HI FROM MUMBAI

This early February 2017, I’ve got the chance to visit India for the second times.

Lots have happened in 2017 already, and it’s only February. I’ve had career switch and move office. Lucky me, I’ll be doing what I love the most. Yes, I have a new career in beauty business, people! 

One day at new office, and I left to Mumbai for business trip. Between meetings and visiting LAKME FASHION WEEK (LFW) at Jio Garden, I’ve had a good time trying local food and did some sightseeing. 

Here are some pics from my trip.

Trident BKC (stands for Bandra Kurla Complex) infinity swimming pool. Unfortunately, there were some constructions going on the building right in front of the pool. So yeah, no swimming for me. 

My first show at LFW.

LFW Finale Show at Bandra Fort, when they transformed this old fort into a magical forest for Anita Dongre’s Summer/Resort 2017 Collection. Beautiful sets of dresses and tunics, indeed.

My first ever encounter with Bollywood’s famous actress, who’s also the Brand Ambassador for LAKME, Kareena Kapoor Khan (on the middle).

Me at The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Opened in 1903, almost most of the British Royals have stayed here. I can’t even imagine this beautiful historical building was attacked by terrorists back in 2008. 

Local exotic food from a hipster restaurant named Soda Bottle Openerwala. Fusion food between Indian and Iranian food at their best.

Masala Pepsi. Yes, they put masala in everything. LOL.

Prawn Patio with Buns.

At St Regis Hotel

Overall trip was beyond my expectation, in good and bad terms. The good: weather was nice, actually kind of cold at night. Vintage buildings got me…like all the time! (see my instagram @shintarosvita). 

The bad: the traffic. Coming from Jakarta where traffic was also bad, but the honking session in Mumbai is at another level. They seriously honk…a lot…. And for those who have Ornithophobia (fear of birds), I am warning you….birds are everywhere. 

Tips: rent a car with driver, it’s safer to go around with windows closed at all times to protect yourself from beggars which sometimes appear and stuck their faces on the car’s window. Seriously, they need to do something with these beggars. 

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WHAT TO DO IF YOU ONLY HAVE ONE FULL DAY IN YOGYAKARTA?

Last week I had a very short trip to Yogyakarta with my colleagues at work. It was fun, considering the last time I went to Yogyakarta was about 10 years ago. It wasn’t even Yogyakarta, I went to Magelang for Thierry Mugler’s event, back then in my editors’ days. 

I had no expectations at all, so I might say..I was quite surprised with this super short trip. Me and my colleagues decided to do culinary stuff and just chill with no ambitious itinerary. We stayed at Greenhost Boutique Hotel, a small hotel with a seriously instagramable lobby. Even when we arrived at night, it looks cool. This is an eco-friendly hotel, so expect no hand towels, and no hair dryer. If you tried to dry your hair with your own hair dryer, the electricity in your room will go down. And never mind the air conditioner, it wasn’t a cold chilly room. Expect: ‘room temperature’ temperature. 

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But, at least the room is clean, and the pillows are not smelly. 

Since the breakfast is so-so at the hotel, we decided to try ViaVia. Within walking distance from the hotel, it was a small local bakery with decent brunch.

I’ve had better brunch, but I love the ambience in this bakery. 

For lunch, we went to Gudeg Sagan. ‘Wet type’ gudeg which I love so much, with gravy and no msg. And their Beras Kencur is ‘da bomb’. These meals reminded me of my childhood, eating gudeg with my mom in Pasar Cikini, Jakarta. 

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While in Yogyakarta, we didn’t want to miss visiting Lulu Lutfi Labibi’s workshop in Kampung Pekaten. Even though we got lost on our first attempt, it was literally a beautiful kind of lost, as we went through this beautiful village with vintage houses. 

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Lulu is famous for his drapping lurik’s creation, so it was truly a sight for sore eyes visiting his boutique/workshop. And of course, his place is so instagramable! 

To more affordable shopping place, we went to Lemari Lila. In this super tiny but cute boutique, I found a lurik outer for IDR400K only. And good to know, that they only created not more than 12 pieces for one design. So, bumping into others who wore the same thing is less likely. 

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Now, off for some coffee. 

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We went to Ruang Seduh for some decent coffee. They actually have the same coffee shop in Jakarta, which I like better, because they have more snacks and bigger/nicer space. 

For dinner, we decided to go to this nice restaurant that we found accidentally when we strolled down the street back to the hotel. Mediterranea Restaurant, owned by French chef, Camille Massard Combe or well known as Chef Kamil. When we googled it, this restaurant turned out to be number one restaurant in Yogyakarta in trip advisor.

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We were surprised because their prices are just super affordable for such a nice restaurant. They have this small shop which sells jam, bread etc, inside the restaurant, which reminds me a lot of Dean & Deluca. Must try if you’re visiting Yogyakarta. 

For something to bring home, we bought Monggo Chocolate. They do have this brand in Jakarta, but in Yogyakarta, they are cheaper. I love their strawberry chocolate, but for those who are more adventurous, try their rendang or red chili chocolate!

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One tip if you want to visit Yogyakarta: rent a car, so it’s easier to drive here and there. 

See you in another travel posts!

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The collection is Renaissance arrives at Studio 54—I like to talk in more than one language. Fashion isn’t about going in just one direction; I think it’s very contemporary to have many different inspirations.

ALESSANDRO MICHELE
Gucci Creative Director

Last week I went to see Gucci’s Fall Winter 2016 private viewing cocktail party. 

And I stumbled upon these. Too bad they don’t have the Gucci Ghost version. But I love the red ones, what do you think?

Darn it! I just realised that tote matched my outfit of that day! *drool*

Even though they don’t carry the Ghost tote..they have the pouch!

This red pouch is located on the men’s section, so yeah..I explored men’s one before the ladies.

Those Princetown tartan slippers for guys is just to die for!

Then off to the ladies….

I swear to God if I don’t have to save for this year end of holiday’s trip, I’ll snag these metallic mid-heel pumps. Seriously, mid-heel is the ‘it’ height to be seen these days..what stilettos?

And last but definitely not least: the sneakers. These are the same type of sneakers that Taylor Swift worn (google them, you’ll find the pic). 

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ESCAPE IS BEAUTIFUL (part 2)

I’ll be a very happy person if Jakarta has winter like Hong Kong. Therefore all layering will be out without a sweat.

Tried my best to did OOTD while in Hong Kong and Macau. Yes, we did one day trip to Macau, which apparently ended up in a rush (literally). People, one day trip was not enough to visit Macau. There are too many beautiful sights (not talking about the sea of humans on Senado Square and Ruins of St. Paul) on unknown streets around old Macau. Definitely will visit again another time.

Here are some of my OOTD that my hubby took around HK & Macau.

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I learned that in gloomy weather, we really should amped up on brighter color for lips. 

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Thanks to my youngest boy who love museums, now I begin to like them too. At least I wasn’t swamped by sea of humans here. I felt very zen in Hong Kong Museum of History.

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Black leggings and high top sneakers are a must whenever I travel to a colder climate country. Time to wear those wools!

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Another museum visit. This time to Museu De Macau on top of the hill. Long coat and quirky sunglasses made my day.

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Crossed the busy street near Time Square, HK. Bright coloured accessories such as scarves will add a pop of fun to winter clothes (which mostly come in darker shades). 

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THERE’S ALWAYS ROOM FOR …

New sunglasses!

Now available exclusively at Optik Seis, the latest collection from Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Stella McCartney & Alexander McQueen. These 4 fashionable brands are all under the big KERING Eyewear Company, and they launched these collection earlier this month.

These two are my personal favorites:

SAINT LAURENT

BOTTEGA VENETA

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THAT PERFECT SILK SQUARES

The interpretation of the portal which featured many ‘rooms’ comes to life in Senayan City, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Only until tomorrow (Sunday, September 20, 2015) you can actually browse through Hermès iconic scarf collections: La Maison des Carrés.

Last week, I was invited to their private event, and I wandered freely around the ‘house’. They did it in a mall where they actually don’t have Hermès store, and I was surprised to see how colorful and fun the showcase was.

Hermès tattoo? Yes, please. 

Made origami’s out of Hermès printed paper.

This hammock made out of the scarves, was unfortunately for display only.

Bow ties galore.

Boys can actually have fun on their own Hermès way. 

And of course, scarves display!

As fun and colorful as Hermès La Maison des Carrés can be!

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LATEST ONLINE SHOP

If you’re a fashion enthusiast, you’ll love HEYBEB.

This is not your ordinary fashion online shop. They have a curating concept by their own buyers and creative director, so what you see in their website are totally on trend, based on runways and social media. Consists of womenswear which named HEYBEB (which was actually inspired by “hey babe”), menswear which named HEYBRO, and the most unique one, petwear (currently for dogs only) which named HEYWOOF. 

As starter, they have quite a wide collection of simple and easy ready to wear fashion items. And yes, they have opening promo 25% off for all orders (what a bargain, considering that their prices are already that affordable-nothing over 500K rupiah). What’s more, they have their own blog which covers most of the trending topics about fashion and celebrities. 

At the launch event, they showcased their collection on models and muses.

The brain behind HEYBEB: young entrepreneur, Michelle E. Surjaputra and creative director, Ferdy Thaeras.

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LOVE STORY OF THE ROMAN GODDESS

From Semarang to the world. I wish more fashion designer are as humble and down to earth as Yosep Sinudarsono. 

His name made famous in the fashion industry, thanks to Malin Akerman who wore one of his design on Golden Globe Awards 2015. This week, he took center stage again on Plaza Indonesia Fashion Week, where he showcased 40 designs from LOTUZ (that’s his ready to wear line).

Inspired by the Roman Goddess named Pomona, the show started with ballerinas gracing the runway with his collection. Romantic mood kept on flowing, lots of details like handmade floral embroideries on his ultra feminine dresses. I saw lots of peplum, body-fitting dresses with plunge neckline and fierce jumpsuits. My favorite: the all-black collection for his closing sequence. 

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