Friday, March 27, 2015

A peek at my desk


I feel like having a comfortable and "pretty" study space plays a big role in motivating yourself to study. Nobody wants a stuffy table with a squeaky chair that constantly interrupts you from what you are trying to get done. Initially, I had a desk which I was gonna "beautify" in the study room. But I felt like it was too small and the room has a TV in it, which let me just tell you, is very distracting. With A levels only weeks way, I really need to study and isolate myself from all the tempting distractions. I thought what better place than my room? But first, I would need a desk.

 Having to pass my sister's room everyday, I couldn't help but notice this empty desk that was just sitting unattended on the corner of her room. One thing led to another and the next thing I know, I was dragging this desk to my room, taking down frames, stealing decorations from other parts of the house, printing motivational quotes and planner. After hours of hustling, I had a desk. A pretty, organised, and comfortable desk. Or at least I think it is. Should I take you through it?

Alright, let's start from the upper left side of the desk. The roses? They're fake. Real roses are expensive. Moving on to the centre of the top shelf are these glassless frames which are my favourite things about this desk. One of them is filled with a collection of quotes that I thought would help motivate me to study and brings more life to the desk, while the other has a March planner attached to it. Next to them is this wire mannequin which you can't see obviously, thanks to the sunlight casting through the window. But it's pretty, and surprisingly strong enough to hold my books, these books I am currently reading.

On the middle shelf I have this tin that I painted a while back where I store my colour pencils, and my bag organiser (they call it) next to it where I keep my daily essentials like my phone charger. Then I have this little watering can holding up my pencils and pen, as you can see, a red tin bucket storing my markers, and a pile of fake hollow books which are just there for the sake of decoration, really. 

On the desk itself, there are these built in drawers on each end that create an empty space in the middle which I really like, and the space is now filled with some boxes where I keep my flash cards, with another frame underneath it. I was gonna print a nice picture to put in it, so I originally stood it on my desk. But after some time, I just got annoyed by the happy family staring back at me with their wide ass grin so I put it down and placed the boxes over it. But look how well that turned out. Another wiry item there, this time it's a basket with scissors and a hand cream in it. Because I just can't stand touching papers with my dry fingers. They give me this weird feeling, like that feeling when you're scraping a paper with your bare nails, ugh. Sorry if I gave you goosebumps. 

I guess that's all. All the other things on my desk need no explanations. Folder, notebook, phone, macbook, paper holder, very self explanatory. Hope you enjoy a random post like this! Comment below if there's anything else you would like to see on this blog.

xx

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Salted Wound


Button up - Forever 21 | Floral Kimono - Forever 21 | Trousers - Forever 21 | Necklace - Forever 21Blane Tassel Loafers - Jeffrey Campbell

I can promise you that this is the last piece of kimonos I have in my closet that hasn't been on this blog, I can't promise that this would be the last time you will see me in a kimono though. I might be making some more soon. But I'm thinking maybe a little bit longer, knee or calf length perhaps? Also with less transparent fabrics, but still airy and weightless. I guess that's one of the perks of being able to make your own clothes. I don't even shop a lot anymore, aside from items like jeans of course. But back to the kimono, I remember this was the first kimono I bought and the reason it has been sitting in my closet for more than a year was because I had a hard time pairing it. I know I could easily throw on a pair of black denim shorts with it. But trust me, I tried that and it just didn't seem to work for me. Maybe I had picked the wrong top to go underneath or something. Then I found this oversized peach button up, which I thought would fit in with the peach and coral flower print. It did and I was very pleased. 

I don't know if it's just me but I always feel so agitated when I have a piece of clothing that I really like and I just can't seem to find a way to style it. That it has to be buried in the closet for the longest time ever. You know how you just bought something and you can't wait to wear it? Imagine not being able to do that because you can't figure out how to style it. Or maybe you had something in mind when you spotted that in the shop, but it just didn't work when you tried it with all the other pieces at home. That's how I felt. Which is way I was very glad to know I could finally wear this kimono out. 

xx

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Preach

Sweater - GU | Shorts - Topshop | Sneakers - DIY | Necklace - The workshop 

This outfit post has been postponed for months I believe. I was feeling rather lazy at the time and it just ended up on the bottom of my drafts. Colour scheme wise, this one is somewhat different from what I wear these days. But I’m still loving this pair of shorts, for both their colour and the design. With the gigantic mesh-like chiffon pockets, the white band and drawstrings, giving that sleek sportswear vibe which inspired me to went for this abstract printed sweater that works so well with these shorts I feel like. But again, you can never go wrong with a sweater.

Oh the necklace! Damn, I should have gotten a clearer picture of it. These ones do no justice. Well, if you look closer, you would see a splatter of gold paint scatter so beautifully all over it. I got it last year at a store called “The workshop” in Siam Center, Bangkok, and let me tell you, they supply some pretty dope stuff. All the pieces are carefully and artistically designed. Next time you’re in Bangkok, you should probably check that store out. I was just there over the weekend and I got myself a cute watermelon printed iPhone case for only 90 Baht, approximately $3. Such a bargain, isn’t it?

xx

Friday, March 6, 2015

Grey Tee

Tee - Cotton On | Boyfriend Jeans - GU | Blane Tassel Loafers - Jeffrey Campbell | Necklace - H&M
Photographed by : Sabrina She

Just another simple outfit, really. There's not much to say about this one, but you could probably tell that I'm dressing up for comfort this time. Grey tee and boyfriend jeans, very comfortable I must say, all slouchy and what not, except for this pair of loafers that provide a more polished look with their strong pointed structure and expected sheen. Oh and you know how much I love my necklaces, I always feel compelled to dangle one across my neck to complete my outfit, especially when I am having a plain shirt on. I honestly feel this is as far as the writing can go, as I said, there's not much to say. But one more thing before I go, feel free to check this page on Zalora.com, where they showcase a herd of chic Bonia watches in affordable prices to meet your taste.

xx

Monday, March 2, 2015

Eat 'n Write : The Thirty-Six


If you asked me to pick a favourite cafe in Medan (Medan, Indonesia. This is where I'm currently living), I would probably pick The Thirty-Six, and you'll know why in a minute. Well, "The Thirty-Six" is sort of mouthful, I usually just call it 36, for short. There was a time where I would hang out here, more or less twice in a week, afternoon or evening. Not only do they serve the finest french fries dishes, the ambiance itself is very welcoming. The clean splash of white paints on the walls with the contrasting black painted frames on the windows, the concrete floors, the rustic wooden decor, they set the perfect balance of that warehouse and homey vibes. Which is exactly what I like. Not to mention the lighting. The lighting in the afternoon is just perfect. I know it isn't a big deal if your main purpose is to just solely enjoy the food, but if you are one of those people love to snap some pics while you are at it, you would feel me. 

The menu compiles of a good variation of dishes, ranging from the all spicy Indonesian platter to salads, pastas and fries. Oh don't even get me started on the french fries. I may not have tried all of the french fries dishes on the menu, because I'm more like the stick-to-one-dish-all-the-time kinda gal, but I just have to say that the "Poutine" is to die for. It is such a shame that it was out of order when I was there, because it would be great to have a picture to put on that name. But you can just google it, if you are that curious. Anyway, I ended up ordering Spaghetti Aglio Olio, which plenty of my friends swear by. Let me just say that I have never been a huge fan of Spaghetti Aglio Olio, so there is a high margin of error when I say that I wasn't completely satisfied with it. It might have been a little bland for my taste, but I don't know. It could be just me. I only ordered it because I was intrigued by the raves. But, all in all, they do serve pretty mean dishes there, definitely worth the price. 

Drinks wise, they are pretty well known for their coffees I guess. But since I am not a coffee person, I would usually lean towards the teas. On other days, you would find me ordering a cup of Earl grey tea, but that day? I just couldn't go for a warm cup of tea. It was too hot of a day for that. Hence, the cold drink. Helena. That's what its called. A burst of honey and lemon, accompanied by aloe vera dices in a cold jar of soda. Very refreshing for a scorching hot day.

As I mentioned, I have been going here for like ages, so you can trust me when I say that the service is pretty decent. I'm not talking about like 2 minutes orders arrival, because that's just insane, that just doesn't happen unless you are in a fast food chain. I'm talking about not having to wait for an hour for a single scoop of ice cream, which trust me, has happened to me and my friends before in one of the restaurants in town, that of course, I prefer not to mention. 

Alright, I feel like this post has gotten a little bit too chatty and lengthy, so I should probably end this. Oh and if you are drawn by that pile of goodness, the Aburi Baked Fries. Head over to Food Journal, where my friend did a review of it. Should I finish this off with some ratings? I probably should. 

Menu : 4/5
Interior/Atmosphere : 5/5
Service : 4/5

This has been fun, tell me what you think of this new blog series! If there's any suggestion, I'd love to know!
xx