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Bali, Indonesia -- Day 1 Seminyak

If you follow my Instagram, you are well aware that Andrew and I just spent 9 days in the most beautiful place on earth.  Not only was the scenery absolutely breathtaking, the people and the culture of Bali are rich, inviting, and remarkable.  After a relaxing and culture enriching vacation, it safe to say: Bali, Indonesia is one of our favorite places on earth!

After a 28 hour travel day, Andrew and I arrived in Bali at 1:00 am, only to be greeted by a wonderful heat and very welcome humidity level!  After living in Denver, any humidity is welcomed by this Texas native...  Anyway - because we arrived so late, Andrew and I decided not to spend the money on an "expensive" hotel room, and opted for the Hilton Garden Inn just 4 minutes from the hotel.  HOLY CRAP.  For a whole $22/night, we were able to stay in a gorgeous hotel room that would have easily cost $130+ in the states.  The bed was super comfortable and the pool was gorgeous (see photos of our "pool day" in the vlog above!).

After a delicious breakfast buffet, served by the Hilton staff, we headed to the pool to get some much needed sun before checking into our hotel reservation for the rest of the week.  On the way to our villa, we stopped at, what became a staple this trip, a quaint little restaurant owned by a French gentleman and his Balinese wife, Mofo Kitchen.  The smoothie bowls and quesadillas were AMAZING.  We literally ate at Mofo's 4 or 5 times during our 9 day stay in Bali.

After lunch, it was finally time to settle into our hotel: The Sanyas Suite villas were everything we hoped they would be.  They were gorgeous, clean, and private -- great for two people celebrating their 1-year anniversary!  One of the main reasons we chose Bali was how affordable everything was, and The Sanyas Suite was no exception... for only $100/night, we were able to enjoy this amazing private villa, complete with a kitchenette, a private pool, and a really comfortable king bed.

After getting settled in, we headed off to one of Seminyak's most popular beach clubs: Potato Head Beach Club!  The walk there was nothing short of mesmerizing, with a gorgeous sunset to welcome us to the beach.  We trotted across the warm sand over to the entrance to the club.  It was magical.  I've always told Andrew I wanted to go to a nighttime pool party, and this club just marked that off my bucket list!  We had a blast as we sipped drinks and danced to the pop music, under the salty air.  

Day 2 was just as exciting -- don't miss a beat and catch it here:

 

About My Looks:

Pool Day

Hat: Swoosie's Denver

Spray Tan: Glamour Bar Denver

Shoes: Sam & Libby Esther (Target)

Swimsuit: Becca Prairie Rose

Potato Head Night Out

Romper: Xhiliration (Target)

Shoes: Kate Spade New York

Weekend Getaway to Keystone CO - A Complete Travel Guide

Weekend Getaway to Keystone CO - A Complete Travel Guide

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A Ride in St. Maarten:: Honeymoon Day 4

The Snack Hut at the Ranch

The Snack Hut at the Ranch

YAY--- Memorial Day Weekend is in sight!!  I know you all are feeling the struggle today as we are so close to a long weekend.  Lucky for you, I have something EXTRA entertaining for you (to help the time pass, of course):  Day 4 of our honeymoon!!

I am so excited about this particular post because we bought a GoPro for the cruise and this was the first day we used it!  The video I’ve put together made my heart so happy, because it felt like we were back in paradise.  I hope you love getting to experience our day with us, as much as we enjoyed living it! 

P.S.  Go easy on me, it’s my first travel vlog!  Push play below to watch our adventure unfold:

Our day began, per usual, with breakfast on our amazing balcony!  As we entered the harbor, we were greeted by other ships porting for the day.  After checking out and getting some beach towels, we headed for land! 

The Port was busy and full of life.  As we browsed and did a little shopping, we made our way to a taxi who would take us to our excursion for the day… HORSEBACK RIDING!  Having grown up with horses, you can imagine my excitement.  The stables we visited housed an awesome pavilion with a private beach.  There was even an adorable little snack shop for light refreshments! 

As we geared up for our ride, we could barely contain our excitement.  The ride would take us through beachside trails, wildlife habitats, and end with an incredible swim in the ocean!  I was so pleased to see that the horses were very well taken care of and extremely well trained!  With families and unexperienced riders in our group, it was comforting to know that everyone was safe. 

Getting ready for our big ride :)

Getting ready for our big ride :)

As we began our journey, the guide gave us the history of the island, the farm, and the resident family that cares for the animals.  He also shared their future plans to expand their land for wildlife rescue!  We had an amazing time taking in all of the beauty the island had to offer.  After our land trail ride, it was time for a swim.  Unfortunately, we forgot to capture footage of the adventure; life was just too exciting to remember.  I can tell you this- It was the most exhilarating thing of the day!  The animals enjoyed a dip in the cool water and the experience of swimming with them was indescribable.  Guess you’ll just have to see for yourself now!

After our excursion, we headed back to a restaurant near the port!  Chesterfield’s was an adorable little fish shack with an awesome patio right off the marina.  The fish was absolutely amazing.  I had a whole Red Snapper, which actually terrified me at first.  Who knew that had so many teeth? 

Our Port-side Table at Chesterfield's

Our Port-side Table at Chesterfield's

Photo 2 of the Andrew Across the Table Series!

Photo 2 of the Andrew Across the Table Series!

After a bite and a few drinks, we headed back to re-board the ship!  Once there, we made our way to our room where we showered and got ready for dinner.  The Newlywed Game was the show of the evening and we certainly didn’t want to miss that!  The food, as always, was delicious.  Andrew and I both had a perfectly cooked steak from the on-board steakhouse.  After a mandatory vacation desert, we headed off to the show! 

He started to catch on that I was snapping these by this point!!  Don't worry, that didn't stop me :)

He started to catch on that I was snapping these by this point!!  Don't worry, that didn't stop me :)

We later found ourselves in the casino, our absolute favorite late-night spot of the trip!  After a few hours of games and fun, sleep was just what the doctor ordered! 

Dallas Bound for the Byron!

Clean, crisp and stylish.  That’s what this look has going for it!

Over the past few months, I’ve fallen in love with the simplicity of neutral looks.  The blank pallet of color, in this case my white top, are classy and easy to pair with a multitude of bottoms.  The best part? They can have details that catch attention, but do so without an overwhelming presence. 

I discovered this little ensemble when shopping for an upcoming trip.  I was having trouble planning my outfits when I stumbled into a local Denver boutique: Intrigue Boutique Denver.  I was so excited because they carried reasonably priced, adorable clothing!!  I actually found two outfits that I’ll be sporting on my little trip, but you’ll have to wait for the next look.  So where am I going?

This week, I’ll be heading to Dallas to walk with my cousin, Alex Moon, as he plays in his first ever PGA tour: The Byron Nelson.  The Byron has always been my favorite golf tournament, as it was played just minutes from our house growing up.  The warm spring weather, the fun sun hats, the Club 14 bar, and the light applause that comes in waves are all memories I’ll have forever.  The fact that Alex is getting to play in it this year is beyond exciting.

Obviously the outfit I wear is going to be important!  It has to be functional, golf appropriate, and adorable… This look was all of those!  The white top is light and loose fitting, which will help keep me cool in the Texas heat.  Meanwhile, the jeans I’ve chosen to wear are cotton based, which will breathe well, and will provide cover so my white legs don’t burn!  No joke, these are my new favorite jeans.  They feel like butter they are so soft!  The colorful necklace provides a hint of color keeping the look feeling spring-like and fun.  I’ve paired that accessory with some adorable and super comfy wedges that will be easy to walk in.

I cannot wait to get home, surrounded by family, and spend some time cheering Alex on!  Be sure to follow me on Snapchat (thenovicenative) to live the experience with me.  It’s going to be the best time!

xx,

Rebecca

St. Thomas on My Mind :: Honeymoon Day 3

Sailing in... absolutely breathtaking. 

Sailing in... absolutely breathtaking. 

I cannot believe I was a day late publishing this post…. Mainly because it was my FAVORITE DAY of our entire honeymoon and I am beside myself with excitement to share it with you!

Day 3 of our honeymoon was spent in the most beautiful place in the entire Virgin Islands… St. Thomas. 

As our cruise ship sailed into harbor, we were welcomed by the prettiest views I’ve ever seen!  It was majestic to smoothly glide across the water, witnessing the scenery scape by us (reminding me of the south of France) while we enjoyed our coffee and breakfast on the balcony! 

After getting dressed, we went out on the balcony to try out our new selfie stick (hahahah – so embarrassing!!) that I insisted we get for this vacation!  We had a blast and I even got a cute shot of my swimsuit of the day – which has been linked below… 

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Then we left the boat to head to our first adventure of the cruise!  Coki Beach and Secret Harbor Beach are directly next to each other… making in easy to see both in the small time window we had on the island!  Having picked these two beautiful private beaches, grouped close together, to visit we loaded into a taxi.  Needless to say, the taxi ride was absolutely breathtaking, as we were able to see most of the island from the hilltop views.  The water was the perfect color of blue and the weather was everything you could hope for on a tropical vacation.

The view from the Taxi ride

The view from the Taxi ride

Once there, we were greeted by the friendly staff and were offered a variety of chairs and cabanas for rent, our choice where they would be placed!  Once we picked our spot, two men quickly appeared and began building us our perfect little spot for the day.  The view was amazing… and the personal bartender/waitress was an even better perk!

I look like a wet dog, but we had an incredible day!

I look like a wet dog, but we had an incredible day!

After relaxing for a bit, and applying sunscreen to my white, spray-tanned body, we headed just a few steps away to rent some paddle boards.  Stand up paddle boarding is one of my favorite things… it’s also one of the first things I ever set my mind on doing when I started this blog—I’m so appreciative of how everything comes full circle!  We had a blast blazing through the mellow water, exploring the views from different vantage points!  The coolest part was getting to paddle all the way across the cove to a little island all to ourselves.

The "Private Island" - discovered by the Barrilleaux's

The "Private Island" - discovered by the Barrilleaux's

We ordered lunch from a local restaurant and had it delivered to our little piece of heaven!  When they brought us our Jerk Chicken Platters, they surprised us with my new favorite tropical beverage… a BUSHWHACKER.  If you have never had one, they are a rum-chocolate-dream lovers every desire.  I had them the rest of our vacation (that’s probably why I gained 10 lbs…)!

After enjoying a perfect, relaxing afternoon, it was time to say goodbye.  We loaded back up in our “round trip taxi” and headed back to the ship.  We had dinner reservations for Formal Night and we were so excited to get dressed up for each other!

Pre-Dinner Drinks at the Champagne Bar

Pre-Dinner Drinks at the Champagne Bar

We enjoyed an amazing menu offered by the Royal Caribbean chef and had way too much fun trying all the wines… That night, I was so in love with my husband and in awe of how handsome he is, I wanted to capture that night just as I was feeling it.  So I took a picture of Andrew from across the table.  It made me so happy, that I kept doing it the rest of the trip.  The little collection ended up being amazing and makes me so happy that I am going to be sharing them with you as we go through the rest of our days…  So here’s to the first shot from the “Andrew Across Table Series!”

Andrew Across the Table - Still #1

Andrew Across the Table - Still #1

xx,

Rebecca B.