Weekly Whistle: The $3 Outfit | Thrifting

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Back before thrifting was a “cool thing to do,” I took just a few dollars a month and went to thrift shops in Starkville, Mississippi (not far from where I grew up) in search of vintage gems and clothing items to DIY. I found so many awesome things–some of which I still wear on the blog to this day. Now, at this time in my life when I told people that I was thrifting, they looked at me like I was “weird” or that it was “gross” to buy second-hand clothes…then Macklemore came out with a song that made thrifting popular among the “cool kids.” In fact, because of that song, thrifting almost became as cool as hanging out in the Sonic parking lot on Saturday nights *wink* 

Now, this past weekend, I went thrifting around Johnson City, TN with my parents where we stumbled upon a small store called Thrift Shop at Boones Creek which benefits the Haven of Mercy Ministries. For only $10, I got two skirts (one leather–it’s currently at the dry cleaners), a sweatshirt, a blouse (with the tags still on it–score!), and two vintage necklaces. *GASP* Why can’t mall shopping be that budget-friendly?! I mean–this Weekly Whistle outfit only cost me $3, and it looks like something straight out of an Urban Outfitters catalog *wink*

Now, without further ado, take a look at this week’s Weekly Whistle and get your thrift on while I get my cuddle-buddy (Ziva–my precious Giant Schnauzer) and binge on Limitless (my latest TV show obession). Bring it on winter storms! *wink*

$3 Dollar Outfit

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Sweatshirt: Thrifted

Skirt: Thrifted

Heels: Michael Kors, Belk

Necklace: Brooke Morgan Designs (Louisville, MS)

Bracelets: BlueGrits (click here to shop)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Three Ways to Wear Thursday: Ain’t Nothing But an Arm Party

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Happy Thursday, y’all! I hope all of you are warm and cuddled up with fuzzy blankets. Looking outside and at the forecast, I cannot help but think yuck! Will this winter weather ever stop? No? Okay–that’s cool….literally “cool” *wink* Corny jokes are my specialty. 

Abby Hathorn

Freelance Writer, Fashion Stylist, Blogger, & Corny Joke-Teller

Now, I know y’all aren’t here for my terrible jokes and winter-weather rants….*wink* So, for this week’s TWTWT, I am freshening up my wardrobe with some new arm candy! Oooo….! It ain’t nothing but an arm party! *cue Houseparty by the J. Geils Band* 

Arm party for two! These two fabulous bracelets are from Polka Dot Drawer on Etsy! Check her out and fall in love!
Arm party for two! These two fabulous bracelets are from Polka Dot Drawer on Etsy! Check her out and fall in love!
Baby, it's cold outside--so, there will be lots of cuddling with Z the Giant Schnauzer, reading of magazines, and wearing of dotted GAP socks.
Baby, it’s cold outside–so, there will be lots of cuddling with Z the Giant Schnauzer, reading of magazines, and wearing of dotted GAP socks.
*girl scream* No words can express just how lovely I think this Luke & Lula cuff is! It reminds me of New Orleans, and it has me wishing I was there to enjoy killer food and jazz music.  *photo in frame was taken by my father in New Orleans*
*girl scream* No words can express just how lovely I think this Luke & Lyla cuff is! It reminds me of New Orleans, and it has me wishing I were there to enjoy killer food and jazz music.
*photo in frame was taken by my father in New Orleans*
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THROWBACK: Photo taken four years ago in NOLA while shopping for Mardi Gras masks.
Was wearing Aztec before it was cool Maybe....*wink* Another throwback from NOLA at the aquarium in 2011.
Wearing Aztec + DIYed shorts before they were cool *wink* Another throwback to NOLA.
Arm party for one and a dog? This dotted, denim-inspired cuff is from Polka Dot Drawer. I love navy and polka dots--so it was love at first sight :)
Arm party for one and a dog? This dotted, denim-inspired cuff is from Polka Dot Drawer. I love navy and polka dots–so it was love at first sight :)
Ziva says that y'all VIP readers should shop Polka Dot Drawer and Luke and Lyla Designs in your pajamas *wink*
Ziva says that y’all VIP readers should shop Polka Dot Drawer and Luke and Lyla Designs in your pajamas *wink*

SHOP Polka Dot Drawer | SHOP Luke & Lyla Designs

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

 

Three Ways to Wear Thursday: Golden Skirt from Serendipity Boutique

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Before I dive deep into this week’s Three Ways to Wear, I must say that it is absolutely freezing here, and this Mississippi-raised girl does not know how to handle it! My mom and I were huddling around the oven (yes, really–the oven) and eating pizza while my dad was posting pictures to Instagram of the beach sunset in Florida. It’s not fair. I want a warm vacay *wink*

Now, back on topic. For this week’s Three Ways to Wear Thursday, I am featuring a fabulous skirt from one of my favorite local shops here in Johnson City, Tennessee–Serendipity Boutique. This gold skirt is so simple, which makes dressing it up, down, and everywhere in between a piece of cake or easy as pie. You know…whichever you prefer–cake or pie? *wink* Personally…I am a pecan pie kind of gal. 

If you live in or are visiting the Johnson City TN/Bristol TN/VA area, be sure to stop by one of Serendipity’s two locations! Their wide variety of lovely fashions are sure to tickle your fancy! :)

WAY ONE: 

I first featured this awesome skirt on the sister blog S&S. Click here for more photos + outfit details.
I first featured this awesome skirt on the sister blog S&S. Click here for more photos + outfit details.

WAY TWO:

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Blazer: Anthropologie | Tee: J.Crew | Skirt: Serendipity Boutique | Socks: Target | Shoes: Kork-Ease, DSW | Belt: Anthropologie | Earrings: BluKatDesign

WAY THREE: 

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Blouse: Serendipity Boutique | Skirt: Serendipity Boutique | Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk | Ring: SparkleCatStudio (BE SURE TO CHECK OUT HER SILENT AUCTION HERE! MORE DETAILS BELOW!)

Info about Sparkle Cat Rescue Online Fundraising Auction: 

100% of the money raised through this auction will benefit the felines rescued by Sparkle Cat Rescue. 

This will be an ongoing auction as items are donated. Instructions will be with each item listed. 

If you are a business or an artisan/crafter wishing to donate an item or items, please contact at sparklecatrescue@gmail.com

The average cost of each feline’s routine medical care is $200+ (spay/neuter, vaccinations, combo testing). Add to that the possibility of illness during their foster care, the cost can increase. They are 100% volunteer and rely on donations from the public.

Visit their website for more information on their organization.
www.sparklecatrescue.org

Ziva joined us on today's photo shoot! Love my sweet Giant Schnauzer :)
Ziva joined us on today’s photo shoot! Love my sweet Giant Schnauzer :)
Like...OMG. Our shoes match *wink*
Like…OMG. Our shoes match *wink*

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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