What’s Next

Hi

I’m back…I know its been a while but hopefully now I’m back on board with the blog more.

So this post is dedicated the idea in the fashion industry of What’s Next. What trends are going to be filtering down? What are we going to be wearing in 12 months let alone 18 months? What brands will be the new “IT brand”? These are all questions that with each season that passes, we who love fashion think about. Take a look at Off-White – who knew what this brand would become let alone having their creative director take on the artistic director role at Louis Vuitton menswear.

In saying all this I wanted to touch on a few brands that I think are going to be huge and really define what we see next in terms of trends, design and brand development & hype.

Ruslan Baginskiy Hats

There is something to be said about hats and if you know me I have loved hats since I was 8 years old. The fact that hats are becoming more mainstream make me super excited. I’m not talking baseball caps but baker boy caps, wide brim fedoras, berets & straw boaters. These hats can elevate the simplest of outfits and give you cool girl vibes.

Ruslan Baginskiy hats have been on my radar through Instagram and through the likes of Bella Hadid and Eva Chen. As soon as I could find stockists I was looking to see what I could get but found most of what I wanted was sold out. 🙁 So I’ve now added myself to the waitlist for a number of sites and can see that FarFetch have what I want available…yay!!

His prices are not cheap so might have to wait a bit especially considering these are hats but he is a traditional milliner so his artistry lies in this rather than just adding hats to an accessory line.

I’m most interested in this leather baker boy cap that has the added touch of patent.

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I’m looking at these as well in cotton.

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I’m so in love….

Danse Lente

This brand has been on my radar for a year already but I was never really sold until I saw their famous Phoebe bag in person. Apparently David Jones now stocks them which is great to be able to try on. I’m head over heels for the Phoebe bag and now know the exact one I want. I blame David Jones…

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There are other designs but this particular one speaks to me for some reason and being able to see it in person so I could touch and try on made it easy for me to be converted.

Other designs that are popular include the Johnny with its interesting handle and odd bucket shape.

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Poppy Lissiman

I’ve talked about the Australian brand Poppy Lissiman before in my sunglasses post but its worth repeating how this brand is set for world domination. I love how their sunglasses are super on trend at the moment but also how they’ve branched out to bags and accessories. Way to go!!! I have one pair of sunglasses but eyeing off their cute bum bags at the moment.

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Nalin Studios

Nalin Studios jewellery has not only amazing pieces but the concept to release one piece/style per month is ingenious. It creates hype and allows for every piece to be unique as it’s not everywhere at once

I absolutely adore this necklace and find that it is currently available on their website. The design is stunning as all their pieces are, but this one is unique with the face on one side and the words on the back which allows you to wear it both ways. You get 2 necklaces out of 1 which is great considering their jewellery is not exactly cheap!!!

 

So that is it for me. I hope you guys found it useful to see what brands are going to be up and coming over the next year. Of course this was accessories focused with limited focus on clothing. Personally with clothing I find it much harder as I tend to stick with true classics from the high street e.g. Topshop, Sportsgirl & Uniqlo. This makes it easy for me to take risks with clothing without spending big but also maintain the classics at a great price too! Win, win I say.

If you have any brands that you think are going to be the next big thing let me know in the comments below.

 

xx – the expat

 

 

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Lookbook Feat. My Summer Trends

Hi

I’m back!!! Rested and relaxed after a fantastic break. I managed to get some shopping time in as well so expect some reveals too. One piece is something I’ve been eyeing for a long time. If you aren’t following my YouTube channel please do as that is where I reveal a lot of new purchases or talk about trends in general.

For this particular post I’m referring to the trends I discussed in this video…

Anyways…checkout some shots we took in KL, Malaysia & Jakarta featuring the bags in my summer trends video 💁🏼.

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Also, a little bit of my Chloe Faye Mini Backpack. Although, not mentioned in my trends video one of my all time favourites and a great travel bag.

Hope you guys enjoyed checking out some of my images taken.

the expat xx

 

Dior Saddle Bag Returns

Hi guys,

I’m addressing the controversy surrounding the re-release of the Dior Saddle bag that  happened last week.

If you are a fashion follower on Instagram you would have seen sometime late last week all the fashion bloggers/ influencers & celebrities suddenly posted about their new Dior Saddle bag with the #diorsaddle (examples below). Now there is actually nothing wrong with this as the job of this advertising or marketing strategy was to get visibility. Also, bloggers and influencers have been getting “free stuff” in return for their posts and modelling shots since the beginning.

 

 

But what bothered me about this was the way it was done as my whole instagram was suddenly full of pics of everyone wearing this bag or unboxing it. To me it kind of cheapened the name of Dior. Dior to me is high end luxury and often doesn’t need typical advertising as the name in itself is enough. The House of Dior was established in 1946 and has led the way in tailoring with the famous Dior Bar jacket and of course the Lady Dior bag named after Princess Diana.

There is tons of history with this brand and I don’t think they in fact needed to do this as the bag itself is a re-invention of a classic style from the early 2000s. People were already interested in Maria Grazia Chiuri’s take on this when it appeared on the runaway as part of their 2018 Autumn/Winter collection and this peaked when we all were frantically searching Ebay and other bag re-sellers for vintage saddle bags. This then caused the price of these to skyrocket but for those of you that kept your saddle bags, good for you as you can now hashtag without forking out for the 2018 release. 😀

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Personally I knew I had to have this bag as soon as I saw it on the runway. Big PLUS; I appreciate what an important bag this is in Dior’s catalogue and want to be a part of its resurgence under Maria Grazia Chiuri as I personally adore what she has done with the brand!

In order to obtain this bag or attempt to get it I have sacrificed the Fendi Mon Tresor mini bucket in the Fendi Zucca print for this one. I have also put on the market two bags that are no longer getting the wear they used to. One is the Givenchy Antigona in black so if interested let me know at theexpatbali@gmail.com. The other is my Prada tote which to be honest is not in the greatest condition so who knows if it will even sell. I am in fact so smitten that I have pre-ordered for a September drop in Australia. I of course will be wanting it in the classic Oblique print and will use my lady Dior bag strap to make it cross body. Can you tell I’m excited and know exactly how to style it…haha.

I hope that you find this post helpful in unpacking the marketing blitz that happened with Dior and some of the reasons why I disliked it, as I said it has nothing to do with the freebie part and clearly know I still want this gorgeous bag!!!

If you have any thoughts on the Dior saddle bag let me know in the comments would love to hear it.

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

Get Excited Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton Has Arrived

Hi all,

As some of you may know Virgil Abloh of Off-White was named the Creative Director of Louis Vuitton Menswear and boy am I looking forward to his first collection which occurred at some point today.

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Louis Vuitton recently tweeted some sneak peeks and WOAH!!!! I’m currently in love with this holographic Keepall. It does keep to the traditional Keepall duffel shape and all but the material is iridescent and mostly clear which has me jumping at the bits to see it in real life. I’m also loving the added touch of the oversized chain strap. I knew Virgil would bring his own style to Vuitton and this is exceeding my expectation.

Off-White’s success is due to its mix of tradition and streetwear plus the use of industrial materials e.g. seat belts as shoulder straps to bags…GENIUS….! I was hoping he would continue this with Vuitton and so far it looks like he has.

This Keepall iridescent bag looks to be available in blue too…

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Some more sneak peeks of Virgil’s first collection. It looks like the oversized chain will be a theme throughout this season…cannot wait!!!!

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What is this material?? 😱 😱

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Hope everyone is as excited as me to watch his collection in full. In the meantime here is a preview video Louis Vuitton has done.

See you next time. The expat xx

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

5 Best Luxury Items of 2018 (so far…)

Hi,

In today’s post I’m going to look at the 5 best luxury items of 2018 so far… I must say this year is proving to be fantastic for some unique and chic pieces that you can get your hands on!

Valentino Rockstud Spike Bag 

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I hated this bag to start with for some reason… I don’t know there was something that irked me about it. I think it had to do with the leather top handle. Anyways, once again like the Chanel Gabrielle I fell in love with it over time. I think seeing it styled by other bloggers and seeing how chic it did look won me over. I was never going to really entertain getting it but then I saw it in velvet! Velvet is such a chic material and alternative to leather. The design houses have jumped onto this and at one point everything was in velvet e.g. Gucci Marmont bag. But for some reason anything in velvet is expensive. I have no idea why it’s not leather so I’ve let it go.

Then….I saw the Free Rockstud Spike in Green with the white studs. Many people have hated this line but I was in love as soon as I saw the colours. I thought it really popped with the bold colours and the white studs. The contrast had me and the green one is on sale now which has me seriously considering taking the plunge.

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Prada Cahier Bag

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This bag is to die for. I think the fact that there are many reincarnations of the Cahier from this one to the top handle version; and the one in yummy velvet which suggest to me that Prada think this bag is a winner. I am completely sold and kicking myself when I saw the green and black one in the Prada boutique in Chadstone and I let it go. 😟 What a mistake as you can’t get that colour combination anywhere. Can you tell I love green…lol

Gucci Ophidia Line

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Everything from the Gucci Ophidia line. It is such as throwback to their 80s and 90s collections and I can’t get enough of it. I’m so in love with this that I’ve been searching for vintage pieces on eBay. I managed to get my hands on two that I think are basically the same as this. Out of all the things I mentioned here in this post I would say this Ophidia bag is the one I would recommend everyone get. I think this style bag is going to be or already is huge. If you can try and get it on the second hand market grab it as the prices for these vintage pieces are already skyrocketing.

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Saint Laurent Lou Lou Bag

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The Saint Laurent Lou Lou bag is absolutely stunning in real life. Like their College bag it has the oversized YSL logo but the Lou Lou has an over the shoulder strap for extra comfort rather than a top handle and crossbody strap. The picture does not do it justice so you must see it in real life as the bag is padded and squishy when you touch it. I might just want it more than the College bag which I had in my handbag wishlist 2018.

Simon Miller Bonsai bag

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This minimalist bag has taken on a life of its own and has many bloggers and celebs fawning all over it. It comes in a variety of sizes and I own two; one mini and one medium sized one. The one in the picture looks like the biggest one available but you won’t go wrong with any size. I think it makes any outfit look chic and has the designer feel without a massive price tag attached to it. Also, worth checking out all the major online retailers as this bag is currently on sale and you can get it for a significantly cheaper price. Who wouldn’t want that! I would also check out the lunch bag which is a cute take on the paper lunch bag that literally used to carry my lunch when at school. I love it so much for its cheeky take on a very practical item. Added bonus this blue one is on sale for $409.

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So that is it for another post. I will see you next time.

the expat xxx

 

 

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…

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  • 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