Posts from November 2014

Bali

bali_01Falling asleep to the sounds of waves crashing and the feel of the ocean breeze on my skin, waking up to the first light of the sun breaking over the horizon, walking barefoot in the dewey grass, tasting the sweet fresh fruit for breakfast… our recent short trip to Bali was a delight for the senses. This was my first time to visit this beautiful island and the only thing I would change would be to be able to stay longer.

We stayed at the beautiful Villa Campuhan which we booked after seeing photos of it on some of my past wedding clients’ instagram accounts. Since this trip was added on to the end of a work trip to Hong Kong, we only had 2 full days to spend in Bali, the first of which we used to relax by our private pool and soak up some sun. The next day we did venture beyond the villa and visited the amazing Pura Lempuyang, the Tirta Gangga water palace and some nearby rice terraces. Since we were staying on the eastern part of the island, we pretty much stayed that way which meant we did not have time to check Ubud or Seminyak but I guess that gives us a few excuses to try and make another visit, no?

One of the highlights for me was being in Bali during a full moon which meant we got to see the locals dressed up and preparing for celebrations at temples across the island. It was a beautiful look into the lives of those that call Bali home. I don’t think my words can do justice to the beauty of the place or the kindness of the people, so I’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story…

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Courtney / N6

A portrait series of people who call London home.

I first came across Courtney through her instagram account (something I’ve been doing a lot lately) of her adventures with her beautiful family across London and beyond. She is one of the co-founders of Babyccino Kids, which is an amazing place to shop many of the best children’s boutiques from around the world all in one place. Come meet Courtney (and her adorable youngest) and find out about her London.

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How long have you lived in London?

Eleven years. We moved here from Los Angeles thinking it would be one or two years, and 11 years later… we’re still here!

What makes someone a Londoner?

After living here so long, I no longer feel like an American when I go ‘home’, but then I also don’t feel English either. There is something about living in London, surrounded by other ex pats who share this feeling, that makes me feel like a ‘Londoner’. In London, you’re never an outsider.

North London or South London?

Hampstead Heath is in North London, so for us it’s an obvious answer. We spend so much time in the Heath – I just couldn’t imagine living too far from it, especially in this big, urban city.

Favorite thing about living in London?

I always joke that my favourite thing about living in London is that it’s only a 2-hour train ride from Paris. No, but really… I love how incredibly diverse this city is.

Least favorite thing about living in London?

The weather.

Favorite spot to grab a drink?

We love the Camden Town Brewery. The beer is good and they always have great food trucks.

Favorite spot to grab a bite?

The Maltby Street Market has amazing food stalls and is such a cool setting to spend a weekend morning. The donuts from St. John…. Yummm.

Taxi, Tube, Bus, Bike or Walk?

We do a bit of everything in our family, but my favourite way to get somewhere is to walk. On the weekends, we like to walk (the kids ride their bikes) through the Heath over to Hampstead village, grab pizza and then walk back home.

Where do you go to get away from the city?

Last year we discovered the beaches down in East Sussex (Birling Gap and Cuckmere Haven). They’re about a 2-hour drive out of London, but it’s so nice to get down to the sea and be reminded that we live on an island!

48 Hours in Paris

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For the past few years every October Reid’s work has taken him to Paris for a couple of days and I have been lucky to tag along and take advantage of the free hotel room. I spend the days on my own, exploring a city that I love the more often I get to visit it. It is pretty amazing to me that it is such a short train ride from London and whenever I’m in town I always think to myself that I should visit more often.

This particular trip was pretty short but I was still able to pack in a bunch of my favorite things plus a few new ones. We arrived late in the evening and headed over to Ralph’s in Saint Germain for a late dinner (We were almost the only people there!). I had a delicious burger with perfectly cooked fries and Reid had a steak. Over the next day and a half I went for runs in the Tuileries Garden, walked along the Seine, ate my weight in chocolate, visited a few shops and went to two great photography exhibits. Details and links below:

  • Angelina: A trip to Paris is never complete without at least one visit here for the sinfully good hot chocolate. It may seem touristy but I can’t help but coming here. The hot chocolate is basically as thick as a melted down bar of chocolate and then on top of that you add in whipped cream just in case it wasn’t rich enough for you.
  • Merci: This store/cafe/library is one of my favorite places to spend time. Not only is it located in the hip neighborhood of Le Marais but it is choc full of amazing clothes, furniture, kitchenware, stationery, etc. I dare you to try and visit without doing major damage to your wallet.
  • Jeu de Paume: I always like to visit at least one museum or gallery and this trip I managed to go to two that were new to me. On one of my morning runs I noticed that the Jue de Paume was advertising a new photography exhibit of American photographer Gary Winogrand that happened to begin that very day so of course I had to go. It was an amazing exhibit and included many images that had never been seen before, even by Winogrand himself. The exhibit runs through February 8, 2015.
  • The Gagosian: I had seen a few photographer friends post images on Instagram of the Peter Lindbergh exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery in Paris and I was really keen on going. It was pretty amazing to see such beautiful and iconic images up close. The exhibit runs through November 22nd of this year, so catch it while you can!
  • Comptoir de L’image: This tiny, tiny bookstore is really a hidden gem. I actually first stumbled upon it while photographing this couple and I’m so glad we found it. It has an insane selection of photography books and magazine by every photographer imaginable. There is a lot to look through and not much space to do it, but there is so much inspiration in there.
  • Buvette: Possible my favorite meal of this trip was to the adorable Buvette which was recommended to me by a friend. We ordered lot of small plates to share and talked the night away over the candlelight. It was truly a Parisian experience and I will definitely be going back my next trip to Paris!

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