Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Trend Tuesday: Festival Fashion

This Friday night Adair, our E-commerce Coordinator, and I are heading to Red Hat Amphitheater to hear one of our favorite bands perform! There is nothing better than wearing a cute outfit to an awesome concert. As we were talking about our plans for the concert the never-ending question arose, “What do we wear?” Adair and I have put together our favorite outfits for jamming, let us know what you think!

Outfit one: The Two-Piece

The two-piece trend is huge right now and we could not be happier. Not only are two-pieces super fun to wear, but the outfit is already matched and styled! How easy is that?

Wear our  'That’s a Wrap! Bracelet' and your favorite sunnies to make this the perfect outfit. 

Outfit two: The Sundress

Sundresses are the perfect concert outfit. My favorite is our “Off-Duty Dress." Not only is the dress super cute, but it's light and breezy which is the perfect combination for dancing. Pair this dress with our 'NativeSpirit Necklace' and our 'Panama Hat.

Outfit Three: The Romper

I hope rompers never go out of style, it’s a one and done outfit! How cute is our “Jeanius Romper" paired with your favorite converse or vans for a complete outfit. 

For these and more concert outfit advice come see us at any one of our locations or shop these complete looks online!


Monday, March 30, 2015

Charleston Fashion Week 2015

It's that time of year when fashion shows are happening around the clock - and we couldn't be more stoked about it! Recently we had the awesome opportunity to participate in our first ever Charleston Fashion Week. 

Charleston Fashion Week started with a humble beginning in 2007, but has risen to become one of the most unique and premier fashion events in the Southeast (and the country, for that matter!). Held right in the heart of downtown Charleston in Marion Square, over 8,000 fashion-hungry people attend for the five-night long event. And of course, everyone comes dressed to impress!

Each year they showcase a competition amongst the Southeast's top emerging fashion designers, with the winner receiving a grand prize package worth $30,000 to launch their line. The best local retailers are also featured on the runway, as well as in the booths in the Style Lounge. We set up shop both opening and closing night in the Style Lounge, and met so many amazing designers, bloggers, stylists, models, and overall fashion-lovers just like us. 

Recognize the hat on the models below? That's right, vestique made an appearance on the runway! Emerging designer Sydney Smith loved our 'Rancher Hat' so much that she used it to complete every look in her collection.

Photos: Lauren Seykes
*Rancher Hat ($48) available in stores

 The week was filled with long hours of preparation, late work nights, and achey feet due to endless hours of heels...but most importantly - NON-STOP fashion. 
Needless to say, we had a blast and already cannot wait for Charleston Fashion Week 2016!

Friday, March 27, 2015

USCFW 2015

Photo courtesy of Fashion Board at USC
USC Fashion Week is an annual week of fashion put on by the students of the Fashion Board at USC. The week is filled with events that celebrate the fashion industry and provide a great experience for the students in the retail and fashion department -- as they put on the entire event themselves! 

Vestique participates each year in the finale fashion show and style lounge at 701 Whaley {one of the coolest event spaces we've ever been to!}. We also provide a scholarship to one retail and fashion student each year and they are awarded this scholarship at the end of the show -- one of our favorite parts of the night.  

Ten local boutiques participated in the show this year and I must say the future is looking very bright for the fashion industry. The students of the Fashion Board at USC put on an impressive showcase of Spring collections, especially for having little to no experience in runway shows. We've attended countless fashion shows over the years and this was organized, fun, and well-attended. Major kudos to these students on a job well done! 

We loved the NYFW style and set up of the runway.

The Vestique models, also all students at USC -- they rocked it, of course! 

Vestique would not have been a part of this event without the help of these two ladies. Paige and Brittany are our assistant managers at Vestique Columbia and they are truly the backbone of this store. These ladies worked countless hours to make this event happen and they KILLED it!  

Our Columbia staff is pretty hot if I do say so myself, and no, that's not Lauren Conrad... that's Katrina Darling our very own celeb lookalike.  

What a great event with great ladies. Love our looks? Shop online now at vestique.com, or stop by and see us at Vestique Columbia! We are having a WAREHOUSE SALE this weekend and have major markdowns on some of our favorite items from all seasons.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tips to Hosting a Wine Tasting Party

Two of my favorite {we'll call it} hobbies are wine making and wine tasting. Going around to different wineries is loads of fun and I've probably been to a vast majority of the wineries in North Carolina now. But even more fun is hosting your own wine tasting. I hosted one the other week, the first in our new house and it's a great way to get all your friends together for a good time.

There are a ton of ideas out there on Pinterest and ultimately I figured out exactly what I wanted to do. I sent out evites to several friends telling them to bring their favorite bottle of wine and we would supply dinner. I asked them to RSVP with the types of wine they were bringing so I could make tasting sheets.

I decided to do a blind tasting just to make things fun and interesting. I asked for the tall bags they use at the ABC store and marked each with a number. You could even supply an incentive and award a bottle of wine for the winner. We had a nice selection that made it even more tough to guess: 3 whites, 2 reds and 1 rose. I recommend 5-6 wines for a good solid tasting. I supplied a "Wine Tasting Challenge" sheet where guests could fill in what they thought each of the six wines were.

I also used Wine Markers to write everyone's names on the base of their wine glasses so no one got them mixed up. Another idea I saw that was super cute was purchasing some $1 wine glasses from the dollar store and panting them with black chalkboard paint and writing names on the base with chalk {see here}.

I created an array of meats, finger foods and appetizer style dishes that pair well with wine so everyone could taste and pair at their leisure. This kept things light and social and takes the pressure off you for being a sommelier. As a rule of thumb, I recommend at least 2 meats, cheese & crackers and a fruit or veggie tray. Also try and make things that can be made ahead or possibly in a crockpot so you're not having to dash about at the last minute throwing everything together.

Here's the menu I ultimately went with:
- Smoked Cocktail Sausages in BBQ Sauce
- Meatballs in Marinara
- BBQ Sliders
- Fontina Cheese Dip {recipe here} *Note: This was really tasty but needed a lot of attention. I recommend something with creamy cheese that won't thicken and need lots of stirring.
- Soft Pretzel Bites {recipe here}
- Bruschetta
- Cheese & Crackers
- Veggie Tray with Dip
- Assorted Chocolates & Nuts

The most involved element was the pretzel bites but those were also the biggest hit. I tried to go for the things you typically crave when drinking wine: cheese, crackers, chocolate, salty nuts and round out with heavy finger foods that would fill you up and all of those I did in crockpots so it was super easy. I purchased some butcher paper and used that as a tablecloth that I could also write up descriptions of each dish on.

And lastly, some parting tips: I highly recommend having a pitcher of sangria {click here for my go-to sangria recipe} or other wines that people can have with dinner so they're not chugging through the wine that everyone is supposed to be tasting. And water! It's all about hydration, make sure there is water available which also helps as a palate cleanser. And always recommend that there are designated drivers in company and have non-alcoholic beverages for them.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Manicure Makeover

True story: I am obsessive over my nails. I change my nail color constantly and as soon as I get the first chip, off they go. I would rather have naked nails than chipped nails any day. I've spent more money than I care to mention on manis and pedis, always having to get gel and rarely leaving the salon paying less than $50.  

After checking out my bank account and the amount I was spending per month {laughable}, I made a decision: I needed to restrict myself to salon visits only on special occasions and I would have to paint my nails {gasp} myself. I went on a field trip to Walgreens and raided the shelves. Enter: At-home gel polish. 

I knew I would have to try a few to really see what this "do-it-yourself" polish was like, and I probably spent more money on research for the first couple of months than I would have if I just went to the salon {shhh, don't tell}. But after testing a few, I found two that I really like and stand behind.  [Side note: I hated the at-home lights, they didn't work for me. That's not to say they wouldn't work for you, but they were way too pricey and I didn't like the end product.] I think you'll agree that these are worth every bit of $7.99-$9.99 and the color selection is great. You definitely need to buy the top coat that goes with each, but it will last {only one coat is needed per polish}.

A few helpful hints when painting your nails with these gel polishes: 
  1. Always wash hands well before painting. I file mine and afterwards take a cotton ball soaked in an acetone-based remover and wipe over them {before I polish}. Never put on lotion before you polish your nails, they should be a blank canvas.  
  2. Polish at least two coats but no more than three. The more coats, the thicker the polish and more likely they are to chip.  
  3. Let your nails dry for 2-3 minutes before applying the top coat {always use the top coat that comes with the gel polish -- it really does work!}. 
  4. Let hands dry 5-10 minutes before getting back to your normal business. It's always best to let them dry for as long as you can possibly sit still {soooo hard for me!}. Try not to wash your hands in warm water or shower for at least 10-12 hours after you polish your nails, they need time to fully dry. I promise, this works! 
  5. Reapply your top coat once every couple of days. This will help your nails keep a glossy finish and give you that "gel" look. 

My two favorites:
In my experience, both of these lasted for at least 1-2 weeks without chipping. One of them I even wore an entire week in Hawaii where I was in and out of the water and on the beach playing in the sand. No other polish would have ever lasted me this long!  

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy {$7.99} --  The color above is Checkmate, but I also own Wild Card - it's the perfect royal blue.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel {$9.99} -- The color above is Creme De La Creme, it's the only color I have purchased so far, but I love it. 

The best thing about both of these is that they can be found at your local pharmacy or Target. They also both have a TON of color choices. I made Morgan be my guinea pig and hand model for this post. We used Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish on her nails.  



{Love her rings? They are available online and in-stores: Mint Julep Ring | In The Groove}

For a nail-obsessed gal, this is a no-brainer. I'll save a little bit of cash each month {and probably end up buying a few more goodies from vestique} and use this at-home gel polish instead of heading to the salon. It will give me a nice excuse to crack open a bottle of wine and pamper myself for a night! Who's with me?


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Getty Up & Get Dressed Up!

Getty up and get dressed up for this year's Carolina Cup! If you've ever attended a horse race then you already know this, but if not I'll let you in on a little secret. These events are more about the fashion than the horses themselves. Spring dresses, big hats and lots of color. This being said, I figured I'd do a little write-up on a few of my top picks for this year's Springdale Soiree. 

First up:
Peek-A-Boo Dress - $36.50 

Next in line:

Third up {and my personal fave}:

Fourth up:

Last, but certainly not least:

These are just a few of many new items that would be perfect for the race this weekend. Stop by one of our 7 locations or shop with us online to find many, many other options. If you have any specific styling questions, be sure to email me and I'll get back with you right away! Have a blast this weekend if you're headed to the Cup -- and as always, if you wear Vestique be sure to tag us on social! 

Instagram: @vestique or #vestiquechic
Facebook: @vestique.com
Twitter: @shopvestique


Friday, March 20, 2015

Vestique Beauty--Girl Crush Alert

I almost always request Sephora and Ulta gift cards for holidays because I just looove make up. I can’t help it. Anything that’s gonna make me feel prettier, SIGN A SISTER UP. So today, I’m dishing on my all-time favorite product.

I’ve always been a bit of a spaz when it comes to beauty products. I’m not usually loyal to one brand. What I’m trying to say is when I walk into Sephora and some dude with a much better complexion and longer eyelashes than me offers to give me a “touch up,” I say “yes, please.” And then I usually spend whatever it takes to buy the look he creates on my face. All that changed the day I discovered Laura. Mercier, that is. I have a girl crush, y’all, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

I’ve been using Laura Mercier’s Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer for 2 years now and I am obsessed. 
First, here’s a rundown of my unruly skin. I’m 30 and used to loooove baking in the sun so by the time I wised up and realized that sunless tanner is so much cooler/healthier, I already had fine lines and age spots to deal with. I’ve got a freckly, uneven skin tone and am prone to breakouts around my chin. Sounds awesome, right?

Since I started using Laura Mercier’s product my breakouts have diminished, my skin looks more even and I have a newfound dewy, not to be confused with oily, glow.  Not to mention it contains SPF (no more freckles!). This stuff goes on super light. I brush it on with a foundation brush after I moisturize and voila. Rarely do I need concealer and I never use actual foundation. If I’m in a hurry, this is the only product I’ll bother putting on my face—it’s that good. If I’ve got more time, I’ll add Lorac Tantalizer to contour and Nars Orgasm to my cheekbones—more on those must haves another day.

How’s that for a rave review?

The only con I can think of is the price. At $44, it’s on the expensive side but I will say, this stuff lasts. A little goes a long way and it usually takes me around 3 or 4 months to completely use it up. If you’re interested in trying it, I get mine at Sephora but Nordstrom and several other big box retailers carry her line. My color is Natural Radiance, but sit down with a consultant and let them find the perfect match for your skin.

Cheers to you, Laura, for making my makeup dreams come true!