Shot by Bis Nguyen / Edited by me

Dress, Top & Pants - LiiQ Rush / Shoes, Bag, Sunglasses & Earrings - Floralpunk
LiiQ Rush stores:
43 Nui Truc Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
100 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

LiiQ Rush, founded by Bao Ly Tran, is a Vietnamese fashion brand from Hanoi, with a store in Saigon, that I associate with effortlessness. All pieces go pretty well by themselves. Just put on shoes and you are good to go. I proposed this shoot because I wanted to put a Floralpunk twist to it though. I truly believe in the impact accessories can make haha. 
My kids at Floralpunk told me to change my style after seeing photos from this shooting, because I'm usually more the jeans, T-shirt, Vans kind of girl : )))) I'll try to blog more often from now on yo, to introduce you to local brands, places to eat and just sharing random memories with you. I still really really love blogging. So stay tuned with me <3

My fear of going sleeveless

Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone, to know that it's really not that bad.


People who have been following me on Snapchat for a while, should know by now that I used to be extremely chubby. Two Mc Donald's menus for one meal I say. Or two Pizza Hut pizzas. Now I can't even eat three slices and I feel full. My wrists and ankles have always, magically, stayed the same in size though, all the fat went into my upper arms, thighs, belly and face. And I have always been extremely self-conscious and insecure about my body, so for over.... dude when's the last time I left the house sleeveless (unless it was for a shooting I didn't want to do). Anyway, i think it must have been at least... four years. I haven't bought or worn anything sleeveless out for over four years I think. Neither did I ever wear anything that would show my belly or thighs. My style right now wasn't created out of passion only, but also has deep roots in the way I have been loving or hating myself. Based on the way I feel comfortable or uncomfortable in my body. I never had the ambition to work on my body and make myself feel confident in it. I just built up my wardrobe within my comfort zone and around the war zones. Wide tops, no mini skirts or short shorts, loads of outerwear to hide everything, and damn, I think I don't even have a bikini. I have like one bikini top, and one bottom, but they don't really belong to each other, and it doesn't matter anyway because I don't go swimming. That's how my wardrobe is.

Earrings - Floralpunk / Top - LiiQ Rush / Jeans - Clockhouse / Slippers - Nosbyn / Bag - Stella Mc Cartney

So when I bought this LIIQ Rush Fish Tail top or dress (I also have it in white, you can see it here), I bought it to wear it underneath a wide top, not to wear it by itself, because I thought that I could never ever leave the house sleeveless. But I did today. My boyfriend said that the top looks great on me and that I don't look fat at all, and that my complexes are not reasonable at all. I still didn't feel too happy though, and told him 'I will only feel better if you take nice photos and my arm is not wobbly in every single picture'. And so he did. And now I do feel less insecure. It's not like I enjoy wearing sleeveless so much, but I think we need to build up that relationship slowly. It's not like you can overcome the fights in your head from one second to the next. It takes time, but most of all, it takes either courage from within or encouragement from outside.

Side note about the editing of this post: One of my favourite bloggers Yan Yan Chan apparently edits her photos with VSCO A6 + grain, so I tried it, but am not sure about it yet haha. Sometimes I really really love grain because it gives your photo so much mood, but sometimes I also really love sharp and clean images. And how do I know that she uses A6? I downloaded a photo of her and clicked on the 'Get Info' tab. It said that the photo was 'Processed with VSCO with a6 preset' haha. That's how you know. All VSCO app photos will have that information included. 

Sporty Chic

'Did you just come back from a high heels soccer match?'

Top - Adidas Originals / White fish tail top - LiiQ Rush / Skinny Jeans, Heels - Zara / Bag - MCM / Watch - Daniel Wellington

That's what my boyfriend asked me after I came home in this outfit, still half asleep haha. To be honest, I really love to mix a little bit of street/sporty components with more chic components such as high heels or really elegant fabrics. I received this adidas shirt for a collaboration with the Tubular Defiant a couple weeks ago, and never got around to wear it, without looking super tomboyish with skinny jeans and Vans, so I thought I might take it out in a different kind of context once in a while. 

I'm currently doing a ASK ME ANYTHING on Instagram (below the love image), in which i collect questions to reply in a video. If you have any questions, feel free to go to my Instagram (@doanjulia), and ask me a question. // Photos by Hau Le