Three Ways to Wear Thursday: The Best of Pink on VIP



Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Since we are still celebrating VIP PINK Week, I want to take an opportunity on this week’s Three Ways to Wear Thursday to throw it back to the top THREE pink outfits ever on the blog! So, I got to digging and stumbled upon an ensemble from 2012! Ahh–it feels like just yesterday I started VIP….I guess my grandparents were right–time really does fly when you’re doing what you love :)

Now, without further delay and distractions, let’s take a look at these snazzy pink ensembles from the past.

Let me know which one is your favorite by commenting on this post or the VIP Facebook page :)


From the 2012 blog post "Check Out Those Suspenders"
From the 2012 blog post “Check Out Those Suspenders


From the 2013 blog "Perfect Pearls" featuring Birmingham musician Gabriel Tajeu.
From the 2013 blog “Perfect Pearls” featuring Birmingham musician Gabriel Tajeu.


From the 2014 blog “On Wednesdays We Wear Pink“.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn


Weekly Whistle: VIP Pink Week 2014 featuring Tees that Raise Awareness for Breast Cancer


Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Whoo hoo! It’s Wednesday, and y’all know what that means…WEEKLY WHISTLE TIME!

Oh, WWs are always soooo much fun, and this week’s is going to be exceptionally fun because it is all about…about…? Yep, you guessed it–PINK!

For this VIP Pink Week Polyvore, I decided to not only feature head-to-toe pink outfit ideas, BUT ALSO to feature some snazzy tees that raise awareness for breast cancer. Fashion for a cause….my favorite :)

Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at the awesomeness!

Note: Details on where to buy the products featured on this Weekly Whistle are below the Polyvore board :)

Pink Outfits

Say what?! I can really buy the cute pieces featured?! 

MSGM sweatshirts hoody

Monsoon floral blouse

Planet tuxedo jacket
$79 –

Warehouse full skirt
$16 –

Alberta Ferretti shoes

Office shoes
$68 –

Accessorize print tote

Swatch pink jewelry

Whistles pink jewelry
$56 –

CHECK IT OUT! The VIP loves BluKatDesign’s button earings! 

Stay Fabulous(& PINK),

Abby Hathorn

Beauty Tues: Pink Products Raising Awareness + Other Pink Week Product Picks


Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to Beauty Tues!

We are two days into the first ever VIP Pink Week, and I am so excited to finally share some pink-tastic beauty products with y’all! *cheers*

One thing the VIP really loves is lip products–especially if they are PINK. So, I was so excited to find out that Smashbox has a limited-edition pink lip gloss called “Promise” ON SALE NOW that benefits Breast Cancer Awareness. How pink-tastic is that?! Clinique, Estee Lauder, and Aveda also have some great limited-edition Breast Cancer Awareness items for sale. (see Polyvore board below)

In addition to the BCA products featured on this Polyvore board, I am also including some perfectly pink lipsticks, nail polishes, fragrances, and more. Enjoy, y’all! :)

Note: Details on where to buy the products featured on this Beauty Tues are below the Polyvore board :)

Pink Beauty

I want it. I need it. I’m buying it. 

Betsey Johnson fragrance

Victoria s Secret pink perfume

Estée Lauder pink jewelry

Sara Happ lip care

Philosophy lip care

Aveda body moisturizer
$34 –

Ted Baker bags case

NARS Cosmetics nail polish
$24 –

Beauty product
$24 –

Nail care

Smashbox lip gloss

Max Factor makeup
$22 –

Nars cosmetic

Stay Positive,

Abby Hathorn

Southern Women’s Show 2013 with Duck Dynasty’s Miss Kay


The Southern Women’s Show was four days of fabulous shopping, fashion, shows, food sampling, and pampering. What more could a girl ask for? With vendors from the Magic City area and beyond, everyone was sure to find something to suit her fancy. On the last day of the show, fans crowded around the stage and waited excitedly for the beloved celeb guest. Who was the 2013 Southern Women’s Show special star? The one…the only…Miss Kay from Duck Dynasty!

Hey, y'all! It's Miss Kay!
Hey, y’all! It’s Miss Kay!


As I walked around the show, I stumbled upon Happy Pappy’s Glowing Balls out of St. Augustine, Florida. Happy Pappy’s Glowing Balls is all about infinity lights–which is a unique, self-assembly lighting system where you can create thirty interlocking quadrilaterals. If my math teachers would have had such a thing when I was learning my shapes or taking geometry, class would have been more interesting. Note to Self: Buy a Happy Pappy’s Glowing Ball to revive my geometry skills.


Abby: Tell me a little bit about Happy Pappy’s Glowing Balls.

Kara: The lights are based off of the paper lanterns from Thailand, but this is just a modern twist on it. If you put it outside, and it get’s rained on…it’s no big deal–unlike a paper lantern….Happy Pappy lights will not rip or tear, so they are great for kid’s rooms. Another cool thing about these lights is that they are puzzles–You can take them apart and put them back together in all kinds of different shapes.

Learn more about Happy Pappy’s Glowing Balls by visiting their Facebook here.



At the Southern Women’s Show, I had the opportunity to chat with a fellow Alabama blogger, writer, speaker, and teacher Kathryn Lang.

Abby: What is your style of writing?

Kathryn: I would have to say hope. My fiction books have an element of hope, my nonfiction books have hope, my newspaper column has hope, and even when I teach there is always a hint of hope….I believe in helping people find their uniqueness and passion because once you find your passion, you never really work a day in your life!

Check out all of the awesomeness that Kathryn Lang has to offer you! Click here to visit her website.


When it comes to dressings for my salads, I am a very picky girl. I am not a fan of ranch dressing. I know, call me crazy, but I prefer the tangy taste of mustard or flavored vinegars….When I saw the Grapes & Olives On Tap booth, I just had to stop to talk to flavor specialist and co-owner Diane Lopez.


Abby: I see that y’all got an Award Winning Exhibit, congrats! How do you feel about getting this award?

Diane: Oh, we are so very excited! We love the Southern shows, and we are thrilled to win the award! We are one of the top ten vendors out of 300, and it is quite an honor for us.

Abby: What all does Grapes & Olives On Tap offer?

Diane: My husband and I are the owners, and we sell naturally flavored balsamic vinegars and olive oils. They are extremely healthy for you and they taste delicious too! Here at Grapes & Olives On Tap we are all about helping create tastier meals for healthier lives.

To learn more about Grapes & Olives On Tap and browse the tasty options, please click here.

Like Grapes & Olives On Tap on Facebook here.

Are you ready for Christmas? I know I am!
Are you ready for Christmas? I know I am!
Totally my style right? Hey, deddy! This pretty pink Chevy Camaro convertible would make a perfect birthday present...*wink, wink*
Totally my style right? Hey, deddy! This pretty pink Chevy Camaro convertible would make a perfect birthday present…*wink, wink*

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Oh, the 2013 Southern Women’s Show was lots of excitement! I learned a lot about funky modern lighting, hope, embracing your uniqueness, and probably my biggest realization was that people really love Miss Kay, Duck Dynasty, and their books, calendars, coffee mugs, wine glasses, bandanas, sunglasses, t-shirts, socks, night lights, stuffed animals, table lamps, bobble heads, blankets, boots, necklaces, Halloween costumes, posters, iPhone cases, camouflage chairs, Chia pets, coozies, and – wait – it gets better. Did you know that you can purchase a Duck Dynasty Camouflage Segway X2 for only $8,500? Yep, it is true. Here is the link…see it for yourself.

To learn more about the Southern Women’s Show, please click here.


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Interview: Rhonda Spruce of The Crystal Heart Factory

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Hello, hello, hello, fashionistas! Today on the Vintage Inspired Passionista blog, I am going to share a fabulous interview with the owner of The Crystal Heart Factory, Rhonda Spruce! “I take great pride in designing and creating new items and providing a quality piece of jewelry for new and existing customers,” says spectacular jewelry designer, Rhonda Spruce. So, without further ado, I present to y’all the VIP’s interview with extraordinary jewelry artisan, Rhonda Spruce of The Crystal Heart Factory!


  • Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

My name is Rhonda Spruce, and I have been making jewelry for approximately eight years now. I fell into the hobby of it quite innocently. While Christmas shopping one year, I passed a bead store with a heart pendant in the window…KNOWING it would be a perfect gift for someone, I inquired within about purchasing it. The heart was not for sale–it was a class they offered. I took the class (classes…it took me more than one!) and gave the gift. They became popular gifts. I was also lucky enough that I had already been an established nail technician for several years with a clientele who liked them and started purchasing them. I have since retired from being a nail technician, but I am lucky enough to still have my clientele rocking and supporting my jewelry.


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

I am a stay at home mother and a military wife, and I enjoy living life! With my husband on duty every 4th day and deploying approximately 2 weeks every other month, we stay busy when we can. We love to give our children amazing life experiences. They are big fans of carnivals (eeek-youth, what can you say?) and my husband and I, being HUMONGOUS country music fans, try not to miss any country concerts within a 60 mile radius of our home. Being stationed away from my family is hard, so we try to stay busy to pass the time, and we are generally successful at that. (You would be pleasantly amazed at how many discounts and perks we get for being a military family that make this attainable!)


  • Describe your ideal vacation

My ideal vacation is a Ski in/Ski out anywhere that has a hot tub on the balcony of my accommodations. (note: My husband and I have taken this vacation together and our oldest daughter is our favorite “souvenir” from that trip haha)

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

My skinny jeans. I don’t own a scale…how else would I know if I am gaining or losing weight?!


My most popular items are my awareness ribbon hearts.  I will never raise the prices on them. They are the same price they have always been and always will be. Here at the Crystal Heart Factory, we believe that “Awareness=Funding=Research=Finding the Cure.” We have never turned down the opportunity to donate to a organization that has appropriate documentation for the event being held. We are here to HELP!

Also, I am very lucky to have my Mother-in-Law, Stephanie Grantham, owner of StephieGknits, as my full time assistant. Click here to see the VIP’s interview with Stephanie Grantham.


Don’t you just love The Crystal Heart Factory! Rhonda is such a spectacular woman with an extraordinary talent for creating breathtaking jewelry! So, what do you say, fashionistas? Are y’all feeling like going online shopping now?!

Want a custom piece by Rhonda Spruce of The Crystal Heart Factory? Click here!

Shop The Crystal Heart Factory on Etsy here to find even MORE awesome jewelry pieces!

Like The Crystal Heart Factory on Facebook to keep up with the latest jewelry creations and giveaways! Click here.

Twitter: @heartsofcrystal


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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn