All posts tagged: Boston blogger

Late bloomers… still bloom

Lately I’ve had a lot of conversations with other creatives and seen posts about organic growth and followers(mostly pertaining to Instagram). I see a lot of creatives losing hope due to the lack of numbers and following. I can relate that it’s annoying when you are putting in work but it seems like nothing is working. I’ve had that experience in my craft, in my personal life and it always ended up working out once I changed the mindset and energy .As I mentioned in “Late Bloomer” , I started most things in life later than most or what society says due to being a Mother early. That alone makes me ok to not have what others have or getting there at the same time. It taught me that a different or longer route isn’t a bad thing. Blessings,  like a maze will still find a way/you. Being frustrated about opportunities and numbers or goals is normal.  I think all those feelings are growing pains and the deeper issue and question is “what more can …

No.

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend that I kept calling a  long weekend. This whole fourth of July holiday got me messed up, but really any day off is a good day to reflect, reboot and attack my to do list. Lately my to do list has had a lot of “No’s”incorporated  in it. As I’ve grown as and individual and as a businesswomen I’ve been having to say no more often. I’m a people person and love having those around me be happy. If I can help you better believe that I’ll try. In life and in business that doesn’t seem to always work especially if someone’s happiness will cost me my sanity, health, time and sometimes money. Sometimes No just means “I can’t afford to disappoint you”. If I agree to something that   I know requires time, effort and planning yet I don’t charge my worth or anything at all the outcome will most likely be mediocre or bad and lead to disappointment. Both myself, the brand and or the person …

Unapologetically Ambitious 

I came across a post a few weeks ago that had the words “overly ambitious” in it. It was thought provoking for me for many reasons. Since a kid I’ve been told that I’m too confident, too ambitious and received stares  that pretty much said “what the fuck are you so excited about?!” (I still get them) Ambition and optimism is what has kept me daydreaming as a kid believing that I would be the best dressed lawyer(settled for a associates in Criminal Justice). It’s what I use when I don’t get it right the first 20 times. It keeps me curious and fired up to try again. I don’t have a sobby story for why I had to be this way, just trates from my Mother and Grandfather I guess. When they said they wanted something it was done and was never afraid of messing up. See the thing is compliments and achievements are cool, but it’s our attitudes and mental state that really determines if we get there. If we can’t envision it, …

” Mom appropriate?”

  “As a Mother how do you decide what is fashionable yet appropriate?” A creative asked me at #BostonCoffeeTalk this past weekend.  My eyes lit up….like what a great question! I hear so much on “looking like a Mom” and what’s “Mom appropriate” that I was more than happy to share my opinion on this topic. My answer “I don’t wear anything that I can’t comfortably wear around my children or  want my daughter to find if she googles me”   Growing up my Mother didn’t do midriffs(besides a few 80’s pics)or skirts and shorts that were over the knees….all while being fashionable.  I loved all of her outfits, but what stood out above all was how she carried herself.  She was always so classy and confident. This taught me that confidence and feeling sexy was a feeling , a way of being and not a particular fit.  She could have worn a plastic bag and still have been chic because of her attitude and  bone straight  posture. I keep in mind via my dressing, …

Creative Corner

Best medicine for Creatives is to Create. Now…   I’ve been in a really “juicy” creative space (I like to call it ) lately.  Creative juices damn near oozing out of my pores it seems.   Sometimes my brain feels like it’s damn   near explosion due to so many ideas with so little time.  Some days like below I just  get up, grab a few textures that grabs the eye and just shoot. With no shoes…just simply vibin and creating. Freely.   Jeans: G-Star Raw Robe: TjMaxx(Feb) Glasses: Tjmaxx   Share This:

Blue Magic- NYFW

Blame Dana for these amazing boots. I mean the blue Manolos’ Carrie(Sex In The City) had were cool, but these babies are the newest blue that stole my heart. After fighting like hell  trying to get them ($50 custom fees) I didn’t have to tell you, but I appreciate you so there.  Anyways, Blue magic hit me the minute I put them on. All through the veins…like if you cut me it would be this exact  velvet blue.  The never ending slip on that literally covered most of my thighs gave me  instant super powers! NYFW  Day 3 comes around and I want to wear this dope Nubia Williams dress. The color combo and the military like details are just amazing.  My suitcase only had about 4 different types of footwear in there so the options were very slim, But that’s where the challenge and creativity comes in.  Like sink or swim V! Laid out the boots, tried it. Loved it. I was stomping around NY  like “Who needs saving?!”  “You called for me?!…I know, a …

All the denim

Well hey there! I have had a busy, adventurous and productive month.  Staying busy is the medicine for entrepreneurs. Too much down time for me means I’m not chasing enough checks or growing. I’ve been working on projects and had curve ball opportunities that I couldn’t pass up on. I’ve been checking some goals off of my childhood and adulthood bucket list(The 8 year old me high fives me). It’s been great, but when your are winning in one area, another area of your life has to take a hold i.e the blog and missing my children’s February vacation to work NYFW and go to Chicago all in a 10 day span.  Consistency is always key, but staying sane is first. I never want to be so lost in work that I’m not actually living. Happy to accept the fact that I am not a robot and the chill button is my best friend this last year. New York Fashion–  Sigggggghhhhh It was brutal. like BRU-TAl. Think 10, 2o degree weather, plus aching feet, plus delayed …

NERVE!

…wishing you a whole lot of it today. To get through the Monday blues. To tell recent fears that it’s the first of the month(“Wake up, wake up, wake up it’s the 1st of the month”~ Bone Thugs N Harmony) and they gotta get the steppin. The nerve to try again at whatever we’ve repeatedly failed(learned) at, but can’t leave it alone. The nerve to remind yourself who the hell you are and that you got this. To put on your bad ass face(inserts emoji with grillz), flip hair, look the part and werk! Nerve…wishing you a whole lot of it today, next Monday and forever because greatness requires it! Original outfit post HERE     Vana Share This:

#BostonCoffeeTalk Jan. Ft. Dunstan Dubique

  #BostonCoffeeTalk Jan 23, 2016 Location: Caffe Nero Jamaica Plain Boston, MA 02130 This month’s #BostonCoffeeTalk was the first featured guest edition with Dunstan Dubique .  Handsome Boy Clothing caught my attention 10 years ago.  I  kept seeing it on Facebook and on local fashion influencers in Boston. I didn’t meet the Man behind the brand until much years later.  “I know who you are! You’re the Man behind Handsome Boy…with the bow tie!”(a lot of hand gestures) is what I said to Dunstan  when I finally met him. From his creative work with his brand  to his work as the General Manager at  G-Star Raw Boston ; he has remained  a mainstay in Boston Fashion .  It made all the sense for me to reach out to this pioneer and ask that he be our first guest. As I mentioned in the recap video, I’m always impressed and shocked at the amazing people and energy that joins coffee talk every month. I believe when our intentions are good and we are open amazing things will happen and …

”Who’s The Boss?”

Not the 80’s show where “Angela” had the best trousers, but the question you have to ask yourself when you almost second guess a not so common outfit that you really love.  A lot of people ask me how I manage to put some of my outfits together.  I pretty much freestyle, go with my gut  then make it work. Of course I laugh sometimes like ” You have the nerves”  But then I remind myself that it’s my style so I call the shots.  I’m the Boss. We all have personal style.  Some of us have found it. Some of us are still figuring it out. Some are in transition with theirs. If it feels good do it.  It’s always the first thought that rules.  If you don’t like it  afterwards then make the change the next time you wear that piece or outfit. Just enjoy the thrill of going against that silly voice that says it wont go. I purchased these sweet sweet pants from Boomerangs JP.  I was thrifting and purchased it …