Showing posts with label My Style. Show all posts
Showing posts with label My Style. Show all posts

September 05, 2014

Old V

Another round of giveaway from Oh La Vintage!
I present this giveaway, for you, vintage lovers. So there will be 3 lucky winners that will each win a piece of top from Oh La Vintage!

How to join? Simple!
1.  Simply answer: What makes vintage so interesting for you?
2. Follow Oh La Vintage and my (Sabila Anata) instagram account ( for extra points)

Leave the answer in the comment box below, with an additional explanation if you have followed the instagram accounts for extra point.

Oh La Vintage lace top // Handmade batik cape // Forever21 floppy hat // Kenka Footmate shoes

August 28, 2014

A big leap

 So, it has been 2,5months since my last post and i feel very disappointed of myself. 
Well i do have a very strong reason why i have been away for sooo long feeling like it has been an eternity.
So if you have been following my instagram , you might already know the whole reason because i've been documenting my trip there. Well whoops there you go, i've been on a trip. 
It's not that 1 kind of a vacation trip, it's a mission trip. A trip in the battle ground. A trip that brought the name of our country, Indonesia.
So to be clear, me and my team have been a representative of Indonesia, presenting Indonesia's culture, worldwide.

 I haven't made it loud and clear before in this blog, because i planned to create an awesome story from the documentations of this mission. I was sure i am going to come back with a priceless story to tell, but more than that, a new point of view that i would love to share. In this case, i did. 

"I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him." -Abraham Lincoln

I was on a cultural mission to the United States of America with my team, Komunitas Tari FISIP Universitas Indonesia for nearly 5 weeks (this explains my long absence) bringing in Indonesia's traditional dances (over 14 different dances) and music. 
What did we do? Well it is implicitly explained in the word "cultural mission" itself. Simply, we presented Indonesia's unique & diverse culture to the world. Specifically, we want Indonesia to be seen as a country that is rich, rich with its cultures. Too bad it isn't something that the world is aware of. The world knows Indonesia as the 4th most populated country in the world, and also one of the most corrupted country (from my 5 weeks stay in the USA, most civil people knows Indonesia as this). Oh and for Bali. But were they aware that Indonesia is actually culturally diverse & rich? Well that was the mission. To open the eyes of the world, to something that people might not see somewhere else outside Indonesia. The cultures belong to us, and it is one of our belongings that we should be most proud of. Make sure that the world admits it as we do too.

 And i'm pretty sure that there is this 1 thing that u miss from this blog. The fashion posts! 
I think i'll be enjoying more neutral looks since i've been drowned in so many colors and patterns and bling blings for the past 5 weeks due to the beautiful traditional Indonesian costumes & make up i've been putting on. But i don't assure that it is me if i'm going too neutral, i need a small doze of spirit in it. That's why i added some metallic accessories (still with a neutral tone)!
The metallic accents did make this look looks more alive, and catchy. But i planned to get you all jealous in a short moment....

I am not a jeans type of person anymore, because i find it more comfortable & in style with trousers, and trousers became my everyday best friend in college. I don't know what kind of magic thingy it does, but no matter how lazy you tend to dress up, you will never look undressed with trousers. That is my main reason why i love wearing trousers to college. I do have a lot in patterns and colors because all you need to pair with it is a plain blouse or t-shirt, but i also didn't forget to stock ones with neutral colors to match it up with something more eye shocking.
Anyway, here's the part where i'm going to get you all jealous. So apparently i'm wearing my best buy items. This satchel mini bag, was founded in a thrift store called Savers in Salt Lake City, Utah for only... $4. The gold belt & statement bracelet was from a big sale in H&M, the belt costs me $7 from the original price $18, while the bracelet only costs me $1.5. Finally, the white trousers was randomly bought at Pasar Senen. I just love getting great deals :)
So Los Angeles and New York was one of our destination in the trip, and what makes summer & USA a great combination is its crazy summer sale! You just couldn't believe how low the prizes were... But no i didn't shop like there was no tomorrow because apparently i had some trouble with my baggage being overweight and the fact that i have to pay <$80 if it did got overweight. So, i shopped what needed to be shopped.

What became so amazing is that it feels like i got new eyes, new thoughts, and a new self somehow from this whole thing. I feel more respect to everything going on. USA is nothing close to Indonesia, from its people, its political system, its laws, its cultures, and its believes. So it was like filling in something that used to be a hole in myself. My thoughts became wiser, my point of view became wider, and it just awakens me somehow in some parts of myself. New ideas were coming and new plans were listed. 

With all its negativity, it takes a big leap to love & be proud of this country. U might have to dig deeper to find the gold, that valuable "moment" that can make a turn back and make us love this country more than ever. Eventually, I found that gold. We are culturally rich, admitted by the world. I have never experienced such moment where a bunch of crowd who are not quite aware of our country's existence, stood on their feet with their hands clapping and their mouth whistling to a performance originally created from Indonesia. 

Vintage top // H&M gold belt & statement bracelet // Thrifted trousers // Mossimo satchel bag // DnC mary jane shoes

at the Indonesian Embassy, Washington DC, USA

It's quite impossible for me to tell the whole story in 1 post, because it just isn't enough. So i planned to divide it into some parts later on. The photos are scattered everywhere in so many cameras so probably it'll take me a while to collect them all, but i promise to share the completest version here. Since this became a life journal & somehow a portfolio for myself, i do want to share all of my moments here, for me someday to look back and be grateful for the life i have. 
For a quick view, the trip was divided into 4 places that we went. LA, Utah, Washington DC, then NY (from the west to the east coast) for 5 weeks. The cultural festival itself was held in the state of Utah for around 3,5 weeks in 3 cities; Springville, Bountiful, and Salt Lake City. New places, new stories. Do wait for the stories! ;)

May 31, 2014


Is fashion constructed? Is it authoritative?
Some general thoughts have popped up in my mind about this whole ongoing life.
As i see in this modern age, people tend to be very fashionable and the market flows very quickly, that’s great. But the thing is, why do they tend to be very alike? What form of “power” controls these trends? Who defines “good fashion”?
Well we know that fashion & style is a part of the concrete, tangible, complicated and symbolic process of forming the self, identity, and social relations of a person (this was generalized by the famous quote “you are what you wear”). But can it also be twisted around that fashion itself is also constructed by some “power” that has the ability to do so?
GAP top // Handmade batik skirt // Forever21 headpiece // Pull&Bear mini sling bag // Nine West pumps

I can somehow relate all of these self made questions to a communication theory called the symbolic interaction theory (i just love how all the things i’m learning in my major can be related to so many things in life). It is stated that social reality is constructed, where reality is a collective hunch. How does a person know if they’re funny or not? Sometimes you don’t know, sometimes you go through life suspecting you are but never really knowing for sure, or sometimes you know for sure because so many people telling so. If i replace the question with fashion, how do you know whether a fashion trend, collection, even style is good or not? Well, i generally conclude that the way you define it is a reflection by how others define it, you know for sure because so many people telling so, a collective hunch. So does this mean that there was never an objective line that defines good and bad fashion? And this was all socially constructed?

 If fashion was a “governance” will it be authoritative? Who runs it? I believe, the media. Internet is also the media, a form of new media. Powerful media controls the fashion cycle itself, the trends and those who define “good fashion”. From an assumption of media ecology, it is believed that media has the power to form our point of view about the world, it constructs our minds. So no wonder that people tend to “accept”, “agree” and “follow” the fashion contents in fashion magazines and other form of fashion medias. Have you ever wondered why a fashion statement could become so trendy but actually  there’s nothing special about it, but so many people somehow wears it, and probably you somehow starts to wear it too? Well that’s the power of media, and the power of a collective hunch. That is what drives the market and creates similarity in every store. In the end, the alternatives are not diverse. So unconsciously, our “freedom of choice” is limited by this phenomenon and our picks are driven by the trends.

Well i see this whole phenomena as something really cool though. That well, we have to admit that we fashion enthusiast are unconsciously being the "puppets" of media. Somehow this is natural, because 90% of human behaviors and actions are actually done unconsciously. So it's just as same as being humans :)

May 20, 2014

The treasure hunt

I see vintage advertisements as an art piece. In the old times, advertisements were done manually, with hands, ink, and paper. So that is why i highly appreciate them. The ads tend to be full with illustrations & words which makes it more upfront and explicit. That is why it's always fun to pay attention to a single old ad. It's just like reading out of a story book. The other extra factor that grabbed my heart is that "happiness" and "funny" feeling they try to channel through the illustrations.The characters were always illustrated in a happy gesture, as if it pictures how they felt with the brand.

I do remember my dad getting home bringing some framed old ads. I couldn't remember where he got it because it was a pretty long time ago. From that moment, i realized that a piece of ad was highly appreciated and turns out to be a form of everlasting art. 
Ads these days tend to turn 180 degrees, where the great ads are actually the simple implicit ones. While the highly animated colorful ads with taglines that kinda sounds like "hungry? eat me!" or "use me to be pretty" ends up to be just an ad. I don't think i'll have the idea to hang them up on my walls. 
But the digital advertising era tend to also wow me. I guess it's more challenging to control technology rather than controlling your own hands. I was highly grateful that i have been "investing" some technology skills (read: photoshop skills) way before it hit me, realizing me that this skill will somehow become handy.
I try to upgrade them by learning more, from some of the experts. The more i learn, the more challenging it gets.
Nowadays, people were made to "think more". It is clearly seen in how great ads were made. The simpler and the more implicit an ad gets, the greater it is. And that drives people to think more. The complexity of an ad is not formed in its visualization anymore, but in its un-visualizedd message (that we have to figure out ourselves) and the whole process of creating the ad itself. So it's just like a treasure hunt game!

 Esprit turtle neck top // Martiga floral shorts // Dnc Hologram shoes // Hens Necklace // Vintage hat // Vintage bag

Speaking of treasure hunt, this whole old books setting reminds me of a library scene in the National Treasure movie! I really fascinate super old architectures and interiors, just like old library buildings.The dull colors combination of the books are just so... genuine. The victorian era inspired carves, the cracking sound of old wooden floor, the smell and texture of old lusty books, and the silence that deepens our minds into the books.
I don't know why i adore the atmosphere and objects of old eras so much. Perhaps because it was so different than all of these modern technologies i "eat" everyday that makes it very peculiar. That's it, peculiar.

May 11, 2014

A movie night

A 40s movie night out with the most awesome crew!

 Vintage top // Zara skirt // Celine Vintage bag // Nine West shoes

 Let me introduce you, the creative team of Pekan Komunikasi 2014! The hands and brains behind all of the visual creativity

May 01, 2014

Shabuya Shibuya

I love it how imaginations let me discover the world, let me have thrilling adventures.
So this time, my imaginations let me have a stroll to Shibuya!

Topshop baroque pants // Unbranded top // Picnic gold cape // DnC hologram shoes // Hens necklace



Where should we go next?