Sweet Home Alabama + Fab Giveaways

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

This week on VIP Home, I am taking a break from chatting about my home to talk about a place that will always be home–sweet home Alabama. *Cue Lynyrd Skynyrd* Sweet home Alabama. Where the skies are so blue! Sweet Home Alabama. Lord, I’m coming home to you!… Sweet home Alabama! Where the skies are so blue! Sweet Home Alabama. Lord, I’m coming home to you! Here I come Alabama…  

Throw back to when the family and I visited the USS Alabama--this was totally fabulous! I think I am going to go nag my dad to go back soon *wink*
Throw back to when the family and I visited the USS Alabama Battleship.  I was totally rockin’ those Birki’s *wink* Learn more + plan your visit to the USS Alabama here: www.ussalabama.com
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My grandmother and her family are from Alabama…my parents married in Alabama…I met the band members of Lynyrd Skynyrd as a kid while vacationing in Alabama–and I even had the great pleasure of living in The Magic City for a few years. No matter where I may roam, I will always see Alabama as home sweet home.  So, when the Alabama Tourism Department reached out to me about their fabulous Alabama Road Trip giveaway–I just knew that I had to share it with y’all!

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The Alabama Tourism Department has recently announced a six-week Road Trip Giveaway with chances to win travel packages to Gulf Shores, Mobile, Huntsville, the Shoals, Birmingham and Montgomery.  The winner of the grand prize will get to plan their own customized Alabama Road Trip–how cool is that?! “This road trip promotion is designed to highlight the variety of travel experiences available in Alabama,” says state tourism director Lee Sentell. “There is something for everyone, from a gulf coast beach vacation, to playing on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, to fine dining in Birmingham, to trips to North Alabama for the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville and tours of the recording studios in Muscle Shoals.” Prize package descriptions, complete rules and instructions on entering are available at www.roadtripgiveaway.com To learn more about Alabama Road Trips, visit www.alabama.travel or download the Alabama Road Trips app, available on iTunes or the Google Play Store.

To see the list of weekly giveaways + details please click here.

The infamous booty of Vulcan. If you have not visited Vulcan in Birmingham, AL...I highly encourage you too! It is a fabulous experience.
The famous booty of Vulcan. If you have not visited Vulcan in Birmingham, AL…I totally recommend that you add it to your bucket list of places to visit before you die! Plan your visit to Vulcan here: www.visitvulcan.com

In addition to the awesome giveaways the Alabama Tourism Department is hosting, the VIP is also hosting three super fabulous giveaways which will include rockin’ merchandise from all over the state of Alabama! Check out the photos below for the details :)

First Giveaway (currently running): Enter to win this sweet prize on the VIP Facebook page NOW. Click the following mobile friendly link to enter: http://tinyurl.com/mhzhqn9
First Giveaway (currently running): Enter to win this sweet prize on the VIP Facebook page NOW. Click the following mobile-friendly link to enter: http://tinyurl.com/mhzhqn9
Second Giveaway: If you love food as much as this Southern gal...then you will DEFINITELY want to enter this Alabama swag bag giveaway! Stay tuned to the VIP Facebook page for this giveaway to be announced.
Second Giveaway: If you love food as much as this Southern gal…then you will DEFINITELY want to enter this Alabama swag bag giveaway! Stay tuned to the VIP Facebook page for more details and start time.
Third Giveaway: Sh...this one is a surprise! Y'all should have known that I was going to throw a surprise goody bag in there somewhere *wink* Stay tuned to the VIP Facebook page for the date of this giveaway to be announced.
Third Giveaway: Sh…this one is a surprise! Y’all should have known that I was going to throw a surprise goody bag in there somewhere *wink* Stay tuned to the VIP Facebook page for the date of this giveaway to be announced.
My being interviewed at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens by writer and The Cobalt Club blogger Buddy Roberts.
My being interviewed at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens by writer and The Cobalt Club blogger Buddy Roberts. AND no…we did not coordinate our outfits *wink*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn (OOTD)

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

It’s Weekly Whistle time on the blog again, which means it is time to showcase my outfit of the week…BUT before I do, I must tell y’all about my crushed dreams of hopping in Leo and driving to Brooklyn, NY while wearing my “Brooklyn” tee. Wouldn’t that have been super cool *wink*

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The picture says it all. Brooklyn is a 10+ hour, 635 mile drive from apartment, and I was going to go into this elaborate explanation on how much it would cost and how many times I would need to refuel Leo before reaching my destination; however, I suck at math. #IAmNotAMathMajor

Now that we have discussed my crushed dreams of driving to Brooklyn and my lacking of math skills, let’s take a look at this week’s Weekly Whistle outfit details *wink* 

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Tee: American Eagle

Skirt: BCBG

Jewelry: Sparkle Cat Studio, BluKatDesign, & Hearts of Stone Jewelry

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Wait! Before you go, don’t forget to check out the awesome giveaway I am hosting on my VIP Facebook page NOW! You can enter to win a suprise Summer Essentials Beauty Bag…ooo la la! Click here for details and to enter.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: College Orientation Outfit + Beauty Giveaway

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Yesterday, I attended freshman orientation at Northeast State Community College in Blountville, Tennessee, and it was absolutely amazing! I got my fall term schedule…my student ID…and a microwave from my mom and dad for tackling orientation sans parents.

The Northeast State Blountville campus is so beautiful and  full of wonderful professors + it has a killer Mass Communications and Theater department…the more I talk about it, the more excited I become. Whoo hoo–E! News or Vogue here I come *wink* 

Okay, that is enough college chat–there will be plenty of time for that once fall term rolls around *wink* Now, let’s take a look at the outfit details about what I wore to college orientation + why it works. 

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Blouse: Deep South Pout

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

Belt: American Eagle

Sandals: Born, DSW (Birmingham, Alabama)

Why it works:

This outfit worked perfectly for college orientation because it was comfy yet totally cute. I could have worn Nike shorts and a tank top and would have been comfortable, BUT I wanted to make a fashionable impression. And what better way is there to do that than by dressing cutely in bright hues! *wink*

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 WAIT BEFORE YOU GO! 

Guess what?! The VIP has a spectacular surprise beauty giveaway happening RIGHT NOW on the VIP Facebook page! Click here for more details and to enter! Good luck!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

LET’S CELEBRATE! 3RD VIP BIRTHDAY MONTH GIVEAWAY!

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CELEBRATE!

IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE WITH THE VIP!

Hello, my fabulouses! The VIP’s third Birthday Month Giveaway is soon to be underway! Starting November 18, 2013 at 12:00AM on the VIP Facebook page, fans can begin entering to win a limited edition, autographed “Keep Calm and Read VIP” t-shirt as well as a VIP sticker that is perfect for car windows and laptops.
 

When: Starting November 18, 2013 at 12:00AM & Ending November 22, 2013 AM.

Where: VIP Facebook Page

Giveaway Prizes: 1 Limited Edition, Autographed “Keep Calm and Read VIP” T-Shirt and 1 VIP Sticker

Where to find the giveaway button on a laptop:

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The giveaway will be hosted via Rafflecopter on the VIP’s Facebook page. If you have already liked the VIP Facebook page, you still must go through Rafflecopter to enter. It is so easy to enter! Just follow the instructions given on my Rafflecopter. To gain extra entries, follow me on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway daily from the Rafflecopter widget on the Facebook page.

NOTE: TO MAKE IT FAIR FOR EVERYONE ENTERING TO WIN–LIKING PICTURES, COMMENTING ON PICTURES, OR SHARING GIVEAWAY PHOTOS WILL NOT COUNT AS ENTERIES FOR THIS GIVEAWAY. YOU MUST GO THROUGH THE RAFFLECOPTER WIDGET ON THE VIP FACEBOOK PAGE TO ENTER.

If you have any questions about the giveaway, please email the VIP Team at vintage.passionista@gmail.com

I hereby acknowledge that this promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/page_guidelines.php 

IMG_7876Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

LET’S CELEBRATE! 2ND VIP BIRTHDAY MONTH GIVEAWAY!

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Celebrate with the VIP!

Hello, my fabulouses! The VIP’s second Birthday Month Giveaway is soon to be underway! Starting November 11, 2013 at 12:00AM on the VIP Facebook page, fans can begin entering to win a limited edition, autographed “Keep Calm and Read VIP” t-shirt as well as a VIP sticker that is perfect for car windows and laptops.

When: Starting November 11, 2013 at 12:00AM & Ending November 16, 2013 AM.

Where: VIP Facebook Page

Giveaway Prizes: 1 Limited Edition, Autographed “Keep Calm and Read VIP” T-Shirt and 1 VIP Sticker

Want one of these fabulous VIP shirts? Enter the giveaway on the VIP Facebook page!
Want one of these fabulous VIP shirts? Enter the giveaway on the VIP Facebook page!

Need help finding the widget? See the photo below.

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The giveaway will be hosted via Rafflecopter on the VIP’s Facebook page. If you have already liked the VIP Facebook page, you still must go through Rafflecopter to enter. It is so easy to enter! Just follow the instructions given on my Rafflecopter. To gain extra entries, follow me on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway daily from the Rafflecopter widget on the Facebook page.

NOTE: TO MAKE IT FAIR FOR EVERYONE ENTERING TO WIN–LIKING PICTURES, COMMENTING ON PICTURES, OR SHARING GIVEAWAY PHOTOS WILL NOT COUNT AS ENTERIES FOR THIS GIVEAWAY. YOU MUST GO THROUGH THE RAFFLECOPTER WIDGET ON THE VIP FACEBOOK PAGE TO ENTER.

If you have any questions about the giveaway, please email the VIP Team at vintage.passionista@gmail.com

I hereby acknowledge that this promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/page_guidelines.php 

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn