Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Highlights of the Month: Sequins N Traveling

Hello, Friends!
 
I have been MIA for the past couple of weeks due to many, many, many, MANY things. You might notice that I have not been writing week in recap for quite a while, and I most definitely miss writing one! The other posts were scheduled posts, because I try to always have a "post bank" for the days (or weeks) when I'm too busy to write anything or have a writer's block.
 
Well, it's too late now to write week recap, but let me making it up by writing a month recap, sharing with you some highlights of the month of July.
 
First of all, let me share you what I got at the beginning of July. I got these cutesy, kitschy, sequinny, sparkly, glittery Hello Kitty purses! I love sequinned bags, I love Hello Kitty, so both of them rolled into one bag is just putting a big smile on my face. I had been eyeing these babies for awhile on Instagram online shops, but when I really try to buy one, they were ALL sold out. I was disappointed, but didn't care that much, until one day, I went to lunch with my coworkers and stumbled upon a young lady in casual jeans and white shirt carrying a black, sequiny Hello Kitty bag in all bling-bling and shiny, and she looks casual and elegant and classy and edgy at the same time! The real purse was waaaaayyyyy much better looking (or for some people, tacky looking) in real life than in pictures that I saw on Instagram. I said to myself right at that momen: "LeeAnne, you have to have that, or you will regret it for the rest of your life."
 
However, I searched all over the Instagram olshop in Indonesia, and all of them have sold out. I could not find even one bag left, in any color. I was totally devastated. OK, I might sound like an overgrown drama queen, and it felt like that. On Saturday, I went to the mall with my husband and son. Hubby wanted to purchase some new games for his PS3. I got bored waiting for him and wandered with Michael to a clothing store. It's been there forever, and I have been to the mall like a hundred times, but I never entered that particular store. And there it is! Sparkling like tinsel that decorates the Christmas tree, as gorgeous and striking as a glittery disco ball, held by a manequin: this most impractical looking silver beauty...
 
 
 
Really, picture doesn't do it justice. The Hello Kitty face is made up colorful sparkly rhinestones, and the purse is all covered with silver sequins. The size is just correct, and I love the strap. It might look impractical, but actually it can fit many many things. It's just a perfect accessory for a casual look!
 
 
I hesitated to buy it, since again, it doesn't look like a fit purse for a mid-thirty mom like me, but I couldn't get it out of my mind. I kept thinking about it after leaving the store, and after leaving the mall. And I couldn't stop thinking about it all day! So finally, in the evening after Church and after tucking Michael in with the sitter, we went back to the mall - which is conveniently located five minutes away - so I could buy the silver Hello Kitty sequin bag.
 
 
When I stepped into the store, the saleslady told me that the store is having a special this weekend: I would get 40% discount if I buy two items! That's almost half price! There was this other Hello Kitty bag, with clasp style, denim material, and white rhinestones all over it. I felt guilty to want BOTH purses, but Hubby encouraged me. "It's almost like buy one get one free, it would be a pity not to get both, " he said. So I did. And I'm very happy about it, even until today. 
 
 
My Mom would frown and say it's unsuitable. Some people would even say it's tacky. But, hey, I feel fabulous carrying this bag, I feel good! I don't know whether I will still feel comfortable carrying a Hello Kitty bag, or Hello Kitty anything really, several years from now, but up to today, Hello Kitty still makes me smile. I am so thankful that Hubby, though he doesn't care for Hello Kitty, and he couldn't see why I love Hello Kitty so much, fully support my inner-childlikeness. Thank you, Hubby!
 
July was also Indonesia's President election month. This is the first year I vote, so it's pretty special! I never voted before this year, but now since I got older, and a little bit wiser, I realized that it's my right AND responsibility to vote. Every vote matters, and even if there are only two choices which I do not like, I am still able to vote the best of the not-so-good options!


 
 
 
 At the end of July, we would be leaving for a 17-days trip to Italy. Michael would not go with us, staying with my Mom instead. Naturally, we wanted to spend as much time as possible with him before our departure. We took him for walks to nearby park every weekend, we played with him and I read to him after work. Actually it's what we've been doing all along, but this time, we really tried to live in the moment of just being with him, knowing that we won't be seeing his little cute face for 17 days, if you know what I mean. On the last weekend before leaving, I took Michael to my hometown, 45-minute by airplane, and stayed with him during the weekend. My parents, of course, were very happy to have him. They are in their seventies, so I guess it's fun to hear little voices cooing and little feet running around the house again. Look at the picture below of little Michael playing with his Grandpa! So cute, rite!
 
 
 
 
 
It was the first time of me traveling with Hubby, or doing any kind of traveling really, since our marriage, since I got pregnant right after our honeymoon. We had a wonderful time, and I guess we needed some time alone, but we missed our son very much!
 
 
Traveling the world is something that I always dreamed about, and slowly I'm beginning to realize that dream. But like Dorothy of The Wizard of Oz said at the end of the movie: "There's no place like home!"
 
 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Butterfly Garden

I was looking over my old files and found these pics! I think they're worthy of a post, so here they are! Some time ago I have cut the skirt shorter and turn it into casual wear instead of office wear.

On vanity...

Bag or shoes?

Carrie Bradshow will go for Manolos or Louboutins, of course, but I'll choose bag anytime. A bag would never hurt my feet, and it makes as strong fashion statement as a pair of shoes! Not to mention that I could carry LOTS of girlie junk inside one. Another reason? I almost always wear heels, but usually only 2-3 inches max. Four and five inches are gooooorgeous and make the legs appear super long, but to me, they don't worth the pain and the limping. Ow, and I don't care that so many fashionable women can run in them, I can not. So yeah, bag over shoes anytime for this gal.

Colorful or neutral?

As elegant as neutral look may appear to be, to me fashion is mostly about having fun. I love trying out new combination and see how they work. Sometimes they look fabulous. Sometimes they just look like I pick out my outfit while sleeping, a.k.a weird looking. But the point it: it's never boring, and I'm always having fun with my ensemble! I don't have signature look. Not that I'm trying to reach elegance personified like Audrey Hepburn - as much as I admire the lady. I just wear whatever makes me happy AND proper. There are times, of course, when I'll wear safe colors like all blacks, but that's exactly the point: even everyday cheerful, colorful look might be boring after a while. :)


On marriage...

Married or single?

Single if I were a single, married if I were married, and I AM married now. Hahaha! The thing is, have you ever thought about high school or childhood years and think that those were the best years of your life, but no amount of money in the world will be enough to pay you to go back there again because the best time is right here and now? It's like that with me. I still think that my single years were great and fun and much less complicated AND easier than my married life. There are many times when I lamented: "I wish I were single again, it's so much more fun!" But, there are many many times - especially when my husband is being really loving and sweet - when I realized that I didn't really mean it and THIS is the stage that God is placing me now, so it must be the best thing for me right now.

Children or no children?

I know some people who never want to have any children. On the other hand, I know people who desperately want to have children, and they don't have any. Again, for me, it's up to the Lord. I don't feel pressured to have children, but I'm not against having children. My husband wants children, but he doesn't want to put any pressure on me, or on our marriage. We talked before we got married, that we would leave that matter to God. Update: we have a child now, Michael, whom we love very much. And of course, we would trade having him with anything or any situation in the whole world!

Batik flared skirt (find similar here, here)
Forever21 striped top (find here)
Rufled black jacket (find similar here)
Multicolor flower necklace (find similar here, here, here)
Multicolor butterfly necklace (find similar here, here, here)
Bow earrings (find similar here, here)
White heels (find sensible version here, platform here, stiletto here, kitten heels here)


On lifestyle...

Country or big city?

I'm a cityslicker at heart. I enjoy nature and the country, but I love the hazzle and bussle of city life, not to mention the convenience and the vast array of entertainment, museums, shows, shops, choices and opportunities big city life has to offer. It has its own drawbacks, of course, like the traffic and pollution, but it's something I'm willing to cope with.

Lucky for me, I live in a suburb close to the city part. The suburb is like an independent city in itself, with all necessities one might need to live on daily basis: hospitals, schools, beauty parlors, malls, theaters, restaurants, cafes, basically everything the glam and glitters of downtown. Best of all: minimum traffic jam, which is a very appealing quality rare to find in Jakarta. I cannot imagine living any other part of the city.



 
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Monday, August 4, 2014

Toddler Activity: Keeping Your Toddler Occupied


If you are a mom with toddler, or toddlers, you must know those times when you were trying to prepare dinner, or eating dinner, or taking a bath, or putting on your makeup, and you have a fuzzy one-year-old hugging your legs and refuse to let go. Ow, and the toddler was yelling and crying too for you to pick him or her up.

Have you had those experience?

I did. Lots.

Here I will share with you what I did to help me stay sane and be able to finish whatever it was I was doing at the moment, and keep the little one happily occupied at the same time. Well, at least, it had gone well for the past month or so.

What is that?

I'd call it Mommy Poppins bag!

When we were little, didn't we enjoy playing treasure hunt and finding treasure chest? Well, the principle is the same. My son is always curious about bags, purses, pouches, drawers, cupboards, and whatever is inside them. I found that he will forget about hugging Mommy's legs and get busy instead hunting inside Mommy's bag. Or drawer. Or pantry cupboard. Whatever.

Here, my caramel messenger bag kept him busy while I was putting on makeup before taking a Sunday stroll at a nearby mall.


And here, he was searching God-knows-what inside Mommy's purse while I was having dinner after work. I found that by just leaving a small gap, just enough for his hand, the "play" would be more challenging and keep him busy much longer that if I just let the purse wide open for him to dig around. 


He doesn't even care that it's a Hello Kitty bag and Hello Kitty is not for boys.
Mommy can enjoy her dinner! Yahoo!!


Even my small phone pouches delighted him and he just played nicely on the floor while I was preparing his diaper bag.


And after the outing, again, he threw everything out from inside his diaper bag, and then after the diaper bag is empty, he was satisfied to play with Mommy's phone pouch while Mommy was preparing family lunch.


Mommy was taking shower, so I just let Michael dig around my dresser drawer, full to the brim with our family's toiletries and bath supplies. I took away anything than can potentially turn into disaster such as razor blades, anything sharp or pointy, and anything breakable, of course. And I also made sure to put something big and heavy so he cannot close the drawer and hurt his little fingers. So Mommy could have her shower and came out sweet smelling, while Michael was happily playing around with packs of toothpaste, bar soaps, pots of creams and lotions. ^__^

And he loves rummaging around Mommy's food pantry, too!

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