Fabulous Finds Friday: Orange Love

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

While out antique shopping at one of my favorite local stores, I stumbled upon two orange gems and immediately fell in love! Usually, I am a sucker for any and all things blue hued; however, these bright orange pieces just screamed “retro”…and I screamed “yes” *wink*

The handbag is Perry Ellis from, I am assuming, the early 80s based on my little bit of research. And the hat is just old *wink* I can tell it was well-loved and well-worn. It is in great condition with the exception of the brand being worn away. 

So, I grabbed my awesome, hobby-photographer dad and went to downtown Johnson City to take some fabulous photos with this week’s fabulous finds *wink* Enjoy!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

5 Days of Denim: Transformation Tuesday

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Hello, my fabulouses! Today is Transformation Tuesday on the 5 Days of Denim series, and I cannot wait for y’all to see how this retro floral button-down has transformed from summer hipster to fall chic!

Check out Closet Shopping: Vintage Hipster to see how the VIP wore this blouse back in April 2013.

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Blouse: VIP’s personal vintage collection

Jeans: Chip & Pepper, Belk

Shoes: Jessica Simpson, Belk

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Interview: Sofie Moukidou Jewellery

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Hello, hello, hello, fashionistas and jewelry lovers! Today, y’all are in for a special treat!  Why, you ask?  Well, I have an ever so fabulous interview with amazing jewelry artist Sofi Moukidou!

Sofi creates breathtaking pieces that can easily fit into any girls wardrobe! F rom funky arm candy to spectacular statement necklaces, Sofi Moukidou Jewellery has it all!  So, without further ado, I present to y’all the VIP’s interview with terrific jewelry maker, Sofi Moukidou!

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  • Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a 27 year old jewelry artisan and fashion blogger living in Thessaloniki, Greece.  I love everything related to art, fashion, crafts, vintage and traveling.  I also love cooking; however, I’m still working on it!  I have studied economics, but I never truly loved it.  I started making jewelry about eight years ago.  The driving force for that occupation [jewelry making] was my love for art and fashion.  For the last two years, making jewelry has been my main job.  I still cannot believe what I was dreaming of as a little girl has actually become reality!

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  • How would you describe your personal style?

Mmm…I can’t describe it with only one word…my outfits depend on my mood!  I love retro style, hippie, and sometimes minimal.  I love Aztec prints, geometric prints, polka dots, stripes, colors and bold jewelry.  I really enjoy mixing and matching different styles!

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  • When you are not making jewelry, what do you enjoy doing?

Too many things!  First of all, I enjoy going out with my friends for drinks, coffee, and so forth.  I love to write my blog Style En Mi Opinion[http://styleenmiopinion.blogspot.com/]!  I also write for other blogs and magazines.  I am a fashion writer for four blogs in my city.  I enjoy dancing, even alone at home!  I like to go in flea markets and discover little treasures.  Finally, I looove shopping!  Is there anyone who doesn’t?

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  • Tell us about your blog, Style En Mi Opinion.

My blog, Style En Mi Opinion, recently turned three years old.  It’s a way for me to express my style, personality, and passion about style and fashion.  My blog is also a way to promote my creations.  I wish I could shoot better photos and have more time to write consistently.  What I love about blogging is being able to meet people from all over the world that have my same interests…I love having that connection with so many different people!  Oh!  Last, but not least, I know it sounds silly…but I LOVE WHEN I GET AWARDS! :)

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  • Describe your typical day.

My typical day starts when I wake up at 10:00.  Then, I eat my breakfast, which is usually toast.  Next, I drink my coffee and smoke the first cigarette while I am blogging.  If I have a jewelry order, I go to my workshop and get to work!  If there is no order, I usually go out for several other obligations.  During the afternoon, I go to the coffee shop with one of my friends to chat and hang out.  When I return home, I go back to my PC.

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  • Where are some of your favorite places to shop?

Oh, sooo many!  Let’s start with…hmm…Pull & Bear, Anthropologie, and Forever 21.   I also shop at many local boutiques and vintage bazaars.

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  • Who or what inspired you to become a jewelry maker and fashion blogger?

Since my childhood, I have read fashion magazines–Vogue, Elle, and so forth.

I have always believed that style is what matters…not just being a fashion victim.  I have always experimented on my outfits.
As for jewelry, I am and have been obsessed with it.  I was constantly admiring all the jewelry designers…so when I was about 20 years old…with a whole closet full of accessories, I realized that is something that I really love! So,  I started making jewelry.  I am self-taught  because I believe that institutes limit the imagination.
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  • Who or what inspires your jewelry pieces?

Oh! Inspiration is everywhere!

…from various cultures from all over the world.  For example, my summer 2012 collection was African-style inspired.

People are also a great source of inspiration!  Frida Kahlo, Iris Apfel, as also every day people’s street style.
I can also be inspired by the material itself.
  • VIP QUESTION: What is one item in your closet you could never get rid of and why?

Mmm…there are many items that I can’t rid of…

One is my Henrik Vibskov cashmere black and white coat.  It’s super stylish, comfortable and soft.  I bought it last Christmas from a wonderful boutique in Amsterdam.
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  • What else would you like my readers to know about you and your jewelry?

My latest obsession is the Japanese culture.  I would love to make a trip to Tokyo!

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Oh, my goodness!  Don’t you just love learning more about jewelry artisans…I know I do!  It makes their pieces that much more fabulous and interesting!  Sofi creates such spectacular pieces of jewelry art…colorful, unique, and absolutely awesome!  Oh, aren’t y’all super ready to shop Sofi Moukidou Jewellery right now?!

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Connect with Sofi Moukidou!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/sofi-moukidou-jewellery/232877040104914

Email: sofimoukidou@windowslive.com

Blog: http://styleenmiopinion.blogspot.com/

Shop Sofi Moukidou Jewellery!

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SofiMoukidouJewels

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Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for a peek inside my life.

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Check out more of my writings and photo shoot styling here:

Latest Real Media (Real Story Publishing) Article: http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/04/10/the-adventures-of-the-vip-on-the-road-in-columbus/

Town and Gown Magazine April Issue: http://issuu.com/townandgownmagazine/docs/april2013

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

How to Wear Vintage

This week on The Adventures of the VIP, I am going to discuss “How to Wear Vintage”.  Before I get started, let’s take a look at the meaning of “vintage”.  According to “Merriam-Webster” dictionary, it is “a season’s yield of grapes or wine from a vineyard.”  Wait, wait, wait! I am sorry that is not the definition we need.  Hold on.  Let’s keep reading through all these definitions.  Yes, here it is.  “Characterized by excellence, maturing, and enduring appeal; classic.”  Doesn’t that sound lovely?  Enduring appeal and classic!  According to Etsy, an online shopping heaven, an item must be twenty years of age or more to qualify as “vintage”.  To a vintage buff like myself, “vintage” is an item with aged quality and a traceable history.

What is so fabulous about buying and wearing vintage is that with a few standard vintage pieces one can create daring outfits by simply mixing the old with the new.  Vintage tops supercharge jeans, vintage boyfriend blazers harmonize with modern dresses, and vintage jewelry complements any top in the closet.  Now, without further ado, I introduce to you three examples of “How to Wear Vintage”.

To the ribbon cutting ceremony of The Real Story, I sported a bedazzled, stellar, vintage cocktail blouse, my “DIY Dip-Dye Denim” shorts, and darling black heels. This comfortable outfit will definitely catch attention as it shimmers and sparkles with fashionista pride!  The VIP declares vintage cocktail tops as a must have for all for fall.

For my dad’s birthday dinner, I strutted the streets of Louisville, Mississippi in my tomato red, high-waisted shorts, a pitch black Metallica band tee, a distressed jean vest, leopard print belt, and studded toe heels. This flirty and fierce ensemble is a perfect way to leave a forget-me-not impression at a birthday gathering.  The VIP declares band tees a must have for all vintage inspired fashionistas.

A vintage 1970s floral button-up, dark denim jeans rolled at the bottom with a neutral belt and eye- popping orange wedges makes for a dreamy  back to school outfit!   This retro, preppy ensemble delivers all the impact needed to start the school year off fashionably.  The VIP declares vivid, vintage button-ups a must have for the retro closet.

Drum roll, please.  Now, it is time for the famous-well, kind of famous, VIP tips.  This week’s tips are for those vintage-loving fashionistas who are looking for ways to wear and pair those timeless pieces.  Remember when buying vintage clothing, to invest in sturdy pieces that can stand up to everyday life and wear without being damaged.  I have suffered the embarrassing rip from a delicate, classic piece!

VIP Tips on How to Wear Vintage:

  • Pair with Denim:  Vibrant vintage high-waisted shorts or A-Line skirt plays well with a modern or vintage band tee and a jean jacket or vest.  Denim-on-denim is very hot for the fall!  Invest in modern and vintage denim to give your wardrobe a striking combination.
  • Sequins, Sequins, Sequins!:  Vintage cocktail tops pair well with jeans and classic trousers.  For the daring, pair with 80s style miniskirts or leggings!  No need to stress about accessories because the sequins say it all.  “I’m here.  The party can now begin.”
  • Edgy Leather:  A well-loved leather jacket adds a certain sassy, edgy depth to that boxy style vintage dress.  What is even more appealing is leather never goes out of style, my dear fashionistas!   “This year-round classic is totally worth the investment,” says Marie Claire magazine.
  • Boy Meets Girl:  Take the Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (of Elizabeth & James and The Row) philosophy when it comes to wearing vintage with modern apparel. “This season, we played a lot with rich textures, layering, and striking a balance between masculine and feminine.”  You can easily pair a sweet, white lace top with a “Grease” style leather jacket for a boy meets girl, daring fashion statement.
  • Let’s Hear It For the Boys! A dashing, vintage top coat layered over an edgy, band tee or preppy sweater works well with jeans or khakis for an absurdly good-looking vibe that will have all the girls singing, “Let’s Hear It for the Boys!” It is the vintage (or modern) article that every ravishing man needs for fall.

According to the Vintage Fashion Guild, “…Expect to pay a fair price to the seller who has found an item, cleaned it, and researched it.” Finding good quality vintage can be hard to do, but when you find it-it is totally worth the investment! The first step of being able to wear vintage is to locate and purchase striking vintage!  Stay tuned to “The Real Story” and my blog “Vintage Inspired Passionista” on tips for locating and buying these enduring, classic pieces.

Be sure to join me next week on The Adventures of the VIP as I take you on another fabulous fashion journey in my fashionista time machine! Wouldn’t it be great if time machines really did exist…

Don’t forget to Like the VIP on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista and follow me on Twitter @Abbysauce_ and Instagram @VintagePassionista!

Here are a few more of my FAVORITE vintage ensembles!:)

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

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V.I.P Interview: Raspberry Beret Consignment Shop

The Raspberry Beret: A Consignment Shop

The Raspberry Beret (“She wore a raspberry beret, the kind you find in a second hand store. Raspberry beret, if it was warm she wouldn’t wear much more…Purple rain, purple rain, I only wanted to see you bathing in the purple rain…Cause I get delirious (delirious), delirious (delirious), delirious (delirious)…’cause they say two thousand zero zero party over, oops out of time. So tonight I’m gonna party like its 1999. I was dreaming when I wrote this…” Did I tell you guys that I did a 4th grade project on Minnesota…and Prince is from Minnesota!…) Anyway…back on topic. The Raspberry Beret is a marvelous consignment shop located in Louisville, Mississippi. Sara Chapman, the owner, has such fabulous style that I just had to share with y’all my interview with her because Sara is quite the fashionista.

Sara Chapman and me! I told you, she has great style!

  • Share with us a brief bio about yourself.

I graduated from Grace Christian in 2004 and attended Mississippi College for a year and Mississippi State University for a year and a half. I never had a career goal in college for myself so when a position became avaliable at Lake Forest Ranch in 2007, we took it. I stayed at Lake Forest Ranch until the beginning of 2010 when I decided to open up the Raspberry Beret (March 2010).

  • What made you want to open up a consignment shop?

I love shopping at thrift and consignment stores. I love the hunt, the deals, and giving things a second life. I saw a need for a well-organized more upscale version of a thrift store in Louisville, and I decided to take a risk, providing a place where people can get great deals as well as make a little extra cash.

  • Why did you name your store Raspberry Beret?

It’s funny, my husband actually came up with the name one day while sitting on the porch…about a year before I opened the store. We knew we had to come up with something catchy that people would remember, and he thought of The Raspberry Beret- which comes from the Prince song that goes- “She wore a raspberry beret, the kind you find at a second hand store.”

Painted by Faith Spann, who has artwork for sale in Sara's shop.
  • How would you describe your personal style?

My style has definitely evolved over the years, from trendy to hippie-to retro-to classic-to where I am now-kind of a mix of all of them.

  • Who inspires you?

I draw inspiration not from any particular person. I see things I like, and I store them away in my head…but I rarely see outfits or room decor set up as I like it. I like to mix things up, but I have a passion for all things old because they have a history.

The Raspberry Beret has a nice selection of clothes that appeals to every age.
  • What is the favorite part about your job?

Being the owner has perks, but it also carries huge responsibility. I would have to say that my favorite part is combing through the items people bring me and finding a real gem that I buy myself.

You can create a completely new look for yourself at The Raspberry Beret. Everything from clothes and shoes to belts and accessories!
  • What are your favorite hobbies?

I don’t have a lot of hobbies. I used to make jewelry- refashioning old pieces into new electic ones, but owning a business takes up most of my time now. Other than that, I like to relax with my husband and dogs.

  • Where are some of your favorite places to shop?

I love most thrift and consignment stores, but I do shop retail some. I love JCrew and Urban Outfitters.

You can find almost anything your heart desires at The Raspberry Beret...
  • Do you have any thrifty fashion tips?

Be daring. Most people don’t think they can pull something off, but 90% of it is confidence. I have learned over the years though that buying quality is better than quantity.

Check out The Raspberry Beret on facebook!

Sara and I picked out some timeless, trendy outfits to show all my readers that it’s easy create a new spring look for a reasonable price by being thrifty:) The pictures shown below are the outfits we put together.

I can imagine it with different accessories, colorful belts, and Jessica Simpson shoes...Look for solid dresses in white or black because they are easy to accesorize!
White pants are classic. The possibilities are limitless!
Coral is a hot color for spring. Love coral, white, turquoise. I'm feeling like a beach trip...
This outfit that Sara put together is gorgeous! She loves mixing patterns together.
This is a JCrew shirt with the tag still on it! I liked this outfit so much, I bought it for myself!
Is there any better time than spring/summer for a cut-off pair of denim shorts...love it when they are frayed with holes!

It has been so much fun getting to know Sara Chapman! I wanted to share with you all a few things coming up in March: Beatles Poster DIY, Vintage Inspiration, and me revealing my new hair color! I don’t want to go into much detail and ruin all the suprises…so stay tuned to the Vintage Inspired Passionista blog:)

Check out The Raspberry Beret on facebook! http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Raspberry-Beret/115126191896852?ref=ts&sk=wall 

Are you guys following me on Twitter and Instagram? If not, here’s how to find me! twitter: @Abbysauce_

Instagram: @vintagepassionista

Thanks&Hugs

Abby Hathorn

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