VIP Scrapbook: Meeting Betsey Johnson + Q & A at Belk in Charlotte, NC

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog! 

For those of you who kept up with me on Instagram this weekend, you already know that I met one of my fashion heroes, Betsey Johnson. AH! It’s been two days, and I still cannot believe it! Somebody pinch me! *wink*

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Since before I can remember, Betsey Johnson has been one of my biggest inspirations. She is seventy-two years old, has been designing for almost fifty years, and still works neon pink and tutus like it is nobody’s business *wink* Her style is so unique and her philosophy of “wear what you love” is greatly needed in a world that is so easily influenced by fads and trends. 

When I was trying to find myself and learning to express my passion for fashion in tenth grade, I turned to Betsey for inspiration. From her, I learned that “girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves, and of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys, they’d just walk around naked at all times.” (See photos below)

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If  someone would have told me when I put these pages together in my Smash journal that I would be meeting Betsey three years later…I would have laughed in their faces. Amazing how God can change things so drastically when we follow His path :)
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*draws check mark* Well, I guess I can mark that off of my bucket list!

Now, without further ado, I reveal the photos taken by my wonderful photographer at the Brunch with Betsey Belk event in Charlotte, North Carolina! Come on, y’all! Let’s take a gander.

Arlene Golstein (in the fur), the VP of Trend Mechandising and Fashion Direction at Belk, and the VIP (in the red coat) chatting with other bloggers at brunch in Charlotte. Oh, I just love Arlene!
Arlene Goldstein (in the vest), the VP of Trend Mechandising and Fashion Direction at Belk, and the VIP (in the red coat) chatting with other bloggers at the brunch in Charlotte. Oh, I just love Arlene!
Arlene personally introducing me to THE Betsey Johnson.
Arlene introducing Betsey and me.

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I was all smiles for the rest of the day! Meeting her (and getting to chat with her!) was a dream come true!
I was all smiles for the rest of the day! Meeting Betsey Johnson (and getting to chat with her!) was a dream come true!
"This girl is only 18! Come on, we need another hug and another picture," exclaimed Betsey.
“This girl is only 18! Come on, we need another hug and another picture,” exclaimed Betsey.

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I do not remember what Betsey and Arlene were chatting about in this photo; however, it was so precious that I had to share it with y'all anyway :)
I do not remember what Betsey and Arlene were chatting about in this photo; however, it was so precious that I had to share it with y’all anyway :)

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I hope I am this awesome whenever I am in my 70s (yellow hair-streaks and all *wink*).
I hope I am this awesome when I am in my seventies!

Exclusive VIP Interview Question with Betsey:

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VIP: What is one item in your closet you would never toss out and why? From watching your show, I know that you must have quite the extensive collection of apparel! 

Betsey: I know this sounds silly, but I lose so much stuff that I try not to get too attached to things–like umbrellas for example. There is no telling how many of those things I have lost! But I would hate to lose or get rid of my necklace I bought for [my daughter] Lulu….My closet is basically a bunch of folded things, which is okay because I love wrinkles. I have one small closet for hanging things, which is mostly things I really love but never wear. If I really love something, I have a hard time wearing it a lot because I do not want something to happen to it!

VIP: Oh, I completely understand! I have a dress handmade by my great-grandmother in the early sixties that I have only worn a handful of times because it is too dear to me.

Betsey: Oh, beautiful! Isn’t it funny how that happens! My other two closets are full of folded things, which is okay because I love wrinkles….Oh! I absolutely treasure my belt *pointing to the leather belt around her waist*. It is quite old, and I do not even remember the maker, but it is like a “good luck” charm in a sense. 

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Note: Please stay tuned to the blog because Friday I will be posting some fun and fabulous Betsey Johnson finds.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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J.Crew Challenge: Outfit 11, Attention to Detail

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the J.Crew Challenge!

Today’s fabulous, J.Crew outfit is all about the attention to detail. I took a little inspiration from Arlene Goldstein’s speech at the Fall Fashion Preview at Belk the Summit (Birmingham, Alabama) to create this simple yet complex ensemble. “Creating a look that fits ‘Complex Simplicity’ is effortless yet chic. Over-sized and boxy silouettes, innovative textiles, and exaggerated sleeves make all the difference. Playing with textures and patterns is key,” stated Goldstein.

For this J.Crew #OOTD, I took the skirt from Outfit 1 and combined it with a structured sweater-tee, frilly socks, and funky heels for a trendy look that is perfect for downtown outings. Now, let’s take a look at the details to find out what special person MADE me these FABULOUS socks *wink*

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 Top: J.Crew

Skirt: J.Crew

Socks: Handmade by my Grandmother

Shoes: Steve Madden, Belk

Necklace: Avon

BEHIND THE SCENES: My mom makes for a great photo shoot stylist *wink* Thanks for always fixing things that are crooked and making sure my outfits look perfect :)
BEHIND THE SCENES: My mom makes for a great photo shoot stylist *wink* Thanks for always fixing things that are crooked and making sure my outfits look perfect :)
BLOOPER: That look you make when you're walking in funky heels and almost fall on your face...in public. *wink*
BLOOPER: That look you make when you’re walking in funky heels and almost fall on your face…in public. *wink*

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Kicking Off Fall Fashion with Belk + Arlene Goldstein’s Must-Haves for Women

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Summer is slowly coming to an end, which means it is time to start thinking about fall fashion–the cute cardigans, knee-high boots, longer skirts, colorful tights and socks, and anything else that makes you feel all warm and cuddly. With so many styles from which to choose, sometimes, we fashionistas need a little help deciding on our season’s look–And that is where Belk’s “Find Your Fabulous” fall fashion style guide + Arlene Goldstein’s Most-Wanted List comes in handy! So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the styles and must-have list + photos :)

1. Complex Simplicity

In Complex Simplicity, new proportions, shape shifts and new age tailoring are just a few of the details that define this ultra modern message from over-sized and boxy silhouettes to exaggerated sleeves and new age layering. Textiles are innovative. Playing with textures is key while extreme coatings, metallic finishes, trapunto stitches, and new knits insure the absence of anything ordinary. Patterns go graphic, so count on bold contrasts. Sharpen clean lines with edgy accents, including statement jewelry in architectural shapes, structured handbags, sleek ankle boots, and the always-chic over-the-knee boots. Embrace the power of plain. Simple, spare and current!

2. His is Hers (definitely the VIP”s fav!)

His is Hers promises recast classics and a man style mash-up with a quirky kind of coolness. With a feminine twist, borrowed from the boys has never looked better. Yes, classic haberdashery with ladylike leanings. Menswear inspired layers: trousers, crisp white shirts, vests, midi skirts, very important sweaters and more. The fashion flock is going to love new breeds tweeds, luxe wools, leather, and fantastic furs. Plan on pattern mixes as new argyle, herringbone, houndstooth, and animal prints are reinvented and reworked. Consider these new neutrals and pair them fearlessly! It is no surprise to find a penchant for plaids everywhere. Felt fedoras with a Pharrell Williams vibe, satchels, scarves, bold gold chains and statement necks are just a few of the anything-but-basic accessories that complement this trend. Check out the Wine List of Fall’s favorite color palette: sangria and other exotic reds all the way to deep burgundy, merlot, and mulberry.

3. Rebel Rebel 

Play it cool with our [Belk’s] last statement, Rebel, Rebel. Just as the title suggests, this trend eases us out of our fashion comfort zone and celebrates a fierce fem that wants to break a few rules, in a good way! Expect some unexpected pairings: leather and lace, winter florals and British plaids, feminine silhouettes and moto detailing. Say “yes” to studs, nailheads, zips, quilting, and new chain treatments. Red and black is a color combo that is uncommonly trends right while sheers, pleather, dark denim, double-knits, and tweeds are a few of the textiles that send a trendy street-smart message. A passion for plaids, chokers, bold statement necks and cuffs in burnished metals, studded and belted ankle boots, and over the knee boots are just a few of the add-ons that make this style so enticing.

Women’s Most-Wanted List for Fall 2014

Calling all influencers, trendsetters and everyday fashionistas to Find Your Fabulous! It is time to rethink, rework and revitalize that wardrobe. Have no fear. It will be a breeze with Belk’s Most Wanted List featuring better than basic fashion items that will take the guesswork out of looking fresh for fall. Fabulous with a modern, southern slant.

1. Soft Pant:

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Easy elegance is a given with a bottom that will bring a big bang to any wardrobe; softly structured and often athletic inspired. Start with solids and work your way up to bold patterns. Fem is fresher than ever with a sporty attitude.

2. Longer Skirts

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3. Creative Cardigan

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This sweater is the season’s must have completer piece with fresh shapes, clever trims and interesting textures. Let the layering begin!

4. Novelty Vest

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Who Wore What When? Well who knows, but if she wore it with a vest–furry, fluffy, quilted or tailored–then the look was on its way to awesome. Try it! Pair it with a longer skirt for extra style points.

5. Fashion Sweatshirt

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On loan from the gym, this item has had more staying power than anyone could have predicted. Fabric blocking and luxe embellishments have elevated this top from “so so” to seriously chic. 

6. Tunic Top

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No bells, no whistles. Go glam in a top that is pure perfection with its practical polish. High-low hems continue, while novelty fabrics feel so right.

7. Midi-Length Sheath

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Take a look at a twist on a tried and true silhouette. This is the dress that turns a classic into a cause for celebration.

8. Statement Neck

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Logical or luxurious? Both! Bold stones, chain details and burnished metals. This jewelry item can update and refresh any old frock!

9. Over-the-Knee Boots

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Strut your stuff in this fall fashion phenomenon. They feel modern and look so stylish. Worn with slim pants or skirt, it will most definitely deserve a selfie.

10. Satchel

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With its simple shape and subtle details, this classic bag captures an “of the moment” fashion vibe. Perfect to add a pop of color to any look.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Fabulous Friday: Belk Fall Fashion Preview + VIP’s Major Fall Favs

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Can you believe it! Fall is almost here. Ah! I am so super pumped for fall fashion–I love the colors, the layering…it is all so fabulous.

Speaking of fabulous fall fashions…I attended Belk’s “Finding Your Fabulous” fall preview at The Summit in Birmingham, where Arlene Goldstein, Vice President of Trend & Fashion Direction, gave insights into fall 2014 trending looks and must-haves. Bloggers, fashion stylists, and writing celebs were all on hand to see the most wanted list for the upcoming season. Stephanie Grada (Southern Living, Style Editor), Alexis Barton (www.samechicdifferentday.com), youtubers Stephanie and Tracy of EleventhGorgeous, Vanessa Culpepper (www.buddingfashionista.com), Erica Bunker (D.I.Y Style, www.ericabunker.com) and the VIP are just a few of the fashionistas who attended  the fabulous fall preview event. I wonder how many times I can say fabulous and fall and fabulous fall *wink* 

The VIP with the Budding Fashionista, Vanessa Culpepper. Oh, I am so loving her jacket!
The VIP with the Budding Fashionista, Vanessa Culpepper. Oh, I am so loving her jacket!

Now, let’s take a look at my major favorite fall trends that I will be doing everything in my power to get my hands on this season *wink* Pst…little secret…Tomorrow, I am going to give y’all the full details + pictures that are all about Arlene’s Fall Looks and the Most Wanted List! Yay!

VIP Major Fall Favs:

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1. Arlene gave us three fabulous fall looks at this year’s preview, and I automatically fell in love with the “His is Hers”. I love this style because it has a classic fall vibe + it reminds me a lot of style icon Katharine Hepburn. Arlene explains this style as, “A recast of classics, a manstyle mash-up, and filled with a quirky coolness.”

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2.  A “fashion” sweatshirt–from coffee, to campus…from gym to casual dinner date, this trend will definitely be slipping its way into every aspect of my wardrobe! I already have two hanging in my closet now (sh…I cannot tell y’all much about them because I am saving them for an upcoming styling challenge *wink*).

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3. No matter the season, the VIP is a lover of the statement neck! There are so many ways to create a statement neck look–from one piece to layering. “Logical or luxurious? Both! Bold stones, chain details and burnished metals. This jewelry item can update and refresh any old frock,” explained Arlene Goldstein at the 2014 Belk Fall Preview. Oh. My. Goodness. I cannot wait to try out some new pieces this fall! *wink*

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Belk’s Most Wanted List for Women from Arlene Goldstein

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Yesterday, spring sprang; and today, the VIP is going to give you Belk’s Most Wanted List for Women from Arlene Goldstein. Now, let’s not lollygag with chit chat–let’s take a look at Arlene’s style statement ideas that are perfect for “Modern. Southern. Style.” See what I did there *wink*

A sleeveless jacket--This piece has simple, cool urban elegance. Moto detailing, classic denim styling or short and boxy—you decide. The options are endless.
Sleeveless jacket–This piece has simple, cool urban elegance. Moto detailing, classic denim styling or short and boxy—you decide. The options are endless.
Soft pant--Spring’s favorite bottom is softly structured and comes in a range of prints and fabrications. We give you permission to wear pattern with pattern for a sophisticated spin, but keep it monochrome.
Soft pant–Spring’s favorite bottom is softly structured and comes in a range of prints and fabrications. We give you permission to wear pattern with pattern for a sophisticated spin, but keep it monochrome.
New maxi--Not the time to skirt the issue. Find the perfect long skirt and add instant cool to your wardrobe. Gathers, slits and “Oh, wow!” prints guarantee the update.
New maxi–Not the time to skirt the issue. Find the perfect long skirt and add instant cool to your wardrobe. Gathers, slits and “Oh, wow!” prints guarantee the update.
Boxy top--New shapes define the spring season and this item is one of the best. Easy and elegant, it complements and refreshes any bottom.
Boxy top–New shapes define the spring season and this item is one of the best. Easy and elegant, it complements and refreshes any bottom.
Updated jacket--From boyfriends to blazers and moto-inspired to bomber styles, the finished look is fabulous when you add a jacket.
Updated jacket–From boyfriends to blazers and moto-inspired to bomber styles, the finished look is fabulous when you add a jacket.
Shift dress: Chic, away-from-the-body silhouettes go from desk to dinner in a fashion minute. Lace, sheer insets and animal prints add the awesome. Dress up!
Shift dress: Chic, away-from-the-body silhouettes go from desk to dinner in a fashion minute. Lace, sheer insets and animal prints add the awesome. Dress up!
Layered necklaces--More is more so dare to dazzle. Group unexpected strands for a look that’s uniquely you. Let the layering begin.
Layered necklaces–More is more so dare to dazzle. Group unexpected strands for a look that’s uniquely you. Let the layering begin.
Black and white--Go graphic with spring’s coolest color combo. Check out color blocking, banding, bold stripes and prints. Feel free to mix it up.
Black and white–Go graphic with spring’s coolest color combo. Check out color blocking, banding, bold stripes and prints. Feel free to mix it up.
Ladylike handbag--Just hold it! Smaller framed satchels with a femme feel are chic and of the moment. A pop of bold color really works.
Ladylike handbag–Just hold it! Smaller framed satchels with a femme feel are chic and of the moment. A pop of bold color really works.
Chunky heels--Blocked, stacked, up high, down low! Get ready for sturdier, kinder heels that are easy on the feet and the eye--materials matter.
Chunky heels–Blocked, stacked, up high, down low! Get ready for sturdier, kinder heels that are easy on the feet and the eye–materials matter.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn