Transporting Back in Time

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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‚Äôs 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!! ūüėÄ 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.

What a much needed, relaxing summer break.

Xoxo,
Mirel
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TOPS // BRANDY MELVILLE / H&M // BOTTOMS // CIREBON TRADITIONAL MARKET / SPORT’S PLANET // SANDALS // DR. SCHOLL // SNEAKERS // CONVERSE // KEBAYA // TAILOR MADE //

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Voyages: Belitung

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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…

x, Mirel

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// VINTAGE SWIMSUIT / BLOOMINGDALE SKIRT & ROMPER / ADIDAS CAP / H&M SUNGLASSES / IPANEMA SANDALS / PRADA BACKPACK //

Photographed by me (iPhone 5s) & Salsa (iPhone 7)

Voyages: Kuala Loco


Lovelies, I made a homecoming trip to Kuala Lumpur late April till early May of 2017. My main agenda was to attend my university cheer captain’s wedding day. But of course, it was also an excuse to rejuvenate. Regardless, Kuala Lumpur is home and I’d always come back. Boy was it so different this time around. Well, I didn’t visit any white sand beaches and what not but shopping was fun, as well as eating my favorite foods and bonding with my favorite people. Thank you to all who squeezed in sometime to meet me. I love you guys ūüėė‚ú® Although I couldn’t manage to meet everyone, this 6 days and 5 nights trip was absolutely lovely. And it was an independent moment for me, since I was able to afford all of the expenses based on my savings. At 21, I’m utterly blessed to be where I am.

Yes, I opted for a jumpsuit as my wedding attire. It was my mother’s haha. Also! You can probably tell that my style has converted to athleisure with a feminine touch. More on this style update soon!

Have you recently visited another city? xo, Mirel

//¬†GARAGE SALE JUMPSUIT // LEWRE HEELS // WOOLRICH DENIM JACKET // MARSHALL’S TOP (ORANGE) // FLEA MARKET ADIDAS CAP // FOREVER 21 CAP // FOREVER 21 TOP (BLUE) // FOREVER 21 SWEATPANTS (BLACK) // CLARKS SHOES //¬†

Boho Chic in Jogja Ep.2

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One of Tour Jogja’s descriptions, found on its website, stated that the city “balances life from the past and present with relative ease.”

Wanna know a secret, lovelies? Batik-printed garments are super light-weight and even give enough warmth – to tackle a slightly chilly weather. It’s perfect for Jogja ūüôā On my most recent trip, I strolled around Jalan Malioboro on a very sunny day with no apparent reason actually. Keep in mind to dress modestly in this city! I opted for a sleeveless, knee-length batik dress, or what locals call it as duster. Jogja’s areas near Mt. Merapi are chillier, where one of my uncles has a Salak plantation there. Rain had been pouring a lot hence I wore a light-weight hoodie, a pastel-colored tank-top and my newest purchase: a pair of baggy, batik pants from Pasar Beringharjo.

To read the other descriptions made by Tour Jogja, click¬†here. Lemme know what cha think of my photographs hehe.¬†Hope you’re having a great day, lovelies!

xx, Mirel

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OOTD 1 // GIFTED BATIK DRESS // H&M HAT //

OOTD 2 // COTTON ON HOODIE // CHEROKEE TOP // PASAR BERINGHARJO PANTS // NIKE SNEAKERS //

Boho Chic in Jogja

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Yogyakarta (Jogjakarta) or in short, Jogja, according to Indonesia Tourism‘s official website “has a special charm, which seldom fails to captivate the visitor”.

My mother’s a native of this historical and rich in nature city. There’s one thing to keep in mind that people rarely mention: the¬†CRAZY¬†heat. I may be exaggerating, but wow can it be very, very hot in Central Jogja. Hence on my recent visit, about a month ago, I opted for a long skirt, muscle-tanks and a dress. They’re breezy on my¬†body while give sophistication to my look, and they also work well when you gotta sit on the local rickshaws.

To read more about Jogja, click here. Have a great day, lovelies!

xx, Mirel

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OOTD 1 // VINTAGE DRESS (VIETNAMESE) // RAYBAN SUNGLASSES //

OOTD 2 // H&M TOP // FLEA-MARKET (INDIA) SKIRT) //

Fall in London (2014)

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Hi lovelies!

How’s fall treating ya? I loooove fall! Wish Indonesia has it.

I came to London for my very first time around the end of October in 2014. Since its the same exact time but in a different year, I figured I did a #throwback post for today.

My one month stay was magnificent!!!! I fell in love with the city ūüôā I loved it so much.¬†Yeah, I had work to do during my stay. I was glad that I did because without it, my experience would have been another common travel story in London. Can you tell I crave for different adventures from the ordinary? Haha.

I was actually genuinely happy, and I haven’t felt that in so long.¬†I LIVED. I WAS HAPPY.

On the fashion note! The rain was definitely something…. It taught me how to dress for the colder season.

I didn’t have to buy anything in KL, except for the black TOPSHOP jacket. I packed either my mother’s stuff or mine. But when I got to London… Let’s just say I had trouble dragging/carrying my luggage heading back to KL hahaha.

My color palette was more onto the neutral shades. Of course, a hint of color was around, and it was red – scarf, bag and lipstick.

Some days were rather chilly so that was the chance to finally try layering after watching Chriselle Lim’s layering video on her Youtube channel, hahaha. (Definitely useful!) I think I achieved the whole “be warm and look cute thing..” what do you think?

Okay, I realize I don’t have any pictures where I wore skirts and my black heeled boots uploaded, although lemme tell you, I wore those A LOT.

Either way I think fall fashion is fun, even when the color palette gets darker.

Wanna trade cities with me, Londoners? ūüėÄ ūüėÄ

xx, Mirel

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OOTD 1 // COAT // UNKNOWN SCARF // JORDACHE BOTTOMS // NIKE AIR FORCE 1 // LOCAL STORE BERET //MAC RUSSIAN RED //

OOTD 2¬†// H&M CARDIGAN¬†// UNKNOWN TOP¬†//¬†NEXX BOTTOMS¬†// NINA RICCI BAG¬†// FOREVER 21 SHOES¬†// MOTHER’S EARRINGS/

OOTD 3 // COAT // CANDA TOP // NEXX BOTTOMS // UNKNOWN GLOVES // NINA RICCI BAG // FOREVER 21 SHOES // MAC Impassioned //

OOTD 4¬†//¬†MOTHER’S TOP¬†// ¬†UNKNOWN SCARF¬†// TOPSHOP BOTTOMS¬†//¬†NIKE AIR FORCE 1¬†//¬†MAC Captive //

OOTD 5 // TOPSHOP JACKET // UNKNOWN TOP // GAP SKIRT // BOOTS STOCKINGS // LOCAL STORE BERET // FOREVER 21 EARRINGS // 

OOTD 6¬†// TOPSHOP JACKET¬†// PRIMARK CARDIGAN¬†//¬†FLEA-MARKET (INDIA) SCARF¬†// HARRY POTTER STUDIO TOP // UNKNOWN LEGGINGS¬†// NIKE AIR FORCE 1¬†¬†// MOTHER’S HAT¬†//

\\ Photographed by: Fikry //

South Korea

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Hi lovelies!!

Is it cold where you are? It’s burning hot in Jakarta..

Earlier this year I was privileged to travel to Seoul, South Korea. It felt surreal because when I was 15, I was obsessed with K-Pop and I was already at Incheon airport for a layover – so near yet so unfair, I thought. No longer obsessed with K-Pop these days, I was still thrilled to step foot onto what my father and brother said, my homeland hahaha. (They think I look Korean… Do I?!??)

It was a short trip for only six days in February, precisely during the Chinese New Year holidays. I stayed at Seoul but managed to travel to Nami Island and a Ski Resort up North of Seoul (sorry lovelies, forgot what it was called).

My goodness I forgot what winter felt like!!!!! Snow had stopped pouring down but the temperatures were still below 0 degree Celsius. The underground subway stations even felt freezing! Sigh.¬†This is why I prefer fall! ‚̧ But the cold made it more of a memorable experience/trip ūüôā

Minimum clothes were brought since I have learned to layer the heck out of myself to stay warm from a previous trip (stay tuned for that post! ūüėÄ ). Anyways, above are some of my OOTDs.

I was obsessed with wearing scarves, my Рat the time Рnew Mango crossover bag and the Sea Salt Spray from Lush. You can find those three items in every picture.

Have you been to Seoul??

xx, Mirel
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OOTD 1 // COAT // LOCAL STORE (SEOUL) SCARF // TOPSHOP BOTTOMS // UNKNOWN GLOVES // MANGO BAG // NIKE AIR FORCE 1 //

OOTD 2 // LOCAL STORE (SEOUL) SCARF // UNKNOWN TOP //

OOTD 3  // COAT // H&M CARDIGAN // HARD ROCK CAFE (SEOUL) HOODIE // TOPSHOP BOTTOMS // MANGO BAG // BOOTS // H&M SHADES //

OOTD 4 // COAT // ALFRED DUNNER TOP // UNKNOWN SCARF // H&M SOCKS //MANGO BAG // NIKE AIR FORCE 1 // MAC CAPTIVE //

OOTD 5 // COAT // PRIMARK CARDIGAN // UNKNOWN SWEATER // UNKNOWN SCARE //BRANDY MELVILLE TATTOO CHOKER // H&M SHADES // MAC Captive //

OOTD 6¬†// COAT¬†// MOTHER’S HEADPIECE¬†// UNKNOWN SCARF //

OOTD 7 // H&M CARDIGAN // CANDA TOP // TOPSHOP BOTTOMS // FOREVER 21 HOOP EARRINGS // 

\\ Photographed by: Fikry //