8 Inspiring Blogs & Websites For When You Need A Boost Of Creativity

There's a constant push-pull dynamic when it comes to creativity, isn't there? There are times when we're bursting at the seams to get to our work, to try something new, to spend as long as it takes to experiment and dig deep. And then there are times (oh those horrible times) when our creative flow has run completely, incredibly dry. Like the ebb and flow of an ocean, that push-pull relationship comes with the territory of being a creative. It's inevitable. It's part of the job. It's to be expected. But man, does it drive us mad. 

8 Inspiring Blogs & Websites For When You Need A Boost Of Creativity

In times of creative ruts, it can be hard to pull ourselves out pity parties. Or, if you're anything like me, it can be extremely difficult to grapple with feeling guilty after spending hours watching television and scrolling Instagram and Facebook. It felt like the hours I was spending skimming through unfamiliar Pinterest feeds, out of the ordinary lifestyle bloggers and YouTubers pages were wasting my "creative time."

But there's one revelation I came to while dealing with one of these creative dry spells that has stuck with me... part of being creative is being a consumer. Meaning, part of the creative process is to stop producing inspiration, and instead, taking a turn consuming inspiration. When these words hit me, it was like a lightbulb exploded above my head. The guilt melted away. Yes, in times of creative ruts... it's actually more meaningful to lose yourself in work that isn't your own.

In the depths of my rut, I found so many outside creative interests I wasn't tapping into. I discovered that I really loved lifestyle-travel YouTubers and vloggers, I'm drawn to deep shades of blue and dreamy blushes, and dang it.... I love watching an empowered female artist do her thang. Here are just ten of my go-to websites, Instagrams and blogs when I need a creative boost. Enjoy!

8 Inspiring Blogs & Websites For When You Need A Boost Of Creativity

Darling Magazine

You already know we love Darling around here at Roam + Golightly. Make sure to listen to our interview with Darling's own Ziza Bauer on the podcast if you haven't listened already! With a mission to encourage and inspire "the art of being a woman" what isn't there to love? Even if you aren't subscribed to their issues, Darling has an excellent blog dedicated to creating meaningful content around varying personas they focus on. I love digging through their "Dreamer," "Explorer" and "Intellectual" tabs for posts relating to the arts, responsible tourism, resources for creativity, travel and wanderlust inspiration and more. 

DESIGNLOVEFEST

Admittedly, I've been following Bri Larson's work for longer than I can remember (in fact, I'm fairly sure she was the first person I ever followed on Instagram)! Bri's blog DESIGNLOVEFEST is my go-to place when I just want a dose of dreamy. With posts ranging from color, texture and pattern based obsessions to recipes to home design and weekend inspiration lists... DESIGNLOVEFEST sort of does it all. With a bold outlook on design and type, as well as a serious love for travel, Bri's blog is a favorite for sure. Her Instagram is also one of my favorites as well too! 

Heather Day

I'm kind of hesitant to share this wonderful artist with you all because I feel like Heather's work is my best kept secret (even though she has hundreds of thousands of followers). I have a serious art-girl-crush, if that's even a thing, on Heather Day. Based in California, her abstract work is incredible. Heather is also a traveler, so seeing her create and gather inspiration while on the road is fueling for any creative adventurer. 

Trouvé Magazine

If you've subscribed to our podcast, you know that we're in love with Amanda Marko and Trouvé. If you haven't been following along, just know that this publishing collective is dedicated to celebrating the creative lifestyle and finding those who live it. Dreamy right? This printed magazine is the perfect coffee table book. And even though this magazine is my ultimate source for a burst of creativity... truth be told, it's almost TOO beautiful to dog-ear and mark up. If you can't get your hands on a physical copy there's good news, Trouvé's website focuses on the stories, makers, studio spaces and tidbits on the creative process. These stories capture the soul of the magazine wholeheartedly and are the perfect outlet for anyone needing a little inspo pick-me-up.

Ann Street Studio

Jamie Beck might be one of the most effortlessly beautiful creatures on our planet, I'm convinced. Ann Street Studio began as a blog obsession of mine way, way early in the days of the blog revolution. I found myself diving deep into their content regularly and often. Whether it was for ideas for photography, personal style recommendations or pieces written about anything and everything... I was thoroughly indulged with each post. And here's the best part, since then... nothing has changed. Jamie and her partner Kevin share content centered around fashion, travel, truth and beauty through photographs, videos, and their own creative app, Cinemagraphs. It's a dreamy escape into their world together, and it's one of my bonafide favorites.

Dame Traveler

Something about Nastasia's women's travel community is downright inspirational, wanderlusty, and thrill inducing. It's the perfect blend of pretty and curiosity peaking. Each post she shares on Instagram is a dreamy moment captured in time from women around world. Whether it's a backpacker in Paraguay or a local in Finland, Dame Traveler shares their stories with a healthy dose of meaningful written passages and poems. I love it in a huge way. And speaking honestly, getting to know Nastasia's story behind the brand on our podcast makes it all the more inspirational!

GirlBoss

Listen up, ladies. Sophia Amoruso's book (and podcast, and movement) has a home online... and it's hella empowering. GirlBoss's online space is stocked with inspirational stories of female entrepreneurs, creators and more, so if you're needing an extra jolt of motivation or struggling to kick your project into high-gear, this is the place for you. As a website devoted to empowering women in business and in life, Sophia's website showcases everything from #girlbossmoment stories shared from everyday girls around the world, to information about her foundation and scholarships, pieces about wellness and work-life balance, and so, so much more. It's basically a one-stop shop for any bosses out there... female or not. 

PRVNCL Magazine

Need some aesthetic inspiration in its most intentional form? Pick up a copy of PRVNCL Magazine, or puruse their Journal component of their gorgeous website. Centered around the idea of inspiring balance between work and rest and a creatively simplified lifestyle, each post includes invaluable insight on living a provincial life. I don't know about you, but I too often find myself swept up in the "hussle" of living creatively. The desire to push our creativity to the max at all hours of the day is one I know many feel as well... and that's why PRVNCL means so much to me. It's almost like a distilled moment of zen encapsulated in magazine (and online!) form. What's not to love about that?

If you want some more inspo, listen to our chat with PRVNCL's creator Grace Taylor. We chat about all things minimal and French! Can you tell we only interview those we consider incredibly inspiring? Ha! 


What are your favorite inspiring online resources you turn to when needing a little jolt in your creativity? 

Comment below... I'd love to know! 

Finding Little Paris | 8 Ideas To Help You Find France In Your Own Small Town

There's no denying that most people have a deep, long standing love for Paris. The romance! The art! The food! The fashion! Ah, Paris. There's no place quite like the city of lights, is there? I'll confess, as a twenty five year old woman I'm in the midst a serious "French phase." My obsession with Paris has grown exponentially (almost embarrassingly so) over the past year. But, I mean, c'mon... doesn't every girl go through a similar obsession with Paris at some point in her life? 

Regardless of whether or not you've visited the city of lights, the aspiration to infuse tastes and tiny moments of a French life is one that we can all learn from. But instead of just waiting in anticipation for a trip to Paris, let's put this desire on its feet! So, friends, let's find Little Paris in our own neck of the woods. Shall we?

Finding Little Paris | 8 Ideas To Help You Find France In Your Own Small Town
Finding Little Paris | 8 Ideas To Help You Find France In Your Own Small Town

TO MARKET, TO MARKET

A simple and wonderful joy. Pacing the streets of Paris in search of a warm, delicious baguette can easily be translated for anyone, anywhere with a short trip to your local market. Smell the bakery's bread, pick up some fresh rosemary or a locally made jam and walk languidly home with a sizable, picnic-worthy treat or two. There's nothing more Parisian than that!

ADMIRE THE SIMPLE

If you've listened our second season of the podcast, you know that PRVNCL magazine's editor in chief, Grace Taylor speaks openly about her admiration for the French culture's ability to value balance and rest with the work hustle. So remember to admire the simple, glorify rest, take a moment everyday to ask yourself what would be nourishing and healthy for you today. As opposed to our society, the French do not believe in maximalism... and that includes the glorification of the work-life "hustle." So take a breather. Read for fifteen minutes instead of scrolling your phone, meditate or sit in silence for a moment in the morning while you sip your coffee, notice the details in life that bring you great joy. 

Finding Little Paris | 8 Ideas To Help You Find France In Your Own Small Town
Finding Little Paris | 8 Ideas To Help You Find France In Your Own Small Town

FIND YOURSELF THERE (VIA INSTAGRAM)

Due to my current Franco-phile tendencies, I'll admit that I've spent many hours pursuing through various Paris-based Instagrammers. There's just something about those street-scapes! Check out @paris for your daily dose of inspiration (they're always sharing fun Insta-stories on the streets exploring), @parisinfourmonths to fulfill your dreams of becoming a full-fledged fashion icon, @seemyparis for beautiful streetscapes and cafe shots and @mylittleparis for secret spots, quirky finds and eye candy galore. I'll tell you first hand, if you find yourself swept up in the romance of this city but unable to hop on a plane... these Instagram handles are sure to satiate your wanderlust!

FRESH FLOWERS, ALWAYS

As Claude Monet said, "I must have flowers, always and always." Adorn your home with a simple bouquet. Not only is a vase of flowers a simple pick-me-up to an ordinary space, but it also completely adds an inviting element to your home. Whether you source some greenery and wildflowers from your backyard, or you pick up a pre-made bouquet from the grocery store... there's nothing simple and Parisian than some fresh blooms.

Finding Little Paris | 8 Ideas To Help You Find France In Your Own Small Town
Finding Little Paris | 8 Ideas To Help You Find France In Your Own Small Town

BUILD YOUR FRENCH CLOSET

When I think of one word to describe a Parisian wardrobe, it's this... curate. I've obsessively sourced Pinterest to fulfill my desire to have a French woman's closet (see for yourself here). And if there are some tricks and tips I've learned along the way, it's that the French are impeccable at building a closet "foundation," meaning those staple pieces that can be worn endlessly season to season. Think classic white button downs, great fitting denim, a worn, delicious leather jacket and pair of black flats that can be worn dressed up or down! Again, Pinterest is a great resource for building your own French closet.

This is something I'd love to create more resources about (maybe a Youtube video or another blog post)... what do you think? 

PERFUME

Find your scent. There's something so romantic about putting on a spritz of perfume, isn't there? Find one that reminds you of childhood, watching your mother put on her makeup and get dressed...or even dapple some of your significant others' cologne or after shave on your wrists. It's a cliche, but the French truly understand the power of the senses (especially the nose). Wisp some perfume on your wrists and by your collarbone and transform into the dynamic Parisian woman of your dreams.

HAVE A PICNIC

With a baguette and cheese, of course. Bonus points if you add wine. 

Finding Little Paris | 8 Ideas To Help You Find France In Your Own Small Town
Finding Little Paris | 8 Ideas To Help You Find France In Your Own Small Town
Finding Little Paris | 8 Ideas To Help You Find France In Your Own Small Town
Finding Little Paris | 8 Ideas To Help You Find France In Your Own Small Town

IT'S A STATE OF MIND

It really and truly is. Paris is lush. It's nuanced. It's just... all too much at one time. Tapping into these romantic notions of a place doesn't have to happen only when walking through the city of lights. It's a headspace. So watch a Parisian set movie and immediately take an afternoon walk, with a latte in hand, searching for little details similar to this fantastic city. It's there. It's 100% waiting for you. You just have to search for it. 

What details of Paris can you find in your neck of the woods? 


Why Is It That Spring Always Reignites Our Creativity?

Why Is It That Spring Always Reignites Our Creativity?

Spring. Glorious, blooming spring. 

I am beside myself with gratitude for this season. The warmth, the return of the flowering greenery, dappled sunlight and evening walks... what isn't there to be thankful for? I'll give it to spring, coming right after the inevitable, albeit sometimes crippling winter hibernation/ cabin fever gives this season a huge perk when it comes to timing. Nevertheless, I love it.

If you've been following along with our podcast (or my excitable, car-side Instagram stories), you probably have heard that this winter I went through one of the biggest creative ruts I've had to face in the past few years. The frustration was real. THANK GOD some listener/reader insight changed my tune. But man, part of me wanted to blame the cold, bitter, dreary winter season. The truth is, creativity ebbs and flows. It can't always be planned or scheduled. And the same goes for creative struggles. No season brings it on more than the other. I'm not here to bash winter! Trust me. But lately I've been thinking a lot about the glorious spring and what exactly it is about this season that always seems to bring out the best of myself and the other creatives around me.

Why Is It That Spring Always Reignites Our Creativity?

LIGHT & COLOR

The the promise of longer days, more light and the inevitable blooming of flowers... c'mon! Spring is an obvious winner here. Daylight savings time springs us toward those long, golden hour evenings and the warmth of dappled light dancing on our faces.  And it's all romantic, isn't it? Spring is certainly easy on the eyes.

Most creatives are incredibly influenced by their surroundings. Having a window to look through, a room filled with natural light and a blank canvas to be inspired by is what most makers, thinkers, and creative adventurers hunger for. It's no wonder that spring's smattering of pink, green, white and yellow hues is a refreshing aesthetic (especially after a few dreary months) and sure to inspire anyone, creative or not!

FRESH AIR

One thing I love about living in Lancaster is seeing the return of our community during the warmer months. It's like all the cabin fever has finally worn off and everyone is splitting at the seams to just get outside! Suddenly all of the cafes are filled with friends meeting for brunch, the sidewalks are lined with pedestrians and bikes and the markets are stocked with customers again. After many months spent hibernating indoors, why wouldn't people be beyond excited to get outside again? Who doesn't love the first comfortable walk to the coffee shop with just a tee shirt and jeans? Personally I leap for joy when I can finally retire my winter coat and L.L. Bean Boots in favorite of a leather jacket and flats! 

The return of warmer days allows us to finally get the fresh air we've been lacking. An increase of Vitamin C does the body good, and our mental state as well. After all, there are only so many days of the year we can relish the beautiful weather like this! A healthier dose of outdoor action connects us with nature, one of the biggest influences on creatives. 

A RENEWED CYCLE

For any readers who don't encounter the highs and lows of living in a climatic environment, I both pity and envy you! I mean, 75 degree weather 365 days of the year sounds like a dream! But I know at the end of the day... I'll always be a girl who loves living (and celebrating) the seasons.

Personally, I feel like the ending of a season is like placing a bookmark in time. I can think back to the summer and relish the beach vacations, or recall the autumn evenings kicking up the fallen orange leaves. Does anyone else feel this way?

The glory of living with seasons is the excitement of a new chapter... a renewed cycle of life. Because the fleeting concept of time is hard to grasp, but savoring the little perks that come with the changing weather is one that keeps it all in perspective. 

Why Is It That Spring Always Reignites Our Creativity?
Why Is It That Spring Always Reignites Our Creativity?

I'm thrilled that it's spring time. And I'm even more excited to see what comes during this new season. I guess I should also mention that my spring is also my birthday season... and who doesn't get a little giddy about our special day and a new, invitation into a new "year"? It's a refreshing couple of months, and I'm undeniably chomping at the bit to have some warm days, sitting on the porch with a notebook in hand (and maybe a cocktail too). 

Do you feel the same way about springtime? Or do you find yourself most inspired to create during a particular time of the year?