Tuesday, 10 February 2015

asos faves // pieces & the girl you would be in them

An effort to make something slightly productive out of hours upon hours spent browsing on asos.
Swing Dress with Velvet // Reclaimed Vintage Dress with Embroidery 

In the swing dress you would be in a jazz club until 6am, smoking. In the embroidered dress you would be at the beach at 6am, doing yoga, drinking chai and meditating. 

Thea Girlfriend Jeans // Off The Shoulder Top in Stripe

The girl in girlfriend jeans spends the day walking the inner city, drinking ice coffee, yawning from a late night with her girlfriend. The girl in the stripey top has her shit together, managing jobs, hobbies, people. She knows what she's doing. 
Reclaimed Vintage Jumpsuit in Sheer Gingham // Jumpsuit in Retrotile Print

The girl in the black jumpsuit has been travelling for months, she's almost out of money but happy, and feeling infinitely free. The girl in the Retrotile print manages bands, smiling and keepin' her cool. 

I think one of the problem's I have with consumerism is that I always think a product is going to transform me as a person, I guess this post is a manifestation of that. 

Stay wild, 
Bella xx 

Thursday, 5 February 2015

you are the universe // good habits & current aesthetic

One of my favourite things is comparing other things to the universe. I think it's because when people say things like 'there's more connections in your brain than in the galaxy,' and you think 'wow, is that a thing?' And you feel pretty insignificant, that's a given, but you also feel like you are of the upmost importance, like the only thing you actually know is yourself. I'm a on a constant search for things that make me feel like this: late night walks with friends, cosmology and Cavalier by James Vincent McMorrow.  

SO, further to that end, I've been playing a little with the idea that everyone is a universe. I'll be on the train listening to Uptown Funk on REPEAT because it's a killer song and I could listen to it for a solid day straight. And I'll watch people and it will emerge from a sea of bad coffee and private school girls (not that I can talk, HA!) - people are so complex. If you take into consideration everyone's childhood, every tone of nostalgia, every person they're ever connected with, everything they've ever felt. If you imagine mapping them out, imagine mapping yourself out. 

You realise everything you feel and think is experienced through your stream of consciousness, characterised by you and your bias. And yes, the universe is vast and mind blowing but you, in all your intricacy and wonder - you are the universe. 

SO, in other news, I am, as usual, hell bent on self-improvement. And in the constant effort to be better, I don't really recognise the instances in which, I have, in fact, been better. I should try to do that. (the following two sections will inevitably be reoccurring on Sincerely, Isabella because I like to recognise good habits and acknowledge the current vibe of my life) 

GOOD HABITS // smoothies in the morning // yoga // seeing friends // writing more regularly // giving yourself a break // 

CURRENT AESTHETIC // The girl who is never without mints because she doesn't quiet have her shit together. Everything's a blur and she doesn't know what's going on but it doesn't mean she's unhappy. Into cosmology, up to date on the news but does't understand her maths homework. You can be this girl if you dress 'hobo chic,' if you go for walks at night, if you go to bed at 8 one night at 3 the next. She'll probably be a different person next week.

You are the universe, 
Bella xx  

Saturday, 31 January 2015

india talk

hotel antics
 I got back from India a week (ish?) ago and as I went back to school, fell into an overwhelmed, deflated slump that can only have resulted from a whole lotta perspective, the opening of my eyes and hours upon hours of car trips through gruelling poverty. 

Things of note in India: it's incredible, in it's architecture and it's history and it's colour. They well and truly know the meaning of entrepreneur. Every single day came with a display of humanity in the realest and purest sense. And of course, from my bias and sheltered Western view, the attitude towards woman shocked me. 

My top played thought in India was: 'where are all the woman???' On the streets, in the shops, at restaurants, at banks: there was an obvious disproportion between men and woman. But not only this, if you take into account high rates of child marriage and rape, you start to think that the life of an Indian woman might not be as dandy as your own. 

And then I started to think 'what can I do?' But positive, long-term change can't be external. People coming into a country and saying 'your doing everything wrong, you need to change,' has never worked (see: white colonialism,, imperialism, systematic oppression). Change needs to come from inside a country. And where does that leave me, where does that leave us?   

I'd love to know what you think but for now, here is a little bit of India eye candy. 

In other news: Ella wrote a wonderful back to school post, which is wonderful even for those who are not going back to school but in need of motivation and also another mate of mine, Owen, wrote a post on masculinity over a Body Positive Club and it's really worth a read! 

Lots and lots of love, 
Bella xx

Sunday, 11 January 2015

goodnight sleepy head // before bed rituals

I'm currently in India (eep!), I'll tell you all about my travels when I get back! For now, this is a scheduled post. 

washing your hands and feet // writing in journal // peppermint tea // general stress over not being prepared for the next day // thinking about a solid breakfast // yoga // burning oil & candles // a good book // meditation // packing up the phone // quick room clean so you don't wake up to a hot mess // good vibes // cuddles // 

Much love, 

Sunday, 4 January 2015

B & W THOUGHTS // late night ramblings

I'm currently in India (eep!), I'll tell you all about my travels when I get back! For now, this is a scheduled post. 

Screencaps that would exist if my life was an independent film. 

Much love, 
Bella x

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

where you should be // body positive club

First up, Happy freaking New Year my friends! Can we please make a joint effort to make this year absolutely wonderful? We're all in this together. 

As an exciting New Year announcement I'm going to let you know that today is exciting as hell because it marks the launch of a new blog my friend, Bea and I have set up - Body Positive Club

We set up the blog because we were just so damn sick of all of our friends being miserable and feeling bad about themselves and we kinda just said, 'something can be done! we gotta change the attitude!' 

We really want Body Positive Club to be a community so we'd love nothing more than for you to get involved, maybe by putting our button on your own blog or by using the #bodypositivebackground hashtag or simply by having a peak at the site! 

Too much love, 
Bella x

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

thoughts on 2k15 // a game plan

I could write my solid new years resolutions here, the concrete timed goals. But let me tell you, they are boring as hell. SO as a fun alternative, I thought I'd share my 2k15 aesthetic, the girl I wanna be in 2k15 - Isabella 2.0. If I do all of these fun things, I'll be a crazy powerful woman and it will be a killer year, I'll keep you posted. CHEERS TO A WONDERFUL 2k15 full of yoga, green tea and quality creative work! 
Bella xx 

Friday, 26 December 2014

thoughts on 2k14 // a lil' reflection

Somewhere along the road of the past year, I lose my mojo. Perhaps it was June…maybe May, but I stopped feeling like myself, lost all motivation and it was shit. 

Conveniently, everyone seemed to lose…something around the same time. There was no shortage of empathy but equally, there was no clear way out. 

And then, perhaps a month ago, it pushed back. A flood of motivation and purpose - just in time for the new year. 

The best moments of the last year were the ones that felt the most real, and the ones that felt the least. Moments of sincerity like 3am chats over tea and interactions with strangers. And then vague moments almost of fantasy like Hong Kong and saying goodbye to familiarity 

I became really damn good at pulling things back together and staying up till’ 1 writing plans and to do lists in hopes and properly getting my shit together, and repeatedly learning that no one really does properly have their shit together. Which is kind of a relief. 

Now, I’m going to say the thing that I say too much and that is that everyday of this year, at least once, I was reminded how much I need to keep moving, how much I need to have 10000 projects in motion to feel like myself. Sometimes it seems that it’s only when I’m over my head that I’m enjoying myself. 

NOW, keeping with the year in review theme, I thought I'd round up some of my favourite posts on Sincerely, Isabella this year. 

+ Ambition // a manifesto of sorts of what I want to do with my life 
+ 10 Things to Make Your Life More Wonderful // ' things that I knew had worked or would work to make me more happy and healthy and lovely. Inspired by books I've recently read, a holiday I went on, my beautiful friends and Tumblr.'
+ Let's Talk About Feminism // this was a bit of a blanket intro post into a discussion that is beginning to take place on Sincerely, Isabella about feminism. 
+ This is Not a Post About Feminism // a chat about stigma
+ LGBT Marriage and Boxes // 'People are really bloody complex'
+ HOW TO: Find and Collect Inspiration // 'creativity equals joy and contentment and all kinds of loveliness'
+ Note to Self // a lil' pick me up
+ springtime aesthetic

I'm over 2014, if I'm being real, bring on 2015! 
Bella xx