Essential Chinese New Year Dishes and Their Meanings

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Just like any other celebrations, the Chinese New Year will not be complete without the presence of all the delicious food to share with the family. In fact the dishes usually served for the occasion are so much more than filling our appetite, as they are also heavily in symbolic meanings. Let’s explore all the food that we are going to eat to welcome the Rooster Year.

Dumplings 
How to Make Chinese Dumplings from Scratch - The ultimate guide to making Chinese dumplings from scratch. The dough can be used for both boiled dumplings (shui jiao, 水饺) and potstickers (guo tie, 锅贴) | omnivorescookbook.com
The classic Chinese Food is traditionally eaten during the Chinese New Year. It is believed that the more dumplings you eat during the CNY celebrations, the more money you will make during the year.

Fish
Authentic Chinese Steamed Fish | omnivorescookbook.com

In Chinese word for “fish” sounds like the Chinese word for “surplus”. The fish should be the last dish left with some leftover to symbolizes there being surpluses every year.

Longevity Noodles
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As the names suggests, this dish symbolizes a long life. The length and perseverance in prepping the dish symbolizes the life eater’s life.  

Sweet Rice Balls
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It is actually the main food for China’s Lantern Festival. However, due to the round shape and the name associated with togetherness of the family, this dish is also favored for the Chinese New Year Celebrations.

Tangerines
Yes, Mandarin orange and kumquat trees are auspicious during Chinese New Year. Here's why.:

The gold-colored citrus fruits symbolize prosperity and good luck. Tangerines, however, is more special considering the Chinese word for tangerine and gold is virtually the same. So expect to have tangerines everywhere, including as decorations. Also note that with their stem and leaves on represent longevity.

So what is your favourite Chinese New Year Dish? Tell us at the comments, also don’t forget to check our special collection for Chinese New Year.

 

Who What Wear: Golden Globes 2017 Red Carpet

The Awards Season is here -the important one that is-with the Golden Globes Awards as the opening act. The grandest night where the best movies and TV shows of last year mingled together. So who were they wearing on this prestigious night?

Blake Lively in Atelier Versace

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Caitriona Balfe in Delpozo

Riley Keogh in Chanel

Maisie Williams in Ong Oaj Phairam

Naomi Campbell in Atelier Versace

Naomi Campbell, 2017 Golden Globes, Arrivals

Jessica Chastain in Prada

Naomie Harris in Armani Privé

Nicole Kidmnan in Alexander McQueen

Emma Stone in Valentino

Chrissy Teigen in Marchesa

Brie Larson in Rodarte

Elsa Pataky in Zuhair Murad

Sofia Vergara in Zuhair Murad

Gal Gadot in Mugler

Sophie Turner in Louis Vuitton

Jessica Biel in Elie Saab

Carrie Underwood in Iris Serban

Michelle Wiliams in Louis Vuitton

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren

Amy Adams in Tom Ford

Ruth Negga in Louis Vuitton

Mandy Moore in Naeem Khan

Lily Collins in Zuhair Murad

Olivia Culpo in Zuhair Murad

Tracee Ellis Ross in Zuhair Murad

Louise Roe in Monique Lhuillier

Which one is your favorite?

17 Things We are Looking Forward to in 2017

We can’t quiet believe that 2016 is sending soon. Although we are very grateful with what we gain in 2016, we are certainly ready to face 2017. There are many things that we are looking forward to next so year, so we picked 17 of them that we hold dearly in our hearts.

  1. Big Little Lies

    A new HBO dramedy mini series based on a book written by Liane Moriarty, created by the creator of Ally McBeal and directed by the director of Dallas Buyers Club and Wild. Released in February, the show is starring big names including Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley.
  2. Haim’s Sophomore Album

    The long-haired sibling trio announced that their second album will be released next summer.
  3. Wonder Woman
    We are getting closer to the first female superhero movie and Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman. Is Chris Pine going to be the Damsel in Distress?
  4. The new iPhone

    News surfacing that Apple is going to release the new iPhone next year which some say will be so cool it will break records.
  5. Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami

    Another book from the Japanese author is coming in our way! This time, the author of Norwegian Wood is giving us a collection of stories about men living without women.
  6. Getting on that driverless car

    We are in the future as driving is getting irrelevant; more and more cities have autonomous cars available.
  7. Green. Green. Green
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    Greenery is Pantone Color of the Year 2017, the yellow-green hue reflects our sentiment of getting more in touch with the environment. We also have seen the manifestations of the color on the runway, including Gucci Spring/Summer 2017 Collection.
  8. Ralph Lauren Autobiography 

    Still untitled, Ralph Lauren is releasing his autobiography next fall to celebrate half century in providing impeccable classic style, not only to America but to the world.
  9. Urban Decay Spring Launch

    In early 2017, Urban Decay will be releasing a new line up that features innovative high tech formulas.
  10. See more of the world 
    Science says that we should spend our money on experience instead of spending them on things. What more valuable to spend our on money on than travelling? The Lonely Planet have curated the best places to visit in 2017. 
  11. Bruno Mars 24k Magic Tour

    We may or may not have repeat Bruno Mars’ latest album non-stop since it was released and we definitely want more. Hopefully he is going to perform near us so we can have that 24k Magic.
  12. #MACMakeupArtCosmetics

    Created by legendary makeup artists Kabuki, James Kaliardos and Diane Kendal, MAC is releasing one large collection that consists of 50 new products for lips, eye and face next January.
  13. Paul Thomas Anderson’s Fashion Drama 

    Teaming up again with Daniel Day Lewis, the movie which is set in 1950’s London fashion scene is in production early 2017 and targeted to be released late in the year.
  14. The ending of Homecoming 

    Homecoming is a psychological thriller podcast starring Catherine Keener, David Schwimmer and internet’s boyfriend Oscar Isaac. Premieres every Wednesday, this has turned to be one of our commute companion.

  15. Last episode of Running Man

    This one is actually bittersweet as we have spent so much time investing in this show. They say all good things has come to an end and at least this famous reality show from South Korea have the chance to write the narrative of their ending.
  16. Arcade Fire New Album

    The Canadian band suggested, through their band member Will Butler that their next album will be released during 2017.
  17. Trunk Show 

    We are in deep preparation for a collaboration with two other local brands. Who are they? What is our collaboration? Stay tune for more information as we keep you updated. You can also can keep guessing in the comments.

DIY Beauty Projects Made Out of Deliciousness

As many news outlets and pretty much everything else have reported and discussed, this week has been very stressful on top of our own hectic responsibilities. A much needed decompressing is very well desired to release all the negative energy and recharge positive vibes. Sometimes getting into DIY projects can be therapeutic and an appealing activity to do during the weekends to breakaway from our strenuous daily routine.

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So why not step away from the screen and get our hands a little bit dirty? Making your own beauty products can be an exciting side project that will totally refresh your mind, body and soul. Here are some homemade beauty tips from natural and yummy ingredients.

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Avocado-Honey Mask

Made out of ingredients that you can find in your fridge, this is an all natural recipe for brightening up your skin.

You will just need about 2 or 3 avocados and 1/4 cup of honey. After cutting the avocados in half, discard the pits and mush them up. Add honey and mix or blend the ingredients together. This mask mix can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days. It’s easy to use, just rub onto your face with your hands, wait for 15 minutes then rinse with cool water. (via brit.co)

 

Green Tea and Pomegranate Toner 

This anti-aging homemade toner is the perfect recipe to give extra rejuvenating benefits for your skin.

What you need:

  • 1/4 cup green tea, cooled
  • 1/8 cup pure pomegranate juice
  • 1/8 cup filtered water
  • Mister bottle

How to prepare:

Steep a green tea bag in hot water. While tea is cooling, dilute pure pomegranate juice with equal parts water. Discard the tea bag and combine green tea with diluted pomegranate juice. Skip the cotton ball and pour the toner into a small mister bottle. One of the most refreshing ways to apply toner is to spritz it on all over your face and neck. Keep refrigerated and use within 2 weeks.

(via helloglow.co)

Lip & Cheek Stain

Homemade beauty doesn’t stop at prepping for healthier skin, but it also extend to into making prettier look. Try making your own lip and cheek stain made out of beets.

Another quick and easy recipe. You will need 1 beet to peeled and chopped then add 4 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of honey. Mix the ingredients together and blend them until smooth.

You can rub it on your cheeks and apply it on your lips. This mix lasts one month if you keep it in the fridge or you can double the time by keeping it in the freezer.
(via Treasures & Travels)

Coconut – Lime Soap
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Put the lime in the coconut and make it into soap!

This set of instructions makes about 64 ounces of soap that you could divide into 16 pieces bar of soap.

Base Oils
15 oz. coconut oil (34.09%)
15 oz. olive oil (34.09%)
8 oz. sunflower oil (18.18%)
6 oz. safflower oil (13.64%)

Lye Solution
14 oz. coconut milk (for more on soap-making with milk, click here)
6.25 oz. lye

When making soap with milk, freeze the milk first, to at least a slushy state, otherwise the milk will burn or curdle when mixed with the lye. When creating your lye solution, very slowly mix the lye, a small amount at a time, into the frozen milk slush. Complete the rest of the recipe as you normally would.

Additives
2 oz. coconut-lime fragrance oil
Lime zest and chopped dried coconut for exfoliant (optional)

As always, remember to let your soaps cure for 4-6 weeks before using or gifting.

(via offbeat + inspired)

Sea Salt Spray 

Now make your own sea salt spray for the wavy beachy look.

What you will need:
1.5 cups of distilled warm water
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp glycerin
Spray bottle

Combine all of the ingredients together into a small bowl and mix them together before pouring the ingredients in bottle and seal it properly. For best result, use warm water and heat the coconut beforehand for smoother even blend. Because of there is oil in the ingredients, shake the bottle before use.

(via Sincerly Kinsey)

So which one of these are you going to try this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

Spring/Summer17 Runway Looks We Wish to Magically Appear in Our Closet

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John Font presented us the ultimate holiday looks with all the swell, curve and jut in the most lovely yet artistic way.
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Blue is the warmest colour and DKNY just made runway to street much easier.
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The ruffles, statement silhouettes and bold patterns; it won’t be hard in making big entrance in these looks.

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Strong looks inspired from strong women designed for strong women.

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We are loving the hint of laces, peek-a-boo cut outs and the strong embellishments. Certainly a great way to show off some skin.

 

Best Dressed at the American Music Awards 2016

It’s hard to argue but the best part of any award show is to look at all beautiful outfits donned by the most talented artists in the industry. So here are our favourite looks from American Music Awards 2016:


Less can be more which proven by Selena Gomez in this elegant red Prada dress.


Keeping the Joanne style but in all-white, Lady Gaga is sleek and crisp in Brandon Maxwell pantsuit.


Dolled up in green and glowing Elie Saab, Hailee Steinfeld completes her look with a popping lip colour.

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As a co-host, Gigi Hadid had the chance to have several outfit changes. For obvious reasons, we can’t just leave them out.

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The first was on the red carpet where she wore an off shoulder Robert Cavalli dress.

Gigi Hadid, AMAs, 2016 American Music Awards
All-red ensemble for the first outfit on stage in fiery red Atelier Versace gown.

Gigi Hadid, AMAs, 2016 American Music Awards
Next is the Julien Macdonald white blazer and short combo.

Gigi Hadid, AMAs, 2016 American Music Awards
Also by Macdonald, the fourth of the night is a sultry skin-tight dress with plunging neckline made out of snakeskin print.

Gigi Hadid, AMAs, 2016 American Music Awards
A contrast from the previous dress, the black turtleneck dress is designed by Nicolas Jebran.

Gigi Hadid, AMAs, 2016 American Music Awards
To end the night Gigi was in a sparkly see-through jumpsuit from Atelier Versace.

Which look is your favorite?

Nasty Gal and the Future of Fashion Ecommerce

Hope you didn’t hear it first here, but few days ago Nasty Gal announced that they have filed for bankruptcy. Take note that the Los Angeles based apparel brand filed for the Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, which under the law of US permits them to reorganisation. Founded by Sophia Amoruso in 2006 (it was Nasty Gal Vintage at first, which she sells vintage stuffs on eBay), the fashion retailer has become one of the most sought after brand and in extend has risen up Amoruso as inspiration for women and entrepreneurs everywhere.

Here at Rêves Studio HQ, we also highly regard both Nasty Gal and Sophia Amoruso as a brand and persona that we look up to. We are definitely supporting all the #girlboss movements that are happening.

From the outside world the announcement came by as a surprise. By the end of last year, Forbes reported an estimation that the company surpassed USD300 millions in revenues. The company even opened its first offline shop in Los Angeles the year before. On the other hand, Nasty Gal is one of many apparel retailers in the past two years to face financial problems in which most of them are trend drive and youth targeted (remember Urban Outfitters, Kitson?)

So what can we learn from it? 

#Girlboss, the frank tell-all autobiography by Amoruso about the challenges of building Nasty Gal turned is a major bestseller; even a Netflix series adapted from the book is set to premiere in 2017. However, this is actually an effort for Amoruso to distanced herself from the brand demonstrated by her stepping down as CEO to be replaced by Sheree Waterson in 2015.

The success of the book and the growing movement of #Girlboss surrounding do not translate into a huge sales to Nasty Gal. It also does not help that there are many allegations about toxic environment of the company were surfacing. From negative reviews on Glassdoor, layoffs to several wrongful termination lawsuits.

Even though the company raised investments up to USD40 million in 2012 and again in 2015 for USD16 million, they had taken several missteps. First, they invested in fulfilment and logistics – including in renting a 500,000 square-foot warehouse. Other startups would have taken years to achieve that step as they usually use third-party services. Also, a shift in strategy was implemented, where they target higher-price brands backfired sales-wise. They would have move into a healthier margins if they shift to direct retail compare to working with wholesalers.

Next, they heavily invested in paid e-commerce acquisition. Google Adwords and Facebook ads are great to drive people to visit your website and be first time buyer – which they have no problem with. Retention is what halts Nasty Gal’s progress, as customers are not coming back to buy again because of perceived low quality and value of the product. Moreover, it is difficult to deliver consistently and keep up for an apparel retailer that is driven by youth and trends.

However, what happened to Nasty Gal can be a learning lesson for us. Whatever the future holds for Nasty Gal, their founder is a genius in constructing brand. Whether the company will achieve success in restructuring or not, Sophia Amoruso is one unstoppable #Girlboss.

 

To Hillary Clinton, Thank You

 

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The citizens of USA have chosen their next president and without fail the world took notice. As a matter of fact, we were not just noticing but we were deeply invested in the outcome of the elections. We were invested in the progress and future USA will bring to the world. If they sneeze, we will catch the cold.

Alas, this journal entry is not about the next Commander in Chief. This entry is a brief retrospective moment on Hillary Clinton for being an excellent exemplar, especially for women everywhere to achieve their own dreams. From the very beginning she pushed all the limitations that come with being a woman with ambitions beyond the traditional gender roles. For years she has proven that women can make a difference over the boundaries of their household and for sure the failure of becoming president will not stop her on making better changes in the society.

So we want to extend our gratitude to Hillary Clinton to put all of her efforts and energy in believing what is best and striving to achieve those beliefs. We want to especially thank her for comforting us when she should be the one getting consoled. Thank you Hillary for saying:

“For all the women – especially the young women, who put your faith in me – I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion.

Now I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling- but someday someone will, and hopefully sooner than we might think right now.

And to all the little girls who are watching this: never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance in the world to pursue your dreams.”

Thank you Hillary Clinton for writing your own narrative so we know how to write our own. Now we continue to fight as nothing ends here.

 

Rêves Studio Presents SS2017: Brushed

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On 24th October 2016, Rêves Studio showcased a new collection for the first time to the public at Jakarta Fashion Week 2017. We were one of the finalists of CLEO Fashion Awards 2016, an annual event that has rocketed many newcomers of the fashion industry in Indonesia for the past eight years. It was a hectic day that concluded weeks of preparation and we are very grateful to be awarded as Most Innovative Local Brand by the end of the night, together with Pvra as the Most Promising Accessories Brand.

⠀⠀⠀The looks that we presented on that night are part of our upcoming Spring/Summer 2017 collection called Brushed.  Heavily inspired by arts, the collection features a lot of paint brushed details embroidery and organza. The colour palette of this collection include burgundy, nude, black and white. Since we are all about Power Dressing, blazers and tailored pants are still included in this collection.  SS2017- Brushed will not be just about a collection of garments, it will be a collection of Arts.

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We also want to give out our biggest thanks to Winston Smith for supporting us with their beautiful nude heels.

Our favourite looks from Paris Fashion Week

We know it has been awhile since Paris Fashion Week took place, but it is not too late to review our favourite Spring/Summer 2017 looks from The City of Light. For one, we are glad to be safe and sound from any gun-pointing incident.

Aalto

pfwaaltoSomehow our generation have the general consensus that we are suffering from Peter Pan Syndrome which makes it harder for us to let go our childhood completely. Aalto undoubtedly made advantage of that by incorporating Moomin into the prints.

Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood

pfwviviennewestwoodThe collection from Vivienne Westwood’s husband, has strong women written all over it with looks designed for women that you should not mess up with.

Balmainpfwbalmain “Fit for Khaleesi”, is how we would describe our favourite looks, especially the rosewood dress styled with black choker definitely reminds us the costume of Emilia Clarke’s powerful character on Game of Thrones.

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Sheer power. Chloe mixed this season’s trend with square necks and shoulder and graphic prints. Classic.

 

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“Standing on Stardust” may be how Elie Saab would call his Spring/Summer 2017 Collection, but this collection certainly would make us feel like we are actually wearing the stardust sparkles.

Louis Vuitton 

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Mastering the sheer trend this season, Louis Vuitton presents the best out of it. Sheer fabric? check. Cut out? check. Graphic prints? check.

Miu Miu 

pfwmiumiuTaking a spin at the classic retro mixing up with beach looks of the past, Miu miu is offering unique looks for those who still want to wear knitted garments in the summer.

Valentino  

whatsapp-image-2016-10-18-at-16-50-56This collection from Valentino has the most romantic feel compares to the previously reviewed collections. Romantic does not always mean is safe and boring, in fact, our favourite looks are daring to wear as you can see from the maxi dresses made out of see-through fabrics with embellishments that clearly show the silhouettes of the models. The nude dress actually reminds us of the ball gown Kristen Bell wore for the Emmys.