Under the pen name Sel, Selena Soemakno is a student from Indonesia who is going to continue her studies in the Netherlands. Starting this project in the final year of the IB DP, SIERISSA has been both an escape and outlet.
On this blog, you will find discussions of fashion, beauty, all things media, culture, travel, food, and other random bits and bobs that needs some light shed on.
SIERISSA is a platform where thoughts are posted, ideas visualized, and creativity flows. SIERISSA promotes & encourages diversity, self-love, art, and life.
Now that I've gotten the formalities out of the way, let me officially introduce myself. My name is Selena. I'm a student with an eye for pretty much everything that blogs, YouTube channels, and magazines are in to.
Since I was young, I always imagined myself writing for a lifestyle or fashion magazine, talking about the latest trends and the things that I think are important in life, without the the excessive encouragement of consumerism. I wrote drafts upon drafts, until finally realising in high school that I could do this for myself, under my own brand name. Thus, SIERISSA was born.
After plucking up the courage to create a fully-functioning YouTube channel in high school, I've branched out to blogging to share my writing with the internet. I hope you enjoy your stay here at SIERISSA.
If you're wondering why Sierissa is named Sierissa, the name came to my mother in a dream. She was very pregnant and very asleep when a Javanese lady came to her and told her to name me Sierissa. Already having three names for her first child, my mother politely refused. The lady was persistent. Some time after, she was at a store when the same name left another woman's name. When my mother asked the woman where she got the name, the woman told her that the pastor gave her daughter the name as it meant "God's gift". Thus, my parents decided to give me a second middle name. Fast forward 16 years later, when my father's cousins were unpacking old pictures of her mother, my father's mother and their friends, my mom found the very same Javanese woman that visited her dream 16 years ago, clad in the same clothes as the ones in her dream. It was revealed that she was my grandma's friend, who passed away a while ago. Today, Sierissa represents all that my superstitions believe I should be investing my energy into.