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Slow Living, Inner Peace and Self Love


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Outfit: Sunny Afternoon in my studio

♫ The Kinks – Sunny Afternoon ♫Chiaki Creates - Outfit Sunny Afternoon in My Studio Chiaki Creates - Outfit Sunny Afternoon in My Studio 3 Chiaki Creates - Outfit Sunny Afternoon in My Studio 2Marcie dress // courtesy of Joules
Hand-painted rainbow necklace // made by me
Bangle // made by me
Milan clogs // Sandgrens

I realised that my studio is the perfect place to take (outfit) photos. You also get to see where I work. I moved house a bit over a month ago and I have the best housemates, including two adorable cats! My life has radically changed in the last 6 months but I couldn’t be happier with where I live and where I am in life right now.

How gorgeous is this dress? It’s also super comfy and it has pockets which is always a win in my book. I love babydoll dresses, they make me feel like I’m in Rosemary’s Baby. This is obviously too long for a babydoll but I like that it is because all my other dresses are short. Joules have a fantastic tunic dress collection. They have so many pretty garments that it was difficult to choose just one.

Tonight I’m off to the ICA with a guy from my book club for a screening of The Birds. I’m very excited about it because I’ve been wanting to see it on the big screen for 20+ years.

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Style feature on Kat got the Cream

chiaki creates outfit rock 'n' roll suicide 2Hello my lovelies! I’m over on the fabulous blog Kat got the Cream today talking about my personal style. I’m delighted and honoured that Kathryn chose to feature me in her new series Love Her Style which celebrates her favourite bloggers’ style. Her blog is such a happy place and she writes the most delightful weekly happy lists. You can find the post here. Do pop over and have a read!


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20 things you might not know about me

Chiaki Creates - 20 Things You Might Not Know About Me1. Dylan Moran is my favourite living person.

2. Growing up, I wanted to be an aerialist and a forensic psychologist.

3. My cat Litania, who lives with my mum in Sweden, is named after Charles Baudelaire’s poem Les Litanies de Satan.

4. I’ve read American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis so many times that I have been known to find a specified sentence in less than a minute.

5. My favourite food is mushrooms and I love trying new kinds.

6. I pretty much know The Rocky Horror Picture Show off by heart.

7. For the past 18 years or so I’ve been a massive Nine Inch Nails fan. I absolutely adore Trent Reznor. Same goes for Joy Division and Ian Curtis. I feel incredibly close to them because they’ve been by my side through thick and thin for so many years.

8. I’m a rationalist.

9. My dad is the only one I know who has watched more films and read more books than I have.

10. I honestly can’t wait to turn 30. I feel like I’ve been twenty-something forever.

11. I have a weakness for Irish accents.

12. I don’t write poetry anymore but I started writing Gothic and Nietzschean poems as soon as I knew how to write, and I did it throughout my whole childhood and adolescence.

13. I find cleaning therapeutic.

14. When it comes to lying I have no tolerance whatsoever. I can’t stand it and it baffles me how people can voluntarily choose to make things difficult for themselves by lying.

15. I’ve been shaving my eyebrows off for the past 17 years. I was raised on David Bowie and I’ve always loved Ziggy Stardust’s cerebral alien look.

16. I was once engaged to a sailor.

17. I can’t play any instruments but I can sing.

18. As a teenager I was a punk and then a Goth for many years. After that I was really into decora and fairy kei for a year or so.

19. I drink at least three pots of green tea every day.

20. When I’m out and about, I say hello to every cat I meet because I consider it polite.


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Lately, according to my phone

I’m sorry that my posts have been a bit sporadic lately. I’m moving house in a week so I’ve been busy packing, getting rid of stuff and preparing for moving day. These are very exciting (and slightly scary) times! Somehow I also managed to fall into a photographer slump in April but I’m finally starting to feel inspired to take photos again.

Gave myself a new haircut about a month ago.
Finally started using my apple tea towels from Tiger.Wore my new Mary Quant-esque knee socks from Primark.
Spicy miso vegetable udon soup with vegetable gyoza for dinner one night with a friend.Spent an evening re-reading a favourite manga and painting new psychedelic designs.
Yesterday a dear friend and I had these super yummy cinnamon buns in a Swedish café. I ♡ Pop Boutique.
Today I’ve been making a groovy cushion as a Birthday present for my mum.


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8 reasons my former self would be proud of me

Chiaki Creates - 8 Reasons My Former Self Would Be Proud of MeIn October last year the ever so lovely Jenna of Kitty Cat Stevens wrote this amazing blog post. Jenna is spot on about how we, especially women, find it really hard to pat ourselves on the back and how it’s easier to focus on what we didn’t accomplish. Reading her blog post made me feel so happy that I was inspired to write one myself. I clearly struggled with finishing it for a while but I loved the challenge of writing this. Make sure to pop over to Jenna’s blog as well! Here are my reasons my former self would be proud of me.

Deciding to travel and see the world
There’s always been things preventing me from travelling. Not having the funds, being a carer, depression or even plain old fear. Now I’ve always had my heart set on Japan. Two of my friends are moving there soon and I’m taking that as a cue to just go. So, I’m planning to move to Tokyo and study Japanese for a while. I haven’t set a date yet and I need to research it properly but I am going to go. I also want to see France, Scotland, Ireland, the list goes on. I’m lucky enough to have friends all over the world and it will be lovely to visit them!

Moving to London on my own and starting a whole new life
I’ve always wanted to live here. When I was 13 I wrote a bucket list and the first thing on it was “move to London”. Yes, really. The small Swedish town that I grew up in made me miserable from the very start. I couldn’t get a job when I graduated from art college and there wasn’t anything for me to do there. It got to the point where I had to do something crazy. So after about 6 months of proper preparation I moved to London, on my own and without knowing anyone who lived here. Moving here is the one thing that has changed me the most and the one thing that I’m most proud of.

Developing an immense strength when it comes to dealing with adversity
I’ve been through a lot of tough things in my life and most of the time I feel like my whole life has been one long fight for survival. I wouldn’t change it for the world though, because it has made me so incredibly strong. I simply don’t do giving up.

Completely overcoming my shyness and no longer having any qualms talking to strangers
Unbelievable as it may seem now, I was really shy as a child and I blushed all the time. With age my shyness gradually disappeared but it didn’t completely vanish until I moved to London. Being forced to talk to strangers in a language that isn’t my mother tongue did me good. How are you going to make new friends if you don’t talk to strangers, right? Of course, this doesn’t mean that I’ve become a complete extrovert since being shy isn’t the same thing as being introverted. According to positive psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi creative people tend to be both extroverted and introverted simultaneously.

Improving my photography skills and finding my photography style
Photography was one of my favourite subjects at art school. Sadly, I lost the passion and the resources (read: darkroom) for it after graduating. I got serious about photography again about two years ago but it wasn’t until I bought my DSLR at the end of 2012 that I started to develop my distinctive style.

Teaching myself to crochet and getting my work featured in a magazine
It started as something I did to relax a few years ago and I had no idea then that I would one day be able to get compensation for my work. This is another area where I’ve developed quite a distinctive style. I knew how to crochet (and knit) as a child but unfortunately I forgot how to in my teens. I’m so glad that I picked it up again!

Committing to radical honesty
Radical honesty is not about saying everything that’s on your mind. Radical honesty means that no lies are allowed, not even tiny white ones. Lying is something that really rubs me the wrong way and I expect people in my life to be completely honest with me, as I am with them.

Working on improving my mental health every day
There’s a theory in psychology that everyone has a default mood that they automatically revert to. This means that some people are naturally happier. I’m not one of those people. My default setting is miserable. I’ve been fighting depression my whole life. Even when I was a child I was unhappy. I also have OCD and panic attacks both of which I’m working very hard to keep under control. I’ve learnt the hard way just how important it is to make time for self-care. Again, I simply don’t do giving up.


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Lately, according to my phone

Spent an evening hand-printing tote bags which are for sale in my Etsy shop.
Made a super happy pom-pom scarf which is also for sale in my Etsy shop.One minute DIY: Rainbow dot washi tape shelf edging.
Spent an afternoon writing and listening to The Who.Made a Birthday tiramisu Swiss roll for my dear friend Kat‘s fiancé. (Photo by Kat.)
Got these gorgeous bracelets from my best friend in Sweden in the post.The trees on my road are covered in gorgeous pink blossoms.
My best friend in Sweden sent me this gorgeous necklace and a matching bracelet.


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Lately, according to my phone

Had the most marvellous evening with Kat at Bibimbap Soho.
I might have had Richard Ayoade’s spectacles in mind when choosing mine.Just a daily reminder.
Shimeji, shiitake & miso ramen and pork gyoza (not pictured) for dinner with Kat.This bright little pouch is one of the Birthday presents that I made for Kat.
Bracelets from my best friend in Sweden, washi tape & a crafty care package from Bridgeen.Got ready for a night out by listening to the Sherlock soundtrack.
Today I’m making a kazillion pom-poms and tassels.

My username on Instagram is chiakicreates if you fancy following along.