DIY dressing on holiday
On day 2, we took things at a leisurely pace and went for a stroll around the neighbourhood in Penestanan admiring the local architecture before heading into town to a museum and a lotus garden…
My outfit theme for that day somehow ended up being “citrus” – at least it felt like that to me in my orange mini-skirt and white tie-front top (both DIYs) and op shop jewellery in lime, yellow and green!
The orange skirt ended up being a bit of a favourite as the colour just makes me happy and it goes with everything. I made it from fabric I bought in the early 90s to make hotpants – who knows what I did with the hotpants but this skirt will not be leaving my wardrobe for the foreseeable future! Here it is at a fun park which was hideous but had some very photogenic spots (if you ignored huge painted concrete eagles jumping out from bushes, that is).
We soon made a new friend on Nusa Lembongan, although it was kind of awkward when we both turned up wearing the same hat…
Then again, seeing as practically everyone wears these hats if they’re working on the land, the chance of this happening was fairly high! (I bought mine at Jatiluwih for about $1).
I kind of got a bit obsessed with the hat, actually – I love the raw detail around the band which I think is less design, more just a result of the weaving process.
Whatever, it just says “island” to me! As does this… probably because it IS an island. Lombok, to be precise. This park next to the beach had cows grazing in it and people picnicking under the coconut palms, which I seem not to have got into this photo. Anyway, very pretty!
The black sparkly sand on the beach matched my gold nail polish!
We spent a bit of time on boats on this holiday as there was so much island hopping to be done. My reworked T-shirt came in handy for slipping on over my bikini – I decorated it with fabric crayons like I did with my animal-print singlet. So easy, but it really was like a facelift for this top!
We didn’t stay there for long but the Gili islands were very picturesque! They’re kind of on my radar for next time – tiny and totally tourist-dominated but interesting as there are no cars or motorised vehicles at all as far as I could tell, only bikes and horse-drawn carts (also known as Lombok Ferraris!) which makes a nice change from everywhere else we went. Motorbikes seem to be a necessary evil in most parts of Indonesia, so peace and quiet for half an hour during lunch on Gili Meno was greatly appreciated.
I have until now neglected to mention the essential item for any tropical style-setter, which is of course a snorkelling mask…
Worn with a snorkel, it’s a flattering yet functional combination that all the cool kids are wearing…