Hello dollies…welcome to this month’s Where Bloggers Live 01.2021: Inspiration. Today, the ladies and I are thinking on where we get our inspiration. Inspiration for all aspects of our life. Which had me putting on my thinking cap for inspiration!!
WHERE BLOGGERS LIVE 01.2021
This fun series is kind of like HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home,” but…with bloggers! It’s been one of my most popular series. And when you think about it, who doesn’t like to peek behind the scenes and see inside people’s homes and lives? For last month’s post, we opened up our guest bedrooms. Or the places where we ‘put up’ company when they visit. And before that, a look at our master bedrooms. Glad to be a part of this group again in the shiny new year. We have some fun things planned!
Also linking up with my friend and wellness muse, Natalie, for her inaugural Weekend Coffee Share. Be sure to stop by Natalie’s blog, too.
This was a tough prompt for me. Had never really spent much time thinking about from where I draw my inspiration. Doing so almost gave me a headache! Ha! After a little pondering, I realized that I get my inspiration for different things from different places. Let me explain.
Let’s start with where I get the inspiration for my personal style. I really hesitate to say style because I am not sure I have a style. You know? Suppose that’s one of the reasons I feel a little uncomfortable about sharing outfits from my fashion haus. And why I spell the word haus and not house. And why I used this graphic for the longest time with my style posts.
I just wear clothes that I like. And I’m not sure that constitutes having a style.
So, just out of curiosity, I looked up the meaning of the word style. Among other definitions was: “a distinctive appearance, typically determined by the principles according to which something is designed” [source]. Which further supports my suggestion that there’s not much distinctive about my appearance. Except when I forget to brush my hair. Or maybe on that day at school when I went around with my skirt tucked into the back of my panty hose.
That being said, I almost hate to blame credit anyone or anything with my style. But here goes..
Get Your Pretty On
I probably mention Alison Lumbatis and Get Your Pretty On in every fashion haus post. Alison’s seasonal capsule wardrobe formulas have helped me to update my elementary school librarian’s closet with staples as well as a few fun trends. The winter capsule and winter work wear capsule wardrobe challenges are happening now. For me, they make getting dressed more fun and fashionable.
I also copycat some of the styles of the fashion bloggers I follow. It is particularly dangerous to me when they share the purchasing links for their looks. When Kellyann wore this JCrew boho blouse I had to order one right away. Laura shared this sequin sweatshirt a year ago, and I hopped right over to Amazon to buy one.
I’ve also admired and copied the style of Carrie, Jill, Gail and Nancy. And Where Bloggers Live’s very own Jodie helped me find the perfect flat red shoes. If you haven’t watched Jodie’s videos on Intagram, you haven’t lived!!
Style Imitating Art – SIA
The bloggers who host the Style Imitating Art (SIA) series, Daenel, Salazar and Kim, have also inspired my sense of style. Kim has stepped away from blogging for a bit (I miss her) so Terri has been invited to be the newest co-host.
Bi-monthly, these fashionistas take turns selecting a piece of art that they each share to their blogs. Then they create an outfit inspired by that art and invite others to participate by submitting their art inspired outfits to the curator for that week. It’s been awhile since I have put together an SIA outfit. This is the last interpretation I created.
But hoping to join the gals next week in creating a look for this famous Vermeer painting. Daenel is another Where Bloggers Live buddy and a fellow librarian.
Hadn’t thought about it much until now, but I guess there is something in each room in my house that inspired the color palette or theme of that space. I talked a little about that in the last Where Bloggers Live post that featured a tour of my downstairs guest bedroom. In that case, it was the Pier I elephant curtains that inspired the bright colors and theme of the room.
In our den, it was a cheap ‘print’ of an autumn forest that inspired the color scheme. And the tree theme. Like to think of them as trees of life. If you click on the pictures below, you can enlarge them. Just please don’t click on and enlarge me!!
Canisters with a fruit motif inspired the colors and theme in my kitchen and dining room.
And the medallion shape of the print in a couch throw pillow inspired the colors and shapes in the living room.
The off white oblong throw pillow reads ‘happily ever after’ so I guess we could say even my blog inspires me!! There little things that have been the centerpiece for the color scheme, print or theme in each room. But just like with my fashion, our home is just comfortable and colorful. Not Better Homes and Gardens. Now my BFF Sharon?? Her home is gorgeous. She inspires me!
3:00 AM Revision
So here’s where I woke up at 3:00 am with Where Bloggers Live 01.2021 on my mind. And started rewriting this post. Any of you ever do that? Wake up in the middle of the night with an epiphany, or a clarity, a better understanding. Or maybe just the come back you wished you could have thought of hours earlier.
Inspire Me to Aspire to Better
I originally had titled this section “Spiritually and Intellectually”. And had recounted the many of you who have inspired me in those ways. But at 3:00 am, I realized that more accurately I am being inspired to aspire to be a better me. Inspired to aspire is awkward wording but accurate. So, here I am rewriting this post when it should already be live.
You guys inspire me to aspire to be more grateful, or introspective, or spiritual. To look at the world in a different way with my mind, my eyes and my camera lens. There are those of you who have inspired me to be healthy, more active. Friends who have inspired me to aspire to embrace retirement after saying goodbye to a career I loved for so very long. Women who inspire me to aspire to be a better writer (not that you can tell it here). Gals who inspire me to aspire to read more, craft more, try new recipes, dream bigger, stretch further.
And those who inspire me to aspire to be the very best wife, mom and grandmother I can be. To be the best me I can be. To all of you, a HUGE hug of gratitude.
A Nod to Pinterest
Oh, and there’s Pinterest. My 41,052 Pinterest pins have provided me with oodles of inspiration. Thankfully, I am not one of those pinners who feels the need to live the perfectly pretty Pinterest existence. But my gosh, Pinterest is a delightful rabbit hole to fall into now and then. Are we Pinterest pals, yet?
This Whole Wide World
At the risk of sounding ever-so-slightly like a pageant 👑 queen when asked about her wish for the future…I am inspired by this whole wide beautifully crazy world. Books. Fairy tales. Music. My faith. This city – El Paso. It’s rich culture. The people. Our mountains. The rugged terrain. Mother Nature all around me.
e – random E typed by my kitty Purrsimmony as she stepped across my keyboard to her bed; even she inspires me
What inspires the way you dress? How you decorate your space? Who inspires you to aspire to be YOUR BEST YOU?
Hope you will join me now in visiting the blogs of my friends to discover what inspires them.
It’s Fri-yay, friends. Hope you have something special planned for this weekend. Maybe buying a new mask or hand sanitizer in a new fragrance. Maybe you are going to be wiping down your flat surfaces with Lysol…if you can find any, that is. Or Zooming with family and friends?
Whatever you do, stay healthy. And come back to see me again soon!!
Hugs and kisses,