Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Little Wish List

So to start the holiday cheer this year I asked many of our Bluetique ladies what they'd like to gift and/or receive this holiday season.  This is what I got!

Director of Retail

This duffle is perfect for the woman on the go.  For a weekend out of town or a gym bag, everyone could use a weekender bag in their lives.  I plan on gifting this to my daughter but don't tell!

Lexington Manager

 This is my favorite gift to give other people when I can't decide what to get them!  Comes with 14 samples of the most popular fragrances and a voucher for a full sized bottle of one of the fragrances. They have the opportunity to try all 14 then take the voucher back to Sephora to receive a full sized bottle of their choice!  As for myself I would like to receive monogram everything!  I am getting married next year so an updated version of everything will be necessary!

Harrisonburg Manager

I want this bright and sunny coat from Bluetique Charlottesville.  I can already picture myself driving around in my happy yellow VW Bug during the cold winter months in this.  Cozy, warm and spreading joy :)

Director of Marketing

I'm trying to find funny cross-stitch decor for all of my friends! They're great because until you really read them, they look like something your dear, sweet Grandmother stitched for you. The hard part is picking the perfect one for each friend, while staying on the right side of too risque!

Director of  Marketing

For my sister, Hunter.  I'm not getting it for her, but it reminds me of her and I know she'll read this post and then she will be sad that I didn't get it for her! 

Miami Manager

So one of the things I am giving people this year (and secretly hoping to receive) are socks! Socks, in all of their magical forms. Boot socks, over the knee socks, thick wooly winter socks and of course, socks with adorable graphics. We have a wonderful stock of different socks here in the Oxford Bluetique, my favorites are a pair of brown fairisle printed over the knee socks and some lovely mustard and burgundy boot socks with a cable knit design (i have bought the mustard but keep eyeing the burgundy ones).

Boot socks are definitely on a lot of Christmas lists this year so I will certainly be perusing my store to find the perfect ones for my friends. Also, a lot of my friends and family are book nerds. What is better than to curl up in your most favorite reading nook with a book and some thick, cozy socks on? Needless to say, they will be receiving some of those from me!

Charlottesville Manager

I picked an oversize sweater/shirt and I really like this one I saw on the website here. The unofficial uniform in CVille seems to be an oversize sweater with leggings and boots and it's pretty much the most effortless comfortable outfit ever. I always get compliments on my awesome sweaters so all my friends will most likely be getting some sweaters and I am hoping to receive some more for myself!  Plus, everyone needs leggings this time of year and if you roll them up like the camis they make a great stocking stuffer!  Some classic leggings here!

Director of Inventory

I've had this scarf since September and I'm in love with it. It's huge and cozy as well as an infinity scarf. That's a trifecta if I ever heard one :) Everyone should have one of these to cuddle up to on cold winter days and nights!

Website Manager

My older sister is getting married in May and has been hinting at the fact that she would like a cute little ring holder for Christmas. She knows that someone is going to get it for her but I guess the cat is out of the bag now! 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Rainy Day Blues

Don't you miss the days when rain meant skipping class and watching movies all day while eating junk food? I sure do. What I wouldn't give to be wrapped up in a blanket with my sweet pup right now. So, for all you lucky guys and gals that are able to do that, soak it all in, it'll be gone before you know it!

My mother has always been a phenomenal cook. One of my favorite recipes from her is her potato soup. Being a secret recipe, I won't share that with you guys, but I will offer up a replacement. If you feel like peeling yourself out of bed for a little home cooked meal, here is a wonderful recipe for potato soup from the Pioneer Woman (love her so much) for some inspiration. I hope everyone has a wonderful rainy day, happy Friday!

 Pioneer Woman Perfect Potato Soup - made a version close to this tonight (but can't find the pin for the life of me!) I put it in the crockpot though, used a bag of shredded hash browns, instead of celery I did corn and I had leftover ham so I used that instead of bacon.  Super yummy and I like this version without the canned soup.  Definitely a keeper!!

Made with love,

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fab Find

Looking for a unique gift this holiday season?  Bluetique may have just the thing for you!   Another place you might want to look is the Etsy shop Harts and Stars.  While researching for our upcoming gift guide, I stumbled upon her unique jewelry site.  Harts and Stars makes your favorite actor/celeb a commonplace in your wardrobe by putting their face on rings or earring posts.  Sheer genius if you ask me.  I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.  In the meantime, Ryan Gosling, you are mine.  Click here to shop.  


Monday, November 18, 2013

New Girl on the Block

Hi pretty people! My name is Chaney and today is my first day behind the scenes of Bluetique Cheap Chic. How exciting?! I wanted to tell you guys a little bit about myself since I will be on here quite a bit. I am one of 3 girls, one older and one younger, we do just about everything together. I danced in high school, and much like every one else I miss it very much. I started working as a sales associate for Bluetique a few months ago and am so excited to continue on with the company. I won't bore you with a thousand facts about me, so with that, I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday and I can't wait to hear from you all! 

Dirty Dancing

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a fun filled and restful weekend...if only they could last longer. I caught up on some much needed rest and watched a couple of new and old movies, my absolute favorite weekend activity. Much to my surprise I cam across Dirty Dancing on Sunday, (que angels singing) this film is my guilty pleasure. I cannot help but smile when I watch baby and johnny dance. I even catch myself smiling, it's ridiculous! How can you not help but love these two?

My friends know how much I love this movie, they give me a hard time, but I could care less. One of my besties sent me a link about a couple who performed baby and johnny's last dance at their wedding. I know, I know, its cheesy but oh so cute!! Check out Terra and Drake have the time of their lives here! Try not to smile, I dare you.

So tell me, what did you do this weekend, do you love Dirty Dancing too??

Friday, November 15, 2013

Splurge versus Steal

We see you Zara!  Ever the dedicated Zara shopper, I happened to be on their site last night looking for the perfect winter coat because well, duh, I should have planned ahead of time and it's about to be negative a bazillion degrees outside.  I found exactly what I was looking for and more.  Zara not only has an amazing winter coat selection but a pretty impressive shoe selection as well.  I couldn't help myself.  But that is a good thing because I just so happened to stumble upon a pair of shoes quite similar to some we carry.

Enter the Zara Leather Ankle Boot With Interior Wedge.  It bears a more serious name than we can bear and a bit too high of a price tag as well.  If you want these babies as your own click here.  

If you like the style (and added height boost) but want a more affordable prize..we have you covered.  Click here!

Style with skinny jeans, an Aztec print sweater and all the necessary winter accessories and you are instantaneously considered cool, boho and chic in my book.  

Monday, November 11, 2013

An Ode to the Color of the Year

I'm sure you all know that the Pantone Color of the Year is emerald green and what a divine color it is. So I decided to do a little post about this fabulous color. I went into our Lexington store and pulled all things emerald..there were too many pictures for one post, so I picked my favorites. You'll find them below and in no particular order :)

These emerald necklaces will only add to your party ensemble, how can these not scream holiday cheer?

Or if you need a little something to wear..why not try this stunning emerald dress with some black pumps

Going for the casual look this winter? Cuddle up to this over-sized knitted sweater by the fire

Here's a close up of the scarf, not emerald but I must say it's a real winner 

Spice up your arm candy with these must have Lily & Laura bracelets?

Pick up a pair of emerald Hanky Pankys, you'll be happy you did!

Just add some emerald earrings to your outfit, there are tons more in store!

So tell me, how do you wear your emerald pieces; what color are you looking forward to wearing this holiday season?


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Playground Style

I have a feeling I am not the only one who looks in the kids section of the J Crew catalogs despite having zero kids.  I love how Jenna Lyons styles the J Crew catalogs as a brand but there is something about seeing this sophisticated clothing on the bodies on wee little boys and girls that just melts my heart to pieces.  I think I could learn a thing or two from her and from them. I love the way she incorporated color into these fun fall looks.  So presh.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

It's almost here...

Disclaimer:  Bluetique does not support one religion over the other but supports holiday spirit at the highest!  We love hot chocolate, building snowmen and warm fires enjoyed with friends.  With that said..
I, personally, have been listening to Christmas music since before Halloween and this has absolutely nothing with my faith (or lack there of) but simply with the underlying cheer that resonates within the simple Christmas Pandora station.  Absolute bliss.  Needless to say, I have already been looking into what gift to give my mother and what I will be wearing to our Christmas Eve party.  While these are just minor details in the big scheme of the holiday season which is run on love and thankfulness...a little d├ęcor and ambiance never ever hurt anyone.  One of my favorite parts of the season is the countdown.  You guessed it- advent calendars.  My brother and I used to fight over who got to open what days because..well..chocolate..duh.  So here are a few options out there for those of you who just can't stand it any longer. 


Around the Town

Tomorrow is Friday, y'all and we can't wait for it! It looks like it's going to be a super fun and jam packed weekend in Lexington, lots of things happening here. We'll have to give ya an update Monday of all the fun things we did, but until then, here are a few instagram pics from last weekend!

Some of the Bluetique girls got to hang last Friday, and we had a ball. While E took in the sights of the pumpkins at transy and Whit played with her pup, Fanny. Elise made a yummy pie and we hope she shares the recipe soon. Finally, Hunter and Leslie celebrated a recent engagement! Doesn't the bride look beautiful?!

Pretty fun weekend to top, but I think we can do it.
Happy almost Friday to all of you bluetique girls out there!!

Tell us, do y'all have any fun plans for the weekend?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Gone With the Wind

Call me crazy, but around this time every year I watch Gone With the Wind. It's my all time favorite..I start daydreaming about Miss. O'Hara's outfits and of course, we can't forget about the infamous Rhett Butler. 

After I watched my DVD for the thousandth time, I got to thinking about southern sayings and terminology, it made me remember that fabulous book I read in high school called G.R.I.T.S. it's an acronym for girls raised in the south, my sixteen year old self about died when I found out about this book. If you haven't read it, I highly suggest you do.

Being a southern gal myself, I became even more interested in sayings and recently found this article from Business Insider. Basically, it is a list of "southern sayings" and what they mean. I have to say, there were a few on there that I'd never heard of either. They gave us a laugh, here are some of our favorites:

-"madder than a wet hen." (one of my momma's favorites, too)

-"we're living in high cotton."

-"That thing is all catawampus."

and my personal favorite:

"Bless your heart."

So tell me, are you from the south; it doesn't matter if you are or aren't, what's your favorite southern saying?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Ready For A Getaway ( Or Just A Long Weekend)

Just wanted to let yall know a little secret...I LOVE Weekender bags.  And this one (obviously) is one of my favorites.  I love the extra large handles, the shoulder strap (for carrying the heaviness when it comes to me overpacking) and the classic design of this bag.  On my personal wish list, the grey weekender bag with a monogram in cream or blue.

find your fave combo, here

Currently Pinning

Now that Halloween is over and done with, I just can't help myself to think about the upcoming holidays. I know, I know, it's a little early but I just can't stop daydreaming about the abundance of friends and family arriving throughout the coming months. Think about it.. the food, the wine and all of your family gathered in the kitchen. What a joyous and special time. So I spent the weekend on Pinterest, pinning away on my holiday boards. Below you'll find a few of my favorites. 

The perfect wrap for your Thanksgiving day hostess

Celebratory champagne is a must

Who doesn't love a Fitzgerald quote?

A magical sidewalk to boost your holiday spirit

The ideal situation for the holidays...who doesn't want a white Christmas?

So tell me, what have you been pinning..what are you most excited about for the holidays??

Monday, November 4, 2013

Motivational Monday (Crocs Edition)

Sometimes it's just too hard to be motivated on Mondays. When we saw this Instagram post from our Lexington Manager, Jaci, it was just too good not to re-post. No offense to chef Mario Batali or any other Croc-loving professionals (we didn't really find any others)...
but may we suggest a neutral ankle bootie over a clunky-orange-dimpled-foam clog to start off your week. Sometimes when you feel your most sluggish and lazy (e.g. any Monday), it's best dress like it's Friday. So put on that red lipstick and those happy heels, and try to work it like it's the weekend! 
We said "try" to work it. Don't be too ambitious! Click here for some fashionable, but functional shoes for your Monday.

A Kentucky Engagement

We are so excited for one of our favorites, Paige, who was engaged over the summer! Her engagement pictures have finally come from the photographer and as always, she looks fabulous. Paige picked some sweet pieces from Bluetique to wear for these memorable moments and we think she nailed it. Below you'll find a few of our favorites that Paige shared with us. Check em out!

Congratulations to Paige and Kevin, we love you!!