vintage muse modern views blog launch revealedAnnouncing a blog launch is sort of like waking up Christmas morning and seeing all your gifts underneath the tree and then have your parents tell you it’s Christmas…it’s obvious, right? But somehow saying it, shouting it, telling everyone about it makes it that much more real. So, guess what? It’s BLOG LAUNCH DAY! You should have already noticed that, well, pretty much everything is different about VMMV because ladies (and a few occasional gentlemen)…I’ve upgraded! Like I said back when I shared my sneak peak about this makeover, if you type in the old blog ( you’ll be redirected to this new space  automatically ( which, if you’ll notice, is all mine! You will have to update your RSS feeds and/or your email subscription if you previously clicked “muse with me” and were a loyal follower (I love you guys btw!). Just subscribe again and you’ll be back to receiving email updates from the new URL.

The new space feels incredible: sort of like moving from a rental to a home, like shifting from a hobby to a real thing, like changing your mind from thinking,”I’ll try this,” to “I’m really going to do this” because it’s quite the commitment. In a nutshell, I guess I put a ring on VMMV because we aren’t just datin’ anymore, we’re in this. That’s definitely not to say I have a whole lot left I want to learn and do with the blog, but at last my foundation is ready to really begin building. If you notice as you’re perusing around the new blog, there’s still projects in the works so the construction has only begun! Also, something I should share is that VMMV has it’s own button now to spread around the bloggin’ world! Grab it at “about me and VMMV,” or click here.
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 It’s ten months to the day that I published my first post on the old blog (totally unplanned and completely ironic, yes?) and wowzers, I’ve learned A LOT in these ten months–about myself and about the whole blogging pursuit. I can’t thank Jordan enough for her design work and most of all her patience with me during this whole makeover process. In the beginning I was a little nervous approaching the whole thing and approaching a big league designer! I hadn’t been doing this very long and honestly was still in kindergarten preschool as far as the technical aspects of blogging. She’s been the sweetest person answering all my questions and concerns and helping me turn my trial-blog-run into a brand. You’re the best Jordan!

Thanks also to my readers for being patient as I’m making this switch, I’ll be learning to use this new space so hopefully no hiccups, but I apologize in advance if there are! I can’t wait to begin again, it’s the breath of freshness I needed and the room to grow and learn that I wanted.

– <3 A. 


July Highlights

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july vmmv highlights

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Despite being absurdly hot at times, July was the perfect combination of sticky, sparkly, summery, stylish, opinionated, and colorful. I made two of the easiest desserts that surprisingly turned out delicious for how few ingredients and how quickly they went together. Summer is all about simplicity. I was also all about spouting modern views on some undying issues, and apparently you’re all about reading them because yet again those two were some of my top posts for the month–Thank-you! July was also about a real-life pinning expedition: I went to an estate sale almost weekly in the hopes of discovering some design inspiration for the blog makeover—inspiration that will all be revealed *huge gasp*…tomorrow!

There’s months of blogging that seem like I’m pulling teeth, racking my brain for inspiration, and sometimes dissatisfied with my own creative limits. And then there’s months that topics and sentences, collages and images just pour out and this all feels so very right. July was one of those months. It was a much-needed slower month, a pause in a year that has been rather laborious with little fruit to show for it but I guess that’s why Fall is the Harvest months: all these early days spent working are about to show fruit and I’m so ready to see a bounty.

Tomorrow’s August 1st. Wow. I normally loathe August, but this time around, I think we’re at a stalemate. I’m still not a fan of the crazy heat stubbornly sticking around, but with the blog launch planned, an upcoming weekend away with two of my best girls, and a return to something of a schedule, I’m thinking August won’t be all that bad. Here’s to the start of a new month!

 – <3 A.