Tuesday, 23 September 2014

How To Stay Motivated When You're Not Feeling Inspired

Tuesday, 23 September 2014
How To Stay Motivated When You're Not Feeling Inspired

- Walk away
- Seek out inspiration
- Take a proper break
- Change the scenery
- Promise yourself a reward
- Read a book
- Stay positive
- Listen to something that will inspire you
- Talk to like-minded creative people
- Switch up your routine
- Stick it out
- Be patient

Monday, 22 September 2014

The Minimal Wardrobe: 6 Month Review

Monday, 22 September 2014
6 Month Review

The First Five Purchases:
- The Whitepepper Polka Dot Smock
- Kurt Geiger Miss KG Candy Court Shoes
- COS Oversized Dress
- The Whitepepper Frilled Smock
- Kanken Mini

The Basic Purchases:
- COS Draped Front Top
- COS Cotton Cardigan
- COS Textured Knit Jumper
- Gap Bodycon Skirt
- Topshop Leggings

The Gifted Purchases:
- Alexander Wang Jersey Dress*
- Firmoo Frames*
- Shore Projects Watch*
- Clarks Brogues*
- Lilac Frames*
The Second Hand Purchases:
- Chiltern Satchel
- Vintage Cropped Camel Coat
- Vintage Floral Velvet Jacket
- Vintage Cream Peter Pan Shirt
- Several vintage indoor scarves
- Uniqlo Cardigan
- COS Navy Dress
- Blue Silk Top
- Black Maxi Dress
- Polka Dot Shirt
- Boxy Striped Shirt
- Oversized Black Tank Top
- Oversized Patterned Shirt

The Purchases That Broke The Rules:
- Monki Bella Eye Flats
- Cheap Monday Maxi Dress
- Datter Silver Moonstone Deco Ring

At first glance it appears I introduced a lot of new pieces to my wardrobe during spring/summer yet I promise I got rid of a whole heap more. There is still a lot of work to be done; the more I work on my wardrobe the more I notice the flaws.

What I'm finding most hard is getting rid of pieces I still like - really, really like - but never wear.. or pieces I wear because there is no other suitable alternative. The fear is I will end up with not much at all left hanging in the wardrobe but what's the point in keeping something if it never gets worn? I also don't want to be one of those people who go on about having a "minimal wardrobe" yet have far too many pieces to be considered serious about it. This has led me to consider rethinking my "second hand purchases are exempt" rule and perhaps start reigning in those purchases too.

Going ahead into autumn/winter I'm hoping to really get in there and overhaul everything, I want to push myself and properly test my minimal wardrobe ethic. One thing I want to work hard on in the next season is my "uniform" (more on this later) and distinctive personal style.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Week Notes #16

Sunday, 21 September 2014

{ blogging | I have been planning a lot of content lately }

{ the sisters brothers & voyage in the dark | two great books read this week }

{ china glaze | I can't get enough of these colours }

other things:
| a list of common misconceptions
| emoji balloons
| the heartbreaking cruelty of comparing yourself to others
| there are no secrets to success
| back in black
| another persons's success is not your failure

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Studio Essentials

Saturday, 20 September 2014
Studio Essentials

A few of the things I always, always, always take with me to the studio.

Kanken Mini | Perfect for carrying the rest of this junk in and for hauling orders to the post office
Canon 550d | For all those scenes from the studio shots (although sometimes I just use my phone)
Notebook | This contains a work schedule, orders, and notes for the day
To-do List | This only ever has 1-3 urgent tasks on it, everything else can wait
Hand Cream | If I forget this, it's game over
Camera Remote | Sometimes I want to get fancy and set the tripod up to take hands-free shots
Glif Tripod | Seriously, just get one OK? Life changing
Phone | I don't have a computer in the studio so this comes in very handy + I use it to listen to the radio

Friday, 19 September 2014

Seasons Change

Friday, 19 September 2014
Seasons Change
{ China Glaze Heart of Africa* | Jo Malone Amber & Patchouli | NARS Anita* | NARS Outlaw }

I'm not usually someone who changes their make-up choices depending on the season but after spending much of the summer make-up less, with autumn approaching it's nice to introduce colour back into my routine.

I'm skipping the transitional phase and going straight for berry shades. Burgundy nails are something I usually reserve for the very depths of winter; China Glaze Heart of Africa is a dreamy velvet shade, a wine coloured varnish that looks beautiful on the nails. NARS Outlaw looks tough to wear in the pan but gives a natural warmth to the cheeks if applied with a light hand. NARS Anita is a soft "antique rose" shade that compliments the blush beautifully; opaque in one sweep and totally wearable due to its non-drying, comfortable formula, I can see Anita becoming my new favourite lipstick. I've been resisting wearing Jo Malone Amber & Patchouli cologne every day, it's a strong, heavy perfume not really suited to summer. The scent is rich, sophisticated, and made entirely of base notes; amber, patchouli and guaiac wood make this a warm, spicy fragrance perfect for autumn/winter.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

How To Stay Productive When Working From Home

Thursday, 18 September 2014

The most important rule is: know how you work best and tailor your routine to support your specific needs.

- Get dressed for work
- Eat breakfast
- Set a schedule
- Decide on (and keep to) specific work hours
- Develop a work routine and stick to it
- Remove distractions
- Silence your phone
- Focus on one urgent task
- Give yourself a deadline
- Do not overestimate your productivity
- Create an inspiring, comfortable workspace
- Try to work in natural light
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat lunch with company
- Listen to something inspirational
- Do not waste time on unimportant tasks
- Do not let your email become your to-do list
- Remember: multi-tasking never works
- Take proper breaks and make them count
- Utilise your flexibility

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The Book List #20

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The Handmade Marketplace: How To Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, And Online by Kari Chapin
year: 2010 | pages: 224 | rating: 3/5

I am a little skeptical of these types of small business books especially when they are geared towards the handmade market and I only read this in preparation for a couple of blog post ideas. I have to be honest, The Handmade Marketplace would definitely provide a very useful resource for anyone thinking about or just starting a new handmade business. While there were a few bits of advice I completely disagreed with, this book covers quite a few areas (like pricing for wholesale and taxes) other books skip or gloss over. There are better business books out there but The Handmade Marketplace is a good resource for reading on contemporary selling methods.

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz
year: 2003 | pages: 265 | rating: 2/5

Our assumption that more choice means better options and greater satisfaction is explored by Barry Schwartz in this book on "the paradox of choice." Schwartz argues there is a point at which choice becomes detrimental to our psychological and emotional well-being; to support his argument, Schwartz draws on scientific research and studies, interviews, and suggested reading. The argument is a good one: excessive choice can result in decision-making paralysis, anxiety, and perpetual stress. While I was intrigued enough by Schwartz's social critique, I found what could have been a succinct proposition turned into an incredibly long ramble that took up far too many pages. If The Paradox of Choice was 100 pages shorter, it would have been a far more interesting read.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
year: 1980 | pages: 394 | rating: 3/5

A book that will completely divide opinions; A Confederacy of Dunces is an American "comic masterpiece," a classic farce full of characters you hate to love and love to hate. The book's protagonist, Ignatius J. Reilly, is a hugely obese and obnoxious man who is horrifically rude to his mother (and pretty much everyone else) and I couldn't help but like him. I relished every cringe-worthy, shockingly foul and unpleasant word that spilled from his mouth and I couldn't wait to find out what this idiot would do next.

{ the book list #1-19 }

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