Dressed up: Dutch Style

Dear Readers, I hope you are doing great in this late September. I feel like time running up in extreme pace. Suddenly the end of 2014 is getting closer. Anyway, I would like to share some stories about my gone local experience in Holland. I knew I’ve posted a lot about Holland, but this stuff is worth to tell.

So, back then when I studied in the Hague, I didn’t waste any weekend by just staying in my room. Me and my friends wandered around not only in The Hague but also several cities in Holland. One day we decided to go to Volendam, a boat city in Northern part of Holland. The view in this city is quite breathtaking, as you can see the old boats in the harbor. But, the main reason why we went there is not to see the boat and the small conblock path all around the city, but we were filled with desire to pose in Volendam traditional costume!

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Well, Volendam has known for its costume, a peaked cap, black long dress  and kraplap (to be worn on the shoulders). Rumor has it that until now if you are lucky you still can see local people wear it in the street, especially on Sunday. When we arrived there, we went straight to the downtown and find many outlets offering Volendam traditional costume photo experience. Before we went there, we already heard that many Indonesian visited Volendam to get their photo taken. And by doing quick research, we decided to take picture in Fotograaf de Boer. This place located in Haven 83 Volendam. The interior design was neat, old-fashioned, and look promising as well. I can tell that by seeing many famous and friendly Indonesian photos there, from Indonesian former president to celebrities.1620443_10203084748025783_1543221339_n 1920426_611123868942591_523346245_n

We then changed and get dressed, my first impression wearing the Volendam costume is very practical and quick. We only needed 10 minutes tops and ready to be photographed.

Delft

Two week before I return to Indonesia, me and my friend, Mia, went to Delft. Not only we want to buy the souvenirs before we finally of from Holland, but we also want to take picture wearing Delft traditional costume. Why we did it all over again? Because the traditional costume in Delft is different than in Volendam. A white long-sleeves top, with blue long skirt. Delft costume still use a peaked cap like the one we wore in Volendam. What I really love in Delft is the outdoor concept. Yes! We got our pictures taken outdoor, while sometimes people stopped by just to check on us.mia white

So, what do you think readers? Which one suits me better?

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Beach Girl Adventure

Four months ago, i went to two beaches near my city, Yogyakarta. I didn’t know why, but at that time i just felt like i wanted to go to the beach. I miss beach. I always love beach. I love walking barefoot in the beach and feeling the sand and wave in my toes. I love seeing the sun, wave, and the blue sky greets me with their unexplained ways. I love playing with water. In the beach, i become a little girl again. I love screaming out loud when the waves hit me. I love beach and i’ll always do.

I went there with my best friend, Iku. You know what, the trip was totally unplanned. I texted him 2 days before the D-day and he said okay and that was it. We both were clueless about where the hell those beaches were. Okay, i know that i’m a Yogyanese and actually i’ve been to several beaches in Yogya, but when i didn’t drive, i never pay attention in the road. I would most likely fell asleep. Bad navigator, huh? Meanwhile, my friend Iku, also as clueless as i was. Actually i suggested him to take the public transport, but the time needed would be longer and the public transport only operated during particular hour. So, we decided to go there by motorcycle. Why not car? Nah, i wasn’t brave enough to drive my car to the beach. What if the roads were too narrow? What if the roads were too slippy? Thus, the wise  coward me wanted to go there by motorcycle in order to survey the roads first. Who knows maybe someday i’d drive my car there?

On the D-day, Iku handed me a paper nervously. When i opened it, turned out that it was a paper contained full direction to the beach. I knew the minute i opened the paper that my trip would be long and exciting, not to mention lost. We went there at 11.30am. Our destination was Wonosari. It was around 35 kilometers from Yogyakarta. Well, the trip there to Wonosari was almost flawless. The road was a bit scary especially when we had to  pass Bukit Bintang. It was a beautiful hill with steepy ascents. Well, well, after spent 45 minutes, we arrived at Wonosari, yippie. From Wonosari, we had to find the beaches. You know what actually it was quite easy to find the way there to the beaches. There were sufficient sign to tell which way you should go. Okay, the direction was easy, but not with the road. Bukit Bintang steepy road was nothing. The ascent to go to the beach were marvelous. Our biggest fear was stuck behind huge truck which carried sand or wood. Hahahha.

At 12.40, we finally arrived at Kukup Beach. I’ve been there three times, but never get bored. This beach was awesome. I think that this beach is as good as Tanah Lot beach in Bali. So i went change, and ready with my beach outfit and started to pose. Narcissistic. That was why i brought Iku. He was really a good friend of mine. He didn’t mind to help me taking hundreds of pictures. Damn this Kukup Beach was awesome. The water was sooo clear. I could see the living organism obviously. There were several people rented the straw mat for 5,000 IDR only. If you want to enjoy the view, i suggest you to go to this beach. But, if you want to swim, errr, it’s kinda dangerous here. The wave was big. We spent 2 hours there in Kukup Beach. Actually i wanted to stay there longer, but Iku wanted to go to another beach.

beach girl

 

Kukup Beach
happy Iku

We continued our trip to Sadranan Beach. It was 15 minutes only from Kukup Beach. Well, i gotta tell you something. There was tens of beaches in Wonosari and all of them was unique. Until now, i have visited five of them. That was my first time visited Sadranan Beach. Wow, Sadranan Beach was like private beach. There were only several people there. The sand was white and clean. The wave was also friendly. Iku jumped in into the water right away. In Sadranan Beach i saw four fishermen trying their luck. They were very friendly. When they passed us by, they showed us their catch. I spent most of my time there by playing with the waves, writing on the sand, and taking pictures.

Arithalia mini dress, House of Mangos hat

 

Let’s talk about my outfit there. I wore a cute red mini dress that i’ve owned since 5 years ago. I completed my look with a beautiful straw hat and sunglasses. That’s it. The simplicity. You don’t need to wear many clothes in the beach. That’s another advantages of beach that i worship.

Soooo, we then left at 5.30pm. We totally spent 1 hour 40 minutes to return to Yogya. Well, i didn’t enjoy my trip with motorcycle. It was so tiring. I couldn’t feel my feet and my ass. Hahahha. I am so thankful now for having a car for my daily transportation. I then admired people who use motorcycle as their daily basis. You guys rock!!! Alright then, sorry for the long post, it’s hard to keep my mouth shut when it comes to beach topics. Enjoy your week readers. Taaaa

Eurotrip Outfits

PS: This draft was made 9 months ago

hello all, wow, I guess i’ve been hit by nerdy virus since i surprisingly become very active in posting again. Hahahaha. So, i just want to make a quick post regarding the outfits i wear during my exchange period in Europe. Just for a note, almost all of the coats that i have was bought in Europe. It’ll be better for you guys who will go travel to buy your clothes in your destination country because the price is cheaper and there’ll be more variation. Have a nice reading

grey coat (bought in Lille, France), brown scarf (bought in Porto, Portugal), sling-bag (bought in Porto, Portugal), black gloves (bought in Lille, France), dark brown leggings (bought in Cologne, Germany), brown boots (belong to my friend, we did a trade for a while)

orange scarf (bought in Indonesia), black coat (bought in Lille, France)

blue hat (bought in Indonesia), blue scarf (bought in Amsterdam, Netherlands), blue gloves (bought in Cologne, Germany)

silver bag (bought in Indonesia), flower midi-dress (bought in Indonesia), black cardigan (bought in Indonesia), grey leggings (bought in Lille, France), black boots (bought in Lille, France)

brown coat (bought in Lille, France), red mini skirt (bought in Porto, Portugal), dark blue leggings (bought in Cologne, Germany)

black leggings (bought in Indonesia), grey boots (bought in Lille, France), red belt (owned by my friend, Vidya)

red jacket (bought in Indonesia), pink gloves (bought in Cologne, Germany), yellow tops (bought in Lille, France)

Just a piece of my stories

Hey all, what’s you’ve been up to?

I’ve been extremely busy recently, but these two years so far are excellent for me. I got many priceless gifts that i never thought before. So, in order to payback my hibernate time, i’ll explain you in details. It can’t be any better, can it? Lol…

It was start with my graduate program. I felt confuse in choosing within the international class or the bilingual class. Mostly my friends chose the bilingual class. Well, actually the difference among those two classes remain only in the way the lesson deliver and the students. In the int’l class, everything is in english, like the books, the presentation, and even the thesis. Nah, the last reason was my biggest consideration in choosing int’l class. But in int’l class you can have int’l friends will allow you to experience the int’l ambiance in the class. And guess, finally i decided to choose the int’l class. My decision was made in the last minute, literally. But so far i do enjoy my choice. My lecturers and my friends are wonderful. I have new friends from Europe, mostly from Netherland and France. I will attach their pics later, no worries 😀

In February 2011, Marlyne, a good friend of mine visited me from Singapore. I was so happy to see her again. We’ve been friends since senior high school, but now she works in Singapore, so it’s kinda difficult to meet her. No wonder when the oppurtunity finally came, it felt like a reunion, because i didn’t meet only with Marlyne, but also with Santi and Puspita. We went to Sangam House, a unique Indian restaurant, and discussed many things. We did have a good time there.

Santi, Puspita and Me

Marlyne

Several weeks after, i remembered that i had a voucher given by Marlyne. It was a voucher to shop in Body & Soul. Well, two days before the due date, i went to Body & Soul store and started hunting. Time went by, but still i couldn’t find any good outfit *sigh… I was thinking to come back later when finally i saw it, an elegant black dress. I was so thrilled and even couldn’t believe it with my very own eyes. So i grabbed it to the fitting room and voila, i bet you know the feel when you see your reflection in the mirror wearing a perfect dress 🙂 I took several pictures in the fitting room, so you perhaps can see the price tag was still there, hehehehehe… Anyway, i also bought hotpants, but i didn’t take the picture, i guess the dress pictures already enough 😀

Black is my color

Last but not least, in September 2011 i did an exchange program to France. Enfin!! I was there for 5 months. I chose to do the exchange to SKEMA Business School in Lille. Not only because of the well reputation of SKEMA itself, but also due to my french friends suggestion. Lol. It was a very priceless experience. I’ve been dreaming to go to France since i was in the undergraduate. I didn’t know why, but France always has some kind of magical spell to me.

je suis allée la deja, au France. Yaaaaay

Hmmmm, i feel really grateful with all these gifts. Sometimes, good thing will come to you with its special way. I’ve witnessed it myself. So, i’ll see you again later, although i don’t know when, since i have tons of works to do. Wish me luck then, and happy weekend all

Nail Art, My Guilty Pleasure

Dear readers, my daily routines in office and college, school assignments and homeworks have diverted my mind a lot.. All of them are undoubtly such a time consuming activities in some particular stage. No wonder it quite necessary for me to hunt for nail saloon just to have my nails painted.

Why nail art? Well, it’s kinda difficult to explain why i do love nail art. I just love watching a talented person paint and polish my nails. Especially after i see the result, wow, i will easily speechless just to see the transformation of my nails. Yeah, it may sounds so cheesy but that’s the truth. How about the compliments i gain after? Nah, that’s just another side effect of nail art which i adore 😉

In the last two months, i found a very good nail saloon in my hometown which satisfy my wildest fantasy of nail art designs instead. I took some pictures of the result just for you peeps.

Actually there’s still many designs which i do wanna apply. But, i’m taking my master now, so i guess i better choose the safe designs. No worries, if there’s any special occasion coming, i would be gladly to try those wonderful designs.

I started to treat my nails since 4 years ago. At that time, i was really like frech manicure nail designs. Well, i still fall for this style actually. We have to admit that french manicure is the most timeless style that you can apply anytime without having fingernails faux pas. For those who really into this style, no need to worries because now there are many variations of the French Manicure itself.

French Manicure, classy and elegant

see the variations of French Manicure

My adventure of nail art world began about one year ago. Yes, i’m still a newbie here. I notice that nail art has to be in fashion. If you like challenge yourself and do trials for new trends, this will be a very joyful chance for you. You will be able to play with color, discover new unique pattern and even put on some 3D effect onto our nails. Wow. We can say that nail art is the ultimate fashion when it comes to manicure.

The main obstacles of nail art are the shape and length of your fingernails. Some patterns might seen not too good in short nails. I have long (average) and squares nails naturally. I don’t know is it just me, or some of you have the same thought, that the popular rounded nails just not fit in me *sigh*

And oh, i don’t recommend nail art for those who still like bitting the nails. Yeah, the fancy investment that you did for your nails would be just worthless then. But hey, if you want to take the chance of tasting nail polish in order to stop your nail-bitting habit, why not? We all know the there’s no invention of tasty nail polish. Lol..

So, are you ready to do some nails experiment? Just try and share with me about the result. I’ll see you in a jiffy…… (hope so)

The Touch of Brooch

Hello peeps, I want to share about Brooch in today post. Brooch? Why brooch? Well, the idea of putting the brooch in my blog actually already popped since early of this month, and, i’ll blame the brain for my lateness. Lol..

Brooch Fashion Week Fall 2009

Brooch is very classic. I remembered i had many brooches collections when i was little. My favourite one was the brooch with hat shape. It was so cute. I used to wear it to pin my handkerchief on my kindergarten uniform. He3x.. Did i just mention kindergarten? Oh yeah i just did. I know that you all now may imagine about me when i was little. One thing for sure, I was innocent and sweet. Like i am now. Lol..

Ok ok ok, i was diverted a bit. Let’s back to the track. A brooch could cheer up your outfit. If you have many black or dark colored tops why don’t you keep some brooches just for change your look? Well now, brooch has come in so many different designs, you could choose one to suit your mood and preference.

Jeweled Magnolia Brooch Flower

Yay, I love this brooch, so chic

As a Gossip Girl addict, i notice that there were many scenes using brooches for outfit addition. Well, never doubt the power that a brooch has. It can glam up your look instantly. Hmm, for formal occasions usually call for a simpler kind, maybe with a little bling on it. You can also put your brooch set at the waist of your gown. It’ll add sparkle and also attention surely.

For going out on a Saturday night, why don’t you use big, bold or fun shapes. Just have fun with your brooch collection. You can also wear broaches on the center of the collar of your favorite blouse. You can attach to a hat to add something special. Or as the most common way, you can wear it over the right or left side of the chest .

If you just have a little time to get dressed, maybe you wake up late or something, you could simply twist your hair and just pin a beautiful brooch onto a headband. That way, you have two pieces that you can use separately as well as together. So, what are you waiting now then? Go check your brooch collection and if you don’t even have any, let’s start to look out for pretty brooch out there. Happy hunting!!

Which one do you like? I heart the peacock..

Poncho for All

Nowadays, ponchos light the runways of fashion shows, but they aren’t the heavy-style ponchos that were popular in the past. Today’s fashion trends include big size ponchos made of smooth fabrics and sexy styles, which are casually elegant, ornamented with sequins, embroidery beads, or other decorations that shine.

Why women love ponchos? Well, the poncho covers all the right areas, hiding the most worrisome figure flaws. They also say that the sleeveless poncho is easy to whip on and off as the temperature demands. The ponchos are warmer than coats because they trap heat by keeping the arms close to the body. But clearly, ponchos are so much more fun and glam than a regular coat!It’s never too tight.

Throw the Ponchos on during the day for a casual feel or team them with an evening dress for the sophisticated look. Make them in a selection of colors to suit your mood and wardrobe.