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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
How cute are are these fruit purses, which are perfect for summer!
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!!
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!
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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A few days ago I came home from my trip to New Orleans, this trip was a last minute one, since our flight to the Virgin Islands was canceled. Anything last minute is really hard for me because I am a big planner and try to research everything before I go somewhere.Therefore, when we arrived, I was feeling a bit nervous and completely at a loss of what to do first. I knew we wanted to go to the French Quarter, so we decided to wing it, get out a map, and walk there.
While we were sitting in the Cathedral in the French Quarter hungry, I found a restaurant on Yelp with great reviews. No one was really listening and I don't think anyone knew what they were in the mood for so we just walked in the direction towards where I said the place was. The hilarious part is that they all pointed out the restaurant that I chose before any of us knew it was Napoleon House. But, I looked down when we walked through the doorway, saw Napoleon House and definitely gave an I told you so.
The food was divine at Napoleon House! We ate there twice! The first day I had an Avocado Stuffed with Shrimp Salad and the second time I had Roast Beef and Gouda Sandwich on Crusty Bread with a delicious Potato Salad on the side. Our fabulous bartender Mario made not only a delicious Italian Cream Soda (mine was peach flavored), but also a really refreshing cocktail with Pimms and lemonade. Then the General Manager, Chris, gave us a complete tour of the building. The Napoleon House happens to be one of the few landmarks in New Orleans and a favorite of tourists and locals alike. Most people aren't allowed to go out on the balcony and it made me a bit nervous, but since he let us, I ventured out!
This is the dress I wore on our second trip back to Napoleon House. I thought that this beautiful old building was the perfect backdrop for my vintage looking floral dress! Can you believe that this dress is less than $20 from Romwe!
Earrings by Lola Trixx
Here a few trips for traveling on a budget that I wanted to share with you! Our trip was very last minute and we had already shelled out a few thousand dollars for our original trip. Therefore, New Orleans had to be kept low cost.
- DO NOT FLY SPIRIT AIR TO SAVE MONEY! Haha, ok no that's not really my first tip, but really don't fly with them. They canceled our flight and we had to dispute the charges with our bank, they were awful. My suggestion is not to fly with a cheaper airline to save money and to actually book your flight directly through the airline. My Mom used to work for a few airlines and my Step Dad is a freight pilot, they say fly Delta, of Jet Blue and pinch pennies elsewhere.
- Use rewards programs like Marriot Rewards, or Hilton Honors to book your hotel. You can get the BEST rates that way, even better than military discounts, or AAA. Many times they have what they call "off site" hotels that are still owned by them. We stayed at an Embassy Suites which had two rooms and since it was two couples we were able to split it.
- Look up restaurants on google and yelp to check the reviews, menu, and pricing. We ate at restaurants that were at a max of "$$", which is mid range. Food and alcohol can eat into a huge portion of your budget, so also try to get a hotel that includes a free breakfast.
- Walk, walk, and walk some more. Transportation can really add up and if you rent a car you have to add in gas and parking. We used Uber some and even rode a trolley once while in New Orleans, but mostly we walked, so pack a pair of walking shoes whenever you travel.
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I hope you enjoyed this post and my new favorite dress!! New Orleans wasn't my favorite place to visit, but Napoleon House was truly worth the trip!! Do you have a favorite place in New Orleans, or a favorite trip you have been on?
*Romwe sent me this dress for free, but all opinions are my own.
Happy Friday fashionistas!!
I am currently soaking up the sun in the USVI Our flight to the Virgin Islands was canceled, which due to not being able to get another flight that whole trip was over. However, after some tequila and tacos at Roccos Tacos in Ft. Lauderdale (since we were stranded at that airport), we flipped a coin and found ourselves heading out to New Orleans. Therefore, we are currently about to head out for an airboat ride, but I wanted to share a bit of summertime with the fun outfit I put together before we left on our trip!
When I think of summer time, I think of bright colors! Lilly Pulitzer is the Queen of bright fun colors, the south, and summer vibes. I normally don't wear prints like this, but this time of year is the perfect time to get away with being a bit more bold. Plus I used this really fun palette that I was gifted at the Makeup Show. This palette is by Senna Cosmetics and it has vibrant shades perfect for a fun summer look!
How adorable is this mural near my house! I am obsessed with flamingos, so I thought this was the perfect backdrop to pair with my colorful top! And this purse from Romwe was less than $11, gimme a hell yeah!! Even my glasses from Coastal Eyewear pair perfectly with this outfit. My style tip for wearing bright colorful patterns, is to pair the colorful item with something neutral. For summer, that would be something white! These distressed white denim shorts paired perfectly with my Lilly Pulitzer top and made it pop that much more.
Lipstick - Nyx Privileged
A great way to save money shopping for Lilly is to one, shop the clearance section (which only happens about twice a year) and two, if you are petite sized like myself, shop the kids section!! My tank top was on clearance for less than $30 and the shorts that my mom got me for Christmas were from the girls section on clearance. This is how she always saves buying Lilly.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and follow me over on Instagram to keep track of my travels and I will have some great blog posts coming once I am home from
the USVI New Orleans.
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