Monday, 16 February 2015

My Inspiration

I have spent today curled up on the sofa feeling generally sorry for myself after the little cold that reared its ugly head on Sunday morning turned into flu. I had to take a day off work (my second in three and a half years, not impressed!) to try and get myself better for London Fashion Week which kicks off this Friday, so my office has been my laptop and a duvet today. Joy.
After a day of sneezing, fainting, answering emails and moping I decided to cheer myself up with a little pre-LFW online shopping and catching up on reading blogs. I spotted a few posts all about inspiring women (I love Rosie's post!) as part of Atterley Road's #ARWOMAN campaign and I thought I'd join in to post about three women who inspire me.

Grace Coddington, inspiring women
Image from The Guardian

Grace Coddington

I love Grace Coddington. She is the Creative Director of US Vogue who has worked her way up in the fashion industry from modelling at 17 and does not give a shit about what anyone thinks of her, not even Anna Wintour, because she believes wholeheartedly in herself and her work. That is something to be respected.

She was involved in a major car accident when she was 26 and had to undergo plastic surgery which left her unable to model anymore, but instead of giving up, she simply turned her hand to something else which she just so happened to be amazing at. 

Not only that, she grew up in the exact same place as I did, the small Welsh island of Anglesey. It is in the middle of nowhere so Vogue was her only link to the world of fashion, which was very similar to my childhood. My Dad is a sculptor so always had stacks of fashion magazines for inspiration in his studio, I used to spend hours flicking through these and making my own clothes for my dolls (and dinosaurs), it was a bit of an escape. So it's incredibly inspiring to see how successful someone from a small place so far away from the fashion industry can be.

Also, she's 73 years old and got herself banned from Instagram with her very first post, a topless cartoon of herself. She is mint.


There are so many people I could have included in this list from Natalie Massenet and Barbara Hepworth to Michelle Obama and Lena Dunham but Beyoncé deserves a mention. I don't care what anyone says about her, she's stone cold amazing. From silly things like inspiring me to dance like a lunatic to Crazy in Love at uni with friends to actual genuine inspiration and female empowerment, Beyoncé ticks all the boxes.

Harper Lee, three inspiring women
Image from The Washington Post

Harper Lee

Harper Lee has always intrigued me, ever since I fell in love with To Kill a Mockingbird when we read it in English GCSE. It was published in 1960, she won the Pulitzer Prize for it but never wrote another book. Seemingly unheard of today with books being churned out left, right and centre, I always found it inspiring that she made the decision to let Scout and Atticus Finch stay exactly where they were. But it has always been something that has intrigued me, it even formed part of my entrance exam for university. So when I heard that a sequel Go Set a Watchman, written in the 1950's, had been discovered and will be published.

Harper Lee makes it into my list of inspiring women for sticking to her guns for so long until the time was right. I doubt she'll make too many people's lists but I can't leave her out, it's a personal one!

Join in with the campaign by tweeting or posting an image of who inspires you with the hashtag #ARWOMAN, I'd love to hear who inspires you!


  1. This is ace Clare!

    Embarrassingly, I don't know much about Grace Coddington. Off to Google her now though cos she sounds like a LEGEND. xxx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

  2. I wonder what Harper Lee did from the book release until this new one?

    Buckets & Spades

  3. I LOVE TKAMB, such a good book and the film is brilliant, Gregory Peck is just DIVINE! I have loved Grace Coddington since the September Issue, she just seems so cool...

    Maria xxx

  4. Ah, I chose Kathleen Hanna, Estee from Haim and Tina from Bobs Burgers for my post :')

  5. I'm definitely intrigued at Harper Lee's new book, been a lot of controversy over it but it's going to be brilliant. LOVE Grace Coddington but I don't know that much about her so it was cool to read about her background and that she's from your home town!


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