Osprey Fairpoint 40L Review

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When I did my trip to Thailand and Malaysia for my birthday, I decided to bring a backpack instead of a luggage. One is because I had a connecting flight from Bangkok to Phuket with different aircrafts. Meaning if I were to have my bag checked, I have to take it from the conveyor belt and re-check it for the next flight. Two, there were a lot of walking with the bag. And having a rolling suitcase wasn’t sound appealing to me.

Before purchasing the Osprey Fairpoint, I initially bought a backpack from Quechua (I don’t remember which exactly). The price was cheaper and it was easier to get for me. However, the size was just too big. I believe I chose the 50L one. I fear of stuffing it to the max and it will exceed the allowed weight for carry on. Also when I compare to the Osprey one, the Osprey one is much more comfortable worn.

The main reason why I go for Fairpoint 40L is because this pack is carry-on accepted. As long as you don’t bring too much so that it exceeds the weight allowance. It’s also front-loading backpack. Meaning, it can open up just like a suitcase. I really hate top loading backpack if I want to use it as my suitcase replacement. Those are the two most important aspects that I look for before purchasing a travel pack.

The hip belt is also a very great feature. I found this helps a lot to distribute the weight so I can carry my pack longer without having shoulder pain. Also it’s very padded which makes it comfortable and doesn’t dig into my hip. Unfortunately, there’s no zipper on the hip belt that I can use to store my phone or passport for easy access.

This pack can also turn into a duffel if you’d like. There’s a special flap to cover the shoulder straps when you don’t want to use it as a backpack. And it’s also came with a separate cross body strap. So when you want to check it in your shoulder straps can be tucked away safely to not get caught in anything.

So to make it easier to read,

Pros:

  • Carry-on acceptable
  • Front loading pack
  • Adjustable hip belt
  • Shoulder straps can be zipped away

When it comes to things that I don’t really like about this pack, I have a few. One is the size. Although it’s supposedly not a large pack, I feel like it’s still big on my back. I look like a teenage mutant ninja turtle when I have it on. Oh I forgot to mention that mine is the S/M version of the two (there’s one that’s M/L). Which means it’s 38L instead of 40L. So it should look better for my 163cm figure than the bigger version. But still, I look like a turtle. Not a very pretty look.

As I mentioned previously, there’s no pocket on the hip belt. Although is not a deal breaker, I wouldn’t mind to have it. A lot of people mentioned that the mesh pockets on the front are too tight to fit water bottles in. To me, I don’t care about that because I hate carrying water bottles outside like that even if they fit. So you decide if it’s a con or you also don’t care.

One last thing, the placement of the laptop compartment is on the front of the pack instead of closer to your back. People say it’s annoying to have it on the front for balance compare to having it on the back. I have no personal experience to add to the discussion. So I should have just shut up and not mention this at all, I know.

Now TL;DR of the cons:

  • Too bulky for my body (163cm & 50kg)
  • No hip belt pocket
  • Mesh pockets don’t fit water bottles
  • Laptop compartment placement

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This is how I look with the backpack on. Granted it was way too full. I bought two new pairs of shoes, which I shouldn’t have. Also I brought a full face snorkel mask which took up about 30% of the bag width.

So there you have it, I finally found the motivation to type up a review of the Osprey Fairpoint 40L from my experience. Not gonna lie, I sometimes browse to look for replacement. But for now there’s no urgent need to shell out >€100 for a new backpack that I don’t use everyday.

So how about you? Do you prefer suitcase or backpack for travel?

Easy Jersey Dress Look

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Wearing a dress is probably the easiest way to dress up during the summer months. One garment and done. If it’s really really really hot, you don’t even have to bother with a jacket although bigger chance I probably would still bring one just in case. That’s just the kind of person I am.

And jersey is just an easy material, not too thick so I don’t feel suffocated inside. I am not one to wear a sleeveless dress (or tops) but when the sun is basically on top of my head 1) I don’t want to risk having a t-shirt tan and 2) It’s just bloody hot! I kind of have no option.

The easiest and comfiest and the most me way of dressing this is by wearing sneakers as footwear of choice. I tried with my Isabel Marant Etoile Dicker boots once but it’s just not right. I’m not giving up just yet though! There must be a way to wear the two together.

By the way, I just recently re-discovered LOVE.FEAT.ZACARI by Kendrick Lamar feat Zacari (duh). And it’s so good!!! Also Selfish by Future and Rihanna?! I’m on the mellow vibe lately. Maybe because the rain has been visiting us more often than the past few weeks. Despite being mellow, I still can appreciate the music video of LOYALTY.FEAT.RIHANNA by Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna. That is so siiick! Kung Fu Kenny is on FIRE! Ok I’m off topic now. Time to head out.

What do you guys listen to lately?

How I Plan to Save Money for My Wedding

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Breaking news: Deo and I are getting married! The trip to Indonesia that we took a few weeks ago was to discuss him and I getting married with my parents. Probably not the most cost effective thing to do but we both glad we took the trip and talked to them in person. And now come the half fun half stressful part of the wedding. Planning it.

If it were up to us, Deo and I would have been married by now without any ceremonies. We would have gone to the city hall and paid €200 and be done with it. Not too romantic I know, but that would have happened if I disregard my mother’s request. We might still throw a mini hey we’re married now party but nothing like a wedding reception at all. But I love my mom to bits and I would want her to have what she wants. So we’re doing the whole shebang in March 2018 in Indonesia.

The things I will mention below might confuse you because Indonesians do wedding quite differently than the west. On average, people invite about 1000 people to their weddings (at least the weddings I attend to and my friends do). You might ask “do you even know 1000 people???”. And I would have answered no, and they probably would to. But in Indonesia, the people who got invited to a wedding is not just close family or the bride and groom’s friends. Both parents’ friends are also invited. Also the extended of their extended families. It’s seen as a ‘gift’ to your parents to throw a party before you leave their house.

And since what I want is a complete opposite to what the norm is in Indonesia. My mother and I agreed to meet in the middle. Which means, I can save some money from not planning a regular Indonesian wedding. And here are some ways I plan to save money for my wedding.

1. Doing it at home

Our wedding will be held at home in Indonesia. My family has done this several times in the past. It’s not the same house, but we got this. My mom’s second wedding as well as my aunt’s wedding were held at our old family house. And I remembered both being more cozy and close as opposed to the weddings I have been to in the past. We do have to rent a tent (a nice event worthy tent) and some chairs. But it’s nothing compared to the bills we have to pay if we were to book a ballroom or some sort.

2. Limited invitations

When my Indonesian friend got married, she sent out 600 invitations (resulting in roughly 1200 guests). She also invited her closest friends through Facebook additionally as well as her immediate family. Which means there were more than 1200 people came to her wedding reception. So when I said limited invitations that means I expect to have up to 100 people in my wedding including my family. It’s still a lot for me, but my parents would like to invite their closest friends so the number of guest can get closer to 100.

3. Spotify is my DJ

I’m in love love love with Spotify. I’ve been trying to start to curate my own playlists for my wedding. There’s no need to hire a band since my home in Indonesia is not that big. I would much prefer for people to just chat around with a soft music in the background. This way I’m paying only €7.50 for my DJ.

4. Home cooked meals

Like I have mentioned earlier, my mom’s second and my aunt’s wedding were held at my family home. And for my aunt’s wedding, my other aunt cooked almost all of the meals that were served during the reception. At least most or maybe all of the main dishes. And my aunt who cooks is quite possibly the best cook in the whole world. So I believe we can save some moolah for this wedding when it comes to food without compromising quality.

5. No liquors/alcoholic beverage

Liquors are expensive. And since this wedding will be a muslim wedding, we won’t be serving any liquor/alcoholic beverage. If none of my coworkers decide to come to this reception, I think not one person will even realize the lack of alcohol in this wedding.

6. No engagement ring

Since the wedding is still many moons to come, people have been nagging me to get an engagement ring. But I stood my ground to not wanting to have one. Because firstly it’s really not a necessity in my book and secondly I despise the thought of Deo having to spend thousands of euros just for a ring that will be replaced come March. Because I plan to wear my wedding band and my wedding band only. I’m not that into jewellery thus there’s really no reason to spend a ludicrous amount of money on a ring. Shoes? We can talk about it…

There are also other articles that I can save money from such as having my ‘dress’ (I won’t be wearing a dress per se, it’s something traditional-ish) tailor made by my mom’s go to lady. As well as getting our wedding bands made in Indonesia for a fraction of the price from getting them in Europe. I will be updating this space when I can share more detail about what I do end up saving as well as splurging (I’m drooling over a pair of Manolo’s at this minute).

Summer Beauty Favorites

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It’s been a hot minute since the last time I posted a beauty favorites post. Or maybe it’s just been a hot minute since I post about anything at all. But I have made a deal to myself to blog more religiously and improve the quality of my content. I hope you guys stick around with me for more contents in the future!

This year summer is different than all the summers I have had in the past (I moved to a country with four seasons in 2011 so before that I didn’t really have summer). This year we have had so many hot days. Way more than 2016 as far as I can remember. In The Netherlands they always say that we only have about 2 weeks of ‘nice’ (nice is subjective, in here, it means warm) weather a year. But oh boy 2017 is the year of long Summer. I had to panic buy lots and lots of sleeveless tops, denim cutoffs, and linen everything. Which I returned about 95% of them because I came to realize that I hate summer dressing. But summer beauty is different. You get to be heavy handed with your bronzer and your face looks healthier than any other season. That’s how I feel anyway.

Speaking of being heavy handed with bronzer, the one that I have been using non stop is my NARS Laguna bronzer. I can’t say I have tried a lot of bronzers out there but Laguna takes the cake for me. The tone of the bronzer just emits warmth to my face with the slight shimmer in it. NARS Laguna on me don’t look too noticeable upon first application so I can build it up to my liking. Which is my preference when it comes to cheek products actually. I don’t need them to be too pigmented as long as they are buildable.

Waterproof mascara is arguably the most important thing that I stock up to prepare before summer. This year, I purchased Fairy Drops Scandal Queen waterproof mascara off of ASOS as my waterproof mascara of choice. Initially, I was slightly underwhelmed by the performance of this mascara. I am a lover of thick full lashes so I really like to wiggle the wand on the roots of my lashes to give them super full coat. Unfortunately this mascara didn’t deliver when I first used it. But once it’s opened for a little while, I can achieve my lash dream with this mascara. And the formula holds the curl until you have time to take it off. And you need a powerful waterproof eye makeup remover to do so. My favorite is this one.

For a good lip moisturizer that has spf in it, I have been using By Terry Baume de Rose lip balm. You might think I’m nuts for spending around €40 on a pot of lip balm, but I’d like to slip in a small bit of luxury in my day to day life sometime. And this one just do the trick. I’m so happy that this lip balm has spf 15 built in so I can avoid getting burn lips. Funny story, I didn’t know I was capable of getting burned (this was stupid I know) and so ignorant of the pain it brings until my holiday in Thailand that I missed a spot on my shoulder. After that I have made a promise to myself to better overdose on the sunscreen than getting burned.

When I was in Marrakesh in June, I purchased myself a small bottle of argan oil infused with gardenia in it. And so far my favorite way of using the oil is as an oil perfume. My mom used to buy the small pot of oil perfumes from The Body Shop when I was young, so using an oil perfume now makes me feel slightly nostalgic. The gardenia scent in it just so soft and feminine yet so memorable. The way I apply it usually by rubbing a small dot onto both my hands and my neck. Moisturizing + smelling good at the same time. Unfortunately I can’t tell you where to get this anywhere other than Marrakesh. Even then I don’t remember where exactly I bought it (somewhere in the beginning of anti atlas mountain). But you probably can try a perfume by Aerin.

And you might wonder, where is the favorite sunscreen, Ellya??? Oh well, I was just using up my Rituals one and I kind of hate it now that it’s so hot. It’s a bit too oily for the summer time. I do like the one I just bought from La Roche Posay but don’t feel comfortable saying it’s a favorite since I have had it in my possession for about a week. It’s this one if you’re curious.

So now that I have spilled all my favorites for the summer months, can I say that I can’t wait for fall to come?