Opening Night of Independent Film La Madame & Road Trip to Mississippi

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Oh, it doesn’t get much better than family and film ♥  

When I made the trip home to Mississippi for the premiere of La Madame, my family and I jammed out to cheesy country songs, ate snacks, and stopped at rest stops across the states. It is always great getting to spend time with family and seeing my grandparents–a break from the dorm life is good every now and again *wink*

S0, without further ado, let’s take a look at the photos from the trip and premiere!

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That moment when everyone (including the dogs) passes out *wink*
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Giant Schnauzer snuggles <3
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Rest stop in Alabama!
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Momma and I love our Paw Riley! Isn’t he precious :)

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Selfie with momma at the premeire!
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Paw Riley and I waiting to get seated at the movie showing in Columbus, Mississippi.
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Love this dog!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Hats Off to the Grad! | The VIP Graduates from Northeast State Community College

 

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The last few weeks have been absolutely CRAZY because of final projects and exams; however, all of the hard work, tears, and late night coffee runs finally paid off! *wink*

Last night, I graduated cum laude with an Associate of Science in Broadcasting from Northeast State Community College, and I am excited to say that PHASE ONE IS COMPLETE! *major happy dance* Phase Two begins in August at Emory & Henry College….How does that make you feel, Abby? Excited, nervous, and slightly freaked out–all at the same time *wink* 

Now, that’s enough college talk–let’s talk about fashion *wink* 

Last night, I sported a killer straight-line denim dress to my graduation with nude stilettos and LOTS OF SPARKLE! Check out the photos below + get the outfit details (psstt! I also wore it another way here! Do I sense a Three Ways to Wear coming on? *wink*) 

P.S. To see more photos of my graduation + learn more about my transferring journey, click here

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Dress: Forever 21

Bling: special thanks to Mom’s closet *wink*

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk

The Playoffs | A Spring Fashion Experience at ETSU by Montess Burt

IMG_0994Last night, my fabulous friend Montess Burt of MLBe Talent put on a spring fashion experience at the East Tennessee State University D.P. Culp Ballroom called The Playoffs, sponsored by the ETSU Black Affairs Association. Featuring hot name brands like Buckle, Victoria’s Secret, Charlotte Russe, and JCPenney and independent designers such as Jones’n (Chicago, IL), Tom Edna, Orshads Customs, and FaceLife–The Playoffs was an unforgettable runway show that rocked Johnson City, Tennessee!

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The creator of the fashion show Montess Burt has put together nine runways over the past few years, and he is currently working on establishing his talent agency, MLBe Talent. During the final walk at the show, Montess stated, “Y’all know what I say about fashion–It’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it….MLBe is my initials; however, the ‘Be’ at the end is all about how you can ‘Be’ anything. And that’s one thing I really try to tell people when it comes to expression and fashion and talent.”

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During my time at Northeast State, I have gotten to know Montess well, and he is such an inspirational person with a burning passion inside his heart. He is always pursuing and achieving big dreams and goals. Congrats on an amazing show, Monie!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Scrapbook: Gabe’s Grand Opening in Johnson City, TN

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Over the weekend, I attended the fabulous grand opening of Gabe’s (Gabriel Brothers Inc) in Johnson City, Tennessee. I had never stepped foot in a Gabe’s store before Saturday, and let me tell y’all–it was truly an awesome and deal-striken adventure! AHH! And it was such an unbelievable experience that I am going to share it with y’all in this special edition of the VIP Scrapbook. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the scrapbook *wink*

Gabe's in Johnson City has such a HUGE selection of awesome clothing brands! From Cato to Cynthia Rowley and every brand in between, Gabe's does not disappoint when it comes to finding lovely fashions for a lovely price!
Gabe’s in Johnson City has such a HUGE selection of awesome clothing brands! From Cato to Cynthia Rowley and every brand in between, Gabe’s does not disappoint when it comes to finding lovely fashions for a lovely price!
SHOES! SHOES! SHOES! Gabe's has so many fabulous shoes I didn't know what to do with myself *wink* To be honest, I was more impressed with the selection and variety at Gabe's than that of Marshall's and TJMaxx.
SHOES! SHOES! SHOES! Gabe’s has so many fabulous shoes I didn’t know what to do with myself *wink* To be honest, I was more impressed with the selection and variety at Gabe’s than that of Marshall’s and TJMaxx–and believe me…that is saying a lot *wink*
Which one will the VIP fall head over HEELS for? *wink*
Which one will the VIP fall head over HEELS for? *wink*
Did you know that Gabe's also has a FREE rewards card? Unlike a lot of stores, Gabe's Club Happy program rewards you with one point for each dollar you spend. After reaching 50 points, you receive a $5 off a $25 or more purchase. Talk about a way to reward a shopaholic *wink*
Did you know that Gabe’s also has a FREE rewards card? Unlike a lot of stores, Gabe’s Club Happy program rewards you with one point for each dollar you spend. After reaching 50 points, you receive $5 off a $25 or more purchase. Talk about a way to reward a shopaholic *wink*
And yes...of course...the VIP had to sign up for the rewards card! I'm so happy to be a part of Club Happy *wink*
And yes…of course…the VIP had to sign up for the rewards card! I’m so happy to be a part of Club Happy *wink*
Now--clothes and shoes aside...Gabe's has a totally amazing selection of top brand handbags! I loved this red, black and leopard one <3
Now–clothes and shoes aside…Gabe’s has a totally amazing selection of top brand handbags! I loved this red, black and leopard one <3
The VIP, aka THE extreme purse addict, trying to make a handbag decision . Be sure to come back Wednesday to see which one was the lucky winner *wink*
The VIP, aka THE Extreme Purse Addict, trying to make a handbag decision . Be sure to come back Wednesday to see which one was the lucky winner *wink*
The VIP and her fabulous mom shopping at the grand opening.
The VIP and her fabulous mom shopping at the grand opening.

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So many great items for such great prices! How is a girl supposed to choose?! *wink*
So many great items for such great prices! How is a girl supposed to choose?! *wink*
Two of the wonderful items I snagged at Gabe's. I don't want to spill the beans on the outfit ideas just yet--y'all will have to come back on Thursday to see *wink* Now, what I will tell you is that these two items were only about $25! You can't get a trendy blazer and printed shorts at the average department store for that kind of price!
Two of the wonderful items I snagged at Gabe’s. I don’t want to spill the beans on the outfit ideas just yet–y’all will have to come back on Thursday to see *wink* Now, what I will tell you is that these two items were only about $25! You can’t get a trendy blazer and printed shorts at the average department store for that kind of price!
In addition to Gabe's having men, women, and children's fashions + home decor--they also have some pretty delicious snackies for great deals! I got these cheese puffs for $3.00, and just to show y'all how huge the bag is...I had to take this picture *wink* Hi, my name is Abby Hathorn, and I am a purse and cheese puff addict *wink*
In addition to Gabe’s having men’s, women’s, and children’s fashions + home decor–they also have some pretty delicious snackies for great deals! I got these cheese puffs for $3.00, and just to show y’all how huge the bag is…I had to take this picture *wink* Hi, my name is Abby Hathorn, and I am a purse and cheese puff addict *wink*

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Be sure to stay tuned this week for more Gabe’s blogs like the steal-of-a-deal I got on a Isaac Mizrahi handbag + Three Ways to Wear the Deals You Find at Gabe’s! It’s going to be FAB-U-LOUS!

Connect with Gabe’s on Facebook here + learn more on their website.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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