Leopard + Gingham | How to Mix Trendy Patterns

Leopard + Gingham are an unlikely duo. Mixing these patterns creates a trendy, but unique vibe that’s fabulous for the workplace or date night. The trick to rocking this mixed-pattern look is matching tones. The earthy hues of the leopard pants pair so perfectly with the pale yellow and creme of this precious, vintage-inspired blouse.

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Weekly Whistle: Little Leopard Dress featuring Monkee’s of Johnson City

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Ya know…there is just something about leopard that makes a fashionista feel fabulous and fearless. It stands out in a crowd, it pairs elegantly with pops of color, and it can be a real wild card when combined with other patterns. (See this week’s #VIPMixItMonday on Instagram.)

I found this lovely, little leopard dress at Monkee’s of Johnson City while on a local shopping adventure, and needless to say, I fell head-over-heels for its wear-ability and versatility. So, for this week’s Weekly Whistle, I am sporting it with a sweet lace under-dress, handmade accessories, and my favorite handbag of ALL TIME *wink*

Check out the photos below taken in awesome downtown Johnson City + be sure to check out Monkee’s of Johnson City on Facebook and Instagram for the latest trends!

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Dress: Monkee’s of Johnson City

Necklace: BluKatDesign

Earrings: BluKatDesign

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk

Handbag: Kate Spade, Kate Spade at The Summit (Birmingham, AL)

Bracelet: “borrowed” from mom’s closet *wink*

Scarf (on handbag): personal vintage collection

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ALSO…I mentioned this dress having lots of versatility, so be sure to come back tomorrow for Three Ways to Wear Thursday where I will be styling this leopard find 3 new ways ♥

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Simple Southern Style

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For those of you who have been following VIP since the beginning, y’all know that I started the blog when I was living in the middle of nowhere in Mississippi struggling with Hughes Net *wink* While a lot has changed in four years, and I have since moved to Birmingham, Alabama and now Johnson City, Tennessee, I still hold true to my classy Southern roots. 

Photo taken in my hometown in Mississippi, 2012.
Photo taken in my hometown in Mississippi, 2012.

Being reared in a Southern home, I witnessed some of the most fabulous fashions from my momma, grandmothers, and great Aunt Jo and Judy. There’s no denying their Southern Belle lifestyle rubbed off on me–I always say yes ma’am and no ma’am, I have too many pearl necklaces, and I am a sucker for a tall glass of sweet tea *wink*

So, for this week’s Weekly Whistle ensemble, I am embracing simple Southern style with a steal-of-a-deal Simply Southern tunic blouse I picked up on my mini road trip to Asheville. Check out the outfit details + awesome photos below taken in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee.

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Blouse: Simply Southern, Dazzle Up (Asheville, NC)

Shorts: Gus Mayer (Birmingham, AL)

Heels: VIP DIY

Earrings: Beadsoul 

Necklace: BluKatDesign

Bracelets: vintage

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Three Ways to Wear: Vintage Pink

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Long before I became “the VIP”, I was pulling items from my closet and styling pieces multiple ways to give the impression that I “never wore the same thing twice”. I didn’t want my style to be trendy and disposable–I wanted it to be classy and reusable. Sure–I bought trendy/seasonal items that I later donated to the local Salvation Army, but I did not and never have “re-wardrobed” my closet after each season.

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I was always taught when you get something new, you donate or give away something else…but that it isn’t always easy for a clothes hoarder like myself *wink* So, I try to invest in really cool wardrobe pieces, and before purchasing, I ask myself, “Can I wear this more than one way? What about three ways?”. And thus…VIP Three Ways to Wear was born *wink* 

For a little Throwback Thursday action, check out the VIP’s first Three Ways to Wear post here from February 2012 *gasp* That was such a long time ago…and man, was my hair long! 

Now, without further ado, take a look at this week’s TWTWT to see how I styled the vintage gem from yesterday’s post.

Way One:

Get the details to this look here.
Get the details to this look here.

Way Two:

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Dress: EBV | Necklace: vintage | Headband: ForgottenCotton | Earrings: Beadsoul |Shoes: Jessica Simpson | Belt: Target

Way Three:

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Dress: EBV | Necklace: Buckle (from 8th grade *wink*) | Earrings: Blukat Design |Shoes: Jessica Simpson | Belt: Target

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Letter from the Editor: My Thing for Spring

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From my personal style to my home decor, old films play a huge role in my inspirations. Two of my favorite movies, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Pretty in Pink, have played a pivotal role in this week’s theme of “My Things for Spring”. From Marilyn’s powerful pink gown to Molly’s magnificent prom dress–I just cannot get enough of pink! So, to get the best of both worlds, I blended my love of pink + 80s slouchy style to create looks that are fresh, bold, and totally spring *wink*

Another big inspiration for the week of “My Thing for Spring” is Lana Del Rey. I fell in love with her unique sound several years ago, and I fell in love with her vintage-inspired style shortly thereafter. From sweet florals and pastels to subtle slouch and grunge, Lana Del Rey is the true definition of a modern-day style icon. I cannot help but feel inspired when listening to her music or  when watching her music videos. She is able to paint a picture not only with her lyrics, but also with her music and style–that is talent…that is inspiring. Check out one of my favorite Lana Del Rey music videos below.

Think Pink Editors Note for VIP

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn