Ringing in the New Year | Hello, 2016!

Happy New Year

HAPPY (almost) NEW YEAR, Y’ALL!

Oh, my my my! I can hardly believe it–2015 is almost over, and we are all getting ready to ring in 2016! Goodness gracious! It feels like just yesterday we were watching the ball drop for 2015! Hmm…I guess the old cliche is true–time really does fly when you’re having fun! *wink*

2015 has been an awesome year–one for the books! The year has been jam-packed with lots of awesome things (and some not-so-awesome things) that have helped fill the pages of my imaginary scrapbook *wink* From interviewing The Beekman Boys and John & Whitney Spinks to getting accepted (with a transfer scholarship) to Emory & Henry College, I am excited to say that 2015 has been a good year on and off the VIP blog!

Sure–there are always hiccups and bumps in the road, but it’s important not to dwell on the negatives because, after all, it is (almost) a new year! We have new and exciting and positively wonderful things to look forward to, and we don’t need to focus on the not-so-great things like unfortunate fender benders, slacking on social media promotions, and how the weather is like a guy in a Katy Perry song *cue Hot n Cold*

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Now, to ring in the brand new year, what do y’all say we review the most popular and most fabulous VIP posts of 2015?! DJ–hit the music *wink*

Most-viewed posts of 2015–

1. Modeling Shoot: The Modern Day Jack & Diane

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2. VIP Interview: John & Whitney Spinks of HGTV’s Flipping the Block

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3. VIP Home: Color-Staining Concrete Pavers (DIY Patio Project)

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4. Weekly Whistle: Dreaming of a Safari Adventure

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5. Weekly Whistle: A Southern Belle in the Snow

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In other 2015 news…

 In addition to some awesome blog posts + interviews, I had the opportunity to interview Tracie Potts from NBC on my college’s student-produced television series Direction: Northeast. (I did several more of these interviews, but they are not avaliable on YouTube yet…So y’all will just have to wait to watch until 2016 *wink*)

As mentioned earlier in this re-cap blog post, I was also admitted into Emory & Henry College for my junior year! Goodness–I can’t believe that I will be graduating with my Associate of Science Degree in Broadcasting in May from Northeast State Community College! *happy dance*

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Oh–and how can I forget…I TURNED 20! *I may be two decades old, but I wish I still had the responsibilities of a 10 year old *wink*

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ALSO in 2015, this blonde experimented with hair color! Remember that time I was a temporary ginger *wink*

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AND LAST but definitely not least, in 2015 I started a new creative journey by hand-making bracelets and selling them on Etsy! Please give my shop BlueGrits a view or two and shop around :) Click the banner to shop.

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Now, I will say good-bye until next year *wink* I hope all of you have a fabulously fun and safe New Years celebration! :)

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

“An Affair of the Hat” featuring Christine A. Moore

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Hello, hello, hello fashionistas and lovers of hats! I welcome you to the Vintage Inspired Passionista blog for a fabulous post about the “An Affair of the Hat” event at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens on March 21, which featured elegant hats by Christine A. Moore Millinery NYC (with Gus Mayer, Birmingham).

“An Affair of the Hat” was filled with delectable food, precious centerpieces, and an extraordinary fashion hat show by Christine A. Moore! As the lovely models showcased these gorgeous wearable art pieces, I found myself nudging my mom saying “I want that one! That one is my new favorite! Ooo…look at that one!”

After a lovely lunch and superb fashion show, we all directed our attention to the room where Christine A. Moore hats were available for purchase. The VIP is a huge fan of the “Fascinator” hats (as I am wearing in the picture at the top of the blog) because there is so much attitude and spunk in that small piece of handmade art!  I also fell head over heels for the “Andrea” hat.  Oh, I am going to need a new closet STRICTLY FOR HATS!

Okay, okay, that is enough about me and my dream of having a hat closet-let us enjoy a few wonderful photographs from the event taken by my terrific photographer at Sweet Sorghum Living!

Harvilee Harbarger  (wearing a replica of the hat Katy Perry wore in InStyle Magazine) and I at the Affair of the Hat event at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens! Doesn't she look stunning!
Harvilee Harbarger (wearing a replica of the hat Katy Perry wore in InStyle Magazine) and I at ” An Affair of the Hat” event at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens! Doesn’t she look stunning!
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The “Andrea” hat by Christine A. Moore.

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Visit the Vintage Inspired Passionista Facebook page for even more pictures from “An Affair of the Hat”! www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista

If you are interested in visiting the Huntsville Botanical Gardens, click here for more information.

The wonderful Gus Mayer ladies and models of the day sporting tremendous hats by Christine A. Moore!
The wonderful Gus Mayer ladies and models of the day sporting tremendous hats by Christine A. Moore!

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Falling in love with Christine A. Moore hats? Check out her website for EVEN MORE designs! www.camhats.com

Also, like Christine A. Moore Millinery on Facebook to keep up with all things Christine! www.facebook.com/camhats

For “An Affair of the Hat” fashion show coverage and EVEN MORE pictures from the event, be sure to check out my YouTube news channel! Stay tuned to my VIP Facebook page for video release information.

Make sure to stay tuned to my YouTube channel for the interview with Christine A. Moore (www.youtube.com/user/vintagepassionista). Release information will be on the VIP Facebook page.

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Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for a peek inside my life.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista

Twitter: @Abbysauce_

Instagram: @VintagePassionista

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn