Packing For a Long Trip

First, I want to say a big thank you to my brother and Marcia who have moved in to stay at our house when we’re on vacation to take care the house and our puppies.We’re very excited for our trip to Paris, Provence, France and to Portland, and Seattle. The kids are excited too! I can’t wait to show them Paris, Provence and of course Seattle. It’s their first time to visit these cities. This will be a long trip (almost a month) and I should be ready for a lot of energy to travel and take care of my kids at the same time. Light packing for four people is not easy. We always pack clothing that can mix and match. Usually, we don’t like to travel with much luggage.

Here are a few dressy clothes for my kids. I also packed along some comfy, casual and cute clothes for the them. Of course, their clothes are from Crewcuts. They have adorable stuff for kids from clothing, shoes, jewelry…ect..
And here is my dressy clothing. The same for me, I packed along some comfy, casual yet chic clothes.
Christopher Ross frog and Merlin cat buckle-belts come along with me.
Merlin cat buckle is so adorable. I especially love his blue eyes.

Four pairs of shoes and one pair of tennis shoes. Alaia ankle boots, Alexander Wang leopard wedges, Balenciaga sandals, and doub studded clog by Jeffrey Campbell. These clogs are 4″ high, 2″ platform. They’re super comfy and light and available now at Freepeople.com . I plan to wear these clogs a lot on this trip. Alaia boots are very comfy too, but I don’t want to wear them out. Oh! forgot..need to have one pair of flats. See! it’s always a good idea to pack your stuff in advance to avoid forgetting things at home.

Hopefully, I’ll have time to update my blog during our vacation. Thank you everyone for visiting and comments!

I hope you’ve enjoyed your summer so far. Before you know it, fall will be here. Have a nice day! Kisses…Hanh ;-)

More DIY Projects

I went to vintage shop the other day and saw a French lace full skirt but its size was too big for me. I really love the lace of the skirt. So, I brought it home, gave it a new-cut (copied the cut of my pajama shorts), and made it into shorts.I truly love this DiY lace shorts. I can see styling it with my leopard Junya Watanabe top and Christopher Ross cheetah belt buckle. I’ll probably share this look later.

Here is the DiY black lace shorts.
I also bought some white lace fabric to make a pair of gloves.This is the Christopher Ross hummingbird belt buckle which I purchased at Crimson In The City online vintage store. The bird is just so cute. I wore Cosabella white lace corset, was about 9 or 10 years old (I had the black one too, remember?). Over the corset is white mesh bodysuit from Urban Outfitters.In this look, there’s a lot of lace. I wanted it different and sweet, delicate and feminine, just like a hummingbird.Dolce & Gabbana Inspiration.
In this fall season, I love every ensemble of Dolce & Gabbana on the runway. It’s my inspiration of this fall. I can see that I could pair many pieces in my closet to get the Dolce & Gabbana fall look. Yes, go wild in your outfit with contrasting animal patterns is a major must-have of this fall. Pairing my DIY polka dot skirt with leopard Junya Watanabe top and Christopher Ross cheetah belt buckle. The skirt still need a final touch. I can’t wait to share this look. It will be a hot outfit :) Thank you everyone for visiting and comments!

Wishing you all a fabulous day!! Kisses…Hanh ;-)

DIY Draped Top

Here is a quick post about my DIY draped vest/top.
For my size, I used 3 and 1/2 yards of soft, light fabric which it gives a nice draping look. Fold the fabric into half, then mark it in the middle. I also leave the fabric edge raw. Now, wear it over your neck as a scarf. The middle mark has to be right in the middle of your neck. Then, you hold the two corners of the fabric like in the picture.

Now, connect the two corners of the fabric like in the picture.
After that, you connect that to the middle of your scarf like in the picture below. Make sure the connection is at the top edge to give a strong holding of the rest of the fabric. Ensure this connection by sewing or a pin. If you use a pin, you could undo the pin. So, you can use this fabric like a scarf later on.Now, this is how it looks in the front with a belt.The draping of the side. Sorry for the blury picture.In the back.You could wear it without a belt. This is how it looks.This DiY top is easy to do and very versatile. You could style it with shorts, leggings, jeans, skirt or dress.
Thank you everyone for visiting and comments!
Have a nice day! Hugs…Hanh ;-)

Random

I’ve seen this Bliss Lau bracelet on Alicia Keys sometime ago in some magazine, and I love its interesting design. Then, when I saw it again at Vintage Marini with such a great deal compared with its original price, I was so happy to bring it home. But, to my husband I looked like a mental patient who just got out of the hospital :(
Beetle buckle belt was purchased from Judy.My old Balenciaga handbag.7 jeans and Alexander Wang mesh top.Alexander Wang mesh top, Isabel Marant mesh jacket and cropped jeans.Vintage necklace from Dolly Python Vintage store.Styled with Rodarte ankle boots.In this outfit, I had on F21 black tank top, Yohji Yamamoto corset/waist-band, Zero+Maria Cornejo pants.I bought this Erickson Beamon necklace long time ago. The tiny elephant necklace from The Woods.
Thank you everyone for visiting and your comments!
Wishing you all a lovely weekend with your family, friends!!! Big hugs…Hanh ;-)

Vintage Valentino Necklace

I really love this 70s vintage Valentino necklace and I’ve goten so many compliments on it. Don’t you love the face of the pendant? It reminds me of a Hawaiian mask or something like that.Theory shirt and Rochas shoes. They both were 75% off.Alexander Wang shorts. I like the youthfullness and free-spiritedness of the shorts. Yet, they are flirtatious. As I said in the previous post, I don’t feel comfy to wear this kind of shorts to go out alone or go out with my girlfriends because it can give the wrong message. But, I do feel comfy to wear them whenever I’m with my husband. When I shared this thinking with him, he’s just so pleased and happy to hear it. Sweet!These shoes are super comfy, one of my favorite shoes to run around in.Thank you everyone for visiting and your comments!Wishing you all a wonderful day!! Kisses…Hanh ;-)

Koyasan, Japan: be a Buddhist Monk’s life

It’s was about ten years ago when we got the idea of how we could live the Buddhist life. We decided to go to Koyasan (Mount Koya), Japan, which is one of the best places to experience an overnight stay and get a taste of what it must be like to be a monk. There are many temples here that offer this service to both pilgrims and visitors. Yes, we did that for a couple of nights. One of the great parts of this trip was eating vegetarian monk’s cuisine. I have to say that the tofu at the Okunoin temple was delicious. The tofu is silky and naturally sweet and the recipe is thousands of years old. You also have to participate in morning prayers which start at 6:00 am. This means you have to wake up around 5:00 am. It was not easy for me because it was winter time and it’s extremely cold. There’s no central heating in the building. Prayer last for about 45 minutes and is followed by breakfast around 7:00am. Lunch, dinner, tea time, bath, and bed time are also according to strict schedules. During our stay we also viewed the temple’s cultural treasures, hall and garden. A temple typically offers private, traditional rooms with tatami floors, sliding doors, and shared toilets and sink. Bedding is provided in the form of futons that are spread on tatami floors during the night. As I say, it has no central heating in the building. Therefore, during winter nights, a heated table is set in the middle of the futons bedding to provide warmth.

This is our bed; the two blue/white pillows; two white/red printed flowers blanket; and the heated table in the middle. My husband was ready for breakfast.Me, 10 years ago. Morning view from our room.Slightly snowy on the bridge. Okunoin is one of the most sacred places in Japan and a popular pilgrimage spot.Across the bridge starts Okunoin’s cemetery, the largest in Japan, with over 200,000 tombstones lining almost two kilometers.
It was an amazing experience. After few days there, we felt light and our mind were clear and calm. It’s a great feeling.
I hope you don’t think it’s an odd post. It’s just something to share one of our experiences in our life.
Wishing you all a wonderful day! Big hugs…Hanh ;-)

CoCo Chanel and Igor Stravinsky

Two weeks ago my husband and I went to see the movie, CoCo Chanel and Igor Stravinsky. I was excited because it’s something about mademoiselle Chanel, and my husband was excited because of Stravinsky, one of his favorite composers. The film examines the relationship between designer Coco Chanel and composer Igor Stravinsky, two of the most influential and creative figures of the last century. Chanel is the aggressor in the short-lived affair of which little is known, that began in 1920, seven years after she attended the world premiere of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”, as choreographed by Nijinsky and performed by the Ballets Russes. That notorious opening, May 29, 1913, at the Theatre des Champ-Elysees in Paris gathered storm clouds over the orchestra pit and shook the music world. The Audience was hissing and shouting at the stage. You are witnessing an audience’s reaction to the coming of the 20th century. The rest of the film deals with the love affair of the two. It’s an intense look at love, lust, passion and the heartbreak of his ill wife, Catherine. It’s a 2009 French film directed by Jan Kounen, and has been showing in America theaters. I highly recommended that you see it with your partner. It’s great!

This is what I wore for the movie: Madewell t-shirt, Alexander Wang shorts. It was so tempting to buy these shorts because it was on a great sale at Barneys online and they had only one left in my size.
I always bring light jacket or sweater with me when I go to see a movie because it’s always cold in the theater. Junya Watanabe jacket was also on sale at Barneys.
To Garance Dore, this kind of short is to wear with flats and “don’t try them with heels”. As you know, I like to take risk and have fun with fashion. So, I went for heels; actually, Rodarte ankle boots. I’m petite enough to do it, I think. To be honest, I don’t feel comfy to wear this kind of shorts to go out alone or go out with my girlfriends because I don’t want to give a wrong message. But, I do feel comfy to wear them whenever I’m with my husband ;-)
I purchased this Chanel necklace when I was in Paris past April.
Thank you everyone for visiting and your comments! Wishing you all a fabulous day!! kisses…Hanh ;-)

Vintage Chanel

When I saw these vintage Chanel high-waisted, wide-leg trousers at Vintage Martini store, I said “yes” right away. These trousers were exactly what I was looking for and they fit perfect on me without doing any alteration. The length is fine right now, although I wish it was an inch longer.This kind of trouser is very comfortable and suits any occasion; at the office or going out. Depending on the cut, they can suit any shape. This is my opinion:

  • The best top to wear with your trousers is one that is fitted, with no added volume. It can flatter your shape by adding a belt to give you definition.
  • The trousers should be just long enough to graze the floor and let your toes peek out, otherwise you look footless. Also, they shouldn’t be so wide that you swim in them, especially if you’re petite like me.
  • Heels are a must to add length to the legs.

Wearing with MiuMiu top.

This Chloe mini bag also from Vintage Martini. You should check out the website. Ken is the boss, and you should ask him for a discount. Wearing with my old shirt from The Row.

I love this look. The black trousers and fitted white shirt are conservative. So, I unbutton my shirt a little bit deeper and wear layered necklaces to give sexiness without revealing too much. I styled it with Poenza boots to give a little toughness, the Givenchy belt is kind of edgy, and Alaia zebra clutch with vintage fox fur tail gave this look a funside.layers of vintage Monet neclace and Erickson Beamon necklace. Vintage fox fur tail from Dolly Python Vintage. Alaia clutch was on sale 75% off from last year.

Thank you everyone for your continuing support and your comments!

Wishing you all a happy Sunday and wonderful week ahead! Big hugs…Hanh ;-)

Givenchy Leggings

I planned to have a bright mustard nail polish for this outfit, a casual night out with my husband. I was busy with running errands, taking care of my kids, and preparing dinner for them before I went out. Ended up I didn’t t have enough time to do that. Actually, I don’t care that much – wife/mother job is first ;-)

Wearing: my new Givenchy leggings was on sale 60% off, no tax. I got a few nice pieces on sale at the store 4510 and they shipped to our condo in Portland to save 8.25% tax. This is nice to have a little extra saving. Don’t you think?

F21 white tank and MMMargiela black top.
Sohung Designs zipper shoulders piece.

I tried not to frown, but the sun was so strong.
My old Givenchy sandals.
Thank you so much for visiting and your comments! Wishing you all a wonderful day!
Big hugs…Hanh ;-)

Christopher Ross Belt : Gold Butterfly Buckle

Recently I’ve become interested in vintage jewelry and belts. Especially Christopher Ross’s belts. He is a native of New York city, and has been sculpting belt buckles since the 1970s. His design is genius. His belt is not just a simple belt, but it is a fabulous statement. Judy Aldridge is so right when she says that they are “addictive”. I’m an example of this addiction. This is my first Christopher Ross belt and I’m thirsty for more…I purchased this belt from Judy- Thank you !! I love it!

This pleaded skirt is Comme des Garcons which I bought at the 4510 store and was on sale 60% off.
Alexander Wang top was also on sale 60% at Barney. Erickson Beamon necklace. My old YsL wedges.BcBg rings.Random Pictures of Flowers.
I love flowers. I like to take pictures of them, both naturally outdoor and arranged.
The roses. For some reason, I love pink more than red.

Peonies. Although, they are faux, but they’re good quality silk. They looked so real in person and I thought they were real at first.Some kind of tropical flowers.Orchid.Orchid is very elegant.More roses.I arranged this one sometime ago for Valentine’s.Thank you everyone for your continuing support and comments!!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!!
Happy 4th of July weekend to American readers!! Cheer*
Kisses…Hanh ;-)
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