Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beauty Queens (Inside and Out)

It's no secret that we love our pageant girls!

We are {very} proud supporters of the Miss South Carolina organization and have also been sponsoring our very own, Pammy Peters, throughout her reign as Miss North Carolina Teen USA.

Another of our fabulous employees, Elizabeth Safrit, recently took home the title of Miss United States and we couldn't be more thrilled for her! Elizabeth is a recent graduate of USC and worked in our Columbia location. Is she gorgeous or what?!

This past weekend, we hosted a send off party for Pammy in our Raleigh location. We wanted to wish her farewell and good luck as she heads to the Bahamas for the Miss Teen USA pageant

If you who have been shopping with vestique since the beginning, you already know Pammy. For those of you who don't, allow me to introduce her. Pammy is the most genuinely sweet young woman I have ever met. I can truly say she is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the out. She was recently accepted to UNC-Charlotte, which means she will remain a part of the vestique family and you'll be seeing her in our East Blvd location (YAY)! 

We met Pammy three years ago shortly after we opened the doors to our Raleigh store. She was shopping with her mom and one of our sales associates at the time asked her if she would consider doing some modeling for us. She happily obliged and after the first photo shoot, we knew we wanted her to join our team. Her happy demeanor and positive attitude made the perfect addition to our staff.

We wish her nothing but the best as she embarks on two milestone journeys--both the upcoming pageant and college! 

As I was pulling together photos from the weekend, I decided to take a walk down memory lane. Here are some of my favorite shots of Pammy over the years. 

The 2014 MissTeenUSA Competition will stream LIVE on 8/2 @ 8pm ET on www.missteenusa.com so tune in!

Good luck to all of the participants!

Monday, July 21, 2014

'Arm' Party Like a Rockstar

Everyone loves a good party, but show me a good arm party and I'm IN love! Selecting and stacking my wrist wear is a crucial part of my daily routine. I love to mix and match my bracelets so that I can get tons of different stylish looks to fit any occasion or mood. Accessorizing your wrists is a really fun and creative way to show off your personal style. I've chosen four of my favorite arm party themes below, and how you can create them too!

Chic: A classic and clean look that is great for a swanky dinner or a day hustling business at the office. 
Stick with clean lines, geometric shapes, and neutrals that play off each other for a stack 
that is attractive, but not overly distracting.  

Boho: Think beads, charms, and prints - perfect for the carefree and spirited soul you are! 
You can really mix up this theme and get an eclectic arm party going, which is great when you're feeling a little more on the funky side. Explore using feathers, tassels, and turquoise stones. A little 
extra tip - add in some ocean blue to give the entire look a beachy feel. Voila!

Edgy: Studs and spikes…yes, please! This look is FIERCE. Perfect for hitting the town at 
night and making a powerful statement with just the wave of your hand. Don't be afraid to
 mix metals and add in some leather to round out the look. A pop of neon is a 
always a nice touch too!

Playful: Colorful, fun, and ideal for a sunny summer afternoon! 
Start with a solid statement piece and mix in soft coordinating colors and textures. 
I love this look for a casual day of shopping or lunch with friends.

Need to beef up your bracelet collection to get some of these looks? We have tons of gorgeous jewels available online and in-store that will make your arm party the best party on the block. Don't forget to show us how you rock your wrists on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter by tagging #vestique or #vestiquechic!

Arm party on, ladies! Xoxo!

Calling all Greenville ladies!

We invite all of you upstate residents to join us for Medical Monday and Extra Credit Tuesday at vestique Greenville! 

For the next several weeks, we will be celebrating our lifesavers and medical staff members on Mondays by offering 10% off your entire purchase ALL DAY (10am-6pm).  

Then on Tuesdays, we invite anyone in the educational field, teachers and students to enjoy 10% off as well!  Just bring your badge or any proof of employment (or a student ID) to receive the discount.  

Offer applies in-store only.  Share with your friends and family!  

Get on the boat, the BANANA BOAT!

How adorable does McKenna look in our 'Banana Boat' dress for her Sunday night sushi date with her hubby?!  She styled it perfectly with our 'Starry Eyed Earrings' and let the dress speak for itself [which it does, brilliantly].  Check out her blog for fabulous fashion finds! 

We've got only a few left online, but do have some available in-stores.  Shoot us an email at service@vestique.com and we'd be happy to search our stores for your size!  

Friday, July 18, 2014

S.O.S- Summer Office Style

We love planning outfits for our next vacation, but if you're like many of us who have to work in this 100 degree heat without sitting in a beach chair, we've got the best work-appropriate outfits to keep you cool and stylish this summer! Our Show Your Smarts Dress- $44 is perfect for work with a longer hemline and a ruffle on the shoulder to add a little something extra. Pair it with a colorful necklace, simple earrings, a gold cuff, and heels for an easy work outfit that won't take you longer than an minute to put together in the mornings! 

Statement necklaces are an easy way to add spice to a work outfit without breaking the bank. Our Romeo and Jewel-iet Necklace- $28.50 is bright pink and can be added to any outfit to dress it up at work without the hassle of adding more layers!

Last but not least, shift dresses! These are perfect for your summer office style because, let's be honest, who wants to wear a suit to the office when it's 100 degrees outside? Our Get Serious Dress- $38.50 and Like Clockwork Dress- $40 are two summer dresses than can not only keep you cool on hot days but can easily transition into fall. Both dresses are longer in length and would be adorable paired with a cardigan and heels for an appropriate work outfit. Get these looks and more online and in stores today!
Business as Usual Dress- $44                                   Secret's Out Dress- $44

Rock the Trend: Crop Tops

Crop tops are one of the hottest trends for spring and summer 2014. We are absolutely OBSESSED with them and wanted to share how to style this great trend. Luckily high-waisted shorts and denim are on-trend and pair perfectly without showing too much stomach for a more conservative look.

So here's your go-to guide to crop tops featuring some of our favorite pieces in different looks for every style:

This look features a higher cut crop perfect for ladies with great abs or paired with high-waisted cutoffs for those who want to show just a little skin. Wear with shorts now and skinny denim later.

Features: Fire and Ice Crop and Beach Cruiser High-Waisted Denim Cut Offs. Also try our Stroke of Midnight Shorts.

Looking to flaunt those abs you worked hard on! Throw on your favorite denims or shorts and rock it!

This look features our newest crop, No Strings Attached, in two great colors, dressed up or down! We also love these with any printed maxi skirt!

- No Strings Attached in Black
- Beach Cruiser Cut Offs
- Break the Ice Necklace

- No Strings Attached in Bright Orange
- High and Mighty Shorts
- Sole Mate Wedges
- Roll-On Bracelets (in store)
- Statement Necklace (in store)

This features our off the shoulder Seville Sweetheart crop for a dramatic look. We especially love them paired with maxi skirts! The flowy fabric and off the shoulder look is romantic and sassy.

- Seville Sweetheart in Blue
- Pleated Perfection in vibrant Coral (also try our Beach Cruiser Cut Offs)
- Go for the Gold Hoops

- Seville Sweetheart in Pink
- Pleated Perfection in Black (also try our Twice as Nice knit skirt)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Just Peachy - The Summer Bellini

photo courtesy of AllRecipes

Peaches are in season and what better way to enjoy them than in a cold, frosty drink! I'm obsessed with Peach Bellinis and decided to try them blended for a cold, refreshing summer cocktail. Here's the recipe, but careful, these drinks are absolutely ADDICTIVE!

- 1 cup frozen peaches
- 2 oz champagne
- 1 oz peach schnapps
- 1 oz vodka
- 1/2 cup peach nectar (this can be found in the Mexican cuisine area of your grocery store)
- 3-4 ice cubes

Directions: Blend all ingredients together in a blender. Makes 1. *TIP: the typical bag of frozen peaches (16oz) makes 4 drinks so grab extra if you're serving friends :)

Counting calories or looking for a mocktail version? Ditch the alcohol and sub another 1/4-1/2 cup of peach nectar for strong peach flavor or try pineapple juice for a fruity version. I've also tried sparkling white grape juice just to maintain the fizzy factor.