She's a web designer, blogger, multiple business owner, and dog momma. Victoria McGinley is doing it all, and well might we add. We don't get to see much of Victoria on her blog - she prefers the focus to be on her work, her thoughts, and her surroundings. I thought however that it would be fun to see her in her space, and ask her a few questions about what inspires her. As it turns out, her charming design aesthetic speaks seamlessly between her studio, home, and work - just check out the proof below!
What did you do today?
I woke up and spent the first part of the morning "easing in," which is pretty typical for me. I go through emails, see what's going on in the world, hammer out some basic, easy administrative tasks, and then dive into creative work. Early in the week I try to spend mornings developing content for my personal blog as well as the blog for The B Bar. I took my normal lunch break and watched something off the DVR (a daily occurrence!); today, it was Anthony Bourdain's latest Parts Unknown episode in Paraguay. After lunch is when I usually dive into creative projects that take a lot more time and attention, like logo or web design projects. I'll work on those until about 5:30 or 6, then spend another half hour to an hour doing more administrative items and getting everything in place for the next day. Rinse, and repeat.
Do you believe in schedules and routines? If so, what is yours?
Yes and no. I have a loose skeleton of a schedule for my own work routine, but within that, it can be really fluid. For example, if I stay up late, I might sleep in late and work late; or, if I'm feeling inspired in the morning, I might work on a creative project and forgo any admin stuff until the afternoon. It just depends! The awesome part about working for myself is taking a half day off to spend time with a friend, or go out to lunch with someone. It can be such a nice way to break up your week -- and the monotony.
Is there anything you would dare to call a favorite at the moment?
Those Justin's dark chocolate peanut butter cups. They're addictive. I don't even like chocolate and peanut butter together, but these...these, I like.
Are there any small parts of your day that affect you are on a larger scale (turn into passions even)?
I've been learning French for over a year now, with a couple breaks from rigorous practice. But recently, I've been devoting more time to it again. Language is such an interesting thing in that spending a little time with it can yield great results. For me, that means connecting with a language tutor online and speaking in French for about an hour each week. That single hour accelerates your language skills incredibly! And, on a personal level, incorporating the French language into my life has been really fun and enriching, and something that does affect me on a much larger scale, since I'll try and think and translate in French throughout the week.
Inspiration - it’s a loaded word. But we’re going to make you answer anyways - could you share any sources of inspiration?
Ok, hopefully this isn't a cheesy response, but generally, the search for inspiration is usually most inspiring to me. It's the thrill of the hunt, I guess. There's nothing better than randomly clicking on a link on some website and discovering a treasure trove of cool art, or an interesting article, or a web designer who did something really awesome for a client. I love falling into the rabbit hole.
My inspiration kind of swaps in and out every week. This week, I was obsessed with this "Night Pools" exhibit that I discovered via the @worksology Instagram. My friend Alison launched a quarterly journal, and the styling and photography in it were so different than the usual over-exposed, pink, white, and gold styling of late, and I felt like I could drink each piece up. Finally, I was really inspired by this healthcare entrepreneur's story. There's just so much possibility in the world, and it's overwhelming but also really exciting.
And for fun - do you have any pets? We’re suckers for cute animals.
I have a French bulldog who is legit like my daughter. Her name is Lucy. She's quite charming!