VIP March Madness: Visiting Vulcan Park (Birmingham, Alabama)

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog for the very first outfit of the VIP March Madness outfit series! Yay!

I have been living in Alabama for a little over a year, and I have yet to accomplish the things on my Birmingham Bucket List. The first thing on my BBL was Vulcan Park, which is one of Birmingham’s most popular tourist attractions. I have been to Vulcan for parties and events, but never as a tourist. Let me tell y’all–I truly enjoyed the experience of playing tourist in my own town and being at Vulcan. Oh, it is so gorgeous! Overlooking The Magic City from the tower at Vulcan is exciting, scary, and peaceful all at the same time! Now that I have visited Vulcan during the day…I am putting “Visit Vulcan at Night” on my BBL list because I so desperately want to overlook the Birmingham skyline when it is all lit up at night. :)

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My, My...what a big foot you have*wink*
My, My…what a big foot you have*wink*

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Casual selfie at Vulcan with the Birmingham skyline in the background. Perfection.
Casual selfie at Vulcan with the Birmingham skyline in the background. Perfection.

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Shirt: Delia’s

Skirt: Delia’s

Shoes: Jessica Simpson, Belk (The Summit)

Earrings: BluKatDesign by Heather O’Cain

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To learn more about Vulcan Park and plan your visit, please visit www.visitvulcan.com!

P.S. There are awesome facts and a history of Vulcan on their website…You should definitely check it out *wink*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Interview: Jewelry Artisan Heather O’Cain of BluKatDesign

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

To help celebrate the two year anniversary of VIP, I decided to follow up with another one of my favorite handmade jewelry artisans. This fabulous jewelry artisan was one of the very first I interviewed, and today is Throwback Thursday…soooo…I re-introduce you to Heather O’Cain of BluKat Design! *holding flashing “applaud” sign* *DJ, cue Lady Gaga’s Applause*
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Heather creates fabulous handmade earrings, necklaces, hair sticks, and cute magnets  that make me “o0o” and “ahh” every time she lists a new item in her Etsy shop or posts a new photo to Facebook. Whether I want to wear a fancy statement necklace or a simple pair of stud earrings, Heather O’Cain always has the perfect jewelry piece to fit my fashionista mood! Speaking of statement necklaces…Heather actually created a custom BKD statement necklace for the VIP made from my grandmother’s buttons (see photo below).  When it arrived in the mail, it was like Christmas all over again! Oh, Heather always amazes me with her magnificent design talent! Okay…okay…okay, I know y’all are not here today to hear my random chit chatting–y’all are here to read about what is new with Heather O’Cain of BluKatDesign! So, come on, fabulouses–let’s go!

Necklace: BluKat Design by Heather O'Cain
Necklace: BluKatDesign by Heather O’Cain

VIP: What’s new with BKD? Are you working on any new projects? If so…spill the beans *wink*

Heather: I’m always looking for new things to do, and right now I am working on recycled and upcycled  plastic bottle jewelry.  I have ideas for fabric beads and jewelry; hopefully, I will get to work on these soon!  I dug out some of my unfinished art jewelry pieces  I did years ago and want to do more of that also.

BKD's Radiant Orchid necklace made from recycled Coke bottles. I think I am in love...*wink*
BKD’s Radiant Orchid necklace made from recycled Coke bottles. I think I am in love…*wink*

VIP: What is your 2014 inspiration?

Heather:  A lot of my inspiration comes from fashion or social media; just meeting new peeps and seeing all the cool stuff on Pinterest and Etsy.

Earrings: BluKat Design by Heather O'Cain
Earrings: BluKatDesign

VIP: Do you have a 2014 motto? If so, tell us what it is!

Heather: I’m still trying to come up with a motto for 2014; I’ve never done resolutions or had a motto!

Necklace: BluKat Design
Necklace: BluKatDesign

VIP: What color best describes you?

Heather: Bright and multicolored describes me…or at least my jewelry LOL!

Earrings: BluKat Design
Earrings: BluKatDesign

VIP: What is your favorite song of 2014 thus far?

Heather: Music? I hardly listen to music anymore, not a whole lot of talent or original ideas going on now! My  craft studio is right next to the office where my husband listens to a lot of the old British Invasion music which is fun. I’m a big Led Zeppelin fan, but I don’t want to disturb my husband or neighbors, you just can’t listen to that quietly!

Earrings: BluKat Design
Earrings: BluKatDesign

Check out the VIP’s first interview with the jewelry artisan here.

In love with BluKatDesign? Shop online here.

Connect with Heather O’Cain:

Facebook here.

Twitter here.

WordPress here.

Pinterest here.

Tumblr here.

Hair sticks: BluKatDesign
Hair sticks: BluKatDesign
Flower stud earrings: BluKat Design
Flower stud earrings: BluKatDesign

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

12 Shops of Etsy Christmas: Shop Handmade

Photographer: JC Bravo
Photographer: JC Bravo

Hello, fabulouses, and welcome to 12 Shops of Etsy Christmas! Just like baking homemade gingerbread cookies, shopping for handmade gifts always makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Today on the blog, I am going to take y’all on a tour of my favorite Etsy shops and list a few of my favorite things–Santa Baby, pay attention *wink*

1. Art Made By Tammy:

“At Art Made by Tammy, you’ll find Affordable, Unique and One of a Kind (ooak) pieces, all handmade by me. From Wearable Art Jewelry,  Vintage Jewelry,  Modern Earrings and Necklaces, Beaded Bookmarks and more.” (cited here)

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: Oval Engraved Floral Locket Necklace in  Antique Brass, Sale, Victorian Style. Click here to view.

Hand stamped "brave" necklace by Lisa Hamilton of Beadsoul.
Hand stamped “brave” necklace by Lisa Hamilton of Beadsoul.

2. Beadsoul

“Wanting to make a personal Christmas gift many, many years ago has evolved into my favorite pastime; creating unique, handcrafted, wearable art. I adore crafting jewelry that is fun, unique and that will become a “conversation piece” for the wearer! I believe that everyone can use a little sparkle in their day.” (cited here)

To learn more about Beadsoul, check out the VIP interview with the designer here.

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: ONE Midi Stacking ring handmade from fine silver knuckle ring skinny stacker ring. Click here to view.

Fabulous earrings by BluKat Design!
Fabulous earrings by BluKat Design!

3. BluKat Design

“Handmade artisan jewelry,  vintage inspired, upcycled jewelry, repurposed jewelry, unique earrings, original necklaces.  I specialize in original, one-of-kind statement necklaces  and unique every day necklaces and earrings that will surely be noticed!” (cited here)

To learn more about BluKat Design, check out the VIP interview with the designer here .

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: Mint Green Stud Earrings. Click here to view.

4.  Crystal Heart Factory

“All of my items are handmade by me and 100% lifetime guaranteed. I am set up to ship from home. I usually ship out purchases same/next day and all items come in a beautiful mesh bag that can be presented as is if it a gift for somebody.” (cited here)

To learn more about Crystal Heart Factory, check out the VIP Interview with the designer here.

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: Turquoise and Gold bracelet. Click here to view.

Beautiful necklace by Ethereal Energy!
Beautiful necklace by Ethereal Energy!

5. Ethereal Energy

“Inspirational Handcrafted Energy Jewelry, made just for You.  Every piece of jewelry is designed and personally made by yours truly from my small home studio in the Nation’s Capital.” (cited here)

To learn more about Ethereal Energy, check out the VIP Interview with the designer here.

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: Tiger Skin Jasper  Turquoise Howlite Energy Bracelet. Click here to view.

6. Everybody’s Buying Vintage (EBV)

“Exceptional vintage clothing from the 1960s-90s for the ladies, guys, and the kiddos too! We carry ALL SIZES from XXS to PLUS. We love fashion and we strive to provide our customers with high quality vintage clothing that is in keeping with current styles & trends.” (cited here)

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: Vintage 70s Metallic Gold Halter Maxi Dress. Click here to view.

7. Go Hey Judy

“Hey, Judy!®  “Little Charmers”  along with an ever expanding line of handmade dolls because I simply can’t stop at one.  You may read more about the Hey, Judy! story and how she came to be on my “About Page” which you may find here:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/GoHeyJudy/about” (cited here)

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: Fabric Wrist Wrap Beaded Ocean Blue. Click here to view.

Beautiful handmade earrings from Hearts of Stone Jewelry!
Beautiful handmade earrings from Hearts of Stone Jewelry!

8. Hearts of Stone Jewelry

“Stones with souls, maybe; stones with heart, definitely!  Hearts of Stone Jewelry pieces are all handmade using agate, jasper, geode and other natural stones, becoming earrings, necklaces, sets and chokers. Each piece showcases the natural beauty of carefully chosen and meaningful stones. How do you wear your heart?” (cited here)

To learn more about Hearts of Stone Jewelry, check out the VIP Interview with the designer here.

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: Geode Druzy Gemstone Heart Necklace. Click here to view.

VIP sporting the Crochet Granny Squares Tan and Blue Bag, purse, handbag with organza flower available in the LaBelle Madeleine store here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/98121469/crochet-granny-squares-tan-and-blue-bag?ref=shop_home_active
VIP sporting the Crochet Granny Squares Tan and Blue Bag, purse, handbag with organza flower available in the LaBelle Madeleine store here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/98121469/crochet-granny-squares-tan-and-blue-bag?ref=shop_home_active

9. La Belle Madeleine

“I love to create things, I have always been busy with something crafty in my hands or ideas in my head. One of my greatest teacher has been my Nonna Isabella, she could make anything and she touched the lives of so many people. Now that I lost her I feel the urge to fill that void and keep creating to make this world a little more beautiful.” (cited here)

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: Crochet key-chain/pouch lime green with a ladybug. Click here to view.

10. Lisa Graham Art

“My art is all original and I work in a variety of mediums.  I offer paintings and drawings for those on a budget and also some larger works for the serious art collector. I add new work regularly, so if you don’t see a painting you like today,  you may find one tomorrow.” (cited here)

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: Original Mixed Media Painting – Miss Doo Doo Would Rather Wear Plaid – 11×14 inch on canvas panel. Click here to view.

The VIP loves this matching necklace and earrings set from Sparkle Cat Studio!
The VIP loves this matching necklace and earrings set from Sparkle Cat Studio!

11. Sparkle Cat Studio

“Jim and I design and make all the jewelry with natural minerals, Swarovski crystal, Czech glass, and other elements that catch our eye.  We both volunteer with several animal rescue groups in our community: The Biscuit Foundation (of which we donate 25% of our proceeds to) and the Humane Society of Alamance County. We are strong advocates for animal rescue.” (cited here)

To learn more about Sparkle Cat Studio, check out the VIP Interview with the designer here.

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: Double Strand Red, Gray, Black, Light Pink, Quartz Crystal, Pink Quartz, Obsidian, and Hambabalud Wood Beaded necklace. Click here to view.

Fabulous upcycled earrings from Wearwolf!
Fabulous upcycled earrings from Wearwolf!

12. Wearwolf

“Saving the Earth One Recycled Can At A Time! Short and sweet… I am a rabid recycler/ artist/ hoarder (ha!) that loves making beautiful objects out of other people’s refuse!  All items are hand made by myself in my little workshop in my treasured early 1950’s ranch style home.” (cited here)

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: Recycled Jewelry Soda Can Charm Bracelet. Click here to view.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

Bright -vs- Neutral

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Hello, fabulouses! Today is reader’s choice! Reader’s choice? What is that, you ask? Well, reader’s choice on the VIP blog is where you (a VIP reader) will choose which outfit you like best! On this blog, the challenge is BRIGHT -vs- NEUTRAL! So….without further ado, here are some more fabulous pictures to help you make your decision.

Once you have decided BRIGHT or NEUTRAL comment on this post OR tweet me @AbbyHathorn with your favorite using the hashtags #teamBRIGHT -or- #teamNEUTRAL!

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Blouse: The Limited

Shorts: Target

Shoes: Jessica Simpson, Belk

Necklace: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain

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Click here to tweet for the BRIGHT ensemble! Don’t forget to hashtag #teamBRIGHT!

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Blouse: The Limited

Shorts: JCrew

Shoes: Jessica Simpson, Belk

Necklace: Hearts of Stone Jewelry by Rachel Leathers

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Click here to tweet for the NEUTRAL outfit! Don’t forget to hashtag #teamNEUTRAL!

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Well, readers, it is up to you to decide which ensemble is the reader’s choice of the week!

Voting will end July 20 at midnight Central Standard Time (CST) and the winning ensemble will be posted to the VIP Facebook page! So, y’all get to commentin’ and tweetin’! I cannot wait to see which is YOUR favorite :)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Christmas in My Mailbox- Part Uno

After spending many hours narrowing down which pieces of jewelry to get from Beadsoul, BluKat Design, Hearts of Stone, Wearwolf, and Rare Daisy….I finally decided what to order! While waiting for everything to get here…I literally checked my mailbox every single day…I even checked the mail in thunderstoms…I dont even leave the closet during thunderstorms…much less check the mail! Every time a package was in the mailbox, I would jump around like it was Christmas! It was like Christmas in my mailbox….in March!

 

Now, I would like to share with you in no particular order all my Etsy “presents” and a little bit about each jewelry artisan.

Wearwolf is a shop on Etsy owned by Vicki Wolf. Vicki creates totally rad upcycled, recycled wearable art from things like…cans and license plates. There is no way to describe in words how unique and funky her jewelry is…you will just have to see for yourself! I would like to have one of everything! Please….mom….please?:( *puppy dog eyes* Dang….those never work on her! :(

 W0uld you like to own some of Vicki Wolf’s magnificent pieces of jewelry?? Check out her Etsy shop! http://www.etsy.com/shop/wearwolf?ref=ss_profile

Heather O’Cain is the owner of the Etsy shop BluKatDesign. Heather makes beautiful jewelry from vintage pieces! Her jewelry will give any girl a conversation piece at a party or just going to school! There are so many things from Heather’s shop that I would absolutely love to own! I love her logo…one day…I will have my own logo…someday……I can see myself now…famous…famous wearing BluKat jewelry…on the beach…Oh…hey there…sorry about that…I was just daydreaming! Back on topic!

Would you like to order some of Heather O’Cain’s adorable pieces of handmade jewelry? Then Check out her Etsy shop! http://www.etsy.com/people/BluKatDesign

Beadsoul is a precious Etsy shop that I just adore. Lisa Hamilton was my very first VIP Interview, and I am very honored to  know her! She makes personalized jewelry such as ID bracelets, charm necklaces, and leather cuffs! Lisa also makes earrings, stacker rings, guitar picks, and key chains. Looking into the future…I can see myself having TONS of jewelry by Beadsoul….I have a Beadsoul addiction:)! Can a girl really have too much jewelry?!?

Would you like to own a piece of Beadsoul jewelry?? Then check out her Etsy shop, and see all of the wonderful, cute things she has to offer!:) http://www.etsy.com/shop/beadsoul?ref=ss_profile

This is only part one my dear readers! In part dos of  “Christmas in my Mailbox”, Hearts of Stone and RareDaisy will be the two featured Etsy shops! I cannot wait to share the rest of my Etsy finds with you!:)

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Also, feel free if you have any ideas for future blogs or things you would like to see on the VIP blog shoot me a email!

email: vintage.passionista@gmail.com

Thanks&Hugs

Abby Hathorn:)

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