Happy New Year 2010!!!

Hi everyone, I can’t believe that it’s almost 2010! I’d love to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to you all for your wonderful continuing support and your love of my blog. I appreciate it very much and I hope your support and love continue on into next year. I wish you all a new year full of love, peace, health, happiness and may your wishes come true!!!!

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve? staying home or going to party? If you’re going out for a New Year’s party, what would you wear? I’m planning to wear this oufit for a New Year’s Eve party at the Ritz in Colorado- I’m so excited to share it with you guys. This is my favorite dress ever-my wedding dress and here I style it with Ann Demeulemesster 14 buckles belt. I don’t know if you all are tired of seeing this belt but I’m never tired of wearing it. Here is the outfit!

Fully buckled. Fully buckled in the back. Here is the dress without Ann D belt. I accidentally found this dress at the old Calvin Klein boutique store in Dallas ( used to be in Highland Park Village) after months of looking for my wedding dress at lots of bridal salons. The ones at the salons have mostly more details and lots of things going on. I just wanted a white, simple, sleek and stylish dress, because I also wore two other dresses (one traditional Vietnamese for my mom’s family, and old century Chinese style dress for my dad’s family) which has more details and busy. This dress is two pieces; the opened back top and the full long A-line skirt and it was perfectly worn for my first dance (I had my hair up with crystal tiara). Another reason that I chose this dress is because it’s less expensive than a real bridal dress, and I want to wear it again for a fancy party or gala night or something like that…I don’t want it just hanging in my closet, and after all, who knows if my kids will want to wear it for their special day. But when they saw me wearing this dress for the photo shoot, they say that they want to wear it for their high school graduation day. I hope it will fit them ;-)

Once more wishing you all and your family a wonderful, joyful, peaceful, healthful, delightful, successful new year 2010!!!!!!!
See you next year ;-) when I get back home!
Big hugs and kisses…Hanh ;-)
Ps: Necklace by Annie Costello Brown. It can be worn single layer (as you see I had it on in the previous post in the first outfit with Yohji grey top) or doubles layers.

 

Rick Owens Jacket with Blue Scarf

Hi everyone,Thank you very much for your Xmas wishes. I hope you all had a wonderful time with your family and friends on the Christmas holiday, and Santa brought lots of presents to you all. I know that he did for my kids and he brought for me a fabulous umbrella which is the only present that I wished for. I love this Louis Vuitton umbrella, it’s more glamorous than I expected. I just wanted to have a nice umbrella and big enough to keep me out of the rain. Thank you sweet Santa!
This blue scarf from Club Monaco is one of my favorite scarves in my closet, its color is perfectly pops out in winter time. Wearing with Rick Owens strong-shoulders leather jacket, the Row leggings, Zara black turtle neck, Yohji grey top.

Pierre Hardy shoes.

Rick Owens jacket is something that I can never say no to. I’m just crazy about his jacket creations. Again, I style it with the Row leggings (these leggings are such a great investment piece, they look fab on and I’ve worn them countless times. It’s worth it to buy), Phillip Lim black turtle neck and Zara creamy sleeveless dress.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend!!
Kisses…Hanh ;-)
PS: The gloves in both outfits are no brand and DIY cut-out to be fingerless gloves

Red

I got the cutest tag from Mads to find 7 red things in my room or house. I’m not a red person. But luckily, my living room has been transformed with lots of red during the Christmas season,
so there are tons of red things around me. I’d like to pass this tag to Mom and Son, Bisou-Joue, Mode Junkie, for 7 blue things around the house. I hope you have fun with this tag. Here are my red things:
The Tibet art- watercolor hand painting hanging over fireplace brought home from Tibet; red candles on the mantle; red ribbon; red stockings; red Xmas Santa toys…
Xmas tree with red ornaments. This hand made red quilt with mirrors was bought home by my hubby from India. Red throws. This is also something red; Tao sweaters paired with second hand Comme des Garcons skirt, Jil Sander thigh high boots. It was below 40 F degrees when I had these photos taken, I had a thick jacket on but it’s not showing in the pics. This year, the weather is much colder, and this reminds me of 15 years ago when I just moved here. The first couple of winters was pretty cold like this year, then it started getting warmer…I’ve been enjoying this cold, so that I can dress in layers and bring out the leather jacket, sweater, hat, scarf, gloves, boots…especially sitting in front of the fireplace, drinking hot chocolate, telling stories with my hubby and my kids – it is such a cozy feeling. Nice thing about winter in Dallas is that it’s cold for a week or so and then it has a couple of warm days to take a break from the cold. It normally snows a couple of times during winter, I wish we had more…beautiful snow! because my kids just love it. Although it’s uncomfortable if it’s too cold, as it is up north. Remembering the past posts, we had pics taken for the family Xmas card and this is what it looks like. The kids’ pic is more clear in person.

I wish this holiday season brings peace, love, joy to you and your family!!!
Merry Christmas!!!!
Kisses…Hanh ;-)

Pearly Gray

As you can see at the Rick Owens runway fall 09, it started off in dark black (we see this color most at his show). After a few solid black monochrome looks, all that suddenly shifted into icy blue, pearly gray, palest beige. All the genius of his vision came to light-the color of future, but classic. After that, we’ve seen those colors all over the runway of spring 2010. It’s become fresh and it has the color for this fall and for the future.

You also see every look was constructed around a high-necked, strong-shouldered leather jacket at his runway fall 09. This is one of the looks.
Long coat version. From Net-a-Porter. com
I have to say that this futurist-classic jacket is the ultimate style statement, an investment piece. I paired it with similar shades for a fresh fall aesthetic; Madewell tee, F21 leggings, Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte shoes. These shoes are also a statement piece in this outfit, so I keep jewelry free and light make-up.GOOD TIME FOR BAKINGDecember is an exciting month of the year; Xmas lights, Xmas music, Xmas shopping, Xmas party, time for family and friends to get together with joy. All of this gives you a great feeling of Xmas spirit. It is also the perfect time for baking. I’ve been enjoying baking with my kids; pumpkin bread, banana nut bread, fruit pie, cookies… things they love to do, too. Every year, this month is a baking-marathon for us and we love it!
My kids enjoyed helping me to repair the crust for baking berry pie.
Berry pie. They enjoyed doing cut-out cookies.Enjoy conversation with sister.This is how the cookies turn out. The cookie cutters were recently bought at Williams Sonoma. The fun thing about these cookie cutters is that you can create your own messages. And here are: Happy Holidays, Season Greeting, Life in Travel…really fun!
Hope you all have a joyful weekend with family and friends!!Happy holidays!!!
Big hugs…Hanh ;-)
PS: Don’t hesitate to ask for the berry pie recipe if you want it!

Lakeside

Remembering this RO jacket which my hubby chose and bought it for me in Paris one summer during the private sale at RO boutique. I’ve been wearing it a lot this fall. It’s comfy and versatile.

Mixing leopard prints is fun. As you know, I like to take risks and have fun with fashion.

Wearing: Urban Outfitters leopard scarf, Junya Watanabe leopard top, RO jacket, Row leggings, Sam Elderman boots.

Today, I had a busy day. I go to bed now. Good night!!!

And wishing you all a wonderful day, tomorrow!!!

Kisses…Hanh ;-)

Holiday Season

When Christmas arrives the Nutcracker is a classic show for the family. My kids’ school has the Nutcracker every year performed by kindergarten. This year is my little girl’s turn. The performance was yesterday and it’s beautiful. The kids were excited and they did a wonderful job. The Nutcracker truly brings you a cheerful, joyful of holiday feeling. Here are some pictures that taking on stage at the school.
She was a sugarplum fairy, which is the part she dreamed of being.

My big girl was attending the Nutcracker at her ballet school and she enjoyed her part being a mouse. The pictures were in back stage, unfortunately we wouldn’t allow to take picture during performance.We had our photo shoot for the kids and their puppies for our family Christmas card. Here are some pictures.

Luna, a toy poodle, was a model for testing lighting.

Goldie, a havanese, was ready for the shoot. She has beautiful green eyes.The last picture was picked out for the Christmas card. What do you think? It was hard to get all four girls to keep their eyes to the camera.Thank you everyone for supporting me and my blog.
Have a blessed and joyful weekend with your family and friends!!
Merry Christmas to you all!!!
Love…Hanh

Pink/Grey

Hi everyone,I honestly want you all to be winners and want you all to have a nice Xmas gift from Life-in-travel. But if I do so,I’d be broke for sure…and we have rules that only one can be the winner. Please, don’t be disappointed! Now, allow me to congratulate What Was I Thinking?…the winner this time.The pictures above were taken some time ago when the weather was much nicer. It’s lately very cold. I love this pink/silver Balenciaga skirt that was bought last year and I styled it with my favorite grey Junya Watanabe top and fuchsia Nina Ricci laceup ankle boots. I have to say that greys paired with stronger hued pinks create a fresh fall color scheme. I’m a pink lover, so thank you to fashion for making richer-pink desirable for fall. No doubt, pink as fuchsia adds spark to the fall palette and is especially good at lifting grey, charcoal or black.

Thank you everyone for reading!

Simply Shirt & Jeans // Give-away Gift

Look # 1.
Rick Owens jacket, Fallon necklace, J Brand jeans, Ysl boots.
Look # 2
RO jacket, Annie Costello Brown necklace, J Brand jeans, Balmain suede boots.

Look # 3

Club Monaco and Marc by Marc Jacobs scarves, Ann D 14 buckles belt (the belt can fully buckle), J Brand jeans, Givenchy boots. Every time, I wear this belt and I remember Martina. She owns one and said “I can’t breath” when she wears it. Well, to be honest, it’s little hard to breath…We love it, so we sacrifice for fashion ;-)

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re doing well. I can’t believe that Christmas is arriving just around the corner, and soon after it’ll be 2010. Time is flying. I’m getting older and my kids are getting bigger…I don’t want to get older OR my kids to get bigger..but that’s life. Oh, well…I need to be ready for new adventures when they are getting bigger. Anyway, are you ready for Christmas? How are you doing with your Christmas shopping? I still have a long way to finish. December is a very exciting month….Let’s make it even more exciting, Life-in-Travel has a give-away gift. This is the last gift of the year in appreciation of my fabulous readers who have been supporting my blog. Without you my blog would be nothing. It means a lot to me. This time, the give-away gift is $125 cash and everyone can enter by simply submitting a comment. I will randomly pick a winner and it will be announced on the next post. Make sure to leave your name. GOOD LUCK to you all!!!
Wishing everyone a fabulous and joyful weekend with your family and friends!!!
Happy Holidays!!!
Kisses…Hanh ;-)

Rajasthan text by Dhamendra Kanwar

Rajasthan is the largest state of the Republic of India in terms of area. Though a desert with a few hilly spurs, Rajasthan is one of the world’s most colorful regions, with heritage that spans the historic and the chivalric, blending it with the artistic and the aesthetic. Rajasthan is replete with splendid palaces, temples, wells, exotic wildlife sanctuaries, colorful festivals, and rich culture-in brief everything that travelers find interesting. I hope that one day I would visit Rajasthan with my kids when they’re big enough and ready for interesting and exciting adventure.This book, Rajasthan (text by Dhamendra Kanwar ), is a tribute not only to their kingdoms and the culture they developed, but also to the joie de vivre which marks the people and their lifestyle even today. In this book with amazing photography, you will learn alot and get inspiration through their architecture building, their lifestyle, especially their clothing and jewelry which we like.
Jaipur’s signature building is the Hawa Mahal. Tonk was a Muslim kingdom, the only one in Rajasthan, and its Suehri Kothi or Golden Palace is appropriately named for its gilded interiors which are among the most lavish in Rajasthan.JEWELRY INSPIRATIONHer jewelry reminds me of my Dries van Noten scarf spring09.
Her jewlery inspires me to bring out my beautiful Dries van Noten scarf which was made in India. I paired it with a Janis Savitt necklace, RO tank, Zara leggings, Christian Louboutin ankle boots. The scarf and the necklace for this look were inspired by reading through this book.
The jewelry of Indian lady also reminds me of Dries van Noten sandals-spring09, especially these pairs. Photo from style.com
Wishing everyone a wonderful day!!!Thank you for reading!!!
Kisses…Hanh ;-)
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