HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!

In case you didn’t know, March is Women’s History Month and today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day!

Today, we celebrate the social, economic, artistic, technological, and political accomplishments of women around the wold. Take a moment today to reflect on where we came from and to refocus on where we’re going! Let’s use this year to continue helping women make history… make some new friends… and make some big #ladybrags together! 

💖Jen + Olivia xx

P.S. If you’re interested in supporting grassroots global women’s organizations, we endorse making donations to SparkSF.org they do an amazing job finding, vetting, and and managing donations to emerging global women’s empowerment non-profits around the world.

GALENTINE’S DAY IS COMING!

Galentine’s Day. Made famous by Parks and Recreation and if you haven’t celebrated it yet, it’s about time you started.

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With the Hallmark official Valentine’s Day around the corner, it looks like cupid has thrown up all over the place. Chances are you are having one of two reactions: yay I love chocolate, or you’re debating how long you can hide in your apartment before your super thinks you’re dead.

Set all preconceived notions aside, date or no date, we have a foolproof way to enjoy this weekend in all its pink and red glory.

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We want to remind you that Valentines Day is celebrating the love you have. And we mean LOVE in the big sense of the word: self love, neighbor love, sister love, and best of all, the unconditional love of your lady friends, who let’s be honest have seen you at your worst, and still love you. Galentine’s Day is officially the day before Valentine’s day, so there’s no excuse to bail on the girls – it’s time to make some brunch plans, babes.

“And we mean LOVE in the big sense of the word: self love, neighbor love, sister love, and best of all, the unconditional love of your lady friends…”

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Here are a few ideas for great ways to spend the weekend being the one that gives love all weekend this year. It feels just as good, maybe even better that way – trust. Celebrate the women who literally have picked you up off the floor. Remind them life is better because of them.

MAKE VALENTINES.

Yes like the ones you made when you wee a kid. Get some construction paper, a pen, look up some Fitzgerald or Chelsea Handler quotes and getting to crafting. Tape them to your roommate’s door so she finds it when she wakes up. Slip one to our favorite barista. Be proactive and send one in the mail to that girlfriend who knew you when you had braces.

WINE AND PIZZA AND ROM COMS.

I mean, do we need a holiday for any of these? Probably not. In fact, they deserve their own celebration altogether. But, it’s a great excuse to spring to drop some extra cash on the nice bottle and supreme toppings. Ladies get hungry. Some of our favorite picks: 500 days of summer, 10 Things I Hate About You, Roman Holiday, Ghost, Leap Year, Crazy Stupid Love. I could go on forever.

ROLLER SKATE, SERIOUSLY.

Hopefully wherever you live you still have the pleasure of having a roller rink somewhere near the edges of town. It is arguably the most juvenile fun we are allowed to still have. I’ll bet you haven’t been in a decade or two. Guess what, it’s still incredible. Lace up those skates, request some Janet Jackson, and bust out those moves. We know you still got them.

PUT ON YOUR FANCY PANTS.

Why not? A Valentine’s day without a romantic date doesn’t make you any less deserving of a bottle of champagne and a fifty-dollar steak. Invite one of those boss ass vinas of yours, and make several toasts about how lucky you both are to not only be friends but to be you. Get all dressed up, because you’re worth it, and because this day is set aside to remind you of that.

DO GOOD FOR OTHERS.

Grab a vina and spend the day doing good for other people, volunteer with the elderly and ask them about their first love. Make valentines with ask risk youth in after school program. Deliver sack lunches to the homeless with sweet notes inside encouraging strong self worth. The world can always use more love.

Share pix of you and your galentine on Twitter and Instagram with #heyvina for a chance to have you and your (new) bestie featured on the VINA blog! 

(Photo via pintrest)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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We hope you had some fun last night! As we reflect on 2015 and look forward to 2016, we want to give thanks to you for being part of our VINA journey. It’s been an amazing year full of dreaming big and making things happen. From the spark of a simple idea of making it as easy to find a new friend as it is to find a date, we made landing pages and websites,launched a blog, hired some great people, designed and researched and iterated again and again, and personally introduced nearly a hundred women to new friends. And now for news on that thing you’ve all been waiting for… we submitted the Hey! VINA app to the App Store! So any day now, you’ll be able to download and start making new friends. Keep an eye out for the official launch announcement. 🙂

As much as a new year is about reflecting on the past and looking to the future, it’s a time of making concrete plans for self-betterment. Resolutions. We’re making ours to lady brag more, and we’re challenging you to do the same. Whether you’re bragging on the LadyBrag.com website, or you’re doing it in your journal, or in the workplace, we want you to spend some time every day to reflect on what you’ve accomplished and share your achievements with others. Right now, will you share the achievement that you’re most proud of from the past year?
We can’t wait to read and celebrate all of your achievements, and we wish you an amazing new year full of friends, adventures, and celebrations!

Cheers!
Olivia & Jen
VINA Co-Founders

 

HOLIDAY GIRLFRIEND GIFT GUIDE – PART 2

It’s nearing the end of the gifting season, and if you’ve been following us on Instagram, I’m sure some of these gifts have caught your eye. Just because Hanukkah, Christmas, Festivus, and the lot are  nearly over doesn’t mean you have to stop giving your chosen family gifts!

Check out the rest of our favorite gifts for you AND/OR your girlfriends:

TREAT YOSELF

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Forget your #vinas for a minute 😁 and think about yourself. Are you in need of a little #TLC? This kit will revitalize your skin, leaving you feeling #freshfaced for the #newyear!

Facial Care Kit from Fig + Yarrow, $74

WRITE ME A LETTER

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Do you have a #vina who still believes in the #snailmail revolution? Encourage her with an introduction to @nicelynoted, a monthly subscription that curates beautiful and thematic #stationery and brings it straight to your door!

SOAP BOX BABES

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We’re loving the subscription box trend this season, and @savonbox is no exception! Whether you’re shopping for your bestie, your chic co-worker, or a new #vina in your life, SAVONBOX has you covered.

TO GIVE OR TO SELFIE?

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Help your gal’s photo game with @photojojo‘s Phoneography Starter Kit! Now she’ll be able to hashtag#realfilter and #wideangle in her 💣 bomb pics. The kit also comes with an online course – Phoneography 101 – that she can redeem anytime! (We may have just convinced ourselves to buy it…#treatyourself 😉)

Get yours here.

FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS ARE ALWAYS IN

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Shop this sweet little stack from Pura Vida and support the local artisans in #CostaRica who make them. @puravida‘s Charity Collections help you give back even more by donating a percentage of sales to the #charity represented.

a. Seed bead, tides $12 – b. Silver bitty moon, mediterranean green $5 – c. Gold bitty star, black $6 – d. Gold bitty moon – candy apple red $6.

Shop here.

VINYL VINAS

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Give your #vina the gift of music this holiday season with this bangin’ gold @crosleyradio record player. 😘 She’ll thank you for her #vinyladdiction someday.

Get the music started here. 

LADIES IN LEATHER

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We know what you’re thinking, can these jackets be real? They are, and they’re totes adorbs! If you’re looking to splurge on your bestie (and yourself), and we mean $PLURGE, this is the way to go!

Get your jacket here at VEDA. 

GUIDE TO SURVIVE: MOVING TO A NEW CITY

There are few things more terrifying, exhilarating, and life shaping than moving to a new city. Your location can define and outline entire chapters of your life. It becomes the canvas in which you paint the newest version of you. It is hard, but it is the kind of hard in which you grow. It is one of those shoved out of the nest and learn to fly kind of times.

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I have moved enough times to know a thing or two about acclimation and hibernation. They tend to go hand in hand. There is an inclination to hunker down inside your apartment and wait out this awkward phase. But guess what. It won’t work. The only way through it, is through it. So lace up those walking shoes and open that front door. There is a new you just dying to meet you around the corner.

Here is a list of sure fire ways to kickstart and comfort-ize your readjustment period:

1. LEAVE THE HOUSE 

This is rule number one. Half the time it doesn’t even matter where you go, but you’re not going to get your sea legs if you don’t start walking (or Uber Pooling) to a new location. Get over the idea that going somewhere alone is scary. It’s actually awesome and makes you look and feel like the boss that you truly are. A trick is to always bring a book with you because they act as a security blanket and make being alone in a new public place feel far more intentional than it might actually be.

           Places to go and why:

  • A coffee shop. This is my go to solution. Plus, you can get some work done. Be sure to shut the laptop every hour or so and make yourself available for conversation. Don’t be afraid to invite someone to sit with you who wanders in. And introduce yourself to those behind the counter, chances are they live nearby.
  • The bar. A night time version of a coffee shop. This is another great choice. One because I love a well made cocktail and two because people are friendly and sociable over a pint. Be sure you sit at the bar, it’s an open invitation to meet people, and at the very least the bartender will chat you up, and hey, maybe he’s cute. And for any unwanted company, the book is always there to save you.
  • Somewhere artsy. If you’re living in a bigger city this will be easy for you, a smaller one you might have to do some digging or find a botanical garden. This is the greatest way to meet people but it is a great reason to get dressed, leave the house, and get your bearings.

2. MAKE A REAL HOME

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While I encourage you to leave the house, it is also equally important to have a home to come back to. This is one of the first things I do when I move. In fact I even pack a specific box of things and label it Home. In there are the things that make my space mine. It’s funny and strange the things that go in this box. Mine looks like: my records and record player, special photographs, a couple pieces of art, my french press, and a few of my favorite books. I take these things out, and poof, my space starts to become my new home.

A few other ways to home-ify your new place:

    1. Candles, there is something undeniably homey about a lit candle
    2. A soft blanket, because being cozy is the ultimate
    3. Fresh flowers. My grandmother told me this. She said, “even if you can’t afford anything else, buy yourself some flowers.”
    4. A bowl of lemons. I don’t know why this works but it does. It’s the color and the freshness of lemons and they make you feel like, hey world, I’m doing things!

3. TAKE A SHOWER. GET DRESSED. COMB YOUR HAIR. PUT ON REAL CLOTHING. 

 

This seems arbitrary, but I am a firm believer in looking the idea that looking your best will help you feel your best. There is some kind of magic in putting it all together properly. Even if it’s just you, working from home, and it isn’t a get out of the house kind of day. In these first few weeks make yourself pull it together, even if it is just for your cat.

4. TREAT YOURSELF

Allow yourself a gift. I do this right at the start of my move and it works like a super power. Buy yourself something that might seem unnecessary, because I am telling you, it is necessary. Get a yoga membership to the nice spot, or buy a plushy new blanket for your bed, a beautiful rug for the living room, a house plant. It doesn’t matter if you wear it, do it, or eat it. This this will serve as a reminder and a congratulation to the massive leap forward you just took in life.

5. MEET NEW PEOPLE ON THE INTERNET

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The best way to feel at home anywhere in the world is to find some familiar faces. You’d be surprised by how many of your old friends have friends in other places be it from their hometown, college, or other walks of life, and it’s easy to find them using the internet. Now that it’s not awkward to do that, head to the App Store to download some apps.

Find some new girl friends to scope out those bars and coffee shops with on Hey! VINA, or hit up a dating app like Tinder, Hinge, or The League to find some romance. The most important thing is that you’re getting out there and making some new connections. You might not click with everyone right away, but trust me, you’re laying the foundations of a community.

5. ENJOY IT

This is something that may not always feel easy. But know that in a few months, this awkward phase will pass and nothing will be so fresh and new. You will learn the street names and the barista. You will make friends and you will familiarize yourself to your new surroundings. So, enjoy this little incubation period where you are raw and exposed to the world. Notice everything new about the place, be in wonder of the new smells and sounds, and the way the air feels. Because pretty soon it will all be as it is, and you will no longer be the new girl in town.

HOLIDAY GIRLFRIEND GIFT GUIDE – PART 1

We love the extra festive time we get to spend with friends during the holiday season. Thinking about what to get your girlfriends this year? Here’s part 1 of our best gifts for the awesome women in your life.

1. VINO for VINA

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Do you have a #vina who loves her #vino?
Find the perfect gift at @glassful!

Every gift box includes 3 bottles of fantastic wine, your message in a handwritten note, and a special surprise, all starting at $54. 🍷🍷

2. Baking Bitches!

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For the #vina in your life who makes bitchin’ cookies, or who cooks at all, this 🍪 cookie stamp 🍪 will help her get her message across in a way that’s both sweet and sassy. Find it on Brit + Co for $15.

3. Stitch Sisters

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Handcrafting and the zodiac calendar, it’s a match made in the 💫 stars! This is a perfect gift for that girlfriend you’re just getting to know. Crafty says thoughtful, and it’s in the ‘under $30’ range.

This ‘Stitch the Stars’ calendar comes with 12 calendar cards, 1 embroidery needle, glow-in-the-dark embroidery floss, and of course instructions.

Gift from @heatherlinshome

4. For the Badass Bitch

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For the times that you’re feeling a little less sweet, and a little more sassy. Light it up like the girl boss you are. 👯 Get it on Brit + Co for $18

Stay tuned to our Instagram for more great gift ideas! 

HOW TO MAKE YOUR WORK WEEK FEEL SHORTER

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We’re big fans of #Thursdates. Whether it’s a quick coffee, lunch, or happy hour, making lady dates during the work week can really make a difference. Who says you have to wait ’til the weekend?

Go on now, ping your vina and set one up.

Photo by @melanee

HEY, VINA!

Hey there. Welcome to the VINA blog. Here we’ll be writing about making new girl friends, profiling amazing women, celebrating lady brags, giving tips for making life more awesome as a woman in the 21st century, and a whole lot more.

Send tips and feedback our way anytime at hey@vina.io

xoxo