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Fashion: Abhaya Skirt

I am in my Abhaya Skirt [2013: E R]

I am in my Abhaya Skirt [2013: E R]

I always love traditional textile, be it batik, songket, ikat, sarong or tenun. Unfortunately, I always find it difficult to find a ready wear outfit, which is made from traditional textile, that matches to my taste. Hence I always designed my own outfit.

Well, some people say that there is nothing new under the sun and I would say that my design is not particularly original. But I often put a little detail on my design such as button, zipper or line.

Here it is my latest design, A-line skirt, which is made from orange and green Cambodian silk.  The skirt has no waistline and use invisible zipper on the left side. And I named it  Abhaya skirt, which means fearless skirt.

Abhaya skirt sketch [2013: Oktofani]

Abhaya skirt sketch [2013: Oktofani]

Abhaya skirt [2013: Oktofani]

Abhaya skirt [2013: Oktofani]

Somehow, I really like my Abhaya skirt because I can wear it for formal meeting or hanging out with friends. It all depends on what kind of top that I am wearing with.

So what do you think?

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Fashion: Where To Shop in Ubud?

Whenever I visit Ubud, there are couple of boutique that I always check out whether they have new collections or not. Those couple boutique are Ginger Snap and We’Ar, which are located in Jalan Hanoman Ubud. I would say that Ginger Snaps and We’Ar are the best boutique in town because they have unique design with a good quality material with a reasonable price. And on the top of that, either Ginger Snap and We’Ar have collection for women and men

Ginger Snap

Let’s shop in Ginger Snap [2012: Oktofani]

Since Ginger Snap opened their store in Jalan Hanoman, Ubud in 2010, I have purchased some of their collections from a white short, green Turkish pant, a blue polka dot dress, a white turtle neck top and also a grey long Turkish pant with a belt.

I would say that Ginger Snap style are very simple but unique. On the top of that, they have a good material. Therefore I do not mind to spend Rp 650,000 (70 USD) for Turkish pants or Rp  350,000 (38 USD) for white tank top because they have a good quality stuff. It is all worth.

Ginger Snap Shop in Jalan Hanoman, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia [2012: Oktofani]

You can check their blog at http://gingersnaplifestyle.blogspot.com/. Ya.. Their blog is not that organized! But even though their blog is not really managed properly but I assure you that they have a good quality stuff in their shops with reasonable price! Believe me, you will not regret every cent that you spend in their shop .

Ginger Snap has two shops which are located in Jalan Raya Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali and Jalan Hanoman, Ubud, Bali.

We’Ar

We’Ar It [2012: Oktofani]

I am not a yoga freak, I do not even do any yoga but I love We’Ar collections are yoga wear clothing. We’Ar design are very simple and very colorful.  Their collection is suitable to be worn as a casual outfit. We’Ar make their collection with an organic material which required a good quality maintenance if you want to keep your collection in a good condition. You can just check their collection in their website www.wear.itTheir website is very organized!

If you visit Bali, you can go to We’Ar stores, which are locate in Jalan Hanoman, Ubud, Bali and also Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak, Bali. But if you are not visiting Bali and want to get We’Ar collections, you can just go to their online store in their website.

Again… I assure you that We’Ar has a good collection of yoga wear with a reasonable price for a good quality stuff.

We’Ar It Store in Jalan Hanoman, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia [2012: Oktofani]

So, if you plan to come to Ubud, Bali. Don’t forget to visit those two boutique because they have good quality stuff with a good quality material. I can tell you that you will not waste your money for nothing in those couple of shops. It is because as I have lived in Ubud since  2009 and went back and forth between Yogya, Ubud and Jakarta there are so many shops in Jalan Monkey Forest and Jalan Raya Ubud that sells many crap with a bad quality stuff but with a very expensive price.

As a woman, who loves shopping, I don’t regret what I get in those two shop. I am writing this review is not for advertising their shop because I do not get paid from them. I am writing this review because I am just too in love with their collections.

Make sure that you pay the right price for the right quality of stuff! Bali has so many shops that sell good quality stuff with a reasonable price but Bali also has SO MANY SHOPS THAT SELL JUNK with unreasonable tourist price! So be a smart shopper if you are traveling to Bali! Happy shopping!

Blue polkadot dress by Ginger Snap [2013: Jolsvi]

Blue polkadot dress by Ginger Snap [2013: Jolsvi]

Brown leather bag by Ginger Snap [2013: Nataya]

Brown leather bag by Ginger Snap [2013: Nataya]

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Green Turkish Pants by Ginger Snap [2011: E R]

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Rule 44: Stay Young with Different Style

My hairstyle

In the last couple years, I have been changing my hairstyle in an “extreme” way. From  straight hair [not for long time though] to a long curly hair then a short curly hair, like an Afro style. Later, I had 0.5 cm hair cut then I have it colored into blonde [when I did it, it really burn my scalp and the craziest part is I was willing to pay for it MANY TIMES- what was I thinking hu?]. And now, I just had a short hair cut with a skinhead as a combination for it.

Let me share a little bit of  wisdom of life that I learned from Richard Templar, the author of “The Rule of Life”. Ya… I know that  it seems that his book really influence my life a lot and I quoted his book in many of my personal writing. But honestly, his thought really makes sense for me. So, why not?

Mr. Templar wrote in his book Rule 44: Stay Young. Staying young is trying out new tastes, news places to go, new styles. Staying young is about keeping a fresh vision of the world, being interested, being stimulated, being motivated, being adventurous. Staying young is a state of mind. 

So in my own point of view, in order to avoid the fear of being old when we get older, why don’t we just make ourselves young by doing something new that we really enjoy and make ourselves good about ourselves. Our life is not about what people think about us, our life is about ourselves. As long as we do not bother or hurt other people with our actions, why don’t we just do it?

In a selfish way, I would say that my life is about myself. As long as I do not bother or hurt other people with my actions, why don’t we just do it? That’s all that matters to me. Won’t life be bored if we stay at the same path all the times? I guess so!

Short hair on my wedding day

Anyway, I would like to share a short story from my wedding day last September. A week before my wedding day, I was approached by several of my family member to wear a fake hair on my wedding day so I would look pretty and elegant. Ha….seriously? Of course I did not agree with that! I confidently rejected the idea many times and I insist to carry my short hair.

I am glad that they could not influence me. Why would I have same style with thousand of brides? I just wanted to be different and unique in my way because it was my wedding day. It is just my swagga! But if they offered me 50,000 USD to do so, then I would do that or consider it! Ha ha.

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Rule 22 :Dress like today is important

Dress like today is important [2012: C P]

Dress like today is important [2012: C P]

I love fashion, I love clothes. It is a must for me to make myself feel good about myself as it will make me work faster.

Once I read a book “The Rule Of Life” by Richard Templar. He said that Rule 22 is Dress like today is important. He also said that people will react differently to you if you dress as it matters. That is so true and I just totally agree with what he said.

Other than it makes me feel good and motivated me to work faster, I just really enjoy how good it feels when people appreciated you because you also appreciate yourself by dressing well.

Tank Top by DKNY Jeans * Jeans by Armani Exchange * Wedges Sandal by Bruno Premi * Handbag by DKNY * Glasses by Dior Homme * Stud earrings by Swarovski * Watch by Ted Baker 

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May 7, 2012 · 12:42 am