Free Photoshop Action : Natural Vintage Tone #1 (ALMOND)

I've been asked by my readers and friends about the "vintage" tone that I use for my photos. One of them called my pictures as the "natural-looking vintage filtered photos", which I find interesting. I never heard of anything like a "natural" vintage filter before, but apparently it refers to the light and not-so-edited impression that some people think I got (on my photos). I personally tend to make just a slight change on my pictures because I don't want to completely lose the original colors. Maybe that's where the "natural" word came from! For thanking your recognition and interest, I'll be posting a series of my regular photoshop actions starting from the first one called "Almond". The action can be downloaded below:

After downloading the action, all you have to do is loading it into your photoshop. There's one useful YOUTUBE VIDEO guide on how to do it. Hope you have lots of fun with Almond!

Revisiting Faith

I've been preparing myself to the day I finally write about the things that have changed from this blog, from me, from my life. After "celebrating" 5 years of blogging last August 4th, I knew that it's time to do so. This might make more sense to my loyal readers who's been following me from the first time I blogged under Sunflares Plethora, my old blog title. I used to write long, thoughtful posts about life and the melancholic side of it. I used to fill my blog with more inspirational posts instead of advertorial ones. I also used to share more productive topics instead of flooding the page with my own outfit pictures. Now when I look at this blog, there's this slight unfamiliar feeling - sometimes it looks like someone else's blog. I realised that unfamiliarity is one of the side-effect of change. I've changed.

Question : Why do I change?

The answer can be long, but I'd keep it simple - I have to change. There are many opportunities related to blogging career that come along my way during these 5 years, and honestly I wasn't very careful on choosing which one I want to try. I made a good mistake when I went with the new-fashion-blogging-trend flow after I decided to blog full-time and move to the capital. I took some jobs that I hate, some projects that were harder to finish than I thought, some not-so-useful collaborations. I learn how to monetize my blog in easy and hard way, and knowing the disadvantages of both. The only way I can grow is by letting myself to change - either for shorter term or longer period of time. And as a person who hates (very, deeply, religiously hates) changes, there were nothing easy about it. I knew I let many readers down and losing potential real-life connections with them. I also knew that I failed myself by focusing on how to make a living from something I like, but end up pushing myself to do many things I don't enjoy by heart. I knew that for quite a long while, but decided to hold the disappointment because I got to finish my process. And being said that, I have to say, I had my lessons.

One of my reader asked me not so long ago, will she (as a reader) ever got to see I blog like the way I used to do back then? The question made me feel like I owe an explanation to her, and to anyone interested. Because maybe, I need that question to reassure me about the true passions I believed in. Because maybe I'm not the only one who get through the similar search of faith by exploring life beyond comfortable boundaries and making important mistakes. And for once, I feel like walking down the old dusty road from where I came from, tracing back the familiar path of faith that brought me to where I stand today.

For me blogging is a way to communicate with the world because human needs to feel connected with one another. Human needs social interaction and I personally wish that I can be part of the online community that construct positive attitudes and inspire meaningful habit to someone's life. I'd like to get into the excitement again. But if I never try to change before, I would never know what I truly want.

When it comes to faith, I guess in some points we perceived it as a commitment to believe on something forever, a 'till-the-end choice, a fixed feeling. Faith is like our ultimate reliance that never change. But it's not. Faith can change, too. Our faith will be questioned in many ways by many people including ourselves - even especially by ourselves. It is not a static idea of trust but rather a dynamic conversation between those strongest values we want to keep for ourselves in life. And faith does change because faith isn't this simple thing that fades over time, faith is a complexion of beliefs that resides inside our soul no matter how much we've physically evolved or mentally travelled. Faith does change in forms, but never in core. Deep down inside our faith stays alive while we go out and try so many different things that goes the opposite ways. It knows we will come back because faith is pretty much like a home : it keeps us safe and secure by letting us know that we will always have a place to rest and be ourselves.

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” 
― Terry PratchettA Hat Full of Sky

photography by Vivi Svarnam

I've travelled far from the starting line, but time has made me revisiting my faith again. And as I learned how to keep pursuing my true passions, I also appreciate the experience of changing more than before. It is true that change is inevitable, but some changes are deeply significant that they leave marks on your journey. Thank you for letting me share one of mine's.

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{OUTFIT} H&M Black Cable Knits Sweater / Pencil Skirt and Silver Tassle Clutch from WWW.ODIOLI.COM / Vintage Pillbox Hat bought via WWW.ETSY.COM / Vintage Aigner Wingtip Spectator Shoes

Just Yesterday

It seems like yesterday, when I saw your shadow blocking the window view in front of me. It felt like a day before, when the road was empty and you took me to the old town in the north. It just a sigh away, when we talked overnight and slept exhaustedly on the office's floor. It wasn't long time ago, when I was sick and you hold me tight just to let me know I'm safe.

But so many little thoughts are also brought by yesterday,
the fight
the silence
the doubt
the quiet weep.

Tomorrow will come again, just like any other day. But for the beautiful memories, for the painfully-hard to be forgotten good days, for the wonderful stillness, for the unspoken forgiveness...

Please bring me back yesterday.

OUTFIT | TAPESTRY DRESS

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photography Vilianty Svarnam

Tapestry dress is a rare thing. I've been having quite an obsession with carpet-embroidery materials and collecting tapestry purses since forever, but having a tapestry dress is such a score - especially when it has roses filling all over with such color combination that scream "antique-romantic". When your dress is such a statement, all you need to do is make a simple pairing by wearing basic-colored accessories such as creme, white, gold, or brown. I went with gold and creme this time.

*Note : If you're into similar dress, you might find them via ODIOLI.

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{OUTFIT} | Tapestry dress, lace shoes and gold clutch bag from ODIOLI.COM / Outer from H&M / F21 earrings

OUTFIT | Purple Flower


When receiving a beautiful piece of clothing, I always feel like dressing up in a complete romantic mood to fits the nostalgic girly-ness that a dress can bring. But living in a big city like Jakarta, you don't really find a romantic background easily. Not to mention the whole tropical atmosphere that made your classic dress like an old-age artifact. I almost casually paired the dress with casual flats and taking pictures from the house when my boyfriend offered me an afternoon walk around his place. I put on my vintage hat and get my red-wine heels for the hope of getting a nice shooting place, and we did. There's a nice park without anyone around (maybe because it wasn't preferable to stay outside during fasting month) and we took several photos there. The result was quite wonderful.

photography Fajar Prabowo

Sometimes we easily give up on doing what we want because "growing up" isn't always a place for exploring dreams. But if we keep trying and pushing the creativity forward, we can find a corner where dreamers can harvest their wishes - started from a small beginning. Just like letting classic-romaticism grew even when the whole surrounding begs you to be tropical-realistic. True story.

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{OUTFIT} |YUAN CLOTHING purple floral dress / Vintage purse with gold chain / Vintage hat bought via Etsy.com / NEW LOOK red wine mary-jane / TOPSHOP pendant / H&M knuckle rings

Beauty : L'Occitane Sublime Beauty Series (Review)

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Summer is here! As a person who spent most of her time inside air-conditioned room or driving around with air-conditioned car, moisturizer is an important thing. We all want to keep our skin healthy and sometimes we have to change products in order to find what's most suitable for us. I've been using L'Occitane products since my mom introduced me to their Brightening Essence (I wrote about it here). Now I'm going to share you the Angelica series I'm currently using : Sublime Essence, Sublime Beauty Cream and Hydra Vital Gel.


My morning usually starts with a face-washing and serum appliance. The product I use is this Sublime Essence. It's a serum that can refine our skin texture and help to soften the skin's surface (especially when regularly used). I naturally have big pores around the nose area, so using this serum is really helpful. The result can be seen pretty quickly - with more consistent use, I think the skin will continue to glow more permanently.


Angelica Hydra Vital Gel is basically a very light, cooling moisturizer gel that help to soothes the skin for a more radiant complexion. I usually apply this gel in the morning (after shower), after using the Sublime Essence. It's fresh and quickly absorbed by the skin. If you use other moisturizer, you can apply Hydra Vital Gel after that as well.


The last product from the Angeline series I use is this Sublime Beauty Cream - a BB Cream that acts as protecting sunscreen as well. Usually I use this after the Hydra Vital Gel and Sublime Essence. I always love the light feeling these whole products give me, and the neat result as well. I tried several BB cream before, but this one is my current favorite because of its flawless result. You can also use it without make up and it still looks naturally smooth.

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Conclusion:

Whenever I want to use products, I try to learn about the ingredients before I decide to start using it. Angelica series from L'occitane is made from Angelic extracts : white Iris and Angelic flowers. It's worth because the price is still affordable for the duration of use and great result. I suggest you to try them and share what you think below this post! 


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*This post is a collaboration between Lucedale, Grazia Magazine and L'Occitane. But my opinion is always my opinion, and I've been using L'Occitane since last year myself.

 

 

OUTFIT | THE RED HAT

photography Vilianty Swarnam

Somedays were totally meant for vintage-inspired outfit. Just like this one, when I decided to doll-up a little bit with my red beret hat and wearing something that remind me of Moonrise Kingdom or The Education... Even not too similar.

{OUTFIT} | GIORDANO washed-out top / Vintage beret / CHANEL bag / STACCATO two-tone shoes / SHANBRINA tulle skirt