Weekly Whistle: How to Dress for Hot-Cold Weather in Style

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Is it just me, or does it seem like winter weather keeps creeping into the forecast? *sigh* I am so ready for consistently hot weather; however, it seems nowhere in sight. So, how do we fabulous fashionistas dress-to-impress in this outrageously hot-cold weather? WELL…I am so glad you asked *wink* 

We all have a winter-to-spring wardrobe, but it is all about knowing what to do and how to do it. So, for this week’s fabulous Weekly Whistle, I am going to show y’all a simple outfit on how-to dress for hot-cold weather in style + give a few VIP quick tips. So, without further ado, let’s get this party started! *hit it DJ!*

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Sweater: GAP

Shorts: Shellz (Jonesborough, TN)

Heels: Nine West, Outlet Shoppes of Grand River (Leeds, AL)

Necklace: Brooke Morgan Designs (Louisville, MS)

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  • Play It Slow: Think about your transitional outfit like a crush on a cute, shy guy–you don’t want to jump in too quickly and make things awkward, so you play it step-by-step. Now, in the case of an outfit, you do not want to run straight into wearing light sun dresses and open-toe sandals, so reach for a cute pair of colorful shorts and a chunky sweater instead. This gives you a fabulously springy look without freezing to death when the wind blows *wink* 
  • Be a Layering Queen: I am the worst at this because growing up in the Deep South, layering was never really needed; however, living in Northeast Tennessee has taught me the power of knowing how to layer–especially when the seasons are changing. It is important during hot-cold weather to plan an outfit layer-by-layer in order to be comfortable from day to night. It is best to think about your outfit in segments, so that as the temperature rises throughout the day, you can shed your layers and show your true, spring colors! And when the temperature goes down with the sun, you can easily add back a light jacket or cardigan to stay all warm and cozy. :)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

Weekly Whistle: Emerald n’ Gold

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Last week on Weekly Whistle, I chatted about how rust and emerald have always been my color sweethearts. If you missed the post, check it out here–you don’t want to be behind *wink* 

Taking a little bit of inspiration from last week’s throwbacks + a fabulous necklace I just finished making, I decided this week’s outfit of the week should be all about gold and emerald! Oh…there is just something about how emerald pairs so elegantly with rich hues like rust and different metallics. I remember several years ago, I had this fabulous emerald dress, and I wore it with practically with everything under the sun *wink* Hm…I wonder where that post is on the blog? *stalking myself* HERE WE GO! 

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Ahh–this brings back sweet memories! This was when I was living in Birmingham and working with the Outlet Shops of Grand River for events and the Grand Haul Girl video series! Check out the post here.

Seeing this dress again makes me feel like I might have to dust it off for some future closet-shopping blogs, but I digress *wink*

Let’s get back to this week’s Weekly Whistle *wink* Check it out below:

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Sweater: Express

Skirt: Forever 21

Heels: Belk

Earrings: handmade, BluKatDesign

Necklace: handmade, BlueGrits

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To see another way I wore this necklace, please visit VIP Blue here!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Summer Fun!

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Hello, fabulouses! Today’s blog post is all about summer fun! There are so many terrific events going on, and I absolutely had to share them with y’all!  Pack your bags, fashionistas, and join the VIP on these wonderfully fabulous summer adventures!

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The Local Fashion Advantage

by renowned fashion designer Hilton Hollis

Where: 

Trunk Show & Sample Sale:  Flaunt in Carthage, Mississippi

Runway Show:  Old Carthage Elementary located at 500 North Van Buren Street in Carthage, Mississippi

When:

Trunk Show & Sample Sale:  July 18-19 from 12 noon to 5pm.

Runway Show & Silent Auction:  July 20–Models will hit the runway starting at 7pm.

Proceeds & Benefits:

The Local Fashion Advantage event by Hilton Hollis will benefit the Leake County Foundation and the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi.

Tickets:

To learn more about this event and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/LocalFashionAdvantage

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Trip to Texas: Making Dreams Come True!

The fabulously talented Trip Richmond, an up-and-coming country music star, is about to take the Texas radio circuit by storm!  Celebrate with Trip and join the “Trip to Texas” kick-off party.

Where:

Tampico Bay Restaurant located at 1515 College Street in Columbus, Mississippi.

When:

Saturday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m.

To learn more about Trip Richmond and his music, please visit www.thisisrealmedia.com!

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Grand Haul Casting Call!

The Outlet Shops of Grand River is looking for the first ever Grand Haul Stars!  They are searching for four superstars who are excitable, spontaneous, and have a knack for talking all things fashion.

Where:

Auditions will be held at The Outlet Shops of Grand River at 6200 Grand River Blvd E in Leeds, Alabama.

When:

Saturday, August 10 and 17 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

The winning fashionistas will receive a clothing allotment for each month and will shoot one “clothing haul” video blog per month for September, October, November and December.  These “clothing haul” videos will be displayed on all of The Outlet Shops of Grand River’s social media channels.

For more information about the Grand Haul Casting Call, please visit http://www.shopsofgrandriver.com/.

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Don’t forget to vote for your favorite Bright -vs- Neutral ensemble!

Tweet me @AbbyHathorn and hashtag accordingly.

Voting ends July 20 at midnight Central Standard Time (CST).

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Emerald Dress: Shopping in Your Own Closet

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Emerald, the 2013 Color of the Year, is “Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony,” says www.pantone.com

Funny story–I bought my emerald green dress at The Fashion Barn in Columbus, Mississippi in fall of 2012 for some holiday events…Well, I guess that wasn’t a funny story…Who would have thought my darling emerald green dress would be Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year! Hmm…did I mysteriously start this trend? I guess we will never know….this reminds me of the hundreds of times I tried to find out how many licks it took to get to the center of those Tootsie Roll Pops…I guess we will never know that either…Whatever was I talking about…? Oh, yes!  My emerald dress.

When I was invited to attend the Shamrocking and Shopping down the Emerald Aisles at the Shops of Grand River in Leeds, Alabama [March 15-17], I knew exactly what I was going to wear-my extraordinary emerald green dress! Oh, it was the perfect St. Patty’s Day celebration frock!

The Shamrocking and Shopping event featured wonderful family activities to bring the “Luck of the Irish” to everyone celebrating the St. Patty’s Day Weekend! To see more of this event, check out the video here!

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Dress: The Fashion Barn, Columbus, MS

Belt: Anthropologie, Birmingham, AL

Shoes: BCBG

Necklace: Juicy Couture

Earrings: BluKat Designs by Heather O’Cain

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Whoa! I guess my emerald green dress was destined to be my go-to holiday dress…first Thanksgiving, then Christmas, and now St. Patrick’s Day! Emerald dresses are so versatile-every fashionista in the world needs one!

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Laney Sherling (Sunglass Warehouse) was super sweet helping me find some awesome new sunglasses!
Laney Sherling (Sunglass Warehouse) was super sweet helping me find some awesome new sunglasses!
Gina Sealy (co-manager at The Loft) was dressed so adorably I just had to get my picture taken with her!
Gina Sealy (co-manager at The Loft) was dressed so adorably I just had to get my picture taken with her!
Kennii Stephens (Coach Factory) and I talking fashion and purses at the Shamrocking and Shopping event! Love the scarf he was sporting!
Kennii Stephens (Coach Factory) and I talking fashion and purses at the Shamrocking and Shopping event! Love the scarf he was sporting!

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Christine Moore events at Gus Mayer, Birmingham, Alabama, Summit location. For more details, visit www.gusmayer.com

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Fabulous Fan Mail Answered!

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Hello, hello, hello, VIP blog readers! Phew…I have finally found a bit of time to sit down and answer fan mail! To my delight, I had lots of emails requesting a blog about the outfit I sported to the Saks Fifth Avenue Emerging Designers Reveal for Birmingham Fashion Week. Thanks so much to all the sweet, encouraging messages about my style-I truly love all the compliments-but what fashionista doesn’t adore to have her style admired?

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Blouse: TJMaxx

Shorts: Target

Tights: Target

Heels: Steve Madden, Belk

Jewelry: Vintage and modern Avon

Earrings: BluKat Designs by Heather O’Cain www.blukatdesign.etsy.com

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So, fashionistas, there you have it…the ensemble you all have been requesting! Let me know what you think on my Facebook page @ www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista OR comment on this post! The love is much appreciated:)

VIP UPCOMING COVERAGE:

  • March 13-17: Shamrocking and Shopping at the Outlet Shops of Grand River in Leeds, Alabama.

  • March 20: Christine Moore Trunk Show at Gus Mayer (Summit-Birmingham location)

  • March 21:  Christine Moore “The Affair of the Hat” Runway Show presented by Gus Mayer at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens.

  • March 28-29: Meet the Designer-Joeffer Caoc. Event presented by and held at Gus Mayer, Birmingham

  • April 5-7: Columbus (Mississippi) Spring Pilgrimage 2013. I will also be ushering the Tennessee Williams play in front of the old Alford Drug Store on Main Street April 5 and 7.

  • April 11: Gus Mayer Day Long Pamper Event (more details to come…so, stay tuned!)

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Stay tuned to my blog, Real Story Publishing, Town and Gown Magazine, and all my social media to keep up with all the coverage of my adventures!

For more information on Gus Mayer and their upcoming events, visit www.gusmayer.com!

You can also like Gus Mayer on Facebook for all their latest trends and updates! https://www.facebook.com/gusmayerbham?fref=ts

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Want to learn more about the Vintage Inspired Passionista? Check out the See Jane Write interview! Here is the link: http://www.seejanewritebham.com/2013/03/blog-like-girl-bfw-2013-edition-abby.html

Don’t forget to see the VIP’s video coverage on community events on the Vintage Passionista YouTube page! http://www.youtube.com/user/VintagePassionista?feature=mhee

If you cannot get enough of the VIP, check out my articles in The Real Story! The Adventures of the VIP in the Lifestyle section! www.realstorypublishing.com

The VIP is also on The Real Story YouTube page! Check out the first Adventures of the VIP video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Uhx3yMCDh4

Check out the latest issue of Town and Gown Magazine! You can read online @www.issuu.com/townandgownmagazine!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn