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Bali Dreamin' with Natelee Cocks

September 06, 2018

There is just something about Bali. Her people, the culture, the food, the sunsets. Those moments of feeling completely free -- She is food to my soul.

For our Silk Collection Lookbook, we traveled to Bali to capture the slow & relaxed vibe that had inspired the collection. We were very lucky to find our photographer Natelee Cocks, who not only takes beautiful photographs, but has also traveled to Bali multiple times for both pleasure & for work. We caught up with her to learn about her career as a globetrotting photographer and got a few insider's tips on the best spots in Bali.

 

 

Where is your hometown & where are you based?
I am a South African living in Dubai. Home is where the heart is, and that's Cape Town.

 

How did you get into photography and how did you get your first photoshoot in Bali?
Ever since I can remember I've been taking photos. Seven years ago I won an internship and as they say, it’s all history from there. The first photo shoot in Bali came very unexpectedly and with so much excitement. Two clients based in Dubai wanted to capture their products in Bali:  Allegro Baby & Child and White Moss Decor. I was over the moon with the opportunity and it was such a dream come true.

 

What is your favorite area in Bali and why?
Every area in Bali has it's own uniqueness and it's hard to choose, but I definitely have a soft spot for Canggu. I love it's diversity...the vibe, the surfers, the yogis, the baristas, the foodies, the young, the old, the locals, the westerners, the ugly, and the beautiful. It has the most amazing coffee at the trendiest cafes and the most delicious fresh healthy food, yet when it all gets a little too much, a breakaway is just around the corner.

   

 NATELEE'S BALI TRAVEL GUIDE

STAY
Villa Ajruna in Canggu, Alila Ubud in Ubud, and the Ayana Resort in Jimbaran.

 

PS. We shot the photos of our Silk Collection at the beautiful Villa Ajruna.

 

EAT
In Canggu: The Lawn, Dues Ex Machina, The Slow, Gypsy Bali, The Loft
In Seminyak: Coner House Revolver, Cabina, Revolver, Mad Pops, Kilo Bali

 

 

SHOP
I have a slight obsession with leather, and Bali has THE most beautiful leather, so I usually stock up on the way too much leather goods. Some of my regular stops are Vintage Century, Hole Punch, Seminyak Leather.

 

Lastly, you were one of the first few people to see our new Silk Collection, which is your favourite piece and how would you style it to make it your own?

I loved them all and the design and concept are brilliant. A couple of pieces and endless possibilities. But if I have to choose a favorite it would have to be the Air Midi Skirt. This piece can go from casual to formal in no time, it's versatile and so elegant and soft. You’ll see me dressing it down with sneakers and a Tee.




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