6 Under-the-Radar Creative Jobs at NYFW


Photo courtesy of Meagan Morrison

Models and designers are just the tip of the fashion industry iceberg… here are some other creative opportunities for the fashion-enthused!

1. Fashion Illustrator 

Do you like markers more than people? Have you considered entering rehab over your sketchbook addiction? Do you sometimes wonder if your hand will permanently freeze into a pen-holding shape?

Fashion illustrators are hired by magazines, websites, brands and blogs to sketch everything from clothes to accessories. This fashion week, illustrator Meagan Morrison went from show to show quickly sketching looks and uploading them to her social media accounts and clients — her work has been featured by Marie Claire and Armani.


Perks: Direct access to editors and designers who may use your work in a story or campaign

2. Performer

One untapped music venue? Designer presentations.

Unlike in a traditional runway show with a soundtrack, many designers are opting for live music via an emerging artist, band or DJ. Kiki Rowe performed live at the SAUNDER presentation on a mini-stage, and DJ Samantha Ronson supported her sister (and super-cool designer) Charlotte Ronson at her presentation.

Singers, DJs, and musicians: if you’re trying to get exposure, research fashion events in your area and ask if you can audition to perform. Live music is so much cooler than a soundtrack.

Perks: Access to emerging designers, exposure to a highly creative community and perhaps a free outfit


3. Model Booker

If you find yourself constantly fan-girling over Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss, ask yourself: what if I could get paid to do that? And become besties with Car and Kar in the process?

Yes, it is true: there are people who make money staring at models and deciding which ones would best fit a designer’s show. They’re called model bookers, and they are a desperately-needed resource in any fashion capital.

Perks: Opportunity to attend fashion shows; make friends with models and designers; exposure to all types of beauty

4. Make-Up Artist/Hairstylist/Nail Artist

This one may seem obvious, but for anyone serious about getting experimental with make-up, nails and hair, working NYFW is a dream come true.

These beauty gurus are the literal trendsetters of the industry, dictating which lipstick colors, hair colors and nail trends are going to be IT in the next year — not to mention, all the gossip happens in the make-up chair!

Perks: Opportunity to collaborate with designers on looks; worldwide exposure; early access to new products


5. Street Style Photographer

Inside the tents at Lincoln Center, photographers need credentials to photograph the runway.

Outside, though? It’s fair game. And that’s where the real action takes place.

Anyone with a camera is welcome to hang outside the tents and snap pictures of all the fabulously decked-out We Heart It-celebs in-the-making.

Perks: Chance to practice your photography on willing models; unlimited content for your blog; possibility of selling photographs to major websites or magazines

6. Street Style Star

If you’ve ever dreamed of being noticed for your cray-cray bow collection or vintage sunglasses obsession, Lincoln Center during NYFW is the place for you.

Fashion-wise, the more original, the better. This is not the place to try to fit in, so leave your inhibitions at home. Wear your weirdest hat; match your bizarro socks with those vintage heels…and get ready to get noticed.

Perks: Opportunity to wear your most experimental outfit; possible worldwide attention as a trendsetter

Hearters, tell us in the comments section: what is your dream NYFW job?

We Heart It x New York Fashion Week

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Big news.

For the first time ever We Heart It is on the front lines (err…the front row?!) of New York Fashion Week. We’re going beyond traditional fashion coverage and highlighting the most innovative and edgy aspects of this action-packed seven days. Get ready for plenty of behind-the-scenes photos, street style, We Heart It repping at Lincoln Center and much, much more.

You can follow our exclusive coverage on our blog, and of course, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to follow some of these awesome collections listed below!

NYFW by We Heart It


NYFW by Molly from We Heart It

Molly Grid FW 1

NYFW by Chelsea from We Heart It

Chelsea's Grid

NYFW by Teen Vogue

Teen Vogue FW Grif

NYFW by Refinery29

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Snoopy and Belle in Fashion by Belle 



We are also curious what you’re hearting related to NYFW — creativity, expression, photography, and all — drop us a link to your collection in the comments section so we can re-heart your faves, and let us know what you’d love to see from New York!

Chit-Chat With the Merrell Twins

unnamedAs far as YouTubers go, the Merrell Twins, Vanessa and Veronica, hit on all cylinders: they play music, act and do challenges.

We recently had an absolutely fab chat with the 18-year-old Queens of Positivity (honestly, they never stop smiling) about everything from starting a YouTube channel to their creative process, and, yes, their love lives. (We had to ask, duh.)

By the way…if you’re looking for a funny YouTube channel to subscribe to, theirs is it!

What’s your favorite thing about We Heart It website and app? Have you inspired any of your friends to create accounts?

Our favorite thing about We Heart It is seeing all the creative pictures everyone posts! It’s really cool to see what people Heart. You can tell what a person is like by the pictures they post and Heart on We Heart It. Also people are just so creative and we love that!

We have inspired our friends and a lot of our YouTube subscribers to create accounts! They really enjoy We Heart It.

What was the first thing you hearted? Any fun stories behind it? 

Our first picture we Hearted was a picture of a quote that says, “Laughing is the best exercise.

We just really liked this quote because we are always laughing! It’s one of the best things to do in life!

What types of photos do you like to look at on We Heart It? Do you ever use the things you heart for inspiration for your videos?

We love looking at all kinds of photos! Our favorite thing to look at is the “All Images” page because we like to see what everyone is posting about! There is usually hot guys, boy bands, adorable outfits, beautiful photography, pretty make-up, cute hair styles, inspirational quotes, animals and a bunch of other things! But you can always tell when something is really popular, like when The Fault in Our Stars movie came out, every one was hearting images about that movie! When the World Cup was on every one was hearting images about that! We just love seeing what is popular and staying in the loop!

You guys are obviously mega-creative. Where do you get your inspiration when it comes to being creative , either on YouTube or on We Heart It?

For We Heart It we like to post our own pictures of things we like or places we go to and quotes we love. When it comes to our YouTube videos we actually improvise a lot of things! We also like to see what is popular and create ideas based on that, whether it is a song, saying, a person, an action–basically anything! We write scripts for our videos and try to inspire others with our music.

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How heavily do other We Heart It users and YouTubers influence your creative process? Do you usually get ideas for your collections and videos when you’re online, or out “in real life”?

We get ideas from both online and “in real life.” Like we kind of said earlier, people heart images that are popular at the moment, so we get inspiration based on what people heart the most. There are different accounts who influence us [focused on things] like fashion, photography, etc. But we really like to be original on We Heart It and YouTube.

There are a lot of comedy YouTubers we like to watch who inspire the type of comedy we do on our channel. We have a series of videos called “Survival Guide For ” and they’re just “tips” on how to survive certain things in life. We also do popular challenges that people request and cover popular songs.

You two are so creative in so many different ways — how do you switch gears? For example, what influences when you want to be serious vs. funny? Do you typically plan when you will create certain types of work or do you just go with your moods?

We always plan our videos. But like we said earlier, even when we have a plan, we improvise a lot! Our channel consists of  a lot comedy sketches but we are planning on covering some more serious topics in the future. We already have ideas of what we want to talk about.

How big of a part does being from California influence your taste in clothes, food and your general laid back attitudes?

California definitely has a different fashion sense than Missouri, where we are originally from. Our taste in clothes is very diverse! We feel that California is very laid-back about what people wear, meaning you can basically get away with wearing whatever. We have everything from floral print dresses to leather jackets, cute lacy shirts with bows to hipster crop tops. Attitudes out here are so laid-back and so chill! We feel like we can be ourselves and not be judged and we love it.

Where would you suggest your fans who want to become more creative in any capacity find their inspiration if they are unsure where to start?

If some one is unsure on where to start with being creative, we recommend on figuring out what you like to do. If you like art a lot, do something that involves art. If you like music, sing or play your heart out! It’s all about what you love to do. It could be something as simple as painting your nails or doing make-up. Just do… ANYTHING! And start now! Don’t wait for the “right time” to start being creative. Being creative and sharing what you love to do is an amazing feeling!

All right — we noticed someone has a giant crush on Cristiano Ronaldo. Who likes him more? 

Vanessa loves Cristiano Ronaldo. I (Vanessa) just think he is a beautiful looking guy (hence he’s in the beautiful people collection a lot) He also is a very good soccer player and got me into liking soccer! (We are terrible soccer players, though.)

Veronica or Vanessa: let’s play a quick game of “Who is more likely to…”

…stay up all night editing a photo or video? Vanessa
…run out of photo storage on their phone? Vanessa
…have an intense celebrity crush? Vanessa
…make a sign and hold it up at a concert? Veronica
…plan their Halloween costume super far in advance? Veronica
…eat an insect voluntarily? (Chocolate covered ants, anyone?!) Veronica
…propose changing their name? This is a hard one because we both love our names!
…jump into a freezing cold swimming pool on a dare? Vanessa
…win at bowling? Veronica… she always wins at bowling!
…fall while ice skating? Vanessa
…break a world record? Veronica
…ask someone on a date? Neither one of us because we believe it’s not ladylike to ask a boy on a date 😛
…buy a shirt with a quote on it? Veronica
…fall asleep while talking online? Vanessa
…spill something? Vanessa

Of all your collections, which is your favorite to add to? (Link to collection)

Fashion and Summer! We love clothes and anything that has to do with summer!

You’re on a desert island and you can only bring one luxury item. The catch is, it has to be something you hearted. What do you bring? 

Vanessa: I chose this one so I could escape the island!

Veronica’s: I chose this one because I could take the boat and find my way home!

If you had to sum up We Heart It in one sentence, what would you say?

We Heart It is a place where you can share your heart ❤

Magazines or Novels: Chatting Creativity, Tunes and Inspiration With Andy Grammer


Earlier this week we had a chat with We Heart It user and musician Andy Grammer — such a cool guy with an amazing perspective on creativity and inspiration.

See below for our exclusive Q&A with Andy, and make sure to check out his collection (and don’t forget to give him a follow…his stuff is pretty cool), where you can see a ton of album and non-album related stuff Andy loves.

Andy Grammer Lyrics

You’ve got quite a following on We Heart It — what message do you hope to convey to your followers through your hearted images?

It’s a really cool way to highlight lyrics. I spend so much time writing and agonizing over getting lyrics just right, this is a fantastic platform to let them be seen.

As a musician, you express yourself through words and melodies — how often do visuals play into your creative process?

I actually have something called synesthesia. It’s where you associate sounds with colors. So when I hear a song I immediately hear the colors that it sounds like. I thought that’s how everyone listened to music but my friends tell me I’m crazy. A song will come on the radio and I’ll be like, “come on guys you all know that sounds purple and white!” and they’ll just look at me strange. When I’m writing I definitely take what colors I’m feeling into account.

How important is your physical environment when writing songs? Where do you typically do most of your writing? Do you have any rituals?

I think it’s actually really important. Vibe is one of the only things you can control about songwriting. Also the headspace you are in before you start to write. So I like to get up and workout, eat something healthy and then head into the studio. Almost the way you would prepare for an interview or an important meeting. I did a lot of writing for this record in a studio in Hollywood that had super vibey lighting, a piano, a bunch of guitars and a drumset. Just a great place to create.

You’ve made a career out of being creative, which is something many of our users dream of! Needless to say, it’s not always an easy path. What advice do you have for anyone hoping to make a career out of self-expression and go down a non-traditional path?

You can’t steer a bus that isn’t moving. You have to be the engine. The truth is when your career is being creative even YOU don’t know what’s going to make sense or work. That’s the joy and the paralyzing fear of it. You just keep moving and fall in love with the process of creating. I wrote 100 songs for my new album, the best ones came in the 90-100 batch. The artist that keeps moving will find the beauty, if you wait nothing happens.

How important is self-expression and creativity in gaining a better understanding of yourself?

To me it’s an amazing form if therapy. Especially the more honest you get. I think the songs that really connect are ones where the songwriter is being honest with himself or an area of life and the listener is like, “ME TOO!” With that being the case I think I constantly am digging around in my heart or in my own life to find something that will resonate. It’s a cool job.
“Holding Out” is a super romantic song with an upbeat melody. We see a lot of this type of juxtaposition on We Heart It — happy vs. sad, romantic vs. silly, etc. What type of impact do you think that “opposites attract” approach makes?

It’s a technique that can let you get a point across. For a song like holding out if you match the sound with the content it gets cheesy quick. It’s a form of musical jiu jitsu. I had to find a way to get this song out without it being heavy handed and the fresh beat if it keeps you in.

Have you always found it easy to express yourself? If not, how did you maintain your self-confidence when producing art?

I don’t know if I always do. If I write 5 or six crappy songs in a row it’s really hard. I think it’s the allure of the great song that keeps ya going. It also goes back to an earlier answer that you can’t steer a bus that isn’t moving. I am only comfortable when I’m moving. That’s the bench mark, if the songs are bad I can live with that, but if I didn’t create at all… that’s a real issue.

When you were growing up, what were your favorite ways to get creative? Any unique or funny stories you can remember?

Everything. From tap dancing to juggling, jokes, magic, piano, anything I thought would be impressive. I liked making people happy. I found that you could do almost anything you wanted to someone else’s heart through songs. That’s when I started to really focus in on songs as my main medium of creating.

One of your songs on Magazines or Novels, “Honey, I’m Good,” is about resisting temptation. What was the last temptation you resisted?

The last temptation I resisted was the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Hagen Das in my freezer last night. “I could have another but I probably should not…”

Last question — can you point our users to a favorite image on We Heart It you think sums up your point of view as an artist?


Into the Wild: Chatting Animals, Nature and Inspiration With Elissa Sursara


Earlier this week we had a chat with our resident wildlife expert and hearter of all things nature, Elissa Sursara — and wowwas it fantastic and informative.

Read on to learn all about Elissa, who lives in Australia, and make sure you follow her on We Heart It — she’s got one of the coolest accounts going that’s updated regularly with gorgeous wildlife images, videos and GIFs.

Hi Elissa! Thanks so much for chatting with us. We’d love to start by hearing all about your job. What is a typical day like in the life of Elissa Sursara?

My job is all kinds of fun, but it’s also hard work. It can be really rewarding and incredibly draining all at the same time, but I love what I do because it makes such a positive impact. My day always looks different. If I’m undertaking a study, I’ll wake up on site and prepare my equipment for the day – that might be diving gear to study and photograph marine life, or comfortable hiking clothes to study land mammals in their natural habitats. If I’m writing an article or a National Geographic blog, I’ll stay in front of my computer for hours, pouring over my notes and pictures. If I’m advocating, I might be at a school or at a university to talk to students about their environment and conservation. I get to spend a lot of time with animals and the people who love them, so it’s never a dull moment!

So many kids grow up dreaming of working with animals, but you actually did it! How did you turn that dream into a reality? What was the biggest challenge or obstacle you faced along the way?

I knew I had to work hard if I wanted to see my dream of working with animals come true. I stayed focused in school and seized every opportunity I could, like volunteering at animal shelters and attending lectures outside school. I studied biology, and when I graduated, I decided to use my skills to help promote conservation. It’s so important to protect what we love – and more importantly, the resources we need! I donated my time to different organizations, like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and soon I was traveling the world to study wildlife, protest animal cruelty and talk with young people about the natural world.

Working with animals seems like a very rewarding and fun job — what are some of the hardest parts of that job?

Being confronted by animal cruelty can be extremely difficult. I’ve seen dead tigers, poached elephants, harpooned whales and other wildlife that has died as a result of needless human impact. As an animal lover, it’s hard to see the creatures I adore in states of pain and suffering. As a scientist, it’s more difficult to know their deaths could have been prevented.

How did you decide to use We Heart It to spread awareness about wildlife? What kinds of images do you typically look for when putting together collections?

We Heart It use what’s beautiful and interesting to visually stimulate others, and that’s how I use WHI too, to promote wildlife and conservation. Tigers are beautiful creatures, and in sharing their pictures, I’m able to create a dialogue with people from all demographics about the tigers’ plight, and what steps we can take together to make their lives better. When putting together a collection, I look for pictures that showcase the natural beauty of wildlife and habitats – like the sunset over an Antarctic iceberg, or a wolf cub exploring his wild surroundings – and share them with my followers.

I imagine that working around animals you have to be in pretty functional clothing — yet you Heart lots of style images! What are some functional, yet stylish items in your closet you would recommend for someone who has a similarly active job?

First and foremost, I like to be comfortable. My style is dressed down and layered: I like a lot of jeans, comfortable shirts, Vans or TOMS, and cardigans. It’s easy to dress functionally, stylishly, and compassionately. As a vegetarian, I don’t wear fur or leather.

Autumn is my favourite time of year to get dressed because I can wear layers and jeans and shop for jumpers. I have a few staple pieces that translate well from work to fun, like, my Wrangler denim jeans, Stella McCartney leopard print canvas flats and a black cardigan from Mink Pink. It’s casual, well-presented and perfect for me.

We have to know — do you have any pets, and if so, what are their names?

I have a rescued St. Bernard named Charlie. He’s my best friend! I rescued him from an owner who was surrendering him to a shelter. Shelter cats and dogs are often forgotten by people looking for a pet, and sadly, millions of those shelter animals are euthanized. I think it’s important to adopt animals – never buy from a pet store!

How can users use a platform like We Heart It to spread awareness about wildlife conversation and fair treatment of animals?

I think it’s important to find meaning and inspiration in everything we do, whether it’s photography, writing, design or science. We Heart It is a great way to use our creative skills and the things we like to promote important causes and philosophies, like compassionate clothing, kindness, protecting our incredible habitats and to talk about endangered species, and even our family pets and the things we love about them. Posting interesting pictures of wildlife encourages others to take an interest in those animals, and when we’re interested in something, it becomes part of us. People protect what they love.

Elissa Sursara Grid

Do you have any favorite photo techniques when taking your own pictures?

I like to photograph animals in the wild, unawares, and doing the incredible things we can only hope to be lucky enough to see for ourselves, like breaching whales and peeking leopards on the prowl at dusk. I’ve always liked to photography candidly. I like portraits and choreographed work, but I love to capture what’s real and raw. It’s more beautiful.

If our users could only visit one place you’ve visited, where would you recommend?

I’d like to say Antarctica, but it’s one of those incredibly untouched and isolated habitats, so rare and pristine, that I’d almost prefer it if no one were to ever visit it ever again. Africa is wild for seeing animals in their natural habitats. It’s stunning and vast and populated, but hauntingly tainted by poaching and extinction. I think people would benefit from visiting a place like it.

We’ve noticed you have several animal tattoos Hearted. Do you have any animal tattoos yourself, and if not, what would be your first choice?

I don’t have any animal tattoos, but I’m a big fan of tattoo art and can’t help but stop and admire some of the amazing portraits of wolves and bears that have been sketched, tattooed and posted.

You’ve Hearted many images of healthy, fresh food in addition to animals and nature. How important is eating healthy to your lifestyle, and what are some of the weirdest things you’ve eaten while traveling for your job?

I love fresh food, like strawberries, pineapple pieces, basil, spinach, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, aubergine, watermelon, pumpkin, cacao and all those tasty super foods we can find locally, ethically and healthily. Of course, I love pizza as much as the next person (who doesn’t love pizza? And fries!), but I know it’s important to fuel my body with what it needs before giving myself the things I crave. It’s important to eat well, especially if you lead an active lifestyle, so that you can rely on your own natural energy to stay fit and alert (instead of relying on energy supplements and coffee.) I don’t think I’ve eaten anything too weird on my travels… I had some raw vegan crab cakes that were prepared by former cannibals in Fiji. Not many people can say that!

If you had time to take on a “second” career, what would you pick and why?

I always wanted to be a Queen. I think that would be a great second career. Queen of Australia, or Antarctica, or something…do you think it’s possible? I think it might be possible.

What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you while working with an animal?

I was taking ID photographs of leopards at a rehabilitation center in Namibia went I felt a wet sensation on my socks. A young leopard was marking his territory, I suppose. I could hear some laughing behind me as some of the senior researchers chuckled at my expense!

What is the biggest misconception people have about wildlife, and what can We Heart It users do to help dispel that myth?

I think the biggest misconception about wildlife is that our wildlife isn’t suffering, or that there’s nothing we can do about it. Sometimes we’re led to believe those things, particularly by paper and oil companies who profit from deforestation. We’re in a sixth mass extinction and our most iconic species (elephants, lions, tigers, whales and giraffe) are all dangerously close to the end of their time. But we can solve this problem, together, by doing things within our reach! Whether it’s talking about these issues with our friends, creating petitions and posters, buying compassionate products or donating our time or money to organizations working toward real-life change, like Sea Shepherd, World Animal Protection, WWF, Earth Hour, IFAW, PETA, Wildlife Warriors and Panthera.

WHI users can also help by sharing pictures of wildlife they love, tagging friends and organizations, and sharing this important message on their social networks!

You’re obviously very passionate about wildlife and have used We Heart It to spread that passion. How can users with other passions — books, cooking, biking, etc. — use We Heart It to spread awareness about their passion or hobby?

Get active about the things you love – no matter what it is! Create a blog, write a book, take pictures, heart those pictures, tell your friends, make shirts… scream and yell about your passions until you have everyone’s attention, and then show them why it’s so special to you. Before you know it, you’ll have inspired others to take interest in your work and in your philosophies, and you’ll be another step closer to turning your important dreams into even better realities!

Now it’s your turn to tell us, Hearters — what are your hobbies and passions, and how do you use We Heart It to share them with others? Tell us in the comments section below!

18 Wreck This Journal Inspirations To Further Wreck Your Journal

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Attention all people who have not yet given up on actual paper: this past week Wreck This Journal was trending on We Heart It, so I thought I’d take a poke (okay, more like a deep dive) through all of your fabulous hearted journal images for some inspiration.

(Oh, and for those of you unfamiliar, Wreck This Journal is exactly what it sounds like: a journal that encourages you to “wreck it” using various methods.)

Below is a list I compiled of some of my fave ideas (I also made a collection!) — take ’em or leave ’em, but either way, keep wrecking those journals and sharing your creative masterpieces with us. We’re looking and loving!

1. Take your journal on vacation

Planning a trip? Do not leave that journal at home! New places are notorious for amazing inspo (err…hello, Big Ben!) — and don’t forget to take a picture of all the pages you complete while on vacay. You can paste them in later — or add them to your We Heart It page!

2. Stencil it up

Let’s face it — some of us have art skills that never progressed beyond preschool. But just because you’re not the next Picasso doesn’t mean you can’t have a next-level journal. Use stencils (like this wicked Batman stencil, courtesy of Heather), trace things or even grab a cookie cutter when populating your page with illustrations.

3. Use your X-Ray vision

This is what they call thinking outside the box…errr, or, beyond the surface?! There’s something creepily cool about the human body, so why not use your lovely insides as inspiration for your journal? Alma first hearted this image of skeleton feet in a Wreck This Journal, and I’m digging it.

4. Let it burn

Make sure you’re familiar with stop, drop and roll before attempting this one! Actually, better do it outside just to be safe! And definitely make sure NOT to burn the entire book…!

5. Think outside the wreck

Actually, this applies to all instructions in the book — you don’t have to take them literally. In fact, the more bizarrely you interpret them, the more unique your journal will be. So forget the rules and do your own thing.

6. Practice your band fonts

Oh, Alice, you were so spot-on with this one!

Wreck This Journal is the perfect place to pay tribute to your fave musicians and bands…and practice writing in their unique fonts. It will be fun to look back at the music you were into 10 years from now, so a page dedicated to this aspect of your pop culture life is a definite must!

7. Switch it up with color swatches

Need a place to test out nail polish colors? Where better than Wreck This Journal? Just don’t forget to write the name of the color underneath each swatch. So handy — you’ll have a reference guide for as long as you keep your journal.

8. See yourself in shadows

You’ll need a friend to help with this one — position a lamp so it shines against a wall, then have your friend trace your silhouette in your journal. Color in as you see fit. Many thanks to British Hearter Abbey for sharing this hands-down fabby idea. (Sorry, couldn’t resist the rhyme…)

9. Throw a quote party

Big on hearting quotes? Why not transfer a few of your favorites to your journal? Chances are you’ll never forget them.

10. Go camping with nothing but paper and crayons

Make summer last forever by illustrating everyone’s favorite campfire treat–thanks Danisa for this artistic rendering of the most unreal use of graham crackers ever. Actually, I advocate drawing any delicious food, which brings me to…

11. Pay tribute to the most glorious food ever to exist

Sorry, but how pretty are pink donuts? Even if you don’t love them, can we all agree that sprinkles make everything (including Wreck This Journal) more festive?!

12. Don’t underestimate the power of the pen

Stuck with a glorious idea…and NO supplies? Hold your worries — you can actually do a lot with a simple, basic pen. Take inspiration from this gorgey pen-dering (that’s my new compound word for ‘pen rendering’…)…it just takes a bit of creativity (okay, and a lot of patience) to end up with a masterpiece.

13. Be a bookworm

Like any page dedicated to your favorite artists, devoting a page or two to your current favorite book is a must-do. When you look back on your journal years from now, you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy inside remembering the first time you read about Hazel and Augustus…or Anastasia and Christian…

14. Use free stuff

View everything around you as something you can potentially slap into your book — coffee sleeves, plants, wrappers, tickets, receipts, etc. The weirder, the better.


Try being ridiculously overachieving on a page or two — supposed to stick something to the page? Stick 500 things to it. Told to drop the journal? Drop it from the highest place you can think of. (Just make sure no one is standing below…!) The shower page is always a fun one — why not DOUSE the book? (Don’t think of it as ruining your other pages…think of it as altering them.)

I am particularly in lurve with this fun shower page, first hearted by Valentina from Colombia. (By the way, her collections are killer…you should definitely give her a follow!)

16. Pick a palette

I’m absolutely gaga over some of these journals I’ve been seeing that stuck to a color palette all the way through. Talk about extreme dedication! So, whether it’s your first or fifth journal, why not challenge yourself by sticking to a color palette? (PS, got the idea from this unreal cover, first hearted by Elisabeth. Be still, my soft grunged-out heart!)

17. Keep your supplies on you

You never know when inspiration will strike, so at least try (I know, it’s hard…) to keep your markers/crayons/pens/pencils/paint/pastels/etc. with you. At the bare minimum, keep a pen so you can jot down ideas in your book for later execution.

18. Sleep with your journal…every night

…because you should show it some love. After all, it’s given you hours of entertainment! Thank you, Bianca, for first hearting these beautiful nighttime pages.

Hearters — what is the best/coolest/wackiest/most out-of-control thing you’ve done to your Wreck This Journal? Share below in the comments section and make sure to upload a pic to your canvas!

Halloween in August

Halloween in Summer

Halloween is just around the co–

Wait. No it’s not. But it might as well be — this week “Halloween” was trending on We Heart It, so we figured we’d start talking costumes — based on, what else — our most popular searches of the week. Oh, and don’t forget to follow my Halloween in August collection — it’s chock full of images no one could possibly resist. I mean, a kitten dressed as a bat…?!

For those of you who don’t celebrate the holiday, consider these ideas material for your next costume party.

Imaginary Pop Star Girlfriend – Whether you’re a Justin, Harry, or Matty Healy girl, may we suggest “Imaginary Pop Star Girlfriend” this Halloween? This costume is super easy to pull off — just wear your fave high-waisted jorts, crop top and leather booties, whip out your cell and spend the evening pretending to be on the phone with the stud of your choice. Extra points if you aren’t British…and do a British accent. (Only applies to One Direction and 1975 GFs.)

Human Nail Art – Obsessed with painting…and repainting…and repainting your nails again? Three times in one day? No, you don’t have a problem. You have a passion.

To celebrate a top hobby of 2014, why not go as Human Nail Art? Pick a favorite nail art design (we love Harley Rain’s collection) and use face paints to turn your face, arms and legs into a decorated canvas. Make your own graphic tee with the words “NAIL ART” appliqued across the front. #win

50 Shades of Grey Trailer – Wear all black, a blindfold and handcuffs. Applique the words “Coming Valentine’s Day 2015” to your shirt. When people ask what you are, tell them you’re the World’s Most Anticipated Movie Trailer. Check out the collection for inspo.

Human GIF – This one is perfect for the last-minute among us: wear your regular clothes. Do the same thing over and over again all night. Voila — Human GIF!

We Heart It – We may be biased, but we’re partial to an all-white ‘fit with a giant pink heart in the middle. Encourage your friends to tap your stomach to show their appreciation for you. Hand out Random Hearts of Kindness to strangers. Spread the love. 🙂

Hearters — have you started thinking about your Halloween costume yet? Leave your ideas in the comments section below and don’t forget to link to your collections to give other users some serious inspo!