Beauty Tues: Naturally Curly Hair Hacks | Short Curly Hair

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Ah…natural curls. They are a blessing and a curse. Everyone tells you to straighten your curls while they are out getting perms or getting on Pinterest looking for curling iron hacks. So, don’t listen to the critics and feel like you have to slick down your curls–let them breathe! Embrace the beautiful craziness of your natural curls! *fist in air*

Now, you might be thinking I can’t wear my curls natural because the battle with frizz is too stressful! Trying to dry my curls takes too long! It’s an endless struggle because my curly strands have a mind of their ownTrust me–I know the struggle all too well; however, I have fabulous news for you! On this special post of VIP Beauty Tues, I am going to spill the beans about all of my top-secret naturally curly hair hacks! Okay–so maybe the tips and tricks aren’t top-secret or super ground-breaking…but they surely are helpful *wink*

SO, without further ado, let’s take a look at the VIP’s curly hair hacks that are perfect for girls with short curls *wink* 

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1. Talk to your stylist!

Before you make any drastic changes to your hair or hair routine, talk to your stylist about the best cut and products he/she recommends for YOUR curls.

If you have natural curls and friends with natural curls, you know that all curls have different textures, volume, and curl style (like spiral, wavy, messy, etc). So, it is important to consult a professional before lopping all of your hair off or deciding to try products (like oils) that could make your curls cooperate less than before…leaving you more frustrated and ready to schedule a blowout. *gasp* and we wouldn’t want that! 

My hair stylist, Courtney Bennet of Salon Confidence, always helps me choose the best length and layers to help me manage my natural curls while also making it easier and faster to get ready in the morning. Recently, I chopped my hair off the shortest it has ever been + for added attitude, Courtney cut it short in the back and long in the front. See photos above.

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2. Know Your Curl Type

This hack is pretty self-explanatory; however, it is very important to know your curl type because different curl types require different styling products and hair care. If you are uncertain of what your curl pattern is, refer to step one and talk with your stylist :)

**Do keep in mind that as we age and our hormones change, our curls can change too. I have noticed as I am getting older, my curls have gone from super spirals to a messy combo of waves and loose spirals. If your curls start to change like mine have with me, you can experiment with a new hair cut (like I am currently doing) in order to revive and manipulate your curl style. 

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3. Don’t Be Afraid to Use Heat!

I have had my fair share of hair stylists who encouraged me NOT to use heat when drying and styling my natural curls; however, I see better results with a hairdryer and diffuser than I do pin-curling and air-drying. 

Sure, drying curls on “hot” with a diffuser can cause damage; however, ways to prevent breakage, flyaways, and excess frizz include: anti-frizz sprays (like the one I mentioned on last week’s Beauty Tues), a conditioner made specifically for curly hair, and a weekly hair-repair mask. You can find all of these products online or at your local Walgreens/CVS!

4. Taming Frizz and Flyaways Without Product

Though taming frizz without products MIGHT sound impossible, trust me–it’s not! Two hacks I swear by are scrunchies/lose pony tail holders and dryer sheets. SAY WHAT?! How does that work? Well–let me explain *wink* 

If your curls are frizzing all over or your curls aren’t as peppy as usual after styling, take a few stretched-out pony tails and make loose buns in random places all over your head by starting at the roots and working your way to the back. Let the loose buns set for approximately 5 to 8 minutes then flip your head over and remove the pony tails. Once you have set your curls free, lightly shake out the curls with your fingers before flipping your head back up.

If this does not help with the frizz the first time, take a damp rag, lightly scrunch the ends of your curls, and repeat the process above.

Now, about the dryer sheet–

On cold days, I find that my curls often frizz and have lots of flyaways, so I figured out that dryer sheets are a need little trick for taming that craziness. I simply rub a dryer sheet on the problem areas and/or all over–and TAH DAH! Done. *presses Staples button* That was easy!

**This handy-dandy dryer sheet hack also works fabulously if  you’re straightening your natural curls and trying to tame static frizz without using styling pastes or heavy hair sprays.  

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5. Skip a Wash Once a Week

I am a total clean freak when it comes to my hair; however, I have learned the power of skipping a wash once a week. Because my hair tends to be quite oily when not washed everyday, I schedule my skip-a-wash day around my busy schedule + when I know I will be home with no plans on venturing out *wink*

Skipping a wash once a week gives your curls a break + allows the curls to “soak up” natural oils that can help keep your hair healthier longer. If your hair is oily like mine, I recommend using a clarifying shampoo the day after your skip-a-wash day in order to strip the excess oil and grime without damaging or over-drying your hair. 

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Now, go out and love your curls, girls *wink* Remember your curls are something to be proud of–not something to hide! :)

To see what products I use to style my natural curls, please check out the Beauty Tues post here.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Three Ways to Wear: Vintage Pink

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Long before I became “the VIP”, I was pulling items from my closet and styling pieces multiple ways to give the impression that I “never wore the same thing twice”. I didn’t want my style to be trendy and disposable–I wanted it to be classy and reusable. Sure–I bought trendy/seasonal items that I later donated to the local Salvation Army, but I did not and never have “re-wardrobed” my closet after each season.

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I was always taught when you get something new, you donate or give away something else…but that it isn’t always easy for a clothes hoarder like myself *wink* So, I try to invest in really cool wardrobe pieces, and before purchasing, I ask myself, “Can I wear this more than one way? What about three ways?”. And thus…VIP Three Ways to Wear was born *wink* 

For a little Throwback Thursday action, check out the VIP’s first Three Ways to Wear post here from February 2012 *gasp* That was such a long time ago…and man, was my hair long! 

Now, without further ado, take a look at this week’s TWTWT to see how I styled the vintage gem from yesterday’s post.

Way One:

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Way Two:

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Dress: EBV | Necklace: vintage | Headband: ForgottenCotton | Earrings: Beadsoul |Shoes: Jessica Simpson | Belt: Target

Way Three:

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Dress: EBV | Necklace: Buckle (from 8th grade *wink*) | Earrings: Blukat Design |Shoes: Jessica Simpson | Belt: Target

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Three Ways to Wear Thursday: Black to Basics | Eyelet Skirt + SPECIAL #BelkScene Announcement

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Phew…we’ve made it to Thursday, y’all! Just one more day until the weekend–I think we got this fabulous (and stressful) week in the bag! *wink*

Speaking of bags…the VIP has lots in store for y’all on this week’s TWTWT, so let’s get it started *cue Black Eyed Peas* Be sure to stay tuned to the bottom of the blog for a very special announcement about a fab event the VIP will be hosting this weekend! Hm….I wonder what it could be?!

For this week’s TWTWT challenge, I took my new eyelet skirt from JC Penny and wore it three fabulous ways. The special thing about this TWTWT is that I show you how simply tucking in/untucking a blouse can create two looks EFFORTLESSLY. Who would have thought?! Ah…my favorite–cute and effortless fashion *wink*

Way One:

I sported this lucky outfit on St. Patrick’s Day this year; however, I did not share it on the blog. I love the stark contrast of solid shamrock and basic black + I am always looking for an excuse to sport my green kitten heels! *wink*

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Button up: Express

Skirt: JC Penny

Heels: Nine West

Necklace: BluKatDesign

Way Two:

Preppy, pretty and tucked in for the office or business luncheons.

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Blouse: JC Penny

Skirt: JC Penny

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk

(leather) Bracelet: Luke & Lyla Designs 

(silver) Bracelet: Tiffany & Co.

Earrings: Hearts of Stone

Way Three: 

Comfy, cute and untucked for drinks after work or night out with the girls.

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Blouse: JC Penny

Skirt: JC Penny

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk

(leather) Bracelet: Luke & Lyla Designs 

(silver) Bracelet: Tiffany & Co.

Earrings: Hearts of Stone

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Luke & Lyla Designs = my heart. I mean…how can you NOT love this handmade, pink leather cuff made from a vintage earring! Shop Lule & Lyla Designs here, and fall head-over-heels for all the loveliness!

SPECIAL VIP ANNOUNCEMENT!

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The VIP is going to be a guest blogger host at the #BelkScene Prom and Special Occasion event at the Belk Riverchase Galleria in Birmingham, Alabama this Saturday (April 11). YAY! How fun! I will be at the Saturday Scene event offering up my style advice + talking about the fabulous prom trends–from fabulous dresses to sweet shoes! Speaking of shoes…I will be wearing some pretty cute and comfy Steve Maddens, so stop by to see my shoes + how I will be wearing them *wink* Small hint: they are perfect for dancing!

There will be a live DJ (I will, of course, have to take a dance break in my Steve Maddens*wink*), sweet treats, and models showcasing the best of the best trends from brands like Jessica Simpson, Steve Madden, Unlisted, Adrianna Papell, and MORE! So, Birmingham fans–come out and see the VIP at the Belk Riverchase Galleria for a terrific time, fun fashions, and apparel tips! Cannot wait to see y’all there!

More details about the event + other locations for the #BelkScene prom and special occasion event below:

Stay tuned to the VIP’s social media (Twitter, Facebook, IG) for updates about the event. Now, I am off to pack my bags for the trip to Birmingham–here I come Magic City! *wink*

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: My Things For Spring 2015, Fun Flamingos & Fabulous Floral

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Yuck. The weather here today has been simply dreary….As a result of the dreary weather, I am currently cooking bacon, mac n’ cheese, and tater tots while typing this blog. Nothing like some good ol’ comfort food to make the rainy-day blues go away *wink*

Speaking of cures for the rainy-day blues…bright colors and mixing patterns is a zero-calorie cure that saves me from having to run extra on the treadmill–everybody needs a cheat day, though! *wink*

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For this week’s Weekly Whistle, I am going to show y’all some of ” My Things for Spring” with my favorite outfit of the week! As y’all take a look at the fabulous outfit pictures + details, put on your dancing blues shoes and listen to some Bessie Smith! Ah…Bessie’s voice just makes me want to dance all the way down to New Orleans for a day-cation! 

All of the photos on this blog were taken in the historical town of Jonesborough, Tennessee.

Dress It Up:

This look features two of my things for spring–flamingos and florals. Why not pair them together with neon stilettos? Why not! *wink*

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Top: Express | Skirt: J.Crew | Belt: Target | Stilettos: Jessica Simpson, Belk | Necklace: Sparkle Cat Studio | Bracelets: La Joli Bijou | Rings: Beadsoul

Dress It Down:

This look features one more of “my things for spring”–pink Converse! I had a pair of high-top, pink converse when I was little, and I wore them with EVERYTHING! Will I do that this spring? Maybe…just maybe…*wink* 

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Sneakers: Converse, ROSS | Red Leather Bracelet: Luke & Lyla Designs | Other Bracelets + Rings: Beadsoul

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Three Ways to Wear Thursday: 3 Ways to Layer Necklaces to Make a Statement

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Hopefully, we are all surviving the arctic blast, and no one has gotten her tongue stuck to an icicle *wink* Last night, the “real feel” got down to -11 before I fell asleep. I repeat, NEGATIVE ELEVEN. What?! This Deep South gal is NOT used to weather below 30, much less below 0! *eep*

Now, while I warm up my Starbucks from earlier this afternoon, y’all take a look at this week’s TWTWT which is all about layering necklaces to create the perfect statement–cold weather edition *wink*

NOTE: Keep in mind that layering necklaces is easy as pie! By layering different lengths, metals, and colors, you can create a one-of-a-kind statement that is sure to pop with any ensemble. With the weather super cold out, adding a sweet layered jewelry look adds a bit of sass to a puffy vest or bland turtleneck sweater :)

WAY ONE:

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Red/black necklace: Sparkle Cat Studio | Black/rhinestone necklace: Avon

WAY TWO:

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Both necklaces: BluKatDesign

WAY THREE:

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Red heart/stone necklace: Hearts of Stone Jewelry | Green/bronze tassel: unknown (borrowed from Mom’s closet *wink*)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn