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Don’t Stress the Number!


The average female shopper has several sizes hanging in her closet… so why are you a size 6 in some brands and a size 10 in others??

Alfredo Cabrera, author of 101 Things I Learned in Fashion School, explains. “Most companies start with a size 8 production pattern which sometimes gets shifted larger or smaller. A high-fashion 8 isn’t typically as large as a mass-market brand’s size 8.”

Even in Europe, where measurements are standardized by law, there can be some variation because a designer may decide to slide a garment’s waistline above or below a woman’s natural waistline.

Our experience has been that European lines, as a rule, are approximately 1-2 sizes smaller than your average fit. This is where an experienced sales clerk can be very beneficial as you shop, many times suggesting that you begin trying on certain lines a size or even two above what you normally wear.

Don’t limit yourself to a certain size… be open to some variation… basing your decisions on style, designer and your individual sales associate’s advice. Remember… we have seen the styles tried on, trying many on ourselves to better advise our customers of the fit.

The very best way to ensure a good fit is to try on several sizes. Remember to trust your personal sales associate and the mirror instead of the digit on the label!

We are here to advise you on the size and fit of your selections; however, for men who are purchasing a gift for Mother’s Day, may we suggest a beautifully designed, boxed and gift wrapped gift certificate! Always a perfect gift!

Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Shopping!

The Lily Pad Boutique
209 N. Main Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423.337.5537
www.sweetwaterlilypad.com

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Veronica G Boutique

One More Dream

By Gail Edwards, Owner of Veronica G Boutique

After retiring from my career in commercial real estate administration, I did what so many young retirees do, which was pursue my life’s passion of owning my very own women’s clothing boutique. First launched six years ago, my dream evolved from launching a boutique in historic downtown Loudon to Veronica G Boutique in Turkey Creek.

I’ve loved every minute of the experience keeping up with the latest fashion trends, going to market in Atlanta, merchandising, marketing, and a whole host of other responsibilities that require an entrepreneur to wear a great many hats. Until Veronica G Boutique, I never fully appreciated just how exhilarating and challenging owning a small business could be.

While I am grateful for the experience and the success I’ve enjoyed, I think I am most grateful for all of the friends I have met that have supported me and encouraged me as I pursued my dream. But now it’s time for me to pursue one more dream: Retirement. After experiencing a series of health related challenges, I have decided to pursue my new dream of traveling with my husband, Bob, and to take advantage of what we hope will be years of happy retirement memories after many decades of pursuing our respective careers.

As my way of thanking each and every one of you for your past support, we will be offering a storewide sale on almost everything in the boutique. Our last day will be Saturday, March 25th. I hope each of you will plan a visit to Veronica G Boutique, which will provide me with the opportunity to thank each of you personally, as well as to extend to you some great savings on some of the latest in women’s fashions from many of the nation’s top designers.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my husband, Bob, for supporting me. You often hear that a family business can sew disharmony in a relationship. Ours was the opposite experience.


I hope to see you all soon, and thanks for the memories.

Veronica G Boutique
11655 Parkside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37934
865.675.0222
www.vgboutique.com

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Discover Upscale Consignment and Amazing Values at Next To New

With the renewed economic optimism we are all experiencing today, consumer shopping trends are quickly being redefined. Today’s trendy consumers are discovering the growing popularity of upscale women’s consignment boutiques when shopping for the latest fashions. Not to be confused with clothing thrift stores, upscale women’s clothing shops serve two purposes: They represent a source of revenue for women wishing to recycle their gently used, quality clothing and accessories they may no longer wear, and for other women, they are a source of fashionable, high-quality women’s skirts, blouses, dresses, gowns, handbags, and jewelry at just a fraction of their original cost.

A perfect example of one such upscale consignment boutique is Next To New, located at 7212 Kingston Pike, next to Olive Garden and adjacent to The Bed Store. Next To New founder and owner, Jackie Bivens, always delights in the response that first-time visitors have to her shop.

“If your passion for fashion outweighs your budget, we can help you rebalance your budget with Next To New’s higher-end labels, in near new condition, for 50-85% off their original retail prices,” said Jackie. “It’s really the smartest way to shop and a smart way to make money on those unused designer-inspired fashions, jewelry, handbags, scarves, and shoes in your closet. With consignors such as Knoxville’s socialites literally emptying their closets, our merchandise is better than ever, including a fantastic selection of plus sizes. You’re certain to find many undiscovered treasures at Next To New.”

Whether you have some fashionable, gently used, or never worn items just hanging around the closet that are looking for a new owner, or if you’re searching for that “just perfect” apparel item, jewelry piece, handbag, purse, or much more while keeping your budget intact, plan a visit to Next To New, the perfect location to find amazing items at even more amazing prices. Also, for a limited time, take advantage of additional savings with our “Hello Tuesday” special offer and save an extra 10% on all cash sales every Tuesday.

Next To New
7212 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
865.584.2878
www.NextToNewKnox.com

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Elle Boutique

Bubbles, Bras, Bags, and Bling

Get Ready for the event of the month taking place on Thursday, February 9, and Friday, February 10. Bubbles, Bras, Bags, and Bling is all happening in one spot from 10 am to 6 pm at elle Boutique!

What exactly is that? We’re so glad you asked! To put it simply, it’s a two-day event featuring some super fun shopping and super awesome people that you won’t want to miss!

To give you some details…

Bubbles: We provide yummy champagne, and you drink it while you shop. Say no more, right?!

Bras: Is referring to… well… bras that we carry! But more so the brand of unbelievable intimates, robes, and pajamas we carry from Eberjey. Eberjey is a beloved worldwide lifestyle brand that creates pieces that women feel their absolute best in and is exclusively sold at elle Boutique. Come shop the collection that just arrived for Valentine’s Day!

Bags: A part of the event you will not want to miss! Join us as we welcome the talented designers, Jill and Tracey, from Michele Ma Belle to elle! These amazing girls re-vamp genuine Louis Vuitton bags with the most amazing accessories consisting of patches, fringe, fur, brooches, key chains, and more, creating fabulous, one-of-a-kind bags you have got to get your hands on!

Bling: Last but certainly not least, come check out the bling from the most talented jewelry designer we know… Melody Vintage Jewelry. She has been working around the clock creating a special collection just in time for Valentine’s Day shopping!

So mark your calendars for February 9th and 10th, and get ready to enjoy the first elle shopping extravaganza of the new year.

elle Boutique
5508 Kingston Pike, Suite 130
Knoxville, TN 37919
865.851.7555
www.shopelleboutique.com

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Veronica G Boutique

Veronica G Boutique: Your Holiday Boutique

As you have come to expect from Veronica G Boutique, this season we have thoroughly searched numerous apparel and gift marketplaces for those more than special gifts for this holiday gift giving season. This year we are very proud to introduce you to our discovery of three exciting new women owned business featuring quality, USA made products that will make great new additions to our current lines of ladies’ apparel, accessories, and gifts. These retail lines include:

» 1818 Farms
Located in the historic village of Mooresville, Alabama, 1818 Farms is named for the year the town was incorporated. Founded by local entrepreneur, Natasha McCrary, 1818 Farms features a unique line of all-natural, handmade, and hand-packaged bath and beauty products containing lavender and herbs grown on her farm, preserving and honoring life as it used to be.

» Creative Energy 2-in-1 Candles
Fascinated with candles from an early age, Creative Energy Candles president and founder, Kara Sherrit’s, fascination has today resulted in her organic, hand-poured soy candles being sold to nearly 200 spas and specialty gift stores nationally. They are all-natural, containing only the finest quality soybean wax and natural essential oil blends featuring anti-aging properties and the healthy moisturizing effects of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.

» Dona Bela SHREDS
Creating one-of-a-kind, handmade fashion accessories using upcycled materials, Iowa-based entrepreneur, Allison Davidson Motoyama, transforms textile remnants into totally unique scarves, combining thousands of colors and a variety of designs to complement all body types. Designed for comfort, style, and individuality, Dona Bela SHREDS make the perfect gift for any occasion.

For the holidays, Veronica G Boutique will also be featuring select groups of designer-inspired jewelry at savings of up to 50% off.

So whether you shop from our already wide selection of ladies’ apparel, accessories, gifts, or from one of our newest retail discoveries, Veronica G Boutique is the perfect place to shop for everyone on your holiday shopping list this season.

Veronica G Boutique
11655 Parkside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37934
865.675.0222

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The Lily Pad Boutique

the-lily-pad-boutiqueOne of our favorite presentations is always a Joseph Ribkoff trunk show… Thursday, October 27, from 10 am to 5:30 pm. You’ll be previewing not only fall and holiday for immediate delivery, but spring 2017 as well! You’ll be among the first to see this, and, as always, we’ll be presenting a fashion show so you may see how the styles look on.

Joseph Ribkoff is a world-renowned, award-winning designer and an official sponsor of Miss America. He has an amazing understanding of the female form and creates clothing that is complementary to all shapes and sizes… available from sizes 4 to 20 and flattering to every body type.

We welcome Doyle Baker, our Joseph Ribkoff representative, to The Lily Pad, where both he and our staff will be available to present this amazing line of women’s fashion to you and to assist you in finding your look and the very best pieces for you and your lifestyle. We are so pleased that our clientele can enjoy access to designer labels that are both timeless and current, in a chic and inviting décor, with expert personal service, and an accessible location!

Both The Lily Pad and Joseph Ribkoff offer the fashion forward customer a full range of designs, taking her from the business arena to a night on the town!

Please join us in viewing the latest Ribkoff collection on October 27! Bring a friend, spend some time with us as you enjoy mimosas in the morning and wine spritzers in the afternoon, and preview one of the most exciting lines in today’s market!

The Lily Pad Boutique
209 N. Main Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423.337.5537
www.sweetwaterlilypad.com

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FALL in Love with elle BOUTIQUE

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Our absolute favorite season of the year is upon us, and we couldn’t be more excited about all of our new arrivals. Colder weather means more layers, which means more amazing pieces to style and choose from.

A must-have layering piece we are excited about this season is the turtleneck. Designers went all out this fall with cozy turtleneck pullovers, super soft fabrics, and fresh raw hems to give a cool look shown underneath jackets and sweaters! We have a wide selection to choose from coming in from all of our brands fitting for different styles and needs.

Another layering must-have is a pair of David Lerner leggings. DL is one of our newest lines known for their fashion forward styles and slimming fits. They are perfect for all of those long tunic tees, sweaters, and jackets you’ll be wearing this season to guarantee a slim bottom while your top is “layer heavy.”

Speaking of jackets, our selection this season is out of this world. We have a wide range of price points and styles that we are in love with. Our faux suede leather jackets with cool angles and flattering fits start at just $95. Those are an easy purchase to transition you into fall. But if you love real leather as much as we do – the feel, the smell, the LOOK – don’t worry, we have that to offer, too! We also have the season’s hottest jacket trends coming in with touches of shearling, fur, retro plaids, and cool bombers you will definitely want to get your hands on (and bodies in)!

In addition to all of these must-have layering pieces, you can of course count on our large selection of denim and plaids we all love every fall! Come shop with us Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm!

elle BOUTIQUE
5508 Kingston Pike, Suite 130
Knoxville, TN 37919
865.851.7555

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Fall in Love with Autumn

Veronica G BoutiqueThe promise of crisp autumn mornings and the spectacular palette of fall colors will be enjoyed even more with your visit to Veronica G Boutique.  Our number one apparel line from Parsley & Sage never disappoints.  Discover for yourself their colors of autumn, which include rich blues, greens, browns, and everyone’s favorite, teal.

We’re also very excited about all of the new jewelry designs that we’ll be featuring this season from popular fashion jewelry designer, John Michael Richardson.

Veronica G Boutique is proud to introduce our latest fashion accessory, SHREDS.  Like a scarf but far better, SHREDS are a one-of-a-kind neckwear creation designed and handmade in the heart of America from upcycled textile remnants.  The result is that no two SHREDS will appear alike, offering a totally unique look for each and every wearer.  SHREDS are also available in popular UT colors.

We are also pleased to feature our recent “Strike a Pose” contest winner, Kay Wellons.  Kay decided to enter the contest after learning about it in Everything Knoxville.

“I’m never too old to have a little fun!” said Kay, a retired Knox County teacher and administrator.

And strike a pose she did, as she won the contest hands down.  Kay’s only grandson, Carter, who she looks after four days a week, was at the beach one day with his parents, so she decided to get all dolled up and go for it.

“I followed my own advice to my students to seize all of life’s opportunities,” said Kay.  “I just love Veronica G Boutique’s fashions, as they make women feel younger and more vibrant, in style, and just a little ‘sassy.’  And boutique owner, Gail, is another reason I love Veronica G Boutique.  Gail makes you feel comfortable, spending time with each customer while sharing her knowledge of current fashions.  She also encourages you to break out of the mold.  Veronica G Boutique fashions are versatile and are perfect for a busy and active lifestyle.”

Strike you own pose at Veronica G Boutique today!

Veronica G Boutique
11655 Parkside Dive
Knoxville, TN 37934
865.675.0222

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Veronica G Boutique

Perfect Vacation Wear

By Gail Edwards, Owner of Veronica G Boutique

I’m not sure what I enjoy more: Discovering an exciting new apparel line or watching the expressions on the faces of our customers when they discover the same line displayed at Veronica G Boutique.

Last month we had the privilege to introduce you to an entirely new apparel line from Bali Apparel. Produced from Batik fabrics, these rich, color-dyed fabrics create the striking designs that our customers have been raving about.

Well, this month is no exception, as Veronica G Boutique is proud to introduce you to yet another new line of U.S.-made apparel from Nomadic Traders. And, best of all, this new line is just perfect for women on the go as the 2016 vacation season really heats up.

Nomadic Traders’ wide range of women’s clothing created by their experienced design team offers the “Nomadic” look, from casual weekend wear to resort sophistication. Breezy rayon batiks designed exclusively for the American market, crisp silk linens, embroidered blouses, hand-painted linens, washable silk, dresses, skirts, pants, and shorts… the list goes on and on. With an unprecedented commitment to quality, Nomadic Traders pulls its inspiration from the cultures in half a dozen countries while keeping pace with global fashion trends.

A unique fashion experience geared towards women 30+ who are searching for on-trend fashions, Veronica G Boutique, which is conveniently located in Turkey Creek, is one of those very few boutiques that provides friendly, personal service, style, and exquisite offerings in fashions and accessories. So if your 2016 vacation planning is about to shift into high gear, I invite you to discover our many exciting lines of apparel and accessories to make your summer-of-fun plans complete.

Veronica G Boutique
11655 Parkside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37934
865.675.0222
www.vgboutique.com

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Next to New

Next To New

Upscale Consignment, Amazing Values

Today’s economy and the “new normal” in consumer shopping trends have given rise to the growing popularity of upscale women’s consignment shops. Not to be confused with clothing thrift stores, upscale women’s clothing shops serve two purposes: They represent a source of revenue for women to essentially recycle their gently worn quality clothing and accessories they may no longer wear, and for other women, they are a source of fashionable, high-quality women’s skirts, blouses, dresses, gowns, handbags, and jewelry at just a fraction of their original cost.

A perfect example of one such shop is Next To New, located at 7212 Kingston Pike, next to Olive Garden and adjacent to The Bed Store. Next To New founder and owner, Jackie Bivens, always delights in the response that first-time visitors have to her shop.

“If your passion for fashion outweighs your budget, we can help you to rebalance your budget with Next To New’s higher-end labels, in near new condition, for 50-85% off their original retail prices,” said Jackie. “It’s really the smartest way to shop and a smart way to make money on those unused designer-inspired fashions, jewelry, handbags, scarves, and shoes in your closet. With consignors such as Knoxville’s socialites literally emptying their closets, our merchandise is better than ever, including a fantastic selection in plus sizes. You will find a lot of undiscovered treasures at Next To New.”

So whether you have some fashionable, gently worn, or never worn items just hanging around the closet that are looking for a new owner, or if you’re searching for that “just perfect” apparel item, jewelry piece, handbag, purse, or much more while keeping your budget intact, plan a visit to Next To New, the perfect location to find amazing items at truly amazing prices. Also, plan on returning often, as new merchandise arrives daily.

Next To New
7212 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
865.584.2878
www.NextToNewKnox.com

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