it is for all to see!


I bought this Gottex Bikini whilst on holiday and I must say it's such a beautiful swimwear. Comfortable and fits me perfectly. No nipping at the bust, no riding up of the bikini bottom and the fact that it has a detachable halter strap allows me to sunbathe without a halter bikini line to show.


Love the turquoise hue as it's bold, bright and different. As I had mentioned before, am starting to go for bolder colours instead of dark, navy or black this time for a whole new ME!


Love the gold detailing for the front brooch and back clasp instead of regular plastic clips. Certainly worth every penny for this swimsuit. Just makes it so much more elegant.


Obviously quite embarress still showing so much skin, hence borrowed my son's wakeboard for some "coverage" whilst taking these shots!




So my dear friends, if I can do it so can you!!! Just be brave and put on that 2 piece and rock your summer holidays!! Don't forget there are so many varied styles of 2 piece swimwears, some with waist high bottoms so you will feel more "covered" if I can put it that way, to make that gradual progression away from one piece swimsuits.

Enjoy these Top Ten Bikini Styles I have put together for you to inspire you for your next shopping trip.
(clockwise from top left) : Kiini Blue Bikini // Lisa Marie Fernandez //
Rotita.com Color Block Strappy Bikini // Skye & Staghorn

( clockwise from top left) : Zimmerman // Aliexpress // PilyQ // La Blanca from Nordstrom 


Dolores Cortes // Mara Hoffman
Enjoy bikini shopping and mix and matching your tops and bottoms for a new look each time you head out to the waters.

Love,
Simone xoxo

16 Jul 2015

GIVEAWAY :: July Totally Awesome Amazon Giveaway

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Today, 15 July 2015 seems to be a great day for online shoppers since big stores such as Amazon & Walmart are kicking off a day of whopping sales - hosting special online deals so fantastic that it's even claim to take over Black Friday Shopping Deals.

Therefore my fellow bloggers and I have come together to host this FABULOUS giveaway, to join in the mood and celebrate great online shopping deals! Here's a little "treat" to spice up your day and help you get that " something " you have always wanted !!



GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Prize: $500 Amazon Gift Card


Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules:
 Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. 
Giveaway ends 14 August 2015 and is open worldwide. 
Winner will be notified via email.

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wishing all of you the best of luck  and do share in the comments below what you would be getting with this winning prize!

Love,
Simone xoxo

15 Jul 2015

Boho Jumpsuit :: Bustier Jumpsuit + Silver Accents

Greetings from Sunny Florida!

Enjoying every moment of this trip before we head back home shortly. Got this jumpsuit whilst on vacation here from Band of Gypsies. Have been eyeing more boho chic items whilst out shopping this time. A versatile jumpsuit which one can easily pair it up or down with varied accessories. This time I decided to trend it casual.



Took these pictures outside our home in Florida and it was sweet of the US Postal lady to stop her van to give me a clear shot of the background before heading her way to deliver the daily mail!


Love the blue and white pattern on this jumpsuit, which you can easily mix and match different coloured accessories for different looks to trend this outfit. The bustier style top with adjustable straps was perfect to make it as comfortable as possible so that the waistline doesn't ride up too high unlike other jumpsuits that tend to fit the body shorter and the legs longer. For a more sophisticated look, I would trend it with a nice pair of heels or booties even and tuck in the shoulder straps. Cinch the waist with a thicker belt and voila, a totally new look with the same outfit taking you from day to night!


Certainly love taking photos here in Florida as compared to back in Hong Kong, as the sunlight tends to bounce off buildings, plants etc with a warm touch and just the whole look and feel of the pictures is just so different. The shade of blue for the skies and the vibrant hues of the flowers and foliage is just so beautiful.







Keeping accessories simple and the look somewhat casual. Paired it with this layered drape chain belt which could easily double up as a layered necklace. My whole intention was to go boho chic. This would be an ideal outfit to take along on trips over summer as the jumpsuit need not be ironed whilst on the go, and the accessories could be used in several ways. 


Jumpsuit : Band of Gypsies ( similar here)
Wedges : Pull N Bear ( similar here)
Belt : gift from Mom-in-law ( similar here)
Necklace : gift from Mom-in-law ( similar here)
Bangle : Hanna Lee ( get it here)

Whilst I haven't own many jumpsuits myselfs, but there are just so many varied styles and designs of jumpsuits you can easily trend for Summer. Here are some inspirations that I have put together for you. Do feel free to share with me your favourite Look from the options below. 

Outfit No. 1
Jumpsuit : ASOS // Earrings : Lauren Hope // Cuff : Claires.co.uk // Clutch : Star Mela // Heels : GUESS

Outfit No. 2
Jumpsuit : ASOS // Belt : Miss Selfridge //  Necklace : memeboutique // Bag : Tory Burch //
Sandals : Sam Edelman // Mules : Fifth City Gianna

Outfit No. 3
Jumpsuit : Choies.com // Belt : Chloe // Bag : Hare + Hart // Bangle : Sole Society // Heels : Dolce Vitta

Outfit No. 4
Jumpsuit : Next UK // Cuff : Vince Camuto // Clutch : Vince Camuto // Heels : Charles David


Enjoy your summer and do stay tuned for a great giveaway which I have teamed up with my fellow blogger friends - US$ 500 CASH or AMAZON GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY, coming your way very soon!!

Love,
Simone xoxo
Get this look for $33+ on Lookastic: White and Blue Jumpsuit, Navy Wedge Pumps, Silver Belt, Silver Necklace

7 Jul 2015

Floridian Sunshine :: One Piece Swimwear +Swimsuit Styles for Plus Sizes

Hello from Sunny Florida everyone !

Finally after a couple of days of waking, eating and sleeping at unearthly hours, am finally back on track on US time zone and so here is the first of my vacation posts.

Been catching up on romantic movies the last couple of days since I was like the walking dead - wide awake at 3am in the morning. Particularly movies like The Lake House, It's Complicated and The Holiday. Getting that warm, fuzzy, lovey feeling and so whilst I am writing this post, am playing the soundtracks from these movies in the background for mood and inspiration. Just love Hans Zimmer and his works....


I have been wearing one piece swimsuits or tankinis for the longest time. Probably prior to the birth of my son which was at least 9 yrs ago as I have never regained the full confidence to trending bikinis since getting pregnant. It's actually not that bad afterall given there are so many varied styles and options of swimwear out there these days.


I figured with all my physical flaws from motherhood, choosing the right swimsuit to " hide" and redivert attention away from problem areas is the way to shop for that perfect swimwear, rather than just following fashion blindly and going for styles that may not fit your body type. Hands up those who agree with me!!................... YES... I knew it!!

Got this purple one piece swimsuit online which had ruching just across the tummy area which helps to create a textured effect and therefore " diminish" the rounded or bulging tummy which most of us would often gripe about being our main problem area. Normal women if I may say....


It's all about working with the right detailing to "cover" our flaws. So look out for fringes, ruching, criss cross patterns, stripes, color blocking, optical illusion styles... which are all key to helping you create an illusion of a slimmer waistline.

Colours is another key factor when choosing the right swimwear. I use to go for colours that are darker like black or navy seeing that it's suppose to help one look slimmer, but this time ended up with a bright Royal Purple. Going bolder I must say... but certainly having fun getting out of my comfort zone - which I do highly recommend for some fun!



The fun part about swimwears is that you have so many varied ways of styling them with accesories and cover ups to add a fresh touch to the same piece for the whole of summer. Here above, I have styled my swimsuit with a Gim Renoir scarf which is over 30 yrs old with bold colours and a jungle print of a Cheetah with full accent on the Royal Purple colour.

Whilst a mini crochet band skirt with a matching straw hat would do the trick for heading out to the beach as well ( as seen below).



Whilst taking these shots, my Mother in law who is well into her 80s decided to join me for a laugh and we had fun taking some shots together. Here's one to share with you guys.


As promised, I came across some of these great one-piece swimwear styles online which I would love to get my hands on to trend in this summer!! So go have fun trending your one piece swimsuits this Summer and do share with me which is your favourite style.

( clockwise from top left) ASOS Forever Unique Pageant Swimsuit // Michael Kors //
Zappos Magicsuit Tara One Piece Swimwear // River Island Tummy Control Swimsuit

( clockwise from top left) ASOS Seafolly // Anne Cole Twisted Front Bandeau Swimsuit  Wolf & Whistle Pamela Fringe Swimsuit // Victoria Secret Forever Sexy The Unforgettable One Piece  

These are also some inspirational styles for my plus size readers.

All swimwear from ASOS.com
Have a great summer everyone and stay tuned for more swimwear inspirations coming up whilst I continue to blog from Sunny Florida!

SWIMWEAR :  Aliexpress ( similar here)
HAT : old ( similar here)
SCARF : Gim Renoir ( similar here
SKIRT : Topshop ( similar here)

Love,
Simone xoxo