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WoWzA! Can you believe it has been FIVE YEARS? Man…five years. That’s a long time… *stares off into the distance* It’s kind of amazing what can happen in five years…

VIP is turning the big FIVE, and I do not want to let five years of hard work and dedication go to waste. The blog only turns five once, and after over 1,000 posts…I think that is something to dance about *happy dance* SO, let’s celebrate the past and plan for great things in the future!

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Since I moved into a dorm at Emory & Henry College about a year ago, I have struggled with juggling school work, blog work, and other responsibilities. I am not going to make any excuses or try to apologize; however, what I will do is make a change. 

At sixteen, I started VIP with the dream of creating a better view of teenagers through fashion, fun and community. To freshen our memory, click here and here to read how it all started *wink* 

Now, as I sit here writing this post as a successful (and slightly stressed out *wink*) twenty-one year old college student, I have a bigger dream–a bigger dream for VIP.

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After everything I have seen in the news and all the rants I have read on Facebook, I believe there is only one thing I can do as a young, proud, independent, woman–show just how powerful women are. We women have loud voices that will be heard through our beautiful confidence and drive for education–we don’t need Facebook rants to tell the world how amazing we are.

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As I said a while back, I am wanting to get back to my vintage roots, and I also want to talk about the power of being a classy woman who dresses with pride and confidence. A woman who uses her sass and class to show the world just how amazing she is–to show the world we don’t have to yell to be heard. We simply must SHOW everyone our power by growing our knowledge, our confidence, and our friendships with other great women. 

So, VIP originals, this is our time to shine. In celebration of the VIP’s 5 year blogiversary, let’s throw glitter around like confetti, break the glass ceiling, sport great outfits, and talk with class *fist in air*

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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It is a brand new year, and I have many resolutions I would like to make. I want to get in better shape so that I can feel better about myself, I want to give up Coke (here, in the South, that includes any and all soda *wink*), I want to work harder towards my dreams, I want to blog more–blog better, and the list goes on and on. But with that list comes holding myself accountable, and whether it be Continue reading

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Since the first post in February 2012, Vintage Inspired Passionista has been a huge part of my life. Even before the blog, the idea of “being inspired by all things vintage” was in my soul as I played dress up in my mom’s closet. Now, on my 21st birthday, I look back at the 16-year-old me who started VIP almost 5 years ago, and I cannot help but want to get back to the passions that motivated me in the first place.

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A lot has happened in 5 years. I have moved 3 times, graduated from high school, started and graduated from community college, started a B.A. program at Emory & Henry College, interviewed people like Ty Pennington and Betsey Johnson, taken thousands of photos, written over 500 newspaper articles, styled fashion spreads and advertisements for local magazines, was the lead role in an independent film, was a lead actress in a theatre production, and posted over 1,000 blog articles. Phew! I am getting exhausted just thinking about it all; however, it has all been a wonderful blessing that has pushed me towards a bigger and ever-evolving dream.

From working with Versona in Bristol, Tennessee on fall fashion, 2016.

Photo from working with Versona in Bristol, Tennessee for their fall fashion lookbook.

 There have been a lot of times in my (almost) five-year journey with VIP (and even in my life outside the blog) where I have lost track of my mission, my goal, MY dream because I was so focused on the stats, following the trends, and trying to please everyone else. So, what is a girl to do when she is overwhelmed? She goes back to her roots.

I know my roots, and I cannot forget the journey I made.

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So, in celebration of my 21st birthday, I am bringing VIP back to it’s vintage-inspired roots…what made it VIP in the first place! Vintage Inspired Passionista is a sprightly guidebook for the fashionably-geared and artfully-minded originals. Providing a refreshing place for fusing a vintage passion with a modern lifestyle, VIP covers fashion with a focus on the arts. The VIP original’s closet is full of color, pattern, and, of course, great shoes.

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So what happens now?

Good question! Not much is going to change on the blog–so don’t panic! With my school schedule, posts will now be on Saturdays, and the content will be more awesome, fashionable and artful! In order to let my VIP originals know what’s going on, there will be more activity on social media throughout the week. Be sure to follow VIP on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, so you don’t miss out on any of the updates!

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New logo for Vintage Inspired Passionista designed by yours truly based on 1950s advertisements and modern design.

New logo for Vintage Inspired Passionista inspired by 1950s advertisements and designed by yours truly.

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Now, I just want to say a big THANK YOU to all of you readers and supporters–whether you’re new to VIP or a patron, I couldn’t continue this journey without all of your love and support. There are no words to describe how wonderful it is not only having the blog in my life, but also all of the VIP originals ♥ *clinks glass* Cheers to being 21 and bringing back vintage vibes! 

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn