Paris Mon Ami

Indonesian fashion blogger and one of my close friends, Caroline Robianto, invited me to a fashion event by Hermés called Paris Mon Ami to launch their new scarf line in Indonesia. I’m not usually a fashion person (although my bff says otherwise), I mean most of the time I prefer comfort over style but I never not care about how I look and always try too look my best even in just shorts and flip flops. So when she told me she was going to invite me, I admit I was sort of freaking out. I wasn’t in the league of fashionable people!!! WHAT TO WEAR HOW TO ACT.

The invitation was really personal and I liked how they actually mailed it rather than the usual social media approach.

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Things I Love Thursday, #4

Douglas Booth at #LFW.


How gorgeous is this guy? Not to mention he’s so well dressed, you can’t go wrong with that. If he doesn’t have a stylist who works for him, kudos! I’ve always been a fan of the Burberry poster boys (George Craig, Alex Watson, Sam Riley, Tom Guinness and Alex Pettyfer to name a few) and their campaigns are always spot on in terms of model casting. My top favorites have to be George Craig and Douglas Booth because they look a little rough on the ages but really fit the bill of the smooth look Burberry offers.

Suits

Suits is the 2nd best TV show I’ve seen this year after Shameless US (What is up with my favorites this year being only 12 episodes and not coming back until a whole full year?). It is SO good and I finished it in less than a week despite work. Until now I’m still in a Suits withdrawal and I’m still thinking about Harvey and Mike’s shenanigans in the world of law. This show is so witty, all the characters have such great chemistry, none of the stories are ever dragged out (you have to keep up with it, just like law) and you can’t help but love the whole ensemble. It’s pretty damn brilliant and as soon as I told the world (my twitter) that I was watching the series, more than a few twitter friends echoed their love for the show too.

Medium-length wavy bob

My hair is very long now and I’m leaning towards a hairstyle change. The last time I cut my hair really short was 3 years ago and I cried in the salon. Yup, not the best experience. The last time I had a haircut though, was 4 months ago and I don’t know what the Korean hairstylist did to my hair because it grew almost twice as long in the past 3 months, which is really weird because it takes forever for my hair to grow back! I’m bent on whether to keep my hair long and dye the ends in pink or bright red or cutting it short like Brooklyn’s and Jiyoung’s above. What I like about this medium wavy bob is that it doesn’t look like it needs high maintenance and I’ve always liked my hair to be as it is. It’s also not too short that you can’t style it. Oh how I love being a girl 😉 but the dilemma such as these definitely come with it.

Things I Love Thursday, #3: Recent Buys

Finally back to blogging after the holidays, which were great. First 5 days spent lazing about, watching City Hunter and adopting DOLCE FAR NIENTE into my life, something which I never have the luxury of doing anymore ever since I got out of uni and the next 5 days were spent with family in a vacation to Singapore and Bintan Island. Shopping, the beach.. too good.

Before I talk about the vacation and upload some photos, when I was in Singapore I did a bit of shopping. Some new clothes, new shoes, make-up, skin care, foodtrips, accessories.. not too many but enough to make me satisfied and quite broke. Sigh, but no sigh!

Out of everything I bought these are probably the top 3 buys which I was most happy about, and also another edition of TILT.

1. Kameria Baby Face BB Cream, about $25

I’ve heard a lot about BB Creams before, the wonders they’ve done to women and how some people swear by these products. In the beginning I wasn’t really swayed but I’ve been wanting to really try one these past few weeks. I was at Sephora and they had a whole counter full of BB Creams so I chose the one which I thought was most suitable for my skin and budget. My face gets oily easily, not too mention also a victim of breakouts so I chose the Anti-Acne and Pore Tightening with SPF 20 BB Cream. I’ve been using it for close to a week now and I’m glad I made this purchase because I love it. The texture isn’t too moist so my skin doesn’t get too oily anymore and the color is quite dark which suits well with my complexion. It pretty much does its job.. and more.

2. H&M Bag, $39.99

H&M finally made its way to Southeast Asia by opening their first flagship store in Singapore. Perfect timing because it opened just as I got there. During the first few days the lines were basically crazy like you were queueing for the newest roller coaster but I decided to go during the 4th day when the lines were moving at a normal pace. Even though the store was full of people, it wasn’t that crampy because it really was big.. but the cashier and fitting room lines were still very long. I managed to snag a few things.. mostly accessories because I really didn’t wanna line up in the fitting room for clothes, that was my last night in Singapore and I was extremely hungry for dinner that time and getting really dizzy in the store with all the people. H&M was not that worth it, but there were so many nice affordable clothes inside! They really need to open one in Jakarta so we won’t be this deprived.

I’ve been wanting a cheap daily bag for a while now, mostly for work. Something that is light and something I don’t mind putting on the floor on most days and shoving all my junk inside. Before I went to the store I was browsing through bags on their website already (funny thing when I went back today the bag’s not there anymore.. but the model’s still wearing it) so that I could figure out what I want and not get lost in retail oblivion. The moment I found what I was looking for I grabbed it straight away. It’s really light and fits a lot of my things inside, which is perfect for everyday use.

3. Lancome Juicy Tubes, about $18

I’m a big fan of lip stuff (lip gloss, lip balm and quite recently, lipstick). I remember reading a magazine article about Elizabeth Jagger back when I was still in school and she mentioned that she couldn’t live without these Juicy Tubes things. Then I found out she actually got to endorse the product, I really really wanted one but I’ve always been shy to ask my mom to buy me $18 lipgloss. At the airport before boarding I came across a row of them so I decided just to go ahead and finally get one (in #17 Fraise) and so far so good! I like that it has a thick texture as opposed to other glosses which are quite thin and oily, but it doesn’t feel like your lips are covered in hot goo. It also smells nice. Score.

I didn’t plan on going into too much detail about my purchases but I couldn’t help it, I’m in a blogging mood today!

Life Desserts: My Weekend

A few hours into a new work week and before I start with work I decided to write about the weekend. On Saturday I had a good reunion with two of my best friends from uni especially with Caroline, whom I haven’t seen in almost 2 years (and also just resurrected her fashion blog!). To cut a long story short, everything which happened became water under the bridge and all of us couldn’t be happier at how things turned out. We met for lunch at Pesto.

Dress and belt by WAGW Cebu, shoes by CELINE Philippines (not to be mistaken with the French Celiné) and ASOS Tradition Colour Briefcase. I was pretty much supporting local Philippine brands in Jakarta that day, except for the ASOS bag. Even my accessories were a gift from a good friend back in Cebu, and the pearl coated bangles were from a tourist shop in Cebu as well.

I’m such a mini me compared to my friends especially Caroline who’s super tall and still wearing heels. She told us she wanted to pursue a career as a flight attendant, of course she got our full support and now she’s applying. Good luck!!

We wanted the whole day to stretch out without parting ways yet so we decided to proceed to the mall to do a bit of shopping. I got myself a MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Modesty and Caroline and I bought matching cute synthetic two tone flats which are just the most comfortable to wear. I think one day we’re gonna wear it together, of course with different styles of clothing. We met a few friends in another cafe and had a few laughs then since Carol had another appointment, we left for yet another restaurant in the South for dessert, light dinner (yes dessert came first!) and drinks.


Speaking of desserts, I had one too many on Saturday. They were so good I forgot their names. I think I had a full Chocolate Mousse after lunch and another Hazelnut & Chocolate Mousse at night plus I also got to try Mille Feuille which are thin layers of pastry with cream and chocolate filling served with vanilla ice cream–heavenly! Dessert overload much?

I had a pretty great Saturday after a few weekends of laying low on alcohol. Lazy Sunday was spent catching up on feeds and reading One Day on my Kindle. The book is amazing so far, each chapter offers an insight to growing up and the best part is there’s a movie coming out soon, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess who I think are just the right people to play Em & Dex respectively. I’ve been following a pattern with reading books based on growing up, just before One Day I read A Visit from the Goon Squad which was also great, albeit a little dark at times. I can’t wait to watch One Day the movie and I heard Goon Squad is going to be developed as an HBO TV Series so I can’t wait to see how that turns out too.

Oscars 2011 Red Carpet Faves

I decided to make a post about the Oscar dresses this year because all of them took my heart.. Some a little more than the others in which I’m going to post here. I’m always on the lookout during Awards Season because I love seeing all the clothes and the dresses and it makes me so excited. My favorite red carpets are always the first and the last. The Golden Globes and The Academy Awards. So here are some of my Oscar favorites this season:

The Reds

I am a HUGE fan of long red dresses and gowns so I was especially happy when I saw a few of them in the red carpet. All these four worn by Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang, Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein, Anne Hathaway in Valentino and Penelope Cruz in L’Wren Scott look great. My favorite out of the four would have to be Sandra’s. When I saw this dress I immediately decided that it was going to be my favorite of the night.

If there’s one designer (or even businesswoman) that I aspire to be, it would Monique Lhuiller. I have got to rep her because we come from the same hometown and studied in the same school. Not only that, her eye for taste and detail never ever disappoints. There is a big reason why she is one of the number one chosen people for wedding gowns. This gown by Mandy Moore is just absolutely beautiful and if I’m not mistaken is straight off the runway. No words, love it.

At first I was a little surprised that Mila went a little bit casual for the Oscars in Elie Saab, but she definitely stood out. The detail of this dress is just amazing and it fit her body so well.

I’m not very familiar with Kaufman Franco’s designs but I love this dress so much. It’s a fairytale princess dress in black. I can’t explain why but this was one of my favorites of the night and it wouldn’t have worked in any other color. Even though it’s black it still compliments her olive skin so well and it doesn’t drown her out despite it being a big dress. She managed to turn my head even thought she isn’t even really directly connected to the Oscars.

These were my favorites for the night. The rest were still great and some were just okay for me. Runners up would have to be Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa, Michelle Williams in Chanel and Hilary Swank in Gucci Premier. Who were your favorites?