6 Ways To Kickstart Your Creativity

audra koch

All creative types will know that there are times you seem to be exploding with ideas and creating like there’s no tomorrow, but there are other times when you can’t seem to think of a single thing, or everything you do just doesn’t feel right. 

So for anyone who may be stuck in a creative rut, here are 6 proven ways to kickstart that creativity back into gear:  

6 ways to kickstart your creativity

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 Change Your Scenery | The easiest way to get out of  rut is to just change your space! Whether that’s taking a walk around the park, or working from a coffee shop or co-working space instead of your home. Switching up your surroundings can do so much to spark both creativity and productivity.

Take a Breather | Sometimes we can put too much pressure on ourselves in the moment, so just take a short break. Write in a journal, take a walk, draw / paint / color something without aim. (I love this Color Me Stress Free book) Taking ten or fifteen minutes to do something relaxing but still creative may spark inspiration!

6 ways to kickstart your creativity

Collaborate With Others | Find someone in your field, or a similar one, and work together on a creative project! Their point of view will enhance your own, and make you see things through a different lens. Collaborating with other creatives is in my opinion, the best way to reinvigorate and push yourself to be the best you can be!

Sweat a Little | Exercise gets your blood flowing, and releases endorphins and adrenaline that may push you out of a creative rut! If you’re not into a hardcore workout, try some gentle yoga or meditation.

6 ways to kickstart your creativity

Unplug From the Internet | This can be such a difficult thing to do, especially if you’re a blogger/influencer whose job literally IS the internet. But take even a few hours, or one day and just create or search for inspiration without using a screen! Unplug all the tech, and lose yourself in books, art, museums, nature, anything that inspires you!

Make a List | Maybe more for the type-A people out there, but make a list of different ideas you have for projects, and then keep adding to it! Go back and add details to those ideas, keep thinking, keep writing whatever pops into your head, and you’ll end up with a full page of amazing ideas to explore and develop! The key is to write down everything, no idea is bad, just keep going!

 

Xoxo, 

Audra

How to Dress Like a Paris Fashion Week Girl

How to Dress Like a Paris Fashion Week Girl

Twice a year, the world’s most fashionable people flock to Paris for Fashion Week, all dressed to the nines in the latest trends. But Parisian women, long regarded as the most stylish of them all, still keep a few styling rules which keep them looking chic from dawn till dusk. If you want to dress like the effortlessly chic Parisienne, here are a few guidelines:

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How to Intentionally Curate Your Style

How to Intentionally Curate Your Style

Have you ever looked in your closet and thought, ‘Nothing really goes together…’ You may have cute clothes that you love, but not much of it really matches, or it just doesn’t really excite you.

I definitely used to think that way about my closet, but there’s actually some pretty simple steps to organize your closet, and your mindset (both while getting dressed and while shopping) that will make your closet more cohesive, and more YOU. Here’s how:

List Your Adjectives 

What describes you? Are you sporty, minimalistic, active? Are you whimsical, colorful, bold? Make a list of 10 adjectives that describe you / the style you want to achieve! But always remember to make them YOU. Pick things that you love and not what you feel you should be. 

Find Inspiration 

What brands / designers are described by these adjectives? Are there any bloggers with a similar style? Write down 5-7 brands and 5-7 bloggers that have the same vibe! Then, give them a follow and pin some photos from them to a Pinterest board so you can go back later! 

Some of the photos on my board are below!

Make it Physical  

Remember those photos above? If you’re a super visual person like I am, go grab a foam-core board from any office/craft store and print all those photos out and collage them all on! Youll be able to see it everyday when you’re getting dressed or online shopping and can visually see what you’re aiming for 

Do a Cleanse  

Now the hard part. Take that board into your closet and go through item-by-item. Is it relevant? Can you style it with other pieces to look like “your style”? Consider donating or selling pieces on Poshmark that just aren’t you anymore 

Make a Shopping List  

Now that you’ve made a little room, make a list of pieces that might be missing in your wardrobe. Do you need more dresses? A good blazer? Make a physical list of key pieces you need, and you can purchase them gradually when the perfect match comes along! This ensures that you’ll be on the lookout only for pieces that you really need and not just buying cute cheap clothing without an aim.

Don’t Be Too Strict

If you see a certain top that doesn’t fit “your style” but you love it, buy it! Wear it! All this is just a general guideline so that your closet looks cohesive and is easy to mix-and-match, but always feel free to experiment!  

Trending Tuesday: Midi Skirts

Bored of wearing nothing but pants with tights underneath from the cold? Switch it up and try one of my favorite recent trends: Midi skirts. They’re not just for summertime anymore. Grab one in a bold color, leopard print, or fun metallic, and style with a pair of high boots! You can wear tights underneath for additional warmth!

xoxo,

Audra

Trending Tuesday: Berets

Trending Tuesday: Berets

We’re heading into the colder months of the year, which means it’s almost time for my favorite accessory! I developed a love of berets more through necessity, traveling Europe in the winter, and needing warm and versatile accessories, but they have blown up as a trend, and there are so many fun variations above and beyond just changing colors!

Leather, pearls, embroidery, there are so many ways to turn a simple, chic cold weather accessory into a statement piece in an outfit!

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Trending Tuesday: Boiler Suits

Utility / Boiler suits have been on the fashion worlds radar for a little white now. They’re almost the perfect year-round-any-occasion piece that makes you look instantly chic.

For a low-key look, throw it on as normal with a pair of white sneakers, and you’ve instantly got a ‘model off duty’ vibe. Pair it with strappy heels and a statement earring and you’re ready for happy hour or an event. Peek a patterned tshirt underneath by leaving the buttons undone, and you’re the most stylish girl in the room.

Grab this trend that’s sure to be around for more than a few seasons! I’ve linked tons of great options, all under $100 below!

xoxo,

Audra

Trending Tuesday: Velvet

Trending Tuesday: Velvet

The fashion world has been obsessed with this plush fabric for some time now, and it doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon.

Good new is, this trend is totally wearable for every girl and every occasion. Holiday party coming up? Velvet LBD. Going to brunch with friends? Throw on jeans and a velvet tee shirt. Want to make workwear more fun? Add velvet shoes or a velvet blazer!

Whatever the occasion, there’s tons of amazing velvet options to choose from below!

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A New York Minute With Daniel Wellington

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New York is one of the most fast paced cities on earth. From early in the morning till late at night, over 8 million people are working, connecting, creating, and running from place to place, and that makes it an extremely exciting place to live. But when life is flying by at the speed of a New York minute, it’s important to be grateful for the small moments each day. I’m partnering with Daniel Wellington and trying to slow down time for a few moments to appreciate this hectic life.

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Almost every New Yorker starts the morning by hopping on the subway to head to work, and if they’re anything like me, they need a watch to tell them to leave so they’re not late! (I still am, let’s be honest here) I love that the Bristol is minimal and classic, so I can put it on with any outfit, and it looks clean and sophisticated.

plaid suit, red beret, pantsuit outfit, jcrew outfit, fall style, new york city, daniel wellington
plaid suit, red beret, pantsuit outfit, jcrew outfit, fall style, new york city, daniel wellington



Next in the day is of course, caffeine. I’ve been coming to Birch coffee in Flatiron since I moved to New York in 2015, and it’s always kept me coming back for anything from a long study session to just grabbing a cup of coffee with a friend. The atmosphere is warm and relaxing, and their coffee is small-batch roasted in Queens!

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plaid suit, red beret, pantsuit outfit, jcrew outfit, fall style, new york city, daniel wellington

BLAZER / SKIRT / SHOES / BAG / BERET / WATCH / EARRINGS / TOP

Then, of course it’s off to work! Sometimes it seems like weeks and months can fly by in a blur, but little things like taking time to appreciate the little moments in your day that bring you joy can slow it down a bit.

You can get your own DW watch for 15% off by using the code AudraKoch at checkout!

xoxo,

Audra

Move Over Millennial Pink, Here Comes Gen Z Yellow

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gen z yellow, monochromatic look, head to toe color, spring outfits for women, how to wear yellow

I was born in 1997, making me too young to quite be considered a Millennial, but too old to be considered Generation Z. While I still had a flip-phone when I was young (and a sidekick!), I don’t really remember a time where computers/the internet didn’t exist. So you see my dilemma in not having a generation to be a part of. Oh well, those of us born in the late 90’s will just have to resign ourselves to not belonging to any generation, or being a hybrid of both.

That being said, I’ve always loved Millennial pink as a color. It’s bright, fun, and you guys know how much I love the color pink in general. (My entire apartment is pink!) But there has been such a surge in the new generation’s color: Gen Z Yellow.

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gen z yellow, monochromatic look, head to toe color, spring outfits for women, how to wear yellow
gen z yellow, monochromatic look, head to toe color, spring outfits for women, how to wear yellow

Gen Z Yellow is brighter, more fun, more spontaneous, and full of electric energy, just like the generation it represents, and that’s why I’m all on board. You may start to see this color slowly overtaking Millennial Pink, not just on my blog and in my photos, but everywhere!

A lot of people shy away from wearing yellow, saying it doesn’t suit them, but don’t be afraid of this bold hue! Start small, with just an accessory, and build up to wearing a bright yellow dress or sweater!

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gen z yellow, monochromatic look, head to toe color, spring outfits for women, how to wear yellow

BERET / SWEATER / SKIRT / SHOES / EARRINGS

xoxo,

Audra

Trending Tuesday: Snakeskin

A lovvely instagram follower requested this particular trend for Trending Tuesday, and I’m so glad she did, because it’s such a fun one! Snakeskin is such an easy trend to incorporate into your wardrobe, but I would put a few rules on it for beginners so you don’t veer into tacky.

  1. Keep it to accessories. This trend looks best on bags and shoes, not a whole outfit

  2. Keep the tones cool. Go for a white-grey-black palette

  3. Let it be the focus. make the rest of your outfit simple, and let the snakeskin be the pop

xoxo,

Audra