Pink Birds

I’m madly in love with the Miu Miu Spring 2010 rtw collection and you probably are, too! The animal prints (and one not so G-rated lounging-nude motif) are just so adorable, fun, and yet naive. You can see that every piece in this collection will become timeless piece in your closet. I also love the Miu Miu shoes of this season. They are absolutely stunning. I wish I could get my hands on them, but it seems so far I don’t have the luck :(. Anyway, here is the birds top: I would pair this top with everything; skinny or flare-leg pants, nice denim skinny or flare jeans, short or long skirt…. It’s very versatile.

The light of the sunset gave my skin a nicely pinkish tan. I love it!
Ivory Antique
Do you remember that I mentioned that we accidentally found the Chinese/Italian antique store in China Town, San Fransisco?. It’s called Micheal. It’s located at the corner of Bush and Grant and it’s a serious antique store. It has so many unbelievable pieces, especially some ivory pieces and mammoth tusk pieces. Here are some that the owner allowed me to take a picture of.
Look at this antique ivory. It’s one of the Chinese Kings. Its detailed carving are amazing. This piece and the Chinese queen below are my favorite. They truly show the art of carving.The Chinese queen.The turtle carrying the book with two dragons wrapped around, it has old Chinese style writing on it.Chinese chess set made by bone and ivory.
This western style chess set made in Italy is also my favorite. It’s actually a four feet square marble table with chess pieces.

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Wishing you all a fabulous day ahead!!
Big hugs…Hanh 😉
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Memories of Tangier, Morocco

Tangier, Morocco

Last weekend, some of my relatives came over for dinner. We had a fun time chit chatting. They asked us which of our trips was the most interesting. We had to say that the day trip to Tangier, Morocco, from our cruise (from Barcelona, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal). When we got off the ship to take a tour of Tangier, there were a couple of security men to guide the group. Normally, that’s not the case. Anyway, we had a great time and enjoyed the tour. We actually learned so much about this city in one day trip. We especially love their interesting architecture and culture. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I like the food. But I was sure that Tangier is a interesting city. It’s the intersection where Europe meets Africa, where the Atlantic washes into the Mediterranean, and where Islam and Christendom comes together. Here are some pictures:

We love all those gates and doors.There are many beautiful beaches in Tangier. Camels were resting after giving tourists a ride. Hercules’ cave has become famous for the natural shape and is much like the continent of Africa.

You can tell that we love and enjoy different cultures. It shows in how we decorated our house. This is Mid 19 th century Moroccan mother of pearl inlaid mirror. Late 19 th century Moroccan bronze lantern and we made it into electric.New bronze Moroccan lantern production in our meditation room.Our meditation room is a Moroccan / Indian style.Sitting area in meditation room.

Beach Style

These pictures below were taken on the beach in Mexico in March.

Look 1: wearing Juicy Couture plaid dress as a cover.Look 2: Indian silk wrap wore as a dress.Thank you everyone for your visiting!!!Wishing you all a wonderful day!! Kisses…Hanh;-)

Balenciaga Leather Vest Spring 2010 Rtw Collection

This season, Balenciaga spring 2010 rtw collection is just incredibly stunning. Every silhouette, each garment is extraordinary. Especially highly structured paneled leather vests and boots are futuristic technique and unique.When I was on my Paris trip, I set my goal to Balenciaga boutique to find a pair of boots which I specifically wanted since I saw them on the runway. When I arrived to the boutique, I saw exactly the pairs that I wanted to have… “OMG”…Excited!..Hold on! Not yet. Size 6 Salma Hayek already got them, the Latino American actress. They do have size 7.5 which is too big for me. I tried on anyway…Too bad! The whole company just made 2 pairs of this specific style. Disappointed. I turned around and saw an incredibly amazing vest. Yes, it was my size and It fit me perfectly. Score!!!

These are the boots that I talked about. Too big for me :(
And this is the leather vest. I’m happy to choose it over the boots because this vest is more versatile and rare. This highly structured paneled leather vest is an investment piece. Its quality is amazing and the uniqueness of the woven material: leather, woven jersey, nylon foam, and metal are truly artistic craftsmanship. All element of this vest are extraordinary which made the vest a masterpiece. It is one of the eye-catching pieces in Balenciaga spring 2010 runway.Look at the details! It’s just amazing- beautiful art craftsmanship. I deeply love this vest. The best piece in my closet, actually. Well, there are some of my other pieces are amazing too. But this one is serious. I’m sure it asked for a lots of work to do the weave.I had my flats for back up.Pompidou Museum.Pompidou is one of Europe’s most important museums of modern art and one of the world’s most significant art galleries. Some of the art movements represented within the Pompidou Center are Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. The arts include paintings, sculpture, drawings, photography and short film. The building itself is a piece of modern architecture and the realisation of aesthetic principle. It is a fantastic achievement for the Pompidou Center and makes it popular with tourist in Paris.Ghost et Brother, 1993 by Francoise Quardon (1961).Flag # 30 Between us and the breeze, 2008 by Sara Rahbar (1976). God Bless Bagdad, vers 2001 by Erro’ (1932). Look! So many people just hang out in front of the Pompidou museum. Fun!Three Mongolian musicians played in front of the Pompidou to sell their music CD. The music is beautiful. We bought one.Thank you for your visiting and comments! Wish you all a wonderful day!Kisses…Hanh 😉

Hakone Open Air Museum

Open Air Museum, Hakone.

Once in late winter some time ago, I had a wonderful experience that I visited the Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan. It’s an outdoor museum that displays works by both Japanese and western artists, such as Picasso, Matisse, and many others. It attempts to create a harmony of nature and art by exhibiting various sculptures on its spacious grounds with breathtaking views of the surrounding valley and mountains of Hakone. If you like art and nature, this is the place for you.Besides the outdoor sculptures, the museum features various indoor galleries. There is a sizable Picasso collection, consisting of paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramic creations.

Colorful Diamond Shapes.
Big head in water.Reflective Ball.
Lake Ashi, Hakone, Japan.
Hakone is a popular destination among Japanese and international tourists looking for a break from Tokyo, which I highly recommend if you’re in the neighborhood. It’s not too far and easy access from Tokyo by train. Hakone is famous for hot springs, outdoor activities, and natural beauty. You can reach the Hakone Mountains by ropeway and enjoy spectacular views from the top. When you’re here, do not forget to visit Ashi lake, one of my favorite parts of the trip.
Lake Ashi (Japanese: Ashinoko) is absolutely beautiful and romantic, and is known for its views of Mt.Fuji, the symbol of Hakone. There are several sightseeing boats cruising the lake, providing scenic views for tourists. However, the view of Mt.Fuji tends to be better during the colder seasons of the year than in summer, as told by my tourist guide.
Mt.Fuji seen from the lake. On the right hand side of the pic is a torii in the water.

This view is from the rope way ride to Hakone moutains.This is a famous torii in the water of lake Ashi which is a very popular tourist attraction

And now, me, in Dallas, wearing F21 turtle neck top and sunglasses, CdG deconstructed skirt, Alexander wang wedge, Yigal bag.Thank you so much for your visiting and comments!!Wishing you all a wonderful day ahead!!Kisses…Hanh 😉

Hola Mexico

Just a quick post to say Hello to everyone from Mexico. We just arrived earlier today. I hope everyone is doing well.

Sombrero-Mexican hat. Snack time.
FRIDA- a famous Mexican artist.Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was a Mexican painter. She painted using vibrant colors in a style that was influenced by indigenous cultures of Mexico and European influences including Realism, Symbolism, and Surrealism. Many of her works are self-portraits that symbolically articulate her own pain. Kahlo was married to Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. I have to say that her paintings are beautiful and interesting. She had a lot of pain in her life…rough life! She’s amazingly a strong lady. In 2002, the American biographical film Frida, directed by Julie Taymor, in which Salma Hayek portrayed the artist, was released. It is one of my favorite movie that I watch many times. If you haven’t seen it yet and you should. Here is a link to learn more about Frida Kahlo.

Frida Kahlo.

Her painting.
I really love all her outfits in the pictures above that I intentedly chose out her paintings with the great oufits (hehe…so fashion mind!).
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Have a great evening and a wonderful day ahead!!!
Big hugs…Hanh;-)

Christopher Kane Rivet boots for Topshop

Wearing: F21 plaid shirt (yes, I wore it again;-)), F21 scarf, Rick Owens coat, the Row leather pants/leggings (I’ve been wearing this leather leggings too much;-) It’s comfy, warm, edgy and a great piece for investment).

Since I attended The Crystal Grotto (ice-carved musical instruments performing in a unique ice-theater) in Beaver Creek, Colorado, I started searching more about ice-sculptures. It’s fascinating to learn the techniques if creating it. The temperature of the environment affects how quickly the piece must be completed to avoid melting. Ice sculptors use power tools, such as chainsaws and specialty bits fitted to a die grinder. They also use razor-sharp chisels that are specifically designed for cutting ice. Many sculptures are now created largely by machine. Color effects use techniques that includes the addition of colored gels or sand to the ice. The lifetime of a sculpture can last from minutes to possibly months depending on temperature of its environment. There are several ice festivals held around the world, hosting competitions of ice sculpture carving.

While searching this subject, I ran into a Boston Globe website that posted information about an ice sculpture festival in Harbin city in China. It’s been displaying and has amazing workmanship. It’s interesting and very entertaining to read comments of the post, click here if you’re curious.

Here are some ice-sculptures somewhere around the world that I found on google.haha…this ice-fountain sculpture has no work involved. It naturally froze by the cold of this winter.Big thank you to Jasna-FashionJazz for this award. I’d love to pass this to you all, but there are a limited number of them, sorry about that. So for now, allow me to pass it to 10 fabulous blogs: Pear Westwood , Janet Taylor, Style Odyssey, A Daisy Chain Dream, The High Heel Time, VitaMinn Style, Fashion Titbits, Dream Of A Life Time, Watching the Waves, Haute World.Wishing you all a blessed day!!!

Kisses…Hanh;-)

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 😉

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 😉

Murano Glass Chandelier

I talked about Venice in the previous post and I forgot to mention Murano, which is located off the shore of Venice. Murano is a well-known place for producing Murano glass, a famous product of Venice for centuries. It’s home to a marvelous glass museum and several glass factories where you can watch these artists work in their own environment. Murano has its own Grand Canal, along with fascinating shops and sidewalk cafes. If Venice is too busy or overrun with tourists, go to Murano for the workshops and watch the fascinating process of making class in order to better appreciate the time, craftsmanship, and its artisanal creation. It’s worth a ride to Murano island by water-taxi.
The art of making glass in Murano first made its appearance in the 8th century. The artistry and skill required to create each piece is undeniable, as is the long, elaborate and often arduous process of its making.
This chandelier was bought for our home when we were there. I love the lanterns of this light’s design. It is very Asian and shows the details and hand painting. Another fun thing of this style chandelier is that you can add more lanterns into your chandelier, and we did 13 of them because 13 is our lucky number. Now, it is hung on the ceiling of our bedroom and reminds us of our sweet memory of our trip.
New F21 Sweater.
I styled it with my old Alaia skirt, Urban Outfitters body suit, Eddie Bruno necklace, Givenchy boots. Last week, the weather wasn’t too cold-69 F during daytime, so I wanted to wear the sheer tights that added softness and sexiness to this outfit. Wish you all a wonderful day!!!
Thank you very much for visiting my blog and your sweet comments. I truly appreciate it as always. Kisses…Hanh 😉

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;-)
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