A photoshoot in paradise

A photoshoot in paradise


4:00am: Alarm goes off
5:30am: Greet beautiful model who looks fresh as a daisy whilst you put on so much mascara your eyelashes are sticking to your eyelid
Hair and Make up is applied by a Russian angel who does not mind the 'rushing around' jokes
6:30am: Hit the beach, find the boat, load up new collection and pray our only samples don't capsize
8:00am: Incredible photographer braves the wild seas and after 4 outfits we return to shore to sip on coke to ease the 'quease'. The amazing model has no quease because she grew up deep sea fishing, of course..

The shoot continues in caves, bamboo back drops and anything that can dodge the early tourists starting to descend on the beach. And then it's over. We hug, we cheer, we collapse on a beach lounger coconut in hand. What a day, and it's only 11am. 

That's Bali. Things move quickly, the weather is constantly changing and you have to capture every moment before it disappears. You negotiate with a local to use his wooden bench in the photoshoot. After much discussion he finally agrees. 5 minutes in he requests you stop using his bench.

This is one of the work rooms where our pieces are made in Bali.

From the start it has been of the upmost importance that all of SJ's garments are made ethically and this will never change.

 

BALI ACTIVITIES: 

  • Dive with Manta Rays 
  • Bike ride through Ubud - bring water!
  • Waterbom - our inner child loves a theme / water park
  • Quad bike tour
  • Bali Swing Badung
  • Learn to surf in Nusa Dua
  • Day trip to Lombok
  • Day trip to Tanah Lot - we love staying in villas here overlooking the temple in the sea
  • Sunsets at Uluwatu - we count sunsets and cocktails as activities


  Seminyak Street Style
featuring animal print, S-kin Studio jewellery
and the wide brim Panama in grey (available online now)

The traffic in Seminyak over the Christmas and New Year break is like poking yourself in the eye with a satay stick. But don't let that dissuade you - just have a plan.

Do: Have an agreed pick up / drop off location with a driver and watch where you walk on the pavements. We choose our pick up spots near a nice bar preferably on the beach; this way if the traffic gets a bit gnarly you can have a cocktail  (or two) whilst you wait for the car.

Don't: Walk without conviction. The roads are chaos but it's organised chaos so don't ruin it for them by getting hit. Once you decide to cross, follow through as the cars and bikes will stop for you..seriously bad luck if they don't! 

BALI EATS: 


La Lucciolo:
They don't take bookings for lunch so go early, sit upstairs and have the lychee margarita. The whole menu is fantastic, light Italian and fresh. The view is beautiful and the structure is fun especially if you like Tarzan. 


Motel Mexicola:
It was super steamy when we dined but the fans and mariachi band kept our spirits high. 'Pornstar mojito' is ridiculously good. The whole menu is a standout.
Don't go past: tempura prawn taco, grilled corn and chipotle, tuna tostada and the sea perch ceviche. Finish with a look at the shot menu, 'Cha cha cha' was heavenly but intense. Have a quick squiz over the impressive cigar menu. The website is exactly like the venue, fun fun fun (after dark is a whole lotta fun at Mexicola a party not to be missed when in Bali).


Mamasan: 
Now we are biased because we love Mamasan in Australia (Bondi and Broadbeach) but this restaurant was worth the three day wait to get a booking. Preferably book before you land in Bali. To start with the service is outstanding. You could not find more helpful or lovely servers, great for telling you when you've ordered far too much for the table or changing plates between saucy dishes.
Highlights were the softshell crab pad thai, all of the dumplings, peking duck (you can't go past it), Malaysian chicken masala, and braised eggplant. And of course more lychee's in the icy mojitos. 


Honourable mentions: 
Bebek Bengil Ubud (and Nusa Dua). We have been coming here for the crispy duck for years.  It's not gourmet and not for posh totties, its just perfectly crispy duck with simple sides of rice and pickled vegetables. Jimbaran Bay is scattered with restaurants where you sit on the beach and get your hands dirty with crab, prawns and spicy sambal. It's a beer and plastic table vibe so get messy and watch the locals night fish. All the hipster cafes in Canguu, it's a mini Bondi, very clean eats, very good but we came for the satays. If you don't make it to the rice paddies of the mountains get your dose from Nook. Plenty of clean eats and acai bowl's but also SATAY!  Make sure you pop your head into their cute shop.

New Years, no shoes but we still got service
Whilst it can be a hectic time in Bali, it is also one of the best times to be on the island. The city is full of party revellers and the vibe is second to none. We had a traditional dinner, yes more satay, and capped off the night at a beach party with a DJ who really enjoyed the Ketchup Song.
Wishing everyone a very happy 2019!

 

Need a driver? Willo is your man! He is a wheeler and dealer with perfect English, will make sure you never get ripped off and knows the best spots for an insta- worthy snap. For an airport pickup or casual driver Willo is a treat and we can't rave about him enough. 

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