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! 

YOU ASKED, WE DELIVERED! WE’RE ROLLING OUT HEY! VINA FRIENDSHIP SUCCESS STORIES EVERY FRIDAY ON INSTAGRAM

We got so many heartfelt responses on this Hey! VINA Success Story about a vina named Manda who found her amazing girl gang on VINA after being ghosted by her best friend that we knew we had to highlight all the amazing friendships that are forming right this minute on Hey! VINA. ✌️👯‍♀️

After all, we have connected brunch squads, crafty girl gangs, roommates, bridesmaids and bulldog mamas, and other awesome squads like these vinas around the world! And those are just a few of the cool connections that started with one right swipe on VINA—you can read more of them here!

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So we decided to feature a new friendship pair EVERY FRIDAY on our Instagram stories. Real people, real friends who have met on VINA and now have a lifelong friendship because of it. 👉Go check it out!👉

You can always share your own Hey! VINA friendship success story here for your chance to be featured in our Friendship Friday roundup!

And if you don’t have a success story yet, what are you waiting for?! Get swiping–we know your new bestie is waiting for you right on Hey! VINA. We can’t wait to hear all about it!

 

 

WHY YOU (YES, YOU!) NEED TO BE A VINA VIP

When you hear the term 🌟VIP🌟, we bet a few words come to mind, like special, important, and powerful. Maybe you rocked your first VIP backstage pass at a JoBros concert back in the day (don’t worry–we’re not judging) or always got the VIP treatment on your birthday, and you can still feel that exciting, tingly feeling in your chest when you think about it. I mean, let’s be real: Who doesn’t want to be a total VIP in all aspects of their life??

Which is why when I thought up Hey! VINA’s premium VIP packages, I had vinas just like you in mind. So I wanted to explain ALL the VIP benefits for you–check out this video!

THE BENEFITS OF BEING A VINA VIP

IMG_3D25B7AF69F8-1To recap, being a VINA VIP unlocks all these amaze features within the app, like seeing ALL the vinas who have viewed your profile or swiped right on you, and having the ability to instant match with a vina you want to be friends with!

And perhaps most important (besides you, of course) is the fact that signing up as a VINA VIP supports the future of tech for women, by women. Every 💸counts in our small (but mighty) start-up company and your VIP status means that the VINA team gets to continue building this awesome VINA community for women around the world–and aim even bigger.

Are you convinced yet? Good! Go check out the VINA VIP offerings in your Hey! VINA app and sign up now!

VINA SUCCESS STORY: “HOW HEY! VINA HELPED ME PICK UP THE PIECES AFTER MY FRIEND GHOSTED ME”

Top photo: Top row, L to R: Vicki, Anna, Manda, Nicole, Julia, Alyssa; Bottom row, L to R: Amanda, Melanie, Millie, Callie.

VINA success stories are empowering, comforting and honest. After all, where would we be without our loyal girl gangs to uplift us through the bad times and encourage us through our good times?

One of our vinas, 27-year-old Manda, knows what it’s like to go through a rough friendship patch. Originally from New Jersey, Manda moved to St. Louis, MO, but found how hard it was to make meaningful friendships.

“Before Hey! VINA, finding friends was tough,” she tells us. “I became best friends with a girl at work and we hit it off immediately. She later left the job, but we remained friends. Then, out of no where she ghosted me. I let her have some space, but she had told me about mental health issues she had, so I remained firm trying to reach out. I even contacted her husband.”

But when Manda did hear back from her, she was shocked by the response: “I finally get a text from her that I’m ‘too much’ as a friend and she didn’t think she can keep up with my eagerness to be friends. She had a lot going on in her life at the time—and unfortunately, she couldn’t give attention to our relationship. It killed me. How do you deal with that? I was too much of a friend? … So starting over and trying out VINA was a real jump for me. I was scared that I was going to be a failure or left after making a great relationship.”

First, Manda tried a website to meet friends. “Meet up groups were good, but it was a collection of people that would then take in a bunch of people, and they would pick and choose who they wanted to keep around,” she recalls. “It was almost like a casting call. I had made the cut with this one group and all was great. We had game nights, jacuzzi and hang out nights, and the main guy who hosted all of this was looked up to as some amazing leader. Except he made sure everyone knew he was in charge… and that he could kick them out at any point.”

But things took a scary turn for the worse when this so-called “leader” showed his true colors to Manda. “I’ll keep it brief—we were all drinking and things got weird,” Manda opens up. “I ended up in an uncomfortable situation with the main guy and his friend, where I was sexually assaulted and nearly raped. I finagled my way out by persistence and went home crying to my husband. I never went beck. I felt I had lost my voice, my ambition to find my niche—and I couldn’t believe that someone I trusted, who led this group of women (and men), did this to me.”

After that scary situation, Manda understandably took some time for herself. When she was ready to meet new people, she found Hey! VINA. “Since VINA was all women, I felt SAFE,” she says. “That’s why I want to tell my story, because VINA made me feel SAFE.”

Manda met one person on VINA and since then, has formed a powerful girl gang through VINA. “That safety is why our group has started,” she shares. “My vow was to make sure every girl feels heard and safe enough to tell their stories. And that I wouldn’t make it all about me–it’s about them, it’s about all of us, because they might have stories like mine. My past problems led to something beautiful and their problems led them here and I’m so grateful for that.”

Olivia is one of the vinas who Manda instantly connected with. “When it comes to tough times, these vinas have the perfect remedy for being there for one another through out it all,” Olivia says. “When I first joined the group, it was pretty established. One of our vinas was experiencing some very tough times, had a situation where she lost her belongings and the vinas pulled together and sent her money, food, etc. When I was dealing with a big change in my life, just spending time with the vinas and having their emotional support was so comforting.” As Kayla says, “It’s like all of the girls come together as a support group to help the best we can.”

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Back row, L to R: Nicole, Katie, Julia. Front row, L to R: Olivia, Alyssa, Anna, Manda, Vicki.

Support systems you can count on … with girls who also just wanna have fun! Manda hosts some of the best get-togethers,  but hosting brunch is a favorite: “Having everyone tired and hungry and being able to play music and entertain as they talk to each other and learn more about each other is rewarding. We drink mimosas and they make connections and relationships with each other and it’s beautiful to watch. There’s also a lot of potluck-style great food!”

Creating memories for a lifetime is the best part of Hey! VINA. Julia, who joined VINA to try new things and make new friends, says, “Taking a road trip to Manda’s wedding was my favorite and most memorable VINA experience so far.” Manda was touched by her vinas at her side on her big day.

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Manda was so happy to have some of her vina group road trip to her wedding! “I’m so lucky to have them,” she tells VINAZINE. Top row, L to R: Alyssa M., Julia, Vicki, Alyssa G, Calla; Front row, L to R: Katie, Manda, Braden.

So if you’re feeling nervous about meeting friends through Hey! VINA, you shouldn’t be. In fact, all the girls have words of advice for you.

Alyssa says to remember that you’re not alone: “There are plenty of girls who are searching for their socially awkward counterpart, just say hi!” It only takes one step!

Kayla encourages you to just go for it: “I’m not the greatest at making friends. The hardest part for me is probably saying hi, but VINA has made that easier. It takes the hardest part of finding friends away because everyone there is looking for friends, too!”

Katie’s tip? “I think everyone feels nervous when first reaching out. I remember thinking, ‘I’m so weird. They’re going to think I’m so weird.’ But everyone on VINA is feeling the exact same way—scared, anxious, vulnerable. But if you take the risk, you won’t regret it! I have awesome friendships now that I think would have taken years to build without VINA.”

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Back row, L to R: Alyssa, Calla, Julia; Front row, L to R: Anna, Vicki, Manda.

Take it from Vicki, who was pretty nervous for her first VINA date at Manda’s game night, but was so glad she went. “It took a lot to get me to that first meeting, but it got easier after that. I now enjoy the game nights, bar hops, concerts, karaoke, and going out with our vina group!”

Nicole had a hard time moving, starting a new job and meeting friends, but VINA changed that all around. “As long as we’re together, I’m having a blast!” Nicole smiles.

Doesn’t get better than spending genuine time with genuine-vinas. Share your story, share your tears, share your laughter with women just like you! It’s never too late to make awesome vinas and even better memories, so what are you waiting for? Join VINA today and start swiping!

 

 

INTRODUCING 15 NEW, MUST JOIN, COMMUNITIES ON HEY! VINA

We know you’re already loving making Plans and new VIP features that we recently released on Hey! VINA, but have you checked out all the cool AF new communities that are waiting for you? We listened all our vinas, just like you, about the communities they wanted to see and 🥁🥁 please. . . so meet the 15 new communities!

No matter what you’re currently loving, your relaysh status, or what you’re going through right now in your life, we’ve got your girl gang waiting for you right here in one of these amazing communities.

So how do you find these girls? In your card deck, see the top bar text where it says VINA? Tap that and the whole list of communities will pop up! Select the one you want and start swiping in that specific community. You can also join and edit your communities by going to your profile, scrolling down, seeing “my communities” and choosing them there.

Check out the new communities and start joining!

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ARTISTS & DESIGNERS

Are you a graphic designer, an illustrator, or are spending your weekend on art projects? Get inspired with these vinas who care about aesthetic as much as you do! Plan a paint & sip night, throw some clay, collab on a creative idea, or whatever ASAP with your new tribe. 🎨🍷

Beyond getting this community on the request line, I wanted to create the Artist & Designers Community because as a creative person, I found myself wishing that I had friends who wanted to spend a Saturday simultaneously working on our art. While we didn’t necessarily need to do the same thing or collab or give feedback, it’s just nice to sit in the company of others who are also vibing to the music.

DIVORCEES broken heart

Exes and Os: these vinas have a lot to talk about! If you are looking for a girl gang to connect with about your relationship split, this community is full of vinas waiting for you. Relate with other badass babes about your divorce and find a new, empowering love. 💕

I’ve added a divorcees community to VINA for a very important personal reason… I recently got divorced. And it was a life altering experience as much as I LOVE my amazing supportive vinas, most of them are single, engaged, or happily married. To have my marriage fall apart and not have anyone who could relate to the crushing feelings was really isolating. I was wishing there was a way to meet other women who had been though this… so here we are…. let’s meet and heal our hearts together!

NEW MOMS building blocks

Meet new mamas in your ‘hood! This community of new zombies moms is what you need if you just had a baby and are looking for all the support you can get during those 3 am feedings. Make an open plan to go on a weekly walk, or host your first play date, or have a moms’ night out. Mom life is hard, but with a tribe on your side, you totally GOT this, mama. 🍼

Our new Director of Content, Brittany Galla, and a lot of my friends are new moms. It’s been really inspiring for me to learn about how isolating and how VINA has and could help even more. So here’s to you incredible women turned incredible moms +++ hope you can grow your village.

CANCER SURVIVORS cancer ribbon

Join this brave community of fighters! If you want to meet vinas around your area who survived the same battle you did, look no further than this community. You just climbed one of the toughest life mountains—share your journey with other vinas who get it. 👭

Going though cancer is intense AF. I recently stayed with an incredible woman who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and was going through chemotherapy, her strength and her poise and her confidence in the face of a crisis, and she was such an inspiration to me. I saw she was missing something though, a network of other strong women who have *felt* what she’s felt. We recently had an incredible group of vinas reach out about their cancer campcancer camp, and we sent them VINA tees!

VEGAN & VEGETARIANS carrot

Veggies and vinas—what could be better? Plan a cooking night and indulge in only the best homemade vegetarian vina treats… or exploring all the vegan spots in your town. P.S. share your recipes with the rest of us!🥕🥑

This community is also personally special to me… I actually grew up vegetarian and have spent many years of my adult life livin’ the plant based life! I always felt like the odd one out ordering dinner… and my omnivore friends were always SO concerned that I was going to be able to find something to eat. But everything changed when I found a fellow vegan vina! My vegan bestie and I had fun seeking out all the secret vegan foods of the city, and baking vegan things… and not getting asked, “how are you going to get your protein?!” 😉 So, I hope you are able to find yours and build plant posse!!

CAT OWNERS cat

Get to know purr-fect vinas like you! Connect with fellow feline-lovers in your area ASAP. Take some photos of you, your vina and your adorable kitties and tag @vinazine for a shoutout on our Instagram! 😻😻

I have to admit… I have been known to show people photos of my cat on vina dates!! There’s a special bond we have with our kitties, and us cat mammas need to hang together! Netflix and cats anyone??

ENAGAGED engagement ring

Your SO put a ring on it—let the planning begin! Meet other vinas who are stalking Pinterest and Insta for wedding inspo as much as you are… debate bridesmaid dresses and centerpieces and laugh about your bridezilla moments (that you totally can’t confess to your parents or friends that you know you’re being one!). Who knows, someone in your new tribe could end up introducing you to the best wedding photographer or DJ. Score! 💍

GAMER GIRLS game controller

Have a stack of two player games at home? Ready to build your team?? Vinas who play together, stay together! Get gaming with the coolest vinas in your area and teach each other all the tricks of your trade. Play away, vinas. 👊🏼

Studies show that playing games together actually makes us feel closer!

MARRIED gold rings

Who else is up for double dating? Find a tribe of married women in your community and set up fun group date ideas: Trivia night, movie night, sports night. Meet cool couples in your area and thank us later! 👰🏽👰🏻

I was the first of my close friends to get married, and suddenly it felt weird. I loved my single girls, but I was feeling guilty about leaving my hubby out of all the social activities that were “girls night.” We wanted to double date, but didn’t have a way of meeting other young married folks like us. So heyyyy Married Community! We’ve had great stories of couples becoming friends thanks to Hey! VINA, and that just makes us doubly happy.

ATHELTES muscle

Break out a sweat with these vinas in your area. Plan gym dates, hit up Barre or get lifting! Find vinas who are passionate about living an active lifestyle and share your fave workouts with each other.

When you need to find someone to go to an exercise class with… nuff said!

HOMEBODIES homebody

Winter is coming, time for hygge and vinas night in! Meet friends who are also all about JOMO.  You don’t even have to leave the house to meet your new BFFs–what’s better than that?!

MARY JANES marijuana leaf

Meet other pro-cannabis gals in this community of 420-friendly vinas. Puff, puff and pass while you connect with the good vibes of these vinas.

We’ve been getting SOOO many requests for this! So here it is! It’s been great to see a movement of women who medically or recreationally partake (whatever is legal where you live!) find their tribes on vina. So pack the snacks and get ready to giggle.

PREGNANT positive preg test

A brand new chapter of your life is about to start—so connect with vinas who are also expecting! Exchange pediatrician info with one another, hit up a pregnancy class together, or compare your registry notes. Plan a vina date to pick out the cutest ~matching~ baby clothes ever! 👶🏻

 

FASHIONISTASshopping bags

Fashion blog, style, and shop ’til you drop with these vinas! Meet the trendsetters in your area and keep up with the latest styles together. Go shopping and find the cutest clothes for your wardrobe with your new fashion BFF. 🌟👑

FOODIES silverware

Hit up new restaurants with these vinas! Find your new fave foodie in your community and plan dates to all the best restaurants in town. Eat your way through the city with your vina by your side. 🍝🍔

If you haven’t already (I mean, why would you not?!) download the Hey! VINA app today and start joining the communities that speak to your soul!