There’s always a sense of needing a good Monday morning motivation. And I thought I’ll start a series that could bring ideas, inspiration, motivation and put a happy thought or a happy smile on your face.

Discipline and freedom – Video from Nowness

First, there’s this video from NOWNESS – you can always count on them for great & inspiring videos – ​Inside the Paris Opera Ballet: with three wonderful profiles of Émilie Cozette, Mathias Heymann and Marie-Agnès Gillot – Marie was part of the latest Celine campaign alongside the always inspiring Joan Didion.

You really must watch the first 3 minutes of this video, Lady Gillot says something extraordinary and very smart about how discpline can give you the freedom that you dream about:

“There’s an iron discipline which allows my personality to be totally free because that discipline is based on solid foundations. Discipline is the cornerstone of freedom, not the opposite.”

Video directed by Benjamin Millepied

Inez & Vinoodh for W Magazine

Second there’s this stunning photoshooting that Inez & Vinoodh did for W Magazine – the September 2015 Issue. Every photo tells a story and the girl is almost surreal. This technique reminds a lot of Tim Walker’s work and I am a fan-forever of his work. It’s gothic, it’s victorian, it’s dark, it’s haunting and timeless, for me it tells the story of a girl who came to a funeral on a boat and discovers herself caught in the seductive red shadows and games of the island, maybe a way of going from the real world to the world of fabrics, shapes, creations, the world where every starts and ends.

You can try an exercise of imagination and see how this story feels for you.

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Photograph by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin; styled by Edward Enninful; W magazine September 2015.

Easy Virtue for an easy Monday

And if these two do not motivate you, there’s always this song sung by Jessica Biel and Ben Barnes that should lift you up anytime: When the going gets tough, the tough get going!
When the Going Gets Tough- Easy Virtue Soundtrack

Have a wonderful week! 🙂

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