Sweater Happy DIY and a Little Shoutout!

Right now is the perfect time to head to your local thrift store or go shopping in your own closet for sweaters that need a little love…this easy, peasy, sweater, cheesy DIY will show how to convert an old winter sweater into an adorable vest with vintage flare!

What you will need:

  • A winter sweater
  • scissors
  • vintage buttons
  • needle
  • thread

Step1: Find vintage buttons the same size as on the original sweater. Remove the original buttons and sew on the vintage buttons to give your sweater a little VIP touch!

Step 2: Now that the buttons are sewed on, it’s time to cut off the sleeves! Measure one inch away from the seams of each sleeve. Cut off both sleeves…tah dahhh! Done!

I am so excited to show you two ways I decided to wear my sweater happy DIY!

Dress: Sweater Happy DIY
Under shirt: Forever 21
Belt: Target
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Bracelet: Deep South Pout
Necklace: BluKat Design

I purchased this oversized sweater at the Raspberry Beret Consignment Shop (Louisville, Mississippi)…from the one dollar rack…as soon as I saw it…I knew it had the potential to be a fabulous DIY!

Earrings: Blu Gertrude
Sweater: Sweater happy DIY
tank top: Forever 21
Belt: Deep South Pout
Shorts: The Attic
Shoes: Jessica Simpson

I just had to pair this oversized sweater with these vintage baby blue shorts! This outfit gives the VIP a put together look that is comfortable and adorable!

My hair is one of my signatures…so keeping my blonde, curly locks healthy during the summer is an absolute must! I want to give a special shoutout to Rachel Edmonds of Mia Salon in Starkville, Mississippi for getting my hair ready for summer!

I want to share with y’all a few things I found out about Rachel who is so precious and darling!

  • Tell us a little something about yourself.

I am 27 years old and have been a cosmetologist for 8 years. I live and work in Starkville, Mississippi at Mia Salon. I love my job, and enjoy making others feel better about themselves.

  • How would you describe your style?

I would describe my style as casual to dressy.. I love to accessorize with lots of jewelry and a cute pair of shoes! Clothes and jewelry are definitely a weakness of mine!

  • Where are some of your favorite places to shop?

Some of my favorite places to shop are definitely boutiques! One of my favorites is Deep South Pout!

  • What is your favorite genre of music and why?

Some of my favorite genres of music are probably pop and country. I love anything that puts me in a good mood. Dave Matthews is one of my favorites!

  • What are some easy summer hair care tips?

Hair care tips for the summer: Moisturize your locks! The heat and sun dry your hair out, and it is good to do a good moisturizing treatment once a week! Also, keep hair trimmed to avoid split ends and breakage.

Stay tuned next time for a fantabulous Deep South Pout Accessories Challenge:)

In an upcoming blog, I will be sharing with you all the vintage treasures that a friend of mine sent to me from Ten Dollar Vintage which is quite the catch when it comes to parcels of adorable outfits for vintage lovers! Make sure to stay tuned to find out more:)

Follow me on Twitter @Abbysauce and Instagram @vintagepassionista

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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