Three books that help me get creative.

The book An Elegant Spirit by Sean Hepburn Ferrer
One of my favourite parts about blogging is taking pictures. I’m one of these people that cannot write a blog post until I have my first picture, I find it helps me visualise what I’m writing about.
 Sometimes I get stuck deciding what I want the blog images to look like. Often I find myself reaching for magazines/books to see if any images jump out at me so I can relate them to my posts.
I have three books to share with you that seem to help get my creative juices flowing; whether its the content inside or just the photography, hopefully it may be some help to you too.

Audrey Hepburn, An elegant Spirit – Sean Hepburn Ferrer

Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit

“This is the story of a little girl with a powerful mother who instilled in her the values of hard work and Honesty.” – Sean Hepburn Ferrer about Audrey Hepburn.
I have already spoken about this book in this previous post, but is one of my favourites, mainly because I love Audrey Hepburn. She was just so elegant, how can you not be inspired by her?!
This book is written by her son Sean Hepburn Ferrer, so has lots of personal photos ranging from Audrey’s unsettled childhood years to her later life and everything in between. It also talks about her career, marriages, favourite recipes and some of the artwork she created.
If you see one of my flat lays with a book in the corner, 9/10 it would be this one as her images really do give me inspiration.
Here are the posts that I have used this book in:
March Favourites
Sunday Scrubbing; The Ultimate Pamper
My Base Products
Home Additions; Making a house a home.

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual – Bobbi Brown 

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual

“I’ve set out to write the simplest, most comprehensive makeup lesson you will ever have.” – Bobbi Brown.
I think at one point everyone and their mum had this book. As a lover of make-up I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!
This book is a make-up manual put together by the make-up artist Bobbi Brown. It has step by step lessons on how to do your make-up/skincare routine, industry tips and various other advice.
This book is perfect if you are just starting out in make-up and want to get to grips with the basics. If you are thinking about becoming a make-up artist, it also has tips and tricks to help you progress as a professional in chapters such as ‘The business of Make-up Artistry and Career Options’.

It also has very simple yet impressive photography, that really gets back to basics.

Face Paint – Lisa Eldridge 

Face Paint by Lisa Eldridge

“This isn’t just about lipstick and eyeshadow. Read this book and you will never look at Makeup in the same way again.” – Lisa Eldridge.
Face Paint is written by celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge and goes through a range of subjects throughout the history of makeup. She discusses things such as the symbolic nature of colour in makeup, Hollywood make-up muses and their influence on the industry, and so much more.
This book is so inspiring if you are a beauty lover and enjoy reading about makeup throughout the ages. For the images alone, this book is worth picking up.
My favourite section of the book is ‘History in Your Handbag’ as it goes through the everyday makeup items that you wouldn’t think twice about and then looks into how they first came around and their evolution.
Here are the posts I have used this book in:
My Base Products 
Home Additions; Making a house a home. 
Three of my favourite books
That is my round up of the three books I always go to when I’m feeling stuck for ideas. I find there are so many interesting images in each of these books, inspiring me through their artistry and subject to help me become more creative when blogging!

I would love to add some more of these type of books to my collection, so if you have anything similar in style please do let me know!

Sophie x

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