lisbon, portugual - the fresh exchange

ALL THE COOL (FRENCH) GIRLS DO IT: I’ve mentioned my undying love of French brand Sézane before, and the company just launched a new “Essentiels” collection — pieces that will always be in stock (and in style). I’m coveting this bag.

WEBB TO BR: Did you hear the news? Marissa Webb, former head of womenswear at J. Crew and currently creator of her eponymous line, will be taking over as Creative Director at Banana Republic. I’m definitely interested to see what she comes up with!

SCANDAL MONOLOGUE: I had way too much fun with this Scandal monologue Mad-Lib generator yesterday. I mean, it’s kind of accurate — and could be used across any Shonda Rhimes show.

RAISING THE BAR: I was recently alerted to this awesome new program happening here in New York: Raising the Bar. On April 29, 50 bars across the city will host distinguished speakers in various fields, to give talks on interesting topics. I’m totally going to one! If you’re in NY, check it out here.

A LOVELY SHOP: Fallon recently launched an Etsy shop to help pare down her antiques collection. I adore her blog and style, and her shop falls right in line!

PLAYING BY THE RULES: If you’re a blogger who works with brands, I wrote an extensive post on The Well about FTC disclosure requirements. Knowledge is power, people.

TWEETING CAN GET YOU EVERYTHING: Including a job as a late night comedy writer. The times we live in, y’all. They amaze.

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO: In Paris, that is. Carin always gives me fantastic ideas of places to visit when in the City of Light.

VERY SAVVY: Gabrielle just launched her new blog today, and it looks beautiful! Her taste is second to none, so be sure to follow along and show her some love if you don’t already.

This week. I don’t know what it was, but I felt completely stuck in the doldrums. No energy to do anything — whether that be exercising, being creative, or powering through projects. Perhaps it was the swift change in temperatures (I’m still in denial that I saw snow on my patio when I woke up on Tuesday). Did anyone else have kind of a ho hum week? I’ve also got all kinds of thoughts swirling in my head about my own businesses and what’s coming next. Put everything under a single name? Put everything under my never-revealed last name? Leave everything the way it is? Oy vey. I always think we’re our own worst enemies and most of the time we just need to get out of our own way when it comes to these types of things, but I’m in the process of figuring out whether to step to the right or to the left. You know how it goes.

Any fun plans this weekend, friends? We have a double date tomorrow to check out a ramen place — and my deep, undying love for a good bowl of ramen has me really stoked. Other than that, I plan on catching up with some friends around the country, sleeping in, and doing a bit of spring cleaning. Ice storms this week not withstanding, I can’t look at my winter coats for another minute — time to get the house ready for spring and summer!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Image: The Fresh Exchange. Be sure to check out Megan and Mike’s amazing trip to Spain and Portugal!

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  1. 4.18.14
    Chelsea said:

    What a beautiful shop!

  2. 4.18.14

    The weather totally threw me off – hopefully this weekend will be a good recharge! Enjoy yours.

  3. 4.18.14
    Meghan said:

    So many good links, Victoria! Thank you for the fun fodder for my Friday! XO

  4. 4.18.14
    Jasmin said:

    I thought your last name was McGinley? Now I’m intrigued! :)

    • 4.18.14
      Victoria McGinley said:

      Well, technically it is. But it’s my maiden name. I’ve never changed my last name to my married name and don’t go by it personally or professionally!

      • 4.18.14
        Steph said:

        I was wondering what name you had decided to go with legally. I’m kind of attached to my own, so I may or may not want to switch it to my husband’s, whenever that decision becomes necessary.

  5. 4.18.14
    Kayla said:

    Adding the Savvy Home Blog to my reading list! : )


  6. 4.18.14

    Thanks for the love girl!! I’m totally obsessed with ramen as well… It’s a problem really. Have a fantastic weekend! <3

  7. 4.18.14
    Cory said:

    Can’t stop with that Scandal monologue generator. Too funny!

  8. 4.18.14
    Nnenna said:

    I just went through and read all of Megan’s posts on Spain and Portugal and I love them! It akes me back to the summer of 2010 when I was traveling around that area. Thanks for sharing and hope you have a great weekend!

  9. 4.18.14
    Clara said:

    Ugh I feel you on the doldrums. Hoping a weekend away (and specifically away from the computer!) will help boost my spirits. Can’t wait to see you next week!

  10. 4.20.14
    alexa said:

    I definitely know those doldrums. I actually have felt stuck in them this weekend. Hopefully will snap out of it tomorrow. Sometimes I feel like I just need a change of scenery or something.

  11. 4.20.14

    I am so obsessed with Gabrielle’s new blog! So chic.

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