Weekly Whistle: Sweet Tea, Stranger, & John Lennon

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This week’s Weekly Whistle title was a  struggle.  98.79% of the time I believe that I come up with clever titles.  Frustrated and suffering from writer’s block–I grabbed my sunglasses and a glass of Milo’s sweet tea and went outside to lounge by the pool.

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After an hour and almost falling asleep, the title came to me!  I remembered a comment a nice stranger (not stranger danger–don’t worry, mom!) said to me–“I love your sunnies! Very John Lennon.”  To which I replied, “Thanks so much!” and then continued to walk to my car…thankful that I was not recognized as “The VIP”.  Who would have thought that sunburn and sunglasses would make such a great disguise?  Anyway…long story short, that comment from the lovely stranger inspired today’s title.  Thank you, kind stranger!

Now, that is enough chatting and story telling! It is time to see what the VIP’s outfit of the week is–Come on, fashionistas!

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Top: American Apparel (Atlanta, Georgia)

Skirt: personal vintage collection

Shoes: Vans, VIP DIY

Earrings: StephieGknits by Stephanie Grantham

Sunglasses: Ray Ban (polarized), Sunglasses Hut

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

Real Media: The Adventures of the VIP–Top Picks of Summer & Day Dreaming of Tom Cruisehttp://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/05/29/the-adventures-of-the-vip-top-picks-of-summer-and-daydreams-of-tom-cruise/

Town and Gown Magazine May Issue: http://issuu.com/townandgownmagazine/docs/may

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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Memorial Day 2013

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Today is the beloved day we all call Memorial Day. The day where we should be remembering the fallen and honoring the true American heroes.  Have we stayed true to the real meaning of Memorial Day? That is my question.

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I was in a hurry on my way home yesterday when I passed by an elderly man on the side of the road holding a cardboard sign that read, “Hungry homeless veteran soldier”.  I nearly burst into tears…All I could think about was why was that soldier homeless? Where is the love?  Why have so many veterans been ignored…pushed to the side…and forgotten?

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It seems that in the hustle and bustle of our busy lives that we forget those who served our country…we forget those who jeopardized their lives to protect our freedom…we forget how many good men and women lost their lives defending our nation…BUT today, let us remember them.  Let us remember the heroic men and women who have fallen in the line of duty.  Let us be thankful for our amazing armed forces and praise them for their brave actions.  Let us stay true to the real meaning of Memorial Day.

To learn about the history of Memorial Day, check out my latest Real Media article.

Real Media: The Adventures of the VIP: Memorial Day History in a Large, Medium, and Small Nutshell–http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/05/22/the-adventures-of-the-vip-memorial-day-history-and-fashion-in-a-large-medium-and-small-nutshell/

Ring: StephieGknits by Stephanie Grantham
Ring: StephieGknits by Stephanie Grantham

Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day, y’all!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

One Top, Six Ways: Part Two

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Hello, my lovely fashionistas! Welcome back to the Vintage Inspired Passionista blog for three more ways to wear this spectacular Michael Stars t-shirt from Gus Mayer! Oh, I cannot believe how many different looks I have created with such a simple blouse…who would have thought that a turquoise t-shirt could go so far in the fashion world!

If you missed One Top, Six Ways: Part One, no need to panic! Everyone just calm down! Click here for a direct link….see, I said it would all be okay:)

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Ahh! I can barely contain my excitement! These three additional ways to wear the superb Michael Stars blouse are so spectacular! Yay! Jump for joy because summer is here, and so is One Top, Six Ways: Part Two! Whoo hoo!

Gotta’ Have My Summer Slouchy Hat!

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Blouse: Michael Stars, Gus Mayer

Shorts: VIP DIY

Hat: StephieGknits by Stephanie Grantham

Necklace & Bracelets: Beadsoul by Lisa Hamilton

Shoes: Vans, VIP DIY

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Forever Brightly Twisted!

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Blouse: Michael Stars, Gus Mayer

Shorts: American Eagle

Scarf: Brightly Twisted, Gus Mayer

Necklace & Bracelets: Beadsoul by Lisa Hamilton

Shoes: Vans, VIP DIY

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Gus Mayer, Gus Mayer, & More Gus Mayer!

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Shorts: Paige Denim Company, Gus Mayer

Scarf: Brightly Twisted, Gus Mayer

Shoes: Circus by Sam Edelman, Gus Mayer

Ring: StephieGknits by Stephanie Grantham

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Real Media: The Adventures of the VIP: Memorial Day History in a Large, Medium, and Small Nutshell–http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/05/22/the-adventures-of-the-vip-memorial-day-history-and-fashion-in-a-large-medium-and-small-nutshell/

Town and Gown Magazine May Issue: http://issuu.com/townandgownmagazine/docs/may

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Abby Hathorn

Accessories Challenge: First Strapless Dress of Summer!

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Hello, VIP fashionistas! Let’s kick off this amazing week with an amazing VIP Accessories Challenge! For those of you who are just now joining me on my blogging adventure…or for those of you who simply forgot what a VIP Accessories Challenge is–don’t nod your head no…it’s okay–we all forget things–especially me. I forget to take my laundry upstairs pretty much every single day–Anyway…an Accessories Challenge is where I take one outfit and swap out ONLY accessories to create a variety of looks with ease! Oh….fashionistas can never have too many accessories!

Now, without further ado…I present to you the VIP’s Accessories Challenge with a sunshine yellow strapless dress from Deep South Pout in Starkville, Mississipp! Whoo hoo!

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VIP TIP:

Mixing metallics is a fun and easy way to create a superbly chic look that adds pizazz to any and all summer ensembles! Who said you cannot mix gold and silver together? Well…it was not the VIP!

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 Dress: Deep South Pout

Belt: Personal Vintage Collection (Truth is…I took it out of my mom’s closet…shhh…)

Heels: Avon

Necklace: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain

Bracelet: Belk–Trussville, AL

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VIP TIP:

A sassy twist to any floor-length strapless dress is color blocked sandals! Beating the summer heat has never been so stylish! Thanks, Gus Mayer, for a wonderful selection of spectacular sandals!

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Dress: Deep South Pout

Sandals: Circus by Sam Edelman, Gus Mayer

Peach Bracelet: Deep South Pout

Green & Turquoise Bracelet: StephieGknits by Stephanie Grantham

Necklaces:  Personal Vintage Collection (aka my mom’s closet)

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VIP TIP:

Tie up floor-dusting dresses to create a more casual style that is perfect for a coffee trip!…let’s admit it…we all love and NEED our Starbucks runs, BUT we gotta’ look super cute!

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Dress: Deep South Pout

Vest: VIP DIY–Click here to see the very first VIP DIY!

Sandals: Circus by: Sam Edelman, Gus Mayer

Belt: Target

Glasses: BCBG MazAzria (yes, these are my REAL glasses.)

Bracelet: Beadsoul by Lisa Hamilton

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VIP TIP:

I will throw in a personal testimony for all of my blonde readers out there! I was a tad bit nervous to wear this luscious yellow dress because I was afraid it would clash and look terrible with my blonde hair…BUT it doesn’t–it looks fabulous! At the end of the day, blondes can sport yellow–I am not really sure who told me they couldn’t….hmm…

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Dress: Deep South Pout

Vest: VIP DIY

Heels: OBT, Gus Mayer

Bracelet: Deep South Pout

Necklace: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain

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Town and Gown Magazine May Issue: http://issuu.com/townandgownmagazine/docs/may

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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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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!)

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  • 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?!

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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.

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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!

Like The Crystal Heart Factory on Facebook to keep up with the latest jewelry creations and giveaways! Click here.

Twitter: @heartsofcrystal

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn