Weekly Whistle: Vintage Vibes | 1970s Floral Dress from Greeneville, TN

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O. M. G. Y’ALL–

Look at this beauty of a vintage find I picked up on my first visit to Greeneville, Tennessee! It’s 1970s, great condition, funky floral, colorful…Oh, it’s perfect! SO perfect! *jumps up and down*

Okay–let me gather myself and be an adult for a second *deep breath*

My mom and I took a little trip to Greeneville last weekend and explored the downtown area. Inside a local antique shop, on the second floor, I stumbled upon this totally rad 70s dress tucked away on a clothes rack–sweltered by scary amounts of 1980s ruffles and rayon *wink* It was taxing to rescue this frock from the rack, but I did it…I did it *fist in air*

Once I got the dress home, I immediately planned a photo shoot. Major props to my awesomely talented dad for taking the amazing photos for this post ♥

Now, without further ado, take a look at this week’s Weekly Whistle below + details:

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Dress: vintage, 1970s (Greeneville, Tennessee)

Necklace: handmade, Brolin & Bailey Co. (Greeneville, Tennessee)

Heels: vintage, BCBG (mom’s closet)

Earrings: handmade, BluKatDesign

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Sweet Home Alabama + Fab Giveaways

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

This week on VIP Home, I am taking a break from chatting about my home to talk about a place that will always be home–sweet home Alabama. *Cue Lynyrd Skynyrd* Sweet home Alabama. Where the skies are so blue! Sweet Home Alabama. Lord, I’m coming home to you!… Sweet home Alabama! Where the skies are so blue! Sweet Home Alabama. Lord, I’m coming home to you! Here I come Alabama…  

Throw back to when the family and I visited the USS Alabama--this was totally fabulous! I think I am going to go nag my dad to go back soon *wink*
Throw back to when the family and I visited the USS Alabama Battleship.  I was totally rockin’ those Birki’s *wink* Learn more + plan your visit to the USS Alabama here: www.ussalabama.com
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#FirstSelfie

My grandmother and her family are from Alabama…my parents married in Alabama…I met the band members of Lynyrd Skynyrd as a kid while vacationing in Alabama–and I even had the great pleasure of living in The Magic City for a few years. No matter where I may roam, I will always see Alabama as home sweet home.  So, when the Alabama Tourism Department reached out to me about their fabulous Alabama Road Trip giveaway–I just knew that I had to share it with y’all!

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The Alabama Tourism Department has recently announced a six-week Road Trip Giveaway with chances to win travel packages to Gulf Shores, Mobile, Huntsville, the Shoals, Birmingham and Montgomery.  The winner of the grand prize will get to plan their own customized Alabama Road Trip–how cool is that?! “This road trip promotion is designed to highlight the variety of travel experiences available in Alabama,” says state tourism director Lee Sentell. “There is something for everyone, from a gulf coast beach vacation, to playing on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, to fine dining in Birmingham, to trips to North Alabama for the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville and tours of the recording studios in Muscle Shoals.” Prize package descriptions, complete rules and instructions on entering are available at www.roadtripgiveaway.com To learn more about Alabama Road Trips, visit www.alabama.travel or download the Alabama Road Trips app, available on iTunes or the Google Play Store.

To see the list of weekly giveaways + details please click here.

The infamous booty of Vulcan. If you have not visited Vulcan in Birmingham, AL...I highly encourage you too! It is a fabulous experience.
The famous booty of Vulcan. If you have not visited Vulcan in Birmingham, AL…I totally recommend that you add it to your bucket list of places to visit before you die! Plan your visit to Vulcan here: www.visitvulcan.com

In addition to the awesome giveaways the Alabama Tourism Department is hosting, the VIP is also hosting three super fabulous giveaways which will include rockin’ merchandise from all over the state of Alabama! Check out the photos below for the details :)

First Giveaway (currently running): Enter to win this sweet prize on the VIP Facebook page NOW. Click the following mobile friendly link to enter: http://tinyurl.com/mhzhqn9
First Giveaway (currently running): Enter to win this sweet prize on the VIP Facebook page NOW. Click the following mobile-friendly link to enter: http://tinyurl.com/mhzhqn9
Second Giveaway: If you love food as much as this Southern gal...then you will DEFINITELY want to enter this Alabama swag bag giveaway! Stay tuned to the VIP Facebook page for this giveaway to be announced.
Second Giveaway: If you love food as much as this Southern gal…then you will DEFINITELY want to enter this Alabama swag bag giveaway! Stay tuned to the VIP Facebook page for more details and start time.
Third Giveaway: Sh...this one is a surprise! Y'all should have known that I was going to throw a surprise goody bag in there somewhere *wink* Stay tuned to the VIP Facebook page for the date of this giveaway to be announced.
Third Giveaway: Sh…this one is a surprise! Y’all should have known that I was going to throw a surprise goody bag in there somewhere *wink* Stay tuned to the VIP Facebook page for the date of this giveaway to be announced.
My being interviewed at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens by writer and The Cobalt Club blogger Buddy Roberts.
My being interviewed at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens by writer and The Cobalt Club blogger Buddy Roberts. AND no…we did not coordinate our outfits *wink*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Adventuring in Kingsport and Jonesborough

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Today, the parents and I went adventuring in Kingsport and Jonesborough, Tennessee and concluded the evening with gluten-free pizza on their 1920 wrap-around porch + The Doors via Dad’s Sonos. Needless to say, it has been a delightful day. 

On our adventure, we visited a number of antique stores where I did not find anything particular that struck my fancy; however, my mom lucked up at a Jonesborough antique mart where she found some killer stained glass windows, which were from an old building in Kingsport. Oh, I cannot wait to see what she does with them–she hinted at a few ideas, but said that I would have to stay tuned to her blog–which she is currently revamping–to find out. *wink* I guess I set myself up for that…considering I use that line at least once a week *wink*

Well…readers, I must be going–my new curtains aren’t going to hang themselves! Please enjoy some random photos from today’s journey and stay tuned to VIP Home on Monday for a sneak peek of my marvelous curtains! Tah tah for now! Enjoy the rest of the weekend :)

The theater in Kingsport, Tennessee.
The theater in Kingsport, Tennessee.
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Amen.
The Kingsport Art Crawl!
The Kingsport Art Crawl!
Life Goal: Design a kitchen around this retro, diner bench! Oh...I think I'm in love *wink*
Life Goal: Design a kitchen around this retro, diner bench! Oh…I think I’m in love *wink*
We stopped to eat lunch at The General Store in Jonesborough, and it was absolutely AMAZING! Next time, I am saving room for hand-dipped ice cream *wink*
We stopped to eat lunch at The General Store in Jonesborough, and it was absolutely AMAZING! Next time, I am saving room for hand-dipped ice cream *wink*
My mom and I being our typical selves--she is throwing a peace sign, and I am...well...being silly as per usual.
My mom and I being our typical selves–she is throwing a peace sign, and I am…well…being silly as usual.
Selfie success! After nine bazillion takes, she finally approved for this one to be on the blog *wink*
Selfie success! After nine bazillion takes, she finally approved for this one to be on the blog *wink*
Christmas in May? Okay.
Christmas in May? Okay.
This sweater was by far the most interesting thing  I found today...and I think it speaks for itself...
This sweater was by far the most interesting thing I found today…and I think it speaks for itself…

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Scrapbook: Visiting the HOMEtown

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

For the past week, I have been visiting friends and family in my hometown of Louisville, Mississippi where I got a mani/pedi with a fabulous friend, finished filming the indie film, visited some old cheer buddies at their senior prom, chopped four inches off my hair, visited my great aunts, learned more about my family history, and last but not least…attended the grand opening of the new Dollar Tree–this is big news for Louisville *wink* 

Now, I know I have been slacking on the social media lately…Please forgive me, VIP fans. I am so spoiled to high-speed Internet and 4G (even 3G) cell signal that adjusting to limited service has been very…frustrating. I will spare y’all the dramatic story of my breakdown prior to posting this blog via my Samsung Galaxy Note3. Long story short, the HughesNet Internet and I had a fight and…the HughesNet Internet won *wink*

To make up for my social media slacking, I decided that today I would post a VIP Scrapbook of all the fun and fabulous things I have been doing lately in and around my hometown. Now, without further ado, I present to you the VIP Scrapbook: Visiting the HOMEtown. Yay!

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My friend Erin Clark and I getting our toesys done at the V.I.P. Nails salon in Louisville. I thought it was a fitting place for the VIP to get her nails done *wink*

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My sad face selfie on the last day of filming La Madame…Now, I cannot wait for the movie premiere! Ahh!

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Rachel Edmonds of Mia Salon in Starkville, Mississippi cut four inches off the VIP’s hair. I have been growing it out for the movie since November…and it feels fabulous to have the Cob (curly bob) back *wink* Thanks so much, Rachel!

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(From left to right) Macey Donald, the VIP, and Taylor Alexander
It was so fun “crashing” prom to see two of my old cheerleader buddies! The two gingers and a blonde reunite after three years *wink*

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It was so awesome looking through old family photos with my great Aunt Judy. Hearing her stories of the past is so amazing and inspires me to learn more about my family. Right now, my big goal is to learn more about the history of my middle name, Rianza. Stay tuned for a future blog…once I get more information:)

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*drum roll* Today, I attended the grand opening of the Louisville Dollar Tree. I will let the pictures of my shopping adventure tell the story *wink*

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Easter arts and crafts–my favorite! I bought one of the items shown in this photo…can you guess which one???

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As soon as I saw this jumbo chalk…I went from 18 to 5 in a matter of seconds *wink* I call this my “Oh my gosh, Mom, it’s jumbo chalk! Can I please have some” face.

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I am a huge fan of the clear glass coffee mugs in this photo. I think I will be making a trip back to the Louisville Dollar Tree before I leave to pick up some cute coffee cups for my new apartment…oh, and I will also be getting some jumbo chalk *wink*

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I got these FAB-U-LOUS cups for my apartment TODAY.  They were so cute…I could not pass them up!

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Last but not least…I picked up one of these snazzy snack packs for my travels. You are never too old to snack happy and adorable *wink*

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Now, I am off to watch The Blacklist on NBC.  I may not have great Internet connection, but thank goodness I have satellite TV *wink*

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Stay Fabulous,
Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: VIP Merchandise

IMG_7839Hey, y’all! For those of you who have been keeping up with me on Instagram, you can see that the VIP is having a fabulously beautiful road trip in Tennessee! I cannot express how gorgeous the Johnson City area is–it has truly breathtaking mountain views! Check out highlights of the road trip via iPhone on the VIP’s Instagram here.

Now, that is enough talk about road tripping, let’s take a look at this week’s Weekly Whistle!

IMG_7838 IMG_7840 IMG_7861Shirt: Limited Edition VIP Merchandise that YOU can ENTER TO WIN on the VIP’s Facebook page GIVEAWAY!

Click here to enter the VIP giveaway.

Click here to learn more about the giveaway.

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

Heels: Nine West

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn