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postcards from paradise #2

Posted on: Thursday, March 13, 2014

In a terrible series of events, I haven’t been able to take any photos since my post on Sunday. Tragedy, I know. So instead of doing a throw-together post I knew I’d wind up hating, I thought I’d share with you guys the second installment in my Postcards from Paradise series. It was part of a collab with Sunday Somewhere, and here are the photos I never got around to posting. Sorry if you’ve seen them a billion times on Instagram, but I really wanted to share the vintage car shots. As soon as I get my hands on a camera (and get this SOR essay draft in) there will be something fresh on the blog. Until then! xx




Posted on: Saturday, March 8, 2014


So to say the least- this week has been busy. Whilst balancing the insane amount of schoolwork piled on this week, I managed to slip in a trip to Sydney and back, shoot a style edit, attend a store opening and watch copious amounts of online TV. How I always manage to fit in the last one will forever astound me. You could probably put it down to the lack of sleep. But, I had a really, really good time and it’s kind of sad to be back to reality (i.e. school). I did, however, come home to this little number from Three of Something and it made everything a little better. Feelin’ pretty slick pairing it with these shades. And it’s not often I feel slick.

In case you don’t follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t… seriously? Get on that), I flew down to attend the launch of the Oscar & Frank pop-up store. Oscar & Frank are the only sausage dogs I know who have their own eyewear store, and the director, Mitch, also happens to be Kurt’s big bro. There were photographers and DJs and sunglasses. It was great. I do want to give you a full run-down of my 34 hours in Syd, but for now, sleep. Happy Saturday.

Wearing: Dress c/o Three of Something, sunglasses c/o ZeroUV, Windsor Smith heels.


izzy’s sydney diary

Posted on: Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sydney, you rocked. Here are some snippets from the beach, the pool, and that one time I hung out on a cliff with the world’s cutest sausage dogs.
And, if you didn’t hear- I got to spend time with another set of twins. I spent an afternoon shooting with the twins from When Words Fail (whenwordsfail_ on Instagram), up-and-coming Sydneysiders on the blog scene. We sported tanks from the local label Bread +Butter and I wore my favourite shades from the Oscar & Frank (@oscarandfrank) selection: these babies from Sunday Somewhere. New blogging friends + sausage dogs +sunglasses =happiness.

Wearing: Bread + Butter tank, Sunday Somewhere “Laura” sunglasses via Oscar & Frank. 

Hope y’all enjoyed this format of post, I thought I’d try something a little different. I’m officially home now and almost passed out on a pile of unpacked bags and unwashed clothing. Glamorous, I know. Still coming off the high of the jam-packed days we had in Sydney, and accepting the fact that life here is a little slower. I didn’t get to do everything on the list (next time I want to meet some of you!) but I had the best time. As bad as it sounds, I have such a travel bug and get a thrill from being anywhere but home. But for now- it’s nice to be in my own bed. Goodnight! xo


welcome to my room

Posted on: Thursday, January 2, 2014

Now that I’ve got a Macbook to play with, I’ve started getting back into making videos. I whipped this one up yesterday after getting another room tour request. It basically shows you the different ways I shift around my room/little nooks and crannies that you may not have seen before. Let me know if you like it- I’ve got a few vlogs up my sleeve. Any requests would be appreciated!

I’m off to Brisbane city with the family for three days, so I’ll probably vlog that too, and shoot some outfits while I’m there. Talk to you soon! Isabella xo


summer playlist ’13

Posted on: Friday, December 20, 2013

summer playlistAs per a Tumblr request, here’s what I’ve been listening to on those 40-degree days. Not all of these tracks are recent or blatantly scream summer, so it’s really just a compilation of my current favourites. For you Southern Hemisphere people, listen to it to chill out and cool down. Northern Hemisphere- reminisce about all those summery good times. I also put it on Spotify to make things easier and more accessible for y’all.

1. Dreams- Wet
2. Drop The Game- Flume ft. Chet Faker
3. Ceilings- Local Natives
4. Shuffle- Bombay
5. California Daze- PEACE
6. King of the World- First Aid Kit
7. Young- The Paper Kites
8. Andy- Last Dinosaurs
9. Big Love- Gossling
10. All Time High- The Holidays
11. Juliette- Jackie Onassis
12. Happy- Robert Delong
13. Only One- John Butler Trio
14. Tropical Oceans- D.D. Dumbo
15. Play With Fire- Vance Joy
16. Ain’t it Time?- Rainy Day Women
17. The Breach-  Dustin Tebbut
18. Twin Rivers- Big Scary
19. Sunset- The XX
20. The Summer- Josh Pyke

 Let me know if you enjoy this type of posts/these songs. Happy listening! ♪ ♫ ♪


December Q&A

Posted on: Monday, December 16, 2013

december q and a1
So to kick off the new influx of posts I have coming, I thought I’d answer a few questions because well… it’s been a while. My Tumblr inbox has been seriously neglected, along with most other social media platforms, so I’ve put together some favourite questions.


What camera do you use?- emmarightnow
I use the Canon EOS Rebel T3i. From what I know about cameras (and that’s not a lot) it seems to be a pretty good one, and I have plenty of options for lenses to switch it up. I know a lot of bloggers use it, so if you were looking for your first DSLR I would definitely recommend it.

You have perfect skin, what do you use to clean it and what’s your beauty routine?- Anonymous

Why thank you! As far as skin care goes, I like to keep it pretty basic. I use mainly Natural Instinct products- they’re completely organic, vegan and I can actually recognise all the ingredients. I wash my face every night with their foaming cleanser, and use the scrub about twice a week. I follow it up with some tea tree oil on any spots and benzyl peroxide cream if I’m breaking out. Add moisturiser and that’s about it. If you want a full post, let me know!

Hey Isabelle, I absolutely adore your style! Favourite brands? xx- Anonymous 

Honestly, the list could go on forever, but I’ll narrow it down to a few each of high-end/chain-store. I seriously love Asos- I know it’s not necessarily a brand but still- Topshop, American Apparel, Cameo, Nasty Gal, Alexander Wang, Opening Ceremony, Sportsgirl, Zara and Chloe. Quite the eclectic mix.

We’re the same age and I absolutely love your blog! Are there any other bloggers around the same age that you like?- evyil

Twins! And thank you so much! Yes I do follow quite a few younger bloggers, some of my favourites being: Camilla, Zoe, Yan Yan, Willabelle, Shanni, Karen, Maria and Lucia & Tash. Not exactly all my age… but you get the picture.

 Q&A questions: Favorite book other than Alice in Wonderland? Have you ever read a John Green book, if so, like or dislike?  - Anonymous

I really don’t read as much as I would like to, as sometimes it’s hard to find the time. But, aside from Alice in Wonderland, I do love The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and, coinciding with the next question… pretty much anything by John Green. I devoured both Looking for Alaska and The Fault in our Stars in the space of three days.

Will you ever be able to tell your anorexia story? I think it would really open some of your viewers eyes. take care love xxx- Anonymous 

That’s a good question. Let’s be honest, the internet is a pretty scary place, and I’m well aware that there’s no going back once I hit “publish.” It’s something that I’ve been thinking about for a while now, and hopefully one day I’ll get around to it. Do you think it would be particularly interesting/beneficial to you guys at all?

Hey, I was wondering, what is the Brisbane Topshop like? Is it in the same price range as the online one, and is there a good range? Basically your opinion x thanks! :) -Anonymous 

I loved it! Seriously, the most exciting thing to happen to me in a long time. It’s exactly the same price range as the online store, and the range is amazing. It’s three stories so it basically has everything. Definitely worth the trip.

And that’s it for the moment! There’s definitely a couple more I wouldn’t mind answering, so if you have any other questions/are interested in this kind of post, let me know. Have a lovely start to the week! xo


city guide: melbourne

Posted on: Thursday, November 14, 2013

So it’s been ten days since my last post- and I think, in the history of this blog, that’s the longest I’ve gone without a post since about 2009. I have a good reason, though, and if you’ve seen my Instagram/Tumblr/Twitter/Facebook you’ll know that I’ve been in hospital for exactly a week now. It was a sudden admission (as most of them are) due to cardiac strain, a low heart rate and low blood pressure due to a dangerously low weight. To say the least- this sucks- but I have had the week to stabilise everything and get me going on the path to health. If all things go well I hope to be out by the weekend, but I’ll keep you updated. Thank you for all the get-well wishes, it’s made my time here that little bit more bearable. ❤

Because I can’t really take photos of myself here in hospital, I’m throwing it back to May with a little city guide to Melbourne. Basically where I ate, wandered and shopped. Enjoy! You can see the full feature on the Shellys blog.


melb18:00 to 10:30
Wake up, get dressed, and head to the Queen Victoria markets. Open five days a week (Tuesday, and Thursday to Sunday), it’s the place for organic produce and kitsch trinkets. Grab a freshly baked doughnut for now and a selection of olives and cheeses for later. You and your stomach won’t regret it.


10:30 to 11
Sit down and catch your breath at the Café Victoria. It’s right next to the markets and has a vintage, worn-in feel about it. Usually packed, but the chai latte is worth it. Trust me.


Two things must be done frequently throughout the day: wandering and admiring. Walking the streets is the best way to take in the iconic scenery. Stumble across a bookstore or two (The Book Grocer is a recommendation) and drool in front of store windows filled with garments you’ll never be able to afford. It’ll be romantic and Holly Golightly-esque.


Catch a tram to Federation Square for lunch. The local Melbourians despise it because it’s so busy, but there’s always something new to see. Catch an exhibit or a show, followed by a light lunch. You want to try everything the city has to offer, so don’t fill up on one thing.


You can’t visit without a browse on Bourke Street. It’s a tourist-y attraction, yes, but the place for shopping. One other thing: alleys and lanes are always a good idea. Not as creepy as you would think. Some of the best (and least tourist-y) shops and cafés can be found down alleyways. Hosier Lane, filled with ever-changing graffiti, is a great photo opportunity.


Take the tram trip to South Yarra. Slightly removed from the craziness of Bourke Street and inner city Melbourne, it boasts shops like Topshop, Gorman and- wait for it- the Lindt store. Have a macaroon and rock out to the DJ’s beats in Topshop.


6:00 to 9:00
Dinner time! Yes, you do end up eating most of the time you’re in Melbourne. I would probably go again just for the food. From South Yarra you can take a tram, since my recommendation is found in the heart of Little Italy- Cantina Napoletana. Authentic, Italian-speaking people serving authentic, Italian-tasting food. What more could you want?

But most importantly, don’t stick to a schedule like this one. Roam the streets, have an adventure, try new things. And then tell me all about it.

$35 ASOS giveaway!

Posted on: Thursday, October 24, 2013


So it’s no secret that Asos is my favourite online retailer (and that’s a big call) so it seemed only appropriate to let you guys share in one of my life’s greatest pleasures: online shopping. $35 may not seem like a whole lot, but on Asos, it can strech pretty far- from strappy heels to cat eye sunglasses to holographic clutches. This giveaway coincides with my current Stylight competition, so by entering, you’re basically hitting two birds with one awesome stone. And possibly winning $35 and a trip to Germany. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a refresher….

stylight yo

So all you gotta do is enter below and cross your fingers! Good luck! xo

PS- it closes on the 4th of November and is open internationally.
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Posted on: Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Fact: these trousers from Anna Quan are head-turners. Especially at the back of the library in my tiny neighbourhood where these photos were taken. Also at the organic cafe where we had lunch- one lady stopped, turned and said to me “How cool are your pants?” And that, my friends, is the best kind of feeling. That true feeling of confidence and the cool-factor. I decided to milk it a little and go for a bold lip, sleek hair and statement shoes, paired with a re-discovered favourite top. Goes with everything and you don’t have to wear a bra. Sometimes being incredibly flat-chested has its perks. Score.

I’ve been reunited with Kurt for his birthday tomorrow, and then he’s off to Bali without me. This basically means I’ll have a whole heap of spare time on my hands… blog time! Goodnight xx

Wearing: Trousers c/o Anna Quan, Windsor Smith shoes, necklace c/o Diva, MAC’s Rebel lipstick. 


Posted on: Thursday, September 5, 2013


There’s no better pick-me-up than a package waiting for you in the mailbox. After seeing the Windsor Smith Gillies all over Instagram, I decided I wanted- n0, needed- those babies on my feet. Justifying it with the school dance that’s happening soon (a few months, okay!? I just needed these shoes) my fairy Grandmother granted my wish. I teeter all over the place in them, but beauty is pain. And boy are these beautiful. And with my being the girl who’s always overdressed, I do plan on getting wear out of them. To the grocery store!

I can’t describe how awesome the comments/emails/tweets you guys have been sending me have been. They’ve really boosted my confidence in this pretty hideous time, and I’ve had a good few days. Thank you! (Ps. I’m slowly getting through returning comments, bear with me) As for the rest of my life, exams are in two weeks which means holidays in two weeks, baby! If only I could skip past this maths exam/english monologue… Hope you are all having a wonderful start to your day! Isabella xx

Wearing: Windsor Smith Gillie heels, Pink Sugar top, skirt c/o Oasap, vintage bag, MAC’s Ruby Woo. 


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