Monday, 16 April 2018

Hashtag Dreamweaver // Instagram Accounts Currently Loving

Feel the fear and do it anyway. That's the expression, right? Well I'm jumping in the deep end (whilst holding my breath!) as today marks day one of my new job. Over the years, I've surprised myself with my ability to adapt to seemingly scary situations, considering I'm a bit of a creature of habit. Perhaps, deep down, I have a touch of masochism, in that I continue to walk myself down the less than easy pathways. Who knows. Either way I'm digging deep for courage and keeping my eyes wide open for inspiration along the way.


And here for you, my beauties, is a dreamy selection of inspiringly creative conspirators. Add these to your collection and you'll never be short of a dose of motivation or a swoon worthy image on the run.


@readinginheelsuk

Feminine strength // Paperback treasures // Retro glamour // Indulgent // Knowledge & beauty //

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@tate

Masters old & new // Contrast // Composition // Eye catching // Bite sized classical art

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@lemontierres

Escapism // Storytelling // Soft yet loud // Reflective // Sweet & shadowy // Daydreamy

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@halfbakedharvest

Bold recipes // Edible art // Like a boss attitude // Earthy, organic hues // Sassy snapshots

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@rosieannbutcher

Eye for detail // Highlight & shadow // Playful content // Modern edge with a sprinkle of vintage

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Nimble fingered // Satisfyingly dainty scale // Complimentary & clashing colour // Picture book vibes

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So there we have it, step with me onto the wobbly path away from your comfort zone. Grip on tightly to your hopes, gulp down a big breath, search for inspiration and jump! For a little more visual mojo before setting out to reach your goals, head this way for some pastel treasures or here for some cheerful reflections.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Inspiring Inscriptions // Quarterly Book Review

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This passing season has seen me make my way through a humble pile of books, yet do not let the volume of paperbacks cast judgement upon their content. This small offering of Winter reads holds power and motivation beyond any lengthy tome glanced at with gleeful abandon.


During this last quarter I have read a memoir of a modern woman, a biography of a controversial, historical figure, a heart felt yet pissed off blog post that went viral in the blink of an eye and a collection of wise words that have seen me through times of struggle and that I continue to pass on and recommend to as many people as possible. Stay a while and enjoy my book recommendations and be sure to follow the links for synopsis and further information regarding the author's other works, etc.


Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed        5* {160 pages}

This little beauty was a re read for me and one that I intend to devour every new year. This tiny collection of ginormous heart gives me the motivation and boost to kick life right in the butt, to fail as many times as I need to in order to pick my darn self up and keep going and is the perfect antidote to the pressures and heavy complications of modern day life. Pick this book up and read it, either a page a day or consume the entire experience in one sitting. And please, please pass it on to others. This is a book to be shared, recommended and gifted to the people around you.


Victoria The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire by Julia Baird        4* {752 pages}

Sometimes you just need a little historical royalty to float your boat and this detailed insight into England's Queen Victoria and her reign from beginning to end, did just that!

"When Alexandrina Victoria was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on 20 June 1837, she was 18 years old and barely five feet tall... " "She was a tiny, powerful woman who reigned for an astonishing 64 years. By the time of her Diamond Jubilee Procession in 1897, she reigned over a fourth of the inhabitable part of the world, had 400 million subjects, and had given birth to nine children."

A surprisingly bold portrait of this regal figure, told with such depth that allows a fascinating glance at her life both before and during her reign. Destined to face controversy and prejudice right from the day of her birth, this biography shines an honest light on how Queen Victoria fought her way through the many layers of imprisonment of her own gender and how she shocked and awed not only a nation but the world and continues to do so today.

I highly recommend this read for any fans of history or the royals or even someone seeking a little motivation for never taking the easy road and fighting for what you believe in.


The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy        4* {207 pages}

Yikes. I picked up this book without prior knowledge of its contents and opened its pages one day only to be knocked off my feet by its power and pale, twisting grief. This memoir invites you into the private life of Ariel Levy, a writer and journalist. Levy bares all, standing empty in the middle of vulnerability and yet carefully carries the reader through her often harrowing 40 something years, and out the other end, gasping for breath.

This is an extremely emotional read and one I would take time for yourself to truly get into (side note, consider this if reading in public). You will not want to be interrupted during this one. Read it, feel it.


Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge        4* {249 pages}

Ok, I will be honest with you. The title of this book both scared and intrigued me, being a white person with a considerably privileged existence. But then again, after reading it, it seems that that was very possibly the point.

A profound and beautifully informed and written piece that clears the bullshit, educates exquisitely and takes a no nonsense approach to racism that yes, even in 2018 is still a very big issue within our society. I loved this book and read it in one sitting for fear of losing the spell under which I had fallen as soon as I opened its pages. This book is not an angry rant or a long lesson in right and wrong or a discussion about slavery but all of those things and much more.

This book should be taught in schools. It is a bite sized look at black history in Britain and shares the importance of this knowledge in informing our communities. A shared personal experience with living in an incredibly rigged system and a caring account of where we are going wrong, as we encounter this mammoth task of setting new standards of equality and inclusion, in the modern world.

Highly recommend for everyone but even more so for young people of every race and gender.


Quite the array of non fiction to kick off my year so far, naturally one needs some swashbuckling escapism from time to time, hence my current devotion, Drums of Autumn, the fourth book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. What have you been up to the last while? Read any good books or heard of any hot tips for new releases? Be sure to let me know and feel free to add any suggestions for my next pick!

Monday, 2 April 2018

Spring Forward // Mood Board Curations

Happy Easter/ April/ Spring! Here is a little breath of fresh air in the form of my favourite visual inspirations; mood boards. Take this moment to soak up the colours, forms and compositions in the hopes of boosting your productivity, adding a seasonal punch to your motivation and maybe stir up a creative buzz, to get this shiny new month off to a blooming great start!


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For more scrumptious imagery feel free to glance these February Elements, these sultry Winter Daydreams and the fresh and fruity Vault of Sky. Or head straight to the center of creativity where I source and collate all images.