3 Ways to Wear a Red Sweater: Outfit #2

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Hello, fabulouses!

What did y’all think about Outfit #1 of the 3 Ways to Wear a Red Sweater styling challenge? It was perfect for a casual day…but how do we dress it up for AM meetings? Come on, I’ll show you!

To change up Outfit #1, I traded the dark cords for a vibrant, floral pencil skirt, swapped the scarf for handmade earrings and necklace, and hopped into a pair of gold wedges for a look that is sure to make you stand out at the next office meeting. *wink*

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To see how another way I styled this lovely floral skirt for an AM meeting, click here!

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Sweater: GAP, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Skirt: J.Crew, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Heels: Nine West, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Earrings: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain

Necklace: Handmade by Darla Osborne

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Beauty Tues: Creed Fragrance at Saks Fifth Avenue of Birmingham

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Hello, fabulouses! Welcome to this week’s Beauty Tues which is all about my new fragrance brand addiction–Creed. After chatting with Tara Powell, Creed fragrance expert at Saks Fifth Avenue of Birmingham, about the history of Creed and some popular scents, I was immediately inspired to blog about it.

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When and where did the oldest privately owned fragrance house gain its start? Once upon a time–a long, long time ago, the Creed family tailored to royalty. By tailored, I mean they supplied royal families with custom-fitted clothing and scented leather gloves. In 1781, Royal English Leather, the first Creed fragrance ever, was created for King George III and his court. “He [James Creed] wanted King George III to be able to rest his chin on his gloved hand and inhale the glove’s fine aroma.” (www.creedboutique.com) Royal English Leather is still manufactured and available for purchase today. Famous people like King George III, Queen Victoria, Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, and Audrey Hepburn wore Creed–AMAZING! With just one spritz of Creed, I feel like I am wearing a little piece of history!

Random Fact About Creed: Did you know that you can request House of Creed to make your own personal fragrance for only $25,000? I am going to start saving my pennies! I can see it now…”Creed presents its newest fragrance Miss VIP.” *wink*

This is what my future man will smell like. I am sure of it.  "Aventus was inspired by Napoleon and was debuted in 2010. This is our best-selling men's fragrance here at Creed. It smells so good," said Tara as we chatted about Aventus.
This is what my future man will smell like. I am sure of it.
“Aventus was inspired by Napoleon and was debuted in 2010. This is our best-selling men’s fragrance here at Creed. It smells so good,” said Tara as we chatted about Aventus.
I am adding Spring Flower, Audrey Hepburn's Creed perfume, to my Christmas list! I want to smell like Audrey Hepburn once did...what fashionista doesn't!
I am adding Spring Flower, Audrey Hepburn’s Creed perfume, to my Christmas list! I want to smell like Audrey Hepburn once did…what fashionista doesn’t!

To learn more about Creed’s history and their magnificent fragrances, stop by Saks Fifth Avenue in Birmingham, Alabama or visit www.creedboutique.com.

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Y’all already know how much I love Jo Malone so I am not going to bore y’all with the details again! See my blog post about Jo Malone here.

Jo Malone at Saks Fifth Avenue in Birmingham will have an artist in this Wednesday, November 4, from 3pm-6pm hand painting Jo Malone boxes with a Jo Malone purchase. “These boxes are so adorable, and they make a great keepsake,” explains Darla Osborne, Jo Malone fragrance expert at S5A Birmingham.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Beauty Tues: S5A Bloggers Breakfast

-From left to right- Laura (Southern Femme), Elizabeth Worrell (Saks Fifth Avenue), Amy Hughes (Chanel USA), LaGranda Lewis (Saks Fifth Avenue), The VIP, Tara (Creed fragrance expert at S5A), Darla Osborne (Fragrance at Jo Malone at S5A), and Judy R. Hatcher (Perfumista at Bond No. 9 at S5A)
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Laura (Southern Femme), Elizabeth Worrell (Saks Fifth Avenue), Amy Hughes (Chanel USA), Karen Reynolds (Saks Fifth Avenue), LaGranda Lewis (Saks Fifth Avenue), The VIP, Tara (Creed fragrance expert at S5A), Darla Osborne (Fragrance at Jo Malone at S5A), and Judy R. Hatcher (Perfumista at Bond No. 9 at S5A)

Hello, my fabulouses! I had a fabulous time at the Saks Fifth Avenue Birmingham Bloggers Breakfast–where fragrance experts chatted with local bloggers about some delicious perfumes in preparation for the upcoming Fragrance Week, November 29-December 8. All this talk about fragrances has me super pumped, and I am currently working on my list to Santa. “Santa Baby, put lots of perfume from Saks under the tree for me….”

Fragrance expert Tara told us about some old Hollywood stars who signature perfumes were Creed. I think I will be adding Audrey Hepburn's favorite, Spring Flower, for Christmas! Dear Santa...*wink*
Fragrance expert Tara chatted with us about Creed’s magnificent history, famous people who wore it, and so much more. Y’all stay tuned to a future blog about Creed perfume:)
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I think I will be adding Audrey Hepburn’s favorite, Spring Flower, to my Santa list!
Next up was Donna Osborne who told us about some of the delightful Jo Malone fragrance sets for only $100! Such a perfect gift for fashionistas like myself...*hint, hint* Dear Santa...
Next up was Donna Osborne who told us about some of the delightful Jo Malone fragrance sets for only $100! Such a perfect gift for fashionistas like myself…*hint, hint* Dear Santa…
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Oh, I just love going to see Darla at the Jo Malone counter at S5A! She is so darling and so sweet! She made me fall in love with the Rose Water and Vanilla Fragrance back in September! See the blog here: https://vintageinspiredpassionista.com/2013/10/02/saks-fifth-avenue-beauty-week-jo-malone-peony-blush-event/
Judy Hatcher, perfumista at Bond No. 9 New York at S5A Birmingham, told us the stellar history of Bond No. 9 and some of the new hot Bond perfumes available! My favorite is Perfumista Avenue, and I will definitely be adding it to my Dear Santa list.
Judy Hatcher, perfumista at Bond No. 9 New York at S5A Birmingham, told us the stellar history of Bond No. 9 and some of the new hot Bond perfumes available! My favorite is Perfumista Avenue, and I will definitely be adding it to my Dear Santa list.

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Amy Hughes of Chanel USA told us the fabulous history of Chanel's historic fragrance, Chanel No. 5, and how it was Marilyn Monroe and Jackie O's favorite fragrance. Do I need to tell you Santa...or do you see the pattern? *wink, wink*
Amy Hughes of Chanel USA chatted about the fabulous history of Chanel’s iconic fragrance, Chanel No. 5, and how it was Marilyn Monroe and Jackie O’s favorite fragrance. Hmmmmm. Do I need to tell you Santa…or do you see the pattern? *wink, wink*
Stay tuned for upcoming blogs about Chanel :)
After the bloggers brunch, I had the awesome pleasure to meet and chat with Teresa Thompson at the Guerlaine counter. I was so fascinated as she told me about Guerlaine products and the company's history. I do not want to tell y'all to much because I will have some fabulous Guerlaine Beauty Tues blogs coming soon! Yay!
After the bloggers breakfast, I had the awesome opportunity to meet and chat with Teresa Thompson at the Guerlaine counter. I was so fascinated as she told me about Guerlaine products and the company’s history. I do not want to tell y’all too much because I will have some fabulous Guerlaine Beauty Tues blogs coming soon! Yay!

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Needless to say, I had an absolute BLAST at the Bloggers Breakfast, and the VIP will have some awesome blogs coming soon about more fashionable adventures at Saks Fifth Avenue in Birmingham! Yippee for the fantastic beauty experts at S5A!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Saks Fifth Avenue Beauty Week: Jo Malone Peony & Blush Event

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Hello, my fabulouses! I attended the most splendid event at Saks Fifth Avenue in Birmingham, Alabama. Oh, my fashionistas, the Jo Malone “Peony & Blush” event was absolutely smell-good deliciousness! Mom walked out with a Scent Surround Diffuser in Lime Basil & Mandarin, and I walked out with a handful of samples because I could not decide which Jo Malone fragrance combo was going to be my signature S5A Trailing Scent for Fall 2013. Decisions….decisions…decisions… My goodness, there are so many yummy Jo Malone fragrance options ranging from fresh and fruity to woody and warm. Oh, how will I ever be able to choose? Hm…one of each?

Dear Birthday Fairy and Santa Clause,

I know it is not quite my birthday month or Christmas; however, I have been a good little fashionista so far. Would you please send me one of each of the following Jo Malone fragrances?

Also…whenever the new Jo Malone Rose Water & Vanilla perfume comes out at S5A Birmingham, I would like one of those as well. It smells like homemade candy fabulousness!

Thanks a bunch, Birthday Fairy and Santa! Y’all are the best!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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During the Jo Malone “Peony & Blush” event at S5A, I had the pleasure of enjoying mini Gigi’s cupcakes as I read the splendid Flower magazine article “Scentsible Solutions”–which is about the Jo Malone community gardens–written by Margaret Zainey Roux. Adding more flower-tastic sparkle to this event was my meeting Margot Shaw, the Editor-in-Chief of Flower. Take a look at the wonderfulness of Flower magazine here.

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Jo Malone fragrances make me feel so refreshed, personalized, spunky, and fun. After trying out the English Pear & Freesia/Wild Bluebell combo this morning…I felt a spark of creativity! “Fragrance is a personal statement. Imagine creating one of your own. Jo Malone scents can be worn solo or layered for truly individual effects. Freshen a rich floral with a citrus zing. Add spice for a warm allure. Create something unexpected. A long-time signature.” (www.jomalone.com)

The VIP and Darla Osborne chatting at the event. Special thanks to Darla and Billy for helping me find some terrific signature scents! What will I decide on...who knows! I am waiting to hear back from the Birthday Fairy and Santa ;)
The VIP and Darla Osborne chatting at the event.
Special thanks to Darla Osborne and Billy Hardin Jr. for helping the VIP find some terrific signature scents! What will I decide on…who knows! I am waiting to hear back from the Birthday Fairy and Santa.

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Get your Fall 2013 Makeup Look at Saks Fifth Avenue

Birmingham’s Beauty Week events:

 

Thursday, October 3:

Artistry at Trish McEvoy

Bobbi Brown Beauty Team Event with National MUA Carrie Wilson

Threading Event with Dr. Stacy Haynes

Massage Therapist featuring Chair Massages

Jo Malone Peony & Blush Event

 

Friday, October 4:

Artistry at Trish McEvoy

Bobbi Brown Beauty Team Event with National MUA Carrie Wilson

Threading Event with Dr. Stacy Haynes

La Mer at Sea Spa Event

Massage Therapist featuring Chair Massages

Jo Malone Peony & Blush Event

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn