Two Perspectives

The difference between a pro camera and an iPhone selfie… which do you prefer?!

These were taken at a shoot for one of my regular clients, Stylist LA. I seriously LOVE working with this team… we’re constantly making jokes and laughing with each other. Never a dull moment.  I feel like workplace happiness is so important. I was listening to a podcast about this the other day actually. They were talking about how important it is to be working at a job that you love and enjoy doing. If it isn’t bringing you joy, is it worth it?

I remember being at one of my PR firm internships and hating it. I was steaming clothes, swiffering the floors, and packing boxes. I wasn’t learning anything valuable! After a couple months I really thought hard about what the f*** I was doing there. Was this really going to help my future career? No. Once I came to that realization, I was out of there. I sent her an email that I was no longer going to be interning there, and guess what? I never even got a response back haha. It was such a negative working environment there so I wasn’t entirely surprised.  Have you guys been in a similar situation?

SIX SENSES ULUWATU

We were lucky enough to stay at the Six Senses in Uluwatu, and I can say with confidence that it was the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed at!  Seriously.  Rudy and I had to keep pinching ourselves to make sure we were not dreaming.  The hotel is just about to have it’s grand opening, so we were there before it was technically open, thanks to Nicole from Inspo Travel (who I booked our stay through).  I give major props to whoever designed the resort because every last detail is SO on point.  I loved that the hotel is centered on health and wellness.  It’s the perfect place to be if you want to get away and focus on self-care, in my opinion.  The breakfast buffet had options like coconut yogurt, almond/cashew milk, and probiotic smoothies (SO ME).  There were healthy options at every restaurant (which was a huge plus) but they also had tons of yummy dishes like pizza and perfectly blended pina coladas. I would kill for one of those right now!!

^ this was the view from our room. Can we go back this instant?!

On one of the morning when Rudy was out surfing, I went to a yoga class hosted at the spa area.  The yoga barn was surrounded by water, and the instructor was so nice.  I was the only one in the class since there wasn’t really that many people staying at the hotel when I was there, but I liked it that way!  It was like my own private yoga session.

On our last morning there we scheduled massages, which was the perfect way to end our stay at the Six Senses.  If you guys want to see more about the resort, [click here]!

WHERE WE STAYED IN CANGGU

 

Our magical kingdom in Canggu was just that– a kingdom.  We had a gorgeous villa with a sky-high bed and cascading white, sheer netting all around it.  The room had a huge circular bath tub (that we used both nights) and the whole place was very spacious and grand. It’s called the Kalapa Resort and Spa and it’s about just 5 minutes from the beach by car.  They even offer a complimentary shuttle service to the city center and to the beach— so nice!  Every place we went to (except for Nusa Lembongan) had gnarly traffic and crazy driving so we were hesitant to rent a scooter, so the complimentary shuttle service was definitely a plus for us.

This resort was definitely the most ”boutique-y” hotel we stayed at in Bali.  It was very quiet, calm, and simple.  There was no ”restaurant” besides the breakfast area where they had a small kitchen in the back with 1 or 2 people staffed.  The staff in general were so so sweet, and we had a great stay there.

When we first arrived to the hotel it was DUMPING rain…. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen rain come down that much and that hard!  We checked in, then chilled in our villa for a couple hours before hitting the beach town for dinner and a sunset walk.  When we came back, we drew a nice bath and enjoyed our little palace of a room.  Then we repeated the same routine the next day 😉

See more about the hotel [here]!

REVEL REY

Currently loving the brand Revel Rey for all beach and pool related apparel. I’ve had my eye on this swimsuit for a couple months so I was so happy to finally get it! The demi neckline was what got me 😉

Moving update: I forgot how stressful moving is haha. And expensivo. Muyyyy expensivo.  I’m constantly trying to differentiate the items that are worth spending more money on, and which items I shouldn’t. I could do a whole post on budgeting for a new place… thoughts?!

A LOOK INSIDE OUR STAY AT THE VICEROY BALI [UBUD]

Our first stop (and one of our favorite stops) of our Bali trip was Ubud.  Ubud is known for it’s lush and endless palm tree views.  We went during the rainy season, but in our 3 nights there it barely rained, and most of it came down when we were asleep.  We got lucky!

On our second day in Ubud we checked into the Viceroy hotel and were absolutely blown away.  Just imagine your car pulling up to the property, there’s a security check-in point (all of the hotels we stayed in had this), helicopter pad, and just tons and tons of beautiful villas and infinity pools.  Our jaws were on the floor when we walked into our villa for the first time.  It was insane…. exactly the stuff you see and dream about on instagram.  Our own infinity pool, cabana overlooking the jungle, massive luxury bathroom/tub, and an extra spacious bed.  We were in heaven!

The breakfast was included and you could order what you wanted from an actual menu, which was nice.  I had the lox benedict and it was mm mmm mmmmm. Not to mention my beautiful breakfast view… and the jungle view was nice too 😉

To be completely honest we felt like we were on our honeymoon.  It is a PERFECT place for honeymooners.  It’s not crowded (it was rainy season though, not sure how it is in the peak season), and it was a little slice of heaven.  If you’re traveling from the states, our body clocks were all over the place so we woke up each morning around 4:30/5:00 a.m., and I wouldn’t have done it any other way.  We made our coffees (well Rudy made the coffee hehe), walked out onto the balcony and watched the sun rise over the palm trees.  This is the place where you fall even more in love!

I booked this hotel through Nicole at Inspo Travel Co, and I’m so so grateful I did!  In my Bali guide (still in the works) I’ll be explaining more about Inspo Travel Co and how she helped make my Bali trip planning so much easier.

Thank you Viceroy Bali for an epic stay! 

Click here to see more about this gorgeous resort.

MOVING DAY!

First off, I’m sorry for being M.I.A. The past couple of days, I’ve been so busy trying to get organized for the move…. which was TODAY! Last night (Friday) I was up until 3 am packing up my entire room into boxes, and then we rented a U-Haul this morning. It was just Rudy and I doing all of the moving, so I’m pretty burnt out as you can imagine haha. Also, I have WAY TOO MUCH STUFF! Like I need to Marie Kondo the sh*t out of the stuff I already Marie Kondo’ed. Multiple rounds of letting stuff go. It doesn’t feel good to have too much stuff, I’d rather have fewer things that I love and cherish. The clothes and shoes are just the hard part. Whenever I’m going through my belongings, it helps thinking “someone else can use this more than me” and the item usually lands in the giveaway pile!

This is such an amazing new chapter for us and I’m so excited to move in and get everything situated. And don’t worry about Sara and I, we think it’s going to be better for us anyways! I’m soooo happy she’s staying at our place in Venice, because it would be too hard to say goodbye to that spot! I’ll be over all the time when I have work or anything in LA, but this time I’ll be the guest hehe.

LIVING IN INDIGO SWIMWEAR… FOR A CAUSE

I brought about 10 different bikinis with me to Bali– first because I knew I was going to be living in a bikini the entire trip, and second because I. always. need. options.

I brought two new kinis from Indigo Swimwear, a company I just recently found out about through one of my friends in college, and they were my go-to’s for the trip! The fabric is 100% regenerated nylon, which is made from recycled fishing nets and ocean waste.  Cool, right?  It was really sad to see so much pollution on the beaches in Bali.  I think Bali became so popular so fast that they didn’t have the proper resources to dispose of the high volume of trash from all of the tourists visiting.  Also, throughout Bali you will see beautiful little palm leave squares on the ground, which are religious offerings.  From what I saw, they were usually filled with flowers, tobacco, and food of some sort.  Unfortunately sometimes the ”food” was plastic-packaged candy/crackers, which probably end up in the ocean as well.

I traveled to Bali about 7 years ago and I noticed the pollution then, but it has definitely gotten worse since.  That’s why it’s great that companies like Indigo Swimwear, who are environmentally friendly, exist!  It makes me proud to support them…..And not to mention the bikinis are just my style (high on the hips, slimming, comfy material, and cute colors)!

I’m wearing the Amelia Top and Bottom in Goldfish and the Sophia Top and Bottom in Olive.

Shop Indigo Swimwear here!

POSTCARDS

 

postcards from Canggu

Hi guys!

Rudy and I are about to board our flight back home! It’s so bittersweet. We had such a great time on vacation so we’re sad to leave, but we’re so excited to go home and move in together!

Talk soon 🙂

CANGGU DAY

Why does my pizza look 10 X bigger than Rudy’s? Haha… whoops! Ate every last bite. This pizza was the bomb. Definitely adding this place to my Bali guide.  We are now about to go to sleep after a long day of exploring Canggu, which was surfing, walking, eating, and shopping mostly. We are getting completely munched on by mosquitos since our villa has shutter doors that have openings. There’s so many 🙁

Tomorrow we go home! We have a long day of traveling… I just can’t wait to be in my own bed!!

GUESS WHAT

We’re moving in together!!! We got the place we wanted in Dana Point! We are so excited about this next step in our lives 🙂

If you guys remember in my recent post, it’s apartment 1 (the one on the golf course). I think we’re going to be so happy there. Our move in date is technically tomorrow, but we will actually be “moving in” during the month of March.

I seriously cannot wait to decorate! I’m going to be very strict with the decor. My rule is to not bring anything in I don’t like. I want to create a place that feels like our sanctuary. Stylish and simple. Natural tones. Wood textures, whites, natural beige, black. And plants! Tons of plants. Luckily Rudy has a green thumb, so he can plant some herbs in our backyard patio.

We already have so many fun ideas for this place, and I can’t wait to see it come to life! We’re still deciding what exactly we want to do with the second bedroom… office or guest room? Or my second closet / office? We will see!