Monday, 29 April 2013

Money Honey

Browsed my lookbook files on my laptop and forgot that I haven't posted this series of photo shoot I did last 2 years :o Time!

Shirt - GAP
Black jeans - H&M
Suspender and bow tie - Friend's
Shoes - Christian Louboutin
Hat - Freebie

Photographed by Aida Gunawan and Adrian Caldy

A Charlie Chaplin themed photo shoot for my high school year book and I was the treasurer, hence the money in the pictures. I really liked this concept, really perfect for photo shoot or occasion like birthday parties or farewell parties. The girls dressed in androgyny and the guys wore... what the guys wear usually but with a more vintage vibe around them (my friends brought like that stick for an old man and fake cigar). So it was cool. Missing high school *all teary up*


Thursday, 25 April 2013

Back to Work

When I had my spring break I went out almost everyday, if not everyday. Spent most of my holy days in Bond Street and Harrods, or Oxford Circus and Soho. But now, since the jolly days are over, I have to ground myself not to be out every single day and focus more on work. When you don't live with your parents, I guess you have to discipline yourself for not having fun all the time and keep the head in the 'game'. Yea, sure, it doesn't have to be work 24/7 and you deserve some fun once in a while but we just have to balance them out. I have to balance them out.

Shirt - Primark
Outerwear - Mine Yours Everyone's
Shorts - Forever 21
Tights - H&M
Shoes - Chicnova
Bag - Issey Miyake Bao Bao
Flower ring and bracelet - From Australia
Cloud and thunder ring - From Singapore

Photographed by Paulina Koshan

I think that day was one of those days when I was not lazy enough to put some accessories on. On that day my friends and I tried the Dior Cafe in Harrods, which sadly has ended now, and pictures of the food are coming later on (so I guess this is not an up-to-date culinary blog after all).

And that bag has not been out of the closet since forever! I miss it actually but having no zipper on a bag made me feel a little bit unsafe carrying it around so playfully.

Oh and also, this jacket reminds me one of Dior's gorgeous collection that was exhibited as well (pictures... coming soon), or the other way around. I just love the A-Line silhouette of the outerwear and the textile is just lovely. Although it's nowhere near Christian Dior, but I always appreciate and idolise young Indonesian local designers who create such amazing pieces (in this case it's Mine Yours Everyone's). I love them. Because of them, the fashion industry in Indonesia just keeps growing and growing, their wonderful ideas overflowing. I just hope they will never stop trying to emerge bigger in the market because they are talented and they have a lot to show! Keep supporting local brands, dear Indonesians! :D

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Maison Bertaux

The outfit I wore when I restaurant hopped last Monday.

Shirtdress - New Look
Tights - H&M
Flats - Zara
Outerwear - Handmade
Bag - Mulberry Alexa

Photographed by Paulina Koshan

These gold sequin flats aren't my favorite among all my shoes, especially when they're a size smaller (I tried my size and they were too big therefore I figured since flats would be bigger if you wear them all the time, I might as well get the smaller ones). I gotta admit it was the result of an impulsive buy. It was on sale and I needed (read: wanted) more shoes on my shoe rack. But the fact that I just took them for the second time out proved me sometimes I can be unwise when it comes to shopping. And the fact that I just took them for the second time out proved me those flats would not transform into a bigger size anytime soon. "Do not repeat," said me to me.They still hurt and when I walked I just slipped my left foot on top of the back part. Ah, those £10 can be used for something else now that I regret buying those shoes. Like the steak I mentioned on my last post, for example.


Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Restaurants Hopper

My kind of perfect day is when you have no work to worry about and you just chill in restaurants with a small group of friends, chatting (besides cuddling in your bed with your big blanket while it's raining outside and you read and drink hot chocolate and eat a slice of cake or pastry). And I got to do the first one last Monday with my friends.

We started at Maison Barteux, a small cafe in Soho, recommended by Lady Iron Chef, by the way, ordered cakes and hot drinks. Strawberry cheesecake and hot chocolate for me, croissant and latte macchiato for my friend, apple crumble and cappuccino for my other friend, and jam macaroon and tea for my other friend (wasn't trying to bore you with all the details but I can't help it. It was cute that we ordered different things all at once).

Then of course, after all the sweet treatments for brunch, we went to a Chinese restaurant for a real lunch in Chinatown called the Jen Cafe (didn't sound Chinese at all but there you go). We decided to try their home made dumplings (one fried, one steamed), soup with noodle and fish balls, and honey BBQ pork with rice. Yummy as well.

After the savoury lunch and still didn't feel that we've talked enough, we moved to an afternoon tea cafe for their afternoon tea. The cafe was called Camellia's Tea House in Kingly Court, also by a walking distance from Chinatown (it was still counted as Soho). They have a superbly large selection of tea and their scone was the best because it wasn't as crumbly as other scones that I've tried. The place was very cute and cozy.

By the time we finished at that cafe, it was already time for dinner. Just a few steps away from Kingly Court, there was heaven. Kidding. But similar place to heaven, it was a steak house named Flat Iron, in 17 Beak Street, Soho. Their steak, even though they only have one type, was, hands down, the best steak I've ever eaten in London yet. And the price was very reasonable, £10 per portion. Their dessert, a salted caramel chocolate mousse, was mouthwatering. And people who knew me well know that I don't like mousse. I didn't like veggies too but their veggies were fairly nice. The peppercorn and bernaise sauces for the steak were absolutely delicious. I've ever said before that Gourmet Burger Kitchen served the best burger in town, but guess what, I've found the competitor yo! And it was here. Seriously. This place/chef/owner/food were God sent. Truly. Recommended 100%.

I think this is my first time posting about food completely and not about my outfit or inspirations. Might do this more often, giving guides to good restaurants in London town, although I'm not the expert. But one thing about me is I want to try different restaurants every time I go out, so new references should be coming every now and then. Haha.


Sunday, 14 April 2013

The Opposite of Blank Canvas

I don't want to sound like a weather forecaster or weather news reporter or anything, but finally London has reached 17 degree Celsius today! Can I hear claps and laughter? Yes I did. I am ready to leave my coats hanging inside the closet and only wear 2 layers of clothing maximum. Should. Buy. New. Shades. ASAP.

Top - Ebase
Skirt and beanie - H&M
Leggings - Unbranded
Shoes - Converse
Coat - Zara

Photographed by Paulina Koshan

Pictures were taken before this perfect amount of heat sprung London, actually. So that explains the coat and the leggings. I was attracted to this skirt because of the colours. The more colours you have in one garment, the easier it is to pair with many things. And also it looks very artistic because of the brush strokes pattern.

Have a great week ahead, everyone <3 p="">