Monday, July 30, 2012

Wanderlust: Galápagos Lagoon

via national geographic

Monday ManiPedi: Half Moon Nails





Hello darlings, please see the step-by-step on how to do this half moon nails here, eventhough my end-result looks more like this one here. ((;

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday Thoughts: Feed Your Faith

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“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6, NIV)

Do you know what pleases God? He’s not impressed by how much knowledge we have. He isn’t influenced by how many possessions we have. He’s not moved by our accomplishments, He is moved simply by our faith in Him.

What’s interesting is that faith is a gift. It’s not something we have to contrive or work up. The scripture tells us that everyone has been given a measure of faith and that faith grows as we hear the Word of God. That’s why it’s so important to stay connected to a Bible-based church where you can hear the Word of God taught. That’s why we have to make time every day to read and study His Word because you’re feeding your faith. The more you feed your faith, the more you know Him and understand His goodness.

Today, take time to feed your faith. Meditate on His Word and ask Him to illuminate your heart with His truth. Trust that He is good and has good things in store for your future because that is faith that pleases God.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Prada Marfa

How many of you recognize this Prada Marfa sign?

via art.com and also can be purchased there.

Prada Marfa is an art installation and also the exact replica of a Prada store in Marfa, Texas. Inside, like museum pieces displayed against a perfect white backdrop, are Prada heels and bags. All the treasures inside are genuine Prada products from its autumn 2005 collection. ‘The sculpture will never function as a place of commerce, the door cannot be opened,’ says the plaque beside the installation, just in case you were wondering. The place is firmly sealed so you could never get inside.

Well I suppose most of you know this sign from Gossip Girl. The sign which placed at the Bass / Van der Woodsen luxurious penthouse below...

via apartment therapy.

I would really love to put up that sign at my house as well as the series of photographs taken at Prada Marfa by Gray Malin. Or I might as well do a DIY just like this girl here, since my first two options are quite pricey. I'm just secretly arty, not all out arty, so I'm not that willing to purchase pricey art stuffs.

But the Prada Marfa itself is without a doubt, a completely amazing piece of art and I truly hope one day I'll get the chance to admire it in person. Amen. 

via rhinestones of wisdom , photographed by Gray Malin.

via pink memo , photographed by Gray Malin.

via minus manhattan , photographed by Gray Malin.

via arthur and lancelot's adventure , photographed by Gray Malin.

Postcards from the Sky

Just some photos my husband took while flying high up in the sky and a couple photos of him before flying. Despite the fact that I have acrophobia (and aerophobia, naturally) I just love the photos of scenic view of Indonesia my husband sent me, so beautiful beyond words. God Almighty! 

You can also see and follow my husband's instagram account for more "postcards from the sky". But now, just enjoy the ones I posted below. (: 




Friday, July 27, 2012

Super Cute Walrus

Walrus' reaction after getting a birthday cake made out of fish. This is tooooo cute!!! I wanna hug that walrus right now.

PS. This post is dedicated to my husband Jonah. Walrus is one of his favorite animals <3.

via tumblr

Fabulous Friday Finds

via Pinterest

Well hello darlings!

What a crazy beautiful view, isn't it! I wonder where's the location since the person who pinned this didn't exactly mention it. This pic also makes me want to go on a little vacay so badly! Some of my friends had asked me to go Vietnam / Thailand / Singapore next month but at the same time my husband will be here in Jakarta. I'll have to take a rain check. Sorry, ladies... bad timing ):

Anyways eventhough there won't be any jacuzzi with killer view for me this weekend, I'll just settle with some good books I picked up earlier this week. That's good enough for me. (: I hope you'll have a pleasant weekend as well!

Links this Friday:

Take me to gelato tasting in italy!

This pair of sunglasses... It was love at first sight really. But then I found out Elizabeth and James has almost the same pair and cheaper (half the price). Gorgeous aren't they! 

I agree

Great for any homes with dogs too.


Herb garden in the kitchen? I love this!

35+ years in the making toothpick sculpture by Scott Weaver. And it’s kinetic.

Love big hair.

Downton Abbey's season 2 costume highlights. I'm waiting in vain for season 3!!! 

DIY: Bra to bathing suit. Interesting! 

'til next Friday, darlings! Kiss.

 



Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Dance of Life

Left: A photo of me in Bali. Right: A photo of me 3 months ago, one of my husband's favorite photos of me.

My Fashion & Style Ramblings...


While I love fashion, I'm not that head over heels in love with fashion world and am definitely not a fashionista. I don't shop that often, normally only once a month. I know many of my friends and families who will go crazy if they don't shop at least once a week and still screaming "I don't have anything to wear!!!" everytime they get ready to go out and about. They (and many people) like to buy clothes or anything that is currently trending while I prefer to buy "timeless" clothes or the ones I really love (read: white tops and anything stripes!) and most importantly... comfortable. It works quite well for me, because it's tiring to follow the fashion trends because every season looks change and they don't always suit me.

However... there are some pieces from high-end brands, like the Miu Miu glitter sunglasses, Cartier nail ring, Lanvin swimsuit, Hermès rose gold bracelet, Proenza Schouler bags or this Chanel bag, Balenciaga luggage and the list goes on and on and on... (you can see few of those pieces that I fancy here #code LOL!), that strike me with their over-the-top design and say, "Yes. We are not important. But we'll look good on  you..." -Oh la la...

I feed my very low fashion-hunger by following fashion / style blogs like:
The Blonde Salad (Chiara Ferragni - gotta love this girl, she has great taste and sense of style and I love her shoe line),
Olivia Palermo (She's like the reincarnation of Audrey Hepburn!! Love her effortless elegance and style),
What I Wore (Jessica Quirk - vintage / girl next door style)
Atlantic-Pacific (Blair Eadie)
The Glamourai (Kelly Framel)
and many more... but they are the ones I love the most and they're also kind of my inspiration.

Yes, I have love for some high-end brands, but that doesn't mean that I am the type of person that sits around during Fashion Week waiting for new pictures and videos to show up. Sure, I've watched some runway shows on FTV or streamed to my computer, also sometimes invited to high-end brand shows and to some private preview sale events (which both my mum and I never attended - not our thing) because I know that the thing I love about fashion isn't the high-level, newest collections of some high-end brands --- I find the style a person possesses much more fascinating. How many of you agree with me?


via Pinterest


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wanderlust: Lake Como, Italy

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Path To Inner Peace

via Pinterest

This quote is very true. I've been applying this to my life, hence my abandoned twitter account, instagram account and path account. I honestly can't find inner peace if I keep on checking my old twitter feed / old instagram feed / old path feed since there are too many dramas... so I simply "ignore" them. For me, it's a blessing not to know any gossip / ill behavior / when some people are spreading negative vibes. Do you any of you ever feel the same way? Or am I the only weird anti-social gal in the whole wide world? And if I'm bringing the negative vibe by blogging this post (I know I am), just do what I usually do, ignore! (;

Love you my darling readers! Please keep in mind that I will not abandon this blog, I will keep on blogging until the end of my life. Because this blog is one of my paths to inner peace. (:


PS: Since I have big love for instagram, few months ago I created new instagram account where I don't follow anyone (not even my husband) and no one follows me. I love it. However, since my blog readers are my favorite people, you can see my instagram feed here or just look at the slideshow on top right corner of this blog. But please don't follow my instagram account! LOL ((; I don't share all of my pics, eventhough most of them I share with everyone but I keep private few of my photos for some reasons. I still need privacy of course. (;

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hector Series

via BooksActually

Last year I read Francois Lelord's Hector and The Search of Happiness and I loved it. So now I'm going to go to my favorite bookstore (YAY!) to get the rest of Hector series. I'm just hoping they're gonna be as great as Hector and The Search of Happiness. Eventhough I recently purchased Game of Thrones series (already watched the Season 1 and Season 2 and quite intrigued to read the books) and 50 Shades trilogy since everyone on the internet is recommending those two. In other words, I still have books I haven't read yet despite the fact I'm gonna run to the bookstore once again. I admit I'm greedy when it comes to books. Judge me. Whatever. #ForgiveMeMyWallet

I'm almost done reading The Hunger Games trilogy, currently reading Book 3: Mockingjay. So far, I'm loving The Hunger Games trilogy. It's so hard for me to put the book down, back to the real life. Suzanne Collins is brilliant! And it's gonna be even harder for me to part ways with Katniss and friends... pretty sure I'm going to have "book hangover".

APHOT: Paul McCartney and Zooey Deschanel

via awesome people hanging out together

My long time girl-crush Zooey Deschanel and my favorite The Beatles' member Paul McCartney in one photo! I wish I was in it too! ((; LOL

Listen Up!

Wow Haley Reinhart already released an album (Listen Up!) last May. How come I just found out about that! I love this girl, remember this post?

Get her album here. Great album, wonderful voice and beautiful tracks!

PS. Wanna feel Christmas in July with Haley and Casey? Click here. LOOOOOVE! 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Awwwww...

Found these adorable pics on Pinterest few weeks ago and I have been looking at them everyday! Do you think it's normal if I want to have a baby simply because these pics? It would be very nice if my huskies get the chance to play with a baby like the cute furry friend in the pic.

via Pinterest.

Monday ManiPedi: Ombre Stain Mani


 See the tutorial here.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Collecting Our Nows

My husband and I have been in a long-distance-marriage for almost a year now (wow how time flies!) but we managed to get together at least once a month. So when he was here few weeks ago for pilot medical examination, I made an effort to bring a camera everywhere we go (but some days I just forgot all about the camera - LOL) and also took some pictures at home with our adorable huskies.

Simply because these two reasons: 

via Pinterest
#1. The promise we made at the altar, that we are going to love each other and stay true and be with each other until forever... it's just, only God knows how long that "forever" will be, but I do believe this quote: Forever is composed of Nows. Our togetherness every month also counts as our "nows" so I want to treasure and capture our moments no matter how mundane or ordinary our days are... for other people. 

via Pinterest
#2. I want to collect moments, not things. So that when we're old and couldn't remember clearly our early years of marriage, we can always open a photo album / digital photo album contains our photos from today. I'm pretty sure that those photos will be a lot more valuable for us in future than clothes or gadgets from today.


Friday, July 20, 2012

Fabulous Friday Finds

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Hello darlings! 

Don't you just love yummy desserts! Well, I do. I do love desserts. Although I have a wicked sweet tooth, it's discriminating. I don't like anything that's too sweet, such as sweet candies / caramelized apple (basically everything with caramel in it, so no Crème brûlée for me) / cupcakes with way-too-thick-icing. Just because it has sugar in it doesn't mean I'm going to eat it. Oh dear I hope I don't sound like a desserts snob. (; My kinds of cakes are cheesecakes (all kinds), tiramisu, red velvet and chocolate (esp. nutella) cakes.

Anyhoo... I always eat cake every weekend (not everyday, I'm avoiding diabetes lah) to keep my sanity and what I have been thinking about is which sweet treats I will indulge this weekend! Mmm... can't wait! 

Have a yummy weekend! 

If you want to try to make your own desserts, you might want to try this no bake cheesecake / pink vanilla pocky cake / tiramisu cheesecake / s'mores chocolate chip cookies

I want this tee.

I can relate to this very much. Happens to me everytime!

I'm so in love with this pair of sunglasses.

Gorgeous installation for Dior 2012 AW haute couture show.

DIY color blocked spoons.

I can't find my pantone color, can you find yours?

1920s screen sirens.

Some cute hot air balloon centerpieces!

'til next Friday! kiss. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

On Spending Time Alone

Remember what I said here about how I enjoy spending time alone? Well, you can imagine how big my smile was when I found this Oscar Wilde's quote on my tumblr feed... and this is definitely one of the reasons why I love Oscar Wilde

via so very pretty



Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wanderlust: Manhattanhenge

Going to Manhattan during Manhattanhenge, which as described on Wikipedia as,  

Manhattanhenge – sometimes referred to as the Manhattan Solstice – is a twice-a-year occurrence during which the setting sun aligns with the east–west streets of the main street grid in the borough of Manhattan in New York City.




Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Love Story: Audrey Hepburn & Robert Wolders

This is a total re-post from one of my favorite blogs: { this is glamorous } 's


 by joey bailey for {this is glamorous} | editing & image compilation by roséline | view previous articles


which I ABSOLUTELY ADORE! Eventhough I already know Audrey Hepburn's stories by heart, but this is my first time seeing photos of La Paisible, Audrey's estate in Switzerland. Her favorite place to be with her family and the place where she took her last breath. 

Beautiful post. Great job, { this is glamorous } ! Giving link to this post is not enough, I simply have to repost because it's about Audrey Hepburn!!!



Companion : /kəmˈpanjən/ one that is closely connected with another

A waifish figure and large, brown, doe-like eyes; a tiny, cinched in waist and sweet, elfin features; a willowy dancer's body, slight but strong from years of ballet training—always graceful and ever ladylike—it is difficult to believe that this beautiful woman, both inside and out, would wait almost her entire life to find true love but—when she did find it, it was truly great . 



Monday, July 16, 2012

John F Kennedy Jr & Carolyn Bessette

via { this is glamorous }

via { this is glamorous }

John F Kennedy, Jr and Carolyn Bessette (also Lauren Bessette, Carolyn Bessette's sister) left this world today 13 years ago tragically. They were (and still remain) one of my favorite famous couple, look how happy they were on pics above. This is how I will remember them, I don't know how was their marriage like behind closed doors, but to me, they were such beautiful and loving couple.

read their beautiful love story on { this is glamorous }


Pretty In Pink



Happy girls!

I think my husband will agree with below quote (;  

via The Rusted Wardrobe

Monday ManiPedi: Ikat Manicure

One of my favorite patterns! So happy I could put it on my nails. I got the tutorial from an instagrammer, her username is: lafemmelulu few days ago and been dying to do my nails since. 

As per her instructions: 

1. I applied two coats of Essie Turquoise & Caicos as the base, except for my ring-finger which I applied with two coats of Essie Tart Deco. Allow to dry few minutes. 
2. Then I used Faceshop's White nailpolish to paint irregular spots. Wait few minutes to dry. 
3. Used Essie Tart Deco to add irregular smaller spots on top of the larger spots. 
4. Then used a black permanent marker to apply thin feathery strokes vertically following the outer edge of the contrasting spots. The lines need not be perfect as the final look exaggerates a fabric or feathered look. 
5. Allow 15 minutes to dry before applying top coat. 

I absolutely looove my nails right now!



 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunday Thoughts: Light Will Come Bursting In

via spiritual inspiration

Repost from spiritual inspiration because this is a very beautiful post. If you have tumblr account and if you're a Christian, follow spiritual inspiration!

When darkness overtakes the godly, light will come bursting in.(Psalm 112:4)

Everyone goes through seasons of difficulty or times when things just seem dark. During these challenging times, know that you are not alone. God has a plan to drive out the darkness—He will flood you with His light! Notice that in today’s verse it doesn’t say, “The light will come trickling in.” No, it says that the light will come bursting in! That means suddenly, you will see God’s goodness. Suddenly, you’ll be promoted. Suddenly, the answer will come!

If you’ve been going through a difficult time, get ready for the goodness of God in a new way. Know that His light is about to come bursting in! Get ready for breakthroughs. Get ready for promotion. Get ready for restoration. You may have had that problem for a long, long time, but today could be the day that it turns around. Suddenly, things can change! God wants His glory to be seen on you. He wants you to stand out in the crowd. He wants you to be so blessed that everyone around you can see His goodness on you! So keep standing, keep believing, keep hoping and keep declaring His Word because His light is going to come bursting in!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Happy 389th Birthday, Manado!

Manado, my beloved hometown. via Manado Facebook Page

Taman Safari Cisarua

I'm a sucker for animals, I simply love animals more than I love people! So when I voiced my thought of going on a trip to Taman Safari Cisarua, I was thrilled that my husband and my brother had the same thing in their minds. We decided to go there while my husband still in town, so we went last Saturday (exactly a week ago) plus my brother's girlfriend. We went early but the Saturday traffic was just so freaking bad that it took us almost 3 hours to get there, fortunately my husband is a very patient man! ((; If I was in the driver's seat, I'd made a turn in the middle of that bad traffic and headed to another fun place, I was thinking DuFan! Probably next time.

Apparently the animals in Taman Safari Cisarua really worth 3 hours of bad traffic. They are so cute, elegant, beautiful and adorable! I would love to go back there again and my husband already planned so too, because we were quite in hurry that day we didn't get to see the Wild Wild West Cowboy Show and ride an elephant or a camel! Bummer. 

Although the place is not as new, as nice, as big, as clean and as organized as Bali Safari and Marine Park - the best zoo in Indonesia (My husband and I went there in 2009 - hmm probably I'll post the pics sometime soon), it's still very interesting and a fun place to be - especially for family trip. What I love the most, is the cool weather!!! Unlike at Bali Safari and Marine Park where it's crucial to wear summer outfits because of the sizzling hot weather, you can wear jeans and long-sleeve top when visiting Taman Safari Cisarua in the middle of the day and not sweating! Such a lovely, lovely weather.

The foods at Rainforest Restaurant are also okay, not the best I've ever tasted but still okay. Not disappointing, in my opinion. 

We had great times there and pretty sad when we have go back to Jakarta. *le sigh* We finally left Taman Safari Cisarua at 3 PM to avoid another bad traffic. Oh well... see you very very soon, Taman Safari Cisarua!!! We'll be back!

Tips: When visiting Puncak area on weekends, you have to know this first. So you won't be stuck in bad traffic for hours.


That's where we heading to! Apparently if you have BNI card, you get 15% discount!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Fabulous Friday Finds

via Chance
Hello darlings!

Just like the woman in the photo above, I'm going to spend this weekend alone because my husband Jonah already went back to Lombok last Tuesday. Planning a relaxing weekend... Just me, my book and my striped tee (and shorts). I actually enjoy being alone, on my own. Eventhough many people / friends (yes, not just some, but many) think that it is odd to go to the cinema alone, eating at restaurants or cafe alone, shopping alone, basically doing everything alone, I actually enjoy it to the hilt! Yes, I'm alone but I'm absolutely not lonely, there's a difference. Do any of you enjoy being alone too?

Oh well, I wish you all a very relaxing weekend (: 

Oh wow... Hidden Pools!

Then it leads to King Kai Pool Float. Oh!

Welovekaoru. Oh yes I do!

I just found out about Spice Girls' musical, "Viva Forever". Interesting!


I have a feeling that this would be my next bottle of essie ((:

Love this bride and groom's pic!

'til next week darlings! kiss

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