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An Announcement

6/03/2017

It's 9:43 p.m. on a Friday as I'm writing this up in my apartment, wearing three layers of clothes, freezing. 

It's 9:43 p.m. on the 2nd of June, and the temperature drops to 10 degrees celsius. 

It's 9:43 p.m. and this post is long overdue.

A lot has happened since the past week. I've managed to finalize my designs for this semester's project, Ramadan had begun, winter is coming, and I've started a youtube channel with my friend. Yeah, that's right. My friend (who goes by the name Hasna) and I have stirred up enough confidence to start our own channel, where we will be posting weekly vlogs. 

Creating our own videos has been talked between the two of us a lot, and we wanted to create this not only for ourselves, but for our friends, family, and all of you. This is a channel that we've decided to be based on our raw, typical lives as university students in Melbourne. We want to give a little insight on how we're going about on a day-to-day basis, all jumbled in one weekly video. 

As I'm typing this, our first video has been up for 5 days, and we've managed to attract a few viewers and subscribers (quite possibly our friends and family), and now I'd like to share this further onto you. 

It's week 2, and a second vlog is live. (So for those of you who haven't seen it, there are two videos to go and watch!!)

Tell me what are your thoughts and subscribe if you'd like! 

-xx-

P.s. If any of you are on Instagram, find me: @ayishabrindley and follow. I generally follow everyone back but in case I miss, comment below you're Instagram accounts! :)

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Finding Balance

4/02/2017




When it comes to time management, I guess you could say that I'm not exactly an expert. I'm trying, though.

My lifestyle has changed so much since I moved down here, and it's getting down to trying to find the right balance between university studies, the blog, and giving myself some free time.

After having 6 months away from studies, I've come to now realise how unproductive I had been. I mean, sure, I was productive on some days but in general... I'd been a lazy a**. Now that I'm here, everything seems rushed, I'm always in a rush, and I'm suddenly back to facing heaps of stress.

For instance, the assignment deadlines. I've got a big one coming up within a month; an original skirt design that will be presented on a panel. It's definitely something I'm both looking forward to and not looking forward to.

Another thing, as I've mentioned too many times, is finding the balance between warm and cold weather outfits. Here's how I balanced it out for the 21 degrees weather: sleeveless sweaters and shin-high culottes. There's enough air to flow through my body and at the same time making sure some parts find their warmth. It's all about that balance.

Until the next post, go find and follow me on Instagram, I'm currently on a roll of posting every single day this week!

http://instagram.com/nxktablog/

Photos taken by: @hasnavlz

Get the look:

Top: Cotton On // Culottes: Stradivarius //
Boots: Stradivarius // Sunglasses: Stradivarius //
Necklace: Pandora

-xx-

30 degrees In Autumn

3/24/2017

Following up from the previous blog post, here's something I'd like to elaborate on: how I'm still getting used to the unpredictable weather.

It's supposedly Autumn, or Fall for some of you, here in Melbourne. Supposedly the second coldest season before Winter and after Summer. But it seems that the climate here is still very much hooked on the Summer heat, as are a lot of the residents. I, however, would like to very much leave the heat behind me and transition on to colder days.

Don't get me wrong, I love the warm weather after having been born and lived in a tropical country for most of my life, but hot is a very different term here. The air is dry and thin, allowing more rays to penetrate into your skin and it isn't the nicest feeling especially when you're prone to sunburns. As I spend most of my time outdoors here, commuting from one place to another by foot or trams (which I'm still very much confused about), the heat makes it very hard for me to feel comfortable and relaxed.

The biggest tip I can give to anyone in Melbourne (or anyone around the world, for that matter) is to just be prepared. Make sure you check the weather app or tune in to the local news to get a glimpse of the lowest and highest temperatures that day and dress for the temperature in between. Stay hydrated and carry an umbrella with you if the sky looks gloomy. Other than that, give yourself a good look in the mirror and feel cool (pun intended) in whatever you're wearing.

Photos taken by: @hasnavlz

Get the look:

Jeans: PULL & BEAR // Top: ROSEGAL*
Boots: STRADIVARIUS // Belt: SPORTSGIRL

-xx-


*Was not purchased on my own, this was sent to me.

Transparency

3/16/2017

Is this thing still even on? Kidding. I'm actually quite surprised this site hasn't been taken down, not that I expect it to but I feel like it's something that would happen after not tending to it for how many months.

So yes, so much has changed. I've made my move to Melbourne earlier this year and I'm back to the city life. University has started and shamefully, I've underestimated its workload. It's too much. Sometimes, of course.

It has been an exciting two months, going to three, and I've had my fair share of loneliness, homesickness, and actually sickness. It has been fairly an up and down experience so far, and I'm slowly getting the hang of it. I'm still trying to get used to a few things around here, like the free tram routes which is so ****ing confusing.

But there is something someone that has helped me with that homesickness, my best friend from back home. I am so glad that I've made the move to a city where I get to see her anytime, everyday if Uni wasn't in our way, so there's little feeling in me where I don't feel too alone or too homesick, and that everything is fine. To the bestie reading this, I love you. Here's a little part of you in my blog. (Congrats!)

These photos were taken by her, and for the first post in Melbourne, of course I had to take it in the infamous Collins Street area. It's one of the many places to be in the golden hour.

Here's how things have changed for me since I moved: I carry a backpack. No, not only for school purposes, but for everyday life as well. I have gotten used to carrying an umbrella with me everywhere I go because of the unpredictable weather. I have also gotten used to carrying my own apartment keys and drinking bottle. Weird, I know.

As for me, I don't think I've changed much, other than style-wise, of course. I'm quite enjoying the fact that I can wear an outerwear anywhere I go, whereas back in tropical Indonesia, I'd be looked at twice.

Besides the shirt I'm wearing, here's a bit of transparency I can so much put in this blog. Like I said, I'm still getting used to things around here, as well as this site.

Photos taken by @hasnavlz

Get the look:

 Bag: COLETTE BY COLETTE HAYMAN // Top: PULL & BEAR //
Denim skirt: PULL & BEAR // Boots: STRADIVARIUS //
Bralette: COTTON ON BODY // Belt: SPORTSGIRL //
Sunglasses: STRADIVARIUS


-Xx-






Something I Need to Clear Up

11/12/2016

HELLO.

As you may know, I haven't been active on my blog and my Instagram for quite awhile now, presumably a month, and there are a few things I need to clear up.

The past month has been putting a lot of stress on me, and it hasn't been doing a lot of good to my health, as I've noticed. My skin is flaring up and the psoriasis I thought I'd taken care of once and for all has unfortunately made its way onto the surface again. The reason as to why I've been feeling a lot of stress and pressure is because, as I've probably mentioned quite a few times in my blog posts, I'm currently in the process of applying to various fashion schools. I'm eighteen and since I've graduated high school a few months ago, I'm planning to take a step further into higher education to really broaden up my knowledge and skills surrounding designing, as I hope to take a career path in fashion. It's been a long time dream of mine to create my own brand and for what it's worth, I want to equip myself with as much knowledge about it to really prepare myself for any obstacles. 

Fashion courses, much like any creative or design courses, require portfolios to show your current ability in terms of illustrating and conceptualising. In addition to that, interviews may be required depending on the institution. I've been cooped up in my study desk, every single day, working on my portfolio and trying to perfect every aspect of it so I can showcase what I'm trying to come across with my application. It's been sooooo incredibly stressful and I've had a lot of pressure weighed down on me that I just, unfortunately, did not-could not-find the time to come up with a topic, write a up a blog post, or even go out to take pictures. It's quite saddening seeing as this blog is very personal and dear to me since it is my only platform to share my own style and take on fashion. 

Another thing that I need to address is that, due to my mind being 100% focus on uni applications, I've been experiencing writer's block. A lot of people out there seem to think that blogging, particularly fashion blogging, is easy as all you "need to do" is pull out a few garments, put them on, and take a few shots. But that's not the case at all, well to me it isn't. I've been so uninspired recently in terms of styling that whenever I do get out of the house I just throw on the most basic clothes I have in my wardrobe. Also, it isn't because I don't have clothes, it's because I just didn't feel like styling myself nicely, if that makes sense? I just didn't want to find myself standing in front of my wardrobe trying to put together an outfit that would be interesting enough to be put up on the blog, or on Instagram. I guess a lot of it is also due to the fact that I'm just so physically and mentally drained from all the work I've been doing lately that I just wanted to not have to care or think about my blog.

It's November now and my portfolio is finally done and has been sent out for assessment. For now, I'm really just waiting for the institutions to have a look at it and for them to contact me once they have. I have a few interviews this month and that's all I'm really worrying about in terms of the application process. If it is all successful, I'll-HOPEFULLY-get an offer for enrolment, which is what I'm praying so hard for right now. There's a lot of interesting and exciting things I'm really looking forward to if I do get accepted, one of them meaning that I'll be venturing off into the city and meet new people, take classes, improve as well as learn new skills, and *try* live independently. I'm also seeing a lot of exciting things to come to this blog if I do move into the city as I see there will be more opportunities to come by and I would love to share it here.

This is just the first step: the application. More hectic things that I know for sure will put a ton of pressure on me eventually will keep popping up until the next year. As for the time being, I'm really just trying to take this blogging thing slowly and not have to force myself to post new content every week, instead, on days where I'm feeling so inspired and so pumped up to write up a post. I feel that this way I won't find blogging a 'burden' and I don't want it to become something I have to do, rather, blogging is something I want to do and it's something I find a lot of joy in. So until the next blog post, I'm going to have to end it here. I can't guarantee when a new outfit or beauty or life post will be up, but know that right now I'm trying to find a lot of inspiration and I'm thinking of getting back into the blog game. This post is just a way for me to vent out a few thoughts I've been having lately.

Also, I feel like I will be doing a lot of these personal posts, where I give you guys a little insight on my life and what I've been doing recently because I truly think it's doing something good for me, which is productivity, for the least I guess. I will be writing up posts like this as I take you guys on this journey with me, which will have such a BIG impact on my life.

If any of you have a few thoughts or comments on this, please let me know down below. I find it quite enjoyable to read and reply to some of your comments. For those of you who have gone through, or are going through, the same things as me in terms of university applications, please tell me your experience! I'd love to read all about it.

Until then, bye bye x