Crystal Nguyen


Crystal Nguyen

I have always been grateful to have Michelle and Daniel as my siblings. Growing up, we definitely had our differences. I am thankful that very early on, we all realized that our bickering was immature and we were going to be stuck with each other for the majority of our lifetimes. Don’t get me wrong though—we are not the catalogue of your perfect siblings. However we are always willing to support one another and to work on making our siblingship stronger as we go through our lives together.

This is a shout out to the two biggest MVPs of my life: Michelle and Daniel. Thank you for all that you do and will do for me. You have encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and supported me through my growing pains. You both have different ways to show sympathy and empathy, and I appreciate both styles. And so, thank you an infinite amount of times for being my siblings. I love you both to the quasars and back.

To continue to the sappiness, today’s lookbook on the Crystal Avenue will be featuring my siblings. In the time that I have been creating content for the Crystal Avenue, I have not collaborated in front of the camera with them. Thus why not now? My sister recently took a trip to Vietnam and saw a few dresses she thought was fitting for me. When she was sending me pictures of different dresses, I knew then that I wanted for us to have an updated sibling photoshoot and had asked her if she could find a similar print for Daniel and herself.

Today’s lookbook “Kākou” was shot back in July when Michelle, Daniel, I were home, visiting our parents and loved ones in the bay area. The reason why I named this lookbook “Kākou” is because “Kākou” means we are in this together, and together we are stronger and better in Hawaiian. Again, Michelle and Daniel, this is for you and thank you for joining me on this life journey.

All in all, I loved this photoshoot because it was really fun being able to finally shoot something with both Michelle and Daniel. I also enjoyed this photoshoot because we were finally able to match in a similar print and not just in a color as adults. I want to say the last time we all matched in a print was when were kids and our mother dressed us traditional Vietnamese outfits. What do you guys think? Do we look like a trio of fine-apples? I’ll see myself out.

With summer slowly drifting away, I wanted to share one more summer outfit on the Crystal Avenue with “Kākou.” Thus what is more fitting to represent summer than a pineapple print? While Michelle was browsing through the markets of Vietnam, she sent me a photo of the pictured halter mid-length dress and I knew I needed to have the dress in my wardrobe. I thought the dress was perfect length for me, because I wanted variety in my dress lengths and that we didn’t have time to alter the dress before the photoshoot. I decided to keep the look tropical themed and put my hair in a crown milkmaid braid. For my accessories, I went with my go to Daniel Wellington watch, my pearl earrings, and wore my Lulu’s sandals for a little bit of height.

What are your plans for the last few weeks of summer? Leave a comment below and tell me about it. I am hoping to attend the LA fair and a couple of summer events before fall arrives. I will see you all in my next one!

P.S. Mom, I know you are reading this. We’ll be sure to print some of these photos for you to have at home. Hehe.

Photography by Chelle Nguyen

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