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Garnet and Gold

9to5chic-david-yurman-19to5chic-david-yurman-29to5chic-david-yurman-39to5chic-david-yurman-49to5chic-david-yurman-5 Growing up, we always celebrated Lunar New Year with our extended family, the Vietnamese way: one by one wishing our elders good fortune for the New Year. It was strictly formal; all eyes were on you when it was your turn to wish your aunt or grandparent a year of health and happiness (and other wishes, if you knew how to say it fluently!). I’m 5th eldest of 16 grandchildren who grew up spending weekends together at our Grandparents’ house, but it was still a squeamish, nerve-wracking moment for me every year. But we were always rewarded with red envelopes and a few words of wisdom from each of our elders.

It’s that time of year again, with Lunar New Year coming up on January 28th and it’s the year of the Rooster. I’ve partnered with David Yurman to share how I style some of my favorite pieces from their latest Lunar New Year collection. Faceted garnet (for good luck!) and shimmering 18K gold make the prettiest combination.

As a first year generation Vietnamese-American, the old Lunar New Year family tradition is important to me. I’d love to find ways to share the tradition with Lucia, even if it’s without the formality. Did you grow up with Lunar New Year traditions?

Thank you for stopping by and an early Chuc Mung Nam Moi from my family to yours!


Jewelry borrowed from David Yurman:
Guilin Octagon Bracelet with Diamonds in 18K Gold, 4mm (here)
Chatelaine Pendant Necklace with Diamonds in 18K Gold, 7mm (here)
Venetian Quatrefoil Stacking Ring with Diamonds in 18K Gold (here)
Stax Narrow Ring with Diamonds in 18K Gold, 9.5mm (here)
Petite Pave Bar Metro Bracelet in 18K Gold, 3mm (here)
Cape – Burberry (on sale here)
Blouse – Sezane (here)
Jeans – Frame Denim (here)
Purse – Mark Cross (here)


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9to5chic-gabriela-hearst-sweater-19to5chic-gabriela-hearst-sweater-29to5chic-gabriela-hearst-sweater-3 Good morning and happy Wednesday! Halfway through the week and the to-do list is even longer than it was on Monday…! Thanks for visiting and hope you’re having a good week!


Sweater – Gabriela Hearst (sale find here)
Skirt – Helmut Lang (old on sale here | similar style here in navy)
Flats – Paul Andrew (here | in camel suede on sale here)
Purse – Mark Cross (best price on this bag! I’d been wishlisting it for so long and finally found the color I love best! here)
Sunglasses – Linda Farrow (here)
Lips – Shiseido “Bloodstone” (here)


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ann-taylor-pant-1ann-taylor-pant-2ann-taylor-pant-3 A striped set I wish I had with me when I was in Hawaii (with flat slides – perfect resort wear!). Styling it for a San Francisco winter now though, with a cozy sweater and trench on top. Thanks for visiting and happy Monday!


Sweater – Helmut Lang (from last year’s sale | similar styles priced high to low: here, here, here)
Blouse – Ann Taylor (here | also picked up this lace-up wool cashmere sweater, it’s only $60 on sale here)
Trousers – Ann Taylor (here | thought these were fun with a pop of color, but ended up going with the more netural pair!)
Trench – Gucci (similar styles with unique details priced high to low: here, here and here)
Purse – Chanel
Heels – Gianvito Rossi (here)


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