Currently Inspired By…

Every once in a while here on the blog, I like to share a few things that have been bringing me joy creatively, personally, or just in general! Giving credit to people who are killin’ it at whatever they do is SO fun (and if I can turn anyone on to any new music, fashion, or art, it’s a win for me!) Here are some things that I’ve been enjoying lately, in no particular order…

Where I See Fashion – WISF is a Tumblr curated by fashion design graduate Bianca Luini from Milan, Italy. She pairs two images together that relate in some way (an item of clothing, and anything that relates to it) and the result is absolutely beautiful. I’ve spent a few minutes trying to accurately describe it, but I think seeing is believing in this case 🙂  My favorite platforms to follow WISF are Tumblr and Instagram.

Match #288 Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2008 | Untitled by Christopher Wool, 2003

Match #288
Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2008 | Untitled by Christopher Wool, 2003 (Image from WISF’s Tumblr, linked above.)

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo – When my mom first gave this book to me (subliminal message? semi-obvious suggestion?) I was intrigued. Not intrigued enough, however, to immediately dive into a book about cleaning. I embrace the stereotype of artists not having the time for menial tasks like tidying because it allows and justifies me being messy, frankly. However, my husband Matt and I both share a desire to live minimally and without excess, so this book seemed like an excellent way to start paring down. I’m only about 1/3rd of the way through, but our bedroom and bathroom have already been dramatically improved. Kondo does not recommend throwing things away just for the sake of it, but instead taking each piece of clothing, each book, each whatever and asking yourself if it brings you joy. If not, donate it! Ideally, this process leaves you living in a space in which you are surrounded only by things that you absolutely love. I’m very excited to continue this process, category by category! You can buy the book on Amazon or at Target.

Haircuts – I’ve always had really long, thick dark hair. It was always a little bit of a thing for me – something people recognized or knew me by. Honestly, I relied on it to make me look interesting and different! (In the halls of middle school, laden with stick-straightened hair and super dark eyeliner, my big mane stood out!) A few weeks ago, I realized that I really have zero need for anyone to think I look “cool” or “different” anymore (I landed myself a pretty awesome husband, so that task is complete!) I always threw my hair into a massive bun (which weighed 1.2 million pounds, approximately) and called it a day, so I wanted to chop it all off and get a little bit of a style! Long story short, I feel awesome! I no longer feel like I’m hiding behind the hair. Cliche as it might be, if you need a change, consider a chop!

A pixelly before and after!

A pixelly before and after!

What’s been inspiring you lately?  🙂