What I Bought In Bali

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This trip to Bali was not about shopping.  It was a time and place to relax, recharge and rejuvenate but you know I can’t miss a chance to explore local markets and find unique global goods to bring home so I did pick a few items (wink, wink) while I was there.

We stayed in Ubud for our entire 10 day visit to Bali which allowed me days to scope out shops and markets, compare pricing and then do all my shopping at the end of our journey.  I’m going to share with you where I found the best deals and my top tips for shopping in Ubud.

Ubud is a haven for wellness, yoga and healthy living and a lot of the little shops on the main streets cater to this, selling bohemian fashion and accessories.  While I appreciated their offerings they reminded me a lot of what can be found in Los Angeles, where I live. I love to search out items unique to a destination when I travel and this wasn’t it.  I like to find items that are locally made, handcrafted and speak to the traditions and culture of the place I am visiting and the best place to find that is in the local markets, so off I went!

Ubud Traditional Art Market

Smack in the center of town, this market is full of a mix of local goods and touristy souvenirs.  There are stalls selling art, though a lot of it is the same so I am pretty sure it’s just reproductions. Not my thing.

You’ll also find stalls selling everything from masks and clothing to incense and handbags.  There is junk mixed in with some beautiful handmade items. You have to keep your eye out for magic and bargain hard.  If a seller isn’t willing to meet your price there are 20 more stalls selling the same items and you can get it elsewhere.  The amount of stalls selling the same items definitely puts the bargaining power in your hands.

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Straw bag mecca! I mean look at all those cool shapes!

 

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Colorful sarongs at the Ubud Market.

 

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I wanted them all! So hard to pick with so many shapes and designs!

At this market we picked up 3 of the straw handbags that I lusted after the entire trip, bags of incense and postcards (great gifts), some hand painted wooden bangles, a couple of Bintang beer t-shirts (husband’s purchase) and a few wooden masks.

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Incense, postcards, hand incense holder and oils I bought at a different shop.
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Hand painted bangles.
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My straw bag picks. 2 for me, one for my niece.
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Top: 2 Barong masks (He is the king of spirits in Balinese mythology, protector against evil spirits) Bottom: His and hers traditional painted mini masks to add to my collection from around the world.

Sukawati Market

We went to this market on recommendation from some locals and I really liked it.  It’s about 15 minutes drive from the center of Ubud and it just has a more laid back, local vibe.  One side of the market is more touristy with clothing, jewelry and wood carvings while the other side is definitely for locals with home goods, food items and daily offerings being sold.

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Wind chimes, puppets and small gifts.

 

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Wood carvings, masks and home goods of all kinds.
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Daily offerings in the making.
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Blessed block covered in offerings to the spirits.

We didn’t spend long here but I was able to pick up some sarongs and tops.  Keep in mind there are beach style, cotton sarongs which are cheaper and the more elaborately patterned, traditional sarongs that will cost you a little more.  I bought 5 of the traditional sarongs to give as a gifts and some for myself as well as matching cotton bolero style tops.

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Beach sarongs.
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Traditional sarongs in batik prints.
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A few of the sarongs and tops I purchased at Sukawati Market.

In addition to these two markets I wanted to tell you about a few other spots where I was able to get some great items while shopping in Ubud.

Andong Street

This is the street that travels from Ubud center to the Tegalalang Rice Terraces. It goes on for at least a couple miles with both sides of the street are lined in shops selling all types of handmade goods.  You won’t find a lot of clothing, but home goods, furniture, interior decoration, lighting, shell items abound. The shops sell wholesale and retail and it’s a great place if you are looking to purchase larger items than need to be shipped home.

I was blown away by how many shops lined the street and the variety of unique designs to be found.  We came to this street looking for a bead shop, which we didn’t find but I did find a clothing store that had a small section of beaded pieces from different tribes in Indonesia.  I was in heaven as these were pieces I hadn’t seen anywhere else in Ubud.

I ended up getting a beaded collar necklace made on Kalimantan Island in Borneo as well as a beaded collar and belt from the Toraja Tribe on the island of Sulawesi.  These pieces are so special to me because of the time put into them and the tradition they represent.  They are my favorite finds of the entire trip.

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Stunning beaded necklaces and belt from Borneo and Sulawesi.  Similar pieces can be found at “Jolly Art Shop”, Andong Street, Ubud 80571m Gianyar – Bali
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In my negotiating for the necklaces I had him throw in the tote bag which I love. The small bag I picked up at the Sukawati Market.

Hanoman Street

This street runs from the Monkey Forest to the main drag in the center of Ubud and it is lined with tiny shops.  It was here that I bought my amazing shell collar necklaces, handmade kites, essential oils and beads for my sister.

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The options are endless for these shell pieces. Though not traditionally Balinese they are handmade here.  They make an insane piece of statement jewelry or beautiful decoration.
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These are the three shell necklaces I ended up purchasing.
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Lots of cotton clothing to choose from. I bought a bunch of wide leg jumpsuits, perfect for traveling.
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Handmade kites for my nephews. I loved seeing the kites flying over Ubud everyday.
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Handmade beads from the island of Java.  I bought these and other beads at “Palito Beads Shop”, JI. Hanoman, Padang Tegal Ubud, Gianyar – Bali.
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They also had an amazing selection of beaded belts!

Be sure to pick up some of the essential oils of Bali as well. Cempaka is a flower native to Bali and the essential oil made from this flower is the most divine perfume.  Wearing it takes me right back to Ubud.

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Cempaka Flower (photo credit: bibitbunga.com)
 Lastly, Bali is known for it’s coffee and teas so we of course wanted to bring some home.  As we do in many countries, heading to local grocery store is the cheapest way to stock up on items like this before coming home. There is a small grocery store on Hanoman street right next to the Dirty Duck restaurant and we bought a variety of coffee and teas for gifts and ourselves here.

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Sheena’s Sidenotes:

~ Bargain hard.  I was told merchants start their prices at 5 times the price they actually want.  We negotiated most items down to less than half of the asking price.

~ Compare prices. Remember, a lot of the vendors are selling similar items so if you don’t get the price you want, start walking to the next stall and more than likely they’ll close the sale with you.

~ Bundling items is a great way to negotiate a better price. I did this pretty much everywhere I shopped.

~ Small items like incense, coffee and essential oils make great gifts for those back home and won’t take up a ton of room in your luggage.

~ Use cash for shopping as it didn’t seem like most places accepted credit cards.

Have you been to Bali?  Tell me what you bought when you were there in the comments below!

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Summer of Wanderlust – Cartagena

Though my feet have never touched down in Cartagena, I have fallen in love with the charming cobblestone streets dotted with popsicle hued buildings.  Flowers billowing out of window sills and women selling rainbows of fruit on every corner.

I feel like it’s a city made for me. It’s colorful, a little spicy, a lot romantic, all wrapped in a tropical paradise.  Cartagena is definitely on my must visit list, but until then I’ll just let it inspire me to live this summer in full color!

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{Skirt/Top/Shoes/Thrifted, Belt/Target, Earrings/Vintage from All Things & More, Necklace/Party garland bought in India worn as a necklace, Mixed bangles/From India, Handbag/Bought in Mexico}

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{Jumpsuit/Ashley Stewart/Thrifted, Top/Shoes/Belt/Thrifted, Necklace/Bought in China, Earrings/From Thailand via Tenzin Beads, Bangles/From India, Bag/From Indonesia}

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(Dress worn as a skirt/Ms.Tina, Top/Hat/Scarf/Thrifted, Heels/Lola Shoetique, Bag/Vintage, Earrings/H&M, Bangles/From India}

Summer of Wanderlust – Maasai Mara

As we pulled up the Maasai village deep in the heart of the Mara, the land was dotted with bright pops of red and blue.  The Maasai wear the traditional shuka, a cotton piece of fabric that can be worn in a variety ways.  The bold red color a camouflage against the surrounding earth.

Strands of millions of tiny beads drape each woman’s neck and they are breathtakingly regal.  Like other women I have seen in places like Rajasthan, India,  I am blown away by their beauty and fearless embrace of color.  They are jewels scattered across the vast landscape.

This week’s look book is inspired by these sacred people and their unparalleled adornment.

You can read more about my travels to Kenya, here.  If you are looking for more Africa inspired fashion, check out this and this.

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{ Short Set/ Macy’s, Skirt worn as a cape/Thrifted, Necklace/ Bought in India, Sandals/ Forever 21}

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{ Top/Thrifted, Skirt / Runway Boutique L.A., Shoes / Target, Hat / Melrose Trading Post, Necklace / Bought in India, Mixed Bangles / Thrifted & from India}

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{ Pants/I.N.C. International Concepts, Dress/Rose Bowl Flea Market, Shoes/Target, Necklace / Bought in Kenya, Mixed Bangles / Thrifted, from Kenya}

 

Summer of Wanderlust – Luxor Look Book

There is nothing quite like the Egyptian sun.  When the day is long and the sun dips to the horizon, a glow is cast across the land, bathing the ancient and the new in its warmth, as if to connect the past with the present in a single moment.

Blessed to have visited Egypt twice, my favorite city by far is Luxor.  It is home to so many archeological treasures and offers the ultimate journey into ancient Egypt.  On the East Bank of the Nile lies the extensive Luxor and Karnak Temples, where you can get lost in a maze of massive columns covered in hieroglyphics and walk among giant statues of kings past.

Head to the West Bank and you will find the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the second female pharaoh of Egypt and the extraordinary Valley of the Kings where the tombs of pharaohs are burrowed into the mountains.

Luxor is a gift. It was my honor to stand in the presence of history and lay my eyes on another time.  This look book is inspired by the glimmer and mystery of this amazing city and I hope you enjoy it!

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{Kaftan/Querist Vintage on Depop, Sandals/Forever 21, Belt/Target, Earrings/Bought in India, Mixed Bangles/Thrifted}

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{Dress/Ross, Belt/Thrifted, Sandals/Forever 21, Necklace/Bought in Egypt, Earrings/Bracelet/Bought in Mexico}

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{Pants/Top/Scarf/Bought In India, Belt/Target, Sandals/Forever 21, Necklace/Turban/Santee Alley}

Summer of Wanderlust – Mexico City Inspired Look Book

Mexico City is an explosion of color, set against an ornate colonial backdrop.  It’s the oldest capital city in the Americas, founded by the Aztecs in the 1300s and has seen many incarnations in the years since.

It’s a bustling city that wears its history on its streets and in its architecture. This week’s Summer of Wanderlust look book is inspired by the vibrancy of everyday life and the brilliant colors of this city, from the markets to the museums.

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{Dress/Hat/Vintage (Thrifted), Shoes/Nine West, Belt/Bought in Guatemala, Earrings/Bag/Bought in Mexico}

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{Dress/Thrifted, Shoes/Franco Sarto (Thrifted), Earrings/H&M}

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{Blouse/CasaOtomi, Skirt/Salvation Army in Bucharest, Romania, Belt/From Mexico (Thrifted), Scarf/Bag/Vintage, Shoes/ Vintage from Runway Boutique L.A.}

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Summer of Wanderlust – Alice Springs Look Book

Alice Springs is a small, outpost town from which you can discover the vast, sun kissed landscapes of the Australian Outback.  Mustard mountains burrowed into red earth, dotted with sage colored brush, nature’s paints on the canvas of the Outback.

This is a sacred space where ancient landscapes and ancestral stories are protected by the Aboriginal people for generations to come.  It’s a place of solitude, vastness, connection and contemplation, a planet all it’s own residing on this stretch of earth.

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{Pants/INC International Concepts, Dress worn as a top/Fashion To Figure, Sandals/Bought in Greece, Necklace/Bought in India, Hat/Bought on a cruise, Mixed Bangles/From India & Thrifted}

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{Skirt/Ralph Lauren (Thrifted), Top/Thrifted, Sandals/Bought in Greece, Layered Necklaces/Sistas Jewelry, Bracelets/Bought in India}

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Pants/Michael Kors, Top/Jacket/Boots/Thrifted, Necklace/Anukah Accessories, Hat/Bought on a cruise}

Summer of Wanderlust – Manaus Look Book

Manaus may not be a city you’ve heard of, but it’s one where adventure awaits.  The capital city of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, it’s the departure port for river cruises and expeditions into the Amazon rainforest.  It’s a colonial city set among the lush landscape and this week I am taking inspiration from the dense foliage and brilliant colors of the wildlife for this week’s Summer of Wanderlust look book.

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[Dress/Belt//Target, Top/A.n.a. (Thrifted), Shoes/I.N.C. International Concepts, Necklace/DIY, Bracelets (From the Philippines), Earrings/Santee Alley}

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{Top/I.N.C. International Concepts, Skirt/Vintage (Thrifted), Necklace/Bought in Guatemala, Earrings/Vintage (Thrifted), Belt/Target, Shoes/Lola Shoetique}

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{Shorts/Torrid, Robe/Marshall’s, Shoes/Necklace/Thrifted, Belt/From Guatemala, Earrings/Tenzin Beads}

Summer of Wanderlust – Havana Look Book

It’s that time of year again where we are gearing up for summer trips or wanderlusting over far off locales. Summer can be a time of lazy dreaming or active adventure. No matter where I’m headed, I find each destination inspiring.  The sights, sounds, colors and designs I encounter around the world always make their way back home with me and into my every day fashion.

Each week this summer, I’ll be sharing a look book inspired by a different city around the world.  I’m using each city as my creative muse and sharing outfit ideas that you can try whether you’re hoping on a plane this summer or chillin at the backyard barbeque.

We are kicking it off with Havana, Cuba! A city trapped in time, painted in warm hues and layered patina.  The streets are oozing with soul and the rhythm of the island dances with the soft ocean breezes.  Sunshiny days give way to sultry, sticky nights without skipping a beat.

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{Dress/Lane Bryant, Bag/Target, Sandals/Marshall’s, Bracelets/From India, Earrings/Sunnies/Santee Alley, Hat/Goodwill}

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{Blouse/Asos via The Plus Bus, Skirt/Chico’s (thrifted), Wedges/BCBG (thrifted), Hat/Goodwill, Earrings/Fan/From the Philippines}

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{Dress/Vintage (thrifted), Tutu Skirt/H&M (thrifted), Hat/Vintage Hollywood Hat Company (thrifted), Shoes/Franco Sarto (thrifted), Belt/Ross, Earrings/Santee Alley}

Be sure to tag #SummerofWanderlust on IG if you try any of these looks or create your own travel inspired outfits! I’d love to see them!

 

 

Join the Journey to Morocco

Desert, Camel Ride, Enjoying and Happy People

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to see the sunrise in the Sahara Desert? Or what treasures you could find in the maze of the medina in Marrakech?  Well, now is your chance to turn that dream into a reality!

Join the Journey to Morocco, October 7-15, 2017 with IAMSHEGLOBAL.  Guided by travel agent and global style blogger, Sheena Dersidan, this small group, arts and culture based journey is your chance to explore the land, discover the culture, and connect with the people of Morocco.

Highlights include:

  • Sunset Camel Ride
  • Spend the night in a Bedoin Camp in the Sahara Desert
  • Gourmet dinners at exclusive restaurants, Gastro MK & Riad Dar Moha
  • Sunrise hike in the Atlas Mountains
  • Explore Jemaa el-Fna Square in Marakkech
  • Visit the medina & tanneries of Fes
  • Connect with local artists
  • Drive through the Atlas Mountains
  • Marjorelle Gardens in Marrakech
  • and much more!

Space is extremely limited.  Click the links below for the full itinerary and booking forms.  Feel free to contact IAMSHEGLOBAL@gmail for more information.

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Shop for the perfect pair of slippers in the medina.
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Dine in Marrakech’s exclusive restaurants.

 

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Immerse your self in the smells and colors of the markets.

 

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Watch the sun rise over the Sahara Desert from your Bedoin Camp.

 

 

2017 Morocco Itinerary

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Join travel agent & global style blogger, Sheena Dersidan as your personal guide on this Journey to Morocco.

Join the Journey to South Africa

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Have you always dreamed of going on safari?  Well, now is your chance!

Join the Journey to South Africa, August 26-Sept 3, 2017 with IAMSHEGLOBAL.  Guided by travel agent and global style blogger, Sheena Dersidan, this small group, arts and culture based journey is your chance to explore the land, discover the culture, and connect with the people of South Africa.

Highlights include:

  • Jazz Safari
  • High Tea At Mt. Nelson Hotel
  • Mandela Walking Tour
  • Cape Malay Meal
  • Cape Winelands Tour
  • Langa Township Visit
  • Cable Car Ride to the top of Table Mountain
  • Guided Game Drives
  • Walking Street Art Tour
  • Sunset Cruise
  • Traditional Cooking Class

Space is extremely limited.  Click the links below for the full itinerary and booking forms.  Feel free to contact IAMSHEGLOBAL@gmail for more information.

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Visit and connect with locals in Langa Township.
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We’ll spend an afternoon sipping artisan wine and taking in the scenery of the Cape Winelands.
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Shop for handmade artisan crafts at Green Market Square!

 

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We’ll take in a panoramic view of Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain.

 

2017 South Africa Itinerary

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Join me, as your personal guide on this Journey to South Africa!