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Mermaiding and Mermaid Tails

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Mermaiding is the act of “becoming a mermaid” by wearing a mermaid tail for swimming, modelling or performance art.

#Bali and #Lombok in Indonesia, famous islands for diving and snorkelling among other tourist lures, are now also exceedingly popular for mermaiding.

Island Mermaids Swimming with a Pink Mermaid Tail in Gili T

Never heard of it? Not likely, unless you went to the same D-A-I-Y-E spa as Zoolander, you’ll recall his mermaid modelling photos (er, merman). Then a lot of models did it for Vogue in 2012. The Gigi Hadid of Bali Inka Williams did it in Komodo with the Island Mermaids team. And Cara Delevigne did it in Pan.

Bottom line, models love mermaiding. And now the rest of us can also have our very own sequinned or scaled mermaid tails and underwater mermaid pictures.

MERMAID TAILS AND FINS

Mermaid tails for children and adults are sold in stores and online. A huge range of products has become available, with prices from $30 up to $300 for bejeweled silver and gold mermaid tails.

BILLIE’S CANGGU
Jl. Pantai Berawa 150
Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara, Bali

ISLAND MERMAIDS
Bali’s first mermaiding company
www.island-mermaids.com

SUN TAILS
Mermaid tails and shark fins for kids
www.suntailmermaid.com

For safety, it is important to know which are mermaid tails specially designed for swimming, versus tails which may be intended as costumes for dress up only, so be sure to check.

MERMAID-INSPIRED SWIMWEAR

Tasteful women’s seashell bikinis, one-piece mermaid swimsuits and mermaid accessories are here. Nothing like the mermaid costumes of your childhood, sequinned nylon has been swapped for real seashells and high-quality Lycra.

Mermaid Bikini Set by Island Mermaids

MERMAID BIKINI SET BY ISLAND MERMAIDS; TOP: ONE SIZE FITS A-D; BOTTOM: S, M, L

Island Mermaids Pink Shores Bikini

HAND BEADED BIKINI BY ISLAND MERMAIDS; COLOURS: PINK, GOLD; SIZES: S, M, L

Island Mermaids Kerang Black One Piece Suit

KERANG ONE PIECE BY ISLAND MERMAIDS; COLOURS: BLACK, NUDE; SIZES: S, M

Thoughtfully designed, carefully produced and beautifully modelled, these swimsuits really caught my eye.

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Bali Souvenirs Worth Buying

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Textiles outside a Bali souvenir shop

A holiday agenda can quickly fill up trying to satisfy everyone’s expectations – I want relaxation, you want adventure and the kids need impressive new profile pictures – but it all works out, and in the end, we all want the same thing: souvenirs.

Picking up gifts and treating yourself to something exotic is part of a good tourist experience. This is especially true in Bali, where there is a great selection of things to buy – genuine leather bags, wallets and sun hats are priced at a good value but are not exclusive to the locale. Opposites are key chains, pens and T-shirts which scream “I – only in Bali but not made from the finest materials.

With a bit of effort, you can take home keepsakes that are true to their origins – goods made from local materials that represent the Balinese culture and traditions of artistic expression. The ornately carved statues, exotic Batik patterns, beautifully adorned temples and carefully handcrafted everyday items are what make Bali so special and memorable. Well, not all of these fit nicely into a suitcase.

So which asli (real) products from Bali are beautiful, useful items you can easily carry with you to be reminded of Bali for years to come? This list of souvenirs worth buying has pictures to inspire your shopping wish list and tips about where to go to find Bali’s treasure without a hunt.

Patung Kayu  (Wood Carvings)

Wood Barong mask Bali souvenir

BARONG MASK – OASE, JL. BASANGKASA 5 AND JL. LEGIAN KAJA 462, SEMINYAK, BALI

Barong masks are a prevailing Bali souvenir. Barong is Bali’s guardian spirit, and masks worn to play Barong and Rangda in the traditional dance about good and evil are sacred. Nothing is more representative of Balinese art and culture than a hand-carved Barong mask made from local wood.

Painted wood figures from Bali

PATUNG KAYU – BATIK ETCETERA, JL. BASANGKASA 5, SEMINYAK, BALI

Matching wood figures seated together to bring good luck and fertility to couples. Balinese pairs sit with their hands together in a welcoming gesture, making them easy to tell apart from similar Javanese dolls.

Wood bowls from Bali

BALI SOUVENIRS – d’ASIAN TOUCH, JL. RAYA BASANGKASA, SEMINYAK

Wooden bowls, serving trays and other dishes are great for serving food or as décor.

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Island Style: Dresses You Can’t Say No To

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Need a dress or two for your next tropical vacation? Check out Mister Zimi, our most loved fashion label on the island of the Gods (and elsewhere). It’s travel and fashion united, easy silhouettes, rich colours and exquisite prints for the stylish adventurer in all of us.

Created by a husband and wife team in 2007, Mister Zimi is a young label that’s diverse, ageless and not dictated to by trends. Creating patterns and prints inspired by exotic locations (Bali, Morocco, Majorca, Mexico) and cultures, each season features carefully designed edits of 70s-inspired garments including classic shift dresses, maxi skirts, harem pants, leather jackets and footwear.

Their latest collection ‘Poolside’ evokes long days spent lounging in the sun and summer cocktails oozing effortless style and tropical glamour. The collection features new styles named after some of the most glamorous ladies of the 60’s and 70’s – Dusty, Goldie, Farrah, Barbi and Twiggy – alongside the much-loved styles which continue to trademark the vibrant Mister Zimi brand.

Get your dresses in one of the two Mister Zimi Bali boutiques or online.

Happy shopping!

Mister Zimi Satu, Jalan Kayu Aya no. 22, Seminyak
and Mister Zimi Dua, Jalan Kayu Jati no. 8X, Seminyak
Open seven days, 09.00 to 21.00

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5 Awesome Designer Shops in Bali

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Bali is home to creative designers from all around the world. Strolling down the streets of Seminyak and Canggu you will notice cute shop fronts filled with unique pieces of art, clothing and homeware. So why not take a break from soaking in the pool at your luxury villa, to check out these 5 awesome designer shops in Bali?

Bali Boat Shed

Bali Boat Shed stocks everything from men’s and women’s resort wear to high-fashion apparel, cosmetics and jewellery, as well as handmade leather and canvas bags from Bali Boat Shed’s own label. It features brands like Love Collective, Franksland, Benson, Frangipani Shirts, The Critical Slide Society, Enki Eyewear, Le Specs, Mink Pink, and State of Georgia. This highly curated collection will get you hooked on island vibes.

Bali Boat Shed, Corner of Jalan Kayu Aya and Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak.

Mister Zimi

Ladies, these husband-and-wife-team creations are for you. Enter a bohemian fairytale featuring bold prints and exotic style shift dresses, maxi dresses and harem pants as well as jackets and boots in soft, subtle leather. You can easily while away your day here.

Mister Zimi Satu, Jalan Kayu Aya No. 22, Seminyak; Mister Zimi Dua, Jalan Kayu Jati No. 8X, Seminyak. Open daily, 9am-9pm.

Coco and Ginger

This family-run boutique sells too-cute-to-be-true baby clothes, especially for little princesses. Whether you are looking to style your little ones or to take lovely presents back home, you will find everything you need here.

Coco and Ginger, Jalan Batubelig No. 88, Kerobokan, Kuta. Open daily, 10am-6pm.

Bungalow Living

Eat, shop, relax, enjoy, socialise and be inspired all inside this one pretty Bungalow in Canggu. You’ll be greeted on the front veranda by BB King, the shop’s large chocolate brown poodle, so don’t forget to reward him with a pat. Spend the day sipping coffee, chatting and shopping for homewares, decorations, cushion covers, accessories, boho bags, tassel necklaces, pretty jewels and lots of lovely pieces for the little ones too, including handmade teddy bears, wooden toys, colourful batik owls, books, trinkets and more.

Bungalow Living Bali, 35 Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu. Open Monday to Saturday, 8:30am-6pm.

Magali Pascal

This French-born, Bali-based designer has stunning collections that combine luxurious silks,

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The Fashion Festival Bali 2015

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The Fashion Festival Bali

The brainchild of creative director Nicholas Meimaris, The Fashion Festival Bali is back 15-22nd August 2015 to inspire and entertain fashion-savvy folks from around Southeast Asia. At this year’s event, themed ‘Embody The Blessed’, young talented creatives from Indonesia, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Dubai, Vietnam, UK and USA will get their chance to shine on the fashion frontier.

Packed with extravagant launch parties featuring live musicians from around the world, international runway shows featuring established and emerging designers, and an exclusive shopping experience at The Showroom – a unique concept that allows its visitors to buy clothes literally straight off the runway – this event is not to be missed.

For latest event updates, click here.

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