Weekly Whistle: A Southern Belle in the Snow

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

It has been snowing like the dickens here all day, and of course, the VIP team created fabulous (and maybe a smidgen crazy) photo shoots *wink* 

Taking a bit of inspiration from my old stomping grounds, I dressed as if I were going to a mid-spring brunch with some other Southern Belles. The juxtaposition of warm-weather clothes and cold-weather conditions made for some fun photos that have me VERY ready for spring and summer *wink*

Now, while I go warm up for some neighborhood sledding later, y’all take a look at these chilly and bright photos! Stay tuned for more from today’s photo shoot :)

Thanks, Winter Storm Octavia, for the fluffy snow. This Southern Belle has enjoyed it :)

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Dress: Three07 | Hat: World Market | Heels: Jessica Simpson | Bracelet: Luke & Lyla Designs

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Three Ways To Wear Thursday: Purple Rain (Boots)

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

With rainy days comes boring outfits, right? WRONG! When the weather gets gloomy, it’s our job as fashionistas to add some colorful cheer! So, ladies, hop into your brightly colored rain boots and take a look at this week’s Three Ways to Wear which is all about purple (rain) boots *wink* CUE PRINCE’S PURPLE RAIN!!

Way 1: (NEW!)

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Dress: three07 (MADE IN AMERICA! Visit the shop here.)

Knit-Cardigan: GAP

Boots + Socks: Hunter, online

Earrings: Sparkle Cat Studio (HANDMADE! Visit the shop here.)

Belt: Charming Charlie, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Way 2:

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Click here for details.

Way 3:

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Click here for details.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Interview: Melissa Grimes of Three07 on Under the Gunn Season One

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When I found out that three07 designer Melissa Grimes was going to be on Under the Gunn Season One, I nearly jumped out of my socks! I was so very excited for her, and I could not wait to attend the premiere party!

At the Under the Gunn premier party for Melissa Grimes!
At the Under the Gunn premiere party for Melissa Grimes!

During the first episode, I was sitting on the edge of my seat and falling in love with the dot-on-dot ensemble Designer Melissa created–it was so cute that I wanted to reach right through the TV to get it! Surprisingly, Melissa did not make it to the next episode; however, she stayed true to her  classy aesthetic while representing the South fabulously with her precious and drama-free attitude–that is better than winning any reality TV show in my book. 

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Now, without further ado, I present to you the VIP Interview with designer Melissa Grimes! 

VIP: Melissa, tell me a little bit about yourself.

Melissa: I am originally from Mobile, Alabama; and I moved to Birmingham two years ago to work on a clothing line that I co-own with two of my best friends from college [April Moore and Courtni Tyre]. We all attended the University of Alabama together and starting a clothing line was always something that we dreamed about in school!

VIP: What inspired you to audition for Under the Gunn?

Melissa: Auditioning for Under the Gunn was not something I ever thought that I would have the guts to do! We were contacted by someone who had seen our work, and they suggested that we try out–it was an opportunity we simply could not pass up!

VIP: Who are you as a designer?

Melissa: It can be hard to differentiate my personal aesthetic from that of our company three07–We all have a very similar sense of style with our own little tweaks that make it unique. I am very girly- I love fun prints, bright colors, full skirts–I believe fashion should be fun and make you smile!

VIP: Who or what inspired you to become a designer?

Melissa: I think I was always driven by a general love of fashion–I actually started out in interior design when I realized that it wasn’t for me. It seemed the more obvious choice was right in front of me–so I switched to apparel design!

VIP: What is it like having a clothing line with your best friends?

Melissa: It is great! We love to bounce ideas off of each other, and we each bring a different perspective to the table when deciding on fabrics and final designs. I consider myself very lucky!

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three07’s runway show at Birmingham Fashion Week 2013.

VIP: Even though you were eliminated, what was it like being able to be on the first season of Under the Gunn?

Melissa: It was an unforgettable experience! It was such an honor to be chosen, and I was able to meet so many amazing people–and of course Tim Gunn himself! I cannot say that I ever imagined myself on reality TV, but it turned out to be so much fun!

VIP: What was it like having to create an entire look in just six hours? *gasp* I totally couldn’t do that!

Melissa: So Stressful!! I really like to process everything and think things through when I work; however, there was no time for that– you know going into the competition that there will be time constraints, but it doesn’t really sink in until you are there in the moment!

VIP: The mentors did not like your dot-on-dot creation; however, I LOVED it because it was classy and wearable. Do you think had you made a more dramatic/flashy piece that the mentors would have liked it better?

Melissa: They may have, but I think that I stayed true to myself and really loved how my look turned out on the runway!

VIP: If you could go back and design something totally different, what would you do?

Melissa: I have tried not to over-think the “what if.” I would love to say that I would have sent an elaborate ballgown down the runway or something equally dramatic, but that’s not really me!

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“A reminder to everyone to continue to tune in on Thursdays @ 9/8c,” says fashion designer Melissa Grimes. “The remaining designers are so talented- I cannot wait to see what they create!”

(From left to right) April Moore, Courtni Tyre, Melissa Grimes, and the VIP at a three07 sale last summer. Oh, I just love these girls and their clothing line! So fabulous!
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April Moore, Courtni Tyre, Melissa Grimes, and the VIP–oh, I just love these girls and their clothing line! So fabulous!

To learn more about three07 and the designers behind the clothes, check out the VIP Interview here!

Shop the amazing apparel at three07 here!

Like three07 on Facebook here to see a sneak peek of their Summer 2014 collection and more! 

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

3 Ways To Wear a Pretty Pink Coat: Casual Saturday (Outfit 2)

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog! Tonight on the blog, I am going to show y’all a VIP Casual Saturday way to rock a pretty pink coat…because every fashionista needs a little break from stilettos *wink*

To change up Outfit 1, trade the three07 little black dress for a pair of pink cords, red sweater, a multi-colored scarf, and a slouchy hat for a cute and cozy look that is perfect for a Casual Saturday at the coffee shop with a good book.

Now, let’s check out the details of Outfit 2!

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Coat: Tommy Hilfiger, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Sweater: GAP, The Outlet Shops of Grand River (stay tuned for an upcoming mini series with this beauty!)

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

Scarf: Borrowed from my mom’s closet *wink*

Shoes: Belk

Midi Rings: Beadsoul by Lisa Hamilton (shop Lisa’s handmade treasures here)

Hat: Christmas gift from a family member

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

3 Ways To Wear A Pretty Pink Coat: Baby, It’s January (Outfit 1)

IMG_9957Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the VIP blog! I am so excited that it is 2014 because I have lots of new and awesome things up my sleeves–new adventures, new outfits, and some other new goodies! I am going to keep it all on the hush-hush for right now *wink* but stay tuned to the VIP Facebook page for updates! Yay!

Today on VIP, I am celebrating the New Year with this fabulous outfit because what fashionista doesn’t love pink and a crown *wink* So, I purchased this pretty pink coat on my last Grand Haul clothing haul; and before I took it to the cash register, I asked myself…how can I wear a pink coat multiple ways? Well, readers, that is where this mini outfit series comes in! Over the next few days, I am going to show y’all three of the many looks I was able to create with this pretty pink coat.

Now, let’s take a look at Outfit 1!

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Coat: Tommy Hilfiger, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Dress: three07 (Shop three07 apparel here)

Heels: Zigi ZoHo, Belk (Trussville, Alabama)

Clutch: Michael Kors, Target Neiman Marcus Collection

Crown: Charming Charlie (Johnson City, Tennessee)

Belt: Target (Trussville, Alabama)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn