Mar 23, 2015

LIA LOOKS: Unlike The Rest, But Definitely The Best

Yes, I've been challenging myself on wearing Pink! I'm getting myself a new shirt earlier this month after confusing about what color to get, because I actually got bored of any other colors in my closet. After few days, I decided to go with Pink, not that Pink, the shades of it, Mauve to be exact.

This outfit is unlike the other rest of my outfit, but I may say this outfit is definitely the best. I usually am not a 'sneaker' girl cus I am more into fancy shoes, hehehe, but wearing sneakers is absolutely the most comfortable thing you can get while still looking fashionable.

How about you? What kind of style do you like? Let me know!
Love, Lia.

Polyester Scarf | Karita Muslim Square
Flannel Shirt | @everlastshop (Instagram)
Floral Jersey Shirt | Gaudi
Sling Bag | Something Borrowed from ZaloraID
Sneakers| Zalora Basics from ZaloraID

Mar 20, 2015

LIA LOOKS: Flowery No Girly

If you are one of those girls who prefer 'boyish' look for you daily dress up, well, I can say, we're on the same side! Yeap, I actually am having a tendency of being boyish. Back in elementary school, the young me had always picked out boyish items to wear, I mostly went for pants, and everything dark-colored. That's looooong ago before I started wearing my hijab, and by years, by getting older, my style changed and I started doing many styling experiments.

Even so, that young-age-tendency is like never really leaves me. I can never let my outfit comes out too cute or too sweet. I've always been captivated of people, I mean, girls who can pull out boyish look so well. But, nooow, there's a lot more girlish side of me tho' hahaha I am now used to wear bright and pastels, long skirts and dresses, etc. The other thing of me being girly is adoring floral! who doesn't love floral, girls?! I know you can never have enough florals. Boyish girls are just girls anyway.

This is my attempt of fulfilling my floral addiction while not being too girly. First of all, I wanted to have a floral dress that completely fits my character and wearable for daily activities, so, I tried making it myself. Second of all, here are some styling tips for you who have similar feeling as mine, hehe...

  • I choose a fabric which material is cotton, to prevent 'see-through' and to make it more casual (easier to sew as well). But feel free, you can also have chiffon, jersey, or many other silky materials as long as it is comfortable to you.
  • Choose for floral patterns which have dark-colored background, black, grey, or dark red. Mine is navy blue (this is optional).
  • Go for a straight-cut maxidress, to create a clean simple look, no much fabric flowing to the sides when walking.
  • Put on a similar tone maxi cardigan for outer, to reduce pattern all over your body. (An over-patterned outfit wont come out casual I guess)
  • Put on simple shoes and bag. I go for a black d'Orsay flats and a black messenger bag with belt details to let out my boyish side, tehee~
  • Wear a matching plain scarf with simple hijab style to finish the look, and yay, ready to go! 
    Ah, one more thing about me, this is kinda ridiculous, well, I always keep myself away from wearing PINK, can you tell? I can count with my fingers on how many times I wear pink. I'm feeling less-confident in pink. Not that I hate it, I prove it in this look that I finally get to wear pink again after years, but still, I only dare to go for dusty pink (yeaa, that's dusty pink alright). I really can't stand bright electric pink, magenta, or what is that? fuchsia? hahaha thanks, maybe later. I bet you girls are lookin' great in pink, seriously, don't mind me.

    Well, that's all, I hope you guys enjoy reading and finding it useful, hopefully, amin. Stay healthy, and have a good day! Wassalamualaikum.

    Polyester Scarf | Karita Muslim Square
    Maxi Cardi | Unbranded
    Dress | by me
    Cross d'Orsay Flats | Elizabeth Shoe Store
    PS-1 Messenger Bag | Can't remember (thrifting in S'pore) 

    Feb 22, 2015

    #EXPLOREJOGJA : Greenhost

    Have you heard about the term boutique hotel? I bet you have heard it all around and about. Boutique hotels now seem to be gaining popularity in Indonesia, especially in a cultural-tourism city such as my hometown, Yogyakarta, where domestic and foreign tourists always coming, one after another. I have witnessed that hotels are developing rapidly in Yogyakarta in the past few years. Even more, there are many new tall building stand (or about to stand) all around the city. I am one of those who think that this is worrisome yet beneficial, haha. 

    Anyway, talking about boutique hotels, they usually have quite few rooms, about 10-100 rooms which offer special facilities or unique settings with full service accommodations. Boutique hotels are often individual and focused to serve customer in comfortable, intimate, and welcoming setting, they are likely not gonna be found among the homogeneity of large hotels. 

    The unexpected thing is, last month, I get to experience this brand new unique atmosphere of tourism business. Located in Gerilya street, Mergangsan, Prawirotaman II, Yogyakarta, the Greenhost Boutique Hotel stood up to be so eye-catching at first sight. One word to describe it, artsy. With an initial mission of having some scrumptious munch at the hotel's restaurant, I was lured by the oh-mazing architecture of the building starting from entrance up to the top. I can't help myself to not capture every little thing I saw. I satisfied my curiosity over my starve by exploring all over the place first, where I saw many cool things amused my eyes that literally made my day!

    The Greenhost Boutique Hotel has about 96 rooms all over the four storeys building, and a yet-unfinished hydroponic garden that (currently) grows lettuces at rooftop. This hotel has a very unique way of decorating their exterior. They get most materials from residues such as dry leaves to make an artificial hanging pine tree, cement-sprayed wall (they purposely don't paint them), PVC pipes for corridor fence with lettuces growing on it, and many more. I may say the genre is Eco-Boutique Hotel.

    I get the chance to do hundred selfies that time, lol. I mean, this place is sooo unique, never before seen, it is a hotel, a fresh city farm, and an art gallery at once. The highlight of this visit was the pose in the middle of lettuces, I was so happy, I don't need to leave, I always dream of having a farm in my house so I can supply groceries on my own. The mini farm is definitely an inspiration, and a dream come true!

    I was wandering around sight-seeing and capturing things, when two personnel of the hotel came by asking which institution I am coming from, well, I told them I am a blogger, lol. After some chit-chat they invited me to see the rooms, and requested me to take more pictures. They have total 96 rooms, but not all are available, yet only few of them are operating. But only get to experience some of them are so exciting, being a blogger has given me lotsa new opportunities!

    Each room has its own design, that is why this place is totally a boutique hotel. There are interior designers working exclusively on a room or several rooms with a theme but different designs. Aside from exteriors, the interiors also came from wasted materials or residues upgraded into useful things such as CFC tube, split in half for lamp caps, a used wood-packing with many spike holes for room ceiling, even a rusty metal plate for closets, here's some sneak peak of what is happening.

    A little selfie won't hurt anybody, all right. How do you think? Don't you guys love it? This place is recommended for any people of all ages. Meanwhile, back at the restaurant, I managed to accomplish my initial mission, let's munch munch! The restaurant itself was not less pleasing, it was another standing ovation *clap clap*.

    So, for you who are living in Jogja, and apparently won't be needing to rent a place to stay, you can still experience this awesomeness (or I know you want to take lotsa photos, lol). The restaurant is open for public, for nongkrong, nangkring, whatever. The menu is Indonesian-tongue-friendly, price is so-so, I mean totally affordable and down to earth, haha. Let me show you how things are going in the last pics below, and by that, I mean this is the end of the post. Thanks for reading, kindly leave your thoughts, and see you in the next review! Wassalam.