FRIDAY VIBES // Viva Vivetta!

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A lot of designers are talented and make beautiful clothes, but Vivì Ponti, the genius behind the label Vivetta, goes beyond that: she makes my soul sing! Her surrealistic clothing and accessories (those collars!) seem both classic, with their clear Schiaparelli-esque style notes, and entirely modern. I mean, have you really ever seen anything like these pieces? Vivetta is fresh, dreamy, and completely inspiring. I. AM. OBSESSED!

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Are you a Vivetta fan?

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FRIDAY VIBES // Keep Swimming

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I have a very draining creative cycle. It basically involves having big events and deadlines, like Sunday's runway show for Alternative Fashion Week, and working kind of obsessively for weeks, not sleeping nearly enough, you get the drill. Then the event or deadline passes and I'm in massive recovery mode for a couple of weeks, needing to catch up on rest and all the self-care that I neglected the weeks before, until the next big event or project is on the calendar and it's back to the cycle. While I have definitely been resting up this week, I'm trying not to fall too deep into recovery mode. I instead feel like I just need more structure and balance at all times, looming deadline or not. This is the constant creative struggle for me.

I love these swimming images because they're basically how my mind feels right now. Or, I suppose, how I aspire for my mind to feel. I've never been much into swimming myself, but I love how swimmers seem to have this perfect balance of zen mindlessness and focused purpose, kind of like meditation. The repetition of motion and pattern in these images is speaking to my quest for routine while the overall vibe is reminding me not to obsess or shut down, but to patiently and continuously keep pushing into the next phase. Just keep swimming.

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Happy weekend!

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Weekly Roundup 4/52

Wow! I have had a tech-disaster of a week. I haven't posted since last week's roundup because I was dealing with server issues. I wasn't able to login to my site or even load the page. Any bloggers/site owners out there who are fellow DIY tech novices, you know how crazy frustrating and complicated site problems can be. I believe everything looked normal from the reader's end over the past few days, but if it hasn't I apologize. Everything should finally be back to normal now, so I guess that means it's time for some links, right?!  

1  I never get sick of the surrealist trend and I thought these DIY eyeball placemats and hand napkin rings were such a great take on the style. Wouldn't they be great for an art-themed party? (The House that Lars Built)  |  2  And while we're talking about art parties, how about serving up these DIY spiked lollipops? I love how they look like beautiful ink swirls. (Sugar & Cloth)

 

3  Beginnings is a great New York Magazine feature on the breakthrough moments that led to major success, from actors to musicians, chefs to political speech writers. It's enlightening to hear their thoughts, feelings, and insecurities before it all clicked. (NY Mag)  |  4  Helene is one of my favorite go-to blogger gurus, and I love that she's sharing an insight into how she organizes her planner and her life. (Helene in Between)

 

5  Paris Couture Fashion Week is halfway through. Meanwhile I'm in Ohio, dreamily looking at street style and highlights from the shows. (Chanel, with its futuristic hair twists and sensible wedges, seems to already have a lot of buzz). For fellow long-distance admirers, this compilation, Paris, In Movies, by Candice Drouet, pretty much makes it feel like you're there... sort of. (Vimeo)

 

 More to love...

“You call it procrastination, I call it thinking.”

Pianos and their spaces.

Clever and simple DIY planters.

A thrift store dresser makeover.

Love these charming cupcakes.

If I was ever going to get baby fever, it would be because of these.

I think these earrings look like cute little marquis letters.

Dying over this dress.

And this chic sweater.

And this whole vibe.

 

What links did you love this week?

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Weekend Reading Vol. 7

The internet is so cool. Here are some of my favorite finds this week...

I've been entertaining the idea of reforming from a plant murderer into a real-life plant owner. These gorgeous DIY marbled spray paint planters are really sealing the deal for me. (Vintage Revivals)  |  2  Isn't this Garance Doré x Equipment collaboration beautiful? (Equipment)

 

I'm loving the Instagram of artist Giulia Bernardelli, who makes intricate paintings with coffee, ice cream, honey- pretty much anything! (Instagram)  |  4  Is this DIY cactus pincushion not the cutest thing you've ever seen? I definitely need this for my little studio/office. (A Beautiful Mess)

 

Wills sisters mark your calendars. We've got a date with destiny...

Plus a few more...

Love this off-the-shoulder look.

And how this maxi shirt dress is styled- so cool!

Bookmarking these easy-to-keep plants for my journey to a green thumb.

Bloggers take note: super valuable takeaways from WDS.

I really want this mug.

A great roundup of podcasts for makers.

Pantone confetti and other wonderful things.

You don't owe prettiness to anyone- loved this!

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