boost: real talk on style

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Urban Outfitters puffer jacket | Zara top
ASOS Deconstructed Jeans | ASOS Boots

The idea of visiting Camden was the inspiration behind this outfit. People in Camden are always so cool, individual, and usually that little bit more punky and hipster-y, dare I say. I’m honestly so bad at describing fashion styles. I know this outfit might seem a little different for me, but the thing is, this really is just another side of my style. I used to be much more daring with my style, and boots. Boots, boots, and boots. So honestly this outfit is a little bit of a throwback to me to how I used to dress up when I just moved to London.

And you know what?

I felt so good in this outfit. I haven’t felt this way with the outfit that I am wearing in a bloody while. I felt really cool, confident, a bit not myself, but also SO myself. It’s really weird. It’s probably because I have gone through a pretty ‘dramatic’ change in my style, as I consider myself to be more monochromatic now and a little bit more classic and chic. So dressing like this, felt different to me when it actually really isn’t!

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So I was thinking – maybe I should dress this ‘style’ more often, because I felt so me. But it’s gonna be pretty hard because my outfits are not all so Urban Outfitters-y like this.

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And then it hit me. (Again) you know what?

WHO CARES!

I can dress however the hell I want, and there is no need to conform to a certain look for the rest of your freaking life! I have a hybrid of all different styles, and that’s okay. That’s what makes you… you.

I guess in the world of social media, it’s pretty hard to find your own style, because you get so inspired every single day with thousands and thousands of people’s outfits. And I have to admit I have been a bit caught and stuck in that bubble. I always considered myself as that girl who “doesn’t care about trends”. But because I’ve been deeply immersed to fashion and social media, I am kind of getting caught in trends.

For the past year, I’ve been trying to stick to a certain look – which I don’t even know what kind of look it is. But now I am trying to be a bit more relaxed about it and just basically wear whatever the hell it is I feel like wearing, even if it’s different to what I usually wear.

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Enough with all this preaching and self-assuring sentences. Honestly, I don’t even know what I’m saying. I guess this is more of a note-to-self kind of post. I’m probably not even going to listen to myself and do what I usually do again. But that’s just human nature, right?

The main takeaway here is to wear whatever it is that you want to wear. You do not need to always be consistent with your ‘look’. As long as you feel great and feel like yourself.

21st birthday.

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River Island top | Topshop dungarees
Topshop sandals | Chanel bag

June 14th, 1995, the girl on the picture above was born. Therefore her 21st birthday would be in 2016. But wait, isn’t this February… 2017?!? I mean come on. This is me we’re talking about here. Are you telling me that this is a surprise? Haha

Jokes aside… Let me tell you about my outfit, first of all.

– the outfit –

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Dungarees probably sit on the very bottom of the list for normal people’s potential birthday outfits. However, I think the outfit still works to be quite special and smart because it is all black. Especially with the bardot top; it elevates the dungarees and turns the outfit to a different level of edge but also adds a touch of femininity. To add to the girlyness, I paired this outfit with these open-toe-espadrille-esque sandals from Topshop and my trusty Chanel handbag.

– the birthday –

I’m honestly not too big on birthdays, weirdly because I was very blessed with lovely, caring friends that used to always give me a surprise on my birth anniversary …in which then cultivates my abnormally high expectations during this ‘special’ day. The first few years since this whole ‘surprise’ thing got popular, the surprises were so lovely. But as we grow up, I think it died down a bit and we stopped caring too much about it and the level of loveliness declines. Honestly I am going on a tangent here, but this is why I didn’t expect and didn’t want to do anything big for my birthday. Jeez that was a really long explanation. I invited my closest girlfriends (and boyfriend (singular)) to go out for dinner, so I basically spent the day with the boyfriend.

We started the day off going to ASDA (very special indeed), which led me on to wanting a KFC. Because every girl deserves a freaking KFC on their birthday ok??!! And I randomly wanted to go to London Zoo. Wow that all sounds weirder than I expected. I promise you I’m not that weird. But then again I always break my promises.

ANYWAY.

We didn’t end up going to the Zoo, in which reason I literally cannot remember because it has been half a year. So Phil just gave me my birthday present(s).

He always spoils me in this aspect and gave me not one, not two, but three items for my birthday! He gave me an Olive bomber jacket and a Mint striped shirt from H&M, but then he also gave me my favourite ever perfume, Giorgio Armani’s Si.

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For the celebration, we went to a Korean BBQ restaurant near Goodge Street. My friends were late, as always, but when they came in, they sang, brought balloons, flowers, gifts and cupcakes – all of which I did not expect at all!

Overall, I had a reaaally great time. I think partly because I set my expectations really low.

 

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(not quite) cool girl

how to style uniqlo ULD rubbersouledZara Leather Jacket | Topshop turtleneck
BDG Girlfriend Jeans | Zara flat shoes

I’m gonna let you in on a little blogger secret – we like to wear outfits twice because we didn’t have the time or thought to shoot the outfit. Or maybe that’s just me.

I bought this long-line leather jacket during early autumn and I was absolutely in love with it. I’ve been looking for one like it for aaages but couldn’t find any. I love how a long outerwear looks with a high-waisted bottoms. Well, who am I kidding, all my bottoms are high-waisted. But I especially like it ok!

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While wearing such a cool and badass outfit (leather jacket and all!), I thought why not bust out my Miu Miu ballet flats ripoff from Zara and add another layer of coolness to an already cool outfit? (Ok I promise that was the last time I’m saying cool. Oops)

I know what you’re thinking though. You live in England. Still in the depths of winter. How the hell are you wearing that paper-thin leather jacket? Well… reader. This is my secret weapon:

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Every time I want to wear a jacket that’s too thin during Winter, I just tuck in my Uniqlo ULD underneath. It’s so easy because it’s so thin, but probably one of the warmest jackets I have. This is a total must-have for all you fashionistas out there who still want to look stylish during the Winter months.

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Pür’s Fully Charged Magnetic Mascara Review

We’ve seen all sorts of innovation in makeup. From cushion foundations all the way to liquid lipsticks. This one from Pür cosmetics, however, is a magnetic mascara. So yeah, hold the phone… what do you mean magnetic mascara??? No, no, you don’t just open the tube and the mascara will automatically stick to your lashes. Apparently, it’s the technology of the formula. Despite being in uni for almost four years now, I can’t seem to paraphrase what the website says about this formula because dayum gurl I’m not that scientific.

Opposites attract with this anti-aging mascara that has a “magnetic” polymer matrix that wraps a positively charged elastic veil around each lash to instantly lift, separate and define each lash for long-lasting performance.

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Since it’s such a crazy concept, I thought I would give this mascara a go (well also because I saw Niomi Smart using this and it looked amazing) and filmed my first impressions on it, which is now on my YouTube channel. So if you haven’t watched that video, well, you should. Because this is meant to be an extension of that video haha.

In the video, you can see how impressed I was with the mascara. It made my lashes look feathery at first coat, but then after two coats, it gave me very voluminous and spidery lashes (which I love, mind you!), ones that are very similar to Charlotte Tilbury’s Legendary Lashes, without all the horrific smudging. However, after wearing it more regularly, I actually formed a different opinion on this mascara.

It actually smudges. Really easily.

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Please excuse my face, but this is a result of a day-to-day application of the mascara.

You saw me applying the mascara on camera. But what you didn’t see was that I powdered a hell of a lot before I applied the mascara on my lashes. The mascara was sooo thick after two coats, and that got me scared so I powdered even more. Just a subconscious thing to do, you know? So day to day, I wouldn’t bother or have the time to put on my base that well. And whaddayknow… It does smudge! I mean it was nowhere near as bad as the Legendary Lashes, but it smudges quite easily. I don’t even bother putting it on my lower lashes anymore. And trust me when I say I’m a major lower lash kinda girl…

As you can see from the photo above, the mascara doesn’t look as prominent as it did on the video. Again, on a day-to-day basis, I wouldn’t have the time to stroke my lashes like a lonely cat lady strokes her cats, so that could be why.

So this actually gives me (and you) a lesson on first impressions: it’s just a first impression! You really gotta test out a product for a while in order to really understand the product and get a firm opinion on it. Well since this is a ‘magnetic’ mascara, I just thought it would be fun to film my first reactions to applying it.

In spite of all this, I still use it as my everyday mascara, and I am happy to have it in my collection, as you can build this up. Which makes it very versatile!

Maybelline The Falsies Push-Up Drama Mascara Review

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I think it’s safe to say that the Maybelline Falsies is one of the most popular popular mascaras in the drugstore. Though I was not particularly impressed with the original formula, I was quite intrigued with this new one. Not gonna lie, solely because of its packaging. Before getting right on to the review, I would like to apologise for the state of my wild brows. I haven’t threaded them in months, and Blink Brow Bar is just too expensive now! #studentlife

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Curled (L) and uncurled (R)

Let’s talk about the positives first. If you’re looking for a quick fix for your habits of always being late, then this mascara might be for you. After a dozen strokes, this mascara mostly gives you volume at the roots. I find that my lashes look very black when I’m done applying it. The cup-shaped bristles make it really easy for you to coat the lashes really quickly. But it doesn’t give you so much length. I always try to thicken up the ends of my lashes, but it just doesn’t really work. Usually, I also do this by applying the mascara from the top instead of just the bottom, but the formula is a bit too heavy for that. I feel like my lashes are gonna drop if I apply it that way.

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Uncurled

To test out its name, which is ‘Push Up’, I tried curling only one of my eyes and leaving the other uncurled, to see if it can ‘push up’ my lashes. From the pictures above, it looks like the curled lashes doesn’t actually curl as well as the uncurled one. Might be worth noting though, that my eye is a little bit more hooded than the other, so that might be an illusion, or it might not. But it looks like you don’t have to curl your lashes for this mascara! At least people who have naturally curly lashes don’t, because I am that type of person that does not necessarily need to curl their lashes. Hehe..

I have to say that I do quite like the end result (just after I finish applying it). It makes my lashes look a bit spidery, which I love, without it actually being spidery. Does that even make sense? However, after a few hours of application, my already thin-ish ends of the lashes slowly disappear even more, and my bottom lashes are basically gone after about 6 hours. But all of this without it smudging underneath the eyes, which is probably a positive thing.

I am still not sure how I feel about this mascara. I wouldn’t say it’s a bad mascara, like what Wayne Goss said, but I don’t find myself reaching for this one very often. Most of my mascaras are already getting dry, but I find that I kept on going to my old ones instead of this fresh one.

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Zara coat | &Other Stories jumper
Topshop trousers | Marni shoes

I have to admit… This one is a bit of an old outfit. By old, I mean… Two weeks old. Last week, my best friend, Hanie, came to visit me for a week. Hence why I did not post anything. Just when I had a great outfit, it was raining. Helloooo spring.

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Phil and I (Phil again? What’s new right) went to Tate Modern because sometimes we just feel like being cultured and artsy, ya know? Of course I wanted to dress for the occasion and came up with this pyjama-like concoction of an outfit. I wanted to dress down the otherwise formal-ish outfit with a jumper, and thought a matching colour would be more interesting. To be honest I want to wear this jumper forever because it’s so comfy!

susJust to give you a head’s up – April might be the busiest month in the history of my bachelor’s degree. I have only one month left to literally conduct my non-existent focus group and finish my dissertation, and a dozen other assignments, while also applying for postgraduate degrees. So I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to post outfit pictures I took last year when my mum and I went to travel England a bit.

Pastels for Spring? Revolutionary.

Whistles top | Topshop dungarees | &Other Stories boots

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Behold! The new haircut! It is definitely too short, like I really need longer bits in front to sort of frame my face. But I guess when it gets closer to the shoulders, this blunt cut will look good.

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Oh, don’t mind me. Just telling the camera slave what to do. Lol

(That’s what he calls himself, ok!)

Wardrobe Revamp Haul

As I already mentioned in my previous posts… I am in a style rut. This is an attempt for me to actually wear things that I like now. I am tired of wearing inappropriate clothes for the weather and trying to make them work. Nowadays the only thing that matters is comfort. Ok. Not gonna lie – while still being stylish.

Spring? What Spring?

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Topshop coat | &Other Stories culottes | &Other Stories boots

As I upload these pictures for this post, I’ve just realised how accurate this outfit is as a representation of the weather in London these past few days – a little bit of spring, a little bit of flowers blooming, but still overall really dark and cold. I mean, we all get a bit too excited when we see the sun, don’t we? In reality, it’s still cold as hell.

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Now… I have to admit. I am in a bit of a style rut. I am basically bored of all the clothes I have in my wardrobe. I only wear a handful of things, and trust me when I say I have an absolute shitload of clothes. The top that I’m wearing here is an old one, and this is my attempt in trying to make use of my wardrobe and not just wear the same polo neck jumper every single day. Can’t help it though. It’s really freaking cold in London! And since I come from a tropical country, my clothes are mostly really thin.

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My hair is also getting quite long. Which is why on that day, I was actually going to Blue Tit in Dalston to chop it even shorter! I am still not too sure how I feel about the cut. I mean, I think it’s actually exactly what I wanted, but I’m questioning whether the length/style is suitable for me. It might be a little too short to suit me. Sorry for being a little tease and not actually posting a picture of it here. I guess you’ll have to stay tuned til next week’s post to see it!

P.S. I hope you will excuse my photographer’s skill in …photography. Lol. He’s working on it 😉

Unwinter-like Winter + Update

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&Other Stories jacket | Zara jumper | American Apparel disco pants |
Converse shoes | Urban Outfitters bag

Oh God, here I go again. Haven’t posted in ages. To be completely honest with you I was in constant debate whether to move my blog to Blogger or not. I just feel a bit more comfortable there and feel like I can gain more readers somehow. I thought it was easier here in WordPress but it’s still much more passive than I thought.

And yes, I did cut my hair short! I finally took the plunge and decided to go to Hershesons and just get a(n unbelievably expensive) haircut (I am from Indonesia so haircuts in the UK seem freaking costly to me). Leaving the salon, I was very happy with my hair, but after a few days I just wasn’t sure about how it looks when I style it myself. I did try and curl it earlier today and I love the way it looks! Though the front bits are a bit too long :\

GOING BACK TO THE ACTUAL OUTFIT POST…
I wore my favourite &Other Stories bomber jacket which I am so very glad I got in the sales a few months ago. It’s honestly sooo warm. When everyone else is freezing their arses off, I was perfectly fine in that jacket. Definitely get your hands on it!

I like to mix textures to create different ‘vibes’ with my outfits. By pairing it with a knitted jumper, I think it just tones the disco-ness of it and makes it look more laid-back. Also wore my cool new Converse that my boyfriend got me for Christmas to add a bit of colour to my otherwise black outfit.