Friday, 30 November 2012

桜子と一緒に:International Dinner Party

Last Friday Sakurako and I went on yet another adventure of our own. The international students and their tutors planned to hold an International Dinner Party and the participants were expected to bring food to serve for the others as well. I hadn't seen Sakurako for a week and was so glad to see her again.

To contribute to the party, we decided to make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) and Dashimaki Tamago (Japanese Omelette) -- well, more she than I. Sakurako taught me how to make Onigiri by myself. I feel like I've done this before but I can't remember. It was more difficult than it looks and all those girls in shoujo manga totally have my sympathy now. We used plastic films to make it easier to turn them into balls. Plus, they sure make awesome packaging. Sakurako went on to make Dashimaki Tamago while I just watched because I couldn't. This was the time I had the chance to eat somewhat fresh salmon skins after so long. Yum!

Pictures of us, the crowd and the desserts courtesy of Lisa, one of our tutors

The party was raging! There was a huge number of selection of food we could all choose from. They were for free! All we had to do was stand in line and pick the dishes we wanted to eat. Sakurako and I were highly excited about eating EVERYTHING. Haha. There were three sections to choose from: Vegetarian, Non-vegetarian and Desserts. We filled our first plates with dishes from the first two sections and, sure enough, our mouth was watering. Everything was super delicious! I met an Indonesian at the party, who managed to make a huge batch of Martabak. It was very popular! I loved it too. The dessert selection was also not to be missed. We both loved the Tarte aux Pommes. It wasn't too sweet but very tender and yummy. We walked out, feeling quite full with food to the brim. Tired and completely in food coma, we went home with smiles on our faces. What a magical night. Happy magical Friday to you all too! Cheerio!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

The World is Our Oyster

Primark peter pan collar dress + coat // C&A boyscap + vintage tote (Dave's) // C&A kids cardigan // H&M denim shorts + socks // Rilakkuma bag // Esprit leggings // Studio Nine loafers // Swarovski necklace (from Firu)

When I see people living in the same place forever, not even curious about what's out there, I think it's such a waste of life. Of course, you need money to travel or move to a new place. But you don't have to travel too far away, don't have to move into a new place, to discover beauty in the most unexpected places. I know people who's gone to the same place over and over again, not even feeling like changing their rhythm. It drives me crazy. They say, "Life's a book and, by not traveling, you're reading only one chapter." I believe in that saying and encourage people to see more. You don't have to go too far. Just walking around town is fine too. It's a kind of therapy for me. Whenever I walk around and find beautiful spaces, I just cheer up. People who are mostly unhappy, they don't know what they're missing.

Everyday, on the way to my art campus, I always pass by this road. I'm always on the bus/tram, though, so I've never actually gone through here until this day. The road is lined with trees. It must've been beautiful in the high days of autumn or spring. The road is located on pretty high land and you can see the planetarium from above. There's an apollo temple of some sort nearby. I'll be sure to take some photos there anytime soon. Outfit-wise, what do you think of socks on leggings/pants? What do you think of tights/leggings under shorts? I think they're pretty convenient, considering the temperature's dropped and one can just sport shorts look without them anymore. Have a relaxing midweek! Cheerio!

Monday, 26 November 2012

Friendly Feature: Illustrators Arise! #3

How come I almost always conjure up posts like this when I'm supposed to be doing something else? You don't believe me? Why don't you just see the previous two posts (this and this). Anyway, yeah, I'm supposed to be reading up on some materials for the Sociology tutorial tomorrow -- Oops! But I just keep thinking and scrolling through webpages of talented illustrators. Said illustrators are as follows.

Feature #9: Rose Wong

All illustrations from her deviantART

Rose is the first one I feature mostly because it was thanks to her tumblr page which I stumbled upon that I created this post at all. To be perfectly honest, I don't remember when I've found her but I've been following her in tumblr for almost two years now. I adore her almost-mystical touch with all the squiggly lines -- I'm sure there's a more academic term for them but, yeah. I love her ability to think absolutely outside of the box (especially with things coming out of things). Her prints are always so detailed in a way that won't make your eyes lose eyesight. By the way, you might be interested to know that she's selling prints of her illustrations in her Etsy shop. They're pretty affordable so I'd highly recommend.

Feature #10: Audrey Kawasaki

First picture + others

Here is an obvious feature. Who doesn't know Audrey Kawasaki?! I mean, come on, if you've been roaming the internet/tumblr long enough, you'd be sure to spot her artworks. I first heard about her when my sister, who's pretty much smitten with this lady's talent and creations, told me about her. What  absolutely admirable about her artwork is the tidy outline of her ladies/men and the soft colouring of everything -- if it were up to me, I'd call it Neo-Muchanism. Aside from that, her mixture of traditional beauty, namely, ideally formed ladies, and grotesque elements seals her artworks' characteristic. I think those give her ladies a mysterious atmosphere, as ladies should be, I guess?

Feature #11: Roman Muradov

All illustrations from his tumblr page

Not much I can find out about this illustrator. He has a lot of pages, though, so you can totally just scroll around and see what he's got. Apparently, he's studying at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. His style seems to flow naturally and barely has any edges. I love such styles! It seems so children-friendly but not in a completely childish kind of way. His play with forms, colours and patterns also attracts my eyes. This is the kind of art one wants to see in a cartoon/animation.

Feature #12: You Byun

All pictures from her website

How adorable is this style? Incredibly adorable! You Byun came to my attention these days mostly because she's been tweeting with Jon Burgerman, who I also admire. Despite the fact that her style is mostly cutesy, cutesy, I think it has the touch of fairy tales in the most innocent way -- a way that I think these days is lost. I'm sorry to say that I don't know her works very much but I do adore it so much. Several weeks ago, she did a collaboration with Jon for their art show in Rojo Bemelo in Mexico. I didn't go but, from twitter, I think it's such an interesting collaboration.

These illustrators are perfectly awesome. Their individual styles and characteristics are wondrous. When will I be as awesome as these guys? Anyway, you should go to their pages and check out their portfolios. If you're lucky, some of their prints might still be for sale. Or, better yet, you might be able to commission them. Happy Monday, all!

Saturday, 24 November 2012

The Relation Between Smoke and Chunkies

H&M beanie + dress + cardigan + tights // Pieces scarf // Primark coat + brogues // flea market skirt // gifted bag // Colloseum belt

Kassel has become quite chilly lately and going out without so much as a coat and scarf is just ridiculous. On the day I took these photos, it had gone below zero degree and I could simply breathe white smoke into the air. I tried to show it to you on the 4th photo but failed miserably. Even though it's been quite cold, mists don't appear as often as it did before. Now that autumn's high days look to be quite over, I can't wait for the snow to arrive and christmas holiday to knock on my door. This christmas, I am going to shower myself with a whole lot of love by meeting up with friends and places I haven't seen since the beginning of this year. I've missed them so much. Please let this winter be a winter full of love and care.

What do you think about this skirt, guys? Sometimes I think it looks to frilly to be worn anywhere. Sometimes I think it's mega-beautiful and I want to wear it everywhere. I do love layered skirts, though. I just don't know if they love me. First of all, they don't really fit my carefree and somewhat brutal personality. They don't fit my activities (I just can't stay still for two seconds). Now that the temperature's officially gone colder, I think I'm going to be best friends with this beanie and scarf. Definitely want some more chunky stuff. Happy-go-lucky weekend, you! Cheerio!

Thursday, 22 November 2012

5 Things Which Make Me Happy

These days I've been really happy and enjoying my life. The student life is going on and I've been kept quite busy (okay, somewhat busy) by it. Even though I'm currently living practically alone - in the sense that I'm not living with any friends - in a town that has so few Indonesians, I feel happier now than back when I was in Halle. I was bewildered by that fact myself but, instead of thinking too much about it, I decided to just be thankful of the factors. To show my deepest gratitude, I'm listing top five factors why I'm ever so gleeful these days instagram-style.

 1. Geographically Closer to Firu - Short distance relationship is what we've had for the past year. I call it short distance, mostly because we still live in the same country. Before, we lived over 500 km away from each other. By regular train, it'd take at least 6 hours to get to him and by car it'd be 5 hours. Definitely not enough for a weekend. Now I can reach him by car in 2 1/2 hours or by train in less than 4 hours. Money is still an issue...but isn't it always? I'm so glad we live in two different places, though. Mostly, because it gives me the reason to explore. Aww yeah!

 2. Studying Art History - When I was little, Art History was the last thing I wanted to study. Mostly, because it had the impression of consisting of thousands of research and boring subjects. I'm partly right. It does consist of thousands of research and reading thick books. But it also includes looking at beautiful and attractive pictures, which I can't say no to. I guess it's true what people say about following one's passion. I'm in heaven now, so to speak. Plus, the few hours of lectures and seminars within the week is a bonus.

 3. Being Friends with Sakurako - This girl is the best! I think, the best part is how she puts up with all my flaws. So far, I think she's such a Yamato Nadeshiko in a way that she behaves appropriately yet doesn't try to get me to do the same. Haha. We share the same interests - she also likes Anime and Manga and we like similar genres - and she reads this blog sometimes too. あ!この子が大好き!She's so adorable in trying to learn German and so patient in teaching me Japanese. I want to take her to places and show her beauty in all its form. Please don't go home too soon.

 4. Living in a Beautiful Town - I don't know if I've said this before but Kassel is unbelievably beautiful. There're always nooks and crannies where you can catch glimpses of nature. My favourite part is the Stadtpark (City Park) where it looks almost like a domesticated forest and trees seem to run for miles and miles. My campus is also located on the outskirts of it. In fact, the library itself faces the park, which makes it hard for me to concentrate upon researching. I'm so happy that there's always a sufficient amount of sunlight out here. There's never any difficulty for me to find wondrous spots for my photoshoots.

5. Having a Permanent Home with Roommates - Yaay! For all the time I've lived in Germany, I can always see a future where I had to move somewhere else. This is my sixth home so far. Wow! It hasn't even been two years and already I moved more times than I did my whole life in Indonesia. It's been fun, living in a lot of different places. However, it's extremely tiring to get all my things from one place to another. So finding a permanent home out here is really good. With roommates too! We're not particularly close but I love hearing small ruckus at night, my ultimate lullaby. Let's hope I never have to move again during my study.

So do you have anything you're thankful for? Stop being down in the dump and enjoy the rest of your life. Cheerio!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

The Difference Between Winter and Summer

Before I post anything else this week, I thought it would be most appropriate to post this one first. First of all, despite the fact that it's not even the end of November yet, it's gotten as cold as winter in Kassel already. Seriously! You could breathe normally through your nose and see white smoke coming out. I was brave enough not to wear gloves/mittens here but I kept my hands inside my pockets at all times. Temperature-wise, I guess it's safe to say that it's winter already. The leaves have all fallen down, colours of autumn can barely be seen anymore and it's usually cloudy and misty all week long. Truthfully, I hate the fact that winter's coming and it will barely be sunny from now on. But I do have a couple things to look forward to this winter so I'm at least excited about that. It'll be awesome!

The Executive Blouse // thrifted vest // Romwe skirt via Flattery // Yumi Direct Coat (Sis's) // H&M tights 

// Deichmann chelsea boots // Dept. Store bandana

The moment I laid my eyes on this skirt on Breanne's closet,! It's called Bubbly Skirt, which fits the description just right and YES! I love me that type of skirts. I hesitated upon buying it but contacted Breanne anyway. She was patient and kind in giving me the best solution. I bought it along with another item on her Etsy shop. A little secret: this skirt doesn't really fit me (blame my huge buttocks!) but I don't regret buying it one bit. Florals are meant for spring/summer and not for winter but I didn't care and put this on anyway. Well, can I help it with it being so adorable? Also, have I mentioned how much I adore this coat from my beloved sister, Amaquita? Oh, and here below is how Breanne styled this skirt herself. I love her styling and wish I have legs as beautiful as hers.

Enjoy your bubbly Tuesday! Cheerio!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Two (Hearts) Are Better Than One

Yesterday was Firu's and my 28th monthversary! Wow, can you believe it? I still can't get over the fact that we've been going out this long. Yes, it doesn't sound like much compared to some people but I'm excited either way.In commemoration of this day (like we usually try to do every month), we decided to explore a little bit and spend the day together. Thank God it was a Saturday, lest I wouldn't be able to visit him. We went to Essen, grabbed lunch, went grocery shopping and visited one of their landmarks, Baldeneysee.

Minimal dress c/o Amaquita // Yumi coat c/o Amaquita // Pieces scarf // Swarovski necklace (from Firu) //

Falke tights // Deichmann chelsea boots // gifted bag

I was so thrilled to be spending the day in my sister's minimal dress and detective-like coat. Even though this whole day was about Firu and me, I wanted to say a little bit something about me and my beloved sister. I was inspired by Tieka to do a little bit of clothing swap with my sister - who, luckily enough, lives in a whole different hemisphere of the world. She sent me over this beautiful dress plus adorable coat. I love them to pieces. I will be featuring her look of the shorts I sent to her later on on the blog. Aside from those, another beloved piece I was wearing was this beautiful necklace from Firu. It was his present for me for the said monthversary - which, fortunately, arrived that same morning. The only exception for me to take off my usual Swarovski heart necklace - which was also from him.

Afterwards, we went home, got into our sweats and watched Ted. I know we're late but that movie is freaking hilarious in a twisted way that children will never understand. Despite the fact that we didn't do anything particularly celebratory, I enjoyed it so much. And now I'm typing this blog while the man snoozes off. But he let me install Photoshop and edit these photos on his notebook. Thank you for being supportive of my passion even though you don't really get it, dear. I love you to pieces. Have a lovely Sunday, all! Cheerio!