may goals

Gabrielle

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At the beginning of each month the ladies of Velvet + Vinyl are asked to come up with goals to work towards. There is no limit to what a goal can be and they range from personal goals to big ideas and what we want for the blog. This month, we decided to share our goals in hope that it will motivate you to set your own.

As for me, one of my goals is to focus on self-love and self care. The chaos of life sometimes throws routine out the window and demands attention elsewhere. It doesn’t appear that things will be slowing down anytime soon, so I want to commit to taking a bit of time focus on myself without losing sight of all of my commitments and priorities. It is as simple as watching my eating habits and listening to my body to eat better and disconnecting from technology to get creative and work on some art.

Another goal is to see this blog grow and continue to build relationships with our readers. I wouldn’t be part of this team if I didn’t believe in and have passion for what Velvet + Vinyl is all about. I have nothing but big dreams for V+V and can’t wait to see where May takes us.

Libby:

My goal for this month is to be more rebellious.

In the past few weeks I’ve been confined to my comfort zone, and I’m determined to challenge that. I want to abandon my inclination to stick with what’s safe and instead find the courage to pursue the thrill of the unknown. I want to feed my curiosity and follow through with the goals and to-do’s I’ve overlooked.

Kristin:

This month, I want to work more deeply on finessing my editing style, and really expanding on new concepts for shoots and video for both the fashion and music industry. Continuing to reach out to artists will be a running goal for the next few months.

Additionally, I want to work more in video. Now that I have my new editing system, I will have more resources to make editing extra clean.

I want to collaborate with lostboycrow in an interview and do a ticket giveaway for mother mother during the month of May.

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Kristy:

To shoot a look book with a Portland company I have been talking to. The girl is amazing and I would love to promote how girl next door and effortless the company is/

See how to transform an art pieces into a post that fits the V+V aesthetic.

Rachael:

My goals mainly are to continue to grow in a way that is effective in helping me discover my true passions and style when it comes to fashion, music, art and all things creative. I’ve been recently digging into what I want to do in the future regarding a career and I’ve come to realize I am very passionate about pursuing things I didn’t even recognize that I was before (such as photography and different art styles as opposed to just writing).

I also plan on reaching out to more members of the team to try to get to know them more.

Baylee:

My goals for myself this month is to learn to live a healthier lifestyle. I’m finally home from school and I’m using this time to reset and focus on bettering myself.

Baili:

My goals are to have 1500 of followers by end of may and to learn how to use DSLR.

Marin:

My goals is to get us to 1000 followers this month on the Instagram and to keep taking photos that align with our Insta aesthetic yet are still high quality.

Get inspired by the ambitious goals of our girl gang and set some for yourself!

sprung on you

Gabrielle

It’s spring. The weather is changing and so is the mood. We have all survived winter, now it’s time to look ahead. Put away the wardrobe fit for the cold and bring out the fun and flowy. Off the shoulder tops, culottes and sandals; the spring fit. Get inspired by the season and see where it takes your wardrobe.

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Photos by Melissa Epifano

tired

Gabrielle

I am tired of the idea of what is right and wrong when it comes to our bodies, the way we choose to do our makeup and the clothes we decide to wear.

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Bodies.

Our bodies are not only objectified, but idealized as well. Society combined with the media has a powerful influence of telling us how a woman should look. An advertisement showing slim and lean figures calls us to love our curves when those curves are not represented. Should we have the slim figure or a body sculpted out of curves? There are too many expectations when it comes to the appearance of our bodies and it creates negative expectations and beliefs that do nothing but harm. We internalize the projections of society and the media, lowering our confidence, harming our health and hurting our over-all well being. Many go through harmful lengths to achieve the unachievable idealization when the truth is that each and every one of us is beautiful just the way we are.

When it comes to our beautiful bodies there is no right or wrong.

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Makeup.

There is a stigma revolving around those who choose to wear makeup and those who go make-up free. Someone who wears a full face of makeup is fake and shouldn’t be trusted because you don’t know how they may actually look underneath it all. On the other hand, if someone doesn’t wear makeup, they must be lazy and not care about their appearance or perhaps they are anti-makeup. It is as if there is no in between. The truth is the amount of make-up one wears or the amount of time one takes to get ready does not define who they are.

When it comes to makeup, there is no right or wrong.

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Clothes.

Because no one body is the same, different clothes will fit each body differently. Something may have a tighter fit for one and a looser fit on another. The tightness of ones clothes does not define who they are. The amount of skin showing or lack there of does not determine who they are. A certain amount of judgment comes from ones clothes. We are told by society what trends to follow and what the hottest styles are, but we don’t always have to follow the rules.

When it comes to how we dress, there is not right or wrong.

Do what makes you feel authentic. There is no right or wrong.

Artwork by Gabrielle

the meaning of beautiful

Gabrielle

I asked the remarkable ladies of Velvet + Vinyl to share their thoughts on the concept of beauty and the meaning of beautiful. Here is what they had to say:

Gabrielle Gomez

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Beauty and the definition of beautiful are intimate and personal. We have many ideas and influences of what beauty should  be, but at the end of the day that definition will always be our own. I will admit, beauty is something I constantly overthink. With new makeup trends and products, or innovative hair styling tools and hair styles, I find myself thinking about how I should look and if that falls into this idea of how society tells me to look. It is easy to get caught up looking in the mirror and picking apart every flaw I see in myself however nobody else see’s the flaws I zone in on. The reality is that I don’t have to use the latest makeup, have perfect styled hair or look like the ideal body. I just have to gently remind myself that I am beautiful the way I am, flaws and all.

Melissa Epifano

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I want to be honest: I’ve rarely felt beautiful in my life. Since I was little I let insults hold a higher status than compliments–and I held compliments in higher regard than how I felt about myself. Looking in the mirror used to be painful (and still kind of is). And submitting this photo was very difficult for me, but during college I’ve been working hard to change that. Being around the women of Velvet n’ Vinyl has genuinely boosted my confidence and made me feel beautiful about my looks and my personality. I’ve also been lucky enough to have a boyfriend in my life that does the same. While other people’s opinions and the opinion of my boyfriend shouldn’t hold precedent over my own feelings, it does help having a supportive group of stunning people that hold me up on the hard days, and keep me feeling gorgeous on the good days too.

Baylee Scott

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A lot of the times it’s when I feel confident in my outfit or like my makeup that i truly feel beautiful but a true feeling of beauty is when I’m undeniably happy. Self love is a hard thing. We are all used to our own face and body so we don’t appreciate it. I feel beautiful when people that I care about compliment me. A small gesture can go a long way. Being beautiful isn’t always about appearance. The best looking human that you’ve ever seen can pale in comparison to someone with a beautiful heart. I think we all need to spend a little more time focusing on the things we like about ourself and a lot less on the things we hate.

Kristy McInnis

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I feel the most beautiful when I am eating healthy and tan so I don’t feel the need to wear any makeup. There is something so freeing about not wearing any makeup and just letting your skin breath. I think feeling beautiful is all about your state of mind at that point in time. I believe your thoughts truly reflect how you feel on the outside. When I tell myself positive things and have a positive outlook I feel confident and beautiful. There are so many different forms of beauty and I think people try to hard to just try to conform to what society views as beautiful.

Kristin Coffman

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When people think of self love, I think a lot of us think about having to love yourself MOST without makeup, naturally, or in our laziest form. More would probably say if someone prefers themselves with makeup, that makes them insecure or shows a lack of confidence. The internet is clad with people saying that “boys prefer no makeup” and girls saying “you don’t have to wear makeup to be beautiful.” Trust me: for us spooky, makeup loving, glam goth girls: we know this. And we don’t feel less love for ourselves because we choose to match our outward appearance to what is on the inside.

My own version of self love stems from my ability to love myself in all forms, and to feel confident in my skin no matter how much product is in my hair or on my face.

But: I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like myself most when I had dark makeup on, and my hair spiky, dyed and straightened. This fact does not take away from my ability to feel happy with the person I look like after I wash my face at the end of day. To put into simpler words, I feel MOST like the INSIDE me when I’m vampy and a little gothy, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love myself like this too. Ultimately, love your natured self and your nurtured self. They both play a role in shaping the person you are.

So to all ladies who find more love for themselves in bare pictures like this, or the full-face makeup’d selfie that is the 345th one you took and that took you 30 minutes to get: Give equal love to the version of yourself that is most vulnerable, and to the one that you feel most comfortable with even if they slightly differ. Don’t let anyone define how you should feel happiest, no matter what.

Libby Bartley

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Until recently, I hardly ever took the time to feel beautiful. I was quick to criticize my skin, my figure, my personality, my insecurities. My inability to practice self love was consuming. I always gravitated toward acknowledging my imperfections and doing so resulted in there being little capacity for me to discover and celebrate the qualities that I love about myself.

Being apart of this VV girl gang has inspired a much needed shift in my self love routine. Having a core group of driven, talented, strong-willed women has made me more gracious when it comes to loving myself, but also when it comes to loving others. These women love me so well – they shower me in compliments, they positively affirm my strengths when I second guess them and they fixate on the characteristics that make me who I am. I’ve found that this optimism that comes from positive self-talk is empowering and so contagious. The more I acknowledge the qualities I love about myself the longer my list becomes. This cycle inspires a graciousness that allows me to practice self love audaciously and unabashedly.

Wisdom has also crystallized my understanding and perception of beauty. I’ve learned to give the middle finger to the impossible standards of beauty that are imposed on me by society, models and magazines. I’ve learned the importance of eating intentionally, exercising regularly and finding a skin care routine that brings out the best in my skin, and, thus, bringing out the best in me. Above all else, I’ve learned that you uncover beauty when you discover who you are. Defy the norms and follow your intuition. True beauty will flow when you pursue the things that make you happiest.

strange like me

Gabrielle

Growing up my family would call me “Little Frida”, after the famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The reason being that I had a unibrow until about fifth grade when my grandma took me to get my eyebrows waxed for the first time. It burned the skin off and a red blotch replaced the hair connecting my two brows.

I was always self-conscious about my unibrow and on occasion would get made fun of for it. I was also too young to appreciate the nickname of “Little Frida” and only took it offensively.

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It wasn’t until later that I realized being associated with this authentic woman was a compliment.

Now I look to Frida as a source of inspiration and courage. Artistically she inspires me to be bold and present myself through what I create. Through style she reminds me to be authentic and fearless. She always had bold lips and nails with a unibrow and mustache that contrasted the feminine image of the time she lived in. Her wardrobe rejected the flapper fashion and reflected who she was, down to her roots. With a Mexican folk style, she wore long skirts with bright colors, jewelry that made a statement and flowers in her hair.

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Her creativity was unlimited and so was her style. She dressed for no one else other than herself.