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December 2014: Monthly roundup + yearly roundup

 

Okay I’m so late at this. But the hours I’ve just spent organizing this post was so worth the while – you’ll see. Last December I focused on doing gift guides above everything else, and now I realized the blog has lost its essence without the frequent features I post up here. But hey, now there’s a neater way to look back at 2014 so all the great stuff don’t get lost within the dusty archives. You can check out my current update of the blog index page now, or scroll through this post to catch up on your reading. Happy weekend readers!

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♥ health + wellness

 

♥ beauty + style

 

♥ eats + trips

 

♥ buzz + culture

 

etc

 

#12DaysToChristmas shopping guide

 
 
 

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2014 blog index

 

♥ health + wellness

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♥ beauty + style

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♥ eats + trips

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♥ buzz + culture

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♥ etc

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On blogging, 2014, and beyond

 

But first, selfie.
But first, selfie.

Is it really 2015 already? I’ve been doing this for 8 months now. It hasn’t been that long, but before springing forward to the groove of 2015, I want to review some important things I’ve learned in 2014.

Now some of you know I’m preparing an online boutique. It’s tough work to balance between producing content on the blog and setting up the business. To tell you the truth, it’s been exhausting, and I believe I’ve reached a point where the exhaustion has taken over my self-doubts. I have no more time to spend on doubting myself and what I’m capable of, but that doesn’t mean I’m any less spent. Lately, there’s a thought that’s been lingering on my mind …  is it wise to just stop blogging once and for all? Like right now? Or should I keep posting shitty drafts to reduce blogging time and spend the rest of the time working on the boutique? As I’m typing these words, my head is screeching, my body temp 37.7 degrees C, and I’m having the worst diarrhea in my life.

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Don’t get set into one form.
Adapt it and build your own, and
let it grow – be like water.
Empty your mind.
Be formless, 
shapeless – like water.
Now you put water in a cup,
it becomes
the cup;
You put water into a bottle,
it becomes
the bottle;
You put it in a teapot
it becomes
the teapot.
Now water can flow
or it can crash.
Be water, my friend.

(Bruce Lee)

 


 

If there’s one resolution we all need to make these days, it’s to be still, be gentle, be like water.

In this digital era, it’s easy to rush from one thing to another because everything else beyond our periphery is competing for our attention.

Hit pause.

Take your time, and remember the things that are truly important to you.

 

 
 
 


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December 2014: Link love

 

Note: Can you believe it’s already the end of the year? It’s been a flash. Life happens without warning and lo and behold, the year when you’re going to eat healthy, run that marathon, start that business, read that book and take that vacation is here. Well, let’s start with a few reads that I love to celebrate the season, as well as other reflective reads I found hopeful for those who’s still struggling when it comes to self-acceptance. Ultimately, you only have yourself. Make the changes you want and resolve today. Happy holidays!!

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1. Inspiring nude looks from commercials to runways. [CHAPTER FRIDAY]

2. The best spots in Jakarta to celebrate New Year’s Eve. [Honeycombers]

3. 9 beauty treatments from around the world. [Good Housekeeping]

4. Window or aisle? What your airplane seat choice says about you. [Yahoo! Travel]

5. Please don’t cure people out of their introvertism. [HelloGiggles]

 
 
 
 
 


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Getaway gift: 12 romantic places to stay in Bali during the holidays

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There’s no Christmas gift quite like a surprise getaway with your love, especially if it’s Bali we’re talking about. While the city’s practically a tourist town today, you can still find destinations where you can hide in seclusion with le baby this holiday. Check out these super romantic hotels, villas, and resorts – and pick your perfect escape:

 
 

1. The Menjangan, Pejarakan

(IDR 1,371,000/night)

 


 
 

2. Grand Nikko Hotel, Nusa Dua

(IDR 2,500,000/night)

 


 
 

3. Quinci Villas, Lombok

(IDR 1,937,000/night)

 


 
 

4. Tugu Boutique Hotel, Canggu

(IDR 4,921,603/night)

 


 
 

5. Ayodya Resort, Nusa Dua

(IDR 1,337,605/night)

 


 
 

6. Maya Ubud Resort & Spa, Peliatan

(IDR 6,600,735/night)


 
 

7. Hard Rock Hotel, Kuta

(IDR 2,140,000/night)

 


 
 

8. Elephant Safari Park Lodge, Ubud

(IDR 2,301,488/night)

 


 
 

9. The Kayana Villa, Seminyak

(IDR 4,877,903/night)

 


 
 

10. Natura Resort & Spa, Ubud

(IDR 1,438,000/night)

 


 
 

11. Paddy View Villa, Canggu

(IDR 2,762,500/night)

 


 
 

12. La Belle Villa, Seminyak

(IDR 1,238,017/night)

 


 
 
 

You’ve got about 12 hours left till Christmas – it’s not too late to make your reservation right now. Where are you taking your love this holiday?

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11 shades of blue for her

 

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Who ever said Grey was the only color that’s pretty in every shade? Christmas is drawing nearer, and now you don’t have to feel guilty for not getting anything yet for your girl – she can count on you. After all, this is the color, and the only one in the spectrum, that says trust, security, and comfort …blue1

 
 

Color block knitted cardigan

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What it features:

  • Acrylic
  • Open front design
  • Dual pockets on front

 
Why you should get it:

Princess Elsa would wear this.

 
 

Billy Tjong for Zalora frangipani printed dress

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What it features:

  • Spandex
  • Sleeveless
  • Round neck
  • Regular fit

 

Why you should get it:

This is the dress she’ll wear today, tomorrow, and forevermore. It flatters women of all shapes and sizes.

 
 

Blue twine elastic necklace

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What it features:

  • Polyester
  • Weaved pendant
  • Double thick straps
  • Length: 56 cm

 

Why you should get it:

For the girl with the prettiest neckline? This is one is a keeper. Oh, and Princess Elsa would wear this too.

 
 

Midi ruffle hem skirt 

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What it features:

  • Polyester
  • Unlined
  • Slim fit

 

Why you should get it:

Even though this ruffle skirt is all the rage right now, it’s one that’ll never go out of style. It’s chic, feminine, yet sexy all at once. My friend has one almost exactly the same as this one (and the color too!), and she’s loving it for real, not to mention this flatters any shape and size as well, and THAT IT’S ONLY SALE.

 
 

Giuseppe Zanotti croc-embossed Gladis clogs

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What it features:

  • Leather strap, rubber sole
  • Croc-embossed
  • Round open toe
  • Golden logo piece
  • Golden fixture studs
  • 4″ heel
  • 2″ platform

 
Why you should get it:

No young woman wants to admit that clogs are the most comfortable heels of all, but it always comes in granny style. This one’s she’ll squeal for for sure.

 

 
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Stelle di Mare photomural design by Komar for Brewster Home Fashions

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What it features:

  • 8′ 4″ x 6″
  • 4 panel photomural
  • Pastel included
  • Vinyl coated paper

 
Why you should get it:

Is this the most peaceful wall you’ll ever stare at or what?!

 
 

Monkey Business Eskimemo memo holder

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What it features:

  • Suitable for most pens
  • 140 paper notes
  • 12.5 x 11 x 23 cm

 
Why you should get it:

You know those boring tasks your girl has to tackle every single day? This makes life more colorful.

 
 

Gattola paint mug + lid

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What it features:

  • Mug: 12 x 8.5 x 11 cm
  • Lid (silicone): 11 x 9.5 x 3 cm

 
Why you should get it:

A non-boring way for your girl to drink her 8 glasses of water. Bonus if she’s the imaginative and spontaneous type, because she’ll love it.

 
 

Submarino porcelain bathroom accessory by Seletti

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What it features:

  • Porcelain
  • Rubber paint finish
  • 10.4 x 3.2 x 6.7″

 
Why you should get it:

Functional AND super cute. What’s not to love?

 
 

L’Oreal Les Ombres P3 Baie D’Emeraudes eyeshadow palette

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What it features:

  • 4 shades
  • Dual-ended sponge tip
  • Glitter
  • Silky finish

 
Why you should get it:

She’ll rock the smokey eye with this palette, because no other woman dares to go bold and go blue.

 
 

2 novels in 1: Something Borrowed + Something Blue by Emily Giffin

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What it features:

  • 736 pages of 2 New York Times bestselling books:

 
Why you should pre-order it:

It’s only, like, THE BEST-SELLING CHICK-LIT SERIES IN MODERN HISTORY … beautifully bound into 1 book!!

 

 
 

How many people have you checked on your list by now? Did you get anything in blue for them so far?

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10 holiday gifts for every man on your list

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Most guys are generally techies who’d go ecstatic if gifted with fancy gadgets. Well, here I’ve rounded up your last-minute gift ideas for the holidays that aren’t entirely about pushing buttons:

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TE3029 round skeleton watch by Ted Baker

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What it features:

  • Stainless steel band
  • Analog watchface
  • Japanese automatic movement
  • Water-resistant 50m

 

Why you should get it for him:

This will be his new favorite watch (so manly) and every time he looks at his wrist, he’ll be thinking of you.

 
 

Sony PlayStation 4 in Glacier White

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What it features:

Your brother/boyfriend/best guy friend knows this more than you do, obvs.

 

Why you should get it for him:

It’s the 20th anniversary edition of the classic console, so it’ll be extra, extra special for your guy.

 
 

Golf club bottle opener from Two’s Company

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What it features:

  • Brass/sheesham wood
  • Measures 2.5 x 0.5 x 7.5″

 
Why you should get it for him:

The minute I saw this item, I thought of my dad. He’ll think of me too whenever he uses this gift. I’m sure it’ll be the same if you have a dad who’s a serious golf freak yourself too.

 
 

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence for men

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What it features:

  • 90% concentrated with pitera
  • Menthol for that minty freshness you’ll smell on his cheeks after he’s showered

 

Why you should get it for him:

Because the man in your life deserves a leg up in the skincare department (Guys are, you know, guys. That’s why they need you).

 
 

iPhone 6 in Gold (unlocked)

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What it features:

Again, he knows this way better than you do.

 

Why you should get it for him:

Let’s face it – he’s been eyeing it for months and you just can’t stop hearing him talking about how slim and elegant it is. Now that it’s in his hands, it’s time for you to take the spotlight.

 
 

UA40H4200Samsung 40″ HD LED TV

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What it features:

Yeap, he still knows more than you do.

 

Why you should get it for him:

Don’t know what is it about big screens and clear displays, but give a man a giant TV and he’ll love you forever.

 
 

Blue short sleeve batik by Semata Wayang

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What it features:

  • Cotton
  • Front buttons and pocket
  • Navy blue batik print

 

Why you should get it for him:

Now he has something handsome to wear for weddings. Much easier to put on and much lighter than his usual suit and tie.

 
 

Flos beside gun lamp in Black & Gold by Philippe Starck

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What it features:

  • Die-cast aluminium with an overmolded polymer coating
  • Handgun body
  • Glossy 18k gold finish

 

Why you should get it for him:

Celebrate his machoness and ncrease his testosterone-pumping ego the moment he gets this. He’ll be showing you off to all his friends.

 
 

Everbest formal round-toe shoes in Brown

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What it features:

  • Leather
  • Round toe
  • Rubber soles
  • Stitched details

 

Why you should get it for him:

He can wear this on a casual date with you to a smart business attire without switching shoes … and still look hot the whole time.

 
 

FIFA 15 by EA Sports

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What it features:

Messi on the cover (it’s a status, like a supermodel’s moment on some women’s magazine)

 

Why you should get it for him:

Sorry, girlfriend. He might want to be left alone with the guys and his PS4 for months. But after that, he’ll always remember you as the marriage material.

 

 
 

Now it’s time for you to share: Who’s getting what on your list?

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Casual Japo-Italiano dinner at Popolamama, Grand Indonesia, Jakarta

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Grand Indonesia is one of those malls that keeps the booming F&B industry alive: This year, they’ve decided to replace a spacious fountain area with the popular Japanese pasta chain, Popolamama.

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A portmanteau of popolare and mama, the 1995-established chain aims to bring the popular Italian notion that the best foods are those made by mothers – freshly homemade, crafted with care, and delightfully filled with love.

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9 pretty shiny sparkly things for her

 

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Still wondering what to get for your girl this Christmas? Here’s your last-minute guide to make her shine:

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Andante necklace by Hello Friday

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What it features:

  • Floral-shaped gemstones
  • Lobster clasp closure

 
Why you should get it:

If there’s any choker she’ll use for both casual and formal occasions, this is the one.

 
 

Rhinestone cuff bangle in Silver from Dune 

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What it features:

  • Metallic silver
  • Rhinestone crystals

 
Why you should get it:

Your girl gets an instant glam just by putting on the cuff. This is the perfect gift for her if she’s the lazy type ;)

 
 

“Moon in my room” lamp with light-up lunar phases

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What it features:

  • 12 moon phase settings that matches the real moon
  • Shines like real moonlight, only in your room

 
Why you should get it:

If like most girls your girlfriend grew up with Sailor Moon, she’ll love this. Or if she’s somewhat mystic or into astrology and just fascinated by what the phases mean … who cares if this is a kid’s toy?! It’s glowing pretty.

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Clear single ring by Environmental Jewelry

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What it features:

  • Can you believe this is made out of rice?! They don’t call it sustainable fashion for nothing.
  • So yes, dry rice grain + resin brass

 
Why you should get it:

This will be an instant everyday favorite for your girl, because it adds a bohemian touch to everything she wears quite effortlessly.

 
 

Classic Breakfast At Tiffany’s poster

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What it features:

  • 68.6 x 101.6″
  • 20th century cinema’s most iconic woman, often seen with pretty shiny sparkly things, styled classy and timeless.

 
Why you should get it:

Because it’s Ms. Hepburn we’re talking about. And love, and Tiffany box. The beauty deserves substantial space on every girl’s bedroom wall.


 
 

Swarovski Opera Girl structured clutch

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What it features:

  • Swarovski beads
  • Chinese Opera Girl image
  • A detachable shoulder strap
  • 4.1 x 7.48″

 
Why you should get it:

Most of us girls would be ecstatic to receive a fully Swarovski-beaded accessory, but I guess it also feeds the inner Asian-girl fetish in you guys.

 
 

Swan boxes by Tozai Home

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What it features:

 
Why you should get it:

Control clutter with simplicity. Every girl deserves some kind of order out of her stashes of rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

 
 
 

Ever Faith silver-toned flower bouquet teardrop dangle earrings

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What it features:

  • Clear Austrian crystal
  • Comes with some spare crystals, a gift box, and a favor bag

 
Why you should get it:

SO PRETTY!!

 
 

Vanity companions by IMM LIVING

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What it features:

  • Ceramics, and glass mirrors
  • 2 styles to choose from: Persian cat, or white rabbit?
  • 6 x 8 x 8.5″

 
Why you should get it:

It’s the perfect accessory for your dressing table: Functions both as close-up mirrors and as jewelry containers.

 
 
 

 
 
 

So which of these shiny things are you getting for the special girl in your life?

 

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