the sunset reflecting on the rice terraces outside our villa
our villa and private pool (!!)
two happy campers
another pair of happy campers
our private backyard
posted up at the pool in Indigo Swimwear (this collection launches Feb. 23rd!)
This trip has been absolutely incredible so far… it’s almost hard to believe how beautiful it is out here in Ubud. I’ve been to Bali once when I was in college, but already this trip has been so different! Last time I stayed in Seminyak and Uluwatu, and it was more of a party trip. There will be some partying on this trip since we’re here for a wedding, but we’re enjoying our ”zen” here in Ubud before that.
The photos above are all from our stay at Chapung Sebali, which is a boutique hotel in Ubud. We booked it through The Asia Collective, and they set us up in a private villa overlooking the jungle. We had dinner at their popular restaurant Jungle Fish, and chilled by the Jungle Fish Pool Bar during the day. The staff was sooo friendly and it felt very ”homey” and special there… probably because it’s a boutique hotel. We were sad to leave after just one night, but I’d love to go back there one day.
Not pictured: the open gym overlooking the jungle. We worked out for about 30 min before breakfast.
The Jungle Fish pool bar was very ”happening” for Ubud. It’s open to the public (for a fee) and there’s fun music playing. It was nice because we had the option of chilling here or at our own pool if we wanted more privacy.
They actually provided me with a discount code for you guys to use if you are interested in booking! The code is ”Returning2019” and it gives you guys a 20% discount on their non-refundable rate for
direct booking only with minimum stay of 2 nights. (For their high demand
periods (1 July – 30 September and 24 December – 5 January), a minimum of 5
nights reservation is required for this offer.)
I could cry I’m so happy! I mean look at this place… it is absolutely unreal. Everywhere we turn it’s pure beauty. Our first night in Ubud was everything we wanted: romantic, peaceful, and luxurious. The one thing is that we are so tired!! More like exhausted. We could barely keep our eyes open tonight passed 8 pm haha. Even though we have been relaxing and enjoying ourselves, we still need to catch up on rest. I’m going to sleep now because we have a big day tomorrow. Goodnight!
This might’ve been the best (yet stressful) Valentine’s Day yet! I had work from 9-3 down in OC, then we drove straight up to LA to get all of our stuff packed, and STILL had time for a romantic make-your-own sushi night at our place with the boys! The way Diego and Rudy set everything up was just the cutest thing, and the sushi was DELISH. Sara and I had a chocolate fondue set that we were going to set up for them, but we ran out of time. We had to get ready to leave for the airport and Sara and Diego were going to a Ja Rule concert!
Our flight was at 11:30 pm so we slept like babies on the flight, especially the one from Taipei to Bali…. I was exhausted!
We just made it to Bali and we couldn’t be happier to start our two week vacation. First up, Ubud!
The setting sounds great right? Sitting at the Butcher’s Daughter restaurant, sipping my matcha latte, eating my avocado toast, and having a good conversation with my sis next to me. Everything was juuuuust dandy until I saw the little present the parking police left me on my windshield… my very first parking ticket in LA! To be honest that’s pretty good for living here for 7 1/2 years haha. So with a $73 ticket to pay, now you know why I call it the $80 toast 😉
Rudy and I are getting packed up for our trip to Bali. I cannot wait to be in the warm tropical climate… sitting at the beach and exploring some beautiful places. My friend gave me a little Bali restaurant guide so that’s going to be a huge help. Do you guys have any general Bali recs?
Today was a dream! Sara and I were asked to model for a TV segment with Extra, featuring the red carpet trends for this year’s Oscar’s. Our friend Berri from Berri Goldfarb PR was the one to thank for having us on, and we’re so grateful! It’s great exposure and hopefully it leads to other things later on 🙂
We’re not exactly sure what day it will be airing on TV, but I’ll let you guys know as soon as I find out!
Which look is your fav? My favorite was the red dress, but the spaghetti straps kept falling down mid-filming! I tried to put them back up as professionally as I could haha. I hope they will edit that out nicely…
So Rudy and I had the apartment showings on Friday for 2 different places in Dana Point. Since my dad is a real estate agent, he was able to show both of them to us! My dad’s been helping us through the entire process, and it’s been very helpful having his resources.
We went to the golf course property first, and I absolutely loved the vibe. It’s very home-y, it has a lot of light, and it’s in a great location. I like how there’s hardwood floors throughout, and the patio view is the gorgeous golf course. The cons are the bathrooms and kitchen are outdated, there’s ugly drawer lining in every cupboard (easy fix), and there’s only 1 garage space.
The second property from the outside was NOT my vibe. Ugly building, right on a busy street. Also, you had to walk up two flights of stairs. When we walked in, the living room and fireplace were great, and there was an amazing ocean view from the patio. The kitchen was remodeled, along with both bathrooms. There was an awkward sized room in the middle of the 2 bedrooms, but it would be great for a second closet area for me.
Between the two properties, the first one won by a landslide. It had our vibe. It felt right, and the second one just didn’t. Which one is your favorite? It’s hard to get a true feel for the apartments unless you’re there in person, but maybe you guys can tell just from the photos.
We applied to the first property, and we’re waiting to hear back from the listing agent! Apparently we are competing with an older single woman. We’ll find out if we got it tomorrow, so I’ll keep you guys posted 🙂
You guys know I’m all about the gold jewelry, and I’ve added some good pieces to my collection recently, so I wanted to share.
-My dainty choker necklace is from ByChari and it says “GOLDIE”. This is what Rudy got me for Christmas.. I’m so obsessed with it! He’s been calling me “Goldie Hanna” since we met 🙂 [shop here]
-The little coin necklace is from Les Néréides. I’m actually wearing it backwards, but I switch off! The front side is a deep blue color with the Aries constellation symbol in gold. I picked it out not knowing that, but decided to take that one because Rudy is an Aries, so it works haha. [shop here]
-The big coin necklace is from Ellie Vail. The gold is so pretty. [shop here]
-My bangles are from the Bujukan collection from Gabriel NY. I have four and I wear them all the time! [shop here]
-My purple gem stone ring is from Les Néréides [shop here]
-My petite diamond band ring is from Noemie, [here] (use code HANNA_50 for $50 off)
-My pointer finger ring is from Wanderlust + Co [shop here]
Haha hope you guys like some of my V-Day gift ideas. I laughed out loud when I saw the eggplant bath bomb. It would be fun to make a little ”love basket” and put stuff like that in it. Something for him to open after dinner hehe. In case you guys wanted to shop any of the items in the gift guide, I linked all of them individually below each guide.
But wait, there’s more. This is my favorite part of the whole V-Day gift guide…. a PLAYLIST! I made a hot + heavy valentine’s day playlist that I wanted to share with you guys. It has a mix of old love songs, songs I like to get ready to, to listen to when I’m alone, or with my babe. I called it TOI ET MOI (you and me) and you can find it on Spotify here:
This post made me veryyyy excited for Valentine’s Day. I’m feelin’ the love! Are you?
Ummm. Major bucket list moment you guys! Sara and I just got back from a quick work trip in Vegas for the WWD MAGIC Convention. We were asked to speak on a panel about our careers as bloggers and fashion designers, and also about being on Sveanka Hollywood Fruar and Venice Beach. We spoke for about an hour and there were about 40 people in the crowd. The best part was the crowd kept growing throughout our panel, which was a really good feeling. I was nervous that I would choke on my words, but everything was fine! I’m super proud of ourselves 🙂
Hopefully I’ll be getting some professional pictures over the next couple of days from the photographers… I would love to have those!
Westlake Village Inn
How closeby to your house do you have to be to still call it a staycation? Westlake Village is just under an hour from my place in Venice, so Rudy and I made plans for a quick romantic getaway over the weekend. We were worried about the rain, but luckily it didn’t really interfere with our stay. We had a nice wine tasting at one of their restaurants, followed by a cozy night in the room watching movies and eating pizza and pasta. It was so nice! Just us two lovebirds 🙂
In the morning we ordered hot tea and fresh fruit to the room, and sat on the computer and looked for apartments. The apartment hunt is going okay, we think we might’ve found a good one that we will visit in person this week! The only thing is that the kitchen is outdated… and the bathrooms too. But it’s a great price and great location… should I show you guys pictures of it when I go this week?