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{CRYSTAL'S CLOSET}: HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012


HAPPY AWESOME NEW YEAR!

Hi guys!
It's 3rd day of the new year, according to the Lunar calendar. I'm having a great time celebrating New Year with Mike and my family in Vietnam. There is nothing better than this time, to be at home, to eat mom's foods, and to be surrounded by many people you love. BEST! I hope you guys having a great time too with your family and wish you a splendid, wonderful year ahead. :)

A short entry as I'm uploading it mainly from my iPhone. 
I'm going to head out later to my student's house for dinner. Every year I go back, my group of dance students will get in touch with me to take lessons and to have house parties. It's freezing here in Vietnam, the temperature is around 7- 15 degree Celsius, I have to wear many layers of cloths every time I go out.

Here is what I wore today. 






Trendy coat from H&M. Super love this coat and it fits me so well. 




Inside layer: I'm wearing a short leather jacket from F21, bought it during my LA trip. 


H&M ankle boots. Love them.

That's my entire look for today. What are you wearing for Chinese New Year? If you have more interesting mix&  match looks, perhaps you can share with me in the comment section below.

Will be back for a longer entry about the entire trip... For now, Happy New Year all!
Love,
Crystal
Crystal Phuong
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SHOPPING IN LOS ANGELES


So there are many girlfriends of mine were questioning what did I buy in US and to make this entry more entertaining and interesting to read rather than just displaying all the items piece by piece. I decided to do it like a fashion magazine layout. It took me freaking 6 hours to come up with the idea, photoshop and put it all together.


Talk about work dedication, I got to be at the airport at 7am to fly to Vietnam, only 4 hours left and I still haven't packed anything yet. Every time before my flight, I usually have lots of things to do and never have enough time to finish them.



Anyway, back to the main topic, below are all of the items (mainly clothing) that I bought during my stay in Los Angeles. If you would ask me one question "How is shopping in US?" I would say: IT'S SO AWESOME!



Seriously! Things are so much cheaper there than in Singapore especially all the branded stuffs. Name it: Guess, Coach, Victoria Secret's, Forever21, Levis...and many more. When I first entered Forever21 store, I was like "OMG! There are so many items that are not available in Singapore"- "OMG! All the clothes, dresses are so cute" and "OMFG! Why it's so cheap?". Not just that, all the items are unique, and there are plenty varieties for you chose. Some of the designs are not even available in Singapore. I was like being dropped in another heaven and grabbing whatever I like. That feeling is so awesome :D



Cut the long story short, below are some of my picks, and I mixed and matched them to create a style that called "Crystal Lookbook". These are what I love to wear daily. Check it out!



First and most full-filing stop at Forever21. I bought many dresses here, only because you can't find any other better deal than this.




First outfit: Black sleeveless dress with silver zip at the back and transparent V-cut at the waist on both sides. It creates an illusion of a small waist you have, increases your body curve. I wear this to work, and it makes me feel very confident every time I wear it. :) Small red belt and red watch will be a highlight of your entire look. Oh and don't forget a sexy high heels together. Dress is at USD$24 only. 






Second dress from F21: Black body con dress with three water drops on the neckline. It is definitely an intelligent design: The three water drops on the neckline that what I mean. It looks so stylish and sexy. The kind of open and conservative design always make people wondering and eager to find out more about you. Guess how much it would cost? USD$22! :D





Yes! This is definitely Crystal's style. Shiny & sexy. I love how the gold sequins decorated in such an unique way on the soft material. It gives a rough and sensual feel at the same time. If you are planning on a Friday night date, this dress is going to knock him out for sure. Don't forget  a small clutch, a sexy pair of pumps and red or pink lipstick with you. I bought this celebrity-inspired dress at only USD$24.


The last dress I bought from F21 is this orange-black one side shoulder body con dress. This is Mike's favorite; he picked it for me. The design is not new, but the colors are very well played. It also focuses very much on your body curve too. I'm going to pair up this dress with a pair of orange color heels and some bracelets or sunglasses like in the photo. And I'm ready for a night. It costed me USD$22 only to get this piece home.

There are many more stuffs in F21, which I believe if I spent another hour or two there, I could have bought one luggage of their clothes back. Most of the dresses sold in Singapore are around S$59- S$69 or even more. Besides, they are pretty out-dated so even you pay three times of the price, you'll probably get the last season items only. 

Left F21, we headed to few other shopping stores. One of them is GUESS. Initially, I wanted to buy a pair of jeans only but in the end I bought more than that. :D *girls' problem*. Also because things in the store are pretty cheap, ranging from USD$100- USD$200. You might say "WTF! It's like a week spending of mine". But look, if comparing to Singapore, we probably have to pay three times higher for the same item". So again, my point is right. 


This is the display set at the shop, and Mike picked it for me. I chose some other dresses to try on and apparently when I walked out from the fitting room with the dress; Mike was like "Oh! Take it". The dress is USD$98 and jacket is USD$138. Shoes from Charles & Keith, watch is from Swarovski. What do you think?

This is my mix and match set called Glam Chic. Sequin cotton top from Armani Exchange for USD$39 only. The brown leather jacket is even cheaper. Only USD$29 from Forever21, I quickly grabbed it the moment I saw it and its price. Super comfortable and it fits me so well too. This probably is my best buy item so far in terms of cost saving. Brown ankle length boots are from H&M; I bought them in Singapore for S$59. The black boots are from Aldo.



Another sophisticated stylish looking set. The white top with fruits printed colar from Dolce &Gabana for USD$249. Skinny Jean from Guess at USD$128 and Gucci belt bought in Singapore at S$560. I'm totally in love with this look. Very comfortable and modern, it's suitable for work a casual day out.



Lastly, this is one of my most favorite items. BEBE dress! I've been in love with BEBE clothes from the first sight. All the dresses are so elegant, sexy and trendy. Bebe dresses in Singapore are usually sold at S$300 and above but, believe it or not, you can find some dresses at around USD$100 or less and they are nice too in US.



And these are the two dresses I got while I went shopping in Rodeo drive. Take a look!



First! It's a sparkly night. I can't express how much love I have for this shiny dress. Super comfortable and fitting. It really praises my body curve well. ;) The shiny stripe on the dress is such a brilliant idea. It makes the dress totally not boring at all. When I first wore this dress, most of my friends paid attention to it and gave lots of compliment. I know, it's really nice. I bought it for only USD$79, can you believe? 

Second dress: Bebe Brennan Deep V Lace Dress. It's a celebrity style with deep V shape neckline, bare back. I'm so obsessed with this dress. The lace & satin go well together make the dress look so super hot and feminine. Bought it for USD$159, super happy because it's cheap, and it's not even sold in Singapore. Know what?

Actress Carmen Electra wore it too :D

The last shop I went is of course Victoria's Secret. There is no shopping haul completed without a visit Victoria's Secret store. I came when they had 50% OFF in the store. What a timing!
I bought a couple of bras (1 for 1), panties. Super satisfied :D


Total bill. 
Victoria's Secret stuffs are by far the best. I love their bras, they are so comfortable and so soft. I feel like kissing it every time I wear it. 

Overall, it was such a great trip, great shopping experience. Everyone is so polite, friendly and serves you so well as if you were a Queen even though you are not buying anything from them. I love it! And the best thing is I go to US at least once every year now to visit Mike's family. Guess how many shopping hauls can I have? :D

I'm going to end this entry here because I'm running out of time. Need to have rapid packing and head down to the airport. 
Before ending this, let me wish you guys a very happy, healthy New Year. 
Love,
Crystal
Crystal Phuong
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{TRAVEL}: FROM ARIZONA TO LOS ANGELES (PART 2)


Hey guys! Get ready for my explosive blog post about my LA trip! Tons of photos, OMG! It took me 4 hours to photoshopped 200 photos.

This is so exciting! I've been urged by so many friends to post up about this entry especially girls who want to know what did I shop :D. So here you go! I'm combining 2 days in 1 post. Get set? And go!

First! 
WELCOME TO LOS ANGELES! 

*Photo from Scott Stullberg Photography. Such an amazing picture! 

What is this? 



Oh yeah! It's LA cab. The Yellow Cab company has some kinda protections to prevent the cab driver from robbery. Damn! The social crime rate here must be high. 



Got into our hotel- Sofitel hotel which is located in Beverly Hills. I was super excited about thinking of "OMG! I'm staying in celebrities residency area"- I know it's kinda lame but so what? Right? Look at the cozy hotel room 



and a beautiful bathroom with a transparent glass which allows you to see through the bedroom and vice versa. 



Beautiful view from our hotel room to the Hollywood.  



Here it is, I'm not bluffing. 
We landed in LA around 12.30pm local time, the weather was super gorgeous, a little dry but sunny and cool. Temperature was around 16- 17 degree Celcius, it's perfect for a day out. We quickly settled our stuffs and went out for lunch and shopping :D



Mike and his sun-glasses I bought for him for Christmas, stylish looking! Look at the Macy's store at the back, oh man! That's in Beverly Shopping Center just in front of our hotel. 



Shoes! I love those heels but not the Lady Gaga's wedges. 



Guess where I was standing at????



 It's Hollywood Blvd. So crowded and happening!




Taking photo with Kenny G star. I love his music! There are many other stars along the road but all look the same so no need to show more photos of it.


 The Hollywood & Highland center- a small shopping center from outside!



and how it looks from inside. Beautiful lighting deco during Christmas!


In front of Hollywood Guinness- World of Records Center.  

There are tons of activities and fun things going on at Hollywood Boulevard but I'm gonna just come back to it later. It was the first night there and I was literally tired after a flight, thus I didn't stay very long there. I got back hotel at 9.30pm, took a rest to prepare for full day activities the day after. 

Morning: second day in LA, we took a cab to Santa Monica Pier
It's a  is a large double-jointed pier located at the foot of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica, California and is a prominent, 100-years-old landmark. 

There is no word besides breathtaking. I love this beach so much. 



Ok! This is just some random shoots but the beach is here.


 I told you, it's beautiful! The sand is so fine, the water is so blue and the wave is so calm. 


What was Mike pointing at? 

Oh, he pointed at this one. There were some entertainments going on up there. 





Pacific Park!



Some street musical performances. It's so fun to watch him and the kid playing drum.



Woohoo! Camwhoring time! Seriously, I could never stop myself from taking photos of...myself at such beautiful places. 


Self-camwhoring was not enough, I became so "terrorist" that I asked Mike to be my photographer. Poor him! :D




Look at the awesome ocean behind me. 


 Playland Arcade! So colorful

 The shore view from the ocean. 



 and with a model in it. :D


A beautiful of us taken by a LA policeman. :D 



Guess what the place with a beautiful and confusing photo is? I thought it's a shopping mall but it's actually a car park. Damn! The car park looks better than my house. 


 Took a random shot looking at the beach from the street. 

Afternoon: We took a cab to the most expensive shopping paradise at Rodeo Drive- Beverly Hills. It's a high class shopping street that you can find any brand, every brand here from Versace, Gucci, Prada to Guess etc...


 Me at the start of the street. 



Louis Vuitton is here. 



Hey! It's my family fashion brand here. :D. Just kidding but honestly I was so happy to see somebody whose surname is same as mine is a famous fashion designer. How proud!


Catch this baby along the street! Bugatti Veyron- the second most expensive and famous racing car today with a base price tag of $1,700,000 and its speed is about above 400km/h. Close your mouth, people! You are drooling all over my blog.  

Beautiful deco along the street with many crystal blinking everywhere. You can't see it in the photo but in real life it is. 


Salvatore Ferragamo! 

Just random shoot at the street. It's clean, nice and bright street. There were many people around but it wasn't chaos at all. 


Love this Christmas decoration. I guess, I visited Rodeo Dr. at the best timing of the year. 





Having my late lunch (2.30pm) at Pacific Seafood Grill. Very yummy foods they made there.

Dine

and wine. Valentine came early for us. <3

After Rodeo Drive, we headed down to Hollywood Boulevard again for some souvenirs shopping as this was the last day we were in LA. 


You might be wondering why my outfit was changed here. I got it from Forever21 for 2 minutes when I first got there. The true reason was funny! While I was so enjoying my seafood spaghetti, the stupid prawn shell was cracked while I was biting it and the sauce splashed all over my face, neck and cloths. 

It was so embarrassing yet Mike kept looking at me and laughing. >.< So I had to buy new top to change later on. I told Mike "Ok! Give me 2 minutes, I grab a cloth to change"- 15 minutes later, Mike walked into F21 to look for me and saw another 3, 4 pieces of cloths on my hands, he said "I thought you only get one top to change. I didn't know you were shopping"- I said: "Oops! It's just by the way" Hahahahha! Who asked you to laugh at me earlier :D. In the end, instead of just 1 top, I bought extra 1 leather jacket and 1 dress and he didn't know about it at all til we got home. :D

Also, we managed to buy some souvenirs for family. And last thing we did at Hollywood boulevard was visiting Madam Tussauds Museum.

I went to  Madam Tussauds Museum once when I was in Hongkong and it was pretty fun. This time I wanted to see how it would be in Hollywood. I expected it would be very much bigger, more interesting and exciting and it wasn't. I think the one in Hongkong is still better. Slightly different from the arrangement, in Hongkong, all the figures are arranged according to themes: Historical, Music Icons, National Heroes, etc...In Hollywood, they are arranged according to the movies. Something like this:


I don't know what movie they were. Must be horror one. 

And some scary faces displayed along the entrance 


Twilight prince & princess: Kristen Steward & Robert Pattinson


"Shanghai Noon" stars. I know, the guy at the left doesn't look like Jackie Chan at all. This movie is funny, have you watched?


Mr. "Benjamin Button" :)

Jennifer Garner- I have big ass too, look!

That's all about the museum and sightseeing journey. We went for dinner, went back to hotel and got ready for an evening shopping after that. ^_^


A beautiful photo of the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood taken by Mike in the sunset. 

Mike asked me "What else do you want to do now, sweetheart?" I said "Shopping" :D and here are what I got from the shopping haul. 



Wanna know what's inside? Wait for my next blog entry, I'll reveal what I bought ;)
Crystal Phuong
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