Life Update: Engaged, New Home, & Painting Projects

To say life has been busy and filled with (good) stress lately is a huge understatement. In a short period of time, I got engaged, bought a home, and immediately jumped into revamping it.

As I step into a new phase of life with my fiance Skyler, I am looking forward to sharing updates of all of our adventures with all of you! I will continue blogging about all things fashion and vintage, but I will also be adding posts about easy home projects, decor ideas, landscaping, and more! But before I kick start new content, I want to give you all a little life update + share some sweet pictures from the last few months!

Since Skyler is a pretty new topic on the blog *wink* Let me tell you our little story ❤️

Skyler proposed on July 15th in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. I absolutely didn’t see it coming, and he is very proud of that *wink* It was a lovely moment we got to enjoy together, just us–without the distractions of a Pinterest-inspired celebration or photographer. While I am sure many wanted to see a behind-the-scene reaction, we wanted to keep that special moment just for us.

Skyler and I went on our first date in May 2018, and the rest is history! Our first summer together was filled with fun adventures, concerts, and coffee runs. There were lots of late-night trips for Peanut Butter milkshakes, long talks about our goals in life, and so many other little things that made the beginning of our relationship so sweet. After Skyler learned about my obsession with ducks, this boy took me to every county fair in the area that summer just to see baby ducks. He brought me Coke Zeros to work without my asking and often surprised me with flowers. Relationships really are about the little things.

We had only been dating for a few months when Skyler took a civilian contract in Afghanistan. For that next year, we only saw each other two weeks at a time, every four months. Despite the time difference and our busy schedules, we made it work. Even though there were many challenges along the way, the time apart taught us so much about ourselves, our relationship, our future, and the true power of prayers.

In the past year of our relationship, we have been blessed to spend it together, and believe me, we have made every moment count! Whether it is going to the gym, grocery shopping, or going on an actual date, we have soaked up every laugh, smile, and story. And yes—Skyler still surprises me with little (and big) things…

AND NOW…WE ARE HOME OWNERS *gasp*

After realizing we needed more space and freedom than a one bedroom apartment could offer + wanting our money to go towards something we would actually own, we started searching for a house. The housing market in the Tri-Cities, Tennessee area has been (and still is) a hot market–with houses getting snatched up faster than hot doughnuts at Krispy Kreme (which Skyler LOVES hot doughnuts from Krispy Kreme).

After losing out on a few houses and thinking we would never find the one, God blessed us with finding our sweet, little home in Jonesborough, Tennessee…just blocks from Main Street–which is filled with darling shops, restaurants and a coffee shop! As we get settled in our new little town, I will also be exploring local shops and dining + sharing it all on VIP!

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Views from the Chester Inn porch 😍👍🏼

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I know y’all are dying to know what kind of house we got. So without further ado…DRUM ROLL…a funky, mid-century modern built in 1960. What else would the VIP have picked *wink* I’m not going to show you photos yet. You’ll have to keep visiting the blog for sneak peeks and reveals.

The house we purchased was recently renovated, but it needs some personality and some paint for all of the red brick (inside and outside). Did I mention this house has a lot of red brick inside and outside? Like a lot. Skyler and I have plans to make this little home ours and to fill it with love (and possibly get a couple of ducks) *wink* I mean….Oakley needs some siblings!

As a first-time home buyer and revamper, I’m learning home projects are not as glamorous as HGTV makes them out to be. They are messy….They are challenging….They are totally worth late nights and paint in the hair!

Here’s a little sneak peek of what we’ve been working on *wink* And…if you can’t wait until another post to see what’s happening, follow me on Instagram @AbbyHathorn.

Well, that’s all I have for you on this Life Update, but I promise to share more soon! I can’t wait to show y’all the finished kitchen, but I have to get back to painting bricks one-by-one *wink*

Weekly Whistle: Funky Work Flow

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Sometimes, it is fun to dress head-to-toe in matchy-matchy outfits; however, I often like to think outside the box. From mixing leopard with flamingo to mixing  navy/white with bright mint and lime green–there is just something extremely satisfying about adding a little bit of funk to the everyday work-flow outfit! I get a little bit of adrenaline rush, ya know? *wink* Okay–so maybe, fashion is my addiction, and I have no shame–ZERO SHAME *wink* 

For this week’s Weekly Whistle, I styled this funky work-flow ensemble that is not only great for the office and running errands, but it is also great for catching a bite to eat after the work is done–no changing, no extra accessories, no worries *hands in air* So, without further ado, let’s take a look at this week’s absolutely smashing outfit of the week ♥

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Dress: Serendipity Boutique (Johnson City, Tennessee)

Necklace: Belk

Gold Bracelet: vintage, mom’s closet

Watch: Brighton

Earrings: BluKatDesign

Handbag: gift

Heels: Nine West

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Beach Vibes | Coral and Turquoise in Jonesborough

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Even though I am not beaching-it-up on the Carolina coast or Gulf Shores like a lot of my friends, that doesn’t mean I cannot channel my inner boho beach babe with this week’s Weekly Whistle!

Since I can’t make it to the beach, I am embracing some true beach vibes with coral and turquoise! So, join me as I daydream about sitting in the sand while listening to Kenny Chesney with this week’s Miami-inspired outfit of the week 

Photos taken in Jonesborough, Tennessee with iPhone 6s.

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Dress: Shellz (Jonesborough location)

Long Necklace: Brolin & Bailey (Greeneville, TN)

Short Necklace: “borrowed” from mom’s closet

Heels: Jessica Simpson, Belk

Earrings: Hearts of Stone

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Beauty Tues: Grand Opening of Confidence Salon + Mad About Plaid Nails

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to Beauty Tues.

This week on Beauty Tues, I want to show y’all around my hair stylist, Courtney Bennet’s new salon–Salon Confidence. Courtney recently started a new chapter of her life by opening up her own salon in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and to be honest…I could not be more proud of her! She is taking her amazing cosmetology skills and combining them with her strong morals and family values to create a salon experience not for the vain–but for the confident! “I don’t do what I do for the money,” Courtney explained. “I do what I do to make women feel better about themselves–to make them feel confident!”

Now, without further ado, take a look at the grand opening of Salon Confidence! 

My mother, Chasidy Hathorn, created several art pieces for Salon Confidence. This particular piece is a Lolly Molly original.
My mother, Chasidy Hathorn, created several art pieces for Salon Confidence. This particular piece is a Lolly Molly original.

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This is the other art piece that my mother created for Salon Confidence called "Blooming Confidence". This is also a Lolly Molly original.
This is the other art piece that my mother created for Salon Confidence called “Blooming Confidence”. This is also a Lolly Molly original.

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Pedicure? Yes, please!
Pedicure? Yes, please!

Love the quote that adorns the wall at Courtney's salon! This lovely quote can be seen as soon as you walk through the door!
Love the quote that adorns the wall at Courtney’s salon! This lovely quote can be seen as soon as you walk through the door!

What a pretty chandelier!
A little sparkly glam. Yes, please!

Entering to win a free mani/pedi!
Entering to win a free mani/pedi!

Of course, I opted for blue nail polish *wink*
Of course, I opted for blue nail polish *wink*

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The VIP with salon owner Courtney Bennet. Isn't her dress FABULOUS?!
The VIP with salon owner Courtney Bennet. Isn’t her dress FABULOUS?!

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Courtney with her loving and supportive mother and Nana.
Courtney with her loving and supportive Nana and Mom.

Be sure to like Salon Confidence on Facebook HERE!

Outside the ah-mazing Salon Confidence!
Outside the ah-mazing Salon Confidence!

Now…since this week we are all mad about plaid, here is some fabulous plaid nail inspiration to get you in the mood to plaid-ify your life *wink* For more inspiration, check out my Pinterest board here!

 

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Nail treatment
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Nail treatment
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Nail treatment
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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Easy Day-to-Night Floral Dress

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Woo hoo! It is finally Wednesday, which means it is time for me to share with y’all this week’s Weekly Whistle outfit!

This fabulous frock is from Shellz in downtown Jonesborough, and it is so..soo..SO cute ‘n comfy! *wink* I chose this dress to be the outfit of the week because of the colors, fun floral pattern, and cute lace detail at the hem–this dress is so fabulous I am (almost) speechless *wink*

Now, to show y’all just how AH-mazing this dress is, I decided to make this week’s Weekly Whistle double special with a day-to-night look. By simply changing out accessories–and NOTHING else *wink*–I was able to transform this floral frock from a day on the town to a night on the town effortlessly. 

So, without further ado, take a look at the outfits below, and be sure to give Shellz a “Like” on Facebook here!

Daytime Look:

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Dress: Kori America, Shellz (Jonesborough location) | Cuff: Deep South Pout (Starkville, MS) | Necklace: personal vintage collection | Shoes: Sbicca, Molly Green Boutique (Birmingham, AL) | Toe Rings: Beadsoul

Nighttime Concert Look

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Necklace: BluKatDesign | Arm Candy: (various locations in AL and MS) | (tan and pink) Leather Cuffs: Luke & Lyla Designs | Blue Cord Bracelet: Beadsoul | Boots: Williams Brothers, Inc. (Philadelphia, MS)

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Behind-the-scenes: While taking photos in Jonesborough, Tennessee, I just had to stop for strawberry ice cream at the General Store & Eatery. Such a lovely little place :)
Behind-the-scenes: While taking photos in Jonesborough, Tennessee, I just had to stop for strawberry ice cream at the General Store & Eatery. Such a lovely little place :)

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn