Weekly Whistle: 2 Vintage-Inspired Ways to Wear Army Green


Ahh…vintage-inspired–my favorite! Who would have guessed that *wink*

At the mall the other day, I stumbled upon this army green beauty on the sale rack at Charming Charlie for 50% off. In love with the deal and vintage flare, I had to get it! But upon getting it home, I asked myself, what in the world am I going to do with a dark green dress this spring/summer?! 

Well, good thing I asked myself *wink* Although the solid frock is a little plain, it can easily be dressed up or down with the right accessories! Now, I think we need some tunes to get us in the mood for this fabulous outfit–HIT IT DJ! *wink*

Why I love it:

I love this little green dress because it is so versatile! Whether it be a night out on the town or lunch with friends, no matter the time of year, I can see this dress becoming one of my staple frocks! PLUS…I got it for a heck of a deal *wink*

VIP Quick Tip:

When wearing darker hues in the spring, it is important to add color with accessories. Slip on a colorful belt and fun pair of heels or opt for silver jewelry instead of gold because gold tends to be more fall-esque when worn with army green. Also, when dressing up army green for an evening event, layer black and sparkly/silver jewelry for an elegant yet season-friendly ensemble. 

Look 1:

To see the second look, check out the VIP’s Instagram account here.

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Dress: Charming Charlie

Belt: vintage, my Great Aunt Judy’s house (She’s the coolest.)

Heels: Michael Kors, Belk

Earrings: vintage, New Orleans, gift from a friend

Bracelet: The Nest, Johnson City, TN


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Letter From the Editor: Winsome Easel Calligraphy Workshop


Last weekend, I attended my first ever calligraphy class at Reclaimed Inspired Goods in downtown Johnson City with Winsome Workshop by Winsome Easel owner Kristin Hornstein. It was so much fun, and I have practiced almost everyday since! Oh–y’all! Kristin has given me the technique + confidence to better my calligraphy while also developing my own unique style. I cannot wait until Winsome Workshop comes back to Johnson City because I will definitely be checking my calendar to attend *wink*

Day 1 of calligraphy. I wrote one of my favorite Hemingway quotes--"Write hard and clear about what hurts."
Day 1 of calligraphy. I wrote one of my favorite Hemingway quotes–“Write hard and clear about what hurts.”
Day 2--I played around with this quote I found on Pinterest. Still a little shaky in technique but practice makes perfect *wink*
Day 2–I played around with this quote I found on Pinterest. Still a little shaky in technique, but practice makes perfect *wink*
Day 3--Playing around with different fonts and decorative ideas.
Day 3–Playing around with different fonts and decorative ideas.
Day 4--I quite like the way this doodle worked out! Such a simple quote with great meaning! Still have a little work to do on my writing though *wink*
Day 4–I quite like the way this doodle worked out! Such a simple quote with great meaning! Still have a little work to do on my writing though *wink*


Check out all the awesome things Kristin does on Winsome Easel. Y’all, her work is breathtaking! Also, look to see if she has a workshop coming up near you *wink* Click here.

Also over the weekend…

I created and listed some new handmade goodies in my Etsy shop. Check out some of my favorites below!

You won’t have to look beyond this upcycled 1970s necklace for the perfect gift for the VIP in your life *wink*. Click the photo to view the listing photos + learn more about the one-of-a-kind vintage dream.
Hello, color! Think of the looks you’ll get when wearing these eye-catching, handmade beauties! Buy NOW by clicking the image.
Don’t miss out on this OOAK bracelet with vintage fabric fringe. To avoid disappointment, be sure to order NOW! :) Click the image to shop.

Now…the VIP needs YOUR help!

As I am looking to expand and better my Etsy shop, I want to know what YOU want to see! More upcycled/vintage necklaces, specific colors, different stones, etc etc. Please comment on blog post or email here.


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Home: Custom Marilyn Monroe Art Piece


Hello, fabulouses, and welcome to my new segment: VIP Home! Yay!

Today on VIP Home, I would like to chat about one of my favorite art pieces, which is a Marilyn Monroe print that my mom customized just for me. 

For those of you who do not know my mom, she is a retired school teacher who now spends her time creating magnificent art pieces and sculptures. Not only does she create, but she also collects. There is not a wall in our house that does not have a piece of art hanging on it. It is safe to say that we are a family of art junkies *wink*


My mom took a simple poster and breathed life into it with vintage jewelry, glitter, some paint, and magical powers–okay, so she did not use magical powers; however, she did work some magic on a plain, ordinary print *wink* 


What’s in the news? Beauty Tues that is! Come back tomorrow for a fun and fabulous makeup post with the VIP!

While you wait for tomorrow’s Beauty Tues, check out the archives here.


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Petal Perfect


Hello, hello, hello, fashionistas! As you all may have noticed, I am a bit obsessed with floral….but they are so lovely! What can I say, I love all things vintage and floral! Oh, florals, why must you be so fabulous and wonderful?


This week’s Weekly Whistle is about a the most amazing floral jacket! It was so sweet, loving, and versatile that I just had to take it home! “I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day. When it’s cold outside, I have got the month of May. I guess you’d say, what can make me feel this way? My floral jacket, my floral jacket, my floral jacket! Talkin’ ’bout my floral jacket! My floral jacket!” Before I go off on a karaoke kick, let’s talk about the VIP’s favorite outfit of the week! Whoo hoo!






Jacket: Target

Skirt: Belk

Heels: Belk, BCBG

Necklaces: Avon & personal collection

Now, It’s time for some stellar VIP tips about petal perfect ensembles! To see more tips, check out my article @ www.realstorypublishing.com! “The Adventures of the VIP” in the LifeStyle section!


Wondering what other ways you can wear a petal perfect jacket? Three more fabulous ways to wear in my article “Mad About Floral” @  http://realstorypublishing.com/2013/01/the-adventures-of-the-vip-mad-about-floral/


Would you like a chance to be on the VIP blog? Email or post a picture to Facebook of you sporting your glamorous floral jacket/blouse! Email: vintage.passionista@gmail.com  Facebook: www.facebook.com/VintageInspiredPassionista

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PS: The VIP is very proud to announce she is now a part of the Independent Fashion Bloggers Association! See that amazing badge above the bio….I could just cry happy tears. Yay! yay! Yay!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Work That Floral Skirt!


Long whistle, short whistle, short whistle, short whistle, short whistle, short whistle, short whistle, long whistle….and whistle some more…Here is a little song I wrote. You might want to sing it for a note. Don’t worry, be happy! Oh, Bobby McFerrin I am very happy! Why? Well, it is time for Weekly Whistle, of course! Oh, Bobby, I am going to have to let you go…I have blog readers awaiting a post! Sing with you later!

Hello, hello, hello, fashionistas! Welcome back to the Vintage Inspired Passionista blog! It is that time of the week again…WEEKLY WHISTLE TIME! Yay! This week’s Weekly Whistle is all about a fabulous floral skirt that I fell in love with at first sight! So, without further ado, I present to you, the VIP’s favorite outfit of the week! *Applause*


Blouse: The Gap

Skirt: Target

Heels:  Belk, Jessica Simpson




  • MIX IT UP: Mixing patterns is a spectacular way to step up an outfit! Floral and polka dots play well together and give off a fun and spunky vibe!
  • WATERFALL OF PEARLS: Do not be afraid to layer different length pearl necklaces! Doing this will create a chic statement that is perfect for any vintage inspired ensemble! Pearls are like neutral heels, they go with everything!


  • PLAY IT UP: A flowy floral skirt does not always have to be dressy! Play it down with a fun graphic sweatshirt and vibrant hue knee high socks for a exciting and comfortable look!


To see three more ways you can work a floral skirt in complete style visit my column @ www.realstorypublishing.com “The Adventures of the VIP” in the LifeStyle section!

Town and Gown Magazine is now online! You can read previous issues @ www.issuu.com/townandgownmagazine

Don’t forget to like the VIP on Facebook to keep up with the latest VIP news, sneak peeks, and more! www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista

Twitter: @Abbysauce_

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn