Because We Can!

I remember the days when Loanne and I would have 9-5 office jobs, stuck at a desk all day aimlessly looking at our computer screens whilst wondering whether this was it, was this really all life was cracked up to be?

Well luckily that wasn't the case, and a year later we became our own bosses! Since then we have been making the most of every opportunity and really embracing what it means to do what we want and living life to the full! Even the little things!

So this Friday Loanne and I spent our afternoon in Notting Hill with our good friend Arielle, where we rented out bikes, skipped, danced and laughed our way around Portobello whilst getting snap happy (and sipping on Diet Coke).... Why? Because we can. It's all about those simple wins, doing things that make us happy be it big, be it small and really appreciating them for what they are, and Diet Coke are encouraging us all to do just that…live our lives unapologetically and celebrate these little things through their latest Because I Can campaign.’ Research commissioned by Diet Coke has discovered that more than a third of brits apologise more than 7 times a day even when they aren't in the wrong. How crazy is that?

I feel Loanne and I have made a habit of living life unapologetically. A few examples for us;

Sleeping in a van in the desert at a festival, because there was no room for us in the house!

Spending a whole weekend in bed eating junk because we had no plans that weekend 

Speaking Portuguese in a London cabby to talk about something hilariously private, only to find out the cabby was Portuguese! 

It's those little things, those magical moments. Life is too short to second guess yourself or care about what people think. Go and live life how you want! You won't regret it, we certainly haven't!

What is your 'Because I Can' moment? We want to know! Share it on social and hashtag #BecauseICan and tag @DietCokeGB

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Wardrobe Essentials - Maldives

So, I'm pretty sure you're all sick of seeing our holiday photos and hearing about our Maldives trip, especially when the weather here has been resemblant to that of a winters day. Speaking of which, we're both currently tucked up on the sofa in blankets, sipping on hot honey and lemon teas. The breath-taking water villas of the Conrad and blues and greens of the Indian ocean becoming mere distant memories. *Sobs*

Anyway, this blog post is dedicated to some of our Maldives wardrobe essentials. The items of clothing we were adamant to wear, perfect for the weather, the resort and etiquette. I won't ramble on and talk about all the items of clothing  (they're pretty self explanatory from the photos) but I'll add links to where you can purchase the pieces from, or if not in stock, where you can buy similar items from!

Yes, these summer items are perfect for the Maldives but summer too is fast approaching and these pieces could be worn for any little summer getaway you have planned. Many more for us, I hope!

The Co- ord combo:

Light, breezy, nice and easy. This colour looks insane with a tan!
Pair it with espadrilles / Ray bans / and a basket beach bag.

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The Silky wrap-up:

These shirts are the actual dream! We love using them as a wrap-up over our bikinis but these can also be worn on smarter occasions too.

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The detailed dress:

I'm just a sucker for details and patterns. Anything with polka dots/ stripes and ESPECIALLY fruit patterns, I'm sold. So this number was a no-brainer!

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The White Flowy Beach Dress:

You just can't beat a white, flowy dress in the summer. Shove it on over your swimsuit, or dress it up for an evening meal. I do both.

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The sophisticated/sexy swimsuits:

I'm also a sucker for swimsuits nowadays, I just think they ooze that bit more class and elegance than bikinis. Below are some of my new faves I wore this holiday.

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The High-Waisted Bikini:

I just can't get enough of high-waisted bikinis. Flattering, elegant and forget about post-lunch bloating, these will suck and tuck you in in all the right places! 

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The 'All White, Everythaaaan' Look

I mean what other colour brings out your glowing tan more than white? Enough said. That was the colour of 70% of my suitcase essentials!

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Nomad Living - Chloe

We've always had that innate travel bug, a sense of restlessness if ever we're in one place for too long and a continual urge to travel to new destinations which stemmed from our move to Portugal at the age of 14. 

Being immersed in a new culture and way of life at such a young age fuelled our appetite to embark on a never-ending journey. 

Almost like a fairy tale our dream job came to fruition and now allows us to travel monthly and fulfil our burning desire to see the world in all it's glory. 

Some could call us  jet setters but we like to call ourselves nomads! 

So we were thrilled when we discovered Chloe's new fragrance 'Nomade' a fragrance that embodies a free- spirit an adventurer with a sense of openness to the world and longing to encounter new places and people. 

 I’m convinced it was made for us! Ha

In true nomad style, we embarked on a 1 day road trip in LA to celebrate the launch of the Chloe fragrance then dashed back to the airport to catch our next flight to the Maldives with a 3 hour waiting gap. We made it! Phew!

This was our second time to the Maldives and we were adamant that we had to come back during the winter months in London to get our daily dose of sun and paradise. We are serious sun chasers and this has to be up there as one of the most picturesque places we have ever been. This time round we got to experience a lot more, we explored two different islands, swam with manta rays & whale sharks at the Conrad, watched Dolphins swim at Sunset, did morning yoga sessions to watch the sunrise, discovered michelan star culinary dishes. What a magical trip!

After heading back to London after a fabulous 2 weeks, we've already conjured up a plan to ensure we have a new adventure on the horizon each month.

 First on the list is Berlin which we will be visiting for a few days in the coming weeks, we've decided not to book anything until we get out there, go with the flow and see where the wind will take you do! 

We're not the most rigid of planners (as you can probably tell now) but that works for us as it leaves room for the unknown...and that's generally when the best things happen! We're also planning a trip to Jamaica, Turkey and Chicago and a few others for the Summer.

So we've got a lot of places on our list without a single game plan in tact, and as true nomads all we know is that our passport, money and of course our Chloe fragrance will be travelling alongside us!!

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Fashion Week Mania

And breath! Last week was simply manic, manic in a very good way of course ! London Fashion Week, DJ gigs, panel talks and the Brits all in the space of one week, so it really was the perfect partnership teaming up with Vita Coco to keep us hydrated and revitalised during this busy period. Below we give you a little insight into how we prepared for our busy schedule, where we went, our ultimate essentials and what we wore!

How we prepared

Preparation is key during fashion week so we made sure we had this down to a T!

- Morning smoothies: Always start the day off well. We made the most delicious berry smoothies which kept us going until lunch time! Super easy to make and takes 1 minute! Grab a handful of spinach, frozen berries, blueberries, cashew nuts and a small bottle of vita coco and blend together. The perfect way to start the day!

- Early nights: We were in bed by 10.30pm most nights as we wanted to avoid the dreaded puffed eyes as we knew we would be getting lots of photos over the next few days!

- 15 mins of meditation- Sometimes stress can get the better of you, especially if you don't think you've got enough time in the day to do everything. 15 minutes of calm and relaxation in the morning is the ideal way to keep calm and collected throughout the day.


Where we went & what we did

We tried to keep shows/ presentations down to a minimum as we were busy either shooting content, DJ'ing or preparing for presentations. The highlight of the week had to be The Brits with Reserved! What a fun night, although the next day you could say we were feeling slightly worse for wear. The best hangover cure? Vita Coco!  

- Fyodor Golan show

- Palmer Harding show

- Markus Lupfter presentation 

- Ralph Lauren DJ set

- Red Valentino DJ set

- Panel talk with LuLu Guinness

- Panel talk for LSE fashion society

- The Brits with Reserved 

- Origins stay at The Rosewood 


Our LFW essentials

- Canon 650D - to take photos

- Canon Powershot G7X - to vlog

- Rayban sunglasses

Coconut oil for dry lips

Vita Coco Cafe Latte as a pick me up through the day

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What we wore:

Day 1

Jordan: White & Black top (French Connection)

             Black trousers

              White boots 

Loanne:  White & Black top (French Connection)

              Jeans (And Other Stories)

              Black Boots

Day 2 

Jordan:  Patterend Shirt

               White pants

               White Blazer

Loanne:  Patterned dress


Day 3

Jordan:   Red Dress

             Black studded boots

Loanne: Polka dot dress




'Start the new year as you mean to carry on' and that's certainly what we've been doing! Since coming back from our travels and setting ourselves some stealth new years resolutions (and sticking to the majority of them you'll be pleased to know) we mean serious business!

Now serious business entails looking the part at all times. I won't lie and say it's easy to look and feel the part constantly, (especially after Christmas) most days Loanne and I love nothing more than chilling in our trackkies with no makeup and just slodging, yes SLODGING! Haha 

What I can say though is that it really helps to have items in your wardrobe that instantly make you feel like a power house, those effortless items that require no effort to work with, that tuck you in, in all the right places, well that's exactly where our RESERVED items come into play!

Jordan is wearing the black trench coat which you can slip over anything, jeans, a dress. The fit is great and accentuates the waist, dress it up or down, this coat is a serious winner and the inside detailing has a cute poetic message inside. I've paired it with a pair of grey suede boots, cute and simple.

Loanne is wearing a lovely silk polka dot shirt (I'm a sucker for anything polka dot, even if it's out of fashion i'll still  be wearing it until the day I die!) she's paired it with some silk high-waisted black palazzo pants which is extremely flattering for the figure! We love a bit of silk on silk, it's sophisticated, sexy and just utterly dreamy! Kinda got that PJama feel but that's the vibe we go for! 

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Bali. The land of Bintangs, beautiful landscapes, beaches and bronzed skin. A travellers dream,  a foodies paradise and an instagrammers heaven.

This was my second time in Bali, after spending over a month there the first time, so I think it’s safe to say I think I know the island fairly well. This was a trip to refresh many of those amazing memories from over 3 years ago and to refine my expertise on all the island has to offer. 

So sit back and relax (it’s only most appropriate) I’m here to offer you what I believe are the best couple of weeks in Bali you could get! 

This blog post is split in to four main areas in Bali. Even though I have visited other places, these were my personal favourites. UBUD is definitely one to go and visit as well (even if it's just to see the monkey kingdom) however personally a couple of nights there was enough for me so I haven't delved in to it in this blog post….

Ps - Apologies for the image quality. I used a phone for these photos so they're not as sharp :(



This was the first time I had been to Canggu and I absolutely loved it! It has a range of amazing cafes, restaurants, cool quirky shops and amazing beach bars yet still holds a very much authentic and rural feel toward the area. It is less built up and busy than seminyak but has slightly more going on there than Uluwatu. I think most would agree its the 'coolest' place to be in Bali at the moment. I highly recommend renting out a moped for easy access ( and to fit in with the locals, OBVI!)


Where to stay:

La Lasa Villas-

This was an amazing little villa we found by luck on and upon arrival, we were so pleasantly surprised. There was only two of us, but we had our own pool, outdoor lounge bed and a whole open kitchen and living room area. The double bedroom was huge with an ensuite bathroom decked out with a luxurious huge bath tub and outdoor shower. 

It was around £130 a night, which for Bali isn’t the cheapest (so maybe not the one if you’re on a budget)  but if you share it between four people obviously the price dramatically drops so it's definitely worth it. Breakfast is included too and the staff are always on hand to help you. (Even when asking to get spiders out your room!)  

It’s only five minute drive from Berawa beach and super close to all the cafes and shops. We intended on staying 1 night and ended up staying 4, so it’s fair to say we absolutely loved it!


Where to eat:

Bali bowls -

This is a great spot for breakfast or lunch and is super cute!  White washed walls, wooden seats and big green plants, the scandi interior looks nothing short of a scene from the flinstones. They have an amazing range of fresh juices and super healthy vegetarian options. As you can tell by the title, they are famous for their ‘bowls’ . These are not only amazing fresh fruit bowls full of tropical fruits but they also do a variety of savoury bowls, like scrambled eggs with veggies etc SO good! 


Cafe Organic - 

This was a little spot we stopped by for lunch. Really small but again very aesthetic and loads of great delicious and healthy options. 
TIP: Get the sweet potato burger and the sweet potato fries. Mouthwatering!


Milu By Nook -

So this is a beautiful spot in Canggu and in all honesty we only had an iced coffee and a couple of juices there, which were really delicious BUT it is an instagrammers heaven. I suggest just checking it out even if you aren’t going to eat, its located right by the rice paddys so its super peaceful. 

There are a few other places I suggest trying out that we didn’t get a chance to try when we were there BUT they look amazing and I was recommended by a friend:

La Laguna ( Amazing hippie vibes)

Betel nut Cafe

Nude Cafe


What to do:

Surfing - 

Canggu is one of the best places to surf in Bali and especially great for beginners. If there’s a perfect spot to try, it’s here! The water is warm and the waves aren’t too big. Hire a surf board for a day and get riding those waves with the locals! Lessons are super cheap too and you'll have a lot of fun!


Sunset at Finns Beach Club - 

This is an amazing and vibey beach club and one you must try out if in Canggu! It has a huge outdoor pool overlooking the beach and a DJ which plays all afternoon/evening. There is always a great vibe there and the food and drinks are equally relish! The sunsets are absolutely killer so make sure to go for around 5ish before sunset, grab a bintang, lie on one of the sofa’s, listen to the chilled beats and watch the surfers under the picturesque sunset. You can’t beat it!


Old Mans (Wednesdays) -

This is a really cool surfer-vibe bar, again right by the beach consisting of a good mix of locals, visitors and expats. It’s like a hip beer garden and most evenings/nights have something going on from beer pong challenges to live bands and DJ sets, however its normally the best place to be on a Wednesday evening!


The Lawn (Fridays) -

This is another great beach bar / chill out spot. Hang out and sun tan on the lawn from 11am onwards, whilst watching the long board surfers slide along the Canggu waves, directly out front of the premises. Or head in the evenings to watch the magical sunset and listen to the DJ spin some chilled tunes. 
TIP: Try the Mojito. So yum and refreshing!




Uluwatu is in the south of Bali. It is more rural and less built up than a lot of the other areas but you will find the nicest beaches here. Expect a very laid- back surfer vibe. Don’t expect many shops, restaurants or nightlife. You won’t find as much to do as you will in Seminyak or Canggu but you do get a real authentic bohemian feel to it which I absolutely love. It's super chilled and a surfers paradise!


Where to stay:

Kellys Warung / Bingin Ombak Warung -

Now both these places are located on Bingin beach. This time round we stayed at Bingin Ombak but previously we had stayed in Kellys and both are next door to one another and pretty much identical.

If you’re looking for luxury then these places are DEFINITELY not for you. They are extremely basic but their charm is their location slap bang on the beach. Open your balcony and the sea is below you, go down the stairs and you're in the sand. If you like the sound of falling asleep and waking up to the sea, then this is the place to be. I loved it! 

We paid around £40 / night for this accommodation and the staff went compleltey above and beyond to accommodate us and helped us with all our luggage.

Other accommodation reccommendations - 

Gravity Hotel

Sal Secret Spot 


Where to eat:

Kelly’s Warung - 

This is the best breakfast / lunch spot on the beach. Sit in the sun on the stools and poofs whilst watching the surfers ride their waves. A lot of healthy options with local produce and great for veggies too.
TIP: Go for their breakfast Pitaya bowls. Full of loads of fresh blended tropical fruits! Nom Nom...OH and great for that insta shot too.


The Cashew Tree- 

The Veggie breakfast toastie. Enough said.


What to do:

Single Finn (Sundays) - 

Now if there’s anything to do in Bali whilst you're there, you HAVE to go to Single Finn on a Sunday for their sunday sessions. The first time I went I declared it as the best beach bar I had ever been to, I still stand by that declaration! Located just above the beach, it has three stories of wooden decking which are dance floors and bars. A DJ or live band plays as you watch the sun setting over the most picturesque beach. The music gets pumping, the party gets going and the hot surfers keep on coming! Haha (Not a joke...hotties galore in this place!)


Ulu Cliff house -

This place has only just opened its doors and I think it is going to be one of Single Finns biggest competitors. Located on the cliffs overlooking the ocean, the views are to die for. This bar / restaurant / hotel is amazing! Perfect for a chilled day by the pool, listening to the DJ play some chilled house and sipping on cocktails, yet equally as great in the night as the music kicks off on an amazing sound system, strobe lights flow and the party gets pumping! We had an amazing night there.Check out the line up of DJs too, they have some really good ones playing.  


The Cashew Tree (Thursdays)

Cashew Tree is a great place to hang-out, enjoy a bohemian community and eat fresh, healthy food. Go on Thursday night as they have live music which is a fun, community style event. Usually a surf-reggae themed band comes in, there's a DJ that plays house and trance between sets. It's entertaining and a great place to mingle!

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This was my second time to Seminyak and in all honesty it was a lot busier and built up than it was three years ago. It is more hectic than Canggu and Uluwatu and there are many more restaurants, high-end shops and hotels etc. If you want to do a spot of shopping, Seminyak is your place and if you want to go for a really nice meal you’ll be spoilt for choice here. However, if your looking for something very chilled, quiet and peaceful, Seminyak won’t be this.


Where to stay:

Aria Villas - 

We ended our trip staying at these villas and they were amazing. They're a new set of 19 exclusive Villas designed for the discerning travellers. They come with a private pool, well equipped kitchenette, comfortable lounge area, as well as an amazing bathtub and outdoor shower! Dreamy! This was around £130 a night. Again, not the cheapest for Bali, but for this place, well worth the money.

The villas are a 5 minutes drive from the beach and Ku De Ta Beach Club and a 10 minutes walk from Potato Head Beach Club (Read on to understand why that is a GREAT thing! haha)


Where to eat:

Nalu Bowls - 

This place is the bomb! If you haven’t heard it then you’ve probably seen it all over instagram (well our instagram anyway). They are famous for their tropical fruit bowls which are divine! They source all their fruit daily infusing the tastes of the local dragon fruit, coconut flesh, mango papaya, spinach and banana. Healthy and scrumptious!

Tip: Go for the Mavericks bowl. Yum!


Sisterfields - 

This place is perfect for breakfast or lunch. They have a range of different all-day breakfast and lunch options. From amazing fresh salads, to burgers, to pancakes and red berries, to shakshuka style poached eggs. A great variety and everything I had was so delicious! If you’re feeling slightly healthy too they have a great range of fresh juices and smoothies, packed with goodness.  Sister fields also own Boss Burgers which is next door and is supposed to be the BEST BURGERS around. (I mean I wouldn’t know, being veggie, but heard it through the grapevine!)

TIP: Order a side of polenta fries with parmesan and truffle aioli. They are utterly delicious!


Mexicola - 

This is the perfect place to go for a fun and delicious Mexican dinner. There’s such a great vibe in here and after about 7 it really starts to kick off. The music turns up, people get up dancing on the tables and margaritas are ordered left, right and centre.

The food is really tasty (The Fish tacos are INSANE!) and all the cocktails are delish! Be sure to wear your dancing shoes because it will most likely turn in to a wild night!



What to do:

Sunset & chill day at Potato Head - 

Ok, so if you’re in Seminyak, spending a day and watching the sunset at Potatoe Head is an absolute must. Live DJs play by the pool whilst you chill and sunbathe on your beach beds being served delicious cocktails and yummy food. Definitely stay for sunset. One of the best I’ve seen in my life. The whole sky lights up a pinky orange colour. Absolutely stunning.

TIP: Make sure you go early doors around 11am to reserve a bed for the day. They get booked up fast!


Pool Vibes at the W -

This may not be for everyone. But if you don’t mind spending a few bob, the W hotel is really pretty and we spent a day there chilling by the pool as the hotel is beaut and really picturesque. It’s worth going there even just for a visit. The seared tuna wrap is a MUST TRY  as well!


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Where to stay:

Mola2 resort - 

This is a row of cute beachy huts located right on the beach front with the most stunning sunset view of the island. We paid around £80 a night for this place (but we got the deluxe room, the simple ones go for around £40 ) and it was well worth it. Mola2 Resort is perfectly nestled in the quiet part of Gilli air where many water activities can be done such as diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, and more.  Breakfast is included in the restaurant on the beach opposite, which serves food and cocktails throughout the day ;)


Where to eat:

Scallywags - 

This is the place for a perfect candlelit beach dinner.In fact its the only place we went for dinner on the island (slightly guilty) only because the food was SO good and fresh, we had to go back! Scallywags is a great beach bar/ restaurant serving a variety of seafood, barbecue, American , Asian food, European and also caters for the veggies and has gluten free options.

Tip: Get the calamari for starters. I'll be surprised if you don't order a second round!


What to do:


Paddle Boarding - 

I highly recommend renting out a couple of paddle boards in Gilli. The water is so calm so it's really easy to do and you’ll definitely have a laugh (if you do it with someone). The first time we did it in Gilli T it suddenly began to rain and almost magically, out of nowhere, appeared this beautiful rainbow followed by a pod of dolphins jumping around us on our boards. It was insane! This time round, we unfortunately saw no dolphins or rainbows but instead schools of flying fish which was also pretty cool. Haha. We did a spot of meditation on the paddle boards too. Pure serenity.


Snorkelling - 

Rent out a couple of snorkels for the afternoon and go swimming in the clear waters. You’ll be sure to spot some beautiful, multi coloured and tropical fish.


Morning yoga class - 

There are loads of yoga classes which take place in the mornings. Go for a cycle round the island (it takes less than an hour) and you’ll find loads of signs pointing to yoga classes. Breath and stretch whilst watching the sunrise. The perfect way to start your day!


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