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MODE MADISON

Photographer: Lynda Nguyen, Lindy Lu Photography
Model & stylist: Sovanny Vu, Mode Madison
Photoshoot inspired by: Alice in Wonderland

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Hello lovers

These images were taken back in February this year. I’ve held myself from posting them, simply because I was waiting for the right moment and the right moment is now.

At the time my girlfriend and photographer had a chat with me about wanting to do an Alice in Wonderland inspired shoot. Sounded interesting of course and funny enough the concept really resonated with how I felt at that time in my life. I remember feeling content but wanting to do more. I remember having everything going for me but wanting to escape reality. Lucky for me, I was heading on holidays with the family shortly after these images were taken. It was this trip overseas that allowed me to re-evaluate my life and come back with a fresh perspective.

When I returned from the trip, my corporate job was up in the air and just as well it was because it was an opportunity for me to leave and pursue what I wanted and rather than escape reality, really live in the moment and be completely happy with the work I was doing. Since leaving my desk job in late May, everyday feels like a blessing. In these 2 or so months, I have managed to work full-time from home to get my online store Mode Madison up and running. I won’t lie, it has been long hours. I literally working day and night but at the same time, I do get to spend more time with my daughter, work with interesting people and utilise those creative skills that have been buried in a cave for years.

My store name was inspired by my love for fashion and my daughter Madison hence the name Mode Madison. Offering a collection of vintage and pre-loved items, the store is all about Style that Lasts. Coming from someone that didn’t shop for an entire year, I really do believe that you don’t have to be wearing brand new clothes to look hot and trendy.

Thank you so much for reading all,

Sovanny

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MIXED ANIMAL PRINTS

Hey it’s Monday

Worst day of the week so I thought it’d be a great opportunity to brighten up your feed.

My daughter completely steals the show in this post with her cuteness. I mean look at that biker jacket and those mixed prints on those teeny tiny clothes. There was absolutely no way she would get away with a little mum and daughter twinning. So here it is folks…introducing our first matchy matchy mum and daughter outfits.

Thanks for reading and I hope you love the photographs.

Sovanny x

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I’m wearing: Vintage skirt || Vintage vest || Vintage singlet || Boots by Asos || Biker jacket by Topshop 

Squirt is wearing: Top by Bonds || Jeans by H&M || Sneakers by Vans || Leather biker by Zara || Bag by Zara

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ALWAYS BE MY BABY

Hello

After a short week in London and detour to Paris, we flew to Barcelona where we’d plant ourselves for two whole weeks. Such a lovely feeling after all that travelling. Waiting for us in Barcelona was a cosy apartment that we booked through AirBnB. This experience was new to us because we’re use to 4+ star hotels with room service and housekeeping. Although now as a family, a fully equipped apartment where we could just be and cook our own meals was more important. Plus it’s far more economical do it this way when there’s a few of you.

I must say, the place we booked looked a little tired (unlike its photographs) but otherwise it was perfect for our first stay in Barcelona. It was cosy, had lovely views of the street from our little balcony, was a short walk to La Ramblas (main strip) and close to public transport. Coffee shops and the famous market were also in close proximity.

Without showing too much of the apartment,  I thought it would be nice to do a style shoot one morning on the balcony before we headed out for the day. My little girl popped on my hat (her choice by the way) and joined in on the fun too. The photographs were a little shady due to the lighting but I absolutely loved how they turned out.

Thanks for stopping by and let me know what you think of our little outfits.

Next post will be things to do in Barcelona as family.

Sovanny x

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I’m wearing: Leather look shorts by Zara || Mens beanie by French Connection || Boots by Irregular Choice || Top by Asos || Eagle necklace by Asos 

Squirt is wearing: Sweater by H&M || Giraffe print trousers by H&M || Sneakers by Vans || Hat (as seen here) by Anthropologie 

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LOVE IN PARIS

Hello readers

As I write this post, I reminisce about the wonderful time we had in Paris during early March. As a family, we decided to catch the train from London to Paris where we’d appreciate all the city of love has to offer for 2 whole days before heading back to London. When we arrived, we were provided taxi priority as we had a child with us and greeted at our hotel with ‘you’ve brought the sun to Paris with you’. Apparently, they never thought they’d see the sun again.

For the two days, we stayed at the artsy Streets Hotel in Marais. Marais is a lovely spot bustling with great food, lovely people and tasteful boutique shops to appreciate and empty your pockets in.  We also managed to randomly find a lovely spot for lunch, Au Bourguignon Du Marais. Famous for their beef Bourguignon which my fussy husband gave a thumbs up to, I found the place comfortable and extremely family friendly. They also made the best french fries I’d ever tasted so if you ever pop in to Paris on your next trip with the family, I’d definitely recommend this place.

Aside for that, we had such a amazing time wandering around aimlessly for miles, walking by the river and seeing a few famous monuments. Nothing my husband and I have never seen before but this time we had our girl with us to share and appreciate the experiences. Something we have to do again, except the next time, we’d stay there for much longer.

Thanks again for reading and enjoy the images.

Sovanny x

Artsy decor in the Streets Hotel, Marais

Artsy decor in the Streets Hotel, Marais

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Sun bathing in the fountain because we can

Sun bathing in the fountain because we can

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Famous Notre Dame in view

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Kisses by the Louvre

Kisses by the Louvre

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I’m wearing: Dress by Zara || Mens beanie by Asos || Boots by Asos || Coat by Asos || Sunglasses from Retrostar Vintage 

Squirt is wearing: Vest by H&M || Coat by Zara || Boots by Next || Jeans by H&M || Jumper by Target

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LONDON WITH THE FAMILY

Hello

My family and I have just returned from Europe which is why I have been missing in action. Now that we are back, I’m excited to share some our experiences and photographs with you. Our first pit stop was London. Although London has a reputation for being gloomy and unfriendly, personally I find the city absolutely lovely, full of rich history and beautiful monuments to explore. Once more, you don’t have to look for anything specific to appreciate your surroundings.

Although I have been to London several times during my travels, this was my first time as a family with a toddler in tow. Kids are unpredictable creature so as parents, my husband and I weren’t quite sure what to expect. We just knew that travelling in general has its challenges so we put on our game face and suck it up attitude. What DID happen was jet-lag. This meant being awake at 3am, my toddler going stir crazy in the flat by 6am and leaving to head out by 7am or hell would break loose. Yep. Mind you, most days we are still all fast asleep at 7am. When we were out and about however, my little daughter was on a roll. A little explorer in a whole new world full of adventures. Sure all of our routines were out of whack but since we were on holidays, who cares!

During our very short stay, we shopped, ate, walked along the river, jumped around in puddles and had high-tea at the Sanderson Hotel. It was bliss in amongst all the family madness and we had the blast.

More details to come on Paris and Barcelona. In the meantime, thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the images.

Sovanny x

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Jumping for joy in puddles

Jumping for joy in puddles

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Along the river with Tower Bridge in view

Walking along London Tower

Walking along London Tower

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Mad hatters themed high tea at the Sanderson Hotel

Mad hatters themed high tea at the Sanderson Hotel

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I’m wearing: Skirt by Zara || Top by Asos || Boots by Asos || Coat by Asos || Sunglasses from Retrostar Vintage || Hat from Anthropologie

Squirt is wearing: Dress by H&T || Coat by Zara || Gumboots || Men’s beanie by French Connection

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GARDEN DANCE

Hello lovers

Dressed in everything old (except hat), it was all smiles during this photoshoot as we prepared to head overseas on a much needed family trip.

In the days leading up to our trip the weather was so warm and sunny in Melbourne that a part of me didn’t want to leave. I dreaded the European winter and any challenges that we were going to face with a toddler in tow. Although now that we are here, we’re having a blast and loving the quality family time. It also seems we’ve brought the sunshine to London and Paris with us. Here’s hoping it follows us to Barcelona.

Sovanny x

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FASHION AND ART

Hello everyone

Since I started blogging, I have rarely taken advantage of the wonderful street art surrounding our Melbourne inner northern suburbs neighbourhood. Noticeably it makes the perfect backdrop for my photographs and compliments my love for vintage and street fashion. If we could afford the luxury of scouting for the perfect site all the time this is what we’d do. For the purposes of convenience however, most of our photographs are taken at home. Luckily for the squirt and I, this cool strip of street art was located along the bike path of a nearby cafe we decided to brunch at over the weekend. I am really keen to show everyone the amazing Melbourne street art scene so here’s to a step closer in making that happen.

Thanks for reading all.

Sovanny x

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I’m wearing: Vintage jumper || Vintage leather look studded skirt by Moschino || Boots by Asos || Vintage Bag || Sunglasses from Retrostar Vintage || Snapback from Asos

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