Buy Now: Winter Sweaters

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Sweaters are a must-have item that’ll successfully and fashionably transition your wardrobe from summer/spring to fall/winter. Regardless of where you live, there is room in your closet for sweaters. More than just being cozy, sweaters are classics that keep you looking chic when it starts to get a little bit chilly. For those who live in cold climates, sweaters are lifesavers and the right sweater can spell the difference in your look of the day. For us in the tropics, sweaters are still a worthy investment so that we won’t be caught off-guard during those blustery days.

I’ve scoured my favorite stores online, and curated this selection of must-have sweaters for the Fall/Winter 2015 season. Here are my top 10 picks:

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You certainly won’t be a wallflower in this statement making sweater. If you’re looking for a sweater that’ll translate for fancier occasions, this Gucci stunner is your best bet.

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Yeezy Cotton Sweater from MyTheresa

Looking to up your cool girl cred? Sport some Yeezy clothing. The utilitarian elevated basics that Kanye West designed will score you major points. Not to mention, it’s so easy to style and layer.

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Marco di Vincenzo Striped Lurex Sweater from LuisaViaRoma

Since disco is back with a vengeance, glittery and clingy Lurex sweaters like this one from Marco di Vincenzo are back in vogue. This is definitely my pick for my next night-out. It’s sexy without showing too much skin.

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Stella McCartney Wool Sweater from MyTheresa

Classic with a twist, this elegant sweater from Stella McCartney comes in such a lovely neutral tan color. It has just enough detail to make an impact (note the geometric hem and detailing), while being minimalist enough to be worn with a number of outfits.

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Sonia Rykiel Striped Knit Sweater from TheOutnet

I just love the Parisian playful vibe that Rykiel brings to all her designs. This striped sweater is no exception. This sweater will certainly transition you seamlessly back to the warmer months too.

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Autumn Cashmere Tennis Knitted Sweater from TheOutnet

The varsity/collegiate vibe of this sweater adds to its appeal and wearability. Pair it with leather pants for a more subversive take on the preppy trend, or opt to go with country club chic and pair with a pleated midi skirt.

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Saint Laurent Leopard Mohair Blend Sweater from LuisaViaRoma

Leopard print is basically a neutral, or so they say. The black and white leopard print on this sweater qualifies it as a modern classic in my book. I can see myself rocking this all season long, from casual looks to evening ensembles.

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McQ Alexander McQueen Sweater Dress from MyTheresa

A good sweater dress can answer your outfit woes. The color blocking on this McQueen piece is so edgy. Whether bare-legged or worn with tights, this sweater dress looks amazing.

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Valentino Bow-Detailed Stretch-Wool Sweater from TheOutnet

You can count on Valentino to come out with a feminine and ladylike sweater to liven up your closet. The bow detail is a great way to punch up this classic piece.

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Chloe Oversized Cashmere Sweater from TheOutnet

Play with proportions when you style this oversized cashmere sweater from Chloe. This is such a brilliant layering piece to give your fall/winter style a refresh.

Royal Ascot 2015

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One of the most spectacular events of 2015 for me was the Royal Ascot. Having never been to any kind of a race before, it was a bit of a wild card.  However, the chance to dress up for one of the biggest events of the British social calendar was too exciting to miss.

And it is not just me who loves to dress up. The dude to the right is looking pretty dapper. 

The preparations begun well before the actual event. First of all, I had to decide what dress to wear. There is a dress code for Royal Ascot, it is not exactly strict but gives you a couple limitations mainly pertaining to what is appropriate and decent.

So I decided to go with one of my favourite summer dresses – D&G Fig dress. It is perfect for this kind of weather, has a refreshing pink color and fits all the dress code requirements.

Having lived in the UK for many years, I know only too well that the weather is highly unpredictable. So June weather could mean anything. That is why I decided to get a jacket. A long one, just in case. This jacket is my own design, inspired by the latest Chanel collections and made from Linton fabric, which makes special order fabrics for Chanel.

Next thing I had to do was get a hat (or a fascinator), I am still to his point confused as to what exactly is the difference between the two. In a few words, the bigger the piece – the more likely it is a hat, the smaller – a fascinator.

I really didn’t want a huge one, since that would probably mean too much shade on the face, and I wanted something special, something unique. So I ended up going for this double bow piece that matched the outfit and gave me a lot of extra hight.

Step 3 – shoes. I have to say I did not hesitate here at all. My Gucci sandals were an obvious choice here as they are classy enough for the place and give my look an extra edge with the high fat heel and platform.

Step 4 – the bag. Again, my go-to bag worked super well here. Just like the sandals, this bag matches to absolutely everything thanks to its wonderful blush color and pale hardware. The studs make the look more youthful and help spice up the outfit without overpowering it.

Accessories were essential for this look as much as for any other. Sunglasses – absolute must in this weather. We were incredibly lucky that it did not rain that day, otherwise I would have to write about my umbrella and I have to say I am not a huge umbrella fan. My sunnies have a lovely flower detail on the side that continued the fruity floral theme set by the dress.

As I decided to place a few bets on the horses having my coveted Ma-Ga watch was a must – you don’t want to be getting drinks and miss the race. Most of them are under 5 mins!

Not forgetting about the appearance of the Queen. You gotta mind that time!

Lastly, I have added a pearl bracelet so that in case the jacket will have to come off, my arm won’t feel too naked.

And finally, the most essential accessory for this event – the camera! My loyal friend that never lets me down and keep all the memories of wonderful events such as Royal Ascot alive.

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Flora and Fauna

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Sunshine and sea breeze on a gorgeous day, what more can you ask for? I love spending time outdoors. Soaking up some Vitamin D and taking a lovely and leisurely walk by the docks while breathing in the fresh air and looking at the gorgeous scenery; this is my idea of a picture perfect afternoon. Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 8.09.00 pm

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Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 8.08.42 pmIs there a better time to don a flowing chiffon floral print blouse? This gauzy and cool blouse has just the right drape and the fabric lets my skin breathe. The naturalistic floral pattern matches my environment and echoes the natural beauty surrounding me. Nature is truly inspiring and spending time outside makes me so happy.

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Pairing my chiffon top with white skinny denim further enhances its springtime appeal. The white denims have the perfect relaxed fit and lends itself very well to the ease of my overall ensemble. Finishing off the look with strappy heels, gives a bit of sophistication. The chunky heel of this pair keeps me from teetering and are so very comfy to walk in. Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 8.07.59 pm

Instead of the usual red lip, I opted for a red-orange hue that matches the more earthy tones in my look. Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 8.07.21 pm

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It can’t be a complete #OOTD without a statement bag? As you can probably tell my dear reader, I am very passionate about purses. I believe that bags can elevate a look and pull it together. My new acquisition from Valentino is no exception. The studded detail is so contemporary and trendy and so unexpected with the earthy color palette of the purse. The orange and olive green color play into the natural appeal of my floral chiffon blouse.

What would you wear for a day on the docks? I loved my outfit from this day, and I hope you love it too! Stay tuned to my blog for more of my personal style.

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FFF: Flowers, figs, fashion

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Sometimes even the wildest party people will trade in their social Friday night for a peaceful stay at home night with your loved ones.

Last Friday night I chose to do exactly that and had a lovely time with my family. On some photos my cat Millie looks like she would prefer a night out over my cuddles, but she is a sweetheart and loves it deep down. She is just shy on camera 🙂

So if you feel you are in the mood for cuddles this weekend just do it! Turn that phone off and spread the love.

For me, home isn’t really home without my cats. Their super soft fluffy warm hugs are irreplaceable! Couple it with a glass of wine after a long day and your evening is a guaranteed success.

I have also added a red lip and a dress with a gorgeous edible print. I would almost always choose a print like that over a flower print or any other girly print. Choose berries or fruits, so long as it is natural and sweet. The freshness will project to your face and skin and make you look just delicious. 

Cheers to Friday night in!

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Trend Roundup: Mini Bags

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The era of the “it” bag is over; these bags came of age and into popularity right around the 00’s. The LV Speedy, Chanel Jumbo Flap 2.55, Fendi Spy, YSL Muse–all these roomy luxury totes were all the rage. Now there is a new bag taking over the scene, the mini bag.

Designers this season have been making teensy versions of the luxury bags we’ve come to know and love, and fashionistas from Rihanna to Giovanna Battaglia have been snapping it up and toting these mini bags around town.

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Spotted all over the streets of Paris during Haute Couture Fall 2014/2015 Fashion Week, this little bag is making major fashion headlines. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in chicness. These little purses are certainly in line with the minimalist trend that is big in fashion. The size and sleekness of these tiny fashion wonders serve as accessories that blend in or streamline minimalist ensembles. It never takes over or draws attention, mini bags are all about subtlety, it’s all about having a touch of designer luxury. Just a touch.

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Refresh your purse game and snap up these mini bag babies. Here’s our roundup of the chicest mini bags around:

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ValentinoVa Va Voom glossed-alligator shoulder bag from The Outnet 

Alligator skin + studs = major luxury. This bag definitely makes a statement, and the right one at that. Sling this over your shoulder and watch everyone swoon over your purse pal.

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Givenchy Mini Antigona Grained Leather Bag from Luisaviaroma

The big sister version of the Antigona is pretty popular as it is. Carrying this mini Antigona will separate you from the fashion pack, and selecting a bubbly and punchy color like this shocking saturated pink is your ticket to being a street style standout.

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Proenza Schouler PS11 Mini Classic Smooth Leather Bag from Luisaviaroma

The PS11 classic satchel silhouette combined with the heavy metal hardware makes it impossible to resist. It adds modern polish to any outfit. Wear this across your body with a plain maxi tank dress and flip-flops to glamorize even the most casual days.

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Maiyet Peyton Mini Elaphe and Leather Shoulder Bag from Net-a-porter

The red, black, and white stripe print on this Maiyet Mini Shoulder Bag may just be what your denim-and-tee uniform needs. Match your threads with the colors in this bag, or choose a complementary color and wear a cobalt blue boxy crop top; either way all eyes will be on you.

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Chloe Leather Baylee Mini Tote from MyTheresa

This Chloe Baylee Mini takes your everyday carryall to another level. The zipper detailing and contrast leather handles and straps are opulent extras that are great glitzy accents to any getup.

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3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Mini Metallic Shoulder Bag from MyTheresa

The 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli has reached iconic status by now. This crackle metallic blue leather gives an edgy vibe to the fashionista favorite Pashli shape. Wear with leather pants for maximum tough gal appeal.

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Balenciaga Classic Mini City Leather Bag from MyTheresa

A modern classic this Balenciaga Mini City Leather bag takes that typically roomy holdall design and downsizes it, thereby giving it a fresh look. This black leather purse is an investment that will pay dividends since it can match practically anything in your closet, and can quickly switch from day to night.

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Chanel Blue Velvet Mini Boy Bag from The Luxury Closet

The mini bag that started it all, the Chanel Mini Boy Bag has reached cult status and this reverence will surely last beyond this season. The quilted leather flap bag that Chanel is famous for is given a few tweaks, like chunkier chain straps and a geometric logo setting, resulting in a more current look that fashionistas easily fell in love with.

Which bags will you be rocking? Let me know in the comments! Have a great week ahead everyone!

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Style Icon: Lady Gaga

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From her infamous meat dress to the legendary McQueen heels she constantly rocks, there is no doubt that Lady Gaga has cemented her style icon status in fashion history. Stefani Germanotta, also known as Lady Gaga, is a reminder that fashion isn’t just about comfort or trends, it is about provocation.

A rebel and renegade when it comes to culture, music, and fashion, Gaga considers fashion as a big part of her artistry. This Mother Monster and ArtPop maven is blazing the trail for those who tread the off-the-beaten path and thrive on taking fashion risks.

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Fortune favors the brave, as they say. Take inspiration from Lady Gaga’s bravado and style savvy, and take a little walk on the wild side of fashion. Here are 10 of my favorite looks from Lady Gaga:

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Lady Gaga never ever does a basic street style look. Ballet flats is foreign to her vocabulary. Here she struts in the highest of heels and, though this outfit is relatively simple for Gaga, she still puts her own unique twist to it with the renaissance painting print on her dress. Elements of art is a main component in her personal style.

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One of her earlier looks, the hair bow and the pink neon pumps combination is a modern take on Minnie Mouse. This is is vintage Gaga doing what she does best, which is taking a pop culture reference and making it a part of her creative expression.

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Hooded blazers with sharp shoulder angles is right up Lady Gaga’s alley. Throughout her sartorial journey, you will spot this details. Gaga loves hooded jackets, blazers, and cover-up–it just adds that extra layer of mystery.

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Gaga works a bit of grandma chic as she steps out in this ensemble. Appropriating brocade, pearls, and handheld frame bags and making it her own, Gaga works her fashion magic and gives granny outfits a dose of haute couture.

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Outrageous hats and headpieces are one of Lady Gaga’s fashion signatures. This stunning teal and pink color blocked dress still manages to look sleek while being edgy, especially when it is paired with that sculptural headpiece.

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This is how Lady Gaga does Chanel. With a pair of studded to the max platforms, Gaga dons a Chanel ball gown along with the brand’s bag and accessories. This is the Chanel tweed suit gone haute couture.

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When Lady Gaga walks the red carpet in an elegant white dress like this, people are more surprised. She can definitely still make entrance without the hoopla. Standing on her own sense of style, Gaga can look sophisticated and impeccably chic. She certainly does that in this pristine white gown with an embellished waist detail.

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The queen of ArtPop proves why she owns that title in this McQueen frock. Emblazoned with a print of Renaissance art and topped with an amazing gold feather Phillip Treacy hat creation, this is uniquely Gaga at her evening wear best.

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Lady Gaga popularized these shockingly high heel-less heels, and made heel-less shoes the next big thing in the mid 00’s. These gravity defying heels is now definitely a part of fashion history.

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How does Lady Gaga dress for the airport? In head to toe forest green, of course. From the immaculate leather coat dress, her Louboutins, and green hair to match, Gaga shows us why she is and will always be one of this century’s style icons and one of fashion’s foremost rebels.

I love Lady Gaga! And even if I can’t rock 7-inch heels like her on a daily basis, I continue to be inspired by her amazing and fearless love of fashion. Spread the Gaga love!

Lady Gaga Style Images from: Elle.com, Grazia Daily, HarpersBazaar.com, and Glamour UK.

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Trend Report: The Jumpsuit

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The runways have recently been filled with different incarnations of this hot 70s-inspired trend–the jumpsuit. Stylish celebs are fast fans of this trend too, both on and off the red carpet. This one-piece fashion wonder has been a fashion favorite for many years, not just for lovers of vintage clothing, but for lovers of great clothing that is versatile and chic.

Jumpsuits are an easy pick for an item that’ll improve your style in one shot. Plus it exudes such a unique mix of playfulness and glamour, that dresses or skirts just can’t duplicate.

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The modernization of the 70s jumpsuit has been a long time coming, and it is a welcome style update. After all, what woman wouldn’t love a piece that you just slip into, and can go from day to night? Exactly. Jumpsuits are wardrobe work horses, it translates fashionably to various situations and it coordinates well with a wide array of accessories.

Here is a roundup of the Top 10 Jumpsuits that you should snag for yourself ASAP:

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Barbara Casasola Viscose & Wool Blend Jumpsuit from LUISAVIAROMA

This jumpsuit from Barbara Casasola takes power dressing to a whole new level. The strong shoulders and impeccable tailoring make this a great wardrobe pick for that big meeting you’ve been preparing for.

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Antonio Berardi Stretch Viscose Blend Cady Jumpsuit from LUISAVIAROMA

Needing a Lady Gaga inspired look? Then look no further than this Antonio Berardi Jumpsuit. The asymmetry of this piece is a statement in itself. The metallics and great construction sweeten the deal.

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TIBI Color Block Silk Jumpsuit from The Outnet

The sherbet orange and coral hues in this TIBI Jumpsuit echo summer afternoons and breezy patio coffee dates. The relaxed fit and keyhole neck detail bring a new meaning to the term “casual glam.”

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Thakoon Addition Checked Silk Jumpsuit from The Outnet

No need to accessorize when you’re sporting a striking piece like this checked jumpsuit from Thakoon Addition. Keep it simple, and just finish off the look with a pop of bright orange on your lips.

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Halston Heritage One Shoulder Belted Crepe Jumpsuit from Net-a-Porter

This Halston Heritage Jumpsuit will withstand the test of time and passing trends for sure. The simple yet elegant belted silhouette can take you from dinner to a formal party.

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Diane Von Furstenberg Shany Printed Silk Jumpsuit from Net-a-Porter

A jumpsuit with an earthy boho print, like this one from Diane Von Furstenberg, is always a good idea for summer dressing. Top off with delicate gold hoops and wooden bangles for a pool party ready look.

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Stella McCartney Camelia Guipure Lace Jumpsuit from Net-a-Porter

Stella McCartney, the designer herself, is a huge fan of jumpsuits. This intricate lace jumpsuit is a testament of her love for the trend. Everything about this piece is perfection. It is something you purchase, and cherish forever. Deserving of a red carpet, this piece is a chic alternative to your standard ball gown.

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Tamara Mellon Lace and Stretch Cotton Blend Jumpsuit from Net-a-Porter

This Tamara Mellon bares your decolletage in the chicest fashion. Sexy, but not at all trashy, the masculine cut of the jumpsuit is a great offset to the deep V neckline.

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Emilio Pucci Printed Satin Jersey Jumpsuit from MyTheresa

Pucci prints are a vintage classic as well as a resort wear staple. Whether you’re on the French Riviera or a rooftop patio bar, this satin jumpsuit will never stop turning heads. Accessorize sparingly, and let the print do the talking.

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Valentino Silk Jumpsuit from MyTheresa

All you need to complete this Valentino Silk Jumpsuit are a string of pearls and boyish brows like Audrey Hepburn’s. This jumpsuit also makes for a great summer wedding ensemble.

Which jumpsuit is your personal favorite? How will you style it? Let me know! Have a great week!

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Sunny Side Up

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The sun shining on my face, light breeze jostling my hair, amazing scenery to take in and gaze upon, and a comfy yet chic ensemble to traipse around in. That is my definition of a perfect day.

The Marina Bay Sands Hotel is one of the most iconic landmarks in Singapore. You cannot visit Singapore and not glance upon its majesty against the clear blue sky.

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A breezy floral top by Yigal Azrouel New York and fresh white jeans by Tommy Hilfiger kept me feeling and looking cool that day. I love the gracefulness that white lends to any look. A nice fitting pair of white jeans is a good addition to your summer wardrobe.

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These 3.1 Phillip Lim shoes are definitely made for walking. And jumping too! I love the detail on this shoe, the white ankle strap and the sturdy block heel make it the perfect pair to wear for an afternoon of walking. Comfy yet chic.

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Don’t forget your trusty pair of sunglasses to protect from the harsh rays of the sun. I made sure to wear my Valentino sunnies, its classic color and shape practically goes with everything.

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This bright yellow belt by Vince Camuto cinched my waist perfectly and added proportion and structure to my outfit of the day.

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The city skyline wouldn’t be complete without the awe-inspiring architecture and the modern magnificence of the Marina Bay Sands. Pay this landmark a visit, it is well worth it.

Make sure you put on your walking heels (just like me!), and get ready to take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk and take in the sights. It is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Have a great week! Kisses!

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