Three Ways to Wear: Black & White Styles + Tips

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

It’s Thursday, so it is time for us to snap into our Three Ways to Wear state of mind–black and white style *wink*

For this week’s Three Ways to Wear Thursday, I want to highlight three awesome ways to wear black and white. Sure–pairing black with white is easy-peasy; however, have you ever thought about mixing-up the STYLES?! From modern to business to classic, this week’s TWTWT highlights how simply changing-up styles in a B&W ensemble can change an outfit from boring and wonderless to beautiful and wonderful! Check out the inspiration style boards below + tips on how to achieve each look.

The Modern B&W Gal

Shirt dress
genuine-people.com

Zara shoes
zara.com

GEDEBE crossbody purse
magentacouture.com

B&W Business Affair

Emilio Pucci slimming top
$1,395 – stylebop.com

Givenchy stiletto pumps
$1,190 – net-a-porter.com

White and black handbag
fashionphile.com

The Horse buckle jewelry
$110 – superette.co.nz
Classic B&W with a Twist

Isabel marant shoes
therealreal.com

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Mixing Patterns + Classic Style

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

It is Wednesday…and y’all know what that means *wink* IT IS WEEKLY WHISTLE TIME!

For this week’s Weekly Whistle, I am mixing patterns with my new and STYLISH skirt from Style in downtown Bristol, Tennessee and a striped top from one of my favorite Mississippi boutiques. To add a classic twist to this mixed-pattern look, I decided to embrace a more vintage style by slipping into a pair of black Mary Jane heels, putting on a vintage-inspired hat, and tossing on some pearls (of course *wink*).

Now, without further ado, take a look at this week’s Weekly Whistle + be sure to come back tomorrow to see how to wear this groovy skirt 3 ways *wink*

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Blouse: Deep South Pout

Skirt: Style (Bristol location)

Pearls: personal vintage collection

Heels: Kensie Girl, Belk

Earrings: Belk

Hat: Target

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Three Ways to Wear: Vintage Pink

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Long before I became “the VIP”, I was pulling items from my closet and styling pieces multiple ways to give the impression that I “never wore the same thing twice”. I didn’t want my style to be trendy and disposable–I wanted it to be classy and reusable. Sure–I bought trendy/seasonal items that I later donated to the local Salvation Army, but I did not and never have “re-wardrobed” my closet after each season.

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I was always taught when you get something new, you donate or give away something else…but that it isn’t always easy for a clothes hoarder like myself *wink* So, I try to invest in really cool wardrobe pieces, and before purchasing, I ask myself, “Can I wear this more than one way? What about three ways?”. And thus…VIP Three Ways to Wear was born *wink* 

For a little Throwback Thursday action, check out the VIP’s first Three Ways to Wear post here from February 2012 *gasp* That was such a long time ago…and man, was my hair long! 

Now, without further ado, take a look at this week’s TWTWT to see how I styled the vintage gem from yesterday’s post.

Way One:

Get the details to this look here.
Get the details to this look here.

Way Two:

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Dress: EBV | Necklace: vintage | Headband: ForgottenCotton | Earrings: Beadsoul |Shoes: Jessica Simpson | Belt: Target

Way Three:

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Dress: EBV | Necklace: Buckle (from 8th grade *wink*) | Earrings: Blukat Design |Shoes: Jessica Simpson | Belt: Target

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Three Ways to Wear Thursday: Golden Skirt from Serendipity Boutique

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Before I dive deep into this week’s Three Ways to Wear, I must say that it is absolutely freezing here, and this Mississippi-raised girl does not know how to handle it! My mom and I were huddling around the oven (yes, really–the oven) and eating pizza while my dad was posting pictures to Instagram of the beach sunset in Florida. It’s not fair. I want a warm vacay *wink*

Now, back on topic. For this week’s Three Ways to Wear Thursday, I am featuring a fabulous skirt from one of my favorite local shops here in Johnson City, Tennessee–Serendipity Boutique. This gold skirt is so simple, which makes dressing it up, down, and everywhere in between a piece of cake or easy as pie. You know…whichever you prefer–cake or pie? *wink* Personally…I am a pecan pie kind of gal. 

If you live in or are visiting the Johnson City TN/Bristol TN/VA area, be sure to stop by one of Serendipity’s two locations! Their wide variety of lovely fashions are sure to tickle your fancy! :)

WAY ONE: 

I first featured this awesome skirt on the sister blog S&S. Click here for more photos + outfit details.
I first featured this awesome skirt on the sister blog S&S. Click here for more photos + outfit details.

WAY TWO:

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Blazer: Anthropologie | Tee: J.Crew | Skirt: Serendipity Boutique | Socks: Target | Shoes: Kork-Ease, DSW | Belt: Anthropologie | Earrings: BluKatDesign

WAY THREE: 

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Blouse: Serendipity Boutique | Skirt: Serendipity Boutique | Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk | Ring: SparkleCatStudio (BE SURE TO CHECK OUT HER SILENT AUCTION HERE! MORE DETAILS BELOW!)

Info about Sparkle Cat Rescue Online Fundraising Auction: 

100% of the money raised through this auction will benefit the felines rescued by Sparkle Cat Rescue. 

This will be an ongoing auction as items are donated. Instructions will be with each item listed. 

If you are a business or an artisan/crafter wishing to donate an item or items, please contact at sparklecatrescue@gmail.com

The average cost of each feline’s routine medical care is $200+ (spay/neuter, vaccinations, combo testing). Add to that the possibility of illness during their foster care, the cost can increase. They are 100% volunteer and rely on donations from the public.

Visit their website for more information on their organization.
www.sparklecatrescue.org

Ziva joined us on today's photo shoot! Love my sweet Giant Schnauzer :)
Ziva joined us on today’s photo shoot! Love my sweet Giant Schnauzer :)
Like...OMG. Our shoes match *wink*
Like…OMG. Our shoes match *wink*

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Rain

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To celebrate the 200th VIP blog post, I would like to share with y’all the awesome artistic photos my photographer took on one of the many rainy days we have had here in Alabama. Thankfully, no cameras were harmed in the taking of these photographs. Enjoy the art!

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“Songs About Rain”

by Gary Allen

Well, this town has closed down way too early,
And there’s nothin’ to do.
So I’m drivin,’ around in circles, and I’m thinkin’ about you.
Today, I heard you got a new last name,
Sure didn’t know it was gonna’ hit me this way,
And the radio just keeps playin’ all these songs about rain.

Now there’s all kinda’ songs about babies and love that goes right,
But for some unknown reason, nobody wants to play them tonight,
Hey, I hope it’s sunny wherever you are,
But that’s sure not the picture tonight in my car,
And it sure ain’t easin’ my pain, all these songs like,

Rainy Night in Georgia, Kentucky Rain.
Here comes that rainy day feelin’ again,
Blue eyes cryin’ in the early mornin’ rain,
They go on and on, and there’s no two the same.
Oh, it would be easy to blame all these songs about rain.

Well, I thought I was over you ,
But I guess maybe I’m not.
‘Cause when I let you go looks like lonely is all that I got,
Guess I’ll never know what could have been,
Sure ain’t helpin’ this mood that I’m in,
If they’re gonna keep on playin’ these songs like,

Rainy Night in Georgia, Kentucky Rain,
Here comes that rainy day feelin’ again,
Blue eyes cryin’ in the early mornin’ rain,
They go on and on,
There’s no two the same,
Oh, how I wish I could blame all these songs about rain

Rainy Night in Georgia, Kentucky Rain,
Here comes that rainy day feelin’ again,
Blue eyes cryin’ in the early mornin’ rain,
They go on and on,
There’s no two the same

Rainy Night in Georgia, Kentucky Rain,
Here comes that rainy day feelin’ again,
Blue eyes cryin’ in the early mornin’ rain,
They go on and on,
There’s no two the same.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn