Beatitude, lifestyle

May Beatitude 2017

I think a little throwback won’t hurt, will it?

Time has passed really fast, earth has revolved for million of times, and here you are still breathing and reading this page. Let’s take a moment to be a little grateful of things that we have had, pennies that we have earned, and loves that we have received.

Honestly this is the first time I started to write about things that I simply adore for each month and I thought May would be a great month to start with. I have several things that had been the most used stuff in May, I just loved it so much and I wanted to share it with you.

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True Blue Spa from Bath & Body Works has a very refreshing scent which could captivate you in tropical ambience. This refreshing citrus body scrub has sugar crystals textures which could tickle your skin. I might say this scrub is different than the others because of its unique textures.

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Although it might look a bit watery inside but you can still find the abundance of sugar crystals inside. This is funny but honestly, it smells like lemon you might have always smelled in toilets at mall or perhaps your lemon car scent. However I still love this one.

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Ocean Blue Mist from Candle-Lite has been a super good friend for accompanying my whole weekend in May. Its calming and sweet scent really matches with True Blue Spa scrub. Just ignite the candle and breathe as much as you want to.

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I think my life has always been filled with books. Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close is a book about how a group of girls start worrying their marriage since they feel like everyone they know is getting married. This book tells the readers in three different perspectives where you need to be super sane that you are actually shifting into a different perspective. Why so? Because sometimes I never realized that I was actually shifting into Lauren’s perspective though Close uses third party point of view.

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This National Bestseller book has a very interesting way in delivering the humors which you can relate so much thus it is really recommended to fill your weekend.

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My favorite song in May is I Like Me Better by Lauv. Its unique instrument which sounds like Persian flute (perhaps?) is really ear-catching and Lauv’s soothing voice really stimulates the song into a perfect combination. I remember the first time I heard Lauv’s song ‘Comfortble’ was from Connor Franta’s compilation ‘Common Culture’.

Those are my favorites in May 2017. I had so much fun writing this blogpost and I hope you enjoyed reading this too. What are your favorite stuffs in May? Tell me yours and let’s have a conversation in the comment box below. Have a great weekend! ❤


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7 Caption Personalities You Should Try on Instagram

Never have you ever feel flustered or even anxious to think about the perfect caption for your Instagram picture? Or maybe you are confused to decide what kind of personality you have for a caption on Instagram?

Worry No More!

I have tons of ideas to inspire your creativity in writing captions on Instagram and I am pretty sure you will be head over heels in love with them. Well, hopefully. However! There is only one thing to bear in mind that captions on Instagram are better relatable to the picture you upload. I have seen a lot of people posting pictures (e.g: selfie with duck face) but their caption says something opposite (e.g: broken heart quotes) –which I find it irritating.

You are a beautiful creature with a beautiful mind, I have always wanted to see that everyone is aware with that. Why sharing hatred and sorrow if you are still able to share happiness. Here are seven personalities that may inspire your writing proficiency on Instagram pictures:

1. The Poet

Who says poems are only for melancholic people? Not at all. If you have tons of vocabularies in your head, recognize those words from Shakespeare, or even have 3 or more language proficiencies, then poems might be good for you since I believe you can play with words. Sometimes I like to write poetic captions but I do not want my Instagram audience to interpret me as a melancholic blogger, thus I make fun of the poem in the end.

2. The Joker

Don’t take pictures too serious. It might have philosophy or metaphor or anything but seriously, chill. You only need to see every inch of the picture you have whether there is something to be mocked at or not. If there is, make fun of it and let your friends’ comments rolling on the box.

I swear my eyes were opened👀

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3. The Forecaster

Remember that basic conversation you mostly have with a stranger? Something that talks about how hot or rainy the day is. Well you can put that to your caption. Go outside, take a picture and tell your followers how perplexed you are with the weather and be the forecaster of your own state of mind.

I have no idea whether this picture represents summer or winter or autumn or spring.

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4. The Story Teller

Seriously, we mostly do not do things on purpose but somehow it happens because it happens. If you ever have those kind of moments, you can write them as caption and engage your followers’ attention about how weird your day has been.

took a long sip and unintentionally spent a hot cup of lattè in the cold rainy dusk☕️

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5. The Stargazer

Cassiopeia, Canopus, Alnilam, Castor, and every single star or constellation you have ever heard. If you are that kind of person who likes to gaze at the moonlight and the starry skies in the middle of the night, pick one constellation and tell them how you feel about it. Or if you have a crush on someone, you may correlate it a little with the touch of metaphor.

It was dusk, too late for sunset, too early for stars

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6. The Food Enthusiast

Food porns on Instagram, totally common! But that’s how it works. This is a phase where people let the foods chill because they are busy to take picture of it for 15 minutes. However, that’s the way it is. I usually give a caption about how tasty or bad the food is and/or even mock at my own hypocrisy.

when salad hits you hard🍀

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7. The Reviewer

When you love something, you share. When you hate something, you share. Basically, you are either reviewing your own life or someone’s life. But in this case, I am going to show my reviewer attitude towards a cafe I visited. It depends on how informative you want yourself to be but please bear in mind that Social Media ethic does exist.

That’s all I can get for you, guys! I compiled those captions on my Instagram which I thought it could widen your inspiration to be more creative yet enticing to attract more engagement of your followers. Remember that what you write is what you are in people’s perspective from social media. Then spread the love instead of hatred and sorrow. Have a nice weekend, guys! 🙂


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Summerbird (Bed and Brasserie): Was I Impressed?

Hello, Guys! Who likes to stroll around the city and look for new places? If you do, I have this one coming up for you!

Basically, this is the first post of “Odysseia” where I will start reviewing hidden gems in the cities or even countries I visit. Can I say yay to that for the very first post?

I was introduced by my friend to have a visit to this Bed and Brasserie located in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. I was welcomed with vintagely cute interior. From that perspective, I might say that this place is better for youth.

The staffs are really nice and understanding which made me feel comfortable to stay longer for small talk with friends and photos indeed.


I ordered two coffees, a lattè and a cappuccino. I was expecting for some artsy foam on top but nope, just a cup of coffee. I didn’t order much since I was quite stuffed, I only ordered one mixed platter which has sausage, calamary, wedges, and onion rings in it. It tasted fine but a bit tasteless to me. More spices would be great.


SummerBird also has hotel in the upstairs with various rates. I didn’t stay but I loved to see the corridor with the vines which gave the homey look because they don’t have 20 rooms or above like hotels you always notice in general.

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The tables for its cafe are not only downstairs but they are also available in upstairs along with the rooms. The vintage look of its cafe made me feel want to stay longer for another sip of coffee but unfortunately, the foods I ordered was fine but not outstanding.

To sum it up, here’s what I think about Summer Bird for my first impression.

Ambience (9 out of 10)
Food and Beverage (8 out of 10)
Service (9.5 out of 10)

Impression (8.8 out of 10)

Have you ever been here or interested enough to visit? Share what you think through the comment below. I will also do another reviews for Odysseia. I can’t wait to do it further! Thanks for reading ❤


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8 Things I Desperately Should Have in My Bag

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Should I take this? Should I take that? or Should I take them all?

Yes, I know this feeling too well! Sometimes I also end up taking all things that I thought would probably be crucial but actually not. But it was me before I started to realize what I should really keep in my bag all the time. I got 10 things from the most prioritized to less, so here they are!

1. Wallet

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It scares me out too often if I don’t find my wallet in my bag. This is utterly the most prioritized one. I think this one matches with you too.

2. Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre

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Since the daylight hits the skin of my face pretty often and it usually sweats in the middle of the day, powder is absolutely my first weapon to get rid the oily face which bothers me the most.

3. Girlactik Lip Matte

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If you are a lover of lip matte by Girlactik then we must be besties! I utterly like the matte texture, the smell, the duration time of how it goes to matte and lasts. My favorite is Allure and Demure.

4. The Body Shop Red Musk Brume Parfumeé

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Body odor is utterly unacceptable to me. The smell of sunlight and sweat that turn into some random smell that you know too well, okay, I don’t want to explain it further.

5. Marks & Spencer China Blue Moisturizing Hand & Nail Cream

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I really love the smooth texture of this hand cream. It smells and feels really good whenever I massage it onto hands and nails after washing hands. For more specific, it smells like the combination of floral cream and soap.

6. Tom Riddle Journal

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This is mysteriously black journal that you might have seen in Harry Potter, which also belongs to Tom Riddle a.k.a you-know-who. I write about everything in that book. It’s not a diary. I’m not a diary person, I usually write schedules and agendas that I need to do since I think writing can make my memory longer rather than typing.

7. Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Hand Gel

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Before and after eating, this one is crucial.

Sooo, that’s all I have in my bag though I still have more but those are things that I really need the most and I never left them out of my radar. Did you find the same things in your bag too? If you did, wonderful! I think we are twins. Share what you have in your bag on the comment below because I would like to know about yours as well. Thanks for reading!


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New Year’s Tropical Eve Party at Ocha & Bella

Happy New Year 2017!

I hope you guys had a great year in 2016 and I wish you tons of luck for the next 12 months. Cheers for bright future!!

It’s been a while I had not posted a blog-post since decades perhaps and I am truly sorry for that since college has been hitting me really hard lately. But it’s now 2017! Forget about the past because you now have a blank paper to write on with new things. Well, this time before welcoming 2017, I would like to share some little experience I had in the last two hours of 2016.

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I had a chance to attend the Tropical New Year BBQ Party at the restaurant of Morissey Hotel, Ocha & Bella, accompanied by my sister as usual. The ambience was very Hawaiian since all the staffs were wearing floral shirts and casual short pants. Whereas I decided to look more different than the others, black and white outfit as usual.

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I wore knit dress from Mango, followed by black trouser by Suite Blanco. And for the headscarf and accessories from The Executive. Last but not least, sling bag and high heels are from Charles and Keith.

The party went really fun until my sister’s coupon number was called and happened to receive the lucky draw. She won a dine-in voucher worth for 500 IDR. Later after that, my coupon number was called too. I didn’t even notice what gift I was actually receiving but when I came up to the stage, they handed me a bottle of white wine as a gift. If only I could drink, I might decide to open table for all the attendants here.

We savored the tropical party until the clock pointed at 12. Everyone stood up, blew the trumpets loudly and kissed each other. Very romantic for those who brought their partner. Very romantic.

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So, that’s how I spent the new year’s eve of 2017. Everyone was outside enjoying the fireworks, hoping for magnificent moments to happen in 2017. I hope everyone had so much fun in the new year’s eve. Once again, happy new year 2017! 🙂


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Celebration of “Fall in New York” by Kate Spade New York

This Wednesday, I was invited to attend the Fall Collection Preview 2016 by Kate Spade New York at Plaza Senayan, Indonesia. The evening of styling, shopping and celebration of Fall in the store of Kate Spade NY was really exciting and they really hit the nail in the head!

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As I was about to enter the entrance of the store, I was warmly welcomed by Stephanie. She gave me two tickets for photo booth since I was being accompanied by a friend of mine. After I had entered the store, I looked around and saw many of fashion bloggers taking pictures, videos and even doing transactions already since they couldn’t even wait any longer to make their first purchase of Kate Spade’s Fall collection.

Truthfully, their collection never changed to me. Kate Spade NY has their own designs in each of their collection, therefore, no matter how many seasons on earth, they are still being Kate Spade NY with their colorful, bright and sophisticated products.

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This section is my favorite so far since I love monochrome too much. My friends and I also didn’t miss the photo booth session. The background of Broadway mini stage gave a little scenery of Fall in New York.

Since I don’t want to miss the moment of Kate Spade’s Fall Celebration, I wore one of their bag collections and it has become my favorite one. I really enjoyed the evening with all fine people that are gathered in a store of Kate Spade NY at Plaza Senayan. Looking forward to their new collection and thanks for the invitation, Kate Spade!


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How To Take Instagrammable Picture of Your Shoes

Remember the hashtag of #FromWhereIStand? Correct. This is where people engrave their creativity on taking picture of their shoes. And today, I’m going to tell you how I do it.

                             

Mostly of my pictures on Instagram are mostly the picture of my shoes, the pictures of where I stand. I’ve been having a knack of taking picture of shoes since high school. Until one of my friends 0nce said, “Shoes. As always,”.

People might think that taking picture of shoes or legs is a piece of cake. But actually, not at all. You need to find the art in your picture. I won’t distinct people with the experts, amateurs or beginners. In my opinion, the skill of taking picture is grown by how often you do it until you could learn how to take the best picture in time. Basically, theses are pictures of my #FromWhereIStand,

I like putting the touch of nature to one of my favorite converses. Flowers, woods and leaves are few of those common things that I am really fond of.

Besides showing your shoes off, taking picture of #FromWhereIStand could also help you to show your bottom apparel, not limited to such as trousers, skirts, bags, scarfs or even watches.

Last but not least, don’t forget to look around the floor that you find artsy. There are some unique pattern of floors like I found above and I didn’t forget to take a few seconds for a picture, because who would regret it? 🙂


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Lattés You Should Try in Cafes Around South Jakarta

“I can’t go on a day without a cup of coffee,” that’s what they say. Then you definitely could go on a day for a cup of latté with these three different baristas!

So, I’ve been to five different coffee shops nearby and I decided to differentiate each of them by finding out their thing which could make people head over heals in love with their coffee. Let’s get started with the first coffee shop,

Canteen
Location: Pacific Place, Jakarta.
Price: 35 IDR

Really love the ambience of this restaurant. A classic place with classic menus. The waiter came serving the caffe latte that I ordered. And this is how they served it,

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I simply adore the tools they played for serving the coffee by concerning the consumers who perhaps don’t prefer sweet latte by separating it with liquid sugar instead of granulated sugar. For the coffee, it tasted quite more creamy than the coffee itself to me. But however, the plum cake was also very tasty, I was in love with it.

1/15 Coffee
Location: Gandaria St, Jakarta.
Price: 36 IDR

I was introduced to this coffee shop by my friends. This place was come up with the term of ‘they say’.  When I found myself in the downstairs of this place, I found it really messy. The first thought that came out was, “maybe it is under-construction”. I went upstairs and found the real ambience of 1/15 Coffee.

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This one looks much simpler than before. The barista tended to concentrate on the creativity with its coffee instead of the art of plating with basic tools. This one tasted much bitter which means this latte is a real coffee. I also like the way they claim their mug by putting the logo of 1/15 Coffee on it which is very ambitiously uniquely interesting.

Djournal Coffee
Location: Grand Indonesia, Jakarta
Price: 45 IDR

Smells of coffee were all around. The coffee enthusiasts must love it so much. In this coffee shop, the coffees are vary and it is distinguished with espresso-based or coffee-based. Because of that difference, the price is vary indeed.

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Since the beauty of coffee is relative to people, this is actually the best one to me. I like the complexity of the Djournal’s barista made for this coffee. The taste was also very balance between the bitterness and the sweetness indeed. The blue mug that they served for their coffees are actually creative to show people that their ideas are simply out-of-the-box.

That’s all for this weekend! I had so much fun visiting these coffee shops and also tasting their coffee. If you have any recommendations for another coffee shop that you want me to review, kindly contact my email (contact@stylebychia.com). Have a great weekend! 🙂


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Instagram Guide for Black & White Feed

Craving for Black and White feed on Instagram? You’re simply on the right page!

Since I have received tons of request for photo editing guide after “VSCO Filters that Fashions Bloggers Use on Instagram” has been the most hit blog-post for the last few months until now, I decided to create one instagram account for your instation (Instagram Inspiration)!

                                       

Black and white are people’s favorite monochrome colors. Until I once heard a phrase saying, “I will stop wearing black until I see darker color”.

That sounds legit.

Alright, without any pleonastic intros, I divided 3 simple steps to help you achieving the perfect instagram feed that you’ve been yearning for!

STEP 1 

Go outside, take pictures, collect moments and sift the best ones. The first photo editor I always (until it has become an obligation) use is Snapseed. For an example, I will edit a picture of coffee that I took a few weeks ago.

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I usually adjust the brightness, contrast, ambience, highlights and shadows with this photo editor because it gives the best of the best resolution of the picture you want to edit. And that’s why I love to use this app so much!

STEP 2

When you’ve got your own perfect resolution, you better move to VSCOCAM. I am definitely sure that everyone is already familiar with this app.

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For B&W feed, I prefer to use B5 filter because the color of black in this filter looks very dense. B5 is a free filter by VSCOCAM, thus you can download it anytime you want. Besides that, I usually adjust the strength of filter to +8 for maximum or +5 for minimum. And also, add a little touch of fade effect for approximately +3 or +2 if you want to lower the contrast.

STEP 3

One more step for photo editing. The last photo editor that I use is Afterlight. If you want to give a little touch of frame around your picture, you may add it for approximately +35.

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For the shape of its frame is definitely up to you. You can use round, hexagonal, triangle or anything. I prefer square because I want to accentuate more the essence of the picture not the art of the picture itself.

STEP 4

People usually post quotes to express what they’re feeling at the moment, but to me, not really. I use quotes to intensify the aesthetic touch for my instagram feed. Thus, I usually keep several quotes on my phone before uploading it.

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After the picture has been perfectly edited, now it’s time for you to adjust your instagram feed. I wanted to create a chess feed, and I finally found the pattern for this feed, :

with frame + no frame + with frame + no frame + quote + no frame + with frame + no frame + with frame

But however, you can imagine it by yourself for your own perfect feed. And this is how mine looks like,

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Voila! Interested enough to do the following guides? If you are, you can get yourself updated with the latest instagram feed on @lefleurenoire because I will update more new filters with different aesthetics for your instation! 🙂


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Curated List at Spring for Spring!

I was recently introduced to Spring. Spring is a great mobile shopping which was established in 2013 in New York. I just bumped into their app and I thought I had something great to share with you all!

The most beautiful season is coming. Thus, the beauty of you is coming as well!

I decided to create a wishlist that consists of fantastic accessories which can be easily found at shopspring.com. Let’s get started with the glasses ❤

This Leonard Half Half Cream with Silver Mirrored Lenses made my eyes wide opened. This handmade glasses from Italy will very look great for Spring.

Now, we’re moving to this adorable watch by EIGHTYNINE. The EIGHTYNINE collection DNM 014 timepiece is built with an American denim strap with crisp white face and rose gold plated finish. I think it is very convenient for Spring.

I have a crush on these rose square, silver circle & gold hex midi rings from Bing Bang Jewelry. They just look as perfect as this upcoming Spring.

I love this set of 3 nested pouches by Calvin Klein. They look simple but fancy at the same time.

Scarf is something that I always wear everyday. This Claudia Scarf by Cienne NY is one of my favorites

YEAP! That’s all I have for Spring’s Wishlist at Spring. Which one is your favorite? 🙂


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