VB x DONALD ROBERTSON // I’m a longtime fan of artist Donald Robertson. His Instagram account is one of my favorite follows, and I may or may not have been the first one to pre-order his new book. You know what else I love? Veronica Beard. So you can imagine my excitement when I heard about the collaboration between the two. Robertson has put his whimsical stamp on some of VB’s signature pieces, including my new favorite, perfectly-worn-in denim jacket. It’s an unexpected and artful take on a closet classic.
MUST-SEE DOCUMENTARY // One thing I really love about documentaries is that I always come away having learned something. Unlike some movies that are just so bad that you feel like you wasted two hours of your life, documentaries always feel like time well-spent. The most recent documentary I saw was Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards. I had no doubt that this was going to be a movie I would enjoy, but I ended up loving it so much more than that. I’m a longtime Manolo Blahnik devotee (he designed the shoes I wore on my wedding day), but I came away from the film with such a deep appreciation for not only the designer, but his craft, too. I’ve always considered Manolos to be works of art (hello) but even more so now. I highly recommend curling up on the couch to watch this one.
UGH, HALLOWEEN // Fact: Halloween is my least favorite holiday. I liked it as a kid, yes, but not so much now. It’s just a messy holiday. Know what I mean? With that said, I really don’t mind the surplus of fun size Reese’s that end up in our freezer. Peanut butter cups are better that way, no?
HOLIDAZE // I may not love Halloween but I do love that it leads the way to Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m more than ready for all of the holiday fun to come – decorations (my disco gnome is ready to come out of hiding), cookie-making, shopping for gifts (just want to buy everything I see from the M’Oda gift guide), cocktail parties (planning on wearing these and these multiple times), and plenty of other shiny and happy things, too. In terms of getting the blog ready, I’ll also be preparing several gift guides. Is there anything in particular you all would like to see (or not see) on here? Do tell.
ORGANIZING HACK // One of the areas in my closet I’ve always found particularly difficult to organize are my handbags – specifically my clutches. I used to keep them in a drawer but found that I didn’t carry them as often when I couldn’t see them. With that in mind, I’ve been trying to find an organized way to keep them on top of my closet counter where I can see them. Well, I found it. I bought four of these acrylic organizers and now have a 2×2 block of clutches. Each compartment can fit at least two or three clutches (sometimes more depending on the size of the handbag), and I can easily see every single one. Simple, but life changing.
FUN FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM // One of my very favorite accounts to follow on Instagram is @geronimoballoons. I have an obsession with balloons, but Geronimo’s installations take it to another level. Their installations are works of art. But the real reason I follow them is because their posts always make me feel happy. They really do. I mean how could rows and rows of colorful balloons not make you smile?
A NEW (TO ME) PODCAST // The question “How are you?” is basically the equivalent of saying “hello.” It’s a rehearsed greeting. The expected answer is almost always, “Fine. How are you?” Even when this isn’t the honest answer. Sometimes the real answer is more along the lines of, “Not awesome. Thanks.” But what if we started answering the question honestly?That’s the entire premise behind the podcast “Terrible, Thanks for Asking.” Hosted by author Nora McInerny, the candid stories featured on this podcast deal with all the topics we usually don’t want to talk about: miscarriages, grief, loss, death. Sounds totally depressing, right? Well, it is and it isn’t. McInerny is a wonderful storyteller and manages to weave a sense of humor into every single story. It’s the kind of honesty we all need every now and then.