InStyle Inspiration: October 2012

The end of October is almost here, and y’all know what that means…InStyle Inspiration!  What is InStyle Inspiration, you ask? Well, it is where I, the VIP, take the latest issue of InStyle Magazine and create outfits from the articles that caught my eye! Let’s get started, shall we?

    

When my October issue of InStyle arrived in the mail, I immediately started to peruse the pages! The first article to catch my fashionista eye was “Find Your Perfect Silky-Button Front”. InStyle showed a variety of flowy blouses that fit the characteristics of many of the tops in my wardrobe! I skipped off to my closet and picked out a darling burgundy and tan button front.  After reading the article “Designer Focus”, where InStyle said, “No matter what size you are, nothing defines your figure like a well-cut pencil skirt…”, I remembered that I owned the most flattering denim pencil skirt…I just had to find it…When I discovered it hidden in the back of the closet, I looked at it with a sassy smirk; I knew that it would pair marvelously with my silky top!

Blouse: The Fashion Barn (Main Street, Columbus, Mississippi)
Skirt: The Limited
Shoes: BCBG (Belk, Columbus, Mississippi)
Socks: Target (Trussville, Alabama)
Bling Bracelet: Handmade by Lisa Hamilton of Beadsoul. www.beadsoul.etsy.com

Look at that FABULOUS bling bracelet handmade by a super talented jewelry artisan, Lisa Hamilton of Beadsoul! Check out all of the gorgeous things she has to offer! Order yourself something uniquely you and tell Lisa aka Ms. Beadsoul that the VIP sent you:) www.beadsoul.etsy.com

Top: JCrew
Skirt: JCrew
Coat: Giacca
Heels: J Reneé
Necklace: Deep South Pout

The “Color Crash Course: Peony” and “Big Coats” articles inspired me to create the above outfit.  It is super sweet and classy with a touch of business woman glam!

Big coats, big coats, big coats! Don’t you just love wonderful winter coats? Find your perfect coat for your figure in the October issue of InStyle!

If  this is your first time reading my blog, be sure to check out my newspaper column, “The Adventures of the VIP”, at www.realstorypublishing.com.  

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @Abbysauce_ and Instagram @VintagePassionista to keep up with me while I am on the go!

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My prayers go out to all of those in the path of Sandy. May God be with each of you. Stay safe and take care of each other!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

I declare blazers a must have! Part 1

On the VIP’s latest adventure, I attended Project Design Week at Auburn University (July 15-20), and it was absolutely fabulous! I made many new friends, gained valuable skills, and developed a love for apparel design.

While I was there, I discovered that the dorm halls and classrooms are just a tad bit frigid, and sadly enough, I was not prepared for such conditions! After all, this is summer in the South-100 degrees in the shade!  So, I was forced to purchase a sweat shirt-talk about irony; however, from this experience, the wonderful idea of a versatile blazer was born! As soon as my parents picked me up from camp, I demanded retail therapy at Urban Outfitters! There, I found the most fabulous turquoise blazer that just screamed 1980-in a good way! I will not go into all the reasons why I decided to purchase this blazer this week, but join me next week to see all the glamour this blazer can add to any wardrobe! From this day forward, I shall carry this darling blazer with me-never again to be caught wearing an oversized sweatshirt with my sweet dresses and heels.

Blazer: Urban Outfitters
Top: Urban Outfitters
Pants: Deep South Pout
Shoes: Steve Madden

Step inside my time machine with me as I flashback to a Deep South Pout Accessories Challenge blog where I wore a splendid dress! Why is this dress so fantastic you ask? Well, the colors that make up this super cute dress are why it is so fantabulous! The various shades of blue and golden yellow allow this Deep South Pout dress to be paired with many different things such as leopard print and my new blazer (which you will get to see the fabulousness next week!)  Since next week is so far away, you can go visit my blog (VIP Accessories Challenge: Deep South Pout) to see the three ways I wore this fancy little frock.

So without further ado, I present to you (see how I made that rhyme *wink*) the reasons as to why such a simple thing as a blazer is so magnificent and functional all year long! A blazer can replace your travel blankets, baggy unfashionable sweatshirts, Snuggies, and hoodies in a snap! You might be thinking-“Now, Abby, really?  I love my Snuggie!”  I am not begrudging the Snuggie-that warm little thing works great for watching TV, but definitely shouldn’t be worn while attending a lecture or meeting!  How do we solve this frigid inside environment while battling the heat outside and having to look adorable all at the same time?  A magical, magnificent blazer, of course!  It will keep you warm and snuggly inside while still looking fashionably fabulous-and when it is time to venture back outside-simply, toss it over your shoulder and strut like you are on a catwalk!

Do you struggle trying to find the perfect blazer?   Follow these five tips, and the next time you go blazer shopping it will be a breeze!

Five Tips on Buying Blazers (for the ladies and gents):

  1. Invest: Invest in a good quality blazer that fits well. A style such as the classic school boy blazer never goes out of style-JCrew has a wonderful collection of these for fall!
  2. Make a Statement: When purchasing a blazer, invest in a bright, fun, funky blazer! Polka dots, leopard print, neon green, denim, paisley-there are all kinds of awesome statement blazers out there!
  3. Be Thrifty: Keeping a look out at your local thrift or consignment shops is a great way to find a good deal on a blazer.  It is easy to change out the buttons or add patches to the elbows for a more personal touch!
  4. Dress up or dress down: Purchasing a blazer without buttons allows you to dress up or down in a snap! If you need to go from a daytime to meeting to dinner out on the town, a blazer without buttons works perfectly.  Just add a vintage brooch or layered necklaces for your day to night transition.
  5. For the gents: Every man needs a good versatile sports coat/blazer that can be paired with khakis, jeans, or shorts. You can pair your sports coat or blazer with a light denim button up and a navy blue bowtie for a sophisticated, yet comfortable look for any business meeting or party.

I could go on, and on, and on about my experience at Auburn and what kind of blazers to buy…but the washing machine is shouting my name…well, it’s actually my mom yelling that it’s time to swap the laundry…this fashionista has a lot of unpacking and clothes washing to do…and napping…so join me next week for a fun-filled article on how to wear your awesome blazers!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

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VIP on the go!

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Hello my lovelies! I want to introduce my newest segment “VIP on the go!”….I will occasionally post a blog similar to this one about what super dazzling outfit I am wearing that day! Genius. I know;)

So without further ado, and distractions as I ride in the car typing this…I present to y’all my OOTD (Outfit Of The Day)!

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Top: The Attic (Columbus, MS)
Skirt: American Apparel (Atlanta, GA)
Shoes: Steve Madden (Trussville, AL)
Belt: Anthropologie (Birmingham, AL)
Earrings: Something Special (Louisville, MS)

Isn’t this outfit just darling, I thought so:) I shall sign off before I run out of cell signal on these old Mississippi roads…oh the joys of living in the middle of no where;)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn:)

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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