28 April 2014

kid lit closet #3

Gosh, sorry it's been a whole week since I've updated - my bad, seriously! I've been swamped with work and school and trying to come up with ideas for this blog has been my main mental check-out hobby. As soon as I can, I promise to finally come up with some regular content for you! But until then, without further ado:

Kid Lit Closet this week is MADELINE, by Ludwig Bemelmans!

Madeline was one of my most favourite books when I was a kid. (You're probably going to hear that a lot over the course of this series, but hey - at least you know I'm always being honest!) I loved the beautiful watercolour illustrations and the simple rhymes. She was goodhearted and ambitious, and made friends wherever she went. The yellow outfit the twelve little girls wore is actually my favourite, but it's the blue dress and ribboned hat that stick out to most people when they think of Madeline's iconic outfits!

2. let's cruise boater | nasty gal
3. lady tie: red lace hearts | flappergirl
4. dancing on flair socks | modcloth
5. ballet flats | h&m

I actually had Madeline contained in an anthology of 20th-century children's stories that I read over and over and over. That blue hardbound book actually still sits on my shelf today! It reminds me of my childhood, and of my mom reading some of the stories to me when I was little. The dustcover is long gone but Madeline is in good company in there. 

Did anyone else also played those Madeline computer games on CD-ROM? I did, almost every day! There were two, I think. My brain says one was an around-the-world adventure with magic carpets and Swiss chocolate, and the other one had a room decorating game? They also could have been the same one... Who knows?

P.S. If you know, please beam me a copy. I'm feeling horribly nostalgic, and those floral wallpaper selections were to die for, if memory serves. (-;

21 April 2014

kid lit closet #2!

This week's Kid Lit Closet is Eloise, of the Eloise series!

Granted, I didn't discover Eloise at the Plaza until I saw the films on Disney/ABC a good few years ago, but upon reading the books I knew that Eloise was going to be a keeper on my faves list for a long time to come. She's precocious and mischievous but good-hearted and generous, and that's the ideal way to be, don't you think?

1. quiz black pinafore dress | debenhams
4. wool hat | h&m
5. pug dog earrings | jam jar shop

I had to represent Weenie, Eloise's pug, somehow - those earrings were perfect perfect perfect! Matched with a Skippity-the-turtle ring, I think you'd be all set to emulate Eloise's "divine" outfits.

Messy hair is the staple of the creative mind, I think! It seems to be a pattern in some of my favourite characters...

16 April 2014

what's in my bag!

I see posts like these done all the time, and I figured a good way for you all to get to know me would be to do one myself! Now, this isn't really an exhaustive list of what I have in my bag  or even what bag I carry all the time!  but it's a good place to start!

All right, number one: the BIG STUFF.

1. red scarf | This is one of the best things you can have if you carry a small bag. If you get one big enough and tightly woven enough, it can double as a jacket/wrap and even triple as a blanket if it gets suddenly chilly! This one was a Christmas present from my girlfriend back in 2012.
2. arthur backpack | Okay, okay, I know. This seems way silly. But this bag is great! I'm a woman of small victories, and to grab this for $2.50 (!!!!!!!!!!!) at the AmVets thrift store by my work was a huge steal! Arthur Read, the actual aardvark character, and I even share a birthday — he's been one of my favourites for ages. Its big pocket is just large enough for my favourite notebooks and the outer pockets are great for my smaller items.
3. michael kors wallet | Another gift, this one a birthday present from a family friend in 2013. Generous and such a perfect size, it works wonderfully for me! Perfect amount of pockets.
4. motorola droid razr | My phone! This one's pretty trusty, especially since I'm clumsy and caseless. It's fallen in sand at the beach, onto linoleum, and onto the sidewalk more times than I can count. I've had this phone (in its first and second incarnation after a toilet-bowl incident, whoops) for a good while and the screen only barely has its first hairline crack! Maybe I'm lucky, but this phone's doing me right.
5. free people sunglasses | These are more for fashion than function, seeing as how I wear glasses and can't see properly unless I "double-glasses," but I'm so enamoured with round-frame glasses that I couldn't pass them up! 
6. urban outfitters wallet | I use this for my makeup when I only need a few things with me. It's really, really small. I'd guess it's a better card wallet than anything else, but I've only ever used it for jewellery and makeup, so I can't say for sure. Mainly I got it because I love the design! I love "ocular" designs, probably because I fancy myself a cyclops in another life.
7. keys | My keys are a bit unwieldy at times, but they've got everything I need: One Direction lanyard, Sailor Jupiter keychain (a San Diego Comic Con find from years long past), soccer-mom-style club cards for restaurants and shops, and my car and dorm keys!

Number two: school supplies (well, more or less).

1. writing utensils | Again, this is a matter of form over function for me. I do have a preference for nice writing tools, so you'll never see me with a purloined dentistry ballpoint which barely works or a nubby little number two pencil. These I've amassed from the student bookstore on campus here at UCSD, Typo (a writing-goods shop that's an offshoot of clothing store Cotton On), and my work (Michaels)!
2. frank lloyd wright engagement calendar | I needed a sturdy planner with plenty of space to write all the events and assignments and work scheduling and deadlines that keep me stressed and busy! This one is nice to look at and serves as a great agenda. I got this at the UCSD bookstore, too.
3. conair mini comb | Honestly, I couldn't tell you where this came from if I tried. I feel like it's been in my possession since the dawn of time, since maybe even my birth. Wherever it originated, it's perfect for taming my unkempt fringe, soothing it after the wind, rain, or its hellborn wavy nature frazzles it.
4. skullcandy in-ear headphones | Again, a bookstore find. These aren't my favourite headphones I've ever used, if I'm being frank. I have an over-ear pair that are bright purple and Adventure Time-themed which work much better, but they're bulkier and harder to bring around. These were reasonably priced and work well enough! Plus, my weird ears that won't hold in the round iPod-style ones treasure these more than anything.

Ah, number three: beauty supplies.

1. urban outfitters wallet | See first photo above! In the interest of full disclosure: it was a struggle to get this much stuff into it and still be able to zip it shut. Usually, half this stuff ends up loose in one of my backpack's small front pockets. 
2. mac angled brush | Much like my comb, I've had this forever. I love it for eyeliner and eyebrows! It's the perfect size for me, and I can't see myself replacing it with a different style or brand in the foreseeable future. 3. mac eyeshadow in 'coquette satin' | Eyebrows, eyebrows, eyebrows. I'm not one for eyeshadow to begin with, honestly — I much prefer eyeliners — and even so, this is much too dark a shade for my taste. However, it's the ideal shade for my eyebrows! I got this eons ago, so I don't even know if it's available still, but for now I've got plenty left... hey, MAC, call me when I run out, though! 
4. benefit 'they're real!' mascara | A Sephora present from my birthday in 2013, I can't imagine using anything else. I'm pretty boring when it comes to makeup; I rarely do anything fancy. Contouring and blending and, honestly, even foundation and primer and all that are processes too cumbersome for me, but if I leave the house without my eyebrows and mascara done, I'm on my deathbed. My eyelashes are so naturally short and stubby that finding this mascara was a miracle! It adds length without being clumpy or, God forbid, flaky, and it's just light enough for everyday use. 
5. maybelline 'red revival' lipstick | This is my go-to red lip! I have yellow undertones to my skin, so some orangey reds I have like my Forever 21 lip crayon really wash me out. This one's a nice true red that brightens me up and goes on really opaque. I love it, though I wish I had a matte version, too! 
6. bic lighter | I don't smoke, but a lighter's just one of those things that's handy to have, I think. To tell the truth, I mostly use this for crafts and birthday candles, not any other purpose, whoops. 
7. tweezers, assorted hair accessories | You caught me on a tame day! This is the most sensible my hair accessories ever get. You can usually find a menagerie of bows, clips, and barrettes in my bag, and nary a single bobby pin. Hopefully these all don't go missing! Isn't that always the way? 

Thanks for taking the time to read my irreverent self-analysis on this one, y'all! Things I need to be carrying, probably? Pepper spray, nail file, hand sanitiser! For all of you out there reading this, what is your bag missing? Even if you think you have it all, you might be surprised at what sensible items are nowhere to be seen...

14 April 2014

kid lit closet #1

For the longest time I've held near and dear to my heart my favourite children's books. The reason for this? I've always been kind of an "indoors" kid, and reading for fun has been my number one passion since I was little! Since I've been in high school and college I've had less and less time to read books on my own, much less ones that are light and fun, and it's nice to look back on the characters I grew up with and the lessons they taught me along the way.

So, long story short, I thought that for my first weekly post series, I'm going to be posting fashion and lifestyle inspiration from my favourite books as a kid (and now) - and my favourite children's literature that I've seen nowadays! (-:

Week One: Ms Frizzle, from The Magic School Bus series!

If you know me at all, you know that my ultimate dream is to be a teacher. And what teacher out there is cooler than Ms Frizzle? Arguably, NONE! She's passionate about learning, teaching, and discovering what's out there! Plus, her style is incomparable, to boot.

2. planets knee high socks | sockdreams
3. dino parade sweatshirt | forever 21
4. pascal plush purse | disney store
5. planet earth earrings | some magic
6. orbit terrarium | nasty gal
7. pencil me in flats | modcloth

I've been drooling over those Jeffrey Campbell pencil flats for what feels like eons! Oh, if only they would go on sale... And the Pascal purse from the Disney store - I couldn't resist! (I know Liz is an iguana and Pascal is a chameleon, but bear with me. You try finding a purse that's 100% iguana-themed!)

What do you think of my first real 'content' post? Leave your favourite books in the comments - I'd love to know if we share any favourites!

09 April 2014

about me

Hello! My name is Isabelle Maree, and this is my blog, Bubbybelle! I am an eighteen-year-old university student living in San Diego with a passion for positivity, crafts, self-invention, and media. My inspiration (or, possibly more aptly, lifespiration) comes from reading other blogs and the media I consume - which typically consists of colourful television shows, Broadway musicals, children's literature, and an eclectic mixture of music.

Some of my favourite things are as follows:
  • books: If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things (Jon McGregor, 2002); A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (Betty Smith, 1943); Madeline (Ludwig Bemelmans, 1939), Princess Academy (Shannon Hale, 2005), the Harry Potter series
  • films: Clueless, The Incredibles, Disney's Hercules, Josie and the Pussycats, Eloise at the Plaza, The Parent Trap (1995), The Breakfast Club
  • tv shows: Bob's Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Arthur, Pushing Daisies, Gravity Falls, Parks and Recreation, Steven Universe
  • musicians: Little Mix, The Cure, Tegan & Sara, Ed Sheeran, Stooshe, The Smiths, Kate Nash, Arctic Monkeys, Janelle Monae, Outkast, One Direction, Pentatonix, Depeche Mode
  • musicals: In the Heights, Assassins, American Idiot, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Bring It On: The Musical, The Little Mermaid
  • other: succulents, the sun, mermaids, teacher-y things, stingrays, lipstick, cyclopes, ladybugs, avocado
I aspire one day to become an elementary school teacher, and make a difference in the world. In the meantime, however, I want to dress cute, be kind, and craft on!