I’m in a bit of an online rut these days, particularly when in comes to social media. Who knows, it may just be the January blues and impatiently waiting for the weather to warm up, but I also think that things on social media platforms are getting a little stagnant. For what has been a place of inspiration and escape for me for the last few years, things are getting a little over-saturated and repetitive, in my eyes. And before you think I’m a total hypocrite, I’m certainly not excluding my own accounts. There are only so many flatlays I can share.

It felt like a good time to sit down with a cup of tea in my work comfies (i.e. my Tallis cashmere jumper and Anthropologie jeans), with my messy hair, to have a little chat.

  Wearing: Tallis jumper, Anthropologie jeans, And Other Stories Belt, Camden Watch Company no. 27 watch

Like most people, I follow a couple of hundred accounts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Those accounts include a wide variety of profiles although for me, there is a clear majority of bloggers and influencers. I find that they typically fall into one of two categories: the dreamy and the authentic. Looking at the two extremes, there are people like Leonie Hanne and Tara Milk Tea sharing impeccably staged travel and lifestyle shots and then, people like Anna from The Anna Edit and Lily Pebbles, sharing gorgeous, authentic content with a healthy dose of self-deprecating humour. Recently, I have a clear preference for the latter because there are only so many photos of a perfectly proportioned human holding helium-filled balloons wearing designer clothes worth more than the entire contents of my apartment that I can force myself to double tap. Don’t get me wrong, given the opportunity, I’d probably jump into their shoes in a second. Those dreamy accounts and blogs are absolutely stunning, but it is so far from my reality that I just can’t relate and I’m not sure whether they are inspiring to me. This year, I’m trying to cut down on the dreamy and fill up on the authentic.

Similarly, over the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot more about the clothes that fill my cupboards and the furniture and decor that fills my home. The more I think about it, the more I want to fill my wardrobe and home with brands with a purpose and a story, made by real, relatable people.

Tea and working from homeArtwork in the background by Frida Wannerberger, Philippe K candle

I love the idea of supporting entrepreneurs doing great things. I’m not crazily adventurous when it comes to personal style but I love that when I wear this navy Tallis cashmere jumper, for example, I can tell the brand’s story. Tallis was founded by a Lilly, a local female entrepreneur passionate about sustainability and responsible sourcing and that they use recycled cashmere to make their jumpers and hats. And my favourite part of all – if the cashmere starts getting old and worn (as cashmere eventually does), they upcycle your jumper into a beanie or a beret for free through their Forever Tallis offer. I love that idea!

This is such a comfy jumper. It’s soft and warm while also being a really great fit and a timeless cut. Tallis pieces do come at a bit of a price, but it’s Swiss-made jumper with a story… and it’s just so bloody cosy.

Sofia ClaraIf you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you’ll know that I only ever set my New Year’s resolutions at the end of January because I like to leave myself a good month to think about them, after the madness that is December. While I have a slight idea of a few things I’d like to achieve in 2018, there is one thing that I’m sure of.

One of my favourite posts last year was my Swiss Designer Gift Guide, simply because I had such lovely encounters with all of the creators and have become so attached to the beautiful pieces that I picked out. I’d like to dedicate more time to finding out about more small brands; brands with stories, brands with real people behind them, investing in the products that they put so much love into making and designing.

If you have any small, up-and-coming brands you love, or influencers you follow who do inspire your day to day, please share. Be it brands, books or social media profiles, I want to fill my life with things that are relatable, authentic and closer to my reality. Surely that’s a more effective form of inspiration to help me get where I want to go?

Tea time Sofia Clara

Thank you for stopping by for a read. I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on the subject.

As I’m writing this I’m actually on the train with Clive heading up to the mountains for a few days skiing and we’re dying to get on the slopes. Have a lovely, lovely day! Big bisous xS

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Tallis.