Three Ways to Wear Thursday: Ain’t Nothing But an Arm Party

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Happy Thursday, y’all! I hope all of you are warm and cuddled up with fuzzy blankets. Looking outside and at the forecast, I cannot help but think yuck! Will this winter weather ever stop? No? Okay–that’s cool….literally “cool” *wink* Corny jokes are my specialty. 

Abby Hathorn

Freelance Writer, Fashion Stylist, Blogger, & Corny Joke-Teller

Now, I know y’all aren’t here for my terrible jokes and winter-weather rants….*wink* So, for this week’s TWTWT, I am freshening up my wardrobe with some new arm candy! Oooo….! It ain’t nothing but an arm party! *cue Houseparty by the J. Geils Band* 

Arm party for two! These two fabulous bracelets are from Polka Dot Drawer on Etsy! Check her out and fall in love!

Arm party for two! These two fabulous bracelets are from Polka Dot Drawer on Etsy! Check her out and fall in love!

Baby, it's cold outside--so, there will be lots of cuddling with Z the Giant Schnauzer, reading of magazines, and wearing of dotted GAP socks.

Baby, it’s cold outside–so, there will be lots of cuddling with Z the Giant Schnauzer, reading of magazines, and wearing of dotted GAP socks.

*girl scream* No words can express just how lovely I think this Luke & Lula cuff is! It reminds me of New Orleans, and it has me wishing I was there to enjoy killer food and jazz music.  *photo in frame was taken by my father in New Orleans*

*girl scream* No words can express just how lovely I think this Luke & Lyla cuff is! It reminds me of New Orleans, and it has me wishing I were there to enjoy killer food and jazz music.
*photo in frame was taken by my father in New Orleans*

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THROWBACK: Photo taken four years ago in NOLA while shopping for Mardi Gras masks.

Was wearing Aztec before it was cool Maybe....*wink* Another throwback from NOLA at the aquarium in 2011.

Wearing Aztec + DIYed shorts before they were cool *wink* Another throwback to NOLA.

Arm party for one and a dog? This dotted, denim-inspired cuff is from Polka Dot Drawer. I love navy and polka dots--so it was love at first sight :)

Arm party for one and a dog? This dotted, denim-inspired cuff is from Polka Dot Drawer. I love navy and polka dots–so it was love at first sight :)

Ziva says that y'all VIP readers should shop Polka Dot Drawer and Luke and Lyla Designs in your pajamas *wink*

Ziva says that y’all VIP readers should shop Polka Dot Drawer and Luke and Lyla Designs in your pajamas *wink*

SHOP Polka Dot Drawer | SHOP Luke & Lyla Designs

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

 

Weekly Whistle: Freshening Up with Transitional Wear featuring South Boutique

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

With the weather being almost-seventies today, I have been craving spring and fresh chicken salad *wink* Ah…there is nothing like a homemade chicken salad sandwich on a sunny spring afternoon…

Chicken salad aside, the weather got me to thinking about transitioning my wardrobe during this awkward time between seasons. Just to put it into perspective, I was in shorts and a t-shirt today–and tomorrow, I will be dressing for “90% chance of wintry mix and snow”–My goodness, Mother Nature! All I want is some warmth and sunshine–please, no more snow!

Okay–okay–I am not a weather blogger, so let me get back to the topic at hand here–freshening up with transitional wear.

For this week’s VIP Weekly Whistle, I am going to show y’all how I styled a sweet dress from South Boutique in Trussville, Alabama for chilly days and also for warmer days. Let’s take a look at the details, shall we!

Chilly Weather:

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Dress: South Boutique | Belt: Lucky Brand | Tights: Target | Boots: UGG, Belk | Earrings: Hearts of Stone Jewelry

Warmer Weather:

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 (Changed Accessories): Necklace & Earrings: BluKatDesign | Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Beauty Tues: Transformation from Dull to Fresh Hair + VIP Salon #Selfies

Just call me Norma Jeane💋 #newhair #marilynmonroe #vintage #love #johnsoncity #belladonnasalon

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to Beauty Tues. 

Over the weekend, I got a FRESH new hairdo at Bella Donna Salon in Johnson City, Tennessee, where hair stylist Courtney Bennett took my curly locks from dull to fabulously fresh! I am so impressed by the transformation that I just had to share it with y’all on this week’s VIP Beauty Tues *wink*

*Drum roll* Time to reveal the transformation. *glorious music*

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I have VERY thick hair, so Courtney and Vicky teamed up on coloring my hair more efficiently. I felt like a celeb getting ready for  the red carpet *wink*

I have VERY thick hair, so Courtney and Vicky teamed up to color my hair more efficiently. I felt like a celeb getting ready for the red carpet *wink*

Under-the-dryer-highlight-foil selfies are the best *wink*

Under-the-dryer-highlight-foil selfies are the best *wink* Will I look back at this picture and laugh…probably…but I also laughed when I took it…so…*wink*

Hello FRESH blonde!

Hello, FRESH blonde!

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Bye-bye shoulder-length bob and hello vintage-style bob *wink*

Bye-bye, shoulder-length bob and hello, vintage-style bob *wink*

Be sure to come back tomorrow to see more pictures of my new ‘do outside the salon! Yay!

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Note: All of the “selfies” featured on this blog post were taken with a Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The VIP loves and supports the awesome photo quality of the Samsung Note 3. 

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Home: Freshening Up a Small Apartment Bathroom with a Mason Jar Organizer DIY

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“We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans – because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That’s why we paint, that’s why we dare to love someone – because we have the impulse to explain who we are.” –Maya Angelou
Messy hands after completing a DIY + an inspiring quote. Does it get any better? Of course–keep reading to see how *wink*

Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Oh, how reFRESHing it is to FRESHen up a small bathroom space. What better way to add a fresh touch than with a fun Mason Jar DIY I found on Pinterest *wink* Hi, my name is Abby Hathorn, and I have become addicted to Pinterest–not pinning weddings and babies, but pinning my dream blue home and small space organization. Gee…thanks, mom and Facebook friends, for pulling me into the Pinterest-loving matrix *wink*

So, who can guess what this week’s theme is on VIP? *wink* 

Fresh

 Today on VIP Home, I am going to talk about how an easy “Mason” jar DIY freshened up and organized my small apartment bathroom space. Come on–let’s take a look, before I get distracted and start pinning more photos of lovely little blue houses *wink*

I spotted these super cute and super vintage style jars at Michael's while on a hunt for the perfect jars for this DIY. There is such a wide variety of options avaliable that I encourage you to branch out and try something different than you see on Pinterest--add your own twist to it! :)

I spotted these super cute and super vintage-style jars at Michael’s. There is such a wide variety of options avaliable that I encourage you to branch out and try something different than you see on Pinterest–add your own twist to it! :)

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Who would have thought that such a simple little idea could improve not only the function of my small bathroom, but also the cute-appeal?! I am in love. *wink* Also, just in case you missed last week’s VIP Home–check out the fabulous drawer-to-shelf DIY here and go for bold! :)

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The reaction I make every time I find another precious and perfectly blue house on Pinterest *wink* I feel the same way about navy living rooms, Giant Schnauzers, and old pictures of Gregory Peck (or Cary Grant ) *wink*

The reaction I make every time I find another precious and perfectly blue house on Pinterest *wink* I feel the same way about navy living rooms, Giant Schnauzers, Volkswagen Karmann Ghias (pictured), and old pictures of Gregory Peck *wink*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Interview: Brent and Josh of The Fabulous Beekman Boys

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

While at the 2015 Birmingham Home & Garden Show, Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell of Beekman 1802 sat down with the VIP to chat about how losing their big-city jobs changed their lives like they never would have imagined. In addition, we chatted about how “small farms can grow bigger than their fences,” adorable goats, and tomato sandwiches. 

Meeting Brent and Josh and hearing their story was such a fabulous experience, and now I am ready to share all of the details with y’all, the VIP readers. So, without further ado, I introduce the Fabulous Beekman Boys! Yay!

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VIP: How did y’all get started with doing all of the awesome things that y’all do–Beekman 1802, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, and so forth?

Josh: We were just too city guys. He [Brent] worked for Martha Stewart, and I was in advertising. In 2006, we bought a big ol’ farm in Upstate New York; and then, in 2008, we both lost our jobs in the recession. So, we had this giant farm that was just supposed to be for fun that we had to turn into a farm that paid for itself. So, we had about 130 goats, and we started making goat-milk soap and cheese and working with different places to create products. We set up an e-commerce site ourselves and started selling to places like Anthropologie and William Sonoma. It just grew, grew, and grew to what it is now.

VIP: What is y’all’s favorite thing to do on the farm?

Brent: Our favorite thing to do is just sit on the farm! But anyone who owns a farm today knows that the work is never ending. We can work twenty-four hours a day, and we still feel like we did not get everything done. One thing that makes our situation a little bit different is we are a business and a farm–but not just any farm. We are a farm that grows beyond its fences. Without the great team of people we have behind us, we wouldn’t be able to have done all that we have done.

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VIP: Whenever you feel the need for good comfort food, what do you immediately go for?

Josh: We raise almost all of our own food on the farm. So, for us, I think our comfort food is when we get back late at night from a trip or something, and we just go out to the hen house and get a couple of eggs and go out into the garden with a flashlight and pick whatever we are in the mood for to make a good omelette with our own goat cheese. There is nothing like being able to pull a meal together literally from scratch.

VIP: I think that is so awesome! You can just walk into your backyard and tah dah–a meal is born!

Brent: Oh, yeah! For me, there is nothing more perfect than a tomato sandwich with Duke’s mayonnaise.

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Baby VIP with her Paw Riley.

VIP: When I was little, I used to hate tomatoes until my Paw Riley made me a tomato sandwich with tomatoes from his garden. Since then, I have found comfort in a fresh tomato sandwich. Two pieces of white bread, mayonnaise, tomato–it’s just good!

Brent: And you cannot forget to add a little salt and pepper! It [a tomato sandwich] is just the best–I could eat ten of them!

VIP: Other than losing your jobs and overcoming that hurdle, what would you say is one challenge y’all have conquered going into farming?

Josh: One of the biggest things we had to learn is how to be patient. As busy as we are all the time, living out in the country and on a farm, we had to learn to embrace patience. In the city, you could get anything you wanted delivered to your door in less than an hour, but out in the country, you have to make a special trip to the grocery store, if you want a certain kind of food or beverage. So, for instance–tomatoes. We don’t eat tomatoes, if they are not growing in the garden. So, there is a full ten months or so that we don’t have tomatoes. One plus side to waiting that long is that when it is finally tomato season, they taste so delicious because we have waited and waited for fresh tomatoes.

VIP: Oh, I totally agree–patience tastes delicious!

Josh: Oh, definitely! And I think people who live in the cities and suburbs that just buy whatever they want whenever they want it do not learn to appreciate things to the extent that those who have patience.

Brent: Exactly! Patience makes the heart grow fonder.

Photo via Beekman 1802 Facebook page.

Photo via Beekman 1802 Facebook page.

VIP: What is each of y’all’s personal style?

Brent: Well, I think we have sort of meshed city and country together to create our own style. Working in media, I had to be aware of the trends; and when we moved to the country, we took our city wardrobe with us! So, often people will see us working on the farm in designer clothes, and even when we go into the city every now and again, people will see us wearing our muck boots with something city-style.

Josh: This winter, we had a stylebook we released on decorating, and it really highlights the idea of opposites attract. We have city stuff and country stuff–

Brent: My stuff and your stuff–

Josh: Yeah, you’re stuff and my stuff. We also have stuff from when the house was built in 1802 as well as a variety of modern stuff. Instead of conforming to the world of matchy, matchy, matchy, we take the things we love and put them together to create a style that not only we wear, but that we also put into our decor.

Brent: Exactly. A perfect relationship isn’t two identical things–it’s two different things or persons that get along with each other. A little contrast is important in every aspect of our lives.

Photo via Beekman 1802 Boys Facebook page.

Photo via Beekman 1802 Boys Facebook page.

VIP: Now that we have talked about y’all’s style, I have to ask my VIP question. What is one item in y’all’s closet y’all would never toss out and why?

Brent: Hm…I would probably say our muck boots.

Josh: Yes–definitely our muck boots. We have probably thirty pairs or so, and we use them everyday. They are kind of like part of the lifestyle now.

The VIP, Josh, and Brent walking to the main stage for The Fabulous Beekman Boy presentation at the Birmingham Home & Garden Show 2015.

The VIP, Josh, and Brent walking to the main stage for The Fabulous Beekman Boys presentation at the Birmingham Home & Garden Show 2015.

Stay tuned to the sister blog for the rest of the interview with Brent and Josh coming soon!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn