3 Life Lessons on Rediscovering Your Passion

Growing up sucks, am I right or am I right? We adult women are met with changes around every corner–our bodies, our careers, our interests, our friends, our diets. It’s like we are running the Boston Marathon, but like everyday. Exhausting, but also kind of cool to brag about.

It’s just a part of life, they tell you, BUT they never really tell you how often you will have to “find yourself” or rediscover your passions. The struggle is (often) really real. #ReallyReal They also never tell you how you have to start an anti-aging regimen at like 23 or how expensive good moisturizer is–BUT I digress.

The constant changes and evolution of true adulthood are intense whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, a working girl, or a student. We are all met with challenges or disruptions to our detailed plans that make us say, “well, what the firetruck?” or “what do I do now?” And this is what makes us question our passions or what we even like doing. So, here’s three life lessons on rediscovering your passion, and how I learned these lessons myself.

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Three Ways to Wear: How to Dress for Rainy, Autumn Days

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

There is nothing worse than trying to style an outfit around a rainy day–much less a rainy day with mixed temperatures *wink* So, to help you survive rainy, autumn days this year, I have put together some fabulous style inspiration boards to get you started! Whether you like dressing it up or playing it simple, you’re sure to love these ensembles :)

Surviving Rainy Days in Fall 1

Rails red and white shirt
$215 – harveynichols.com

Armani Jeans platform boots
couture.zappos.com

Valentino engraved jewelry
$260 – luisaviaroma.com

outfit 2

Silk blouse
$26 – amazon.co.uk

Chicwish blue skirt
chicwish.com

Eric Javits rain hat
$315 – neimanmarcus.com
Outfit 3

Superdry vintage day dress
$61 – houseoffraser.co.uk

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Scrapbook: Meeting Betsey Johnson + Q & A at Belk in Charlotte, NC

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog! 

For those of you who kept up with me on Instagram this weekend, you already know that I met one of my fashion heroes, Betsey Johnson. AH! It’s been two days, and I still cannot believe it! Somebody pinch me! *wink*

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Since before I can remember, Betsey Johnson has been one of my biggest inspirations. She is seventy-two years old, has been designing for almost fifty years, and still works neon pink and tutus like it is nobody’s business *wink* Her style is so unique and her philosophy of “wear what you love” is greatly needed in a world that is so easily influenced by fads and trends. 

When I was trying to find myself and learning to express my passion for fashion in tenth grade, I turned to Betsey for inspiration. From her, I learned that “girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves, and of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys, they’d just walk around naked at all times.” (See photos below)

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If  someone would have told me when I put these pages together in my Smash journal that I would be meeting Betsey three years later…I would have laughed in their faces. Amazing how God can change things so drastically when we follow His path :)

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*draws check mark* Well, I guess I can mark that off of my bucket list!

Now, without further ado, I reveal the photos taken by my wonderful photographer at the Brunch with Betsey Belk event in Charlotte, North Carolina! Come on, y’all! Let’s take a gander.

Arlene Golstein (in the fur), the VP of Trend Mechandising and Fashion Direction at Belk, and the VIP (in the red coat) chatting with other bloggers at brunch in Charlotte. Oh, I just love Arlene!
Arlene Goldstein (in the vest), the VP of Trend Mechandising and Fashion Direction at Belk, and the VIP (in the red coat) chatting with other bloggers at the brunch in Charlotte. Oh, I just love Arlene!

Arlene personally introducing me to THE Betsey Johnson.
Arlene introducing Betsey and me.

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I was all smiles for the rest of the day! Meeting her (and getting to chat with her!) was a dream come true!
I was all smiles for the rest of the day! Meeting Betsey Johnson (and getting to chat with her!) was a dream come true!

"This girl is only 18! Come on, we need another hug and another picture," exclaimed Betsey.
“This girl is only 18! Come on, we need another hug and another picture,” exclaimed Betsey.

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I do not remember what Betsey and Arlene were chatting about in this photo; however, it was so precious that I had to share it with y'all anyway :)
I do not remember what Betsey and Arlene were chatting about in this photo; however, it was so precious that I had to share it with y’all anyway :)

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I hope I am this awesome whenever I am in my 70s (yellow hair-streaks and all *wink*).
I hope I am this awesome when I am in my seventies!

Exclusive VIP Interview Question with Betsey:

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VIP: What is one item in your closet you would never toss out and why? From watching your show, I know that you must have quite the extensive collection of apparel! 

Betsey: I know this sounds silly, but I lose so much stuff that I try not to get too attached to things–like umbrellas for example. There is no telling how many of those things I have lost! But I would hate to lose or get rid of my necklace I bought for [my daughter] Lulu….My closet is basically a bunch of folded things, which is okay because I love wrinkles. I have one small closet for hanging things, which is mostly things I really love but never wear. If I really love something, I have a hard time wearing it a lot because I do not want something to happen to it!

VIP: Oh, I completely understand! I have a dress handmade by my great-grandmother in the early sixties that I have only worn a handful of times because it is too dear to me.

Betsey: Oh, beautiful! Isn’t it funny how that happens! My other two closets are full of folded things, which is okay because I love wrinkles….Oh! I absolutely treasure my belt *pointing to the leather belt around her waist*. It is quite old, and I do not even remember the maker, but it is like a “good luck” charm in a sense. 

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Note: Please stay tuned to the blog because Friday I will be posting some fun and fabulous Betsey Johnson finds.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: VIP’s Top 5 Sweater Weather Picks

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Hello, sweater weather!

Sweaters are my winter go-to because of the fabulous and wide variety–from wild and funky to professional  and chunky. My Goodness! With all of the wonderful sweaters out there…how is a fashionista to choose? *wink*

Now, let’s take a look at the VIP’s Top 5 Sweater Weather picks. 

Sweater Weather

Which sweater is YOUR favorite?

Comment on this post to let me know :)

Loose sweater
etsy.com

 For more sweater weather inspiration, be sure to follow me on Polyvore here! I cannot wait to create more sweater weather boards *wink*

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

BFW 2013: Saturday Night Finale

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Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Saturday night’s finale was full of excitement and anticipation from the heidi elnora bridal runway show to the announcements of the Emerging and Rising Design Star winners–not to mention the headlining designer Tibi.

Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Birmingham Fashion Week 2013 concluded with a big, dazzling bang! The finale began with wedding gown designer and co-founder of BFW Heidi Elnora’s collection, which was inspired by the movie Snow White and the Huntsman. “Brides-to-be can find heidi elnora gowns across the world and in Nordstrom Bridal Salons as she has dressed hundreds of brides from L.A. to Dubai.” (www.bhamfashionweek.com)

Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Heidi Elnora and with finale of her collection, "Heavenly Days" Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Heidi Elnora and with the finale of her collection, “Heavenly Days” Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Big round of applause to the 2013 Emerging Designers! All of their designs were incredibly creative and aspiring! I am so glad that I did not have to pick winners…It would have been pretty much impossible because each collection was truly breathtaking!

BFW 2013 Emerging Designer Winners:

  • 1st Place: Elizabeth Singleton showcased an eye-catching collection that wowed everyone! She is this year’s Birmingham Fashion Week Emerging Designer Winner.

  • 2nd Place: Sarah Winford exhibited a tremendous collection that crowned her runner up of BFW’s Emerging Designers competition. The VIP would love to wear her garments!

  • 3rd Place: AnnaKay Winford (sister of Sarah Winford) and Allison Mills tied for third place in the competition. Both designers displayed marvelous garments–it would have been hard for me to choose just one!

Kelly Druce's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Kelly Druce’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Kelly Druce's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Kelly Druce’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Kelly Druce's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Kelly Druce’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Kelly Druce's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Kelly Druce’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Kelly Druce with her Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Kelly Druce with her Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Sarah Winford's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Sarah Winford’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Sarah Winford's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Sarah Winford’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Sarah Winford's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Sarah Winford’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Sarah Winford's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Sarah Winford’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Sarah Winford's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Sarah Winford’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Sarah Winford's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Sarah Winford’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Sarah Winford's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Sarah Winford’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Sarah Winford's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Sarah Winford’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Sarah Winford with her Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Sarah Winford with her Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Shannon Warren's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Shannon Warren’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Shannon Warren's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Shannon Warren’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Shannon Warren's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Shannon Warren’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Shannon Warren's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Shannon Warren’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Shannon Warren's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Shannon Warren’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Shannon Warren's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Shannon Warren’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Shannon Warren with her Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Shannon Warren with her Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Allison Mills' Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Allison Mills’ Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Allison Mills' Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Allison Mills’ Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Allison Mills' Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Allison Mills’ Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Allison Mills' Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Allison Mills’ Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Allison Mills' Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Allison Mills’ Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Allison Mills' Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Allison Mills’ Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Allison Mills with her Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Allison Mills with her Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Megan Kaple's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Megan Kaple’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Megan Kaple's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Megan Kaple’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Megan Kaple's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Megan Kaple’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Megan Kaple's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Megan Kaple’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Megan Kaple's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Megan Kaple’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Megan Kaple's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Megan Kaple’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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AnnaKay Winford's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
AnnaKay Winford’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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AnnaKay Winford's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
AnnaKay Winford’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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AnnaKay Winford's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
AnnaKay Winford’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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AnnaKay Winford's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
AnnaKay Winford’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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AnnaKay Winford's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
AnnaKay Winford’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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AnnaKay Winford's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
AnnaKay Winford’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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AnnaKay Winford's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
AnnaKay Winford’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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AnnaKay Winford with her Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
AnnaKay Winford with her Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Elizabeth Singleton's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Elizabeth Singleton’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Elizabeth Singleton's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Elizabeth Singleton’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Elizabeth Singleton's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Elizabeth Singleton’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Elizabeth Singleton's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Elizabeth Singleton’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Elizabeth Singleton's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Elizabeth Singleton’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Elizabeth Singleton's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Elizabeth Singleton’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Elizabeth Singleton's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Elizabeth Singleton’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Elizabeth Singleton's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Elizabeth Singleton’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Elizabeth Singleton with her Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Elizabeth Singleton with her Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Let’s give a grand congrats to the 2013 Rising Design Star competitors! These talented rising stars designed garments using nontraditional items (garbage bags, paper, can tops, bubble wrap…) and assembled these upcyled frocks with glue, tape, and staples. The eighteen finalists displayed their designs one last time on the Birmingham Fashion Week runway during the finale.  “Birmingham Fashion Week wants to help promote and inspire teenagers to follow their dreams….It makes me happy to involve these students in BFW.” exclaims Jeana Lee Fleming, co-founder of Birmingham Fashion Week.

To learn more about the Rising Design Star competition, click here.

Want to see more photos from the 2013 Rising Design Star Competition? Check out the VIP Facebook page here!

2013 Rising Design Star Winners:

  • Annie Bloomston (age 16) of Mountain Brooke High School was named Birmingham Fashion Week’s Rising Design Star of the year. Annie was also the “People’s Choice” when the competitors garments were on display at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

  • Preston Mills (age 17), runner up of the BFW Rising Design Star competition, created a garment that weighed a whopping 35 pounds!

  • Bradford Billingsly (age 11) won the third place prize in the competition. He designed a fantastic hand painted piece!

Annie Bloomston's Design | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Annie Bloomston’s Design | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Annie Bloomston's Design | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Annie Bloomston’s Design | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Annie Bloomston with her design | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Annie Bloomston with her design | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Preston Mills' Design | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Preston Mills’ Design | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Preston Mills' Design | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Preston Mills’ Design | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Preston Mills' with his design | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Preston Mills’ with his design | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Bradford Billingsly's Design | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Bradford Billingsly’s Design | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Bradford Billingsly's Design | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Bradford Billingsly’s Design | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Bradford Billingsly's Design | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Bradford Billingsly’s Design | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Bradford Billingsly with his design | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Bradford Billingsly with his design | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Featured boutiques of the night were Laura Kathryn, Shaia’s (menswear), and Gus Mayer. Each store exhibited superb spring attire that had the whole crowd ready to shop!

“Laura Kathryn is an exclusive women’s boutique located in Crestline Village. Dressing the city’s women for the past twenty years, it carries one of a kind items and select designer labels,” www.bhamfashionweek.com

Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Laura Kathryn Boutique | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Shaia’s displayed sexy and sporty men’s attire on the BFW runway. “Shaia’s is a men’s wear retailer in the finest sense of tradition. More than a shop that sells suits, sportwear, shoes, accessories, and formal wear; it is a destination for camaraderie,” www.bhamfashionweek.com

Shaia's | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Shaia’s | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Shaia's | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Shaia’s | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Shaia's | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Shaia’s | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Shaia's | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Shaia’s | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Shaia's | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Shaia’s | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Shaia's | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Shaia’s | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Shaia's | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Shaia’s | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Shaia's | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Shaia’s | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Shaia's | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Shaia’s | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Shaia's | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Shaia’s | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer featured marvelous fashions that made every lady ready for a shopping trip! “Gus Mayer is one of the premiere shopping destinations of The Summit Lifestyle Center. It sells designer, contemporary, bridge clothing, accessories, shoes, and jewelry for women,” www.bhamfashionweek.com

Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Gus Mayer | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Headlining designer of the night was Amy Smilovic (Tibi). “Tibi’s contemporary clothing line is sold at more than six hundred retailers worldwide, including Neiman Marcus, Harrods, and Saks Fifth Avenue.” (www.bhamfashionweek.com) ” I love it when I see an individual’s personal  style reflected in the way they dress. And I always think a woman should dress in contradictions – youthful and sophisticated, masculine and feminine, bold and muted colors,” http://www.tibi.com/about/inspiration/

Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Amy Smilovic of Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Amy Smilovic of Tibi | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
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Want to learn more about the Vintage Inspired Passionista? Check out the See Jane Write interview! Here is the link: http://www.seejanewritebham.com/2013/03/blog-like-girl-bfw-2013-edition-abby.html

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