18 Days of Grand Haul: Wear It As a Shawl


Hello, my fabulouses!  Today has been a super fun and adventurous day for the VIP as I had a photo shoot for the movie poster…afterwards, I got pampered at the Cos-Medi Center in Columbus, Mississippi with a fabulous facial! Special thanks to Hollie Blair Lampkin for always making my skin feel fresh and fabulous! :)

Phew! I am going to keep this outfit post short and sweet because I am in desperate need of a nap!

To transform yesterday’s look from the farmer’s market to a lovely brunch date with that campus hottie, simply toss off the jacket and wear the scarf as a shawl…TAH DAH! You look fabulous! *pushes Staples button* That was easy!

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Top: Aeropostale, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Cords: J.Crew, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Shoes: Naturalizer, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Scarf: Charming Charlie, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Check out my Grand Haul video for The Outlet Shops of Grand River below to see the fabulous deal I snagged on these outfit pieces!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn


Weekly Whistle: TWT Luncheon 2013


Hello, my fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog! It is that wonderful time of the week again…Weekly Whistle time! Whoop Whoop!

Brenda Caradine and Melissa Duncan at the Tennessee Williams Tribute Luncheon at the Tampico Bay Restaurant in Columbus, Mississippi.
Brenda Caradine, Melissa Duncan, and the VIP at the Tennessee Williams Tribute Luncheon at the Tampico Bay Restaurant in Columbus, Mississippi.

On August 27, I was invited by Brenda Caradine to attend the Tennessee Williams Tribute luncheon in Columbus, Mississippi. Mrs. Caradine not only manages the functions of the Tennessee Williams Tribute, but she also owns and operates the Amzi Love Lincoln Homes Bed and Breakfast with her husband, Sid Caradine (aka Captain Sid).

To learn more about the Amzi Love and Lincoln Homes, check out the VIP YouTube videos here:

  • Amzi Love Antebellum Home history, click here.
  • Amzi Love Home circa 1848, click here.
Throwing it back to when I met Brenda Caradine for the first time….

I am so very thankful to have such a fabulous fan like Brenda Caradine–she has been with the VIP since the very beginning! Thank you, Miss Brenda, for not only supporting me, but also for pushing me to follow my dreams! I love you very much:) You are a tremendous fan!


Want to learn more about the Tennessee Williams Tribute?  Check out all of the amazing write-ups by Real Media by clicking here.

Y’all are absolutely going to want to attend the Stella Shouting! The what? Exactly…go visit Real Media to find out more:)


Barbara Broach and I at the TWT luncheon at Tampico Bay in Columbus, MS.

Barbara Broach, Director of the Florence Alabama Arts & Museums, and I at the TWT luncheon at Tampico Bay in Columbus, MS.


Now, let’s see what fabulous frock the VIP wore! Come on, fashionistas, let’s go!

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Dress: Banana Republic

Belt: Anthropologie

Heels: Michael Kors, Belk


To see more pictures from the 2013 TWT Luncheon, please visit the VIP Facebook page here.

Check out the Tennessee Williams Tribute on Facebook to keep up with upcoming events! Click here.

Like Real Media on Facebook to stay up-to-date with new article posts and events! Click here.


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: A Day At the Salon with Brantley Willis


For a long, long, long, LONG time, I have been wanting my hair cut and styled like a modern version of Marilyn Monroe. Thanks to Brantley Willis and Jeremy Stephens at The Association of Independent Artists–The Salon that long-loved look became a reality!

Isn’t Brantley Willis precious!

Brantley Willis, a tremendously talented stylist, did such a FABULOUS job with my color and cut–I could not have asked for a more perfect vintage look! It is hard to trust new people with my signature curly locks, but at the end of the day–it was totally worth it. I am still in complete shock of the wonderful job Brantley did with my curls.  Bonus:  it was so much fun being with Brantley, Jeremy, and Walker today!  Y’all are TOTALLY FABULOUS!

As I was waiting for my top highlights to finish up–the mom, Brantley, and Walker Crow (hair stylist at The Salon) were chatting about how I wanted my hair cut. I have always referred to the VIP cut as a “curly bob”…until today…until Walker Crow’s genius…So…Walker Crow came up with the “cob”–a curly bob.  From this point forward, the VIP’s signature curly bob will be referred to as a “cob”…yes, readers…a “cob”…it is catchy…Thanks, Walker Crow, for that fabulous title:)  Bonus:  I love corn on the cob smothered with butter…slathered in butter….

Jeremy Stephens and I having some fun at The Salon!
Jeremy Stephens and I having some fun at The Salon!

Near the end of the drying process, I began to love my hair EVEN MORE–I did not know that was even possible. To make my hair experience even more fabulous, Jeremy Stephens cut my bangs and played with my hair.  I showed him a picture of Marilyn (yes, I have photos readily available of Marilyn on my phone) and no more than five minutes later…BAM!…I looked like a modern version of the iconic Marilyn Monroe.  It was absolute perfection…so, so, so, so, so, amazing. Words cannot express how much I love the new Cob!  Walker, you have created the most spectacular name for my ‘do.

To schedule an appointment with a fabulous hair artist at the AIA salon, please call (205)402-0022.

Like The Association of Independent Artists on Facebook to keep up with their latest projects and publicity! Click here.

I am sharing this picture on the blog only because I love y'all...
I am sharing this picture on the blog only because I love y’all…

Now that I have told y’all about my superb hair pampering day at the AIA Salon, let’s see what the VIP’s outfit of the week is! Come on, fashionistas!

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Dress: Deep South Pout

Belt: Anthropologie

Shoes: Korks by Kork-Ease

Earrings: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain



To the nice guy named Austin that gave me a sweet note with your number on a napkin at the salon today…my mom threw it away before I realized what she had done.  Please understand that it was not personal.  She thought that it was trash.

For future fans and friends, please do not write valuable information on napkins. I recommend brightly colored sticky notes.  To my knowledge the mom has not thrown away any valuable information written on sticky notes.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Summer Fun!


Hello, fabulouses! Today’s blog post is all about summer fun! There are so many terrific events going on, and I absolutely had to share them with y’all!  Pack your bags, fashionistas, and join the VIP on these wonderfully fabulous summer adventures!


The Local Fashion Advantage

by renowned fashion designer Hilton Hollis


Trunk Show & Sample Sale:  Flaunt in Carthage, Mississippi

Runway Show:  Old Carthage Elementary located at 500 North Van Buren Street in Carthage, Mississippi


Trunk Show & Sample Sale:  July 18-19 from 12 noon to 5pm.

Runway Show & Silent Auction:  July 20–Models will hit the runway starting at 7pm.

Proceeds & Benefits:

The Local Fashion Advantage event by Hilton Hollis will benefit the Leake County Foundation and the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi.


To learn more about this event and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/LocalFashionAdvantage


Trip to Texas: Making Dreams Come True!

The fabulously talented Trip Richmond, an up-and-coming country music star, is about to take the Texas radio circuit by storm!  Celebrate with Trip and join the “Trip to Texas” kick-off party.


Tampico Bay Restaurant located at 1515 College Street in Columbus, Mississippi.


Saturday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m.

To learn more about Trip Richmond and his music, please visit www.thisisrealmedia.com!


Grand Haul Casting Call!

The Outlet Shops of Grand River is looking for the first ever Grand Haul Stars!  They are searching for four superstars who are excitable, spontaneous, and have a knack for talking all things fashion.


Auditions will be held at The Outlet Shops of Grand River at 6200 Grand River Blvd E in Leeds, Alabama.


Saturday, August 10 and 17 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

The winning fashionistas will receive a clothing allotment for each month and will shoot one “clothing haul” video blog per month for September, October, November and December.  These “clothing haul” videos will be displayed on all of The Outlet Shops of Grand River’s social media channels.

For more information about the Grand Haul Casting Call, please visit http://www.shopsofgrandriver.com/.


Don’t forget to vote for your favorite Bright -vs- Neutral ensemble!

Tweet me @AbbyHathorn and hashtag accordingly.

Voting ends July 20 at midnight Central Standard Time (CST).


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Interview: Bonfire Orchestra


With a smooth rock n’ roll sound and real-life lyrics, Bonfire Orchestra’s tunes will find their way into your summer playlist. Michael Thomas (lead singer, principal songwriter, and guitar player), Seth Parker (bass player), and Dayton Cooper (drummer) is a dynamic group who is dominating every stage on which they play.

Originally starting out as a duo, Bonfire Orchestra consisted of Michael Thomas and Dayton Cooper playing at small venues. “When we began to play bigger concerts and bigger stages, we brought on Seth Parker to play bass,” states Thomas.  “Michael and I met—and that was the start of Bonfire Orchestra…Slowly over time—piece by piece—everything has developed and fallen into place,” says Dayton Cooper.

What did y’all do before the start of Bonfire Orchestra?

Dayton: “I was in another band and before that I was in another band–I have been in a band since I was 11 years old.”

Me: “Wow! That’s impressive!”

Dayton: “Yeah, it’s pretty nice. I love it.”

What inspired y’all to start Bonfire Orchestra?

Dayton: “Michael and I met–and that was the start of Bonfire Orchestra.”

Michael: “After that, we started playing bigger stages so we brought on this hobo (jokingly pointing at Seth Parker) to play bass.”

Dayton: “Slowly over time–piece by piece–everything has developed and fallen into place.”

How long has the band been together?

Michael: “Three years, now.”

Dayton: “Woah! Really? It feels way longer than that!”

Michael: “Dayton and I originally played as a two-piece for around 18 months or so–we played small stages and gigs. When we moved on to playing larger stages, we brought on our bass player Seth. He’s awesome.”

Seth: *grins with a full mouth and gives a thumbs-up*

Dayton: “Yeah, he is pretty great.”

What inspires y’all’s music?

Michael: “Life.”

Dayton: “Past experiences.”

Michael: “Yeah, I was going to say that. Horrendously tragic relationships with women haha”

Dayton: “Yeah, that’s a good one too. Really, all I can say is life. Everyday, we do new things, and we take inspiration from those things.”


Dayton: “Hey buddy, can I have some of your salmon?”

Seth: “Sure, man.”

Dayton: *with a full mouth* “Man, that’s some good salmon.”

Seth: *with a full mouth nods head in agreement*

Dayton: “This is the best interview ever, by the way!”

Me: “Yeah! I like this–it is fun!”

Dayton: “You want some pork tenderloin?”

Me: “No, I’m good–I’ll pass on that haha”

Seth: *reaches with his fork…takes a piece of pork tenderloin from Dayton’s plate…he tries the pork tenderloin* “That’s some good pork tenderloin!”

Where is y’all’s next stop on the tour?

Michael: “Jackson, Mississippi.”

Me: “What’s after Jackson?”

Michael: “I don’t remember haha”

Me: “Yeah, you just got to wing it haha”

Michael: “We were supposed to have five shows this week, but we flipped our van off the side of a ravine a few days ago.”

*Note: No musicians were harmed. Only an upright bass.”

Dayton: “Yeah, it was just a minor set back haha”

Michael: “So, we have a lighter week–just three shows this week.”

Me: “Well, I am so glad y’all got to come here! It has been such a fun interview.”

Michael: “We didn’t think we were going to make it, but then I was like…Abby is waiting on us–so, we pressed on!”

Dayton: “That should be a shirt–‘Don’t Leave Abby Hanging'”


How many shows do y’all do a year?

Michael: “Overall, we do about 180 shows a year–it is a pretty full-time gig.”

Do y’all travel regionally, locally, just in the South?

Michael: “The Southeast, mostly. It’s not that we won’t travel outside of that–but we usually travel within a 400/500 mile range.”

*pause in the interview as everyone takes a bite of food*

Michael: “You want some gator bites?”

Dayton: “We got pork tenderloin, fries, gator bites, pickle-o’s.”

Me: No, haha I’m okay. I ate before I came here haha”

Dayton: “Seth, why don’t you say something?”

Seth: “Why don’t I say something?

Dayton: “His plate is completely gone!”

Me: “Happy plate!”

Seth: “It is a happy plate.”

Where can people connect and find y’all?

Dayton: *counting off on his fingers* Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, iTunes, in person.”

Michael: “Yeah, come out and see us. We’d greatly appreciate it!”


The Bonfire Orchestra is totally the soundtrack of my summer! Meet the band on my latest YouTube video here.

So, kick off your shoes, grab a cold beverage, and lounge by the pool or get up and dance the day and night away to the catchy tunes of Bonfire Orchestra. Their album “The Well and the Water” (available on iTunes and Amazon) is the soundtrack of my summer pool parties!  See what all the rage is about–purchase their album today!

Bonfire Orchestra’s album “The Well and the Water” on iTunes here OR Amazon here.

The Bonfire Orchestra is such a terrific group of guys with super fun personalities! Words cannot express how much I love their music–and hearing them live at 12 Bar was beyond amazing! Keep up with them on Facebook and Twitter to see where they will be performing next! You will not want to miss Bonfire Orchestra when they come to your town!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bonfireorchestrafans

Twitter: @BonfireOrch

Instagram: @BonfireOrch

Check out the Bonfire Orchestra on YouTube to see live performances and official music videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/BonfireOrchestra

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn