Weekly Whistle: Guns N’ Roses + Vintage

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Whoo hoo! It’s Wednesday, which means it is time to reveal this week’s Weekly Whistle outfit! So, let’s jump right in, y’all! 

For this week’s OOTW, I paired one of my favorite oversized sweatshirts with a vintage suit-separate skirt I got from my mom. The juxtaposition of casual slouch with business prep creates a funky and comfortable ensemble perfect for running errands and getting work done–in style, of course *wink* For the accessories, I kept it basic with a big, bronzey-gold cuff from Southeastern Salvage. To add a bit of spunk, I finished off this outfit with stately Jessica Simpson wedges. 

After you check out this outfit, be sure to check out the other outfit combo ideas at the bottom + a direct picture link to shop the Guns N’ Roses sweatshirt! Ah! The internet is so cool sometimes *wink*

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Sweatshirt: Wet Seal (Similar one below from Forever 21)

Skirt: vintage, thanks mom *wink*

Wedges: Jessica Simpson, Belk

Wrist Cuff: Southeastern Salvage (Irondale, AL)

Nail Polish: It’s handmade! Check out the blog about it here.

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Other Combo Ideas

See it. Love it. Shop it.

River Island sweat shirt
$19 – riverisland.com

Carvela studded sandals
$110 – selfridges.com

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Sweet Home Alabama + Fab Giveaways

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

This week on VIP Home, I am taking a break from chatting about my home to talk about a place that will always be home–sweet home Alabama. *Cue Lynyrd Skynyrd* Sweet home Alabama. Where the skies are so blue! Sweet Home Alabama. Lord, I’m coming home to you!… Sweet home Alabama! Where the skies are so blue! Sweet Home Alabama. Lord, I’m coming home to you! Here I come Alabama…  

Throw back to when the family and I visited the USS Alabama--this was totally fabulous! I think I am going to go nag my dad to go back soon *wink*
Throw back to when the family and I visited the USS Alabama Battleship.  I was totally rockin’ those Birki’s *wink* Learn more + plan your visit to the USS Alabama here: www.ussalabama.com
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My grandmother and her family are from Alabama…my parents married in Alabama…I met the band members of Lynyrd Skynyrd as a kid while vacationing in Alabama–and I even had the great pleasure of living in The Magic City for a few years. No matter where I may roam, I will always see Alabama as home sweet home.  So, when the Alabama Tourism Department reached out to me about their fabulous Alabama Road Trip giveaway–I just knew that I had to share it with y’all!

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The Alabama Tourism Department has recently announced a six-week Road Trip Giveaway with chances to win travel packages to Gulf Shores, Mobile, Huntsville, the Shoals, Birmingham and Montgomery.  The winner of the grand prize will get to plan their own customized Alabama Road Trip–how cool is that?! “This road trip promotion is designed to highlight the variety of travel experiences available in Alabama,” says state tourism director Lee Sentell. “There is something for everyone, from a gulf coast beach vacation, to playing on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, to fine dining in Birmingham, to trips to North Alabama for the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville and tours of the recording studios in Muscle Shoals.” Prize package descriptions, complete rules and instructions on entering are available at www.roadtripgiveaway.com To learn more about Alabama Road Trips, visit www.alabama.travel or download the Alabama Road Trips app, available on iTunes or the Google Play Store.

To see the list of weekly giveaways + details please click here.

The infamous booty of Vulcan. If you have not visited Vulcan in Birmingham, AL...I highly encourage you too! It is a fabulous experience.
The famous booty of Vulcan. If you have not visited Vulcan in Birmingham, AL…I totally recommend that you add it to your bucket list of places to visit before you die! Plan your visit to Vulcan here: www.visitvulcan.com

In addition to the awesome giveaways the Alabama Tourism Department is hosting, the VIP is also hosting three super fabulous giveaways which will include rockin’ merchandise from all over the state of Alabama! Check out the photos below for the details :)

First Giveaway (currently running): Enter to win this sweet prize on the VIP Facebook page NOW. Click the following mobile friendly link to enter: http://tinyurl.com/mhzhqn9
First Giveaway (currently running): Enter to win this sweet prize on the VIP Facebook page NOW. Click the following mobile-friendly link to enter: http://tinyurl.com/mhzhqn9
Second Giveaway: If you love food as much as this Southern gal...then you will DEFINITELY want to enter this Alabama swag bag giveaway! Stay tuned to the VIP Facebook page for this giveaway to be announced.
Second Giveaway: If you love food as much as this Southern gal…then you will DEFINITELY want to enter this Alabama swag bag giveaway! Stay tuned to the VIP Facebook page for more details and start time.
Third Giveaway: Sh...this one is a surprise! Y'all should have known that I was going to throw a surprise goody bag in there somewhere *wink* Stay tuned to the VIP Facebook page for the date of this giveaway to be announced.
Third Giveaway: Sh…this one is a surprise! Y’all should have known that I was going to throw a surprise goody bag in there somewhere *wink* Stay tuned to the VIP Facebook page for the date of this giveaway to be announced.
My being interviewed at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens by writer and The Cobalt Club blogger Buddy Roberts.
My being interviewed at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens by writer and The Cobalt Club blogger Buddy Roberts. AND no…we did not coordinate our outfits *wink*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: College Orientation Outfit + Beauty Giveaway

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Yesterday, I attended freshman orientation at Northeast State Community College in Blountville, Tennessee, and it was absolutely amazing! I got my fall term schedule…my student ID…and a microwave from my mom and dad for tackling orientation sans parents.

The Northeast State Blountville campus is so beautiful and  full of wonderful professors + it has a killer Mass Communications and Theater department…the more I talk about it, the more excited I become. Whoo hoo–E! News or Vogue here I come *wink* 

Okay, that is enough college chat–there will be plenty of time for that once fall term rolls around *wink* Now, let’s take a look at the outfit details about what I wore to college orientation + why it works. 

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Blouse: Deep South Pout

Shorts: J.Crew, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Belt: American Eagle

Sandals: Born, DSW (Birmingham, Alabama)

Why it works:

This outfit worked perfectly for college orientation because it was comfy yet totally cute. I could have worn Nike shorts and a tank top and would have been comfortable, BUT I wanted to make a fashionable impression. And what better way is there to do that than by dressing cutely in bright hues! *wink*

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 WAIT BEFORE YOU GO! 

Guess what?! The VIP has a spectacular surprise beauty giveaway happening RIGHT NOW on the VIP Facebook page! Click here for more details and to enter! Good luck!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Three Ways To Wear Thursday: Floral Coral

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome to the first ever Three Ways to Wear Thursday! Whoo hoo!

To kick off the first TWTWT (funny how that worked out to be a pattern *giggle*), I decided to style three different looks with one of my favorite skirts EVER–my floral coral skirt from Molly Green Boutique in Birmingham, Alabama.

So…how many different ways can you really wear a statement-worthy skirt like this floral coral one? More times than I can count–no, really! I have worn this particular skirt several, several times on the blog in the past…click here to see…and right NOW I am going to show y’all three NEW ways to wear it. Ahh! How fabulous is that?!

Way 1:

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Button Front: J.Crew, The Outlet Shops of Grand River(Featured on the 30 Day J.Crew Challenge)

Skirt: Molly Green Boutique

Heels: Target

Way 2:

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Tank: Delia’s

Vest: VIP DIY

Skirt: Molly Green Boutique

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk

Way 3:

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T-shirt: Old Navy

Skirt: Molly Green Boutique

Sneakers: Keds, Belk

Earrings: Beverly’s Basket (Louisville, MS)

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Do you have a favorite skirt? If so, where did you get it? Give the VIP all the details–comment on this blog post or post a picture + caption to the VIP Facebook page here. I cannot wait to see what fabulous skirts y’all will share!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Sail Away with Me

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

For this week’s Weekly Whistle, I took a little inspiration from a song I heard on Pandora a bit ago…Sail Away by David Gray. It is a phenomenal song with a chill vibe–the VIP gives David Gray and his song two thumbs up! *two thumbs up*

Now, take a look at the artsy, fabulous photos from a recent shoot in my hometown of Louisville, Mississippi intertwined with the lyrics, and let me know what y’all think!

*Outfit details will be listed at the bottom of this post–be sure to check them out to discover what wonderful jewelry artisan made my necklace *wink*

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Sail Away by David Gray

Sail away with me, honey
I put my heart in your hands
Sail away with me, honey, now, now, now
Sail away with me
What will be will be
I wanna hold you now

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Crazy skies all wild above me now
Winter howling at my face
And everything I held so dear
Disappeared without a trace
Oh, all the times I’ve tasted love
Never knew quite what I had
Little Darling, if you hear me now
Never needed you so bad
Spinning round inside my head

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I put my heart in your hands
Sail away with me, honey, now, now, now
Sail away with me
What will be will be
I wanna hold you now
IMG_5253I’ve been talking drunken gibberish
Falling in and out of bars
Trying to get some explanation here
For the way some people are
How did it ever come so far
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I put my heart in your hands
Sail away with me, honey, now, now, now
Sail away with me
What will be will be
I wanna hold you now
Sail away with me honey
I put my heart in your hands
Sail away with me, honey, now, now, now
Sail away with me
What will be will be
I wanna hold you now

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T-shirt: The Home T, South Boutique (Trussville, AL)

Skirt: South Boutique (Trussville, AL)

Necklace: Sparkle Cat Studio by Stephanie Grantham

Heels: Steve Madden, Belk

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn