30.8.12

THE SHINING


I NEED THOSE PANTS. PERIOD.
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(images via tumblr)
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(Lara Stone in Balmain, Celine gold heels, Chanel holographic, Givenchy S/S12, metal brogues, Kolfina in Theory Pants for RUSSH)


Holographic, gold, and gunmetal are top of my lists. I crave lustrous colors and mirrored surfaces. Nothing screams "special" like metals. My inspiration? The wizard of Oz's Tin Man! Who else could wear a "silver suit" head to toe and make it looks so effortless!? 



29.8.12

DRESSMONSTA ON KENH14.VN


WOOT! IT'S FINALLY HERE! MY INTERVIEW WITH KENH14.VN :)

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I want to thank my darling Kim Nguyen of Chocolate on Cashmere for this sweet feature. Here is the interview we did with translation. Such a lovely way to start my day!

Goodnight kisses to all my darlings in Vietnam <3


ENJOY! xx

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Chào Daul Be, bạn có thể giới thiệu đôi chút về bản thân với các bạn độc giả được không?
Hi Daul Be, could you introduce yourself to everyone?

Xin chào các bạn, mình là Daul Be, hiện đang học Marketing và Management ở New York. Mình là người sáng lập và sáng tạo của trang blog Daul/Dressmonsta, và Brand Ambassador của một store online nữa. Khi không phải bù đầu trong công việc và blogging thì mình thích đi du lịch bụi, shopping lung tung đồ vintage và đi xem triển lãm. 

Hi everyone, I'm Daul Be, currently studying Marketing and Management in New York. I'm the Founder/Creative Director of the blog Daul/Dressmonsta, and I'm also the Brand Ambassador for an online store. When I'm not working or blogging, I like to travel around, vintage shopping, and going to exhibitions.



Bạn có thể miêu tả đôi chút về phong cách của mình?
How would you describe your style?

Mình không thích bó buộc bản thân theo một phong cách nhất định nào cả. Mình mặc những gì mình thích theo cách của riêng mình. Có thể nói phong cách của mình khá ngẫu hứng và có một chút ladylike.

I don't like to tie myself into a certain style. I wear what I like in my own way. I'd say that my style is pretty spontaneous and a bit ladylike.



Công thức mix đồ yêu thích của bạn là?
Your favorite way to mix clothes is ...?

Mình thích mix những món đồ kiểu dáng structured, họa tiết bắt mắt với những item như váy da, áo blouse dáng oversized. Đôi khi mình mặc đồ theo cảm xúc của mình ngày hôm đó. Tuy nhiên mình luôn lấy một item làm tâm điểm (như giày hoặc chân váy) rồi sáng tạo thêm từ item đó. Mình không máy móc trong ăn mặc. Quan điểm của mình là dễ mặc và độc đáo.

I like to mix structured silhouettes, clashing prints with my staples such as leather skirt, and oversized blouses. Sometimes I dress depending on my mood that day. I always pick an item (usually shoes or skirts) and go from there. I'm not that conservative. My motto is easy and quirky.

Bạn cảm thấy không thể thiếu item gì trong tủ quần áo của bạn?
What's the item you can't live without in your closet?

Chắc chắn là bộ sưu tập giày cao gót và váy!

My collection of heels and dresses!

Bạn hay tìm nguồn cảm hứng mix đồ từ đâu?
How do you find inspiration? 

Cảm hứng đến với mình từ quan sát cuộc sống xung quanh, đặc biệt là những bộ phim kinh điển và sách nghệ thuật. Những bộ phim như The Great Gatsby, How to steal a million và cả phim tài liệu về những nhà thiết kế lừng danh như Yves Saint LaurentCoco Chanel đều có ảnh hưởng đến phong cách của mình. Mình cảm thấy rất may mắn vì sống ở Manhattan, đi đâu cũng có thể dễ dàng kiếm được cảm hứng.

Inspiration comes from observing my surroundings, also classic movies and art books. Movies like The Great Gatsby, How to Steal a Million and even documentaries about legends like Yves Saint Laurent, Coco Chanel has a great influence on my style. I feel very blessed to be living in Manhattan, you get inspired just by walking anywhere.




Bạn có tuân theo quy tắc thời trang nào khi mix đồ không?
Do you have any rules when it comes to dressing up?

Mình chỉ có một quy tắc duy nhất là không bao giờ ra khỏi nhà nếu thiếu một đôi giày tốt!

I only have one: Never leave without good shoes!

Bạn nói không với kiểu trang phục như thế nào?
Is there any trend that you'd say NO to?

Never say never – Không bao giờ nói không. Mình đã tự làm bản than ngạc nhiên rất nhiều lần với những item khó mix như mặc đồ màu vàng chói lọi hay hoạ tiết trái cây. Mình nghĩ thời trang bao giờ cũng cần một chút “bad taste” thì mới thú vị!

Never say never. I've surprised myself many times before, like wearing bright yellow or fruit prints. I think fashion always need some "bad taste" to keep it exciting!

Thời trang có ảnh hưởng gì tới cuộc sống của bạn?
What kind of influence does fashion have on your life?

Thời trang với mình không chỉ là quần áo mà còn là một cách sống.

Fashion to me doesn't stop at clothes, it's a lifestyle.



Bạn nghĩ sao về thời trang Việt so với thời trang thế giới?
What do you think of the fashion industry in Vietnam compared with the world?

Mình thấy thời trang Việt càng ngày càng thú vị và đa phong cách hơn. Đặc biệt là trong những năm gần đây có thêm các tạp chí thời trang danh tiếng thế giới vào Việt Nam (Elle, Harper's Bazaar) và các sân chơi thời trang như Xtyle.

I think it keeps getting more exciting and daring. Especially in recent years when we have all these world's top selling fashion magazines coming in (Elle VN, Harper's Bazaar VN) and fashion forum like Xtyle.

Bạn có nghĩ mình sẽ hoạt động trong ngành công nghiệp thời trang?
Do you think you will be working in the fashion industry?

Chắc chắn rồi!

It can't get any better than that!

Ngoài thời trang, bạn còn có sở thích nào khác không?
Do you have any other interests besides fashion?

Có chứ! Mình rất thích thiết kế nội thất.

Yes! Interior design comes after fashion for me. 



Bạn đến với Xtyle như thế nào và nghĩ gì về Xtyle?
How do you find out about Xtyle and what are your thoughts on it?

Mình biết đến Xtyle qua Kenh14. Mình nghĩ Xtyle giống như một “fashion wonderland" vậy. Ai cũng có phong cách riêng và không ngại thể hiện bản thân mình.

I found Xtyle through Kenh14. I think Xtyle is like a "fashion wonderland" where everyone has their own unique style and not afraid of showing it to the world.

Xtyler yêu thích của bạn là ai?
Who is your favorite Xtyler?

Quyền Mike luôn làm mình cảm thấy ngạc nhiên. Mình cũng thích sự rực rỡ trong phong cách củaLinh Đoàn nữa.

Mike Q always surprised me. I also like Linh Doan's eclectic style.


Thay cho lời chào tạm biệt, bạn có thể cho các bạn đọc một lời khuyên về thời trang?
Instead of goodbye, do you have any fashion advice to the readers?

Mỗi ngày đều là một buổi biểu diễn thời trang và thế giới chính là runway của bạn. Bởi vậy, hãy luôn mặc đẹp nhất có thể và bước đi với sự tự tin!

Every day is a fashion show and the world is your runway. So always dress your best and walk with confidence.

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THANK YOU XTYLE VN AND MY FABULOUS BABY DRESSMONSTAS FOR MAKING MY DAY SWEETER! 

Lots of love,

xx Be



CAT-POW!


CAT IS THE NEW LEOPARD! ME-OW!
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(UNIF Cat sweater, JC Leather Boots)

photos by Jesse Sullivan

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Cats, little spoiled creatures, I adore you!

The weather in New York has been so lovely lately so I figured I need to take advantage of it by wearing a soft sheer knit sweater with sequins mini skirt. Cats are my latest (fashion) animal obsession, besides pony and horses

Ever since I lay my eyes on this Kenzo sweater with lion embroidery, I couldn't help but dream about it every now and then. With that being said, I'll be rocking some serious Cat-Pow sweaters this fall winter. Me-ow!

And while we're at the cat topic, I present you Pero the Munchkin, also known as the love of my life! He to me is like Choupette to Karl. This is how we roll:

Me: Hi darling! Looking good (fluffy) today?
Pero: I had a coconut bubble bath this morning. Guido did a fabulous job with the blow dry!
Me: I can sure tell. 
Pero: Meow! Meow! Meooow!
Me: Aweeeeeeeee. Why are you so cute?
Pero: I was born this way .. Meow!!

Enough! Can I just please have superpower and teleport him in my arms right this second? 


28.8.12

BLONDE AMBITION


IT'S OFFICIAL! I'M GOING PLATINUM IN TWO DAYS!
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(images via tumblr and tfs)

"Feel the fear and do it anyway" - That's the spirit! 

I've been thinking of bleaching my hair for awhile now. There's something so tempting about hair as white as a fairy. Well it's about time! 

About a month ago, I went on a mission, to find the PERFECT salon. My friend Lunaire told me about this Japanese place in Alphabet City (woooo!) where she usually got her hair done. 

If it comes from Lunaire it must be pretty good. You'll know what I mean if you see her hair. Such long, lustrous locks with a soft, shimmering chocolate color. Rapunzel would envy her!

The salon is called Shizen. It's kind of hidden in Alphabet City on East 6th Street between Ave B and C. The first thing that struck me was that everyone there has amazing hair. I couldn't be any more thrilled after booking my appointment. Fast forward three weeks later, here I am, getting butterflies as I am typing this post, imagine how I'd look this time Friday night. 

They say blondes have more fun? We shall see :)  

- bisous bisous Be -


LE BOMBER


I'M FEELING LIKE (JESUS) SUPERSTAR! REALLY!
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Talking about bomber, isn't this the coolest of them all? I have no problem strutting down the street with Jesus on my back and In God We Trust all over me. I'm really growing into ivory sequins lately!
Get it here!

27.8.12

THE COAT


OH COATS! THE BIGGER THE MERRIER!
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Every fall and winter, I go on a quest to find THE coat. The one that I'll forever treasure, that I can just throw over anything I have on and feel warm and lustrous in it. The points of having a coat are:

1. To make you appear baffling fantastic.
2. To keep you warm and look chic while doing so.

That's why I jumped when I saw this Tomboy's FW12 campaign starring Julia Frakes wrapping herself in major oversized coats with sleeves down to there, ooh and that stand-up collar. I feel like I've found the one. The color so electrifying and that extra fur mileage completely stole my heart!



(images via fashiongonerogue)

Wait, there's more...



(Jil Sander via style.com. Collage by me)


I was watching How to steal a million for however many times today. You know, just another movie starring the lovely Audrey Hepburn dressed in head-to-toe Givenchy (The lady wore skinny waist belt before it's even a trend!). She is the Dressmonsta fairy godmother!

In the movie, there was this pink coat, and it's not just any pink coat. It's that bright Pink, the color of Youth and Barbie. Isn't it pretty? Audrey wore it so effortlessly over her pink satin slip and black rubber rainboots. 

*Note to self: Givenchy and Hunter can go hand in hand. 

Noticed a connection between 1960s Givenchy and 2012 Jil Sander here? Only to prove how timeless a minimal oversized PINK coat can be! 

My credit card will hate me this winter, but I couldn't care less, really! :)

- bisous bisous Be -




25.8.12

EYE CANDY


TREAT ME FEED MY EYES!



images via fashiongonerogue

When I came across this editorial in NYLON, the only thought that crossed my mind was "I NEED THOSE SUNGLASSES NOW!" 

Especially after losing my precious cat-eyes to Mother Nature at the beach yesterday. Let me tell you, trying to jump waves and looking chic at the same time does not come hand in hand. RIP my dear sunnies, you will be missed.

At least that gives me a reasonable excuse to start hunting for new sunglasses. I believe they are a mandatory necessity. Currently, I'm having my eyes on this adorable pair by Moo Piyasombatkul!

Aren't they CUTE or what!!! 

BOY OF OUTSIDERS


DRESSMONSTA LOVES LEATHER!
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(Something Else by Natalie Woods top, Low Classic Leather Skirt, JC Boots)

photos by Jesse Sullivan

Today's hot topic is the Leather Skirt! Isn't it nice? Skater leather skirt is the ultimate wardrobe staple. Have you seen me all decked out in pineapple and leather before? I love making my clothes work hard for me.  The top was a stellar steal from Pixie Market sample sale a while ago. I wear this for a dinner date with my friends. Who said you have to dress down for the weekends?!

In case you need a quick leather fix, check out some amazing finds below :)  


1. I love the wet look of this Asos skater skirt.
2. The ruffle leather hem adds a nice edge to this Zara one.
3. All hail King Karl. Quality that exceeds the price tag
4. In my dream I would be rocking this Balmain quilted leather skirt. Hey! A girl's gotta dream (BIG) 

24.8.12

SUPER POWER


THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER
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Kemp's Oyster Cover via tfs
Top photo by Jesse Sullivan 
(Sneak peek of a shoot I did recently! I can't wait to share the rest with you!)

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If only I have superpower, I would love to multiply myself, and teleport. Just the thought of jumping from place to place in a blast of seconds thrills me. I could just close my eyes, think of Paris, open up my eyes and Voila, I'm in Paris! It can't get any better than that

Plus fashion week is approaching! I need to prepare myself for the upcoming fashion madness. This is definitely my favorite time of the year. Ooh la la I got to dance around while prepping my outfits. 

I have an exciting interview coming up! I also have been styling for a Vietnamese publication that I simply cannot wait to share with you lovely babes! The world is your oyster and all you have to do is smile and live every day to the fullest <3

bisous bisous

Be

23.8.12

IT'S A BOY GIRL THING


"I AM AT HEART A GENTLEMAN - MARLENE DIETRICH"
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(images via fashiongonerogue)

I could stare at this editorial all day. Miranda looks absolutely stunning, and Orlando makes an excellent photographer. I've been wanting to travel to Australia and New Zealand for a while now. It feels like paradise just thinking in my head!

I can see myself wearing everything. The styling is effortlessly chic and can be transitioned from day to night.

While we're at it, I have to add the following to my fall Need List:

1. A pair of Marni-meets-Gladiator flatform sandals
2. Major kilts a la Marc Jacobs
3. And structural white shirts to be worn with anything and everything.

Thank you T magazine for brighten up my day! Check out the latest issue here

- Bisous bisous Be -


BLACK MAGIC


A LBD FOR EVERY OCCASION!
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PM Dress, Ventidue cuff

photos by Jesse Sullivan
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Here we go again, the little black dress revisited, how many is enough? I guess the only possible answer is "Endless." One can never have enough LBD. 

Personally I would need one for cocktail party, another one for grocery shopping, one for a dinner date, one more for special events, and many more for future references (possibly passing it down to my granddaughters when I'm Chanel's age). LBDs are the one I can always come back to. They're chic and timeless, can be layer under or over in many different ways. Want me to show you how? Let me know if I should make an LBD Ode. You know I'd be more than happy to do so! 

Mean time, I present you "Dressmonsta Approved." A special (ongoing) guide that has been carefully curated by yours truly for your best shopping companion! Happy Shopping Babymonstas! 


1. Studded and pleated, what's not to love?! PM Studded Dress, $50
2. I love animal detail, plus the tiger face gives a nice edge: Topshop Tiger Face Skate Dress, $52 
3. Ladylike and elegant, did I mention that it's pocket-friendly: Day Cointreau Lace Maxi Dress, $168
4. A splurge that's worth every single penny: Felder Embellishment Gown, $245

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this one!

- Bisous Bisous Be -