Stephanie Vainer is the founder and voice behind SPVLiving. A blog dedicated to providing inspiration, advice and to grow a community of women. It is specifically guided to those women from small towns who can sometimes feel disconnected from the rest of the world. It is our mission to bridge the gap between living in a small town and having access to the latest beauty and style trends.
We believe small-town living is something to be proud of, we love supporting small and local shops and pride ourselves in sharing inclusive clothing brands.
You will also find real and honest articles about motherhood, lifestyle and even travel. It is so important to share real-life moments, the messy ones that are almost always hidden from social media. It’s not our job to highlight only our success but also our everyday lives.
How did you and your husband meet?
I wrote about how we met in high school here!
from the founder
“I grew up in on an island in the middle of Georgian Bay, its a place most people have never heard of. I spent most of my childhood playing make-belief games like being a fashion designer while building forts in our backyard and the only thing I had at the time to make me feel like I wasn’t totally different was magazines.
I would spend so much time writing my own articles, gluing together certain pages so I could create my own magazine. It wasn’t until 2018 when I gave birth to my daughter Penelope, that I realized I didn’t want to go back to work. I couldn’t leave my baby and so I found a way back to my first love, writing and creating content.
That is how SPVLiving was born, and I knew I wanted to share something from my heart. Living in a small-town always felt like a disadvantage and I want to change that. I want to make you proud of where you live but staying stylish and inspired.”
What does SPVLiving mean?
SPV is my name, Stephanie Penny Vainer-Living. I wanted it to be something that was mature but also had a lot of room for growth if I wanted to develop it into something more.
Why did you stop teaching?
I was an Early Childhood Educator and I loved (and still do) working with children. My passion was always in teaching, and I learned so much in those few years. But as soon as I had my daughter Penelope I knew in my heart I couldn’t leave her to return to work. I know the education system and I just think she deserved me staying home with her. I’ll share more about this topic in a future blog post.