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

VIP Scrapbook: DSW Shoe Love Party with B-Metro Magazine

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Special thanks to the VIP fans who tuned in for the live blogging/social media broadcast of the DSW Shoe Love Party at Colonial Brookwood Village in Birmingham!  It was so much fun getting to work with B-Metro Magazine and Erica Bunker of D.I.Y. Style for this shoe-tacular event, and I am so pumped that I was able to share it with all of you…LIVE! I mean, come on…how fabulous was that?!

Now, I want to share with y’all the shoe-tacular (I just love that word! Don’t you think I should submit it to Merriam-Webster Dictionary *wink*) photos I was not able to tweet and post during the live event–because there is only so much time in a few hours *wink* So, without further ado, I present to you the VIP Scrapbook of the DSW Shoe Love Party at Colonial Brookwood Village with B-Metro Magazine!

My curly-headed, fashion blogger friend Erica Bunker and I at the DSW red carpet! Don't we look super fierce!
My curly-headed, fashion blogger friend Erica Bunker and I at the DSW red carpet! Don’t we look super fierce!

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Of course, I had to stop to take a thumbs up mirror picture...but unfortunately, this pic did not make it out to social media. *wink*
Of course, I had to stop and take a thumbs up mirror picture :)
Live-styling was such a blast! I definitely foresee more VIP live-styling challenges in the future *wink*
Live-styling with such fabulous items from DSW was such a blast! I definitely foresee more VIP live-styling challenges in the future *wink*

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I loved these black-and coral (with a touch of gold) looks I live-styled at the DSW Shoe Love Party! Check out the VIP Facebook page to see the casual and dressy look videos:)
I loved the black and coral (with a touch of gold) looks I live-styled at the DSW Shoe Love Party! Check out the VIP Facebook page to see the videos:)
A trendy twist on a fabulous classic! I wanted to take home the black and gold looks I live-styled! Hm...DSW shopping trip? I think yes! *wink*
A trendy twist on a fabulous classic! I totally loved the black and white with a touch of gold looks I styled with DSW accessories! Hm…DSW shopping trip? I think yes! *wink*
A snapshot of my casual black and gold look. Check out the video on the VIP Facebook page to learn more about this DSW-tacular outfit:)
A snapshot of my casual black and gold look. Check out the video on the VIP Facebook page to learn more about this DSW-tacular outfit:)
The last live-styled looks I put together at the DSW Shoe Love Party. I love the way the colorful scarf POPS up against the black:)
The last live-styled looks I put together at the DSW Shoe Love Party were so glam! DSW has such fabulous purses, scarves, and shoes…y’all must hurry to your nearest DSW and see for yourselves :)
This photo made it to the VIP Twitter; however, I love it so much I just had to share it again. I may just make this my Facebook profile picture later *wink*
This photo made it to the VIP Twitter but, I love it so much I just had to share it again. I may make this my Facebook profile picture later *wink*
NEED. THIS. BAG. IN. MY. LIFE.
NEED. THIS. BAG. IN. MY. LIFE. #PurseAddict #ForTheLoveOfMint
DSW at Brookwood Village is a shoe paradise! Oh, so many great shoes and such little time!
DSW at Brookwood Village is a shoe paradise! Oh, so many great shoes in an array of colors and styles :)
Did you know that DSW also has hats? Say what?! Yes...it's true--and they are super cute hats!
Did you know that DSW also has hats? Say what?! Yes…it’s true–and they are super cute hats!
Ooo la la! The perfect floppy hat for spring!
Ooo la la! The perfect floppy hat for spring!

Before I sign off, here is a slideshow of more random snapshots from the DSW Shoe Love Party live blogging event with B-Metro Magazine

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

DSW Shoe Love Party at Colonial Brookwood Village with B-Metro Magazine

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Calling all shoe lovers and fashionistas! DSW at the Colonial Brookwood Village in Birmingham is having a super fabulous Shoe Love Party…and guess what?! You’re invited! 

Join the VIP, D.I.Y. Style blogger Erica Bunker, and B-Metro Magazine for a fantastic night of shoes, shopping, snacking, sipping, and *drum roll* LIVE STYLING! Live styling? What is that? Well…the VIP will be live-styling outfits at the DSW Shoe Love party showcasing ways to transform basic ensembles to create different looks just by swapping up the accessories! (Pst…this challenge is very similar to the VIP segment Three Ways to Wear) So, what makes this styling challenge so special? Well, the VIP will only be using DSW’s shoes, bags, jewelry, and accessories! Whoo hoo! Thanks DSW–the VIP is super excited to show off y’all’s awesome products!

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Event Details:

  • The Shoe Love Party kicks off at 4:30–make sure you are not fashionably late to this event because the first fifty guests will receive DSW swag bags! Oh my gracious–doesn’t that sound fabulous!

  • Come hungry because Fresh Market will be providing complimentary refreshments throughout the event + complimentary mocktails (aka punch *wink*)

  • Instead of the Selfie Station, we will have the “Show Us Your Shoes” Shoe Cam where we encourage all party guests to snap a photo of their rocking hot shoes and share the pictures to social media with the hashtag #DSWBham

  • There will be tons of DSW giveaways+ gift cards! Yay!

  • As previously mentioned, the VIP will be live-styling at the event showcasing easy ways to transform basic outfits just by swapping out accessories–I always tell y’all that accessories make all the difference *wink*

  • And…last but not least, dress your best because you could win a special prize *wink* (Sh…stay tuned to the VIP social media for more information on this coming soon)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

 

18 Days of Grand Haul: Bring Back the Cords and A Peek at the Grand Light Spectacular

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Hello, my fabulouses, I brought back the pretty pink cords for today’s Outlet Shops of Grand River Grand Haul outfit and paired them with a black, floral button up from Aeropostale. This look is lovely for running errands, casual coffee dates, and not to mention that I snagged the blouse, trousers, and shoes for some fabulous prices! Oh, shopping at The Outlet Shops of Grand River is always a grand experience–see what I did there *wink*

Before I show y’all my OOTD…take a look at some of the fun the VIP had at The Outlet Shops of Grand River’s Grand Light Spectacular last night! It was a bit chilly, but the VIP and her team had lots of fun:)

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Now, let’s see today’s Grand Haul look!

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Top: Aeropostale, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

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

Shoes: Naturalizer, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Lucky 13: Soft-Spoken & Feisty

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Take a look at today’s indescribably special Lucky 13 outfit–which is soft-spoken…with a dash of feisty.

To catch up on the first four Lucky 13 looks visit the category archives here.

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Shirt: The Loft, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Cardigan: The Loft, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Shorts: Gap, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Necklace: Charming Charlie, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Shoes: BCBG, Belk

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn