Weekly Whistle: Fabulous Elie Tahari Frock


Hello, my amazing fashionistas! I am totally in love with my Elie Tahari crochet dress! I can wear it SO many ways–hmm….another blog idea! So far, I have already worn it to the Alpha Xi Delta UAB Scholarship Tea with a blue slip dress and classic pearls. The outfit was absolutely classic glam! This week at the Invite Only Nordstrom Rack pre-opening party, I wore the original, vibrantly colored floral slip dress underneath it. I accessorized this terrific ensemble with a spiked statement necklace! This magnificent ensemble was totally spunky glam!


I was excited to be invited by Nordstrom Rack to attend the exclusive pre-opening party of the Birmingham store. The delicious food and refreshing beverages gave all of us party shoppers the hydration and nourshiment that we needed for the style hunt.  We were able to put all of our treasures in the complimentary tote bag.  I discovered some awesome designer pieces for a great price–I am definitely going to have to go back to shop rather than always working….Hi, my name is Abby Hathorn, and I am a workaholic…

Anyway…my Elie Tahari dress is so totally fab that I have labeled it as this week’s Weekly Whistle! Oh, I just adore Weekly Whistle time!

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Dress: Elie Tahari, Belk

Shoes: Jessica Simpson, Belk

Belt: Target

Necklace: Avon



Welcome to Birmingham, Nordstrom Rack!

Opening Date: May 16 at 9am–Come at 8am to enjoy pre-opening festivities!

Location: 4612 Hwy 280, Building B, Birmingham, AL 35242 (River Ridge Shopping Center)

Phone: (205)587-3100


Opening Day Festivities:

Rally at the Rack: Come early to celebrate! At 8am, we will kick things off with music, breakfast treats and more. Customers can enter for a chance to win one of (30) $100 gift cards–plus, one lucky winner will receive a $1,000 shopping spree and early access through our Rule the Rack sweepstakes.

Rule the Rack: Rule the Rack is a sweepstakes we hold before most Nordstrom Rack store openings, including our new River Ridge store. Costumers can enter a drawing to win a $1,000 shopping spree, plus exclusive entry 30 minutes before the store opens at 9am. The winner’s name is drawn and announced at 8:25 a.m. (Must be present to win.)

*The first 1,000 customers to make a purchase at the new Nordstrom Rack River Ridge will receive a complimentary Nordstrom tote as a gift*


What is Nordstrom Rack?

“The first Nordstrom Rack opened as a clearance center in the lower-level of the Downtown Seattle Nordstrom store in the early 1970’s. As Nordstrom expanded across the country, Rack stores followed. The new Nordstrom Rack River Ridge will be the retailer’s 127th Rack Location….Nordstrom Rack is the off-price division of Nordstrom, INC. offering on-trend, of-the-moment clearance merchandise from Nordstrom stores as well as items purchased specially for Nordstrom Rack. The Store offers significant savings on great brands like Hugo Boss, Kate Spade, and Trina Turk  with most at 30-70% off.”

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What you will find inside:

  • Discounted brand-name apparel, shoes, and accessories
  • Premium denim for men and women
  • Cosmetics
  • Thousands of pairs of shoes
  • Over 2,000 men’s ties
  • Over 1,000 handbags
  • On-site alterations
  • Mobile check-out devices


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Town and Gown Magazine May Issue: http://issuu.com/townandgownmagazine/docs/may


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Interview: Stephanie Grantham of StephieGknits

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Hello, hello, hello VIP readers! Today, I have a special interview to share with y’all! The VIP Interview with Stephanie Grantham of StephieGknits! Stephanie creates adorable knitted hats that are absolutely to-die-for! She also makes wonderful bracelets that the VIP adores!
Biscuit from The Biscuit Foundation with Muchie! What a precious little dog! Oh, the VIP is a sucker for adorable doggies!
Biscuit from The Biscuit Foundation with Munchie! What a precious little dog! Oh, the VIP is a sucker for adorable doggies!
As if her shop did not sound awesome enough, Stephanie Grantham donates a portion of her proceeds to a local nonprofit animal rescue group called “The Biscuit Foundation”, which is located in Burlington, North Carolina. Oh, fashionistas, I cannot hold back this interview anymore! So, without further ado, I present to you the VIP Interview with Stephanie Grantham!
  • Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I guess you could say I am a natural born artist/crafter.  My grandmom Georgia taught me how to knit when I was nine years old and anything that was crafty caught my attention: cross stitch, needlepoint, unsuccessfully attempting to make quilts, photography, drawing/sketching.  My grandmom had very eccentric taste, and I would say she is the reason I have such an eye for color in both yarns and beads.  I have a lot of her old costume jewelry, and I consider those pieces art! I just love thinking about where that jewelry has been! I am now in my late 40’s, a grandmother, pet lover (mom to 3 dogs/2 cats).

In my spare time, I volunteer with a local nonprofit animal rescue group (The Biscuit Foundation) in Burlington NC. I donate a portion of proceeds from my shop to The Biscuit Foundation.


  • When you are not making jewelry/knitting, what do you enjoy doing?

When I am not making jewelry and knitting, I enjoy playing with the cats and dogs, gardening, photography, catching up with my favorite shows on the DVR, have the occasional whim to rearrange furniture (which my boyfriend cringes at), and reading books (yes, old-fashioned paper books). My favorites are memoirs and true crime. I love visiting my son’s family in Florida! I travel there every three to four months to visit with them. Spending time with my granddaughters is very important to me.


  • Describe your ideal vacation.

My ideal vacation is anywhere that involves the beach or water! Give me a porch swing and a screened in porch with a view of the water! That brings me back to my youth and all the beach vacations we had!


  • VIP QUESTION: What is one item in your closet you could never get rid of and why?

The one item in my closet I would never get rid of is an old gray and white Fair Isle sweater (vintage ~1950’s) that was worn by my mom when she was younger, and I wore when I was in high school and could still wear today if I chose to (I think).  If you’re talking about something I wear regularly and would hate to part with, it’s my black ballet flats. Who doesn’t love their black ballet flats?


I am very passionate about my craft! I love being creative with the colors and coming up with designs that are reflective of me.  I rarely, if ever, follow a pattern as I find them difficult to follow, and I just play it by ear and trust my instincts.  I like to learn new techniques as I go, and in my knitting I have actually learned new stitches by mistake (my favorite being the seed stitch that I tend to always use on my hats for the brim).  There is another person behind the jewelry designs in the shop, and that is my boyfriend, Jim.  He loves working with natural minerals, and we both love Czech Glass and crystal.  I would say that Jim’s designs are more for the earthy girl, and mine are more for the sparkly glamour girl.  We take great pride in the quality of the hand-knits and handcrafted jewelry we design, and we love getting custom requests!

Love this necklace and bracelet set! Oh, it makes me ready for a trip to the beach!
Love this necklace and bracelet set! Oh, it makes me ready for a trip to the beach!

Stephanie Grantham is such a fun person with great taste in knitting and jewelry making! All fashionistas need at least one StephieGknits item in their wardrobe! It is all so cute and colorful that you could wear it with anything and everything!

Like StephieGknits on Facebook to keep up with new jewelry and knits! Click here.

Shop Stephanie Grantham’s spectacular items on Etsy! Click here.

Also, like The Biscuit Foundation on Facebook to keep up with all of the puppy fun! https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Biscuit-Foundation/201426785134?fref=ts


Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for a peek inside my life.

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Twitter: @Abbysauce_

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YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/vintagepassionista

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Latest Real Media (Real Story Publishing) Article: http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/04/17/the-adventures-of-the-vip-dive-into-the-history-of-makeup/

Town and Gown Magazine April Issue: http://issuu.com/townandgownmagazine/docs/april2013

BRACELET: STEPHIEGKNITS Blouse: Gus Mayer Pants: New York & Co. Heels: Jessica Simpson Hat: World Market Necklace: Personal Vintage Collection
Blouse: Gus Mayer
Pants: New York & Co.
Heels: Jessica Simpson
Hat: World Market
Necklace: Personal Vintage Collection

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Fabulous Fan Mail Answered!


Hello, hello, hello, VIP blog readers! Phew…I have finally found a bit of time to sit down and answer fan mail! To my delight, I had lots of emails requesting a blog about the outfit I sported to the Saks Fifth Avenue Emerging Designers Reveal for Birmingham Fashion Week. Thanks so much to all the sweet, encouraging messages about my style-I truly love all the compliments-but what fashionista doesn’t adore to have her style admired?




Blouse: TJMaxx

Shorts: Target

Tights: Target

Heels: Steve Madden, Belk

Jewelry: Vintage and modern Avon

Earrings: BluKat Designs by Heather O’Cain www.blukatdesign.etsy.com


So, fashionistas, there you have it…the ensemble you all have been requesting! Let me know what you think on my Facebook page @ www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista OR comment on this post! The love is much appreciated:)


  • March 13-17: Shamrocking and Shopping at the Outlet Shops of Grand River in Leeds, Alabama.

  • March 20: Christine Moore Trunk Show at Gus Mayer (Summit-Birmingham location)

  • March 21:  Christine Moore “The Affair of the Hat” Runway Show presented by Gus Mayer at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens.

  • March 28-29: Meet the Designer-Joeffer Caoc. Event presented by and held at Gus Mayer, Birmingham

  • April 5-7: Columbus (Mississippi) Spring Pilgrimage 2013. I will also be ushering the Tennessee Williams play in front of the old Alford Drug Store on Main Street April 5 and 7.

  • April 11: Gus Mayer Day Long Pamper Event (more details to come…so, stay tuned!)


Stay tuned to my blog, Real Story Publishing, Town and Gown Magazine, and all my social media to keep up with all the coverage of my adventures!

For more information on Gus Mayer and their upcoming events, visit www.gusmayer.com!

You can also like Gus Mayer on Facebook for all their latest trends and updates! https://www.facebook.com/gusmayerbham?fref=ts


Want to learn more about the Vintage Inspired Passionista? Check out the See Jane Write interview! Here is the link: http://www.seejanewritebham.com/2013/03/blog-like-girl-bfw-2013-edition-abby.html

Don’t forget to see the VIP’s video coverage on community events on the Vintage Passionista YouTube page! http://www.youtube.com/user/VintagePassionista?feature=mhee

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! www.realstorypublishing.com

The VIP is also on The Real Story YouTube page! Check out the first Adventures of the VIP video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Uhx3yMCDh4

Check out the latest issue of Town and Gown Magazine! You can read online @www.issuu.com/townandgownmagazine!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Sassy Silk Trio


Hello, fashionistas! It is that time of the week again….WEEKLY WHISTLE TIME! Whoo hoo! I know y’all must be just as excited as I am! *whistle, whistle, whistle, more whistling* Can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby, here. we. go!


This week’s wonderful Weekly Whistle is all about three ways to wear a sassy silk skirt! Three different looks…three different blouses…no need to change accessories…I bet you are thinking to yourself that this seems too good to be true…there is no way to create three different looks that easily…Abby, you are going crazy! No, no, no, fashionistas! It is totally true! This sassy silk trio is perfect for any fashionistas busy schedule! So, without further ado, join me as I show you three ways you can work a silk skirt in complete VIP style!





Blouse: The Limited

Skirt: The Gap

Heels: Belk, Jessica Simpson

Jewelry: Avon


Why this works:

Basic black works with neutral nude because the light/dark contrast is divine.   It creates a dynamic duo!





Top: DREAMPOP (by Cynthia R.), JCPenny

Skirt: The Gap

Heels: Belk, Jessica Simpson

Necklace: Mark by Avon


Why this works:

A bright printed t-shirt paired with a silky neutral skirt is a cute combo that makes this ensemble perfect for all of your darling day events.





Sweater: The Loft

Skirt: The Gap

Heels: Belk, Jessica Simpson

Necklaces: Avon


Why this works:

A cobalt blue sweater adds a pop of  personality to a neutral skirt. This gives you a look that can go from day to night with ease!


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! www.realstorypublishing.com

Check out the latest issue of Town and Gown Magazine! You can read online @ www.issuu.com/townandgownmagazine!

Like the VIP on Facebook to keep up with the latest VIP news and sneak peeks! www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista

Twitter: @Abbysauce

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Shopping in Your Own Closet: Where’d You Get that Vest?!


Hello, my fashionistas! It is time for another fabulous  Shopping In Your Own Closet! Ahh…yes…good ole’ closet shopping! Join me, fashionable ladies and gentlemen, as we search for lovely forgotten treasures within our wardrobes!


This week’s Shopping In Your Own Closet ensemble is all about a totally 80s denim vest from a VIP DIY! Oh, I just love my VIP distressed denim vest…it is so stellar and combines well with so many outfits! So, I have brought the VIP DIY Vest out of the closet so that it may enjoy fame once again!







Blouse: Belk

Skirt: Urban Outfitters

Heels: TJMaxx, Jessica Simpson

Necklace: Avon

Rings: Beadsoul, Pandora, and Personal Collection


Now, let’s talk tips! No fashionistas can ever have too many tips!


Would you like to create your own VIP Totally 80s vest? Then check out the DIY @ this link: https://vintageinspiredpassionista.com/2012/02/29/diy-v-i-p-style-is-that-too-many-initials/

Want a chance to be on the VIP blog? Email or post pictures to the Facebook wall with a caption of you sporting your VIP DIY distressed denim vest! Email: vintage.passionista@gmail.com OR www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista

If you cannot get enough of the VIP, check out my articles in The Real Story! www.realstorypublishing.com “The Adventures of the VIP” in the LifeStyle section!

Town and Gown Magazine is now online! Read previous issues @ www.issuu.com/townandgownmagazine


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn