Monday, 16 October 2017

SUNDAY FALL 90s



90s grain with a 90s grind. I have always been a bit of a tomboy and with the come back of the 90s sports style I feel like I have a much wider room to manoeuvre within stylistically (edit wise too since grain is in). Let's be honest - the rules that existed were totally pushed aside in the last seasons catwalks and nothing seems a faux pas in fashion as long as you won't label it as one. Sunday is the day I use to kick back and reflect upon the week that passed. I honestly do not see myself in any other outfit beside the one presented in this post. What I love about the new sportswear in todays collections would be its absolute universality. The clothes are not only comfy but look smart and with the clean cuts a sense of effortless formality is provided too - ticking two boxes at once. Wearing kicks is not a dress down but a dress up. In this case, the classic Stan Smith with the platform twist, reinvented as the "bold" is exactly the trainer I've been looking for. Platforms have taken over the sneaker world for a while now but I struggled to find my perfect match. I'm not sure if its the creamy colour way, the classic model or the soft suede (that I am sucker for!) that lured me into loving this model so much - alas, it was probably all three..


Sweatshirt, Pants & Trainers by Adidas Originals
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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

USA - the parks



For years, I have always wanted to explore the National Parks that lie nestled in between the various States. The sheer diversity, colossal size and the natural rawness that those portray seemed alien to me, as I have always associated America with the two coastal landscapes that I already experienced. (Those consisted mainly of modern skyscraper architecture and vibrant downtowns of New York or Miami..)

Fortunately this time round, I managed to meet with some friends who were travelling around the United States and we ventured beyond the borders of Nevada towards Arizona and Utah. Later on we even got to Yosemite in Cali - the last few photos portray it. I am not a big fan of squashing a lot of adventures into a small time frame and I usually try to focus my trips solely on one destination within the country itself due to time limits - however, on this part of my USA trip with an effortless ease we succesffully managed to  swiftly visit quite a few of the sites within a couple of days. Hence in good company, with flawless organisation and a spirit for road trip adventures, we went out to see what lied beyond the infamous Las Vegas..

Where to start? The deserted landscapes were truly breathtaking. Small roadside towns with nothing more than a petrol station really made me feel like I was in a never ending Coen brothers movie. It didn't matter whether we hiked the Angel's Landing in Zion or simply admired the view of the Horseshoe bend in Arizona, every place brought out something different within us. The scale, the geological processes and the atmosphere was just astounding. It really made myself as well as my friends feel really reconnected with the earthly side of mother nature. The stillness of it all and yet the constant change that governed these natural formations was ever so prominent. In harmony, yet at odds. All of these places really left an impression that is just impossible to forget. If you ever get the chance to travel to that part of the Sates, I urge you to explore these and really take a bit of time to truly appreciate their magnificence.

From man made structures like the Hoover Dam to weathered rocks that graced the Bryce Canion, this is my experience of those exceptionally unique locations that define another side to the United States that I have never immersed myself into, until just a couple of weeks ago..

 My only pre-trip disclaimer applies to the Upper Antelope Canyon - where you have to pay almost 50 bucks per person and are told when to take photos using the chrome filter (yes! for real - I literally couldn't stop laughing). It's all a very typical 'touristy' venture and I usually try to avoid these sort of attractions but having seen photos of the sun bracing through the cracks of the canion on google images, I thought it would be worth a visit. You'd think at least you would learn something new ..Unfortunately the guides ended up knowing very little about the geology itself, so you don't take much out of this experience information wise. As you can imagine we heavily deliberated going but in the end thought it was a once in a life kinda thing. Hence it's your call but try to visit when the sun is high up in the sky to get the most out of it. Also, it's good to remember that all of the National Parks have entry fees which tend to be around $20-$30 per a 4 people vehicle.















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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

BALI


Hey everyone,

“Sorry for the lack of posts”- I pretty much start most of my entries with this but it’s been a very busy month indeed. With literally hours between planes, countries and trips I hardly had time to place my thoughts and the idea of trying to find order in my images and arrange them well with some meaningful words, seemed a little overwhelming - even though it shouldn’t at all! Well, I’m back!

This post is related to my Bali trip which I made at the beginning of August. As some of you might already know this is my third trip out there - I have to say the island is definitely a special one and even though it starts to feel like I second home, I always end up discovering it in a new, different way.

This time I started my journey in Canggu - the new “it” spot for all social media savvies as well as people who appreciate their aminities, surf lessons with a still flavoursome local vibe. When I was in Canggu 2 years ago it was definitely a little different. With Deus Ex Machina as its main spot and a couple of cool cafes it was definitely less saturated with the enchanting island vibe infrastructures. Please don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore all of the new cafes such as Milk & Madu (which has the BEST food going), the new location of Nalu Bowls which made its way next door (can’t believe the Uluwatu location is no more!) or the plentiful tasteful boutiques that sprung up from every side (which I am addicted a little too much to). However I would lie in saying that the Canggu I knew, hasn’t changed. This doesn’t necessarily mean it has been for the worst, I just hope it doesn’t completely take away the authenticity that I appreciate in such spots like it. 

As for the rest of Bali - another shock was in Bingin - I could hardly find the turn onto the beach as so many new buildings surrounded it now. I am still happy to see that the old mini supermarket hasn’t changed its bearings and that Mango Tree Cafe which serves up tasty tacos is still up and running!

On this trip apart from making my way to Canggu as well as the Bukit peninsula, I managed to visit Nusa Penida, Ceningan and Lembogan. Initially I wanted to venture to Flores, Komodo & Sumatra but I ended up running out of time, so those will definitely be in the cards for my next Indo trip. However the other mentioned isles were absolutely stunning and it was great to discover some new spots not too far from Bali itself. Nusa Penida was definitely my favourite as it felt the least ‘touristy” and super local. The beaches, waterfalls and cliff side hikes were all magical, transforming me to a part of Indonesia I haven’t experienced before..I loved the raw authenticity that you could feel there, it was exactly what I've been looking for on this trip..

Most of my days in Bali mainly consisted of missioning around the islands and mellow chilled eves..I try to avoid Kuta & the slightly less busy Seminyak but naturally, I still dropped by there to pick up a few bits from No. 216 - which is probably my favourite store ever!

Towards the end of my stay I wondered down South to the Bukit, more specifically to Bingin where I stayed at the Gravity Hotel which was an absolute dream..I will be doing a separate post about my time there.

So.. scroll down & take a quick peak to get a taste of my adventures, It's a short but sweet compilation of my favourite shots from across Nusa Penida, Ceningan as well as Bali itself. Ahead of your browse, I sincerely apologise for the smoothie bowl overload.. I devoured them on the daily basis sooo #sorrynotsorry ;)



ENJOY!








 

























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