Three Ways to Wear Thursday: A Sweater/Legging/Scarf Template + VIP Styling Tips

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Ah…Thursdays. The glorious day where we anxiously await Friday. One thing that helps the time pass faster is, of course, the VIP’s Three Ways to Wear every Thursday! So, whether you are Working For the Weekend *cue Loverboy* or you are gearing up for a Super Bowl party, this week’s TWTWT is sure to help you stay comfy, cute, and cozy with ease all weekend *wink* Let’s take a look shall we? 

Perhaps we need some music to help pass the time until Friday *wink* Where is my Loverboy t-shirt? I think I need to have a jam-session *wink*

The Template:

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Sweater: GAP (Men’s apparel) | Jeans: Chip & Pepper, Belk | Boots: Lucky Brand, Belk | Earrings: Brighton 

VIP TIP:

Having a template is something I have found to be very useful. When life gets busy, we fashionistas do not have time to spend hours in our closets picking out and planning our outfits everyday….although the idea is tempting *wink* So, just like drafting blueprints for projects, draft “blueprints” or style templates for your day-to-day life. Purchase pieces that can interchange with basic items in your wardrobe, and say bye-bye to hassle and stress. Get basics that fit your style and that can be easily dressed up or down with accessories!

Way One:

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Scarf: GAP

Way Two:

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Scarf: ForgottenCotton

VIP TIP:

Do not be afraid to mix plaids (like in ways one and two)–just keep the colors similar! If the plaid you desire to wear has touches of reds, blues, grays, and whites….choose one of those colors in which to add another layer of plaid! Oh, also–separate the plaids. For example, you would not want to wear a plaid shirt with a plaid scarf, plaid pants, and plaid boots *wink* 

Way Three:

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Scarf: ForgottenCotton

VIP TIP:

Y’all know how crazy I am for mixing patterns, so I obviously encourage y’all to live on the wild side of fashion every now and again *wink* When it comes to mixing patterns with a simple style template, play with similar hues and then accent with popping patterns. For some easy-to-remember tips about mixing patterns, please see our sister-blog here!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Three Ways to Wear Thursday: Puffy Vest Made Cute & Comfy with Ease

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

With the weather still wild and wintry outside, I broke down and purchased a puffy vest from Dick’s Sporting Goods at the Johnson City Mall. When I first tried on this fabulous North Face vest, I assumed that it would simply become a casual, warm piece; however, when I got home I challenged myself to see just how cute I could dress it up. AH! Who knew a bulky vest could be so cute?!

VIP Tip: When styling YOUR puffy vest, keep in mind the weather in your area. For bitter cold, I recommend pairing your puffy vest with a thicker sweater or pullover. For warmer cold (is that even a thing? *wink*), I recommend pairing your puffy vest with a lightweight turtleneck or even a thick chambray button up. For bottoms– dark jeans, corduroys, or skirts with ribbed leggings are great options to consider when styling a puffy jacket to the next level *wink*

WAY ONE:

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Get the details to this outfit on our sister blog here.

WAY TWO:

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Turtleneck: GAP | Vest: Dick’s Sporting Goods | Jeans: Chip & Pepper, Belk | Scarf: Forgotten Cotton | Boots: UGG, Belk

WAY THREE:

Way Three: Puffy Vest 3 ways to wear

Superdry crew neck sweater
$68 – houseoffraser.co.uk

The North Face vest
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Tommy Hilfiger skirt
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Wolford legging
neimanmarcus.com

Kork-Ease leather boots
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BONUS:

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This is an example of how when the weather warms up, you can simply toss off the vest and still have a fabulous ensemble. But when the weather chills back down, you can slip your puffy vest back on without the worry of “does this match?!”…”does this work?!”

Turtleneck: GAP | Jeans: Chip & Pepper, Belk | Necklaces: BluKatDesign | Red Leather Bracelet: Luke & Lyla Designs | Brown Leather/Copper bracelet: Beadsoul | Hat: World Market | Boots: UGG, Belk

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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

Three Ways to Wear Thursday: 3 Ways to Wrap a Blanket Scarf featuring ForgottenCotton

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Happy Thursday, everyone! I have a very…very…very awesomely handmade 3 ways to wear to share with y’all this week! Ah–let’s jump right to it! 

A few weeks ago, I got this cozy blanket scarf from ForgottenCotton on Etsy. Elizabeth, the lady behind ForgottenCotton, hand-makes ALL of the items in her Etsy shop (scarves, leggings (hand-dyed), boot cuffs, and bow cuff bracelets) in North Western Wyoming where she and her husband live. *BRR!*

As y’all know, the VIP is a HUGE supporter of handmade and American made, so I obviously am head-over-heels for ForgottenCotton! *wink* Oh, there is just something truly satisfying about slipping on a necklace or a scarf that was made by someone who truly adores the craft + is passionate about providing a quality product to consumers. Way to go, ForgottenCotton and all of my other Etsy loves! Y’all are making wardrobes more fabulous by the minute :)

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“ForgottenCotton is a 100% handmade clothing and accessories business…We are a husband and wife team who work together and handle every part of our business from sourcing materials to packing orders. Our business is built on the simple principle that all customers deserve high quality goods which are still made in America….We believe there is a small business revolution happening in America and we are proud to be a part of it,” explains Elizabeth on their Etsy about page.

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Now, without further ado, I introduce to y’all the 3 Ways to Wear a Blanket Scarf featuring the ForgottenCotton plaid blanket scarf (shop it here!)

Way One: oversized modern loop.  Look like a Hollywood celeb in disguise by wrapping your ForgottenCotton blanket scarf like this + it keeps your neck warm *wink*
Way 1: Oversized Modern Loop. Look like a Hollywood celeb in disguise by wrapping your ForgottenCotton blanket scarf like this + it keeps your neck warm *wink*

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Way 2: Embrace the scarves size by wearing it like a shawl. This wrap is one of my favorites because it is so simple and can easily be made casual for a chilly day of running errands or dressed up for a night out on the town with you man candy *wink*
Way 2: Embrace the scarves size by wearing it like a shawl. This wrap is one of my favorites because it is so simple and can easily be made casual for a chilly day of running errands or dressed up for a night out on the town with your man candy *wink*

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Way 3: Classic toss. Just as Kim Kardashian flips her hair, you toss one end of your ForgottenCotton blanket scarf over your shoulder for a simple and classic wrap.
Way 3: Classic toss. Just like Kim Kardashian flips her hair, you toss one end of your ForgottenCotton blanket scarf over your shoulder for a simple and classic wrap that will keep you warm, toasty, and fabulous *wink*

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Speaking of handmade…the jewelry featured on today’s blog post (the teardrop necklace and bracelet) were both handmade with love by Beadsoul. Stop by her shop, too, on Etsy here!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn