VMS Digest: Vol. XII

THE INVENTOR OF THE POP-UP AD IS SORRY // Easily one of the best interviews I’ve read about design and the state of the web in a while. Ethan Zuckerman’s answer to the first question of this interview pulled me in, and I couldn’t stop reading.

ALL THINGS ROYAL // Obsessed doesn’t even begin to cover how I felt about this interactive feature the Times put together last month about Harry & Meghan’s royal wedding. Just trust me on this one, you should click through and click around. It’s so fun! There’s also this article about their courtship, this one which is an excerpt from a new biography about Miss Markle, and this one about how the Meghan Effect is the new Kate Effect. C’mon, you know you love this stuff as much as I do!

OTHER THINGS ALMOST ROYAL // I was also interested in this profile on Emma Thynn, Britain’s first black marchioness. She’s shaking up the aristocracy and I’m into it. Also, their family estate, Longleat, is so beautiful!

ABOUT LASH GROWTH SERUMS // Even though I’ve had success with Neulash in the past, this article had a surprise in store: it’s actually a lash conditioner and doesn’t have any ingredients that would make lashes grow. Here’s more info on whether lash serums actually work.

IKIGAI // A couple weeks ago, Kat shared a link to this article about the Japanese concept of Ikigai, and I thought it was a good read! Sometimes it feels like hitting that sweet center spot and achieving Ikigai is actually the whole point of your life’s work.

HEAVENLY BODIES // The Met Gala is taking place next Monday, with the theme “Heavenly Bodies.” I liked this short video about how the conservators at the museum have been receiving and unboxing precious relics from the Vatican, many of which have never left Rome before. I think in another life, I would’ve ended up in the art history world somehow!

THE UNGLAMOROUS SIDE OF BLOGGING // Meg gets real about what goes on behind the scenes of running a full time blog. And, if you interested in how sponsored content works for many bloggers, dive into Jess’ post too!

SALT FLATS // How beautiful are these photographs from aerial photographer Tom Hegen? I loved Erica’s feature on him! Also—more on her site below ;)

HOW BARBARA CORCORAN GETS SHIT DONE // I really enjoyed reading this interview with Shark Tank‘s Barbara Corcoran (does anyone else love that show?). I thought her approach to setting priorities for the week was unique, and I also loved learning more about behind the scenes production stuff of the show!

THE ETERNAL MYSTERY OF OTHER PEOPLE // As someone who’s relied on personal therapy and couples therapy at various points in my life, yes to all of this.

GETTING OUT OF A CREATIVE RUT // And yes to all of this, too. I loved this quote: “If you have chosen a crazy path, it is probably because somewhere, deep down, you have the confidence to know you can do it. Things may seem unfair at times, but don’t let that take any of your energy. …If that voice is calling you, it will only get louder if you turn your back on it. You have to yield to it and feed it and be gentle with it and let it guide you.”

HOW WE TALK ABOUT MISCARRIAGE // I thought this look at how the way cultures have discussed and approached miscarriage over the centuries was very interesting!

IS INSTAGRAM BAD NOW? // This piece is a little tongue-and-cheek, but c’mon, you kinda feel the same, right? Are you spending less time on Instagram these days?


25 YEARS OF COYOTE UGLY // The bar, not the movie, though gah, that anniversary is probably just around the corner too. A look back on how the bar got started and what it’s like today. Also, I may have owned this movie on VHS when I was in high school.


what i’ve been shopping

+ All of the things Part I // I just ordered a pair of these new woven slingback flats from Everlane and am suuuuper excited about them.  Should I do a review once they arrive? The company was kind enough to gift me a pair of their Editor slingbacks in black a few weeks ago, so it could be a 2-for-1 footwear review extravaganza. I also have thoughts about their kick crop jeans, too. Also in this shopping haul: scooped up this little dress (thinking it’ll be good for Korea’s warm temps), and this soft shirt. PS, linen tees for summer launch next week (I’ve raved them about them before, as you’ll recall).

+ All of the things Part II // Madewell is still taking all my money. Scooped up this top and this one too, and both will theoretically arrive today. Perfect, because I’m totally wearing one of them for Cinco de Mayo festivities tomorrow! Also got this dress; TBD on how it works with the boob situation.

+ Books I just bought // I’d been in a bit of a reading rut, but ordered three books this past week and am excited to dive into them tonight and tomorrow! On the docket: Sourdough: A Novel; Educated: A Memoir; and Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire. I like books with colons in the title.


studio digest

We’ve been super busy in the studio! In the last couple months, we launched designs for the blogs Honestly WTF, Alyson Haley, The Zhush, and a brand new theme for <em>press, named Presidio. I’m especially proud of the WTF build, as I began working with Erica and the Honestly Media brands early in 2017 on identity design. To get re-approached to design the website for WTF early this year was exciting, as I really adore her content. If you like the unique finds I’ll scout for you here, you should definitely browse around her site for far cooler stuff than I could ever dream of discovering!


That’s all from here! It’s been a crazy, surprising, joyful week around here and I’m heading into the weekend excited and grateful. Hoping you’re feeling some of the same—it’s May, after all, and May means summer!


Image Credit:

Photo by William Bout via Unsplash, with additional edits by VMS


  1. 5.5.18
    Alexia said:

    You will love Educated! I practically gobbled it up. I grew up barely three hours south (in Utah) from where the author was raised although the place I grew up in (which was not very LDS) feels very different from her childhood, it made for a really interesting reading experience, since I am typically very far removed from the people/characters I read about.

    • 5.10.18
      Victoria said:

      I’m really excited to read it! Going to take it with my on a quick trip to Texas next week, I think!

  2. 5.9.18
    Tori said:

    If you liked the interview about the birth of the pop up ad, listen to this podcast. It is all about the invention of the pop up and is super interesting. https://www.gimletmedia.com/reply-all/3-i-didnt-mean-to-break-the-internet The podcast is one of my favorites as well.

    • 5.10.18
      Victoria said:

      Ooh, thanks for sharing! Adding this to my list!

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