18 Days of Grand Haul: Cozy Up

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Hello, my fabulouses! I am excited to announce that I officially have a role in an upcoming, independent film *happy dance*–I cannot tell y’all much about the movie and all of the fabulousness yet…so, y’all stay tuned! :)

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To cozy up yesterday’s Friday Night Fun outfit, simply toss on a cobalt blue, Aeropostle zip hoodie and BAM! Without a lot of effort, this sassy sporty outfit is now a little bit cozier for afternoon tailgating. Roll Tide! No, I am not a huge football fan—I do not pull for one specific team. Living only about an hour from the heart of Alabama football (Tuscaloosa), I cannot help but feel the need to join the Roll Tide bandwagon every now and again…Oh, come on—just say it. It’s fun. *wink* Roll Tide.

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83 Chiffon Sweatshirt: Wet Seal, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Hoodie: Aeropostale, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

 Lace Skirt: Aeropostale, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Knee High Socks: Maurices, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Sneakers: Keds, Belk

Watch my November Grand Haul video below and let me know what your favorite piece is! Comment on this blog post or comment on YouTube!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

30 Day J.Crew Challenge: All New & All Blue

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Makeup: Melissa Atkinson, Lancôme (Belk The Summit)

Hello, my fabulouses! For today’s J.Crew Challenge outfit, I have decided to introduce two new, blue pieces! Oh, I am so in love with this all-over blue hue ensemble…the corduroy cobalt blue pants are perfect for dressing up or down, and the sweatshirt is going to be spectacular for the approaching cooler weather.

If you are just now joining me on this fabulous 30 day outfit challenge…the biggest thing to keep in mind is I only have 12 items from the J.Crew Factory store at The Outlet Shops of Grand River in Leeds, AL to create 30 different looks. To catch up and see all of the fabulous ensembles so far, click here.

Now, let’s see what the all-blue-hue  J.Crew Challenge outfit for today is!

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Sweatshirt: J.Crew, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

(get a similar look here)

Pants: J.Crew, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

(get the look here)

Shoes: Steve Madden, Belk

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: New J.Crew at The Outlet Shops of Grand River!

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Hello, my fabulouses! Today at The Outlet Shops of Grand River in Leeds, Alabama, I attended the grand opening of the J.Crew Factory  store.  Fashionistas….I GOT SOME OF THE MOST FABULOUS PIECES EVER! With 20%, 30%, and 40% off of the factory prices, how could I pass up such amazing deals?! Exactly. I could not. I did not.

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I bought twelve terrific items at the J.Crew Factory store that I will be using to create 30 different looks during the month of September. Y’all prepare yourselves for a new outfit post EVERY SINGLE DAY–It is going to be the most magnificent VIP fashion challenge EVER!  Well, at least until I come up with another one :)

Now, I just have to tell y’all what I got…I cannot contain my excitement anymore!

  1. A Tailored Boy Blazer in Vivid Jade
  2. Cobalt Stretch Vintage-Inspired Cord Matchstick Pants
  3. Light-Blue Powdered Oxford City Fit Shorts
  4. Darling Emerald and Navy Dotted Shorts
  5. Lovely Floral Pencil Skirt
  6. Super Cute French Hen Tee
  7. Blue-Toned, Plaid Button-Up
  8. Dotted Chambray Button-Up
  9. Snazzy Fall Colorblock Tee
  10. Fluorescent Pink V-Neck Tee
  11. Marvelous City Sweatshirt
  12. A FABULOUS Eyelash Scarf in the most darling hue of yellow. It is perfect, and I am quite certain that it is my fall staple piece! Rather than “the girl in the green scarf” from the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic….I am going to be “the VIP in the yellow scarf”! Kinda catchy….don’t ya’ think?

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While shopping at J.Crew Factory, I had the best customer service I have had in a store chain in quite a long time. Jason (pictured) was the most fabulous employee every--and doesn't he look totally dashing! I am LOVING his patterned button up and classy bowtie!

While shopping at J.Crew Factory, I had the best customer service I have had in a store chain in quite a long time. Jason (pictured) was so fabulous–and doesn’t he look totally dashing! I am LOVING his patterned button up and classy bowtie!

Blake (pictured) at the JCrew Factory store was such a magnificent help! Thank you, Blake, for standing guard of my dressing room as I ventured throughout the store to put together a month's worth of outfits with only 12 items! You were such a sweetheart, and dressing amazingly:)

Blake (pictured) at the J.Crew Factory store at The Outlet Shops of Grand River was such a magnificent help! Thank you, Blake, for standing guard of my dressing room as I ventured throughout the store to put together a month’s worth of outfits with only 12 items! You were such a sweetheart and dressed amazingly:)
P.S. In this photo, I am sporting the City Sweatshirt and the wonderful yellow scarf…this is just a little preview of the awesomeness!

My goodness, VIP readers, y’all HAVE TO go visit the J.Crew Factory store at The Outlet Shops of Grand River! Super nice people, great deals, and fabulous merchandise…what more could a fashionista or fashionado ask for?!

This shopping trip to the JCrew Factory store at The Outlet Shops of Grand River was a true clothing haul...and I cannot wait to share all of the extraordinary outfits with y'all throughout September!

This shopping trip to the J.Crew Factory store at The Outlet Shops of Grand River was a true clothing haul…and I cannot wait to share all of the extraordinary outfits with y’all throughout September!

Now, I have to show y’all the VIP’s outfit of the week…Oh, how I adore Weekly Whistles….

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Dress: Jessica Simpson

Vest: VIP DIY

Shoes: BCBG

Bracelet: Belk

Necklace: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain

Can you spy the VIP? Oh, there I am! Why must I be so short...Thank goodness for heels!

Can you spy the VIP? Oh, there I am! Why must I be so short…Thank goodness for heels!

Y’all do NOT forget that the VIP needs YOUR HELP to win The Outlet Shops of Grand River GRAND HAUL GIRL! Here are brief instructions on how YOU can help! :) The support is much appreciated!  I have the most fabulous fans and support in the entire universe :)

  1. Go like The Outlet Shops of Grand River on Facebook

  2. Click the “Vote Now” button (it’s hot pink)

  3. Find my (Abby Hathorn) picture and click the “VOTE” button!

  4. Come back the next day…and vote again for the VIP!

Voting for The Outlet Shops of Grand River Grand Haul Casting Call ends August 24, 2013 at 5:00pm CST…So, y’all get to voting!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Sassy Silk Trio

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Hello, fashionistas! It is that time of the week again….WEEKLY WHISTLE TIME! Whoo hoo! I know y’all must be just as excited as I am! *whistle, whistle, whistle, more whistling* Can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby, here. we. go!

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This week’s wonderful Weekly Whistle is all about three ways to wear a sassy silk skirt! Three different looks…three different blouses…no need to change accessories…I bet you are thinking to yourself that this seems too good to be true…there is no way to create three different looks that easily…Abby, you are going crazy! No, no, no, fashionistas! It is totally true! This sassy silk trio is perfect for any fashionistas busy schedule! So, without further ado, join me as I show you three ways you can work a silk skirt in complete VIP style!

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Blouse: The Limited

Skirt: The Gap

Heels: Belk, Jessica Simpson

Jewelry: Avon

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Why this works:

Basic black works with neutral nude because the light/dark contrast is divine.   It creates a dynamic duo!

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Top: DREAMPOP (by Cynthia R.), JCPenny

Skirt: The Gap

Heels: Belk, Jessica Simpson

Necklace: Mark by Avon

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Why this works:

A bright printed t-shirt paired with a silky neutral skirt is a cute combo that makes this ensemble perfect for all of your darling day events.

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Sweater: The Loft

Skirt: The Gap

Heels: Belk, Jessica Simpson

Necklaces: Avon

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Why this works:

A cobalt blue sweater adds a pop of  personality to a neutral skirt. This gives you a look that can go from day to night with ease!

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If you cannot get enough of the VIP, check out my articles in The Real Story! The Adventures of the VIP in the Lifestyle section! www.realstorypublishing.com

Check out the latest issue of Town and Gown Magazine! You can read online @ www.issuu.com/townandgownmagazine!

Like the VIP on Facebook to keep up with the latest VIP news and sneak peeks! www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista

Twitter: @Abbysauce

Instagram: @VintagePassionista

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Thrift Store Finds: This is not a yellow polka dot bikini

Chanel Mannequin is modeling the Thrift Store Find outfit as purchased…sans shoes and hat…keep reading to find out how I added my own twist to it:)

On my last visit to Meridian, Mississippi, I went thrifting…at first, I had no luck finding vintage, but my fortune turned around when I walked into the New Hope Thrift store…there I discovered the most spectacular outfit! A yellow and white blouse/skirt combo…I quickly grabbed it off the rack and hurried to locate my mom who was looking for furniture to redesign…as always;)

VIP TIPS (before you go thrifting):

  • Keep in mind you can combine Thrift Store Finds with the clothes you currently own!
  • Do NOT be afraid to mix patterns...or to go bold with color!
  • Look for unique, fun, funky pieces that make you stand out!

I have put together three different outfits to share with y’all…cute and adorable, dressy and sassy, and last but not least…full out throwback 80s! Enjoy:)

Shirt: Thrifted
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Headband: The Attic
Shoes: Lucky Brand

Purple and yellow is a bold color combination!

The one thing I love about fashion is that it allows you to be yourself in a variety of ways. If people refuse to accept the way you are…then you always have your heels and pretty clothes:)

Shirt: Thrifted
Belt: Target
Skirt: Fashion Barn
Shoes: Jessica Simpson

Colbalt blue is my favorite color for spring! Combined with black, white, and yellow…you can’t go wrong!

“Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves and, of course, each other. If girls dressed for boy’s they’d just walk around naked at all times.” -Betsey Johnson

VIP TIP:

  • Invest in staple, statement shoes and accessories that add a wow factor to your wardrobe!

You may notice in some of my blogs that I often wear some of the same pieces…Why?…because they are so easy to combine with many different outfits! Items such as: the cobalt blue Jessica Simpson shoes, the cobalt blue belt from Target, and the Reo Speedwagon shirt (my favorite shirt of all time!) from Urban Outfitters are just a few of my staple, statement pieces.

Shirt: Thrifted
Tank top: Urban Outfitters
Jeans: JCrew
Shoes: Lucky Brand

The reason I prefer vintage over everything else is because it allows me to be different! I don’t want to look like every other girl out there!

I wish I could have lived in the 80s…the music is so fabulous!

“I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.” -Madonna

Are you a thrifter? Show me your skills by tweeting me pictures of things you have found at thrift stores you adore! My twitter is @Abbysauce_

Don’t have Twitter? Well, you can also email me pictures of your thrifty discoveries! My email is vintage.passionista@gmail.com

I’d love to show off your nifty, thrifty finds in a future blog! So don’t be shy, email me/tweet me those pictures!

My next blog is a hugger-mugger, hush-hush, heterogeneous doozy!:) So…to ferret out the secret, you must stay tuned to the VIP blog! I also encourage you to subscribe via email to my blog so you NEVER miss a post!:)

You can also follow me on Instagram @vintagepassionista

I hope you have enjoyed this Thrift Store Finds:) Here are some more pictures from the photoshoot!

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” -Coco Chanel

 

Remember to always be yourself no matter what! Don’t be afraid to stand out and be different:)

Stay Fashionable,

Abby Hat.

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