VIP Home: Fall Must-Haves for the Home + a Baking Extra

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

AHH! Can you believe it–fall is just 2 days away! So, we have no time to lollygag getting our homes (and wardrobes) in line for the new season (and arguably the best season *wink*). 

So, for this week’s VIP Home, I have compiled a list of fall must-haves for the home. I went shopping recently, and saw lots of the things below in multiple stores like TJMaxx, Marshalls, Target, and Home Goods, so it should not be too hard for you, readers, to find them either *wink* Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at this week’s VIP Home post!

Note: keep scrolling past the must-have board to see a baking extra *wink*

fall must-haves for the home

Flower wreath
etsy.com

Wooden wall art
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Leaf home decor
kirklands.com

Orange home decor
kirklands.com

Autumn candle
kirklands.com

Recently, I baked this AHmazing gluten-free, chocolate rum cake for a dinner at my parent's place. I have always loved baking, and when I was diagnosed with Celiac about two years ago...I didn't know how I was ever going to manage it. With all the complicated flours and special recipe conversions--I let a hobby slip through my fingers. It wasn't until recently that I discovered the easy and delicious way to make gluten-free desserts. So, coming in October, the VIP will have a gluten-free baking blog once a month showing each of you how you can make yummy gluten free goodies for yourself and family! Whether you are Celiac or just joining the gluten-free bandwagon for the health benefits, the recipes will be for you :) Please send in your baking suggestions for October here.
Recently, I baked this AHmazing gluten-free, chocolate rum cake for a dinner at my parent’s place. I have always loved baking, and when I was diagnosed with Celiac about two years ago…I didn’t know how I was ever going to manage it. With all the complicated flours and special recipe conversions–I let a hobby slip through my fingers. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered the easy and delicious way to make gluten-free desserts. So, coming in October, the VIP will have a gluten-free baking blog once a month showing each of you how you can make yummy gluten-free goodies for yourself and family! Whether you are Celiac or just joining the gluten-free bandwagon for the health benefits, the VIP recipes will be for you :) Please send in your baking suggestions for October here.
Blooper from my photoshoot last week. *wink*
Blooper from my photoshoot last week. *wink*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Kicking Off Fall Fashion with Belk + Arlene Goldstein’s Must-Haves for Women

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Summer is slowly coming to an end, which means it is time to start thinking about fall fashion–the cute cardigans, knee-high boots, longer skirts, colorful tights and socks, and anything else that makes you feel all warm and cuddly. With so many styles from which to choose, sometimes, we fashionistas need a little help deciding on our season’s look–And that is where Belk’s “Find Your Fabulous” fall fashion style guide + Arlene Goldstein’s Most-Wanted List comes in handy! So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the styles and must-have list + photos :)

1. Complex Simplicity

In Complex Simplicity, new proportions, shape shifts and new age tailoring are just a few of the details that define this ultra modern message from over-sized and boxy silhouettes to exaggerated sleeves and new age layering. Textiles are innovative. Playing with textures is key while extreme coatings, metallic finishes, trapunto stitches, and new knits insure the absence of anything ordinary. Patterns go graphic, so count on bold contrasts. Sharpen clean lines with edgy accents, including statement jewelry in architectural shapes, structured handbags, sleek ankle boots, and the always-chic over-the-knee boots. Embrace the power of plain. Simple, spare and current!

2. His is Hers (definitely the VIP”s fav!)

His is Hers promises recast classics and a man style mash-up with a quirky kind of coolness. With a feminine twist, borrowed from the boys has never looked better. Yes, classic haberdashery with ladylike leanings. Menswear inspired layers: trousers, crisp white shirts, vests, midi skirts, very important sweaters and more. The fashion flock is going to love new breeds tweeds, luxe wools, leather, and fantastic furs. Plan on pattern mixes as new argyle, herringbone, houndstooth, and animal prints are reinvented and reworked. Consider these new neutrals and pair them fearlessly! It is no surprise to find a penchant for plaids everywhere. Felt fedoras with a Pharrell Williams vibe, satchels, scarves, bold gold chains and statement necks are just a few of the anything-but-basic accessories that complement this trend. Check out the Wine List of Fall’s favorite color palette: sangria and other exotic reds all the way to deep burgundy, merlot, and mulberry.

3. Rebel Rebel 

Play it cool with our [Belk’s] last statement, Rebel, Rebel. Just as the title suggests, this trend eases us out of our fashion comfort zone and celebrates a fierce fem that wants to break a few rules, in a good way! Expect some unexpected pairings: leather and lace, winter florals and British plaids, feminine silhouettes and moto detailing. Say “yes” to studs, nailheads, zips, quilting, and new chain treatments. Red and black is a color combo that is uncommonly trends right while sheers, pleather, dark denim, double-knits, and tweeds are a few of the textiles that send a trendy street-smart message. A passion for plaids, chokers, bold statement necks and cuffs in burnished metals, studded and belted ankle boots, and over the knee boots are just a few of the add-ons that make this style so enticing.

Women’s Most-Wanted List for Fall 2014

Calling all influencers, trendsetters and everyday fashionistas to Find Your Fabulous! It is time to rethink, rework and revitalize that wardrobe. Have no fear. It will be a breeze with Belk’s Most Wanted List featuring better than basic fashion items that will take the guesswork out of looking fresh for fall. Fabulous with a modern, southern slant.

1. Soft Pant:

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Easy elegance is a given with a bottom that will bring a big bang to any wardrobe; softly structured and often athletic inspired. Start with solids and work your way up to bold patterns. Fem is fresher than ever with a sporty attitude.

2. Longer Skirts

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3. Creative Cardigan

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This sweater is the season’s must have completer piece with fresh shapes, clever trims and interesting textures. Let the layering begin!

4. Novelty Vest

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Who Wore What When? Well who knows, but if she wore it with a vest–furry, fluffy, quilted or tailored–then the look was on its way to awesome. Try it! Pair it with a longer skirt for extra style points.

5. Fashion Sweatshirt

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On loan from the gym, this item has had more staying power than anyone could have predicted. Fabric blocking and luxe embellishments have elevated this top from “so so” to seriously chic. 

6. Tunic Top

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No bells, no whistles. Go glam in a top that is pure perfection with its practical polish. High-low hems continue, while novelty fabrics feel so right.

7. Midi-Length Sheath

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Take a look at a twist on a tried and true silhouette. This is the dress that turns a classic into a cause for celebration.

8. Statement Neck

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Logical or luxurious? Both! Bold stones, chain details and burnished metals. This jewelry item can update and refresh any old frock!

9. Over-the-Knee Boots

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Strut your stuff in this fall fashion phenomenon. They feel modern and look so stylish. Worn with slim pants or skirt, it will most definitely deserve a selfie.

10. Satchel

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With its simple shape and subtle details, this classic bag captures an “of the moment” fashion vibe. Perfect to add a pop of color to any look.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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 Interview: Deep South Pout

(from left to right) Bailey McCreary, Jackie Chasteen, and I at the Deep South Pout in Columbus, Mississippi! Aren’t they dressed so stylish!

Welcome back to the Vintage Inspired Passionista blog! I am very excited to share with y’all the special VIP Interview with the owners of Deep South Pout, Nicole Oswalt and Shannon Stoker!

This BluGertrude jewelry is so darling!

Deep South Pout has such adorable apparel, flirty and fierce statement jewelry, handmade hats and jewelry by BluGertrude, and much more! As soon as you walk through the doors, you will immediately spy a key piece that you must have! If you live around the Starkville or Columbus, Mississippi area,  hop in the car and pay a visit to Deep South Pout, and tell them the VIP sent you:)  If you live outside the area, take a weekend road trip to Starkville/Columbus, Mississippi.  There is plenty of good food and shopping!  Visit www.columbusms.org for wonderful things to do and places to go!

Let’s start this interview, shall we? I know y’all are dying to hear it!

1.  Tell us a little something about yourselves.

We (Shannon and Nicole) met in high school in Petal, Mississippi. We
re-connected at a high school reunion two years ago.

Shannon was a school teacher, and now lives in Starkville with her husband and son, Charley.  Nicole and her husband, Justin, live in Columbus with their two puppies. Before Deep South Pout, Nicole worked in corporate retail for several years.

2.  What inspired the name “Deep South Pout”?

When I (Nicole) was working at another boutique (before DSP), we went to New York City for market one weekend. I was amazed at how we Southern women stood out from the crowd. I wanted to incorporate that and to stay true to our roots. That’s where Deep South came from! And being from the Deep South, like most good Southern women, we wear lots of makeup ;) And “Pout” relating to your mouth, just made sense.

Check out this super cute outfit at Deep South Pout in Starkville, MS! Oh, how I am loving those patterned shorts!

3.  Describe Deep South Pout in five words.

Southern, Trendy, Affordable, Fun, & Unique.

4.  What influences Deep South Pout’s style?

We love the TV reality show Junk Gypsy (http://www.hgtv.com/junk-gypsies/show/index.html). We love how they find someone else’s junk and turn it into treasure!

5.  How is Deep South Pout involved with the community?

We love to give back to our community and to get involved with charity projects for those in need. One way we are doing this is by helping a local family fund their adoption of a little boy from Ethiopia. A percentage of our sales each month go toward their adoption fund. We love being able to support a good cause!

What a splendid, shabby glam display case for colorful tops at the Columbus location!

6. What are the top must-haves for fall at Deep South Pout?

We are so excited about our new fall trends! Check out our own blog post about it.  Visit  http://blog.deepsouthpout.com/?p=253 .

7. What is the one item in your closet you would never throw out?

My leopard print flats. Convenient, yet stylish!

It is jewelry heaven at both Deep South Pout locations! We girls love our accessories!

8. What is an easy “go-to” item to spice up any casual outfit effortlessly?

We love to throw on a blazer over jeans and basic t-shirt for an instant outfit upgrade! They are perfect for fall and come in lots of different colors and styles!

Boots, high heels, and stunning flats-oh, my! Which is a fashionista to choose! I’ll take one of each in a size eight, please and thank you! :)

9. What advice would you give to your younger self/selves?

I would say to embrace myself as I am; it’s way more fun that way!

10. What makes Deep South Pout a different shopping experience?

We hope to provide a great atmosphere for our customers. We want to bring them the best merchandise at the most affordable price, all with great customer service.

Check out all the wonderful things that Deep South Pout has to offer at their website www.deepsouthpout.com

Keep up with Deep South Pout via social media!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DeepSouthPout 

Twitter: @DeepSouthPout

Instagram: @DeepSouthPout

You can also find them on Pinterest and FourSquare!

Don’t forget to like me on Facebook to keep up with the latest VIP news, sneak peeks, and much more! www.facebook.com/VintageInspiredPassionista 

You can also follow me on Twitter @Abbysauce_ and Instagram @VintagePassionista to keep up with me while I am on the go!

Here are a few more photos to make you fall in love with Deep South Pout! Be sure to check out my guest blog about Deep South Pout at www.sweetsorghumliving.wordpress.com -It will be coming soon!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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