One of the questions I’m asked most often is how I stay motivated while working for myself. While I will address this in a lengthier post, a big part of it is having an inspiring work place. My week is split up into days I work from cafes (usually before a workout class), and days where I work from home. I’ve ensured that in both cases, I’m surrounded by things that’ll inspire me.

It may sound silly, but personally, the smallest details make the biggest difference. I personally believe that if you have more aesthetically pleasing things, you’re more inclined to use them. For example, having cute workout clothes motivates you to go to the gym, right? It’s the same with your workplace essentials! Here are 5 of my favourite things, all of which are available on Amazon:

I’ve always had an affinity for cute notebooks. In fact, I’ve amassed quite a collection! That way, if I’m off to a meeting, I remember to carry it with me.

Marble Laptop Cover
If I could name the single thing I have received most compliments on, it would have to be my marble laptop case. Ever since I got it, I’ve fallen in love with my laptop all over again. Not to mention, it makes for a great prop!

Artistic Magazine
My home is littered with magazines like Kinfolk and Cereal. They’re great for gathering inspiration while disconnecting from the internet!

Candles, candles, candles
My name is Siffat and I’m a candleholic. I love how beautiful they make any space, not to mention how relaxed I feel when I light one up!

Phone Case
You carry it around all day, why not make it cute? Again, it’s great for taking pictures!



  1. May 10, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with this post! Working for yourself can be hard sometimes especially when you start to lose that creative spark.. seeking inspiration from things around you really makes all the difference and it’s so helpful when they are items that are useful for other purposes!

    I must admit, I have an obsession with notebooks as well.
    Have a great day, love!

    Grey Canvas

  2. Rosalie
    May 10, 2017 / 11:03 pm

    I totally agree with you, having cute or aesthetically pleasing items plays a big role in motivation 🙂

  3. May 11, 2017 / 2:40 am

    hahaha i love candles too!! I totally agree with you about a note book babe!! I still love writing things down!! Beautiful picture too!!



  4. miri
    May 11, 2017 / 10:02 am

    I think it is amazing that you can blog full time and alternate between home and coffee places. I find it very cool. Thank you for your Amazon picks, Siffat. I will check them out!

  5. May 11, 2017 / 6:00 pm

    I totally agree, having somewhere that is nice to look at and be at helps to motivate me to work as well! I love finding good pieces I can use in my office! I love all of your accessories, those marble ones are so nice!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  6. May 11, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    All marble everything!! I’m the same way. Love it.
    I always get so many complements and questions about my marble laptop cover. I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever bought off Amazon!

  7. Amy Arnold
    May 12, 2017 / 12:16 am

    I definitely think having an inspiring work place makes a difference! Makes me think I need to do something about m office at work… Love your essentials.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  8. May 12, 2017 / 2:23 am

    I agree with all the points you raised here. Some might think it’s trivial, but a cute working space can definitely be a good motivator!

    Jessica |

  9. May 12, 2017 / 3:41 am

    It really is so true and important! The little things make a big difference in how inspired we are! Such a great reminder – you seem so organized!!

    xx, Amy

  10. May 12, 2017 / 5:16 am

    Yes, it’s definitely the little things! I love marble everything and need that laptop case!


  11. May 12, 2017 / 8:23 am

    I can’t agree more on you about this. So true, having cute work-out clothes makes me want to show them off and there is no better way to do that by going to the gym.
    Have an amazing weekend ahead Siffat.
    Love from

  12. May 12, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    I just love it so much. I really believe that having an inspiring workplace is the key to productivity. At least, i feel so.
    Have a great weekend dear.

  13. May 13, 2017 / 1:13 am

    My name is Edye and I’m a candleholic, too. I have designated a whole book shelf just to candles #sorrynotsorry 😉

    Edye |