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Five Things Friday

  1. Something I Love

I love my new cut and color from Wheelhouse Salon Downtown. (Hannah is the BEST y’all!) I got to show it off along with my BRAND NEW wedding planner from The Knot that I was just gifted from Alabama Weddings Magazine in front of our potential WEDDING VENUE, the historic Alabama Theatre!

Look out for me on the Alabama Weddings Magazine Instagram!

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2. Something I Learned

Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

I learned this random tidbit after reading up on the famous bootlegger when my brother came home from Philadelphia talking about his tour of the Eastern State Penitentiary. Al Capone’s time in this Philadelphia prison was not for his mob ties or alcohol bootlegging, but actually for carrying a concealed, unlicensed weapon. He was arrested outside of a movie theater in May 1929 and given the maximum sentence of one year in prison.

Philadelphia newspapers noted that Capone's cell contained fine furniture, beautiful rugs, tasteful paintings, and a fancy radio. He liked to listen to waltzes in his cell. Al Capone's Cell is on view during all public hours of the Eastern State Penitentiary, and is included with admission to the historic site.

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3. Something I Accomplished

I’m still in the process of accomplishing this, but I’ve done a HUGE closet purge. It’s been hard letting go of some clothes because of the sentimentality and memories, but it’s definitely for the best. I definitely need to downsize and of course stop hoarding clothes that I wore last in 2011…. But, it’s been hard to determine what I want my personal style to look like as I approach the first marker of a quarter of a century on this earth. I know 25 will bring so many exciting things with it, but I’m wondering about what stories my clothes will be a part of now!

If you’re interested in looking through the things I’m getting rid of, shoot me a DM on Instagram @victorianiblett. I have plenty of things that are new with tags or just worn once incluuuuuding, this Show Me Your MuMu jumpsuit that I am heartbroken to get rid of, but must… It’s an XS if you’re interested!

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4. Something I’m Inspired By

ALWAYS Hozier of course, but especially the new Almost music video he just released on the 16th of this month. The song itself vibrates in my bones, but especially watching the artists in this video collaborating and celebrating just made me smile!

It makes me want to create, create, create! Thanks Hozier!

5. Something I’m Looking Forward To

I have a meeting on Monday about Jellybean Dance Collective’s FIRST ever theater show! Stay in the loop by subscribing to our newsletter and following us on Instagram.

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Six Things Sunday... WHOOPS

So, I’m writing this partly in a TEA GARDEN IN LONDON and a HOSTEL PARLOR IN EDINBURGH!!!!! Wooooo! I feel so cool sipping my tea and typing up a blog… Or maybe I just look like Kermit the Frog….

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I accidentally forgot to post a Five Things Friday in the heat of traveling and adjusting to UK time, so while I’m waiting on my travel friend, the Missandei to my Daenerys, the Monica to my Rachel, the Romy to my Michele, the Dionne to my Cher, the Ethel to my Lucy, I’m writing a quick Six Things Sunday to make up for it!


  1. Something I Love

I just saw my first international dance show. I'm so glad I got to spend the day sight-seeing and the evening watching Saburo Teshigwara’s dance interpretation of Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot at the historic Coronet or “The Print Room.”

Watching this show, and hanging out in the indie-famous underground lounge was nothing short of a beautifully satisfying atmospheric experience for my enneagram type 4 soul. haha

I was curious about this show of narrative based choreography based on a novel, and I thought it would definitely help me to see how a Bessie Award winning choreographer and internationally renowned artist would tackle storytelling. It helped me sooo much and definitely inspired me to try some new things.

Seeing a show like this definitely helped me understand structure and movement messaging, and I CAN’T WAIT to get back to the studio to keep creating and shaping my “Three Ballerinas” work and research on Zelda Fitzgerald! I’m thankful for the experience of watching such beautiful dancing tonight to get me acquainted with this new city and get me inspired for my own projects to come!

If you’re in London, or want to follow his choreography, here’s a link to the show.

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2. Something I Learned

F. Scott Fitzgerald was potentially behind one of Football’s greatest innovations (or at least a subconscious inspiration for it)

I had known about F. Scott’s passion for football for a very long time. In fact, his obsession with the sport goes deep! Not so fun fact: it’s actually believed he actually died with the Princeton Alumni Weekly newspaper in his hand reading about a recent Princeton football game, but last weekend Alaina Doten (the director of the Fitz Museum) mentioned on a tour that he’d been an innovator/inspiration of the two-platoon system of football.

DON’T BELIEVE ME?! Read alllllll these links below.

Also… Princeton has more football national championships than Alabama… (and definitely Auburn)

Scott, highlighted in color, in his football uniform

Scott, highlighted in color, in his football uniform


3. Something I Accomplished

#VICTORIASEVERYDAY

The Sweet Home Storytelling Dance Series event at the Fitzgerald Museum last Saturday was a success!!! I was thrilled by the opportunities we had to facilitate important dialogue about the strong women of Alabama’s history, and what we can do to shape our state’s future.

I still need your help though!!!

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

It is an HONOR to be included in this international opportunity, and 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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4. Something I’m Inspired By

While in London, I was able to go to the John Keats Home and Museum. It was absolutely unreal to have the experience of walking through his house and standing in the garden where he wrote his “Ode to A Nightingale.” I have always been inspired by his poetry, and I can get lost in the romanticism.

But, I must say I did have good fun trying on bonnets. Can we make them trendy again?!

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5. Something I’m Looking Forward To

Early tomorrow morning, I get the opportunity to hike the famous Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland. What I didn’t know was Arthur’s Seat is actually an extinct volcano! It is a part of the hills that form Holyrood Park, and the very top of Arthur’s Seat is described as the best view in the city. I know it won’t be an easy hike…. But, I want to make it to the top. Everyone I’ve talked to has really emphasized its grandeur, but I am thrilled nonetheless even though my little feet may be squealing by the end of it.

Arthur’s Seat is described by Robert Louis Stevenson as "a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design.”

I’m making the hike with my friend, Grace. She’s done the hike before, and so I’m happy she’ll be going with me.

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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!

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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!)