Vote for Fashion Blog World’s Inspiration 2012

Thank you everyone who sent your photos for the Fashion Blog World’s Inspiration 2012 contest. There were many of you who entered the contest and that’s fantastic. You all absolutely look beautiful in your fashion creations and you’re truly an inspiration. It was really great going through all of the photos, although it took a lot of time. However, this gave me a chance to visit the contestant’s blog. I’ve learned a lot more about your sense of style. That helped me choose the finalists who are going to share their looks here for Life-in-travel’s readers, and I tried my best.
The winner of this contest is the one has the most votes from readers and will receive a $175 giftcard from the store of her choice (or cash). Please, help me pick-out the winner by voting for your favorite contestant by number and you are welcome to leave a comment for your contestant.

I will leave the vote open for 10 days which will end on March 9th 11:59:59 pm CST.

For contestants, you could tweet, blog, and/or post on your facebook about this vote. So, your twitter friends, your readers, your fans, and your friends…will come to vote and support you. GOOD LUCK to you all!!
For my readers, you could also do the same (tweet, blog, facebook) to support and vote for your favorite contestant. For anonymous readers, please leave your name and email address when you vote. I try to make it fair for all the contestants. Thank you very much for your time and your vote! I hope you have fun while doing this and have a fabulous day!! xoxo…Hanh 😉
#1. Anjelica from Mode Junkie.

#2. Mary Grace from Mangotatoes.

#3. Tiffany from Beijos Tiffany.
#4. Juley from Swankheights.

#5. Marcella from Fashion Distraction.

#6. Irene from I’m Fashionstoned.
#7. Punkie from You Love it? Get it?

#8. Nathalie from Fashion for Idiots (like us)

#9. Samatha from Style of Sam.

#10. Chelsea.

#11. Khatu from I am Khatu.

#12. Mr Freddy’s Mom from Mom And Son.

#13. Stella from In Love with Fashion.

#14. Ana from My Fashion Tale.

#15 Rody from Rody Radichkov.

#16. Soraya from Moda.
#17. Roberta from In The Mood for Love.

#18. Danae from A Style Theory.


Again, GOOD LUCK to you all!!

And thank you everyone for reading!! Have a lovely day ahead!! xo…Hanh :)

Feeling for Black

Wearing: American Apparel body suit, CdG skirt, Rick Owens jacket, Maison Martin Margiela curly ribbon leather necklace, Forever21 cuffs, Chanel bag, Ysl boots, and Nina Ricci sunnies.
I had this outfit taken a few days before Lunar new year and I didn’t have time to share. The color of this outfit is the lucky color of the Dragon year; Black. Because this year is the water Dragon, there is an exception to the rule: wearing black for luck, not red. Why is black the lucky color of the year? The water element in the five elements (metal, water, earth, wood, fire) system is related to black. Therefore, 2012 is the black Dragon, water Dragon, or black water Dragon. So black should be the dominant color in your wardrobe this year. Everybody!! Pair black with any vibrant color.
Also some said that gold is also a lucky color of this year because it is the color of the dragon.
Seriously, do you believe that wearing certain colors will bring you luck? Or just a superstitious thing…Or maybe you believe so strongly that you can make your day become a successful day because you are wearing your lucky color?? I personally don’t take it too seriously. But this way of thinking is interesting and I’d love to hear what you think about this.
Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!! xo…Hanh :)
Ps: last day to submit your photos to win Fashion Blog World’s Inspiration. Good luck!!

The Year of the Water Dragon

Following Lunar calendar, this year is the year of the Water Dragon. In many Eastern countries as China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam…, dragon is a symbol of power, strength, and good luck. And years of the dragon are always a popular one for anyone getting married, staring a business, or having a child. Dragon years bring luck and vim.
May this Dragon year brings you a year full of love, peace, happiness, health, great friends, great fortune!!
I shared this cutest postcard before and I’d like to share it again because of the Lunar New Year celebration. It’s perfect postcard for this!! It’s so sweet of Nathalie, from Hanna Bernhard jewelry line, to do this collage. Thank you Nathalie!

Wearing: Hanna Bernhard custom-made dragon necklace, and Hanna Bernhard custom-made Japanese lucky cat necklace.
Thank you everyone for reading! Have a wonderful day ahead!! xo…Hanh :)

Striking Blue

As I shared with you in the previous posts, the zipper sleeve top and the zipper hem skirt that I came up with an idea and designed them from a few yards of blue fabric leftover.
I’m so happy the skirt has become my favorite one -it is comfy, chic and yet very striking blue hue. So, I couldn’t help myself to wear the skirt again for a night out. This time, I styled it with MMMargeila nude bodysuit, and this Rick Owens distressed leather jacket with zipper details gives a perfect compliment to the skirt. I intended to play with the diagonal angle of the zippers in this look and love it so much.


This Maison Martin Margiela nude bodysuit has a smooth texture and it’s a great piece for layering. I love to wear it underneath an opened dress or an opened top when I don’t want to expose too much skin.

Zipper detail at the hem of the skirt.
McQueen clutch, McQueen bracelet (similar here).

Shoes: Christian Louboutine Lady Daf.
Thank you everyone for reading and have a happy day ahead!!! xo…Hanh :)

Veil Inspiration

This Madewell scarf is one of my favorites. Its fabric is soft cotton jersey and its size is big enough to inspire me to play with. You could find around three or four yards of soft jersey fabric to do a DIY project. Jersey fabric works fine with a raw edge. When I put this outfit together, it was inspired by “hijab”; a headscarf or veil (refers to the head covering traditionally worn by Muslim women and modest Muslim styles of dress in general).
My husband (who is my photographer) and I had a lot of fun while doing this shoot. The weather was perfect to wear these layers; MMMargiela nude bodysuit underneath NhaKhanh thumb holed mesh top, The Row cardigan, Madewell scarf, J Brand bianca jeans, MMMargiela goat hair collar (similar here).

I had fun styling this outfit. I love the fact that this look seems very mysterious and spiritual. Yes, it added even more interest to the look by pairing with this McQueen devil clutch (similar here) which I purchased last year from the final sale at the Forty Five Ten boutique, and my little girl who chose this clutch from among those on sale.
The Woods multi charm bracelet.

Thank you everyone for reading!! Have a wonderful day ahead!!! xo…Hanh :)

Blue Pink

I had a few yards of blue fabric leftover, so I came up with an idea and designed this zipper sleeve top and zipper hem skirt.
Here is a detail of the zipper sleeve. It can zip all the way up and down.

And zipper at the hem.
Wore with YsL blue sole tribute pumps.

Nude MMMargiela bodysuit underneath.

I found this Avant Toi cashmere silk panel scarf at Forty Five Ten boutique in Dallas. The boutique recently carried this line. This scarf is made of pure cashmere with hand painted and washed, attached in the middle with a Hermes vintage silk scarf. The result is a beautiful double layer scarf-so classy and rare. Each Avant Toi’s scarf is strictly one of a kind. I really love their scarf design idea. And I definitely love those ducks…

Thank you everyone for reading! Have a happy Sunday and a wonderful week ahead!x0..Hanh :)

Saturday Lunch Outfit

I tried this Maison Martin Margiela goat hair bolero jacket months ago at Barneys in NY and I’ve dreamed about it since, although it reminds me of my Celine shearling cropped jacket. I’d like to style it with a black Helmut Lang top, and AG Adriano Goldschmied faux leather leggings.

And these McQueen boots will compliment the look. Also, the pink McQueen clutch and this hot pink La Mer Collection wrap watch are fun items to complete the look.
This outfit is chic, edgy, stylish, and an especially great deal to buy now because they are on sale.
Thank you everyone for reading!! and have a fun weekend!!!xo…Hanh :)
PS: Don’t forget to send me your photos of your looks by January 26th to ENTER to WIN Fashion Blog World’s Inspiration contest giveaway gift $175. Good luck to you all!!

Fashion Blog World’s Inspiration 2012

I had hosted this contest before and would like to do it again. As you know, Fall2012 Fashion Week of New York, London, Milan, and Paris is coming soon, so let’s get inspired and ready for it. The idea of this contest is just for fun and of course getting inspiration. I know there are many of you that are very inspired already, and it would be lovely to share that inspired style here at Life-in-Travel, and I’m excited to know more about your sense of fashion. Everyone (including international contestants) can enter this contest giveaway gift, just send to a picture of your outfits with your name and what you’re wearing. Please, summit your two photos of two looks by January 26th. I will choose between 15 to 20 faces and let all the readers rate it. The winner is the one who has the most votes, and will get $175 giftcard from the store of your choice, or cash. Have fun with your fashion creation and GOOD LUCK to you all! 😉

This red MMMargiela sweater was from last year. I’ve worn it alot, but I had no chance to share it until now. It’s also very sexy to style it with shorts and a pair of any length boots, especially with thigh high boots.
And these Row leggings are absolutely a GREAT investment piece. I’ve been wearing them countless times in every fall/winter season and its quality is the best. Here are the links that you can find them, very similar to mine, click here or here.

“Rock!” ring designed by my little girl last year when she was 7.
McQueen boots. You can find them here for 30% off (they run a little big).

MMMargiela clutch. (resemblance here)

Sue Gragg necklace.

Thank you everyone for reading! Have a wonderful day!!! xo…Hanh :)

From Deer Valley Mountain

There was a lot of sunshine in Deer Valley, Utah. It was warm and beautiful, although it needed more snow compared with last season. There were a few run closed, but overall, it’s a great place to ski. Deer Valley Mountain offers six peaks. It has a limit on lift tickets sold for daily skiing and exclusive for skier, no snowboarding. Also, it has been rated #1 ski resort in North America for five consecutive years by the readers of Ski Magazine. If you’re snowboarders, go to Park City Mountain resort where it has amazing slopes for your snowboarding techniques.
Here are some pictures from Deer Valley Mountain.

Thank you everyone for reading!! Have a wonderful day ahead!! xoHanh :)
PS: More of Deer Valley’s post, click here.

Ready for Park City’s Main Street

Here what I wore après ski. I headed to Park City’s Main street for an afternoon shopping with the family. The Park City’s Main Street is the home of internationally famous Sundance Film Festival, which opens toward the end of January.

When we were doing the shoot, the snow came down. It was beautiful.

My past season’s Burberry Prorsum boots (resemblance here) are my favorite shearling boots.

Wearing: Isabel Marant fur (resemblance here), Ann Demeulemeester white top, Nha Khanh thumb holed mesh black top, Citizen of Humanity jeans, Nina Ricci sunnies, and The Woods necklace.
Thank you everyone for reading!! Have a wonderful day!!! x0…Hanh :)
PS: Please, stay tuned because I’m hosting the “Fashion’s Blog World Inspiration” contest soon.
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