Bright vs Neutral | Floral Edition


One thing I’ve noticed in the spring fashion magazines is the opposite extremes with color–bright and feminine or neutral and boho. So, that got me to thinking about a reader’s choice post I did several years ago called “Bright vs Neutral” where I asked readers to vote on their favorite. Well…I decided to bring it back for a special FLORAL EDITION on this week’s Weekly Whistle! *happy dance*

By only switching out jewelry and dresses, I want to show y’all just how big of a difference colors make in our wardrobes. Depending on what style you’re wanting to achieve, colors or neutrals can work WONDERS.

So, now, it is time for you to decide which one will swoon you *wink* Take a look at the outfits below and comment on Facebook, send me a tweet, or comment on this post. The winning outfit will be posted on the VIP Facebook page this Friday.


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Dress: Shellz (Jonesborough, Tenn.)

Sandals: DSW

Necklace: BluKatDesign

Leather/Copper Bracelet: Beadsoul


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Dress: Shellz (Jonesborough, Tenn.)

Necklace: Lucy Lockets

Sandals: DSW

Leather/Copper Bracelet: Beadsoul


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn


Weekly Whistle: Hippie, Tie-Dye T-Shirt Dress


Have you ever looked at a dress in a store and fallen in love with it before you even tried it on?

Well, that is basically what happened with this FABULOUS, hippie tie-dye t-shirt dress I picked up at Shellz Boutique in Jonesborough, Tennessee. BUT the fact that I loved it caught me off guard to start with…let me explain *wink*

Usually, I am the type of girl who feels she needs to mix patterns or wear complex styles; however, this t-shirt dress is almost as simple as it gets. With my style ever-changing as I adapt dressing fabulously to my busy schedule, I feel like I am starting to lean towards simple pieces that can be worn year-round and dressed up or down with accessories and the perfect pair of shoes.

So, without further ado, take a look at this week’s Weekly Whistle and get motivated to mix-up your style a little *wink* Try something new–you might be surprised at what you fall head-over-heels for!

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Dress: Shellz Boutique (Jonesborough, Tennessee)

Accessories: mixture of vintage and BluKatDesign

Bracelets: personal collection

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk

Earrings: vintage Avon


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Home: Last Minute Tips for Fourth of July Party Decorations


Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Independence Day is just around the corner, and I don’t know about y’all…but I am pretty excited *wink* I am ready to celebrate the red, white and blue fashionably, home decor-ly, and American-ly!

So, let’s light up this blog post like a last-minute Fourth of July Party because I have some fabulous inspiration photos from downtown Jonesborough + quick tips to share with y’all! Woo hoo! *cue fireworks*

Take a look at these photos of the beautiful and historic downtown Jonesborough to get you inspired.

Shellz shopping window in downtown Jonesborough, Tennessee.
*Shellz window in downtown Jonesborough, Tennessee* Stars and stripes frock?! YES! Please!
Shellz store window in downtown Jonesborough, Tennessee.
*Shellz store window in downtown Jonesborough, Tennessee* I don’t know about y’all, but I am totally crushing on this dress!
Shellz store window in downtown Jonesborough, Tennessee.
*Shellz store window in downtown Jonesborough, Tennessee* Oh, how cute! Who wouldn’t love to rock this ensemble to her 4th of July festivities?!
Jonesborough Repertory Theatre window.
Jonesborough Repertory Theatre window with a poster of the up-and-coming performance–1940s USO Show. Click here for show dates + more details.
Patriotic bunting <3
Patriotic bunting <3
Tiny flags in a white mason far in an antique store window.
Tiny flags in a white mason jar–an easy, last-minute party decoration!
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Antique store window. Love that Coca Cola cooler!
Bunting outside the Eureka Inn.
The Eureka Inn is ready for the Fourth!

Jump for Patriotic Joy at Jonesborough Days! “July 3-5. Take part in Historic Jonesborough’s story through its patriotic celebration featuring live music, storytelling, a parade, fireworks, children’s entertainment, craft vendors, games, food and much more.” For more information, please click here.

Last Minute Tips for Fourth of July Party Decorations


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn