Saturday, 30 July 2016

Mix It Up a Notch: Peter Pan Collar Painting

This top is actually my sister's. She bought it from a local brand on one of our shopping spree in 2012. I fell in love with it but she spotted it first, so she bought it. That's what's so great about having a sister: you can just borrow her clothes—especially if your sizes aren't too far off. I never borrowed it before I came back home for good, though. Although quality-wise it's not very good, I absolutely love the design of it. The almost-abstract painting on the front of it creates an artsy effect to a look. I guess you can tell that my favourite way of wearing it is by tucking into a skirt. I'd love to wear it with pants sometime in the future, though. The one thing that bothers me is how see through it is, forcing me wear it with a camisole/tank top. How would you style this top?

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Work Hard, Play Hard

Although it's already semester break for me now, life has kept me busy anyway. I'm still working—Eid al-Fitri notwithstanding—and there are some campus events that I volunteered to be the committee of. Aside from that, there's Comic Frontier in less than 2 weeks and I'm not finished making anything that I want to sell. So...yeah. July also seems like the month for competitions. There are three already that I want to join but don't know when I'll have the time to work on that. God, sorry, I'm not trying to sound so whiny and ungrateful. Sometimes I just wish there are more hours in a day—but, really, anyone who doesn't know how to manage their time will say sh*t like this. That being said, I still manage to find/slip some time in to meet some friends and catch up. Work hard, play hard—isn't that how the saying goes? This past week I've been seeing some high school friends that I haven't seen in years—along with Cynthia, of course. It's not as bad as I thought it would be, but I really need some down time for myself for the rest of the month now.

thrifted shirt // old hat + dungaree (Germany) // old shoes // hand-me-down backpack // photos by Cynthia

Lately, I've been thinking a lot too about how more and more people seem to hate me. It's just been one misunderstanding after another. In fact, recently, I've also managed to start an argument—or get misunderstood—online on instagram. It wasn't brutal, I guess, but now I feel this tension with the person who misread me. It makes me rethink the whole concept of friendships and how fragile it could be. Just when you thought someone could understand you without uttering a single word, they turn back and spite you for something you didn't mean. Cynthia seems to think that plenty of people want to be my friends, but I just wouldn't let them. But that's not how I see it. I would disappear and no one would look for me—they would look for me to reach out to her!—and it may or may not be my fault. The way I see it, if someone wants you in their life, they will do whatever it takes to keep you there—no matter what you are to them. What do you guys think? Care to weigh in on this topic?

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Monday, 18 July 2016

Firu ♥︎ Visya: 6th ANNIVERSARY!!

Yesterday was Firu and my 6th anniversary! As per our involuntary tradition since 3 years ago, we didn't get to see each other on D-day this year too, but we managed to spare some time for a Skype session and celebrate our love. At this point, it just comes naturally that we're still together, but it still feels so hard to believe how far we've come and how awkward we were when we started out. This illustration is one of my dearest memories of us. It took me all day to finish it because of computer issues, which stress me out. In this day and age, it just feels like relationships are getting a bad rep, with articles like this popping up more frequently. But—I gotta tell ya—being in a meaningful relationship can keep someone sane. It gives you someone you can trust, someone who will teach you things you've never imagined before and someone who will support you—and trust me, it matters a great deal. Take all that into account, isn't it worth taking a leap of faith and jumping into one? I did six years ago and my life hasn't been the same since.

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Friday, 15 July 2016

Rose Lemon Squash

Ah, summer~ It's finally here. When the temperature rises, the sun scorches and the flowers bloom, refreshing beverages are the way to go. For me, lemon has always done the trick. Be it lemonade, lemon tea or whatever else, if it has lemon in it, you can bet i'll go for it. Lemon squash is one that I tend to make at home the most. Usually, it's made by using lemon juice and soda water (or sprite, really) and it's done. But I thought it would be interesting to put a twist on my favourite beverage. It's super easy to make, very refreshing and absolutely eye-catching. Man, I can already imagine myself chilling by the pool with this drink in hand. Though, to be honest, this is an all-year-round drink on this part of the world—if it's not raining.

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. red syrup (mine was cocopandan)
  • 300 ml soda water
  • water (optional)
  1. First and foremost, squeeze the lemon and pour the juice into a glass
  2. Add in the syrup
  3. Pour the soda water into the glass
  4. Best served chilled!
Tips: Here's a trick to get the most juice out of your lemon: let it sit outside the fridge until it is room temperature and roll it around on the table while pushing it down a little bit. You can add the syrup before or after the soda, it doesn't change the taste—though you may need to stir it if you add it after. Jellies would be a great condiment for the beverage. You can fill only half the glass with soda and the other half with water if you don't like soda very much. Lass es euch schmecken!

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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Ethical Fashion: Naja

This month's ethical fashion showcase is something I stumbled upon on instagram a while ago. Their #nudeforall campaign captured my eye and I decided to look at their other collections. Naja was founded by Catalina Girard, the woman behind Underwear for Hope and Term Member at the Council of Foreign Relations, and Gina Rodriguez, Golden Globe winner actress from Jane the Virgin who is actively involved with the National Hispanic Foundation as well as four other Latino-focused organisations. Their latest campaign—#nudeforall—offers 7 shades of nude colours of underwear in three panty cuts. They're promoting this campaign by pasting up each shade on subway stations in New York City, so you can find out which one your nude is by standing in front of it.

Naja's main goal is to empower women, break the standards of body image in the modern world and create an eco-conscious clothing line to cater to women of all race and sizes. For their values, they stated: "Naja is a product of our passions and beliefs: a love for beautifully designed things, a bit of rebelliousness, and a deep desire to make the world a better place." In terms of empowering women, Naja changes the way lingerie is marketed nowadays, refusing to objectify women in a way that appeal to male consumers, and instead chooses to connect with the smart, courageous and sexy women of today. Naja's garment factory primarily also employs single mother or female heads of households where they are paid above market wages with healthcare benefits. This is their way of aiding single mothers, implementing flexible work policies that make it easier for women to balance work and childcare. This is all done with as little environmental impact as possible. Naja uses digital and sublimation printing, as they produce almost no water waste, and fabrics made out of recycled plastic bottles. However, none of this process sacrifices their craftsmanship, paying meticulous attention to details, luxurious design elements and high quality materials. 

What I love most about Naja is the wide selections of designs that they offer. You can get the classy, luxurious undergarments, the quirky, tacky printed panties and the solid-coloured goods all in one shop. They also use models with a wide range of body types and races. Some of the items are showcased in two options on their online store: the caucasian version and the black version, using two models to show the difference in appearance for different skin colours. They also have inspirational, empowering quotes written on the inside crotch area of their panties, as well as their social media information, etc—as you can see above. Style-wise, I absolutely adore their prints-adorned pieces, especially the Frida Kahlo-inspired collection—as she is also one of the most inspirational women ever. Their designs are incredibly unique and not at all shown in an overly-erotic way, as most lingerie labels seem to do. The best part is they also ship internationally—and, if you're living in the US, they offer free shipping on orders over $75—and their prices are quite affordable. What a way to feel empowered!

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Eid Mubarak 1437 H

Wishing you all an Eid Mubarak this 1437 Hijriyah!
This illustration makes me miss my Grannies.
Hope you have a better day and may today be filled with blessings and joy!

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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Orange Range

While Ramadan is still here for a couple more days, I thought I'd slip in a little outfit post from earlier this month. These were taken the day my friend Jess and I met up to print our business cards. We designed our own and decided to have them printed out for Comic Frontier 7, where we will be opening a booth to sell our stuff. If you're in Jakarta on 30-31 July, please do stop by to say hello. Aside from us, there will also be Koletta and Elvin at our booth. This is my first ever experience in printing out name cards—that I designed—as well as setting up a booth to sell my work, so I'm super excited. These were taken while we were waiting for our cards to be printed and cut and we sneaked into 1/15 Coffee Shop to use the unused first floor. I've actually been here before, tasting their zesty lemon tea and scrumptious poppy seed lemon cake when I was camping out to finish my finals and go to the print shop across the street. The ambience is incredibly lovely, the interior is very nicely done but the food is a little overpriced, I'm afraid. Also, the top floor is my friend Ozora's office.

old top (local brand) // old skirt (local brand) // American Apparel hairbow // thrifted loafers // hand-me-down bag // photos by Jess

If you have been following this blog long enough—or maybe not long at all—you should know that orange is my absolute favourite colour. It's the reason I love autumn and, quite possibly, citrus fruits. I'm the type of girl who's not afraid of wearing orange dresses, orange accessories and orange lipsticks. And it definitely helps to know that it suits me, as some people have suggested throughout my life. I do hope that it suits me more than just physically, though. I hope orange also reflects my personality, instead of simply complimenting my skin colour. Orange just seems like such a positive colour to me—despite the fact that it's used in a seemingly negative way; as prison garments, for instance. To me, orange represents quirks, vibrance and playfulness. But change the shade a bit and it can turn melancholic, gloomy or even zesty. It is the very reason autumn is so beautiful. But maybe that's just me. What do you see when you see orange?

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