First post of 2014! Andddd it’s already 8 months since new year…

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SHAME.

I know. I am in shame. Deep deep shame. 8 months and not a single post for my lovely deary blog. Please accept this photo as me being so shameful I had to face the wall and think about what I didn’t do. Which is writing a blog post.

My excuse is that I did not expect my first year in University would be so hectic and busy. I had 3 terms per academic year and apart from designing and pattern making/cutting and sewing and other practical stuffs, I also have 2 essays each term. They weren’t terribly long but they were hard to write since I have to do a lot of thorough research. And after all those research when I finally gathered all the information needed (by collecting from like 20 different sources ranging from books to e-journals), I had to find a way to compress it into only about 2000 words. That did not include research for my practical work (design projects). But I’ve done them well hehe (I’ve got good marks yay!).

Earlier on I’ve been travelling to a few places. France and Korea. I should be posting my photo diary soon hehe. And now I am back in Vietnam <3

Anyway. What else should I write about..hmmm. Well I have just accomplished one great thing, that is I have finally finished my portfolio website. I have actually been done with the website itself long ago already but I was too lazy to put my stuff up. And just a few days ago I decided to apply for an internship so I finally upload my work there haha. You can find it at http://www.chihanfashion.com/ . And please do comment about it here if you want to haha.

Oooh and I finally clean out my closet today! I will probably do a garage sale soon. And just for my lovely readers, I will put up the link to the stuff I’m going to sell here first so you can reserve it hehe. Details will be up on this blog later so stay tune!

I’ll talk to you later! Bye~

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My 2013’s highlight? Dyed all my hair pink.

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As you may have known, I’ve had pink dip dyed/ombre hair before, and thanks to that my hair was badly damaged (mostly because I had my hair permed as well though) so I chopped off my hair a few months ago.

Since it was pretty short, I thought that I should use this chance to bleach all my hair and dye it pink. And I did. I won’t be talking too much about the process here but I’ll probably update you with a post about bleaching and dying my hair soon.

For now, I just want to sum up the situation of my hair ever since I first dyed it pink, which was in November, with these pictures of me camwhoring every time my hair changed colour because of washing or re-dying. I’ve dyed it 3 times in 2 months now.

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*Oh and sorry for this very late Merry Christmas picture of mine, I just didn’t feel like making a post with just 1 picture of me with a very cheesy grin like this lol.*

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Happy holidays everyone!!!
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London Calling: Christmas is coming // High streets decorations

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Christmas is coming to town, and it is definitely lurking in every corner of London.

Too bad I’m not going to celebrate my first-Christmas-in-London this year, in fact I am already back to Hanoi. But there’s no reason for me not to enjoy the wonderful festive air of the big city, Christmas decorations have already been hanging around for about a month now lol. And they are absolutely beautiful. I bet it will be even more extravagant when it comes closer to Christmas Eve.

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Although I walk on Oxford Street almost everyday, I’m rarely there in the evening. And when I occasionally do, I don’t conveniently have a camera around to capture the beautiful glittery scene (and I keep forgetting to bring one as well, even though I want to photograph it before going back to Vietnam so bad…).

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So on this one time when I go shopping with my friends, I remembered to bring my camera! And I went back and forth from Regent Street to Oxford Street then Piccadilly Circus for like 2 hours without feeling any fatigue.

Haven’t felt such satisfaction in such a long time. When I want to do something I just have to do it. Or I’ll throw a tantrum. Well I try not to.

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Oxford Street:

John Lewis has very quirky window displays this year: animals made out of household goods and products.

This bear here is just plain awesome.

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Pink electronic hair products rabbits! My kind of pet.

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This one is cute as well xD

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Selfridges is as fabulous and glamourous as ever, not much different from every other day lol.

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Of course, except for their window displays. This year they have gigantic models of expensive products on display (this totally reminds me of Tim Walker’s props haha).

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I can’t show it on the photo, but the cat shoe’s ears move like a real cat! It was so cute!

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Awesome display by Kenzo.

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Haha I think I like this one best. I still don’t get their concept but I really like it somehow hahaha. There were an old couple standing their for a very long time (so long I took them to the frame as well), don’t know if they have some deep knowledges about men shorts hanging around super duper long and tiny ladders.

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(Yves) Saint Laurent with a giant gold clutch with a swinging tassel that keeps sweeping the snow underneath.

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Regent Street:

They have these antlers-like decorations hanging along the whole street, which looks really cool and I’m really sad I don’t have any photo of me on the street. I think everyone who’s been to London around this time have a photo like that on their Instagram lol.

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Piccadilly Circus:

A coffee shop I came across while running to the restaurant where I was supposed to meet up with my friends (and yeah I was too late and they were already finishing their meal while I took these photos).

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Another giant display: snow globe in the middle of Piccadilly Circus!

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Leicester Square:

Even though I wasn’t able to have dinner with my friends in time, I went to the Christmas Funfair in Leicester Square with them (with a bag of McDonald’s meal).

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We played some prizing games (which resulted in no prize-winning at all and lots of money-wasting, and I killed 2 minions), then we went onto the wheel.

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I ate so much that evening…

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It was the best evening I had in London so far, spending time with my friends on the last night before the holidays. In the early morning next day, I went straight to the airport, feeling somewhat sad and attached to the place I’m leaving. Which is weird because I’ll go back there soon and will meet up with my friends anyway lol. But of course, I was really looking forward going back home where my loved ones are as well.

Nevertheless, if I can spend every Christmas like that it wouldn’t be too bad haha.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

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London Calling: Portobello Road market

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Hello lovelies! Starting from today I will be having a new series for my blog: London Calling. Haha that sounded like a serious announcement. Ehem. This series will be posts about places that I discover and enjoy the most in London.

As some of you may have known, I have returned to the UK to continue my study; and this time, I will be living in London! I’ve promised myself not to waste my time this year into staying home surfing the internet or laying around. I will get myself to explore London and England as much as possible! Well, when I don’t have class of course…

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Last weekend I had some time for my own and just enjoy going back to the place I’ve been longing to go back the most: Portobello road market. I’ve been there 3 years ago with my family, when I haven’t even decided to study abroad yet.

Portobello is “the world’s largest antiques market with over 1,000 dealers selling every kind of antique and collectible”, and it is nearly 150 years old! There are 5 sections of the market: New Goods, Fashion, Fruit & Veg, Second Hand Goods, and Antiques. I was only there for the Antiques and Second-hand goods though.

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I went there by tube and came out from Ladbroke Grove station, which, just by crossing the road right outside, I’ve already reached the market! If you start here, the first section you’ll see is new goods/second-hands/fashion. It’s a mix really. But that part isn’t situated Portobello road though.

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The first thing I noticed was this lovely cupcakes stall, probably because I didn’t have breakfast. They weren’t only cute but delicious as well! I bought a brownie cupcake, as the lady there recommended. It sure was tasty ♥

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While enjoying my cupcake, I found out a vintage clothing stall that sells vintage Levi’s denim jackets! Jackpot right at the start of the day!

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They were all in very good condition, and at a bargain price as well! And I sure did give myself one, I’ve been searching for my perfect match for such a long time!

Right next to it was a vintage fur coats & hats stall. What a fabulous corner it was.

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There were beautiful vintage clothing everywhere, good foods that make your stomach grumble all the time, the smell of old books subtly mixing in the air and funky jazz music playing from vintage CDs stalls on the street with happy owners dancing to it. It felt like I was lost in Wonderland.

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At the end of this section is Portobello Road. The houses/shops on this road is absolutely beautiful, and awesome. Look at the way they decorated this shop!

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There were also more stalls on the road, selling all kind of things, from fancy hat wear to miscellaneous toy figures.

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But those weren’t what I came here for, so I searched for the Antiques section and found out that it is near the intersection between Portobello Road and Westborne Grove, which takes quite some time to walk. So up on the bus I went!

Before that I didn’t forget to get me a delicious caramel churros.

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When I arrived at the right stop, there was this hip and pretty flower shop that I just have to take a picture of, because it just looks so cool.

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Then, I found my way to the market.

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It was exactly how I remembered it: crowded, full of beautiful and colourful houses, and a giant tea pot hanging.

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Ahh I still remember this shop. They sell many things here including super realistic miniature! I bought 2 tiny rabbit miniatures there 3 years ago haha.

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This is an antique shop where they sells many kind of antique clocks. I still remember how my dad stopped by for half of the day there before…

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And there were plenty of vintage British silverware stalls on the road. So amazingly shiny…

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Vintage jewelries and accessories that seduces all the ladies…

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English style porcelains that would definitely seduces my mom…

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And street performers! He didn’t forget to introduce his youtube channel when he finished the song.

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After walking leisurely and going back and forth on the street a few good times, I finally decided to go home. There were many more beautifully colourful houses on my way to Notting Hill Gate tube station. Arghhh, that just made me want to live there.

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 And of course, I didn’t forget to ask somebody to take a picture of me there.

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Although it rained all day, I felt really refreshed after spending my day alone there, just browsing through the shops and stalls, enjoying the atmosphere of the market. It was a feel-good day for me. I’ll be sure to go there again some time, there are still many corners I haven’t discovered yet, but I’ll save it for when my friend comes here. It would be nice as well to have someone sharing your interest to go with you.

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*Notes:

-If you plan to go there for the Antique section, remember that it’s only opened on Saturday around 9am. And the market will get crowded from around 11:30am.

-I started from the Ladbroke Grove station end, but if you want to start right at Portobello Road, the nearest station would be Notting Hill Gate. Starting from there, you’ll be able to enjoy more vintage shops and fashion stores on the way to the market.

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And tada~ This is the Levi’s jacket that I bought at the market! It’s super thick and warm, hence its heavy weight…But this is the best denim piece I have ever spent my money on, and it was so cheap as well! Next time I’ll try to bring back a faux fur coat haha.

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Until next time lovelies!

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Outfits: Lace here, lace there, lace everywhere!

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This is a total throwback! I’ve just found this post buried in my draft posts pile. I was supposed to post it last last summer! Wow… That’s why there’s the Lookbook Hype button on some photos lol. And woah, I look…different. OK from here on it’s what I’ve written back then haha.

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I just adore lace. It makes everything more feminine and more sophisticated. When it comes to designing and sewing, lace is also my favourite material. I’ll definitely post photos of my work using lace someday xD

But today, I’m just going to post some of my looks. The most common combo would be with a skirt. In this post, I’m going to show you several ways to wear a lace top, apart from wearing skirts.

Pure White //Lace on Lace

all-white top-to-bottom.

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Lace top: Zara

Lace shorts: Ebay

Bangles: Ebay

Crochet shoes: Ebay

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A Touch of Edginess

with black faux accessories and faux leather.

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Lace top: Zara

Red/Burgundy top: Topshop

Tights: Asos

Accessories: Ebay

Studded shoes: Ebay

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Youthful & Feminine

with a dab of pastel pink of course!

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Lace top: Zara

Pastel pink shorts: Vero Moda

Accessories: Dorothy Perkins

Crochet shoes: Ebay

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B&W with a pop of Colour

stripy lace top with red velvet skirt.

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Striped lace top: Romwe

Velvet skirt: Zara

Shoes: Ebay

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It’s Valentine ♥

simple yet it’s super effective!

And here’s the link to my Valentine nail art tutorial.

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Lace top: Zara

High waisted shorts: Asos market place

Bag: Zara

Shoes: Ebay

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Grey & White

it can never goes wrong.

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Lace top: Zara

Lace shorts: Ebay

Waterfall cardigan: H&M

Bag: Ebay

Creepers: Ebay

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Outfit: The perfect mullet dress

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This, is a very very very late update. And I am ashamed about that. After my trip to Italy I only focus onto my UK visa and house renting and stuff over there. I didn’t really have time for myself and my precious blog *weep*. And so today, I am finally posting another of my outfits (a bit too late now since it’s almost winter everywhere in the world, but here it is anyway).

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I found this nice little alley in Florence, my favourite city in Italy. I didn’t get to wear this dress much in Vietnam since I sit on motorbike a lot while I don’t like sitting with both my legs on one side, like a proper lady, so much. So yeah, this is my purrrfect chance. Haha.

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My shoulders are boney so I wore a denim shirt on top to cover it up, I look horrible without it. If you’re having the same problem then you might want to try that.

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Although it looks a bit inconvenience to travel, this dress is actually the most comfortable one I’ve ever worn (I can totally run miles in this baby), and the cotton fabric it’s made out of is perfect for travelling as well, sweat-free and wrinkle-free! Plus, it’s grey, it goes with almost everything.

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Mullet dress: BOO//Picked by Boo

Denim shirt: H&M

Oxford shoes: Zipia

Striped bag: Charity shop in Canterbury (£3!)

Sunglasses: Vivienne Westwood

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Shopping haul in Italy

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As you’ve known, I visited Italy a few weeks ago. While I was there, I treated myself to some beauties that I’ve had a hard time deciding to buy or not, since my shopping budget for the whole trip is limited. But, I am totally happy with what I took home:

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Left to right, top to bottom: Black bow hair clip: H&M | Bracelets & necklaces: H&M | White mask: a mask shop in Venice | Red polka dot handkerchief: a tie shop in Milan | White cropped top: Stradivarius | Red cropped trousers: Zara | Necklace set: Brandy♥Melville | Two toned red leather Oxford shoes: a leather shoes shop in Florence.

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Bracelets set & necklace from H&M. I’m in love this stone necklace, it’s so simple yet it can add impacts to an outfit.

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A wax seal kit bought in a paper shop in Venice including: a wooden handle, a “B” stamp (for Bun), a “CH” stamp (for Chi Han), a pink wax stick and a golden wax stick. This is probably the best thing I’ve bought in Italy, totally love it! And I will probably search the internet for more haha.

*If you’re following my Instagram you’ve probably seen all of this already. If not, click the Instagram icon on the right sidebar (or find me @bun_holic) to see my feed if you’re interested, and may be hit follow if you want to get updated more frequently hehe.

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Photo diary: Discovering Italy (part 4), Venice – Verona – Milan

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This is the 4th and last part of my photo diary in Italy. Today we’re going to the most romantic and fabulous cities in Italy: Venice where the only transportations are boats & gondolas, Verona where the love story of Romeo & Juliet took place, and Milan where all the famous fashion brands gather. And no doubt Milan is my favourite city in Italy.

Venice

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Verona

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Milan

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Photo diary: Discovering Italy (part 3), Amalfi – Capri – Rome

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This is the 3rd part of my photo diary in Italy. In this post, I’ll bring you to the sea, driving along side the Amalfi beach and cruising to the Capri island. Then, I’ll take you to the capital of Italy, Rome! While we’re in Rome, we’ll also have a brief look at Vatican.

Amalfi

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Capri

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Rome

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Vatican

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Photo diary: Discovering Italy (part 2), Tuscany & Umbria

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This is the 2nd part of my photo diary in Italy. Today, I’ll show you 6 old towns/cities.

Three in the region of TuscanyMonteriggioni – Siena – Anghiari (if you’re interested in beautiful medieval towns, you should definitely visit Monteriggioni and Anghiari; on the other hand, Siena is the capital city of the province of Siena).

Three in the region of Umbria: Perugia – Gubbio – Assisi (Perugia is the capital city of Umbria; Gubbio is a beautiful village that the lady at the villa we stayed advised to go, but that’s my favourite place actually, we happened to go there when they had a march and everybody was wearing really nice costumes; and last but not least Assisi, the birth place of St. Francis).

TUSCANY:

Monteriggioni

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Siena

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Anghiari

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UMBRIA:

Perugia

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Gubbio

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Assisi

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