Summer Trends 2018

Hello fellow fashion followers,

I’m coming at you today with a post on summer trends for 2018. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere you might be feeling a little jelly from all the great summer inspo pics on Instagram and on blogs. I certainly am!! But aside from that I take it as an opportunity to build my wardrobe based on what has come out and taking into consideration trends and what we are seeing filter into the high street. It’s kind of the only benefit being the opposite season to the North.

I am currently seeing major flashbacks to the 70s and 90s in general but also a bigger focus on vintage. Effortless cool is what I see in some great street style images. Anyways onwards to the trends…

Vintage Anything & Everything

I see people that wouldn’t normally consider vintage, start discussing plans to go thrift shopping and searching EBay endlessly for vintage Dior Saddle bags and Fendi Zucca prints. I say go for it, the more the merrier that head into this world means that we see the value of recycling clothes when as we know fashion can be a bit wasteful. Also, you can pick up great finds including some designer stuff and best of all it can be quite affordable if you are willing to go through racks and racks of clothes. Love it!!!

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Personally I’m on the hunt for a Dior Saddle bag or another Gucci piece. I have two already and looking to add to my collection particularly something around the 90s. The other thing I’m desperately seeking is the perfect pair of vintage Levi cut-offs as I want a looser 90s fit. When online shopping for clothing like this it’s hard to know whether you will like it so I best save this when I’m back in Melbourne and can go thrift shopping. To be honest this is the best way to do vintage so you can see, feel and try on some wacky combinations. 😄

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Logo MANIA

Logos are back and I’m not talking subtle I’m talking head-to-toe branding from the likes of Fendi to Coach to everything in between.

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I would say wearing head-to-toe Fendi is not very practical but there are some great ways to insert this trend into your wardrobe. Start with accessories, maybe look at the Balenciaga cap in either the black or white. If you want to do bags vintage is the way to go here. It makes it feel like you were on the Gucci or Vuitton bandwagon long before this season and adds a little bit more credibility to the outfit. Plus you can get these pieces in good condition at reasonable prices. I’m talking $500 and under for Gucci, Louis Vuitton & Dior for example. Score!!! Clothing wise I suggest deliving into hoodies from the likes of more sporting brands e.g. Champion or Fila. I would go for these over Nike as they feel more unique and are a retro throwback as well. Obviously if you are going to do this trend I would do it with a nice heel or over the knee boots.

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Net & Rattan style bags

I’ve seen this bag trend continue to grow and I believe it will definitely be a summer staple down under. To me this trend is the easiest to do as it is affordable. In many ways this is the anti-designer bag and who wants to worry about your designer bag when heading for your summer vacay. To me the way you style it is the most important thing. It needs to be dressed with a cool vibe so no designer ready to wear here. I style these bags with a simple linen shirt and cut-offs or a playsuit in a bold pattern. Here in Bali this sort of style is all over the island so for me it reminds me of the beach, and throwing all your necessities in something that will not get ruined by sand or being in the heat for a long time. Also, getting them here means these bags are made by the Balinese and not manufactured in a factory somewhere. Bigger bonus it will be cheaper with a more one off and unique feel.

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This trend is also readily available at places like Topshop, Zara and Mango. I will be doing a video on what you can pick up in some of these shops and talk through the trend in a little more detail. I’m also travelling so might do a look book for this trend so keep any eye out for that!

Tiny Sunglasses

Now this trend is slightly controversial as many people hate this and think it looks ridiculous. Yes, I tend to agree with this but I do think the same can be said for when the super oversized sunglasses came in. I’m pretty sure people said that was just a trend and wouldn’t last but I think it has and is more accepted than most other shapes. I have no idea where this trend came from but I do distinctly remember Kourtney Kardashian wearing them so far down the bridge of her nose that I was like what the….?!?!?

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In any case I was not keen to try it but then I found a pair that actually suited me, a more cat eye version that was actually a pair of sunglasses. Some appear to be just for decorative purposes only. Anyways safe to say I’m on board this trend and have actually bought a few cheap pairs to see how I can style them.

 

Layered Jewellery 

I love layering jewellery as it looks fantastic especially all in gold. For me I do a choker and then a shorter and a longer necklace. Missoma are also my choice of jewellery brands these days and I tend to stick to one so everything seems cohesive. I don’t know why but mismatched jewellery is not my thing except for rings. It’s weird, I know…

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You don’t have to stop at layering necklaces but you can stack rings as well. I especially like the look of stacking dainty rings as there is something unique especially if you mix ones with stones, simple gold bands; and ones with some intricate details (my fave is the evil eye).

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So that is it my summer trends of 2018!! Do you have any others you have seen or can predict? Let me know. 😎

Evolving Style

Hi everyone…

I’ve been thinking about the changes in my style since I’ve moved to a tropical island. There is one major thing that stands out to me I prefer comfort over style. For one, I like slides rather than strappy sandles that I would love in a Melbourne summer. My go to these days are my Birkenstocks not the greatest but so comfy as I walk the uneven roads and ride a scooter around town.

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Actual clothing wise there is not a piece of denim anywhere to be seen. While jeans even in summer in a city can be worn, here it just seems constricting and uncomfortable. I do own pants but there are always of a lighter cotton or linen material that doesn’t sit so tight to the skin.

I’m also very aware that the sort of style I go for in Melbourne, the minimalist vibe doesn’t translate well here. I can’t really get away with the high-waisted “mom” trousers and white tuxedo shirt or simple turtleneck. It doesn’t look the same when you walk by the beach everyday or when you head to get a quick foot massage. These days I’m loving my 90s slip dresses something that can be thrown on when I have no idea what to wear. My go tos also include many simple off the shoulder tops (you know the ones I’m talking about) and a maxi-esque skirt; or dare I say it denim shorts but they have to be high waisted and not too tight around the legs lol.  As you can see I’ve put a lot of thought into this.

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The other thing is I’ve deviated from my color palette. I tend to favour neutrals such as black, white, grey, camel and all the tones in between these colours. This has been the biggest shock to me as I see myself going for yellows and I’m not talking mustard but bright yellows. I have experimented with color when going to an occasion but on an everyday basis it was always a no from me. I’m also loving floral patterns and prints. Although nothing too feminine such as dainty florals so the patterns and florals have to be different and BOLD. Something that screams ME!!!!

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Obviously there is not much designer related stuff I wear here. This includes even high street brands like Witchery or Seed. I also very much avoid designer bags here as well but if I do it is something that can be easily cleaned and not so delicate such as my Chloe Faye mini backpack and my Prada Gardener tote in canvas. These are all good choices here and mix in well with the beach chic vibe I’m going for! More and more I’m loving rattan style bags that are hand made in Bali. I love that I’m supporting those that are making them here and ensuring that they can make a living. I love talking to the shop owners and learning about the history of what they do!

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The one thing I’m noticing more and more is from what I see coming out of Europe and the US now that it is summer there. There seems to be a high rate of adoption in booth the low end and high end for straw and rattan bags. For example, Mango are selling those round rattan bags for twice the price you can get it for here. Sportsgirl are doing the same thing back home too. The other thing I noticed is basket bags are huge there so if you are interested in being ahead of the trend once summer hits in Australia I suggest trying to make your way to Bali. All these basket and rattan bags are here for a much more affordable price but more importantly you can often see where they come from or being hand made if  you are lucky.

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For accessories I still keep my simplistic jewellery and do wear rings on nearly every single finger. I can’t help it even in this heat and humidity. Necklaces tend to bother me more so it’s usually just one piece rather than stacking and layering which seems to be hugely popular these days. It looks great but when you are sweating and everything gets tangled it is just annoying.

WOAH this post was a lot longer than expected but something I wanted to talk about because often when you do move country you do experience a change of style. This has happened to me even as a teenager. Have you experienced these sort of style changes? Let me know your story in the comments below.

xx the expat

 

 

 

 

 

PVC Bags Lookbook

Hi guys,

I’m back with another post but this time elaborating on my previous post on the Clear PVC bag trend. I have a few with me here in Bali and currently using these heavy on rotation! I love the ease in which you can use these bags.

If you are interested in any of these bags please email me at http://www.theexpatbali.com as I can look to potentially arrange something if you are interested.

Anyways, this is my first lookbook style blog post so let me know what you think…

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xxx – the expat

What I’m Currently Loving

Hi guys,

I’m back with a look at what I’m currently rocking and loving…

Astrid Miyu Chinese Zodiac Necklace in Gold

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I’m loving this necklace with my Chinese zodiac, the Ox. It is subtle enough and doesn’t draw too much attention for being a zodiac sign but it is still recognisable to me. I often find it hard to find jewellery that is based on Chinese zodiacs as most are the western ones so I jumped at the chance to get this one. I would grab these while you can as I think the gold one I have has sold out as these are on sale. All zodiacs look to be available.

Missoma x Lucy Williams Gold Roman Arc Coin Necklace 

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This is such a beautiful piece and layers nicely with the Astrid Miyu zodiac necklace. At the moment I am obsessed with necklace layering with long, short and choker pieces. This is in collaboration with Lucy Williams a famous blogger. The pieces for this collection are stunning but this is my pick of the lot.

 Topshop High-Waisted Cropped Jeans

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I’ve re-discovered high-waisted jeans and these Topshop ones are fantastic! As many of you know I’ve been a huge fan of Topshop denim for ages as the price point and quality is excellent. I have a black pair of skinny jeans from 5 years ago and they still look amazing. This cropped pair will make you a fashionista paired with some casual sneakers or mules.

Sportsgirl Retro T-shirt

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There is something very 90s about this t-shirt and I vaguely remember wearing something similar to this particular one with the frill at the bottom and the stripes. I would pair this with the Topshop cropped jeans I mentioned above and off I go… Also, grab it while you can as these are 2 for $40 and come in a range of colours

Seed Heritage Billie Flatform Sneaker

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I love a good platform sneaker. I’m short so anything that can give me extra height is awesome!!! There are many colours to choose from but I’m keen on these denim ones. Also, paired with white jeans in the image make it look crisp and sleek.

The Daily Edited Lilac Mini Bucket Bag

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This gorgeous mini bucket bag is perfect as it’s a great size as not too small and not a giant black hole. It will carry all your daily necessities plus some. Just in case you are not familiar with The Daily Edited they offer 4 initials free for monogramming. This does include some emojis as well. Enjoy having a play with the website and picking your monogram and colours.

So I just realised this is basically a whole outfit. Let me know in the comments what you are loving at the moment as I always need inspiration. 😆

xx the expat

The Best of the Sales

Hi Everyone,

It’s that time of the year!!! I’ve been looking forward to the sales since the last time we had them which was way back in November (Black Friday) through to Boxing Day.

I thought I would bring you an edit of great deals in the sales from numerous online retailers including SSENSE and Mytheresa. Heads up most of these will be handbags with a few other accessories. The Net-A-Porter sale for Australia hasn’t started so you might see a follow up post with all the great deals from there once it goes live. The US sale is already up!

Coach Rogue 25 with quilting & rivets – $1,045 AUD

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I love the Coach Rogue bag it is stylish and super functional with loads of pockets for all your goodies. I especially love the removable shoulder straps that allows you to wear it over the shoulder rather than in the crook of the arm. I’m so in love with this style I own two Rogue bags and find it to be perfect. This version in a dusty pink with the leather detailing is stunning.

Balenciaga Bazar Tote in Small – $1,403 AUD

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Can I just say I love what Balenciaga is doing this season. Some of you may hate it with the distinct logo being used. But I feel like it has been brought back in a fresh new way to make you feel a little cooler when walking down the street. The Bazar tote is now a staple in the collection and I can’t get enough of it. My black one is amazing and is used for travel and running around town to meetings. This bag is chic plus is a little bit quirky which is always great to have in your wardrobe

Prada Cahier bag – $2,835 AUD

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I can’t find this bag anywhere and yet I found it on MyTheresa and on sale…wrong colour combo for me but for someone else the pink is what they are looking for. I’ve wanted this bag for ages and have not been able to find it or justify the price tag for a small bag. I’m not a huge fan of pink so I won’t be getting this but for those that do better grab this quick!!!

Chloe Faye Day Bag – $1,863

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I’ve loved the Chloe Faye style since it came out. I particularly liked the larger size but for some reason never bit the bullet on that one. However, I did grab the Chloe Faye backpack for its versatility and that it can be made into a shoulder bag with just a strap. The newest addition to the Chloe Faye family is the Day Bag and I must say it is beautiful especially in this grey colour. I think this version would make a great work bag and would not date in your wardrobe. SSENSE have a few different colours on sale so worth checking it out.

Burberry Small Rucksack $1,636 AUD

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As you know I love the Burberry Rucksack range as it is so light and easy to wear. But after seeing this version in the classic Burberry check I’m wondering whether the small can be added into my collection. This is the new version of the small as it’s not just a backpack and you can move the straps to make it crossbody like the Louis Vuitton Mini Palm Springs Backpack does. I love how the model is wearing it in the photo above!!!

Fendi Kan I bag in Velvet – $3,940 AUD

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Ok this Fendi bag is on the more expensive side but isn’t it exquisite in velvet. This bag is the hugely popular Kan I style and with the velvet and the double Fs it looks so good, I can’t stop looking at it. 😀 If you have the money go for it I say.

Proenza Schouler PS1 – $1,872 AUD

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I’ve just recorded a video on the bag I’m currently using in Bali and it is the Proenza Schouler PS1 bag. I believe this one here is an updated version from the one you will see in my video but the colour is the same, a beautiful midnight blue known as Indigo. Grab this while you still can!

Maison Michel Henrietta Fur Felt Hat – $345 AUD

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If you know me you know I do love a good hat. I must say nothing beats the quality of Maison Michel which was founded in 1936 in Paris. I personally don’t own one yet but have admired many stylish people wearing a hat by them. This could be my first purchase from the sales plus Matches Fashion have a fair few styles on sale too. Winter has basically started in Melbourne so I can see myself getting some wear out of this.

Karen Walker Sadie Cat Eye Sunglasses -$169 AUD

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These look amazing…I’ve already added this to my shopping cart! I can rock these in Bali and in Australia. The cat eye shape and the mirrored lenses make this a huge win for me. I can’t wait for this to arrive.

Fendi Strap You Bag Strap – $810 AUD

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I have jumped onto this bag strap trend like everyone else. I was looking at the cheaper versions in different brands but I cannot get passed what Fendi are doing. I particularly love this version with the velvet double Fs. Alas, it is still a bit pricey but maybe it won’t sell out and go down further as the sales near an end. Fingers crossed for that! FYI it looks so good with the Fendi Kan I bag…swoon 😬

Kayu Valentina Straw Shoulder Bag – $185 AUD

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This bag is super on trend right now. As the northern hemisphere heads into summer this will just be a cute way to accessorise your white summer dress. I see this as a go-to here in Bali too! However, I’m fairly certain that artisans here in Bali can make this at a fraction of the cost.

I think I will leave it at that for now. Hope you guys got some ideas on what to shop in the sales. There is also plenty more out there depending on what you are looking for. Happy Shopping!!!

the expat xxx

 

 

Beautiful Jewels

Hi guys

Apologies for being so long between posts…it has been a crazy dash to December.

I just wanted to share with you today the beautiful Ananda Soul they make the amazing beautiful jewellery that has a philanthropic aspect to their business. This ensures products are ethically made and  in ensuring that people are paid fairly for their services. The part I particularly love is the company supports women and children in the areas where their products are made. Currently this includes employing mothers of street children in Bali so that their children get to go to school and the cycle of poverty can be broken. What a great idea!!!

Apart from their great message their jewellery is amazing. I have picked up a few pieces myself and I continue to be on the lookout for other great pieces.

Here are some great pieces to go check out.

This one is next on my list…this is a gorgeous gold cuff

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RL…christmas pressent?

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This stone is Citrine and is known for its power to give you success and wealth. I wear my one everyday…

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This crown like ring looks amazing on the thumb

trust your strenth ring

This stunning necklace holds a special place in my place as I am a true believer in the power of Ganesha to bring success and ward off any evil. It also comes with a small Peridot stone which is the my birth stone

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The Hamsa bracelet is GORGEOUS and symbolises protection against negativity and gives the wearer good fortune and peace.

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These are some of my favourite pieces that either I am eyeing off for myself or already have on my finger at the moment. Please check them out this brand has everything on point!!

the expat xoxo

My Bali…

Hi everyone welcome back..

Today I wanted to share with you some of my key spots in Bali. I have been here enough times to be able to say I have found some gems even if they are well known about amongst locals and expats here.

I wanted to share these places with you but also have a little twist by partnering with      X Nihilo on showcasing there wonderful bags in paradise here on the island. The bags featured here are the X Nihilo Milford (Tan) and X Nihilo Eight bag (Gold).

This weekend I was lucky enough to stay at Katamama; a modern boutique hotel that sits next to Potato Head Beach Club. I definitely took advantage of that plus there is a MoVida there too (yes the one from Melbourne).

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Since I was staying at Katamama I was able to reserve the day bed for Potato Head. Normally you have to lineup to get the best spot at this popular beach club but no, not us! We reserved our spot and arrived at 11am the next day (best to book 24 hrs in advance). This was a completely chilled day.  I just took it all in by admiring my beach front view and sunbaking. The best bit is when it gets a little too hot I jumped into the pool and a had a few sneaky cocktails to match. I also did manage a nap as well…hahaha

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Another one of my fave places to check out is MoVida as you can experience a fine dining experience at a discounted price. A few good things about being in Bali is that food is generally cheaper even if you do go all out and splurge at a MoVida like restaurant. There is also a great bar attached to Katamama’s lobby – Akademi. Please check this out as you are allowed to make the cocktails you order. What a great experience!!

Another one of my favourite things to do is wander up an down Seminyak’s main strip and enjoy a coffee at the best coffee shop in Bali Revolver Espresso. These guys make the best iced latte in the whole of Bali and to top it off they are unbelievably nice. They also make a killer chilli margarita (Angel Eyes)…💥 bet you never had one of those before!!!

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Also, another great coffee stop is Coffee Cartel which has a wide variety of weird and wonderful lattes like the Beetroot latte and Charcoal latte. The colours are enough to excite the young and the old. I must say they do taste pretty good!

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I would also take the opportunity to wonder around the street and enjoy everything Bali has to offer. There is so much to do here and everyplace has its great things to do. There are many shops/boutiques in Seminyak worth checking out like Magali Pascal & Bamboo Blonde. Both worthy stores with Magali Pascal being the more higher end boutique. Also, check out the wide range of homeware stores as they will sure inspire you to redecorate your home. My go to place is near Sea Circus and is called Satunama. There is an eclectic array of homewares from woven bags to decorative statues and everything in between.

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On a side note, I just want to say how great and versatile both my X Nihilo bags are. The Milford in the tan is probably more practical and everyday…just as a bucket bag that can carry all your daily essentials. But the Eight…OMG. This has grabbed so much attention and did so in Bali. A few tourists did ask me where my bag was from and I’m eyeing off the silver mini version 😂

Be sure to check them out on Instagram and on their website…well worth it. Also, checkout my unboxing video on YT if you want to see my first impressions of the bag.

I hope you enjoyed reading this as its been a pleasure to shoot this and explore My Bali…

See you next time xxxo – the expat

 

What I’ve been up to

Hi Guys,

I am now back in Melbourne as we are waiting out this volcano situation. As much as I would love to be in Bali my husband was travelling in Oz for work and he was uncomfortable about me being in Bali on my own.

In any case I’m enjoying Melbourne now as its officially SPRING!!!. I’m going to head to the NGV for the Dior exhibition and I cannot wait. Look out for a blog post for that.

Aside from that I managed to get a new video up for a carefree makeup look in Bali. As I said in the video, the lighting is not that great. I hope you enjoy this video and look out for a reveal video shortly.

See you next time. The expat xxx

Tegenungan Waterfall

Hi All

I am back at it today with a more travel related post. I know I have bombarded you with fashion related posts 🙂 I do like to mix things up a bit so that you guys can see beautiful Bali. Also, a Bali beyond Kuta and a typical night out.

On Sunday R and I managed to finally get out and about in Bali. There is lots to see and we booked a driver for the whole day. Tegenungan is about an hour away from Sanur but depending on traffic it could be longer. The rule here, make time for traffic as it can sneak up on you.

We had a beautiful time. Once we got there we had to pay a fee to get in and there was a little walk to get to see the waterfall. The walk itself was a little bit rocky at times and there is a little climbing so I suggest wearing closed shoes, the best is a trainer of some sort. I saw girls and guys in flip flops and sandals and I wondered how they were comfortable trekking down then up.

It was nice to get out and about in nature and I did take a dip under the waterfall. You are not allowed to get too close but you can experience that feeling of the mist covering you. Also, worth noting is that when you do go into the water the ground is very rocky so if you have some proper water shoes thats great too. I didn’t and went barefoot so I experienced some pain walking around an not in a good foot massage way. We enjoyed the beauty and we got to walk to the top which was nice to see the waterfall from the top down. There is some beautiful artwork done there through rocks. It is a stunning waterfall but I hear there are some even better ones around Bali so those are on my list too. I’m hoping to get to them.

We also managed to make a quick stop to the Kopi Luwak plantation. We got to see the Luwak animal and see how it goes from 💩 to how it gets roasted and then gets to your coffee. Very interesting indeed. I believe Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee so worth visiting if you like your coffee. We got to do some tasting of some teas and other coffees made at the plantation. There was a beautiful Mangosteen tea and a lovely coconut coffee. These are free to try when you visit and you only have to pay to try the Kopi Luwak or if you want to purchase any of the ones you tasted. Of course we did try the Kopi Luwak and I must say it is smooth but I am not sure I would drink that on a day-to-day basis. I ended up only purchasing a herbal tea. No Kopi Luwak for me.

What an amazing day we had. We also managed to get a quick trip to Hakata ikkousha ramen which is lovely. Ramen is not readily available in Sanur so this was a treat.

I managed to capture some beautiful shots that I thought I would share with you all. A video is to come as well…

See you next time. The expat in Bali