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:

Get the details to this look here.
Get the details to this look here.

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

Throwback Thursday: Interviewing Published Author Liza Elliot

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

It’s Thursday…and y’all know what that means–it is time for me to throw it back to a fun and fabulous VIP blog moment! Yay!

To celebrate Liza Elliot’s newest book 30-A Super Club: The Cook Book, which was released earlier this summer, let’s take a look back at when I first met and interviewed the magnificent author! Click here to read interview.

ALSO, I just so happened to have run into Liza while shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue Birmingham a little while ago–it was such a joy!  We chatted about the cookbook + a few upcoming projects on which she is working. Sh…I promised not to tell anyone *wink*

The VIP and Liza Elliot chatting at her cookbook signing at Saks Fifth Avenue Birmingham.
The VIP and Liza Elliot chatting at her cookbook signing at Saks Fifth Avenue Birmingham.
The VIP with Kaneshia Sims, the editor of Red PaSH Magazine at Liza Elliot's cookbook signing at S5A.
The VIP with Kaneshia Sims, the editor of Red PaSH Magazine, at Liza Elliot’s cookbook signing at S5A.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Throwback Thursday: This Time Last Year…

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog! 

Phew…today has been quite work-filled. After my morning bike ride around downtown, I jumped head-first into my apartment patio project–leveling ground, adding sand, laying concrete stepping stones, adding marble rock, and ruining a perfectly good manicure–all while Ziva played with the leftover sand and my photographer snapped a few candid shots. Stay tuned to VIP home in July to see photos from the process + the final product. 

Now, back to today’s blog topic–Throwback Thursday. In celebration of June coming to an end, let’s take a look back at what the VIP was doing this time last year…Oh, it’s hard to believe how much has changed in just a year! Time really does fly when your having fun, enjoying life, and following dreams *wink*

This time last year, the VIP was getting dolled up by the fabulous makeup artist Daphne Rush for the "VIP Signature Curls" photo shoot with Hot Tools and Matrix products.
This time last year, the VIP was getting dolled up by the fabulous makeup artist Daphne Rush for the “VIP Signature Curls” photo shoot featuring Hot Tools and Matrix products.
(from left to right) Detra Smith, the VIP, and Daphne Rush before the "VIP Signature Curls" photo shoot. Oh, Detra did such a fabulous job styling the VIP's hair--check out the photo below!
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Detra Smith, the VIP, and Daphne Rush before the “VIP Signature Curls” photo shoot. Oh, Detra did such a fabulous job styling the VIP’s hair–check out the photo below!

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To see more photos from the “VIP Signature Curls” photo shoot and learn more about Detra and Daphne, click here

Also this time last year, the VIP was interviewing R&B singer Gabriel Tajeu. In this photo, the VIP is holding an autographed copy of Gabriel's first album "Finding My Way". Pst....special secret...Gabriel Tajeu is currently recording his next album that will feature the VIP's favorite Gabriel Tajeu song "Southern Skies".
Also this time last year, the VIP was interviewing R&B singer Gabriel Tajeu. In this photo, I am holding my autographed copy of Gabriel’s first album “Finding My Way”. Pst….special secret! Gabriel Tajeu is currently recording his next album that will feature the VIP’s favorite Gabriel Tajeu song, “Southern Skies”. AH! I am so very excited–I cannot wait!

Do y’all remember when Gabriel gave the VIP and VIP viewers a sneak preview of “Southern Skies” during his first VIP interview? Refresh your memory with the video below:

This time last year, the VIP was also interviewing Mississippi-based band The Bonfire Orchestra. Do you remember this fun bunch? Refresh your memory with the interview here and video below:
This time last year, the VIP was also interviewing Mississippi-based band The Bonfire Orchestra. Do y’all remember this fun bunch? Refresh your memory with the interview here and “Meet the Band” in the video below:
Another cool VIP photo shoot from this time last year was the "Concert Wear" series featured on Real Media. Check it out here.
Another cool VIP photo shoot from this time last year was the “Concert Wear” series featured in my Real Media column “The Adventures of the VIP”. Check it out here.

 If you are really in the mood to throw it back, click here to go back in time to see what the VIP was up to two years ago!

WELCOME TO THE GUN SHOW! *wink*
WELCOME TO THE GUN SHOW! *wink*

Now, VIP readers, I am off to pick out paint colors for my patio. Hm….decisions, decisions, decisions… *wink*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Throwing Back to Kick Off Something New

 

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

This Thursday, I am throwing back to some fabulous outfit series in order to kick off a brand NEW one next Thursday. I will keep the chit chat to a minimum because I have the first Three Ways to Wear Thursday photo shoot to style!  

Please check out the following blogs to get a feel of the fabulousness that is to come! 

Three Ways to Wear an Owl Sweater

Three Ways to Wear a Red Sweater

Three Ways to Wear a Pretty Pink Coat

One Top Six Ways Part 1 & Part 2

Accessories Challenge: First Strapless Dress of Summer

Accessories Challenge: Vintage High-Waisted Shorts

Accessories Challenge: Deep South Pout

30 Day J.Crew Challenge series

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Throwback Thursday to the Days When I Paid With Hugs

 

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Today, I have been priming and painting my kitchen all day…and at some point, I took a break to eat some mac n’ cheese and chocolate pudding for lunch–no, it was not the most nutritional choice…but it did bring back some great childhood memories. Ah…I miss the days when eating an entire bag of gummy bears was justifiable because being a little chubby was cute and adorable*wink*

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I was a chubby kid…I was girly with a touch of tomboyishness–I enjoyed dance class and playing dress up in my mom’s closet as well as running around “barefooted” in my grandparents’ pasture, making mud pies after a big rain, and going bream fishing with Paw Riley. Oh, all of this recollecting makes me miss the days when life lacked major responsibilities….major responsibilities like car insurance, monthly rent, utility bills, and college fees. Whatever happened to paying for everything with hugs? *wink*

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Oh, It seems like just yesterday when I graduated from kindergarten…when I actually just graduated from high school. *deep breath* I do not know who is handling my growing up worse–my parents or me *wink*

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Do not get me wrong–I am not complaining about growing up…I have to admit that I am digging this apartment living thing; however, I am not digging the bills that come with it. Now, before my mom calls me telling me that bills are a part of life because she is all about life lessons–I must say that I know bills are a part of life…they are just a part of life that stinks…a part of life where you have to decide on buying a new pair of shoes or paying rent. *wink* No, I am not going to shop myself into debt like Carrie did on that episode of Sex In the City…but a pair of Jimmy Choo stilettos would be nice *wink*

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I digress. So, where was I? Hm…that is a good question. To be frank (I guess it would be better to be myself *wink*), I do not remember what my exact intentions were for this blog post anymore…perhaps the paint fumes have finally gotten to me…or perhaps I am lacking important nutrition…nope…it cannot be either of those because I am painting with environmentally friendly paint, and I took my Flintstones vitamins this morning *wink* 

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Well… it looks like the second coat of paint in my kitchen is dry, which means it is time to paint on a third. Man…I am definitely regretting my decision to paint the kitchen yellow. Please don’t tell my dad that I am complaining about painting with yellow paint because he warned me how difficult it would be…I can hear him now, “I told you painting with yellow wasn’t going to be easy.” Yes, he was right…but this yellow is totally fabulous–so fabulous that I will forget all about the cramp in my right hand…and I will not forget to reveal this yellow beauty to y’all on VIP Home.

Stay tuned to VIP Home next week for photos of my apartment beautification process! I cannot wait to reveal the awesomeness! :) 

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn