Three Ways To Wear: Pink ‘N Pleated

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

It’s finally Thursday, which means I finally get to share this week’s three-ways-to-wear styling challenge! Whoo hoo!

I am a huge fan of light pink and pleated apparel, so when I spotted this skirt at Forever 21…it was love at first sight! Before purchasing  this pink ‘n pleated skirt, I thought to myself…How many different ways can I style this? Will I get a lot of wear out of it? Well, off the top of my head, I was able to create six different looks! Ah! How fabulous?! And for this week’s Three Ways to Wear Thursday, I am going to show y’all three of those–y’all will have to come back next Thursday to see the final three *wink*

Way One:

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 Blouse: Express, Johnson City Mall

Skirt: Forever 21, Johnson CityMall

Shoes: BCBG, Belk

Necklaces: BluKatDesign

Handbag: (see blog here)

Way Two:

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Blouse: Target

Skirt: Forever 21, Johnson City Mall

Pearls: Personal vintage collection

Bracelets/Earrings: Jules B, Belk (The Summit, Birmingham AL)

Boots: Nine West, Belk, Asheville [North Carolina] Mall

Way Three:

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Blouse: Cynthia Rowley, Belk (The Summit, Birmingham AL)

Skirt: Forever 21, Johnson City Mall

Earrings: Jules B, Belk (The Summit, Birmingham AL)

Necklace: Avon

Heels: BCBG, Belk

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: All About Leopard…Meow!


Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Phew….it is already Wednesday, really?! This week is really flying by! Oh, I cannot wait for the Fourth of July festivities on Friday…and apparently neither can my neighbors because they have been shooting fireworks from late afternoon until midnight…since Monday. *wink* Oh, I am lacking some serious sleep…I think I need another Starbucks run *wink*


Anyway…we are not here to discuss my neighbors and their celebrating–we are here to chat about this week’s Weekly Whistle! Whoo hoo!

This week’s Weekly Whistle is all about leopard…meow! Typically a fall pattern because of its warm earth-tones, leopard has surprised us all by popping into our summer wardrobes – from blouses to swimsuits! To read more about leopard + tidbits of the pattern’s history + fashion tips, check out my latest edition of The Adventures of the VIP on Real Media here.

Now, let’s check out the outfit details!

Pst…come back tomorrow for Three Ways to Wear Thursday for more lovable leopard ensembles!

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Blouse: Express, Johnson City [Tennessee] Mall

Shorts: American Eagle Outfitters

Ballet Flats: Jessica Simpson, Belk (Birmingham, AL)

Necklace: Charming Charlie, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

*BLOOPER* Photographer: Act a little tough--give me a tough-girl pose.  Me: *poses as pictured* Photographer: *laughs* That was not tough...that was sassy. Me: I like being sassy *wink*

Photographer: Act a little tough–give me a tough-girl pose.
Me: *poses as pictured*
Photographer: *laughs* That was not tough…that was sassy.
Me: I like being sassy *wink*


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Sledgehammer


I want to be your sledgehammer! Why don’t you call my name? Oh, let me be your sledgehammer! This will be my testimony. You’d better call the sledgehammer! Put your mind at rest. I’m going to be-the sledgehammer. This can be my testimony.  I’m your sledgehammer! Let there be no doubt about it. Sledge, sledge, sledgehammer! Oh, hey there, readers! Sorry about my jam-out session to “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel….but these 1980’s high-waist, yellow, acid-washed jeans are so totally rad that I had to break out in song! Wow!Anyway, let’s get down to it, fashionistas! Shall we see what the VIP’s outfit of the week is? Of course, c’mon!







Shirt: Kohl’s, Jennifer Lopez

Vest: Express

Jeans: Vintage Levi Strauss

Heels: Belk, Zigi Zoho

Sunglasses: Ray Ban



Oh. My. Goodness. Fashionistas. I am so, so, so, so, SO READY for February 15 at midnight! Why, you ask? Wait for ittttttttt……PSYCH SLUMBER PARTY ON USA! Ahh! I am so ready to get all cuddled up in my PJs, eat snacks, and admire the characters Shawn and Gus as they make me laugh throughout the night! I honestly cannot wait….I love you, Shawn and Gus(James Roday and Dule Hill)…y’all are two adorable and funny guys!

I want to be your sledgehammer. Why don’t you call my name? You’d better call the sledgehammer!…I’m going to be the sledgehammer… I’m your sledgehammer! Sledge, sledge, hammer!




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!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

In Style Inspiration May 2012

Style inspiration is everywhere! You just have to search for it!:)

Inspiration?? Where?! In Style magazine, that’s where! I was thrilled to discover that between my mom’s closet and mine that I had all the pieces to create my May 2012 In Style inspiration outfits! Ladies and gentlemen…let me have your attention please…the VIP is proud to present my…I mean her…latest outfit creations!

Presenting In Style’s inspiration of Lauren Bacall with a VIP touch!


  • Every fashionista should own a classy, white skirt! White skirts can be paired with almost anything! It can be made classic and elegant, or funky and bold…with just a simple change of accesories/shoes!

Shirt: The Limited
Skirt: BCBGMaxAzria
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Belt: Target
Earrings: my mom's from the 80s
Necklace: vintage pearl lace

Instead of doing a maxi skirt, I decided to do a knee length skirt...because I live in the Deep South;) haha

VIP TIPS: (about hair)

  • Embrace your natural hair! If your hair is curly, wear it curly and messy! If your hair is straight, wear it straight:)
  • For curly-haired gals like me, I totally recommend Redken Fresh Curls spray gel…it works wonders! It takes care of the frizz while giving the messy, effortless look for which we are all searching. When I purchased mine at Smart Style in Starkville, Mississippi, I snagged a smashingly dandy deal of buy one get one fifty percent off!
  • To give your hair a fresh, healthy look, try Ojion damage reverse hair treatment! I am so in love with this product because it took my frizzy, unbehaved hair (remember…I live in the Deep South…the humidity is completely ridiculous!) to soft and manageable!

The next article that caught this VIP's eye was "Color Crash Course Lemon" which was filled with yellow wonderfulness...yellow is such a happy, fun, summer color!

Shirt: Express
Skirt: KLD Signature
Belt: Betsey Johnson
Shoes: Nine West

I cannot stress enough how much I adore mixing patterns! It is so simple and easy, but gives a look that makes any fashionista stand out in the crowd!

I cannot wait to share with y'all my exciting, vintage-filled, interview with the amazingly talented KK Norris, owner of The Attic vintage shop in Columbus, Mississippi! :)

In Style magazine is a great way to gather inspiration and the motivation to go shopping  in your own closet! Let’s face it…we all want that magazine look, but we don’t always have the time to scour our neighborhoods, towns, cities, metropolises for a new wardrobe each month! That is why I want to assign you the homework of studying fashion magazines to obtain inspiration for new outfits…don’t forget to add your own spin to make it you! It’s as easy as one, two, three!:) A B C , Its easy as 1 2 3 , as simple as do re mi…la la la…that’s all the words…I know…blah blah blah, ABC, It’s easy as 1 2 3……….

Stay tuned to for a riveting post about how I found inspiration from an ordinary item from the Columbus Spring Pilgrimage!

Here are a few more photographs…Photograph – I don’t want your Photograph – I don’t need your Photograph – All I’ve got is a photograph But it’s not enough…

Stay fabulous,

Abby Hat.