VIP Home: A Piece That Sits Close to Home


Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to VIP Home!

Today on VIP Home, I would like to chat about a piece that sits close to home. It is a dresser that my Paw Riley made for my mom when she was little girl.  

My mom with her dad (Paw Riley) when she was in high school.
My mom with her dad (Paw Riley) when she was in high school. Check out that dress and bow, y’all *wink*

When I was little, the dresser was in my bedroom in its original, stained wood finish…(see photo below).

La! La! La! Check out this silly photo that my mom took of me when I was little--haha too funny! Also, check out the dresser in the back ground *wink*
La! La! La! Check out this silly photo that my mom took of me when I was a toddler–haha too funny! Also, check out the dresser in the background *wink*
A small peek at the dresser when it was in the living room of the Mississippi house. I always loved the way my mom decorated the top with her artwork. The bicycle wheel sculptures are some of my favorite!
A small peek at the dresser when it was in the living room of our Mississippi house. I always loved the way my mom decorated the top with her art pieces. Her bicycle wheel sculptures are my favorite–I currently have one hanging above my bed–y’all will have to stay tuned for that VIP Home blog *wink*

After being moved throughout several rooms in our Mississippi house, the beloved dresser finally found a home in the living room. While it was there, each person had his/her own drawer to do with what he/she pleased–to a certain degree, of course *wink* In my drawer, I had an assortment of Polly Pocket dolls and Play-Doh…Man, those were the days!

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Now, the dresser resides in my bedroom at our house here in Birmingham. Mom and I repainted  it “Melody” by Behr Premium Plus Ultra. The dresser truly pops against the dark purple (“Lunar Shadow”  by Behr) walls. It looks FAB-U-LOUS!


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Throwback Thursday: Toddler Tips on Getting Ready

September 29, 1998.

Hello, fabulouses! Today is Throw Back Thursday and in the Instagram world, TBT is an extremely popular hashtag. Most Thursdays, I post a cute or funny baby picture to my @VintagePassionista account–my mom refuses to participate in the matter because it reminds her that I will be turning 18 in November…shh…don’t tell Momma.

Anyway, I picked out some silly (perhaps even a tad bit embarrassing) baby pictures for this week’s TBT and decided they needed a better caption other than #TBT *insert an excess amount of Emojis here*.

Now, I am going to show you how to get ready for a photo shoot–toddler style.


Step 1: Put on your makeup.

When putting on makeup for a photo shoot, it is important to make sure you look absolutely perfect. Put your eye makeup on heavy and thick. It is kind of like coloring–but it’s okay if you run outside of the lines. If you do not have any blush, improvise with lipstick–rub and smear, rub and smear. Last but not least, apply the lip gloss color of your choice.


Step Two: Get Dressed.

With your makeup done, it is now time to get dressed. Hop into sheer black panty hose and tuck in your shirt–Arts and Crafts with a  mix of dress up professionalism.


Step Three: Accessorize and Strike a Pose.

Choosing the right accessories for a photo shoot is crucial. To hide the “I just woke up and didn’t want mommy to comb my hair” look, simply toss on a hat. Tah Dah–strike a pose! Oh, so totally toddler-tastic!


“Just like mommy! Just like Mommy!”

My mom told me that I would parade around the house with her makeup all over my face and ridiculous dress up outfits talking about how I looked just like mommy. Hm…did I look just like mommy? That is the question.


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!




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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn