Memorial Day 2014: Artistic Photo Story + Quotes


Memorial Day is not just a day for barbecuing and beach tripping…It is a day for remembering our lost soldiers…It is a day for praising our lost soldiers for their bravery to fight…and to die for America. As President Ronald Reagan once said, “I don’t have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.”

Now, without further ado, please enjoy this artistic photo story + quotes.

Please leave your feedback in the comments box at the end of this blog. Thank you, God bless, and stay safe this Memorial Day!

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“For love of country, they accepted death.”

-President James A. Garfield

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“Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.”

– Daniel Webster


“The brave never die, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men.”

-Minot J. Savage

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“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”

– General George S Patton

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“We come not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.”

-Francis A. Walker 

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn


Throwback Thursday: Dotted Short and John Deere



Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

I love my green and navy dotted shorts from J.Crew so much! Do y’all remember them from the 30 Day J.Crew Challenge?! Well, let’s take a minute and throwback to when these fabulous shorts first appeared on the blog…click here to view post. 

Now, let’s hop back to the present and take a look at how the VIP wore the J.Crew shorts today!  *wink*

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Blouse: TJ Maxx

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

Shoes: Jessica Simpson, Belk (Birmingham, AL)

Earrings: BluKatDesign by Heather O’Cain


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn


Daring To Be Different


Hello, fabulouses, today I would like to introduce the new VIP motto, ” Be Daring. Be Fabulous. Be You.” with a little artistic photography post. Let us celebrate and start the new year off with the motivation to be who we truly are–Be Daring. Be Fabulous. Be You.

Do not be scared–Be Daring! Do not be timid–Be Fabulous!  Do not get Entangled by the NormBe You!

Daring To Be Different

by Everlife

My first thought said
With no line, you’ll get lost this time
If you don’t know where you’re going
My second thought said
It’s okay, okay to change
It’s time you started growing

So there I stood without a clue
My head tried to tell me what to do
My heart started playing tug-of-war
Like it’s out of my hands


To be fearless, when I’m scared to move
I’m overdue
Daring to be different
To scream, yes, yeah I’m awake
I will not break
Daring to, daring to be different

The whole world tells me
If I choose wrong
I won’t belong
I better make the right decision
But what they do and
What they say
Are not the same
They’re a spinning contradiction

It’s just the old that they call new
Dizzy from all the points of view
Closing my eyes while breathing in
Look up, let go, no hands


To be fearless, when I’m scared to move
I’m overdue
Daring to be different
To scream, yes, yeah I’m awake
I will not break
Daring to, daring to be different

Different, different

To be fearless when I’m scared to move
I’m overdue
Daring to be different
To scream, yes, yeah I’m awake
I will not break
Daring to, daring to be different


Necklace: Handmade by BluKat Design (Heather O’Cain) from my grandmother’s buttons (Visit BluKat’s Shop here)

Headpiece: Avon, mark. “Go For Baroque” necklace (get the look here)

Lipstick: Saks Fifth Avenue Birmingham, Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait M25 Colere (get the look here)

Bracelet: Tiffany & Co. (get the look here) Stacked

Midi-Rings: Beadsoul by Lisa Hamilton (get the look here)

Necklace: handmade by BluKat Design (Heather O'Cain) from my grandmother's buttons.  Headpiece: Necklace from Avon

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Lost, Crumbled, and Forgotten

Will I see him on the TV preachin’ ’bout the promised land
He tells me to believe in Jesus
And steals the money from my hand
Some say he was a good man
But Lord I think he sinned, yeahTwenty-two years of mental tears
Cries a suicidal Vietnam vet
Who fought a losing war on a foreign shore
To find his country didn’t want him back

 Their bullets took his best friend in Saigon
Our lawyers took his wife and kids, no regrets
In a time I don’t remember, in a war he can’t forget
He cried “Forgive me for what I’ve done there
Cause I never meant the things I did”
And give me something to believe in if there’s a Lord above
And give me something to believe in Oh, Lord, ariseMy best friend died a lonely man
In some Palm Springs hotel room
I got the call last Christmas Eve
And they told me the news

I tried all night not to break down and cry
As the tears rolled down my face
I felt so cold and empty
Like a lost soul out of place
And the mirror, mirror on the wall sees my smile it fades again

 Sometimes I wish to God I didn’t know now
The things I didn’t know then road you gotta take me homeI drive by the homeless sleeping on a cold dark street
Like bodies in an open grave
Underneath the broken old neon sign
That used to read JESUS SAVES

A mile away live the rich folks
And I see how they’re living it up
While the poor they eat from hand to mouth
The rich is drinkin’ from a golden cup

And it just makes me wonder why so many lose, so few win

You take the high road and I’ll take the low roadSometimes I wish to God I didn’t know now
The things I didn’t know then
And give me something to believe in

Something To Believe In: Poison

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Skirt: Poor Pitiful Pearl, Vintage Hip (Springville, AL)


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““We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it.”
― Lyndon B. Johnson

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Noteworthy Neon


“When the sky gets dark enough to see the colors of the city lights. A trail of ruby red and diamond white…tonight she’s out to lose herself and find a high on Peachtree Street…She comes and goes like no one cares….she’s always buzzing just like neon, neon. Neon, neon…” John Mayer surely knows how to sing it! Mmmm…my kind of eye candy-he loves neon and has the voice of an angel! Yum!



“She’s always buzzing, just like neon, neon, neon, neon…”





A sheer, neon yellow frock is divine when paired with neon skinny belts and flashy stilettos! This ensemble is perfect for dancing the night away while looking totally fabulous! Create a casual look by simply accessorizing a neon dress with sleek black jewelry and classic black wedges. Such style is great for getting that cute co-workers attention at a classy office party!





Neon and vintage, oh my! You cannot get any better than that! Sport a purple knee length vintage skirt with a neon yellow chiffon blouse and sky-high stilettos for a stellar vibe that is sure to capture everyone’s attention! Step up this ensemble with a lovely pair of vibrant statement earrings and a spunky watch for a look that is spectacular for dinner with your best friends to a date night out on the town!





“Pretty woman, walking down the street. Pretty woman, the kind I’d like to meet…” Ooo la la, pretty woman in pink! Work a floor length, neon pink skirt with a throwback acid wash denim button up and studded toe black flats for a look that is totally awesome and spunky. Take this ensemble to the next level by frosting your neck with black rhinestoned statement necklaces for a look that is totally rad for a rocking the night away at a local concert or karaoke!






  • Awesome Accessorizing!:  “Hot pink, citron yellow, and lime green shades seem to be everywhere this season, but if you’re a little color shy, this trend would be an intimidating one…,” says No need to fear the color, fashionistas! Instead of going full out neon-on-neon, add pops of brights in at the waist or with a cute colorful clutch and rock the street in super style!
  • Opposites Attract.:  In the world of hues, neon and black are complete opposites! Wearing super sleek black accessories with brilliantly bright neon pieces is a daring look that is terrific for all occasions!
  • Cute Colorblock!:  “Colorblocking has been big for a few seasons now, so naturally pairing one neon piece with another is a great way to wear this trend.” ( Wear a neon-on-neon ensemble with rhinestone jewelry, simple neutral flats, and funky belts for a style that is casual chic perfection!




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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn