Holiday Party Makeup | VIP Beauty Journal Entry


Tis the season to be BEAUTIFUL! With Christmas literally just around the corner, it is time to get our holiday party looks planned–from the outfit to the makeup. So, in order to avoid panic the night of the party–here is a fabulous VIP Beauty Journal entry to help you plan your holiday party makeup look! It’s as easy as red, green and glitter *wink* 

Taking inspiration from classic stars like Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe, this holiday season, I will be sporting vintage supermodel hair, red lips, and festive green and red nails. Check out the VIP Beauty Journal Entry below to see how you can add a classic twist to your holiday look *kiss, kiss*

Be sure to keep reading for a SECRET  coupon to use in my Etsy shop!
Holiday Beauty Journal 2015

OPI beauty product
$12 –

Dolce Gabbana lips makeup

Glitter eye makeup

In celebration of my opening BlueGrits and the new year, I am going to be offering a special 15% off coupon to kick off all the fabulous and all the new *wink*  While there is still time left in 2015, use coupon code BLUE2015 at checkout to receive 15% off your entire purchase! The coupon will be valid through December 31, 2015!

If Santa leaves an Etsy gift card under the tree for you, this celebration sale will be the PERFECT time to stock up on beautiful, handmade arm candy while saving a few bucks *wink* Click here to get a look at the current listings. Be sure to check back often because I am adding new listings every day! 

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2015


Hello, fabulouses, and welcome to the VIP blog!

For this week’s Monday post, I have decided to get into the holiday spirit by knocking out some online holiday shopping before the post office gets too crazy + really don’t like camping out on my front porch in the snow waiting on packages to arrive right before Christmas *wink* #KnowWhatImSayin’ *cue Scotty P from Meet the Millers*

Now, without further ado and movie-clip distractions, here are some awesome handmade picks from some of my favorite artisans. Dear, Santa–take notes *wink*

Nest Pretty Things–this handmade pendant is absolutely to-die-for! Perfect gift for a fashionable friend or mom :) Click here to shop.

Luke & Lyla Designs–How precious is this stacker set from L&L Designs?! There are so many stacks and so many different colors! Shop here for your bestie, mom, and co-workers!

Bright Eyed Lucy–Who wouldn’t want to unwrap this awesome, original art piece?! Not only is it fabulous, but it is also motivational :) Shop it here.
Caroline Randall Made–Treat yo self and a friend by gifting a fabulous friend one of these sweet, personalized tumblers! Shop here.
LaBellaBottega13–Hello, wrap bracelet! Love, love, love this handmade goody! Shop it here.
Lather & Stich–OMG. I need this slouchy hat in my life, and I bet your besties would love it too *wink* Click here to shop.
Beadsoul–How amazing are these handmade earrings? They would match EVERYTHING…dressy OR casual! Shop here.


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Sweater Weather Love


Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

WOOOO!!! It’s Wednesday which means the week is halfway over, and, of course, it means it’s Weekly Whistle time *wink*

It is definitely sweater-weather time, and I am definitely excited about breaking out my big, chunky sweaters again! Living in a colder climate than I grew up in, I am learning how to layer and actually make sweaters cute. Up until my moving to Northeast Tennessee, I don’t think I owned more than one sweater, and it was probably an ugly Christmas sweater from the sixth grade *wink* NOW…I have drawers and drawers of sweaters of all kinds that I am just dying to wear! *happy dance*

Okay–okay! That is enough about my newfound sweater obsession.  Let’s take a look at this week’s VIP Weekly Whistle and get in the #SweaterWeather mood! 

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Sweater: GAP

Skirt: Style (Bristol, Tenn.)

Tights: Target

Heels: vintage BCBG

Necklace: BluKatDesign

Sunnies: Ralph by Ralph Lauren, Sunglasses Hut

Blooper *wink* We always have a fun and silly time on photo shoots :)
Blooper *wink* We always have a fun and silly time on photo shoots :)


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Home: Etsy Top Picks | fall 2015 edition

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Ahh–it’s Monday, and the weather outside is truly delightful! Typing this blog outside on a blanket has me craving some fall top picks *wink* SO…for this week’s VIP Home, I scoured the Etsy world in search of five top picks to be the lucky features for this year’s VIP Etsy Top Picks: Fall Edition! 

Now, without further ado, take a look at these 5 awesome shops + my favorite of their fall listings. *yawn* I think I am going to take a nap in the yard now–or walk down to Starbucks for an afternoon pick-me-up *wink*.

YUM! Doesn’t this candle just scream FALL! Not to mention the warning label is pretty cute *wink* Check out Etta Arlene here to see what other awesome soy wax candles she has for fall! 
OMG! I am so in love with this handmade, ceramic pumpkin! Not only is it a wonderful piece of art, but it is also made in one of my FAVORITE CITIES EVER–New Orleans! Check out Hurricane Pottery here + see what other awesome pieces are avaliable for purchase.
This snazzy, hand-lettered canvas is perfect for fall + year-round! We all need a little reminder every now and again to give thanks, so why not let our reminder be handmade?! *wink* Check out ADE Prints here on Etsy.
I don’t think I have to explain why these painted Mason Jars are awesome *wink* BUT the neutral hues makes them perfect for fall and every season in between! Check out BeachBlues on Etsy here.
And…last but not least–who doesn’t love a hand-painted pumpkin mug?! Click here to visit MaBelleViolet’s shop + see the other awesome hand-painted goodies she has!


Share your favorite fall Etsy finds with us on Facebook here!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Three Ways to Wear: Floral Week | BluKatDesign Graphic Tee


Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

OMG. I am so excited that it is finally Thursday because I have been waiting for what feels like forever to share this fabulous BluKatDesign graphic tee with y’all! I am not only going to show y’all how truly fabulous this BKD tee is, but I am also going to show y’all three fabulous ways to wear it! AHH! What fashionista doesn’t love a Three Ways to Wear with a designed-in-America graphic tee?! *wink*

Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at these hip, urban outfits featuring BluKatDesign apparel and jewelry!

Photos were taken in the heart of downtown Johnson City, Tennessee.

Look 1:

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Shirt: BluKatDesign (get yours HERE! Available in other colors, too!) | Pants: Deep South Pout | Belt: Charming Charlie | Necklace: personal vintage collection | Heels: Madden Girl, Belk

Look 2:

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Shirt: BluKatDesign (get yours HERE! Available in other colors, too!) | Skirt: GAP | Blazer: J.Crew | Heels: Michael Kors | Earrings: BluKatDesign (Etsy shop here)

Look 3:

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Shirt: BluKatDesign (get yours HERE! Available in other colors, too!) | Skirt: personal vintage collection | Necklace: BluKatDesign (Etsy shop here) | Earrings: BluKatDesign (Etsy shop here) | Ring: BluKatDesign (Etsy shop here) | Heels: Michael Kors 

#ShortGirlProbs  Wearing heels AND standing on my toes just to see over the bridge at Founders Park in Johnson City *wink*
Wearing heels AND standing on my toes just to see over the bridge at Founders Park in Johnson City *wink*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn