Monday, May 25, 2015

Nobu Hair & more

Summer is just around the corner or maybe in some countries, like mine, we can already feel the heat from the sun.. So I thought this is a perfect time to get a hair make over.. After several times getting my hair done at local salon, this time I decided to try a Japanese salon called NOBU hair & more..


First time entering the salon, I can instantly feel the coziness.. I can see that they have many Japanese customers enjoying their treatments, not only to cut their hair but also manicure pedicure (will talk about this later)..


After confirming my appointment, the staff told me to take a seat, then I started to talk with my stylist, Hiro-san, about what I want to do with my hair.. I showed him the reference picture and he explained all the details to achieve the look, including how to style it later.. We discussed it about 15-20 minutes because Hiro-san can only speak Japanese, so the translator had to speak in 2 different languages.. Hiro-san asked me to wash my hair first before he cut it..

My reference



While I was heading to the washing area, I walked pass this wall where they put their Japanese magazines collection.. Amazing! <3


The comfortable washing chair with clean area.. Love it! Oh for girls, if you come here wearing short or skirt, just sit back and relax because they have a blanket to cover your legs.. ;)

After having my hair washed, I went back to my chair and Hiro-san started to work his magic.. He cut my hair little by little, treating it like a precious gold.. He was very detailed and it was a completely different experience than what I had at any local salon.. It took him around 30-45 minutes to cut my super long hair to short hair.. As for styling, Hiro-san taught me how to style it using curling iron.. Here's the final result!


Compared to the reference I gave him, it was 95% similar! Oh I was so happy with the result, it's quite a long time since I had a short hair and I never thought that I can achieve this look.. You can see more of my new hair on my instagram @mmargarethink.. One thing I learnt, if you want to have a Japanese hairstyle, you'd better go to an authentic Japanese salon instead of a local salon.. Yes they are pricier than the locals but I can assure you that you won't be disappointed.. :D

By the way, they're having a gel nail promotion and also 10% discount for all treatments, minimum transaction IDR 300.000.. I suggest that you make an appointment before you go there just to make sure the stylists are available..

Location:
Citywalk Sudirman 2nd Floor                                          Dharmawangsa Square
Phone: 021-91271870 or 021-97227377                                   Phone: 021-91214528 or 021-91214504
close on weekends                                                     close on Mondays

Price list:
Hair cut IDR 350.000 - 500.000 (include wash and blow)
Creambath IDR 100.000 (local staff, include dry)
Head spa IDR 150.000 (local staff, include dry)
Wash and Blow dry IDR 250.000 (Japanese stylist)
Hair color start from IDR 600.000 (not include blow dry)
Permanent wave start from IDR 700.000 (not include blow dry)
Hair straightening start from IDR 1.500.000 (not include blow dry)
Gel nail art IDR 270.000
Gel nail 1 color IDR 200.000
Remove gel nail IDR 50.000

Thank you to all the friendly staffs and of course Hiro-san, I'm very satisfied and will definitely come back again.. ;*

Love & Dream,
MM

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Spring / Summer 2015 Trends

The SS/2015 runway shows were held last year but it's still a hot topic until today because now we are moving from winter to spring, time to put those warm fluffy coats back into your wardrobe and say hello to pretty dresses.. You can wear your old collections or you can buy new clothes, a little shopping won't hurt right? So, if you're planning to shop, I will give you some Spring/Summer 2015 trends guide.. ;)
First we will talk about the color palette, this year pastel colors are back.. Here are some examples from the runway, from our favorite designers..

BCBG Maxazria - ZAC by Zac Posen - Givenchy
Valentino - Prabal Gurung - 3.1 Phillip Lim
Erin Fetherson - 3.1 Phillip Lim - Salvatore Ferragamo - DKNY
Elie Saab - Zimmermann - BCBG Maxazria - 3.1 Phillip Lim
Zimmermann - Salvatore Ferragamo - 3.1 Phillip Lim
All by Valentino
Different designers, different style, different finishing, but they have the same color range, soft bright colors.. No doubt that pastel is definitely the IT color for this year.. 

Next we'll move to pattern.. There were several patterns showed up on the runway..

Oscar de la Renta - Michael Kors - Diane von Furstenberg
Oscar de la Renta - Michael Kors - Diane von Furstenberg
Tartan.. If you have a tartan skirt or shirt that you haven't wear it yet, or you want to wear it again, don't worry because they still in this season.. From crop top to dress, all you have to do is mix and match..

Oscar de la Renta - Victoria Beckham - ZAC by Zac Posen - Maison Martin Margiela
Zuhair Murad
Floral.. When we talk about Spring, the first thing that pop into our mind is flower.. So yes, floral is not going anywhere this season.. 

Same trends applied for men's outfit.. I know that finding the right brand for men is a bit tricky and not as easy as for us, women.. So, let me introduce to you, Paul Fredrick, an online store that sell a good quality clothes for men.. They sell various type of outfit and accessories.. I'm personally amazed when I first found them because they have literally everything, from head to toe.. Here is a preview of their Spring 2015 collection..


As you can see, not only casual clothes, they also have formal attires.. They have an amazing dress shirt collection..


You can feel the Spring vibes throughout the collection, pastel color, tartan pattern.. For men, this is the perfect brand for you and for us ladies, no more worries, no more long search for gifts, they have it all.. You can go out wearing the same color or pattern without being cheesy or too much.. Oh! One more thing, they're having a Spring sale right now, so don't wait, go to their website now www.paulfredrick.com !

Love & Dream,
MM

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Work in Progress




Cowboy hat: Zara (similar here) | Leather Jacket: Romwe 
Top: Zalora | Boot: Stradivarius (similar here)

Am I doing it right? Should I go with the trend or keep my version going? These questions been bugging me lately, not the way I dress or styled my outfit but the way I edited my photos.. Great quality photo is one of the essential things in blogging.. I edited my photos based on the color mood, let the color tells some story too, while the majority of people/bloggers are creating a clean bright realistic photos.. I often convince myself to embrace my signature mood-color, yet every time I see other's pictures, it keeps me thinking about my choice.. What should I do?

Love & Dream,
MM