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

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Weekly Whistle: American Flags, Picnics and Watermelons

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Hello, fabulouses! Tomorrow is Independence Day, and I absolutely cannot wait to celebrate with red, white, and blue patriot pride.  So, grab your red shorts, navy blue blouse, and white wedges–oh, and do not forget your snazzy red lipstick–and join me for the VIP’s favorite outfit of the week.  Now,  let us get this Weekly Whistle going because it is almost time to wave your American flags, enjoy a family picnic at the park, munch on juicy watermelons, and of course, watch fabulous fireworks!

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Blouse: Belk

Shorts: Personal Vintage Collection

Shoes: Jessica Simpson

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Check out my latest Real Story Publishing article about How to Survive Family Holidays: http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/07/03/the-adventures-of-the-vip-how-to-survive-family-holidays/

Y’all have a fabulous Fourth of July celebration and come back tomorrow for a fun and fabulous VIP blog post!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Sweet Tea, Stranger, & John Lennon

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This week’s Weekly Whistle title was a  struggle.  98.79% of the time I believe that I come up with clever titles.  Frustrated and suffering from writer’s block–I grabbed my sunglasses and a glass of Milo’s sweet tea and went outside to lounge by the pool.

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After an hour and almost falling asleep, the title came to me!  I remembered a comment a nice stranger (not stranger danger–don’t worry, mom!) said to me–“I love your sunnies! Very John Lennon.”  To which I replied, “Thanks so much!” and then continued to walk to my car…thankful that I was not recognized as “The VIP”.  Who would have thought that sunburn and sunglasses would make such a great disguise?  Anyway…long story short, that comment from the lovely stranger inspired today’s title.  Thank you, kind stranger!

Now, that is enough chatting and story telling! It is time to see what the VIP’s outfit of the week is–Come on, fashionistas!

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Top: American Apparel (Atlanta, Georgia)

Skirt: personal vintage collection

Shoes: Vans, VIP DIY

Earrings: StephieGknits by Stephanie Grantham

Sunglasses: Ray Ban (polarized), Sunglasses Hut

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Check out more of my writings and photo shoot styling here:

Real Media: The Adventures of the VIP–Top Picks of Summer & Day Dreaming of Tom Cruisehttp://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/05/29/the-adventures-of-the-vip-top-picks-of-summer-and-daydreams-of-tom-cruise/

Town and Gown Magazine May Issue: http://issuu.com/townandgownmagazine/docs/may

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Memorial Day 2013

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Today is the beloved day we all call Memorial Day. The day where we should be remembering the fallen and honoring the true American heroes.  Have we stayed true to the real meaning of Memorial Day? That is my question.

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I was in a hurry on my way home yesterday when I passed by an elderly man on the side of the road holding a cardboard sign that read, “Hungry homeless veteran soldier”.  I nearly burst into tears…All I could think about was why was that soldier homeless? Where is the love?  Why have so many veterans been ignored…pushed to the side…and forgotten?

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It seems that in the hustle and bustle of our busy lives that we forget those who served our country…we forget those who jeopardized their lives to protect our freedom…we forget how many good men and women lost their lives defending our nation…BUT today, let us remember them.  Let us remember the heroic men and women who have fallen in the line of duty.  Let us be thankful for our amazing armed forces and praise them for their brave actions.  Let us stay true to the real meaning of Memorial Day.

To learn about the history of Memorial Day, check out my latest Real Media article.

Real Media: The Adventures of the VIP: Memorial Day History in a Large, Medium, and Small Nutshell–http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/05/22/the-adventures-of-the-vip-memorial-day-history-and-fashion-in-a-large-medium-and-small-nutshell/

Ring: StephieGknits by Stephanie Grantham
Ring: StephieGknits by Stephanie Grantham

Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day, y’all!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn