Beauty Tues: 2 Looks in 1–Perfect For On-the-Go College Students, Like Me!

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to Beauty Tues.

This week on VIP Beauty Tues, I want to share with y’all a super fabulous 2-in-1 makeup look for the college campus with Bobbi Brown beauty specialist Becca Sammis at Saks Fifth Avenue Birmingham.

Look 1: "This look is perfect for day-time activities on campus. It is fresh looking and easy to do, but it is also flirty and age-appropriate," explains Becca Sammis.

Look 1: “This look is perfect for day-time activities on campus. It is fresh looking and easy to do, but it is also flirty and age-appropriate,” explains Becca Sammis.

"Creating a natural yet sassy eye is simple. On you, I used Bobbi's Metallic Eye Shadow in Champagne Quartz 2. This pretty shade will make creating the second look [smokey eye] super easy."

“Creating a natural yet sassy eye is simple. On Abby, I used Bobbi’s Metallic Eye Shadow in Champagne Quartz and Burnt Sugar. These pretty shades will make creating the second look [the smokey eye] super easy. I also lined the eye with the Bobbi Brown long wear gel liner in Black Ink.”

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For the lips (see video above)–Becca Sammis punched up the simple day-time look with a pinky lip…and being the lipstick addict that I am, I totally adore it! It’s so fun and so effortless!

 

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Look 2: “This makeup look is great for nigh-time events. Rather than worrying about making time to take off all of your day-time makeup, I created this smokey-eye look by building on the [first] look,” explains Becca Sammis

"You can really see how big of a difference a darker shade of eye shadow made the day look turn into a smokey eye without a lot of time and energy. So many people think achieving a smokey eye look is really hard, when in all actuality, you just need to varying shadow shades, a black [eye] liner, and a great brush--oh, and some under-eye concealer for touch ups," says Becca Sammis.

“You can really see how big of a difference a darker shade of eye shadow makes…it turned the day look into a smokey eye without a lot of time and energy. So many people think achieving a smokey eye look is really hard, when in all actuality, you just need varying shadow shades, a black [eye] liner, and a great brush–oh, and some under-eye concealer for touch ups,” says Becca Sammis.

"When going with a smokey-eye, it is very important to play down your lips. For an easy way to achieve a natural-looking lip with a bit of color, I recommend using one of Bobbi's lip pencils. They come in a variety of colors and are easy to toss in your bag and go."

“When going with a smokey-eye, it is very important to play down your lips. For an easy way to achieve a natural-looking lip with a bit of color, I recommend using one of Bobbi’s lip pencils. They come in a variety of colors and are easy to toss in your bag and go.”

LOVE this color--don't y'all? *wink* It is so simple...yet so chic!

LOVE this color–don’t y’all? *wink* It is so simple…yet so chic!

"Also for night time, add a bit of bronzer to the face for a sun-kissed glimmer that looks great when the lights go down."

“Also for night time, add a bit of bronzer to the face for a sun-kissed glimmer that looks great when the lights go down.”

Who would have thought that creating two makeup looks--one for day and one for night--could be so easy! Thank you, Becca Sammis, for opening up my eyes to the fabulous versatility of Bobbi Brown products! You're the best!

Who would have thought that creating two makeup looks–one for day and one for night–could be so easy! Thank you, Becca Sammis, for opening up my eyes to the fabulous versatility of Bobbi Brown products! You’re the best!

If you are in the Birmingham area and looking for a fabulous make up specialist, head on over to Saks Fifth Avenue’s Bobbi Brown counter and prepare to be amazed! Their beauty specialists are wonderful and always full of great makeup ideas :) 

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Sweet Home Alabama + Fab Giveaways

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

This week on VIP Home, I am taking a break from chatting about my home to talk about a place that will always be home–sweet home Alabama. *Cue Lynyrd Skynyrd* Sweet home Alabama. Where the skies are so blue! Sweet Home Alabama. Lord, I’m coming home to you!… Sweet home Alabama! Where the skies are so blue! Sweet Home Alabama. Lord, I’m coming home to you! Here I come Alabama…  

Throw back to when the family and I visited the USS Alabama--this was totally fabulous! I think I am going to go nag my dad to go back soon *wink*

Throw back to when the family and I visited the USS Alabama Battleship.  I was totally rockin’ those Birki’s *wink* Learn more + plan your visit to the USS Alabama here: www.ussalabama.com

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My grandmother and her family are from Alabama…my parents married in Alabama…I met the band members of Lynyrd Skynyrd as a kid while vacationing in Alabama–and I even had the great pleasure of living in The Magic City for a few years. No matter where I may roam, I will always see Alabama as home sweet home.  So, when the Alabama Tourism Department reached out to me about their fabulous Alabama Road Trip giveaway–I just knew that I had to share it with y’all!

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The Alabama Tourism Department has recently announced a six-week Road Trip Giveaway with chances to win travel packages to Gulf Shores, Mobile, Huntsville, the Shoals, Birmingham and Montgomery.  The winner of the grand prize will get to plan their own customized Alabama Road Trip–how cool is that?! “This road trip promotion is designed to highlight the variety of travel experiences available in Alabama,” says state tourism director Lee Sentell. “There is something for everyone, from a gulf coast beach vacation, to playing on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, to fine dining in Birmingham, to trips to North Alabama for the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville and tours of the recording studios in Muscle Shoals.” Prize package descriptions, complete rules and instructions on entering are available at www.roadtripgiveaway.com To learn more about Alabama Road Trips, visit www.alabama.travel or download the Alabama Road Trips app, available on iTunes or the Google Play Store.

To see the list of weekly giveaways + details please click here.

The infamous booty of Vulcan. If you have not visited Vulcan in Birmingham, AL...I highly encourage you too! It is a fabulous experience.

The famous booty of Vulcan. If you have not visited Vulcan in Birmingham, AL…I totally recommend that you add it to your bucket list of places to visit before you die! Plan your visit to Vulcan here: www.visitvulcan.com

In addition to the awesome giveaways the Alabama Tourism Department is hosting, the VIP is also hosting three super fabulous giveaways which will include rockin’ merchandise from all over the state of Alabama! Check out the photos below for the details :)

First Giveaway (currently running): Enter to win this sweet prize on the VIP Facebook page NOW. Click the following mobile friendly link to enter: http://tinyurl.com/mhzhqn9

First Giveaway (currently running): Enter to win this sweet prize on the VIP Facebook page NOW. Click the following mobile-friendly link to enter: http://tinyurl.com/mhzhqn9

Second Giveaway: If you love food as much as this Southern gal...then you will DEFINITELY want to enter this Alabama swag bag giveaway! Stay tuned to the VIP Facebook page for this giveaway to be announced.

Second Giveaway: If you love food as much as this Southern gal…then you will DEFINITELY want to enter this Alabama swag bag giveaway! Stay tuned to the VIP Facebook page for more details and start time.

Third Giveaway: Sh...this one is a surprise! Y'all should have known that I was going to throw a surprise goody bag in there somewhere *wink* Stay tuned to the VIP Facebook page for the date of this giveaway to be announced.

Third Giveaway: Sh…this one is a surprise! Y’all should have known that I was going to throw a surprise goody bag in there somewhere *wink* Stay tuned to the VIP Facebook page for the date of this giveaway to be announced.

My being interviewed at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens by writer and The Cobalt Club blogger Buddy Roberts.

My being interviewed at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens by writer and The Cobalt Club blogger Buddy Roberts. AND no…we did not coordinate our outfits *wink*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Paw Riley’s Birthday Box + Video

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BEST FRIEND IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD–PAW RILEY! 

Today is my Paw Riley’s birthday, and since I cannot be there in person this year….I decided to ship him a “Birthday Box” full of goodies + make a video so that we could celebrate together…ten hours apart. Yes, Paw Riley, this means you can NOW open your Birthday Box that arrived at your house a day early *wink*

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I will admit that I teared up several times while making Paw’s birthday box–all I could think about is how much I miss him…*sniff, sniff*

Now, before I go drown my “missing Paw Riley” sorrows at Starbucks, take a moment to watch his “Birthday Box” video–I think y’all will enjoy it:)

NOTE: the bloopers are quite hilarious.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Etsy Exchange

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

This Friday, I want to share with y’all a little styling challenge I like to call “Etsy Exchange”. So, what is “Etsy Exchange,” you ask? Well, it is all about taking one single outfit and swapping out the accessories to show how big of a difference accessories can make! For this particular styling challenge, I decided to use all Etsy artisans because I absolutely ADORE handmade and Etsy :)

Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at this VIP Etsy Exchange challenge.

Way 1: For the first look, I took a Jessica Simpson dress and paired it with a Forever 21 blouse. The lace-style blouse made for a cute add-on to the strapless dress.

Way 1:
For the first look, I took a Jessica Simpson dress and paired it with a Forever 21 blouse + bronze-toned Kork Ease wedges. The lace-style blouse made for a cute add-on to the strapless dress.

I accessorized this look with a yellow heart necklace from Sparkle Cat Studio and a single heart necklace from Jessica Klaaren Jewelry.

I accessorized this look with a yellow heart necklace from Sparkle Cat Studio and a single heart necklace from Jessica Klaaren Jewelry.

Way 2: For the second look, I simply took off the Sparkle Cat Necklace (see way 1) to create a more casual ensemble.

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For the second look, I simply took off the Sparkle Cat Necklace (see way 1) to create a more casual ensemble.

Way 3: To take the semi-casual outfit from lunch date to night out on the town, I slipped off the Forever 21 blouse and TAH DAH! A fabulous look featuring a Jessica Klaaren necklace.

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To take the semi-casual outfit from lunch date to night out on the town, I slipped off the Forever 21 blouse and TAH DAH! A fabulous look featuring a Jessica Klaaren necklace.

Way 4: Adding a bit more pizzazz to the last ensemble, I tossed the Sparkle Cat Studio necklace back on + a pair of patching earrings.

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Adding a bit more pizzazz to the last ensemble, I tossed the Sparkle Cat Studio necklace back on + a pair of matching earrings.

Way 5: I tossed off all the jewelry and traded the yellow clock earrings for white, shell ones.

Way 5:
I tossed off all the jewelry and traded the yellow clock earrings for white, shell ones.

BONUS: I loved these green Sparkle Cat Earrings so much that I just HAD to share them with y'all ;)

BONUS:
I loved these green Sparkle Cat Earrings so much that I just HAD to share them with y’all ;)

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Throwback Thursday: Interviewing Wedding Gown Designer Heidi Elnora

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

It’s Thursday–and y’all know what that means! It is time to throw it back to a fun VIP blog moment! Whoo hoo!

In celebration of Heidi Elnora’s NEW and FABULOUS television series “Bride by Design“, which will premiere tomorrow at 9PM CST on TLC, I decided to throw it back to when I interviewed the dazzling Southern designer at Birmingham Fashion Week 2013. 

Click here to check out the VIP Interview with wedding gown designer and reality TV star Heidi Elnora.

To see Heidi’s stunning runway show from Birmingham Fashion Week 2013, click here.

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Cannot wait until tomorrow night to watch Heidi’s fab show? Check out the preview below:

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn