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Ten Things Tuesday

One of these days, I’ll make a deadline, but TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY! My latest Five Things Friday is now coming out on Tuesday, but hey, that means it’s TEN things so double the things double the fun right?!


  1. Something I Love

Now, I’m not going to get all mushy I swear, but April 15, 2019 marked SIX WHOLE YEARS of dating my fiancé, B, and four whole months of being engaged. At the risk of sounding cliché, it’s incredible how six years can feel like centuries but also seconds at the same time. We’ve got centuries to go, because this is forever!

And honestly, it’s good that we’ve got forever because of course… I’m always late. haha I crack myself up, that was a good one. I’ll have to save that for my vows.

Of course, totally on brand, I was a day late posting on social media a photograph of us as Daenerys and Jon Snow this past Halloween. You can read the whole caption and see more images on my Instagram @victorianiblett but basically we’ve decided that Walder Frey is not invited to our wedding!!!!!! (Game of Thrones fan will know what I’m talking about. But here’s a Coldplay song to help you get the gist… You don’t mess around with Walder Frey.)

We’ve decided to host our wedding at the historic Alabama Theatre (where we got engaged) eeeep! And maybe after we deal with these White Walkers and conquer the Seven Kingdoms, we’ll come up with a wedding date.

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2. Something I Learned

My heart is heavy learning of the devastation to the Notre Dame cathedral in France. I am absolutely heartbroken that so much of our world history was lost on Monday morning, and I hate feeling hopeless, but there was overwhelming despair knowing that our world is crumbling…

In my reading, I came across an article about one art historian’s efforts to digitally map the Notre Dame Cathedral and how his work could help in the restoration and rebuilding of this place of worship and beloved monument to humanity.

“Although parts of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral now lie in ruins, people can still experience what most of its nooks and crannies looked like in remarkable detail - thanks to an American art historian.

Andrew Tallon, a professor of art at Vassar College*, used lasers to painstakingly scan the cathedral in 2015, giving us a nearly perfect digital replica of the Gothic structure. And his work could help architects and engineers rebuild it after Monday's fire.”

*Tidbit: Scottie Fitzgerald, daughter of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, also attended Vassar College.


3. Something I Accomplished

Well, hot dog! My Sweet Home Storytelling Dance Series was regarded as a “book” for Alabama Book Festival, and I am so soooo thankful that my little Jellybean Dance Collective got to be included in this year’s festival in Old Alabama Town! It was an honor and a privilege to be considered an author for my choreography. Hosting a panel at this festival amongst such incredible, brilliant authors was a dream come true and I still can’t believe I got to be a part of this.

My underlying goal in this whole series is to increase the accessibility of dance and prove that dance is bigger than itself- that it is necessary, that it is useful, and that it belongs in our schools, our art, our culture, and our conversations. What I hope to do is use dance as a vehicle to take history, literature, folklore, and stories beyond themselves too and bridge the gap between dance and the rest of the world. I think that the amazing people of the Alabama literature community opening their arms and their festival to a DANCER and CHOREOGRAPHER just absolutely blew me away.

THIS was what I was hoping to accomplish. I am still absolutely in awe of the open-mindedness of the audience as we held discussion and got to explore the storytelling power of dance.

If I just got one person to see that power…. I’d say we accomplished something.

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4. Something I’m Inspired By

Whitman, Alabama is a project that I’ve followed for a while, but this past weekend at the Alabama Book Festival, I got the privilege of meeting the creator of the 52-part documentary film, Jennifer Crandall!!!! She is an incredibly empathetic listener, and has created this series to amplify the voices of Alabama’s people by having them recite verses of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself.

Jennifer says of Song of Myself, “The poem centered itself around one idea: Everyone is an individual —everyone is connected — we all contain many selves. Despite being considered trashy, disgusting, and the worst thing ever written, "Song of Myself" is now considered to be a perfect embodiment of democratic ideals. The quintessential American poem.”

Jennifer is incredible and I cannot believe I got to meet this woman that is a champion of the people and the state I call my Sweet Home!

Please visit her project site and watch the intro video I’ve embedded.


5. Something I’m Looking Forward To

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The Fitzgerald Society has invited me to present my research on Zelda Fitzgerald and “Three Ballerinas” in Toulouse, France at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference.

It is an HONOR to be included in this international opportunity, and I can’t believe I was invited to present! I hope to shed light on the legacy of Scott and Zelda in every step, and I can only do this with YOUR HELP!!!!!

EVERY donation counts! 100% of the proceeds go straight to transportation costs, rehearsal space rental, lodging in Toulouse for my dancers, and the production!

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6. Something I’ve Got Going On

WINTER IS HERE!

Now, just wanna say there are no season 8 spoilers in my post, but I had a BLAST watching the season premiere on Sunday!

My friend Grace and I arranged a watch party complete with enough Wildfire to even make Cersei bat an eye. Look at some of our ideas below for a super easy watch party set up, but there’s a new blog segment I’m launching til the end of Game of Thrones (which don’t remind me, is soon….) about ways to feel like a Khaleesi every day!

The new segment will probably called “KhalEESI Does It” because “Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, Rightful Heir to the Iron Throne, Rightful Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains Does It” didn’t have the same ring to it.


7. Something I’m Listening To

So, I’m still loving Poppy, and her MAJOR SILVER JUMPSUIT IN THIS VID, but this week my heart’s been partial to “Beige” by Yoke Lore and this incredible (unburdened) version I embedded below.

It speaks to my Enneagram type 4 soul with the words,

“I don't want to see your smile
I want you in the morning
Before you go performing”


8. Something I Want to Try

I’m thirsty for adventure and physical challenge after my recent travel experience. I want to try rock climbing and bouldering, but I’ve never tried to before, so I’ve got to start with some practicing. Who knows? Maybe I’ll love it. Maybe it will be like crafting or putt putt golf and I’ll be royally terrible about it.


9. Something I Want

So… There’s a new The 1975 album coming soon! Don’t believe me, hear it from the man himself, or… read it tweeted from the man himself! Maybe we’ll get a preview at the show in Seattle, which is just TWO WEEKS AWAY wooooo! I can’t wait. I’ve never been to Seattle, and I’ve never seen this beautiful band live before!

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10. Something I’d Like to Accomplish

I’m working on the website for Jellybean Dance Collective, as well as some of our social media channels. I’d like to organize our first theater show and have it up on the calendar soon!

Subscribe to our newsletter, and follow us on Instagram to see what we’ll have cooking!

Seven Things Saturday... WHOOPS X3

Well... One of these days I’ll remember what day it is. Honestly, I think it’s my subconscious trying to tell me that I can’t just tell you “five” things, so maybe Five Things Friday might forever turn into Seven Things Saturday? Hmmm…. Let me think about it.


  1. Something I Love

COOKIE DOUGH! My darling heart B took me out for a long awaited date on Friday evening. It’s been quite a while since we’ve even been in the same time zone, so this night on the town was much needed. We decided it was a special occasion to be in the same county, so we deserved something sweet. On our quest for a celebratory dessert, we tried out the new “Cookie Dough Magic” in Avondale and we both fell in love!

This cookie dough is safe to eat raw, and there are 10 delicious flavors to choose from. You can combine flavors, get them in a flavored cone, and really craft something you’ll love so we were excited to try.

B got “Fancy’s Peanut Butter” and “Brownie Batter.” Yummy! That flavor combo is almost a more iconic duo than me and B. ;)

I decided to go a little off the wall (of course) so I got “Magic Dunks” in a lavender flavored cone. It was soooooo cute and definitely an “Insta-worthy” dessert. Hey, the phone eats first, so presentation is definitely a category on which to judge your food in 2019! But, even as beautiful as it was, IT WAS EVEN MORE DELICIOUS!!!! Here is how this perfect dessert was described on the Cookie Dough Magic website: “Do you remember DunkARoos? This combo of Teddy Grahams, vanilla frosting and rainbow sprinkles is sure to bring on the 90's nostalgia!”

If you haven’t made it to Cookie Dough Magic and you’re living or passing through the Birmingham area, you should definitely plan a trip!

(BTW, THEY NOW DELIVER TO THE B’HAM AREA!!!!! SAY WHAAAAAAT?!)


2. Something I Learned

There really might be a Loch Ness monster…

But, it isn’t a sea snake and it wouldn’t look like Godzilla.

It would actually just look like a fault line in the earth’s surface.

The Great Glen Fault in the Scottish Highlands has been a hot topic of study for years. This fault is recognizable to us because it includes the mysterious Loch Ness, and it’s a reason it has the shape and characteristics it does now.

According to Live Science “The Great Glen fault is more than 62 miles (100 kilometers) long and cuts the Scottish Highlands into northern and southern halves. The strike-slip fault, where rocks slide past one another with no vertical movement, is largely responsible for creating Loch Ness, the deepest freshwater lake in Britain. (The San Andreas Fault and Anatolian Fault are also considered strike-slip.)”

When the earth tremors, it would create bubbles on the water’s surface and look like a monster is swimming beneath the murky, mysterious black waters. MWAHAHA!

But perhaps even more interesting than the Loch Ness Monster being a fault line, the Great Glen Fault Line’s existence could suggest that part of Scotland is geologically similar to Canada in North America. Before the Caledonian Orogeny about 450 million years ago, the rocks of Scotland, Scandinavia and North America were one continent, while on the other side of the now-vanished Iapetus Ocean lay the rocks of England and the rest of northern Europe. 

I’m not a huge geology fan, but this cool story rocks. Get it?… hehehe

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3. Something I Accomplished

I am sooooo excited that Changé was presented at this year’s “Black Warrior Film Festival.” I acted, danced, and choreographed for this film, and I am unbelievably humbled to have worked on this project with such a stellar director, Danielle Wilcox, and such an awesome crew.

I fell in love with film during this process, and I’m itching to work on some more. Let’s get rolling!

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4. Something I’m Inspired By

The OA. Part II now streaming on Netflix.

Brit Marling is a genius, and her commitment to the art of acting, filmmaking, writing, and artistry is unmatched. The OA team is brilliant and there are so many beautiful ideas swimming in their minds.

The visual direction is gorgeous, and without ruining too much of the Part II that was just released, I have enjoyed every bit of the visual motifs. Something about the visual direction of this show, and obviously the movements, are incredibly inspiring to me choreographically. One of my favorite shots from the first episode is from above watching Karim walk the docks. I don’t know why, that shot just gave me chills.

Also… I’m currently obsessed with the name Prairie. Anyone else?

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5. Something I’m Looking Forward To

WINTER IS HERE…

And so is the eighth season of Game of Thrones! In just a week, the highly anticipated season premiere will grace our televisions. To say I’m excited is an understatement!!!!!!! I’ve got my dragon-glass ready, and I’m prepped to braid my hair like the Khaleesi every Sunday til the season finale.

I’m almost finished with Fire & Blood, the book detailing the Targaryen history. It has been SUCH a good read, and I’m thankful B gifted it to me for Christmas. I can’t help but come up with lots of theories for how the final season will end since Game of Thrones is always on my mind in some way shape or form.

I won’t bore you with my insane theories or stories about the Targaryen lineage… But, I’ve got an article to share about Game of Thrones tourism in Northern Ireland that I was featured in with my friend Grace!!

It just so happened that on the day I headed to the Haunted Forest, Winterfell, Walder Frey’s Twins, and Robb Stark’s camp, that a correspondent from The Guardian had tagged along.

On our trek, we got to chat with him. Here’s what came of it!

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6. Something I’ve Got Going On

DID YOU SEE ME ON THE ALABAMA BOOK FESTIVAL AUTHORS AND WORKSHOP LEADERS PAGE?! I am so thrilled by the opportunity to host a panel at Alabama Book Festival on April 13 in Old Town Montgomery. My workshop will be at 2 PM in the Loeb Center. This presentation will feature the research I’ve been doing on Zelda Fitzgerald as well as how this relates to Alabama’s Bicentennial and storytelling at large. I am unworthy to be included amongst such strong, brilliant minds, but I am honored nonetheless!

I can’t wait!

Come on out for an awesome day of fun on April 13! My panel is FREE to attend.

PLEASE COME HANG OUT!!!!

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7. Something I’m Listening To

So, if you aren’t following me on Spotify, you should be. I think that I have pretty doggone good taste in music even if I do say so myself. Yes, sometimes my Spotify is littered with dance class music and my Discover Weekly often includes “Ballet Goes Pop” so I often have to listen to Barbie Girl for 4/4 Jeté Combination… But overall, I think I have some cool tunes.

Despite this playlist being titled, “trash” there’s some good songs on here.

I know I’m late to the party, but I’m looooooving Poppy as a visual artist right now. I want her hair color of course, the jacket she wears in the Your Mommy video, and the entire outfit she wears in I Told You So needs to be in my closet RIGHT NOW. I’m on the hunt for her all pink outfit in the So Close to You VR experience video too. Honestly, I just want all of her clothes…

I can’t believe I watched a video of her petting a computer monitor for a minute and 12 seconds in pink platform shoes and striped tights, but for some reason I did. I also watched her buckle her shoes for 6 minutes and 28 seconds and iron a sandwich in a grilled cheese tutorial…. Why?

(Let’s address that no, I don’t want to join a Poppy cult and I really get the heebie jeebies from her Poppy.Church stuff and so doooooon’t take me liking some of her stuff thaaaat far.)

I do think some of her other stuff is brilliant in its own right separately, and as an artist and content creator in the digital age she’s really got her own space. She’s got a really unique voice in commentary. Bleach Blonde Baby is so great, and her collab with Diplo in Time Is Up is so smart. I loved all the visuals in the music video, and absolutely live for her white jumpsuit. (again with the clothes….)

On another note, I BLAST “Holly” by Sleigh Bells when I’m alone in my room so I can properly throw my hair around and jump on my bed. It’s not a good driving song because I want to imagine that my little Mustang Sally is a monster truck and I can off-road and do cool stunts like drive off a bridge…

So I think I’ll stick to the alone in my room head banging like a rebellious teenager in an indie coming of age movie.

Though, at 24 I’m starting to realize head-banging is kind of a pain in the neck…


Five Things Friday

  1. Something I Love

I am currently in a deep hole watching everything on TheLongHairedFlapper’s YouTube channel. I love the historical accuracy of her beauty recommendations and the thorough research she puts into each edition. She even has a video on how to make your own eyeshadow with a real recipe from 1919!

I found her while I was looking for a video on how to do a faux bob for long hair. I’ve been doing my faux bob and pincurls the same way forever, and I was wondering if there was a better way! I found her channel and absolutely fell in love with her vintage video editing, ragtime music, and of course the Buster Keaton poster in the background above her typewriter!

I linked her 1920’s playlist below beginning with a Clara Bow inspired look she did on her friend! Check it out!


2. Something I Learned

While I was in college studying public relations, I heard over and over how the removal of female underarm and leg hair was an idea schemed by advertisers. I was always like “yep. I believe it.” So, I did. I knew that there seemed to be a shift in attitudes about armpit hair in 1915 when Harper’s Bazaar was talking about a new trend in sleeveless dresses, which exposed women’s previously covered arms. And the fashion trends of the 1920s seemed to add to women’s desires to shave their legs.

But what I also didn’t realize was it was coupled with the introduction of new technology such as the the 1901 invention of a safety razor with disposable blades and the 1919 packaging of instant shaving cream.

I linked the entire Vox article below about how the trend that lots of people thought would go away became the mainstream and accepted norm. It was pretty interesting how each and every ad seemed to prey on the self-consciousness of women and tell them what was appropriate or not…

"If we were dean of women, we'd levy a demerit on every hairy leg on campus." - Harper’s Bazaar, 1941

What do you think?

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3. Something I Accomplished

#VICTORIASEVERYDAY

My passion project, the Sweet Home Storytelling Dance Series, was featured in Marjorie Magazine’s events calendar! Marjorie Magazine is a magazine connecting an international vintage community, so I am thrilled to be featured by their amazing publication.

This Saturday’s performance can also be seen featured on the digital sites and social media of Alabama Writers’ Conclave, Capital City Press, and the Fitzgerald Museum.

EEEEeeep! I’m excited!


4. Something I’m Inspired By

Y’all…. I have an actual artistic genius as a brother. Check out his latest dance film inspired by Carrie Mae Weems “The Kitchen Table”

I am obsessed with this hypnotic movement and strong focus. OOOoooo I get chills. Watch it.


5. Something I’m Looking Forward To

On March 16, 2019 Alabama 200, the Fitzgerald Museum, and I are presenting a very special installment of the Sweet Home Storytelling Dance Series for Women’s History Month. I am psyched!!!!!! This is our biggest event yet, and YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS IT.

Also, we got a site makeover. Go check it out! Soooo thankful for Thomas Lucas (a.k.a. BamaBear for the photography!)