Inspiration Board: Clothes and Make-Up

I’m a big believer in inspiration boards – I wrote about them previously here. I really believe that they magically (ok…maybe through some subconscious positive thinking mechanism) allow your wishes to materialize in your life. This is the article that inspired me to create a vision board – I highly recommend you read it!

This was the vision board I created last year…since then, we’ve purchased a house – and I see elements of my vision board in my house (like the colour scheme in the picture under the yellow flower, and the gorgeous window seat near the pink flower). Some of it is my own application of what I want in my house…but some of it is the universe providing me with what my heart was looking for (I know…this is starting to sound New-Agey, right?).

Well, recently I’ve been feeling uninspired clothing and make-up wise….so I decided to create a LookBook/Inspiration board. I wondered it this would be a shallow and teeny-bopper-like thing to do, but the truth is, when I feel good about the way I present myself – I’m a happier person – so that makes it a worthwhile project for me.

Here’s what I came up with (click on pic above for a larger version)…lots of my favourite celebs – Halle Berry, Cameron Diaz, Eva Longoria, Mila Kunis and Rachel Bilson….and lots of my favourite looks – skinny  jeans, over-sized scarves and luxe handbags! Hopefully this board will keep me motivated to take care of myself (skincare, healthy eating and exercise) and provide me with inspiration for fall/winter dressing.

I’m very blessed with where I am in life (family, surroundings, friends) but I do also want to focus on finding some new life-goals – so I’m going to be working on a non-appearance related vision board next. If you’re interested in creating a vision board – here are the basic steps (based on the Daily Mail article I linked above).

1) Get some magazines and flip through them – tearing out any images that appeal to you – don’t overthink them – just rip them out!

2) Arrange them on a corkboard

3) Place it somewhere that you will look at everyday

I’ve also learned a lot more about the power of Vision Boards from the inspirational Milly at BeautyLogic. Read about some of her Vision board success stories here and here.

Do you believe in Vision Boards? Have you ever made one?


  1. Tali
    October 31, 2011 / 6:59 pm

    This is a really great idea. I might make a mood board to cheer me up when im feeling down.. like photos, quotes and happy memories!GREAT post hon!! xx

  2. Lilly's Style
    October 31, 2011 / 7:16 pm

    Love inspiration boards! I was thinking about doing one of these for home decor. That's why I love pinterest (even though it's not quite the same as having a board hanging on your wall). Love your style board!

  3. Beautygirl24
    October 31, 2011 / 7:22 pm

    I love this idea! It's perfect for times when you aren't feeling so wonderful. I think we all go through those "blah" phases, so don't worry! I love the looks you posted! I hope it helps!

  4. Ella Pretty Blog
    October 31, 2011 / 8:32 pm

    Tali – using quotes would be brilliant! I'm totally going to do that when I make my life-goals vision board 🙂 There's a Gwyneth Paltrow quote that I love: “I think my work ethic is the reason why I’m successful. I think that a lot of people don’t want to put in effort and it’s easier to not change, not do something good for you, not work on your relationship, not make yourself a meal, not work out. [They're just] pissed off at someone else doing that. Everything in my life that’s good is because I worked my ass off to get it and to maintain it.” Lilly – Pinterest is AMAZING for finding inspiration pics – especially decor ones…but you're right, there's something about having all your inspiration pictures physically in sight that has a powerful effect.Noelle – Thanks sweetie! Yup – it's already working because it puts a smile on my face everytime I see it hanging on the wall 🙂

  5. Anonymous
    November 1, 2011 / 2:15 pm

    I love the vision board idea. I have one going of gorgeous homes I would love to own and beautiful places I would like to visit. Oh and Jen Aniston's body, lol

  6. Ella Pretty Blog
    November 1, 2011 / 2:21 pm

    I love the idea of having a travel/beautiful places vision board! Oh, and Jen is VERY disciplined and puts SO much effort into her appearance – and it's really paid off- she always looks so healthy and gorgeous!

  7. Skylette from SassySavvyStyle
    November 2, 2011 / 10:45 pm

    I think these inspiration boards are a great way to stay motivated and/or easier to acheive goals whether it be in home decor, baking or putting an outfit together! 🙂

  8. Ella Pretty Blog
    November 3, 2011 / 4:57 am

    Skylette – true…I've even been looking at my boards when putting on make-up…so nice to have the pics close-by for easy reference.

  9. Marie
    November 3, 2011 / 5:15 pm

    I love your inspo boards 🙂 And I do believe that the vision board can help you achieve whatever you wish for 🙂

  10. Ella Pretty Blog
    November 3, 2011 / 9:16 pm

    Thanks Marie!

  11. Katherine
    November 4, 2011 / 2:55 am

    I do think these vision boards can be very powerful – but I haven't done one in a while – does pinning on pinterest count? 😉

  12. Andee Layne
    November 4, 2011 / 2:01 pm

    i need a board too haha i just have random magazine clippings lying around everywhere!

  13. Ella Pretty Blog
    November 4, 2011 / 4:04 pm

    Katherine – I'm sure pinning on pinterest counts LOL – I think the key thing is looking at the pictures on a regular basis so that it stays in your subconscious.Andee – Me too! I'm such a magazine clipper! I have decor…recipes…make-up…I tried organising them in binders but it's a lot of work!

  14. Tali
    November 4, 2011 / 6:31 pm

    I love that quote.. good for her for saying it. She gets SO much critisism its not even fair!

  15. alicia
    November 4, 2011 / 6:37 pm

    I love vision boards! I'm due to make a brand new one. 🙂

  16. Ella Pretty Blog
    November 4, 2011 / 7:43 pm

    Alicia – I'd love to see a pic when you're done!Tali – yup she does get criticised a LOT – I think it's easier for some people to critcise others than try to do something to make their own situation better. Sad, huh?

  17. Louise @ cosmetic bee
    November 4, 2011 / 11:41 pm

    This is great! I always tear out things from magazines, but all of it eventually gets scattered and then thrown out. An inspiration board sounds like just the thing to keep it all organized and visible.

  18. Ella Pretty Blog
    November 5, 2011 / 4:44 am

    Louise – I hope you try it! I've recently seen a blog post featuring a gorgeous vision board in a white carved frame – very shabby chic and elegant. Am tempted to make a couple more to keep in my walk-in closet.

  19. Ugly Duckling
    November 8, 2011 / 2:48 pm

    I had to make vision boards for school textiles projects. I think it took the fun out of them for me!Might give it a try sometime now though, thanks for the idea.Following you now. Stop by my blog sometime and follow back if you like :)Amelia @ UGLY DUCKLING <3 x

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