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NEW YEAR'S EVE OUTFIT IDEAS



2014 is soon coming to an end and 2015 is just around the corner. Have you decided what to wear for New Year's Eve yet? I know some girls may feel lazy to go through the whole process of searching for a perfect dress. But believe me, it will be all worth it.

New Year's Eve is the most magical, memorable and meaningful night of the year. It's the time for us to reflect, to celebrate and to wish for the best things in our life. Whether you have a count down party at your friend's house, in a restaurant or in a club, you should totally dress your best to celebrate the night away. A sexy little black dress or a red sequin dress would hurt nobody. If you still haven't had any idea of what to wear on this special day, I have here 3 outfits that might help to put an end to your what-to-wear dilemma.

1. Red Is A New Black


A little less formal than a floor-length gown, but more dressy than pants, a jumpsuit is always my ultimate choice whenever I need to look formal and feel comfortable for an event or a party. It's such an effortlessly chic and sophisticated outfit. Why red jumpsuit, you ask? Well, what color is more appropriate for a party and celebration than red? If you love being a center of attention, then this red jumpsuit is definitely your style.



2. The Tulle Story

Recently, tulle has been such a huge trend. As a statement piece itself, tulle skirt can make any girl look like a princess who just steps out of the fairytale. Pairing a tulle skirt with a motor leather jacket for a perfect boy-meets-girl look, I'm pretty sure this outfit will make you become a head-turner of the night.

Nelly Sequin Crop Top- currently on sale.
Gianvito Rossi Suede Pumps- A more affordable version here
Alexander McQueen Clutch- A more affordable version here

3. The Way She Wears It

If sequin and loud colors are not your things, opt for an outfit in a neutral color like :black, gray or beige. But wait! What if we combine all three colors together? Three Floor has an answer for you. This statement dress from Three Floor is currently my favorite. I love the creative, asymmetrical wrap skirt with zip detail and the crew neckline. Such a statement dress like this deserve to be worn on a very special night like New Year's Eve.

Christian Louboutin Heels- An affordable version here
Tom Binn Necklace - An affordable version here



There you have it! Three outfit ideas for one special night. Which one is your favorite? Do you have any favorite outfit in mind? Please share with me at the comments section below. 
Happy New Year and Thank you so much for reading! 
Crystal Phuong
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WHAT TO BRING IN A CARRY-ON LUGGAGE?




The traveling season is here! Even if you don't travel anywhere during this Christmas or New Year's (like me), there are many long weekends next year, waiting for you ahead. Like many people, I love everything about traveling except for packing. It's more fun thinking about the journey than worrying about what to and what not to bring. I used to be a real-life example of someone who always packed many redundant things and forgot the most basic necessity. Over time, I got better when I traveled and never left any important item at home. The secret is simple: have a checklist whenever you start packing.

Besides check-in luggage, a carry-on luggage is the most important thing to me. I lost my check-in luggage before when I flew to Vietnam (I blogged about it here). The only thing I had left with me was my carry-on luggage when I arrived at the destination. I survived the trip with just that luggage.

Want to know what are the must-have items inside my luggage? Here is a list for you! 



Tech Gadgets

Comfort and Apparel
Mango Long Wool Cardigan- An expensive version here

Beauty

Bags and Accessories

What do you bring in your carry-on luggage? Please share with me in the comments section below.
Bon Voyage if you are traveling and Happy packing if you are planning to go on a trip. 
Thank you so much for reading! 



Crystal Phuong
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WHITE CHRISTMAS



These photos were taken 4 weeks ago by my new photographer, Ivan, whose photos will be seen more on this blog. I wanted to publish them as soon as I received the photos from Ivan, but I tried my best to control the excitement and to keep them until today.

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and whenever we talk about Christmas, we'll talk about snow. I have never seen real snow in my life. The last time I visited US during Christmas, I was so looking forward to seeing snow. Unfortunately, it was so disappointing that there was no snow during my trip. Singapore is hot all year round and has no snow at all, but that doesn't mean we can't have white Christmas, can we?

Having that thought in mind, I decided to reserve this beautiful white jumpsuit and white cape blazer especially for this Christmas photo shoot. It started pouring rain when I and Ivan went out to shoot at night. Regardless, the show must go on. The initial plan of shooting outdoors to capture the beautiful sparkling Orchard road was changed to indoor shooting instead. Thank God, there was a magical curtain of lights perfectly appropriate as a backdrop for these Christmas postcard photos.

I'd like to dedicate this special blog post to you, my dearest friends, readers and supporters. Best wishes to you and your family. May your Christmas and all days ahead sparkle with happiness and surprise.

Thank you so much for reading!




















Photography by: Navi Ivan Photography

::Outfit::
Missguided white jumpsuit
Missguided cape blazer
Charles & Keith black and white heels- Similar here
Valentino Stud  handbag
ASOS floppy hat
Topshop rings (old)- Similar here
Asos ear cuff (old)
Gorjana lariat necklace- Michael Kors watch



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PURPLE AND LACE



Finally, I have a chance to feature the Phillip Lim Pashli purple bag on my blog. This beautiful bag is a reward to myself for a collaboration I did with Shopbop a couple of months ago. I've been looking for a purple handbag for a long time, yet haven't found one that I really like. Either the color, the shape or the size isn't up to my liking. I shortlisted two bags: the Balenciaga giant city bag and the Givenchy satchel oneWhile I was thinking of which one should I buy, I saw the Phillip Lim Pashli bag on Shopbop. It comes in a perfect shade of purple, the right size (medium), and the right shape. It's exactly what I wanted. 

I used to love pink, but now I tend to go for stronger and more vibrant colors. Purple is one of them. It is such a mature, romantic and passionate color. I usually like pairing it with other complimentary colors to create a color-blocked outfit, but this time I decided to play with textures. The thick sturdy cow leather bag seems to make a perfect match with the delicate lace top. Besides, the white lace top also adds extra romance factor to the entire outfit, and my bag compliments some pops of purple color on my floral skirt. 

I was worried if this outfit was too busy to look at, but I was surprised to see how well it turned out in the end. 











Thank you so much for reading!
::Outfit::
Zalora lace top- Similar here or here
Vintage floral midi skirt- Similar here
Jessica Simpson color-blocked heels (old)- Similar here
Charles & Keith sunglasses- Similar here
3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli bag 
Orchid necklace- Thanks to Risis Official
Klaus Kobec watch. 


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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: FOR HIM



When it comes to Christmas shopping, nothing makes me feel more excited than buying gifts for my loved ones. Besides shopping for my mom, sister in law and my nephew, I love buying gifts for the men in the family: my boyfriend, brother, and daddy. It's fun shopping for them, but it's challenging too. I have four important men in my life that I'd love to pamper them so much. But, every time I ask them "What do you want me to buy for you", I always end up asking myself the same question: "What should I buy?", simply because I receive pretty much the same answer, just in different ways. My hero daddy who always says: "I don't need anything", my boyfriend who tells me "I already have everything I need", and my dearest manager who always tells me not to buy him anything. The only person that is very easy to buy a gift for is my brother, as he likes anything I buy. 

This year, I've found a solution. Instead of asking them questions, I took a closer and detailed look at all the gift options available, category by category. It's actually not as hard as I thought. There are plenty of great gifts out there for the men we love. I've already picked out some cool gifts and I can't wait to give it to them. 

Have you found any gift for the men in your life yet? If you haven't, I have here some gifts ideas. I'm sure they'll love it. Have a look! 


1. DSQUARED2 polka dot bow tie
2. Rayban Wayfarer sunglasses
3. Alexander McQueen skull jaquard silk tie
4. Ralph Lauren dress belt- Currently on sale
5. Hugo Boss shave lotion
6. Theory stationery pocket diary
7. Movado museum watch
8. Paul Smith football cufflinks
9. Paul Smith leather briefcase (sold out)- Currently, this one from Marc by Marc Jacobs is on sale
10. PS by Paul Smith Aldrich High Shine Derby Shoes

For more gifts choices, click HERE to shop or select from the items below: 



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{CRYSTAL'S CLOSET}: TURQUOISE BLUE



To continue with the long overdue Crystal's Closet series that I mentioned in the previous post, here is another story, the Turquoise Blue, that I was supposed to share with you. This beautiful A-line turquoise dress from BYSI landed in my closet quite a long time ago, but it has never had a chance to make an official appearance on my blog before. On my Instagram, you've probably seen it once here recently. 

These photos were taken after I came back from New York. Having to catch up with so much outstanding work while I was away made me a little bit stressed out. I needed something bright and refreshing to help me stay awake to fight with the jetlag during the day. At the same time, I wanted to wear a shade of blue (watercolor) to recharge and rejuvenate myself. 

I heard this turquoise blue dress scream out my name while I was looking for what to wear. 20 minutes later, I was already walking on the road looking like this. Nobody could tell how tired and sleepy I was that day. I guess, they paid more attention to my hair and my dress than my face, which is fine. I mean, how to blame them when not every day you can see somebody whose hair and clothes are the exact same color like that? At least, not for the next 12 months, even if I wear this dress again, I don't think I will be going back to turquoise hair just yet. 

My hair is currently blonde now, and I'm kind of loving it.







Thank you so much for reading!
::Outfit::
BYSI mint green dress- Similar here and here
Charles & Keith beige pumps- Similar here
Twinbag heart- edition- Thanks to Porsche Design.
Coach sunglasses
Gorjana necklace via Shopbop
Juicy Couture & Sarah Chloe bracelets. 
Michael Kors watch.


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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: GIFTS UNDER $100



Hi everyone!
In my first holiday gift guide blog post, I blogged about "What to buy for her?" I hope you have found something great for your girlfriend, wife, and sister. To continue with the holiday gift guide series, here is another blog post that I'm sure many of you have been waiting for: Best Gifts Under $100. 

From small items like hats, gloves, socks to big items like handbags, dresses and shirts, everything listed here is below $100 and is personally selected by yours truly to make sure that you can get a lot of cool gifts this season for your loved ones, without breaking your bank account.

CLICK THE IMAGES TO SHOP! 


Other than the extensive list above, you can save a lot more as Green Monday is here (a popular shopping day for last-minute shoppers). Make sure to use the discount codes below when shopping on these websites: 

Forver21: 30% OFF selected merchandise. Promotion ends on 8th December 2014. Shop here
Nordstrom: 40% OFF selected new markdowns. Promotion ends on 8th December 2014. Shop here!
J.Crew: 30% OFF with code MERRYMERRY. Promotion ends on 9th December 2014. Shop here
MadeWell: 30% OFF with code MERRIEST. Promotion ends on 8th December 2014. Shop here!
ASOS: 20% OFF for men and women. Limited time. Shop here!  
NeimanMarcus: 50% OFF women's items, up to 35% OFF men's items. Shop here!

Thank you so much for reading! Happy shopping! 
Crystal Phuong
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