August 31, 2012

Jesus Culture: On A Quest of Diplomacy

1 Peter 3:15-16
Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.

Always believe that this is true. Isn't it kinda pointless if we say we're Christians but we're being disrespectful and mocking other people? Don't think God will be pleased with that.

What I admire the most about Jesus is probably the way He can always find the right answer to give to everyone - the temple people, the apostles, the students, the local civilians, even the random stranger near the well. Sometimes He answers a question directly (very direct I may say), sometimes He goes around the bush and replies a question with a question, sometimes He can also ignore you and start telling stories.. (lol).

There's no end to His wisdom and insight. Now that's what we call diplomacy! Knowing what to answer to whom and how and where and when.

This September Jakarta will hold the second governatorial election. I think this post's main verse (give answer to everyone with gentleness and respect) is really applicable in this hot event. Just like Jokowi vs Foke election fight. I always try to have a mindset if we support and believe in one, we should shout out that person's strengths and qualities instead of mocking the competitor. If I think an apple a day is healthier than a banana a day then I'll promote my apple to people. If I think banana is best then I'll promote the banana.

Talking the apple down and telling people how rotten an apple can be isn’t the best way to get people’s sympathy (in my opinion). Great leaders reach out to people’s heart. They understand the real issues and they prove their leadership capabilities through their existing job records, not only sweet but empty promises during election period..

Well honestly I don’t know much about politics. But it seems to me that everybody’s supporting Jokowi, regardless of his wealth or religious background. And I love his square-patterned shirt. It’s becoming a trend now for Indonesian locals specially for those coming from the Solo region. So………. I guess that’s enough reason to pick him?

Go Jokowi!

August 28, 2012

Hj-story: Saving The Last Popcorn

HJ again! Hihi a really cute hubby :D

Love is… saving the last one for you!

Image courtesy of HJ-Story

August 27, 2012

Rainbow Jegging On Sale ;)

Cute colours aite? I loveeee the baby yellow and cyan blue so much. Bright up some colours in this kinda gloomy city Jakarta and its humidity. I wish I can take more pics on this stuffs..

Price is even cheaper now. Message me anywhere if you're interested :)

August 25, 2012

What Are You Seeking?

Blessed by another post of a great friend. The question, "What are you seeking?" alone is enough to make me sit and stare at the wall and wonder, "What is it that I truly want in life?"

More bags? Suburban penthouse? Private jet? Perfect husband? A Disney princess' life?

As a psychology graduate with a spice of philosophical interest, "What are you seeking?" opens up a window of someone's soul. Our answer will tell a lot about our desire and wishes in life. It's like a shortcut to see a person's identity, how they position themselves in this world, what their idea of an ideal life is, etc.

Maybe next time when I have a deep conversation with people I'll ask them this question. I think.... I have my answer. What about you?


August 23, 2012

Fight Fear!

Great post written by one warrior of God. She loves to write so much on her fb notes. Hope this can be a blessing to youuuuu yes you you guys who're currently paralyzed by any sort of fear. Don't be frozen. Melt your heart by God's warmth and confidence.

1 Peter 5:8
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

The devil is like a crouching tiger. It will always wait until we're mentally/emotionally weak to pounce us down and eat whatever it can get from our soul. Coming to term with our fear is a huge battle of the mind. We're at war!

Don't believe anything the devil whispers on your ear and fall into his lies and deceptions. Fight fear!

August 12, 2012

The Coming Ramadan Holiday and The Book of Hope

Holiday! Thanks God for giving me a chance to enjoy this holiday.. Been blessed so much with great job, great family, great friends - life is good! There's always gonna be something to be grateful about in life, no matter how sad our circumstances are. So be tough and stay strong people! As the Ice Age says.. there's always a rainbow waiting in every corner. So true.

So the news is, I'll be away from blog this holiday, because the first and the most important thing that excites me a lot about this holiday is the fact that I'm gonna have a whole week (or so) to spend intimate moments with my God.. Definitely missing my free time in Jakarta when I can just stay all day long in my room reading bible and dwell in His words.

Lately I've felt as if I'm losing my priorities and thus, making my intimate relationship with God the second (or third) thing. Then I started to skip my daily reading because the topic now is on the book of Lamentations, which is kind of.... sad. They just have very tragic poems in the first few chapters.. and according to my personality which loves to stay near to happy things and move away from sad stuffs, I lost my interest quickly.

But it's going to the chapter of HOPE - the most incredible thing about God and JC and the bible. I have hope in God, and I'm really grateful for that. So yeah, the book's name is Lamentations, but the actual content involves how awful God's wrath is and how hopeful God's love is (chapter 3 is the turning point).

August 10, 2012

Miranda on David Jones Fall/Winter 2012 Sydney

Something random I saw on the street.. Miranda in David Jones show in Sydney. The last season's show though, for Fall/Winter 2012 Collection. I'm seriously considering to be one of her avid worshipper now. She's sooooo cute and charming *hihi*

Looks good in everything she wears. She's the type of that girl-next-door who's dangerously hot and pretty but never intimidating. Never. That's her charm.

Sourced from modelcandids

August 7, 2012

Friendship and Me .. A Beautiful Poem

Found this beautiful poem while browsing through my younger sist's friend (yeah I do stalk on my sisters' facebook). I want all my friends out there to see this poem and understand how much I love them. Friendship is beautiful.. It gives meaning to my otherwise flat life. You paint my life with so much brighter colours and your presence is simply amazing.

I love you.. :)

Love Dare Part 1: Dare 1 to Dare 5 (Indonesian)

Post ini berasal muasal dari blog salah seorang temanku, Leticia, the cute girl yang suka foto-foto and seorang pejuang Kristen sejati. Aku suka banget hobi dia meng-encourage orang-orang di sekitarnya dengan post-post profesional berskala tinggi (banget) tentang relationship and marriage. Buat aku, post dia udah bener-bener memberkati kehidupan relationship-ku dan aku harap teman-teman sekalian juga bisa kecipratan berkah dari insight dia tentang cinta J

Seneng banget deh. Belakangan ini aku disadarkan Tuhan bahwa pejuang Kristus itu berlimpah ruah di dunia ini. Ngga peduli latar belakang kita bagaimana, pekerjaan kita apa, umur, jenis kelamin, suku ras, tingkat pendidikan, dll. Orang Kristen itu ada dimana-mana! Mari saya bagikan sedikit kebahagiaan saya buat teman-teman yang baca post ini. Kalau kamu masih penasaran - koq bisa sih Allah (garis miring Tuhan Yesus) dipuja-puja sampai sebegitunya sama orang-orang Kristen. Well, itu karena Ia menyelamatkan, dan Ia memulihkan relationships. Yesus tahu semua isi hati kita dan Ia sanggup menyembuhkan hati-hati yang terluka. Jadi lembiru deh, ganti sama hati yang ada Tuhan di dalamnya ;)

Program ini berisi 40 dares total. Dare itu artinya tantangan. Istilah lainnya adalah challenge, test, task – tes atau tugas. Satu tantangan (atau tugas) baiknya diselesaikan dalam 1 hari, tapi kalau lebih juga ngga apa-apa. Yang penting kita terus berusaha mempraktekkan tantangan ini kepada pasangan kita. Aku akan melampirkan 5 tantangan dalam 1 post (biar ngga kebanyakan yah). Versi inggris post ini bisa dilihat disini.

Jadiii.. siapkah anda menuntaskan tantangan ini?? Ayo buktikan!

Love Dare Part 1: Dare 1 to Dare 5

This is an excerpt (or the whole post, actually) written by a friend and a great warrior of Christ. I love how she keeps encouraging people to build a better relationship and put God in the centre of everything. This blog post, specially, is really amazing in the way it points out great resources with clear description of each dare. And of course, the beautiful pictures to accompany us along the way.

Don’t you just love it? God’s fighters are everywhere in the world, regardless of our profession, age, gender, racial background, academic and social status. We Christians are everywhere! So let me share this joy with you who keep wondering why God (slash Jesus) is so real for Christians.. That’s because He saves, and He heals relationships. He sips through every broken heart and cure it. That's our famous Mr J! ;)

There are 40 dares in total, one dare each day. I’ll make it 5 dares in each post in both Indonesian and English (practicing translating skill). You can see the Indonesian post here :)

Soooo, do you dare to do these dares? I dare you!

Miranda Up and About

The sexiest and cutest runway model ever.. <3

August 6, 2012

Samuelle Couture and Jose Villa: The Greek Goddess

A beautiful gown, and a beautiful concept, don't you think?

Stumbled across this pic while reading a Christian blog by a girl from JPCC. The photographs are actually from the world-famous wedding photographer Jose Villa. Check out the website to see his  incredible portfolio.

Really love this photoshoot. Such depth, such character.. The goddess gazed upon the meadow with such intensity that makes me wonder what's going on inside her mind. And look at the gown's tail being swept away by the fierce wind. Look at how they flow, layers by layers.

Picture perfect.

The stunning gown is crafted by Samuelle Couture. The British designer specializes in bridal gowns, but has also tailored evening wears for distinguished celebrities such as Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Beyonce Knowles, and Anne Hathaway, to name a few. She mixes traditional English flavour and classical feminine styling into contemporary romanticism in the couture label.

August 5, 2012

Balenciaga Fall 2012 Campaign Ads: Retro Futuristic.. Messy One

Shot by Steven Meisel, the campaign pictures a retro futuristic designs modelled by newcomers like Linn Arvidsson, Sophie Hirschfelder, Juliet Ingleby, Julier Bugge, and Anniek Kortleve. Last campaign was modelled by Kristen Stewart.

Balenciaga... however great the motorcycle bag is... hmmm how do I put it. I love retro style like Miu Miu, but Balenciaga retro aesthetic is a bit off for me. Baggy pants, missed shoulder lines, leather blend on the tops (which is very, very off in my eyes), plus the messy hair permed/curly hair and bare makeups. Anyone find this ad appealing? :s

August 4, 2012

Bally Fall/Winter 2012 Campaign Ads at The Amazing Alps

Fave Bally ladies winter wear: Luxe leather coats, leather pants, leather skirts, leather boots. Simple sophistication with long, natural wavy hair. So the choice fell on Caroline Trentini and Hilary Rhoda for Bally's Fall/Winter 2012 campaign.

Photographed by Norman Jean Roy, the top models posed cheerfully at Verbier's prestigious Chalet d'Adrien, overlooking the Alps with its spectacular view.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012 Campaign Ad: Family Ties and Life

Seriously loving this D&G campaign. Look at the warmth, the people, the festivity, the atmosphere. Everyone seems so jolly and cheerful, brimming with life. They're radiant.

The Fall 2012 campaign features the Italian beauties Monica Bellucci, Bianca Balti, and Bianca Brandolini. I can feel the thick Italian family bond here in the pictures. Giampaolo Sgura captured the exquisite dresses and handbags in such a beautiful, relaxed mood without playing down the D&G character.

There are plenty of stunning ladies with extremely gorgeous jewelries, and of course, D&G signature of intricate lacework and metallic embroidery. These ladies blend in naturally with the other 2 generations (the grampas and the kiddos) with no apparent difficulty and that's what I love the most from these photographs.

August 3, 2012

Karlie Kloss and Her Vogue UK Portfolio

UK October 2010 issue. Russian doll-themed shoot by Tim Walker, inspired by the Victoria & Albert Museum's exhibition - Ballet Russes.

Vogue UK November 2011 issue, wearing an Antonio Berardi gown.
Photographed by Terry Richardson

Vogue UK March 2012 issue. Lady Luxe, photographed by Mario Testino.

Newest September Monogram Empreinte Family Member: Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandoulière 25


Louis Vuitton will release the newest version of its signature Speedy bag! The French house's classic, Speedy bandoulière 25, will be polished in the beautiful Monogram Empreinte finishing with a touch of brass hardware. This is so typical LV, one of the most must-have luxury brand for handbag lovers who aim for classics that will never die with time. Leather ages, but style lives on.

Anja Rubik Goes All Black for Giuseppe Zanotti Fall 2012 Campaign Ad

What do I see? Hot stilettos and revealing, long strappy heels. Sexy!

The Polish beauty Anja Rubik looks so hot and sexy in the all black campaign shot by Karim Sadli. Minimalist setting, sexy stilettos, black leather and gold accessories. Perfect Zanotti.

August 2, 2012

Salvatore Ferragamo Fall 2012 Campaign Ads

Shot by Mikael Jansson, starring the stunning beauties Kate Moss and Karmen Pedaru (Kate Moss is more preeminent in the ads, however). This was taken inside the Russian Embassy in Berlin, which is perfect for the brand's Russian air this season. I have to say that the embassy building is amazing!! I've never seen any embassy in Indonesia that is this awesome. Look at all those massive, antique furniture and tapestries.. and is that wallpaper? So cool Russian.

Kate Moss pictures the elegant and fatal woman in this ad. She looks all sophisticated and glamorous with the Russian braids updo and vintage jewelries. The pieces shown in the photographs are feminine and seductive. See the sharp, strappy heels.

You can check the Fall/Winter 2012 RTW here.

Ashley Greene for DKNY Fall 2012 Ad Campaign

The campaign is produced by Peter Lindbergh in the fashion capital NYC. I love DKNY in the way the brand represents a confident, self-assured woman who knows her value, instead of being a simple eye candy. The DKNY woman is a smart beauty with a standard of excellence not only at the professional level, but also at her character and fashion needs. She knows what she does, she knows where to go.

I love how Ashley Greene and the photographer translate this strong personality into pictures. Even more with her exceptional beauty. She looks fabulous in every single picture. The candid shots are the best <3