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Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

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After spending 2 days in Bali, Johnny and I set off to the tiny, tiny island of Gili Trawangan for some much needed R&R. Gili Trawangan, or Gili T, is located about 2 hours away from Bali via speedboat.

There are dozens of speedboat companies to choose from, but we went with Gili Cat, as they were highly recommended by Louise, a Glamtrotting contributor who lives in Bali. They are Australian owned, and have excellent safety standards. I’d heard some crazy ass stories of boats capsizing, so I definitely wanted to make sure we chose a safe company. A round trip ticket, including pick-up and drop-off in Bali was approximately 100USD per person.

After a pretty smooth 2 hour speed boat ride (I took a motion sickness pill and was asleep most of the time), we arrived in absolute paradise.

giliT24giliT19Gili Trawangan has the reputation of being a backpacker party island, but since we went during low season, I think we missed a lot of the shenanigans. Everything was chill and most of the beaches were completely empty at times.

Gili T is the ultimate island for rest and relaxation. It’s incredibly tiny (roughly the size of Central Park in NYC), and you can walk around the entire island in about 90 minutes. There are no motorbikes or cars, so if you want to get around, you have to ride a bike, walk, or take a horse cart. There’s hardly any internet, so you’re really “forced” to just take it easy. Digital detoxing for the win!

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While in Gili T, Johnny and I stayed at the gorgeous, luxury glamping ecolodge, La Cocoteraie. Each tent is outfitted with luxury lines, a fresh water shower, and gorgeous furniture. A yummy breakfast was served each morning, and the staff was extremely kind and accommodating. They had bikes available for daily rent to get around the island, and provided headlights to get back at night (there’s hardly any electricity in the center of the island, so it’s pitch black!). It’s located on the opposite side of the island from the infamous party area, so it’s quiet and calm at night. If you’re planning on going to Gili T, I highly recommend them!

giliT15 giliT6Each morning after breakfast, Johnny and I would put on our bathing suits, jump on a bike, and ride to the beach. He’d snorkle, and I’d read my kindle and drink cocktails. We’d take a break and have lunch, then go back out to the beach. Then we’d head back to the hotel, take a shower, go back out for dinner and drinks, then head back home. It was seriously the most relaxing vacation I’ve ever had. It’s hard for me to unwind, especially with Glamtrotting, but staying on Gili T forced me to put my phone away and enjoy every moment.

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If you’re in Indonesia, the Gili Islands are not to be missed. The beaches are absolutely breathtaking, the snorkeling is incredible, the people are friendly and the vibe is super chill. It’s the best of both worlds – if you want to party, you can, and if you want to just relax, you can do that too. I’m already dreaming of going back.

Things to do:
1. Eat a BBQ seafood dinner at Scallywags. SO GOOD.
2. Rent a bike and ride the perimeter of the island. Beware though, there are times where you will have to push your bike through the sand.
3. I don’t dive, but apparently Gili T has some of the best diving in the world. You can also rent snorkeling gear from one of the many places on the main road.
4. Head over to the west side of the island around 5:30pm to have a few cocktails and take in the breathtaking sunset. There are a few bars to choose from, but we usually went to the Paradise Sunset Bar.
5. RELAX and have fun!!!

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Bali – Day One

To say Bali is beautiful is an understatement. It’s literally one of the most gorgeous places I have ever traveled to. I don’t think I could get my jaw off of the floor at times. And even though our days were jam packed with sight-seeing, spa-ing, and eating, I was just so relaxed the entire time. There’s something about Bali that just brings out your inner peace.

Our first day, we set off with our awesome driver to see the Sacred Monkey Forest (which I was terrified of before we went but the monkeys aren’t even that crazy unless you provoke them), Tampak Siring (or the Holy Spring Water Temple), the picture perfect Tegalalang rice terraces, and we capped it all off with a tour and tasting at a coffee plantation.

bali2 bali5 Bali17 bali1 bali9 bali8 bali19 bali10 Bali7 bali11 bali6 bali20 bali13 bali14 Bali15 Bali18 Bali16 Bali12 bali3It was hot as hell – thank you to all of you that advised me to bring sun protection with a high SPF and aloe. I actually burned a little bit! The sun in Indonesia is NO joke. It’s supposed to be rainy season there now, but there was ZERO rain to be found. Whew. How do you ladies in Indonesia manage to wear makeup? What products do you use for oil control?! I’m pretty sure I sweat my life away at least 12 times over. I’d love to know your tips on how to stay fabulous in such hot weather.

Stay tuned for our Day two, and my current beauty favorites! Thanks for sticking around!!

xoxoxo

 

 

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Brief Hiatus

Hi Loves!

I’m currently on Gili Trawangan island in Indonesia, where the internet is painfully, awfully, absurdly slow. I planned to have some blog posts up this week, but that’s looking like it’s not going to happen. Sad times.

I’ll be back to Vietnam late Wednesday night, and plan on resuming blog posts then. I still want to post my October favorites (even though it’ll be late…lol), and I am currently testing the SkinFood Black Sugar Serum, so let me know if you’d like a review on that!

The next reviews in the pipeline are for the su:m37 cleansing balm and overnight mask, and a post on my beach day essentials.

Thanks so much for sticking around! I can’t wait to post regularly again soon!

xoxoxo

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Bangkok – The Grand Palace

Remember that time I went to Bangkok?

Yeah. It seems like it was centuries ago! I’ve been focusing so much on the beauty side of things that I totally forgot to share some more photos from our trip.

The Grand Palace in Bangkok is probably the #1 tourist site in the city. It was a million and a half degrees when we went, and they have a strict dress code which requires you to be pretty covered, so needless to say, I was a giant ball of sweat afterwards, but it was SO worth it. My photos don’t do the palace justice. It was so gold, so ornate, so beautiful.
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Have you visited the Grand Palace? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

(PS I’m still tinkering with the blog layout so please excuse the mess!)

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My Packing Tips!

tumblr_n7fg0vwDIf1st5lhmo1_1280As a frequent traveler, packing is something that I have to deal with quite often. There are tons of videos out there detailing awesome packing tips, but packing has never been one of my strongest traveling skills. I prefer to say I’m great at navigating, shopping, and avoiding street hawkers. I usually wait until the last minute, then have a royal freak out 5 hours before the plane takes off. I always make it to the airport though!

But sometimes, while packing, I realize I do have a method to my madness. One of my favorite packing items are packing cubes. I bought them when I went backpacking through Europe and I have been obsessed with them ever since. I have 4 – I put shirts in one, pants/dresses in another, underwear in another, and beauty items in the last one. It keeps everything super organized and you don’t have to worry about making a huge mess digging through your suitcase every day.

Even though I’m somewhat of an organized packer, I am 100% definitely an over packer. I like to be prepared. You never know if it’ll rain or if you’ll be stranded at the airport or if there’s a typhoon…(yes, I may also be a bit of a worrier). I gotta have options! If I’m going away for a weekend, I’ll bring 2 pairs of shoes (one dressy, one casual), and possibly a third for the gym. Always research where you’re going and what kinds of activities you’re going to do. For example, when I went to Bangkok, I knew that I wanted to go to the Grand Palace and some temples, so I had to make sure I brought clothes that were appropriate. For a typical weekend trip, I’ll pack anywhere between 4 to 5 outfits. Thankfully, my wardrobe is pretty neutral, so most of my pieces can easily be mixed and matched. I’m a big fan of maxi dresses, as you can style them with jean jackets for cooler weather, you can throw a scarf over them if you’re going to a religious site, and they can easily be dressed up for nights with some jewelry and fierce makeup.

Now beauty packing for me is a whole different story. As you all know, I am very serious about my skincare. I have different products I use for my AM and PM routine, and that can get a bit crazy when trying to pack for a short trip. I always try to save my samples for this very reason. Again, I research what the weather for what country I’m traveling to and tailor my skincare around that. When I went to Mui Ne, I  knew I’d be at the beach 95% of the time so I didn’t bring much makeup and focused on suncare and overnight masks at night to soothe my skin from being in the sun all day. When I went to Bangkok, I knew it would be a million degrees so I definitely had to pack a face mist, my Clarisonic, and a lightweight daytime moisturizer. If I don’t have a sample size of a product, I’ll decant it into a mini plastic bottle.

And now for a topic that no one wants to talk about but inevitably happens – your period. During my last two trips, my period decided to unexpectedly grace me with its presence. I’m quite sure the worst possible thing to happen during a 7 hour bus ride in the middle of Vietnam is for your period to start. Now, I always make sure to pack Carefree panty liners, since you just never know how long you’ll be without a bathroom … and no one wants any accidents! Trust me, I’ve learned from experience.

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