Monday, 31 August 2009

The Day You Went Away

Scenario 1

I became more sad and silent as the day approached for his leaving,
I tried to appear as usual, but the sorrow I had to struggle against was one that could not be entirely conquered or concealed.

I intimated that this would be a different parting form,
any I had ever yet known.
It would probably, as far as I was concerned, be a parting for years.
It might be a parting for life.

"He would sacrifice all to his long-framed resolves," I thought.
Natural ambitions and persistence more potent still beneath him.
He looked placid but hid a fervor in his vitals,
in some things he was inexorable as death.

It was in scenes of strife and danger
-where courage was proved and energy exercised and fortitude tasked,
that he would speak and move,
He was right to have chosen his path, I saw it clearly.

But the worst was, my heart would hardly permit me to dissuade him from his severe decision.
Certainly I couldn't blame him for it. It was best, yet it broke my heart.
And tears gushed to my eyes.
That day, after he had bid farewell to his beloveds and friends,
he thought proper not to have an encounter with me; left in silence instead.
I was hurt by the marked omission, so much hurt that tears started to my eyes.

I had not much pride under such circumstances:
I would always rather be happy than dignified,
And I ran after him, but he was not there anymore.
He had left, forever...

Pictures via Le Love

Sunday, 30 August 2009

{Why You Love Her}

I guess this is the result of watching too much E! channel: you get addicted to celebrities, their fabulous (unaffordable) fashion and glamorous style. Daily exposure -or is it overdosed consumption?, of the flashy images of your favorite actress leads to this post.

Be amazed by these lovely leading ladies of style :)
Nicole Richie, The Olsen Twins, Keira Knightley
and the latest crush of mine: Camilla Belle.

Pictures via Coco's Tea Party

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Can You Keep a Secret?

Pssstt.... Can you keep a secret?
'Cause I'm telling you some details you haven't known about me...

1. Ever since kindergarten, I've NEVER ever got an antagonist role.
(It has always been the princess, the fairy, the angel, the lovely girl next door, etc). I guess it has something to do with my "baby-face".
The fact is I really want to look fierce and give "bad roles" a shot.

2. I am afraid to death of injection :p Ooops...
Can't help it! There's something eerie about needles!
Back in high school, I faked a stomachache and skipped a school day to avoid an injection.

3. I turn into a freak/monster when it comes to books.
Each and every single book of mine is covered, no folded-pages and super-neat. They all look brand new.
I would notice even the tiniest stain and would buy a new one to replace it.
I once bought the same book for 1 1/2 its price because it's in better condition.
I go mad if anybody goes near my shelves and mess around.

4. I can survive three full days with just a toast.
I fainted at the brink of the fourth day :p
Just a picture of how far a girl could go to look fabulous in a gown.

5. I'm secretly in love with someone who's not supposed to be loved...
Ha, that's all I'm telling you. What do you expect? I would spill all the embarrassing details? Too good to be true!

6. I have very little hairs, I used to look like Tweety when I was a toddler.

7. My little sister who is in elementary school often gives me a treat when I take her to the mall.
How bizzare is this?

8. I don't really enjoy bedlam, I love solitary instead.
After nights out with lots of friends, I feel the urge to go somewhere very quiet alone and isolate myself. Don't worry too much though, I'm not planning to leave this sinful world to go meditating in a cave or something of that sort... At least not in the near future. Lol.

9. I seriously think a glass of beer is better than wine.

10. I purchased a handbag five times my monthly salary and don't regret it.

Well, now you know I'm not a perfect girl.
My hair doesn't always stay in place. I sometimes have an acne on my forehead (yes, at 24 of age; and people say acnes are only for teenagers!). I forget things and spill things a lot, I'm pretty clumsy.

My friends and I sometimes disagree and fight.
Now and then I have my heart broken and break someone else's heart.
And there are days when I wake up at the wrong side of the bed, and for the rest of the day things go all wrong. Shit happens, as people say.

But when I step aside and review myself, when I look in the mirror every morning; (staring at this girl with black eyes and tousled hair)
I spot flaws; yet I think I see a beauty; maybe, just maybe I love being imperfect. just the way I am.

You have to know that no matter what you think; for now and forever, I will still be who I am, keep saying what I feel and doing what I want...

Friday, 28 August 2009

Hermes d'Orange

Hermes was the first.
When orange was chosen to adorn packages, boxes, bags, papers and items for the home; no one else was using it.

Orange was not at all representative of 1940s France. Surprisingly enough, but not without reason, orange did not exist in the West for a long time. It didn't even have a name.

It was a product of blends ordained by the Inquisition, it is a sub-color, like purple and brown. Seen as vulgar, flashy and inferior, it is usually the last in line when it comes to favorite colors in France.

It was a daring move: Orange disturbs conventional people because it wraps them in a warm embrace. It shocked conformists because it denotes spark. It puzzles people set in their ways because it's new.

Hermes was a pioneer. Long before the days of flower power and the craze for psychedelic tone, before fashion altogether, when it was all about showing one's unique and precious character and being in line with certain tradition (The Muses' dresses in Greek mythology were orange)...

One shade alone was right for the job: orange! The color of fruits bursting with vitamins, the color of all the promises of dawn and the splendorous of fire, the color of warmth.

Think outside the box today!

Pictures via Hermes

Thursday, 27 August 2009

The Distance between Us.

I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to him;
especially when he's near me.
It's as if I had a string somewhere under my left rib,
tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string,
situated in the corresponding quarter of his frame;

If... that boisterous channel
and the thousand miles or so of land come broad between us.
I'm afraid that cord of communion between us will be snapped.
Then I have this nervous notion I should take to bleed inwardly.
As for you; you'd forget me...

Put your hands in mine, dear... just this one time.
So that I have the evidence of touch, to prove that you are near me.
Your presence is an addition to my comfort.

Picture via Design Scene

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Feeling Beautiful?

Romantic and timeless, Beautiful celebrates femininity and the most precious moments in life. It is represented by a bride, symbolizing when every woman feels her most feminine and beautiful.

Beautiful is trully the fragrance of a thousand flowers. How not so, the intricate fragrance is created from 2,000 flowers and took years to perfect! A tender bouquet of Lily and Roses, Marigold and Orange Blossom... All warmed with a warm woody base and brightened with a touch of citrus.

The perfume does serve its ultimate vision of Mrs. Estee Lauder:
"I want a fragrance that make a woman feel like everyone in the room turns to admire her when she enters". Beautiful has always been about femininity, romance and the joy of being loved.

Pictures via Anja Rubik

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

# Sofia Coppola, en scene

Making girlish icons like Kirsten Dunst and Scarlett Johansson famous for playing the leads in her films, Sofia Coppola is the embodiment of virginal purity. Muse to Marc Jacobs and even appearing as his campaign model, Sofia's girlish style is never cloying, always modern and womanly.

This the secret dreamworld of Sofia Coppola captured in pictures...

Monday, 24 August 2009

Chanel No. 5

Ad Campaign Chanel No. 5
Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Official Website
Models Audrey Tautou and Travis Davenport
Soundtrack Billie Holiday - I'm a Fool To Want You

It's time for Chanel No.5 mini movie, which will follow its stars, model Travis Davenport and actress Audrey Tautou on a legendary "Orient Express" journey from Paris to Istanbul.

The leading lady role is granted to Audrey Tautou, who will also star as Coco Chanel in the upcoming "Coco Avant Chanel". The French actress replaces Nicole Kidman as the new face of the fragrance after 5 years of Kidman's reign. Alongside her, stars male model Travis Davenport, who despite not being an actor; gives a strong performance and a wonderful touch to the film.

There's no dialogue throughout the 1 minute film. Not a single word, so it's all in the eyes. It's tough to convey emotions without words and such in a short time. Thus, the intensity in the eyes has to be even stronger. The duet was all about exchanging and listening, and of course eye contact. It's a question of feeling and they simply have the chemistry!

Please don't view the film through Youtube, I strongly recommend you get the full Chanel Numero 5 experience at the fragrances official website, making this work of art seem even more fascinating.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Decorating with Black

Black is definitely "in" for the home. The versatile color conveys a sense of drama and never seems to go out of style. Black has amazing power to solidify a color scheme, pull together disparate pieces of furniture, and give your home a touch of Hollywood glam. Why not try it in one of your rooms?
Pictures via BANDELLE BLOG

Friday, 21 August 2009

Alice in Fashion-land

In the pages of Vogue, the land of merry unbirthdays and late-running rabbits shimmer to life again -as the world most influential designers dress the original little girl -lost in their vision.

Photographed by Annie Leibovits.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

D&G Gold Restaurant

D&G Gold
Address: Via Carlo Poerio 2/A,
20129 Milano, Italy

In the new Dolce & Gabbana Restaurant, gold as the unparalleled symbol of money and luxury is not the theme. According to their official web description gold is here to emphasize upbeat and sunny color, translating into taste for beauty and sensual pleasure.

On its several levels D&G gold serves international food with a stunning range of refreshments, while the downstairs bistro opens at lunch time, upstairs the more formal restaurant serves only dinner, in your spare time you can also relax in D&G Golds Coffee Room and Cocktail Bar.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

After a While...

I found this cool blog by Muse a while ago, and got captivated by this heart-touching piece. Love it so much, I can't help to repost it. I literally dropped a tear at first, then my eyes were swimming. I think I'm badly heart-broken and this writing gently soothed me...

After a while you learn the subtle difference
between holding a hand and chaining a soul.

You learn that love doesn't mean leaning,
and company doesn't mean security.
You begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts
And presents aren't promises.

You begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes open,
with the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child.

And you learn to build all your roads on today,
because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.

After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much.
So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul,
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

You learn that you really can endure,
that you really are strong.
and you really do have worth,

You learn and learn...
With every good bye you learn.

Picture via Design Scene

Tuesday, 18 August 2009


I'm 24 years of age today. My future still bleakly uncertain. I've got my share of doubts and fears. But I'm thinking, can anybody in this world be luckier than I am? I've got such wonderful friends who love me for who I am. My life's perfect...

Monday, 17 August 2009

Independence Day!

It's August 17th!
Happy Independence Day to all! Enjoy the long-weekend holiday....
What can be a better expression of Indonesia's freedom than our red-white flag. Blazing red taffetta and pure white satin, tulle, ruffles: perfect combination for this celebration.

Sunday, 16 August 2009


"To whom it may concern",
My dearest sweetheart...

I couldn't sleep last night, thinking about you.
I eventually came up with this proposition in mind:
What do you say about leaving Surabaya?
Escaping all its pressures, suffocating routine and boredom, absurd norms.
Let us simply set off to a place where nobody would recognize us, just be together and live life to its fullest...

Along the way, we can sing this beautiful song from the Corrs, "Runaway"...

Say it's true, there's nothing like me and you
I'm not alone, tell me you feel it too
And I would run away, I would run away,
I would run away, I would run away with you
'Cause I am falling in love with you

No never, I'm never gonna stop falling in love with you

Close the door, lay down upon the floor
And by candlelight, make love to me through the night
'Cause I have run away, I have run away,
I have run away, run away, I have run away with you
And I am falling in love with you
No never, I'm never gonna stop falling in love with you

Song Title Runaway
Singer The Corrs
Songwriter The Corrs
Album The Corrs, Live in Dublin

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Burberry British Band

My long awaited new Burberry ad campaign for the season Fall Winter 2009-2010 has arrived! I heart them a lot and should pour it in a post!
Shot in new Burberry HQ near Westminister Abbey, House of Parliament and Big Ben; it stars models Tom Guinness, Charlie France, Nick Wilson and young fashion muse actress Emma Watson. The photo-shoot altogether enhances the London neighborhood feel of the campaign, captured wonderfully in pictures by legendary Mario Testino.

The campaign is appearing in print for the first time on August pages of the most wanted fashion glossy!

Pictures via Design Scene