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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Abby Hathorn

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Designers, Dog Treats, & Vines

IMG_6301 Well, hello there, VIP readers! It has been a super busy week for me between studying for exams and meeting  fabulous and terrific people and designers at Gus Mayer in Birmingham, Alabama! It was such a delight to meet and interview designer Gene Kargan of Lola and Sophie–whose blouses are so versatile and super flattering! I absolutely cannot wait to blog about the spectacular sun yellow Lola and Sophie blouse I got! Ahh It is so so SO cute!

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The VIP and designer Gene Kargan of Lola and Sophie with our precious furbabies Mattie and Sophie!

Guess who else I met?  Come on…take a guess!  No, I did not meet Ellen DeGeneres…although that would be a dream come true…Don’t you just love her show! IMG_6349 Okay…no more guesses because I cannot contain my excitement any longer! I met and chatted with renowned Polish fashion designer Karolina Zmarlak! Oh, fashionistas! Karolina has a fabulous and strategic eye for creating sophisticated clothing that make women feel confident and empowered.

Sneak Peek! This was before the horrid poison ivy incident....
Sneak Peek of the “vine” incident…

This is just a sneak peek of the VIP’s week…I do not want to spoil all of the fabulousness! Phew, it has been a busy week. After I post this blog, there is much more work to be done! Three videos to make, interview blogs to write, photos to edit…oh, speaking of editing photos…there was actually a minor…well, major issue with the “vines” photo shoot as it has been labeled at the Hathorn house…At the end of the day, it was totally worth it! Whoa…I just remembered I have exams next week! Note to self: Study and make flashcards.

Makeup: Jonathan Shalon Ballard
Makeup by Jonathan Shalon Ballard
Mattie striking a pose at The Summit! She sported my vintage pearl necklace and crochet flower from StephieGknits!
Mattie striking a pose at The Summit! She sported my vintage pearl necklace and crochet flower from StephieGknits!
Sophie (doggy of Lola and Sophie) adored all of the attention at Gus Mayer!
Sophie (doggy of Lola and Sophie) adored all of the attention at Gus Mayer!
I am so in love with Karolina Zmarlak's Fall/Winter 2013 collection! It is so sleek and chic!
I am so in love with Karolina Zmarlak’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection! It is so sleek and chic!
Thank you Shalon, baby, for making my makeup beyond fabulous! Stop by Gus Mayer in Birmingham, AL for a glamorous experience! What fashionista does not love finding new fashion pieces and getting a new makeup look?!
Thank you, Shalon, for making my makeup beyond fabulous! Stop by Gus Mayer in Birmingham, AL for a glamorous experience! Clothes and makeup…does it get any better?!
Even Mattie loves shopping trips to Gus Mayer!
Even Mattie loves shopping trips to Gus Mayer!

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Lovely puppy treats at the Lola and Sophie trunk show! All of the shoppers enjoyed bringing their furbabies along for a shopping spree!
Lovely puppy treats at the Lola and Sophie trunk show! All of the shoppers enjoyed bringing their furbabies along for a shopping spree!
Treats by Generation Dog: Where Dogs Are Family!

Phew! What a week it has been! Now, time to go work on interview blogs, videos, photos, and of course, studying for exams! Stay tuned for more sneak peeks on the Facebook page! IMG_6388

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Shoes: Gus Mayer at The Summit in Birmingham, Alabama
Shoes: Gus Mayer at The Summit in Birmingham, Alabama

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!

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

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn