Letter From the Editor: Adventure and Africa


For as long as I can recall, adventure and Africa have been inspirations to me. Starting at a young age, I began obsessing over Egypt and South Africa–two places on my bucket list to go–so, it is natural for me to love a “safari” theme week on VIP *wink* BUT what spawned the idea was a photo shoot spread in Glamour magazine. See the scan-in below for the details about the photo shoot.


I saw this “Four Steps to Safari Chic” in Glamour and immediately had nostalgia. Ah…khaki, white, and leather hued–it does not get more basic or more wonderful *wink* My mom loved it when I (as a kid) borrowed things from her closet and dug holes in the yard pretending I was an “archeologist” *wink* Shhh. Don’t tell her, but I still borrow things from her closet–like the skirt I wore in this week’s Weekly Whistle

Another BIG inspiration for this week’s theme was The African Queen (1951). Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart (two of my FAVORITE actors ever) are such a dynamic duo in this movie + even though Katharine’s wardrobe is soiled in most of the best scenes–she still looked amazing and safari chic.

And…last but not least, my music inspiration for this week *drum roll* Toto’s “Africa” was an obvious choice *wink* It is definitely one of my favorite (and slower songs) from the 80s. “Africa” makes me wanna’ take a road trip.


Trying to get down from rocks on a muddy hill was not the easiest thing to do in booties *wink*

Trying to get down from rocks on a muddy hill was not the easiest thing to do in booties *wink*

No changing booth? no problem. We switch belts in the middle of the park

No changing booth? no problem. Just switch belts in the middle of the park *smile*

...And when the photographer catches us...we cannot help but flash a smile *wink*

…And when the photographer catches it…flash a smile *wink*


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Three Ways to Wear Thursday: Safari, Safari, Safari


Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

It’s Thursday, which means it is time for this week’s fabulous TWTWT! Yay! Shall we get started?!

For this week’s TWTWT, I am going to be throwing it back to three ways I have worked “safari” into my everyday wardrobe. Ahh….there is nothing better than remembering my childhood love for safari and adventure *wink* If you missed the wicked throwbacks to my trips to the zoo + safari-themed kid bedroom…click here and here. You won’t regret it–my 90s fashion was totally on point *wink*

Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at the TWTWT outfits. :) Be sure to come back tomorrow for the “Letter from the Editor” to find out all the things that inspired me to do a safari-themed week on VIP. 

Throwback 1:

Not a very far back “throwback” (considering this outfit was yesterday *wink*)–BUT it is still one of my favorite ways I have worn “safari”.

Outfit details + more photos here.

Outfit details + more photos here.

Throwback 2: 

Meeting + Q&A with Betsey Johnson. I sported a fabulous, solid leopard dress. A bold and sassy way of wearing safari.

Click photo to read interview + get outfit details.

Throwback 3: 

A casual way of sporting safari. I love the slouchy shorts with cute leopard blouse.

Click photo for outfit details + more photos.


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Dreaming of a Safari Adventure


Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Woo hoo! It’s Wednesday…finally *wink* That means the work week is half way over. My brain already wants it to be the weekend because I woke up this morning thinking it was Friday. Obviously, I did not have enough coffee yesterday *wink*

Between this beautiful spring weather we are having here in Tennessee + the VIP safari theme this week–I am craving adventure…especially one to South Africa *wink* BUT since visiting South Africa is out of the picture at the moment, I am just going to show y’all this week’s Weekly Whistle + pretend I’m Meryl Streep in Out Of Africa (minus the scene where she battles the lion–that’s just too scary for this chickadee). 

Look 1:

I changed up the accessories in this week’s Weekly Whistle to show how something as simple as a different belt can take an ensemble from event-to-event in a snap…or a buckle, if you will *wink*

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Blouse: Anthropologie | Skirt: J.Crew | Shoes: Kork-Ease, DSW | Necklace: Hearts of Stone by Rachel Leathers | Cuff: Luke & Lyla Designs | Belt: Anthropologie

Look 2:

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Belt: Target


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Beauty Tues: Easy Safari-Inspired Makeup Look


Bracelet by Luka & Lyla Designs Ring from Tiffany & Co.

Bracelet by Luka & Lyla Designs
Ring from Tiffany & Co.

Hello, fabulouses, and welcome to Beauty Tues.

Staying true to the Safari Theme for this week, I went hunting for a fabulous safari-inspired makeup look….Hm…I wonder where the VIP’s inspiration came from? *wink*


On my adventure, I found inspiration in one of my favorite Meryl Streep films (with the exception of The Devil Wears Prada) + Pinterest. Rather than getting complicated, I created a look that is easy to do and repeatable.

If y’all are anything like me, I like my putting on of makeup to be somewhat effortless and error-free. Given, I almost always mess up on my eyeliner *wink* However, when mixing up my daily routine with things like the VIP Safari Theme, I like to keep it simple yet impactful.

Below, check out the details + what awesome products I used for this week’s VIP Beauty Tues :)



Blended three creme eyeshadow colors–started with the darkest in the outer crease. (products will be in order from darkest to lightest)

Lined eyes with waterproof black liner on top lid.

Created a smudged look on bottom lid with a smokey gray pencil liner. 

(Note: this creme color is a lot darker than it appears in the container! If deciding to use, apply in small portions and add as needed.)



Blended a pinky rose shade with a pinky nude shade to add a pop of color for a natural-looking pout.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Home: Talk Safari to Me


Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Ever since I was little, I have had a large love for the zoo and safari. I would beg to go to the zoo all of the time (even up into my teen years when my family and I were living in Birmingham), and I often dreamed of becoming an apprentice to Steve Irwin in Australia. *bless his sweet soul* My eyes were constantly glued to Zoboomafoo, The Crocodile Hunter, and a variety of other television shows of that nature. Just to put my obsession of “safari” into perspective….take a look at my safari themed, childhood bedroom here *wink*  

The VIP in 2000 at the Jackson, Mississippi zoo. Check out that crochet scrunchie *wink*

The VIP in 2000 at the Jackson, Mississippi zoo. Check out that crochet scrunchie *wink*

As I grew older, I learned about Ernest Hemingway’s hobbies, writings, and home in the Florida Keys and fell madly in love with safari all over again. *NOTE: I have put it on my bucket list to visit Hemingway’s home (as well as  Mark Twain’s, of course *wink*) So, taking inspiration from one of my childhood loves and the brilliant Hemingway–I have created a fabulous safari-themed living space for this week’s VIP Home.

Stay tuned the rest of the week on VIP for some awesome safari-inspired makeup and ensembles *wink* 

Safari Room

If I were to follow this design in my home, I would opt for darker walls. Personally, I am a fan of rich hued walls in living spaces; however, for showcasing the elements of this design, the light slate gray was a fresher option. *Note: My dream living room walls will be either a deep midnight blue or dark navy blue because I am obsessed with dark shades of blue*wink**

I am just going to assume this is supposed to be a statue of a Dodo bird.... *slowly backs away* Oh, check out that ensemble too, y'all *wink*

I am just going to assume this is supposed to be a statue of a Dodo bird…. *slowly backs away* Oh, check out that ensemble too, y’all. I am proud to say that I picked out my own clothes and dressed myself *wink*


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn