30 Day J.Crew Challenge: HAPPY FALL, Y’ALL!


Hello, my fabulouses! Today is the first day of Autumn…so, let’s celebrate with this lovely J.Crew outfit!



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

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

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Shoes: Gus Mayer, Birmingham, AL

Earrings: Hearts of Stone Jewelry by Rachel Leathers

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Wrap Bracelet: Beadsoul by Lisa Hamilton

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Abby Hathorn


30 Day J.Crew Challenge: Fun on a Cool Autumn Day


Hello, my fabulouses! Today’s 30 Day J.Crew challenge outfit is all about having fun on a cool autumn day. Push aside your Nike shorts and slouchy t-shirt for something more appealing to the eye…like the VIP’s J.Crew outfit of the day! So, let’s jump right to it–let’s see what the J.Crew look of the day is! It is time to get fabulous, fashionistas!

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Flannel Shirt: 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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Hair Sticks: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain

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Necklace: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain

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Earrings: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain

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Wrap Bracelet: Beadsoul by Lisa Hamilton

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Ring: Beadsoul by Lisa Hamilton

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Bracelet: Sparkle Cat Studio by Stephanie Grantham

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To find out more ways to stretch your fashion dollar, check out my Grand Haul Girl video for The Outlet Shops of Grand River where I got almost $400 worth of clothes for…for…for? Hmm…I guess you will have to watch to find out:) Click here to watch NOW!

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Abby Hathorn

Kicking Off Fabulous February 2013!


Hello, hello, hello, my lovely fashionistas! Today on the VIP, we are going to be Kicking Off Fabulous February! Whoo Hoo! Let’s flashback for just a moment to yesterday’s blog “Buh-Bye January, Hello Fabulous February”. I told all of you that I had a super secret blog to kick off February…BIRMINGHAM FASHION WEEK 2013! So, in honor of the upcoming event, I want to take a look back at BFW 2012! So, join me as I reminisce BFW 2012 with a few pictures!

These wonderful MAC make up artists got me all dolled up and looking fabulous for the runway show! Such sweethearts! The VIP does love her MAC makeup:)
These wonderful MAC make up artists got me all dolled up and looking fabulous for BFW 2012! Such sweethearts! The VIP does love her MAC makeup:)



Oooo....This dress was just too amazing! I still want one!
Oooo….This dress was just too amazing! The vibrant color and the attention to detail is absolutely magnificent! (Dress designed by Theresa Mince)








I simply adored the artistic makeup, hair, and designs that Travis Mackey portrayed with his collection! I would like one of each please, and thank you!
Don't you just adore this wearable art piece made from from aluminum siding! (designed and worn by Sarah Vallin age 17 of Hoover High School, Alabama)
Don’t you just adore this wearable art piece made from aluminum siding! (designed and worn by Sarah Vallin age 17 of Hoover High School, Alabama)
Dress designed by Holly Griffin Thomas, one of the Rising Design Stars in 2012! This dress is so cute and funky, truly a work of art! This dress was modeled by Holly’s sister, Anna Leigh Thomas Arsenault.
Dress designed by Holly Griffin Thomas, one of the Rising Design Stars in 2012! This dress is so cute and funky, truly a work of art! (Model: Anna Leigh Thomas Arsenault).



This amazing dress was made from old maps and clock parts! So spectacular (designed by Allie Phifer age 18).
This darling dress was made from old maps and clock parts! So spectacular (designed by Allie Phifer age 18).

Oh, my goodness! Looking back at pictures from BFW 2012 is getting me super pumped for Birmingham Fashion Week 2013! I cannot wait to see what new and fantastic things will be at BFW 2013! Come join the fashionable fun this year at Birmingham Fashion week February 23-March 2! To purchase tickets and check the schedule of events, visit www.bhamfashionweek.com! Also, like Birmingham Fashion Week on Facebook to keep up with all the happenings and other media coverage! https://www.facebook.com/bhamfashionweek?fref=ts


What’s coming up in February 2013:

  • Coverage on the Rising Design Star exhibit at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

  • Interviews with the founder and co-founder of Birmingham Fashion Week.

  • BFW 2013 coverage of events, what I will be wearing, and much more!

Don’t forget to like the VIP on Facebook to stay up-to-date with sneak peeks and much more @ www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista

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Cannot get enough of the VIP? Check out my articles in The Real Story @ http://realstorypublishing.com/category/the-adventures-of-the-vip/

Fall in love with Town and Gown Magazine! Read the latest issue @ www.issuu.com/townandgownmagazine

Earrings by BluKat Design @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/blukatdesign
Earrings by BluKat Design @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/blukatdesign

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

V.I.P. Interview: Rachel Leathers

I am proud to present my interview with the amazing Rachel Leathers! Why is she so amazing, you ask? Well, Rachel creates beautiful handmade jewelry with which even celebs have begun to fall in love! Rachel is an impressive artist with a true passion for making wearable pieces of art.

Oscar's Gypsy Heart- succor creek jasper heart gemstone earrings as gifted at the 2012 Academy Awards (Rachel Leathers, Hearts of Stone Jewelry)
  • Share with us a brief bio about yourself.

I have been in the costume industry for 22 years, mainly as a seamstress. I’ve dabbled with costume design, but I didn’t like it and it didn’t like me! I’ve been a wardrobe supervisor, costume shop worker-bee, and the manager of a vintage costume house where I fined tuned my restoration skills on vintage garments. (Real vintage; garments as old as 150 years old, up to the 1960’s.) I’ve altered and created garments, props and everything in-between for theatre, film, TV, ice shows and parades.

Oscar's Copper Dreams- poppy jasper and sodalite hearts as gifted at the 2012 Academy Awards.
  • What made you want to create jewelry?

 I’ve always dabbled with other handcrafts my whole life, and attempting jewelry was something new to try. I began self-teaching myself over 9 years ago, and since I absolutely adore anything gemstone, I chose gemstone beads to play with. I began with several shapes, but the hearts became my favorite and visually more appealing, so I stuck with those. It was just another hobby at the time!

Oscar Celebrates Chinese New Year- silver leaf jasper and obsidian heart gemstone tassel chandelier earrings.
  • What are some of your favorite hobbies?

When I was a kid, I loved doing needlework, tried and failed at crochet, did some sewing and embroidering. These days, since I’ve made my living sewing, I hardly ever sew for myself anymore. I do enjoy it, but I’m not necessarily missing it either, right now. Since I turned my attention full-time to the jewelry, my past-times these days are more about spending quality time with my honey. He works SO much, and is so dedicated to his own business, that our time is precious and very limited. Not to say he’s my hobby! But, being a one-woman operation, the only free-time I have, I spend with him!

Oscar Loves Boho Chic- golden agate heart chandelier gemstone earrings with sodalite chips gifted at the Academy Awards 2012.
  • Who inspires you?

George, my honey is my biggest inspiration and supporter. He has always had an entrepreneurial spirit unequaled by anyone else I’ve ever known or met.  When I couldn’t find work in my field (which has been almost impossible thanks to the economy of late) I really wanted to try the jewelry again. He said, do it! That was November 2009, and I haven’t stopped yet. This has been the most creatively satisfying thing I’ve ever done! I’m loving it!

Bohemian Love- African Opal heart gemstone necklace with jasper, black agate and copper
  •  How would you describe your own style?

I’ve had the hardest time trying to pinpoint my style. I don’t really know what to call it! Other than contemporary, sometimes boho chic, sometimes Asian, modern? minimalist? I can’t pin it down to one. Every design seems to fall into its own category. Other than being handmade by me and made with gemstones, I can’t find a descriptor!

Green Goddess- African Opal heart gemstone with apatite
  • What type of metals and rocks/minerals do you use when making your jewelry?

 I use gemstones, natural stones, metal beads, crystals and czech glass, and keep the metal findings simple; brass, copper, silver and gold plate. I don’t use precious metals. I’ve been critisized for that before, but it doesn’t bother me. When I started, I couldn’t afford the precious metals, so I found a way to work around them. I’ve never regretted that, and still don’t find a need to specialize in precious metals. In my work, the stones do all the talking!

The Lucky Buddha- Black coral fossil heart gemstone necklace and earrings set with black Buddhas and blackstone
  •  What is your best selling item?

By the numbers of how many I’ve sold, I’d have to say earrings.

February's heart- Amethyst heart gemstone earrings
  •  Do you listen to music while you work, if so what genre or what artist(s)?

I listen to music and also the TV when working. I’ve been a jazz lover since I was 17, so that’s my staple. Favorites would range from Horace Silver to Art Blakey to George Shearing to Ella Fitzgerald and on and on!

Sweet-n-Simple 103- Fluorine heart gemstone earrings
  • What special events have you made jewelry for?

The most significant special events I’ve become involved in happened after I joined The Artisan Group, and I have gifted celebs and others at the Golden Globes last month, and will again at the Academy Awards the end of this month! I am beyond estatic to be able to do this, and am having a blast participating. We also gift charity auctions, a few of which I’ve been a part of, and really enjoy that as well.

Picture This- Picture jasper heart gemstone necklace set with bronzite and leopardskin jasper
  • What made you name your business “Hearts of Stone”?

When I first started to actually sell the jewelry I made to friends and co-workers, I didn’t have a name. That’s when I started liking the heart shaped stones the best, and stopped using other shapes. It just seemed a natural fit, using hearts made of stone, hey! I’ve got hearts of stone! It was very tongue in cheek to me, which is me in spades, so it stuck. It cracks me up to see people’s faces at shows when they figure it out; it is so literal, yet such a pun!

Miss Kitty- leopardskin jasper heart gemstone earrings.

Rachel Leathers also mentioned to me me during the interview, “I was once on a reality TV show as a seamstress; the one sewing job I wanted extended and never was! Shucks…”

Vanilla Cream- rutilated quartz heart and crazy lace agate gemstone earrings

I told you guys the interview with THE Rachel Leathers was going to spectacular! It was such a joy to get to know her better! I wish I could own everything that she has in her Etsy shop!

Tune in next time for a helpful DIY on converting a jean jacket into a spring staple item!

Want to own some of Rachel Leathers magnificent pieces of jewelry? Check out her Etsy shop! http://www.etsy.com/shop/HrtsofStone?page=5 

Other links that you might find interesting…

The Artisan Group- http://theartisangroup.org/

You must follow Rachel on facebook to find out which actress is the new owner of one of her jewelry sets…that’s all I am going to tell you…the rest you will have to find out for yourself!- http://www.facebook.com/#!/HrtsofStone

Check out another blog in which Rachel Leathers was featured… http://sanikicreations.blogspot.com/2012/02/meet-rachel-leathers-of-hearts-of-stone.html 

I encourage you to follow me on twitter @Abbysauce_ and Instagram @vintagepassionista to keep up with my fashion tips, things that inspire me, and my randomness!


Abby Hathorn