Travel is usually a great way to make me go shopping. It’s a bit like free money (and free calories) while you’re away and you start throwing your hard earned at things with far less consideration that when you’re at home. At least I do anyway. I knew Bali wasn’t going to be too much of a shopping holiday for me – I’m past the days of buying local items you’ll never wear again – however I did hit up duty free a little harder than I expected. Last year when I was recording my purchases I didn’t include items I picked up on holiday but this year I’m going to in order to add a bit of extra accountability. Also this week’s post covers the last fortnight so it does include a little more than usual.
18 Lovisa earrings $18 - When I was in Greece last year I bought the tiniest pair of crystal stud earrings from H&M and I loved them. They were super small and just added something extra to a casual outfit without being overwhelming. Sadly they were in the console of my car when it was written off and I never got to retrieve them, so the hunt was on for an equally miniscule pair. I found them at Lovisa in a set of three for $10 and while I was there I picked up these rose gold and crystal ear crawlers (above photo). The latter has become a firm favourite already and they look so pretty and cool on. For $8 you just can’t go wrong and they come in silver as well.
19 J.Crew Cyprus Sandals in Neon Flamingo $70 - These sandals had been on my wish list for sometime when all of a sudden they went on sale and J.Crew had a promo to take a further 30 per cent off sale items. Sold. On the website these are a gorgeous coral colour but in real life (photo above) they are a vibrant almost neon orange. I have another J.Crew item in the Neon Flamingo so I knew what to expect, however I do prefer the more muted website shade. Anyway, they are super comfortable and look really smart but they run small so best to size up. I take a 9.5 usually in J.Crew shoes but got a 10 in these and they were initially a little snug before the leather softened. There’s quite a few other colours including metallic and I definitely recommend them if you are on the hunt for new sandals.
20 J.Crew Painter Long Sleeved Tee in White $15 - I have a few of these and they are a good staple. My white ASOS baseball tee is nearly at the end of the road so I thought this would be a good replacement, however it’s a bit sheerer than I was expecting.
21 Havianas in Aqua $30 - Yeah I went to Bali and faced with a wall of Havianas I bought a pair. They are an aqua green shade and I love them.
22 and 23 Zara Cotton T-Shirts in Navy/White Stripe and Khaki Green $13 each - Kuta Zara is pretty well stocked and had a lot of stuff I could have easily walked out with. Instead I stuck to buying just two slouchy cotton tees, one in a gorgeous khaki green and the other a navy and white stripe. They were cheap as chips at only $13 a piece and will be good staples.
24 Sunglasses $10 - And I couldn’t resist sunglasses from the Seminyak street stalls. I’d wanted a pale gold/blue mirror tortoiseshell pair for a while and there they were.
On the make up and skin care front I was doing OK until I got back. I bought the L’Oreal Skin Perfection Gel Cream Wash (yep, yet another cleanser) and the MUD Matte Lip Cream in Fuchsia before I went away and the rest when I got back. The MUD lip is actually really good – I picked it up for only $5 at Woolworths and it makes for a decent cheap version of the Bite matte lip creams. The Avene Cleanance K was enabled by this Into the Gloss post, while the rest were all wildly on sale at Target. The NYX Butter Goss Trio was a particular steal at just $9.80 for the three and all the shades are fantastic.
As previously mentioned I also hit up duty free and I did a small haul at the Bath & Body Works in Kuta. Those purchases deserve their own posts though so I’m going to leave them for another day.