The New Vera Bradley + Giveaway

I don't know about y'all, but growing up all I carried was Vera Bradley. My backpack. My purse. My makeup case. My lunch bag. Everything was Vera Bradley.

It was all about the latest and greatest print. The quilt fabric was easy to wash and take care of. I probably had two different pattern sets and owned just about every piece within each collection.

As I got older though, I tended to shift away from Vera Bradley. While I still carried the overnight bag on trips, and still laid out on a Vera beach towel, I had pretty much retired all my old pieces. The quilted pieces just didn't seem very post-grad to me.

Till now.

That's when I was introduced to the new Vera Bradley at this year's Southern Blog Society Conference. Now before some of you freak out, they still carry all their basic items for which they're known for.

Recently they have introduced a new line of products, made from different types of materials. Think leather clutches, bags and accessories. I love how Vera still incorporates their signature quilted pattern, like on this clutch.

I've carried the Quilted Harper Clutch several times since receiving it, and let me tell you. Everyone is shocked that it's Vera! Shocked, in a good way of course!

Another one of my favorite pieces to carry has been the Marrakesh Beads Tote Bag. I haven't stopped carrying it since bringing it home with me from SBScon. I use it as my daily work tote.

It's perfect for carrying all my necessities, lunch, and makeup for touching up after work before happy hour.

J.Crew Factory Dress, in-stores only // Sandals, old from Target // Necklace, old from LOFT

I also love the Slim Zip Wristlet, in the same Marrakesh Beads print. I use it for all my credit cards, rewards cards, checkbook, etc. I can easily throw it in my tote or take it out and throw in another bag.

You too can snag a Slim Zip Wristlet in the Midnight Snakeskin print for yourself!! All you have to do to win is enter using the Rafflecopter below. Wahhoo for a fun giveaway!!

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Contest will run through Friday, August 21st at noon EST. Only open to residents of the continental U.S.

All Photos by Lisa Chiu

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Birthday Weekend + Friday Link Love

Happy, happy, happy Friday y'all!! This week absolutely flew by. Probably because TOMORROW IS MY BIRTHDAY!!!! Eekkk, I'm so excited to turn the big 25!!

Excuse the cheesy photos, but I had to! HA I just love birthdays.

Tonight I'll be celebrating at the Zac Brown Band concert and tomorrow I'm going to dinner with friends.

I cannot wait to ring in another year. I mean wow, 24 flew by! While I didn't accomplish everything on my 25 Before 25 birthday list, I did cross off a few of the bigger items. And to be honest, I did so much more this past year then what was on that list!! I never could have imagined what 24 would bring, but I'm so blessed to have made so many amazing memories over the past 365 days.

I've got the perfect party dress ready, some rose to pop tomorrow, and a great group of friends to celebrate with. Now, all I need to figure out is... what to wish for?! Cheers to 25!!!

Now, for an extra bonus... some Friday Link Love!

Shop With Me
  • Madewell is finally having a sale!! I've had my eye on a few items and cannot wait to snag those at 30% off!
  • LOFT is having an awesome Friends and Family Sale!! Take 40% off EVERYTHING!!
  • This poncho has already been purchased. Snag one for yourself too at 40% off! It's perfect for fall!
  • Also, ASOS is killing it with these blanket scarves. Some great options for men and women!
  • Finally, the perfect hat for fall. Sorry I'm Not Sorry with all these pre-fall love!

Links I'm Loving
  • The Notebook fans rejoice!! The most romantic movie of all time, may be coming to your home TV very soon!
  • Y'all know how much I love the new lifestyle brand, Draper James, by Reese Witherspoon. Did you happen to catch her segment on the Today Show last week? Learn more about why Reese created this brand and where she got the name, Draper James, from. 
  • As we transition into Fall, now is the time for a major closet detox. Here's how to make some much needed room for those new fall pieces. 
  • Is this Irish store the new H&M or Top Shop?! 
  • All you Fresh Prince of Bel-Air fans... you may wanna get your Carlton Dance ready for this kind of news!!!
  • This new Target collaboration is everything. Absolute perfection for fall! Oh, yeah and this one too! I mean come on!! I know where my paycheck is going in September. 
  • Finally, Trunk Club isn't just for men!

In Case You Missed It
  • Some popular posts on Primp & Proper lately have been: Kristyn's Hair Tutorial, A Proper Work Space and My Favorite Things for August
  • Coming up next week on the blog: I'll be recapping my birthday weekend + sharing the perfect birthday dress from Rent the Runway! I'll also be hosting a fun two post collab with Vera Bradley and a giveaway!! So stay tuned for some more fun next week!!

Have a great weekend y'all!!

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My Best Friend's Wedding

Y'all have no idea how long I've been waiting to write this post! Not just because the title of it is so perfect, but because I've been friends with the bride for almost 25 years.

This past weekend I headed down to Nashville to celebrate the now, Mr. and Mrs.!!

It was truly an amazing weekend. Everything was perfect. From the decor, to the food, to the Church and reception. Every detail was thought of, even the amazing weather. They couldn't have asked for a better day in Nashville. Not a cloud in the sky and almost zero humidity.

Aside from the details of course, the bride was the star of the show. Many tears were shed, but happy ones of course. My dear friend Ashton looked absolutely gorgeous and glowing. Her groom; handsome as always.

It was a fabulous weekend, with many amazing memories made. I'll let the photos speak for themselves, because they truly do. It was crazy how much we did in a less than 4 day trip, but I couldn't have asked for a better few days back in my home state.

To the bride and groom, Ashton and Ryan, I wish y'all many years of happiness! Thank you for letting me be apart of your special day. Love you both!!

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