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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Twitter: @Abbysauce_

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Check out more of my writings and photo shoot styling here:

Real Media: The Adventures of the VIP “Snazzy Shorts that Stop Traffic”: http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/05/15/the-adventures-of-the-vip-history-lesson-snazzy-shorts-that-stop-traffic/

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


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

Weekly Whistle: Petal Perfect


Hello, hello, hello, fashionistas! As you all may have noticed, I am a bit obsessed with floral….but they are so lovely! What can I say, I love all things vintage and floral! Oh, florals, why must you be so fabulous and wonderful?


This week’s Weekly Whistle is about a the most amazing floral jacket! It was so sweet, loving, and versatile that I just had to take it home! “I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day. When it’s cold outside, I have got the month of May. I guess you’d say, what can make me feel this way? My floral jacket, my floral jacket, my floral jacket! Talkin’ ’bout my floral jacket! My floral jacket!” Before I go off on a karaoke kick, let’s talk about the VIP’s favorite outfit of the week! Whoo hoo!






Jacket: Target

Skirt: Belk

Heels: Belk, BCBG

Necklaces: Avon & personal collection

Now, It’s time for some stellar VIP tips about petal perfect ensembles! To see more tips, check out my article @ www.realstorypublishing.com! “The Adventures of the VIP” in the LifeStyle section!


Wondering what other ways you can wear a petal perfect jacket? Three more fabulous ways to wear in my article “Mad About Floral” @  http://realstorypublishing.com/2013/01/the-adventures-of-the-vip-mad-about-floral/


Would you like a chance to be on the VIP blog? Email or post a picture to Facebook of you sporting your glamorous floral jacket/blouse! Email: vintage.passionista@gmail.com  Facebook: www.facebook.com/VintageInspiredPassionista

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Twitter: www.twitter.com/Abbysauce_

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PS: The VIP is very proud to announce she is now a part of the Independent Fashion Bloggers Association! See that amazing badge above the bio….I could just cry happy tears. Yay! yay! Yay!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

InStyle Inspiration: August 2012

Hello again, my beautiful readers! Do you know what time it is?  INSTYLE INSPIRATION time! Whoo Hoo! The excitement ( I’m so excited, and I just hide it and i don’t know the rest of the words to this song la la la la…but I think I like it…) oh yes, the excitement is spreading rapidly through my fashionista veins so I must share with you my inspiration from the August issue of InStyle magazine!

Blazer: Urban Outfitters
Top: The Limited
Shorts: JCrew
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Necklace: Avon

As I flipped through the pages of the August issue, I ran across a FABULOUS article called “Colored Blazer”…I shouted, “Colored Blazer! I have the perfect colored blazer-in blue-quite similar to the one shown!…Mom, where is my blue blazer I just got from Urban Outfitters…no, I haven’t looked for it…”  I am proud to announce that I found my blue blazer all by myself…shiny gold star sticker!

InStyle showed two different ways you could spice up your wardrobe with a “lucious hue”  blazer! (InStyle, August 2012, pg. 110)  I dedcided to pair mine with shorts for a classy look that would keep me cool during the dog days of summer.

I always make sure to read the “Color Crash Course” articles in every issue! This month, “Color Crash Course Jade” opened so many doors for my newly thrifted, vintage, highwaisted Wrangler jade hue jeans! InStyle says, “Jade plays well with navy, chalk, eggplant, and teal.” There are so many possibilities with all things Jade…and I challenge you to create your own fabulous outfits and email, tweet, or facebook me with your eye-catching ensembles! (InStyle August 2012, page 103-104)
The “Shop It!” section this month says, “Think outside the ordinary. Shop a spectrum of skinny belts.” Well…I have numerous skinny belts that can be paired easily with many different VIP ensembles! Every good fashionista needs skinny belts in a variety of styles and colors! So beg your deddy (Deddy, not daddy. Deddy is the VIP’s Southern slang coming out;)) for a little cash and splurge a little on new accessories for fall! (InStyle August 2012, page 206)

So pick yourself up the September issue of InStyle (available now) to see what will inspire you!  The “Fall Fashion” edition with stunning Jennifer Lopez on the cover is so AMAZING!   Join me next month for another fantabulous blog about what I found inspiring from the September absolutely fashion-packed issue of  InStyle mag.!

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @Abbysauce_ and Instagram @VintagePassionista.

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

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn


Oh, Mighty Blues and Solitude

This Urban Outfitters skirt is the one I found in the drawer with my DVD player and broken crayons when I cleansed my closet and soul; indeed, it is uber spectacular!

“You know my starter won’t start this mornin’. Boy, my motor won’t even turn. You know my starter won’t start this mornin’. Boy, my motor won’t even turn…..” Man….the Blues is just some amazing music with an interesting history! One of my favorite Blues singers is Lightnin’ Hopkins-that man could sing, buddy! If you don’t listen to the Blues, you should really start…it’s such a relaxing style of music not like all this new fangled techno stuff people are listening to these days…now I sound like my grandparents…Oh, help me… haha;)

Here is a link to one of my favorite Blues songs by Lightnin’ Hopkins! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3SXKLas-ko

To learn more about the history of Blues, check out this WordPress blog: www.musictodiefor.wordpress.com/50-greatest-traditional-blues-songs/

Vest: Urban Outfitters
Shirt: J Crew
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Jessica Simpson

I have recently been reading Walden by Thoreau….it is both thought provoking and inspiring!

VIP Recommendation:

  • read the masterpiece Walden because it will encourage you to cleanse your closet and cleanse your soul!

However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poor-house. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man’s abode...” (from “Conclusion” chapter in Walden) -Henry David Thoreau

We are wont to forget that the sun looks on our culivated fields and on the prairies and forests without distinction. They all reflect and absorb his rays alike, and the former make but a small part of the glorious picture which he beholds in his daily course. In his view the earth is all equally cultivated like a garden. Therefore we should receive the benefit of his light and heat with a corresponding trust and magnanimity…(from “The Bean-Field” chapter in Walden)…Nature is as welladapted to our weakness as to our strength…none of the brute creation requires more than Food and Shelter. The necessaries of life for man in this climate may, accurately enough, be distributed under the several heads of Food, Shelter, Clothing, and Fuel; for not till we have secured these are we prepared to entertain the true problems of life with freedom and a prospect of success…” (from “Economy” chapter in Walden) –Henry David Thoreau

“Let every one mind his own business, and endeavor to be what he was made. Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If  a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” (from “Conclusion” a chapter in Walden) -Henry David Thoreau



Hat: Charming Charlie (Birmingham, Alabama)
Shirt: Thrifted
Jeans: Raspberry Beret Consignment Shop
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Tie: from my Deddy’s closet
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban


“It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, its dark…and we’re wearing sunglasses.” “Hit it.” -The Blues Brothers

“It’s 725 miles to Chicago, it’s going to take two and a half tanks of gas, a case of Diet Pepsi, a bag of Doritos, and a Twix…and I’m wearing my sunglasses my dog chewed on…”-The V.I.P.

“One black suit jacket, one pair black suit pants. One hat black. One pair of sunglasses. $23.07. Sign here.” –The Blues Brothers


Top: Thrifted (Salvation Army Starkville, MS)
Belt: The Attic
Skirt: Thrifted (Salvation Army Starkville, MS)
Shoes: Nine West
Necklace: from my Mom’s jewelry collection (Avon)
Braclet: Personalized ID bracelet handmade by Lisa Hamilton of Bead Soul…I call it my blog bracelet:)
Anklets: Rare Daisy jewelry on Etsy


“Our  village life would stagnate if it were not for the unexplored forests and meadows which surround it. We need the tonic of wildness,– to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground. At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be infinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough Nature.” ( from “Spring” a chapter in Walden” Henry David Thoreau

“There is a commonly sufficient space about us. Our horizon is never quite at our elbows. The thick wood is not just as out door, nor the pond, but somewhat is always clearing, familiar and worn by us, appropriated and fenced in some way, and reclaimed from Nature. For what reason have I this vast range and circuit, some square miles of unfrequented forest, for my privacy, abandoned to me by men?…I have my horizon bounded by woods all to myself…There can be no very black melancholy to him who lives in the midst of Nature and has his senses still…I have never felt lonesome, or in the least oppressed by the sense of solitude…” (from “Solitude” a chapter in Walden) -Henry David Thoreau

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived…” (from “What I Lived For” a chapter in Walden) –Henry David Thoreau

“I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes. If there is not a new man, how can the new clothes be made to fit? If you have any enterprise before you, try it in your old clothes. All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be.” (from “Economy” a chapter in Walden) -Henry David Thoreau

Walden, The Blues, and denim…could it get any better! After reading Walden, I was inspired to share how much the captivating words of Thoreau affected me! It brought forth the idea of my last blog, “Cleanse the Closet, Cleanse the Soul” and the idea for this blog, “Oh, Mighty Blues and Solitude”.


  • Denim is one of those pieces that never goes out of style…like the little black dress! Every girl should own at least one pair of superbly fabulous blue jeans and a statement denim jacket or vest!

The following are additional pictures from the “Oh, Mighty Blues and Solitude” photoshoot!

“I should not talk so much about myself is there were anybody else whom I knew as well. Unfortunately, I am confined to this theme by narrowness of my experience…” (from “Economy” a chapter in Walden) -Henry David Thoreau


“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say let your affairs be as two or three, not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail…Simplify, simplify…instead of a hundred dishes, five; and reduce other things in proportion…” (from “What I Lived For” a chapter in Walden) -Henry David Thoreau

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hat.

To have your own handmade custom bracelet…contact Lisa Hamilton of Beadsoul! Here is the link to her Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/beadsoul?ref=ss_profile

Also, to get cute summery anklets, visit Rare Daisy’s Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/people/RareDaisyJewelry