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5 Minutes with... Cisco

Charlotte Blakeney
Apr 26, 17

Tags: Behind The Scenes, Inspiration,


During my recent trip to Bali to shoot the Autumn/Winter 2017 collection campaign, I sat down with our gorgeous campaign model @ciscoandthesun to find out a little more about her life in Bali.


1. How long have you lived in Canggu

In March, it has been 3 years full time

2. It feels like your so at home in Bali, what do you love most about it? 

I love the pace of the lifestyle, the warmth and big smiles of the locals, that are so welcoming to us tourists. The sense of freedom, and being able to start my day with a morning surf or walk on the beach with my dogs. It's all about the simple things! 

3. I'm so in love with your hotel, 'The Slow', how did you come about creating your hotel?

The Slow, there actually a funny story behind it. My husband and I bought that piece of land a few years back when Canggu was quiet and just surfers used to come here. After living in NYC for 2 years, we decided to return to Bali and take life slow and watch the grass grow. In the meantime we designed our dream island home with my dad who is an German architect. Little did we know that when we returned to Canggu, our land was smack bang in the middle of the hottest street in Bali. That's when we decided to turn our dream island home into an island stay. We "created" the slow pretty much as if it was our home and merged all the things we love, modern minimalist tropical living, art, music and good food. 

Check out The Slow at

4. What do you recommend for guests to see or do in Bali? 

I get asked this question so much and really it depends what you are after. I love to go off the beaten track and try to find magical white sand beaches, explore near by islands or a beautiful waterfall. Bali is full is treasures - you just need to go out and look for them. Otherwise spoil yourself with amazing massages and do all the things you can't get at home. 

5. I know your a keen surfer, what is your favourite beach on the island?

For me, for surfing it is 'Medewi' beach and to sit and chill on the beach that would 'Bingin' or 'Belangen' beach. 

6. I felt so blessed to have you as our Temple of Dreams campaign model, what was your favourite By Charlotte piece that you wore on the day of the shoot? 

There were so many pieces that I loved, but if I had to pick one I think it would be the 'Moon Velvet Choker', so elegant but rock'n'roll at the same time! It's perfect for layering with all my other lovely chains. I'm a fan of layering! 


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