5 Of The Best Sources For Creative Inspiration


Blogger or not, I feel like we all reach a point in our lives where we feel tapped out creatively. Out of ideas, out of inspiration, out of motivation- just tapped. For me, all of these are linked so once I find something that inspires me I feel more motivated, my energy levels go up and all of a sudden my mind goes a mile a minute with creative ideas. To get you back into that motivated frame of mind, here are my 5 go-to sources for inspiration:

Blogs. 
One of the easiest ways to spark ideas is to read blogs, a lot of different blogs with various writing and photography styles. Blogs are a free source, they're easily accessible and honestly some bloggers are seriously knocking it out of the park when it comes to high quality content. You could re-visit some of your favourite blogs or if that's feeling a bit stale, go on a follow spree and find a bunch of new photography and content that inspires you.


Films/TV Shows. 
For a lot of people watching TV is just a relaxing activity but as a huge film & television buff (I literally have a degree in it) I find that if you look a little deeper, what you're watching can actually be really inspiring. Start noticing the costumes, the colours, the camera angles, changes in depth of field and how the shots are all composed in a certain way. All of these things really get my mind working in terms of how I can push myself to be more original and creative for future content. Sometimes all it takes is seeing one of the elaborate costumes from Game Of Thrones and before I know it, I'm at my keyboard typing away at a fashion-related post.

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Instagram.
Sometimes scrolling through Instagram makes me green with envy (mainly because of the food photos) but most of the time I'm screen-capping photos because I want to remember a certain photography style or I really admire the way someone has styled an outfit. Instagram is one of those things that can be whatever you want it to be, but if you're looking for inspiration I'd really recommend spending some time finding accounts that you genuinely admire and scrolling through their feeds, screen-capping along the way.


Books. 
Various fashion, beauty, decor, travel, culture and lifestyle books are brilliant for when you want to become inspired. A lot of these types of books are often 'coffee table' books which means they're perfect to just pick up and browse through at any time to get your mind working. For me personally, when I'm looking for quick ideas I find books with an even photo to text ratio work best, that way I don't feel too bogged down with text.


The people around you. 
There's that saying that says 'everything you need is within you' but I think utilising the people around you and your environment is a really organic way to activate your creative mode. If I see someone wearing a really dynamic outfit that usually makes me want to run home and write a post on street style. Or sometimes when I feel stuck content-wise I'll ask a friend or family member to help me flesh out some ideas. You'd be surprised how many people have a different take on things than you do, and sometimes it's exactly those different opinions that encourage and motivate you to create.

What are your favourite sources for inspiration?

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  1. I find inspiration in all of these sources as well!

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  2. So true! I find so much inspiration from blogs and Instagram daily. x

    www.ashrealasitgets.blogspot.com

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    1. Me too, they're such great sources aren't they? :)

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  3. I hate going on instagram for inspiration as you always have those incredible photographers on there which make every photo look incredible and you try recreate it and it looks like a pile of poo haha! Most of my inspiration comes from shops or bloggers!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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    1. haha that's true that definitely happens to me sometimes as well!

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  4. I always use Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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    1. Ah I haven't been on Tumblr for years! I really want to start getting into Pinterest as well.

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  5. I always find inspiration from people around me & on the internet, I search on pinterest & Insta! Great Post!

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    1. I'm feeling so behind on the whole Pinterest thing! I really need to check it out.

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  6. I'm glad someone else spends hours scrolling through instagram, looking at various accounts. Great tips! xx
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    1. Thank you! Instagram can be so addictive sometimes.

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  7. Instagram is always great!!! <3

    Amelia | http://amelia-g.blogspot.com.au/

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  8. I think Instagram and my favourite blogs are my main sources of inspiration. Thanks for this post :)
    Margaux ⇢ www.bonjourwhite.com

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    1. I'm so happy you enjoyed the post Margaux, I love looking to my favourite blogs for inspiration as well.

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  9. Great tips! You can certainly learn so much from reading blogs and you get inspired also.

    Instagram is a great place to get inspired as it's just so full of beautiful visuals!!

    Laura xo

    www.shehearts.net

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    1. Exactly, I think Instagram is perfect for visual inspiration.

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  10. great post!♥ people around me are definitely my biggest source if inspiration! I love street style fashion!


    www.Lorietta.cz

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    1. Me too! I love it when I just walk down the street and see someone wearing an incredible outfit.

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  11. Totally love this post! I definitely get tons of inspiration from different bloggers . I definitely get a lot of inspiration from my pinterest dashboard alone too.

    Jasmine | The Sixth Disney Princess

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  12. This is such a good post, books and television are a great way to find inspiration :) I find it really inspiring to listen to music too, something about it just gets my brain working again. x

    alicered.co.uk

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    1. Very true! Just last night actually I was listening to my favourite songs and they really inspired me.

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  13. Great read! I definitely agree babe!

    Adi xx
    www.fancycorrectitude.com

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  14. Instagram, people around me, books and most recently podcasts is where I usually find a lot of inspiration. Sometimes, things as simple as a conversation with a friend can end up being really inspiring :)

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

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    1. I completely agree, though I haven't tried listening to podcasts myself yet!

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  15. I completely agree with reading lots of blogs, that's what usually work for me or I sit down the bathroom floor and start playing or swatching all my products again. The ideas would usually start flowing it. I never got inspired through TV though....but there are plenty of times I got tempted by the commercials to purchase something. Haha!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Oh very true that's a lot of fun as well, sometimes I love just going through all of my makeup and rediscovering old favourites.

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  16. Blogs and instagram definitely help me get inspired for what to write about or places I want to add to constantly growing bucket list =o)

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    1. Ah same here! Travel blogs especially really make me want to jump on a plane and just go somewhere new.

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  17. This is such a helpful post! I completely agree that Instagram is such an inspirational source, I can easily spend hours scrolling through it!
    Shan xx

    www.missshanlouise.blogspot.com

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    1. It's so addictive sometimes isn't it?

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  18. Totally agree with this post, I totally believe in finding inspiration everywhere but these places in particular are spot on!

    Elle
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  19. I definitely agree that IG and films are a great source for inspiration! Great blog post girlie.

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    Dakota D.
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    1. Thanks so much Dakota. I love that I'm not the only who finds films inspirational :)

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  20. Manhattan is my inspiration! After 6 years, my adopted city still inspires me. It's constantly changing and you can never get set in your ways! :)

    Mel | www.thegossipdarling.com

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    1. If I lived there I think Manhattan would inspire me too!

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  21. I absolutely love this - I agree, inspiration is all around you - it can be from simply sitting for a coffee and spotting a handbag or shoes, girls having lunch with friends or simply a walk on the beach can fill you with ideas!

    Love this post! :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Layla. I agree, I think anything can inspire you if you're just open to it.

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  22. This is such a good post! Sometimes I definitely struggle to feel inspired but other blogs and Instagram are probably my favourite places to turn to! :)

    Becki | beautyandthebrunette.co.uk
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    1. Thanks Becki, I think we all struggle with inspiration sometimes.

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  23. My favorite has to be the old school "People around you" Once you close the books, turn off your phone you're usually surrounded by people you love. Nothing beats a good support simple!

    -Shannon
    www.castthecutie.com

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    1. I completely agree! As much as I love Instagram and things like that, sometimes you find the most inspiration when you completely switch off and have a tech-break.

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  24. Lovely post! I agree, inspiration is all round, you just have to look out for it! X

    ♡ itsjessiejane ♡

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    1. Definitely! Thanks for the lovely comment :)

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  25. Blogs and Instagram are the best for me. The Weheartit.com is also so good!
    Jill
    Jill D Blog

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    1. I've never heard of that site before, I'll have to check it out! :)

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  26. I use Instagram for inspiration aaaaaaall the time!

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  27. Such a lovely post! I use Blogs and Instagram for inspiration all the time.
    Have a great weekend! :)

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    1. Thanks Dajana, really happy you enjoyed the post- hope you have a great weekend as well :)

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  28. i definitely struggle a lot with inspiration, it can be hard to look through amazing instagrams and feel jealous but ultimately it gives me something to work toward. loving the game of thrones reference as well!

    danielle | avec danielle

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    1. Glad you appreciate that Game of Thrones reference ;)

      I feel the same way, sometimes I get caught up in comparing myself to other people and their amazing content but in the end it all makes for good motivation.

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  29. Great post!

    I read blogs every morning for inspiration and just to catch up on anything I missed. Over time, I've narrowed down a list of favorite blogs that I check every morning. My only caution to finding inspiration from blogs I read frequently is that I don't want to come across as copying them. Since there are so many fashion and lifestyle bloggers out there, there many topics that have been written about already.

    I think I use TV and film as a source of inspiration more so than others as well. I especially love to spin costume drama outfits into modern wearable everyday wear. There's simply way more character and substance in costume dramas than just modern day sitcoms, which is more for relaxing and laughing.

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    1. I can relate, sometimes I feel like I've come up with a really original idea and then it's a little disheartening when I see other people have posted similar content. I think they key is just to put your own spin on things though, in the end if we all write with our own voices no one can replicate that!

      Yes I completely agree with you about how inspiring costume dramas and period dramas can be as well, I love watching and getting inspired by shows like The Tudors- the costumes are magnificent.

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  30. Totally agree on all of these points, particularly finding inspiration via blogs/Instagram and films. Historic films in particular can be so inspiring with regard to design and creativity, though I find more modern films to be useful on the writing-front :) Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks Gabrielle! I agree, I find historic films to be really inspiring!

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  31. One of my favourite sources of inspiration is magazines, they can really help me to think of some amazing ideas :) x

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    1. I haven't picked up a magazine in a really long time but that's a great idea!

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  32. My inspiration especially comes from tumblr, we heart it, other blogs and youtube ! :)

    xx Alina

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    1. Oh I can't believe I forgot about Youtube, that inspires me so much as well!

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  33. These are definitely the things that inspire me a lot. I also draw inspiration from everyday life. I know it might sound cliche but even a random conversation I might hear in a coffee shop or from a fab top I can't stop looking at (haha) or a quick run through the makeup aisle (let's be honest, they are not quick). But most of all, from travelling <3 One of the main lessons I have learnt in life is that no possessions are important but the ability to travel and learn from other cultures takes the 1st place. Btw, a post on this is coming shortly on my blog. Inspo everywhere :)
    xox Nadia
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    1. Very true! Travelling is one of my favourite things to do, I really do think it's one of the most inspiring things a person can do. There's just nothing quite like experiencing a whole different culture.

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  34. These are all fabulous ideas. I do think that you must have a very creative mind in general though as you always seems to come up with great ideas for posts and interesting photos. I can see your creativity flowing from week to week and often wonder how you come up with your brilliant ideas :)

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    1. Wow thank you so much Phoebe, it means a lot that you're reading these every week and are enjoying them. Thank you so much! :)

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  35. reading blogs is surely one of my biggest sources of creativity but i also love tumblr and weheartit.


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  36. Instagram always inspires me x

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    1. Me too, it's so perfect for daily inspiration :)

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  37. cool tips, I just started using the I Heart It app and that is great for inso as well.

    xx Falasha
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  38. Great tips Hun, I know when I am needing a bit of a creativity boost I go through other peoples blogs and Instagram and that always seems to help.

    Nicole xx | www.nicolesbeautybabble.com

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    1. Sounds like so many of us use blogs and instagram for inspiration :)

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  39. Great tips hun! I always need inspiration when it comes to writing because I don't find myself to be the natural writer. I'd much rather be out creating content then writing about it!!

    Just posted on my preparation for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia tips! If there is anything you would like to see let me know as I will be heading behind the scenes for designers such as Maticevski and Oscar De La Renta!

    Helen xx
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    1. Sometimes I feel the same, I love to write but there are those times where all I want to do is go out and take photos!

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  40. I think your last point, people around you, is the one I do the most. I love sitting and people watching, you see all kinds of styles and fashions and it's a nice way to pass the time. Instagram is good too though! :)

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    1. I love people watching as well, often when I'm at cafes I like sitting at the bench just so that I can people watch as I eat!

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  41. I find creative inspiration in all of these things. Especially people around me as I find just general conversation with my friends can often spark a creative idea in my mind. :D

    Samio x
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    1. Very true, sometimes all it takes is a conversation with a good friend. Plus, it's a great excuse to catch up with friends!

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  42. Mine is definitely Pinterest - it's so inspiring xx

    Gemma ♡ Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. I'm feeling so behind the ball on Pinterest, I'll need to get myself an account.

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  43. Instagram and pinterest are my two favourite source of inspirations! x

    TOUCHOFGUCCI // BLOGLOVIN

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    1. I can't wait to start using Pinterest myself!

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  44. Sometimes just getting out and doing things is the greatest inspiration; step away from the screen and take a walk, do something you've never done before, step out of your comfort zone. It makes you think about other things rather than what's in front of you, you're making your own inspiration.

    Katie
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    1. That was so well written Katie and I completely agree, especially with what you said about doing things you've never done before.

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  45. These are great ideas! I mainly get my creative inspiration from looking at different blogs and Instagram - as well as Pinterest x

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    1. Looking at a lot of different blogs is so inspiring isn't it? It always gets my creative juices flowing.

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  46. Such a great post! Thanks for sharing!
    xx
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  47. I always use tumblr, youtube and we heart it :))

    xx Alina

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    1. I love looking to Youtube for inspiration as well Alina :)

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  48. You are so right, for me books, Instagram and Blogs come in very handy when I need some inspiration. Even Pinterest helps a lot to get the motivation cycle moving. Thanks for sharing such a nice post. :)

    Chaste & Beautiful

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  49. I think all of these help me get inspired too! I watch so many TV shows I get some ideas sometimes, and Instagram helps me out too!

    Yousra | Mystic Tales

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    1. I watch a heap of TV shows as well, I feel like getting inspired by shows is a great excuse to watch more ;)

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  50. It was like you knew I was creatively blocked... thanks for sharing this

    Filipa xxx
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  51. Totally agree with these sources of inspiration! Sometimes I need a dose of inspiration =) Great post! =)


    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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  52. I find inspirations on blogs and Instagram but I also love Pinterest , you can find lots of inspirations there :)

    Giada
    Glam Observer

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  53. Hi Beauty! Thanks for the comment. Your blog looks really interesting :) I also find inspiration on Pinterest... so many pictures!!!

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  54. I always find myself endlessly scrolling on instagram late at night for inspiration! I adore flatlay layouts and admire anyone who is especially good at them!
    -Annie Huynh
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    1. I'm the same, I'm a sucker for a good flatlay. Also some of the more professional photos on Instagram I find so inspirational.

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  55. Such a great post!

    XO
    Molly
    www.trendychickadee.com

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  56. I think all the points you have mention, especially instagram, do help me to get more inspirations and become more creative! Thanks for sharing!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

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  57. I always find inspiration from the people around more than anything else! I think that might be why I love to visit the city so much, there's always something to become inspired by. Great post. Xx
    The Style Icon

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    1. Very very true, I think travelling can be so inspiring as well!

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  58. Definitely agree with Instagram! As a photographer, I always feel inspired after a quick scroll through that.

    Katie. xx La Coco Noire

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    1. There are some really phenomenal photos on Instagram nowadays, aren't there?

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  59. Such a great post, i love it. do you want follow each other on blogger and instagram? Let me know! xoxo http://modaenunlink.blogspot.com/2016/05/nude-outfit.html

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  60. I love looking to TV and movies for inspiration! I actually started out as a film and television major in university, but switched because people told me it wasn't "practical." I so wish I had stuck with it!

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    Nida | Caked To The Nines

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    1. Ah don't worry I had a lot of people tell me that as well! I think depending on which course you pick studying Film and Television production can actually teach you so much- I know for me I came out of my course with a lot of transferrable skills (thankfully!).

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  61. I absolutely loved this post! I never thought of having an actual planner- I use loose paper. I will definitely incorporate these tips.

    xo Brittney

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  62. They had established their empires long ago or just a few years back and prospered - much to the envy of us common folks. Inspiring Stories

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