Fall and  layering season is finally here *does the running man*   and so is the  reminder that we only have 3 more months till the end of the year. Like just three….. Only. It feels just like the other day I was decked out in all Green saying Happy New year ?. While I made new year goals like most, it was also important to attack those goals at a pace that worked for me and my life. As a creative in the days of social media, there are examples as to what , where we can be and how to get there.  This can be inspiring, but can quickly be discouraging if viewed differently. Late bloomers isn’t just a childhood thing. It happens as adults and should be something we embrace. Others successes should be an inspiration and reminder  for us versus a pitty party for how far we haven’t gone.

Personally, Ive always reached my milestones   differently than most of my peers. Highschool I became a Mom at 17 and  graduated  with a one year old. I didn’t have any college spring break experiences, because I had responsibilities.   Completed college with two children, started a business and really giving Fashion a try at 26. Interning at 28/29 with newly graduated college students. Bigger hips after the birth of my son and boobs that stopped blooming all together at 16. Like hello!  That’s not anywhere close to the “traditional way”, but it was mine. Once you accept your life, status without comparisons, you begin to truly start getting work done and chipping away. I accepted then and now that I may have to take a different route than everyone else BUT that I would still get there. Having this attitude is what keeps my eyes on the prize and help block out noise. It made me that much more confident in my truth even if no one else could relate.

So if you are a late bloomer don’t feel bad. Maybe it’s not so much that you are “late”. look at it like you have a unique path to getting where you need to go. We don’t know what others went through to get to where they are or what they struggle with while there now. So don’t do the “I wish, why not me” and “if only”. Be happy for them and learn something from that person or situation. Chill and just enjoy your journey.  Don’t get me wrong, every once in a while I get hard on my self and want to throw a pity party, but then I’m like “Girl! Have you done your best?, Could you do more?!… Ok then!”


Being a late bloomer is like showing up late to a party but still looking fly and having the time of your life! 2016_08_10_140

I’m going to start calling these posts life post because it has nothing to do with the fit and everything to do with life.. You can look forward to more posts like this here on VanaVain.


I can’t wait to wear this dress with a skinny belt and a white collared shirt. Denim jacket and Converse sneakers. And of course  socks and heels.2016_08_10_027


Here are some knit dresses that are worth the bucks and can transition into Winter.

H&M Striped Knit

A Sleeveless one from Revolt

Gray Metalic from Nasty Gal

Asos Gray knit


If you are a late bloomer and can relate please share! I want to hear