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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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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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The Vyne’s November Must Do List

to-do-list-in-notebook1.Must See:  Precious
2. Must Rent: Food, Inc.
3. Must Shoe: Electric blue strappy peep-toes by Jimmy Choo for H&M
4. Must Join: Rent the Runway (email us if you would like us to send you an invite)
5.Must Workout: Inhale (Yoga set to fun music at 6am EST on Oxygen)
6. Must Pack in Your Purse: Purse size fragrances
7. Must Journal: Colorful journals to capture your thoughts

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