Weekly Whistle: What I Wore to the Movie Premiere | Featuring Monkee’s of Johnson City & Hutch

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If you have been keeping up with me on social media for the past week, you know I attended the premiere of La Madame, the first independent film in which I starred.

The 10+ hour trip, being absent from my classes, and sacrificing high-speed internet was TOTALLY worth it because it was so amazing to see a project I did at 17 and 18 finally come together. Oh, it was a wonderful trip filled with lots of hugs, laughs, and of course–fabulous fashions *wink* 

So, for this week’s Weekly Whistle I am sharing with y’all the absolutely lovely dress I wore for one of the premiere events! A special thanks to Monkee’s of Johnson City and Hutch for this look because it made me feel like a Hollywood actress at the Oscars *sassy strut*

Now, without further ado, take a look at the outfit below. Be sure to stop back by the blog tomorrow for behind-the-scenes pictures, photos from the road trip, what I wore to the night showing, and more! ALSO….tomorrow I will be sharing information about my new radio show! WOO! I won’t spill all the beans tonight *wink*

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Dress: Hutch, Monkee’s of Johnson City

Necklace: Avon

Heels: Jessica Simpson 

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Interview: Handmade Jewelry Artisan Suzanne McKinney of Beauty in Stone Jewelry

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If there is one thing I love more than sweet tea and shopping sprees, it’s handmade jewelry. So, when I met Suzanne McKinney of Beauty in Stone Jewelry at her trunk show at Monkee’s of Johnson City, we chatted about fashion and accessories–and we could have chatted about these fabulous things for days! Suzanne is such a bright, fun, and fashionable spirit with a true passion for her craft and quality, and that is why I just had to interview her for VIP. *wink*

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With a true desire to always look and dress her best, Suzanne started her handmade jewelry business, Beauty In Stone, on fate one might say. “It just sort of happened…I saw a picture-jasper bead, got really inspired, and that’s what sort of motivated me to start beading and making jewelry for myself. Then, one  day, I said, ‘I don’t want to ever stop doing this, so I might want to start selling it!’,” explained McKinney. “I love to make my outfits really pop! [Before I started making a lot of jewelry], I would spend hours just looking around at jewelry stores in search for the perfect accessories.”

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VIP: What is your favorite piece of jewelry to make?

Suzanne:love to make [these] leather cuffs because of all the…variations of stones that I can put together and get a different look. And recently, I started naming each of the bracelets and signing the insides.

VIP: So, it’s like little wearable pieces of your art! I love that!

Suzanne: Yes! It’s kind of fun how each piece speaks to me and almost says “I have to be called ‘yacht club’ or ‘night on the town.'” 

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VIP: Is there one particular stone that inspires your pieces or do you just go with the flow?

Suzanne: Oh, I totally go with the flow! I like to see what different stones are out there, combine colors, and just see what the whole thing looks like when it’s finished. 

VIP: How would you describe your personal style–how you dress everyday?

Suzanne: I am very artsy, and I like the funky; however, I typically dress very classic. I wish I was [your age] again so I could wear some of the crazy funky things I see [you] wearing because that’s what I really love. But, that’s when accessories come in handy…I can wear something simple and classic with fun statement necklace or an artsy piece and get the style I want. 

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VIP: What is the one-stop-shop piece you make for Beauty In Stone that is appropriate for shoppers of all ages?

Suzanne: Definitely the leather lariat. It can be worn so many different ways, [and in fact], we keep finding different ways to wear it, wrap it, and layer it every time we play with it. From the neck to the wrists to even as a belt–the leather lariat is a really good, simple, versatile piece that can really fit anyone’s style. I make it in a variety of leather colors and bead them with gold or silver…and recently I have started making some leather lariats with pearls for a different, more classic look. 

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VIP: One thing I love about your pieces is each one is a little different. Yeah, you have the same styles but you name certain items, you add little initial charms to some, the stones are different in each look….You’re not buying the jewelry just because it’s pretty, you are buying it because of its personality.

Suzanne: Thank you! I really thought people would like that because they will start looking and wondering, “What is this one called? What is this one called?” I’ve also noticed that a lot of times the leather bracelets people pick for the color or beads, the name often reflects their personality or lifestyle in some way. For example, a woman today bought one, and I asked her if she happened to live by the water. When she responded with a yes, I just had to tell her to look at the name on the bracelet because it was called “Beachfront.” 

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VIP: I know we talked about this before, but you make your own leather, correct?

Suzanne: Yes! For the bracelets, I start with a shoulder of cowhide leather and slice it into strips, drill the holes into the leather to put a snap in, cut the slices and then start laying out the design of beads I want to attach. I am always experimenting–I have even mixed some leather dyes to make different hues. 

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VIP: Now, I have to ask you the VIP Question–what is one thing in your closet you would never toss out and why?

Suzanne: Oh, I could never toss out a raincoat I got from Monkee’s last year….I absolutely love outwear because it can be worn so many different ways year round. 

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Stay Fabulous,
Abby Hathorn

Three Ways to Wear: Vintage-Inspired, Funky Dresses

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s Weekly Whistle, I am totally obsessed with these funky, vintage-inspired frocks! Because these dresses are such statement-makers, styling them multiple ways was quite the challenge, but y’all know the VIP–she doesn’t step down from a little fashion game *wink*

By mixing patterns and dressy with casual, I was able to create three new looks with two of my favorite dresses from Monkee’s of Johnson City. Check them out below + be sure to see yesterday’s Weekly Whistle and the VIP Instagram for more ways to wear these absolutely fabulous frocks ♥

VIP Tip:

When it comes to purchasing statement pieces, think of “unconventional” or “non-traditional” ways you can mix things up. An easy way to change up any statement dress is with different accessories–trying to add pops of un-thought-of colors or patterns with shoes and up-cycled, handmade jewelry.

Way One:

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Dress: Monkee’s of Johnson City

Shoes: Michael Kors

Choker Necklace: BluKatDesign

Way Two:

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Dress: Monkee’s of Johnson City 

Plaid Shirt: Old Navy

Shoes: Steve Madden

Necklace: personal vintage collection

Way Three:

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Dress: Monkee’s of Johnson City 

Plaid Shirt: Free People, Belk

Shoes: Kork-Ease

Short Necklace: BluKatDesign

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Three Ways to Wear: Leopard Dress

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One thing I do when I go shopping is look for items that can literally be worn different ways, and this lovely leopard dress from Monkee’s of Johnson City is just that! From dress to kimono to long blouse–this leopard beauty does it all *wink* 

Now, check out the photos below + fall in love with the versatility ♥

Way One: as a dress

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Way Two: as a kimono

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Kimono (technically dress *wink*): Monkee’s of Johnson City

Blouse: Express

Shorts: Old Navy

Necklaces: Pilgrim Jewelry

Clutch: Kate Spade

Way Three: as a long blouse

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Blouse: Monkee’s of Johnson City

Jeans: GAP

Shoes: Molly Green of Birmingham

Earrings: Earthbound Trading Co.

Purse: Rebecca Minkoff

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Little Leopard Dress featuring Monkee’s of Johnson City

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Ya know…there is just something about leopard that makes a fashionista feel fabulous and fearless. It stands out in a crowd, it pairs elegantly with pops of color, and it can be a real wild card when combined with other patterns. (See this week’s #VIPMixItMonday on Instagram.)

I found this lovely, little leopard dress at Monkee’s of Johnson City while on a local shopping adventure, and needless to say, I fell head-over-heels for its wear-ability and versatility. So, for this week’s Weekly Whistle, I am sporting it with a sweet lace under-dress, handmade accessories, and my favorite handbag of ALL TIME *wink*

Check out the photos below taken in awesome downtown Johnson City + be sure to check out Monkee’s of Johnson City on Facebook and Instagram for the latest trends!

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Dress: Monkee’s of Johnson City

Necklace: BluKatDesign

Earrings: BluKatDesign

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk

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

Bracelet: “borrowed” from mom’s closet *wink*

Scarf (on handbag): personal vintage collection

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ALSO…I mentioned this dress having lots of versatility, so be sure to come back tomorrow for Three Ways to Wear Thursday where I will be styling this leopard find 3 new ways ♥

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn