Weekly Whistle: All About Sunglasses


Hello, fabulous! It is that time of the week again on the VIP blog, and y’all know what that means–WEEKLY WHISTLE! Yay! This week’s Weekly Whistle is all about snazzy sunglasses. Every fashionista and fashionado needs AT LEAST ONE PAIR of sunnies for all occasions! Hm…I wonder what style of sunglasses I will add to my collection?

As I dream up my next pair of sunglasses, why don’t y’all enjoy this week’s Weekly Whistle! Remember, it is all about the fantabulous sunglasses!


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Special thanks to Jonathan Shalon Ballard for doing my makeup and modeling with me! Isn’t he fabulous!

gnoflyersmallerJoin me for a fabulous fashion show presented by Birmingham-based novelist Liza Elliott! There will be hot summer apparel from local stores and fashion shows every hour on the hour at The Summit Club in downtown Birmingham. Great local food trucks will be serving up the cuisine as we enjoy all of the fashion shows. Tickets purchased will benefit Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health Center.

For more information about this event and to purchase tickets ahead of time, please visit http://girlsnightoutoperationbeachready-eorg.eventbrite.com/# I cannot wait to see y’all there!

Related Article on See Jane Write by Javacia Bowser: http://www.seejanewritebham.com/2013/06/win-tickets-to-girls-night-out.html


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

Real Media: The Adventures of the VIP–Behind the Lenses: The History of Sunglasses–http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/06/12/the-adventures-of-the-vip-behind-the-lenses-the-history-of-sunglasses/

Town and Gown Magazine June Issue: http://www.townandgownmagazine.com/#!current-issue/c113z


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

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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



VIP Accessories Challenge: Deep South Pout

Fashionistas and gentlemen….may I have your attention please….I present to you the fashionably spectacular Deep South Pout Accessories Challenge!

If you are just now joining me….an accessories challenge is where I take outfits and show three different looks by just changing a few accessories!

In this challenge, I have taken two dresses from Deep South Pout and have given them three different looks by swapping accessories!

Dress: Deep South Pout
Belt: Anthropologie
Shoes: BCBG
Dress: Deep South Pout
Belt: Black belt (Wal-Mart)
Shoes: Black shoes (Kenzie Girl)
Photo taken at Oby’s Restaurant in Starkville, Mississippi

VIP Tip:

  • It is ALWAYS good to have a pair of classic black shoes and accessories on hand…ready for any occassion! I love strappy black heels…and pearls…
Dress: Deep South Pout
Belt: Deep South Pout
Shoes: Material Girl by Madonna
Hat: Blu Gertrude (Blu Gertrude accessories can be purchased at Deep South Pout Stores located in Starkville and Columbus, Mississippi.)
Dress: Deep South Pout
Belt: (Leopard belt) Target
Shoes: BCBG

VIP Tip:

  • Animal prints make a nice neutral to pair with other prints or patterns! Every fashionista needs a little animal print to spice up her wardrobe!
Dress: Deep South Pout
Belt: Anthropologie (same belt worn with blue owl print dress above)
Shoes: BCBG (same shoes worn with blue owl print dress above)
Dress: Deep South Pout
Belt: JCrew
Shoes: Jessica Simpson

Oh, my gracious…accessories are so important! With just a change of shoes and belts, you can easily give your outfits different looks…classy, dressy, fancy schmancy, you name it!

Join me next time for another VIP adventure!

The VIP has finally created a Facebook page to make it easier for my fans to stay updated on what I am doing! On the facebook page, there will be exclusive pictures and sneak peeks that you won’t be able to find on www.vintageinspiredpassionista.com .

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VintageInspiredPassionista

Twitter: @Abbysauce_

Instagram: @VintagePassionista

Email: VintagePassionista@gmail.com

Here are just a few more photographs from the Deep South Pout Accessories Challenge photoshoot!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

(All the above photos were taken in Starkville, Mississippi and Mississippi State University’s Chapel of Memories. I had a great time traveling around Starkville for this photoshoot! After the photoshoot, I enjoyed a delicious baked potato at Sweet Pepper’s Deli…you guys know how I just love baked potatoes…)



Thrift Store Finds

"VENI VIDI VICI" (in thrift store language that's "I SAW IT, I BOUGHT IT, I'M WEARING IT LIKE A SUPERMODEL"

Are you guilty of buying something from a thrift store then getting it home and not knowing what to do with it? So you stick it in the back of your closet with all of those Christmas sweaters your grandmother made you… Go get out those thrift store finds and be prepared to be amazed with what kind of wardrobe you can create for yourself! Vintage inspired here we come!

Amberle Rogers, V.I.P. guest model, wearing an Urban Outfitters sweater, Jessica Simpson shoes, and THRIFT STORE FIND skirt.

Thrift stores, consignment shops, and vintage stores are great places to find unique things that you may not find anywhere else nowadays. If you’re a newbie to all of this, don’t worry! I will explain to you in a future blog how to go about purchasing the perfect second-hand outfit with just a little bit of cash! In the meantime…you are just going to have to trust me when I say they are great places to uncover newfangled treasures!

The skirt was found at the Salvation Army in Starkville, Mississippi. I chose this skirt because of its magnificent navy blue color, and its great vintage lines!

On my latest escapade (Come on baby let’s get away, let’s save your troubles for another day…Es-ca-pade, We’ll have a good time. Es-ca-pade, leave your worries behind, Es-ca-pade…that’s all the words I know to that Janet Jackson song…anyway…) to the Salvation Army I saw…this glorious sign…that read…BAG SALE: all you can fit, $7.00. At that exact moment, I honestly thought I was going to get “weak knees” and fall to the ground because I was so steeped with excitement. This girl knows how to pack stuff!

Amberle Rogers wearing her own jeans, Urban Outfitters shoes, Anthropologie shirt (from many years ago), and THRIFT STORE FIND cardigan.
love the colors and the patterns of this sweater.

These pictures were taken out and about in rural Mississippi. Some of my favorite places to take pictures are at old barns, decaying houses, and winding dirt roads. My dad being involved with photography inspired me to get a fancy smancy camera and try it out for myself! Now, I am voracious about the artistic stand point behind photography!

V.I.P. guest model wearing a Chicago Symphony sweatshirt discovered at the Salvation Army. The shorts are my own creation...made from old jeans and added patches cut out of fabric from the 70s.
Amberle (on left) wearing a Michigan sweatshirt found at the Salvation Army and her own jeans. Abby Hat...aka me... (on right) wearing a found sweatshirt from the same Salvation Army. In a future DIY blog, I will let you in on my secrets to creating "roughed up, rock 'n' roll" sweatshirts!

The following photos are some of my favorites from the Thrift Store Finds photoshoot with Amberle Rogers! I just had to share them with all of you because Amberle and I had such a great time taking all these pictures! Tune in next time for my blog about the Birmingham Fashion Week 2012 (BFW) that I will be attending Thursday, February 9! Can’t wait to share my experience with you all!

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