Three Ways to Wear: Blue & White Frock

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Have you ever bought a dress that was absolute PERFECTION, and wondered How in the world am I going to wear this more than one way?! OR How am I going to get my money out of this piece? Well, that’s what I thought when I bought this marvelous dress in my school colors *wink* It was a little spontaneous; however, it was totally worth it because when I got it home…I started to style it three ways *wink* Accessories really do make ALL the difference!

So, for this week’s Three Ways to Wear Thursday, I am going to show y’all three ways to wear a fabulous blue and white frock. Take a look at the outfits below + enjoy the fabulous pictures taken by my awesome hobby-photographer dad *hugs*

Way 1: Weekly Whistle

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To see the details of this outfit, click here.

Way 2: School Spirit–Go Wasps! #Emory&HenryCollege

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Dress: Serendipity Boutique (Johnson City, TN)

Necklace: Serendipity Boutique (Johnson City, TN)

Bracelets: Serendipity Boutique (Johnson City, TN)

Heels: Michael Kors, Belk

Way 3: Pre-Fall

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Dress: Serendipity Boutique (Johnson City, TN)

Necklace: BluKatDesign

Bracelet: Luke & Lyla Designs

Clogs: Kork-Ease, Belk

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: 2 Vintage-Inspired Ways to Wear Army Green

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Ahh…vintage-inspired–my favorite! Who would have guessed that *wink*

At the mall the other day, I stumbled upon this army green beauty on the sale rack at Charming Charlie for 50% off. In love with the deal and vintage flare, I had to get it! But upon getting it home, I asked myself, what in the world am I going to do with a dark green dress this spring/summer?! 

Well, good thing I asked myself *wink* Although the solid frock is a little plain, it can easily be dressed up or down with the right accessories! Now, I think we need some tunes to get us in the mood for this fabulous outfit–HIT IT DJ! *wink*

Why I love it:

I love this little green dress because it is so versatile! Whether it be a night out on the town or lunch with friends, no matter the time of year, I can see this dress becoming one of my staple frocks! PLUS…I got it for a heck of a deal *wink*

VIP Quick Tip:

When wearing darker hues in the spring, it is important to add color with accessories. Slip on a colorful belt and fun pair of heels or opt for silver jewelry instead of gold because gold tends to be more fall-esque when worn with army green. Also, when dressing up army green for an evening event, layer black and sparkly/silver jewelry for an elegant yet season-friendly ensemble. 

Look 1:

To see the second look, check out the VIP’s Instagram account here.

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Dress: Charming Charlie

Belt: vintage, my Great Aunt Judy’s house (She’s the coolest.)

Heels: Michael Kors, Belk

Earrings: vintage, New Orleans, gift from a friend

Bracelet: The Nest, Johnson City, TN

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

3 Ways to Wear Thrifted Sweatshirts

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There is (almost) nothing better than oversized sweatshirts when the weather outside is frightfully chilly, and one of my favorite places to find unique sweatshirts is thrift and consignment shops. *gasp* SAY WHAT?! Yes–that’s right! You wouldn’t believe how many awesome sweatshirts I have found at various thrift stores in my life. In fact, MY FAVORITE sweatshirt ever came from a thrift store in Starkville, Mississippi for $1…ONE DOLLAR! 

Now, to celebrate the dreadfully crazy winter storm that is headed this way, let’s warm up with three ways to wear thrifted sweatshirts + some epic throwbacks *wink*

New Outfit:

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Sweatshirt: Thrifted

Skirt: Serendipity

Socks: vintage, Ralph Lauren

Heels: Michael Kors, Belk

Necklace: BluKatDesign

Wristlet: Luke & Lyla Designs

Bracelets: BlueGrits

Throwback | 2013

(Click here to see full outfit + details)

Throwback | 2012

(Click here to see full outfit + details)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Three Ways to Wear Thursday: Golden Turtleneck

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog! 

It has been such a dreadfully chilly week here, and the temps today have only added to the deep chill. Never has this Southern Belle experienced negative temperatures, and after today…I have no desire to live in Alaska *wink* According to my weather app, the “real feel” is -10 right now, and it is only going to get colder with a low of -6 and a “real feel” of who-knows-what. Oh, Spring, where are you?!

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If there is one thing I have learned over the past week of snow, ice, and chilly winds, it is that turtlenecks possess a level of warmth and classic style I never knew about! I have always been a bit skeptical of turtleneck sweaters….mainly because I had the image of 1990s rainbow turtlenecks + the lyrics to Turtleneck and Chain by the Lonely Island stuck in my head *wink*–but whether you are out playing in the snow or fighting the line at Home Depot to buy more mini heaters (that actually happened…), turtlenecks are a cold-weather style saver!

Now, in celebration of my learning of how wonderful turtlenecks really are–I have put together two, brand-new, turtleneck outfits + one #TBT look. Come on–let’s take a look!

And….just a little music while you wander through the rest of the blog *wink* (No–it’s not Turtleneck and Chain. I have more respect for turtlenecks now *wink*)

Way One: Throwback

Throwback Outfit! Click the image to check out the blog post where this snazzy outfit was first featured + get the details.

 Way Two:

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Blue Sweater: JCPenny | Turtleneck: GAP | Jeans: Chip & Pepper, Belk | Heels: Michael Kors, Belk | Hat: Sparkle Cat Studio | Bracelet: Luke & Lyla Designs | Necklace: BluKatDesign

Way Three:

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Leopard Blouse: Express | Turtleneck: GAP | Jeans: Chip & Pepper, Belk | Boots: Hunter | Hat: Sparkle Cat Studio | Bracelet: Luke & Lyla Designs | Necklace: BluKatDesign 

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Special shout out to my mom’s dog, Mattie, for being my doggy model for the photo shoot. Mattie is a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier and a total sweetheart. She cooperates in photos much better than my furbaby, Ziva, the Giant Schnauzer *wink*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

March Inspiration + Tips for Shopping on a Budget

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

With spring only a few weeks away, I feel like I need to rush out and buy lots of flowy skirts and tank tops; however, I really need to take a deep breath and calm down before splurging on every cute thing I see…*inhale…exhale…* *wink*
March Inspiration
This month, I am taking a little inspiration from my 30 Day J.Crew Challenge and Grand Haul series with the Outlet Shops of Grand River to shop and create a variety of outfits on a budget. What I learned from those two blog challenges will help me create the VIP March Madness series. Now, I am going to share three VIP tips for shopping on a budget because I want y’all to join in on the VIP March Madness! :)
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1. Gather your inspiration: Polyvore and Pinterest are brilliant tools–use them to your advantage! Create a style Pinterest board or a Polyvore collection of pieces that you like so that you do not splurge on items that you will only wear once–do not nod your head like you have never done that…we have all done it…even me…Don’t judge me! That Michael Kors trench coat was way too fabulous to pass up *wink* 
2. Set a Budget: Create a monthly shopping budget, and try your hardest to stick to it–don’t let that Michael Kors trench coat tempt you…let it go on sale…let it go on sale…*deep breath* For budgeting inspiration, check out Budding Fashionista–she really knows how to find some awesome deals and create spiffy outfits while sticking to a budget–I like to call her the Budgeting Fashionista sometimes *wink*
3. Make a Shopping Plan: There are so many options when you go to the mall–the bright window displays are like those purple bug lights, and we fashionistas are curiously distracted moths. You cannot help but to wander inside to see what cute things you can find, and then you come out with a receipt that’s as long as your arm…been there. done that. So, something I’ve learned to do is make a shopping plan to visit only five stores. If I still have money left in my budget after visiting those stores, I will browse other stores. Making a shopping plan keeps me level-headed and on task rather than distracted and running around the mall like Phoebe on that episode of Friends where she is running around the park flailing her arms. *wink*
Now, I am off to make a shopping plan…stay tuned for a VIP video soon where I will give y’all a sneak peek of all the cute stuff I have for the VIP March Madness outfit challenge! Whoo hoo!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn