Weekly Whistle: Versona Fall Shopping Experience

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With a new fashion season upon us, it is time to shop for new wardrobe staples. *happy dance*

In a recent stylish adventure, I worked with Versona to talk about the release of their FIRST-EVER online look book + to shop around and blog about my experience. While wandering around at the Versona at The Pinnacle in Bristol, I found the MOST AMAZING ensemble to kick off fall, and I am so excited to share it with y’all!

So, without further ado, take a look at the outfit photos below + check out the slideshow at the bottom to see photos of my absolutely fabulous shopping fun at Versona! ALSO…You’ll probably want to look up a Versona nearest you (OR SHOP ONLINE) because this year’s pieces are absolutely AMAZING! *wink*

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Blouse: Versona

Skirt: Versona

Shoes: DSW

Earrings: BluKatDesign

Bracelet: Beauty In Stone

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BE SURE TO STAY TUNED TO THE VIP INSTAGRAM TOMORROW TO SEE A FABULOUS PAIR OF EARRINGS FROM VERSONA *WINK* I CAN’T SPILL ALL THE FASHION BEANS AT ONCE, Y’ALL! img_4003

Stay Fabulous,
Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Sweater Weather Love

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

WOOOO!!! It’s Wednesday which means the week is halfway over, and, of course, it means it’s Weekly Whistle time *wink*

It is definitely sweater-weather time, and I am definitely excited about breaking out my big, chunky sweaters again! Living in a colder climate than I grew up in, I am learning how to layer and actually make sweaters cute. Up until my moving to Northeast Tennessee, I don’t think I owned more than one sweater, and it was probably an ugly Christmas sweater from the sixth grade *wink* NOW…I have drawers and drawers of sweaters of all kinds that I am just dying to wear! *happy dance*

Okay–okay! That is enough about my newfound sweater obsession.  Let’s take a look at this week’s VIP Weekly Whistle and get in the #SweaterWeather mood! 

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Sweater: GAP

Skirt: Style (Bristol, Tenn.)

Tights: Target

Heels: vintage BCBG

Necklace: BluKatDesign

Sunnies: Ralph by Ralph Lauren, Sunglasses Hut

Blooper *wink* We always have a fun and silly time on photo shoots :)
Blooper *wink* We always have a fun and silly time on photo shoots :)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Same Accessories, Same Style, Different Look

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Happy Wednesday, y’all! Ah…the weekend is half-way here–we got this *wink* I have an oil change for Leo + a photo shoot in Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia to look forward to…probably some gluten-free Mellow Mushroom too *wink*

I am always saying how accessories make all the difference, but I am sure deep down inside one of you asks do they–do they really, Abby? *wink* Well, today (and tomorrow on TWTWT) I am going to show y’all how the same accessories can transform the same style into a totally different look in a SNAP! With my life being crazy busy now, I have learned the true power of “accessories make all the difference”–especially if I wake up late or forget an appointment. :)
Last week's Weekly Whistle is what I wore to host a #BelkScene event. It featured some fabulously handmade accessories that I decided to take from "prom inspired" to "whenever/wherever inspired". Take a look at the whenever/wherever look below!
Last week’s Weekly Whistle is what I wore to host a #BelkScene event. It featured some fabulously handmade accessories (details here) that I decided to take from “prom inspired” to “whenever/wherever inspired”. Take a look at the whenever/wherever look below!

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Dress: Tahari, Kohl’s

Necklaces: BluKatDesign

Handbag & Cuff: Luke and Lyla Designs

Heels: Jessica Simpson

BONUS:

I also wore this fabulous Tahari dress to my Phi Theta Kappa induction at Northeast State. I went with minimal accessories + vintage-style makeup to create a timeless and effortless look.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Road Trip: Bristol Virginia & Tennessee via iPhone

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Hey, y’all! Today, the VIP was on the road in Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee touring the beautiful birthplace of country music! I adore the old-city charm of this Southern town, and I cannot wait for the amazing photo shoot tomorrow in Abingdon, Bristol, and Marion, Virginia!

Phew….it is going to be an early morning…So, as I hop off to bed, y’all enjoy my iPhone picture tour of my favorite sites in Bristol:) Goodnight, my lovelies!

First snacking stop: Burger Bar in Bristol, VA. I could totally see myself working at this super cute burger joint!
First snacking stop: Burger Bar in Bristol, VA. Amazing food and an amazing atmosphere!
Isn't the Burger Bar absolutely adorable? Oh, and that is my mom in the blue sweatshirt getting in the car....sh...don't tell her....*wink, wink*
Isn’t the Burger Bar absolutely adorable? Oh, and that is my mom in the blue sweatshirt getting in the car….sh…don’t tell her….*wink, wink*

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A view of the Cameo in downtown Bristol. Such vintage perfection!
A view of the Cameo in downtown Bristol. Such vintage perfection!
View from the car of the Solar district...I am super in love with the house with green shingles in the distance!
View from the car of the Solar District…I am super in love with the house with green shingles in the distance!
Check out this killer view from the Solar district! Oh, how God is so amazing!
Check out this killer view from the Solar District! Oh, how God is so amazing!
The VIP team and I had a fabulous afternoon snack at Macado's on State Street in Bristol. I loved sitting on the patio watching the world go by for a little while...relaxation is nice:)
The VIP team and I had a fabulous afternoon snack at Macado’s on State Street in Bristol. I loved sitting on the patio relaxing with fantastic food!
Shameless bathroom selfie at Mellow Mushroom in Bristol!
Shameless bathroom selfie at Mellow Mushroom for dinner!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

30 Day J.Crew Challenge: Accessories Make All the Difference

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Hello, my fabulouses, and welcome back! Today’s 30 Day J.Crew Challenge outfit focuses on why accessories make all the difference! Since the beginning of my existence, I have loved accessories. As an accessory loving toddler, I sported a denim hat and Rugrats watch with my Huggies pull-ups to transit from daycare to McDonald’s with ease. As a big girl on a budget, I wear a scarf to change the look of a basic outfit.

So, without further ado, let’s see how accessories transformed the first J.Crew Challenge ensemble. Come on, it’s time to get fabulous!

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V-Neck: J.Crew Factory, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

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Shorts: J.Crew Factory, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

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Scarf: J.Crew Factory, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

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Earrings: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain

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Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk

(get a similar look here)

Photo Shoot Fact: Being lost in Marion, Virginia had its plusses–the gorgeous and quaint town made for fabulous pictures!
I took this picture outside our hotel in Abingdon, Virginia. The mountains were breathtaking!
Good morning, Abingdon, Virginia! I took this lovely picture outside my hotel before making my way to Bristol, Tennessee.

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What are those blue and red bracelets the VIP has been wearing?

Blue: While stopping for gas and snacks at a TravelCenters of America store, I spotted the St. Christopher Fund bracelets at the checkout. Curious, I purchased a bracelet for one dollar and researched the foundation. The St. Christopher Fund is a non-profit organization that helps truck drivers suffering from financial hardship due to medical problems. This wonderful campaign will run at all TA and Petro locations from August 22 through September 30, 2013. “During the event, guests and employees at TA and Petro Stopping Centers will be invited to make donations of $1 or more. Commemorative 2013 wristbands will be given to everyone choosing to donate. Donations may be made at all company restaurants, travel stores, fuel buildings and truck service facilities. One hundred percent of all donations will go to the St. Christopher Fund.” (http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/8/prweb11052237.htm) To learn more on how you can help, please visit http://truckersfund.com/.

Red:  On his way home from a business trip in California, my dad picked me up an officially licensed Lifeguard tee which came with a bracelet promoting the company’s products. “Beachlifeguard.com is your # 1 spot for Officially licensed Lifeguard apparel and accessories. Please  browse through [their] selection of men, women’s junior and children products. [They] will make sure you are  looking your best in [their] LIFEGUARD apparel…” (www.beachlifeguard.com)

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Check out the VIP Facebook page for more pictures from this fantastic photo shoot! Click here.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn