V+V, meet Matti. She’s our new content creator and we’re so stoked to have her join our girl gang!
Matti is a creative powerhouse and is full of inspiration. In addition to revamping V+V’s Tumblr
, she’s bringing her eye for aesthetic to our Instagram
page and her flair for vintage to the blog.
Read below to learn more about Matti + keep your eyes peeled for more of her amazing work coming soon.
What do you love most about photography? I love photography because it gives me the ability to capture my perspective in a creative way.
How do you reinvent your sense your creativity? Every time I feel the need to get inspired, I go out and find a new cute shop or neighborhood that I haven’t been to and just walk around to try and find something that sparks my interest.
Who do you listen to when you’re editing photos? When I’m editing photos, my current go-to artists to listen to are LANY, Jackson Dyer, or Jack Johnson if I’m feeling a more calming/nostalgic vibe.
Despite the current rush of red, blue, Bud Light, country music and America’s favorite fried chicken, today is Compliment Your Mirror Day. While these informal holidays can be silly, the idea of complimenting yourself and affirming your best qualities felt parallel to the mission and values of Velvet + Vinyl.
So, to celebrate, our girl gang took to our mirrors and reminded ourselves of the things that make us who we are.
“It’s okay not to be perfect. I don’t need to prove myself to anyone because I’m capable of being successful.” – Rachele
“Be gracious with you heart, persistent with your progress and give yourself some credit.” – Libby
“I am beautiful with and without make-up. With or without, love what you see.” – Marin
“You are more than enough.” – Gabrielle
“I have a big heart, and a big butt to match!” – Baili
“You’re doing far better than you think you are.” – Kristin
What compliments are you giving yourself today? We want to know! Tag us on Instagram with @velvetnvinyl. Xo.
The energy and spirit of Pride month hit quite a few major cities this weekend – NYC, Seattle, and yes, Cincinnati. As to be expected, we hit our local Urban Outfitters store to get some rad, pride-inspired merchandise and went out to shoot.
Velvet + Vinyl values authenticity, self-love and the confidence that comes from being who you are unabashedly and unapologetically. As a single, straight woman in today’s world, it was on my heart to put together a rad photoshoot to acknowledge and celebrate all that pride month embodies – acceptance, empowerment and the liberation that comes from discovering who you are.
I partnered with Cassandra Zetta, an amazing and talented LGBTQ+ wedding photographer here in Cincinnati, and my fabulous BFF from high school, Tyler. Together we braved the rain and thunderstorms, and we celebrated the things that make us proud to be who we are.
Regardless of who you are, who you love and the characteristics that shape your identity, be proud of the person you are. There is no one else like you.
Huge shoutout to Urban Outfitters for the #UOPride line in collaboration with GLSEN. In partnership with upcoming hip hop star Taylor Bennett, UO is allocating all funds from this line to support GLSEN’s efforts to create safe learning environments for LGBTQ students K-12. Join #UOCommunityCares and get yourself some sweet new swag before Pride month comes to a close.
Cincinnati hosted Bunbury 2017 this weekend and it exceeded all my festival expectations. From Flogging Molly to Moon Taxi, AFI, Jon Bellion and the 1975, followed by Thirty Seconds to Mars and Muse to finish out the night, my one day experience at Bunbury was one for the books.
bee here, bee you, bee free
mikey’s late night slice
It never ceases to amaze me how the art of music festivals brings people together through incredible artists and another caliber of musical talent. In addition to befriending strangers whom I initially had little in common with, just one day at Bunbury was honestly all I needed to feel rejuvenated with inspiration.
thirty seconds to mars
hi Jared Leto ❤
Yes, we were literally ten feet from Jared and I actually almost died from going in to shock. What a beautiful man, am I right?
little slice of heaven
Favorite sets were Moon Taxi, the 1975 and Thirty Seconds to Mars. On repeat today are All Day All Night by Moon Taxi and The Sound + Love Me by the 1975. Give ’em a listen, y’all.
What inspires you for the week ahead? We want to know! Share your favorite photos with us on Instagram with @velvetnvinyl.
The sweetness of spring is finally here. The cherry blossom trees are in full bloom and the temperatures are just right for rolling down the windows and opting for backroads instead of freeways.
For me, music is so synonymous with seasons of my life. And when it’s time to tuck away winter sweaters and wool socks, a new playlist reenergizes me for sunshine, sweet tea and pastel-colored accents to complement my monochromatic wardrobe.
Whether you celebrate the start of spring with farmer’s markets or fresh cut blooms, savor your favorite moments with this new May playlist. A compilation of singer-songwriter-esque hits with a dose of tropical house, a dash of soft country, and some other acoustic inspired twists, this playlist is my go-to. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Share some of your favorite jams with the VV girl gang by tagging us on Instagram!