Woman to Woman Carly Jacobs Inspiring Woman Interview | Kaleidoscope Blog

Carly Jacobs, blogger, writer and a woman with personality plus! I have come to love Carly’s writing and her attitude to life and she offers some pretty super productivity tips each day and inspiration through her blog Smaggle. She had awesome hair, awesome style and I think you’re going to love hearing her story and find out a little more about her today.


Tell us a little about you:

I’m Carly, I’m a full-time blogger and writer. I live in Melbourne with my partner and lots of plants. I like red wine and all other kinds of wine. I’m very loud, I’m a massive Cumber-babe (fan of Benedict Cumberbatch) and I’ve recently discovered I’m an excellent match maker.

Tell us about your blog/business/work/life and how you arrived where you are:

I’m Carly and I’m the boss lady at Smaggle.com. I started it in 2007 as a personal style blog and it’s since morphed into a guide that teaches people how to be the star of their own lives. It’s no bull advice for people who need a gentle nudge in the right direction and some tough love to sort their lives out. 

Describe your perfect Sunday:

I’d have a sleep in with my man, a lazy breakfast, a long walk, lunch with my mates at a pub with a few games of cards then I’d be in my comfy pants on the couch with a cup of tea, some chocolate, a crochet project, my man and a few episodes of an awesome TV show. 

You just can’t live without:

Natural yogurt, my treadmill and interesting podcasts. 


Who is your role model?

I love Diana Vreeland, Tilda Swinton, Daphne Guinness, Catherine Baba and Oprah. They’re just totally fierce women who get stuff done and don’t care what anyone else thinks of them. They’re brilliant women to look up to. 

What would you tell your 16-year-old self?

Pay attention to this internet thing that’s happening. It’s going to totally change your life. Also Leonardo DiCaprio will still be hot in 15 years. Good choice of crush. 

What has been one of your biggest triumphs and how did you get there?

Turning my hobby blog into a full-time business. I got there by paying attention. I looked at what other bloggers were doing, attended conferences, made friends with super smart people and constantly kept myself open to new opportunities. 

What is your favourite quote?

The running water is always pure.‘ It’s from a song a woman sang for our group when I went to India with World Vision. It’s my daily motto. If you keep striving, keep pushing, keep moving, it’s the best you will ever be. It’s about never giving up and constantly doing the best you can. 

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Woman to woman – what would you like to say to Kaleidoscope readers?

We’re all on the same team. You get so much more out of life by lifting each other up than you ever do by tearing each other down. I work with some extraordinary women and there’s enough success for all of us and we each get our own success a lot faster by helping each other. 

Fast, Fun Five:

Hot or cold?
Cold. I’m a winter gal. Give me mountains, boots, scarves and roaring fires any day. 

Sweet or Savoury?
Can I have both? First savoury then a little bit of something sweet?

Book or Movie?
Depends. Usually book but movie if it’s anything by Wes Anderson.

Coast or City?
City. Just not into the beach really. 

Early bird or night owl?
A little bit of both. I’m flexible. I’m in bed by twelve and usually up at around 7. I don’t love being out of bed before 7 though.

Amanda Fuller

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Founder of Kaleidoscope - facets of blogging, womanhood and life, Amanda is on a heart-led quest to create a savvy resource for the modern day woman — a one-stop-shop overflowing with real life, been-there-done-that wisdom and curated inspiration.