Ringing in the New Year | Hello, 2016!

Happy New Year

HAPPY (almost) NEW YEAR, Y’ALL!

Oh, my my my! I can hardly believe it–2015 is almost over, and we are all getting ready to ring in 2016! Goodness gracious! It feels like just yesterday we were watching the ball drop for 2015! Hmm…I guess the old cliche is true–time really does fly when you’re having fun! *wink*

2015 has been an awesome year–one for the books! The year has been jam-packed with lots of awesome things (and some not-so-awesome things) that have helped fill the pages of my imaginary scrapbook *wink* From interviewing The Beekman Boys and John & Whitney Spinks to getting accepted (with a transfer scholarship) to Emory & Henry College, I am excited to say that 2015 has been a good year on and off the VIP blog!

Sure–there are always hiccups and bumps in the road, but it’s important not to dwell on the negatives because, after all, it is (almost) a new year! We have new and exciting and positively wonderful things to look forward to, and we don’t need to focus on the not-so-great things like unfortunate fender benders, slacking on social media promotions, and how the weather is like a guy in a Katy Perry song *cue Hot n Cold*

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Now, to ring in the brand new year, what do y’all say we review the most popular and most fabulous VIP posts of 2015?! DJ–hit the music *wink*

Most-viewed posts of 2015–

1. Modeling Shoot: The Modern Day Jack & Diane

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2. VIP Interview: John & Whitney Spinks of HGTV’s Flipping the Block

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3. VIP Home: Color-Staining Concrete Pavers (DIY Patio Project)

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4. Weekly Whistle: Dreaming of a Safari Adventure

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5. Weekly Whistle: A Southern Belle in the Snow

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In other 2015 news…

 In addition to some awesome blog posts + interviews, I had the opportunity to interview Tracie Potts from NBC on my college’s student-produced television series Direction: Northeast. (I did several more of these interviews, but they are not avaliable on YouTube yet…So y’all will just have to wait to watch until 2016 *wink*)

As mentioned earlier in this re-cap blog post, I was also admitted into Emory & Henry College for my junior year! Goodness–I can’t believe that I will be graduating with my Associate of Science Degree in Broadcasting in May from Northeast State Community College! *happy dance*

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Oh–and how can I forget…I TURNED 20! *I may be two decades old, but I wish I still had the responsibilities of a 10 year old *wink*

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ALSO in 2015, this blonde experimented with hair color! Remember that time I was a temporary ginger *wink*

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AND LAST but definitely not least, in 2015 I started a new creative journey by hand-making bracelets and selling them on Etsy! Please give my shop BlueGrits a view or two and shop around :) Click the banner to shop.

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Now, I will say good-bye until next year *wink* I hope all of you have a fabulously fun and safe New Years celebration! :)

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

What I Wore & Where (Weekly Whistle Edition): LFW 2014 VIP Party

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

For this week’s Weekly Whistle, I am going to show off the outfit I wore to the Local Fashion Advantage VIP Party. Whoo hoo!

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I totally channeled my inner Cheetah Girl with a cheetahlicious blouse from Express to create this outfit! Oh, saying “cheetahlicious” sure does make me miss good Disney movies! Hm…after posting this blog I think I am going to find my old Cheetah Girl CD’s and jam out while folding laundry *wink* We make up one big family, though we don’t look the same. Our spots are different–different colors. We make each other stronger–that ain’t ever gonna change. We’re cheetah girls, cheetah sisters! (Cheetah Sisters, 2003)

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Blouse: Express, Johnson City Mall

Skirt: Anthropologie

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk (Johnson City Mall)

Necklace: Handmade by Heather O’Cain of BluKatDesign

Mom and I once again attempted (and failed) at taking a serious selfie before heading out to the LFA VIP Party *wink*
Mom and I once again attempted (and failed) at taking a serious selfie before heading out to the LFA VIP Party *wink*
BLOOPER: Even the most fabulous people have bloopers *wink* P.S. I am not really sure what my friend Cameron Hinkle (model & photographer) and I are doing in this blooper shot *wink*
BLOOPER: Even the most fabulous people have bloopers *wink* P.S. I am not really sure what my friend Cameron Hinkle (model & photographer) and I are doing in this blooper shot *wink*
Cameron and the VIP looking fabulous at the VIP Party.
Cameron and the VIP looking fabulous at the VIP Party.
The awesome band "Class Reunion" playing live at the LFA VIP Party.
The awesome band “Class Reunion” playing live at the LFA VIP Party.
The VIP with NYC designer and Mississippi native Hilton Hollis at the LFA VIP Party.
The VIP with NYC designer and Mississippi native Hilton Hollis at the LFA VIP Party.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Local Fashion Advantage Hilton Hollis Runway 2013

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Hello, my fabulouses! This week’s Weekly Whistle is super special because it includes a precious fashion designer friend of mine, Hilton Hollis.  I attended his Local Fashion Advantage event in Carthage, Mississippi which benefited The Leake County Foundation and The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi.

Shhhh….no more chit chat about the event! I do not want to spoil all of my blogging fun for the VIP event coverage of the Local Fashion Advantage…so, today, y’all just get to see what darling royal blue dress I sported. Without further ado, let us see what the VIP’s outfit of the week is!

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Cameron Hinkle and I looking absolutely fabulous at the Local Fashion Advantage event in Carthage, Mississippi!
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Renowned fashion designer and the VIP at his Local Fashion Advantage event in Carthage, Mississippi.

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Dress: Tahari, Belk

Shoes: Carlos Santana, Belk

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn