Hmong Outfit Series :: Luang Prabang

Hmong Outfit Luang Prabang Carolyn Chang

Hi Everyone! This is the first post in my Hmong Outfit Series. I thought about releasing a Hmong Outfit Series a while back and it became more important to me after my grandpa passed away. Luang Prabang is the province of Laos where he grew up and in his eyes his homeland. I remember how proud he looked every year when he saw me dressed up for Hmong New Year and how he would make fun of me when I would wear clothes from a different region. He would tell me that if I wore different clothes, I would confuse people and they would assume that I was from their region.

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There would be times when I asked a fellow Hmong peer what kind of Hmong clothes was specific to their family. When they didn’t know or didn’t know how to put all the pieces together, I felt sad and it made me want to start this project.

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: White Hmong of Luang Prabang :

This post showcases the outfit that some White Hmong wear in Luang Prabang. My grandma always told me we were Hmong that wear sev plooj. Sev plooj is a type of apron. Characteristically, women usually wear the black and blue shirt and apron with pants in Laos and white skirts were reserved for special occasions or for burial.  Nowadays I see it worn with pants or skirts. The headdress is decorated with colorful pom poms and a siv ceeb is wrapped around the base.

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This traditional xauv consists of two separate rings and ties everything together.

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When I was younger, I used to complain about all the layers around the waist but now I appreciate the time and effort into making every piece. When wearing pants two aprons are worn with a shorter one in the back. Siv paj co, hlab nxtoo, and lastly tw siv with paj ntaub goes on top. I was always taught to wrap it so the paj ntaub peeks through.

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:Outfit Details:

Phuam Paj/ Phuam Daim Hlaws

Xauv

Hmong Sev Plooj Outfit with Pants

Siv paj co

Hlab nxtoo

Tw siv

Hlab nyiaj

: Brocade & Pleats :

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Even though the shirt and apron are made traditionally of black and blue fabric, with easier access to fabric there was a shift to using other colors and types of fabric.
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:Outfit Details:

Phuam Paj/ Phuam Daim Hlaws

Xauv

Hmong Sev Plooj Outfit

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt

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:: Photography ::

Rosely Vue Photography

I collaborated with one of my favorite photographers  Rosely Vue for this blog post. She’s based in the Fresno/Clovis area and is willing to travel.

Thank you for reading! I plan on releasing a post for my Hmong outfit series once a month. Let me know in the comments if you would like videos on how to wear the outfits.

 

 

Teeth Whitening Review

Disclosure: I received this teeth whitening product complimentary from Smile Brilliant. All opinions are my own.

Hi Everyone! I mentioned in my November Favorites that I loved Smile Brilliant’s teeth whitening system. Let me give a little background, I used to use Crest white strips but stopped because it made my teeth more sensitive. I had one tooth in particular that bothered me. Additionally, I would have chemical burns on my gums after using the white stripes.  For the past year or so, I used other teeth whitening products such as whitening toothpaste and mouthwash. However, I can’t seem to give up wine and tea so I was willing to try an alternative teeth whitening system when I was offered the chance by Smile Brilliant. Without regular whitening, my teeth were stained.  I wanted to see if this product would help but not make my sensitivity worse.

: Smile Brilliant :

First, you have to create a mold of your top and bottom teeth. One of the things that I liked the most was the personalized trays. The tray also covered teeth usually not covered by whitening strips. Sometimes I would whiten while I do my makeup but I found that it fit into my routine better when I was using them while I was getting ready for bed.

Each syringe could be used 3-4 times. The after gel helped with sensitivity, however, I didn’t really experience sensitivity without it. I would totally repurchase this product as it was easy to use and didn’t make my teeth more sensitive.

: Before and After :

Here are my before and after photos. The bathroom lighting didn’t really do the pictures justice.

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When I first started out using them I only noticed a slight difference but after 14 treatments friends and family were starting to notice and compliment me. Honestly, the yellow lighting of the bathroom made me think nothing was happening but if other people were starting to notice something must be changing.

Here is a photo in natural light a couple of days after I finished using the treatment. Before I was a little skeptical but after seeing the results myself and after the countless compliments, I knew that this product worked especially after seeing the pictures from this shoot.

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Overall, this is one of my favorite teeth whitening treatments that I’ve used. After finishing 14 treatments, I was pleased with the results. I would highly recommend this product and personally, I would use it again to maintain the level of whiteness.

: Smile Brilliant Giveaway :

Here is your chance to try Smile Brilliant! One lucky ready will win $149 store credit for their very own teeth whitening kit. You can enter HERE!

My promo code is petiterosesandwine15 for 15% off.

Thank you for reading!

 


Tooth Whitening Gel

Fresno Hmong New Year 2017-2018

Hmong Clothes Carolyn Chang

Happy New Year everyone!

As I’m writing this, my feet are recovering and I’m contemplating how long it will take me to restitch my Hmong skirts. This past week I  spent time catching up with friends and family and I challenged myself to go to Hmong New Year every day. Also depending on travel plans, I might not be able to go to Fresno Hmong New Year 2018-2019.  Additionally, most of the outfits that I wore were made by mom or by me. There is one outfit that I bought and I saved it for the last day.

: Day 1 :

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My cousins on my dad side wore matching outfits the first two days of Hmong New Year. The first day we wore outfits made by our respective mothers and paired them with white pleated skirts and phuam paj. I love the simplicity and the vibrant colors of the outfit.

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My sister and I actually made our own phuam paj because my sister has a large head and can never find hats that fit. In a previous post about it, I showed a couple of pictures of the process. I might make a video tutorial later this year because I want to make a blue one as well. I’ve seen them sell for as low as $10 however, I’d rather make my own because I think the quality of the materials is better and I get to customize it to my head and to my preferences.

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:: Outfit Details::

Phuam Paj

Magenta Sev Plooj Outfit

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt 37×17.5

Steve Madden IRENEE Sandals 5

 

: Day 2 :

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The second day we wore outfits we made ourselves. For most of us, this was our first time making our own Hmong outfit independently.

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:: Outfit Details::

Hmong Inspired Batik Outfit

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt 37×17.5

Steve Madden IRENEE Sandals 5

 

: Day 3 :

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This day was a bit of a mess because I was rear-ended on my way to Hmong New Year. One of my best friends stopped by to visit and this was her first time going to Hmong New Year. I wore one of my older skirts and it’s much longer than what I’m used to. I love the print on it though. My mom made this outfit and countless others for me. I love the cross stitch embroidery. Nowadays most of the paj ntaub are done by machine and it makes me a little sad that it might become a lost art.

:: Outfit Details::

Phuam Hmoob Luang Namtha

Cross-Stitch Outfit

: Day 4 :

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Even though I never really matched this hat, I wanted to make sure that I wear it to Hmong New Year at least one day. This outfit is what my clan wears and from the Luang Prabang region. One of my goals this year is to write a Hmong Clothes Series and show outfits of different regions.

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Photo Credit: Tshais-2014

:: Outfit Details::

Phuam Dai Hlaws

Luang Prabang Sev Plooj Outfit

: Day 5 :

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This was one of my last minute projects for a shoot and for Hmong New Year. I actually didn’t finish the hat to mimic the head wrap on time so I opted to just accessorize my bun. My outfit is inspired by Hmong Vietnamese in Ha Giang province.

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:: Outfit Details::

Hmong Vietnamese in Ha Giang Inspired Outfit

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt 37×17.5

Steve Madden Blast Twist Sandals 5

: Day 6:

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This outfit was a modern Hmong Outfit that I made fitted and I paired it with a black skirt to keep it simple. The textures were a little too similar though.

So I have a bittersweet relationship with this hat. I bought it at Hmong New Year and loved the general idea of it. However, I  wasn’t satisfied with the front of the hat. Despite paying $50 for it, I  took it apart and put it back after adding a piece to match my outfit and fixing the front of it. At least I know how to make it now.

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:: Outfit Details::

Modern Hmong Outfit

Crossroads by Nancy Black Pleated Skirt 37×17.5

: Day 7 :

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The last day I wore my Hmong Thai outfit I ordered overseas. This skirt is the skirt that I’m not looking forward to repleat. Let me know in the comments which outfit is your favorite!

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:: Outfit Details::

Hmong Thai Outfit

Overall, 2017 was coupled with loss and even more growth. As we begin the new year, I hope that my family can continue to heal and become more at peace. Additionally, part of my New Years Resolutions is to update my blog more frequently so fill free to hold me accountable! I can’t wait to share more of my projects with you all. Thank you for reading!