A Fun Day at Belk The Summit in Birmingham, Alabama

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Makeup: Melissa Atkinson, Lancôme (Belk The Summit)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban, Belk The Summit

One thing this VIP fashionista absolutely loves to do is shop! Where is one of my favorite places to shop? Belk, of course! What modern Southern Belle does not enjoy the one-stop-shop experience at Belk?! You can get fabulous shoes, apparel, accessories, fragrance, and makeup all in one spectacular store–talk about perfection!

Now, I want to share with y’all some of the magnificent things I found at Belk The Summit in Birmingham, Alabama! Come on, y’all! It is time to get fabulous!

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If y’all could see my closet…y’all would see how much I absolutely adore purses. So, when I stumbled upon these artsy gems by Brighton….I immediately added them to my Birthday Wish list. Hey, two months is not too far in advance to start blowing out the candles wishing for fashionable birthday presents!

To learn more about these stunning Brighton bags, please click here.

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Looking for a new way to add some pizazz to my summer-to-fall transition makeup, I stopped by the Lancôme counter where MUA Melissa Atkinson made me look like I was ready to hit the runway at New York Fashion Week! I absolutely love the color combination on my eyes–the bright blue liquid eyeliner is a true wow-factor that isn’t too overpowering. Stop by the Lancôme counter at Belk The Summit in Birmingham, Alabama to get dolled up just like the VIP…or get the wonderful makeup artists to create you your own snazzy Fall 2013 makeup look!

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The Donald J. Pliner shoe selection at Belk The Summit is truly a fashionista’s dream come true! I was so infatuated with Donald’s fall shoes that I just had to pick my top five to share with y’all (as seen in the slideshow above).  Speaking of Donald J. Pliner…

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You are cordially invited to join renowned shoe designer Donald J. Pliner at Belk The Summit this Saturday, September 14 from 10AM to 2PM to learn about the latest trends and styles in shoes. I hope to see all of you there! *BIG HUGS FOR EVERYONE*

Belk The Summit

Women’s Shoe Department

221 Summit Blvd.

Birmingham, Alabama

For more information, please call (205) 968-4200

To shop in your cute PJs, visit www.belk.com!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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VIP Signature Curls with Hot Tools and Matrix Products!

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Hello, my fabulouses! I had the most fabulous modeling photo shoot EVER thanks to Detra Smith, hair stylist for the shoot, and Daphne Rush, MUA for the shoot. Before I show all of the magnificent pictures…let me tell you a little bit about Daphne and Detra!

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Who is Daphne Rush?

Daphne Rush is a makeup artist in the Birmingham area. She currently works full time for Smashbox Cosmetics as an account coordinator and artistry trainer. In addition to that, she serves on the board of directors for the Association of Independent Artists (AIA) and is currently the Best Makeup Artist for Birmingham Fashion Week. She eats, sleeps, and breathes makeup 24/7–when she isn’t in-store for Smashbox, she is making brides beautiful, on set for a photo shoot, or collaborating on projects for publication. She got her start at Sephora, and after making the National Pro Beauty Team, she traveled internationally in 2009-2010. After that, Daphne left to pursue her own business, Birmingham Beauties. She began embracing the education side of makeup artistry by teaching everything from private lessons to interactive group tutorials known as Makeup By Numbers. While freelancing for Tarte cosmetics in 2011, she was recruited for her current position with Smashbox. The fusion of education and camera ready products made Smashbox a perfect fit, and allowed her artistry the momentum that it continues to have today.” (Daphne Rush’s bio.)

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Who is Detra Smith?

“I wear many hats in the salon industry. As Artistic Director at Helen of Troy, one of my responsibilities is to style models for Hot Tools advertising.  I also write step-by-step guides to teach consumers how to use their styling tools.  As an artistic educator for Matrix, my responsibility is to teach other stylists how to achieve the best possible color results in their salons.  As a salon owner, I have many guests who ask how to maintain frizz with curly hair.  After meeting the VIP [Vintage Inspired Passionista–Abby Hathorn], I knew she would be the perfect step-by-step model to help others learn to manage their curls.”
After winning top stylist at BFW [Birmingham Fashion Week], I became a lead board member of the Association of Independent Artists.  I meet regularly at AIA The Salon with Jeremy Stephens, Daphne Rush and others on the board.  Jeremy is generous enough to allow me access to his salon anytime I’m working in the Birmingham area.”
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How did Detra Smith make my curls ever so luscious and frizz free?

“I used Matrix V-Light to touch up Abby’s highlights.  Next, I used the Matrix Total Results Super Defrizz Gel–it is my favorite product to define curls while taming frizz. The Hot Tools Tempest 2000 Blow Dryer comes with the finger diffuser that Abby used to dry her hair while keeping the curls controlled and smooth.  The curling iron I recommend for touch ups is the Hot Tools 1” Professional Spring Iron,” says Detra Smith.
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The Matrix Defrizz Gel, Hot Tools hair dryer with finger diffuser, and the Hot Tools 1” Professional Spring Iron is the most fabulous mix for any girl wanting to tame her natural curls.

VIP Personal Testimony:

Oh, I cannot explain how much I love the Hot Tools Tempest 2000 Hair Dryer and finger diffuser! I was very impressed how the Hot Tools Tempest 2000 dried my hair thoroughly and so quickly–AND without frizzing! Wow! I could not believe my eyes when I saw no frizz!  I admit that the VIP was skeptical because I have tried and owned several different hair diffusers–and by the time my hair was dry, my blonde curls looked like a giant frizz ball.  After only one use, I had fallen head over heels for Hot Tools!
For those pesky strands of curls that do not want to cooperate–the one inch Hot Tools Professional Spring Iron is beyond amazing! Some days, fixing my signature curls is a stressful task, but with Hot Tools and the Matrix hair gel, styling my hair has never been so easy and fast!
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Now, without further ado, I introduce to y’all the fabulous photo shoot pictures! Special thanks to Detra Smith and Daphne Rush for making me look so totally FABULOUS! Another super special thanks to Bella Bridesmaid for letting the VIP wear their lovely dresses and model at the super gorgeous Bella Bridesmaid shop!
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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Sunset in Miami Fashion Show

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As the sun sets in Homewood Alabama, my fashion senses are tingling with excitement! Everyone in the crowd is ready to see hot summer fashions from The Clothes Tree INC. and Gus Mayer styled by Southern Femme, makeup by Gus Mayer cosmetics team, and spectacular hair by Joelle Salon all being modeled poolside at The Hill for the Sunset in Miami fashion show.

Quick! Strike a pose! Check out thesehot fashions from Gus Mayer! Ooo! So cute!
Quick! Strike a pose! Check out these hot fashions from Gus Mayer! Ooo! So cute!
Dona Bullock (owner and master stylist at Joelle Salon) with poolside hottie, Scott Edward Fell.
Dona Bullock (owner and master stylist at Joelle Salon) with poolside hottie, Scott Edward Fell.
Miss Alabama 2012 winner, Anna Laura Bryan, Gus Mayer interns, and the VIP at the Sunset in Miami fashion show.
Miss Alabama 2012 winner, Anna Laura Bryan, Gus Mayer interns, and the VIP at the Sunset in Miami fashion show.

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Sunset in Miami is unlike any other fashion show in the Birmingham area because it captures the true essence of trend-setting fashions for a great cause—P.A.W.S. for Autism, which is a charity organization designed to bring service dogs to children faced with the troubles of autism. This wonderful local non-profit was started by the beautiful Miss Alabama 2012 winner, Anna Laura Bryan at age sixteen. It does not get much better than seeing this season’s hottest trends while contributing to those in need!

Anna Laura Bryan is passionate about her charity organization P.A.W.S. for Autisim. She is a such a bright, fun, and fashionable character with a love for helping others.
Anna Laura Bryan is passionate about her charity organization P.A.W.S. for Autism. She is a such a bright, fun, and fashionable character with a love for helping others.
Anna Laura Bryant with Crys Worely and her son's service dog.
Anna Laura Bryant with Crys Worely and her son’s service dog.

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There are so many hot fashions and poolside hotties at the Sunset in Miami fashion show! Oh, all of the ensembles are just so fabulous that I have to share them with y’all! So, without further ado…I present to you the VIP’s FAVORITE OUTFITS OF THE WEEK! Yay!

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Oh, my! This sassy bikini cover-up is perfection!
Oh, my! This sassy bikini cover-up is perfection!

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This spectacular ensemble has me ready to pack my bags for the beach! Whoo hoo! Road trip!
This spectacular ensemble has me ready to pack my bags for the beach! Whoo hoo! Road trip!
Simple white dress with a snazzy clutch for a pop of color! Fabulous fashion stylying by Southern Femme!
Simple white dress with a snazzy clutch for a pop of color! Fabulous fashion styling by Southern Femme!

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Check out this breathtaking dress from Gus Mayer! Love love love!
Check out this breathtaking dress from Gus Mayer! Love love love!

Don’t you just love all of these amazing outfits?! Goodness gracious Southern Femme did such a fantastic job styling each and every single ensemble! Phew…I am feeling a shopping spree soon!

Breana Watkins, Miss Alabama 2013 contestant, and I at the fashion show! Isn't she dressed absolutely fabulously!
Breana Watkins, Miss Alabama 2013 contestant, and I at the fashion show! Isn’t she dressed absolutely fabulously!

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As if the charity, poolside hotties, and fashions aren’t enough to captivate you…then don’t even get me started about the food! Michael’s Steak and Seafood did a marvelous job preparing and presenting the delicious food for Sunset in Miami! Glamorous fashion…shirtless guys….yummy food….and all for a great cause–P.A.W.S. for Autism!

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To learn more about P.A.W.S. for Autism, visit www.paws4autism.org!

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Hm...I spy a beach hottie at the Sunset in Miami fashion show!
Hm…I spy a beach hottie at the Sunset in Miami fashion show!

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Check out the “Sunset in Miami Fashion Show” album on the Vintage Inspired Passionista Facebook page for more pictures from the show! Click here. You know you do not want to miss out on more fabulous summer fashions and…of course…shirtless guys…hello, boys;)

What a lovely loyal fan! I was so delighted to meet Dee Repici who is a VIP fan! Yay for all of my spectacular readers!
I was so delighted to meet Dee Repici who is a VIP fan! Yay for all of my spectacular readers!

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Stay Fabulous,

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

Bobbi Brown Makeover with Jamie Gummere

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Hello, hello, hello VIP readers! So, I had the most amazing makeup experience of MY LIFE at Gus Mayer in Birmingham, Alabama! Jamie Gummere, professional makeup artist with Bobbi Brown, created the VIP a spectacular spring look that is so fun and sweet! I have some upcoming tutorial makeup videos where Jamie Gummere answers the VIP’s makeup questions, explains different makeup application techniques, demonstrates how to put on gel eyeliner, and much more! Oh, what fun it is getting makeovers and being a girly girl! Thank you, Gus Mayer, for introducing me to the fabulous Bobbi Brown line! It is so so SO amazing!

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I have sensitive skin, so finding makeup that does NOT cause a skin reaction is quite the challenge. Since the beginnings of my wearing makeup, I have tried a variety of brands that advertised products made for sensitive skin. After many trips to various makeup counters, I finally found a color that did not make me look like a Cheese Nip, however, my skin still reacted to it…disappointment.  After that, I just gave up…I thought finding a skin friendly foundation was absolutely hopeless…but then, I had a Bobbi Brown makeover! I will admit that I went in a little skeptical, but Jammie Gummere (Bobbi Brown artist) matched my color perfectly, found me stunning skin friendly products, and gave me a fun new look for spring!

Oh, Bobbi Brown makeup is a miracle for me and my sensitive skin! The base is not heavy…or itchy; it feels light and airy while giving full coverage. The eye shadow selection is magnificent, and do not even get me started on the hydrating lip balm!  I am so impressed with Bobbi Brown cosmetics!

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For all of you who have wondered what the VIP looks like without makeup, this picture is for y’all! No, it is not like the shocking paparazzi pictures we see of Snookie or a Kardashian without makeup…

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See the finale of the makeover on my next YouTube video! Ooo just talking about

it makes me even more excited to show y’all!

Want to know how to choose the perfect bronzer! See my upcoming YouTube video

where professional makeup artist, Jamie Gummere, gives tips on picking the right

shade of bronzer for your skin color!

Also, stay tuned to the Vintage Passionista channel for more makeup tips and

tutorials! Oh, you will not want to miss them, VIP fans!

www.youtube.com/user/vintagepassionista

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Stop by Gus Mayer today for a fabulous Bobbi Brown experience!

Also, join me at Gus Mayer April 18 for the Poppin’ Girl’s Night Out! See their

Facebook page for details!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn