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:

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: OR

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!

Town and Gown Magazine is now online! Read previous issues @


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn


Shopping in Your Own Closet: Little Red Dress


Welcome back, fashionistas! If y’all have been keeping up with me on Facebook, I dropped a hint that there was going to be a new weekly segment on the VIP blog.  Well, get excited because “Shopping in Your Own Closet” is here and ready to be ever so fabulous!

Lately, I have been going through my closet and finding clothes to donate. During the process, I stumbled upon a lovely floral dress that my Aunt Carol had given me! I skipped off in joy to find my mom to tell her of the precious frock I had found! She nodded her head with approval and waved me off to continue cleaning out…she was on the phone, and after all these years, you would think I would learn not to bother my mom when she was on the phone.  I digress!

momandauntcarolMy mom(on right) and Aunt Carol (on left) back in the ’80s. They are quite the adorable fashionistas!

That little red dress got me to thinking….hmmm shopping in your own closet for a totally precious outfit…what a great blog that would make! Bam! Tah-dah! Yay!  The new segment was born, and I owe it all to my Aunt Carol and the little red dress!



IMG_8302 (2)

Top: Target

Dress: “Closet Shopping”

Shoes: Belk, Jessica Simpson

Earrings: Betsey Johnson


Oh, “Closet Shopping” makes me ever so happy! Discovering precious dresses, fancy skirts, and comfy sweatshirts that I forgot I had is the best feeling in the world-besides a facial. I love facials…and manicures…and pedicures…and trips to the hair salon…I am feeling in the need of some girly pampering! Oops, off topic again, let’s talk tips now, shall we?


Ooo la la, Closet Shopping is indeed fun! Go shopping in your own closet and email (  or Facebook ( me pictures of you sporting your fabulous ensemble for a chance to be featured on the VIP blog!

Wanting more of the VIP? Check out my column “The Adventures of the VIP” @ in the Lifestyle section!

Town and Gown Magazine is online! Read previous issues @

Dreaming of finding lovely, vintage inspired, handmade jewelry? Dream no more, fashionistas! Check out BluKat Design @! She has fantastic earrings and statement jewelry that will knock your socks off!

Be sure to like the VIP on Facebook to keep up with the latest VIP news, sneak peeks, and more!

Twitter: @Abbysauce_

Instagram: @VintagePassionista

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn