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A Quick Update from Me

"Can you really see if someone is good inside or not? How about me? Can you really feel the negative aura whenever you see me?"
     I've been going round and round asking each of my friends that same question. And most of them say no. Actually, they say that they never have seen me being a negative person. And I was amazed. Because dude are you blind? 
     Truth be told,  2017 has been very depressing to me. It's true that no one can be positive 24/7 but me? I'm a negative person 24/7. Overthinking by day leads to nightmares by night. I envy those who feel refreshed when they wake up in the morning because I don't even remember the last time I feel that way. It's always sadness and anger and sometimes, I woke up in tears with no memory about what was I dreamed about. 
     And recently, I also have been asking myself, "Girl, what lies are you composing too?" The life I always show on social media is inversely proportional to the actual reality. But I'm just a girl who believes in the power of FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT. It's like my own special mantra. When you act positively, the universe will help to create a positive environment for you.
     But I also get tired of faking it. No matter how much I love social media (especially Instagram), sometimes I just need to lay low and disappear. Rebuilding myself, regaining my energy. Acting positive takes a lot of energy especially if my mind doesn't act the same way. This is not about me being a fake person. It's about me struggling with my own mind. It's about me believing that helping people means I'm helping myself.

Why Online Friends can be the Best Friends

I was in Jakarta last week. And that was a rare case because I kinda avoid that town because of how stressful it is being there. In fact, if it's not for J's birthday, I wouldn't make a decision to extend my stay. Packing my suitcase and follow my sister to go home was very tempting because I'm not used to be out of town on my own, surrounded by unfamiliar environments even though J is living there too. But he has to work all day and it's very likely that I was going to be all alone before he comes home at dawn, right?

So, blogger fellas, tell me, how long do you blog? Months? Years? No matter how long it is, I'm pretty sure that you know you're not alone in this industry. Chances are, you might already build some kind of relationship with other bloggers, whether you realize it or not. This is my most favorite thing I love about being a blogger. I get to meet a lot of new people and become friends with them thus I always have company wherever I go travel to. Someone to call, someone to meet, or even someone to show me around the city.

Atjilaynna and Rima Suwarjono are two of those amazing persons I meet through Instagram. they are quirky, passionate and easy to talk to. We are crazy about flamingo and other colorful things and it didn't need a lot of time to know that we're a match! In fact, it's been years since I knew them and I think they already know me better than my college friends. I finally had the chance to meet them last week in Jakarta and as you can predict, it felt like we're best friends for years.

Growing up can be one of the most stressful things in life. It all begins when you graduate from college. All your friends will be busy living their own life and sometimes, it's hard to keep up with them. From seeing them all day to not seeing them at all, you no longer know what they are up to, thus makes you hard to start a conversation. 

For me, people you meet through the internet can be your best friends, here's why.

Blogging 101: Collaboration Story

     Before I started, I just wanted to make things clear here that my blog doesn't worth that much now. I hope someday it will tho. Of course through my hard work and competence to write a post regularly (too lazy to do that, blame me all you want). I'm not really a pro at this and blogging is not my first job but 4 years in this industry makes me have quite enough experience to share. About what job offer to take and how to build a good relationship with brands.

Gili Island Tips & Travel Guide

     A beach trip is never actually my thing. When it comes to holiday, my mind automatically thinks about staying at home, watching Netflix with my third cup of coffee, and yet the caffeine won't stop me from taking a nap. Moreover, when it comes to public holiday, my mind automatically thinks about how would I spend the day with J. Because he usually comes home (more like I force him to come home). But again, we would just go to a movie theatre or try a new cafe or restaurant.

Hijab Style: Midi Dress (Clozette x LOVE BONITO)

     Wearing midi dress with hijab is something you can commonly see nowadays. Some hijabi usually pairs it with legging, or stocking, or even jeans to cover the legs part. I don't know if you notice this, but I realize that kind of style make you look shorter. I already short in real life and I don't want to look any more shorter than that. Imagine this. J is short if compared to his friends, and he is still much taller than me. Can you imagine how short I am now? Midi dress, especially the up knee ones, is supposed to make you look taller (if you don't wear hijab). I used to wear a midi dress a lot just before I decided to wear hijab. But since I started to wear hijab, I kinda avoid wearing that thing again.
     When Clozette offers me a collaboration project with LOVE BONITO, I immediately think that maybe it's the time to start wearing a midi dress just like old times. Because let's admit, their midi dresses collection are beyond beautiful. When it's arrived in front of my door, I literally jumped in joy. The most perfect lace dress I've ever seen. The material is amazing and it flows down my body beautifully.