Friday, August 21, 2015

Vineyard Vines Blogger Recap

One of my favorite things about being a blogger is blogger events! I joined Birmingham Bloggers a few months ago and I have loved meeting all my fellow bloggers who share the same passion of taking pictures of their food as me :) As soon as I saw this event was being held at our local Vineyard Vines, I knew it would become one of my favorites. I have been known to unleash my preppy side a time or two (hello Lilly Pulitzer posts) and Vineyard Vines with its classic stitched whale has always been a go-to. The bloggers got to preview the fall collection and we were not disappointed! Check out a few of my snaps below as well as my favorites from the collection.
Upon arriving, I noticed the cute set-up of snacks. How Can you go wrong with finger sandwiches, petit fours, and wine? After making the rounds to chat with old friends and meet new ones, it was time for the fall preview!

One of the first things I noticed was this display of belts. If you are from the South, you know how we feel about college football. If you aren't, well I don't really know how to explain it other than its a way of life. It gets intense. Like really intense. My family is split Auburn/Alabama (War Eagle!) and holidays around football season are always fun. These belts are a cute way for your boyfriend or hubby to show his team pride without the face paint. They had choices for all SEC schools so no matter your preference, you are set!

The one item I would love to have in my closet is this striped weekender bag (seen below) and the Twill and Leather North South Carryall. I am debating picking it up this weekend to use for my writing classes since it's big enough to put all my purse essentials plus my laptop and books. The weekender bag is a great piece for quick travel trips and I could definitely see myself using as a carry-on for my "racecations" when I travel for a half or full marathon.

Another item that caught my eye were the wide array of shorts. I especially was fond of this eyelet gingham pair. The came in two sizes, one had a shorter inseam so if you wanted a longer pair, you had both options. The longer pair could be seen as office casual depending on your work place and paired with one of the preppy button up shirts you can have an easy weekend outfit that works from a trip to the lake to brunch with your besties. This is also a good combo when attending a family event or meeting a significant other's parents at a lunch or family affair.

Ok, I had to buy something (bloggers got 20% off one item) I mean it would have been rude not have purchased anything, right? Well, after much browsing, I noticed this fall centric, super girly, flannel baseball hat (pictured in middle). This hat just looked like fall to me with its cozy exterior and the pastel pink whale for a hint of color. I knew it would get a lot of repeat attention for those Saturday mornings when I've just come from a run and need to go to the grocery store or Sunday for a breakfast outing with the family.

It seems like Vineyard Vines has a lot more feminine pieces this season and that was evident in the "Shep Shirts" (pictured above) named after one of the designers. I loved the mint hued top as well as the white with cobalt blue trim and pink design. All of these shirts seemed like a great alternative to baggy t-shirts you may wear to class or to run errands. Let's be honest, it's always better to look a bit put together since you know the times you look like you rolled out of bed is when you see at least 10 people you know in Target. I know this to be very, very true. I want to add one of these to my collection!

The other item I think would be a great addition is this Stow & Go Raincoat. It has been rainy season here in the Ham this summer and this lightweight rain jacket would be excellent to throw on and go. It also folds up hence the name. I have had the same Burberry rain jacket for years and as much as I love it, it is awfully heavy. This option is much easier to store plus I feel like you would get a lot of use out of it. Plus, y'all know I love color and this bright turquoise can brighten a rainy day!

After the helpful Vineyard Vines preview, we mostly chatted and browsed a little longer before I had to leave for my weekly team trivia outing. What I gathered is that while Vineyard Vines is known for their super preppy oxfords and sometimes more male oriented clothing, there is now plenty for the ladies. Lots of fun and stylish options which are great for work, class, and everything in between. If you aren't into the super preppy style there are still pieces you can incorporate into your wardrobe to add just a hint, such as the bags or scarves. Yes, some of the clothing can be a little pricier compared to say Forever 21. The difference is Vineyard Vines last throughout the years (I still have several items from high school) whereas cheaper materials normally do not. You are paying for quality! Check out where your local  store is or you can always check out the official website anytime to order online.

Once again, thank you tothe beautiful   Birmingham Bloggers for planning such a wonderful event and special thanks to the perfectly preppy staff of the Vineyard Vines at the Summit for being so knowledgeable and accommodating!

Happy Friday and Shopping!



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