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30 Jun

27 Things.


I can’t believe I’m 27 right now.


Urban Outfitters bodysuit | Boohoo skirt | Anarchy Street choker

Circus by Sam Edelman boots via ZooShoo | Brixton hat via PacSun

Photos by Randy Tran (@rtranphoto)

What a strange feeling. I spent the first few hours of my birthday saying good bye to the blessed age of 26 and a bedroom. Josh and I had late dinner with my family and then came home to immediately move our things from one room to another. Our new room is bigger and better, just as I hope 27 will be. 26 was a pretty incredible year. I really didn’t think 26 could top 25, but I was certainly wrong. I shot this dark editorial inspired look with Randy last week. We had been messaging each other with concepts to shoot for some time,  but kept having to cancel on each other. We finally set a date to shoot a little somethin’ somethin’ for my birthday. I wanted to stay away from the typical “cute birthday girl with a cute birthday cake” shoot. I dressed in all black as a symbol of the death of my 26th year. But don’t be sad. 26 year old Fran had it good. I wanted to share 27 things I did before I turned 27. The list is random. Some are things that happened when I was young, and some are things that happened recently. Here it goes.

  1. Learned how to ride a bike.
  2. Learned how to get around without using GPS.
  3. Moved out.
  4. Learned how to swim.
  5. Bought my first car
  6. Paid off my first car.
  7. Learned how to dance.
  8. Got a tattoo.
  9. Lost a loved one.
  10. Took a road trip.
  11. Went to Japan.
  12. Swam with a sea turtle in Hawaii.
  13. Met friends through the internet (who are now some of my best friends).
  14. Sang in front of a crowd.
  15. Went camping in Yosemite.
  16. Dined at French Laundry.
  17. Had 5 different hair colors.
  18. Got published in an international magazine. Twice.
  19. Fell in love.
  20. Got 3 nose piercings.
  21. Visited my parents’ hometowns in Vietnam.
  22. Worked as a waitress.
  23. Worked a full-time job and worked as a waitress at the same time.
  24. Learned how to cook.
  25. Traveled internationally alone.
  26. Started a blog.
  27. Became a blogger full time.

Hope you guys enjoyed this quick list! I wanted to elaborate on some of these, but It’s getting late and I have to be up super early for a shoot. Shooting with Wet Seal on my birthday! Super stoked.


  • sandy

    happy belated birthday!! <3

    July 1, 2016 at 6:01 PM Reply
  • Tkslider

    This is the best list of life skills, personal but real. The way you present yourself is so down to earth,You really are a great INSPIRATION. Happy late birthday!

    July 1, 2016 at 3:16 PM Reply
  • JEssie Hwang

    <3 Love this!! I really enjoy reading your blog and following your style on ig. Keep up the awesome work! your youtube vlogs are awesome as well 😀

    June 30, 2016 at 4:06 PM Reply
  • Ani

    I just learned how to ride a bike at the age of 25. I don’t know if you learned recently… But it made me happy that you had it on your list. And learning to swim (still can’t do that.. Working on it). Also working on visiting Vietnam for the first time. Anywho, congrats on all of your accomplishments! Hope great things come for you for 27! Happy birthday!

    June 30, 2016 at 11:45 AM Reply
  • Terry

    You meAn to tEll me you dont miss the server Life? I dont know how your entire yEar of being 26 Without the thrill of grabbing “waters all around”

    June 30, 2016 at 11:31 AM Reply

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