The MNY Spotlight

Vanessa Maffia, Mother & Former Teacher

Naturally, we all look to celebs and models for style advice, but sometimes their look is unattainable or unavailable! As legendary Bill Cunningham once said, “the best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been, always will be.” We couldn’t agree more!  Join us for our Magic in Mestiza Series, where we talk with some of our most fabulous Mestiza clients to learn who they are and how they style our pieces to make #magicinmestiza. Maybe you’ll find your style soulmate?!


We'd like to introduce you to the lovely Vanessa Maffia. She is a mother of three located in Portola Valley, California.  




Who inspires your sense of style?

I draw my sense of style from all over the place. I’ve always drooled over Blake Lively’s chic, glamorous style and Kate Middleton’s elegant and polished looks. However, being a mother of three, I’ve had to re-work my daily wardrobe to fit my lifestyle of carrying kids on my hip, pulling at my shirts, and spilling frozen yogurt on my outfits. Recently, I’ve started following blogger Shalice Noel who is a mom of 4, and love her effortless, sharp style.  She always looks polished, put together, and comfortable! 


Vanessa Maffia personal style

This Clara Ruffle Midi dress is unfortunately sold out, but you can shop the rest of our collection here!

What, in your opinion, is a huge fashion faux pas?

I have two. First are ill fitting jeans or trousers. Pants that fall awkwardly on the ankle, or that are loose and ill fitting on the hip (either too tight or too loose) really bother me.  I also can’t stand visible panty lines. 



Vanessa Maffia in Portola, California

Purchase the Natalia Ruffle Midi Dress here!

Share something no one knows about you.

I am obsessed with yoga arm balances and am training daily to learn a press handstand. 


Vanessa Maffia,  Portola California

 Get your own Palma Tassel Top here!

What’s your favorite Mestiza item?

I have so many favorites which include the Clara Ruffle Off the Shoulder  in Dandelion and the Natalia Ruffle Midi in red. However, my absolute favorite is the Palma Tassel Top.  I wore it to a party last month and seriously felt like the shirt was made just for me. The color, the style, and the fit was impeccable!

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