This Girl

jordan brantley

Sometimes it’s hard to find time for your own blog. When you have other responsibilities in this crazy thing of life, it’s difficult to justify that you really must sit down to compose a post instead of attending to more immediate to-do’s like *ugh* homework or preparing for work the next day. Because of my time-management issues, I always marvel/envy/ruminate jealously about all the bloggers who seem like they update 24/7 on instagram, pinterest, their blogs etc. They’re constantly posting, updating, collaborating with and launching new ideas, projects, and joint ventures and honestly, I begin to wonder, was I born into the 24 hour-day planet and they were born into some alternative universe of a 48 hour one? Because sometimes I think, I really do believe I’m missing something…

To cut my envy problems short though, I often don’t share things from other blogs because I barely have time to share my own ideas. For this girl though, I’ve got time. You probably remember her as my blog designer. If you haven’t been following her already, please, please please do it now. This week she launched her new design business/blog and oh. my. Besides being absolutely GORGEOUS, her site is incredibly inspiring and helpful for any creative at any stage of their blog/website/business. Before she launched the site, she asked me to join some of her other clients in writing a testimonial about my own experience working with her to redesign this space. I jumped at the chance– I felt so honored to join the ranks of her other fabulous clients–Check out my testimonial here as well as some of the other design stories from the sites she’s had her hand in transforming. You can read it in her own words, but she’s bent on building your brand–whatever that might be or what you envision it to be– and I’m so excited to see what wonderful projects she will be sharing on this new space. Congratulations Jordan!

image via jordanbrantley.com | photo cred: Sarah Eddy 

– <3 A.

Sneak Peak: Blog Makeover

moodboard

moodboard

I’ve been letting little snippets and hints out all summer about a blog makeover in the works and a few weeks ago you might remember me mentioning my blog designer and I were working on creating a cohesive palette for VMMV’s facelift. But perhaps I haven’t quite made clear just really how extensive this project is and just how completely EXCITED I am for the launch to be officially a week away!!! Nothing is going to change about how you access the blog, if you’re used to finding it a certain way, keep doin’ it! Everything will be rerouted to VMMV’s new home and I hope all of my darling readers will enjoy the new place as much as I will. I was only blogging for about 8 months when i contacted my blog designer. That’s pretty early in blog world to be jumping to the next level but my visions for what VMMV could be had already outgrown my own personal abilities so I needed to call in the troops or risk frustration and burnout by doing it all myself. And how thankful I am that I did call in at least one troop: Jordan Brantley, the brainchild of Create Like Crazy, my brilliant blog-designer, and such a fun partner to work with. How I stumbled across her I still can’t remember, but I have a feeling we were linked up for a reason especially considering after a little investigative work on my side (I was creepin’ on you Jordan!) I discovered we had the very same theory about where all our creativity comes from and what we should be using it for. She’s a kindred spirit that one.

She and I worked to create this moodboard as a way to get me to focus my ideas for the blog and make sure both of us were on the same page for my vision of what I wanted VMMV to be. Jordan had me find images and take pictures that represented what my visions are of the VMMV brand and put them into a few categories (style, design, color, texture, layout, vibe etc.). It was such a fun and slightly challenging project to pair concrete images to foggy design ideas! I sent her my photos and she hand-picked through them to create a finished moodboard with cohesion and direction.

When we first began brainstorming, I told her I didn’t want the vintage to feel like an antique store, more like an eclectic boutique. I still wanted a fresh, modern feel because that’s what VMMV is all about, integrating vintage inspirations into the modern world. She hit the balance just right…wait and see! The new blog will be so much easier for all of you to navigate, and will also be completely customized thanks very much to Jordan’s talents.  Like I said, the launch is officially set for August 8th so stay tuned! This moodboard is only a tiny peek into a beautiful new space.

– <3 A.