Paris rooftops

· Fashion

August in Paris is as relaxing as a yoga retreat in Bali… I am a little exaggerating but last weekend in the capital was better than ever, as people are leaving the city during this period.

My SO and I decided to enjoy this summer quietness and nice weather to peacefully wander around the streets of Paris. But also on the rooftops !

 

To get away without going away

Indeed, we got the idea to book a night in a hotel to get away without going away from Paris (that’s definitely something we will do again as it’s extremely pleasant to put ourselves in the shoes of tourists in our everyday life city).

It was also an occasion for me to wear this “Dolce Vita” dress: real happiness (and convenient at the same time ; it even has pockets!). The kind of flattering and feminine cut able to fit every morphologies : I’m a fan.

I will catch up soon with out trip in Bali but I had to share with you this interlude, certainly a bit “cliché” but in memory of blessed moments spent in Paris. (English translation by Quiterie)


My Outfit

Dress Mango
Bag brought from Ubud market, Bali (similar here)
Sandals Les Tropéziennes (already seen here)

Bracelets Dinh Van, Thomas Sabo, Louis Vuitton
Ring Papyrus Atelier B
Earrings Topshop (already seen here)
Necklace Minetta Jewellery

Eyelashes extension « Volume russe » Les cils de Marie (already seen here)
Eyebrow crayon Brow Drama Pomade « Châtain » Maybelline NY
Lipstick Lip Paint Lacquer “105 Red fiction” L’Oréal Paris
Nail polish Color Show Preppy Woman “470 Runway Rose” Maybelline NY

 

South Bali

· Fashion, Food, Travel

We start our trip in Bali with the less savage part of the island, the loudest and most filled with tourists : ready?

When I say it like that I’m not sure you’ll want to read the whole thing, but I couldn’t not talk about this part of the island, especially since we spent the first 6 days of our trip there. We didn’t wander very far from our hotel, but here are a couple tips that might inspire you for your visits.

 

Pura Tanah Lot

My itinerary isn’t very wild, since our vacation program was mostly “lounger+pool+book+massages”. I however couldn’t miss the Tanah Lot temple, one of the most photographed on the island.

Tanah Lot temple and  its escort of tourists

We chose to go on a late morning, even though the sunset seems like a good romantic option .

We thought the morning visit would be more efficient, as our itinerary for the day involved lunch at Canggu and heading back to our hotel at Legian Beach in the evening. In any case, it seems like the place gets pretty crowded at sunset … which kind of downgrades the romantic side.

Canang Sari (or daily hindouist offerings)

 Batu Balong temple, next to Tanah Lot

The hindouist temple lives up to its popularity, because once you get past the numerous souvenir shops, the view is well worth the detour.

 

Canggu

The city is overloaded with australian surfers / hipsters, and is often compared to Brooklyn, which can give you a good feeling of what the place is like.

I really enjoyed the boutiques and small restaurants/healthy cafés – such cute decoration! It’s kind of an Instagram paradise.

We then walked along the beach and headed for drinks to Echo Beach : an ideal place to watch surfers ride the waves and admire the sunset. That’s where the real romantic spot is!

 

My yummy addresses

Even if my impressions are lukewarm regarding the touristic options in this part of Bali, something I can’t not approve of is the number and quality of the healthy food options.

The vegan/veggie option is omnipresent here. And it’s not boring or frugal either, the portions are rather astonishingly generous and delicious.

 

NALU BOWLS (Jl. Drupadi 1 No.2A, SEMINYAK)

You can find this brand in a number of places in Bali, but the possibility of having your açai bowl on the first floor, in a cosy café called “The Shelter” makes it a perfect cocooning experience.

Vegetal environment is favorable to a tasty and relaxed moment.

 

POKĒ POKĒ (Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.58, CANGGU)

Aloha Bali bowl (Ponzu tuna, Tempeh, crusty Wonton , salad, coconut flakes…)

 

This place serves the hawaïan bowls with raw fish, all kinds of grains and salad : the famous pokebowls! I could eat those all day long (same with the açai bowls too!).

 

SEA CIRCUS BALI (

The place is as pretty as it is yummy. Special attention has been lavished on decorating the entrance (where indonesians and tourists stand in line to get THE photo : which I did as well, of course!) and all the way to the bathroom (I’ll let you find that out by yourself if you ever go).

Shrimp tacos and Kombucha

 

SARDINE (Jl. Petitenget No.21, Kerobokan, near SEMINYAK )

I didn’t take any pictures of the food, it was too dark, but if you want to enjoy a quiet dinner with food a bit more “evolved” (and more expensive of course) than the habitual salad or pokebowl, this place is for you.

The fish is perfectly cooked, and the restaurant overlooks a paddy field : a real tranquility bubble in the midst of the buzzing Seminyak.

 

NOOK (Jl. Umalas 1 Gang Nook No. 1, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan)

Located right next to Sardine, there is also a view on a paddy field, with a more relaxed atmosphere and a delicious Nasi Campur option (my favorite indonesian dish).

 

THE PIRING DAUN (Tibubeneng, North Kuta)

This is where I had my first Nasi Campur, and it was a revelation. This mix of rice and a variety of small spicy dishes is a blessing. A special shoutout goes out to tempeh (fermented soy paste) – it was my favorite snack during the whole trip (where can I find it in France?).

 

ECHO BEACH CLUB (Jalan Pura Batu Mejan, CANGGU)

I’ll only mention the address for the view, since the menu isn’t specially noteworthy. Our drinks there were one of the most relaxing/chill/contemplation/enjoyable moments of our stay.

 

What I wanted to try

I had listed the following addresses, that seemed promising : I didn’t get to try them out but it may give you a wider array of choices. Let me know if they were good!

BETELNUT CAFE (Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.60, CANGGU): Huge salades and healthy food

RUKO CAFE (Jl. Pantai Berawa No.99, Tibubeneng) Açai bowls and pancakes

WARUNG RONGGEN (Jl. Nakula No.88Y, SEMINYAK): Traditional indonesian dishes

HOME MATE (Jl Petitenget No.1a, SEMINYAK): “kakigori” japanese shaved ice and cakes

(English translation by Marine)


My Outfit

1/ Boater hat Topshop
Top Mademoiselle R
Jeans Close
Mules Balsamik
Bag Mademoiselle R

2/ Straw Hat Brixton
Jumpsuit R Studio
Tee shirt ASOS
Sandals Ancient Greek Sandals (2013)

3/ Dress Close
Sandals Les Tropéziennes
Basket R Edition

Frames of life

· Decoration, Fashion

Changing the decoration of an apartment is a lifestyle job (I don’t even imagine for a house!): desires, needs and tastes change as time goes by. Lately we’ve been looking for a refined style, less childish, with more green (influenced by Bali?).

When Desenio offered me to choose posters from their selections, I thought it could be a good opportunity to finish up the wall of frames behind our sofa and therefore to redefine the different ambiances of our living room.

 

Tokyo & the world

As you know Tokyo is a very important city for us : so we printed out this shot taken from the top of the Sky Tree during one of our last trips in Japan and we wanted to find other posters to go with it.

Frames and posters Desenio
Terracotta birds brought from Savannah, USA
Deer and Buffalo wooden heads AM.PM

 

I wanted to express our common passion with my SO: traveling. This assortment of frames mixing planisphere and flying birds perfectly reflects our appetite for escapes.

 

Pink and touches of green

Posters Desenio
Hanging baskets Cyrillus

 

This second corner with shelves was rearranged and refined since the last time you saw it on this blog. I got rid of quite a lot of things and I cleaned up my ‘Kawaii’ stuffs in a box (haha I finally decided to be a grown up!).

Posters Desenio
Earrings Soko
Watering can Kikkerland
  Plant sprayer Kikkerland

 

For this space, we chose posters with soft pink tones so it could go in harmony with my The Grand Budapest Hotel illustration.

A mix between green on this side to attenuate the ‘girly’ effect of the pink.

Posters and golden frame Desenio
Rabbit night light Rice

Golden pot La Redoute Intérieurs

 

On the other side of these shelves, we replaced the “New York avec toi” poster by this forest poster, more neutral and more poetic.

The decoration of our living-room will probably keep changing (I want to make it even more simpler) but I am already pretty satisfied with the actual result that matches more with our current state of mind.

 

PS : you can benefit from 25% off on Desenio website until the coming Thursday at midnight with the code TOKYOBANHBAO (Except frames and handpicked selection) (English translation by Quiterie)

 

This is a promoted post and was made in collaboration with Desenio

My travel tips for Bali

· Illustration, Travel

During my stay in Bali, even though I did manage to deconnect for more than 48 hours without smartphone & camera, the rest of the time, I admit the Bali scenery was just too picturesque not to capture it in pictures. Which means I have enough source material for a couple of articles here on the blog, Yoohooo !

 

Eat, Pray, Love

The main goal of this trip was to get some rest, so our exploration pace was rather slow, but if you’re trying to channel the same farniente vibe (with just a dash of visits here and there), my itinerary might give you some good pointers.

In the upcoming weeks, I’ll detail some places we visited on the Island of the Gods. In the meantime, here are some tips to prepare for your trip!

 

When should I go?

To be completely honest, when we booked our tickets in February, we were planning to go to Japan in June. But after finding out the japanese weather isn’t ideal at this time of the year (and also because Japan isn’t the only great place to visit, haha!) we chose another destination, and opted for Bali.

May to October is the dry season, so it’s pretty optimal.

We stayed from the 16th of June to July 1st : enjoyable weather (around 26°C – when it was 35-40°C in Paris during the June heatwave!), a reasonable number of tourists and pretty interesting hotel and flight rates.

 

The (long) airplane ride

There is no direct flight to Indonesia from France : you’ll have to endure a layover somewhere and be patient.

I don’t really have any companies to recommend : you need to compare prices, layover times and places etc. We left with Thai Airways – 19 hours total, including a 3 hour layover in Bangkok. In general, I’m not rebuffed by long airplane journeys, since I can sleep just about anywhere, and I love catching up with movies I missed in the theater while on board, but I know the length of the trip can be daunting for some. .


My N°1 tip
for this type of long trip is to wear the -oh so glamorous – therapeutic support stockings (available in pharmacies) to prevent arriving with ankles so swollen they look like an elephant one.

Drink lots and lots of water on board, stay away from alcohol, bring a scarf/bandana to fight against the air conditioning, and a toothbrushing kit to make sure the flight attendant doesn’t faint when you answer the “tea or coffee” question!

 

Formalities

No form to fill out before you leave.

Luggage-wise, don’t bring your hunting rifle, your Ninja sword, or 500 packs of cigarettes if you want to make sure your 19 hour flight isn’t prolonged by a few hours with the Customs, but knowing you all, you should be fine.

Of course, put all your liquids over 100 ml in transparent plastic bags.

No visa needed for trips under 30 days. A valid passport is all you need.

 

Sanitary info

Vaccines such as HepA and Typhus are recommended but not mandatory (except if you’re planning on spending a back to the wild trip with Bear Grylls (eating cockroaches and drinking murky water). Other vaccines (diphteria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, …) are supposed to be up to date.

Regarding the infamous “turista”, I ate all that was offered, in the hotel and in the street : fruit, skewers, spicy food, I tried everything, and was fine. Is it because I had taken a lot of probiotics before coming? It’s possible it may help.

I didn’t get an anti-malaria treatment, since Bali has been spared by Malaria. So if you’re staying in Bali only, nothing specific to be done there.

Even though I thoroughly lathered myself with mosquito-repellent, day in, day out, I was not spared… (especially in Ubud, they got through the mosquito-net and my pants!) Don’t panic, for my SO didn’t suffer the same fate – I probably served as bait – I might be the ideal prey…

 

Visiting Bali

We split our 15 day vacation in 2 : one week near the beaches of Kuta and Canggu, and another week in Ubud. The first destinations are far from wild, so you’ll probably be tired of all the tourists after a while.

Ubud is way calmer and more relaxing. It was my favorite spot by far.

We would have liked to explore the north and east parts of the island, that must be bursting with photo-worthy places, but as I told you, we had opted for a very down-time vacation style. We concentrated our (albeit moderate) efforts on those two destinations and that was perfect for us.

So I won’t be able to give you more info on the other parts of the island, sorry!

 

Getting around in Bali

I don’t know if it is because Barack Obama was also vacationing in Bali the same time we were there (reinforced security service), but I found it extremely difficult to get around. Don’t be fooled by the short distance, there is a whole lot of traffic to take into account.

In cities like Seminyak or Kuta, walking is pretty stressful : you need to get out of the way of both cars and two-wheelers and walk on tiny sidewalks. (Oddly enough I wasn’t stressed in the same way in Thaïland or Vietnam even though the street atmosphere is pretty similar).

To get from one place to the next, we opted for taxis (BlueBird Taksi are the most reliable – with a meter).

The best option would be to rent a scooter. A good number of tourists choose that solution, but not being familiar with two-wheelers or confident enough to navigate amidst the crazy balinese traffic rules, we opted out.

For long distances and excursions, you can rent a car with a chauffeur for a day, and he’ll take you wherever you want. It’s a well-spread option, and pretty cheap (around 35€ for a day).

 

Eating in Bali

I was never disappointed in Bali, no matter what I ate. Everything is fresh, well prepared and hearty.

Warungs are tiny family-owned and run restaurants that you’ll find just about everywhere. They serve very traditional food. Indonesian food is pretty spicy (notably satay) but it’s totally bearable.

Prices are cheap (around 2 euros for a street cart meal, like nasi goreng)

In parallel, the vegan/veggie is incredibly varied and of good quality. The Vegan/Yoga/Healthy grains options are a bit more expensive than the warungs but the salad or buddha bowls (all extremely hearthy) are rarely over 6-7 euros.

I’ll be saying more about the balinese gastronomy in my next posts, and sharing some addresses! Stay posted!

So here was my tour of the questions you may be asking yourself if contemplating a trip to Bali. As usual, don’t hesitate to ask additional questions, I’ll do my best to answer. See you soon for the rest of the trip! (English translation by Marine)

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