VIP Home: How To Conquer Big Blank Walls with Art Work and Home Decor

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to VIP Home!

Today on VIP Home, I would like to chat about my favorite wall in my room. (See photo above)

When we first moved to Birmingham, I had no idea how to decorate this giant blank wall. It was intimidating–really intimidating; however, after looking through several design books, I decided that the wall needed to make a fabulous statement–a wall collage was the perfect plan! 

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So, I took some of my favorite art pieces (the Beatles Wall Art, Marilyn Monroe piece, and Couture prints), and nailed them to the wall–okay, so I got my dad to hang them…He is an engineer, and he is very good at making sure things are level and perfectly spaced…Anyway–Next, I brought in the dresser and staged the necessary electronics–TV and cable box for watching the Style Network and E! News for hours on end and the Xbox for occasionally playing Skyrim, but mostly for playing old movies *wink*

Hm…it seemed like the space needed something else…something a little funky and shiny.  BAM! Metallic horse head at TJMaxx–I knew right then and there that it was PERFECT! The metallic horse head was like icing on the cake–diamonds on the ears and pearls around the neck.

Tah dah! Can you believe it?! I conquered that intimidating blank wall–making it truly stylish and fabulous. Ah…don’t you just love decorating! 

The metallic horse is also a princess *wink*

How have you conquered a big blank wall with your mad decorating skills? Everyone at VIP would like to see how you worked your magic! Send your pictures and a message about your home decor to  vintage.passionista@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the next VIP Home blog. Yay!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Sweet Tea, Stranger, & John Lennon

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This week’s Weekly Whistle title was a  struggle.  98.79% of the time I believe that I come up with clever titles.  Frustrated and suffering from writer’s block–I grabbed my sunglasses and a glass of Milo’s sweet tea and went outside to lounge by the pool.

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After an hour and almost falling asleep, the title came to me!  I remembered a comment a nice stranger (not stranger danger–don’t worry, mom!) said to me–“I love your sunnies! Very John Lennon.”  To which I replied, “Thanks so much!” and then continued to walk to my car…thankful that I was not recognized as “The VIP”.  Who would have thought that sunburn and sunglasses would make such a great disguise?  Anyway…long story short, that comment from the lovely stranger inspired today’s title.  Thank you, kind stranger!

Now, that is enough chatting and story telling! It is time to see what the VIP’s outfit of the week is–Come on, fashionistas!

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Top: American Apparel (Atlanta, Georgia)

Skirt: personal vintage collection

Shoes: Vans, VIP DIY

Earrings: StephieGknits by Stephanie Grantham

Sunglasses: Ray Ban (polarized), Sunglasses Hut

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Check out more of my writings and photo shoot styling here:

Real Media: The Adventures of the VIP–Top Picks of Summer & Day Dreaming of Tom Cruisehttp://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/05/29/the-adventures-of-the-vip-top-picks-of-summer-and-daydreams-of-tom-cruise/

Town and Gown Magazine May Issue: http://issuu.com/townandgownmagazine/docs/may

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Accessories Challenge: Vintage High Waisted Shorts

This week we are going on an Accessories Challenge adventure together.  What is an Accessories Challenge, you ask?  Well, it is where the VIP (that’s me) takes one outfit and gives it three different looks by changing only a few accessories. Accessorizing involves more than putting on earrings, tossing on a necklace, and piling on bracelets. Oh, my sweet readers, it’s much more! Imagine (Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can…you may say I’m a dreamer-oh, I’m sorry for bursting out into song.  I just love the Beatles!)-oh, yes, imagine the limitless possibilities of your wardrobe when you expand it with hats, belts, scarves, shoes, and even legging.  I agree that it’s a bit warm for scarves and leggings, but it’s never too hot for hats and belts!

For this Accessories Challenge, I chose a pair of vintage, sky blue, high-waist shorts from The Attic in Columbus and a white, lace top from The Limited.  By keeping the “basic” outfit simple and neutral in color, I was able to jazz it up for my summer events.  Each transformation has been paired with a hat because hats are a great way to hide frizzy hair-thank you, Southern humidity and ridiculous heat!  Inevitably, a bad hair day always strikes when we need to go somewhere important.  So, keep those hair accessories handy!

Have you ever had a bridal shower brunch, an outing at the mall with friends, and an evening party or night out on the town-with no time to change-ALL on the same day?  Well, that’s where accessories can make all the difference! Pack a few pairs of shoes, hats, and pieces of jewelry that coordinate with the events of your extremely busy day along with some Smart Water and granola snacks into your emergency beauty bag-then get ready to wow friends and strangers alike with your fashion genius!  I guarantee you will look fabulous without breaking a sweat; however, I cannot guarantee you won’t sweat-after all, it is 100 degrees-in the shade.

Hat: World Market (Birmingham, Alabama)
Top: The Limited (Birmingham, Alabama)
Belt: Betsey Johnson (TJ Maxx-Trussville, Alabama)
Shorts: The Attic (Columbus, Mississippi)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson (Belk-Trussville, Alabama)

For a bridal shower brunch, I decided to pair the vintage shorts and lace top with a floppy, summer hat, cobalt blue Jessica Simpson heels, and a neutral colored bow belt by Betsey Johnson.  This look is cute and dressy which is perfect for any special occasion, especially a luncheon or brunch.

Top: The Limited
Belt: JCrew
Shorts: The Attic
Shoes: Converse

Next stop is the mall with friends.  I wanted to be comfortable, yet cute. How did I go from bridal shower dressy to comfy cute? You guessed it!  I changed my accessories.  I simply pulled out patterned high-top Converse, a tie belt from JCrew, and a funky hat by Blu Getrude from my handy dandy emergency beauty bag.  This outfit also works well with Keds, Sperry’s, or a cute pair of metallic sandals.

Hat: Blu Gertude (Deeo South Pout in Columbus, MS)
Top: The Limited
Belt: Target
Shoes: Jessica Simpson

Finally, the sun has set, but the outfit must keep shining because there is a hot, summer party in the city (Hot in the city, hot in the city tonight…hot in the city-I apologize for my digression, but that Billy Idol song just fits). Once again, reach into that magical emergency bag full of splendid accessories, Smart Water, and granola wrappers, and pull out neon Jessica Simpson heels, a bright pink belt, and a funky headband.  Now, get ready to party the night away while looking absolutely fabulous!  Neon accessories are suitable for summer parties or a day out on the town-you cannot have enough neon accessories this summer!

Accessories are SO important!  They can change the overall look of any outfit with very little effort.  Just keep the five tips on pairing, buying, and picking out accessories in mind the next time you find yourself with too many events and too little time.

VIP Accessory Tips:

  • Making a Statement:  Invest in statement jewelry such as a pair of funky Blu Gertrude earrings or a pair of neon heels.  Do NOT be afraid to stand out and make a statement.  Be you and express your style!
  • Quantity: Your local Claire’s or other accessory shops are wonderful ways to get more bang for your buck.  Take advantage of sales and buy bracelets and necklaces in bulk!
  • Variety: Make sure you have style variation in your jewelry box and closet. Classic pearls, neon bangles, floral patterned heels, vintage hats…variety is key!
  • Hats: Invest in hats for the summer!  You can purchase an adorable, floppy hat from the CosMedi Center that makes you look fabulous with the bonus of protecting your precious face from the sun.
  • Not Too Much: If you want to wear an “arm party” (which is a variety of bracelets/watches combined on each arm), do not wear necklaces or big, flashy earrings because that is too much accessorizing.  You want to make a statement-not look like Mr. T from the A-Team.  Don’t get me wrong-I love Mr. T and the A-Team.

If you would like to see more pictures from this Accessories Challenge, then check out my Facebook page www.facebook.com/VintageInspiredPassionista!

You can also follow me on Twitter @Abbysauce_ and Instagram @VintagePassionista.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hat.

 

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V.I.P. DIY: Poster Wall Art

“So we sailed up to the sun. Till we found the sea of green. And we lived beneath the waves. In our yellow submarine. We all live in a yellow submarine. Yellow submarine, yellow submarine. We all live in a yellow submarine. Yellow submarine, yellow submarine”….that song is so catchy….The Beatles are the best band ever…some may think Justin Bieber is the best ever…but I am sorry to tell them that they are wrong…It’s  Beatles Fever not Bieber Fever…

For your next rainy day, this Poster Wall Art DIY is simple and creates a conversation piece for any room.

Step 1: Gather supplies: 6 vintage records, Beatles poster, X-Acto knife, scissors, 100 grit sandpaper, foam brush, paper plate, decoupage glue, and a permanent marker.

Step 2: Sand one side of the record with 100 grit sandpaper just enough to scratch it up a bit. This will help the poster adhere better to the record. After sanding all the records, wipe them down with a paper towel.

Step 3: Place the six records on the poster in the position you want them, and trace around them with a permanent marker as shown in the picture above.

Step 4: Cut the poster into six squares, and place two records on top of two squares. Next, wait 20-30 minutes to allow the poster to “uncurl” a little. During this time, grab a snack or dance around to your favorite Beatles songs! After that, cut the traced circles out of the squares.

Step 5: Now, it is time to start decoupaging! Put some glue on the paper plate, and dip the foam brush in the glue (as if you were painting). TIP: Do NOT get glue in the hole in the middle of the record. Next, smooth out most of the bubbles on the record, leaving some because they are needed to make the distressing process easier. Repeat this process for all six records. Allow the glue approximately 1 hour to dry. During this time, pop some popcorn, and watch an episode of my favorite show…PSYCH! best. show. ever. “I’ve heard it both ways…..waaaiiiittttt for itttttt….fist bump.”

Step 6: Carefully get the X-Acto knife, and carefully cut out the paper covering the hole in the center of the record. Carefully repeat this step for all six records. WARNING: X-Acto knives are extremely sharp, handle carefully. X-Acto knives are not meant to peel oranges, spread peanut butter, do not ride a bicycle or drive a car while using an X-Acto knife, always use extreme caution while operating an X-Acto knife. Safetly goggles are recommended, but not required…

Step 7: With 100 grit sandpaper, lightly distress the entire record…I used several other techniques to distress my records that I am not going to divulge…….however, I am willing to sell said secrets for $1456 (Prada Shoe Fund). Be creative and have fun with it!!

Taaaaaaaa Daaaaa the finished product!

I would like to share with y’all a very relieving, heartfelt story…One of the bears has been found. Yes, only one…the “special agents” informed me that only one bear survived the tragedy of the trashcan…but that’s okay…because the rest are in my heart……….if you’re just now joining me, you should probably read my previous blog Mason Jars, Cobalt Blue, and Red Heels.

Join me next time because I am going to have some pretty snazzy things to share with you:)

Oh, and don’t forget to follow me on twitter @Abbysauce_ and Instagram @vintagepassionista

Check out another blog that I absolutely enjoy reading!: http://www.thewoodenbee.com/eco-crafting-wine-cork-magnets/

Thanks&Hugs

Abby Hathorn

Picture at top of blog work cited: http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/2588646/The+Beatles+JUMP.jpg

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