VIP Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2015

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome to the VIP blog!

For this week’s Monday post, I have decided to get into the holiday spirit by knocking out some online holiday shopping before the post office gets too crazy + really don’t like camping out on my front porch in the snow waiting on packages to arrive right before Christmas *wink* #KnowWhatImSayin’ *cue Scotty P from Meet the Millers*

Now, without further ado and movie-clip distractions, here are some awesome handmade picks from some of my favorite artisans. Dear, Santa–take notes *wink*

Nest Pretty Things–this handmade pendant is absolutely to-die-for! Perfect gift for a fashionable friend or mom :) Click here to shop.

Luke & Lyla Designs–How precious is this stacker set from L&L Designs?! There are so many stacks and so many different colors! Shop here for your bestie, mom, and co-workers!

Bright Eyed Lucy–Who wouldn’t want to unwrap this awesome, original art piece?! Not only is it fabulous, but it is also motivational :) Shop it here.
Caroline Randall Made–Treat yo self and a friend by gifting a fabulous friend one of these sweet, personalized tumblers! Shop here.
LaBellaBottega13–Hello, wrap bracelet! Love, love, love this handmade goody! Shop it here.
Lather & Stich–OMG. I need this slouchy hat in my life, and I bet your besties would love it too *wink* Click here to shop.
Beadsoul–How amazing are these handmade earrings? They would match EVERYTHING…dressy OR casual! Shop here.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Home: Sweater Weather

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Ahh….It truly feels like sweater weather now, y’all! The temps are getting chillier and chillier by the day, and even though I am a little disgruntled about the snow to come…I am head-over-heels for all the spectacular sweaters! Getting our wardrobe sweater weather ready is easy enough; however, what about the home?

WELL….lucky for you, the VIP is here to help *wink* This week’s fabulous VIP Home blog is ALL about sweater weather for the home because who doesn’t want to be super cozy and sweater-tacular inside and outside *wink* Check out the inspiration board below + the Etsy links for some awesome Sweater Weather inspiration and finds for the home :)

Sweater Weather for the Home

Knit blanket
northstyle.com

Jaipur chevron blanket
blisshomeanddesign.com

Blanket
fab.com

Pottery Barn round plate
potterybarn.com

Retro lunch box
fishseddy.com

Polyester throw pillow
mytwodesigners.com
Love this sweet, handmade sweater weather goody on Etsy by Flower Child Shoppe!
Sweater weather candle? YES! Please! Click here to shop this awesome soy candle + more!
AHH! Love, love, love this ceramic mug! Check it out here.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Home: Happy November! Bring on the Thanksgiving Decor!

Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

This week on VIP Home, I want to ring in the new month with some fabulous decor ideas because November is the best month *wink* Why is that, you ask? Well–not only is there Thanksgiving dinner with delicious pies…BUT it is also MY birthday month! *happy dance* 

Just because Halloween is over DOES NOT MEAN that you immediately have to pitch up the tree and kick on the Christmas tunes! Let’s give the cartoon turkeys and pumpkins a chance before Santa and snowmen stroll into the picture *wink* So, I went to Pinterest in search of some Thanksgiving decor ideas for inside and outside the home, and to my surprise, I actually found some pretty doable things! You know how Pinterest is–it is either a win or an epic fail *wink*

Now, without further ado, take a look at some of my favorite picks + check out the rest of my November Decor Pinterest Board to get EVEN MORE inspiration for dazzling up your home for fall! 

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Home: Etsy Top Picks | fall 2015 edition

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Ahh–it’s Monday, and the weather outside is truly delightful! Typing this blog outside on a blanket has me craving some fall top picks *wink* SO…for this week’s VIP Home, I scoured the Etsy world in search of five top picks to be the lucky features for this year’s VIP Etsy Top Picks: Fall Edition! 

Now, without further ado, take a look at these 5 awesome shops + my favorite of their fall listings. *yawn* I think I am going to take a nap in the yard now–or walk down to Starbucks for an afternoon pick-me-up *wink*.

YUM! Doesn’t this candle just scream FALL! Not to mention the warning label is pretty cute *wink* Check out Etta Arlene here to see what other awesome soy wax candles she has for fall! 
OMG! I am so in love with this handmade, ceramic pumpkin! Not only is it a wonderful piece of art, but it is also made in one of my FAVORITE CITIES EVER–New Orleans! Check out Hurricane Pottery here + see what other awesome pieces are avaliable for purchase.
This snazzy, hand-lettered canvas is perfect for fall + year-round! We all need a little reminder every now and again to give thanks, so why not let our reminder be handmade?! *wink* Check out ADE Prints here on Etsy.
I don’t think I have to explain why these painted Mason Jars are awesome *wink* BUT the neutral hues makes them perfect for fall and every season in between! Check out BeachBlues on Etsy here.
And…last but not least–who doesn’t love a hand-painted pumpkin mug?! Click here to visit MaBelleViolet’s shop + see the other awesome hand-painted goodies she has!

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Share your favorite fall Etsy finds with us on Facebook here!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Home: Fall Must-Haves for the Home + a Baking Extra

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

AHH! Can you believe it–fall is just 2 days away! So, we have no time to lollygag getting our homes (and wardrobes) in line for the new season (and arguably the best season *wink*). 

So, for this week’s VIP Home, I have compiled a list of fall must-haves for the home. I went shopping recently, and saw lots of the things below in multiple stores like TJMaxx, Marshalls, Target, and Home Goods, so it should not be too hard for you, readers, to find them either *wink* Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at this week’s VIP Home post!

Note: keep scrolling past the must-have board to see a baking extra *wink*

fall must-haves for the home

Flower wreath
etsy.com

Wooden wall art
target.com

Leaf home decor
kirklands.com

Orange home decor
kirklands.com

Autumn candle
kirklands.com

Recently, I baked this AHmazing gluten-free, chocolate rum cake for a dinner at my parent's place. I have always loved baking, and when I was diagnosed with Celiac about two years ago...I didn't know how I was ever going to manage it. With all the complicated flours and special recipe conversions--I let a hobby slip through my fingers. It wasn't until recently that I discovered the easy and delicious way to make gluten-free desserts. So, coming in October, the VIP will have a gluten-free baking blog once a month showing each of you how you can make yummy gluten free goodies for yourself and family! Whether you are Celiac or just joining the gluten-free bandwagon for the health benefits, the recipes will be for you :) Please send in your baking suggestions for October here.
Recently, I baked this AHmazing gluten-free, chocolate rum cake for a dinner at my parent’s place. I have always loved baking, and when I was diagnosed with Celiac about two years ago…I didn’t know how I was ever going to manage it. With all the complicated flours and special recipe conversions–I let a hobby slip through my fingers. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered the easy and delicious way to make gluten-free desserts. So, coming in October, the VIP will have a gluten-free baking blog once a month showing each of you how you can make yummy gluten-free goodies for yourself and family! Whether you are Celiac or just joining the gluten-free bandwagon for the health benefits, the VIP recipes will be for you :) Please send in your baking suggestions for October here.
Blooper from my photoshoot last week. *wink*
Blooper from my photoshoot last week. *wink*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn