Memorial Day 2014: Artistic Photo Story + Quotes

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Memorial Day is not just a day for barbecuing and beach tripping…It is a day for remembering our lost soldiers…It is a day for praising our lost soldiers for their bravery to fight…and to die for America. As President Ronald Reagan once said, “I don’t have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.”

Now, without further ado, please enjoy this artistic photo story + quotes.

Please leave your feedback in the comments box at the end of this blog. Thank you, God bless, and stay safe this Memorial Day!

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“For love of country, they accepted death.”

-President James A. Garfield

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“Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.”

– Daniel Webster

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“The brave never die, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men.”

-Minot J. Savage

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“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”

– General George S Patton

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“We come not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.”

-Francis A. Walker 

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Daring To Be Different

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Hello, fabulouses, today I would like to introduce the new VIP motto, ” Be Daring. Be Fabulous. Be You.” with a little artistic photography post. Let us celebrate and start the new year off with the motivation to be who we truly are–Be Daring. Be Fabulous. Be You.

Do not be scared–Be Daring! Do not be timid–Be Fabulous!  Do not get Entangled by the NormBe You!

Daring To Be Different

by Everlife

My first thought said
With no line, you’ll get lost this time
If you don’t know where you’re going
My second thought said
It’s okay, okay to change
It’s time you started growing

So there I stood without a clue
My head tried to tell me what to do
My heart started playing tug-of-war
Like it’s out of my hands

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To be fearless, when I’m scared to move
I’m overdue
Daring to be different
To scream, yes, yeah I’m awake
I will not break
Daring to, daring to be different

The whole world tells me
If I choose wrong
I won’t belong
I better make the right decision
But what they do and
What they say
Are not the same
They’re a spinning contradiction

It’s just the old that they call new
Dizzy from all the points of view
Closing my eyes while breathing in
Look up, let go, no hands

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To be fearless, when I’m scared to move
I’m overdue
Daring to be different
To scream, yes, yeah I’m awake
I will not break
Daring to, daring to be different

Different, different

To be fearless when I’m scared to move
I’m overdue
Daring to be different
To scream, yes, yeah I’m awake
I will not break
Daring to, daring to be different

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Necklace: Handmade by BluKat Design (Heather O’Cain) from my grandmother’s buttons (Visit BluKat’s Shop here)

Headpiece: Avon, mark. “Go For Baroque” necklace (get the look here)

Lipstick: Saks Fifth Avenue Birmingham, Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait M25 Colere (get the look here)

Bracelet: Tiffany & Co. (get the look here) Stacked

Midi-Rings: Beadsoul by Lisa Hamilton (get the look here)

Necklace: handmade by BluKat Design (Heather O'Cain) from my grandmother's buttons.  Headpiece: Necklace from Avon

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Modeling Shoot: The Modern Day Jack & Diane

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Jack & Diane

John Cougar Mellencamp

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Little ditty about Jack and Diane
Two American kids growin’ up in the heartland
Jackie gonna be a football star
Diane debutante backseat of Jackie’s car

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Suckin’ on chili dogs outside the Tastee freeze
Diane’s sittin’ on Jackie’s lap
He’s got his hand between her knees
Jackie say, hey, Diane
Let’s run off behind a shady trees
Dribble off those Bobby Brooks
Let me do what I please
Say a

Oh yeah, life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin’ is gone
Say a
Oh yeah, life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin’ is gone
They walk on

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Jackie sits back
Reflects his thoughts for the moment
Scratches his head
And does his best James Dean
Well you know, Diane
We oughta run off to the city
Diane says, baby
You ain’t missin’ nuth-in
Jackie, say-a

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Oh yeah, life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin’ is gone
Oh yeah, I say, life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin’ is gone
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 Gonna let it rock
Let it roll
Let the Bible Belt come
And save my soul
Hold on to sixteen as long as you can
Changes come around real soon
Make us women and men

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Oh yeah, life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin’ is gone
Oh yeah, I say, life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin’ is gone

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 Little ditty about Jack and Diane
Two American kids doin’ the best they can

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Huge thanks to my fantastic model and photographer friend, Cameron Hinkle.  He truly fit the part of the modern day Jack–with a little bit of  James Dean flare.  Although we almost suffered a heatstroke in this Southern, sultry heat…we made it…it was so totally worth it…and so totally fabulous!

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Check out and “Like” Cameron Hinkle’s photography page on Facebook to see all of his magnificent skills. Cameron is a passionate photographer with the ability to capture the most perfect images! www.facebook.com/cameronhinklephotography

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To see more fabulous pictures from this photo shoot, please visit the VIP Facebook page and the Cameron Hinkle Photography page!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn