Wednesday, 30 December 2015

December in Overview

Excited about...
The new year, obviously. Aren't we all? 2015 has been something I never thought possible. It's given me a lot of experience and I am so ready to spread my wings ever wider. I still cannot believe that my life used to be very different, but I'm happy anyway. We can't have everything, but we've got to make do with what we have.

Currently reading...
Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder. It is a novel on the history of philosophy. It is one of those books which walks the fine line between fiction and non-fiction. My sister got this one actually about 10 years ago, I think, but she never finished it and it never attracted me. Lately, though, I hear from some upperclassmen that this will be a must-read for some upcoming classes. I was instantly intrigued. To be honest, the book feels like Philosophy 101 wrapped in a mysterious tale, which is ingenious. If it were purely a Philosophy Guidebook, I don't think I would've even given it a second glance.

Currently watching...
Trash is for Tossers, which is an incredible zero-waste lifestyle Youtube channel. I cannot stress this enough: we find a lot of crap on Youtube, but sometimes we find amazing people like this which can truly inspire us. I first found Lauren through her TEDx Teen talk, which introduced me to this entirely different world from capitalism and consumerism. Hers is a voice that is refreshing amidst all this hatred and envy among people who seek trivial things, like stardom and popularity. And to think that she probably isn't that much older than me is absolutely mind-blowing. She definitely influenced one of my New Year's resolutions, just fyi.

Listening to...
Oh Wonder, which is a duet based in London. At first, I found them through their single Without You. The music video is really nicely done, with all the wonderful colour schemes and lovely cinematography. But what really captured my heart is their Drive, with a heartbreaking and aesthetically pleasing music video—not to mention the incredible storyline. You could already tell I've had it on repeat since day one. Other than those, I also enjoy Livewire, White Blood and All We Do.

Thinking about...
Blogging less. I've talked about it here before, so it would be a way to prepare you for the change—although you probably don't care. That being said, I will most likely still be relatively active on instagram. Also, this will hopefully mean that I'll be a lot more active on tumblr, so please go check that out if you want to see more of what I do. Also, don't forget to fill in the readers survey I'll be posting next month!

Gorgeous tiles at a mall food court (below my campus) // in charge with Artvolution social media // a plethora of hairbow from Oh My Bows // this lovely postcard and paper crane from Alexandra // woohoo! Handlettering workshop with Sherchle + Fabelio // holiday commissions are open! // Happy Indonesian Mother's Day! // hanging out with this gal again // ...and again plus our friend Maya

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Monday, 28 December 2015

Plant-Based: Burgreens


Last weekend our family decided to go for lunch at Burgreens, which is this really cool place for organic and healthy eating, incorporating vegan and ayurveda diet. I first heard of it from Uli and decided to try it for myself. If you don't know, vegan diet isn't particularly popular in Indonesia—we love our meat, maybe too much—so it's quite rare to find restaurants like this. The fact that it was founded and run by young people makes it so much more appealing. From their name, you could probably already tell that they specialise in burgers, although they also offer rice, pasta and (mushroom) steak. I love that they take it a step further by incorporating a sustainable way of eating, using no plastic—they didn't even give us straws but my family asked for some, except for me—and serving the food on wicker-and-banana leaf plates. The al fresco setting makes the food all the more delicious. Aside from in-dining, they also sell all kinds of vegan butter and oil. Definitely someplace I'd like to visit again sometime!

thrifted top via Jess // thrifted shorts via Kleider Kreisel // thrifted sandals // Sis's hair clip // outfit photos by Akita

Since we weren't doing anything special—this restaurant was even located near my neighbourhood, I thought it would be nice to dress down in something casual but still quite well put-together. That's how we arrived at this outfit, which is something I've been wanting to wear for a while now but for some reason hadn't. You're probably thinking this is the colour scheme I always go for when it comes to these shorts—and I think so too. I wonder why...Anyway, this is the first time in a long while since the last time I wore sandals. Since you're not allowed to wear them to class out here and I've been busy with uni, I'd never had a chance to wear them recently. This is the last outfit post of the year, but there will be a monthly overview after this and that's a wrap! Thank you for sticking around the blog this year and shall we see each other again next year?

Note to self: Don't wear a hair clip on the right side then never turn your head the other way!

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Saturday, 26 December 2015

Blogging Changes in 2016

Wow, can you believe that it's almost 2016 already? Time has been moving incredibly fast, hasn't it? Let me just recap a little bit about how 2015 has been for the blog. This year has been fantastic, blog-wise. The blog has taken more shape and become more in order. I've introduced some regular series and stuck to posting them every month. There has also been some trial and error in the first few months, of course—as is with every experiment—but it was a learning experience and I am very, very happy to have gone through with it. Also, the blog has finally gotten some sponsorship. It's not a regular occurrence yet, but it's a start. Readership has also taken off rather well and, most importantly, I've acquired some amazing friends in the process. I'm so grateful for each and every one of you. Thank you.

That being said, I'd like to cut down on blogging next year to focus on more important - but sometimes neglected - aspects of my life. You see, I'm officially a university student now. Unlike last time, I'm now taking Graphic Design, which entails a buck load of assignments. Between campus life and blogging, I really struggle to find the time to experiment on artistic media and techniques. Seeing as I wish to be a full-fledged illustrator one day, this should be the central part of my life. Aside from that, with the pressing 'deadline' I force upon myself, I feel more and more inclined to create posts just for the sake of posting, at times neglecting quality in the process. Therefore, I'd like to blog less and deliver more quality and thoughtful content.

Every month, I'd like to post at least 5 posts, which will include the regulars, such as monthly overviews, Illustrators Arise, recipes, remixes and one outfit post. If I feel like posting something else besides those, I won't restrict myself, but I won't pressure myself either. Also, I'd like to add one more regular series here on the blog, which you will get to vote for - although I'm not quite sure many people would like to. Here are some of my ideas for the upcoming series:

  • Tanah Air Beta

I've been meaning to make a post or two about what it feels like to live in Indonesia. It can be about the language (Bahasa 101?), the culture, the quirks, what have you. For instance, I can show you weird things or objects in Indonesia you will most likely not find in your country—especially if it's in the West—or how to get around in Jakarta. It could come in handy if you ever visit this beautiful country—let me know if you do, so we can meet up, okay? The title means "O Homeland of Mine."

  • Eco-life

You know, I'm trying to go green as best I can. Sometimes I find inspiring aspects of green living on the internet and would love to let you guys know about them. It should be on the record that I am by no mean an expert, so I could obviously get some things wrong. It could also be a fun way to open discussions about waste and pollution and environmental issues. Obviously, you guys can also put in your two cents and give me some tips or insights, if you have any.

  • Read of the Month

Reading is one of my favourite activities in the world. Normally, I will be in the process of finishing a book every day of my life. Not only do I love reading them, I also love talking about books and voicing out my opinions about each and every one of them. It's such a shame too, that there are amazing books out there that the majority do not read or even know about. I'm also always looking for new titles to read, so I'd like to hear your thoughts through this series as well.

  • Movie Date

This isn't exactly a new series, actually. If you've been reading this blog for more than a year, you would probably have stumbled upon this series once or twice. When I first created it, I wanted to do it monthly but somehow couldn't manage it well. However, I feel like maybe now I can talk about more movies to watch and so—without being threatened by other bloggers, as I was before. Therefore, I'd like to revive this series monthly. 

  • Artist Spotlight

I  know what you're thinking, "Don't you already have Illustrators Arise?" Yes, you're right. But sometimes I surf the web and stumble upon artists who aren't illustrators and would like other people to know of his/her talents as well. It would be a shame for me to sweep my admiration for them under the door just because they're not illustrators. And so, this is perfect to introduce some artist I've been loving in fields other than illustration—although illustration is my greatest passion. 

Now, don't turn in your vote just yet. You will have a chance to do so in the readers survey, which I will most likely be doing in January, so you'll have plenty of time to think about it—if you want to, of course. Also, I welcome suggestions and criticism, so feel free to leave them in the comments, if you have any. Thank you so much for reading and sticking around the blog. Your support and love mean a lot to me and have a happy holiday!

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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Every Girl a Flower and Every Flower Must Bloom

As soon as the holiday rolls around, the first things I did was anything unrelated to campus life. This means blogging, drawing whatever I want and—most importantly—hanging out with my friends. I've been trying a new digital painting technique, sorting out upcoming posts and making plans with friends. So far, though, I've only managed to meet up with my dear friend Cynthia, after weeks of not seeing each other. At first, I was in search for a good planner for 2016, while she wanted to buy some shampoo. It baffles me how hard it is to find adorable yet highly practical planners on this side of the world. I swear, in Germany, they came in abundance. But here—even in December—I find myself scrambling to find even just a decent one. I guess it's due to the fact that very few people still use them, which signifies all sorts of our societal dysfunction. But that's a whole other story. For some reason, though, we ended up eating way too much food instead and left in a food coma. She introduced me to a new hangout place, which was still quite devoid of people. Ah, bliss.

Lustre dress via TK Maxx (old) // Mom's shirt // H&M overknee socks (old) // vintage purse + loafers // Oh My Bows hairbow (giveaway!) // 

photos by Cynthia

Ever since I received this bunch of hairbows from Oh My Bows, I've been meaning to style them in some way. However, I haven't had much time in the past month to comb my hair, let alone style it in a suitable way for a bow. So, naturally, now I'm taking full advantage. This is the first bow from the package which I'm trying to style. In truth, I think it would've been perfect to be worn with a pink/purple yukata or kimono. But, alas, I have no such thing. So, instead, I settled for this favourite floral dress of mine which I  haven't worn since June. My stepmom actually did the hairstyle, after I failed miserably in trying to do it myself. Yaay for being able to have my hair styled in various ways now! Anyways, it's Christmas Eve today, it seems. Wishing all who celebrate a merry, merry Christmas and we'll see each other again soon!

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Mix It Up a Notch: Mustard Chiffon Button-Up

Special appearance by my sister
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'd probably know that I don't own a lot of solid-coloured or "basic" pieces. So when I have one, I tend to abuse it. When I say "abuse," I mean wear it for every occasion in which I'd need a solid. This one is my favourite! I acquired it in 2013 from Clara of, when she opened up her closet for sale on instagram. She pointed me in the direction of this piece and I was sold. At the time, I was looking for a yellow clothing item, because I was told that it's the colour which suits me best. To this day, I don't think I regretted buying this shirt. Although the see-through material isn't much to my liking, the feel itself is rather appealing. I love the detail on the shoulder which I should show you sometime. Because it's sleeveless, I tend to wear it under something and almost never on its own. The best part is, it's one of those shirts which you can button all the way up and doesn't suffocate you.

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Sunday, 20 December 2015

Rainy Day Remedies

It has been raining a lot lately and, for once, I'm not complaining. I've been taking full advantage of the weather to snuggle up under the blanket and wear cozy jumpers. Rainy days always have this mellow feel about it, don't you think? It makes me want to brew a cup of tea, listen to sentimental songs and reminisce on the past. On the tea, lemon is my specific favourite - which reminds me of childhood scenes on the mountains, drinking tea in a tea plantation with the family. These days, rainy days are so perfect for reading, drowning oneself in a make-belief world of literature. With a warm cup of tea in hand and heartfelt songs hanging in the air - also, the pitter patter of rainfall and the waft of damp ground - it is pure bliss. What's your favourite rainy day remedy?

shirt via Lucedale Vintage // BRAVE SOUL jumper via TK Maxx (old) // hand-me-down jeans // Lazy Oaf socks via Wildwood (old)

With school being officially out, I can finally focus on personal projects again. Assignments still linger at the back of my mind, sure. But they not being too pressing actually gives me time to work on what I've been setting aside for a while now, which includes this blog. Most of the photos I've posted on the blog in the past week or two haven't been properly archived yet, and this is the time to get to it. I've also decided to re-open my commissions - although I never officially closed them - now that I have plenty of time to work on them. It will be open all throughout the holiday until New Year's, then closed during my final exams and reopened again in February. You can check out all the details here. If you're interested, you can always send me an email telling me what you'd like for me to illustrate. Looking forward to hearing from you!

P.S: I broke my (sis's) tripod in the process of taking these pictures...oops!

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