Author: vanavain

Shake Shack & Chill! 

If you know anything about me or follow my Instagram you know that after Faith, Family and Fashion comes food! It’s comfort for the soul and when made with love it’s bragging worthy. The only burgers I’ve had the last few years before Shake Shack were homemade ones that my mother makes. The ones that when you bite into actually taste like meat and not some weird substance that’s been refrozen for decades.  I finally tried one outside of home for the first time 2 weeks ago with my business partner and loved it! All I needed to hear was 100% beef to convince me to bite. And let’s be honest, an exposed kitchen  says “We are confident in our food and service” I’m a believer of the motto  “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, so I had the ShackMeister again! This mouth watering  burger  is made with 100% angus beef and topped with seasoned shallots and Shack Sauce. Just right and not too messy(hate a disruptive burger).  Drum roll….. this baby on the …

On time and in style!

The last time I was crazy about a watch or cared for one was in the 4th grade. I remember the details and colors so vividly. It was a Mickey Mouse gold trim face watch with  a brown leather band.  As a child I took notice that my mother always wore a watch and would never leave home without it. From that time  I always looked at a watch like a statement piece. It was an accessory  that I associated with sophistication /businessman. Fast forward to today and I finally found a watch that I actually care for and like. When Jord Watches sent me a link to their site and collection I was like 😱😍(seriously!). In a world of rose gold and blinged out watches, this brand definitely got my attention and kept it. Unique, classic and statement making watches.  As if the designs weren’t good  enough, the packaging was also extra ordinary and icing on the cake. Presentation to me is a summary of the brand and vision. Sold!   In the 20 …

NYFW FW17

Damn near had a blizzard for the first day of New York Fashion Week.  Typically one would look outside and think “stay in”, but nope Fashion week is work for me so the show must continue. And it did.  All 8,000 shows. OK, fine more like 5 0r 6, but it sure felt like a whole lot took place within a short time.  Despite the slush, disrespectful wind and wet feet, It feels good to be back doing what I love. Thankfully I dropped these sneakers in my suitcase. I pretty much worked the outfit around it. Outside was too gray and slush to do all neutrals. You know I can’t just settle for all dark colors! let’s get into this vintage 1951 Parka though……so damn good.  I’m always here for an over sized men’s coat.  MAC Cyber lipstick for a little badassery (and because a bright lip would be  a distraction)  Ok, off I go to tackle day 2. First show is at 10:00 am.  My cold and allergy is saying rest(the devil) and …

Cheerleaders

Situation: 16 and pregnant Location: Kitchen Mom: you can still have anything you want Me: 🤔 Bet… I say it’s not the size of the team, but instead the character of the teammate. “You can still have anything you want” is a comment that comes to mind every time I’m met with uncertainty, doubt, fear and mind-blowing opportunities. Being 16 and pregnant is no bleeping joke as you can imagine. Shit gets real, real fast too. Decisions have to be made though. “Roll over, fold and die with self-pity?” Or “Face this shit and make the best out of a bad decision?” Clearly I picked facing this shit. A degree, business, marriage and two kids later I look back and revisit that moment often.  It’s a reminder that half the shit I face and stress about didn’t and doesn’t  even compare to the biggest hurdles I’ve overcome. My….. those 7 words was my invitation, boarding pass and constant motivation I ever needed and will probably ever need after God. Imagine if it was the opposite …

Thank you….maybe

You ever give a compliment to someone and their reaction/response or lack there of had you rethinking where you went wrong? Like “No not your social security number or address…..your blouse girl your blouse! it’s cute”. I’m hella friendly, severely talkative and a compliment giver since a kid.  I remember being in Kings Plaza Mall as a kid and my mother literally pulling me behind her  with my sister giving me that “Shut Up!” stare as I try to finish a conversation and a compliment. Compliments do more for me than me trying to do for the person. I realize they make it about someone else for that time and not us or whatever problems we could be facing. So whether I get a response I like or not I’m still gonna dish out genuine compliments. “You get a compliment! You get a compliment! *Oprah’s voice and hand gesture*. No but seriously I’ve learned for some it goes back to upbringing and personality. I’ve met people who expressed that their lack of confidence made it …

NYE Mami Who dis?!

Location:  Boston Playlist: Drake Ft. Future “Grammy”, Drake Ft.  Jay Z. “Pound Cake”, Mayorkun “Eleko” Suggested Playlist while you view post: Beyoncé “Party” Celebration: Another year of life aka New Year’s Eve Baby! Dress: H&M So this year I vowed not to be in the house for NYE, but most importantly to have a bangin ass dress to bring in the New Year. Because one option is never an option, I played around with this silver number for a pre celebration shoot. Street style feel with Converse for comfort chic! Last all night. Fur for a touch of Lux… Leather if you’re a bad ass| Throw Confetti in 2017 not shade! 2017 diet: Goals & Champagne!!!!! Red because BOLD is life! “Unapologetically Vain” Mixtape dropping Spring 2017 BUT Wait!!! These details are life! Parttttty Dun! Drink responsibly kids! This bad ass of a dress is from H&M and you still have time to run into your local H&M and snatch it! Get it HERE So which styling do you think I should go with?!  Street, …

Red Red Wine

Maybe fitted dresses will be my NYE thing or it’s just one of my forever  recommended NYE outfit essentials.  Last year I did this green number  with fur and the same damn  pose.  This year I’m toying  with this option and one other one that’s coming in the next pose.  If all else fails grab at least one body con dress.  Pile on, pile off; 1)Tie a shirt around your waist. 2)Throw an over sized shirt or sweater over it for a two piece look. 3) A blazer for a masculine touch Just your outer wear layer alone can make difference. I would definitely keep the denim jacket as an option if I wear this for NYE cause a fitted dress alone is just…….ummmm…. Boring. I gotta have some type of accent piece or accessory. This red red wine number caught my attention because of the velvet stripes and semi turtleneck. A lil fur for a Lux feel. Or you can do both so that you are still poppin even after the layer is off. Walk up …

Early Bird

If you follow my IG story and Snap(about to give one up soon. That’s a part time job) I get the whole staying up to date thing, but unless you have interns and assistants following you around it becomes too much. Sorry. Anywho what I was a about to say is if you watch my Ig stories and snaps you would see that I get up each day between 4:30-5:30am. Depending if I have a styling gig I’ll wake up earlier to have time to myself before my commute or time for the gym. I’ve grown to like it because 1) I don’t like staying up late. I’m an adult who has things to do so if I don’t have to be up I’m asleep. Period. 2) I get so much done. I mean serious shit especially when I’m in overdrive. 3✨💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾(My favorite one) *drum roll* I have quality time to myself everyday to reflect and enjoy the stillness that still remains before honks and cars go mad. Somedays I do tea, some days I …

Layered & Privileged

Look who decided to finally have a “Fall” outfit after layering up her Summer t shirts with sweaters and anything she can find. I’d rather be layered up than to have one to two basic pieces for Fall. Sigh…. it’s cold as heck, but I knew that was coming like it has been for the last 31 years of life yet I complain every Fall and Winter. Moving on>>>>>>>Last week or about a week and a half ago I said to myself one morning “Damn I’m tired!” Almost as if I had sympathy for myself. Within the same breath I sat up straight and said “It’s a privilege to be tired!” Here I am tired from working on an assisting styling project that whole  week everyday from like 8am-6pm and plus an additional gig where I was the lead stylist. Like the nerve of me to complain. I had to check myself like yes you are physically tired but your heart is filled. You are doing something you love, EVERY SINGLE DAY. Somebody didn’t wake …

Corner Store Mami

A corner store?  Yup a corner store! Growing up as a kid in Brooklyn my Summer memories  were Fire hydrates, Carnivals , bumping into rappers like Busta Rhymes at the local Mc Donalds and  corner store trips.  You couldn’t tell me I didn’t have the best Summers.  A few dollars would by  us quarter waters, sour powers, five peanut chews and an icy. The colors, the endless candy options was like my daily Disney.  In July while shooting this  look from NY Men’s Fashion Week, I decided to stop at a neighborhood corner store, post up and shoot. Me:  Hi I’m a blogger, * pulls out my phone and shows Instagram pics*  Can I shoot here? Owner: Sure! This is cool can I look while you shoot? This choice came about because I was tired and overdue for a switch up for a shoot location and style.  Once at the corner store, I was reminded that change is good and the spur of the moment  is sometimes the medicine to boredom(I get bored easily).  As a …