Playing dress up ft. Alyce Paris gowns

Growing up, I’ve always loved playing dress up. My sisters and I had a box full of different costumes with assorted hats and tiaras to match. There’s something so fun about swiping on lipstick and slipping on high-heels and an embellished gown. I love everything about gowns; they’re elegant and make me feel instantly glamorous. Nowadays, it’s hard finding special occasions to attend where I can wear a formal gown so I try to take advantage of it every moment I get. That’s why I recently partnered with Alyce Paris, they have the perfect selection of dresses for homecoming, prom, or any formal occasion.

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It’s difficult when it comes to selecting the perfect gown to match the occasion. There’s different silhouettes, colors, and embellishments. Alyce Paris sent me this beautiful diamond white/rosewater one.  My favorite part of this gown was the top because it was embroidered with delicate white lace with small crystals and a lace-up back. The sweetheart neckline was a classic look and the gown fanned out to a mermaid tail fit. The fluffier silhouette reminded me of a wedding gown except the bottom tulle was a champagne color. You can purchase the gown here or even a similar one here. Some of my other favorites from their Spring Collection are this red one or this pink one that my best friend Dania is wearing in the pictures below! We instantly felt glamorous and loved doing a photoshoot together with Sheryl Abraham Photography in such stunning gowns. Check some more of the pictures from our shoot below! A cute little cat named George also decided to join us in some of our photos haha

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Shop the Alyce Paris Spring 2017 Collection here

Shop for my gown here and Dania‘s here

Photography: Sheryl Abrahram

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Alyce Paris, all opinions are my own.

Dream. Create. Inspire.

Sydney Nguyen

 

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Nha Khanh-Amelia Gown

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Last year, I was blessed to be chosen as one winners of last year’s 2015 #NhaKhanhHoliday Giveaway! All of the dresses from  the past Holiday 2015 collection are absolutely stunning so be sure to check them out too.Out of the options I was given, I decided to choose the Amelia paneled ball gown. I’m in love with the gown that I chose because it had a more dramatic, theatrical feel to it yet it still looked romantic and soft. Nha Khanh (created by Khanh Nguyen) is a beautiful label with designs that focus on the idea of modern glamour. I’m absolutely in love with their Instagram and all of the designs are meticulously fabricated to merge the concepts of femininity and contemporary elegance.

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Since the colder weather is here, I used this opportunity to finally shoot in this gown. It has such a darker romantic tone to it and I love how the colors are a blend of a rich purple and silky black. My favorite part of the gown would definitely have to be the silhouette. It has a very princess-like feel to it since it has a fit and flare shape, however, there’s the modern twist with how the dress falls to the floor and the open back is such a unique touch. This gown has such a sophisticated balance of luxe femininity with a modern edge.

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I hope you love the look from my photoshoot! Also, huge shoutout to my friend Sheryl Abraham because she did such an amazing job taking these photos for me. Be sure to check out her page as well! 🙂

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Outfit Details:

-Gown: Amelia Gown from Nha Khanh’s

Holiday 2015 Collection

-Earrings: Versona

Dream. Create. Inspire.

Sydney Nguyen

Scarlet

Happy late Valentine’s Day everyone! I’ve been so busy lately and it’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog post so I’m so glad that I had time to get around to it now! I have a few outfits from a Valentine’s Day shoot that I did with my girlfriends but I decided to post about this little red number first. I absolutely looovee the month of February, even though I didn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, (my sisters and I decided to throw a little “Anti-Valentine’s Day” party with pizza and a bunch of food haha cheers to everyone who’s single) I love seeing all of the girly, pretty pink and red hearts everywhere…and the best part is the chocolates of course! I hope you all had a fantastic Valentine’s Day whether you decided to spend it with someone special, with family, friends, or even alone watching a movie at home.

Red. Red. Red. This is absolutely THE color for something bold and daring for Valentine’s Day. The slit of my gown is in the front which is a unique touch and I love how the cut-outs and low-v cut in the front has a sheer, red mesh fabric. I decided to pair the look with neutral colored heels and a pair of sparkly earrings. I didn’t really have time to curl my hair haha so sorry for the messy bed-head look! I also had a bouquet of chocolate covered strawberries (from Cocoandre Chocolatier) for this shoot and they were gorgeous and they’re my absolute FAVORITE dessert 🙂 I hope you love this look!

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Outfit:

-Gown: Windsor

-Earrings: Sam Moon

Dream. Create. Inspire.

Sydney Nguyen

The “Dina” Gown

The Pageant Experience + Small Tips:

A couple months ago, I was blessed with opportunity to compete in the Miss Asian American Texas 2015-2017 Pageant! I placed “3rd Runner Up” and won the “Best Dance Talent” Award! This was the very first pageant that I had ever joined so it was a completely new and inspiring experience for me. I learned a lot about not only pageantry but about the process of self-discovery and gaining more confidence in myself. I was able to learn more about various cultures and create memorable friendships with many of the other girls including Yvette Luong. She has been so supportive and encouraging throughout my whole pageant journey so be sure to check her page out!

There’s so many different aspects to a pageant that makes each girl stand out. In this particular pageant, we had an interview, talent show, cultural wear, and the evening gown wear. The rehearsals took about two months to prep beforehand so we were able to practice our interview questions, our walk, and make several appearances as contestants to galas, banquets, etc so each event was a new, exciting experience.Because this was “Miss Asian American,” a lot of our appearances and events focused on culture preservation. I will probably have another blog post that goes into more details about Pageant Tips/Information but for now, here are some short tips and tricks!

-Interview: Always introduce yourself formally, so shake the judge’s hands and smile! It’s always important to keep your answers sweet and straight-forward to the point so you don’t ramble.

-Talent: Sadly, I cannot sing at all but I do love to dance! I chose to perform a Contemporary Dance because I wanted something simple and elegant to perform at the show so be sure to choose a performance where you can express who you are.

-Hair: I do suggest looking up various hairstyles to correspond to each of your outfits (Updos should go with high-necklines to show off your dress) Curls are highly suggested because it adds more volume and dimension to your whole look! And don’t forget to use a lot of hairspray and to tease your hair

-Makeup: There will always be a lot of pictures taken so be make sure everything you do is more dramatic that your usual daily-routine so this means false lashes, a more vibrant lip color, etc

-High-heels: Definitely opt for higher heels that are about 6-7 inches high. This not only look good in pictures, but heels help lift up your posture when walking

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The Gown:

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to wear this couture Tinsley Radix gown from their Fall/Winter 2015 Collection for my pageant! I am completely obsessed with sparkly clothing and sequins! This gown is called the “Dina” and I absolutely love the mermaid-inspired sequins and teal color. It was a comfortable fit and the sleeves made it fit like a t-shirt dress. I was looking for a gown that had either sparkly accents or a bold color and I was fortunate to have found a gown that had both accents but still had a simple silhouette! I fell in love with this gown and I definitely felt like a princess! Unfortunately we didn’t get to capture any photos of the back of the gown but it was a low U-shaped scoop in the back! I wanted to have a pre-pageant shoot so I could have closeup pictures of my gown so shout out to Lu’s Lens for this photoshoot! This was my second time working with Lu’s Lens and I absolutely love her work so be sure to check out her page! (She photographs for events, projects, personal portfolios, etc!)

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Outfit Details:

-Gown: “Dina” Tinsley Radix

-Earrings: Versona Accessories

-Crown: Queens of the Crown Pageant

Dream. Create. Inspire.

Sydney Nguyen