VIP Scrapbook: First Roller Derby Experience featuring Little City Roller Girls

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

This past Saturday, I attended my first ever ROLLER DERBY! *happy dance* It was pretty freaking awesome…I am not going to lie!

I met the Little City Roller Girls at May’s First Friday event while working the Happy Snaps booth for the Johnson City Press. One of the roller girls invited me to attend their Throwdown at the Fairgrounds, and I immediately had flashbacks of watching Whip It! with one of my best friends in high school as I excitedly agreed to attend. Gah–that movie is awesome *wink* 

Selfie at the roller derby.

Selfie at the roller derby.

I am a roller derby newbie. Aside from what little knowledge I picked up from Whip It + a brief Googling, I had no idea what to expect. I felt a little bit like Ellen Page’s character, Bliss Cavendar, as she watched the Hurl Scouts vs the Holy Rollers for the first time. Excited awe *wink* Hm…I wonder how my mom and friends would feel if I decided to take up roller derby as a new hobby… *wink*

Now, y’all enjoy some fun action shots from the first bout at Throwdown at the Fairgrounds! Unfortunately, I was unable attend the second bout due to other events, but I am sure it was even more awesome than the first! Be sure to keep up with the Little City Roller Girls on Facebook here for upcoming events!

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 Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Letter From the Editor: What Summer Means to Me

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What I love about summer doesn’t fit the typical description. The beach is great; however, I have no plans to go to one this summer, and I am actually okay with it because I have some fabulous plans up my sleeve. 

The VIP as a wee-thing with Paw Riley.

The VIP as a wee-thing with Paw Riley.

Summer, to me, isn’t about going to the beach, getting a tan, or partying at music festivals. Summer, to me, is about returning to “the good ole days” when I would spend countless hours with my Paw Riley going fishing and going on adventures on the farm…it is about taking it slow (even though that is hard nowadays) and drinking sweet tea on the front porch…it is about laughing, dancing, and talking the nights away around a bonfire with friends and family…summer, to me, is a time that I look back on my life and go “WOW! I am so thankful”. 

The ever-amazing watermelon dress.

The ever-amazing watermelon dress.

There is just something about the HOT Southern weather and going on adventures that just makes me smile. So, next week, I will be spending some quality time with some of my FAVORITE people on this planet–my grandparents and stylish great aunts–while visiting my home state. Be sure to keep up with me on Twitter for updates while I’m away on my trip! I will try my best to have blogs out as normal via WordPress mobile; however, cell reception and wifi is (very) limited where I grew up in Mississippi *wink*

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Also, while in Mississippi, I will be doing a photo shoot for the DVD cover of the independent film, La Madame, with Carlos Rosales of CS Digital Productions *happy dance* We will also be taking some fabulous model pictures! *yay*

Biloxi, Mississippi 2011.

Biloxi, Mississippi 2011.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Three Ways to Wear Thursday: Neon Blues

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Goodness gracious–I did not think this Thursday would ever get here *wink*

Oh…I have been excitedly waiting to share these fabulous and FUN “neon blues” outfits with y’all since the VIP Team and I snapped the photos a few days ago! Now…I hope y’all love the outfits + photos because I did not hang from a tree “just for fun”! Okay…so, maybe I did do it just for fun…and maybe I didn’t *wink*  

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This week’s TWTWT was inspired by my Summer Must-Have list that I posted yesterday to Weekly Whistle. Recently, I purchased this neon pink top and fabulously-structured blue skirt from Express during a HUGE sale. Originally, when I purchased these two pieces, I did not think about wearing them together because I was a little hesitant about being “too bright”…BUT when I put them in my closet and saw the skirt + blouse side by side, I reminded myself that a girl can never be too colorful, happy and bright *wink*

So, now, y’all take a look at the three ways to wear “neon blues”, and then don’t forget to post your snazzy bright combos to the Facebook page here! We would love to see you embrace your inner VIP!

Way 1:

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Blouse: Express | Skirt: Express | Sneakers: Converse | Necklace & Earrings: BluKatDesign | Wrap Bracelet: Beadsoul

Way 2:

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Blouse: Express | Skirt: Express | Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk | Necklaces & Earrings: BluKatDesign | Wrap Bracelet: Beadsoul

Way 3:

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Blouse: Express | Shorts: Target | Sneakers: Converse | Earrings: BluKatDesign | Wrap Bracelet: Beadsoul | Necklace: personal vintage collection

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Summer Wardrobe Must-Haves List

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Ah…There is nothing I love more than gearing up my wardrobe for some fabulous fun in the sun! But unlike when I was a kiddo, when my mom and dad paid for my wardrobe each season, being a “big girl” comes with adultlike, monetary responsibilities *wink* Gas money or shoe money? That is the question *wink*

Since I want to make the most out of my summer wardrobe budget, I have created a must-have list to keep myself “on task” as not to get distracted by all of the season’s lavish trends *wink*

So, take a look at my must-have list + inspiration board below, and tell me what YOUR summer wardrobe must-haves are in the comment section at the end of the post or on Facebook/Twitter

  1. Striped sun hat–Check! I purchased a snazzy one of these while on my trip + photo shoot at Biltmore. Check it out here! More ways to wear coming soon to the blog *wink*
  2. New Birkenstocks! I have a white pair of Birkenstock, but I would like some more traditional ones.
  3. Neon blouses! Stay tuned to TWTWT this week for a peek at this summer wardrobe addition *wink*
  4. Colorful chinos! I already own multiple pairs of colorful chino shorts; however, a girl can never own too many pairs of chinos!
  5. Polarized sunnies! Several months ago, my precious pup, Ziva, thought it would be a good idea to “snack” on my John Lennon style Ray Bans that I had for about 3 years. Currently,  I am bumming it with old, worn-out sunglasses + cheap sunglasses *cue ZZ Top*…so, needless to say, it is time for some new sunnies, but I am debating over what style. Decisions…Decisions *wink*

Summer Wardrobe Must-Haves (VIP)

Express long tee
express.com

Maurices shorts
maurices.com

Maurices shorts
maurices.com

Birkenstock traction shoes
$105 – shoeme.ca

Birkenstock arch support shoes
englinsfinefootwear.com

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Beauty Tues: Summer Must-Have List for the Makeup/Beach Bag

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome to Beauty Tues.

Let’s start our summer beauty out on the right foot and jump in with a fabulous must-have list for our makeup/beach bags!

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Whether we are hanging by the pool or out shopping with friends, these four VIP summer necessities will get you through the early mornings and late nights looking effortlessly cute and fabulous *wink* Take a look!

Beauty Must Haves for Summer (VIP)

Sun care
anthropologie.com

Kiss My Face sun care
backcountry.com

Beauty product
charlottetilbury.com

Sisley creme eyeshadow
$49 – harveynichols.com
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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn