Late 2016 Mirella had dark brown, long hair, chubby cheeks resulting from the various late night adventures around Jakarta. She was given a surprise: a work trip to Merak-Lampung for only 3 days.
We were on a ferry – supposedly a fancy ferry from Japan that had an affordable price range. An hour ferry ride was definitely not enough to plant my body onto the beds of a VIP room inside this ferry. Especially the part where we took pictures to print a very random moment in our careers – at least it was for me! So here’s me finding myself on the upper deck of the ferry trying to pose with my eyes squinting into a straight line and me acting serious as a talent. Plus a bonus view of a beach at a hotel where we didn’t even spend our nights at.
// H&M TOP // THRIFTED PANTS // CONVERSE // DIY CHOKER //
Wanna get rid of the bad mojo? One way is to chop off and re-color your hair. Honestly, it was one of the best and random decisions thus far. “Is this length enough?” asked the hairdresser. I said, YES. Little did I know, it was this short. Internally, I screamed for a good 15 minutes as the hairdresser blew out my hair. But after a cigarette and self examination, I fell in love. “You look so much fresh now with that hair cut!” people praise me. Guess the bad mojo is gone?
Since 2017, the 90’s fashion kept on popping up on the streets, magazines and social media. The 90’s SHADES is one of them, and I am obsessed. Clearly not all are functioning to protect our eyes from the evil UV rays, especially now with global warming effectively hitting our dear beloved, Earth. But these shades, in black, brown or rainbow colors are undoubtedly cute and such an effortless accessory. Here are some examples I love stumbled on tumblr. Do you think this hype will go on throughout the rest of 2018?
Welcome February! I left January with moods of CONFUSION. SMOKES. WHITES. NIGHTS. ADORATION. The early 20s phase of not knowing what do with life is real. All I know is one thing: you only live once. And that leads to the constant smokes twirling in wherever is possible to burn the paper. Sometimes, in crisp white outfits. Something about the color white being so fresh, clean and put together without even trying. White is effortless. As for the nights I’ve been staying up? It’s been peaceful – going home to see the moon and the wind blowing to my face as I ride the public motorbike service. It’s one of the many things I’ve been adoring. If you open your eyes wider, you’ll notice the little things in life to adore – tangible or not.
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New year, same old promise to keep this space alive.
“There needs to be consistency, discipline and hope,” said a like minded person who I recently met. I don’t know how you people keep it up, but truly, it is inspiring for me. And for those who knew it all along in me, gracias – this is for you.
In this new year, what do you hope to achieve? Better yet, what do you hope to achieve day by day? I wish for health, to be surrounded with like-minded people, filled of passion and most of all, serenity.
Cheers to more spontaneity, laughter, joy, free souls and a calm heart!
A M U S E M E N T. L I G H T S. S W E A T S. C R O P T O P S. S H O R T S. S I N G I N G. D A N C I N G. J O Y.
Inspired by Coachella, We The Fest Festival or WTF is an annual 2-3 days festival in Jakarta. This year’s marked as my second year, and let me tell you it was hella LIT! Now, I didn’t go throughout the festival however I’d have been an idiot if I missed out Day 3 which featured Big Sean and G-Eazy – Day 3 insanely blew my mind!!!
Allow me to take you back in time through culture, nature and food in Yogyakarta and Solo.
Taman Sari (Water Castle), also known as the garden for the Sultan of Yogyakarta, was originally built for multiple purposes. Some of its original functions were a place to rest, to meditate, to work, to hide and to defend the Sultan’s family. Let’s be real though, it’s famously known as a former bathing space for the Sultan’s wives, wives-to-be and daughters.
Mt. Merapi, an active volcano that last erupted in early 2014, is one of my family’s favorite spot. No, we didn’t hike. We went to chow down the local delicacy called Jadah Tempe in the midst of the soothing, cool breeze. Oh, and one disgusting thing that I apologize to mention: Sate Kelinci (Rabbit Satay). Yup they exist. Nope I didn’t eat it – I’m pescatarian.
Gumuk Pasir is a new hot spot that offers sand-boarding. Although it was miserably exhausting to climb up the dunes, it was sooo worth it. Just don’t go at noon or else when you fall, you’ll be sorry for your ass.
Taking you north from Yogyakarta is Solo. Nothing much was done there except for my brother’s fucking wedding!! 😀 It was central Javanese-themed, subtle and beautiful. Here I am donning make-up by yours truly – inspired by Lana Del Rey – wearing a Kebaya and hair styled into a modern Sanggul.
// BRANDY MELVILLE TOP / H&M TOP // CIREBON TRADITIONAL MARKET PANTS / SPORT’S PLANET SHORTS // DR. SCHOLL SANDALS // CONVERSE // KEBAYA //
There is undoubtedly a way to compare oneself to the bombshell, Emrata or Emily Ratajkowski. But this look seemed doable and summer appropriate. Personally I would absolutely don bronzed eyes, contoured face and brown lips, with a high pony, gold hoops and a white top this summer. Now, all I need is her tan…
FACE// L’OREAL PARIS MAT MAGIQUE BB ESSENCE / CHANEL VITALUMIERE AQUA FOUNDATION / MAC UNDER-EYE CONCEALER / BENEFIT HOOLA BRONZER//
EYES// BENEFIT HOOLA BRONZER / MAC EYESHADOWS / L’OREAL PARIS FALSE LASH SUPERSTAR// SILKYGIRL NATURAL BROW PENCIL (BLACK)//
LIPS// DIOR LIPSTICK//
Belitung or Belitong (say it like the locals do), is one of the thousand islands found in Indonesia, precisely off the east coast of Sumatra. According to Indonesia Tourism’s website, the word Belitung is taken from the local language, which means sea slug. Laskar Pelangi, or The Rainbow Troops, is an Indonesian movie released in 2008 that happened to take place in East Belitung. You could say that this island became a checklist on several traveler’s list after they watched that movie. Although Belitung isn’t a household name like Bali, the beaches will captivate you.
NATURE. S U N. S A L T Y H A I R. O C E A N. C O C O N U T. S E A F O O D. P A L M T R E E S. All made my first time in Belitung oh so relaxing! Did I mention sun? It felt like the sun was so pure – no pollution overriding the sun rays whatsoever. Definitely worth for a quick getaway to get some sun, ocean and delicious food. I swear, you wouldn’t need social media. (fine, I sneaked a couple of boomerangs and snapshots just to share the beauty of this island) Especially remember about reality…
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// VINTAGE SWIMSUIT / BLOOMINGDALE SKIRT & ROMPER / ADIDAS CAP / H&M SUNGLASSES / IPANEMA SANDALS / PRADA BACKPACK //