Letter From the Editor: #BelkScene, Prom, and Photo Shoot Bloopers

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This time last week, I was on my way to host a #BelkScene event in Birmingham at the Riverchase Galleria. Ah–can I just go back *wink* I had such a magnificent time at the Saturday Scene Prom and Special Occasion event, and it was so awesome getting to help the teens with finding their perfect prom looks at Belk!

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I never went to prom, BUT I did learn a lot from not attending….

Adolescence isn’t just about prom or wearing sparkly dresses.

Jena Malone

In high school, I beat myself up about not going to prom. I felt like I was “not cool enough” and like I was “not pretty enough to be asked”. I probably wasted more time than I should have on the subject; however, looking back on my life now, I realize that I didn’t really miss out on anything! In actuality, I probably had a better time hanging out with my mom, watching Molly Ringwald movies, and eating too much junk food than I would have at prom*wink* The main thing I missed was the dressing up–which I got to do this week which was totally fun!
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Okay–now that I have flashbacked to high school…let’s hop back to the present and take a laugh at some fun blooper shots from the VIP’s Prom photo shoot at Founders Park in downtown Johnson City *wink* Ah…being silly is therapeutic :)

Laugh at yourself, but don’t ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don’t leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory.

Alan Alda

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Let’s end on a cute note! *wink* I hope y’all have a wonderful weekend! Stay safe and enjoy the sunshine when you can :)

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

Three Ways to Wear Thursday: The Perfect Dress for the Prom I Never Went To *wink*

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

*Confession time* I never went to prom. *gasp* WHAT?! What do you mean you never went to prom? Well, guys–I never got asked, and I did not have a great friend like Duckie in Pretty In Pink to meet me there sans planning *wink* So, hosting the #BelkScene Prom and Special Occasion event at the Belk Riverchase Galleria in Birmingham, Alabama was like getting ready for the prom I never had! With a better dress, snacks, and DJ, of course! *wink* 

Note: Even though I never attended prom, I helped friends with styling their prom ensembles. And no–I have not had any side effects from skipping the prom *cue Pretty In Pink scene*

Now, for this week’s fabulous TWTWT, I am going to show y’all how simply changing accessories and shoes can take a basic prom or special occasion dress from event to event without the dash and cash of finding multiple ensembles. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at how I would have dressed at the multiple proms I never attended *wink* Hit “If You Leave”, DJ!

Way One:

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Dress: Express | Heels: Madden Girl | Belts: Charming Charlie | Necklace: personal vintage collection 

Way Two:

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Necklace: Personal Vintage Collection | Bracelet: Sparkle Cat Studio | Heels: Jessica Simpson

Way Three:

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Necklace: Avon | Belt: Charming Charlie | Bracelets: Avon | Heels: Jessica Simpson

The BONUS:

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What I wore to host the #BelkScene event. Get the details here.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: What I Wore to Host the #BelkScene Prom/Special Occasion Event

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

For this week’s Weekly Whistle, I am going to reveal to y’all the fabulous details about the outfit I sported to host the #BelkScene Prom/Special Occasion event at the Riverchase Galleria in Birmingham, Alabama. So, come on–let’s take a look *wink*

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Dress: Express

Shoes: Steve Madden, Belk (these snazzy flats were the cute and comfy shoe choice for dancing the afternoon away! Thanks, Steve Madden and Belk, for hooking the VIP up *wink*)

Necklaces: BluKatDesign

Leather Cuff: Luke & Lyla Designs 

Clutch: Luke & Lyla Designs

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Beauty Tues: Quick, Easy & Cheap Special Occasion Manicure You Can Do Yourself

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome to Beauty Tues.

Are you in dire need of a manicure, but you cannot quite squeeze the appointment into your schedule? I think we have all been there, at least one…or two…or twelve times *wink*

So, if you do not have time to go to the nail salon…what do you do?! Bring it home–of course! What?! How do you “bring the salon home”? Well, I brought the salon home from my local Walgreens by picking up a KISS gel FANTASY nail kit. It took me a total of 15 minutes to pick out the fitting nails, glue them on, and buff the tips where the glitter was a smidgen uneven. (NOTE: the instructions in the package explained that some nails may have uneven tips due to glitter–there is a small, gentle nail file enclosed to use) This particular KISS kit also came with gel sticky tabs, if you are not the glue-on-nail type *wink*

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These fabulous KISS nails come in a wide variety of colors, styles, and lengths–so, take a look HERE to get an idea for your next quick n’ easy home manicure! I know which ones I will be choosing for my next event! *wink*

BONUS: THAT HANDBAG! *faints*

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Are you as head-over-heels for that fabulous metallic gold handbag as I am? Well, it was handmade by one of my favorite artisans Alison Aughtman of Luke & Lyla Designs. Her wearable and carryable art pieces are truly made with love and attention to detail. To find out more, click here. The gold clutch that I am sporting in the photo above is embellished with a vintage, handmade shoe clip. I am totally crushing right now *wink* Stay tuned this week for more photos featuring this AH-MAZING clutch + photos featuring one of my other favorite jewelry artisans BluKatDesign!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Scrapbook: Birmingham Riverchase Galleria #BelkScene Prom/Special Occasion Event

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Special thanks to the VIP fans who stopped by the #BekScene event at the Riverchase Galleria + those who “tuned in” to the live social media posts! It was so much fun getting to work with Belk Riverchase Galleria for this sparkle-tacular event, and I was so pumped that I was able to share it with all of you…LIVE! I mean, come on…how fabulous was that?!

Now, I want to share with y’all the photos I was not able to tweet and post during the live event–because there is only so much time in a few hours *wink* So, without further ado, I present to you the VIP Scrapbook of the #BelkScene Prom/Special Occasion event at the Riverchase Galleria! Whoo hoo–let’s take a view!

AH! The VIP with the fabulous lady behind Luke & Lyla Designs and her daughters Alison Aughtman (standing next to VIP) is such a wonderful artisan, and I feel so humble to meet her! Check out that FABULOUS handmade clutch! Stay tuned to the blog on Wednesday and Thursday for a CLOSER look at its awesomeness *wink* Check out Luke & Lyla Designs here!

AH! The VIP with the fabulous lady behind Luke & Lyla Designs and her daughters Alison Aughtman (standing next to VIP) is such a wonderful artisan, and it was such an honor to meet her! Check out that FABULOUS handmade clutch! Stay tuned to the blog on Wednesday and Thursday for a CLOSER look at its awesomeness *wink* While you wait, check out Luke & Lyla Designs here!

The VIP with DJ New Era and model Eva Thomas at the #BelkScene event.

The VIP with DJ New Era and model Eva Thomas at the #BelkScene event.

The VIP in action *wink*

The VIP in action *wink*

SPARKLES! Love this prom dress!

SPARKLES! Love this special occasion dress!

And this prom dress *wink* I am all about the gold this year!

And this prom dress *wink* I am all about the gold this year!

*passes out* I could just eat, sleep, and work out in this pretty-in-pink Steve Madden heels! GAH--so cute! :)

*passes out* I could just eat, sleep, and work out in this pretty-in-pink Steve Madden heels! GAH–so cute! :)

Such a wonderful selection of Steve Madden shoes for every occasion!

Such a wonderful selection of Steve Madden shoes for every occasion!

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Prom, prom, prom! So many selections at Belk!

Prom, prom, prom! So many selections at Belk!

These sweet treats were too-cute-to-handle *wink*

These sweet treats were too-cute-to-handle *wink*

DJ New Era at work. He was such a fantastic DJ--I could not help but dance *wink*

DJ New Era at work. He was such a fantastic DJ–I could not help but dance *wink*

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COME BACK TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY TO GET THE SCOOP ABOUT MY EASY DIY MANICURE + THE DETAILS ON MY PROM-INSPIRED HOST OUTFIT! :)

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn