Sunday, November 22, 2015

Spring in Minnesota - USA VISUAL DIARY


Minnesota was a pleasant surprise. From the beautiful view of the lakes to the sweet houses, kind people and of course, the shops in Mall of America! I was so impressed by everything.
Touchdown in the land of 15,000 lakes a.k.a Minnesota
Got dolled up for a few dinners, and one of them was at The Capital Grille
Had a rehearsal dinner for my cousin's wedding. Selfie with the bride and groom, and of course the bridesmaid at the Forepaugh's Restaurant
Had the most stunning looking boat ride at the Excelsior Bay on Lake Minnetonka
And a stroll down the neighborhood looking for cupcakes, your girl is always hungry!

* btw, how cute is my grandma? I miss her. so much.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Arriving in HAWAII - USA VISUAL DIARY


See you LA, ALOHA HAWAII! I'm soooooo excited about Hawaii that I'm not going in order with my photo diary *oopsies

So, this was my first couple of days in Hawaii. 
Stunning panorama while I was jogging to the Acai Bowl and Chai Latte cafe. 
Pinacolada shaved ice on a sunny day!
Not to forget the most delicious fish taco on the riverside, the place is called Dolphins. 
A dinner over looking the pacific ocean, SO. BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL. 
Oh btw, did I tell you that I stayed in the late Andy Irons' - THE surfer legend, house? 
#Unforgettable
 
Locations:
Anini Beach House
Nihilani Resort - Princeville, Kauai
Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant

Saturday, October 24, 2015

LOS ANGELES, CA - USA VISUAL DIARY

TAKE A GLIMPSE OF MY DAY IN BEVERLY HILLS AND HOLLYWOOD,
FROM THE LUXE HOTEL AND STORES IN RODEO DRIVE INCLUDING RALPH LAUREN, TO THE WALK OF FAME AND STUCK IN LA TRAFFIC TAKING AN UBER.
LET'S GO!

Shirt BURBERRY, Bag SOMETHING BORROWED, Choker COACH, Sneakers NIKE HUARACHES

Friday, July 03, 2015

Indonesia Fashion Week 2015 - Siddhart Shashankan


Naming Indonesia Fashion Week his third international show and coming from India, Siddhart Shashankan gave a different flavor to the runway. Something that the Indonesian crowd not often see, he brought rich colors and spice to his designs. It's true to its culture whilst having its own modern twist. Which exactly is the character of HANGAR, Siddhart's very own label that he also creatively direct.

The label was launched in 2009, aspire to inspires individualism and experimentation in both traditional and non traditional ways. When I'm styling I always have classic images on my mind, so it will never go out of style and I'll never forget to put some edge into it. So when I saw the pieces down the runway, I was in awe. It's like he read my mind and taking it 10 steps forward, sooooo stunning. "Intricate detailing and designing techniques in innovative styles with high quality fabrics and finishes is the core DNA of the brand." Thus I can't help but introduce myself to him after the show. And I was right, the show was amazing, so many great reviews and the audience really enjoyed it.

Not only that he did such a good job representing India, he also managed to send an important message through his show. The collection was called "Aggrandize" inspired by the endangered tigers in India. He expressed his desire to fix the natural damage that causing these tigers to almost become extinct. A very touching story that people needs take seriously and put in action. He then continue his social contribution by making these clothes from high quality, elegant fabrics that derived from materials of sustainable resources. 

For the label itself he's usually using cotton and gerogettes but for this show he's using silk, satin and crepes. Fabrics that he's actually familiar with for custom or upon request order from his customers (both, men and women). He also owns a ready-to-wear retail collection called, Clipse. All the best for Siddhart I believe in what he stands for and can't wait to see more of it!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

US Beauté Haul MAY 2015


Hi everyone!

I hope you're having a great day. 
And since it's hump day which means it's almost weekend, I brought to you a lil haul from the US. 
Hoping this would inspire your next shopping trip or your getting ready process this weekend! 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Indonesia Fashion Week 2015 - Steven Tach, Fashunica


Hoping to spread his wings to the international market, Steven Tach swerved his direction from interior to fashion design. Although it is not far apart, but he felt like in fashion he can expand more of his creativity and reach other markets.

His main inspiration comes from his own country, Japan. But, Steven proves that inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere.  He said, and I quote, "I can see one thing and it becomes an inspiration to me, then I'll just design it"

He admits that being exposed to Indonesian tradition and working with the Indonesian traditional fabric could be challenging. For example, the layout and placement of the beads and other accents.
However, it seems like the difficulties he faced didn't stopped him. He said that he would love to combine Indonesian fabric such as, kain tenun with Japanese fabrics. How awesome, I for one, cannot wait to see how it turns out! 

It was refreshing - and a very proud moment too, when I saw the 15 collection down the runway.
Steven, the young and talented designer did such an amazing job transforming traditional fabrics from Bali, Cirebon, NTT and so on, to a modern design.
This modern twist was a combination of Japanese and Indonesian culture. For example, he used the pattern of a kimono or yukata with Indonesian fabric that has a drapery like how a traditional kain kebaya should be.

This was achieved in order to reach more attention from the international market, which was the main goal. Introducing Japanese and Indonesian culture to the world - one of the vision and mission of this blog, btw ;).

For more info of STeVeN TACH:
Steventach.com
Steven's instagram
Steven's twitter


DORHOUT MEES IMPECCABLE F/W15

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If you guys remember, last July, I attended my first ever Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Read Here
And I was fortunate enough to be invited to Dorhout Mees F/W2015 show. Unfortunately, I couldn't make it. But it wont stop me from waiting patiently in front of my laptop to see the whole collection.

Mees never seem to disappoint, her collection was even more magical than ever.
She completes the whole atmosphere and feeling with incredible venue. Welcoming the audiences with warm and soft lights and underneath the light bulbs was an orchestra ready to open the magical show. Yes I said it right, AN ORCHESTRA.
Why you asked? because the whole inspiration of the show was about 'STAGES', declined and decayed theaters. She brought it to live with 3D like clothes, that if I may say so myself, is a piece of ART.
Her admirable way of thinking and her perspective towards things always amazes me.  
And like a great designer should be, she lets her work speaks for itself.
The intricacy of the details and the soft and yet still powerful designs. Ik hou van jou!
Not only that but she has successfully gave the impression of an unforgettable show with impressive song choices and vibes the show created.

Have a look and let me know what you think in the comment below.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Exclusive Interview with MVLydia

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Getting to know the process of how the clothes are wrap into one mind blowing collection and the story of how one is hustling to make their dreams come true, and to be inspired. These are three main reasons why I love having exclusive talks with people in the fashion industry.

In between shows, during Indonesia Fashion Week 2015, I took the time to casually interview one of the up and coming designer, Lydia.

Lydia from MVLydia, is such a darling, I knew it ever since I met her in a fashion event here in Jakarta, April last year.

Whilst wandering around the exhibition, I found myself in front of her booth. She was occupied with her fellow designers and visitors. I was just glad that I get to meet her because it was the last day of fashion week. 
After talking with her for a lil bit, I had to run to the next show in the main stage. After a couple of shows later, I went back to her booth and thought  to myself, why don't I just have the interview now. We both have been planning to go out, not only to hang out but also for me to interview her. But we never got the chance, we both are pretty occupied. And so, I took my phone out and start the interview.

Here is the interview, I hope that you will be inspired and you'll get to know more about the girl behind MVLydia.



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What WhoWhatWear says About My Type of Jeans (&Guy)!

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So I took the quiz on How to Find Your Perfect Boyfriend Jeans and the result is surprisingly true! 

When it comes to my guy and my jeans, I like things more traditional. I'm all about the little details and steer clean of anything that's over the top. What I'm looking for is something good, simple, and clean-cut. But at the same time, I'm also a girly-girl who likes her boyfriend to be a little rough around the edges! I tend to be open minded when it comes to trying new denim trends, but I'm not one for baggage either! I opt for a fit with a darker wash and straight leg, to keep my silhouette looking long and slim. And obviously, top off my look the best way I know how... with a killer pair of heels!

I took the quiz twice because I have more than 2 answers for some of the questions. I usually do that to make sure I get the right result, haha. And I can definitely say that both answers applied to my liking! 

In relationship I like things to be traditional and I love the idea of chivalry. Same goes with jeans, classic blue jeans will lasts forever right?! 
At the same time, I'm open minded towards anything, including flares and love. Because I think, it's all about the chemistry and sparks between the two. Jeans should be fitted properly, and since I'm petite I like the ones that could elongate my legs! Oh, and make my booty looks good ;)
Personally, I never like anything over the top. I think, anything and everything that is "too much" is never good. I don't like drama either, ain't nobody got time for that! I just want to be HAPPY:)

Take the quiz and see what's yours❤️



Stay stylish,





*disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Doing it because I agree with the results and it's fun!

Friday, March 06, 2015

Indonesia Fashion Week 2015 - Fashion TV, CLASH!



Fashion TV presented CLASH!, a collaboration of young, aspiring designers from Indonesia.
The collection is suitable for sophisticated 20 something women busy making their dreams come true.
It's sexy, it's mature and most importantly for us, working ladies ... it's hustle free.

The collection is as comfortable as you could get. The cuts are flattering and the fabric is comfortable. I'm not lying when I say it's hustle free! My favorite is the camel jacket, because it's practical and have the potential of being a statement everyday piece. For me though, the collection is too flirty and feminine. But, it is true to the designer's style and I think that's the most important thing in today's market.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Indonesia Fashion Week 2015 - DREY


In this year's Indonesia Fashion Week my first show was by DREY.

They young designer showed her mad skill of designing in simplicity. Through monochrome colors and different textures, she presented a young and fresh design in a mature sophisticated way. It's not something trendy, which is nice to see. But yet, it has a cool girl element that everybody wants to copy and wear.

It may not necessarily be my style,but the pieces are sure something I want to have in my wardrobe.

Such a promising designer. Looking forward to her next collection. 


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Denny Wirawan, MAMITA featuring Oscar Daniel #JFW15

 
To keep our excitement up for Indonesia Fashion Week, here is the continued post from Go Red JFW 2015 not long ago. 

Denny Wirawan has successfully WOWed us, yet again. And in this exceptional show the master tells us story of a burning passion for love. 
The story behind Mamita HERE, inspired him to give drama in his designs. From the powerful red matador costume to the flower pattern on the elegant dresses. This may not sound like something you would wear often, but actually these statement pieces are very versatile for any personal style. Each and one of the clothes in this collection would make a great styling element in your wardrobe that will last you an eternal.
When you see the collection, you wouldn't fail to notice the unbelievable details on the clothes. The embellishments and embroideries work are incredible. 
And after the show, I felt more positive energy and enthusiasm backstage. The feeling was contagious, we are all sharing the excitement and we cannot wait for the amazing year ahead.

Congratulations Mas Denny and Mas Oscar.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Story To Tell

ISo here I am writing one of the hardest post ever. 
And before I forgot to mention it...


HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, LOVE BIRDS! and  HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015
"Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstances."




Valentine's day is indeed very special to me. This is why I love February, not only because that it's the month of my birthday but it's the month full of love - full of emotions.


I am very grateful of my life, and there is no doubt about it. I am very grateful of my family, my friends and every one that care about me and I care the most. They have been a great support for me and my dreams. I have a lot of dreams and I'm very passionate about it. I may not have what people called as a perfect life, but my life is perfect to me. I believe that this is what God wants me to have and that this is the best life I truly deserve. I feel really blessed, For the past years there are many opportunities that have come my way, a lot of happy moments, and a lot of laughs that I would cherish for the rest of my life.

My life has been a long journey and this post alone took a few years of gathering all of my courage to share it with you. Recently, I've been feeling anxious and really nervous about certain things. And honestly, putting my self out there may have been the best thing and the worst thing at the same time. But overall, I'm learning a lot, gaining so much more confidence even though sometimes I feel the anxiety and have experienced panic attack for couple of times.

But living life is like a wheel, sometimes you're up and sometimes you're down. Sometimes you have the happy moments but sometimes you have the not so happy moments. Believe it or not, even though I'm only 20. I've been through a lot of things. Had nothing and everything. Losing and loving. Thus, I would love to share some of my story. But remember,

no matter what your life problem is, life is what you make out of it. Get through it with an open mind, positive thinking, and optimism. Hopefully, you'll see the light at the end of the tunnel<3

Actually I plan to save this for my book, because one of my dreams is to have my own book full of inspirational stories. But you see, you will never know what happen in the future, and I just think that pouring my heart on this special day won't hurt.

And I'm kind of scared to post this because I don't want people to think I'm this or that. I honestly, don't care what people may think but just FYI. I genuinely want to share this with you and nothing more. I want you to know that if you're having a rough time, the time will pass anyway. And everything will be OK.



It's a short story of a very long journey.
Here goes nothing, after all everything that is in the past is in the past and it's part of us, part of what makes us who we are today, it's the truth...




I love my mom for so many different reason, I am close to my family for so many different reason and I cherish them for so many different reason too. One of the reason is for what happened after a couple of years I was born.

18 years ago... I was almost 2 when the doctor suggested my mom to held a general check up for me. There I was, diagnosed with a tumor with the size of a soya bean on my right lungs. It was a malignant tumor called, Neuroblastoma. My mom was pretty shocked, and who doesn't? when your child was doagnosed with a pretty scary thing. Oh shit... this post is going to make me cry. Mom, know that I admire your strength and your love for me. Kay with me holding up my tears, let's continue this post... Operation sounded very scary at that time, and the doctor said it was a common thing, as in it happened to many 2 years old kids around the world. And, I was one of them. My mom went to see 5 different doctors hoping to hear that it was a misunderstanding or there is other way of getting rid of the tumor without operation and chemo. 2 out of the 5 doctors said that it could be gone with alternative medication and therapy. So, the whole family tries different alternatives from acupuncture to 'jamu' which is a Javanese traditional drinks. Hi, I'm a Javanese btw :) but right when my birthday was just around the corner -  which was just a few months after the first diagnosed, I got checked up again and there was no good news, the tumor didn't vanished, it was... well... it grew to the size of a tennis ball. And in 1997 the big holiday for the Muslims in Indonesia which is 'Hari Raya Lebaran' fell four days after my birthday, so there was nothing we could do other than pray therefore I could still be able to be operated after the Lebaran day. This was because the preparation for the whole thing takes time and a lot of doctors were already on leave.

Here is a little description of Neuroblastoma: 
Neuroblastoma (NB) is the most common extracranial solid cancer in childhood and the most common cancer in infancy, with an incidence of about six hundred and fifty cases per year in the U.S., and a hundred cases per year in the UK Nearly half of neuroblastoma cases occur in children younger than two years. It is a neuroendocrine tumor, arising from any neural crest element of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). It most frequently originates in one of the adrenal glands, but can also develop in nerve tissues in the neck, chest, abdomen, or pelvis.

So, I supposed I had my birthday... we went thru Lebaran and then...

14 February 1997
I had my operation, Hello Valentine's day! It was, indeed, full of love. Love from my family, and the extraordinary care from the doctors, but most of all from my mom who accompanied me in the ICU. She stayed right by my side every second, with all the wires that went through my body. I had.. uhm.. I don't know how many stitches but it was from the middle of my chest, to the middle back of my back bone. Half of my body. Due to that I wasn't able to do so many things and mostly helped by the body fluids from another cut on the side of my back.
Thank god, I had the biggest miracle of my life, the operation went well, and the tumor was still in its membrane so it wasn't spreading to other parts or organs. However, due to the cut on the right side, one of my nerve is not functioning well. It caused me not being able to sweat on the right side of my body.
Shortly after the surgery, I went to Amsterdam for chemotherapy and in chemo, not everyone could stand the pressure. I had radiation everyday. I lost my hair, and I got really skinny. It wasn't the perfect childhood, due to the tumor and personal things. But god gives me a second chance in life, I survived chemo. A week before I was done with the chemo therapy and after a month in Amsterdam - AMC, I was suggested by the doctor to walk around the city so I could catch the fresh air. There was I, breathing the fresh air, my brand new life, saw the sun. Now that I look back, I feel like it was my light at the end of the tunnel. My second chance to make my dreams happen. Make my life be the happiest it could ever be. Tears flowing...
All the beautiful things that life could offer and my mom's love, motivates and inspires me... until this time. I'm now inshaAllah healthy. My grandmother helped me grew my hair even thicker and black-er than it was before, with the help of aloe vera and celery oh and tea too! Now I can look back and see what a journey and lesson it was. I'm now more acceptable and able to get this feelings and emotions out of my chest. I'm glad that I had the tumor. I became more open minded, more positive, and I know what's good and what's bad for me. What is love and what is not being happy like. What is it like be loved and what is it like to feel like you're nothing at the same time. It makes me realize that my problem is so small compare to the world, compare to the universe. That god can do anything. And you will never know what will it be, when will it be. Life IS full of surprises and unexpected things. You just have to roll with it, make it work, pray A LOT and have faith. Believe in yourself, your loved ones and most importantly, GOD. He knows what's best, and when is the right time. Trust Him.


Well,
Why I'm telling you this is because the scar from everything that happened is on my body. It's in my mind, I must live with it, just like my pasts, it is part of my life. And I know some of you may have scar, whether it's from a medical reason. or just a scar in your heart caused by someone you love. Either way... you may not know this yet but know that...

A LOT OF PEOPLE LOVE YOU, A LOT OF PEOPLE SUPPORT YOU, YOU ARE ALIVE BECAUSE YOU ARE MEANT TO BRING JOY TO THE WORLD, YOU ARE MEANT TO DO SOMETHING GREAT OTHERS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO, TO BE SOMEONE THAT PEOPLE LOOK UP TO, YOU ARE WORTH IT.

So don't look down on yourself, and never give up! I always remind myself of what I've been through, to keep me sane and humble. This works every time I feel like I'm useless or not worth it. I remind myself that I am worth it, that is why god wants me to stay alive until this second. Every one of us is worth it, everyone of us is useful. It may not be something you thought before because life is a journey, a journey to find yourself, find what you're passionate about, find your own happiness. Your own story. But if life doesn't go according to your plan, then fuck it, fuck the plan and just live your life. You may be the happiest you could ever be.

If you think that I'm brave enough to ever post this post, no I'll never be, but I am a survivor. Even though some people may think this is a flaw, I think this is life. And all I want is for people who loves me and I love, know that I want them to love me for who I am, understands me and accept my flaws. When you start accepting yourself and loving you for who you are, nothing can hurt you. And all this flaws will turn you into a flawless person.
And if you think that I'm just a lucky girl, yes I am, I'm very much lucky. But mostly, I'm blessed. I am blessed with a GREAT SUPPORT, and blessed with another life.
I am blessed with my life because of the effort and hard work I put into it. But, I will never stop to working hard, and make my life better. Make my dreams come true.
Believe me, it's important to have a dream, something you're looking forward to. Something that keeps you going.
Because life doesn't stop until this story, my life continues, some experiences are more bitter than the sweet. And when that happen, you need to be strong. For yourself and your loved ones. I could never imagine my life without my family, especially my mom. She's a big part of my life. It's important to have someone that you can tell everything to and not just keep it in your heart or your mind.
Thus, you can keep thriving and be so happy. Being happy is one of the key of life along with how you rise above all the struggle. 

And in this special day, I'd love to say...

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY MAMAH <3 
I love you, there is nothing I could ever do to repay all your love and sacrifice for me, all I could do is be here for you, love you, and make you happy.



Stay Stylish,







p.s: always remember to love yourself first. and don't be scared because you are never alone, god is with you.