How I Find Inspiration
First of all, I would like to thank every single person that commented and messaged me about my previous blog post ‘being vulnerable’. I actually wrote it two weeks ago and kept it on my notes debating whether to post it or not. In the end, I just thought that I would have nothing to lose. I didn’t expect it to receive the reaction that it did and I was surprised but how many people also feel the way I do, which gave me immense comfort. After all the comments, I went to bed that night with a full heart I didn’t put that post out for the sympathy, it was merely a conversation in my head that I had to put down somewhere. But honestly - thank you all.
So here we are, a week later and I thought I would share some of my favourite books that inspire me in all aspects of life when I am in a funk. As you may have read before - I love interiors and find a lot of ideas and creativity from these two publications. Elle Decoration has always been a favourite of mine. It shows a diverse collection of interior design, from what’s on trend to unusual finds. The other being Design Anthology. This is more of a recent find, but as soon as I saw it I couldn’t help but need it. What I love about this is, not only is it aesthetically pleasing but it covers interiors for the home to hotels, luxury bars and decedent restaurants all over the world. It hit my sweet spot because not only does it give me ideas for interiors but also where I would like to travel too to create content. It can be a bit on the pricey side I think around £7-8 but it looks beautiful on a coffee table and if you’re ever feeling wanderlust this is the go to mag. It is printed in Hong Kong and is available in some newsstands across the UK but you can always visit their website to have a peek or even order a copy online!
On the theme of travel, probably the magazine I reach for the most is Conde Nast Traveller. I adore the photography in this (if you have never seen it, please pick one up and have a flick) you will honestly just want to go to every single location in that magazine. Not only are the locations beautiful but some of the places are not as expensive as you may think. I love the variety of short city breaks to all inclusive resorts. If you're a bit stuck for where you'd like to visit, I can assure you, you'll find somewhere beautiful.
By far - I am not a fashion guru but I love looking to other women for ideas. Sometimes I can look at my wardrobe and hate everything in it, but it can just take a quick look at something someone else is wearing to find the exact same thing in my own collection. Women In This Town, is great for showing every day women in the streets of London, Milan, Tokyo and more! It also has a few interviews with women who are changing the fashion world starting in their own countries.
How To Be A Parisian is a book I have had for some time now. Although I am born and raised in the UK, I have a deep desire to believe I should be Parisian. This is a cute book, letting you in on the secrets of French beauty, style and attitude.
Lastly, Alexa Chung's "it" came out a good few years ago but it is honestly one of my favourites. It's a cross between a diary, full of thoughts and sketches. It also has lots of personal photos and reminds me to stay a little wild in my heart.
All of these are available at Waterstones, Urban Outfitters and Amazon.
I should probably re-read this book! I bought this just before Christmas and it really helped me find some inner calm. It's similar to the Hygge books that were floating around last year or so, but this is looking more about finding answers in yourself and how to manage your time to get the most out of life. It's super interesting learning about different cultures and how they keep their wellbeing at the top of their priorities.
Ikigai translates to "reason for being" and what makes you want to get out of bed everyday. The key to Ikigai is not only to live a happy life but also to prolong it, as it's origin in Okinawa has the largest population of centenarians, so they most be doing something right.
I remember when I was reading it, I found myself telling everyone I knew about it and I was practising the methods to find my own Ikigai.
I hope you have enjoyed finding out a little more about me. I would love to know what you read/listen to when you want to be inspired!