Friday, January 23, 2015

Winter Travels For People Who Hate Winter


We're shining the spotlight on our love of travel this week, and if you're like us you're probably itching to get out of town and do something to get you out of that winter funk. Our Merchandise Planner, Ashley, hit the road last weekend for a winter beach trip to the North Carolina coast and is sharing what to pack to stay warm on those cold winter nights but still enjoy a day on the beach in the middle of January. 

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I love to travel, and I 100% HATE winter. I find myself wanting to stay cooped up in my apartment with Netflix and coffee through the entire month of January, so as one of my 2015 goals I told myself I'd go at least two places every month. Even if it's somewhere I've been before, or somewhere I vacation frequently, I knew I had to get up and get out. So my friend Morgan and I, along with her adorable Newfoundland puppy Caswell, hit the road for a weekend beach trip to enjoy a few rays of sunshine during the dead of winter. Here's what was in my suitcase to keep my warm and cozy all weekend long... 


My favorite thing to pack for any trip is obviously my Yogi Bear Jacket and vest (available in stores), they are the warmest addition to any outfit and totally worth the investment. I wore mine with just a tunic underneath, leggings and my favorite beanie and I wasn't cold at all on the beach! I highly suggest grabbing one of these before they're gone, you won't regret it. Morgan and I enjoyed a day of playing on the beach (it was Caswell's first time seeing the ocean!) and after we had officially worn her out we headed to dinner at one of my favorite beach restaurants. The best part about visiting my favorite places in the off-season is really getting to know the locals that live on the coast year round, so don't count out one of your favorite road trip spots just because the weather is chilly. 


For dinner I decided to keep it totally casual, after all it was the beach in January and there wasn't a whole lot going on. I wore my favorite ultra-soft Gemini Cardigan with black denim, a Piko top (available in select stores and online soon) and the Nashville Boot for a cute but dressed-down dinner outfit. Even though it was a short trip it reminded me how much is out there if I use my weekends to really explore my home state. Next stop? Who knows...all I know is I'll probably be ready for another road trip soon-- stay tuned for my next weekend adventure to the mountains and what I'll pack to keep me really warm and cozy in the North Carolina mountains!

xoxo,
Ashley and Caswell

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Vestique Lifestyle: Flying South for Winter

Caitlin B. is one of our senior stylists at Vestique Greenville. She has been with us for over a year and we are so lucky to have her style and sweet personality as part of our team. Not only is Caitlin an excellent stylist, she doubles as a lecturer at Clemson! She's seriously got it all - brains and beauty, this girl is a powerhouse. Of course since she is busy with two jobs, she needed a little time off to start off 2015 right. Caitlin shares with us her recent travels to Key West in the post below. Her post has us dreaming of sunshine, umbrella drinks and palm trees... is it summer yet?
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It’s no secret that our vestique family loves to travel! If you stop by this blog or our Instagram page semi-regularly, you’ve probably read about our trips to Thailand, Nashville, and one of our favorite locations to celebrate a bride-to-be, Key West, which just so happens to be where I spent MLK weekend!
One of my closest friends, Katie, is getting married in Charleston this spring. To celebrate her upcoming nuptials, the bridesmaids planned a bachelorette weekend in Key West. Flying to the southernmost point of the continental U.S. during the middle of winter was one of the best ideas we’ve ever had.
Since the weather in South Carolina has been grey, cold and rainy as of late, I really struggled with what to pack for sunny days in Key West. Luckily I still had some of my favorite late summer/early spring vestique pieces hanging in my closet. Essentially my wardrobe for the weekend included cut-off denim shorts and a bikini during the day, and my favorite go-to vestique transitional pieces for nice dinners out and dancing on Duval Street! A few items that I packed that you can still find at vestique include:
The Black Widow Cardigan, which I wore with a black dress similar to our Evening Better Dress and booties, the Ruffle Me This Romper (still available in some stores) with a Great Lengths or Meet Me in Malibu Kimono, and our Blue Moon Chambray top with black denim. And, my favorite item to keep me comfy on the long flight, our Better Than Boys Flannel.
This trip was my second time visiting Key West, and it’s safe to say that everyone in attendance enjoyed their time! We can’t wait to go back! Our favorites from the weekend were dinner at Santiago’s Bodega and spending Sunday afternoon on a catamaran with margaritas! To re-create our trip, you can visit the spots listed below!
Lunch or Dinner
Bad Boy Burrito: This local place beats Chipotle any day! I had the chicken burrito and a Mexican Coke, which was the perfect way to start a day of sightseeing.
Sarabeth’s: We spent our first night here and all enjoyed fresh local seafood. The servers were amazing and made our experience enjoyable.
Santiago’s Bodega: Tapas galore! We loved the Saganaki and Brussels Sprouts.
Nine One Five: Our final dinner had great ambiance and dessert. Don’t forget the Key Lime Pie!
Conch Republic: The best outdoor seating on the island.
Two Cents: Great brunch! Our favorite was the Shrimp and Grits.
Sightseeing
Fury Water Adventures Reefs and Ritas: We spent three hours on a catamaran, tried snorkeling (we jumped out of the water once we saw a stingray), and then relaxed with margaritas on the way inland.
Bicycle Rentals: The main way the locals travel is on bike. We paid $10 and kept our bikes all day so that we could explore the entire island without wasting much time.
The Ernest Hemingway Home: I’ve always been a fan of Hemingway’s work. His home is full of history and, interestingly, six-toed cats.
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park and Beach: Hands down one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen with white sand and crystal-clear views of the Gulf Coast.
Night Life
Fat Tuesdays
The Green Parrot

Hogs Breath
Orchid Bar
The Rum Bar


Here are a few of our favorite moments from the weekend:

Biking around Key West
Catamaran
Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and Beach
Hemingway House
Sarabeth's

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Stylist Spotlight: Andrea Serrano

Meet the fabulous Andrea Serrano, by far one of our favorite bloggers in the Charleston area. If you haven't already checked out her blog, www.charlestonshopcurator.com, then please pause on reading this post, and do so right NOW. She is one of the most creative and fashion-intuitive ladies we've ever met, and an overall brilliant stylist. 

Vestique Feature: Cover to Cover Cardigan

Andrea got her start in fashion in New York and built an amazing styling career during her 8 years there. She worked on a variety of projects ranging from major advertising campaigns, magazine editorials, and even celebrity styling. When she moved to Charleston, she and her husband owned and operated two shops on King Street. Nowadays she focuses on her blog, and capturing the one-of-a-kind fashion diversity in Charleston. Her blog features collaborations with all the best local shops and designers in the area. "My appreciation of fashion spans from street wear, high fashion, and vintage. I created a Charleston fashion blog and shopping guide to showcase the diversity of style that’s here in the city that I love," Andrea states on her blog. 

Vestique Feature: After Party Jacket
 
I've also had the opportunity to get to know Andrea on a personal level, and I have to say her personality matches her sense of style - flawless! She is a truly exceptional person and has quickly become a dear friend. Oh, and did I mention aside from all this hustle she is also an amazing mom to two awesome little boys? #superwoman.


Andrea frequently represents vestique in her wardrobe, and below are a couple of our favorite looks. How great does she look?!

Vestique Feature: Navajo Cuff

Vestique Feature: Spot On Top
Vestique Feature: On Trend Cardigan Grey


Thanks so much to Andrea for supporting and flaunting vestique! Don't forget to check out her blog, and be on the lookout for her on the judging panel at Charleston Fashion Week this year.

We're always so excited to work with fashion bloggers and fellow fashionistas in the industry. If you're interested in a collaboration, let us know! 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Yogi Love


One of my all-time favorite pieces we have ever had here at vestique is our Yogi Bear Jackets and Vests.  They are the coziest pieces of clothing you will ever put on your bod.  I have one in every color and have been living in my jacket ever since the temps have really started dropping.  The hood gives me the perfect amount of protection from the chilly wind and the pockets keep my hands nice and toasty!  

We noticed that Nordstrom is carrying a very similar style jacket for more than twice the price of ours and wanted to share with you this little style secret.  You can get ours online and in-stores here for just $52.  Our vests are almost sold out, but feel free to email us if you can't find your size in the vest or the jacket at service@vestique.com.  We still have a few left in our store locations and will be happy to check for you!  

We had some fun putting together photos of our Yogi Bear Jackets to share with you... they are just the snuggliest!  I'm personally wearing the taupe today, but may try the charcoal tomorrow.  It looks great with a solid top like this one, or even as an added layer over a dress like this.  





Monday, January 12, 2015

Stylist of the Week: Kelli


Shop the Look: Cardigan | Top | Denim | Booties |

Meet Kelli Adams: She's from Spartanburg, SC and is a sophomore at College of Charleston. She's an excellent stylist at our vestique Charleston location on King Street. When she's not in the store, you can find her studying for her double major; athletic training and exercise science.  Kelli's style ranges from comfy casual to edgy chic.  Below she talks about her favorite back-to-school looks for winter in Charleston. 


Getting out of bed early to go to class can be a struggle. That's why I try to keep my style cozy and comfortable. I chose this outfit because it would be super easy to throw on in the morning and still look like I tried to put together a cute outfit for class. The sweater is so soft and the vest is light but warm.
Shop the Look: Sweater | Denim | Boots | Bracelets | Necklace | {Vest is available in select stores.} 


Sometimes my boyfriend and I go out to eat or go on a date right after I get out of my night class. This outfit is edgy enough to transition from the classroom to a night out.

Shop the Look: Top | Denim | Booties | {Necklace is available in select stores.} 

I put this outfit together with sick days in mind. I'm one of those people who doesn't like to look sick or dress like I'm sick but, I still want to be comfortable. The vest is extremely soft and it's like a big blanket that you could wrap up in while you're sitting in class. The whole outfit is cozy for sick days {or any other day} and you'll still look put together.

Shop the Look: Denim Bracelet | Booties | Necklace | {Top & Vest are available in select stores.} 

Lastly, I've been very in to earth tones this season and these are a couple of my favorites from the store. All of the outfits I have chosen have been mainly about looking great but still being comfortable and I think this one might be the most coziest out of all of them. Piko's are always super soft and they make everyone look great. The sweater is soft yet warm enough to wear and not freeze on those chilly Charleston mornings. It would also be incredibly easy to throw on in the morning if you're running late or have work after class. This outfit is one that I would wear regularly.

Shop the Look: Cardigan | Denim | Boots | Bracelet | Necklace | {Pikos will be restocked soon. Contact a vestique near you to be put on a waiting list.}   


xoxo, 
Kelli 

Craving Spring Break

On this cold and rainy day, Lauren G. is already craving Spring Break after being spoiled from all the time off on her winter break. She was inspired to create a few looks to help brighten her winter blues!


Sun Splatter Shift Dress
Hat Enough in Camel


Rainbow Fish Cardigan
Dose of Cropped Denim
Brooklyn Bootie


Southwest Sunrise Dress
Buckhead Bootie
Hang Tight Necklace



Knot Over it Blouse
Dark Wash Skinny Jeans
Take it From Me Crossbody

Don't let the clouds bring you down! Warmer days are ahead! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Frigid Fashion

One of our sale's associates at Charlotte Premium Outlets, Marley, is a student at Appalachian State in Boone, NC. If you aren't already aware, Boone can get pretty chilly- today for example is 4°. Brrr. That's frigid. Before she headed back to school she decided to give us a few of her fashion tips! 

"My motto for the past four years at Appalachian State has been- if you see a sweater buy it! Sweaters come in handy in the fall and winter, of course, but also in the chilly spring and summer nights. You have hit gold when you find a sweater that you can wear for multiple occasions, whether it is to class, to a meeting with your professor, or a night out on the town. Here are some outfit options for different occasions using the same Tassel and Tease Sweater."-Marley, Senior at App State

1. Outfit to wear to class. 
winter fashion

Hound & Chic Scarf in red ($20) *available in select stores

2. Shopping trip 
winter fashion


3. Night out
winter fashion
To Have and To Hold- Black ($40) *available in select stores


Stay warm and always fashionable my friends. xo