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Falling in Love With Bali

I’ll start this post with a little bit of a confession: I sometimes hate holidays. You know, the time you take off work to truly enjoy yourself, relax or explore or seek adventure? To come back and tell all of your friends what an awesome time you had? Well, yeah. Sometimes I hate them. I find it impossible to switch off, and I’m quite the home bird, so I really do hate being away for too long.

Long hauls always hit me the worst. It’s not the 14+ hour plane journeys that ruin it (although I have really bad plane anxiety so that certainly doesn’t help!) – in fact, it’s sometimes hard to pinpoint why it all goes wrong. On three out of the four previous trips I’ve taken to Asia I found myself panic-searching sky scanner for earlier flights home. Maybe my expectations are too high to be met – all of the #goals instagram posts I see are tarnished by a reality that can’t quite compare? Maybe it was the company I kept (crazy lady 10 years my senior with several complexes, seeking to exclude me and stir drama in my relationship where she can, and a male friend I visited who turned out to be a bit of an insufferable misogynist…) or where I’ve stayed (hostels and dodgy resorts on remote islands aren’t my vibe…)

 

Why I Love Bali

But my recent trip to Bali? I fell in love with it. You know most people get that sinking feeling on the last day of their holiday because they know it’s coming to an end and they have to go back to reality? I never used to get that. I used to get excited to get back to reality. But not this time. That sinking feeling of the holiday coming to an end was so strong it almost ruined my last day! But Bali… it was something special. The vibe was incredible. Everyone was so friendly, there was almost an LA aesthetic with totally unique, individual shops and Instagram-worthy hotspots on every corner, but without the pretentiousness that LA is known for. Throw in a tropical climate and you’ve basically got heaven on earth.

Packing For Holidays

It may come as a huge shock to you, but I actually usually underpack for my holiday. That is, I usually get to the airport and think “oh hell I know I’ve forgotten X, Y, and Z” – but luckily I got to do a quick dash to Accessorize at Heathrow’s Terminal 3 before boarding our flight. It wasn’t just all the gorgeous #ootd outfit-completers – bags, sunglasses and hats etc – but they actually had a killer selection of dreamy beach-ready clothing, like gorgeous breezy kaftans and embroidered cover-ups that looked as though they were thrifted at a unique vintage market stall. It can easily be your one-stop shop pre-holiday whether you’ve packed your case and made it through security, or if you’re just heading to your local high street. Plus, it’s a perfect way to spend that extra time waiting before you hop on your flight!

 

Holidaying as an influencer, and finding the balance of content creation and switching off!

Social media, and being an influencer, can make holidays a tricky one to navigate. You spend way too long worrying about your wardrobe and then spend the majority of your holiday trying to get #goals content that you often forget to have a good time. But that’s why we tried to treat this holiday as a  H O L I D A Y.  Yes, switching off can be a total issue when your content antennae is constantly turned on, and your eyes are always trying to view everything through a lens and filter. Getting the shot isn’t always a challenge, it’s actually trying to detach yourself from content-mode which can be problematic. But it’s doable. To anyone who’s trying to find that balance, just get up, have breakfast, take some photos for a couple of hours and then just  r e l a x. It’s a job done. And if you don’t feel like that, then pack a couple of cute things in your beach bag (the bonus with beachwear and summer clothes is it is super lightweight) and if you come across a few amazing locations, do a quick outfit swap and just shoot as you go along. The latter is what we did, and we just organically came across the most adorable and instagrammable locations in the Gili’s.

 

 

What we did, and where you need to go/ eat/ chill and party in Bali

We were only there for around 9 full nights, so the trip was limited on what we could do! So stayed in Seminyak for the first three nights, which is definitely more of a fun party scene vibe. It has everything you need to find the right balance – clubs, bars, amazing restaurants and cute cafes, gorgeous shops and literally so much more. I’ve heard good things of Canggu and Uluwatu but we just ran out of time to go there! We head to Gili T, a gorgeous picturesque island where there are no cars – so I hope you’re accustomed to riding your bike! Take it out and explore all the stunning beach bars and quiet beaches. Eat at Kayu Café and check out the night market down by the seafront for an incredibly cheap and authentic dinner from the vendors! Casa Vintage Beach is also an incredible place (I shot some of the photos here) so get some snaps for the gram there as well as some delicious local cuisine.

After Gili T, we head back to Seminyak. You absolutely MUST party at La Favela – it’s the coolest club that’s like an abandoned Jumanji-esque mansion, with jungle foliage growing all over the place and a Chris the Redeemer statue on the rooftop. Motel Mexicola issa vibe (as well as delicious food. Eat at Kynd Community (a vegan café that make THE BEST smoothie bowls) and Shelter Café, Lacalaca, Café Organic, Café Bali, Ginger Moon, The Library, and La Plancha down on the beach to name just a few.

 

What are your plans for the summer? And where is your next adventure?

Outfit one: Top and Sunglasses by Accessorize

Outfit 2: Dress, hat and sandals all by Accessorize

Outfit 3: Top and sunglasses by Accessorize

 

This post was created in collaboration with Accessorize.

 

7 comments so far.

7 responses to “Falling in Love With Bali”

  1. Leanne says:

    Loved this post-Sophie!
    I also am a bit of a home bird, however, Bali totally won me over and I’m already planning a trip back later in the year!
    I was there for 11 full days. I stayed in Canggu, Ubud, Nusa Lembongan & Uluwatu. I managed to cram a lot in and it was my first solo holiday so I’m pretty proud of myself and as nobby as it sounds I came back feeling completely different and with a ton of confidence! 🙂

    La Favela is awesome, Did you try La Laguna too? Its owned by the same people and has a kind of gypsy theme. Really cool!

    Here is my blog post just in case you or your readers want to know about the other places in Bali.
    https://www.lemloves.com/2018/05/12-days-in-bali-full-itinerary.html

    Leanne | lemloves.com

  2. Aimee says:

    Cannot agree with you more – Bali is somewhere that definitely leaves a little hole once you’re home. Love the pictures!

  3. This one is on my to do list … but I still don’t know when 😉

    https://4highheelsfans.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/in-the-mix/

  4. Natali says:

    You are always so beautiful, feminine and looking incredible in all of your outfits and posts!

    https://lartoffashion.com/gateau-esplanadi/

  5. Disha says:

    I’ve heard mixed things about Bali. One of my friends said it was just massively over hyped, so felt like it was a bit of a let down when she actually arrived. I would still love to experience it for myself though, so thanks for all the recommendations!

    Dear Disha | A Year Abroad Blog (escribo en Español también) – deardishablog.wordpress.com

  6. Love this blog post 💖 Bali is way up there on my bucket list of places to visit. Loving your images as well, you look stunning. This summer I’m off to Greece to look for wedding venues for my wedding next year. #exciting

  7. Lisa Autumn says:

    Bali is very much up there on my travel list.. looks amazing!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

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