FUN VINA PLANS TO CHECK OUT THIS WEEK AND WEEKEND!

Hey, vinas! Since our PLANS feature launched, you never have a reason to say “I have nothing to do today!” again.

Need more convincing? Check out this list of open events happening in our top VINA cities! All you have to do is RSVP in the app and show up. Just click the link below to pull up all the details. Cheers to more vinas!

NYC PLANS

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

🍷Let’s head to the FREE wine tasting with Jenny at Union Square at 2pm — SIGN UP HERE

🍽🍸 Let’s do dinner and drinks with Paula at Fig & Olive at 7pm — RSVP HERE

💃 Let’s go out dancing with Mila at The Park at 10pm — JOIN IN HERE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18

🍶🎨 Let’s try our hand at pottery with Mir at La Mano Pottery at 1pm — SIGN UP HERE

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19

☕️ Let’s grab coffee with Pamela at Pennylane Coffee at 4pm — CHECK IT OUT HERE

🥂🦋 Let’s grab drinks with Tasia at the Monarch Rooftop Bar at 5:30pm — RSVP HERE

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20

🍻 Let’s hit up happy hour with Cara at the Third Floor Cafe at 6:15pm — JOIN IN HERE

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21

🍗🥧 Let’s celebrate Thanksgiving-eve with Tiffany at FREQ at 11pm — RSVP HERE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22

✌️🏙 Let’s do something with Jenny in Manhatten at 1pm — RSVP HERE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23

👯‍♀️ Let’s go out dancing with Natilee at Playroom NYC at 10:45pm — JOIN IN HERE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24

🎉 Let’s go to this Afro Code Day party with Ashley at Hudson Terrace at 4:30pm — SIGN UP HERE

🎟 Let’s check out The Heavy Hitters concert with Tiffany at Hulu Theater/Madison Square Garden at 8pm — CHECK IT OUT HERE

SURRY HILLS, AUSTRALIA PLANS

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18

✌️Let’s do Sunday dinner with the VINA CEO Olivia June at Winery at 6pm — RSVP HERE

SAN FRANCISCO PLANS

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

☕️ Let’s grab coffee with Grace at Stanza Coffee at 10am — RSVP HERE

🍝 Let’s do dinner with Shang at Chili House SF at 6pm — JOIN IN HERE

🍹 Let’s grab drinks with Lesley in San Francisco at 9pm — SIGN UP HERE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24

🛁🎉 Let’s do a spa, dinner, club night with Nakisha at The Marker San Francisco at 3pm — RSVP HERE

CHICAGO PLANS

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

✨ Let’s check out the lights festival with Emily at Magnificent Mile at 3pm — JOIN IN HERE

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21

🎸 Let’s go to the Amine Concert with Carly in Chicago at 7:30pm — RSVP HERE

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23

🎤 Let’s go to the 6lack concert with Dree at The Riviera Theater at 9pm — SIGN UP HERE

WASHINGTON, DC PLANS

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

☕️🍰 Let’s have high tea with Meredith at The Mandarin Oriental at 3pm — CHECK IT OUT HERE

💃 Let’s go out dancing with Jess at WILD DAYS at 10pm — JOIN IN HERE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23

👯‍♂️ Let’s go out dancing with Nenneh at Bliss Nightclub at 11:45pm — RSVP HERE

LOS ANGELES PLANS 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

✌️ Let’s go to SuperDuperKyle Con with Jhai at Hollywood Palladium at 7pm — SIGN UP HERE

🎟👩🏻‍🎤 Let’s go to a concert with Kaliyah at Hollywood Palladium at 8pm — CHECK IT OUT HERE

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19

💃🌟 Let’s go to Dancing With The Stars with Sarah at The Grove at 12pm — JOIN IN HERE

TORONTO PLANS

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23

🍔🍷 Let’s hit the food and wine expo with Keila at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre at 6pm — RSVP HERE

🎳🥳 Let’s go bowling for Eva’s birthday with Eva in Toronto at 8:15pm — RSVP HERE

SÃO PAULO PLANS 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

🍻 Let’s grab drinks with Caroline in São Paulo at 9pm — CHECK IT OUT HERE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22

💅 Let’s get a manicure with Caroline in São Paulo at 7pm — JOIN IN HERE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23

🛍 Let’s go shopping with Caroline in São Paulo at 6pm — SIGN UP HERE

SINGAPORE PLANS

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

✌️ Let’s do something with Syafiqah at Bugis Junction at 9am — CHECK IT OUT HERE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22

🍳🍊Let’s do brunch with Phua at Bread Yard at 12:45pm — RSVP HERE

☕️ Let’s meet for coffee with Xia Xiaomi in Singapore at 2pm — JOIN IN HERE

MONTREAL PLANS 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

☕️🥛 Let’s get coffee with Lily at Milton B – Cafeteria Urbaine at 3pm — SIGN UP HERE

🤗 Let’s do something with Lily at Societe V at 6pm — CHECK IT OUT HERE

CALGARY PLANS 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 

🍱 Let’s get dinner with Sarah at Sushi BBQ Inn at 6pm — JOIN IN HERE

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA PLANS 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18

📚 Let’s start a book club with Laura at 10am — JOIN IN HERE

✌️Let’s do something with Michelle at 2pm — RSPV HERE

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA PLANS 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

📚 Let’s go to Slut Walk and march together with Eliza at 12pm at Father’s Office Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant — JOIN IN HERE

DALLAS PLANS 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

✌️ Let’s do something with Sierra at 9pm — JOIN IN HERE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22

🦃Let’s have a Thanksgiving meal with Rue at Second Floor Regionally Inspired Kitchen at 12pm — RSPV HERE

OAKLAND, CA PLANS 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

🎵 Let’s do Trap Karaoke with Nakisha at the New Parish at 9pm — JOIN IN HERE

AUSTIN, TX PLANS 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21

🎵 Let’s go to Heavy Metal Show Partner with Kimberlee at Come and Take It Live at 5pm — JOIN IN HERE

CHARLOTTE, NC PLANS 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17

🎬 Let’s go to the movies with Marla at AMC Carolina Pavilion 22 at 7pm — JOIN IN HERE

INDIANAPOLIS, IN PLANS 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24

🥂 Let’s grab drinks with Crystal at 9pm — JOIN IN HERE

DENMARK PLANS 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22

👯‍♀️ Let’s go to Women’s Circle with Denisa at Olof Palmes Alle at 7pm — JOIN IN HERE

FINLAND PLANS 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17

Let’s go to Sunrise Avenue’s Gig with Noora at Club Teatria Oulu at 11pm — JOIN IN HERE

If your city isn’t mentioned here, go to the PLANS feature on Hey! VINA and start looking! Make sure your radius to find new vinas is set to at least 50 miles away from you—that way, you’ll see open plans in that same radius. And you can always create your own open plan as well! 

FUN VINA PLANS TO CHECK OUT THIS WEEK AND WEEKEND!

Hey, vinas! Since our PLANS feature launched, you never have a reason to say “I have nothing to do today!” again.

Need more convincing? Check out this list of open events happening in our top VINA cities! All you have to do is RSVP in the app and show up. Just click the link below to pull up all the details. Cheers to more vinas!

NEW YORK CITY PLANS

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30

🎃Let’s do Blood Manor in NYC at 6:30pm with Mir — RSVP HERE

🎵Let’s go to Tori Kelly’s concert with A’Yanna at The Riverside Church at 7pm — JOIN IN HERE

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31

💅Let’s go to the spa with Lala at Premier57 at 3pm — JOIN IN HERE

🚶‍♀️Let’s go for a walk with Julianna at 1296 Madison Ave. at 4:45pm — JOIN IN HERE

👻Let’s quiet in Halloween parade with Hajar at 114 Varick St. at 5:30pm — JOIN IN HERE

🎥Let’s see a movie with Kiara at SVA Theater at 7:30pm—RSPV HERE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2

🎫Let’s go to the MoMa with Sophia at 6pm — SIGN UP HERE 

✌️Let’s go to the Whitney Museum with Kiara at Whitney Museum of American Art at 7pm — COME JOIN HERE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3

💃Let’s go to Afro Code NYC Day Party with Ashley at The Delancey at 3pm — RSVP HERE

LOS ANGELES PLANS

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30

☕️Let’s K Town Meet for Tea with Julie at Hwa Sun Ji Tea & Coffee at 6:30pm — RSVP HERE

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31

🌮Let’s celebrate Halloween with Booritos with Taylor at Chipotle at 7pm — SIGN UP HERE

👯‍♀️Let’s do something in LA with Lesley at 9pm — SIGN UP HERE

🍾Let’s grab drinks at High Rooftop Lounge with SomethingToWhineAbout at 5pm — SIGN UP HERE

🎃Let’s go to Yg Halloween Night/Concert at Globe Theatre Los Angeles Sabine with Breanna at 9pm — SIGN UP HERE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1

🎼Let’s rufus du sol at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall with Julie at 9pm — SIGN UP HERE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4

✌️Let’s attend Afrolicious at Los Angeles Convention Center with Xandrea at 12pm — SIGN UP HERE

CHICAGO, IL PLANS

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2

🎵Let’s see Hobo Johnson at The LM with Jaci at House of Blues Chicago at 6pm — RSVP HERE

📱Let’s Northside Group Chat with Marlene at 7:45 pm — RSVP HERE

📱Let’s Logan Square Group Chat with Marlene at 9:30 pm — RSVP HERE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3

🥞Let’s brunch with Vicki at The Hampton Social at 12pm — RSVP HERE

SAN FRANCISCO, CA PLANS

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2

💃Let’s go out dancing with Xenia at 1015 Folsom at 8:30pm — RSVP HERE

☕️Let’s meet for coffee at Covo with Crystal at 1 pm — JOIN HERE

😂Let’s go to Singles Comedy Night at 1123 Folsom St. with GinuwineEul at 9pm — JOIN HERE

ATLANTA, GA PLANS

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2

🍷Let’s grab drinks with Teimryna at Wet Willie’s at 7pm — RSVP HERE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4

👯‍♀️Let’s Sunday Funday with Shani at Sips n Strokes Toco Hills at 3pm — RSVP HERE

If your city isn’t mentioned here, go to the PLANS feature on Hey! VINA and start looking! Make sure your radius to find new vinas is set to at least 50 miles away from you—that way, you’ll see open plans in that same radius. And you can always create your own open plan as well! 

WHERE YOU SHOULD TRAVEL BASED ON YOUR ASTROLOGY SIGN

When the power of astrology and the love of travel meet, there is a divine collision of interests, excitement and adventure! Based on the characteristics of your zodiac sign, here is your VINA guide to your next travel destination. Be open to the planetary alignment of possibilities and get going!

ARIES: HONOLULU, HAWAII

A fire sign, you’re full of unpredictability. You’re determined, strong, and belong in the wild Hawaiian island of Honolulu! Hawaii is a destination full of extremes: active volcanoes, intense rainfall, coastal erosion, massive waves. It’s no wonder Hawaii’s motto is “ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono”–meaning the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness. Such characteristics remind us of our lively fire sign, Aries. You take initiative even when you don’t foresee the outcome and you omit a youthful and free energy with a passion for physical activity. What better way to use your blazing spirit this season than to ride the waves in the birthplace of surfing, get your adrenaline pumping on a steep hike up the Stairway to Heaven, or take a bike tour through the magnificent scenery of Honolulu? You never know what you might stumble upon. These Hawaiian islands may be more unpredictable than you, Aries.

TAURUS: PARIS, FRANCE

An Earth sign and a child of Venus, Taurus’ are rooted in the sensual and romantic pleasures of the five senses. Known to be culinary queens, our Taurus vinas know exactly where to go hunting for the finest food. Enchant your desires in the world’s most visited country: France! Delight your earthy senses by day with the luscious lavender fields in the countryside of France, sampling local wines and lavender honey. Then travel to Paris at night to watch the city of blinding lights come to life while enjoying a late meal at a bistro overlooking the Eiffel Tower. Love and beauty dance through this country and with Taurus’ passion for sweet melodies, this destination could be a match made in Heaven.

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GEMINI: BANGKOK, THAILAND

Thailand: a land full of adventures, colors and diversity–much like our versatile Gemini vinas. Thai natives are said to be very open-minded, similar to Geminis who are ruled by Mercury, a planet associated with all forms of communication. Geminis thrive when socializing and have a desire for intellectual stimulation. With over 5,000 miles of coastline just waiting for you to explore, get out there, girl! Check out Phang Nga Bay’s limestone caves on your way to Insta-worthy beaches of Ko Phi Phi Don. Don’t forget to meet the Hill Tribe locals and experience their unique and ancient way of life. Some residents are even known to provide the comfort of their home for a family dinner and night stay. Book your planetary stay around the full moon.Thailand is known for their wildly-vibrant full moon parties! Talk about intellectual Gemini stimulation!

CANCER: TULUM, MEXICO

Our ultra-sensitive Cancer vinas are known to be highly affected by their ruling planet, the Moon, but once this sign is in their element, they become exciting, highly imaginative and unpredictable spirits! Tulum, located on the Mexican-Caribbean coastline, is engulfed in beauty, wonder, and even some of the ancient Mayan ruins–perfect for all Cancer signs. These distinct ruins bring some magic to the sea–much like our spiritual Cancer, symbolized by the beach-crawling crab. Take a morning yoga class on the beach to recharge your mental and spiritual self before snorkeling through one of the several cenotes (swimming holes) or take to the jungle at night for a delicious cocktail followed by dinner and dancing under the tropical sky. Embrace everything the world has to offer to you, Cancer queens!

LEO: MARRAKESH, MORROCCO 

Roam free like the lioness you are in the continent of Africa! As a Leo vina, your highly admired and lavish lifestyle deserves a getaway to the Moroccan desert in the city of Marrakesh. The gold-plated culture is sure to spark the royalty in you! Leo ruled by the Sun, this center-of-the-Universe vina is witty, creative and magnetic. And though your sign is labelled to be the most dominate and masculine of the zodiac signs, there is nothing wrong with a woman who knows exactly what she wants. So embrace your way through this imperial city by shopping till you drop in the enchanting souks, spending a night in a traditional riad and taking a camel ride through the Sahara. This fiery city was made for our fire element vinas.

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VIRGO: BARCELONA, SPAIN

The Virgo goddesses are much more than what they appear. Often considered meticulous, cautious and conservative, this sign is actually full of adventure and insightful intuition. So let your vina Virgo budget your next getaway (these ladies are great with money) to Barcelona! With Virgo’s strong attention to detail, the best way for them to explore this architectural city is on foot, which gives these earthy artistic gals time to enjoy the wonders. Antoni Gaudí’s organic mosaic-patterned and nature-influenced constructions are a must-see (check out Casa Batlló virtual tour here) and for a day of relaxation, head to the beaches on Costa Brava, where you will find your crystal-clear water paradise surrounded by stress-free nature. Stroll around, get lost (for once, dear Virgo) and make room for your food because Barcelona is one of the world’s best cities when it comes to eating and drinking!

LIBRA: FLORENCE, ITALY

Another child of Venus, Libras are known as charming, peaceful and fair. Just like their Taurus sisters, they have a love for beauty and art. What better getaway than to the country where every female is greeted by the word, “bella!” Fine dining, fine art, fine-luxury: Italy it is! With the gift of communication, sociable nature and passion for cultural trends, this Libra vina will enjoy a scenic train ride through the Italian countryside, sunbathing under the Tuscan sky drinking a glass of vino and enjoying eloquently made food. With so much beauty to see, you might as well rent a car and cruise your way around. Start in the historic city of Florence and feed your artistic needs and then head to the Amalfi coast to indulge in serenity and beauty. Italy is the perfect place for all Libra desires.

SCORPIO: BALI, INDONESIA 

For our exotic and esoteric babes, we bring you Bali. An island that is just as intense as our Scorpios, yet rooted in meditation and personal growth practices and beliefs, this place is perfect for these deeper-than-the-sea thinkers. Scorpios, being the sign of life, death and resurrection, are known to live in cycles and constantly reinvent themselves. Bali gives these vinas a chance to delve deep within themselves, all while being surrounded by magical jungles, ancient temples, and tranquil seascapes for your spiritual needs. So when it comes to travel, this high-energy vina is sure to want to explore every nook and cranny. Be sure to take a ride on the great bali swing and don’t forget to try some of the authentic food!

SAGGITARIUS: ROAD TRIP TO ANYWHERE

Inspiring, optimistic, and enthusiastic, these girls just wanna have fun! Nothing is ever off-limits for Sagittarius’. So. . . ROAD TRIP USA! There’s so much to do and so much to see in the states, coming and going to whichever location. Saggs, being slightly impulsive with a natural curious nature– you might as well start cruising and get lost on the open road! From the tropical keys to New England’s autumn leaves, all the way to the Pacific Northwest’s dreamy rainforest- there are sights to be seen! If you’re looking for the coolest, vintage styled photos, I highly recommend Route 66 for their old hotels and diners. Make your way through the Wild West and get lost in the spiritual realm of Sedona, Arizona or hit Coachella County for some fun in the blistering sun. End your spectacular getaway on Sunset Boulevard in Santa Monica. Take in all that the U.S.A. has to offer!

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CAPRICORN: REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

These #girlbosses work hard and are never willing to take a break. Caps, we love you, but you need to go easy on yourself and treat yourself to the getaway of your dreams in Iceland. Quaint and beautiful-a lot like yourself- Iceland is the place to experience the great outdoors and embrace all of the nature around you. Get your adrenaline pumping by taking a ride on an all-terrain vehicle (ATVs) which is a great way to explore the black-sand beaches of the South Coast. Enjoy fresh, locally-grown food year-round thanks to geothermal energy, and of course, grab yourself a spiked hot-chocolate and cozy blanket, because you’re not going to want to miss the wonders of the Northern Lights (best seen between the months of September to April). Let down your guard and float away in this beautiful paradise of the Blue Lagoon. Take this time to rejuvenate your senses and get connected with nature, Capricorns.

AQUARIUS: MYKONOS, GREECE

Brilliant, passionate and charming, this Aquarian goddess is on a mission to change the world! Or at least learn as much as she can about it. Full of creative ideas and wisdom, our Aquarius ladies should take their intellectual-selves to the philosophical country of Greece. Not wanting to stay in one place for too long, we recommend for this trip to explore as much of this picturesque islands as possible. Start in the historical and Godly realm of Athens and learn about the Goddess Athena and all of her wits and wisdom, a lot like our Aquarian ladies! If you’re into more of a exotic scenery, head off to Santorini and it’s heavenly Architecture. This white-washed, blue-domed island town is right out of a fairytale. Lastly, end in Mykonos and enjoy all of the beauty that this amazing island has in store for you. This city might just make you fall in love!

PISCES: AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Our sensual and romantic mermaids are in for a treat with the next destination: New Zealand. A land that has a little something for everyone-sort of like our Pisces who inhabit a bit of each zodiac sign within, being that they are the last of the signs- New Zealand is the perfect mix of everything. With wide-open land to complete the sea around it, New Zealand is pretty extreme for our gentle Pisces. But, what some may not know is that Pisces are very curious beings with a passion for new experiences. New Zealand takes Pisces on an adventure through oceanic-blue wonders filled with water sports for our sea lovers and majestic caves that glow in the dark (Waitomo Cave) where you can then take time to stargaze in New Zealand’s said to be the darkest of skies for our mystic babes. Surf the waves or snowboard the slopes! With so much to do, you might find yourself wanting to become a “kiwi,” or New Zealand local, yourself!

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So, let your stars align with the sky and go on an adventure of a lifetime–you never know what is waiting for you!

Start swiping to find your true zodiac match!

FUN VINA PLANS TO CHECK OUT THIS WEEK AND LABOR DAY WEEKEND!

Hey, vinas! Since our PLANS feature launched, you never have a reason to say “I have nothing to do today!” again.

Need more convincing? Check out this list of 23 open events happening in our top VINA cities! All you have to do is RSVP in the app and show up. Just click the link below to pull up all the details. Cheers to more vinas!

NEW YORK PLANS

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29TH

🍸Let’s grab drinks at Grünhaus at 7pm with Kimberlee — RSVP HERE

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30TH

👯Let’s go out dancing with Amena at 9:30pm — JOIN IN HERE

💪Let’s take an exercise class at Om Factory Union Square with a Anita at 10:45am — SIGN UP HERE 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31ST

🎶Let’s go to the Electric Zoo at 3:15pm with Marie-Charlotte — MEET HERE

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST

🍄Let’s go to a Hookah lounge at 6pm with Kiyana — JOIN HERE

💃Let’s go out dancing at the The DL at 10:30pm with Yana — RSVP HERE

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND

🚙Let’s go on a 1 day road trip at 10am with Katya — DEETS HERE

☕️Let’s meet for coffee at The Elk at 12:15pm with Clarissa — JOIN IN HERE

LOS ANGELES PLANS

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST

🎶Let’s go see Jeremih’s Concert at The Novo at 8pm with Faith — RSVP HERE

⚡️Let’s go to Riot! At The Disco at Echoplex at 9pm with Brianna — SIGN UP HERE

🍷Let’s go clubbing at The Room Hollywood at 10:30pm with Gabby — JOIN IN HERE

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND

💃Let’s go out dancing at Comfort LA at at 1:30pm with Nykia — COME JOIN HERE

💋Let’s have a day party at The Parlor at 3pm with Courtney — RSVP HERE

SAN FRANCISCO PLANS

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31ST

🍸 Let’s grab drinks at The Saratoga at 5pm with Angelica — JOIN IN HERE 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST

🍸Let’s grab (more) drinks at Thee Parkside at 6pm with Grace — RSVP HERE

🍷Let’s grab a (couple more) drinks at Terroir at 7:30pm with Maï — SIGN UP HERE

HOUSTON PLANS

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29TH

💅Let’s get a manicure at 3:30pm with Mathias — RSVP HERE

🧘🏼‍♀️Let’s go to Black Swan Yoga Class at 3210 White Oak Drive at 7pm with Nicole — JOIN IN HERE 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30TH

👊Let’s go to an Orangetheory Workout class at Orangetheory Fitness Town and Country at 3pm with Michelle — RSVP HERE

ATLANTA PLANS

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30TH

🍔Let’s go to lunch at Applebee’s Grill + Bar at 1:30pm with Azariah– MEET ME HERE

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST

🍳Let’s go to brunch at 10th & Piedmont at 1pm in with Laury — SIGN UP HERE

VINA_Lifestyle.JPGIf your city isn’t mentioned here, go to the PLANS feature on Hey! VINA and start looking! Make sure your radius to find new vinas is set to at least 50 miles away from you—that way, you’ll see open plans in that same radius. And you can always create your own open plan as well! 

SOMEWHERE WOMEN ARE ALWAYS THRIVING: ARTIST MARKETS

Art is an ineffable thing. That little word attempts to describe so many different mediums of the creative mind. Most of us are artists in our own way; even if we are not, there are many different types of art out in the world to be appreciated by all.

A few weekends ago I attended a Makers Mart in Sacramento, both as a vendor and consumer. I, myself, was not selling any of my own creations; however, I was assisting my friend sell her film photography prints. The Makers Market is held twice a year and the vendors sell everything from paintings to jewelry, cool metal mobiles to vegan gelato! Equipped with live music, beer and food, a person could spend an entire day there (as I did).

There were so many female creatives there, it was baffling. As I perused the items for sale, I interrogated a couple of the vendors. Below, I highlighted three of the merchants. I asked each of them one question pertaining to the market and all their answers shared a similar theme of community, support and persistence (all the best attributes of a feminist attitude).

ROXANNE YOUNG

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Emily Baedeker wearing Young’s Rainbow Fiber Earrings, via @leblondewhisperer

Roxanne Young is a jewelry designer based in San Francisco. She specializes in textile jewelry and wearable art. When asked if she has a “nine to five” in addition to her jewelry business, her response was authentic and unintentionally humorous. She rolled her eyes (just slightly) and said, “kind of… I have a four year old son.” So you can say, without hesitation, she definitely has another full time job; and he probably monopolizes her time during all hours of the day (not just nine to five).

Young has participated in many markets like this and she asserts that there is never a guarantee that one will break even. The best way to utilize a market is to network. There was one particular market that Young was a participant in a few years ago, at which she actually lost money. However, she met a business owner who started selling her jewelry in their brick-and-mortar store where Young’s jewelry has been sold ever since. Two key takeaways here are: don’t lose hope if you do not find immediate results, and make as many friends as possible.

JENNA RAE

I swear I possess no bias because she is my friend… Jenna Rae Gundelach is an uber talented photographer. As a California native, she currently resides in Oakland and like any good photographer, she always has her camera ready. Gundelach can make some of the most uptight and unphotogenic people look très chic (i.e. my mom).

 

This market was her first (ever) attempt at selling her prints in a public venue. Her set up was laid-back and inviting, with the hope of enticing the passive shoppers to step under her tent and take a gander at her selection of entirely film photography prints.

Gundelach’s advice to other artists looking to dip their toes into the market of artist markets: bring some of your friends to be advocates for your art. It can be really difficult to sell yourself, for no one wants to come across narcissistic. So have some of your more talkative and supportive friends with you in order to brag to perspective buyers about how amazing you are at whatever it is you do. I talked her up to a someone from Sunset Magazine, a local barber who is looking for a photographer to collaborate on a cool look-book for his business, and many more potentially life-altering networking opportunities. It helps, of course, that her prints are truly breathtaking.

SAVANNAH

One of the youngest vendors present, at twenty-three, Savannah Nicholson is already able to support herself solely on her jewelry business, Anahata Rae. She has a bright smile and a beautiful soul, maintaining that each item she designs is “intended to bring joy and beauty into the world.” How sweet is that? Her jewelry is trendy (in the best way), and beautifully presented.

Nicholson was able to become fully dependent on Anahata Rae in January of this year. Having lived in Sacramento, the Bay Area, and now San Luis Obispo, she has participated in many markets. She upholds that there is a definite learning curve when it comes to selling in a market setting. The first couple of times are not guaranteed success, but after one figures out the best way for their products to draw people in, one will see a steady increase in sales.

After spending all day in the ninety-something degree heat, I left having only made one purchase (besides the vegan gelato, twice), and it was the Luna Necklace from Anahata Rae.

All of these artists held a common sentiment about the Makers Mart. At marts like these, there is always a chance of a competitive atmosphere; however, all of the vendors seemed to be happy to come together as a community of artists in order to build each other up. I saw multiple vendors buying from each other, making business connections, and becoming friends.

Always support your vinas in their creative endeavors and make sure you have vinas who will do so for you. If not (or if you just want more), download the Hey! VINA app to meet more great gals in your area.

If you are looking for a market like this to attend or sell at, here are a few that are coming up:

Renegade Craft Fair
San Francisco: July 15 + 16 (this weekend)
Chicago: July 14-16
Seattle: July 22 + 23
Portland (OR): July 29 + 30
(additional locations/dates can be found by following the link above)

Artists and Fleas
Williamsburg: every Sat-Sun
Soho: All week, every week!
LA- Venice: Every 2nd and 4th Saturday

And if you don’t reside near a big city, google your local flea markets to support the creatives in your area!

Comment below your favorite markets to attend and/or the coolest thing you ever bought at a market. 

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VINA FIRST DATES: FOR MUSIC LOVERS IN SAN FRANCISCO

So you’ve matched with a Vina on the Hey! VINA app and fast forward through the introductions, it’s time to plan your first hang out! Here is an extensive list of free and inexpensive music inclined activities to get to know your new Vina(s).

CYCLE TO THE BEAT

You could work out alone but why not make the first hang out a date with a group class exercise? Find a sport that’s not overly demanding or challenging on the body so you can enjoy the new lifestyle changes you’re making together. Plus by challenging each other to reach lifestyle goals, you can meet new people together and discover new music.

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Cycling with warriors via Courier Paper

It’s a 50-minute stationary bike workout that’s perfect for biking enthusiasts and Vinas who love artist-themed classes featuring hits from Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry. (Whose side are you on?) $32~ 

CHANNEL YOUR INNER YOGI

For a revitalizing environment, step away from the typical yoga room and take a class with Outdoor Yoga SF. Set in the beautiful location of Baker Beach, this group class is different from the norm. Listen to tropical house music with headphones during this silent activity while you focus on your breathing. What a peaceful way to say goodbye to Friday and hello to the weekend! $14.50-$29

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Enjoy the breeze at Baker Beach via OUTDOOR YOGA SF

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Practice your Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I) pose at Public Works via LA Weekly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the same spectrum of yoga, try a class at a music venue like Public Works for a tantalizing experience with Deep House Yoga SF. $25

CONNECT OVER A JAM SESH

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Ned Schneebly shredding the gnar via Plugged In

Sometimes San Francisco weather can surprise the city with a rainy day which doesn’t leave many activities to do; however, a perfect day doesn’t have to consist of going out! Have you learned a new song that you want to teach? Or heard a new song you want to cover but need vocals? Get together and jam to your hearts’ content then practice your singing skills at the karaoke bar! It’s a definite fun way to get the creative juices flowin’. Priceless.

MUSIC IN THE PARK

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Enjoy the sun and live music via Stern Grove Festival

Want to go to an admission-free concert outdoors on Sunday’s? Celebrating its 80th year, Stern Grove Festival is happening on June 25 to August 27, 2017. Artists performing include Kool and the Gang, Moon Hooch, San Francisco Ballet, and GRAMMY-nominated singer Ximena Sarinana. It’s a lovely and relaxing event to host a picnic with your Vinas and enjoy some live music especially in the summer! Priceless.

A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

It’s Thirsty Thursday and you and your Vina are feeling spontaneous and social. Every Thursday night, California Academy of Sciences Nightlife opens the museum for adults who enjoy live music and creature exhibits. With various themed weeks, enjoy the butterflies, penguins, and an albino alligator named Clyde. Don’t forget #SHARKWEEK and the Osher Rainforest. In addition, cocktails are available (cash only) to give your night a 360 degree fun turn for a night at the museum. $12 member, $15 non-member

ATTEND A LIVE SHOW/DJ SET

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Mezzanine is a popular dance and music venue for live music and DJ’s located in South of Market via SF New Years

Do you and your Vina share a similar taste in music? Maybe your favorite musician or DJ/producer is coming to town. How about attending a concert together! And for a cheaper fix, make your way to Dance Yourself Clean (An Indie Pop Dance Party); they play tunes by LCD Soundsystem, Phantogram, Miike Snow, and more. $20+~ 

In a city where female musicians often visit, Vinas will find any of the music-based activities to be perfect for a first Vina date. Check listings on Songkick, Bandsintown, Resident Advisor, and 19hz.info for a fun mix of indie, rock, and electronic shows. Worthy venues to check out in San Francisco include The Independent, The Fillmore, Mezzanine, and 1015 Folsom.

Which one of these first date options are you planning to attend? Tell us in the comment section or Instagram your memories at @ilikevina

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SUMMER ROAD TRIP IDEAS

There is surely something in the air come summertime that beckons us all from the warmth of our homes and whispers go in our ear. It is a time of planning, a time of travel, and a time self-exploration. One of the greatest ways to do all three is to set out on the road. With time for reflection, conversation, and the never ending change of scenery, road tripping is the ideal way to jump start your summer travels. Below is a list of some of the most celebrated ways and routes around the world to get you excited. You can also read our previous list of not to miss American Road trips here, and check out our essential road trip music playlist here!

“Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you”

_dsc8069AUSTRALIA: SYDNEY TO BYRON BAY

This relatively short jaunt is perfect whether you’ve only got the weekend or an entire week to kill. The space between these two epic destinations is filled with quaint adorable towns, hikes, waterfalls, and beaches some of us have only seen in our dreams. Schedule yourself a few Airbnb’s or rent a van and sleep beachside. Be sure not to miss the adorable town of Bellingen just a few hours south of Byron, it’s straight of a fairy tale and there is an incredible local brewery. Ask the locals for directions to The Promise Land and find yourself a watering hole to swim in.

sam-wheeler-2304CALIFORNIA: L.A. TO BAJA

Going to Mexico doesn’t always mean living that resort life. I’m think sandy beaches, homemade tortillas, and glassy perfect little waves. I haven’t been yet but next month I am tagging along on a surf trip to Baja (I don’t surf). But I do hear there are all sorts of beach shacks for rent and super cheap beer and tacos. I’ll be packing a typewriter, a few swimsuits and little else for the excursion. This is definitely a trip to be done with Vina’s in tow, and be sure as always to be super careful.

kyle-cesmat-99929OREGON: COASTAL RIDE

Oregon is a rich chunk of land. Honestly I could spend months exploring those forests and hot springs, waterfalls, and inlets of that coastline. In my opinion the best way to venture this area is much like the 1 in California, but here it’s the 101 and it also hugs the coast and offers you endless views, spots to camp, and incredible towns to check out.  A few things not to miss along the way: The Tillamook Cheese Factory (I mean, because it’s cheese), Cannon Beach (it’s super popular but you’ll understand why when you get there), Portland, and Bagby Hot Springs (which isn’t on the way at all but I think totally worth the 67-mile drive east from Portland). Be sure to take it slow and enjoy the crisp air up there, rather than trying to cram everything in.

USA: DINER TOUR

This kind of trip can be adapted to wherever you are living, and whatever sort of time you have on your hands. The idea is that you set out in search of the best roadside diners, or the best French toast, or cup of coffee. This kind of road trip is a roll of the dice, and you make yourself available to the adventure and whatever strangeness might come your way. Also, if your strapped for cash can can’t necessarily make it somewhere epic, you can at least have a lot of fun.

 

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FOLLOW A BAND

Do as the dead heads once did and follow your favorite band on tour. Not only will this guarantee you some non-stop fun, and quirky weird small towns, but you also have a laid out itinerary set for you. My advice would be not to pick some huge act that is selling out arenas, because it will be much of the same thing every night, and honestly who can afford that. Rather pick a local band or some hometown hero you really like. Check out my previous post of must-see touring women this year!

Happy travels lovelies! Wherever it is you decide to go be sure to keep your eyes on the road, your hearts open, and take lots and lots of pictures for us!!!

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LEARN A CRAFT WITH YOUR VINA!

Hey vinas! When was the last time you did arts and crafts? If you say elementary school, you’re really not livin’. Now answer this: When was the last time you pinned a project to your “Crafts I’ll do someday” Pinterest Board? Yeah you were just about to stop reading this, just to go do that right?

The thing is, crafting is really fun and doable, but we can’t dive into some crazy DIY pallet-wood-bar-cart-building project..DIY my a**! Don’t let online project descriptions deter you from actually picking up and mastering a craft with your vina! It’s an awesome way to bond and #tbh way less expensive than dropping cash on drinks at a bar. And if you’re in the Bay Area, you are in luck because I’m about to give you a list of the coolest spots to take craft classes!

PLAY WITH CLAY

This is a great studio in El Cerrito that offers ceramics classes at all different levels! If you missed out on ceramics in high school, like I did, I recommend the beginner level, obvi. The teachers are super helpful and informative! And if you and your vina are clay masters, they offer studio time including clay for just $10!

 

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WORKSHOPSF

WorkshopSF is my favorite place to learn in the city. Alright, I’m a little biased because I teach the Soy Candle Making class, but hey, candles are the tip of the iceberg at Workshop! You’ll walk into this studio and become an artsy creator instantly—the place is covered in art projects! WorkshopSF offers Pickling, Indigo Dyeing, Leather Working, Sewing Bootcamp, and so so many more! So grab a couple drinks on Divisadero and head to McAllister to #drinkbeermakestuff!

Excited for the waxed canvas bag class to be in the regular schedule all the time now. Thanks to our buds in Portland @klumhouse! Stoked for their new shop space and check out our classes with this waxed canvas bag. No joke its my everyday purse now I love it so much. So soft and tough. Like me. #sewing #bayareathreadbangers #workshopsf #getcreative #makestuff #klumhouse

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RARE BIRD MAKERS STUDIO

If you’re not looking to get turnt while crafting, Rare Bird Makers Studio is perfect! It’s right on Piedmont in Oakland, surrounded by cute cafes to grab brunch at so you won’t have to go to class hungry! Rare Bird Studio offers classes from Encaustic Wax Collage to Metal Jewelry Making to Meditation. And a major bonus feature is the 20% off you get when you shop at their boutique the day of any class you take!

 

There are only 2 spots left for this Sunday's Beginning Weaving Class with Lisa Spayde ~ 11am-3pm! Find out more and register online. Link in bio 👉🏼 #rarebirdoakland #oakland #weekendfun #weaving #bayarea #workshop

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A WORK OF HEART

For anyone in the South Bay, this spot in San Jose is great for you! They really embrace anyone who takes their classes as an artist, and they offer a bunch of classes, so you’re guaranteed to find your craft. They’ve got Mixed Media classes, Torch Enameling workshops, even Watercolor!

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These are just a few of my favorite studios to learn new things! If you’re not in the Bay Area, I promise there is something near you—the thing about artists is that they are everywhere! So grab a vina, and seek out a new craft!

Which class will you try out? Tell us in the comments!

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WE WANT TO CELEBRATE GALENTINE’S DAY WITH YOU!

Just a little less than 2 weeks from today is a very special day… Galentine’s Day! For those of you who don’t know the holiday already, it’s the day before Valentine’s day in which we celebrate our love for our women friends.💕 Big.💕 Deal. 💕

So, we’re throwing a party. This party also celebrates Hey! VINA’s first birthday. Also a big deal. 💕 In just a year, we’ve grown our platform to connect hundreds of thousands of women for friendship in 158 countries around the world!! 😱😁

While we wish we could be hosting parties everywhere in the world (stay tuned for a few more birthdays in the future for this, ok?!), we’ll be throwing down in our hometown of San Francisco. I hope you’ll join us if you’re around!

When? Monday, February 13, 2017 at 6:30pm
Where? Monroe Cocktail Lounge @ 473 Broadway, San Francisco

We think that at least 6 of the following will tickle your fancy:

  1. 🍾 Free flowing champagne
  2. ✂️ Galentines crafts
  3. 💋 A DIY Choker Bar (thanks, Brit + Co!)
  4. 🎶 Super great music
  5. 👭 Free hugs compliments of the entire VINA team
  6. 💍 VINA swag giveaways
  7. 📸 A cute photo booth
  8. 👯 Plenty of friends (new & old!)

Hurry and get one of the few remaining Early Bird tickets!

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Not in the Bay Area to make the VINA party? We’re super sad about it, too! BUT what if you throw your own Galentine’s celebration with your vinas in your hometown?! Tell us about it, and we can help spread the word! 💖

Can’t wait to celebrate with you!!

PHOTO WALKS WITH YOUR FRIENDS

I took a walking tour of a new city with my vinas and captured some AH-MAZING photos. Try a photo walk with your vinas next time you meet up!

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Meeting up with your vinas over the weekend is always a must! It’s an opportunity to check-in and be adventurous without being short on time. As a newby to the Bay Area, I started my weekend off shooting over to San Francisco to meet up with some friends and soak up the skyscrapers and yummy food. A short train ride and I was in the city before noon. While meeting friends for breakfast, I was able to get a quick pic of the popular and very populated Civic Center. From the top floor of the Market Hall, I captured a colorful intersection along Market, home to Twitter, with Uber just around the corner. I love architecture and linear themes so this was a treat for me.

3Next on the list was getting across town to Giants stadium. Part of becoming a Bay Arean, is meeting lifetime Giants fans and appreciating their dedication. So, upon running into friends from undergrad, we were able to climb a few (severallll) stairs to capture another architectural haven. The streets buzzed with fans, young and old. Even as a die hard Dodgers fan, it was definitely a moment worth witnessing.

2Before the day, and good lighting, got away, we made my way over to Lombard Street where the famous wind-y street lined with gorgeous flowers brings in people from around the world. Lombard Street runs between a row of luxury houses all centered in the well-known Russian Hill district. The climb was a bit steep but well-worth observing tourists and locals navigating the narrow space. A bit of pandemonium but that’s The City!

8I then caught the ferry back to Alameda where I got a bite at a local coffeeshop and noticed an adorable mosaic of a woman blowing bubbles. Because my favorite color is purple and because I’m an art lover, I had to get a shot. I left for Emeryville shortly after to catch the sunset from the East Bay side of the water. Perfect timing! As fall approaches, the sunsets illuminate the colors of the trees as they change too. Highly recommend stopping here to think, run or grab dinner at any of the restaurants nearby.

 

5It was an awesome day of shooting. Nothing fancy, just me, my vinas, and our iPhones. It was nice to notice what caught my eye and what caught my vinas’. So take the walk with your vina during lunch, after work, or over the weekend. It’s a small, local adventure that’s sure to end in some amazing photos.

Where would you do a photo walk with your vinas in YOUR city? Tell us in the comment section below!

(Featured Image via Venus Trapped in Mars)