THE GIRL BEHIND LOVE BETWEEN THE RACKS – LINA DINH
Lina Dinh is the curator behind this lifestyle and travel blog, Love Between the Racks. She is a content creator, blogger, personal stylist, and a Bachelor of Commerce graduate in both, Fashion Management and Marketing. Prior to her digital venture, she bid adieu to the finance industry to pursue her dream in fashion. She takes pride in understanding each and every woman’s fashion desire and converting that desire to dressing for success, confidence and empowerment.
Lina loves to eat all kinds of delectable cuisines and travel the globe. She loves her passport because of all the cool stamps she has collected each year and the bucket list never seems to get shorter. Above all, she loves to play dress up. She is fashionably late and will always be overdressed to any event. There is just no room for sweatpants and sweatshirts in her closet.
LBTR is a creative outlet to share her personal style and travel experiences with her followers around the world. Follow along her Instagram @LOVEBTNTHERACKS for a vicarious thrill.
Over the past few years, Lina has worked with many distinguished brands including Garnier, L’Oreal Paris, Darphin, Guerlain, MAC Cosmetics, and Google.
What brought you into fashion? I’ve always wanted a career in fashion since early childhood. I wanted to be a fashion designer when I was five. I was epitomized by fashion magazines and Betty & Veronica from Archie comics, believe or not. Veronica always had the cutest outfits. Later on in high school, I knew becoming a luxury fashion designer was going to be hard because I did not have the financial backing to attend top fashion schools in New York and Europe so I gave up on that dream. In that respect, I was always very good at styling and making things look new and fresh. I realize now that I love to make women look and feel good about themselves.
The people who inspired you at the time? I followed Victoria Beckham, Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen and fashion blogger, Nicole Warne from Gary Pepper Girl.
A powerful memory of your early love of clothes? I spent hours cutting out images of Vogue magazines stolen from the doctor’s office and dressing my Barbie dolls with my mom’s knitted designs. My mom was very into fashion. I’d watch her try on multiple outfits in front of the mirror and followed along her makeup and skincare routine for fun.
Did you grow up in a family where fashion was important?
No. My family did not have much money but my parents were more interested in Arts. I was trained to draw, colour and paint before entering elementary school.
Your personal approach to fashion, in a nutshell? On the exterior, I am a girly girl. I naturally go for what I like and what excites me at that moment. I know what looks good on me so I gravitate to styles that creates a longer, leaner silhouette, such as long wide-leg trousers, maxi dresses and long coats. It’s ironic because I’m 5’4 and very petite so these styles typically would overwhelm my body type, but it works really well for me.
So you reason in the same way when dressing a client and yourself?
Of course! I don’t want to flatter myself, but I am very good at my job. I know and understand how to dress a woman after spending five minutes with her.
Where do you find your inspiration?
The world that surrounds us. I am a very visual person so when I see something, I remember it. I travel often as much as I love to shop. I look for unique trends and styles in fashion, beauty and home decor.
Your all-time favourite item in your collection?
Every item I own has story behind it. It’s hard to choose one.
What is the best compliment someone can pay you?
When someone tells that I have inspired or changed them in some way, for the better.