Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Happy Kartini's Day, Indonesian Women!


Hi! Today is a special day for all Indonesian women. April 21st was the birthday of an Indonesian women hero, R.A. Kartini. She was a legend, who struggled for women's independence, especially in Indonesia. She was smart and thought that every woman should be smart. Women in Indonesia had a limit on studying, but she desired to change that thought. Women should be educated.

Year after year, other Kartini(s) appear. They appear as the pioneers of any field they're good at and invite other women to also contribute, directly or not. Importantly, they're inspiring.

Well, in this special day for Indonesian women, I drew a woman whom I think a 'today' Kartini. I wanted to have a special post on Kartini's day with her drawing and just realized yesterday that it was today. So, I've just drawn her last night.

Diana Rikasari! Yes, I think she's a new 'Kartini'. As what I wrote on my "Who Am I" tab, she's my first inspiration to make a blog. The first woman blogger that 'invited' me to have a creation through this blog. And I'm sure I'm not the one that think the same way. I know some people, especially Indonesian women, were inspired by her too, to make a blog. So, thank you so much, Kak Di!

Be a pioneer, Ladies! Happy Kartini's day!


Saturday, April 18, 2015

For the Love of Long Vest


Ah, you know? Recently, I  have a very favourite fashion item I often see on medias. As you know, I always browse about fashion wherever whenever, even most of instagram accounts that I follow are about fashion. I don't know, perhaps there are many photos of it (my recent favourite fashion item) there. And I started liking it, I wanna have one!

I don't know if it's still a trend, cause I think the item appears mostly in winter or other cold weather, but who cares?

And what is it?

*jeng jeng jeng...*

For the Love of Vest

Yeah, as I said before, I think this item appears mostly in cold seasons, like fall and winter. But, actually it's not. There are some materials that can be used to make the long vests. Some are made of thick fabrics, or even fur. But, we'll find the long vests may use the flowy, light, thin fabrics, especially in hot or warm seasons. In a tropical country, like here Indonesia, that is so warm even in a rainy season, the second one (thin fabrics) are the appropriate choice I think.

Well well, apart from which one is good for cold or warm season, I made some collagesss!!! (As always). Well, I didn't consider about the weather here. 'Cause style is what I care more (than weather). Hahaha.

Long Vest 1

1. Stripey Spicy
This is definitely a casual look, with mixes of casual outfits. They are all casual a comfort fabrics from head to toe. Cashmere scarves, top and skirt made of elastic fabrics, lightweight long vest made of chiffon, and a pair of slip-ons are the best for your girls-day-out days. Use a mini sling bag for hang out or a chic backpack for hectic school days as a finishing. Stripey socks are cool too. A red skirt makes you hot enough, right?

Long Vest 2

2. Cool Workers are So Cool
Who says we can't be stylish for our jobs? We can do everything with a cool bold long vest. Choose your pastel items from head to toe. Eh but wait! Don't forget your black long vest to boost your style and help you to be bold.

Long Vest 3

3. Never Ending Explorer
A boyish girl can be stylish too. An explorer, wild activities lover, or even a warm kind hearted girl will want to wear army-ish outfits. A long vest just helps you not to be an ordinary explorer. Be wild but keep stylish, you, explorers!

Long Vest 4

4. Rosy Chic
Now, you realize that long vest can be flowy too, right? The rule of this look is so easy. Choose a basic dress or the same color of top and skirt. Use the flowy-patterned long vest and choose a scarf that has the related colors. A rose sling bag is just for supporting the rose-y theme. Pick a solid one if you want.

Do you like them? I hope it inspires you. I hope you need it. If not, well, then, um... Just write down in the comment box below what you really need me to write about. Thank you. Ciao ciao.


Monday, April 13, 2015

[Event Review] Malang Fashion Day 2015

Two weeks ago, I visited Malang for Malang Fashion Day 2015. The event was held by an entrepreneur club in Malang National University (UM). They wanted people, especially youth, to have more knowledge about entrepreneurship, especially in fashion. This was held in a city that I only could reach in about 3 hours. I wouldn’t come unless my friends in Malang asked me to come. So I was so happy for having friends who like to come to a fashion event. I don’t have any in Surabaya (friends to come). That’s why I ran to Malang, well, by bus actually.

So, my friends and I actually got disappointed cause the event begun late. We came at 8 in the morning ‘cause the rundown said that’s the open gate time. But we arrived there and it’s like… empty? Well, we got the positive effect though. The place felt like ours and we could take photographs in the photo booth as many as we could, till we can’t pose anymore in front of the camera. Hahaha.

One of the MC played a violin

Performance from Save Street Child (SSC) Malang
So, the first speaker was Marius Wiyarto (who came at the same time like us), the owner of C59. Do you know C59? It’s a clothing brand which sells a lot of t-shirts, even reach Europe. Cool, huh? He talked a lot about branding. There were a lot of things he gave us and I could learn from him. But what I noted the most is that a brand is so important and expensive. He gave an example of a batik product sold without any brand and it costs just hundred thousand rupiahs. But he can use his brand and sell it million rupiahs. We also need to have our own personal branding first before our product branding.

Then, the second talk show was about fashion marketing in the digital era. For this talk show, they invited Google Business Group and David Yuwono, a young entrepreneur, the owner of Drybag. Actually for these two speakers, we could get two things, two ways of marketing through internet. From GBG, he told us that Google has adWords as their internet marketing product that helps business easier to find and sell. In other side, David as a regular in internet marketing told us that he used natural way to make his brand easy to find and always be the number one in google search. What’s so interesting for me was that David started his business by posting a product photo on every trade forum on internet. This way really inspired me to do the same thing. I’m making clothes little by little and will sell them on trade forums on internet. Wish me luck, sisters and brothers!

The last and the most waited talk show was with Ghaida Tsurayya as the speaker. That was my first time seeing her in real, after being her followers on instagram for a long time. She is so ‘Sunda’ and I like it. I asked her where she usually gets inspirations for her clothing products. She said that the inspirations are from blogs, magazines, shops, malls, markets, and clothes she found in other countries. Simple, huh? That’s why I like it. It made me think that being a fashionpreneur is possible for me. The fact that she was not a bachelor in fashion is the supporting reason. She inspired me in case that she, at first, have her products tailored by the people who didn’t work for her. Until she finally had her own tailor.

Beside the talk shows, in this event, there was make-up tutorial by Wardah Cosmetics (yes, my name) and hijab tutorial from some ladies (the hijab ambassador of a newspaper or something like that). The make-up tutorial was for the natural look and simple (they said), I never put some makeup on though. The ladies gave us some hijab tutorial for casual, sport, college, and holiday.

And another waited event was fashion shows. There were a lot of fashion shows, from a fashion school and designers. Unfortunately, I only had a pocket camera and a smartphone that were so bad for indoor and low lighting. So, it’s so hard to get good quality photos. I found lately that taking videos was a better choice and made a kind of resume videos for fashion shows I watched in Malang Fashion Day.

So, thanks a lot for making this event. I think I got addicted to this kind of event. So, if you have any information about fashion that may increase my knowledge and motivation (and easily reachable from Surabaya), please kindly inform me. Thank you.

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