Weekly Whistle: Emerald n’ Gold


Last week on Weekly Whistle, I chatted about how rust and emerald have always been my color sweethearts. If you missed the post, check it out here–you don’t want to be behind *wink* 

Taking a little bit of inspiration from last week’s throwbacks + a fabulous necklace I just finished making, I decided this week’s outfit of the week should be all about gold and emerald! Oh…there is just something about how emerald pairs so elegantly with rich hues like rust and different metallics. I remember several years ago, I had this fabulous emerald dress, and I wore it with practically with everything under the sun *wink* Hm…I wonder where that post is on the blog? *stalking myself* HERE WE GO! 

Ahh–this brings back sweet memories! This was when I was living in Birmingham and working with the Outlet Shops of Grand River for events and the Grand Haul Girl video series! Check out the post here.

Seeing this dress again makes me feel like I might have to dust it off for some future closet-shopping blogs, but I digress *wink*

Let’s get back to this week’s Weekly Whistle *wink* Check it out below:

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Sweater: Express

Skirt: Forever 21

Heels: Belk

Earrings: handmade, BluKatDesign

Necklace: handmade, BlueGrits


To see another way I wore this necklace, please visit VIP Blue here!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn


VIP Interview: Jewelry Artisan Heather O’Cain of BluKatDesign


Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

To help celebrate the two year anniversary of VIP, I decided to follow up with another one of my favorite handmade jewelry artisans. This fabulous jewelry artisan was one of the very first I interviewed, and today is Throwback Thursday…soooo…I re-introduce you to Heather O’Cain of BluKat Design! *holding flashing “applaud” sign* *DJ, cue Lady Gaga’s Applause*

Heather creates fabulous handmade earrings, necklaces, hair sticks, and cute magnets  that make me “o0o” and “ahh” every time she lists a new item in her Etsy shop or posts a new photo to Facebook. Whether I want to wear a fancy statement necklace or a simple pair of stud earrings, Heather O’Cain always has the perfect jewelry piece to fit my fashionista mood! Speaking of statement necklaces…Heather actually created a custom BKD statement necklace for the VIP made from my grandmother’s buttons (see photo below).  When it arrived in the mail, it was like Christmas all over again! Oh, Heather always amazes me with her magnificent design talent! Okay…okay…okay, I know y’all are not here today to hear my random chit chatting–y’all are here to read about what is new with Heather O’Cain of BluKatDesign! So, come on, fabulouses–let’s go!

Necklace: BluKat Design by Heather O'Cain
Necklace: BluKatDesign by Heather O’Cain

VIP: What’s new with BKD? Are you working on any new projects? If so…spill the beans *wink*

Heather: I’m always looking for new things to do, and right now I am working on recycled and upcycled  plastic bottle jewelry.  I have ideas for fabric beads and jewelry; hopefully, I will get to work on these soon!  I dug out some of my unfinished art jewelry pieces  I did years ago and want to do more of that also.

BKD's Radiant Orchid necklace made from recycled Coke bottles. I think I am in love...*wink*
BKD’s Radiant Orchid necklace made from recycled Coke bottles. I think I am in love…*wink*

VIP: What is your 2014 inspiration?

Heather:  A lot of my inspiration comes from fashion or social media; just meeting new peeps and seeing all the cool stuff on Pinterest and Etsy.

Earrings: BluKat Design by Heather O'Cain
Earrings: BluKatDesign

VIP: Do you have a 2014 motto? If so, tell us what it is!

Heather: I’m still trying to come up with a motto for 2014; I’ve never done resolutions or had a motto!

Necklace: BluKat Design
Necklace: BluKatDesign

VIP: What color best describes you?

Heather: Bright and multicolored describes me…or at least my jewelry LOL!

Earrings: BluKat Design
Earrings: BluKatDesign

VIP: What is your favorite song of 2014 thus far?

Heather: Music? I hardly listen to music anymore, not a whole lot of talent or original ideas going on now! My  craft studio is right next to the office where my husband listens to a lot of the old British Invasion music which is fun. I’m a big Led Zeppelin fan, but I don’t want to disturb my husband or neighbors, you just can’t listen to that quietly!

Earrings: BluKat Design
Earrings: BluKatDesign

Check out the VIP’s first interview with the jewelry artisan here.

In love with BluKatDesign? Shop online here.

Connect with Heather O’Cain:

Facebook here.

Twitter here.

WordPress here.

Pinterest here.

Tumblr here.

Hair sticks: BluKatDesign
Hair sticks: BluKatDesign
Flower stud earrings: BluKat Design
Flower stud earrings: BluKatDesign

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn


LA Green Boutique Spring Fashion Show 2013


Hello there, fashionistas! Welcome back to the VIP blog on this wonderful day! I recently attended the LA Green Boutique Spring Fashion Show in Starkville, Mississippi. It was ever so adorable!  What a fabulous way to show off the boutique’s new apparel!

LA Green did a fantastic job styling and finding beautiful models to walk their lovely Spring 2013 items down the runway! I took snapshots of some of my favorite ensembles to share with y’all! So, readers, enjoy these stellar outfits from LA Green Boutique! *Applause*


The “swag bags” at the fashion show were filled with all kinds of goodies! A copy of the latest issue of Town and Gown Magazine, a coupon for buy one get one free VersaSpa treatment at World Color tanning salon, a 25% off coupon for any one item at Aspen Bay, 15% off any one item at LA Green, a $10 off any three month package at Midtown Pilates, and 15% off at Vitality Skin & Spa! Oo la la, time to get pampered!


The VIP ADORES floral shorts paired with a complementary hued blazer! Absolutely perfect for the temperamental spring weather in the South!


Don’t you just love coral accents on neutral pants! What a luscious look! I totally need these terrific trousers in my wardrobe!



A super cute peplum top with a pinch of gold at the waist is the perfect way to celebrate the warm weather in complete style!


I am totally obsessed with coral for spring! It is such a subtle bright that brings a smile to everyone’s face.


Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! That is all I can say about this amazing ensemble from LA Green Boutique!


The VIP is infatuated with a spectacular statement necklace paired and with a white embellished top!

Attending the LA Green Boutique Spring Fashion Show has me ready for Spring Break! All the vibrant hues, sweet silhouettes, and exciting embellishments are simply divine! I loved every outfit that walked down the runway….I must have everything at LA Green Boutique!


Want to see more of what LA Green Boutique has to offer? Check them out on Facebook and fall in love! https://www.facebook.com/pages/LA-Green-Boutique/240671512619901

If you live near the Starkville, Mississippi area, stop by and take a look at all of their fantastically fabulous choices! Also, do not forget to tell them the Vintage Inspired Passionista sent you:)

Location: 500 Russell Street Suite 5, Starkville, MS Contact: (662) 324-6280 & lagreenboutique@gmail.com


Oh, my! Seeing all these spring fashions is getting me so super pumped for Birmingham Fashion Week, February 23-March 2! It is going to be such fun and filled with fabulous fashions! You can keep up with BFW events @ https://www.facebook.com/bhamfashionweek?fref=ts! If you are interested in tickets to Birmingham Fashion Week, you can purchase tickets and view the schedule of events @ www.bhamfashionweek.com! I hope to see many of my rad readers there!


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! www.realstorypublishing.com

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn