by Serena Coady
For the past few months, you would have been plagued with the sickly-sweet and deeply wistful tunes reverberating through your local mall and the abundance of Chrisco hamper ads glitzing up your prime time TV viewing.
And just when you were trying to recover from a crazy Christmas, you were struck with another festivity: New Years!
All signs point to 2014 being a big one. (Bold. Italicised. Underlined.)
The year ahead will welcome the Winter Olympics in Russia, the UN’s International Year of Family Farming and Crystallography (gee whiz!) and John Farnham kicks off another comeback tour!
You’re the voice, try and understand it!
So yea we lied, 2014 doesn’t have so much in store. But we’re big believers in being self-starters.
So how bout making this year, your year.
Sure, you could assemble your sisters, your girlfriends, your cats, whatever, and plan out your New Year’s reses.
“I shall read Ulysses!”
“I am going to eat raw this year. Goji, chia seeds, wheatgrass, my front lawn grass.”
“I’ll stop Snapchatting after the three drink mark!”
But where is the fun and additionally the likeliness of sticking to that… who needs rules, man. Fly into the year ahead by inspiring yourself silly and create your own mood board.
Especially if you’re still on uni or school break or you’re lazing up your annual leave (the way it must be!), this will be a superbly fun project for you.
“Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can at it.” – Danny Kaye, old-skewl American actor
Source: Tia Bach
So, what you want first up is a beautifully blank canvas. Invest in a high quality material that will not only last, but one that will complement your living space.
“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.” – Robert L. Peters, ultra-nerdy design strategist
To create inspiration for your future, you must start by finding a central theme on which to base your designs.
What inspires you? Is it a decade… like the whimsical, free-loving 60s? Is it a place… perhaps Positano on your summer trip? Or is it a colour… do you dream of nostalgic shades like in Channel Orange? Regardless, try find your dream theme and then sparks will be sure to fly.
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.” – Jim Jarmusch, talented ultra-hipster film director
While you should know theft is wrong by watching the pre-viewing anti-film piracy segment on your family movie that involves stealing a handbag, a car and the equivalent of these things, a movie, I am here to say that theft of inspiration is just fine!
Hunt through your Vogues of yesteryear, photocopy beloved passages from your vintage books and sift through your favourite Polaroids. All in the name of fash-un!
“Lose yourself to… Pinterest” – Half Daft Punk, the rest Me
If you haven’t whiled away the hours of sleeping/studying/socialising and morphed into a Pinhead like I did, then I suggest you start before the holiday has dried up. This website is the portal to not only aesthetically amazing images but also niche as content suited to every lady’s style.
“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” – you’ve heard of him, Albert Einstein
Close the eyes to what Einstein says here. Point is you ought to begin your mood board in a fairly empty and orderly work space that will allow you to perfectly position your images on the board.
You want to create a harmonious (or harmoniously chaotic, whatever works for you) arrangement that you’ll love seeing on your wall all year round and that you’ll earn the favour of your guests with, especially when you reveal to them the artist!
At HFB, we’ve got into the spirit of inspiration with the mood boards we created on our team weekend! Check them out:
In the meantime, snap us at @herfashionbox, we’re damn excited to see your mood board stylings!