Three Ways to Wear Thursday: 3 Ways to Dress like a Southern Belle


Have you ever wondered, what are the most important elements of dressing like a Southern Belle? Well, question no more, VIP readers, because the VIP is here! 

Okay–for starters, you don’t have to be a true Southerner to dress like a Southern Belle because rule no. 1 of Southern style is keeping it classy! So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the VIP’s three ways to dress like a Southern Belle! Below are the essentials:

1. Pearls, pearls, & MORE PEARLS

2. Coastal/Beachy Apparel 

3. BIG hair–DUH *wink*



PEARLS–they’re given to us by our mommas, grand-mommas, and best friends. They are the true definition of a timeless accessory that has the ability to dress up ANY ensemble ANY time of year. Whether you’re investing in cheap pearls or the real deal, you cannot go wrong with layering beautiful strands together.

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COASTAL/BEACHY APPAREL–Because we Southerners love to travel to the coast during the summers (I mean, who doesnt?!), embracing a beach-inspired style is a total no-brainer *wink* And brands like Simply Southern, Lauren James, and Lily Pultizer make it super easy for all ladies to rock the style all year long!

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BIG HAIR–I don’t think I have to explain this one very much *wink* Dolly Parton is a PRIME example of how we Southern women love teased and hair-sprayed hair. The higher the hair, the closer to heaven *hands in air*


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn


Weekly Whistle: Simple Southern Style


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


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Bright-Red, Vintage, Hawaiian, Caftan Kimono


Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

This week’s Weekly Whistle is SUPER special because I am revealing my SUPER amazing, vintage Kimono that I got from EBV on Etsy. AH! I mean…how darn fabulous is this dress, y’all?! *jaw drop*

Rather than me babbling on and on about how much I ADORE this dress, I am going to let the Kimono + photos speak for themselves *wink* Take a look at this week’s Weekly Whistle outfit photo shoot + ensemble details below :)

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Kimono: (vintage from) EBV

Necklace: BluKatDesign 

Bracelets: Beadsoul

Dangly Earrings: Minabae 

Wedges: Jessica Simpson


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Frugal Friday: Sweet Southern Style


Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Thank goodness, it is Friday! Phew…it has been a long, stressful week–so, what better way to kick off the weekend than with a new VIP series! Whoo hoo!

Frugal Friday will be a weekly series featuring frugal outfit ideas, home decor, and great deals I find–it will always be a surprise! *wink*. Frugal Friday is all about fun, frugality and fabulousness–does it get any better than that?! *P.S. Oh, how I adore alliteration *wink*


For the very first Frugal Friday post, I shopped in my own closet and created a sweet, Southern style outfit that is perfect for Friday night bonfires…cute dinner dates…sassy square dancing…or even grocery shopping–that is what I did tonight while wearing this outfit *wink* Oh, yeah! Living on the wild side! *wink*

Now, as I snack on these delicious banana chips from Earth Fare, let’s take a look at the snazzy outfit details. 

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Blouse: The Limited

Skirt: Three07

Belt: Thrifted

Boots: Old West, Williams Brothers (Philadelphia, Mississippi)

Earrings: Hearts of Stone Jewelry by Rachel Leathers

BLOOPER: My clumsiness never fails while on photo shoots--but sometimes, it turns out somewhat cute *wink*
BLOOPER: My clumsiness never fails while on photo shoots–but sometimes, it turns out somewhat cute *wink*


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn


New Cynthia Rowley Shoe Collection Debuts at Belk


Cynthia Rowley fans have yet another reason to shop her collections this fall as the designer launches an exclusive collection of shoes, “Cynthia Cynthia Rowley” available in 152 Belk locations across the U.S. Designed for the modern, southern woman the line will offer an assortment of pumps, flats, boots and this season’s favorite – the bootie.


Rowley’s meticulous attention to detail and connection to color will delight stylish shoe savants. She translates sleek and sharp shoes, ankle strap pumps with cabochon-metal details, woven designs and animal prints into a glamorous collection designed to delight. All at price points between $95 and $195.



The VIP is totally in love with these fabulous lipstick pumps! Get the look here!


“This special collaboration between Cynthia Rowley and Belk is perfect for our southern customer,” said Kathryn Bufano, President and Chief Merchandising Officer at Belk, Inc. “Each pair of shoes is designed by Rowley herself and they’re sensational for any occasion and as well as reflective of Belk’s Modern. Southern. Style.”


Talk about the perfect pair of little purple shoes! Head over heels for these ankle wrap Cynthia Rowley heels! Get the look here!

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Embellish your fall wardrobe with these spectacular golden flats! Get the look here.

IMG_3522Wow! The VIP in flats? Yep, the new CYNTHIA Cynthia Rowley River Flat totally changed my mind!


Trade in your ordinary black pumps for these studded-toe gems by Cynthia Rowley!


Hello, gorgeous! Aren’t these Halo pumps absolutely stunning! Get the look here, available in black and red.


Thanks, Jonathan, for being such fabulous help!
Thanks, Jonathan, for being such fabulous help!


Special thanks to Marlene Osczepinski, Area Sales Manager, for being so precious!

What a tremendous time I had today at Belk The Summit in Birmingham, Alabama. The fun will continue this Saturday…Where will the VIP be this Saturday? Belk The Summit, of course!


You are cordially invited to join renowned shoe designer Donald J. Pliner at Belk The Summit this Saturday, September 14 from 10AM to 2PM to learn about the latest trends and styles in shoes. Stay tuned to my blog for more details about this event and my top five Donald J. Pliner picks for Fall 2013!


Belk The Summit

Women’s Shoe Department

221 Summit Blvd.

Birmingham, Alabama

For more information, please call (205) 968-4200

To shop in your cute PJs, visit!


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn