Inspirational Reading

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I'm one of those people with a huge stack of "to read" books. I love reading but lately, I've been having a hard time allowing myself to sit down for a couple of hours and really get into a book. There's always something else (laundry! dishes! 2 hours on tumblr!) that needs to be done. So these magazines and books have been my savior - easy to pick up and put down. And as a bonus, they've given me a lot of great life inspiration!



Dog magazine



First up, a recent discovery: Dog magazine. I found this at the magazine seller stand at Pike Place Market in Seattle (you know the one if you've been there!) and despite its $18 price tag, I knew I had to have it. It's an absolutely stunning publication, with high-quality paper and beautiful color photographs throughout. This issue (the 2nd!) featured the Shiba Inu and had several articles about Japan, as well as profiles on people and their dogs. I love to photograph dogs so this is giving me some ideas on what could be for me in the future...


Japanese magazines



My recent blog "look" update has definitely been influenced by Japanese magazines - especially girls fashion and beauty ones. I'm in love with the sort of OTT crammed layouts they do and all the extra little doodles and add ons all over the place. Minimalistic design style is lovely, but I've never felt quite connected to it - so this is a welcome deviation! Each of these magazines is filled with a variety of fashion styles that are encouraging me to take some fashion risks again. I've mainly been finding these at Kinokuniya Bookstore.


The Life Changing Manga of Tidying Up



I've shared a few posts about my tidying journey on the blog, and it's not over yet! I've read the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up which was super inspirational, but for some reason, the manga version felt like a real revelation! The illustration style is absolutely adorable and there is a story that follows one girl's overhaul of her apartment and life using the Konmari method. It's a very quick and enjoyable read. I'm still in the process of going through my things but I might share an update when I'm closer to being finished! 


What inspiring things have you been reading lately? Let me know!





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