Weekly Whistle: VIP Merchandise

IMG_7839Hey, y’all! For those of you who have been keeping up with me on Instagram, you can see that the VIP is having a fabulously beautiful road trip in Tennessee! I cannot express how gorgeous the Johnson City area is–it has truly breathtaking mountain views! Check out highlights of the road trip via iPhone on the VIP’s Instagram here.

Now, that is enough talk about road tripping, let’s take a look at this week’s Weekly Whistle!

IMG_7838 IMG_7840 IMG_7861Shirt: Limited Edition VIP Merchandise that YOU can ENTER TO WIN on the VIP’s Facebook page GIVEAWAY!

Click here to enter the VIP giveaway.

Click here to learn more about the giveaway.

Pants: J.Crew, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Heels: Nine West

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

An Addition to My Shoe Addiction

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Hello, my dear fashionistas! I think it is time for me to have an intervention…is that usually how that kind of thing goes? Do I submit myself for such? Oh, well…it doesn’t matter because it is highly unlikely that I will change…Anyway…Today, I am going to chat about a fabulous addition to my shoe family! Hi, my name is Abby Hathorn, and I am a fashionista who is obsessed with shoes….

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I am so in love with my new lovely summer sandals from Gus Mayer! They are so bright, so unique, and so…ADORABLE! Check out two ways I wore these delightful Circus by Sam Edelman shoes on my blog yesterday! Click here for a direct link.

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On Instagram, I posted a photo of ALL of my shoes as I was “summer cleaning” my closet. Many of my followers were humored at the fact I had posed (sans makeup) with the stacked boxes just to show how tall they were. Now…before anyone freaks out, I must add that I am only 5’2″…Anyway, the Instagram caption is true….I don’t have a shoe addiction…nope…nuh uh…not me…not this gal!

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Okay….perhaps the Instagram caption was an untruth….maybe I should go to shoeaholics anonymous. Hi, my name is Abby Hathorn, and I have a serious shoe addiction…

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BUT, hey….You have to admit that these super sassy summer sandals are completely AWESOME! Get a pair like the VIP at Gus Mayer in Birmingham, Alabama! www.gusmayer.com

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Follow the VIP on Instagram to keep up with my day-to-day randomness as I conquer whatever comes my way in the world of a homeschooling teenager with an obvious fashion addiction:)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle:Perfect Pearls & Musician Gabriel Tajeu

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Hello, hello fashion and music lovers! Y’all are in for a special treat today on the VIP blog!

I know, I did not post Weekly Whistle yesterday, but it was for a good and fabulous reason! I was interviewing the spectacular musician and singer, Gabriel Tajeu! Oh my gracious, readers, Gabriel is so terrific! Click here for a sneak peek of his song “Southern Skies” which will be featured on his upcoming EP Album release this summer!

Also, stay tuned to the YouTube channel and my website for the interview with Gabriel Tajeu! In the meantime, listen to more of Gabriel’s tunes on Reverb Nation by clicking here!

Connect with Gabriel Tajeu and keep up with where he will be performing next by liking his page on Facebook here and following him on Twitter here!

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Okay, now, it is time for the VIP’s favorite time of the week-except Fridays because Fridays are always fun-WEEKLY WHISTLE TIME! Ahhh! Yes, I know, try to contain your excitement…because this week’s weekly whistle is about every lady’s favorite accessory-PEARLS. Being a Southern Belle, pearls are a total must have for any and all occasions! “Southern Charm Tip #9:  Every Southern Girl Should Have Pearls Galore.  You can’t go wrong with a classic single strand of pearls, but lately we’re fans of the statement pearl Necklace,” states Southern Living.

From expensively delectable dinners to the explorers searching the Mighty Mississippi, pearls have had an interesting journey…To learn more about the history of pearls as well as some nifty fashion tips, check out my latest Real Media (Real Story Publishing) article here!

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Blouse: The Limited (Similar look here-Tommy Hilfiger)

Skirt: JCPenny (Similar look here-JCPenny)

Shoes: Betseyville, JCPenny (Get the look here!)

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During this photo shoot, Ziva decided she wanted to be on my blog too…so precious…and she managed to be more adorable than she usually is…I guess all of the selfies and Instagram pictures have finally gone to her furry head! Have I raised a glamorous diva dog? Yes, yes I have…Oh, Ziva the Diva!

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Doesn’t Ziva make a fabulous doggy model! Future career for her? Hmm…did I mention that my fur baby likes Swedish Fish and lazy couch naps?

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Denim and pearls…it simply does not get any better! Or…does it?

keep reading to find out : )

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Denim Top: Thrifted (Similar look here-Diopsters General Store on Etsy)

Tank: New York and Co. (Get the look here!)

Shorts: Target (Get the look here!)

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk (Similar look here-Belk, Jessica Simpson)

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A new take on classic black and pearls! Trade out your LBD (little

black dress) for LBS (little black shorts) to create a day-time, pearly-perfection

ensemble!

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Blouse: American Eagle (www.americaneagleoutfitters.com)

Shorts: Target (Get the look here!)

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk (Similar look here-Belk, Jessica Simpson)

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No…I can never be serious on photo shoots…I am still a six-year-old at heart haha:)

Okay…So, I fibbed a bit. It does get better than denim and pearls! How, you ask?

Just put the VIP in a freezing cold swimming pool with lots of pearls

and there y’all have it–an artistic take on the timeless must-have!

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There’s Ziva again, doing what she does best-begging for attention! Can you tell she is spoiled?

One plus to freezing my tooshie off in the swimming pool was teaching Ziva how to swim! Aw…my fur baby is growing up:(

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Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for a peek inside my life.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista

Twitter: @Abbysauce_

Instagram: @VintagePassionista

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/vintagepassionista

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

Latest Real Media (Real Story Publishing) Article: http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/04/03/the-adventures-of-the-vip-perfectly-prominent-pearls/

Town and Gown Magazine April Issue: http://issuu.com/townandgownmagazine/docs/april2013

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Interview: Heather O’Cain (BluKat Design)

I have recently interviewed a fabulous jewelry artisian. Heather O’Cain, owner of BluKat Design, is all about upcycling and vintage couture! BluKat Design offers functional, wearable art that is great for a night out on the town or a quick coffee run!

I love to pair my vintage coral owl necklace with a variety of outfits, and it was recently featured in my blog “Sweater Happy DIY”!

Heather is quite the artsian when it comes to creating jewelry that catches a fashionista’s eye…because all fashionistas are attracted to sparkly, vintage things!

Without further ado, I present to all of my fabulous readers the exclusive VIP Interview with Heather O’Cain of BluKat Design!:)

These handmade hairsticks from BluKat Design work great to give a messy updo a classy cute look!
  • Tell us a little something about yourself.

I have been making jewelry for over thirty years, and I am a professional designer of award-winning, high end, modern gold and platinum jewelry in Seattle, Washington for over twenty-seven years. For years, I have hand carved wax models for rings, and now I am designing with a computer CAD/CAM program. I have studied jewelry design under the Master of found object art jewelry, Ron Ho. I have also received awards for my art jewelry including an award from the Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts Exhibition. For fun, I like to make jewelry by upcycling vintage parts or found objects and selling them in my Etsy shop!

I just LOVE this purple and red statement necklace!
  • How would you describe your style?

My style is kind of fun eclectic, but a colorful mix of vintage and modern.

I would pair these adorable button earrings with a color block tank and a pair of cute khaki shorts!
  • What is your favorite music genre and why?

My music tastes are very eclectic also, from Led Zepplin to Imelda May to Latin and Jazz.

These fun, upcycled earrings from BluKat Design would perfectly complement any fashionista’s wardrobe!
  • What or who inspired you to start making jewelry?

I started making jewelry in high school, for some reason it was easier to express my creativity with jewelry; painting was still scary to me!

“Must Have” for any vintage lover!
  • What are some of your favorite hobbies?

My hobbies include hiking, mushrooming and foraging, painting and crafts.

I adore these beautiful earrings handmade by Heather O’Cain!
  • What is the most popular thing you make?

My hair sticks are quite popular, but there is more interest in my bobby pin jewelry.

  • Why did you decide to name your store BluKat Design?

My shop is named BluKat Design after my Russian Blue cat, Tuffy.

Doesn’t Heather have fantastic style and gorgeous wearable art! I just cannot say enough good things about BluKat Design….I am going to need a bigger jewelry box…haha:)

Heather is a fellow blogger, and we bloggers love other bloggers! So be sure to check out her blog: http://blukatkraft.blogspot.com

Would you like to own one of BluKat Designs fabulous art pieces? Check out her Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BluKatDesign

You can also like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter!

Facebook: http://facebook.com/blukatdesign

Twitter: @BluKatDesign

Don’t forget to like the VIP on facebook, and follow me on Twitter and Instagram:)

Facebook: http://facebook.com/VintageInspiredPassionista

Twitter: @Abbysauce_

Instagram: @VintagePassionista

I have very special news to share with all of you! My first newspaper article will be printed and published online this upcoming week in The Real Story of Columbus, Mississippi! (realstorypublishing.com/category/columbusms/) I feel so blessed to have this opportunity at sixteen! God is amazing and dreams do come true:)

Join me next time for a the Trussville Antiques and Interiors reopening! Interviews with vendors and the owner plus fantastic pictures of all the amazing things Trussville Antiques and Interiors has to offer! You will NOT want to miss it:)

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

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VIP Accessories Challenge: Deep South Pout

Fashionistas and gentlemen….may I have your attention please….I present to you the fashionably spectacular Deep South Pout Accessories Challenge!

If you are just now joining me….an accessories challenge is where I take outfits and show three different looks by just changing a few accessories!

In this challenge, I have taken two dresses from Deep South Pout and have given them three different looks by swapping accessories!

Dress: Deep South Pout
Belt: Anthropologie
Shoes: BCBG
Dress: Deep South Pout
Belt: Black belt (Wal-Mart)
Shoes: Black shoes (Kenzie Girl)
Photo taken at Oby’s Restaurant in Starkville, Mississippi

VIP Tip:

  • It is ALWAYS good to have a pair of classic black shoes and accessories on hand…ready for any occassion! I love strappy black heels…and pearls…
Dress: Deep South Pout
Belt: Deep South Pout
Shoes: Material Girl by Madonna
Hat: Blu Gertrude (Blu Gertrude accessories can be purchased at Deep South Pout Stores located in Starkville and Columbus, Mississippi.)
Dress: Deep South Pout
Belt: (Leopard belt) Target
Shoes: BCBG

VIP Tip:

  • Animal prints make a nice neutral to pair with other prints or patterns! Every fashionista needs a little animal print to spice up her wardrobe!
Dress: Deep South Pout
Belt: Anthropologie (same belt worn with blue owl print dress above)
Shoes: BCBG (same shoes worn with blue owl print dress above)
Dress: Deep South Pout
Belt: JCrew
Shoes: Jessica Simpson

Oh, my gracious…accessories are so important! With just a change of shoes and belts, you can easily give your outfits different looks…classy, dressy, fancy schmancy, you name it!

Join me next time for another VIP adventure!

The VIP has finally created a Facebook page to make it easier for my fans to stay updated on what I am doing! On the facebook page, there will be exclusive pictures and sneak peeks that you won’t be able to find on www.vintageinspiredpassionista.com .

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VintageInspiredPassionista

Twitter: @Abbysauce_

Instagram: @VintagePassionista

Email: VintagePassionista@gmail.com

Here are just a few more photographs from the Deep South Pout Accessories Challenge photoshoot!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

(All the above photos were taken in Starkville, Mississippi and Mississippi State University’s Chapel of Memories. I had a great time traveling around Starkville for this photoshoot! After the photoshoot, I enjoyed a delicious baked potato at Sweet Pepper’s Deli…you guys know how I just love baked potatoes…)

 

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