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Style Guide

In addition to the black sketchbook that I use for fairly traditional journaling, I also keep a more image heavy journal/scrapbook that I refer to as my style guide. I was inspired by an article by Isaac Mizrahi who advised people to keep, maintain, and regularly update "inspiration boards" of colors, images, fabrics, etc, that spoke to the, and to their personal sense of style, as well as by my belief that style isn't so much about clothes or colors as it is about living life well and fully in accordance with strong ideas about what one likes and what makes one happy.

This journal is a hodgepodge of images and lists and ideas that I've culled from books, magazines (I keep stacks of magazines and pore over them with scissors in hand looking for images on rainy days) newspapers, etc. Some were chosen for their color, some for the idea that they represent, or the scenarios that they remind me of or connote in my mind. I use a free book that my mother picked up at the Dior counter in Bloomingdales. I keep the book by my bedside and often flip through it, both for ideas before shopping/dressing as well as decorating, and reminding myself of who I am and the images that reflect the way I want to live my life.

The cover

Sample page

Sample page

Sample page


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Sep. 26th, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
Love this! I keep a similar type of book, with things that inspire or speak to me, and call it my inspiration journal.
Sep. 27th, 2013 03:38 am (UTC)
Love the pages with the suitcases.
Sep. 28th, 2013 06:49 am (UTC)
This is wonderful! With time it would be interesting to reflect back on this scrapbook to see how your personal tastes have changed or stayed the same over the years :)
And I love the Art page! I like the fact that you have a picture of Frida Kahlo with another picture of a heart above her. It reminds me of her painting "The Two Fridas". I'm not sure if it was intentional, but awesome, nonetheless :D
Oct. 6th, 2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
Yes it was totally intentional! Frida Kahlo is one of my favorite artisits, and "The Two Fridas" is particularly beloved to me. I am a physician and enjoy depictions of anatomy and the emotional relationshps that we have to the ideas of our own blood and gut which I think that Kahlo always used very wisely in her work. When I found the heart image, I knew that I had found a counterpoint for the Frida image.
Oct. 7th, 2013 08:54 am (UTC)
Fantastic! :)
And way to use both sides of the brain, art loving physician who is also creative! :D
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