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


Weekly Whistle: Slouchy Hat and Cut-off Denim Mini



Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Today…it feels like spring has taken a spring break and left us with cold, windy, wintry weather…yuck. So, for this week’s Weekly Whistle outfit, I decided to embrace the chilly air with  knee high socks and a hand knitted slouchy hat by Stephanie Grantham of Sparkle Cat Studio. (P.S. Notice that is the VIP blog colors *wink*)

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Tee: South Boutique (Trussville, AL)

Denim Mini: Thrifted & DIYed

Socks: Maurices, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk

Hat: Stephanie Grantham of Sparkle Cat Studio

Sunglasses: Fed Thrill


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle:Perfect Pearls & Musician Gabriel Tajeu


Hello, hello fashion and music lovers! Y’all are in for a special treat today on the VIP blog!

I know, I did not post Weekly Whistle yesterday, but it was for a good and fabulous reason! I was interviewing the spectacular musician and singer, Gabriel Tajeu! Oh my gracious, readers, Gabriel is so terrific! Click here for a sneak peek of his song “Southern Skies” which will be featured on his upcoming EP Album release this summer!

Also, stay tuned to the YouTube channel and my website for the interview with Gabriel Tajeu! In the meantime, listen to more of Gabriel’s tunes on Reverb Nation by clicking here!

Connect with Gabriel Tajeu and keep up with where he will be performing next by liking his page on Facebook here and following him on Twitter here!


Okay, now, it is time for the VIP’s favorite time of the week-except Fridays because Fridays are always fun-WEEKLY WHISTLE TIME! Ahhh! Yes, I know, try to contain your excitement…because this week’s weekly whistle is about every lady’s favorite accessory-PEARLS. Being a Southern Belle, pearls are a total must have for any and all occasions! “Southern Charm Tip #9:  Every Southern Girl Should Have Pearls Galore.  You can’t go wrong with a classic single strand of pearls, but lately we’re fans of the statement pearl Necklace,” states Southern Living.

From expensively delectable dinners to the explorers searching the Mighty Mississippi, pearls have had an interesting journey…To learn more about the history of pearls as well as some nifty fashion tips, check out my latest Real Media (Real Story Publishing) article here!


Blouse: The Limited (Similar look here-Tommy Hilfiger)

Skirt: JCPenny (Similar look here-JCPenny)

Shoes: Betseyville, JCPenny (Get the look here!)


During this photo shoot, Ziva decided she wanted to be on my blog too…so precious…and she managed to be more adorable than she usually is…I guess all of the selfies and Instagram pictures have finally gone to her furry head! Have I raised a glamorous diva dog? Yes, yes I have…Oh, Ziva the Diva!


Doesn’t Ziva make a fabulous doggy model! Future career for her? Hmm…did I mention that my fur baby likes Swedish Fish and lazy couch naps?

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Denim and pearls…it simply does not get any better! Or…does it?

keep reading to find out : )


Denim Top: Thrifted (Similar look here-Diopsters General Store on Etsy)

Tank: New York and Co. (Get the look here!)

Shorts: Target (Get the look here!)

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk (Similar look here-Belk, Jessica Simpson)

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A new take on classic black and pearls! Trade out your LBD (little

black dress) for LBS (little black shorts) to create a day-time, pearly-perfection



Blouse: American Eagle (

Shorts: Target (Get the look here!)

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk (Similar look here-Belk, Jessica Simpson)

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No…I can never be serious on photo shoots…I am still a six-year-old at heart haha:)

Okay…So, I fibbed a bit. It does get better than denim and pearls! How, you ask?

Just put the VIP in a freezing cold swimming pool with lots of pearls

and there y’all have it–an artistic take on the timeless must-have!

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There’s Ziva again, doing what she does best-begging for attention! Can you tell she is spoiled?

One plus to freezing my tooshie off in the swimming pool was teaching Ziva how to swim! Aw…my fur baby is growing up:(

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

How to Wear Vintage

This week on The Adventures of the VIP, I am going to discuss “How to Wear Vintage”.  Before I get started, let’s take a look at the meaning of “vintage”.  According to “Merriam-Webster” dictionary, it is “a season’s yield of grapes or wine from a vineyard.”  Wait, wait, wait! I am sorry that is not the definition we need.  Hold on.  Let’s keep reading through all these definitions.  Yes, here it is.  “Characterized by excellence, maturing, and enduring appeal; classic.”  Doesn’t that sound lovely?  Enduring appeal and classic!  According to Etsy, an online shopping heaven, an item must be twenty years of age or more to qualify as “vintage”.  To a vintage buff like myself, “vintage” is an item with aged quality and a traceable history.

What is so fabulous about buying and wearing vintage is that with a few standard vintage pieces one can create daring outfits by simply mixing the old with the new.  Vintage tops supercharge jeans, vintage boyfriend blazers harmonize with modern dresses, and vintage jewelry complements any top in the closet.  Now, without further ado, I introduce to you three examples of “How to Wear Vintage”.

To the ribbon cutting ceremony of The Real Story, I sported a bedazzled, stellar, vintage cocktail blouse, my “DIY Dip-Dye Denim” shorts, and darling black heels. This comfortable outfit will definitely catch attention as it shimmers and sparkles with fashionista pride!  The VIP declares vintage cocktail tops as a must have for all for fall.

For my dad’s birthday dinner, I strutted the streets of Louisville, Mississippi in my tomato red, high-waisted shorts, a pitch black Metallica band tee, a distressed jean vest, leopard print belt, and studded toe heels. This flirty and fierce ensemble is a perfect way to leave a forget-me-not impression at a birthday gathering.  The VIP declares band tees a must have for all vintage inspired fashionistas.

A vintage 1970s floral button-up, dark denim jeans rolled at the bottom with a neutral belt and eye- popping orange wedges makes for a dreamy  back to school outfit!   This retro, preppy ensemble delivers all the impact needed to start the school year off fashionably.  The VIP declares vivid, vintage button-ups a must have for the retro closet.

Drum roll, please.  Now, it is time for the famous-well, kind of famous, VIP tips.  This week’s tips are for those vintage-loving fashionistas who are looking for ways to wear and pair those timeless pieces.  Remember when buying vintage clothing, to invest in sturdy pieces that can stand up to everyday life and wear without being damaged.  I have suffered the embarrassing rip from a delicate, classic piece!

VIP Tips on How to Wear Vintage:

  • Pair with Denim:  Vibrant vintage high-waisted shorts or A-Line skirt plays well with a modern or vintage band tee and a jean jacket or vest.  Denim-on-denim is very hot for the fall!  Invest in modern and vintage denim to give your wardrobe a striking combination.
  • Sequins, Sequins, Sequins!:  Vintage cocktail tops pair well with jeans and classic trousers.  For the daring, pair with 80s style miniskirts or leggings!  No need to stress about accessories because the sequins say it all.  “I’m here.  The party can now begin.”
  • Edgy Leather:  A well-loved leather jacket adds a certain sassy, edgy depth to that boxy style vintage dress.  What is even more appealing is leather never goes out of style, my dear fashionistas!   “This year-round classic is totally worth the investment,” says Marie Claire magazine.
  • Boy Meets Girl:  Take the Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (of Elizabeth & James and The Row) philosophy when it comes to wearing vintage with modern apparel. “This season, we played a lot with rich textures, layering, and striking a balance between masculine and feminine.”  You can easily pair a sweet, white lace top with a “Grease” style leather jacket for a boy meets girl, daring fashion statement.
  • Let’s Hear It For the Boys! A dashing, vintage top coat layered over an edgy, band tee or preppy sweater works well with jeans or khakis for an absurdly good-looking vibe that will have all the girls singing, “Let’s Hear It for the Boys!” It is the vintage (or modern) article that every ravishing man needs for fall.

According to the Vintage Fashion Guild, “…Expect to pay a fair price to the seller who has found an item, cleaned it, and researched it.” Finding good quality vintage can be hard to do, but when you find it-it is totally worth the investment! The first step of being able to wear vintage is to locate and purchase striking vintage!  Stay tuned to “The Real Story” and my blog “Vintage Inspired Passionista” on tips for locating and buying these enduring, classic pieces.

Be sure to join me next week on The Adventures of the VIP as I take you on another fabulous fashion journey in my fashionista time machine! Wouldn’t it be great if time machines really did exist…

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Here are a few more of my FAVORITE vintage ensembles!:)

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn



Blue, White, and Antique Sinks

FLASHBACK! Journey with me to a past blog about the Columbus Spring Pilgrimage…remember the blue and white sink photo in the Twelve Gables home? Well…that gorgeous, antique sink gave me the idea for a fabulous outfit!

I decided to be frugal with this creation by wearing the same skirt that was recently featured in my In Style Inspiration post…I paired it with a thrifted denim top that was included in the Oh, Mightly Blues and Solitude!

Top: Thrifted
Skirt: BCBGMaxAzria
Shoes: Nine West
Belt: Betsey Johnson
Earrings: Hearts of Stone Jewelry (Rachel Leathers)
Bracelet: Beadsoul (Lisa Hamilton)
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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hat.