Weekly Whistle: Hippie, Tie-Dye T-Shirt Dress

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Have you ever looked at a dress in a store and fallen in love with it before you even tried it on?

Well, that is basically what happened with this FABULOUS, hippie tie-dye t-shirt dress I picked up at Shellz Boutique in Jonesborough, Tennessee. BUT the fact that I loved it caught me off guard to start with…let me explain *wink*

Usually, I am the type of girl who feels she needs to mix patterns or wear complex styles; however, this t-shirt dress is almost as simple as it gets. With my style ever-changing as I adapt dressing fabulously to my busy schedule, I feel like I am starting to lean towards simple pieces that can be worn year-round and dressed up or down with accessories and the perfect pair of shoes.

So, without further ado, take a look at this week’s Weekly Whistle and get motivated to mix-up your style a little *wink* Try something new–you might be surprised at what you fall head-over-heels for!

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Dress: Shellz Boutique (Jonesborough, Tennessee)

Accessories: mixture of vintage and BluKatDesign

Bracelets: personal collection

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk

Earrings: vintage Avon

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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Weekly Whistle: Turquoise, Dots, and Vintage Rides

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Oh. My. Goodness. VIP readers…all of this preparing for school exams is going to be the death of me! So many books and so little time…enough about that!

Welcome back to the VIP blog for yet another wonderful Weekly Whistle! Mhmm…this week’s weekly whistle is a humdinger! Let’s see what it is….

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Blouse: Gus Mayer (Birmingham, AL), Michael Stars

Pants: New York & Co.

Heels: Jessica Simpson

Hat: World Market

Necklace: Personal Vintage Collection

Bracelet: StephieGknits

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Yay for turquoise, polka dots, and of course, vintage rides! Ahh! I just love my Michael Stars shirt from Gus Mayer! It is so versatile and cute! In the near future…I am going to show three different ways to wear my fabulous Michael Stars from Gus Mayer! It is going to be so much fun and spectacular!

Want your own lovely StephieGknits bracelet? Visit her Etsy shop and fall in love with all the amazing jewelry and precious knits! http://www.etsy.com/shop/StephieGknits?ref=search_shop_redirect

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Okay…now, it is time to get back to the books! Tah tah for now VIP fashionistas! Tune in to my Facebook page for some super awesome sneak peek photos from today’s photo shoot! Who says rain cannot be fun and fashionable?!

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

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Interview: Stephanie Grantham of StephieGknits

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Hello, hello, hello VIP readers! Today, I have a special interview to share with y’all! The VIP Interview with Stephanie Grantham of StephieGknits! Stephanie creates adorable knitted hats that are absolutely to-die-for! She also makes wonderful bracelets that the VIP adores!
Biscuit from The Biscuit Foundation with Muchie! What a precious little dog! Oh, the VIP is a sucker for adorable doggies!
Biscuit from The Biscuit Foundation with Munchie! What a precious little dog! Oh, the VIP is a sucker for adorable doggies!
As if her shop did not sound awesome enough, Stephanie Grantham donates a portion of her proceeds to a local nonprofit animal rescue group called “The Biscuit Foundation”, which is located in Burlington, North Carolina. Oh, fashionistas, I cannot hold back this interview anymore! So, without further ado, I present to you the VIP Interview with Stephanie Grantham!
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  • Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I guess you could say I am a natural born artist/crafter.  My grandmom Georgia taught me how to knit when I was nine years old and anything that was crafty caught my attention: cross stitch, needlepoint, unsuccessfully attempting to make quilts, photography, drawing/sketching.  My grandmom had very eccentric taste, and I would say she is the reason I have such an eye for color in both yarns and beads.  I have a lot of her old costume jewelry, and I consider those pieces art! I just love thinking about where that jewelry has been! I am now in my late 40’s, a grandmother, pet lover (mom to 3 dogs/2 cats).

In my spare time, I volunteer with a local nonprofit animal rescue group (The Biscuit Foundation) in Burlington NC. I donate a portion of proceeds from my shop to The Biscuit Foundation.

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  • When you are not making jewelry/knitting, what do you enjoy doing?

When I am not making jewelry and knitting, I enjoy playing with the cats and dogs, gardening, photography, catching up with my favorite shows on the DVR, have the occasional whim to rearrange furniture (which my boyfriend cringes at), and reading books (yes, old-fashioned paper books). My favorites are memoirs and true crime. I love visiting my son’s family in Florida! I travel there every three to four months to visit with them. Spending time with my granddaughters is very important to me.

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  • Describe your ideal vacation.

My ideal vacation is anywhere that involves the beach or water! Give me a porch swing and a screened in porch with a view of the water! That brings me back to my youth and all the beach vacations we had!

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  • VIP QUESTION: What is one item in your closet you could never get rid of and why?

The one item in my closet I would never get rid of is an old gray and white Fair Isle sweater (vintage ~1950’s) that was worn by my mom when she was younger, and I wore when I was in high school and could still wear today if I chose to (I think).  If you’re talking about something I wear regularly and would hate to part with, it’s my black ballet flats. Who doesn’t love their black ballet flats?

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I am very passionate about my craft! I love being creative with the colors and coming up with designs that are reflective of me.  I rarely, if ever, follow a pattern as I find them difficult to follow, and I just play it by ear and trust my instincts.  I like to learn new techniques as I go, and in my knitting I have actually learned new stitches by mistake (my favorite being the seed stitch that I tend to always use on my hats for the brim).  There is another person behind the jewelry designs in the shop, and that is my boyfriend, Jim.  He loves working with natural minerals, and we both love Czech Glass and crystal.  I would say that Jim’s designs are more for the earthy girl, and mine are more for the sparkly glamour girl.  We take great pride in the quality of the hand-knits and handcrafted jewelry we design, and we love getting custom requests!

Love this necklace and bracelet set! Oh, it makes me ready for a trip to the beach!
Love this necklace and bracelet set! Oh, it makes me ready for a trip to the beach!

Stephanie Grantham is such a fun person with great taste in knitting and jewelry making! All fashionistas need at least one StephieGknits item in their wardrobe! It is all so cute and colorful that you could wear it with anything and everything!

Like StephieGknits on Facebook to keep up with new jewelry and knits! Click here.

Shop Stephanie Grantham’s spectacular items on Etsy! Click here.

Also, like The Biscuit Foundation on Facebook to keep up with all of the puppy fun! https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Biscuit-Foundation/201426785134?fref=ts

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Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for a peek inside my life.

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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/2013/04/17/the-adventures-of-the-vip-dive-into-the-history-of-makeup/

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

BRACELET: STEPHIEGKNITS Blouse: Gus Mayer Pants: New York & Co. Heels: Jessica Simpson Hat: World Market Necklace: Personal Vintage Collection
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Blouse: Gus Mayer
Pants: New York & Co.
Heels: Jessica Simpson
Hat: World Market
Necklace: Personal Vintage Collection

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Fabulous Fan Mail Answered!

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Hello, hello, hello, VIP blog readers! Phew…I have finally found a bit of time to sit down and answer fan mail! To my delight, I had lots of emails requesting a blog about the outfit I sported to the Saks Fifth Avenue Emerging Designers Reveal for Birmingham Fashion Week. Thanks so much to all the sweet, encouraging messages about my style-I truly love all the compliments-but what fashionista doesn’t adore to have her style admired?

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Blouse: TJMaxx

Shorts: Target

Tights: Target

Heels: Steve Madden, Belk

Jewelry: Vintage and modern Avon

Earrings: BluKat Designs by Heather O’Cain www.blukatdesign.etsy.com

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So, fashionistas, there you have it…the ensemble you all have been requesting! Let me know what you think on my Facebook page @ www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista OR comment on this post! The love is much appreciated:)

VIP UPCOMING COVERAGE:

  • March 13-17: Shamrocking and Shopping at the Outlet Shops of Grand River in Leeds, Alabama.

  • March 20: Christine Moore Trunk Show at Gus Mayer (Summit-Birmingham location)

  • March 21:  Christine Moore “The Affair of the Hat” Runway Show presented by Gus Mayer at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens.

  • March 28-29: Meet the Designer-Joeffer Caoc. Event presented by and held at Gus Mayer, Birmingham

  • April 5-7: Columbus (Mississippi) Spring Pilgrimage 2013. I will also be ushering the Tennessee Williams play in front of the old Alford Drug Store on Main Street April 5 and 7.

  • April 11: Gus Mayer Day Long Pamper Event (more details to come…so, stay tuned!)

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Stay tuned to my blog, Real Story Publishing, Town and Gown Magazine, and all my social media to keep up with all the coverage of my adventures!

For more information on Gus Mayer and their upcoming events, visit www.gusmayer.com!

You can also like Gus Mayer on Facebook for all their latest trends and updates! https://www.facebook.com/gusmayerbham?fref=ts

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Want to learn more about the Vintage Inspired Passionista? Check out the See Jane Write interview! Here is the link: http://www.seejanewritebham.com/2013/03/blog-like-girl-bfw-2013-edition-abby.html

Don’t forget to see the VIP’s video coverage on community events on the Vintage Passionista YouTube page! http://www.youtube.com/user/VintagePassionista?feature=mhee

If you cannot get enough of the VIP, check out my articles in The Real Story! The Adventures of the VIP in the Lifestyle section! www.realstorypublishing.com

The VIP is also on The Real Story YouTube page! Check out the first Adventures of the VIP video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Uhx3yMCDh4

Check out the latest issue of Town and Gown Magazine! You can read online @www.issuu.com/townandgownmagazine!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn