More Humanity, Less Cruelty







Today’s post is very special to my heart because I am talking about a topic that is very prevalent today: Bullying. Growing up, I was victim of bullying too. I was always different. I grew up in Germany, born to a German father and a Filipino mother. I always had big dreams and worked really hard to achieve my goals.

I was bullied for being a ‘nerd’ at school. Yes, I was the one with the glasses, and the amazing grades in school. Girls were especially mean to me. It even went so far – that at one point – they organized a “hate group” against me. While they did the ‘cool’ stuff, like smoking and drinking alcohol (things I never did), well…, I would prefer staying home, read my novels and be with my family. But I was being bullied for that. Their words and actions HURT me so much but it only made me stronger today. When Vaiana, founder of Le Motto reached out to me, and as I got to know her story, well, it simply brought me back to my own roots. All these nasty words and comments I received hurt immensely which only proves what impact words can have on someone’s life.

Today though is all about spreading P O S I T I V I T Y and L O V E which is what Le Motto’s main purpose is. Sharing a good message to the world, to encourage, and lift one another up. Vaiana says, that “words must be followed by actions”, and I could not agree with her more. Change the world, one WORD at a time. Please, use the discount code ‘whatwouldvwear’ (20% OFF) at checkout on the Le Motto’s website, and help spread the word to end bullying. Also, when you purchase Le Motto apparel, some of their profits actually go to those kids who are suffering from violent circumstances. Their focus is to help fund programs that confront aggression in the form of bullying helping “The Bully Project” that educate over 1 million parents, teachers, kids and entire communities to deal with bullying.

As always, thank you for stopping by & don’t forget to spread some love today!

THANK YOU to LeMotto for sponsoring this post.


 Skirt: Lourdes c/o (similar here) | Sweater: LeMotto c/o | Sunglasses: Illesteva via Neiman Marcus | Earrings: Kate Spade c/o



    • September 22, 2014 / 8:06 AM

      Thanks, Katherine! It means so much! Have a wonderful day!!! xo

  1. September 22, 2014 / 7:21 AM

    Love the message, love the look! Thank you for starting my day on a positive note! xx

    • September 22, 2014 / 8:05 AM

      Thank you for reading, Amy! It makes me happy knowing that you’re starting your day on positive note! xo

  2. Michelle Scott
    September 22, 2014 / 7:26 AM

    Hi V! Its MichelleJScott from Instragram – first of all I love your fashion/pictures and inspiring words — I too – was a victim of bullying in highschool — I actually wrote an article for a Toronto Newspaper that was published – the writer asked me to share my story because I was the only *victim* ( and I use that word lightly) that fought back. I was a nerd in school too — never quite fit in with a *group* just was friends with everyone – but one girl — had it out for me – for months I endured – being pushed into lockers – graffiti about me (that would make you blush) – it was one night at a party – that she singled me out – and wanted to fight with me – it was then that I stood up to her and told her “lets go!” lol — she never responded and turned away from me – maybe the craziness in my eyes ( from the past several months) scared her enough! lol anyways — fast forward about 10 years – I am on a date with my boyfriend ( now husband) we walk into PIzza Pizza and SHE is working there – she served ME pizza with a kinda half smile — poetic justice or Karma — I think so! Have an amazing day beautiful lady!! glad to have found you on instragram!

    • September 22, 2014 / 8:04 AM

      Michelle, thank you so much for sharing your story!! It really touched my heart – I love connecting with my readers! Have a wonderful day, beautiful! xo

  3. September 22, 2014 / 8:55 AM

    Such a great post!! Growing up was the same for me. So glad to hear a company like LeMotto would like to do something about it! P.S. No idea you’re Filipino! Me too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • September 22, 2014 / 9:21 AM

      Rach –

      Wow, cannot believe that your pinay also! ๐Ÿ™‚ Truly love hearing from you! We should collaborate sometime! xx

  4. Megan
    September 22, 2014 / 9:18 AM

    I loved reading your story…finally someone who spreads a good message too! I was a bullying victim too and it feels so good that someone like you went through the same experience. I checked out LeMotto and I adore the brand! I will definitely purchase from them! xx

    • September 22, 2014 / 9:20 AM

      Megan, thanks so much for your sweet comment! It means the world to me, and yes: Fashion does not have to be superficial! I’m so happy to connect with all of you on a deeper level also! xx

  5. Sue
    September 22, 2014 / 9:31 AM

    Beautiful post! I’m such a fan of you and your blog! Thank you for sharing your story!

    • September 22, 2014 / 10:24 AM

      This means so much, thank you, Sue! xoxo

  6. September 22, 2014 / 12:06 PM

    Love the elegant white skirt, gorgeous pink hue, and above all, the inspiring words! ๐Ÿ™‚ – Lena

  7. Taylor
    September 22, 2014 / 4:12 PM

    You are such an authentic blogger – truly admire you and your style!

  8. September 22, 2014 / 10:37 PM

    Beautiful post, V! Thanks for sharing!! And you look gorgeous as always! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • September 23, 2014 / 8:11 AM

      Abby, thanks so much! You are the sweetest! xo

  9. September 23, 2014 / 9:26 AM

    You look so gorge! Love it

    • September 23, 2014 / 10:01 AM

      Anna, thank you for your sweet comment! XO

  10. September 23, 2014 / 9:53 AM

    YES to more humanity less cruelty!! You look so fab! Love the pink shirt and gorgeous skirt!!

  11. Morgan
    September 23, 2014 / 11:10 AM

    I’ve been a fan of yours for the longest time — hence I appreciated this post today! To learn more about you! You truly are an inspiration! Love you and your style!

  12. September 23, 2014 / 3:58 PM

    Vanessa – this post is perfect. Speaking as one who was also bullied in school for being different, awareness is so important. Beautiful post and beautiful pictures. You look stunning as always. Your posts are always a ray of sunshine in my day! xx..Cortneybre..

    • September 23, 2014 / 4:01 PM

      Cortney –

      this means so much to me! Thank you for reading, darling! Heart you!

  13. September 23, 2014 / 8:21 PM

    I love statement sweaters and your message is so great. I love it!

    • September 24, 2014 / 9:13 AM

      Thank you, Megan. This post, i.e. message was very close to my heart! xo

  14. September 24, 2014 / 11:32 AM

    I love this! Thanks for sharing, posts like these are exactly what we need more of! People taking a stance at doing something to make a change. Look how wonderful of a person you turned out to be despite the mean and hate you were exposed to at such an early age. This really resonates well with my blog and of course I was happy to share it on twitter! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • September 24, 2014 / 12:06 PM

      This means so much to me, thank you, darling! BTW, if you do come to Chicago — we should definitely grab coffee together! Would LOVE to meet ya! xx

  15. September 24, 2014 / 2:19 PM

    Hi Vanessa! I didn’t get a chance to comment yesterday, but I wanted to tell you how much this post touched my heart. I was a victim of bullying in high school from both girls/boys because I was very tall and preferred to spend most of my time hiding in the library pouring over books. In a number of ways, I can completely relate to the pain and hurt that you endured. It’s nice to know that there are other people out there who have been through a similar tough experience. I am so glad I found your blog and I adore your style! Thanks for sharing!!! xo, Lauren

    • September 24, 2014 / 4:17 PM

      Lauren –

      thank you so much for commenting and sharing your ‘story’ on bullying. It is so nice to connect with all of you and learning that we all have so much more in common than one might think. Heart you and have a fabulous day! xx

  16. September 27, 2014 / 7:35 AM

    It’s a great post and I feel like your outfit (which I love, by the way) fits the message very well.
    Thank you!

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