Brussels, Belgium// The Tuck-In

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Hi everyone,In the last post, I posted Ann D who is a Belgian designer. Her post made me recall our trip to Belgium. In this post, I invite you to visit a very enjoyable city that is the capital and largest city of Belgium.Brussels is known for its lovely architecture that mixes French and Flemish culture. The Grand Place is the heart of the city and which sees many local people as well as tourists thronging there. It’s also one of the most beautiful squares in Europe surrounded by buildings dating from the 1400s, and dozens of small narrow old streets. It’s well know for its large ” Flower carpet”. The display of flowers is arranged on the square every two years for few days in middle of August. If you would like to see this display, you should check with your hotel for exact day.

The picture below is from google to show you how the “Flower carpet” displays on the Grand Place square. Our trip was in Fall, so I didn’t have a chance to see it.Atomium built for the 1958 Brussels World Fair (Expo’58) has become an internationally recognised symbol of the city and the whole country.Another symbol of Brussels is the sculpture of a young boy called Manneken Pis. It’s about five minutes walk from the Grand Place. They have a great souvenir store here and fun tees of Manneken Pis. This is one of my hubby’s favorite tees that I bought for him from the trip. For more sightseeing and history, you would do well to pay a visit the the Palais Royal, the Catheral, and the Musees Royaux des Beaux Arts.

One of the best parts was going shopping for hours while my hubby enjoyed drinking Belgium beer and read newspapers at the many cafe’ bars here. You should visit Saint Hubert Gallery was opened in 1847 and proud to be the first shopping mall in the world which you can find many nice boutiques, store, cafes, and restaurants. Avenue Louise is Brussels most fashionable shopping mile, you can find high-end designer brands as well as innovative Belgium designers. Check out La Rue Neuve for great shopping too.

St Hubert Gallery. Belgium beer is one of the most delicious beers in the world. Interestingly, every beer has a distinct glass into which it is poured.Chocolate is one of the many passions in Belgium. Neuhous chocolates is the best known of Belgium’s top quality chocolates. You can find many chocolate stores around the city, and make sure to visit the chocolate museum – another fun thing to do.I shouldn’t forget to mention Belgium waffles. They are delicious. I remember I had waffles with chocolate for my breakfast and lunch the whole time I was there. At the end, I gained few pounds, but it wasn’t that bad because we walked around the city a lots too..;-)

The Tuck-in
Few days ago, the weather was much cooler in Dallas and brought out my Marni fur and Jil Sander Fall08 over the knee boots for a night out with my hubby. I paired them with F21 harem pants and F21 tank. This look is inspired by Isabel Marant’s Fall 09 runway-looks, blousy pants tucked in over knee boots.

Celine sunglasses, Eddie Borgo necklace.

Ferragamo brass clutch. Sorry for carrying it backward…;-) didn’t note it…hehe…

Have a fabulous day to you all!!!!xoxo..Hanh,

PS: my hot pink Nina Ricci that I wore in past posts, were from Jeffrey store in NY.

Ann Demeulemeester Belt

Hi everyone,

Thank you everyone for all the sweet comments and kindly advice from the previous post which comforted me alots. I always appreciate your time visiting my site and leaving lovely comments. I know I haven’t been visiting your blogs much. Lately, I’ve been busy keeping company with my parents. They usually come to visit and stay with me for about 6 months, and I’m happy to be in their company. I’ll manage my time to visit your site..;-).

Anyway, I’ve had my eyes on this 14 buckles belt ever since I saw it on Ann D F09 runway. But I never thought I’d be able to get it because not many stores carry this belt. On my last trip to NY, I saw that Bergdorf Goodman carries it and just has only one in the whole company. Sadly, it’s not my size. Since then, I fell in love with it even more. Back in Dallas, I dreamed about it and I took a chance and called Ann D boutique in Belgium….OMG!! they have my size. After shipping and the import fee it is still cheaper than at Bergdorf Goodman…yeah!!!!. I can see this belt is fabulous, and a great piece to invest in and add into my wardrobe collection. It’s an art piece and a versatile one. You probably see me wearing this belt a lot.

Ann D has been on my A list as a designer. She was born in 1959 in Belgium. To her, fashion is a form of communication. Her complex language of contrasts covers a whole gamut of emotions. The tension is highly poetic-her clothes reveal many layers of “soul”. They’re simple, serious but never severe, meticulous but experimental, strong but always sensual.

Ann D white shirt dress, Ysl boots, Alaia studded clutch.
On the runway from style.com
Wishing you all a happy Sunday!!!!and a great week ahead!!!!
Big Hugs…Hanh;-)

Pink Autumn

Early this morning, when I was helping my kids get ready for school, I realized that autumn is officially here. I can feel the air getting cooler, the skies are changing into gray, and the sun likes to hide in the clouds. I had a strange feeling, that time is running too fast. Next month, my kids will turn one year older. I truly love their age right now, very innocent and sweet. I suddenly wonder about their teenage years and hope they will be good teenagers. I heard that dealing with teens is not easy. My kids and I are best friends now. We have a “Girl best friends club” at the house with a best friend secret code. Hopefully, the girl best friends club will last forever and we share all our secrets. That might help me to understand them more at teenage years, I think.., I hope…. I worry too much, don’t I?.

Look at my big girl, she is getting bigger everyday.
I wore MMMargiela one shoulder body suit from Century 21 store, CdG skirt from Ina consignment store, Ysl bag, and my new Nina Ricci shoes. The fur scarf, I forgot its brand.
I wish you have a fabulous day!!!!Big hugs…Hanh!

Swatch Give-away / Power Cuts

Swatch- Give away Gift.
Hi everyone,
To celebrate the 2009 CreArt Collection, Swatch and its partner Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS are giving away a Billy the Artist Morning Glow watch! Become a fan of Swatch US, and enter the contest www.facebook.com/SwatchUS and Broadway Cares www.facebook.com/BCEFA.
Here is a fresh new picture of supermodel NYC hipster Agyness Deyn rocking the Swatch from Friday.
Power Cuts

Power cuts-strong shapes and exaggerated sculptural detail make sexy, empowering pieces-from September Elle UK.
This look, by Richard Nicoll. This look, by Hussein Chalayan.This look, by Antonio Berardi.
This look, by Jil Sander. Wishing you all a wonderful day!!!!!xoxoHanh ;-)

Rick Owens- Futuristic Look

One of the best parts about New York was the way the weather changes in such a short period of time. I got to wear almost everything I packed for the trip.I packed a lots of Rick Owens clothing because he is in my all time A list designers. This is one of my favorite looks of his F/W09 rtw collection. It’s very futuristic, strong, edgy, constructed and luxurious look. I like to dress it up by wearing sheer tight and a pair of edgy Pierre Hardy shoes. I have to say the beauty of Owens’ leather jackets showing he is a master of using leather in his design. I forgot to take picture from the back of the jacket to show you the two wings in the back that look very cool, maybe next time then;-). Look at the shoulders, they are awesome, I love that.

Pierre Hardy shoes. Alaia studded clucth.
Rick Owens mini dress.
From Rick Owens F/W09 runway.
Wishing you all a fabulous day!!!!
Big hugs….from Hanh ;-)
Ps: Thank you very much everyone for continuing support and lovely comments. I greatly appreciate that as always.

Gareth Pugh

Gareth Pugh cut-out leather scarf is my first piece that I own from his label. He is young British designer, born August 1981. His design is very futuristic fantasy zone. He often uses nonsensically shapes, wearable sculpture to distort the human body almost beyond recognition. He describes his designs as being ” about struggle between lightness and darkness”.I found this scarf at Century 21 store in NY with incredible inexpensive price and I’m already falling in love with it, deeply. I paired it with rag&bone legging, F21 tank, Ysl F09 boots, and Balenciaga snake-skin jacket that I found at Ina consignment store in NY. I also bought this jacket with a ridiculous great deal.

I also found this Celine sunglasses at Ina consignment store in Soho, NY.
F21 cuffs. Close-up the scarf.
Wishing you all a fabulous, relaxing, peaceful weekend with your family and friends!!!!
Big hugs and kisses…to you!!Hanh;-)

In Soho, NYC

Yesterday, the weather was much cooler and it’s perfect for walking around Soho to shop. Nini and I went to a few nice stores in neighborhood include Topshop, Ina consignment store and Kirna Zabete…. I luckily got some goodies to bring home. At the end of the day, we met up with Lynn and Thumbelina Fashionista for delightful dinner at Barbounia. We truly had a wonderful time.

I wore The row legging, F21 white tank, Margiela black top, RO boots and RO fur vest.
F21 cuffs.Tomorrow, we’re going to see Naeem Khan show. I will see you all in Dallas on Friday.
I hope you all have a great day!!!love…Hanh

Rodarte S/S2010

A lots of thing to say, but there is not much time. I just have a quick up-date to share with you all about Rodarte show. It’s amazing show with high energy. Everyone looked awesome and were very excited.

At Rodarte run-way.
Nini and me.

I wore The Row legging, Ysl F09 boots, Rick Owens minidress. Too bad, the weather was to warm for RO Jacket. I should just wear it and made it work. That’s maybe just crazy….

Before the show.
With Carine Roitfeld.
With Nini, Julia, her daughter.
Liya Kebede.
Kristin Dunst at the front row.With Susie Bubble, Tavi, Lucrecia.
I were talking with Kate Mulleavy, after the show.
With Nini, Lucrecia, Jak&Jil.
Wishing everyone have a wonderful day!!!!!xoxo…Hanh;-)

Lavender Fall

Thank you everyone for the great responses from the last post. I also thank you very much to you all for your time to visit my site with the great support and kind comments. I greatly appreciate what you do here on my blog, without you my blog won’t exist.It’s a lovely idea to give-away gifts to my readers, once in awhile. This time, the winner will be…Congratulations to Cheryl. Hi Cheryl, could I in touch with you later on, after I’ll be back home from NY trip, please? Thank you.

In this outfit, I wore my new F21 lavender tutu skirt, F21 tank top, S09 Rick Owens jacket, F08 Jill Sander high knee boots, F21 necklace which is the same as the give-away gift. I quickly posted this post. I’m going to the airport in a few minutes for New York. I’ll try to up-date when I’m there, if not, I’ll see you all when I’m back to Dallas.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day!!xoxo…Hanh;-)

Ps: The polka dot tights in the previous posts were Wolford at Barney’s and they were on sale.

Balmain Inspiration/ Give-away Gift

Give-away Gift
As you know, Forever 21 is one of my favorite stores. I really love it. They have lots of great stuff like jewelry, shorts, basic tanks, tees and leggings….Yesterday, I bought two necklaces and I think it would be fun to give them away as gifts. I know it’s not much in value, but it’s the thought that counts. Right? I would like you to know that I care for my fellow readers, and I greatly appreciate your time spent visiting my site, your beautiful comments, also your continuing support. Everyone can enter the give-away, you just simply submit a comment and it will randomly pick a winner. The winner will be announced on the next post. This post will open for three days. Have fun and good luck to everyone!!!!….Love you all!!!
I bought 2 sets, one is for me and another is give-way gift.

Balmain Inspiration.

When I saw this top through BeBe’s window display, I said to myself ” I want that top, Balmain knock-off, cool!!”, and here I am. I wore it with my old BCBG skirt and Balmain shoes.

This is from runway. What a wonderful surprise!!! Just now, while I was editing this post, the door bell rang at 8:30 AM. I wondered who rang the bell so so early in the morning. Yes, yes, the FedEx mailman. Yes, yes, the package arrived from Luisaviaroma and Rick Owens store in Paris. Wow, I didn’t expect that they would come this early especially since it’s a package from the RO Paris store. They called me on Wednesday morning and said that they have the stuff that I’m looking for ( the look #4 and # 25 on runway at style.com). Now, it’s Friday morning. Here it is, the jacket and minidress of the look #4 has arrived ( the look #25, they don’t have my size yet). FedEx and these stores rule, they’re fast and have excellent service. That’s the way that everyone should do business.
Haider Ackermann bodysuit from Luisaviaroma.
The RO jacket and minidress look like in this pic. The jacket has two wings in the back. Do you think I can wear Rick Owens jacket for my NY trip coming up in few days? I don’t know if the weather is ready for it yet.
Wishing you all a wonderful, peaceful, joyful weekend with family and friends!!!! Kisses…Hanh ;-)

ps: Hi everyone, excuse me for a moments. I tried in touch with Mije about her questions about Paris shops, but I have no her email address. Mije, please check out Ann D past post for answers. I hope you have fab time in Paris.
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