{ The Indonesian Influence }

IndonesianInfluence1Traveling provides me with so much inspiration. Transporting myself into another culture, time zone, way of life, and atmospheric aesthetic always results in evolution. In large and small ways, every experience changes my mindset and frame of reference ~ and lately, I’ve really been letting my frolics in Bali inform my creative mood.
IndonesianInfluence2It’s already manifested influence over the clothes I want to wear, and that’s what brings me to THESE SHORTS. These shorts come with a little story. It starts with a certain well-dressed man in my life, who likes wearing sarongs but laments that a gentleman can’t get away with them at dinner. I think the look is actually quite chic on a man, and the stylist in me knew there had to be a solution to his sartorial predicament. Then I spotted these shorts, in black, on the waiters at Fire in the W Hotel Seminyak. I loved that they so elegantly combined both the practicality of shorts and the breezy flourish of a sarong. I knew I had to find out who made them and buy some for my guy! No one in the restaurant seemed to know, but Victoria Wadwa, our incredible British-born local guru, vowed to help me find out. It took 3 days of determined search to track down Indonesian designer Dwi Iskandar, who then hopped on a little island puddle-jumper to meet me.IndonesianInfluence3I imagined my gentleman friend wearing them in black with a suit jacket for summer’s more elegant evening affairs, and in white with a loose linen shirt for casual situations. Of course a patterned pair would also be needed just for fun, and would come in the form of an ikat picked up at a nearby market. As I began detailing this plan to Dwi (who custom-made every pair from measurements, and had them finished within days!), it dawned on me how jealous I’d surely be of these awesome shorts, and thus realized I simply had to order three identical pairs for myself. Actually, my ikat colorway is a lot girlier than his; but otherwise, samesies. I’m thinking summer uniform.
IndonesianInfluence4|WEARING| Target sunnies, 10 Crosby Derek Lam top, custom Dwico shorts, Hobo clutch, Schutz shoes // necklaces by Scosha and Monica Rich Kosann, bracelet by Jennifer Zeuner, rings from CatbirdIndonesianInfluence5|PHOTOS| by Austin Phelps


  • dani

    Gorgeous patterns, color and texture. Really like this look!

    <3 dani

  • http://stylegrenade.blogspot.com/ Diana de Belen

    This is so perfect, I love the print of your shorts that look like a skirt with a tie in front. I love everything, the bag with tassel and the place is so lovely. :) Very stylish for summer season. CHIC!

    xx Diana

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  • Berty Morales

    You look amazing and I love this look. Adoring your clutch and shoes!

  • Elisa Taviti

    In love with this outfit!!!

    Elisa – My Fantabulous World

  • http://thecornerapartment.com/ Elizabeth @ TheCornerApartment

    So beautiful! I love that you did all that digging around for your friend.


  • Maggie

    Such a great look, love it!

  • http://www.passportsandvisa.wordpress.com/ passportsandvisa

    Loving this summer look…the colors…the shorts…the shirt…the shoes…the clutch and the story! Thanks for sharing!

  • L.

    What a fun and cultured look- and I love that you’re supporting local business! L. http://www.missionfashionable.com

  • Meringues & Chiffon

    Amazing post! Love it all!




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  • kerrin chance

    i love those shoes! Great look!

    xoxo kerri

  • http://enzaessentials.wordpress.com/ Kristina

    Gorgeous color combination! I love this look.

    xx http://enzaessentials.wordpress.com

  • http://www.fashionsnag.com/ Fashion Snag

    Can’t beat custom made garments!


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  • Soulofashopper

    glorious in every way! love the shirt, the shorts the heels and the mix of colour! xo, Alma


  • Allure de Vie

    That shirt and sunnies are fabulous!!



  • JL Webb

    Amazing! Who knew sarong shorts would look so fab!! :)

  • Jennifer

    Love the print on your shorts!

    xo Jennifer


  • jas

    i LOVE these shoes. have tried to find them everywhere!

    reckless abandon blog

  • Render Sublime

    What an incredible story!!

  • Madeline Veloria

    Love the mint and blush color mix…and the ikat print of the shorts is fabulous!

    Veloria in Velvet

  • Nicholas+TaylorLLC

    The bow on those shorts is the perfect accent. So chic, while still looking comfortable and effortless. Amazing!


  • Lubna

    Brilliant outfit! The colors are magical together, and I love the print of the shorts.

    Lubna | ELLE VOX

  • Natalia

    Absolutely stunning. Gorgeous perfection. x


  • kirbybee

    Yeah they rock. Light slouchy shorts for summer, sounds pretty perfect to me.


  • JSchiff

    Can you fly the designer out here to make a pair for us all? Just a thought ;)

  • Dita

    Im a big fan of your site, im from indonesia and its great to see you did this indonesian inspired piece. You’re super cool

  • http://www.elrincondemisalhajas.com/ El Rincón de Mis Alhajas

    Look your look!!

  • brunetteletters

    Love your pictures…great outfit inspiration!

    Brunette Letters Blog

  • Kristin B

    Love this outfit- particularly, the story behind it!

  • Valeria

    I’ve been in Indonesia and these shorts really seem Indonesian!!great look!


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  • Marle

    Oh so cool, gorgeous pics! Love the aqua colour :) This so makes me wanna go to Morocco somehow!


  • Widia

    I’m so proud that you mentioned my country in your blog. I found out that not many foreigners know that Bali is part of Indonesia!

    So your writing helps :)

    I’m glad that you like Bali. Even though I’m not originated from Bali, it’s still part of my country!

    Oh, and you look gorgeous as always! :)


  • http://thatsaprettyhat.blogspot.com/ Kathleen Lisson

    The purse is fabulous!

  • Dooree

    This outfit looks ridiculously comfortable!!


  • sasha

    I love your top



  • http://www.freakdelafashion.com/ April Fashionreports

    Great shorts

    Lots of love,

    April Fashionreports


  • StyleGodis

    The pattern. The colors. The nude shoes! I have completely fallen in love with this look! Perfect for the summer!