Fabulous Friday: Spring 2015 Women’s Most Wanted List w/ Belk

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Oh, Spring…where are you? This Southern girl is tired of walking here and there in the snow *wink* 

In attempt to warm up our spirits, how about we take a look at the Spring 2015 Women’s Most Wanted List brought to you by Belk? Ah…focusing on spring fashion is sure to do the trick *wink*

To get the dish about my favorite Belk trends for Spring 2015, check out last Friday’s fabulous post here!

wmw+jessica+simpson+main1. Kimono: Soft and luxurious, this new completer piece brings a cool, new twist to high level layering.  It works over a dress or with a pant. So modern, Southern, stylish!

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2. Soft Pants: Easy wear. Easy care. From jog pants and palazzos, to new again gauchos and culottes, these bottoms are elegant and awesome. Pair with booties, pumps, or ankle strap high-heel sandals. 

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3. Easy Fit Top: Let loose and go bigat least bigger with shapes that feel modern and relaxed. This is the top that updates almost everything. 

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4. Matched Set: Two-piece dressing is back and bound to be a fashion front runner. Style setters will certainly take notice of the eye-catching duo. 

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5. Longer Skirt: Midi, maxi, or just over-the-knee, this wardrobe staple is taking a flirty turn. Check out pleated versions. They are fast becoming a fan favorite. 

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6. Jumpsuit: The all-in-one is the new again, chic and easy sportswear piece. Fit is everything. Keep your options open so you can get a “jump” on the season. 

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7. Floral Dress: Calling all flower girls! This is the frock that feels so fresh. Bold patterns energize any silhouette. Shifts and sheaths; fit and flair, and trapeze shapes. No shrinking violets, please. Bloomsday has arrived!

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8. Statement Earrings: The chic inner circle is saying “Yes”  to over-the-top jewelry pieces, especially at the ear. These prizes pack a punch when it comes to elevating warm weather style. It will be easy.

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9. Glitzy Sandals: Have a thing for bling? Well, step it up for spring in shoes that are built to handle pizzazz!  Pearls, bold stones, sequins, and other sparkly stuff will perfectly punctuate most any look. 

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10. Look at Me Lips: A knockout pout is perfectly poised to be a number one accessory for spring. Matte or super shiny, creamy and colorful. From coral to fuchsia, the hues are flat-out fab. Let the drama begin.

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I hope everyone stays warm, cozy, and safe this Super Bowl weekend! May the odds be ever in your [team’s] favor *wink*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Three Ways to Wear Thursday: A Sweater/Legging/Scarf Template + VIP Styling Tips

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Ah…Thursdays. The glorious day where we anxiously await Friday. One thing that helps the time pass faster is, of course, the VIP’s Three Ways to Wear every Thursday! So, whether you are Working For the Weekend *cue Loverboy* or you are gearing up for a Super Bowl party, this week’s TWTWT is sure to help you stay comfy, cute, and cozy with ease all weekend *wink* Let’s take a look shall we? 

Perhaps we need some music to help pass the time until Friday *wink* Where is my Loverboy t-shirt? I think I need to have a jam-session *wink*

The Template:

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Sweater: GAP (Men’s apparel) | Jeans: Chip & Pepper, Belk | Boots: Lucky Brand, Belk | Earrings: Brighton 

VIP TIP:

Having a template is something I have found to be very useful. When life gets busy, we fashionistas do not have time to spend hours in our closets picking out and planning our outfits everyday….although the idea is tempting *wink* So, just like drafting blueprints for projects, draft “blueprints” or style templates for your day-to-day life. Purchase pieces that can interchange with basic items in your wardrobe, and say bye-bye to hassle and stress. Get basics that fit your style and that can be easily dressed up or down with accessories!

Way One:

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Scarf: GAP

Way Two:

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Scarf: ForgottenCotton

VIP TIP:

Do not be afraid to mix plaids (like in ways one and two)–just keep the colors similar! If the plaid you desire to wear has touches of reds, blues, grays, and whites….choose one of those colors in which to add another layer of plaid! Oh, also–separate the plaids. For example, you would not want to wear a plaid shirt with a plaid scarf, plaid pants, and plaid boots *wink* 

Way Three:

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Scarf: ForgottenCotton

VIP TIP:

Y’all know how crazy I am for mixing patterns, so I obviously encourage y’all to live on the wild side of fashion every now and again *wink* When it comes to mixing patterns with a simple style template, play with similar hues and then accent with popping patterns. For some easy-to-remember tips about mixing patterns, please see our sister-blog here!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Front Page News

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

It’s HUMP DAY…yeah…*Geico camel voice* which means it is time to reveal the VIP outfit of the week! Woop! Woop! *wink* 

As I have shared on my VIP Facebook page and Twitter account, I was featured in the Johnson City Press. It was such an honor to be interviewed by senior reporter Becky Campbell, and I love the photos Becky took of me in the downtown area. I love the photos + the outfit SO much that I decided to make it this week’s Weekly Whistle! Yay! Check out the photos + details below:

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Photo by Becky Campbell

Check out the interview article here.

And click here to see my first column post for the Johnson City Press.

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Photo by Becky Campbell

Blazer: Anthropologie

Blouse: Express

Skirt: GAP

Boots: Kork-Ease, DSW (online)

Necklace: Charming Charlie

Bracelet: Luke & Lyla Designs

BONUS! Click here to get the details on this fabulous ensemble + style tips on buying statement fashion pieces.

BONUS! Click here to get the details on this fabulous ensemble + style tips on buying statement fashion pieces.

Ziva photobombed ;)

Ziva photobombed *smile*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Beauty Tues: My Secret Weapon for Frizz-Free, Natural Curls (featuring NYM brands)

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to Beauty Tues.

If there is one thing I have learned from growing up with thick, wild, curly hair…it is that “people always expect more of you when you have naturally curly hair,” according to Frieda from the Peanuts *wink* All jokes aside, it really is *sorta* true!

There is this false idea that people with naturally curly hair can just wash it, dry it, and go on about their way….SO. NOT. TRUE. Unless I am going for a 1970s teased afro….because then washing, blow-drying, and heading out would totally work.

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 Although curly hair can be a real bummer sometimes, it also has its major upsides too! See below:

1. Creating the infamous messy-updo is a piece of cake.

2. Want sexy and volumized hair? *turn head over; run fingertips at the roots of hair; flip up* Done.

3. You can brag to everyone that you have naturally curly hair *Frieda voice*

Now, it is time to get serious. 

After trying more hair products than I care to count…AND after my hair decided to not like mousse anymore (not sure what that is about…but it started to frizz SO badly!) I found Not Your Mother’s Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream. Not Your Mother’s is a fairly new brand on the beauty scene, having launched in 2010; however, this newbie company is knocking the frizz off of the competition with their ALL gluten-free (and paraben/sulfate free) products MADE IN THE USA with no animal testing. I am speechless right now–literally speechless. *but not for long* I am so in love with NYM, and all of its awesomeness. Why can’t other hair companies be this fabulous?!

OH! And did I mention that I majorly adore the titles of all of the NYM products? Y’all know how much I love clever titles…so, of course, I love using a product that is called “Kinky Moves” every morning *wink* Between my FitBit silent alarm (which is MEGA cool) and my Kinky Moves cream, waking up at 5AM isn’t so dreadful *wink*

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Photo from the CS Digital Productions 2015 Model Campaign video promo.

From photo shoot to campus, NYM’s Kinky Moves cream is my VBHP–Very Best Hair Product! Photo from the CS Digital Productions 2015 Model Campaign video promo.

Photo from the CS Digital Productions 2015 Model Campaign video promo.

Photo from the CS Digital Productions 2015 Model Campaign video promo.

Photo from the CS Digital Productions 2015 Model Campaign video promo.

Photo from the CS Digital Productions 2015 Model Campaign video promo.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Home: Transforming a Closet to an Office, Part III “The Full Reveal”

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

PHEW! The snow is coming down here in Northeast Tennessee…but nothing like it is in the Northeast states. Bless those people’s hearts. I hope they have lots of hot coffee and warm blankets :)

For this week on VIP Home, I am going to be revealing my closet-to-office in all of its bright and fabulous glory! *CAUTION* The photos you are about to view are very vibrant and cute *wink* P.S. I still cannot get over how mesmerizing my Black Keys “Turn Blue” record cover is–it also looks super matchy-matchy with my office theme :)

Junky yet organized--my office space is all about function!

Junky yet organized–my office space is all about function!

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A peek at how the office and bedroom/entry room flow so well together. Keeping the walls in the "bedroom" muted allowed me to paint my office any color under the sun! The office space is like a pop of color to this space, much like a bright accessory accents a dull outfit!

A peek at how the office and bedroom/main room flow so well together. Keeping the walls in the “bedroom” neutral allowed me to paint my office any color under the sun! The office nook adds a pop of color much like a bright accessory accents a dull outfit!

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A peek at my apartment space, too! Woo hoo!

I fell in love with my curtains from World Market at first sight, and then designed the rest of my apartment around them. Just in like fashion, there is that one item you just have to wear, and you shape your entire outfit around it!

I fell in love with my curtains from World Market at first sight, and then designed the rest of my apartment around them. Just like in fashion, there is that one item you just have to wear, and you shape your entire outfit around it!

A view of the flow into the bathroom and the writing nook. Behind the white curtain in the writing nook is my closet which I talked about previously on the blog here. Stay tuned in February where I will be blogging about my bathroom. March will be about my writing nook :)

A view of the flow into the bathroom and the writing nook. Behind the white curtain is my closet which I talked about previously on the blog here. Stay tuned in February where I will be chatting about my bathroom + in March about my writing nook :)

Shoutout to Lolly Molly Art of Sweet Sorghum Living (one of our sister blogs) for my awesomely painted nightstand and lamp! You're pretty awesome *wink*

Shout-out to Lolly Molly Art of Sweet Sorghum Living (one of our sister blogs) for my awesome bicycle wheel sculpture, nightstand, and lamp! You’re pretty awesome *wink*

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn