Monday, 24 December 2012

My Lovely Sister in Law

My sister in law, along with my mother and father in law are visiting us. It's so nice to see them again because we miss them and haven't met them since Lebaran holiday. 

Now, I want to introduce you to my lovely sister in law. Her name is Yuniar and currently is working in one of sharia banks in Indonesia. She's easy going, fun and lively. I like her style. Her style is feminine, young, and yet so sweet :). And the most important is, she's available! Hehehe...

I took her photos today and here are some of them.















Friday, 21 December 2012

Watermark

ALIF... Alhamdulillah It's Friday! We always feel excited when we talk about weekend, don't we? And for some people, maybe this weekend will be avery long weekend :D. 

Now I just want to share my new watermark for my photos. Yeah, I've been thinking about this for a long time but I'm just lousy in designing artwork. So I'm trying the best I can. Hehehe....

Here is my new watermark.



Now anytime you see photos with this watermark, you can be sure that it's taken from my blog, okay?

Happy weekend to you all :D.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Make-Up Review: Caring Colours BB Cream Everlast


BB Cream Everlast by Caring Colours.

Hi, girls! This is my first make up review. I haven't done something like this before but I found this product about two weeks ago and I want to share it with you.


I have oily skin so it's a little hard to find a good product that doesn't make my face look more oily. I use a matte moisturizer to lessen it and I think it was pretty good.


Then, I read about BB cream a few weeks ago on Wolipop and I was curious with that "magic" cream (Women! :D). It is said that BB Cream (Blemish Balm Cream) has the benefit of moisturizer, primer (make-up base), foundation and sunscreen put together. WOW! 

So when my Hubby went to Watson to buy deodorant stick I decided to go along and bought BB Cream from Caring Colours, a local brand. I chose the purple one, for oily skin. It had 20% discount plus there's a loose powder (10 g) as a bonus! It's worth only about IDR50,000.00 or so :D.

The bonus loose powder :).

It's been a couple of weeks since I tried this BB Cream on and I have to say it is good. It has a matte finish and the natural color goes well on my skin. As a matter of fact, my skin looks better because it blends perfectly and it is so easy to put on. I love the idea of a perfect skin only in just one step.

The loose powder bonus is so perfect with the BB Cream on my face. In addition, it has a small elegant packaging so it is handy and we can just tuck it into our purse. 

Over all, I love it! I'm a happy customer :D.


Price            : reasonable
Packaging    : good
Product        : good
Repurchase : yes, definitely.


Monday, 17 December 2012

My Bebe's Filthy Shoes


The most favorite shoes.





I want to tell you about the story of my Bebe and a pair of filthy shoes. The filthy shoes in the picture is my Bebe's all time favorite shoes. Well, the story goes like this.


My Bebe is almost 2 years old now. And dealing with her problems just quite fun. Especially dealing with those things that seems very little for Mama and Papa but eventually is so big for her.

When my Bebe was almost 1 year old and start to walk on her own, I bought her a new pair of shoes because she only had pre-walker shoes. But here's the thing: she didn't like wearing shoes. She constantly trying to remove the shoes from her feet so I thought I would buy her shoes with strings. Here is the picture of it,

Pink canvas shoes.

I love this shoes because it's pink and I used to have a pink converse in college :P. Well, it worked. After that my Bebe never tried to remove the shoes from her feet again.

A few months after, my Hubby's friend got married and my Bebe didn't have shoes that would go well with her dress so we decided to buy a more girlie shoes.


Yes, it's the filthy shoes we bought. I used to love the shoes. It's pink and it looked very comfortable too. I tried to fold it and it bounced back again perfectly. And the most important is my Bebe loves it.

Here is the thing: when we went some where, my Hubby and I used to pick the newer shoes over the pink converse because it was easier to put on. The pink converse have many strings that we sometimes troubled with especially when your daughter's feet cannot stop moving around :D.

Time flies and my Bebe's shoes became like this. So filthy with scratches all over it. And do you see that cute bugs on the shoes? Well they used to be bees. But my Bebe lost their antennas somewhere, I think. 

My Bebe loves this shoes so much that she doesn't like the pink converse anymore. She got angry every time I insist her to wear them. But then, as my Bebe's feet getting bigger, the pink converse became too small for her. So Mama and Papa decided that Bebe has to get a new pair of shoes.

Here it is,

My Bebe only wore them five or six times after we bought them.
But look what kind of art attack she did to it already :D.

We chose the same brand as the filthy shoes because we hope it will have a similar comfort to the filthy shoes on her. Well, guess. She doesn't like it. She wore it only in first days and when she wore the filthy one again, she resist to wear it. Yeah we had big fights (my Bebe and I) about shoes. I hate fights, especially on small things. 

Luckily, my mother used to say, "Buy kids shoes with bigger size because they grow up so fast." So since the new shoes were still a little too big for her, I decided to keep calm.

But it's hard to see your own daughter wearing filthy shoes, isn't it? I need to find someway to make her wear new shoes without fighting. So Mama and Papa decided to buy her a new pair of shoes that she likes.

We took her to some stores. Yeah she just love to point at them and say, "Boots! Paw-paw (flower), Shan (sun)." But we ended up with nothing. We tried to put her on some shoes and we ended up fighting again. She yelled and cried loudly,"Gamau, gamau!" that many people looked at us.

Papa asked her gently,"Just choose any shoes you want, okay?"
Bebe stopped crying and took off her own shoes and place it on the shoes rack. Then she took it again, and show it to us,"Ini!" She said. Hahaha... we laughed together.

My dear Bebe, you're so funny but your favorite shoes is so filthy. You need new shoes. So Mama and Papa decided then, in the store, we would buy you a pair of shoes that is comfortable and you can not easily take off yourself. 


The New Shoes.

In that very night, I struggled to put on the new shoes and hide the filthy one. She got angry at first but we made her walk around the mall. We took her to see the choo choo train and the elephant robot and she's happy.

We think that we'll hide her favorite shoes for two weeks or a month at least. Just to make her get used to the new one :).



Sunday, 16 December 2012

From Carnation Mom in Action 2012

Hello :). Just a quick post of the last event I attended. It's called Carnation Mom in Action 2012.

The ladies in the Dahlia Block won a competition held by Carnation last week in our neighborhood. So, these three ladies chefs went to compete in the finals against the other ladies chefs in Depok. 

The event itself held in the D-Mall on Dec 15, 2012. I was there taking some pictures. Here are some of them;

The creations of the ladies chefs. Mmm... Yummy... :).


These are the chefs: Mrs. Esty, Mrs. Ayu and Mrs. Any :).


1. Cooking demo by Chef Ade, Chef Dian and Chef Beng. 
2. The serious chefs :). 
And  3. The happy supporters in front of the wall of fame, all in red :D.


1. My Bebe and I. I wonder why now It's a little hard to ask her to pose in front of the camera.
2. My OOTD.


Thanks for reading friends! Happy weekend for all of you! :)



Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Robin Scherbatsky's Easy Chic

Do you like watching the How I Met Your Mother TV series? Well, I do :D. I like Robin Scherbatsky's style especially on season 7 and 8.

Robin is a news anchor in one of the television in New York. I always love how she dressed, you know, a typical New York City girl. But lately, she looks so fresh with new haircut and new looks. She wore many outfits with a very simple but very good cuts, patterns, and colors.

I like it when we see fashion on TV, magazine, or the news and we say, "Hey, she looks so chic and I can definitely wear that!" 

Well, let me show you some of the outfits.



A fine-fitting creme blazer.
Image was taken from here.

One of my favorites: electric blue pants, plain white shirt and black blazer.
Image was taken from here.

I love the cutting of the shirt and the details on the sleeves :).
Image was taken from here.

Nice pattern accent :).
Image was taken from here.

Another simple cut with anchor pattern.
Image was taken from here.


But overall, this is the style I love the most.
Street style. Looks so young and fresh :D.



Image was taken from here.




Well Robin, we can definitely wear that! :D

Monday, 10 December 2012

High Utility

Something bothered my mind after I attended the #BloggerBicara Fashion event. It's because of what one of the speakers, a shopaholic, said to us. She said she didn't have tips to shop because she only buy what she likes and she can spend millions only to shop for clothings. 

Well, she's one lucky girl. I am just one of the common women who has limited budgets. Especially after got married and gave birth to a daughter :D. I am pretty careful in spending money, especially for shopping. Even the title of this post is my first rule in shopping: High Utility.

I believe in quality when choosing my clothes. I don't buy clothes that I consider unnecessary. But I'm willing to spend a little bit more for a good quality.

For me, high utility means, that I can wear the clothes to many occasions. The color matches other clothes in my closet so I don't have to buy another item. Example: A good quality black pants, nude pants, black shawl, black blazer, nude shoes. You know, the items that you can easily mix and match to other stuffs in my closet.

Second, high utility means that it can stand longer. I can wear it many times without being worried that the clothes will be ruined. And I can wash it many times and it still got its best shape.

Last but not least, high utility means that the cut or design will be last for a longer time so I don't have to worry if the design will be soon outdated. 

I learned this rule from my Mom. She has many fashion items that, I have to say, lasts for years. I told you in my last post I wore her palazzo pants that she bought when I was in Junior High School (around 1996). She has bright colored pants too that she bought around 1998 and surprisingly becoming trends again in 2012 :D.

I didn't mean to say that I don't like spending money for pleasure. I sometimes shop for cute tops or colored pants. Sometimes I shopped at ITC too. I just don't do that too often.

When I buy something, at least it must meet one of my high utility rules. Because I need to be sure that when I buy something, it will not be a waste.


Black Pants = wear it to many occasions, it can stand for a pretty long time (maybe 1-2 years),
and the cut definitely won't be outdated soon.

Stripe Shirt = wear it to many occasions depending on how we mix it. This pattern never outdated.
The quality? I don't know... Hahaha :D.

Pink Jacket = it stands for a pretty long time (I bought it on 2008).

Black Shawl = definitely wear it to many occasions. The color will never be outdated.
Stands for a long time (bought it on 2010).

Black-red shoes = wear it to many occasions. 

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Bikin Hijab Class, Yuk!

Last Thursday, the islamic studies group in our neighborhood held our own hijab class. It's not really a hijab class. It's just us sharing our tips in wearing hijab.

Well, according to the first plan, we were going to make a cooking class. But since no one was prepared for it, we took a decision to make a hijab class instead :D.

Let me introduce you to my friends :) 

My Bebe and Osi

Mrs. Rusiah Ichwan and Mrs. Wiwik


Mrs. Pipit. She's one of the tutor.


Best friends. Mrs Monica, Mrs. Lia and Azkia.

Me and My Bebe

Mrs. Desi and Abin

Mrs. Yuli and Iffah. Mrs Yuli is our teacher :).


The first one to share the hijab style was Mrs. Pipit. This is the first style with cotton shawl,


First style hijab demo by Mrs. Pipit.


And these are the first hijab style of the participants :)



They look good, don't they? :)


The second style by Mrs. Ine, using a square paris scarf,


This is Hana Tajima style but it's super easy!
Mrs. Ine only use one safety pin for this style :D


And this is me sharing hijab style with chiffon shawl,

Mrs. Fitri Nurfitriani as a model :).

It's always fun to share good things with your best friends, isn't it? So beside searching for new hijab styles on the Internet, you can always ask your friends for new tips for hijab. It's easier too because you can always ask them when you don't understand the steps :). 

Saturday, 8 December 2012

#BloggerBicara Fashion




Last Sunday I attended a blogger event called #BloggerBicara Fashion. This is actually an annual event held by BlogDetik. BloggerBicara means BloggerSpeaks, only this year, the theme of the event was about fashion.

As you probably know, I am a stay at home mom. It's really hard for me to be away from my Bebe even only for a few hours. Well, that weekend my Hubby said he was going to take care of our daughter. He knew that I need some 'me time' and encouraged me to go alone. "After all, she's my daughter too," He said. 

Before I went off he said again, "If anything turned to be wrong or you don't like it. Don't be upset, okay? Don't worry about us. Just have fun."

Huhuhu... My dearest Hubby.... :'). Yeah that is the best thing when you have a spouse. There always someone to be there before you and say, "Hey, it's alright. I got your back!"

And so I went there with a friend of mine, Mrs Pipit. We live at the same neighborhood and decided to went there together. The event took place at FX Mall Sudirman. So we took a commuter line train from Depok to Jakarta.

We were so lucky that there are so few passengers in the women's coach that day. That's rarely happened because the train usually full of people especially on weekdays. Look at the picture of Mrs. Pipit inside the train. The couch actually looks pretty good, doesn't it? :D

Mrs. Pipit
We got off at Sudirman Station at about 11.30 am. There's something weird at the station when we try to stop a taxi. Some man looked at us like he had a bad intention so we rushed our steps. We hurriedly went under a street palisade and hurriedly stop a taxi. Yaikh! 


When we were arrived at the venue, Mrs Pipit introduced me to two friends: Mrs. Myra Anastasia and Mrs. Fadlun. There's a wall of fame and we took some pictures :D



Me.

Mrs. Pipit and Mrs. Fadlun.
Mrs. Myra.
They are so lovely aren't they? Well, since I've been blogging only for these last three months, this was the the first blogger event I attended. It's great. I mean, I used to be an intern and a freelance journalist for a number of mass media before and so attending such event was not anything new for me. But to be there as a blogger, I am me. I represent myself, not my company. And that was big fun! :). Such a newbie :P. 

This event actually was a closing event of Jakarta Fashion Market 2012. So there are many fashion stands you rarely see in here. Many of them are online shops. 

Una Style Stand

Goie Shoes and Bags


So, as you see in the poster of the event, we had three guest stars. Diyan Arto, a Fashion Designer; Latifah Riphat, a Shopaholic; and Aria Rajasa, owner of gantibaju.com and tees.co.id. They were sharing many useful stuffs about fashion and how it can turn to be a very good business.



From left to right: Karel Andersen, Diyan Arto, Lathifah Riphat and Aria Rajasa 

Diyan Arto





Diyan is a Batik fashion designer. Her line named Diyan Arto and her boutique is located in Laweyan District, city of Solo. She's such a humble person. She shared her ups and downs stories of the business.

She started the business from zero, trying to prove that her father was wrong to doubt her, when she took the decision to start a business in fashion.

Just to hear her talked I just knew that this psychology bachelor knows so much about batik. She wanted batik to be seen younger and fashionable. So she came up with ideas to create not only handmade batik or stamped batik, she creates pattern that mix the two patterns together. She refuse to produce printed batik because she said the quality is no good. 

She insists her workers to meet her rules in the production process to keep the good quality. She believes that although there is a size chart (S,M,L,XL), every costumer need to be measured in order to get a one fine-fitting clothes.

Moreover, she also provides costumers with honest informations about the products. When a customer asked her to make a handmade customized batik on a rainy season, she will say that the production process will take about 5 to 6 months, not less. 

If one customer try on a product, she will talk straightly if it a good choice or not. She believe honesty is a foundation of a good business.

In the end of the talk show, Diyan said that we can't be too idealistic in fashion business. We also have to think about the market. What people want and what kind of design that people like. Because we need the business to bring us the money in shortly.

Diyan said she used to be so in to branded fashion products. But after having her own business, she turned to spend less. Because now, anytime she want to shop, she'll remember all of her workers and their families. She think that she has to be able to pay them. So, spending money to shop was not on her first list anymore.



Lathifah Riphat

Lathifah is a shopaholic. She shared her stories about her habit in shopping. While she was waiting for the talk show to begin, she had spent IDR 1 Million already! Wow!  

Karel Andersen, the host, asked her the highest amount of money she ever spent just for fashion in one day. And she said, IDR 40 Million. 

Well, it's not that I never heard of this before. But that was the first time I heard it directly from someone with sparks in her eyes as she talked about her shopping habit. 



Aria Rajasa

Aria is the owner of gantibaju.com and tees.co.id. Actually, he said, he has computer studies background and didn't know anything about designing clothes. So, he talked with his friends and they think of how to make money without even bother making the design.

They came up with gantibaju.com. The idea was to make a design competition every month where costumers can compete their own designs. The winner will be awarded, the designed will be applied on the shirts, and costumers will buy them. "So every body's happy," he said.

About business, Aria pointed out that if we want to start our own business, we have to start it now, just start and don't think. We will always have reason to stop so just start now. 

Two business owners and they have shared so much tips how to start our own business already!

And I have to say Karel Andersen was a good host. He threw so many good questions as much as his silly jokes. Hahaha...

After the talk show, there was a performance from Girl Band Ala Emak-Emak Blogger. They sang the beautiful songs Bunda and When You Tell Me That You Love Me. Their voices are actually pretty good. Here they are,


Mak Fiki, Mak Olly and Mak Wiwiek

After the performance, we had a fashion show from Diyan Arto Collections presented by bloggers as the models. Here they are,


Pretty in Pink.


Do you see the worm pattern on the white top?
It's called cacingan and
it is the earmark of Diyan Arto
Kebaya

Of all the blogger models, I only recognize this face.
This is Mak Mira Sahid.
Makpon or Mak Founder of Kumpulan Emak-Emak Blogger.

Diyan explaining her designs

Karel Andersen throwing jokes over the participants

Overall, it was big fun! :D

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