Meet Van

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We got the chance to catch up with Van and hear some of her thoughts on style and confidence.

What does style mean to you?

Van: To me, it’s all about functionality. It’s never about one item or one event. For me, I have to be able to use a particular piece for other parts of my life.

This sweater I have on is for the temperature right now.  But, I also wear it on vacation over a maxi dress.  I always try and use items in more than one way. It saves money.

How do you do more with less in your wardrobe?

Van: Well, I don’t really limit myself.  I like men’s clothes too, so basic tees or hoodies- I see if there’s anything I like there.

It could be a hat or scarf.  Some lines work better for me, especially if it’s a slim cut.

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What one item must you have in your wardrobe?

Van: Stretchy jeans! I’m all about comfort. After kids, it’s good to have some stretch.  Your body changes so much after kids.

What does confidence mean to you- especially as a business owner?

Van: I try and keep active.  I have to do something each day that makes me sweat.  Running does that for me.  Just to keep my endorphins moving! I try and do that. Confidence is about movement to me. It’s not about standing still.

If you’re uncomfortable in what you’re wearing when you move, you’re confidence won’t be as high.  People will see it.  They also feel this from you too.

People sense when you’re comfortable and confident in your own skin.

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What makes you smile?

Van: Kids. My kids but all kids in general.

Also, the best part of being an entrepreneur is that you get to meet new people and hear their story. That’s important to me.

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What words would you use to best describe you and what you’re about?

Van: The very core of me is kindness. Being kind to people is so important.  It’s important to use your skills and your knowledge to do good and make a difference.

I try to be fun!

I think people struggle with work-life balance and for me, it’s so important to stay in the present. That’s my mindset; just to stay right here, right now. We’re all just doing as best as we can. Stay in the present.

Isn’t she wonderful! Check out her Twitter and Facebook @thenailkeeper.