Fabulous Finds Friday: My Fav Fall Bootie for 2014!

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Phew! What a long week it has been…My, my, I am so glad that it is Friday because that means the weekend is finally here, and I finally get to share the baddest, coolest, fall-est bootie with y’all! *wink*

While shopping in Birmingham last weekend, I went into DSW on a mission to find fall shoes because wearing open-toe wedges in twenty-degree weather does not sound very appealing *wink* So, I told myself to focus. *deep breath* After lots of gorgeous distractions and trying on lots of booties, I found the perfect pair! Ah–I was so excited that I could have danced a jig in the middle of the store! Not only are these Kork-Ease booties fantastically comfy, they are also neutrally classic for fall. I can go from coffee meeting to girls’ night out in a snap in these cutie pies. Oh, I cannot envision myself ever throwing them out :) Thanks, Kork-Ease, for always being the VIP’s favorite go-to comfort (and cute!) shoe :)

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I am head over heels for these!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

March Inspiration + Tips for Shopping on a Budget

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

With spring only a few weeks away, I feel like I need to rush out and buy lots of flowy skirts and tank tops; however, I really need to take a deep breath and calm down before splurging on every cute thing I see…*inhale…exhale…* *wink*
March Inspiration
This month, I am taking a little inspiration from my 30 Day J.Crew Challenge and Grand Haul series with the Outlet Shops of Grand River to shop and create a variety of outfits on a budget. What I learned from those two blog challenges will help me create the VIP March Madness series. Now, I am going to share three VIP tips for shopping on a budget because I want y’all to join in on the VIP March Madness! :)
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1. Gather your inspiration: Polyvore and Pinterest are brilliant tools–use them to your advantage! Create a style Pinterest board or a Polyvore collection of pieces that you like so that you do not splurge on items that you will only wear once–do not nod your head like you have never done that…we have all done it…even me…Don’t judge me! That Michael Kors trench coat was way too fabulous to pass up *wink* 
2. Set a Budget: Create a monthly shopping budget, and try your hardest to stick to it–don’t let that Michael Kors trench coat tempt you…let it go on sale…let it go on sale…*deep breath* For budgeting inspiration, check out Budding Fashionista–she really knows how to find some awesome deals and create spiffy outfits while sticking to a budget–I like to call her the Budgeting Fashionista sometimes *wink*
3. Make a Shopping Plan: There are so many options when you go to the mall–the bright window displays are like those purple bug lights, and we fashionistas are curiously distracted moths. You cannot help but to wander inside to see what cute things you can find, and then you come out with a receipt that’s as long as your arm…been there. done that. So, something I’ve learned to do is make a shopping plan to visit only five stores. If I still have money left in my budget after visiting those stores, I will browse other stores. Making a shopping plan keeps me level-headed and on task rather than distracted and running around the mall like Phoebe on that episode of Friends where she is running around the park flailing her arms. *wink*
Now, I am off to make a shopping plan…stay tuned for a VIP video soon where I will give y’all a sneak peek of all the cute stuff I have for the VIP March Madness outfit challenge! Whoo hoo!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

$50 Target Challenge: Outfit #2

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the VIP blog! Today, I am going to show you Outfit #2 of the $50 Target Challenge VIP Budget Shopping: Fabulous Outfits for Less! Whew! That was a mouthful!

To transform yesterday’s outfit, simply slip off the skirt and tah dah! Outfit #2 is complete and fabulous:)

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Sweatshirt: Target

Leggings: Target

Boots: UGG, Belk (Trussville, Alabama)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

$50 Target Challenge: Outfit #1

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog for another fun outfit challenge! What new series does the VIP have up her sleeve? Well, let’s see!

VIP Spending Budget: $50.00

With movie rehearsals and filming at the beginning of December, I knew that I needed to get comfy items without jeopardizing looking cute. So, I set out to find three pieces–

  1. An oversized sweatshirt
  2. Patterned leggings
  3. A cute skirt.

Staying within the VIP budget, I was able to snag a hipster-inspired outfit that can be worn three different ways. Even better than that–each piece can be combined with items already in my closet to create even MORE outfits! Oh, who knew finding fabulous outfits for less could be so easy!

Now, without further ado, I introduce to y’all Target Challenge Outfit #1 of the VIP Budget Shopping: Fabulous Outfits for Less!

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I mustache you a question...but I'll shave it for later *wink* Oh, photo shoot bloopers are fun:)
I mustache you a question…but I’ll shave it for later *wink* Oh, photo shoot bloopers are fun:)

Sweatshirt: Target

Skirt: Target

Leggings: Target

Boots: UGG, Belk (Trussville, Alabama)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

18 Days of Grand Haul: For the Love of Hoodies

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Hello, my fabulouses! Today’s Grand Haul look focuses on how a fresh, light-weight hoodie can change the whole style of an outfit. Oh, how the VIP adores hoodies!

To take yesterday’s outfit to the next level of cozy, toss off the scarf and slip on a snazzy blue Aeropostale hoodie for an outfit that is fabulous for campus, coffee shop, or a casual lunch date! Dressing cute, comfy, and cozy on a budget is so easy with The Outlet Shops of Grand River!

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Hoodie: Aeropostale, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Top: Aeropostale, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Cords: J.Crew, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Shoes: Naturalizer, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Check out my Grand Haul video for The Outlet Shops of Grand River below to see the fabulous deal I snagged on these outfit pieces!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn