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To celebrate the 200th VIP blog post, I would like to share with y’all the awesome artistic photos my photographer took on one of the many rainy days we have had here in Alabama. Thankfully, no cameras were harmed in the taking of these photographs. Enjoy the art!

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“Songs About Rain”

by Gary Allen

Well, this town has closed down way too early,
And there’s nothin’ to do.
So I’m drivin,’ around in circles, and I’m thinkin’ about you.
Today, I heard you got a new last name,
Sure didn’t know it was gonna’ hit me this way,
And the radio just keeps playin’ all these songs about rain.

Now there’s all kinda’ songs about babies and love that goes right,
But for some unknown reason, nobody wants to play them tonight,
Hey, I hope it’s sunny wherever you are,
But that’s sure not the picture tonight in my car,
And it sure ain’t easin’ my pain, all these songs like,

Rainy Night in Georgia, Kentucky Rain.
Here comes that rainy day feelin’ again,
Blue eyes cryin’ in the early mornin’ rain,
They go on and on, and there’s no two the same.
Oh, it would be easy to blame all these songs about rain.

Well, I thought I was over you ,
But I guess maybe I’m not.
‘Cause when I let you go looks like lonely is all that I got,
Guess I’ll never know what could have been,
Sure ain’t helpin’ this mood that I’m in,
If they’re gonna keep on playin’ these songs like,

Rainy Night in Georgia, Kentucky Rain,
Here comes that rainy day feelin’ again,
Blue eyes cryin’ in the early mornin’ rain,
They go on and on,
There’s no two the same,
Oh, how I wish I could blame all these songs about rain

Rainy Night in Georgia, Kentucky Rain,
Here comes that rainy day feelin’ again,
Blue eyes cryin’ in the early mornin’ rain,
They go on and on,
There’s no two the same

Rainy Night in Georgia, Kentucky Rain,
Here comes that rainy day feelin’ again,
Blue eyes cryin’ in the early mornin’ rain,
They go on and on,
There’s no two the same.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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Photo Shoot with Country Music Singer Trip Richmond

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Hello, my fabulouses! I just have to share with y’all the stunning photo shoot I had with country music sensation Trip Richmond. Currently touring the Texas radio circuit with his Southern Gothic Creations team, Trip is wowing listeners across the state with his rocking new single “Not Here Tonight”.

To see the VIP Interview with Trip Richmond and hear a sneak peek of his single “Not Here Tonight”, please click here.

To purchase Trip Richmond merchandise, click here.

Like Trip Richmond’s new Facebook to keep up with the latest tour date information, merchandise updates, and more! Click here.

Now, without further ado, I present to you the magnificent photo shoot with country singer Trip Richmond! Oh, and of course, I will be telling my fabulouses what I sported to said shoot! ;)

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What the VIP Wore:

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Shirt: Yuengling Brewery, Pottsville, PA

Skirt: three07

Shoes: Gus Mayer

Earrings: Hearts of Stone Jewelry by Rachel Leathers

Here is a delightfully hilarious blooper for your enjoyment. :)
Here is a delightfully hilarious blooper for your enjoyment. :)

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To see more pictures from the photo shoot with Trip Richmond, please stay tuned to the new Trip Richmond Facebook page here!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Interview: Country Music Star Trip Richmond

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Trip Richmond and Abby Hathorn after his rocking performance at The Bank.

Trip Richmond is a country singing star who is taking the music world by storm!  Trip’s passion for music and diverse influences make his style stand out among other artists. Personally, I have never been a huge fan of country, but Trip Richmond’s tunes changed by opinion of the genre. After listening to his hot new single “Not Here Tonight”, my impression of country music was forever changed…for the better.  If Trip’s Mississippi twang and heartfelt lyrics can make the VIP get up and dance, I know that  he will be perfect for any music fan’s day-to-day playlist.

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Trip Richmond singing at The Bank in Pheba, Mississippi as the legendary Jerry Masters rocks out on the bass guitar.

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Trip has been writing and preforming songs for over a decade, and he has skillfully mastered incorporating the hardships of his past into his lyrics. “I consider my songs my babies, as most artists do,” says Richmond. “For folks who are trying to do what I do…you got to keep going, man. It can’t be about the money…it’s got to be about the song.”

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(From left to right) Joseph St. John (founder and music manager of Southern Gothic Creations), Trip Richmond, Abby Hathorn, Jerry Masters (legendary music engineer, author, and bassist) and wife Jan Masters, Sandra Lee Barnes, Joey Morgan (owner of The Bank in Pheba, Mississippi), and Laura Todd at Trip Richmond’s performance at The Bank.

Trip Richmond is ready to kick off his tour of the Texas radio circuit with his hot new single “Not Here Tonight”, which will be available for online purchase soon.

Available to purchase now on iTunes–Trip Richmond’s single “I Don’t Need This” .

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Watch the VIP’s interview with Trip Richmond by clicking here.

(From Left to Right) Chuck Baker, no name, Elton Charles (touring drumest), Trip Richmond, Abby Hathorn, and Joseph St. John at The Bank in Pheba, Mississippi.
(From Left to Right) Chuck Baker, stand-in guitarist, Elton Charles (touring drummist), Trip Richmond, Abby Hathorn, and Joseph St. John at The Bank in Pheba, Mississippi.
Elton Charles on drums, the legendary Jerry Masters on bass, and Trip Richmond singing vocals at The Bank in Pheba, Mississippi.
Elton Charles on drums, the legendary Jerry Masters on bass, and Trip Richmond singing vocals at The Bank in Pheba, Mississippi.

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Be sure to like Trip Richmond on Facebook to keep up with upcoming events and new music info!

Click here to like the Trip Richmond Facebook page.

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Visit the VIP Facebook page for more photos from Trip Richmond’s performance at The Bank in Pheba, Mississippi.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Interview: Rhonda Spruce of The Crystal Heart Factory

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Hello, hello, hello, fashionistas! Today on the Vintage Inspired Passionista blog, I am going to share a fabulous interview with the owner of The Crystal Heart Factory, Rhonda Spruce! “I take great pride in designing and creating new items and providing a quality piece of jewelry for new and existing customers,” says spectacular jewelry designer, Rhonda Spruce. So, without further ado, I present to y’all the VIP’s interview with extraordinary jewelry artisan, Rhonda Spruce of The Crystal Heart Factory!

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  • Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

My name is Rhonda Spruce, and I have been making jewelry for approximately eight years now. I fell into the hobby of it quite innocently. While Christmas shopping one year, I passed a bead store with a heart pendant in the window…KNOWING it would be a perfect gift for someone, I inquired within about purchasing it. The heart was not for sale–it was a class they offered. I took the class (classes…it took me more than one!) and gave the gift. They became popular gifts. I was also lucky enough that I had already been an established nail technician for several years with a clientele who liked them and started purchasing them. I have since retired from being a nail technician, but I am lucky enough to still have my clientele rocking and supporting my jewelry.

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  • When you are not making jewelry, what do you enjoy doing?

I am a stay at home mother and a military wife, and I enjoy living life! With my husband on duty every 4th day and deploying approximately 2 weeks every other month, we stay busy when we can. We love to give our children amazing life experiences. They are big fans of carnivals (eeek-youth, what can you say?) and my husband and I, being HUMONGOUS country music fans, try not to miss any country concerts within a 60 mile radius of our home. Being stationed away from my family is hard, so we try to stay busy to pass the time, and we are generally successful at that. (You would be pleasantly amazed at how many discounts and perks we get for being a military family that make this attainable!)

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  • Describe your ideal vacation

My ideal vacation is a Ski in/Ski out anywhere that has a hot tub on the balcony of my accommodations. (note: My husband and I have taken this vacation together and our oldest daughter is our favorite “souvenir” from that trip haha)

  • VIP QUESTION: What is one item in your closet you could never get rid of and why?

My skinny jeans. I don’t own a scale…how else would I know if I am gaining or losing weight?!

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My most popular items are my awareness ribbon hearts.  I will never raise the prices on them. They are the same price they have always been and always will be. Here at the Crystal Heart Factory, we believe that “Awareness=Funding=Research=Finding the Cure.” We have never turned down the opportunity to donate to a organization that has appropriate documentation for the event being held. We are here to HELP!

Also, I am very lucky to have my Mother-in-Law, Stephanie Grantham, owner of StephieGknits, as my full time assistant. Click here to see the VIP’s interview with Stephanie Grantham.

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Don’t you just love The Crystal Heart Factory! Rhonda is such a spectacular woman with an extraordinary talent for creating breathtaking jewelry! So, what do you say, fashionistas? Are y’all feeling like going online shopping now?!

Want a custom piece by Rhonda Spruce of The Crystal Heart Factory? Click here!

Shop The Crystal Heart Factory on Etsy here to find even MORE awesome jewelry pieces!

Like The Crystal Heart Factory on Facebook to keep up with the latest jewelry creations and giveaways! Click here.

Twitter: @heartsofcrystal

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Dirt Road Prayer

Dirt Road Prayer by Lauren Alaina

Let the light shine on my mama
She’s been worried about me
And I can tell she’s tired
Walk my brother in a straight line
I know he’s only 16
But he’s been playing with fire
Give my grandpa a little peace and quiet
I can feel the years of hard work in his hands
Make my days pass just a little bit slower
I’ve been runnin’ so fast
I’ve forgotten who I am

And so I go where the green grass grows
The weeds are high and the sun hangs low
Look to the sky and I say, hello
Like it’s the very first time
It doesn’t matter how long it’s been
I can talk to God like he’s my best friend
Take my heart lay it down again right there
In a dirt road prayer

He’s a good guy
Looks dad in the eye
And I wonder if you made him just for me
But before I fall give me patience
Until you show me where to take this

And I go where the green grass grows
The weeds are high and the sun hangs low
Look to the sky and I say, hello
Like it’s the very first time
It doesn’t matter how long it’s been
I can talk to God like he’s my best friend
Take my heart lay it down again right there
In a dirt road prayer

It’s good to know I can
Always go where the green grass grows
The weeds are high and the sun hangs low
Look to the sky and I say hello, ooo yeah
It doesn’t matter how long it’s been
I can talk to God like he’s my best friend
Take my heart and lay it down again right there
In a dirt road prayer yeah, yeah
In a dirt road prayer yeah, yeah

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

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