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Let’s talk Instagram: 5 Creatives Who Inspire Me

There’s no argument that there’s a unique joy in being part of creating something. Whether you are a born creative or a self-made artist, sometimes the hardest part of the “job” is continually grasping sparks of genius to be the foundation of a new project.

Defined as “the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness” by the Oxford Dictionary, creativity is often reported as one of the most sought-after skills for the workplace. Whether you are a creative by trade, or not!

To keep myself fresh and inspired, I choose to follow a selection of interest and unique people on Instagram from a variety of artistic disciplines. This is by no means a definitive list. However, it’s these folks that I find often break through the social clutter and have generated direct creativity from me on more than one occasion. 

Check ‘em out:

DesignLoveFest

@designlovefest

Los Angeles-based Creative Director and blogger, Bri Emery, launched DesignLoveFest as a blog back in 2009. Her Instagram feed is a delightful cocktail of brand work, culinary pursuits, tasteful yet unique interiors, individual fashion and travel. 

Bri’s aesthetic, style and curiosity for new things inject new colour, ideas and concepts into my feed that continually inspire me.

Xanthe Berkeley

@xantheb

A photographer and videographer from London, Xanthe Berkeley is a colour-lover. Every image she shares on her Instagram account is vibrant, colourful and fun. Her playful Stop Motions and exquisitely edited short films inspired me to try capturing my own personal content in new ways: her #MiniMondayMovies directly inspired me to film and create unique family holiday films that we now cherish.

All That Is She

@allthatisshe

Dominique & Dominic continually amaze me with their genius. Originally famed for their #allthatisthree image series (featured by Instagram more than once), this creative duo has also gone on to create the #my15secondday and #projectlittercritter pursuits that invite community participation around the globe. 

Of all their clever compositions, my personal favourites have to be the #scenesfromtheceiling. A picture can tell a thousand words – and I’m forever astonished at how well the Doms use everyday objects and their imagination to do it so cleverly. This account always reminds me to approach things in a new or unique way!

Justina Blakeney

@justinablakeney

Artist and designer, Justina Blakeney is the Jungalow Queen. Although her creative influence largely inspires her unique range of interiors and homewares (see more @TheJungalow) – I love seeing her behind-the-scenes free drawing and personal inspirations in my feed. In addition to that, Justina is very honest about the ups and downs of starting and running a small business. All of which are refreshing to see and read in conjunction with the wild and colourful imagery she creates.

Amelie Mancini

@ameliemancini

Based in Brooklyn, French artist and designer Amelie shares a combination of handmade items, interiors and inspirational scenes in her Instagram feed. As someone who creates largely with words, I find it fascinating to watch Amelie’s Instagram Stories of her painting or printmaking. I love seeing the mix of colours, the sustainable aesthetic she chooses to product, and reading her honest account of juggling motherhood and business in my feed.


How do you feed your creativity? Join the conversation by answering in the comments below!

A love letter to Hawaii: 5 things our holiday inspired in me

A quick recap: since embarking on my first overseas trip to New Zealand at 21, I’ve since travelled to another 35 countries across Europe, North America and Asia. Whether it’s the sense of peace and tranquillity of the Sri Lankan people, the unending historic marvels around every corner in Istanbul, or the can-do attitude of Iceland as a whole – each gallivant leaves its mark.


In 2018 we set off for Hawaii. I can’t say why it took us so long to reach this jewel in the Pacific — it is so much more than a tropical beach enjoyed over cocktails (in pineapples) at sunset. A two week trip encompassing Kauai’s charms and Waikiki’s ‘woah’ left me itching to return, yet inspired with a load of things to bring to my own day-to-day life in Australia. Here’s 5 things that our trip made me think about differently:

1. Reduce single use waste

We’ve always loved snorkelling and seeing the sea-world; but after two weeks of daily water adventures I feel more solidified than ever that I want to do more to further reduce our personal plastic use and unnecessary waste. We’ve used cloth shopping bags for 11 years, reusable coffee cups religiously for 1, and recently converted to bamboo toothbrushes and (recycled) paper-wrapped toilet paper. We don’t use plastic straws. What else can we do? The underwater world is a wondrous place and we need to do all we can to not just preserve it, but let it prosper.

2. Know what products are made of

Reef safe sunscreen is mandatory in Hawaii to protect their coral reefs. As we learnt about the reported harmful chemicals in regular sunscreen to the underwater world, it made us re-think the products we choose to use. Not only do we want to use sunscreen that protects our skin from the sun’s harmful rays, we want to do our bit to keep all our underwater friends and flora safe. 

If you’re off to Hawaii soon, or keen to learn how you can help keep our reefs safe, here’s a list of sunscreens that exclude oxybenzone and octinoxate to get your research started.

3. Go (coco)nuts

Food is a big player in our travels. We always try out the local cuisines and aim to eat as much like a local when we travel. In Hawaii, that means: poke bowls, (all natural) shave ice, and food embracing the coconut. Yes, coconut can be interwoven into more than just your acai bowl. Coconut rice, coconut milk (in your coffee) – the list goes on!

4. The local brew

We often judge a country’s affordability on the price of, and the taste, of its local beer. It’s a good leveller. In Hawaii? For us it was Longboard lager. Sensational. Now we’re scouting the craft beer bottle shops in Sydney seeking it out for hot summer days.

5. #NotACoffeeSnob

As an avid coffee consumer in Australia, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking I have to have my beans independent and barista-made. After 9 days living with a perculator, seems it IS possible to live happily and be caffeinated. Game changer.

What did travel make you think about differently? Do comment to share below – there is so much to learn and open your mind about in this great world!

New Beginnings

This month I embark on a new professional and creative journey — freelancing!

I have enjoyed every move within my career to date. From starting out as a PR Assistant for one of the world’s weight loss heavyweights, to throwing myself into the burgeoning and growing portfolio of marketing at one of Europe’s leading auction houses, to helping lead a Sydney tourist attraction’s digital evolution – every step has been interesting, challenging and rewarding.

Now, as I resume my place in the workforce after welcoming my first child in 2016, I’m taking the plunge as a freelance copywriter and digital marketing specialist. I really enjoy writing, creative development and tracking results (nerd, much?) – and working with a collection of different clients from varying industries sounds exciting and fulfilling. If you’d like to talk to me about a work project, you can get in touch with me here.

In the meantime, I plan to use this blog to write, muse and notate on all things of interest to me:

  • Travel articles, tips and reviews
  • Lifestyle project trials and tribulations
  • Mamahood musings
  • Digital marketing advice

Thank you for following along!

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