Three Ways to Wear Thursday: Golden Turtleneck

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog! 

It has been such a dreadfully chilly week here, and the temps today have only added to the deep chill. Never has this Southern Belle experienced negative temperatures, and after today…I have no desire to live in Alaska *wink* According to my weather app, the “real feel” is -10 right now, and it is only going to get colder with a low of -6 and a “real feel” of who-knows-what. Oh, Spring, where are you?!

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If there is one thing I have learned over the past week of snow, ice, and chilly winds, it is that turtlenecks possess a level of warmth and classic style I never knew about! I have always been a bit skeptical of turtleneck sweaters….mainly because I had the image of 1990s rainbow turtlenecks + the lyrics to Turtleneck and Chain by the Lonely Island stuck in my head *wink*–but whether you are out playing in the snow or fighting the line at Home Depot to buy more mini heaters (that actually happened…), turtlenecks are a cold-weather style saver!

Now, in celebration of my learning of how wonderful turtlenecks really are–I have put together two, brand-new, turtleneck outfits + one #TBT look. Come on–let’s take a look!

And….just a little music while you wander through the rest of the blog *wink* (No–it’s not Turtleneck and Chain. I have more respect for turtlenecks now *wink*)

Way One: Throwback

Throwback Outfit! Click the image to check out the blog post where this snazzy outfit was first featured + get the details.

 Way Two:

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Blue Sweater: JCPenny | Turtleneck: GAP | Jeans: Chip & Pepper, Belk | Heels: Michael Kors, Belk | Hat: Sparkle Cat Studio | Bracelet: Luke & Lyla Designs | Necklace: BluKatDesign

Way Three:

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Leopard Blouse: Express | Turtleneck: GAP | Jeans: Chip & Pepper, Belk | Boots: Hunter | Hat: Sparkle Cat Studio | Bracelet: Luke & Lyla Designs | Necklace: BluKatDesign 

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Special shout out to my mom’s dog, Mattie, for being my doggy model for the photo shoot. Mattie is a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier and a total sweetheart. She cooperates in photos much better than my furbaby, Ziva, the Giant Schnauzer *wink*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Home: Making Progress and Living in Chaos

 

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Guess what?! I am typing this blog from my new office space–which is a typical closet that I converted into a bright and cheery work space. This project was quite easy–all it took was a little money and design planning.

With the help of my dad, I just finished installing the basic counter top (turned desk top) from Home Depot about an hour ago. Oh…I am so happy to finally have a little blogging space in my apartment. Ah…apartment sweet apartment *wink*

The office is fully functioning–minus a desk chair (I have my eye on a fabulous one at Stein Mart); however, I have yet to adorn the space with cute decor. Note to self: Style office space and share with VIP readers *wink*

The dad and I installing the wire shelving in the blogging space. (Please excuse the fact I am wearing clothes that are wayyy to big for me...I look a bit frumpy...well, more like a lot frumpy. *cringe*)
The dad and I installing the wire shelving in the blogging space. (Please excuse the fact I am wearing clothes that are wayyy to big for me…I look a bit frumpy…well, more like a lot frumpy–Note to Self:  Do laundry and stop stealing Dad’s shirts. *wink*

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After battling the rain and the cold…I finally had a pretty day to finish the front door. Yay! I am absolutely in love with the finished product of this paint project! The Peacock Feather by Behr (Home Depot’s paint department is fabulous!) really adds a pop of needed personality to the neutral space.

My next outside paint project is deciding what color to paint the porch floor. Decisions...decisions...decisions...
Now, I have to decide what color to paint the porch floor. Decisions…decisions…decisions…Stay tuned to the VIP social media and VIP Home to find out what color I picked.

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Although I am making progress, I am still living in chaos, which can be bit frustrating at times. 

I am really not giving the chaos enough credit because it is teaching me how to be more responsible with managing a budget…how to work under pressure (which I am not very good at doing *wink*)…and how to make my own “big girl” decisions. Phew…I am all about learning new life lessons, but I am extremely ready to tidy things up and keep them that way :)

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Y’all be sure to come back next week to see more design progress on the VIP’s apartment! Whoo hoo! 

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Home: Picking Paint Colors Wasn’t as Easy as I Thought It Would Be…

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

I apologize for being away so long… I have spent the past few days making my apartment livable–Yay! No more boxes stacked around the perimeter of the rooms! Phew! I hope to never again see moving boxes…or at least not anytime in the near future *wink*

Now that my apartment is somewhat organized, I am starting to spiffy up the place with color! My two main paint projects at the moment are the front door and the closet that I am turning into my office.

Testing out paint samples on the front door.
Testing out paint samples on the front door.
The closet, which is soon to be my new office, prior to painting.
The office prior to painting.

When I was a kid, my favorite thing to do at the home improvement store with my parents was picking out paint samples–we spent a lot of time in Home Depot and Lowe’s…so, the paint samples kept me entertained*wink* I would pick out handfuls of samples each trip, and I am sure the store employees hated me for that; however, the samples are free…and I am pretty positive that it is not a crime to adore paint samples because I have yet to find my picture posted on the door of a Lowe’s or Home Depot *wink*

Back to the present–This weekend, I was filling my hands with paint samples for a totally different reason–my apartment is too blah and needs a few pops of color. Oh boy, picking paint colors wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be…When I little, there was no commitment–it was just for fun and giggles…but now, this is for real, and if I pick a bad color…what will my momma think *wink*

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 After going through a massive amount of paint samples, I finally decided to paint my front door Peacock Feather (Behr–Home Depot) and my office Honeysuckle (Pantone–Lowe’s). Once the humidity decreases here, I will put a second coat of paint on my front door and office walls…Oh! I cannot wait to show y’all the finished products next Monday on VIP Home! It is going to be FAB-U-LOUS! :)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

Throwback Thursday: High Heels and Tool Belts

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome to Throwback Thursday on VIP! Phew! What a fabulous year it has been here in Birmingham–it is hard to believe that the family and I took on the project of renovating the 1981 fixer-upper only a year ago. Words cannot express how happy I am that the renovation is almost complete! It was fun trading in my high heels and jewelry for tennis shoes and a tool belt for a little while…but after a few, long weeks of ripping out and tearing up…I was happy to have my sparkly jewelry and stilettos back again *wink*

As I was reminiscing December 2012 blog posts, I realized that for an entire month–yes, that’s right a month–I wrote brief blogs about the home construction. Oh, man…that was a rough, but fabulous learning experience.

Here are a few of the things I learned from the renovation of the 1981 fixer-upper:

  1. When kicking in walls, it is always important to kick low enough so that you can more easily pull your leg back through the hole. No one likes being stuck between a rock and a hard place–or in this case, a piece of sheetrock and another piece of sheetrock.
  2. Ripping up carpet is the easy part…it is the carpet tacks that will get ya’.
  3. Wicker wallpaper is never a good idea no matter what year it is.

Okay–that is enough throwbacking for now. I must be off to bake some gluten-free brownies for my mom! I would make her do it…but she is not the best at baking desserts–no offense, mom *wink*

While I bake, check out the December 2012 archives here to see the VIP without makeup and her hair fixed. Woah! Say what?! *wink*

See, told ya'--I didn't lie about the wicker wallpaper thing. Check out the blog here to find out what room had this "lovely" wicker wallpaper...

See, I told ya’ about the wicker wallpaper thing. Scary…I know….Check out the blog here to find out what room had this “lovely” wicker wallpaper…I kind of like saying “wicker wallpaper, wicker wallpaper, wicker wallpaper” *smile*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

High Heels, Tool Belts, and Saw Dust

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Hello, fashionistas, and welcome back to the Vintage Inspired Passionista blog! As you all know, for the past couple of weeks, I have had to trade in my snazzy heels for a tool belt as my family and I renovate a 1981 “fixer upper”. It has not been much glimmer and glamour lately on the blog; however, that is all going to change January 2013! Prepare yourselves for more tips, ensembles, DIYs, Accessory Challenges, and much more! What better way to kick off the new year than with fabulous VIP fashion!

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It has been quite the adventure as I have learned to rip up carpet, carpet tacks, put down floors, paint with the color yellow (I always laughed at my mom when she said that yellow was hard to paint with…),  pick out backsplash tiles, and tear down walls. By the time all of this house renovation is complete, I am going to need a spa day-a refreshing facial and a relaxing mani/pedi!

A strip of the wallpaper from the "his" side of the master bath. I cannot imagine having wicker wallpaper all over the walls....80s fashion was amazing, but their home décor...not so much haha:)
A strip of the wallpaper from the “his” side of the master bath. I cannot imagine having wicker wallpaper all over the walls….80s fashion was amazing, but their home décor…not so much haha:)
My dad and I installing the new butcher block counter tops in the kitchen. Cannot wait to see them all polished and looking fantastic!
My dad and I installing the new butcher block counter tops in the kitchen. Cannot wait to see them all polished and looking fantastic!

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To see more photos of the home renovation project, check out Sweet Sorghum Living and Lolly Molly Art’s Facebook page! www.facebook.com/lollymollyart

You can read more of the VIP on my article @ www.realstorypublishing.com! The Adventures of the VIP in the Lifestyle section!

Town and Gown Magazine is now online as well as printed! You can check out my fashion spread in the November issue @ www.issuu.com/townandgownmagazine! My article is pages 47-49!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn