I would like to start out by thanking all of you for your tremendous support in 2014. VIP has grown in ways that I never imagined, and I have grown as a person–from learning to juggle two blogs to conquering many teaching obstacles. Thank you guys for showing me that there are no such things as pipe dreams–any and all dreams are obtainable if we put our mind, body, and soul into making sure those dreams become a reality. I feel blessed and loved and supported–2014 was a marvelous year, and I cannot wait to see what 2015 not only holds for VIP, but also for me as a writer–and for all of you, my fabulous fans!
I can remember when I first started my blog, and I was lucky to post once a week…much less five times a week! What started out as an outlet has blossomed into something about which I am truly passionate. VIP has inspired me to become a bigger and better me…a more open and vibrant me. VIP has inspired me to…well, be me!
So, thanks y’all for another amazing year! I am so happy that y’all have been here for the adventure *wink*
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.”
So, I made a one-day, round trip from Johnson City to Birmingham yesterday to meet and chat with another one of my fashion heroes, Rebecca Minkoff! Ah! Seeing the genius behind the brand at Saks Fifth Avenue in Birmingham, Alabama was an absolute dream come true. Not to mention…I got her to sign the front of my MINI MAC crossbody bag. *wink*
Rebecca: Is the inside okay? *asking where to sign my handbag*
VIP: I would like for you to sign it right on the front!
Rebecca: *excited* You want me to sign it right here…on the front?!
VIP: Yes, of course!
Rebecca: You know my handwriting isn’t the best, right?
VIP: I do not care!
Rebecca: Okay–let’s do this!
After Chic in Academia finished asking RM the sent-in blogger questions, I had the opportunity to personally ask Minkoff some questions. Check them out below!
VIP Interview Questions with Rebecca Minkoff:
VIP: What is one item in your closet you would never toss out and why?
Rebecca: I wear this jacket more than I wear anything else in my wardrobe [referring to her black leather, West Motto jacket]. It [the West Motto] is one of the first pieces we ever made, and we keep making it every season because it is such a timeless piece.
VIP: I really do love that jacket! It has a really great look that can transit into any season.
Rebecca: If we had a uniform in our office, it would probably be my West Motto [jacket]–two of my girls *pointing to her assistants* are wearing them right now!
VIP: What era in fashion would you say most inspires you?
Rebecca: I think my favorite era [in fashion] is always the one that I am going to reference when starting my research. So, for example, right now, I am working on fall [for 2015], and it very seventies-inspired with the colors and fringe. No–there will be no large bell-bottoms. *laughs*
Oh, y’all! The VIP had such a fabulous time at this Saks event (as she does at all Saks Birmingham events)! It was totally worth driving across three states and going on very little sleep today *wink*
Be sure to stay tuned to my sister blog, S&S, where Rebecca Minkoff will be our Featured Friday cover girl. Her story is so inspiring, and every girl needs to know it! :)
If you have been keeping up with me on my social media today, you already know that it is my BIRTHDAY! Ah! And for those of you who have been off social media and out shopping killer Black Friday sales…SURPRISE–it’s my birthday *wink*
So, in celebration of the wonderful day I had with my family, I am going to share a few of the highlights with y’all! :)
Hello, fabulouses, and welcome to the VIP Holiday Gift Guide FOR HER at Saks Fifth Avenue in Birmingham! Oh. My. Gracious–I found so many dazzling and darling things for all of the fun and fabulous women in my life…as well as a few things for myself–Hey, Santa Baby…how about that Saks Gift Card *wink* Before we get started, y’all have to pinkie promise me that you will keep my gift ideas for my family on the down-low–I cannot have everyone finding out what they are getting for Christmas. Sh….. Now, without further ado, let’s get started with this fabulous VIP Gift Guide FOR HER at Saks Fifth Avenue Birmingham! Yay!
Perfect Gifts for the Perfect Hostess!
Captivating Cartier Time Pieces:
Sassy Sunnies for the Sassy Ladies!
Amazing Graphic Sweaters!
AMAZING STOCKING STUFFER ALERT!
Cozying up the BFFs!
A little gift for the VIP…*wink*
Thanks for joining me today on my FOR HER gift buying adventure at Saks Fifth Avenue Birmingham! Y’all be sure to come back soon for another VIP Holiday Gift Guide FOR HIM.
For more holiday gift ideas, check out my Pinterest here!
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Today was a very exciting day in the Hathorn house as the VIP was on “Talk of Alabama” on ABC 33/40! I barely slept a wink last night…amazing what a little Starbucks in the morning can do for your spirit! Anyway, I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to represent good teens all over the world today as I talked about my blog, why I started the VIP, and of course, spring fashions!
Now that I have had time to calm down and think about the segment…here are ten things I wish I would have said on live TV!
10 Things I Wish I Would Have, Could Have, or Should Have Said on Live TV:
(I am pretending that David Letterman from The Late Show is reading my top ten right now…yes, I would love to be on his show.)
10. The pretty-in-pink Parker dress I wore was buttery soft; such a dream to wear!
9. Sara’s beautiful pastel blue dress is perfect for Easter and the Kentucky Derby!
7. Ziva (my Giant Schnauzer) would have really appreciated a shout out, according to the wonderful welcome I received when I got home!
6. I wish I would have thanked all of my tremendous fans and followers!
5. I wish I would have explained the sponsorship of my blog better…but that is usually the job of my business manager!
4. I wish I would have had time to tell everyone where to find me…
3. I wish I would have answered the question “Where do you see yourself in ten years” better…I cannot think that far in advance very well…BUT in 5 years, I would like to be graduating from college with a degree in mass communications…let’s just say the “10 seconds left” thing freaked me out-no pressure!
2. I wish I could have had more time to explain my top spring 2013 fashion trends…hmm future blog post? I think yes!
1. I definitely should have said “Stay Fabulous”!
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