Friday, April 24, 2015

Pinning and 'Gramming

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Don't worry, I'm still alive and kicking! I know things have been on the quiet side here on the blog, and I'm sorry. Unfortunately, Pretty.Random.Things. has been treated like the insignificant middle child lately when it comes to my online antics. I know we aren't supposed to have favorites, but recently Instagram and Pinterest have gotten most of my attention.

Over the past few months, I've grown really fond of Instagram. At first it was just a fun platform to share pics of my travels, daily life, exciting purchases and pretty things I love, but it's become so much more than that. Now, it's all about the people! Among the millions of Instagram users, I've found some of the most creative, exciting and inspirational people. I've made countless new online friends from around the world! It's so crazy and wonderful how I've met people on this photo sharing app whom I have so much in common with and would love to meet in real life.

If you want to keep up with me, better hop on over to my Instagram and/or Pinterest, because that's where you'll most likely find me pinning and 'gramming.

Happy Friday! Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

SHOPBOP Friends & Family 25% Off Event

It's here; the much anticipated biannual SHOPBOP 25% off event! I get so excited about this because my SHOPBOP wishlist is almost always jam packed with "things I NEED" and 25% off on SHOPBOP is a huge deal! What better excuse to get some new Spring pieces!?

In case you were thinking: "Where do I even start, Liesl!?", let me share some of the items with you that I've purchased from SHOPBOP recently that you can now get at a very nice discount. (Yep, I won't say I'm not a little bitter about that...)

CALVIN KLEIN Modern Cotton Underwear

CALVIN KLEIN Modern Cotton underwear (photo source)
These Calvin Klein undies have been much sought after again after their very successful #mycalvins campaign from last year. I must say, it took me a while to get my hands on my size, but now that I have them, I'm so happy that I kept hunting, because they are super comfortable. I'm getting them in white and black, too!

MARYSIA SWIM Scallop Bikinis

MARYSIA SWIM Broadway bikini (photo source)

MARYSIA SWIM Antibes bikini (photo source)

Ever since I saw these beautiful bikinis I were obsessed with them; so simple, yet so special. They do not come cheap though, and I really had to convince The Husband why I "needed" them. At first I purchased the Broadway bikini (triangle with halter straps), but eventually also got the Antibes top (bandeau). I take such good care of these swimsuits and I can only hope they'll last me a few seasons. (Take note that these bikinis are tiny, so size up!)

SOLUDOS Espadrilles

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SOLUDOS Classic Espadrille Sandals (photo source)

I got these lace up espadrilles last summer, and I love their look. I wear them with shorts mostly, but I know they look cute with some rolled up jeans, too. They come in a few different colors on SHOPBOP now and they are very affordable!

SUPERGA Cotu Sneaker

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SUPERGA Cotu Classic Lace Up Sneaker (photo source)

I love the white sneaker/trainer trend and got these a few months ago. I've literally worn them to death and they desperately need a good cleaning. These come in MANY colors, and are very comfortable.

ASH Jalouse Suede Booties

ASH Jalouse Suede Booties (photo source)

These suede booties are perfect for evenings out and can also be worn with shorts or dresses. They are classic and I know I'm going to get years' worth of use out of them. I have them in black, too. I wish I could have gotten them at 25% off...

ONE TEASPOON Bandits Denim Shorts

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ONE TEASPOON Hendrix Bandits Shorts (photo source)

I got these iconic shorts in black, too, and even though they are super short, I still really like the look. They are ripped, baggy and totally perfect for beach days! Because of their intended bagginess, they do run somewhat large, so I'd suggest sizing down if you want a more fitted look.

To get 25% off your order, type in the code SPRING25 at checkout. Even though SHOPBOP offers free international shipping, there will be a small handling charge (about $10) and take into consideration your country's customs taxes.

Go to

***Unfortunately, some brands are excluded from this event***
3.1 Phillip Lim, Acne Studios, Alexander Wang, Birkenstock, Canada Goose, Gareth Pugh, Giambattista Valli, Herve Leger, Hunter, J. Mendel, Jason Wu, Jennifer Meyer,  Jonathan Simkhai, Katie May, Kenzo, Maison Martin Margiela, MCM, Michele Watches, Monique Lhuillier, Moschino, MZ Wallace, Narciso Rodriguez, Nina Ricci, Rag & Bone, Rodarte, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney Apparel, Stuart Weitzman, Suno,  Tory Burch, Versace, Victoria Victoria Beckham, and What Goes Around Comes Around Vintage

Happy Spring Shopping!

Friday, March 6, 2015

A Week in Beautiful Bali

Admiring the view of the Tegenungan waterfall in Ubud

A year after our wedding, The Husband and I finally had some time to "officially" go on our honeymoon. (I say "officially" because, really, I feel like we are always on honeymoon.) We both craved an island vacation to escape the Winter (and Chinese New Year firecrackers) in Taiwan. Sunshine, good food and lots of cocktails were on the list of prerequisites. (We don't ask for much!) Eventually, we decided on Bali, Indonesia as it's a reasonable 5-hour flight from Taiwan, and neither of us had been there.

Planning our trip to Bali was somewhat tricky. On the one hand, we wanted to do absolutely nothing (preferably with some sort of beverage with an umbrella in it permanently attached to our hands) by the beach or pool for a week, but on the other hand we also wanted to explore the island we've heard so many other wanderlusters rave about. 

In the end, we decided to do a little bit of both during our eight days in Bali. We spent three nights in Nusa Dua, which is considered to be the most relaxed and luxurious area in Bali, to just veg out (which we surely did). We then went a little north to Seminyak for three nights, to experience more of the action that goes on in Bali, and ended our trip with two nights in Ubud, "the heart of Bali".

For the first three nights, we stayed at the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa. The staff were extremely friendly (but so is everyone in Bali, really) and I loved the gorgeous and well looked after lush green gardens, the beautiful pools and the nice, clean beach. We didn't really venture far from the resort, but we did visit the Bali Collection shopping center (which honestly, was kind of a snooze) and we made a little trip to the south to an area called Uluwatu.

We spent most of our time by the beach and pool, ate a lot of good food, drank a lot of Bintang and just relaxed to the max. We also attended a traditional Legong dance show and dinner, which was so interesting and mesmerizing to watch! If you ever have a chance to see one of these shows, don't even think twice about it. 

On our day trip to Uluwatu, we visited the famous Pura Luhur, one of the many spectacular temples in Bali. This one is on the edge of the majestic cliffs of Uluwatu. We also went to check out some of the well known surf spots.

In general, we liked Nusa Dua because we craved a relaxed atmosphere and a couple of days without doing much other than drinking from coconuts and sitting with our feet in the sand. It was exactly that! I highly recommend Nusa Dua for a romantic getaway.

Beach bum on Nusa Dua beach

The beautiful gardens of the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa

Sunset in Nusa Dua

Enjoying the spa pool at the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa

Walking around the grounds of the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa

Picture perfect pool day in Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua beach before sunset

Pura Luhur Uluwatu

Majestic cliffs of Uluwatu

Blue Point Beach, Uluwatu

Surfing at Uluwatu

After three days of chillin' like villains, we were off to Seminyak. We decided to go see Pura Tanah Lot first before checking in, which was quite cool to see in real life. (You will usually see a picture of this famous temple on brochures or travel ads of Bali) There were MANY people there, even though there aren't much else to do than take a few pics of the temple. (You could also pay to view a snake in a cave there... But who does that!?!)

We were excited for Seminyak, because by that time we needed a little more excitement. We stayed at the Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa for three nights, and we were lucky enough to get upgraded to an ocean view villa. The villa was AH-FREAKIN-MAZING, and truthfully, I would have been fine just hanging out in there for the next three days. This hotel was also very nice, and the location was perfect; close enough to the action in Seminyak, but far enough away from any noise. We didn't eat at the hotel (except for the delicious breakfast buffet), as there are so many great restaurants in Seminyak.

During our time in Seminyak, we visited many popular restaurants and viewed some spectacular sunsets from the famous Ku De Ta and La Plancha Beach Bar. The rest of the time we made good use of our villa and its private pool (I know! Spoilt brats).

Pura Tanah Lot

Our ocean view villa at the Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa

Pool time at the Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa

Sunset from Seminyak Beach

Fresh fruit for breakfast

Summer pool lovin'

Sunset cocktails at La Plancha Beach Bar and Restaurant in Seminyak

Enjoying our villa's pool at the Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa

Seminyak Beach

Island style

After three wonderful days of basically eating our way through Seminyak and living the high life in our villa, it was time to venture inland to Ubud. On our way there our driver took us to Tegenungan waterfall, which was just stunning. Definitely worth a quick stop! (Beware the ten thousand million steps down a hill to get there! Just kidding... it was only one million steps.) 

In Ubud, we stayed at The White Villas. Situated a mere 10-minutes' walk from Ubud center, it was the perfect location from where we could explore Ubud. I HIGHLY recommend The White Villas if you ever go to Ubud! They only have three villas on the property (which is absolutely gorgeous with lush green plants and trees, colorful flowers and a beautiful infinity pool). It was close to the town center, but far enough to be quiet. (Really, the only sound we could hear were roosters crowing.) Our villa was like being in a dream that you didn't want to wake up from.

We had two busy days in Ubud, as there was plenty to do and see. We had the best local food there, loved the laid back atmosphere and enjoyed walking around the little village. There are shops galore, and affordable spas every few meters. We visited the Sacred Monkey Forest, which was pretty interesting, and the monkeys were beyond adorable.

While in Ubud, we also visited Goa Gajah temple and went to see the rock carvings and rice paddies at Gunung Kawi. Also, what would a visit to Bali be without seeing the world famous rice terrace of Tegalalang. It really was breathtaking, and we enjoyed walking along the little paths in the rice fields.

Ubud was my favorite part of Bali, and if I were ever to return to the island, I'd like to stay there again. I loved exploring the village, getting lost in picturesque alleys and seeing all the temples. We also really enjoyed the food at the local warungs (the small local restaurants).

Exploring the grounds of Goa Gajah in Ubud

Goa Gajah "elephant cave" in Ubud

Rice paddies at Gunung Kawi in Ubud

Gunung Kawi rock carvings

Temple details at Pura Taman Saraswati in Ubud

Monkey business at the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud

Lookout point of the Tegalalang rice terrace in Ubud

Tegalalang rice terrace in Ubud

Statues around Ubud village

Our view from bed at The White Villas in Ubud

Thirsty, anyone?

Picturesque alleys in Ubud village

I'm so thankful that we got to visit Bali, and it really was the perfect place to enjoy our honeymoon. Next time (yep, already thinking about "next time"), I'd also like to visit Sanur, Jimbaran and the northern part of the island. I would also love to hop over to the Gili Islands!

I highly recommend visiting beautiful Bali! If you have any questions about our trip, please ask away. You can also email me at

Happy Weekend, friends!


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