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Floral & Tweed Tings

Finally fun dressing can begin!  Summer is cool, but I’m damn near a minimalist each time because who wants to be bothered with more layers than they have to?!  My Fall go to’s are a good pair of tailored pants and fun printed tips. I keep the silhouettes the same but add fun in the prints and textures. When the temp really drops I’ll jut add a blazer, cargo oversized jacket or a thick knit sweater.  That’s how I maximize my wardrobe for the Fall, by playing with the same pieces and styling them differently! Floral top, men’s tweed  pants and horse buckle belt from @BobbysFromBoston Shoes: (old )Kate Spade NYC Share This:

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It’s cold, raining and I had  Just gotten  back from a five day work gig in Burglinton Vermont and I’m exhausted to say the least. Not in a social mood, but  my mother calls and because she’s my mother I pick up.  “Hi Mother! What’s up?” Her: you back? Me: yup just got back to Massachusetts Her: Well Vana I don’t think this is a job you can do for too long. Remember you have two kids and a husband. (Like Jesus be the filter and guide my tongue because this is my mother) “What the fuck does that mean?!” Is what came to mind, however that’s not what I said. Duh. Now…..*sigh* This woman has been my biggest cheerleader my whole life and the one who convinced that I could still have anything I want despite becoming a teen mother.  Usually I’m quick with a response or comeback but this one threw me off. It needed to be registered, thought out and slept on. I’m certain she was and still is in my best …

In a funk

Not at the moment, but I was Sunday when I shot these. I had to cook three meals because I’m out of state for werk.(See insta stories). I had this shoot scheduled and wanted so bad to cancel it, but life doesn’t always work that way right? Sometimes we have to show up, get shit done. Even in a funk…. Shirt: current Tjmaxx(currently available) Pants: Zara online (last month) Share This:

In Good Company

Mood: Lifted Company: Monroe & Rose Track: Drake featuring Future “Grammy” You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again. I love dope women and having them in my company is the ultimate energy booster. I took these pics right after LA and right before having brunch with Monroe & Rose. My motivation sky rocketed. Felt like I was winning even more just by being in their presence. Get you and keep you some company that keep you inspired. Outfit Thrifted dress  Victoria Secret bra  H&M boyfriend jeans Calvin Klein Mules via DSW Photography: Dadou Chic Share This:

Jumpsuit Mami

Mood; Jumpsuit Mami Location: SoHo NYC Track: Buju Banton ” Black Woman ” Volume: Maxxxx! Designer Please please I beg you…. don’t confuse this dope BERIQISU jumpsuit as a two piece. You know I love me a good print as much as I love a shape complimenting jumpsuit. Both those together and you have one vibrant over the moon ecstatic 32 year old who came from the best brunch in life.  Wore this to #SteeleVain to host alongside Monroe. After a filling brunch I headed to the rest of my NYFW shows in this fit. Oh and this light coat has a matching skirt and crop top if you want a Parisian chic feel. 👌🏾 Outfit courtesy of BERIQISU. If you get one of their jumpsuits don’t rule it out for Fall weather! Wear it with a nude or gray colored turtleneck and a cardigan or a leather motto. Own it, be Vain and make it work! But you know I couldn’t do all this flexing without sharing!!!! BERIQISU is having a 50% off end of summer sale at her Williamsburg shop  70 …

#SteeleVain Brunch Sponsored by Shea Moisture & Hue 

Where do I begin?!….. Great energy is a remedy. One that is filling and contagious. That’s just what was awaiting  when you entered a beautiful intimate SoHo cafe who’s back steps led you to a secret garden.  #STEELEVAIN Was born from a conversation with Monroe where she mentioned she had been itching to do an event. After much brainstorming , discussing purpose, back and forth texts #SteeleVain; An intimate brunch celebrating Unapologetic trailblazing women” was born. Just off of our intentions alone and the name, my heart was already full. Monroe’s consistent, hard working and trailblazing spirit  was confirmation  that this collaboration was the right move.  I was seated amongst Women I’ve followed for years and never met, ones that I knew and some I met for the first time.. So good! We spoke our goals out loud and into existence followed by cheers and “Amen!”, *finger snaps* and head nodding smiles.  Who said you need to know folks in order to celebrate them?! Child bye.The food kept rolling in. Every time I looked up I …

Cheer leading team 

Its that time again; I’m headed to fashion week. Every Fashion week I get the fashion week flu afterwards and always some type of distraction  before hand. Always. This morning while prepping to leave I was in a funky mood. Like a very bad mood which is rare for me. Somebody said something to me that hurt deep. I called my business partner T to vent and while on the phone with him I get a text from a friend telling me I crossed their mind and that they are very proud of my hard work and that I inspire .  I was reading it and ballin. Big fat tears.Talk about timing man. We barely text like that and all of a sudden I get this text that end with “God bless”. Like how rich am I?! To have folks in my life who love me, care for me and send good vibes.  What a feeling.People see the pics every season for fashion week and the publications and think it’s just all glam. It’s sacrifice. …

Life simplified 

Listen….. I’m changing and it’s scary as heck.  I’ve noticed a change in everything lately. My closet for starters. When I tell you I have stripped my closet of a whole lot of things.  I mean it’s a lot. No crisis no trauma, simply detaching myself of things that serves no purpose or brings forth a feeling of necessity. Like I have to love it. Every. Single. Thing. In the past I’ve made excuses to keep clothes, habits and even people. I’ve been cutting out and working on certain habits  that I’m tired of. Some relationships have taken a turn, uncomfortable at first but less baggage and for the better. I’ve started accepting things and situations for what they are. I’m not as accessible to certain things and people as I once was. Oddly enough all of these things were / are happening at once, one after another.My tastebuds are even changing. I don’t care for or  crave the same foods anymore.  So apparent that I caught myself mumbling  to myself the other day  “damn kid, you …

Unapologetic Mom Tour

Phone call  with 15 year old while I’m LA 15 year old: Mommie! When are you coming back? Me: Kid, I love you guys enough to know when to take a break! See you soon I love my family, but I know when I’m need of a vacation. Juggling a family, werk and relationships is a full time job. The last few months I’ve been working a lot of hours which doesn’t include a cubical and a heater underneath my desk that I can rest my feet. Nope! Racks on racks on racks models shopping and returns. *Repeat!* I love every minute of it because I’m living my dream, but when your body says take a second, you take a second. With any blessing comes cons and I’m grateful that mine isn’t enough to make me quit. The Mom tour started in LA, because 1) I always wanted to visit and do research. 2)It wasn’t home (Massachusetts). I needed time to regroup and reflect in a different space while still putting in a little werk. …

To Pitch, Pray or Pride?

It’s not easy out here in these creative streets. Especially when pitching and asking for help is involved. Truth is we, me, you can’t do it all by ourselves.  There’s a overprotective safety net when you have a craft or a brand. You start off as the creators, investors, assistant, tech and all. And for a while it’s cool cause what won’t you do  for what you love right?  After a while you reach a wall of endless duties  and or obstacles that is ever so apparent that “YOU NEED HELP”. Sometimes help as creatives mean a sponsor, an assistant, a baton in your field in order to kick down and enter the next door. For some asking and pitching is easy. For others like myself it can be a struggle. Let me start off with the fact that I was raised by a Woman who made single motherhood look effortless and still provided all that we needed by working for it. I reference her a lot when I’m faced with obstacles, but I also …