over the moon for under aurora

Libby

My infatuation with Under Aurora began when I stumbled across their Women We Love Organic Hand Lotion. Brought to life in collaboration with illustration pro Leigh Cox, this product struck me as being such an inspiring way to celebrate creative women with visions and dreams. Cue the unwavering heart eyes for everything about this brand.

When I delved in to Under Aurora’s shop, it’s no wonder I was hooked. By blending plant-based ingredients, essential oils, cruelty-free testing and eco-friendly packaging, this vegan beauty brand struck a cord with me and I just haven’t been the same. From “The Poet” Botanical Body Spritz to the lemon zinger Brightening Face Scrub, these products compliment my energy, my creativity and my own sense of beauty. See why these are my favorite products below.

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gettin’ pretty with finola jewelry

Libby

GUYS.

I’m so excited to finally share with you Vol. 4 of Smitten! I recently partnered with Finola Jewelry and Anastasia Gentry Photography to bring our V+V fans an exclusive giveaway.

Based in Cincinnati, OH, Finola Jewlery appeals to the type of woman who’s in tune with trends, but also values her own sense of style and strives to assert her independence as opposed to blending in with the masses. An example? Fringe and tassels are currently all the rage, and the Avai Blush Tassel earrings draw inspiration from this trend while rockin’ their own personality and flair.

I love that each handmade piece of jewelry from Finola emboldens every woman to embrace their style and individuality. See below for more from our shoot + head to our Instagram to win a pair of the Celeste Gold Tassel earringssmitten vol 4smitten vol 42smitten vol 43smitten vol 44smitten vol 45smitten vol 46smitten vol 47smitten vol 48smitten vol 49smitten vol 410smitten vol 411smitten vol 412smitten vol 413smitten vol 414

Dying for a pair of these earrings? Head to our Instagram to enter the giveaway!

creating beauty for berlin skin

Libby

For years now, I’ve been smitten with Berlin Skin. An all-time favorite when it comes to minimalist beauty brands, Berlin Skin naturally and effortlessly enhances my skincare regimen. The energy, the aesthetic, the aroma – every single component of this brand inspires indefinite heart eyes for beauty brand enthusiasts.

I’ve been particularly loving the cocoa eye butter and the geranium + rose toner. With high-quality, sustainably sourced ingredients that dazzle each and every small batch, every product from Berlin Skin is made with love through and through. For the rejuvenation and nourishment you need to infuse inspiration in your every day, choose Berlin Skin.

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meet matti

Libby
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.
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meet matti

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.

 

you should go and love yourself

Libby

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.

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“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

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“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.

 

be proud

Libby

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.

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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.

 

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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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!