Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Mix It Up a Notch: White Shirtdress

The first time this piece was introduced into my wardrobe was actually during a family Semarang trip in 2015, where I asked my Stepmom if she had something old I could borrow—later on she decided I could just have it. As I laid my eyes on it for the first time, I knew straight away that I would love it. I fell in love with the rounded collar instantly. It's very unusual for me to love a solid-coloured piece, but the material is really breezy and comfortable to wear, the cut is very loose—which makes it incredibly versatile—and the faux breast pocket details add to its aesthetics. I love how differently I've styled it in these pictures—dresses, skirts, pants, you name it! And there is no doubt in my mind that I will keep wearing it from here on out. Which one's your favourite styling?

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Sunday, 27 August 2017

The World of Ghibli

ビヴィの神隠し

Looking for Marnie with my Sis

Is this what it feels like to be Arietty?

Kiki's not here, so we'll be filling in for her!

Last week my sister and I went to visit the World of Ghibli Exhibition here in Jakarta. Her friend Qeba managed to hook us up with free tickets and so we didn't hesitate. At first, our heart stopped when we thought we bumped into trouble at the ticket booth, but it turns out the exhibition's preparation isn't finished yet and we were granted an extra visit any time we want. How cool is that?! We walked in to be greeted by Pazu's flying shuttle and the giant robot from Laputa—which is an iconic part of the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo. As we walked on, we found the re-creation of the castle from Spirited Away, the boat (and backdrop) from When Marnie Was There, Arietty's room, Kiki's bakery, Satsuki and Mei's house, Totoro and the cat bus from My Neighbour Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle—although unfortunately there wasn't any steam during our visit, the Kodama's forest from Princess Mononoke (unfinished), the creature from Nausicaä, Porco Rosso's aeroplane and a cute installation of Ponyo. It was a magnificent experience and we were glad to find the area not crowded at all—so much so that we could actually take picture in peace and more or less take our time. Unfortunately, the lighting was terrible, the motif on the hotel's carpet ruins the illusion and some of the installations don't go all the way to the ceiling.

Pretending to be Satsuki and Mei at their house

Just chilling in front of Kusakabe-san's office

Actually first photo taken because Howl's castle? Yes, please!

Everything is old but the loafers were thrifted // photos by AkitaQeba + the lovely ushers at the WoG exhibition

For my sister and I, Ghibli films have been quite a huge part of our childhood—we both started watching since we saw Spirited Away commercials on Disney Channel when it first came out. My sister's favourite film is Princess Mononoke—which we managed to catch earlier this month—and mine is Whisper of the Heart, one of their less popular non-fantasy stories. I feel like it's a bit of a shame that the installations available at the exhibition are mostly of the fantasy variety, even though the non-fantasy ones like From Up on Poppy Hill or Whisper of the Heart also have particularly notable settings and elements that could be fun to look at and take photos in—I mean, Marnie was there, for some miraculous reason. Also, it would've felt more alive with the appearance of the characters one way or another—either in cardboard/hologram mode or by way of cosplay—because we feel closer to the characters, for the most part. Totoro and the cat bus were the only ones available—although I hear the Kodama will also be there later on. There's also a film festival alongside the exhibition, and I'm hoping to finally catch Nausicaä tomorrow. Wish me luck!

P.S: Oh, I just remembered—I can't believe they don't have any installations from Pom Poko!



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Thursday, 24 August 2017

Sejauh Mata Memandang

Spotted: Dian Sastro just being casual in Sejauh Mata Memandang

During our Independence Day—which was exactly a week ago, actually—I spent the day with my expat gal pal, Iva. It was our last chance to hang out before she would return to Germany—she'll be leaving in 3 days, in fact. Our original plan with Edwin and Wilson fell through, but we were determined to see each other one more time. So I asked her to check out this batik "exhibition"—though it felt more like one huge installation—by Dia.Lo.Gue and Sejauh Mata Memandang. The place looked really cool, with the various fabric being draped over wooden structures and hung on strings going in various directions. There were a few booths/exhibitions from exi(s)t, Sejauh Mata Memandang and Jakarta Creative Hub. Oh! And Dian Sastro was there too! Iva and I ended up stopping by real quick, actually, and most of these photos were taken when I was waiting for her to arrive. We moved on to lunch, took some photos outside—balancing the camera on a stack of books to have our photo together—and walked around places while talking about so many things. I can't believe it will be at least another year before we see each other again. Last time this happened, I had an Iva withdrawal and felt lonely for a month or so afterwards.

Hand-me-down (?) batik top + hairband // thrifted loafers // Sis's purse // Ask by Asky dress // outfit photos by Iva

The older I get, I feel like the less we talk about friendship—as adults, the more popular topics revolve around romantic relationships, career and politics—but it actually gets harder and harder to form friendships as a grown-up. And even harder to keep the ones we already have. But sometimes in life we go through a life-changing phase with someone and it bonds us for a lifetime—or at least for a very long time. That's how I feel with Iva. She was actually Firu's friend and I didn't feel like I could relate to her at first. But we found a common ground in the unlikely and bonded over that all through our summer job together. Obviously, over the last 6 years we've gone through a lot more together and it made our bond even stronger. The thing about being friends with people as expats is that you will eternally share something that not many people will understand—because chances are they've never been where you were—although at the same time there is a good chance you will lead very different lives and probably never see each other again too. You can't always have it all, I guess.



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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Pasta Pals

 Warung Pasta

Earlier this week something exciting happened: I met up again with Amel! In case you missed it, we met up once before—after months of missing each other—and I was so excited to see her again. She even popped up in my dreams the prior night—not kidding. Amel just happens to be in Jakarta around this week, not really for an event or anything, so we decided to meet up again. I thought it would be nice to visit a quite good place for photos with affordable prices. It didn't end up being one of those hyped up places most bloggers/influencers have photo sessions at, but we had a right ol' time laughing and talking about all sorts of things—with good food too! It also happens to be both of our first time at Warung Pasta—which apparently has quite a lot of branches around Java. We both quite love the food and totally got a full-course meal there. Afterwards, we sauntered to a nearby mall because Amel was on the hunt for some sartorial items—expect to spot it on her blog/instagram soon-ish—and I wanted bubble tea. We stayed out a bit late and went on our separate ways around dinner time. So excited to see her again next week!

thrifted dress via The Brave Life // thrifted skirt + loafers // Sis's socks + purse // Oh My Bows (R.I.P) hair bow //

outfit photos by Amel

Earlier that day Amel had a photo session with a local rental store, so she showed up earlier at the meeting spot and recorded bits of her outfit on her instagram story. When I saw what she was wearing, my mind immediately raced to all the pieces I own that I could put together to match her cuteness—you can see her whole outfit here. At the same time, I'm still at the goal of wearing the clothes that I hardly ever did on the blog and this dress from Elizabeth definitely falls into that category. Although it's a great fit and incredibly cute, I just always found it difficult to remix because it stands so well on its own. But this time I decided to try pairing it with one of my favourite bottom pieces—this thrifted polkadot number. It just so happens that the restaurant we went to has a mural in it—okay, I totally checked—and the colour schemes matches my whole outfit. Also, here's a styling from the original owner from her blog.

Elizabeth of The Brave Life (previously Delightfully Tacky)

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