JANUARY’18 FAVORITES

Lifestyle, Monthly Favs

01-18

 

Starting 2018 with some of my fav things…

 

[Small Faux Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree – AU$30 Target – similar here]

First, let me do a quick confession. I KILLED my fiddle-leaf fig tree. I tried everything to revive the plant and NOTHING WORKS. I think it was mainly because I live in an apartment with no terrace/balcony/good airflows (blame it on the ecosystem! #excuses) ..that’s why when I stumbled upon this small artificial fiddle-leaf fig tree during my Melbourne trip, I bought it right away! (fake it till you make it, right?!) even if that means I have to think of a way to carry it all the way from Melbourne to Jakarta.. I figured since the size is not that big, it’s still doable (my husband was totally in disbelief when I said I wanted to buy & carry it home haha). If there’s a will there’s a way right?

 

[Large Hour Glass – AU$12 Target]

When you own a house or an apartment, you will always have the urge to fill up your house with home decorations. For me, I like to purchase home goods when I travel to new places in hopes that it’ll add different characters/vibes to my space. Well in this case, I couldn’t miss this hour glass because it’s so frikin’ CHEAP! And yes, it’s super fragile.. that’s why I hand-carried it all the way to Jakarta! Priorities right?

 

[Concrete planter with wooden stand – AU$30 Target – similar here]

Did I ever tell u that I’m obsessed with Target store? They have such great affordable home goods! I saw this concrete planter & I thought it suits my faux fiddle-leaf fig tree perfectly. I wrapped this concrete planter very carefully inside my luggage so that I can bring it home. And yes, it arrived safely in one piece because I’m such a good packer (giving myself a pat on the shoulder for that!)

 

[Morgan & Finch, Chunky Tassel Throw, Stone – AU$69.95 Bed BathN’ Table ]

A perfect addition to my Netflix & Chill sessions at home! This blanket throw is so fluffy & comfy at the same time. The white ivory color complements my grey sofa.. feels very homey but still minimal looking. Now I can binge watch anything without getting cold at all!

 

[Shower Speaker, Concrete – AU$29 Typo AU] 

Raise your hand if you’re a bathroom singer! This waterproof bluetooth speaker has a suction cup & can be sticked to most solid surfaces. I sticked mine inside my shower cube so I can sing along Selena Gomez songs while taking my shower! lol. The quality of the sound is just okay… but the fact it’s waterproof & affordable is just wow. Also, it comes with different colors & patterns. I chose the concrete color just bcos is very minimal looking & suits my marble wall.

 

That’s all for January! See you next month 🙂

DECEMBER’17 FAVORITES

Lifestyle, Monthly Favs

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Pardon for the late post.. been traveling non stop for the last few months.
I did a campervan trip in New Zealand for a month! what a perfect way to end 2017 right? 😀 Anyways.. here’s me sharing some of my travel essentials..

 

[PacSafe Backpacker LX350 – Rp 914,640 Travelogue Gandaria City]

Buying this backpack gotta be one of the smartest decision I’ve ever made! I needed a backpack for my one month roadtrip & this is the perfect choice imo! It has a detachable front pocket that can be turned to a small crossbody bag/ fanny pack (I use the crossbody bag quite often! trust me, it’s VERY USEFUL). It has a laptop compartment & overall just the right size for my body (the bag doesn’t look bulky at all!). The cool thing about this backpack is that it has RFIDsafe blocking pocket which helps prevent data theft (credit cards/e-passport/ID) and the bag’s fabric is embedded with some stainless steel wire mesh that protects you from a quick slash-and-run theft. This was another steal because I bought the bag during a  midnight sale (40%+20% off from original price Rp 1.4 mio). Time to say goodbye to my black JanSport aka my college backpack from 10 yrs ago!

 

[Sony RX100 Mark V  – Rp 14.999.000 Sony Indonesia]

Been looking for some compact yet powerful pocket camera.. so prior for my New Zealand trip, I did some intense research (I literally spend gazillion hours of  my life watching YouTube reviews, reading blogs, and asking opinions from my photographer friends). I ended up choosing Sony RX100V because it has a flip screen (#VloggerApproved lol), good autofocus, good image stabilization, amazing photo quality, includes a pop-up viewfinder, slomo feature, aaaaand the camera size is very compact (perfect for traveling!). Some people told me to buy mirrorless camera, but then I asked myself “Would I be willing to spend extra money for some expensive lenses?” Nah, don’t think so. HAHA. so that’s basically how I ended up with my SonyRX100V. It’s a bit fragile though, I ended up scratching my camera body after my NZ trip (oh well, clumsy me). I must say that it takes some time for me to understand the whole aperture/shutter/ISO thingy.. (photography world is new to me!!) haha but y’know, I get the big picture.. Overall, very satisfied with my camera!

 

[MeFoto Classic Aluminium Backpacker Travel Tripod Kit, Titanium – $139 Amazon]

The reason I bought this tripod is because I wanted to do some astrophotography during my NZ trip. The main thing I love about this tripod is its compactness.. very lightweight (only 1.2kg!) & very compact (32cm when folded), plus it comes with a good quality sling bag. Definitely recommend this brand, especially for backpackers!

 

[Vintage Camera Neck Shoulder Strap in Grey – Rp 40.000 Tokopedia]

Decided to buy one because my camera doesn’t come with a neck strap. Searched online everywhere and finally found one with strap that’s short enough for me (#shortpeopleproblem)! I opted for the dark grey because it’s a versatile color and can go with almost any of my outfit. It’s very affordable as well! The quality is really good & very comfy to wear across my neck.

 

[Muji Polyester Cube Mesh Pouch – JPY 700 Muji Japan] 

I used to just put my earphones in a pouch along with my lipbalms/ hair ties/ compact mirror/ other random stuffs… but then I hate it when it gets all tangled & the earbuds (the tips part) sometimes get so dusty that it makes your ears itchy when you wear it #ewww right?! That’s why I decided to buy a pouch & dedicate it just for my earphones! This Muji cube mesh pouch is the perfect size to store your earphones & its puffiness will guard the cable so it won’t get squished around when stored inside your bag. Who wants a dirty earphones? I certainly don’t!

 

That’s all for my #traveledition post! See you next month 🙂

NOVEMBER’17 FAVORITES

Lifestyle, Monthly Favs

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Here comes my November favs!


[Bvlgari Men’s Perfume Pour Homme Eau De Toilette –  $41.46 / IDR 600,000]

First of all, Yes, I wear men’s perfume. Why not right? Haha. Literally OBSESSED with this perfume scent that I’m on my 3rd bottle already! Truth is, I came across this scent because my ex was wearing this perfume at the time LOL. Long story short, I loved how it smell so much that I started using it since then. Well I tried different perfumes along the way (Chanel Chance, Hermes 24 Faubourg, Ralph Lauren, etc) but nothing really impress me & I always ended up buying another bottle of Bvlgari Pour Homme EDT. A classic scent of fresh, powder, and clean soap – definitely not the type of scent that makes people sneeze lol.

 

[Muji Fragrance Set Fruity  – JPY 1,490 / IDR 180,000 Muji]

Another obsession right here. I FRIKIN’ love MUJI fruity fragrance scent. Have I told you that I’m obsessed with all MUJI products in general? This particular scent is my favorite thing from their Muji Home line so far. During my last trip to Tokyo, I think I spent a total of 4 hours in Muji store alone (my husband had to drag me out of the store, literally). I know there are Muji stores in Jakarta, but it’s not as complete as their Japan stores, plus it’s waaaaaaay cheaper to shop there compared in Jakarta. I even bought 7 bottles of this fruity scents so that I can stock up & have this scent in every single room in my apartment. It’s THAT GOOD. Ohhh I love coming home to this scent..

 

[Headspace – FREE Apps]

“Brilliant things happen in calm minds.” That is so true. Sometimes our minds get so crowded & stressful – especially when you live in a city like Jakarta where traffic is just BLAH. I have such a hard time focusing/multitasking and feel overwhelmed at times, or even over-thinking/over-stressing stuffs! Then one day I came across this app called HEADSPACE, tried it for a week, and I LOVED IT. You just need to spare as little as 3 mins a day & meditate using the podcast. Trust me, you’ll feel different. A little bit happier, calmer, and content.. at least that’s how I feel 🙂

 

[Nike Women’s Free Run Flyknit – JPY 12,000 / IDR 1,448,100 Nike]

Been looking for a running AND everyday sneakers for quite a while. At first I’m a bit hesitant to buy a black sneakers…bcoz it will make my legs shorter (than it already is!).. I know it’s weird, but I always think that white sneakers will make my legs longer hahaha. Anyways, I ended up buying the FR Flyknit. My verdict: Super comfy! it fits my feet like a glove, and it got pointy front so it gives me longer leg kinda illusion. Plus I think black sneaker with white sole is making a come back. WELL, U GOTTA GO WITH THE TREND RIGHT??

 

[Shiseido Baby Powder Pressed Medicated – JPY 290 / IDR 35,000 Don Quijote] 

Currently I’m using this pressed powder for my setting powder. It’s light, doesn’t contain harsh chemicals, and overall it does its job really good. There’s a reason why it’s called baby powder right? The ingredients must be very safe even for baby butts! I bought mine during my trip to Tokyo, you can pretty much find this powder in every cosmetic store in Japan, aaaand it’s super affordable!

 

That’s all for November.. see you next month!

Apartment Home Decor (AFTER)

Decor, Lifestyle

AFTER

After months of decorating and shopping for home goods, finally i can call this apartment ‘my home sweet home’.

First of all, I’d like to personally thank Billie (my contractor), Linda & Melvin from @helloembryo (my interior designer) for fulfilling my dream apartment! Also thanks for capturing these amazing shots @mariowibowophotography! Last but not least, special recognition to my little furry model @tokyotheyorkie ❤

Welcome to my apartment home tour!

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Foyer

An instant warm and cozy feeling when you first enter the space..

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Entrance from foyer

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Living room area + home office corner

Having hardwood floors definitely has its good and bad sides. Well the good thing is that it frickin’ look amazing in real life! so pinterest! LOL #Truestory : few of my friends who visited my apartment for the very 1st time told me that they feel like walking through a coffee shop / bar lounge lol (not a typical indonesian home – hence NOT MAINSTREAM). Now the bad thing is that if you have kids/pets, they will literally destroy everything. NEVER use hardwood floors if you have kids/pets. PERIOD. It scratches easily (esp if you have kids/pets running around) and water/any liquid spill is a big NO NO. So you better make up your mind before deciding to stick with hardwood floors, whether it’s worth the hassle or not. As for me right now, having hardwood floors with herringbone pattern is EVERYTHING ❤

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@tokyotheyorkie fav’s corner

For the TV console, we decided to incorporate wood element & minimalist style, with versatile opening/closing.

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TV console (open)

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TV console (close)

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Dining area

Another statement piece would be this solid wood dining table, made from “Trembesi Wood” – it just screams SCANDI.

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Open kitchen & dining area

From what I’ve learned while doing my own home decor, plants really make a difference! If you feel like you’ll ended up killing real plants, then just simply buy fake plants – it’ll still gives a pop of color and pleases the eyes at the same time!

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#Shelfies

So I told my designer to create something unique and cool for the guest bathroom. Why? because guests will use it often & I want them to feel comfortable and inspired at the same time. So thoughtful of me, right? 🙂 Plus, I kinda want to impress my guests tbh haha.

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Guest Bathroom

Herringbone statuario marble pattern – basically this is such a pain in the ass to work with. Fyi, this bathroom took the longest out of the entire renovation process! Every time i visited the site to check in with the progress, the workers always gave me that “look what have you done. YOU’RE TORTURING US” look. But oh well, it’s worth it! 3 P – “Patience, Persistence, & Perseverance” screams all over my guest bathroom walls LOL. Can’t be more happier with the final result!

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Herringbone marble pattern – TO DIE FOR

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Aisle between master bedroom & walk-in closet

White brick walls & Concrete walls – I’ve always had a thing for white bricks & concrete walls, so i said ‘why not having both of them in the master bedroom?’ Scores!

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Master bedroom

Walk-in closet with open wardrobe system – against all odds (my mom’s never-ending rants about how unhygienic it will be & all the dusts involved later on).. I decided to still have open wardrobe closets – cos if not now, when? before having kids and all that, let’s just experience having a bachelor-pad kinda vibe. YOLO right?

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Walk-in closet with open wardrobe system

So that’s all. Hope you enjoy my apartment tour. There are a few rooms that I didn’t post here (guest bedroom, master bathroom, and laundry room). Maybe I’ll post it next time? We’ll see.

Anyway, here’s the vendor list I use (incase you’re wondering/ you’re just being snoopy) :

  • Contractor : Billie Woen (best decision ever) – pm me if you want his contact number (indonesia based)
  • Interior Designer : Hello Embryo (it’s like finding your spouse – deep inside, you need to feel like it’s “THE ONE”) – @helloembryo (indonesia & singapore based)
  • Built-in furnitures : Hamdani (custom)
  • L-shaped sofa: Homedecor Fatmawati (custom)
  • Curtains : Homedecor Fatmawati, Interni (custom)
  • Solid wood dining table & side tables : Accupunto
  • Master bedframe : Ethnic craft
  • Dining chairs : Informa
  • Marble slabs : somewhere in Sunter area i think
  • Hardwood floor : Armani Parquet
  • Ceramics : Venus, Wisma Sehati
  • Bathroom appliances : Toto
  • Lightning : Laluce, Informa
  • Fridge : Hitachi
  • Stove & Oven : Bosch
  • Cooker hood : Ariston
  • Air conditioner : Daikin
  • Washer machine : LG
  • Dryer machine : Electrolux
  • Mattress : Serta 
  • Coffee table & Bar stools : IKEA
  • Artprints : www.etsy.com

Feel free to drop me a message if you have any questions.

Happy decorating!

 

-JL