Saturday, April 4, 2015

An Eco-Friendly City

My first day in San Francisco was the 69th Independence Day of Indonesia, a country that I call home. So my family and I decided to wear red and white--the colours of our flag--to commemorate the day even though we were not home.

To be honest, SF is not very photogenic when taken from the city central point of view (but then again maybe it's my photography skill). However, it is pretty damn amazing from the top (Twin Peaks) which post will be next on the queue. What surprised me was the fact that it is an eco-friendly city. We had to pay 10 cents for a paper bag or a plastic bag, even in a department store. So if you want to buy a cardigan, it's either you pay 10 cents for the carrier bag or you can chuck it inside yours. I thought it was ridiculous at first. I heard about paying for a plastic bag in supermarkets or eco-friendly independent shops, but a department store? Where luxury is what you pay, a luxurious service should be what you get, and that includes a paper bag. But, when I think about it again it is an effective way for the whole city unitedly do the same 'campaign' to reduce the unnecessary use of paper/plastic bags because $0.10 every time you buy something can pile up to $300 before you know it.

I thought it would be a short post, but turns out I'm in the mood to share my own way of contributing to the world's go-green activity. So I have a container for paper bags and another one for plastic bags at home and I see them getting stuffier and stuffier, and I rarely use them except reusing the plastic bag from the supermarkets for dust bin. But the paper bags just stay there. That's why when I shop, I try to put the new bought stuff into my own bag to reduce the use of the carrier bag, even when the shopkeeper insisted on giving me a bag. Or, if your own handbag is not big enough and you plan on having a shopping spree, you can maximise only one or two plastic bag and not carrying 10 bags which will end up in your rubbish bin anyway (which I don't recommend if they are still reusable). So yeah, let's reduce, reuse, and recycle together!

Dress - Cotton On
Cardigan - H&M
Bag - Cupcake
Shoes - Antipodium x ASOS
Headband & socks - From Korea

'Til next post!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sin City

I hated Las Vegas. More than I dislike Los Angeles. Why, you may ask? Because visiting Las Vegas in the summer is like having hair dryer on full power on your face, in the afternoon, when the sun is scorching hot without any wind blowing whatsoever. Once you get out of the air-conned building, you're getting into an oven. Difference is, the oven is open-air and not in a closed box. I literally cannot walk 5 minutes outside those pretty hotels, which by the way, smelled like a thousand bottles of air freshener break into the interior to weaken the smell of cigarettes that was still as strong as the heat outside the building. Even at night there was no wind! I think London should be more generous in sharing its wind, no? (Pardon me for comparing everything to my beloved city). I guess one of the sins they committed was to let tourists suffer in the summer. Aaaannd I'm complaining too much.

Although, I think it's pretty cool that they have different Cirque Du Soleil shows in different hotels. For me personally, it is a must see when you're in Las Vegas. I watched Ka and the stage decor was amazing!

Wolfgang Puck's Postrio Bar and Grill. It was heavenly but so tummy-filling. American sized plate is one of a kind.

'Til next post!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Grand Canyon

Well, well. If it wasn't the great, Grand Canyon! The beauty was unbelievable. Although it was hot and a bit humid and dusty, and sucky lunch, I can't complain about the view. It was really, a beau. And to be honest this is the only outfit my mom liked during the trip because I wore a shirt. The rest, she said, I looked like wearing old pyjamas dress or something. Hehe…

Top - H&M
Outerwear - Cotton Ink
Jeans - Vertical Club
Bag - Cupcake
Loafers - Antipodium x ASOS
Sunnies - Prada

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Universal Studios

I really cannot think of a better title than that. My "creative" brain doesn't cope with me at the moment. But let's just talk about the outfits, shall we? Since for the last few posts--or most of my posts for that matter--aren't about my outfits at all. I borrowed this lovely Cotton Ink jacket from my sister even though I bought it for her in the first place and I borrowed the cap from my brother. I was only prepared with the top and jacket without any bottom because I was hoping to find something along the trip and I actually did. I found these short shorts from Forever 21 when I was shopping in my first night in Hawaii (best thing ever because I shopped by myself without nobody tagging along and I got to try loads and got to buy loads with no time restraints). The great part was F21 in the US was freaking cheap (like that was a shocker)! Now I'm not really the kind of person who wear super short shorts but at that time I thought it was fitting the outfit well so why not? And by now you probably are bored to death with my shoes and bag. But I haven't. So deal with them (also for the next few posts).

Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives set

Probably that one shop I fell in love with

Top - H&M
Jacket - Cotton Ink
Shorts - Forever 21
Bag - Cupcake
Shoes - Antipodium x ASOS
Cap - NY New Era
Sunnies - Prada

Til' next post!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sunset Ride

One of my favourite things to see everyday or every other day (because the sun is very indecisive to show itself when it comes to London, okay?) is sunrise or sunset. The sky become so beautiful with its gradients and for a moment it takes my breath away. If you think about it, the sky can actually change to mostly every colour you could think of. Blue (the obvious one), grey (London's sky), black (at night), dark blue (evening) and there are times when it turns to cotton candy colour (pinkish-purple-blue), or the yellow-orange-purple-blueish, or the green one even (Aurora). It's like asking God, "how do You do this? You must be very great." And He is.

Still on the USA trip pictures:

I am not a fan of Celine Dion, it was a matter of taking picture with a star, any star. I cannot find someone I particularly like, so I just took some with the very famous ones like Celine. But after I watch her concert (if I get my hands on a ticket), maybe, who knows?

Stripes top - Vertical Club || Similar here
Chiffon blouse - Unbranded || Similar here
Skirt - New Look || Similar here
Bag - Cupcake
Socks - From Korea || Similar here
Shoes - Antipodium x ASOS || Similar here
Sunnies - Prada

'Til next time!