Letter From the Editor: Winsome Easel Calligraphy Workshop

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Last weekend, I attended my first ever calligraphy class at Reclaimed Inspired Goods in downtown Johnson City with Winsome Workshop by Winsome Easel owner Kristin Hornstein. It was so much fun, and I have practiced almost everyday since! Oh–y’all! Kristin has given me the technique + confidence to better my calligraphy while also developing my own unique style. I cannot wait until Winsome Workshop comes back to Johnson City because I will definitely be checking my calendar to attend *wink*

Day 1 of calligraphy. I wrote one of my favorite Hemingway quotes--"Write hard and clear about what hurts."
Day 1 of calligraphy. I wrote one of my favorite Hemingway quotes–“Write hard and clear about what hurts.”
Day 2--I played around with this quote I found on Pinterest. Still a little shaky in technique but practice makes perfect *wink*
Day 2–I played around with this quote I found on Pinterest. Still a little shaky in technique, but practice makes perfect *wink*
Day 3--Playing around with different fonts and decorative ideas.
Day 3–Playing around with different fonts and decorative ideas.
Day 4--I quite like the way this doodle worked out! Such a simple quote with great meaning! Still have a little work to do on my writing though *wink*
Day 4–I quite like the way this doodle worked out! Such a simple quote with great meaning! Still have a little work to do on my writing though *wink*

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Check out all the awesome things Kristin does on Winsome Easel. Y’all, her work is breathtaking! Also, look to see if she has a workshop coming up near you *wink* Click here.

Also over the weekend…

I created and listed some new handmade goodies in my Etsy shop. Check out some of my favorites below!

You won’t have to look beyond this upcycled 1970s necklace for the perfect gift for the VIP in your life *wink*. Click the photo to view the listing photos + learn more about the one-of-a-kind vintage dream.
Hello, color! Think of the looks you’ll get when wearing these eye-catching, handmade beauties! Buy NOW by clicking the image.
Don’t miss out on this OOAK bracelet with vintage fabric fringe. To avoid disappointment, be sure to order NOW! :) Click the image to shop.

Now…the VIP needs YOUR help!

As I am looking to expand and better my Etsy shop, I want to know what YOU want to see! More upcycled/vintage necklaces, specific colors, different stones, etc etc. Please comment on blog post or email here.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Three Ways to Wear Thursday: 3 Ways to Layer Necklaces to Make a Statement

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Hopefully, we are all surviving the arctic blast, and no one has gotten her tongue stuck to an icicle *wink* Last night, the “real feel” got down to -11 before I fell asleep. I repeat, NEGATIVE ELEVEN. What?! This Deep South gal is NOT used to weather below 30, much less below 0! *eep*

Now, while I warm up my Starbucks from earlier this afternoon, y’all take a look at this week’s TWTWT which is all about layering necklaces to create the perfect statement–cold weather edition *wink*

NOTE: Keep in mind that layering necklaces is easy as pie! By layering different lengths, metals, and colors, you can create a one-of-a-kind statement that is sure to pop with any ensemble. With the weather super cold out, adding a sweet layered jewelry look adds a bit of sass to a puffy vest or bland turtleneck sweater :)

WAY ONE:

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Red/black necklace: Sparkle Cat Studio | Black/rhinestone necklace: Avon

WAY TWO:

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Both necklaces: BluKatDesign

WAY THREE:

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Red heart/stone necklace: Hearts of Stone Jewelry | Green/bronze tassel: unknown (borrowed from Mom’s closet *wink*)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Paint It Black & Floral

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

It is Wednesday, and y’all know what that means…IT IS TIME TO SEE THE VIP’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK! Yay!

For this week’s VIP Weekly Whistle, I am turning it black (like the Rolling Stones told me to do) and floral because it is one of my favorite patterns *wink*

To top off this rockin’ ensemble, I slipped on an awesome handmade necklace from BluKatDesign. Every time I look at this necklace, I think about The Black Keys’s newest album “Turn Blue”…perhaps my love of rock n’ roll is getting out of hand *wink*

Now, while I go binge watch Big Bang Theory, y’all take a look at this fabulous OOTW + details and let me know what ya’ think in the comments section at the end of this post :) Thank y’all dearly!

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Tee: Old Navy

Skirt: GAP

Boots: Jessica Simpson

Necklace: BluKatDesign

Bracelet: Luke & Lyla Designs

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Vintage Skirt Worn as Top…Say What?!

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

This week’s Weekly Whistle outfit is all about the VIP wearing a vintage skirt as a blouse…Yep, that’s right–wearing a skirt as a blouse. The versatility of this darling piece is what makes it so fabulous! Skirt or shirt…it all depends on the mood I am in when I wake up *wink*

To see other ways the VIP has worn this sweet skirt, click here

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Blouse: Vintage Skirt

Jeans: Chip & Pepper Denim, Belk

Heels: BCBG, Belk

Necklace: BluKatDesign

Bracelet: Vintage

Sunglasses: Ray Ban

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP March Madness: An Outfit Perfect for Shopping Local

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog for another outfit in action! Whoo Hoo!

Today, I stopped by South Boutique (Trussville, AL) to do a little shopping and to say congrats on the one year anniversary. Not only was there delicious cake, but also a fabulous handmade jewelry artisan–Krista Lovelady of KristaLize jewelry was there with her sweet gems!  South has a wonderful variety of cute clothes and home decor–so cute that I had a hard time deciding on what to get! Finally after lots of chit chatting with my mom and thinking about things in my closet, I decided on a skirt and shirt from South and a super fabulous necklace from KristaLize. Sh…I am going to keep the goodies I got on the down low for now…Y’all will have to stay tuned to the blog to find out more *wink*

The VIP with Krista of KristaLize jewelry! Isn't she so cute!
The VIP with Krista of KristaLize jewelry! Isn’t she so darling!
Oh, the endless arm candy!
Oh, look at the endless arm candy!
Oooo...look at all the pretty jewelry!
Oooo…so many pretty options! I wonder which KristaLize piece the VIP got today *wink*
The VIP absolutely loves KristaLize! Y'all so need to check her out and fall in love :)
The VIP absolutely loves KristaLize! Yay for handmade:)
The VIP outside of South after shopping. I wonder what's in the bag...hmm...*wink*
The VIP outside of South…after shopping. I wonder what’s in the bag…hmm…*wink*

Now, before I spill the awesome beans on the cool stuff I got, let’s take a look at the details of today’s outfit in action!

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Vest: VIP DIY

Tank: Delia’s (Birmingham, AL)

Skirt: Molly Green Boutique (Birmingham, AL)

Heels BCBG, Belk

Earrings: BluKatDesign by Heather O’Cain (Etsy)

What happens when dad (aka Deddy) comes home from a long work trip. *wink* Oh, how Ziva (Giant Schnauzer) and I love our Deddy *wink*
This is what happens when dad (aka Deddy) comes home from a long work trip. *wink* Oh, how Ziva (Giant Schnauzer) and I love our Deddy *wink*

To learn more about the fabulous things South Boutique and KristaLize have to offer, like them on Facebook here and here.

Also, don’t forget you can shop online in your PJs here and here *wink*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn