new york city <3

my dad got me this t-shirt from chinatown last year. thanks dad.

Skirt Maria Van Nguyen │ Necklace EFFRA

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this month’s ig

Marshella Jastine – Styling & Creative Direction

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interiors for slow living

in appreciation of everything slow, I look forward to indulge in my new book.

The Kinfolk Home welcomes readers into 35 homes around the world that reflect some of the key principles of slow living: cultivating community, simplifying our lives and reclaiming time for what matters most.”

Maria Van Nguyen



Tee Yohji │ Pants Vintage │ Shoes Acne Studios │ Watch Aãrk

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a trench coat

or two. seen a day in november.

The other day I was out for a museum visit when these two men passed me. They were hard to miss with their top-to-toe matching outfit and a slow paced walk in the streets of upper east side.

Whenever I take the subway or end up people watching elsewhere I find that the best trench coats are usually worn by more grown up men. Well, at least the version I find myself attracted to; the more definite classic in a high-quality cotton, included with its distinct details, ankle-length and with a loose fit that comes with a mens coat. It might also be the way they style it – there’s no styling at all.

The great thing about trench coats is that you can get a high-quality one for cheap. If you want to score a vintage treasure, the best treasures and bargains can be done in coats. At least from my experience.
My two trench coats, one navy and one stone-colored, where both found in a thrift shop and they were no more than $50 but with their quality they are worth much more.

Why should you have a trench coat?
I praise the trench coat because it is indeed one of the most classic garments we have.
A good trenchcoat will always look good no matter the circumstances. It comes with sophistication and elegance, but also with functionality.

Like any other classic it is dependable, safe and versatile.
At last, it also works as a uniform as it makes it easy for you to wrap up your daily look in a second.

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the glass house

Photos from a trip to The Glass House

I haven’t told you guys what classes I am taking for my last semester; History of Architecture and Illuminated Manuscripts (an ULEC combining multimedia and writing.) I wanted to avoid anything that has to do with fashion and find inspiration elsewhere and nurture my other interests.
Well, the architecture class has become a highlight in my schedule. I find the readings incredibly interesting and I’m honestly excited for class as I’m eager to learn more. I have always been interested in architecture but I have never studied it in depth so I’m glad that I have the time and chance to do it now.

Last week we talked about Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson. Perfect timing!, because I’ve been wanting to visit The Glass House for a long time and I finally went this weekend. The space and the house was beautiful. I’m daydreaming about incredible living spaces constantly now.

Last image by Eirik Johnson

If you are interested in visiting The Glass House it is only a 1,5 hour train ride from Manhattan to New Canaan. The tour season ends this month, but I’d wait until it opens again in the spring as the fallen leaves makes the trees seem quite sad anyway. The nature is a prominent part of the architecture so you should go back when the trees are green and lush again. I hope to go back myself + I want to see the sculpture garden and the brick house, which were both closed for restoration.
A day trip I recommend!

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Maria Van Nguyen
Maria Van Nguyen

Hi. My name is Maria Van Nguyen and I'm a 26 year old girl from Oslo currently living in New York.

I'm a designer that appreciates the basics and essentials, and I aim to create comfortable, wearable and easy clothing for everyday life.

I'm into simplicity, hip hop, r&b and people with good vibes. Aay ~

Inquiries: maria(a)