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LAID BACK IN TAIWAN

LAID BACK IN TAIWAN


Travel with Crystal- Laid Back in Taiwan

Some time in mid of 2016, I made a short trip back to Taiwan. It has been 3 years since my first visit. The first trip to this beautiful country was in 2013. It was also the last time that I went on a holiday with a bunch of people (15 of them probably). It was fun, but it was also tiring as we were constantly on the go from one place to another. If you are like me, afraid of burning yourself out with a full itinerary "recommended" by a tour agency from the early morning to the late evening, you'd be better off planning your own trip. 

When my boyfriend and I travel, we are very laid back. We will pick one or two places to visit or things to do in a day and as soon as we cross that item off our to-do list, we pretty much go with the flow. That's what happened when we visited Taiwan. I'll share more details on what we did and where we went in another travel post. For now, here are just some photos of me, wandering the streets in Xi Men Ting at the end of our trip. 

No particular destination in mind. Just walked and enjoyed Taipei as much as I could. It's so incredible to see the familiar places with fresh eyes. 

Travel with Crystal- Streetstyle in Taiwan

Travel with Crystal- Laid Back in Taiwan

Travel with Crystal- Laid Back in Taiwan

Travel with Crystal- Laid Back in Taiwan

Travel with Crystal- Laid Back in Taiwan

Travel with Crystal- Laid Back in Taiwan

Travel with Crystal- Laid Back in Taiwan

Thank you so much for reading! 

::Outfit::
Cropped denim jacket- Thanks to Esprit
Mugler sunglasses- Similar here
Forever New culottes- Similar here
Jeffrey Campbell gladiator sandals
Vintage deep V-neck top- Similar here
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FALL FOR KIMORA LEE SIMMONS

FALL FOR KIMORA LEE SIMMONS


Crystal Phuong x Kimora Lee Simmons: Bomber jacket 4

When I was much younger, I always reminded myself to be strong, be independent, and be ambitious. Living abroad alone taught me many valuable lessons. It put me through many survival tests that I had never imagined. Being bullied, cheated, and taken for granted. I had "tasted" them all. I told myself not to cry because crying only showed the weaknesses. I chose to wear a biker leather jacket over a dress to suit my strong personality. I aways looked like I was ready for a battle. 

As I grow older, I've learned that being strong is never about winning. It's about learning a lesson from my failures and mistakes and never give up. I learned how to be positive in the most negative situation. I'm grateful for everything I have in life. I remind myself to always treat people with respect and kindness. By focusing on improving myself instead of worrying about how people think of me, I become a much happier person. 

My definition of a "strong woman" has changed since then. 

A strong woman to me is someone who can play multiple roles in her life and be good at what she does. She knows what she wants and how to achieve her goals. She is passionate and compassionate. She radiates happiness and positivity everywhere she goes. Every time I discover a brand that caters to confident and strong women. I'm instantly connected. Kimora Lee Simmons is one of those brands. Like I mentioned in the first blog post, KLS, designed by Kimora Lee Simmons herself, is a fashion brand for the women who go places. KLS clothes not only unleash the beauty and confidence in any woman but also help her to look polished at any event throughout the day. This bomber jacket from KLS Fall Winter 2016 is an example. I put it on and I was head over heels in love with it. I can't find any reason why you shouldn't give it a try. 

Crystal Phuong x Kimora Lee Simmons: Bomber jacket 2

Crystal Phuong x Kimora Lee Simmons: Bomber jacket

Crystal Phuong x Kimora Lee Simmons: Bomber jacket 3

Crystal Phuong x Kimora Lee Simmons: Bomber jacket 5


Crystal Phuong x Kimora Lee Simmons: Bomber jacket 6

Crystal Phuong x Kimora Lee Simmons: Bomber jacket 7

Crystal Phuong x Kimora Lee Simmons: Bomber jacket 8

Crystal Phuong x Kimora Lee Simmons: Bomber jacket 9

Thank you so much for reading! 


::Outfit::
Zara flare pants- Similar here
Carolina Herrera bracelet
Nasty Gal chiffon top (old)- Similar here
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LET YOUR VEST DO THE TALKING

LET YOUR VEST DO THE TALKING


Crystal Phuong- Kimora Lee Simmons Fall Winter 2016


I was in New York last Fall to attend some fashion shows during New York Fashion Week. There were many great shows this season. Among all, the Kimora Lee Simmons Spring Summer 2017 was definitely one of my favorites. Kimora Lee Simmons is well-known as a famous fashion model. Guess what? She is also the beautiful face behind her successful fashion brand, KLS.

Kimora Lee Simmons is a woman on the go. She splits her time being a mom of four kids, being a designer, and being a CEO of her fashion empire. Simmons channels a strong and confident woman through her designs. That's why I felt connected with her clothes the moment I first saw them. Not only are they beautiful, but are also super versatile. They take a woman from day to night, yet still make her look polished and pulled-together.

This Anderson vest from the Fall Winter 2016 collection is an example. You can wear it as a dress or a sleeveless coat over a turtleneck sweater and white leg pants like I styled it here. I wish words can describe exactly how I felt when I put on a beautiful long vest that fit me like a glove. It made me feel confident, classy, and strong.

If you have never had that experience with clothes. Then I'll suggest you should try out some of KLS pieces. I'm pretty sure their clothes will make you feel beautiful inside and out. Thank me later if you want.

Crystal Phuong- Kimora Lee Simmons Fall Winter 2016

Crystal Phuong- Kimora Lee Simmons Fall Winter 2016


Crystal Phuong- Kimora Lee Simmons Fall Winter 2016

Crystal Phuong- Kimora Lee Simmons Fall Winter 2016

Crystal Phuong- Kimora Lee Simmons Fall Winter 2016

Crystal Phuong- Kimora Lee Simmons Fall Winter 2016

Crystal Phuong- Kimora Lee Simmons Fall Winter 2016

Crystal Phuong- Kimora Lee Simmons Fall Winter 2016

Crystal Phuong- Kimora Lee Simmons Fall Winter 2016

Thank you so much for reading! 

::Outfit:
Anderson long vest- Thanks to Kimora Lee Simmons
Carolina Herrera bracelet- Similar here
Uniqlo turtleneck sweater- Similar here
Zara white leg pants- Similar here
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VIFW 2016: ALL BLACK DAY AND NIGHT

VIFW 2016: ALL BLACK DAY AND NIGHT


Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Streetstyle day 6

Despite having so many clothes in my closet, I often raid my boyfriend's wardrobe, and basically, his clothes are mine at home. His T-shirts, shirts and even sweat pants are my favorites. It's fun to borrow from the boys once in a while. 

On the last day of Vietnam International Fashion Week, I decided to play with a menswear style during the day. A boyfriend blazer as a dress, a black crop top and shorts underneath, and black leather over-the-knee boots to complete the look. Some said I looked fierce while others thought I was too sexy. When wearing an oversized top or dress, I'd like to throw a belt on top to accentuate my waist. I also layered 2 bib silver necklaces to create a dramatic vibe and make a statement. It's either go big or go home kind of look, you know? 

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Streetstyle day 6

Photos by Pham Cong Thanh

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Streetstyle day 6

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Streetstyle day 6

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong- Streetstyle day 6


At night, everyone put on their best dress for the red carpet as it was the closing night. Thanks to iHateFashion for the love! My friend, Valerie & I were dressed up in their latest collection, which was shown at the fashion week just a day before. We had a blast on the red carpet and at the show. 

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong in iHeartFashion-day 6

Love this faux fur tweed dress from iHateFashion. Their new collection is so beautiful! 

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong in iHeartFashion-day 6

Brought my mom to the shows and she loved it. 

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong in iHeartFashion-day 6

Front row squad with my babe: Valerie Lim- Miss Singapore Universe 2011

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong in iHeartFashion-day 6

Sandwiched between my favorite couple: Son (on the left) and Adrian (on the right). We look like we were in a triangle relationship, don't we? 

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Crystal Phuong in iHeartFashion-day 6

Photos by Katsu Phuong

Another successful fashion week ended just like that and I can't wait to do it all over again. 

Thank you so much for reading! 

::Outfit 1::
Nasty Gal boyfriend blazer- Similar here
GUESS over-the-knee boots- Similar here
Nasty gal fedora hat- Similar here
Lovisa necklaces- Currently obsessed with this one
Charles & Keith belt- More choices here

::Outfit 2::
Faux fur top worn as dress- Thanks to iHateFashion
Red beret- Thanks to iHateFashion
GUESS over-the-knee boots- Similar here
Lovisa necklaces- Currently obsessed with this one
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VIFW 2016: MONOCHROMATIC

VIFW 2016: MONOCHROMATIC


Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 5 streetstyle- Crystal Phuong

 Photo by Long Hoang

If my memory serves me well, I had these outfit photos taken on my birthday when I was in Hanoi during Vietnam Fashion Week. Instead of attending the shows, I spent the day with my family. We went for a walk, had a delicious birthday lunch, and had so much laughter.  I'm not a big fan of cake so no birthday cake and no candles needed. The presence of people that I love means everything to me as I haven't had a birthday celebration with the family for more than 10 years (God! That's a long time).

As I grow older, I'm more aware of how short our life can be and how precious time is. Happiness can be as simple as waking up early on a weekend, having a tasty breakfast, going for a walk with your loved ones, and watching a favorite movie to end the day. The more I try to live a simpler life, the clearer my mind and heart will be. My style is an obvious evidence of how I've transformed.

I would choose black and white over neon and orange, a monochromatic outfit over a colorful printed one. If all else fails, I'll go with an all-beige outfit. It works every time. 

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 5 streetstyle- Crystal Phuong

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 5 streetstyle- Crystal Phuong

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 5 streetstyle- Crystal Phuong

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 5 streetstyle- Crystal Phuong

Photos by Son Tung

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 5 streetstyle- Crystal Phuong


Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 5 streetstyle- Crystal Phuong

Photo by Shin Vox

::Outfit::
Bardot long sweater worn as dress (old)
Brown pencil skirt- Thanks to Forever21
Charles & Keith belt- Similar here
Raye pumps- Thanks to REVOLVE


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