The Playoffs | A Spring Fashion Experience at ETSU by Montess Burt

IMG_0994Last night, my fabulous friend Montess Burt of MLBe Talent put on a spring fashion experience at the East Tennessee State University D.P. Culp Ballroom called The Playoffs, sponsored by the ETSU Black Affairs Association. Featuring hot name brands like Buckle, Victoria’s Secret, Charlotte Russe, and JCPenney and independent designers such as Jones’n (Chicago, IL), Tom Edna, Orshads Customs, and FaceLife–The Playoffs was an unforgettable runway show that rocked Johnson City, Tennessee!

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The creator of the fashion show Montess Burt has put together nine runways over the past few years, and he is currently working on establishing his talent agency, MLBe Talent. During the final walk at the show, Montess stated, “Y’all know what I say about fashion–It’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it….MLBe is my initials; however, the ‘Be’ at the end is all about how you can ‘Be’ anything. And that’s one thing I really try to tell people when it comes to expression and fashion and talent.”

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During my time at Northeast State, I have gotten to know Montess well, and he is such an inspirational person with a burning passion inside his heart. He is always pursuing and achieving big dreams and goals. Congrats on an amazing show, Monie!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Throwback Thursday: Interviewing Wedding Gown Designer Heidi Elnora

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

It’s Thursday–and y’all know what that means! It is time to throw it back to a fun VIP blog moment! Whoo hoo!

In celebration of Heidi Elnora’s NEW and FABULOUS television series “Bride by Design“, which will premiere tomorrow at 9PM CST on TLC, I decided to throw it back to when I interviewed the dazzling Southern designer at Birmingham Fashion Week 2013. 

Click here to check out the VIP Interview with wedding gown designer and reality TV star Heidi Elnora.

To see Heidi’s stunning runway show from Birmingham Fashion Week 2013, click here.

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Cannot wait until tomorrow night to watch Heidi’s fab show? Check out the preview below:

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Earrings: Sparkle Cat Studio

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

The Local Fashion Advantage 2014 Coverage

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The VIP attends the second-annual Local Fashion Advantage in Carthage, Mississippi!

Do y’all remember when the VIP attended the first ever LFA? Fix yourself a glass of sweet tea and refresh your memory hereOh, I sure did have a blast at LFA 2013, and let me tell y’all that renowned fashion designer Hilton Hollis put on quite the show. Speaking of Hilton….did you know he is actually from Carthage, Mississippi then he traveled to New York City to fulfill his dream of becoming a fashion designer? Yep—he sure did! Learn more about Hilton Hollis in the VIP Interview here.

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Hilton Hollis’s Local Fashion Advantage brings New York City to a small town in The South for a HILTON HOLLIS sample sale, a silent auction, and a one-night runway show which not only features HH apparel, but also the wonderful fashions of local boutiques. Hilton Hollis also spotlights a variety of local talent–singers, dancers, and models–at the Local Fashion Advantage. To make this fashionable fundraiser even more fabulous, the Local Fashion Advantage benefits the Leake County Foundation and Leake County Health Foundation. 

Now, without further ado, please enjoy a video of Hilton Hollis’s Spring 2014 collection on the runway + exclusive VIP blog photos from the Local Fashion Advantage 2014 runway show!

First Walk

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Second Walk

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Third Walk: Let’s Hear It For the Boys!

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Fourth Walk: Vintage Apparel

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Fifth Walk: Hilton Hollis Spring 2014 Collection

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Special Note: If you were featured or your business was featured at LFA 2014, and you would like to use photos from this blog–please feel free; however, the VIP team requests that you give credit to http://www.vintageinspiredpassionista.com when sharing the photos. Thank you! 

Jack and Jill of America Birmingham Chapter Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser at Belk the Summit

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The Birmingham Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and Belk at The Summit hosted their annual fashion show fundraiser Saturday, November 16, 2013.  This fantastic fashion show was a sold out event with 350 guests attending. Belk has sponsored this fabulous annual event for five years, and this fashion fundraiser is the signature event for the Birmingham Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

What is Jack and Jill America?

Jack and Jill is a national mother’s civic organization with the focus of providing cultural, educational, leadership and social opportunities for African American children.  Strong emphasis is placed upon community service and civic responsibility. 

To learn more about Jack and Jill of America, please visit www.jackandjillinc.org/

What is the Jack and Jill Fashion Show Fundraiser?

Each year, two local charities are awarded the proceeds generated from the event ticket sales.  This year’s recipients were Leading Edge Institute and Grace House. Much preparation went into bringing a wonderful morning of elegant fashion, food, and fun to the Jack and Jill mothers and their guests. 

The Jack and Jill special event committee members Karla Fields, Bonika Wilson, Ty Davis, Terri Gardner, Vickie Ausmer, and Michelle Nalls worked closely with Belk at The Summit Store Manager Susan Held, Belk Special Events Coordinator Katie Jones, and Fashion Stylist Melissa Melvin to make the event truly special. 

A special highlight of the morning was the Jack and Jill teen models that walked the runway with the professional models. Malik Kofi was the featured musical guest, and Chef Julia May provided an elegant continental breakfast. 

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Now, without further ado, here are some fabulous fashion highlights from the Annual Jack and Jill of America Birmingham Chapter Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser at Belk the Summit! Enjoy!

It was exciting to see this gorgeous model carry the same Mary Frances handbag I have done the runway! That handbag looked so hot with that outfit, and the model looked gorgeous carrying it!
It was exciting to see this gorgeous model carry the same Mary Frances handbag I have down the runway! She truly rocked that outfit and that handbag!
Check out the VIP blog featuring the same Mary Frances handbag here: https://vintageinspiredpassionista.com/2013/11/12/18-days-of-grand-haul-from-college-classroom-to-date-night/
Also, check out the VIP Interview with the designer herself Mary Frances here: https://vintageinspiredpassionista.com/2013/10/25/vip-interview-celebrity-handbag-designer-mary-frances-at-belk-phipps-plaza-atlanta-georgia/

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Read more about the Jack and Jill Fashion Show Fundraiser here.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Sunset in Miami Fashion Show

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As the sun sets in Homewood Alabama, my fashion senses are tingling with excitement! Everyone in the crowd is ready to see hot summer fashions from The Clothes Tree INC. and Gus Mayer styled by Southern Femme, makeup by Gus Mayer cosmetics team, and spectacular hair by Joelle Salon all being modeled poolside at The Hill for the Sunset in Miami fashion show.

Quick! Strike a pose! Check out thesehot fashions from Gus Mayer! Ooo! So cute!
Quick! Strike a pose! Check out these hot fashions from Gus Mayer! Ooo! So cute!
Dona Bullock (owner and master stylist at Joelle Salon) with poolside hottie, Scott Edward Fell.
Dona Bullock (owner and master stylist at Joelle Salon) with poolside hottie, Scott Edward Fell.
Miss Alabama 2012 winner, Anna Laura Bryan, Gus Mayer interns, and the VIP at the Sunset in Miami fashion show.
Miss Alabama 2012 winner, Anna Laura Bryan, Gus Mayer interns, and the VIP at the Sunset in Miami fashion show.

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Sunset in Miami is unlike any other fashion show in the Birmingham area because it captures the true essence of trend-setting fashions for a great cause—P.A.W.S. for Autism, which is a charity organization designed to bring service dogs to children faced with the troubles of autism. This wonderful local non-profit was started by the beautiful Miss Alabama 2012 winner, Anna Laura Bryan at age sixteen. It does not get much better than seeing this season’s hottest trends while contributing to those in need!

Anna Laura Bryan is passionate about her charity organization P.A.W.S. for Autisim. She is a such a bright, fun, and fashionable character with a love for helping others.
Anna Laura Bryan is passionate about her charity organization P.A.W.S. for Autism. She is a such a bright, fun, and fashionable character with a love for helping others.
Anna Laura Bryant with Crys Worely and her son's service dog.
Anna Laura Bryant with Crys Worely and her son’s service dog.

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There are so many hot fashions and poolside hotties at the Sunset in Miami fashion show! Oh, all of the ensembles are just so fabulous that I have to share them with y’all! So, without further ado…I present to you the VIP’s FAVORITE OUTFITS OF THE WEEK! Yay!

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Oh, my! This sassy bikini cover-up is perfection!
Oh, my! This sassy bikini cover-up is perfection!

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This spectacular ensemble has me ready to pack my bags for the beach! Whoo hoo! Road trip!
This spectacular ensemble has me ready to pack my bags for the beach! Whoo hoo! Road trip!
Simple white dress with a snazzy clutch for a pop of color! Fabulous fashion stylying by Southern Femme!
Simple white dress with a snazzy clutch for a pop of color! Fabulous fashion styling by Southern Femme!

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Check out this breathtaking dress from Gus Mayer! Love love love!
Check out this breathtaking dress from Gus Mayer! Love love love!

Don’t you just love all of these amazing outfits?! Goodness gracious Southern Femme did such a fantastic job styling each and every single ensemble! Phew…I am feeling a shopping spree soon!

Breana Watkins, Miss Alabama 2013 contestant, and I at the fashion show! Isn't she dressed absolutely fabulously!
Breana Watkins, Miss Alabama 2013 contestant, and I at the fashion show! Isn’t she dressed absolutely fabulously!

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As if the charity, poolside hotties, and fashions aren’t enough to captivate you…then don’t even get me started about the food! Michael’s Steak and Seafood did a marvelous job preparing and presenting the delicious food for Sunset in Miami! Glamorous fashion…shirtless guys….yummy food….and all for a great cause–P.A.W.S. for Autism!

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To learn more about P.A.W.S. for Autism, visit www.paws4autism.org!

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Hm...I spy a beach hottie at the Sunset in Miami fashion show!
Hm…I spy a beach hottie at the Sunset in Miami fashion show!

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Check out the “Sunset in Miami Fashion Show” album on the Vintage Inspired Passionista Facebook page for more pictures from the show! Click here. You know you do not want to miss out on more fabulous summer fashions and…of course…shirtless guys…hello, boys;)

What a lovely loyal fan! I was so delighted to meet Dee Repici who is a VIP fan! Yay for all of my spectacular readers!
I was so delighted to meet Dee Repici who is a VIP fan! Yay for all of my spectacular readers!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn