Monthly Archives: August 2010

Grown Woman-isms


The thirties are a time of moving into your “grown woman-hood”. It means letting go of some of those bad habits built during the twenties. We’re sure all of our Vyne readers are “grown women” <wink wink> but just in case you want to be sure you’re manifesting your “grown woman-hood”, we’ve compiled a few essential “grown woman-isms” and tips:

  • Cleanliness is Next to Godliness – Growing up means your house is in order and ready for company at all times. When your friends ask to come over do you find yourself searching for an excuse to tell them why they can’t because you know your house is a wreck? Unless you’re college age, this is no longer acceptable ladies. Tip: If you find you don’t have time to clean regularly, invest in a cleaning service once a month. It’s not as expensive as you may think.
  • Stock Your Fridge and Pantry – Do you ever remember a time when you were younger and your Mom/Dad didn’t have groceries to make you dinner? Probably not. Growing up means you always have enough food in your fridge or pantry to make yourself and a guest (maybe even a man!) a good meal. Tip: Learn how to make at least one three course meal really well. Then always keep those ingredients on hand so you can make it at a moments notice.
  • Bills, Bills, Bills – If you’re one of those people whose bills don’t get paid on time (for whatever reason) it’s time to put a period to that behavior. Besides the fact that it screws up your credit, do you ever remember your parents’ cable or phone having to get turned off before they paid the bill? Again, probably not. Tip: Most all banks have an online portal that will allow you to pay all your bills on line, from the same place, with just a few clicks.
  • Retirement Saving – Okay so even though 30 is the new 20, you still need to be on top of your retirement savings. So it goes without saying that your 401K should be set up and you should be contributing at least the same amount that your job will match dollar for dollar. Tip: To learn more about retirement savings check out Personal Finance for Dummies.
  • Nip/Tuck – And we don’t mean surgery, we mean tailoring. Every grown woman should have the name and number of a good tailor. No more jeans or pants dragging on the ground, no safety pining or rolling up. Tip: Ask a friend who lives nearby for the name of their tailor. This way you know you can trust their recommendation before you hand over your favorite pants.
  • Pay for Quality – We’re all for a bargain, but when it comes to clothes it’s important not to sacrifice quality for the bargain price. Trust us, once you start to wear quality clothes you’ll wonder how you ever wore anything else. Tip: Start by upgrading your work wear to a few quality staple pieces (e.g. an Ellen Tracy black pants suit, pencil skirt, work dress). And if you don’t have $1K to spend on a dress (given the economy) try using sites like “Rent the Runway” to try out designers before you commit.
  • Edit Your Closet –You probably have a ton of clothes from your last age decade that you’re still hanging on to for no reason. Chances are you don’t even wear these clothes anymore. Tip: Grown women have well edited closets so try going through your closet and getting it down to 100 items.

Do you have more “grown woman-isms” to add to the list? Feel free to share!

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The Vyne 9: Necklaces


A necklace is one of those accessories that can completely change an outfit. In this week’s The Vyne 9 we have selected a few that can do just that and more. And we have just about every occasion covered.
1. Swagger Necklace
2. Davina Necklace
3. Crystal Medallion Necklace
4. Perfect Skippers Necklace
5. Bronze Pearl Necklace
6. Beaded Swag Bib Necklace
7. Gilded Coral Necklace
8. Estate Vine Crystal Collar Necklace
9. Multi-Strand Pearl Necklace

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Serena Williams’ New Look


Serena recently debuted a fresh new look that has everyone buzzing. According to People Magazine, she had recently undergone “foot surgery.” Looks to us that there may have been another part of her body that went under the knife. Not for nothing, we think it looks great!

What do you think?

Read more about this on the Daily Mail.

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Rent the Runway Trunk Show Event


By Kailei Richardson

This past Tuesday I attended a Trunk Show in New York hosted by Rent the Runway. Don’t know about Rent the Runway? Believe me, this may be your new go-to site. The event took place downtown where they had a select number of dresses from their inventory for sale (I bought a gorgeous Lela Rose dress for 90% off!). Even better, they had a bunch of dresses there from different designers for us all to try on for fit – and even rent if we have an upcoming event (did someone say Fashion Night Out?). Women at the event were trying on dresses, checking out dresses they wanted on the several computers that were available, and talking to the members of the Rent the Runway staff to learn more about the company. Thanks so much to Nadia, Jenny (one of the founders), Brooke and AJ for a great event!

What is Rent the Runway?
Rent the Runway was started by friends and Harvard Business School section mates, Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss. It’s kind of like Bag, Borrow or Steal for dresses. You can rent designer dresses and accessories typically for about 10% of the price. Once you’re a member, all you have to do is schedule your rental – NY folks can even get same-day delivery (they’ll even send you a back-up size for free!). After your event, just send it back the next day (again, for free). Super easy! Can you believe that they just launched late last year and they already have over 500,000 members?!

Not a member? Not to worry – click here to gain access to their fabulous designer dresses!

If you are a member and have tried the service, let us know your thoughts!


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Vyne Reader Spotlight: Charisse Conanan


Name: Charisse Conanan

Hometown: Freeport, NY

Roles you play in life: (e.g. Wife, Daughter, Sister, Director of ….., etc.): Daughter, Sister, Friend, Granddaughter, Niece, Godsister, Cousin, Child of God, CEO of Mystones LLC and smarteys.com, Family Photographer, Grandniece

Hobbies: Photography, Running, Reading great books, Traveling, Cooking, Playing Bid Whist

Education: Bachelor’s, Yale University; Masters in Business & Administration, University of Chicago Booth School of Business; Chartered Financial Analyst

What is the last movie you saw?: Inception

What is your favorite TV show?: Sex & the City

Shuffle your iPod – what’s the first song that comes up?: Great is Your Mercy – Donnie McClurkin

What is your favorite travel destination?: Philippines

What beauty product can’t you live without?: Jane Carter’s Nourish & Shine (for the hair and skin)

Finish this sentence, “To feel more centered I…”: I seek God in the morning”

Who is your celebrity fashion inspiration?: Halle Berry and Common

What is your favorite restaurant?: Cafe LuLuc (Brooklyn, NY)

What words do you live by?: Life is short; live it up!

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Purse Essentials Part II


It’s time to edit your purse again ladies! If you find yourself digging through your purse only to end up having to ask your girlfriends to borrow random items because you don’t have them, never fear, purse essentials part II is here! Check out our first purse essentials article then add the fab items we’ve listed below. You’re sure to be well prepared and well put together with these divyne little goodies in your purse.

1. Prada Wallet – Every grown woman needs a sophisticated wallet in her purse. We’re loving the zip around wallets from Prada. Their structure and detail allow them to function as a wallet or a clutch! Two for the price of one.

2. Stylish Business Card Holder – A quick way to ruin a business networking moment is to pull out a wrinkled business card or worse yet to fumble around trying to find one in the bottom of your purse. Fumble no more with a stylish business card holder. Most designers make business card holders to match your favorite purses too so be sure to check.

3. Jo Malone Fragrance on the Go – You never know when you need to leave work and go straight for a night on the town. So be sure to have purse-size fragrance handy. Thanks to one of our dear friends, we’re now loving Jo Malone fragrances! Check out their intoxicating colognes online or the next time you’re in Neiman Marcus.

4. Purse Hangers at Macy’s – Whether your purse is designer or not, no lady enjoys having to put it on the <gasp> floor while dining or hold it in your lap. So we suggest giving these handy and stylish purse hangers a try.

5. L’Occitane Mini Hand Cream – Between all the hand washing and hand sanitizing going on these days, a girls hands can get quite dry. We recommend you keep this soothing hand cream nearby. It’s a small tube so use it sparingly.

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The Vyne Movie Review: Ate, Prayed, Loved It!


Last Saturday I decided to get some r&r with my sister-friend Gigi. What better way to do that than over dinner and a movie? Since “Eat, Pray, Love” was the talk of the weekend it was only fitting that we partake of some fab cuisine before checking out the movie, which is exactly what we did. If you’ve never eaten at Seasons 52 before, take my word for it, the food is fantastic. The menu includes yummy seasonal food and the added bonus of a different chef’s special each of the 52 weeks in a year. (hence the name, Seasons 52). After savoring grilled rainbow trout, cedar plank salmon, goat cheese stuffed ravioli, shrimp stuffed mushrooms, Parmesan rosemary flatbread and mini decadent desserts, we headed to the theater.

While I haven’t read the book, I was eager to see if the film would adequately translate what readers of the book have raved about.  In my opinion, the film overall was nicely done. Julia Roberts was her usual bubbly, funny, emotional self. I particularly enjoyed the “pray” and the “love” portions of her journey as they overtly but not obnoxiously provided the viewer with some useful self-help nuggets, a la “sending light and love and letting it go.” Likewise, while Viola Davis was only on screen for a short time, she lit it up as she normally does. The film was definitely a “chick flick” and perfect to see when you’re feeling some kind of way about your love life…or just life in general. If nothing else, it can help you to jump-start your own “life reset” button. Only draw back was the length of the film…a bit too long in sections where it didn’t need to be. So all in all, I give “Eat, Pray, Love” 3.5 out of 4 berries on The Vyne.

Did you see the film? If so, let us know what you thought of it.

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