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When she’s not writing ads in Sydney, Laura can be found indulging her love for all things Summer-related on her blog, This Island Life. If she could, she’d spend her time following the Summer to every exotic corner on earth. Until then, she’ll continue working on her ever-expanding bikini collection while living on the biggest Island in the world.

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Madeline Weinrib’s Ikat Clutches

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By This Island Life in New Fashion on Saturday 25 December 2010

Well, well, well, what do we have here? It looks like the buyers from Country Road may have paid a little visit to the Madeline Weinrib store in New York, because their Ikat clutch looks suspiciously familiar. And after a good hard peruse at the American designer’s Ikat clutch collection, I don’t blame them. One glance at these babies and you won’t want to settle. And why should you?

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Pratten Eel Skin travel wallet

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By This Island Life in New Products on Sunday 12 December 2010

Whether it’s a cocktail with a mini umbrella on the plane, or an exotic duty free fragrance at the airport, everyone needs a little something to tip them into summer holiday mode. My ritual is a little different. It involves loading boring travel paraphernalia into one the most fabulous travel companions I’ve ever seen.

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11:11 O’clock, Byron Bay

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By This Island Life in Cool Travel on Saturday 11 December 2010

My mum was born on the 11th of November at around 11am, so I’ve grown up with the 11:11 phenomenon. Basically, she’s one of those people who always happens to check the time when it’s 11:11 o’clock. Some people explain it as a coincidence; others believe it to be an auspicious sign or the signal of a spiritual presence. As a child, I never really questioned these continual occurrences; I though that 11:11 was just her thing. Well it turns out it’s also thousands of other peoples thing, and one of them owns an amazing boutique in Byron Bay called 11:11 O’Clock.

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Changi Logs surfboards

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By This Island Life in New Design on Friday 10 December 2010

When board shaper Nick Mcarthur paddled his 10-foot experiment out for its maiden voyage, he didn’t know what to expect. Ten hours earlier he’d driven up to Byron Bay on a whim with the heavy board in the back and an impulsive energy he just couldn’t shake. So there he was waiting — just him, the board and a pair of short shorts. And when that perfect wave came, his board rode like a dream and only fuelled his board-shaping obsession.

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Toggs swimming shorts

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By This Island Life in New Fashion on Friday 10 December 2010

My boyfriend is your typical guy who likes wearing nice clothes, but has no patience for shopping. So when a recent shopping trip in Byron Bay went into its second hour, I knew I was heading into dangerous territory. I knew I only had about two more minutes before he’d reach his man-shopping threshold, so you can imagine my surprise when from across the store he called out: ‘babe, do you like these shorts?’ And sure enough there he was, elbow deep in a stack of brightly printed boardies by Aussie label, Toggs.

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Paraty Beach House in Brazil

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By This Island Life in Architecture on Tuesday 7 December 2010

While researching my end of year trip to South America, I stumbled across a cute little historical town in Brazil called Paratay. Apparently it’s known for its 19th century colonial architecture, but I can’t tell you a thing about that. I’m too busy imagining what my life would be like if I called this palatial beach house my casa. Maybe I’d be a Brazilian swimwear designer and use the beachfront pool to host collection launches. Or perhaps I’d dabble in some sort of illicit trade, making the boat-only access more of a necessity than a luxury.

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Jeffrey Campbell’s Summer Huaraches

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By This Island Life in New Fashion on Saturday 27 November 2010

Since starting my website, This Island Life, I’ve been guilty of a few things. But we’re not here to talk about my need to purchase everything I write about. We’re here because I’ve been neglecting the fashionable men in my life. What can I say? I was blinded by bikinis and balayage – things that (bless your hearts) you guys read and even commented on. But I’m not here to make excuses; I’m here to apologise. And what better way than with a pair of summer huaraches from my current favourite shoe designer Jeffrey Campbell.

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Nookie

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By This Island Life in New Fashion on Saturday 27 November 2010

The latest collection from Australian fashion label Nookie made me anxious. When three models stormed onto the catwalk in draped jersey mini dresses, long capes cinched in with skinny belts and matching strapped booties, I knew that I would not feel at ease until the entire ensemble was mine. Nikita Sernack’s label had well and truly hit my radar. Not that I’m surprised.

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Printed Maxi dresses by Zimmermann

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By This Island Life in New Fashion on Saturday 13 November 2010

After stumbling across these beautiful images of Jessica Hart on her blog, I don’t know what’s more fabulous: her or the dresses. While we can’t get a good look at the sand-skimming number she’s wearing on the beach, we can be sure that it’s an Aussie label.

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Mary Roks shoes by Jeffrey Campbell

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By This Island Life in New Fashion on Saturday 13 November 2010

Yesterday I didn’t even know these shoes existed. Today, they’re all I can think about. Perforated suede, luxe animal prints, a chunky four-inch wedge and a summery peep toe front: it’s like Jeffrey Campbell invaded my shoe dreams and brought them to life. Had I not made a rookie error, I would have saved myself a chunk of cash and a hell of a lot of time.

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Trading Faces

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By This Island Life in New Photography on Friday 5 November 2010

I’m sorry, but since when did it become acceptable to bump one person’s face out for another? I know magazines switch bodies and heads quite regularly, but it’s so much creepier when it’s just the face. It all started when I was flipping through an Australian men’s magazine (don’t ask) and stumbled upon a badly Photoshopped image, which on closer inspection was the face of Poh Ling from Masterchef pasted onto the head of a stripper to see what she would look like with implants. WTF?! But it wasn’t until I came across these images above from Vogue Nippon (Japanese Vogue) that I realised it had gone too far.

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Littledoe

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By This Island Life in New Fashion on Monday 1 November 2010

Forget digging through piles of over-priced feathers, tulle, lace and whatever other crap can be glued to a clip. If you’re going to splash out on something new for racing season in Australia, it should be something handmade, not mass-produced. Take a peek at the pieces from American label Littledoe and you’ll see what I mean.

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Tarita Canopy Bed

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By This Island Life in New Design on Thursday 28 October 2010

Nothing says tropical holiday quite like a Balinese canopy bed. With its simple clean lines and warm teak wood, it’s not hard to imagine it draped in soft cotton netting. This one’s been handcrafted in Bali by the local and international design team at Tarita Furniture, who I’m pretty sure don’t ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed.

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Pousada Água de Côco, Brazil

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By This Island Life in Cool Travel on Saturday 23 October 2010

If you’ve ever thought about trading everything in to go and live in a hut on a beach somewhere, then you need to read on. Close your eyes and imagine a place worth relocating for, a place where you could truly embody the South American’s passion for life; somewhere where you wouldn’t let life pass you by in a blur of back-to-back meetings and traffic jams. Open your eyes to Pousada Água de Côco.

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Sydney label Camilla

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By This Island Life in New Fashion on Wednesday 20 October 2010

It’s hard to believe that a sans-style man could influence a whole crop of fashion designers, but then again we are talking about James ‘King of the Universe’ Cameron. Since the release of Avatar, the world of Pandora has become a popular muse for designers who aren’t afraid of a little colour palette experimentation.

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