Fabulous Finds: Some Birthday Etsy Wishes

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Genuine 1950s typewriter from JoeVintage on Etsy.

Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Whoo hoo, it’s Friday, and exactly ONE week from now…it will be my birthday! Ah! If that doesn’t call for a little online Etsy wishing…then I do not know what does *wink* So, without further ado, here are some Fabulous Friday Finds via Etsy–let’s take a look :)

Loves from Beadsoul:

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Loves from ForgottenCotton:

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Loves from JoeVintage:

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

Three Ways to Wear Thursday: 3 ways, 3 ways, 3 ways

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

This week’s Three Ways to Wear Thursday is VERY special, and I am super pumped to share it with y’all. AH! Let’s get down to business. 

There are two things that I strive to show y’all on VIP–

  1. Statement pieces can be worn more than once.
  2. Invest in quality clothes than can be worn multiple times.

So, with this TWTWT, I am going to exhibit BOTH of those things in a 3 ways, 3 ways, 3 ways to wear blog challenge. Since explaining this challenge in words would be wayyy more complicated than the challenge really is…let’s just take a look at the photos and let the clothes do the talking *wink*

Here are two previous ways I have worn my cobalt, faux fur shawl on the blog + a snazzy new way to wear it. Who knew blue "fur" could be so versatile?! Floral Skirt: http://vintageinspiredpassionista.com/2013/01/04/omg-its-2013-part-two/ Elephant Sweater: http://vintageinspiredpassionista.com/2014/11/03/vip-scrapbook-4u-ultimate-girls-day-out-comes-to-johnson-city-tn/

Here is a brand new outfit + two previous ways I have worn my cobalt, faux fur shawl on the blog. Who knew blue “fur” could be so versatile?!
Floral Skirt: http://vintageinspiredpassionista.com/2013/01/04/omg-its-2013-part-two/
Elephant Sweater: http://vintageinspiredpassionista.com/2014/11/03/vip-scrapbook-4u-ultimate-girls-day-out-comes-to-johnson-city-tn/

Here are two previous ways I have worn my water color blouse + it featured in a brand new outfit! Naturally, this top lends itself to be more springy; however, I love it so much that I decided to challenge myself to style it for winter...styling success :)  Rain Boots: http://sixteenandsuccessful.org/2014/08/20/surviving-rainy-days-on-campus-tips-outfit-details/ Dot Shorts: http://vintageinspiredpassionista.com/2014/05/04/i-was-born-in-a-small-town-grew-up-in-a-small-town/

Here is a brand new look + two previous ways I have worn my water color blouse! Naturally, this top lends itself to be more springy; however, I love it so much that I decided to challenge myself to style it for cold weather…styling success :)
Rain Boots: http://sixteenandsuccessful.org/2014/08/20/surviving-rainy-days-on-campus-tips-outfit-details/
Dot Shorts: http://vintageinspiredpassionista.com/2014/05/04/i-was-born-in-a-small-town-grew-up-in-a-small-town/

ALL together now!

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Shawl: Belk

Blouse: Belk

Cords: J.Crew

Necklace: BluKatDesign, Etsy

SHOUT OUT to Courtney Bennett at Bella Donna Salon in Johnson City, Tennessee for bringing back my short 'do! I cannot thank you enough :) If you are in or around the Johnson City area looking for a fabulous hair cut, color, or shopping experience, head on over to Bella Donna!

SHOUT OUT to Courtney Bennett at Bella Donna Salon in Johnson City, Tennessee for bringing back my short ‘do! I cannot thank you enough :) If you are in or around the Johnson City area looking for a fabulous hair cut, color, or shopping experience, head on over to Bella Donna! www.belladonnabeauty.com

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: What I Wore to Meet Betsey Johnson + A Little Leopard

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Since I posted the photos + details on Monday, I have received quite a few emails from y’all about the outfit I wore to the Betsey Brunch at Belk in Charlotte, NC. So, what better time to reveal it than on this week’s Weekly Whistle, right?! *wink*

I picked up this lovely leopard frock a few weeks ago at Express (shop it here); however, since leopard is SO HOT this season, I decided to also create a Polyvore board for a little leopard + Betsey inspiration. Hm…I am feeling a Three Ways to Wear coming on *wink*

 Now, get your wild-side on and check out the sassy looks below! Tah tah until tomorrow, fabulouses–I have some outfits to style ;)

Betsey Leopard

Leopard dress
$31 - beyondtherack.com

Love brown dress
$42 - asos.com

Betsey Johnson bracelet
betseyjohnson.com

Betsey johnson watch
betseyjohnson.com

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Beauty Tues: Wintery Nail Fun + Beauty Giveaway

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to Beauty Tues.

Over the past two weeks, we have gotten all of the hard beauty work over with–getting our nails and skin in shape. Now, it is time for the fun stuff! Yay! For a quick recap on the products that I have been using, take a look back at the blogs here and here.

In addition to the obvious necessities–like cotton rounds, nail polish remover, and cuticle remover–I tossed some fun and wintery nail colors in my beauty box because who doesn’t love O.P.I. polish *wink*

Now, without further ado, check out the photos below for details! Now, before you go, be sure to scroll allllll the way to the bottom of this post for details on how you can enter my VIP Surprise Beauty giveaway! Whoo hoo! It ends Friday…so, get to entering :)

(from left to right) O.P.I. Love Angel Music Baby , O.P.I. Lincoln Park at Midnight, and Out The Door fast-drying top coat

OPI Nail Colors for Blog

OPI nail polish
$20 - nelly.com

Opi nail polish
$19 - thehut.com

Opi nail polish
$18 - thehut.com

OPI nail polish
$14 - asos.com

Opi nail polish
$18 - thehut.com

Opi nail polish
amazon.com

Opi nail polish
amazon.com

OPI beauty product
harveynichols.com

 

Click here to be re-directed to the Rafflecopter giveaway page.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Scrapbook: Meeting Betsey Johnson + Q & A at Belk in Charlotte, NC

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog! 

For those of you who kept up with me on Instagram this weekend, you already know that I met one of my fashion heroes, Betsey Johnson. AH! It’s been two days, and I still cannot believe it! Somebody pinch me! *wink*

Since before I can remember, Betsey Johnson has been one of my biggest inspirations. She is seventy-two years old, has been designing for almost fifty years, and still works neon pink and tutus like it is nobody’s business *wink* Her style is so unique and her philosophy of “wear what you love” is greatly needed in a world that is so easily influenced by fads and trends. 

When I was trying to find myself and learning to express my passion for fashion in tenth grade, I turned to Betsey for inspiration. From her, I learned that “girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves, and of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys, they’d just walk around naked at all times.” (See photos below)

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If  someone would have told me when I put these pages together in my Smash journal that I would be meeting Betsey three years later…I would have laughed in their faces. Amazing how God can change things so drastically when we follow His path :)

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*draws check mark* Well, I guess I can mark that off of my bucket list!

Now, without further ado, I reveal the photos taken by my wonderful photographer at the Brunch with Betsey Belk event in Charlotte, North Carolina! Come on, y’all! Let’s take a gander.

Arlene Golstein (in the fur), the VP of Trend Mechandising and Fashion Direction at Belk, and the VIP (in the red coat) chatting with other bloggers at brunch in Charlotte. Oh, I just love Arlene!

Arlene Goldstein (in the vest), the VP of Trend Mechandising and Fashion Direction at Belk, and the VIP (in the red coat) chatting with other bloggers at the brunch in Charlotte. Oh, I just love Arlene!

Arlene personally introducing me to THE Betsey Johnson.

Arlene introducing Betsey and me.

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I was all smiles for the rest of the day! Meeting her (and getting to chat with her!) was a dream come true!

I was all smiles for the rest of the day! Meeting Betsey Johnson (and getting to chat with her!) was a dream come true!

"This girl is only 18! Come on, we need another hug and another picture," exclaimed Betsey.

“This girl is only 18! Come on, we need another hug and another picture,” exclaimed Betsey.

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I do not remember what Betsey and Arlene were chatting about in this photo; however, it was so precious that I had to share it with y'all anyway :)

I do not remember what Betsey and Arlene were chatting about in this photo; however, it was so precious that I had to share it with y’all anyway :)

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I hope I am this awesome whenever I am in my 70s (yellow hair-streaks and all *wink*).

I hope I am this awesome when I am in my seventies!

Exclusive VIP Interview Question with Betsey:

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VIP: What is one item in your closet you would never toss out and why? From watching your show, I know that you must have quite the extensive collection of apparel! 

Betsey: I know this sounds silly, but I lose so much stuff that I try not to get too attached to things–like umbrellas for example. There is no telling how many of those things I have lost! But I would hate to lose or get rid of my necklace I bought for [my daughter] Lulu….My closet is basically a bunch of folded things, which is okay because I love wrinkles. I have one small closet for hanging things, which is mostly things I really love but never wear. If I really love something, I have a hard time wearing it a lot because I do not want something to happen to it!

VIP: Oh, I completely understand! I have a dress handmade by my great-grandmother in the early sixties that I have only worn a handful of times because it is too dear to me.

Betsey: Oh, beautiful! Isn’t it funny how that happens! My other two closets are full of folded things, which is okay because I love wrinkles….Oh! I absolutely treasure my belt *pointing to the leather belt around her waist*. It is quite old, and I do not even remember the maker, but it is like a “good luck” charm in a sense. 

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Note: Please stay tuned to the blog because Friday I will be posting some fun and fabulous Betsey Johnson finds.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn