Jul 3, 2015

Happy Things #1

I'm trying to keep my mind oriented to positive and happy things (because being skeptical all the time is not healthy) so here is a summarized post of how I have been doing lately… I'm in a process to detach myself from Instagram because it turns out that sharing things here on the blog makes me much happier. Oh and by putting a hashtag plus number in this post title, I hope to be able to regularly update this series....
Anyhow, I'm currently enjoying Snapchat a lot! Not because I get to see Shay Mitchell's never-ending selfies, my friends' selfies or people around the world's selfies, but because luckily there are some interesting people with interesting life to follow. My favorite is Young Mee Rim, whose existence I stumbled across on Instagram. She is a Danish-Korean who studies national conservative history in Copenhagen, and it is always such a refreshment to see what she is up to! Her snaps range from delicious egg yolk, libraries, Moomin mugs to fossils, herbarium specimens, vertebrate and dead snake. I also adore her fashion style and personality!
Another thing that makes me happy: for the past four months, I cook every day because I only have two classes to attend and I mostly stay at home. Now my diet consists of cooked pasta, fried egg, tempeh, broccoli, carrot and long bean. The happy part is I actually enjoy preparing the meal despite the ugly fact that I'm still a terrible cook. I'm excited about Audrey at Home, a new book about Audrey written by his second son, Luca. The approach is really unique because it is practically a biography + cookbook, featuring 250 new family photos and personal recipes. So intriguing!
What pleases me just recently is a particular thing that I thought I've never been involved with forever except I'm forced to put it on: trousers. Skirt has been my middle name for the past four years. The idea of sticking with skirts and dresses emerged due to my chubby legs and although my mom and Josh had advised me to start 'learning' to wear trousers, it was still pretty hard to get used to it. I only have two trousers in my closet: one semi-jeans and one semi-harem (not the very loose 'genie type' one...I don't know the right term so I'll just call it semi-harem. It is a really pretty trousers). But just lately, probably three weeks ago, I finally feel pretty comfortable in trousers and excited to think of the new outfit plans! Spencer Hastings' outfits heavily influenced me because she got the coolest preppy style. (Anyone watching Pretty Little Liars here?)
I'm also grateful for happy mails that I frequently receive from online stores that want to use my help to promote their products. Also for all the nice people out there who still follow my journey right here. It is really nice to see the numbers in my Overview page, the proof of actual human-beings who are still reading (or at least viewing) my ramblings :> Thank you, everyone.

(PS: The new header is temporary!)

Jun 17, 2015

Sketched Strangers #3

Finally managed to update this! I changed my mind and decided to sketch the strangers digitally from now on because my coloring pencils are hopeless...

Jun 10, 2015

Meh, It's June Already

And there goes my favorite month. We are in the middle of the year already! I'm still coping with the very last two classes that I have to take this semester and after I'm done with them, I'm going to prepare myself for the Final Project term. I have proposed the three alternatives: illustrated biography of Audrey Hepburn, Marie Antoinette and Frida Kahlo and couldn't be happier to get the approval from my lecturer pretty easily. I will go with Audrey's biography, of course. And since thousands of her photos that I have gathered had gone with the wind (my lost laptop), I'm currently collecting them back by visiting Audrey's websites, Tumblrs, etc etc.

Oh and about my 22nd birthday (yikes), I was very happy to have Josh by my side on my special day. My friends came to surprise me, not to mention that they never forgot to bully me as well. They smeared all over my face with paint and instead of fancy birthday shots, I got photos of myself look like an African clown published on social media. Afterwards, my fridge was brimful of three birthday cakes, along with cheese blocks from Josh (his idea is to replace the ordinary creamy cake with my favorite savory food).

It has been a while since I wrote my last journal page. I'm always bad at continuing this kind of progressive activity because I always want every page to look good and interesting. And to make everything looks good and interesting, one should always have a commitment and good time management. And I don't have both. One day, I stumbled upon a glimpse of Peter Arkle's visual journal and it looked so freaking good, while all that he did was writing a lot and drawing sketches in simple black ink. So that's it, I bought myself a thin and practical notebook and whatever I have in mind will be whole-heartedly spilled into it. I'll just write and scribble, not obliged to decorate the pages by thoughtful garnishes.

If you are interested, you can purchase the Sherlock mini print (plus frame!). Limited, signed and numbered. I'm currently not open to International buyers :( so this is for Indonesia area only. Feel free to contact me by e-mail: jessicaubergine@gmail.com for inquiries.