VIP to Live Blog at Grand Opening of Gabe’s in Johnson City, TN March 5th

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AHH! VIP readers, guess what! The VIP is going to be appearing and live-blogging at the Gabriel Brothers, Inc. grand opening on March 5th in Johnson City, Tennessee! 

So, what is Gabe’s and why should YOU (yes, you!) come to the grand opening (other than to see me, of course *wink*)?

Gabriel Brothers, Inc. is an extreme value fashion and home retailer and first choice destination for savvy shoppers. At the grand opening on March 5th, there will be more than $1,000 in gift cards distributed! WOWZA! Once the doors open, team members will draw a gift card for one lucky raffle winner every 15 minutes until noon, then each hour from 12:30 to 4:30. ALSO…did I mention that the first 200 visitors will also receive a FREE (yes, FREE!) Gabe’s Johnson City t-shirt?! The official ribbon cutting will commence at 8 a.m. EST, so be there or be square *wink*

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Gabe’s Johnson City store will be located at 112 Sunset Drive in Johnson City next to the Kroger grocery store. Featuring new, great styles, famous brands, and amazing prices EVERY DAY–each Gabe’s store offers an “unbelievable ” one-stop shopping experience for lovers of fashion and home decor. In addition to famous brand apparel, footwear and accessories for women, men, juniors, and kids, Gabe’s has EVEN MORE famous brands in its FULL home, electronics, toys and other departments.

EVERYTHING at Gabe’s is up to 70% off department and specialty store prices. AHH! Say what?! I am grabbing my debit card now–it’s time to go to Gabe’s and get some killer deals! Awh…wait…it doesn’t open until March 5th…. WELL, I guess I will just have to make sure I mark my calendar so I can get there at 8am to receive a free t-shirt, get entered to win a gift card, and snag all the great deals before everyone else *wink* 

So, VIP readers, make sure you come shop the awesome deals (and see me, of course *wink*) at the grand opening of Gabe’s new location in Johnson City, Tennessee on March 5th! I hope to see all of my local, Tri-Cities readers there :)

ALSO–before you go! Be sure to check out and like Gabe’s Johnson City on Facebook here.

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Gabe’s, which currently operates 55 stores across 11 states, opened its first Tennessee store in Knoxville July 2015 and plans to open a number of additional new stores in 2016. Gabriel Brothers, Inc. is also the parent company of Gabe’s sister store, Rugged Wearhouse, which operates 46 stores including six locations in Tennessee.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Three Ways to Wear Thursday: Golden Skirt from Serendipity Boutique

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Before I dive deep into this week’s Three Ways to Wear, I must say that it is absolutely freezing here, and this Mississippi-raised girl does not know how to handle it! My mom and I were huddling around the oven (yes, really–the oven) and eating pizza while my dad was posting pictures to Instagram of the beach sunset in Florida. It’s not fair. I want a warm vacay *wink*

Now, back on topic. For this week’s Three Ways to Wear Thursday, I am featuring a fabulous skirt from one of my favorite local shops here in Johnson City, Tennessee–Serendipity Boutique. This gold skirt is so simple, which makes dressing it up, down, and everywhere in between a piece of cake or easy as pie. You know…whichever you prefer–cake or pie? *wink* Personally…I am a pecan pie kind of gal. 

If you live in or are visiting the Johnson City TN/Bristol TN/VA area, be sure to stop by one of Serendipity’s two locations! Their wide variety of lovely fashions are sure to tickle your fancy! :)

WAY ONE: 

I first featured this awesome skirt on the sister blog S&S. Click here for more photos + outfit details.
I first featured this awesome skirt on the sister blog S&S. Click here for more photos + outfit details.

WAY TWO:

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Blazer: Anthropologie | Tee: J.Crew | Skirt: Serendipity Boutique | Socks: Target | Shoes: Kork-Ease, DSW | Belt: Anthropologie | Earrings: BluKatDesign

WAY THREE: 

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Blouse: Serendipity Boutique | Skirt: Serendipity Boutique | Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk | Ring: SparkleCatStudio (BE SURE TO CHECK OUT HER SILENT AUCTION HERE! MORE DETAILS BELOW!)

Info about Sparkle Cat Rescue Online Fundraising Auction: 

100% of the money raised through this auction will benefit the felines rescued by Sparkle Cat Rescue. 

This will be an ongoing auction as items are donated. Instructions will be with each item listed. 

If you are a business or an artisan/crafter wishing to donate an item or items, please contact at sparklecatrescue@gmail.com

The average cost of each feline’s routine medical care is $200+ (spay/neuter, vaccinations, combo testing). Add to that the possibility of illness during their foster care, the cost can increase. They are 100% volunteer and rely on donations from the public.

Visit their website for more information on their organization.
www.sparklecatrescue.org

Ziva joined us on today's photo shoot! Love my sweet Giant Schnauzer :)
Ziva joined us on today’s photo shoot! Love my sweet Giant Schnauzer :)
Like...OMG. Our shoes match *wink*
Like…OMG. Our shoes match *wink*

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Scrapbook: 4U Ultimate Girls Day Out comes to Johnson City, TN

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

This weekend, I attended the 4U Ultimate Girls Day Out event at the beautiful Charles building in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee. Although it was tempting to stay home because of the snow, I knew I could not miss getting dressed up and shopping all the fabulous booths! PLUS this is the first time this event has ever been hosted in Tennessee–it originally took place in just Atlanta, Georgia.

Oh, I had so much fun at the event and met so many marvelous women that I cannot help but share it with y’all, my lovely readers! Now, join me as we take a little VIP Scrapbook look at the fun time I had at the 4 U Ultimate Girls Day out in Johnson City.

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The VIP with Toni Stone, the founder of 4U Ultimate Girls Day Out, at the first ever Johnson City event. On a total fashionista note–I love Toni’s scarf! So cute!
These handmade Flower Keepers by potter Michael Gamble are absolutely precious! I wish there would have been something around like this when I was a little kid for my mom :) Check out some more of Michael's awesome work @ www.michaelgamblepottery.com
These handmade Flower Keepers by potter Michael Gamble are absolutely precious! I wish there would have been something around like this when I was a little kid for my mom :) Check out some more of Michael’s awesome work @ www.michaelgamblepottery.com
Funky and fabulous coffee cups handmade by Michael Gamble.
Funky and fabulous coffee cups handmade by Michael Gamble.
Kenya Patterson, a handbag Sales Manager at Dillard's (Knoxville), modeling a super hot NYDJ frock. Kenya could so be a model--so gorgeous!
Kenya Patterson, a handbag Sales Manager at Dillard’s (Knoxville), modeling a super hot NYDJ frock. Kenya could so be a model–so gorgeous!
Tanya Rathbun (Trinity Arts Center, Johnson City), the VIP, and Penny Woods (Penny Woods Skincare Center) at the event. Oh, these two women are absolutely inspiring and positive! I cannot wait to interview them for a hopeful article on www.sixteenandsuccessful.org
Tanya Rathbun (Trinity Arts Center, Johnson City), the VIP, and Penny Woods (Penny Woods Skincare Center) at the event. Oh, these two women are absolutely inspiring and positive! I cannot wait to interview them for a hopeful article on www.sixteenandsuccessful.org
Reedemables had a precious booth at the Ultimate Girls Day Out event! Their store is so amazing too! Check out their Facebook page for more info + pictures! www.facebook.com/Redeeming
Reedemables had a precious booth at the Ultimate Girls Day Out event! Their store is so amazing too! Check out their Facebook page for more info + pictures! www.facebook.com/Redeeming
The VIP with one of the lovely ladies from Scarves for Missions. She literally gave me chill bumps talking about work and passion to spread the awesomeness of the Lord, our God. I never fail getting chill bumps when a sweet lady hugs me and tells me "God bless you". :)
The VIP with one of the lovely ladies from Scarves for Missions from the Dava Lee Russell Outreach (www.davaleerussellministries.org) in Jonesborough, Tennessee. This woman literally gave me chill bumps talking about their work and passion to spread the awesomeness of the Lord, our God. I always get chill bumps when a sweet lady hugs me and tells me “God bless you”. :) Note: the wonderful scarf in the photo above was handmade by Susan Thomas, the scarf crafter for Scarves for Missions.
Fellow blogger, Liz Bushong, showing attendees how to make large tissue flowers. SO cute and fun! Check out her blog, www.lizbushong.com, for more DIY ideas.
Fellow blogger, Liz Bushong, showing attendees how to make large tissue flowers. SO cute and fun! Check out her blog, www.lizbushong.com, for more DIY ideas.
Liz Bushong (Serve It Up Sassy blogger), the VIP, and Valentina (social media coordinator for the event) at the tissue flower workshop.
Liz Bushong (Serve It Up Sassy blogger), the VIP, and Valentina (social media coordinator for the event) at the tissue flower workshop.

 For more pictures + info about the event, check out the sister blog run by my fabulous mommykins @ www.sweetsorghumliving.com. She had too much free time on her hands, so I put her to work *wink*

Click here for direct post link.

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P.S.--I am still having a hard time with the fact it snowed in November. This Mississippi-raised gal is not used to snow...much less on the first of November! BUT it was a good excuse to wear my blue fur shawl *wink*
P.S.–I am still having a hard time with the fact it snowed in November. This Mississippi-raised gal is not used to snow…much less on the first of November! BUT it was a good excuse to wear my blue fur shawl *wink*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

J.Crew Challenge: Outfit 13, L’amour Des Peintures Murales Du Centre-ville (Love Downtown Murals)

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the J.Crew Challenge!

Yesterday, I gave my opinion on the great mural debate in downtown Johnson City with outfit photos featuring Nelson Fine Art’s mural. Today, I am featuring another downtown mural that is also under fire…

“Downtown Farming” is one of the newer, commissioned murals of the area, that resides on the wall near the Johnson City Farmer’s Market. This one is my favorites because it is so colorful and inspiring. I cannot imagine what it must be like to be on that wall slowly awaiting death. Oh, it will be so sad to see this beautiful piece of art go. And why must it go when there are bigger issues in our city than murals…like cigarette butts littering the streets, dilapidated buildings…or petty crime. 

Now, while I go pick out my outfit for Rhythm and Roots in Bristol Tennessee/Virginia tomorrow, y’all take a look at today’s J.Crew #OOTD + details! Stay tuned to the VIP’s social media this weekend as I rock out at the 3-day music festival in downtown Bristol! Whoo hoo!

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Tee: J.Crew

Shorts: J.Crew

Heels: Jessica Simpson

Pearls: thrifted

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

J.Crew Challenge: Outfit 12, The Great Mural Debate in Downtown Johnson City, TN

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the J. Crew Challenge!

Before we take a look at today’s outfit + details, I would like to address something that is under debate in my new city. Murals. Interesting, fabulous murals are under fire and according to the “rules” will have to be painted over, and the Johnson City Press explains why here

Art, in the simplest of terms, is a way to express emotions or ideas creatively–whether the medium be paint, dance, music, sewing, photography, and the list goes on. In my case, I style and model artistic photo shoots.

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Art is left open-ended so that we can take from it what we like. We can analyze an art piece and feel whatever it is we need to feel.  Art is an unfathomably beautiful thing, and just because a few people detest it….does that mean we should paint over it? How is it possible that tattoos with inspiring stories and creative figures can get 100+ likes on Facebook and massive amounts of support and acceptance, but a building with an inspiring, colorful and cheery tattoo in downtown can’t get enough support to keep it alive? Think about it.

So, before the large murals are painted over, I wanted to photograph their last breaths. Thank you, Nelson Fine Art, for allowing me to do a photo shoot with your amazing mural! 

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The brightly colored, stylized letters of the painting, which read “Nelson Fine Art,” were placed there more than three years ago by local artist Chris Witkowski, who is an organizer of the Blue Plum’s annual Urban Art Throwdown. Nelson told Baker he believes the painting to be more of a mural than a sign.

“My point is mainly that it’s a piece of art,” Nelson said. “If I’d wanted to have a sign advertising my business, I’d have used something with a legible font.”

Read more: Should Johnson City revise its regulations for murals? | Johnson City Press http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/120090/should-johnson-city-revise-its-regulations-for-murals#ixzz3DbyMZmMg
Follow JCP: @JCPress on Twitter | JohnsonCityPress on Facebook

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“Most people don’t even realize it says anything unless they’re told. Every week I see people back there posing in front of it, with their car, kids on skateboards, dressed up for proms or dances, all getting their pictures taken. To them and everyone else, it’s just a cool unique painting that brightens up an otherwise drab back row of buildings.” [said Nelson]

Read more: Should Johnson City revise its regulations for murals? | Johnson City Press http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/120090/should-johnson-city-revise-its-regulations-for-murals#ixzz3DbzwMXUj
Follow JCP: @JCPress on Twitter | JohnsonCityPress on Facebook

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Shirt: J.Crew

Skirt: J.Crew

Sneakers: Cynthia Rowley, Belk

Necklace: BluKatDesign (shop) (blog)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn