• About A Girl: Isabelle Cornish


    Australian model, actress, and (spoiler alert!) budding entrepreneur Isabelle Cornish has a seemingly unlimited amount of tricks up her sleeve — we set out to learn more about Isabelle in our visit with her in Los Angeles, where she’s currently living when she’s not, you know, jet-setting across the world. And to make everything even more fun, she’s also co-hosting the final stop on this month’s epic UO Road Trip, helping us throw the ultimate Aussies in LA party at our Santa Monica store! Read on to learn more about the party, to discover her UO picks, and to spend a day in the life with Isabelle.


    Isabelle grew up on a farm in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, Australia, moving to a small beach town when she was in high school and attending a performing arts high school. When she was 15, she started working in television, falling in love with acting and beginning to model on the side. Today, she's moved westward to LA, where she now lives (but admits that there's still a lot of back and forth between hemispheres!)

    When she's not modeling or acting (or—her new side project of learning Spanish...Girl never gets bored!) she's been hard at work on her newest venture, a to-be-revealed "game-changing health, fitness, and lifestyle website" that's setting out to "build a community that empowers women to become the healthiest and happiest version of themselves," she explains. Keep your eyes peeled for this — and much more to come — from this talented Aussie. 


    Can you share more about the current projects you’re working on in LA? 
    I am currently auditioning for film and television. My business partner and I are health enthusiasts and we are launching our site later this year! That is keeping me super busy! I also just started studying Spanish; I'd love to be able to speak another language.

    It seems like there's such a strong community of Australians in LA! Do you find that there’s a lot of overlap between the two places? 
    There are so many Aussies in Los Angles now, it's amazing. I think we venture to California because it reminds us of home, especially the weather and beaches. It's always fun to go on a job and run into other Australians...it's like a family.

    Could you walk us through a typical day in the life? 
    At 7am I wake up with a warm cup of tea. Then, I like to be active in the morning and go to the gym or a run or bike ride outside. Auditions and castings come next, but I always try to sneak home for lunch time. I love preparing my own food. After the work day I'll spend some time studying Spanish, catching up with a friend, or hitting a hot yoga class.


    You’re a big advocate for health + wellness: what are your favorite ingredients to cook with right now? 
    My eyes just lit up! Right now I'm loving the fruits that are coming into season like fresh berries and mangos. As for cooking right now I’m loving zucchini, sweet potato, roasted beets, and tempeh!

    Can you share a favorite recipe with us? 
    Pad Thai with zucchini noodles 
    (Serves two)

    Ingredients 
    For noodles
    6 cups zucchini noodles
    2 teaspoons coconut oil  
    1 cup chopped pumpkin 
    1 cup 1/2 inch cubed tofu
    2 cloves finely chopped garlic 
    Juice of 1/2 lime 
    2 tablespoons chopped coriander
     
    For sauce 
    1 1/2 tablespoons peanut or almond butter 
    1 tablespoon soy sauce 
    1 tablespoon sriracha sauce 
    2 tablespoons rice vinegar 
     
    Garnish with
    1 cup bean sprouts  
    1 tablespoon fresh mint sliced
    2 lime wedges 
     
    Directions
    1. Make your zucchini noodles with a veggie spiralizer. 
    2. Prep the pumpkin: preheat oven to 350F and place a teaspoon of coconut oil into a roasting pan. Add pumpkin and season with salt and pepper, then bake for approximately 45 minutes or until golden. 
    3. Make sauce: place all sauce ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until combined. 
    4. Prep your noodles: heat a medium-sized pan on high with teaspoon of coconut oil and sauté zucchini noodles for 2-3 minutes. Remove noodles from pan and set aside. 
    5. Prep your tofu: place tofu in pan and sauté until lightly browned, add garlic for about 30 seconds.
    6. Combine it all: Add zucchini noodles and sauce and combine. Remove from heat and squeeze lime juice over the top. Serve in two bowls and garnish with bean sprouts, mint and lime wedges.   


    What are your road tripping essentials?
    Cameras (digital and film), sparklers, bubbles, a good backpack, fresh fruit, nuts, and running/hiking shoes. 

    What's your dream travel destination?
    My boyfriend and I are about to backpack through Central America so that will be ticking a lot of beautiful places off my list!

    Where’s the best spot you’ve ever traveled?
    I adore Mexico, its amazing! Everywhere I travel, I love for different reason. I spent some time in Vancouver last year and even though it was freezing I fell in love with the city.

    Can you share five songs that would be on your road trip playlist?
    Kiss, "Rock and Roll All Night"
    Ray Charles, "Hit the Road Jack"
    Outkast, "Hey Ya"
    Michael Jackson, "Thriller" 
    Lumineers, "Ho Hey"


    What are some of your favorite spots in LA? 
    Cafe Gratitude and M Cafe for food, Hollywood Reservoir for a bike ride, Griffith Park for a hike or quiet time, and UCB Franklin Comedy Club for a laugh.

    What about back in Australia? What spots should we know about?
    Sadhana Kitchen for raw vegan food and and a swim at Bronte Beach. Byron Bay is also such a cool place to visit—my mum lives on a macadamia nut farm there.
     
    Right now I can’t stop wearing: Dr. Martens (and I don't know if I'll ever stop...)
    My style in three words: bohemian, tomboy, edgy
    My daily "uniform": A vintage dress with my Dr. Martens 

    How has your style changed over the years? 
    I seem to ebb and flow with the seasons...fashion is always changing and I am constantly discovering new things I like. I will always love vintage items, that will never change.

    How does what you wear change from LA to Australia? What’s the differences in the two places, style-wise? 
    In LA you can wear anything, from exercise clothing to something super high fashion. I think in the US there are many more ways of dressing. In Australia when a new trend starts, everyone is wearing it.

    With the above in mind, what’s a current trend that you’re currently into (or into reinterpreting into your own style)?
    Double denim. I love that it is back in fashion. Flare jeans is another one. My character on "Puberty Blues" in Australia wore flare jeans and they have been a part of my wardrobe ever since.
    LA friends! Come hang out with us this Saturday at our UO store in Santa Monica to meet Isabelle and shop our exclusive Australian dress collaboration. It's the final stop on our month-long UO Road Trip...come celebrate!


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