Have you ever noticed that you move in patterns? I find myself drawn to themes, in seemingly distinguishable areas of my life. Lately I'd noticed a developing love for contrasting colours, and in particular, blue and orange - as demonstrated by these picks from my various Pinterest boards (click the pictures to be taken to their source).
I was mostly inspired by Hayley Mitchell's abstract portrait of a woman's face when I went to the wardrobe to dress myself on this day. A simple blouse, some jeans and a neat pair of shoes is made somewhat punchier than they could have been by the simple trick of choosing contrasting colours. Imagine this outfit with a white blouse and nude shoes - chic, perhaps, but not eye-catching or particularly memorable.
There's an oft-quoted piece of script from Sex and the City "When I first moved to New York and I was totally broke, sometimes I would buy Vogue instead of dinner. I felt it fed me more".
Inspiration is around us at all times - look at the feathers of even a common sparrow with enough attention and you will see something textured and beautiful, and surprising in its subtlety and delicacy.
Look at clothes in Vogue and you will surely know what is in fashion - but you've missed a neat trick if you believe that only the fashion industry can teach you about what is aesthetically pleasing and what is striking. I love to challenge myself to see something in the day that I can use as the hook for tomorrow's outfit. This series will expand on both the beauty in the world around us, and how that informs my style.