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Fall 2017

Using Pinterest for Inspiration

collage of pinterest photos. A shirt on a rack, bulldogs cuddling, a tub, a ring, an earring in an ear, a deer skull with flowers, a quote "I've learned that you can keep going long after you think you can't", a living room with twinkle lights and a skylightBy McKenna Munden

Ok, ok. I know what you’re thinking here. “Duh. Thats what Pinterest is for right?!” And yes, you’re correct, but I’m here to show you some of the ways I use Pinterest to get even more out of it! How to use it to inspire your next project, how you can use it with businesses, etc… So here are a few of my tips!

1. Use Lots of Boards

My number one tip for Pinterest users is to create TONS of different boards for EVERYTHING! I love how I can organize everything that brings me so much inspiration into their own folders and search through them whenever I need. It is so so handy and keeps me from getting overwhelmed!

2. Separate, Separate, Separate!

For example, instead of having a “My Style” board, break it up into “Fall Style”, “Spring Style”, etc… This keeps your pins even more organized and will keep your searching later to a minimum!

McKenna's fall style boardMcKenna's Spring Style board

McKenna's Summer Style boardMcKenna's winter style board

3. Use Boards to Collaborate Ideas

Some of you may know this, but I am a photographer and have actually been working on growing my own business for awhile now! And believe it or not, Pinterest has become one of my favorite tools in this industry. The obvious way I use it, is to simply pin other photographers’ work and ideas into a board that will inspire my own creativity, but I also use it in collaboration with my clients! When they book a session with me, I offer to create an inspiration board for their shoot and invite them to be a “collaborator”! They can pin whatever they want and I can see everything. This way I can get inside their minds and see the kinds of things they want to get from me. I can see specific styles they like, poses or scenarios they would like me to capture and I feel like I can communicate with them so much better! An inspiration board that reads "Alexandra's Wedding"

 

McKenna's "Alexandra's Wedding" board

4. Use Pinterest to Inspire Your Own Projects!

Using Pinterest to inspire you on your next creative project is as simple as just going on a pinning spree, pinning everything you love relating to the topic onto one board, going back through that board, saving your absolute favorites to your phone and using an app like Pic Collage to create a physical collage of these photos. This helps you filter through your favorites to find the ones you love the most and see them all together. I am currently planning a styled wedding shoot and used this technique to create a board to share with other vendors so that they could see my vision (and be a bit less cluttered than a board full of tons of pins).

McKenna's "HP Styled Wedding Shoot" board The HP Wedding shoot collage. A close up of a hand on lace dress, candles that have just been blown out, a bride, a bride and groom kissing under a dark wedding arch with twinkle lights, a table set with candles reminiscent of the Great Hall in Harry Potter, a mobile with flying keys, a HP themed cake, a ring on dark paper, letters, a veil, a lace dress, the platform 9 and three-quarters sign

There are SO many things to get inspired by on Pinterest and I have no trouble admitting that I am totally addicted! Hopefully you found these tips to be helpful and can continue to use Pinterest in new ways!

Interested in seeing more of my pins and boards? Follow my Pinterest HERE!

McKenna's Books and Mags board McKenna's Daww board McKenna's Family Future board McKenna's Future House Inspiration board McKenna's Little Style board McKenna's Mood Board McKenna's Pets board McKenna's Shed House Possibilities board

Until next time!

xoxo

McKenna Munden

 

 

All photos found on Pinterest.

Summer 2017

What To Wear: Missoula First Friday

On the first Friday of every month, galleries and museums in Downtown Missoula host First Friday Gallery Night. First Friday is a chance to enjoy new art exhibits, spend time with friends and experience the energy of a lively downtown Missoula evening. Not to mention, there’s usually complimentary wine and food. When you live in Missoula, MT there aren’t many occasions to dress up or have fun with fashion. So when First Friday rolls around, we like to take the opportunity to get a little funky with our outfits.

Jazzer-Rae

If you haven’t been to a First Friday here in Missoula, I highly suggest you do. It’s such a great experience to float from art gallery to art gallery and take in the amazing art Missoulians have to offer (not to mention all the tasty food). Here, I chose an outfit that was comfy yet cool for a night downtown.

I decided to go with one of my favorite tanks I found at a consignment store in California, a black crossed bralette, my favorite ripped black jeans and a black cardigan. This cardigan is great: the tassels add a little somethin’ and it’s super light. It’s perfect for a summer night out when you want to layer just in case but you don’t have to worry about getting too hot.

For shoes, I decided to go with some black wedged booties. They’re dressy but super comfortable for walking downtown! For accessories I went with some layered chokers with a cool purple stone necklace. Layering necklaces is such a fun way to add some edginess to an outfit; sometimes more is more! So get out there, enjoy some art, food and, the downtown specialness Missoula has to offer.

Sophie

It’s always fun to go out for First Friday in Missoula: it’s an excuse to dress up and see all that Missoula’s downtown has to offer! I tried to dress up a little, while also keeping it simple and functional.

I put together a black t-shirt crop top from Zara and black mini-skirt from H&M to create a sort of two piece look, and then threw on my favorite floral sweater (also from H&M) to add some color to the look.

Since First Friday involves a lot of walking around, I wore black wedge booties from White Mountain, which made me feel a little more dressed up, but are also super easy and comfortable to walk in. I feel like this outfit is perfect for going to the Art Museum, going out for drinks, or just exploring downtown!

Michelle

First Friday in the summertime is one of the most fun things about Missoula. The temperature is perfection, it’s light out until late and it’s a fun chance to rock something cute and go look at art with your friends.

When brainstorming the vibe I wanted for this outfit, I came up with “artsy, sexy, chic.” Tbh, I think I nailed it. I’ve been playing around with my style more recently, and it’s been so much fun to try new things and get out of my comfort zone a little more. For this look, I’m wearing a very 90’s white cropped halter from Forever21 with a pair of Joie black silk culottes from Cloth & Crown. I really like how the tighter top creates a nice balance alongside the loose pants.

To accessorize I’m wearing a pair of hoop earrings from Luca + Grae, and taupe lace up heeled sandals from Bohme. Since the main pieces in this outfit are pretty simple, I love the elements of texture and glam the accessories bring to the look. As for my hair, I pulled it up into a half up half down bun. I’ve been loving this hairstyle recently, and find that it almost acts as a statement piece on it’s own.

Daisy

“First Friday” is a special day for sightseeing all of Missoula’s art. For my first outfit, I kept it simple with flower patterns in black and white colors. I chose basic colors because I wanted to make each colorful art piece stand out against my outfit. At the same time, l hope flowers remind people of the pursuit of art and beauty.

My leather overalls show not only modern fashion through the outstanding fabric, but they’re also able to perform dynamic motion which makes it convenient to walk around the galleries. My top is from American Apparel and I picked up the overalls from Forever 21.

For accessories, I am wearing a hair band with a flower pattern which perfectly matches the concept of my top. Also, I decided to make a statement and went with my favorite tiny cute bag from Top 10. Sliver rings are great add-ons and helpful – when it comes to going well with the chain part on the bag!

Photography by Jazzer-Rae Engel | @skeletonxsmiles | @je.mt