Weekly Whistle: White T-Shirt and Blue Jeans

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

It’s Wednesday, and y’all know what that means–WEEKLY WHISTLE TIME! Woo hoo!

Since we are all about dressing up the basics this week on VIP, I decided to jazz-up a plain-old pair of blue jeans and a white t-shirt because who said a t-shirt and jeans have to be ordinary and boring *wink* 

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The big inspiration for this week’s outfit of the week is a song by Gaslight Anthem called “Blue Jeans and White T-Shirts”. When I stumbled upon the song, I immediately fell in love with it! The rhythm, the lyrics, the title…it is all amazing, amazing, AHmazing! If I ever produce a movie (a girl can dream, right?),”Blue Jeans and White T-Shirts” will definitely be on the soundtrack because it is just that good. Click play on the video below and then check out the awesome photographs from this week’s Weekly Whistle shoot! Enjoy :)

(Below lyrics from “Blue Jeans and White T-Shirts by Gaslight Anthem)

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We are the boys from Little Eden
We are the heart of Saturday night
We drink from the fountains off the fireworks
Sweat and bone for a better life

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We like our choruses sung together
We like our arms in our brothers’ arms
Call every girl we ever met Maria
But I only love Virginia’s heart

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Still we sing with our heroes, 33 rounds per minute
We’re never going home until the sun says we’re finished
I’ll love you forever if I ever love at all
Wild hearts, blue jeans, & white t-shirts

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Some things baby never told you
Some things papa done ain’t right
Spent a lifetime just to get over
You always said my mama tried

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Still we sing with our heroes, 33 rounds per minute
We’re never going home until the sun says we’re finished
I’ll love you forever if I ever love at all
With wild hearts, blue jeans, & white t-shirts

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So tonight I’ll call you from a 4th Street payphone
We’ll sleep on the beach if we ain’t got a ride
Someday I’ll buy you that house on Cookman
We could sleep on the beach all night

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Sleep on the beach if we ain’t got a ride
Sleep on the beach all night
Sleep on the beach all night
Sleep on the beach if we ain’t got a ride

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Shirt: Target | Jeans: Chip & Pepper, Belk | Pearls: personal vintage collection and Charming Charlie | Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk | Sunglasses: Ralph by Ralph Lauren, Sunglasses Hut

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Black to Basics | Fade the Red Door Black

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

I see a red door, and I want it painted black….what about fade to black? *wink*

For this “Black to Basics” Weekly Whistle, I took some inspiration from The Rolling Stones and Metallica and decided to fade the red door black with a vintage jumpsuit and some killer photos.

So, I am going to jump right to the chase because this Black to Basics ensemble + photo shoot is too cool for chit chat *wink* So turn on some Rolling Stones and/or Metallica and embrace the fabulousness of basic black :)

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Jumpsuit: personal vintage collection

Necklaces: Avon (some vintage ones from my mom)

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Throwback Thursday: Artistic Blogs of the Past

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Hey y’all! 

After I published “Broken Bicycles” yesterday, I could not help but reminisce about some of my favorite artistic photo blogs….Want to Buy 97 Farms, Dirt Road Prayer, Got A Gun, and many more! While flashing back, I also discovered that there were a few pictures that did not make it to the blog…so I am going to share those with y’all TODAY on #ThrowbackThursday! Yep, that’s right…never-before-seen photos from some of the VIP’s most famous artistic photo shoots. *wink*

Now, y’all take a look at the following photos while I load another episode of The X-Files on Netflix *wink*

Want to Buy 97 Farms?

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Dirt Road Prayer

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Got a Gun

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Noteworthy Neon

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Perfect Pearls

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To see other VIP artistic blogs, click HERE.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Home: Blank Canvas Syndrome (Curtain Fest Part 4)

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to VIP Home!

Being the daughter of an artist, I was able to witness blank canvas syndrome first hand. I remember my mom leaving a canvas blank for hours…sometimes days…even weeks! Furniture pieces would sit unfinished in our garage until she had a brilliant idea on how to refinish each of them. At the time, I did not truly understand why the blank canvases were so frustrating to her, and why it was such a struggle to find the inspiration to paint, sketch, or think outside the box to create the unimaginable.

It’s so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.

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Now that I am older, I understand why it was and still is sometimes hard for my mom to depict her inspiration onto a blank canvas because I, too, struggle with taking my scattered ideas and organizing them to “paint my blank canvas”–whether it be styling an artistic photo shoot or an outfit series. Currently, I am having Blank Canvas Syndrome with a room-dividing curtain in my apartment–It is pretty yet boring…It is boundless yet teeming with limitations. It is blank yet full of ideas.
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Speaking of full of ideas…I have had several great ideas–well, ideas that seemed great at the time–that were total epic fails. Bedazzling it, sewing vintage buttons on it, painting it, tie dying it, tea staining it, and the list goes on…but none of those things truly fit my vision for the room-dividing curtain. So, it is still hanging between my kitchen and my closet functioning but not satisfying to the eye. What shall I do to make the curtain more fun and colorful? Hm…I am not quite sure yet…perhaps I need to call in the professional–aka Mom *wink*–to see if she has any ideas on how to spruce up my boring white curtain. Lord knows the last time I did not call her in for help…I painted one wall in my kitchen 1950’s powder pink before I realized it looked…terrible…it looked like a–a–Oh…I will continue about that DIY disaster another day + pictures *wink*
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Do you any ideas on how I can DIY my room-dividing curtain? Comment on this blog post, write a comment on Facebook, or email me your ideas. I would love to hear them!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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