Vanessa. Mom. Model. Restaurateur. Marin County, March 2015.
Vanessa is one of the owners of the Real Restaurants Group, www.realrestaurants.com – They include local and famed, Picco, Buckeye Bungalow and Bar Bocce. When I stopped Vanessa, I knew she was a model. She’s a woman you notice, her beauty is obvious, but her smile, warmth and charm are what captivated me.
Sometimes beauty can be intimidating. Individuals I know who are model beautiful have explained (don’t roll your eyes) having to play down their looks to seem more approachable. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true. I once wrote about beauty being intimidating in this HuffPost piece, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/beauty_b_2480591.html?
This is why I believe in the power of a smile. I smile at people all the time — I’m sure it seems weird. When I was eating at Elio’s on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, a group of people sat eating dinner – a woman looked in my direction, I gave her a huge smile, taken by surprise, she looked at me and reciprocated. As she walked out to leave, she walked up to me and said “I was so taken a back by your beautiful smile – no one does that anymore. It’s a simple gesture, that means so much, so thank you for reminding me of that.”. She then mentioned the huge piece of broccoli stuck in my teeth.
Fashion Notes: Boots: Enzo Angiolini, Top: Ralph Lauren, Jeans: Avedon by Citizens of Humanity, Sunglasses: Gucci imported from Italy, Handbag: Pikolinas
I love Vanessa’s handbag. It’s nice to carry something that’s so unique with no logos. Although I love a classic designer bag – especially vintage, I usually wear bags with no obvious labels.
I have frequented many of Vanessa’s spots, they are bustling and alive – kind of like The Smith’s song “take me out tonight, because I want to see people and I want to see life”.