A Peek Inside My Life…

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Hey, y’all, and welcome back to the blog!

I often receive emails from fans and readers about “How I spend my [little] free time”…So, today, I decided to write a post dedicated to how I spent my Friday…aka today *wink*

After sleeping in a bit, making breakfast, straightening up my apartment, posting Facebook promotions for the blogs, and getting dolled up–I met up with my mom for a fun shopping day at the mall + a visit to Best Buy in search of a new battery for my “blogging camera” *wink*

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My mom and I--she refused to be photographed--played in the rain. Rather than letting our frizzed-hair and wet socks get us down, we decided to enjoy the puddles *wink*

Mom and I–she refused to be photographed–played in the rain. Rather than letting our frizzed-hair and wet socks get us down, we decided to enjoy the puddles *wink*

Next, Leo (my car) and I represented Katie Baker and her campaign while driving around Johnson City. Go, Katie! Go! *wink*

Next, Leo (my car) and I represented Katie Baker and her campaign while driving around Johnson City. Go, Katie! Go! *wink*

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Then, we went shopping, and I found some FABULOUS deals at GAP! Oh, I cannot wait to share the cute outfits with y'all soon *wink*

Then, we went shopping, and I found some FABULOUS deals at GAP! Oh, I cannot wait to share the cute outfits with y’all soon *wink*

I also adopted the world's tiniest seal for 50 cents *wink*

To conclude my shopping day, I adopted the world’s tiniest seal for 50 cents *wink*

To end my shopping day, I had a quick trip to Earth Fare for food necessities–microwave popcorn, Cape Cod chips, and gluten-free Against The Grain pepperoni pizza. Now, I am back home blogging with y’all while wearing Nike shorts and a huge sweatshirt because it has been a bit chilly here in Johnson City today *wink*.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Embracing Street Style

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Hey, y’all, and welcome back to the blog!

My apologies for posting so late today–bless, my internet has been on the fritz since the power flickered off earlier today *sad face* BUT I didn’t let that stop me from creating some SUPER fabulous outfits with all of my new J.Crew items. I am super pumped because all of the outfits are styled and photo shoots for them planned + a clothing haul video is in the works! Hm…amazing how many things I can do when I am not snooping around on Facebook and Instagram *wink*

Anyway–now that my internet is back up and running smoothly, let’s take a look at this fun outfit where I am embracing street style! P.S. the denim cap featured on this post is a little J.Crew sneak peek…stay tuned for a styling challenge coming soon (similar to the 30 Day J.Crew Challenge).

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Top: J.Crew (featured on the 30 Day J.Crew Challenge)

Skirt: Three07

 Heels: Ralph Lauren, TJMaxx

Cap: J.Crew (to be featured on an upcoming J.Crew Challenge)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

Weekly Whistle: Wonder Woman at Founders Park

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Hey y’all! 

Phew…I just got back to Johnson City after a quick business + shopping trip to Birmingham. I have so many super fabulous things to share with y’all on upcoming blogs–Oh. My. Goodness. I am so excited to start scheduling the posts and photo shoots! *squeal* Now, before I spill the awesome beans about all the new items coming to VIP…let’s take a look at this week’s Weekly Whistle.

Note: All of these lovely photos were taken at Founders Park in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee. Stay tuned to my Real Media column, The Adventures of the VIP, for an upcoming article about the marvelous details + pictures of the public art walking tour and ribbon cutting :)

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Tee: Old Navy

Skirt: Express

Heels: Michael Kors, Belk

Necklace: Mark by Avon

BLOOPER: The photographer was taking a few light test shots...and snapped this beauty of a blooper of my mom and me. *Note to Mom: please don't hate me for sharing this photo on the World Wide Web *wink**

BLOOPER: The photographer was taking a few light test shots…and snapped this beauty of a blooper of my mom and me. *Note to Mom: please don’t hate me for sharing this photo on the World Wide Web *wink**

AND....the train. So fascinating *wink*

AND….the train. I should be a railway model…ya’ get it*wink*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Home: Color-Staining Concrete Pavers (DIY Patio Project)

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to VIP Home!

This week on VIP Home, I am continuing the work on my apartment patio project by adding a punch of personality to the boring concrete pavers. 

Concrete staining–I remember watching my dad and Aunt Karen do this at my childhood home in Mississippi. It was a messy and tricky project…not to mention that it is also expensive! So, when I asked my mom for ideas about jazzing up my patio, and she recommended concrete staining…I looked at her a bit funny… 

Me: *funny look on face*

Mom: What?

Me: Concrete staining my tiny patio…won’t that be hard and expensive?

Mom: Oh no! You can do it with paint samples–I’ll show you.

Me: Paint samples…like the ones you get at Lowe’s and Home Depot.

Mom: Yes! You pick out the colors you want and then get samples of them.

Me: That simple…huh?

Mom: Well, you will also need some cheap paint brushes and a cup for each different color paint.

Mom and I color-staining my patio. The artist, herself, came up with the color-blocking design...I just picked out the colors *wink*

Mom and I color-staining my patio. The artist, herself, came up with the color-blocking design…I just picked out the colors *wink*

After a trip to Lowe’s to get supplies, my mom and I got to work on color-staining my concrete paver patio. 

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TIP: Watering down paint samples creates a modified stain. The water makes the paint less dense which allows the concrete to “absorb” the color better. Be patient with this process because as the concrete “absorbs” the color–it will look a bit patchy, but don’t fret. Give the pavers a day to fully dry…then decide if a second or third coat is needed. 

Note 1: Keep in mind that you will have to do touch ups because the paint samples are not outdoor/weathering paints–this is just a simple and inexpensive way to add a pop of color to concrete pavers…not intended to last five years…ten years….

P.S. my mom sealed my pavers with one of her special formulas…I have no idea what it is…it’s like Bush’s Baked Beans, except only Mattie knows *wink*

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NOTE 2: Color staining with paint samples is not recommended for large patio projects. If you want to add punches of color to a large patio, call in the professionals for advice or ask a professional at a home improvement store to recommend products and ideas. 

Colors I used (all avaliable at a Lowe's nearest you): (trim) Pool Green by Pantone Universe (inner design) Nectarine,  Tender Shoots, and Camellia Rose by Pantone Universe

Colors I used (all avaliable at a Lowe’s nearest you):
(trim) Pool Green by Pantone Universe
(inner design) Nectarine, Tender Shoots, and Camellia Rose by Pantone Universe

I wanted something bright and  fun+ easy and inexpensive, so this project was perfect for my temporary space.

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Sneak Peek: Public Art Walking Tour Johnson City, TN 2014

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Hey, y’all! I am keeping it brief on the blog today with just a little sneak peek of the Public Art Walking Tour and Ribbon Cutting at Founders Park in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee. Check out the following pictures, and then prop your feet up and enjoy the rest of the weekend :)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn