VERA BRADLEY EVENT – FINANCE FOR FASHIONISTAS

VERA BRADLEY EVENT - FINANCE FOR FASHIONISTAS

Last weekend was such an exciting experience for me! I was so blessed to help host an in store event at Vera Bradley. The event was Finance for Fashionistas and I gave out some fun financial tips for shoppers, which I will share the link for below! This was my first in store event that I was able to be a part of and I enjoyed not only learning more about Vera Bradley from the lovely ladies who work there, but also meeting some really sweet customers that came into the store.

VERA BRADLEY EVENT - FINANCE FOR FASHIONISTAS
(Left to Right) @thevogueboyslookbook, @myvoguelookbook, @thefashionableaccountant, @lola_trixx

Vera Bradley is such a colorful store that you can wear pretty much anything and feel like you match to something there. I have been currently loving coral for summer and bell sleeves are all the rage, so I paired my off the shoulder coral bell sleeve top from Goodnight Macaroon with a pair of white jeans and wedges. This outfit also went great with my Vera Bradley Straw Tote.

VERA BRADLEY EVENT - FINANCE FOR FASHIONISTAS

How cute is this cross-body bag from the fall collection that just launched as well?! This is actually their breast cancer awareness print and I think it is so awesome how Vera Bradley has their own foundation to help provide for women fighting breast cancer. You can even round up your change at the register to donate to the breast cancer foundation.

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If you read my earlier post about packing tips, or follow my Instagram, then perhaps you already saw the clutch and sandals which were the items that Vera Bradley were giving away during the event and are perfect pieces to take to the pool or the beach this summer. Also, just so you know all Vera Bradley events will have some kind of sips and sweets, and these tarts and flavored sparkling water really made my day!

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I really enjoyed working with the store’s manager Alyssa and her fabulous team! They are all very knowledgeable, will help you find the right product within your budget, direct you to the best sales, and be your best guide through your entire shopping experience.

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(Left to Right) Kendall, Jackie, Me, Alyssa, Morgan

Thanks to Jackie, the Assistant Manager, I was able to get my leather backpack for fashion week at a DEEPLY discounted rate because she helped me find the best deal and stacked the discounts on top of it.

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How cute are are these fruit purses, which are perfect for summer!

VERA BRADLEY EVENT - FINANCE FOR FASHIONISTAS

I am also really, really loving the Vera Bradley jewelry collection. All of these styles are so popular right now and you can find the perfect color, or style for any person’s taste. My friend Maria purchased the three heart necklace, since she has three boys. I also am really loving the two necklaces that can be worn multiple ways, so you get more than one necklace in one and they are under $50!!

VERA BRADLEY EVENT - FINANCE FOR FASHIONISTAS

If you are looking towards the next season’s trends and for a brand new collection, then you should take a peak at the Fall Collection that just launched! You will love the fun patterns paired with functionality!

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Photo from verabradley.com

VERA BRADLEY EVENT - FINANCE FOR FASHIONISTAS

Did you know that Vera Bradley was started by two women sitting in an airport who didn’t see any feminine luggage? They went home and each borrowed $250 from their husbands, bought a bunch of fabric and started creating designs in their basement…what really cool female entrepreneurs. Those are the real girl bosses right there and back up the saying, “you can do whatever you put your mind to.”

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HOW TO PACK FOR A SUMMER VACATION + A VERA BRADLEY GIVEAWAY

PACK SUMMER VACATION VERA BRADLEY

Happy Tuesday fashionistas! In one week, I will be heading off on my summer vacation woot woot! I am an avid over packer and I really am not a fan of this chore haha, therefore I wanted to save your brain and your suitcase and assist you with some packing tips! When the manager at my local Vera Bradley reached out to me about collaborating, I knew this would be a great time to share with you some of the amazing products they have to help you with your traveling needs!

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*This post is in collaboration with Vera Bradley and these products were gifted for me to review, but all opinions expressed here are my own. 

First thing first, is your carry-on luggage. This should really contain the items that you consider to be most essential and would need within the first 24 hours of your trip. Sometimes luggage gets delayed, or lost and you don’t want to be left stranded without your most needed items.

PACK SUMMER VACATION VERA BRADLEY

Here are few tips when packing your carry on:

  • Make sure to pack all of your most valuable items in your carry-on, including jewelry, cameras, and designer bags.
  • Pack a change of clothes (including underwear!) just in case your checked bag gets lost (knock on wood).
  • For a beach vacation, make sure to pack a bathing suit and travel sunscreen, this way you aren’t forced to buy these items for a higher price when you reach your destination.
  • Some other important items – chargers, meds, headphones, a book and anything you will need to be comfortable on the plane!

PACK SUMMER VACATION VERA BRADLEY

Here’s a quick look into my carry-on…on the right side, I pack my most valuable items including jewelry and a few pairs of my sandals. I use the Vera Bradley Travel Jewelry Organizer – inside it has two large and four small clear pockets, plus two additional elastic slip pockets, and one padded ring strap.

PACK SUMMER VACATION VERA BRADLEY

Other items I pack in my carry-on include:

  • My Specter Wireless Headphones, so I can listen to music, or movies on the plane.
  • My Canon T4i camera and my action camera, for taking blog photos and getting any fun video while traveling.
  • Straw clutches and my Vera Bradley Straw Beach Tote.
  • An extra bikini
  • All of my sunglasses (This pair is my fave because they are prescription)
  • A change of clothing (plus bra & underwear)
  • Essential makeup & toiletries under 3 oz each
  • Chargers for all of my equipment
  • My iPad Mini and laptop

Bathrooms when you travel, are not always set up to easily set out all of your toiletries. This is where a Hanging Organizer comes in handy! I make sure to find travel size toiletries, or to get some small containers to put some of my favorite beauty and skin care products into, this frees up way more space and then you can also pack them into your carry on! Remember the TSA size items need to be 3 oz, or less.

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Makeup is a whole other ball game as well! I only like to bring whats necessary when traveling, but that includes makeup and brushes!! The great thing about the Vera Bradley travel collection, is that they have different cosmetics cases based off of what you need. I picked the Large Blush & Brush Makeup Case, which has pockets to hold all of my makeup and spots for my brushes as well, this way I can keep everything together in one case.

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I am so in love with this bright tropical pattern, which is perfect for summer!!

Moving onto checked baggage! I always attempt to pack way more than I should into my checked luggage… lately I have been weighing it ahead of time to make sure its under 50 lbs! When planning out my clothing for a trip, it really is a big help for me to create an excel spreadsheet. I create outfits by day and try to decide which pieces I can wear more than once and what accessories will go with the different outfits. Then I lay everything out on my bed to help me get a visual of the outfits and so that I don’t forget anything!

PACK SUMMER VACATION VERA BRADLEY

Since I always need to figure out ways to fit more clothing in my suitcase (already told you I had over packer problems haha) these awesome Vera Bradley Expandable Packing Cubes have been a god send. The Medium Cube is great for thin materials like tops and light weight dresses. The Large Cube is what you would use for thicker items like jeans, jackets, and heavier dresses. The best way to use these, are to unzip them completely and then roll all of your clothing and pack it tightly. Zip the cube closed and then zip the second zipper compressing all the clothing inside to at least half of the original size. This will really help you stay more organized and then you can use these to put the dirty clothing in during your trip. Here’s what I was able to fit inside the two packing cubes: 1 dress, 4 cover ups, 1 jeans, 1 skirt, 4 shorts, and 8 tops (plus there was still room for more).

Here are a few tips for your checked bag:
  • Lay out your outfits on your bed before you pack them so you can make sure you have everything
  • If you’re packing purses/bags, fill them up! I like to put purses inside of purses to save space and help them keep their shape.
  • Pack the majority of your toiletries & makeup in your checked luggage, because there is no size limit
  • Use balled up tissue paper to help shoes keep their shape.
  • Pack multiple swimsuits because you don’t want to have to wait around for one to dry.
  • Also, do not pack delicate straw hats! I always carry mine onto the plane with me.
Today is the last day of the Vera Bradley Memorial Day Sale as well!! Select patterns are 50% off online only, so head on over and check it out before it ends!!

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Last, but not least…come and hang out with me at an in store event at Vera Bradley in the Orlando Mall at Millenia on June 17th if you are in the area! The event will take place from 1-3 p.m. and during this time you will be able to take an extra 15% off your purchases when you shop in store, or call in to shop! I have an additional coupon for you to use as well for $30 off a purchase of $125, or more, so if you would like one leave a comment and I will get that to you!! There will also be a giveaway during this awesome event!! Vera Bradley will be giving one lucky winner a pair of Flip Flops in the color Rhumba and this really cute Straw Beach Wristlet, which is great for summer! These are two items that you want for your next beach trip! Side note, if you can’t make it into the store call (407) 354-4495 and you can get entered into the giveaway remotely plus you can still take advantage of the one day sale. 
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STYLE COLLECTIVE: PLANNING A GIRLS BRUNCH ON A BUDGET

STYLE COLLECTIVE: PLANNING A GIRLS BRUNCH ON A BUDGET

A few months ago I joined a really great group of women called Style Collective. When I first joined, it was simply because my friend Maya had told me I should join and that they help you grow as a blogger. I didn’t really know too much about the site, or the woman, Annie Spano, that created Style Collective. More recently, I started reading the site more and discovering all the great things to help us bloggers grow. I also started reading about Annie and everything she has done to help our group that she started. Then, when I saw that she needed volunteers to be regional leaders for the different major cities that Style Collective members are in, I virtually raised my hand. I knew with my love for meeting other women, drinking mimosas, and planning events, that this would be a great way for me to help out.

STYLE COLLECTIVE: PLANNING A GIRLS BRUNCH ON A BUDGET
Photo by Emily of Fashionably Overdressed.

Then, this month, Annie launched the first Style Collective podcast, “Becoming Fearless“. She launched this podcast on her birthday and wanted all the women in different cities to get together and celebrate, discuss the podcast and we could grow together. Myself and Kim, the other Orlando regional leader, were completely on board for planning a meet up. After we did a doodle poll and got a Saturday date, we knew a Brunch would be the best choice! So much team work went into this event and I thought it would be great to share with you how you can plan a girls brunch on a budget. You don’t have to overspend to have a good time and make it a great event.

LOCATION & FOOD

The very first task was finding the right location. We wanted a place that would be able to easily fit about 15 people and of course have an option for unlimited mimosas!! Luckily we found the perfect brunch spot at The Stubborn Mule in downtown Orlando. They had a great brunch menu, reasonably priced, and only $10 for unlimited mimosas. All the ladies paid for their own meals which keeps the cost down, since we didn’t have to try to pay to have anything catered. The restaurant was kind enough to give us three different appetizers for free, so that we could try a bit more of their menu.

STYLE COLLECTIVE: PLANNING A GIRLS BRUNCH ON A BUDGET

STYLE COLLECTIVE: PLANNING A GIRLS BRUNCH ON A BUDGET

STYLE COLLECTIVE: PLANNING A GIRLS BRUNCH ON A BUDGET
Food photos by Emily of Fashionably Overdressed.

They also had a private room that we used. This was a great way to be able to keep our conversation to ourselves and stay away from the noise of the restaurant. There wasn’t a charge for the room either, just a food minimum, which was easy to meet since we had a group over ten. Make sure to check around with restaurants about room options.

How yummy looking is what I ordered?! I definitely want to go back and try something else off the menu.

STYLE COLLECTIVE: PLANNING A GIRLS BRUNCH ON A BUDGET

DECOR & DELEGATING

STYLE COLLECTIVE: PLANNING A GIRLS BRUNCH ON A BUDGET

A good leader knows what their strong suits are and when they should delegate. I mean one person, even two can’t necessarily do it all. I am so glad that we have our decor Queen, The Style Delegate Maya (haha delegate and delegate, ok yes I’m a dork) on our squad. Maya, Kim, and I went shopping together in order to split the costs. We had a plan in mind focusing on items we can reuse, the Style Collective color scheme of blush and gold, plus we stopped first in the dollar section of Target because we were trying not to spend too much.

STYLE COLLECTIVE: PLANNING A GIRLS BRUNCH ON A BUDGET

We made a list ahead of time of what everyone already had that we could bring and since Maya had already hosted an event before she was a great source. Why buy something if on of your girls has something you can use! Then we thought about which items we could DIY and Kim made the vases from mason jars. We used Style Collective printables and printed them at home. I also created a sign that we can use for all of our events! I created an image using Photoshop and then had it printed at Walmart as a 20 x 30 poster. Then I used spray adhesive and attached it to a foam poster board from Dollar Tree. This cost me less than $20!

GOODY BAGS & PRIZES

STYLE COLLECTIVE: PLANNING A GIRLS BRUNCH ON A BUDGET

This was a complete team effort. We were very lucky to all have different contacts to partner with and we each reached out to someone in order to have so fun items for all the ladies to take home with them. In exchange for some social media shout outs five lovely brands gave some gifts for the ladies to have.

Magpie Naturals, a local beauty company gave everyone homemade bath bombs and soap. Laila happens to be an ambassador for Shoe Dazzle, so they sent a couple goodies, plus a gift card to raffle. An upcoming local candy company called Sky Candy gave us homemade lollipops and those were divine. Origins gave us some samples of their top sellers, plus a free mini facial. Finally, our awesome Style Collective Sis Mikaela, owner of Mikaela J Designs, made us custom wine glasses! How cute are all of these items!!

PHOTOGRAPHY

STYLE COLLECTIVE: PLANNING A GIRLS BRUNCH ON A BUDGET

There is no need to hire a photographer for an event. Request that everyone take photos using their phones and cameras and then share them in a Dropbox after the event. Just make sure to give credit where credit is due! Plus we had a lovely waitress who took our group photos outside. Then we all helped each other out taking photos so we had some cute pictures of our outfits!! Girls just wanna have fun!!

I hope some of these tips can help you plan a girls brunch! If you love decor as much as I do, then you should head over tomorrow to Maya’s blog, The Style Delegate to see how she beautified the room we used for the brunch and her decorating tips!

STYLE COLLECTIVE SERIES:

Thursday’s post by Hailey: Style Collective: My First Blogger Meetup

Friday’s post by Kimberly: Style Collective: Bonding Over Blogging

Sunday’s post by Maya: Style Collective: Pretty Little Details

Monday’s post by Emily: Style Collective: Brunching in Style – What to Wear

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