30 Day J.Crew Challenge: Weekly Whistle


Hello, hello, hello, fabulouses! Oh, look…another 30 Day J.Crew Challenge outfit post! Interchanging the shorts from yesterday’s outfit and the fabulous French hen tee from September 2nd, I created this magnificently casual ensemble that was destined to be this week’s Weekly Whistle! Mmm…Weekly Whistles are amazing–I love them almost as much as I love Diet Pepsi.

Okay, enough chit chat! Let’s see what the VIP’s outfit of the week is! Whoop whoop!

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Shirt: J.Crew Factory, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

(get the look here)

Shorts: J.Crew Factory, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

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Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk

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Earrings: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn


Weekly Whistle: Little Bitty Pretty One


Little Bitty Pretty One by: Thurston Harris

Little bitty pretty one
Come on and talk to me
Lovey dovey lovely one
Come sit down on my knee

I can tell you a story
That happened a long time ago
Little pitty pretty one
I’ve been watching you grow

Little bitty pretty one
Come on and talk to me
Lovey dovey lovely one
Come sit down on my knee

Come on everybody
Let’s put our hands together and sing along
Come on, come on
I’m saying
Come on

I can tell you a story
That happened a long time ago
Little bitty pretty one
I’ve been watching you grow 


Oh, hello there, VIP readers! Phew…what a day I have had! No, not stressful…it was perfect….chillaxing by the pool with the Giant Schnauzer…getting a nice golden tan…well, golden is not the word I would use…now, that I just looked in the mirror… *Screams from upstairs* Oh, mom….I am going to need some aloe! Okay, okay! Enough about my poolside day, let’s see what the VIP’s outfit of the week is! *DRUM ROLL* IT”S WEEKLY WHISTLE TIMEEEEEE!

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Dress: Personal Vintage Collection-1960s

Belt: Deep South Pout

Heels: Belk, Jessica Simpson


My goodness, I just love the 60s! All of the magnificent colors and patterns…and not to mention the spectacular music makes me want to find a time machine and travel back to a simpler time! Ahh…it appears that I have been living in the wrong era…anyone have a time machine I may borrow? Thanks, that would be great.

Well….readers, my mom says that it is time for me to treat the hot sensation of my sunburn now…bleh. So, tah tah for now fabulous fashionistas!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Work to Play

“Everybody’s doing a brand new dance, now.  Come on baby, do the loco-motion.  I know you’ll get to like it, if you give it a chance, now.  Come on baby, do the loco-motion.  My little baby sister can do it with me.  It’s easier than learning your ABC’s, so come on, come on, do the loco-motion with me!”  What a mega classic!  I can remember dancing around in my Barbie pajamas as I sang the “Locomotion” by Little Eva!  Speaking of locomotion, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “Locomotion is the act or power of moving from place to place.”  That definition fits us busy fashionistas perfectly.   It is important to have a key piece in our wardrobe that can take us anywhere in a snap because of our full schedules!  My top locomotion pick for this season is a fabulous raspberry pink sweater skirt.  By changing up and layering, I was able to create two stellar looks-one for work and one for play.

Blouse: The Attic
Skirt: Target
Suspenders: Walmart
Sneakers: Converse

An outfit perfect for play and totally pretty in pink is a vintage high-collared button up and a darling raspberry hue sweater-knit skirt paired with neutral tone suspenders and retro style sneakers.  So fabulous and comfortable, this ensemble works great for looking absolutely ravishing on a quick coffee run, movies with friends, or a day of antiquing!

Sporting an adorable animal motif sweater with a precious pink vintage high collared blouse and a sweater skirt is a marvelous way to look professional, yet fun at the same time!  Pair this spectacular ensemble with classic black, closed-toe stilettos and BAM! There you have it!  You are ready to go from a day at the office to dinner in a instant!

VIP Tips on Work to Play:

  1. Purr-fect Sweaters:  Animal-motif sweaters are huge right now! “…Pair your sweater with tailored separates in luxe fabrics, such as brocade, leather, or menswear tweed. To add a grown-up edge, opt for suede platforms or booties with a high heel,” says InStyle Magazine, August 2012 issue.
  2. Playful Hemline!:  Find a playful hemline skirt that flatters your figure.  When in doubt, choose an A-line skirt!  “An A-line is universally flattering,” says Glamour magazine.
  3. Super Suspenders!:  Suspenders to the rescue!  Add a throw-back vibe to any skirt or pants outfit with suspenders!  Neutral colored suspenders play well with preppy skirts, Bermuda shorts, or slightly relaxed boy-friend jeans for a picture-perfect ensemble.  Dare to wear black suspenders with trousers and graphic tees for a funky casual look.
  4. Statement Piece Magic!:   Brooches, chunky bracelets, and unique necklaces are magical for all ensembles!  Play up a boring blouse with a gorgeous statement necklace, a business blazer with a lovely brooch, and a flowy dress with bedazzled arm candy!  You can easily take any outfit from work to play with the right accessories.
  5. Let’s Hear it for the Boys!:  For work-wear, a patterned shawl cardigan worn with a solid hue long sleeve button up underneath and paired with flat front chinos gives a comfy, yet professional vibe.  For play, wear that snazzy patterned shawl cardigan with a graphic band tee and light wash jeans.  This outfit is a terrific for a night out with the boys.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn


Two Gallons of Gas, a Coca Cola, and Polyester

“You’re the one I want.  Oh, oh, ooo, Honey!  The one I want, oh, oh, ooo, honey!  The one I need. Oh, yes indeed!”  Quick!  What is the first thing that you think of when you hear the word “polyester”? Terrible double-knit polyester suits in light blue? Or you can’t think because you are automatically feeling the urge to itch?  Bless polyester’s heart!  Despite its major downfall in the 1970s and its bad reputation due to that era, it does have a spectacular history!

Now, hop in my time machine with me and let us blast off to the 1940s!  Va, va, va-room!  Zoom!  Swish!  First stop, 1941!

Ah, ha!  Here we are-and that man over there is W. H. Carothers.  Who is he, you inquire?  Well, he is the one that made the fabulous discovery that certain alcohols and carboxyl acids could be successfully mixed together to create fibers.  Carothers was working for DuPont when he found the almost complete magic formula for polyester fibers; however, he soon wandered away from this experiment when he discovered Nylon.  He boogie-oogie-oggied away.

Whinfield and Dickson, two British scientists, took advantage of Carothers’ incomplete research and mixed ethylene glycol and terephthlic acid to form polyester fibers.  In 1941, Whinfield and Dickson patented PET or PETE. “Polyethylene Terephthalate forms the basis for synthetic fibers like Dacron, Terylene, and Polyester.” (www.whatispolyester.com)

Darlings, we have got to speed this time traveling up a bit because there is so much more to discuss.  Next stop-America, 1951!

Wondrous polyester was introduced to the American public in 1951.  It became known as the “magical fabric” or “the fabric that needed no ironing”.  Polyester zoomed though the years gaining extreme popularity.  Textile mills emerged everywhere-and I do mean everywhere (well, perhaps everywhere is a tiny hyperbole)!  Gas stations were the location of some of these mills-I need two gallons of gas, a Coca Cola, and that polyester dress, please!

Polyester kept its stardom until the 1970s when the double-knit polyester apparel gave the fabric the awful reputation of being itchy and uncomfortable.  Finally, we are back to the present-and the image of cheap, scratchy polyester is a thing of the past!  With a higher price tag and a sophisticated and structured look, polyester is staying alive, staying alive oo, oo, oo, staying alive!

So enough of history class-it is time to see how vintage and modern polyester pieces can be worn fabulously without leaving us looking like disco divas!

Blouse: Gap
Dress: The Attic
Belt: Betsey Johnson
Shoes: Jessica Simpson

A 1970’s polyester dress in light blue is a perfect match for a modern navy and white polka dotted ruffle top!  Adding subtle nude colored accessories with this ensemble leaves you ready to move and groove the day away in complete style!

Blouse: The Fashion Barn
Coat: Marshalls
Skirt: The Limited
Shoes: Jessica Simpson

Pick yourself up a big and beautiful coat to wear with a modern polyester blouse!  Burgundy is all the rage this fall and it plays well with emerald green.  A super precious sheer burgundy blouse adorned with a cream ruffle worn with a denim pencil skirt and topped off with a chic emerald green coat is an amazing way to showcase the staying-power of polyester-all while looking absolutely fabulous.

VIP Tips on Polyester:

  • Break Up:  Don’t dress head to toe polyester.  Do break up a polyester suit with a natural silk top or organic cotton oxford shirt.   This mix works well for the office or dinner with friends!
  • Plays Well with Others:  A sheer, polyester top plays well with a cotton cardigan, wool blazer, or even a denim jacket.  This play date keeps you warm and wonderful without catching the disco fever!
  • Forever and Always:  Invest in good quality polyester apparel items because they can be passed down from generation to generation. Forever and Always, Polyester.
  • Saturday Night Fever:  Halloween is vastly approaching so save those 70s disco pants and wide-collared suit jackets for the perfect throwback costume!  Dare to pair this Saturday Night Fever look with platform shoes to enhance your retro vibe!
  • Let’s Hear it for the Boys:  Pair vintage print polyester button-ups with dark denim jeans, a leather blazer, and a kicking pair of retro runners!  Sport this look while hanging out at the sports bar and grill, and you will have all the girls saying, “Let’s hear it for the boys!”

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn