Saturday, April 30, 2011

Color Me Not

Finals week! This is going be such a tough and tiring week. I'm already breaking out like crazy and my first final hasn't even started yet.

This is a simple outfit that I literally thought of really last minute. It's extremely simple, something that I'm usually not into, but at the same time, I think it has a really laid back edgy feel. Just an experiment and I gotta say, it was extremely fun! The shirt is extremely soft and comfortable, providing a nice and drapy feel. I tried to play up the outfit with floral tights to give a subtle spunk to the monotone outfit. Best of all? This look is extremely inexpensive, something that you all know is, I guess, a trademark of mine. Bargain hunters FTW!

Shirt - Zipia, $8; Tights - Forever21; Shoes - Charlotte Russe, $10 (SALE!)

Stay classy!
Ai Nhu

PS. Today is April 30th and I actually planned a post dedicated to this day and what it's about, but due to time constraints, I will be doing that post a little later and give the topic all the attention it deserves. For those of you who do not know its significance, stick around to find out!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Bunny

Happy bunny day! Haha, I mean Easter. Easter break has been such an awesome break, even if it was only this weekend, Friday, and Monday. On Friday, I went out with my godsister for a shopping rendevouz and ended up spending a good amount of money. I guess that means there will be a lot more posts coming up! Afterwards, we met up with the other VSAs in Chicago for pho. Fun fun fun! Last night, I attended mass with the family and afterwards stayed up until 2 watching Harry Potter with my dad while waiting for our food babies to calm down after coming home from mass. Today, I went down to Glen Ellyn to celebrate Doan Nguon Song's 26th anniversary. Congratulations and I hope you will be even stronger and more united. Also, congrats to the official new truong, Andrew! I wish you guys the best. Thanks for the yummy food and warm hospitality.

Now onto the outfit! I had an amazing time shooting this outfit with Kelly last weekend. Such a fun outfit calls for ridiculous poses. These are a couple, but I'll spare you the rest of the cringe-worthy cutesy poses. I made the wired-headband the night before and it was such a fun and easy project. You guys can get these 'bunny' headbands at H&M or online. Or, sew a piece of long fabric together, string a wire through, and TADA! The skirt adds a fun pop of color to the pastel outfit and the belt was from my mom's closet to give a center. Hope you guys like it!

Skirt: $6.80 - forever 21; Blouse: $8 -; Shoes: $40 - Nine West; Belt - mom's; Ring: $1.50 - Forever21

Have a wonderful weekend with your family!
-Ai Nhu

Thursday, April 21, 2011


This nail tutorial actually came out as an accident. One day, I decided to paint it gray and it was really pretty until it started wearing off. However, I was way too lazy to do anything about it, yet the tips started looking very gross and the color became dull. Instead of cleaning it with nail polish remover (major laziness), I decided to glam it up!

*Side note: This project was semi inspired by a stellar picture I saw on the NASA website. With that, I tried to recreate the beautiful dust clouds and creations of new stars. For those of you who do not know, I am a physics major and I'm a big cosmology fan, so don't mind the geekiness.
1. The color gets extremely dull and dead at the tip once it's worn for a while. Let's do something about it!
2. Grab a fun, glittery nail polish and lightly paint it through 3/4 of the nail. Let it dry.
3. Go over the top half of the nail with the same glittery nail polish, but this time, don't be as gentle and pack on a few coats of glitter. Let it dry again.
4. Go over the tips of the nail and pack it with lots more coats to create a strong gradient with the glitter. Let it dry and go over with a top coat to secure the glittery flakes. Yay!
Well that was easy, huh? A simple way to glam up the nails for those lazy ladies who can't bother to sit down and redo their nails all of the time. I guess in a way it could be nail polish recycling? Hehe, I need more sleep...

I have been meaning to post these pictures. In March, I made a mini tutorial on this nail design that I thought was extremely easy and simple. However, I just never got around to editing and writing it up. More fashion posts coming soon, I have a lot in store now that school's almost over (well summer school starts right after finals, but that's beside the point).

Speaking of school, I have been extremely busy with my Vietnamese American Student Association (VASA) working on our culture show, VASA by Night. Although it was a smaller scaled show since it was our first time doing something like this, nonetheless it was extremely fun and rewarding in the end. Along with the show, the VASA family also made a short movie, so if you have 13 minutes on your hands, please spend 12min and 30 sec of it watching the movie, and another 30 sec to 'like' and 'subscribe' if you are feeling it. My friend Chong sacrificed a lot of his time to film and edit it for us and I cannot be more pleased with the end result. Done with shameless VASA promotions!

Stay classy!
-Ai Nhu

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Happy Birthday Beautiful


Happy birthday to one of my best friends ever! My photographer, my mannequin that let's my style her, my homegeeskillet, my semi-neighbor, my sister from another mister, my best friend. I love you so much and I'm so happy to have you as a part of my support system. You're ALWAYS there for me, physically and emotionally. You always know what to say, and you bring out the ghetto side in me. You're so fun to be around and you always have amazing stories to share. Thanks for giving me some of the best memories of my life and I can't wait to experience even crazier ones with you. You gave me the best summer of my life and I'm so thankful to share my passion for fashion with you. Never change, you sexy beast!