Wednesday, September 28

5 DAYS IN VIETNAM

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And here's my visual diary from Vietnam! We spent 5 days here and I'll be sharing what we did and where we stayed in this city. It feels amazing being immersed in a completely different culture and taking in what the city has to offer. One thing we learnt for sure - to cross the roads like a total boss. In summary, I would definitely return. Enjoy this visual diary! x

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Upon arrival to Ho Chi Minh city, we spent the first night in an Airbnb. We stayed in this lovely studio which was a total gem. It was extremely spacious and bright, and the hosts helped us out so much. (Hello Harry, Ben and Shell!) We were to set off to Mui Ne the next morning, and Harry arranged a transport for us. We paid 3,750,000 dongs (USD168) for a two way transport (7 seater) to Mui Ne and back to HCMC. Also, I have a habit of trying out the bubble tea or boba when I visit every country and I'm so happy that Vietnam didn't disappoint. I know that Vietnam is known for their coffee but I don't drink coffee at all.
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I didn't manage to take down the address for this cafe but there are many cafes in Ho Chi Minh City! The next morning, it was time to hit the road! We had Vietnamese Pho for breakfast before setting off with our driver, Quang. It was a 4 hour ride to Mui Ne and I think Quang was very entertained with our crazy talks. Hmm.
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We spent the second day in our resort in Mui Ne. We swam by the beach, ate there and cycled out for a massage before returning for a buffet. This has got to be the best resort I've ever stayed in. The beach was almost empty and the service of the staff was impeccable. 

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On the third day, our plans were to visit the Poshanu Cham towers before heading on our private jeep tour to the sand dunes. The towers were quiet and peaceful, there weren't many tourists and it only took us 20 minutes to cover the whole place. The entrance fee was 15,000 dongs (USD0.67) Yes you read that right, 70 cents! And now, moving on to the highlight of the trip! We paid 400,000 dongs (USD17.90) per person for a private jeep. We were a group of 4, so the mini jeep was perfect.

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The Fairy Stream was our first stop of the private jeep tour. Your feet and legs are going to get dirty and muddy so be sure to dress down on the footwear! Next up: White Sand Dunes.

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The White Sand Dunes has got to be my favourite experience in the entire trip. Dan and I rented a quad bike for 600,000 dongs (USD26) for 30 minutes. We had a guide with us, but Dan rode the bike for the entire 30 minutes while the guide sat next to me. At one point, the guide took us on an epic quad bike ride. He drove us (individually) down the steep hills of sand, almost like a rollercoaster but, on a bike. Our last stop was the Red Sand Dunes where we were supposed to watch the sunset. 
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Unfortunately for us, it was a cloudy day. Therefore the sunset was not the best one. But the experience was one of the best I've ever had. The main thing about the Red Sand Dunes are the sand slides. There will be an eager group of kids waiting for the arrival of jeeps, and BAM. You're surrounded by kids wanting you to rent the slides from them for 50,000 dongs (USD2.24). Our jeep tour started from 1.30pm onwards as it was the sunset tour. Sunrise tours start from 4.30am and the first stop would be the White Sand Dunes. So basically: White Sand Dunes: Sunrise | Red Sand Dunes: Sunset. 

We spent the fourth day back on the road to HCMC, and we explored the rest of the city before heading back to Singapore on our last day. 

Here are some extra tips to take note while in HCMC: 

1) When taking the taxis, be alert even when the drivers turn on the meter. Do take note if the fare is increasing way too fast. Well what happened was, we paid 200,000 dongs (USD9) for a 5 minute ride. I noticed that the driver had a button behind his steering wheel. Every time he pressed it, the fare went up, and yes he went to town with pressing the button. 

2) We noticed that the sun rises around 5am every morning and it sets at about 6pm. So start your day earlier!

3) Literally any street stall selling Vietnamese Phở (noodles) or Bánh mì (baguette), tastes amazingly good.

4) Cross the road, s l o w l y and carefully. The motorists will somehow, magically avoid you.

5) Yay, cheers if you made it till here! Hope you enjoyed this guide! 

xx

All photos taken by myself, Dan and Ryan.

Saturday, September 24

THE LITTLE WHITE DRESS

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If I had to choose between a LBD and a LWD, it would definitely be a little white dress - no questions asked. I've been on the hunt for the perfect LWD that's not formal or filled with lace, and this dress from FASHMOB just tops the chart. Casual or smart, it works both ways and it has pockets! Like come on. I brought this dress to Vietnam and it was perfect for the bicycle rides around the resort. I cannot emphasise how much love I have for this dress, its unreal. If you guys are interested in the places I went to in Vietnam, I heard ya! A full post on what I did and where I stayed will be up this coming midweek! 

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(seen here: Myrrh Necklaces, Fringe crossbody similar here, Rayban sunnies.)
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Wearing: Shirt dress in collaboration with FASHMOB, Novesta sneakers | Photos by Dan.

Wednesday, September 21

RESORT WITH REVOLVE

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Wearing: Tilly Dress from Tularosa in collaboration with REVOLVE | Photos by Dan

As you can tell, I've been adding more red tones into my color palette lately. It's just something about resort holidays and bright colors that just go so well together. REVOLVE has so kindly dressed me for my trip to Vietnam, and the best part is that REVOLVE is having a 20% off storewide today till tomorrow 22nd, 11:59pm (GMT+8)! Check out with 'FALL20' to enjoy this discount! x


* The discount code is not valid for use on the following brands: Alice + Olivia, A.L.C., Ash, Black Halo, Canada Goose, Citizens of Humanity, Common Projects, Diane von Furstenberg, Elizabeth and James, Hudson Jeans, J Brand, Joie, Love Moschino, Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Mason by Michelle Mason, M Missoni, Paige Denim, Public School, rag & bone/JEAN, 7 For All Mankind, Soft Joie, Stuart Weitzman, T by Alexander Wang, Theory, Vince, Wolverine. Other restrictions may apply. Eminent Inc. reserves the right to modify this promotion at any time. This promo code will expire automatically on September 22nd at 11:59 PM local time.


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Saturday, September 17

THE BATHING SUIT

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Scoopback Swimsuit and Linen Boyfriend Shirt in collaboration with GRANA. 
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Bohemian scarf and Lack of Color Boater.


In all honesty, this has got to be the most comfortable swimsuit I've ever worn and own. There are no wires or padding, it's a piece of magic on its own. When I say magic, I'm not kidding. This swimsuit dries sooo quickly?! C'mon, we've all been there - putting on a dry piece of clothing over our wet swimsuit is just... no. I spent all morning at the beach in this piece, and it feels like second skin. I paired my look with GRANA's Linen Boyfriend Shirt, and yay for me, I don't actually have to steal Dan's shirt anymore. These pictures were taken in Mũi Né, Vietnam - more uploads can be seen over on my Instagram, where I also featured other looks from GRANA!

Shop with GRANA and check out with 'AMELYNxGRANA for 10% off plus free global shipping! x

Photos by Dan.


Thursday, September 1

BLUSH BABY

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I'm still on the hunt for the perfect Levi's 501 vintage jeans, but I guess this pair that I have now works just as well. Always ask yourself if you're able to match a piece of clothing more than 5 different ways before you purchase it! When I saw this pair of mom jeans, I knew I had to get it. It's in the perfect wash and I love how the edges are raw. You can either fold them up or leave them down - here's another look where I left them down. If there ever was a color palette to stick to for the rest of my life, it's going to be a blush/white/denim combo. And no, I'll never get over my obsession with blush and rose gold, nuff said. 
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Photos by Dan

xx

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Thursday, August 25

BATH CHERRIES

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Awhile ago, innisfree sent me their 'My Body Line' range for some skin loving pampering. I received the Cherry Blossom scent out of the 10 different unique fragrances of Jeju. I have to say, innisfree is a brand I truly love and products which I use religiously. It feels like Christmas every time a new product launches. I love how the body line come in a pair, I would totally include this duo in my travel essentials. The body lotion is my personal favourite, I apply it before I sleep and my legs feel great the following morning. If cherry blossom isn't your go-to scent, fret not - there's 9 other scents which you can check out! p.s I would go for the Peach and Wild Berry! 
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Cherry Blossom body line in collaboration with innisfree, thanks G & M! x

Saturday, August 13

ABOUT MORNINGS.

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We've all been there, guilty of hitting that snooze button again and again till its way past breakfast time. There's nothing wrong with that, just don't forget that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! I use to sleep into breakfast all the time, oops guilty as chargedBut when you're up all night catching up on Game of Thrones and Stranger Things... it's hard to get up. I've been pinning all sorts of yummy breakfast recipes on Pinterest lately. Yet another activity that keeps me up all night, hmm. But what I'm trying to say is, getting up early feels amazing. The day feels longer and there's more time to check things off your to-do list. Be it 15 or 30 minutes earlier than your usual alarm, it's a start! Keep going ✨ Dan and I filmed our morning together, you can watch it here

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Seen here: Anthropologie monogram mugs, Wildfox Couture tee, ALand glasses

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Seen here: Love, Style Live by Garance Doré, Visualtroop cushion | All images by Dan

xx


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Monday, August 1

THE SLIP DRESS

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Seen here: ALDO sneakers | MYRRH Tetra necklace | Urban Outfitters lace bra.

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Seen here: Rayban sunglasses | Kapten & Son watch | Tallulah coral crossbody bag
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Wearing: Silk V-Neck Slip Dress in collaboration with GRANA | All photos by Dan.

After wearing this silk slip dress out in the insane Singapore heat, I'm actually thinking of converting my wardrobe to silk-everything. What they say about silk is true - warm in winter, cool in summer. And well, we all know that Singapore is practically summer all year round. Every piece in GRANA's silk collection is basically #goals. I would actually own every color of the slip dress if I could, especially this. I wore a lace bralette and layered on some silver jewelry for that little extra touch to the entire look. Now here's something for those who are convinced that silk pieces should be a part of your life, check out with 'AMELYNxGRANA' for 10% off any item from GRANAPLUS you get free global shipping! Double yay.

xx

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