What’s Happening Wednesday: The Birmingham Edition

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Hey, y’all! Welcome back to the blog!

This Wednesday, I am trading a Weekly Whistle for a What’s Happening Wednesday–yes, I have made this blog into a card game for the moment. Hm…what a fabulous idea…a VIP card game *wink* Okay–this is no time for digression because I have two fabulous Birmingham events coming up SOON that you all should attend. Now, let’s find out what they are!

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The VIP at the Birmingham Fashion Week 2013 Kick Off Party with (from left to right) Krista Conlin (KC Projects), Jeana Fleming (co-owner of Bella Bridesmaid, co-founder of BFW), Heidi Elnora (wedding gown designer, co-founder of BFW), and Jeremy Stephens (head stylist of The Salon, founder of Association of Independent Artists).

If you are a Birmingham reader, you know Birmingham Fashion Week is happening RIGHT NOW. If you have not attended, but would like to–there is still time! Check out the Birmingham Fashion Week 2014 schedule here. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, click here.

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Want to know more about Birmingham Fashion Week? Check out the VIP BFW archives here and visit the official website here.  

The VIP with author Liza Elliott.
The VIP with author Liza Elliott.

Also happening this week in Birmingham–30-A Supper Club author Liza Elliott will be releasing her 30-A Supper Club: The Cookbook (written by authors Liza Elliott and Nancy Dinsomre) at Williams-Sonoma at The Summit Birmingham on April 24 from 5:30–8:00PM. This launch party will provide a delightful atmosphere, complementary samples from the cook book, complementary wine, swag bags, a meet and greet with the author and the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the book….BUT The festivities do not end there. A silent auction of a gift basket filled with Williams-Sonoma goodies will take place benefiting the “Delicious Nutritious” Program at Children’s Hospital.  

To learn more about Liza Elliot, check out the VIP interview here and visit her Facebook page here.

 

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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Weekly Whistle: July Round Up

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Hello, my fabulouses! Let’s roundup the month of July fantastically by recapping Weekly Whistles!  Oh…how I love glancing back at outfits of the week each month–it is always fun! So, come on fashionistas, let’s get fabulous!

American Flags, Picnics, & Watermelons:

Read the blog here.

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Something’s Fishy, Jack!

Read the post here.

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A Day At the Salon with Brantley Willis

Read the post here.

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Local Fashion Advantage Hilton Hollis Runway 2013

Read the post here.

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LAST WEEKLY WHISTLE OF JULY 2013!!

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Blouse: Loft, Outlet Shops of Grand River (Leeds, AL)

Trousers: Deep South Pout (Starkville, MS)

Shoes: Michael Kors

Belt: Anthropologie

Earrings: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain

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Want more VIP Weekly Whistles? Click here for every VIP outfit of the week since the start of the segment! So many wonderful fashions…so little time!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: A Day At the Salon with Brantley Willis

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For a long, long, long, LONG time, I have been wanting my hair cut and styled like a modern version of Marilyn Monroe. Thanks to Brantley Willis and Jeremy Stephens at The Association of Independent Artists–The Salon that long-loved look became a reality!

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Isn’t Brantley Willis precious!

Brantley Willis, a tremendously talented stylist, did such a FABULOUS job with my color and cut–I could not have asked for a more perfect vintage look! It is hard to trust new people with my signature curly locks, but at the end of the day–it was totally worth it. I am still in complete shock of the wonderful job Brantley did with my curls.  Bonus:  it was so much fun being with Brantley, Jeremy, and Walker today!  Y’all are TOTALLY FABULOUS!

As I was waiting for my top highlights to finish up–the mom, Brantley, and Walker Crow (hair stylist at The Salon) were chatting about how I wanted my hair cut. I have always referred to the VIP cut as a “curly bob”…until today…until Walker Crow’s genius…So…Walker Crow came up with the “cob”–a curly bob.  From this point forward, the VIP’s signature curly bob will be referred to as a “cob”…yes, readers…a “cob”…it is catchy…Thanks, Walker Crow, for that fabulous title:)  Bonus:  I love corn on the cob smothered with butter…slathered in butter….

Jeremy Stephens and I having some fun at The Salon!
Jeremy Stephens and I having some fun at The Salon!

Near the end of the drying process, I began to love my hair EVEN MORE–I did not know that was even possible. To make my hair experience even more fabulous, Jeremy Stephens cut my bangs and played with my hair.  I showed him a picture of Marilyn (yes, I have photos readily available of Marilyn on my phone) and no more than five minutes later…BAM!…I looked like a modern version of the iconic Marilyn Monroe.  It was absolute perfection…so, so, so, so, so, amazing. Words cannot express how much I love the new Cob!  Walker, you have created the most spectacular name for my ‘do.

To schedule an appointment with a fabulous hair artist at the AIA salon, please call (205)402-0022.

Like The Association of Independent Artists on Facebook to keep up with their latest projects and publicity! Click here.

I am sharing this picture on the blog only because I love y'all...
I am sharing this picture on the blog only because I love y’all…

Now that I have told y’all about my superb hair pampering day at the AIA Salon, let’s see what the VIP’s outfit of the week is! Come on, fashionistas!

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Dress: Deep South Pout

Belt: Anthropologie

Shoes: Korks by Kork-Ease

Earrings: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain

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Note:

To the nice guy named Austin that gave me a sweet note with your number on a napkin at the salon today…my mom threw it away before I realized what she had done.  Please understand that it was not personal.  She thought that it was trash.

For future fans and friends, please do not write valuable information on napkins. I recommend brightly colored sticky notes.  To my knowledge the mom has not thrown away any valuable information written on sticky notes.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Signature Curls with Hot Tools and Matrix Products!

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Hello, my fabulouses! I had the most fabulous modeling photo shoot EVER thanks to Detra Smith, hair stylist for the shoot, and Daphne Rush, MUA for the shoot. Before I show all of the magnificent pictures…let me tell you a little bit about Daphne and Detra!

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Who is Daphne Rush?

Daphne Rush is a makeup artist in the Birmingham area. She currently works full time for Smashbox Cosmetics as an account coordinator and artistry trainer. In addition to that, she serves on the board of directors for the Association of Independent Artists (AIA) and is currently the Best Makeup Artist for Birmingham Fashion Week. She eats, sleeps, and breathes makeup 24/7–when she isn’t in-store for Smashbox, she is making brides beautiful, on set for a photo shoot, or collaborating on projects for publication. She got her start at Sephora, and after making the National Pro Beauty Team, she traveled internationally in 2009-2010. After that, Daphne left to pursue her own business, Birmingham Beauties. She began embracing the education side of makeup artistry by teaching everything from private lessons to interactive group tutorials known as Makeup By Numbers. While freelancing for Tarte cosmetics in 2011, she was recruited for her current position with Smashbox. The fusion of education and camera ready products made Smashbox a perfect fit, and allowed her artistry the momentum that it continues to have today.” (Daphne Rush’s bio.)

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Who is Detra Smith?

“I wear many hats in the salon industry. As Artistic Director at Helen of Troy, one of my responsibilities is to style models for Hot Tools advertising.  I also write step-by-step guides to teach consumers how to use their styling tools.  As an artistic educator for Matrix, my responsibility is to teach other stylists how to achieve the best possible color results in their salons.  As a salon owner, I have many guests who ask how to maintain frizz with curly hair.  After meeting the VIP [Vintage Inspired Passionista–Abby Hathorn], I knew she would be the perfect step-by-step model to help others learn to manage their curls.”
After winning top stylist at BFW [Birmingham Fashion Week], I became a lead board member of the Association of Independent Artists.  I meet regularly at AIA The Salon with Jeremy Stephens, Daphne Rush and others on the board.  Jeremy is generous enough to allow me access to his salon anytime I’m working in the Birmingham area.”
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How did Detra Smith make my curls ever so luscious and frizz free?

“I used Matrix V-Light to touch up Abby’s highlights.  Next, I used the Matrix Total Results Super Defrizz Gel–it is my favorite product to define curls while taming frizz. The Hot Tools Tempest 2000 Blow Dryer comes with the finger diffuser that Abby used to dry her hair while keeping the curls controlled and smooth.  The curling iron I recommend for touch ups is the Hot Tools 1” Professional Spring Iron,” says Detra Smith.
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The Matrix Defrizz Gel, Hot Tools hair dryer with finger diffuser, and the Hot Tools 1” Professional Spring Iron is the most fabulous mix for any girl wanting to tame her natural curls.

VIP Personal Testimony:

Oh, I cannot explain how much I love the Hot Tools Tempest 2000 Hair Dryer and finger diffuser! I was very impressed how the Hot Tools Tempest 2000 dried my hair thoroughly and so quickly–AND without frizzing! Wow! I could not believe my eyes when I saw no frizz!  I admit that the VIP was skeptical because I have tried and owned several different hair diffusers–and by the time my hair was dry, my blonde curls looked like a giant frizz ball.  After only one use, I had fallen head over heels for Hot Tools!
For those pesky strands of curls that do not want to cooperate–the one inch Hot Tools Professional Spring Iron is beyond amazing! Some days, fixing my signature curls is a stressful task, but with Hot Tools and the Matrix hair gel, styling my hair has never been so easy and fast!
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Now, without further ado, I introduce to y’all the fabulous photo shoot pictures! Special thanks to Detra Smith and Daphne Rush for making me look so totally FABULOUS! Another super special thanks to Bella Bridesmaid for letting the VIP wear their lovely dresses and model at the super gorgeous Bella Bridesmaid shop!
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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

BFW 2013: Joshua McKinley and Anthony Ryan

I was so flattered to meet Joshua McKinley at the Friday night BFW2013 Runway Show! He is such an amazing designer!Photo Credit: Divian Conner - Visual Artist
I was so flattered to meet Joshua McKinley [Project Runway alumnus] at the Friday night BFW2013 Runway Show! He is such an amazing designer!
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Joshua McKinley, a Project Runway alumnus with “an unapologetically sexualized aesthetic” (www.huffingtonpost.com), showcased a collection that reflected his athletic roots on the Birmingham Fashion Week Runway.  “Running [Track & Field] for so long really helped me to learn about the movements of the body and find things that are both comfortable and fashionable.  If you look at a lot of what I do, it’s athletic-based.  I love bright colors; uniforms are really an inspiration,” stated McKinley to Phillip Crook, Huffington Post.  (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/phillip-b-crook/project-runway-joshua-mckinley_b_1029034.html)  “I’m very much a dreamer, but in many regards, I’m very much a realist.  If there’s something you want in life, you have to put 120 percent into that.  I’m not so much of a talker.  I’m able to do the things I want because I work hard to achieve them, whether it’s doing fashion or sports.  Sports helped solidify who I am today,” said Joshua McKinley to Tim Warsinskey, The Plain Dealer.

Anthony Ryan | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista

Anthony Ryan, winner of Season Two Project Runway All Stars, exhibited his bold, graphic collection (which had hints of his “A Thin Line” winning collection) that utilized color-blocking and cut outs on BFW’s runway Friday, March 1.  “Fans of Anthony Ryan’s designs are in for a real treat.  In addition to working on his capsule collection with Nine West (a deal that is part of his prize winnings), he is also collaborating with his friend and fellow All Stars contestant, Joshua McKinley.  The fusion of their fun styles is definitely something we’re looking forward to!  Anthony Ryan is remaining a Southern-based brand, tackling Fashion Weeks in cities like Birmingham and Palm Springs.  We wish him all the best of luck and can’t wait to see his dresses on women everywhere!” (http://hollywoodlife.com/2013/01/18/project-runway-all-stars-winner-anthony-ryan-auld-interview/)

Both Joshua and Anthony created collections that dazzled and wowed the audience!  Now, it is time to enjoy the show!

Joshua McKinley's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013 | Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013 Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Joshua McKinley’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista

Cannot get enough of BFW? See my column, The Adventures of the VIP @ www.realstorypublishing.com and Town and Gown Magazine‘s upcoming April issue.

Anthony Ryan's Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista
Anthony Ryan’s Collection | Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Photo Credit: Vintage Inspired Passionista

Want to learn more about the Vintage Inspired Passionista? Check out the See Jane Write interview! Here is the link: http://www.seejanewritebham.com/2013/03/blog-like-girl-bfw-2013-edition-abby.html

If you cannot get enough of the VIP, check out my articles in The Real Story! The Adventures of the VIP in the Lifestyle section! www.realstorypublishing.com

The VIP is also on The Real Story YouTube page! Check out the first Adventures of the VIP video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Uhx3yMCDh4

Check out the latest issue of Town and Gown Magazine! You can read online @ www.issuu.com/townandgownmagazine!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn