5 must reads to inspire

Vamp Collective Bookclub
Reading time: 8 minutes
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We’ve collated a list of our Top 5 must-reads so that you can feed your Insta creativity with a healthy portion of inspiration from some of the most influential writers & photographers of the moment. There’s something for fashionistas, foodies, those looking for everyday inspiration, as well a creativity bible and a kick-ass guide to mastering“Inner Mean-girl/boy” mindfulness.

1) Love x Style x Life 

Garance Dore

“The most important thing I have learned is that elegance is about who you are on the inside, how you are with people and having inner confidence – that will make you stylish, and beautiful, it will make people love you” (Garance Dore).

A fashionista’s absolute style bible, Garance Dore’s Love x Style x Life provides an elegant, captivating insight into one of fashion’s most powerful influencers. Fashion A-lister, Style Blogger à la mode française, Garance blends intimate storytelling with beautiful illustrations and a unique, playful wit. Plenty of content to charm, cultivate and inspire your inner chic and drive your ambitions.

2) Big Magic 

Elizabeth Gilbert

“Creativity is a crushing chore and a glorious mystery. The work wants to be made and it wants to be made through you” (Elizabeth Gilbert).

Nurture and empower your creative self by reading this larger than life book by Eat, Pray, Love’s author Elizabeth Gilbert. Elizabeth shares her best stories, her wisdom and her unique perspective on creativity. Vivid, honest and spiritual, Big Magic proposes that all aspiring creatives, in any medium, must cherish their personal curiosity cats and tackle their inner critics with a healthy scepticism, mindfulness and compassion.

3) Mastering Your Mean Girl

Melissa Ambrosini

“I am not a guru, nor am I proclaiming to be enlightened. I’m just a regular woman who figured out how to master her Mean Girl and live the life of her dreams. There was no quick fix, no pill or magic potion, just pure determination and a yearning for something better, bigger, brighter” (Melissa Ambrosini).

Ever had that voice inside your head that’s told you that you’re not good enough? That’s your inner Mean girl/Bad boy keeping you down, preventing you from going after your dreams. Don’t worry, we all have it. Melissa Ambrosini’s practical plan of action to guide you into a happier life with a kick-ass ego will inspire positive changes in your every-day thought processes. You’ll be unstoppable! Enough’s enough Regina George! Let’s connect, not self-correct.

4) Humans of New York: Stories

Brandon Stanton

“The great thing about New York is that if you sit in one place long enough, the whole world comes to you” (Brandon Stanton).

You don’t have to travel all the way to NY. Inspiration is literally right on your doorstep. Discover beauty in the every day with this NYT #1 bestselling book. Photographer Brandon Stanton’s collection of interviews and photography of glimpses into the lives of strangers in New York is rich in content and creative depth. With 4.7 million followers on Instagram and over 12 million followers on his blog, Brandon Stanton has connected individuals worldwide by capturing their hearts and captivating their imaginations with honest stories of real people.

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5) The Happy Life 

Lola Berry

“I believe in living your dream, I don’t think it’s always easy but the only thing that matters is that you believe in yourself, that’s your secret magical ingredient and sometimes we forget that we have this ingredient all along. (Lola Berry).”

Foodies and health-food hippies, this is more than your average cookbook. Bursting with over 60 delicious wholefood recipes and practical advice on how to nourish all areas of your life to optimum health, The Happy Life takes a fun, holistic approach to our relationship with food. And everything else. Lola will take you on a journey to being the best version of yourself but first things first, your No.1 priority needs to be how you fuel your body. This book guides you to your heart, through your stomach.


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April 23, 2016

5 must reads to inspire