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IT'S THAT SPARKLING TIME OF THE YEAR


Crystal Phuong- Merry Christmas 2016

It's that sparkling time of the year when the streets are filled with bright neon lights and colorful ornaments, I'll start thinking of something special for you. Last year was a white Christmas card. This year, I created a simple card, inspired by this green sequin dress (thanks to REVOLVE) and the blue Tiffany's Christmas wall.  

Thank you so much for your love and support. I'll share my 2016 in review in the next blog post, but for now, I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas. Wherever you are, whatever you do, or whatever struggles that you are facing right now, I hope you can put it down for a moment, spend some time with your loved ones. Even if you are alone, take a minute to appreciate what you have in life, enjoy every little thing that comes your way. Most importantly, be healthy and be happy. 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! 

Crystal Phuong- Merry Christmas 2016

Crystal Phuong- Merry Christmas 2016

Crystal Phuong- Merry Christmas 2016

Crystal Phuong- Merry Christmas 2016

Crystal Phuong- Merry Christmas 2016

Crystal Phuong- Merry Christmas 2016

Crystal Phuong- Merry Christmas 2016

Crystal Phuong- Merry Christmas 2016

Thank you so much for reading!

Photos by: Zoey Bui

::Outfit::
Sequin heels- Thanks to Forever21
Lovisa jewelry- Similar here

Crystal Phuong
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NEW YORK FASHION WEEK 2016 TRAVEL DIARY (PART 2)


New York Fashion Week Travel Diary 2016 (Part 2)- Window view from Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Midtown Manhattan/Penn Station

On day 6 of NYFW, we moved to stay at Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott, a beautiful hotel with free buffet breakfast, free wifi, spacious rooms, and of course, a gorgeous rooftop bar.

(Photo by Mariott) 

Look at this stunning view from the rooftop. 

(Photo by Mariott) 

Besides, it's just right opposite to the Skylight Moynihan Station where NYFW was held, so it was very convenient for me. All I did was to hang out at this beautiful lounge and enjoy some coffee instead of having to stand in heels for an hour for the shows. The coffee and tea are complimentary, by the way. Special thanks to the General Manager & Director, Mark Thomson and Johnson George for having our team at your property during this crazy period of the year! 

Crystal Phuong- New York Fashion Week Travel Diary 2016 (Part 2)

Day 6 was the most relaxing day of the week. We woke up early, had our breakfast at the hotel, headed out to watch the show and came back to the hotel to rest. In between two shows, we had some time to be tourists for a day, walked around the streets, and did a little bit of shopping. Staying close to one of the main show venues was a game changer for me.

Crystal Phuong- New York Fashion Week Travel Diary 2016 (Part 2)

Is it me or the flowers in New York always look so much fresher than the ones in Singapore? Besides, it's so much cheaper too.

Day 7 was my most favorite day of the week by far. We were busy moving around the city so much that we didn't have time to eat. But, it was so satisfying.

Crystal Phuong- New York Fashion Week Travel Diary 2016 (Part 2)

First thing first, an outfit photo shoot at the hotel's rooftop. I saved the best outfit for the last day.

Crystal Phuong- New York Fashion Week Travel Diary 2016 (Part 2)

The first fashion show of the day was none other than Monique Lhuillier Spring Summer 2017 show. I have been a huge fan of Monique Llhuilier for a long time, so being able to watch her show was such a surreal moment for me. I don't think these photos do any justice to her dresses. The feather, the texture, the lace, the silhouette, everything is pure perfection.

Crystal Phuong- New York Fashion Week Travel Diary 2016 (Part 2)

 After the show, I had an opportunity to meet the famous fashion designer Monique Lhuillier at backstage, listening her story and inspiration. She was so sweet, beautiful, and friendly. 

Crystal Phuong- New York Fashion Week Travel Diary 2016 (Part 2)

Bumped into the sweetest actress Jamie Chung at Monique Lhuillier's show. I meant, what's happening! :D

Crystal Phuong- New York Fashion Week Travel Diary 2016 (Part 2)

After Monique Lhuillier's show, we quickly rushed back to Skylight Moynihan to attend John Paul Ataker Spring Summer 2017. Thanks Misaki Pearls Jewelry & Harper's PR for the invite.

Crystal Phuong- New York Fashion Week Travel Diary 2016 (Part 2)


Crystal Phuong- New York Fashion Week Travel Diary 2016 (Part 2)

Stunning dresses from John Paul Ataker's collection. I want all of them. 

Crystal Phuong- New York Fashion Week Travel Diary 2016 (Part 2)

Attending an after-party with the designer himself. 

Crystal Phuong and Fashion Designer John Paul Ataker at the after party, New York Fashion Week

One of the main highlights of this year's NYFW fashion week for me was the opportunity to meet the makeup legend, Bobbi Brown at backstage. Not once, but twice. I first met Bobbi at Jenny Packham's show. Two days later, I saw her again at the Marchesa fashion show. It was surreal. 

Bobbi Brown- Backstage Marchesa Spring Summer 2017

Not only did I see her magic work on the models' face, but also I had an opportunity to talk to her, learn some best makeup tips and tricks, which I already shared with you. 

Crystal Phuong & Bobbi Brown- Backstage Marchesa Spring Summer 2017

Marchesa Spring Summer 2017

Marchesa Spring Summer 2017 was a fairytale-like daydream. Perfection to every detail.

Marchesa Spring Summer 2017- New York Fashion Week


Marchesa Spring Summer 2017

Crystal Phuong & Actress Alyssa Milano at Marchesa Spring Summer 2017

Never thought one day I could meet one of my favorite "witches" from the "Charmed" series, a favorite TV show when I was little. Actress Alyssa Milano looks flawless as always.

Last day in New York, we spent our day at Kimora Lee Simpson's showroom, sipping some drinks while watching her Spring Summer mini collection. It couldn't get better than that. 

Crystal Phuong- New York Fashion Week Travel Diary 2016 (part 2)

In the mood for army green that day. 

Kimora Lee Spring Summer 2017 presentation

My favorite dress from Kimora Lee Simpson Spring Summer 2017 collection

Fashion designer, supermodel Kimora Lee Simpson and Crystal Phuong

With the one and only, Kimora Lee Simpson. She looks stunning in person and on the TV. Don't get jealous with me, boys!

Crystal Phuong- New York Fashion Week Travel Diary 2016 (part 2)- Grand Central Terminal

After 3 years visiting New York, I finally had a chance to visit the popular Grand Central Terminal. Quite a magnificent beauty I must say. 

Window display at Bergdorf Goodman, New York City

I wanted to spend half of my day shopping at Bergdorf Goodman, but many other events came up last minute changed our plan, we only had time to snap this outstanding window display as we walked pass the mall. Just an example of how a busy life in New York could look like to you. 

Crystal Phuong- New York Fashion Week Travel Diary 2016 (part 2)- New York Sunset

Crystal Phuong- New York Fashion Week Travel Diary 2016 (part 2)- New York City Sunset

At least, we left New York with this spectacular sunset view of the city. 

Thank you New York for giving me so much motivation, energy, opportunities, and friendships! After three consecutive years visiting, I still can't get enough of you. You were my dream city to visit growing up and you will still be in many years to come. 

See you again soon, the Big Apple! 
Crystal Phuong
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NEW YORK FASHION WEEK 2016 TRAVEL DIARY (PART 1)



I was so reluctant to publish this blog post since New York Fashion Week was already 3 months behind us, but when I thought of the wonderful memories I had this year, I felt guilty for keeping them all to myself. This was my THIRD time attending NYFW! (It's crazy to see how fast time flies.).Every time, I always said the same thing "I'm not going to New York Fashion Week this year, because of so and so." I would list down 10 reasons why I should not go and I ended up still leaving on a jet plane at the last minute. Then, I told my boyfriend the same sentence when I returned "It's AMAZING! It's better than the year before."

If you follow my stories about the first and second New York Fashion Week, you would agree with me. Why this year is even better than the previous two fashion weeks? We shall find out!

Let's start it off with this million-dollar view from a luxury apartment, where my friend, Theambitionista & I had a chance to stay in.


I can wake up to this view every day.



Right after arriving in the city, I quickly changed my outfit, put on some makeup, and headed out to catch the first fashion show of the day- Desigual S/S 2017.


My secret of looking cool and fashion-week ready after flying 24hours across the world is big sunglasses and an outfit that shine bright like a diamond


 Love every piece in Desigual S/S 17 collection.


Day 2 began with a delicious breakfast with my friend before we went about our day.


In between the shows, we quickly grabbed our chance to have a street style shoot. I brought some sunshine to New York with a yellow cape jumpsuit I wore on day 2. 


The Tadashi Shoji SS17 collection is beautiful like a dream. 


I love all the lace and embroidered details in the Tadashi Shoji's collection so much, I decided to create my own version with an all-black outfit on day 3. It was a lace affair kind of day. 


Escaped the New York Fashion Week to attend the Style Fashion Week and to support an Amercian-Vietnamese fashion designer, Danny Nguyen, who I have the honor to call a friend. Love this white and gold collection! 




It was a long and exciting day! I started my day at 7am, had my breakfast, got my hair and makeup done, and spent some time at the backstage with the makeup extraordinaire, Bobbi Brown. 


She is such a beautiful woman inside and out. Although she was busy getting the models ready for Jenny Packham SS17 fashion show, she was very happy to share with us so many great beauty tips, which I already shared with you in this blog post in case you want to know. It's such a great honor to meet Bobbi in person and I can't thank my dear friend TheAmbitionishta enough for this opportunity. 


After hair and makeup, it's show time. Jenny Packham has always been one of my favorite designers from London. I love her whimsical and romantic designs and it felt like a dream watching her show from the front row like this. 


Day 5, I went back to my Black and White mood with a white chiffon top and wide-leg pants. 


Front row at Leanne Marshall SS17 fashion show. It was my third time attending Leanne Marshall's show. Each time, she always surprises me with her creativities and talents. 



What's in my bag during Fashion Week, you ask? Lots of invitations, tickets, a lipstick, a portable charger, and of course, a phone. 



Ending my day 5 of fashion week with a girl's night out with my babes, Miju (left) from Baggirlproblems and Aysia (right). It was such a fun night with great wine, good food, and lots of laughter. 


But the best is yet to come. My day 6, 7, and 8 of fashion week was so amazing that they went beyond my expectations. I can't wait to share with you in the next blog post. Stay tuned! 

Crystal Phuong
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