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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Columbus Pilgrimage Part 2:

After a very palatable lunch at Sweet Peppers Deli, my mommy and my deddy and I resumed our antebellum expedition by continuing on the Blue Tour. At Peppers, I had the most delectable thing on the menu (in my opinion…) the baked potato with cheese, bacon, butter…plethora of butter… and absolutely, positively, NO SOUR CREAM! I despise sour cream……One day, when I famous…I am going to walk into restaurants….they will seat me…and immediately serve me my baked potato with cheese, bacon, and extra butter…sans sour cream. I digress….

First Stop on the Blue Tour was Whitehall, circa 1843 two-story Greek-Revival Town House.  The current owners of Whitehall are Dr. and Mrs. Joe Boggess and family.

Mrs. Carol Boggess is the perfect Southern hostess, delightful storyteller, and just absolutely adorable!

This home has purple and red peek-a-boo glass surrounding the front entrance which allows people to see out, but not in.

The Boggess family has the bag containing all of the original keys of the home. How awesome!

 

A bullet was dug out of the front door during renovation. It’s assumed that it came from a carpetbagger’s gun during a riot…According to Merriam-Webster online, a carpetbagger was, “A Northerner in the South after the American Civil War usually seeking private gain under the reconstruction of governments.”  They carried all of their belongings in carpet bags, hence the name “carpetbaggers”!

Whitehall has the original radiators (which work)…this particular one in the dining room caught my eye because it has a bread warmer in it!

Here are a few interesting facts I learned about Whitehall while visiting there:

  • The house was originally insulated with horse hair.
  • Closets were added in the 1960s, and prior to that ginormous wardrobes were used because all rooms were taxed…and closets were considered rooms.
  • The current master bedroom was once the ballroom.
  • Upcyling has been around for a really long time…a piano was converted into a desk…and another piano was made into a table!

My family and I strolled on to the next stop on our pilgrimage journey, Colonnade Garden. The garden was built in the 1860s, and the current owners are Dr. and Mrs. Ryan Hill. The garden was very classy with a Southern flair.

The last stop on our adventure was Rosewood Manor. Rosewood was constructed in 1835, and it’s current owners are Mr. and Mrs. Dewitt Hicks…If you are a fan of antique porcelain then go here! If you’re clumsy…this is not the place for you!

Mrs. Hicks has an excessive, astronomical, staggering…(you would not want to stagger here!) collection of antique porcelain. Rosewood Manor is a showcase for what is probably one of the world’s largest collections of porcelain…I don’t mean to dwell on the word porcelain…it is something you have to see for yourself to understand….

My experience at the 72nd Annual Columbus Spring Pilgrimage was quite memorable, and I encourage all of you to make your own pilgrimage to Columbus, Mississippi next spring!

Check out Columbus, Mississippi online at www.columbus-ms.org

The next blog will be….*drum roll*…..wait for ittttttttt(Psych quote)……THRIFT STORE FINDS! YAYY!! I am very very VERY excited to share this thrifty find with y’all! So stay tuned to the VIP blog to see what nifty find I found while in Meridian, Mississippi! Speaking of Meridian….My family gained a new member today! Ella Ryleigh Williams, daughter of my cousin Melanie Eaves Williams…Ella is so precious, and I know my Paw Riley is proud to have her named after him:) I just love my Paw Riley sooo much! He is just like the coolest grandpa ever!

Love&Hugs

Abby Hat.

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While I’m Away….

Since this week is my spring break, I am taking a tiny little break from blogging while I am away on vacation! Here are a few photos so you guys don’t forget me while I’m gone;) “Don’t you forget about me. Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t. Don’t you forget about me. Will you stand above me. Look my way, never love me…Will you recognize me…call my name…”

The following pictures were taken in Daleville, MS.

 

Upcoming Events on the VIP blog:

  • Thrift Store Finds
  • Accessories Challenge
  • Columbus Pilgrimage

You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with what I am doing!:)

Instagram: @Vintagepassionista

Twitter: @Abbysauce_

 Neubern Atkinson and me at his store in Meridian called Lucas Road. Lucas Road offers original art, framing, custom jewelry, and art supplies. I got the coolest ring ever from there made from a 1942 dime! To see a picture of my ring…check out my photo on Instagram!

Be Yourself&Stay Beautiful

Abby Hathorn

 

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Peek Inside Historical Meridian, Mississippi

I had the best time on a walking tour of downtown Meridian with mom, Aunt Carol, and Colin. I’ve gone there countless times in my life, but I’ve never taken the time to admire the architecture and history of this smashing city.

Meridian, Mississippi was established in 1860. It is home to Jimmie Rogers, who is known as “The Father of Country Music”. The Highland Park Dentzel Carousel is a renowned attraction in Meridian. The carousel, a National Historic Landmark, has been in operation since 1909. It is so spectacular and incredible because it’s the only two-row stationary Dentzel menagerie in the entire world!

My cousin Colin on one of the carousel horses scattered throughout Meridian. Around Town Carousels Abound is a public art project of 62 horses representing the historic Dentzel Carousel. Each horse was designed and painted by local artists. What a nifty idea! I absolutely love carousels!

Here is another example of how each carousel horse carries its own personality. This is one of my favorites:)

BB King, Jimmie Rogers, Eudroa Welty, Tennessee Williams, Sela Ward, Morgan Freeman (I love Morgan Freeman…), and Marty Stuart all have “Hollywood” stars on the sidewalk outside of the Riley Center. Lots of cool things happen at the Riley Center! I just found out Wilson Phillips is performing there on March 25…I love the movie Bridesmaids… “Some day somebody’s gonna make you want to turn around and say goodbye. Until then baby are you going to let them hold you down and make you cry. Dont you know?”  Why yes…..I was dancing around in my kitchen just then…So, where was I??? Oh, yes, to find out more about the happenings and the history of the Riley center check out this website! http://www.msurileycenter.com/index.cfm

I wish 5-10-25 cent stores still existed....I would absolutely love to go to one! If anyone knows where one is...comment at the bottom of my blog:) feel free to leave other comments too!

Dumont Plaza is another attraction in downtown Meridian. To find out more about Meridian and its history, check out this website! www.meridianms.org/com_history.html

I hope you enjoyed that little peek inside of Meridian, Mississippi! The next blog will be about Etsy Jewelry Shopping…cannot wait to share with you all of the amazing statement jewelry…

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Colin and me in Dumont Plaza.

Thanks&Hugs

Abby Hathorn

 

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