I hope the year of the dog is off to a good start for all of you who celebrate the lunar yew year! Or, as we say in Vietnamese, chúc mừng năm mới! I’ve been so excited to write this blog post and share a bit more of myself of my culture with you and am really pleased I also found a way to stick to my focus on fashion and handbags. The dress I’m wearing is a traditional Vietnamese dress called an áo dài which literally translates to “long dress” or “long shirt.” It has a high, buttoned-up collar and a large slit to show off the silk pants worn underneath. I love wearing these dresses because the designs are always so gorgeous and they are ridiculously flattering. For once I actually look tall! I thought this was the perfect occasion to wear my new Givenchy Pandora mini (I’ll be doing a review sometime, so look out for that) because the red added to the bold colors of this look and is also considered a lucky color.
I’m so thankful that my family has striven to speak Vietnamese at home and uphold traditions even while adopting an American lifestyle. My Vietnamese heritage is something very close to my heart, but it hasn’t always been this way. There was a confusing time, more around my early teenage years, when I feel like I distanced myself from my identity as an Asian and Vietnamese woman because I didn’t want that to be the only thing people saw me for. In retrospect I just shake my head, but especially in high school it seemed easy to fall under certain labels. As I’ve grown more in touch with myself, I’ve realized that you are who you carry yourself as and I choose to carry myself as a person of many facets. Being Vietnamese is something I’m proud of, but it’s also just one of many traits that make up who I am. At the end of the day you can’t change how people will choose to see you, but if you alone know who you are, then I think that’s more than enough. And as for the people who would only choose to see you for certain traits, I don’t think their opinions are ones you should value anyways.
With that being said, my biggest wish for all of you is to make 2018 (and the year of the dog) the year you are unapologetically yourself. In our culture we believe that the way you start the new year is the way the whole year will go, so don’t waste another second living for anyone but you!
I want to say thank you for stopping by today and an even bigger thank you for letting me share this part of myself. I love learning about other people’s cultures and all about their food, traditions, and of course fashion! I hope you enjoyed this post and have gotten to know me a bit better. Wishing you all health, happiness, and prosperity!
P.S. how cute is this dog I met in the temple?!