Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Mix It Up a Notch: Floral Button-Down

Although originally it belongs to my sister, I've worn this shirt more times than she has—probably in her whole life. It looks very retro, although I think she actually bought it from a local retail store. I myself don't own a lot of floral items—maybe one top or two—but I really love the pattern on this one, which feels rather 70s. The cut of the shirt, with the long sleeves complete with actual cuffs, is really classic and absolutely adds a lot of class to an outfit. But the floral patterns bring a certain whimsy to it as well, allowing a bit of personality to peek out—not completely devoid of emotions and formal, you know. As you can see, I often wear it with skirts—but I think that's more because I prefer to dress up in skirts than pants—but I do wish to wear it with more pants or shorts or non-skirt bottoms. Maybe bell-bottoms or baggy pants would be nice. What do you think?

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Saturday, 25 November 2017

VIDEO: Siblings in Fiction

Usually, when I have a Youtube video up on my channel, there's a blog post to go along with it—and I was ready to write this one too—but I ended up getting caught up in the whirlwind of midterm exams, that I hardly had time to plan out the blog post to go with this video. That being said, I magically managed to film, edit, render and posted a video anyway—which is more than I expected of myself—even though it's uploaded later than I'd like. Just in case you've never known before, let me share this video here to let you know that I actually have a semi-active Youtube channel, where I generally talk about books monthly. This month I thought I'd look at my favourite books that put siblings on the epicentre of the story—there are seven! As a middle child of three, sibling relationships have always intrigued me. I think it's one of the most complex relationships a person can have with another. Please feel free to leave comments on what you think of the books and if you know any other books of the same topic!

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Monday, 20 November 2017

The Calm Before the Storm

The title of this post—which, by the way, works literally and figuratively—is more relevant in my life now than ever. These photos were taken a few minutes before really dark clouds rolled in and bestowed a downpour over my house. I barely managed to gather my things and get back home, before it started to drizzle. In the big picture, though, they were taken in the last several minutes I managed to spare before finishing my freelance job, getting down on some midterm assignments and preparing for a workshop on Sunday. Talk about some storm, eh? The artistic/illustrious part of my life currently piques my interest very much, more so than this little ol' blog—which leads me to post more stuff on my art instagram and tumblr. It might not seem at all apparent, since my social media appearance is quite sporadic anyway, and I still have blog posts ready on schedule. But I've been spending most of my time glued to my desk, drawing fanart—which is also why I rarely ever post stories anymore, well, at least not on my blog instagram.

Hand-me-down floral shirt // thrifted jacket + shorts + hat // Sis's purse // old loafers

To be honest, I haven't been feeling like posting much on this blog, especially outfits. I've been spending most of my time at home or on campus, wearing pretty much the same thing, and the idea of going out with friends scares me a little bit—mostly, from the financial aspect. Also, I barely ever have time to go someplace interesting and shoot lovely outfits anymore, like on this day. My original plan was to go to a museum for this outfit, but it just wasn't possible with the list of things I had to finish last week. Thankfully, I live in a gorgeous place that, with a little bit of perspective, would look so fresh on the blog. For the outfit, I was adamant on remixing this shirt once more, and thought it had never been paired with pants/shorts, so here is me having a go. Let's pretend I'm skinnier than I actually am—don't ask me about my workout routine, please. Well, I guess I'd better go back to studying for this exam that's up in a few hours :')

P.S: In case you're wondering, these were taken yet again with my makeshift tripod substitute, 'cause I still haven't got a tripod yet. I always find it easier and more comfortable to use than an actual tripod, though.

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Cinnamon Hot Toddy

Since it's rainy season out here and happens to be autumn in the northern hemisphere as well, I thought I'd do a simple warm beverage for your cozy needs. At home, I seem to have hoarded quite a number of lemons, so I thought it would be perfect to try and make a warm drink out of them, for a change. Unlike this recipe—which you can add lemons to—I'd like to make a Western-friendly drink this time, so my friends in other countries can easily recreate this drink to snuggle up to at home. When I was roaming the internet, looking for inspiration, I stumbled upon a recipe for Hot Toddy. Maybe some of you know of it, it's usually a warm beverage used to help soothe sore throat—which sometimes contain bourbon/whiskey. As I don't drink, this one will definitely be alcohol-free, although you may add any liquor of choice, if you like. If you're vegan, please scroll down to see how to substitute some of the ingredients. Coincidentally, my sister was down with a sore throat when I made this.

(original recipe via Tablespoon, makes two glasses)
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 500 ml water
  • 3 medium cinnamon sticks
  • 15-20 cloves
  • 2-3 tbsp. honey
  1. In a saucepan, boil the water, cinnamon and cloves together
  2. Meanwhile, place the lemon slices in 2 separate glasses and pour in the juice
  3. Once it's boiled, remove the saucepan from heat and pour the mixture into the glasses
  4. Add half the honey to each glass and stir well
  5. Drink while hot!
Tips: To get the most juice, make sure you get the lemon out of the fridge at least an hour prior. If you only have ground cinnamon and clove, probably use around 1-3 tea spoon each and stir well. I would recommend letting the cinnamon mixture simmer a bit on the stove before pouring, to really let the flavour ooze out. If I were better prepared, I'd add a bit of nutmeg and ginger perhaps. If you're vegan, you can substitute the honey with maple or caramel or fruit syrup—I was planning on using date syrup myself. I'm not sure if you can heat this up, but it's best to just drink it straight away, instead of storing it for a rainy day. Speaking of which, even if you don't have a sore throat, this is a perfect rainy day remedy. Lass es euch schmecken!

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Friday, 10 November 2017

25 Things I've Learnt in 25 Years

You may have seen lists like this floating around the web—usually in video form, which was my first choice too, actually. They're really up my alley, so I thought I'd put in my two cents as well. Okay, I realise that they're usually posted on or around someone's birthday—and, as you may notice, mine was at least two weeks ago—but I've been thinking a lot about this recently and itching to write it all down. I hope you don't mind. Usually, people mix the hard-hitting life lessons with something lighter, but me being me, I feel like they will all be rather...epiphany-driven. Also, they're written in chronological order, as far back as I can date, so the real heavy ones should be at the very end. Hope you'll like this list—and maybe share one or two you've learnt yourself!

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Too Close for Comfort

 PGP Cafe

A couple months ago, when I had a little reunion meet-up with an old friend, I discovered this small yet homely café not too far away from where I live—by Jakarta standards, anyway. It was also quite secluded and devoid of people that I thought, I'd definitely like to come back here and take some photos for the blog. So I decided to go back on my own last Thursday, since it was my day off. My original plan was to catch up on work, while taking some outfit photos of myself. But it turns out taking photos by yourself is a lot of work on its own, and there was virtually no work to catch up on anyway. Like the last time I visited, I ordered Spaghetti Carbonara, Truffle Fries—which were heavenly!—and Iced Lemon Tea—easy on the ice, as per usual—all of which I thoroughly savoured. The waiters were all very friendly—without crossing the line to being nosy, which is perfect—and didn't even bat an eyelash when I started propping my camera here and there, for the sake of this post. It was yet again quite devoid of people, though, so I made myself at home, probably crossing over to the inappropriate (lol). I'm blaming the harem pants, really.

Thrifted top // gifted batik jacket + harem pants // hand-me-down sandals

Today I thought I'd opt for a casual-but-put-together look. I've been practically living in these harem pants, especially on campus, and it's just the perfect colour for me—as you might notice from my love for orange. The jacket is a bit of an afterthought, as it has quite a casual feel, but with a touch of formality that often comes with outerwear—plus, I just adore batik. Although it's currently rainy season, I decided to don a pair of sandals this time, since I thought I wouldn't be walking much anyway—just to and from the camera and toilet, actually—as I took bike taxis to and from the café. Thankfully, it didn't rain at all on the way, so they both stayed dry indoors. Also, now that I'm seeing the elements to this outfit one more time, I realise that most of these items were given to me by my family. The harem pants were a souvenir from my Stepmom from Bali—I think they were handmade by some local artisans, although I'm unsure about the dye they use. The batik jacket was given to me by my Grandmother 5 years ago, when I came home from Germany the first time and the sandals were hand-me-downs from her too last year. They were all items of comfort, both in function and in sentiments.

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Thursday, 2 November 2017

October in Overview

Trying to understand an artwork be like

To me, October is usually my birthday month, but also the month of Halloween. And, unexpectedly, everything I've been reading, watching and listening to this month has seemed to be appropriate for this holiday. How 'bout that? Maybe it has something to do with my inktober theme this year—you can see for yourself down below. I spend a lot of time with my best friends this month, which is always a wonderful time spent. My birthday also didn't suck as much as I feel it usually does—I think I should start accepting that my birthday is basically any other day and it's best I treat it that way, or maybe I should really just cry in the bathroom for a while and move on. Aside from inktober, I also visited two artsy events this month—one sketching club, which was a lot of fun, and one typography exhibition, filled mostly with people I know online. Lastly, I've been very active on the illustrations front this month—especially on my art instagram—and the feedback/responses I got from some of you make me feel very loved. So thank you!

Currently Reading

This month's books are quite appropriate with the Halloween theme, if I say so myself. Starting with finishing two more German books: Der Erdbeerpflücker and Der Scherbensammler, both by Monika Feth. They were quite light thriller—if such a thing exists at all—and I was quite intrigued all the way. I'm not sure if it were the length of each book itself or the fact that they're in German—which I'm not entirely used to reading in—that took me twice as long to finish than most other books. Hence, my not being able to read more books this month. Afterwards, I kicked off straight away with my 25 Before 26 list and went straight for the first Harry Potter book, which I'd never read before. The impression is still thick with the film's own, though, as there wasn't that much difference, I believe. I was going to continue on with the second book too, but my sister left it at the school she works in—and I'm the kind of person who can't be content without a book in my hands for more than 12 hours—so I grabbed A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, which has been on my to-read list for years. Add me on Goodreads, if you want to find out how I feel about it later.

Currently Watching

To get myself in the mood for Halloween (and inktober), I decided to continue watching Kyoukai no Rinne (境界のRINNE). However, the plan backfired as, instead of getting in the intended mood, I ended up being in the mood for Rumiko Takahashi in general. After Rinne, I restrained myself well enough to go for Urusei Yatsure (うる星やつら) before I finally gave in and watched an entire series of Ranma 1/2—my all-time favourite and one true love. Within around 2-3 weeks, I managed to watch all 161 episodes plus the first movie. That's how much I love Ranma, like seriously. Can't say I didn't get the warm and fuzzies throughout the entire series. Afterwards, to kind of relax a bit, after a quite intense emotional Ranma—because, to me, it's quite nostalgic and energetic—I watched New Game!!, which is quite chill and cute in comparison. Aside from anime, I've also watched A Monster Calls a couple times and really didn't expect the emotions that come with it. Absolutely brilliant and perfect for Halloween!

Currently Listening

As usual, when I need some new artists to discover, I go straight to Noisetrade and this time was no exception. Like magic, I discovered Haunted like Humans, who just released their debut album "Ghost Stories" recently and it is good! I love that it's the month of Halloween and I discovered an awesome indie artist—who actually created their album through Kickstarter—with a haunting name and an even more haunting album. I literally just downloaded the album one minute and instantly hooked, unbelievable! The first track "First Light" is incredibly peaceful, reminding me of the mountains and cabins, while "The Mammoth Song" is quite upbeat—although still with the woodsy feel—and contagious. My absolute favourite, though, I must say is "Benjamin," which feels so much like an afterthought in the wake of a failed relationship—in case you hadn't noticed, I love this kind of notions. It just contains so many quotable lines that I've even posted on twitter—which they retweeted! Give it a listen and support them, won't you?

Highlight of the Month

Kicking off the month with inktober, of course // celebrating National Batik Day with this look // tea party with les best friends // tea workshop at the campus // turning quarter life! // joined Saturday Sketch Club and did this doodle // took damage on this campus book sale // favourite inktober from this year's batch // Halloween bash with Uli

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