Tennessee Williams Tribute: “Kingdom of Earth”

(From Left to Right) Director, M.J. Etua, Brenda Caradine, and of course, the VIP!
(From Left to Right) Director, M.J. Etua, Brenda Caradine, and of course, the VIP!


A storm ‘s a brewin’…the flood waters are a risin’…the levee ‘s a breakin’…one eerie Mississippi night.  All the citizens, doctors, law enforcement, and even “the help” has fled for them higher grounds…except for one lost soul…soon to be joined by two mo’, who seems to be runnin’ toward the danger instead of aways from it… now two half brothers with the same father and totally different mothers and a show business woman transformed into a motherly bride battle it out to see who will gain control of the land.  It’s a testy scrimmage of wits, lust, and who-can-drink-who under the table…these three characters are racing against time. 

The waters keep a risin’ and so does the fear and madness amongst this disgruntled household. What will happen? Will they all make it out alive? Who will get this sacred house and land valued at more than $50,000?  You, tell me.  Go see the astonishing performance of Tennessee Williams’ Kingdom of Earth in Columbus, Mississippi, April 9-13 at 7:30pm to find out.

Miss VIP chatting with the director about how she began her start in the theatre business. I will have a VIP Interview with Director M.J. Etua on my YouTube channel soon...so, stay tuned:)
Miss VIP chatting with the director about how she became involved in the theatre business.  I will have a VIP Interview with Director M.J. Etua on my YouTube channel soon…so, stay tuned:)

Kingdom of Earth is truly a breathtaking, twisting turn of events play written by renowned American playwright, Tennessee Williams.  Director M.J. Etua made the Tennessee Williams Tribute (TWT) proud as she took on this terrific project to portray Tennessee Williams’ vision of mass controversy set in 1960 in a rural town in the Magnolia State (Mississippi).

(From Left to Right) Sid Caradine (aka Captain Sid), M.J. Etua, Brenda Caradine, Miss VIP, and Isa Stratton Beaulieu
(From Left to Right) Sid Caradine (aka Captain Sid), M.J. Etua, Brenda Caradine, Miss VIP, and Isa Stratton Beaulieu

Isa Stratton Beaulieu (Set Design), Kay Manzilillo (Costume and Set Decor), Melissa Duncan (Props Mistress), Brenda Caradine (Producer for TWT and TWT Board Chair), Claude Simpson (Set Construction), Ed Moody (Set Construction), and Christopher Blank (Set Construction) did a spectacular job of designing and creating a set that brings the audience into the house with Chicken (David Trotter), Myrtle (Cherri Golden), and Lot (Alex Orsak) as they manipulate to determine the heir to Ravenstock Plantation.


David Trotter, as Chicken, played quite the interesting character...many viewers of the play says his character's personality varried from sexy to creepy in a matter of minutes. David kept everyone on the edge of their seats as he acted out his character, Chicken in complete and utter perfection.

David Trotter plays quite the interesting and complex character-Chicken…his character’s personality goes from sexy to creepy in a matter of minutes…seconds.  His dark humor, his loneliness, and his rejection by white society leaves the viewer straddling the fence of liking him and despising him.  David’s portrayal of Chicken is complete perfection.  Bravo! Bravo!


Cherri Golden, as Myrtle, shows off her mad acting skills in the performance of Kingdom of Earth. “As the character of Myrtle, Cherri is now focusing on honoring her skills in whimpering, waffling, and screaming…” (TWT pamphlet) My most memorable moment of her magnificent acting skills is the scene where they talk about “washable velvet”! Cherri Golden’s performance as Myrtle was beyond breathtaking as she was able to transist through each scene with absolute ease.  At times, I found myself unable to catch my breath…and wondering if I should invest in some small appliances….


Alex Orsak, as Lot, exposed a sense of peace to the intensity of the play.  His character is just as complex and dark as that of Chicken’s.  His weakness, his illness, his paleness are stark contrasts to the attributes of Chicken.  At first meeting, Lot seems to be a charming, sophisticated, and loving young man–full of innocence and dedication to his late mother.  As the play unfolds, the viewer loses faith in Lot…and begins to pity him for not his physical illness, but mental one.  Let me just say one thing without giving away the ending…the last few moments of the play grab’s the attention!  Alex’s portrayal of Lot is stellar.  Two thumbs up and five stars!


You must see this play, VIP readers! It is so fabulous that I could watch it over and over again!  My goodness!  I must stop chatting about it, or I am just going to give the entire thing away….

Upcoming Blogs, Videos, and VIP Interviews:

  • VIP Interview: Director M.J. Etua

  • VIP Interview: Gabriel Tajeu Part 2

  • Blog: Columbus Spring Pilgrimage–tour of Amzi Love Home

  • Video: Tennessee Williams play coverage featuring Brenda Caradine

  • Video: Amzi Love Home Tour coverage and interviews


See my interview with City Councilwoman Ward 6 candidate, Whirllie Byrd on the YouTube channel now! She has fabulous ideas on how to improve the youth and city of Columbus, Mississippi! Vote May 7th! www.youtube.com/user/vintagepassionista


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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista

Twitter: @Abbysauce_

Instagram: @VintagePassionista

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/vintagepassionista

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

Latest Real Media (Real Story Publishing) Article: http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/04/03/the-adventures-of-the-vip-perfectly-prominent-pearls/

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


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

InStyle Inspiration: June 2012

I spy InStyle Inspiration: June 2012

Hello, my FABULOUS readers! I have two super cute outfits that I based off of things that inspired me from the latest edition of InStyle, and I am so excited to share them with y’all.

One of the pages that inspired me this month…

The detail and color of the blue dress shown in the picture above reminded me of a dress that I had stuffed in the back of my closet…I decided that it must be brought out and combined with a summery, straw hat and fun, white Jessica Simpson heels! I cannot wait to wear this outfit out on the town!

Hat: Blu Gertude (Deep South Pout of Columbus, MS)
Dress: Fashion Barn (Columbus, Mississippi)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson (Belk)
Sunglasses: Target (Trussville, Alabama)
I love magazines like InStyle and Vogue because they get my mind going about how to create my own “Inspiration Outfits” with things I already have, Thrift Store Finds, or new purchases from local shops.

I took inspiration (yes, this blog post has the word “inspiration” in it a lot…because I am the Vintage INSPIRED Passionista…haha;)) from Instyle magazine’s “Summer Steals!” and “Mens-Wear Hat” pages.

Hat: Charming Charlie (Birmingham, Alabama)
Dress: Deep South Pout (Starkville, Mississippi)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson (Of course…;))
This summer, I am all about hats! Cute, floppy hats with my bikini and coverup, a mens-wear hat with a funky dress, or a bright, fun straw hat with a colorful dress..The VIP loves hats….

Don’t you just love InStyle Magazine??? Oh, I do…I love it almost as much as I love Jessica Simpson shoes…

Go pick up the next issue of InStyle magazine, and find ideas to make your own spectacular outfits! If you have an outfit inspired by magazines that you would like to share…give me a shout out! I would love to feature them in an upcoming blog! So don’t be shy! Get to emailing me your inspiration outfit pictures:)

Email: vintage.passionista@gmail.com

If you would like to see more pictures from the “InStyle Inspiration: June 2012” photoshoot, then check out and LIKE my Facebook page:) www.facebook.com/VintageInspiredPassionista

Also, follow me on Twitter and Instagram! Twitter: @Abbysauce Instagram: @VintagePassionista

Be sure to check out my very first newspaper column for The Real Story online now (page 21) @ http://realstorypublishing.com/april-11-2012-print-edition/

Join me June 31st for Monthly Macaroons! See what the VIP is loving this month!

Stay Fabulous & Read InStyle Magazine,

Abby Hathorn



Trussville Antiques and Interiors Reopening: Part 1

Step inside Trussville Antiques and Interiors (formally the Trussville Antique Mall) and surround yourself with the finest antiques and decor around town. This wonderful shopping heaven had the fortune of building upon something already remarkable. Trussville Antiques and Interiors can match any home interior style from Shabby Chic to Victorian to eclectic modern!

I have recently attended the grand reopening of Trussville Antiques and Interiors, and it was oh, so fabulous! There I met and interviewed vendors, entered for door prizes, and searched for vintage clothes! Trussville Antiques and Interiors has such a variety of things for sale that you can find almost anything you want or need! You can take guitar lessons at Mark’s Guitars, purchase adorable vintage clothes at the Pink Porch, find yourself adorable handmade artwork at the Lolly Molly, or get a little something for the kids at Babee B Poshe!

In Part 1 of the Trussville Antiques and Interiors Reopening blog, I will be including some pictures along with interviews with vendors. In part two, there will be lots of pictures that capture the splendid things you can find at Trussville Antiques and Interiors!

I interviewed Bradley Leonard who is the owner of The Fabric House located in Trussville Antiques and Interiors. At the Fabric House you will find afforable, super stylish fabric that is great for all your crafting and decor needs! Bradley has such a variety of indoor, outdoor, and special order fabrics for sale in her shop.

Don’t you just love these special order fabrics from The Fabric House!

I asked Bradley what made her want to open up a fabric shop in Trussville, and she said that she has always been interested in decorating, and Kirk (owner of Trussville Antiques and Interiors) thought it was a great idea and the perfect time. “I am always helping my friends decorate,” Bradley says.

Mrs. Leonard said that she gathers most of her inspiration from magazines like Southern Living and other home decor magazines. She also finds inspirations from bright colors…who doesn’t love bright colors!

Bradley gave me two great tips that are true for the home and closet!

  • “It is your home, and if you like it, don’t let anyone influence your decisions.”
  • “If you aren’t sure about it in the store, then you will hate it when you get it home.”

Next, I visited Babee B Poshe to interview Brittney Malchus. At Babee B Poshe, you can find the perfect gift for the expecting mother, an adorable onesie for a cute little baby, or a shabby chic picture frame to hold your favorite baby memories! Brittney’s shop has so many adorable things that you will just have to see it for yourself at Trussville Antiques and Interiors!

I asked Brittney what made her want to open her shop, and Brittney stated that she wanted to be able to find cute things for her niece and friends that are expecting or have small children.

Brittney said that she was mainly inspired by Pinterest and stated, “…get inspiration from magazines and Pinterest, but make it your own!”

I dropped by Bill and Madeleine Laskoski’s shop to see what all they had to offer…and let me tell you guys, they have a little bit of everything! Bill, a retired school teacher, is like a mini picker! He told me that since he retired, he needed something to do…so he decided to open up his shop.

Bill and Madeleine refinish trunks (as seen in the picture above) to their original glory! It is quite a tedious project, but the finishing product looks marvelous! If I had somewhere to put one of their fabulous trunks, I would definitely pick one up for myself!

Bill is originally from the New England area, and when he returns home to visit, he stops by garage and yard sales in search of a good bargain!

I had such a great time chatting and getting to know Bill and Madeleine Laskoski at the reopening of Trussville Antiques and Interiors!

As I walked around the store in search of vendors to interview, I dropped by Kenny Lind’s shop. He is quite the adorable, humorous old man!

I asked Mr. Kenny why he decided to open his shop, and he said jokingly, “I got tired of chasing girls, so I went to work.” He also stated, “It’s a labor of love, not work.”

Kenny Lind was a golf pro all over the country and has helped in the building and designing of three golf courses. He designed and supervised the building of the Cumberland course.

The coolest things he has for sale in his shop are Roman coins, silver, and $1,000 coins!  He also sells other types of coins, antiques, and comics!

I stumbled upon this funky arrangement of antiques as I wandered from room to room at the grand reopening.

When I ran into the owner, I just had to ask Mr. Kirk Cornelious what made him want to open up Trussville Antiques and Interiors. He said that he bought the building and thought the concept of an antique mall in Trussville would be beneficial to everyone. Mr. Cornelious and his friends run Trussville Antiques and Interiors together. Over the years, Mr. Kirk Cornelious has developed a love for antiques.

I dropped by Jo Ann Lawrence and Lauren Taylor’s (daughter) shop which sells antiques and handmade goodies that Lauren makes herself.

Jo Ann and Lauren told me that they are big into “Go Green”, antiques, and upcycling. Jo Ann loves the feeling of a satisfied customer who finds a treasure in her shop that makes him/her happy. Jo Ann Lawrence has a deep crush for old things and antique kitchenware. “I was always baking and being in the kitchen with my grandmother,” says Jo Ann.

Phyllis Mitchell is the owner of Decor by Phyllis. In her shop, you can find fabulous decor items such as industrial kitchen lights and adorable chairs in various styles.

She decided to open her shop in Trussville because it was closer to home. Phyllis stated, “I love to buy, but I can’t keep everything I buy! I also love picking out and pairing colors together.”

I asked Mrs. Mitchell what inspires her, and she said, “I take what I like and go from there!”

Mrs. Mitchell has some of her decor gems for sale at the Springville Antique Mall in Springville, Alabama.

Lace Blazer: The Attic
Shirt: JCrew
Skirt: The Fashion Barn
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Belts: Target
Necklace: Claire’s

I had such a fun time interviewing and getting to know some of the vendors. When planning your next antiquing adventure…I suggest visiting Trussville, Alabama for a marvelous antiquing experience that you cannot get anywhere else!

Don’t forget to stay tuned for the Trussville Antiques and Interiors Reopening blog: Part 2 for an interview with The Lolly Molly and exclusive pictures of what there is to find at Trussville Antiques and Interiors.

You can follow Trussville Antiques and Interiors on Facebook to keep up with what is going on at the shop! https://www.facebook.com/TrussvilleAntiqueMall?ref=ts

Make sure to follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and like me on Facebook to see exclusive photos and what the VIP is up to!

Twitter: @Abbysauce_

Instagram: @VintagePassionista

Facebook: www.facebook.com/VintageInspiredPassionista

Also…I have fabulous news! My very first newspaper column has been printed in The Real Story (www.realstorypublishing.com) newspaper of Columbus, Mississippi! I am so excited…and I am waiting for my deddy to get home from Chicago so he can build me a frame for it:) So…Deddy…hurry up and get home from your business trip!;)

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn



VIP Interview: Heather O’Cain (BluKat Design)

I have recently interviewed a fabulous jewelry artisian. Heather O’Cain, owner of BluKat Design, is all about upcycling and vintage couture! BluKat Design offers functional, wearable art that is great for a night out on the town or a quick coffee run!

I love to pair my vintage coral owl necklace with a variety of outfits, and it was recently featured in my blog “Sweater Happy DIY”!

Heather is quite the artsian when it comes to creating jewelry that catches a fashionista’s eye…because all fashionistas are attracted to sparkly, vintage things!

Without further ado, I present to all of my fabulous readers the exclusive VIP Interview with Heather O’Cain of BluKat Design!:)

These handmade hairsticks from BluKat Design work great to give a messy updo a classy cute look!
  • Tell us a little something about yourself.

I have been making jewelry for over thirty years, and I am a professional designer of award-winning, high end, modern gold and platinum jewelry in Seattle, Washington for over twenty-seven years. For years, I have hand carved wax models for rings, and now I am designing with a computer CAD/CAM program. I have studied jewelry design under the Master of found object art jewelry, Ron Ho. I have also received awards for my art jewelry including an award from the Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts Exhibition. For fun, I like to make jewelry by upcycling vintage parts or found objects and selling them in my Etsy shop!

I just LOVE this purple and red statement necklace!
  • How would you describe your style?

My style is kind of fun eclectic, but a colorful mix of vintage and modern.

I would pair these adorable button earrings with a color block tank and a pair of cute khaki shorts!
  • What is your favorite music genre and why?

My music tastes are very eclectic also, from Led Zepplin to Imelda May to Latin and Jazz.

These fun, upcycled earrings from BluKat Design would perfectly complement any fashionista’s wardrobe!
  • What or who inspired you to start making jewelry?

I started making jewelry in high school, for some reason it was easier to express my creativity with jewelry; painting was still scary to me!

“Must Have” for any vintage lover!
  • What are some of your favorite hobbies?

My hobbies include hiking, mushrooming and foraging, painting and crafts.

I adore these beautiful earrings handmade by Heather O’Cain!
  • What is the most popular thing you make?

My hair sticks are quite popular, but there is more interest in my bobby pin jewelry.

  • Why did you decide to name your store BluKat Design?

My shop is named BluKat Design after my Russian Blue cat, Tuffy.

Doesn’t Heather have fantastic style and gorgeous wearable art! I just cannot say enough good things about BluKat Design….I am going to need a bigger jewelry box…haha:)

Heather is a fellow blogger, and we bloggers love other bloggers! So be sure to check out her blog: http://blukatkraft.blogspot.com

Would you like to own one of BluKat Designs fabulous art pieces? Check out her Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BluKatDesign

You can also like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter!

Facebook: http://facebook.com/blukatdesign

Twitter: @BluKatDesign

Don’t forget to like the VIP on facebook, and follow me on Twitter and Instagram:)

Facebook: http://facebook.com/VintageInspiredPassionista

Twitter: @Abbysauce_

Instagram: @VintagePassionista

I have very special news to share with all of you! My first newspaper article will be printed and published online this upcoming week in The Real Story of Columbus, Mississippi! (realstorypublishing.com/category/columbusms/) I feel so blessed to have this opportunity at sixteen! God is amazing and dreams do come true:)

Join me next time for a the Trussville Antiques and Interiors reopening! Interviews with vendors and the owner plus fantastic pictures of all the amazing things Trussville Antiques and Interiors has to offer! You will NOT want to miss it:)

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn



Thrift Store Finds: This is not a yellow polka dot bikini

Chanel Mannequin is modeling the Thrift Store Find outfit as purchased…sans shoes and hat…keep reading to find out how I added my own twist to it:)

On my last visit to Meridian, Mississippi, I went thrifting…at first, I had no luck finding vintage, but my fortune turned around when I walked into the New Hope Thrift store…there I discovered the most spectacular outfit! A yellow and white blouse/skirt combo…I quickly grabbed it off the rack and hurried to locate my mom who was looking for furniture to redesign…as always;)

VIP TIPS (before you go thrifting):

  • Keep in mind you can combine Thrift Store Finds with the clothes you currently own!
  • Do NOT be afraid to mix patterns...or to go bold with color!
  • Look for unique, fun, funky pieces that make you stand out!

I have put together three different outfits to share with y’all…cute and adorable, dressy and sassy, and last but not least…full out throwback 80s! Enjoy:)

Shirt: Thrifted
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Headband: The Attic
Shoes: Lucky Brand
Purple and yellow is a bold color combination!
The one thing I love about fashion is that it allows you to be yourself in a variety of ways. If people refuse to accept the way you are…then you always have your heels and pretty clothes:)
Shirt: Thrifted
Belt: Target
Skirt: Fashion Barn
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Colbalt blue is my favorite color for spring! Combined with black, white, and yellow…you can’t go wrong!
“Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves and, of course, each other. If girls dressed for boy’s they’d just walk around naked at all times.” -Betsey Johnson


  • Invest in staple, statement shoes and accessories that add a wow factor to your wardrobe!

You may notice in some of my blogs that I often wear some of the same pieces…Why?…because they are so easy to combine with many different outfits! Items such as: the cobalt blue Jessica Simpson shoes, the cobalt blue belt from Target, and the Reo Speedwagon shirt (my favorite shirt of all time!) from Urban Outfitters are just a few of my staple, statement pieces.

Shirt: Thrifted
Tank top: Urban Outfitters
Jeans: JCrew
Shoes: Lucky Brand
The reason I prefer vintage over everything else is because it allows me to be different! I don’t want to look like every other girl out there!
I wish I could have lived in the 80s…the music is so fabulous!
“I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.” -Madonna

Are you a thrifter? Show me your skills by tweeting me pictures of things you have found at thrift stores you adore! My twitter is @Abbysauce_

Don’t have Twitter? Well, you can also email me pictures of your thrifty discoveries! My email is vintage.passionista@gmail.com

I’d love to show off your nifty, thrifty finds in a future blog! So don’t be shy, email me/tweet me those pictures!

My next blog is a hugger-mugger, hush-hush, heterogeneous doozy!:) So…to ferret out the secret, you must stay tuned to the VIP blog! I also encourage you to subscribe via email to my blog so you NEVER miss a post!:)

You can also follow me on Instagram @vintagepassionista

I hope you have enjoyed this Thrift Store Finds:) Here are some more pictures from the photoshoot!

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” -Coco Chanel


Remember to always be yourself no matter what! Don’t be afraid to stand out and be different:)

Stay Fashionable,

Abby Hat.