Sunday, 16 November 2014

snapshots // a really damn good day

breakfast at 5pm // overdue homework // vietnamese iced coffee // an adorable lil’ darling

drenched in perfume samples // red lipstick // an o(ver priced)ld school coffee house // a beautiful girl who you should follow on instagram

c'est moi // aesop // ice chai and smiles // an old playsuit // a vintage jacket // art deco shopping arcades

Over the last few weeks, I've been designing blogs for some of my wonderful friends. I'm sure a lot of you remember when you first started blogging, for me it was super unrewarding in that my blog wasn't being read and I felt insignificant. I'd hate for these wonderful gals to feel the same so I'd love love love for you to check out Ella Pearl and Lotte Forever!

Hope you've had a lovely weekend, 
Bella xx  

Sunday, 9 November 2014

coney island queen // shades and tones of the last week

It's like when you spend the day at the beach and everything feels sun drenched in a lazy, wonderful way. Or when you embark on what could possibly be your 100th health kick, writing lists about 2 litres a day and exercise. When you spend the day drinking coffee and laughing and you feel good that people can be so so complex and interesting and dynamic. And you take pictures of flowers, and drink pomegranate juice and everything around you is in motion and changing and it's all a lil' surreal.

I know talk too much about the stuff on the surface and I'm forgetting about the things that have boiled in the bottom of my stomach. The fact that while Ebola raged on in Africa for months and months it wasn't until it came to America that people perked up. That there's a nice big pay gap. That asylum seekers are being treated like shit in detention centres dotted in islands around Australia and the government can't quite find enough empathy to deal with it. To deal with it in the only way it can be dealt with...a human way.

Sometimes the world can seem so damn bad that you cop out a bit and you talk too much about earl grey and nice dresses and you go into denial a wee bit. I'm trying not to. I guess ignorance is bliss...but I can't help but think that it's destructive bliss.

Bella x

Sunday, 2 November 2014

eat yo greens // on looking after yourself

Everything is influence, everything has a sliver of consequence but sometimes comparatively to our insignificance and the vastness of the world and the kinda ideas that can make you feel very small, it can feel like nothing really has an effect, nothing matters. So you can lose sight and you can stay up all night and eat too much bacon and not move and it can feel like nothing…until it gets superficial. 

I feel like the discussion about physical health is taking place in a fair few places that I, for one, can't relate to. I zone out in PE where the talk seems condescending, the plant-based niche on Instagram is very impressive but I feel like I could never be quite that dedicated and the fast weight loss groups dedicated to counting calories are based around a hateful concept.

It’s never really been talked about in my niche of the Internet because I think it’s always been thought of as a relatively superficial thing, associated with the way we look. But this is serious shit, this is nourishment, this is fuel, this is the fact that absolutely everything we put into our body alters it in some way, for better or for worse. We are in a position of power here, we can alter our experience to make it longer, to make it happier, more fulfilling. It's odd how we could choice, toxicity over nutrition when it is the latter that seems crucial for human survival. This is not an issue of comparison, your health has absolutely nothing to do with anyone but yourself. On a personal level, this is a discussion about self worth, this is a discussion about toxicity. On a community level, I can’t help but feel that we’re letting ourselves down - and what makes it all the more shitty is that corporations are benefiting from that. 

I’m not going to talk about rising obesity levels or lack of positive body image or evil sugar empires because we know this, we’ve been fed it for years, we’re over it.  And I’m not going to sit on my high horse and say that I’m eating all that well because I’m not, this post for me is about clearing that out. I’m not going to talk about 8 serves of veggies a day or staying hydrated. We’re for the most part, across what we should do, we just can’t quite get there. 

There’s gotta be a middle ground. I feel like we need to, at least, separate the issue from the competitive body image game that we play with ourselves and everyone around us. I feel like we all need to start listening to our own bodies. And we need to make that decision for ourselves. More than anything, I think this is a subjective thing. This is finding your own middle ground. This is saying what do I want, how can I do this. Why should I do this?

For me this means everything in moderation. It means balance. It means making nourishing beautiful food but still eating cake on weekends. It means greenery and avocado on toast. It means dark chocolate after dinner. It means swimming in the sea and walking through the city for hours. It means yoga before school. More than anything, it means thinking more, thinking deeply about what goes into my body, about myself, about why this matters to me…for me. 

I wouldn't want to impose a lifestyle on to others. This is not a post waving a green flag and saying we should all jump onto the vegan boat. Let’s just think about this differently. 

Bella x 

Saturday, 25 October 2014

yoga pot and the strokes // FAVOURITES 01

A few little things I've been lovin'
+ these photos

+ The new yoga pot
+ the strokes - you only live once 
+ homework in cafes + chai 

+ The sheer mass of self-care manifestos and lists on tumblr is something to be celebrated. Female dominated, positive online communities are doing a world of good for my generation! 
This is one of my current favourites, originally found here....

things i need u to please know right now:
  • bad days don’t last forever
  • napping is never a crime
  • all the cells in ur body are working so hard to keep u healthy and happy and they love u very much
  • also dogs, they love u very much
  • instant hot chocolate takes 2 minutes to make and requires no culinary expertise please indulge urself
  • u are a part of this world 
  • and a very important part
  • don’t doubt that for a single second

+ this poem by Kuba Wojewodzki 
I enjoy controlled loneliness. I like wandering around the city alone. I’m not afraid of coming back to an empty flat and lying down in an empty bed. I’m afraid of having no one to miss, of having no one to love

Bella xo 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

a beginners guide to getting your life together // organisation tips that aren't for the faint hearted

I'm almost obsessively into self improvement. The thought that you could actually make yourself better is too good not to take advantage of. Organisation, known on Sincerely Isabella as 'getting yo shit together' is the best way to improve your life and improve you, not that you're not already wonderful. Here's a big ol' compilation of my favourite ways to getting everything in order.

There's nothing quite like a good list. When life is a shitshorm, as it often seems to be, writing a list logically clears out the trash in your mind and what you're left with is direction (!!), purpose (!!!!) and all that jazz. 

An idea I've nicked from somewhere on the internet is dividing your to do lists into categories. I break it up a little bit by dividing my lists into URGENT (for things to be done that day), OVER THE HILL (the next few days), ON THE HORIZON (the next week), ACROSS THE SEA (the next month). 
Evernote is a free programme and app and it is my favourite thing. You can sort your stuff into notebooks, there like a special tick box you can put in your notes which is the best for to do lists. Using the calendar on your phone is a pretty fun time too because it allows you to remind yourself. 

There is underrated merit in a big black note book and a felt tip. As much as I love Evernote and my phone, I always find myself coming back to my journal to plan things out. There is a point where the vastness of information you have at your fingertips becomes overwhelming and you need something simple you can hold in your hands. Also waking up, making a cup of tea and planning your day on paper is such a release of bad vibes and a wonderful way to start the day. 

Stick gold stars on everything. Cover my books in your favourite illustrations. Invest in a shit ton on highlighters. Go crazy with stickers. Make it look swell. 

Writing a list of goals, a game plan for at the beginning of a week is cathartic way of clearing away the emotions and stresses of the previous week and opening yourself up. 

I've recently discovered the gold star emoji and I am never turning back. Gold stars are ridiculous but when I've done well, there's nothing quite like em' to make me feel accomplished. It's probably nostalgia. 

Gold stars all round, 

Friday, 10 October 2014

some faith in us // celestial body vibes and an exciting new project (!!!)

There's a peak of inspiration. A point where the world suddenly feels so big and so wonderful and so ready to be explored that you can't stop you fingers from twitching and you have to scribble in your journal to keep them busy. And it's 2am and you're lying awake tapping your foot thinking about Buddhism and Berties' new film and bullshit. It's a point I've been at for the last few weeks but in a way that feels like potential energy that won't quite emancipate. It's frustrating. The inspiration's there, the motivation...not so much. My journal is full but I haven't left the house in days. 

The past few weeks have been coloured by nerves, a little bit of self doubt, avocado on toast, news shows, Graham Norton. I saw Bombay Bicycle Club a couple of weeks ago and MAN it was a good ol' gig. The kind that makes you feel alive in the way only live music can. A symphony of the senses of such. It all seemed to play out in sync - dancing in a way that was synchronised but not, light flashing in a way that felt epileptic but good (is that a thing!?), OMNIPRESENT SOUND hitting you from every angle. It's here that you start feeling a lot less like a physical human and a lot more like some kind of celestial body, especially when the band you're seeing is as talented as Bombay Bicycle Club. If you want to check them out (and YOU SHOULD): my favourites are Home By Now, Eyes off You and Come To. 


I'll tell you what else is cause for celebration: late night news shows. I'm talking John Oliver and John Stewart. I think critical and analytical media is SO IMPORTANT, because it's very easy let your guard down and absorb media without a necessary bit of salt, which allows us to be a bit more subjective in the forming of our views. Also 'the two Johns,' are always entirely on point and hilarious. 

To a similar avail, does anyone know where Russel Brand has been lately? Here, and here and also here. His show The Trews (linked above) is dedicated to perpetuating a 'new frequency of truth,' and yes it's political but there is most definitely a psychological element to it, it's eye opening and I'm a little addicted (also bonus points to Mr. Brand because he is hilarious). 

I am going to do the gratitude thing now. 

The Good Stuff

+ Rookie Yearbook 3 is on it's way!
+ Feelings of insignificance → feelings of freedom 
+ Bergamont everything
+ Sun 
+ Grapefruit 
Mad Men

So in some of the late night bursts of inspiration I was talking about I had a few ideas about the direction I want this little blog to take. The first of which is that I want you (yes you!) to get involved. 

Projects that are collaborative are often the best kind of projects, 'Art Collective' is an across the board collaboration project that will be dedicated to showcasing work of online (I was thinking mostly younger, female people but it's in no one restricted to that demographic) creators. 

SO if you have art, photography, an essay, poetry or anything the world JUST NEEDS to see, send it in {}. The theme of the first instalment will be 'Mixed Bag,' so entirely unspecific but I was thinking it could become more theme based as the project chugs along. The first ART COLLECTIVE will be posted right here on Sincerely, Isabella so pull out your party hats because it's going to be a fun time. 

Carpe that diem loves, it's almost the weekend! 
Bella x

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

sea of love // a letter the ocean

The light isn't dappled, it's not subtle or complex. It's not a melancholy beauty or a layered narrative. It's smashing in a way that you get straight away. Bright, unapologetic light and salty toes. 4 million people, all part of a subconscious cult to the sea and the sand and the sun. This is the sea, baby and it is wonderful. 

I live in Australia, right, and it's around this time of year that everyone gets incredibly optimistic, packs up their turtlenecks and decides that it may be October, but Summer is practically here and beach season has begun! I love it. It's a feature of almost every person's life, a common denominator. I can remember fish and chips with my grandparents as a kid. I can remember the day I drank a watermelon with a straw. I can remember blue bottle stings and ice cream dropped in the sand and jumping off the jetty. 

My favourite things are the things that hit you with a full sensory experience. The ones that make you feel everything. The sea definitely does that for me. 

I don't really know if I want to stay in Australia for my whole life but this weird blue mass, filled with life that takes up a good 70% of our earth will always hold a special place in my heart. 

Bella x 

Monday, 29 September 2014

it's all happening // film club 04

Along with girl drummers, people that make me laugh and that feeling you get when you clean out your closet and chuck out a shit-ton of stuff.... film seems to be, and will probably remain, one of my favourite things. I like cinema, I like acting, I like romanticisation, I like soft light and well written soundtracks, sifting through emotion, exposing yourself to new ideas. If they're good, films open us right up and it feels fantastic.

I watched Almost Famous last week, and despite the odd cliche..I'd definitely say it resonated with me. The way you know something's resonated with you when you find yourself thinking about it and linking it to your life. There was a lotta discussion around authenticity and adolescence which accompanied feelings that have coloured my recent thoughts. Also...real talk: there was top notch groupie style throughout the entire film. I'm going to drop all critique here and just come out and say it to ya straight - I loved it, I really did.

I loved Magic in the Moonlight for it's southern France imagery and it's tasselled dresses and 20's soundtrack. I loved Emma Stone in it and some of the themes were good etc. etc. But there was this unmistakable unconvincingness that tainted the whole film, and I can't feel solidify it or specify it but I could feel it. Maybe it was that it was too similar to Midnight in Paris or because it's harder to respect Woody Allen following the abuse scandal.

I definitely enjoyed watching the film, but it's hard to distinguish if this was because of a love for the 20's themes or because it was actually a fantastic film. Solid effort but after losing all respect for Allen as a man, I don't know if I can take him seriously as a filmmaker.

Movies I absolutely must see include:
+ Une Femme Est Une Femme
+ Bottle Rocket
+ God Help The Girl
+ Heathers

I spent the entire day watching Sex and The City so here's to a bullshit free tomorrow,
Bella xx