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There is a common misconception that fashion is all about designing. Intricately woven...

Into The Deep With Paulina Katarina Sisters

There is a common misconception that fashion is all about designing. Intricately woven fabrics stitched together to bring a masterpiece to life, elaborate prints on duchess satin to create spectacular, distinct designs that is distinguishable to a particular designer. True, designs make up the majority of the fashion industry. After all, without these creative pieces, there would be nothing at all to showcase and no products to sell.

It is without a doubt, however, that fashion relies on business to move. Without the act of trading, exchanging money for goods, there would be no capital to create future collections. There would be no force to push products into stores, no management to take care of production and human resource costs, no research and development to determine what works and what doesn’t. To the new designers with wide eyes and big hopes, this is the side they often neglect. They invest all of their faith and resources on the creative side while ignoring the aspect that will actually make their clothes move.

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One fine afternoon, we got the chance to talk to the Paulina Katarina sisters to learn the truth about the fashion industry. Having gathered 30 years of experience from their parents’ garment factory, Ratna and Surya shows us just what is needed to run a fashion label. We catch these Bali-based fashion entrepreneurs fresh after their show at JFW 2015, as part of the CLEO Fashion Awards, where they showcased their latest Spring-Summer 2016 collection, Into The Deep.

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The sisters’ story started 4 years ago when they decided to break away from their parents’ textile manufacturing company to start their own label named after their combined middle names, Paulina Katarina. It was the perfect timing to start the brand, as there was a surge of starting your own labels at that time. “We’ve always loved making our own clothes so we wanted to try it out. We wanted to put some creativity into it and because we dealt with a lot of different labels [from our parents’ company] so we had an idea of the business side of fashion.”

The work is split into two parts: Ratna handles the creative side of Paulina Katarina and comes up with designs and samples, while as Surya handles the business side and manages production and marketing.

“Almost behind every really great designer, there is a business partner.

There is no successful brand that doesn’t have a strong business partner that’s running day-to-day operations. Because as a designer you’re so busy producing so many collections in a year, you don’t have time to run the day-to-day things.”

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For their label, analyzing sales data is crucial as it directs what future collections will look like. The sisters analyze what sells, what doesn’t, and transforms that data into desirable pieces of clothing, which will eventually land in wardrobes of PK girls. Ratna would start working on the designs by herself, sketching ideas from her head and turning it into reality, before consulting with Surya on what the final collection will look like. “We really believe in data and see what sells the season before. We try to make something similar to that, or if it’s such a big seller, then we will continue making it in a different color, like an updated version, while adding on new styles that’s in trend that particular season.”

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They also try to establish close relationships with customers. Reading and understanding your target market, and really knowing who your audience is will do wonders for you. “We try to be at every bazaar and showcase so we can talk to our buyers. They actually comment like, ‘Oh I love this but I’m not fond of so and so.’ From that as a designer we learn and make something out of it.”

Most fashion labels focus on planning their marketing strategy and leave production to an external manufacturer. PK prides itself in handling everything on their own, from manufacturing to marketing; it’s an all-encompassing workshop in their office. If an order is made in the morning for an out-of-stock item, they can roll out a new piece by afternoon because of their in-house production.

“If you don’t have a great team that can handle everything, there’s almost no point because you’re just consistently wasting money making these samples but no one is seeing. Marketing is extremely important because sometimes we have amazing products but when no one sees it, or when it doesn’t sell, there’s no point because you’re not going to have any money to make the next collection.”

There are a lot of emerging markets in Bali, although they’re not local. As a tourist island, the tiny province is flocked with Caucasians, mainly from Australia, and also various foreigners year in and year out. Most foreigners make the clothing pieces in Bali and sell it back in their motherland. PK itself features foreign styles that are not accustomed to Indonesia’s usual designs. It is full of beach-inspired clothing with long floor dresses and rompers, floral prints, and relaxed fits. Their measurements also go beyond the typical small Asian sizes, which allows them to cast a wider net for their target market.

“Some brands only do one size, which is easier, but we do all sizes. So for us, we need to make sure that dress looks good on a skinny girl and also a larger girl.”

It is rather difficult for this Bali-based fashion house as production costs keep increasing in their tiny island. PK tries as much to use local supplies but many textile productions have closed down because of rising costs. There are also a lot of fabrics that Indonesia can’t produce yet, like specific lace types, and even certain polyester types with prints. It doesn’t help either that Indonesia charges high import taxes for raw materials. The fashion industry is already a massive economic force for the country and it has so much potential to become bigger if the government had more lax import regulations.

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“We think there’s such a huge potential in Indonesia. When we first started the label 3-4 years ago, we were actually thinking of entering the international market without focusing on the Indonesian market. All the brands that we were producing in the textile manufacturing plant were almost entirely exporting their products so we thought maybe that’s where we should go. But then 2 years ago we saw that actually a lot of the sales came from within the country and a year ago, we decided to focus on Indonesia and give it our 100%. Since then the growth has been amazing!

It’s Asia’s time to rise and Indonesia has such a huge population with an increasing middle class. Their shopping power is really strong too and Indonesians just love to shop.”

 

Recently, there has been a surge in demand for local goods. A few years ago, Indonesians were plagued with the mindset that foreign goods were always better than local products. We take our shopping power and spend it on foreign markets, rather than enriching our own backyards. But that has changed over the past few years and it really is an exciting time for local brands to grow and prove what they are capable of.

Another trend that is currently on the rise is the use of ethnic wear. When asked who they would like to collaborate with, Surya didn’t hesitate on answering, “Any Batik designer.” The Balinese sisters would love to work with amazingly creative Batik prints and incorporate it into their fabric and cuts to make it more casual. They have previously incorporated kain Songket and Ikat into their Archipelago collection by printing these ethnic designs on to their usual fabric and cutting it into crop tops, making it lighter and appropriate for everyday wear. “The demand for these collections have been amazing so it would be really cool to work with a Batik designer”.

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While talking to the Paulina Katarina sisters, one thing was obvious: these girls weren’t afraid to share what they know. From insider knowledge to their very own struggles in the industry, they resonated our brand philosophy of empowering each other. We caught them after their stint at the CLEO Fashion Awards and the adrenaline rush was still evident when we asked them about their experience.

“It was a great experience, we learned a lot from it. It was our first runway show ever so there’s a lot of things to think about. From the music choice to the video we put, to the models we used, the models’ shoes, and collaborating with different brands for the shoes and jewelry. You go in and know what it’s like to work with CLEO, what their support is like, what Femina group is like, and they really teach you how to do things and help out on things they can actually help out with. It’s a lot better than going in by yourself and making heaps of mistakes. It was a really priceless experience for us to be able to be mentored by all these people who’ve done it for the past 8-9 years.”

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Each fashion label is unique and doesn’t necessarily share the same target market, which is why the PK sisters don’t believe in competing. There is no other brand like theirs, and they can’t replicate the soul of another brand. Through their stint at JFW, they’ve established great friendships with other designers and the media and hopefully will create a more conducive environment where labels can thrive, rather than viciously bringing down one another.

Their advice for startups is to work hard, stay focused, and if possible, try to get as much experience as possible before starting your own brand. It can be interning at any fashion house, clothing brands, or even in the media.

“Your relationship with the media is priceless. If you already have connections with them, it’s only going to make it easier when you look forward. Network as much as you can with people in the industry”.

For them, going to business school was the best decision they’ve made in their career. They’ve already had experience from the 30 years of garment manufacturing, so having a business side really helped them look ahead in creating a sustainable business.

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At the end of the day, the Paulina Katarina sisters believe in having fun with fashion. “It’s about looking great and feeling amazing. There’s no point in going out there with the trendiest thing but you don’t feel comfortable. It’s great to follow trends and everything but for us,

it’s about following trends that suit you, your personality, and your body. Be yourself.”

 

There is so much potential waiting to be unlocked for the Bali-based brand. They have a cult following in Indonesia, stockists in Singapore, and bulk orders from Australia. Even without focusing too much on the international market, they’re already generating demand from foreign shores and establishing themselves one collection at a time. In 5 years, the PK sisters hope to have a flagship store in Bali and maybe Jakarta, tackled the Indonesian market, and will be gearing up to go international. We’re sure with their humble personalities and coordinated, heavily researched sets they will go further than they imagined!

Shop Paulina Katarina’s collection here x


They say to do what you love and to love what you do....

How To Create A Positive Work Environment

They say to do what you love and to love what you do. It’s so much more fun and easier to work when you’ve got awesome teammates surrounding you and helping you achieve your goal. And who doesn’t love colleagues that you can share a laugh with? We gathered some tips on how you can turn your workplace into a play space!

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1. When you don’t know something, just ask.

If you don’t ask and get it done wrong, it’s just going to make you look even more silly.


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2. Don’t be that downer in the office.

Because once you start being rude, everybody’s going to be rude to you and cause unnecessary tension at the office. It’s a snowball effect honey.


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3. Less attention on yourself and more on work and business.

Nobody likes that self-centered person in the office who makes everything about him or her. Be understanding of other people’s needs and pay attention to what matters to your co-workers.


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4. Believe in the brand.

Have faith in your company and don’t do it just for the money because it shows. Be dedicated to your job. Yes it’s not yours, but if the business grows, you grow with it too. If it fails, then you fail too.


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5. Put aside your ego because this is not personal, it’s work.

There are times when your co-workers or boss says/does something that hurts your feelings. Most of the time it’s not a personal attack on you, but a criticism to help you do your job better. So accept that criticism and improve on yourself.


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6. Be ready to help out all the time.

No job is underneath you. Be the jack-of-all-trades and do any job that needs to be done. Hey, you’re learning more through it! If your teammate is sick, then help out that person with their unattended job cause they’ll do the same for you when you need it.


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7. When you open a bag of Cheetos, share it.

Again, sharing is caring. Don’t be that person who eats their Cheetos in a corner without sharing.


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8. Don’t complain too much.

Yes, you have a hard life, but so are other people. Some people are working as hard as you, but some are working even harder than you. And this goes back to the advice above: don’t be the downer at the office.


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9. Recognize that everyone is here to learn something.

So be open to learn new things too. And never be afraid to compliment others on a job well done. A good comment goes a long way in making someone else’s day and confidence.


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10. Always have food in the office.

Because nobody wants to be near a hangry person. If you’re feeling angry, just binge eat on something and feel better. Stop the problem before it happens.


Here are just some things we learned from our office. How do you build a positive community around you?


Pakalu Papito is a novelty Twitter account for a fictional Indian convenience store...

10 Times @pakalupapito Made Us ROFL

Pakalu Papito is a novelty Twitter account for a fictional Indian convenience store clerk which is known for posting joke tweets. See if these tweets makes you ROFL like how it did to us
1. Let’s start off with this one :
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THE BEST, BOLDEST AND MOST BODY-BARING LOOKS AT THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS From...

The Hottest Looks from the 2015 American Music Awards

THE BEST, BOLDEST AND MOST BODY-BARING LOOKS AT THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS
From Selena Gomez’s backless design to the adorable Sophia and Rosie, see the wildest styles of the night!
 

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SELENA GOMEZ in Givenchy

keeps things sexy in a bordeaux-colored sequin dress, featuring a front slit and daringly low back.


 

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JENNIFER LOPEZ in Nicolas Jebran

reinforcing her title as the Queen of Cutouts in a daring, abs-baring, icy blue gown, with straps and knots all over it.


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KENDALL JENNER in Oriett Domenech

bringing her new bangs to their first red carpet in a black fur-embellished mini dress and giving us her best model stare.


 

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KYLIE JENNER in Bryan Hearns

wearing a custom chain metal-embellished leather dress with cutout shoulders (that are bound to make big sister Kim very proud) and big enough cut on the skirt to allow us look at her gorgeous leg.


 

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GIGI HADID in Bao Tranchi

debuting her major new bob (!) in a super-sexy white “choker” dress featuring a lace-up halter top, side-slit skirt and gold hardware, and matching it with a tiny round clutch from Giuseppe Zanotti.


 

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NINA DOBREV in Zuhair Murad

in a matching floral-embroidered crop top and jacket, pairing it with fitted white skirt with a long slit, and white-and-black pumps.


 

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NICKI MINAJ in Michael Costello

in a pink, plunging cutout gown with gold floral embellishments and her go-to long down hairstyle.


 

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PAULA ABDUL

proving she’s still got it at 53 wearing a sheer, skin-baring gown with a black floral motif and voluminous waves.


 

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD in Elie Madi

in a nude bedazzled mini dress featuring a glittering, floor-skimming cape, making her the sparkly superhero of the day.


 

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SOPHIA GRACE AND ROSIE

showing off their budding sartorial skills in a pink ruffle-sleeve dress (on Rosie) and white peplum design (on Sophia Grace).


 

Which one is your favourite look?


Supermodels Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner, have quite a lot going on for...

20 Times Cara & Kendall Charmed The World #CAKE

Supermodels Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner, have quite a lot going on for them, but nothing beats when they come together. Cara and Kendall, also known as CAKE are bestfriends and their friendship is honestly intense that it physically hurts my heart.

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I know, #GOALS AF

  1. Like if i were to put my tongue on my best friend’s forehead it would be totally wrong, but this is Cara and Kendall we’re talking about, my soul just couldn’t take itdb5b4e1efd62924ef2b42f20c8e0a7fd.jpg

2. When your best friend tells you ” they’ve got your back “, its nothing compare to Cara having Kendall’s back and i feel so lost but its okayKendall-Jenner-L-and-Model-of-the-Year-winner-Cara-Delevingne.jpg

3. Casually holding onto each other so they wouldn’t get lost when a sea of photographers filled the streets. You know, it’s just a normal day6d6c8f1c9587ace6148ecba98bdb968e.jpg

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6. Because, CaKe576ddd0324483226de09aaf8d683160b.jpg

7. How adorable

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11. And start their day like this,82148bb0-366a-4d4e-a64c-9b8d2222faa2-2060x1460.jpeg

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13. And takes backstage pictures like this, Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 12.02.26 PM.png

14. Like every appearance would start off like enhanced-27214-1445887749-3.jpg

15. And ends up like this,

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Cheer up, Monday’s aren’t so bad. Despite the pile of work and long...

Pick-Me-Ups You Need This Monday

Cheer up, Monday’s aren’t so bad. Despite the pile of work and long hours you have to go through today, there are a lot of things to be grateful about on the first day of the week. We collected some of our favorite things to get you up and happy in no time.

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#1 There’s nothing quite like the smell of coffee to get us perky in the morning. One of our favorite ways to jump start our morning is to walk into Starbucks, or any coffee joint, and just lounge around for a good 15 minutes to wake us up. Nothing beats the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning.

#2 Animals make everything better, we can all agree on it by now. If this doesn’t make you feel better, we don’t know what will.

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#3 This just never gets old. How adorable is this surprised red panda? The look on its face is completely priceless. We (kind of) feel bad for laughing at the panda’s misery but it’s just too cute!

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#4 If you’re not an animal person, then food will do the trick. How about getting a donut tower to get you into the festive season? The more food there is, the merrier we are!

Visit their Instagram here x

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#5 Or you know, a shopping spree will do just the trick. What better way to start off the week than to buy clothes at reduced prices? Technically, it’s saving money.

Grab major style steals while they last! Only on our website!

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#6 There’s nothing funnier than stories coming from real people. Here are two articles we read recently that got us rolling on the floor in tears.

Click here and here to view the articles!

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#7 Away from the hustle and buzz of city life, we all need some quiet in our hectic lives. The Quiet Place Project focuses on clearing out thoughts and focusing on our feelings. They have several different projects under The Quiet Place, so play around with the website to see what works best for you.

Visit The Quiet Place Project here (x)

#8 And last but not least, this gorgeous live performance by the one and only queen Adele. We’re so glad she’s finally back in the music scene and slaying lives left and right. Her latest album, 25, just dropped 3 days ago so be sure to listen to it!


Now, almost everyone (with or without a driver) can relate to this: Jakarta...

What Are The Best Ways To Kill Time During Traffic Jams?

Now, almost everyone (with or without a driver) can relate to this:

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Jakarta traffic has zero chills.

Commuting in Jakarta is a blatant waste of time even for the most productive people. Time is something you cannot buy and it is the most valuable resource a productive person has. Traffic jams in the city of Jakarta robs us of an average of 14-30 hours of our time weekly. Speculatively, we spend at least a tenth of our lives in a car. These hours could be spent on doing the most productive of things such as; reading, writing, family time, staying fit, and so on and so forth. To worsen things, commuting during traffic can be quite strenuous for the mind and body (i.e. rude drivers, motorcyclists cutting lanes, or trucks coming too close), anyone who been through Friday night traffic can relate to those close-death incidents that potentially spiked our stress level.

If you think time is money here’s a few things you can do to increase your human capital while waiting through traffic:

  1. Audio Books / Educational Podcasts.

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The internet is mankind’s greatest asset, so why not download a few free (yes, free!) audio books to expand your knowledge and spiritual horizon.

You can find a wide range of free audio books here:

2. Have a Good Playlist.

Don’t have one? We got you:

Sing in the car! No one is going to hear you anyways. And if you have someone with you, even better, you can do a duet. It not only lightens the mood but it makes time fly faster and it’s a good time to kick back.

3. Learn A New Language.

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Download or pre-stream a few self-taught language audio tapes! A few years ago when I visited Singapore, I met a taxi driver who was a businessman by day, and taxi driver by night. He explained that he became a taxi driver so he could learn new languages over the stereo, while earning money by driving people around. I was amazed at this businessman’s mindset and how efficient he managed his time. Learning and earning? Say no more.

4. Chat up your Parents/Loved-Ones after a Long Day.

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[Disclaimer] For those who are driving, use speaker phone or bluetooth. For those who has someone doing the driving, good for you. One thing I learn is that, technology (Facetime, Skype, Line Calling etc.) has made it so easy for us to keep in touch with people. It’s all about prioritizing. Sometimes we get so caught up by our career we fail to spend time with the people that were with us since the beginning. Catch up, unwind and reflect with them. We all need that group of people to keep us sane.

5. Mobile Wifi.

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If you want good and uninterrupted reception throughout the above suggestions to kill time during traffic, Mobile Wifi is the way to go. It is notoriously convenient way to get multiple things done on-the-go.

 

What are some things you do to kill time during a traffic jam?

 


If somebody had told us a year ago that the Indonesian Fashion Industry...

I do me, I do Ingrid

If somebody had told us a year ago that the Indonesian Fashion Industry was in line as one of the world’s emerging fashion industries, we would’ve laughed. There were stray Indonesian names that landed in the international community, such as Tex Saverio for the Hunger Games, Peggy Hartanto who is a go-to label for Hollywood celebrities, and Anne Avantie that never fails to adorn beauty pageants with the most regal, beautiful Kebayas. Okay, maybe the international community knew about Batiks, but that was about it.

While Indonesia is lesser known for its designs, we are, however, popular for our textile industry. As one of the world’s largest garment exporter, Indonesia is known for cheap, reliable goods, and sends its better products to consumer markets, like the United States, Europe, and Japan. Our country is better known for its craftsmen and seamstresses; skilled workers who sew together pieces with preexisting designs from customers, rather than a designer who actually designs clothes.

This fact is going to change soon.

Within a year, numerous Indonesian designers have sprouted up with spectacular, beautifully intricate designs that have caught international attention. Whether it be Hollywood, the rapidly growing Chinese market, or even closer shores in Singapore, Indonesian labels are making a statement that we’re a force to be reckoned.

 

For the next few weeks, we will be covering local designers that have made a mark in the local fashion industry, and are generating waves in the international fashion community. These designers are taking their homegrown labels and getting ready to face the global fashion panel.

 

One designer who’s stepping on the world stage to showcase her sui generis designs is Ingrid Husodo. In 2013, the Sydney graduate dressed 3 Miss World candidates in traditional clothing inspired by Indonesia’s architecture. Since then, her pieces have appeared in numerous publications, both local and international, and her designs lauded by various critics, which has earned her the nickname, “Fashion show darling”.

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“The Indonesian fashion industry is getting better and it’s a good time for us now since the country is beginning to appreciate fashion. I think in the next 10 years, you will see a lot of Indonesian designers go international. There are already so many local designers going international now.

Not because they can afford to, but because they are talented enough to go global.”

 

A few days past her appearance at Jakarta Fashion Week 2015, we got the chance to have this reputable designer come by our studio. She was dressed in rather simple clothing; a major contrast from her elaborate, whimsical designer pieces. Up-close, Ingrid Husodo is quiet and undemanding. She approaches things with caution and leaves things to people in-charge. To those who don’t know her, she may seem lost and unfocused, but she is actually processing everything around her and taking mental notes.

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Her latest collection called “Aftermath” was inspired by Indonesia’s time under Japanese colony. As with every other Ingrid Husodo collection, every piece in the series is part of a larger theme. There are various details representing the war, such as half a girl’s face, two roses, and copious amounts of smoke.

With every visionary collection she churns out, the creative process gets harder each time. “Sometimes as a designer, you can’t just find the idea in a blink of an eye. You have to brainstorm; you have to dig down there.”

For Ingrid’s creative process, she captures pictures of her inspirations and gathers them on her mood board. She picks out a main focus for her collection, and from there, her abstract ideas come to life. She would add wings, she would construct the flow of the skirts, and she would experiment with different fabrics sewn together. When you see an Ingrid Husodo piece, you sometimes think, “Where can I wear this to?” The balance between creativity and commerce never gets easier for the Semarang-based designer.

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Ingrid herself admits that she is a very conceptual person so she often goes over the top with her designs. She tries her best to keeps things simple so it can balance with customers’ demands. On how she achieves this balance, she stresses the importance of selling the collection. It’s also one of the things she wished her younger designer self would understand.

“I would tell my old self to do more commercial designs with simpler silhouettes”.

 

With designs as unique as her, Ingrid finds it hard to pick a designer she looks up to. Every designer has his or her own signature look and she likes each designer in general, without one she religiously follows. “For example, Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy, he has this randomness to him but it’s amazing to see how he wraps up one collection. Sometimes it can be so romantic, and sometimes it can be really dark.”

There’s also the part where she has no celebrity style icons. Ingrid Husodo’s collection is a rare sight on influencers. The few times she actually endorses influencers, her clothes never fail to get people talking. “You know there are some bloggers who wear clothes just for the sake of wearing it. They don’t bring life to those clothes. So I see which bloggers can bring new perspectives into my clothes and choose them based on that.

I would be happy if they can create a spark with my clothes.”

 

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Isn’t it rather puzzling how Ingrid has no model designer she looks up to, and no celebrity muse she adores? After all, the fashion industry and celebrity culture are tightly woven together. “I dress according to myself. I’m very random. Sometimes I can be very edgy, and sometimes I can be very casual. Sometimes I feel weird because my friends have their favorites.

But I do me, I do Ingrid”.

 

Of course, it was the only way it made sense. There is only one person in this world that can come up with designs as whimsical and distinct as Ingrid Husodo, and that person is none other than herself. There is no other designer in this world who can sew together mesh and satin and turn it into something so beautifully feminine, with a dash of edgy, and a whole load of dream-like prints.

If you knew what Ingrid’s workshop is like, you’d know that it’s a one-woman show for her label. From administration, to handling customer service, and to designing, it’s all in a day’s work for her. There is a lot of pressure on her side, especially now that she’s the youngest member of Asosiasi Perancang Pengusaha Mode (APPMI) in Central Java. Sometimes she would detox from her work, shut away everything, and travel for 2-3 days.

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Her advice to fresh designers is to never stop learning, and to perfect pattern making. “Even in pictures, you can tell if the fit is bad or if the linings are messy. You can improve on sowing, but pattern making is crucial. And also to never stop learning, because sometimes designers become cocky in terms of criticism. You have to be able to take criticisms constructively. There are so many things to learn so always be humble, and never stop learning”.

It’s a little difficult for this small-town designer to cater needs all the way in Jakarta, which is why she’s planning on making the big move to the capital city. Her first boutique is set to open this December in Fairgrounds, SCBD. She’s still on the fence whether she wants to permanently move to Jakarta or not. “Even from the beginning when I started fashion, I knew I had to move to Jakarta. It’s the capital city, it’s where everything is”.

Semarang is not lacking in fashion communities; there are actually a lot of designers in Semarang. It’s rather just a difference in lifestyles. “Most people in Semarang are pretty laidback. For example, in Semarang, if you wear designer clothes to the mall, people will look at you weird.”

Ingrid has to consider leaving the comfort of her family members and moving to the big city with bright lights. There are a lot of things she still doesn’t know, especially when it comes to production, but she is grateful for APPMI in having her back. “A lot of the designers inside the organization are seniors, so they’re very willing to help out junior designers”. Everybody has their own signature look, so it’s less of a competition and more towards empowering designers in creating a better fashion industry in Indonesia.

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There’s still an abundance of milestones that this aspiring designer wants to achieve in her career. From going international and improving her craft, Ingrid wishes to be a better designer, not in just the next 5 years, but for the rest of her life. She’s been through significant moments in her life, notably when she designed for Miss World in 2013, and we’re sure there will be more breakthrough days in the future.

Shop Ingrid’s collection here


Let’s be honest for a minute. Out of all the fashion shows in...

6 Lessons The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Taught Us

Let’s be honest for a minute. Out of all the fashion shows in a year, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is the one we look out for the most. Tons of beautiful girls with kickass bodies in the most spectacular outfits strut the runway and just have fun. It’s impossible not to love the show. Aside from all the glitz and glamor, here are 6 things we learned from the annual fashion show.

  1. They don’t starve themselves.

Just watch the video above. To be a Victoria Secret angel, you really have to manage what you put into your body. They don’t skip meals; they just eat right. Even during rehearsals, you can sometimes see them snacking on pizza, or burger and fries. You are what you eat and these angels are eating beautifully.

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  1. The models are all about natural makeup

Bronzed, sun-kissed skin, beach waves, and au naturel makeup: these models barely pack on makeup before walking the runway. It’s mostly looking like their natural, beautiful selves and less of a constructed beauty.

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  1. Everyone has a favorite angel, whether you want to admit it or not

We know how some people just love to hate these angels, but let’s just be honest with ourselves; there is at least one girl who walked the runway that made your heart skip a beat. For our office, it’s mainly a battle between South African bombshell Candice Swanepoel and Australian heartthrob Miranda Kerr.

  1. They’re all super toned.

In order to shoulder their wings, Victoria’s Secret angels train like crazy to get fit. Most of these models wear at least 1 pair of wings throughout the show and these wings can weigh up to 30kg! Victoria Secret Angels are never stick-thin; they’re all crazy toned and super fit. Don’t forget to check out #TrainLikeAnAngel on how to get supermodel bodies.

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  1. Angels are picked based on how relatable they are

We once read an article written on how angels are picked. Once women feel threatened by the angels, Victoria’s Secret stops hiring them. According to Business Insider, this is why Kate Upton was never hired by the lingerie brand as she did too many nude pictorials and was constantly chosen as the Sexiest Woman Alive. Erin Heatherton was also let go from the brand because she was dating too many high-profile men like famous actor Leondardo diCaprio and NBA player Jordan Cameron.

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  1. You’re actually glad you’re not them

Between waking up at 6AM just to work out and relying on juice to get through the day, we’re all secretly glad we’re not VS angels. Yes we admire how beautiful they are and we wish we were them, but you know what, we’ll take the donuts and Netflix. They can have the angel bodies.

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will air on December 8 at CBS! Until then, we’ll be watching reruns of the older shows.


Weekends are done and dusted and Monday has come again to remind us...

5 Places To Visit After A Food Coma

Weekends are done and dusted and Monday has come again to remind us how horrible we binged ate over the past 2 days. A few years ago, healthy food choices were rare, or insanely overpriced, and there was never quite a place that provided decent nutritious food. Luckily, more restaurants and food spots have joined the healthy food revolution to provide us with wholesome choices. Read on for possible dinner locations!

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  1. Snctry

This restaurant is the newest it-girl in town and has been drawing hordes of people in. Snctry has a beautifully designed interior and sells cold pressed juices, smoothies, salads, almond milk, tea, infused water, elixir shots, super bowls, and raw cakes. What we love most is that it’s one of the few healthy food spots with a proper, physical store, so you can drop by anytime and enjoy these delights fresh out of the kitchen. They’ve got a whole load of delicious choices for you to pick from, so be sure to try this new gem out.

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  1. Warung Kebunku

Warung Kebunku is one of the few restaurants with a gardening concept and serve Indonesian food with real, wholesome harvests. You can pick fresh produce out of their garden and they will cook it for you. No gimmicks in this one.

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  1. Pura Vida

You’ve probably heard of this Instagram-based retailer. Pura Vida is the go-to destination for healthy treats. They sell packaged granola, overnight oats, almond milk, and various vegan desserts. Pura Vida is mostly on Instagram, but they have occasional pop-up booths and collaborations with bistros, so keep checking back if you want to visit a physical spot. Just looking at their pictures has got us drooling.

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Photo credit to Yourganic’s Instagram
  1. Yourganic

This adorable little shop has several pop-up booths scattered around Jakarta. They’re one of the masters of almond milk and has created several original flavors, such as sweet dates, matcha, Rockin’ Iced Coffee, and Excelicious. Recently, Yourganic has expanded into coconut water, granola, overnight oats, healthy treats, and almond butter. We always look forward to seeing these booths when shopping!


  1. Bellagio Organic Blood Type

As the name suggests, this restaurant serves food based on your blood type. For example, if you’re type A, you should eat vegetables, or if you’re a type O, you should avoid dairy products. Definitely a must-visit when you’re in the South area.

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Considering how much we ate over the weekend, we’ll definitely be giving these spots a visit. Did we include your favorite healthy food joint?


It’s almost that time of the year again where families gather around to...

“I Wish I Was Her” | What You Don’t See In Cecil and Isable Xu

It’s almost that time of the year again where families gather around to celebrate wonderful endings and adventurous beginnings. At the end of every year, we look back and see what we’ve left behind and make amends with it, before moving forward with the New Year. It is in the same spirit of family values where each person extends a hand in helping others and shares the joy of giving.

In commemoration of the festive season, we’re turning to the poster girls of unbreakable sisterhood who represent these warm family values in everything they do. Joined at the hips longer than they can remember, we talk to the Xu sisters, Cecil and Isable, on a lesson that transcends time and stories to comfort our hearts.

To the public’s eye, Cecil and Isable Xu are perfect targets for criticism. They lead seemingly perfect lives that inspire envy from unknowing followers. There’s so much more to these Instagram-famous girls than meets the eye. In this interview, we peel back layers of highly manicured social media feed and find out the real Cecil and Isable Xu.

Being the center of attention is never easy, especially when people pick apart their lives and gossip over the smallest changes on their Instagram feed. No pictures of Cecil’s husband? They probably got a divorce. No pictures of her son? She’s a horrible mother for abandoning her son. Why is Isable not as thin as her sister? She needs to diet. These are just some of the comments in their Instagram pages. When in reality, they couldn’t be further than the truth. Cecil is happily married and always care for her son. “I bring him everywhere. He might not be in the pictures, but he’s probably sitting on the side while we take pictures.” And when questioned whether her son is the reason why she stopped taking endorsement, she answered “I stopped taking endorsements to spend more time with my family. I did too many that everyday my life is about taking pictures. When you accept endorsements, you have this responsibility to finish it within a time limit. Your priorities become different. So my husband asked me, ‘Ask yourself, what’s more important to you in life?’ And of course, it’s my family.”

[Cecil Xue is wearing Natalia Kiantoro’s Celestia Shorts, Isable is wearing Krinou’s Folley Top and Gemma Shorts.]

Getting the chance to talk to these sisters face-to-face was a reality check that nobody’s life is perfect. Isable clarifies, “We capture moments when we’re happy. We capture what we want them to see. It’s not always what we are. It’s different from reality.”

Through out the one-hour interview, our team are constantly surprised by how open and honest the sisters were as we touched upon the question, “What is the toughest thing you’ve ever experienced?”. From one moment to another, Cecil and Isable were opening our eyes to the reality they don’t show to the public. One incident they don’t readily share on social media is the fact that Cecil suffered second-degree burns and a miscarriage. A year ago right on her birthday and in a series of oblivious actions, her husband’s co-workers and staff sprayed party strings near a cake candle, which resulted on it latching on to her hair and catching on fire.

[Cecil is wearing Project RTW’s Cage Control Top and Compleat Me Skirt, Isable is wearing Natalia Kiantoro’s Dominique Top and Wonder Jane White Skorts.]

“Back then, she was 5 weeks pregnant and she intended to tell her husband that day”, Isable explains. So when Cecil got to the hospital, she refused to be injected with painkillers, thinking that it would harm the baby. “My husband thought I refused the painkillers because I’m afraid of injections. So I told him no, it’s because I’m pregnant. And then Isable explained to him too that [the baby] is real. At that time, I didn’t realize I got a miscarriage.”

Three weeks after the accident, Cecil went to visit her Obstetrician only to be told that her baby had stopped growing. When she caught on fire, her husband attempted to remove the party strings from her hair so they would not cause any further damage. In his attempt to save her, he grabbed her hair and accidentally caused Cecil to fall harshly, which led to her miscarriage.

“After the miscarriage, at that time I felt like dying. But I’m a mother so I have to be strong for Jose. Looking back, I think of it as a lesson to be more careful”. It also helped Cecil tremendously that her family and friends were there for her every step of the way to help ease the pain of losing a child. As Cecil kept the story in the shadows, not a lot of people knew about the accident so every time people asked why she has yet to have her second child, she has to go on again and explain the entire accident to them. “Until now God hasn’t given me another child, yet. Maybe because it’s not time yet.”

One thing we noticed from the interview was how religious Cecil was in person. One advice she gave from the Bible that really struck us was,

“Everything will be beautiful at the right time”.

 [Cecil is wear Potts’ Air Color Dress]

If you know Cecil, then you would know Isable. The two are always together and it’s hard to imagine a Cecil without Isable, and vice versa. To their followers, Isable is often considered living in her sister’s shadow (Cecil has almost twice as many followers as Isable). “Of course people compare us a lot! They say you have to diet. If you’re thinner, you’ll look a lot prettier. I mean it’s not that I’ve never tried to diet before, I tried.” Isable exclaims (at this, we saw a fire to Isable that we’ve never seen before). The criticisms often start with the way she looks and extends up to her career prospects.

What woman likes to be compared and commented on about their life choices, especially when it involves their appearance? At a public platform even! Not only is Isable compared to her older sister, she’s also routinely compared to other influencers. She shares with us a story of an anonymous person sending her side-by-side comparisons of her pictures in Morocco against another popular influencer.

The pressure often leaves her distressed as she feels she has to prove her worth to the public. “That’s the worst for me. Because I’ve graduated since February and until now, I’ve done nothing.

But I mean I have plans for myself so you cannot judge me until you see what I’ve done”.

Unlike what people see on social media, in reality, Isable is a hard-worker that surpasses expectations. When Isable came to our studio, she was feeling under the weather and couldn’t digest anything. The Xu sisters woke up at the break of dawn to get their makeup done at 6AM so that Isable could “di kerok” afterwards. The two of them then arrived at our studio right on time, with Isable surviving on isotonic drinks so she wouldn’t pass out. Even on an empty stomach, Isable remained cheerful and professional throughout the entire time, and even helped the team carry a sofa around. We found out later through Instagram that she went to the hospital right after the session.

It’s not easy in this young adult’s life, being compared and underestimated all the time, but she has her own way to dismiss ignorant haters.

“What people see is the front page. Nobody knows the behind story. I feel so much luckier than her [Cecil], and sometimes, she says ‘I wish I were you.’ I love my sister because I know her story but I don’t want to be her.”

Since it was close to the holiday season, we decided to deck the Xu sisters in our charity collection. They were vocal about their love with the designs and great cause behind the project. Cecil adds how amazed she is that LOVE+FLAIR’s vendors are willing to give up all their proceeds to help out in producing this special collection. “I think it’s a very good thing. Nowadays people don’t really think about philanthropy anymore”. On the topic of charity, we asked the Xu sisters for their thoughts on it. Isable believes in creating a culture where doing good and helping others are valued upon, and we need to start with the little ones. Educating youngsters about sharing means the next generation will be more compassionate and have greater empathy for those in need.

“What we have now won’t permanently belong to us. It’s a Merry-go-round; we won’t always be on top. What if we were in their position crying for help but no one’s listening?” said Isable. So while they’re in a position to help, they want to help as much as possible.

To wrap up our short time with the Xu sisters, we asked them to share what they would say to each other if the other were not present. Cecil immediately says, “Get here now”, which led to choruses of laughter. Isable takes on a more sentimental route.

“I’d say I’d never know what my life could be if she weren’t here or if she was never born. Because whatever I decided to do, it was always with her support. When I went abroad to study, or when I took different majors, she was behind it all. She was the one who helped me analyze which major I should go into. And when I was halfway [studying] and felt homesick, she was the one who motivated me to get back on track. I believe she’ll need me a lot too. Everyday she’ll ask me little things like what to wear.”

Hearing this, Cecil reconsiders her answer. “I can’t live without her either. I’m very comfortable when I’m with her so whatever I do; I do it according to me. Whatever that I want to do or whatever that I dislike, I can just tell her and she’ll just accept it for who I am. I mean not even your friends can accept everything, you know. They’ll judge you, but for her I think that’s the best part. I think she’s like the second me. There’s nobody else that can be so similar to me.”

Through all the good and bad in life, we’re sure the Xu sisters will get through it just fine with their hands intertwined. They’re aware of how blessed they are, without abusing that luck, and they remain true to their humble selves of extending a helping hand to those in need. Should the time ever come when they need help, we’re sure their good hearts and perseverance will be rewarded aplenty. As the sisters say, life is a Merry-go-round. Everything will be beautiful at the right time.


One month left until the end of the year and we’re excited for...

11 Things We’re Excited About This November

One month left until the end of the year and we’re excited for so many things! The LOVE+FLAIR team gathered 11 things we’re super excited about this month. From getting ready for the holiday season, to new releases this month; it’s going to be a wholesome 30 days.

Rainy season:

Admit it, you’ve probably posted at least one post related to the weather on your social media this month. November is the beginning of the rainy season and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome cooler weathers and picturesque skies. Don’t forget to pack your umbrellas!


Lemon cleanse:

Christmas is coming and that means your beach body’s taking a hit. We’re gearing up for non-stop feasting and celebrations with a good-old detox. Elevate your stale water by infusing it with lemon slices. The added Vitamins will do wonders to heal your skin, improve your immune system, and keep you feeling energized throughout the day!

Get more recipes at: Blogilates Detox Water Recipes


Elevate App:

We recently stumbled upon this educational app that helps users improve their brain functions. They’ve got plenty of choices from improving your focus, brevity, memory, and plenty of other options. The app creates a tailored training regime based on your needs. This hectic month has left us feeling drained and disoriented, so we really appreciate how this app is gathering our focus and drawing us back on track.

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Cosmos by Carl Sagan

Cosmos is a 13 chapter book (parallel to 13 episodes on the TV series) that covers a broad range of topics on Sagan’s observations on cosmology, biology, astrology and anthropology matters during contemporary times. He explores 15 billion years of cosmic evolution and the development of science and civilization as he traces origins of knowledge while mixing science theories with philosophy.

This is for people who love science but knows little about it; Sagan popularizes science by making it easier to understand by adding philosophical value to scientific theories. It is filled with beautiful artwork and illustrations of imaginary distant realms. It concludes by urging us that we are part of the development of the universe and that we have the moral responsibility to continue this voyage on the exploration of this grand universe we live in as long as we can. This book is pure inspiration for people who wonder about the world we live in.


‘Spectre’ James Bond:

Can we just say, Major hottie alert? The newest James Bond Movie, Spectre, is now playing in cinemas! The much-anticipated movie got us squirming in our seats from the jam-packed action scenes and breath taking visuals. Okay, we confess. 99.9% of the reason why we’re so crazy about this movie is because of how hot Daniel Craig was in it. Really guys, watch the first 10 minutes of this movie and you’ll get why we’re so crazy about it.


Finding Dory:

James Bond isn’t the only movie getting us excited! Have you watched the trailer for Finding Dory? This movie tapped right into our childhood and will be out on June 2016. Can you believe it’s been 10 years since Finding Nemo was released? We’re feeling like a kid again from all the excitement.


Hotline Bling cover by Sam Smith:

Sam Smith, who you probably know from his hit songs “Lay Me Down” and “Stay With Me”, covered Drake’s popular song “Hotline Bling” last September and it just doesn’t get old. We love how this English soul singer made an unexpected move to cover an R&B song, even more so to find out that his vocal range fit the song so perfectly. It’s not wonder Sam was also appointed to sing the Bond theme song for Spectre, “Writing’s On The Wall”.


Prabal Wrap Outerwear:

With cooler weather comes thicker clothes, or in our case, an outerwear. We love this Khaki coat for its simple, chic silhouettes, and are totally in this Fall season. The coat broke our record for fastest selling item and is currently sold out on our website, but fear not, because we’ll be restocking them in 3 colors by end of November.


Kewpie Mentaiko Sauce:

This delicious Japanese sauce is not available in local supermarkets so you have to travel to Singapore to get a taste of this unique condiment (we’re blessed with a Singaporean co-founder). We love the creamy, salty taste that goes great with anything, especially udon. Please excuse us while we bring this sauce to Marugame Udon for a custom order.


Crème-filled Regal Cookies:

A new twist on one of our favorite childhood snacks! Regal is keeping us on our toes for a new flavor that’s in stores right now. We absolutely love the rich, creamy addition that comes with the mild, milky biscuits. We look forward to new flavors in the future! Be sure to try them when you can!


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Christmas Shopping:

Only one month left until the holidays roll in so you better get started on gift shopping. What better time to splurge on your favorite items than this festive season? In our office, online shopping is considered market research so we’re considered doing our jobs right. Holiday shopping’s going to be a real hassle if you do it last minute, so take some time to sort what you plan on buying!


Here are just some things keeping us awake at night! What are you excited about this November?


The holidays are creeping up and we’re getting our gears ready for travel season! Haven’t...

7 PLACES YOU NEED TO VISIT THIS HOLIDAY

The holidays are creeping up and we’re getting our gears ready for travel season! Haven’t decided where to go yet? Read through our guide for travel inspirations!

#1. VOLCANO CLIMBING | LOMBOK

The second highest volcano in Indonesia, Mount Rinjani is located in Lombok. It is famous for trekking and climbing as it contains a number of caves, small waterfalls, and hot springs around the volcano. Not to mention, the huge crater near the top contains a beautiful lake, Danau Segara Anak (Child of The Sea Lake). There are two main routes for trekking which is at Senaru in the North or from Sembalun in the East.

Note:

  • For those who don’t want to spend days on this expedition can go from Sembalun as it is faster and has a more direct route to the summit.
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#2. LIGHT FROM HEAVEN |  YOGYAKARTA

Make this cave the next destination for your cave exploration! Located in Pacarejo Village in Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta, Jomblang cave is famous for its heavenly light coming in through the hole on the cave. It is a vertical cave with dense ancient forests below. A 300 meter alley with its beautiful natural ornament will bring you to the edge of Gua Grubug (Grubug Cave), a place where you can see light from “Heaven”.

Note:

  • The best time to enjoy the beauty of Grubug cave is at 10AM to 12PM when the sun is at its peak.
  • There is a 25 person/day limit in an effort to preserve the cave.
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#4. GLOWING LAVA | BANYUWANGI

The Kawah Ijen volcano complex is situated in East Java and is made up of a collection of volcanoes. The volcano spouts electric blue lava day and night. The glow is actually the light from the combustion of sulfuric gases.

Note:

  • Come at night to witness the spectacular electric blue lava at its best
  • As it is a volcano, toxic gases such as sulfur dioxide is present so be sure to wear a gas mask
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#5. COLOR CHANGING CRATER | FLORES

Mount Kelimutu, with its tri-colored crater lakes, is probably the most amazing natural phenomenon in Flores. Over the years, the three crater lakes have often changed colors. One of the lakes is black-brown, one is green, and one is currently changing from green to a reddish color. How amazing is that! A reason may be the varying mineral contents of the water. Another explanation suggests that the changing colors are caused by neglected ancestral souls.

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#6. SEA OF ISLANDS | PAPUA

Raja Ampat or ‘Four Kings’ offers the world’s best marine sights. It is considered as the last paradise in the world according to traveller’s reviews. You can view plenty of small islands around it which is called as Wayag Islands. The island is known for its beautiful atolls and lack of people (except for rangers and guards) on the islands.

Note:

  • There is no electricity in Wayag Islands
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#7. MIDDLE EARTH | SUMBAWA

Kenawa Islands resembles Middle Earth, and is a part of Gili Balu’ district in Poto Tano Village – Sumbawa Barat. Besides Kenawa Island, there are seven other islands; Kalong, Nano, Mandiki, Paserang, Kambing, Belang and Ular. You will feel like the island is just for yourself as it is an inhabited island with no buildings except tiny houses. The rest of the island is a savannah.

Note:

  • There are only small huts and gazebos available. Be prepared to sleep on hard floors!
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Here are some of the places we will be visiting this holiday season! Which one would you go to?


LOVE + FLAIR PLEDGES TO DONATE 30 MILLION IDR TO BUILDING HOUSES FOR...

All You Need To Know About Love + Flair x Habitat for Humanity

LOVE + FLAIR PLEDGES TO DONATE 30 MILLION IDR TO BUILDING HOUSES FOR UNDERPRIVILEDGED FAMILIES

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JAKARTA-Rising e-commerce label LOVE+FLAIR launched their charity initiative on 10th of November in a bid to raise Rp., 30,000,000 for underprivileged families, in collaboration with global non-profit organization, Habitat for Humanity, through selling specially designed clothes by local designers.

This initiative comes in light of raising awareness for poor housing conditions in Indonesia and is LOVE+FLAIR’s way of giving back to society. The project invited the brand’s vendors to collaborate and design clothes with an all-white theme, which will be exclusively sold through LOVE+FLAIR’s online portal. All profits will be given to charity. The pledged 30 million IDR will be handed over to the non-profit organization by December 10.

Vendors who joined the cause are: LAISON by Aurelia Santoso, POTTS Jakarta, Krinou, Clementine Signature, Natalia Kiantoro, Ingrid Husodo, Paulina Katarina, Anynome, Day and Night, Project RTW, and SELV the Label. LOVE+FLAIR has also specially designed all-white clothing pieces for the cause.

Habitat for Humanity Indonesia is part of the global network of Habitat for Humanity International. The organization is present in 75 countries, and has built over 600,000 homes and provided shelter to over 3 million people, and is dedicated to eradicating poor housing conditions from the Indonesian society by constructing simple, decent, and affordable houses.

Indonesia is the 4th most populous country in the world with more than 249 million citizens. Out of that number, 29.13 million Indonesians are poor, and more than 13.6 million citizens are currently facing housing backlog. Many of these citizens are living in slum areas without basic house facilities, such as clean bathrooms, safe electrical wiring, and rainproof ceilings.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Are you really going to donate?

We have Habitat for Humanity to vouch for our credibility.

Why do I have to do this?

Shopping while helping somebody else. So the next time you wear this, you can remember that you helped somebody through this purchase.

How much will be donated from my purchase?

100% of profits will go to charity. LOVE+FLAIR does not take a single cent off this charity.

How can I help if I don’t want to buy clothes?

You can make a donation through our website, or through Habitat for Humanity’s official page. You can also find out more at www.habitatindonesia.com

How long is this campaign running for?

The campaign launched on 10th November and will run through until 10th of December. The LOVE+FLAIR team will also build the house on the 10th of December.

Can I customize the items?

For POTTS and Clementine Signature, you can, as it’s a tailored, pre-order system. For the rest of the vendors and L+F label, it’s ready-stocked so customization is not available.

Is it ready-stocked or a pre-order basis?

Most of our items are ready-stocked and ready to be shipped on the 16th of November. You can purchase the items beforehand but we will ship out the items on the 16th. Purchases can still be made after the 16th per normal.

Are discount codes applicable to the collection?

Discount codes are not applicable to the Love + Flair x Habitat for Humanity Collection . But you can use your store credit (if valid) on this collection.

Can I return or exchange the products within this collection?

Yes, you may exchange the products if it does not fit you or it came faulty. However, custom clothing that are pre-ordered cannot be returned or exchanged.

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For further information, interested parties can contact LOVE+FLAIR and Habitat for Humanity at the contacts listed below.
LOVE+FLAIR
Instagram: @loveandflair
Whatsapp: +6281288146808
LINE: loveandflair
 
Habitat for Humanity
Telephone: (021) 2991 6074

When you see her, you eyes immediately dart to her. There’s no way...

#LFInterview with Jennifer Bachdim

When you see her, you eyes immediately dart to her. There’s no way to miss this woman in a sea of eyes. When you stalk her on Instagram, 5 minutes turn into an obsessive case of digging up who this person is and what she’s like. There’s so much value to her name, yet also so much potential to how big she can become.

Intrigued on who this woman is? We’ll give you a clue. This woman is most famously known as a soccer wife to one of Indonesia’s most popular soccer players. Her name spread like wildfire back in late 2010 when her husband, who was an aspiring soccer player, became an overnight sensation for his talents on the field and also good looks. The media went crazy for this controversial couple and targeted them like a prey.

Although the media frenzy has calmed down since that tumultuous era, this woman is now creating an all-new hype on her own. No longer a regular soccer wife, this woman is now relabeling herself as a blogger and style icon. Can you guess who she is?

If you answered Jennifer Bachdim, then you’re absolutely spot on. This woman who has been through thick and thin, switched countries in the name of career and love, and stalked by a media worthy of a restraining order, is now emerging stronger than ever to chase after her passion. She sits down with us on a quiet morning for a story on her life.

Jennifer is wearing Got Back Top in Rose.

Jennifer’s humble beginnings started in Germany when she was born to a German mother and Chinese-Indonesian father. Blessed with a beautiful, unique, Eurasian look, it was a natural move for her to plunge into the modeling industry. Her older brother, Kim Kurniawan, alongside her future husband, was an aspiring soccer athlete. In 2010, Jennifer came to Indonesia with Kim, and then boyfriend, Irfan Bachdim in an effort to support Irfan’s soccer career. Amidst travelling between Germany and Indonesia, people started suggesting Jennifer to work in Indonesia. It was a win-win move on her side because she could take her career with her while also supporting Kim and Irfan.

Those days seem like eons ago. Jenny, her nickname, is now a full-time fashion blogger and is on the way of removing her “soccer wife” label, one post at a time. She was recently invited to Jakarta Fashion Week and we got the chance to meet her on that faithful event. In a glance, her stoic face and cool demeanor immediately got us intimidated. But beneath her fierce aura lies a bubbly, cheerful woman that is completely devoted to her family.

When you scroll through her Instagram, it’s a mix of her personal style, her great relationship with her husband, and her two adorable little kids, Kenji and Kiyomi. Being a blogger is not easy, being a mother is even more difficult, so imagine the pressure of being a blogger mom, not forgetting the fact that she doesn’t use a nanny. It’s also how she keeps fit.

Jennifer is wearing Morning Blossom Bomber Jacket, Aesthetic Top in Black and Aesthetic Shorts in Black.

“Kenji wakes me up around 5 so I wake up very early.” She would then play with her child, get Kiyomi ready for school, send her to school, come home and take care of Kenji, put him to sleep, blog, cook for the family, and this is just a snippet of her daily routine. See how blogging only takes up one part of her everyday routine?

On letting publicity get to her kids; Jenny thinks it’s no problem. “It’s a lot calmer now [than before] and we don’t have to hide our kids. What we publish is just content that we like to share with other people. It’s fun and it’s nice. It’s nice to see the kids smiling and we don’t force [them] to do anything. So it’s okay to share”.

The topic of children and media is very sensitive, as children don’t have a say whether they want to step into the limelight or not. The prowling media takes advantage of these defenseless youngsters for not being able to push them away. Their kids, however, are not the only subjects being targeted by the media. Back in 2011, Jennifer and Irfan was hunted down by the media for Jennifer’s past and the couple’s inter-religious relationship.

Irfan became a huge sensation when he joined the national team and the media constantly scoured for fodder to use him as headline news. Eventually, they stumbled upon Jenny’s lingerie shoots taken back in Germany. It created such an uproar that the media hunted for Jennifer’s house and camped outside her living quarters. At this point, Jennifer was at the early stages of her pregnancy, and fearing for her safety, Irfan insisted that she leaves to Malang with him.

Jennifer is wearing Aquilo Grey Top and Altitude Slit Pants in White.

“In Germany, [lingerie shoots] were so normal. It wasn’t a problem and they weren’t bad pictures. But here it’s a big problem.

I was living in Jakarta but I didn’t know how [the media] found out. And they were waiting for me in front of my house. Irfan was very protective. He said, “You can’t live here, you have to move.” And then we were at Malang and all the press was in Jakarta. It was maybe a good step for us. It got calmer and we also enjoyed our pregnancy there.”

Her first pregnancy went through complications that caused her to faint throughout the gestation. She was quite skinny at the time because she was sick while in Indonesia. There was something wrong with her belly and she almost lost a staggering 10kg. Eventually, she gained 11kg and Kiyomi is all-well. Her second pregnancy carrying Kenji sailed by smoothly and she gained a healthy 12kg.

These days you can find Kenji and Kiyomi as supporting casts of Jennifer’s Youtube channel. She decided to pursue the channel after her hair video received massive positive response. So upon discussing with her husband, Irfan suggested doing some challenges he saw on an American talk show. “He was like, “Is that okay? Let’s try.” And then we started our first challenge and we saw that people liked it and the kids liked it too.”

But the most important question is: Why did she start blogging? All this travelling was what moved her to start a blogging career. After giving birth to her first child, she’s always felt like going back to work. Travelling got in the way and the little family had to move from Indonesia, to Thailand, and then to Japan. And Irfan was adamant that she didn’t go back to work. “I’ve always wanted to work but he’s like, “Oh you don’t have to work. I’m the man and I’m the one who has to bring in the money. You just take care of the kids.”

But I’ve always told him, I want to be an independent woman. I want to work.

And I came up with the idea of blogging. He said, “Yeah if you can pull off having a blog and a website”.Jennifer is wearing the sold out Rack City Jumpsuit in Black. Also available in White.

It is after all, a strenuous job of styling clothes piece by piece, scouting photo locations, taking pictures, editing, and coming up with good writing content. For more established fashion bloggers, they have a big team behind them, but for Jenny, she just has herself. Irfan helps by taking her photos (and sometimes dressing her up), but Jenny still solely does the rest of the work.

So with blogging, it was a perfect combination of her favorite things, fashion and writing, and she could conveniently work from everywhere. “It didn’t matter where we were moving, I could still work”. The many different countries she’s been to left imprints in the form of her changing personal style. “Back in Germany I was really girly. It was really important in Germany to dress very girly with high heels. I didn’t wear any street style. In Japan, they have very cool street styles and their local brands are really good too. But here in Jakarta, I saw a lot of good collections. I love Sean and Sheila.”

Speaking of her hair, the platinum blonde locks did so much wonder for her career. The change in hair color transformed her into a high fashion model. It also resonated with her personal style that can be described as monochrome, edgy, chic and elegant. She received so much attention for it and companies started approaching her more after the change. Even her kids thought it was a drastic move. “When I came home, Kiyomi said, “Mama, you look like Oma”. Irfan was very fond of the change, as he had been suggesting her to cut her hair short for a long time now. The decision to go blonde was inspired by her desire to go light. She started with ash grey but became dissatisfied with the color. Upon looking at pictures on Instagram, she was spurred to dye her hair a lighter color. The very next day, she cut her hair and officially turned blonde.

Did you notice how Irfan’s name keeps on popping up in her answers? Well, that’s probably because these two have got a seriously strong bond between them to withstand the test of time and distance. They have been so unbreakable that they have eventually morphed into one-half of a soul. When they were younger, Jennifer was solely based in Germany while Irfan was at Holland and then Indonesia. Luckily they had technology on their side and managed to talk through the distance.

“And we trust each other so that’s the most important thing”.

Mrs. Bachdim has sacrificed her comfort just to be with her family and has time and time again, left behind everything to move to a foreign country. “It’s not really nice and it’s a lot of stress”, she explains. The part of making new friends again, and getting used to a new culture and a new country is no easy task. “But it’s an adventure, so it’s also nice to travel and go to new countries and get to know the people and culture”. She reflects and thinks that maybe it would have been easier if they were just a normal couple with their kids. There are a lot of things to consider when moving countries with children as they have a harder time adjusting and having to lose friends at such a young age.

Jennifer is wearing the Lexi Pleated Top in Black

Irfan has brought so much joy and love into her life that it’s impossible to write about Jennifer without uttering a word about her husband. Even while going through the hardest moment of her life, her spouse was there for her all the way. “I think [the hardest moment] was what was going on in Indonesia. I’ve always thought the media were normal people and that they tell the truth. But I changed my mind afterwards.

They would write anything for money and they just twist your words. You just have to be really careful with what you say. I’m still nice to the media. I didn’t let it change me”.

Looking back, she remembers her parent’s advice through that burdensome moment. “It’s always important to just be yourself. When all the media thing was going on,

don’t listen too much on what people say around you and to trust in yourself”.

With all of the voices being bombarded at her, it was so easy to have lost herself amongst the murmurs. We’re so grateful that she stood her ground and emerged stronger than ever.

With as much uncertainty as the weather, it’s difficult for Jenny to see herself in 5 years. She doesn’t know where her husband’s career will take her and which country she’ll be in. The few things she does know for sure is that her children are going to be much bigger and will start school. As for her influencer career, she wants to take her blog and Youtube channel to new heights and not to only be known as a soccer wife. We joked that maybe when her career as a fashion blogger takes off, roles may switch and that Irfan would be know as “Jennifer Bachdim’s Photographer-Husband”. She then continues, “I hope we will settle down somewhere in a country”.

She’s walked through a million bumpy miles and been thrown sticks and stones by the press media for the sake of page traffic. Through the wounds in her spirit, she has learned to become the bigger person and focus on her family and the future. With such a bubbly personality and an undying love to work, we’re sure she will eventually reach where she wants to go. In the meantime, she’s enjoying every moment she can with her little family.

You can read more about Jennifer Bachdim on WWW.JENNIFERBACHDIM.COM or subscribe to her Youtube videos HERE.


It wasn’t my first time talking to this designer. The first time had...

I Am Different | Alter ego

It wasn’t my first time talking to this designer. The first time had been through an email interview and I remember being completely perplexed at her painfully straightforward answers (I didn’t have enough fodder for an article). Last Tuesday, I had the chance of watching her newest collection “Alter Ego” grace the runway at Jakarta Fashion Week. I was talking to our junior designer Putri and got caught off guard when the speakers suddenly boomed with music, and models started storming the runway.

The two of us immediately went, Holy. Smokes. To put it simply, it was completely badass in a dark, twisted kind of beautiful way. The clothes featured numerous plays in contrasts of black and white; prints and cracked surfaces; feminine and edgy; and a whole load of intricately designed pieces. We were cheering throughout the show and were so blown away at how good and different her collection was. At the end of the preview, the designer stepped out for a brief moment before retiring backstage again.

Once the adrenaline and excitement from the show died down, the cold sweats started creeping in. Oh no, this one’s a tough one, I thought. From her short answers, to how edgy and dark her clothes were, I thought this designer belonged under the “Designers so good they’re difficult to approach” category. To say I wasn’t anxious or nervous about the interview, which was scheduled two days after the show, was the biggest joke of the week.

Thursday morning came a little too quickly and the office was flooded with so much work that when Natalia Kiantoro came, we looked at each other and went, “Shoot, she’s here”. And this time round, I went ‘Holy Smokes’ again but for a completely different reason. Wearing her best-selling Physalli Top, Natalia Kiantoro was dressed in head-to-toe black with simple culottes and flats. Being with her up-close dismissed all of my previous misconceptions of her being a difficult, cold designer. She was such a sweetheart that the office was buzzing with praises once she left.

[Natalia Kiantoro is wearing Physalli Scuba Black Top Available HERE ]

Her demeanor was akin to her speech: straightforward and planned. There was no hesitation in her movements and she knew exactly how to do things. No beating around the bush with this one. She stepped in front of the camera and in less than 5 minutes, wrapped up the photo shoot for her interview. She had barely spent 15 minutes at our office and half of her feature was done. All that was left was the interview.

So eventually, I sat down with Natalia and talked all about her career in the fashion industry. Her latest collection, “Alter Ego” is all about double personalities and the contrasting ideas of the world. It’s all about good and bad, black and white, feminine and edgy. Her clothes featured so many beautiful prints, cuts, and even cracked fabrics, that it wasn’t a wonder when she chose fabrics as the most challenging part of creating this collection.

When it comes to the design process, Natalia’s creative juice works the same way with other fantastic designers in a way that it’s systematic. She would take pictures of things she likes around her and sketch it back home. She is aware of trends and does her research on what people like, but puts utmost importance on incorporating her signature style in it. “I’ll try to do my signature style so when people look, they will see, “Oh that’s her design”.

Because for me, I want to be different; I don’t want to look like everybody else”.

Natalia is no stranger to the fashion industry and has made waves not only locally, but also internationally. She sets a standard for herself, which explains why every collection of hers becomes better and better. “Every season, I try to challenge myself. “Can I do this? Can I do that? I think that’s what makes it harder”. Her designs are atypical and one can wonder who would wear that, and where to? Balancing between creativity and commerce is a tricky line since it can diminish a designer’s imagination. For Natalia, she focuses on less avant-garde items but with good details. She explains,

“Focus on the details so people will think of it as “Oh, it’s a designer piece and not just a play on fabrics”.

On the local fashion industry, this experienced designer believes standards can be improved. “For example, Jakarta Fashion Week, I think people should get in because of their designs, not because they can afford to”. It’s been known that affluent designers are now breaking into the market using their wealth by buying publicity and bringing their own media to hype their label, instead of focusing on the designs itself. It has created an unfair playground for aspiring designers as not all of them come from prosperous backgrounds.

While we were at the topic, there’s also the issue of endorsing influencers and bloggers. Designers put in so much effort into the creative process, sampling, production, and cost of making the clothes, just to name a few. Natalia put her two cents in that “It’s disrespectful when they ask it for free. But if they return it, it’s okay. It’s free promotion”.

Aside from her own label, there are other rising designers that are getting people talking. Natalia names Aurelia Santoso from LAISON as someone she’s keeping an eye on, and also Sean and Sheila, who is a regular participant of Jakarta Fashion Week. It’s always a great sight to see local designers support each other rather than competing with one another.

There are big things unfolding for Natalia Kiantoro. She has previously stated of wanting to expand her label overseas and that wish has already been granted partially. She happily explains how she has received a lot of love internationally. “The last time I joined JFW, I got a lot of international buyers. A lot of people asked whether I wanted to join as a vendor”. With designs as superior as Natalia Kiantoro’s, we’re sure that she will find a lot of love everywhere she goes. And we wish nothing but the best for this incredibly, fascinating designer.


Kashmere Kat Jumpsuit [ Available HERE ] In the beginning, and at the...

GIRLCRUSH: OLIVIA LAZUARDY [THE LIFE ISSUE]

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In the beginning, and at the end, there is only one person behind the social influencer we see today; Olivia Lazuardy herself. The woman who readily put herself out there for all to see, in hopes to share her passion for fashion with the world. It only made sense that we focused on the one thing that matters most, Olivia herself. We’ve talked about her style, her career, and her love life but we have yet to focus on the person behind all the glitz and glamor. So to wrap up this month-long journey with the fashion influencer, we’re turning back to her.

The more we get to know this style icon, the more impressed we are with her attitude towards life and people in general. She is filled with such compassion and integrity that is becoming a rare trait in this cut-throat industry. She believes that people should love one another more and stop feeling envious of each other. There is a lot of negativity in people’s hearts that she thinks people could do without.

“We should practice more love without distinguishing race, background, career, social status, and such”.

On the hardest moment in her life, Olivia rewinds time and goes back to university for a trip down memory lane. “This is a bit embarrassing, but I failed my first thesis during university”. You could say it was the lowest point in her life. It made her realize that not all hard work will lead to good results. As my teacher once said, “Don’t study hard, but study smart”. Through the difficult ordeal, the fashion icon has learned to stay strong and motivated in all the things she does, and to never give up and lose hope.

“And of course to be smarter and not repeat the same mistakes. I still apply these [virtues] in what I do today”.

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 12.36.27 pmBetween The Lines Top, Walk The Line Pants [ Available on loveandflair.com] 

If there was anything she does regret in her life, it would be not starting her blogging venture sooner. If she had started earlier on, she could have been part of the pioneer generation of blogging and would have been a household name (although even without starting earlier, she’s already a regular face in the industry). “But I never regret anything in my life. There is no point in regretting things you cannot change when the future that you control is infront of you”.

And we agree. Olivia is enjoying a flourishing career and is probably having the time of her life right now. Remember when earlier on in the month, we mentioned she’s been working with fashion powerhouses like Aigner and Louis Vuitton? Now she can add Bvlgari to the list of her top collaborations.

She has also been travelling overseas and making rounds at international fashion weeks, such as Vietnam International Fashion Week where she met Kenzo Takada, and Digital Fashion Week at Singapore (which she shared all about on our Instagram during her take over). “The good and bad created who I am today!”Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 12.37.29 pmKrinou’s Milly Playsuit Romper [ Available HERE ]

Through all the adversities she has faced, Olivia remains true to herself and commits in always being humble. She believes that it is something so simple but often forgotten. “Always be humble, gentle, and patient”. It may sound simple, but these virtues are crucial to stay in the industry. No blogger wants to be associated with a bad attitude, and what brand would want to collaborate with a person if they’re known for being difficult to work with.

In 5 years, our girl crush wishes to expand her reach and influence, not just locally, but also globally. We’re sure she will be able to achieve this goal. She is, after all, one of the most sought after influencer these days. “And of course to travel more!”, she adds.

This month had been an extraordinary journey in getting to know this humble, and charming woman. We love her witty remarks and charming personality behind the scenes, and genuinely enjoyed her strong opinions on the importance of character and integrity.

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 12.46.35 pmAesthetic Shorts [ Available in HERE ] 

Olivia is launching her Ready-To-Wear collection soon, and now newly-engaged (Congratulations!), we’re sure we’ll see her again in the near future. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours and absolutely can’t wait to work with her again!


Classics will always be in style. We go behind the brand and follow...

Behind the Brand: POTTS Jakarta

Classics will always be in style. We go behind the brand and follow POTTS designer, Patricia Stephanie, to defy trends for timeless pieces.

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What’s the first thing you thought of this morning?

  1. what’s for breakfast?
  2. What should I post on instagram today?

What is one misconception that people get about your job?

People often misunderstand the concept of a designer’s price. When they hear about the price, the most common question is ‘what is the material?’ People in Indonesia often do not appreciate the expertise and hours that are put into one piece of clothing. They don’t understand that our products are carefully sown and neatly finished by our expert (which we pay accordingly). That there are 10 samples thrown away before we finally say, “This is it!”, there are more than 1 designer’s thought, wish, creativity, and skills to each and every design we produce, and that is something they should pay for.

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When it comes to fashion, what are some rules you always follow?

Always go for timeless pieces.

In 3 words, how would you describe Indonesia’s fashion industry?

It repeats itself.

The Collective is a collaborative effort between POTTS Jakarta and 4 other people. If you could collaborate with anybody, dead or alive, who would it be?

It would be Sapto Djojokartiko. I always admire how he creates timeless and classic pieces, how he managed to successfully infuse Indonesian ethnic culture into it. Not to mention his beautiful finishing and detail on every design he creates.

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Things every girl needs to have in their wardrobe?

  1. Shirts in both black and white
  2. An expensive pair of jeans, that are both durable and comfortable
  3. Designer’s scarf
  4. Ballerina flats
  5. Sneakers
  6. Expensive heels in black or nude

What’s a trend that you wish everybody would stop wearing?

I’d say none, because an item which works on someone might not work on someone else. I’m not someone who judges other people’s fashion sense. If you like to wear ripped jeans, good. If you are more comfortable with dresses, it’s okay too. If you are a woman who loves to wear a skirt, great! If you are a man who loves to wear a skirt, it’s no problem too. The key is to be comfortable in your own skin. There’s always something that works for you.

There are things that might not work for me though, like balloon arms or dresses and candy color eye shadow.

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What is an item of clothing you’ve had the longest?

  1. A green emerald scarf from a Thai Designer.
  2. Ferragamo flats, which survived being soaked in Jakarta’s flood twice.

Why do you make your clothes made-to-order?

The reason being is that we just can’t meet everyone’s demands. Our expertise continue to grow, but so does the demand.

If you were a superhero, what would your superhero name be?

Hmmm… tricky question. Maybeee…. “nerdy girl’ as I spend most of my free time at home, reading books. Or out there attending some workshops to learn new skills or sharpening old ones. My super power will be “utterly curious about life”.

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Other than your phone, what’s 3 things you always have in your bag?

  1. measurement tape
  2. bca token
  3. ‘Monopoli Deals’ pack

Are there any projects you’re working on that we should look out for?

……… maybe. LOL. But like all good things, it’s best to keep it as a secret until the time comes.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

  1. Still eager to learn I hope
  2. As nerdy as I am now
  3. Maybe I will finally take an interest in cooking
  4. Expanding POTTS to the global market’

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Today we’re talking about a wardrobe staple that everybody has but not everybody...

5 Ways To Wear Your White Shorts Everywhere

Today we’re talking about a wardrobe staple that everybody has but not everybody knows how to pair right. We’re giving styling tips on how to transform this simple, versatile clothing piece into one that fits all occasions. That’s right, we’re talking about the classic white shorts. We’re taking these simple shorts and bringing them for a ride from casual chic, to festively semi-formal. So read on and get inspired!

  1. White-on-white

For the white fanatics out there, this is for you. We always love color-coded outfits and this white-on-white look is just that. We’re leaving the colors to do the talking but adding on overlaps and layering to keep this getup from looking like anything but basic.

Shop this look: Get Bz White Top, Overlap White Shorts

  1. Festive garden party

Shorts can be feminine or sporty depending on how you wear it. For a festive semi-formal look, get a bold, wide top like this one for an eye-catching look. The beading and voluminous layers gives it an unforgettable appearance.

Shop this look: Krinou Peta Lilac Top, Overlap White Shorts

  1. Statement wear

You know those venues that have a seen-and-be-seen vibe (we’re looking at you Plaza Indonesia). What better way to steal the spotlight than to wear a statement jacket? We love this unique outerwear that plays a tone-downed feature of Alice in Wonderland. The rabbit’s tale is the icing on the cake and will surely get people talking about you and your outfit.

Shop this look: POTTS HELLO KITKAT Cape, Overlap White Shorts

  1. Casual chic in floral

Wearing shorts doesn’t mean looking sloppy. Throw on a form-flattering top with prints for a quick go-to outfit. From zero to hero in one minute flat. We love this peplum-shaped top that is clinched at the waist for an illusion of longer legs.

Shop this look: Marufe Sakura Fade Top, Overlap White Shorts

  1. Where sweet meets street

You can get the best of both worlds in this look. We love the fringe top that gives it a high-end, resort feel. No outfit will look basic in this top. Wrap a jacket around the waist to give it an extra-ump.

Shop this look: Project RTW Fringe Appeal Top, Morning Blossom Bomber Jacket, Overlap White Shorts

Here are 5 ways we would wear the classic white shorts. Which look would you wear out?


Today we’re talking about a wardrobe staple that everybody has but not everybody knows how to pair right. We’re giving styling tips on how to transform this simple, versatile clothing piece into one that fits all occasions. That’s right, we’re talking about the classic white shorts. We’re taking these simple shorts and bringing them for […]

5 Ways To Wear Your White Shorts Everywhere

Today we’re talking about a wardrobe staple that everybody has but not everybody knows how to pair right. We’re giving styling tips on how to transform this simple, versatile clothing piece into one that fits all occasions. That’s right, we’re talking about the classic white shorts. We’re taking these simple shorts and bringing them for a ride from casual chic, to festively semi-formal. So read on and get inspired!

  1. White-on-white

For the white fanatics out there, this is for you. We always love color-coded outfits and this white-on-white look is just that. We’re leaving the colors to do the talking but adding on overlaps and layering to keep this getup from looking like anything but basic.

  1. Festive garden party

Shorts can be feminine or sporty depending on how you wear it. For a festive semi-formal look, get a bold, wide top like this one for an eye-catching look. The beading and voluminous layers gives it an unforgettable appearance.

  1. Statement wear

You know those venues that have a seen-and-be-seen vibe (we’re looking at you Plaza Indonesia). What better way to steal the spotlight than to wear a statement jacket? We love this unique outerwear that plays a tone-downed feature of Alice in Wonderland. The rabbit’s tale is the icing on the cake and will surely get people talking about you and your outfit.

  1. Casual chic in floral

Wearing shorts doesn’t mean looking sloppy. Throw on a form-flattering top with prints for a quick go-to outfit. From zero to hero in one minute flat. We love this peplum-shaped top that is clinched at the waist for an illusion of longer legs.

  1. Where sweet meets street

You can get the best of both worlds in this look. We love the fringe top that gives it a high-end, resort feel. No outfit will look basic in this top. Wrap a jacket around the waist to give it an extra-ump.

Here are 5 ways we would wear the classic white shorts. Which look would you wear out?


It’s 11.30AM when we get a call telling us an impromptu photo shoot...

#LFinterview with Asia’s Next Top Model Melissa Tan

It’s 11.30AM when we get a call telling us an impromptu photo shoot is about to go down. Our co-founder looked at us in bewilderment, thinking how did such a big responsibility pop up when it was supposed to be our “break” day (we had major interviews and meetings the previous days). Okay, so no break day. That’s okay. “But I have two other meetings. Can you guys pick her up at Plaza Indonesia and bring her here? Just interview her while she gets her makeup done.” So no break day, and no boss to help us through this interview. Great/ Who am I kidding? I can barely hold a conversation in real life, let alone do an interview with a super model. But I thought, “Okay, it’s alright. It’s Melissa; she’s super friendly and smart so interviewing her is going to be a walk in the park”.

So with a little convincing, and a boost of confidence in the form of our sales marketer (Regina, the person you usually see on our Instagram posts), I headed out to Plaza Indonesia to get started on our sudden interview-cum-photo shoot. About half an hour later upon arrival, I got a cute text from an unknown number saying, “Sorry I’m like lost in PI”. I wouldn’t have minded waiting for people on any given day, but since we were having an outdoor shoot, I got a little anxious that we weren’t going to make it in time for sunset. But okay I thought, it’s Melissa, she’s a professional, we’re going to be okay.

Eventually, at 30 minutes after our supposedly meeting time, I sat down with rising supermodel and former contestant of Asia’s Next Top Model, Melissa Tan. It wasn’t our first time meeting this incredibly down-to-earth model; we’ve met her once before and she left such an impression on us that she became the only model we wanted to interview. She wasn’t a model that only knew how to take pictures, nor was she a model who waited for the director’s call. No, this model is smart, professional, and her natural flow in front of cameras made our job as rookies so much easier. She picked props herself and told us, “You don’t have to count. As long as I can hear the camera click, it’s alright”.

Melissa started her modeling journey a long time ago. At a height of 173cm, people naturally said she could become a model.

“I think as humans, we all want to create something. Some can sing, some dance, etc. I can’t do any of that well, so I didn’t really have a creative outlet. When I took up [modeling], something just clicked. ‘Oh wow, I can actually do this’. So it became my creative outlet. I strive to interpret the ideas and vision of others and bring it out into a picture. And when I do, a part of Melissa gets left behind in the image. I finally found something that I was good in.”

Being a model didn’t come easy either; the human body and face changes every year and models have to continuously get better because “there’s always something that you’re missing out”. Being a model means knowing every muscle in the body to make a range of poses, and every muscle in the face to make a different expression. The job requires so much attention to detail and it’s difficult to always have everything down to the T.

On the issue of body size and image, it’s the era of empowerment where everybody is fighting against body shaming. Melissa believes that everybody has an optimal body version of himself or herself, so it’s unfair to impose a standard image on such different versions.

“You can’t expect someone who’s naturally more curvaceous to be as small as a stick thin model. As long as she takes care of herself, eats well and exercises to keep healthy; then that’s beautiful already. It’s about being the optimal version of yourself”

However, if you’re insecure about yourselves, Melissa suggests that you find “that thing that drives you, the thing that makes you feel good.” Many people use creative outlets to make themselves feel good, like drawing, dancing, and so forth. We’ve seen it before. Back in 2014, Whitney Thore uploaded a video on YouTube titled “A Fat Girl Dancing” in an effort to promote body acceptance and positive body image. The video generated millions of viewers and raised awareness against body shaming. For Thore, her creative outlet was dancing and it kept her insecurities at bay.

Although Melissa had a great modeling career going on for her, it wasn’t until Asia’s Next Top Model that she blew up and became a regular name in the circuit. It was a surreal experience for her; being on a variety show and having cameras record her every move, getting asked about the most minute things going on in the show, and of course, meeting people who would eventually become her mentor. When asked, she immediately named Joey Mead King on her favorite person to work with. Joey was her model mentor on the show and Melissa attributes Joey’s great spirit of sisterhood and sharing on why she loved working with her the most.

Before this rising model came into the spotlight, she worked a comfortable life as a risk consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. It’s a head-scratching move for some as she’s leaving her comfort zone to plunge into a world of uncertainty. We realized this while talking to her as she clarified that she is not some supermodel and that she’s still struggling at the bottom. She was reluctant in giving advice to dream chasers because she didn’t want people to take things the wrong way and leave their jobs because, “Melissa said I could do it”. The Malaysian model believes in seeing a person’s current situation and deciding what they can do about it. It’s important to set guardrails and having a Plan B in case everything hits rock bottom.

“It’s about following your dreams and still having mitigations. Be realistic”.

As for this model’s Plan B, Melissa is confident in her resume and will go back to consulting if her modeling career reaches an end.

After all, the modeling industry is clogged with so many new faces and there’s very little room for an individual to shine. There are a lot more failures than successes, but for aspiring models, they are blind to these failures and dive straight head in without any backup plans. For Melissa, Asia’s Next Top Model has given her a step-ahead from the competition in getting her name out there. What’s left is to carve a career from the publicity generated by the variety show.

However, the former contestant has a message to aspiring models out there. Having a background in risk management, Melissa believes in endings and cutting losses. “If doors don’t open, then you’ve got to make a decision to stop and you have to open doors yourself. You have to know when to cut losses and leave”. She tells us of a friend who is no longer in her primes and is still doing car shows.

“I don’t want to do that! I don’t want to grow old and still have to scrape around and do car shows!” she exclaims.

While we were at the topic, I was genuinely curious about nudity in the modeling industry. Sex sells, that fact is undisputable and I was curious how insiders reacted to the topic. I mean I’m new to the industry and I’m already seeing models bare all in front of me. Was it some silent rule models agreed to when they started modeling?

“I think it depends on the market you’re in. For example, in Indonesia, nudity is discouraged. In a way I think models over here don’t feel the pressure of having to be nude. But in other markets, I think it’s still a personal choice, and people do have that choice. If you feel it’s a safe environment, then go ahead. But if you feel like it’s wrong, then don’t do it. The model just has to trust her gut instincts and have some self-preservation in her, then it’s fine”.

There is beauty in nudity,

Melissa believes. It can be smut or beautiful, it depends on how viewers see it. She demonstrates how European magazines have female breasts everywhere but it’s beautiful and artistic. And then there are magazines that are targeted to the male market (we see you Playboy) and you see breasts and viewers can tell it’s not art. “It depends on which side you are”.

After spending a good few hours with this model, we can understand who she is and the darker, unglamorous side of modeling. This woman has worked so hard to be where she is now, travelling to unknown territory and placing her fate in someone else’s hands. She shows us that it’s not all beautiful and happy where she is and to remain levelheaded in this world where there are far more failures than successes. This woman is realistic and doesn’t sugarcoat things just to make herself sound inspirational. No, she lays it down as it is and shows you just how difficult this world is, and most importantly, how you should deal with reality.

In 5 years, this upcoming model hopes to be in full capacity doing everything from hosting, acting, and of course, modeling; anything so long it’s related to fashion. However, she still keeps her feet on the ground and tells us she might go back to consulting if all else fails.

It’s been a difficult journey to reach where she is now, and we’re sure she’ll traverse to better lands in the years ahead. In this cutthroat industry, a cool, intellectual, and bold spirit like hers will do just fine. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for Melissa in the future!


On lighter questions:

Cats or Dogs: Dogs

Pizza or Burger: Both

If I were president for a day: Harsh animal and environment conservation clauses

Twitter / Instagram: Instagram. You have to be really witty on Twitter or no one’s going to read it.

iPhone or Android: soon to be iPhone convert

It’s 3AM, what are you snacking on: Kinder Buenos, chips, and magnum

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be: Vegetable soup

Style icon: Joey Mead King. Very simple but looks amazing.

If you could go on a date with anybody, dead or alive, who would it be: There’s so many! But I would go with Joseph Gordon Levitt. James Franco got a little too old.


It’s 11.30AM when we get a call telling us an impromptu photo shoot is about to go down. Our co-founder looked at us in bewilderment, thinking how did such a big responsibility pop up when it was supposed to be our “break” day (we had major interviews and meetings the previous days). Okay, so no […]

#LFinterview with Asia’s Next Top Model Melissa Tan

It’s 11.30AM when we get a call telling us an impromptu photo shoot is about to go down. Our co-founder looked at us in bewilderment, thinking how did such a big responsibility pop up when it was supposed to be our “break” day (we had major interviews and meetings the previous days). Okay, so no break day. That’s okay. “But I have two other meetings. Can you guys pick her up at Plaza Indonesia and bring her here? Just interview her while she gets her makeup done.” So no break day, and no boss to help us through this interview. Great/ Who am I kidding? I can barely hold a conversation in real life, let alone do an interview with a super model. But I thought, “Okay, it’s alright. It’s Melissa; she’s super friendly and smart so interviewing her is going to be a walk in the park”.

So with a little convincing, and a boost of confidence in the form of our sales marketer (Regina, the person you usually see on our Instagram posts), I headed out to Plaza Indonesia to get started on our sudden interview-cum-photo shoot. About half an hour later upon arrival, I got a cute text from an unknown number saying, “Sorry I’m like lost in PI”. I wouldn’t have minded waiting for people on any given day, but since we were having an outdoor shoot, I got a little anxious that we weren’t going to make it in time for sunset. But okay I thought, it’s Melissa, she’s a professional, we’re going to be okay.

Eventually, at 30 minutes after our supposedly meeting time, I sat down with rising supermodel and former contestant of Asia’s Next Top Model, Melissa Tan. It wasn’t our first time meeting this incredibly down-to-earth model; we’ve met her once before and she left such an impression on us that she became the only model we wanted to interview. She wasn’t a model that only knew how to take pictures, nor was she a model who waited for the director’s call. No, this model is smart, professional, and her natural flow in front of cameras made our job as rookies so much easier. She picked props herself and told us, “You don’t have to count. As long as I can hear the camera click, it’s alright”.

Melissa started her modeling journey a long time ago. At a height of 173cm, people naturally said she could become a model.

“I think as humans, we all want to create something. Some can sing, some dance, etc. I can’t do any of that well, so I didn’t really have a creative outlet. When I took up [modeling], something just clicked. ‘Oh wow, I can actually do this’. So it became my creative outlet. I strive to interpret the ideas and vision of others and bring it out into a picture. And when I do, a part of Melissa gets left behind in the image. I finally found something that I was good in.”

Being a model didn’t come easy either; the human body and face changes every year and models have to continuously get better because “there’s always something that you’re missing out”. Being a model means knowing every muscle in the body to make a range of poses, and every muscle in the face to make a different expression. The job requires so much attention to detail and it’s difficult to always have everything down to the T.

On the issue of body size and image, it’s the era of empowerment where everybody is fighting against body shaming. Melissa believes that everybody has an optimal body version of himself or herself, so it’s unfair to impose a standard image on such different versions.

“You can’t expect someone who’s naturally more curvaceous to be as small as a stick thin model. As long as she takes care of herself, eats well and exercises to keep healthy; then that’s beautiful already. It’s about being the optimal version of yourself”

However, if you’re insecure about yourselves, Melissa suggests that you find “that thing that drives you, the thing that makes you feel good.” Many people use creative outlets to make themselves feel good, like drawing, dancing, and so forth. We’ve seen it before. Back in 2014, Whitney Thore uploaded a video on YouTube titled “A Fat Girl Dancing” in an effort to promote body acceptance and positive body image. The video generated millions of viewers and raised awareness against body shaming. For Thore, her creative outlet was dancing and it kept her insecurities at bay.

Although Melissa had a great modeling career going on for her, it wasn’t until Asia’s Next Top Model that she blew up and became a regular name in the circuit. It was a surreal experience for her; being on a variety show and having cameras record her every move, getting asked about the most minute things going on in the show, and of course, meeting people who would eventually become her mentor. When asked, she immediately named Joey Mead King on her favorite person to work with. Joey was her model mentor on the show and Melissa attributes Joey’s great spirit of sisterhood and sharing on why she loved working with her the most.

Before this rising model came into the spotlight, she worked a comfortable life as a risk consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. It’s a head-scratching move for some as she’s leaving her comfort zone to plunge into a world of uncertainty. We realized this while talking to her as she clarified that she is not some supermodel and that she’s still struggling at the bottom. She was reluctant in giving advice to dream chasers because she didn’t want people to take things the wrong way and leave their jobs because, “Melissa said I could do it”. The Malaysian model believes in seeing a person’s current situation and deciding what they can do about it. It’s important to set guardrails and having a Plan B in case everything hits rock bottom.

“It’s about following your dreams and still having mitigations. Be realistic”.

As for this model’s Plan B, Melissa is confident in her resume and will go back to consulting if her modeling career reaches an end.

After all, the modeling industry is clogged with so many new faces and there’s very little room for an individual to shine. There are a lot more failures than successes, but for aspiring models, they are blind to these failures and dive straight head in without any backup plans. For Melissa, Asia’s Next Top Model has given her a step-ahead from the competition in getting her name out there. What’s left is to carve a career from the publicity generated by the variety show.

However, the former contestant has a message to aspiring models out there. Having a background in risk management, Melissa believes in endings and cutting losses. “If doors don’t open, then you’ve got to make a decision to stop and you have to open doors yourself. You have to know when to cut losses and leave”. She tells us of a friend who is no longer in her primes and is still doing car shows.

“I don’t want to do that! I don’t want to grow old and still have to scrape around and do car shows!” she exclaims.

While we were at the topic, I was genuinely curious about nudity in the modeling industry. Sex sells, that fact is undisputable and I was curious how insiders reacted to the topic. I mean I’m new to the industry and I’m already seeing models bare all in front of me. Was it some silent rule models agreed to when they started modeling?

“I think it depends on the market you’re in. For example, in Indonesia, nudity is discouraged. In a way I think models over here don’t feel the pressure of having to be nude. But in other markets, I think it’s still a personal choice, and people do have that choice. If you feel it’s a safe environment, then go ahead. But if you feel like it’s wrong, then don’t do it. The model just has to trust her gut instincts and have some self-preservation in her, then it’s fine”.

There is beauty in nudity,

Melissa believes. It can be smut or beautiful, it depends on how viewers see it. She demonstrates how European magazines have female breasts everywhere but it’s beautiful and artistic. And then there are magazines that are targeted to the male market (we see you Playboy) and you see breasts and viewers can tell it’s not art. “It depends on which side you are”.

After spending a good few hours with this model, we can understand who she is and the darker, unglamorous side of modeling. This woman has worked so hard to be where she is now, travelling to unknown territory and placing her fate in someone else’s hands. She shows us that it’s not all beautiful and happy where she is and to remain levelheaded in this world where there are far more failures than successes. This woman is realistic and doesn’t sugarcoat things just to make herself sound inspirational. No, she lays it down as it is and shows you just how difficult this world is, and most importantly, how you should deal with reality.

In 5 years, this upcoming model hopes to be in full capacity doing everything from hosting, acting, and of course, modeling; anything so long it’s related to fashion. However, she still keeps her feet on the ground and tells us she might go back to consulting if all else fails.

It’s been a difficult journey to reach where she is now, and we’re sure she’ll traverse to better lands in the years ahead. In this cutthroat industry, a cool, intellectual, and bold spirit like hers will do just fine. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for Melissa in the future!


On lighter questions:

Cats or Dogs: Dogs

Pizza or Burger: Both

If I were president for a day: Harsh animal and environment conservation clauses

Twitter / Instagram: Instagram. You have to be really witty on Twitter or no one’s going to read it.

iPhone or Android: soon to be iPhone convert

It’s 3AM, what are you snacking on: Kinder Buenos, chips, and magnum

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be: Vegetable soup

Style icon: Joey Mead King. Very simple but looks amazing.

If you could go on a date with anybody, dead or alive, who would it be: There’s so many! But I would go with Joseph Gordon Levitt. James Franco got a little too old.


Come with us as we go on a journey to the past, the...

Behind the Brand: LAISON by Aurelia Santoso, Part II

Come with us as we go on a journey to the past, the 60s to be precise. The 60s was a pivotal time in history. From the Vietnam War, to the fight for civil rights and student rebels, up to colored television. And one cannot simply miss the Beatles. The Beatles were arguably one of the most iconic musical figures of all times. Their lives were heavily documented and their legacy lives on today, influencing people from all walks of life. One of those people inspired by the 60s is none other than upcoming, local designer Aurelia Santoso, who also happens to be one of our favorite designers.

A few days back, we got the chance to visit this designer and her label, LAISON, whom she manages with partner (and best friend) Sharonne, in their workshop. It was a rather funny and daunting experience, if I could say so myself. Time had not been on our side as of late and we had a busy morning, so when we went to visit LAISON, which was a good hour away from us (excluding traffic), to say we were overwhelmed was an understatement.

There was a flurry of movements when we arrived and before I knew it, we were rushing out of the car and running towards this very corporate looking building, and getting on to the elevator as fast as we could. We had a hard time looking for the workshop as the floor was shared with several different offices, but upon finding the space, we were completely blown away.

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It was what you would call organized chaos. There were clothes all over the place, sewing machines at work, people talking on the phone, people working on their laptops, people actually talking to each other, and looking back, our morning rush paled in comparison to the scene unfolding before us. Stepping out of the commotion were founders, Aurelia and Sharonne, who were respectively donning LAISON apparels.

L1240006They were dressed down in a cardigan and jacket, and looked completely at ease among the clutter surrounding them. Sharonne ushered us into a stock room with rows and rows of intricately designed clothes adorning the racks. We admit we were completely excited to be in a room filled with LAISON’s clothes. It was akin to being a child in a candy store. As we were going through their new collection, Sharrone chimed in, “These are actually mushrooms. People mistook it for orchids”.

LAISON’s newest collection debuted on the 17th of October and is named after the controversial figure, Yoko Ono. Related to the Beatles, Yoko is arguably the personification of the 60s whose impact is still felt today. The label not only took inspiration from an artistic side, but took hints of music as well, so who better to have as a muse than Yoko Ono, who is a combination of both.

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The newest Fall/Winter collection from this distinct brand stayed true to its origin with full-on digital prints, edgy silhouettes, and heavy layering. When asked why she chose the 60s to be her inspiration, she contemplates, “I think the idea of freedom. I don’t want this representation of the 60s to be like other representations with a lot of bohemian elements, hippies, and so on. We want to stick with the ideals of what makes the 60s an important time: the focus on freedom. We relate to it so much and as a LAISON woman, we want them to be free to express themselves”.

What impresses us the most is how original and creative LAISON is. There is no other brand that can replicate what LAISON has achieved with its designs. At this, Aurelia notes that it is never a Eureka moment. “The creative process is actually very systematic.” As with any designer, it’s very important to note what’s going on around us in society (an advice she also strongly advocates to aspiring designers). For her, she takes notes of the things she likes and gathers it all together to see what she can do with it.

“Don’t just focus on fashion alone; you have to travel, you have to watch movies”.

However, she’s also stern in cutting losses. “When it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. You can’t be too attached with what you make”. There are designs which looks good on paper but don’t quite cut it after production and rather than being attached to these artwork, she knows when to call it quits. At this, Aurelia admits that she has thrown away dozens of designs because, “it just [didn’t] work”.

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Regardless of how much LAISON has grown over the past year (it sure doesn’t feel like they’re a year-old brand with its impressive repertoire); this label is still very humble with its roots. “I think until now, I’m still looking for that breakthrough moment.” It’s always a pleasure for designers to see people wearing it and seeing that there’s actually demand for it, more so if it’s coming from people they respect. “When influencers come to us, it’s quite comforting”.

When you think of LAISON, you immediately think of Aurelia and Sharonne. Without the other, it just doesn’t make sense, and stepping into the office, we can feel the dependency and mutual respect between these two important figures. We hear it all the time: friends starting a business together because they know each other so well. And it’s a tale as old as time that businesses started by friends have high risks of breaking up. Like peas in a pod, they gave us identical answers on balancing between friendship and business.

“From the beginning, we’ve stated what happens in the office won’t affect our friendship. You have to draw a line between your personal life and career”.

Both of them are dedicated in building the brand as best as they can, so when they quarrel, they both know it’s because they want what’s best for their brainchild. Sharonne advises those starting a venture with their friends, “Me and Aurel do not do the same things. We can’t weigh in on who’s more important. I can’t do the job without her, and she can’t do the job without me. A brand won’t work if both partners are doing the same thing”.

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As managing director, Sharonne does everything you can imagine when it comes to running a business. When she first comes in the morning, her first job is to assign tasks to everybody (that’s 9 schedules to set for the day). She then moves on to her own duties like administration, finance, and customer service. Not to forget she has to liaise with suppliers, stockists, outsourced manpower, and so forth. “And marketing!” she exclaims, revealing that it’s something the label has been neglecting for a while. This took us as a surprise since LAISON has been doing so well on its own. It reminded me of what our co-founder always says,

“A brand, if it’s good, will sell regardless of its following”,

and the same can be said for LAISON. Their social media does not have a staggering hundred thousand followers, but celebrities on an international level are wearing their clothes, and influencers are asking for endorsements left and right. They don’t approach people, Sharonne stresses. It’s always stockists and influencers who come to them for collaborations.

On the hardest part of her job, Sharonne admits that the load gets to her. Sometimes she misses important tasks because there are just too many things to do. “Unless I have to do math, because I hate math. Usually we outsource, but the person quit so I’m having trouble”, she jokes (or was it not a joke? She wasn’t laughing).

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Like her counterpart, Sharonne believes in being systematic. She believes that all entrepreneurs need to have a plan. “In fashion in particular, you need to have passion or else you’ll just stop along the way”. It’s always important to know your brand and what you want out of it. You can adapt later once you learn, but there are some things that you cannot do, like rebranding, without planning it first. Additionally, you have to present your brand in a way that “It’s more than who you are now”. At this, she brings out LAISON’s media kit, which I have to say had my knees weak when I first saw it. Flipping through the pages, she explains that it’s not required to have a media kit as good or as tidy as this, but this is what LAISON is. It doesn’t matter whether other brands are doing it because this is who LAISON is and this is what they do.

Speaking of who LAISON is, remember when I said a few paragraphs back that no other brand can make what this label makes? With distinguishable designs, people will definitely turn heads when they see something so different. So it comes as no surprise that another brand copy pasted LAISON’s design and made it their own (although it was a blow to us that an international brand was the one plagiarizing them).

“Because it was the first time so we were surprised. We’re pretty sure we’ll get more of it in the future. We tried contacting the owner and the stores but there was no response. Yet, at the same time, we don’t want to announce to people there’s a duplicate. As a brand, you still have to maintain your own image. You have to ignore it and focus on the future.”

It’s a tough spot to be in. LAISON focuses on the art of perfecting their clothes, but sometimes, that effort doesn’t get through to customers. Viewers can’t tell how beautifully embroidered the patterns are, or how difficult it is to secure these delicate fabrics and get them stitched together. In the era of fast-fashion, business models like LAISON are in hot waters because people want something fast and cheap, and they don’t want to invest in something as expensive and long lasting as high-end clothes. “They’re kind of in a blogger mentality. They see something and they want to wear it so they don’t invest in quality. They focus in quantity.” So for them, one of their biggest mission to date is to educate customers on what they’re getting when they buy LAISON’s products (trust me when I say this guys, invest in a piece or two. You’ll love it forever).

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Over the past year, LAISON has bloomed into a beautiful flower. There has been a lot of obstacles on the way from logistics to opinion clashes, and even plagiarism cases. In their pursue to become a bigger and better fashion label, they’re going to face a lot more problems in the years to come. But we have faith in them; after all, for a label to have made it this far without a marketing strategy deserves a standing ovation as it is. We have faith they’re going to be a label that’s going to make Indonesia proud, and we genuinely believe they’re going to be a household name in the future. Here’s to many more LAISON converts in the years to come.


Aurelia’s Book Recommendations for Designers:

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Come with us as we go on a journey to the past, the 60s to be precise. The 60s was a pivotal time in history. From the Vietnam War, to the fight for civil rights and student rebels, up to colored television. And one cannot simply miss the Beatles. The Beatles were arguably one of […]

Behind the Brand: LAISON by Aurelia Santoso, Part II

Come with us as we go on a journey to the past, the 60s to be precise. The 60s was a pivotal time in history. From the Vietnam War, to the fight for civil rights and student rebels, up to colored television. And one cannot simply miss the Beatles. The Beatles were arguably one of the most iconic musical figures of all times. Their lives were heavily documented and their legacy lives on today, influencing people from all walks of life. One of those people inspired by the 60s is none other than upcoming, local designer Aurelia Santoso, who also happens to be one of our favorite designers.

A few days back, we got the chance to visit this designer and her label, LAISON, whom she manages with partner (and best friend) Sharonne, in their workshop. It was a rather funny and daunting experience, if I could say so myself. Time had not been on our side as of late and we had a busy morning, so when we went to visit LAISON, which was a good hour away from us (excluding traffic), to say we were overwhelmed was an understatement.

There was a flurry of movements when we arrived and before I knew it, we were rushing out of the car and running towards this very corporate looking building, and getting on to the elevator as fast as we could. We had a hard time looking for the workshop as the floor was shared with several different offices, but upon finding the space, we were completely blown away.

 L1240048

laisonextra-1-3

It was what you would call organized chaos. There were clothes all over the place, sewing machines at work, people talking on the phone, people working on their laptops, people actually talking to each other, and looking back, our morning rush paled in comparison to the scene unfolding before us. Stepping out of the commotion were founders, Aurelia and Sharonne, who were respectively donning LAISON apparels.

L1240006They were dressed down in a cardigan and jacket, and looked completely at ease among the clutter surrounding them. Sharonne ushered us into a stock room with rows and rows of intricately designed clothes adorning the racks. We admit we were completely excited to be in a room filled with LAISON’s clothes. It was akin to being a child in a candy store. As we were going through their new collection, Sharrone chimed in, “These are actually mushrooms. People mistook it for orchids”.

LAISON’s newest collection debuted on the 17th of October and is named after the controversial figure, Yoko Ono. Related to the Beatles, Yoko is arguably the personification of the 60s whose impact is still felt today. The label not only took inspiration from an artistic side, but took hints of music as well, so who better to have as a muse than Yoko Ono, who is a combination of both.

break

The newest Fall/Winter collection from this distinct brand stayed true to its origin with full-on digital prints, edgy silhouettes, and heavy layering. When asked why she chose the 60s to be her inspiration, she contemplates, “I think the idea of freedom. I don’t want this representation of the 60s to be like other representations with a lot of bohemian elements, hippies, and so on. We want to stick with the ideals of what makes the 60s an important time: the focus on freedom. We relate to it so much and as a LAISON woman, we want them to be free to express themselves”.

What impresses us the most is how original and creative LAISON is. There is no other brand that can replicate what LAISON has achieved with its designs. At this, Aurelia notes that it is never a Eureka moment. “The creative process is actually very systematic.” As with any designer, it’s very important to note what’s going on around us in society (an advice she also strongly advocates to aspiring designers). For her, she takes notes of the things she likes and gathers it all together to see what she can do with it.

“Don’t just focus on fashion alone; you have to travel, you have to watch movies”.

However, she’s also stern in cutting losses. “When it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. You can’t be too attached with what you make”. There are designs which looks good on paper but don’t quite cut it after production and rather than being attached to these artwork, she knows when to call it quits. At this, Aurelia admits that she has thrown away dozens of designs because, “it just [didn’t] work”.

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Regardless of how much LAISON has grown over the past year (it sure doesn’t feel like they’re a year-old brand with its impressive repertoire); this label is still very humble with its roots. “I think until now, I’m still looking for that breakthrough moment.” It’s always a pleasure for designers to see people wearing it and seeing that there’s actually demand for it, more so if it’s coming from people they respect. “When influencers come to us, it’s quite comforting”.

When you think of LAISON, you immediately think of Aurelia and Sharonne. Without the other, it just doesn’t make sense, and stepping into the office, we can feel the dependency and mutual respect between these two important figures. We hear it all the time: friends starting a business together because they know each other so well. And it’s a tale as old as time that businesses started by friends have high risks of breaking up. Like peas in a pod, they gave us identical answers on balancing between friendship and business.

“From the beginning, we’ve stated what happens in the office won’t affect our friendship. You have to draw a line between your personal life and career”.

Both of them are dedicated in building the brand as best as they can, so when they quarrel, they both know it’s because they want what’s best for their brainchild. Sharonne advises those starting a venture with their friends, “Me and Aurel do not do the same things. We can’t weigh in on who’s more important. I can’t do the job without her, and she can’t do the job without me. A brand won’t work if both partners are doing the same thing”.

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As managing director, Sharonne does everything you can imagine when it comes to running a business. When she first comes in the morning, her first job is to assign tasks to everybody (that’s 9 schedules to set for the day). She then moves on to her own duties like administration, finance, and customer service. Not to forget she has to liaise with suppliers, stockists, outsourced manpower, and so forth. “And marketing!” she exclaims, revealing that it’s something the label has been neglecting for a while. This took us as a surprise since LAISON has been doing so well on its own. It reminded me of what our co-founder always says,

“A brand, if it’s good, will sell regardless of its following”,

and the same can be said for LAISON. Their social media does not have a staggering hundred thousand followers, but celebrities on an international level are wearing their clothes, and influencers are asking for endorsements left and right. They don’t approach people, Sharonne stresses. It’s always stockists and influencers who come to them for collaborations.

On the hardest part of her job, Sharonne admits that the load gets to her. Sometimes she misses important tasks because there are just too many things to do. “Unless I have to do math, because I hate math. Usually we outsource, but the person quit so I’m having trouble”, she jokes (or was it not a joke? She wasn’t laughing).

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Like her counterpart, Sharonne believes in being systematic. She believes that all entrepreneurs need to have a plan. “In fashion in particular, you need to have passion or else you’ll just stop along the way”. It’s always important to know your brand and what you want out of it. You can adapt later once you learn, but there are some things that you cannot do, like rebranding, without planning it first. Additionally, you have to present your brand in a way that “It’s more than who you are now”. At this, she brings out LAISON’s media kit, which I have to say had my knees weak when I first saw it. Flipping through the pages, she explains that it’s not required to have a media kit as good or as tidy as this, but this is what LAISON is. It doesn’t matter whether other brands are doing it because this is who LAISON is and this is what they do.

Speaking of who LAISON is, remember when I said a few paragraphs back that no other brand can make what this label makes? With distinguishable designs, people will definitely turn heads when they see something so different. So it comes as no surprise that another brand copy pasted LAISON’s design and made it their own (although it was a blow to us that an international brand was the one plagiarizing them).

“Because it was the first time so we were surprised. We’re pretty sure we’ll get more of it in the future. We tried contacting the owner and the stores but there was no response. Yet, at the same time, we don’t want to announce to people there’s a duplicate. As a brand, you still have to maintain your own image. You have to ignore it and focus on the future.”

It’s a tough spot to be in. LAISON focuses on the art of perfecting their clothes, but sometimes, that effort doesn’t get through to customers. Viewers can’t tell how beautifully embroidered the patterns are, or how difficult it is to secure these delicate fabrics and get them stitched together. In the era of fast-fashion, business models like LAISON are in hot waters because people want something fast and cheap, and they don’t want to invest in something as expensive and long lasting as high-end clothes. “They’re kind of in a blogger mentality. They see something and they want to wear it so they don’t invest in quality. They focus in quantity.” So for them, one of their biggest mission to date is to educate customers on what they’re getting when they buy LAISON’s products (trust me when I say this guys, invest in a piece or two. You’ll love it forever).

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Over the past year, LAISON has bloomed into a beautiful flower. There has been a lot of obstacles on the way from logistics to opinion clashes, and even plagiarism cases. In their pursue to become a bigger and better fashion label, they’re going to face a lot more problems in the years to come. But we have faith in them; after all, for a label to have made it this far without a marketing strategy deserves a standing ovation as it is. We have faith they’re going to be a label that’s going to make Indonesia proud, and we genuinely believe they’re going to be a household name in the future. Here’s to many more LAISON converts in the years to come.


Aurelia’s Book Recommendations for Designers:

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7 Scary/Good Makeup Tutorials For An Unforgettable Halloween

Halloween is coming up and it’s time to dress up! Can’t decide on who to be this festive season? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Read on to be inspired!

 

Titan Tyra's Halloween Makeup

This make up face is fuss-free and doesn’t require special makeup effects like latex and body paint. It’s a last minute go-to look for when you’re in a rush. Pair it with a little black dress and you’re good to go.

 

Michelle Phan in Tokyo Ghoul

For all you anime lovers out there, Tokyo Ghoul’s not a foreign name. You can recreate this look even if you’re not a fan of anime because really, horror doesn’t discriminate.
 

Kandee Johnson as Donald Trump

Just for laughs, cause hey, why so serious? Be the infamous presidential candidate and imitate his speeches. You’re going to be everybody’s favorite girl (or guy!) by the end of the night.
 

Promise Phan Trippy Double Vision

Things are getting trippy up in here. We love this effortless makeup tutorial that simply requires you to do your makeup twice. You just have to watch the video to understand. Get ready to leave people speechless with this look!
 

Promise Phan Ursula Makeup

Or you know, you could go classic and turn into a Disney villain for Halloween. This timeless favorite will never go out of style.

 

Lana Del Rey Zombie Makeup Transformation

What better way to freak people out while staying gorgeous? It’s a little bit more effort with this one since latex is required. But hey, Halloween only happens once a year, and you know what they say: Go big or go home.
 

Bloody Eye Makeup

Aren’t you glad we’re releasing this article a good time before Halloween? This makeup tutorial is a lot more complicated and it’s in Russian, but fear not because it has English subtitles. You can experiment a lot with how heavy or light you want the effect to be (or maybe you like it in both eyes!), so get your makeup kit ready cause it’s about to get heavy.
 
If you’re trying out any of these looks, be sure to tag us in your pictures. Good luck!
Halloween is coming up and it’s time to dress up! Can’t decide on...

7 Scary/Good Makeup Tutorials For An Unforgettable Halloween

Halloween is coming up and it’s time to dress up! Can’t decide on who to be this festive season? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Read on to be inspired!

Titan Tyra’s Halloween Makeup

This make up face is fuss-free and doesn’t require special makeup effects like latex and body paint. It’s a last minute go-to look for when you’re in a rush. Pair it with a little black dress and you’re good to go.

Michelle Phan in Tokyo Ghoul

For all you anime lovers out there, Tokyo Ghoul’s not a foreign name. You can recreate this look even if you’re not a fan of anime because really, horror doesn’t discriminate.

Kandee Johnson as Donald Trump

Just for laughs, cause hey, why so serious? Be the infamous presidential candidate and imitate his speeches. You’re going to be everybody’s favorite girl (or guy!) by the end of the night.

Promise Phan Trippy Double Vision

Things are getting trippy up in here. We love this effortless makeup tutorial that simply requires you to do your makeup twice. You just have to watch the video to understand. Get ready to leave people speechless with this look!

Promise Phan Ursula Makeup

Or you know, you could go classic and turn into a Disney villain for Halloween. This timeless favorite will never go out of style.

Lana Del Rey Zombie Makeup Transformation

What better way to freak people out while staying gorgeous? It’s a little bit more effort with this one since latex is required. But hey, Halloween only happens once a year, and you know what they say: Go big or go home.

Bloody Eye Makeup

Aren’t you glad we’re releasing this article a good time before Halloween? This makeup tutorial is a lot more complicated and it’s in Russian, but fear not because it has English subtitles. You can experiment a lot with how heavy or light you want the effect to be (or maybe you like it in both eyes!), so get your makeup kit ready cause it’s about to get heavy.

If you’re trying out any of these looks, be sure to tag us in your pictures. Good luck!


Halloween is coming up and it’s time to dress up! Can’t decide on who to be this festive season? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Read on to be inspired! Titan Tyra’s Halloween Makeup This make up face is fuss-free and doesn’t require special makeup effects like latex and body paint. It’s a last minute […]

7 Scary/Good Makeup Tutorials For An Unforgettable Halloween

Halloween is coming up and it’s time to dress up! Can’t decide on who to be this festive season? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Read on to be inspired!

Titan Tyra’s Halloween Makeup

This make up face is fuss-free and doesn’t require special makeup effects like latex and body paint. It’s a last minute go-to look for when you’re in a rush. Pair it with a little black dress and you’re good to go.

Michelle Phan in Tokyo Ghoul

For all you anime lovers out there, Tokyo Ghoul’s not a foreign name. You can recreate this look even if you’re not a fan of anime because really, horror doesn’t discriminate.

Kandee Johnson as Donald Trump

Just for laughs, cause hey, why so serious? Be the infamous presidential candidate and imitate his speeches. You’re going to be everybody’s favorite girl (or guy!) by the end of the night.

Promise Phan Trippy Double Vision

Things are getting trippy up in here. We love this effortless makeup tutorial that simply requires you to do your makeup twice. You just have to watch the video to understand. Get ready to leave people speechless with this look!

Promise Phan Ursula Makeup

Or you know, you could go classic and turn into a Disney villain for Halloween. This timeless favorite will never go out of style.

Lana Del Rey Zombie Makeup Transformation

What better way to freak people out while staying gorgeous? It’s a little bit more effort with this one since latex is required. But hey, Halloween only happens once a year, and you know what they say: Go big or go home.

Bloody Eye Makeup

Aren’t you glad we’re releasing this article a good time before Halloween? This makeup tutorial is a lot more complicated and it’s in Russian, but fear not because it has English subtitles. You can experiment a lot with how heavy or light you want the effect to be (or maybe you like it in both eyes!), so get your makeup kit ready cause it’s about to get heavy.

If you’re trying out any of these looks, be sure to tag us in your pictures. Good luck!


GIRLCRUSH: OLIVIA LAZUARDY [THE LOVE ISSUE]

 

 

 

GIRLCRUSH: OLIVIA LAZUARDY [THE LOVE ISSUE]

GIRLCRUSH: OLIVIA LAZUARDY [THE LOVE ISSUE]

Half of the reason why we love replaying our favorite movies is to...

Top 7 movies with Ingenious Costume Design

Half of the reason why we love replaying our favorite movies is to ogle good looking characters, and to stare at their outfits, of course. Costumes play a great role in movies, more so than you think. They set the theme, mood, and add realistic details to make the movie more believable. Many movies even hired designers to specifically design clothes for the feature. While there are way too many of our favorite movies to be listed, here are the Top 7 Movies With The Best Costumes that even critics agree with:

1. Memoirs of a Geisha

Ugh, this movie was just out of this world good. The costume was so on-point with what olden Japan looked like back then, and the DETAILS! The producers paid attention to every single part: from the perfectly drawn red lips, the nape make up, even to crafting the exact same platform sandals. We also love how each outfit resonates with the characters of the geishas, and ranges within a femininity scale.

2. The Great Gatsby

One does not simply leave out Gatsby when it comes to the best-dressed list. The Great Gatsby was full of glamour and the costumes did it justice. They definitely brought back what the Roaring 20s was like with the gold fringe dresses, head pieces, and long gloves. Not to mention Gatsby’s pink suit. We’re in love.

3. Alice in Wonderland

We sort of saw this coming when the movie launched. With a fairy-tale setting, you’re going to get equally good costumes. We love how Colleen Atwood (who also won the Best Costume Award for Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago) didn’t hold back with the outlandish and creative outfits that fit right in into Tim Burton’s eccentric vision.

4. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Like Memoirs of a Geisha, The Grand Budapest Hotel won big because of how on-point their outfits were. The movie looked like it came straight out of the 1970s and well, there’s not much to say other than you have to watch it to understand. You’ll love it.

5. Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina features a rather heavy storyline involving politics, morality, gender and social class, just to name a view. But if you’re not into that kind of thing, watch it for the dresses. The movie features Russian aristocrats and plays along the interactions of noble families, so you’re going to be seeing a lot of enchanting ball gowns worn by princesses.

6. The Intern

Our favorite movie at the moment! This movie didn’t win an award of sorts (not yet!) but we absolutely love how it’s so relatable to the modern working women. We love how the movie shows that corporate moguls don’t have to dress to the 9s everyday, and they’re just well-dressed because they pick flattering outfits. Jules Ostin wore so many good clothes that we rushed to the nearest clothing store after watching The Intern.

7. Kingsman The Secret Service

Obviously, we couldn’t leave the men out. There’s just something so powerfully seductive about a man in a well-tailored suit. As the movie says, a bespoke suit is the modern man’s armor.

These are just some of our favorite blockbuster costumes. Did you favorite movie make the list?


Half of the reason why we love replaying our favorite movies is to ogle good looking characters, and to stare at their outfits, of course. Costumes play a great role in movies, more so than you think. They set the theme, mood, and add realistic details to make the movie more believable. Many movies even […]

Top 7 movies with Ingenious Costume Design

Half of the reason why we love replaying our favorite movies is to ogle good looking characters, and to stare at their outfits, of course. Costumes play a great role in movies, more so than you think. They set the theme, mood, and add realistic details to make the movie more believable. Many movies even hired designers to specifically design clothes for the feature. While there are way too many of our favorite movies to be listed, here are the Top 7 Movies With The Best Costumes that even critics agree with:

1. Memoirs of a Geisha

Ugh, this movie was just out of this world good. The costume was so on-point with what olden Japan looked like back then, and the DETAILS! The producers paid attention to every single part: from the perfectly drawn red lips, the nape make up, even to crafting the exact same platform sandals. We also love how each outfit resonates with the characters of the geishas, and ranges within a femininity scale.

2. The Great Gatsby

One does not simply leave out Gatsby when it comes to the best-dressed list. The Great Gatsby was full of glamour and the costumes did it justice. They definitely brought back what the Roaring 20s was like with the gold fringe dresses, head pieces, and long gloves. Not to mention Gatsby’s pink suit. We’re in love.

3. Alice in Wonderland

We sort of saw this coming when the movie launched. With a fairy-tale setting, you’re going to get equally good costumes. We love how Colleen Atwood (who also won the Best Costume Award for Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago) didn’t hold back with the outlandish and creative outfits that fit right in into Tim Burton’s eccentric vision.

4. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Like Memoirs of a Geisha, The Grand Budapest Hotel won big because of how on-point their outfits were. The movie looked like it came straight out of the 1970s and well, there’s not much to say other than you have to watch it to understand. You’ll love it.

5. Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina features a rather heavy storyline involving politics, morality, gender and social class, just to name a view. But if you’re not into that kind of thing, watch it for the dresses. The movie features Russian aristocrats and plays along the interactions of noble families, so you’re going to be seeing a lot of enchanting ball gowns worn by princesses.

6. The Intern

Our favorite movie at the moment! This movie didn’t win an award of sorts (not yet!) but we absolutely love how it’s so relatable to the modern working women. We love how the movie shows that corporate moguls don’t have to dress to the 9s everyday, and they’re just well-dressed because they pick flattering outfits. Jules Ostin wore so many good clothes that we rushed to the nearest clothing store after watching The Intern.

7. Kingsman The Secret Service

Obviously, we couldn’t leave the men out. There’s just something so powerfully seductive about a man in a well-tailored suit. As the movie says, a bespoke suit is the modern man’s armor.

These are just some of our favorite blockbuster costumes. Did you favorite movie make the list?


Top 7 Movies With The Strongest Costume Game

Half of the reason why we love replaying our favorite movies is to ogle good looking characters, and to stare at their outfits, of course. Costumes play a great role in movies, more so than you think. They set the theme, mood, and add realistic details to make the movie more believable. Many movies even hired designers to specifically design clothes for the feature. While there are way too many of our favorite movies to be listed, here are the Top 7 Movies With The Best Costumes that even critics agree with:



1. Memoirs of a Geisha

Ugh, this movie was just out of this world good. The costume was so on-point with what olden Japan looked like back then, and the DETAILS! The producers paid attention to every single part: from the perfectly drawn red lips, the nape make up, even to crafting the exact same platform sandals. We also love how each outfit resonates with the characters of the geishas, and ranges within a femininity scale.




2. The Great Gatsby

One does not simply leave out Gatsby when it comes to the best-dressed list. The Great Gatsby was full of glamour and the costumes did it justice. They definitely brought back what the Roaring 20s was like with the gold fringe dresses, head pieces, and long gloves. Not to mention Gatsby’s pink suit. We’re in love.




3. Alice in Wonderland

We sort of saw this coming when the movie launched. With a fairy-tale setting, you’re going to get equally good costumes. We love how Colleen Atwood (who also won the Best Costume Award for Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago) didn’t hold back with the outlandish and creative outfits that fit right in into Tim Burton’s eccentric vision.




4. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Like Memoirs of a Geisha, The Grand Budapest Hotel won big because of how on-point their outfits were. The movie looked like it came straight out of the 1970s and well, there’s not much to say other than you have to watch it to understand. You’ll love it.




5. Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina features a rather heavy storyline involving politics, morality, gender and social class, just to name a view. But if you’re not into that kind of thing, watch it for the dresses. The movie features Russian aristocrats and plays along the interactions of noble families, so you’re going to be seeing a lot of enchanting ball gowns worn by princesses.




6. The Intern

Our favorite movie at the moment! This movie didn’t win an award of sorts (not yet!) but we absolutely love how it’s so relatable to the modern working women. We love how the movie shows that corporate moguls don’t have to dress to the 9s everyday, and they’re just well-dressed because they pick flattering outfits. Jules Ostin wore so many good clothes that we rushed to the nearest clothing store after watching The Intern.




7. Kingsman The Secret Service

Obviously, we couldn’t leave the men out. There’s just something so powerfully seductive about a man in a well-tailored suit. As the movie says, a bespoke suit is the modern man’s armor.



 
These are just some of our favorite blockbuster costumes. Did you favorite movie make the list?
 

GIRLCRUSH: OLIVIA LAZUARDY [THE CAREER ISSUE]


 

GIRLCRUSH: OLIVIA LAZUARDY [THE STYLE ISSUE]

 

 

GIRLCRUSH: OLIVIA LAZUARDY [THE CAREER ISSUE]


GIRLCRUSH: OLIVIA LAZUARDY [THE CAREER ISSUE]


GIRLCRUSH: OLIVIA LAZUARDY [THE STYLE ISSUE]


GIRLCRUSH: OLIVIA LAZUARDY [THE STYLE ISSUE]


We’re a teeny, weeny bit late to the party, but we’ve got the...

What’s Happening This October

We’re a teeny, weeny bit late to the party, but we’ve got the deets on what’s going down this October. Follow our guide for some cozy retreats happening in Jakarta.

 3-24 October 2015: Bienal Sastra Salihara at Pasar Minggu

For the artists, poets, and literature enthusiasts: you’re in for a treat because this 3-week long event focuses on the arts, and literary arts of Indonesia. They have different themes going on throughout the 3 weeks, so be sure to check out their website for the complete list.

6-18 October 2015: Sound of Music at Ciputra Artpreneur Theatre


The hills are alive with the sound of music. We’re super excited to see the Von Trapp family gracing their presence in Jakarta and they will be here for a measly 3 weeks. So watch them perform their magic while you can cause this chance won’t come around twice.

9-10 October 2015: Les Filler D’Abord at Koi Kemang.

Between our careers and personal life, a lot of time is spent on focusing on everything but ourselves. Koi Kemang has a solution for that and they’ve created this event, which means “Ladies First” in French, to let women take time out and pamper themselves with shopping, manicures, yoga classes, and plenty more!

9-11 October 2015: Bride’s Day Out at Grand Indonesia Shopping Town


Brides, get ready! This highly anticipated event is coming to fulfill your every need. From wedding gowns to financial advice, Bride’s Day Out is your one-stop destination for all your wedding needs.

12 October 2015: Secret {W} Business Jakarta 2015 at Concalve

It’s the era of female empowerment and the Secret {W} Business Seminar is here to help you get a step ahead in marketing your business. Their methods are tried and tested, so give this seminar a go if you’re looking to improve your business.

24-30 October 2015: Jakarta Fashion Week at Senayan City

The event of the year is back at Senayan City to bring you the latest designs from the fashion world. With so many veteran, and up-and-coming designers, including our own vendors, Ingrid Husodo and Atelier Marufe, adorning the show, you don’t want to miss this one out.

25 October 2015: Mandiri Jakarta Marathon

What better way to get fit than doing it with your friends? Marathons are a great way of doing so, and the Mandiri Jakarta Marathon doesn’t just get you running; they’re offering discounts and special promotions with their affiliates. Check out their website for more information:

25 October 2015: Sunday Farmer’s Market at Pacific Place

We personally love the idea of shopping at a wet market, without the mess and dirt, of course. So we’re thrilled to know that a farmer’s market is happening right at the heart of Pacific Place. They will be selling fresh produce, artisanal goods, and Halloween themed events.We’ll be attending some of these events ourselves, so do say hi if you see us! What are you up to this October?

We’re a teeny, weeny bit late to the party, but we’ve got the deets on what’s going down this October. Follow our guide for some cozy retreats happening in Jakarta.  3-24 October 2015: Bienal Sastra Salihara at Pasar Minggu For the artists, poets, and literature enthusiasts: you’re in for a treat because this 3-week long event […]

What’s Happening This October

We’re a teeny, weeny bit late to the party, but we’ve got the deets on what’s going down this October. Follow our guide for some cozy retreats happening in Jakarta.

 3-24 October 2015: Bienal Sastra Salihara at Pasar Minggu

For the artists, poets, and literature enthusiasts: you’re in for a treat because this 3-week long event focuses on the arts, and literary arts of Indonesia. They have different themes going on throughout the 3 weeks, so be sure to check out their website for the complete list.

6-18 October 2015: Sound of Music at Ciputra Artpreneur Theatre


The hills are alive with the sound of music. We’re super excited to see the Von Trapp family gracing their presence in Jakarta and they will be here for a measly 3 weeks. So watch them perform their magic while you can cause this chance won’t come around twice.

9-10 October 2015: Les Filler D’Abord at Koi Kemang.

Between our careers and personal life, a lot of time is spent on focusing on everything but ourselves. Koi Kemang has a solution for that and they’ve created this event, which means “Ladies First” in French, to let women take time out and pamper themselves with shopping, manicures, yoga classes, and plenty more!

9-11 October 2015: Bride’s Day Out at Grand Indonesia Shopping Town


Brides, get ready! This highly anticipated event is coming to fulfill your every need. From wedding gowns to financial advice, Bride’s Day Out is your one-stop destination for all your wedding needs.

12 October 2015: Secret {W} Business Jakarta 2015 at Concalve

It’s the era of female empowerment and the Secret {W} Business Seminar is here to help you get a step ahead in marketing your business. Their methods are tried and tested, so give this seminar a go if you’re looking to improve your business.

24-30 October 2015: Jakarta Fashion Week at Senayan City

The event of the year is back at Senayan City to bring you the latest designs from the fashion world. With so many veteran, and up-and-coming designers, including our own vendors, Ingrid Husodo and Atelier Marufe, adorning the show, you don’t want to miss this one out.

25 October 2015: Mandiri Jakarta Marathon

What better way to get fit than doing it with your friends? Marathons are a great way of doing so, and the Mandiri Jakarta Marathon doesn’t just get you running; they’re offering discounts and special promotions with their affiliates. Check out their website for more information:

25 October 2015: Sunday Farmer’s Market at Pacific Place

We personally love the idea of shopping at a wet market, without the mess and dirt, of course. So we’re thrilled to know that a farmer’s market is happening right at the heart of Pacific Place. They will be selling fresh produce, artisanal goods, and Halloween themed events.We’ll be attending some of these events ourselves, so do say hi if you see us! What are you up to this October?

What's Happening This October

We’re a teeny, weeny bit late to the party, but we’ve got the deets on what’s going down this October. Follow our guide for some cozy retreats happening in Jakarta.


3-24 October 2015: Bienal Sastra Salihara at Pasar Minggu

For the artists, poets, and literature enthusiasts: you’re in for a treat because this 3-week long event focuses on the arts, and literary arts of Indonesia. They have different themes going on throughout the 3 weeks, so be sure to check out their website for the complete list.



6-18 October 2015: Sound of Music at Ciputra Artpreneur Theatre

The hills are alive with the sound of music. We’re super excited to see the Von Trapp family gracing their presence in Jakarta and they will be here for a measly 3 weeks. So watch them perform their magic while you can cause this chance won’t come around twice.



9-10 October 2015: Les Filler D’Abord at Koi Kemang.

Between our careers and personal life, a lot of time is spent on focusing on everything but ourselves. Koi Kemang has a solution for that and they’ve created this event, which means “Ladies First” in French, to let women take time out and pamper themselves with shopping, manicures, yoga classes, and plenty more!



9-11 October 2015: Bride’s Day Out at Grand Indonesia Shopping Town

Brides, get ready! This highly anticipated event is coming to fulfill your every need. From wedding gowns to financial advice, Bride’s Day Out is your one-stop destination for all your wedding needs.



12 October 2015: Secret {W} Business Jakarta 2015 at Concalve

It’s the era of female empowerment and the Secret {W} Business Seminar is here to help you get a step ahead in marketing your business. Their methods are tried and tested, so give this seminar a go if you’re looking to improve your business.



24-30 October 2015: Jakarta Fashion Week at Senayan City

The event of the year is back at Senayan City to bring you the latest designs from the fashion world. With so many veteran, and up-and-coming designers, including our own vendors, Ingrid Husodo and Atelier Marufe, adorning the show, you don’t want to miss this one out.



25 October 2015: Mandiri Jakarta Marathon

What better way to get fit than doing it with your friends? Marathons are a great way of doing so, and the Mandiri Jakarta Marathon doesn’t just get you running; they’re offering discounts and special promotions with their affiliates. Check out their website for more information:



25 October 2015: Sunday Farmer’s Market at Pacific Place

We personally love the idea of shopping at a wet market, without the mess and dirt, of course. So we’re thrilled to know that a farmer’s market is happening right at the heart of Pacific Place. They will be selling fresh produce, artisanal goods, and Halloween themed events.



We’ll be attending some of these events ourselves, so do say hi if you see us! What are you up to this October?
Last week, the LOVE+FLAIR team headed out to the cinemas to watch The...

10 THINGS WE LEARNED FROM “THE INTERN”

Last week, the LOVE+FLAIR team headed out to the cinemas to watch The Intern; a movie that revolves around a fashion e-commerce company called About the Fit, and stars Academy Award Winners Robert de Niro as Ben Whittaker, and Anne Hathaway as Jules Ostin, founder of About the Fit.

So okay, we admit, it was half team bonding, and half learning what the movie had to say about e-commerce. After 121 minutes of sitting down, hugging our popcorns, and hushed dialogues between coworkers, we came to a general consensus that it was a great watch. So, since we loved it so much we decided to sum up 10 Things We Learned From The Intern.

1. You’re never too old to start something new.

 

Ben is decades behind on technology, but hey, if you’re up for something new, it’s always possible. He starts out completely out of place in About the Fit, and ends up being well-versed with the company.

2. You’re never too high, or too low to do something.

Whether you’re a boss or a janitor, if something needs to be done, get it done. Jules shows us just this when she takes on the role of a customer service officer and states that a lot can be learned from talking to customers. In another scene, she visit the warehouse and teaches her employees on how to fold packages neatly.

3. Even the strong are vulnerable at times.

We all have a weak side and we all get tired. Even corporate leaders have doubts and fears that keeps them up at night. What’s important is to acknowledge those fears, talk it out, and move on.

4. Try to work for somebody that you admire.

We know, not everybody has the privilege to work for their role models, but if you have the chance, make it happen. Trust us, working with your role models are total game changers to see behind-the-scene processes of how your idols became the person they are today. You could even pick up a thing or two from seeing them everyday.

5. There’s nothing wrong with admitting that you’re wrong.

“Sorry seems to be the hardest word” We get it, it’s a direct jab to your ego to admit your mistakes. Admitting your mistake means acknowledging that you were wrong once, and probably won’t do it again. We absolutely love how big boss Jules goes searching for Ben and personally extends her apologies to him. #ROLEMODEL much?

6. Sometimes old school is good.

Take note boys: carry a handkerchief with you all the time.

7. Good bosses take time out to appreciate a job well done.


Even if that job includes your employees breaking into your mother’s house to steal her laptop.

8. Your loved ones will want what’s best for you.

Love gives; it doesn’t demand. We completely appreciate Matt, Jules’ husband, for wanting what’s best for his wife and not asking her to give up something that means the world to her.

9. Take time off work to relax and appreciate the little things in life.

Being overworked is going to get you burnt out, so take time out to relax when needed. Go to the park, watch a movie, play with your daughter, or even take up tai chi.

10. Never underestimate the power of a woman, or man, with big dreams.

Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook in his dormitory, Sophia Amoruso first launched an eBay store before it became Nasty Gal, and Steve Jobs was a college drop out before he became Apple’s CEO. A lot of the success stories we hear start with people who have nothing, so don’t be afraid and let your passion guide you to your destination.
Here are just some things that we loved about The Intern. What were your favorite moments from this movie?

Last week, the LOVE+FLAIR team headed out to the cinemas to watch The Intern; a movie that revolves around a fashion e-commerce company called About the Fit, and stars Academy Award Winners Robert de Niro as Ben Whittaker, and Anne Hathaway as Jules Ostin, founder of About the Fit. So okay, we admit, it was […]

10 THINGS WE LEARNED FROM “THE INTERN”

Last week, the LOVE+FLAIR team headed out to the cinemas to watch The Intern; a movie that revolves around a fashion e-commerce company called About the Fit, and stars Academy Award Winners Robert de Niro as Ben Whittaker, and Anne Hathaway as Jules Ostin, founder of About the Fit.

So okay, we admit, it was half team bonding, and half learning what the movie had to say about e-commerce. After 121 minutes of sitting down, hugging our popcorns, and hushed dialogues between coworkers, we came to a general consensus that it was a great watch. So, since we loved it so much we decided to sum up 10 Things We Learned From The Intern.

1. You’re never too old to start something new.

 

Ben is decades behind on technology, but hey, if you’re up for something new, it’s always possible. He starts out completely out of place in About the Fit, and ends up being well-versed with the company.

2. You’re never too high, or too low to do something.

Whether you’re a boss or a janitor, if something needs to be done, get it done. Jules shows us just this when she takes on the role of a customer service officer and states that a lot can be learned from talking to customers. In another scene, she visit the warehouse and teaches her employees on how to fold packages neatly.

3. Even the strong are vulnerable at times.

We all have a weak side and we all get tired. Even corporate leaders have doubts and fears that keeps them up at night. What’s important is to acknowledge those fears, talk it out, and move on.

4. Try to work for somebody that you admire.

We know, not everybody has the privilege to work for their role models, but if you have the chance, make it happen. Trust us, working with your role models are total game changers to see behind-the-scene processes of how your idols became the person they are today. You could even pick up a thing or two from seeing them everyday.

5. There’s nothing wrong with admitting that you’re wrong.

“Sorry seems to be the hardest word” We get it, it’s a direct jab to your ego to admit your mistakes. Admitting your mistake means acknowledging that you were wrong once, and probably won’t do it again. We absolutely love how big boss Jules goes searching for Ben and personally extends her apologies to him. #ROLEMODEL much?

6. Sometimes old school is good.

Take note boys: carry a handkerchief with you all the time.

7. Good bosses take time out to appreciate a job well done.


Even if that job includes your employees breaking into your mother’s house to steal her laptop.

8. Your loved ones will want what’s best for you.

Love gives; it doesn’t demand. We completely appreciate Matt, Jules’ husband, for wanting what’s best for his wife and not asking her to give up something that means the world to her.

9. Take time off work to relax and appreciate the little things in life.

Being overworked is going to get you burnt out, so take time out to relax when needed. Go to the park, watch a movie, play with your daughter, or even take up tai chi.

10. Never underestimate the power of a woman, or man, with big dreams.

Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook in his dormitory, Sophia Amoruso first launched an eBay store before it became Nasty Gal, and Steve Jobs was a college drop out before he became Apple’s CEO. A lot of the success stories we hear start with people who have nothing, so don’t be afraid and let your passion guide you to your destination.
Here are just some things that we loved about The Intern. What were your favorite moments from this movie?

10 Things We Learned From The Intern

Last week, the LOVE+FLAIR team headed out to the cinemas to watch The Intern; a movie that revolves around a fashion e-commerce company called About the Fit, and stars Academy Award Winners Robert de Niro as Ben Whittaker, and Anne Hathaway as Jules Ostin, founder of About the Fit.



So okay, we admit, it was half team bonding, and half learning what the movie had to say about e-commerce. After 121 minutes of sitting down, hugging our popcorns, and hushed dialogues between coworkers, we came to a general consensus that it was a great watch. So, since we loved it so much we decided to sum up 10 Things We Learned From The Intern.


 


1. You’re never too old to start something new.


Ben is decades behind on technology, but hey, if you’re up for something new, it’s always possible. He starts out completely out of place in About the Fit, and ends up being well-versed with the company.




2. You’re never too high, or too low to do something.


Whether you’re a boss or a janitor, if something needs to be done, get it done. Jules shows us just this when she takes on the role of a customer service officer and states that a lot can be learned from talking to customers. In another scene, she visit the warehouse and teaches her employees on how to fold packages neatly.





3. Even the strong are vulnerable at times.


We all have a weak side and we all get tired. Even corporate leaders have doubts and fears that keeps them up at night. What’s important is to acknowledge those fears, talk it out, and move on.





4. Try to work for somebody that you admire.


We know, not everybody has the privilege to work for their role models, but if you have the chance, make it happen. Trust us, working with your role models are total game changers to see behind-the-scene processes of how your idols became the person they are today. You could even pick up a thing or two from seeing them everyday.




5. There’s nothing wrong with admitting that you’re wrong.


“Sorry seems to be the hardest word” We get it, it’s a direct jab to your ego to admit your mistakes. Admitting your mistake means acknowledging that you were wrong once, and probably won’t do it again. We absolutely love how big boss Jules goes searching for Ben and personally extends her apologies to him. #ROLEMODEL much?




6. Sometimes old school is good.


Take note boys: carry a handkerchief with you all the time.






7. Good bosses take time out to appreciate a job well done.


Even if that job includes your employees breaking into your mother’s house to steal her laptop.




8. Your loved ones will want what’s best for you.


Love gives; it doesn’t demand. We completely appreciate Matt, Jules’ husband, for wanting what’s best for his wife and not asking her to give up something that means the world to her.





9. Take time off work to relax and appreciate the little things in life.


Being overworked is going to get you burnt out, so take time out to relax when needed. Go to the park, watch a movie, play with your daughter, or even take up
tai chi.




10. Never underestimate the power of a woman, or man, with big dreams.


Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook in his dormitory, Sophia Amoruso first launched an eBay store before it became Nasty Gal, and Steve Jobs was a college drop out before he became Apple’s CEO. A lot of the success stories we hear start with people who have nothing, so don’t be afraid and let your passion guide you to your destination.



 
Here are just some things that we loved about The Intern. What were your favorite moments from this movie?

GIRL CRUSH: TITAN TYRA TAN


GIRL CRUSH: TITAN TYRA TAN


GIRL CRUSH: TITAN TYRA TAN

 

#OWN THE SKIN YOU’RE IN Fashion blogger, digital influencer, TV host; you name...

GIRL CRUSH: ELIZABETH RAHAJENG

#OWN THE SKIN YOU’RE IN

Fashion blogger, digital influencer, TV host; you name it. When she’s not resting in Bali, you can find her jet setting through the globe interviewing fashion’s most prominent names. A subtle kind of sensuality, alluring to the senses; this person is so much of everything at the youthful age of 23. We talk to one of the front-runners of Indonesia’s upcoming faces and find out just how she does it.

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It’s difficult to pinpoint where to start our interview with this multi faceted blogger. Her life has been filled with so many picturesque moments that she diligently documents on her Instagram account, which by the way, has an aesthetic worthy of a magazine spread. “There’s so many elements that I think about: location, lighting, composition, angle, the list goes on!” These pictures are not your run-of-the-mill pictures; each post tells a story of who she is as a person, the people she meets, the places she sees. It’s a personal gallery of her life and gives us a glimpse of what a day is like in the shoes of Ms. Rahajeng.

In July, Elizabeth launched her newly minted blog with twin sister, Maria. She credits her twin sister for initiating the idea of a blog during a student exchange in Germany in 2012. The blog stemmed from their love for photography and sharing it on social media.

“[It was] purely for fun and to share with our friends and family”. Being one half of a twin, it’s inevitable that she gets asked questions about her sister. Though they do almost everything together, there is an intense competitive streak between the two. The fact that they get compared a lot only adds fuel to the fire. With time, they have learnt to realise how important their individuality is, and that is how they want people to treat them; as individuals with different minds and different personalities.

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“Through it all, we’re always going to support one another. Her success is my succes, and vice versa.” – On her twin sister. Maria Rahajeng

Having gained a following both on online and offline media, Elizabeth is not afraid to speak out what’s on her mind. She has been vocal in encouraging women to embrace their natural skin color. Elizabeth is no stranger to this struggle as she herself had a hard time accepting her natural tan. “I’ve realized that Indonesians’ perception about beauty is largely defined by a person’s skin tone. I think we both know that Indonesians favor light/pale skin tone.

Our culture –especially pop culture, celebrity culture — supports this false message, and it effects how we, the people, perceive ourselves. And so I see how girls are ashamed of their own skin color and try to become what society deems is beautiful. I think it’s about time that someone tells them that all skin tones are beautiful” This is a trend that is becoming increasingly common when a woman’s face is 10 shades lighter than their neck. Society believes the lighter your skin tone, the more beautiful you are.

“Because I am a darker shade, there were moments growing up where I thought maybe I wasn’t as beautiful as some of the other girls that were paler than I was. I realise now that that could not be further from the truth. Beauty is so much more than what you look like on the outside. Owning who you are and being unapologetic is what I want girls (and boys) out there to do.” Her skin tone wasn’t the only problem she faced when she was younger. Growing up in California and having to move back to Indonesia was no easy feat. Ms. Rahajeng’s whole world changed overnight and she struggled adapting to the new culture and environment.

“I didn’t have any friends (no one wanted to be friends with me because of the language barrier), I had no social life, stayed home all day. It was a very depressing period for me. I also struggled in school academically, switching to a new school system. It was a lot to handle for a 13 year old. I had so many challenges, but I worked really hard to try to accept everything and make the best out of the situation.” She credits this hard transition as a key moment that built her character and defined her as a person moving forward.

Through all the adversity she has faced in her life, Elizabeth believes in the power of kindness. “I think being kind to every single person you meet, to always extend kindness in any way, shape, or form is our human obligation. Even a genuine smile, or a genuine thank you goes a long way. That’s something my parents taught me, and that’s something I wish people would encourage more.”

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Elizabeth is already so much and she still aspires to be so much more. Her ambition and hard work to get what she wants are admirable for such a young woman. When asked if she could give an advice to other young women out there, she shared the best advice she herself has received: “Know your worth, know your right.” In 5 years time, she hopes to have a clothing line with her twin sister, and exploring more in terms of her career. But most importantly, she would love to be married with children!


GIRL CRUSH: ELIZABETH RAHAJENG