Fabulous Finds Friday: Orange Love

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

While out antique shopping at one of my favorite local stores, I stumbled upon two orange gems and immediately fell in love! Usually, I am a sucker for any and all things blue hued; however, these bright orange pieces just screamed “retro”…and I screamed “yes” *wink*

The handbag is Perry Ellis from, I am assuming, the early 80s based on my little bit of research. And the hat is just old *wink* I can tell it was well-loved and well-worn. It is in great condition with the exception of the brand being worn away. 

So, I grabbed my awesome, hobby-photographer dad and went to downtown Johnson City to take some fabulous photos with this week’s fabulous finds *wink* Enjoy!

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Looking for the outfit details? Click here!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: College Bound + Antique Shopping Exhaustion

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Phew–the past few days have been quite crazy for me! I have been running through my college schedule–literally–trying to find the best routes on how to get from Class A to Class B in a reasonable amount of time…memorizing my Student ID number…and tag number. On top of that, I have been antique shopping in Johnson City and Elizabethton all day in search of items to finish my closet organization–I picked up some super amazing things that I cannot wait to show y’all..so, stay tuned to VIP Home *wink*

Anyway…where was I? Oh, my–today is Wednesday, which means it is time to take a look at the outfit of the week. Now, while y’all check out the photos (taken at Northeast State Community College…Go Bears! *wink*) + the outfit details, I am going to go indulge myself with some homemade gluten-free pizza *wink*

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

Shorts: Target

Shoes: Jessica Simpson, Belk

Necklace: BluKatDesign by Heather O’Cain

Backpack: The North Face, The Summit (Birmingham, AL)

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Want to get this makeup look? Check out yesterday’s Beauty Tues here.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Adventuring in Kingsport and Jonesborough

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Today, the parents and I went adventuring in Kingsport and Jonesborough, Tennessee and concluded the evening with gluten-free pizza on their 1920 wrap-around porch + The Doors via Dad’s Sonos. Needless to say, it has been a delightful day. 

On our adventure, we visited a number of antique stores where I did not find anything particular that struck my fancy; however, my mom lucked up at a Jonesborough antique mart where she found some killer stained glass windows, which were from an old building in Kingsport. Oh, I cannot wait to see what she does with them–she hinted at a few ideas, but said that I would have to stay tuned to her blog–which she is currently revamping–to find out. *wink* I guess I set myself up for that…considering I use that line at least once a week *wink*

Well…readers, I must be going–my new curtains aren’t going to hang themselves! Please enjoy some random photos from today’s journey and stay tuned to VIP Home on Monday for a sneak peek of my marvelous curtains! Tah tah for now! Enjoy the rest of the weekend :)

The theater in Kingsport, Tennessee.
The theater in Kingsport, Tennessee.
Amen.
Amen.
The Kingsport Art Crawl!
The Kingsport Art Crawl!
Life Goal: Design a kitchen around this retro, diner bench! Oh...I think I'm in love *wink*
Life Goal: Design a kitchen around this retro, diner bench! Oh…I think I’m in love *wink*
We stopped to eat lunch at The General Store in Jonesborough, and it was absolutely AMAZING! Next time, I am saving room for hand-dipped ice cream *wink*
We stopped to eat lunch at The General Store in Jonesborough, and it was absolutely AMAZING! Next time, I am saving room for hand-dipped ice cream *wink*
My mom and I being our typical selves--she is throwing a peace sign, and I am...well...being silly as per usual.
My mom and I being our typical selves–she is throwing a peace sign, and I am…well…being silly as usual.
Selfie success! After nine bazillion takes, she finally approved for this one to be on the blog *wink*
Selfie success! After nine bazillion takes, she finally approved for this one to be on the blog *wink*
Christmas in May? Okay.
Christmas in May? Okay.
This sweater was by far the most interesting thing  I found today...and I think it speaks for itself...
This sweater was by far the most interesting thing I found today…and I think it speaks for itself…

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Home: It’s the Little Things…

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to VIP Home!

Today on VIP Home, I would like to chat about trinkets…it’s the little things that make your home truly you…

 I have always loved trinkets. When I was a little kid, I would stare desperately into my grandmother’s curio cabinet wanting to play with the variety of tiny treasures. Sadly, that was frowned upon in that establishment. As Emperor Kuzco said in the Emperor’s New Groove, “No touchy–no touchy!” My goodness, I sure did love that movie when I was younger!

Now that I have my own collection of tschotskes, I fully understand why my grandmother was so protective of her curio cabinet’s precious contents.

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So, what is so special about the record player, green pig, dog, bunny, and owl figurines in the picture above? Well, why don’t I tell y’all!

  • The record player: About two years ago, I bought this Silvertone Solid State Sound Instant Play record player from the cutest little old man EVER at an antique shop in Springville, Alabama. When I saw the turquoise blue and pink, I instantly fell in love. Note to Self:  Get another needle so I can continue to overplay Frank Sinatra’s Come Dance With Me album *wink* Second Note to Self:  Record player needle number is 57-88163. 

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  • The green pig: Ah….my adorable handmade green pig. I got the cute piggy when I interviewed renowned shoe designer Donald J. Pliner at Belk the Summit last year. I was so excited when Donald signed it for me and to me :)

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  • The dog: The dog has no special meaning–I bought it at Trussville Antiques & Interiors for a steal of a deal–$5.00, but come on…look at it–isn’t it too precious! *wink*
  • The bunny: On my 18th birthday, my parents gave me the Peter’s Pottery bunny which represents my “Special Bunny”–the first stuffed animal that my parents gave me. Also, I just really, really love bunnies *wink*

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  • The owl: My owl “piggy bank” was a Christmas gift from my parents, and I absolutely LOVE the colors! It is so inspirational, and I see it playing a huge role in the theme of my future apartment…
Other items noted in photo: Kiss Me Stupid Marilyn Monroe art piece--I picked it up on of my many adventures, and I immediately fell in love with it. The pop art mixed with old Hollywood is fabulous.  The houndstooth table--my mom, an avid artist and upcycler, made this table for me not because I am an Alabama fan but simple because I love the pattern*wink*
Other items noted in photo:
Kiss Me Stupid Marilyn Monroe art piece–I picked it up on one of my many adventures. The pop art mixed with old Hollywood is fabulous.
The houndstooth table–my mom, an avid artist and upcycler, made this table for me not because I am an Alabama fan, but because I love the history of the pattern*wink*
Other items noted in the photo: My personal collection of vintage records--I have picked up the variety of vinyl I have from lots of different antiquing journeys. Oh, how I love my records! The kaleidoscope--It was a gift...and kaleidoscopes are just fun no matter how old you are!
Other items noted in the photo:
My personal collection of vintage records–I have picked up the variety of vinyl I have from lots of different antiquing journeys. Oh, how I love my records!
The kaleidoscope–It was a gift…and kaleidoscopes are fun–no matter how old you are!

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Remember all of the awesome fun the VIP had at the Birmingham Home Show 2013 interviewing celebs Mark Brunetz and Ty Pennington?  Well, the Birmingham Home & Garden Show 2014 is coming up, and the VIP is super pumped about attending and interviewing some of the celeb guests. Get your tickets now and don’t miss out!

For more information about the Birmingham Home & Garden Show 2014, please visit http://www.homeshowbirmingham.com/BHS/EventsHome.aspx.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn