Transcends the Seasons!

“Nobody on the road.  Nobody on the beach.  I feel it in the air.  The summer’s out of reach…you got your hair combed back and your sunglasses on, baby. After the boys of summer, have gone…” Hi, my lovelies! Isn’t that song by Don Henley just fantastic! I feel as if 80s music and the Blues capture every aspect of this time of year!  Speaking of this time of year-Let’s talk about how to extend our summer wardrobe, shall we?

The weather is still quite warm during the day; however, the nights are a bit chilly.  Mother Nature is not ready for us to wear our cute corduroy and sweet sweaters all day, but she is allowing us to carry our summer essentials into autumn!  It is so super easy, not to mention sensible, to be a mid-fall fashionista!

Cardigan: Deep South Pout
Top: Deep South Pout
Shorts: The Attic
Boots: UGG

This summer, I wore my vintage collection of high-waisted shorts to so many different functions and parties that I had to figure out a way to transcend the seasons with them. On a recent shopping adventure, I discovered the most divine cardigan in the most perfect hue of oatmeal.  I knew from the very moment that I laid eyes upon it that is would pair harmoniously with my favorite pair of summer shorts!  As soon as I arrived home, I promptly paired my precious baby blues with a darling top, cute crew socks, comfy UGG boots, and the latest addition to my cardigan collection! This outfit was perfect for staying cozy while grabbing delicious cupcakes with friends at GiGi’s.

Top: Target
Blouse: Deep South Pout
Skirt: The Attic
Shoes: Steve Madden

After I found a way to extend my favorite shorts, I just had to find a way to carry my favorite blouse into October!  Luckily, after a yummy chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake, my friends and I needed a quick Target run.  I just adore Target commercials.  Don’t you?  Anyway-there I found the most iconic denim floral button up, and I knew immediately that I would wear it with my favorite summer blouse and vintage purple skirt!  This outfit is perfect for fall festivities!

Enough about me! Let’s talk tips.

How to Extend Summer Favorites Tips:

  1. Summer Shorts Say Hello to Fall:  The VIP will be pairing her summer shorts with crew and knee high socks, super styling boots, and comfy cardigans!  Opaque tights, leggings, and metallic jackets are some other picture-perfect items that work impressively with your favorite summer shorts!
  2. Summer Dresses Meet Fall Fabulous:  Layer an oversized denim button up over a ravishing summer dress for a striking combination that is mega fantastic.  To add a bit of pizzazz, wear the shirt tails tied at the waist.   Tailored blazers, patterned knee high socks, and oversized cardigans work brilliantly to transit summer dresses to fall fabulous outfits.
  3. Skirts of Summer:  Pair your splendid summer skirt with a “size-bigger-than-needed” sweatshirt, colorful knee high socks, and a darling pair of t-strap heels for a fall ensemble that delivers impressive impact.  Summer skirts also pair well with varsity jackets and crew socks worn with traditional white Keds for a retro glam look.
  4. Sweet Blouses and Leather:  A flowy summer blouse worn under a one-button blazer paired with a leather skirt is a daring, ladylike way to create a sleek evening look for all fashionistas!
  5. Let’s Hear It for the Boys:  Embrace your preppy side boys!  Pair natural colored Bermuda shorts with a soft textured sweater and dark colored loafers sans socks to create the ultimate summer to fall transition.  To take your outfit to the next level, wear a vintage style fedora in a shade of gray.  Indeed, you will have all the girls saying, “Let’s Hear It for the Boys”!

“Out on the road today, I saw a deadhead sticker on a Cadillac. A little voice inside my head said: ‘Don’t look back, you can never look back’-Radio on.  I can tell you my love for you will still be strong after the boys of summer have gone.”  I encourage each of you to take the time to roll the windows down or let the top down, and sing along with me to “The Boys of Summer” as we bid farewell to long hot, summer nights and welcome the chill of fall.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

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Oh, Mighty Blues and Solitude

This Urban Outfitters skirt is the one I found in the drawer with my DVD player and broken crayons when I cleansed my closet and soul; indeed, it is uber spectacular!

“You know my starter won’t start this mornin’. Boy, my motor won’t even turn. You know my starter won’t start this mornin’. Boy, my motor won’t even turn…..” Man….the Blues is just some amazing music with an interesting history! One of my favorite Blues singers is Lightnin’ Hopkins-that man could sing, buddy! If you don’t listen to the Blues, you should really start…it’s such a relaxing style of music not like all this new fangled techno stuff people are listening to these days…now I sound like my grandparents…Oh, help me… haha;)

Here is a link to one of my favorite Blues songs by Lightnin’ Hopkins! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3SXKLas-ko

To learn more about the history of Blues, check out this WordPress blog: www.musictodiefor.wordpress.com/50-greatest-traditional-blues-songs/

Vest: Urban Outfitters
Shirt: J Crew
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Jessica Simpson

I have recently been reading Walden by Thoreau….it is both thought provoking and inspiring!

VIP Recommendation:

  • read the masterpiece Walden because it will encourage you to cleanse your closet and cleanse your soul!

However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poor-house. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man’s abode...” (from “Conclusion” chapter in Walden) -Henry David Thoreau

We are wont to forget that the sun looks on our culivated fields and on the prairies and forests without distinction. They all reflect and absorb his rays alike, and the former make but a small part of the glorious picture which he beholds in his daily course. In his view the earth is all equally cultivated like a garden. Therefore we should receive the benefit of his light and heat with a corresponding trust and magnanimity…(from “The Bean-Field” chapter in Walden)…Nature is as welladapted to our weakness as to our strength…none of the brute creation requires more than Food and Shelter. The necessaries of life for man in this climate may, accurately enough, be distributed under the several heads of Food, Shelter, Clothing, and Fuel; for not till we have secured these are we prepared to entertain the true problems of life with freedom and a prospect of success…” (from “Economy” chapter in Walden) -Henry David Thoreau

“Let every one mind his own business, and endeavor to be what he was made. Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If  a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” (from “Conclusion” a chapter in Walden) -Henry David Thoreau

 

 

Hat: Charming Charlie (Birmingham, Alabama)
Vest: VIP DIY
Shirt: Thrifted
Jeans: Raspberry Beret Consignment Shop
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Tie: from my Deddy’s closet
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

 

“It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, its dark…and we’re wearing sunglasses.” “Hit it.” -The Blues Brothers

“It’s 725 miles to Chicago, it’s going to take two and a half tanks of gas, a case of Diet Pepsi, a bag of Doritos, and a Twix…and I’m wearing my sunglasses my dog chewed on…”-The V.I.P.

“One black suit jacket, one pair black suit pants. One hat black. One pair of sunglasses. $23.07. Sign here.” -The Blues Brothers

 

Top: Thrifted (Salvation Army Starkville, MS)
Belt: The Attic
Skirt: Thrifted (Salvation Army Starkville, MS)
Shoes: Nine West
Necklace: from my Mom’s jewelry collection (Avon)
Braclet: Personalized ID bracelet handmade by Lisa Hamilton of Bead Soul…I call it my blog bracelet:)
Anklets: Rare Daisy jewelry on Etsy

 

“Our  village life would stagnate if it were not for the unexplored forests and meadows which surround it. We need the tonic of wildness,– to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground. At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be infinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough Nature.” ( from “Spring” a chapter in Walden” -Henry David Thoreau

“There is a commonly sufficient space about us. Our horizon is never quite at our elbows. The thick wood is not just as out door, nor the pond, but somewhat is always clearing, familiar and worn by us, appropriated and fenced in some way, and reclaimed from Nature. For what reason have I this vast range and circuit, some square miles of unfrequented forest, for my privacy, abandoned to me by men?…I have my horizon bounded by woods all to myself…There can be no very black melancholy to him who lives in the midst of Nature and has his senses still…I have never felt lonesome, or in the least oppressed by the sense of solitude…” (from “Solitude” a chapter in Walden) -Henry David Thoreau

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived…” (from “What I Lived For” a chapter in Walden) -Henry David Thoreau

“I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes. If there is not a new man, how can the new clothes be made to fit? If you have any enterprise before you, try it in your old clothes. All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be.” (from “Economy” a chapter in Walden) -Henry David Thoreau

Walden, The Blues, and denim…could it get any better! After reading Walden, I was inspired to share how much the captivating words of Thoreau affected me! It brought forth the idea of my last blog, “Cleanse the Closet, Cleanse the Soul” and the idea for this blog, “Oh, Mighty Blues and Solitude”.

VIP TIP:

  • Denim is one of those pieces that never goes out of style…like the little black dress! Every girl should own at least one pair of superbly fabulous blue jeans and a statement denim jacket or vest!

The following are additional pictures from the “Oh, Mighty Blues and Solitude” photoshoot!

“I should not talk so much about myself is there were anybody else whom I knew as well. Unfortunately, I am confined to this theme by narrowness of my experience…” (from “Economy” a chapter in Walden) -Henry David Thoreau

 

“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say let your affairs be as two or three, not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail…Simplify, simplify…instead of a hundred dishes, five; and reduce other things in proportion…” (from “What I Lived For” a chapter in Walden) -Henry David Thoreau

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hat.

To have your own handmade custom bracelet…contact Lisa Hamilton of Beadsoul! Here is the link to her Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/beadsoul?ref=ss_profile

Also, to get cute summery anklets, visit Rare Daisy’s Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/people/RareDaisyJewelry

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