Monday, December 24, 2012

The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.
T.S. Eliot

When developing personal style, channel your inner brooding-artist's-muse girl. Be someone to paint about, to write about, to sing about. On his latest record, John Mayer sings about Olivia: "If Olivia herself were at my door, I'd have to say I'd let her in." If Olivia's personal style sparked enough inspiration to have a song written about her, then she must be pretty spectacular and have a clearly defined style.

{Ways To Embrace Your Inner Muse}

  1. Visit art museums
  2. Research music (especially unique indie bands: Nylon magazine online is a great resource)
  3. Read classic novels (Anna Karenina is my next challenge)
  4. Watch old films (Amélie, Love Story, and How To Steal a Million are all on my "to-watch" list)
  5. Play dress up in your closet - see what crazy and new combinations you can come up with
  6. Learn to cook something new (check out 2012's Best Food Blogs)
  7. Be a failure and learn to get back in the saddle again
  8. Create inspiration boards (for a digital version, try Polyvore)
  9.  Hone your hostess skills and throw outrageous soirées. (Matchbook Mag reports on how to be a great holiday hostess)
  10. . . .
And finally, don't be afraid to let your personality shine through. T.S. Eliot writes a great line in his famous poem, "The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock" about how people slip on different masks when they venture out in the world: they "prepare a face to meet the faces that [they] meet" (Eliot 27). Taking off a proverbial mask and allowing raw personality out into the harsh climate of humanity is risky, but only through sacrifice and risk will you truly become the muse, both for yourself, and for the artists in your life. 

{currently listening to}

Born and Raised - John Mayer

{currently reading}

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