Dinner Date // Union, Plaza Senayan

12 March 2014

I love that floral dresses are always 'in' every spring and summer; they're pretty and feminine, and even though they're the simplest thing to just slip on, they also transition well from day to unexpected dinner date.

The latest addition to my floral collection is from New Look, a popular, very budget-friendly British store. It's one of those stores that I often find nothing in but then a season hits and there's a bunch of items I really like. I spotted the red of this dress as I was passing the shop entrance and although I had no intention of doing any shopping that day (isn't that what we always say?!) the V-neck, A-line and short sleeves is something I know always works well on me. Add that to the floral print, and it was basically sold before I even tried it on.

One of our new favourite places in Jakarta is a restaurant/bar called Union. It has the feel of a Parisian cafe and does cocktails to die for. This was a school night though, so instead we just headed to Coldstone after dinner to share ice-cream.

Some very important decisions being made.
Coldstone for dessert
The prettiest gift wrap store. Even though it's tiny I always have to go in just to look at the beautiful things inside.

After dinner and ice-cream, I took an opportunity to snap a quick iPhone outfit selfie in a changing room. I have to confess...I haven't quite got the courage to stand and have outfit photos taken in public here yet. It was so easy in Korea, no-one ever batted an eyelid since they're such a click-happy nation. It's socially acceptable expected that you take selfies - girls, guys, mums, dads, sometimes grandmas...everyone takes 'selcas' (Korean word for them - from self camera) everywhere!  It's also not uncommon to see couples or groups of friends doing full photo-shoots of one another in the street for no particular reason. Here it's quite a different story; just trying to take a few shots at Christmas time I drew plenty of funny looks. I know I'll just have to suck it up and get on with it sometime, but until then, please bear with me!

Outfit Details
Floral Dress - New Look 

Pashli Bag - Phillip Lim via Shopbop
Ring - J.Crew (old)
Spiked Necklace - H&M (Not online but this season)

Watch - Marc Jacobs via Shopbop

Anyone else get really embarrassed doing outfit shots? Have any of you got any tips on how to make the whole process bearable with lots of eyes on you? I'd love to hear if you have


  1. I love the dress!
    What nail varnish colour do you have on?! Beautiful colour.
    I take photos in the garden - like you I'm not courageous to go 'public' yet. However ur photos are always stunning:)
    Angele x

    1. Aw, thank you!

      The nail polish is from a korean brand called Skin food. It's color 'Apple Milk'. It's similar to Essie Mint Candy Apple and kind of similar to OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, if thats any help?


  2. i love that little red dress. I too am a sucker for anything floral :) I absolutely hate taking outfit photos in public. on the rare occasion i do, i feel like everyone is pointing and laughing. so, i end up taking them in the comfort of my in laws back yard. it's getting a little old though, so i may start trying to venture out again soon...i'll let you know how that goes ;)
    xo jac

    1. yeh, that's kinda how I started to feel here. It was so easy in korea, so I wasn't prepared for getting so many looks, haha! x

  3. Love the dress beautiful! And yes I totally understand the embarrassment of photos in public! I just try to pretend I'm in the middle of a movie and if anything awkward happens I can just laugh about it later! Just go for it!! If you get wired looks just tell them you have a blog and self promote hehe :)
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    1. Good idea, I may take your advice and give it a shot sometime. I'll let you know how it goes! :) x

  4. Hi Amelia!

    I love your dress! You are right, floral dresses are very feminine!
    As you know I live in Dubai... I also do 'Outfits of the Day' on my blog and I like shooting them outside!
    I was very self conscious at the beginning... but now it's ok! I guess it's just a question of confidence... Just forget everybody around you and have fun! We are not doing anything wrong, right?!
    My hubby takes all my pics, we do them in a 'paparazzi' style... that helps also! :-)
    Can't wait to see more fashion posts... I love your style!
    Much love!

  5. Beautiful dress, and your food looks delicious!

    Totally understand what you mean about outfit photo's... Here in the UK I find it very awkward to take photo's in public, everyone gives you strange looks, and you even get called horrible things too! I resorted to taking photo's in my garden to avoid socially awkward moments! However I have noticed that visitors to our country, for example from Korea, China & Japan, love to take photographs at every possible moment, it's quite admirable, and also it amazes me how everyone else just accepts it too! haha. How strange that we are made to feel like this even in your home country :/

    Laura x

  6. I hate taking photos in front of people and when cars drive past! I try and find an emptyish road to the them in! It's easier in winter when people aren;t outside so much but now it's getting nicer there is always people around!

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  7. *giggle* As an Indonesian I can honestly say that they looked at you not because you were taking selfies. They did because you are a "bule" or Westerners. Many Indonesians are still amazed with bules.

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  8. This dress is gorgeous, it looks beautiful on you! And I agree, New Look can sometimes be a hit and miss, but every now and then you can find a gorgeous gem there!

    How funny about the selfies being popular in Korea and not so much in Jakarta! I struggle with taking outfit photos in public too - whether it's my husband taking them of me, or just me taking selfies, it feels so strange. I remember Emily from Cupcakes & Cashmere said that there were always people looking funnily at her whenever she was taking photos / being photographed, but she just tries to ignore the people. If she can do it and run a successful blog (and look amazing in all the photos), then that's a good lesson for us!

  9. Haha I can totally sympathize about taking pictures in public! It's still kind of awkward for me in some situations.

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