Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Mix It Up a Notch: Maroon Velvet Skirt

For someone who doesn't own a lot of basics, I seem to wear one quite often—and, when I do, I never forget to borrow from my sister :') This is one of those items which is an ongoing loan of sorts. It was the first item of hers that I wore when I got back home, and it's still one of my favourite pieces of hers to wear on a daily basis. She bought it off an local instagram store, which has seemed to close down since then. The first thing I love about this skirt is the colour. It's so easy to pair with anything. The velvety material makes it seem more sophisticated than it probably is. The best part is it enables me to move however I like without having to worry it's going to reveal any of my private parts and/or being too long or making me look too prudish. Definitely my go-to skirt for casual wear.

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Saturday, 27 August 2016

Folktales Throughout the Ages

Welcome to another edition of artsy adventures with the Brilia sisters! Please, please, come in. This was actually the exhibition before the last post—which I just realise you probably couldn't read if you didn't understand Bahasa—but as per the occasion, I thought this one could be postponed until the end of the month. A couple weeks ago my sister and I went to see the Negeri Dongeng Nusantara exhibition held by The Children's Books Lover Group (KPBA) at Dia.lo.gue art space. My sister used to be an active volunteer for KPBA and knew some of the people quite well but since work got a lot busier, she found it difficult to contribute anymore. We're still both very much in love with children's books, though, hence our coming to this show. The exhibition shows various illustrations of various Indonesian folktales throughout the ages, since the colonial era until very recent time. KPBA has also published dozens of children's books, which you can purchase at the art space's gift shop.

vintage shirt // thrifted skirt + loafers // hand-me-down purse // outfit photos by Akita

It was also our first time visiting the Dia.lo.gue artspace, which is known to hold various artistic events—and the most hipster place to be. Not only an exhibition space, it is also equipped with a cafĂ©, which takes up most of the building. Unfortunately, our first impression of the place isn't a positive one. We waited for a good while before the waiters went to take our orders, which they did with less than a pleasant face. I mean, we get it, we're quite possibly not hipster enough or whatever, but it really put us off going there willingly again—if it wasn't for the number of artistic events they will no doubt hold again. The food is, thankfully, quite tasty with reasonable prices, so it wasn't a complete loss. Have you been visiting an exhibition/new place to eat lately? What was your experience like? Do tell!

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Ethical Fashion: Gunas New York

While I'm an avid lover of dresses and skirts, I've been told that fashion is so much more than clothing. It includes accessories too, apparently, and bags are my go-to accessories to complete an outfit. However, most ladies' bags available are either not cruelty-free or completely unethically produced. Today I'm going to introduce you to a high fashion, cruelty-free and sustainable variety from Gunas New York. It all started in 2009 with the animal-loving designer Sugandh G. Agrawal, who quit her job as an industrial designer at KitchenAid and started her own vegan fashion line. She believes that we can all look and feel good without having to sacrifice animals—and she is determined to make that happen with her brand.

Gunas itself is a sanskrit word, which means the basic quality that exists in all of nature and its creations—in the form of Tamas (darkness, inertia, inactivity and materiality), Rajas (energy, action, change and movement) and Sattva (harmony, balance, joy and intelligence). The word is deep within the roots of spirituality. Also, it just so happens to be an anagram of the designer's name. And such is the brand's principle, naming the priority in the order of people, planet AND ONLY THEN profit—not the other way around. Gunas works with ethical manufacturers and local artisans from across the globe to bring cruelty-free handbags to their customers—staying true to their vegan root.

Unwilling to contribute to consumerism and overconsumption, Gunas refuses to launch seasonal collections. They break the traditional clothing business system and launch their collections only on occasion, deliberately taking time to create thoughtful products. Each of their collections signify a different personality of a woman: the ANGEL collection for softer, femininity; the CHAMPION collection for a professional winner; the EXPLORER collection for the ever wanderlust; the GLAM collection for the fabulous among us and the REBEL collection for the bold warriors in all of us.

I absolutely love the variety within their catalogue. If I have to identify myself with a collection, I'd pick Angel and/or Champion. The designs are just so versatile and the cut is roomy enough for me to carry whatever I want. Product-wise, specifically I adore Bridgette and Kangaroo—but they have so many classy ones that I'd sooner go for all of them. Gunas also has a shoe collection launching soon and, if you pre-order until August 31, you can grab 30% off for them using the code SHOELOVE. Who wouldn't want a conscientious, cruelty-free and ethical pair of adorable shoes, am I right? Ugh, I simply cannot wait! Which of their products do you fancy?

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Sunday, 21 August 2016

POPCORN: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

I've always been a firm believer that it's always the unexpected which changes your life forever. When we let our guards down, life usually sweeps in and shoves a tiny—but actually significant—change our way. The butterfly effect, you know. Sometimes it's the kind of change that lights up our world, sometimes it's the change we need to learn from and let go. And never in your life does change seem to more profound than when you were young, which is why coming-of-age movies are so riveting. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is just one of those movies. It's the kind of movies that you thought was going to be one thing but turns out to be something else entirely. It's one of those movies which has you clutching your sides from laughter and feeling all the emotions you're afraid of facing. It could change your life, or at least your perspective, if you just give it a chance.

The story starts out when Greg (Thomas Mann) is ambushed by his parents to hang out with Rachel (Olivia Cooke), their neighbour who just got diagnosed with leukaemia. At first he resists and makes a whole scene about not going, but somehow he finally relents and goes to see her. While at her house, his 'colleague' Earl (C.J. Tyler) calls. Greg and Earl have known each other since they were little and have been making short films with each other for years, hence 'colleague.' Later on, Earl meets Rachel and they all become good friends. Coloured with adolescent insecurities, ripe comedies and a surprisingly serious circumstance, their friendship is put to the test and Greg is forced to see who he really is.

With a bit of Wes Anderson-like quality and an all-american coming-of-age storyline and perspective, this movie first feels like a big joke, which overshadows the weight of Rachel's disease. It first asks you to laugh, not really revealing where it is actually going. It feels exactly like life with a large amount of comedy and other emotions mixed within. To me, this feels much truer to life than, say, The Fault in Our Stars. My Dad says Greg is like me, which is probably why I can relate so hard to this movie, knowing exactly how Greg feels and end up self-reflecting a lot. Movies like this are definitely worth a watch. Brb crying.

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Thursday, 18 August 2016


Disclaimer: It's that time of year when I write in Indonesian again...I'm so sorry for non-Indonesian-speakers and may Google Translate serve you well :')

Selamat hari Kemerdekaan Indonesia yang ke-71! Semoga kalian rakyat Indonesia di mana pun berada bisa merayakan tanggal 17 kemarin dengan gaya kalian masing-masing ya. Sekarang aku mau menjadikan posting Bahasa Indo sebagai tradisi nih, untuk tiap tanggal 17 Agustus—kayak yang 2 tahun lalu itu lho. Gimana menurut kalian? Mungkin agak aneh ya baca aku ngomong pake Bahasa Indo untuk post kayak gini. Hehe, dibiasain aja ya.

Kalian ngapain aja tanggal 17 kemarin? Aku sama Kakak pergi nengok koleksi lukisan istana negara nih. Keren-keren deh banyak karya dari pelukis klasik dan pelopor dunia seni Indonesia dari tahun '30-'60an, bahkan yang dari abad 19 lho! Puas banget rasanya nunggu 3 jam di hawa panas demi bisa ngeliat langsung "Penangkapan Pangeran Diponegoro" karya Raden Saleh. Udah gitu juga ada dari beberapa pelukis ternama, macam Affandi dan S. Sudjojono. Sambil nunggu juga sekalian ngunjungin pameran Tjergam Taroeng di gedung sebelah dan sempet ngobrol sama Ananta O'Edan dan Kak Asta. Kalau kalian berminat, pamerannya masih sampai akhir Agustus ini lho!

Sis's skirt // thrifted loafers // hand-me-down purse + shirt // Oh My Bows hairbow (giveaway!) // photos by Akita

Tema hari ini juga merah putih hehe. Kali ini aku pinjem rok dari Kakak dan pakai kemeja yang dikasih bekas Mami (ibu tiriku), lengkap dengan tas yang dikasih Eyang Titi. Ini juga kali pertamaku pake pita ini, kebetulan warnanya merah putih hehe. Karena warnanya yang khas dan motifnya yang keliatan banget, pita ini jadi lumayan susah dipadupadankan sama baju-baju lainnya. Ini pita yang aku menangkan di undian/giveaway dari Oh My Bows sekitar setahun yang lalu. Ngga kerasa rambutku udah jadi panjang banget ya sekarang? Maunya sih dipotong, tapi karena ada beberapa orang yang pengen dia dipanjangin, ya udah deh nyerah ;) Mungkin segitu dulu aja ya dari aku. Waktu ini ditulis sebetulnya sekarang udah jam 23.30, tapi waktu kalian baca ini aku udah di kereta menuju Surabaya. Kalau kalian ada yang lagi/tinggal di sana, yuk ketemuan!

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