The sun warming your skin, the lapping of the ocean, that first sip of an ice-cold drink on the beach: it only takes a few small moments to make it feel like summer. As part of our new #InstantSummer campaign, we’re inviting some of our favourite influencers to capture the spirit of the season with dreamy snapshots and style inspiration from wanderlust-worthy holiday destinations. First in line? Fashion bloggers Lucia and Kavita, straight from the tropical paradise of Bali, Indonesia..
Tell us about your holiday destination…
Lucia: It’s my fourth time here in Bali and there’s something so magical about this island that draws me back every time. It has everything, from the coolest surfer neighbourhoods like Canggu, lined with amazing cafés, bars and restaurants to stunning waterfalls and rice fields in Ubud and then the most beautiful beaches in Uluwatu. There’s never a dull moment here and the energy is infectious.
Kavita: It’s my third time in Bali and I can’t wait to return next year! It has the perfect mix of what I want in a holiday destination: sun, beaches, yoga, surfing, amazing food… there’s a reason it’s all over Instagram!
What are your #InstantSummer moments?
Lucia: The moment when we landed in Bali when the thick heat hits you as you step off the plane. They also always burn a particular incense in the airport here which has become so familiar to me now – that combination always gets me excited. Jumping on my scooter and feeling the sand between my toes for the first time in months also conjure up the same emotions.
Kavita: Mine is when my local rooftop bar opens for the summer! I live in south-east London and Frank’s Café in Peckham is the place to be when the sun comes out (plus it’s the perfect place for a picture against the Instagram-worthy pink walls!)
Give us the low-down of your top summer suitcase must-packs – and why you can’t leave home without them.
Kavita: A dress to throw on over a bikini – great for brunching and chilling before hitting the beach. I also love clutches which double up as a daytime and evening bag, as well as these red statement earrings and a printed headscarf to add onto a bag or cover a bad hair day! Finally, a nice pair of shoes that aren’t a pair of flip-flops – this pointed black pair is perfect.
Lucia: A little white dress is a must for me – this gorgeous broderie design can take me from the beach to the bar and I love it. Shell jewellery is also a big one, from the little anklets I buy in Bali to this pretty pendant from Accessorize. A statement beach bag is also an essential when you’re exploring the island – this stripy style is perfect for carrying around my camera, swimsuit, sarong and tanning oil.
What’s the soundtrack to your summer?
Lucia: Jack Johnson always gives me the best summer vibes!
Kavita: Anything by Izzy Bizu or Sarah Close.
Where’s next on your wanderlust list?
Kavita: Vietnam is next for me – I’m desperate to see some of their beaches.
Lucia: I’m about to hop on over to Australia for the first time and couldn’t be more excited!