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

 

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

I’m back in Bali

Hi everyone,

I’m back in Bali. Back to sipping coconuts by the pool and lovely warm weather. I’m hoping to shoot a lookbook featuring my new Henri Bendel Modern Icon Top Handle Satchel.

If you haven’t already please check out my latest video here

This bag has been so far a welcome addition to my wardrobe and has been my go to since being back in Bali. I’m liking the look and feel of it in this tropical climate. I’m going to definitely show you this in my lookbook 🙂

Anyways I’m looking forward to getting back onto the blogging/written content side of things.

xoxo – the expat in Bali

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

 

I am back

Hello All,

I have returned from my few days in Jakarta. It was a pretty chilled trip for me and R. We both took the time to spend with family and ate some of our faves there. Yum cha was a highlight as well as my favourite hot pot place Grandma’s Suki.

Jakarta is the home of massive shopping malls and we did end up going to a fair few. I did do my rounds at Dior, Louis V and Balenciaga. I just rediscovered my love of Balenciaga so perfect timing there. There will be a reveal of something here and on YT.

A few key things the cafe culture has grown since being in Jakarta a year ago. I have to say there is a true coffee culture that is growing as there is a focus on techniques such as cold brew, pour over and syphon coffee. The uses of these methods requires technique and most of all love of coffee. I must say I had a lovely experience at Djournal Coffee at Grand Indonesia. The whole set up was impressive and in my next video you will come along with me as I take my in-laws there. Also, I believe there is more than one in Jakarta which might make it easier for those that dread the traffic there.

Another thing worth pointing out is the service is excellent. They were able to recommend coffee based on different regions and the flavours I enjoy. I will definitely be back.

Another highlight was trying LaoLao frozen yoghurt. The company is Spanish and uses natural yoghurt instead of offering millions of different flavours. You can add fruit, crunch and a sauce for your froyo.

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The other place I love is Sensory Lab which I have known about for a while as there is one in Little Collins Street. Jakarta is not known to have a cafe culture. I come from Melbourne where life revolves around coffee shops and cafes. We go to catch up with friends, have meetings, complete work and simply sit and destress from the day. When I was working in the corporate world we would always make them time to pop down to our local cafe. We might not always drink coffee but it was the mere act of going that made it an experience and getting out of the office was aways a bonus 🙂

This is a recent opening in Jakarta and is a lovely place. The actual cafe has great decor and nice ambience. It actually look like it fell from Melbourne into Indonesia. Everything about it screams Aussie cafe. My coffee recommendation is the piccolo and the ice cold white which are both A+++. The traditional latte was also a nice homage to its Melbourne counterpart.

The other thing worth saying is the food menu. It is absolutely fantastic. I always struggle in Jakarta with cafe or Western food as it can often be subpar. The local food is fantastic but they have yet to master this. I have had some terrible sandwiches, salads and pastas when travelling in Indonesia and generally throughout Asia. There are always some exceptions to this and Sensory Lab is just that. The breakfast food including classic eggs on toast and eggs benny are worth coming for if you don’t do coffee. I am officially in love and know where I will be heading when back!

These are just a few places I managed to get to over the last few days. I have plenty more but so if you need others please comment or email me. Below are some extra photos from our trip.  😍

Also look out for my video from the trip – its coming and currently being edited at the moment.

 

xoxo – the expat

My allegiance is to Dior

I told you I would bring a fashion focus to this blog.

I have to say these days I’m coveting everything and anything from the house of Dior.

I am lucky enough to own two Dior bags, a large Lady Dior in patent black and a gorgeous Diorever in cracked lambskin. These are the two bags that I adore with all my heart. If I had to pick two pieces to keep forever these would be it and they both are Dior. Yes, I admit I think the direction it is going is far more impressive than that of Chanel or Hermes both heavyweights in their own right. I just think there is something new and fresh for the brand over the last 10 years with Raf Simons and now Maria Grazia Chiuri. All this being said if you were to give me a classic Chanel jacket or a Kelly bag I would not say no to these pieces, in fact anything from Chanel or Hermes I would be pretty happy with.

Dior to me is at the top of their game and they have done what I didn’t think could be done; reinvention of the Lady Dior in a way that hasn’t taken away from its original but made it more practical and user friendly. Take the original zip opening of the bag which is a pain. I can attest to this as mine even though large is hard to get items out of as its narrow and feels like a bottomless pit when trying to reach in. The new soft Lady Dior has taken this into consideration and instead of a zip has a solid flap that allows you to make wider when searching around for your phone etc…

The below studded one is beautiful in real life and comes with the new DIOR hardware. It comes in both calfskin and lambskin leather.

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Of course it wouldn’t be a chat about Dior without mentioning their famous tribal earrings. I’m not much of a designer jewellery person but these are stunning in person. I have yet to bite the bullet on these but who knows maybe I will. The only other jewellery piece I want to mention is the Dior and J’Adior chokers. I am fully on the bandwagon of these. I love 90s fashion and this just makes it especially bad ass considering its Dior. More so than the tribal earrings one of these chokers will hopefully be in my collection soon as I’m going to explore the second hand market for these.

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Aside from these my new love is the My Lady Dior bag in a size between the original small and medium lady Dior. It is the perfect in between size and I think can be more casually worn because of the size. The other great thing is the thicker shoulder strap and the customisable badges that you get with the bag. My understanding is that you get three badges with the bag and you can pay for extra. Personally I think three is enough but I guess the option is there for more. I am eyeing off the light blue version which for the life of me I can’t find a picture of but I did see it on someone’s instagram. It is the most stunning blue and in some light it can even look grey without being grey like below. In the Brisbane store I tried on the silver and it was just the right size and felt good crossbody as I think the medium looks a little strange when worn that way.

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Anyways I have rambled on enough about my ❤️ of all things Dior.

I am off to Jakarta tomorrow for the weekend so I might not be as regular with posts but I am doing some filming there so hopefully you will see some cool footage from that.

xoxo – the expat

 

Welcome one and all

Hi All

For those that were followers from my previous blog feathermesilly this is a reincarnation of that blog. Obviously I will still talk about my love for fashion and handbags. What type of blog would it be if I didn’t do that!

Aside from that there have been a few life changes that have occurred for me. This included hubby leaving job and getting a new job based in Bali. Also, me deciding to leave my job to join hubby in Bali which is where I will be based with a few trips back home 🙂

We have uprooted our life from the fast pace of Melbourne to the much slower pace but sunnier Bali. I have to say this has already come with challenges for me particularly who is used to knowing the ins and outs of Melbourne and who is getting to know new customs and ways of doing things. For example, if you are a Melbournian coffee drinking lover like me it is a MUST to ask for an extra shot in your beverage of choice or you will be left a little heartbroken.

I have left my full time job back home which is what I wanted and have taken this as a sign that I should dedicate my time to the blogging world and my youtube channel. I’m hoping the time I have now will allow for me to mix both written and video content regularly to get a glimpse into the new adventure I am just starting.

This will be a blog about the lifestyle change in Bali as well as where to go in Bali as I experience those things too. As I said earlier there will be a lot of fashion content including lookbooks for what to wear on a daily basis when you live on a tropical island. I will also do the best makeup for the warm weather of Bali, as my full coverage Giorgio Armani Power Fabric foundation is not going to handle this humidity. Best leave that at home.

Please follow this blog and if you want to know something specific about my time here feel free to email me at theexpatbali@gmail.com

In the meantime in order for you to catch up on my arrival in Bali please checkout this short video.

xoxo – the expat