J.Crew Challenge: Outfit 1; Book Sale

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome to the 2014 J.CREW CHALLENGE! Ahh!

Can you believe it is finally here! Oh, it’s as exciting as Christmas morning. You know there are presents under the tree…you can see them…you can count how many…BUT you do not know what’s inside. Oh, decorating my apartment for Christmas is going to be so much fun! I think I want a navy blue tree with silver and gold decorations! Wouldn’t that be fab!

Okay–I am so sorry, y’all…I am quite distracted today. Perhaps three Pumpkin Spice Lattes were two cups too many *wink* Now, before I get distracted by something else, let’s take a look at the FIRST outfit of the 2014 J.Crew Challenge. Whoo hoo!

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Tee: J.Crew (get the look here)

Skirt: J.Crew (get a similar look here)

Socks: Ralph Lauren (get a similar look here)

Shoes: J.Crew (get a similar look here)

Headband: personal vintage collection

Bracelets/Necklace: personal vintage collection

Glasses: Kate Spade (get the look here)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

J.Crew Challenge: Back and Better Than Ever

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Oh, my goodness! I cannot believe it–the J.Crew Challenge is finally back! It’s been a full YEAR now…phew, time sure does fly when you are having fun *wink*

Before I reveal the very first outfit of the brand new J.Crew Challenge tomorrow, I want to give a little info on how many pieces I am going to be working with this year + how many outfits I have planned + a brief throwback to some of the hottest outfits from the 30 Day J.Crew Challenge! Ah–we have lots to do, so let’s quit our lollygagging and get to work *wink*

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For this year’s J.Crew Challenge, I will be working with 16 items (that’s 4 more than last year) to create a variety of lovely looks. It is going to be so fabulous, and I cannot wait to share all of the awesome outfits with y’all!

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For all of the new readers out there, here are the goals of the VIP J.Crew Challenge:

  1. Encourage y’all to invest in quality and versatile clothing items and accessories.
  2. Inspire y’all to get your money’s worth out of your apparel. 

Now, let’s take a look back at five of the hottest J.Crew outfits from last year’s 30 Day J.Crew Challenge. Whoo hoo!

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Bright Florals

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Dots on Dots

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Fun on a cool Autumn Day

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Taking Care of Business

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Friday Night Lights Inspiration

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

30 Day J.Crew Challenge: The Final Look

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Hello, my fabulouses! Today is the last outfit of the 30 Day J.Crew Challenge *sad face*…That’s okay, do not cry! Tomorrow, the VIP will be kicking off the “Lucky 13” series! The what? huh? Hmm…I guess you will have to come back tomorrow to see:)

Need to catch up on the 30 Day J.Crew Challenge outfits? Click here to view the category’s archives.

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The furbabies, Mattie and Ziva, decided they wanted to be models too. How precious are they!

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

(get the look here)

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

(get the look here)

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

(get the look here)

Shoes: Korks, Belk

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Accessories:

Necklace: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain

(get the look here)

Earrings: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain

(request a similar look here)

Wrap Bracelet: Beadsoul by Lisa Hamilton

(get the look here)

Bracelet: Sparkle Cat Studio by Stephanie Grantham

(get the look here)

BLOOPER: Ziva decided she was done "modeling" for the day.  Ziva: "I am done! Can I have my treat now?"
BLOOPER: Mattie (Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier) and Ziva (Giant Schnauzer) decided they were finished “modeling” for the day.
Ziva: “I am done! Can I have my treat now?”
Love my Giant Schnauzer, Ziva! Sappy dog momma moment: Ziva holds the key to my heart:)
Love my Giant Schnauzer, Ziva! Sappy dog momma moment: Ziva holds the key to my heart:)

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Abby Hathorn

30 Day J.Crew Challenge: Weekly Whistle

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Hello, hello, hello, fabulouses! Oh, look…another 30 Day J.Crew Challenge outfit post! Interchanging the shorts from yesterday’s outfit and the fabulous French hen tee from September 2nd, I created this magnificently casual ensemble that was destined to be this week’s Weekly Whistle! Mmm…Weekly Whistles are amazing–I love them almost as much as I love Diet Pepsi.

Okay, enough chit chat! Let’s see what the VIP’s outfit of the week is! Whoop whoop!

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

(get the look here)

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

(get the look here)

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk

(get a similar look here)

Earrings: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain

(get a similar look here)

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Check out the VIP Facebook page for more pictures from this fantastic photo shoot! Click here.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: All About Sunglasses

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Hello, fabulous! It is that time of the week again on the VIP blog, and y’all know what that means–WEEKLY WHISTLE! Yay! This week’s Weekly Whistle is all about snazzy sunglasses. Every fashionista and fashionado needs AT LEAST ONE PAIR of sunnies for all occasions! Hm…I wonder what style of sunglasses I will add to my collection?

As I dream up my next pair of sunglasses, why don’t y’all enjoy this week’s Weekly Whistle! Remember, it is all about the fantabulous sunglasses!

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Special thanks to Jonathan Shalon Ballard for doing my makeup and modeling with me! Isn’t he fabulous!

gnoflyersmallerJoin me for a fabulous fashion show presented by Birmingham-based novelist Liza Elliott! There will be hot summer apparel from local stores and fashion shows every hour on the hour at The Summit Club in downtown Birmingham. Great local food trucks will be serving up the cuisine as we enjoy all of the fashion shows. Tickets purchased will benefit Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health Center.

For more information about this event and to purchase tickets ahead of time, please visit http://girlsnightoutoperationbeachready-eorg.eventbrite.com/# I cannot wait to see y’all there!

Related Article on See Jane Write by Javacia Bowser: http://www.seejanewritebham.com/2013/06/win-tickets-to-girls-night-out.html

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Check out more of my writings and photo shoot styling here:

Real Media: The Adventures of the VIP–Behind the Lenses: The History of Sunglasses–http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/06/12/the-adventures-of-the-vip-behind-the-lenses-the-history-of-sunglasses/

Town and Gown Magazine June Issue: http://www.townandgownmagazine.com/#!current-issue/c113z

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn