Breakfast at Home

Breakfast at Home
Hahaha….just playing dress-up and having some fun on a lazy afternoon at home with my hubby and kids.
Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Vera Wang necklace, Aldo ring, Alaia dress, Ysl pumps…Lol!!!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

I have seen this movie a million times. It’s a classic movie, I love it so much!!!and you probably do, too. Audrey Hepburn is a beautiful, elegant, graceful and charming with her stunning face, an icon to many people. Her style is timeless and classic. Everyone knows that, so I don’t need to say more.

The book “Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit” by author Sean Hepburn Ferrer who is also her son, is one of my favorite books. It features nearly three hundred photographs, documents and artwork by Audrey herself, many of which were previously unavailable. In this book, the author offers an intimate glimpse into the life of Hollywood’s most celebrated actress. Sean tells us his mother’s remarkable story, from her childhood in war-torn Holland to the height of her fame, to her autumn years far from the camera and the crush of the paparazzi. It’s a rare look at Audrey not from the photographer’s lens, but through the eyes of the son who adored her. I received this book from few years ago as a Christmas gift from my sweet husband. I hope this book gives you an idea for your Christmas shopping this year.

1939, Arnhem, Holland. Photograph by Manon van Suchtelen. Audrey Hepburn Estate Collection.Sean at home in 1960, only a few weeks old. Photograph by Mel Ferrer.Ethiopia, 1988. Photograph by John Issac.

Wishing you all a wonderful, blessed weekend!!!!
Thank you very much for your kind comment!!!
Big hugs…Hanh;-)

Venice, Italy: Magical City On Water

We visited Venice once, and we believe Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It attracts millions of travelers each year. The city is built on the water, just two or four feet above sea level. Unfortunetly, it is rotting away, sinking slowly into the sea. It truly makes you a believer in fairy tales. Cars are banned, so the only way to get around this 5th century city is by foot or by watertaxi. You’ll be awed by the magical beauty. It is filled with extraordinary architectural masterpieces and art – The Peggy Guggenheim museum is amazing. Fine shopping and little stores are on every corner; some of the local specialties are carnival masks, Murano glass, and marble paper. Relax in the Piazza San Marco, feed hundreds of pigeons, visit the basilicas, drink a bellini at Harry’s bar, wander the romantic alleyways and bridges, and ride on gondolas through canals: These are just some of the unbelievably fabulous things to do. It’s really a perfect place for a romantic getaway. Gosh!!! Writing this post makes me want to visit Venice again, right away…It brought back so much sweet memories that’s filling my heart.
Piazza San Marco, with Bell Tower and Basilica San Marco ahead.

Basilica San Marco from the corner.High water in Venice, when the tide rises.In St Mark’s square (Piazza San Marco) with high water, they have to build the platform walkway.Magically, the high water is gone the next morning.St Mark’s square at night. Live music and seating outside of a cafeteria in St Mark’s square at night.Basilica Di Santa Maria Della Salute seen from Grand Canal.Gondolas are an icon in Venice.One of the narrow canals.Ponte Della Paglia bridge.Bridge of Sighs at night.Riatto bridge.Bell Tower, Doge’s Palace, St Mark’s square seen from seaside.Doge’s Palace. Tourists.Forever 21-Fun

Forever 21 sequin-faux fur jacket, tank, tutu skirt, new F21 leggings. Ysl pumps, Alaia clutch.

Wishing you all a HAPPY Thanksgiving day and a wonderful weekend with your family and friends!!!eat alot of pie, joyfully laugh and party hard with your loved ones!!

Kisses…Hanh ;-)

Isabel Marant studded Otway Boots

Ok, I saw these Isabel Marant studded Otway boots on the runway F09 – I love them. I saw them again on JakandJil, love them more…Then, Martina has them – I was getting anxious and knew for sure I would get them. Thank you to lovely Martina and sweet Sofie for helping me to find the boots. After months of waiting, they finally arrived…I had the same feeling with Sofie toward them..disappointed. They are overpriced for their fabric, the workmanship, the quality, I think…They can’t not refund, store credit only and who know if I find things I love at their store…Then, just keep them for my first IM shoes. I actually LOVE the style very much, just wish they’re half of the price that I payed for. Well, what can I say…They’re looking more handsome in the pictures than in person. Hope you enjoy the pictures!
Um….I keep them!
One of my beloved Rick Owens jacket F09. I madly love this jacket, it’s such a cool, edgy, futuristic looking one. I wore it with RO dress.
Love everything about this jacket; the shoulders, the collar, the zipper, the front-cut, the wings in the back, the leather texture…just awesome!
Home Cooking: pan roasted chicken with ginger and basil.
As you know, I love cooking. It’s one of my hobbies. I cook alot of traditional Vietnamese food, some Chinese and Thai dishes. I also enjoy making up my own creative recipe and this is one of them. I served with baby agurala, heirloom tomato and balsamic vinaigrette. Pinot noir from Oregon completely compliments the dish…yum!

Ingredients: skinless quarter leg chicken, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, sugar, oyster flavored sauce, seasoned soy sauce, sliced fresh ginger and fresh basil leaves.

Method: clean the skinless quarter leg chicken, pat dry the chicken throughly with paper towels. Sprinkle over each quarter leg chicken with a little garlic powder, black pepper, less than 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp sugar, 1/4 tsp oyster flavored sauce, 1/8 tsp seasoned soy sauce and let it sit for a few hours or overnight. Hot pan with cooking oil with high heat, put the chicken in for about 1 minute. Then, cover the pan with lid, turn the heat down to medium for about 7 minutes. Turn chicken for another 7 minutes, continue cover the lid. Now, throw in fresh slice ginger and fresh basil leaves, still cover the lid, let it sit for 5 minutes with medium-high heat…done! Ok, you’ll see the chicken has nicely golden color as in the picture and it’s ready to serve hot. It’s easy to do, you can substitute ginger, basil with your favorite herb. Enjoy the meal!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend with family and friends!!!

Kisses…Hanh ;-)

Silverlicious

Hi everyone,
Hope you’re doing well. I’ve been busy at the house and with my kids’ schedule at school. I just found time to update my blog and haven’t been visiting your blogs as much as I want to – kinda miss you guys and your blogs. I deeply appreciate all of you for stopping by my site and leaving kind comments. Trust me, I enjoy reading every single comment. I wish everyone a wonderful day!
I don’t wear silver outfits during daytime, it’s too much attention for me. But, it’s perfect for a fun night out. I wore Pipit silver dress/tunic, Gareth Pugh leather scarf- love love this scarf, Jil sander over knees boots from F/W08 and The Woods necklace.
Again, wishing you all a fabulous day!!
Thank you for your continuing support!
Big hugs…Hanh;-)

Polkadots

Polkadots
One of the most fun things in my life is playing with my kids. Last week, I had a one-on-one date with my little girl and we had a sweet time together walking through the forest. It was her idea to bring the sketch book along with her, so she could capture the trees and leaves of fall.
She was looking at the trees for her drawing.This moped was a gift from grandpa (my hubby’s dad) for my kids four years ago. They ride on it every spring and fall and they enjoy riding it very much. I’m sure they will have great memories about this toy.
Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte.This is my first time to own something from Rodarte. Nicholas Kirkwood is brilliant to design these fabulous shoes. I actually love this pair more than the thigh high boots version.
Wishing you all a fabulous day!!!
Thank you for visiting and your kind comments!!
Kisses..Hanh ;-)

Forever 21 with Comme des Garcons

I wore this outfit sometime last week : Comme des Garcons skirt F/W09- love the interesting constructed shape and cut of this skirt, Jil Sander over knees boots from F08, Forever 21 turtle neck sweater and scarf.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie from Today

The kids had no school today, so we did many things and had awesome time together. Baking a pumpkin pie this morning was one of our fun things that we enjoyed. I’m glad that my kids love baking as much as I do!! Baking is on the list of must-do-things with your kids. It is the perfect time to bond with your children.

Home made pumpkin pie, the recipe is from Williams Sonoma (lick here for the recipe) but I just used less than 3/4 cup brown sugar for less sweetness. I use rolled-out pie dough from Pillsbury pie-crust that you can find it at any grocery store and it’s easy to do the crust. To add a fanciful finish to this pumpkin pie, use decorative cutters to create autumnal shapes from rolled-out pie dough. These cutters are available at Williams Sonoma.They enjoyed to cut the leaves for decoration.

Hopefully, this will give you a idea to bake pumpkin pie with your family and friends on Thanksgiving holiday coming up.
Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!!!
Big hugs…Hanh ;-)

Haider Ackermann Dress // Yutaka Sushi Bistro

Haider Ackermann

The weather in Dallas is moody in fall/winter. One day is cold, the next day is warm and it could reach to 80 F , sometimes. Lately, it has been 75 F degree -beautiful fall day and I have no complaint here. Taking advantage of that, I brought out my Haider Ackermann black silk dress for going out with my sweet hubby. I felt comfortable, elegant and feminine in this dress…Love it!! I styled it with Christian Louboutine lace-leopard boots.

Yutaka Sushi Bistro

As I mention in “The New Restaurant Weeks” post that I posted it sometime long ago, Yutaka becomes one of my favorite restaurants. Yutaka is owned by head chef Yutaka Yamato that serves both authentic Japanese cuisine and his own creations with blending of traditional Asian and Western influence at his namesake uptown Dallas, 2633 McKinney Ave.A couple of nights ago, we had a chance to come back there with my parents and no surprises!! the food is excellent. This time, they have a special dish called Lobster Three Ways as shown in pictures below: First way is lobster tail sashimi. Second way is lobster head broth miso soup, I love the sweetness and freshness of this soup. Third way is lobster claws tempura ( I was simply busy eating and forgot to take a picture of this one, sorry). These are awesomely delicious that mades me really attempt to cook these dishes at home in the near future.

We never forget to order Heirloom tomato salad with miso paste, one of our favorite dishes that I love to taste the sweetness of tomatoes and melting creamy miso paste. Wishing you all a wonderful day!!!! Thank you for visiting!!!Big hugs…Hanh ;-)

Through The Woods in Fall

Just past Saturday, my daddy, my big girl and I wanted to follow the trail through the woods that’s near my neighborhood. We didn’t have much to do, since my hubby and my little girl were camping with her school. My big girl decided to go through the woods on her moped, my dad by bike, and I walked. We absolutely enjoyed our time with the beautiful fall day. It was truly great and perfect for me captured the natural color of the fall foliage during the walk. I love fall. It’s so romantic and has a poetic feel. Its color gives me a cozy, calm, peaceful feeling. It’s also an exciting season, to me.., when we bring out jackets, sweaters, gloves, boots, hat, scarf… My lovely daddy.
My big girl with her moped. Looking at her playing reminds me of my childhood-I also loved to play by the creek. Kids are very innocent and sweet! My pictures below were taken sometime last week. I was day dreaming during the shoot-the yellow of fall foliage distracted my mind from reality for a second. I was wishing I was somewhere up north, like Central Park, NY, enjoying the fall colors…
I wore Marni fur vest, Forever 21 yellow tank, Prada pants.Alaia clutch.Christian Louboutine Nitoinimoi suede/Nappa boots.Thank you to you all for stopping by my site and your kind comments. Wishing everyone a wonderful day!!!!kisses…Hanh ;-)

Christopher Kane for Topshop, again!

Yes, yes,..I go bananas about the Chirstopher Kane collection for Topshop. I always wanted to add some pieces from his own line into my closet, but it’s pricey to do that. I’m excited about his collection for Topshop, and it’s a great chance for me to own more of his pieces.

I was anxious to show this crocodile dress to my kids to see how they would react to it. Surprise!!! they said “cool!!mommy! it’s not scary”…yeah, good for me.

Eyelet clutch by Christopher Kane for Topshop. As you see, I have many eyelet pieces from this collection. Eyelet is a fun trend for me now.
Rick Owens jacket and Sam Edelman boots.Home Cooking.
Chao Tom (Vietnamese shrimp paste sugarcane)
Chao Tom is an appetiser dish that could serve as a main course. I absolutely love it. I always order it at restaurants and I recently attempted to make it at home. What is great about making this at home is that you can wrap as much shrimp paste around the sugarcane as possible, so every bite is a mouthful of sweet delicious shrimp paste. Yum!

Ingredients: 1 1/2 pound raw smaller shrimp, 3 clove garlic, 2 dashes white or black pepper powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 3 teaspoons sugar, 1 teaspoon fish sauce, 3 teaspoon cooking oil, sugarcane stick (I buy them in skin-pre-peeled at Asian market or Wholefood at frozen area).

Method: Rinse and peel shrimp’s shell and pat dry the shrimp throughly with paper towels. Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend well to form a smooth paste. Transfer the paste into a bowl. Oil both hand and wrap the shrimp paste around the sugarcane stick, shape them nicely like you see in the picture. Put them on a pan with oil on top, bake for 10 minutes with 365 F. Serve them immediately with lettuce, mint, delicate rice paper, sweet-sour fish sauce.
I hope you all enjoy this post and have a joyful weekend with your family and friends!!!!
Thank you everyone for reading!
Big hugs…Hanh;-)

Kyoto, Japan // Black modern Kimono

Black Modern Kimono

Every time I wear this Ann Demeulemeester belt, I need help from my hubby to buckle them for me. He also tells me every time that I look like a mental patient in a fancy straight jacket!!! To me, I feel like I’m going back into the old days when women wore their corset underneath their dresses for tightening the waist as small as they could. For this look, the Ann D belt and wide-flare sleeves Jean Paul Gaultier dress from last year- It felt like a modern kimono. I enjoy wearing this belt very much.

Tights from Nordstrom. Steve Madden shoes.
And this is how I wore the Ann D belt last time-click here to view.
KYOTO, JAPAN
Talk about Japan, Kyoto is a town I love to visit and must visit if I’m in Japan. It has such a great character that you don’t see it in Tokyo ; charming-calm scenery, poetic-traditional sight. It has interesting culture and architecture, and in many ways is the cradle of Japanese culture. Kyoto was Japan’s capital and the Emperor’s residence for centuries, until 1868. You will see hundreds of temples and shrines surrounding the town. We went to this trip right before we had a plan for having kids and we got tons of pictures. I couldn’t show them all in my blog, but I would like to share with you four places that we love.
Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine is about 20 minutes south of Kyoto. You easily spend hours walking up the hillside and taking beautiful pictures of Kyoto. Its made famous in countless photographs and movies, including Memoir of a Geisha, for the thousands of vermilion torii lining the paths to the shrine.
The Golden Pavilion is the best known temple in Kyoto, and one that you don’t want to miss. It’s north west of town. A tour guide is recommended.
Heian Jingu shrine is famous for having the largest torii in Japan. It also features a wonderful Japanese garden.Heian Jingu garden.Kyoto Imperial Palace built in 794. It was destroyed by fire and rebuilt eight times over of its long history. There is usually a pond in front of the shrines for you to clean and purify before entering them.We were in Japan in the
spring. There were many people going to the shrines to make a wish, and this is how it’s done: tighten paper on a string and make a wish, as I remember…Wishing you all a wonderful, blessed day with joy!!!!
Kisses…Hanh ;-)
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