4/30/2014

France!

before we jump to the post, I just want to say that I am incredibly happy that many of you are supporting me to keep blogging. after 6 months of hiatus, I really didn't expect to see that many good feedback so thank you very much, I really appreciate it! and can I just throw in a little fun fact here? the majority of my readers is from America! I thought that most of my readers come from Vietnam but apparently, around 50% of my readers are from the States while only 10% come from Vietnam. shocker! but no matter where you are, thank you for reading this rambling blog of mine!

so I promised posts about my trip and since I am bored of revising and desperately need a break, I figured why not blog? so here it goes. the first part of my trip: France!

I couldn't take a lot of outfit photos but I'll squeeze in some cheeky shots. and this gonna be really long since I didn't want to split it into 2 parts.

I was around 16 or so on my first trip to Paris - France and it was one of the worst trips of my life. the weather was hot and humid, I didn't feel very well and some bad memories were made. since then, even though I had really bad first impression with Paris, I have always wanted to come back to re-write the history. I just didn't want to misjudge the city.

so this time I was prepared! I did my research and even brought along Volume 5 of Cereal magazine just because it has a few pages about Paris. but obviously the trip didn't go so well. my phone got pickpockted at a Metro station (may I just give you a piece of advice? never ever put your belongings in your coat pockets. just never! put everything in a small bag and wear it on the front). after that everything just went downhill. plus, some unpleasant things happened and I wanted to book a train back to London asap. but obviously, I didn't want to pay £200 for a 2 hours train back just because I was upset. and I looked forward to Italy so much so I carried on with my trip.

on our first full day in Paris, we went sight-seeing. I wanted to spend the rest of my time in Paris to do some other stuffs so I thought that I should just get all the tourist-y things done on the first day. we did the whole shebang. we went to Pont des Arts, Eiffel Tower, Louvre museum, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysee and then had a lovely dinner. I reunited with a high school friend that day. funny thing is I used to dislike the guy so much because he always picked on me, I found him so annoying. and then he went study abroad and we just talk occasionally on Facebook. then suddenly he and I along with another guy become best friends! we call each other The Trio (lol). he was so posh, I even thought that he was going to attend a wedding or something.

Blogger screwed up the images' quality...

COS sweatshirt - Wephobia skirt- Topshop bag - Vagabond shoes
so cliche lol

 the second day, I went to a bakery that Van Anh from Chopstick Panorama recommended to me. let me tell you, the girl has taste! the bakery was incredible. the decor was brilliant, pink but not like disgustingly girly pink. everything was delicious but too bad their tea salon didn't open on the day we went. so we brought the cakes to a cafe shop and had some chill time. I also went to Dior house at 30 Avenue Montaigne since I used to intern at Dior and I have heard about this place for like a thousand times.

A.P.C t-shirt, COS cardigan, Wephobia skirt
 third day, my phone got pickpocketed just after I got out of the apartment. so even though I planned out the entire day to go to museums and chill, I didn't feel like going out anymore. all I did was going to the police station to get the crime report and then back to apartment to cry and be dramatic.


still, I managed to pick up all the pieces together and carry on with the trip. in order to make the best of my time, I planned out the entire day. my schedule was quite tight: Giverny in the morning, then back to Paris to go to Musée de l'Orangerie, Montmartre hill and other spots I wanted to go.

I woke up around 7 a.m and headed to Paris St Lazare station. Since I already booked the my tickets the night before, all I needed to do was just get the boarding pass printed. However, ticket machine asked for the card that I paid for the ticket in order to print the pass. On top of that, it took my quite a long time to figure that out since everything was in French. I started to panic since my train will depart in 20 mins. Luckily a girl (who wasn't fluent in English either) showed me to the ticket office and told the lady there that I was in a hurry and really in need of my tickets. That lady then let me cut the horrendous line and print out both of my boarding passes, show me how to use them and where to go. I was like Thanks God! maybe today is my lucky day!

In order to get to Giverny, you need to take a train from Paris to Vernon and then from Vernon you can take a bus or a taxi to Giverny. It takes like €15 for the taxi ride. I was super excited but somehow 45 mins train ride turned into nearly 3 hours ride since the train just stopped in the middle of nowhere because of some technical problems. I was freaking out! I needed to get to Giverny early in order to take the train back to Paris. I managed to get to Vernon and after 15 mins inside a taxi, I had like half an hour to see Monet's garden. it was short but sweet. the garden was so inspiring, everywhere I looked I could see a painting. my photography skill seriously didn't do it any justice, it was breathtaking! so so gorgeous. hopefully one day I can bring my mom here.

 
a piece of advice. if you do decide to go to Giverny, give it time, don't be like me and try to rush it. I took a taxi to Giverny because I didn't want to wait for the bus (it takes off in every hour). big mistake because there was no taxi around Giverny to get back to Vernon train station! at the time I didn't have a phone and I didn't know the language so I couldn't call a taxi company or something and the people there didn't really help (or they didn't know how to help). I was so scared since I already missed the bus back to Vernon. so I decided to walk! it seemed impossible because the highway was involved. but I couldn't just stand there, I didn't want to miss the train. just when I started to tear up and feeling hopeless, a car pulled over and a man asked if I needed any help. it was a bit sketchy because you know what they say about getting in a stranger's car. I could get killed or something. the car was rather old and the man looked a bit like a serial killer as well. but I was desperate and asked if he could give me a ride to the train station. he was like: Sure! turned out he does it all the time. like, he would see tourists like me walking down the road aimlessly and he would pull over and help them. I felt like it was a sight from God! he even showed me the weekend market and told me not to be scare. I wish I could repay him some how.

back to Paris, I headed to Musée de l'Orangerie to reunion with my neighbour from home. I love this museum, it doesn't get enough attention. I saw works of Monet, Matisse, Renoir and Picasso. Les Nymphéas was truly breathtaking, I even got emotional.


then we went to see some spots that I wanted to go to. like the Shakespeare & Company book shop, Moulin Rouge, Montmartre hill and then I finally rested my feet at Café des 2 Moulins - the Café that Amelie work at (I hope you've seen the film).

ASOS coat, H&M tee, Wephobia skirt

overall, Paris is nice if you have the right company and know where to go. but I don't love it like I love London. maybe I will come back one day but it will take a really special person to make me go back there again. and may I just say that the Metro in Paris is freaking scary? my phone got pickpocketed inside a Metro station and when I tried to buy a ticket, a sketchy looking woman approached me. crazy!

well, it was so freaking long. thank you if you've read it all. see you in the next post for Italy!




4/17/2014

from Giverny to Firenze

oh hello. long time no see. when did the last time i blog? since November last year. oops... well, what can i say? still the same old reason, i just didn't feel like blogging.

i thought about quitting. cause before blogging was a habit, something i love and enjoy doing. it wasn't a job or a burden and i didn't have to try. it was au naturel. now i have no one to help me take pictures. i was busy with course works. uni swallowed me whole. my life took some turns and they weren't all good. overall, i had up and down time, life goes on and i just forgot about  my blog.

sometimes i wanted to jot things down, because keeping everything inside is hard sometimes. and i dug up my dusty tumblr for that. i mean, Chocolate on Cashmere is my fashion blog, not somewhere i pour my heart content out. i guess that's the problem, i wanted Chocolate on Cashmere to be so professional, so beautifully presented and so unique. but i am my blog, my blog is me. how can i manipulate myself like that?

i want to blog again. and i will, from now on. but it will be pure me. nothing fancy. maybe you will see iphone pictures, quick snap here and there, not DSLR quality photos. i want to make my blog to be a place where i can feel comfortable and write things down. it will be about everything. travel, life, stories, food, uni and what started it all - fashion.

enough introducing. let's get into what inspired me to write this blog post.

two months ago i decided that i want to spend Easter break traveling. that's something i've always wanted to do but never got a chance. my parents aren't very adventurous. they are savers. they work and save money and then they invest on me. that's why in my family good grades matter. i spent my childhood studying and then i study (a lot more) when i got to uni. i had a few trips here and there but not much. i didn't get to be inside an airplane until i was 16 and i went to Germany and Paris that time, that was the furthest. but i've always wanted to travel. i never thought that i will have a chance to go outside of the border, let along exploring Europe. but two months ago i thought that now is the time. i needed to bite the bullet and just go. tickets and hotels booked. plans made. 8th of April i jumped onto an Eurostar and went back to Paris.

so this blog post the first part about my trip, my 10 days trip exploring France and Italy. well, get yourself a cup of tea and maybe some snacks, this will be long.

i didn't like Paris the first time. it was dirty, hot and i had the worst memories. i wanted to re-write history and have a good time there. but i guess Paris didn't like me back then and it still doesn't like me now. i received bad news from home, felt left out, felt lonely and when i thought that this trip couldn't get worse, my phone got pickpocketed. i cried so much during the trip. i wanted to book a train back to London asap. i didn't know what to do, who to talk with. felt like the world was tumbling down. but then again, you gotta survive. when Paris gives you lemon, you make lemonade.

decided that i will carry on with the trip, i booked train tickets to go to Giverny for half a day the following day. then planned the other half to go to Musée de l'Orangerie and other spots that my boyfriend recommended me to go. my oh my, it was the best decision i made during my time in France. Giverny was exquisite. if you love arts and you want to be blew away, go there, visit Monet's garden. it is beyond your imagination. you think Monet's paintings are extraordinary? go see what made the paintings. i felt in love instantly, wished that i had a hardcore camera. but seriously, no camera can capture the feel, the atmosphere, the scenery. it was all so beautiful.

my love for small villages and province carry on. i then took a flight to Firenze, Italy. it was love at first sight. i had the exact feeling that i had when i first stepped foot in London. when you love a city, you just know it, instantly. you don't have to wait and see or be patient. you just fall in love. Firenze is everything, wish i could stay longer. i was blew away in the Pantheon at Roma, stunned by the beautiful Vezenia but Firenze gave me butterflies. i think i will dedicate an entire blog post for Firenze in the future, because i love it that much.

i went to Monet's garden, saw works of Monet and Renoir, visited Uffizi gallery, had the best pizza of my entire life. but the best part of my trip? the strangers.

i almost couldn't make it to the train back to Paris from Vernon in time when i visited Giverny because i couldn't find a taxi to go back to the train station and missed the bus. i thought that i will have to walk to the high road and risk the possibility of being hit. just when all my hope shattered and my eyes teared up, a complete stranger pulled over and asked if i needed any help. he was the type of man that you see in the movie. old car, long grey hair, looks-like-he-is-going-to-kidnap-and-kill-you type of man. but i was so desperate i asked if he could give me a ride to the train station. he smiled and said Sure! he does it all the time. i was overwhelmed with happiness, so touched with the kind gesture. he showed me the weekend market in Vernon, told me not to be scared. all i could do was saying God bless you and wishing him a beautiful day. but there are so many other beautiful strangers in this world. when i was walking to have the best pizza in Firenze, a man on a bike stopped just to say that i am so beautiful - a phrase that i will never bring myself to think of. when i was looking at the sunset from Ponte ale Grazie, a painter suddenly pulled over and had a chat with me. they came out of nowhere, but gave me the best memories. without them, this trip might be so suffocating.

i have so many more to say. but maybe later. right now i just want to capture my quick thoughts. express my love for the beautiful places i went to, the beautiful strangers i met.

there are no nice photos with fancy effect cause my phone got pickpocketed, but let's settle with this polaroid capture i took at Monet's garden.



11/25/2013

unexpected.


Forever 21 coat / Bershka jumper / Lam Boutique shirt / H&M skirt / Vagabond shoes / Proenza Schouler bag

yes, I am awared that I look nothing like posing or taking outfit pictures. it is because these are all test shots taken by Van Anh - Chopstick Panorama. we went out for a much needed brunch, wandered around the coolest neighborhood of London (in my opinion) and i took some outfit pictures for her blog. if you haven't checked her out or followed her, you should, she is a lovely girl. so basically, except the photos were taken by my iPhone, all of the photos are unplanned and therefore, not so professional looking xP but i still love them, nothing like natural moments huh? especially when you have London as your background.

I am currently working on 4 different assignments at the same time and other kinds of applications also. it is driving me insane. I miss lacking off and doing nothing (yes, I am lazy) but I want and need good grades so I'm just trying and pushing myself. I can't settle for less, it is unacceptable and bad grades are my nightmare. it is so intense, sometimes I just want to throw up. seriously, can't wait to get these done, then I will have some relax and getaway time with my loved one. wish me luck :)



9/09/2013

Throw back

Nosbyn crop-top, Lam Boutique striped pants, Suite Blanco flats

i know that i just uploaded a post last night but i found these photos which come from a photoshoot i did for Lam Boutique quite awhile ago. these striped pants were one of my most favorite item from them, so simple yet chic.

a little bit of weather update: the day i arrive London was sunny and hot, much to my surprise but since yesterday it got colder and today it rain like it supposed to be. i don't complain though, i like cold weather and now i can layer up as much as i want to. 

orientation won't start for another week so now i do have a lot of free time to absorbing more culture and arts. visited National Gallery and British Museum the other day and i loved them so much. especially National Gallery cause i got to see a painting which is now my most favorite painting ever: The Arnolnifi Portrait by Jan van Eyck. i would recommend you to research about him and this painting and if you can, please do go visit National Gallery to see it, it's in Room 56. 

i love London and i love to stay here as long as i can. but last night i had such a craving for Vietnamese street food. seriously, i could eat a whole cow last night, was so hungry.

til we speak again.




London bound

H&M shirt dress and bag, New Look cardigan, Vagabond boots, Cheap Monday sunglasses

hello there! so iam back from the longest hiatus ever. to be honest, i actually thought about quitting the blog for good cause i wasn't feeling like blogging at all. i created my blog from my genuine feelings so if i don't feel good about it, i wouldn't want to do it. the hiatus time was the busiest time of my life so far, i had school and my internship and my writing works. it just took all the time and i even had no time to meet up with friends or chill alone at a cafe shop. but it is all over now and i am in LONDON!

so yeah, as you might or might not know, i am in London at the moment, living it up. i haved moved here 2 weeks ago to finish my Bachelor degree and considering about taking my Master degree here as well (but iam not certain about this yet). i love it here, so much. i have always dreamed about going to London, my heart always drawn to it like it is some place that i actually belong to. i love Europe in general as i have visited Germany and France in the past but seriously, no place is like London. it's true love.

i have many pictures to show you but if you follow my instagram @kimnguyn you might get more update. consider this post as a start of my London diary. there will be plenty more to come since i have decided to blog as much as i can again.

talk to you soon!

P.S: i re-dyed my hair.