FYI: This post was created in collaboration with Alice Lane Home. The Rose Quartz Book Ends were gifted to me.

Although I love browsing Pinterest and blogs for daily inspiration, there’s nothing more visually stimulating than flipping through a physical book! I rounded up a few of my favorite reads this season. They make perfect coffee table books but they’re also equally inspiring as they are aesthetically pleasing.

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Disclaimer: This post was created in collaboration with Capri Blue candles. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Sheselle going!

Spring has sprung and as the flowers begin to bloom, I thought it would be fitting to share my Spring Reading List with topics centered around personal growth and strength. If it’s still a bit chilly where you live too – light up a candle (the one above is the Dark Vanilla and Sandalwood Gilded Muse candle by Capri Blue), wrap yourself in a cozy blanket, and get ready to curl up with a good book!

Personal Recommendation

Milk + Honey by Rupi Kaur: This is a collection of short poems and illustrations about Kaur’s journey with love. In short, it perfectly dissects the process of heartbreak through four sections: hurting, loving, breaking, and healing. She exhibits pure honesty and vulnerability throughout each piece and I found myself being able to relate to her experiences on so many emotional levels. Seriously, at the end of the book, it felt like I had just finished having a meaningful conversation with a good friend!

To Read

  1. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  2. All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
  3. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
  4. Sweet Bitter by Stephanie Danler

What’s on your Spring Reading List? Share any recommendations in the comments below!

xo, Donna Belle

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Happy National Coffee Day!

When I have my own place in the near future, one thing that I would like to incorporate into my living room space is a collection of carefully curated coffee table books. The beauty of these is that they serve multiple purposes – whether you are in desperate need of inspiration, something to occupy guests, a meaningful gift for a loved one, or an eye catching art piece to complement your home decor. Whatever it is, these books are filled with stunning photographs, artwork, and interesting reading material that you can revisit overtime. I’ve rounded up 5 that are either a personal favorite of mine or have caught my eye recently! Depending on your personal style and interests, there’s a little bit of everything from fashion, design, architecture, to travel sprinkled throughout.

See San Francisco

by Victoria Smith | Amazon

Blogger, SFGirlByBay (also known as Victoria Smith) takes you through the most “Instagram worthy” spots around the San Francisco neighborhood in this photographic lifestyle book. It’s organized by neighborhoods so it definitely gives you a in-depth look at everything from the city’s historic landmarks to it’s unique culture.

Oh Joy! 60 Ways to Create and Give Joy

by Joy Cho | Amazon

I’ve been following Joy Cho’s blog for quite a long time and when she came out with this book earlier this year, I was incredibly excited to get my hands on it! It’s filled with colorful and creative DIYs that are perfect for families to recreate.

Humans of New York

by Brandon Stanton | Amazon

You know those touching stories that you came across on your Facebook timeline? Chances are they came from Humans of New York. Without having to actively scroll through your social media channels, this book contains a wide collection of photographs and stories of the unique individuals that make up the diverse city.

The Wes Anderson Collection

by Matt Zoller Seitz | Amazon

I’m a huge fan of Wes Anderson’s films and if you are too, this book is a must have in your collection. It’s filled with extended interviews and never-before-seen artwork/photographs across each of his visual creations.

Places To Go, People To See

by Kate Spade New York | Amazon

If you’re itching to travel, this book contains playful photographs across notable destinations like New York, Tokyo, Paris, and more! Each of it’s pages are designed through Kate Spade’s signature playfulness that we all know and love!

Do you have a favorite coffee table book that you recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Donna Belle

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With everything being digital these days, it’s incredibly refreshing to be able to physically flip through pages of a book or magazine. At a young age, I remember excitedly running to the magazine aisle of every grocery market I went to and collecting issues of J-14, BOP, and Heartbeat (edit: I had no idea that these were still on stands today!) Although reading entertainment magazines like Cosmopolitan is still very much a guilty pleasure of mine, i’ve been gravitating towards more aesthetic + lifestyle focused zines that carry a collection of beautifully curated short stories, poems, and photographs by various artists. I found the content in these to be much more thought-provoking and a great source for creative inspiration. Here are ones that i’ve been loving recently:

  • Cereal This UK produced magazine highlights distinct places around the world through short essays that focus on the people, products, and places that make it beautifully unique. The overall minimalistic design is also aesthetically pleasing to the eye! To get an idea of the type of things they produce, check out their online gallery.
  • The Gentlewoman I’ve only recently come across this but I absolutely love the fact that this magazine celebrates and empowers the modern woman. So far, they have featured prominent women like Emma Watson and Beyonce!
  • Afar What initially drew me to this magazine was the fact that the Art Director, Elizabeth Olsen was a graphic designer and blogger that i’ve been following for years. Besides this, this magazine always gives me serious wanderlust! They cover everything from the food to the culture of each featured destination.

Many of these magazines are only published biannually and are a bit more expensive than your average grocery store bought magazine. However, these are well worth the wait and price for the substance. If you love art and/or simply looking for creative inspiration, I highly recommend that you check out these magazines! I always love discovering new reads so if you have any recommendations, i’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

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