Weekly Whistle: Little Leopard Dress featuring Monkee’s of Johnson City

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Ya know…there is just something about leopard that makes a fashionista feel fabulous and fearless. It stands out in a crowd, it pairs elegantly with pops of color, and it can be a real wild card when combined with other patterns. (See this week’s #VIPMixItMonday on Instagram.)

I found this lovely, little leopard dress at Monkee’s of Johnson City while on a local shopping adventure, and needless to say, I fell head-over-heels for its wear-ability and versatility. So, for this week’s Weekly Whistle, I am sporting it with a sweet lace under-dress, handmade accessories, and my favorite handbag of ALL TIME *wink*

Check out the photos below taken in awesome downtown Johnson City + be sure to check out Monkee’s of Johnson City on Facebook and Instagram for the latest trends!

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Dress: Monkee’s of Johnson City

Necklace: BluKatDesign

Earrings: BluKatDesign

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk

Handbag: Kate Spade, Kate Spade at The Summit (Birmingham, AL)

Bracelet: “borrowed” from mom’s closet *wink*

Scarf (on handbag): personal vintage collection

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ALSO…I mentioned this dress having lots of versatility, so be sure to come back tomorrow for Three Ways to Wear Thursday where I will be styling this leopard find 3 new ways ♥

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Three Ways to Wear: Neon Floral Shawl

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Sometimes…it’s just fun to mix a little neon into your wardrobe! It’s good for the soul–just like sweet tea *wink*

 So, for this week’s Three Ways to Wear Thursday, I am adding some brightness to my wardrobe with three spectacular ways to wear a cute goody I picked up at R Tabb & Co. on my recent visit to Mississippi. Now, without further delay, let’s check out this TWTWT as I nap-it-up for Jonesborough Days tomorrow *wink*

Way One: Mixing It Up

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Shawl: R Tabb & Co.

Shorts: Gabe’s (Johnson City location)

Crop-top: Express

Heels: Michael Kors, Belk

Necklace: BluKatDesign

Way Two: Festival Wear

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Shawl: R Tabb & Co. 

Shirt: J.Crew

Skirt: J.Crew

Heels: Lucky Brand, Belk

Necklace: BluKatDesign 

Way Three: The IG #VIPMixItMonday

Be sure to follow @AbbyHathorn on Instagram to see the special outfit posts + more everyday!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BHLlkZEDYWH/?taken-by=abbyhathorn

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Summer Fun with R. Tabb & Co

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On my recent trip back to the home-state, I stopped by one of my favorite boutiques in Starkville, Mississippi–R. Tabb & Co.. When I was living in Mississippi several years ago, I did a Town & Gown Magazine event at R. Tabb where I first fell in love with the clothing store. I totally stalked my own blog to find the photo below of Rebecca Tabb and I three years ago. Goodness gracious–hard to believe it was that long ago! Time flies when you’re having fun! How cliche am I *wink*

The VIP with owner of R. Tabb & Co, Rebecca Tabb in 2012.
The VIP with owner of R. Tabb & Co, Rebecca Tabb in 2012. Check out a blog blast from the past here.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at this week’s Weekly Whistle outfit below which features some fabulous Mississippi fashions and accessories! Be sure to come back tomorrow, too, for an awesome Three Ways to Wear Thursday featuring another R. Tabb buy–woo hoo! *happy dance* The VIP loves and misses R. Tabb & Co. 

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Tank: R. Tabb & Co (Starkville, Mississippi)

Shorts: Shellz Boutique (Jonesborough location)

Hat: Blu Gertrude (made in Mississippi)

Wedges: Jessica Simpson, Belk

Long necklace (blue): BROLIN & BAILEY CO. (GREENEVILLE, TENNESSEE)

Crystal necklace: gifted 

Short necklace (662): Aspen Bay (Starkville, Mississippi) –this necklace is a reminder of where my roots are, in Mississippi. The “662” is the telephone area code for where I grew up :)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

Three Ways to Wear: Vintage-Inspired Brocade

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If there is one thing I absolutely love (other than my Giant Schnauzer), it’s vintage-inspired patterns. They carry such a sweet history that makes me feel like a walking history book *wink*

From sequins to polyester, I have always been a little obsessed with the origin of my clothes…Hm…what about brocade? This fabulous blouse has a brocade-inspired look–I wonder what its story is?…

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Brief VIP Fashion History Lesson:

Coming to style in the Middle Ages, brocade was a popular fabric all over the world. The rich and powerful, who lived everywhere from China and Greece to Byzantium and Africa, sported brocade to showcase their nobility and power. During the Italian Renaissance, brocade took the wealthy by storm by embracing renaissance values with a strong and elegant complexity. Moving its way to Europe, brocade’s popularity grew even more, and to this day, it is still (obviously) very popular. For more history click here. 

NOW….let’s get down to business.

Ahh..don’t you just love learning about what you’re wearing?! It makes sporting around town EVEN MORE fun! Or…maybe I am just that much of a fashion nerd *wink* BUT that’s beside the point. Let’s take a look at this week’s totally lovely Three Ways to Wear Vintage-Inspired Brocade.

Look 1:

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Blouse: Charming Charlie

Skirt: Forever 21

Heels: Kork-Ease, Belk

Bracelet: Reclaimed-Inspired Goods, Johnson City TN

Look 2:

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Blouse: Charming Charlie

Skirt: Style Boutique, Bristol TN

Necklace: BluKatDesign, Etsy

Leather cuff: Luke & Lyla Designs

Tassel Bracelet: Reclaimed-Inspire Goods, Johnson City TN

Heels: Kork-Ease, Belk

Look 3:

WOO! Look 3 is on the VIP Instagram. Click here to take a looksy!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Three Ways to Wear: Floral Week | BluKatDesign Graphic Tee

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

OMG. I am so excited that it is finally Thursday because I have been waiting for what feels like forever to share this fabulous BluKatDesign graphic tee with y’all! I am not only going to show y’all how truly fabulous this BKD tee is, but I am also going to show y’all three fabulous ways to wear it! AHH! What fashionista doesn’t love a Three Ways to Wear with a designed-in-America graphic tee?! *wink*

Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at these hip, urban outfits featuring BluKatDesign apparel and jewelry!

Photos were taken in the heart of downtown Johnson City, Tennessee.

Look 1:

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Shirt: BluKatDesign (get yours HERE! Available in other colors, too!) | Pants: Deep South Pout | Belt: Charming Charlie | Necklace: personal vintage collection | Heels: Madden Girl, Belk

Look 2:

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Shirt: BluKatDesign (get yours HERE! Available in other colors, too!) | Skirt: GAP | Blazer: J.Crew | Heels: Michael Kors | Earrings: BluKatDesign (Etsy shop here)

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Shirt: BluKatDesign (get yours HERE! Available in other colors, too!) | Skirt: personal vintage collection | Necklace: BluKatDesign (Etsy shop here) | Earrings: BluKatDesign (Etsy shop here) | Ring: BluKatDesign (Etsy shop here) | Heels: Michael Kors 

#ShortGirlProbs  Wearing heels AND standing on my toes just to see over the bridge at Founders Park in Johnson City *wink*
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Wearing heels AND standing on my toes just to see over the bridge at Founders Park in Johnson City *wink*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn