I love Christmas. I love waiting for it every year, I love our family traditions and saying ‘Merry Christmas!’ to every person I meet around that time.
This is also the time when I put my phone away and meet friends. I prefer to stay offline and I like to cuddle up with my dog and watch films with my family or catch up on reading.
Although I do love Christmas film classics such as Love Actually or Holiday, I like to mix it up a little. If, like me, you are looking for a dose of inspiration this Christmas, have a look at my favourite titles below.
- Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules Verne – A total classic. Join Phileas Fogg and his servant in their race against time.
- One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez – Magical realism. Immerse yourself in the imagery.
- The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón – Mysterious Barcelona and The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. You won’t be able to put this book down.
- The Thief Lord, Cornelia Funke – Full of adventures, this book is like a beautiful love letter to Venice.
- Just Kids, Patti Smith – My favourite book of all times. I read it when I lack inspiration or feel a bit lost in life.
- The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman – Photos from the awesome street style blog published in a book. An. Endless. Source. Of. Inspiration.
- Grace: A Memoir, Grace Coddington – Coddington has been one of the most influential people in the fashion industry for decades. A fascinating read.
- Into the Wild – A tragic tale of one man’s yearning for nature. Raw, deep, brave and beautiful. Based on the great book by Jon Krakauer.
- On the Road – Another film based on a book, this time on the cult novel written by Jack Kerouac. A cinematic take on the writer’s stream of consciousness storytelling style.
- A Summer in Genoa – a touching story of a family dealing with grief and loss trying to start over again in the city of secrets.
- Samsara – a breathtakingly beautiful journey through 25 countries.
- Roman Holiday -a definite mood-lightener, plus Audrey Hepburn’s outfit is just #whiteshirtgoals.
- Vicky Cristina Barcelona – as the title suggests, Barcelona is one of the main characters of this Woody Allen’s film. You won’t be able to stop humming the theme song for days.
- The Grand Budapest Hotel – You’ll either love it or hate it, but you should definitely give Wes Anderson a chance to take you on his crazy journey.
- Brooklyn – every person who moved to a new country can relate to the main character’s struggles. It’s such a simple, yet touching story of finding oneself in the world.
- Yves Saint Laurent – I find all biographical films about artists fascinating, this one is a visual masterpiece.
- The September Issue – Behind-the-scenes documentary covering the production of the legendary fashion magazine’s September 2007 issue. To be honest, Anna Wintour is quite intimidating even when you watch her on the screen.
- Bill Cunningham New York – sometimes the person behind the camera is more important than the one in the picture. As Bill Cunningham passed away in June this year, let’s have a look at his amazing career.
If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, why not take a virtual tour of one of the best museums in the world? Here are a few of my favourites:
- National Gallery, London
- Tate Modern, London
- The Louvre, Paris
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
- National Museum of Natural History, Washington
- Vatican Museums
Have a wonderful Christmas!