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TRAVEL: A QUICK TRIP TO BALI

You know those holidays that are so perfect* you struggle to put them into words? Well my recent trip to Bali was one of those. Friends and family keep asking me how it was and all I can muster is ‘ahhh, it was pretty good’ – while inside my brain struggles with appropriate collections of adjectives that won’t sound made up or utterly ludicrous. In a nutshell, I was lucky enough to experience the gorgeousness that is Bali with The Luxe Nomad, Vamastyle and my friend Jasmin. Although some people shy away from Bali as it has a reputation for being a playground for boozy tourists, what I found once again on this brief trip (after seeing it from top to bottom a few years ago with my mum) is that as soon as you step out of the touristy areas of  Kuta, you’re rewarded with gorgeous beaches, serene paddy fields and the sweetest people you will ever meet. Every vista in Bali is photo worthy, not to mention the gorgeous Villa we stayed in – I can’t understate how many photos get taken when two bloggers go on holidays together. Snap snap snap boom! (That’s the sound of my iPhone exploding). Here are a few pics of my trip as well as a few mustn’t miss tips!

*Perfect aside from being chased by a mean looking mob of dogs while out on a walk, but who doesn’t love a bit of adrenaline on an otherwise relaxing holiday?

Shoutout to Jasmine (once again) who created the gorgeous typography for this post.

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Frangipanis, a turquoise pool and bikinis that leave no strap marks – perfection!

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The Mr Zimmi store in Seminyak | lunchtime margaritas at Motel Mexicola

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The first round of our five course breakfasts at Villa Sungai – we were waddling by the last day!

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Our quiet little Villa Sungai

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Seminyak wanderings.

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Sunset drinks at Rock Bar

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Have you ever seen so many shades of blue?

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Happiness found.

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In love with the diverse landscapes of Bali.

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Rock Bar.

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It’s never too early for mango margaritas.

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Breakfast by the pool. Ummm pinch me someone!

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Beach daze.

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Vamastyle playsuit | Motel Mexicola

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Villa Sungai.

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Vamastyle one piece.

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Only the best night’s sleep in this bed.

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Had such a lovely time with Jasmin, we could have stayed forever!

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Rocky cliffs of Jimbaran | Getting close to nature.

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Could you ask for a better place for a tea break? (I think not).

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Mr Zimi Store.

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Coming and going from the Villa.

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The sunset from Potato Head

Travel Notes

Stay:
Working with The Luxe Nomad, Jasmin and I were lucky to stay at the gorgeous Villa Sungai, our own mini villa complete with the most enormous (and frankly most comfortable) beds I’ve ever slept in. Our villa was located amongst the jungle on the banks of a river, between Siminyak and Ubud – the perfect balance of relaxed and party atmosphere.

Eat & drink:
The food at the Villa was absolutely delicious, and I could have stayed there for the full three days and gorged on their delights, but as someone who likes to eat at least two dinners (per night) while on holidays I couldn’t help myself but try out a few recommendations that my friends has given. Faves were:

Play:

There is so much to do in Bali, and when my mum and I went a few years ago we did everything over the course of ten days including:

  • Exploring the gorgeous town (including so many pretty art galleries) and paddy fields of Ubud
  • Snorkelling in Pumuteran (up in the North coast)
  • Wandering the shops in in Seminyak
  • Hanging on the beach at Nusadua
  • Exploring the rock cliffs of Jimbaran
  • Checking out the Monkey Forest in Ubud

I’m definitely going to be visiting again shortly, feel free to let me know what I missed or anything I have to add to my list!

Typography by the ever talented Jasmine.

CURRENTLY WEARING: LACE AND CHAIN

Greetings from sunny New Zealand! I feel so lucky to have spent the last few days enjoying every moment with friends and family on the gorgeous island of Waiheke – if you ever get the chance to visit this part of the world you must (must must!). I can’t even put into words how lovely it is here – every single bay and little cottage looks like it’s straight out of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom! One of my good friends got married a few days ago at Mudbrick Winery, and it was one of those long nights I’ll no doubt remember forever (luckily long after the morning-after-headache has subsided!). I thought I would share with you some of the details of this (picture perfect) wedding as well as what I threw on for the day – a hot pink lace dress and (never one to leave the house not wearing a new DIY) which I decided to toughen with a little DIY.

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Wearing: Whistles Lace Dress, Oroton Heels, Dylan Kain Bag, Daniel Wellington Watch, DIY belt.

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A big thank you to all you lovely people that took the time to impart your NZ related wisdom for m in this post! I can’t understate how useful all your tips have been (I re-read them all in a cafe in the Coromandels today to check what I shouldn’t miss) – it’s like having your very own local guide. I’m going to be here all week travelling around, can’t wait to share our trip with you!

DIY INSPIRATION: BALMAIN SS14

I have to admit that in the last few years I’ve changed my approach to new collections. Instead of trawling every collection on Style.com and Vogue.com like a loony, patiently waiting for browsers to load and ads to play, I wait for the collections to come to me. I like to think of it kind of like fashion by osmosis, where I decide which collections I’ll be coveting and which details I’ll be making by what I see and feel in the months following fashion week. Every season there’s one or two things I see that make me want more more more, and I inevitably track down the collection and pin every image (remember my Balenciaga obsession last Summer? DIYs here and here). This season, Balmain was undoubtedly that collection for me, with pretty much every single design smacking me in the face with it’s DIY potential. Chain embellishments, fluted hems, oversized jewellery, it all seems so do-able!

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Baby pink and chain detail? You had me at hello!

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This denim fluted hem is to die for, definitely my kind of silhouette.

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Polkadots and checks? Ummm yes please!

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This collection was quite severe and 90s inspired but I know that parts of it would translate perfectly to a more minimalism wardrobe.

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 This outfit for example is kinda OTT but that’s definitely part of the appeal!

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Stay tuned for a few of my favourite DIYs inspired by this gorgeous collection!