June 26, 2010

DIY 'Karl Who?' tote

Photos of my DIY 'Karl Who?' tote I made earlier this summer.

I am obsessed with this runway track for Chanel's 2010 cruise collection.
I'm so obsessed, I even have a ringtone version of it.

It was really simple and cost efficient - since I couldn't get my hands on the real thing.
I love it! I use it whenever I need a small bag to carry only my necessities. I absolutely hate stuffing my pockets, resulting in oddly shaped pants.

American Apparel canvas tote
fabric paint
flat top brush, I got them as a set in different sizes

June 24, 2010

WWM Fashion Show

Last weekend, I dressed the World Wide Maniac fashion show here in Austin showcasing designers Maggie Norris Couture, Carson Case Couture and Richie Rich. I got there with some friends and waited around for about two and a half hours waiting for something to do! In the meantime, we enjoyed food, loud music, awkward moments, and attractive models running around. Once they were ready for the dressers, us, we were assigned models, each with three looks. My model, Megan, was great to work with! Here are videos of the all the collections courtesy of Fashionably Austin's YouTube page. Backstage photos to come shortly..

Maggie Norris' collection was stunning. It was very detailed with great accessories. I real fantasy collection.
Richie Rich's collection was classic Richie Rich. I feel like when you look at a piece of clothing by him or a clothing by Heatherette, you just know.


Overall, the show was a success and I learned so much in the short time that I was actually useful and doing something. I met a lot of great people and good networks for future endeavors, and I also learned that it's very hard to keep eye contact with attractive male models - especially if they're half nude.

June 18, 2010

Be the Change

Be the change
As part of National Pride month, YouTubers around the nation have made 'Be the Change' videos to spread the word about LGBTQ and the Trevor Project. Here are some of my favorite 'Be the Change' videos and below is my own story of how I'm apart of the change. Watch. Listen. Learn. Think. Change.

Like many other LGBTQ members, I've struggled with myself about coming to terms of who I am. We live in a world that does not educate about LGBTQ, but rather urge us to believe that who we are is wrong. I grew up, and still live, in the South where many views and ideas are still very 'Republican', but on the upside to that, my city is one of the more liberal cities in my state -- and it's a pretty big state.

Throughout middle school and early high school, I hadn't yet found myself and where I belong in this chaotic pool of freaks, geeks, outcasts, and the plastics. Was I a cool Asian? An Asian nerd? An unfriendly black hottie? I tried so hard to find out. I floated and molded myself into what I thought I should be. I was always conscience of whether or not I was hiding my homosexuality enough so that the other kids wouldn't start pointing fingers at me. Although, looking back now, I know I didn't do so very well.

Throughout this time, I was fortunate enough to be apart of amazing groups that opened my eyes to the world and myself. I slowly let go of my insecurities and fears and become what I what I wanted to be on the inside, on the outside.

In high school, I was 'out'. I had this idea that I did not want to be known for my sexual orientation but rather, my talents and skills. I never denied my sexuality if someone had asked me or talked about it, but it was never what I would start off with. I wanted people to get to know me and not my sexual orientation.

Now, with life after high school. Looking back at the many photos I have. I can see more and more of my insides. Now it's my life, and I wear what I want to wear, do what I want to do, say what I want to say, act how I want to act, and love who I want to love. I truly believe that being myself has inspired my friends to be themselves. Having the confidence to be yourself is tough for everyone. Fear is not biased. We all experience it.

Each and every day I wake up and am myself. Because of this, I can hope that others see this and can do the same. Whether your a personal friend of mine or just see me walking down the street. "Hey, he's wearing make-up. Why can't I?"

There are so many people that I look up to and aspire to because they are themselves. They hold themselves with such confidence and poise that I makes me feel/think that it's okay. People will always be knocking you down and criticizing you, and those people are the ones that are really criticizing themselves because the fear that we all have is greater within these people. The fear has taken over them. Don't let the fear take you. Be yourself. Be the change.

"I can do everything through him who gives me strength."

P.S. I know I should proofread, but sometimes I just write and publish. K-kinda busy.


Playlist I had going on while writing this post.
Destiny's Child - Stand Up For Love
Cindy Lauper - True Colors (Glee version)
Miley Cyrus - Liberty Walk
Rent - Goodbye Love
Rent - Without You

June 13, 2010

Avan's Birthday. More to come.
L to R: Kevin, Chi, Kaidon, Shelley, Cici, me, Touyen, and Laney

Some of my favorite photobooth photos
Girls with the Birthday boy

Head to toe:
Vintage blazer
BDG Maroon v-neck t-shirt
Urban Outfitters necklace
Miley Cyrus/Max Azria jeans

June 12, 2010

Kings and Queens by Dior

Kings and Queens jewerly line for Dior... Which means that I probably will have to fork over a liver and lung to get my hands on these fantastic pieces. Or I can just wait until Forever 21 rips them off....

Collection by Victoire de Castellane

June 11, 2010


I wanted to write about change today but needed some motivation/inspiration so I decided to to put my shuffle on and Change by Hyun Ah from 4Minute came on. Coincidence? I don't know.

The only constant change in my life as of recent was the number of times I changed my outfit before being satisfied. Other than that, my life was pretty much consistent. Wake up, work, stay up till the sun rose, then sleep - and there was the occasional drinking and dancing on the weekends. I pretty much stuck in a cycle of life that I was not satisfied with.

My sister started asking me to help her with advertisements for her store, and being the loving brother that I am, I said yes - with some attitude of course. The call time was 8AM Monday thru Wednesday! C'mon now?! I haven't gotten up that early since... high school? If that. So after a few weeks of helping her, now I can write this blog and say that something has changed - for the better!

I'm no longer the boy who wasted his life when everyone was sleeping. I was definitely no early bird back in my day. Night owls unite! But now, I enjoy waking up early, maybe not at 7 or 8 every morning, but definitely earlier than before. The 'new' Vinh now thinks waking up past noon, or even 11, is a waste of my day. I can't get much done after that. Does anyone else feel like the PM goes by like lighting?

My point is. For all of my readers, all one of you, I hope that you guys can change one thing in your life that you have made habitual. It could be as small as the time you choose to wake up, like me, but that baby step could/will have a large impact on your life long term.

I saw this video by Davey Wavey on YouTube months before and never thought anything of it until I realized that I had experienced it. I just wanted to share it with you, too.


This is my bed, before I moved out and moved back home. I loved my bedroom. It was truly my sanctuary. I don't want to boast, but everyone loved my bed. It was soft, comfortable, inviting, and prone to naps.

Once I moved out for college. I had to bring the essence of my bed with me! Here's my bed and closet from my old dorm room. I wish I had a picture of it with my huge YSL campaign with Naomi Campbell hanging where that huge white space is.


Now I know that I didn't really incorporate that much fashion in this post, so I suppose I'll just talk about what I wear to bed really quick. I'm either sleeping in loose baggy basketball shorts with a really old thin t-shirt.

June 03, 2010

Fashion Fundraising

This post is so late - just like all of my other posts...
Last week, my friend Kaidon facebooked me asking me to go to a Fashion Fundraising event at Ruta Maya on South Congress. Rose came with me, here's us arriving to the event and taking pictures in front of this really gorgeous waterfall fountain.

Head to toe:
Express fedora
vintage vest
Hanes t-shirt
F21 cross necklace
Metro Park Buddha beads
American Apparel yellow denim pants
ASOS sandals


We were running a little late, like always, but luckily got to the event a few minutes before the show started. The space and company was very quaint, it was definitely not a formal event at all. Good thing! I would have not been appropriately dressed.

I came to the event without any background knowledge of the designers, so I really didn't know what to expect. When the show started, I was a little unimpressed but the show did gradually get better. The designers who showed were Emily Brilliant, Amanda Fay, Holly Hobbs, Lisa Husberg, and Monica Li. Each showed about 5 looks they designed and I've got to admit, some of them where not impressive. I had either seen something like it before, or it didn't catch my eye. I do, however, must mention that although I was not fond over looks as a whole, there were individual pieces and accessories that I did love. There was one jacket (no picture, unfortunately) that was a cropped black bomber jacket with insane accents. It was paired with a long gray maxi dress. I also enjoyed the hand painted tie-dyed dress (picture below).

I don't have pictures of all the looks. Here are some that I managed to snap.
Enjoy - and tell me what you think of the show!

At the end of the show, we were mingling with our new friends and fellow bloggers Diya, In Her Stilettos, Katie, Her Side Job, and Jennifer, Lala and Bitsy.
We took some pictures together but Katie has them on her camera, so I'm just waiting for them to pop up on the Internet somewhere! Lol. While we were talking, someone came up to Kaidon and asked to take a picture with him because they were 'twinies'. The look on Kaidon's face was priceless! He was mortified, especially cause his shirt is Miley Cyrus for Wal-Mart and they very well could've been wearing the same shirt! Good times.
After the event we chatted more and took some pictures outside by the fountain again, this time with Diya.

June 01, 2010


I really love the cinematography of this video. The style in which it was edited is very me. Very indie meets pop culture's 'glamourous' Hollywood lifestyle. I love when Gaga starts werqin' at the 0.29 second mark. Strut!