The Local Fashion Advantage 2014 Coverage

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The VIP attends the second-annual Local Fashion Advantage in Carthage, Mississippi!

Do y’all remember when the VIP attended the first ever LFA? Fix yourself a glass of sweet tea and refresh your memory hereOh, I sure did have a blast at LFA 2013, and let me tell y’all that renowned fashion designer Hilton Hollis put on quite the show. Speaking of Hilton….did you know he is actually from Carthage, Mississippi then he traveled to New York City to fulfill his dream of becoming a fashion designer? Yep—he sure did! Learn more about Hilton Hollis in the VIP Interview here.

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Hilton Hollis’s Local Fashion Advantage brings New York City to a small town in The South for a HILTON HOLLIS sample sale, a silent auction, and a one-night runway show which not only features HH apparel, but also the wonderful fashions of local boutiques. Hilton Hollis also spotlights a variety of local talent–singers, dancers, and models–at the Local Fashion Advantage. To make this fashionable fundraiser even more fabulous, the Local Fashion Advantage benefits the Leake County Foundation and Leake County Health Foundation. 

Now, without further ado, please enjoy a video of Hilton Hollis’s Spring 2014 collection on the runway + exclusive VIP blog photos from the Local Fashion Advantage 2014 runway show!

First Walk

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Second Walk

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Third Walk: Let’s Hear It For the Boys!

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Fourth Walk: Vintage Apparel

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Fifth Walk: Hilton Hollis Spring 2014 Collection

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Special Note: If you were featured or your business was featured at LFA 2014, and you would like to use photos from this blog–please feel free; however, the VIP team requests that you give credit to http://www.vintageinspiredpassionista.com when sharing the photos. Thank you! 

Local Fashion Advantage 2014

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Hello, fabulouses! I am blogging on the road from my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on the way to Mississippi for the second-annual Local Fashion Advantage with fellow Mississippi-native and renowned fashion designer Hilton Hollis! LFA 2013 was absolutely phenomenal–I cannot wait to see what Hilton has up his sleeves for this show *wink*

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Tonight, the VIP will be attending the VIP party at the Leake County Country Club–so, stay tuned to social media for all the photos + fun!

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Tomorrow night, the LFA fashion show will kick off promptly at 7pm at the Old Carthage Elementary School in Carthage, Mississippi. General admission tickets will be avaliable for purchase at the door for $25.00.

Pst….before I sign off…I must ask y’all something! Would you like to win a VIP ticket for the runway show? Check out the details + stay tuned to the LFA Facebook page (click here) where the LFA team is giving away ten…yes, TEN VIP tickets (value $75 per ticket).

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P.S. check out my fab new Kate Spade glasses! Big shout out to Kate Spade The Summit in Birmingham, Alabama for helping me find the most flattering and fabulous pair! Y’all rock :)

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The VIP and designer Hilton Hollis at the 2013 LFA runway show.

Stay Fabulous,
Abby Hathorn

Three Ways To Wear Thursday: Floral Coral

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome to the first ever Three Ways to Wear Thursday! Whoo hoo!

To kick off the first TWTWT (funny how that worked out to be a pattern *giggle*), I decided to style three different looks with one of my favorite skirts EVER–my floral coral skirt from Molly Green Boutique in Birmingham, Alabama.

So…how many different ways can you really wear a statement-worthy skirt like this floral coral one? More times than I can count–no, really! I have worn this particular skirt several, several times on the blog in the past…click here to see…and right NOW I am going to show y’all three NEW ways to wear it. Ahh! How fabulous is that?!

Way 1:

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Button Front: J.Crew, The Outlet Shops of Grand River(Featured on the 30 Day J.Crew Challenge)

Skirt: Molly Green Boutique

Heels: Target

Way 2:

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Tank: Delia’s

Vest: VIP DIY

Skirt: Molly Green Boutique

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk

Way 3:

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T-shirt: Old Navy

Skirt: Molly Green Boutique

Sneakers: Keds, Belk

Earrings: Beverly’s Basket (Louisville, MS)

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Do you have a favorite skirt? If so, where did you get it? Give the VIP all the details–comment on this blog post or post a picture + caption to the VIP Facebook page here. I cannot wait to see what fabulous skirts y’all will share!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Sail Away with Me

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

For this week’s Weekly Whistle, I took a little inspiration from a song I heard on Pandora a bit ago…Sail Away by David Gray. It is a phenomenal song with a chill vibe–the VIP gives David Gray and his song two thumbs up! *two thumbs up*

Now, take a look at the artsy, fabulous photos from a recent shoot in my hometown of Louisville, Mississippi intertwined with the lyrics, and let me know what y’all think!

*Outfit details will be listed at the bottom of this post–be sure to check them out to discover what wonderful jewelry artisan made my necklace *wink*

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Sail Away by David Gray

Sail away with me, honey
I put my heart in your hands
Sail away with me, honey, now, now, now
Sail away with me
What will be will be
I wanna hold you now

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Crazy skies all wild above me now
Winter howling at my face
And everything I held so dear
Disappeared without a trace
Oh, all the times I’ve tasted love
Never knew quite what I had
Little Darling, if you hear me now
Never needed you so bad
Spinning round inside my head

IMG_5240Sail away with me, honey
I put my heart in your hands
Sail away with me, honey, now, now, now
Sail away with me
What will be will be
I wanna hold you now
IMG_5253I’ve been talking drunken gibberish
Falling in and out of bars
Trying to get some explanation here
For the way some people are
How did it ever come so far
IMG_5228Sail away with me, honey
I put my heart in your hands
Sail away with me, honey, now, now, now
Sail away with me
What will be will be
I wanna hold you now
Sail away with me honey
I put my heart in your hands
Sail away with me, honey, now, now, now
Sail away with me
What will be will be
I wanna hold you now

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T-shirt: The Home T, South Boutique (Trussville, AL)

Skirt: South Boutique (Trussville, AL)

Necklace: Sparkle Cat Studio by Stephanie Grantham

Heels: Steve Madden, Belk

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

We Will Overcome. We Will Rebuild. We Are Mississippi Strong.

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Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers This photo was taken inside the Winston Medical Center.

The amount of devastation I have seen in the past few days is absolutely unreal. At times, I felt like I was having a bad dream….at times, I felt lost in my own hometown….at times, I felt overwhelmingly scared…and even a little bit out of my wits.

I wish there was a way to un-see what I have seen…I wish there was a way to undo the devastation, the heartbreak, and the death…but unfortunately, there is not.  What I can do is spread the word about the tragedy….spread the word about how to help…spread the word about needed supplies…and spread the word about the amazing strengths that these communities have…the amazing faith in Christ they have…and the amazing go-getter attitudes they have. 

Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers
Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers

We do not know why this had to happen to our little communities–only God knows that–but what we do know is that we have the strength to cleanup and rebuild. We do not know why loved ones had to be lost–only God knows that–but what we do know is that many lives were spared, and that it is a miracle in itself. We do not know why things had to happen the way they happened–only God knows that–but what we do know is that we have to look past the sadness…look past the negative…look past the rubble…and have faith that everything happens for a reason. God knows what He is doing.

Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers
Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers

For we walk by faith; not by sight. 2nd Cor. 5:7

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There is no need for me to continue to explain the damage and devastation because the pictures say it all.

As y’all take a look at the photos below, please continue to keep Louisville (Jordan Circle, South Church Street area, Eiland Plaza area, Richardson Road, Brooksville Road area, McCullough Road area, East Main/HWY 14 area) and Noxapater (Tuck Wilkes Road area, Liberty community, Mars Hill, Four Corners, and Center Ridge area) in your prayers. Please continue to donate and volunteer–just because the excitement of the tragedy has worn off a bit does not mean we should forget and move on–we should remember and push forward.

#MississippiStrong

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Please stay tuned to the blog as I will be revisiting my hometown throughout the recovery process to share it with all of you! 

Also, if you have photos, stories, a list of needed supplies (for specific areas), and so forth. Please email me here–I would love to share the stories and get the word out to help those in need!  

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn