5 WINTER CRAFTS FOR DIY ENTHUSIASTS TO DO WITH THEIR VINAS THIS MONTH

It’s that time of the year where the cold weather rolls around and we can’t be outside as much. We wonder what kind of fun things to do with our best vinas that don’t require us to actually go through all the fuss and put on our boots and puffer jackets. So I’ve gathered for you, five of the cutest, easiest, AND holiday-themed DIYs perfect for this season. Most of the materials can also be found at your local dollar store, so super doable as well! Whip out that artsy soul of yours and make some great decors and gifts!

HO-HO-HO WREATH

 

Materials Needed:

  • Floral wreath ring
  • White tulle
  • Santa hat
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Scissors

What to do:

  • Cut the tulle into 4-5 in pieces.
  • Tie each piece of tulle to the ring and drop a little bit of glue on top of the knot to make sure it’s stable. Continue doing this until you reach about halfway on the ring.
  • Take the Santa hat and place it on top of the ring and hot-glue the ends to the ring.
  • If you want to hang it on your door, I recommend also getting a wreath holder and placing it on the door when you decorate.

YARN CHRISTMAS TREE

Materials Needed:

  • Yarn of any color of your choice
  • Glue
  • Styrofoam cone
  • Assorted snowflakes or buttons (optional)

What to do:

  • Take your yarn and start wrapping it around the cone as much as you want. Make sure the beginning is snug to hold its place.
  • Take the glue and squeeze it onto the yarn. You can take a paintbrush or even your finger and spread the glue all over.
  • Let the glue dry. I recommend at least an hour or two just to be safe.
  • You can also add on your little tidbits to make it more special or can leave it plain if that’s the look you want.
  • Once completely dry, carefully take out the cone from the inside of the yarn and voila!

PERSONALIZED WINE GLASS

 

 

Materials Needed:

  • Wine glass
  • Paint markers (gold or silver)
  • Printed paper with whatever word you want to be written on it (optional)
  • Masking tape (optional)

What to do:

  • If you decide to use the printed paper, tape that toward the top end of the wine glass with the masking tape.
  • Take your paint marker and slowly start to write on the glass over the place that you placed the paper. Or if you decided to freehand it, then do the same thing. Let the first layer dry for a minute or two before you go over it again.
  • Once completely dry you can take out the paper with the masking tape.
  • Open a bottle of wine with your favorite vinas and enjoy your new glass!
  • Reminder: This glass should only be hand washed very gently. Hard scrubbing on the glass can chip the paint.

PRINGLES COOKIE CAN

Materials Needed:

  • Empty Pringles can
  • Wrapping paper or any type of paper you like to use
  • Ribbons, charms, bows (optional)
  • Hot glue gun

What to do:

  • Clean the empty Pringles can thoroughly.
  • Cut the paper of choice to the size of the can.
  • Take your hot glue gun and make a line going from top to bottom
  • Place the end of the paper over that line of glue.
  • Continue the same method around the can every half inch or so until complete.
  • Decorate the can to your liking with ribbons or charms.
  • Put the top back on!

JAR MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER

Materials Needed:

  • Empty jar
  • Gems or colorful rocks
  • Makeup brushes
  • Good gone or acetone
  • Cotton balls

What to do:

  • Grab an old jar and make sure it is clean of the previous contents.
  • Take the good gone or your acetone and put some of it on the label of the jar while scrubbing it off with the cotton balls until clean.
  • Rinse the jar again to get a good cleaning.
  • Dry it off very well or let it air dry.
  • Once dry, grab your gems or colorful rocks and pour them into the jar
  • Take your makeup brushes and put them into the jar; place on your armoire and be dazzled by your crafty-ness. 

Up for a DIY-filled vina night in? Go over to the Hey! VINA app, join the DIY community and plan it!!

THE ULTIMATE VINA-APPROVED HALLOWEEN MOVIE NIGHT LIST

Happy (almost) Halloween, spooky vinas! October is upon us and the spooky season has officially begun. While it’s sometimes acceptable shovel candy corn into your mouth while watching scary movies, it’s more acceptable than ever in October. Halloween is on a weeknight this year, so fill up your plastic pumpkin with candy, settle in, and binge these movies on Halloween night.

HOCUS POCUS

It might be basic, but Hocus Pocus SLAYS. This movie should be watched every Halloween for the rest of your life. After a night out, I bought this on DVD so I could watch it over and over again in October. I highly recommend doing that exact thing, or DVRing it during one of the million times it airs on Freeform/ABC Family this year to watch it at your leisure.

HALLOWEENTOWN

Get back to your roots girl. Halloweentown is the perfect Disney Channel Original movie to bring back this Halloween. Embrace the nostalgia and start out your evening with this PG classic. As the cocktails keep flowing, gradually move on to spookier movies.

HALLOWEEN

I mean, come on. You have to watch Halloween ON Halloween! There’s even a new Halloween movie this year to get you in the mood to revisit this 1978 classic! So snuggle up and spend the night with Michael Myers, you know you want to!

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IT (OLD OR NEW)

Instead of going out and seeing a bunch of creeps dressed up like clowns in-person, stay in and spend some time with Pennywise the clown. Both versions of this Stephen King masterpiece are heckin creepy so you really can’t go wrong with either.

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS

Maybe I am biased because this is my favorite movie of all time, but Edward Scissorhands is a perfect movie for Halloween. It’s not as on-the-nose as the other movies on this list, but anything that Tim Burton, the creepy king himself has touched should really earn a spot on this list. 

INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE

Interview with a Vampire is another option for Halloween that isn’t as directly related to the holiday. Vampires are typically scary, but who could say no to Brad Pitt as a vampire? Not me at least. Also seeing Kirsten Dunst as a murderous child vampire is an experience on its own.

These movies would be excellent additions to your Halloween movie list, so I hope you enjoy them. Wishing you all have an excellent Halloween, whether you’re staying in to watch movies or going out with your fellow vinas!

If you’re in need of Halloween plans, download the Hey! VINA app today to find some new vinas to have a spooky movie marathon with! 👻🎃

 

COLORING BOOKS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU NEEDED IN YOUR LIFE

Adult coloring books had their moment a few years ago—and the category is still going strong. In fact, there are a ton of new coloring books on the market right now that are creating buzz. We all need to release our inner kid, and lucky for us, psychologists have found that there are many benefits linked to coloring, like helping to reduce stress and improving parts of the brain that control vision and creativity. 

So kick back, check these out and get coloring!

THE BADASS FEMINIST COLORING BOOK

Celebrate these 40 modern-day feminists with this coloring book. In between coloring these badass women, this book also has bonus feminist essays included. It’s perfect for vinas who love to color, empower, and embrace being a woman.

Buy it here.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: A COLORING CLASSIC

Jane Austen quotes and beautiful, intricate designs? Count us in! Indulge in artistic renderings of scenes from the iconic novel and accurate depictions of Victorian household objects. And if you haven’t already, pick up the book and enjoy!

Buy it here.

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CHEER THE F*UCK UP: AN IRREVERENTLY POSITIVE ADULT COLORING BOOK

When you’re in need of cheering up, grab this coloring book. It’s full of positive quotes, casual curse words, and ways to lift your mood. With 37 illustrations ranging from simple to complex, you can color-in mermaids, fairies, animals, and abstract designs while expressing all the things you can’t always say. 

Buy it here.

KICK-ASS WOMEN OF HISTORY & MYTH: ADULT COLORING BOOK

If you loved the first coloring book, but desire other historical and mythical #girlbosses, look no further! It’s filed with illustrations of figures like Cleopatra, Sappho, and a Harlem Renaissance star and not to mention, sassy biographies of these amazing women are also included.

Buy it here.

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FRIENDSHIP COLORING BOOK

Whether you buy it for yourself or for one of your vinas, let the zany and fun drawings in this book remind you of the power of friendship that can last a lifetime. This book is perfect for a gift or even a VINA date!

Buy it here.

Want to finding a coloring crew? Join the Artists and Designers community or the DIY Lovers community on VINA and get planning!🎨

SIX SUBSCRIPTION BOX SERVICES THAT YOU’LL LOVE!

Subscription boxes have been all the rage lately. Filled with everything from workout clothes to makeup products and even dog toys, these boxes are hot on the market. If you haven’t signed up for one yet, you are missin’ out! Check out some of our vina’s all-time favorite subscription boxes and then sign up ASAP! 🙌🏽

SCRIBBLER

This is the only subscription box made for novelists and it is created by authors for authors! Scribbler is committed to helping writers improve their craft and reach their publishing goals, month after month. This subscription is designed to help writers do the three most important things: staying motivated, improving their craft, and connecting with the right publishing professionals. In these boxes, you will receive new release fiction novels, a monthly writing theme to inspire you, and and invitation to communicate with a publishing professional (i.e. a private Skype call with an author!). So get scribbling, vinas!

Check out Scribbler here.

VINEBOX

Vinebox sources the 9 best wines of the season and brings them directly to your doorstep. According to the company, these wines aren’t available at your local store and are more akin to “the stuff that you stumble across on a backroad trip through Tuscany” and “the gems that local restaurants save for a special occasion.” What’s not to love?! You can become a member and subscribe to save money or simply purchase the current box now! Keep in mind that members save on every box, have access to next quarter’s wines first and receive a quarterly credit for purchasing full-size bottles.

Check out Vinebox here.

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ARMOURBOX

These boxes are built just for you based on how you answer the sign up questions and what you are specifically looking for. A dedicated ‘official outfitter’ handpicks 4 to 6 pieces of gear that fits your needs and style and sends them right to your doorstep. Big bonus: you have a whole week to try them on before you have to pay. Then, you pay only for the gear you want and can simply ship the rest back with no additional fees. This box can be delivered as often as you need it—get a new ArmourBox on your doorstep every 30, 60, or 90 days. Surprise: if you keep everything in your box you get to enjoy 20% off!

Check out ArmourBox here.

BEAN BOX

According to the founders of Bean Box, “Seattle is the world capital for amazing, locally-roasted, authentic coffee experiences,” thus, the best place to buy coffee! So, the owners behind Bean Box want to “bring the unique experience of drinking locally-roasted coffee in Seattle to everyone, in their own home, by leveraging technology to make it easy, customizable, and full of endless variety.” Personalize your roasting preference and subscribe for either a monthly delivery of one 12oz bag of Coffee of the Month beans or, my personal favorite, get the Bean Box Sampler which features 4 different 1.8oz bags of beans.

Check out Bean Box here.

BIRCHBOX

Every month, Birchbox will send five beauty samples from a variety of designer makeup, skin care, body care, hair care, and fragrance categories—personalized to you based on the questionnaire that you fill out to create your ‘beauty profile.’ You’ll also have a chance to customize your box by choosing a specific sample or adding full-size products to ship alongside your box. This box is a fun way to discover new products or just remind yourself to invest a moment or two to self-care amidst your busy schedule.

Check out Birchbox here.

TAMED WILD BOXES

Infuse some magic into your life with this delightful service! These subscriptions are designed for spiritualists, lovers of the occult, and modern day mystics. Each Wild Medicine Box contains items chosen to support your wild and free lifestyle while connecting you back to nature and yourself. These boxes include plant remedies, crystals, incense, candles, herbs and other unique surprises. The House of Rituals Box is a monthly delivery of old world rituals, spells, prayers or intentions; leaving it up to you on how you choose to manifest. These boxes include written instructions and can include smudges, candles, incense, crystals, oils, altar items, and other ‘old world tools.’

Check out Tamed Wild here.

Do you have a favorite subscription service that we’ve missed? Get the Hey! VINA app now to share it with your new vinas!

TAYLOR SWIFT LYRICS FOR EVERY MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE

Taylor Alison Swift. The girl who sang us through our first day of high school, held our hands through our broken hearts, gave us confidence to wear our braces with pride, celebrated our 22nd birthdays with us in the biggest way, and wrote two songs about Kanye, for whichever mood we were feeling at the time. The goddess of music has birthed six albums of pure gold and she has left no stone unturned in the process. To guide you through the most monumental moments in your life, here is a Swift lyric for each one. Sing along with us, vinas!

1.) For the moment you realize your worth:

“Sophistication isn’t what you wear or who you know”

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2.) For when you have a choice between taking allegiance to the girl at home, and the guy that didn’t:

“It would be a fine proposition, if I was a stupid girl. And yeah I might go with it if I hadn’t once been just like her”

3.) For the time you really got it wrong: 

“I’d go back in time and change it, but I can’t. So if the chain is on your door I understand”

4.) For when you’re really just over the whole “social interaction” thing:

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“Guess I’ll just stumble on home to my cats…alone”

5.) For when you need a reminder that you’re still you, even if you don’t know who that is right now:

“I’d like to be my old self again but I’m still trying to find it”

6.) For the last douchebag that screwed you over:

“If he drops my name then I owe him nothin’, and if he spends my change then he had it comin'”

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7.) For the time you really got it right: 

“Candle wax and polaroids on the hardwood floor, you and me from the night before”

8.) For when you finally find your old self again:

“When I was drowning that’s when I could finally breathe”

9.) For the moment that you realize the difference between damaged goods, and battle scars: 

“Heartbreak is the national anthem, we sing it proudly”

10.) For the NEXT douchebag that screws you over: 

“You look like my next mistake”

11.) For every moment of the last century: 

“We’re all bored, we’re all so tired of everything”

12.) For when you defeat your demons but they still look like angels: 

“Just because you’re clean don’t mean you don’t miss it”

13.) For the one you gave a second chance, and a third, and a fourth… 

“This is the last time I’m asking you this, put my name at the top of your list”

14.) For when you feel like your life will be complete as soon as you’re just a few years older: 

“Even though you want to, just try to never grow up”

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15.) For every goodbye that’s been forced from your lips: 

“I can’t breathe without you, but I have to”

16.) For the past that made you happy, and the moment you let it go: 

“I could go back to every laugh, but I don’t wanna go there anymore, and I know all the steps up to your door, but I don’t wanna go there anymore”

17.) For when you wish you’d never grown up: 

“Wasn’t it easier in your lunchbox days, always a bigger bed to crawl into. Wasn’t it beautiful when you believed in everything, and everybody believed in you”

18.) For when you finally see the person you’ve always loved as the person you’re in love with:  

“You drive me crazy half the time, the other half I’m only trying to let you know that what I feel is true. And I’m only me when I’m with you”

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19.) For when you’ve got nothing left to lose:

“I start a fight cause I need to feel somethin’, and you do what you want ’cause I’m not what you wanted”

20.) For the next time you’re underestimated: 

“Soon she’s gonna find stealing other people’s toys on the playground won’t make you many friends, she should keep in mind there is nothing I do better than revenge”

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So, next time you’re struggling to find the perfect lyrics that relate to your life, look no further than our vina-queen, T. Swift for inspiration.

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90’S CRAFTS YOU SHOULD BRING BACK FOR YOUR CRAFTERNOON CIRCUIT

Everyday nineties fashion is coming back in style, and we are loving it! Excepting the Clarissa Explains It All look, the nineties are a fun decade to revisit in the style department. So, it’s time to bring back some of my favorite parts of the nineties: the crafts! Here are some nineties crafts that you should bring back for your crafternoon circuit.

FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS

Grab some of that rainbow thread and start weaving. Classic friendship bracelets are classic, go-to crafts, and it’s time we start bringing them back again. I mean, how else should you tell someone you want to be their BFF?

TATTOO CHOKERS

Why stop at the bracelets when you can make tattoo chokers? They’re not actual tattoos, but they’re fun little choker necklaces that were super-in in the nineties. You can make them in whatever style you want and become the nineties goddess you know you are on the inside.

 

ANYTHING WITH PERLER BEADS

Bring out the bead case and the peg boards, it’s time to make some coasters, or magnets, or essentially anything you want! Nineties kids spent hours carefully lining up their beads and then melting them into a colorful shaipe. Perler beads were my absolute fave, so let’s bring them back!

 

TIE-DYE EVERYTHING

Tee-shirts, shorts, sock, shoes, and sheets.  You can literally tie-dye anything that has a blank canvas, making an ordinary white background extraordinarily colorful and fun to look at.

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SLAP BRACELETS

Are slap bracelets still a thing? They should still be a thing. Craft yourself some DIY slap bracelets. By covering a strip of measuring tape with duct tape, you can create your very own!

And there you have it! These are the ultimate nineties crafts that you should be bringing back! Bring out the tape and the scissors and channel your inner nineties kid for the ultimate throwback crafting session.

What are some of your favorite 90’s crafts? Let us know down below. Don’t forget to download Hey! VINA to find a buddy to craft with.

(Featured image via Her Campus)

HAMILTON’S TAKE ON FEMINISM AND SISTERHOOD

I was incredibly lucky to recently attend Hamilton: An American Musical at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco. Hamilton tells the story of founding father and first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. My family, friends, and I have all thoroughly devoted to and obsessed with the soundtrack to the musical for months on end, and couldn’t contain our excitement to finally see it. It was even better than we could have dreamed of– the acting, singing, and dancing was all top-notch. We all exited the theater with ridiculously bright smiles on our faces.

Hamilton‘s creator, Lin Manuel-Miranda, describes his massively popular, hit musical as the “story about American then, told by America now.” His words were reflected in the performers I saw on the stage: the actors who rapped and sang their way through the roles of America’s white founding fathers were people of all kinds of colors – a refreshing reminder that diversity is the keystone of America and the world. Furthermore, I noticed the overarching feminist themes in a musical set in a time period which did not much value or give freedom to the female sex. Here are some of my observations of Hamilton’s themes of feminism and sisterhood:

THE SCHUYLER SISTERS

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Renée Elise Goldsberry and Philippa Soo play Angelica and Eliza, respectively (Via @favorite.fighting.french.dude)

Leading the pack are the famous Schuyler sisters, the daughters of a rich senator. The eldest is Angelica, who owns one of the show-stopping numbers, “Satisfied.” Angelica won’t stand for merely equality for men. She reels off, “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” during her “The Schuyler Sisters” rap, but then defiantly adds, flanked by her two sisters: “When I meet Thomas Jefferson, Imma compel to include women in the sequel!” Angelica is all about taking in the exciting revolution around her rather than staying meekly at home. Other people may scoff at or disapprove of her ambition, a sentiment that is all too real in today’s society, too. When she raps, “Some men say that I’m intense or I’m insane!” she’s detailing in a few words the societal restrictions placed on women to act in a reserved, ladylike way and the criticism they get when they don’t. Angelica won’t be stopped– she’s looking for a mind at work!

Her younger sister Eliza feels the same way. In one of the musical motifs that sum up the musical’s theme, she sings: “Look around, look around, at how lucky we are to be alive right now!” Though Eliza would go on to marry Hamilton, Angelica is initially drawn to Hamilton to begin with, too. Still, she lets the audience know that she values her sisterhood with Eliza over all else: “I love my sister more than anything in this life; I will choose her happiness over mine every time.” The Schuyler sisters are a perfect example of how to use the power of sisterhood to defy the odds. Check out a video of their actresses rapping feminist quotes in March in honor of Women’s History Month!

THE ENSEMBLE

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Creator of Hamilton, Lin Manuel-Miranda, with the musical’s female ensemble members (Via Pinterest)

The ensemble members perform as fellow founding fathers, soldiers in the Revolutionary War, and Congressmen– all roles that were filled by men as part of a decidedly male-dominated society in America’s early years. However, the company of Hamilton throws gender roles out the window: about half of the ensemble consists of female actresses fighting, debating, and negotiating right alongside their male colleagues, just as it should have been. They’re dressed the same as the men, and they serve all the important roles that the men do. It’s a striking symbol of equality and the power of a female warrior.

THE FINAL NUMBER

Hamilton ends with a bang– literally, as the final scenes of Hamilton involve Hamilton’s longtime friend and nemesis Aaron Burr shooting him dead in a duel. But the show doesn’t end there– Eliza has the final say. She comes out and sings to the audience that she will be the one to tell her and Alexander’s story. She tells us of the many things she did for her new nation: speaking out against slavery, interviewing war veterans, raising funds for the George Washington monument in D.C., and establishing the first private orphanage in New York, where she helped many children who had no home to find one.

The final chords of the musical are sung a cappella, with barely a whisper closing it out. Processing the show in that moment, you may wonder if Hamilton was really the story of Alexander Hamilton after all. The musical pays tribute to not only our founding fathers, but to the strong and ambitious female founders of America, too. In fact, it is just as much Eliza Hamilton’s story as it is Alexander’s.

Have you seen Hamilton? Are you as obsessed with the soundtrack as we are? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to download Hey! VINA if you’re looking for the Angelica to your Eliza!

(Featured Image via Playbill)

THIS GAL IS A QUADRUPLE THREAT

Want to feel empowered this summer? Wonder Woman is a must see. With a spin on the classic comic book character, this feminist icon created by Charles Marston in 1941, has only gotten more kick-ass in the twenty-first century.

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Gadot and director, Patty Jenkins

Every vina that I have spoken to who has seen Wonder Woman raves about how strong and powerful they felt when leaving the theater. Ordered to stay away from Earth, Diana (aka Wonder Woman) disobeys her queen in order to save mankind from supremacy, war, and overall injustice. All of which couldn’t feel more relevant in today’s political and social climate. And the gal (see what I did there?) who portrays this amazonian princess is a great role model IRL as well.

Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress/model, and her resume and character define female empowerment. Standing at five foot ten, she herself is practically an amazon. At the age of eighteen, she was crowned Miss Israel. Then just two years later, she served as a combat trainer in the Israeli army.

She gained popularity in the movie business when she earned a role in one of the Fast & Furious movies (which she maintained in the following two films). In her role as Gisele, to many, she represents a sort of sex symbol. I have heard people assert that they will not see Wonder Woman because they feel that Gadot cannot properly portray such a strong woman, as her reputation is too befuddled by her other “sexier” roles.

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Pregnant Gadot and her husband

I disagree so strongly with this sentiment. First of all, Wonder Woman herself has, historically, represented a symbol for the ultimate sexy woman. And since when is it acceptable or feminist to shame physical expression? This is a modern world in which feminism encompasses all beauty, in all people who identify as female. We should celebrate all the different kinds of sexy and keep in mind that we are all beautiful in our own way. So, I do not think it is possible for Gadot’s reputation to be too muddled; she is the absolute perfect woman to fill this role.

To top it all off, she’s a mother of two! She was actually five months pregnant while filming Wonder Woman. She felt compelled to hide her pregnancy while filming for fear of anyone’s conduct with her being altered. She didn’t want people babying her because she had a baby in her. She knew her limit, and she took care of herself well.

Gadot and her character Diana are encouraging girls (of all ages) around the world to be proud of themselves, to fight for love, for their values and for other women.

Have you seen Wonder Woman yet? Comment below, and tell us what you loved most about it. If you haven’t seen it, download the Hey! VINA app to find a friend to see it with you. 

(Feature image via Marie Claire, all other images via @gal_gadot)

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VINA BOOK CLUB: GREY GARDENS

For the latest installment of the VINA book club, we’re actually watching a movie! HBO’s rendition of the lives of the infamous mother/daughter duo, the Edith Bouvier Beales. In addition to sharing a name, they practically shared their entire lives. Referred to as Big Edie and Little Edie, they were the aunt and cousin of the beloved Bouvier, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and were definitely the most eccentric women in the Hamptons.

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Beales and Maysles via IMDb

The two lived together at the great family estate, Grey Gardens. Little Edie did not want to get married because she didn’t want a man to make her give up her singing career like her father did her mother (and then he left her). However, Little Edie’s mother kept her away from the spotlight anyways. Big Edie was mentally-unstable and an emotional manipulator; therefore, Little Edie was forever by her mother’s side. They grew old together, in isolation, both continuing to dream of their future lives and alternate realities, as their current ones were going to waste. When the Maysles asked to film a movie about the Beale women, Little Edie loved the idea of the chance to “relaunch her career.” The filming of that documentary could have easily been the most exciting experience of their collective lives.

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Little Edie via Vogue

Their interesting lives makes for a great biopic because they had so much to offer. Their deep mother/daughter connection was sometimes endearing, but mostly strange. Their story is one of those sad ones that we romanticize because of its tragic beauty, as the reality is that the Grey Gardens estate was brimming with garbage, newspapers older than you and me, and a pet raccoon. The Edies were the ultimate shut-ins, hoarders, and unintentional misanthropes. Somehow, life passed them by without their consent.

In 1975, the Maysles brothers made the trek out to Grey Gardens in order to film a documentary about the Bouvier Beales. Grey Gardens became the first of many Edie-themed creative endeavors of artists of all media. This documentary is in part what prompted writer Lois Wright to share her time at the gardens in her book, My Life at Grey Gardens. In 2006, yet another documentary was released: The Beales of Grey Gardens. And finally, in 2009, HBO made their own movie, which was focused around the making of the original Maysles brothers’ documentary.

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Lange and Barrymore via InStyle

The fashion in HBO’s film is to die for. Costume designer Catherine Marie Thomas did an excellent job of representing everything from the Edie’s 40s style to the old-lady aesthetic they acquired over the years. Little Edie looks fabulous adorned with luxurious scarves covering her bald head (due to alopecia totalis), and takes great pride in the versatility of her wardrobe.

The first time I saw the HBO version, starring Jessica Lange (before we all became obsessed with her on American Horror Story) and Drew Barrymore, my imagination ran wild. I had this overwhelming vision of my mother and sister becoming the next Beales. This image is not too far out-there, for not only were my mother and sister conjoined at the hip, my mother was totally obsessed with the beautiful, sad mess that was the Grey Gardens estate. I could see in her eyes, she was imagining the same future (only she wasn’t afraid of it). I doubt this will really happen, but only time will tell.

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Little Edie via GIPHY

Watch the movie(s), or read the book, or do it all! Post about it using the #VINAbookclub. Download the Hey! VINA app and tell all your new friends to join our book/movie club.

(Feature image via InStyle)

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SOMEWHERE WOMEN ARE ALWAYS THRIVING: ARTIST MARKETS

Art is an ineffable thing. That little word attempts to describe so many different mediums of the creative mind. Most of us are artists in our own way; even if we are not, there are many different types of art out in the world to be appreciated by all.

A few weekends ago I attended a Makers Mart in Sacramento, both as a vendor and consumer. I, myself, was not selling any of my own creations; however, I was assisting my friend sell her film photography prints. The Makers Market is held twice a year and the vendors sell everything from paintings to jewelry, cool metal mobiles to vegan gelato! Equipped with live music, beer and food, a person could spend an entire day there (as I did).

There were so many female creatives there, it was baffling. As I perused the items for sale, I interrogated a couple of the vendors. Below, I highlighted three of the merchants. I asked each of them one question pertaining to the market and all their answers shared a similar theme of community, support and persistence (all the best attributes of a feminist attitude).

ROXANNE YOUNG

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Emily Baedeker wearing Young’s Rainbow Fiber Earrings, via @leblondewhisperer

Roxanne Young is a jewelry designer based in San Francisco. She specializes in textile jewelry and wearable art. When asked if she has a “nine to five” in addition to her jewelry business, her response was authentic and unintentionally humorous. She rolled her eyes (just slightly) and said, “kind of… I have a four year old son.” So you can say, without hesitation, she definitely has another full time job; and he probably monopolizes her time during all hours of the day (not just nine to five).

Young has participated in many markets like this and she asserts that there is never a guarantee that one will break even. The best way to utilize a market is to network. There was one particular market that Young was a participant in a few years ago, at which she actually lost money. However, she met a business owner who started selling her jewelry in their brick-and-mortar store where Young’s jewelry has been sold ever since. Two key takeaways here are: don’t lose hope if you do not find immediate results, and make as many friends as possible.

JENNA RAE

I swear I possess no bias because she is my friend… Jenna Rae Gundelach is an uber talented photographer. As a California native, she currently resides in Oakland and like any good photographer, she always has her camera ready. Gundelach can make some of the most uptight and unphotogenic people look très chic (i.e. my mom).

 

This market was her first (ever) attempt at selling her prints in a public venue. Her set up was laid-back and inviting, with the hope of enticing the passive shoppers to step under her tent and take a gander at her selection of entirely film photography prints.

Gundelach’s advice to other artists looking to dip their toes into the market of artist markets: bring some of your friends to be advocates for your art. It can be really difficult to sell yourself, for no one wants to come across narcissistic. So have some of your more talkative and supportive friends with you in order to brag to perspective buyers about how amazing you are at whatever it is you do. I talked her up to a someone from Sunset Magazine, a local barber who is looking for a photographer to collaborate on a cool look-book for his business, and many more potentially life-altering networking opportunities. It helps, of course, that her prints are truly breathtaking.

SAVANNAH

One of the youngest vendors present, at twenty-three, Savannah Nicholson is already able to support herself solely on her jewelry business, Anahata Rae. She has a bright smile and a beautiful soul, maintaining that each item she designs is “intended to bring joy and beauty into the world.” How sweet is that? Her jewelry is trendy (in the best way), and beautifully presented.

Nicholson was able to become fully dependent on Anahata Rae in January of this year. Having lived in Sacramento, the Bay Area, and now San Luis Obispo, she has participated in many markets. She upholds that there is a definite learning curve when it comes to selling in a market setting. The first couple of times are not guaranteed success, but after one figures out the best way for their products to draw people in, one will see a steady increase in sales.

After spending all day in the ninety-something degree heat, I left having only made one purchase (besides the vegan gelato, twice), and it was the Luna Necklace from Anahata Rae.

All of these artists held a common sentiment about the Makers Mart. At marts like these, there is always a chance of a competitive atmosphere; however, all of the vendors seemed to be happy to come together as a community of artists in order to build each other up. I saw multiple vendors buying from each other, making business connections, and becoming friends.

Always support your vinas in their creative endeavors and make sure you have vinas who will do so for you. If not (or if you just want more), download the Hey! VINA app to meet more great gals in your area.

If you are looking for a market like this to attend or sell at, here are a few that are coming up:

Renegade Craft Fair
San Francisco: July 15 + 16 (this weekend)
Chicago: July 14-16
Seattle: July 22 + 23
Portland (OR): July 29 + 30
(additional locations/dates can be found by following the link above)

Artists and Fleas
Williamsburg: every Sat-Sun
Soho: All week, every week!
LA- Venice: Every 2nd and 4th Saturday

And if you don’t reside near a big city, google your local flea markets to support the creatives in your area!

Comment below your favorite markets to attend and/or the coolest thing you ever bought at a market. 

(Feature image via @rstreetblockparty)

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