Letter from the Editor: Women Who Wear the Pants

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In an interview with Barbara Walters in 1981, Katharine Hepburn explained that she put on pants 50 years ago and declared a middle road between the expectations of women and men. “I have not lived as a woman. I have lived as a man. I’ve just done what I damn well wanted to, and I made enough money to support myself. And I ain’t afraid of being alone.” What powerful words those are! I love Katharine Hepburn’s blunt, humorous, and independently fiery personality. Only having been married six years out of her life, Katharine showcased that women do not need a man to be successful. She also showcased that we can rock suit pants better than men *wink* 

March is Women’s History Month. Looking back at all the marvelous women who have contributed to our growth as a society makes me feel pretty wonderful and proud to be a woman. There is no doubt that we are often downgraded, but many of us wear the pants–and that is from where this week’s “Menswear” theme stemmed.

In the 8th grade, I had to read the biography of Marie Curie, a physicist famous for her work on radioactivity and twice a winner of the Nobel Prize, over the summer. I remember sulking and dragging out my reading of the book–I am sure that I also whined to my mother–but when I finally started reading, I was immediately inspired. Marie Curie stepped out, unknowingly risked her life, and made an impact on history and science. *fist in air* Girl power! Are we strong? Yes! Are we beautiful? Yes! Are we intelligent? Yes! Are we influential? Yes! 

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I think God made a woman to be strong and not to be trampled under the feet of men. I’ve always felt this way because my mother was a very strong woman, without a husband.

–Little Richard

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Now, of course, I had to pick a girl power song for this week *wink*  Check out the awesome jam below from Bikini Kill, a feminist rock band from Olympia, Washington.

Who is your favorite woman in history? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comment section at the end of this post.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Three Ways to Wear Thursday: BluKatDesign Upcycled Tie Necklace

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Ah–the weekend is almost here…almost! I am in dire need of a radio-silence trip to some place exotic…but that will have to wait *wink*

For this week’s Three Ways to Wear Thursday, I am taking BluKatDesign’s upcycled tie necklace and showing y’all three different (and FABULOUS) ways to wear it–from the office, to dinner, to girls-day-out, this necklace is a VIP must-have spring accessory. You can get your own HERE. *gasp* Can you believe it?!

A scene from Woman of the Year (1942) starring Katharine Hepburn. Still showcasing her killer menswear style *wink*

Outfit 1: Weekly Whistle

Truly embracing the menswear element of BluKat's necklace, I paired it with this lovely outfit on the blog yesterday. Get all the fab details here.
Truly embracing the menswear element of BluKat’s necklace, I paired it with this lovely outfit on the blog yesterday. Get all the fab details here.

Outfit 2:

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Dress: Express | Belt: J.Crew | Shoes: Johnston & Murphy | Necklace: BluKatDesign

Outfit 3:

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Blouse: The Loft | Skirt: J.Crew | Heels: Michael Kors, Belk | Bracelet: Luke & Lyla Designs | Necklace: BluKatDesign

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: A Twist on Katharine Hepburn’s Menswear Style

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Wednesday! Ah–I did not think this day would ever get here! I have been excitedly awaiting this week’s Weekly Whistle, so that I could finally reveal this super fabulous ensemble! 

Katharine Hepburn in Sylvia Scarlett (1935) wearing men’s apparel. P.S. For 1935, I love the risks that were taken in this film! The acting, the plot, some of the scenes–all spot on! Plus…Cary Grant is in it *wink* Oh, Cary…darling *wink*

Inspired by the one-and-only Katharine Hepburn, I took a more modern twist to her awesome menswear style. Rather than pairing suit separates, I put classic black, pin-striped trousers and a blue, vintage-style button up together to create the basic look. To accessorize, I slipped into a pair of red stilettos, used a men’s necktie as a belt, and tossed on a tie necklace by BluKatDesign. This look is perfect for us ladies looking to mimic Katharine the Great’s style + it is great for us ladies looking to up our fashion game at the office *wink*

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Shirt: J.Crew | Trousers: J.Crew | Heels: Steve Madden | Necklace: BluKatDesign

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

J.Crew Challenge: Welcome back!

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the J.Crew Challenge!

After a two day siesta from outfits, it is good to be back to the styling fun of the J.Crew Challenge. Oh, what do I have in store for y’all today? Hm…that’s a good question! How about y’all take a look while I cram for a Mass Communications exam *wink* I think #CollegeLife is an acceptable hashtag for this *wink*

To create this look, I took the structured tee from Outfit 11 (Attention to Detail) and paired it with simple navy shorts. To pump up the personality (or jam…if you prefer *wink*), I slipped into a sassy pair of dot socks and silver loafers + tossed on one of my favorite handmade necklaces. TAH DAH! A comfy AND cute outfit in a snap. :) 

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Tee: J.Crew

Shorts: J.Crew

Socks: GAP

Shoes: J.Crew

Necklace: BluKatDesign (shop) (blog)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

J.Crew Challenge: Outfit 14, Worth Waking Up Early For

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the J.Crew Challenge!

Whoo hoo! Thank goodness it is Friday! I am so excited about attending Rhythm and Roots in Bristol, TN/VA tonight that I can barely contain myself! Ah! Okay. Deep breath. Calm down. This is a serious matter. *wink*

For today’s J.Crew #OOTD, I took the silk-fronted sweater tee and combined it with camel khaki shorts and matching golden-toned wedges for a look that is perfect for campus to coffee house. I am totally in love with this outfit AND the photos! The warm light of morning made this photo shoot look SO FABULOUS…It was so worth waking up early for *wink*

Now, readers, I am off to Rhythm and Roots! Now, y’all check out the awesome outfit details + photos taken by my Deddy below, and do NOT forget to stay tuned to the VIP’s social media for all the R&R fun :) Tah tah for now, my lovelies! I hope y’all have a fabulous weekend! 

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Blouse: J.Crew

Shorts: J.Crew

Heels: BCBG

 Short (heart) necklace: Jessica Klaaren Jewelry (shop)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn