Project Runway Season 12: HP Intel Challenge

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There was a lot of pressure on Project Runway Season 12 Episode 11 because the remaining seven competitors had to design their own textile prints inspired by next generation innovators for the HP/Intel Textile Challenge.

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As the designers were creating their prints on the new HP Rove…I could not help but flashback to my time at the Auburn University Project Design Week 2012 where I had the opportunity to experience some of the classes of a fashion design major. During fashion camp, I got to play around with draping, making prints on the computer, and participating in lots of other fun activities! I would love to go back–the VIP had so much fun at Auburn Project Design Week! Whoopsy….I guess I got a little distracted there. Let’s get back to Project Runway!

Once the designers had their textiles designed, they embarked on their usual trip to Mood where they had a suggested GoBank spending budget of $100. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a GoBank card, an HP Rove, AND a Belk accessories wall?! Oh…it most definitely would! Okay, Birthday Fairy and Santa, why don’t y’all get on that for me *wink wink*

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Time to Hit the Runway:

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As soon as Dom’s model hit the runway wearing the brightly colored garment inspired by Premal Shah…I just knew that she was the clear winner. Dom truly grasped the object of this challenge and DOMinated it! See what I did there *wink, wink*

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Call me crazy, but I actually liked this look by designer Alexander. I thought it was very artsy and futuristic chic; however, the judges disagreed. I was so sad to see Alexander go home because of this garment. “I guess I should not mix religion and cake together anymore…except for at a wedding,” said Alexander jokingly on Episode 11.

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I am choking up just typing this…I was literally crying when they sent Kate Pankoke home. No, the garment was not very well executed…but Kate is talented and fabulous. Kate, keep reaching for the stars!

Phew…Episode 11 was quite the humdinger! I cannot wait to see what the designers will be bringing to the table on the next challenge!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Saks Fifth Avenue Beauty Week: Jo Malone Peony & Blush Event

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Hello, my fabulouses! I attended the most splendid event at Saks Fifth Avenue in Birmingham, Alabama. Oh, my fashionistas, the Jo Malone “Peony & Blush” event was absolutely smell-good deliciousness! Mom walked out with a Scent Surround Diffuser in Lime Basil & Mandarin, and I walked out with a handful of samples because I could not decide which Jo Malone fragrance combo was going to be my signature S5A Trailing Scent for Fall 2013. Decisions….decisions…decisions… My goodness, there are so many yummy Jo Malone fragrance options ranging from fresh and fruity to woody and warm. Oh, how will I ever be able to choose? Hm…one of each?

Dear Birthday Fairy and Santa Clause,

I know it is not quite my birthday month or Christmas; however, I have been a good little fashionista so far. Would you please send me one of each of the following Jo Malone fragrances?

Also…whenever the new Jo Malone Rose Water & Vanilla perfume comes out at S5A Birmingham, I would like one of those as well. It smells like homemade candy fabulousness!

Thanks a bunch, Birthday Fairy and Santa! Y’all are the best!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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During the Jo Malone “Peony & Blush” event at S5A, I had the pleasure of enjoying mini Gigi’s cupcakes as I read the splendid Flower magazine article “Scentsible Solutions”–which is about the Jo Malone community gardens–written by Margaret Zainey Roux. Adding more flower-tastic sparkle to this event was my meeting Margot Shaw, the Editor-in-Chief of Flower. Take a look at the wonderfulness of Flower magazine here.

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Jo Malone fragrances make me feel so refreshed, personalized, spunky, and fun. After trying out the English Pear & Freesia/Wild Bluebell combo this morning…I felt a spark of creativity! “Fragrance is a personal statement. Imagine creating one of your own. Jo Malone scents can be worn solo or layered for truly individual effects. Freshen a rich floral with a citrus zing. Add spice for a warm allure. Create something unexpected. A long-time signature.” (www.jomalone.com)

The VIP and Darla Osborne chatting at the event. Special thanks to Darla and Billy for helping me find some terrific signature scents! What will I decide on...who knows! I am waiting to hear back from the Birthday Fairy and Santa ;)
The VIP and Darla Osborne chatting at the event.
Special thanks to Darla Osborne and Billy Hardin Jr. for helping the VIP find some terrific signature scents! What will I decide on…who knows! I am waiting to hear back from the Birthday Fairy and Santa.

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Get your Fall 2013 Makeup Look at Saks Fifth Avenue

Birmingham’s Beauty Week events:

 

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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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn