February Inspiration


Emma is the editor & creator (and occasionally writer) for The Messy Heads. She enjoys yellow curry, print media, and singing to herself.

THIS FEBRUARY we were inspired by dynamic duos and gritty rawness. Valentines is the focal point of this month, and we found inspiration with love between best friends. Fashion through the decades is always a favorite of ours, too. To be honest, we are kind of all over the place with stuff we love, so from scrapped knees to Zendaya.. we hope you find something that inspires you too.

1. Street fashion through the decades

The best style always has, and always will be on the streets. We especially loved these photos from Harper’s Bazaar.

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2. Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss

These best friends took Vogue’s cover and had the most amazing photoshoot.. Unstoppable, inseparable, adorable.. pretty much everything we aspire to be.

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3. Zendaya 

Zendaya showed up to the Oscars looking flawless, as always. After a racist comment on her Locs, Zendaya took to her instagram posting a profoundly beautiful paragraph, standing up for herself and standing up to stereotypes.

“There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful. Someone said something about my hair at the Oscars that left me in awe. Not because I as relishing in rave outfit reviews, but because I was hit with ignorant slurs and pure disrespect. To say that an 18-year-old young woman with locs must smell of patchouli oil or “weed” is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive. I don’t usually feel the need to respond to negative things but certain remarks cannot go unchecked. I’ll have you know my father, brother, best childhood friend and my little cousins all have had locs. Do you know what Ava Duvernay (director of the Oscar nominated film Selma), Ledisi (9 time Grammy nominated singer/songwriter and actress), Terry McMillan (author), Vincent Brown (Professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University), Heather Andrea Williams (Historian who also possesses a JD from Harvard University, and an MA and PhD from Yale University) as well as many other men, women, and children of all races have in common? Locs. None of which smell of marijuana.  There is already harsh criticism of African American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of their hair. My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough. To me locs are a symbol of strength and beauty, almost like a lion’s mane. I suggest some people should listen to India Arie’s “I Am Not My Hair” and contemplate a little before opening your mouth so quickly to judge.”


4. 1965 Skateboarding in NYC

What would a Messy Head’s inspiration post be without the mention of skateboarding? We usually talk about California skate culture, but these photos from New York in the 60s have a certain badass vibe.

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5. No Frills Twins

These Aussie twins are so far out there it is refreshing. They wear 6 inch platform boots, bras on the outside of their shirts, lips in every color of the rainbow, and don’t forget those insanely black drawn on eyebrows. They sing covers of songs like Pumped up Kicks and Skinny Love, and also make their own songs like God Bless the Internet.  Love them or hate them, these girls are not afraid to be themselves.

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6. Valentino’s Pre-fall collection

Stunning.. celestial.. dreamy. We want everything from this collection. 

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7. Butts…. no seriously.

When we facetimed to collect our thoughts for what inspired us this February, the first thing India mentioned was butts. Maybe we should make #freethebooty a thing?


8. Sex and Takeout

In correspondence with number 7, Sarah Bahbah photographs butts, pizzas, and embroidered pillows.. and we love it.

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9. Free People’s Rangeen

Freida Pinto plays Maya in a visual short for Free People. She wears lovely white tulle and twirls around in the colors of Holi celebrations.

10. Project Elsa

Back in 2012, photographer Guy Aroch debuted his gallery titled Project Elsa, a collection of images of model Elsa Hosk taken over two years. They would take their own off-duty photos with no makeup artists, lighting, or plans. The goal was to shoot fast and be spontaneous. Aroch set out to capture Elsa’s natural, playful, and uninhibited beauty.

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stay messy


  1. Elsa is one of my favourite Victoria’s Secret models but seeing these carefree and spontaneous shots capturing her innocence and inner beauty really makes me love her even more. Love your February favourites <3

  2. There is something about your blog that makes me take things less seriously and not in a careless way, but in a way that brings perspectives and priority to the things regarded as less in ones life.

  3. So going to use Guy Aroch’s Project Elsa Collection as some new inspo in photo class!!! I’m in love! Great post girls!!! ^-^

  4. I'm in love with this , the project elsa is just inspiring ! The way he just was like fuck it lets do something! different bending the rules I love it , the beauty of simplicity . Loved this post says

    I’m in love with this , the project elsa is just inspiring ! The way he just was like fuck it lets do something different. Bending the rules I love it , the beauty of simplicity . Loved this post

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