Honeymoon Inspiration: Nautical Resort Style

We recently ended our “busy” season here at VGP, and to celebrate my family took a little trip to Negril, Jamaica. As a reward for breaking new goals and personal success I treated myself to a new vacation wardrobe. I wanted something easy enough to throw on over my swimsuit and go straight to dinner, and not too delicate since obviously it would be exposed to lots of sand and salt water, but also something that would be appropriate for some of the nicer restaurants and clubs that we would go to. I’m in love with my new buys, and I did some creative budgeting that allowed me to get everything for under $150!

Details:  (left to right order)

1.  Slouchy Blue Pants- These look great with high heels or flats, and are super flattering on my frame.  Calvin Klien Outlet $29.99

2.  Blue Stripped Shirt Dress-  This was my wear everywhere staple.  I could just throw it on over my swim suit, or pair it with a skinny belt and chunky necklace for casual evening wear.

Banana Republic Outlet- $19.99

3.  Navy Striped Skirt with braided belt-  Again, this looked super cute layered over my swimsuit with a statement necklace for a refined all over the resort style.

Tommy Hillfiger- $34.99

4.  Merona Sandals-  I wanted a cute around the ankle sandle that wasn’t too expensive since I would most likely wear them on the beach as well as in the evening.  These were perfect!  I’m not a fan of foam flip flops and these definitely served for multiple occasions!

Target- $12.99

5.  Searsucker Shorts-  Another wardrobe staple that could be paired with a nice button up, swim suit, or even a casual tee.  I found these with an additional 60% off Memorial Day sale!

Banana Republic Outlet- $9.99 (no link available, this image is from Eddie Bauer)

6.  Vintage Swim Suit–  Definitely my most treasured piece.  I found mine in a vintage shop almost four years ago for only $12!  Even though I’ve had this piece for awhile, this is the first time I’ve worn it, and no beach wardrobe can be complete without a stunning bathing suit.

7.  Statement necklace–  I found a darling turquoise necklace on the clearance rack of the resort gift shop my first day there.  I wore it plain for more casual outings, or paired with a vintage starfish brooch when I needed to be more glamorous.

Beaches Negril Gift Shop- $10 (clearance)

8.  Skinny Gold Belt-  An instant way to dress up any outfit.

Old Navy- $4.99 (clearance)

9.  Vintage Starfish Brooch- I picked up this little guy at a local resale shop, and just knew that he would be the perfect accessory for my beach vacation.  I was right!  I pinned him to my swimsuit for poolside lounging, my chunky turquoise necklace for a little pizzazz, and the gold belt previously mentioned  to dress up a boring buckle.  He’s in almost all of my photos from the trip, and will surely be a treasure to forever remind me of this trip!

Thrifttown-  $5


Will you be purchasing a new honeymoon wardrobe?   We’d love to hear more about it!






Growing Our Family, and Helping Others in Need

Ever write a blog post and realize that a month later you never hit the “publish” button?  Yes, this post is a bit overdue.  We officially launched this news exactly one month ago through social media.  Unfortunately the day after our website went live my beloved grandmother was admitted to the hospital where we said goodbye just over a week ago.  We’ll discuss that further in a later post.  In the past month we have received an unbelievable amount of support and interest in our new venture, and we are so blessed and excited to have so many great new brides with unique visions for their big day.

No, we’re not having another baby baby, but we do have a new little bundle of joy to present to the world . This has been a difficult process and after almost ten months of planning, late nights, heartburn, and long naps in the middle of the day to catch up on our rest she’s finally here! I proudly present to you Vera Green’s little sister Vivi Gray Design.  Vivi Gray Design will focus on event and floral design, as well as crafting and custom fabrication services that utilize eco-friendly sources and materials.  Our flowers will remain to be locally sourced, organic, or at the very least Fair Trade certified.  For the last five years we have created stunning wedding florals under the Vera Green brand.  This has allowed us to develop methods that are not only better for the earth, but also more cost effective and proven to maintain a longer shelf life for our blooms.  As a matter of fact, in our studios there is only one block of Oasis foam, and we use that to show our brides what we don’t do!

Before you go getting all worked up, Vera Green Productions isn’t going ANYWHERE! But we will no longer be offering event and floral design under that brand, but instead focusing the attention of Vera Green Productions on planning the stunning eco weddings that have made us famous.   As a matter of fact our Vera Green associates are working hard on some really exciting projects that we can’t wait to share.  Stay tuned for those exciting announcements :)

Hydrangea and Billy Balls

And with this announcement we are excited to present our fan base with a special offer that will also support a good cause.  Safe Haven of Tarrant County is a women’s crisis center that is dedicated to reducing domestic violence and providing women in dangerous situations a place for refuge.  Unfortunately their shelters are full and their resources are limited.  So in an effort to educate the public and assist the organization with raising funds to provide their crowded shelters with adequate supplies we will be donating 50% of proceeds from special occasion flowers to the Safe Haven organization through the end of August.  In addition to monetary donations we will be adopting these shelters for the remainder of 2012, and will donate arrangements made from left over wedding and event flowers to the shelter to bring a little beauty to these women’s lives during troubled times.  If you would like to help, but don’t necessarily have any special occasion flowers to send then we have a special edition hydrangea arrangement in a repurposed chalkboard vase (shown above) that can be purchased for $25 and sent to an anonymous domestic violence victim at one of the Safe Haven shelters, and 100% of the proceeds of the sales for this specific arrangement will be donated to the organization as well, indefinitely!

Again, we are so excited about this announcement and all of the great things to come!