- Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favorite things, anything at all that makes you you.
- Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
- Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
- Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
- Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).
- Find inspiration by spending (minimum) three hours scrolling through aesthetic Tumblr posts relevant to you.
- Two great places to hunt for pictures are Pinterest and WeHeartIt. Pinterest requires an account; WeHeartIt does not.
- PicMonkey’s collage editor is free to use and doesn’t require an account, heck yes. YouTube has plenty of tutorials on how to use it; I watched this one (which begins with tips on how to find decent photos).
Okay. Before you scroll down further there is something you should know about me: I am very much all about about The Aesthetic™. I am dedicated and obsessive when it comes to The Aesthetic™. I have spent a very long time cultivating My Aesthetic™.
You may now proceed to the gigantic 24-image graphic below.
So, because I clearly have nothing better to do, allow me to explain the various aspects of My Aesthetic™:
First up, cats and books! Then we’ve got houses with bright open spaces and lovely views, giving off kind of a suburban feel. Then Hamilton, which I have yet to see on Broadway but which has become one of my most beloved interests nonetheless.
Then autumn. Autumn is the season of my heart, my soul. I love everything about autumn; the wardrobe of coats, woolly socks, oversized sweaters, and boots, cinnamon-spiced everything, dreary skies, apple pies, curling up with hot chocolate, Halloween, falling leaves, pumpkins, candles, apple cider, apple orchards, pine cones…I’ll stop, but I think you get the point. Autumn. I love it.
Moving on to travel, which encompasses many things all at once. Trains, which I am obsessed with. It was always my dream to take a trip on the Orient Express, and I legit mourned when they discontinued it. One of these days, though, I’m going to travel in a fancy train just like the one in that picture, and my view will be spectacular.
Then there’s my Americana Travel Aesthetic, consisting of wide-open roads, empty grocery stores at night, bright neon lights on semi-abandoned buildings, shitty motels, random highway diners, and other various trappings of weird American history and folklore.
From there you’ve got the ocean, cities on the ocean, homes on the ocean, walking along the ocean, road trips to the ocean. Anything to do with the ocean, really.
And last but not least: my vaguely Arab/North African aesthetic, conveyed, of course, using a desert, a lady leading a camel, traditional North African courtyards, and figs (the fruit of my childhood when I couldn’t find mangoes).
This took me an obscenely long time, which does not surprise me at all.