Weekly Whistle: Front Page News

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

It’s HUMP DAY…yeah…*Geico camel voice* which means it is time to reveal the VIP outfit of the week! Woop! Woop! *wink* 

As I have shared on my VIP Facebook page and Twitter account, I was featured in the Johnson City Press. It was such an honor to be interviewed by senior reporter Becky Campbell, and I love the photos Becky took of me in the downtown area. I love the photos + the outfit SO much that I decided to make it this week’s Weekly Whistle! Yay! Check out the photos + details below:

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Photo by Becky Campbell

Check out the interview article here.

And click here to see my first column post for the Johnson City Press.

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Photo by Becky Campbell

Blazer: Anthropologie

Blouse: Express

Skirt: GAP

Boots: Kork-Ease, DSW (online)

Necklace: Charming Charlie

Bracelet: Luke & Lyla Designs

BONUS! Click here to get the details on this fabulous ensemble + style tips on buying statement fashion pieces.
BONUS! Click here to get the details on this fabulous ensemble + style tips on buying statement fashion pieces.
Ziva photobombed ;)
Ziva photobombed *smile*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Soiree Sociale & Scholarship Tea

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Hello, hello, hello my lovely fashionistas! Phew! What a week it has been! Studying for exams, traveling, deciding what card to get mom for Mother’s Day–Could someone please make decent cards for mom’s who only have one child? Wait…What was I talking about again…anyway…it is that wonderful time of the week that we all know and love…WEEKLY WHISTLE TIME! Come on, VIP fans, let’s see what the VIP’s two outfits of the week are! Yep, I said two…It was too hard to decide!

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Dress: Poor Pitiful Pearl, Vintage Hip (Springville, AL)

Shoes: Jessica Simpson, TJ Maxx

Belt: Target

Hair & Makeup: Rachel Edmonds at Mia Salon

Rebecca Tabb, owner of R. Tabb & Co. in Starkville, Mississippi!
Rebecca Tabb, owner of R. Tabb & Co. in Starkville, Mississippi!

Oh, the Town and Gown Soiree Sociale was so much fun! Special thanks to Rebecca Tabb of R. Tabb. & Co. for letting Town and Gown host the unveiling of the May issue at her amazing store! If you are ever in the Starkville/Columbus area, stop by R. Tabb & Co. for a FABULOUS shopping experience that you will love! R. Tabb & Co. has so many cute clothes and accessories to offer all fashionistas!

Check out the VIP Facebook page for more pictures from the Town and Gown Magazine Soiree Sociale party! www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista

Like R. Tabb & Co. on Facebook so you do not miss out on all the new apparel! It is all so so SO cute! https://www.facebook.com/rtabbandco?fref=ts

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Dress: Elie Tahari

Shoes: Jessica Simpson

Necklaces: Personal Vintage Collection

It was such an amazing experience to attend the Alpha Xi Delta UAB Scholarship Tea! Deciding on what college to attend is quite the challenge, but the amazing ladies of the Alpha Xi Delta chapter answered many of my questions about UAB campus life. Wow…hard to believe I turn eighteen in November, and go to college in a year….where has the time gone? Wait, that’s what my mom is supposed to say! :)

Check out the VIP Facebook page for more pictures from the Alpha Xi Delta Scholarship Tea! www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista

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Okie dokie, fashionistas! That seems to be all the time I have for today! Off to my closet, to style my outfit for an interview by The Cobalt Club tomorrow! Instead of my interviewing, I am being interviewed….Oh, looks like the tables have been turned! It is going to be so much fun–I absolutely cannot wait!

Check out The Cobalt Club blog here!

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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:

Real Media: The Adventures of the VIP “Where the Mind Goes While Sitting Under the Dryer”: http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/05/08/the-adventures-of-the-vip-where-the-mind-goes-while-sitting-under-the-dryer/

Town and Gown Magazine May Issue: http://issuu.com/townandgownmagazine/docs/may

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Interview: Sofie Moukidou Jewellery

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Hello, hello, hello, fashionistas and jewelry lovers! Today, y’all are in for a special treat!  Why, you ask?  Well, I have an ever so fabulous interview with amazing jewelry artist Sofi Moukidou!

Sofi creates breathtaking pieces that can easily fit into any girls wardrobe! F rom funky arm candy to spectacular statement necklaces, Sofi Moukidou Jewellery has it all!  So, without further ado, I present to y’all the VIP’s interview with terrific jewelry maker, Sofi Moukidou!

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  • Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a 27 year old jewelry artisan and fashion blogger living in Thessaloniki, Greece.  I love everything related to art, fashion, crafts, vintage and traveling.  I also love cooking; however, I’m still working on it!  I have studied economics, but I never truly loved it.  I started making jewelry about eight years ago.  The driving force for that occupation [jewelry making] was my love for art and fashion.  For the last two years, making jewelry has been my main job.  I still cannot believe what I was dreaming of as a little girl has actually become reality!

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  • How would you describe your personal style?

Mmm…I can’t describe it with only one word…my outfits depend on my mood!  I love retro style, hippie, and sometimes minimal.  I love Aztec prints, geometric prints, polka dots, stripes, colors and bold jewelry.  I really enjoy mixing and matching different styles!

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  • When you are not making jewelry, what do you enjoy doing?

Too many things!  First of all, I enjoy going out with my friends for drinks, coffee, and so forth.  I love to write my blog Style En Mi Opinion[http://styleenmiopinion.blogspot.com/]!  I also write for other blogs and magazines.  I am a fashion writer for four blogs in my city.  I enjoy dancing, even alone at home!  I like to go in flea markets and discover little treasures.  Finally, I looove shopping!  Is there anyone who doesn’t?

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  • Tell us about your blog, Style En Mi Opinion.

My blog, Style En Mi Opinion, recently turned three years old.  It’s a way for me to express my style, personality, and passion about style and fashion.  My blog is also a way to promote my creations.  I wish I could shoot better photos and have more time to write consistently.  What I love about blogging is being able to meet people from all over the world that have my same interests…I love having that connection with so many different people!  Oh!  Last, but not least, I know it sounds silly…but I LOVE WHEN I GET AWARDS! :)

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  • Describe your typical day.

My typical day starts when I wake up at 10:00.  Then, I eat my breakfast, which is usually toast.  Next, I drink my coffee and smoke the first cigarette while I am blogging.  If I have a jewelry order, I go to my workshop and get to work!  If there is no order, I usually go out for several other obligations.  During the afternoon, I go to the coffee shop with one of my friends to chat and hang out.  When I return home, I go back to my PC.

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  • Where are some of your favorite places to shop?

Oh, sooo many!  Let’s start with…hmm…Pull & Bear, Anthropologie, and Forever 21.   I also shop at many local boutiques and vintage bazaars.

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  • Who or what inspired you to become a jewelry maker and fashion blogger?

Since my childhood, I have read fashion magazines–Vogue, Elle, and so forth.

I have always believed that style is what matters…not just being a fashion victim.  I have always experimented on my outfits.
As for jewelry, I am and have been obsessed with it.  I was constantly admiring all the jewelry designers…so when I was about 20 years old…with a whole closet full of accessories, I realized that is something that I really love! So,  I started making jewelry.  I am self-taught  because I believe that institutes limit the imagination.
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  • Who or what inspires your jewelry pieces?

Oh! Inspiration is everywhere!

…from various cultures from all over the world.  For example, my summer 2012 collection was African-style inspired.

People are also a great source of inspiration!  Frida Kahlo, Iris Apfel, as also every day people’s street style.
I can also be inspired by the material itself.
  • VIP QUESTION: What is one item in your closet you could never get rid of and why?

Mmm…there are many items that I can’t rid of…

One is my Henrik Vibskov cashmere black and white coat.  It’s super stylish, comfortable and soft.  I bought it last Christmas from a wonderful boutique in Amsterdam.
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  • What else would you like my readers to know about you and your jewelry?

My latest obsession is the Japanese culture.  I would love to make a trip to Tokyo!

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Oh, my goodness!  Don’t you just love learning more about jewelry artisans…I know I do!  It makes their pieces that much more fabulous and interesting!  Sofi creates such spectacular pieces of jewelry art…colorful, unique, and absolutely awesome!  Oh, aren’t y’all super ready to shop Sofi Moukidou Jewellery right now?!

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Connect with Sofi Moukidou!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/sofi-moukidou-jewellery/232877040104914

Email: sofimoukidou@windowslive.com

Blog: http://styleenmiopinion.blogspot.com/

Shop Sofi Moukidou Jewellery!

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SofiMoukidouJewels

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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/2013/04/10/the-adventures-of-the-vip-on-the-road-in-columbus/

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

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Interview: Deep South Pout

(from left to right) Bailey McCreary, Jackie Chasteen, and I at the Deep South Pout in Columbus, Mississippi! Aren’t they dressed so stylish!

Welcome back to the Vintage Inspired Passionista blog! I am very excited to share with y’all the special VIP Interview with the owners of Deep South Pout, Nicole Oswalt and Shannon Stoker!

This BluGertrude jewelry is so darling!

Deep South Pout has such adorable apparel, flirty and fierce statement jewelry, handmade hats and jewelry by BluGertrude, and much more! As soon as you walk through the doors, you will immediately spy a key piece that you must have! If you live around the Starkville or Columbus, Mississippi area,  hop in the car and pay a visit to Deep South Pout, and tell them the VIP sent you:)  If you live outside the area, take a weekend road trip to Starkville/Columbus, Mississippi.  There is plenty of good food and shopping!  Visit www.columbusms.org for wonderful things to do and places to go!

Let’s start this interview, shall we? I know y’all are dying to hear it!

1.  Tell us a little something about yourselves.

We (Shannon and Nicole) met in high school in Petal, Mississippi. We
re-connected at a high school reunion two years ago.

Shannon was a school teacher, and now lives in Starkville with her husband and son, Charley.  Nicole and her husband, Justin, live in Columbus with their two puppies. Before Deep South Pout, Nicole worked in corporate retail for several years.

2.  What inspired the name “Deep South Pout”?

When I (Nicole) was working at another boutique (before DSP), we went to New York City for market one weekend. I was amazed at how we Southern women stood out from the crowd. I wanted to incorporate that and to stay true to our roots. That’s where Deep South came from! And being from the Deep South, like most good Southern women, we wear lots of makeup ;) And “Pout” relating to your mouth, just made sense.

Check out this super cute outfit at Deep South Pout in Starkville, MS! Oh, how I am loving those patterned shorts!

3.  Describe Deep South Pout in five words.

Southern, Trendy, Affordable, Fun, & Unique.

4.  What influences Deep South Pout’s style?

We love the TV reality show Junk Gypsy (http://www.hgtv.com/junk-gypsies/show/index.html). We love how they find someone else’s junk and turn it into treasure!

5.  How is Deep South Pout involved with the community?

We love to give back to our community and to get involved with charity projects for those in need. One way we are doing this is by helping a local family fund their adoption of a little boy from Ethiopia. A percentage of our sales each month go toward their adoption fund. We love being able to support a good cause!

What a splendid, shabby glam display case for colorful tops at the Columbus location!

6. What are the top must-haves for fall at Deep South Pout?

We are so excited about our new fall trends! Check out our own blog post about it.  Visit  http://blog.deepsouthpout.com/?p=253 .

7. What is the one item in your closet you would never throw out?

My leopard print flats. Convenient, yet stylish!

It is jewelry heaven at both Deep South Pout locations! We girls love our accessories!

8. What is an easy “go-to” item to spice up any casual outfit effortlessly?

We love to throw on a blazer over jeans and basic t-shirt for an instant outfit upgrade! They are perfect for fall and come in lots of different colors and styles!

Boots, high heels, and stunning flats-oh, my! Which is a fashionista to choose! I’ll take one of each in a size eight, please and thank you! :)

9. What advice would you give to your younger self/selves?

I would say to embrace myself as I am; it’s way more fun that way!

10. What makes Deep South Pout a different shopping experience?

We hope to provide a great atmosphere for our customers. We want to bring them the best merchandise at the most affordable price, all with great customer service.

Check out all the wonderful things that Deep South Pout has to offer at their website www.deepsouthpout.com

Keep up with Deep South Pout via social media!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DeepSouthPout 

Twitter: @DeepSouthPout

Instagram: @DeepSouthPout

You can also find them on Pinterest and FourSquare!

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

You can also follow me on Twitter @Abbysauce_ and Instagram @VintagePassionista to keep up with me while I am on the go!

Here are a few more photos to make you fall in love with Deep South Pout! Be sure to check out my guest blog about Deep South Pout at www.sweetsorghumliving.wordpress.com -It will be coming soon!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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