Friday, 27 February 2015

My Heart Was Made for Sunny Days

It seems the end of the rain season approaches. The sun has been coming out a lot lately and I cannot be happier. There has been much less rain as of late and the sun hits the streets, the bathroom, the piano noble just right during the golden hour. Needless to say, the temperature rises and the sweat makes yet another frequent appearance. Aside from that, the month is slowly coming to an end like sunset in a summer's dusk. Absolutely gorgeous, it's glimmering! To be quite perfectly honest, the end of this month seems a little pressuring and I am drowning in a sea of to-do lists and unchecked self-assigned tasks. Some things seem more daunting than they actually are, though, and all I need to do, really, is take a deep breath, take a step back and assess things from a seriously objective vantage point. Once I manage to do that, everything becomes lighter than I thought. February seemed a lot slower than January but it still ended in a flash. I swear it just started yesterday. But I've been lucky enough to be blessed by so many shiny and wondrous things this past month. Meanwhile, it's Indonesian Fashion Week this weekend and I'm attending - not the full 4 days though - so please look forward to that in my next outfit post.

Primark shirt (thrifted) // vintage loafer // hand-me-down skirt + purse // Flapper Girl ascot tie (giveaway!)

If you follow me on instagram, you might have seen this outfit before. Yes, it's the outfit I wore to my first ever job interview. At first I was going to wear a different, "louder" top - it was floral, if you must know - but my Stepmom winced when she saw my outfit and demanded that I go change. Good that she did too because the previous combination could make someone go cross-eyed and no boss in the world would ever hire someone who gives them that. I thought I'd add the ascot tie to inject a little bit more academic feel to the preppy look. So I was left with an all-pink-and-leather outfit. That's something I never thought I would wear to my first professional interview. But I love it anyway! Who would've thought? Also, this outfit makes me feel like such a mature working woman because I wore it twice and rode on public transports - and if you know Jakarta's public transports, you would know that this got me some pretty huge stares. By the way, I just found out that Flapper Girl is closed for good and I can't be sadder. Christine makes the best ascot ties in the world!


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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Mix It Up a Notch: Maxi Green Pleated Skirt

Like the previous remix post, this skirt was also a serendipitous meeting. One winter day, when Saku-chan and I were visiting Firu and spending nights at his home, we paid a visit to Wuppertal flea market. It was super cold and snowing when I spotted this gorgeous, albeit way too large, skirt on someone's rack. Almost without a second thought, I grabbed the skirt for 4€! It is as lovely, fluffy and comfortable as I had imagined it would be. Not for a second have I ever regretted my decision. The chiffon-y material is very lightweight and breezy but the layered inside gives it its bouncy and swishy structure. The pleats are so intricately folded and beautifully done, it puts all other pleated skirts to shame. Simply marvellous! The length reminds me a lot of my school uniform skirts - from elementary all the way to senior high - except it grips me with a gypsy-esque, mystical feel as opposed to preppy. You can tell that I simply love to twirl in this skirt, its movement displays an aesthetic that satisfies me somehow. (Click the photos to go to the respective posts!)

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Monday, 23 February 2015

Family Lunch at Gubug Mang Engking

 Gubug Mang Engking BSD

On Thursday, which was Lunar New Year, our family took advantage of the day off and went to lunch together with my sister's boyfriend, who just happened to be visiting for the month. Okay, he doesn't happen to visit. We actually had lunch for his benefit. My stepmom kept telling me about this awesome traditional restaurant located not too far away from home and my hospital, Gubuk Makan Mang Engking. It's very popular, though, so booking was mandatory. It was my first time eating there and I absolutely fell in love with both the setting and the food. First, the restaurant was divided into little shacks ("gubug"), each consists of one low table and everyone sits on the floor around it. Except for the main "gubug" and the VIP room, where people sit in chairs and all. But, if you really want to taste authentic Indonesian meal, you have to sit on the floor. It's just common sense. Each of these gubugs is made out of bamboos, rattans and palm leaves and they're all built on a huge man-made lake, which makes up 95% of the restaurant. As you can probably see, no shoes are allowed inside the gubug. Second, the food is incredibly tasty! My favourite is their specialty, honey roasted shrimp/chicken. It's their signature sauce and it's heavenly! I can't get enough of it. Man, I'm missing their food already...

N.y.L.a. top // thrifted vest // hand-me-down pants // Studio Nine loafers // photos by Akita

Halfway into the meal, we realised our table was probably the only table where nobody wore red whatsoever, despite there being 3 people who look positively Chinese. But, as I feel I should stress all the time, I do not have Chinese heritage whatsoever. Not any that I know of anyway. And people who don't know my mother might think that I'm an adopted child but I'm not. My Grandma also has quite slanted eyes. So, going back to clothing, as my Dad, sister and her boyfriend all sported blue, I decided to go with my favourite colour: orange. You probably recognise this top from previous outfit posts and you might never have thought this way of styling it was even possible. Nor did I, to be honest. It doesn't quite work, though, since its build is not quite fitting for this way of wearing. It does look nice, though, doesn't it? Also, it's been so long since the last time I wore this vest. It's amazing how it can still fit me even now...

P.S: Fun fact! I've gained 10.5 kg already since this post...yep...



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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Open for Commissions!

Since I've been trying to incorporate the illustrative part of my life into this blog, I've posted a few illustrations here and there and you guys gave me good feedbacks about them. I appreciate each and every one of them. And now, I'm trying to go a step further as I notice that this blog has got the most coverage in terms of all my social media. I'd like to get straight to it: I'm opening an artistic commission! Here are the types of commissions:

Chibi ($7) +$4 for additional characters

From 2011

Most recent



Bust-up ($10) + $5 for additional characters

From 2012-2013

From 2008-2009


Waist-up ($15) +$8 for additional characters

Most recent                                                                          From 2011                               

From 2011


Full-body ($20) +$10 for additional characters

Most recent                                       Most recent                                   From 2013                          


I do both traditional (using watercolour, copic marker, pastels) and digital (using photoshop). If you want the hard copy, it will cost another $5. If you want me to do it traditionally, another $5 will be charged into the cost. But if it's done traditionally, you will not be charged for the hard copy. There may also be extra costs depending on how complex your request is and will be decided after our discussions.

How to order:

1. Send me an email at alivegurl_3ple_as@yahoo.com with the subject "commission"/"illustration"
2. Please include these infos in the email:
  • What you want me to draw (don't forget to give me the reference)
  • Which type of commission, digital/traditional, hard/soft copy, the clothing and the background
  • If you want them to be drawn in a certain pose/with a certain theme, let me know
3. We will discuss the whole process and the payment method and voilĂ !

If you want to know more on what my style looks like, feel free to check out my deviantART, my tumblr or my portfolio. If you're not interested in a commission but you love my works, you could also check them out on society6. This is a non-commercial commission, so it's strictly for private use. But if you want to use them for commercial use, please make that clear in your email. Really hope that some of you, at least, would be interested in commissioning me. Please let me know!

P.S: Please note that I'm using some of these only as references and my style has changed A LOT! The 'most recent' ones are the most accurate depiction of my current style.


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Thursday, 19 February 2015

Fantastic Soulmates

Posting the photo on the right 'cause my best friends say it's my typical face...

only a best friend can make me pull off such a face

In this life, there are certain people who you feel most comfortable with and, whenever you're with them, time seems to unwind itself back to when you guys first met and you're laughing so hard your face aches and you're left exhausted afterwards. Not everyone has such people in their lives but I'm one of the lucky ones because I will always have these guys. If you don't know who they are, you're missing out and you need to read this post, like, right now! Last Sunday we all got together for lunch with Gina's family, celebrating her upcoming graduation as well as her sister's venture to Melbourne, Australia for university. Aside from her family, we all got invited as well as Gina's boyfriend, Oji - who you might recognise from this illustration. After lunch, we went to get some purikura taken. It was obviously a day filled with inside jokes and raucous laughter. As soon as I got home that day, I was completely down for the count from all the guffawing I did earlier. Ugh, they are just the best people, sometimes I forget how much I love them then we get together and I don't know how I could forget such a strong feeling. I only wish Firu was there too.

Everything is thrifted head-to-toe except the bolero (gift from my Grandma) // photos by Uli

When I was away in Germany, I'd had this wish that Firu will one day be one of us. That he will be an honorary member, who we could share all the inside jokes and have silly times with. Seeing that Firu has only hung out with my best friends once (not all of them too and only a short period of time), the process seems to be moving along super slowly. On the other hand, here is Oji, who's hung out with my best friends multiple times as well as know all these people they know and has heard all of our terminologies. I can't say I wasn't jealous. Not just for Firu's sake, sometimes even for my own. But let's not get into that. Uhh...anyway, I can't wait for the time when Firu will come back and we can all hang out together again (with Oji too would be awesome!). These good times just won't be perfect without you.

P.S: Even 2 years later I still adore seeing Oji and Gina together (and more used to it now), so adorbs!



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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

3 Things: That Makes for a Great Outfit Post

Welcome back, dear readers, to this blog's newest feature: 3 things! If you're new to the blog, 3 things is a monthly feature, where I ask a group of people from different professions the three things involving their area of expertise. The idea is to connect more well-known people with their fans or public and get to know them a little better. Because, we all know how renowned people can seem quite out of reach at times. But, hopefully, by reading this feature, you will learn that they're actually human beings just like us, with comfortable habits and obstacles in their lives and we might actually get inspired by their answers. This month, we are going to hear the answers from some of my favourite fashion/personal style bloggers regarding this topic:

ANSWERS


Annika Victoria of The Pineneedle Collective
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1. A cute, colourful wall as a backdrop - or, any backdrop which matches the colour palette in the outfit. I need to use this tip more myself, but it can be quite difficult to achieve this when you take your own photos with a tripod and remote - sometimes you just want to find the backdrop that is the most convenient, rather than the most pretty! Shelovesdresses and Mermaidens have perfected this particular technique, I recommend having a look at their outfit posts!
2. This is more something that should be AVOIDED for a good outfit post: an overload of the same pose from the same angle! If you like a whole lot of shots of yourself taken from the same angle, where you're pulling basically the same pose in each, CHOOSE JUST ONE. I know it's hard because maybe you look great in all of them - but please try to just use one (or two, if you really must)! Variety is the spice of life.
3. I love outfit posts that weave a story between the photos (just like a sentence or two), where the words really serve to bring all the shots together, but enriches them at the same time. Buddle and Squeak does this really well, if you want to get an idea of what I mean!



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1.) Great photos with creative posing, good natural lighting, and variety.  It's nice to actually see the outfit, and I like getting different angles and perspectives on the outfit- close ups, full body, etc.
2.) A unique, fun, creative outfit
3.) A cool location.  Sure you can take a good outfit shot against a white wall, but what takes outfit photos to the next level, for me, is if they're shot in a place that is also beautiful.  I like to match my outfits to the location, so more bohemian outfits are usually shot in the woods, and more vibrant ones are sometimes shot near graffiti walls, etc.




Daria Patrunjel of Kittenhood
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1. Good photos. This doesn't mean that they have to be professional, but rather well lit and shot in a nice setting. I think they show off the clothes better (and more true to life) and they keep my attention for longer. 
2. Affordable fashion. If a blogger can rock affordable brands and second hand or vintage items, they have my attention. Expensive designer items - while definitely gorgeous - are out my price range, so I don't care much for how they can be paired with even more expensive items.
3. Detailed but not overwhelming. When you take outfit pictures, it can be hard to make the final selection. Since so many pictures turned out nice, why not post them all? The truth is, too many pictures of the same outfit can be overwhelming. I think about 5-6 of them will do the trick, including close-ups of the accessories and different angles of the look.


So what makes a good outfit post for you? I'd love to know!

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