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Birthday wish list

Birthday Wish List | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comMy Birthday is in a week so I put together a little Birthday wish list.

Kimono Floral Seductress One Piece Swimsuit by Nanette Lepore
Chai Glass // INDISKA
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
Hindi Swirl Earrings // eBay
Hexagon Wooden Tray // Lagerhaus
Jay Plate // INDISKA

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Taking stock

Taking Stock | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comEnjoying: extended time with my family and friends in Sweden.
Listening: to the Swedish investigative true crime podcast #Fallet.
Wearing: floral clothes from my favourite Swedish shop, INDISKA.
Making: time for reading.
Cooking: tacos with girls I went to school with.
Drinking: strawberry ProViva, a Swedish probiotic fruit drink.
Feeling: loved.
Reading: The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer.
Looking: into courses and funding. Still.
Wishing: that I could live in Brighton and in Sweden at the same time.
Liking: sleeping in a comfortable bed.
Snacking: on cinnamon chocolate almonds.
Coveting: books I want to read.
Hearing: how much my brother sounds like our dad on the phone.
Learning: lots about myself.
Loving: Swedes’ tendency to make the most of things and to let things take their time.
Watching: The Nightmare and rubbish horror films with my best friend.
Admiring: Shirley Manson. Always.
Getting: super excited about seeing my friends when I’m back in Brighton.
Wondering: what my life will be like in a year’s time.
Playing: with my friends’ cats.
Noticing: that this time in Sweden is making me remember who I really am.
Deciding: on plan B and working on plan A.
Wanting: my own house because I really miss having a place to call home.
Thinking: about the future.
Knowing: that I can do whatever I want.

Taking Stock is a feature inspired by the lovely Pip of Meet Me At Mike’s.


Lately, according to my phone: Sweden edition

I’ve been in Sweden visiting friends and family for almost 4 weeks now and I’m savouring every moment of it. I’ve been catching up with people who I haven’t seen in years and I’ve paid several visits to my favourite Swedish shop INDISKA. Most importantly, I’ve had no responsibilities and I’ve been allowed to just be. Something that I haven’t been able to do for years. Though I didn’t see it at the time, I suffered from learned helplessness during my last 4 years in London. Being around loving, supportive people in Brighton and in Sweden is making me remember who I really am. I’m a strong, assertive woman who goes after what she wants and does what makes her happy, no matter what. No one can tell me what to do. Isn’t it wonderful what love is capable of?

Lately, According to My Phone: Sweden Edition | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comWatched The Enfield Haunting with my best friend and her cat.
Chanterelles, the gold of the forest.Lately, According to My Phone: Sweden Edition | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comBefore attending a Birthday party for a girl I met at art school.
A few beautiful things. Love my brother’s Buddha statue!Lately, According to My Phone: Sweden Edition | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comI’m always struck by my hometown’s beauty when I visit.
Went to INDISKA and got a top, an open tunic, a dress and trousers in the sale.Lately, According to My Phone: Sweden Edition | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comBlueberries straight from the forest.
The Swedish countryside is so beautiful and serene.Lately, According to My Phone: Sweden Edition | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comBefore attending a dinner party with girls I went to school with.
Love the fact that you can buy mochi ice cream and Pocky in my tiny hometown.Lately, According to My Phone: Sweden Edition | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comWent to INDISKA again and couldn’t leave without this gorgeous maxi dress.
A Happy Buddha on a sunny Friday afternoon.


Style direction: She lives on Love Street

Leaving London and everything unhealthy behind gave me a sense of freedom, and with it came a new style direction. I feel like I’ve been let out of prison and I want to celebrate my new-found independence and my increasing self-confidence. I want to sing and dance in a field of wild flowers so it makes complete sense that my style is going in the direction it is.Style Direction: She Lives On Love Street | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comInspirations
“She lives on Love Street” is of course the first line of Love Street by The Doors. It’s the perfect name for my new style direction as I’m heavily influenced by Jim Morrison’s muse, Pamela Courson. For a while, I’ve noticed myself moving away from the swinging 60s towards the psychedelic late 60s and the super bright early 70s. I’m reconnecting with Mother Earth and searching inside myself for something deeper. I’m also connecting with my glam rock flower child mother who brought me up to love David Bowie and The Doors, so it makes sense to go back to her roots.

Free-spirited. Flowy. Layers. Fringe. Lace.

Shades of blue – cornflower, aqua, cyan, robin egg, azure, turquoise; shades of green – spring, mint, kelly, sea foam and of course lots of yellow, bright orange, candy pink and silver.Style Direction: She Lives On Love Street | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comPrints
Floral, geometric, paisley, op art, psychedelic and anything Marimekko.

I’m letting my ginger bob grow but I’m keeping my big long rounded fringe. I still wear my hair in an Anna Karina half up bouffant every now and then but I want more texture and curls. Makeup is minimalistic with mascara and a light shimmery eye shadow if any at all. I’ve grown my eyebrows out and I’m still figuring out what to do with them.Style Direction: She Lives On Love Street | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comEssential pieces
Psychedelic maxi dresses and floral tunics, Breton tops and high waist a-line skirts, shift and babydoll dresses, solid coloured vest tops and printed flowy skirts, kimonos and scarf dresses, printed 60s blouses and retro swimsuits, sailor coat and fringed cardigans.Style Direction: She Lives On Love Street | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comEssential accessories
Floral scarves and oversized 60s sunglasses, vintage fabric bags with circular handles and printed tote bags, floppy hats and floral crowns, chandelier earrings and long necklaces with crescent moons and elephants, handmade brooches and wide braided belts.

Essential footwear
Swedish clog sandals, strappy sandals, tan Chelsea boots and as often as possible, bare feet.

How about you? Do you write style directions or keep a mood board to help you visualise your personal style?

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Taking stock

Chiaki Creates - Taking Stock chiakicreates.comEnjoying: the seaside air.
Listening: to Nick Drake, The Doors and Clara Rockmore.
Wearing: psychedelic maxi dresses as often as possible.
Making: a new life for myself.
Cooking: a lot of tofu and mushrooms.
Drinking: Swedish elderflower cider.
Feeling: free and loved.
Reading: Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers.
Looking: forward to September.
Wishing: some things were easier but then nothing that matters is easy.
Liking: listening to podcasts on my long walks to and from work.
Snacking: on creamy dill lentil chips with red pepper houmous.
Coveting: clog sandals.
Hearing: people’s life stories.
Learning: to stop resisting.
Loving: living in Brighton.
Watching: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Lilyhammer.
Admiring: myself for doing what makes me happy.
Getting: super excited about new projects.
Noticing: how much better my skin looks since I moved from London.
Giggling: at Man Down.
Bookmarking: inspirational articles.
Deciding: to quit my job and go visit my friends and family in Sweden for a month.
Contemplating: what courses I want to take.
Wanting: more time to write.
Thinking: about how amazing it’s going to be to see everyone in Sweden.
Knowing: that everything is falling into place.

Taking Stock is a feature inspired by the lovely Pip of Meet Me At Mike’s.

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July goals

Chiaki Creates - July Goals○ Walk along the seafront more often.

○ Sing a few songs with a friend at an open mic night.

○ Eat lots of fruit.

○ Breathe deeply.

○ Repot the shiso plants that a friend gave me.

○ Sell my Canon camera and use the money for something that will make me happy.

○ Buy a retro swimsuit.

○ Go see some art.

○ Consume more inspirational books, podcasts and documentaries.


Making life happen

Chiaki Creates - Making Life Happen chiakicreates.comThe past 4 years of my life have been incredibly tough. If you don’t know me offline, this may come as a surprise to you as I made a conscious decision not to share all the bad stuff online. We are not our circumstances and I realised that blogging had a therapeutic effect because it forced me to focus on the good stuff.

Truth is, I felt horrifically lonely and out of place in London. Everything there is so fleeting. I was struggling to find meaningful work and I kept making friends who were only passing through. I’m originally from a small town in Sweden and as fun as London can be, living there stopped making sense to me a long time ago. I ended up spending my days desperately missing nature, seaside air and people who don’t live there.

So, 2 weeks ago I moved to Brighton to start a completely new life. I’m currently working in an ethical independent supermarket and living with a really sweet woman who was in a cult for 7 years. The transition proved more difficult than I thought it would be, but I’m making lots of new friends and there are lots of opportunities coming my way. This is my life now. I just need to stop resisting and let life take its course.

For 4 years I gave until there wasn’t anything left of me to give and it has made me really unhappy. I feel unbearably guilty saying no to people who are asking for my help and learning that “no” is a complete sentence has taken me many years. I’ve finally admitted to myself that I need therapy to help me work through everything that happened in London.

About 3 months ago, I wrote a plan for the future and I was pleasantly surprised by how specific it turned out. Since then I’ve been working very hard to create the life that I want to live. It’s been a painfully slow process but I’m taking steps towards a better life every day.

I want a simple, slow life. I want to write and help people live like they mean it. I want to go for long walks, cook good food, laugh every day, love with my whole heart, read good books, listen to music and podcasts, have super connection conversations, sing, watch good films, learn new things, go out for dinner or tea and cake, visit exhibitions, go to comedy and music gigs, go to the pictures and travel.

Artistic souls need space to grow and I’m never going to become the woman I want to be if I live conventionally. I was never made for a conventional life. I need to invest in myself and live the way I want to live.

That’s it. Nothing is more important than doing what makes me happy and surrounding myself with people who love me, believe in me, encourage me and make me cry with laughter. I just want to write and love and laugh. Here’s to a new chapter of my life.