Indonesia is a country that makes sure you look beautiful in its handmade creations. In Bali, I discovered and fell in love with a shop called Uluwatu, a Paradise of handmade Balinese lace. Actually, it’s fine art. The handmade details make their clothes sophisticated and very elegant. Two keywords I admire. This jumpsuit is borrowed from my bestie who bought it in Bali. It looks even more beautiful on her! My bestie and I ended up borrowing each other’s clothes, since living out of a backpack for a few weeks wearing the same clothes over and over again gets so boring!!
Why didn’t I get something at Uluwatu too? Well, I actually fell in love with the most expensive piece in the shop. This white dress. Sometimes it’s just not possible.
Don’t hesitate to have a look at their beautiful pieces in their online shop, especially when you have a wedding or another party in the near future!
H&M kimono & jumpsuit
Traveling allows you to gaze. Gaze at the world’s treasures. It’s difficult to understand how people were able to build these kind of temples at that time with the materials and tools they had. But somehow they managed and these miracles make you gaze. These pictures were taken at the Prambanan temples (read more here
) on Central Java.
In the evenings, you can enjoy the Ramayana Ballet
with the Prambanan temples as it’s magnificent background. I have never had such a beautiful background while watching a ballet performance. This ballet is nothing like the ballet at the Amsterdam Stopera, the London Royal Opera House or the New York City Ballet. It’s a dance supported by a traditional gamelan orchestra
, Javanese singing, with beautiful costumes and depicting an epic Hindu love story, the Ramayana
Central Java is a must to visit when you’re in Indonesia one day. Yogyakarta
, the city near to these beautiful temples, is the centre of classical Javanese fine art and culture such as ballet, batik, music, drama, poetry, and puppet shows.
Back to my outfit. Kimonos are trending. This kimono is an oldie but definitely a goodie. The colors that flow into each other and the fabric make this kimono perfect to wear while traveling. It makes a simple outfit look beautiful, flowy and colorful. I combined it with my jumpsuit for that little extra touch ;). Oh, and the flip flops. Just the reality while traveling. No heels, no beautiful shoes. Backpackfashion it’s called 😉
The journey in Indonesia led me to the most beautiful architecture, monuments, nature and places I have ever seen. One of these is the 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple Borobudur
(read more about it here
) in Magelang on the island of Java. Pictures cannot capture how impressive and beautiful this temple is. It really is not a surprise that the Borobudur is the most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia. You cannot miss
this when you visit this country!
For me, I just had to shoot an outfit at this beautiful and mighty place. For this occasion, I decided to take on some traditional Indonesian clothing: batik
(read more about it here
). I bought this piece the day after I arrived in Jakarta. Like I already said before: I love to wear domestic clothes while traveling.
I will never forget about this place and the time I spent there. Memories as beautiful as the details on the batik.
Cotton top – Traditional Indonesian maxi skirt
It has already been a couple of weeks that I went on holiday and I just can’t believe how fast time is passing by. It has been wonderful. Travelling with my bestie, who is Indonesian and speaks the language, makes it all even more special. We stayed at local places and went to places we would never have visited if we were just following the standard ‘touristic route’.
So many impressions, so many things to discover. I don’t wanna go home. Travelling is so addictive and it makes you want to see the entire world. There is so much to discover, so much to see.
Travelling in Indonesia also made me want to wear traditional Indonesian clothing. The fabrics, the colors, the prints. It’s so beautiful. When I fell in love with this skirt I knew that I didn’t have a matchy top with me since I didn’t bring my entire closet with me in my backpack. That makes sense right? But it didn’t stop me from buying it.
So I found a top in Singapore. Very happy..untill I discovered I lost it. Shoot me. So I ended up at Singapore’s airport shopping where I found this colorful blouse. Read: at the last shop 30 minutes before the flight. In a rush. Yes it was that important to find a replacement of course:p
I knew it would fit perfectly and I think the combination turned out quite well even though I was wearing flip flops, since I don’t have heels haha!
These outfit pictures were taken in Sumatra, while staying at Lake Toba. The way to get there was my worst trip ever, since they ride like crazy over there. Taking over while it’s just a matter of seconds is like drinking water over here. But we arrived safely and really enjoyed the atmosphere and the people. We got offered a trip back by a private car which made the trip even more worth it since we got to see another route, dreaming while we watched the beautiful nature of Sumatra.
I hope you’ll enjoy this outfit and some storytelling about my trip!
Lots of love from Indonesia