Only Sometimes

photography vivi svarnam


Every once a while you have to cover your hair and hide them under the hat, like a man. Tight shoulder pads and long coat in basic colors, like a man. Flat face and serious expression, like a man. But sometimes, you get a chance, and you can wear a short short behind the coat or a purple hair under the grey hat, with black pointed high heels instead of flats, because on that rare "sometimes" finally the world seemed less mad. It allows you to be a woman that you really are, and tells you that everybody has the rights to choose their own shape. No labels, no name-calls, no judging walls. Only you and everything you like... Only sometimes.


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{OUTFIT} | PAULINA KATARINA Dress - www.paulinakatarina.com / Vintage Coat / Vintage Shoes / H&M Hat / Sequined bag sourced from Etsy.com

Hello, World!

To Draw A Bird

vintage-daisy-dress-park.jpg

A couple days ago, Kitty from Kittymanu.com - my crafty friend - was asking if I want to learn how to draw and try the bird-watching activity with her new friend Paulo from Portugal. Paulo is a bird-enthusiast and environment activist who happened to stay for a while in Indonesia to work with the people at Burung Indonesia Foundation (http://www.burung.org/) and he's an avid illustrator. I was never good on drawing - EVER - in my life, but learning how to draw and bird-watching sounds like a perfect Sunday getaway for me, so I said yes. Knowing that the gathering will be interesting for someone who actually can draw, I ask my bestfriends Dimas and Aji to tag along. We met at Kridaloka Park, Senayan, and after a quick introduction we all try to spot a bird on top of the trees using binoculars. It was damn hard! I barely can see anything (How can I? All I see are leaves and branches...) but Paulo assisted us and catch the bird using his own camera for us to see.

There, we spot one little Ruby-cheeked Sunbird on one of the branch. The tiny bird is so cute and still! We took several zoomed-images on our camera and/or phone, then we continue to draw her based on the photos.

I have to say that I really can't draw. HAHAHA. Like, literally suck at drawing. But I made friends with the right dudes, you see, who know how to paint like a pro. Dimas and Paulo even add watercolors on their illustrations. Arghhh!

photography Myself, Kitty Manu and Dimas Hendrajaya

Eventhough I sucked at my own drawings, I had such a lovely afternoon. Spending sunset hours in the park, somewhere beneath the tall and cold buildings surround, is quite a delightful way to enjoy Sunday. Hope yours were also as sweet as the daisies print on my dress too. Dear Kitty, if you read this, thank you for asking me out to draw a bird and end up showing me how to draw a memory. Bisous!



{OUTFIT} | Daisy Print Dress bought at The Blog Shop, Singapore / NILA ANTHONY velvet sling bag with silver chain / PORTEEGOODS maroon oxford shoes / TOPSHOP tights

The Granny Look

photography Vivi Svarnam

HELLO from my new pastel hair for you dearest readers. Last week I officially dyed my ash-blonde hair to lilac, and I have nothing to say except that I really, really love it! I never thought that Lilac hair would feel that magical, but it really does. And I'm officially looked like a granny now, with my platinum-lilac head and my old vintage wardrobe.

To add a good amount of oldness into this blog, I collaborated with the new vintage concept e-store called KOLLAGE (www.kollage.co.id) to review their products and share my favorite picks to you. My first pick is this beloved dark-green dress with peterpan collar, that looked very Alice in a darker way and also quite casual for everyday wear. But for this post I don't want to be casual, so I wore my long brown coat to dramatize the look. Beside the purple hair, there's another special thing on this post : my new (vintage) bag treasure, gifted from a very special lady friend of mine Cindy Karmoko from Hippie Gone Mad. Thank you! All of those things had make a very, very happy granny.

{OUTFIT} | Dark Green Vintage-style dress and Faux Pearl Necklace from KOLLAGE (www.kollage.co.id) / Vintage Long Coat (www.etsy.com) / Vintage Mustard Bag - a gift / TOPSHOP leather belt / Vintage T-strap shoes

Living Loving Class x KittyKitz x Lucedale : Play With Flowers!

Last August end, on Saturday the 30th, I collaborated with one of my favorite blog LIVINGLOVING and my new crafty blogger-friend KITTYMANU to held a short-workshop on flowers called Living Loving Class : Play With Flowers. The event was held on Jungle Audio Post Kemang and divided into two sessions for about 28 participants. I have joined their event before, the Living Loving's Afternoon Delight, so the second experience is less nerve-wrecking. On this event, Nike and Miranti from Living Loving were becoming our deared hosts, while Kitty taught the participant about how to make their own flower corsage (fresh!). My part is to make flower-crowns from fresh flowers... And as you can see above, I made a collage out of everyone's happy faces after they finished the workshop and wearing their own DIY Flower Crown + Corsage! It was such a wonderful day filled with pretty mess, delicious cookies, new friends and warm interactions.

My picture can't exactly representing the wonderful atmosphere, but I surely do still remember how fine the day was. LIVINGLOVING and KITTYMANU are regularly hosting workshops and/or creative gathering. Visit their blog and subscribe to their newsletter if you want to get notification about upcoming classes! Also, for more pictures about the event, check out THIS post or follow them on Instagram (@livinglovingnet/@kittymanu). I'd surely be more addicted to such crafty gathering. See you on the next event!

Big Yellow Heart

photography Vivi Svarnam

Saying goodbye to something that used to be part of our appearance is not a very common melancholic goodbye, but somehow it does, in my case. I'm saying goodbye to my ash-blonde hair that has been around since my birthday in April. Being a "blonde" girl, in a way, is quite challenging. In my country there's no such bad jokes about being blonde, not in general, but still - having a light-dyed hair and granny looking isn't a very preferrable look for most people. And also for some of my readers/followers as well. I got some not-so-friendly comments about my hair, and the way it made me look (old, grannish, dull, aaaand more)... But what those commenters are missing is the fact that I don't really care about how perfect I can look in photographs. I am honestly, completely enjoying being an ash-blonde, and for any bad pictures or bad hair day, I accepted it all. It was such a fun ride, to reflect. And I had wonderful experience as a woman who take pride on making decisions and live with it without regrets. However, another fun is about to begin - I'm dyeing my hair lilac (pastel purple) tomorrow! It's going to be another chapter of dealing with what people might have to say about my appearance again, but what I care about is always, and will always be, about how precious it feels to embrace changes. To have a yellow hair isn't the most important thing, but to have a heart filled with acceptance of the yellow-hair experience is probably more essential. Big yellow heart, of course.

{OUTFIT} | Vintage Knitted Mustard Cardigan - www.etsy.com / NEW LOOK Denim Shorts / PITOLILA Arm Candies (www.instagram.com/pitolila) / Unbranded Heart Sunglasses / Topshop Lace Crop Top

LET'S JOIN TAIWAN EXCELLENCE BATIK COMPETITION!

Hello readers! Sudah cukup lama juga nggak share tentang kompetisi kreatif seru di blog ini. Kebetulan teman-teman dari Taiwan Excellence sedang mengadakan Batik Competition yang berhadiah jutaan rupiah. As quoted dari konferensi pers mereka kemarin: Diselenggarakan dalam rangka memperingati hari kemerdekaan Indonesia ke-69, kompetisi ini mengundang bakat-bakat kreatif dari seluruh Indonesia untuk mewujudkan filosofi bernilai, andal dan inovatif dari Taiwan Excellence serta berpartisipasi dalam merayakan warisan budaya kebanggaan bangsa. Mumpung masih dalam semangat 17-an kemarin, buat yang suka gambar atau desain, coba baca deh dan ikutan!


HOW TO JOIN?

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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!