Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Trend: Not Hating Monday

Mondays suck, but instead of having a case of the Mondays, we are wearingCase of the Mondays”. We have had many customers inquire how to wear this shirt so, vestique Cary’s trend this snowy Tuesday is how to wear this adorable plaid shirt!

  1. Wear this shirt into the spring and summer!

Just because it's long sleeve doesn’t mean that this plaid shirt is only for the fall and winter! Just to prove it we paired this cute top with our white Flying Monkey jeans and our adorable fringe “Nomad Clutch”. Pair with booties or sneakers, either way its the perfect outfit for a casual lunch, or shopping with the gals!

2.) Wear it as an accessory!

The 90’s are so back! Tie this plaid perfection around your waist! Pair with a Tee like our good hYOUman, "Family Over Everything" and our “Dark Wash Cropped Denim”. For the final touch, add a cute pendant like our “Raise the Bar” necklace

3.) Wear it as a jacket! 


Dress it up! Throw it over a cute dress like our "Piko Proper dress" {available in select stores} for a cute date night outfit! How incredible does the "Iridescent Moon" necklace look with it?!

We are starting to love Mondays now! How about you? 

xoxo,

vestique Cary

Friday, February 20, 2015

NOW TRENDING: Giving back with Survivor Glam Squad

As our favorite Half United shirts say, “Giving Back Is The New Black." Most of you know vestique as a cute, affordable clothing store. While this is true, we are so much more than that. We not only love to keep everyone up to date on the latest trends, but we also love to empower women!

There is nothing better than to see a woman smile after seeing herself in an outfit she looks and feels great in. So when Kimberly Atwood approached me about collaborating with Survivor Glam Squad and Headbands of Hope, I could not have not been more thrilled!

To give a brief background, Survivor Glam Squad was founded in 2011. Their mission is to “provide female cancer survivors with esteem building opportunities such as professional makeovers, education and motivation. Through donations and volunteer efforts, SGS will empower women and girls to get back on track after cancer treatment.” The event took place at the Highgrove on Laurel Lake in Fuquay Varina, NC on February 7th. As volunteers were putting the final pieces of the event together, the survivors were busy getting makeovers upstairs. The survivors were told not to look at themselves until the entire makeover was finished! Here's a glimpse at some of the amazing women who took part in this event.

Nancy sitting patiently while her eyeliner is applied
Erin getting her hair blown out
Deborah enjoys a quick laugh during her makeover

When makeovers were complete, the survivors were brought into a room with a mirror. They were told to look at themselves while a photographer captured their big reveal. What they saw was heart warming...

Katie
Top can be found here.
Necklace can be found here. 
Michelle
Dress can be found here.
Necklace can be found here. 
Erin enjoying the moment with her daughter!
Sweater can be found here 
Necklace can be found here.
T-Shirt available in select stores

After the big reveal, the survivors took more pictures with their families while all the guests mingled and socialized over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. There were also a couple of guest speakers to entertain and educate while the survivors finished getting ready.



Finally it was show time! The women were called out by name while guests were told their history and survival. Each woman walked with such grace and poise! They had the option of walking down the runway solo or with a partner. Some walked with another surviver or family member, while others walked by themselves. 





It was hard to hold back the tears and goosebumps while these women walked proud down the runway. Their strength is such an inspiration! Many thanks to Kimberly Atwood, all of the survivors and Survivor Glam Squad! 

For those of you who want to donate to this great cause, their donation page can be found here

                                                                                  xoxo,
                                                                               Caroline

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Oscar Party

Oscar Party

87th Academy Awards
February 22nd
7pm (but let's be real we start watching the red carpet hours before this)


 EEEK who is ready for this year's Oscars?! I have got to say that it is definitely one of my favorite awards shows. I can't wait to for all the fabulous attire, acceptance speeches, and of course Neil Patrick Harris (he's the host this year in case you have been hibernating). My sister and I always love to watch it together and no matter where or who we are with we try and make it into a little party. Whether you go all-out, watch it with your girlfriends, or your party consists of you and the cat, the ideas below will help make sure it is successful and fantabulous! 


 Red Carpet looks from 2014

What All the Fuss is About

-it is an annual American awards ceremony honoring cinematic achievements in the film industry; basically your favorite movies and actors get praised all night
-some movies nominated are: American Sniper, Wild, Boyhood, Selma, and Birdman but there are many more
-some actors nominated are: Bradley Cooper, Michael Keaton, Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke and Emma Stone but there are many more as well
-Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Liam Neeson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Channing Tatum will be presenters
-Neil Patrick Harris is going to be the best host ever

Food/Drinks

Dine Like the Stars:
trying to get fancy and dine like the celebrities are after the Oscars? Try some of these recipes ranging from Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Black Truffles to Mini Kobe Burgers With Aged Cheddar and Remoulade, you are sure to impress with these dishes. 
Channel your inner Wolfgang Puck here 

Quick and Easy Apps:
small bites and lots of options are always a good go-to, even better if they are easy to make. Appetizers are always a great idea because there will be something for everyone. 
Make the crowd "appy"

Oscar Themed:
Really like getting into the theme of things? Try Cheese & Cracker Tuxedos, Oscar-shaped Cookies, or Steak Oscar.

Drinks:
Get your Oscar buzz on. Champagne is a fabulous for any occasion especially if there are gorgeous gowns involved. Oscar cocktails (below), mocktails, or red "carpet" wine are also good choices!



Decoration/Props

The decor feel should be classy but still lots of fun! Just like the Oscars. 

Decoration:
- black, gold and white 
-your own red carpet!
-gold stars and glitter
-balloons

Props:
-make your own Oscars (Ken doll style)
-dressed up champagne flutes
-awards show drink charms
-photobooth with props

gosh these guys make me laugh.


Games

Who doesn't love a little competition or something to entertain you when someone's speech lasts too long? These games are the perfect addition to your party and are sure to get everyone involved. 

Oscar Ballot Printable:
Have everyone fill out who they think will win before the show starts! Place some bets if you are feeling lucky!

Red Carpet Bingo or Rate the Red Carpet:
Let's be real, one of the best parts about an awards show is the red carpet! 

Acceptance Speech Fill-in:
Like Mad-libs for awards shows!

**And just a little fact to impress all your friends: The Oscar statuette weighes 6.75 lbs and is 13.5 inches tall**

I hope everyone enjoys the Oscars this year -- no matter how your choose to watch! 
See you soon, NPH. 
peace, love, & party
xoxo
Jillian





Wednesday, February 18, 2015

4 Ways to Wear NYFW Spring Trends NOW


For anyone that follows a fashion blogger, designer, model {or any celeb for that matter}, it's no secret that this week is New York Fashion Week. This week of catwalks has left us drooling over trends to come this spring. If we could run backstage and buy that Oscar De La Renta dress, we would. Unfortunately, we have to wait months before these styles are released, which is actually a blessing because if we did run backstage...we just might be without groceries for a month year.

Luckily our buyers here at vestique have been curating the perfect fashion-forward pieces all season long. Below, we’re sharing how to wear the trends now that everyone in fashion will be wearing this spring {without sacrificing your rent}.

Fringe Details 
Left: Mara Hoffman | Right: Raise the Bar Necklace $22. Other fringe
options here, here and here
We've seen fringe make it's way down the runway season after season- and just a heads up, it's not going anywhere anytime soon. From jewelry to handbags, fringe is everywhere. 






















Left: Suno | Right: Chic and Easy Dress $34.50
available in select stores only. Email us at
service@vestique.com to locate.
Return of the Turtleneck 
This next trend is practical as well as fashionable. We're talking about a timeless classic that until now has been forgotten...the turtleneck. The of-the-moment high neckline is conservatively elegant, while keeping us warm and cozy. We stocked several turtleneck options this past year, if you were lucky enough to snag one, then you know what we're talking about. As for those that have yet to discover the many wonders of the turtleneck, shoot us an email at service@vestique.com and we'll track down the beloved trend for you, in one of our stores. 











Gingham Style
Left: Micheal Kors Gingham Skirt | Right: Gimme The Gingham $36.50
more gingham options here and here
Micheal Kors gave us the gingham we we're looking for. This print was seen on party dresses, pants and even casual matching separates. We particularly adore this gingham print skirt paired with a simple black crop. Give the print a try with our Gimme the Gingham Top paired with distressed denim.
















Left: DKNY white-out | White Skinny Denim $56.50 
Other white pairings can be found here, here and here

                      White Out 
Finally, the white out look is one that was favored across the board. An all-white outfit is the perfect way to brighten up a dark and dingy winter day. This color palette transitions well into spring and summer. Play around with different hues and textures so the mix looks intentional. Start building your white out ensemble with white skinny denims, any white top and a chunky cardigan. To break up the all white everything look, mix in subtle details like a fringe clutch or gold accented jewelry.





So there you have it, the four biggest need-to-know trends of spring 2015. You'll be runway ready in no time! Happy styling!
xoxo 
vestique





















Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Trend Tuesday: Spring Jewelry for Less

We've all been there...grabbing that gorgeous statement necklace in a store knowing it will look perfect with the new outfit you've been dying to wear. And then you check the price....WOW. How could you justify paying that for a necklace that doesn't have diamond clusters? We've got the solution, and today you can get all your favorite gems for 10% off!

Here are our top picks for the best jewelry trends of Spring 2015


1. The Bolo Necklace

This is THE it-necklace for 2015. We've seen it splattered across our favorite blogs and Pinterest ever since Western trends came back to the pages of Free People and Anthropologie's catalogs. Our top two bolo necklaces just came in and we're dying to wear them as the weather warms up with a cute tee and a chunky knit cardigan. 


2. The Stone Pendant

The pendant necklace is being seen everywhere in almost every store for Spring 2015. Our top picks include anything and everything stone, especially when they're all under $40! 






3. The Tassel Necklace

We love a good tassel necklace to channel our inner boho princess. What we don't love though is paying fifty to seventy-five dollars for a necklace. Enter- vestique! We have a ton of new necklaces just added to satisfy your craving for this top trend. Pair with a colorful top, denim or cut offs and your favorite booties for a bohemian-inspired outfit that won't disappoint. 








Get any of these necklace now online at vestique.com or in any of our seven stores. Don't see the necklace you want? Send us an email and we'll check all our stores for you! 

Don't overpay for trendy jewelry, get these pieces for yourself and we'll show you exactly how to wear them to look your absolute best all season long!

xoxo,
vestique

Friday, February 13, 2015

QUIZ: The Weekend Outfit You NEED


Can't decide what to wear this weekend? Let us do the hard work for you! Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day or Galentine's Day we'll find the perfect outfit for you.



Thursday, February 12, 2015

Get Your Body On Point: Morgan's Take On Xtend Barre

With spring break just a few weeks away and summer finally on the horizon, I thought it would be a perfect time to talk the dreaded "f" word with you...fitness. You've still got a few months to prep for bikinis, crop tops and cutoffs so let me share with you what has been working for me.

Over the years, I've joined various gyms and gone sporadically, then subsequently cancelled my memberships. I've tried the couch to 5K app, bought the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred video and taken hot yoga {twice}. I could never get "hooked" on anything.



When I moved to Charlotte and the big 3-0 loomed, I knew I needed to make some life changes. I'll be the first to admit that the demands of running the 'tique keep my stress level high--just ask my boyfriend. So not only was I looking for a way to burn some unwanted calories, but I also needed a place to release my negative energy. Enter: Xtend Barre

Xtend Barre combines elements of dance, ballet and Pilates to create a workout that strengthens and lengthens the body. Unlike other barre methods, Xtend integrates a lot of cardio to make sure your heart rate stays up the entire time you're in the studio.

If you've ever taken a barre class before you know it's not for the faint of heart. Caroline and I went to our first class together and were definitely not prepared for the sweating, shaking and soreness that would ensue. Despite all of that, we were hooked and joined on the spot. I completed my 100th class just a couple of days ago. 


Here's a rundown of a typical Xtend Barre class:

The class starts with a short, cardio-focused warm up, then moves into an arm workout with weights. After that, we hit the mats for push-ups, tricep dips and planks. 


When we finish our arm segment, we move to the barre to focus on legs and stabilizing muscles. While at the barre, we do plyometrics (jump training) and a cardio series to elevate our heart rates.


Not gonna lie to you, the barre segment will make your legs shake uncontrollably and your quads will feel like they are literally on fire. During this portion of class, you will probably question the instructor's sanity and your own for doing this to your body voluntarily.


Once we're off the barre, we're in the home stretch! Core. It's hard. Really hard. BUT, as my body gets stronger, the ab exercises get easier. I want a six pack--think I'll have to give up the wine first though (no chance). After core, we stretch and perform a balance exercise then we're done!

My hour a day at Xtend, albeit TOUGH, is my time to release and not think about a darn thing besides the height of my batma and keeping my toes pointed! You'll be amazed at how much better you feel once you get those endorphins flowing.

If you're looking for an exercise that'll kick your butt, work muscles you didn't know you had and get results, try Xtend Barre.

*Disclaimer: If you don't want to sweat, this is NOT the workout for you. Lots of people do other barre methods on their lunch breaks or before work, but it's virtually impossible to leave Xtend without sweating so allow yourself some time to shower up after class.   



Meet me at the barre?
xoxo
Morgan