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30 degrees In Autumn

3/24/2017

Following up from the previous blog post, here's something I'd like to elaborate on: how I'm still getting used to the unpredictable weather.

It's supposedly Autumn, or Fall for some of you, here in Melbourne. Supposedly the second coldest season before Winter and after Summer. But it seems that the climate here is still very much hooked on the Summer heat, as are a lot of the residents. I, however, would like to very much leave the heat behind me and transition on to colder days.

Don't get me wrong, I love the warm weather after having been born and lived in a tropical country for most of my life, but hot is a very different term here. The air is dry and thin, allowing more rays to penetrate into your skin and it isn't the nicest feeling especially when you're prone to sunburns. As I spend most of my time outdoors here, commuting from one place to another by foot or trams (which I'm still very much confused about), the heat makes it very hard for me to feel comfortable and relaxed.

The biggest tip I can give to anyone in Melbourne (or anyone around the world, for that matter) is to just be prepared. Make sure you check the weather app or tune in to the local news to get a glimpse of the lowest and highest temperatures that day and dress for the temperature in between. Stay hydrated and carry an umbrella with you if the sky looks gloomy. Other than that, give yourself a good look in the mirror and feel cool (pun intended) in whatever you're wearing.

Photos taken by: @hasnavlz

Get the look:

Jeans: PULL & BEAR // Top: ROSEGAL*
Boots: STRADIVARIUS // Belt: SPORTSGIRL

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*Was not purchased on my own, this was sent to me.

Transparency

3/16/2017

Is this thing still even on? Kidding. I'm actually quite surprised this site hasn't been taken down, not that I expect it to but I feel like it's something that would happen after not tending to it for how many months.

So yes, so much has changed. I've made my move to Melbourne earlier this year and I'm back to the city life. University has started and shamefully, I've underestimated its workload. It's too much. Sometimes, of course.

It has been an exciting two months, going to three, and I've had my fair share of loneliness, homesickness, and actually sickness. It has been fairly an up and down experience so far, and I'm slowly getting the hang of it. I'm still trying to get used to a few things around here, like the free tram routes which is so ****ing confusing.

But there is something someone that has helped me with that homesickness, my best friend from back home. I am so glad that I've made the move to a city where I get to see her anytime, everyday if Uni wasn't in our way, so there's little feeling in me where I don't feel too alone or too homesick, and that everything is fine. To the bestie reading this, I love you. Here's a little part of you in my blog. (Congrats!)

These photos were taken by her, and for the first post in Melbourne, of course I had to take it in the infamous Collins Street area. It's one of the many places to be in the golden hour.

Here's how things have changed for me since I moved: I carry a backpack. No, not only for school purposes, but for everyday life as well. I have gotten used to carrying an umbrella with me everywhere I go because of the unpredictable weather. I have also gotten used to carrying my own apartment keys and drinking bottle. Weird, I know.

As for me, I don't think I've changed much, other than style-wise, of course. I'm quite enjoying the fact that I can wear an outerwear anywhere I go, whereas back in tropical Indonesia, I'd be looked at twice.

Besides the shirt I'm wearing, here's a bit of transparency I can so much put in this blog. Like I said, I'm still getting used to things around here, as well as this site.

Photos taken by @hasnavlz

Get the look:

 Bag: COLETTE BY COLETTE HAYMAN // Top: PULL & BEAR //
Denim skirt: PULL & BEAR // Boots: STRADIVARIUS //
Bralette: COTTON ON BODY // Belt: SPORTSGIRL //
Sunglasses: STRADIVARIUS


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Something I Need to Clear Up

11/12/2016

HELLO.

As you may know, I haven't been active on my blog and my Instagram for quite awhile now, presumably a month, and there are a few things I need to clear up.

The past month has been putting a lot of stress on me, and it hasn't been doing a lot of good to my health, as I've noticed. My skin is flaring up and the psoriasis I thought I'd taken care of once and for all has unfortunately made its way onto the surface again. The reason as to why I've been feeling a lot of stress and pressure is because, as I've probably mentioned quite a few times in my blog posts, I'm currently in the process of applying to various fashion schools. I'm eighteen and since I've graduated high school a few months ago, I'm planning to take a step further into higher education to really broaden up my knowledge and skills surrounding designing, as I hope to take a career path in fashion. It's been a long time dream of mine to create my own brand and for what it's worth, I want to equip myself with as much knowledge about it to really prepare myself for any obstacles. 

Fashion courses, much like any creative or design courses, require portfolios to show your current ability in terms of illustrating and conceptualising. In addition to that, interviews may be required depending on the institution. I've been cooped up in my study desk, every single day, working on my portfolio and trying to perfect every aspect of it so I can showcase what I'm trying to come across with my application. It's been sooooo incredibly stressful and I've had a lot of pressure weighed down on me that I just, unfortunately, did not-could not-find the time to come up with a topic, write a up a blog post, or even go out to take pictures. It's quite saddening seeing as this blog is very personal and dear to me since it is my only platform to share my own style and take on fashion. 

Another thing that I need to address is that, due to my mind being 100% focus on uni applications, I've been experiencing writer's block. A lot of people out there seem to think that blogging, particularly fashion blogging, is easy as all you "need to do" is pull out a few garments, put them on, and take a few shots. But that's not the case at all, well to me it isn't. I've been so uninspired recently in terms of styling that whenever I do get out of the house I just throw on the most basic clothes I have in my wardrobe. Also, it isn't because I don't have clothes, it's because I just didn't feel like styling myself nicely, if that makes sense? I just didn't want to find myself standing in front of my wardrobe trying to put together an outfit that would be interesting enough to be put up on the blog, or on Instagram. I guess a lot of it is also due to the fact that I'm just so physically and mentally drained from all the work I've been doing lately that I just wanted to not have to care or think about my blog.

It's November now and my portfolio is finally done and has been sent out for assessment. For now, I'm really just waiting for the institutions to have a look at it and for them to contact me once they have. I have a few interviews this month and that's all I'm really worrying about in terms of the application process. If it is all successful, I'll-HOPEFULLY-get an offer for enrolment, which is what I'm praying so hard for right now. There's a lot of interesting and exciting things I'm really looking forward to if I do get accepted, one of them meaning that I'll be venturing off into the city and meet new people, take classes, improve as well as learn new skills, and *try* live independently. I'm also seeing a lot of exciting things to come to this blog if I do move into the city as I see there will be more opportunities to come by and I would love to share it here.

This is just the first step: the application. More hectic things that I know for sure will put a ton of pressure on me eventually will keep popping up until the next year. As for the time being, I'm really just trying to take this blogging thing slowly and not have to force myself to post new content every week, instead, on days where I'm feeling so inspired and so pumped up to write up a post. I feel that this way I won't find blogging a 'burden' and I don't want it to become something I have to do, rather, blogging is something I want to do and it's something I find a lot of joy in. So until the next blog post, I'm going to have to end it here. I can't guarantee when a new outfit or beauty or life post will be up, but know that right now I'm trying to find a lot of inspiration and I'm thinking of getting back into the blog game. This post is just a way for me to vent out a few thoughts I've been having lately.

Also, I feel like I will be doing a lot of these personal posts, where I give you guys a little insight on my life and what I've been doing recently because I truly think it's doing something good for me, which is productivity, for the least I guess. I will be writing up posts like this as I take you guys on this journey with me, which will have such a BIG impact on my life.

If any of you have a few thoughts or comments on this, please let me know down below. I find it quite enjoyable to read and reply to some of your comments. For those of you who have gone through, or are going through, the same things as me in terms of university applications, please tell me your experience! I'd love to read all about it.

Until then, bye bye x







Casual In Stripes

10/06/2016


Today I decided to change up my go-to casual look, which is usually a simple top with jeans (which you can probably already tell from my previous outfit posts). So I looked deep into my wardrobe and pulled out this baby blue romper with white vertical stripes. It's been awhile since I've worn this, mainly because the style is so loose and baggy that every time I bend down to grab something, everything underneath the romper is exposed (even my panties).

Not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just not something I'm comfortable with. For so long I've regretted purchasing this for that very reason, but now I've figured away to fix that: wear a shirt underneath. It's been the trend for quite sometime, layering a simple white tee under a cami dress, a romper, or a jumpsuit. I'm in the tropics and everyday is just hot (around 30 degrees Celsius ++!!) and layering clothes may just be something I would want to avoid but this is a light way of layering clothes that won't make me drown in sweat from the excruciating heat (okay, that may be over-exaggerated).

On days when I'm not in the mood to wear sandals, I always opt for these Nike Huaraches. I purchased them last December when I went to Sydney with a friend and I just fell in love with them. This is the old design, there's a new one but I much prefer these because of how it's structured. There's this urban feel to these shoes and I just love it.

P.S. This post was supposed to be up on Sunday but I had to focus on my design portfolio since I had an interview on Tuesday. The interview, should I add, was so nerve-wrecking and I could literally hear my voice shake every time I spoke. But the interviewer was so sweet and kind, and, despite my not-so steady voice, I thought it actually went well! Fingers crossed!!

Wearing:

Romper: BAMBOO BLONDE // White tee: TOPSHOP // Shoes: NIKE

Get the look:

Romper: 1 | 2 // White tee: 1 | 2 // Shoes: NIKE (Ultra)

Photos taken by @jessicajoenes

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Nights In

9/25/2016

The most satisfying feeling from having a busy day is being able to come back home and unwind yourself. Well, for me, at least.

When I've been out all day and I'm drenched in sweat (holla at Bali's unpredicted weather), I tend to just feel really out of it and nothing sounds better than being able to rinse myself and cozy up in bed. Whether it's night time or day time, being at home just gives me the amount of relaxation I need, even if I'm at home working on my university applications. But there is a big difference between my usual day time and night time.

In the day it's all work and no play. Okay, that may not entirely be true but in a sense... It is to me. During the day I find myself having to do something, whether it's working on my portfolio, the blog, or my regular afternoon yoga sessions at home. Sometimes I go out to have lunch and whatnot and by the end of the day I feel this amount of tiredness and all I want to do is lay down and calm my body.

The night time is when I give myself a 'me' time. Sure, I work on my portfolio and go on my blog but it's totally different because I'm far more relaxed and chill at this point. I don't let myself get too stressed at night and I keep reminding myself that basically... The day is over and you have to just take it slow by the end of the day and enjoy the comfort of your room at night. The island's asleep at night (except for the night-goers, of course) and you should just be thankful that another day, whether bad or good, has come to an end.

Now for my ideal comfy night, it's really nothing special.

After a long day out, I come home and if I have a few hours to spare before the sun sets, I'd get into my workout clothes and do a bit of yoga. If that's not the case, then I go straight to the couch and turn the TV on. When the clock hits 7 p.m., I head into my bathroom and shower and that's when I really take the time to wash all the dirt off my body, take my makeup off (if I'm wearing that day), then jump into something cozy.

My usual sleepwear is basically either an oversized-tee with shorts combo, or a tank-top with a long pair of pyjama pants. I'm not really one to wear coordinated pyjamas. Sweatpants are a definite must when I'm just lounging around and the only bra comfortable for me other than my sports bra is this bralette that doesn't have an underwire. However once I'm in bed, I throw off my top or pants, or both, and sleep in my underwear. I've gotten used to it by now that it's where I find myself the most comfortable in bed; bear skin.

An important factor to having a comfy night in, I think, is what you're wearing. It's the material of your nightwear that I find is very important. You don't want to sleep in something you feel is making you uneasy, like some itchy sweater or a very tight-fitting pair of pants, or you know... Sleeping in a pair of jeans. You won't be able to find your comfort if your nightwear is getting in the way.

Sure, it's fine to wear something that's not the most comfortable during the day because of style preferences but when you're at home and it's night time, you might just want to let go of your styling habits and let your body decide what's best for you.

Here are some of my picks from Adore Me to help you feel comfy at night:

Sleepwear: 1 | 2 | 3 // Bras & Panties: 1 | 2 | 3

Wearing:

Lace Bralette: COTTON ON // Sweatpants: UNIQLO // Panties: LA SENZA

Photos taken by @jessicajoenes

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