Hello I am Dana Vento, and you have found my working portfolio, my life, DanaVento.Com. I live in Pittsburgh, PA., but did you know I was born in Chicago? My blog is National and my travels are large. From numerous appearances on our local television stations to magazines published across the USA, I have shared my knowledge on lavishly living life out loud. ABOUT ME is just a light sprinkling of who I am.
My world of blogging has changed a lot (11 years so far and 2 websites later) I just roll with it. Now, after all the changing, I feel that my Brand is me, my voice is real and I only work with brands and destinations that fit my readership. In fact, you might say that my job is like living a fairy-tale out loud.
I best identify with. Travel, Culinary Travel, Recipe Creation, Tech, and DIY are my sweet spots (niches). About me? Well, it’s about being me when I travel, when I cook, and when I take a look at tech. About me, is doing projects around the house when I am home and not traveling. About me, is simple, “you have found me, now let’s work, so I can tell the world about ME and YOUR brand!”
Travel and food are incredible niches and being able to interact with the incredible brands I have to date is just so ‘bucket-list’ fantastic. I am living my own tagline through each interaction “lavishly living life out loud!”
Other Brands Found me for…
Relevancy is important and so is authenticity. First hand experience allows proper discussion on topic. Personally, I am about authenticity, I do not alter photos (old school in me), and everything I write is based on my experience. Aske me if I have walked away from opportunities? Yes I have. When the offers do not fit like matching, comfortable shoes, I don’t do it. So, a lot of firms and destinatons seek me based on knowing the power in realism, that’s me!
Buying a vehicle at an incredible price, it was all about being a woman and negotiating TOUGH. I was after all an iconic money-saving blogger, you might know me formerly as Pittsburgh Frugal Mom, resulting in a feature in Redbook Magazine. Further articles have appeared in USA Hockey, Real Simple, as Popsicle PopUp Local Spokesperson, just to name a few.
Tech is a given in my life, after all, I used to work for a massive wireless phone retailer. HP Moms, lets me learn tech from experiencing it, and as a Verizon Wireless Brand Partner, I test to push the limits of photo clarity and coverage as I travel the world, using my phone to capture images! These are a just a few examples of great working partnerships.
When it comes to DIY tasks, partnering with RYOBI Power Tools and KOHLER provide me the best offerings there are, to work life out inside Casa Vento! Driving partnerships with KIA, and other well-known vehicle brands keep me relevant in the car industry.
SPEAKING FROM KNOWLEDGE WITHIN
When I would do radio spots with Star 100.7 I represented my own brand. Speaking is easy when you have a Masters Degree in Presentation Skills and HR Management. After that, speaking on behalf of a large brand like Gabe’s as a Media Representative was easy. Getting to dabble right from the start into a position of Shop ‘n Save online partner was yet another way to share my ability to speak professionally both on brand and on camera.
I love packing up the family and vacating ‘Casa Vento’ for a while there are lots of great places to visit as a family. I get countless emails after a post on a trip, asking me all the ‘hot-spots’ and how the kids liked it, which makes me even happier that I can offer you great options!
Personally, travel allows me to tell the story of the destination we are visiting as I unpeel it layer by layer, just like an onion.
If you have traveled anywhere with a family you know that it is either perfect or miserable and there is nothing in between. I insist on clean sheets, floors and bathrooms. I inspect mattresses, behind doors and if there are appliances I always have my sanitizing wipes with me just in case things don’t seem perfect.
Adventure and exploration is key to travel. When I arrive with my family or by myself, I turn the area inside out, chat with staff and GO! Sleeping in is not in my vocab, rather, sunrises, sunsets and those off the road areas everyone craves and I find! My bags are always ready to go, and keeps their carry-on’s ready as they are little jet-setters and can’t wait for the next adventure.
“When a trip makes it feel like a vacation, and not a vacation that is a TRIP you know you have found a winning combination. ” ~Dana
What makes me unique is that I dish all the details and leave no covers un-turned(literally)! Family fun is important and it is possible to build a trip that every genre in your family will enjoy. I work with vendors, PR Firms, and small businesses every day in my travel reviews that offer great opportunities fabulous locations and I can’t wait to work with more and share more of the fab details with you.
Are you a PR Firm looking for someone to the destination you are representing? Hit me up, I’d love to discuss your destination and practical options for travel to. Are you a consumer looking for destinations, activities, and fun once you get on that dream vacation? I do all the footwork before you have to travel or plan anything.
Any good vacation will require plenty of shopping and particular items to travel with from luggage to fashion, again, living lavishly out loud I will share those finds because I need everything you need when you travel.
Where to Next?
Often asked, “where could you possibly want to travel to for work next Dana?” That is a loaded question and my bucket list!
Food Food Allergies & Vegetarianism
Want the most daring and crazy dining stories, tune in here. My daughter was Gluten Free for the longest time(and then things changed, let’s call it a medical diagnosis that was WRONG), my one son has nut, latex, shellfish(and many other allergies), all my kids have asthma while I am a vegetarian.
My son and husband love their carnage, so betwixt us all it is a free-for-all when cooking, dining and eating out but we manage.
I love to cook, and that might be putting it a little lightly, you can find me cooking up a storm, testing out new appliances, gadgets, and foods on my YouTube.
However, there are days each week, I just need a little time out of the kitchen and lavishly being pampered and that is where you will find me dining in restaurants and writing all about it! Thankfully, we dine out often and review restaurants both as a couple and as a family.
We have found so many establishments that can actually work with our dietary constraints whether traveling or just out and about. If you are traveling, you definitely want to read my travel pieces as the traveling with food allergies is no treat but I have found many great destinations, companies and brands offer allergen-friendly dining.
Appliances, trending restaurants, new restaurants or dining options, check here first as I live life in the world of food lavishly out loud!
Storytelling helps to exemplify the great destinations, foods, tech, beauty, fashion and DIY items out there that you might not have heard of before. The extra tours are well-deserved and I only work with those that I selectively choose, that I feel meet my standards and would meet yours.
I am always amazed at all the products and places out there that I never knew about and I can’t wait to live them out loud and share with you. I could always just tell you what there is and what choices there are, but hearing the story is so much more compelling right? I want to know what a place looks like, what something does, is it worth going to etc., and I know my readers(YOU) do too!
CONTACT ME — If you are press, media or marketing, email me directly for my Media Kit and Rates. Are you my readers and want to chat? Write to me dana(at)danavento(dot)com and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Please know, I get a lot of inbox mail and I do my best to respond within 48 hours. I lavishly live travel, food, fashion, diy out loud so you can find out what the ‘best of’ is. ~Dana