Three Ways To Wear Thursday: Floral Coral

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome to the first ever Three Ways to Wear Thursday! Whoo hoo!

To kick off the first TWTWT (funny how that worked out to be a pattern *giggle*), I decided to style three different looks with one of my favorite skirts EVER–my floral coral skirt from Molly Green Boutique in Birmingham, Alabama.

So…how many different ways can you really wear a statement-worthy skirt like this floral coral one? More times than I can count–no, really! I have worn this particular skirt several, several times on the blog in the past…click here to see…and right NOW I am going to show y’all three NEW ways to wear it. Ahh! How fabulous is that?!

Way 1:

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Button Front: J.Crew, The Outlet Shops of Grand River(Featured on the 30 Day J.Crew Challenge)

Skirt: Molly Green Boutique

Heels: Target

Way 2:

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Tank: Delia’s

Vest: VIP DIY

Skirt: Molly Green Boutique

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk

Way 3:

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T-shirt: Old Navy

Skirt: Molly Green Boutique

Sneakers: Keds, Belk

Earrings: Beverly’s Basket (Louisville, MS)

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Do you have a favorite skirt? If so, where did you get it? Give the VIP all the details–comment on this blog post or post a picture + caption to the VIP Facebook page here. I cannot wait to see what fabulous skirts y’all will share!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

18 Days of Grand Haul: College Comfy

IMG_7702Hello, my fabulouses! Dressing comfy and cute for class can be tricky sometimes, but with this Grand Haul outfit for inspiration, you are sure to be cute, comfy, and cozy for campus! Here are three easy steps to re-creating an outfit similar to this one with items in your own closet!

  1. Start with a short, flowy skirt.

  2. Slip on a graphic sweatshirt.

  3. Hop into your favorite pair of sneakers.

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Sweatshirt: Aeropostale, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

 Lace Skirt: Aeropostale, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Sneakers: Keds, Belk

Watch my November Grand Haul video below and let me know what your favorite piece is! Comment on this blog post or comment on YouTube!

BLOOPER: This is why you should not hold a photo shoot at your house while your dad is home doing yard work...thanks, deddy, for photo bombing with the leaf-blower *wink*
BLOOPER: This is why you should not hold a photo shoot at your house while your dad is home doing yard work…thanks, deddy, for photo bombing with the leaf-blower *wink*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

18 Days of Grand Haul: Cozy Up

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Hello, my fabulouses! I am excited to announce that I officially have a role in an upcoming, independent film *happy dance*–I cannot tell y’all much about the movie and all of the fabulousness yet…so, y’all stay tuned! :)

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To cozy up yesterday’s Friday Night Fun outfit, simply toss on a cobalt blue, Aeropostle zip hoodie and BAM! Without a lot of effort, this sassy sporty outfit is now a little bit cozier for afternoon tailgating. Roll Tide! No, I am not a huge football fan—I do not pull for one specific team. Living only about an hour from the heart of Alabama football (Tuscaloosa), I cannot help but feel the need to join the Roll Tide bandwagon every now and again…Oh, come on—just say it. It’s fun. *wink* Roll Tide.

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83 Chiffon Sweatshirt: Wet Seal, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Hoodie: Aeropostale, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

 Lace Skirt: Aeropostale, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Knee High Socks: Maurices, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Sneakers: Keds, Belk

Watch my November Grand Haul video below and let me know what your favorite piece is! Comment on this blog post or comment on YouTube!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

18 Days of Grand Haul: Friday Night Fun

IMG_7762Hello, my fabulouses, and welcome to the VIP’s new Grand Haul outfit series! Whoo hoo! On my last video, Cute, Comfy, and Cozy, I mentioned that I could create eighteen different looks with the twelve items I purchased. For the next eighteen days, I am going to show them all off to y’all. So, come on, let’s see what the very first ensemble of the series is!

The chiffon sweatshirt from Wet Seal combined with the floral lace skirt and stripped knee high socks is a flirty, sporty trio that is perfect for fabulous Friday night activities. Hop into a pair of sneakers, grab your purse, and you are ready for a spectacular night out on the town! Oh, and don’t forget to Instagram your OOTD–let everyone know how cute you look while having Friday Night Fun! *wink*

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83 Chiffon Sweatshirt: Wet Seal, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

 Lace Skirt: Aeropostale, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Knee High Socks: Maurices, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Sneakers: Keds, Belk

Watch my November Grand Haul video below and let me know what your favorite piece is! Comment on this blog post or comment on YouTube!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Accessories Challenge: Vintage High Waisted Shorts

This week we are going on an Accessories Challenge adventure together.  What is an Accessories Challenge, you ask?  Well, it is where the VIP (that’s me) takes one outfit and gives it three different looks by changing only a few accessories. Accessorizing involves more than putting on earrings, tossing on a necklace, and piling on bracelets. Oh, my sweet readers, it’s much more! Imagine (Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can…you may say I’m a dreamer-oh, I’m sorry for bursting out into song.  I just love the Beatles!)-oh, yes, imagine the limitless possibilities of your wardrobe when you expand it with hats, belts, scarves, shoes, and even legging.  I agree that it’s a bit warm for scarves and leggings, but it’s never too hot for hats and belts!

For this Accessories Challenge, I chose a pair of vintage, sky blue, high-waist shorts from The Attic in Columbus and a white, lace top from The Limited.  By keeping the “basic” outfit simple and neutral in color, I was able to jazz it up for my summer events.  Each transformation has been paired with a hat because hats are a great way to hide frizzy hair-thank you, Southern humidity and ridiculous heat!  Inevitably, a bad hair day always strikes when we need to go somewhere important.  So, keep those hair accessories handy!

Have you ever had a bridal shower brunch, an outing at the mall with friends, and an evening party or night out on the town-with no time to change-ALL on the same day?  Well, that’s where accessories can make all the difference! Pack a few pairs of shoes, hats, and pieces of jewelry that coordinate with the events of your extremely busy day along with some Smart Water and granola snacks into your emergency beauty bag-then get ready to wow friends and strangers alike with your fashion genius!  I guarantee you will look fabulous without breaking a sweat; however, I cannot guarantee you won’t sweat-after all, it is 100 degrees-in the shade.

Hat: World Market (Birmingham, Alabama)
Top: The Limited (Birmingham, Alabama)
Belt: Betsey Johnson (TJ Maxx-Trussville, Alabama)
Shorts: The Attic (Columbus, Mississippi)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson (Belk-Trussville, Alabama)

For a bridal shower brunch, I decided to pair the vintage shorts and lace top with a floppy, summer hat, cobalt blue Jessica Simpson heels, and a neutral colored bow belt by Betsey Johnson.  This look is cute and dressy which is perfect for any special occasion, especially a luncheon or brunch.

Top: The Limited
Belt: JCrew
Shorts: The Attic
Shoes: Converse

Next stop is the mall with friends.  I wanted to be comfortable, yet cute. How did I go from bridal shower dressy to comfy cute? You guessed it!  I changed my accessories.  I simply pulled out patterned high-top Converse, a tie belt from JCrew, and a funky hat by Blu Getrude from my handy dandy emergency beauty bag.  This outfit also works well with Keds, Sperry’s, or a cute pair of metallic sandals.

Hat: Blu Gertude (Deeo South Pout in Columbus, MS)
Top: The Limited
Belt: Target
Shoes: Jessica Simpson

Finally, the sun has set, but the outfit must keep shining because there is a hot, summer party in the city (Hot in the city, hot in the city tonight…hot in the city-I apologize for my digression, but that Billy Idol song just fits). Once again, reach into that magical emergency bag full of splendid accessories, Smart Water, and granola wrappers, and pull out neon Jessica Simpson heels, a bright pink belt, and a funky headband.  Now, get ready to party the night away while looking absolutely fabulous!  Neon accessories are suitable for summer parties or a day out on the town-you cannot have enough neon accessories this summer!

Accessories are SO important!  They can change the overall look of any outfit with very little effort.  Just keep the five tips on pairing, buying, and picking out accessories in mind the next time you find yourself with too many events and too little time.

VIP Accessory Tips:

  • Making a Statement:  Invest in statement jewelry such as a pair of funky Blu Gertrude earrings or a pair of neon heels.  Do NOT be afraid to stand out and make a statement.  Be you and express your style!
  • Quantity: Your local Claire’s or other accessory shops are wonderful ways to get more bang for your buck.  Take advantage of sales and buy bracelets and necklaces in bulk!
  • Variety: Make sure you have style variation in your jewelry box and closet. Classic pearls, neon bangles, floral patterned heels, vintage hats…variety is key!
  • Hats: Invest in hats for the summer!  You can purchase an adorable, floppy hat from the CosMedi Center that makes you look fabulous with the bonus of protecting your precious face from the sun.
  • Not Too Much: If you want to wear an “arm party” (which is a variety of bracelets/watches combined on each arm), do not wear necklaces or big, flashy earrings because that is too much accessorizing.  You want to make a statement-not look like Mr. T from the A-Team.  Don’t get me wrong-I love Mr. T and the A-Team.

If you would like to see more pictures from this Accessories Challenge, then check out my Facebook page www.facebook.com/VintageInspiredPassionista!

You can also follow me on Twitter @Abbysauce_ and Instagram @VintagePassionista.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hat.

 

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