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

VIP Interview: Rhonda Spruce of The Crystal Heart Factory

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Hello, hello, hello, fashionistas! Today on the Vintage Inspired Passionista blog, I am going to share a fabulous interview with the owner of The Crystal Heart Factory, Rhonda Spruce! “I take great pride in designing and creating new items and providing a quality piece of jewelry for new and existing customers,” says spectacular jewelry designer, Rhonda Spruce. So, without further ado, I present to y’all the VIP’s interview with extraordinary jewelry artisan, Rhonda Spruce of The Crystal Heart Factory!

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  • Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

My name is Rhonda Spruce, and I have been making jewelry for approximately eight years now. I fell into the hobby of it quite innocently. While Christmas shopping one year, I passed a bead store with a heart pendant in the window…KNOWING it would be a perfect gift for someone, I inquired within about purchasing it. The heart was not for sale–it was a class they offered. I took the class (classes…it took me more than one!) and gave the gift. They became popular gifts. I was also lucky enough that I had already been an established nail technician for several years with a clientele who liked them and started purchasing them. I have since retired from being a nail technician, but I am lucky enough to still have my clientele rocking and supporting my jewelry.

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  • When you are not making jewelry, what do you enjoy doing?

I am a stay at home mother and a military wife, and I enjoy living life! With my husband on duty every 4th day and deploying approximately 2 weeks every other month, we stay busy when we can. We love to give our children amazing life experiences. They are big fans of carnivals (eeek-youth, what can you say?) and my husband and I, being HUMONGOUS country music fans, try not to miss any country concerts within a 60 mile radius of our home. Being stationed away from my family is hard, so we try to stay busy to pass the time, and we are generally successful at that. (You would be pleasantly amazed at how many discounts and perks we get for being a military family that make this attainable!)

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  • Describe your ideal vacation

My ideal vacation is a Ski in/Ski out anywhere that has a hot tub on the balcony of my accommodations. (note: My husband and I have taken this vacation together and our oldest daughter is our favorite “souvenir” from that trip haha)

  • VIP QUESTION: What is one item in your closet you could never get rid of and why?

My skinny jeans. I don’t own a scale…how else would I know if I am gaining or losing weight?!

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My most popular items are my awareness ribbon hearts.  I will never raise the prices on them. They are the same price they have always been and always will be. Here at the Crystal Heart Factory, we believe that “Awareness=Funding=Research=Finding the Cure.” We have never turned down the opportunity to donate to a organization that has appropriate documentation for the event being held. We are here to HELP!

Also, I am very lucky to have my Mother-in-Law, Stephanie Grantham, owner of StephieGknits, as my full time assistant. Click here to see the VIP’s interview with Stephanie Grantham.

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Don’t you just love The Crystal Heart Factory! Rhonda is such a spectacular woman with an extraordinary talent for creating breathtaking jewelry! So, what do you say, fashionistas? Are y’all feeling like going online shopping now?!

Want a custom piece by Rhonda Spruce of The Crystal Heart Factory? Click here!

Shop The Crystal Heart Factory on Etsy here to find even MORE awesome jewelry pieces!

Like The Crystal Heart Factory on Facebook to keep up with the latest jewelry creations and giveaways! Click here.

Twitter: @heartsofcrystal

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Christmas in My Mailbox- Part Uno

After spending many hours narrowing down which pieces of jewelry to get from Beadsoul, BluKat Design, Hearts of Stone, Wearwolf, and Rare Daisy….I finally decided what to order! While waiting for everything to get here…I literally checked my mailbox every single day…I even checked the mail in thunderstoms…I dont even leave the closet during thunderstorms…much less check the mail! Every time a package was in the mailbox, I would jump around like it was Christmas! It was like Christmas in my mailbox….in March!

 

Now, I would like to share with you in no particular order all my Etsy “presents” and a little bit about each jewelry artisan.

Wearwolf is a shop on Etsy owned by Vicki Wolf. Vicki creates totally rad upcycled, recycled wearable art from things like…cans and license plates. There is no way to describe in words how unique and funky her jewelry is…you will just have to see for yourself! I would like to have one of everything! Please….mom….please?:( *puppy dog eyes* Dang….those never work on her! :(

 W0uld you like to own some of Vicki Wolf’s magnificent pieces of jewelry?? Check out her Etsy shop! http://www.etsy.com/shop/wearwolf?ref=ss_profile

Heather O’Cain is the owner of the Etsy shop BluKatDesign. Heather makes beautiful jewelry from vintage pieces! Her jewelry will give any girl a conversation piece at a party or just going to school! There are so many things from Heather’s shop that I would absolutely love to own! I love her logo…one day…I will have my own logo…someday……I can see myself now…famous…famous wearing BluKat jewelry…on the beach…Oh…hey there…sorry about that…I was just daydreaming! Back on topic!

Would you like to order some of Heather O’Cain’s adorable pieces of handmade jewelry? Then Check out her Etsy shop! http://www.etsy.com/people/BluKatDesign

Beadsoul is a precious Etsy shop that I just adore. Lisa Hamilton was my very first VIP Interview, and I am very honored to  know her! She makes personalized jewelry such as ID bracelets, charm necklaces, and leather cuffs! Lisa also makes earrings, stacker rings, guitar picks, and key chains. Looking into the future…I can see myself having TONS of jewelry by Beadsoul….I have a Beadsoul addiction:)! Can a girl really have too much jewelry?!?

Would you like to own a piece of Beadsoul jewelry?? Then check out her Etsy shop, and see all of the wonderful, cute things she has to offer!:) http://www.etsy.com/shop/beadsoul?ref=ss_profile

This is only part one my dear readers! In part dos of  “Christmas in my Mailbox”, Hearts of Stone and RareDaisy will be the two featured Etsy shops! I cannot wait to share the rest of my Etsy finds with you!:)

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Also, feel free if you have any ideas for future blogs or things you would like to see on the VIP blog shoot me a email!

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Thanks&Hugs

Abby Hathorn:)

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