A new start: From Fashion Hoax to Lian Galliard

Four years ago I published my blog with one simple click, not knowing that today it would be my job. I’m very thankful for all the wonderful encounters, trips, events, nominations, features and collaborations Fashion Hoax has brought me.

Despite of all the amazing things I’ve accomplished as a blogger, I still am a true Fashion Hoax: to me there’s more than just fashion. I realize that more and more now that I’m getting older (the big 3-0 is around the corner!) and now that I’m traveling. But what I realize most is I blog according to what is expected from the so called fashionblogger, instead of blogging about what’s really happening in my life. And I lead a pretty awesome life, if I may say so myself, as I left my home behind to travel the world for an indefinite period of time. At the moment I live in fashionable Sydney.

So now what, no more fashion?

Will you not be blogging about fashion anymore? That will never happen, fashion is my thing. It has been ever since I tried on my mothers clothes as a little girl for the first time. And today I still love the dress-up parties I have every morning.

But next to fashion I also love traveling and writing. I’m sort of a little Carrie Bradshaw, minus 50 pairs of Manolo’s. They wont fit in my backpack. And let’s not forget that I don’t have the money for it..

I want to blog about what I like and a first step in the good direction is a name change: From Fashion Hoax to Lian Galliard. That’s me btw, hi! Liangalliard.com will be filled with columns about thirty-something female problems, travel tips and travel stories, and good old outfit photo’s. But also random ‘Pic(k)s of the day’ without further explanation. Just because I can on my own personal blog.

She’s crazy! Is she?

Some people might think this is the stupidest thing I could do, for me it’s something that finally get’s me excited again. Pushing the ‘Publish’ or ‘Share’ button is so much more fun when you put something online that you truly stand for. And if other people like it as well, well that’s just awesome!

Sydney Views

Today’s pic of the day: Looking over the South Pacific Ocean from Shark Point, Clovelly Australia. So beautiful! A post about this amazing coast to coast route will follow soon!

Favorite places to shop in Bali

Let me first say I only saw about 10% of Bali, mostly Seminyak and Canggu, so to say I’ve seen and compared every store in Bali… No. But from the stores I saw (and that was a lot!), these are the five I like most!


MAGALI PASCAL 177 Jl.Kayu Aya

French designer Magali Pascal’s collections are a mix of French elegance and minimalism with a touch of bohemian vintage. He has three stores in Bali and one in Sydney where I am at the moment (Yeah!). I tried on about 15 items when I visited Magali Pascal in Oberoi and the poor staff helped me with every item. Sorry for keeping you busy guys, everything is just so pretty! I bought an amazing dress you saw in this outfit post and a necklace I’ll show you very soon.


PRISONERS OF ST. PETERSBURG Jl Laksamana 

One day we were having lunch at Pison in Petitenget, and a man with an awesome pair of sunnies sat down next to us. Because I was too chicken to ask, Rick asked the man where he bought them. He was so kind that he actually took us to the store: Prisoners of St. Petersburg. The store is packed with sunnies and after comtemplating which of three to get, I bought this one. Next to sunnies they sell trendy clothes and accessories. It looks like they sell designer stuff as well, but if you check out the prices you’ll know that €100 for a pair of Gucci heels is not realistic. Despite of some fakes, I really loved this cute trendy store.


WANDERLUST 78 Oberoi

Just the sight of Wanderlust is good: It’s a minimal store that gives you a perfect view of all the bikinis, swimsuits and beachwear items. And those are good. If it wasn’t for the 6 bikinis I already owned, I’d go wild in here! Good news, they’re working on an online store!


BŪRO COLLABORATIVE CONCEPT STORE Jalan Petitenget No.15

Concept stores in Bali are awesome! This concept store sells real cool unique minimalistic items for your home, you office, your accessory draw and your closet. The extra cool thing about BŪRO Collaborative is that it’s located in the same space as Living Stone Bakery and Faculty. Two places we’d love to eat, drink coffee and get some work done. And while Rick was working, I’d always have a look what BŪRO Collaborative would literary have in store for me.


DRIFTER SURF SHOP & CAFÉ Jl. Oberoi 50

We got into the surf vibe when we were in Bali and so we visited quite some surf shops. I loved Drifter the most, because they sells all kinds of stuff next to awesome surfboards. Trendy fashion brands (like Faithfull the brand and OneTeaspoon!), cool sunnies, pretty jewelry, colorful books and way too many awesome bikinis. They sell awesome male clothing as well. Another cool thing about Drifter: A part of the store is actually a café. I love in-store cafes!

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Want to see how it all went down? Check out my shopping vlog!

Out of my black-and-white-background-comfort-zone

Rick has been trying to convince me to put more color in my life. He already brings the color in my life, but he means literally. Now, it will be quite a task to put color into my wardrobe, but he’s doing quite a good job of getting me out of my black-and-white-background-comfort-zone. There was the purple wall yesterday, the pink wall today.. And I must admit, I like it! And since I’m trying to listen more to myself instead of looking at what others do, here’s another colorful background. I have a feeling there will be more..

What I’m wearing
COSTES top & belt
H&M shorts
PRISONERS OF ST. PETERSBURG sunnies

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Why you should try something new sometimes

That time you can’t find a good location to shoot and you try something new that turns out great. And so it seems, sometimes it’s good to try something new, like posing for a purple wall. Who knew army green and purple would be such a match?!

What I’m wearing
COSTES top
H&M shorts
CHANEL bag
SENSO shoes (via sarenza)

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Sunday column: How do surf chicks keep looking good on the board?

If you expect an answer to his question, click away this page. This is not a ‘How-To’ article, this is a true question. So answers are very welcome!

After three surfing sessions I can hardly call myself a surf chick, even though I did stand on the board several times. My first wave I was actually on it more than five seconds and won my bet to Rick. Though he thinks I didn’t win, because the next wave (his first wave) he was also on the board for more than five seconds. We eventually compromised: I won this bet because Rick is always better at sports.

So I’m a surf chick to be. I like surfing and I feel good when I do it, even though I kind of suck. After this column is done, we’re gonna go back to the beach to rent a board #fanatic.

Yes, I’m excited about the first sport I really like. So excited, that when I walk into the ocean, the fashion girl inside of me disappears. Not by choice! You can hardly look good when you’re in the ocean. Well, maybe when you’re floating on a board in your perfectly cut-out swimsuit, trying to capture your perfect next instagram photo. My opinion though is that a lot of surf chicks look kind of fucked up during the sport. The good kind of fucked, the I’m-totally-into-my-sport kind of fucked up.

Hello butt crack!

Here in Bali my hair bun gets flushed out by a wave every 15 seconds. After an hour I’ve got a lost elastic hanging somewhere in my hair and the other locks are stuck to my wed face. My red, burned face I might add. The sun loves bare skin spot on the open sea.

Next to the hair, the waves also love to flush my face, including nose and mouth. Although I find it embarrassing to blow my nose in public, during surfing I blow my snot right into the water with a handkerchief or a hand in front of it. Same goes for my saltwater spit.

And then there’s the bikini bottom. Don’t expect it to stay in place when you’re trying to catch a good wave or when you get wiped off your board. Everyone at Kuta Beach has seen my butt crack by now. In between the waves there’s just no time to pull my bottom out of my butt cheeks, no time to put my bun back together and properly dispose of my snot. What if a wave flushes me away or worse, I miss out on a great wave! Told you I was a fanatic.

But there’s one beauty-thing I really hate about surfing: Your hair gets wet every day. I love my thick hair, but it’s not that typical beach girl hair that looks even better when spending a day in salty water. ‘Salty hair, don’t care’ my ass. I’m not the type that washes her hair once every two weeks (yuk), but to was hit every day? Having to blow-dry and curl/straighten it again? Not good form y bleached hair.

So ladies, let’s go with those tips!

 

On top of the world (sort of)

How can something so big and powerful make you look so small, yet feel so strong? I’m not much of a dare devil, so standing next to a waterfall or catching a (small) wave during surfing, might be the closest I come to nature giving me a adrenaline rush. Yet I loved climbing up the rocks and overlooking this pretty waterfall. Let’s just forget the fact that I almost peed my pants when I sat down on the egde next to the peacekeeper (the Balinese man). Ah well, he had a good laugh and I’ve got a cool picture 😉

This is the Tegenungan Waterfall in the south of Bali. You can also swim at the bottom which is very cool, both literally and metaphorically.

WHAT I’M WEARING:
Roxy swimsuit
Levi’s vintage shorts
Nike air max sneakers (via sarenza)

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Traveling calls for multifunctional clothing

The first outfit shoot I did after my Insta-break. You see that face? I’m a happy camper 🙂 Also might have something to do with this new dress I got at Magali Pascal. What an amazing store and such nice people! The poor staff helped me try on about 15 items. Everything is just so nice.. In the end I picked this beautiful timeless black dress. Perfect for a beach day or a night out. Multifunctional, I need that during my world trip. I also got myself a silver necklace I had been looking for for a while. I’ll show that one later. For now, “just” the beautiful dress!

What I’m wearing
MAGALI PASCAL dress
BAMBOO BLONDE choker

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Sunday column: The unexpected ‘Yes’

Exactly one year ago Rick and I had our first date. Read the story of our first date here. A first date of one hour, one hour that would eventually change my life. Because of this anniversary, I’m sharing a column that I wrote a few months ago, when I was in my head-over-heels state. And the great part is, I’m still head-over-heels in love with Rick!

When you’re a woman who has passed the age of 25, you’ll get asked the inevitable question: Do you plan on having children? So I was asked again the other day. Especially when everyone around you is walking around with a big baby belly, and you’ve only got so much as a little muffin top, every one want to know if you’re busy. Oh, I’m busy alright, but my goal in the act is an orgasm, not a child. Shall I just throw that one in as an answer the next time?! That will shut them up.

Anywho, everyone is popping out babies around me like it’s nothing. My best friends brother just became a father for the first time, my stepsister just became a newbie mommy, hell, my nephew and colleague’s son were born on the exact same morning a few months ago! Now the loaded question gets asked even more. Loaded question? When the answer is not YES I WANT KIDS it’s a loaded question, believe me.

The first time I was asked, I was still with my ex. What happened next had something to do with a blushing face, an awkward answer (“I don’t know yet”) and an uncomfortable glance at the man I should have children with within a couple of years. A sweet man who would definitely be a great father and who wanted to be a great father. Deep inside though I knew I didn’t want to be a mother. Now I know I didn’t want to be the mother of his children. And that’s a big difference.

Children? Neh, too busy Tindering

A little over two months ago I had a short spontaneous date with a man I was randomly ‘Tindering’ with. I prefer tindering over bearing, thank you very much. While I was busy extending my contact list at that time (meaning: collecting phone numbers of potential fuckbuddy’s), I met the man that would change everything.

We were both dating other people, we were both not looking for anything serious. Well, we came back from that one. We both had never been so in love in 28 years. ‘That that could still happen at the age of 28’, we’ve said to each other about 28 times. After two weeks Tinder was deleted, after 4 weeks we were officially exclusive and after 7 week he whispered ‘I love you’ in my ear at his mothers house. Resolutely I whispered ‘I love you too’ back.

Last Sunday we got to talking about cartoons. Of course he likes cartoons as much as I do. Before I knew it, an uncontrolled sentence I’ll never forget flew out of my mouth: “So you’ll wake up every Sunday morning with our kids to watch cartoons with them?” And all of a sudden I saw the three of them sitting on the couch in their pajamas. Daddy in the middle with his arms around two curly headed cuties, sleepy staring at the TV. The feeling I felt was the same feeling I felt when the man in question told me he was in love with my for the first time: butterflies.

Hold up, what?! Lian, you don’t even want kids! And mostly: Lian, you’ve only known this guy for two months! In one millisecond these thoughts came to mind and in one millisecond they disappeared when he smiled and said: “Yes, me in my onesie and them in their koala pajamas, haha!”

Tick-tock, gotta go, my biological clock is ticking!

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Bali Breakfast Spot: NOOK Umalas

Waking up every morning overlooking the Bali rice field while enjoying a avocado and feta sandwich, and a good cup of coffee. Sounds good huh? That’s what our mornings looked like. For a week we stayed at Hotel Adma Umalas, at Jalan Umalas I, where our favorite breakfast spot is located: Nook.

Why is this our favorite? The breakfast menu is very good, healthy and affordable (our favorite, the avocado toast is just €3,-), the place is cute and cosy and of course there’s the view. The beautiful view. If you’re lucky there will be a spot available outside, where it feels like your having breakfast in the middle of the rice fields. If you’re unlucky the place will be packed with people ruining your view while taking selfies. Guess that’s what happens when a place looks good.

We aren’t that excited about the lunch menu (luckily breakfast is served until 2PM) and dinner menu, we’ve had better, but breakfast here is just perfect!

LOCATION
NOOK, Jl. Umalas 1, Gang Nook No. 1, Bali

PRICES 2016
Breakfast dish €3-€5
Fruit juice €1,50-€2,50
Coffee €2-€3

ORDER TIPS
Nook’s smashed avocado toast, Egg in a hole sandwich, Nook’s fruit salad with yoghurt and granola and all the fresh juices!

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