things I’ve found solace in | isolation edition pt. 2

It’s hard to really write about how I’m feeling right now when to be real honest, I’m experiencing at least several emotions in each hour that passes by. I have found myself seeking solace in all manner of things but a few things have really struck a cord with me or have just eased my mind that extra bit; and I wanted to share them here.

This article from Vogue made me feel all the feels. I found it quite an emotional read as although I do still live at home, I felt a certain parallel with Bella Mackie was writing in relation to my grandparents. I have always had more of a sister/best friend type of bond with my mother and so, my grandparents are more like parental figures to me so it is quite a foreign feeling to not be allowed to see them. A lot of what Mackie wrote really resonated with me but it was also nice to have that moment of realising that their is another human being, and many more, out there who are experiencing the same emotions that I am.

On the topic of Vogue, I really enjoyed this video from their Vogue Paris Youtube channel. I have mentioned their home videos before, which I really enjoy, but I loved this video and wanted to quickly mention it here.

This article from Refinery29 has been the greatest and most relatable thing I have read during lockdown. I have found myself becoming a bit ratty at times with everyone around me and I honestly couldn’t say why, other than the fact that we may be getting in each others personal space too much; so reading this article was very much needed. I’d highly recommend that everyone give it a read. I already sent the link to my boyfriend and mom.

The fact that Scotlands Home of the Year has begun again just is amazing. Obviously I don’t live in Scotland but I love it’s scenery and I’m a huge fan of Kate La Vie (probably touched on that in other posts). I love interiors and find the whole topic of architecture just so interesting so I can’t wait to watch the rest of these episodes. If you like these types of shows too then I’d also recommend Amazing Interiors on Netflix and a newfound fave of mine The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes on Netflix also. I haven’t quite got through the entirety of the latter as there is multiple seasons and I’m desperately trying not to spend too much time on screens while in lockdown -which is insanely difficult when you find such great shows that you want to binge watch.

This post by Alice Catherine. Her posts are ones that I’m always so happy to see appear in my bloglovin feed but this one in particular really sang to my soul.

And finally, this video from New York Magazines YouTube channel. I have found a lot of their videos being recommended since taking an interest in their interior videos and this recommended watch definitely didn’t disappoint. There is something so inspiring and empowering about people who find themselves on unexpected, but beautiful pathways in life. Lyn Slater could be said to be one of these people. If you love Iris Apfel or the post I shared on her, then I’d definitely give this a watch too.

Stay safe.

Cheerio for now!

Iris Apfel, accidental icon

Iris Apfel, accidental icon: Musings of a Geriatric Starlet

The name Iris Apfel is not one that the everyday Joe would know. Hell, my boyfriend didn’t know who she was. But if you have an interest in fashion, wisdom, or are just up to date on the pop culture scene you’ll know exactly who I’m talking about. The bold little lady wearing every colour imaginable, usually sporting at least five chunky bangles on each wrist and always sporting her signature thick, round spectacles and swoosh of red lippy.

She’s everything you want to be when you’re in your 90s.

Young in spirit, she embodies everything wonderful about the fashion industry but at the same time doesn’t conform to any fashion trends or rules. She plays with fashion and accessories wonderfully: putting together the most creative and unexpected ensembles, which is so refreshing when we are used to seeing the black and grey drab outfits or the perfectly co-ordinating ones.

I never want to be an old fuddy-duddy; I hold the self-proclaimed record for being the World’s Oldest Living Teenager and I intend to keep it that way

Iris Apfel

A true icon full of vibrant panache, Iris Apfel shares anecdote, maxims, and passages on all topics from technology, style, interior design, textiles, and all things in-between. Her pearls of wisdom fill each sentence alongside pages of vivid colours and eye-catching prints. Iris embodies everything I wish I will be when I’m older, and not even older but now. Entirely awe-inspiring, I hope to breath fresh-air into my wardrobe with prints and colours in the future; and over all try to be fearless and go with what I like rather than what ‘goes’ together.

Full of practical advice and inspiring stories, this book is a must for anyone: especially women. I think there is a lot of ‘take homes’ for women, especially from Iris’ experience in the workplace and just growing up in general. The insight I have personally gained from this book is something I wish I had come across in my teens -which I honestly think would be the perfect time to read it for anyone. With so much good sense within its’ pages, it is one of those books I wish I could give a copy of to everyone I know. I can’t recommend it enough!

Cheerio for now!

Inspire Me Lately

January through to, really the beginning of, summer is usually a really blue time for me. The weather is unpredictably harsh and bitter which makes it hard to think about sunnier times ahead. As someone whose creativity is fuelled by my mood, it’s very easy for me to feel like I’m in a funk or just feel uninspired during these colder months. Although I have been working hard behind the scenes giving this space a reshuffle, there have been few things that have kept me inspired throughout the past few months.

Jim Reno 

Now I don’t know how I came across Jim Reno on YouTube but I love her. As someone so creative and authentic, her videos are beautiful. Her approach to make up is more so how someone approaches an art form: I love this look, and video she made. I also really love her paint with me videos, like this one: as well as her latest video here too. I find her so inspiring, not to mention her spirit and approach is so calm and creative that you can’t help but feel that little spark of inspiration.

This Video – How To Lose Weight in 4 Easy Steps

My boyfriend sent me the link to this video awhile after we started seeing each other. I have to admit, I was horrified by the title at first, assuming that it was his way of hinting that I needed to lose weight. After actually watching the video, I really loved it. The whole concept of time going by and things changing with it. Lately it’s been something I have been trying to remind myself more and more, especially during bad days.

Lua P

Another Youtuber. Lua P’s videos are very chilled for me but also inspiring. I love her hair and overall style. The style of her videos comes across very personal. Blurred shots and sometimes shaky movements give it what I call a ‘grainy’ quality which I personally love. It gives it a more vintage vibe which, anyone who knows me knows, I love all things vintage. In short – inspiring.

The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Wes Anderson Collection

The Grand Budapest Hotel, by Wes Anderson – of course the film is absolutely beautiful! the entire aesthetic of it is just… well, indescribable, there are no words. However for me, the narration is so inspiring. I have always felt so drawn to focalisers and frame narration (an outsider to the events narrating the story ie. the author narrating Zero’s storytelling of The Grand Budapest hotel and M. Gustave). I have always been drawn to The Great Gatsby for this reason too. I suppose I love the idea that an outsider can take such interest in someone else’s life and retell it with such authenticity.

Steal The Spotlight

Now I realise this Inspire Me Lately has been very youtube heavy but please let me mention just one more youtuber please. I have followed Katie from Steal the Spotlight for years and absolutely love her lookbooks. She recently posted this eighties one

The eighties era seems to be a bit like marmite, you either love it or hate it. The fashion from the eighties isn’t something I would personally be comfortable in or ever wear however, I can appreciate it from a distance. I particularly loved this video of hers as I think she really nailed it. Other lookbooks of hers, like this Game of Thrones lookbook and of course, the Friends one too. She is someone who is incredibly creative in terms of the looks and videos she creates, but also the editing too. I never miss any of her videos and would recommend her to anyone who could do with a little inspiration.

Let me know what has been inspiring you lately.

Cheerio for now!

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