Fabulous Friday: Belk Fall Fashion Preview + VIP’s Major Fall Favs

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Can you believe it! Fall is almost here. Ah! I am so super pumped for fall fashion–I love the colors, the layering…it is all so fabulous.

Speaking of fabulous fall fashions…I attended Belk’s “Finding Your Fabulous” fall preview at The Summit in Birmingham, where Arlene Goldstein, Vice President of Trend & Fashion Direction, gave insights into fall 2014 trending looks and must-haves. Bloggers, fashion stylists, and writing celebs were all on hand to see the most wanted list for the upcoming season. Stephanie Grada (Southern Living, Style Editor), Alexis Barton (www.samechicdifferentday.com), youtubers Stephanie and Tracy of EleventhGorgeous, Vanessa Culpepper (www.buddingfashionista.com), Erica Bunker (D.I.Y Style, www.ericabunker.com) and the VIP are just a few of the fashionistas who attended  the fabulous fall preview event. I wonder how many times I can say fabulous and fall and fabulous fall *wink* 

The VIP with the Budding Fashionista, Vanessa Culpepper. Oh, I am so loving her jacket!
The VIP with the Budding Fashionista, Vanessa Culpepper. Oh, I am so loving her jacket!

Now, let’s take a look at my major favorite fall trends that I will be doing everything in my power to get my hands on this season *wink* Pst…little secret…Tomorrow, I am going to give y’all the full details + pictures that are all about Arlene’s Fall Looks and the Most Wanted List! Yay!

VIP Major Fall Favs:

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1. Arlene gave us three fabulous fall looks at this year’s preview, and I automatically fell in love with the “His is Hers”. I love this style because it has a classic fall vibe + it reminds me a lot of style icon Katharine Hepburn. Arlene explains this style as, “A recast of classics, a manstyle mash-up, and filled with a quirky coolness.”

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2.  A “fashion” sweatshirt–from coffee, to campus…from gym to casual dinner date, this trend will definitely be slipping its way into every aspect of my wardrobe! I already have two hanging in my closet now (sh…I cannot tell y’all much about them because I am saving them for an upcoming styling challenge *wink*).

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3. No matter the season, the VIP is a lover of the statement neck! There are so many ways to create a statement neck look–from one piece to layering. “Logical or luxurious? Both! Bold stones, chain details and burnished metals. This jewelry item can update and refresh any old frock,” explained Arlene Goldstein at the 2014 Belk Fall Preview. Oh. My. Goodness. I cannot wait to try out some new pieces this fall! *wink*

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Birmingham Home and Garden Show 2014

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The Birmingham Home and Garden Show 2014 was four days jammed pack with celebrity guests, food tastings, inspiring outdoor displays, local vendors, and MORE! Can you believe it? All of that fabulousness in downtown Birmingham at the BJCC [Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex]!

I attended the Birmingham Home and Garden Show on Saturday, February 15, and I was amazed at the turn out! There were so many people chatting with local vendors, sampling food at the Western Supermarket pavilion, and snapping iPhone pictures of the awesome yard inspiration.
I attended the Birmingham Home and Garden Show on Saturday, February 15, and the turn out was amazing. There were so many people here, there, and everywhere chatting with local vendors, sampling food at the Western Supermarket Pavilion, and snapping iPhone pictures of the awesome garden displays. Oh, the Birmingham Home and Garden Show is the place to go!

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Car shopping at the Home and Garden show? Nah...I wish--my dad said no race cars *wink* I guess I will have to stick to Fiat of Birmingham *wink*
Car shopping at the Home and Garden show? Nah…I wish–my dad said no race cars *wink* I guess I will have to find a super adorable and sporty ride at Fiat of Birmingham *wink*
Carmen Johnston presenting Southern Plant Collection's expert decorating tips for 2014. Wow! Carmen gave me some great ideas for decorating the small green space of my future apartment.
Carmen Johnston presenting Southern Living Plant Collection’s expert decorating tips for 2014. Wow! Carmen gave me some great ideas for decorating the small green space of my future apartment.
Ah...daffodils! Spring is in the air....
Ah…daffodils! Spring is in the air….
Love this backyard idea! So cute and colorful!
Love this backyard idea! So cute and colorful!
Emily Ellyn (as seen on Food Network Star Season 8 and Cupcake Wars) and I chatting about about vintage prior to the interview. We could have talked about vintage clothes all day long *wink*
Emily Ellyn (as seen on Food Network Star Season 8 and Cupcake Wars) and I chatting vintage clothes prior to the interview. We could have talked about vintage all day long *wink*
Meeting Ahmed Hassan (Yard Crashers host) before our interview. It was so much fun getting to meet and chat with Ahmed!
Meeting Ahmed Hassan (Yard Crashers host) before our interview. He is such a fun person and a healthy eater *note the banana in his left hand haha* ;)
Ooo another paparazzi shot! The VIP and Emily Ellyn chatting with the Father Nature Landscapes people about their awesome display.
Ooo another “paparazzi” shot! The VIP and Emily Ellyn chatting with Father Nature Landscapes about their awesome display.
Ahmed Hassan giving his presentation at the Birmingham Home & Garden Show 2014.
Ahmed Hassan giving his presentation at the Birmingham Home & Garden Show 2014.
Emily Ellyn cooking up a storm at the Birmingham Home & Garden Show 2014.
Emily Ellyn cooking up a storm at the Birmingham Home & Garden Show 2014.
Okay...So, this photo was wayyyy too embarrassing for me NOT to share with y'all. The VIP in public with no heels, dressed up, and eating a cheeseburger. That's okay though, I am not ashamed *wink*
Okay…So, this photo was wayyyy too funny for me NOT to share with y’all. The VIP in public with no heels, dressed up, and eating a cheeseburger. That’s okay though, I am not ashamed *wink*
And...another shot of the VIP and her dad snacking it out at the show haha *wink*
And…another shot of the VIP and her dad snacking it out at the show…check out my chew-smile haha *wink*

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For more information about the Birmingham Home & Garden Shows, please visit www.birminghamhomeandgardenshow.com.

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Stay tuned later today for the VIP Interview with Ahmed Hassan! Yay!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle:Perfect Pearls & Musician Gabriel Tajeu

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Hello, hello fashion and music lovers! Y’all are in for a special treat today on the VIP blog!

I know, I did not post Weekly Whistle yesterday, but it was for a good and fabulous reason! I was interviewing the spectacular musician and singer, Gabriel Tajeu! Oh my gracious, readers, Gabriel is so terrific! Click here for a sneak peek of his song “Southern Skies” which will be featured on his upcoming EP Album release this summer!

Also, stay tuned to the YouTube channel and my website for the interview with Gabriel Tajeu! In the meantime, listen to more of Gabriel’s tunes on Reverb Nation by clicking here!

Connect with Gabriel Tajeu and keep up with where he will be performing next by liking his page on Facebook here and following him on Twitter here!

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Okay, now, it is time for the VIP’s favorite time of the week-except Fridays because Fridays are always fun-WEEKLY WHISTLE TIME! Ahhh! Yes, I know, try to contain your excitement…because this week’s weekly whistle is about every lady’s favorite accessory-PEARLS. Being a Southern Belle, pearls are a total must have for any and all occasions! “Southern Charm Tip #9:  Every Southern Girl Should Have Pearls Galore.  You can’t go wrong with a classic single strand of pearls, but lately we’re fans of the statement pearl Necklace,” states Southern Living.

From expensively delectable dinners to the explorers searching the Mighty Mississippi, pearls have had an interesting journey…To learn more about the history of pearls as well as some nifty fashion tips, check out my latest Real Media (Real Story Publishing) article here!

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Blouse: The Limited (Similar look here-Tommy Hilfiger)

Skirt: JCPenny (Similar look here-JCPenny)

Shoes: Betseyville, JCPenny (Get the look here!)

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During this photo shoot, Ziva decided she wanted to be on my blog too…so precious…and she managed to be more adorable than she usually is…I guess all of the selfies and Instagram pictures have finally gone to her furry head! Have I raised a glamorous diva dog? Yes, yes I have…Oh, Ziva the Diva!

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Doesn’t Ziva make a fabulous doggy model! Future career for her? Hmm…did I mention that my fur baby likes Swedish Fish and lazy couch naps?

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Denim and pearls…it simply does not get any better! Or…does it?

keep reading to find out : )

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Denim Top: Thrifted (Similar look here-Diopsters General Store on Etsy)

Tank: New York and Co. (Get the look here!)

Shorts: Target (Get the look here!)

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk (Similar look here-Belk, Jessica Simpson)

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A new take on classic black and pearls! Trade out your LBD (little

black dress) for LBS (little black shorts) to create a day-time, pearly-perfection

ensemble!

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Blouse: American Eagle (www.americaneagleoutfitters.com)

Shorts: Target (Get the look here!)

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk (Similar look here-Belk, Jessica Simpson)

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No…I can never be serious on photo shoots…I am still a six-year-old at heart haha:)

Okay…So, I fibbed a bit. It does get better than denim and pearls! How, you ask?

Just put the VIP in a freezing cold swimming pool with lots of pearls

and there y’all have it–an artistic take on the timeless must-have!

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There’s Ziva again, doing what she does best-begging for attention! Can you tell she is spoiled?

One plus to freezing my tooshie off in the swimming pool was teaching Ziva how to swim! Aw…my fur baby is growing up:(

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Check out more of my writings and photo shoot styling here:

Latest Real Media (Real Story Publishing) Article: http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/04/03/the-adventures-of-the-vip-perfectly-prominent-pearls/

Town and Gown Magazine April Issue: http://issuu.com/townandgownmagazine/docs/april2013

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Birmingham Fashion Week 2012: Part 2

This dress is from Thursday’s Headlining Designer, Annie Griffin.  I love this collection because the fabrics and colors are simply gorgeous.  I wish I could have bought the entire collection right then and there!  I am obsessed with everything Annie Griffin!

It’s been several days since (isn’t there a Barenaked Ladies song that starts out something like that?…) Anyway… It’s been several days since I was at BFW…Now, looking back at all of  the pictures I took and reading all the posts I can find on it…it’s hard to believe that I was actually there! I am still stoked that I was introduced to Karla Simmons, Ph.D. from Auburn University. She informed me about the Project Design Week being held at Auburn University on July 15-20…so hoping that I get to attend this amazing opportunity! Are you interested in attending the Project Design Week? If you are… here is the link that will tell you everything you need to know! http://www.auburn.edu/outreach/opce/summerexperience/projectdesignweek.htm

In this blog post, I’m sharing my favorites from Thursday’s show.  It was sooo hard narrowing down the pictures…

Without further ado…

Molly Franks, absolutely a fabulous job!
Adore. What else is there to say!:)
What a precious little black dress modeled by Molly Franks!
Awe… the Annie Griffin girls! You two girls honestly created some pretty awesome things that I am so excited that I got to see in person!
I want to give props to all the hair artists who worked so hard to make every model look fantastic!
This creative Rising Design Star made a dress out of computer wires! And yes, those are working lights at the bottom of the dress! Still amazed by this creation…
I have to give the makeup artists 5 stars…actually…6 stars because they did such a wonderful job! I wish I had a personal makeup artist….
I am still amazed at this dress…
Loved this Rising Design Star’s design! So creative!
This must have been extremely time consuming, but totally worth it! Soooo darling:)
Winner of the BFW Rising Design Star Challenge! That dress was an astounding work of art but….there is no way that dress was comfortable!
MayMay Cates.
Another magnificent design by Travis Mackey!
I am a huge fan of this color! Can I paint everything this color now?…
Dress designed by Holly Griffin Thomas, one of the Rising Design Stars! This dress is so cute and funky, truly a work of art! This dress was modeled by Holly’s sister, Anna Leigh Thomas Arsenault.

Well, there you have it readers…part 2 of the BFW coverage by the Vintage Inspired Passionista herself! I know, it is such an honor;) haha… Anyway… I wanted to let all you fashionistas know that I will be attending the New Orleans Fashion Week March 21-25! I am so pumped for spring break to get here so I can go to NOLA! Stay tuned for next time blog followers for the BIG reveal of what I will be wearing to a special event this Saturday!

To find out more about BFW, visit these websites:

http://www.facebook.com/bhamfashionweek

http://talesfromtheroad.southernliving.com/tales_from_the_road/2012/02/the-first-series-of-runways-shows-kicked-off-last-night-at-birmingham-fashion-week-under-a-much-appreciated-heated-tent-in.html

To keep up with my random thoughts and pictures follow me on twitter @Abbysauce_ and follow me on Instagram @vintagepassionista

Thanks&hugs

Abby Hathorn

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