Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Curated Closet – Part 4 (The Mood Board)

This whole exercise is the reason why neglecting to recycle my magazines for over a year was perfectly acceptable. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Seriously though, despite the massive pile of potential inspiration that sat in that stack of magazines, very little of it actually spoke to me. Tchotchkes just don’t float my boat.

I actually started cutting out inspiration prior to purchasing The Curated Closet, and I wasn’t looking at what I had cut out when I put together my list of things I liked from last week. I’m impressed by how much overlap there is! The colours and silhouettes are pretty close to spot on. I’d add a little more olive, cognac and taupe to the mix, and more classic denim. The absence of those items from this is reflective of the fact that they weren’t really being displayed in the magazines I had. A little more tweaking is needed.

Aside from this mood board, I thought it would be helpful to share some of the people and blogs who really nail their respective looks and inspire me in a practical sense. Some blogs I follow because they’re pretty and whimsical. Others make the fibres of my being sing. These are the latter.

Alterations Needed – I’ve been reading Kelly’s blog for years, and she’s really honed in on a go to uniform over the last two. Even though she’s heavily focussed on menswear, the cuts and proportions she chooses ensure she never loses her feminine shape. Last week when I posted that I liked feminine meets masculine without it being androgynous, this is what I was talking about.

The Anna Edit – Anna keeps a very tightly edited array of neutrals in her wardrobe, and yet I’m never bored of her outfits. They’re comfortable, effortless, relatable, and never over accessorized. She’s laid out a little cash on a few of her purses in the last couple years, but nothing about her look screams aspirational. I’d have to mix up the proportions since she’s taller than I am, but I could easily wear a lot of her outfits to work.

Also, Carolina Herrera is the boss. It’s not so much about the clothes she designs (though I would certainly love to get my hands on some of her 2017 resort collection), it’s the clothes she herself wears. Honestly, do a google image search of her name. Structured blouses tucked into skirts and pants with a propped up collar and rolled up sleeves. It’s her uniform. She’s a working woman, she has her style, and she owns it.

Who influences your personal style? Whose style do you find you gravitate towards?


6 Responses to “Curated Closet – Part 4 (The Mood Board)”

  1. Mica says:

    This mood board is a great visual of your list and really helps identify your style, it’s a fun exercise! 🙂

    I’d have a hard time thinking of someone who’s style I’d like to completely copy. I’m frequently inspired by Sheila ( to try different combinations. Styles or colours she gives me ideas to re-wear my wardrobe. But some other bloggers I’ve followed for direct outfit-copy inspiration have gone from relatable to editorial, if you know what I mean. At the moment I’m trying to make things wearable, and if I’m having trouble wearing things, it will identify it’s not really my style or not really working for me right now. That’s the theory anyway! 🙂

    • The Minuteglass says:

      That hair is intense! I can see how she would be a good inspiration source though. She wears some really unique pieces. I know what you mean about the relatable to editorial shift – I find when I’m unfollowing bloggers a lot of the time it’s because they’ve gone through that shift and I’m no longer inspired by them.

  2. I’m a huge fan of Kelly’s too! Also Jean from Extra Petite though I can’t pull off 90% of her feminine and flowy looks, I do love how she pulls together high quality pieces that seem classic but are still trendy.

    Your picks are great, too. I couldn’t wear them either as more of a stick figure, but I think they’d look amazing on you!

    • The Minuteglass says:

      I love Jean’s style as well, though like you I couldn’t pull off a lot of her more feminine looks. It seems like she’s wear a lot more trend driven clothes lately, which is unfortunate. I really prefer her classic styling.

  3. I LOVE that middle dress with the belt and pockets..!! I love all of your picks. Clean and minimalist.

    • The Minuteglass says:

      I know! That middle one makes my heart pitter patter a bit. I think it may actually be a vest, but either way it’s gorgeous.

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I'm a petite hourglass, slow adopter, food geek, Engineer, wife and mom. Welcome to the little corner of the internet where I ramble on about random things. Mostly clothes.