New Year’s Reflections


What would I wear to a New Year’s Eve party if it wasn’t freezing where I live?


Surprise, surprise! Do I not look so different in this one? Then again, in which outfit have I not wowed you? 😉



By the way, happy 2015! I am not sure what many of you are planning to do on the 1st, but I hope you are ready for what’s going to come in the 364 days after it, he-he. (Is it just me or is time just flying by like there’s no tomorrow? I cannot believe I am legal to drink!) Do you have New Year’s resolutions and if you do, what are they?


Growing up in one of the coldest regions in the States, I would not recommend you wearing this outfit any time soon if you do not live in states like California or Florida, – I mean, unless you want to catch hypothermia…

But if you plan to attend a New Year’s party and stay indoors most of the time, you can wear a dress like mine and if you want, pull on some snuggly tights for more coverage! I absolutely love this dress. My favorite part is of course, the asymmetrical hem. Stuck on what to wear to a gathering? Go for the LBD with an extra twist to it. Simple, classy, elegant, and unique. A shout-out to my very good friend, Rohena, for finding this piece of treasure and pressing me to buy it!



This photo gives off a Marilyn Monroe feeling, doesn’t it?

For all of you living with the warmer weather out there, a trench coat makes the perfect outerwear that will make you look more casual than when you wear only the dress. As for the rest who are living in the depths of the frozen tundra, any thick coat will do – just please, keep yourself warm.



Confession: this shoot was actually done in late October. Gasp! I just wanted to find the perfect moment to publish it.

My older sister figure of a friend, Binh, wanted to do a photo shoot of me, so I thought that I could turn it into a special project by having the whole shoot done at night. It was fun because the shoot was challenging for both my photographer and me.  The only lights that we had were the artificial ones from the campus buildings and light posts. As a result, we had to do a lot of experimentation with the locations.



I would say that this shoot was more focused on general photography than fashion photography simply because you tend to appreciate more of the simple dimensions behind the lens. In some of the photos, you can’t see much of what I am wearing but you can appreciate the silhouettes that the dress helps create. So, in a way, you are basically looking at fashion through a “different lens.” Love the mysterious aura the night has on Binh’s shots!


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Personally, I like to admire how you can manipulate the balance between the shadows and lights to get the right kinds of feelings you get from looking at these photos.


New Year’s is going to be quiet for me. Actually, I’ve stopped working on resolutions a while ago. I think it’s admirable when people are committed to their resolutions, since I often find myself not keeping to my words… Maybe one day, I will find the will to do them again.

It’s just that, for me, all of my goals will probably take more than a year to meet. Reflecting back on the past couple years, I realized that I’ve done a lot for myself. Going to the college that I want, surrounding myself with the people I choose, and living the life that I’ve always dreamt. What more can I ask?

I think I am pretty happy where I am now.



Marshalls // Little Black Dress | THE GAP // Long Coat | Nine West // High Heels



29 thoughts on “New Year’s Reflections

  1. ihateraincoats says:

    Hey 🙂 i have been a massive fan of your blog for agggges :p only just created my account but i was wondering if you could give me a shout out? Of course, i will shout you out once i have more followers! 🙂 Thanks ♔♕♚♛

    • Jess Nguyen says:

      Awwww. I definitely will when I can! I am actually behind on my tags now, but I will when I get back from Shanghai! It’s on my checklist. But from now until then, I will check out your site. Keep it up, girl! 🙂

    • Jess Nguyen says:

      Thank you! I am flattered. Ooh, moody – that’s the perfect word to describe the tone of these photographic depictions!

    • Jess Nguyen says:

      Thank you! ❤

      I love those, too. They remind me of those old times-y American dramas for some reason, ha-ha. Xo, Jess

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