Thursday, 6 December 2012

Do Not Date a Girl Who Writes

Do not date a writer. She has convinced herself that she is God. She will capture you between her two open palms and squeeze your diaphragm gently within her middle and index finger. She’ll laugh when you squirm, and tickle your bronchi. She’s read articles that have been telling her for weeks that being woken up at 5 AM by the girl who’s been digging nail marks into your shoulders for the past three weeks, might be a good thing. Because she has finally tasted language again and wants to tell you about it. Maybe she wants to ink it across your body. She might even want to write it on your shoulders with her tongue. Your protests will fall on deaf ears, she’s forgotten your name and where you met, she only remembers that she loves you because she has learned the sulk of your bottom lip.

Try mouthing words at her, she won’t listen ‘baby I have a 7 o’clock start. I’m tired.’ You’ll realise soon enough, if you stay, that time means nothing to her. The clocks have stopped. She’ll shush you quietly, or prise your mouth open and chew on the inside of your cheek or she’ll clamber out of bed on coltish legs to drink whiskey from a wine glass. The dimples on her knees will remind you of commas, but she will not always let you touch them. I’m exercising my right as a woman, she’ll say, when you want sex and she doesn’t feel it because she’s spent the weekend fucking poetic verse and her mouth is too tired to kiss you and her teeth are aching.

There’s trails of dust she’ll leave in her wake. The bed will be empty on Sunday mornings because she is sitting on the roof, smelling of alcohol and cigarettes and all the novels she’s slept with and the ink she’s bitten into. There will be curdled milk in the fridge, cheese three weeks off, and always cake. These days will be her worst. Her screams will fill your ears like lead if you try to touch her. She’ll turn her back on you and curl herself onto your favourite chair and spend hours there, watchful and irritable. She’ll leave you if you speak to her and there are days when you will wonder if she will ever come back, or if she has found another muse. Messages aren’t always read. And if they are, responses aren’t always found.

She’ll rip the skin of your back to pieces when she loves you again. The edges of your jaw will bear the three pronged ridges of her teeth. Her syntax will pour into your mouth like aged wine and she will use her body to curve herself around you like a vine and these will be the best and worst hours of your life.

You know her happiness is short lived. She will give you herself only when she wants to and then she will take it away. You do not own me, she’ll say, I own myself. I’m kept only by language. I’ll cheat on you with words. She has filled herself up already, and there is no room for you.

Do not date a writer. She thinks she is God.

 ―5000letters, “Do Not Date a Girl Who Writes” (via fleurishes)

 But my advice is, whoever you date, buy her icecream!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

The Best Advice An Indonesian Father Give to Her Daughter about Love

"It is ok makanya jangan naksir berat berteman dulu sampai cukup akrab. Writing tresno jalaran kulino. Rasa sayang itu karena sering berjumpa dan saling kenal, jadi kamu balik prosesnya: kenalan dulu dengan baik. Sedih sebentar saja, lalu ceria lagi, anggap saja kayak berdoa saja pilih sepatu, belum cocok nomornya, berdoa saja, nanti Tuhan yang sediakan buat kamu. Nanti di Jakarta kita diskusikan. Sekarang stay cool. Mengucap syukur, berarti Tuhan belum berkehendak. Tenang saja, Kak. Cheer up, jangan sedih."

Thursday, 1 November 2012

You've Got Mail: We Are Here to Make a Contribution

Happy November everyone!
November is a very good month. It is the last month where we have a chance to finish and accomplish all the goals that we made at the beginning of 2012 before December 31st is coming! I love November because it is the month where hopefully once in a year I will be wiser, since my birthday is in November. I am turning 21 this November 11. Isn't exciting? I turned 21 years old in the United States. It must mean something.

This morning I received a very thoughtful email from my dad. He just sent it to me and my brother. Oh, my father also just turned 49 last Tuesday (10/30). His birthday is always a mark that my birthday is coming soon (my birthday is 12 days after his birthday).

The email is an article "We are here to Make a Contribution" by Rick Warren about what our purpose  in life is and how we can contribute. I think it would be really nice to share it with everyone since today is a new beginning of a new month, new day! Have a bless month all!

"It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others." (Ephesians 2:10 LB)
God calls you to a service far beyond anything you could ever imagine. You were put on Earth to make a contribution. You weren’t created just to consume resources — to eat, breath, and take up space. God designed you to make a difference with your life. You were created to add to life on Earth, not just take from it. God wants you to give something back. The Bible says, “In our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10b TEV). These “good deeds” are your service to the world. Whenever you serve others in any way, you are actually serving God and fulfilling one of your purposes (Colossians 3:23-24; Matthew 25:34-45; Ephesians 6:7). What God told Jeremiah is also true for you: “Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work" (Jeremiah 1:5a NCV). When most people think of this "special work," they think of pastors, priests, and professional clergy, but God says every member of his family is to minister. In the Bible, the words "servant" and "minister" are synonyms, as are service and ministry. If you are a Christian, you are a minister, and when you’re serving, you’re ministering. Have you ever wondered why God doesn’t just immediately take us to Heaven the moment we accept his grace? Why does he leave us in a fallen world? He leaves us here to fulfill his purposes. Once you are saved, God intends to use you for his goals. God has a ministry for you in his Church and a mission for you in the world.

E-card I made for my dad's birthday two days ago.
Kiss and Love,

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Adobe Illustrator: Designs for Menu and Advertisment

These two designs below are my some of the first assignments we did for Graphic Design. We had to make a menu and an ad using Adobe Illustrator. I never knew how to use Adobe Illustrator before until I took this class.  I found the tools in Illustrator are more handy and specified. It is not like Photoshop which allows someone to do more of photo editing. In Illustrator, we could not use it for photo-editing.

The idea of the restaurant is an urban-setting European-fusion cafe. It has to look simple and chic. With the design of the menu, I could definitely see a very cozy monotone architecture with black and white as the colours that dominate the furniture.

The second design is to make an advertisement of an invented-company. As I love creating, designing, writing, my company is a designing company. The idea of the design was inspired by the design for a better life poster (it is on my two previous posts). My professor said it is s really good and attention-getter design. The message is clear.  "We design what you want". The second important thing that has to be appealing is the name of the company, which is ink and print. As we all know, as every company moves toward digital era, all we need is just the website address of the company and its motto -- right below the company name.  The services are the block on the left-top. It is the third message that is wanted to be delivered in the ad.

Using Illustrator is really easy, however there are so many different techniques that can be used for one particular object. It is the role of designer to practice and make themselves comfortable with different tools in Adobe Illustrator.

To Write is to Feel

My life in Waverly, IA, United States is about projects. Project is the term that I use to describe anything I do that is not school related and solely to fulfill my hobby. I have been thinking for such a long time to write a novel. My experience in Italy was more than enough for me to write about it. But I haven't got the big-push yet what to really write about. There were just so many things going on in that two years. There are too many people I met, too many people I like, too many good stories to share -- in a good way.  I do not know what would be the focus of that one. Based on novels I have read so far, in a good love novel, there are only two main characters, the lovers and other supporting characters the ex's lovers, their families and friends.

However though, recently after this summer, I think I got a really break-out inspiration to getting it going. And today, believe it or not, I already got 765 words for the novel. I love creative writing. Sometimes I wish I go to college to just study to be a writer. So that I can just focus on writing. The problem is I have to many interests and hobby and things I want to do in life. It is hard for me to focus now. But, at least I have started today.

This motivation came back again when three weeks ago, I remember what my Bahasa Indonesia teacher in SMA Santa Ursula, Pak Eko, told me that if I want to write a book I have to spend the time at 30 minutes to an hour to do that. And I think I have to start doing it. Plus, I already got a really good characters for the main part of the book.

I already get an abstract about the book. 

"... But, I think you are a character yourself. I do not know whether we are going to meet again near in the future. And this is what makes it more exciting. I will develop my own story and so do you. I hope you are happy now, because I am."

It is basically the reason why this story came up. it is so much influenced by James Patterson's book Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas. And I think that is pretty exciting! Who does not love story about strangers, summer vacation, distance? I like those kind of stories. I want to thank my friend too, Dinda Sekar who keep asking me "Why not making an online novel, a book, a short story?" I told her, I have the a note-book that I sometimes write about. but I don't move it yet to an electronic version. I am getting excited.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Remember from my previous post, my friend has asked me to contribute in her super inspiring website Dream Inc? The article is up. I hope it is inspiring enough for everyone to reach out their dreams!

All the best, 

Here is the link for the interview.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Fall Break

I have been having Fall Break since Thursday. It has been busy. I have to catch up with some readings and having myself  a break for a little bit. I've also been working on photos that we did last weekend and a profile about myself for a friend who has a blog about dream (click here to see the blog -- it is inspiring). I will contribute writing about my dreams and how it came true. Will post the edited photos soon! Keep safe and warm everyone!

Kiss and Love, 
Coming up soon!

Yeay! Finally got the "exchanged shoes" from Urban. Size 8 and black!

Before: It was red and the size (9) was too big.

Dream Jobs through Design

Couple months ago, I tumbled upon a really simple yet sophisticated website called R&D Research and Development. I found an eye-catching piece of art that says "A better life through good design". It is not just because it is written on a yellow paper, but the words really gather my attention that good design could make a better life.

We have seen many encouragement words that brings positivity. in posters, banners, and so on. For examples quotes that are put as wallpapers to encourage people to live their lives to the fullest.

example of design for a better day in life : don't look back!

Then, I came up with an idea of my favourite topic to talk about -- my future, especially my future career. Why not making a simple chic list to kind of keep ourselves on track, to remind us our goals, especially when it comes to dream jobs. 

So, I came up with a really simple design that might help people to list what they really want to be in life. It is really simple. I am still using the contrast, repetiton, alignment and proximity principle from my Graphic Design class. Here are the designs: (black and white and pink). Feel free to have one for yourself!

Here are some tips how you can make the list:
1. To make your list more realistic , it is better to list the job that you can see yourself in 5-10 years from now. However, set your dream jobs high!
2. You can fill the list with any kind of jobs you have in mind (but remember, the kind of jobs that you wanted to have when you were a kid and now is not relevant to you major/minor are better opted out). For example, in junior high I wanted to be a doctor, but I realised I am not such a scientific person and afraid of blood. Therefore, I would not list "Doctor" as my dream job.
 3. For aesthetic matter, you might want to group the jobs according to
      - the nature of the job
      - length of the job (for example the longest would be on the top)
      - the hard-reach to easy-reach. 
4. It would be nice to print one and keep this list on your desk, and it will make it a kind of motivator for you. 

Feel free to get a copy of the list by just right-click and save as image.

Here is an example of the full list: (the order is based on the length of the words)

Hope everyone finds the list useful! 

Kiss and Love, 
Rut Nastiti

Thursday, 25 October 2012


She is love crazy and loves living vicariously through other people's love stories. She sincerely wants to find the person that she is supposed to spend the rest of her life with. But unfortunately, she thinks every man that gives her butterflies is that person


Monday, 22 October 2012

Behind Nastilicious

I have been thinking of changing my blog name from Nastilicious to Nash.Nastilicious is a name that I made up myself since I was in 7th grade of junior high school. I remember it was the Friendster period that I want to come up with a name for my album.

 Nowadays, that "Nastilicious" name consists of so many conotations. A year or two ago, I Googled word, "Nastilicious" what I found out was Urban Dictionary defines it as  "Something that is horribly disgusting, but you love it anyway." I know I am lovable, but I am not horribly disgusting! :) 

And that is not me at all, nasty (the other conottation that people usually associate it with).  The name of Nastilicious was actually a combination of my last name and the word "delicious" -- Nastiti + delicious = Nastilicious.I remember my headmaster in high school liked to call my last name with his Canadian accent that sound like "Rut Nasty-ti" -- something like that. 

While Nash is a nickname of my last name - Nastiti. I wish my family name is NASH. Remember Nastiti is not my family name. In our family, we don't have family name. My father name is K. Hartadi, so if I would have a last name is Hartadi or his first name -- but I just don't. This is why I really want to have a last name like Nash! And Nash still sounds playful like Nastilicious too. It even has more energy and positivity -- good for long term branding. 

So what do you guys think? Hit me with comments please!

Kiss and Love

Friday, 12 October 2012

Graphic Design: Audrey Hepburn and Her Words

These are the artworks of my favourite Audrey Hepburn's quotes. I call back a memory from highschool when two years ago a in the middle of our intense conversation about values, cultures and such, a good friend of mine said to me "Rut, you are so prudent". That time I did not know the meaning of prudent and she explained, "You just want to do everything in a very proper and right way, follow the rule, thinking what's ideal. I told her, "Oh, well. So there is nothing wrong about being prudent."

A year after that "prudent talk":, when I heard the word prudent, I always associated it with Audrey Hepburn. Hepburn is always is symbol of fashion, a lady, a humanitarian, happiness, and love. She is a prudent, too.

The design is simple. I tried to follow the basic principle of graphic design, the class I am taking now, which is CRAP principle. Wait, don't think I am not prudent. CRAP stands for contrast, rrepetition, alignment, and proximity. I realized that right-alignment is the most effective alignment, while centered sometimes makes readers more difficult to read. And the "Love, Audrey Hepburn" part is definitely repetition.

Back to Hepburn again. Many of you might not have known that she died from a sort of cancer. While October is the month of Breast Cancer Awareness, it is important to commemorate those who suffered or survive from cancer, especially Breast Cancer with positive attitudes, words, and encouragement. And all those positivity are shown from my favourite Hepburn's quotes.

Yes, Paris 2013. Montepellier is a good idea too!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Fall Sky Collection

October, I welcome you. Thanks for bringing such wonderful colours to Wartburg. There is nothing much to say about Ocotber; the presidential debate, my father's birthday, Zac Effron's birthday (hey, he was born in 1987 -- fyi: according to Chinese zodiac a 1991-born will make a compatible partner with 1987-born, yes Zac Efron!). And October is the month of Breast cancer awareness too, which I feel personal connection with.

Life in the college has been so smooth, as smooth as the frosting of cupcakes. I already have first-quiz for all my subjects. All the pictures above were taken during my 30 minutes study break for my International Relations class. It was on Tuesday. I could not resist not to take my camera outside to spend 15 minutes to capture the beautiful sky, trees, and leaves.

Fall Sky Collection through my Fish-eyeploration.

It makes a beautiful painting in the sky

Merrangas (Indonesian (n) falling)

Stay strong


Yellow in the sky



Chances are you still very much like him.  Because

#1. You don't even dare to make an eye-contact with him
#2. You don't even dare to say hi to him
#3. You don't even dare to smile to him
#4. You are very much nervous when he is around
#5. You write this.
#6. You regretted that you did not do #1-3.

Why flirting to someone whom I like is very hard? Duh! Does Wartburg offer Flirting 101?
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" -Albert Einstein

Friday, 28 September 2012

Fish-Eye Lens: The Playful Lense

I got my packet today from a camera shop in Brooklyn, NY. It is my fish-eye lens. I was so excited to have it. I also ordered a polaroid camera -- but honestly I want that fish eye more somehow! I opened first and tadaaaa... I was first dissapointed. It's a 46mm!! How the hook it is going to be screwed in to my camera? So I called the seller. He explained me. Apparently, there is an adapter of 58mm lense that I need to attach on the very top of my outer lens! It worked really well. However tho, it does not give the fish-eye effect if you zoom it in too wide, it has to be un-zoomed, or at least don't finish the zooming range. I like the round frame of the lens, however it will be too monotone with less zoom-range variations.

And here are the shoots so far.
p.s: all the photos are tweaked using Photoshop CS5 to make them look oldish like in Lomo fish eye.

Audrey above my head

My sleeping space with 0.0 zoom

The fish-eye effect works well here

My bed-time stories

Netanyahu made it to the headline

My luck in the United States

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

When Words Meet Design

You all know that I a am very visual person yet I love to play with words.I was making my Indonesian Sosro Jasmine Tea when I thought about these words. I really like the strong scent of the teabag. I opened the drawer and it's nicely stung my nose. Right away, I think about parallelism. Something that is parallel with the soft jasmine petals and the sensation  -- one's lips, a kiss. 

The pink colour represents a feminine side of the texts. Blue is a soft colour that is related to emotion, And triangle show the complexity of love. One like the other, the other like another person.

I love to play with my vision, my words, with my imagination.
 Kiss and Love
Rut Nastiti

p.s: this is obviously not the best design I ever made it only took twenty minutes. However, I like to connect my words and visions. 

p.s: Attention-attention, just got  a message from my dad that my parents are on the way to KLIA now to fly back to Indonesia. My mom is in a good condition after her chemotherapy. Thanks all for the prayers and moral supports. We really appreciate :)

Today's Pick 09/18/2012 Two Ways Monoline

Today's weather this morning was cold - it is nice to have a long sleeve clothes. So I picked my favorite top that I found this summer in an H&M store in New York. It only has two colours, grey and black. And let's put yellow as a punch line here.

Kiss and Love, 

Monday, 17 September 2012

Days Without

So I decided to opt out as a Facebook user. I am no longer Facebook user. The decision was made because it is the busiest period in college, Especially with courses I am taking. It all requires reading, online quizzes, homework - Facebook is a huge distraction. And I am easily distracted. And I stalk my crushes a lot on Facebook. So, con te partiro, time to say goodbye. Facebook, I love but I hate you.

p.s: Hello, teman-teman dan pembaca semua. Mohon dukungan solidaritas doa untuk chemo ke-4 my mother. Berhubungan dengan sistem imun, chemo kali ini akan berbeda obat antibitoiknya untuk itu efeknya juga pasti akan beda. She just called me, she was worried too. Mudah-mudahan semua berjalan lancar dan besok sore beliau sudah bisa balik lagi ke Jakarta. Terimakasih, I really appreciate. Kiss and love, Rut

Today's Pick 09/07/2012

Today's weather is pretty chilly. I feel like wearing something warmer - but still with a twist of my favourite items. I always like boy-ish look. It's comfy and leave this impressive accent. My t-shirt is a little bit too classy for an Iowan Private College Lutheran school :) A Nude Beach Life Guard in midwest? Impossible.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

I Still Like You

It's always times like these
When I think of you
And I wonder
If you ever
Think of me

 If I could fall
Into the sky
Do you think time
Would pass me by
'Cause you know I'd walk
A thousand miles
If I hold you
If I could see you

A Thousand Mile, Vanessa Carlton

Saturday, 8 September 2012

September Issue 2012

Reasons why September never was a cloudy day :

1. My brother's birthday (09/02)


2. First day of school as a sophomore (09/06)

Outfit I wore on the first day of school - without the cap's that's Selasi's!

Wartburg's first football match game (09/01)

3. First WRSL consultation of academic year 2012-2013 was by me Rut Nastiti (09/06)

4. My father's graduation (09/08 WIB)

5. My brother's confirmation (09/08 WIB)

6. My first audition and involvement in Theater, I read some Anna in the Tropics in Spanish (09/08)

7. First sophomore party (09/08 Central Time)


8. My grandfather's 79 birthday (09/09) and my birthday is (11/11) haha

Frankfurt Spring 2011

--- list will be continued until the end of September :)
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