Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Snippets of this Little Ol' Home + Envy Green

Connexion sheer top // Primark chunky cardigan // Mangga dua striped pants // Pieces scarf // Typo satchel // 

C&A boyscap // Sox Galeri socks // Lucky Shoes boots via Soho Zoo

It has been quite a while since the last time I actually took indoor outfit photos. No, I haven't gotten too lazy to take them outside. The two days I actually wore this ensemble was rather packed with lectures and appointments and errands to run so I didn't have time to take a second and take photos somewhere pretty. But this is a chance for you to sneak a peek into my new home. I'm not showing too much because most of it is super catastrophic, though. So what you get is what you get. Finally! I get to show off this pretty top to you all. This is my and my sister's favourite top in the world, probably, since I kept wearing it and my sister steals it from my closet when I'm not around -- Yes, I know you do. It's probably the only paisley piece I own. I love its faux kimono style plus the fact that it makes my legs look long. If it wasn't obvious enough, this outfit is more or less to show off my brand new boots. They're green! This pair reminds me of "Natalie + Dylana Suarez x Modern Vice" Benni Boots. Of course, it pales in comparison but close enough. They're super comfy too and pretty much versatile. Green reminds me of Firu since that's his favourite colour. This way, too, I'd be ready for the next St. Patrick's Day -- even though I don't really get what it's all about. Have a fresh green Monday! Cheerio!

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Ladies Date: Flea Market + IKEA Tour

 When I say this weekend was cold, I think we could all agree. It snowed mildly in Germany and, when I woke up, the cars before my house were covered partly with pure white snow. It kind of sucked because some friends and I planned to go out and see the Casseler Freyheit on Saturday. The festival itself -- at least the parts we saw -- wasn't all that interesting. Poor rides lacked passengers because it was too cold to ride anything. Nearby, we found a flea market and had fun browsing through everything. Oh yeah! How impolite of me. Meet Sakurako, Liang and Nouf, my lady friends from different countries. Sakurako from Japan, Liang from Taiwan and Nouf from Saudi Arabia. By the end of it, we all purchased something, except for Nouf. I actually went home with three purchased items. Oops!

Because it was unbearably cold, Sakurako suggested we go inside a building and warm ourselves up. Nouf suggested we go drink some coffee or something. It was kind of something because I don't normally go out for some coffee...at least not in Germany. We all ordered different beverages and chatted in English and German -- because Liang can't speak German very well and Sakurako's better in German. I find it somewhat adorable that these girls are still friends even when they can barely speak the same language. Afterwards, we decided to go to IKEA because we all needed something for our new homes -- Nouf couldn't join us, sadly. IKEA-touring was always one of my favourite activities. Of course I bought something again and I thank both these girls for helping me lug them home. That was one multicultural day! I had such a wonderful time. Hope we can do this again. Have fun cozying up this Sunday, guys! Cheerio!

P.S: Some of these photos were taken by Liang with her Nikon D600 -- guess which ones!

Friday, 26 October 2012

Before 21 Comes Daunting

Earlier this month, I showed you several of my achievements this past year. I've fulfilled 14 out of 19 goals I set out for myself before I hit the 20s. There's something simultaneously terrifying and exciting about having the huge number 2 in front of your age. They say (who's 'they'?) that the 20s is when you get to do all the things you want in life. Experiment. It's the chance to make memories and paint the town red, so to speak. So experiment I will. Since I promised, here's my 20 before 21 list. It looks pretty ambitious and frightening. Eep! But I hope I can make most of them come true. In case you can't read it thanks to my scratchy handwriting, I'll type it over for you:
  1. Learn one more language
  2. Buy an actual DSLR
  3. Go abroad (a country other than Germany)
  4. Spend less (especially on clothes)
  5. Come up with at least two original recipes
  6. Become more socially active
  7. Come up with an artistic project
  8. Get a job (part-time or not)
  9. Decorate my room
  10. Get to know other bloggers/illustrator
  11. Join more artistic competitions
  12. Create a film and post it on the blog
  13. Throw a party on Friday the 13th
  14. Watch more Sundance Films
  15. Attend at least one film festival
  16. Gain at least one German friend
  17. Buy a picnic basket and go on a picnic with Firu
  18. Stargaze in the summer
  19. Go to the beach
  20. Have a fancy dinner date at least once
Maybe you can tell that I wrote this in my idea book as well. Can you feel the ambition? It's pumping, all right. I'm very giddy about what's going to happen and how I'm going to make them all come true. Do you have a something before something list yourself? If not, why don't you try making one? Creating goals and pursuing them...isn't that what life is all about? Cheerio!

P.S: In case you're wondering, yes, that lantern was Firu's birthday present for me. Well, one of two. The candles are from the birthday cake he surprised me with. He kept the one I gave him last year, I'm keeping these.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Barbershop Solo

H&M Dress + Tights // Primark coat // Thrifted vest // All Star by Converse shoes // Rilakkuma bag (gift)

There seems to be something exquisitely magical about autumn, don't you think? Watching the gradient of colours from the trees, gaping in awe at the orange vine-covered houses and the golden gleam from the sun which catches the leaves. There isn't a sunny day in autumn I spend without sighing at least once. This season urges me to dress up in reds, oranges and yellows, without even realising that I'd blend into nature. Although the weather has been quite flip floppy these days, I feel blessed to have a warm enough day not to wear coats. It was also warm enough for senior couples to walk on dates -- which is adorable! I can never get enough of these beautiful views. If only winter never comes.

The colour white, red and blue always seems to remind me of barbershops (I actually did have a tee with three stripes in these colours and a barbershop logo on it). This dress doesn't escape such fate. Maybe I should just wear this to Halloween and say that I'm a barbershop light. Also, I'm very happy to finally style this vest with a dress. Psst! A little secret: this dress was bought in Venlo. Enjoy the sun and happy Thursday! Cheerio!

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Brewing Up a Brainstrom

If you've been reading my blog long enough, you'd probably notice that I've been lusting over an SLR-camera since it seems like everyone around me owns one. It surely doesn't help that my sister and best friend, Gina, own one too. This past summer I borrowed my friend's Nikon D3000, which was a huge help and lovely experience. But it can't turn on in the cold a.k.a. fall and winter so that was a huge bummer. I've decided to purchase my own DSLR camera. This was a tough decision to make, mostly because I've spent far too much on everything already that purchasing a camera might just add to the debts. So yeah, remember the New Look denim competition? Turns out, I won! So now I'm thinking over my desire to purchase an SLR of my own. After receiving Dad's permission, it's time to brainstorm.

Canon EOS 600D

Nikon D3200

These two are my number one choices. My sister's camera was a Canon Kiss X4 (Canon EOS 550D). It was highly cooperative and I was very satisfied by how the pictures turned out -- exhibit A: the first photo on this post. Firu helped me search for the perfect SLR for me. The Canon Rebel T3i (Canon EOS 600D) was apparently the most popular choice in the website. Meanwhile, the commercial to the Nikon D3200 has been playing quite often on TV. Its beautiful pictures and lovely advert -- featuring Mr Jamie Oliver -- instantly captured my heart. Both these cameras can take beautiful pictures continuously, record videos and produce the most exquisite pictures for a non-pro like me. Whichever one I'm getting, I'm still going to purchase a lens afterwards -- either together or separately. To sum up the brainstorming process, here's a photography seminar with the talented Michelle Bobb-Parris. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Candy Cane + Mustard

Dress// Theory X; Tights// H&M; Shoes// Primark; Watch// Guess (Sis's); Bag + Hairband// Sis's (borrowed)

Whoa! Time machine moment here. These were taken when I was still in Indonesia, in front of my house. Welcome! Truth be told, I'm not much of a sweet tooth. I prefer salty treats to sweet snacks. The fact that my teeth are quite sensitive to sweets just helps me avoid them and keep myself from any oral defects. It's not to say that I don't enjoy the occasional cake and ice cream but I try as best not to eat too much of those. Despite all those things, I put on this candy-like dress. Okay, it mightn't remind me of an actual candy cane. But it does remind me of a sweet treat, namely candy. I feel strangely sweet in it. Pairing it up with these mustard tights just gave the impression of my spectacular taste in food, don't you think? But no, I don't really mix candy canes with mustard. That'd be horrendous! By the way, my stepmom choreographed and took most of these photos. Who knew she had that skill? Have a sugarcoated Tuesday, everyone! Cheerio!

Monday, 22 October 2012

Everybody Hail to the Pumpkin Song

My sister and I as puppet and The Devil at my Sweet Seventeen Halloween Birthday Bash

It's that time of year again. Next week will be Halloween already. So have you prepared yourselves? Has anyone got any plans for Halloween? There will be a party on Monday at our campus but I'm not sure whether I'm going yet. I also don't know who I'm going as this year. Back home, people don't normally celebrate Halloween. There are even those who believe that celebrating it would be like worshiping the devil (WHAT?). I, for one, long for trick or treats every Halloween night of my life and dread seeing the horror commercials on TV. Last year, even though I didn't go anywhere -- except back home from seeing Firu, I decided I'd become Little Red Riding Hood -- which was easy enough since I just put on my red coat and went places. It kind of worked because at the end of the semester, a classmate called me the Little Red Riding Hood of the class. Score! For those of you who haven't got a clue what to dress up as for Halloween, here are some inspirations I've pried off the Internet.

The whole point of celebrating Halloween, I guess, is to be able to create fun memories with your loved ones, including your family. This Goldilocks + the 3 Bears costume set is such a genial idea! It might also be the perfect opportunity to role play with your family. 

Out of all the Halloween costumes on- and offline, Mandi's Mary Poppins costume has got to be my personal favourite! First of all, I loooove Mary Poppins and Julie Andrews so this hits the spot just right. Aside from that, I love what his brother said about her being Mary Poppins. This is so unique and creative, also affordable. 

Aside from costumes, Halloween is also all about the treats. Why don't you try conjuring up these 3 Ways of Halloween Milkshakes? They look so gore but also very tasty. Out of the three, this one is my favourite. It's very adorable and I bet it's also very yummy!

Missing someone far away and wish to wish them a Happy Halloween? Try sending them a card! These adorable and quirky selections from Wit & Whistle are a great choice. My personal favourite is the 'Trick or Treat' one. Although...I don't know whether sending someone a Halloween card is...something people do.

Who says your costume has to be mega-expensive? Try putting on outfits from things you already own in your wardrobe and see what kind of costumes come up. Like Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky did. Well, to be fair, this isn't her Halloween costume but she could've pulled it off incredibly. Or...remember my first ever cosplay? Yeah, we both pulled out things from our closet and put together a costume-like outfit. Free and creative!

Although, if you're looking for quirky, try going to Fred Flare won't be a total waste of time. They even have a whole page for Halloween-themed stuff. From clothes to just normal household stuff. These two are my absolute favourites. When else do you have the excuse to wear a turkey-shaped hat? And I've been lusting after a sailor dress since forever so...yeah, no wonder I'm crushing on these two.

As for Halloween decorations, Molly has a great idea this year. How about Bloody Mini Pumpkins? Might be an outrageous centrepiece. The steps are also super easy and you don't need too many materials.


How's that for Halloween inspirations? It wouldn't be Halloween without pumpkins. Anyone wearing costumes at all on Halloween? I'd like to see some pictures on what you're going as. I mean, you don't really have to attend any parties or do anything at all. At the very least, dress up. It'll be fun. Happy early Halloween, all! Cheerio!

Sunday, 21 October 2012

One Eye on the Future and One Foot on the Past

This last photo totally speaks "Autumn" to me

Hello, my dear readers! Oh wow, today I am writing in a brand new age. Yes, yesterday was my birthday. My twentieth too, no less. Huge step, indeed! Anyway, I already shared with you what I've achieved in the last year. Now I'm going to tell you what I did on my birthday. This was somewhat exciting because Firu and I...we went to the Netherlands! Well, Venlo to be specific. It is a small town located just shy of the border. This was very exciting because it was Firu's first trip abroad outside of Germany. Yaay! Let me just say that I adore Venlo's city structure and architecture for ever so much. Those red, daydreamt brick houses and loads and loads of bicycles -- these Hollands sure love them some bikes! We had to watch where we were going because bikes came swerving from all around us. But it was very refreshing and old-school. I love everything old school! There were few modern-styled buildings here as well. So, of course, I fell in love with Venlo at first sight.

One of the main reasons we actually got off our lazy bums and went to Venlo at all was this Indonesian store, Toko Indradjaja. Oh wow! This store was packed with local produces -- I mean, since I'm an Indonesian and all. Firu and I were so thrilled to see so many Indonesian products and food that we could buy. We ended up not buying so much but we bought things we could rarely -- or never -- find elsewhere. Aside from that, this store actually has a 'restaurant' on the front. It's a 'restaurant' because you can barely call it that but the taste of their food is top notch! We were ready to pay however much it'd cost because we were so hungry and for Indonesian food, no less. It actually turned out not to cost too much. Oh, but tasty they were. Plus the owner was a Surabayan and we got to chat up a little bit. Many Hollands walked in and greeted us in Indonesian or even Javanese! Awesome!

Afterwards, we actually stopped by at a german supermarket, Die Zwei BrĂ¼der von Venlo (The Two Brothers from Venlo). Well, we were quite surprised to find one there. But we enjoyed grabbing Holland items and paying it at the German-speaking cashier. Everything was also listed in German -- which was easier for us. The town seemed to be having a festival of some sort. It was all so evenly spread out throughout the town. We saw ferris wheels, attractions and stalls. We didn't get on any, though. Too bad all of the stores closed at 5 PM. We didn't get to take a look at any brands that Germany doesn't have. We took the longest train ride home that night (because someone decided to up and kill himself on the train track that day). Oh, boy, was that tiring. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, guys! Cheerio!