VIP Scrapbook: Meeting Rebecca Minkoff + Q&A at Saks Fifth Avenue in Birmingham, AL

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

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*

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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!

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The blogger Q&A with Rebecca Minkoff was kicked off by Bertha from Chic in Academia with questions bloggers sent in prior to the event. NOTE: B did such a great job juggling her toddler (who did not have a babysitter for the evening *sad face*).
The blogger Q&A with Rebecca Minkoff was kicked off by Bertha from Chic in Academia with questions bloggers sent in prior to the event.
NOTE: B did a great job juggling her toddler (who did not have a babysitter for the evening *sad face*) while asking Minkoff questions.
This bag is in the VIP blog colors...therefore I need it *wink*
This bag is in the VIP blog color…therefore I need it *wink*

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*

The VIP with blogger and makeup artist Je'Don Holloway-Talley at the RM event at Saks Birmingham! Check out all of awesomeness at Life. Culture. People! (click here)
The VIP with blogger and makeup artist Je’Don Holloway-Talley at the RM event at Saks Birmingham! Check out all of her awesomeness at Life. Culture. People! (click here)
MY GIRLS! Ah! No words can express how much I love these two fashionable ladies--I miss y'all dearly! Come to JC so we can get into some makeup fun *wink* (from left to right) Tasha Deyampert, the VIP, and Tamarous Reynolds.
MY GIRLS! Ah! No words can express how much I love these two fashionable ladies–I miss y’all dearly! Come to JC so we can get into some makeup fun *wink*
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Tasha Deyampert, the VIP, and Tamarous Reynolds.
The crowd at Saks Birmingham was wild to see THE Rebecca Minkoff.
The crowd at Saks Birmingham was excited to see THE Rebecca Minkoff.
One word--LOVE! If you are in the Birmingham area, stop by Saks Fifth Avenue at the Summit for a FABULOUS shopping experience! And not to mention...they have a lovely selection of RM clothes, shoes, and handbags!
One word–LOVE! If you are in the Birmingham area, stop by Saks Fifth Avenue at the Summit for a FABULOUS shopping experience! And not to mention…they have a lovely selection of RM clothes, shoes, and handbags!
I need these heels in my life...and probably the two handbags, too *wink*
I need these heels in my life…and probably the two handbags, too *wink*
I love how Rebecca Minkoff can take such a simple concept, like a black handbag, and twist it so many different ways. That's what separates the true designers from the rest.
I love how Rebecca Minkoff can take such a simple concept, like a black handbag, and twist it so many different ways. That’s what separates the true designers from the rest.
So much quilting...and so much Southern love *wink*
So much quilting…and so much Southern love *wink*

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! :)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Beauty Tues: Polish Up Post-Makeup Skin with Laura Mercier Face Polish Scrub

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to Beauty Tues.

What’s in the news this week? The VIP’s favorite face scrub–that’s what!

To be honest, I have tried a plethora of face exfoliating products from a variety of department stores, drug stores, and pharmacies. Each product worked fabulously for about a month…but after a month (give or take a few weeks), it seemed as if my face “got used to” the scrubs–blackheads and patchy dry spots returned + peeling. *thud* another face scrub tossed in the trash.

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Just as I was about to give up on finding the perfect face scrub, my wonderful beauty family at Saks Fifth Avenue Birmingham introduced me to the Laura Mercier Face Polish Scrub. At first, I was very skeptical about using it because of my previous bad luck with face scrubs. After much debate with myself, I decided to try it–and let me tell y’all…I am so very happy that I did! The Laura Mercier Face Polish is my number one “skinsaver”–especially after a long day of wearing makeup. Most of all, I have been using this product for over three months, and it is very consistent with how well it works. *two thumbs up* Laura Mercier, thanks for creating a face scrub that I could never toss out! I do not know where my skin would be now if it were not for this fabulous beauty product!

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Try it for yourself! Stop by your local Saks Fifth Avenue today or order a Laura Mercier Face Polish online here.

What is one skincare product you cannot live without? Let me know–comment on this blog or post a comment to the VIP Facebook page. :)

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

Beauty Tues: A Trip To Saks + a Fab Beauty Giveaway

 

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to Beauty Tues.

This week, we are going to chat about my visit to Saks Fifth Avenue of Birmingham–oh, what a fashionista’s wonderland Saks is!

After a live blogging event in Birmingham with B-Metro Magazine, I had some extra time to stop by S5A to see my lovely beauty family! Imagine the VIP and the Saks beauty gals as sisters all living under one roof –talk about  fabulousness 24/7! *wink* 

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As Kimberly Crawford gave me a tour around the beauty department, we chatted about some of the new makeup looks and trends, skin care, and perfume….Speaking of perfume…as soon as I caught a whiff of  Viktor&Rolf’s BONBON, I fell in love! It was love at first sniff *wink*

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This Saks Fifth Avenue exclusive scent has a delectable aroma composed of hints of caramel, orange slices (Oh, now I am craving some old-fashioned orange slices!), and pretty florals. Not only does it smell amazingly delicious, but BONBON also comes in the most adorable bow bottle I have ever seen! Ah! Two magnificent things in one–I am adding this perfume to my wishlist…right now. Please excuse me as I write a letter to my lovely Birthday Fairy…

Dear Birthday Fairy, 

I know my birthday is quite a few months away…but do you think it would be possible for you to come just a tad bit early? Please bring BONBON perfume. If they just so happen to be sold out of BONBON–that’s okay. You can get me a Saks Fifth Avenue gift card. Thanks so much–you’re the best *wink*

Thanks & Hugs,

Abby Hathorn

The VIP with Tamarous Reynolds (on right) and Tasha Deyampert--Dont these ladies look absolutely fab!  P.S. I apologize for the blurriness of this photo--props to mom on not letting the Samsung full process the photo before moving the phone*wink*
The VIP with Tamarous Reynolds (on right) and Tasha Deyampert–Don’t these ladies look absolutely fab!

Also at I Saks, I picked up some of my Laura Mercier beauty must haves! Oh, this girl cannot do without her…her…her… *pause for dramatic effect* Well, I guess y’all will have to tune in next week to find out! *another pause for dramatic effect*

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Wait! Don’t go yet! I have fabulous Beauty Tues News to share with y’all! In celebration of the VIP’s 456th blog post–Yes, I am a nerd like that *wink*–I am going to be hosting a fabulous VIP Beauty Bag giveaway via Rafflecopter on my VIP Facebook page! Ahh! Check it out and enter NOW by clicking here. Good luck–and…”May the odds be ever in your favor” *wink*

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Beauty Tues: Spring 2014 Makeup Tips and Trends with Saks Fifth Avenue Birmingham Beauty Specialist Tamarous Reynolds

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

This week on VIP Beauty Tues, I have another fabulous makeup tutorial to share with y’all! Yay!

Join me in the beauty seat at Saks Fifth Avenue Birmingham as makeup specialist Tamarous Reynolds gives me a quick and sassy spring makeover with Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Lancome, and more! Also, Tamarous gives me some fabulous makeup tips that will…that will…change my life forever–I would elaborate…but I do not want to spoil the content of the video! *wink*

Now, without further ado, I introduce to y’all the VIP’s Spring Makeup Tips & Trends video with Saks Fifth Avenue Birmingham Beauty Specialist, Tamarous Reynolds! *Applause* *cue Lady GaGa’s Applause*

What did you think of this makeup tutorial? Would you like to see more makeup videos on VIP Beauty Tues? Let us know what you think! Please feel free to email the VIP team here anytime with your comments. :)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Beauty Tues: EASY Prom Makeup Tutorial with Saks Fifth Avenue Birmingham Beauty Specialist Kimberly Crawford

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

This week on VIP Beauty Tues, I have a fabulous makeup tutorial to share with y’all! So, come on fabulouses, and join me in the beauty seat at Saks Fifth Avenue Birmingham as makeup specialist Kimberly Crawford gives me the ultimate prom makeover with Trish McEvoy cosmetics.

 I love the Trish McEvoy line because it is great for sensitive skin, and the line has a wide variety of colors and products to fit anyone’s fancy! My mom is a huge fan of the Trish McEvoy Planner because it is a Trapper Keeper for all her makeup needs. She recently invested in the Power of Makeup Planner Collection Azure and is totally in love with the colors and the ease–but let’s face it…it is really because it comes in a pouch. My mom loves putting things in zipper pouches. Anyway…the Trish McEvoy mascara is a miracle worker for ALL types of eyelashes, and when it comes time to wash it off at the end of the day…it’s amazingly simple. Well, Abby, how does it wash off? Y’all will have to watch the video below to find out…*wink*

What did you think of this makeup tutorial? Would you like to see more makeup videos on VIP Beauty Tues? Let us know what you think! Please feel free to email the VIP team here anytime with your comments. :)

Also, there is a VIP Beauty Flash Giveaway going on NOW! HURRY because the giveaway ends March 12 @ 9:00PM CST.

ClickRafflecopter giveaway to enter.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn