Thursday, July 31, 2014

Put to the Test: At Home Coffee Scrub

If you're like me, you've tried every beauty product known to man to smooth and tighten your tired skin. Many products were double the disappointment due to the cash I had to fork out to obtain them only to not work nearly as well as promised.

I recently came across a list of things to try at home to tighten and tone your skin. The typicals came up, eat right, drink more water, exercise, etc. But one I hadn't seen was for using a coffee scrub, particularly in any areas prone to cellulite. Now. let's be real... most everyone has some and those that don't, you are truly blessed.

What surprised me even more was that there was no recipe, no additional ingredients needed AND you could use leftover coffee grounds so the additional cost to me was zilch! Among other vices, coffee is definitely something I can't live without so I knew it would take little time to get a good amount to try. Rather than throwing out what was left after I brewed my morning coffee, I tossed them into a jar to give a go later.

Here's what I found... first, you WANT to do this in the shower, it will make a hot mess. Second, make sure you rinse first, scrubbing dry skin is not pleasant. It also helps if you get some sort of flavored coffee, just saying... vanilla coffee has a nice smell to it. The surprising element was the tingling you get along with the exfoliation the grounds give. I believe it has to do with the caffeine in the coffee so if you're a decaf drinker, you may not experience this tingling. Based on my reading, the caffeine helps promote circulation which makes sense why this was recommended for the reduction of cellulite.

I've been using my leftover coffee grounds as a body scrub for a little over two weeks now, focusing more so on my trouble areas around my thighs and butt. And following with lotion, anything with cocoa butter or coconut oil is a bonus.

RESULT: I have to give this one a thumbs up. After just a couple uses, my skin felt dramatically smoother and two weeks later, I've noticed that my mid-lower thighs are very smooth looking. It's hard to say 100% that I'm smoother up around my butt but I believe I am and at the least, am very hopeful based on the quick progression of other areas.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Celebrity Style Crush

Fashion is our whole world here at Vestique, and we are constantly looking out for the newest and hottest trends. Celebrities are always flaunting the best styles straight from the runway, and we can't help but crush on some of the celebrity fashionistas below. Take a look at how they rock some of our favorite trends right now, and how we've made it possible to totally steal their style for WAY less!
You're welcome ;)

The look: Lace Shorts + Solid Tank
We're all about the ivory lace craze these days, and we love how Kristin Cavallari keeps it chic by pairing her lace shorts with a simple black tank and gold accessories.

Get Kristin's look for under $60: 


The look: Palazzo Pants + Crop Top
Vanessa Hudgens rocks colorful printed palazzo pants with a solid crop for a killer boho-hip look we adore!

Get Vanessa's look for under $65:
Aloha Summer Palazzos (36.50)
High Hopes Crop ($24.50)

The look: Floral Kimono + Denim Skinnies
Miley might have a wild child attitude with a style to match, but when she's not performing in a show-stopping costume, she goes for a stylish floral kimono and skinnies while running errands around town.

Get Miley's look for under $65:

The look: Printed Romper
Of course the Queen Bee always wakes up looking flawless, but we think Beyonce looks especially jaw-dropping in a vibrant print romper!

Get Beyonce's look for under $65:
Say Something Romper ($40)
Something Blue Necklace ($24.50)

The look: Tie Dye
It's no secret that Lauren Conrad is one of the leading ladies in fashion, and we love how she flaunts her tie dye look. The light blue + purple color combo of her maxi looks amazing on her, and we have the adorable sun dress version available!

Get Lauren's look for under $40:
Ticket to Paradise Dress ($36.50)

The look: Black Jumpsuit

We are firm believers that the black jumpsuit never goes out of style, and actress Naya Rivera of Glee proves it. It's a look that's classy, confident, and sexy all in one.

Get Naya's look for under $50:
Cross It Off Jumpsuit ($44)

The look: Pleated Maxi Skirt
Victoria Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio always looks absolutely stunning, and we love how she dresses down one of our favorite trends - the pleated maxi skirt.

Get Alessandra's look for under $50:

You don't have to be famous to rock these gorgeous celebrity styles. Shop online or in any of our locations to get these trend-setting looks in your own closet today! 

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Once again, you ladies never seize to amaze us!  You all look positively stunning in your photos and we love seeing how you style your vestique looks. Keep tagging us and keep rocking your 'tique! You are all flawless.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

An Adorable Preggo

How adorable is Courtney in two of our favorite maxi's?!  We can't get enough of her baby bump and perfect style.  Courtney is having a baby girl in October and you can follow along with her pregnancy photos on Instagram by following: Mrscocowyse. After baby girl arrives in October, we are already planning for her to come and visit us in one of our stores as she has never traveled to the Carolinas!  We can't wait to meet Courtney in person.

All you mommas-to-be out there... we've got lots of styles perfect for your growing bumps!  Check out our collection of maxi dresses here.  Tons of styles that you can wear comfortably preggers and even post-baby!

Other great options can be found here:
Wild and Free Dress - $46
Ticket to Paradise Dress - $36.50
Lifeguard Duty Top - $24.50
Summer by the Shore Dress - $46

Steal Courtney's style here:
Enchanted Maxi - $48.50 (sold out online, but still available in-stores!)
Be Delighted Maxi - $48

If you'd like our help styling you for your upcoming baby shower, or even just putting together a few looks to help you through your pregnancy, take advantage of our personal styling sessions here.

What's in OUR bags?!

One of the most interesting {and intimate} places, in my opinion, is the inside of a woman's purse. You can find out so much about someone by what they keep in their purse or day-bag!  I have always loved reading gossip magazines that feature celebs and what they have inside their bags.  It's honestly where I get a lot of my beauty tips and tricks from!  

Us vestique ladies lead very busy lives and are often traveling all over North and South Carolina.  I thought it might be interesting to give you all a look into what we carry in our bags only a daily basis and how we take vestique with us pretty much everywhere we go {shocker, right?!}.  So here we go... 

I'm constantly on the go- so my bag is jam-packed full of things I need for the whole day! It's not a rare occurrence that I change my outfit in the middle of the day after doing a photoshoot for our website so I always have a comfy tank, stickies, and cut offs to throw on when I'm outside photographing. I can't live without my "Ancient Artifact Necklace" and my black "All You Need Tank," I'm always throwing them on for lunch out with a friend on the weekends. I can't live without my sunglasses, chapstick, and lip stain so you can always find those stuck somewhere to hand out to our models last minute (sharing is caring, right?), and of course my camera! 

My bag gets fuller and fuller as the week goes on, but there are a few staples I always have to have! I keep a pair of cutoffs, a cami and a lightweight kimono just in case I need to make a spur of the moment outfit change [let's be real, that happens at least once a day]. I wear gold hoops with just about anything and there's always at least two pairs floating around the bottom of my bag. Last but not least, I never leave home without my agenda, sunglasses and an umbrella!

I pretty much wear bandeaus everyday, so I usually have one on and another on hand. I wear a lot of black tanks, so I love to keep a neon bandeau handy for pop of color. Because you never when you're going to have a bad hair day, or when you just feel like making your outfit a bit snazzy, I keep a fedora with me at all times! Half United Fighting Hunger bullet necklace - this is one of my all time favorite necklaces because it goes with EVERYTHING and also represents a great cause. I always have hoops on hand because they look great from day-to-night, and can be worn with a casual or dressy outfit. You never know when you need to kick of your flats, throw on some heels, and go to a much-needed happy hour with your girls after work. Wedges instantly dress up an outfit, without being overly formal. Lastly, and not necessarily in my bag, but as a Vestique gal on the go, I cant leave home without either my sunnies or my coffee.

Even if I'm not always prepared for class, (way too many books to keep track of) I ALWAYS have these items in my tote! My number one essential is my RayBan Aviators, I won't leave the house without those even if it's raining. A close second is a good pair of gold hoop earrings because they can dress up my super comfy "U Only Live Once" tank (similar here) when I refuse to wear anything else to my 8 am classes. Along with the hoops I usually end up bringing my "Captain Planet" necklace because it goes with everything, and I always get compliments on it!

Can't forget the makeup essentials like my mascara or EOS Chapstick (or any kind of chapstick!). You can always find a couple of roll ons too; usually neutrals like black, gold or tan. And last but not least, my "Brownie Points" Sandals which are cute yet comfortable, which is perfect for when I have a presentation and I don't want to wear heels around campus all day!

I'm constantly on the road between Charlotte, Columbia and Greenville so my bag is full of the necessary items to help me through my life of travel. I always keep a basic tank and bandeau with me for layering and quick changes. Bobby pins and hair spray, because a quick up-do is an easy way to change my look from day to night. Basic gold stud earrings to go with any look. A great stack, because I love a good arm party and a long pendant (similar here) to throw on when you need some added jewels. Plus my sunnies, planner, a Starbucks refresher, and some gloss are always necessary. Don't forget Bogart's leash!  

From teaching in the mornings to 'tiqueing in the afternoons, I like to have plenty of accessories ready to throw on in a jiffy.  I keep a kimono to wear over tanks in the classroom, my favorite stack of Lily and Laura bracelets, and the Met Gala earrings because they dress up any outfit.  I always have a long pendant necklace (Vintage Glam) and my Fancy Feet wedges because I can wear them all day long without my feet hurting.  

I almost always end up running late, no matter how hard I try, so having a few essentials in my bag is super helpful.  My Vestique essentials include a few roll-ons and other stackable bracelets, because no outfit is complete without the perfect arm party!  I also like to have a pair of sparkly, gold stud earrings to add some contrast against my dark hair, and my favorite Vestique coozie is a must for my morning Diet Coke!

Now that you've seen a look inside our bags, what's in YOUR bag?  Share with us on Instagram using #vestique or #vestiquechic! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Transitional Pieces for Fall

It's common knowledge in our vestique family that I'll buy just about anything if I can wear it from season to season. I love buying transitional pieces because I can better justify my one multiple purchases from vestique each week. I've shared some of my favorite looks for fall below. 

This outfit is one of my favorites for fall because it's so comfortable and all the pieces are very lightweight. I paired the All You Need Top in Green with our Mixed Messages Kimono and high-waisted dark wash denim [available in select stores].

This outfit is perfect if you're heading out to dinner and drinks with friends this fall! I love the colors in our Dye-ing to See You Skirt and it pairs perfectly with Crop It Like It's Hot in black. Maxi skirts make the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe! 

If you have a special event on your schedule this fall, this look is for you! Our Hammer Time Pants come in this gorgeous hot pink, which I love for fall! I paired it with our Faithfully Yours Top in black and our Laced with Love Kimono. This trendy look is sure to grab attention wherever you go!

Stop by a vestique store this weekend to grab your summer staples and fall transition pieces! xo

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Kimonos have been super hot this summer and we have gotten our hands on a few of the cutest ones... with even more to come! If you haven't hopped on the kimono trend, what are you waiting for? It's an easy way to add an extra layer to your look and will keep you warm on those cool summer nights. Kimonos wear easily into the fall as well, so it's a great transitional piece to add into your closet!

Here are four of our favorite ways to wear a kimono and how vestique can help you achieve these looks! How do you rock your kimono?!

Style 1:
Kimono over a crop-top and skinny jeans

Rugged Romance Kimono - $38.50
Fire and Ice Crop - $28.50
Skinny Denims - ON SALE TODAY $30
Sole Mate wedges - $36
Arabian Nights Necklace - $21.50 (available in-stores only)

Style 2:
As a bathing suit cover-up

Rugged Romance Kimono - $38.50
Arabian Nights Necklace - $21.50 (available in-stores only)
Lily and Laura Bracelets - (available in-stores only)

Style 3:
Kimono paired with a tank and shorts

Only Wanna Be With You Kimono - $32.50
Fortune Teller Necklace - $21.50
Eternal Sunshine Shorts - $34.50
Dare to Compare - $26.50

Style 4:
Over a romper

Fit to Be Tied Romper - (available in-stores only)
Mixed Messages Kimono - $44
Simply Serene Necklace - $21.50

Show us your kimono-craze on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter by using #vestiquechic or #vestique. xo!