Wednesday, February 10, 2016

How to Use Pintertest to Create a Personal Valentine's Day Look | Advice

Let's talk mood boards 'cause I love 'em. They're a collection of images and materials that evoke a certain style concept and putting one together can provide inspiration and direction for many projects. Not everyone is a thematic dresser. That's ok! But, I'm sure it's no surprise to anyone that I am. Being a holiday junkie, I could a wear a million different looks to celebrate and using a mood board helps me understand what is most meaningful and enjoyable to me about a holiday. 

Pinterest is a great place to store ideas but, it's also an easy as pie mood board maker. Using my pinterest, I search keywords and pin whatever catches my eye to a fresh, new board. Then I go back and spend time looking at each individual pin and the collection as a whole. Are there any overarching themes and styles? Which elements draw me into each picture? What I saw in my mood board above was soft fabrics, pale colors complemented by deep red, romantic florals, and promises of sweet moments. 

For some Valentine's is hot and sultry. For others it's a big-eyed kitten holding a lace heart that says, "you're purrfect." Mine lands somewhere in between candy hearts and squishy kisses with my kids and stolen romantic moments with my husband. It's sweet, it's cute, and it's romantic in a familiar way and my mood board reflects that. With just a few moments on pinterest, I was able to create a visual tool that is a personal expression of what makes me the happiest on Valentine's day.

Knowing exactly what is in my heart allows me to do my favorite thing; take those feelings and flip them inside out for the rest of the world to see. I'm not getting dressed to impress, I am surrounding myself in a collage of little moments that I hold dear. Little things that effervesce with joy inside of me that I can wear as a badge of honor and share with the world.

Let me know in the comments what you love about Valentine's Day and stay tuned for my second Valentine's day mood board outfit inspiration!

Cardigan: Thrifted, similar in XS-4X | Skirt: Forever 21 similar in XS-4X | Shoes: Target, similar | Bracelet: Vintage similar | Lips: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Aria


  1. First off, wow, you're a really great writer!! Second, I love the way you use Pinterest for inspiration! I don't think I've ever heard anyone describe it like that. Your outfit is already adorable, but I was really intrigued by the way you put it together.

  2. This outfit is GORGEOUS! And I love that you shared your inspiration behind it; I have never thought of using Pinterest as a mood board! What a good idea!