Weekly Whistle: Little Leopard Dress featuring Monkee’s of Johnson City

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Ya know…there is just something about leopard that makes a fashionista feel fabulous and fearless. It stands out in a crowd, it pairs elegantly with pops of color, and it can be a real wild card when combined with other patterns. (See this week’s #VIPMixItMonday on Instagram.)

I found this lovely, little leopard dress at Monkee’s of Johnson City while on a local shopping adventure, and needless to say, I fell head-over-heels for its wear-ability and versatility. So, for this week’s Weekly Whistle, I am sporting it with a sweet lace under-dress, handmade accessories, and my favorite handbag of ALL TIME *wink*

Check out the photos below taken in awesome downtown Johnson City + be sure to check out Monkee’s of Johnson City on Facebook and Instagram for the latest trends!

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Dress: Monkee’s of Johnson City

Necklace: BluKatDesign

Earrings: BluKatDesign

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk

Handbag: Kate Spade, Kate Spade at The Summit (Birmingham, AL)

Bracelet: “borrowed” from mom’s closet *wink*

Scarf (on handbag): personal vintage collection

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ALSO…I mentioned this dress having lots of versatility, so be sure to come back tomorrow for Three Ways to Wear Thursday where I will be styling this leopard find 3 new ways ♥

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: What I Wore to Meet Betsey Johnson + A Little Leopard

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Since I posted the photos + details on Monday, I have received quite a few emails from y’all about the outfit I wore to the Betsey Brunch at Belk in Charlotte, NC. So, what better time to reveal it than on this week’s Weekly Whistle, right?! *wink*

I picked up this lovely leopard frock a few weeks ago at Express (shop it here); however, since leopard is SO HOT this season, I decided to also create a Polyvore board for a little leopard + Betsey inspiration. Hm…I am feeling a Three Ways to Wear coming on *wink*

 Now, get your wild-side on and check out the sassy looks below! Tah tah until tomorrow, fabulouses–I have some outfits to style ;)

Betsey Leopard

Leopard dress
$31 – beyondtherack.com

Love brown dress
$42 – asos.com

Betsey Johnson bracelet
betseyjohnson.com

Betsey johnson watch
betseyjohnson.com

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Three Ways to Wear Thursday: Noteworthy Leopard Looks

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

 Whoo hoo! It is finally Thursday, which means I finally get to share these epic leopard outfits with y’all + give the outfit details, of course *wink*

Now, I am sure y’all are wondering just how many ways you can wear such a stately piece–so far, I have shown y’all two different ways to style a leopard blouse (click here and here to see)…BUT I am about to show y’all THREE MORE lovely ways to sport this top! So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the outfits and their details because these Fourth of July cookies aren’t going to bake themselves *wink*

Way One:

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Blouse: Express (Johnson City [TN] Mall)

Skirt: Anthropologie

Wedges: BCBG

Belt: Anthropologie 

Way Two:

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Blouse: Express (Johnson City [TN] Mall)

Skirt: Loft, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Heels: BCBG

Necklaces:Avon

Way Three:

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Blouse: Express (Johnson City [TN] Mall)

Skirt: personal vintage collection

Heels: Nine West, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Bracelet: Belk

(long gold)necklace: Charming Charlie, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

(layered) necklaces: Avon

(handmade heart) necklace: Jessica Klaaren Jewelry 

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: All About Leopard…Meow!

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Phew….it is already Wednesday, really?! This week is really flying by! Oh, I cannot wait for the Fourth of July festivities on Friday…and apparently neither can my neighbors because they have been shooting fireworks from late afternoon until midnight…since Monday. *wink* Oh, I am lacking some serious sleep…I think I need another Starbucks run *wink*

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Anyway…we are not here to discuss my neighbors and their celebrating–we are here to chat about this week’s Weekly Whistle! Whoo hoo!

This week’s Weekly Whistle is all about leopard…meow! Typically a fall pattern because of its warm earth-tones, leopard has surprised us all by popping into our summer wardrobes – from blouses to swimsuits! To read more about leopard + tidbits of the pattern’s history + fashion tips, check out my latest edition of The Adventures of the VIP on Real Media here.

Now, let’s check out the outfit details!

Pst…come back tomorrow for Three Ways to Wear Thursday for more lovable leopard ensembles!

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Blouse: Express, Johnson City [Tennessee] Mall

Shorts: American Eagle Outfitters

Ballet Flats: Jessica Simpson, Belk (Birmingham, AL)

Necklace: Charming Charlie, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

*BLOOPER* Photographer: Act a little tough--give me a tough-girl pose.  Me: *poses as pictured* Photographer: *laughs* That was not tough...that was sassy. Me: I like being sassy *wink*
*BLOOPER*
Photographer: Act a little tough–give me a tough-girl pose.
Me: *poses as pictured*
Photographer: *laughs* That was not tough…that was sassy.
Me: I like being sassy *wink*

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

One Top, Six Ways: Part One

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Hello, my magnificently fabulous fashionistas! Summer vacations, last minute weekend getaways, and hunky lifeguards on the beach are vastly approaching…Hey, boys! *said in flirty voice* haha…but what will you be wearing on these lovely weekends? That is the question…what to wear…what to wear….hmmmm…..

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Whether your trip is planned or spur of the moment, this Michael Stars top from Gus Mayer is a MUST HAVE for summer! This slouchy yet sleek T-shirt is easily dressed up or down by changing out the bottoms (shorts, skirts, knickerbockers, trousers…) and wearing different accessories! Now, strap on your fashionista seatbelts as I show you three ways to wear this glorious top!  Visit me next week to see THREE MORE WAYS! Ahh!  This blouse is the perfect summer go-to-item!

Grab your vintage suitcase, and go with the flow!

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Shorts: Target (Trussville, AL)

Shoes: OTBT, Gus Mayer (Birmingham, AL)

Necklaces: BluKat Design

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Hello, leopard and turquoise!

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Blouse: Michael Stars, Gus Mayer (Birmingham, AL)

Skirt: Thrifted

Earrings: Hearts of Stone

Necklace: BluKat Design

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Green high-waisted military shorts? Yes, please!

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Shorts: Urban Outfitters (Birmingham, AL)

Belt: American Eagle (Trussville, AL)

Shoes: Jessica Simpson

Necklace and Bracelets: Beadsoul

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Don’t forget to come back next week to see three more ways to wear this spectacular top!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn