end of summer chic

Libby

The end of August means the beginning of September and I couldn’t be more excited for my favorite season. [Insert heart-eyed emoji]

To say so long to summer, today’s look called for my favorite high-waisted jean shorts and a lightweight black blouse with a statement necklace.

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thrifted blouse, levi’s denim + francesca’s necklace

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we’ve got some big things comin’ at you guys in september. stay tuned! xo.

a spin around the sun

Libby

A year ago today, I launched Velvet + Vinyl. It was an impulse decision that spurred from an overwhelming amount of inspiration and feeling of empowerment. Here we are a year later, and this blog has been the greatest journey to date!

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Velvet + Vinyl has brought about a team of women who are ambitious, fearless and abundantly inspiring in the pursuit of their dreams. I am humbled to share this project with a girl gang  that is admirable in every damn way.

Velvet + Vinyl has collaborated with bloggers, musicians, designers and brands. We have we’ve received recognition from brands we admire and praise from influencers and people that we someday wish to be.

This past year has been more than I could have ever imagined. Here’s to another spin around the sun! Xo.

Copenhagen photo diary

Melissa

Hello from Denmark, babes! It’s definitely been a wild ride from the states to Europe, but I’ve been trying to revel in every minute of it.

I for one cannot believe the impeccable design, architecture, and style I’ve been seeing around Copenhagen. Here’s a little taste and mini mood board/photo diary for you from one of my favorite places.

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Bikes, they are everywhere.

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I’m obsessed with the buildings in Copenhagen, and all of the colors.

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The best churros I’ve ever eaten.

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A lamp in one of the rooms at Copenhagen Art Week.

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Vases in my fave colors at the design museum.

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I had a fabulous time visiting Woron; they’re such an incredible company.

don’t stop believin

Libby

Last night I saw two of my favorite bands live in concert and the experience was surreal. I have vivid memories from my childhood of blaring the Doobie Brothers through my boombox speakers and rockin’ out to Journey in the kitchen while my mom cooked dinner and twirled us to the beat. These moments are intertwined in the making of this blog – a slight indication on the value of the experience itself.

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Seeing this kind of talent perform live was an experience I truly don’t have words for. What’s remarkable to me about the bands that our parents grew up listening to is that they made their mark on the industry as a result of raw talent and an ability to organically create incredible music. Their capabilities are mind-boggling. Clearly I was born in the wrong generation…

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We sat in traffic for two hours before arriving at the venue, enjoyed pizza and beer and reverted to bringing out the same dance moves we make fun of our moms for.

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francesca’s necklace, forever21 top, levi’s denim + zara booties

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the kind of moments that inspire me unlike anything else

For my fellow rock ‘n’ roll lovers + for anyone who might be interested, here are my must-listen journey songs. I think these particular tracks exemplify why this band is one of the most famous worldwide.

 Stone in Love, Separate Ways (Worlds Apart), EscapeBe Good To Yourself, Any Way You Want It, Lights, Wheel in the Sky + Faithfully

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during the doobie brothers’ opening set

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my rock ‘n’ roll sidekick

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when journey played don’t stop believin’

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The only thing I love more than hearing the cracks and pops of my journey records on my record player is watching live footage from Journey performances in Don’t Stop Believing: Every Man’s Dream. The next time you Netflix and chill, consider watching this. (It received 4.5/5 stars on amazon.)

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At the very least, dream on, y’all. Experience what’s unfamiliar + get comfortable outside your comfort zone. And when all else fails, don’t stop believin. 😉

 

 

5 tips for thrifting fabulously

Kristin

We’ve probably all done it at least once in our lives, but are we really taking advantage of it? And no… I’m not talking about using your moms netflix account, I’m talking about

Thrifting.

Yep, I said it. Secondhand shopping. The most genius way to save money, and most financially savvy way to keep your clothes circulating, and keep your pieces cheap. (Not to mention cute!) Afraid to take the plunge? Here’s 5 tips to help you get started at your nearest goodwill, buffalo exchange, crossroads trading, vintage shop or secondhand clothing retailer!


1. Shoes are always a good place to start. I find most of my best secondhand pieces are shoes, and they are often the most organized section at secondhand stores. If you’re nervous about shopping this way, this is a good place to start!


2. Shop ahead. How many of you have paid over 120 dollars for winter clothes? Buffalo Exchange has cheap and inexpensive pieces at the end of every season. but now, wear later!



3. Don’t forget about jewelry! You can find striking, cheap and good quality jewelry at secondhand stores! Be willing to find the diamond in the rough, and you can come away with some amazing pieces.


4. Keep your eye out for statement pieces and basics. A sequined joes jeans jacket for new years that retails around $130? Try $35 at Buffalo Exchange. A classic pair of wear-around-anytime booties? $20. You’d never have a clue they were used!


5. It’s not always about the brand, but sometimes it is! Make sure you’re getting a good deal on something before you buy. It never hurts to google a brand, and see if you’re getting as good of a deal as you’re thinking you are! Rag and Bone pants for $37 and Paige skinnies for $30 are unarguably good deals. With brands such as forever 21, or knitwear, it doesn’t hurt to double check!

pins for the win

Libby

Pins are making a comeback and I’m all about this 80s trend becoming a part of the modern cool.

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the best of my pin collection

Pintrill – the best way to describe Pintrill follows in my next two words: pin goals.

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I’m a fan of shopping local at small boutiques and Delia’s is one of my favorite places to stop when I’m in Bend, OR. They make super trendy custom made buttons with unique sayings and pretty paper. My “Make America Kind Again” button is one I designed the last time I was at their boutique and I love it.

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delia’s boutique in bend, OR

Another great spot for pretty pins is Big Bud Press. They have a variety of cute, bright colored pins that are lovely and feminine.

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Urban Outfitters is always in the know with everything trending in fashion, so it’s no surprise that they have a pretty stellar pin collection. This avocado pin was my first pin purchase and it remains one of my all-time favorites.

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My vintage Pikes pin (burgundy pin on the right) is another piece of my collection that is especially valuable. My dad was a Pike (Pi Kappa Alpha) in college and I’ve treasured this keepsake since he gave it to me years ago.

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Free People has some killer pin collections out right now, including a vintage band pin set for all you David Bowie/Rolling Stone fans.

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Rocker Chic(k)

Melissa

I’m one for black, but not usually one for edgy, undone looks. I prefer clean lines and stark shapes. But in pursuit of a quick outfit change up, I sought out ripped denim, dark makeup, and brushed out my curls.

So here’s to switching it up a bit, and stepping out of your comfort zone–even if it’s just a few touches.

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Perfect curls can be brushed out and combed through with your fingers to get an intentionally messy look.

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Dark lipstick along with a darker eye adds glam and steps out of an au natural comfort zone.

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bronzed beauty

Libby

Another shoot with my girl, Kenzie and she’s rockin’ warm browns and neutrals and she is flawless.

I love this look because it combines so many different attributes. The lace crop top gives it a classy, pretty feel, the color and texture of the skirt is very western and the sunglasses complement the accessories to create a look that is effortlessly chic altogether.

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A Fine Line

Melissa

We always want what we can’t have, but I’ve found that surrounding yourself with the right babes and making positive self-talk a priority, you can change that. I know many of us have a never ending list of things we’d like to change about ourselves (if you don’t YOU KEEP DOING YOU, GIRL!!!!); and one of the things on mine is my hair. I often complain about the complete and utter lack of volume, my roots showing, and the lifeless, limp show it puts on when I just need it to look good. But whether I like it or not, it’s mine and I’ve worked to put some products and advice together for those who can relate.


Volume


My sister is fortunate enough to wake up every morning with a voluminous mane of wavy locks that’s ready to face the day. Mine looks similar to a sub par bird’s nest, so obviously some effort needs to go into it. I highly recommend teasing your hair gently with a comb, and using a fabulous hairspray to hold it up. If dreaded flatness attacks, spruce it up with some dry shampoo, which we’ll get to in a minute.


Color

I seem to have blonde dysmorphia, and no matter how light I go, it just never seems to be white enough. The unfortunate fact is that my hair isn’t naturally platinum and roots rear their ugly heads about three weeks later. Luckily, Clairol and Batiste have some love to share. Clairol purple shampoo will keep your hair white, bright, and bouncy (bye, bye ugly yellow!) And Batiste dry shampoo will not only take away grease and amp up the volume, its white pigment can be used on roots to lighten them up before your next touch up.


Hold

About five minutes after curling my hair and feeling bomb af, things take a turn for the worse and every fab curl basically turns into a droopy string. If you mouthed, “omg me too” at the computer screen, here are my recommendations: use day old hair. Spruce it up with some dry shampoo, and you’ll have much better luck holding a curl. Hairspray when necessary. I try to do half my head first and spray it, then do the other half and spray. And lastly, brush your hair out a bit and spray again. I used to avoid this fearing it would pull my curls out, but it’s actually helped add volume and give me waves that stay.


Good luck my fine-haired babes! Let us know what you use to keep your hair on point!