VIP Home: Birmingham Home + Garden Show 2015

I had a lovely time at the Birmingham Home + Garden Show on Saturday, February 14. This particular vendor tugged at my heart strings because it took me back to the days of showing Polled Herefords.
I had a lovely time at the Birmingham Home + Garden Show on Saturday, February 14. This particular vendor tugged at my heart strings because it took me back to the days of showing Polled Herefords.
I just had to show y'all this photo of me with my heifer and Paw Hathorn. Y'all can see why I had to hang out at the beef vendor. Click here for fabulous recipes and more about beef.
I just had to show y’all this photo of me with my heifer and Paw Hathorn. Y’all can see why I had to hang out at the beef vendor. Click here for fabulous recipes and more about beef because “Beef–It’s What’s For Dinner” *smile*

Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Happy Monday, y’all! Today on the blog, I have a special treat for VIP Home–it is an overview of the Birmingham Home + Garden Show 2015 AND a few sneak peek photos from the interviews I had with John & Whitney Spinks from HGTV’s Flipping the Block + The Fabulous Beekman Boys. I cannot wait to share all the fabulousness with y’all *smile* Did I mention that the sister blogs will also have coverage, exclusive photos, and more from the Birmingham Home + Garden Show? Oh, yes! Be sure to check out Sweet Sorghum Living and Sixteen & Successful all this week–y’all will not want to miss out *wink*

Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at the Birmingham Home + Garden Show 2015!

An impressive crowd at the Birmingham Home + Garden Show on Saturday, February 14.
There was an impressive crowd at the Birmingham Home + Garden Show on Saturday, February 14. I am guessing a few were working on their honey-do lists *wink*

More than 300 companies were represented at the Birmingham Home + Garden Show–many of them offered exclusive show-only deals. There were vendors showcasing everything from home improvement to speciality cookware. From what I witnessed, a lot of folks took home some great deals and ideas!

Hot tubs were a hot item at the Home Show *wink* Hollywood Pools offered up some pretty fabulous deals on their show models. Be sure to head over to their website for not only your hot tub needs, but also outdoor furnishings and more. They can pretty much take care of your outdoor entertaining needs! Hurry up, Spring!
Hot tubs were a hot item at the Home Show *wink*

The Birmingham Home + Garden Show took over the BJCC for four days with nationally renowned experts in landscaping, outdoor living, home improvement, interior design, instructional how-to-seminars, give-aways, and more. The Western Supermarket was on the upper level of the BJCC, and it had some pretty delicious treats–from ice cream to sweet tea. This year the garden portion of the show was held on the upper level of the BJCC, where the garden designs were enhanced by natural light. Local design experts from Southern Botanicals, Trimm Landscape, Backyard Paradise, and Williams Landscape Services created gorgeous yard and garden displays to inspire the visitors. Hurry up, Spring!

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Just enjoying my favorite diet beverage *smile*
Just enjoying my favorite diet beverage *smile*
Lake Guntersville Pool & Patio had some pretty fabulous outdoor furniture and deals at the show.
Lake Guntersville Pool & Patio had some pretty fabulous outdoor furniture and deals at the show. I am pretty sure that the VIP’s mom picked this as a top pick for her blog, but y’all will have to wander over there to find out *wink* A little birdie told me that she will be posting SSL’s Top Picks later on this week.

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What's not to love!
What’s not to love!
I am totally crushing on these tees by Art Wear Tees. Y'all will have to go check out their site! Click here for more info and fabulousness.
I am totally crushing on these tees by ArtWear Tees. Y’all will have to go check out their site! Click here for more info and shopping-in-your-pjs fabulousness. Isn’t is great supporting small and local businesses!

In addition to all of the fabulousness at the Birmingham Home + Garden Show marketplace, I also had the wonderful opportunity to sit down and chat with John and Whitney Spinks from HGTV’s Flipping the Block and the Fabulous Beekman Boys! I am not going to spill the beans just yet–y’all will have to stay tuned to the blog for the interviews *wink* BUT…until then, here are some cute sneak peek photos :)

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OH! And don't forget to stay tuned to the blog for the interview with the Fabulous Beekman Boys to find out why I am taking a selfie--or as they called it a "shelfie"--with tomato sauce...Hm...I wonder why the VIP is going that??? *wink*
OH! And don’t forget to stay tuned to the blog for the interview with the Fabulous Beekman Boys to find out why I am taking a selfie–or as they call it a “shelfie”–with pasta sauce…Hm…I wonder why the VIP is doing that??? *wink*

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Throwback Thursday: Entangled by the Norm + New Blog Launch

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Hello fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

A little over a year ago on May 10, I published Entangled by the Norm–even though I was worried about how people would receive it. After I finally mustered up the courage to hit publish, I hoped and prayed that the blog’s message would be understood. I was overwhelmed by its acceptance and all of the wonderful things people had to say about the content.  Here are a few of  those comments that inspired me…so I could have the courage to inspire others.

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 At the time, I had no idea that the positive feedback from that one blog post would inspire me to start a new journey…a new journey that launched today called Sixteen & SuccessfulSo, what exactly is Sixteen & Successful? S&S is a place to find motivation and inspiration while empowering tween and teen girls to be themselves in a world full of critics. The S&S mission is ERICA. What is ERICA? Well, I guess you will have to check out the Sixteen & Successful post here to find out *wink*

Now, don’t freak out! VIP posts will continue as normal–S&S is just a new blog with different content. Please follow both VIP and S&S to join in all of the blogging fun :)

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Now, please enjoy the remixed photo edits from Entangled by the Norm. See the full photo shoot + read the article here.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

The Real Story Ribbon Cutting

I sported a vintage cocktail blouse from The Attic to The Real Story Ribbon cutting! I am so proud to be a part of this wonderful paper:)

I recently attended the Ribbon Cutting ceremony for The Real Story, in Columbus, Mississippi!   I write a weekly article called “The Adventures of the VIP”.  I just had to share this event with my beloved blog readers!

I have a very very VERY special shoutout to a lovely fan of mine who quite possibly is my Number One Fan:)

Brenda Caradine is one of the most precious people I have ever met! Brenda Caradine is the Tennessee Williams Tribute Founder-and-Chair. Getting to meet my fans and seeing their reactions to meeting me is the best reward for which I could ever ask! Thank you to everyone who reads and supports my blog and newspaper column! Y’all ARE fabulous!
Joseph B. St. John is the Editor-and-Cheif and Publisher of this fabulous paper!
Chris Hannon and I, the news editor for The Real Story.

I could not ask for better opportunities at 16 to meet and be a part of such awesome things! :)

To read my newspaper columns or buy a subscription to The Real Story, check out www.realstorypublishing.com!

Brenda Caradine invited me to attend the 11th Annual Tennessee Williams Tribute & Tour of Victorian Homes, September 4-9, in Columbus, Misssissppi. I am very excited about the performance of “THE ROSE TATTOO”! To find out more about the schedule of events, check out www.muv.edu.tennesseewilliams or email: sbcaradine@cableone.net or call 662-328-0222 or 800-327-2686!

Don’t forget to follow the VIP on Twitter: @Abbysauce_ and Instagram: @VintagePassionista! Also, like the VIP on Facebook to keep up with sneak peeks and VIP news you can’t find anywhere else! www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

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