Hello Loves,

When it comes to Christmas shopping I have a more unusual approach. No I don’t think about each person and try to figure out what they would like or what’s on their wish list, because let’s face it… I don’t have the brain capacity to remember to brush my teeth, let alone remember what someone may or may not have requested for a gift.

If you want to be gifted something in particular… send me an e-mail, I’ll read that!

No when it comes to Christmas shopping, I shop for myself. No really for myself (well yes for myself… shh) but if I like it, and if I would buy it for myself, then it’s good enough for… whoever.

So I have compiled a bunch of presents that I would love to receive (I will send you my address… thanks for the gift) that I am sure that special whoever in your life would be more than happy to receive.

If you are looking for something a little more personal, please may I recommend my family business… MacJac Art. I don’t usually do this, however I am so proud of our work. We sell premade digital artwork as well as custom pieces. Don’t know what to get the person who has everything… why not get their fav picture on a variety of materials, such as canvas or even metal!! We also do phone cases, and 3d printing!!

Use the coupon code PLAYINGWITHAPPAREL to receive 20% off your entire order!! Including custom work!!

Check us out by clicking here: WWW.MACJACARTWORK.COM

Happy Shopping

@filipajackson

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Use the coupon code PLAYINGWITHAPPAREL to receive 20% off your entire order!! Including custom work!!

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Hello Loves!

I guess it’s that time of year again. No not Dec 1st but the time of the year where the unpredictable weather has me so utterly uncreative. My brain is ‘farting’ again. UGH!

Last year I was able to cure this glitch after a few weeks of ‘…’ , literally DOT DOT DOT was passing through my brain (as it is now), nothing but ‘…’, no creativity whatsoever. Funny unrelated fact, I actually have … tattooed on the outside of my right arm. However, it does have a deeper meaning, in acting terms each dot represents a breath, the … on my arm means breath. Something I should probably do now.

Anyway what was I talking about??? Oh yes, curing my brain fart. I thought I would share a couple of the things I did to get my creativity back, just in case you might be feeling this way too. We will be cured soon… I promise!

  1. Browse your fav Instagram accounts.
  2. Buy a magazine/book that inspires you.
  3. Listen to some music/audio book.
  4. Take a lovely warm bath.
  5. Go out! Escape your space.

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Hello Loves,

I told you this review was coming, and boy am I excited to show you a peek into the fabulous, The Ritz Carlton Pudong. Everybody knows The Ritz Carlton… I mean it’s probably one of the most prestigious hotels in the world! So when our layover in Shanghai required us to have a sleepover, I obviously had to stay at their Pudong location.

This hotel is located right where I needed it to be. Far enough from the airport (45mins) that it felt like a mini vacation, yet close enough to get there in a rush. It was also situated in walking distance to The Bund and famous Oriental Pearl Tower. The hotel offered some of the most incredible panoramic views (especially from the Flair rooftop restaurant and bar).

The Ritz Carlton Pudong decor is the perfect balance between their classic plush European decor with an added Asian flare. The room was gorgeous and large, however the bathroom was my fav… I mean you will see for yourself in the pictures, that bath is to die for!!

But what the most amazing thing this hotel has to offer is it’s amenities; four incredible restaurants, spa, 24hr fitness studio with incredible views, and a heated pool. The Ritz Carlton Pudong is also adjoining to the most fabulous IFC Mall… offering a wide variety of shopping and eats.

So if your planning a trip to Shanghai or just love looking at different hotels around the world… The Ritz Carlton Pudong needs to be on your list.

To book your stay at The Ritz Carlton Pudong, click HERE

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Hello Loves,

So since my last ‘Guide To Bali’ blog post I have been overwhelmed with requests to create this one. You have asked, and because this platform is 50% you and 50% me, here it is. My 17hr guide to Shanghai!

During our voyage to Bali we had a 17hr layover in Shanghai, most of it being sleep time. We arrived at the Ritz Carlton hotel (review to come) at around 9pm and had to leave for the airport at 2pm the next day… We didn’t have time to spare and wanted to see the best that Shanghai has to offer… in reason.

We woke at 8am and were out the door by 8:30am. Here is where we went and what we did…

  1. We jumped in a cab and headed straight to The Buddha Jade Temple. Entrance cost around $7 and was totally worth it. Built in 1882 this temple was magnificent, so full of history and spirit.
  2. From there we went to the only place we could think… Starbucks! It is right across the street and offered items we could kinda understand. I tried the peach iced tea (it had bits of peach in it), it was DELICIOUS!
  3. Once refreshed, we jumped into another cab and headed to People’s Square. Now let me tell you… this place was BITCH to find! There is a road… much like a highway that you have to pass, so you need to find the underground pathway. Being the idiots we are, we wasted a majority of our time trying to find this golden tunnel. We are so stupid that we had walked passed it about 4 times. It was the subway pathway. Once we worked that out, it was smooth sailing. We walked into a gorgeous open space that houses Shanghai’s municipal government buildings.
  4. Then back in the cab (for the final time) to The Bund. We witnessed the most fantastic view of Shanghai with their famous Oriental Pearl Tower in prime view…. oh and our hotel. The most amazing thing though, what we stared at for hours (not really… but a long time), was the never ending cargo boats carrying various types of materials.
  5. Once we were ready to go we jumped on a ferry! Now if you know China, you know everything is a race, so just be careful. This ferry cost around 50ยข and transported us back across The Bund towards our hotel.
  6. We weren’t ready to go just yet so we went to The Oriental Pearl Tower. No we didn’t go up… but only because we wanted to see tower, and you can’t see it if your in it!
  7. From there we walked back to our hotel (The Ritz Carlton), freshened up in the room… yes we got a late checkout (for 1pm) and took our bags down to the lobby for concierge to hold.
  8. Now we were lucky, as attached to our hotel is IFC Mall. This mall is so glam, with every designer label you could imagine, but to be honest we weren’t interested in shopping (even though I tried on numerous pairs of shoes), we were here to eat. Where did I eat, you may ask? PIZZA EXPRESS!!! Yes! If your a Brit then you probably go to Pizza Express once a week. Now be a Brit that has moved away and hasn’t gone back home in 2 years! I had to get my Pizza Express on. Oh yeah baby.
  9. Once 2pm on the dot came, we quickly got our bags jumped in a cab and sped off to the airport.
  10. Now let me tell you, Shanghai Pudong airport SUCKS BALLS! Unless you want to eat more Chinese food the only thing on offer is Starbucks (which is awesome but I was over it). So I highly recommend eating before you get there.

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Hello Loves,

I have been back home for a couple of days now and am already thinking about booking my ticket back to Bali. GET ME OUTTA THIS PLACE! I have never been anywhere so beautiful, so full of culture and spirit. I have told pretty much everyone I know that they must add Bali to their travel list and see it for themselves. I can’t stop thinking about its lush lands, and gracious people. I think the only way to get over my love affair with Bali is to talk about it, so here are my top must do’s/see in BALI! Also bonus tip, get yourself a GoPro available at BestBuy…. they are bloody fabulous to capture videos and photos especially on a trip like this. I recommend the Hero5 for it’s 4k capability and LCD screen.

  1. Go to Munduk Waterfall – There are barely any tourists, meaning you have this gorgeous landmark to yourself.
  2. Eat breakfast at Crumbs & Coaster – Hidden on the back streets of Kuta, this place is a perfect spot for some fresh juice and pancakes.
  3. Explore the shopping streets of Seminyak – Seminyak is the boutique capital, there are hundreds of shops to crave your shopping addiction.
  4. Take pictures at Lake Budugul lookout – Housing the most spectacular view, your images will belong in shiny pages of some travel magazine.
  5. Get brunch at Cafe Organic – Located in Seminyak, this is the hot brunch spot. Enjoy one of their many smoothie bowls or a delicious avocado toast.
  6. Head to Beachwalk Mall – In the sweltering Kuta heat this A/C infused mall is salvation. With hundreds of shops to help you cool down (or heat back up, depending on how much you spend).
  7. Play on Padang Padang Beach – Famous for being featured in Julia Robert’s Hollywood hit ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, this gorgeous beach offers some of the most EPIC waves that are sure to give you a day of fun filled…fun.
  8. Try some traditional eats at Warung Bebek Resto – Located in Ubud this family owned reso is the reason why you came to Bali. Enjoy some delicious traditional eats while gazing across lush rice fields.
  9. Enjoy some tax free shopping at DFS Mall – On your way to Nusa Dua stop by DFS to shop till you drop, they offer brands like Gucci, Celine, Ferragamo and much more all tax free!
  10. Watch a spectacular sunset at Uluwatu Temple – Probably the most incredible sight to see. Located at the cliff edge stands one of the most famous Balinese Temples. Immerse yourself in the culture by donning a sarong and watching a traditional fire dance at sunset.
  11. BumBu Bali – Enjoy more traditional dishes at Bumbu Bali Nusa Dua, with so many options you are sure to find a new fav dish.
  12. Rent a scooter – Join the locals and enjoy the wind in your hair as you nip round the narrow streets of Bali.
  13. Feed a monkey – You don’t need to go to the daunting ‘Monkey Temple’ to feed a primate, there are many calmer monkeys wandering the streets of the mountains. You can stop off on the side of the road and feed them, they love peanuts!
  14. Drink, eat and be merry at La Plancha – Situated directly on the beach in Seminyak, this place is ‘The Place’ to be for an evening sunset. Join hundreds as they lounge around on bean bags, enjoying delicious treats while watching a magical sunset.
  15. Get lost in the forest – Head up to the mountains and trek through one of the many forests, explore all that nature has to offer.
  16. Party until sunrise in Kuta – Probably the party capital of Bali, this place offers a wide variety of clubs to dance the night away.
  17. Try POOP coffee – Bali is famous for their ‘poop’ coffee or more traditionally known as Luwak coffee. One of the most expensive coffee’s in the world can be sampled for free in the mountains of Ubud.
  18. Watch a ceremony – Bali is a very religious and spiritual place and everyday there is some sort of ceremony, take the time to watch a ceremony from the sidelines. They are beautiful.
  19. Have a romantic dinner at Jimbaran Beach Restaurant – Listen to the crashing waves while looking into your loved one/ones eyes.
  20. Hire a driver – The best way to see Bali is by being in the car of a knowledgeable driver. Putu is a fabulous driver with great warmth for his Country, he will introduce you to some fabulous people and show you things that most tourist won’t see. He can be contacted at: kantu_78@yahoo.com

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