Upon entering Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort,
I was escorted by a helpful front desk and greeted by their management in French
- it was only then I realized Sofitel originated from France.
They were not surprised, and explained that it can difficult to tell
owing to how its resorts and hotels around the world often blend in local elements into their designs.
The guided private tour began, predictably, in the main lobby.
We were instantly surrounded by distinctive décor which incorporated French influence with local Balinese artwork
- the wooden installation that occupied the central spot representing the circle of life is a meaningful and stunning piece that sets the tone for the resort; whereas the staircases are ones that you’d expect in a Parisian museum.
Staying consistent with the wooden tones and making good use of natural light,
the interiors of the resort give off a modern and contemporary impression overall yet
staying true to the local culture.
From there, we walked through the corridors and paths
(some were in a circular arrangement echoing the lobby’s structure),
leading to the gray and cream toned exteriors of the villas and suites that complement well with the main pool.
As a design fanatic myself, these details are very much appreciated.
International Women's Day was almost a month ago, but powerful women never stop inspiring each other.
And before we get out there and kick ass, there is no harm in throwing on the perfect power suit.
Tailoring is power.
A woman in a suit is the embodiment of authority, of control, of strength, and simultaneously a confirmation of all that is chic. This year, we see so many runway styles that played with extreme proportions, patterns, and volumes, which we can all agree are impactful but not very wearable.
So I thought I'd round-up of the best pantsuits to own this Spring to save you some trouble (You're welcome) ;)
The Comeback Classic
Double breasted wool blazer with a twist from Balmain - think padded shoulders, impeccable tailoring, and lion-embossed gold-tone metal buttons. Or you can opt for a blazer without buttons from Tibi for an effortless look.
These trousers from Brunello Cucinelli are cropped and perfect to match any black blazer. Yep, sorry, no jeans.
On me: Helmut Lang - I love the slim but straight cut and the paneling/pocket details that give it a 'boyfriend' feeling.