Frugal Friday: $2 Flea Market Find

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

I am taking a quick break from color-staining my apartment patio to tell y’all about this week’s fabulously frugal find–a two-dollar, denim vest, which I found at a flea market in my hometown of Louisville, Mississippi. I absolutely could not pass this deal up because it has marvelous DIY potential! 

Speaking of DIY potential….I have been racking my brain trying to decide how exactly I want to DIY my two-dollar vest. I already have a distressed one hanging in my closet from the first ever VIP DIY, and it would be a bit silly to repeat the same DIY tactics with another denim vest. Hm…what to do…what to do…

Well, readers, this patio isn’t going to stain itself, unfortunately *wink*  So, I do not have time to ponder or wander the world wide web for denim vest DIY ideas. So, shoot me an email, comment on this blog, or post a comment to Facebook with YOUR nifty DIY ideas. I would love to hear them! 

P.S. I also got some fabulous plants for my apartment's green space today! Oh, I cannot wait to start sharing more of the patio's progress with y'all starting in July on VIP Home! :)

P.S. I also got some fabulous plants for my apartment’s green space today! Oh, I cannot wait to start sharing more of the patio’s progress with y’all starting in July on VIP Home! :)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Frugal Friday: Sweet Southern Style

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Thank goodness, it is Friday! Phew…it has been a long, stressful week–so, what better way to kick off the weekend than with a new VIP series! Whoo hoo!

Frugal Friday will be a weekly series featuring frugal outfit ideas, home decor, and great deals I find–it will always be a surprise! *wink*. Frugal Friday is all about fun, frugality and fabulousness–does it get any better than that?! *P.S. Oh, how I adore alliteration *wink*

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For the very first Frugal Friday post, I shopped in my own closet and created a sweet, Southern style outfit that is perfect for Friday night bonfires…cute dinner dates…sassy square dancing…or even grocery shopping–that is what I did tonight while wearing this outfit *wink* Oh, yeah! Living on the wild side! *wink*

Now, as I snack on these delicious banana chips from Earth Fare, let’s take a look at the snazzy outfit details. 

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Blouse: The Limited

Skirt: Three07

Belt: Thrifted

Boots: Old West, Williams Brothers (Philadelphia, Mississippi)

Earrings: Hearts of Stone Jewelry by Rachel Leathers

BLOOPER: My clumsiness never fails while on photo shoots--but sometimes, it turns out somewhat cute *wink*

BLOOPER: My clumsiness never fails while on photo shoots–but sometimes, it turns out somewhat cute *wink*

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

Weekly Whistle: Slouchy Hat and Cut-off Denim Mini

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Today…it feels like spring has taken a spring break and left us with cold, windy, wintry weather…yuck. So, for this week’s Weekly Whistle outfit, I decided to embrace the chilly air with  knee high socks and a hand knitted slouchy hat by Stephanie Grantham of Sparkle Cat Studio. (P.S. Notice that is the VIP blog colors *wink*)

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Tee: South Boutique (Trussville, AL)

Denim Mini: Thrifted & DIYed

Socks: Maurices, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk

Hat: Stephanie Grantham of Sparkle Cat Studio

Sunglasses: Fed Thrill

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Overly with Obsessed Overalls

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Hello, hello, hello, fabulouses! I am embracing my inner 90′s child on the blog today with my crazy obsession with overalls. Is the obsession merely a flashback to when my mom would dress me in anything and all things denim, or is it because of the excessive amount of Third Eye Blind I have been listening to lately….hmm…As I ponder this thought and hunt down the baby pictures of me in my kickin’ overall shorts, y’all enjoy this week’s fabulous Weekly Whistle!

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Overalls: Thrifted and DIYed

Leotard: American Apparel (Atlanta, GA)

Shoes: Gus Mayer (Birmingham, AL)

Sunglasses: Ray Ban, Sunglasses Hut (Birmingham, AL)

Watch: Fossil

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No…I have had no luck in finding the baby pictures of my rockin’ overalls like a true 90s kid…but I SHALL FIND THOSE PICTURES! *thrusts fist into the air*

Now, I am going to go snack on delicious Swedish Fish and flip through scrapbooks in search of the overall shorts baby pictures…they have to be somewhere…Where is momma to find you something when you need it….”MOM! CAN YOU COME HELP ME…”

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Lost, Crumbled, and Forgotten

 
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Will I see him on the TV preachin’ ’bout the promised land
He tells me to believe in Jesus
And steals the money from my hand
Some say he was a good man
But Lord I think he sinned, yeahTwenty-two years of mental tears
Cries a suicidal Vietnam vet
Who fought a losing war on a foreign shore
To find his country didn’t want him back

 
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 Their bullets took his best friend in Saigon
Our lawyers took his wife and kids, no regrets
In a time I don’t remember, in a war he can’t forget
He cried “Forgive me for what I’ve done there
Cause I never meant the things I did”
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And give me something to believe in if there’s a Lord above
And give me something to believe in Oh, Lord, ariseMy best friend died a lonely man
In some Palm Springs hotel room
I got the call last Christmas Eve
And they told me the news

I tried all night not to break down and cry
As the tears rolled down my face
I felt so cold and empty
Like a lost soul out of place
And the mirror, mirror on the wall sees my smile it fades again

 
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 Sometimes I wish to God I didn’t know now
The things I didn’t know then road you gotta take me homeI drive by the homeless sleeping on a cold dark street
Like bodies in an open grave
Underneath the broken old neon sign
That used to read JESUS SAVES

A mile away live the rich folks
And I see how they’re living it up
While the poor they eat from hand to mouth
The rich is drinkin’ from a golden cup

And it just makes me wonder why so many lose, so few win

 
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You take the high road and I’ll take the low roadSometimes I wish to God I didn’t know now
The things I didn’t know then
And give me something to believe in

Something To Believe In: Poison

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Vest: VIP DIY

Skirt: Poor Pitiful Pearl, Vintage Hip (Springville, AL)

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““We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it.”
― Lyndon B. Johnson

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn