With Chantal Thomas!
I’ve always loved her campaigns and photo shoots, but maybe this one even more than the others.
It always feels like the girls in the pictures are having some kind of chic afternoon tea (but actually drinking vodka), while being half naked.
Can I go to one of those tea parties?
I WANT THIS (surprising much?)
Chantal Thomas Spring Summer 2015
We enter now what became one of my best memories from my month in Bali: Nusa Lembongan, or how I like to call it « Paradise Nusa Lembongan ».
It’s very tiny island located next to Bali, only 30min by speed boat. Just the view you get arriving on the island is already beautiful
The Island is a lot more preserved and isolated from the crazy tourism of Bali. I was advised to go to LOA Beach, on the north of the island. So was so nicely welcomed by the adorable Adis and his wife. They were the most perfect host I’ve had during my entire stay in Bali. I had booked 2 nights, but directly booked a third one the first day I got there. The place was so magical.
I had my own little bungalow ON THE BEACH. What’s not to love about this?
My first two days I mostly spent time on the beach or driving around the Island, have a drink by sunset at « The Deck » or walking around the center Nusa Lembongan.
There will be a second post about Nusa Lembongan, I just have too many photos… In which I’ll also introduce to you Nusa Ceningan!
Thanks again to Adis and Seb without whom those days wouldn’t have happened or wouldn’t have been the same…. It was amazing!
Today I’m sharing with you the look I wore last weekend on saturday to hang around in Sablon, Brussels.
I felt inspired to dress up (even though it was just a random saturday), and I put on my Tibi dress I love sooo deeply. For it not to be too dressy or girly, I wore flat men looking shoes and socks. I love the final look, what do you think?
Wearing: TIBI dress – SANDRO sweater – ZARA coat – MONKI hat - WEEJUNS GH BASS & CO loafers – clutch from Bali
Today I’ll tell you about the next part of my Bali trip: Amed and Munduk. It was definitely not the most exciting part but probably to most peaceful.
First Amed, which is located on the east coast of Bali. It’s a very small village mostly famous for its diving. If I have to give you one really good tip: if you don’t dive, DON’T GO! The village is really small and has one street. It’s mostly made out of guest houses/hotels or diving schools.
The beach would look good on a postcard eventually, but you can’t really enjoy it. The sand is made of small black rocks, and there are boat everywhere. Plus the weather was weird. Amed is located just down some mountains so the weather is super humid, and it rains pretty often. Yes it was rain season but it was worst than everywhere else.
I left earlier than expected to go to Munduk, and village in the mountains a friend had advise me to visit when I said I didn’t like Amed. Munduk is in the mountains on the north west part of the island. It’s a really small and quiet village. The view is beautiful and there were more things to do around there (like trekkings, waterfalls,…) Sadly, I fell sick and stayed in bed for my two days spent there.
The day I arrived I did get to see one waterfall, but none after. The weather there is also rainy, but mostly because it was the raining season. And thankfully it wasn’t humid!
The view from my guest house: One Homestay
To conclude, Amed and Munduk were probably not my favorite parts of Bali but they were both quiet and non too touristy, which was really enjoyable. The people in those two towns were super nice.
How are you? I’ve had a great weekend with a really amazing bunch of friends, not to mention the great people I met.
I started friday night with a date with two friends at Odette en Ville where I love to hang around, to finally end up at one of my HQ, Dolores Bar.
Since I lost some weight while in Bali, I decided to wear one of my very tight dresses, which is very feminine. I usually have a hard time to pull it off, because I find it often a little too feminine for my own personal style, but from time to time, I do enjoy playing that role a little bit.
Wearing: H&M dress – ZARA heels
I’d heard a lot of great things about Ubud, but all I could remember was that the first time I went time, I wasn’t so impressed or seduced by the city.
It feels crowded, and really focused on tourism, which I don’t find super attractive. I maybe should have adventure a little more on the border of the city and not stay stuck in the center but I never really felt like it.
I had found a guest house in the city center which sounded perfect because I like to walk around. It was located in a little pad, it was really super cute. But there’s a bunch of other guest house just like it around Ubud.
It was nothing fancy but all I needed. And costed around 10-12€ per night
I was on the first floor so this is what I could see from my room/balcony.
I also tried a Yoga class (it definitely feels like Ubud is a very spiritual city), but I sadly did not have the motivation for going a second time (even though I felt so good after my class)
After that I went back to Wayan’s Café, a place I had been 5 years ago with my family and never forgot. I remembered the food to be delicious, the place looking like a wild paradise, and those strawberry juices…
Me and my plate, 5 years ago.
As you can see, their plate haven’t changed a bit!
During the rest of my stay in Ubud I did an obligatory walk through the Ubud market. Don’t ever espect to find something that is actually worth it. Besides maybe in the food part where they have tons of spices. But it’s a place made for tourist. It’s basically bulshit sold at gold price
I also ended up finding a french bookshop/library where everyone is french. It’s funny and there I was able to find an extra book to read during my stay. The owner is just super nice and will give you all the advices he can about Ubud or Bali in general.
During my 3 days stay in Ubud I also did a one day trekking but I’ll talk to you about that later because I want to make an entire article about it.
One of the biggest attraction in Ubud is the monkey forest. I could of gone there but I hear some not great stories about it, and ending up in a place full of tourist is nothing that I find super exciting so I just skipped it!
Next step of my trip is Amed and Munduk!
How are you?
Before continuing my bali trip recap/travel guide, I wanted to introduce to you a product I discover a little before Bali and that was super useful to have during my stay there.
I got invited in december at a very nice little guest table (as they say), to have an afternoon tea (and lots of sweets!) and especially to discover Bio-Oil.
Bio-Oil was presented to us by Bouzouk, make up artist extraordinaire. Which is also one of the reason that convinced me to come. I had always heard so many great things about him, I thought that this little Press presentation could only be good. And I was right. First of all because Bouzouk is not from the press or from Bio-Oil, so is point is not to sell us the product, but only to explain the product, and how best to use it, from his own experience. Second of all because I fell in love with Bio-Oil…
I’ll try not to go too far in the details that will not interest you, but still I want to give some basic info.
Bio-Oil is made with natural elements such as duck oil (as wierd as it sounds!), natural oils, vitamine A and E. This combination makes this product very unique (just by the sound of « duck oil », it makes it unique to me!)
This oil enter the skin very deeply, which is why it’s often used for scars or stretch marks. But you can use it in a lot more different ways, less known by the public, which is the very reason Bouzouk was there.
Bouzouk really believes in the product, which is the reason why he’s there. He uses it for his work but also on himself. I remember him saying that he loves that fact that however you use it, it will heal you (your skin, your hair,…)
For example, during the crazyness of the fashion weeks, the models have a very damaged skin because of all the make ups they have to put on every day (especially when they change several times a day for the different runway shows). Bouzouk then create a micellar water with Bio-Oil (mix in a little spray bottle the same quantity of water (not tap water though) and Bio-Oil), which he will use to remove the previous make up from the face of the models, but that micellar mix will also heal their skin, and prepare it for more make up.
You can use this micellar mixe for everything. Hydrate your skin, your hair, it’s magical. And it keeps longer since it’s mixed with water and used with a spray. If you want an even deeper hydratation, you can just put Bio-Oil without the water, but Bouzouk advises to always use it with a spray, so the right amount of oil comes out.
My home made micellar water
Now I’m going to shout out some of the tips Bouzouk gave us:
- Good for chapped lips. Heals them directly because enters deeply
- If they’re a feeling of dry skin (because of AC or so) don’t hesitate to spray some Bio-Oil micellar water. The mix of oil and water is very good for dry skin
- Good scrub for dry skin when mixed with honey and sugar (never leaves an oily aspect afterwards)
- Scalp scrub to get rid of scurf (péliculles). Oil + sugar and scrub the scalp gently (on dry hair). It will get rid of you scurf and will heal your scalp at the same time. After just shampoo your hair and rince. And voilà! It does not leave your hair greasy so don’t worry
- In case of really dry/damaged hair (that’s one I’ve got to keep!) put the oil on the dry part of you hair. The best is to wrap it up and sleep with it. The important part the day after is to use baby shampoo! Use it directly on your hair without water. Mix it well, let it soak well, and then rince. Apparently the result is amazing!
Now from my experience, I truly love it. I made my own micellar water just like Bouzouk explained, and I took it with me to Bali. I used it everyday on my skin or my hair. Because of my white skin and the mean Bali sun, I ended up more than a few times with burned skin. But everytime Bio-Oil helped me cool it down, and heel my skin, and really hydrate it. What I also love about it is that it smells DELICIOUS! I can’t get tired of it!
You can find Bio-Oil in pharmacy’s. The small bottle costs 11,99€. Yay!
As I promised I’m going to talk you through my month in Bali.
I had really nothing planned ahead, I just knew I wanted to travel around, discover places, people, see the landscapes and the differents things the island had to offer.
I started with Seminyak since it was the only city I really knew, and not too far from the airport. I wanted to settle down for my first few days in a place I knew I could find my way around etc. I had booked my first 3 nights, knowing I wanted to go elsewhere after, but I ended up staying one more night, since I had met some fun people to hang out with.
Just arrived in my little hotel located 10-15min walking distance from the center of Seminyak. It’s called Casa Dasa Legian. It wasn’t the greatest hotel, but had really good prices, and the room were kind of comfy (AC and TV).
My first dinner in Bali. I just went straight to the city center, and found a cute little restaurant where they served noodle soup, which is probably my favorite dish on the entire planet. It probably wasn’t the cheapest place to eat at, but compare to the prices in europe, it’s still a pretty good deal. (Less than 10€ for the dish and a strawberry fresh juice)
Did I mention my hotel had a pool? Probably not the ideal pool to layout at (this was one morning right after breakfast), but it’s was nice to have. Especially after a really hot day (the temperature was constantly around 30° in Seminyak, and humid)
While in Seminyak I went twice to the beach (even though the weather doesn’t look ideal, it’s very often cloudy in Bali).
First time I went to La Plancha, where I had lunch (I wouldn’t especially recommend it. You can find cheaper food, and probably better too. I’d advise it more for drinks or so), then I stayed there for the afternoon and the end of the day (when they layout those similar looking colorful fatboys)
My second time I went to the beach 66, but it didn’t have food or drinks. And no bathroom which is kind of annoying. Knowing that the mattress you rent for the day is the same price as La Plancha, I’d advise you to go to La Plancha instead.
This was my first saturday night, which is the only night I partied in Bali. These are the two guys I met the second day I was there. These two live in Bali, but are originally from France and Belgium. I could not have been more thankful to have met them since they became a huge help for the rest of my trip, and also my friends. How funny that you have to travel to the other side of this planet to meet people you can relate so much to!?
We went to a bunch of places (including the most perfect spot to have a beer watching the sunset on the beach), and ended up at La Favela which is a club in the center of Seminyak. It’s pretty crowded, it’s fun and has some good commercial music. The decor is amazing though, and the place is pretty big.
End of the night selfie on my little balcony at my hotel. I left the day after for Ubud, which is a more cultural city. But I’ll tell you more about it in my next post.
I have posted a text on my Facebook page while I was in Bali, but I wanted to post it on the blog as well.
It should allow you to understand a few things about the year that has just past. It’s really important to me to share this with you.
It is finaly time that I take some time to explain a few things to you.
I dont really know where to start or really how to explain it buy I deeply feel that I owe you some explanations.
I haven’t been much present on the blog for the past year or so. I went from posting 5 times a week to a quiet one time a week.
I dont think it’s either fair to you, my readers, or to the number of collaborations in which I promised I would post about and never did.
Now, why did things turn this way? Well, I got lost. Lost in the way my life turned around, lost in a world of parties, and nightlife.
Last December (2013) I lost the job I had for 2 and half years. I was already working as a bartender but it became my full time job (by only working the weekends thought..)
As I’ve always been a party girl, it quickly took the best out of me and my life became a big party. It was fun, of course, but quickly pushed me away from what was really important to me: my family, my closest friends, my goals, my blog,…
I did not recognize myself anymore but it was hard to admit.
At some point though, I did realise this was definitly not how I wanted to spend my life and that I was losing some precious time.
A few months ago I made some changes and things got a little better but I was still working at night pretty often and my goals were still going nowhere.
I took the decision to completely stop my job as a bartender a few weeks ago. It wasn’t easy because a part of me still loves it, and I consider my colleagues almost as a family, which makes it hard to leave. Even though I know it’s for the better!
To start fresh, and the new year on good bases I decided that I needed some time apart from my everyday life. And I chose Bali.
I’ve been here five years ago and I had never seen such a peaceful, welcoming and loving place.
After two weeks of being here I can tell I’ve made the right choice. I haven’t felt This good in a very long time. I have still 10 more days so my blog will still be on hold until then (I decided to leave without my laptop to be really disconnected)
Once I’m back the blog should start again and with more updates. I’m also very excited to share my best tips from Bali with you, this island is just so magical!
Until then I will keep on posting photos here and also on my instagram @lucievd
I’ll share a few of my photos from Bali now, but in the following days I’ll share with you my best tips and a good recap of my month spent there.
This is my last post for 2014! It’s also my last post with Shapes, and probably my favourite.
It’s definitely not the craziest outfit ever, but I really like the photos. And the heart shaped ballon!
I wish you a great end of 2014, and a beautiful start of 2015!
Wearing: SANDRO shirt – BROADWAY&BROOME pants – MONKI hat – SHAPES shoes
I really hope you like this week long (spreaded in two weeks though…) collaboration with Shapes!