Handbag Wishlist 2018

Hi everyone…

So today I decided to delve into my 2018 handbag wishlist. Now I pride myself in trying to make smart decisions for where I spend my money as well as items that are classic and will stand the test of time. It is on my wishlist because I love the piece not because it holds its value on reselling. If I do ever sell a piece it is because it ended up not fitting into my lifestyle or to fund another purchase…one in one out kind of thing.

Also, fair warning this is wishlist and therefore price and budget were not considered in me wanting these items. A girl can dream right…

Hermes Kelly Sellier

  • 32 in Etain or Vert de gris
  • Palladium hardware.
  • Togo or Epsom leather.

This is the dream bag for me and if I ever manage to get my hands on it I will have made it hahaha….Hermes kelly vert de gris

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Prada Cahier bag 

The small green one or scrumptious velvet version; either or will do. This bag has been on my radar for ages but I am worried if it is something I won’t reach for in 2 years time. The velvet might seem too trendy so for now it stays on the wishlist and the small green one might come into my hands one day.

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Senreve Maestra bag in Cream

This bag seems incredibly practical for those on the go and who need their laptop with them everyday. I love bags that combine a beautiful aesthetic with organisation. This bag does that with heaps of internal pockets so you can access your daily essentials plus it even has its own padded laptop compartment. Oh, did I tell you it doubles as a crossbody and a backpack!!!

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Cafune Basket Bucket

I love a bucket bag but this super structured one just speaks to me. I’ve been on the Mansur Gavriel bucket bag train since Day 1 so it is no surprise I would fall for something like this. The mini one is also super cute if you want to downsize.

 

 

They also make this stunning velvet bag and for me this is a more affordable option to get on the velvet bandwagon then the Prada one.

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Saint Laurent College Bag Large

This bag has been sitting in the back of my mind for ages. At first I preferred the Loulou shoulder bag but then I realised I can’t do without a top handle. I would only want this bag in black with black hardware as the all black look of this bag is to die for. I’ve never wanted a Saint Laurent bag this much.

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Ok, that is it for me. My handbag wishlist does change often so keep reading as you never know I might mention something completely different next time. For now, I probably won’t be purchasing any of these as I will stick to my trusty Chanel Gabrielle and Lady Dior but if I had to pick one to purchase it would definitely be the…..Senreve Maestra. It has everything I could want these day in a bag and for an affordable price.

See you next time!!!

The return of the bum bag..

Hi Guys

Apologies for the time between posts. I am back now stronger than ever.

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Fashion is a fickle thing one minute something is in, the next it is out. But it is also cyclical with trends from one era returning 20 years later. The 90s was always an interesting era to me as I grew up in it and I knew what I liked at the time. Yes, I was that girl with butterfly clips, chokers and overly wide pants and accessorised with an inflatable bubble backpack.

I look back at that with great fondness…now as I look at the trends that have dominated 2017 – 2018 I can’t help but feel I have been sucked into a vortex back to 1996. There are some things that I am glad are back such as chokers and wide pants but nowadays I style slightly differently. This has clearly come with age and more wisdom about what actually suits me

I have seen the bum bag or fanny pack show up in bits and pieces in street style blogs and if you follow anything related to street style of Korea or Japan these have been on trend from 2 years ago. It is only in the last season that I have seen it filter into the Aussie & US markets. No longer, called the bum bag it is now a belt bag. Big designer houses such as Prada and Gucci have all released versions themselves with the high street market flooding with their own versions.

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I personally don’t see myself purchasing a Prada belt bag (never, say never) but I can’t say that I haven’t thought about adding a version to my wardrobe. I don’t want to wear it just because it is on trend so my view is to make sure it all sits within my personal style. Personally, if I were to do this trend I would do an Adidas version…maybe!

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I am in awe of the way that the average Japanese or Korean man/woman and boy/girl have such sartorial flair and are so ahead of the game. Also, I feel like they don’t need to wear the big brand names and if they do it is mixed with the likes of Adidas, Supreme, Stussy; and many other great street style brands that are easily accessible here. For the this is refreshing.

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It goes to show that the West has a lot to learn from the rest of Asia on what fashion is and becomes. They are becoming so innovative that we are adopting the trends a few seasons later. Also, brands here are starting to take notice with the likes of Off-White raising the standard of what is considered high fashion.

Can I tell you, I am feeling much more inspired about what is to come…

 

 

 

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

 

Obligatory What’s In My Bag Post

Hi everyone,

Apologies I have not posted but I had been down with Bali Belly. Not good at all and I would not wish that upon anyone. Feeling a 💯 better but still shaky on the food side of things. I just want to be careful not to put anything else a bit dodgy in my body.

I did manage to get my video up so if you haven’t already checked it out please do.

This post is a continuation of this video with some more up close lookbook style photos of what’s in my bag. I know you guys got to see some stuff in my previous post. After this I promise I will not go on and on about this bag.

So without further blabbing here we go…

Disclaimer – all images here are the © property of The Expat in Bali. These are not to be used without permission.

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I’m hoping to do more of these lookbook photo series when I talk about fashion items. On a side note this weekend I will be filming something more travel related. Stay tuned for more…

The Expat in Bali

 

 

 

 

Lookbook Henri Bendel

Hi Guys,

I’m back with some more shots of my stunning Henri Bendel Modern Icon Top Handle Satchel.

I have been thoroughly enjoying wearing this bag and going around town with it. Also, worth noting my next video will be a What’s In My Bag featuring this beauty so there will be some more lookbook shots from that.

Enjoy the looks…

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More to come when my video goes up 😆

xoxo – the expat

New video is up and its a COLLECTIVE HAUL!!

Hi Guys

My latest video is up and its a collective haul on items I have picked up over the last few months. Since I have been back in Melbourne I have been able to open some packages awaiting me and test them out.

I hope you enjoy this video as much as I had making it.

The other thing worth mentioning is that I am looking to sell my Givenchy Antigona. For the reasons why you need to check the video out as I ramble on about that. 😅 If any of you are interested please email me directly at theexpatbali@gmail.com. Only serious enquiries please.

I’m going to be doing so more cool content here so please keep visiting and if you have any questions or suggestions on posts please comment or drop me an email.

xoxo – the expat Bali