Thank You Magical Creatures!

 

Ten years ago today I was a super young thin girl who wanted to start a business. Everyone, literally each person I asked, told me they thought it was a bad idea. Who ever heard of an eccentric model with no investors or savings starting a successful accessories brand. Well I didn't care what anyone said and started verameat.com
 
Through the support of you all purchasing VM through my website, a few years later I was able to not only stay in business but open retail stores! I can't tell you how thankful I am for your insanely thoughtful life changing love and support. As you all know I love a good sale so we're doing 60% off which I literally never ever do, but want to today to say seriously thank you so much for helping me make a wearable art brand a whopping success! 

 


 

On instagram @verameat many of you ask me what inspires me so I thought I'd make a short fun list, I'll try to condense but it's hard!!  

 

Movie's, my Father was a film producer so I grew up on film sets, oh love: 
1. Beau Travail, The Intruder & Trouble Every Day by Claire Denis (adults only, French)
2. Brewster Mccloud & Harold and Maude (Great double feature)
2. Death Becomes Her, Addams Family-Values, Best in Show, Edward Scissorhands (America All Ages)
3. The Birds, The Shining & for a laugh Once Bitten (Cult Vibes)
4. Regular Lovers or anything Phillipe Garrel (Careful You'll Cry)
5. Charlie Kaufman anything especially Synecdoche NY, Eternal Sunshine..., Being John Malkovich. Also Spike Jonze ahah.
6. Wes Anderson everything especially with Bill Murray and Groundhogs Day !! 
7. David Lynch films but also his music it's sick!
8. Hayao Miyazaki aka Spirited Away
9. Michael Haneke's The Piano Teacher as Isabelle Huppert is my Goddess of all.
10. Loved The Limey as a child and would Tell Em I'm Cominggggg like Terrance Stamp.

 

 

Music, wow this is going to be beyond tough!! Some of you may not know my Mother and I are child piano prodigy's as we live for music.
1a. Patti Smith's Horses record art poetry presence
1b. Nina Simone forever and always I Love You Porgy & in film Point of No Return!
1c. Sharon Van Etten's hugs music and spirit.
2. Grimes art vibes flesh without blood, kill v. maim
3. Rachmaninoff
3b. Pauli's song I Don't Care is my anthem about boy girl things. 
4. Undertow by Warpaint is my shower song.
5. Numbers, No Care or New Ways by Daughters are great for night driving.
6. Hey Moon by John Maus when walking in the dark by yourself.
7. Paul Simon's special on SNL 1977. 
8. Mr Rogers singing on his show or just talking.
9. Nirvana's journal and video's.
10. David Letterman's laugh is music to my ears.

 

Books, all these are on audible great for road trip or NY Subway listening, I listen to at least 2 a week:
1. The Weiser Field Guide to Witches by my friend Judika Illes
2. On Writing by Stephen King
3. William Blake, Percy Shelley & Lord Byron poetry! 
4. Anything by Oliver Sacks especially Island of the Colorblind.
5. Neil Young's Special Deluxe...
6. Roald Dahl & You are Special by Fred Rogers
7. H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald who I met in Big Sur while reading her book!
8. Sarah Addison Allen's witchy books mixed with Betty Whites, finished in 1 week.
9. David Sedaris reading is best on a bus then read Kelly Oxford.
10. Books by mediums Theresa Caputo, James Van Praagh, Kim Russo, Laura Lynne Jackson.
Bonus: My Extraordinary Ordinary Life read by the best voice of all Sissy Spacek.

 

Hope the above makes you inspired in your everyday life. And hey you won't even believe the new things coming to VeraMeat later this year. Can you say jumpsuit purrfection? All made possible by your support!

 

You da bomb, you da queen, you da MVP and you make dreams happen!
PURR KISSES,
Vera Meat

 

WORKSHOP WITH JUDIKA ILLES AT VERAMEAT BROOKLYN 

WHEN: 13th of April / 7-10pm
WHERE: VERAMEAT BROOKLYN
LIMITED SEATS: limited to 20 students ( send email to magic@verameat.com)
PRICE: $98 per class (series of 4 classes)

Go beyond sage. The urban environment is fraught with all sorts of negativity that saps our creativity, blocks our personal power, and causes all kinds of frustration and unhappiness. But never fear: magical methods exist to clear your personal space, at home, where you work, and wherever you go. This is especially crucial in urban environments or for those who find themselves in frequent contact with toxic people or situations. By clearing your space, you can stimulate success, prosperity, and protection, among other benefits and blessings.

Join Judika Illes, author of Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, at VeraMeat in Brooklyn for a fun workshop devoted to magical clearing and self-empowerment. This workshop is suitable for all levels, whether you are already a powerful witch or have never cast a spell before and don’t know where to start.


It features an overview of what you can use to clear space including stones, amulets, and talismans, plus herbs, spells, invocations, and incantations. We’ll explore VeraMeat’s magical jewelry and stones and how to charge, activate, and cleanse them. Judika will teach you to use the power radiating from symbols including runes and glyphs to create a zone of clarity and safety around you. Learn an urban environment protection meditation, the benefits of resting witch face, and have fun testing your own psychic intuitive powers. Judika’s books will be available for sale and signing, and she will answer your spellcasting questions.

We're going to be giving away surprise gifts, there will be jewelry giveaway and everyone will get magical items like ghost guartz, sage and we'll help them pick out whats best like dragons blood, blue sage, cedar, lavender or red sage... Plus other magical things! 

Judika is the author of The Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, The Encyclopedia of Spirits, The Big Book of Practical Spells, Magic When You Need It, Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, The Weiser Field Guide to Witches and the Encyclopedia of Mystics, Saints, and Sages. She is also the author of The Weiser Field Guide to the Paranormal, published under the alias, Judith Joyce. Judika is the editor and curator of two anthologies of vintage esoteric fiction, The Weiser Book of the Fantastic and Forgotten and The Weiser Book of Occult Detectives: 13 Stories of Supernatural Sleuthing. An independent scholar, her interests include tarot and other forms of divination, astrology, spell-casting, witchcraft, amulets, traditional healing and spirituality, Kabbalah, the Egyptian Mysteries, runes, magical oils and perfumes, mythology, folklore, and fairy tales. She has been a professional card reader and spiritual counselor for over two decades.

Find her at www.judikailles.com

We're currently raising money to buy a VeraMeat work live space. Hope you're needing some Valentines Day or just Everyday Fab gifts! Thank you for supporting a small female run and owned company who's only investors are our customers!
 
Q: What's the first thing you do in the morning to start your day?
I feed my hungry little gremlins Mera and Fred. Then I shower and adorn myself with VeraMeat bling and clothing before I head into my east village shop at 315 E 9th St NYC. Some days I can't go in as have to do a photoshoot with our new products or am working on 3 novels I've already finished, well I'm on the 3rd draft. Getting ready to send them to agents!! So excited to get their feedback!!
Q: How do you balance your time designing and finding the time to answer all the emails?
I love talking with my customers and DM'ing on instagram @verameat That kinda is a fun way to breakup my day as fans always have the most beautiful photos to share with their bling. Lifts my spirits right up and reminds me why I do it. Especially when customers say VeraMeat has brought them luck, even their true love sometimes. 
Q: What's your favorite object in your work area? Plants, Artwork, Magic?
I have a fireplace mantel that I gather my favorite designs, books, candles and artifacts I've found in my travels. I love to sit in my vintage rocking chair warming my feet by the fire and answer work emails. 
Q: People say the charms they buy at Verameat are their luck charms. How do you bring magic in your jewelry?
Often I will lay out jewelry at a new or full moon and make a blessing over it. Or do a healing or color aura spell. My relatives are shamans from Siberia so I like to add some of their magic into my work. But also I just spend time making my jewelry and clothing with great detail which I think just adds to the character of the personal wearing it and gives them that extra little shine to make their day even brighter. 
Q: What else can we find in your workshop?
I would love love to have more space for clothing. That's why I'm trying to buy a house. So I can really build a separate area for each part of the business. But right now we have an inspiration board I'm very found of and jewelry area. But we are making plans to expand to a new work space hopefully soon with the help of our fans as we don't have big business investors. Just our customers buying VeraMeat to help us grow each year.
Q: How does it feel having a cat help you on your designs?
As you can imagine Kitten Mera is the best possible hard working co-worker. She helps us in the dream state by sending telepathic messages. She also is a top notch amazing model. I actually had a vision of her before I met her in real life. 
Q: Is Mera a good co-worker?
Mera shows up each and every day, after her tuna breakfast she is ready to go, she sits on my lap or on my work desk for 8 even 12 hours sometimes. If I get tired she'll start typing up her own emails and give me energy to get going on my own again.
Q: What inspires you in your mostly girl VM team of co-workers?
Well our art director Anja Slibar just has the most magical illustration style and it's beyond wonderful to see it in our pins, jackets and other products. We are different enough yet similar enough to make everything we create together the perfect must have item for our fans. I feel very lucky to have found her and many of our other co-workers mostly on social media. It's great to work with people who already love and understand your product. As fans know best what's the next raddest step for VeraMeat.
Q: Do you ever get annoyed at work and how do you balance yourself back?
Yes of course I get annoyed like anyone, I mean NY is a stressed packed city. I love to drink bubble tea to calm me down. Also I take Kava Kava vitamins and I eat lots of protein which always makes me feel powerful. 
Q: If you do, how do you end your work day?
I like to cuddle with my little pets at the end of the day. They get their dinner and then they like to telepathically tell me about their own days thoughts. Fred goes on a walk if it isn't raining or snowing. Then I make a healthy dinner and lately I've been listening to audio books while I sort out personal life stuff like looking for a house. Some of my favorites are Stephen King's book On Writing because his voice has so much inspiring energy in it, Sissy Spacek's My Extraordinary Ordinary Life because of her accent or Neil Youngs Special Deluxe as we both love those old boat size cars. My favorite is the 1964 Lincoln Continental with suicide doors.
Q: What else is planned for Verameat?
Well we are growing our stone collection and have more androgynous-mens jewelry coming daily. We're just trying to keep up with what our current customers are asking for. Plus I'm hoping to put out my new books with a publisher, they have beautiful artwork by Anja Slibar. Fingers crossed it will happen this year! 

Introducing Vera's first novel, called The Hum. Story is set in Big Sur, California and describes Girl Boy friendship that find themselves in hellish heaven. 

Available on AMAZON and KINDLE

Vera answered some questions about the book, the story and her creative process. Read about how the book was created:

INTERVIEW WITH VERA MEAT:

How long have you been writing?
Vera: I wrote my first novel at age 10. I'm actually tweeking that 200+ page novel and will publish it next year. The Hum is part 2 of a 3 part Novel series. So look out for those other two parts later this year. And any lovely fan readers reading this please send me feedback! I live to grow :)
What is your writing process?
Vera: I often write in bed first thing in the morning for a couple hours with my kitten and puppy. Or at a tiny little white table near my fireplace in my living room. I've always wanted to have a fireplace because the smokey smell gets my creative juices gushing. Though I also love to travel and write in hotels near a window with room service near by.
Why did you want to write this book?
Vera: Books are magical artifacts to me, I've always thought they where little windows to a another dimension. I was also inspired by Patti Smith, who I know from my teen years in New York. My jewelry has a narrative quality and so I wanted to extend that as I have had fans write in asking where my jewelry stories are taken from. Plus I saw how Patti is a famous rock star poet yet she managed to make time to write two books now so why not me.
Why did you want to tell this kind of best friend story?
Vera: I've noticed in many tales the female character often shown as the manipulative weak one who will stop at nothing to get the Guy. Yes living in cities all over the world and meeting thousands of people through modeling and having a brand has not shown me this. So I thought it's about time for a another young female voice. I was so sick of having so many male voices pushed on me in school and I'd have to go to the library to get books by women. Often I'd wish there where more younger female writers so I became one! 
What's your favorite snack to have when writing?
Vera: When in London I go to Biju bubble tea spot and get the Rooibos tea with coconut jelly but in NY I go to Boba Guys and get the Green Tea Oat Milk Latte with honey. Also seaweed is a staple. Oh and a secret delight, don't tell anyone, are liquor chocolates! 
How did you pick the artwork?
Vera: I've always been in Love with Anja Slibar's artwork and lucky for me we're close Pals so I asked her and she knew just what to do! I can't be happier with how it turned out and I feel it ads an extra lovely depth to my writing. Like swimming in a pool then realizing there is a secret tunnel to that exits at a lush rainforest! 
Do you spend allot of time in Big Sur?
Vera: Yes I actually wrote some of this story at Big Sur River Inn restaurant and stayed at many of the little cabins they have there. I try to go at least once a year if not twice as my family lives near there in Los Angeles. Every year when the New York winter gets bad I start dreaming of CA and Big Sur! I released this book on Halloween as I thought it would be a great book to read during the holidays! Has a horror movie scene in it to match that holiday feeling haha! 
What do you say to the people asking if these are real people in this story?
Vera: Write what you know is my motto yet I like to squeeze two or three people I know into one character like a sexy Chimera then sprinkle a little magic Vera Meat dust on them. So thank you to all my friends who tell really long stories then tell me to use them, I love you!
So when can we look forward to more updates on the new Vera Meat books?
Vera: Normally I update my instagram stories allot so follow @verameat You may just see my different color eye cat and gremlin dog too!

 

We're having an art show to honour Halloween and our in-house artist Anja Slibar. She made some monster inspired art that will also be available for purchase. We talked to her about the show but if you want to talk more about it in person come to our Brooklyn store (123 N 5TH ST 11249) this Saturday 29th from 6-9pm.
 
What made you love monsters?
I don't love monsters, I just love horror movies and the suspense they create. If anything, I'm afraid of monsters. Especially the ones in human form. 
Why scary movies?
I had a very fun childhood. My mom would let me watch horror movies and other kids weren't allowed to. I started loving them so much I'd spend my highschool friday nights in front of TV watching all the cool american slashers. Now it's just fun to watch them because I feel safe on the other side of the screen. 
 
Who is your favorite scary amazing artist?
I think Jessica Harrison is definitely one of the cool ones. She creates these beautiful porcelain figurines with their head chopped off, of slid throats or even injured bodies so their guts would stick out. 
What do you love most about Brooklyn?
That it's so easy and chill. I love that people here are young and fresh and full of hope. And of course I love the view of Manhattan, so close but just far enough to escape that craziness.
What's your favorite thing about drawing?
I don't get excited before drawing anything anymore. It became a daily thing. It became a part of work which if I think about it can be my favorite thing about it. It became work.
I hear there will be amazing some amazing food drink, tshirts and surprises at your art show in the BK VeraMeat store at 132 N 5th St. What can you tell us about that? 
I can confirm all that. We'll have a Carrie themed cake that I always wanted to get as a bday cake. There will be free beer from Brooklyn brewery. You'll be able to buy original art, limited edition silk screen printed t-shirts and tote bags and the best thing-- I'll pick of out my favorite Halloween inspired Verameat pieces yay!
1. Chad VanGaalen - Molten Light (I actually dreamed this before I saw it,
can't explain how that happened...) 



2. PAULi. - i DON'T CARE (If I made a video it would look like this) 



3. Warpaint - Elephants (simple good song simple good lighting)

Such good lighting!



4. Grimes - Oblivion is huge but I currently love Flesh Without Blood
(Yes it's overrated but there's a reason) 




5. Alex Cameron - She's Mine (Why isn't this guy a household name? #Poet)



6. FKA Twigs - Two Weeks (Probably my favorite song, just wish she
didn't wear those pants in da video, otherwise perfect!)
As far as video, I probably like this the most:



7. Mothxr - Victim (Not just picking this because my friend is in the band,
but seriously dis music feels good) 



8. Daughter - Numbers (For anyone who's lived in NY you know dis)



9. Dinosaur Jr - Over It (Great for when you're just over someone or something)



10. Wolf Alice - Fluffy (Best Friend vibes from my favorite band)

My recent week in London was an entire week-long tea extravaganza of my favorite tea spots, bellow are some of my memories and recommendations. There's nothing like sipping on warm tea in rainy England in the afternoon, talking with your bestie, for me that was Luca Bella, who also helped me with this blog. We recharged for our London adventure filled evenings over high tea! 

Beas of Bloomsbury Rated: 5/20 

After leaving Beas of Bloomsbury I felt catfished. It was a classic example of: don't trust everything you see online. Things were definitely not how they seemed. Beas of Bloomsbury was a cramped (wifi-less) coffee shop. It should definitely not advertise itself as a "teaservice" because neither the tea itself (which was on the same level as Lipton) nor the service was on par with its virtual expectation. 

Food: 2- the bread was definitely not fresh with very little toppings and the desserts were very basic for the shop advertising as a bakery. The only rescuing element was the warm scone and fresh clotted butter. 

Atmosphere: 1- crowded, uncomfortable and just not special. 

Tea: 1- hardly any selection and served in uninspiring, pottery barn-esque tea cups. 

Presentation: 1- the menus were dirty and everything felt very rushed and unrelaxing. 

 

Sketch Rated: 20/20

Sometimes it takes a low (Beas of Bloomsbury) to truly appreciate a high. Sketch is everything I could have wanted in a tea service and more. My inner little girl was freaking out as I entered the all pink dining room. There's an old school glamour mixed with magic at sketch. It's quirky, adorable, and delicious. 

Food: 5- endless refills and delicious food is a deadly combination that definitely contributed to a sugar high followed by an ultimate sugar coma swiftly after. But, honestly, worth it. We also did the gluten-free option! 

Atmosphere: 5!!! So much pink !! Amazing and endlessly entertaining art by David Shrigley surrounds your table. The waitresses also have the cutest pink dresses and made me feel very taken care of. 

Tea: 5 - I switched up my tea a bunch and each one was better than the next. I even got a floral tea that blossomed in a clear pot! 

Presentation: 5- I loved the David Shrigley designed dining ware. His work is so fun and quirky. The tray itself was so beautiful with lots of pink in the desserts (my favorite being the pink macaroons). Also, the simplicity of crisp white table cloths just makes everything feel fancier.  

Tea tox at Brown's hotel Rated: 17/20 

Sketch was amazing, but be warned it will leave you never wanting to touch sugar again. Which I learnt isn't necessarily a bad thing with the Brown's hotel health conscious tea service. They attempt to recreate a tea-service but with healthier ingredients. It was most definitely satisfying and it was so nice to walk out not feeling like I just ate my weight in sugar. 

Food: 4- one point down because I missed the scones but the creativity of it all was really inspiring. Lettuce cups instead of bread. Fruit kabobs for dessert. Also the finishing touch of sorbet after everything was cleared was a perfect ending. 

Atmosphere: 4-  I couldn't help feeling I was in a library. The tea room had beautiful wooden detailed ceilings and creaking wooden floorboards to match that gave it old fashioned character. It had a very masculine feeling to it compared to sketch's pink girlyness. We sat by an unlit fireplace that would have been to die for in winter. Also a live pianist made everything feel a bit more special. 

Tea: 4- they had a fine selection but to go with the whole tea tox theme we stuck with alterations between fresh mint, fresh ginger, and fresh rose petal tea. 

Presentation: 5- White table cloths and super comfy leather chairs with food presented on beautiful silver trays that seemed to have a lot of history themselves made everything feel very classic London. 

Oscar Wilde Tea Room at Cafe Royal Rated: 18/20

This service is the definition of decadence! It was our final tea service on Luca Bella's actual birthday and it was a really magical ending to our tea spree. Beas of Bloomsbury made everything look better online, but not even a photograph can capture the immaculate space of this tea room! The online platform cannot capture the glory of sitting at such a royal service fit for a queen. 

Food: 3- this was the only disappointment. There was nothing that I really loved or wanted more of. Of course, maybe by this point I was feeling a bit burned out. The veggies with our big bowl of hummus was a nice healthy side snack though and was filling enough to make up for the rest. 

Atmosphere: 5- Atmosphere was everything!!! We walked in to a grand piano playing classic Disney music and it just made my heart so happy. This pianist blew every other pianist out of the water with a wide repertoire (including the squeal-inducing "Sex and the City" theme). He just really got me. Also so many mirrors! Such beautiful gold leafed ceilings! It was all so special. 

Tea: 5- they had the most beautiful tea menu with in depth descriptions of each special house blend. Definitely no knock off tea bags here. 

Presentation: 5- fancy white table clothes, shiny silver platters, and gleaming silverware arranged by size. Everything was perfect. 

Honorable Mention: Beach Blanket Babylon

It's great for going during the day with your BFF to talk the day away. They're cool with you siting and just having fresh mint tea for hours though their Macrobiotic platter is also Devine. The Lion fireplace is a must for an extra cozy time.

Honorable Mention: Biju

Biju is the best place to go bubble tea your heart out and still be healthy... My favorite is Rooibus tea with milk no sugar plus tapioca, pudding, herb jelly and chia seeds. Please get the large if you get as many toppings as me lol. All my friends love the coconut water no sugar with coconut jelly an chia seeds yay happy belly happy body happy mind!

 

 

 

Hey Dears & Dear Lovers,

Hope you're all enjoying your weekend or whatever day it is while you're reading this. I've had the huge sweet lovely blessing of some of my instagram fans asking to form a book club. I hope you all don't regret this once you see the amount of books I would like to recommend because I LOVE LOVE reading more then almost anything else. Really I've been listening to books since I was little with my Mom's calm magical concert pianist trained voice reading Eastern European fairy tales. And Now I'm Obsessed with reading 3+ books at the same time. Anyhow here is my current list (please note some of these are available on audible.com and read by THE AUTHOR!! I think this adds SO MUCH to the experience of their story if it's a memoir which some of these are!):

1. M Train by Patti Smith (I've known her since I was 16 years old, she's popped into my life when I've most needed her. Genius alert)

2. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein (I've always been intimidated by her perceived strength in Portlandia but this books makes her more accessible, cool!) 

3. If You As Me by Betty White (The heart emoji with arrow threw it fits this book perfectly)

Please feel free to comment here with what you think of these books and if you read them how did they digest?

Now here are a couple other books I read this year that are a must!

1. My Extraordinary Ordinary Life by Sissy Spacek (Could she be any more special and beautiful? The answer is NO SHE IS AMAZING OMG)

2. The Spart: A Mother's Story Nurturing... by Kathe Mazur (I recommend anyone being told there is something wrong with them because they are on the autism spectrum just tell that person to fuck off. It's all about love and believing in yourself and your loved ones. Labels just separate us but I believe we are all a part of each other. This family in the book had a mind blowing tail to tell of a Mom that is magic.

3. The Weiser Field Guide to Witches by Judika Illes is probably my favorite book to re-read with friends. Everyone can relate to unique things happening to you. And wanting to find meaning and control over your life with a unique path using old knowledge is rad.

4. Hold Still by Sally Mann I'm pretty sure this lady has lady balls, huge ones. She is an inspiration. Through her work, as a girl, I learned not to be afraid to be feminine and vulnerable. In this book her personality seems so strong and breathtaking; very cool family life story too.

Hope this isn't too overwhelming oh so many books. I'll write another one with more recommends. And for anyone wanting to write your own book PLEASE DO IT! And if you need a little inspiration read, please read, On Writing by Stephen King. Or listen to it on audible as he reads it himself, the character in his voice is amazing!

The nights turns with the thoughts unfolding in my mind, I'm tired. Goodnight. But if you can't sleep & want to have a girly night of crying watch Twinsters on Netflix. Such a heart warming story of twins reunited. Oh and if you want a fun fancy night of cool shit being throw at your eyes watch Spirited Away. Puppy Fred, my Affen pup says We OUT (Emoji with crosses over eyes).

Gonna make this quick today as am on way to my lovely model friend Courtney's bday party! OMG I love other people's birthdays!

Got a massage from Aroma Organic's in the west village this weekend and it was amazing, the guy who did it was a personal trainer and gave me free tips at the end. 

In other fun news I'm again and forever in love with Meat Market the Ukrainian deli on 2nd Ave & 9th St. Oh fish how much I adore thee. You swim in my eyes while being swallowed by my soul delicately mind you but with vigor. Ok not sure what I'm writing but I'm tired as am looking for a new apartment! Fingers crossed I'll find something great tomorrow. Here's an outfit idea from VM+

 

Today I found out Demi Moore and her daughter Tallulah Willis have amazing taste in jewelry. T is wearing a VeraMeat Lady Cuff and Demi is showing off her VeraMeat Frenchie Ring. Love these Gals and their casual stylish ways.

Fridays Fio and I make perfume and write. Here's Fio writing some perfume labels after getting her strength from eating shrimp fresh from the Chelsea Market. I'm super into my Lady Metal today, you should know I drink a min. of 10 cups of tea a day so need tea recommends? I'm the one to ask!

Lately I'm really into: 

1. Ginger Twist by Mighty Leaf

2. Royal King Sinus Buster Honeysuckle Herb Tea

3. Earl Grey Lavender by Choice Organic

4. Peppermint Tea by Harney & Sons if you need stomach help

5. Green Tea with Ginger and Cardamom by Buddha's Herbs Wings

Try em out and let me know how you like them! XOX Vera

Today was super fun as I had lunch at Hasaki Japanese on 9th St with rad blogger Nikki (HelloToBeauty.com) 

Then Fred needed a good belly rub! 

Then I decided to do a little brain reading literally in my new sleep shirt which is very chill When I lived in Utah for fine art photo portraiture school I loved this band called Smashy Smashy. It was a metal jazz band, very loud, very mathematic :) Nerdy Metalhead is my new style inspiration!

Ok goodnight lovely people, don't forget to re-wire your brain, you can do it!

Today was all about the Polish Meat for breakfast, yah I was born in Europe people and this is how you can tell. 

Do you see my secret admirer? 

The bags are beautifully designed, I got smelt, chocolates, sausage oh a perfect breakfast.

Looking for a new home, going from the west village to Brooklyn I think. Maybe green point. Need a yard for puppy Fred though so we'll see! East Village Meat Market 139 2nd Ave. Yum yum! 

We went to Dumont Burger which has amazing pickles and caramelized onions + sautéed mushrooms. It's a day all about eating. But don't worry I'm eating raspberries as a snack now so I'm healthy.

I had a fun day of watching Somewhere by Sofia Coppola and went out with my Sunday Funday model friend Courtney. We have the best luck together. Last weekend we had lunch right next to the beautiful talented Dakota Fanning. Who actually sent me a thank you letter for VeraMeat. So I said hello and her boyfriend was very cool. He picked Tea & Sympathy as a date spot so he's basically a genius in my eyes. Any guy who's cool enough to love tea is the shit. Dakota was seriously so breathtaking in person. Very strong as you'd expect but seriously great features. As a cinematography lover (see my new film SaladDaysMovie.com), I don't think anyone has yet lit her as well as they could. 

So Courtney and I's plan was to see Big Eyes or Still Alice with Julianne Moore. Julianne actually wore my tote and jewelry in What Maisie Knew so I have to support her film. Anyway we decided to get Fried Chicken as movie food at Dirty Bird. Then Courtney told me she hadn't been to Donut Planet so that was next. But after we where literally the last customers at Donut Planet and they gave us thier last 5 donuts for the price of one - I lost my phone. They where so nice to help me look. When Courtney tried calling my phone a cutie Mexican man answered and said we could meet him downtown near Canal St. So we drove down hoping not to miss our movie. But this mans English wasn't amazing and our Find Your iPhone app told us his address but his co workers at a delivery spot said he'd just left but he'd be back in 30 minutes. So we sat in our car eating donuts and fried chicken talking to delivery men. It was seriously the best time. 

Then we went to Black Market to say hi to my old friend from Style.com who I haven't seen in 3 years. Of coarse Matt Hitt was Dj'ing, he's a magical boy creature. One of those boys who give great hugs and makes your imagination sing. Ok fine he touched my boob I assume by accident when saying hi. It was pretty surprising.  Oh NY nights! You never know what to expect! Latkis was doing magic tricks and bartending. Latkis is seriously a genius person and drummer. NY rocks because you have these amazing neighborhood friends who like Matt and Latkis are so talented yet sweet people who are fun to hang. Alexa Chung is actually very cool in person and chills in the East Village. Maybe I'm just a big fan of magic tricks. Either way it's time for me to get back to falling asleep listening to Danse Macabre by Stephen King. I loved his "On Writing" book and yah it was my first by him but it was rad. Ok night.

It's my day off and I'm hanging in the west village with my BFF and VeraMeat mascot Fred Meat. All the girls with their periods today say hey! My thoughts about periods are that everyone should be able to talk about them freely. Also feminine hygiene products should be free like toilet paper. They are necessary for more then 50% of our population. This bit of the population is responsible for us ALL having life. Without the period not one of us would be here today. How do you like them apples. 

It's the last day of the month and our illustration competition judge Anja Slibar and I have chosen lovely Ivana Jancikova as our illustration winner this month. We have a monthly competition for the VeraMeat brand to show off the work of our fans illustrations. Then we display their work in the VeraMeat boutiques. I love illustration work as a visual artist myself I find drawing and looking at art very therapeutic. Its fun for us VeraMeat girls to see the different interpretations of the VM brand.

In other news I've gotten into the Big Sur writing retreat! Maybe part of the reason I'm more excited to write a daily Musings blog entry here! It's happening this March and seriously this is one of the biggest things to ever happen to me. I wrote my first novel at age 10. Really can't remember a time I didn't love telling or hearing stories. Looking into flights and secret spaces in Big Sur . 

Just watched a delightful inspiring film called Miss You Can Do It. About a pagent for girls with disabilities on HBO Go. We all are different and it makes us more interesting. When I was in Ukraine teachers told me I was gifted and could go to private study if I could get a math problem solved before class began. They'd write it on the chalkboard, let me walk up and have 6 min to solve it. At first I couldn't understand how I possibly could solve a math problem I'd never been taught to understand. But then I would realize I understood what all the variables meant and all I had to do was put them all together. I realized this puzzle was a doorway into a beautiful mystical moving puzzle inside my own brain. 

When I got to the US my savant'ness was seen as a disability. I was told I probably had autism, ADD and anything else that meant I needed to take a little pill before class to calm down. I was told not to do my math test in 2 min. instead to take the proper 45 minutes it took the other kids. I could easily spend more time but I was previously taught to do everything fast because I had a purpose, a gift. At 4 years old I rewrote a Liszt piece for my audition to a gifted kids school. After performing I was told I could be a composer when I grew up. My taking apart another persons work was a good thing. It meant I wanted to make a harmonious balanced story between notes and emotions. True. 

I know not every child is a target for being different in the US. But all I'm saying is it's important for everyone to educate themselves on being kind and tolerant of others eccentricities. Even liking our neighbors differences as Mr Rogers might say. Yes that Mr Rogers! The slow walking, slow speaking, quick to take off his sweater, and change his shoes in the house - Rogers! His show helped me not call it quits as I wanted to once around age 10. Any immigrant person will know it's real hard to adjust to a new country. Even if you're used to traveling a lot as a child. Europe is so much more chill about individuality. It's hard for an artist to conform and it was hard for me. 

Thanks all you lovely people for being curious about my life and reading this all the way to the end. I thank my lucky stars to be a person of interest to anybody now in what feels like old age. Any former child prodigy will tell you it feels like you digress as you age. I can't play the piano anymore and I can't do math super well. I'm a different animal now. Who feels it's her duty to wish you a cool kid weekend, wherever you are. 

Now for tittynopes (aka small quantities of something's left over). Get your windklepickers out (aka pointed toe boots) and get outside! You may find a doodle sack (aka bagpipe). Happy Weekend!

Fridays are a creative day I spend this my girl Fiona pictured below. As we sample Aux Merveilleux dessert as they opened a store right next to our studio in the west village. 

Oh but what magic! We needed more so we went to the Rubin museum and tried their white earl grey tea, more soothing winter vibes~

There are fun new things coming to the VeraMeat world that may surprise you and it aint jewelry though we do have emoji inspired jewelry coming so soon-next month OMG! Ok it's the weekend so today is gonna be cut short, over & out!

Many people have asked me when I started drawing. Here is a man in a hat I saw in a dream when I was 10. 

In the dream I was on a European street and saw him sitting in a cafe. We welcomed me inside with his index finger. I had this strange feeling that if I went inside everything would change forever. But I went in anyway, then he showed me another room in the cafe but it was the same as the room we where in and when I tried to leave out the front door it led to the same cafe. The white haired man with all the scares on his face is how I saw myself as this was a self portrait of my 10 year old self. I was getting trained to be a concert pianist and composer and I think I was very upset at having to be ripped out of this program which I enjoyed. Just to move to the US a country I had no interest in. Now of coarse I'm happy to be here. But it took awhile to get to this point and strangely this white haired man is guarding a key necklace and now I'm a jewelry designer! 

When I was 18 I drew a portrait of how I felt before starting my business after I'd just quite modeling.

The reason I drew an older man is because I felt strong but old. Too much life for too few years. I was excited to live in NY and not travel as much. Having moved at least 3 times a year since I was born up to when I moved to NY! 

Hope you all enjoyed this peak into my young art days! Have a beautiful crisp winter day!

Hey Everyone. Thanks for catching me on day two of my write everyday to mystery internet readers. I am debating on getting a new friend for Fred Meat our Affenpinscher puppy mascot who you can see on the front of this page! Fred loves all animals, so far its either a white kitty bff or a red puppy bff. Let me know your thoughts.

Another thing of interest to me lately are these articles about how bras don't work. WTF are men blind?! The reason women wear bras is so our body doesn't shake around uncomfortably. Also because it makes us able to sculpt our bodies to how we see fit. Duh bras work and are awesome - the end! I used to be a runner in high school and boy was I disappointed when I got my period and the adult body I was hoping would never come finally came. But when I found bras all was well with the world again. YAY bras! (P.S. There should be a law against any man writing or testing stuff made for women's body's!!)

Next point of interest today was seeing Lena Dunham and Miranda July speak about Miranda's new book at BAM. I've read Lena's new book & REALLY like what she had to say about grown ass old celebrity men treating women as if they have no chance in actually being successful. This has happened to me with famous and non famous men - most of whom are now less successful then me. Definitely read Miranda's book and check out her films, she's very special. 

Be positive about yourself is what I learned seeing these two ladies being so sweet with each other. We all have our touch spots but let's help each other grow and get through it. You all may not know but I'm allergic to oh so many things and I have hyper reactive hypoglycemia. This means I can't eat anything with carbs yet I also have a crazy fast metabolism. Funny thing is I'd like to gain weight yet my body says no way. 

In the past my need to eat every 2-3 hours on the dot has made many men see me as an expensive girlfriend and probably someone who won't be successful. Part of the reason for VeraMeat's name is I have to eat meat every 2-3 hours to stay alive. This has not stopped me from believing in myself and going after my dreams. Some have said I'm too eccentric to not be crazy. Great! Whatever! My true friends know I'm just a hard worker and that's about it. My point is : if I can do it, trust me, you all can do it too! Hard work beats any physical problems or even mental ones, wink wink. Not to say you should seek therapy if you feel you need it as that is a part of hard work and dealing with problems. Not running away from them. I'm going to a therapy session tomorrow for a tune up :)

Positive thinking is truly a magical tool. And surrounding yourself with people that believe in you. Sorry if this is so preachy pep talk time but it's that kind of night. I went to the Lena and Miranda talk with the lovely Fiona who works in my stores and helps me with my writing. She's a treasure and a dream, made me feel nostalgic and lucky to have her in my life.

So if someone takes a blow at you have it make you stronger. Really there where SO many people who wanted to push me down. Even a past employer who's business I changed and grew. Working mostly alone and more then full time.  

When I modeled; and this is after I got into DNA a top 10 agency in NY; many said I would fail. I'll go into my experience and thoughts on modeling another time. Now I work with mostly with women and love seeing them support each other just like Lena & Miranda. I've worked with many men too & not all but many have had it so easy they can't or don't want to see past their own nose. More then half the people in our world have periods, let's just talk about it because it's awesome and blood is a very pretty color. Yes it's painful sometimes but we take care of ourselves. The loopy dream like state some women like me get into is an interesting topic and should be explored. Not by men but by women first. Then men can comment if they truly care to understand and relate to us.

I have the best lawyer in the world. He is a man that's hard working and just gives me hope in humanity. But I'm not afraid to mention that many men I tried to hire where mean and lazy. So I'm all about calling it like I see it. I'm sick of women being pigeon holed and guys being called all the same. We are all unique individuals who should be equal with equal rights. Women and men have asked me how I've build my business. Well I call it like I see it and don't settle in my romantic relationships. I broke up with a man when I started my business because he didn't have confidence in me to stand up for me. Some of his friends made fun of my tiny business and he didn't stop them. Though later he said he knew I could do it I knew it was easy to say that after the fact. Don't let yourself read into a situation to make it what you want. If a dude seems like he just doesn't get it, he doesn't so move on. The second I figured that out - my business grew. Respect yourself everyone! That's all I'm saying here. We're all so unique and interesting. I'd like to give you all the assignment of writing an autobiography every 25 years. Everyone should do it no matter your perceived level of success. I know each of those books would kill it and I want to read them so do it go! Untill tomorrow I'm signing off. Hope this all makes sense as it's 10 minutes before midnight so I don't have time to edit - lol. xox vera

At the VeraMeat studio with hurricane Juno outside. It's actually more beautiful then it is terrifying see:

Fred went out 9 times before it was noon:

I have to admit : I'm not a huge fan of interviews as I always get the same questions. So I'm going to start writing more entries on here so my fans - aka real people - can read if inspired to do so.

My story has taken many turns and many of you may not know I'm an actual immigrant. I was born in Ukraine and came to the US around the age of 5. Some of the things that have happened to me aren't pretty or normal. But that is why I'm such a strange young lady making interesting talismans to brighten you up on the daily. In fact, it's kind of hard to begin at all because there has just been so much. For instance I saw 3 people killed in front of me before the age of 5. That's something I don't know if any magazine wants to know or print. However it's important to know exactly what makes up an artist. The truth reflected in the eye, observed by the retina, and stored in our brains. My stories look like me because they are me and therefore they are eccentric. 

I'll start this lovely storm off with my first eyes on murder scene. I was about 2 years old sitting in a stroller as my Mom and I where making our way to the entrance of a large park.  My eyes drifted to a large poll that had a man hung upside down from it. He had dirt and blood spots all over his otherwise nice cloths. He was being beaten by what looked like uniformed men. This was a regular day near a public park and many Ukranians where trying to get through their day. Stalin had recently made it clear you could be killed if you spot a Ukranian. Only Russians were permitted but it's hard to say what this man had done. I think my Mom was hoping I wasn't watching as she hurried her pace. Don't worry that wasn't my first memory.  I remember almost everything since I was born. It's not strange to me and the memories are pretty chill mostly.  However, I'll pop on the page only ones that will shock and entertain.

It's important to note I don't feel scared by anything that's happened to me because the human spirit is resilient.  I know the hardships I've experienced have made me a better stronger person. Mostly I just want to offer you another perspective on me and I feel stories are important but hard to tell in the current fashion interview climate. Most people know I was a child prodigy in piano just like my Mom who was a concert pianist. Not many jewelry designers are also artists but I am, so my story will be different. 

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If you want to know me know this, I LOVE hotels, love love. Kisses under the pillow cause it's secret oh so close to my heart, yay hotels. Yesterday was Les Alicorts Resorts, cool trees house's on one side & scary creepy mini people on the other. Screaming, gummy finger & red sun burnt face's, wide eyed children with super glue knees that pick up every particle of dirt within a mile. So I put on my I'm too hot & will pretend this is a European beach not a forest outfit. 

 

Sorry if this offends anyone but being a single young lady when I go on vacation I want those kiddy critters miles or more away. You can't run up in these parts as I was 2 hours away from Paris. Even lunch was out of the question as I learned the peeps in every town around sleep from 12-4pm, kinda cool. I LOVE ME SOME OLD PERSON activities, seriously. Some Mr. Rogers Sh*t, love love.

So first things first, me & my sister Dasha got a badminton set at the kiddie store & booked a hotel in Paris for the next day. A lake paddle boat ride calmed our spirits as some kids face planted it near by. Being dragged by a rope, no board or anything. Drag, face plant, cry, parent running into water & pulling child out. Over & over, very Addams Family Values, I was wondering if another day here would have worked out after all.

When the sun went down alas the pee in a bag full of sawdust was upon us. Morning brought a throwing strawberries into the trees sport, I was surprisingly good or did I just bit off half the strawberry & use science, no one will tell. Ok it was time to go. So note if you come here DO NOT cross the parking lot, do not listen to the Unusual Hotels web sight were it shows the fun nature, THERE WILL BE SLIMY KIDS EVERYWHER! The childrens wave pool will have floppy parents with the disillusionment of centuries in their eyes. They will gather under your treehouse anyway discussing something you cant understand. Ok a day at a hotel is never wasted, even if you have to take a killer selfie to salvage it, not the Freedom Ring, still blinding it out even in nature! 

Visit to Cimetiere Du Pere, a must if like me you have a sister obsessed with scary movies. Note the black cat with shinning eyes behind me, I didn't say I wasn't part witchy.

Now we at Kipling Hotel, its oh so sweet, like a sugary treat on my tongue, the little flower kleenex melting my soul. And not one scream child OMG tears coming to my eyes. First things first checking business emails in the skylight tea tongue, my Mr. Rogers sweater is a Helmut Lang dress jacket, makes me feel super on it.

 

Warm green tea with cold cooling milk & a little honey, can't get much better. The service here is amaze-balls, writing in their room now with a free upgrade while my sister takes a pimp bath. 3 different lotions & conditioners oh yah! It's true love, goodnight & I say that in the southern Duck Dynasty accent Good Night!

It's my Birthday & I'm drinking tea in the jungle. Ok I'm at my favorite lighthouse in Saugerties New York, my friends who run it just made a person, who I'm going to meet tomorrow! 

For my birthday I'd like to send my birthday wishes to all of you beautiful people & smart pets who support VeraMeat. It's meant to much to me to get your amazing fan art, postcards & instagram posts about your adventures with your VeraMeat. You all make me so much more excited about improving myself as a person & opening up my life in hopes of inspiring someone. Ok fluffy stuff aside here are my recommendations for a relaxing day in Saugerties.

  1. Start with a tea and morning read at the local Inquiring Minds Bookstore.
  2. Walk over to Lucky Chocolates for a chocolate in the shape of a dog to bring to your biggest enemy back in NY. Stand in front of them as you eat this chocolate & then laugh in their face. Just hiding, give it to your best friend :)
  3. Go over to Diamond Mills to watch the water fall. 
  4. Walk up to the Lighthouse with your canoe, go. Or stand next to the water there with your best friend. Pretend you are walking on the water or take 100 of the best selfies you'll ever get in your life. Seriously this spot is SO PHOTOGENIC. 
  5. Go to Miss Lucy's for lunch or dinner depending on how obsessed with taking selfies you are. Not you can also swim here in the summer! 
  6. Orpheum Theater has the best haired ticket taker in all the land. Just blow him a kiss for me when you're walking into the theater. 
  7. Now drive over to New World Home Cooking for oysters & drinks. They have local student-art up that's sometimes good & sometimes so bad you'll need another selfie stat as close as you can get to this hideous art. 
  8. If you're lucky enough to be staying at the lighthouse brava, now go to sleep so you can enjoy the best pancakes of your life tomorrow morning. Yes they'll be gluten free. And if you're not as lucky Diamond Mills has some great views & waterfall sounds so it's not so bad. Plus their restaurant is great if you got so many bones to rub together. Ok there are a bunch of Bed & Breakfasts around here so enjoy. Don't forget to get a VeraMeat cloud eye cover from our Plus store for your adventure! 

Alright speaking of sleep. That's it for me, for now. Enjoy your day kids, just have fun, it's all always funner when you've got a light heart.

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