30 Day J.Crew Challenge: All New & All Blue

Makeup: Melissa Atkinson, Lancôme (Belk The Summit)

Hello, my fabulouses! For today’s J.Crew Challenge outfit, I have decided to introduce two new, blue pieces! Oh, I am so in love with this all-over blue hue ensemble…the corduroy cobalt blue pants are perfect for dressing up or down, and the sweatshirt is going to be spectacular for the approaching cooler weather.

If you are just now joining me on this fabulous 30 day outfit challenge…the biggest thing to keep in mind is I only have 12 items from the J.Crew Factory store at The Outlet Shops of Grand River in Leeds, AL to create 30 different looks. To catch up and see all of the fabulous ensembles so far, click here.

Now, let’s see what the all-blue-hue  J.Crew Challenge outfit for today is!

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

(get a similar look here)

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

(get the look here)

Shoes: Steve Madden, Belk

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn


VIP Interview: Rhonda Spruce of The Crystal Heart Factory

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Hello, hello, hello, fashionistas! Today on the Vintage Inspired Passionista blog, I am going to share a fabulous interview with the owner of The Crystal Heart Factory, Rhonda Spruce! “I take great pride in designing and creating new items and providing a quality piece of jewelry for new and existing customers,” says spectacular jewelry designer, Rhonda Spruce. So, without further ado, I present to y’all the VIP’s interview with extraordinary jewelry artisan, Rhonda Spruce of The Crystal Heart Factory!


  • Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

My name is Rhonda Spruce, and I have been making jewelry for approximately eight years now. I fell into the hobby of it quite innocently. While Christmas shopping one year, I passed a bead store with a heart pendant in the window…KNOWING it would be a perfect gift for someone, I inquired within about purchasing it. The heart was not for sale–it was a class they offered. I took the class (classes…it took me more than one!) and gave the gift. They became popular gifts. I was also lucky enough that I had already been an established nail technician for several years with a clientele who liked them and started purchasing them. I have since retired from being a nail technician, but I am lucky enough to still have my clientele rocking and supporting my jewelry.


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

I am a stay at home mother and a military wife, and I enjoy living life! With my husband on duty every 4th day and deploying approximately 2 weeks every other month, we stay busy when we can. We love to give our children amazing life experiences. They are big fans of carnivals (eeek-youth, what can you say?) and my husband and I, being HUMONGOUS country music fans, try not to miss any country concerts within a 60 mile radius of our home. Being stationed away from my family is hard, so we try to stay busy to pass the time, and we are generally successful at that. (You would be pleasantly amazed at how many discounts and perks we get for being a military family that make this attainable!)


  • Describe your ideal vacation

My ideal vacation is a Ski in/Ski out anywhere that has a hot tub on the balcony of my accommodations. (note: My husband and I have taken this vacation together and our oldest daughter is our favorite “souvenir” from that trip haha)

  • VIP QUESTION: What is one item in your closet you could never get rid of and why?

My skinny jeans. I don’t own a scale…how else would I know if I am gaining or losing weight?!


My most popular items are my awareness ribbon hearts.  I will never raise the prices on them. They are the same price they have always been and always will be. Here at the Crystal Heart Factory, we believe that “Awareness=Funding=Research=Finding the Cure.” We have never turned down the opportunity to donate to a organization that has appropriate documentation for the event being held. We are here to HELP!

Also, I am very lucky to have my Mother-in-Law, Stephanie Grantham, owner of StephieGknits, as my full time assistant. Click here to see the VIP’s interview with Stephanie Grantham.


Don’t you just love The Crystal Heart Factory! Rhonda is such a spectacular woman with an extraordinary talent for creating breathtaking jewelry! So, what do you say, fashionistas? Are y’all feeling like going online shopping now?!

Want a custom piece by Rhonda Spruce of The Crystal Heart Factory? Click here!

Shop The Crystal Heart Factory on Etsy here to find even MORE awesome jewelry pieces!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: OMG it’s 2013




Welcome back, fashionistas! I hope you all have had a fabulous New Year! It is the first Weekly Whistle of 2013! Wow…makes me think about what an adventure 2012 was for the VIP! I began my blog in February 2012, and in June, I gained the opportunity to write my own column in The Real Story called “The Adventures of the VIP”.  Then, in October, I started writing and styling outfits for Town and Gown Magazine! I could not have gained all of these opportunities if it were not for all of you, my fantastic, fashionable, and fabulous readers! All of the fan emails and comments have made me work harder to achieve my dream of spreading the love of fashion-VIP style! Once again, thank you, fans, for all of your support! I cannot wait to see what 2013 has in store for me, Miss VIP!

This week’s Weekly Whistle is a sneak peek of my top ensembles to kick off 2013! To see more fabulous 2013 kick off outfits, visit my article on www.realstorypublishing.com! Also, come back Friday, January 5 for more 2013 VIP top pick outfits! You will not want to miss it! Now, let’s see what the VIP’s favorite outfit of the week is!


Top: Urban Oufitters, Pins and NeedlesJeans: TJMaxx, Kenneth Cole New York
Heels: TJMaxx, Jessica Simpson
Earrings: BluKat Designs by Heather O'Cain
Top: Urban Oufitters, Pins and Needles
Jeans: TJMaxx, Kenneth Cole New York
Heels: Belk, BCBG
Earrings: BluKat Designs by Heather O’Cain



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You can get glamorous earrings like the VIP’s @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/BluKatDesign
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You can read my articles in The Real Story @ www.realstorypublishing! The Adventures of the VIP in the Lifestyle section!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn