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!

OCTOBER’17 FAVORITES

Lifestyle, Monthly Favs

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Again, sorry for the late & inconsistent post.. better late than never right? 🙂
Anyways, here’s my October Favs!

 

[Browhaus Extend Lash & Brow Serum – S$95.23 Browhaus Singapore]

This one right here is def one of my HOLYGRAIL beauty products! I’ve been using this product for over 5 years & this stuff really works! To use this serum, run the applicator tip across the lash line like eyeliner (sometimes I use it on my brows too). Apply it daily right before bed for 2 weeks max (do it once every 6 months or whenever you feel like you need to regrow your lashes).. because otherwise your lashes will be crazy long – it’ll keep growing to a certain length that I feel is not normal #truestory. It’s non-irritating, safe to use on your eyes (usually you’ll wake up with some eye boogers the next morning lol no big deal right?) aaaaand most importantly, you’ll end up with long luscious lashes in just 2-3 weeks! Now that I’m wearing eyelash extension, I still use this serum 1 week before my next refill so I can regrow my lashes that have fallen out during my extensions. A lil’ bit of side note, the serum will kinda mess up your extension glue, so make sure you do it a week before your next refill. I usually bought the extend lash at Browhaus Singapore because they usually have the “Buy 2 get the 2nd one 50% off” promo – pretty good deal, right?!

 

[Selfie Ring Light – IDR 50,000 Tokopedia]

Still can’t get over the fact we can’t use flash when doing selfies/instastory with our front phone camera. Worry not, now you can use this portable ring light! Simply attach this selfie ring light to your phone & adjust the brightness as you like. Batteries are not needed, you can simply recharge the ring light using the USB charger that comes with it. #SELFIEGAMESTRONG 💪

 

[Longchamp Brown Cognac Leather ‘Le Pliage’ Mini Tote – approx $300 La Vallée Village, Paris] 

I usually prefer large bags over small purse/totes, just because I have so many junks with me that I need to carry it with me everywhere I go! However lately I don’t feel like carrying 2 heavy bags with me (1 heavy laptop bag is enough for me), so I decided to start using this small tote, and guess what, I secretly loving it! This mini tote is actually a good decent size that can fit your essential stuffs. Plus, this Longchamp bag is not the usual nylon type.. it kinda annoys me that I always have to put some insert bags to my regular Longchamp nylon totes otherwise all of my stuffs will be in a huge mess & it feels like a blackhole everytime I try to retrieve something from my bag. This particular ‘le pliage’ style has a sturdy firm leather base and it’s so versatile for my everday use.
MY FIRST MINI TOTE BAG THAT I ACTUALLY USE! ❤

 

[Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask – IDR 250,000 ‎Sogo]

Dry & chapped lips has always been my problem. I hate the fact that every time I try to apply some liquid/matte lipstick that my lips feel so dry & doesn’t look smooth as it’s supposed to be.. Also, I don’t drink enough water & too lazy to wear lip balm everyday. So then I decided to try this lip sleeping mask thingy ( I wear it twice a week before bed) & I really like the scent.. it’s like bubblegum/berry flavor.. taste kinda sweet.. (not that I intentionally try to eat the mask.. but you know, you kinda taste it eventually.. and it taste good! ). It also comes with a mini spatula so you can apply the mask in a hygienic way (not with your dirty fingers). Wanna wake up with a luscious & super moist lips? yes now you can!

 

 [Alien Coffee Mug – IDR 140,000 Kinokuniya Plaza Senayan]

Who needs an alien mug? I certainly do! (PS: for those who know me well, they all know that I’m obsessed with alien/UFO thingy..) nuff said.

 

 

SEPTEMBER’17 FAVORITES

Lifestyle, Monthly Favs

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Welcome to my fav month of the year – a.k.a my birthday month, whoop whoop!
Here are my September favs:


[Muji Light Toning Water –  IDR 149.000]

One of my Japanese friends told me that Muji make good skincare products. Hearing that statement from a local makes me wanna try the product even more (lol curious me..) I then decided to try Muji Light Toning Water & honestly I’m liking the product so far! It’s pretty affordable & it hydrates my skin (usually toner gives you a squeaky clean effect, but not hydrating feeling). Plus it’s also suitable for sensitive skin. I’m starting to think that all Japanese products are legit quality stuffs, amirite?

 

[Macbook Pro 2017 13″ Non Touch Bar, Space Grey  – IDR 19.999.999]

Last time I bought a laptop was in 2008 (good ol’ uni years!) & so I decided that it’s about time to get a new one (for my birthday 😀 ) so I can do more stuffs remotely & not having to rely on my husband’s laptop or my PC back at home/office. After weighing several options, I decided to get the newest Macbook Pro. Despite its premium price, they look so much better compared to other brands & their design is just sleek! I opted for the Non Touch Bar because it’s cheaper & I honestly think that the touch bar is just another gimmick Apple’s trying to sell. The bad thing about this laptop is that it only offers USB-C/ Thunderbolt port so you have to buy a separate dongle for USB 3.0 port.

 

[Laptop Leather Sleeve Multipurpose – IDR  92.000] 

Bought this leather sleeve online so freakin’ cheap! I honestly didn’t expect anything fancy as i need something to protect my laptop ASAP. But when I received the item, I’m pretty impressed with the quality! It looks expensive & the material looks good too! Plus you can use the sleeve as your mousepad – so multifunctional!

 

[Oil Burner – IDR 100.000 Alila Spa Seminyak, Bali]

I’ve been searching this particular type of oil burner everywhere! Now let me tell you, I’ve been using different kinds of oil burners & none of them burn oils the right way. I figured that the most important part is the bowl depth (the deeper the bowl, the better & longer it will burn the oils). The bowl depth for this particular burner is around 8cm, with a diameter of 12cm – it’s way bigger than the regular burners, so it’s able to hold lots of oils & won’t splash the oils when it’s getting too hot.

 

[Birkenstock Eva, Madrid – IDR 495.000]

Classic Birkenstock will never disappoint you. Been looking for a versatile sandals & later I found these pair of Black Birkenstock Eva. It’s waterproof, super lightweight, and great for the gym/ the beach. Very minimalist & comfortable at the same time!

AUGUST’17 FAVORITES

Lifestyle, Monthly Favs

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Another monthly favs! Here are my top picks:


[Biore UV Aqua Rich Sunscreen-  IDR 200.000 Watson ]

They basically say that “you can spend millions worth of skincare products, but if you don’t wear sunscreen, everything will be pointless!” I’m not gonna lie, I’m a little bit behind with the sunscreen concept. Now that I’m already in my late 20s, i realized how important sunscreen is to our skincare routine. So far I’m liking this sunscreen bcoz it’s water based, very light wearing (not greasy at all), and it doesn’t clog your pores.

 

[Nexcare Acne Patch  – IDR 31.000 Century]

This is definitely my holy grail for acne treatment! I’ve tried different acne creams/gels/solutions (including Mario Badescu’s famous drying lotion!), but nothing exactly does wonders for me. These “acne stickers” are made from flexible material called hydrocolloid, which help to absorb excess fluid/pus/oily secretion while protecting the zits from trauma – touching with your finger – which effectively allows faster healing. It also has helped flattened my big pus-filled acne overnight!

 

[Shisheido Stage Works Powder Shake – IDR  260.000 @theparlour_indo] 

My hairdresser suggested this awesome powder shake spray. Not only you’ll get the perfect beach wave hair texture using this product, but it also gives volume to your styled hair, plus it smells amazing too!

 

[Ace Hardware Cleaning Caddy – IDR 60.000]

Get organized in style! Keeping your house clean is so much easier when all the cleaning supplies are in one place. This caddy is perfect for easily carrying cleaning products around the house and for neatly storing them.

 

[Vivere Tapper Candle Holder Stoney – IDR 78.000]

Can’t. Resist. Concrete. Decor. Stuffs.
These candle holders are so minimal & industrial looking! Such a bargain (look at the price!) because you know what, it’s actually made of ceramic (not concrete)!

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