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About Me is a Personal Style & Travel Blog based in Singapore, written by Crystal Phuong. The blog was nominated FOUR times in Top 10 Best Fashion Blogs in the annual Singapore Blog Award from 2012- 2015, voted as one of the Best Lifestyle Blogs in Singapore in 2013 by, and Best Travel Blogs in 2016 by Crystal hopes to connect and inspire young women to lead a healthy and happy life. Be confident, be positive, and be kind.


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. 
Crystal Phuong
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