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

VIP Scrapbook: DSW Shoe Love Party with B-Metro Magazine

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Special thanks to the VIP fans who tuned in for the live blogging/social media broadcast of the DSW Shoe Love Party at Colonial Brookwood Village in Birmingham!  It was so much fun getting to work with B-Metro Magazine and Erica Bunker of D.I.Y. Style for this shoe-tacular event, and I am so pumped that I was able to share it with all of you…LIVE! I mean, come on…how fabulous was that?!

Now, I want to share with y’all the shoe-tacular (I just love that word! Don’t you think I should submit it to Merriam-Webster Dictionary *wink*) photos I was not able to tweet and post during the live event–because there is only so much time in a few hours *wink* So, without further ado, I present to you the VIP Scrapbook of the DSW Shoe Love Party at Colonial Brookwood Village with B-Metro Magazine!

My curly-headed, fashion blogger friend Erica Bunker and I at the DSW red carpet! Don't we look super fierce!
My curly-headed, fashion blogger friend Erica Bunker and I at the DSW red carpet! Don’t we look super fierce!

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Of course, I had to stop to take a thumbs up mirror picture...but unfortunately, this pic did not make it out to social media. *wink*
Of course, I had to stop and take a thumbs up mirror picture :)
Live-styling was such a blast! I definitely foresee more VIP live-styling challenges in the future *wink*
Live-styling with such fabulous items from DSW was such a blast! I definitely foresee more VIP live-styling challenges in the future *wink*

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I loved these black-and coral (with a touch of gold) looks I live-styled at the DSW Shoe Love Party! Check out the VIP Facebook page to see the casual and dressy look videos:)
I loved the black and coral (with a touch of gold) looks I live-styled at the DSW Shoe Love Party! Check out the VIP Facebook page to see the videos:)
A trendy twist on a fabulous classic! I wanted to take home the black and gold looks I live-styled! Hm...DSW shopping trip? I think yes! *wink*
A trendy twist on a fabulous classic! I totally loved the black and white with a touch of gold looks I styled with DSW accessories! Hm…DSW shopping trip? I think yes! *wink*
A snapshot of my casual black and gold look. Check out the video on the VIP Facebook page to learn more about this DSW-tacular outfit:)
A snapshot of my casual black and gold look. Check out the video on the VIP Facebook page to learn more about this DSW-tacular outfit:)
The last live-styled looks I put together at the DSW Shoe Love Party. I love the way the colorful scarf POPS up against the black:)
The last live-styled looks I put together at the DSW Shoe Love Party were so glam! DSW has such fabulous purses, scarves, and shoes…y’all must hurry to your nearest DSW and see for yourselves :)
This photo made it to the VIP Twitter; however, I love it so much I just had to share it again. I may just make this my Facebook profile picture later *wink*
This photo made it to the VIP Twitter but, I love it so much I just had to share it again. I may make this my Facebook profile picture later *wink*
NEED. THIS. BAG. IN. MY. LIFE.
NEED. THIS. BAG. IN. MY. LIFE. #PurseAddict #ForTheLoveOfMint
DSW at Brookwood Village is a shoe paradise! Oh, so many great shoes and such little time!
DSW at Brookwood Village is a shoe paradise! Oh, so many great shoes in an array of colors and styles :)
Did you know that DSW also has hats? Say what?! Yes...it's true--and they are super cute hats!
Did you know that DSW also has hats? Say what?! Yes…it’s true–and they are super cute hats!
Ooo la la! The perfect floppy hat for spring!
Ooo la la! The perfect floppy hat for spring!

Before I sign off, here is a slideshow of more random snapshots from the DSW Shoe Love Party live blogging event with B-Metro Magazine

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

DSW Shoe Love Party at Colonial Brookwood Village with B-Metro Magazine

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Calling all shoe lovers and fashionistas! DSW at the Colonial Brookwood Village in Birmingham is having a super fabulous Shoe Love Party…and guess what?! You’re invited! 

Join the VIP, D.I.Y. Style blogger Erica Bunker, and B-Metro Magazine for a fantastic night of shoes, shopping, snacking, sipping, and *drum roll* LIVE STYLING! Live styling? What is that? Well…the VIP will be live-styling outfits at the DSW Shoe Love party showcasing ways to transform basic ensembles to create different looks just by swapping up the accessories! (Pst…this challenge is very similar to the VIP segment Three Ways to Wear) So, what makes this styling challenge so special? Well, the VIP will only be using DSW’s shoes, bags, jewelry, and accessories! Whoo hoo! Thanks DSW–the VIP is super excited to show off y’all’s awesome products!

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Event Details:

  • The Shoe Love Party kicks off at 4:30–make sure you are not fashionably late to this event because the first fifty guests will receive DSW swag bags! Oh my gracious–doesn’t that sound fabulous!

  • Come hungry because Fresh Market will be providing complimentary refreshments throughout the event + complimentary mocktails (aka punch *wink*)

  • Instead of the Selfie Station, we will have the “Show Us Your Shoes” Shoe Cam where we encourage all party guests to snap a photo of their rocking hot shoes and share the pictures to social media with the hashtag #DSWBham

  • There will be tons of DSW giveaways+ gift cards! Yay!

  • As previously mentioned, the VIP will be live-styling at the event showcasing easy ways to transform basic outfits just by swapping out accessories–I always tell y’all that accessories make all the difference *wink*

  • And…last but not least, dress your best because you could win a special prize *wink* (Sh…stay tuned to the VIP social media for more information on this coming soon)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn