Everything She Touches Turns to Gold | Vintage Sequin Dress

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One of my resolutions for 2016 is to get back to my blog roots by buying and wearing more vintage, and while on a recent photo shoot with my dear friend Andrew of Snapshot Avenue, I found this AH-MAZING vintage gem at Jonesborough Antiques & Artisans.  This 1980s, gold, sequined jacket/dress is an absolute power-piece, and I am tempted to slap the VIP logo on the back and wear it all of the time *wink* Oh. My. Goodness. I love sparkle…and especially vintage sparkles *wink*

Behind the scenes of the photo shoot with Andrew Love.
Behind the scenes of the photo shoot with Andrew Love.

This stately frock is so gold that it reminds me of one of my favorite James Bond movies, Goldfinger! Now, as you take a gander at this week’s fabulous Weekly Whistle, listen to this killer Shirley Bassey Bond theme song and get inspired to wear more gold, vintage and sequins*wink*

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Dress: Jonesborough Antiques & Artisans

Tights: Target

Shoes: Nine West, Outlet Shops of Grand River

Earrings: BuriedDiamond, Etsy

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Fabulous Finds Friday: Orange Love

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

While out antique shopping at one of my favorite local stores, I stumbled upon two orange gems and immediately fell in love! Usually, I am a sucker for any and all things blue hued; however, these bright orange pieces just screamed “retro”…and I screamed “yes” *wink*

The handbag is Perry Ellis from, I am assuming, the early 80s based on my little bit of research. And the hat is just old *wink* I can tell it was well-loved and well-worn. It is in great condition with the exception of the brand being worn away. 

So, I grabbed my awesome, hobby-photographer dad and went to downtown Johnson City to take some fabulous photos with this week’s fabulous finds *wink* Enjoy!

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Looking for the outfit details? Click here!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Vintage Casablanca Tote + My Crush on Humphrey Bogart

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

On a recent antiquing trip to Jonesborough, Tennessee, I picked up the most marvelous vintage handbag EVER for only five dollars.

When I first spotted the “Casablanca” purse, I was positive it was going to be over-priced or in bad condition–finding good vintage nowadays is a bit challenging–but to my surprise it had an amazing price + it was in great condition. So, I picked it up, looked at my mom, and proclaimed–“I am getting this! It’s fabulous, vintage, and only five dollars + Casablanca is one of my favorite old films.” Ah…Humphrey Bogart…he was such a brilliant actor! I not only loved him in Casablanca, but I also loved him in Sabrina! Man…was I ever so born in the wrong era *wink*

The details are so amazing! When toting this vintage beauty, I feel like I am hoping back in time...back in time when fashion was so elegantly pristine and movies did not have fancy special affects...Ah...I can only dream of what it would have been like *wink*
The details are so amazing! When carrying this vintage beauty, I feel like I am hopping back in time…back in time, when fashion was so elegantly pristine and movies did not have fancy special effects…Ah…I can only dream of what it would have been like *wink*

All this talk about vintage has me craving old movies…so, let’s take a look at some of my favorite clips from Casablanca and Sabrina.

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Special Note: If anyone knows anything about this vintage bag or if anyone knows anyone who could tell me more about this vintage bag, please contact me ASAP! I am so curious to learn more about it! Click here to visit my contact page :)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Accessories make all the difference!

My grandmother's 1964 dress and the jewelry she wore with it.

I finally found time to put together different ways to wear the 1964 dress…The bear investigation, the weather, DIYs, and other whatnots have held my attention lately…

 Today, I want to show how accessories make all the difference when putting together outfits! It is easy to look classy and vintage or comfortable and cute…accessories are a crucial part of every outfit!

Cobalt blue is a fun and fabulous color that pops against this light pink dress!
I WANT YOU TO ACCESSORIZE.
Don't you just love Peeps??? Shoes: Jessica Simpson, Belt: Target, Necklace: from my mom's jewelry collection
Is there anything better than pink and black?? Oo la la!
Every fashionista needs a simple black belt, black statement jewelry, and sexy black shoes!
Shoes: Kenzie Girl, Belt: Target, Necklace: from my mom's jewelry collection.
TIP: Don't be afraid of color! Dare to stand out and be different!
"I believe in pink...I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls." -Audrey Hepburn

V.I.P. TIP: When shopping thrift store/vintage shopping, look for simple lines and neutral colors that can be easily accessorized.

This spring, I would like to challenge you to invest in fabulous and classic statement jewelry! (Pssstt….don’t tell my deddy, but I did a little statement jewelry shopping on Etsy last week…I will be sharing my fantastic finds with you soon………….)

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1964 Flashback

My grandmother in 1964, age 16.

“Well, shake it up, baby, now (Shake it up, baby). Twist and shout (Twist and shout). C’mon c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, baby, now (Come on baby).  Come on and work it on out (Work it on out)”  Woah…Hey there…how embarrassing….Anyway….Did you know that the number one hit song in 1964 was Twist and Shout by The Beatles?  What a great song!  It is definitely one of those songs you get your hairbrush microphone and sing it at the top of your lungs.  I am sure all of you…most of you…some of you… are wondering why I am talking about 1964…well, the special event I have been mentioning lately has something to do with it…the dress pictured above is the exact same frock I will be wearing to an exclusive MAC event this Saturday in Trussville, Alabama!  Whooo!  Yes, feel the excitement!

My grammy (on left) and my great-grandmother (on right)

After chatting with my grammy, (Yes…I renamed her because as the fourth grandchild…I never got the chance to give her a name of my own *sniff*)… After chatting with my Maw Maw–I mean Grammy, I decided to learn more about 1964.  Another smashing hit (just so you guys know…I said that in a British accent…speaking of  British accents-Sir Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger was quite the hottie…these days…he is positively the cutiest  little old man ever!  I will end this random babble with…”Bond, James Bond.”)  Back to the smashing hit I was telling you about…Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison…that song is so catchy…(speaking of catchy!  Richard Gere was quite the catch *wink* in the movie Pretty Woman!)…I don’t remember what I was going to say…I’m jamming out to the music of 1964, and I lost my train of thought…

My grammy and her dad…Don’t you just love going through old pictures? I do…

I apologize for my digression…Time to get back on topic! After all my research, the apparel of the 60s was indeed diverse.  There is not enough time today  for me to discuss this topic, but I am almost certain that I will return to it in later blogs!  I wanted to wear my grammy’s dress because of the way the dress poofs out and makes me feel like a 1960s princess…Actually, I thought it would be totally freaking rad!

My grammy was 16 when she first wore the pink dress. well looky there, I am 16! Was this planned… hmmm…we’ll never know…

The custom-made, fabricated by hand frock (no sewing machine was harmed in the making of this dress.) was worn at some relative’s wedding…(I was…checking…my twitter…yes, my twitter…when my grammy was telling me who it was…sorry Maw Maw…) The dress is based on a size 14 pattern, but back then the sizes were different.

V.I.P. Shopping Tip: When shopping for vintage, it is important to know that clothes back in the “good ole’ days” were much smaller than they are today…For example–a size 14 could possibly fit a person who wears a 4/6 today….Don’t focus on the label size; otherwise, you might miss out on a spectacular find!

Once again…there I go…off on another random tanget… I don’t know what’s wrong with me today, but I have the inability to stay focused because I am so excited about wearing a dress from 1964 to the MAC event.

Of course, I will not be wearing it in the exact same way my grammy did…I am going to spice it up a little!  80s meets 60s is what I shall call it!  It is vintage with added pops of color and Jessica Simpson shoes…what girl doesn’t love Jessica Simpson shoes!  This is just a sneak peak…I pinky promise to post pictures of the entire ensemble…because to be honest that dress isn’t the easiest thing to put on in the world…lots of little buttons, zippers, and whatnots…

Next time, I will be sharing with you one of my favorite places to find vintage…or I may just randomly talk about bunnies (yes…bunnies…bunnies in vintage hats!).

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“Pretty woman, don’t walk on by.  Pretty woman, don’t make me cry.  Pretty woman, don’t walk away, hey…okay…………….”

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