Weekly Whistle: Look Totally Fab at BFW 2013

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Walking on a dream. How can I explain? Talking to myself.  Will I see again? We are always running for the thrill of it, thrill of it.  Always pushing up the hill searching  for the thrill of it.  On and on and on we are calling out and out again, never looking  down.  I’m just in awe of what’s in  front of me.  Is it real now?  When two people become one. I can feel it, when two people become one.  Thought I’d never see the love you found in me, now, it’s changing all the time. Living in a rhythm where the minute’s working overtime…

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Hello and greetings to my wonderful blog readers! It is that lovely time of the week again, Weekly Whistle, of course! I simply adore getting to share my favorite outfit of the week with y’all, and this week’s whistle is ever so helpful to all of my fashion week fans! Birmingham Fashion Week 2013 is about to kickoff here in the great state of Alabama, and I must be finding something darling to wear.  This week’s Weekly Whistle is all about looking totally fab at BFW 2013! So, fashionistas, let’s see what it is!

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Lace Blouse: The Limited

Chiffon Pants: Deep South Pout (www.deepsouthpout.com)

Stilettos: Belk, Jessica Simpson

Necklaces: Personal Vintage Pearl Collection

Brooch: Beadsoul (handmade by Lisa Hamilton www.etsy.com/beadsoul)

Nail Lacquer: Revlon (Minted) & Essie (Russian Roulette)

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Why this ensemble works for a special event:

  • Classic Black & Pearl– Black and pearls are timeless and ever so elegant.  These two classics play well together–what else can I say!

  • Lace It Up–  A lace blouse is a lovely choice because it dresses up business woman trousers with ease.

  • Artistic Accessories– Add a bit of pizazz to your BFW or special event outfit with artistic statement jewelry! Create a conversation piece combo with a waterfall of pearl necklaces that says you are a Vintage Inspired Passionista! (Check out BluKat Design @ www.etsy.com/blukatdesign and Hearts of Stone Jewelry @ www.etsy.com/hrtsofstone for awesome, handmade statement jewelry!)

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To learn more about Birmingham Fashion Week, take a gander at their website: www.bhamfashionweek.com. If you are interested in purchasing tickets for Birmingham Fashion Week, click here.

Like BFW on Facebook to keep up with the latest media coverage and runway updates! www.facebook.com/bhamfashionweek

Twitter: www.twitter.com/bhamfashionweek HASHTAG: BFW2013

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If you cannot get enough of the VIP, check out my articles in The Real Story! The Adventures of the VIP in the Lifestyle section! www.realstorypublishing.com

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Check out the latest issue of Town and Gown Magazine! You can read online @ www.issuu.com/townandgownmagazine!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Wonderful Wonder Woman

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Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.  All the world’s waiting for you, and the power you possess.  In your satin tights, fighting for your rights and the old Red, White and Blue.  Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.  Now the world is ready for you, and the wonders you can do.  Make a hawk, a dove.  Stop a war with love.  Make a liar tell the truth. Wonder Woman, Get us out from under, Wonder Woman.  All our hopes are pinned on you.  And the magic that you do.  Stop a bullet cold.  Make the Axis fall.  Change their minds, and change the world. Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.  You’re a wonder, Wonder Woman.

Well, hello, readers! There is something about Weekly Whistles that just make me want to sing and dance! Ahh…Weekly Whistle is the best time of the week! The best because we all get to see what the VIP’s favorite outfit of the week is! So, come on! Let’s see what this week’s Weekly Whistle is all about!

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Cardigan: Old Navy

Graphic Tee: Old Navy

Jeans: JCrew

Shoes: Betseyville, JCPenny

Earrings: BluKat Design by: Heather O’Cain

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How to Rock a Superhero Tee in VIP Style:

1.  Cassie’s Cute Cardigans: Pair a cute colored cardigan with a spectacular superhero tee for a superb look that will take you to infinity and beyond!

2.  Jeanie’s Jamming Jeans: For a laid back look, layer a superhero tee with a basic black blazer and slip into your favorite dark wash jeans and flirty flats to create a look that will take you from casual Friday at work to karaoke with your best friends at the local café in a snap.

3.  Fran’s Flirtatious Frocks:  Flirt-ify a distressed superhero tee with a sassy skirt and splendid stilettos. This style is great for a dashing dinner party with that special someone or catching a movie at the matinée with a group of friends!

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If you cannot get enough of the VIP, check out my articles in The Real Story! The Adventures of the VIP in the Lifestyle section! www.realstorypublishing.com

The VIP is also on The Real Story YouTube page! Check out the first Adventures of the VIP video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Uhx3yMCDh4

Check out the latest issue of Town and Gown Magazine! You can read online @ www.issuu.com/townandgownmagazine!

Like the VIP on Facebook to keep up with the latest VIP news and sneak peeks! www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista

TWITTER: www.twitter.com/abbysauce_

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/vintagepassionista

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Shopping In Your Own Closet: Crazy About Dots!

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Hello, hello, hello, my lovely fashionistas! Welcome back to the VIP blog on this wonderful day! In Alabama, the weather is sunny and 65 degrees-ahh….makes me ready for spring break…ooo! and spring fashion! But, I am not here to talk about how desperate I am for a full week of sunny, warm weather! So, let’s get started with what ensemble the VIP created this week by shopping in her own closet….

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As I was rumbling through the boxes of clothes I have yet to unpack from the move, I stumbled upon a forgotten treasure…my vintage polka-dot skirt! This glorious moment spawned  the idea of a “dot-on-dot ensemble”…but what accessories? Hot pink, of course! The VIP simply adores polka dots and hot pink!

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Lace Blouse: The Limited

Jacket: Twisted Moss

Skirt: Raspberry Beret Consignment Shop (Louisville, MS)

Shoes: JCPenny, Betseyville (by Betsey Johnson)

Belt: Target

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Now, let’s get down to business! Tip time! Hooray for VIP tips! Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray!

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Would you like to be featured on the Vintage Inspired Passionista blog? Email or post pictures to the Facebook page of you wearing your dot-on-dot ensemble! Email: vintage.passionista@gmail.com OR Facebook: www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista

Want fabulous vintage pieces? Check out Twisted Moss on Etsy! You will fall in love with everything for sale! The VIP absolutely ADORES Twisted Moss! http://www.etsy.com/shop/TwistedMoss

Check out The Raspberry Beret Consignment Shop on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Raspberry-Beret/115126191896852?fref=ts

If you cannot get enough of the VIP, check out my articles in The Real Story! www.realstorypublishing.com “The Adventures of the VIP” in the LifeStyle section!

Town and Gown Magazine is now online! Read previous issues @ www.issuu.com/townandgownmagazine

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For more pictures from the “Crazy About Dots” photo shoot, check out the VIP Facebook page!

Twitter: @Abbysauce_

Instagram: @VintagePassionista

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Shopping in Your Own Closet: Little Red Dress

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Welcome back, fashionistas! If y’all have been keeping up with me on Facebook, I dropped a hint that there was going to be a new weekly segment on the VIP blog.  Well, get excited because “Shopping in Your Own Closet” is here and ready to be ever so fabulous!

Lately, I have been going through my closet and finding clothes to donate. During the process, I stumbled upon a lovely floral dress that my Aunt Carol had given me! I skipped off in joy to find my mom to tell her of the precious frock I had found! She nodded her head with approval and waved me off to continue cleaning out…she was on the phone, and after all these years, you would think I would learn not to bother my mom when she was on the phone.  I digress!

momandauntcarolMy mom(on right) and Aunt Carol (on left) back in the ’80s. They are quite the adorable fashionistas!

That little red dress got me to thinking….hmmm shopping in your own closet for a totally precious outfit…what a great blog that would make! Bam! Tah-dah! Yay!  The new segment was born, and I owe it all to my Aunt Carol and the little red dress!

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Top: Target

Dress: “Closet Shopping”

Shoes: Belk, Jessica Simpson

Earrings: Betsey Johnson

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Oh, “Closet Shopping” makes me ever so happy! Discovering precious dresses, fancy skirts, and comfy sweatshirts that I forgot I had is the best feeling in the world-besides a facial. I love facials…and manicures…and pedicures…and trips to the hair salon…I am feeling in the need of some girly pampering! Oops, off topic again, let’s talk tips now, shall we?

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Ooo la la, Closet Shopping is indeed fun! Go shopping in your own closet and email (vintage.passionista@gmail.com)  or Facebook (www.facecbook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista) me pictures of you sporting your fabulous ensemble for a chance to be featured on the VIP blog!

Wanting more of the VIP? Check out my column “The Adventures of the VIP” @  www.realstorypublishing.com in the Lifestyle section!

Town and Gown Magazine is online! Read previous issues @ www.issuu.com/TownandGownMagazine

Dreaming of finding lovely, vintage inspired, handmade jewelry? Dream no more, fashionistas! Check out BluKat Design @ www.blukatdesign.etsy.com! She has fantastic earrings and statement jewelry that will knock your socks off!

Be sure to like the VIP on Facebook to keep up with the latest VIP news, sneak peeks, and more! www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista

Twitter: @Abbysauce_

Instagram: @VintagePassionista

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Work to Play

“Everybody’s doing a brand new dance, now.  Come on baby, do the loco-motion.  I know you’ll get to like it, if you give it a chance, now.  Come on baby, do the loco-motion.  My little baby sister can do it with me.  It’s easier than learning your ABC’s, so come on, come on, do the loco-motion with me!”  What a mega classic!  I can remember dancing around in my Barbie pajamas as I sang the “Locomotion” by Little Eva!  Speaking of locomotion, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “Locomotion is the act or power of moving from place to place.”  That definition fits us busy fashionistas perfectly.   It is important to have a key piece in our wardrobe that can take us anywhere in a snap because of our full schedules!  My top locomotion pick for this season is a fabulous raspberry pink sweater skirt.  By changing up and layering, I was able to create two stellar looks-one for work and one for play.

Blouse: The Attic
Skirt: Target
Suspenders: Walmart
Sneakers: Converse

An outfit perfect for play and totally pretty in pink is a vintage high-collared button up and a darling raspberry hue sweater-knit skirt paired with neutral tone suspenders and retro style sneakers.  So fabulous and comfortable, this ensemble works great for looking absolutely ravishing on a quick coffee run, movies with friends, or a day of antiquing!

Sporting an adorable animal motif sweater with a precious pink vintage high collared blouse and a sweater skirt is a marvelous way to look professional, yet fun at the same time!  Pair this spectacular ensemble with classic black, closed-toe stilettos and BAM! There you have it!  You are ready to go from a day at the office to dinner in a instant!

VIP Tips on Work to Play:

  1. Purr-fect Sweaters:  Animal-motif sweaters are huge right now! “…Pair your sweater with tailored separates in luxe fabrics, such as brocade, leather, or menswear tweed. To add a grown-up edge, opt for suede platforms or booties with a high heel,” says InStyle Magazine, August 2012 issue.
  2. Playful Hemline!:  Find a playful hemline skirt that flatters your figure.  When in doubt, choose an A-line skirt!  “An A-line is universally flattering,” says Glamour magazine.
  3. Super Suspenders!:  Suspenders to the rescue!  Add a throw-back vibe to any skirt or pants outfit with suspenders!  Neutral colored suspenders play well with preppy skirts, Bermuda shorts, or slightly relaxed boy-friend jeans for a picture-perfect ensemble.  Dare to wear black suspenders with trousers and graphic tees for a funky casual look.
  4. Statement Piece Magic!:   Brooches, chunky bracelets, and unique necklaces are magical for all ensembles!  Play up a boring blouse with a gorgeous statement necklace, a business blazer with a lovely brooch, and a flowy dress with bedazzled arm candy!  You can easily take any outfit from work to play with the right accessories.
  5. Let’s Hear it for the Boys!:  For work-wear, a patterned shawl cardigan worn with a solid hue long sleeve button up underneath and paired with flat front chinos gives a comfy, yet professional vibe.  For play, wear that snazzy patterned shawl cardigan with a graphic band tee and light wash jeans.  This outfit is a terrific for a night out with the boys.

Don’t forget to like me on Facebook to keep up with the latest VIP news, sneak peeks, and giveaways! www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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