A year ago today, Melissa and Kristin said yes to my crazy idea of launching Velvet + Vinyl. These sweet friends of mine embraced my vision of creating a space where style meets music and eagerly pursued this idea with conviction, grace and optimism. Because of their willingness to dive in without thinking twice about it, V+V celebrates our first spin around the sun.
This post resembles a trip down memory lane full of photographs, monuments, great songs (of course) and learning lessons along the way.
lesson: look for what’s lacking and extract inspiration from your observations | song: shake it up, the cars
lesson: backseats are the best dressing rooms + cat calling your friends is oddly empowering | song: build me up buttercup, the foundations
lesson: inspiration is everywhere if you’re willing to look close enough | song: don’t you (forget about me), simple minds
lesson: behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who always had her back | stuck in the middle with you, stealers wheel
lesson: feed your curiosity and try something new | song: you make my dreams, hall & oates
lesson: authenticity radiates from the inside out | song: caught up in you, 38 special
lesson: be kind, work hard, give thanks | song: stayin’ alive, bee gees
lesson: when posing, always relax the face | song: what I like about you, the romantics
lesson: success doesn’t happen overnight. take one step at a time | song: livin’ on a prayer, bon jovi
lesson: grow your circle. bring in creatives who challenge your ideas | song: jump, van halen
lesson: black is the new black | song: back in black, ac/dc
lesson: the best backdrops are often unexpected | song: I saw her standing there, the beatles
lesson: communication + confrontation can be hard. nonetheless, it always pays to be polite | song: respect, aretha franklin
lesson: no idea is impossible. think big | song: shining star, earth, wind & fire
lesson: your success is a reflection of those who support you | song: celebration, kool & the gang
All our gratitude to the band of followers that make this pursuit a successful one. We are so appreciative of your support + can’t wait for a year of bigger and better things!