Rated VG* by Casee Marie

Recently, Casee Marie of The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower, left me the following comment, and, natch, I had to share:

“Can I tell you a little story?

When I was out visiting my sister in Michigan recently I picked up this gorgeous faux fur vest when we were on one of our ritualistic shopping sprees; I don’t know that I’ve ever entertained a faux fur vest before in my entire life, but when I saw it I thought, Vahni and Kristy Eléna would totally be rocking this. Maybe I should be adventurous. So I snatched it up and wore it the next day with damask-print jeggings (really!) and snow boots (because I had to be realistic—it’s Michigan, after all). The boots ended up working better than my leather ones, go figure.

But anyway, I was scurrying through Target for some quick things and…I actually turned a few heads! I thought, This is what Vahni must feel like every day! In a word, it was awesome. It’s become my ultimate feel-good outfit and I have you and Kristy to thank for the inspiration.”

Image of Casee Marie (on right) used with her permission.
For the deets on my outfit (if you missed it before), see WVW: The Invisible Wedge* + Evolving Influence!
To get the Kristy Elena reference, see WVW: (Almost) What Kristy Wore*, and On Personal Style.


Casee, thank you for sharing your story! I love it!

Yes, I must admit that is what it feels like to be me. But that feeling isn’t exclusive to me. As Casee experienced, sometimes all it takes to put a little pep in your step is to try something new—and totally, unabashedly (and with a big ol’ smile on your face)—be a huge believer in you. In Target, and everywhere.

If any of you have a VG experience, please let me know!


*VG = Very Good experience emulating Vahni G. And, VG-approved. Of course.

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  1. February 28, 2011 at 12:58 am — Reply

    Oh I love it! I have a faux fur vest that I clearly need to wear more!
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  2. February 28, 2011 at 1:39 am — Reply

    What a great story — and she looks awesome!
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  3. February 28, 2011 at 3:38 am — Reply

    I love the see your followers/friends looking at you as an inspiration.
    You centennially have the best fashion style I’ve see in girls.
    Very All Saints..
    Lee x
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  4. February 28, 2011 at 4:37 am — Reply

    ~ * ♥ * ~

    That’s an awesome story! It must be pretty cool to know that your style can make someone else feel great too, Vahni.

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    • March 2, 2011 at 9:02 pm — Reply

      Thank you Bonita…it is! Imitation…or an homage, rather, is immensely flattering! And Casee is so sweet. She totally made me smile, just like your comment did!

  5. February 28, 2011 at 5:12 am — Reply

    Inspiring others is the aim to all of us after all. So sweet and flattering for you my dear Vhani.
    Mil beso my dear friend.
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  6. February 28, 2011 at 5:15 am — Reply

    You both look gorgeous! I love the fact that your outfit inspired someone else and it made her feel great. Awesome!
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  7. FRESH OUT: Rated VG* by Casee Marie @caseemarie’s story of style inspired by me and @kristyelena!

  8. February 28, 2011 at 8:05 am — Reply

    Aw thats such a sweet comment she left!! She certainly does rock that fur vest with some vahni/kristy attitude!!
    Good on her!! :)
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  9. February 28, 2011 at 9:22 am — Reply

    vahni! you look HOT!! love it. xoxoxoxo


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    • March 2, 2011 at 10:13 pm — Reply

      Aw, thanks, Francesca!

  10. February 28, 2011 at 11:04 am — Reply

    I think you’ve started a trend, V! Shocking the poor people of Target with fashion. There are going to be so many traffic jams in the aisles because people just stop and stare at stylish outfits, the employees aren’t going to know what to do with themselves. I wonder if their going to have to put that in the employee handbook under “The Vahni Effect.” Lucky there aren’t giant can displays at Target, else they’d be knocked over in a second by some gawking stranger.
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  11. February 28, 2011 at 11:17 am — Reply

    Awh that’s a beautiful story. One of my favorite things about personal style is that it inspires others to experiment with their own style. It gives people confidence to wear what they want and be who they are. You always own it V and it comes to no surprise to me that you’re helping others own it too! xoxo
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  12. February 28, 2011 at 11:36 am — Reply

    it was very sweet of you to share this story with us!! I agree with Brooke above, personal style is the result of inspirations from anyone and anything! You are a great inspiration for us all!!

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  13. February 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm — Reply

    Ha ha well done you’ve got your own certificate, VG!
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    • March 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm — Reply

      Yes I do! Thanks, Arash!

  14. February 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm — Reply

    This is too cool! Isn’t a great feeling to know your personal style has influenced others to experiment? I love that you shared this – what a great story!! One more reason I admire you so much!
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  15. February 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm — Reply

    FRESH OUT: Rated VG* by Casee Marie @caseemarie's story of style inspired by my and @kristyelena!

  16. February 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm — Reply

    FRESH OUT: Rated VG* by Casee Marie @caseemarie's story of style inspired by me and @kristyelena!

  17. February 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm — Reply

    OMG! This is amazing. I even kind of got close to nailing your look, I just need the BCBG leggings/heels to complete the overall badassery. (And having your height, hair and je ne sais quoi wouldn’t hurt the process, mind.) One of my favorite things about reading personal style blogs is that they help to sort of reacquaint me with my own personal taste. This is a perfect example – I saw your look just once and obviously it made an impact. When you really look at elements from different personal style bloggers and you grow attached to key pieces, that’s where it becomes really fun to draw inspiration. When I first started blogging I didn’t know where I fell in the style world and I thought I had to sort of pick an identity – indie/vintage, bohemian, sleek and chic, etc. – but the more I saw of other bloggers the more I realized it’s about liking what you like and implementing it. When I saw the fur vest I thought, “This is so Vahni, so Kristy, I love it.” And then I put it back. And I thought…why put it back? I love it, so why put it back? Because up until now I had put some kind of faux fur vest ban on my life, as if I feared looking like an…awkward bear or something. So I picked it back up and I’m so glad I did!

    Thank you so much for sharing this, V, I’m really beyond words (well, contrary to the above, but you know…).

    • March 2, 2011 at 8:08 pm — Reply

      Aw, it’s me that is beyond words! I was so flattered to be an inspiration and for the fabulous homage! Thanks for letting me share this with the world, doll!

  18. February 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm — Reply

    RT @gritandglamour: FRESH OUT: Rated VG* by Casee Marie @caseemarie’s story of style inspired by me and @kristyelena!

  19. February 28, 2011 at 2:28 pm — Reply

    Wow that’s amazing. Wonderful story. She looks fantastic, as so do you!! :)

    Happy Monday!

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  20. February 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm — Reply

    Casee has incredible style and I love that she’s beginning to share it with the online world! She looks so fabulous!

    You rock Casee! Love you!

  21. RT @caseemarie: Check it, I’m on G&G! This is some epic business. Thanks, Vahni! Rated VG* by Casee Marie

  22. February 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm — Reply

    ONE: That cutie of a pie Casee Marie rocks the faux fur FOR REALZ! Tell her I said so!
    TWO: Ah this is the magic of a personal style blogger and the outfit post- it inspires people!
    VG moment: you know when I do see a certain type of fur I think of you AND leather leggings- I want my VG moment to be made of leather.
    the Citizen Rosebud

  23. RT @gritandglamour: The Girl Who Stole the Eifeel Tower has a VG moment in faux fur, for REALz

  24. February 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm — Reply

    RT @gritandglamour: FRESH OUT: Rated VG* by Casee Marie @caseemarie's story of style inspired by me and @kristyelena!

  25. February 28, 2011 at 7:11 pm — Reply

    What a great compliment!
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  26. February 28, 2011 at 7:50 pm — Reply

    Great story, and so true! You are very inspiring
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  27. February 28, 2011 at 9:11 pm — Reply

    RT @gritandglamour: The Girl Who Stole the Eifeel Tower has a VG moment in faux fur, for REALz

  28. February 28, 2011 at 9:37 pm — Reply

    Ah!!!! This is such a cool post Vahni!! Thank you so much for sharing it. It’s a great example of how influential fashion bloggers really can be, and how much we help each other step out and explore our personal style further. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it over and over again… personal style blogging helps people feel more confident in their style choices. What a great and perfect example. I have to go tweet this using the #FTFCommunity hashtag so as many people as possible see it.

    Also, I adore Casee and she looks awesome in the outfit!!

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  29. March 1, 2011 at 10:06 am — Reply

    I ADORE this post. What is there not to love?

    Two fashion bloggers I adore + some heavily influenced fashion choices = perfection.

    You each have your own unique sense of style and I love how this post shows that, while heavily influenced by you, she still managed to make the look her own. Inspiration at its best.

    In my dream world, you would be my personal stylist – just for a day. Because that would be fabulous.
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  30. March 1, 2011 at 10:53 am — Reply

    you have become a great inspiration to all of us…I must say I have looked at you in the most passionate way…through the way you reach out to your followers and the way you write your blog….I am sincerely a big fan…nothing can change that. and I have to thank Kristy for introducing your blog to me…


  31. March 1, 2011 at 11:48 am — Reply

    Hi V! Yes, yes, I have had a few VG moments. The lastest I posted about a few weeks ago. I agree 100% with Casee, it was a “Feel Good” moment. Congrats Casee and thank you V.

    p.s. the VG stamp of approval is priceless on so many levels
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  32. March 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm — Reply

    I love it!! I actually just posted last week, styling my faux fur vest 4 ways. It is such a fabulous piece to own!! :)
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  33. March 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm — Reply

    I am smiling ear to ear reading this…what a fabulous story!! You have influenced so many people V, in ways you cant even imagine….(and you are kinda like my little Idol too) mwah!!!
    Keep rocking that fab style girl!!!

  34. March 1, 2011 at 9:52 pm — Reply

    This post is amazing – it just epitomizes how creative, inspiring, intelligent you are. A true reflection of a great fashion blogger! We all look up to you. LOVE!
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  35. March 1, 2011 at 9:53 pm — Reply

    Very cool story and outfit! Loving the fur and the fierceness :)

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  36. March 1, 2011 at 9:58 pm — Reply

    Oh my, I loved this post. VG. lol It totally made me smile.

  37. March 1, 2011 at 10:27 pm — Reply

    What an awesome story!! She looks fantastic. Love the VG approval :)
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  38. March 2, 2011 at 10:06 am — Reply

    Love, love, love your blog :) This is a great story to share!
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    • March 2, 2011 at 8:33 pm — Reply

      Thanks, love. I really appreciate your comment and compliment!

  39. March 2, 2011 at 10:54 am — Reply

    Such a sweet story! You do leave a lasting impression with your readers! I’ll be honest – every time I see a furry black vest I think of Grit and Glamour! It’s definitely your signature look V., embedded in all our memories :)
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  40. March 2, 2011 at 2:42 pm — Reply

    What a fabulously inspiring story! SO nice to see how you touch people’s lives…she looks fab and so do you! xo

    • March 2, 2011 at 8:32 pm — Reply

      Aw, thanks sweetie! What a kind comment!

  41. March 2, 2011 at 7:19 pm — Reply

    I found myself wanting to have VG moment this year. I never got around to buying leather leggings. NEXT year for sure. It’s officially too hot for them now!

    • March 2, 2011 at 8:10 pm — Reply

      Please let me know when you do, babe…I am so all over the leather leggings! And I’m sure you would look HOT in them!

  42. March 2, 2011 at 8:15 pm — Reply

    Thank you all for your comments! I was so flattered by Casee’s comment and photos…I appreciate all your kind words and your support of her as well! What can I say, guys? You’re the best!

  43. March 3, 2011 at 11:25 am — Reply

    Oh my gosh, this is awesome! What a great story. Rock those fur vests, girls! Give those shoppers at Target an interesting story to tell their friends. haha! Muah!
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  44. March 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm — Reply

    That is very cool that she even made up a logo. I am going to check out Casee’s blog as I ‘ve never visited. Her outfit definitely has a Vahni and Kristy vibe…
    To Casee: I know what you mean regarding a “feel good outfit”, sometimes some outfits just put me in a good mood. Fashion can be so therapeutic sometimes…
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  45. March 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm — Reply

    How cool! I definitely draw inspiration from bloggers and find myself mixing textures a lot more and choosing combinations that I wouldn’t have thought of a year ago.
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