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10 “Things” a Fashion Author Can’t Live Without


Photo Credit: Newspaper print jacket by Moschino


I have included a list of 10 things that I do, or use daily, that inspire me as a fashion author. They keep me motivated to continue writing about fashion. I also talk about why these 10 things are so important in my life and fashion writing career.


So, here are 10 "things" a fashion author can’t live without:


1. Classical music

I love classical music. I often listen to classical music, because I can write and listen to classical music at the same time. Classical music, is a very enlightening source, and the instruments are soothing, calming, relaxing, while also energizing. It helps with my physical and mental health. If I had to choose between any music genre, classical music is what I would choose.


2. My herbal and caffeinated tea

I drink coffee sometimes, but no matter what, I always need a cup of herbal or caffeinated tea. I love black and green teas. I also love different boxed herbal teas of all different brands. Herbal teas really put me into a state of meditation, and help ground me into the moment. When I am writing and thinking, a cup of hot tea always puts me in a better mood.


3. Pinterest + instagram

As a creative person, I love pinterest because it is an amazing tool for the imagination, and it also helps me discover and experience life. The art, the food, the clothes, everything really inspires me, and supports my lifestyle. It is also really important for anyone who wants to learn and discover new things. I love pinterest.


I also really love instagram. The way it is setup, and how the platform shows all the images together, it’s really like a visual diary, and I believe it’s a really great way to connect with people.


4. Nature hikes

I will typically take a break and go outside into nature. I usually visit Mount Shasta. Mount Shasta is a mountain in Mount Shasta City, CA. It’s an incredible mountain, and it is said to be a spiritual vortex. I love to go there and be in nature. After my walk, when I go back to write, my mind is very clear and focused, and I feel energized to keep writing.


5. My healthy clothes

I have a started a photo journal of my looks, on social media, and these are going to represent what healthy fashion means to me. Currently, I try to wear 100% plant-based fibers, mostly cotton and some linen garments. I do wear some synthetic apparel. I love comfortable clothing. A lot of my clothes are athleisure and modern. This fashion photo journal I am creating is really helping me come up with new ideas and reflect on fashion in a psychological way.


6. Healing food

I absolutely love food, and I have professionally cooked as a chef in the past. I jot down all of my own recipes that I make and like. Hanna Kroeger really inspired me to make food, not just as a meal, but as a way to heal the body. So, I choose to eat foods that make me feel comfortable.

When I get tired from writing I think about comfort foods, and foods that will really help me in the moment.


7. Window shopping

I will go out shopping, even if I don’t buy anything, and just look around. It’s always inspiring to see products available. It’s a form of therapy I enjoy. It is also a way to exercise. When I don’t feel like going for a walk, shopping really motivates me to move my body. Window shopping is also another way for me to get inspired by life, and I also love to observe inspiring street fashion.


8. Connecting with Great Spirit and my spirit guides

I like to connect with Great Spirit, and my spirit guides. I will sometimes say to myself, “I need a sign”, and they will give me one. My fashion writing is very much inspired by the connection I have with Great Spirit. I am also documenting my spiritual and non-spiritual experiences. This world really isn’t what it seems!


9. List making

Lists help keep me organized, efficient, and productive. It’s a great tool for anyone who has a lot of ideas, and a lot of things to do. Because, when they get written down, they will eventually get done. Also, as a fashion author, I am constantly thinking of things I have to do in the future, so writing them down, it is like planning for the future.


10. Inspiring fashion people

When I think about fashion people, usually people from the past; Coco Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Diana Vreeland, these fashion designers and fashion people, they always keep me motivated to write about fashion. Their love for fashion and their true passion for fashion is really contagious! So, whenever I need a lift, I look to fashion designers and fashion people, because it is a good form of support. They really reveal the power of fashion.


Over the course of a couple years, I have spent an extensive amount of time researching fashion, and creating fashion concepts. I am finished with my first book, it is in the final copy edit stage, but I still have quite a bit to do in order to bring this book to light. My book is in the process of publication, and my publisher is John Hunt Publishing. They have an incredible assortment of published books that are really modern, and futuristic.


Out of all the things I have done in my fashion career, I really feel like writing about fashion. It has finally brought me to a point, where I am realizing that I really love to write, and I have so much to share. As a creative person, I love fashion and I love writing, and of course, I love to think about fashion and understand fashion. I look forward to share more about my book with you soon!


- Alyssa Couture


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