vintage inspired passionista

a blog by writer and fashion stylist Abby Hathorn

4 things I've learned

Yesterday marked the fourth year of my blogging career. Goodness…it is so hard to believe that it has been four years since I started the very thing that has changed my life forever–Vintage Inspired Passionista.

Styling outfits for the Outlet Shops of Grand River Grand Haul video series at J.Crew.

Styling outfits for the Outlet Shops of Grand River Grand Haul video series at J.Crew.


Since starting VIP in 2012, I have written over 1,000 blog posts, over 300 newspaper articles, styled multiple fashion magazine spreads (including a high-fashion advertisement that appeared in B-Metro Magazine), and interviewed celebrities and fashion designers like Ty Pennington, Mark Muenster, Donald J. Pliner, Betsey Johnson and Rebecca Minkoff–just to name a few.

Interviewing Ty Pennington backstage at the Birmingham Home & Garden Show.


One of the first photos on the blogs, 2012. Look at those long locks! Phew…hard to believe I’ve had a bob for 3-ish years now *wink*

One of the first blog posts on VIP, 2012.

One of the first blog posts on VIP, 2012.

In the beginning, I was a 16-year old newbie who knew absolutely nothing about blogging, social media, brand-building, or interviewing. But through trial and error, research and some amazing patrons and believers, I was able to grow a blog while growing up myself. Looking back, the past four years have changed my life greatly–from a career and personal standpoint. So, for this week’s Letter From the Editor in celebration of the VIP blog turning the big four *wink*, I want to share with y’all four things I have learned in my four years of blogging.

Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at the four things blogging has taught me about life in the past four years: Don't give up Don't give up (1) Don't give up (2) Don't give up (3)

Styling outfits for the grand opening of DSW in Birmingham, Alabama with B-Metro Magazine.

Styling outfits for the grand opening of DSW in Birmingham, Alabama with B-Metro Magazine.

Working a live social media event for B-Metro Magazine.

Working a live social media event for B-Metro Magazine.

"Rain"--artistic photoshoot.

“Rain”–artistic photoshoot.

To see some of the other things I have done in the past 4 years, click here to visit my press page.

Did you miss this lovely ensemble on yesterday's Weekly Whistle? No need to fear! Click here to read all about it :)Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn


AHHH! I cannot believe it–today marks the 4th year since I published my very first blog post on VIP! Happy Blogiversary to me *wink*

Now, I am going to try to keep calm because even though we need to have a virtual party…business needs to go on as normal with a fabulous Three Ways to Wear post *wink* TOMORROW THOUGH–I shall throw it back + write about four things I have learned in four years of blogging that have greatly impacted my life on and off the internet :)

So, without further ado, here is this week’s TWTWT which is all about Three Ways to Wear Rust! Ahh…such a beautiful color that makes me feel all warm and cuddly even though it’s quite chilly out *wink*

Way One:

Did you miss this lovely ensemble on yesterday's Weekly Whistle? No need to fear! Click here to read all about it :)

Did you miss this lovely ensemble on yesterday’s Weekly Whistle? No need to fear! Click here to read all about it :)

Way Two:

Navy and rust is such a beautiful combination that adds pizzazz to the traditional professional-prep look. I think I am also going to try out this color combo with my rust maxi skirt…which just so happens to be one of the first items I wore on the blog ever. *GASP* Funny how trends recirculate *wink*

Also for this outfit, I added the navy striped socks to mix-up the basic look of a skirt, button down and pair of boots. You can try this trick with all kinds of boots and any socks your heart desires–just think outside the box and express yourself!

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Shirt: J.Crew

Skirt: Forever 21

Socks: Target

Boots: Bedstu, The Gypsyspur

Way Three:

In a world where most people are afraid to mix patterns…I like to push the limits *wink* For the third outfit with the rust skirt, I decided to stay true to the warm hues while clashing different prints and styles to create a wild-card outfit.

Even though at first sight the leopard looks like it wouldn’t pair seamlessly with the bohemian shawl, when combined with the rust skirt, it all falls into place!

When mixing patterns in your own wardrobe, keep in mind the color wheel + the colors in the patterns you’re wanting to mix because this will make you a pattern-mixing pro in a snap sans all the stress. Mixing patterns isn’t nearly as difficult as some blogs and magazines make it out to be. When it comes down to it, it is all about pairing what you love together and rocking the ensemble with confidence! 

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Shawl: Urban Outfitters

Blouse: Express

Skirt: Forever 21

Boots: Kork by Kork-Ease

Necklace: handmade, BluKatDesign

Bracelets: handmade, BlueGrits


Be sure to come back tomorrow for the Letter From the Editor where we will celebrate the VIP blog turning 4 with lots of throwbacks + what I’ve learned since I started at 16! 

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn


For those of you who have been following my blog since the beginning (it will be four years tomorrow–CELEBRATE! *happy dance*), you know just how obsessed I am with funky blazers. From bright, graphic prints to velvet floral ones–I cannot turn down a blazer that has a spunky personality *wink* Oh, and to think…it all started with a turquoise blazer I stumbled upon at Urban Outfitters about five years ago! It was love at first sight…and then I quickly spun out of fashionable control *wink*

This blazer is still one of my favorites ever!

Now, for this week’s fabulous Weekly Whistle, I am playing with warm and pastel hues + a super-duper lovely velvet floral blazer. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at this week’s outfit of the week!

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Blouse: Forever 21

Skirt: Forever 21

Blazer: Anthropologie

Boots: Bedstu, The Gypsy Spur

Bracelets: handmade, BlueGrits


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn


Okay–so, confession time. How many of us really contour our faces? I’m not talking about a little bit of highlighter or under-eye concealer, I am talking full-fledged face contouring with all the different colors and brushes and blending tools and tutorials? 


I see my friends on social media sharing “extreme makeup transformation” videos all the time, and I watch them because they are oddly satisfying; however, after the videos are over, I cannot help but ask myself, “Wow…why are we making makeup so complicated?!” 

Think about it–who really has time everyday to use 3 different colors of contour, 2 different highlighters, concealer and primer galore, 78 different brushes, and to top it off with finishing powder–hoping you don’t accidentally rub your face and ruin an hour (or two hours) of your morning in a split second. *deep breath* Call me old-fashioned, but I like my basic primer, basic foundation, basic blush and basic powder. I can barely get my eyeliner even much less blend my face with different colors–and I know I cannot be the only person in this predicament. 

Now, don’t get me wrong–I totally respect the makeup artists and beauty bloggers who make these epic makeup videos…but I honestly just don’t understand why we as a society are so obsessed with altering the way we look. From plastic surgery to extreme contouring, we try to change our appearance, so we can be more like Kim Kardashian, Angelina Jolie and other famous people. Why can’t we just be ourselves in a world that preaches “Be-YOU-tiful”? Are we contradicting our “Motivational Quotes” Pinterest boards? 


As I was looking for videos to include in this post, something that struck me funny is how we are also obsessed with “f” words–no I am not talking about the dirty word (although it’s popular in most pop songs *wink*)–I am talking about “flawless” and “fake.”  We want that “flawless finish” and “fake big lips”…whatever happened to “I am beautiful the way I am” and “normal” lips? Blame Barbie all you want; however, I don’t think Barbie’s makeup, wardrobe and proportions are the reason for this crazy increase in women wanting to and trying to change their faces. 

So, without further ado, here are some of the extreme makeup tutorial videos I found oddly satisfying, but also more complicated than they need to be. I want to give a big kudos to these marvelous ladies for creating beautiful makeup looks, but I also want to express how gorgeous they are without all the crazy contouring and highlighting! Makeup doesn’t have to be complicated and complex–it is meant to enhance and draw attention to our natural beauty–not completely alter our faces. :)

Now, what do the basic, non-contouring-makeup-wearers do because there seems to be no in between. By the looks of the mass media, women either wear zero makeup for a variety of reasons (political, religious, etc.), or women go to the opposite extreme by faking big lips, contouring, highlighting, wearing false eyelashes and doing complex eye makeup? Well, the VIP has a plan *wink* Coming soon, I will be doing a few makeup (and hair) videos for basic makeup–that means no complicated makeup palettes or using clear crafting tape under the eyelids! Woo hoo–I cannot wait *wink* 

Remember, you are made beautifully unique–embrace it…enhance it…don’t alter it or change it!


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn


Over the past few weeks, I have gotten several emails about my 80’s style outfits + where I get my inspiration for creating such ensembles. So, for this week’s Letter From the Editor, I am going simply show y’all, VIP readers, where I get my vintage vibes *wink* So, let’s hop in our time machine and take a blast to the past! Hit it DJ!

SAVED BY THE BELL! Ahh–I cannot express enough how much the wardrobe, especially that of Lisa, has inspired me not only with my blog, but also my everyday outfits!

AHHH! MADONNA! One of the major queens of the 1980s! Such a style and music icon! Nothing beats getting dressed in the mornings to the Madonna Pandora station *wink*

Oh…my goodness!–Joan Jett is like my spirit animal! One day…I hope I can meet such a fabulous rock n’ roll and fashion inspiration!

Pretty in Pink was one of the first 80s movies I saw, and it still has a special place in my heart…and closet *wink*

And…Molly Ringwald inspires me again in Sixteen Candles. I meen…who wouldn’t want to sit on a table wearing an ugly bridesmaid dress with a hot guy like Jake Ryan! *faints*

Music and movies aside, I am also inspired by magazine covers from the 1980s. I mean–come on! Look at Brooke Shields and her killer brow game!


Now, I am off to jam out to some Joan Jett on vinyl while dancing around my room in neon pink heels using my hairbrush as a microphone *wink* I’ll probably binge watch 80s movies on Netflix later…all night long…gonna rock the movies all night long *cue Lionel Richie*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn


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