I am finding something so fascinating, and I can’t wait to share it with you! It involves vision boards and shopping.
Something like this happened to me about fifteen years ago that connected vision boards to shopping. See that leopard print coat I’m wearing? I purchased it 14 years ago. A year prior to that I’d seen a picture of a similar one in a magazine. I was making a vision board and cut it out and pasted it to cardboard. I really couldn’t imagine wearing a coat like that but it attracted me for some reason.
Over the next year, I must have looked at that paper image a hundred times. Then one day I was shopping with my friend Marj when I saw it in Nordstrom in Walnut Creek. It was kind of spooky! There it was on the rack. Was it meant to be mine? I still didn’t see myself as a leopard print person, but I took a courage pill and purchased it. It’s been a staple in my wardrobe ever since.
There’s energy in vision boards
Near the beginning of the year (but sometimes later) I make vision boards. With an open mind, I go through magazines and rip out images or phrases that call to me. The idea is to arrange and glue these loved or aspirational images onto poster board and put it where you can see it.
(Here’s one person’s blog post about creating vision boards to help you actualize your desires.)
I like to make small mini-vision boards
I like to make multiple “boards” on black card stock paper in 8-1/2″ by 11″ sheets. I get overwhelmed by a big board full of images. I need to break things down into smaller segments. This way I can slide each board inside plastic sleeve protectors and keep them in a three-ring binder and look at them that way.
Sometimes the images and words group themselves together under themes: love life, work life, family life, spiritual life. And sometimes they just arrange themselves in unexplainable ways. Sometimes I remove one board from the binder, prop it into a frame and put it on my writing table. It could contain a message I need to take in repeatedly. Vision boards soothed my sorrowful heart in the aftermath of grief and loss when Mom died four years ago.
Sharing three of this year’s boards with you.
Here are three of my 8-1/2″ by 11″ mini vision boards.
Vision Board #1:
Once you’ve collected images, it’s important to look at them and listen to what they may be trying to convey.
What I love about Board #1:
- I’m crazy for that trench coat as it’s a classic shape, but the fabric pattern is so fun! I love the colors. It stretches me in that I often favor solid pieces in neutral colors. This is a playful print in multi-colors. I could never afford to actually buy this piece (it’s $2,680), but it makes me happy to look at.
- I really am into reusing and restyling things so I love that “motto” about recycling and reusing.
- I like “sleek style” and “simply chic” and wouldn’t mind if people described me like that from time to time.
- I’m over 60! I’ve entered my charming years!
- The colors and pattern in the bedding call to me as does the white background. It’s happy and bright.
Next up, Vision Board #2
What I love about Board #2
- It’s so happy!
- It’s so bright!
- It’s so fun!
- I proclaim this to be the year I am in full bloom. I’m open to discovering what that is. I think it’s about enjoying relationships; perhaps it relates to the fact that I’m becoming a grandmother and about to embrace a new role in my life. I’m open to new opportunities and figure I’ll recognize them when I see them.
Vision Board #3:
What I love about Board #3
- It’s just lovely. Those candlesticks and lit candles feel soothing. I love the luster on that open vessel. I’m crazy for the sweet flowers that ring the candles and the rim of the pot. It’s sophisticated pleasure.
- I am interested in listening to the stirrings of my heart. Anything I create I want it to be created with love.
- The fish wallpaper is delightful and quirky. It represents nature to me and how there’s so much variety in life.
- “Local Flavor” speaks to me. I want to enjoy more and more of the local flavor of Sonoma and Wine Country.
- Paris? Well, I got an urge to go to Paris this year! No, I’ve never been there so it’s about time, right?
- That crystal object glistens and beckons. It suggests possibilities and light.
Now to a recent shopping trip
So tuck the image of those vision boards away for a minute. We’re going to come back to them real soon, but I need to tell you about a shopping trip with my friends and colleagues, Marj and Mariann. We meet every month and alternate meeting places. This month we were in Sonoma.
One thing we do from time to time is shop together! Mariann and Marj have favorite places in Sonoma and I tag along. It’s funny how it takes friends coming to visit you to see what’s in your own neighborhood!
I bought two jackets at Artifax Art-to-Wear Women’s Clothing Boutique on the Square in Sonoma. (Truth is, we all bought something in this store!)
A classically shaped jacket that looks handpainted
So take a look at this jacket. I saw it in the window and was attracted to it immediately. I circled it but never tried it on. Being with my friends meant commenting on pieces that they picked up, encouraging them to try things on, etc. You know how it goes. When I wandered back over to where this jacket hung in the store, I slipped it on. Marj saw me out of the corner of her eye and said, “That is so you!”
I wasn’t sure about it right away, but it felt fabulous. These straight lines are great for my shape. I immediately thought about how I could wear it in the summer with white jeans and a T-shirt. It looked creative, made me happy, and came from a Danish designer. I have to admit to being attracted to anything Scandinavian because…well, it’s my heritage—what can I say!
Having it on makes me feel like a woman who’s blooming into her 60-year-old charming self.
Now, what does this remind me of? Hmm…perhaps a classic shape with an artisan touch? Where have I seen that before? Maybe a detail in Board #1?
The colors make me feel joyous, sort of like a celebratory scene from my Board #2. How about that?
I’m a prudent shopper so getting reinforcement from my vision mini-boards makes it a lot easier to say YES to the piece, especially if it’s different from something I’ve worn before.
But what about Board #3? How does that figure in?
Well, let me show you the other jacket I purchased.
It’s a kimono style jacket with fabric created using the ancient Japanese Shibori method. It’s such a cool way of creating pattern in fabrics. I photographed it outside to try to show you the true color and have only slightly succeeded. The color is called Capers which is right on.
My friends loved it on me. It’s artistic, super comfortable, and when I walk with it on, I glide.
It’s really different than anything I’ve purchased. Now, where have I seen something like this? I looked at the mini-board I made (#3) and saw the very quality of the picture with the candles, candlesticks, and open vessel. It’s sophisticated pleasure!
Can you see how the vision boards led me to these two jackets? Wait, Marj and Mariann led me to the store but these pieces passed the shopping YES test through the help of the vision boards.
I can’t wait to finish styling these pieces so I can show you the finished outfits. In the meantime, I want to hear from you. Have you mentally pre-shopped like this by first creating collages of things you love? Has this worked for you? Does it intrigue you enough to want to do it again? Do share your thoughts and experiences!