Pin your interest

Pinterest has become a buzz word just like Twitter and Facebook, YouTube and more. Pinning something doesn’t mean you’re tacking it on the bulletin board or fixing a hem, it’s your on a website that is theme-based with images and information.

History Lesson

History [just skip or scan if not interested in the facts]
Pinterest began development in December of 2009 and was launched as closed beta in March 2010. Nine months later he had 10,000 users and was operated out of a small apartment until 2011. The iPhone app launched March 2011 then was listed by Time magazine as “50 Best Websites of 2011”. In December 2011, the site became one of the 10 largest social networks according to Hitwise data. Then in January 2012, comScore reported the site had 11.7 million unique users mark. 2012 Pinterest has some major changes including someone no longer needed an invite to join the site and Android was launched. The latest is that Pinterest acquired Livestar, which is Livestar is a mobile app that lets you get recommendations quickly and easily from critics, friends and people with the same taste as you. Currently Livestar provides recommendations for restaurants, movies, music and apps, with more categories coming soon…. To Be Continued.

What does a MN Design Gal do with a thing called Pinterest? I am on Pinterest every day for at least 1 minute. It’s something that takes me away from thinking about interactive environments, writing in less than 140 characters and inspires me to try some new fashion combinations, decorate a dresser (that I have still never done), try a new hairstyle, bake a rainbow cake and since I’m a BRIDE-To-BE my boards come in handy to plan with.

Board naming is tricky and luckily I started with a plan having the topic of the overall board Hair_MUSTTRY, notice it has an initial capitalization then there is an underscore and the description of how it relates back to the main topic. Hair_MUSTTRYThis makes it easy to place items into particular buckets because the last thing you need is an account with only 3 boards filled with hundreds of pins that becomes frustrated to track something down again.

My pinterestCurrently I have 67 boards and 1,092 pins and have liked 64 things. Wait- is that a lot?

How to stay organized for a wedding?

My boards all start with Wedding_theDRESS, Wedding_MYMAIDS, Wedding_INVITE, Wedding_FLOWERS… This way I’m not scrolling through the endless amount of dreams but it can be quick and easy to organize and be your thought-leader.

Can you spot the "joke" pin for my friends and true followers to catch?

Can you spot the “joke” pin for my friends and true followers to catch?

Have I ever deleted a pin? YES. And someone should. Lets face it your probably buzzed-up 25% of the time your on @Pinterest, because it’s just like flipping through the channels of your TV or looking through an Entertainment magazine.

Do you ever review your HOME feed or do I search only? I ALWAYS start with my homefeed. This is something that surprised me, most of my friends don’t and will go directly to the category they want to know about. Food, Fashion, Baby… One of the best things about Pinterest is you can follow your favorite designers, fashion icons, celebrities or even just fashionable friends and have the most diverse feed that features all things you love!


I don’t enjoy pins about animals, cars or things from garage or flea markets. I actually used to get bothered by the quotes but now have started the best in Words_READ DAILY board to keep me inspired and have printed several for my desk, friends and home art.

Something I have started that has the most follows is my board Haveit_WEARIT_LIKETHIS. This started with having a hard time on deciding on what to wear in the mornings [actually started when I was 5 years old]. Pairing the same things together gets boring very fast. When adding a bright pair of pants with a Junior High jean jacket and a necklace could be the needed inspiration to wear to work that day [I wish someone would have told me this earlier]. Pinterest helps you be brave enough to start wearing floral with stripes. No one at work does it, but I have this old floral scarf and my new strip shirt I’m already sick of, will make a whole NEW statement!

I started #PinnedItLivedit because I was inspired by fashion and do-it-at-home projects. DIY usually comes from something like a Pinterest post so why not show your friends through an easy hashtag or post that you got it from Pinterest. You Pinned it – Lived it!

Got a good content that shows a fashion statement, DIY project or something you cooked that you pinned it lived it? Let me know and you can be spotlighted on the website and pinterest. Email Now.



I’m thankful for Pinterest because it will always be something I refer back to for party planning, baby fashion, everyday fashion, gift ideas, decorating and if I ever get married again -Gross! Just kidding!

If this hasn’t yet inspired to start using Pinterest, maybe go and dust off that cork board you have in the basement and start living the life of pinning again.

Your Pin Gal

Summer snap shot





Ladies we do this. We see a fashion statement or a look and we pin it. But when do we ever actually give our own looks credit? I do this at least twice a week where I look through my board called “Have it _ wear it like this” and get inspiration to pair things together that I have had for a while.

Lets document it and share the love that @Pinterest actually inspires us to live in it!

Use the hashtag #pinneditlivedit and tag @MNdesigngal and lets share with eachother our pinned it lived it looks!

Happy Pinning!
your mn design gal

Closet & La Casa

My third installment of Closet & La Casa is with Allie Eide whom I met over a year ago at an Ad 2 event. She was quick-witted, forward and down-to-earth while being eager to learn. She wanted to get involved and soon after I had her shadowing me with programs and placed her in a new board position within the Ad 2 board. Her project management skills are useful to me being President because there is just so much information I can keep on my own. She keeps me level-headed and takes the stress of thinking too much about planning and just takes charge with the volunteers.

Allie’s style is shown through her fabulous scarfs and bold statement necklaces. Very rarely will I see a piece she has worn twice! Her stylish pieces become her decoration in her room.

Currently, Allie is finishing an internship with Clarity Coverdale Fury where she next hopes to hop into a permanent role at a corporate, agency or marketing firm as a project manager, assistant account executive or possibly a position she can use her talents while being in a fast-passed working environment in Minneapolis.

Not only have I had the pleasure to work with Allie this year through the nonprofit work but also she has become a great friend of mine. Tweet her @amaree33!

Cheers to this blue eye beauty and hire her, she won’t be on the market for long!

Allie and I at Fast Horse this summer. Networking of course!

your mn design gal

Trina’s Closet & La Casa

12 PT Fine Print will be featuring more fabulous friends, powerful peers and mind-blowing mentors I have through Closet & La Casa this season. Originally got the concept from the incredible Oh Joy! Blog.
I’m kicking off 2012 with talented Trina whom, yes may look a bit like this MNdesignGal, but holds strong on her own with her twitter handle @mnfutureadgal.

Trina is a Senior at University of Wisconsin River Falls where she is majoring in Marketing and receiving a minor in traditional Art (she paints and draws too). Trina loves photography and it makes sense her closet is full of scrapbooks from her semester in Spain in 2011. Photography on her apartment walls include the amazing photos she took traveling in Europe (we envy her) along with clothes she bought featured in the upper right. Trina’s style is edgy and alternative yet feminine and with her new long blonde locks this single gal in the city is just starting her amazing career path. She will be taking job offers starting in May 2012, and this gal will travel anywhere to follow her dreams.

Love you sista!

mn design gal

Sista-Sista is right. Same- but different.

My Closet & La Casa

New installment of Closet & La Casa, my spin on found inspiration of this fun idea of carrying your style through your home to your closet reflecting to of course yourself!

Shown are my favorite coral vintage earrings I wear all year long. Modern style light above my bar that sets the mood for hosting friends for cocktails. My bold burnt office wall, with simple touches in black and white. Finally, my newest and most fabulous handbag for this summer featured in white with of course coral trim and gold.

Yours Truly,

MN Design Gal