Back with some Bali Love…

I have been missing in action for about 4 months!! Sorry! And I have no excuses, other than being busy with my day job in the events world and working on ideas for a new little ‘venture’ with my best friend…more of that in another post. So I’m back and looking forward to sharing some beautiful stories and style I have encountered of late.

I’ve just returned from a little getaway in Bali….a beautiful island of creativity, spirituality and incredible luxury. Days are spent in heavenly resorts, waking to yoga practice followed by banana pancakes and ginger tea. Frangipani trees line our paths and the calming sound of flowing water trickling down sandstone walls fill our ears. The peace and tranquility is contrasted by the chaotic bustle of shopping and wandering the streets of Seminyak. Concept stores showcase fashion labels and on-trend homewares. The creative scene is very strong and local brands boast innovation paired with an eclectic style. There is a strong feeling of ying and yang here.
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Under a dusky sky, people head to the beach for a sundowner cocktail. Perfectly mixed lychee martinis are served as the sky turns purple and the sun slips below the Indian ocean. There are many stunning spots to enjoy this nightly ritual but my favorites are The Rock Bar and Ku De Ta. Perch high up over the ocean, drink in the perfumed air and anticipate where you might head for dinner.

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Image The Rock Bar

Sardine and Metis, in the middle of Seminyak with a backdrop of candlelit rice paddies are incredible. The atmosphere and menus are very special. Stay late and renew your energies the next day with a Bali favourite, coconut water. Sold on every corner, a coconut with a straw is the best way to detox from the evening’s cocktails. Organic healthy choices are plentiful in Bali so be clean by day and dirty at night!

The Balinese have perfected the art of luxury resorts and one of my favorites is The Purist at Ubud, an ultimate hideaway. Villas are layered in carved timber, soft sandstone and granite. This tactile mix is heavenly for the senses and makes for stunning surroundings. They perfected the Balinese tradition of an outside bathroom. Being able to bathe and shower under blue skies and starry nights is one of life’s pleasures. Incorporate one into your dream beach shack now!

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Images Wake me to see the sunrise & Pinterest

Bali is not all luxury and style. To the locals, their home is a blessed island of ceremony and tradition, where daily rituals dictate the rhythm of life. Embrace these simple pleasures and fill your home with rose-scented incense, find a quiet corner and enjoy a little pot of herbal tea…..to bring back memories of Bali long after you return.

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Styling dinner outdoors

My memories of Ibiza seem to centre around balmy evenings watching the sun go down, before dining under the stars. There’s something very romantic and magical about a rustic table lit by the moon and littered with candles. With the sound of cicadas filling the air and the opening of a beautiful bottle of wine, you have your perfect evening. This led me to think about styling dinners outside in rustic surroundings…maybe a wedding reception, a picnic at dusk, friends celebrating your birthday on a city rooftop or a family feast in the garden, I hope the following provides you with inspiration.

Just this weekend, I walked home at dusk and spotted a beautiful evening soiree being held in my neighbour’s garden. This very mundane patch of grass had been transformed into a magical, whimsical and fairy tale dinner…one that I walked past very enviously. Tables were scattered across the lawn, fairy lights strung between trees, bunting marked the entrance, chilled tunes played out from the deck and the yummy aromas of barbecued food filled the air.

When planning my own such events, some elements are crucial. Long tables are better than rounds and fill them with a whimsical mis-matched mix of candles, lanterns, vases and flowers. Drape lights from above, whether they’re fairy lights, paper lanterns or a beautiful old chandelier…make it a focus and remember you can’t have too much twinkle! As well as lights, think about other ways of creating beauty above you. I like fabric draped to match your table linen, flowers and branches unevenly suspended or colorful glass votives mirroring your glassware. Add laid-back tunes, large wooden platters of gourmet treats to share and thread a theme through your evening, whether it’s colour, era or region. Enjoy x

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