I know the locations a little redundant…. but at least the outfit’s not? I’m the annoying kind of person who can never make up their mind, and that seems to translate to my outfit choices. We were wandering through West End when I spotted this dress in the Happy Cabin boutique, and I surprised myself by falling in love with it. If you’re into it, Book of Deer has so many unique pieces (this blouse!) and is now credited as one of my favourite labels. More to come about that shopping venture later…
School tomorrow and I’M DYING. Everyone else seems to be excited to go back and I’m just not feelin’ it. Holidays forever, please. But, maybe this means I’ll swing into a more regular posting routine… and get to bed before 1 am? We’ll see. Good luck to all those going back with me! xo
Wearing: Book of Deer dress via The Happy Cabin, Hat c/o Lack of Color, shoes c/o Lulu*s.
PS- You’ve got 19 hours to enter my Missguided Kimono giveaway!
After a massive wardrobe clean-out with Kurt (read: massive), I was left with little to work with. Not sure if cleaning out my wardrobe with a boy was such a great idea… they’re a little more ruthless and don’t always understand emotional attachments to clothing items. It’s a real thing. Getting to the point- I was forced to be more creative than usual and actually dug up an old favourite pair of shoes and a fantastic denim jacket from Dad’s wardrobe. Maybe it wasn’t such a bad thing after all. It’s a little bit of a mash-up but I think it works. So my challenge to you: have a wardrobe clean-out! Preferably not with a guy… but they do force you get rid of that ugly pink tulle skirt you’ve been holding onto for so long. We all have one.
Holidays are almost over and… this is my last year of high school. Terrified to say the least, considering Year 11 was stressful enough for me. And of course I have no idea what I’m doing when I finish. Here’s to the future being unclear but undoubtedly bright. xo
Wearing: Top c/o Missguided, Skirt c/o Front Row Shop, flats c/o Choies, Dad’s denim jacket.
This recent heatwave calls for wide-brimmed hats and denim. Or bikinis. Seriously, it’s reached over 40 degrees lately (that’s 110 Fahrenheit for you Americans) and it’s insane. I’ve never wanted a pool so badly in my life. Luckily, Kurt has one, and I’ve spent 90% of the last few days in it. Sharing is caring.
If you were wondering (and we all know you were) I found the perfect wide-brimmed hat from Lack of Color. Their designs have always been amazing, but recently they’ve really stepped up their game. I want one in every colour, please!
Short post because I’m feeling uninspired + tired. School in a week is giving me a headache. How are you all? Trying to beat the heat? Happy Tuesday xx
PS: I’m doing a sneaky competition and giving away one of these gorgeous lacy kimonos from Missguided. Simply follow me on Bloglovin’, like my Facebook page and leave a comment down below with your email. Extra entry for following me on Tumblr! Good luck xo
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Wearing: Grey crop c/o Missguided, Kimono c/o Missguided, “Montana Muse” hat c/o Lack of Color, American Apparel shorts.
I’m not even ashamed to admit that I ordered these solely because of their shininess. My magpie-like qualities really seem to get the better of me when it comes to shoes. But c’mon- everyone loves a little holographic in their lives. And these boots not only make me feel like I’m living in a space age, but they make me even more excited for cooler months. I know, I know, I should be appreciating Summer right now- and I am- but my sweater pile and line of Chelsea boots is calling to me.
I haven’t got an incredible amount to say right now, life has been pretty basic as of late. Doctors appointments, sleepovers with Kurt and the occasional swim.The two-weeks-until-school panic is also starting to settle in, and the fact that it’s my last year of high school doesn’t help. Hopefully I’ll make it out alive. What have you been up to lately? Hope you’re all enjoying the weekend! xo
Wearing: Sweater c/o Chicnova, skirt c/o Oasap, boots c/o Missguided.
Location- Meriton Serviced Apartments, Brisbane
I never got the chance to talk about my mini-trip to Brisbane- mostly because within the next few days I was off to Sydney, and the two trips seemed to roll into one. Basically, the family and I stayed in the city for a few nights just because. And it was wonderful. For something different, I’m coming at y’all with a mini hotel review.
We stayed at the Meriton Serviced Apartments on the 75th floor. The view was awesome, and the wall-sized windows made it so much better. It’s no Four Seasons, as the decor was pretty basic, but it made for a really nice stay. Plus a heated pool and a gym- not that I’d ever use it. I’d definitely stay again.
Location- Pop Coffee, Brisbane
After walking past the astro-turf, white picket fence and neon pot-plants, I had to go in to Pop Coffee. And I pretty much stayed there for the remainder of my meals for the next 3 days. The acai bowls were seriously delicious, and I can say the same for the juices and chais. Three of my favourite things.
Location- GoMA, Brisbane
I won’t go into too much detail, since I’ve written a Shellys post about it, but Cai Guo-Qiang’s Falling Back to Earth exhibit was incredible. We’d learnt about him earlier in our school art class and it was so surreal to see his work in person. If you can, go and see it. Seriously.
And that wraps it up- some of the highlights of the little trip. Let me know what you think, and look forward to an outfit post soon! xo
After months of searching, I’ve finally reunited with the skirt of my dreams. I saw basically the exact one in Topshop a few months ago- fell in love, tried it on, didn’t have my size- and was left bitterly disappointed. Thank you, Pixie Market, for bringing us together once again. But seriously… how amazing is it? I have a “thing” going for midis right now, and the sheer panel makes it modern. Paired with my go-to (not kidding… I keep pulling it out of the dirty washing to wear it again and consequently it’s gotten pretty filthy) black top and my Gillies because a) I need to get my money’s worth from them and b) I love them. Run-on sentence because I get excited when I talk about clothing.
I probably missed my posts more than you did- I really hate leaving my blog for more than two days. The separation anxiety is real. But, life got in the way (code for I took photos and spent an entire day looking for the memory card) and a run of late nights has left me in a constant state of half-asleep. But, I’m finishing my episode of the Carrie Diaries and going to sleep. Promise. New posts coming soon! xo
Wearing: Paper Heart top, Pixie Market skirt (c/o), Windsor Smith Gillies.
PS: I loved this post on Maria’s blog. She’s a beautiful girl and and her confidence is so inspiring. Self-love isa seriously hard thing to achieve (trust me) and I think every girl can take something away from this post. Props to you Maria, you’re amazing!
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.
Wearing: Bread + Butter tank, Sunday Somewhere “Laura” sunglasses via Oscar & Frank.
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.
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
Made the last-minute decision to hop on a plane to Sydney with Kurt. I mean… it is holidays, after all. His big brother has a place by the beach and two sausage dogs with their own eyewear company. It doesn’t get much better. But seriously- these little dudes are making waves in the eyewear business, and they made for one of the most entertaining photo shoots I’ve ever done. These cliffs just outisde Cronulla were mesmerising, especially under today’s cloudless blue sky. I wore Maurie & Eve, some Fan Optics shades and a clutch that could not be more fitting to the location. Spent the rest of the day curled up with the sausage dogs and lazing in the sun.
I’m having a pretty good time here. It’s nice to get away from real life for a few minutes to do what you love. This afternoon I also had the wonderful opportunity to meet the twins from When Words Fail, up-and-comers on the Sydney scene. Photos from that, many other things, and a special new project will all be revealed soon. And I don’t plan on being gone forever- I will be returning to real life soon enough. And thank you all for the amazing response to my last post. So much love. Isabella xo
Wearing: Maurie & Eve dress, clutch c/o Pixie Market, Fan Optics glasses via Oscar & Frank.
My newfound obsession with Gorman is getting out of hand… and I’m really enjoying it. Saw this top and needed the lil’ whales and giraffes in my life. Basically if you put animals or fruit on an item of clothing, I’ll buy it. And speaking of animals, for day 2 of our Brisbane trip, we saw Cai Guo-Qiang’s exhibit Falling Back to Earth. Still mesmerised by the whole thing and reccommend that you go see it right now. Day 2 also consisted of coffee, Chinatown and cab rides. Pretty much distraught that I’ll going home tomorrow.
I’m not normally one to re-invent myself with a new year, but I saw my brittle ends as an opportunity to start fresh. Yep- I gave my hair the chop (again) and it feels so good. I thought for a long time I needed long hair to make up for other things, or for boys to like me, or to distract from other flaws. Yes, I do realise how silly this sounds now, but having long hair as a kind of “security blanket” isn’t that uncommon. But what I’ve realised? It’s just hair. And to be completely honest, I’m just happy it’s not falling out in clumps any more. I’m learning to love the new, healthy me, and all the good things that come with that- like ice-cream, and going to the beach, and laughing and dancing and walking in the rain and staying up all night. So, from the girl who doesn’t make resolutions- my 2014 is going to be wonderful. And I hope yours will be too. Isabella xo
PS- Apologies for getting so deep… it just kind of happened. Whoops.
Wearing: Gorman top, Topshop skirt (similar here), Lipstik boots.
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