Wednesday, March 4, 2015

On Film #1

















I finally got my film developed! These are the pictures I took back in December last year, the first two are just random pictures I took before leaving San Francisco to my hometown, but most of them are from my trip to Jogjakarta (more here and here). I was so giddy for the results and now they're here!

What do you think?

-Sophia

Sunday, March 1, 2015

February Loves


It's officially March! Which means it's time for me to talk about things that I've been loving in February.

1. Sweet Grapefruit Soy Candle by P. F. Candle Co.
I got this candle back in November on Black Friday and I just realized I've never mentioned it before. It's citrusy and fresh but it's definitely not overpowering.

2. Forever 21 Nail Color in Mauve
I got this nail polish because I'm just bored with the colors that I currently have, I wanted something more low key and well, neutral. So when I went to Forever 21 to buy something to wear on Chinese/Lunar New Year (even though I end up not doing anything that day) I saw their nail polishes on the cashier and this color grabbed my attention. It dries quickly even though it doesn't last that long on my nails.

3. Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color in Cherry Bomb
On one random morning, I decided to dab Cherry Bomb on my lips instead of applying it on like I do with my other lipstick and whoa, I love it. It's a red-ish berry color and I think it's a nice way to give some color to my face because I tend to go with subtle colors on my cheeks.

I asked my parents for a huge tote for Christmas  which I love, it fits everything I need for my classes – and I used to use a small card holder as my wallet, which instantly got lost in this bag so I switched to my actual wallet that's a little too big for my other smaller bags. So I got a smaller wallet that can hold everything I need without being too bulky and it's the perfect size that fits amazingly into my smaller bags.

5. A Year of Mornings
I mentioned this book on my last post, I've been flipping through it constantly and I can't get over how nice it is!

6. iPhone 6
Finally, after 5 years, I decided it's time for an upgrade. I love my iPhone 4 with all my heart but it's time to go. Definitely in love with this one, the camera is so much nicer (not as nice as other phones, but nice enough for me). I'm still looking for a proper case for it though.

So on that Chinese New Year shopping trip, I got more than just nail polish from Forever 21 (wow, I've been loving forever 21 this month. But hey,  what can I say, they're stepping up their game) I saw this trench coat and that day the store had 40% off everything in the store so I got this lightweight trench coat. It's very simple and basic, no lining whatsoever, but the weather is really nice here right now and it's a perfect outerwear. I'll definitely going to wear it on a post soon! (100% can't find my remote and got a new one)

Okay, I think I mentioned that I really wanted to get my hands on the Cereal magazine so bad on the post where I talked about A Year of Mornings. I went to their website and I found the Journal section of it, which is basically their blog, and oh to the m to the g, it's beautiful! So many beautiful photographs and articles on it and I can't tell you how often I go to their website to find inspiration pictures for moodboards and just for fun in general, go visit it!

What have you been loving this month?

-Sophia

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Thoughts on: A Year of Mornings





This book spent a good week or two on my cart while I was debating with myself wether I should get it or not. I finally make the decision that I should definitely buy it, I mean it was pretty cheap (yay to secondhand books!). I've been trying to find a good book or magazine that will inspire me and my photography for quite a while now. Sure there are plenty of them on the internet, but I prefer flipping through images than looking at them on my computer which I'll forget and delete sooner or later.

Thoughts on the book...
It's a lot smaller than I thought it would be (6"x8") but it is filled with beautiful photographs that was taken by two friends who lived 3191 miles apart (you can read more about them on their website). The concept of this book is brilliant: taking a picture every day before noon. The photographs are gorgeous, so many new ideas popped into my mind while I was studying the pictures, new angles, composition, colors, textures, everything. The layout is pretty interesting, it's nothing like anything I've seen before; a lot of negative space (which I don't mind) but some of the pictures are just too small. But overall, I'm glad I bought the book. 

I find it so inspiring, a picture every morning of a whole year, that can't be easy! Who knows, maybe I'll give it a go (and probably fail, haha). If you're getting one of these, I'd say get a used book or just see the newer ones the site.

Do you have any recommendations on what book I should get next time?

-Sophia

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Smells Like Home



Ahhh, here's a random post of the week for you. First of all, Happy Valentine's Day! What are you up to? Spending the day with special someone? Or like me, doing my homework and sipping tea, enjoying the "calm" week (not too many assignments this week, hurrah!) Secondly, bad news, I lost my camera remote. I've been searching all over my room but I still can't find it, it's so frustrating. And it's also the reason I haven't post any OOTD's, I'll try to do a major room clean up again and hopefully I can find it this time. I'm sure some of you know how important that little remote is when it comes to taking pictures *sigh. Okay, that's enough, let's go straight to what the post is about.

I brew a cup of coffee last week and the smell instantly reminded me of home. After not seeing my family for almost a whole year and then only to see them just for a short month, I have to say, it was not enough. When I got back to San Francisco, I suddenly felt really lonely, it was just too quiet and I got bored really quickly. It was the little things that got me the most; the sound of my dad watching TV at night at the living room while I try to sleep in the bedroom my sister and I share, or simply having great company around to talk to. Studying abroad can suck sometimes. Because I felt particularly homesick that day, I decided to do something that reminded me of home: brewing a cup of coffee. Which does help (it's a little bit embarrassing to say that, it's not even a whole month yet); the smell calms me down and on the plus side, it tasted amazing  even though I became incredibly alert and hyper for the next few hours.

So again, happy Valentin's Day, tell someone you love them and grateful for them. And don't just on Valentine's day, everyday is a good day to appreciate one another.

Have a wonderful day!

-Sophia

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Around The Interwebs



I've always love reading Audrey's blog and everything was captured in the most gorgeous ways!

You see, I'm turning 20 this year (this October to be exact) and I feel old. I know, I know, 20 is not old but I love saying "-teen" when someone asked how old I am and look at the surprised face they always make (I look older than I actually am and I accept it). I really enjoy reading this post (or anything that Zanita wrote, really) and I'll make my 20s count for sure.

I've never really think about reasons why I love blogging and after being almost a whole month away from the internet (thanks to the horrible connection in Indonesia), I was trying to catch up with posts that I missed and I'm so glad I read this post because I basically agree on everything that Sofia mentioned, especially the last one!  

I. Want. Hawaii. Hawaii has always been on my "places to visit" list because the culture and the beaches seem so different than what we have in Bali. After seeing these beautiful pictures from Gary Pepper, I want to go to Hawaii even more! 

My goodness, I'm so glad EsteĆ© from EssieButton mentioned them (I don't remember where) but those girls know how to put outfits together!! 

What's your favorite thing that you find the internet lately?

-Sophia