I think it’s time to share some more lovely blogs with you again. If you missed Part 1 of lovely blogs, read it here. Otherwise let’s get right into Part 2.

Messy Nessy Chic by Vanessa Grall

Vanessa describes this lovely blog as a ‘cabinet of chic curiosities’. I can’t think of a better description. Every time I receive the newsletter from her blog I find myself thinking how on earth does she find this stuff? Her posts are fascinating, with titles like: Lost Gardens of New York City, Beautiful Tomboys of the 1930s, and World War II Love Letters. All her posts come with the most incredible imagery and a wonderful touch of nostalgia. My favourite post is her series called Things I found On The Internet Today. Here she lists unusual and insane things she finds while trundling through the World Wide Web. It’s nothing short of addictive.

Homepage of Messy Nessy Chic.

Homepage of Messy Nessy Chic.

Brain Pickings by Maria Popova

This is a lovely blog for the intellectuals. Maria Popova is an “interestingness hunter gatherer.” Her articles are about art, science, psychology, design, philosophy, history, politics, anthropology, and more. They are well researched and make you question what you thought you knew. The blog started as an email newsletter that went out to seven friends. Now it’s a place where anyone can read pieces that “enrich our mental pool of resources.” Her entire blog is ad-free so the reader can concentrate on the content. Her pieces take hours of research so if you want you can make a small donation to the blog. That way Maria can carry on producing the content. I find her articles intensely interesting and a nice change from the sometimes shallow content we get bombarded with everyday. They really really pick your brain.

Homepage of Brain Pickings.

Homepage of Brain Pickings.

Manger by Mimi Thorission

This lovely blog is like a fairy tale combined with lots of delicious food, set in the French countryside! Manger started when Mimi Thorisson and her husband moved from Paris to country life in Médoc, north of Bordeaux. They moved with their 6 children and 4 terriers (now they have 14). The move prompted Mimi to start her blog and document her life in the country.  It also allowed her to write about her one true love in the world (after her family), which is cooking. The blog has grown to the point where Mimi was able to release a cookbook in 2014 of all the recipes from the blog. It’s called A Kitchen In France, A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse. Available here.

Her stories of daily life are one of a kind. They include her children, their crazy animals and lots of family meals. It’s just enough to get you to pack your bags and move to France. Don’t even get me started on the photography, which is courtesy of Mimi’s talented husband. He also sometimes guest posts on the blog. For those of you who like descriptive writing, and French food I suggest you find your way to this blog.

Homepage of Manger.

Homepage of Manger.

The Creative Boom by Katy Cowan

This is more like an online magazine. It’s where I get my daily dose of art and design inspiration. It’s well known so not off the beaten track so to speak. But I love its ease of use and original content. It was started by Katy Cowan in 2009, and the purpose of the magazine is to:

“explore the very best work from the fields of art, crafts, graphic design, illustration and photography – and [we] are passionate about championing and providing inspiration to graduates, independents, freelancers, studios and anyone who has a love of creativity.”

 There is no shortage of creativity here. From inspirational designers, the latest in good reads, and exhibitions I would suggest anyone with a creative flair to explore this blog. Even if you think you’re not creative (impossible because everyone is in some way) you will find something exciting on this lovely blog.

Homepage of Creative Boom.

Homepage of Creative Boom.

Fashion Historian by Katy Werlin

I couldn’t believe it when I found this lovely blog. It’s about fashion and history. Two of my favourite things in the whole world (after Baxter of course). Katy describes her passion as follows:

“I am interested in fashion as a record of the human experience. Dress and appearance are incredibly personal aspects of our lives, and connect people from all times and places. I find it a fascinating way to study the broader experience of the past and humanity itself. As Louis XIV once said, fashion is “the mirror of history”.

 And Louis XIV would know! My favourite posts are her book reviews. I remember sitting in the Stellenbosch library in the special books section looking at all the expensive fashion books like Dior and Chanel and never being allowed to check them out of the library. Well now I can keep up to date with new publications on this blog. I would highly recommend this blog for anyone who enjoys a bit of history, fashion and textiles. It’s well worth a read!

Homepage of Fashion Historian.

Homepage of Fashion Historian.

That’s a wrap for Part 2 of Lovely Blogs! These blogs inspire me to carry on with my own. Their success highlights that you can write about anything, and someone will read it.