Frugal Friday: Sweet Southern Style

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Thank goodness, it is Friday! Phew…it has been a long, stressful week–so, what better way to kick off the weekend than with a new VIP series! Whoo hoo!

Frugal Friday will be a weekly series featuring frugal outfit ideas, home decor, and great deals I find–it will always be a surprise! *wink*. Frugal Friday is all about fun, frugality and fabulousness–does it get any better than that?! *P.S. Oh, how I adore alliteration *wink*

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For the very first Frugal Friday post, I shopped in my own closet and created a sweet, Southern style outfit that is perfect for Friday night bonfires…cute dinner dates…sassy square dancing…or even grocery shopping–that is what I did tonight while wearing this outfit *wink* Oh, yeah! Living on the wild side! *wink*

Now, as I snack on these delicious banana chips from Earth Fare, let’s take a look at the snazzy outfit details. 

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Blouse: The Limited

Skirt: Three07

Belt: Thrifted

Boots: Old West, Williams Brothers (Philadelphia, Mississippi)

Earrings: Hearts of Stone Jewelry by Rachel Leathers

BLOOPER: My clumsiness never fails while on photo shoots--but sometimes, it turns out somewhat cute *wink*
BLOOPER: My clumsiness never fails while on photo shoots–but sometimes, it turns out somewhat cute *wink*

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

Beauty Tues: All About Lipstick

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Hello, my fabulouses, and welcome to Beauty Tues where every Tuesday I will be blogging about my favorite beauty finds!

Today’s Tues News is all about this fabulous lip color I got at Saks Fifth Avenue in Birmingham.

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Oh. My. Goodness. I am so madly in love with this Rouge G L’Extrait by Guerlain in M25 Colere! It goes on shiny like lip gloss and dries with a kissable matte finish. The bright and classic color makes me feel like an old Hollywood star when I put it on…like Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn…FABULOUS!

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Stop by Saks Fifth Avenue to try out the Rouge G L’Extrait lip color in every color…especially M25 Colere! Oh, I cannot say enough good things about this fabulous Beauty Tues lipstick find!

Check it out online at Saks Fifth Avenue here.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Saks Fifth Avenue: Bloggers Breakfast & Beauty Week

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Hello, my fabulouses! I attended the most fantastically fabulous bloggers breakfast this morning at Saks Fifth Avenue in Birmingham, Alabama! While at the breakfast, I learned about some hot beauty trends for Fall 2013…oh, a fashionista can never have too many fall fashion pieces and makeup ideas!

S5A’s beauty specialists Tamarous Reynolds and Kimberly Crawford showed us how to MASTER THE LOOK with some of fall’s hottest makeup trends like phenombre lip and the nymph glow. Can you guess who the model for the event was? The VIP’s MOM! Ahh, it was so awesome getting to see my mom dolled up by S5A Birmingham’s makeup gurus!

Due to the fact that my mom has a strict "no photo" policy...I only have this one " mom approved" photo to show y'all. Notice that she is barely in it.
Due to the fact that my mom has a strict “no photo” policy…I only have this one “mom approved” photo to show y’all. Notice that she is barely in it.
A peek inside the most fabulous swag bag. Kudos to you, Saks Fifth Avenue Birmingham!
Peek inside the most fabulous swag bag.
Kudos to you, Saks Fifth Avenue Birmingham!
Loved these glamorous cookies inside the S5A swag bag! The Icing on the Cookie bakery did an absolutely fabulous job!  www.icingonthecookie.net
Loved these glamorous cookies inside the S5A swag bag! The Icing on the Cookie bakery did an absolutely fabulous job!
www.icingonthecookie.net

One of my favorite items in the goody bag is the "Weekend Eye & Cheek Palette" by Bobbi Brown. Fashionistas can never have too much eye shadow!
One of my favorite items in the goody bag–the “Weekend Eye & Cheek Palette” by Bobbi Brown.

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This fabulous sample of Guerlain Rouge G is so terrifically amazing. I think I am in love....
This fabulous sample of Guerlain Rouge G is so terrifically amazing. I think I am in love….
I love bubbles. Always have, always will…and when I discovered that there were “perfumed bubbles” by L’Eau De Chloe, I was immediately intrigued…
Me: “Mom, there are scented, ‘big-girl’ bubbles in this swag bag.”
Mom: “Abby…do not blow those bubbles inside.”
Oh...bubbles are so much fun!
Oh…bubbles are so much fun!

Are you looking to spice up your Fall 2013 makeup look, but you do not know where to start? Saks Fifth Avenue in Birmingham, Alabama is the perfect place to go! With makeup experts at each counter, you will receive the most spectacular fall makeover and beauty advice. Stop by S5A Birmingham during Beauty Week to get pampered by the pros and qualify for special savings. See the Beauty Week schedule below for details:

Get your Fall 2013 Makeup Look at Saks Fifth Avenue

Birmingham’s Beauty Week events:

Tuesday, October 1:

Artistry at Trish McEvoy

Dior National Makeup Artist

Jo Malone Peony & Blush Event

Wednesday, October 2:

Artistry at Trish McEvoy

Jo Malone Peony & Blush Event

Thursday, October 3:

Artistry at Trish McEvoy

Bobbi Brown Beauty Team Event with National MUA Carrie Wilson

Threading Event with Dr. Stacy Haynes

Massage Therapist featuring Chair Massages

Jo Malone Peony & Blush Event

Friday, October 4:

Artistry at Trish McEvoy

Bobbi Brown Beauty Team Event with National MUA Carrie Wilson

Threading Event with Dr. Stacy Haynes

La Mer at Sea Spa Event

Massage Therapist featuring Chair Massages

Jo Malone Peony & Blush Event

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Shop Saks Fifth Avenue’s fabulous beauty products online here!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Rain

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To celebrate the 200th VIP blog post, I would like to share with y’all the awesome artistic photos my photographer took on one of the many rainy days we have had here in Alabama. Thankfully, no cameras were harmed in the taking of these photographs. Enjoy the art!

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“Songs About Rain”

by Gary Allen

Well, this town has closed down way too early,
And there’s nothin’ to do.
So I’m drivin,’ around in circles, and I’m thinkin’ about you.
Today, I heard you got a new last name,
Sure didn’t know it was gonna’ hit me this way,
And the radio just keeps playin’ all these songs about rain.

Now there’s all kinda’ songs about babies and love that goes right,
But for some unknown reason, nobody wants to play them tonight,
Hey, I hope it’s sunny wherever you are,
But that’s sure not the picture tonight in my car,
And it sure ain’t easin’ my pain, all these songs like,

Rainy Night in Georgia, Kentucky Rain.
Here comes that rainy day feelin’ again,
Blue eyes cryin’ in the early mornin’ rain,
They go on and on, and there’s no two the same.
Oh, it would be easy to blame all these songs about rain.

Well, I thought I was over you ,
But I guess maybe I’m not.
‘Cause when I let you go looks like lonely is all that I got,
Guess I’ll never know what could have been,
Sure ain’t helpin’ this mood that I’m in,
If they’re gonna keep on playin’ these songs like,

Rainy Night in Georgia, Kentucky Rain,
Here comes that rainy day feelin’ again,
Blue eyes cryin’ in the early mornin’ rain,
They go on and on,
There’s no two the same,
Oh, how I wish I could blame all these songs about rain

Rainy Night in Georgia, Kentucky Rain,
Here comes that rainy day feelin’ again,
Blue eyes cryin’ in the early mornin’ rain,
They go on and on,
There’s no two the same

Rainy Night in Georgia, Kentucky Rain,
Here comes that rainy day feelin’ again,
Blue eyes cryin’ in the early mornin’ rain,
They go on and on,
There’s no two the same.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: All About Sunglasses

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Hello, fabulous! It is that time of the week again on the VIP blog, and y’all know what that means–WEEKLY WHISTLE! Yay! This week’s Weekly Whistle is all about snazzy sunglasses. Every fashionista and fashionado needs AT LEAST ONE PAIR of sunnies for all occasions! Hm…I wonder what style of sunglasses I will add to my collection?

As I dream up my next pair of sunglasses, why don’t y’all enjoy this week’s Weekly Whistle! Remember, it is all about the fantabulous sunglasses!

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Special thanks to Jonathan Shalon Ballard for doing my makeup and modeling with me! Isn’t he fabulous!

gnoflyersmallerJoin me for a fabulous fashion show presented by Birmingham-based novelist Liza Elliott! There will be hot summer apparel from local stores and fashion shows every hour on the hour at The Summit Club in downtown Birmingham. Great local food trucks will be serving up the cuisine as we enjoy all of the fashion shows. Tickets purchased will benefit Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health Center.

For more information about this event and to purchase tickets ahead of time, please visit http://girlsnightoutoperationbeachready-eorg.eventbrite.com/# I cannot wait to see y’all there!

Related Article on See Jane Write by Javacia Bowser: http://www.seejanewritebham.com/2013/06/win-tickets-to-girls-night-out.html

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Check out more of my writings and photo shoot styling here:

Real Media: The Adventures of the VIP–Behind the Lenses: The History of Sunglasses–http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/06/12/the-adventures-of-the-vip-behind-the-lenses-the-history-of-sunglasses/

Town and Gown Magazine June Issue: http://www.townandgownmagazine.com/#!current-issue/c113z

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn