3 Ways to Wear: Cynthia Rowley Owl Sweater Outfit #3 (Weekly Whistle)

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

What are y’all up to tonight? The VIP is sitting at the hotel in Johnson City, Tennessee watching the new episode of Psych!

Tonight on the blog, I would like to reveal the last outfit of the 3 Ways to Wear: Cynthia Rowley Owl Sweater.  Outfit #3 is also this week’s Weekly Whistle! Yay!

To change up Outfit #2, I traded the patterned cords for a vintage skirt, tossed off the yellow scarf, and hopped into a pair of darling socks and Cynthia Rowley sneakers. Tah dah! A totally hipster look that is perfect for chilling at the coffee house or shopping at the mall with the besties!

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Sweater: Cynthia Rowley, Belk

Skirt: personal vintage collection

Socks: handmade by Carlene Jackson

Sneakers: Cynthia Rowley, Belk

Button Stud Earrings: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain

Watch: Kate Spade (The Summit, Birmingham, AL)

Arm Candy: 

 Etheral Energy by Liz Stechschulte; Beadsoul by Lisa Hamilton, Sparkle Cat Studio by Stephanie Grantham

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

3 Ways to Wear: Cynthia Rowley Owl Sweater Outfit #1

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Hello, fabulouses!

Today, I would like to introduce my new styling challenge: 3 Ways to Wear a Cynthia Rowley Owl Sweater. Yay! I was given this sweater for Christmas, and what I love about it is the fabulous cobalt blue color–oh, and the owl is too adorable *wink*

Now, how many different ways can you wear a statement sweater like this? Well, over the next few days, I am going to show y’all three of the many looks I was able to create with this magnificent Cynthia Rowley Owl Sweater! 

Now, let’s take a look at Outfit #1!

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Sweater: Cynthia Rowley, Belk

Skirt: Guess, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Heels: Nine West, DSW

Earrings: Hearts of Stone by Rachel Leathers

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

Bracelets:

Ethereal Energy by Liz Stechschulte

Sparkle Cat Studio by Stephanie Grantham

Beadsoul by Lisa Hamilton

Thumb Ring: Beadsoul by Lisa Hamilton

Midi Rings: Beadsoul by Lisa Hamilton

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

A Good Deed & A Gold Sweater

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Hey, y’all! It is that time of year again–closet cleaning time! I have been going through and donating my clothes to various charitable organizations since I was a little girl. Every spring and fall, my mom and I took out everything in my closet, and she would ask me if I still wore it…if I still wanted it…or…if I wanted to get rid of it. Staying true to this fabulous tradition, I went through my wardrobe and gathered items to donate–which is always bunches of fun! I really wanted to donate my fashions to a local organization–usually I donate to the Salvation Army–but this time I really wanted it to be more personal.

I had my clothes bagged and ready to take to a drop off box when I found out about Moody High School’s clothes closet on Facebook. BINGO! *LIGHT BULB* It was perfect–I just knew it was fate! I was so excited to give the six black garbage bags full of my fashions to the brand new clothes closet at Moody High School.  It was such an amazing and heart-warming experience, and I encourage all of you to closet clean and donate some of YOUR clothes to a local charity!

The VIP with Cheryl Kuyk (Head Principal at Moody High School) after I donated over half of my wardrobe to the school's Clothes Closet.
The VIP with Cheryl Kuyk (Head Principal at Moody High School) after I donated over half of my wardrobe to the school’s Clothes Closet.

Oh, and while I was doing my annual closet clean…I stumbled upon this fabulous gold sweater! I forgot all about it–I bought it about a year ago and the tags were still on it! Fabulous! Anyway, today’s VIP OOTD is all about mixing some Grand Haul items with the snazzy cord sweater I found in the back of my closet! Whoo hoo! Yay for closet cleaning:)

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Sweater: JCPenny

Pleather Leggings: Guess, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Heels: Nine West, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Necklace: Ethereal Energy by Liz Stechschulte

BEHIND THE SCENES: There is always time for a little Ziva loving when we are on photo shoots! Isn't the VIP's Giant Schnauzer an absolute cutie pie?!
BEHIND THE SCENES: There is always time for a little Ziva loving when we are on photo shoots! Isn’t the VIP’s Giant Schnauzer an absolute cutie pie?!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Be Daring. Be Fabulous. Be You.

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Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the  children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the  long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or  nothing.

–Helen Keller

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The loving are the daring.

Bayard Taylor

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Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert  integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the  creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.

Cecil Beaton

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When the crowd appreciates you, it encourages you to be a little more daring.

Julius Erving

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Be daring. Be Fabulous. Be you.

Abby Hathorn of Vintage Inspired Passionista

IMG_6982FEATURED JEWELRY ARTISAN:

MarKateLiz Designs & Ethereal Energy by Liz and Maria Stechschulte

BEHIND THE SCENES: Looks like the VIP took a shameless mirror selfie while the photographer was busy *wink*
BEHIND THE SCENES: Looks like the VIP took a shameless mirror selfie while the photographer was busy *wink*
BLOOPER: Sometimes...we like to goof off when taking pictures *wink wink*
BLOOPER: Sometimes…we like to goof off when taking pictures *wink wink*

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Abby Hathorn

VIP Interview: Jewelry Artisan Liz Stechschulte of Ethereal Energy

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Hello, fabulouses! I would like to introduce y’all to the VIP’s newest handmade jewelry addiction Ethereal Energy, an Etsy shop owned and operated by Liz Stechschulte of Washington, DC. Liz’s shop offers brilliantly handmade pieces for both men and women and has a beautiful selection of bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. The VIP + Ethereal Energy = A very happy fashionista!

The VIP sporting a necklace by Liz of Ethereal Energy. Oh, this necklace is soooo pretty!
The VIP sporting the “Abby Smile” (named after yours truly) rose quartz and vintage chain necklace by Liz of Ethereal Energy. Oh, this necklace is soooo pretty!

“We use the finest materials in our jewelry, yet we are able to create pieces that are highly affordable for anyone. Our stones are hand selected from The International Gem and Jewelry show, and some of our jewelry pieces use exotic stones which are not always accessible to the public – such as our raw Chrysoprase gemstone slices, Ametrine, and African Opal Jasper. We take great pride in handcrafting our Made in America products in our small home studio, and through the VIP blog we hope to reach a wider audience who may be interested in our Artisan made Jewelry Collection,” explains jewelry artisan Liz Stechschulte.

Ethereal Energy's Carnelian Briolette earrings that were featured on hit television series The Vampire Diaries.
Check out these super lovely Carnelian Ethereal Energy earrings! Perfection!

“I am delving into designing jewelry mixed with vintage components….I submitted a piece to the stylist for consideration for the TV show, The Vampire Diaries…To my surprise and delight it was chosen for the New Season and to be worn in the show by the main character, Elena!  I was beyond thrilled to be one of the lucky artisans chosen.  My gratitude goes to The Artisan Group (TAG) who made it possible,” states Liz.

Now, without further ado, I give y’all the spectacular interview with Liz Stechschulte of Ethereal Energy! Come on, let’s get fabulous!

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VIP: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Liz: I was born, reared and educated in Washington, DC. I have lived my entire life in this wonderful, culture-filled city, our Nation’s Capital. I am half Filipino and half German, and I am the middle child of three siblings.  I have a small family, and we all live very close by to one another.  I studied Psychology, Health, and Art at American University. After graduating, I worked in various medical settings.  Although I enjoyed the health care field, I have always loved jewelry and gemstones, and so I took a leap and enrolled in the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to study gemstones in depth. I am absolutely passionate about working with natural gemstones, designing, and creating beautiful pieces of jewelry for others to wear and enjoy. 

The VIP sporting a lovely energy bracelet from Ethereal Energy.
The VIP sporting a lovely energy bracelet from Ethereal Energy.

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

Liz: There are so many things that I cannot list everything.  I always enjoy spending time with family and friends.  I love shopping at department stores, the farmer’s market, and flea markets.  I love reading fashion magazines and spiritual books, cooking with organic food, sewing clothes, and visiting museums.  I also enjoy singing and listening to pop, classical, country, and classic rock music. My absolute favorite places to visit are the Gem and Mineralogy exhibit at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, The International Gem and Jewelry Show twice per year, and the National Zoo to see the wild and exotic animals.

This Ethereal Energy bracelet is to-die-for! So gorgeous!
This Ethereal Energy bracelet is to-die-for! So gorgeous!

VIP: What color best describes you?

Liz: I like many different colors but the color that best describes me is pink because I am a real Girly Girl. As a young girl, I took ballet and felt so much at home wearing a pink leotard and ballet slippers.  I love everything about being feminine-putting on makeup, curling my hair, wearing stylish clothes and pretty jewelry, especially many rings on my fingers. I am happiest and most confident when I am feeling and looking pretty, so I think I’m a pink girl.

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VIP: What is your favorite time of the year?

Liz: My favorite season is summer because I love hot weather and wearing cute summer sundresses and sandals.  I love the colors of summer with the vibrant greenery of nature and the beautiful tropical flowers, such as Hibiscus and Tiger lilies which bloom at this time of year.  I also go with my family to the beach- the Outer Banks in North Carolina during the summer.

Ooo....beautiful necklace from Ethereal Energy!
Ooo….beautiful necklace from Ethereal Energy!

VIP: How would you describe your personal style?

Liz: I would have to say that I am fairly conservative yet colorful in my style. I like to wear classic pieces of clothing- fitted tops in vibrant colors and pencil skirts in basic black, and earth tones. During the summer, I like to wear halter dresses with colorful floral patterns in greens, turquoise and orange hues. I bring a little edginess to my style with the accessories – in the jewelry, belts, make-up, and hairstyle.

Check out this amazing mens necklace available at Ethereal Energy!
Check out this amazing men’s necklace available at Ethereal Energy!

VIP: Describe Ethereal Energy jewelry in five words.

Liz: Colorful, feminine, elegant, organic, and earthy.

VIP: What inspires your jewelry?

Liz: The ocean, nature, fruits and flowers, and recently sweet treats like candy, cupcakes and ice cream!

VIP: What inspired you to name your shop “Ethereal Energy”?

Liz: My Father gave me a book by Edgar Casey on the electromagnetic properties of gemstones and the positive energy they emit.  I  had in mind that I was going to create beautiful pieces of jewelry for the website using gorgeous gemstones that reminds me of flowers, the ocean, the sky, and things of a heavenly nature.

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VIP: VIP Question: What is one item in your closet you would never toss out and why?

Liz: My black leather pencil skirt!  I’ve had it for years, but it still looks brand new. This skirt matches everything, it always makes me feel pretty, and it provides a bit of edginess to any ensemble.

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Shop the lovely items available in Liz’s shop NOW because it is never too early to start your holiday shopping!

Visit the Ethereal Energy shop here.

The VIP is officially in love with these hummingbird earrings!
The VIP is officially in love with these hummingbird earrings!

Like Ethereal Energy on Facebook here.

Follow Ethereal Energy on Twitter here.

Oh, how the VIP adores Ethereal Energy jewelry! Check it out for yourself and fall in love with some fabulously handmade pieces!
Oh, how the VIP adores Ethereal Energy jewelry! Check it out for yourself and fall in love with some fabulously handmade pieces!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn