I might be a Pinterest junkie. I use it all the time and love it, as I have mentioned before. The company recently received another $200 million dollars in funding from various investors giving them an implied value of $5 billion, based on how much those new investors paid for their ownership. (Working in the private equity industry, this private company valuation stuff engulfs my mental capacities, particularly between January and March each year.)
I haven’t quite figured out exactly how Pinterest plans to generate sufficient revenue for those investors, but they know far more than I do about the inner workings and future plans of this social media baby than I do so I’m sure they have a plan. Heck – I’d pay a small fee each year to use the site. It’s completely worth it for me. But no matter, we’re not here to talk about what Pinterest can do for investors; instead let’s ponder what Pinterest can do for us!
Update: Pinterest definitely found ways to monetize, and I’m appreciating and enjoying all the changes I’ve seen since initially writing this!
Curate Color Combinations
Even if you don’t own the exact pieces or even care for the specific outfit (and maybe it’s not even an outfit but just a colorful juxtaposition that catches your fancy), consider if the color combination might be something that can inspire an outfit from your own closet.
As was the case here, I knew I had red shoes, a navy striped shirt, and a mustard sweater that would work well with my navy skirt. (When I first pinned this, I thought her shirt was navy and later realized it’s black… inspiration stuck anyway so I ran with it.) “Pinspiration” potential is endless.
Style Tip #1: As a quick aside about my belt, I had to finagle the fit a bit to make it work. As you can see when I wore it with my black dress a while back, I purchased the belt to fit closer to my natural waist as opposed to near my hips and to wear without interference from a pre or post maternity baby bump. The belt is not long enough to thread the metal bit through a hole in the leather. Instead, I snuck the very end of the belt through the buckle and used the bit pushed off to the side a bit to snugly hold the end of the belt in the loop. Does that make any sense? (If not, let me know in the comments and I will aim to better describe my jerry-rigging.)
Style Tip #2: In response to a question about rolled sleeves, I just patiently folded mine over a couple of times and made sure it was flat with each layer. Here are a couple of tutorials that might also be helpful if you’d like more guidance on how to roll your sleeves.
Cardigan – Banana Republic; Shirt – Gap Maternity; Skirt – Target; Belt – Target;