best of bunbury

Libby

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.

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bee here, bee you, bee free 

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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.

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thirty seconds to mars

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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?

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little slice of heaven

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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.

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muse 

What inspires you for the week ahead? We want to know! Share your favorite photos with us on Instagram with @velvetnvinyl.

feelin’ smitten

Libby

All the heart eyes for this new post because Smitten issue II is finally here.

We collaborated with Shop Libby in Downtown Cincinnati to style this shoot and made straight magic. A local boutique with hand-picked pieces and hand-crafted jewelry, Shop Libby has an edge to it that doesn’t quite compare to mainstream retailers. The character of the brand exudes cool, collected confidence that translates in the feel of every look.

1smitten vol 2 pages3Can you really have a photoshoot without a LBD?45Truth be told, hats aren’t typically my go-to accessory. Still, I decided to defy my comfort zone and silence the self-doubt, and styled this look with minimalistic jewelry and a soft-feel, charcoal colored tee. 6This heart ring is a handmade piece made by Libby, the owner of the shop, and is a subtle, seamless accessory for every look. 78

Takeaways from this issue of Smitten? Dare to wear the things you can’t pull off. Happy styling.

stay for awhile

Libby

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.

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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!

 

spring things

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Lately I’ve been missing the tall green fir trees and all my favorite things about the Pacific Northwest. So I’ve partnered with two of my favorite Oregon-based brands to bring you a mini-shoot with a PNW twist to celebrate the start of spring.

Today I’m featuring my favorite Heritage Dry Goods market tote, made in partnership with Apolis. This bag is my go-to – I take it to the market, on Target runs, anytime I need something to carry some goodies. I love knowing I’m not wasting plastic bags, but still always have a reliable (and stylish) alternative.

I’m also featuring my sweet friend Emilie and her beautiful floral designs. She’s got herself a pretty neat Etsy shop and I’m loving her custom drawn temptattoos – so perfect for spring. Treat yo’self and take 20% off with discount code “velvetvinyl” + share your pics with us by tagging @velvetnvinyl and @helloimemilie. Enjoy!

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shop libby photoshoot

Libby

New photoshoot comin’ at you live! I recently partnered with Libby Shop of downtown Cincinnati to style and shoot in the Queen City and I’m so excited to share a sneak peek of Smitten vol. II with all of you.

We focused on styling the traditional V+V color palette with some bold new pieces including round gold drop earrings, a skeleton-style drape necklace, a gray hat and a blush colored tunic.

// FYI – while I do happen to share a name with this sweet boutique, it is not mine.

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photo by: patrick szabo

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photo by sarah bennett

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A special thanks to the other Libby, founder of Shop Libby, for working with me to style these looks + bring this shoot to life!

a single sweeter than cinnamon gum

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“So sweet, so strong like cinnamon gum…”

 

The leading line in the chorus of Mags Duval’s newest single, these lyrics encompass so much more than the irresistible longing for the one that got away. Mags has a captivating Lana Del Ray sound, a voice that is a hybrid of sweet and strong, and a spunky, retro style that adds to her cool-girl vibe. Cinnamon Gum has quickly become one of my favorite songs, and I can’t wait for you to see why.

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V+V: When did you know you wanted to be a musician?

MD: I’ve been singing my whole life, honestly. My parents took so many home videos of my brothers and I and I was singing in pretty much all of them. I can’t really trace it back to a certain moment!

 

V+V: You just released your newest single, Cinnamon Gum. What inspired this track? MD: I went on a date with this guy – he was wearing a denim jacket with a pack of igarettes in one pocket and a pack of cinnamon gum in the other. Things didn’t work out between us, but the taste of cinnamon gum always reminded me of him.

 

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V+V: What’s your process for writing a song?

MD: It depends on the song! Sometimes I’m up at midnight playing piano or guitar, sometimes I’m just driving and I hear a melody in my head, sometimes I’m trying to fall asleep and I have a lyric idea so I write it down.

V+V: If you could share one message with the world through your music, what would it be? 

MD: Be honest, be real, have authentic relationships, treat people with love and respect. Being surrounded by people you love and making them feel loved is so important.

V+V: What motivates your music? What inspires your lyrics? 

MD: My family is a huge motivation to me. They’ve always been there for me and told me I can do anything I set my mind to. My lyrics have always been a direct-line to my personal life. My songwriting is basically the way I process everything.

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V+V: What role does style play in terms of how you represent yourself on and off stage?

MD: I have about two different looks in my life: a sweatshirt and yoga pants or dresses and heels. I love being feminine – cat eyes and a bold lip are always a must! I like to be a little more dramatic on stage, but I’d say my style is pretty consistently classic with a modern edge.


V+V: How does your personal style translate in photo shoots, album artwork + music videos? 

MD: You’ll see different sides of my style depending on the storyline I’m trying to convey in artwork, videos etc. I love when anything visual makes you feel some kind of emotion that ties in with a song.

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V+V: Being a woman in such a competitive industry can be difficult. What have you learned and what advice do you have for other women in the pursuit of big dreams?
MD: Comparison really is the thief of all joy. Envy is denying your own uniqueness. I’m pretty sure those are both quotes I read on Pinterest, but they are so true! You have to stay focused on your own path and accept that your journey might not look the same as anyone else’s. No matter what, stay true to who you are and never lose sight of where you came from and why you started.

The music industry needs her sugar and spice. Stay tuned for more from Mags!

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smitten

Libby

Back in December, we collaborated with Will Leather Goods on a pretty rad photoshoot courtesy of our very own Kristin Coffman.

After months of planning, Velvet + Vinyl is ecstatic to launch the beginning of a new series. Smitten is our new zine-inspired project that will embody the work we do with our favorite brands. As a separate entity of the blog, these lookbooks will mirror our style and design while showcasing photoshoots, photographers and fashion brands. Take a look at some of our favorite WLG products below!

Huge shoutout to our creative director Gabrielle Gomez for designing issue no. 1! Stay tuned for more.

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V+V lookbooks are a deliverable for every photoshoot we coordinate. If you’re interested in collaborating, shoot us a message! We’d love to hear from you. Xo.

 

photos by: Kristin Coffman |designed by: Gabrielle Gomez

meet baili

Libby

V+V – meet our newest contributor, Baili Watson. She is courageous, passionate and she’s a straight bad ass. Get to know her and keep your eyes peeled for some rad content coming from this girlboss.

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1. What song lyrics can you be caught singing off-key to?
Right now I am so obsessed with Lana Del Rey’s new song, “Love.” Watch the music video. It is so nostalgic and relevant. Girl has a knack for hitting me right in the feels. I’m also really into Motown. Not new Motown (no offense to Lil Yachty). I’m talking about Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Temptations, Al Green, etc…it is impossible to be in a bad mood when listening to Tammi Terrell on my pink velvet Crosley. I also can’t get enough of Leon Bridge’s album, Coming Home. Leon, if you’re reading this, please make more music!
2. How do you feel empowered as a woman? 
I love this question because it is something that I think about every single day. Every woman does things to feel empowered– whether it’s wearing sky-high heels, rocking a studded leather moto jacket, running a business, or driving a Porsche. These are all fantastic! But I feel most empowered when I can empower others. I recently started an online feminist book club called The Contrary Library, and since then I have had so many women (and even a few men!) message me and tell me that my efforts to educate others are important and inspiring. I’ve even had a few people reach out to me just to talk about very personal experiences. That is the most gratifying feeling in the world. I truly feel that my purpose in life is to be a person that can heal others and make the world a safer, healthier place for women to thrive. I am immensely excited to utilize my time with V+V and make the most out of this awesome experience.
3. Who most inspires your sense of style? 

Like any true Gemini, I live a double-life. I currently work full-time at J. Crew so my style is very much what you would expect– pastels, especially baby pink, are essential to my wardrobe. My associates know right away to put things aside in my size when they’re unloading the new product. A customer even once called me Elsa Woods (my hair is “Elsa blonde” apparently)! When I’m not at work, I am all about neutrals and comfort. You’ll catch me in the same oversized turtleneck in four different shades of beige and Vans slip-ons. Bralettes in every material and style are a great way to change up a basic white tee. I wouldn’t say any one person inspires me; I let my mood dictate my fashion, and vice-versa.

foxtrot & the get down

Libby

So excited to bring you guys an inside look at Foxtrot & the Get Down tonight! This Philadelphia-based band is incredibly rad and we’re humbled to have had a chance to get to know them. Check out more of their music on Spotify.

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all photos submitted by band from the Underground Arts with The Arkells | Philadelphia, PA

Processed with VSCO with a4 preset1.) How did Foxtrot & The Get Down come to be?

Foxtrot started on a dorm floor in West Chester university. Colin and Ken shared similar music interests and started writing together. Erica met Colin while waiting tables in college and the two instantly clicked over their love for Otis Redding. After “Roots Too Deep” was recorded, Eric, Colin’s cousin, came into the fold and Jimmy soon followed.

2.) What message do you hope your music shares with the world?

Our music is simple, it’s relatable. We want people to find the honesty in the music and to discover parallels in their own lives.

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3.) Of everything you have recorded, what’s your favorite song and why?

We all collectively have our personal favorites, but “Black Coffee” has a special place in our hearts. It sums up our new record and shows our love for our families, and of our hometown of Philadelphia.

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4.) What inspires your lyrics?

each project is different, but “roots” is really autobiographical. This record is a story about our travels in our time as a band and our love and respect for Philadelphia. Who knows what the next record will be about. We’ll see in the next few months.

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5.) Do you have some sort of creative process that guides the process from starting to finishing a song?

Each project is different, but “Roots” is particularly autobiographical. This record is a story that documents our travels in our time as a band, in addition to our love and respect for the city of Philadelphia. Who knows what the next record will be about.

6.) Where do you hope to take your music moving forward?

We’re all in. We intend to take this thing as far as we possibly can. We’ve done everything we need to to succeed, we have a great team and we’re working harder than ever.

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7.) What role does style play in terms of how you represent yourselves as individuals on and off stage?

As we’ve gotten bigger, we’ve really made it a point to have a strong image, almost a band “uniform”. We strive to establish a classic, American style that relates across generations. Shouts to Levi’s!

8.) What advice do you have for aspiring musicians?

Keep pushing. Align yourself with good people and always look for the next opportunity. Never let money influence your decisions, and always keep your head up.

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meet rachele

Libby
V+V readers, meet Rachele Terranova. She’s the newest addition to our girl gang and we’re over the moon to have this boss lady join our team! Get to know this rad babe and keep your eye out for her work.
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1.) What one piece in your wardrobe best embodies you? Definitely my jean jacket! It’s so versatile. I bought it for $1.20 at a thrift store and it was one of my best purchases. I can dress it up or dress it down, and it can be styled to be edgy or super girly. I like that I can channel some throwback vibes with it or make it look more modern. It’s that one, all encompassing piece that will always be timeless and effortless.
2.) Where do you go to get inspired? If I’m really looking to get inspired for a particular reason, like an article or piece of artwork I’m doing, I tend to look to Instagram. I love to go through the pages of really empowering, inspirational and influential women. They get me fired up about what I’m doing, and thus ready to create. If these women can be as strong and confident as they are, so can I!
3.) Of all your favorite records, which one do you play most? Why? I usually gravitate toward indie/alternative and singer/songwriter artists, but when it comes to a favorite record, I always find myself going back to my all time favorite song. Piano Man by Billy Joel is my go to, pick me up song. I have so amazing many memories associated with this song. Like the jean jacket, it’s such a classic.