J.Crew Challenge: Outfit 1; Book Sale

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome to the 2014 J.CREW CHALLENGE! Ahh!

Can you believe it is finally here! Oh, it’s as exciting as Christmas morning. You know there are presents under the tree…you can see them…you can count how many…BUT you do not know what’s inside. Oh, decorating my apartment for Christmas is going to be so much fun! I think I want a navy blue tree with silver and gold decorations! Wouldn’t that be fab!

Okay–I am so sorry, y’all…I am quite distracted today. Perhaps three Pumpkin Spice Lattes were two cups too many *wink* Now, before I get distracted by something else, let’s take a look at the FIRST outfit of the 2014 J.Crew Challenge. Whoo hoo!

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Tee: J.Crew (get the look here)

Skirt: J.Crew (get a similar look here)

Socks: Ralph Lauren (get a similar look here)

Shoes: J.Crew (get a similar look here)

Headband: personal vintage collection

Bracelets/Necklace: personal vintage collection

Glasses: Kate Spade (get the look here)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

J.Crew Challenge: Back and Better Than Ever

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Oh, my goodness! I cannot believe it–the J.Crew Challenge is finally back! It’s been a full YEAR now…phew, time sure does fly when you are having fun *wink*

Before I reveal the very first outfit of the brand new J.Crew Challenge tomorrow, I want to give a little info on how many pieces I am going to be working with this year + how many outfits I have planned + a brief throwback to some of the hottest outfits from the 30 Day J.Crew Challenge! Ah–we have lots to do, so let’s quit our lollygagging and get to work *wink*

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For this year’s J.Crew Challenge, I will be working with 16 items (that’s 4 more than last year) to create a variety of lovely looks. It is going to be so fabulous, and I cannot wait to share all of the awesome outfits with y’all!

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For all of the new readers out there, here are the goals of the VIP J.Crew Challenge:

  1. Encourage y’all to invest in quality and versatile clothing items and accessories.
  2. Inspire y’all to get your money’s worth out of your apparel. 

Now, let’s take a look back at five of the hottest J.Crew outfits from last year’s 30 Day J.Crew Challenge. Whoo hoo!

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Bright Florals

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Dots on Dots

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Fun on a cool Autumn Day

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Taking Care of Business

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Friday Night Lights Inspiration

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Throwback Thursday: Bring back the snow!

IMG_8583Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to Throwback Thursday!

Hop in the time machine with me, and let’s blast back in time to January 17, 2013 when Winter Storm Iago coated Birmingham with a lot of snow–in Southern terms…”a lot of snow” really means “we got about an inch, and it is all melted by the next day.” *wink*

As I reminisce about this blog, the best part and most fun of that Southern blizzard was playing with the dogs in the snow–I tried to convince my mom to come out and help me build a snowman; however, she insisted on staying inside the covered porch. I cannot say that I blame her…we do not have the proper attire for playing in snow. Anyway, that day was absolutely marvelous…I wish we would get snow more often–don’t tell my dad I said that because he has a strong dislike for snow *wink*

To see the original post of this snow-tacular day, click here!

Now, without further ado, I reveal never before seen photos from the fun time the pups and I had during our Alabama Snow-tacular last year. Enjoy!

Making my mark in the cul de sac by writing "Miss VIP" or "Vintage Inspired Passionista" everywhere *wknk*
Making my mark in the cul-de-sac by writing “Miss VIP” or “Vintage Inspired Passionista” everywhere *wink*
Mattie (Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier) aka "The Baby" and Ziva (Giant Schnauzer) aka Whiny Britches playing in the snow.
Mattie (Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier) aka “The Baby” and Ziva (Giant Schnauzer) aka “Whiny Britches” playing in the snow.
La la la! Mattie and the VIP frolicking in the snow.
La la la! Mattie and the VIP frolicking in the snow.
When trying to take a picture with my baby (Ziva), decided she did not have time to take pictures...only time to play, play, play!
Ziva decided that she did not have time to take pictures…only time to play, play, play!

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Note: Laying in the street is never a good idea--do not try this at home, kids!
Note: Lying in the street is never a good idea–do not try this at home, kids!
It is also not very wise for making snow angles in the street...but I live in the cul de sac...so, it's okay? Right?! *wink*
One should never make snow angels in the street…but I live in the cul-de-sac, and I’m a professional…so, it’s okay? Right?! *wink*

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

30 Day J.Crew Challenge: The Final Look

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Hello, my fabulouses! Today is the last outfit of the 30 Day J.Crew Challenge *sad face*…That’s okay, do not cry! Tomorrow, the VIP will be kicking off the “Lucky 13” series! The what? huh? Hmm…I guess you will have to come back tomorrow to see:)

Need to catch up on the 30 Day J.Crew Challenge outfits? Click here to view the category’s archives.

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The furbabies, Mattie and Ziva, decided they wanted to be models too. How precious are they!

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Blazer: J.Crew Factory, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

(get the look here)

Flannel Shirt: J.Crew Factory, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

(get the look here)

Shorts: J.Crew Factory, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

(get the look here)

Shoes: Korks, Belk

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Accessories:

Necklace: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain

(get the look here)

Earrings: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain

(request a similar look here)

Wrap Bracelet: Beadsoul by Lisa Hamilton

(get the look here)

Bracelet: Sparkle Cat Studio by Stephanie Grantham

(get the look here)

BLOOPER: Ziva decided she was done "modeling" for the day.  Ziva: "I am done! Can I have my treat now?"
BLOOPER: Mattie (Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier) and Ziva (Giant Schnauzer) decided they were finished “modeling” for the day.
Ziva: “I am done! Can I have my treat now?”
Love my Giant Schnauzer, Ziva! Sappy dog momma moment: Ziva holds the key to my heart:)
Love my Giant Schnauzer, Ziva! Sappy dog momma moment: Ziva holds the key to my heart:)

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Abby Hathorn

Designers, Dog Treats, & Vines

IMG_6301 Well, hello there, VIP readers! It has been a super busy week for me between studying for exams and meeting  fabulous and terrific people and designers at Gus Mayer in Birmingham, Alabama! It was such a delight to meet and interview designer Gene Kargan of Lola and Sophie–whose blouses are so versatile and super flattering! I absolutely cannot wait to blog about the spectacular sun yellow Lola and Sophie blouse I got! Ahh It is so so SO cute!

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The VIP and designer Gene Kargan of Lola and Sophie with our precious furbabies Mattie and Sophie!

Guess who else I met?  Come on…take a guess!  No, I did not meet Ellen DeGeneres…although that would be a dream come true…Don’t you just love her show! IMG_6349 Okay…no more guesses because I cannot contain my excitement any longer! I met and chatted with renowned Polish fashion designer Karolina Zmarlak! Oh, fashionistas! Karolina has a fabulous and strategic eye for creating sophisticated clothing that make women feel confident and empowered.

Sneak Peek! This was before the horrid poison ivy incident....
Sneak Peek of the “vine” incident…

This is just a sneak peek of the VIP’s week…I do not want to spoil all of the fabulousness! Phew, it has been a busy week. After I post this blog, there is much more work to be done! Three videos to make, interview blogs to write, photos to edit…oh, speaking of editing photos…there was actually a minor…well, major issue with the “vines” photo shoot as it has been labeled at the Hathorn house…At the end of the day, it was totally worth it! Whoa…I just remembered I have exams next week! Note to self: Study and make flashcards.

Makeup: Jonathan Shalon Ballard
Makeup by Jonathan Shalon Ballard
Mattie striking a pose at The Summit! She sported my vintage pearl necklace and crochet flower from StephieGknits!
Mattie striking a pose at The Summit! She sported my vintage pearl necklace and crochet flower from StephieGknits!
Sophie (doggy of Lola and Sophie) adored all of the attention at Gus Mayer!
Sophie (doggy of Lola and Sophie) adored all of the attention at Gus Mayer!
I am so in love with Karolina Zmarlak's Fall/Winter 2013 collection! It is so sleek and chic!
I am so in love with Karolina Zmarlak’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection! It is so sleek and chic!
Thank you Shalon, baby, for making my makeup beyond fabulous! Stop by Gus Mayer in Birmingham, AL for a glamorous experience! What fashionista does not love finding new fashion pieces and getting a new makeup look?!
Thank you, Shalon, for making my makeup beyond fabulous! Stop by Gus Mayer in Birmingham, AL for a glamorous experience! Clothes and makeup…does it get any better?!
Even Mattie loves shopping trips to Gus Mayer!
Even Mattie loves shopping trips to Gus Mayer!

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Lovely puppy treats at the Lola and Sophie trunk show! All of the shoppers enjoyed bringing their furbabies along for a shopping spree!
Lovely puppy treats at the Lola and Sophie trunk show! All of the shoppers enjoyed bringing their furbabies along for a shopping spree!
Treats by Generation Dog: Where Dogs Are Family!

Phew! What a week it has been! Now, time to go work on interview blogs, videos, photos, and of course, studying for exams! Stay tuned for more sneak peeks on the Facebook page! IMG_6388

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Shoes: Gus Mayer at The Summit in Birmingham, Alabama
Shoes: Gus Mayer at The Summit in Birmingham, Alabama

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn